Dear Mr. Wenger, All I want for January is ……….

I know it’s a little early to be talking January Transfer Window, but here goes …………….

I thought that with the recent influx of funds courtesy of our favourite airline, mixed with a lot of discussion about Wenger possibly coming to the end of his tenure, it might be a good chance for people to put forward the transfer targets that they think could bring the trophies back to the Emirates whilst at the same time getting Arsene back in the fans good books.

There have been a lot of different figures banded around the press about how much Wenger actually has at his disposal come January, but i’m thinking that around £30-£40m investment is what is needed to get fans back onside.

Personally, I believe we are only 1 or maybe 2 ‘quality’ players away from having the squad needed to get back in the fight for trophies.

As many of you will probably agree, a striker is priority number one. A few of the names being thrown around are Huntelaar, El Shaarawy and Llorente.

Personally, I think Huntelaar seems the most obvious and most likely option. It doesn’t look like he is going to extend his current contract which runs out soon, and at 29 he is probably looking for one more big move before time runs out on his career. With a small price tag of around £6m it would leave enough funds to cover his possibly high wage demands.

The second position that is being discussed a lot is Left Back. Santos seems to have fallen out of favour since his car ‘incident’ and poor performances have done nothing to improve the situation. Young Dutch International Jetro Willems has been mentioned a lot and would certainly fit the bill as a typical Wenger signing.

The other position we may have to fill in January is the RW with Theo still not agreeing a new contract. Most are now desperate for him to re-sign (a massive turnaround from 12 months ago when he was being slaughtered by fans) but if he decides to walk away then Wenger will definately need a replacement. Zaha at Palace and even the dreadful Downing have been named as possible recruits, but personally i think Theo will actually sign on the dotted line.

Anyway, enough of what i think!

Who do you think Arsene should buy in this window, and what positions do you feel we need to strengthen? We would all love Messi, but try and be realistic and stick to the budget.

Written by SlimGingerGooner


186 Responses to Dear Mr. Wenger, All I want for January is ……….

  1. desmond says:

    We need striker and wenger is our porblem if you take a look at last weekend lineup then you know wenger is one σƒ the porblem arsenal have, arsenal need stirker

  2. Grant says:

    This is easy, the biggest need for me is a true defensive midfielder. And, although I would be okay with M’Villa as a plan B, Plan A has to be Fellaini. Even if it takes 20 mill, he is the player and position we most need!

  3. Morning all, as we had a link to the “other site” earlier I’ll answer Slim’s post in the spirit of that site.

    We can spend the money on brand new 4-year, £80k/week contracts for Squilacci, Diaby, Chamakh and Djourou plus another bonus for Ivan, money well spent in my eyes 🙂

    But seriously, I’m a little doubtful of Huntelaar arriving as he’d be cup tied for the Champions League and why should he abandon Schalke’s campaign in Europe when they look in a lot better shape than us?

    I doubt we’ll get any one of note in the January wimdow as Wenger has often said nothing much is available as teams don’t want to let go of their better players mid way through the season.

  4. Rasp says:

    Thanks SGG, like you I suspect that some will view speculation of this type a bit premature, but with the current unrest it is only natural to look for solutions.

    Unlike Grant I wouldn’t want M’Vila – he’s trouble and we’ve had enough players like that. I would agree with him about Fellaini but why would Everton sell him in January? (if at all?)

    It looks liike we may need a left back (Jetro Willens?) and a right back if Sagna is let go, not to mention a replacement for Theo.

  5. D.G says:

    Offer Schalke 6 mill £ for Huntelaar. And 8 mill £ if we throw Chamack in the deal. And 10 mill £ if they want both Chamack and Squidlacci

  6. Good point about our right flank Raspers. Replacements for Sagna and Fee-oh are our second worry after who plays LB.

    My concern is if both of them go will Wenger buck the trend and bring in replacements of EQUIVALENT quality ?

    It would be adeparture from the usual(until recently) strategy of bringing in “potential” and developing…yet again.

  7. Nizam says:

    Wenger must adjust his tactics. Why must Arsenal must pass and pass in the final third?This makes it very complicated when football is a simple game. Just watch how Wigan scored against Reading.
    Fans come to see shots and goals.
    Arsenal are the only team ,imho,playing a different brand. The other team including Spuds making easy it on the eye.Watch how Defoe ran at the defenders before scoring.We must play like that otherwise the merry bout of passing will give the opposition time to regroup.Still not convinced. When Everton play Arsenal they will be waiting to pounce and score. Then I wonder what Wenger will say when th e gunners lose.

  8. Rasp says:

    😆 D.G.

    Hi chary, we’re certainly in the doldrums – but you know football, a win tomorrow and at the weekend and everything will be rosy again 🙄

  9. We have looked a bit shit lately Raspers, and failure to beat a bottom 3 side at the weekend hurt – I just hope we get a win tomorrow which will set us up for my next match on Saturday – I wouldn’t want to be grumpy and nervous at the Tavern, pre match. 😥

  10. Lefrancea says:

    Wenger is a hard hearted man, doesnt feel our pain at all. I pray things change for the better with or without him. Firstly, we need an aggressive striker and theo needs to sign, secondly a diaby replacement, someone like fellaini, thirdly a defender. In my own view, I will even vote for two midfielders cos we actually need real competition in our squad so players can be up and doing and fight for first team action but when we depend on one player, he becomes lazy and feels like a god. If we have these kind of quality in our squad, players wont try to decide for d team what to do just like we are experiencing with walcott. One love gooners.

  11. Mathias ojoma christian says:

    Arsenal needs a striker & a defensive midfielder. Tnx

  12. henrychan says:

    I agree with the duo dutch.. they are good and cheap.. 6 mil each.. But not for Zaha.. 15 mil for an ‘unknown star alike’ is crazy..
    with that price better to get Isco for 18mil.. or get Narsingh (PSV) for only 10 mil.. But get them alltogether.. (Hunter, Jetro, Narsingh and Isco) will be extremely great.. And we have money to buy them all.. 40 mil..

    And if we sell 5-8 deadwood.. then we have another 20 mil..
    And that not include Walcott.. He can bring us 20 mil alone..
    So we still have money to bring a DM also..

  13. All we need is a good mild-fielder. since wenger has desided to place our last seasom best midle man in defence now. i can tell whoever cares to listen that the team we have is good.let wenger return ateta to the midle and coqouelin in four you will see h says:

    Obiwale adewale

  14. LB says:

    Nice one slim.

  15. bolaji suleiman ola says:

    pls i think we also need a defenceive midfielder too.

  16. GoonerB says:

    Well done SGG, I saw a couple of the comments last night so I know you stepped in late with this one and allowed LB to continue to consume copious amounts of Muscadet (only kidding LB, I know you are a Sancerre man at the very least). When Peaches was asking for a post I wondered if I could get one out there but didn’t say anything as I wasn’t sure about how much time I had yesterday and it would have been sent late even if I could have done it. Ironically the very subject matter I would have written about is what you have presented. It would be interesting if we could apply Red Arse’s law of averages from his post a couple of weeks back to see if the collective thinking of AA’ers arrives at the correct decision.

    I don’t think it is too early to talk about this as we have had a good chance to look at all the new recruits and how well our team is balanced. There has also been much debate on where our failings are at the moment and the 2 big areas seem to be tactics and formations and exactly what you are writing about, needing 2-3 quality additions to the squad. I have split what I feel we need into 2 categories depending on whether Walcott stays or goes. I think the most common areas that will be highlighted as needing strengthening are left side defence, central defence, defensive midfield and striker.

    If Walcott stays I would prioritise the strikers position and defensive midfield. I would leave the other 2 areas as I think there are 2-3 very good defensive midfielders out there that can also play CD, and with that extra cover we can play TV there if Gibbs, who I am happy with as first choice in this position, is injured. It is not TV’s ideal position but I feel with him and Gibbs being able to play in this position I would rather bring on our own youngster Meade than rush out and buy a different young player. We also have Miquel to consider who is a left-footed defender. If we get a DM that can play CD as well, I would prefer that to bringing in another pure CD which I feel will overload this area. The 3 that I am mostly aware of that we could get would be Mbwia, Wanyama and Capoue. Out of these I have only really seen Mbwia play, over our 2 legs with Montpelier, but interestingly he played both CD and DM and for me was equally impressive in both, so currently he gets my nod.

