Top Class Free Signing. Where's the Defensive signings Arsene?

Morning all.

Back in 2001, on this very day, Sol Campbell made his debut for Arsenal having made the switch across North London for free. Goals from Henry, Pires & Bergkamp (2) gave Arsenal a 4-0 win at Middlesbrough.

To nab Big Sol that summer was possibly one of the best, if not the best piece of business Arsene Wenger has ever done and what a message the big man sent to his previous club. He did of course go on to do what Tottenham had failed and still fail to do. Win trophies.

Did he move for money? Maybe, but why put yourself through so much abuse if you didn’t know the move was right for you. Sol knew and he succeeded….

Another factoid. Having come from behind to beat Palace at the weekend we became the only side to ever do that on the opening day of the season three times in Premier League history…

We know how to set records eh….. The Champions League is another I would suspect as every season under Arsene Wenger, we have qualified and the manager has made it very clear he wants that run to continue:

We are desperate to do it because we want to play in the Champions League and we know how big these games are.

We had to give a lot [against Crystal Palace], hopefully we will recover and be ready for Tuesday night.

We are desperate to go through, no matter what it costs we want to go through. We have always a difficult draw, we had Fenerbahce last year, this time we have Besiktas. It’s difficult.

We will assess Koscielny on Monday; if he’s fit and capable to play, we play him. It was our plan to bring the Germans back in contention for Everton. But in case of emergency I will take Mertesacker.

But we have Bellerin, who was 19 today, who can come in. We are a bit short. I hope Koscielny responds well to today’s game.

And so it begins.

From saying our German trio wouldn’t be back until this weekend, Mertesacker will be thrown in early because of injury. Young Bellerin is another who may need to be called upon because injury has yet again hit us and by the sounds fit, Wenger will risk Koscielny if he can walk and kick a ball. Monreal will clearly deputise for Kieran Gibbs who is expected to be out for a few weeks and that’s the whole idea of having two good players in each position but why haven’t the club signed a centre back to replace Vermaelen?

Arsene Wenger desperately wants to qualify for the Champions League but it may just turn out that it’s his lack of transfer dealings will actually prevent us from doing so.

Yes we have made some cracking signings but only Alexis and Chambers are additions. Debuchy and Ospina have simply replaced Sagna and Fabianski. We still have two key players missing from that list of new arrivals. A CDM and a CB and we need them fast.

Many fans want to see a top class goal scorer.

Talking of which, do you want Sanogo to stay and play, go on loan or go, full stop?

Just thirteen days left to sort this squad out and turn it into one which could win the Premier League.

After all, that’s what we all want isn’t it…..

Have a good day all…

 

348 thoughts on “Top Class Free Signing. Where's the Defensive signings Arsene?

  1. Gunnerdna

    August 18, 2014 at 10:31am

    Morning all, good post Rico. Lol

  2. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 10:41am

    Just seen the training shots on SS’s.

    Kos is fit. No Merts and no Campbell either as far as I could see..

    Why the lol Gdna?

  3. potter

    August 18, 2014 at 10:43am

    If Campbell plays or not could be a guide to his future . If he is to go , they won’t want him cup tied . Hopefully not another that didn’t get the chance.

  4. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 18, 2014 at 10:44am

    Morning rico, all…

    Nice post.

    On Sanogo poll…what did you expect? Has the majority always been right? This certainly won’t be the first or last time they’d go wrong.

  5. Bob John

    August 18, 2014 at 10:44am

    Morning Rico. I’m gonna be in full ‘told you so’ mode here as I’ve been banging on about defensive cover all summer. It really does smack of negligence when we are facing potentially the most important game of the season followed by an Everton side who owned us at Goodison last season and will be fired up in their first home game!
    It reminds me of 2007/8 when we were already short at the back so Arsene decided to send Djorou on loan to Birmingham. Two games later as injuries kicked in we ended up with Gilberto playing centre-back at White Hart Drain! What’s more, after half a season putting out fires at Birmingham Djorou cam back injured and bereft of confidence. Double whammy!

  6. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 10:46am

    Potter, I think he’s off on loan, which may just mean another striker could be on his way in..

  7. Scott From Oz

    August 18, 2014 at 10:47am

    Yaya should go on loan, IMO.
    Morning all.

  8. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 10:49am

    Morning Tai, thanks.

    Morning Bob, you aren’t alone. It was clear TV was on his way a long time ago yet here we are, season open and we are already looking at playing Kos who is clearly not 100% fit and it’s crazy.

    However, Miquel is training and the thought of him and Chambers starting tomorrow night is quite frightening. Demba Ba will be smiling from ear to ear if that’s the case…

  9. Paul

    August 18, 2014 at 10:50am

    Need another CB,a DM,and a top Striker, and possiblly a left back option.

  10. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 10:50am

    Scott, but he’s French.. ;)

  11. Gunnerdna

    August 18, 2014 at 10:52am

    Rico, I didn’t vote, that’s why I type lol.

  12. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 18, 2014 at 10:52am

    If Campbell is not included, it only means he’s going on loan. I wouldn’t want that but then Wenger’s hands are tied. Presently we have 16 ‘overseas’ players including Campbell. If Manolas happens, we’re closed. To get in another non-homegrown, somebody has to go…and Wenger seems made up it’s Campbell.

    And if so, it confirms Khedira isn’t completely dead. Yes, Khedira because Rabiot is only 19 and qualifies as youth(under 21)

  13. Scott From Oz

    August 18, 2014 at 10:54am

    Tai, we will get Khedira :)
    Rico, I know lol

  14. bondex

    August 18, 2014 at 10:55am

    Morning all, good post. I’d rather see yaya go on loan and then give more opportunities to campbell.By the way If yaya goes , a more experience striker can come on loan.

  15. Nickie

    August 18, 2014 at 10:56am

    I can’t help that if Sanogo went out on loan at 22, come back at 23 would he really have much more to offer? I like the guy but is he really ever going to make it? I hope someone can say I told you so in future but I do not see it. On Saturday it was like our players didn’t want to pass to him because they think he’s poo

  16. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 10:57am

    I still think two at least will be signed…

    So does Arsene Scott.. lol

  17. Bob John

    August 18, 2014 at 11:03am

    Sanogo to me is like Bendtner reincarnated. He has a high opinion of his own ability. I particularly like that little trick he has when the ball is passed to him to take in his stride but it hits his heel as he is running and he leaves it behind! Did it when clean through against Benfica but was flagged offside and did it on Saturday in the second half on the edge of the box.

  18. Nickie

    August 18, 2014 at 11:05am

    lol Bob, I love that trait of his. I do that myself, takes years to master

  19. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 11:05am

    I think i’m losing my battle trying to defend Sanogo… ;)

  20. Ged

    August 18, 2014 at 11:06am

    We have only made one addition to the Squad since last season,Sanchez. Chambers,Debauchy & Ospina replaced Jenkinson,Sagna & Fabinaski.,since then we have lost Vermaelen. IMO,we need 2 C.B. 1 D.M and a world class Striker,other wise it will be the usual story of battling for 4th.
    Does anyone else agree with me that Wilshire should be sold off and replaced by Rabiot

  21. SG_Gooner

    August 18, 2014 at 11:07am

    As usual we have the poster in panic attack mode, filled with dread and probably would have done a similar poll for Ramsey to be sent out on loan when Arsenal “supporters” were busy giving abuse to him on the ground.

  22. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 18, 2014 at 11:08am

    I don’t know anything about Manolas qualities but if he is first choice in a very defensively disciplined side like Greece and is 6’2”, plus AW wants him, I’d welcome him with open arms.

    Again, I don’t see any striker coming. Whenever Wenger wants to change his strikers, he always purchased early in the summer, then starts the work of bedding in in pre-season. Sanchez will always be no 1 name on starting list…then Wenger will get another CF to partner Sanchez? Before they get to understand each other we’d be out of top 4.

    Again, if Wenger wanted Giroud’s sub, he’d have done so early for pre-season, knowing he’d be playing with Sanchez whenever he came on.

    So, who did Wenger try in pre-season with Sanchez? Giroud, Sanogo, Campbell and Akpom. If Wenger gets Khedira and Manolas, then Campbell goes on loan while Akpom stays. If he gets Manolas and Rabiot…Akpom goes on loan, Campbell stays.

    I’ve looked critically at it…and I don’t see any striker signing.

  23. rogerbij

    August 18, 2014 at 11:11am

    Nice post and poll rico. Nothing to defend on Sanogo, its nothing personal. I dont even care if he stays and plays league cup games. Im just dead against him starting as our top striker in any serious game we have to win! Im getting tetchy… where are those signings? Carvalho + Striker please! (Carvalho can also play CB).

