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Arsenal’s Transfer Strategy-With Wings

Our man Shard has been thinking and writing

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Since Sven Mislintat mysteriously decided to walk away, Arsenal have had no one in charge of strategically overseeing the recruitment at the club. This means not just identifying talent, but building a squad keeping in mind the club philosophy, administrative issues of age, homegrown status, and financial budgets, and long term plans.

Whether the (as good as) vacant position was the reason behind the January window fiasco or not, it’s hard to say from the outside. However, Arsenal certainly recognise the need of having someone in the role. It seems the rumour mill has turned full circle and is back to Edu – the former Invincible and current Brazilian national team coordinator – as the favourite to take over as Technical Director. Francis Cagigao will also be the Head of Recruitment. Honestly, I don’t know who does what in such a structure.

But regardless of who is calling the shots, this will be an important summer for Arsenal. With or without CL football, we need to up the quality of our play and of our squad, ensuring we’re strong enough to withstand the rigours of the season, and are flying high at the end of it. There’s a few ways of going about this, and I’ve taken the trouble to list 5 options below.

The Ostrich Option:

Do nothing. It’ll be alright. Problems tend to go away on their own. But lash out at the first target you spot and throw your weight around. The high wage bill must go! Sell the players you can, and stomp on those you can’t. You are an ostrich with razor sharp claws after all. May not be the most productive thing to do, but activity is good for keeping the blood flowing, and keep the remaining watchers entertained. Some might even bow their heads and pray for a miracle along with you.

The Crow Option:

Scavenge! Get the players you can find on the cheap. Send out your murder to bring you the chewed up carcasses of unwanted players hoping there’s enough meat on them. Work smart not hard! Take the easy pickings available from the agents’ own stables. Hopefully by the end you have a belly that is full, but not bloated by an unhealthy diet.

The Butterfly Option:

Store yourself away for a period of quiet contemplation and reflection. Don’t worry about the outside world. Take your time, grow, and when you’re ready, emerge, transformed into something more beautiful than you were. Fill the gaps primarily through the academy. Bring in players under 21 through the market, and get them all playing together. You may not get to zoom off into the stratosphere, but you will flutter your wings and fly.

The Peacock option:

Strut your stuff! Make it rain, baby. Make use of all the resources you have. The stats, scouts, agent contacts, and above all, the $$$. Use the treasure you’ve collected over the years. Cover yourself in fine jewellery. Redefine opulence. Fill all your squad needs by recruiting from among the best available players, and maybe even some that aren’t.

The Phoenix option:

Burn. Set yourself on fire. Let people mourn the loss of what is and what once was. But, and here’s the tricky part, re-emerge as the beautiful, mythical creature that you are. Find inspiration in the golden past. Reanimate, and radiate the joy, wonder, and warmth to all lucky enough to watch you. Clear house of those that don’t belong. Appoint a visionary coach that knows and plays the Arsenal way. Make signings that suit your philosophy. Aim to make it to the top within the next 3 years.

134 comments on “Arsenal’s Transfer Strategy-With Wings

  1. Mills, Ozil and his girl met the president of Turkey over the weekend at some function or other. Cue fake outrage form the idiots

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  2. i find it amusing that so many who complain about Kroenke not spending his money on Arsenal to buy us success are now complaining that the Man CIty owners are buying success for city and ruining the game in England.

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  3. Ramsey at the Juventus game

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  4. Annoyed here at the snippet I’ve heard from John Walters on Talksport.

    Boasting about how we hated playing there; he would ‘go right through’ one of our players early on to get the crowd up; we would wilt.

    What can you say? Might be over-reaching but feels like the whole phenomena- the fouls, the injuries, the refs; the media allowing, ignoring and encouraging it; the boasts afterwards- is part of some dark, bigger thing.

    Never been able to express it well (which probably points to overreach) but it’s like we became the enemy for all that’s worst in football here, which itself could be, in part, expression of some of the worst of the country.

    I don’t know. It sounds so improbable to have drawn all those forces against us, and for all those forces in the game here to be, well, marked by such deep, abiding lousiness.

    Jeez, if I’m even close to being right, better hope football here isn’t just the average for how humanity does things.

