Mathieu Debuchy: so do we like him?




Full name: Mathieu Debuchy
Date of Birth: 29 July 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Fretin France
Height: 1.77m (5ft 10in)
Playing position: Right back

With Sagna moving north to Citeh where they have been working him to the bone, we find ourselves with a new right back. “The Boosh” has played four competitive games now which I would say is enough to form an opinion; do we think he has been a good buy? Would Jenkinson have been better? Is he likely to keep his place with Chambers breathing down his neck?

So, do we like him? Over to you.


130 Responses to Mathieu Debuchy: so do we like him?

  1. LB says:

    Morning Chas

    Did I get that nick name right, I seem to remember that you wrote something similar the other day?

  2. chas says:

    Haha, you did.
    Someone on twitter called him ‘De Mighty Booshy’ when we signed him and I quite liked it.

  3. mickydidit89 says:

    LB to the recue

    Phew, just had Chas about to put up a pic of Lennon or Barlow under the heading “Poet, Toubled Genius, Utter ….”

  4. mickydidit89 says:

    Hey LB

    The news is better, cover for the bloody excellent Debbie is Bellerin, not Chambers, so we’re even stronger at the back than you thought.

  5. Winner Matahula says:

    Debuchy is a top buy. He’s been consistent for the past few years. There is certainly no doubting his abilities and worth.

  6. chas says:

    The Boosh has been brilliant so far.
    I was trying to find a clip where he dived in to support another player who was being threatened but to no avail.
    Loved his assist for Rambo’s goal against Palace.
    His tackling has been excellent, he’s good on the ball and he has a massive pair of bolleaux.
    All good so far.

  7. chas says:

  8. Morning all

    Oooooh a new post without me even leaving my bed ……. thank you LB.

    I think Le Boosh has been a fantastic

  9. This what happens when you blog while in bed, you don’t to finish your comment.

    ……..cont fantastic addition to the squad. He has seamlessly replaced Sagna and added great tackling abilities and ball control.

    I saw in an interview he gave that he loves the Emirates stadium now that he isn’t on the losing side 🙂

  10. mickydidit89 says:

    It’s a definite plus not having Saturday posts going up mid morning when everyone’s gone out, but when do fit in smut and dolphins?

  11. Big Raddy says:

    You do not expect me to write seriously about football at this time in the morning?

    I am more concerned with the rubbish Micky writes comparing the Beatles to Take That.

    This is further evidence of the failure of the British education system in the ’70s and beyond. Either that or Didit spent too much time behind the bike shed having a crafty fag (in both senses of the word 😀 )

  12. Chris says:

    He wins as many headers as Sagna, but unlike Sagna can actually CROSS!
    What’s not to like?

  13. mickydidit89 says:


    They are very similar

    Crap lyrics
    Four boys
    Poofy hair
    Close harmony singing
    Endless no 1’s (always a bad sign)
    12-14 yr old screaming fanbase

  14. aizedlittlemozart says:

    me likey!!!!

    both the early, waiting for you to drag yourself outta the bed post & “the mighty booshy”

    me likey very much

  15. Big Raddy says:

    Didit. Blasphemy.

    Like saying One Direction are the same as the Clash (but more popular)

  16. Hong Kong Gooner says:

    Yes, he’s much better going forward than Sagna although a bit behind him defensively.A top class player and the ideal replacement for Sagna.

  17. Big Raddy says:

    breakfast done, so time to think of footie and the post

    Debuchy appears to be as good as Sagna when he first came to the Emirates which is high praise. He seems to be tactically aware and will form an excellent right side of defence with BFG. His pace assisting our sluggish but wonderful German.

    A major positive this week is the re-appearance of Diaby in the u-21’s. The loss of OG and his aerial ability especially in defence could be assuaged by a return from the Fragile Frenchman.

  18. Big Raddy says:

    This link will not load for me because I am too mean to pay the €5 a month to the Telegraph, can someone cut and paste the article please?

  19. kelsey says:

    I like an earlier start to a new post and LB seems to be on fire 🙂

    Can’t disagree with any of the comments about Debuchy and shows the value of buying from within the PL as there is no adjustment time needed and there are players available which by. today’s going price are available.Are you listening Mr Wenger 🙂

    I heard on the radio this morning prior to their lunch time game that Burnley have spent less in their entire history than United have on Di Maria.

