WHAT will win Arsenal the league?

I’m afraid today’s serving isn’t something you can really get your teeth into. Certainly not The Full English, more an Amuse-Bouche. Pickings are slim, but here goes.

WHAT single thing will win Arsenal the league? I am making the assumption we will win the league, so merely trying to isolate what you think will be most significant factor.

A SIGNING: I’ll tell you where pickings are at their very slimmest, and that’s on the transfer goss. front. The best I can find this morning is this little morsel “ARSENAL have approached Juventus to sign Alvaro Morata, according to reports”. Yeah right, although a reassuring figure of £61M was mentioned.

INJURIES: A completely injury free run in, or close to.

DEFAULT: Will we effectively be handed the thing by the pure incompetence of the other contenders?

THE MANAGER: Will Arsene out manoeuvre the Managers of our rivals. Cunningly deployed tactics, clever substitutions, pragmatism, attacking flair? Arsene will prove that he is the best manager in the league.

LUCK: Nothing else, we’ll fluke the wretched thing

SANCHEZ: Purely and simply, the little fella will win us the league. You could use this option to denote the impact of any one single player. Including Sanogo.

Written by MickyDidIt89

106 Responses to WHAT will win Arsenal the league?

  1. GoonerB says:

    Sorry Micky, before I answer your fine chucked together mishmash I need to get back to Raddy.I did try and the blinking comment disappeared. I reckon Chas has hacked in and now has control of my comments 🙂

    Raddy just briefly on the Bilic thing. I think today he would have been considered more the recipient and Blanc the offender even though he did employ some dark arts.

    I find it hard to sit on a holier than thou Arsenal pedestal when our own Arsenal players like the FP and Joel Campbell have often been seen to react to a greater degree than necessary and to a greater degree with less reason than Bilic IMO.

    My gut instinct (in a football world of cheats) says that Bilic is largely a decent sort, whereas my gut instinct on Costa who has plumbed the lowest depths of cheating is….well…better not say in case peaches mum is around.

  2. GoonerB says:

    Right got some things to do. Will be back within the hour Micky.

  3. Big Raddy says:

    Luck. Pure and simple will propel us to the title. (wrote that just to annoy Rasp 😉 )

    I fear we will see no further signings unless we get a loan covering for Bellerin (assuming Boosh leaves)

  4. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I’d have to go with the lack of injuries option

    I look at our squad, and then the weak points and dread a Mesut injury. I think City are not out in front due to the loss of Aguero for large parts, so in a way, they are equally vulnerable, but ominously may have weathered that particular storm

    On the upside, we have weathered our own storm in the loss of Coquelin and Sanchez

  5. Eddie says:

    Devine bloody intervention. And because I am not a true believer I am going to say one more time – we WILL NOT win the league this season. Gut feeling 🙂

  6. PV4 says:

    What will win us the league?
    *No more piss poor decisions like taking Giroud off.
    *Not bringing on Elneny to squash Fabregas.
    *No more ‘project Theo’.
    *Putting hands into pockets and releasing wad loads of cash to actually show that we really do want to win the league.
    *Injecting Ox with an aggression/depression drug.
    *Someone in authority to actually admit that Costa is a serial, diving, manipulative cheat’
    *Oh and a fixture list like other teams that allows for ample groupings of easier games.

    Nuff said?

  7. kelsey says:

    WHAT will win Arsenal the league? asks the Devonian.

    An upturn in attitude and fight and belief for a start wouldn’t be bad for a start, a bit of luck, no further injuries, a return by especially Le Coq and the other teams to falter especially will Kane be Able to keep the momentum at Spurs.

    Just to clear up a point about the game on Sunday. Mertesacker is captain (which in itself is debatable) and as it was Theo’s 10th anniversary since joining the club, he and he alone chose to give Theo the armband, which of course Theo wore upside down.Now instead of that gesture,Pers should have been really pumping up his team to get into Chelsea’s faces,but of course we all know what happened, and for that reason or example it shows that nowadays being captain of The Arsenal is no more than a gesture yet I don’t really know a stand out player to do the job except though not ideal,Petr Cech.

  8. Rasp says:

    Thanks Micky, a tasty little Amuse-Bouche 🙂

    Obviously luck has nothing to do with it 🙂 and thank you for not clumping luck together with freedom from injuries.

    I agree, we will not sign a player of any significance in the JTW.

    I also tend to agree with Kelsey, what we want to see is the right attitude from our players. I’m not suggesting we model ourselves in any way on Maureen’s chavs, but they battened down the hatches from January onwards to secure the title last season.

    We won’t do that, but we can approach every game as though it was the title decider. We need controlled momentum from the start and maximum effort from all 10 outfield players when we need to defend.

    I also agree that Sanchez (partnered by Ozil) could be the magic ingredient.

