Arsenal’s Greatest Forwards Day 4

Continuing our Summer series of articles in search of Arsenal’s greatest ever team, this week we will end our quest for the greatest forwards to include in our team.  Don’t forget to take the opportunity to choose your personal favourite striker, this weeks posts will bring us bang up to date and there will be a vote on Saturday.

11. David Herd: 1954-1961.

David made 180 appearances over a 7 year period and scored 107 goals.

David was born in Hamilton but grew up in Manchester. He started his career at Stockport County and Soccer - League Division One - Arsenal New Signing - Highburymade his debut on the final day of the season, but his appearances  were limited by his national service duties. He scored five goals in 12 games in 1953–54 and he attracted the attentions of First Division clubs.

He did well enough to attract the attention of Arsenal, who signed him for £10,000 in 1954, and he made his debut on 19 February 1955 against Leicester City. David continued to be a bit part player, playing just eight games in his first two seasons at Arsenal, before making his breakthrough in 1956–57, scoring 18 goals in 28 games that season. From then on he was an established goal scorer, being the club’s top goal scorer for four season’s straight, from 1956–57 through to 1960–61 – when he scored 29 goals, the most by an Arsenal player since Ronnie Rooke. Despite being top scorer in 1960–61, he was unsettled at Arsenal due to their lack of success, and he moved to Manchester United in July 1961 for £35,000. Manchester United.

His first game for United came against West Ham United on 19 August 1961. He helped the club to the 1962–63 FA Cup, scoring two goals in the final itself against Leicester City. He also helped them to the 1965 and 1967 league championships and the 1967–68 European Cup. However, after he broke his leg in March 1967, his first-team appearances were limited, and he was not selected for the 1968 European Cup Final on 29 May 1968. In all, he scored 145 career goals in 265 appearances, an average of 0.54 goals per game. He also once scored past three different goalkeepers in one match on 26 November 1966 against Sunderland, as United won the game 5–0.

He left Manchester United in July 1968 for Stoke City on a free transfer. He played 39 games for Stoke in 1968–69 scoring nine goals as Stoke had a poor season narrowly avoiding relegation. In 1969–70 He made nine appearances scoring twice and was released at the end of the season. He then spent a short spell with Irish club Waterford.

He won his first cap for Scotland, on 18 October 1958 against Wales at Ninian Park; Scotland won 3–0. He won five caps in total for Scotland between 1958 and 1961, scoring three goals, his last cap coming in a 4–0 defeat by Czechoslovakia on 14 May 1961.

After retiring from playing, he had a stint managing Lincoln City between 1971 and 1972.

His 107 goals for Arsenal place he 16th on the all time list 

12. John Radford: 1962-1976.

John made 481 appearances over a 14 year period and scored 149 goals.

John was born in Hemsworth, Yorkshire. He joined Arsenal as an apprentice in 1962, turning professional in February 1964. He was a prolific goal scorer in the youth and reserve teams, before making his first-team debut against on 21 March 1964, his only appearance of the 1964-65 season. He played a little more the next season, playing 15 times, and became Arsenal’s youngest ever hat-trick scorer, against Wolves on 2 January 1965, at the age of 17 years and 315 days, a record that remains to this day. He played mostly as an inside forward or centre forward, and occasionally as a right-winger.

radfordBy the start of 1965-66 he was an Arsenal regular, and blossomed under the management of Bertie Mee; in 1968-69, although he had been moved out to the right wing, he scored nineteen goals and reached the 1969 League Cup final. As he peaked, so did Arsenal; in 1969-70 he again scored nineteen goals, and helped Arsenal win the 1970 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, their first trophy in seventeen years; John scored the second goal in Arsenal’s 3-0 win in the second leg of the final, which they won 4-3 on aggregate. By now, John had been moved up front again and continued to score regularly. The following season (1970-71) he scored 21 goals, his best single tally in a season, forming a partnership with Ray Kennedy that between them recorded 47 goals. With his goals, John was an instrumental part of Arsenal’s FA Cup and League Championship double-winning side, and his assists played an important role too; he set up Kennedy for the winning goal in Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final replay win against Stoke City, and set up both Eddie Kelly and Charlie George for their goals in the Final against Liverpool.