    Again with walcott staying I would go for a striker. Huntelaar would be good enough for me. Some say, but he is 29 now. All the better for me as he is an experienced ready made goal-scorer but it doesn’t indefinitely block the pathway of the likes of Campbell, Afobe or Akpom if any of them look like they are able to step up in the next 2-3 seasons. A 24 year old striker would.

    If Walcott goes, however, for me that is easy. We still get the above but just get a straight replacement for him. I like Ben Arfa. He is slightly different to Theo. He is quick but not as quick as Theo, but similarly has other areas of his game which are better than Theos. That’s it for me Mbwia and Huntelaar only and add in Ben Arfa if Walcott leaves. The rest of it comes down to playing these players in a way to get the best out of them but, as you know, I hate talking about that subject…..

  17. Deano says:

    Ok , lets start with possible departures …Chamakh , Arsharvin and Gervinho for African nations , leaves us light up front …I believe Walcott will move in from the wing and get his chance up front alternating game time with Giroud …So we have the Ox and Podolski on the wings with not much cover . Maybe a youngster will be promoted to fill the void or possibly a move for Zaha …In the defensive midfield role I too would like to see Fellaini , he’s hard working , solid in a tackle , good in the air and has an eye for a goal ! ….One other spot I would like to see challenged more is goal keeper , preferably with experience (29 /30 years old) , not to be automatic number one , but more to keep Chesney on his toes and to be more reliable when a second choice goalie is needed.

  18. Rasp says:

    Hi henrychan, re your comment @ 10:21.

    I’m afraid Walcott would not bring us anything near £20m if we sold him in January – perhaps £6m as there’s only a few months left on his contract. More likely he will go on a free in the summer.

    Most of the other players commonly listed as ‘deadwood’ (I hate that term) are still with us because we cannot sell them = no buyers.

  19. Shard says:

    I think a striker and midfielder have to be top priority. We could also do with a LB and a GK perhaps. And because of the contract issues with Theo and Sagna, perhaps a RW and RB too. So lots of positions to potentially buy in. But I think January won’t bring us all that. Probably 2 players is the most we can hope for.

    Now a midfielder who can do a similar job to Ramires at Chelsea is what I’d want. Someone who can do a decent job of shielding the back 4, and can provide some forward impetus by running through the defense with the ball. Someone like a fit Diaby. I hope we don’t rely on Diaby and Rosicky for this. There is no doubt they would have helped against Villa, but we need someone like that now. Maybe Capoue. Arteta and Rosicky are getting on in years and Diaby aside, the other midfielders are younger. Capoue seems the right age to fill that gap and provide us what we need.

    For striker, Huntelaar fits for the same reason. (The likes of Afobe and Joel Campbell provide the youth options.) But the negatives are that he’s cup tied, and also that he doesn’t really bring a lot of pace up front. He should, however be available in January. Should we wait till the summer to get a player who fits into the squad better over the longer term, or should we buy Huntelaar (who might be a lesser target) now? I go for the latter. Get him now, and look for a speedy, younger (23-24) striker who can also play out wide in the summer. The likes of Ryo and Gnabry could do with another player in front of them. We seem weak on the flanks, especially if Theo goes.

    At LB, it depends on if we’ve given up on Santos. Maybe we plan to use him on the wing. I don’t know about this one because I still hold out some hope Santos will recover last season’s form and then improve, but with Gibbs’ fitness not reliable we could do with a young LB here. If Meade isn’t up to it, then I guess we buy someone who is (like Jetro Williams apparently), or we go the other route and buy someone to put ahead of Gibbs at LB. Baines is the only one I can think of.

    Anyway, I expect 2 out of 3 of these positions to filled in Jan. Striker and one of either a LB or MF. I hope a midfielder.

    Oh and my fantasy vote for a BIG NAME signing we should aim for in the summer: Neymar. Wenger once said if he had the funds that’s the one player in world football he would go for. I know it won’t happen, but it’s just a little bit of fun. (I would say harmless fun but these days nothing is harmless when it comes to Arsenal)

  20. Big Raddy says:

    Sign Fellaini. Theo, Sagna A 30+ y.o. GK

    Sell: Nik B, Denilson, Chamakh, Arshavin,

    Give Meade a runout at LB.

    AW is convinced about Gnabry and talks of him in the same terms as Cesc and JW.

    Eisfeld will be our new Freddie.

    Bosh ……

  21. efrem says:

    we need one defensive midfielder and one striker and one left back

  22. Deano says:

    I’m sure if we signed Fellaini , ” Head and Shoulders ” would give us some more sponsorship money !! 😉

  23. Theophilus says:

    I think the lives of hleb or nasri, eduador and fabregas is needed in the team right now, so that the team can create alot of clear chance that can turn to goals

  24. Rasp says:

    Morning Raddy. I agree that we need a ‘Fellaini’ in the side – but who would he replace? It would have to be Arteta I suppose. The opposition have managed to mark Arteta out of games recently, Fellaini is just too big and powerful to be snuffed out in the same way.

  25. Rasp says:

    Oh, and you missed Squillaci out of your ‘sell’ list Raddy 😕

  26. Double98 says:



    Diaby – i so want to believe in him but he is too vital to us to carry on the treatment table

    On loan
    Ramsay – needs to play for wigan for a half a season

    My 2013 team (4-4-2)





    Gervihno, Walcott, Coquelin, OX, Vermaelan, Gibbs, Chesney

  27. Rasp says:

    Hi D98, no Podolski in your team or on the bench?

  28. MikeTheGreat... says:

    What I think is we can buy 4-5 players each ranging between 6m-10m, this can add depth, quality & strength to our squad…
    But this is not what we should do! These sort of thing can be done by any average spending club!!! This is Arsenal we are talkin about, 11 times league winners. Quality players who are contributed by a few more good players makes a team win! And let me tell you when I say quality Kaka is a player who first comes to my mind cuz he’s not happy at Madrid & Mourinho wouldnt mind selling him

  29. Ziggy says:

    I would blow entire budget on Falcao and we offset that with prize money for winning something.

  30. Red Arse says:

    Nice one, Slim, there is nothing like a good chinwag about new players as we approach the ‘January Sales’.

    I think it is very appropriate to have these discussions and surmises now. If Arsene/Gazidis are the men I think they are, they will already have identified who they want and will do their best to get deals all sewn up before we get to January.

    The transfer window should, in a perfect world/good management be a mere formality for completing the registration formalities.

    Of course I understand the football world is full of prima donnas and eccentric club owners who love to grandstand, and there is also the inevitable playing off one ardent suitor against another, by the selling club, in order to raise the price etc, so it is not as easy to agree deals as logic would suggest it should be.

    But Arsene/Gazidis should be well used to all that by now.

  31. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Great fun stuff Slim.
    I still think we have two good strikers in Pod and Gir. Pod should start central, with Gir as Plan B.
    I go for a Left Wing and DM. You said we have 30-40m, so its 15 on the DM and 25 on the goalmaking, goalscoring, dribbling sensation on the left. And he’s on £110k a week which we can afford and won’t break the wage structure that doesn’t exist 🙂
    Rasp Hi,
    Re Fellaini: Who would he replace? Its like saying you cant buy a mid because you can’t replace Jack, and you of all people, don’t believe that nonsense 🙂
    Jack wasn’t available last saturday, and maybe Arteta won’t be next saturday.
    I really don’t understand the “can’t have better than we have” theory.
    Back to work.

  32. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Before I go,
    Love what I’ve just read.
    Mike the Great on 4-5 players. Ziggy all on one.
    Out of the two, I’m with Ziggy. Its real quality we lack.
    Bring on Everton, and all I will say is:

  33. Rasp says:

    Hi Micky, I’d love Fellaini. The ‘who would he replace’ question should perhaps have had ‘in our strongest team’ tagged on the end.

