Alexis Sánchez – Arsenal’s greatest ever signing

OMG, however excited you were about the signing of Ozil how much more excited are you about the signing of Sanchez? This is big, Gooners, this is a great signing for us.


Come on, on a scale of 1 – 10, no actually no even starting at 1, starting at 5, how much more excited are you about the signing of Sanchez than you were when we signed Özil?

If you haven’t had a chance to think about it yet here are a few reasons why, as a Gooner, you should have a smile like the wide-mouth frog and be skipping along wherever you go today.

1. Early signing – Arsène has been on the beach for weeks and although the rumour mill has been rumbling along who’d have thought we’d have a player sorted before the World Cup final?

2. A striker – Arsène has bought us a striker, this is unusual because we really need one and often in times of need we’ve been disappointed.

3. Not just any striker – Sanchez is a classy striker, not a winger that wants to play through the middle, he’s a proven goal scorer and he’s going to be scoring goals for Arsenal.

4. He only wanted to come to Arsenal and this is what he said …….

Sanchez said: “I’m so happy to be joining Arsenal, a club which has a great manager, a fantastic squad of players, huge support around the world and a great stadium in London. I’m looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and to be playing for Arsenal in the Premier League and Champions League. I will give my best to Arsenal and want to make all the supporters happy.”

Sanchez new kit

This is what Arsène Wenger had to say about our shiny new toy (copyright LB)

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger said: “As many people have seen during the World Cup this summer, Alexis is a fantastic footballer and we are delighted that he is joining us at Arsenal Football Club.

“Alexis will add power, creativity and much quality to our squad and we are all looking forward to him joining up with us in a few weeks. He has consistently produced top-quality performances at the highest level for a number of seasons now and we are all excited to see him integrate into the Arsenal squad. I’m sure all Arsenal supporters will join me in welcoming Alexis to our club.”

Arsène has looked happy and very relaxed in Brazil and now we know why. Hopefully there are more new signings to come.

Have a very nice day 🙂





135 Responses to Alexis Sánchez – Arsenal’s greatest ever signing

  1. Nice one Peaches

    He is a great signing and I have high hopes for him in the red and white. However, I saw some video of him just before a match in the Barca line up, it may have been an illusion but he looked a bit short…. you know, the Arshavin type of short? I haven’t checked his vital statistics…. will have to do that.

  2. I’ve just checked, he’s just over 5’6″…..

  3. Beardy says:

    Bit of a stupid title when you consider the great players who have aigned and played for the club over the years. Better than Bergkamp, Henry, McLintock etc. etc? Time will tell…..

  4. kelsey says:

    Morning all.

    A really good signing which should boost our goal tally and remember Theo isn’t expected to be fully fit until Xmas.

    Is Sanchez the first player from Chile to grace the Arsenal shirt.

    Strange our last three players to leave us to go to Barca,Hleb,Song and Cesc didn’t set the world alight.

    Not sure if the rumours about Jenkinson going out on loan is a good idea.

    I still expect at least two more signings . A GK and a RB.Maybe cover for Arteta aswell.

  5. RA says:

    Great Post, Peaches,

    The transfer has been long trailed and there was always the sense someone else would pop up and buy him – but that made the news all the better when Arsenal confirmed his ‘capture’. 🙂

    Aside No 1: You woke up at 4 a. m. thinking of Signor Sánchez; and north bank woke at an unspecified time in an excited state – seems like you two will have to have a fight to see who claims the new guy!! 🙂

    Aside no 2: Is it possible that even this news will not draw the long lost Rasper back to AA? 😦

  6. RA says:

    NB, you rascal,

    He is the same towering height as that colossus Messi!! 🙂

  7. goonermichael says:

    Ooh to be a gooner 🙂

  8. RA

    I can’t wait to see a photo of him next to the BFG. 🙂 He’s acually 4 cms shorter than the sneeky little russian.

  9. Norfolk Gooner says:

    ‘morning Peaches, ah! just what the doctor ordered, a post that allows us all to express our delight at the signing of an exceptional player. Thank you.

    This signing, following on from that of Mesut Ozil, confirms that we are now shopping at Fortnum and Masons rather than Lidl and Aldi.

    Now Arsene needs to get in the express check-out queue and complete the deal for Debuchy before nippng back to find the dm, ‘keeper and centre-back to complete his summer shopping trip.

    Best ever signing? On the basis that he comes to us fully formed ,and not as a “promising prospect”, he could well be.

  10. gm – how are you? When you gonna come and visit and see our new signing?

  11. RA says:


    In answer to your question as to the scale of excitement when comparing the news of Özil’s signing to Sanchez’, I am delighted that we signed the latter, and I hope it will herald the start of a great era,

    I was and still am an ardent admirer of Özil, and happily, because they are two very different types of player, in different positions, I do not have to choose!! 🙂

    If push came to shove — Özïl pour moi.

  12. stevepalmer1 says:

    Beardy, loosen up mate, every new signing is the best ever and this bloke could end up better than all before, have faith son.

    Peache’s thats a peach of a post good on ya girl.
    Alexis Sanchez Sanchez, even sounds exciting. And yes i have a big smile on my boat.

    Arsene Wenger has always been my favourite Manager, i have to say he has made me made in fact furious at times but the man has Arsenal right through him, Beardy remembers the greats and so he should as they have been superb, but the next signing could quite easily be even better, Beardy has a long memory like many other Arsenal fans but we cannot live in the past, those days are gone and we cannot bring them back,

    We now are building for the future, FA cup last year and we want some more of that. Peache’s has seen all our stars of the past come and go but she see’s something in this bloke and i don’t think she’s wrong, its celebration time and i hope were still celebrating on our way to the title.

    Love you Peache’s

  13. RA says:

    Hi Steve,

    You could be in trouble with your;

    — “Peache’s has seen all our stars of the past come and go’

    She’s not that old! I think she was 21 y.o. only last week!! 🙂

  14. goonermichael says:

    I’m good Peaches. I’m hoping to get back before Christmas. How is everyone? I’m so glad they announced Sanchez before the kit launch otherwise I probably would have stayed up til 5 waiting for it

  15. Thanks steve 😉

    It’s true that we often get carried away with the optimism surrounding a new signing but this is a striker, a proper striker, this is a player that knows where the goal is and will look forward to latching on to our creative play …………… he must be just as excited as we are 🙂

  16. All good thanks gm, struggling to get posts out every day but I’m sure when the season starts we’ll be falling over the offers to write them.