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  5. rich Same old Arsenal always cheating,

    what Walters spoke about could not happen, or at least could not continue for the amount of time it has if not for the compliance of the PGMOL, the support of the media too, the “I’d two foot anyone who done a no look pass like Rosicky did” type of comment from pundits, “he’s not type of player” excuse made way too often as an Arsenal player was left with a career threatening broken limb, not forgetting the “Arsenal don’t like to be kicked”, that last one is a douzy, can anyone name me one team, in history, or even one player, who actually liked to get kicked.
    Jeez we had it over and over in the FA Cup final yesterday, “Watford need to get in City’s faces”, stone age thinking from idiotic pundits.

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  6. Not over reaching Rich, that was and is a recognised, and successful tactic for some clubs against us, it has been going on for years. Only my opinion, but believe it started when Fergie felt threatened, so used the LMA, clubs with his Brit manager mates, and the PGMOL against Wenger. None more accommodating than the likes of Pulis and Sam. Roy hodgson and Sean Dyche, amongst others use identical tactics to this day.
    There are mechanisms in the English game that allow for such things, but what really pisses me off, is when you look at the lofty positions our ex CEO held in the governance of the game at home and abroad, yet clearly did absolutely nothing to bring about a level playing field and to try and protect payers at his club , and players in general, nothing apart from silence Wenger that is. Reportedly in complete contrast to his predecessor David Dein, who , for his faults, would reportedly be banging on FA doors when Paddy was unfairly sent off. Few I despise more than politicians who turn a blind eye to such things for , it turns out, their own gains.

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  7. Ed

    ‘Jeez we had it over and over in the FA Cup final yesterday, “Watford need to get in City’s faces”, stone age thinking from idiotic pundits.’

    My thinking is that those tendencies run very strong in English football, and they were cranked up to the maximum against us and, unfortunately, disastrously, no parties came to our aid. In fact it seemed to suit them all very well. Perfect storm of shiftiness or something.

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  8. Mandy

    My attempts at finding a coherent narrative are pretty similar to that. I think Ferguson played a huge role in it.

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  9. One of hardest bits for me is imagining how quickly Walters smile would falter and disappear with a few simple fair questions.

    Normal Interviewer -So, do you mean fouls when you say ‘go through them, John’?

    Jonathan Walters-No, they were fair tackles, got the ball.

    NI-Ok, but if they were just normal tackles why were they so effective? I mean, they can still be fouls if you get the ball and then crash into a player. Should be even. Bookings, too, when appropriate.

    JW -No, no, they were mostly fair tackles.

    NI -Right, so they wilted from mostly fair tackles. Doesn’t every professional game have a lot of aggression and mostly fair tackles in it?

    JW -Yes, don’t know what you mean.

    NI- Well, why was it different at your place. What did you do that made it hard for them?

    JW- Well, yeah, we were aggressive, didn’t give them time on the ball, got in their faces, and yeah maybe there were a few fouls as well, nothing outrageous though. Crowd were fantastic. 12th man.

    NI-Ok. Did you try the same thing at Emirates? Results were different there.

    JW-……well…yeah, I suppose…but, you know…we didn’t have our crowd supporting us there and…erm, the ref…they played differently there..it’s hard to get results away at big sides

    NI-What about against other top sides when they came to your place?

    JW- Yeah, we got stuck in. Got some good results

    NI- But not as many as against Arsenal?

    JW-No. They were tougher see. They could stand up to it better. They didn’t wilt

    NI- Interesting. But you’d go through them early on to get the crowd up and all the rest, yes?

    JW- Pretty much, but it was different. Against Arsenal,see, they didn’t like it, couldn’t handle it, hated playing us. Didn’t like being tackled

    NI- At your place.

    JW-Yeah

    NI- Because of the crowd

    JW- Well, yeah, and because of how we played

    NI- Getting stuck in

    JW- Yeah…and we played well, too

    NI- Right, but the main thing was, what did Deeney say..?

    JW- ha, cajones.

    NI. Right. So you’d test them out. Give them a whack, I think he said, see if they wanted it

    JW. Exactly.

