Prêt à acheter, Arsène

Come on, you get my drift. Pret à Manger, Pret à Porter, Footballers to Buy.

Anyway, France v England tonight (and on proper telly) in a friendly, and oh garçon, do they have some good footballers.

Looking through their squad there are quite a few who I reckon would look excellent in an Arsenal shirt, and don’t forget, the list does not include Benzema or Martial.


Hugo Lloris

Defenders: Lucas Digne, Christophe Jallet, Presnel Kimpembe , Laurent Koscielny, Benjamin Mendy, Djibril Sidibe , Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane, Kurt Zouma

Midfielders: N’Golo Kante ,Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba,  Adrien Rabiot,  Moussa Sissoko , Corentin Tolisso

Forwards: Ousmane Dembele , Olivier Giroud , Antoine Griezmann , Alexandre Lacazette , Thomas Lemar , Kylian Mbappe , Dimitri Payet , Florian Thauvin


Personally, I can’t stand England because of the filth that follow them, so couldn’t care less who wins, but I will watch with my Arsenal eyes glued to the French.

Guessing we’ll buy three players this summer, and with one excellent looking signing in the bag already, I would be very happy to select two more from that French lot.

Written  by MickyDidIt89

101 Responses to Prêt à acheter, Arsène

  1. Ooooooh any excuse to watch Olivier Giroud …………… oh but we own him already 😉

  2. mickydidit89 says:

    Hey Peaches

    Check this garden out. One of my brothers sent it to me. He loves it, really cool use of small space. Absolutely packed busy but has so much interest

  3. RC78 says:

    If I could pick 3 players (1 per line), this would be my wish list in order:

    A) Mendy, Rabiot, Mbappe – Top players, young yet experienced
    B) Varane, Matuidi, Dembele – Quality players, mix of youth and experience
    C) Kimpembe, Sissoko, Lacazette – Quality players, mix of youth and experience. Kimbembe is really a gem.

  4. GoonerB says:

    Thanks Micky, and it is a lovely garden.

    You are likely right on the 3 recruitment’s. I think AW said as much himself and we have 1 of those 3 already. It is only 3 if we keep the current squad together (or at least those we want to keep) otherwise we enter a whole different ball game.

    There are question marks hanging over retaining Sanchez, Ozil, Ox and possibly even Bellerin. Of these Sanchez is the biggest doubt. I will try and pen my bit on the TW if Sanchez stays or if he goes and what options we could look at.

    Not sure about the French players at the moment Micky. Like you I want a top striker and while Lacazette and Dembele ought to be serious options the new striker would have to be an upgrade on Ollie, Danny and Theo and both those players seem behind Ollie in the international pecking order.

    It may have more to do with Deschamp himself though because he also benched Kante while playing Matuidi and Sissoko,so one could possibly question his sanity. Maybe RC can shed some light.

  5. RC78 says:

    Despite this crop of players, we may fail to quality for the World Cup 2018 after our disastrous defeat to Sweden thanks to Tottenham GK’s only blunder of the season…Where was that blunder against Arsenal?

  6. Rasp says:

    Thanks Micky, Vive la France …. I hear they plan to sing our national anthem as an act of solidarity against our recent terrorist attacks.

    It’s impossible to dislike the French for their footballers, or their wine and cheese … but I can find other excuses 😆

    I hope to watch the game tonight although may have to retreat to my bedroom, and like you, I’m not too fussed who wins. All this sycophancy over Kane makes me nauseous … but at least The Ox shone in the last game.

  7. mickydidit89 says:

    RC at 4:05

    Thank you. I was hoping you would come with something thorough.

    Very interesting that you rate Dembele over Lacazette.

  8. mickydidit89 says:


    While I am concerned about Sanchez, of course, I simply cannot see Arsene flogging him to another prem. club.

    As for Bayern? They have four or five players on 140k, so we could trump that easy AND give him a whopping sign another deal figure to preserve our value

  9. Big Raddy says:

    Which Dembele is it?

    Thanks Micky. I like Rabbit but think he would struggle to get past Xhaka and Ramsey.

    Sissoko? Ask Spurs what they think about their €35m investment 😀

    Any of the forwards would do. Lacazette , Mbappe Lemar etc. Except for that unpleasant snake Payet.

  10. mickydidit89 says:


    Dortmund Dembele

  11. chas says:

    Presnel Kimpembe or Samuel Umtiti for me cos i like the names.
    Has Kylian signed yet?

  12. chas says:

    Cheers, Micky, I did me best.

    I like the garden.
    Bigger than my small space, I reckon.
    Where on Earth do you play footie with the godchildren when they come round?