  17. stevepalmer1 says:

    Morning RA, always getting some things wrong mate, now i know she’s 21 i love her even more now. 🙂

  18. ooohhh 21 year olds… those were the days! Actually not that long ago 🙂

  19. goonermichael says:

    How exciting is the season going to be? I think we’ll get one more big player too. Khedira or Bender. I’d definitely get a shirt with Bender on the back.

  20. What makes this signing different to every other we have made?

    There were a queue of clubs hoping to do the same.

    Henry, Bergkamp, etc where was the queue? Even Ozil didn’t have a long line of clubs, but Sanchez well everyone could see in the WC what a talent he is a talent that is overshadowed at Barca by Messi and the confusing continual selection of Pedro.

    What I saw of Sanchez in the world cup i liked,amazingly quick feet, like lightning quick, actually like faster than the speed of light. His passing speed matches that as does his movement, and on top of that he seems to be able to do all this at speed without breaking stride, the build up to the goal that Chile scored in the game against Spain is all the evidence you need of this.

    I actually think Theo should be most worried, he will certainly have to raise his game, but i can see us starting something like this next season:


    What no Ox, Jack, Santi, Podolski?

    Which means one thing……competition for places….. 😀

    Very happy Gooner

  21. And to all those who think Kroenke is purely here for making a profit?

    Net spend of £55m since his full takeover in April 2011. And probably more to come this Summer.

    But its money the club has generated, its why Puma pay as much as they have to be associated with us.

    We Are The Arsenal

    We do things differently, with class, and with morals.

    Can’t wait for the new season!


    How long is it possible to stay not out in cricket? Rasp must have played the longest innings of his life, 23,056 not out.

    Thanks peaches

    All those years of miser Wenger, stingy Stan, and the board taking us for mugs was always nonsense.

    Ozil, and now the Sanchez signing are the product of hard work, patience, and plenty more qualities.

    I am very level headed when it comes to Arsenal.

    The first step in our new and glorious era was to keep our talent, this has been mostly successful.

    Secondly, its to use our increased wealth to procure major talent, like Sanchez.

    Thirdly, and the final part of the jigsaw, for me anyway, is to unearth some Gems. We are no Barca or Man City, we all know we need some one like Khedira, but in truth I cant see the Club paying the fee or wages for such a player.

    Arsene must use his evil genius to locate a new Viera etc.

    Lets keep our feet on the ground, but I see no reason why we cant win the league this coming season and have a pop at the champions league

    The Ghosts of the Thirties are Stirring

  23. Actually need to be a bit careful talking about young nubile women, we’ll all start sounding like Jimmy Saville and Rolf Harris… fcuking nonces.

  24. goonermichael says:

    The ghosts of the thirties are wide awake Terrence

  25. fatgingergooner says:


    Swap Arteta for Khedira and we will have a squad capable of challenging for all trophies. Our full back positions need a bit of work, but if this new German physio can keep players on the pitch then we are laughing.

  26. RA says:

    Terrible Terry,

    Very well said sir! 😉

    I think you and Arsene are of a similar mind, marrying up the marquee signings with unearthing an as yet undiscovered nugget or two, and the changes he has made in the youth and scouting systems are speaking to that.

  27. LB says:

    What a beautiful sunny day.

    Happy, happy, happy.

    I am a bit surprised to read from Kelsey that Walcott is expected to be out until the New Year. Hmmmm, didn’t realise that.

    Still, it is unlikely that he would have been a first choice starter anyway.

  28. arnie says:

    Great stuff Peaches, perfect opportunity to gloat. 🙂 🙂 🙂 and hop, skip and jump. 🙂 🙂 tra la la la

    OK, on to the serious questions.

    1. Bigger than the Ozil signing? The two are not comparable, IMO.

    Different positions, but also Sanchez would not be here IMO if Ozil was not already in Arsenal. OK, we have seen a few World Cup finalists in Arsenal in our times, but not that many. It is the combination, together with an ever developing Rambo that makes this so special.

    2. Height. Less is good. Vertically challenged but nimble footed is perfect antidote to the mercenaries that our opponents in the PL will be sending in droves to hack down the good guys. They will not be able to reach his feet. 😛

    We already have a star holding CF in our team, we do not particularly need a tall CF/ winger.

    3. Impact. The immediate impact will be surely in the confidence and spirit, perhaps more than the quality of Sanchez. We are never in doubt of the quality.

    But it will probably take some time for the new toy to settle in. It always does. The PL is not an easy place to play. It took Ozil about 6-8 months. What helped in his case was that there were no departures, so the team around him was settled.

    Let us hope and let Arsene try his best that the same continues this year. Yes, we want Santi and Poldi in there. In any case, the crucial RB position is going to be new. Let us hope whoever comes in fits in well. If it is Debuchy, at least he will be used to the PL. In that sense, I think it will be a cleaver signing.

    All to fight for. Yes the EPL. But we have done that before. The next frontier IMO is the CL. And here is where the Ozil-Sanchez-Rambo combination will really be key. And Theo as well when he recovers fully.

    Onwards and upwards! COYG. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  29. Nurul Huda says:

    Reblogged this on Broken Phrases and commented:
    Okay, title is debatable but this is surely a great one considering the anti-Wenger sentiments.

  30. stevepalmer1 says:

    I have to say that its not very often i get excited Arsenal for man and boy has taken its toll on me but being a lifelong supporter i have seen many talented players, i have seen the disappointing players who i felt could and should have been better, i have seen the Bertie Mee’s and the GG the Bruce and all the others but Wenger has been a stalwart Arsenal man hardly hearing a bad word about him although no body can be as clean as it appears.

    Arsenal have been through what many would call tough times, i have heard supporters chanting Wenger out and seen so called supporters with their Black scarf’s, i have to say i shunned them and held my beliefs that Arsenal were strapped for cash.