  20. kelsey says:

    I meant,

    and there are players available which by. today’s going price are available at a reasonable price..Are you listening Mr Wenger 🙂

  21. stevepalmer1 says:

    Morning all, Nice one LB
    Looking a lot better at the back in my view, Not that i am doubting Sagna’s ability. But when a player wants to leave and he goes to a direct rival then that seems to go against the grain.

    Debuch yeh he seems capable, gets stuck in and looks the part, early doors yet , just hope that the sending off does not mean a Flamoney type player has Joined.

    I still think that Jenkinson would have had his nose put out of joint, waited for an opportunity and when it came, watched an outsider come in, and then got shipped out. Such is life i suppose. Debuch is 29 so perhaps a couple of years out of him, while Chambers at 19 has a full career. I dont see Calum as a right back if i am honest, so dont think that Debuch has much to worry about from him, But Merts should be looking over his shoulder, as he is the weak link in my eyes

  22. kelsey says:

    “I’m one of the best players in the world in that No 10 position,’’ said Özil. “Fans, coaches, players and everyone knows that my best position is playmaker.

    from Raddy’s link,so why play him on the wing,total waste of time.

  23. Gööner In Exile says:

    I think the biggest compliment we can pay Debuchy is that we haven’t missed Bacary. Over the last few years we have seen top players go to be replaced by protégés. This is a like for like replacement which all of us appreciate.

    And to my mind he does the defensive side of his game better, in the four or five games played he has made several crunching (but fair) sliding tackles, the kind Nige used to make. Shows commitment and desire… I like him a lot.

  24. Sohara says:

    Think both chambers & the boosh have been good buys. Also like bellerin he will be good too

    Just read remy has gone to Chelsea !!

  25. Wish we had football today.

    GiE – how long to go for baby no 2?

  26. Eddie says:

    We are going to end up playing in the Philharmonic – first Mozart, now Debussy!
    I know even less about music than I know about football, but I have to admit to liking the West Life boys, in fact sometimes I love them and Gary Barlow

  27. Eddie says:

    he is due on 1st September

  28. stevepalmer1 says:

    Someone said a little while ago that we tend to buy the same kind of players, Ozil for me fits that bill, is he that much better than Santi or Jack or even Ramo or the Ox. Now if we had spent 42mill on a big strong holding midfielder i could say money well spent, but so far, although i have no doubts that Ozil is quality, had i spent that money it wouldn’t have been for Ozil.

  29. kelsey says:

    I think the widgets need updating peaches ,and remember what I suggested about the authors.Also the Blogroll is way out of date.Wrighty 7 stopped blogging in February and one or two others are defunked.

  30. North Bank Lew says:

    Can we update the 2014/15 stats while we’re at it ?! Ta !

  31. I can’t do the widgets, that’s Rasps department. The cricket season ends next week so we should get him back soon.

  32. harlek says:

    I prefer chambers play @ right back flank

  33. arnie says:

    Raddy. Too long, apols, but here goes. The Telegraph article. Below I will post a link to the photo as well.

    Mesut Ozil: The Arsenal and Germany fans believe in me. That is what really matters

    Midfielder reveals how he won battle with doubters on way to World Cup glory and why he believes Arsenal are ready to win the Premier League

    Mesut Ozil tells henry winter why critics don’t bother him

    Positive outlook: Mesut Ozil is ready to silence Premier League critics too

    By Henry Winter, Football Correspondent
    10:30PM BST 29 Aug 2014

    Mesut Özil possesses a talent to be cherished. From Wembley to Maracana, he has enjoyed a summer to be celebrated, winning the FA Cup with Arsenal and the World Cup with Germany. Özil featured in all but 35 minutes of Germany’s 690-minute triumphant stay in Brazil, and is still buzzing over events in Rio.

    “When the final whistle went and I had the trophy in my hand for the first time it was an incredible feeling,’’ said the 25-year-old, talking after Arsenal training on Friday. “In the changing room we carried on having a massive party, playing loud music, singing. Then we went back to the hotel and carried on partying there. We deserved that.

    “I’m really proud. Every footballer wants to win this great trophy but it is very, very rare and I managed it. And I won it in Brazil where the atmosphere was fantastic, especially in the games against Brazil and Argentina where it was very dramatic. We became world champions because we were very strong and stayed together as a team. We had this unique team spirit.

    “I was delighted also for the fans because they’d been waiting for the World Cup for so long: 24 years is a long time in Germany. In Germany, people maybe didn’t believe we could go all the way because of what happened in the past, getting to quarter-finals [1994, 1998], semi-finals [2006, 2010] and final [2002] and not winning.