    I think you agree with me (or maybe I agree with you?), that when we buy we should buy the best possible quality (within our budget) not ‘squad fillers’

  34. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Damn Rasp,
    Really last point as I’m really up to it in work.
    I simple don’t believe that in the modern game the same XI would constitute a strongest XI when playing four games in 10 days.

  35. Double98 says:

    Rasp – Podolski alternating in for Gervihno… it would be a competition for that spot on the bench. I’d start with Gerv due to pace but what i’d like to do is mate them and harvest a batch of Podihnos or Gervolskis. Pace, close control, Power, Accuracy, and a hammer of a shot. (or alternatively a slow player, with the first touch of a kerb who shoots like a blind man who was taught football via a power point presentation).

    Walcotts staying or going is an unknown – i’d say the Huntelaar deal would rest on it.

  36. Rasp says:

    Thanks D98,

    Hmmmmm Walcott for Huntelaar …. leaves us with even less pace up front, not sure they should be considered as similar players. I’d say Huntelaar was closer to Podolski.

  37. Red Arse says:

    I am sure of one thing – no one really knows what is in the transfer pot, but something that has been said many times before and won’t hurt to repeat is that whatever it is will not and cannot be spent on the purchase price of a player.

    Say we did have £40 to spend, for example, If the required salary was £5m per annum * 4 years that takes out £20m, leaving ‘only’ £20m available to buy the player.

    The reason all these ‘pot’ figures that get bandied about causing such angst is because the £40m (if it is that) is not a ‘cash’ figure.

    You recall we sell players – to balance the profit and loss account [an accounting convention]. The cash may not be received from the buyer in one lump sum, but spread over a number of years.

    In the same way, if Arsenal have an ‘accounting surplus’ of £40m, they could buy the player and account for his salary, but ‘pay’ cash to the selling club in a number of installments.

    In other words, the cash involved in buying and selling could be in and out of our bank account over a number of years, and is not a true reflection of what is available to spend on new players.

    Don’t shoot the messenger — but before we all get excited, it is best to know more clearly what Arsenal’s true transfer ‘pot’ is.

  38. Rasp says:

    Hi RA, I’d be very surprised if we buy any player of note in January …. as far as I’m concerned this is just fantasy blogging to while away the time before tomorrow’s ‘big game’

  39. RockyLives says:

    Nice one Slim – and definitely not premature. This is exactly the time to be speculating about who we need in January. I’m sure AW is pondering this same conundrum, so why shouldn’t we?

    For me, whoever we buy should be a “worldy” because we already have strong players in most positions.

    On balance I would like DM and a striker. I don’t watch enough foreign footy to bandy names around.

    Thanks for the book recommendation. I take it that that’s just the first volume of a set of six 😀

  40. Double98 says:

    Rasp – Huntelaar for walcott is a shift in mind set –
    Could he play as a 9?
    would walcott really thrive through the middle? sure he is fast and a great finisher but could he handle himself physically among central defenders, does he have the awareness to create his own space.
    Could he play as a 10?
    Does he have the spacial awareness to create space for others – can he pass a through ball? can he hassle opposing DMs and win ball?
    Will he stay as an 11?

    Huntelaar is faster over 1 yard than anyone around – he has a hammer of a shot like Podolski but whereas Lukas contributes to the build up Huntelaar is a dedicated goal scorer- Walcott would leave him for dead after the first yard but a front man striker is a lot about getting your foot an inch ahead of the CD.

    Like i say its a mind set change – you lose a lot by playing Huntelaar – He’ll do very little other than hassle defenders and score goals.
    and you have to try and build your play around the 10 – Giroud or you will end up like liverpool in the late 90s with a great goalscorer but no titles.

  41. kelsey says:

    The outs are easy and have already been mentioned plus i would add fabianski to the list.

    I haven’t got a clue to name players we could or could not afford but looking at the league table as it stands worst way at us trying for the fourth spot there could be 4 or 5 other teams in the mix who will also be looking to strengthen their respective squads as they see us not nailed on as top 4.
    I think we might see a few loan deals more than usual as the emphasis by IG was that there would be money available in the Summer.

    it is also worth noticing the number of players at around 30 or just over, (the dreaded one year contract usually)

    Walcott stands us in at 12 million.5 million initially plus addons and then nearly 8 years of salary.So we might as well keep him until the Summer unless he signs.

  42. Rasp says:

    Hi kelsey,

    I see AW has already tried to reduce expectations in the January window with this:

    “If we get that amount of money from sponsors, it is not charity, because the sponsors feel that we act in the right way and with the right values. They reward that.

    “After that it is down to us to spend the money in the right way.”

    “There are two aspects to any deal, one is the transfer [fee] and the other is the wages. The transfers for these kinds of players are not at £30 million today, they are at 50 or 60 million and what has gone through the roof is the wages of these players.

    “That is why people plead for financial fair play, even some clubs who pleaded that the new television money [should not be] dedicated to increasing wages because it gives huge problems to everybody.”

  43. GoonerB says:

    Interesting, I think reading through some of the comments that my thinking is more in line with Shard and Micky. I always think something to consider when we are playing FFM is who replaces who and whether we end up overloading certain areas, which can cause unecessary unrest at times. That is something that is not always considered when we fling names up there. Putting forward names is easy, balancing it out so you have strong options and good cover but that you use the whole of your squad without certain players becoming disillusioned is tha hard part. I have to agree with AW on that point. I would be interested to hear how some of the players fit in that are being mentioned, as to whether they are 1st 11 and who goes to the bench.

    Although I have said at times that I don’t like always having multi-functional players there are times when certain players can give you that effectively. Sometimes you can’t have 2 specialists for one position as it creates unrest, and for me what is sometimes needed is a first choice specialist and then 2-3 cover options. I have always thought Utd do that well with players like O’Shea in the past, and Phil jones and others now. If, say, Baines comes in he will want to be a nailed on starter and for me it may only a matter of time before Gibbs is off. I know his injuries count against him but so did BSR’s and even Clichy early on for some time. I think it is too early to write off Gibbs as someone that will always be injured and I would look at it over the next 12-18 months but view him currently as our first choice LB. For those that do want Baines I would ask are you happy to get him even if it means Gibbs leaving if he doesn’t want to play as a back-up. I personally think we can cover Gibbs position through TV, Miquel and I was also impressed, with the little I saw of him, by Meade. Is this Willems better than Meade? He has probably played more to date, but has he got better potential than Meade 2-3 years from now?

    Feillani is also mentioned a lot. He is having a great season, no doubt, and is a player I like a lot, but where does he fit in. This season for Everton he is playing mostly in an advanced role and that is why he is scoring goals. Many of you mention bringing him in as a DM, which I know he can play, but are we getting the 2 positions confused? I feel we are being sold on his Everton performances, in a more advanced role, this season and then proclaiming him to be the answer for us in the DM position. I feel it is slightly contradictory. I am not saying he is not right but I would like to hear where he is to be played and who steps aside. That is why my choice was for a powerful DM who could cover CB e.g Mbwia and a specialist striker (not a hybrid winger come striker) like Huntelaar. I think that gives us graet cover in all defensive departments and midfield and gives extra firepower and choices up front. As mentioned I also like Ben-Arfa and he is adaptable in attack. I could actually see him covering any position from Santi’s role to Theo’s role and could also play attacking left flank and likely would even play a number 10 position effectively. He is EPL ready, unlike some other suggestions like Isco, and has a nice blend of pace and technical ability and also seems to have an eye for goal. Getting him may depend on what happens with walcott.

  44. JM says:

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Second striker/Attacking midfielder/Centre Midfielder)

    23 yrs, 5ft 10in, Armenian international (U-17, U-19, U-21, Senior), Shakhtar Donetsk(star playmaker), Fluent in 5 languages (Armenian, Russian, English, French and Portuguese)

    2012-2013: 17 goals & 6 assists in league, 2 goals in CL (Shakhtar is top of their Group that contains Juventus & Chelsea).
    Armenian Footballer of the Year in 2009 and 2011.
    Voted as the best Shakhtar player of 2011–12 season by the fans.
    Named in UEFA’s Top 100 players by UEFA European Football Yearbook 2012-13.

    Valued at least £15million. Can play a variety of attacking roles, e.g. rotating with Cazorla in the creative department, stepping in for Walcott etc.