  24. Ikenna

    August 18, 2014 at 11:14am

    Sanogo is nt jst gud enough as of yet…i tink he shld be loaned 2get mre experience

  25. Scott From Oz

    August 18, 2014 at 11:14am

    Nickie, our guys couldn’t hit a barn door with a pass at times, n matter who the target.
    He’s a kid….not really sure why so many are being is harsh on him.
    Is it his fault he is our number 2 option ATM?
    If he was 4th choice, everyone would be saying the kid has a future.
    Direct frustration at the right target guys.

  26. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 18, 2014 at 11:17am

    After RVP left, Wenger brought in Giroud and Podolski…that season we didn’t make top 4 by our efforts…we were handed top 4 by Tottenham’s lack of it. And you think Wenger would risk such unbalancing in attack at one go ever again?

  27. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 11:17am

    I think any top class striker if signed wouldn’t take to long to adjust. If that player gets fed the ball, I’m sure he’d just do what he’s always done and score..

    For top class players, the game is natural and with the likes of Ramsey, Alexis and Ozil in our side, the supply will always be plentiful.

    I’m not going to try and guess what AW has planned, all I hope is he does have something planned and that plan gets sorted before the 1st September….

  28. bondex

    August 18, 2014 at 11:18am

    Sanogo is great pontential and I think we all agree on that, TH14 wasn’t that good at the beginning remember and it took a while for him to be the TH14 we all love…

  29. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 11:21am

    Thanks roger. I’d rather we didn’t sign one player who can play both positions, as if he’s called back into defence, bang goes our DM player and if that scenario took place when playing City, Chelsea etc etc, we’d be in trouble….

    We have the money, sign both I say…

  30. bondex

    August 18, 2014 at 11:23am

    Agree with you on that Rico, sign both and make us complete ( at least 80%)

  31. 49Unbeaten

    August 18, 2014 at 11:24am

    He’s already come out and said he isn’t doing anything until after the CL qualifier so I do’t see the point of why there’s a debate?

  32. emma

    August 18, 2014 at 11:25am

    Gd morning gunnersphere,

    Good win last weekend and hopefully that continues
    All the players did very well. It’s all about fitness in the first 3weeks and for us to have won that match bores well for the confidence of the team.

    My only qualms is Wenger playing the wrong striker in this kind of match. Giroud suits this kind of opposition that sits back with a block of two(esp mid and low table teams).

    Yaya should be started against teams like the russia oil, oil city, YWWA(You Will Walk Alone), our b*tch across the seven sisters, manure(teams that will not come to defend but attack)

    Reading thru yesterday comments most of us are going over the top about Yaya’s performance. For the period he spent on the pitch he did brilliantly well. Our midfielders were isolated from him(Sanogo) as Crystal pulis chocked the 18yard box without space.

  33. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 18, 2014 at 11:26am

    Thanks, bondex.

    Ok, Rico…should be using rico henceforth. I saw the post where you quickly clarified Rico and rico were different. And just as well for I already concluded you were the one … truly wondering why you could blow hot and cold on one subject …until you…

    Let’s see September 1 but like I always believed, the fun of this game is guessing almost everything – signings, line-ups, scores, scorers, winners , etc.

  34. rogerbij

    August 18, 2014 at 11:26am

    Exactly bondex, Ill gladly give Sanogo the time to develop, but I just dont want our hopes resting on him until he well and truely has developed!

  35. Nickie

    August 18, 2014 at 11:26am

    Scott,

    I have nothing against the guy and feel sorry for him that he gets such criticisms. I like his work ethic, effort and determination in games. It’s just imo his ability isn’t up to Arsenal standard. Like I said, I’d love someone in a couple of years when Sanogo is smashing 20-30 goals a season to say to me “I told you so”.

    I’m just in a brutal mood. lol

  36. silentstan

    August 18, 2014 at 11:27am

    Do you have a degree in moaning?

  37. Scott From Oz

    August 18, 2014 at 11:28am

    Emma, I’m almost positive he played Sanogo to see where the kid stands, but to keep Giroud for Turkey…a must win game.
    Nickie, I know mate……most of that wasn’t aimed at you lol.
    I like him but think he still a way off ATM.

  38. emma

    August 18, 2014 at 11:29am

    ….But it could be seen as a good tactical plan by wenger to wear the pulis defence down with Yaya running them ragged to soften them and introducing Giroud when they started cramping up. ;)

  39. rogerbij

    August 18, 2014 at 11:32am

    Ya Bondex and Rico, of course youre dead right that we should sign both a DM and CB, not one to cover both. I favour Carvalho because (aside from him being a beast) I cant see Wenger signing both a DM and CB before the end of the window. One surely, two… not so sure. Naturally if you gave us the checkbook it would be done already ;)

  40. Lee

    August 18, 2014 at 11:35am

    Silentstan, elaborate…

  41. aroman

    August 18, 2014 at 11:36am

    let yaya,go on laon becouse he hav a good talented please we want top class strikr

  42. George

    August 18, 2014 at 11:36am

    I can see Sanogo netting in Turkey. I like him but like most, he’s a 4th choice striker. Akpom is at the same level already nad Campbell better than both. WEnger has one eye on everton and like Tai said, he rested Giroud for the Turkey game.

    I am expecting alot more effort from Santi. He was below par, as was Ramsey(even though he scored)

  43. Scott From Oz

    August 18, 2014 at 11:36am

    Emma, Sanogo doesn’t mind mixing it, does he?
    I said it yesterday….I always rate effort, and he brings that.
    For me, effort is almost always rewarded…eventually.

  44. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 11:38am

    bondex, I’m not against Sanogo either, I quite like his energy, pace and enthusiasm and once he starts scoring, he’ll be ok imo.

  45. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 11:39am

    Who silentstan, me or is your comment directed at us all??

  46. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 18, 2014 at 11:41am

    Hey, rico…your poll is faulty … I just voted twice…to check and it accepted!

  47. emma

    August 18, 2014 at 11:41am

    Scott – I quite agree with you. Sanogo will shut a lot of mouth this season. He’s got to be the striker against our rivals this season ahead of Giroud. Campbell is another one I would love to see, hope Wenger gives him a chance

  48. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 11:42am

    It was a good win emma, as Lee said yesterday, there was a time when we would have drawn or even lost that match..

    :) Tai, I think someone did that on purpose, rather childish I think….

  49. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 11:42am

    Best you keep voting then Tai to even the votes out a bit… ;)

  50. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 18, 2014 at 11:44am

    rico, he already started scoring…that’s why we’re debating Sanogo…otherwise you’d be reading ‘Sirnogoal’. He’s top EPL striker of pre-season…lol.

  51. Bt62 Gooner

    August 18, 2014 at 11:44am

    Morning all, nice post Rico or is it rico? I see the Sanogo debate rumbles on, he’s here to stay. Besiktas results, will probably determine our final transfer deals and loans.

  52. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 11:45am

    We just had a very abusive Liverpool fan trying to get on here, wow what a rude rant he had. Spam for him then….

  53. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 18, 2014 at 11:47am

    No, rico…that’s cheating and it’s not in my character. I just wanted to check it out…

  54. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 11:48am

    Ha ha Tai, e-season doesn’t count…

    Thanks Bt, rico is probably best ;)

    I hope Yaya grabs a couple of corkers tomorrow night and then we can start moaning about Giroud again… lol

  55. potter

    August 18, 2014 at 11:49am

    I commented earlier about moving to the ball to make space and someone else said that our midfield were not passing to him because they felt, in his opinion, that he isn’t good enough. I believe that the reason he was not getting the ball was because in fact he was moving away from it in trying to find space by going wide and away from the danger zone. Dann and Hangeland were getting close behind him and giving him no time to control the ball . He will learn to come off the player to get time but in a team trying to win the premier league is not the place to do it. He needs to play against this kind of tight defence week in week out. Arsenal is not where this learning should take place, the physicality of the Championship would serve him well. As a comparison it will be interesting to see how Danny Ings fares in the step up in class.

  56. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 11:49am

    Tai, the poll is set to accept one vote only, I just checked…

  57. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 11:51am

    I think Ings will do well potter, I hope he does, not against us of course.

    Re the tight defending, we saw last season that ‘better’ players than Sanogo struggled to break through sides who set up in a similar way..

  58. BrainwashedKev

    August 18, 2014 at 11:52am

    Potter, your earlier point, re: your son, is so true and despite my love of Arsenal I feel, given those circumstances, would have advised my son the same…
    West Ham, Charlton, Southampton, Leyton Orient, you get a chance at those clubs as they need to develop players to sell them and pay the bills…

  59. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 11:53am

    Just checked it myself Tai, when you vote a second time, the poll says ‘we have already counted your vote’ so the second doesn’t register..

  60. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 18, 2014 at 11:53am

    slentstan?

  61. Bt62 Gooner

    August 18, 2014 at 11:54am

    Vote rigging, Tai?….lol

  62. Bt62 Gooner

    August 18, 2014 at 11:58am

    Scott, good match report yesterday, mate. A bit late, sorry..

  63. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 18, 2014 at 11:59am

    Ok…I’ll check again.