    “Going out of the World Cup [in 2010] I was so angry with myself because I knew my potential and the team’s potential. We’d got so close. But we showed we could bring the trophy back home to the fans. Now all of Germany is proud of us.

    “I saw all the messages for us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. It was the main news. So many posts. It made me even more proud to see how many people were sending messages in. We saw it again when we went back to Berlin [for the victory parade]. The Brandenburg Gate was shut by 8am. There was so much excitement.

    “The fans believed I played a good World Cup. The statistics show that as well. I was satisfied with my performance at the World Cup. I know I could have scored more goals and shot more but I was surprised the press was negative.”

    To English eyes, criticism of Özil is slightly surprising given the memories of him ripping England’s Under-21s to pieces in winning the 2009 Uefa final in Malmo, and then inflicting the same punishment on Gareth Barry and the seniors in Bloemfontein at the World Cup the following year, ending up with joint most assists and being signed by Real Madrid where he won La Liga under Jose Mourinho. He scored five times as Germany qualified for Euro 2012 where he was voted into the team of the tournament.

    When he then left Real for Arsenal for £42 million, Cristiano Ronaldo spoke ruefully about the loss of a player who would invariably find him with a pass. Some criticisms have been levelled at Özil at Arsenal, particularly after failures to protect his full-back or track runners during the defeats to Manchester City, Liverpool and Bayern Munich. He still ended the season with five goals and nine assists in the league – and also an FA Cup.

    Yet the most expensive German footballer has still been stalked by unflattering headlines. Perhaps it is Özil’s undemonstrative demeanour.

    Perhaps it is his fragility in the tackle. Does he dominate games enough?

    Last March, the respected Kicker magazine ran the front-page headline: “The Özil Debate: is he one for the big games?” Lothar Matthaus, Paul Breitner and Michael Ballack were among those German legends who questioned him. “The ‘Özil debate’?’’ the man himself reflected. “It was strange. There I was, so close to the start of a massive tournament, and all their eyes are on me, criticising me. It was not just Kicker, but also TV and other publications. It surprised me. In my first season at Arsenal there were times when I was not at my best but in the qualifiers for the national team I did perform well. Look, I scored the most goals in qualifying [eight].

    “The negative headlines were unfair. As a player it was hard to understand when I’d played such a big part in getting Germany to Brazil. But I’m not the sort of person who lets myself be pressured by the media. I am strong enough and confident enough in myself.

    “People wrote so negatively about me but generally the people who are familiar with football know my strengths and abilities. I was voted three times Germany’s national player of the year and that is decided by the fans. That shows the fans are there for me and believe in me. I want to say how thankful I am that they’ve supported me in such a fantastic way.’’

    Germany’s coach, Joachim Löw, started him in all the World Cup; Özil scored against Algeria in the round of 16 but the narrow win over France in the quarter-finals led to the barbs coming his way again. Was it his decision not to sing the German anthem? Was it anything to do with his Turkish roots?

    “No, I don’t think that’s where the criticism comes from because I’ve played for the national team for so long,’’ replied Özil. “It’s so strange. The negative criticism came out of nowhere: it went from zero to 100. I went from being the darling of German football, the jewel in the crown, to being hammered in the media.

    “I don’t think the criticism of my performances is to do with my background, with my parents being Turkish. I’m third generation. I was born in Germany, grew up in Germany and many of my friends are German. I love playing for Germany. I’m proud I can play for the national team.”

    The problem was more positional. Often perceived as a No 10 – and there is so much emphasis on the No 10 in Germany – Özil was deployed on the left flank at the World Cup, rather than in his preferred playmaker role, because of Marco Reus’s injury. “I’m one of the best players in the world in that No 10 position,’’ said Özil. “Fans, coaches, players and everyone knows that my best position is playmaker.

    “It’s different playing on the left. When I was in Madrid, I often played on the right. I enjoyed that because I’m left-footed and I was able to cut inside to give assists and get shots on target. On the left, it’s more difficult. If I do get past someone I’m still away from the danger zone, still on the flank, and it’s harder for me to find the final ball with my right foot than with my left.

    “But Joachim Löw needed me on the left. It’s not about the individual, it’s about the team. It’s not my favourite position but I was willing to play there for the team. It was difficult just before the tournament started that I was suddenly playing on the left and had a different role. I needed to get my bearings, which I did. I think I did my job well there. The Boss saw me as being able to play on the right and we ended up as world champions.

