Theo – Higuain – Nani up-front with Santi in the hole: it could work a treat

Nani and Higuain

It looks more and more that Arsene is very keen to bring Higuain to the home of football this summer. According to various reports, we are preparing a lucrative offer for the Argentinian. Nothing will happen though, it appears, until Madrid appoint their new manager. Whoever that will be will have to decide whether he wants Higuain to stay or let him go. Unfortunately, until then we’ll have to remain patient.

We are also being linked again with Nani of MU. The Portuguese winger has a goal scoring record of one in five, both for MU and the national team, of which some have been simply superb. However, he lacks consistency and after two full on seasons, Ferguson has benched him mostly during the last campaign – allowing him to play in just ten PL games all season, of which some as a substitute.

Nani appears to be a player who needs a lot of trust by the manager and Red Nose’s management style did not do him much good. No doubt, Wenger could do a better job here, but I am not sure whether the signing of Nani would be good business for us. At times he can be mesmerising and deliver that bit of extra quality our team often needs, but I cannot get overly excited about him joining us.

However, he has PL experience and will relish giving his career a second life, and with Wenger’s coaching he could become a very useful player for us. Our apparent interest in him could be an indication that Theo is to be moved to the middle next season. Nani, who can play on both wings, would allow the Englishman to play centrally with receiving good service from a proper winger.

But, with our strong interest in Higuain, it could be that Arsene is thinking of a front three of Theo – Higuain – Nani. With Jack  or Cazorla in the hole, this could become quite an attractive formation for us. It could actually work a treat!

Nani offers good close ball control and dribbling and lots of speed, and we know what Theo has to offer. Higuain, but also Giroud, would really benefit from proper wing service, and the likes of Santi and Jack would have plenty of options to conduct their multi-faceted attacking play – and often get on the score sheet themselves.

Although I see a DM and nr.10 as our biggest priorities right now, I would love us to sign an experienced, quality winger as well.

The question to ask fellow Gooners is: would Nani be a good singing for us and how would you see him fit best into the team?

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252 Responses to Theo – Higuain – Nani up-front with Santi in the hole: it could work a treat

  1. bc says:

    Like u I can’t see wenger changing his formation and for me wilshire does not have the discipline to play like ramsey/arteta did after the defeat to spurs. Even if we were to sign a really defensive DM beast jack just does not fit the role. For me fellaini has to be that player along side arteta. Other pairings that could work can be the back up. Coquelin/ramsey frimpong/diaby yennaris/aneke.
    As for nani he would be an excellent replacement for gervinho in the attacking midfield. Giving us 9 options walcott/nani/chamberlain/wilshire/rosicky/eisfeld/cazorla/podolski/ryo simply mouthwatering. Higuain and Giroud to challenge for the lone striker role with sanogo and afobe offering back up.
    That leaves just the defence to sort out. I would go for 2 new keepers. Schwarzer to replace Mannone then 1 from reina begovic mignolet or cesar to replace fabianski. Then I would replace djourou with either craig dawson, ashley williams or douglas who is available on a free. Fazio is another centre back who would come cheap. Also I would try to add micah richards allowing sagna to be our mr versatile as he can ay all across the back 4.

  2. Retard says:

    Can’t stand him.

  3. James Bond says:

    BOOING !

    that is one mighty looking team,

    Thanks TA, what a timely and well written article once more.

    yes, Nani is the way to go in terms of quality and someone who can easily work his way into the world top 10 footballers if he comes down to the emirates, Wenger can easily get the best out of him – no doubt

    sell Gervinho , get Nani in – sorted

    with Higain and Fellaini in the same team, i don’t see many teams beating us not only in England but also in Europe 😉 yep , in essence that will be team capable of going far in the CL as well.

  4. Terry says:

    Bayern Munich showed how important wingers are. Let’s hope Wenger puts a winger on the wing, rather than pushing a central midfielder wide.

  5. Dedie says:

    Get these players for me…
    An experienced GK (Julio Cesar)
    A CB (Ashley Williams)
    A No Nonsense DM (Fellaini)
    and
    A World Class CF (Higuain)

    A Nani addition on the side ain’t bad…

    Then guess what…
    ARSENAL FINALLY END THEIR TROPHY DROUGHT!!

  6. dave the gooner says:

    nani could!! be a great under wrenger. as a bit of business it makes sense to buy him for 8m as reported, whilst selling genvinho for the reported 12m. i would ripp lyon and Marseilles hands of for 10m. so the signing for me would be a good bit of squad improvement in my opinion.

  7. Dedie says:

    With £70M to dispose.. I’m sure these players are worth and would really give us the drive.. Our glory next season is in Arsene’s hands

  8. I don’t want us signing Nani.

  9. Dedie says:

    Frankly mate, I’d drop Theo for Nani

  10. James Bond says:

    Daniel Mitchell,

    why not ?

  11. Glic says:

    Higuain…..Yes !

    DM…..Yes !

    PuNani….No thanks !

    £70M + will get us Higgy, DM Beast and Eye candy Isco !. Don’t f**k me about Wenger !. hahaha

  12. Dedie says:

    With Nani and Higuain on board backed by Santi, Ox and Jack, i don’t see any defense in Europe stopping us.. Guns fully loaded!

  13. TotalArsenal says:

    bc 🙂

    I think we have had this discussion before a few times. Jack is perfect for the b2b role at this stage of his career, as long as he is fully fit. He can defend better than Ramsey, pass better than Ramsey and produce through-balls better than Ramsey. On top of that he has the confidence and the winner’s mentality… So it is Jack and the beast together in the double-DM pivot for me all day long.

    I like Ramsey too and would love to see him play regularly for us, but Jack is a cut above my friend! 🙂

  14. James Bond says:

    Dedie,

    Hee haw 🙂 start the engine time i reckon, while you’re at it,don’t forget to keep the trophy in the boot, haahahah

    yep, he can’t do any worse than Gervinho – that’s for sure.