John was now an England international, having already won four caps for the under-23 side. He made his full England debut in a friendly against Romania on 15 January 1969. However, he was not a favourite of England manager Sir Alf Ramsey and won only one further cap, against Switzerland on 13 October 1971; he scored in neither match. He continued to play for Arsenal through the early 1970s, scoring another 19 goals in 1972-73. However, his goal rate gradually reduced (only achieving single figures in 1973-74 and 1974-75) and he was injured in 1975-76, further restricting his appearances. By now, the partnership of Malcolm Macdonald and Frank Stapleton had become Arsenal’s first-choice attacking duo and John only played twice in the first four months of 1976-77.

Unable to keep a regular place in the side, he moved on to West Ham United in December 1976 for £80,000. After a year and 28 league appearances and no goals with the Hammers, Radford joined Blackburn Rovers in 1977. He was moderately successful with the Second Division side, scoring ten times in 38 league appearances. He left Rovers in 1978 and played for non-league Bishop’s Stortford before retiring. After retiring, he became a pub landlord, and enjoyed several spells as manager of Bishop’s Stortford in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

His 149 goals make him Arsenal’s fourth all-time top scorer.

13. George Armstrong: 1961-1977.

George made 621 appearances over a 16 year period scoring 68 goals.

Born in Hebburn, County Durham, George had trained as an electrician while playing in youth football, he was rejected by both Newcastle United and Grimsby Town, but nevertheless, he succeeded in joining Arsenal as a youth player in August 1961. He made his debut not long after joining the club; while still only 17, he started against Blackpool on 24 February 1962 in a match that Arsenal won 1-0 and by the 1963-64 season he had become a regular in the side, and in 1964-65 he missed only two matches.

Over his long career with the Gunners, George became one of Arsenal’s most consistent players, and was noted for the quality and accuracy of his crossing and corner kicks, as well as for his tireless running up and down the wing; he primarily played on the left, but was also effective on the right. As he matured, he became one of the few players of the Billy Wright era (along with Jon Sammels and Peter Storey) to become an integral part of Wright’s successor Bertie Mee’s Arsenal side, which ended the club’s long trophy drought.

After losing two successive League Cup finals in 1967-68 and 1968-69, George helped the Gunners win the 1969-70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 1970-71 League and FA Cup double; he was a regular in the Double-winning team that season, setting up a number of goals for his team-mates, which included teeing up Ray Kennedy’s winning header against Tottenham Hotspur, in the match that won Arsenal the League title. He was also voted Arsenal’s Player of the Year in 1970.

George remained with the club through the 1970s, as Arsenal failed to win any further trophies after their Double win; he played at least thirty matches in each season he was at the club during that decade. However, after falling out with Mee’s successor, Terry Neill, he moved to Leicester City in the summer of 1977 for £15,000. He played only 14 League matches in his single season with the Foxes, and finished his career with Stockport County before retiring in 1979. After retiring from playing, he moved into coaching, and worked for a variety of clubs, including Fulham, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, QPR and Enderby Town (as manager), as well as FK Mjølner in Norway and was manager of the Kuwaiti national team between 1988 and 1989.

ArmstrongIn 1990, before the Iraqi invasion, he returned to England and joined Arsenal as reserve team coach, a post he remained at for the remainder of his life, despite the many managerial upheavals the club underwent. During his time at Arsenal he was responsible for bringing many young players through the Arsenal ranks, including Steve Morrow, Ray Parlour and Paul Dickov

Surprisingly for such a high-standing player, he was never capped for the full England side, despite plenty of youth and U23 caps; this was primarily because of England manager Sir Alf Ramsey’s policy of not using wingers.

He played in sixteen full seasons at Arsenal, most of them as an ever-present, at one time he held the club’s all-time record for appearances – 621 competitive first-team appearances, including exactly 500 in the league; his record has since been overtaken only by David O’Leary and Tony Adams. He also scored 68 goals for Arsenal.