    Scout’s dossier (in 2010):,28751,19722_6430961,00.html
    “A self-confessed Arsenal fan, Mkhitaryan has stated that his dream move would be to the Emirates for him to work under Arsene Wenger.” == WIN

  45. Rasp says:

    Bloody hell JM, that’s a good pick. Why have I never heard of him? his goals per game ratio is good for a striker, its incredible for a midfielder – better than 1 in 2 for Shakhtar

  46. Vintage Gun says:

    I would got for Felliani (£25m) Adrain Lopez (£10m) and Jethro Willems (£8m)

    And in summer wet the powder big time and Blast the cannon towards Dortmund Mario Gotze (£30m)

  47. Double98 says:

    Goonerb – i would be happy to get Baines and lose Gibbs.
    You can’t build success on a loose foundation – Gibbs needs to be able to withstand 30-35 games at least per season.
    He simply can’t right now – i don’t think he’d leave – who’d buy him?
    If you don’t have a solid 1st team you are left playing Santos, a kid or Vermaelan out of place and before you know it the whole house of cards comes down.

  48. GoonerB says:

    I think we need to get JM on here more. He comes up with some excellent stats and some excellent little unknown gems of players much like our manager. Actually when I think about it JM, are you actually Arsene Wenger visiting this site secretly?

  49. GoonerB says:

    D98. I am not necessarily in disagreement with you, but by that token BSR should have been offloaded some 4 seasons back and as I mentioned I believe Clichy was also looking very injury prone early on, although I don’t have the exact stats for him. If you asked me would Baines improve Arsenal, I would say yes but I could say that for many players out there. If you asked me do I feel this is the most important area of the squad to improve I would say no. The money is not bottomless so the acquisition of someone like Baines would use up a reasonable chunk of it and I also think if he became available we may end up in a bidding war with possibly Chelsea. I am not so sure how much we need Baines relative to how much he will cost and how much he will improve the team overall. He is a very good player but I just feel with the cover we have here and the potential in some of the youth players knocking on the door I would rather spend what money we have elsewhere.

  50. VCC says:

    Get JM into our back room staff, straight away.

  51. Vintage Gun says:

    Well scouted JM! Good record for Shakthtar

    But if he was Armeinan player of the year in 2009 and 2011 Who on Earth won in in 2010??

  52. Rasp says:

    JM = Jose Mourinho 😆

  53. VCC says:

    Rasp… Yes that will do. 🙂

  54. If I was in charge, I would first of all change the formation to a
    5-2-1-2. With five at the back, playing three CBs, we would need a quality CB signing. I would honestly go for Matt Hummels. As marquee as that sounds, we need to bring in an incredible player to raise moral. Along with this, our CB subs would be quality, with Djourou (who isn’t as bad as everyone says, IMO) and one of Koscielny, Per or TV5. I agree with Jethro Willems, or even Baines as signings. Also, I feel that we need some midfield depth, as Ramsey and Coq aren’t enough. With Rosicky and Diaby both very good, very injury prone players, we need to bring in depth. Jesus Navas would do well.
    As such, Hummels, Willems and Navas would be my three signings. We have a lot of money in the bank, and I think that a big spend would do wonders for the club.

  55. Rasp says:

    It was Karlen Mkrtchyan Vintage Gun – I thought everyone knew that … and he’s worth 150 at Scrabble

  56. Big Raddy says:

    JM. V. Interesting

    We haven’t been lucky with East Europeans- which is not to say they are bad players but just unlucky.

    Think – Hleb, Rosicky, Eduardo, Arshavin, Luzhny, Stepanovs, Fabianski (+TPIG??). Injuries abound – is it the food 🙂

    I like Gooner B’s pick of Mbwia. An established International with CL experience and a huge future ahead of him.

    Upfront – we have the weapons and only need a player if TW leaves. We have scored 43 goals this season which despite a few disappointments is a fine return.

  57. Rasp says:

    VCC, you wouldn’t really want Maureen would you?

  58. mr arsenal says:

    we need

    1st : striker … CAVANI or huntler or BOTH ( coz we have to gett a
    big stiker to feer others )

    2nd : LB : BAINES or younger english man like LUKE SHOW

    3 : WINGER .who can play nomber 10 like JUAN MATA did
    but we need one of two players
    1) HATEM BEN ARFA :he is good player in nomber ten but
    he is too slow .
    2) REMY CABELLA : I saw him playing against us hmm he is
    so so good pleayer and he is young 22 only he playes
    Montpellier HSC i brefer him .

    4th : DM > as we know arteta is not divensive midfelder so we
    need naturale DM like M’vila or if you know better then him

    5th : GK and i liked so much wigen GK ali AL HABSI
    So give them fabianski and bring as HIM
    COZ he knows primear leage and he can galenge SZCNY

    NB : plz and plz as arsenal fun we need SAGNA AND THEO stay
    so sing them a new contrect

  59. Rasp says:

    Totnum did well with Rebrov Raddy 😕

  60. Big Raddy says:

    Rasp. Don’t shoot me but I would love to see Mourinho at AFC for a couple of seasons.

    You want a shake -up? He is the man for the job. He may have the flannel but he has the trousers to back it up.

  61. Big Raddy says:

    And Chelsea with Schevchenko

  62. Rasp says:

    You may be right about a couple of seasons Raddy, but I cannot see our Board being keen on him or him being happy to work within our tight constraints. Stranger things have happened in football and I do think he would get results, at least initially.

  63. Vintage Gun says:

    Rasp you really are a funny bugger anit you LOOLL!!

    They sound like cousins!!

  64. chas says:

    Nice one, slim.
    Dear Mr Wenger, all I want for January is …….. to sell the garbage, buy a few belters from the top shelf, devise a plan B (and a plan A that works), a 4th place trophy and, most of all, our winning Arsenal back.

  65. Rasp says:

    Now you’re just being silly chas 😉

  66. Vintage Gun says:

    Callum Gent i really like Jesus of Nazarith also as hes a real exciting wide man.But iv heard he gets VERY home sick so if he joined us every match would be an away game for him

  67. Double98 says:

    Goonerb – if BSR had been sold for 2 million 4 years ago he would have been playing in Netherlansds or france. He wouldn’t be playing at MANU.
    If he had been offloaded and we had bought a player with 75% the ability but 200% of the availability and reliability we would have won a title.
    At least.

    Last years RVP hurrah is not a vindication of keeping players who are constantly injured.
    Had he stayed it would have been but he left so
    it is an indictment against the practise.
    What are the odds that man city come calling if Gibbs strings 40 games together.

  68. VCC says:

    Rasp 1:13….In all honesty, Im totally confused, I don’t know who could take us forward. Guardiola is the only one that sticks out a mile, but we won’t get him.

    My heart says, Arsene Wenger to buy 2-3 proven quality players in the summer, together with what we have already and push for the Premiership, and stuff all his critics words down their throats.

    My head says, he is starting to look tired to me, and we must sooner than later, move on and find some one else.

    How about you?

  69. VCC says:

    Rasp 1:07 🙂

  70. Double98 says:

    VCC – why wouldn’t we get Pep? He’s not going to work for Abromovich.
    So its us or the 2 manchesters and we are likely to give him a freer hand.
    Plus he’s the only person associated with Barcelona that i didn’t despise.

  71. Vintage Gun says:

    VCC How about Jurgen Klopp? He reminds me of what Wenger used to be…

    Plus Dortmund and Arsenal are very similar In club structure and style of play (Even though they play how we used to)

    Just a thought

  72. VCC says:

    Double98….On my letter to Santa it says “Hi fat belly, could you please help Arsene Wenger to find three outstanding footballers. One left back, one defensive midfielder and one striker, for next to nothing. Then we can amalgamate them with our already fine squad. Then insure we win the premiership so his critics can choke on their criticism. Oh and can I have a train set”

    If that dosn’t work then I’d take Pep, if available.

  73. VCC says:

    VG…good shout. As I said earlier, my head is spinning on who could work for us,

    My preference would always be Wenger if he can perform one last push.


    Arsene Wenger was, is and will be the man to lead Arsenal forward.