  15. TotalArsenal says:

    Jambo 🙂

    Always good to give you a boing on a Sunday night hahaha 😛

    With his disappointing scoring record, what is it that you really rate about him?

  16. Dedie says:

    Higuain 9
    Nani 11
    Ox 7
    Santi 10
    Jack 8
    Fellaini 6
    Williams 5
    Kos 4
    Sagna 2
    Nacho/Gibbs 3
    Julio Cesar 1

    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WINNERS!!

  17. JB212 says:

    FINALLY ! A gunner who would welcome Nani !

    I’d love to have Nani at Arsenal, he’s one of the better wingers at United and is hands down better then any out and out winger we have currently have. Fair enough he’s had a poor season at United but players like him and Gervinho thrive on getting a confidence boost by their managers and neither have had that.

    If I was Wenger, I’d ensure that I sign Williams – Capoue – Nani and Higuain, if Fabianski decides to jump ship then I’d go for Julio Cesar, if not then he’s good enough competition for Szczesny, both Polish keepers and gunning for that Poland No.1 top.

    Szczesny – Fabianski 2
    Sagna – Gibbs – Jenkinson – Monreal 3
    Vermaelen – Koscielny – Mertesacker – Williams 4
    Capoue – Diaby – Coquelin – Arteta – Ramsey – Rosicky 6
    Nani – Walcott – Gervinho – Miyaichi/Gnabry – Podolski 4
    Cazorla – Wilshere – Chamberlain 1
    Giroud – Higuain 2

    That leaves us with space to sign 1 or 2 extra signings if necessary for that squad registration thingy bob

  18. TotalArsenal says:

    Dedie 🙂

    I would not swap the BFG with Williams but would not mind the Welshman to come and join us this summer. Same with Szczesny and Cesar, but an interesting line-up nevertheless! 🙂

  19. Dedie says:

    With Gervinhos and Ramseys on the list, we’ll still be dusting our empty cabinet seasons to come..
    I highly rate Nani as a forward.. His under performance this season was due to lacking playing time.
    I’m sure given constant starts he’ll perform

  20. TotalArsenal says:

    that is fine squad there, JB212 🙂

    Do you prefer Capoue to Fella ini?

    I would not drop Theo for Nani: the former is a lot more productive as a winger. A swap would be really horrible, but luckily you are not suggesting that. 😀

  21. Dedie says:

    I wonder, doesn’t Arsene know this??.. Just a few signings and rotations would do the trick!

    :@ :@

  22. Dedie says:

    With the Epl experience he got and his excellent performance this season, undoubtedly Fellaini’s the guy! Capoue will need time to adapt to Epl..

  23. aman says:

    What’s the point? Nani is inconsistent, ox should be given a chance and he will have more desire then nani.. Higauin great fit. Fellani would be good for the big games when we need to fight for possession, a new right back is needed and a good goalkeeper who is experienced. Wenger needs to go back to the 4-1-3-1-1 formation like he did with the invincibles. He needs a striker who can play in the hole like jovetic or even rooney giving us 4 strikers including theo and higuain.
    Starting 11
    Szczesny
    Jenkinson- per- koz-gibbs
    Fellani
    Theo Wilshere cazorla
    Jovetic/rooney
    Higuain
    Rest of the squad:
    Cesar,(new right back), vermaelen, williams, monreal, ramsey, arteta, diaby,rosocky, podolski, giroud, ox, gervinho

  24. JB212 says:

    @TotalArsenal – That’s a dreamy squad indeed !!! Let’s just hope Wenger makes that a reality

    To be fair, Fellaini could easily be added to that list with Fellaini switching from playing defensive mid to behind the striker if need be.

    With the wages recovered from Arshavin, Denilson, Squillaci and potentially the money from shifting Bendtner, Park Chu-Young, Djourou, Chamakh and Santos, Wenger should surely be sitting on over £100 million !!!

    Might as well add Fellaini to that squad ! and go for the Quadroople !!

    #GoonerGettingCarriedAwayHere

  25. James Bond says:

    cheers, TA

    his scoring record might well be scoring but one thing that’s not so disappointing is his ability, skills and trickery to bamboozle defenders left right and center, with both feet, a decent shooter /crosser of the ball from both feet, can play either right or left, can interchange positions perfectly with Theo or OX, no worries

    on his day, he can win you matches on his own – yep, he has the X factor for me…sure, he has under performed at the mancs but he has had his injuries along the way and what not, with Wenger’s guidance he can reach the very top of his game and deliver the goods week in week out bringing consistency to his game…

    he’s the closest you’ll find to a proper winger in england i reckon – and isn’t that what we want at arsenal a decent winger ? don’t forget how he can inspire the young guns the OX, Gnabry and to an extent Theo as well.

    Cesar

    Fellaini

    Nani

    if we don’t get Rooney or Higuain then i’ll take those 3, sure but if we got Higuain as well then it gets very interesting.

  26. gregarious13 says:

    Nani at anything below £10 million is a bargain. He is a quality player, however I’m uncertain at how he takes instruction, however he can produce moments of brilliance. I would hate him to arrive and believe he can just walk in to the first team, that attitude never serves us well, we need to build a team of players willing to fight for their places.

    Personally I would love us to pry Hatem Ben Arfa away from Newcastle, maybe Cabaye too!

  27. Dedie says:

    James Bond

    Just the perfect fitters that we need. Arsene should just set his purchase on those 3 or 4 mentioned

  28. TotalArsenal says:

    hahaha Glic – Isco still on your wishlist then? 😛

  29. TotalArsenal says:

    Aman 🙂

    That is some team your put up there. Cannot see us buy all of those though.

  30. Dedie says:

    Greg

    Having Santi, Jack and Arteta, i don’t see Hatem and Cabaye a priority. A more physical DM, a skilled winger and a lethal forward is what we need

  31. TotalArsenal says:

    JB212, nothing wrong with dreaming! 😛

    Jambo,

    The way you describe Nani it sounds a bit like Gervinho…. It would only make sense if Wenger would be able to get more consistency out of him.