    Will we win the league this season? …. at the moment I see it as 50/50

  9. chas says:

    Cheers, Micky.

    I’m tempted to make a case for a relatively injury-free run in.

    I’m also tempted by the ‘default’ option because of the low points tally of our fellow leaders compared to previous seasons.

    But, having considered long and hard, I’d still go for just one thing, one measly thing which will win us the League and that is……more points than anybody else. 🙂

  10. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Good point. Should have added ATTITUDE.

    I don’t think for one minute we’ll win the league, but its a what if game.

  11. Ogban says:

    What will win us the league is simply having the players play with heart and energy, the type they showed against ManU at home and Olympiacos away.

  12. MickyDidIt89 says:

    You’ve made the same great point as Kelsey, and I have no idea why I didn’t list Attitude.

    Four games into the season, I said on here I thought we’d finish 2nd, and I stand by that. City have way more goals in them than we do, and as a result, will get more of those point things Chas mentioned.

  13. Le Coq Monster says:

    Thanks Devilish Didit of Devon !

    We`ve had Manshafter, Liverpool and Chavs sit back and say …” Go on then !”…..we just need Spud, Leicester and Mansour do the same !.
    Deep down you all know we will f##k it up !…..that`s already in progress after our last 3 games !.
    The mega funds are there ( confirm this kelsey), but as we are a business and not an owners ego toy like Chavs and Mansour City, our club Arsenal company is more interested in having the millions in the bank than spending on players to clinch the title, so we wont spend it !.
    And I thought business people were of the thinking of……Speculate to accumulate !…..win trophies wins money, wins more sponsors, wins more fanbase who spend more money on Arsenal business !……a bit like what Manshafter have done for years and know wonder they are one of the biggest two clubs in the world and even though they are toy possessions….Chavs and Mansour City are growing their former tiny fan base to match ours by spending money to win trophies !. Everyone is doing it except us when it matters and there is no more important time to do than right now with only days left in the TW !.
    I will take great satisfaction as much as anyone else if we win the EPL, but as a back up for when we f##k up, I will take great satisfaction in saying I told you so !…………especially Shard, who I will challenge to a naked Kabaddi contest ! hahaha

  14. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Must dash, but before I go

    I’ve always felt Stan is “parking” some of his money in a safe haven with Arsenal. Doing very well, but low risk and in one of the few remaining secure countries in the world

  15. Le Coq Monster says:

    With Arsene running the show, Silent Stans money is safer in Arsenal than it is in Fort Knox !…..and I hear he has never sold a sports club, so I dont think he is “parking” the money here, it`s here for good unless I asassinate him !……….mind you, he could sell at a very handsome profit and build his new LA Rams stadium and still have some change for a decent syrup………..sell all shares to Uzzy and we can rock and roll because the way I see it …Uzzy would love nothing more than to get one over Abramobitch !.

  16. RA says:


    Nothing will win us the title other than a combination of all the points mentioned here today, but frankly why so pessimistic – the same travails affects all the clubs, and all of the current top 6 clubs could win it, but I think we have just as good a chance, if not better, than any of the other 5.

    We will win the Premiership title – why not? 🙂

  17. RA says:

    I had heard that journalists often look at blogs and twitter to get a ‘feel’ for what the fans are thinking and also to get some ideas for their own articles.

    Now I am not saying that something like that happened yesterday regarding a last minute, top of my head Post but I noticed in the Mail on Line today the following article from Martin Samuels.

    “Arsene should not be Smug at what is going on at Man United:

    What do you think they are making of the Manchester United crisis at Arsenal? Glee will be one short-term reaction. Wind back a few years and every elite club was wondering how they could ever get United out of the way.

    Yet, beyond that, when they consider the cause of this problem, and its fall-out, will they be comfortable?
    Don’t you think Arsenal will look at United’s struggle to replace Sir Alex Ferguson and glimpse their future, one day, without Arsene Wenger? How to fill that gigantic void?

    Do they try to follow his philosophy by employing a successor in his image, or play safe with the latest marquee name? As United thrash around, lurching between extremes of style and personality, millions burned with no discernible improvement, one thought should terrify Arsenal more than any other.

    United didn’t actually do much wrong. Not in their appointments, at least. David Moyes was meant to be the next Ferguson. Experienced, dedicated, British, a believer in the promotion of young players. His record at Everton was impressive, even if the resources were limited and the football functional at times.
    Given a bigger club, and a grander budget, many shared United’s conviction that Moyes would step up. The club even gave him a six-year contract so there could be no speculation about his future. He didn’t last a year.

    Plan B: Louis van Gaal. A giant among coaches, formerly of Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Conquered Europe with a brilliant young Ajax team. Sure of himself and his philosophy, capable of attracting the biggest names. This was a banker. United’s resources, Van Gaal’s football intellect, it couldn’t fail. But it has.