    He is one of the greatest managers of the modern era, and just as importantly he is now an Arsenal man through and through. No short term interests for this guy. No selfish motivations, these are put aside as he deals with the complexitys of the modern game for the benefit of the Club he and we love.

    His record stands for itself. A figure of intergrety, he would be capable to look any one of us in the eye and say he done his best and worked his balls off for the right reasons.

    Once the conditions change, and they are gathering pace, you watch as this man turns us around.

    No one can spot or improve a player like Mr Wenger, no one. Despite our financial woes, a move to a new stadium, and the emergence of suger daddies, this man would still have won things if the Club had been capable of holding on to its talents, most of which were no bodys when Arsene first got hold of them.

    This has never been more apt “Keep the Faith”

  75. Shard says:

    Wenger’s proven so many people wrong so many times in the past. He’ll do it again. People might think his time is past, but he’s gotten us relatively unscathed through the tough times. Now, with FFP, our academy setup in place, and above all, with the stadium move nearing (financial) completion, will be when we see Wenger taking us forward again. I will never turn on Wenger. He’s done so much for us, and under far more trying circumstances than we should face from now (the only exception being an impatient fanbase). That isn’t gratitude talking. No coach in the world could deal as effectively with losing players every year, and even then, we’ve been close a few times. I will always deem the 2008 title as being lost due to refereeing decisions. We had the beating of Pep’s Barcelona in the CL before the Busacca moment (and even then Bendtner could’ve won it) We’ve had 2 League Cup finals, we’ve been close in the league in 2011 too (the fans seemed to quit on the team before the team quit on itself)

    All I want is that we somehow finish 4th this year, A league cup or FA Cup would be nice. But next season, we’ll see a stronger Arsenal. We have money coming in, and we’ve been buying older players with less resale value for a couple of seasons now as it is. It’s coming. Arsenal will rise up again, with Wenger at the helm.

    P.S. I like Klopp and I could see him as Wenger’s successor. I don’t have that high an opinion of Guardiola though. His departure doesn’t seem to have harmed Barcelona any either. It’s the team, not the coach there. Woud he have the same impact at any other club? I don’t know. I think Wenger’s the better manager anyway. As of now at least. Guardiola, despite winning everything, has a lot to prove. It’s about more than trophies.


    fantastic comment Shard. If i was that way inclined, which obviously ime not, i would wine and dine you and buy you the most exquisitly scented aramotic perfume as we spend the night together.

    But obviously, ime not that way inclined. hahahaha

  77. Red Arse says:

    I’d watch your back, if I was you, Shard! Terry protesteth too much! 😆

  78. Shard says:

    Haha. TMHT. So I guess I’m now Love Guru Shard to you 🙂

  79. Shard says:

    Yes RA. I Intend to. In any case, if TMHT gets too close I’ll turn him towards glic. He keeps saying he’s a handsome bastard. Though his obsession with mirrors might help him watch his back too 🙂

  80. tomstoned says:

    Shard 😉
    spot on..getting that fourth spot should always be our goal,we should belive in our clubs ambition,we should get behind Our football crazy Owner Kroenke,,,,,dont forget Gazidis tells us all the time how we should look at need to have your own opinions…just follow…
    cant believ how stupid Ricky Hatton was,my god,accepting the utterly stupid,he should have done what wenger does better than anyone else…improving all the time..

  81. Shard says:

    hi tomstoned

    Something tells me you don’t agree with my opinion… Or you’re just jealous about the attention Terry’s giving me. Trust me, if he were so inclined, you could have him buy you all those wonderful things too 🙂

  82. Red Arse says:


    I mistook the comedy show with the ‘Indian’ character in it that reminded me of you. It was not the Big Bang Theory, altho I find that funny, but another US comedy called ‘Community’, in which a bunch of over age students attend a college for fun and games – and certainly not to study! 🙂

    One of the characters in the show is a highly intelligent (tho’ bonkers), ‘transcendental’ Asian student from the sub-Continent.

    He is a slim, aesthete with a different perspective on life from his fellow student gang, which is central to some of the story lines.
    Have you seen it?

    If you have, and he is nothing like you – I do not wish to know – 😆 because it would spoil my mental image of you, and I would have to consign you to the dustbin of blogging — and that is not good!! 😀

  83. tomstoned says:

    Shard..just jealous of course.;..but i have to inform you,im running my home like Arsenal these days…so i really dont need gifts mate,im financially secure…running a tight ship,gone are the holidays and misses shopping sprees,and when misses complain to much i just show her the bank account and tells her that Europe is in crisis….
    still she calls me deluded and the fun in the bedroom is at an all time low,…not much entertainment…to be honest its quite boring,,,but heey im doing the right thing……………..right??…
    well at least i can count my money…so im all good..

  84. Shard says:


    No we wouldn’t want that would we? 🙂

    I haven’t seen that one but now I might be tempted to give that show the once over. If that particular character doesn’t match my image of myself, I won’t tell you. Anything to stay out of the dumpster. (Though as a child in the US, the garbage truck with their hydraulic lifts used to fascinate me 🙂 )

  85. Shard says:


    Since RA brought up TV shows..Have you seen one called South Park? It has an episode titled “sarcastaball”. You really should watch it.

  86. tomstoned says:

    havent seen that one mate….im more of a down to earth kinda fellah…last show i watched was documantary about the american way of doing business…quite interesting,,,and it led me to believe when its coming down to money and business The Americans are top notch…but even a short glimpse at the financial stat of the US should tell you that…
    its clear to me that RA and Sheakespare is from another time period than me… a good read if your into fiction ;

  87. GunnerN5 says:



    Arsène Wenger has revealed the latest team news ahead of the Everton game:

    On the latest situation…

    From [the] Aston Villa [game], everybody got through the game well. The player who will come back is Walcott, who is fit again. [Wilshere and Vermaelen] are alright.

    On Tomas Rosicky…

    Rosicky is back in the [training] squad, not quite match fit but in full training. He needs a game or two in the reserve [under-21] team. He has not played for six months but he is fit.

  88. GunnerN5 says:



    Wenger – English core is no coincidence.

    By Chris Harris

    Arsène Wenger says it’s no coincidence that a core of English players have emerged at Arsenal.

    There are now five England internationals in the Frenchman’s squad after Carl Jenkinson made his debut for the Three Lions in Sweden earlier this month. Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs have also been capped.

    With the likes of Emmanuel Frimpong and Nico Yennaris also coming through the ranks at Emirates Stadium, Wenger has a wealth of homegrown talent at his disposal. He is not surprised.

    “It is… not by coincidence, it is down to the work that we have done that we have more good English players,” said Wenger.

    “We look first at quality. If the quality is local, it is of course even better because it gives you more guarantee of stability because the players who are English who play for Arsenal are more likely to stay for a longer term than foreign players.

    “But we look first at quality, that is the most important thing.”

    Wilshere is at the vanguard of a new generation of English talent and Wenger hopes he will commit his long-term future to Arsenal.

    “He has always been very committed to this club and I hope he will show that,” said the manager. “There is only one way to show it and that is to commit your long-term future to the Club.

    “He has two-and-a-half years left – that’s quite a long time. We have built a team [where] we have a lot of young English players, or British players, like Gibbs, Chamberlain, Wilshere. We still have the case of Walcott, Aaron Ramsey. You want them all on long-term contracts.”

  89. Shard says:


    You lost me there. down-to earth? Shakespeare? Documentary about American way of doing business?

  90. GunnerN5 says:

    For those that believe in “Fergy time” here is some evidence.
    These are the home game times averaged over the past three seasons .

    As you can see Man U have the biggest difference between when they are ahead or when they are behind.

    I wonder if SAF has a patent on his watch?

    When When Difference
    Ahead Behind
    Man U 93.18 94.37 1.19
    Liverpool 93.27 94.23 0.96
    Man C 93.22 94.12 0.90
    Spurs 94.12 94.37 0.25
    Arsenal 94.17 94.35 0.18
    Chelsea 93.12 92.41 -0.71

  91. tomstoned says:

    no worries Shard..

  92. GunnerN5 says:

    Oops that came out jumbled.

