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£120 million Spent Would Do The Trick.

Today we have a brand new guest poster Tim Head (@foreverheady, should you want to follow him on twitter,I suggest you do just that)

“There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.”

Or so said Brutus towards the end of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, suggesting that at key moments in a life the onus is on us to see when is the time to actively determine our own fortune and then to act swiftly and decisively. Is it that time for The Arsenal? Is this Transfer Window the moment to strike and seize success, taking Fate into our own hands and bending the whims of the footballing Gods to our promptings.

 

It is certainly tempting to answer in the affirmative, as the tide has certainly turned for The Arsenal this season (or to be more accurate since last March) and, injuries aside things do seem to be going our way. There is a sense of irresistible momentum engendered by harmony, confidence, skill and hard work. The Emirates is beginning not just to rock but to be a rock too, and even the pundits are starting to change their tune. The TV companies certainly are: witness the constant rearranging of games so that Arsenal’s matches are beamed round the UK at prime time, and the subsequent widening of the fan base, compelled at first by results and success but latterly and more importantly by the beauty of watching The Arsenal play the Arsenal way.

 

And yet, despite all of this, despite the league position and the Champions League success, the nagging doubt remains in some minds that man for man our squad is not quite as strong as Manchester City’s or Chelsea’s, and that we will once again founder against the might of Bayern. That, in short, new players are needed, and in particular two talismanic figures must be bought: a Henreysque striker and a Vierra like midfielder. Costa or Cavani, Pogba or Gundogan should do the trick, for no leagues will be confidently won without them. It is a tempting dream, and one that has no doubt passed fleetingly across most of our minds, and perhaps too the minds of Stan, Ivan, and AW. And surely now is the time to make that dream a reality, continues that narrative. January is not a good time to buy may be the accepted wisdom, but a World Cup summer isn’t great either: not only may prices be inflated, but pre-season is affected too. There is definitely an argument to suggest that a positive start to the 2014/15 season would be best achieved by players who have been bedding in since February. We have the money, and not only should we spend it, we should borrow against our earnings for the rest of this giddy season and spend double: what a position we would be in with £120 Million’s worth of new players come the First of February, what a message that would send to the footballing world.

 

It certainly could be done, and it wouldn’t altogether surprise me if something like that were attempted. After all Ozil’s recent video on the official website is like a prospectus aimed at attracting top, top world players, and if anyone doubted Arsenal’s ambition, or the reason the move to the Emirates was made, they certainly should not be doubting it now. I would just point out though that it is always dangerous to think that only one thing is lacking, that if only we had player x or player y everything would be alright. We probably already have all we need to succeed given reasonable luck and reliable refereeing, and given the scarcity of players on the market who are better than the excellent ones we already have, I think it unlikely that any significant signings will be made. One thing I do know though is that Arsene Wenger knows exactly what he is trying to do, and that if he thinks anything is possible he will work harder than anyone to make it happen.  But he will also remember that although Brutus was an honorable man, he misjudged things horribly and ended up falling on his own sword. Perhaps after all we must count the blessings we already have, enjoy what is in front of us, and stop wishing our life away. But then again, it’s good to dream…..

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  1. Probably Dex. It will be a mockery if they make it through FFP. But a mockery is what I expect.
    Chelsea is somehow going to pass as well, though there it is closer–their revenues are quite high due to big sponsorships from legit sources and big tv revenues from winning. If they had a big stadium, I don’t know if they would fill it though. In England still not a huge club, as I understand it. Internationally there are lots of fans drawn to their success however, which is the basis for large commercial deals.

    Disgusting oiligarchic clubs. It is time Arsenal put them both down by winning the PL and outstripping them in Europe. It kills me Chelsea won the CL before we did…

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  2. That goes double for DEXTER . 😉

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  3. Haha! Kam!!

    LSG; Kills me too….

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  4. goonerkam January 10, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    no no the explosives are for white hart lane 🙂 …..we are against violence…. all we want is atmosphere…singing..and ok ocassionaly a flare, something, i dont know so that everyone goes wild in a good sense…delirious…..nothing more…tbh just the name of the club, the nicknames the emblem etc i would have thought our fans would be innovators in this regard..scientists even…the yellow wall of dortmund and bollocks…perhaps the real last piece of the puzzle and becoming top top quality elite super club is the organisation of the fans.. our away fans for instance…top top class …pity they cant attend the home games…

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  5. Limestonegunner January 10, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    it kills me that fergie has two……

    sickening.