  32. James Bond says:

    bit like Gervinho, who isn’t ? 🙂

    Gervinho – can lose you games on his own.

    Nani – can win you games on his own.

    Gervinho – does not have the potential to be in the worlds best top 10 players from what we’ve seen.

    Nani – still has that potential in him to make it at the very top, not so long ago people thought he would be the next Ronaldo and then injuries happened…he’s still 25/26, so the best is yet to come.

    he’s deffo an upgrade and improvement on Gerv i reckon (apologies to any Gerv fans out there).

  33. James Bond says:

    besides, you have to question Nani’s attitude as well if he were to be signed by Arsena, he would leave the Mancs not as a flop or a success but he’ll be very keen to prove a point or two to fergie and the mancs i reckon….

    combine his motivation with wenger’s calming effect , it may well land you a very consistent Nani.

  34. jhon says:

    without the overrated jack wilshere that team looks great

  35. TotalArsenal says:

    hahaha Jambo

    You are a born sales man! 😛

    Stats madam are unimportant, this player has the potential to reach the best eleven of the world – now that is a fact!

  36. TotalArsenal says:

    Catch you in the morning FFG’s 🙂

  37. Shamim says:

    I think arsenal should buy haghuin.nani as well.bcoz they has not got anything last 7 years witch is shame for arsenal fan.aresnal can buy any player they got lots of money.

  38. James Bond says:

    right time for you to write that cheque, i’ll accept that 8.5 million cheque gladly, TA 😀

    hahah

  39. James Bond says:

    let’s just hope his agents aren’t Tw@ts, that might be a can of worms though if he has the same agents as his other fellow Portuguese peeps.

    jhon,

    jack and overrated ? yep,only an overrated player can be missed by both club and COUNTRY when he’s injured.

    true.

  40. James Bond says:

    TA,

    how can you not watch spain vs uruguay on the beeb ? that’s criminal !

    good night!

  41. aman says:

    TA

    Yea it might seem a hell of a team.. Its unlikely we’ll get the ones I mentionted but that team would be the mordern day invincibles.. We are 4 world class players away from being the biggest team in the world. Remember from the invinclbes at least 2 out of the 11 players really stood out, that motivated the team, we need that now, we can’t rely on jack, santi or even theo. We need to rely on the whole squad. I believe jovetic is our next dennis bregkamp, santi is our pires, theo is our henry, fellani will be our gilberto or even vieria. 80m will help us get the premier league, remember arsenal spent 50+ last summer.

  42. weedonald says:

    Not sure Nani would fit…he has attitude and is a bit of a diver as well, a la Ronaldo. There are better options out there and recycling MU rejects isn’t one of them imho. Are you STILL going on about a ¨beast¨of a DM Total? By the way, where di Arteta and Ramsey disappear to in your plans? Maybe using Arteta as a substitute backup might work but Ramsey is reaching his prime and after last season, he has shown what we can expect for the future.
    All signs point to us keeping our players fromn last season and maybe adding 2 new faces…but it feels to me like no Rooney or Higuain….more likely younger, more malleable players with lots of potential….and no Felliani,Benteke or any other Belgian for that matter.AW seems to be hot on German and Spanish players(as he has repeatedly indicated) so maybe 1 from Spain (not Higuain) abd one from Der Bundesliga???

  43. jhon says:

    reali when did arsenal miss jack wilshere? when won away to bayern or did we miss him when we lost at home to bayern when he was playing? and for country is jack reali gonna win the world cup for england? back to bolton and this time for good

  44. JM says:

    Nani’s agent/agency is Jorge Mendes(super agent)/Gestifute. Carlos Vela is with Gestifute as well, when we ended our relationship with them (as are Falcao, C.Ronaldo, A. di Maria, Thiago Silva, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao and Jose Mourinho).

    Not seeing this signing happening (as with the rest of the players under that same agency/agent).

    For wingers/second strikers in EPL, there is Kevin Mirallas(Everton), Hatem Ben Arfa(Newcastle). There is also Thomas Ince(Blackpool) from the Championship. Outside of UK, there are Erik Lamela(Roma), Dimitri Payet(Lille), Nicolas Gaitan(Benfica), Dries Mertens(PSV), Jeremain Lens(PSV) doing well for their clubs.

  45. henrychan says:

    Hi all..
    TA.. I got the felling that We will get Higuan.. hehehe.. Juve is out from competition..
    Only a little bit worries about Mourinho.. cause he though Torres wasn’t good enough.. and could bring Higuan to Chelsea..

    Nani will go to Juventus.. they can’t afford Higuan but 8,5 millions for Nani is suitable for them.. hahaha.. and We don’t need any winger.. unless We sell Gervinho or Podolski..

    And why do you think Willshere is a DM.. All the season Wenger play him as an AM.. and will be there for the longterm.. hehe..
    And that’s what number 10 is all about.. isn’t it..?? hehe…

    Felaini only come if only think to replace Ramsey.. and I just don’t think it will happen.. I think Wenger will find someone to replace Arteta.. and Wanyama or Capoue or Strootman will suit for it..

    So.. for now let’s hope Higuan will soon be a gunners.. if not I still think Wilfred Bony is a valuable striker.. hehe..

  46. Highbury Harmony says:

    TA on the last post, outstanding work mate, such a joy to read! Very interesting premise/argument and I’m not quite where I side on the issue. On the one hand, it’s of high importance to add quality where we can to make us better, but at the same time we should not block the development of our youth either, provided they are ready. And that’s a big if/gamble.

    Imho, we should be buying high quality players in positions we are currently lacking that something extra special. For me, those positions are DM and ST. At CAM/nr.10/the hole position, I think we have all angles covered between AOC, Jack and Santi. If Jack and/or AOC are not ready for the role based on what the coaching staff see in training or are not producing the desired results in games, then Santi is more than capable of playing this position.

