Who goes? Who stays?

Which players shall be sent away and why?

Cech – Ospina – Martinez – Szecesny

Bellerin – Chambers – Jenkinson – Debuchy
Monreal – Gibbs
Kos – Mustafi – BFG – Holding – Gabriel

Xhaka – Coqueiln – El Neny
Ramsey – Wilshere – Cazorla

Ox – Walcott –
Iwobi – Ozil – Campbell
Sanchez – Jeff

Giroud – Wellbeck – Lucas – Akpom – Asano – Sanogo

Here is my start:

Cech – Mustafi, Koscielny, RECRUIT – Bellerin, RECRUIT, Xhaka, Ramsey, RECRUIT – Sanchez, RECRUIT

Recruits as starters:
DC = Ideally Bonucci but can live with Pepe or Varane
LB = Ideally Mendy but can live with Rodriguez or Gaya
CM = Ideally Vidal but can live with Sygurdsson
FW = Ideally Lukaku but can live with Vardy

Must leave:
Debuchy, BFG, Gabriel, Monreal, Gibbs
Coquelin, Ozil, Campbell, Lucas, Asano, Sanogo

Loan out:
Jenkinson or Chambers, Akpom

Your team (without players on loan) shall consist of 27 players MAX and at least 23 players.

written by RC78 (cobbled from a couple of comments)


218 Responses to Who goes? Who stays?

  1. daisydaze says:

    What about Wilshire?

  2. Big Raddy says:



    I would like them to stay but Sanchez and possibly Ozil will leave.

    This would be a huge cull and unlike Arsenal, plus it would require a huge influx or players into the squad.

    The problem is that ordinary players are €20m+ and rich as we are, it is unsustainable.

    I think we will see a few changes but not as many as most would like.

    Who they will be, I have no idea but I like the Danish CF at Ajax, Kasper Dolberg. We need a proper , hard DM like Wanyama (why didn’t AW buy this Gooner?). A left back who can cover CB.

    We have young players coming through who can fill the subs bench (Maitland-Niles (Conservative), Akpom, Willock, Jeff etc.

  3. chas says:

    I quite fancy Griezmann.

    Mind you, he is a bit shit at football. 🙂

  4. chas says:

    I’m amazed you want to keep Ramsey, RC78.
    I can’t see he’s done much to keep his place for a few seasons now.
    2013/4 Ramsey, yes please, bang his name on the teamsheet.

    Out of the players you suggest you might like to buy, I’d imagine Lukaku is the only one who might come if he refuses to re-sign at Everton. Though he doesn’t look like an Arsenal player to me.

    I really think that team restructuring will depend on who the manager is next season, but as that’s not the topic of the post…………..

  5. mickydidit89 says:

    Thanks RC

    Sorry I have to be very brief, but hope to give your post more attention later.

    In brief. I don’t know about quotas and contract expiry dates and all that, but part of the equation has to be adding to the kitty, so of players who play as first teamers on a regular basis, have some (if rapidly diminishing) value, I’d get shot of Giroud, Ramsey and Theo because on top of those reasons, they are awful to watch. Really, really awful. Horrible.

  6. mickydidit89 says:


    I think it’s imperative to keep both Sanchez and Ozil as they’re the bait to attract good players.

  7. mickydidit89 says:

    Wow, that’s brilliant

  8. Eddie says:

    Author – you are off your head mate!
    Sell half the squad but keep Walcott, honestly…

    And what’s wrong with Nacho? Sell Ox

    Who the he’ll is Assano?

  9. Eddie says:

    Giroud is not horrible to watch at all and Griezzman very easy on the eye indeed

    I want Dybala to replace Walcott, Giroud and sanchez

  10. mickydidit89 says:


    I gather there’s a holiday in Poland today. Carp?

    Giroud might be easy on the eye, I get that, but he’s the worst centre forward we’ve ever had at Arsenal in my lifetime.

  11. Eddie says:

    Really? Chamakh, the Gypsy, the tiny Russian. All were supposed to be strikers. Itead they were stark dismal.

    Yep, Constitution day in Poland. 2 days after Labour Day, in total 22 bank holidays pa.

    Carp is exclusively for Christmas eve veggie meal. And jellied for starters on any occasion lubricated with vodka

  12. mickydidit89 says:

    Both Bendtner and Chamakh were miles better than Ollie

    I reckon it’d be quite interesting to see people “must stays” as well as their “to go’s”

    Kos, Holding, Ox, Granit, Elneny, Santi, Bell, Monreal, Sanchez, Ozil, Danny and Perez to stay for me

    Anyone else can clear off as far as I’m concerned

  13. Eddie says:

    No way Bendtner was better than Ollie, never

  14. mickydidit89 says:

    Miles better Eddie. No comparison at all

  15. Eddie says:

    I thought that you’ve either flipped or just winding me up. But I checked the stats for both Pants Down gentlemen and they are very similar. Bothcrubbish

  16. chas says:

    Ajax v Lyon 5.45pm
    Monaco v Juve 7.45pm

    More likely we’ll buy someone from the first game rather than the second. Shopping at Home Bargains rather than Harrods now that we’re a Spursday night type outfit.