On 31 October 2000, while conducting a club training session he collapsed after an unexpected brain haemorrhage; he died in Hemel Hempstead Hospital in the early hours of the following morning.

George had a pitch named after him at the Arsenal F.C. training ground, in London Colney

GunnerN5

91 Responses to Arsenal’s Greatest Forwards Day 4

  1. mickydidit89 says:

    Wonderful stuff GN5, thank you.

    David Herd: “he was unsettled at Arsenal due to their lack of success, and he moved to Manchester United”

    Not a Vote Winning thing to do was it Herd 🙂

  2. mickydidit89 says:

    Note to Herd, Henry, Fabregas, Persie and anyone else who’d rather play for another team: “You can all kiss my sweet arse vote goodbye”.

    Nearly finished work for the day 🙂

  3. GunnerN5 says:

    Micky,

    There are a few players who I would have preferred not to include but unfortunately they had to be as they met all of the profiling criteria. I had to ensure that no one was excluded due to my personal preferences.

    Even though David Herd is not among my personal favourites he was great to watch and scored some wonderful goals for us.

  4. mickydidit89 says:

    Clarisse
    You’ve got another name, haven’t you 🙂

  5. mickydidit89 says:

    GN5

    Bloody lucky for the AA readership that I’m not in charge of player inclusions, and that a reasonable and forgiving minded Man such as yourself is 🙂

  6. mickydidit89 says:

    GN5

    Talking of personal preference, I am going to find it hard not to vote Big Raddy 🙂

  7. RockyLives says:

    Excellent as ever Gn5
    I loved Geordie Armstrong – although I was surprised that his goals-per-game ratio was not higher.

    I suppose he really was an out-and-out provider. We could do with a crosser of his ability in the current team!

  8. GunnerN5 says:

    Micky,

    This week there are many extraordinary players profiled but even so I believe that two of them are obvious choices and the third is “up for grabs”

    I wish I could vote for more but there will be enough swing amongst the votes for the very best to rise to the top.

    Seems like we are having a private conversation – did we drive everybody away?

  9. GunnerN5 says:

    Likewise I always enjoyed watching Georgie play he commanded his wings and crossed the ball beautifully.You can’t top his level of commitment Rocky – after all he died on the field of play.

  10. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Good day to you all.

    Good stuff GN5. I’ll not say more at this point, as I shall wait to see if my comments are still going missing.

  11. mickydidit89 says:

    Clarisse,

    You really do have another name don’t you?

  12. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Clarisse you’re just p*****g in the wind, Wenger is in negotiations over a new contract, he is not going to leave, Arsenal are not going to sack him.

    Stop your petty moaning and get behind this great club.

    Please tell me you do not see yourself as the transvestite lawyer in Boston Legal.

  13. Gooner In Exile says:

    Talking to yourself Micky?

    Seems Sniffer has been allowed back on his computer he must have been a very good boy on the weekend.

  14. Gooner In Exile says:

    Herd definitely in the BSR camp…would it be wrong to wish his injury luck on BSR too?

  15. mickydidit89 says:

    ROLF GiE

    Really worrying things is that for Sniffer to be around now implies he’s broken up for summer holidays, which in turn implies he’s at private school.

    Been something of a waste of money if you ask me 🙂

  16. Red Arse says:

    Excellent stuff, GN5! 🙂

    Well, your bios have added a bit more to my knowledge about Geordie and Maximus Raddy — thank you.

  17. evonne says:

    Good old days when you could pronounce the players names; don’t you just love the sound of these: David Hurd, George Armstrong and John Radford? Great names, great players, cannot add much to GN5s notes.

    John Radford for me – youngest hattrick scorer ever, formidable record and 4th in the old time tables. Hard to beat that.

    Hurd – well, he fecked up a wonderful career, really, didn’t he. Was he the last before R$P to defect to the enemy?

    George Armstrong’s record could only be matched by Pat Rice’s achievements – life time Gunners, legends, deserve to sit on the right hand of Dennis.