    Now we are not stupid, we know how much season tickets are and we also know how much others pay, so we know we have money, but we also know that when supporters say he’s only 20 million, i don’t think they realise exactly how much 20 million is. Careful spending has been the order of the day our banking Backers stressed that we would have to tighten our apron strings if they were to lend us the money needed, Wenger was asked if he would make sure he spent in small amounts, now here we are with a top class manager who had done wonders at Arsenal having to agree that he would not spend, he knew how tight things were going to be but he stayed where many would have left.

    Wenger has always been quality, he has had to endure his own supporters fury he has been subjected to ridicule and he has had the micky taken out of him for quite a few years, this man has never budged, he has never hit back and he has taken it on the chin and always and that is always protected the players. Arsene has taken the stick from pundits he has for 9 years had to endure how long its been since Arsenal won a trophy every time our games are televised while other managers who have never won anything goes Scott free.

    Wenger has always been the shield that when people throw insults he has taken all that and shielded Arsenals name, he wears the Arsenal logo with pride he may wrestle with his sleeping bag but he never takes an overcoat if it hasn’t got the sponsors name on it.

    Arsene Wenger is Mr Arsenal love him or loath him he is the man and i hope he stays forever.

    He looks like he is building another team yes its taken some time but the jigsaw is starting to come together Ozil Chamberlain Walcott Gnarbry Ramsey Wilshere Gibbo just to get your mouth watering and now Sanches to put some of the finishing touches.

    Things are looking good for Arsenal watch those supporters swell many who had stayed away will be flooding back many will put those black scarf’s away and will be ready to state i have always been an Arsenal fan, things are on the up that’s for sure,


    Greetings GM, trust you are well.

    I admire your courage in emigrating. I get sea sick leaving my front door

    I have a friend whos a bit down in the dumps at the moment. You know, middle aged, balding, difficulty putting his shoes on and all that

    What are the chances of my friend finding love and romance in Vietnam? if that dosnt work out,he would also be interested in no strings sex, preferably with a proper women, not like one of those fake ones you see in those magazines.

    Hes not fussy, but does have an innate fear of Bolshevism and gets anxious at heavy rain fall. Would Vietnam be for him?

  32. Shard says:

    In terms of sheer excitement, Ozil over Sanchez for me. That’s nothing to do with the quality of the players. Just that Ozil, or rather Özil, represented the start of a new era. He was the one that signalled our emergence from the financial tunnel. Sanchez is now something to be added on to that.

    Also, my first thoughts on Sanchez some months ago were that although I really REALLY like him, he’s not a striker so maybe not what we need. But he did play as a striker for Chile and I think, although he might take a little time to adapt to the PL, he can play that role for us.

    He also reminds me of the Ox. Or rather, what the Ox can and should be. He’ll probably start the season wide right, while Theo recovers, but with Giroud and Sanogo as the pivots, Theo, Poldi, Sanchez as the other potential strikers, Ox and maybe Gnabry and Campbell to play as fowards as well, I think we have good options and variety in attack.

    Ozil, Cazorla and Ramsey will be key in supplying them, and maybe Ox and Wilshere can step up too. A Dm like Khedira would make our midfield well balanced. We also have Coquelin back with the club now. Always rated him, and maybe he can also have a role to play. He also played for us at RB (his loan club made him play left midfield)

    And speaking of RB. I find these RB rumours weird. Ok, Debuchy makes sense. PL ready, dependable, good in the air like Sagna was. Even though Aurier was the more exciting signing. But what are we doing loaning (with a view to a permanent deal) Athetico’s young RB? And on top of that, we apparently also have some 29year old come in on trial from Egypt. Is Jenkinson going to loan, or is he going to be converted into the 4th choice CB? What about Bellerin?

  33. arnie says:

    For me, two things stand out from Sanchez’s arrival. Apart from the obvious, that is the genius that Sanchez is.

    First, this is a big statement of purpose from teh club, following on from Ozil’s signing. Yes we are different, yes we stand out in the crowd with class, and yes, we are in the fight to win.

    Second, the fact that teh likes of Ozil and Sanchez chose to come to Arsenal shows how good the plans within the club are moving forward. That is actually a fecking big deal!

    COYG. 🙂 🙂 🙂


    Thanks Redders.

    There is so much competition for players these days, even young untested talents get swooped up by the big clubs.

    Can Arsene identify the odd gem from under the radar of the others? If he can, then we could build another great side.

  35. goonermichael says:

    Your friend could find a girl here Terry. Saigon is full of middle aged blokes with fit girls.Rain though! I don’t think I’d ever really seen rain til I came here. You hardly notice the communism in fact it’s much easier to get things done here. Happy people and beautiful girls. What more could you want?

  36. LB said something the other day that made me smile – he was pleased he renewed his season ticket.

    Now I’m pretty certain that LB would always renew his season ticket but I bet he knows someone that chose not to and I was just thinking the same thing about some of the ‘supporters’ that sit near me. Hope it’s too late for them to come back 😉


    Thanks GM

    Happy people though? I dont think I, I mean my friend, would fit in. Hes a bit of a miserable bastard. hahaha

  38. arnie says:

    Peaches. Agreed. OUT with the bile-spewing numpties. Plenty of deserving fans in the queue. Including our own star GiE. 🙂 OUT OUT OUT!

  39. RA says:

    Hi Shard,

    You mentioned Ozil and then corrected it to Özil – was that just to show us you had figured out how to do it? Show-off! 🙂

    I am not sure why you do not think Sanchez, or is it Sánchez, is not a striker. Last season he ranked as 4th highest scorer in La Liga behind Ronaldo, Bale and Costa, and then was joint 2nd or should that be 10th in the list of ‘assists’. (He was one of nine who were joint 2nd/10th assisters). 🙂

  40. goonermichael says:

    If you watch his 10 best goals video on the Arsenal website you’ll see how versatile he is. He looks like a clinical fisher. Lovely chips too

  41. goonermichael says:

    Mis typed finisher and wrote chips after 🙂

  42. Rasp says:

    Thanks peaches, I am thrilled at the signing of A.S. ….. for many reasons. He’s a world class striker who chose to come to Arsenal. I can only salivate at the prospect of the incredible interplay we will be treated to with the attacking talent we now have in the squad.