  17. mickydidit89 says:


    I don’t think that’s necessarily true

    I hope this season will act as a major kick up the backside, and there is no reason at all Arsenal couldn’t attract, and pay for, two top quality players

    Don’t think the lack of cl will make any difference so long as we keep hold of our best players.

    Do I think Sanchez will stay? No idea

    It’s going to be a fascinating few months

  18. Big Raddy says:

    I agree. We are still an attractive club.

    I hope AFC do not leave it until the end of the summer to sign players.

  19. mickydidit89 says:


    It makes no sense to dither any longer over the manager

    They ought to make an announcement immediately as the bottom sniffing will have already begun

  20. chas says:

    Mancs playing Ajax in the Final.

  21. chas says:

    Amazing that footage from the 1920s is better than this from 1970.

  22. Big Raddy says:

    I was at that match. One of the best nights ever

  23. chas says:

    Real v Juve Final

  24. chas says:

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  27. mickydidit89 says:

    Never wanted Higuain anyway, the great lump

    Sooooo, another day. Morning.

  28. chas says:

    Reverse bum sniffing.
    Have Chelsea got some nude photos of Chinese football clubs?

  29. chas says:

    Higuain………hmm I could go to Naples or get crucified at Arsenal for being a foreigner.

    Higuain………hmm I could go to Juventus or get crucified at Arsenal for being a foreigner.

  30. mickydidit89 says:

    I guess the really bad news there is that Chelsea will also be looking for a top striker

    We need to get involved early and do some pre-contracts whatever they are

  31. Eddie says:

    Chas – are you implying that Higuain is a bit dense and thinks that at Arsenal foreigners are crucified?

  32. chas says:

    Gone fishing

  33. chas says:

    Nah, just putting up controversial shit to see who bites.

  34. Eddie says:

    Micky – get real. Do you honestly think that we will be looking at the same shop shelf as chavs? That’s funny

  35. chas says:

    Seriously though, any footballer who’s followed Arsenal’s season both on and off the pitch could hardly think the Club is an attractive destination, innit?

  36. chas says:

    Using my lines from yesterday, I see. 🙂

  37. mickydidit89 says:

    We’re not hard on foreigners

    (Don’t believe it was because Gervinho was foreign).

  38. chas says:

    Mbappé missed a couple of chances at 0-0 last night.
    Should bring his price down to £95mill.

  39. chas says:

    With you it’s just reserved for the French, not all foreigners, so that’s ok.

  40. Eddie says:

    So that was an educated guess. Better than photos of pugs

  41. mickydidit89 says:

    ooops, got left behind.

    Morning Eddie
    No I don’t, which is why I said it was bad news Chelsea would be looking as well. Look but don’t touch for us, as Chas says

  42. Eddie says:

    What lines from yesterday? What did you say

  43. mickydidit89 says:

    The English are allowed to take the piss out of the French. It’s almost our duty.

  44. chas says:

    chas says:
    May 3, 2017 at 5:23 pm
    Ajax v Lyon 5.45pm
    Monaco v Juve 7.45pm

    More likely we’ll buy someone from the first game rather than the second. Shopping at Home Bargains rather than Harrods now that we’re a Spursday night type outfit.

  45. chas says:

    Unfortunately we have a French manager.

  46. Eddie says:

    Pugglet ☺ they are almost human, but thank god not utter bastards. My puggie insists on sleeping in bed now. And believe me if a pug sets his mind on something – he gets it. His side if the bed is filthy so I bought him pyjamas which are easier to wash than the dog. Unfortunately medium size is too small for the fattie 🙂 £20 went in the bin

  47. Eddie says:

    I see. But we were Lidl customers before this season. Spursday has little impact on our shopping habits

  48. chas cekebraruob says:

  49. Eddie says:

    Yes!! That’s my MioMio 😂

  50. chas cekebraruob says:

    After the diet

  51. chas cekebraruob says:


  52. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Late to the party.. Booze finished and all the good looking girls paired up.

    Juventus are much like a GG team. Superb organisation in defence, a couple of clever ball players and a finisher.

  53. Eddie says:

    Raddy – girl on the right is a boy 😁😁 did if matter to you?

  54. chas says:


  55. chas says:

    Nice to see you back after so long.

    Not sure why anyone in their right mind would impersonate me, though. 😆

  56. chas says:

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  59. RC78 says:

    PSG close to Aubemayang and chasing Sanchez…If Sanchez joins Paris, PSG will drop Aubemayang’s signature.