    “The opinions of fans are important to me and I’m happy they have such high expectations of me. I have high expectations of myself. I know what I can do and in the past few years I’ve shown that I belong to the select group of best players in the world as a No 10. What’s important is that the manager gives me his trust and in Joachim Löw and Arsène Wenger I have two managers who do exactly that. Both coaches know that my favourite position is the No  10. I’ve played on the left in a World Cup and for Arsenal but my best performances come as a 10.”

    With No 8 on his back and a place on the left, Özil delivered his best display of the World Cup, clocking up more than 6.8 miles in the annihilation of Brazil in the semi-final, creating a goal for Sami Khedira when he could have scored himself. In the Maracana final against Argentina, Özil’s contributions were quietly influential, always team-minded, chasing Enzo Perez back, conceding a throw-in but stopping a counter, while a couple of his threaded passes to Toni Kroos set up shooting chances.

    It was almost a compliment when he was caught by Javier Mascherano. Before extra time, Özil required an extensive massage to his right calf. Yet he played on, staying on until the final was won, only being removed in the final minute after Mario Götze had scored. Low clearly values Özil highly.

    It was hardly mentioned at the time but Ramadan started on June 28, two days before the Algeria game, an issue for a devout Muslim such as Özil. “Ramadan came during the World Cup and I had to work,’’ explained Özil. “When you are involved in high-level physical activity to fast would be difficult and can be dangerous to my health. So there is the understanding that when you work in such a physical environment you can’t fast, you can defer it.”

    He attends a Mosque in London. “It is good for a Muslim here. I enjoy London. Before I came, I spoke to Luka Modric [Real’s ex-Spur] and he said: ‘London! What a great city, it’s unique, beautiful, a place you have to experience.’ I thought to myself: ‘ Hold on, it can’t be so beautiful if people drive on the left!’ But it is beautiful. I look around and see the many cultures living here. I’ve met lots of people in London. In Madrid it was not really like that. I lived there for three years and didn’t get to know many people. Now I understand what Modric meant when he talked about life in London being unique. Whenever I come back here, I feel I’ve arrived back home. I feel comfortable here.”

    He is “excited” by the new season. “I’m looking forward to meeting the challenges here, meeting the targets. Of course Arsenal can win the Premier League.

    “We’ve strengthened our squad. We also want to show that we can play better in the Champions League. It’s a difficult group, and we know Borussia Dortmund well, but we don’t need to be scared of anyone. They know exactly how strong we are. We have the potential to reach the final. We should always believe everything is achievable. Not many people thought Atletico Madrid would get to the final. If you work hard anything is possible.

    “We have a very united spirit; we don’t have to hide from any team, especially at the Emirates Stadium where we can impose our game on the opposition. It is important to remember that we won the FA Cup and that’s given us a lot of confidence. We have trust in each other as a team.” And trust in Wenger. “The Boss is so serene. The whole club can be proud to have such a fantastic manager with so much experience, playing with style and doing so many great things for 18 years here. When you look at Arsenal’s history, the Boss has always blooded youngsters, and helped make them into some of the best players in the world. That’s also why I came here. I wanted to develop myself further.”

    He noted the talents around him such as Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey. “What Jack definitely has is big potential. If he stays fit, Jack has a big future because he has a lot of quality. Theo is a big player at this club. Theo is a player you can send clear because he is so quick and has a very good final product. Ramsey is really important for Arsenal, really impressive, great on the ball. We can achieve something big this season.”

  34. Big Raddy says:

    Mozart. Thank you

  35. Gööner In Exile says:

    Peaches the baby arrives out of the escape hatch on 3rd September….it’s breech and high so no turning possible, hence we know when the awkward bugger is coming. Because it’s awkward I’m predicting a girl 🙂

    In the final push of decorating this weekend, nursery is done but Garage Conversion requires more paint as builder ballsed up andi had to have one wall re plastered. Three coats of paint today should see job jobbed. One day clean up then a bit of R&R before arrival.

    I think the words are cutting it fine!

  36. arnie says:

    snap. oh dear, people with power, can one of you please delete my cut and paste? 😛

  37. aizedlittlemozart says:

    you welcome BR,

    Arnie I think your’s is more complete than mine with all credits & all so maybe mine should be removed instead

  38. mozart – I took yours off as it seemed to have repeated itself.

  39. fatgingergooner says:

    When I think about who we’ve signed so far this window, he’s always the one I forget!

