Arsenal Decisively Indecisive?

Being decisive is usually recognised as recognising a problem, or identifying a need to improve a situation, and arriving at a decision to quickly and effectively act to resolve it.

And in some ways, that has happened, in that defensively we seemed to be all at sea last season, until realising that the absence of the wise old head of Per Mert and the continuing frustrating injuries affecting Kozzer, AW decided to change to a three at the back, primarily until the injured CBs returned to the roster the following season at which time he would review which formation fitted the team the best. And undoubtedly the change in formation worked very well.

The ‘3 at the back’ was self-evidently caused by the lack of resources in defence because in addition to the loss of Per and Kozzer, Chambers had been loaned out, Gabriel had shot himself in the foot, or something, and Holding was still learning his trade and making a good fist of it, but to cap it all there were injury problems in the backs as well.

So, good decisive reactions helped us to almost qualify for the CL, except for possibly one of the more inept performances seen in many a year, when we lost to a poor Crystal Palace team who every pundit expected us to put to the sword. The three points conceded there would have given us 4th place, instead of just missing out.

It was clear in a very confusing time, when even the Chief Executive Gazidis said it was a catalyst for a change meaning that there had to be a restructuring of the team personnel and the management, presumably in the close season.

Frustrated fans reacted with a glimmer of hope that a decisive reaction had come at a time when Arsene was indecisively stalling on renewing his contract. Again – action and reaction – yin and yang – decisive and indecisive.

Last summer the club should have reacted decisively to the failure of Özil, Sanchez and Chamberlain to extend their contracts, but instead there was a sense of apathy and indecision throughout the summer 2016 transfer window, and eventually AW announced he was sure contracts would be signed during the season, and anyway there was still 2 years left in which to negotiate. Wishy washy? Selling such important players under 2017 transfer window pressure and attempting to buy top replacements has been predictably difficult.

And what has happened to the reinforcement of the CBs? Kozzer has what is known as a chronic injury that is not going to go away, Per has announced that he will retire soon, and although he has the right mental attitude to play, his physical decline has continued as was clear in the pre-season and he is unlikely to be able to play regularly – and both are getting older.

To add to that, there is still no sign that Gabriel is likely to recover from his injury any time soon, and with Calum on the ‘to sell’ list, not much attention seems to have been shown in shoring up a key area for the team. Decisive? I think not.

AW explained quite clearly that he did not like other clubs continually asking for Sanchez, Chamberlain and Özil, and ignoring his decisive message that they were not for sale.

He went on to declare that Arsenal’s policy was that when we wanted a player we would inquire if that player was available for sale, but, if told they were not for sale, then the club would respect that and walk away.

But hold you hard. How does that decisive statement square up with the rumoured bids for Lemar when it seems Arsenal have been told he is not for sale, and yet we appear to have been going back with increased offers in trying to acquire him. Not taking ‘no’ for an answer there then.

It beggars belief that Arsenal will reject the prospect of possibly making £150m in sale proceeds for selling the above-named trio this summer, and simply lose all that money next summer, as they walk away on ‘frees’.

Either the manager will decide late on in this window that he will sell after all, and probably find it difficult, if not impossible, to buy replacements at short notice, or we will be without 3 key players next summer, and to make matters worse – also without that £150m needed to buy the equivalent replacements.

Does anyone feel a little tremor of indecision creeping into the Arsenal thought processes – especially from Kroenke, the man whose money it is?

Me too.

Written by Zee

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55 Responses to Arsenal Decisively Indecisive?

  1. You are very right you already heat the point am in suport they fell us from now on.thanks for the statement

  2. GunnerN5 says:

    Oh dear I’m in a dilemma, you see I’m not sure if I want to comment or not and I can’t decide if that’s decisive or indecisive – oh boy too many decisions to make. I know, I think I’ll just wait – or is that avoiding making a decisive decision or is it hiding my thoughts?

    I wish I could get help but I don’t want to ask.

    Maybe I should just sign off – what do you think? – oh dear it seems I’m just writing to ether as it looks like I’m on my own here.

    But to hell with it I’m just going to press send and then maybe I will feel as though I’ve accomplished something – what do you think?

    Oops I nearly forgot I’m just talking to myself…………….

  3. chas says:

    Zee
    Another cracker.
    Are you suggesting we should have sold all three last summer when they wouldn’t sign new contracts?

    Dithering over the renewal of contracts and failing to prevent players going into their second last season without forcing them to sign is a common accusation, but I just can’t see how you can force anyone to scribble their name on a piece of paper if they don’t want to.