    NI. What did the refs make of that?

    JW. Sorry?

    NI. No, I’m just wondering. Give them a whack, go right through them…I mean, these things sound like fouls…

    JW- No..

    NI- so if they are fouls, didn’t the ref look unfavourably on it and penalise you. Doesn’t that take away most of the advantage you can gain, and then there’s risk of bookings and sendings off. Does a team really wilt if they are getting fouled and getting free kicks for it…unless they are scared of getting their legs bro…

    JW. No, no, it’s not like that. It’s a contact sport you know! What are you on about? It wasn’t about fouls. It was just playing hard. Ask anyone. They just didn’t like

    NI- They didn’t like being tackled.

    JW. Right. I don’t know what you’re playing at here. What are you trying to say?

    NI- That you’re a cunt, Jon, and a stupid one at that to come here boasting about how you prospered through foul play.

    * interview breaks down as a fight ensues and Walters gets beaten up

    Ok, aside from last bit, that would be a fair shape for an interview to take. Interesting and informative it would be too. Gripping listening. And yet….totally and utterly unimaginable.

    One question from anyone in that direction is so hard to imagine. Someone following through on it just could not happen in our mainstream media.

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  10. doesn’t like latest comment but I’ll try again

    ———-
    One of hardest bits for me is imagining how quickly Walters smile would falter and disappear with a few simple fair questions.

    Normal Interviewer -So, do you mean fouls when you say ‘go through them, John’?

    Jonathan Walters-No, they were fair tackles, got the ball.

    NI-Ok, but if they were just normal tackles why were they so effective? I mean, they can still be fouls if you get the ball and then crash into a player. Should be even. Bookings, too, when appropriate.

    JW -No, no, they were mostly fair tackles.

    NI -Right, so they wilted from mostly fair tackles. Doesn’t every professional game have a lot of aggression and mostly fair tackles in it?

    JW -Yes, don’t know what you mean.

    NI- Well, why was it different at your place. What did you do that made it hard for them?

    JW- Well, yeah, we were aggressive, didn’t give them time on the ball, got in their faces, and yeah maybe there were a few fouls as well, nothing outrageous though. Crowd were fantastic. 12th man.

    NI-Ok. Did you try the same thing at Emirates? Results were different there.

    JW-……well…yeah, I suppose…but, you know…we didn’t have our crowd supporting us there and…erm, the ref…they played differently there..it’s hard to get results away at big sides

    NI-What about against other top sides when they came to your place?

    JW- Yeah, we got stuck in. Got some good results

    NI- But not as many as against Arsenal?

    JW-No. They were tougher see. They could stand up to it better. They didn’t wilt

    NI- Interesting. But you’d go through them early on to get the crowd up and all the rest, yes?

    JW- Pretty much, but it was different. Against Arsenal,see, they didn’t like it, couldn’t handle it, hated playing us. Didn’t like being tackled

    NI- At your place.

    JW-Yeah

    NI- Because of the crowd

    JW- Well, yeah, and because of how we played

    NI- Getting stuck in

    JW- Yeah…and we played well, too

    NI- Right, but the main thing was, what did Deeney say..?

    JW- ha, cajones.

    NI. Right. So you’d test them out. Give them a whack, I think he said, see if they wanted it

    JW. Exactly.

    NI. What did the refs make of that?

    JW. Sorry?

    NI. No, I’m just wondering. Give them a whack, go right through them…I mean, these things sound like fouls…

    JW- No..

    NI- so if they are fouls, didn’t the ref look unfavourably on it and penalise you. Doesn’t that take away most of the advantage you can gain, and then there’s risk of bookings and sendings off. Does a team really wilt if they are getting fouled and getting free kicks for it…unless they are scared of getting their legs bro…

    JW. No, no, it’s not like that. It’s a contact sport you know! What are you on about? It wasn’t about fouls. It was just playing hard. Ask anyone. They just didn’t like

    NI- They didn’t like being tackled.

    JW. Right. I don’t know what you’re playing at here. What are you trying to say?

    NI- That you’re a cunt, John, and a stupid one at that to come here boasting about how you prospered through foul play.