    But most of all, we can now see that the signing of Ozil was not a one off. The new strategy of the club will put us right up there at the top and sponsors and new supporters will come flocking to the Arsenal.

  43. Shard says:


    At least someone read my comment 🙂

    Trust you to pull my leg though.. Yes it is Sánchez, but the reason I put Özil was because the umlauts were to be seen everywhere when we signed him. It was illustrative of the excitement I felt, and I think that was echoed all around Goonerdom.. or is that Göönerdom? Peaches still carries the umlauts in her name here 🙂

    Hmm.. Maybe there is a confusion over the definition of the word striker. Theo scores goals for us too, but I don’t think he qualifies as a ‘proper’ striker. The same with Sanchez. He’s been stuck out on the right in Barcelona. There was an image somewhere of his ‘heat maps’ playing for Barca and Chile. I’ll try and find that since I think that’ll illustrate what I meant.

  44. RA says:

    My goodness me!!

    I was about to respond to Shard when I spotted the errant Rasper commenting as nonchalantly as you like, with no word of explanation or apology for his non appearance over the past 2 0r 3 months, for those of us who have missed him and worried whether or not he had fallen foul of some ill health! 😉

  45. Shard says:

    Here it is. The Messi effect on Alexis 🙂

  46. Shard says:

    I also found this gif of Sanchez fooling around in training.

  47. Arthur Schopenhauer says:

    I hope Arsene plays Alexis on the wing. He is quick and needs space to run into. I think his talents would be wasted as the main striker.

  48. Shard says:

    ok last one..

  49. RA says:

    An interesting response, Shard, and I agree with the Özil excitement part of your comment. There has been a reaction to him in recent times, with some idiots, oh dear, did I say idiots, well some fans doubting his skills/commitments/blah-blah.

    [Not on AA – I hasten to add.]

    Theo is not a ‘proper’ striker, you say? Heretic!
    Actually I agree with you. He can and does score some superb goals but he is not really a central striker, per se.

    But if you look at Sánchez, he is a lot more ‘skilful’ than Theo, and I think Barca only played him out wide to fit in with their Tiki Taki football and to accommodate their home grown boy Pedro.

    So I agree with your observations as to where our latest best buy has played for Barca, or should that be Barça, but disagree with your conclusion.

    [I have got to stop doing the alternative spellings – it is all right to tease you, but I am driving myself bonkers.] 🙂

  50. Rasp says:

    Hi Redders, its a fleeting visit …. talk again soon 🙂

  51. Shard says:

    “So I agree with your observations as to where our latest best buy has played for Barca, or should that be Barça, but disagree with your conclusion.”

    Was that last bit just to throw me? Because you suceeded. Here you were agreeing with everything I said, and then ended by saying you disagree.

    Look at my first comment at 11.14, where I said that watching him play through the middle for Chile makes me think he can be a striker for us. Where’s the disagreement? 🙂

  52. etfaust says:

    This is a wonderful day to be a Gooner. Think about the fact that Sanchez, Özil, Walcott and Ramsey are all 25 or younger. This team will be good for years to come. I wrote about the tactical significance of the move here – – please check it out

  53. GunnerN5 says:

    Hi everyone.

    Thanks Peaches a very apt post.

    Other than the player himself arriving at Arsenal – what excites me is that the nonsense about Arsenal only being a selling club is now put to bed. But most of all the horrid slur that AW was in cahoots with the B.o.D. not to spend the clubs money is now found out to be simply a Red Top and Black Scarf myth – one of their many myths.

    AW has always said that if he could find a world class player that would improve the club than he would try to purchase that player.
    He has once again proven that he is a man and manager whose word can and should be trusted.

    Arsene Knows!

  54. GoonerB says:

    Morning all and thank-you peaches for the post. Sorry to be combative but one area I will have to slightly disagree with is the proper striker reference. I always thought he started off as an attacking wide player and it is only more recently that he has played as a striker, but more so for Chile than Barca.

    That however is all really a moot point for me because the winger to striker successes are the ones I love best and I think are best for our system. It means he has all the technical ability to take on defenders and run at them and set up team mates as well as score himself.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if we see him initially more as an inside forward playing off another striker and that later on he plays more through the middle. It may turn out he plays best from an inside left attacking position but if starts to clock up Ronaldoesque stats who is complaining. If we were to get Remy as well then we have plenty of options.

    TMHT, I actually think we can go for Khedira as well. He and Sanchez would represent the big purchases while Debuchy and Remy could represent the bargain ones, and I believe that total outlay wouldn’t break our budget. If those 4 arrived then I could still see a couple of departures. When you look at who can play where we are still overloaded in the ACM area. If Khedira, Bender or Schneiderlin arrive then we also probably only need one of Flamini or Arteta, so I could see a couple of current players go still, which gets us some money back and frees up a couple of wages.

    Also Terry, I saw earlier that you said you were very level headed. Not with that magnificent bouffant that sits atop your cranium you’re not. You are full of curls, weaves, peaks and crevices.

  55. GunnerN5 says:

    I’ve got a serious question for you all.

    Do any of you think that breasts without nipples would be pointless?

  56. RA says:

    Excellent, Shard, I am glad that you agree with me – in advance! 🙂

    Umm, actually, I was referring to this bit;

    — “Theo scores goals for us too, but I don’t think he qualifies as a ‘proper’ striker. The same with Sanchez.

    Now, I was agreeing with your comment about Theo, but disagreeing with you about Sánchez not being a proper striker too, even though you were correct that he was almost exclusively played by Barça on the wings.

    Actually, if you go back and read my 12:16 with the above comment to hand it should be clearer, perhaps. 😉

  57. RA says:

    GN5 @ 12:31

    Absolutely right. 🙂

  58. GunnerN5 says:

    RA, Wingers are more like snipers and not strikers.

  59. LB says:

    I am a bit surprised to find out that some might not think of Sanchez as a “proper” striker.

    This possibility never entered my mind.

    True, he has been deployed down the right for Barça but they also did that with Messi and is there anyone out there who doesn’t think that Messi is a proper striker?