    Here is how it reads.

    Man U when ahead 93.18, when behind 94.37, difference 1.19 minutes.

  93. jnyc says:

    Slim, its never too early to talk about transfers, as long as we keep it realistic

  94. GunnerN5 says:


    Wenger: I won’t waste cash

    Tuesday 27th November 2012 15:28

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has vowed that the club will spend their new £150million sponsorship cash from Emirates “in the right way”.

    The Gunners head to Everton on Wednesday looking to close up on the top four of the Premier League.

    Despite not having won a trophy since the 2005 FA Cup, the Arsenal brand remains strong and long-term partners Emirates Airlines last week agreed a lucrative sponsorship extension which will earn the club around £30million a year.

    Some of that revenue has been frontloaded to come in the current financial year and so increase Wenger’s summer transfer budget, which has already been boosted by the £24million sale of former captain Robin van Persie to Manchester United.

    However, Wenger insists Arsenal are not about to break the bank for a marquee signing.

    “If we get that amount of money from sponsors it is not charity, it is because the sponsors feel that we act in the right way and with the right values. They reward that,” Wenger said.

    “Afterwards it is down to us to spend the money in the right way.

    “There are two aspects to any deal; one is the transfer [fee] and the other is the wages.

    “The transfers for these kinds of players are not at £30million today, they are at £50million or £60million and what has gone through the roof is the wages of these players.

    “That is why people plead for financial fair play. Some clubs even pleaded that the new television money (for Premier League clubs) should not be used to increase wages because it gives huge problems to everybody.”

    Wenger is likely to move for a forward when the January transfer window opens, with a short-term loan move for Thierry Henry remaining a possibility and Crystal Palace’s promising youngster Wilfried Zaha described as “not more on the list than anybody else”.

    As always, Wenger stressed any new addition must bring added value to the group.

    “If we find the real top, top, top player then we will be on the market,” he added. “We have no fixed number, we look just at quality.

    “We have a good squad, I believe that these players have a fantastic attitude. They deserve success and they will have success.”

    Some sections of the Arsenal support would appear not to share that faith as Wenger came in for criticism during the goalless draw at Aston Villa on Saturday.

    Chants of “You don’t know what you’re doing” greeted the 86th-minute substitution of striker Olivier Giroud for defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin, but Wenger’s focus remains unmoved.

    “My job is to give full commitment to this club, with integrity. That’s what I always do without expecting any return,” he said.

    “I don’t want to comment on that (the chants). I just make sure that I do my job properly, that’s what I do.”

    After a positive start Everton have struggled for wins in recent weeks, with Norwich’s last-gasp equaliser on Saturday making it five draws in seven games.

    Arsenal are a point behind the fifth-placed Toffees and Wenger urged against any complacency.

    “They are always serious, Everton, because they can give anybody a game,” said Wenger, who should have forward Theo Walcott back from a shoulder problem on Wednesday night.

    “I don’t think any big team in the league goes to Everton and thinks it will be a walk out there.

    “For us it’s a vital game every year. They fight at the top of the league every year. They are one of the contenders for a Champions League spot as well.

    “Everton have gone through a more difficult spell recently, but it will just be down to us and the quality of our performance.”

  95. Rasp says:

    Hi GN5, if ever there was evidence that refs are subliminally biased, your figures are proof. In the majority of cases the home team gets more time when they are behind and the bigger the team (more aggressive the manager), the longer they get (approx)

  96. chas says:

    Wouldn’t the home team get more time when they are behind because the other team would be wasting more time to protect a lead?

  97. Dear Santa Wenger,

    All I want for Christmas & the year(s) to follow is for Theo to remain an Arsenal player, and a fine young AM like Mkhitaryan who JM suggested @ 12.36. It would be a shame to play poor Santi until he gets too tired to continue his good work so far.
    I suppose it would be too much to ask that we get rid of all the lads who obviously don’t have a future at the club, but please deliver some of them ( Squill, Bendy,Deni, & Fabian ) to places where they are needed. Even if it was for free. We would be better off to be free of them.
    I would also like more realism from you in your team selections, less injuries to key players, good luck with decisions you are not in control of and a return to your previous evaluation of what is really needed to give the fans something to smile about. Apart from that, things are fine.
    P.S. This site is fine. However, it is being suggested that a Devil called Maureen is being mentioned as a successor to You Great One, also that you should do deals with that imbecile. ( Kaka?) .Please let that not be. :-). I love Arsenal, he doesn’t.
    An early Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to Arsenal Arsenal.

  98. GoonerB says:

    Hi GN5. Some interesting bits you have put up. That last statement on the Everton game, “but it will just be down to us and the quality of our performance”, I have heard AW say this in one fashion or another on many occasions. While at face value it looks a positive statement it is one I have come to dislike. I keep reading between the lines and read it as “it doesn’t matter who we play, I will not pay any particular consideration to them by way of their strengths and weaknesses, because my players are trained to such a high technical level that we will beat anyone if we play to our full potential”. Sorry to be negative and I may be wrong but it is one of the main areas of concern I have with Arsene currently, being an apparent refusal to look at the others teams players set-up and strengths and weaknesses relative to ours, and to adapt our tactics accordingly to give us the best chance to win the game.

    I am not a current advocater of wanting our manager changed and I still want Arsene to be given more time to prove he can deliver a top team again, but at the same time I have some reservations that having money to spend and being able to bring in better players will solve all the problems as many believe. I am reserving the right to sit on the fence with this one and see what happens when we do bring in those players. I hope AW does turn it all around and I wish I had Terry Mancinis unshakable belief in Arsene’s ability to lead us back to glory and I really hope he is right. I would far rather be standing in the Tavern having a pint with Terry and him saying “see I told you so” every 2 minutes and eating humble pie for ever questioning my faith.

    Incidentally with Wilshere down to 2 1/2 years on his contract it will not be long before I start to get very nervous if new contracts are not signed. He is only half a year away from the point when BSR and Walcott told us calmly, to relax and I am sure it will all be sorted out soon.

  99. Red Arse says:

    GoonerB, 🙂

    I like your thinking, but to be candid, I think it is a cheek for any fan to imagine he could, would or should imagine he/she knows better tha AW what is good for Arsenal or has the temerity to ‘judge’ him.

    On the other hand I am on record in saying that we have every right to politely question what is going on at the club, or what his intentions are.

    That is not to say I know more than him or that I think he ‘does not know what he is doing’.

    Given my own conceited opinion about my supposed football knowledge, I cannot imagine why anyone else should believe that I think they know better either! 😀

  100. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Rasp and Raddy.
    Maurinho at The Arsenal?!!?!??
    Have you both been completely separated from any sense of style and anything that really matters in this wee short life.
    It is by far and away the most sordid and vulgar suggestion I have ever read on these pages.
    I hereby promise to never ever speak to either of you ever again for the next half an hour. At least. Fact.

  101. GoonerB says:

    Thanks RA and you are right that he is an experienced top level manager with a terrific past record. He has coaching badges, while I don’t. Any concerns about Arsene’s attention to tactics and formations is not new or even isolated to just a few fans. It has been discussed on numerous occasions on this and other sites and seems to be an area that concerns some fans. I remember your story on the weight of the Ox and the power of the collective versus the individual expert. As I say I am not ready to fully make any judgements on where I stand on things at the moment, more that I have some concerns from what I have been seeing recently. I sincerely hope my concerns are unfounded.

  102. GunnerN5 says:


    You are certainly not alone, many of us have concerns about particular aspects of our game.

    Personally, even though I’ve played, coached, managed and occasionally refereed, I do not have enough expertise to seriously question AW’s decisions or tactics.

    But here are a few of my concerns-

    We are far too predictable in the use of our subs. Many times when we’ve had situations that would warrant early changes we have still waited until the 70th minute.

    We play round pegs in square holes for too long – Santos & Ramsey would be good examples.

    I like a rah rah manager who is urging his team on from the technical area – this is not AW’s style.

    During the game I would like to see a collaborative thought process on our tactics and positional play – this appears to be absent, AW is his own man – two heads are always better than one.