    4-4-1-1: Trapp – Meunier, Marquinhos, Silva, Kurzawa – Di Maria, Verratti, Rabiot, Draxkler – Sanchez – Cavani

  60. RC78 says:

    Emery could also set-up our team as a 4-3-1-2 with Draxler and Rabiot on the side of the 3 and Di Maria behind Sanchez and Cavani…

    For PSG to be honest, I am ok with selling:
    – Aurier – 30 Mln
    – Thiago Silva – 30 Mln
    – Krychowiak (our coach does not play him so why keep him) – 30 Mln
    – Ben Arfa (he does not fit our system – shame, he is talented and our coach does not like him) – 20 Mln
    – Jese – 18 Mln

  61. GunnerN5 says:

    There is more money spent on boob jobs and viagara than on Alzeimer’s research. Which means that by 2040 the elderly will have perky breast and stiff willies and have no idea why.

  62. Big Raddy says:

    GN5. I will be happy with that 😀

    11.17 Wonderful memories of my CE season ticket and regular entrance into the ground. Thank you chas

  63. mickydidit89 says:

    Thanks for the reminder about my two appointments

  64. mickydidit89 says:


    I’ve never asked anyone this before, but genuinely, why did some Gunners choose to be Clock Enders. Was it only to be nearer the visitors to mock them?

  65. mickydidit89 says:

    Ahhh, no sun in your eyes as you faced North?

  66. Big Raddy says:

    I got moved there when the North Bank was renovated. Had a brilliant seat just to the left of the goal, 20 seats from the away fans(just enough distance to feel safe) by a gangway (allowing easy access to the toilets) and about 15 rows up (just above the crossbar.

    The seat couldn’t have been better, and after a season or two there was a real sense of camaraderie as all were previous NB S/T holders – all chose to stay when we were offered seats in the NB.

    “We’re the Clock End, Highbury”

  67. Big Raddy says:

    Who? Me, mock??

  68. GunnerN5 says:

    Using the Clock End was a lot simpler for me as the entrances were on Avennel Road, where we lived. Plus I knew every way to get in without paying and back in the 40’s and 50’s the stewards helped out the local kids by turning a blind eye to us – they knew us by name.

    In the early days I cannot fan separation – when did it start?

  69. GunnerN5 says:

    cannot remember…………..fan

  70. GunnerN5 says:

    Micky – you have an appointment for a boob job?

  71. mickydidit89 says:

    Can’t remember GN5 🙂

    Funnily enough, when North Bank shut and the poster board went up, I too was moved to the clock end. Hated it. Guess you were luckier.

  72. GunnerN5 says:

    MIcky 🙂

  73. Big Raddy says:

    Guess so. I was with a great group of people whom over time we travelled away with.

    I was sad when we moved to the Em’s and the group was split up.

    Strangely enough, when we were forced to sit in the NB (cup games) I really dislike it, apart from the bands pre-game who were invariably good musicians.

    Thinking of which … how is your viola playing? I spent the weekend with a relative who took up the viola recently and is already addicted.

  74. GoonerB says:

    Cheers for the post RC. Sorry I was not around to respond and also to be fair I haven’t much good to say at the moment apart from looking forward to an FA cup final. Those of you that have now moved onto pastures new with comments on other subjects can ignore me going all footbally now after the lord mayors show.

    I think it is important to keep a home grown core in the side RC. I think that is important for the dynamics and loyalty towards the club within the squad, (with the likes of Sanchez, Ozil and Bellerin all creating regular uncertainty that we don’t need just because they are just not ArsenalDNA’y enough), and also to meet the home grown quotas.

    There are serious question marks over the following (who I think are all home grown) :

    (GK’s) Szcesny, Martinez

    (Def’s) Jenkinson, Chambers, Gibbs

    (MF’s) Coquelin, Wilshere, Ramsey

    (Fwd’s) Walcott, Akpom

    I think all those players have been mentioned by various bloggers as ones to potentially let go and I may have even missed some. Even AOC was deemed crap and surplus to requirements some months back by many.

    I feel we will need to keep a good portion of these but the smart thing to do is to look at which players can remain as, and will be happy to be, able back-ups without being 1st choice players. Gibbs for instance can remain as a squad back up (over Monreal) to a new recruit that is better than both our main options currently.

    We will need to see what happens but I think we could be hitting some hard times with extreme difficulties keeping the likes of Sanchez and also in recruiting players to a club that looks to be on a downward trajectory and can’t keep its top players, with seemingly no real indication from the board or manager that we have been messing things up and will seriously put things right.

    The problem is the ins and outs of the TW only scratches the surface of what we need to do to be where we should be again. There seem to be so many other factors such as organisation, training, leadership and determination, development of players, team fluidity and balance, to be put right as well.

    I have often said that in the modern game the projected image of the club is very important and I feel we have underestimated the impact this may have in the way we have done things in the last few seasons. Money is a factor as well but the top (in demand) players who have many suitors will go to clubs that look on an upward trajectory and look hungry and ambitious. We don’t look to be this, so I think we could struggle but would obviously love to be wrong.

