Cavani bid accepted? Reid linked & Who will nominate Arsene Wenger?

Morning all…

What’s all this ice bucket nomination thing all about?

Well, it’s all in aid of a wonderful cause and that’s Macmillan Cancer Support and many many footballers are taking part to raise money. The challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads. A common stipulation is that nominated people have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.

Not only footballers are getting involved though, even George Bush has had a bucket of ice cold water thrown over him but as far as I know, no-one has yet had the balls to nominate Arsene Wenger but they should. Saying that, if it means parting with money, he’ll soon allow someone to throw the bucket of water over him….

I wouldn’t, I’d rather opt out and donate….. Actually, I’d do both….

Perhaps we could all join in but we’ll keep it fair and have just one nomination and for those who want to donate to such a fantastic cause, CLICK HERE.

But you must send a photo in to me to prove you have undergone the challenge and if you don’t, then I hope your conscience gets the better of you and you donate….

Well you didn’t expect that did you…

Aaron Ramsey has been talking about his red card on Tuesday:

I think it was a difficult game where a lot of players were going over easily and I think the European refs tend to give those fouls a lot more than they do over here, so that’s something I am going to have to learn.

That’s my first red card for Arsenal and hopefully my last as well. I’ll be a bit more streetwise and not give away free-kicks so cheaply.

I hope it is too because our side misses players like Ramsey who can have so much influence on the way we play and we are going to miss him next week for the second leg. On a perfect pitch and in front of our home fans, hopefully the performance will be a lot better than it was on Tuesday. We need a ‘Napoli at home’ kind of performance and if we can produce somewhere near to that level, we’ll be fine.

Ramsey also said that it’s vital we pick up points away from home against the so-called better clubs and he’s right. No doubt he is referring to the maulings we took at Liverpool, Chelsea and City. Everton was a fluke in my opinion and we’ll show that tomorrow.

Transfer gossip:

Well there a crazy story doing the rounds which suggests we are going to offer Olivier Giroud and £35 million for PSG striker Edinson Cavani. Someone on Twitter last night even had the cheek to suggest whatever offer we have made for the player, it has been accepted.

Dream on I say, why on earth would PSG want a cup-tied striker? Maybe PSG would like Campbell or Sanogo… lol

The Times link us to West Ham defender Winston Reid which is a new one in the media. His name has cropped up here on HH but I don’t think I’ve seen this story in the newspapers before.

Sami Khedira, well I think the football journalists are keeping their jobs because of this man, well him, Angel Di Maria and Marco Reus. Only ten more days to find out where they all end up. Same with William Carvalho and Kostas Manolas. Fingers crossed two at least end up in an Arsenal shirt. Guillem Balague believes Sami Khedira has a “personal agreement” with Arsenal but we all know how unreliable he is don’t we….

That’s it for today, have a good one.


147 thoughts on “Cavani bid accepted? Reid linked & Who will nominate Arsene Wenger?

  1. Hell Raising Devil

    August 22, 2014 at 10:32am


  2. Hell Raising Devil

    August 22, 2014 at 10:33am


    I nominate Kev for the Ice bucket. photo taken at Trafalgar square would be great. 😛

  3. Nickie

    August 22, 2014 at 10:35am

    Podolski will nominate Wenger if he doesn’t get enough game time lol

    Nice post Rico,

    Morning all you lot, TGIF

  4. Hell Raising Devil

    August 22, 2014 at 10:38am

    Top post Rico. But I doubt Cavani would be bought.

    Reus will be more realistic. but dont hold your breath.

    Imo… will be Manolas/Reid+Rabiot+Remy

    and that will be that

  5. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 10:39am

    Thanks Nickie, :) re Podolski, he’d be the one though eh..

    I knew you would Devil…. lol

    I nominate Wath…

  6. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 10:40am

    Thanks Devil. Tbh, I can’t see a striker coming in, if AW really wanted one, £16 million for Balotelli would have been the one…

  7. gunnerpete

    August 22, 2014 at 10:43am

    I see nothing but close games with us losing by the odd goal unless Arsene has the guts to play Chambers just in front of our defence to break down opposition moves. He will not be shouldered out the way like the Diddy men we have and that is the BIG difference between us and the other top four teams. Its time to show that we do not intend to just play pretty stuff when playing oop north but are willing to fight for 90 mins.

  8. Federico

    August 22, 2014 at 10:44am

    Hola – I think that if this fanciful Cavani rumour is true, Giroud wouldn’t be cup-tied.

  9. Nickie

    August 22, 2014 at 10:44am

    I guess the “better deals” transfer fee wise also works with player contracts wanting out of their club. Khedira deadline day = desperate to get out means cheaper contract…Maybe the same with Remy because his fee wouldn’t drop but maybe Wenger is waiting for him to drop demands because he’s desperate to go?