    That’s the biggest compliment I can give him, because he’s fitted in so seamlessly he goes unnoticed. His energy levels are brilliant and he gets up and down the flank for the full 90 minutes. He also seems to be a lot more relaxed in the attacking third than our previous RB. Still a little bit rash at times but I like that he’s got a bit of bite.

    Great signing, and I was one who had doubts after his Newcastle performances!

  40. fatgingergooner says:

    Apparently Nastasic has been told he can leave City. We wanted him before he went there and I’m sure he’d be a good back up for what we have and has time to develop. We can then concentrate on getting Chambers into that HM role that we all feel needs some presence. Wenger thinks Chambers has the right attributes to be that man, and who better than Arteta and Flamini to show him the technical side and the no-nonsense side of the role.

  41. arnie says:

    Thank you Mozart, thank you Peaches. 🙂

    But first of all, thank you LB-on-fire. 🙂

    Yes, indeed, what’s not to like. As pothers have said, the best indication is that we fans are not moaning about Sagna. Personally, I am not a big fan of shopping within the EPL. Restricts new ideas, new styles, new creativity. But Debu is one example where inbreeding seems to work. Yes, he is Debu for me.

    I like the workrate. His defense is good, his attack/crosses are even better, but perhaps Debu’s attitude is his best quality. On the flip side, he is 29, so please let us not completely forget about Jenks. Plus, Jenks is a Gooner as well.

  42. kelsey says:

    Interesting that peaches as yesterday when interviewed about striker options AW said he had Sanchez,Sanogo,Walcott and Podolski who could play in that position,but Campbell was never mentioned.

  43. Big Raddy says:

    That Campbell played in the u-21’s indicates that he will certainly not start tomorrow. Perhaps it was for the Benfica officials benefit.

    But if he goes we have to, repeat for the stubborn Mr Wenger, have to sign another striker.

  44. kelsey says:

    DAILY MAIL: Arsenal are locked in talks with Borussia Dortmund trying to agree a fee for central defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

    Most probably bollox but try getting that name on a shirt 🙂

  45. 26may1989 says:

    Am happy about Debuchy too, feels like a modest improvement on an ageing Sagna and limited Jenks. That said, at the Barcodes it was noticeable that he was not only their best player after Cabaye left, but also was rash in the challenge sometimes – I’m sure he’ll be giving away a penalty or two this season.

    So the boss has until 11pm on Monday to do any more business. One in with a defensive mindset, obviously. But will he be getting in an attacking player too? Wenger seemed to hint there are negotiations with someone and he seemed to imply that an attacking recruit would be matched with a departure (Poldi, Campbell?). Does that mean anything? We shall see.

  46. kelsey says:

    I said a few weeks ago that due to work permit and other things we don’t know,Campbell has spent 3 years of a five year cantract on loan, so after making an impact at the WC it wouldn’t surprise me if AW cashed in on him now,at the optimum price .

  47. arnie says:

    It still remains a sad situation if it turns out we welcome a player into the club, organise visas and all that, only for the honeymoon period ends in less than 2 months. Sad. 😦

  48. arnie says:

    Apparently, Sokratis to be followed by Archimedes and then Plato …. 🙂

  49. kelsey says:

    It’s all about money arnie and in his eyes maybe AW doesn’t think he will make the grade.
    Some players thrive better in other leagues i.e. Vela.

  50. arnie says:

    Kelsey. Still it is sad as far as I am concerned. 😦 But I do not think Arsene will do it though, even if fans may be desperate to somehow get another redundant striker in.

  51. Norfolk Gooner says:

    ‘morning all, Debuchy is definitely an upgrade on an aging Sagna. He’s even taken over as the holder of the Weirdest Barnet title. 😀

    Before the world cup started, when there was talk of Campbell coming back from loan, his agent stated that “Joel will not be happy to sit on Arsenal’s bench”.

    It seems likely that the young man wants first team football and, quite rightly, is prepared to go where that is available.

  52. fatgingergooner says:

    I read that any Benfica deal would be a loan. Wenger did also say that if any striker was to arrive, then one would have to leave. Maybe Campbell is that man?

    Then again, it could just be total bullsh*t like 99% of the rumours we hear this time of year.

  53. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Arnie, I’m alway sad to see a player leave Arsenal, although there have been one or two exceptions, Mikel Sylvestre, for example.

    In the case of Joel Campbell, if he goes, we can hardly blame him. For three of the five years of his contract he has been out on loan, he has not had a chance to build any affinity with either the club or his team-mates and now finds himself, where he least wants to be, on the bench.