  103. Red Arse says:

    I actually wasn’t referring to you GoonerB my dear old sausage! 😀

    The blogs are alive with Wenger ‘crudities’ and …………. well you can imagine ……….. and I do tend to muse aloud (in print) my irritation and disgust with that sort of infantilism!

    We are a small bunch on AA and I very rarely make intentionally personal remarks about fellow bloggers. It is just that I assume that is understood — altho’ I have been guilty of lazy assumptions in that respect in the past! 😆

  104. LB says:


    Polite question: bearing in mind that we brought Ramsey as a bright prospect, what would you have done with him now?

  105. MickyDidIt89 says:

    “Polite question!”
    Good God Man, get back on the sauce without delay 🙂

  106. GunnerN5 says:


    Loaned him out.

  107. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Here’s a much unused idea regarding Ramsey..swapsies

  108. Big Raddy says:

    I like Ramsey. The problem is that he doesn’t have a clear role in the team – he is neither fish nor fowl -neither AM nor DM. Needs more time to develop and a loan would make sense.

  109. Gooner In Exile says:

    Good evening all, I couldn’t leave it two days without commenting, been a bit rushed, fine post by Rockster yesterday on the problems we have with the press.

    Followed up with an interesting post today by SGG.

    I was thinking about all things Arsenal on the way home, it was a long drive and I was inspired to do so by a call to TS (in my defence Durham and Gough were actually having a meaningful discussion about the bottom clubs with various callers an then the Daily Arsenal, it provoked calls as it always does and although I missed the actual Durham moan I heard the first call and switched off).

    Come here today to see a similar discussion and lots of comments suggesting signings from the PL and further afield. I then thought about the We Want Our Arsenal Back gang and wondered again what exactly it was they wanted back?

    If they are my age the first success they witnessed was the League Cup win in 87, when Graham managed to get the lat drops out of a thrown together team. He then set about building the League Winning side. Not one purchase came from a “bugger club”, he mixed youth already at the club, with a sprinkling of signings from the lower leagues and took us to a historic finale at Anfield, is that the Arsenal They Want Back, my gut says it isn’t.

    So onto today’s comments and the list of acquisitions needed. Three seasons ago we had a chance of winning the League Cup answers still in with a shout for the League and had just beaten Barca at home. How many of that team had been big name signings? Okay they didn’t go on to win anything but they were a damn sight better to watch than what we have been served up so far this year. This year we had the big name of Podolski added, the top scorer in the French league, Cazorla, all added to more big names from the previous year Arteta and Mertesacker. And now we have a team who funnily enough have no balance and understanding.

    What would I like to see Wenger do? Promote from within, we have an Academy the players it has produced are good, but will the fans allow those youngsters to be selected? Fine if your Wilshire and you hit the ground running, but what about some of the others? Continually buying these bigger names is throttling the progression of young players who I think would be better for us than some of the bought in talent.

    Cover at LB? Promote Meade

    Defensive Midfielder? Yennaris, Coquelin,Frimpong

    Wide Attackers? Bring back Ryo and use him, maybe buy Zaha

    Forwards? Bring back Afobe, try Watt.

    I used to love watching Carling Cup as our youngsters had a chance to show what they could do, remember the side that took on Chelsea and nearly beat them in the final? Now it’s evidence of a bloated squad, so get rid of the excess by all means, but please no more big names, no 29 and 30 year olds. Lets use what we have developed, otherwise we might as well shut the academy.

  110. Gooner In Exile says:

    Bugger club = bigger club, don’t want anyone to sue me for libel that Graham was a homophobe 🙂

  111. Gooner In Exile says:

    I know everyone thinks Guardiola will be Chavs next manager but surely if he is an intelligent man (as we are led to believe) he knows its a poisoned chalice.

    We also know his success at Barca came from utilising the players developed by the academy.

    So you see Pep, we know you said you’d like to come to London and you know Arsene and Arsenal have an academy that produces top quality anda few we nicked from Barcas, Extend the sabbatical for a year, give Lionel and Andre a call and you have it made.

  112. Big Raddy says:

    GIE. Wenger really rates Gnabry. He will be a big player for us over the next couple off seasons and likely to hit the first team at the end of this.

    I can’t see us paying big money for Zaha,

  113. Raddy there are plenty coming through the ranks with Gnabry, Eisfield, Miquel etc, but if we keep bloating the squad with signings to pacify the masses above them we will never see the best of them.

  114. GoonerB says:

    RA, If you are still around, don’t worry re the earlier comments I actually wasn’t taking any offence and didn’t actually pick up on any from you anyway but I think my return comment made it seem so. In my defence, at the time, I was juggling helping my daughter with an arts and crafts project and with some spelling homework all while doing some work stuff and then putting up comments on here so not much thought went into any comment at that time. Multi-tasking eh.

    GIE, 9.29 I actually agree with you that we don’t need to bust the bank with a mass of signings but I think a couple could be good and mix it with promotion from within.

    Anyway off for one last work report before I go and have beautiful dreams of Arsenal winning the 2013-2014 EPL.

  115. weedonald says:

    we can make wishlists all we want BUT the following will remain immutable:

    1) Wenger has been scouting many players all the time, in the summer, in the fall, and the winter etc. He has his list ready but probably won’t change his philosophy much for January.
    2) AFC prefer the diamonds in the rough or the relative unknowns to aging superstars or highly publicized wannaways…nothing will change in January.
    3) Wenger avoids bringing in players who will prevent his youth and reserve players from developing. That said, he will look at great opportunities like Cazorla,Podolski and Giroud, all of whom were class in their respective leagues….but not really considered by other clubs.
    4) AFC are one of the best positioned clubs in the transfer market since we exceed all FFP requirements by a mile AND now have some cash to shop with…but Wenger is a very cautious shopper and nothing will change in January.
    5) Our contract rebels Walcott and Sagna will likely be his priority to resign before he moves for external transfers. He will certainly promote someone like Gnarby or Eisfeld before spending $$ in January. He also has players out on loan that could be recalled if needed.

    After all this, I’d still like to see Huntelaar and maybe Baines or Felliani IF they were available…which I presume they are not.

  116. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Match Day
    Morning All

  117. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Morning GiE,
    Very sadly, I have to completely disagree with your 9:29, despite loving the Acagemy idea.
    How many “top four” quality players has the system produced in the last 15 years? Jack Wilshere and Ashley Cole.
    Also, if you look at the other bugger club that has a recogniseable youth system, Utd, there progress does not appear hindered by the arrival of the Ronney’s, Rio’s or Persie’s.
    I do agree that one or two of the players you mention do have real potential, but I still cannot help thinking we need two world class additions to compete at the highest level, who will also help to educate the real talent.

  118. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I go get coffee, as writing in English without the stuff is a very bad idea 😦

  119. MickyDidIt89 says:

    On a lighter note, can I assume that your current heavy work load is not helped by idiots with small companies, sprinkled around the extremities of this great Island, who need their accounts into Companies House by December, and are not pulling their weight?

  120. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Me done.

  121. Gooner In Exile says:

    Ahhhh but Micky how can one prove they are top 4 quality without playing for the top 4, it is unfair to judge them when they are stripped of the quality players surrounding them.

    But I manor necessarily talking about these players being regular I am suggesting they are better than buying average senior squad players.

    In the last few seasons we have seen Lansbury, Bartley and Emmanuel-Thomas moved on, Bartley now onthe bench at Swansea, Emmanuel-Thomas and Lansbury into the Championship. We have several out on loan now, but these players are finding it hard to fit in to other teams as they have been brought up to play a certain way. According to someTractor Boys I know JET was being employed by Jewell assome kind of battering ram centre forward. Which he failed as…..quel surpris?

    As for United lets look at the academy products who have made it to the first team regular…..Evans, Wellbeck and Cleverly, only Cleverly seems to be a regular starter. The likes of O’Shea, Brown, Fletcher have been kept on to be relied upon I case of injuries the majority of the first team starters acquired. Point is they haven’t bought many “squad players” they buy first teamers. And use the youth to bolster the squad, they get to keep these players for less money.

    I personally think a lot of our bloat has come because players like Denilson, Bendtner became unpickable, and we have had to sign to replace them while they go off on loan.