    The creative talents are there, it’s just a matter of fitting them all onto the pitch. Jack is an outstanding B2B mid and still learning as a CAM, and the big knock on his play at the B2B mid position is his defense. A proper, beast of a DM should alleviate this concern and give Jack, Santi and maybe even AOC more freedom to attack and inspire creativity.

    Bringing it all back into perspective, the DM position then becomes of the utmost importance. Why? Because it gives us the versatility to play a host of players next to him. For an attacking mindset, we can play Jack as a B2B mid if he is not flourishing in the CAM role. For a defensive mindset, we can play either Arteta or Ramsey there as a dual DM pivot. For a neutral mindset, we could play Arteta there and allow him to explore his creativity that he became famous for at Everton. Either way, it gives us versatility and variety, which is important in becoming less predictable.

    ST is my #2 priority because I’d not only like to see someone more clinical up front, but someone who is capable of producing that something extra special on their OWN. The current strikers we have are all heavily dependent on delivery and on days where we are stalled or frustrated, we fail to deliver the goods through other means. A ST capable of producing a goal out of nothing on their own makes us that much more dangerous of an opposition and again brings that element of UNPREDICTABILITY.

  47. Highbury Harmony says:

    Jhon, I’m not sure if your response deserves an actual response since it stems from sheer ignorance and stupidity, but I’ll meet you half way to amuse myself.

    Did we need Jack? Well, before the game at QPR, we were reeling and suffered back to back losses to Norwich and Schalke and lost to Chelsea two weeks before that. What did Jack’s return do for us? It brought life back into our squad and he provided us with that something extra special that drew defenders in and opened up space for others on the pitch.

    Is Jack’s effect quantifiable in terms of goals and assists? No. Do actual fans understand the impact he has on a game, our own players and on the opposition? Yes, they do.

    See what I just did at the end there?

  48. Highbury Harmony says:

    TA, another scintillating post, full of juicy transfer rumours and endless possibilities :).

    The Nani links both scare and excite me. On the one hand, he was always doomed for failure at Utd – being Portuguese and similar in style to the departing Ronaldo meant that he would always have to measure up to his predecessor. However, Nani is not Ronaldo that we know for sure.

    On the other hand, Nani can dominate games at times and is a capable dribbler, playmaker and scorer. The problem with him is always motivation and having him mentally focused. Would we benefit from buying low on Nani if AW could get him to be mentally in it for the better of the team? Of course, but that’s contingent on a big if and I’m not convinced AW will take that gamble. Nani might not be a poison to a team’s culture/environment but he can be selfish, ignorant and stupid. I guess what I’m trying to say, it’s a gamble not worth taking.

    I’ve already discussed my interest in Higuain in great detail, so I won’t go any further. I would love to have him here and I have my fingers crossed that AW can work some magic here and bring him for less than the reported 25 million Real are suddenly now after.

  49. malaysian gunner says:

    The press reports the French central defender may opt to leave. He said if the gunners can’t compete,he will do so. I aint surprised.The French manager has only himself to blame.
    As we all know he has been playing pattern weaving/pretty soccer to win which is very hard. Winning ugly is against his mantra. That’s why RVP left.
    I dare say if the dm had not left,the red faced would not have been able to win the epl. The gunners could have won it or even finsih 2nd/3rd.
    Now Wenger has to get the quality players who can make a difference and not some wc promising kids. These kids if fast tracked to the senior team may make waves initially but could peter out. Than it will be back to square one. Then the fb shd leave. He has wasted too much time.

  50. holart says:

    nani will be a good signing for arsenal.He has alot of PL experience.GUNNERS 4 LIFE

  51. I.P. from South Africa. says:

    Nani is definitely NOT the type of player Arsenal should even think of buying.
    He is not a player that puts his team or club first. All his histrionics, showboating and crying when he THINKS he has been hurt are not befitting of an Arsenal jersey.
    There are many other wingers around the globe who will put him to shame. He does not even respect his own National team when playing for Portugal.

  52. Simba Murerwa says:

    Honestly I don’t see Jack being the glue that will hold our team togerther. He is a very good player but is he better than Ramsey at defending? No. Is he better than Santi playing in the hole? No. Let’s not put too much pressure on him for now. Let him grow into a first teamer. With the players we are linked with and the ones we have I don’t see him playing week in week out. As players develop and mature the ones less expected to ber stars of the team become the key players the. OX might become one of our best central midfield players.In this era we don’t need a beast of a DM bt someone who can read the game like Busquets, Carrick, Gustavo, Martinez, Koke etc and Arteta and Ramsey have excelled this season. I see inconsistency and not quality as our biggest let down. Apart from Djourou, Chamakh, Bendtner, and Santos let’s keep our player and add a few good ones eg Fellaini, Higuain,Williams and promote youngsters like Eisfield.

    1. Schezzy/ Fabianski
    2. Jenkinson/Sagna
    3. Gibbs/ Monreal
    4. Koscielny/ Mertesacker
    5. Vermaelen/ Williams
    6. Arteta/ Fellaini
    7. Walcott/ Rosicky
    8. Ramsey/ Jack
    9. Higuain/Giroud
    10. Eisfield/ OX
    11. Santi/ Podolski

  53. TotalArsenal says:

    Morning all 🙂

    Aman – Jovetic is our next Bergkamp…. As a type of player, I agree and that is how you meant it, isn’t it?! 🙂

    WeeD

    I am soooo hot on a beast of a DM, I am about to meld hahaha 😛

    Both Arteta and Ramsey have a big role to play next season, but if I was to put up a best eleven with the TW fantasy stuff going round, it would be beast + Jack.

    You might be right about Wenger not signing Belgians in a hurry.

  54. Gerry says:

    Morning all, I am with the half of you, TA and others, that have doubts about signing Nani.

    The first thing that came to my mind, why swap one guy who needs nurturing, is inconsistent, and can overdo his play because he thinks he can beat everybody, for someone in the same mold?

    HH’s point on price is an attractive one, but can you believe it will stay that low, I can’t? If Gerv is on the £10-£12m mark, Nani will surely match or even surpass that. £15m is still good if he does come good.