  10. McRaymonds

    August 22, 2014 at 10:45am

    Gud post

    i wouldn’t like to take this ice bucket challenge but I nominate Rico and Nickie

  11. Federico

    August 22, 2014 at 10:46am

    Ok – I am wrong – it is only if Arsenal are eliminated and he played in the qualifiers

  12. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 10:48am

    pete, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Chambers in midfield once Per is back and we sign a defender. Although personally, I hope we sign a HM and DM.

    Ten days and we’ll all be put out of our misery…

  13. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 10:49am

    Thanks McR, you can only nominate one…

  14. McRaymonds

    August 22, 2014 at 10:50am

    PSG didn’t see anyone buh our super model OG12.? can’t stop laughing.

  15. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 10:50am

    Federico, are you saying that the pre-group matches don’t count so Giroud wouldn’t be cup-tied?

    I’m not sure that’s the case…

  16. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 10:55am

    Lewis Hamilton has just done the ice-bucket challenge… :)

  17. southyorkshiregunner

    August 22, 2014 at 10:56am

    Morning all from Cyprus.

    It appears that there’s some guts in the Falcao story from over in France with reports that Arsenal have sounded out Monaco..

  18. Sukky

    August 22, 2014 at 10:57am

    Morning all,
    As much I don’t want poldi to leave,all I can see now is him leaving before †̥ђƺ end of †̥ђƺ transfer window.What a shame as we all know †̥ђƺ player he can be.Well,on our recent performance,What †̥ђƺ hell is Wenger smoking player Ramsey,wilshere and Santi together?Wilshere won’t let Santi and Rambo play †̥ђƺ game,he hold †̥ђƺ ball too much and Rambo is trying too much this days.That red card is a result of him trying too much where simply pass would have bailed him out.We need ozil back,30% fit Ozil is better than 90% fit JW10.Alexie too is another problem or is Wenger †̥ђƺ problem by asking him to join †̥ђƺ midfield instead of looking for spaces and running into them.Our attack is toothless.We need ozil back more than ever.

  19. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 11:01am

    Interesting Syg…

  20. Sukky

    August 22, 2014 at 11:01am

    I think if Wenger play CC21 as a DM and he play well,then gone is our hope of buying a DM.PM04 will be back this weekend and Wenger don’t like dropping performing players so he may play CC21 in DM.I think flamini should leave now,Le coq is better in ♍Ɣ opinion.

  21. Nickie

    August 22, 2014 at 11:06am

    lol! why me McR

  22. bondex

    August 22, 2014 at 11:08am

    Morning rico. is cavani that fantastic? We need a top top striker and if he is not in that category then we shouldnt even be going in for him.

  23. Federico

    August 22, 2014 at 11:08am

    Rico – If we are eliminated and Giroud is transferred to say Real Madrid (yeah, right), then he would be eligible because he only played in the qualifiers and we are out. If we went through, then he would not be eligible. That is my understanding now, so yep he isn’t eligible, but we all know that the story is bollocks anyway.

  24. Luznic

    August 22, 2014 at 11:12am

    lovely post and that’s an entertaining challenge going towards a great course………….Edison Cavani I don’t want him…..Morning Chipmunks and Munchkins like the coach will say………….lol

  25. Hell Raising Devil

    August 22, 2014 at 11:12am

    now its Wellbeck’s turn to be linked.


  26. Hell Raising Devil

    August 22, 2014 at 11:13am

    Luznic……that is copyrighted.

    morning to you mate

  27. McRaymonds

    August 22, 2014 at 11:14am

    I’m thinking u can’t take the challenge Nickie

  28. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 11:18am

    Thanks Federico, like you say, the story is probably rubbish anyway…

    Morning bondex, I’m not sold on him but to be fair, I haven’t seen him play much…

    Thanks Luznic..

    Welbeck again, oh dear… lol

  29. Scott from Oz

    August 22, 2014 at 11:19am

    I nominate my beers for the ice bucket, and I hope it chills them to the core.
    Morning all.

  30. Federico

    August 22, 2014 at 11:21am

    Scott – after drinking the beer, will the ice bucket looks slightly more appealing 😉

  31. Scott from Oz

    August 22, 2014 at 11:24am

    It won’t feel as cold hahahahaha

  32. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 11:27am

    :) Scott…

  33. bondex

    August 22, 2014 at 11:30am

    Scott i hope they refuse and choose to pay .. lol

  34. Scott from Oz

    August 22, 2014 at 11:33am

    Bonded, they’re paying right now :) :)

  35. Scott from Oz

    August 22, 2014 at 11:34am

    Sorry Bondex…..