    * interview breaks down as a fight ensues and Walters gets beaten up

    Ok, aside from last bit, that would be a fair shape for an interview to take. Interesting and informative it would be too. Gripping listening. And yet….totally and utterly unimaginable

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  12. Sure did Rich, Fergie was the LMA , and was able to select PGMOL refs for his games. His CEO had a lot of power as well, and backing from scudamore. He clearly put Riley in the place he currently holds. Let’s face it, riley isn’t there for his refereeing, communication or referee administrative skills .
    Fergie was, in the end respectful to Wenger , and said he could never be anything other than his most competitive against his old foe, I think we all know what he meant there.
    Always amused me how Pulis and Sam would roll over, barely put a tackle in and lose 2-0 at home to Fergie, but would instigate a PGMOL assisted battering of our players. Even Phil Brownose with hull got in on the act with his clearly false allegations in an attempt to get Cesc banned. Never a word from the media though.
    I am sure half of the letting Poch away with it in the media stems from the fact they believe he will one day be Utd manager, though Juve might have something to say about that in the short term

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  13. Congratulations on meeting the President of Turkey along with Ozil and his girl, Mills. I am not outraged at all, though I may be an idiot.

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  14. This ‘good, honest, English lad’ behaviour on radio being ignored for its wider implications is nothing new. The media has brushed off Claus Lundekvam, ex Southampton captain’s claims that he, and ‘everyone’ was betting on the games they played in. Not the result mind, just throw ins, corners, and penalties!! You know the kind of spot fixing that sent a Pakistani cricketer to jail. Doesn’t bother the truth tellers in the media though. The truth for them is that Arsenal are soft, though now Wenger has gone it is only a legacy.

    It was absolutely Ferguson who got Keith Hackett kicked off and Riley, him of Game 50 fame, appointed as chief of the refs. It was Ferguson who in Game 50 laid the blueprint, and it was Ferguson and ManU who were terrified of becoming also rans with Arsenal playing the way we were and with a new stadium on the way, and the rise of Chelsea, which led to the kick and cheat Arsenal phase in English football. Wenger is a much better man than I for I would have socked RedNose right in the jaw at some point.

    Mandy, to your point, I think David Dein was more effective because Arsenal had more money to spend then. Not necessarily in brown paper bags, but to the transfer market at large. Whether that fills the league’s pockets directly, I don’t know. It could. But it definitely fits with the narrative they want to sell for the PL. I’m certain that whenever Gazidis went knocking the league officials quietly pointed at Arsenal’s cash reserves and the numbskull holding up the spend some fucking money sign. Typical mob behaviour.

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  15. Shard, I think theres some crossed wires. I havent met them, my aim was at the press who play righteousness not anyone on here and it was other posters who mentioned outrage etc.

    COYG!

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  16. T’was but a joke dear Mills. Inspired by Ed’s post and a liberal interpretation of the use of punctuation.

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  17. see there was crossed wires, on my part! Soz, still havent woken up properly ( not that that makes much difference!). Cheers!
    COYG!

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  18. Hey Positives. Rich already expressed his feelings here about that Jon Walters interview on TalkSports. Because it says a lot about the gratuitous violence that the PGMOL has permitted against Arsenal, especially at Stoke, I made his comment at UFV into a full fledged article titled “Shameless Jon Walters Confesses he would “go right through” an Arsenal player” Link: https://uniteforvar.com/?p=2022

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  19. Nice one Shotta.

    For a moment thought you’d put the imaginary interview up and was twitchy for a sec, as I hadn’t done homework of listening to his interview (who needs that in their life?), and had just read and reacted to some quotes from it.

    Can’t imagine the full interview does contain much contrary to what I’ve said, mind.

    I’d forgotten I’d even written the bit that went up instead. That stuff is close to the surface for me and i was wound up for a bit there last night.

    One kicker from it I’ve just remembered is that I once saw same hardman John Walters put in an utterly pathetic sequence of dives while playing for his country against Germany. Was throwing himself about desperately, like so many claimed over years our players do, and use as part justification for booting us. It stood out even in the modern game where diving is so commonplace. The commentators chuckled warmly about it.