    I don’t think we will dine from the top table of players, but worryingly maybe not even maybe the 2nd tier down where you find the likes of Lacazette. Even players in his situation, that isn’t yet proven at the highest level, may look at other clubs before us. This wouldn’t have been the case even up to 2-3 years ago.

    I do feel we may have to box very clever and pull out all our persuasive stops in this TW if we are to persuade even the 2nd and 3rd tier players to join us, if we want to enter next season with a strong title challenging unit.

    Sorry, Doomrant over 🙂

  75. GoonerB says:

    Likely to kill the blog, so carry on as you were gents as I will bugger orf for a bit now I have vented my spleen.

  76. chas says:

    Anyone watching Man U?
    They’re playing CLT according to the legend at the top left of the screen.
    Let’s hope they can’t find it during the first leg, so that they have all to play for in next week’s semi. (with us in between)

  77. wally says:

    Whatever RC’s inhaling, smoking, drinking, or ingesting is clearly potent stuff. Relieves one of all senses, makes one feel like anything is possible, one’s insight is limitless and creates a sense of total well-being and satisfaction regardless of reality. After this season we need something like that. Lots of it!

    Can you hook us up with your supplier rc?

  78. Eddie says:

    And you wally need some sleeping pills. What are you doing blogging at 4am?!

    I had to read rc’s comment to see what’s outrageous about it. Sorry, nothing in my opinion. Maybe because I care little fir PSG’s formation. Why should I? I’m a Gunner

  79. chas says:

    Wally is in the U.S.

  80. Eddie says:

    Aha, that’s why he cannot sleep, worrying about trump and nuclear war. I cannot say I’m surprised, I’d be worried too

  81. cekebraruob says:

    I’m obsessed with a couple of things now:
    -chas; Purely related to your views on AA.

  82. mickydidit89 says:


    The viola played addict of a relative. How old?
    Yes, moi still loving it. Lesson this afternoon.
    It’s a weird kind of love for me in that I’m am mentally assembled for big picture shit as opposed to a musical instrument which is very much detailed shit.

    Ooops, and morning

  83. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Micky. Dentist. Early 50’s.

    Interesting to think about how we are mentally assembled. I am wired for short term concentration and an ability to shirk.

  84. Big Raddy says:

    6.56. Always enjoyed that video. A-ha are still together and performing. Imagine having to sing that song every night 😦

  85. chas says:

    I’m assembled mentally.

  86. Big Raddy says:

    😀 😀

    It’s the music you listen to.

  87. chas mobile says:

  88. Eddie says:

    Unbelievable video of the woodpecker

  89. RC78 says:

    A) Leicester has put the price tag of 46 Mln EUR for Mahrez.
    Would you rather go for Mahrez or Turan? Sanchez has indicated that he wants Turdan in the team…

    B) Dortmund is ok for Aubemayang to be sold at 75 Mln EUR + bonuses

  90. mickydidit89 says:


    BOTH. Obviously. Easy. Now.

  91. chas says:

  92. GoonerB says:

    RC, I haven’t heard that about Sanchez wanting Turan. Isn’t that just likely to be media rubbish? I am not aware of any close connection between Turan and Sanchez either internationally or as former team-mates.

    I have kind of prepared myself that what we are seeing at Arsenal now is the end result of a failed 4 year development project. I am not sure that now all we need is a bit of tweaking and a couple of additions anymore, and that we probably need to press the reset button and start over again, which is unlikely to yield immediate results.

    I have anticipated that in addition to the gist of this post about who leaves and their replacements, we will also need to replace both Ozil and Sanchez, so the redevelopment is likely a huge one with more ins and outs than we have ever seen under Arsene..

    To be honest I hope I am wrong and that this squad can be rescued with a couple of additions and some smaller changes, and probably the starting point for that would be securing Sanchez, so I am interested in your comment RC that Sanchez wants Turan. It would kind of imply he is still happy to stay with us.

    If he stays then I would blow that money on Aubemayang but he will have lots of big clubs after him happy to pay that price and he will likely have a few choices.

  93. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha ha ha chas

    as the yanks would say…huuuuuurrrl

  94. mickydidit89 says:

    How do you prepare yourself, GB?
    What’s the drill?

    Before this season booted off, I promised I would not watch any game where Ollie started and that I would storm the box. I did ‘eff all.

    I feel weak and ashamed.

  95. RC78 says:

    Gb – Last year, the rumour was that Sanchez wanted AFC to pursue Turan – the link being their time in La Liga together.