    And you dear GN5 are the AA legend in the making, sitting on the right hand of Rocky 🙂

  18. neamman says:

    These are my boys. the heroes I grew up with. I have often considered putting Radford on all my shirts!!! Cant remember if he wore 9 or 10? Anyone recall? I thought it was 9.

  19. evonne says:

    neamman – Raddy is not around to correct me, but I think it was the cursed no 9

  20. dandan says:

    From Todays Times;
    14. And the Lord said unto the Chosen People, ‘come forth’. 15. And yet they came fifth. 16. And they did not enter the promised land but wandered in the wilderness for another forty seasons.

    (This from a Jewish Gooner)

  21. GunnerN5 says:

    Wonderful piece dandan.

  22. GunnerN5 says:

    Evonne,

    Rocky is the star, I’m just a pesky summer intruder.

  23. dandan says:

    Great Stuff, Legends all G5 thank you; As for Geordie he was work rate personified, what he would have been capable of playing with today’s beach balls on the manicured lawns we call pitches heaven knows. My favourite memory the fairs cup final, played on a bitch of a pitch, a complete and utter bog. Nevertheless Geordie covered every inch of it as he swapped wings and ran and ran, no wonder Jonny Samells said Little Geordie was the biggest man on the pitch that day. He should have had two medals.

  24. GunnerN5 says:

    Great memories dandan.

  25. evonne says:

    dandan 🙂 very funny indeed 🙂

    From the official Arsenal site placed under Bobbie’s photo:
    ‘Robert Pires sits in the away team changing room after the match. Tottenham Hotsour v Arsenal’ . Hotsour ? A deliberate typo?

  26. dandan says:

    This from Todays times:

    http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/football/clubs/arsenal/article3817626.ece

    In case you are unable
    to access this I have copied the article below, but the Video is worth watching if you can

    Arsenal charmed by Vietnam’s ‘Running Man’

    Driving through the suburbs of Hanoi to the Trấn Quốc Pagoda, the Arsenal squad saw the Running Man.
    At first there was nothing particularly remarkable about the young man in an Arsenal shirt jogging to keep up with the team coach. This sort of thing happens when Premier League clubs go on tour.
    But 15 minutes later, it became apparent that his dedication far outstripped even the levels of zeal Arsenal are used to encountering in the Far East.
    The Running Man had kept level with the bus for five kilometres, covering the distance in a time a mere three minutes outside the Olympic record, when it began to accelerate. Undaunted, he hopped on to the back of a motorbike to keep up.
    To chants of “Sign him up, sign him up, sign him up” from the players, he was finally helped up onto the bus. The nameless fan took off his shirt to have it signed by Arsene Wenger, revealing stronger abdominal muscles than most of the squad, and posed with the players for photographs.
    “It should be a message for all of you guys that if you really want to pursue your dreams, it can happen,” Wojciech Szczesny, the club’s keeper, said.
    You could view it like that. Or you could see it as an example of the staggering commercial force of the Premier League in south-east Asia.
    Wherever they have gone on their tour of Indonesia and Vietnam, this Arsenal team – fourth in the Premiership, knocked out in the fifth round of the FA Cup and the Champions League round of 16 – have been greeted with an enthusiasm usually reserved for the divinely inspired.
    As the team rolled over an “Indonesia Dream Team” 7-0 at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta on Sunday, Oooh to be a Gooner echoed around the packed stands. Arsenal’s Indonesian fans have downloaded the lyrics and mp3s of the chants from the Emirates Stadium, and there was even a rude song about Robin van Persie.
    A group of young women had flown from China to Hanoi just to watch the team. Ivy, a 24-year-old woman wearing an “Arsenal Gunner 1886” t-shirt under a dungaree dress, posed with a flag and a tour badge in the team’s hotel foyer, while Rita, 25, proudly held up a replica shirt with Tomas Rosicky’s name on it. The t-shirt Rita was wearing had a cartoon drawing of Rosicky with the legend “Midfielder Mozart”.
    Islington has rarely seemed further away.