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  6. DC has some valid points here but I’m of the mind that team ARSENAL lead by AW , is looking with intent right now.
    with poor THEO gone the crew might still be strong enough to pull it off but that requires no more long term injuries to anyone for the rest of the campaign. I’m sure the rest of the crew will step it up even more soften the blow with TW gone but if we can find the right player at reasonably right price AW will and should pull the triggers. THE QUESTION IS WHOM??
    a leader, fighter , mature , hungry, will fit in, pace in abundance, good future potential. Pl ready, available January.
    Where is AMAN when you need him most.
    It will be a right winger. I’ll put a fiver on it.

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  7. I remember your videos HUNTER . The ones you use to post in the end of a era.com play ground. I die to watch a Live games in that atmosphere mate. You don’t have to sell me.
    By and by ,I had the idea of letting the away fans that over a section of the stadium during home game. That was over five years ago. I wanted to give them first bibs for those tickets at lower prices. They would create the best atmosphere and they deserve those tickets for all their sacrafices.
    DEXTER
    how are you mate. You disappeared mate . We thought you got kidnapped or something. Equivalent like get married. (0(

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  8. Haha! Kam, had a lot on me plate Kam… And I dont mean in the George sense either.

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  9. Hunter: “for the mentally challenged and complexic goebellian ubertwats that comment is in a series of posts/comments which have to do about stadium/crowd atmosphere……..unless you want the nailbitting in stands to transmit to young alex for instance…..”

    Why are you even talking about belief, Ateeb?

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  10. Not really enjoying all this transfer talk, but I guess we have to fill the football vacuum with something! I’m much more excited and just have to share my joy at the Rosicky news. I read it at lunch time today and was practically skipping and smiling about Arsene’s emphatic statement. This is the best news I’ve heard for a while. I’m just waiting for Bac to renew to put the cherry on top of the cake.

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  11. Coo I never realised Danny Fizman was a genuine corblimeycockneygeezerwotgothisdoshoffastallinchapelstreet
    Silly me

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  12. Extraordinary stuff about football clubs and cash talked on here

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  13. Never realised we had Jack shit to spend compared to everyone else

    Get a grip ffs

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  14. Passenal;

    Not sure why, have absolutely nothing to back this up, but I am convinced Bacary will sign a new deal!

    As for the transfer talk. I don’t have any problems with it…. as I said a while back, its always been something that got me giddy as a kipper. Although that was before the 1000’s of ludicrous newsnow articles, youtube highlight reels and twitter ITKs.

    Diego Costa is this years Higuain, Yann M’Villa, Felipe Melo, etc etc etc…

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  15. Dex, I normally enjoy it as I am able to accept it for what it is, but I guess I just haven’t been in the mood today! I think my reaction to the Rosicky news just made me realise how empty it really is – like candy floss compared to a substantial meal. Fluffy and fun, but ultimately unsatisfying.

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  16. I am so chuffed Tomas is going to get the new contract he deserves. He really is trying to make up for lost time and unlike certain other unmentionables, isnt looking to jump ship! What I feel could dampen my spirits, potentially is by taking issue with and trying to converse with some of the sorry excuses for Gooners we seem to have on Twitter.

    Ive read so many disparaging comments about our players, from Diaby, to Rosicky, Jenks, Giroud & Theo! Now THAT pisses me right off.

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  17. BTW; Are we friends (followers or whatever) on Twitter?

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  18. I look at Twitter Dex, but I’m not on it as it were. I can’t keep up with all this ‘social media’. This place is about as much as I can manage really!

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  19. Dex, You have no friends bar me.

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  20. Sad but true George, You’ve been a real brick.

    Pass; I can see me drifting away from it again soon enough…. Far too distracting for me.

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  21. You will end up like Frank Dex.

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  22. GEORGE, I think its high time you and DEX went shopping again for manbras. Sadly , this time around, I might accompany you two . Maybe a training one for beginners like me.

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  23. Jeez Kam ,thats some good memory you have. Or not.

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  24. Loved the podcast guys. As for transfers, pffft. If we buy we buy if we don’t who cares. I just support The Arsenal.

    Who is Frank Dex? As for manbras, much to tight around the shoulders for me, I much prefer to let em jiggle (or wobble, bounce and numerous other oscillatory words)

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  25. Or not GEORGE. I just remembered laughing to the point of bellyache that night. DEX has mellowed out a bit. Not Felipe.