  36. kyawmgmgtun

    August 22, 2014 at 11:37am

    early sale ,early good.
    we need DM,goal machine.
    we have about 10 days.
    i see this season and Chelsea fight for first place
    Our arsenal,Liverpool and Man.u fight for 3and 4 places

    i think ,our arsenal good enough for 4th place

  37. bondex

    August 22, 2014 at 11:37am


  38. rogerbij

    August 22, 2014 at 11:38am

    Someone asked if Cavani is any good
    For Napoli
    2010/11 26 goals in 32 starts
    2011/12 23 in 32
    2012/13 29 in 33

    For PSG last year
    16 in 25 (often not playing centrally because of Zlat)
    Id say he those stats show he is reliably lethal…

    Now at 27 years of age he should have a few excellent seasons left in him. On paper he would be an excellent, powerful addition. Of course I say on paper because everyone has to prove themselves in the PL.
    (see whoscored)

  39. Sunday

    August 22, 2014 at 11:38am

    Arsenal will not make it in top4 this season if the didn’t sign top striker

  40. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 11:39am

    Pretty clinical in front of goal then roger..

    Bit like Giroud.. 😉

  41. Peter Lutiali

    August 22, 2014 at 11:40am

    Podolki is far better than Giroud, in fact Giroud should be shown the door. I wonder why a good coach like Wenger go on selecting Giroud in his starting x1 who always squanders other payers effort upfront. Please do something Professor Wenger.

  42. lecky adjaidool

    August 22, 2014 at 11:41am

    someone say per mertesacker is number 6 player and that he is not a 4 player.and a defending midfielder is a number 4 and not a number 6.please mk someone teach dis man help me

  43. Luznic

    August 22, 2014 at 11:46am

    I am not convinced about Cavani when I wath him play, when you see his stats yes its ok but he is equally as wasteful as our le quiff……imo

  44. Luznic

    August 22, 2014 at 11:47am

    Watch* not you wath……lol

  45. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 11:52am

    Sunday, AW has signed a striker, Alexis..

  46. rogerbij

    August 22, 2014 at 12:06pm

    Not even close Rico!
    The numbers far favour Cavani over Giroud in their national leagues. Cavanis worst recent year is better than Girouds best. (both are 27)

    Year Goals Starts %
    2010/11 26 32 81%
    2011/12 23 32 72%
    2012/13 29 33 88%
    2013/14 16 25 64%

    Year Goals Starts %
    2010/11 12 33 36%
    2011/12 21 36 58%
    2012/13 11 24 46%
    2013/14 16 36 44%

  47. rogerbij

    August 22, 2014 at 12:11pm

    I should add, that traditionally the Italian league sees far fewer goals scored than the PL, making Cavanis stats when at Napoli even more impressive.

    Another point is that Cavanis injury record seems quite ok, with both him and Giroud starting approximately the same number of league games in that time.

  48. bondex

    August 22, 2014 at 12:13pm

    Cavani didnt look that good at the world cup.

  49. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 12:22pm

    roger, I was being ironic..

    I didn’t think he did either bondex.

  50. Joywedsjeff

    August 22, 2014 at 12:27pm

    I thought Mou would nominate Wenger. I guess the ice chilled his brain.
    Le boss won’t partake unless the ice is top top qua-li-dee and the bucket must be exceptional.

  51. Gunnerdna

    August 22, 2014 at 12:29pm

    Good morning all, great post rico.

    Roger, Cavani would be a dream signing, but its pointless trying to convince fans that the player is WC and would improve the team.

  52. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 12:45pm

    Henry has now Jeff, look forward to seeing the photos….

    Thanks Gdna…

    Cavani, Falcao would both improve the squad, of course they would, any top class striker or player would….

  53. frednerk

    August 22, 2014 at 12:45pm

    Never mind a bucket of ice over wengers head,
    what about a few cubes down his Y/fronts,
    that should wake him up a bit.

  54. Gunnerdna

    August 22, 2014 at 12:51pm

    I would go with this team for the weekend.


    Deb Per Kos Mon




    TR AS


    Bench – Ospina, Coq, JW, LP, OG, JC, Bellerin.

  55. Nickie

    August 22, 2014 at 12:53pm

    Ox up front Gdna? Interesting choice

  56. Gunnerdna

    August 22, 2014 at 12:58pm

    Nickie, yes, at least we would be playing with 11 players, it also show how much we need a CF.