    A fit Walcott is a shoo in starter, Sanogo, when fit, seems to be Wengers preferred option. Podolski must also figure, so where does that leave Campbell?

  54. arnie says:

    This is potentially damaging for Arsenal’s reputation. A player now in the 4th year of his 5-year contract spent all his time on loan. Maybe, Arsenal does not want young Latin American footballers, then it is different. Otherwise, this is potentially quite harmful. 😦

  55. arnie says:

    Norfolk. Agree. 😦

  56. kelsey says:

    Apologies I got this wrong when AW spoke yesterday as he said

    ‘Giroud will be back during the season and Joel Campbell can play centre-forward as well.

    Anyway he will tell the media what he wants to tell them,true or not

    . Still think Campbell will be sold.

  57. kelsey says:

    I have to disagree,arnie.AW will look at potential and if a player is beneficial to the squad or not,(unless he’s french 😉 )I don’t think nationality comes into it.

  58. arnie says:

    Who knows, Kelsey? 🙂 I do not even know who sells the bigger porkies, Wenger or Crystals. 😛 But, one thing is for sure. Disagreement is good. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  59. Gööner In Exile says:

    Arnie the reason for loaning out has to be factored in, it wasn’t necessarily because we wanted to but because we could not get him a visa.

    Apparently it’s a lot easier to get a visa to work in Spain.

    I am not sure if he counts as homegrown or not, he has been on our books for long enough under the age of 21 but being out on loan overseas may be a technicality that says he is not homegrown.

    I would like to see him remain as I have him down as a adequate replacement for our wide boys should we get injuries. It may be too late for my post in drafts to go out before transfer window closes in which case I will re hash when we see what we have got.


    Cheers LB

    Yes, I like Debauchery. Very disapointed to see Sagna leave for Citys money and take up the role of bench warming Pellegrini by stroking his knee, but his choice.

    Debauched is similar to Sagna in height but is two stone lighter. This makes him more mobile than sagna, who lets face, need the end began to resemble a chocalate eclair

    I still believe sagna, despite been a fatso, is a better defender than Debauchd, but the new boy has the edge going forward

    I dont like to be negative, but what is going with Debauches hair? A 29 year old man should not deleiberatly set out to look like Travis Bickle

    Unless hes planning to save an underage prostitute from Morinio or assasinate Jamie Redknapp, he should sort it out

    The thing is, theres competition there. Chambers and Bellerin look great prospects so overall ime very happy

    Take that Sagna

  61. What, no food today LB 🙂
    I like Booshy very much, I think he is a good replacement for Sagna and has slotted in very well..

    Peaches, I’d like to start putting some links to other blogs on my site, how can I get a link to Arsenal Arsenal ?

  62. fatgingergooner says:

    Talking some rubbish about Arsenal on Soccer Saturday!

    Charlie Nicholas says we need a HM with legs, and then mentions Xabi Alonso! Yeah, he’s lightning!!!

    Merse reckons Danny Ings would be a good signing! Erm, ok.

    Nicholas reckons we need a link up man who can hold the ball up, then says Klose would be good but is more a finisher than a link up man! Make your mind up Charlie!

    Oh, and we can’t compete unless we sort out our porous defence. That’s the 4th best defence in the PL last season, even with those heavy defeats! Ok fellas.

  63. arnie says:

    No, I cannot see this happening. If this had occurred in my workplace, I would raise hell demanding the sacking of the guys who decided on Campbell in the first place, and those that decided he had to go. If that didn’t happen, I would not be able to face the indignity and have to quit. But that is me. 😛

    The problem is that players are human beings, first and foremost. Good man management is essential. It is not quite like returning a CD-player and getting another one. IMO.

    No, cannot see this happen. 🙂

  64. arnie says:

    The second “bookable” offence against Besiktas. Personally, I like teh attitude.

  65. GunnerN5 says:

    Burnley 0 Manchester United 0

    Choose your own headline.


    United were dreadful, but there supporteres can take solace that Van Gall has a superb hailrine

  67. arnie says:

  68. arnie says:

  69. stevepalmer1 says:

    Obviously £190 million is still not enough.

  70. Oh Dennis what’s going on Stoke beating Man City!!!!!!!!!

  71. LB says:

    Can you imagine the melt down that would be going on if Moyes had done exactly the same as Van Gaul?

  72. You’re right there LB.

    So, what have the football gods decided for Everton v Chelsea I wonder 😉

  73. Bayonne Jean says:

    Alex Song back in the premiership in London. He’s been preceded by his barber, based on what we’ve seen of Debuchy’s conk.