  64. Luznic

    August 18, 2014 at 12:01pm

    Morning Rico, lovely post again and I love polls but wait it isn’t for stats right?lol I want Sanogo to stay and play but not as a starter but as a sub behind Campbell we know our injury problem and someone will soon be out injured, going on loan is a waste what if they don’t play him also there

  65. Scott From Oz

    August 18, 2014 at 12:01pm

    Cheers BT…..

  66. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 18, 2014 at 12:03pm

    Confirmed, rico. Didn’t read the top response the first time. That’s my own error.

  67. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 18, 2014 at 12:03pm

    Bt, lol.

  68. Bt62 Gooner

    August 18, 2014 at 12:03pm

    Rico, should have MSO, about tea time.

  69. Lee

    August 18, 2014 at 12:04pm

    Sanogo was going to vote “Stay and play” but he hit the wrong button……. ;)

  70. potter

    August 18, 2014 at 12:06pm

    What are you trying to say Lee , Cows arse and Banjo.??

  71. Gonerjoe

    August 18, 2014 at 12:06pm

    Afternoon all if we get Baloteli send Sanogo out on lone if not keep him. ;)

  72. Gonerjoe

    August 18, 2014 at 12:09pm

    Rico do we have to get the UN in every time you run a poll. :D

  73. Lee

    August 18, 2014 at 12:09pm

    Potter, after my faux pas yesterday I’m treading carefully! But yes!!

  74. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 18, 2014 at 12:11pm

    Is there any more thing to say in defense of Sanogo that I truly haven’t? Arsenal is presently structured to play off the strengths of Giroud…and as long as it is providing cover for and starting occasionally in some matches, Sanogo is very ok.

    But if it is to get a world class striker to boss both Giroud and Sanogo, who wouldn’t welcome a Ronaldo? But at this time of the season, AW won’t do it and I’m 100% with him.

  75. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 12:17pm

    Morning Luznic, thanks… Cheeky re stats.. ;)

  76. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 12:18pm

    Bt, you are a star, thank you…

  77. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 12:20pm

    12.04 Lee.. :)

  78. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 12:21pm

    I hope not Joe..

    What do we make of the Khedira ‘agents in London’ headlines. Chavs or us?

    Or Qpr? lol

  79. esxste

    August 18, 2014 at 12:21pm

    The problem with signings are that it’s not like Football Manager, where you shortlist a bunch of players and make bids on them all and see what happens. For majority of the transfer window Ozil was not available, then bang, last day we get him. That’s an extreme example for sure, but it’s an important one. Wenger could go out and buy the best defender available today. But he might not be the best one for Arsenal; And then in a couple days, the right one that Wenger does want becomes available, but we’ve already spunked the budget on the wrong guy.

  80. Luznic

    August 18, 2014 at 12:23pm

    Chavs

  81. Lee

    August 18, 2014 at 12:24pm

    Brentford….

  82. Lee

    August 18, 2014 at 12:24pm

    Poisoned fucktard will get him…

  83. Scott From Oz

    August 18, 2014 at 12:27pm

    Lee, he wants us though……

  84. Rick

    August 18, 2014 at 12:30pm

    Morning Rico and the house.
    Good read Rico.
    Campbell did train this morning and will be in the squad for tomorrow.
    I think you have all got it wrong with him he will be staying.
    Still no report of the U18 win on sat.
    The scorers were,Willock Hinds Robinson and Mavididi.

  85. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 12:31pm

    esxste – I can see where you are coming from but surely AW would know by now exactly who he thinks would fit in and be right for Arsenal and he’d know if he can get them or not…

    I still think Ozil was a fluke and fan pressure made AW agree to sign him…

  86. Hell Raising Devil

    August 18, 2014 at 12:33pm

    Good Afternoon Munchkins and Chipmunks.

    Good round up Post Rico……and thanks for the Sol reminder.

    Besiktas will be a different kettle of fish to Palace or any other EPL side. I am not underestimating them. But they will not look to park the bus, especially in Turkey. So they have to come out. I have a feeling it will be Campbell and not Yaya who will get the nod this time. Sanchez will have different luck than the one he had VS
    Palace.

    The game will be more open imo. It will not be easy, but Besiktas know that if they let us have the ball and just sit back they might not qualify…….and to qualify they either have to score more than we do (which means they have to attack) or else wait till its penalties. And I doubt they would wait two games with an added 30 mins meaning 210 minutes and hope for pens.

  87. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 12:33pm

    I think Mr Undertall will do all he can get him too, only because he knows we want him.

    If Sami is really all about money, then he’ll choose the Chavs, if he really wants to join us and we really want to sign him, then come on down Sami Khedira…

  88. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 12:34pm

    Afternoon Rick and thanks.

    I didn’t see Campbell in the training session, clearly I need to go to specsavers. lol

    AW comment about him made me think he’s off on loan…

  89. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 12:38pm

    Thanks Devil, he was a great signing wasn’t he. Oh to have a defender like him signed up this summer…

  90. Scott From Oz

    August 18, 2014 at 12:39pm

    Rico, he is best mates with Ozil, and no doubt, he’s copped an earful about our club.
    I’m just putting two and two together, and could be totally off the mark.

  91. BrainwashedKev

    August 18, 2014 at 12:40pm

    Sign On, Sign On, With Pen, In Your Hand,

    And You’ll Never Get, a Job,

    You’ll Never, Get a Job…

  92. Hell Raising Devil

    August 18, 2014 at 12:40pm

  93. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 12:44pm

    Syg, apparently, Vargas has told his family he’s heading our way… Although I read that’s a spoof…

  94. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 12:46pm

    Scott, you and me both, we can’t both be wrong with our maths… lol

  95. BrainwashedKev

    August 18, 2014 at 12:46pm

    Afternoon Rico, great post, lmao…..,

  96. Gonerjoe

    August 18, 2014 at 12:50pm

    I thought most of the players at Madrid hated Maureen by the time left is this true.

  97. BrainwashedKev

    August 18, 2014 at 12:51pm

    The Joel Campbell conundrum, shouldn’t be so…

    Last season he played a full campaign in Greece, at a similar standard to the Turkish Superliga, where Besiktas play…

    Where’s the problem?

    Campbell can handle Besiktas just as he handled the WC…

    So if he doesn’t play, he must be off….

    But he won’t be off to Anfield, you Scouse cnuts can fcuk off…

  98. Gonerjoe

    August 18, 2014 at 12:52pm

    He left

  99. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 12:52pm

    Afternoon Kev. lol

    I like the little song….

  100. Scott From Oz

    August 18, 2014 at 12:53pm

    Joe, most certainly did lol.
    Rico, no way…we can surely get that one right hahaha.

  101. southyorkshiregunner

    August 18, 2014 at 12:55pm

    ANR website for TAI

    Alexis will shine against Everton, Liverpool & Man C, as they won’t sit back.
    Anyone else, and he will struggle, until there is continuity and understanding between him and his teammates – which may take some time.
    Chambers MUST play in the midfield – once Per is back – as his ball skills and ability to swiftly convert his thinking from defence to attack – with effect – is extraordinary for someone his age.
    Debuchy should rotate with Bellerin – I like Bellerin.

    Myles says:
    How can Alexis have “contuinuity and understanding” with a donkey like Sanogo?
    How can he shine playing with such a clumsy centre forward?
    Wenger was saving Giroud for his £37million game in Istanbul.
    Arsenal beat Palace 2-1 in stoppage time after Sanogo went off at half-time.
    The chasing back by Alexis, his defensive work, was phenomenal.
    But he won’t score if he’s playing with that donkey.

  102. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 12:57pm

    Jose would have us all believe otherwise…

    :) Scott, we can’t…

    Kev, is it true that the Dippers tried to get Joel Campbell on loan?

  103. Lee

    August 18, 2014 at 12:58pm

    Kev, I take it you’re not a fan of the Mickey mousers……

  104. Gonerjoe

    August 18, 2014 at 12:58pm

    So if I put 2+2 together why would Khedira what to play for maureen again oh yes money. ;)

  105. esxste

    August 18, 2014 at 12:59pm

    Rico, thats my point. Wenger probably does have a shortlist of players he thinks are a good fit. It’s about whether they’re available. In previous seasons, money might have been a major factor, but this season he’s already proven he’ll spend money on talent. It’s a tough decision to make. With Kos and BFG playing together, any signing isn’t going to be guaranteed first team football, so paying over the odds to prise a decent player away from his current club to park him in the bench is quite a call to make.

  106. Lee

    August 18, 2014 at 1:00pm

    Sanchez worked his nuts off on Saturday…..

  107. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 1:06pm

    esxste – but if we are going to have to pay over the odds to get who AW wants, why not do that earlier than this?

    I doubt clubs will sell top players towards the end of the transfer window, not unless they have already signed a replacement because finding a player that late would be difficult.