    Wenger has suggested the way of the Bosman (Flamini-style) is likely to become the norm. That way the players get more dosh which would otherwise have gone to their clubs with large signing on fees (Sol Campbell-style).
    After all, it must be ridiculously hard to survive on 50, 100 or 150k a week. Poor things.

    Personally I’m still just thinking about this coming season and want us to be as strong as possible.
    Why should the season after be any of my concern?

  4. GunnerN5 says:

    My thoughts are really split Zee is it indecision on Arsene’s part or are there other reasons that we know nothing about?

    Seriously – I’m really torn on this as I feel as that the variables are so extreme that one can respond to the question in two totally different ways and still be correct.

    Hi momodou we’re two lonely bloggers – how are you?

  5. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning Chas.

  6. GunnerN5 says:

    I think you may have nailed it Chas, why sign now when you can just wait and see what riches lie ahead? At the end of the season the players are in charge and can then weigh up any new offers against Arsenal’s new contract. But the winner would always seem to be the new club as they can use what they might have spent on a transfer fee as a sign on bonus for the player – player wins club loses……………..

  7. fred1266 says:

    Oh boy barca get money

  8. silentstan says:

    no, you dont know whats going on behind the scenes and so saying what ever you like to sound like a clever dick

  9. Jeremy O Dwyer says:

    I agree with Chas.

    If a player doesn’t want to sign a contract what can you do, especially when the player is as important to the team as Sanchez?

    I think it’s one thing to say Arsenal should have been more decisive but in practice, in the case of Sanchez, what does that mean? It seems to me the only decisive action Arsenal had the power to take was to either do exactly what they’re doing now or sell the player. Most fans seem to be backing Arsenal’s stance of keeping the player and forgoing a transfer fee.

    Maybe it looks like Arsenal have been indecisive but what more can they do? I’m sure they offered him terms, he doesn’t want to resign, and so Arsenal are going to make him fulfill his contract. Seems pretty decisive to me 🙂

  10. Zee says:

    Thank you silentstan,

    You are correct — I do not know what is going on behind the scenes.

    It is also correct that I say what I like, but my dick is not clever – it just has a one track mind — but what can you do?

    If I might reciprocate and give you some advice — Silent Stan does not say anything which is why he is called ‘silent’. Needs a bit of working on.

  11. Zee says:

    Chas, Jeremy,

    It is a bit of a teaser. No one wants to lose an excellent player, but neither does any club want to spend £50m (or whatever) on a 5 year contract and with the likelihood it disappears after that time.

    I am aware some fans want to keep Sanchez (not sure about Özil and the Ox – fans who want Alexis do not always have the same feelings for the latter pair) – and are happy to see £150m (hypothetically) wasted for one more year.

    Of course it is not their money – so not sure what that tells us.

    I certainly do not have all the answers admittedly, but if the club (not just Arsene) had a policy that if a player did not re-sign/extend their contract, then they would be sold.

    That would give the player the right to choose where his career was best suited, and would also tie in with an employee’s rights, and the club would recover some money to reinvest and buy the next player’s contract.

  12. Zee says:

    Hi GN5,

    I liked your explanation of decisive/indecisive. 🙂

  13. Zee says:

    Chas/GN5,

    I did voice the opinion that it might have been better for Arsenal to have agreed with Sanchez’ salary demands, because an increase from his current £150K per week to his alleged demand for £340K per week is an annual increase of £10m per year and if extended for 5 years = £50m extra over the terms his contract.

    So rather than Arsenal blowing the £50m on one last season, Sanchez gets what he wanted, and Arsenal get another 5 years and not just the final one. And you – Chas – do not have to worry about things for another 5 years rather than worry at the end of next season.

    That is so obvious that someone must have thought it thru – and either did not do so, or there was more to these negotiations than we are aware of, and may never know.

  14. Zee says:

    By the way, Chas, great pics to help the article flow. Thanx, again. 😀

  15. GunnerN5 says:

    Zee, I want to thank you for writing so many posts for us to enjoy and discuss. The rest of us should look in the mirror and ask why we aren’t doing our share, Chas is excluded as he has created his own special morning show.

    The season is fast approaching, Community Shield vs Chelsea on Aug 6th and first PL Game against Leicester on Aug 11th – will that be the first time our league campaign has started on a Friday?

    I will pick up the baton and start writing posts next week.