    I think a couple off JM’s overseas list have been linked, and preferred by me. Ince has potential, but not at prices already being bounce around? He would add to the ‘British core’ though.

    If we do not get Higuain before whoever takes over at RM, then I don’t think we will get unless he sticks in a transfer request.

    In all the earlier responses, our potential first eleven, (an outdated reference in some ways if that is the team you play week in, week out, with everyone else as back-ups?) all seemed to rely on Santi as our only really creative player?

    Gregarious13 was the first to introduce two players from Newcastle who could provide that extra spark. If you rely on one source then it can all too easily be snuffed out. No I am not forgetting Jack or the Ox, and Rosi too, but when the game is clogged up you need that bit more. The AM that HH has on his wish list could be the one, as would glics one? But wish lists need to be confirmed in reality before we too overwhelmed with the idea that what we have is good enough over the long haul?

    Conclusion: Better options elsewhere?

  55. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers JM

    HenryC 🙂

    Wilshere is not a pure DM of course, but he can play in the double-DM pivot. I see him as our best box to box option next season, and once he starts scoring goals regularly, we will know why he has the nr.10 on his back.

  56. TotalArsenal says:

    Morning Gerry 🙂

    Back in a bit.

  57. Kingsley says:

    Really, i will love to see wenger sign him cos he has premier league experience and we need lots of attacking options to win trophies though he aint our priority. For me, higuin, fellaini, williams and a GK will do.

  58. Gerry says:

    Simba – Your response came up as I was writing mine. That is top squad of 20 that I had in mind. My list went to 22 though, as in my previous post, I think a creative AM is one that is missing, otherwise why did we drool a little over Cesc’s return? .. well some of us did?

    The otter addition is the extra striker, strangely in the roles that Nani could play, but not him.

    Then the squad has a real look of strength in depth, with variety. If Fab stays fine, if not, Schwarzer would be enough, if Mannone goes too, then we have able bodies like Martinez who would be fine. Others from the academy would provide, and should be given opportunities, to cover double injuries in any one area.

    I hope you approve of my additions to your splendid list?

    On the Fellaini thing, I agree with Henrychan, Strootman looks a better fit at £23m?

  59. Gerry says:

    Not sure when I can add anymore, as I am already preparing my Ascot blog. But hopefully a signing might be completed this week, albeit not official for another two weeks.

    let’s see some of that £££’s flexing muscle IG?

    Enjoy the week, it is going to be a bumpy ride … Oooh, slipping into gee gee mode already?

  60. B johnson says:

    YES – I WOULD TAKE NANI. AT LEAST WE WOULD HAVE A WINGER WHO COULD BEAT HIS DEFENDER, NOT LIKE THAT ARESHOLE – WALCOTT

  61. TotalArsenal says:

    HH at 3.31, cheers 🙂

    Very fine comment: it reminds of Theo’s run all the way from defence during our CL game at Liverpool! Top stuff! 🙂

    Yes Santi, Jack and Ox between have everything to offer and if we are to play 4-1-2-3 next season we do not need a nr.10. But if we continue with 4-2-1-3, I feel we need a more complete nr.10 than we currently have. Jack and Ox are not there yet, and I feel Cazorla plays at his best in the free role from one of the wings.

    All agreed on the DM (of course) and I can see your point re the unpredictability-adding ST.

  62. TotalArsenal says:

    HH,

    Agreed Nani (nana) comes with alarm bells ringing. My gut feeling tells me not to do it, but my brain thinks PL experience, ambitious boy, Wenger coaching, sunny London rather than shitty Manchester, working with Theo and Cazorla and Jack….. and it does kinda look okay again. You know what I mean? 🙂

  63. TotalArsenal says:

    Malaysian Gunner 🙂

    Good comment. Koz will not be allowed to do a Van Judas and don’t read too much in the articles telling us Koz is unhappy. You are falling for the script too much my friend. 🙂

    The essence is to hold on to our players and Arsene wanted van Judas to stay. The latter wanted away and burned his bridges and did indeed put us back a step again. But things are different now, and soon Koz will be telling the little boy inside him that he did the right thing by shutting him up and continue to play football at its rightly home.

  64. TotalArsenal says:

    Simba, fine comment, although I disagree with some of it.

    yes Jack is better at defending than Ramsey imo: a better tackler and reader of the game. Also, Jack, like all top players, wants the pressure, the big stage, getting everything out of himself, so no need to worry about putting too much pressure on him. For Jack pressure is good, it helps him to reach his full potential.

    Re BEAST of a DM: I am referring to their physical attributes as well as footballing skills, as we do indeed need them both. Have we lacked physicality and excellent tackling in midfield last season? You betcha!

  65. TotalArsenal says:

    Gerry 🙂

    Good point about getting Higuain before the new manager is appointed being our best option.

    Yes, there must be better options than Nani elsewhere, but his PL experience is valuable. As a squad player, he would be more than decent, no?

  66. TotalArsenal says:

    Gerry 🙂

    Take it easy and just blog when you have a spare minute. We know how much you love your canine and equine four-footers! 🙂

  67. TotalArsenal says:

    B Johnson

    You are talking about one of us there, our top-scorer: leave Feo alone, will you! 😈

  68. plive says:

    nani would be a good signing.

    I think UTD screwed him over when they signed ashley young who was far inferior but favoured over nani. To give him the confidence that he will play every game will be beneficial to him.

    would like to see joel campbell back, send him on loan for half a season to a team.

    I do think a couple of midfielders will have to depart as the ox will play more, hopefully gervino, maybe podolski?

    what are peoples thoughts on rosicky? personally i think he is great, but can we have a player who can only give us a third of a season? same with diaby, should we loan him out when he comes back that way if he becomes injured he doesnt leave us with a problem.

  69. TotalArsenal says:

    plive 🙂

    Agreed on campbell – would be nice to see him in a Gunners’ shirt next season.