    Ozil was different, he was sold just to balance the books and he only became available once they got Bale…

  108. Lee

    August 18, 2014 at 1:07pm

    still funny….

  109. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 1:10pm

    Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, Arteta admitted the lack of a top scorer is an issue but believes the squad has what it takes to deal with that.

    “We don’t really have a 30 or 40-goal player at the moment so to have players who can score from the middle of the park is very important,” he said.

    ‘At the moment’? Is one coming I wonder…..

  110. Nickie

    August 18, 2014 at 1:11pm

    Rico, go to my twitter page and see how happy Sanchez was with the win….we got a great shot haha

  111. Nickie

    August 18, 2014 at 1:12pm

    Its in tweets and replies lol

  112. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 1:13pm

    :) Nickie, that’s hilarious… Big boy eh….. lol

  113. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 18, 2014 at 1:32pm

    Eduardo Vagas? Why?

    1. Is Vargas truly better than Campbell? If we didn’t already own Campbell, would a choice between him and Vargas, who Benitez considers not good enough at 23 and 24 to send on loan, tip the balance in the favour of the Chilean? At 3 goals in nearly 30 matches last term, is his stats that imposing? Did he make more impact in the last WC than Campbell?

    2. Why would AW waste an oversea slot meant for a DM or CB for a player not clearly better than Campbell, only to send Campbell on loan?

    3. At 5’9”, what advantage does bringing in Vargas offer in a team with Walcott, Ox, Carzola, Podolski – all flank players, positions Vargas would most certainly play in?

    4. Has AW shown any sign of a 4-4-2 in recent times to suggest playing Vargas as a second striker?

    Can somebody please educate me on why we should swallow this unnecessary rumour just because one bloke who probably had plenty to drink concluded if Sanchez and Vargas played for Chile that they certainly should play for Arsenal?

    Syd,

    I still recall all the negative write-ups Myles made about Ramsey … and most times, I don’t usually rely on people’s opinions to build up mine. When I don’t see it, I don’t talk about it. Only Wenger and his assistants stay within the technical area and there’s a reason it’s called technical area! So, if I have to listen to anyone to make my mind up about things Arsenal…Wenger is it.

  114. Nickie

    August 18, 2014 at 1:39pm

    Same old media mumbo jumbo Tai. Just think back to Juan Quintero it’s allllll rubbish. Vargas is a decent player but not necessary

  115. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 18, 2014 at 1:42pm

    Exactly Nickie…we’ve suddenly forgotten about that one.

  116. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 18, 2014 at 1:57pm

    In my little brain, something tells me that Madrid do not wish to deal with Mourinho in any way. Mourinho before selling Lukakau didn’t really have the money to sponsor the rumoured 24 mil Khedira deal.

    But now they have and even if he didn’t need him, Mourinho would like to deny Wenger the chance of grabbing Sami. The only way is to tell Sami to hold on at Madrid and walk away free. But Madrid is wiser …they seemingly want to push Sami away now … get some dough and deny Mou.

    Now, if Wenger thinks there is still a chance, he’d wait till the end … and I suspect he’s actually waiting.

    Please don’t quote me – only making unfounded guesses!

  117. esxste

    August 18, 2014 at 2:09pm

    Rico, I’d say there wasn’t any certainty that TV was off. Wenger certainly didn’t want to sell to ManU, and probably wouldn’t have done. TV might have preferred to stay than go to a “lesser” team; if Barcelona hand’t taken him, he might still be with us. With BFG, Kos, TV and Chambers, there wouldn’t have been a need to get anyone else in. As well with the transfers, there is the issue of Champions League football – the best players want to be playing on the biggest stage. We can’t offer any promises on that at the moment.

  118. BrainwashedKev

    August 18, 2014 at 2:15pm

    Just a thought, Kostas Manolas, if he joins, plays for Olympiakos…

    Joel Campbell, last season, was on loan at, Olympiakos…

    Could a swap deal or another loan be part of any deal?

  119. frednerk

    August 18, 2014 at 2:29pm

    Tai 380 degree turnaround then Khedira.

  120. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 18, 2014 at 2:39pm

    fred, turn around? Remind me…

  121. Lexoshoke

    August 18, 2014 at 2:45pm

    Howdy Lady rico, Adam, Coach, Emma, kev, Lee, Nickie, Scott, Bt, Luznic, Potter, My home boy Tai n Ever reliable Mista stats Ts I’m sorry if I left any1 out but in summary howdy HH’ers
    On the topic of sanogo I’d definitely be on the fence, he’s got potential, and still very raw but he could still do a job he just needs time and I do honestly and sincerely hope we fans give him the support he needs to but imo a goal would do him a world of good. Here is an article on Rabiot its a nice read though http://t.co/UevJbwOrjr

  122. frednerk

    August 18, 2014 at 2:57pm

    you suspect wengers waiting for khadira,
    I took your advice and forgot him.make your mind up mate.

  123. Lee

    August 18, 2014 at 2:59pm

    Fred we’re doing the Khedira “okey-kokey!”

  124. frednerk

    August 18, 2014 at 3:02pm

    Wengers trying to halfinch someone, fu#k playing cards with him.

  125. Nickie

    August 18, 2014 at 3:03pm

    put your injured in, injured leg out…

  126. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 18, 2014 at 3:22pm

    Afternoon, Lexo…thanks for the link. Very comprehensive on Rabiot. If the writer knows what he’s talking about, and it seems he does, we’re being linked with a player who, though stands at 6’2”, doesn’t offer much in physical play. Strictly one-legged, though Wenger’s preferred left foot. But obviously quite technical. A Pirlo passeses … that’s something! Can’t say I’m excited but at 19, always room for improvement.

    fred, when it became clear the press were tossing us around without any clue, I said forget him. But for me, I’ve always maintained the best DM out there we could get is Khedira. Every German is naturally strong on the ball…forget Ozil – he nationalised! Khedira is very technical and works his socks off. He’s a WC winner, at peak age and good mates to fork out instant playing understanding. Tall enough, 6’2”. and all the experiences required. And looks a perfect Wenger DM.

  127. Nickie

    August 18, 2014 at 4:07pm

    Khedira is not full German though is he? Tunisian parent/ancestors

  128. frednerk

    August 18, 2014 at 4:12pm

    Remember Tai next time listen to me.

  129. Nickie

    August 18, 2014 at 4:15pm

    on a positive note, Manolas announcement could be this week

  130. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 4:16pm

    Mourinho is an arrogant git, I hope Burnley stuff his ‘title contenders’ good and proper!

    Afternoon all….

  131. tsgh

    August 18, 2014 at 4:17pm

    Good read rico…

    Afternoon all..

    Luznic for you…

    In my view what he has is top drawer…

  132. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 4:19pm

    esxste – I disagree re TV, AW has been saying all summer that he could leave….

    Hi Lexo.

  133. tsgh

    August 18, 2014 at 4:21pm

    Hi Lexo… long time?

  134. tsgh

    August 18, 2014 at 4:27pm

    Daley Blind is available and will be perfect… the Ajax finishing school plus his father was a nut case as a player…

    £15m max will get him… a proper player who has played LB,CB,DM at WC and UCL levels…

    imo Rabiot is a french version of Randall or Conor Henderson…

    He is behind Kongodbia too… if we are looking to win the title should we not be aiming abit higher… tried and tested players imo…

    Then again AW has a better eye at judging players than me so…

  135. tsgh

    August 18, 2014 at 4:28pm

    Sami was coming imo…

  136. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 4:32pm

    Thanks Ts…

  137. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 4:37pm

    He looks good in that video, shame about the og… lol

  138. tsgh

    August 18, 2014 at 4:40pm

    lol… Rico. I thought you would miss that bit.. hawk eyed. :-)

    Kosser and RAmsey have a long track record of og’s too so..

  139. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 4:45pm

    :) Ts, my eyesight is far better than my memory…

  140. tsgh

    August 18, 2014 at 4:50pm

    haha…

  141. Lexoshoke

    August 18, 2014 at 4:53pm

    Yea long time TS, hope you’ve been good?. Been doing more of reading on here than posting. Rabiot is more of a potential as is sanogo, his addition shouldn’t stop a major signing from happening. Heard any major/marque signings is actually dependent on champions league qualification.

    Lady rico great job and thanks for all the beautiful and amazing you keep delivering every single day.

  142. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 4:56pm

    Thank you Lexo…

  143. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 18, 2014 at 5:06pm

    fred, what really should I listen to you about? Bragging time?

  144. tsgh

    August 18, 2014 at 5:07pm

    It always is Lexo re UCL qualifications…

    Besiktas is a tricky tie but if we set-up well and Diaby or TR07 comes in for JW we will be fine..