  57. Nickie

    August 22, 2014 at 1:02pm

    If we’re getting crazy i’d play


  58. southyorkshiregunner

    August 22, 2014 at 1:06pm

    Just to confirm that @yorkshiregunner isn’t me – He’s a kid called Andy from Leeds

  59. Gunnerdna

    August 22, 2014 at 1:14pm

    Paul Scholes urges Man United to sign Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira for his energy and his experience.

  60. Nickie

    August 22, 2014 at 1:18pm

    Khedira is our panic buy!….

    Gdna I was mucking about but i’d also like to see Ox tried up front. If Walcott can do it, with Ox’s pace, power and shot he’d be a real handful

  61. Sukky

    August 22, 2014 at 1:20pm

    Ox and carzola up front?You guys are great

  62. Luznic

    August 22, 2014 at 1:21pm

    is AW playing us when he said no striker in again? the Cavani and Falcao rumor seems interesting although its Falcao for me as Cavani is no beauty to watch on the eye, I think Khedira is done as Ancelotti said yesterday Di maria ask to leave but Khedira who has a year didnt ask to leave and wont sign a new contract which means they will sell him anyway and the Chavs wont buy him that I am sure of as Matic is their man and Khedira wont play second fiddle to anyone and the only reason Wenger is yet to buy a dmf is just because of Arteta, its 10 days to go and i believe that we will see two signings definitely and probably 3

  63. Nickie

    August 22, 2014 at 1:28pm

    Sukky. Where did we say Cazorla upfront? lol

  64. Hell Raising Devil

    August 22, 2014 at 1:30pm

    Sukky……Nickie suggested Cazorla in goal

  65. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 1:51pm

    Looks like my research cam back with the wrong results.

    The ice bucket challenge is for ALS Disease. I apologise if my error has caused any offence…

  66. Nickie

    August 22, 2014 at 2:00pm

    That’s correct Rico. Macmillan were accused of hijacking donations

  67. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 2:14pm

    That’s sad then Nickie. Both are super causes though and MacMillan do a fantastic job…

  68. Nickie

    August 22, 2014 at 2:26pm

    We donate monthly to Macmillan ourselves. With the ALS nominations, it does wind me up that some people mainly facebook friends do it for their own vanity

  69. Scott From Oz

    August 22, 2014 at 2:36pm

    DNA must be following me on Twitter, as I’ve been saying for 12 months Ox is a striker, IMO.
    I knew you’d come around to my way of thinking hahahahahaha.
    Morning all.

  70. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 2:50pm

    You’re up early Scott.. 😉

  71. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 2:53pm

    There’s folk like that everywhere Nickie…

  72. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 2:59pm

    Back in a bit…

  73. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 4:58pm

    Quiet old day on HH today, the calm before the storm… 😉

  74. agirlagunner

    August 22, 2014 at 5:11pm

    Booo, rico!

  75. tsgh

    August 22, 2014 at 5:11pm

    Balo´ joining the dippers…

    AW got to do something asap…

  76. tsgh

    August 22, 2014 at 5:11pm

    Hi Agag.. how´s it going?

  77. tsgh

    August 22, 2014 at 5:12pm

    King Abou is back and coming in for Arteta…

  78. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 5:15pm

    Boo to you agag… 😉

  79. agirlagunner

    August 22, 2014 at 5:16pm

    That’s “cheap” for Balo. I’m beginning to think something is wrong when he goes for that “low”.

    Hiya, Ginge. Busy bee-ing again. :( I wonder what I got myself into with my new job. 😀 😀 Howdy?

  80. tsgh

    August 22, 2014 at 5:16pm

    Ryo is back too…

    A few gooners here in Toledo…

    it always amazes me how highly AFC is valued overseas…

  81. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 5:16pm

    Diaby for Arteta? Oh dear oh dear….

  82. tsgh

    August 22, 2014 at 5:17pm

    Cavani staying at least one more year. PSG have just 2 strikers (including an injured Ibra) and are refusing to listen to offers (L’Equipe)

  83. agirlagunner

    August 22, 2014 at 5:19pm

    rico, you were complaining about the low decibel levels, I really should have said BOOO in caps, eh?

    You all knocking Giroud again. :( Well, without Theo, he’s the best option we have for goals, and he really isn’t that bad. 😉

  84. tsgh

    August 22, 2014 at 5:19pm

    The media disinfo that Giroud should be scoring more than 22 goals last season cos of our midfield creativity is a myth. We were 7th in EPL in chances created.

    Also unfortunately for fans talking about signing a player to score 30+ EPL goals. Arguably only 5/6 players in the world can do that and have done that over the last 2 seasons but none available.