    Rosicky is good to bring on in games or to replace tired, suspended or injured players in the bigger games. There is good value there, but yes, the man’s whose anagram is ‘Sickroom Stay’ is limited by his fitness issues.

    Re Abou: best not to count on anything any more, and who knows, maybe a miracle will happen… 🙂

  70. plive says:

    there has been something on my mind for the last couple of weeks since gazidis said we have so much money to spend due to saving, sponsorship deals etc.

    when we signed carzola last year, wenger said a few months later he wanted isco as well at the same time.

    isco is a special talent why didnt the board give wenger the money to do that pruchase also.

    I would be very suprised if he ended up at arsenal now but its very baffling as gazidis said ths money is there for special talent

    As much as grenier would be a good and welcome signing. what will happen to eisfeld ?

  71. TotalArsenal says:

    plive

    did not know about Wenger wanting Isco as well last season.

    There is a constant dilemma between signing players and promoting our own upwards. Not everyone seems to understand how hard it is for Wenger to make the right choices.

  72. plive says:

    it is a hard job, and we are lucky enough to have a manager who has done it so well. it was good to see mourinno saying pleasent things about wenger for once.

    I would like to see everyone who claims to be an arsenal fan , to back wenger next season.

    what are thoughts about sagna? he’s been a good player for us but surely we should him let move on.

    thoughts on paulinho, could he be an option to fellani?

    impressed with southampton purchasing lovren and now linked with banega,

  73. Bryan says:

    For me the most important signing we can make this year would be Fellaini.
    IF we also got Higuain, Begovic & Nani (yes I think he would be worth signing)
    I would be very happy but not convince it will happen

  74. AFC says:

    For JB from the previous post.

    Ramsey is definitely ahead of Jenkinson in terms of development and I would say Ramsey has the edge on the Ox. I say this because Ramsey is a safer option. In some matches he will not any good but he will also not do much wrong. The Ox at times is a bit to explosive for me. He can change a game but in an important match I would start Ramsey over the Ox and use the Ox as an impact sub if I had the choice.

  75. 17highburyterrace says:

    Hey Total….I’m still waiting on my personal responses from the Giroud post AND from the Jack, Theo, Gibbs, Ox post… 😉 … Just kidding, of course, and I was away from the ‘puter myself for father’s day stuff. Happy belated for you and all the rest who dress their kids in red w/white sleeves…

    On the current topic, I’ve got to put Nani down in the “never gonna happen” category. Of course, as always, WTF do I know… (abbreviated OCAAWTFDIK…)

    My reasoning is thus: Moyes is new and swimming in some big shoes. If a player of Nani’s quality were to go–on the cheap–to a rival and come up big he’d be coaching Celtic in a year…It’s simply not worth the risk. (Same goes for Rooney, 007, sorry…) JM’s info on the agent front also would seem to make it a non-starter. Finally, we already have the English Nani. Though his game is very different, both Nani and Theo would “start” on the wing but both want a central role and tend to drift centrally (or wherever they choose deeper on the pitch when trying to ignite a break)…

    So, again, while we can speculate all we want with every (agent planted) media play, I think we need to watch how things shake out and (currently) it’s all a bit of a merry go-round. Up the road, those people must be sweating on the Bale to Madrid, AVB to PSG rumours. If that were to happen that would mean only Wenger (and Rodgers, I guess) would be carry-overs amongst the top teams in England. That’s crazy, I think…

    Anytime a manager moves players must move too. Martinez is in Brazil (on TV) but I think he needs somebody (maybe us) to trigger Fellaini’s release clause so that he can plunder his old squad plus additional fine players who need to get out of Spain. Releases are paid off over time too (I think) but it’s interesting that Arsenal are making noise about paying cash up front (to RM for Higuain). Is there a cash flow problem at a bunch of clubs? I wouldn’t be surprised if there was…

    Personally I think we’re lining ourselves up for some sort of very early, very big (at least by our standards) 1st of July announcement (I still haven’t ruled out Jovetic)… These managerial questions, however, need to be settled and then they have to talk to their players (and agents) and see what’s what. At least we’re in the mix throwing around the silly money (with the likes of Barca and/or Pep wanting our little bird man–Koscielny…) and forcing players (or at least “journalists”) to speculate on where the big names want to go (and for how much)…. In the meantime, we could announce a contract extension (Sagna, for example, please…) before the window opens, couldn’t we?…

    Being Monday, I imagine we’ll hear some more tasty talk sooner than later. Alas, I too have family coming to town so I won’t be able to ride the roller coaster up every peak and into every valley….Luckily, I know you guys will be there in my stead…. 😉 😆

  76. AFC says:

    TA, top post. 🙂

    One winger worth looking at could be Tom Ince. Not to play in the first team but to be developed like what United are doing with Zaha (who apparently we rejected) if we could get him for a cheap fee.

    If Gervinho does leave we will have to buy a replacement. A top experienced winger would cost at least 20-25 million. I do not see Wenger spending this much on a winger. So we are left with three options. Firstly, we buy a winger who is not established, on the cheap who will likely be pretty average. Secondly, buy a young winger with potential or buy Nani who has PL experience, CL experience, has the skill and trickery which none of our wingers currently possess and has won trophies but is in bad form . I pick Nani

  77. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi 17 🙂

    I bet you are brewing coffee right now! I will read your comment now.

  78. TotalArsenal says:

    17, happy FD to you too – as a fellow stay at home dad, we know we deserve it hahaha 🙂

    Good summary on the reasons we’re unlikely to sign the Nani, and you are probably right. Good ro read you are keen on Fella ini, but don’t give up on Rooney yet hahaha 🙂

  79. TotalArsenal says:

    17

    Which part of your family is coming and for how long?

  80. AFC says:

    17ht, there is a strong possibility it will not happen (about 95%) for so many reasons.

    1) Wages could be an issue.
    2) Man U are not stupid enough to sell one of their players to one of their biggest rivals.
    3) I just do not see Wenger going for a player like Nani mentally.
    4) JM’s point about agencies.