  74. RockyLives says:

    Debuchy is class – definite upgrade on our previous Full Bac.

    I remember thinking when Toon played us at the Ems last year that he was outstanding and ran us ragged along their left flank.

    As for Manure and Shitty 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I read on the BBC that while Di Maria cost nearly 60m quid, the amount Burnley have spent on ALL their players in their entire 132 year history is just 45m 🙂

    This game is a crazy business.

  75. Big Raddy says:

    There are no easy games at this level 😀

  76. RockyLives says:

    *our left flank

  77. kelsey says:

    kelsey says:
    August 30, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I like an earlier start to a new post and LB seems to be on fire 🙂

    Can’t disagree with any of the comments about Debuchy and shows the value of buying from within the PL as there is no adjustment time needed and there are players available which by. today’s going price are available.Are you listening Mr Wenger 🙂

    I heard on the radio this morning prior to their lunch time game that Burnley have spent less in their entire history than United have on Di Maria.

    Just for Rocky 🙂

  78. kelsey says:

    Chelsea must be shite being only 2-0 up in 3 minutes.

  79. Tim Howard is lucky to be on the pitch

  80. chas says:

    Isn’t it remarkable how Mourinho has turned Fabregarse into a good player overnight?

    Did everyone used to indulge in a wankfest every time he played for us?

  81. VCC says:

    I think our officials are getting worse Peaches.

  82. A little bit excited that if Falcao is on his way to Real Madrid then Benzema may want to move on Monday and we know Arsene wanted him last year. Can he play on the left?

  83. I’m only whispering that last comment by the way …….. shhhhhhhh

  84. Come on you Toffees

  85. I’m sure you’re right VCC. Some of the officiating is so poor. Hope you and your family are well.

  86. The commentators are just thrilled to have Fabregas back in the Prem but also it fulfills their agenda of rubbing our noises in it cos he’s not playing for us.

    Ignore them 😉

  87. VCC says:

    Still wish Wenger had brought him back to us though Peaches. 🙂

  88. VCC says:

    Peaches. If your right about Falcao on his way to Real, and Remy going to Chelsea…..Do you think Wenger will go in for Torres?

  89. RockyLives says:

    I’m guessing you posted earlier about Di Maria being more expensive than all Burnley’s players ever 😳

    It’s hard to see all the earlier comments on the phone.

    Regarding Fabregas – I really wish we’d taken him back – but I also hope Mesut proves this season that we have actually upgraded.

  90. RockyLives says:

    If Maureen wouldn’t loan us Ba I doubt he’ll sell us Torres. He’d be too worried Torres would turn it on for us and make him look stupid.

  91. VCC says:

    Hi Rocky……yes I remember Maureen mugging Wenger off with the Demba Ba fiasco….but I think it could be different with Torres, as he is not as good as Demba Ba, so Maureen might just try and sell us a dud.

  92. VCC says:

    Wenger definitely missed a trick when he let Fabregas slip through his fingers. He’s just what we need imo.

  93. This game at Everton is crazy!!!!!!!!

  94. I think Torres has already gone to Milan guys

  95. VCC says:

    great for the neutral Peaches. 🙂

  96. fatgingergooner says:

    Torres at Milan now.

    Got to say Chelsea do look strong this year. They are full of 6 foot odd monsters who can also do their jobs. Shame they are all tossers and have a manager who strives to play boring football (yes I know it’s 6-3, but Maureen would prefer 1-0!).

  97. VCC says:

    What a great game of football to watch. Chelsea are soooo strong. Full of athlete’s and super footballers.

    Costa/Fabregas/ MOTM for me.

  98. fatgingergooner says:

    Hmmm, Sky saying we are in for Remy aswell!

  99. Gööner In Exile says:

    I’m sure they said on TShite the other day that Costa had hamstring problem and could be out for 7 weeks, clever way of upping Torres loan fee? Or just normal bullshit?

  100. chas says:

    If you look closely, you can see the bullshit trails at the corners of Mourinho’s mouth when he is wearing that hideous smug grin.

  101. mickydidit89 says:

    Packed lunch ready?

    Ha ha, just seen Manc results

  102. chas says:

  103. chas says:

    Not yet, haven’t been to the Co-op yet. 🙂

  104. chas says:

    I love the way you find out what happened on Saturday, on Sunday.

  105. chas says:

    Right, off for a pre-emptive session. 🙂

  106. chas says:

    “Great for the neutral, Peaches”

    How on earth anyone could be neutral when the chavs are playing, I don’t know. 🙂

  107. mickydidit89 says:

    A session on a match day! The man is obsessed.