    Our old boy Oguzhan Ozyakup will cause either Flamster or our capito problems in the hole…Tore has good engine…

    Obviously, Ba will start up front and Bilic as their manager who is decent imo…

  145. esxste

    August 18, 2014 at 5:18pm

    Rico, Depends on how you read into “could”, I guess. Given the way TV handled his side of things, I don’t think it was a case of TV wanting out at any cost. But again, I see people demanding Wenger buy a defender, but don’t give any suggestions on how he can attract the top class defenders they want him to buy when he can’t promise regular or champions league football to them. (At the moment)

  146. Lexoshoke

    August 18, 2014 at 5:20pm

    TS any away trip to turkey is always tricky, + they’ve got some insane n vocal fans out there. Quite intimidating too but a win is definitely needed and we’ve got an OK squad to execute that.

    Nope Rico we the readers e.g me should be doing the thank you. So THANK YOU

  147. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 5:29pm

    esxste – think it’s best we agree to differ, otherwise we’ll be here all night… ;)

  148. frednerk

    August 18, 2014 at 5:31pm

    Tai..bragging about my opinion do us a favour mate.

  149. Luznic

    August 18, 2014 at 5:48pm

    TS I hope he comes good for us because my heart says Wenger already shaked hands with him and a deal is in place but my heart is always for the arsenal what do I know, Tai Khedira is a Tunisian German and Oezil is very strong also not easy to push off the ball………..but can’t we get papasthadopolous I like that name and the man……..khedira or Rabbiot I still feel they threaten Arteta so far Khedira don’t push the skippo out completely I will be glad even though I want him so much but a bird at hand they say

  150. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 18, 2014 at 6:01pm

    Nickie and Luznic, thanks on spotlight on Khedira African connection.

    fred, anything I write here is based on passion and love for my club. I will disagree with anybody once I’m not sold. But taking it home is not my style. I don’t really understand what you have been grumbling about … if it is anything on Khedira, wait until we sign him, then remind me where I crossed your path…I’d happily apologise once we get him signed…and that is if I really spoke out of turn.

  151. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 6:08pm

    Tai – fred bragging?? He’s not that kind of guy…

  152. Nashua gunner

    August 18, 2014 at 6:17pm

    Good Afternoon Rico and All.

    Are we looking to add more bodies into the team?

    Is Sami a DM? Is he what we really need? I don’t remember him playing DM for Real Madrid. What I do remember is, he’s always on the bench injured. I hope I’m wrong as always.

  153. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 6:19pm

    Afternoon Ng. I don’t think Sami is a DM, but he’d certainly add flair to our midfield and with Tomas getting older and Ramsey needing a break, he’d be a great addition to the squad imo.

    But, we’d still need a CDM imo, a younger and fitter version of Arteta…

    Rabiot… ;)

  154. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 18, 2014 at 6:21pm

    rico, you’re not picking on me again today, are you?

  155. Nashua gunner

    August 18, 2014 at 6:27pm

    Can’t argue that Rico.we need bodies in with qualities and Sami could be one of them.

    Rabiot; never see him play or notice him.

  156. frednerk

    August 18, 2014 at 6:32pm

    Tai,
    What makes me laugh about you mate is you talk like you know it all,then you change track,and start preaching to us how right you are when you were wrong in the first place.

  157. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 6:46pm

    Not at all Tai, but making such accusations against fred, don’t sit well with me, or fred probably….

  158. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 6:54pm

    Ng, a Gooner friend of mine has watched Rabiot and believes he’d be a great signing.

  159. Rick

    August 18, 2014 at 7:26pm

    Evening All
    Gibbs and Sanago injured did not travel.
    BFG stayed at home Kossy and Miqual in squad.

  160. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 7:28pm

    Sanogo injured Rick? That’s strange as he was in training this morning….

  161. Rick

    August 18, 2014 at 7:35pm

    Thats what is being reported Rico.
    It looks a little strange dos it not.
    Ginge thanks for the link to Manolas.
    He looks good and remineds me of Koss when he joined us.

  162. Micko

    August 18, 2014 at 7:56pm

    Hi rico,

    Has fred been bragging again !

    Looks like i’m in the 10% club.

  163. Micko

    August 18, 2014 at 8:06pm

    Two games in and a paper thin defense tomorrow nite…..deep joy !

  164. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 8:07pm

    Worrying eh Micko…

  165. bob john

    August 18, 2014 at 8:12pm

    Seeing Fibreglass in a chav kit makes me feel sick!

  166. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 8:14pm

    Corrie works Bob.. ;)

  167. Nashua gunner

    August 18, 2014 at 8:18pm

    Chelsea equalised, 1 all

  168. Micko

    August 18, 2014 at 8:22pm

    You’ve been super confident all summer another 2 will be coming in rico, hope your right.

    Bob john, cashley buggers off and cesc replaces him, I’m sure he’ll get a warm reception at the Emirates !

  169. Nickie

    August 18, 2014 at 8:22pm

    Fabregas wow. We should have taken him back haha

  170. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 8:23pm

    Sure does Rick…

    :) Micko, i’m in there with you…

  171. Adam

    August 18, 2014 at 8:23pm

    Bob. Me too.

  172. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 8:23pm

    I still am Micko, a bottle of ketchup has convinced me, honest.

  173. Gunnerdna

    August 18, 2014 at 8:27pm

    Can’t believe Lord Fabregas playing for CFC.

  174. rico

    August 18, 2014 at 8:30pm

    I’m off for the day, night all….

  175. Nashua gunner

    August 18, 2014 at 8:32pm

    Fibraglass is a typical example why I don’t have sympathy for footballers. They only think of themselves.

  176. Nashua gunner

    August 18, 2014 at 8:33pm

    Night Rico.

  177. Adam

    August 18, 2014 at 8:35pm

    Everytime Cesc gets the ball he puts the opposition in trouble. What a strange decision not to take him back.

  178. Nashua gunner

    August 18, 2014 at 8:40pm

    One should never forget his back heel pass.

  179. Adam

    August 18, 2014 at 8:40pm

    Or the goals he scored for us.

  180. Gunnerdna

    August 18, 2014 at 8:41pm

    Adam, please don’t do it, I’m having a headache. Lol.

  181. Adam

    August 18, 2014 at 8:43pm

    Gdna. I know mate. I really do.

  182. tsgh

    August 18, 2014 at 8:45pm

    Evening fellow Housers..

    ight Rico..

    Damn, Cesc is back…

    hopefully he goes missing in second half Micko. ;)

    Hi Ng.. your boy Costa is looking the same thug he is… lol

  183. Gunnerdna

    August 18, 2014 at 8:45pm

    Adam, please say some negative stuff. Lol, Fabregas let me down, he should have went to PSG. 2 assist in 30 mins, your boy Costa looks good. Lol

  184. Nashua gunner

    August 18, 2014 at 8:45pm

    For those goals he was handsomely rewarded for. And he turned his back on us when we really needed him.

  185. Nashua gunner

    August 18, 2014 at 8:51pm

    Hi Ts. Fibraglass is back. Mr.Treatment Table. And chosen Mourihno of all people. Wanders will never end.

  186. goonster

    August 18, 2014 at 8:52pm

    …..and so it begins. God help us.

  187. tsgh

    August 18, 2014 at 8:55pm

    lol.. Ng. well at least he is only human so he can assist only 1 person at a time… lol

    Hopefully, Ozil is watching this and saying he needs to up his game…

    Its still only Burnley after all btw…

  188. Gunnerdna

    August 18, 2014 at 8:55pm

    Goon, don’t start it, my head hurts. Lol

  189. Micko

    August 18, 2014 at 8:55pm

    Adam, don’t beat yourself up, those in the know will tell ya he’s over-rated !
    Howdy tsgh, my source tells me cesc has the fastest healing bones in the premiership but keep that to yourself.

  190. Adam

    August 18, 2014 at 8:57pm

    Gdna. :)
    I am turning to another channel to watch a film. Night all.

  191. tsgh

    August 18, 2014 at 8:57pm

    I thought folks including JW said Santi was better than Cesc when Cesc jumped ship? ;)

  192. goonster

    August 18, 2014 at 8:58pm

    Gdna it’s happening already. We ve just handed the title to the chavs by allowing thst short cuss sign our golden boy. Last year it was manure this year it’s the chavs….who’s next? Totenham hotsperms? Good grief.

  193. Gunnerdna

    August 18, 2014 at 8:58pm

    Ts, Matic looks like the best in his position in the league, what you think?

  194. Gunnerdna

    August 18, 2014 at 9:01pm

    Adam, lol. I ain’t watching anymore of this shit either, fuck off Mourinho, David Moyes is the special 1 not u.

  195. Hell Raising Devil

    August 18, 2014 at 9:02pm

    Tottenham hotsperms????? :lol: LMFAO

    for once you said something sensible.

    but not hotsperms mate.

    Shitsperms is better.