    And that’s just a few reasons. But you know. 😉

  81. AFC says:

    * But you never know. 😉

  82. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers AFC 🙂

    Don’t know much about Tom Ince: how highly do you rate him?

    Strong arguments in favour of Nani but I remain undecided about him joining us. Must do better comes to mind and money should not be the biggest problem now…

  83. aman says:

    TA

    Yea that’s what I meant, bergkamp was brought from an italian club, jovetic is at an italian club. Jovetic has speed, flair, finishing and can make runs beyond the striker, he has good creativity and can play on the flanks, his height is a bonus… To the people who are saying jack can’t fix the problem- of course he can, jack is a player who links with defence and attack, he makes runs from deep, and he’s an engine. He may not be the best tackler but neither was cesc.

  84. AFC says:

    TA, I have do know a lot about Ince but I have heard great things about him. I would say he is in the same class as Zaha, not sure if he is better than Zaha though.

  85. AFC says:

    TA, I do not know a lot about Ince but I have heard great things about him. I would say he is in the same class as Zaha, not sure if he is better than Zaha though.

  86. 17highburyterrace says:

    TA, My mom and Dad and my mom’s twin sister (my aunt, who is like a 2nd mother….) are coming up. The “girls” are turning 82 on Thursday….

    The problem is that I don’t like to run the espresso machine and grinder too early when we have guests… (and I have to do all the cooking, cleaning, etc…. In general it’s a busy time of the year because my boy is already out of school but my wife still teaches until the end of June… And, on top of that, the week after this I actually have a “job” I need to do….) Luckily, like I say, I think it’s all paper talk for the next week or two–fun to follow, but I don’t have the eagerness to explore all the possibilities only to not have them happen… At least there’s not a lot of football to watch… (And none to actually worry about…)

    Yesterday (here) they did have Mexico-Italy on the telly (and a lot of ads about the new NBC-ESPN coverage of the Prem…) Has Vela been permanently banned from the Mexican team? If anybody could’ve matched Mario B, it would be our (former 😦 ) boy Carlitos… El Tri (as they’re called) are struggling (at the moment) in CONCACAF WC qualifiers too….

    Still waiting on the other posts…(And still just kidding, like I said, I was honored you carried my quote from the one to the other…) I think you’ve got it about right–Buys must be balanced with talent coming into the first team, a delicate task and one a lot of bloggers do not think about nearly enough…

  87. 17highburyterrace says:

    Uh oh, my comment is “awaiting moderation.” Did I say something wrong? (What triggers the response?…Just curious…)

  88. Glic says:

    Isco has a release clause of 35M Euros, why doesn`t Wenger activate it ?.
    We missed out on activating Goetze`s one !. Don’t dilly dally Arsene, give us someone who is SQ, someone who will give us fans a boost !. Higuain may be a good buy, but I want the BOING FACTOR !…..not a semi !. Lets just let City and Chavs buy all the technically gifted BOING ! players and we can have what will basically be a Manscum reject in puNani !.

    Yours
    Limpness of Cornwall

  89. JM says:

    @ TotalArsenal June 17, 2013 14:13

    Thomas Ince, age 21, 1.78m, winger/attacking midfielder, Blackpool & England U-21.

    i) Father is Paul Ince (who is also his manager at Blackpool)
    ii) The Football League Young Player of the Year: 2013
    iii) Inside PFA Championship Team of the Year : 2012-13
    iv) 18 goals and 14 assists in 44 league games with Blackpool (2012-13)

  90. JM says:

    Other continental wingers/wide attacking midfielders mentioned earlier:

    a) Erik Lamela (Roma), 21 yrs, 1.83m, Argentinian/Spanish

  91. NAX says:

    Nani can’t do any tin better,I tink gevino is far a better player than nani.

  92. 17highburyterrace says:

    Your Limpness, Congrats on your Father’s day haul… I picture all male children (and some girls) looking like one very glicky fellow…

    Whilst I haven’t changed my tattoo of Francesc to Francisco quite yet (it was painful, the original work down there…) I do understand the boing factor and I see the two players as quite alike. Unfortunately I haven’t seen a ton of Malaga but I did see him perform in that match they won (at home) vs Madrid. Of course, they weren’t the only Andalucian team to beat Mourinho’s boys this season… (Granada did the 1-nil at home, too…)

    Indulge me with a little ‘Isco love. Slightly more mobile than Cesc, with strong technique but maybe not the range of passes of our (former 😦 ) player? As good a finisher, but maybe a stronger shot with his right foot?…

    Obviously City would have the inside track (Pellegrini) on getting him (and paying him absurd wages) which would also equal a bye-bye for $amir Na$ri… Should we be thinking of taking the chinless turn-coat back?…

  93. TotalArsenal says:

    Aman, really glad to read your summary of what Jovetic would offer. I have been saying the same here, but not many agree with me. 🙂

  94. JM says:

    b) Dimitri Payet (Lille), 26yrs, 1.74m, French

  95. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers AFC and JM: 14 goals and 18 assists in one season is flipping brilliant, and a son of Ince is another good sign!

  96. Highbury Harmony says:

    Liverpool are now being strongly linked to Christian Eriksen. AW was a long time admirer of the Dane and if Liverpool are able to sign him over us, that would be quite a coup and a direct insult to our transfer reputation.

    His rumoured fee is apparently only £15 million.

    TA, yes I understand the infatuation with Nani IF AW can actually get him under control and focused since he has the talent and experience to succeed. However, that’s a big IF and likely a gamble we just do not need to take right now if that makes sense. There are plenty of other talented players with better heads on their shoulders out there available to be purchased right now.

  97. Highbury Harmony says:

    We should just go for broke and pony up the cash for El Shaarawy or Reus 🙂

  98. JM says:

    c) Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica), 25yrs, 1.73m, Argentinian

  99. TotalArsenal says:

    WOW 17 – you will be busy then! 😀

    Mexico definitely missed Vela yesterday, but what did the keeper do for the first goal: was he hoping to headbutt the ball out of his goal?!