  85. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 5:20pm

    That’s because it is agag… lol

    Ryo fit, good! Sell him…

  86. tsgh

    August 22, 2014 at 5:22pm

    ha ha ha Rico… re Ryo.

    you got me hook even on holiday I pay big bucks to get wi’fi to post stats… lol

  87. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 22, 2014 at 5:23pm

    Afternoon all…

    Nice post, rico…

    Cavani for Giroud? AFC has to sack Wenger first for that to happen this TW .

    For whatever it is worth, Wenger should rest Chambers tomorrow … not start Wilshere too. Start both behind Rosicky or Carzola against Besiktas. Flamini is fast becoming a risk…a potential sending-off candidate at any turf.

    Hello Ts…you weren’t much here yesterday…and believe it or not, I do miss you when you you weren’t…

  88. agirlagunner

    August 22, 2014 at 5:23pm

    What are you doing in Toledo? What is in Toledo? In Asia, Liverpool is the sentimental favorite, yuuuuuckkkkkk.

    Manchester United is big in SoKor, for obvious reasons.

    I think we are popular in Japan, and because our club visited Vietnam, there, too. My friend who lives in Malaysia says the traffic jam when we played in KL was impossible. An hour long drive took my friend four hours. 😀 😀 To think that the stadium in Malaysia is already in the outskirts of the city. I was happily surprised myself.

  89. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 5:25pm

    :) agag, I certainly wouldn’t swap Giroud, but another striker as well as him – well that would be good…

  90. tsgh

    August 22, 2014 at 5:26pm

    Hey tai… lol bruv.. misss you all too…

    I am on a short vacation in Madrid after some work quick work in Ayios Nikolaos earlier this week.

  91. rogerbij

    August 22, 2014 at 5:26pm

    Sarcasm rico?! Whats that mean without a winky smiley face 😉
    I damn hope wenger is being subtly sarcastic…

  92. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 5:28pm

    Just saying what I think Ts, Ryo isn’t for the PL imo…

    Thanks Tai. Can’t see Chambers being rested, not Jack… But, who knows eh…

  93. tsgh

    August 22, 2014 at 5:29pm

    I agree with you on Ryo, Rico.

    One trick pony who will need more time me think…

  94. agirlagunner

    August 22, 2014 at 5:29pm

    rico, I appreciate that you’re being “gentle” with Giroud. I think my support for Theo has helped, yeah? 😛 But seriously, I do not understand the criticism. He grafts, is hardly injured, nets some decent goals. It’s not as if he has been a poor investment. He did not cost heaven and earth either.

  95. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 5:29pm

    Irony roger, not sarcasm… 😉

  96. tsgh

    August 22, 2014 at 5:30pm

    Ok, later HH Familia… catch up later. Stay safe.

  97. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 22, 2014 at 5:31pm

    Great Ts. Don’t tell me you’re doing an 007 on

  98. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 22, 2014 at 5:32pm

    One match we must win is Besiktas…that or …

  99. agirlagunner

    August 22, 2014 at 5:32pm

    Ginge, The way things look, I’ll probably visit Barcelona before I do London. Eeeeeekkkkkkkk! :) I wanna see the South of Spain and Morocco. Next year, I hope.

  100. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 5:32pm

    agag – I don’t think Giroud is that bad. Yes he had a shocker on Tuesday but he’s not fit yet according to AW. He has a part to play in certain games as he grafts.

    But he’s not the pacey, ruthless and clinical striker we need. Perhaps Alexis will turn out to be though…

  101. agirlagunner

    August 22, 2014 at 5:33pm

    Hi, Tai and rog. :)

  102. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 22, 2014 at 5:36pm

    Agag, you’re not alone on Giroud…he’s not half as bad as fans make out. He could be annoying but he’s very useful in the team. Rating Giroud based just on goals is very unfair. He may miss a lot but some of his other qualities are great…but when you rate him on chances converted alone, he’s terrible!

  103. agirlagunner

    August 22, 2014 at 5:37pm

    It hasn’t “happened” yet for Alexis, but I love that he always seems so eager and full of running and he is unafraid of the ball. I think when the genius of Ozil is finally at work, we will see some pretty special things, rico.

  104. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 5:40pm

    Doesn’t a striker always get judged by his strike rate?

    Giroud is not a clinical striker and never will be because he’s not quick enough or intelligent enough to get in the right place. But, in certain games he is ideal.

  105. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 22, 2014 at 5:41pm

    Eto’O undergoes Liverpool medical…what’s going on at Anfield?

  106. agirlagunner

    August 22, 2014 at 5:41pm

    Tai, he does need to become more clinical, I agree. For what he cost, he’s been preety darned good. Now Arsene really needs to sort out that world class striker, whoever he may be. :) I wish we had Torres. Mou has almost completely ruined him.