  196. tsgh

    August 18, 2014 at 9:02pm

    Matic is good and was always good even before he left Chelsea-Dna…

    tbh with you I haven’t watched enough of him closely since he came back to say he is the best…

    Jose’s players work hard and so the pressure is not on only the 2 CB’s and DM to win the balls whilst the 2 FBs and wingers go missing like AW’s tactics in the big games…

  197. Nashua gunner

    August 18, 2014 at 9:03pm

    Ts. Yes one master at a time but, the man who nurtured you; yet you decide to play for his worse enemy. What happened to ‘he wants to go home’?

  198. tsgh

    August 18, 2014 at 9:04pm

    :D micko… well Cesc can be a good samaritan and donor a bit of his bone-marrow to King Abou…

  199. goonster

    August 18, 2014 at 9:05pm

    Nasher the master didn’t want him back. What do you expect him to do? Come on now.

  200. Gunnerdna

    August 18, 2014 at 9:06pm

    Ts, I’m only interested in the Matic reply. I have no right to criticize AW or his players, I leave that to others, lets enjoy the talent god give to these players.

  201. Hell Raising Devil

    August 18, 2014 at 9:06pm

    Good Evening mates

  202. goonster

    August 18, 2014 at 9:07pm

    I actually don’t hate him. I miss him terribly. So sad seeing him in blue. Rips my heart out.

  203. tsgh

    August 18, 2014 at 9:08pm

    well, if we are to believe it; it was Aw who snubbed him…
    I am too cynical on the other hand to believe Cesc was desperate to join us at all cost considered last summer he flirted with Yanited until he realised he better see how Moyes does first…

    £200k a week and all; £9.6m a year salary on top of the £30m transfer fee; well…???

  204. Nashua gunner

    August 18, 2014 at 9:10pm

    Goonster. There are many churches beside St.Georgge’s Cathedral.

  205. tsgh

    August 18, 2014 at 9:10pm

    Hey goonie.. do us a favour and do some research on the dutch sites and try to find out why Daley Blind is not moving.. he will be perfect for us..

  206. Gunnerdna

    August 18, 2014 at 9:10pm

    Goon, miss is an understatement. 1 of the best MF to ever play in the PL, love him like no other.

  207. goonster

    August 18, 2014 at 9:10pm

    Ts he wanted to at all cost but as always le scrooge had other ideas. God am so heart broken.

  208. Gunnerdna

    August 18, 2014 at 9:15pm

    Ts, Daley Blind is another Kevin Strootman scenario, a player who could make a big difference but is being overlook.

  209. bondex

    August 18, 2014 at 9:19pm

    @ goonster l hate cesc now with a strong passion. … He didnt really want to come here. Remember he took a pay cut just to make sure he left us. He should have done the same, wear an arsenal jersey and pretend ut was forcwd on him by carzola. Then i would belueve he realky prefered to come to us.

  210. tsgh

    August 18, 2014 at 9:21pm

    Indeed Goonie;Strootman was instrumental for Gervinho’s Roma last season.. he made De Rossi look young.. lol

    I wonder how his injury will affect him this season if/when he comes back…

    I honestly thought AW would go for Blind or at least LvG will try to sign Daley since LvG needs a CB but..

    Maybe his dad has advised him to stay for awhile.. or the tough Overmars is refusing to sell…

    Ng- the way I see it if we had not won a trophy last summer or qualified for UCL, Cesc won’t have even said he wanted to join us again… I might be wrong again of course…

  211. Micko

    August 18, 2014 at 9:23pm

    Daley Blind, won dutch player of the year last season, will probably end up with the Northern monkeys.

  212. Nashua gunner

    August 18, 2014 at 9:26pm

    Ts. Come to think of it, it situation like this why I admired The Verminator.

  213. tsgh

    August 18, 2014 at 9:31pm

    ha ha Micko there are 2 monkeys now… which 1..

    Indeed Ng re TV…

  214. tsgh

    August 18, 2014 at 9:40pm

    Also jose’ wanted Ozil so much last summer that he refused to sell Demba Ba to us…

    Ozil will show his worth this season… he was instrumental in Germany winning the wc as well…
    Their stats are almost identical over the last 3 or 4 years too.

  215. tsgh

    August 18, 2014 at 9:40pm

    night gents

  216. Micko

    August 18, 2014 at 9:41pm

    Well I’m not talking Stoke tsgh, catch you tomorrow gooners, nite all.

  217. Nashua gunner

    August 18, 2014 at 9:42pm

    Good night T.

  218. Nashua gunner

    August 18, 2014 at 9:46pm

    Night Micko.

  219. Nashua gunner

    August 18, 2014 at 10:48pm

    Sometimes I wonder whether it AW or Arsenal Mourihno hate so much. If we can get Sami over Chelsea that would be the best thing after sliced bread.

  220. potter

    August 18, 2014 at 11:01pm

    Cesc is a class act , we ( whoever ) turned him down . We will live to regret it.

  221. Wavy

    August 18, 2014 at 11:02pm

    If you look at the table now I think you are looking at the final order, well maybe not order but the top 4 will be as it is now. I hope that the teM that is third overnight will finish first! However, this it for the season. No Manure, no Everton etc etc…..perm any four and hope the Arse come out on top but it’s all to play for.
    Only request…….Arsene, my little bobby dazzler go and complete the squad with the right players, so we are equipped to win the EPL like we are destined to do!!

    Right I’m back to my Scottish break. I love foreign holidays!

  222. BrainwashedKev

    August 19, 2014 at 12:12am

    Scotland is beautiful Wavy…

    The only thing that spoils it are the Scots!

  223. Scott From Oz

    August 19, 2014 at 4:09am

    Honestly, I a sick of hearing about Cesc.
    We haven’t got him.
    He’s a Chelksi shit now…..sulky player with a sulky manager….perfect fit.
    I hope they have beautiful children together.
    Move on.

  224. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 6:43am

    Fuck Fabregas we’ve got Sanogo (even though he’s injured!)
    Costa he’s shit….
    Arsene knows…..

  225. Hell Raising Devil

    August 19, 2014 at 7:00am

    Good Morning Munchkins and Chipmunks

    Just ask yourself a question………at the end of the day….who would you prefer (technically and tactically)….Cesc or Wilshere?

    Honest answers please. leave sentiment and emotions aside.

    Would you have preferred this midfield…..

    Arteta, Cesc, Ramsey

    or this midfield……

    Arteta, Jack, Ramsey

    Deep down my opinion is that of the former one.

    And when Ozil returns…..Cesc, Ramsey, Ozil

  226. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 7:06am

    Fabregas all day long coach….Arsene knows though!

  227. Scott From Oz

    August 19, 2014 at 7:10am

    We all know who is the best of Jack and Cesc, but we don’t have him.
    We won nothing with Cesc, RVP and all the other “world class” players we had and sold, yet have won two trophies in a few months…..yep, I reckon Arsene has it right.
    A happy squad, or sulky bitches?
    I know what we have now.
    Morning all.

  228. Scott From Oz

    August 19, 2014 at 7:12am

    Come on devil, you coach….a team of champions, or a champion team?

  229. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 7:27am

    Yeah you’re right Scott BUT we could of had him….Arsene chose not to.

  230. potter

    August 19, 2014 at 7:36am

    Money left in the bank , Cesc at Chelsea and Arteta and Flamini anchoring our midfield = madness.

    Scott the reason we won nothing whilst they were with us and the reason they were sulky was because they did not have the quality of Ozil and Sanchez around them. Wenger has always made do and mended and he is doing it again. Someone at the club felt spited by Cesc and put there own feelings before those of the club.

  231. potter

    August 19, 2014 at 7:38am

    BTW Charity ( Community ) Shield is a pre season friendly . Doesn’t count as a trophy.

  232. Scott From Oz

    August 19, 2014 at 7:38am

    I know Lee, I know.
    I’d have taken him, to be honest but so be it.
    Potter, they were supposedly top class, even world class players.
    Cesc refused to play….why shouldn’t Wenger have been pissed?
    I’d have been.
    You’d have been.
    Again, I’d have taken him but I’m not devastated we didn’t.

  233. Scott From Oz

    August 19, 2014 at 7:40am

    Potter, fair enough, but Chelski didn’t even qualify :)

  234. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 7:44am

    Both Fabregas and RvP wanted the squad strengthened but not with cnuts like santos, gerwankstain etc. As you say we haven’t got him, so let’s move on! The window is still open and we have money in the bank….will Arsene do the right thing? Time will tell…..

  235. Scott From Oz

    August 19, 2014 at 7:47am

    Lee!,I think he will.
    I reckon Khedira will be ours for starters, and a CB.
    From there, I’m not sure…….

  236. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 7:55am

    Your positivity knows no bounds Scott… :lol:
    Half full Digger!! I hope you’re right matey! We are very close to great things, imho!

  237. Adam

    August 19, 2014 at 8:04am

    Morning all. While I agree that crying over spilt milk is futile, a manager succeeds or fails by the decisions he makes and regarding the whole Cesc situation Wenger either did or didn’t make a mistake. Too late now. I am with Potter on this one myself. For me the plain fact is that we need three quality players in the next couple of weeks. Those that Scott mentioned, yes, but also a striker. A proper, top quality striker.