    I think that for this squad, we have a few options:
    1. Build our squad around Ozil; or
    2. Build our squad around Sanchez

    This will dictate our squad changes because
    – if we build around Ozil, then we need Aubemayang and we need very strong FBs and DMs and we would need to play in a 4-3-1-2 formation to get the most out of Ozil;

    – if we build around Sanchez, we need a strong target man like Lukaku and we get rid of Ozil and revert to a 4-4-1-1 with Sanchez playing in the hole behind the striker. This would require a fantastic DM-CM pairing and two Wingers with great engine – wingers like Willian for example.

    Also – if AFC wants to adopt the much loved flavour of the year 3-5-2, it demands another type of players…

    Now in any case, I still think that we need 4-5 starters…but their profile will depend on the option chose

    I love Ozil but I think we should sell him and send a strong signal to Sanchez – you are our talisman and we trust you to land us titles so the team is built for you.

    Cech – Bellerin, RECRUIT, Koscielny, RECRUIT – Oxlade, Xhaka, RECRUIT, RECRUIT – Sanchez – RECRUIT

    CB Recruit – Varane, Pepe…
    DM/CM Recruit – Vidal, Verratti, Rabiot, Sygurddson, Naiggollan
    Winger – Willian, Kimmich,
    FB – Rodriguez, Mendy, Gaya
    FW – Lukaku, Vardy

    Not a bad outcome:
    Cech – Bellerin – PEPE, Koscielny, RODRIGUEZ – Oxlade, VIDAL, Xhaka, WILLIAN – Sanchez – LUKAKY

  96. mickydidit89 says:

    But RC

    We played excellent football, with top of the league results, when Ozil played with Sanchez as striker

  97. mickydidit89 says:

    Anyway, who cares when you have a double music lesson booked for 1:30 🙂

  98. GoonerB says:

    I agree with both you RC and Micky. There are probably a couple of options for us. The problem with Ozil is who will take him at the moment with the wages and transfer price required? Even if we took a £10m hit on our outlay we may struggle to sell him on. He can walk away for free next year so I have a gut feeling we will have to try and tie him down and get a formation o work with him.

    It perturbs me that Ollie is 1st choice striker at Arsenal 5 years after arriving. Nothing personal against him (and I do like some of his attributes) but it explains a lot about what Arsenal have become for me with regard to not evolving and developing.

    I still think the 3-5-2 system can accommodate both Ozil and Sanchez centrally in more free influential roles and without the need for a hold up striker. Sanchez can play number 10 second striker and Ozil can have a more free role with 2 CM behind him.

    I would suggest Aubemayang and Sanchez could easily operate to devastating effect in this system as a front 2. We need a better left wing back type player and maybe this Serbian is the deal. Maybe a Pepe as you say RC to get more grit and experience in the defence and probably more of an athletic strong CDM to play the holding role.

  99. chas says:

    Do you spend your whole life ‘hoping you’re wrong’.
    It certainly seems so. 😆

  100. mickydidit89 says:

    Dear Lord, GB, now you’re perturbed as well as prepared

    Bottom line surely is why change things that work. Things were excellent with Sanchez striker, Brains changed everything, and it went wrong

    Then, fast forward to the City Semi. Superb, so Brains changed things against Totnum and we were rubbish.

    Holding was terrific against City. Dropped
    Monreal was superb higher up. Scored two goals. Relegated.

    Ok, off to lesson.

  101. RC78 says:

    I think Sanchez is best when playing off a striker because it gives him freedom to roam around and behind the striker.

    Micky –
    Monreal’s performance was a one-off. It will not happen again. At best, he is a back in a 3-men defense.

    Holding is one to nurture but he definitely is showing great promise.

    We managed to be top of league with Sanchez as a striker and Ozil in the team because Cazorla was there. Cazorla cannot be relied upon as he spends too much time in the injury list…

    GB – Let us sell Ozil. He can be sold for 30-40 Mln EUR easily.
    As for OG, I think he gets more sticks than he deserves. He is not a top 10 ST in the world for sure but I think he is a valuable member of the squad. If we do not get a Lukaku type of players, I think we would be wise to keep him as a squad player (not a starter)

  102. GoonerB says:

    Nah Chas, I spend most of my time hoping I am right on most things. With Arsenal it is just my way of easing my personal guilt that my deep down feeling is that Arsene and the hierarchy have cocked things right up over the last few seasons, and that I don’t think they will sort it out……hope I’m wrong though 🙂

    Perturbed and prepared Micky….I thought it was part of a purist’s mantra.

  103. GoonerB says:

    If we can get that for Ozil then no problems RC. Not sure it will be as easy as you say.

    I actually don’t blame OG. He is what he is and is not what he is not. It is up to the manager to work that out and decide in what way to use him so I actually blame Wenger.

    I think Giroud’s place in a starting line up forces us to play a certain way which is not very Arsene (the original one) like, but for some reason AW can’t help himself in starting with him up top. This has been happening for 5 years and I could confidently predict that no other top European side would play a striker like that as 1st choice unless it is forced upon them for a temporary period. He is an impact player from the bench at this level but for us he has been our main 1st choice striker for 5 years.