    And he should be less concerned about his pretty boy looks. Almost the entire team says he spends too long looking at himself in the mirror. 😀 😀

  107. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 5:43pm

    Agag, very early Arsenal days for Alexis but my goodness, he’s a worker. Once he gets used to his team-mates, he’ll show his class. As will Ozil imo, finally he will have a player on his wavelength..

  108. agirlagunner

    August 22, 2014 at 5:43pm

    Liverpool will do a Totnum. Sooo many new players, so little balance. But then again their little star, Lallana is injured, Rodgers is trying to make up for it…

  109. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 5:44pm

    Tai, it’s called ‘ambition’ re Liverpool. You may not be too familiar with that because you follow Arsenal…

  110. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 5:47pm

    I’m not so sure Agag re the dippers, I hate to say it but they’ve had a very good transfer window… Not all are big names, but if they graft, they’ll do well… imo of course..

  111. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 22, 2014 at 5:48pm

    There are other strikers who work for the team…Giroud is not a clinical striker. With Theo and Sanchez either side of him, his sins may be forgiven.

    You will have to ask why Wenger bought a pacy attacker like Theo ? He’s interested in benefiting from Giroud’s strengths – knocking on Szczesny’s aerial balls onto the paths of these two, then holding up play and laying on for either. For one thing, Giroud is a great wall passer…Wilshere, Ramsey Walcott, Podolski have all benefited…and certainly Sanchez would…quite plentifully.

  112. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 22, 2014 at 5:51pm

    Agag…you’re spot on…Liverpool are heading the way of Spurs…if they get in Balo and Eto’O…my only happiness is that both hate Mourinho with passion and will truly pay him back!

    For me … as long as it’s not Arsenal winning, it should never be Chelsea!

  113. agirlagunner

    August 22, 2014 at 5:55pm

    rico, we’ll see about the Dippers; last year the press were falling all over themselves with Totnum’s “astute” signings; see where it got them… nowhere. And I think they will be made to pay cause it looks like they are rushing Lallana back. Rodgers is trying to compensate for the loss of Suarez by buying all the pretty shiny things of recent months…

  114. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 6:14pm

    We will agag 😉

  115. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 6:17pm

    The daft thing is though, we wouldn’t be even talking about them if AW finally grew a pair and signed a few more top class players because we really have the base of a PL winning side.

    It just lacks in seriously key positions.

  116. rico

    August 22, 2014 at 7:33pm

    All quiet here so I’m off for the day.

    Night folks….

  117. roundleather

    August 22, 2014 at 7:35pm

    I believe Giroud will thrive playing with a partner,FA Cup final alongside Sanogo showed promises.I will take Negredo on loan to partner him. Well,My preferred first team will alwz feature Ozil,Theo,Alexis partnership upfront.

  118. BrainwashedKev

    August 22, 2014 at 7:44pm

    I am here Rico

  119. BrainwashedKev

    August 23, 2014 at 2:17am

    Danny Welbeck, a possible signing as he is English and would therefore help with the balance of the 25 man squad.

    Would ManUre sell him to Arsenal, even if Wenger wanted him, following Arsenals stance over Thomas Vermaelen…?

    Very unlikely imo.

  120. BrainwashedKev

    August 23, 2014 at 2:21am

    Alex Song for £10 million…?

    A quick fix following the injury to Arteta?

    Signing that useless tosser would finish me off for the season…

    A definate backwards step and would confirm my misgivings over Wenger…

    Sign Song and kiss goodbye to any chance of Arsenal being competitive…

  121. potter

    August 23, 2014 at 8:21am

    They have already said that he can go but not to a team they perceive as a rival . So how far down the league does that go ? have they given him a list of relegation candidates and said take your pick of the ones that might have the money ? Or would they sell to us and admit that their rivals are further down the league.For that matter would we want him ? another prospect for Wenger to play as and when and where he wants to.

  122. potter

    August 23, 2014 at 8:24am

    As for Song if we did go back for him , in his delusional brain he would probably see it as an admission that Wenger realised that he could not live without him and demand wages of a superstar rather than a barrel dreg that is hanging on to a top flight career.

  123. rico

    August 23, 2014 at 8:36am

    Song return? Never imo, if AW didn’t see a way to forgive Fabregas, can’t see him opening his arms to welcome Song…

    Morning all…

  124. Lee

    August 23, 2014 at 8:58am

    Massive game on weds night, fuck that up and it’ll be more difficult to sign top players!
    Btw I think we will beat the captain kirks!
    I wonder if we have any players lined up ready to sign if we win? I hope so!

  125. rico

    August 23, 2014 at 9:00am

    I think so on both Lee..