  238. Scott From Oz

    August 19, 2014 at 8:07am

    Adam, a striker would top us right off, that’s for certain.
    Lee, I’m consistent, mate lol

  239. Scott From Oz

    August 19, 2014 at 8:08am

    What’s our nett spend thus far, guys??
    Just rough figures…..

  240. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 8:18am

    £41.8m

  241. Scott From Oz

    August 19, 2014 at 8:20am

    So plenty on the kitty, Lee.
    No excuse not to complete the squad then…..

  242. Scott From Oz

    August 19, 2014 at 8:21am

    Oh, and thank you, Lee :)

  243. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 8:25am

    Morning all..

    Cesc who? lol

  244. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 8:25am

    I still got a hunch Khedira will happen…..

  245. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 8:26am

    MOTM last night….

  246. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 8:29am

    Sanogo injured? Or heading out on loan?

  247. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 8:30am

    But if that was playing for us, would we not be tempted to say ‘it was only Burnley’?

  248. Scott From Oz

    August 19, 2014 at 8:31am

    Loan, Rico…..that was my tip after the weekend :)

  249. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 8:36am

    Said similar Scott, maybe AW wanted to see what he was like against Palace before making a decision. Not suggesting I’m right, but it’s a possibility…

  250. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 8:38am

    Plus, Arteta’s comment yesterday about not having a 23/30 goal scorer ‘yet’ could be a hint… ;)

  251. Gonerjoe

    August 19, 2014 at 8:44am

    What’s it with the Cesc love in remember he forced he’s way out of the team and refusing to play pretending he was injured.
    So when the team needed him the most he left us at this moment our mid- field doesn’t need him.

  252. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 8:44am

    24/30? 25/30?

  253. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 8:45am

    It’s hardly a love in, It was merely stating that he played well last night.

  254. Adam

    August 19, 2014 at 8:47am

    Morning Rico. If so, there are comparatively few players that would fit Arteta’s description.

  255. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 8:48am

    Our midfield doesn’t need him……

  256. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 8:48am

    30/40 ;)

  257. Adam

    August 19, 2014 at 8:51am

    I would have thought that we need as many world-class players as we can get.

  258. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 8:51am

    Morning Adam. I know but he could have been hinting about a striker coming in.

    I’m guessing of course…..

  259. Scott From Oz

    August 19, 2014 at 8:53am

    Cavani?
    What is Pato doing?
    Gervinho :)

  260. Adam

    August 19, 2014 at 8:54am

    I don’t doubt it Rico. Do you think Wenger is going to sign a 25-30 goal a season world-class striker? :)

  261. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 8:55am

    Sanogo we have Sanogo!

  262. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 8:57am

    I don’t know Adam…

  263. Scott From Oz

    August 19, 2014 at 8:57am

    Adam, I don’t think he will, to be honest.
    My question is do we need one?
    Comparing our attacking weapons to last season, we are one Sanchez better off.
    If Theo can stay fit, Campbell can show something, we are better off.
    Where did we lose things last season?
    Was it a lack of goals or too many conceded?

  264. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 8:57am

    And Alexis, Giroud and Campbell… ;)

  265. Scott From Oz

    August 19, 2014 at 8:58am

    I should have added we MUST, MUST, MUST add a CB and DM.

  266. Adam

    August 19, 2014 at 8:59am

    Rico. I can’t even think of one at the moment who could be available but, if I could, no doubt he would be big, big money. We could afford him though.

  267. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 8:59am

    Too many conceded Scott, imo.

    DM, CB have to be the priority imo… And Sami…

  268. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 9:00am

    Falcao, Cavani, Balotelli are all up for grabs Adam…

  269. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 9:01am

    Kalou?
    Bent?

  270. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 9:01am

    Umbongo?

  271. Adam

    August 19, 2014 at 9:02am

    Scott. I honestly think we do. If he is going to persist with Alexis wide then we really only have Giroud who looks likely to score goals and they will be of a specific variety. For me, we need a goalscorer and a serious one at that. We are, after all, aiming to win the PL.

  272. Adam

    August 19, 2014 at 9:06am

    Rico. I wonder which one he will buy? :)

  273. Nickie

    August 19, 2014 at 9:09am

    We should press Besiktas hard tonight,

    —–Ram–Arteta—-
    Alexi————–Ox
    —–Camp–Gir—–

    Morning all,

    big shame Sanogo isn’t fit, he’s ready..

  274. BrainwashedKev

    August 19, 2014 at 9:10am

    Morning All…

    There are many pros and cons concerning Fabregas.

    But in the final analysis, you cannot have too many quality players…

    Is Cesc better than what we have?

    If the answer if yes, then it was stupid not to sign him.

    If only to stop him going to Chelsea or ManUre…

    It’s only one result and one performance, but Wenger’s decision not to resign him has all the ingredients of becoming a major major blunder…

  275. Scott From Oz

    August 19, 2014 at 9:14am

    Kev, would he have upset our squad though…that’s my question.
    Adam, fair enough, but I hope Arsene plays Sanchez through the middle.

  276. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 9:15am

    Cavani Adam….

  277. Nickie

    August 19, 2014 at 9:15am

    I don’t think a DM is on Wenger’s shopping list. Arteta captain, Flamini in the wings, Diaby when fit, Ramsey/Jack and play deep in his eyes. He will not leave out Arteta or Jack to supplement a new CM. I’ve conceded defeat in our chase for a DM

  278. BrainwashedKev

    August 19, 2014 at 9:18am

    He might have Scott, then again, he might not have?

    He might have loved being in the same team as Ozil, Sanchez and Ramsey…

    But it’s all conjecture Digger.

    He’s a Chav now and I suspect that we’ll be debating this point for the rest of this season and beyond, especially if Cesc makes ‘the’ difference for Gazprom…

    Off to the Osteo..

  279. frednerk

    August 19, 2014 at 9:19am

    Morning All,
    So far the transfer kitty is still intact,other than Sanchez(puma money).
    Wenger waiting(I hope) to nip in cut price for bodies,surely he can see after the new injuries…why the delay with the bubble and squeek,
    3 games this week..Lastminute.com

  280. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 9:22am

    I don’t think he would of upset the squad BUT as you said earlier Scott, Arsene didn’t want him so move on!

  281. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 9:25am

    :) Adam, none I suspect…

  282. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 9:26am

    Fred, Arsene’s waiting for us to qualify for the CL then Cavani, Khedira,Carvalho and Hummels are coming…..Adam was told by Ivan! ;)

  283. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 9:32am

    I’d laugh my socks off if that happened Lee. After having to be brought round by smelling salts of course… ;)

  284. frednerk

    August 19, 2014 at 9:33am

    I know lee..my brothers mate at work told us his sisters best mate meet this bloke in primark last week and he told her his brother saw wenger signing the checks for them players you mention…
    Lee just passing on the info mate.

  285. Adam

    August 19, 2014 at 9:34am

    Lee. :)

  286. Gonerjoe

    August 19, 2014 at 9:35am

    The one place our team is well stocked with players is mid-field if we are going to spend 30m the are better places to spend it.
    Just a question would anyone take Nasri back for 30m cause in the end he forced he’s way out the same as Cesc.

  287. potter

    August 19, 2014 at 9:37am

    In my opinion a mistake , you can argue that it was only Burnley but we struggled to break down a manager less Palace and got lucky at the end .

  288. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 9:39am

    Just a question how do you know Cesc forced his way out?
    Midfield well stocked? Is Fabregas better than Arteta, Flamini, Rosicky, Wilshere,Diaby or Santi?

  289. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 9:41am

    Hope you are wrong Nickie, you have to be….

  290. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 9:43am

    Neither here nor there as he’s a chav now but saying we don’t need him….really?

  291. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 9:45am

    I didn’t see the game potter, did Burnley park the bus like Palace?

    Just playing devils advocate really, when a few of our ‘not so liked/good’ players do well against the so called lesser sides, ‘we’ are quick to say the opposition was poor…

    I guess I’m just asking how good were Burnley, the way SS’s are going on about Chelsea, you’d think they had just beaten Real Madrid 3-1….

  292. frednerk

    August 19, 2014 at 9:45am

    Thought the chavs looked up to speed last night after going one down,Fab pulling the strings all over the place.
    I hope our players were watching that game,wenger did say we have the same type of player as Fab,,jack/Rambo.?

  293. potter

    August 19, 2014 at 9:46am

    Nasri is not in the same class as Cesc , when we talk about managing people if you get a situation like we had with Cesc and later RVP, as a manager you have to ask yourself the question WHY ?. What caused it and could I have handled it better.Effectively they both left because of the lack of quality in our squad and they saw that the club was displaying no intention of improving it. We now have improved our squad and the opportunity to resign a player that is better than all but possibly Ozil in our current squad but for supposed personal reasons we chose not to and in my opinion foolishly cutting our nose off to spite our face .
    Anyway water under the bridge now , if we are going back to our just buying prospects to fill shirts , we had better hope that Wilshere finds another gear because the one he was in on Saturday wasn’t good enough.