    I think it doesn’t complement the types of midfielders he plays (particularly Ozil) but also never allows us to develop a quick cutting edge attack because we are not playing it enough to develop it effectively. Spurs are are far superior and cutting edge side in attack than us now despite not really being better on paper player for player.

    The reason I would let him go is because it would remove the temptation from Wenger to continue with this.

  104. wally says:

    Actually i’m in toronto. But i’m not a canadian, not citizenshipwise anyhow.
    As for trump i don’t worry about him at all. Why would i? The system, despite looking broken, is stronger than any individual. It’s not like the prime minister, who can do whatever they want if they have a majority and can hold it together. The republicans are fractured, the democrats are also fractured and have become lunatics. Checks and balances are working, kinda. It’s a sad yet fascinating time to be living in.

  105. wally says:

    Here’s a funny one. The pro basketball team in toronto is in the playoffs v cleveland. Some of the fans gather outside to watch the game in a park on a large screen.
    Some clown keeps showing up and managing to position himself so he’s always in a shot of the crowd cheering is holding up a wenger out sing, waving it madly. It’s stupid and it hits my funny bone.

  106. Big Raddy says:

    Wally 😀 😀

    GB/RC I do not want us to build the team around Ozil or Sanchez. After all our time with him we know they are not temperamentally suited to being a leader and go MIA too often. If we build around anyone (and I do not think we should) then Xhaka seems the better alternative.

  107. GoonerB says:

    You may be right on this BR. I am far from certain about what I feel is the best way forward and I have questioned myself whether we shouldn’t just accept that Ozil and Sanchez are part of a failed period. Despite them both being marvelous players there are issues with both of them and sometimes individual brilliance is not as important as the right blend.

    We need quality players but maybe we are better off with ones that are just off the radar of the most in demand players. I am not sure that the most highly sought after ones are where we should go right now, and should focus on quality players but ones who are young and hungry, but also experienced ones that have slipped off the “top player” radar for whatever reason, and are better than their current status indicates, and maybe feel they have something to prove. Also I would probably prefer players that will not create disharmony and unease.

    I had a left field thought the other day which I will share at you just so you can all say I am bonkers and lost the plot. It concerned Ozil and Sanchez and my thoughts that we must sell them to a big side abroad rather than here so as to not lose face and damage the image of the club further.

    I also feel that we are probably better off with a cash + quality player that we need deal (one that would happily come to us) than straight cash. Then I got thinking about the EPL teams and whether we could actually do business with one of them on this basis, and which one might have the players that fit the criteria that we could ask for. I arrived at Man Utd.

    Say we offered Maureen Sanchez. A big coup for them, especially as he is coveted by their cross city rivals. Now what if we said we don’t want money but we do want Martial, Mata and Shaw for him. No team really loses face in this deal and maybe both benefit from getting what they need.

    All 3 are not Maureen favourites but in Shaw and Martial you have quality and promise that could become world class. I even wonder whether martial could do a Thierry at some stage and move from left wing forward to striker. Definitely worth a punt in my book.

    I have always liked Mata and think he has flown under the radar firstly because he is from the golden Spanish generation so wasn’t used so prolifically internationally, and secondly because Maureen ditched him at Chelsea. I actually feel we could give Mata that ACM Ozil role and he could shine. He is easily as technically gifted, is not far off being as creative, and is a better goal-scorer in my book.

    Just a thought. Off now to dream up more nonsense 🙂

  108. Big Raddy says:

    GB. I completely agree (as does AW). Arsenal look for value in the market as we cannot compete for the really top players. Also, AW thinks that many of the prices do not reflect the quality of the player, more their marketing value.

    I would definitely swap Sanchez for Martial and Shaw but there is no chance Merinho will deal with AW.

    One of our problems is we are limited by our squad and the need to play the likes of Walcott and Giroud. If we sell them, they are not available for selection 😀

  109. mickydidit89 says:

    Now Erik, tell me about this dentist

    Is he/she already a musician and why the viola?

  110. mickydidit89 says:

    Don’t mind West Ham winning tonight

  111. Big Raddy says:

    Looking for a little Hammer-time, a draw would be unlikely but welcome

  112. Big Raddy says:

    Micky 🙂

    You are a happily a married man. She is a healthy Icelander who is both a marvellous cook and fit (in a totally non-lecherous way)

    Want a picture?

  113. mickydidit89 says:

    Yes, really rather urgently

  114. mickydidit89 says:


    The sister of my music teacher is head of the susuki school of music in Reykavick (sp?)

  115. Big Raddy says:

    Lucky girl. Rejkavik is a must

  116. chas says:

  117. chas mobile says:

  118. fatgingergooner says:

    I reckon it will be a while before Spurs get this close to a title again.