    So where does that leave Arsenal? If a club of United’s stature can end up contemplating a third manager in as many seasons — after 27 years of the same man — Arsenal can only approach thoughts of Wenger’s retirement with trepidation. Not least because, as with Ferguson, the news will come as a surprise.
    Indications are that Wenger will extend a contract that expires in 2017. Yet he also promises that, when he steps down, it will be on impulse.

    Last October, told that Van Gaal had set a firm retirement date, Wenger promised: ‘I will be more instinctive.’ In other words, he will drop it on Arsenal’s toes. There will be no smooth succession, as might have been hoped, to a coach such as Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp.
    Arsene Wenger has been in charge at Arsenal since 1996 and may extend his current contract

    Even if Arsenal’s owners are kept in the loop, they will still have a huge decision to make over the direction of the club. Do they take a coach who embodies Wenger’s ethos, even if his track record is not immediately impressive? Or do they draw a line under the Wenger era, and start again, with a coach whose pragmatism has brought consistent success?
    And whatever they choose, will they find — as United did — that the club had not so much of a philosophy or strategy as one extraordinary man, and when that man is gone they are as good as starting over?

    The legacy of Ferguson and Wenger is English football’s obsession with empires.
    Yet Guardiola’s insistence that three years is enough at any club is the new way. Indeed what we view as short-termism may work for the best.
    Pep Guardiola appears to follow Jose Mourinho’s mantra, working in three-year spells at each club

    Nobody can say Guardiola did not make his mark at Barcelona. What he did not do, however, is make himself irreplaceable. And while Ferguson built the modern United, who can follow that?
    Arsenal is Wenger’s masterpiece, too, and one day it will be left to his successor. What United have discovered, however, is that without its creator, all that remains is a shell.”

    If Martin keeps working on it – and pinching ideas – he may yet get a Post on AA. 😀

  18. GoonerB says:

    Thanks Micky, ok it was over the hour before I came back.

    I think all your options have merit and it will likely, in reality be a combination of most of those factors you listed. However you want one so I will attempt to make a call on it.

    Before saying anything else I will state that I think we have a first team that is the equal of any of the other first teams in the EPL. I am not saying it is the best and if, for instance,you compared us to Man City, they will have some areas in their 1st 11 slightly superior to ours but it will be vice versa in other areas. I think our 1st 11 and theirs match up.

    Also I think our squad depth matches anyone else’s. I am actually more tempted to say that we have the best squad depth in the EPL currently, in terms of decent quality cover in all positions.

    As such I would rule out a lack of quality or squad depth as stopping us win the league. That nicely leads to ruling out the need of additions in the TW to help us win the league this year.

    I think world class additions are required but not to help us win the league this year. Those additions are required to move us closer to Bayern, Barca and Madrid. Those additions will also likely be required for next seasons EPL where I expect the likes of Chav’s and Citeh, and possibly Utd, will spend themselves back to a higher level. We need those players at this time so as to not lose ground on those teams, or possibly even to stay slightly ahead of them.

    If am picking one it is the manager, his tactics and set-ups. That probably doesn’t surprise most of you who know my views more implicitly, and I will not bother you with a full on analysis, as I have already done that to death.

    The one area I will counter in advance, because I had this debate with FGG, is injuries tying Arsene’s hands with his choice of player and therefore tactics and set-up. The reason for this is because, as I said, we have an excellent squad depth and I firmly believe that even with the injuries we have entered games with far better tactical options available to us, which I feel AW has not taken at the result of dis-jointed performances and harmful results.

    Taking a far longer term view I would also state that I feel we have made poor choices in the past, even when we had a near full compliment of players to choose from. I think those times are then conveniently forgotten and it becomes too easy, while in a period of more injuries, to use that as the excuse to justify poor performances and results. I am not saying it has no bearing, just that it is far too overplayed in my opinion (particularly this season with the squad depth we have) because it is somewhat sacrilege to say that Arsene has a weakness in the tactical and player choice arena.

  19. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Not here at all, but GB,
    City’s attack is miles better than ours. Aguero, Sterling, De Bryan Fella, Sterling, Silva

  20. GoonerB says:

    The one area I will comment on, looking back on comments, is PV4’s 11.43, where he says no more “project Theo”.

    I want to know what project Theo is?

    I know I am repeating myself but project Theo for me is trying him out as a striker. Now we did try it at the end of last season and the beginning of this season, and although not always perfect, it actually looked pretty decent. The team had some marvelous results playing with him as a striker. More than this though we played some marvelous football as well with strong evidence suggesting that our other top quality attacking players performed better with a pace striker ahead of them.

    Surely this evidence should lend itself to trying it out further, as this was really on a fleeting trying out of it, but no it seems project Theo is dead in the water, unless someone can tell me that it is a different project to the one I am assuming.