    Sanchez has the speed and control we have been crying out for upfront.

    Not every game next season will suit him as a number 9 but hey, that is what we have got Giroud for.

    In my eyes he is basically Walcott with sensational close control.

  60. RA says:

    I agree, LB.

  61. mickydidit89 says:

    Love it Peaches, thank you.

    Sanchez Ollie Theo Works
    Ox Sanchez Theo Works and yum yum
    Pod Sanchez Ox Works

    Would like a DM, but very happy if we go into new season as we are (Sagna replacement a given)


    hahaha GB. I have recently discovered that by flicking up the top and combing forward I have a semi level head.

    To disguise the bald patch and thinning, I am now sprinkling fine pepper all over. Though I do now live in fear that one day I might encounter an over excitable Indian chef.

    Is Sanchez not the missing link? Not in a Boris Johnson sort of way, but in terms of a player who can play anywhere across the last third?

    Why cant we stick Ozil out wide and give Sanchez the freedom to roam and destroy at will.

    I have a feeling this guy is going to take the league by storm. Yeah, we still have weaknesses, but our strengths could see us to the title

  63. 26may1989 says:

    I also agree with LB.

    All this agreement, can’t be healthy.

    Sanchez is perfect for us because he offers pace, mobility, intelligence and determination, his inclusion plus the return of Theo will make sense of our attacking game and will present our oppo with multiple problems and our manager with multiple options.

    We may yet acquire another “proper” striker (Remy?), but with Campbell available that may not be what Wenger thinks we need to do.

  64. LB says:

    I struggle to see why Remy might still be in Wenger’s sights.

  65. LB says:

    The other thing I struggle to see is why Barça view Suarez as an upgrade to Sanchez?

    They have basically just swapped Sanchez and Fabregas for Suarez.

    The closest I can come to understanding that one is that it must be “New Management Syndrome”.

    Luis Enrique is trying build a team that is more loyal to him and by that I mean that players are usually more loyal and hard working for the manager who signed them.

    That’s the best I can do.

  66. mickydidit89 says:


    Totally agree about Remy

    On another subject, Pool played fabulous football with a Sterling Suarez Sturridge, and given we have a better No 10 in Mesut, better player than anyone at Anfield in Ramsey, and a better defence…..then why not hello title

    Ox Sanchez Theo
    ..Aaron Arteta
    ….Back five

  67. LB says:

    I think it is a given that we will bring in a RB and a keeper, we would all like to see the defensive midfield strengthened but Wenger may view Diaby as the man for that job.

    But anyway, my point is that I think we will be as well equipped at the beginning of the season as any other contender for the league.

    It certainly is a case of why not hello title.

  68. GunnerN5 says:

    The most critical missing link is another goalkeeper, without which we simply have no hope.

    On our books we have pnly one proven keeper in Wojciech Szczesny

    The others are Deyan Iliev

    Born February 25, 1995

    Previous Club FK Belastica

    Promising young goalkeeper Deyan joined the Club from Macedonian side FK Belasica in the summer of 2012.

    The 17-year-old, who has dual Bulgarian and Macedonian citizenship, was a regular member of the youth set up last season and has featured heavily in the side’s Youth League campaign this term.

    Matt Macey

    Born September 09, 1994

    Previous Club Bristol Rovers

    Young goalkeeper Matthew joined the Arsenal Academy in October 2013 after a successful trial period with the Club.

    He was part of the Bristol Rovers Under-18 Double-winning squad that won both the Youth Alliance League and Cup in the 2012/13 and was voted youth player of the year by the club

    Damian Martinez

    Born September 02, 1992

    Previous Club(s) Oxford United (loan), Independiente, Sheffield Wednesday (loan)

    Damian will look back on the 2012/13 season with fondness after making his first-team debut against Coventry in the Capital One Cup. The Argentine stopper also started the next round of the competition as Arsenal beat Reading 7-5.

    The highly-rated goalkeeper signed from Independiente in 2005 and is an Argentina youth international. Damian has also been called up to the full national team squad but is yet to win his first senior cap.

    Arsenal Debut
    September 26, 2012

    Josh Vickers

    Born December 01, 1995

    Previous Club Canvey Island (loan)

    Agile goalkeeper Josh continued his development with 16 appearances for the under-18s last season. Despite suffering an injury-hit season, the young stopper made his first appearance for the under-21s last term.


    I’ve copied all of this from

    As we can all see the lack of experience is alarming and lets hope the alarm bells are ringing along Drayton Park.

  69. fatgingergooner says:

    I think Jenks should be loaned out for a full season at a PL club, and let’s see if he has what it takes. No point him sat on the bench every week. Might aswell sign Debuchy and get Manquillo on loan to warm the bench.

    I think Sanchez can play any of the front 3 positions, but I expect Giroud to be the main striker with Özil, Sanchez and Walcott/Ox/Cazorla creating havoc behind him. If we can get someone like Khedira (who is far more capable going forward than I realised) to sit behind Rambo then it’s a mouthwatering prospect.

    I also think the great thing about this signing is that 1 player has created numerous options for our formation and tactics. We’ve often accused the team of having no plan B, but now we have more of an A-Z!

  70. LB says:

    “But now we have more of an A-Z”

    Well put Slim.

  71. Gööner In Exile says:

    What we surly realise is that Wenger will have one go to team for the big games.

    What the arrival of Sanchez and hopefully others will bring is the ability to rotate.

    The reason we fell down in March was so many injuries. And unfortunately they all came at once, the reason they all came at once because we were pretty much down to bare bones already with Theo and Rambo out from Christmas and Jack, Ox and Pod struggling for fitness all season. To put it bluntly the team that was taking the field most weeks was running on empty.

    Hopefully with the arrival of Sanchez and another couple and maybe only one more departure we will be able to keep it fresh throughout the season.

  72. RA says:

    Have any of you read the following interview?

    Ivan Gazidis insists that Arsenal still have plenty of work to do in the transfer market after completing the signing of Alexis Sánchez from Barcelona this week.

    The 25-year-old Chile striker joined the Gunners on a long-term contract on Thursday for a fee believed to be around £35m.