    I’ll go do some transfer research

  108. arnie says:

    Motning all.

    Micky, not very exciting. Cerci. 😦

  109. arnie says:

    Chas. Wish you a good day out and a thumping win. 🙂

  110. mickydidit89 says:

    Mmm, nothing very excitingly unusual. All Remy and Cavalho.

    Mind you, both would be great and make us Champions 🙂

    So, what’s the deal with the Left Wing slot? Weird going’s on with Podolski and now Campbell

  111. mickydidit89 says:

    Joel is still listed on AFC site. Where’s the story of him off to Lisbon from?

  112. arnie says:

    normal journo transfer bollix.

  113. mickydidit89 says:

    Hi Arnie

    So he could be staying?

  114. mickydidit89 says:

    Is today last day of window?

    Final question, I promise

  115. mickydidit89 says:

    I reckon Raddy could take a leaf out of the LB new look post format.

    No words. Packet of Walkers Crisps. Done.

  116. Big Raddy says:

    I spend hours of study, research,thinking, writing, re-writing etc and all you want is a picture of a packet of crisps?


  117. kelsey says:

    Morning all

    Well these Remy rumours don’t go away and with all due respect to him one would have thought Chelsea would aim higher.
    Although they have a very strong squad they are light in the area of the striking role.

    Costa may well turn out to be a good purchase but his temprament will lead to a number of red cards.

    I despise Mourninho as much as anyone but he is clinical and arrogant and though it was a crazy game last night,he used different tactics by not sitting on a 2-0 lead and though Everton got back into the game he had so many options to go up a gear.

    Everton not won a game and already conceded 10,8 of which at Home.

    I don’t read much into City losing,a bit of a freak result.

    Will be interesting to see how the Spurs/Liverpool game pans out.Are both teams much improved,today should tell us a bit more.

    We really need to win today and if we show the attitude that we did midweek I see no reason why not.

    Still would like to see Ozil play the number ten role and a few more shots by players who are capable of scoring rather than the usual extra tippy tappy pass.

    I think if either Podolski or Campbell are not in the squad one could assume that we are dealing for one other player and one of the above to leave but IMO a versatile holding midfielder is of more importance as just one more injury and the squad is light

  118. kelsey says:

    No Micky,11p.m tomorrow, darling

  119. arnie says:

    Micky, I suspect so.

    Raddy, on the food theme. Other than a packet of Walker Crisps, or a bottle of Patak’s picke, what can you get in Leicester? 😛

  120. kelsey says:

    A curry,arnie 🙂

  121. Gööner In Exile says:

    Kelsey I was listening to Maureen’s post match and it soon becomes clear why he is only successful for a couple of seasons and then leaves.

    He is very antagonistic towards his own men, so yesterday he spoke of how they spent 90 minutes practising defending set pieces on Wednesday and then conceded a silly goal. These methods only work so long, and on some players (Mata) not at all and they are shown the exit door.

    Admittedly he will get some to run through brick walls for him, I have no doubt Cesc will be a target for criticism when he shirks defensive responsibility at a crucial moment in a big game, that is if Maureen even risks him.

    They had their fair share of luck yesterday, 1 offside goal and two deflections. And if anything Everton opened them up far too easily to score three so I am not overly concerned yet.

    As for those saying we should of got Cesc I know where they are coming from but we are hardly talking the crucial position that needs filling.

  122. arnie says:

    Kelsey. 🙂

  123. arnie says:

    never speak ill of the DEAD! 🙂

  124. kelsey says:

    I take your point GIE and also having watched a re run Howard didn’t have the best of games either.
    It won’t happen and I know Mourinho has won trophies in other countries but I wonder how he would fare in the PL without a huge financial backer.

  125. fatgingergooner says:


    I suspect Hazard might be the next one to get away from Chelsea. He’s just not very good at defending and if he hits a bit of poor form going forward then I reckon Maureen will drop him sharpish.

    As for our left side, we are still being constantly linked to Cerci of Torino, who has been left out of their squad for a game today. He’s already asked to leave a few days ago and we were mentioned. Hes a left footed winger who usually plays on the right, but being left footed maybe Wenger could use him on the left.

  126. My Sunday recipe is up on GunnersoreArse… I’ve kept the food theme going LB 🙂

    Have a read before LB gets out of bed for another early post!!!!

  127. Morning all

    We have a New Post ………………..

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