  119. GunnerN5 says:

    What a fantastic start to the weekend Spurs are sucking bubbles………

  120. chas says:

    Can you give my warmest, most heart-felt congratulations to West Ham Bob for West Ham’s victory over spuddies. 🙂

  121. chas says:

  122. mickydidit89 says:

    It’s only been 56 years, a few more doesn’t really matter

  123. chas says:

    Let’s hope it’s 156.

  124. chas says:

    Or never again. even better.

  125. Zed says:

    Morning, nice people. 🙂

    Great questioning Post RC78 and certainly a view that splits opinion.

    Of course, I think you already know that the changes this summer will only be for 1 or 2 replacements of the current squad.

    Mr Wenger is making all the noises about staying and he will not want to change ‘unsustainably’.

    A new manager would want to make 3 or 4 changes, but a managerial change is unlikely in my opinion.

  126. Zed says:

    Hi Raddish,

    Your 11:34 a.m. yesterday hits all the right spots – but again the numbers of ‘outs’ will never happen.

  127. Zed says:

    Top marks too for the 6:02 of the honourable worm shifter, Mr GB himself.

    Well thought out, well argued, and clearly you have had help from the camel. Good stuff.

    [I could not understand why you kept mentioning your favourite nonentity, TW – and then realised it was not Theo but Transfer Window you were talking about. That boy GB has a fixation – I can hear people saying!] 🙂

  128. chas mobile says:

    Still laughing.
    Long may they never fail to disappoint.

  129. chas mobile says:

  130. chas mobile says:

  131. chas mobile says:

    Before any killjoys start, yes I realise we’ve been shit but the spuds have had their best season ever. 😆

  132. Eddie says:

    the fat block in yellow top is a gem 🙂

    so spuddies lost? ha ha ha
    They are still a VERY good team, much much better than you know who. If I was a spud I would be extremely proud of this season, the team and especially the manager

  133. chas says:

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  135. chas says:

  136. mickydidit89 says:

    So far today I have
    Listened to an entire violin concerto (Sibelius)
    Read about the great Italian Luthiers
    Discovered Americans call wasps, yellow jackets
    Which is excellent but not as good as Italian/latin word, vespas
    Which in itself is not as good as what friends from California call midges…noseeums (no see thems)

    Oh, and I laughed a little more about Spurs

  137. chas says:

  138. chas says:

  139. mickydidit89 says:

    7:53 ROLF

    Chas, no excuses required re the killjoys. It IS funny

  140. chas says:

  141. Eddie says:

    @8:05 – so spurs don’t like being labelled ‘bottlers’ ha ha ha

  142. chas says:

    So far today I have………

    Laughed about the spuds

  143. mickydidit89 says:


    There is serious mocking work to be done in Cuffley. Get back soon.

  144. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Some fantastic stuff fro Chas this morning.

    OK, we have under-performed this season which has resulted in some angst but there is little better than “Let’s All laugh at Tottenham” 😀 😀

    People moaned last season because we finished in 2nd place but Spurs who could do the same have had a “brilliant season”.

  145. Eddie says:

    I am back!! wouldn’t miss today for the world
    off to take the piss, laters

  146. Big Raddy says:

    So far today, I have …

    Thought about life and whether parachuting is a sport.
    Discussed the breakfast menu with Mrs. R.
    Read AA
    Made a pot of tea

  147. Eddie says:

    take it easy Raddy, relax

  148. Ant says:

    Chas said this in a different way but it sums up why it is so funny

  149. Ant says:

  150. Ant says:

    Apologies to Peaches’ mum

  151. Ant says:

  152. Ant says:

    8.08am is my absolute favourite.

  153. Eddie says:

    @9:38 ain’t bad either 🙂

  154. chas says:

  155. Big Raddy says:

    You coming over?

  156. chas says:

  157. chas says:

    Wish I was, BR.
    Just thought I’d point out they were in town in case you see any weirdos around and about.

  158. Aaron says:

    Said it before, and will say it again.
    spuds second by 1 point to chavs for EPL title
    The Arsenal get a FA cup win.
    Whose season is successful???

  159. mickydidit89 says:

    Evening all

    I just went onto Sky to see final scores and there was a link to Charlie Nicholas’ Arsenal/Utd mixed XI

    I have not heard one word Charlie has ever said, so no idea what kind of an expert he is, but I found his XI surprising and interesting:

    Valencia Bailly Holding Blind
    Walcott Sanchez Rashford

    !!!! wow. His explanation is interesting:

    I’ll go for a back four with Antonio Valencia on the right and at centre-back Eric Bailly paired with Rob Holding, that is how bad I think the other centre-backs for both teams have been. It’s even harder finding a left-back here and it has to be Daley Blind because the rest have been so disappointing.

    My midfield three would have Ander Herrera on the right, Michael Carrick central and then, he shouldn’t be in there on this season, a lack of competition means Mesut Ozil gets in.