  16. Zee says:

    GN5,

    I was going to ask AA’ers for some suggestions about topics of interest, and I could then churn them out. 🙂

    Of course with the Premier League season starting soon, I will make way for the more astute writers, and of course that would be led by the usual top class pre-match reports from the Danish Tourist Guide [English Division]. 😀

  17. Zee says:

    Oh, and I meant to add, GN5, it will be excellent to soon see some of your special Posts too. 😀

  18. GunnerN5 says:

    I like your reasoning at 3:06 Zee.

    If Arsenal were to give him his 350m and also give a 10/15mm signing on bonus that might be enough to secure his stay but what would the mean to the contracts of Ox and Ozil – sounds like it will become unrealistic.

    Or is that being indecisive?

  19. GunnerN5 says:

    I will certainly write some posts Zee.

    They seem to flow from your fingers whereas mine usually involve a lot of research time and scouring of my ever declining memory cells.

  20. chas says:

  21. Zee says:

    He is already terrific, Chas, and I hope the new ‘reality’ does not affect Nelson’s progress and career at Arsenal. There are sharks and poachers out there.

  22. Big Raddy says:

    Zee. Thank you. Good post or not? Indecision rules.

    I am still agog at the Neymar transfer. As others have said, it is not just the crazy transfer fee but also the knock-on effect upon the rest which is alarming. PSG signing a stellar player has always been on the cards since Ibra left.

    But perhaps this explains why Walker sells for 50m+ and now there is talk of the Icelandic chap at Swansea going for similar money to Everton. Everton!!

    And we paid how much for our new LWB?

  23. Zee says:

    Hi Raddy,

    To help you with your indecision as to whether this is a good Post or not – relax – I only write them to help the site, and I never claimed they were any good.

    Stopping is all too easy — consider it done.

  24. Zee says:

    Chas,

    It is just as well we do not pay players by the pound weight. Welly would get £500K per week when compared to Alexis. 🙂

  25. Big Raddy says:

    Zee. It was a pun on the indecision title – your post is, as ever, very good. And I, as well as the other AA’ers are grateful for your taking the time to write.

  26. Zee says:

    No probs, Raddy — there have been one or two amusing takes on the title – and why not.

    Actually – I meant it as regards the quality. It is why I stopped writing years ago – and temporarily re-emerged from my chrysalis recently to help out.

    I have never liked my own writing style, and typing quickly does not help improve matters. As I said earlier, when the new season starts next week I will leave it to you experts who produce really good stuff. 🙂

  27. Jeremy O Dwyer says:

    Thanks for the reply Zee.

    On the Sanchez contract it’s hard to know really what’s true. Is there a figure that Sanchez would stay for if Arsenal offered it? It seems to me his desire to move is more about chances to win titles and the champions league as opposed to money. I guess I’m saying that I feel if Arsenal offered the money he wants, and City or Psg offered the same, he’d still prefer to leave all things being equal on the financial front.

    And judging by Arsene’s comments recently, it seems like he believes that with transfer fees getting more and more crazy, players running down their contracts is going to be more common. Players get their big signing on bonus and teams don’t have to spend 50 million on players like walker. If that’s the way the market’s going I wouldn’t be surprised to see Arsenal being one of the first teams to adopt that outlook. We’re going to lose Sanchez on a free but we also recruited a player from the Bundesliga team of the season on a free.

    But what do I know ha ha.

  28. GunnerN5 says:

    Zee, I never suffer from indecision I always know what I want to say – my issue is that I am truly a novice an writing and it takes forever to write something – I keep editing and then reediting until I’m satisfied.

    I’m truly in awe of your capability so quit selling yourself short and please continue to write your excellent posts.

    This is a true story that my wife would beat me for if she knew I was telling the blog world. She was about to watch a Dr. Phil show on the causes of indecision – but she could not make up her mind whether she wanted to or not. She is chronically indecisive.

  29. chas says:

    Zee
    I think your posts have been excellent. Every single one has sparked debate.

  30. GunnerN5 says:

    Arsene Wenger has revealed the latest team news ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield against Chelsea.

    The Arsenal manager provided updates on Mesut Ozil, Alexis, Shkodran Mustafi, Aaron Ramsey and Gabriel.