    Would I prefer Bendtner over Chamakh?

  122. Gooner In Exile says:

    Haha Micky, it’s always a difficult time of year, I do mainly Monthly Management Accounts for clients, turning up once a month tidying up the Accounting info and preparing accounts that the client can react to when they need to (rather than looking at March Year End in December).

    I have about 15-20 clients to see each month, December is an absolute brute this year because Christmas is getting in the way when there has only been 3 working weeks in the month, not many clients want to see me in the first week of a month so I am currently clearing the decks to make sure I have as little to do as possible in December to cram 3-4 weeks work into two.

    Oh and of course every time I get home I am told by Mrs Exile that another bit of the nest needs tweaking!

  123. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All

    January is a notoriously difficult time to sign players. I am not holding my breath, though I recall kelsey writing that we are after a striker

  124. Big Raddy says:

    GIE. I feel for you and we have 8 games on December!

  125. chas says:

    Anyone fancy breaking into Shite Hart Lane?

  126. Gooner In Exile says:

    I actually feel guilty about going down for the Swansea match but it could well be last of the season….

  127. kelsey says:

    Morning all.

    That’s my understanding Raddy but I think there might be quite a few loan deals in January as we have been told money will be available in the Summer,according to IG

    I see our game is not on liveonfooty.

  128. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Mmmm. I did not agree with your 9:29pm, but do agree with your 7:14am 🙂
    I think the line that clinched it was: “I am suggesting they are better than buying average senior squad players”.
    We say “No” to buying average 🙂

  129. MickyDidIt89 says:

    “WHAT” ?!?!? to not showing the game on onlinefooty 😦
    That’s just ruined my day, which was bad enough, as I’m doing annual accounts!!!

  130. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Holy Smoke,
    QPR Sunderland and Reading Villa, but not Everton Arsenal

  131. kelsey says:


    they might update it later.

    I had a lot of trouble over the weekend with that went completely off air for me on all published games.

  132. chas says:

    There are always channels of some sort on wiziwig.
    The flash ones require no software download.

  133. chas says:

    I suppose a match report will be even less forthcoming if no one can get to see the game.
    MOTD at 22:45.

  134. MickyDidIt89 says:

    When you say “flash” one’s, does that mean “chavvy” sites?

  135. Red Arse says:

    Morning People, 😀

    Micky, flash one’s what?

  136. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Talking of match reports, maybe its something we could have a little chat about. My view is that unless someone’s itching to do it, then there needs to be another solution as its always so painful.
    Let’s face it, everyone has always seen the game, one way or another, by the time the new post goes up.
    I know my Plan B of an oppo. blog copy paste backfired somewhat spectacularly, but a genius plan must be found.

  137. chas says:

    Of course. The flasher the better. 🙂

    Guardian pre-match.
    If Fellaini is Everton’s “target man” how can he be a DM?

  138. chas says:

    I’ve seen a few different types of reports after games.
    I quite like a “things we learnt from today’s game” approach rather than a blow by blow account.
    (although blow by blow is the only way I seem to be able to write a report).
    Ratings always cause debate so are good to include.

  139. kelsey says:

    Why not a match report before the game. That would be fun,see who is nearest.last year RVp scored the equaliser right at the end of the game (or am I wrong)

    Chas, what are pop ups please,and where do i find them

  140. chas says:

    Apostrophe pluralisation is one of my pet hates.
    When someone types Invincible’s, it drives me to distraction.
    p.s. I know Micky’s was a typo, plain and simple.

  141. Red Arse says:

    Just being my usual flippant self, Chas. Early morning is no deterrent to my condition!! 😆

  142. chas says:

    Who mentioned pop-ups?

    ( a pop-up is usually a new window that “pops up” when you click or roll your mouse over a target area)

  143. chas says:

    Here’s one for Terry.

  144. chas says:

    The cakes must feel left out.

  145. Red Arse says:

    Think naughty Kelsey might be joshing Chas. He clearly would rather have a free pop up, rather than pay for viagra. 😀

  146. kelsey says:

    on a certain non football site that i go on they have a forum and sometimes there are helpful links which I can click on and have no problem opening them,but they also have a chat room and if any links are posted on there i can’t open them. Someone said install pop ups, that’s why i asked

  147. kelsey says:

    my wife just read your comment RA 🙂

  148. chas says:

    Apparently you have to swallow viagra really quickly or you get a stiff neck.

  149. chas says:

    For end users (hahahahahaha) like us we are more likely to install a pop-up blocker.
    Pop-ups are often used for advertising and are added to web pages by designers, so they’d be the people most likely to have to “install” them.

  150. Big Raddy says:

    Cookies, pop-up’s. All designed to mess up my beautiful shiny computer which is so dear to me.

    Trouble with Wizigig is that I often get gambling/porn sites sent out which really pees me off

  151. chas says:

    There must be an adblock and/or pop-up blocker for a Mac.

  152. kelsey says:

    I heard you subscribe to them Raddy

  153. kelsey says:

    Thanks Chas,

    it will take me the rest of the day to work it out 🙂

  154. chas says:

    if you’re still talking about pop-ups, you don’t have to work anything out as you don’t have to install them.

  155. evonne says:

    Micky – come over, it is on Polish TV

  156. Big Raddy says:

    Thanks chas.

    kelsey 8.37. Only on your recommendation

  157. chas says:

    By the way I’m not recommending installing one adblock product or another. It’s always wise to look into each product yourself and install the one you feel is best for you.

  158. chas says:

    Don’t read it then.
    It’s pure fiction written to garner hits.

  159. chas says:

    Welcome back.
    Micky’s booking his train ticket from Devon as we speak.

  160. evonne says:

    No darling, I am not back, just being nosey 🙂
    How could I show the game on internet?

  161. VCC says:

    Chas 08:09……sorry I do that, perhaps it’s the way I was dragged up. :-).

    I can count to ten though. 😉

  162. chas says:

    Don’t know.
    I’ve heard of a site called ustream but know nothing about it.

    Why aren’t you back? Herb’s missed you.

  163. Big Raddy says:

    chas. That adblock is fantastic. Wish I had known about it earlier. Thanks again

  164. chas says:

    Ignore me, I’m a pedant and an idiot.

  165. chas says:

    I think it was GIE who suggested it to me.
    He’s knows everything about PCs, Macs and goalkeeping. 🙂

  166. Big Raddy says:

    Soon he will know everything about nappies and projectile vomit 🙂

  167. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Strange fellow that GiE, what with knowing everything about Police Constables, Waterproof Garments as well as Goalkeeping.

  168. evonne says:

    Chas – yes, Ustream works, very poor quality though and the added adverts are uncensored

  169. chas says:

    I’m wondering what the big man’s reaction to the black bin bag march is going to be on Saturday.
    It seems that loads of idiots think it’s a Wenger out march.

    We might have to keep him strapped to chary’s bench, out of harm’s way. Peaches is good with knots.

  170. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Black Bin Bag March ROLF
    ps I wouldn’t get all smutty with Peaches, as she’ll match report you, gig or no gig.

  171. Red Arse says:

    Hi Evonne, 😀

    Are you in polish Poland? And what have you done with 26M?

  172. evonne!!!!!! Hello, nice to see you 🙂

  173. Red Arse says:

    Strapping GIE on CharyB’s bench? What’s going on with you Taverners? I blame all these porny adverts!!

  174. New Post …………….

  175. papi says:

    I dnt fill wenger is d problem,I fill we lackn goal scorers giroud nd podolski r givn it all bt we deserve better nd we need a utility defender dat can play anywer in d back 4…I luv arsenal

  176. this goes to mr wenger can u please get some players from these two teams that is Queen of south and Leicester. and try Ur best to make us happy this year. we love Arsenal but please stop disappointing us

  177. RockyLives says:

    Excellent second half effort. Tons of commitment. Shame we couldn’t put at least one of the chances away.

    Can’t fault Dean’s decision on Kozzer – except for the fact that if all the refs applied the rules the same way there probably would have been 10 red cards and penalties over this weekend’s games.

  178. RockyLives says:

    The rotational fouling on Jack was a disgrace – and Dean was a disgrace to let it go on so long.

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