    Now I have to say this, but compare it to project Giroud. We are almost 4 years into this project now and this is with the bulk of that time him playing as a striker. That is a lot of opportunity (more than enough) to look at and assess what this brings us.

    Ollie has improved very nicely and is a very good player. Easily good enough to be worthy of his place in the squad, but for me he is not a striker that (on a regular basis) compliments the type of football we want to play and the types of world class attackers we have brought in since he arrived. Four years later he is still our 1st 11 first choice striker, rather than a very good back-up option, and I have an issue with that.

  21. RA says:


    You just love talking about Thzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  22. RC78 says:

    1. More points than other teams :-p
    2. Consistancy and solidity
    3. Ability to dig deep to get results
    4. Luck
    5. 1 other significant defensive signing

    In terms of players:
    Cech – Bellerin, Kos, Monreal – Coq, Ramsey, Ozil – Walcott, Giroud, Sanchez

    These guyz will get us the league if they perform at their “should” be normal standards in each game.

  23. chas says:

    Sterling (his brother, too) is just a poor man’s Project Theo Walcott.

  24. GoonerB says:

    RA, in truth I am fed up talking about Theo. I only rise to the bait when certain things are mentioned and really all I am looking for is that the statement or analysis is appropriate to how he is being utilised. I am not backing him up but more countering how someone can make a certain statement in judgement on him based on how AW currently plays him?

    As said I am not even sure if he can be a decent striker for us and my suspicion is of needing something else at a high cost.

    My big bug bear is when it is stated he can’t do this or that when we haven’t actually had the opportunity to find out properly.

    When people make a comment assessing him on what basis are they assessing him? As an overall player? As a striker? As a winger?

    For instance I saw a comment the other day (don’t know who so not picking on anyone) saying “well when did he last score anyway?

    Is that question, when did he last score as a striker? When did he last score full stop? (which then we could turn on a variety of other players if you want to analyse goals to minutes played). Stick Giroud on the wing and ask the same question after 10 games.

  25. RA says:

    Hi GB, 🙂

    No, no, I find your Theo rant’s very intereszzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Oops, must have nodded off there – – is it Friday? 🙂

  26. Ken says:

    Giving Arsene a large kick in the ass.

  27. RC78 says:

    Quick rumour: Arsenal to break the bank to land Alvaro Morata

    Good player but not worth more than 25-30 Mln

  28. RC78 says:

    By the way:

    – Garay to leave Zenith if right offer is made…Would form a good partnership with Kos

    – Real Madrid considering the sale of Pepe. Good option as well.

    – Stones, Marquinhos and Laporte all touted to join big team next summer but why not make a big offer now?

  29. Eddie says:

    “Good player but not worth more than 25-30 Mln”!!
    so what do you exactly get for just £30 mil?? A reject?

  30. Shubham says:

    Belief is what is required….

  31. RC78 says:

    Eddie – the market is inflated for EPL clubs due to the high TV rights negotiated…In theory, you should be able to get a top player for 25-30 Mln EUR (20 mln pnds) but in the EPL, you may end up with a promising or a good player…

    For 30 Mln EUR, you should be able to get Aubemayang, Benzema or Reuss but they will be sold for 15-20 mln more

  32. RC78 says:

    it is a bit like for PSG where we have a lot of money so we have to pay 15-20% premium 😦

  33. kelsey says:

    I challenge the fact that we have a strong enough squad as anybody.

    My balls say last minute rush on Monday.Debuchy away,a.n.other to come in, but it’s not Kalllstrom.

  34. Big Raddy says:

    RC78 1.48. I think we will struggle with 10 men for the remainder of the season but I admire your belief 😀

  35. Big Raddy says:

    Ah Crystals Balls. He tells it how he sees it.

    I agree that it would make little sense to allow Boosh to leave without a proper full back as cover. It worked with Chambers but the man does not have the necessary pace to be a proper FB

  36. Jnyc says:

    I think we do have the best overall squad and depth in the league. We are near the top after so many injuries that would have wrecked other teams. Im with Rasp. Right now i feel 50/50 that we will win it. That’s after this very disappointing stretch.

  37. RA says:

    Have you been playing with them again, Crystals?

    In fact you are not alone there – not about playing with them – but in thinking our squad is not the strongest. 🙂

    If you had read my comment on this subject, recently, instead of thinking up jokes for me to fall into, you would have been delighted to know that I said that of the 25 man squad, Flambo, Arteta, Rosicky are on their last legs at Arsenal, and a whole list of other players who are not yet back in action after injury, other than vague promises of when they might return, and who will then need to get back to match fitness, all while we are in the final charge to the title, and [this bit is in code, as I do not want to upset Corky the Camel’s mate], but one or two others are just not pulling their weight, and have not done so for sometime.