    Or am I just hoping too much….

  126. Lee

    August 23, 2014 at 9:05am

    Lukaku might be out….
    No Barkley…..

  127. Lee

    August 23, 2014 at 9:08am

    The window is not shut and we’ve still got the second leg so we have time!!

  128. Lee

    August 23, 2014 at 9:08am

    Morning Rico and all…

  129. bradster

    August 23, 2014 at 9:12am

    Morning all,

    They looked good last week without those 2 in the game last week. They will be hard tackling and pressing. Need good movement today with some better finishing.

  130. Lee

    August 23, 2014 at 9:15am

    Why we don’t sign every player some think we need
    By Tony Attwood

    Of course, whether we need more players or not is a matter for debate. I look at Giroud’s 40 goals for Arsenal and think that signing up a new player to replace him would be silly, given that it takes players a year or so to bed in – especially if they come from abroad.

    Others disagree – and we’ve debated that before. So let’s try and think of some other reasons why we don’t necessarily buy everyone cited in the press.

    1. Good players want to play not be squad players

    One of the first things a player’s agent will ask during the preliminary enquiries is, “are you seeing him as a regular first team player?” And if it is clear that the player is being seen as a squad player he won’t come.

    Now that has an implication for players as they move along their contract. If you say to X and his agent, “yes you are to be a regular first team player,” and then you want to move him to being a squad player, or worse as just a back up to another new player, he will want to leave.

    It might be argued that this ok because he’s not as good as the next man – but let it happen too much and you lose your squad players. But squad players are important with four competitions to play in, and the inevitable injuries.

    Thus a club that develops a reputation among agents for bringing in players with promises about first team selection that are then broken, finds recruitment hard. Players look for club integrity. Agents don’t want their clients on their backs complaining all day long.

    2. The youth system is beneficial

    Young players don’t always work out, but we need a youth system in order to keep bringing young players through. That’s a truism… but worth saying because without a youth system we would be at the eternal mercy of the market place in buying in new players. And when you are at the mercy of the marketplace, the market will screw you.

    Just look at the players we have developed from scratch, or brought in, in their teens. From Brady to Bellerin. Buying and buying means the squad is packed and even brilliant youngsters don’t make it in because they are not quite ready.

    3. It is easy to make mistakes, then the money is gone

    A year or two back I was asking people to name me some of the flop transfers of other big clubs, and most found it hard. Yes some supporters could tell me all the flops that Tottenham have bought, but found it harder to do the same with Chelsea Man C and Man U. They quickly get forgotten.

    A lot of fans tend to remember our club’s errors and then think Arsenal’s mistakes are unique. Indeed we see a top player go to another club, and ask why Arsenal didn’t buy him. And some of course make it. But many others then fade away and never become top players. So they drop out of the news and we forget about them.

    Chelsea and Man C, until the advent of FFP, were able to keep doing this – buying as a gamble and not worrying, but I think that will slow down now. Some clubs are continuing to spend “creatively” as if FFP doesn’t exist, but not too many, and like Man C before them, I think they will get a surprise.

    4. Clubs don’t always want to sell

    Most clubs want to hang on to their players – Southampton is one of the few exceptions in recent years, it seems, and even they seem to have woken up. It is utterly obvious, but you do need a club that is willing to sell as well as one willing to buy. Of course the player can edge it towards selling, by making it clear he won’t sign a new contract, but early on, the club has to take a view.

    I was told that when Ozil was reported to have been taken off at half time in the Champs League game there were immediately clubs sniffing around in the view that Wenger had fallen out with Ozil. In fact Ozil was injured, but that didn’t stop clubs snooping. Arsenal said no of course, but it just shows the speed of imagination.

    5. Development over time is important.

    Clubs can buy success with short term actions, but then suffer the consequences. So the purchases and arrangement of the team is done not just for this week, not in response to one defeat (or in Arsenal’s case a couple of Wembley wins, a league win and a Champs League away draw).

    A perfect example of no long term planning is Man U’s last Ferguson season. Ferguson was revealed to have lied to RVP when he bought him, promising he would not resign. There was no long term consideration of the squad because Ferguson was off, and in a way didn’t mind if he successor failed – all the more credibility to him if that happened. Because of the lie to RVP there could be no early announcement of retirement, and so no proper search for a replacement manager. The squad was not refreshed. All for the vanity of one man.

    Clubs like Arsenal do plan – they look to do as well as possible not just this season but next too. So they don’t buy a player in January, just for a short term fix. For not only is it wasteful of resources, it also alienates other players. And players who might come in the future.

    Why are Man U having difficulties recruiting? Because they have lost some of their credibility.