    The whole rough, ready, aggressive but honest British players/ teams/ managers has always been complete bullshit. Most likely Walters’ manager and assistant manager were Martin O’Neil and Roy Keane that day.

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  20. Cheers Shotta.

    Has fired me up to keep working on what may be a final piece for UFV for a while.

    Taking a long time and lot of work needed but the aim is to link attempts to maintain tight control with VAR and control applied by having small core of refs covering so much of action. Our top 5 do an astonishing 44% of all games!!

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  21. Rich I don’t want to add to your workload but have you looked at the amount of times these same refs are 4th official, and how often the 4th official from one weeks game is ref for our next game.

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  22. shard I remember in George Graham’s time the Arsenal players took part in lots of spot betting, their favorite one was first throw to the opposition, at a kick off Arsenal would hoof a diagonal ball to the wing, too high for whoever was the target, often Niall Quinn when he was in the side, I remember one game where they got it wrong and he had to duck it to let it out of play. It was said at the time GG was in on the bets too.

    Vinny Jones once got sent off or booked within seconds of start of game as he had spot bet on first foul, first booking

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  23. Ed

    Might try have quick look at that but am restricted to stuff that is easily available in public domain.

    Hadn’t even thought of that extra element to the workload. Taylor did 50 games in all comps this year so doubt he did many 4th official duties.

    Got a feeling a number of the older favourites- Dean, Marriner especially- do loads though.

    On Taylor, one weird quirk from quick look at record for year is that he has given 10 reds in his 50 games total, but only 1 in premier league action, meaning 1 in 32 (prem) ; 9 in 18 in other comps, including 4 for 4 in europa action.

    Anomalous figures, admittedly (not been a pattern previously), but boy does it fit the idea they play to a different set of rules in prem to other competitions.

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  24. A few reports from i am sure very unreliable sources suggesting Steve Bould may be on his way, replaced by Freddie.
    Whether true or not, can see Freddie having the potential to go places at this club

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  25. Imagine it will be cleared up quite quickly with Bould if the report is accurate.

    Think it originated from a journo I muted a while ago on account of thinking he was a right git. Makes his living off the club but reliably twists and presents things in unfavourable fashion.

    Quite likely the one who named a player who had supposedly put in a bullying complaint and quickly had to backtrack.

    Still, if he’s right on this, can only imagine it would happen quickly from here. Expect club alert to things like that trending at 1 on twitter, as well as the claim itself, and would surely take extremely dim view of it if it’s bullshit. Would like to think so anyway.

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  26. RIP Niki Lauda.

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  27. Now that we know the outcome of the discussions about Miki’s participation in the final, I think it’s fair to call the whole affair appalling. I generally avoid trading in outrage because it is tiresome and psychologically unhealthy; still, I am disappointed that the head coach has basically laid this at Miki’s feet.

    It represents a failure of both leadership and communication. Emery could easily have said, “I don’t know about the politics. I leave that to the club and UEFA. What I do know is that Miki has the full support of me and the team.” That doesn’t ruffle any feathers — which for some reason unknown to me Arsenal seem keen to avoid — while quashing the implication that Miki could have chosen not to be in this situation.

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  28. Julio Pleguezuelo has left Arsenal for FC Twente in Holland.

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  29. Matt Hughes
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  30. I thought him not in the squad was the result of no other safe option but Emery repeating ‘I respect his decision’ could well lead people believe otherwise. It made no sense.

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  31. Think gist of it was UEFA saying he would be safe; Ajerbaijan side saying same, but not without going on about Mkhi having visiting disputed zone, and some sinister bullshit about will be fine as long as doesn’t behave in certain way.

    Mkhi, family and club then had to weigh it up, with club rightly allowing Mkhi to decide in end. He made understandable and correct decision, for me, not to go. Maybe if he had decided yes, they would have said no in end anyway.

    Far as I can tell, it was all pretty inevitable.

    UEFA may have thought/hoped same precedent as with other athletes would apply. For athletics in 2015, team of 15 Armenians went and competed in Baku, although I believe even then a few decided not to go.