    This is what he had to say:

    on the team news…
    We have basically everyone available to choose from on Sunday and today in training we didn’t have Ozil, but he should be alright, and Ramsey, who should be alright as well. Some players are just coming back like Alexis and Mustafi, and I haven’t decided yet if I will involve them or not.

    on Ozil and Ramsey…
    Ramsey had a little muscular problem, and Ozil a a little ankle problem. They will train on Saturday.

    on Francis Coquelin…
    No, he is not available. He got injured in the Emirates Cup but we don’t think it will be too bad – two weeks.

    on Gabriel…
    He is a long-term injury but he starts to run again now.

    on Alexis…
    He is good, as you can see from training. He had a good rest, so he needs to work on his fitness but once he is in a game he is sharp. He doesn’t look like he has been away.

    on if he is over the flu…
    He is over the flu, yes. I told you it was never a problem for us.

    Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to http://www.arsenal.com as the source.

  31. GunnerN5 says:

    ‘Alexis will stay… it’s as simple as that’

    03 Aug 2017

    Alexis was all smiles during open training at Members’ Day on Thursday – but his future at the club remains a hot topic among the media.

    Arsene Wenger insists the Chile international will stay this summer, while he also provided the latest updates on whether Lucas will stay.

    This is what he had to say:

    on Alexis’ frame of mind…
    The frame of mind of a football player is quite easy. Once you go out and play, you focus on the game and you enjoy it. This is a thing that passes quickly, so enjoy every single moment – and he loves so much the game and what he does.

    on whether he has spoken to him…
    Of course, I speak to my players.

    on what he can tell us about those conversations…
    Nothing!

    on whether he has asked to leave…
    I just answered you. I will not give anything away on that but the only thing I can tell you is that he is focused, and my decision is clear: he will stay and he will respect that. It is as simple as that.

    on whether he has indicated if he will sign a new deal…
    That is again something that I do not want to come back on. Every negotiation has to be a little bit secret. The transparency of society is very pushy but we have to resist a little bit, as much as we can. We know as well we have a duty to inform people, but to talk about some things is not information anymore – it is suicide.

    on being confident Alexis will here for this season…
    I think he will be here this season, and if we can do it for more seasons we will do it as well.

    on if it is better for Chelsea if Alexis doesn’t play on Sunday…
    Maybe, but you know we want as well not to take as big a gamble on the player who has just come back and for us it is important to build his fitness and to put him in a reasonable condition before we expose him to tough tests.

    on if Neymar is worth 220m euros, how much is Alexis worth…
    You don’t have to calculate like that, today a player is worth what the club can afford to spend and there is no anymore. I would say that the price of a player depends on the identity of the buyer and you cannot put it on the context of the market. It is the financial potential of the buyer that decides the price of the player today.

    on other players who are in the last years of their contracts…
    Nothing to announce. We always make progress but I have nothing concrete to tell you on that.

    on whether he sees Lucas’ future elsewhere…
    Yes, because we have a congestion of strikers. I don’t like to lose him because, for me, he’s a top-quality striker but we have many strikers. At some stage, too much competition is not competition anymore. You cannot give a chance to everybody, so if he finds a satisfying solution, at least for a short time, he will do it.

    on whether it will be a permanent move or a loan…
    I don’t know. I don’t know.

    Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to http://www.arsenal.com as the source.

  32. Zee says:

    Thank you for the kind words – not deserved.

    With the Neymar deal breaking all records it would seem it is only the beginning of more of the same.

    The pendulum which had already moved in the favour of the players has now moved even more so.

    There is no real blame that can be attached to the players, other than greed, and clubs like Arsenal will have to devise a new strategy to stop the drain of money — and let’s face it, all roads lead to Rome, or that is to say the fans, who one way or another have to pay the bills for these deals.

    If the money stayed with the clubs there is no guarantee that they would reduce the price of seats, but with the billions sploshing thru the game there is always hope they might – but the current situation denies any such hope.

    I do not know what will happen but as many of us have said, football, starting with the unsavoury people right at the top of FIFA/UEFA, has sadly sold its soul to Mammon.

  33. Big Raddy says:

    Zee, Well said. UEFA/FIFA have ruined the game by allowing a few Oilers to buy football.

    What happened to Financial Fair Play?

    Thank goodness for clubs like Leicester, Seville, BD and Athletic M

  34. chas says:

    I reckon players used to kick the ball differently, too.

  35. oz gunner says:

    @ Zee

    Another well written post. Too many questions to deal with so early in the morning. I might go back to bed.

    I love the 3 down back. The injuries/retirements/old age question marks are an issue. We have Holding, Kozzer, Mustafi, and Monreal. Per will play bit part. Bellerin, Monreal and the new tank = wing backs (ox and gibbs too if they stick around.). Chambers is an interesting one. He played well last season and I’m not sure why we would get rid of him. Gabriel is a worry. Bielik is one for the future and looks promising. I’d like to see Elneny transition there like Song did once upon a time (Arsene does like flexibility).