    Arsenal are also thought to be close to signing right-back Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United, while Germany midfielder Sami Khedira has also been touted as a possible target for the north London club.

    And the Arsenal chief executive is expecting more arrivals at Emirates Stadium in the coming weeks.

    “We’ve pulled off a good one with Alexis Sánchez, but there’s more work to be done,” the chief executive told Arsenal Fan TV.

    When asked if a holding midfielder was his next priority, he replied: “I’m not going to talk about it until it’s done. I’ve got to get back, we’ve got more work to do.”

    Gazidis also expressed his delight at seeing the Gunners tie up a deal to bring Sánchez to the club.

    “It’s a really exciting signing for us, we’ve been wanting to get Alexis into the club and had the opportunity to do it,” he continued.

    “We’re really glad he’s committed to us, he had a lot of options and he chose us.

    “I think he feels from a football perspective we can give him what he’s looking for. It’s a great step and takes us one step closer to where we want to get to.

    “We’ve been really clear, we’ll only bring in players that we think really add to the squad and we think he’s top class, world class, a great signing for us.

    “It’s fantastic, it’s what it’s all about – making sure the club progresses and we can make our fans happy and proud. It’s a brilliant feeling when we’re delivering trophies and bringing great players in.”

    Good stuff and just what we want to hear. 🙂

  73. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Nacho Monreal is now listed on the Arsenal website without a squad number. Does this mean he’s on the way out? If so will Thomas Vermaelen be allowed to leave for Manure as is being touted in the press. If both go we’ll be left with just a worryingly injury prone left-back in Kieran Gibbs.

  74. Norfolk Gooner says:

    I’ve just re-read my last comment and it sounds a bit of a doomer.

    Let me say straight away that I have every confidence that Arsene and Gazidis will have the situation in hand and, even as I type this, they will be working to resolve the problem. 😀

  75. I don’t see how Jenks would be loaned out this season, if we get Debuchy then we still only have two experienced RB’s. Personally I think Jenks has improved immensely and he and Debuchy will be competing for the position, which can only be a good thing.

  76. stevepalmer1 says:

    Nothing wrong with that comment Norfolk, and quite accurate as well, Gibbo has been known to have a bit of sick and many have said we miss him when Monreal plays. Numbers are just that numbers a number doesn’t make you quality it just makes you a part of the squad.

    Many of our so called stars have seen a lot of our sick bay, and speaking the honest truth, had we not had so many injuries over the years we may of had other trophies to go with the FA cup.

    Wenger is doing well with his team in the player finding, as long as he doesn’t forget whats wrong with the fitness.

  77. stevepalmer1 says:

    Well said Northbank, Jenks is a tryer granted he is no Sagna but he has attributes that need to stay at home,

  78. Shard says:

    Did I start the whole not a ‘proper’ striker thing? Doesn’t matter I suppose, but what I meant was that my initial feeling was that he isn’t a striker and so maybe not what we need. His performances with chile have convinced me he can be our lone striker, though I still think he’ll start on the right as he adapts, and while Walcott is recovering.

    On Remy. I like him. I think he is a good backup striker for us (and can play on the wings too), but if we are in for him, that probably means selling Joel Campbell. I suspect Wenger will look at Campbell in training and then make up his mind. With Joel’s stock high right now (some website mentioned him as a 16m pound striker) it might not be the worst time to sell.

    My preference would be to see him make it with us, but I do worry about going into the season with just Sanogo and Campbell as the backups to Giroud as central strikers while Walcott is out, Ox is just coming back from injury and Alexis is adjusting.

    The Al Ahly RB that we took on trial has now suddenly become a CB in the news. Which would make much more sense, but not sure what the truth here is.

  79. Gööner In Exile says:

    I guess Monreal doesn’t care about his number and it was probably best to allocate one for Sanchez or give him first pick, so we could sell a few new shirts with his name on them.

    The only player I don’t mind losing is TV5, that’s not to say I want him to go to United, I just think it’s time for a regular starter Captain, Per or Arteta being first choice (my preference for the BFG).

  80. GunnerN5 says:


    One image that will always stay with me is the picture of Jenks in his bedroom surrounded my his Arsenal memorabilia. He is Arsenal through and through – boy to man and will in my opinion become an Arsenal stalwart.

  81. Shard says:

    The 20 year old RB we are seemingly about to sign.. Well here’s more about him, and maybe we’re planning on using him as a CB.(Which means Jenkinson stays..Yipee)

    This report seems to suggest that he’s a defense first kind of fullback, but very good in the air, and that it is thought he could play as a centre back. The bit about him playing with fear in terms of his attacking potential seems to be a tailor-made situation for Wenger to fix.

  82. Shard says:

    footage of the broken neck he suffered

  83. GunnerN5 says:


    We grew up in the same era and the same area but although I was a bit of a rogue your mini bio paints you as a far bigger one. My parents moved from Avenell Road to Oldershaw Road, (just off of Mackenzie Road) so my Dad could be within walking distance of his job at The Starbrush Company. I used to do a milk round and we delivered to the gatehouse at Pentonville Prison.

  84. arnie says:

    Chums, too much agreement for my taste. 😛 Except Shard, that is. 🙂

    So, let me once again emphasize a few points of difference.

    1. We cannot put all our eggs in one basket and expect the season to be a success. Sanchez will need time to settle in, so he will most likely not be immediately effective, at least in the EPL. Therefore, and in any case, another striker is required. Remy looks good enough to me.

    2. I do not expect Sanchez to be a star the first day he kicks the ball in the Ems. The real measure of his value will be how far he can pull Arsenal in the CL, which is a domain that he is comfortable with. I expect him to be very influential from the knockout stages.

    3. Remy’s natural movement is East/North East. Moving in from the left side or if he is playing right wing, run to the goal line and cross. His shots are all right footed. Yes, our opponents will have noticed this and defend accordingly. However, he is very fast and nimble footed and excels in finding gaps to rush into and shoot. So he can do left or right wing, or perhaps a striker, but this is how I would expect him to play. From whatever I have seen on youtube, which is admittedly not saying much.

  85. arnie says:

    On Monreal, I cannot see him released or sent on loan.