    So we seem to be in profound agreement. 😀

  38. RC78 says:

    BR – I was just mentionning our key players – the ones that could land us the title…

    I have never been convinced by BFG…

  39. RA says:

    Oh dear, I had not read jnyc’s comment before submitting mine, otherwise I would, naturally, have agreed with him! 🙂

    Anyway, hi, jnyc, it is good to see you have survived the dumping of all that snow in NY and along the Eastern seaboard, and have popped into AA for a chat. 🙂

  40. Jnyc says:

    And hi RA !

  41. Jnyc says:

    RA, Just got that hello in between subway stops. Ugh… I must get out of ny.

  42. RA says:

    Hiya, RC,

    You mention getting Aubemayang, Benzema or Reuss for a certain sum, which may or mayn’t be correct, but you fail to say that each of those players has very publicly said they do not wish to transfer to Arsenal.

    Quite important that bit. 🙂

  43. RA says:

    jnyc, 😀

  44. RC78 says:

    RA – I agree with you on them not wanting to join us.

    I was just making a point that for 30 Mln, we should be able to get these players but the market is such that they cost at least 15-20 mln EUR more because we are an EPL club…

  45. RA says:

    I agree, RC, and the market is heating up, and likely to get worse – that allows players, and their agents, to become very choosy.

    An unstoppable force (players) meeting an immovable object (Wenger).

    I see tears being shed over ‘player/selling club’ demands that AW will find impossible to bring himself to agree to. And I am on his side whichever way it goes.

  46. GoonerB says:

    I see Pato is going to Chelsea on loan. When I first saw him I thought he was going to be a great player, and would have loved him at THOF, but injuries hampered him and let his development down. Now it seems he has rediscovered form in Brazil but they can’t really afford his wages. Recent footage I saw didn’t seem to indicate any loss of pace and he still looked a very good explosive striker, and is not over the hill age wise.

    Could we really not have given him a go ourselves on a loan with option to buy deal? He still seemingly has world class potential. Or did we not need him because we already have strikers with world class potential at the club? Could it be, for instance, that it would harm Giroud’s development programme to becoming a world class striker, that we are only a mere 4 years into, so just really scratching the surface of his potential.

  47. Big Raddy says:

    £25m for Ramirez shows how silly the prices have become. And £12m for Townsend who is a Spurs reserve – OG cost about the same!

  48. RA says:

    How about this in the Mail on-line today.

    Anatomy of a Transfer:

    Your new No 9 has a fresh shirt in hand, grinning at the cameras.

    But – just out of shot – is a director looking drained.

    The transfer cost millions, taking weeks of labourious back and forth between clubs, agents, scouts, chief executives, managers, the FA, physios, analysts. Oh, and the player.

    Not as easy as it looks this transfer lark, with clubs throughout the top four tiers offered hundreds of players during a season, employees checking compilation clips emailed over of foreign talents – or, in more than a few cases, duds – and that is before the real taxing bit.

    Managing personalities, dealing with contracts, detailed paperwork, medicals and the financial haggle make this the toughest task in running a successful side.
    Charlie Austin joined Southampton from Queens Park Rangers for £4million earlier this month


    The operation starts months before with a scout who can watch six matches a week, sometimes two a day. In extreme cases he’s only doing it for the expenses.

    A lot of clubs, certainly the bigger sides in the Championship and Premier League, hire a head of recruitment and a detailed scouting network who go and perform due diligence checks on players.
    The scouting network will, in most cases, identify players speculatively, feed into chief scouts and the ball is then rolling. The initial recommendation will come via a two-page report, with the chief scout moving to check readily available footage alongside the club analyst before pitching to the manager.

    It is then up to him whether he goes to watch himself and there remains a fair amount of old-school ‘gut feeling’ in the process.
    The majority of managers still see themselves as genuine football fans and take in games at all levels throughout the week anyway. One just a few weeks ago was scouring Under 21 talent on an exceptionally cold midweek night before being handed the sack hours later.

    Some believe there is no substitute for checking a player out themselves, while elsewhere senior scouts are sent out with the task of providing a proper dossier before the potential new man is thrown into the pile, which snowballs as windows approach. He needs watching at least two or three times, while further down the pyramid bosses rely on contacts to recommend new faces.


    Player now identified, on to the negotiations – the truly protracted business.
    Players are generally sounded out before the clubs talk – this has been the case for years and it’s an open secret.

    Some have known bids were incoming before his employers simply because of preliminary feelers. A mate playing for the interested party could drop it in conversation – a text or call – and feeds back answers to his manager; an agent could have those discussions discreetly.