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  26. DUPS
    you masculinist you. Let them be free, I hear.. (0(

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  27. i hope dex has not got his b s and ps mixed up describing how George has been

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  28. Hunter one of your problems with the fans at home is unfortunately in this commercial football era, the club want a large part of the crowd to be football tourists. Have one fan in seat all season and he will maybe buy one scarf, have a different person in that seat every week and you might sell 25. The cohesion is just not there.
    Also the new stadium, although I know necessary, made new types of season ticket holder. Some were new to attending regularly, some had money and wanted to be near this fantastic new brand called football and some were only used to success ant thought you don’t cheer until we score. Mix in the attendees who are taken to The match so their hosts can show off the ARSENAL to them or the fans who just come to see the stadium and it becomes almost impossible to create an atmosphere.
    While the PL has brought many advantages to these shores, atmosphere is something it’s destroyed not just at our ground but at most grounds

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  29. Good call Kam… I think George’s grumpiness could be related to man boob spillage… I think it’s time for a bit of retail therapy…

    A or B What ever do you mean???

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  30. arse_or_brain January 11, 2014 at 4:15 am

    of course!!! thats the point of the industry.. to milk us out ..take advantage of our psychological dependance. still though…. fans should be organised ..especially at home..at least the nutters……but yes new venue, capital city , tourism ..they all add up. who knows…slowly slowly things might change.

    for instance , those ast mugs , its better if they concentrated on convincing the club that a section of 5000 GUNNERS behind one of the goals would be an immense boost to the team instead of lecturing wenger on finance and tactics…

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  31. goonerkam January 10, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    hehe yeah ok those images are a bit extreme for english stadiums…people would freak out … 🙂

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  32. ” moyes not mean enough to influence refs like saf”

    no comment

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  33. I think that the way the game is evolving crowds as we know them will be a thing of the past. The real supporters will be spread world wide watching in comfort on whatever the newest platform is. A few old style fans will be kept chronically on show (probably paid bit part actors) to give a sense of crowd involvement and maybe some leering, jeering faces to add to the atmosphere. But most of the crowd noise will be artificially generated, and the pyrotechnic depts of the film studios will provide all the flares and smoke deemed appropriate.

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  34. Hunter, A.I.S.A already talk to the club regularly and are quite influential with some excellent success already e.g. tenner for teens.

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  35. all such gestures are welcome aob…wasnt it mel who set that up ?

    foreverheady …….i understand the fear of authorities to not let things escalate back to 70s and 80s but it has gone to opposite extremes….way too sanitised… you cant even smoke a cigarette at the emirates even though its an open space…..you are there going nuts with the score the ref etc and they wont let you light up…. but you can drink 17 pints and hurl abuse at players and manager….

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  36. The cynic within is tempted to agree with foreaverheady.
    But I remain an optimistic fool. AISA and Red Action deserve encouragement and support. I think most people thought and hoped that the AST were going to be doing stuff like that (AISA and kiddies enclosure) before they lost the plot.
    Some would say that it is a little bit psychotic for a supporters group to ignore their own supporters whilst heckling one of the world’s top managers, declaring that he knows no tactics, that he is senile, that he is a multimillionaire communist who doesn’t like signing footballers (he’s only been signing players every year for nearly thirty years now…), to blame the problems of modern football in blighty upon their own football manager whilst ignoring the unanimous concerns of all football fans, and I would agree.

    I remain hopeful that safe standing will be reintroduced at some point and that it will make a difference. Problem is that it might not happen anytime soon.

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  37. Some would say that it is a little bit psychotic

    a little bit? haha…. i bet that if you go anywhere abroad and talk to genuine football fans/people and tell them that arsenal fans would swear and abuse wenger inside the stadium he built for them they wouldnt believe you. theyd be like ” nonono english know football they love wenger and appreciate” …..

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  38. lol check this guy out….. martin carlos garcia from who knows where uploading videos on youtube about gate13 …fucking respect ..

    imagine such scenes at the emirates….lol….police would surround us with helicopters ..barricade the perimeters with tanks ..and choke us on tear gas ….

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  39. I thought Hull away was going to be a tougher game for Chelsea and so did Mourinho. He played the three man CB combo in order to compensate for having Hazard and Oscar on at the same time. What a paltry game.

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  40. That £24m Wenger got for Van Persie doesn’t seem a shabby bit of business now, huh?

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  41. This Saturday is/was a washout. The Tott-Scum, the Chavs and Man-Scum have all won by 2 goal margins. We’ve got to get used to weekends like this. I reckon there will be many a tight weekly battlles as the season winds its way.

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  42. Still hope for Man City to drop points, but the main thing is to win our match.

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  43. Pool away to stoke?? I would say that’s a game where they might drop points and that is always good news. Not paying to much attention to what manure or tiny totts are up to. More concerned about Everton, pool, shitty and chelski right now. But take out villa and it doesn’t matter what bad results come this weekend. Still top of the league.

    C O Y G

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