    Per – 1 year and bit part
    Kozzer – Starting – few years left if his body holds up
    Gabriel – unknown with injury and is he good enough…I think he is with the right partner
    Holding – Starting – earned his spot and still young
    Mustafi – Starting – will thrive in his second season back.
    Monreal – Starting WB – couple years left
    Chambers – would be my first choice for rotation with Holding
    Bielik – loan again – takes Per’s spot in the squad next year
    Elneny – option for CB if in dire straights.
    Bellerin – starting WB

    I think we are pretty well stocked to be honest. Not to mention their are probably some under 21’s that I have no clue about.

    @ Radish

    FFP is dead. Apparently they are looking into it but 222 million on 1 player…if they can balance that out the books are cooked. Probably heavily back ended over several years. But I’m no accountant and when I read the FFP rules I get a nose bleed.

  36. chas says:

  37. Zee says:

    Hi Oz,

    Unsurprisingly intelligent appraisal of the CBs position as it stands, and difficult to argue against.

    Like you I have hopes that Bielik will mature into both a tough midfielder and a CB – so fingers crossed on that.

    My preference would be to keep the Ox, and I believe Arsene would like that too, but from what I hear Oxo is the one who wants to go, and he has a well known love of Liverpool.
    Disappointing for Arsenal and the fans if he sticks out for his last year and goes on a free.

  38. Zee says:

    Morning All. 🙂

  39. Zee says:

    Raddy,

    Many of us at the time thought that if FFP was applied according to the letter of the rule that the clubs who transgressed were more likely to be the wealthiest clubs, with the biggest, bestest lawyers and they could spend years – and a lot of money – in the European Courts of Justice, having worked their way through all the various sports arbitration bodies.

    Well, I hope you skipped that, at base FFP has been pretty much long grassed, and frankly if the multi-million ‘sponsorships’ of the state owned clubs is increased they will match the required financial balance.

    Think about it. Let’s imagine Qatar sponsor PSG for £1bn for their airline or whatever, and they own the club, so therefore as sponsors they would be really sponsoring the club with their own money.

  40. chas says:

  41. chas says:

  42. wally says:

    As the game has evolved, player power grown, finances for team and player (thru endorsements) soared, public relations importance grown, the complexities of managing a team, much less a large organization have soared as well.
    What one man could manage 15-20 years ago is now beyond anyone’s ability. With so many variables it requires a team with delegated responsibilities and co-ordination.
    In most organizations the role of the chairman or CEO is to establish the vision and have the COO and his team implement that vision.
    That we still adhere to this outdated business model where all the power lies in the hands of one man is a puzzle. It has led to stasis, if not paralysis.
    Tradition is great but at some point you have to adapt to the world that is, not the world as you wish it was.

  43. Rasp says:

    Thanks Zee, and my apologies for being late to the party.

    As usual. we don’t have access to the facts, so we can only sift through the information to see what is most likely to be true.

    It would appear that other clubs in the EPL top 6 are better at tying players down to contracts. I have also heard unflattering things about Dick Laws in the past … and yet he retains his job – therefore the club must be happy with him.

    Arsenal, like many other teams, seem to stumble upon winning formulas almost by accident or the by necessity due to injury and suspension.

    For me, the revelation of the end of last season was Rob Holding playing at the centre of a back 3. He still has a mistake in him, but everything about him suggests he is an Arsenal great in the making. IMO we should keep to the back 3 and continue with the Ox playing wing back.

    As for the decision/indecision thing. I do agree, we seem to procrastinate more than most. We know transfers are often dependent on the domino effect of player movement between other clubs. I think that should we sign Lemar or Mahrez, Sanchez will be sold …. but that is out of our hands until the ripples created by Neymar’s sale have reached our shores 🙂

  44. VP of Oz says:

    wally, you are truly fixated

    Rasp, I love the “but that is out of our hands until the ripples created by Neymar’s sale have reached our shores”

    Zee, excellent excllent

  45. Zee says:

    OK, wake up all you misanthropes, you cannot ignore a good looking, adonis of a hunk like me for long — or did I mean Terry? 🙂

    Hands on heart – does anyone else wish that the current dull calm before the storm would break with a sudden storm of transfer activity?

    I can be krool, when I want, and I want at the mo’ — if I ruled the world, or at least Arsenal, I would issue a decree that all injured players must suddenly return to full fitness and stop phaffing about or face my wrath.