    Then, in attack, I’d have Theo Walcott on the right. He might not have fulfilled his potential or have the greatest technical quality but he’s scored goals at least. Despite being in and out of the team, he’s got 19 goals in all competitions, which is only five behind Alexis Sanchez, and his movement is important to get the best out of Ozil, who needs runners to pick out. Likewise, Marcus Rashford’s movement on the left would get the best out of that midfield’s passing ability.

    I’ve got Alexis Sanchez as my centre-forward, which is undoubtedly his best position. He looks like he’s trying to make a point when he’s out on the left. He’s barely involved in play, especially when you compare to the way he plays for Chile, and just doesn’t look interested. The only thing that I could think would motivate him is the transfer links he’s got with other clubs, which include Manchester United.

  160. mickydidit89 says:

    So far today I have:

    Done all the things I said I’d done at 8:01
    And done other things
    And eaten the very best dark chocolate ginger biscuits
    And threw the box away, so don’t know what they were
    And forgot where I bought them

    Oh, and I laughed a little more about Spurs

  161. VP of Oz says:

    Aaron, trophies and titles are always better.

  162. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Micky. Find the box. We need to know.

  163. mickydidit89 says:

    Bad times for the North East ie Hull, Middlesbrough and Sunderland

    Bad times for away boys based in Notts I’d imagine

  164. chas mobile says:

  165. mickydidit89 says:

    Morning Erik, didn’t see you there

    Are you a big fan of ginger biscuits? Whatever they were, superb doesn’t cover it. If you really are, I’ll send you a box

    Now, how good looking was the violist?

  166. mickydidit89 says:

    More often than not, an away Mourinho side, is dull as dishwater

    Are we expecting a very dull game?

  167. chas says:

    I’m hoping for 5-4 to us.

  168. chas says:

  169. chas says:

  170. mickydidit89 says:

    I think you could allow yourself some extra refreshments before this one

  171. Eddie says:

    so far today
    I overslept after another sleepless night
    fed the cat
    had a fag and 2 black coffees
    started to dread today’s game.

  172. chas says:

  173. chas says:

  174. chas says:

    Why not just sleep during the day and have your ‘day during the night?

  175. mickydidit89 says:


    There’s really nothing riding on the game, and chances are it will be awful, so don’t put yourself through it.

    You, The Arsenal, and me need to peak at Wembley

  176. mickydidit89 says:

    Good thinking Chas, or in other words become antipodean

  177. Eddie says:

    I’ve just watched WH v Spurs game. Spuds were unlucky. Hammers’ goalie had game of his life, a couple of decision against them, they dominated the game and lost. We’ve been there, we know this type of a game, terrible aftertaste

  178. Morning all

    Apologies for my recent absence, I’ve been on full time grandma duties while my daughter was on a course.

    Raddy’s post is ready to go, do you want it now?

  179. chas says:

  180. Ant says:

    Brilliant Eddie, just remember this..

  181. Eddie says:

    I love sleeping during the day, like a cat, but there is so much to do outside

    true about the game, I am not worried anymore 🙂
    BUT it would be nice to wipe the arse with Mourinho and his boring outfit.

  182. chas says:

    You watched 90 minutes of a hammers v spuds? Seriously?
    That’s true Cuffley devotion just so you could relish a bitter aftertaste.

  183. chas says:

    Tarmac the garden and hire a dog walker.

  184. mickydidit89 says:


    Yes please. Everyone is about to leave

  185. Eddie says:

    Amise 🙂 I was just going to copy and paste it again, it’s a deeply moving piece of music. I wonder if Didit could play it on a viola

    I mean, what’s the point of double lessons if you cannot play ‘When Tottenham fucked it up’?

  186. Ok I’ll get up 😳

  187. chas says:

    Whack it up, Peaches.

  188. Eddie says:

    no, I didn’t watch it all, just the highlights. It is not the Cuffley effect, it is Pochettino and Lloris, I love those guys. And the rest of the team is no longer repulsive.

    Do you want to know the truth? I’d rather spurs than chavs won the league. I would have to change my car reg of course 🙂

  189. mickydidit89 says:


    Of course it would be nice to smash them, but all I’m saying is that it’s a no pressure game. For me it’s about getting the right system and players in top working order to beat Chelsea

  190. New Post everyone …………………

  191. Eddie says:

    ..and bees and allotment? And games next season? Grandchildren, Peaches needs and deserves a break? No, I have to function (begrudgingly) during the day.

  192. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha ha

    Can’t wait for me next lesson

    Screw the Bach and shit like that, let’s learn I hate Totnum numbers 🙂

  193. mickydidit89 says:

    he he he Eddie loves Positchiano

  194. Eddie says:

    Bach?? you actually torture yourself with that shit? Gosh…
    Did you know how many “classical” music listeners suffer from depression?

    I don’t know that 🙂

  195. chas says:

    I don’t know that either

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