  13. Big Raddy says:

    Fine name is Samuel

  14. mickydidit89 says:

    What did you do your best at? Don’t need to answer if it’s deeply personal shit like, but curious all the same

  15. chas says:

    My best to sound interested in players we have zero chance of getting. 🙂

  16. Big Raddy says:

    chas. I bet you a fermented seal flipper to some fine English fudge that we sign a French player in the window.

    Are you a gambling man?

  17. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh ok. You did well Chas 🙂

    I’m not so sure about a French signing necessarily, but I’m sure we’ll sign a star name. A crowd pleaser, and not just to appease the oiks, rather to get corporate bums on seats.

  18. mickydidit89 says:

    Actually Erk

    I’ll take the bet for the simple reason I’m happy to lose and send you fudge, but the thought of winning and not backing down until I receive my fermented seal flipper really excites me very much

  19. Big Raddy says:

    I fear that Royal Mail or UPS etc are unlikely to take on the task of delivering FSF. I can try though.

  20. Big Raddy says:

    I would love it if we signed Harry Kane 😀

  21. mickydidit89 says:

    You cannot bet that which you cannot deliver on

    Flipper, or no deal 🙂

  22. mickydidit89 says:

    Some of us are more reserved, perhaps shallow and afraid even, so we keep our smutty thoughts to ourselves.

  23. Big Raddy says:

    I have access to flipper, my concerns are that they will not deliver. I would deliver it personally in August but SAS will not allow it on the plane.

    Not an excuse – this is genuine, which is why you never see such food in UK .

    You will just have to come to Cph and pick it up.

  24. Big Raddy says:

    I have been reading about Bielik I had forgotten all about him. He is representing Poland in the U-21 Euro’s.

    One to watch?

  25. mickydidit89 says:

    “which is why you never see such food in UK”

    That, or perhaps that we’re not seal slaughtering bastards, not that I have anything against slaughter or bastards

  26. mickydidit89 says:

    Thinking of World Cups, things don’t look good for Qatar
    Thank goodness

  27. mickydidit89 says:

    Does Gorgeous start?

  28. mickydidit89 says:

    Lloris, Sidibe, Umtiti, Varane, Mendy, Lemar, Pogba, Kante, Dembele, Giroud, Mbappe.

    Gorgeous and Mbappe

  29. Eddie says:

    what, Mbappe is not gorgous? Arsene, don’t buy him

  30. mickydidit89 says:

    Tell you what Eddie, if Gorgeous scores any more like he did the other day, our hopes of an expensive striker are zero

  31. mickydidit89 says:

    Mbappe looks rubbish so far 🙂

  32. Big Raddy says:

    Dele Alli is rubbish

  33. Big Raddy says:

    No. You lot just kill innocent badgers. At least we eat our or wear our seals 😀

  34. mickydidit89 says:

    Well, you wouldn’t eat or wear a giant TB infested rodent even if it did sport an extremely smart black and white striped fur coat now would you 🙂

  35. mickydidit89 says:

    They keep saying “great save” about our goalkeeper who insists on passing it to the foot of the nearest on-coming opposition striker

  36. Big Raddy says:

    Agree. Seamo would have held both shots Ox has not been in the game.

    OG looks a superb target man when surrounded by pacy and strong AM’s.

  37. mickydidit89 says:

    red card and pen

  38. Big Raddy says:

    Love the video ref. I would have sent off Loris as well

  39. mickydidit89 says:

    why wouldn’t you 🙂

  40. mickydidit89 says:

    What a rubbish French free kick
    Pass it to Buckland and he’ll pat it to Mbappe’s foot

  41. Big Raddy says:

    Hope our PM paid for her ticket and is not on a tax-payers paid jolly

  42. mickydidit89 says:

    If you were offered a tax payers free jolly, would you accept?

    ps I would

  43. mickydidit89 says:

    The French have some great players, especially when you consider the ones who didn’t play

  44. mickydidit89 says:

    fine evening


  45. RC78 says:

    Anyone need anymore convincing regarding Mbappe and Dembele? These two players are dynamite. Lemar is an improved Iwobi too.

    I like Dembele over Lacazette because Dembele has the ability to create chances. He needs to mature in his decision making, keeping his focus and in his Finishing but he is already ok his way to be a top top player. Lacazette is a very good striker but he is more of a 9 and he s not so pacey nor strong so I don’t think he will do well in England whereas he would do great in Spain or Germany

  46. chas says:

  47. chas says:

    The Mexican Wave at the Stade de France was a bit of a failure last night.