    Players are never approached directly and it’s easy to get a steer as to whether he’s interested. Not strictly allowed under FA regulations, but most do it and tapping up is highly difficult to prove.
    To the background checks. Clubs often say they are not just signing a footballer nowadays, searching for skeletons in the closet – wanting to find out if you’ll do those community visits as well as keep a clean sheet Saturday.

    Those checks are usually performed before putting in a bid, with personal terms often thrashed out in principle as well. Buyers need to know what they’re dealing with before wasting any more time.

    Managers are rarely involved in the actual club negotiations, leaving it to chief executives or chairmen. A bit of bartering on the phone will be followed up via email with a firm offer. Earlier in the window sees more email tennis – less so in these days before deadline, with phone calls hurried and judgements snapped.

    There is, for example, the international who was landed in a blind deadline day panic, made a club’s highest earner by a distance and only ended up playing a handful of times before leaving. These things happen in the final 24 hours.


    Information reaching board levels can be skewed. Those inside the game argue that football clubs do not engage enough with each other to decipher the true facts. Some agents have been said to claim a client is available at a price far higher than his club are actually willing to release him for. If a manager is desperate it just gets paid.

    It is not just the lump sum sellers chase. Tens of clauses can be injected and here comes the real paperwork, the bind where club’s in-house lawyers or secretaries with a legal background earn their money.

    A standard contract can be 20 pages in length, with registration forms and agent agreements. Times gone by would stipulate the need for four different hard copies – one for the FA, player, buying club and Premier or Football League. Now documents are scanned to the FA and then chased with the relevant League body.
    The drawing up of these can be consuming. Clubs to and fro over the wording of a myriad of clauses, arguing over semantics, eventualities added to retain interest in their sold asset for the long-term. Some even make sure they take a cut of this player’s fee in two or three transfers’ time.

    A clause relating to appearances can mean different things to different people. Some will say an appearance is starting a fixture, while others argue anything beyond 45 minutes constitutes one. Who is to say coming off the bench in stoppage time does not come under that bracket either? The definition differs greatly.

    Creation of an idiot’s guide for the complete avoidance of doubt – the phrasing in Anthony Martial’s leaked Manchester United contract last week a definite case in point. It will take two or three drafts before everyone is completely happy with the wording.

    Missing out on money because of an ambiguous or poorly-worded clause will happen only once.

    There is a team which on winning promotion recently had to pay out thousands for a player they’d signed who had already left them; the transfer sheet was not conditional that he must still be there on promotion. Through came the invoice from his previous side and it had to be paid.

    The transfer window will forever resemble a game of poker – who is first to blink – and that is magnified on deadline day. Two clubs can agree a fee for a midfielder at the start of the day but the intricacies of in how many instalments that is paid can be wrestled with right up until Sky Sports News turn to Big Ben.

    Premier League clubs have the luxury of a late deal sheet, an A4 document ascertaining the amount of money thrashed out – the key thing being a deal must have been fully struck – with then two hours to submit the rest. International clearance also presents anxious waits, as do work permits. The FA assist with the former.

    FIFA have a transfer matching system and it is technologically impossible to file documents through that after the close of the window. That includes everything, even third-party ownership disclaimers.
    Overseas transfers are more complex, as you might expect. Often the foreign club want agreements in both English and their native language, with quite a few Football League sides scratching around for all manner of translators.


    So, to the medical – anything from ‘touch your toes and cough’ to fitness tests conducted over days. MRI scans are commonplace, costing upwards of £1,000 a time and used on countless occasions with the same player. Psychometric tests are not utilised everywhere but have started to creep in more and more. Medical bills often run to five figures in the top flight.

    What if he’s not in the building as deadline looms? Quick calls are made and a physio – wherever in the world – conducts a medical. Often there is no way of knowing how stringent that was.
    Some managers are so desperate for players anyway and will take a punt on him despite failing a medical, insistent that he’ll score the goals to keep them up short-term. There is a school of thought that any failed medical should remain undisclosed given breach of patient confidentiality.
    And there he is, in your shirt.

    Little wonder managers hold disdain for this time of year.


  49. Big Raddy says:

    GB 6.01. I thought the same of Falcao and Balotelli

  50. Big Raddy says:

    BTW I really enjoyed that Martin Samuel sarticle. Thank you RA for being his inspiration

  51. RA says:

    Thieving sods these journos, Raddy. 🙂

  52. Eddie says:

    can someone please tell me that Pochettino to Chelsea is just a malicious rumour??!!