    If they carry on earning money for old rope farting around in massage parlours like Terrible Terry, instead of sweating around a training pitch like everyone else, then they will be sold — no excuses, no nothing.

    Line up over there the following when I type your name:

    Cazorla – yes you — feeling your age, eh, trying to get another season with matron? Well it ain’t gonna work!
    Gabriel – hop over there – so you’ve got a pimple on your todger – that does not count . Git.
    Gibbsy – so you have twisted the toe on your left peg – well, you have another foot use that – OK, OK so you’re a one footed player. Out.
    Per – I know – you’re a lovely man – but you will have to go and live with all the other giraffes – shoo.
    Jack – if you concentrated on your day job, and left out all this marrying gorgeous models you wouldn’t strain anything.
    Le Coq – what can I say – you gotta go man.

    Well there you go – six malingerers, or over the hill giraffes, and there are more but my typing fingers has a bruise — no, no I’m not joining that lot – bugger off.

    And my next decree is coming hot off the press, unless you blogging bloggers move your asses real quick.

  46. Zee says:

    Rasper @1:18 pm

    I am with you in your assessment of Holding, it is a real possibility that he will mature into a real Arsenal hero and a potential legend in the coming years.

    While acknowledging your undoubted excellence at solving Times crossword puzzles, I am going to have to give you a smack if you change my ‘decisive/indecisive’ to a more plebian ‘decision/indecision’ — they look the same but their meanings quote different – no wonder you crack the crosswords – you cheat!

    Just between us – I am still poor to rubbish at the Times cryptic crossword, and even when I get the correct answers to the clues – they have nothing to do with the accredited logic path. 😦

    But I read recently that the brilliant man, Alan Turing, who cracked the enigma machine codes during WW2 at Bletchley was also rubbish at the Times crossword.
    Why does that matter? Well all the people who were recruited to work at Bletchley had to pass the Times crossword test to show they were good enough or ‘the right stuff’ to calculate crypto-analysis.

    It turns out – Turing was as bad as me, and he would not have been working there if he had not been directly invited by the top boss and avoided the ‘test’, otherwise the enigma code may not have been cracked and WW2 could have finished very differently mein Herr.

    So, just remember when you sneakily change my words — that you have to understand the way I am, mein herr, a tiger is a tiger, not a lamb, mein herr – and you’ll never turn the vinegar to jam, mein herr – I do… what I do… when I’m through… then I’m through… and I’m through… toodle-oo… bye-bye, mein lieber Herr. 😀

  47. GunnerN5 says:

    Just arrived Zee, sorry to have missed all of today’s chit chat but family matters have taken up my day.

    I just created a spreadsheet on my various quarterly blood tests. I was fed up having to continuously look at multiple reports and found that it did not give me an overall picture of any changes that may occurred.

    Now it is all committed to neat columns and rows showing the results, so now all I have to do is look along a line to discover any trends. Pleases my little mind no end.
    .

  48. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    GN5. You have too much free time 😀

    Holding? Looks an inspired signing but early days, early days.

    In other news … Stephy Mavididi has signed a loan deal at Preston.

    And did you know that Alex Song is currently strutting his stuff at Rubin Kazan, which is in the Republic of Tatarstan (which I have never heard of). Still … it’s a living.

  49. GunnerN5 says:

    I know Raddy but so much free time drives me crazy and I have to keep my mind active and my brain sharp. I yearned for free time when I was a working man and in fact I retired early at 60, thinking that I should do everything I wanted to while I still had time – now 20 years later………

    One of the biggest problems with getting older is that you lose so many of those who were nearest and dearest to you and that simply sucks. Memories can’t talk to you.

  50. Jnyc says:

    Zeered, this was a subject that needed to be explored.Ozil and Sanchez should have been extended for sure, and Ox also, in my opinion, though many might not agree.

    We had Alexis and Ozil on very meager salaries. These 2 unquestionable stars were/are being paid the same as 2nd choice rb’s at Man City, for example… approx 150k. We were haggling with them when they should have been extended. I’m not saying give them exactly what they wanted, but something commensurate with other clubs that would be after them. That is true market value.

    With Morata, Lukaku going for 65-75 mil transfers, walker, sterling, 50mil. Pogba? They are refuse compared to Sanchez and Mesut I won’t even add the inflated Mbappe, Neymar numbers…..

    What are we losing on Sanchez, Ozil, Ox if they go for free? It’s frightening to think about it. It’s mismanagement, and not just from Wenger.

  51. chas says:

  52. Good Morning everyone

    We have a New Post ……………… just gonna change the banner

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