    6. The cost is not just the transfer fee but also the salary – if the player is no good we just have to keep paying

    Liverpool have been lucky with the vampire. Although he has had spells out of the team for his own problematic behaviour he delivered big time last season. And then Barcelona was there to buy him. But that was only because Barcelona put in an appeal to Fifa to have their transfer ban suspended. That was a ploy – for the appeal was based on the same moral stance as Man C’s appeal against their FFP infringements – “look at all the good work we do”. It doesn’t win in court.

    Fifa rightly threw out the appeal, but not in time to stop the signing of the vampire. Had Barca not been there he would have been unsellable. Had Barce not been faced with a year long transfer ban they would never have paid that much. Had Qatar not starting funding the club, the bank would never have cleared the cheque.

    7. FFP is reducing clubs desire to keep changing players around

    The reasons is simple: the fear of being stuck with an over priced luxury that no one wants when they need to balance the FFP books

    We are still seeing the implications of FFP, but it is clear that it is slowing down much of the market, as clubs are less willing to take risks and so get a player that they don’t want on their books, unable to move him on. We see the big money transfers, but not the slowing down of the smaller but still important transfers.

    8. Some players do flop – and just because Man C or Chelsea buy a player does not mean he’s going to work out

    Not every transfer is a success but the AAA have been very successful, with their allies in the print media, in putting around the story that only Arsenal buy duds. Follow the fortunes of other big clubs and you will see mistakes. I’d say at a greater level than errors Arsenal has made.

    9. Wenger is too mean

    This is an AAA favourite jibe. But in the end there is no evidence of this at all. It is just a throw away statement. If we had this list of ten reasons for a failure to buy a transfer that we were supposed to see through, generally half a dozen of the above have more chance of being true than this, on simple logic alone. It is just a libel along with the accusations that Arsenal’s buying organisation is no good. It is hard to argue either of these in relation to Alexis or Ozil and in the face of the greater likelihood of all the other reasons for non-buying.

    10. 99.999% of the transfer chatter is made up.

    I’ve written a lot about phantom transfers and vapour transfers – both of which are related to the clubs involved, although are not real transfers. But most of the stories that appear in the blogs and papers like the Express, Star, Metro and Standard are pure inventions coming from the befuddled minds of fevered journalists.

    But they still leave some saying at the end of the transfer window – “why didn’t we see that through?” when there was no transfer ever possible. It’s just fairy stories.


  131. rico

    August 23, 2014 at 9:25am

    Morning Lee, no Lukaku? That would be great news…

  132. bradster

    August 23, 2014 at 9:25am

    My least favourite site. Everyone else is wrong if not worshiping Wenger.
    A weekly insight on ref biasism. We know it, everyone hates us but they need to get over it and move on.
    lastly, Arsenal flops are on our books forever and even play where other teams get rid of theirs. Plus we here could name 100s of other team’s flops, they must have blinkered supporters on that sight.

  133. rico

    August 23, 2014 at 9:28am

    Who were they playing Bradster?

  134. bradster

    August 23, 2014 at 9:31am

    Leichester but we sucked against CP and United lost to the Swans. Their movement, pressing and finishing looked good.

  135. BrainwashedKev

    August 23, 2014 at 9:43am

    Morning All…

    Morning Rico…

    Morning Lee…
    Interesting points, some debatable ones.

  136. BrainwashedKev

    August 23, 2014 at 9:48am

    BFG to start today?

    Chambers in midfield?

    Ozil and Podolski on the bench?

    Sanogo or Giroud?

  137. rico

    August 23, 2014 at 9:50am

    But I bet Leicester didn’t park the bus like Palace did. Everton won’t today either and we need to be ready..

    Morning Kev.

  138. BrainwashedKev

    August 23, 2014 at 9:51am

    Nothing will happen in the TW before Wednesday…

    That’ll leave five days to complete any last minute business…

  139. Scott From Oz

    August 23, 2014 at 9:53am

    Morning all.

  140. rico

    August 23, 2014 at 9:56am

    Unless verbal agreements are in place Kev with a couple of players, then it should only take a day – as long as we win of course.. 😛

    Morning Scott..

  141. Scott From Oz

    August 23, 2014 at 10:06am

    Are we confident today?
    I am, but I always am :)

  142. potter

    August 23, 2014 at 10:16am

    I heard that Podolski didn’t travel , but I haven’t seen anything official yet . But then again I haven’t looked.

  143. rico

    August 23, 2014 at 10:22am

    Yes Scott.

    Potter, I read that too. Think he’s off if he doesn’t travel today…

  144. rico

    August 23, 2014 at 10:33am

    New post up now..

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