  294. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 9:46am

    I think he would have upset the squad Lee, only because a bottle of Aldi’s finest ketchup told me… lol

  295. bondex

    August 19, 2014 at 9:50am

    Morning all…. i dont seem to able to get over “PEST FABREGAS” so I’m just gtoing to shut my mouth on anything that concerns me.

  296. bondex

    August 19, 2014 at 9:50am

    ****** concerns him

  297. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 9:52am

    All conjecture Rico…. Arsene will address the team’s deficiencies over the next 2 weeks! I’m half full today……..

  298. bondex

    August 19, 2014 at 9:53am

    Morning Rico, Imo Burnley played a more open game and gave chelsea a lot to think about. Not sure chelsea would have fared as well if they played like palace did. By the way didnt palace beat them last season ?

  299. Scott From Oz

    August 19, 2014 at 9:54am

    Potter, did Cesc also leave Barca due to their lack of quality?
    No, and I doubt he left us because of that.
    I reckon he was homesick, but Barca wasn’t the heavenly experience he thought it’d be and things soured, so they got rid of him.

  300. Gonerjoe

    August 19, 2014 at 9:54am

    On Cesc Lee what I remember reading at the time and the fact he was injured for us and played for Barcelona as soon as he signed for them.

  301. Adam

    August 19, 2014 at 9:54am

    Potter. I couldn’t agree more. Excellent points.
    Rico. Burnley had a go for sure and you had to admire their commitment, but once Chelsea got going and Cesc started pulling the strings….
    Because of our unique association with him I am hardly surprised that people are talking about the bloke this morning.

  302. Scott From Oz

    August 19, 2014 at 9:55am

    Bondex, Palace effectively ended Cheslkis league Challenge…..

  303. Bt62 Gooner

    August 19, 2014 at 9:55am

    FALCAO!!

  304. Scott From Oz

    August 19, 2014 at 9:56am

    There is no doubting the quality of Cesc on the pitch…he is world class.
    Off it, he has a massive question mark, and obviously Wenger thought so.
    I’m Cesc’ed out now :)

  305. Bt62 Gooner

    August 19, 2014 at 9:57am

    Lee, i think your flying high mate…

  306. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 9:57am

    It is Lee. My glass is full, has been all summer, although I’m starting to get a bit twitchy…

  307. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 9:58am

    Morning bondex, thanks. Yes, I think Palace got a very important victory over them last season. It was one which made me very happy.. lol

  308. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 10:01am

    Adam, that’s my point really, had Palace played such an open game and attacked us, I bet we’d have picked them off with ease and scored a few…

    They didn’t though, they came to park the bus and did it very well. We still won though…

  309. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 10:02am

    Bt, I think I must of over loaded the last one! ;)

  310. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 10:02am

    Yeah Rico, Sanogo would of given them a right picking off! ;)

  311. Bt62 Gooner

    August 19, 2014 at 10:04am

    Good work, Lee….

  312. Bt62 Gooner

    August 19, 2014 at 10:05am

    Rico, check your mail.

  313. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 10:06am

    I would of thought the lure of playing with Gerwanko would of kept all our top players…..

  314. Gonerjoe

    August 19, 2014 at 10:06am

    Cesc is better than a lot of our mid – field players but my point is the team needs the money that Cesc would have cost spent in other areas.
    I think it’s agreed that Arsenal need CDM,striker and one our two center backs.

  315. Scott From Oz

    August 19, 2014 at 10:07am

    I am willing to take on all comers that we finish higher than Chelski this season.
    I haven’t had any takers yet, even amongst my Chelski mates.
    False bravado from them until the pressure is on :)

  316. Nickie

    August 19, 2014 at 10:13am

    Think Wenger, Think Wenger’s history…..now think is Wenger really going to spend 15-25-35m on a defensive midfielder when we have so many bodies in that area. The answer is 90% no. I’ve come to terms with it and I feel great, please do the same lol

  317. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 10:13am

    I’ll do that bet with you Scott.

  318. Adam

    August 19, 2014 at 10:14am

    Rico. I agree. We are talking about the first game of the season but our needs haven’t really changed and that is all I am thinking about really.

  319. Bt62 Gooner

    August 19, 2014 at 10:17am

    I’m with mee betting mate Lee, i’ll take a piece of that action, Scott.

  320. Hell Raising Devil

    August 19, 2014 at 10:17am

    I agree with Rico…..had PAlace attacked us we would have scored 3 to 5.

    As it is they came to defend and went away with what they deserved. NOTHING

    And their goal was a couple of comedies of errors. we gifted it to them not they created it.

  321. bondex

    August 19, 2014 at 10:17am

    Point is lets not allow those poisonous journalist make us feel our win on Saturday was poor. Nothing really happened for chelsea in the second half of that game even after the “OLD ONE ” came on..

  322. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 10:18am

    Bt, how was your Cobra mate?

  323. Scott From Oz

    August 19, 2014 at 10:19am

    You guys have more confidence on Chelksi than their own fans lol.
    What’s the wager?

  324. Bt62 Gooner

    August 19, 2014 at 10:24am

    Left me wanting more, Lee….Hold on a minute havn’t had…….lol

  325. Nickie

    August 19, 2014 at 10:24am

    Eduardo Vargas’ expectations have taken a nose dive lol Linked with Arsenal, signs on loan with QPR

  326. Bt62 Gooner

    August 19, 2014 at 10:26am

    Scott, we’re on the roll of lifetime, mate….lol

  327. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 10:27am

    :) Lee, I reckon he would have….

  328. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 10:27am

    Vargas to Qpr!

  329. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 10:29am

    I’m flexible Scott.

  330. Bt62 Gooner

    August 19, 2014 at 10:29am

    Nickie, that’s good news, imo

  331. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 10:31am

    Thanks Bt.. :)

    Adam, agree there, it’s just one game yet the media are already in overdrive. I’m standing y ‘wait until the end of the window’ view.

    Then I’ll moan… Or not hopefully…. lol

  332. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 10:32am

    You’ll get your Cobra’s… One day ;)

  333. Bt62 Gooner

    August 19, 2014 at 10:33am

    Rico, no problem, i have my ear plugs at the ready…

  334. potter

    August 19, 2014 at 10:33am

    Scott , Cesc is/was a young impressionable kid when he left home to join us and he got caught in a political war as the presidential candidates for Barcelona fought each other. Many things were going on in his life his parents divorced and one candidate in particular wining and dining his father to get him to return.In the spanish team he was pressured every day to go back and he buckled. When he got to Barca the man he idolised all of his life Guardiola left the club and the new man and the new president wanted a new shiny toy to give the fans and eventually they splashed out on Neymar. He was then shunted all round the pitch not because he was playing badly but because there was no room with the other stars and because he was so adaptable he was the one that got hooked everytime. In the meantime a new manager came and the boardroom unrest continued with the neymar deal being exposed as not Kosher , the rumblings on which continue. All in all the homecoming as you named it was not a happy one and the promises made were not kept.
    All of this has come from people i know in local supporters clubs in Catalonia. It was also difficult because a certain section of the crowd never accepted him because he went in the first place , just as many of you can’t see past him leaving us.

  335. Nickie

    August 19, 2014 at 10:33am

    Opening Weekend Stats – who do you think is going to win the League? #SSNHQ pic.twitter.com/i4aM70OPwh— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) August 19, 2014

    Interesting, Arsenal on a stats basis looked to have done best against one of the better teams faced

  336. Scott From Oz

    August 19, 2014 at 10:33am

    Come up with something :)

  337. Nickie

    August 19, 2014 at 10:35am

    Rico please can you get my latest comment out of moderation, very encouraging picture :)

  338. Scott From Oz

    August 19, 2014 at 10:40am

    Potter, great post.
    It does put to bed the fact Cesc left due to our lacking quality players though.
    It was never going to work there…he was always going to be the odd man out, and Barca bought him for ego and pride only….as usual.
    Thanks for that…..

  339. rico

    August 19, 2014 at 10:45am

    It’s out Nickie..

    :) Bt…

    New Post up..

  340. Luznic

    August 19, 2014 at 10:47am

    I would do the same thing Wenger did to Fabregas, I won’t take him back, why should he? he’s good and so fu*c*ing what? he left us and claimed love for barca then barca who he called his home claimed much love for Suarez and pushed him out and then again he’s back, please he looks confused and his story sounds like a glory hunter, I have an Ozil and a Ramsey and cesc will unsettle that team, except for a DMF that midfield still looks better without cesc, we might still argue what if after the season but we are human and Fabregas didn’t deserve the second chance let’s move on

  341. Lee

    August 19, 2014 at 10:47am

    £50

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