    When they originally chose Baku two years ago, perhaps they decided, wrongly in my opinion, odds of about 25/1 of an Armenian player reaching final were just about acceptable.

    It’s a mess. Neither UEFA nor Ajerbaijan were ever going to oblige and make the decision for us. UEFA because of how terribly it would reflect on them. Ajerzis because it would wreck the work they are trying to do using sport to promote other aims.

    Meanwhile, I don’t think the raised risk for Mkhi acceptable at all. i don’t know about individual cases of the athletes who went there for those games in 2015, or any others who may have gone; football has a different profile.

    I’m taking that story of the Ajerzi soldier who murdered an Armenian soldier at a NATO event outside the country as being 100% true. That alone is enough for me to say ‘no fucking way’, given it was a brutal murder of a stranger, he attempted to kill a second Armenian, and was later pardoned in his home country and afforded hero status.

    His explanation was that it was, basically, duty, honour etc that compelled him; not anything the other man had done. At the very highest level of the country, they agreed with that. So it’s not the case of some rogue or terrorist element within the country holding that view.

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  32. Think gist of it was UEFA saying he would be safe; Ajerbaijan side saying same, but not without going on about Mkhi having visiting disputed zone, and some sinister bullshit about will be fine as long as doesn’t behave in certain way.

    Mkhi, family and club then had to weigh it up, with club rightly allowing Mkhi to decide in end. He made understandable and correct decision, for me, not to go. Maybe if he had decided yes, they would have said no in end anyway.

    Far as I can tell, it was all pretty inevitable.

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  33. After feeling like the club were hanging Miki out to dry yesterday, I was heartened to read the stronger comments from Koscielny, Monreal, and Vinai today.

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  34. Raul; Because of our circumstances, because of not renewing Aaron on time we were in a situation in which Aaron had incredible offers building up on the salary. He was really keen on staying with us, he was ready to make the effort but at the end of the whole process we had to be responsible for ourselves and protect the interests of Arsenal

    more
    https://www.arsenal.com/news/sanllehi-danny-welbecks-imminent-departure

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  36. Matteo Guendouzi has been called up to the France U21 squad for the U21s European Championship in Italy next month.

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  37. The Arsenic guy made it look extra damning by removing the previous sentence.

    My read of that paragraph is that Ramsey had received very big/ incredible wage offers, but was willing to negotiate, ie not demanding we must match highest offer.

    After that, can’t tell. Could be interpreted as club deciding not to negotiate or offer anything at all; could be that they felt or knew they weren’t prepared to go as high as it would take.

    I’m sure I’ll get stick for suggesting that version- instead of club being complete idiots/ arseholes- but it seems fair to me.

    Does show, though, that he doesn’t understand how unhappy many are with the whole affair. Left himself wide open for some serious animosity.

    If it had been indicated what figures needed were and club wouldn’t go there, then I guess he should have worded it differently. Ramsey being ready to make effort while they were at end of process sounds bad indeed, as though they stopped too early, while possibility remained of striking deal both parties could accept.

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  38. It was the “Ramsey was sitting on the contract for ages but refused to sign it” and something about Tony Adams…

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  39. Anyone else find the above mentioned article a bit tedious? Same old guff and rhetoric, like those who lied about “leave” or the Generals who told everyone to attack “over there” on the 1st July 1916, as it will be a glorious victory?
    AW was on to something(?) what is a director of football? Seems more like a director of policy, or some weird floating middle manager who goes around telling everyone what to do, cant think why that would be necessary- the Ö gets a lot of green-eyed verbals over his salary, but Im sure the DoF isnt on minimum wage? DoF seems the wrong title, like they actually know about playing the game? Sometimes when I see these things I feel a long way away from AFC and how I started with it all, back in 1543.
    But f*ck it, Im out of date, AFC is big biz and Im small Mills. Plus, the wait is to long for the final feels like the seasons over already why did they push it back so far, incase a team might have been in the FAC final?The situ re the Mhk is one that certainly gets the blood boiling. Grrr! What a load of poop.
    However, old yellows back, a pox on the grey kit, “she” never wanted to wear it and certainly didnt want to win the FAC wearing a grey ribbon. The new red reminded me of Peter Nicholas when he payed for Wales and the old kit they had back in the days of yore.