  48. chas says:

  49. chas says:

  50. mickydidit89 says:


    Quite clearly Mrs May was not doing a Mexican wave, but surrendering


  51. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    I think someone had a gun on her

  52. mickydidit89 says:


    Yip, impressive those two.
    That Lacazette bloke is one of very few players who don’t look that good on youtube. Weak and slow.

  53. mickydidit89 says:

    Rhodo. From the Himalayas. Reckon one of your explorers was probably responsible, or rather, the thin fella at the back of the expedition with little spectacles, a microscope, and large butterfly net.

  54. Zee says:

    Salut, mes amis, et bonjour. Ça va?

    Vous êtes prêt à acheter, Arsène, ou peut-être tu est prêt à commander dès players magnifique, maintenant?

    Ou Micky le fera pour vous.

    [I take it Brexit is off and we bloggers have to use French now?] 😀

  55. mickydidit89 says:

    Zee ha ha

    If it is ever that off, then it would be German innit

  56. Eddie says:

    love the pittbull video, good people bless them

    I had an intruder trying to break in on Monday night. The pug growled and went back to sleep, but the pittbull was so petrified I had to calm him down. He was shacking and drooling, only recovered when police arrived. What an idiot of a dog 🙂

  57. Big Raddy says:

    Eddie. What an event filled life you have!

  58. Eddie says:

    oh Raddy, I sooooo crave peaceful life. I barked and scared the burglars off, but my life has changed forever. I constantly check door, windows, listening at night…horrible.

  59. Big Raddy says:

    You need a Big Man.

  60. Eddie says:

    no Raddy, that’s the last thing I need. A german sheppard should do the trick. I sent you an email, would appreciate a response 🙂

  61. Eddie says:

    rhodo – I wanted to buy a tiny rhododendron but could not see a way of sneaking it into my garden without Peaches having a tantrum 🙂 I am not allowed rose bushes and rhodos

  62. Eddie says:

    oh no, that is a bad rumour
    Manchester City growing in confidence over transfer for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez

  63. Big Raddy says:

    Swap for Aguero?

  64. GoonerB says:

    Morning all. I am not reading too much into that game last night. It was essentially the final game before they all head off on holidays, which I know shouldn’t make a difference when representing your country but unfortunately it happens.

    England played with 1 foot on the beach while France played like they had to win in front of their home crowd to make some amends for the Swedish result.

    The extra effort from France made the telling difference for me so I find it difficult to properly assess where each team really is in terms of quality.

    One thing though, where the hell was AOC playing? He seemed to spend way too much time sitting in front of the back 4. He must have been following instructions, and it did look like Southgate had a dose of the Arsenalesque square pegs in round holes afflicting him.

  65. fatgingergooner says:

    Nice set of fixtures. Tough games spread out and March onwards gives us a pretty decent looking run in. Tough Xmas and new year periods with Chelsea and Liverpool.

  66. fatgingergooner says:

    Stoke, Liverpool, Everton, Chelsea and City away games in our first 11 matches! Was hoping for an easier start to get the fans on board again. If we do poorly in these games it could get very toxic early on. If we do well though then we have a real chance heading into second half of the season.

    Let’s hope we recruit well and get some momentum.

  67. RC78 says:

    Sanchez keen to leave AFC apparently – Bayern and City in the front seat BUT:
    – AW wants to keep him
    – AW will not sell to City
    – AW may be tempted to get a player from Bayern as part of the Sanchez deal. Who would you take? Douglas Costa is off to Juventus. If anyone, I would take Vidal but he is going to the be the pull factor for Sanchez. I would gone with Kimmich as a second option but he has renewed and Lewandowski is not for sale. We could may be try Javi Martinez.

    Worth noting: Gnabry joined Bayern Munich.

  68. RC78 says:

    As for the fixtures – I am hoping that AW already knows his 2 preferred systems, that he can get his recruits soon and just prepare the team to be roaring from day 1

  69. RC78 says:

    Aleksandr Golovin to join Arsenal from CSKA, apparently…

  70. fatgingergooner says:

    No idea what’s going to happen with Sanchez, but one thing I do predict is that he’s going to go through a period in his career with a lot of injuries. He plays 90 minutes nearly every game and plays those minutes at full pelt. I worry that it could catch up with him eventually.

    As for Bayern, I’d ask for Neuer!

  71. Eddie says:

    Aguerro would be awesome, I really like him.

  72. Eddie says:

    first game at home v Leicester. Should have a great start to the new season

  73. frOOm says:

    Someone talked about Payet “the snake”.
    You have to know that before he came to England he was at Olympique de Marseille before the new project. The club was in a difficult financial state and decided to sell Payet. But he didn’t want to leave and had to accept the better move proposed and that was West Ham. For a playmaker of this level it’s a bit light: he desrved better. Payet felt good in France before that. So for me it came with no surprise when he tried to leave a place where he didn’t want to go.
    The former OM club managers are the persons to blame for this drama. It’s true that Payet could have done it in a better way when he leaved West Ham but one can understand he has been utilised by a club and certainly not in his best interest.