  27. evonne says:

    http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/pictures-arsenal-train-in-hanoi
    some nice snaps, if you like that kind of thing. Number 20 my fav

  28. chas says:

    Superb, GN5.

    Big John Radford hat trick.

    http://www.britishpathe.com/video/arsenal-v-bolton

  29. chas says:

    George Armstrong interview at the end of the programme.

  30. chas says:

    WARNING – non-Arsenal film (look away chary and GM)

    David Herd looked a good player (for the mancs) . There is footage of him at Highbury in this clip but sadly after he’d jumped ship.

  31. Arsedave says:

    Can’t believe the size of the crowd in the photo, looks about 100,000 in the ground.

  32. GunnerN5 says:

    Thanks for the video’s Chas.

    Arsenal .com have a video of the “Running Man“ in Vietnam.

  33. RockyLives says:

    Gn5
    I thank you for the comment, but your ‘magnum opus’ is the best thing that’s ever happened on AA (and possibly on any Arsenal blog). I really hope there is a way of saving it all for the future – perhaps a new widget?

    I even wondered whether Rasp/Peaches should send it off to Arsenal.com

  34. GunnerN5 says:

    David Herd – wow what a shot he possessed.

  35. GunnerN5 says:

    Rocky,

    Thank you that is praise indeed.

  36. GunnerN5 says:

    And 5 minutes later there appears a video…………

    Thank you Chas.

  37. GunnerN5 says:

    And 5 minutes later there appears a video……Thanks Chas.

  38. GunnerN5 says:

    Double thanks is even better……………………..

  39. chas says:

    No thank you, GN5. 🙂

  40. GunnerN5 says:

    Thanks for saying Thanks…………………

  41. Red Arse says:

    Don’t forget, Guys, the next Arsenal pre-season friendly (against Vietnam) is on ESPN tomorrow at 12:45, on Channel 417.

  42. Red Arse says:

    GN5,

    I second the Rock’s praise of your massive missive, or opulent opus which indeed has been a labour of love! 🙂

    I also second your generous praise of the rustic Rocket’s ravishing prose! 🙂

    Well done the pair of you!

  43. mickydidit89 says:

    Strewth, Cavani has signed for PSG.

    That’ll set the transfer merrygoround rolling as surely City and Chelsea would have been interested. Although delighted he’s not going to either of those two, I think it’s sad such a great player is joining a Club with such utterly revolting fans.

  44. mickydidit89 says:

    RA
    It’s a Magnificent Octopus as you well know.

    Chas
    Love all the vids, but especially the Running Man.

  45. mickydidit89 says:

    And who exactly will City and Chelsea go after now both of Cavani and Falcao have been snapped up 😦

  46. RockyLives says:

    Hoping for Charlie G and Ray Kennedy in the mix tomorrow.

  47. RockyLives says:

    (Provided they meet the criteria 😳 )

  48. GunnerN5 says:

    Sorry Rocky,

    They were two great players but neither made the final cut.

  49. Gooner In Exile says:

    Bit of a kick in the teeth for the PL, or evidence that FFP is working?

  50. mickydidit89 says:

    GiE

    It can only be money.

  51. mickydidit89 says:

    Falcao to Monaco? The very same tax free haven!

  52. mickydidit89 says:

    I have a pic that I really believe Chas and Evonne would enjoy, how do I put it up without linking to an entire page?

    And when I say enjoy…

  53. mickydidit89 says:

    Reading Rocky’s Kennedy and George comment, am I right in thinking we’re heading in to the last two days of Forwards? Only 6 left.

    DB, TH and IW, which only leaves three! After Perry Groves, I’m really struggling to narrow it down 🙂

  54. Gooner In Exile says:

    We have actually had to add an extra day because of the size of profiles so this week goes until Friday.

    You have 3 Micky, now use that noggin of yours and come up with three more, one scored one of the most memorable goals in living memory (in a final), 2 followed Herd’s lead, and 1 was a legend in his own drinking time.