    Jenks, yes, if we have signed 2 RBs, one first choice and one back up.. And Campbell yes, if we sign a/ another striker.

    Not Verms either, unless we sign someone pretty good. The chances of which are miniscule, because this person will largely warm the bench.

    However, we have released Viviano early, which suggests a GK has been tied up. Who we will know soon enough I suppose.

  86. GunnerN5

    Bloody hell, I was brought up in Sonning Street, the next street along from Oldershaw road. There was Bride Street/Barbara Street/Sonning St and Lesley St. All just off Roman Way and Westbourne Road. All demolished in 1970 to build a new estate.. Frigging small world.

  87. stevepalmer1 says:

    Hiya Gn5 not seen you for a few days hope your well mate.

    With the Sanchez signing fresh on the lips, i seem to think its strange that we also have a very talented forward who is maturing into a good future striker in Campbell and we are talking about selling him and keeping Sanogo, That doesn’t equate in my mind. I am not saying that we should offload Sanogo as he too could turn out a good un but we buy a very good striker for a lot of money, and some are saying we should sell a lad that hasn’t even pulled a shirt on yet. Campbell was a figure head for his country in the world cup he has class we have seen that, he has heart we have seen that too and he has composure which was blatantly visible in the penalty shootout on worn out legs he still never let his country down and were prepared to sell him. Madness

  88. Shard says:


    The reason I’d see Campbell (or Gnabry) as expendable rather than Sanogo is because Sanogo brings to the squad much the same qualities as Giroud.

    When I say expendable, I mean on loan. But in Campbell’s case, having been on loan for 3 years already, I don’t expect him to agree to that, nor do I think it is desirable since players lose their connect with the team if that keeps happening.

    So, either he’s ready now (he is 22) or we sell him. I hope it’s the former, failing which he accepts another year on loan. But if not, I would sell him. With a heavy heart but as a necessary action which benefits both Arsenal and Campbell himself.

  89. Shard says:

    Am I incoherent these days? First RA and then arnie both agree with me while saying they disagree with me. 😕 Me is flummoxed.

  90. GunnerN5 says:


    Small world indeed my friend. I went to Westbourne Road Junior School (later named Alfred Pritchard).

    My family’s were – the Andrews’, Burton’s, Cardy’s and Dudley’s, I also did a paper round out of Nash’s sweet shop on Mackenzie Road. I think the whole neighbourhood had the same Doctor Greenfield also from Mackenzie Road.

  91. GN5

    I originally went to a junior school in Brewery Road/Blundell St on the other side of the Cally, but got expelled and then went to Alfred Pritchard. You have a much better memory than me, you weren’t related to Reggie Dudley? I remember Nash’s sweet shop, I think I did a paper round from there too. 🙂

    Do you remember the Wellington? it was on the corner of Lough Rd and Mackenzie Road. and what secondary school did you go to? I originally went to Barnsbury Boys in Eden Grove until it amalgamated with Highbury and Laycock schools. My family were the Jacksons, Deards and Carters.

  92. Vinay says:

    He is a tremendous signing, a signing which is every club’s envy and our pride. yes he will take time, yes he will be overawed by the PL frantic pace but you cannot take out the class and mainly the work rate of the man, He will be a success, a sure shot one that to.

  93. GunnerN5 says:


    I went to Laycock., I did not take the 11 plus exams as I was in Hospital at the time – however I most likely would have failed as school just after the war was a bit of a joke, A portion of Laycock suffered bomb damage so it was closed off and we had to take some lessons at other schools. From Laycock we used to walk to Finsbury Park to train and play football.

    I don’t want to bore the AAers who already know but I saw my 1st game at Highbury on November 22nd 1947 and have been hooked ever since.

  94. mickydidit89 says:

    No way GN5 and NB69

    Could it be? You look like brothers.

    Still cannot believe we signed Sanchez.

  95. mickydidit89 says:

    I apologise. Do carry on. Its like a soap, and fun. You must have mutual family friends somewhere. Keep trying.

  96. Sorry mickydidit

    But a little reminisce isn’t a bad thing for a couple of old gits from Islington. You’re a bit older than me GN5, but I have very fond memories of that area. My dad used to frequent the Two Brewers in Roman Way, he always called it the brewery tap for some reason, could never work out why? Funny enough, your family moved from Avenal Rd to Oldershaw Rd and when that whole area was demolished, my family moved to Gillespie Road. 🙂

  97. GunnerN5 says:


    Another bit of trivia was that we used to play football on the roof of Westbourne Road school – it had an 8′ fence all along the edges to stop the balls going off the roof.

    When my son was a youngster I took him for a nostalgic walk along Mackenzie Road and as we turned onto Westbourne Road i told him the story about having to play our football games on the roof of the school. You could tell that he did not believe a word I said but when he looked up at the school the fencing was still on the roof over 20 years later.

    My Dad’s sister Violet married a Burton but I don’t know his first name but his son’s were Charlie and Tony.

  98. GunnerN5 says:

    Northbank I refused to move away from my beloved Arsenal to Oldershaw Road – but I changed my mind when my Dad agreed – he saw it as a great opportunity to get rid of me!

  99. GN5, I did exactly the same on the roof of Alfred Pritchard school…. there were even water fountains for drinking from on the roof. I remember that because in a fight one day, my opponent smashed my head against one, causing a gigantic gash that needed stitches. LOL

  100. kelsey says:

    Don’t worry northbank,I am known as the doomer on here but in fact a realist and have all my hair,lots of it 🙂

    At a guess I think Campbell might be sold on.He has two years left on his 5 year contract and has been on loan for 3 years but it might by Sanogo as I can’t see them both in the squad.

  101. Ok GN5…. perhaps we’ll get back to this another time….. we don’t want to highjack AA for our little trip down memory lane 🙂

  102. GunnerN5 says:


    If you go to Google maps you can take a walk along those same streets and Alfred Pritchard School and Nash’s sweet shop are still there – although the sweet shop is now protected by iron bars over its windows and doors..

    There was also a pub at the bottom of Sonning St. at Westbourne Road – I can’t remember the name of the pub I just remember waiting outside (many times) with my packet of Smith’s crisp’s, with the blue salt twist, and a bottle of Tizer.