  74. mickydidit89 says:

    Time to start a rumour?

  75. Big Raddy says:

    Froom. There is no reason whatsoever to refuse to work for your employer who is paying you millions of € to perform. Especially when the WHU fans were so positive about him.

    No-one forced Payet to sign for WHU and the poor young man must have suffered a terrible time living the millionaires life in Hampstead London.

    IMO a snake is the best I can say for him. Had Payet been playing for Arsenal it would have been worse. AT least RvP left in the close season

  76. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. You mean like Sanchez signing for MC?

  77. GunnerN5 says:

    Arsenal 2017/18 Fixtures
    Aug 12 Leicester h
    Aug 19 Stoke a
    Aug 26 Liverpool a
    Sep 9 Bournemouth h
    Sep 16 Chelsea a
    Sep 23 WBA h
    Sep 30 Brighton h
    Oct 14 Everton a
    Oct 21 Watford a
    Oct 28 Swansea h
    Nov 2 Manchester C a
    Nov 4 Tottenham h
    Nov 25 Burnley a
    Nov 28 Huddersfield h
    Dec 2 Manchester U h
    Dec 9 Southampton a
    Dec 12 West Ham a
    Dec 16 Newcastle h
    Dec 23 Liverpool h
    Dec 26 Crystal Palace a
    Dec 30 WBA a
    Jan 1 Chelsea h
    Jan 13 Bournemouth a
    Jan 20 Crystal Palace h
    Jan 30 Swansea a
    Feb 3 Everton h
    Feb 10 Tottenham a
    Feb 24 Manchester C h
    Mar 3 Brighton a
    Mar 10 Watford h
    Mar 17 Leicester a
    Mar 31 Stoke h
    Apr 7 Southampton h
    Apr 14 Newcastle a
    Apr 21 West Ham h
    Apr 28 Manchester U a
    May 5 Burnley h
    May 13 Huddersfield a

  78. mickydidit89 says:

    Cheers GN5

    Looks from here like an easy enough bunch of games

    Only WTF would be Nov 2 Manchester C a and Nov 4 Tottenham h

    Maybe Sky telly can rearrange that for us

  79. Eddie says:

    best cat? Tiger at 6:56

  80. mickydidit89 says:


    Or in other news, how did Cuffley vote Eddie?

  81. Eddie says:

    ukip probably. and your region?

  82. mickydidit89 says:

    Tory by a landslide

    West Country used to be a hot bed of Liberals but I don’t think they won a single seat

    Other than that, usual thing, odd Labour victory in large towns/cities

  83. Eddie says:

    are you Devon or Summerset, or posh Corwall?

    just checked – Conservative. oh well, they can afford private health care, uni tuition and luxurious retirement homes. I should never, ever relocate here

  84. mickydidit89 says:

    Posh Cornwall? Where did that come from? I like Cornwall very much, in fact it’s the only other county I’d live in, but posh, no.

    I’m Devon

  85. Eddie says:

    I thought it was posh, perhaps I was wrong.

    Sanchez to Chelsea now, he wants to stay in London. There are too many rumour surrounding the little Chilean for my liking. I have a feeling he is going. And I wouldn’t mind as long as we get Messi to replace him

  86. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    6.53 is my Page 3 Cat of the Day

  87. mickydidit89 says:

    I panic that Sanchez will leave, but I don’t panic that he’ll be flogged to another prem. team.

    I think his biggest challenge, if indeed he does want a move at all, will be to find a genuine CL challenging team willing to guarantee him 1st XI football

  88. Big Raddy says:

    Not wanted to get into the Sanchez thing.

    Sanchez may want to play alongside the very best in the world but he has tried that and been found wanting. His unfortunate habit of conceding possession was not acceptable to Barca and will hinder his chances of a move to BM.

    Any team which plays possession football at the highest level will be wary of a man who makes so many mistakes.

    My guess is that he will stay though if he goes we always have The Jeff.

  89. mickydidit89 says:


    Completely agree about his giving away possession too often to attract the much touted Bayern.

    In fact, I reckon the only realistic contender would have been Athletico and they have a transfer ban

  90. VP of Oz says:

    Gary Neville defends Rachel Riley as presenter quits Sky Sports after calling Tottenham ‘proper bottle jobs’

  91. Big Raddy says:

    There is a New Post

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