  53. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I can’t Eddie

    However, I wish I could find some stuff as juicy as that. Shame it can’t happen right now and stuff up the Spud season

    Oh well, in hope we stay

  54. Eddie says:

    oh no micky, I hate chelsea much, much more than spuds.
    Lloris and Pottechino are my 2 favourite football personalities in the EPL, both spuds, both might be going to oilers

  55. MickyDidIt89 says:

    You are a complex lady Eddie

    Hey, we passed the suitable home test from the doggie inspector yesterday, so there could be a new inmate soon

    Close run thing as at one point Mrs Didit decided to put her foot in it. I’d carefully made soup for lunch AND warm crusty bread, then SHE went and dropped the bomb

    “Let me be absolutely clear so there is no misunderstanding, in this house the order is humans, cats then dog”

    Oh dear god, her diplomacy skills are very poor. Anyway, I sucked up as hard as possible and we got a tick

  56. GoonerB says:

    Evening Raddy. Ollie has turned out to be an excellent bargain cost wise and is a player I like and will continue to support while wearing the red and white.

    I am not sure under what capacity AW bought him and with what future role in mind. Henry was long gone, RVP (our next worldy striker in making) was off. We had 1 good season from him, and although he really only had a short time at the top due to injuries he was definitely a top striker at his best.

    I kind of feel Ollie was purchased in a period where we still couldn’t compete at the top end for strikers, had a desperate need for one, and he was within our abilities to secure and had shown he was pretty decent.

    I am not so sure he was or ever was going to be world class and so I am unsure how 4 years later he is our first choice striker rather than an excellent option striker within the squad. Some may disagree and see him as world class and that then alters my argument of course.

    When it comes to looking at Pato, Falcao and Ballotelli I would look at the risk assessment on all of them, or the potential risk reward.

    Ballotelli was just too unpredictable with a very questionable attitude and had too many problems with other top managers, so a very high risk and one best avoided.

    Falcao was a more proven top striker with a seemingly decent attitude but had just suffered a major long-term injury and had sky high wages and loan fees involved. Another high risk, so again best avoided.

    Pato has risk attached due to his prior injury record, and also that he has been out of the competitive European game for a while. However that was a self imposed exile to rebuild his body free from injury with a view to trying to get back to the very top long term (read it in an interview article). Sounds like a spot on and determined attitude. His wages and fees would very likely be in our comfort zone and so I would say a low risk potentially high reward punt.

    A loan with option to buy would not have set us back in any way if it hadn’t worked out which seems a very Arsenal type project. I wonder why we didn’t go in for him. My conclusion, at present, is that AW feels we have the quality we need up front, which of course opens another debate with many differing opinions.

  57. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh grow up GB

    Ollie is a bloody awful footballer, but we support him because he plays for The Arsenal.

    We all prefer Suarez, and we all know it. That’s life 🙂

  58. Eddie says:

    ha ha ha micky, that’s so funny 🙂
    I think Mrs DidIt will change her mind, dogs are really fabulous creatures. i love my cat, but my dogs I need more than they need me.

    Will you call him Mezut? or Giroud?

  59. MickyDidIt89 says:


    I reckon Arsene may be pinning an awful lot of faith in Danny, and actually I feel it may pay off. If, and it’s a big if, he’s given a lengthy run in the side, and through the middle.

  60. MickyDidIt89 says:

    It was not funny at all Eddie, and that was certainly not the only bomb she dropped. Oh well, doesn’t matter what she thinks, once the beast is here and has its paws under the table, that’s that.

  61. MickyDidIt89 says:

    ok, ’till dawn

  62. Gööner In Exile says:


    From fans and players, manager and coaches.

    Believe that we actually can achieve this thing we all want so much.

    It crazes me to see fans moaning about players attitude and in the next sentence write that “we were never going to win the league anyway”. So you have no faith in the players why should they perform any better. I know I know we all would love their salary and would give our right arm for a minute on the pitch taking the applause of the fans.

    But we wouldn’t like to be the man who the fans turned on because we aren’t good enough.

    Look at the reaction to OGs substitution on Sunday, at the start of the season his removal could possibly have been met by cheers, now it’s booing the managers decision, good for OG, not great for rest of the team who are now thinking “”did the fans want me off”. Fickle fans? Absolutely!

  63. TotalArsenal says:

    Hahaha Micky, brilliant remark by Mrs Didit re order of importance. 🙂

    Re post, the one thing we need is momentum/ get back to a long run of good results. Simples.

  64. GoonerB says:

    Sorry Micky, buggered orf for a bit. I know we both have felt that Danny could be or be developed into the answer for us at CF. Regarding AW pinning his faith in him though? Cast your mind back Micky to when Danny wasn’t injured and was he getting a regular decent go at striker? I seem to recall him mostly playing as a wide man with Ollie up front.

    I can’t see either Welbeck or Theo being given a good run at the strikers role tobe honest. I think they will be used as wide players who can occasionally back up the strikers role when needed.

    As you can tell the Ollie thing worries me and has done for a while. I have just refrained from saying it too much because too many people really like him and one can then be accused of “slating him”.