  55. evonne says:

    That’s the sad bit about voting for our forwards- so many great players, such formidable achievements, memories that will never die….and DB wins hands down.

    ‘And when I say enjoy…’ meaning is a naked woman, chas will love it and Evonne will go potty.

  56. evonne says:

    I don’t understand this – Real M increased the price for Higuain to raise more money for Suarez (according to the Barca rent boy with a lisp).
    Arsenal bid more and more for Suarez (some say it is 40m now), which means that RM have to get max for Higuain.
    What is going on? Explain this GIE.
    If we lose out on both I will be gutted, gutted, gutted

  57. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh alright GiE
    Stapleton, Smudger and, errrr……Merse?

    By the way, if Smudger’s was The Final goal, then Anfield was bigger 🙂

  58. mickydidit89 says:

    Sorry,
    Persie and Stapleton in the Herd mould.
    They can both join Henry in not getting my vote 🙂

  59. mickydidit89 says:

    Evonne

    Does this help? Napoli now have 50M and need a top striker 🙂

  60. evonne says:

    just like my trotters 🙂

  61. evonne says:

    So Milan, Arsenal and RM are after 2 top strikers
    Suarez goes to RM/Milan and Higuain can go to Milan/Arsenal
    or Suarez goes to RM and Higuain to Milan and we are left with dreams

  62. mickydidit89 says:

    Evonne

    My view is divert away from a striker, stick with my man Ollie and get the supply to him sorted out.

  63. evonne says:

    we have different obejctives Micky – mine is to buy a goalie and a striker, you want to flood the midfield

  64. chas says:

    Micky, you really shouldn’t be posting soft porn like that first thing in the morning. I had to go and have a cold shower.

    For your info.
    If you right click on the photo, one of the options is ‘Open image in new tab’. Click this and copy the link address from the new tab.

  65. chas says:

    Btw, I appreciated your surf board specification description. I was just expecting a boring old link to a web page.

  66. Gooner In Exile says:

    Right Evonne, this is how I see it….trying to read between the lines.

    As i understand the course of events:

    Madrid let clubs speak to Higuain knowing they wanted to let him go and sign Suarez. Higuain chose Arsenal and terms were agreed in principle between Arsenal and player.

    Suarez wants to go to Madrid, but Liverpool are holding out for high price to recoup losses on Carrol and get back to more than the starting point Torres gave them (especially when you add up Dalglish waste). Madrid started to raise price on Higuain, not sensible as we appear to walk away from the table and the player only wants to leave Madrid for us.

    The story concocted by the media about us wanting Suarez was a convenient smokescreen for Liverpool to make use of and hold Madrid to higher price, and it aids us because Madrid will start to worry that we will not sign Higuain. As do rumours about Torres and Rooney.

    Liverpool hold the key to us signing Higuain, if we will not meet Madrids inflated price for Hig we will not meet it for Suarez who lest we forget has a 6 match ban to serve….not very good for the fast start we require this season.

    All that said Rooney appears to be very unhappy so if we are dropping our bid for Higuain and if so many fans can overlook Suarez’s on field antics it is hard to understand why Wayne’s off field antics should give cause for concern? Rooney also satisfies Micky’s wish to keep Giroud as main focus if attack and should provide goals from deeper that we have craved.

  67. evonne says:

    Jeez, that is complicated stuff GiE. Makes perfect sense to me though. Let’s hope you are right and we still get Hig and possibly Wig too.

  68. mickydidit89 says:

    Chas

    Before I say what I really think, are those Mates of yours beside that Surfboard? 🙂

  69. mickydidit89 says:

    GiE

    I thought Rooney’s beef was that he wants to play as a lone striker, and if that is the case, he does not satisfy Micky’s wish at all.

    The more I think about things, the less I want anyone ( apart from me left winger) 🙂

  70. chas says:

    No Micky, I just googled red and white surfboard.

  71. chas says:

    I’ve only been a handful of times and used a hulking great heavy beginners board.

  72. chas says:

    Haha, I’ve been reading about Rooney not being happy playing second fiddle to bsr.