  103. GunnerN5 says:

    Okay – to be continued……………………

  104. OK just to finish….. I did the google thing the other night… from the Emirates, all around that area to Laycock st and then bck along Holloway road. Excellent. There wasn’t a pub at the bottom of Sonning st/westbourne road, but at the top, roman way. But it was closed down when I was a kid. right that’s it GN5… another time mate ok 🙂

  105. or if you want GN5, do it on my blog…. the guvnor won’t mind 🙂

  106. GunnerN5 says:

    Oops my memory ain’t that good after all?

  107. I hope everyone enjoyed that, cos I did. You can all get back to your footy talk now 🙂

  108. evonne says:

    a very sensible post from Peaches. If I didn’t see her going bananas today, I would have thought she ain’t happy enough 🙂 Thanks P !!

    I am as happy about Sanchez as the next Gooner, but what I don’t understand is what are Barca playing at?? To sell Sanchez and Cesc for Suarez is almost understandable. But how on earth are they going to play Messi and Suarez together I cannot see, can you?

  109. GunnerN5 says:


    Come on, you must know, its obvious – they needed to put some bite into the squad!

  110. Evenetning all.

    There’s probably no one around but I’m going to weigh in to add my excitement quota over the signing of Alexis.

    My first impression of AS17 ? In a word:slippery.

    He’s exactly the kind of twisty-turny, marauding forward we were screaming out for last season.

    The fact he’s in so early is even better. I’m genuinely lookng forward to this season, something I’ve no been able to say for a while.

    Yes Mr Syrup, the thirsty goats are staring.


  111. Gööner In Exile says:

    Peaches there is a very boring quota based post in drafts for use on a grey miserable day, or a bright sunny day may be better so no one bothers reading 😀

  112. Gööner In Exile says:

    Just looking at Golden Boot Running for WC and noticed Mueller has 5 in this WC, so checked his all time stats and he has 10 from two World Cups, with one more game to play and you wouldn’t bet against him popping up with another vital goal, what are the chances he surpasses Klose at the next WC?

  113. mickydidit89 says:

    Ahoy Lads

    Where does a transfer rumour like Remy start.

    I’m not aware he has said anything, or his agent said anything, or people close to said anything, or even any sources close to the player said anything.

    I’m guessing it’s because he’s a striker, he’s French, he’s at a loose end, not that expensive, and one paper must have said “maybe” or “how about”.

  114. mickydidit89 says:

    Now, the Keidera rumour.

    That would be based on Arsene saying Keidera makes Ozil play better.

    So that’s a damn good reason. Reckon he’s on the plane as we speak and a virtually done deal 🙂

  115. mickydidit89 says:

    Children been on summer holiday for a week, and the surf has not been more that one foot 😦

    Maybe, just maybe, this pm. That, or we’re going to take it out on the lobsters.

  116. stevepalmer1 says:

    Morning all,
    Micky, you should know by now, that if a player has the ability to lace his own boots, he will be linked to Arsenal at some time in his career.

    News papers realise that Arsenal have a sixty thousand seater stadium, that is usually full plus a following of millions all round the world, What better way to attract attention , after all they don’t give papers away.

    Obviously you are looking at the surf too much, and as it rises you obviously get excited.

  117. LB says:

    The Ozil signing was so unexpected for me, it hit me like a bolt of lighting. Sanchez was top of the wish list and it actually came off – amazing. We are now allowing ourselves to dream.

    Signing Keidera would be as close as some of us come to a religious experience.

  118. Gööner In Exile says:

    The weird thing is, our signing of those players you mention are also making our domestic opponents weaker 😀

    Is there anyone eyeing BSR and do that team have anyone we could use so we can spread the wealth by financing their acquisition of him?

  119. Gööner In Exile says:

    Steve I think it is also true that Arsenal fans are statistically among the most tech savvy (you can’t imagine the Luddites at the other end of the Seven Sisters Road to be able to operate smart phones can you? No opposable thumb make it really hard). So Arsenal rumours = hits = ad revenue.

  120. stevepalmer1 says:

    Don’t think they sell papers down the even Sisters. Nothing worth reporting on. 🙂

  121. kelsey says:

    Morninga ll.

    Micky,Remy was at our last home match with Theiry sitting quite close to him.That’s how rumours start but I have a feeling we might get him but as I said yesterday what then happens to Campbell and Sanogo.

  122. stevepalmer1 says:

    GIE, i was invited to the shoe box by my spud mate who has a box,, we entered their VIP lounge where a bookie was in the corner, I had a hefty bet on Arsenal winning by 6 and it went round the lounge pretty quick. Cliff Jones who was the guest speaker Mentioned my bet in his speach and Martin Peters also laughed after the game in his speach, we won 1.0 and i lost a few bob, but it was worth it to see their faces.

  123. mickydidit89 says:

    Now look ‘ere
    “Remy was at our last home match with Theiry sitting quite close to him.”

    Quite close!!!!!

    So was Steve from No52a

  124. kelsey says:

    Oh that Steve.Well that makes much more sense . 2 + 2 = 5

  125. Was it a dream, did we really sign Sanchez?

    Morninga ll – nice typo kelsey 🙂 hope you’re ok xx

  126. kelsey says:


    had a good look at Sanchez.He maybe small but he is really strong and will be a huge asset played mainly on the right.

    No one answered about Campbell.3 years on loan,2 years left on his contract.Will AW take him back,put him in the squad or send him out on loan or sell him ?

  127. I think Campbell will stay with the squad – if that’s possible numbers wise – and then maybe go out on loan in January.

  128. Just had a look in the cupboard and there’s a post from LB. Thank you LB.

  129. Norfolk Gooner says:

    ‘morning all, Kelsey, Campbell’s agent stated earlier in the year that “Joel will not be happy to go back to Arsenal to sit on the bench”. At the moment, due to his exposure in the World Cup, his value must be pretty high, maybe he’ll be sold.

  130. Morning NG

    We have a New Post ………………….

  131. Liberal pre-selection was supposed to have happened this weekend, but no news seems to have emerged. Big fight between left and right, apparently- two main front runners- one from each camp.
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