    I am not actually even anti Ollie. I think he can have a good career at Arsenal as an impact player. Someone to mix it up a bit. Our Solskjaer if you like. An important role and important team contributor, and nothing to be sniffed at or considered derisory or negative towards him.

    I just don’t think he is quite of the level to take us forwards and I don’t think we play our best, most incisive quick penetrative football with that bigger slower more traditional CF.

  65. GoonerB says:

    Anyway, till morning.

  66. Gööner In Exile says:

    GB I don’t think any one who supports Ollie think she is world class, but he is certainly in the next bracket of good centre forwards, there are probably a handful in the world class, thing is Theo or Damny are not going to become Aguero either. So Arsene has a choice to make and it revolves around who can bring more goals for the team in what position, both Welly and Theo have the pace to bring goals from the flank and also set up goals from the flank.

    If I had to choose between Theo, Alexis and Welly to play up top it would be …..
    1. Alexis
    2. Welly
    3. Theo

    Simply based on quality of touch and work rate, ability to bring others in and ability to create goals out of nothing.

    But we have to strike a balance and for me that means finding the positions that gets the best out of the players that are available, hence Ollie starts.

  67. chas says:





  68. chas says:



  69. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Wow, tough ones this morning


  70. chas says:

    Just cheat like everybody else.

  71. chas says:

    So Kevin De Brain looks poorly after yesterday’s semi.

  72. chas says:

    Not a good week for the Belgies with Vertonghen dodgy, too.

  73. kelsey says:

    I never knew Brucie was in St Trinians and that girl looking out of the window is a scene from last tango in halifax.

    I haven’t a clue to be honest about any of them but if debuchy is off too many links saying we will buy another kid,Chilwell from leicester.

  74. MickyDidIt89 says:

    What happened to De Bryan? 🙂

  75. MickyDidIt89 says:

    If we buy anyone under 21 or English I’ll be mighty pissed off

  76. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Just tried cheating and you’ve coded them. Says Chozzer Album

  77. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ooo, that is good news, and helps swing things in our favour

  78. chas says:

    I didn’t expect you to get any of them as none are porn movies. 🙂

  79. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Any Golden Labrador vids? 🙂

  80. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    1. Looks like a scary movie and I never watch those.
    2. I agree with Micky
    3 Looks like Scrooge but I will go for Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
    4.If Crystals sys it is Last Tango then I must agree as I haven’t seen it
    5. If?

  81. Eddie says:

    that is the best news of the whole Jan transfer window – DidIt Dog 🙂
    micky – the Mrs will start appreciating the dog when she sees you putting on your flat cap. Hunter wellies and disappearing for hours. And you and your dog can face the elements and the wilderness…

    No idea about the films, Scoucer left early 🙂

  82. Big Raddy says:

    Great dogs Labs. Have owned a few retrievers who are brilliant family dogs and a black lab.

    Also a few spaniels though I will never get another – they are mad and get problematic when older.

    The man to speak to about dogs is Crystals who has been pack-leader to hundreds in his long life

  83. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Superb stick chasing 🙄

    Eddie. Mrs D will indeed be happy to see the back of me 🙂

    And morning Erik

  84. Eddie says:

    bloody difficult films – I will have the answers tonight 🙂

  85. Eddie says:

    micky – of course 🙂 something suspicios about couples that have been together for more than 10 years and are still holding hands. Like that drunk Charlie and his Chinese woman at the allotment – over 60 and he is still groping her arse in public

  86. kelsey says:

    Boxers are my favorite dogs as they are people dogs but the downside is that they are prone to stomach cancer and many have a short life.
    Where we live every other person has a Labrador,nice gentle dogs with a good nature.

    Yes chas porn films are my speciality and I hope you viewed the 100 I sent you at your request 😉

  87. Eddie says:

    bloody Aguero saves City arses again. What a player! were we very close to signing him?

  88. chas says:

    You got two right which is pretty good, I’d say.
    Unless you know what no. 2 is like Micky. (in which case you got 3) 🙂

  89. Big Raddy says:

    Lost in Translation

  90. Eddie says:

    lost in translation 🙂

  91. Eddie says:

    and Barbarella 🙂

  92. Big Raddy says:

    Imagine having a child who comes home with tattoos like that!

    I think I would emigrate

  93. kelsey says:

    You have emigrated Raddy

  94. GoonerB says:

    wow tough films, thanks chas.Only really got Micky’s favourite one in the German mountains with Clint and Burton. I knew the Jane Fonda one later.

    looks like Vincent Price in one. The girl looking out the window??? Doesn’t look like her from that angle but I was wondering Julia Roberts and Pretty Woman. Looks more like Scarlett Johannsen though.

  95. Big Raddy says:

    Today’s surfing video was marvellously filmed. Scary sport.

  96. Rasp says:

    Morning all …….

    …. New post …..

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