    I keep wondering where these new players will fit into the 4-3-3.
    They seem to be middle of the front three type players or no.10s which we don’t play anymore.
    What we need is a Boy Bastin type left sided winger goalscorer.

  73. chas says:

    Apparently we’re selling Santi now.
    That would particularly tickle my “irkometer” were it true.

  74. chas says:

    Ooops, up too late it seems.

  75. mickydidit89 says:

    Chas

    “I keep wondering where these new players will fit into the 4-3-3.
    They seem to be middle of the front three type players or no.10s which we don’t play anymore.
    What we need is a Boy Bastin type left sided winger goalscorer.”

    Absolutely Bang On.

    At last, some sense 🙂

  76. mickydidit89 says:

    You and I are the only two with a modicum of tactics bollocks common sense 🙂

  77. Rob Lucci says:

    Boy Bastin type left sided winger goalscorer? errr,, Podolski?

  78. chas says:

    Rob,
    Did you think the Pod was a success playing left side of the front three?

  79. mickydidit89 says:

    Rob
    For me, he’s too slow, however he’s an excellent middle front alternative to rotate with Ollie.
    Bastin will provide the ammo 🙂

  80. Gooner In Exile says:

    Rooney is not saying he wants to be lone striker, he is irked by Moyes pronouncing that Wayne can’t go because if BSR gets injured Wayne will be needed, it’s probably not what Moe intended to say but it’s come out wrong. So Wayne now believes he is only a squad player which is not good in a WC year. So Wayne could play anywhere across the front 3 personally I believe wide and No 10 are his best positions, could be a Bastin type.

  81. Ooooops, events have overtaken me this morning …………. just going to sort the post ………….. sorry everyone

  82. New Post ……………………..

    I don’t like him but I think Rooney should definitely come to us …………just saying 😉

  83. chas says:

    It’s not appeared, peaches.
    Gone into spam? 🙂

  84. Bugger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Just sorting the problem, somehow it got published last night ………. back in a minute

  85. GoonerB says:

    Morning all
    Firstly although I have not commented so often can I say what a sterling job GIE and GN5 are doing. I have read them all and have been voting.
    On all the transfer discussions I think we need one of Higuain, Rooney or Suarez. Each has subtle differences but they are all top level forwards that are able to score 30+ goals a season and have the technical ability to link with players around them. Rooney and Suarez are both what look like free roaming number 10’s but who can play up top. I think this is perfect for our system because I believe AW wants to play with a free scoring rotating forward 3 where the players can dovetail with each other.

    This certainly makes sense when you look at Walcott who likes to come infield and and play centrally off the last defender at times, and with his ever increasing finishing ability I would want to encourage this. Having a player up top who has the footballing brain to recognise when this is happening and have the ability to drop slightly to free Theo up and become the link player is what will make our forward line world class. Rooney fits this perfectly for me and with us he would be a first choice central striker where he is dovetailing between the number 9 and number 10 role.

    Giroud will also get better and will see plenty of action even with the arrival of one of these 3. I would prefer to see the Ox start to play more as one of our attacking CM’s and if Gervinho leaves I would like one more very skillful and quick wide player. I really like the look of Bernard.

    I don’t really believe the Santi story as he has often said how much he is enjoying it with us but you can never be totally sure, and maybe there are say family reasons that might see him wanting to go home. Interestingly the only way (numbers wise) I could see us accomodating Cesc again would be with a high profile departure of one of Wilshere, Santi or the Ox. I would be very sad to see Santi leave but if Cesc was the replacement we would certainly not drop a level quality wise and I still love Cesc and would hate to see him in a Utd shirt. As long as we got roughly as much for Santi as we have to put down on Cesc I could accept this scenario.

  86. mickydidit89 says:

    GiE and GoonerB

    So much to disagree with and so little time 🙂

  87. GoonerB says:

    Go on then Micky, give it to me with both barrels.

  88. I’ve had to publish the post again, one of the articles on NN will take you no-where and then there’s a second which leads to the post, sorry 😦

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