    COYG!

    ps: if AFC dont get CL this year or next does it mean the DoF etc should also be held responsible and get the boot, not just the head coach?

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  40. Some interesting stuff in Guardian’s club-by-club financial report.

    Like this: ‘With Everton straining to stay with the top six, Moshiri increased his interest-free loan to £150m during 2017-18, then provided a further £100m, and the club had £75m other loans. Future hopes rest on a new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock; £11m was spent on plans.’

    How does that- 250 mill from owner, 75 mill other loans- fit with ffp?? Likewise their wage bill in period covered rose from 105-145, and that was before a bog hike again presumably for season just gone.

    Aren’t we being told we have to be extremely careful to comply and that the figure is 7% or similar for wage rises each year?

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  41. I’m feeling pretty disillusioned with football and AFC at the moment and I’ve zero interest in the EL final. Obviously I hope Arsenal to win, but I can’t muster up any enthusiasm for the game given all the crappy Politics around it. I guess I just need a break from all the BS and maybe something will rekindle my love?

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  42. Only glancing at it but can see a mention of a billion plus outstanding loan to Abramovich- mostly gone on transfers and wages it says.

    The thought of all that as a pure extra- with our comparable figure being zero!- spread out over the years as, for the most part, media and even many fans act as though direct comparisons and expectations are completely fair!

    Always worth remembering what we’ve had to battle against, and still are

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  43. City meanwhile have had 1.3 billion from owner officially. Real figure probably;y over 2 billion though.

    They have second highest commercial, at 232 million. Ours stands at 107. Huge majority I expect from companies in AD , as the emails say, and any element of it liable to be manipulated

    Even the non Abu Dhabi sponsorship/ deals all obviously inextricably linked to the money invested by owner at previous stages. Something essentially incalculable with them or others, but worthy of mention I think

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/may/22/premier-league-finances-club-guide-2017-18-accounts-manchester-united-city

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  44. Rich, on FFP, wish I knew why we have to follow it more strictly than others, but can only conclude the club and owner have no wish to avail of the multiple loopholes, as is their perfect right, but won’t help us compete with some of these teamsu less we find miracle workers and get round the PGMOL, which may be unlikely!
    If our budget really is as reported this summer, we will be outspent by most of the EPL.

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  45. Mandy

    I’d venture we don’t HAVE to. We want to. Both because it is what our culture is..But seeing as the people in charge don’t much care about that, it’s probably just that it’s a convenient excuse to not spend money.

    Signing Denis Suarez on a loan deal and no one else was apparently due to FFP reasons? I don’t buy it. We couldn’t afford what..2m more in wages? After the January deals and summer departures? The club are having us on.

    Not signing Ramsey is to protect the best interests of Arsenal..would cause an imbalance.. What does any of this mean? It means we don’t want to pay to keep our best players. Not only that, we want to drive our best players out because they cost too much.

    Wenger didn’t sacrifice his CV and Champions League ambitions for this. He and us fans sacrificed a lot for the stadium and to get us to a point where we can afford to pay players like Ozil 18m a year. Only for this new Arsenal to say..actually naah..We’re not going to do that. We all love us some bargains after all.. Look at the summer we had. Guendouzi, Leno..Oh..The guy who signed them was also pushed out by us..Shhh.

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  46. Not signing Ramsey after a decade of investment when he is at his peak this season an maybe for a couple of more is in the interests of “Arsenal Football Club”

    The only way any of us is going to get a sane and honest answer from Raul is the same way Barca fans got one: in court!!!???

    Meanwhile the comedy twins where wheeled out this week to blag out some Sports Communications in response to the pre-emptive strike from Ozil’s agent blowing their Summer briefings against the player or of the water before they had made them.
    Which is why the Sports Communications consultants launched their attack on the player’s mere presence at the club at the start of this week. Billy Big Blagger was sent in by these generals in the first wave along with the fodder. Braying donkey’s led & very much fed by monkeys. Ain’t much doubt about it unless people want to be kidding themselves.

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  47. Selling Messi is in the interests of Barcelona Football Club

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