    Your comment was blocked because you used the word *Mario* which is a forbidden word on BK 😛

  100. TotalArsenal says:

    17, Now that is fine title for a post: ‘$amir Na$ri… Should we be thinking of taking the chinless turn-coat back?

  101. TotalArsenal says:

    JM – thanks for the prospect vids. Is not time for you to do us a prospects post: text + vids?

  102. udidass says:

    Nani, will fit in perfectly with the arsenal fc

  103. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi HH,

    I am not that impressed with the Dane, although he had some good games in Holland recently. Liverpool need him more than we do, as we need established top quality to come in at the AM/nr.10 position and Erikson would be a bit of a gamble.

  104. Highbury Harmony says:

    TA, I understand that Liverpool need him more, but it’ll still be quite the coup for them. He’s an outstanding talent that just needs to exert himself on a consistent basis. He’s got the ability to completely take over games and is still extremely young at 21.

  105. 17highburyterrace says:

    That’s funny TA… Could you issue a list of banned words, names, etc..

    I was able to only glance at the match yesterday so I didn’t see the goal. When I tuned in late, Mexico were done… One thing I do know is that (former Barca and Spurs players) Gio Dos Santos is a black hole–in the astrophysical sense–he cannot see a pass…Vela by comparison, plays with his head up and is very Cesc-y in this regard. It really saddens me that he couldn’t lay off the chips when he was in London… 😆 Carlitos has SOOOO much skill but he needed to show the drive and fitness commitments which Chicharito, an inferior player in my eyes, showed at United. I did watch every Sociedad match I could (when I was in Spain)… Vela is a diver (which doesn’t fly in England) but he makes everybody around him better and he can finish pretty well himself. Is he fat or is he just stocky? Maybe (your boy) Wayne Rooney knows… In my mind he and Jack (and older guys Santi and Sicky) could do a real job in that hole of yours….

    😆

  106. AFC says:

    HH, would El Shaarawy not be similar to the Ox in terms of development. Could he come into the first team and be on par with Theo and Santi?

  107. James Bond says:

    someone above mentioned that if Gervinho was in the 12-13 million bracket then surely Nani would be near 15 million ?

    no sir, Nani has another year remaining on his contract which means come 6 months, he is free to sign a pre-contract on a free else where..

    Utd much rather sell him for 6/7/8/9 million instead of letting him go on a free.

  108. Highbury Harmony says:

    AFC, El Shaarawy has already scored 16 goals in one season in Serie A and his 2 goals and 2 assists in 6 CL starts also adds to a fairly impressive resume.

    He is miles ahead of Ox in terms of development. If he can perform at Santi’s level as a ST, that’d be an incredible purchase for us and be that extra something special we need.

  109. James Bond says:

    drifting off the topic slightly and playing the devils advocate on the Fellaini deal,

    what if Fellaini puts in a transfer request himself ? surely that must allow Arsenal to buy him in the region of 20 million instead of the 23 million release clause ?

    could that be one of the main reasons why we’re reluctant to activate his release clause ?

    Everton didn’t want to sell Arteta either but the player himself wanted to come to arsenal hence we got him on the cheap (slightly).

    by the way AFC, you were asking me about the England team and what must be done to improve it, well, i think if Arteta qualifies as a british citizen and as per rules of Fifa then the FA should look to get him on board ? i was just thinking this the other day 😉

  110. aman says:

    TA

    I can see why people won’t want jovetic, he cannot play as a lone striker.
    People are saying we need ince? Really? He’s a good talent but we need proven stars, the system needs to change, we need the 2 flank players coming in from wide and the fullbacks bombing forward… The 4-2-1-3 system won’t work to many teams are using it. We do not need an attacking mid, we need a physical DM- 2 strikers- a CB, GK and right back if sagna leaves.

    TA what’s your view, what do arsenal exactly need and do you agree with me when I say we need to change the system? Will we get top 4 if wenger buys average and over rated players who just want money like nani?

  111. Gee Eager says:

    I don’t trust Theo’s finishing…

  112. James Bond says:

    AFC Wrote @
    June 17, 2013 13:36
    For JB from the previous post.
    Ramsey is definitely ahead of Jenkinson in terms of development and I would say Ramsey has the edge on the Ox. I say this because Ramsey is a safer option. In some matches he will not any good but he will also not do much wrong. The Ox at times is a bit to explosive for me. He can change a game but in an important match I would start Ramsey over the Ox and use the Ox as an impact sub if I had the choice.

    you nailed it when you said, Ramsey “is the safer option”

    safer option = not much creativity, holding onto a lead, firing blanks , running tirelessly all around the park, ending the season without a trophy yet more

    yep, haven’t we had enough of the safer option since the last 8 years 🙂 course, he’ll be ahead of Jenkinson, you do realize , Ramsey was suppose to be the next big thing and no one even knew about Jenko a few years ago… Ramsey was already an established international for Wales….. so for Jenko to come from a lower division and then in a few seasons get his first international cap speaks volumes , doesn’t it ? the lad has done well and is the way to go if Sagna leaves… !

  113. TotalArsenal says:

    HH, he could be the next Henderson 😆

    Nah, you are right it would be a coup for them.

  114. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi 17,

    I will email you about the word banning stuff. 🙂

  115. 17highburyterrace says:

    007, I like the way you think….Fellaini as a record signing (or THE big) doesn’t really inspire…As the “2nd” signing and for a more reasonable price, however… I thought about trying to fit him into my fantasy squad a few times over the past couple of years and it seems like he’s often out injured (or worried about being injured or maybe rested by Moyes). Part of being a “beast” means always being available. For all his unbeastly qualities, Arteta seems likes he’s been available more for us than he was for Everton… (or overused by Wenger trying to get by with a skeleton squad)….

    Agree about Ramsey 🙄 … Jenks has done well but losing Sagna would be a blow. Like I said, P$G is the (current) wildcard team–They need a manager, they’ve got money, they’ve got players who want to leave and there are many other players who want to go there for a more cushy ride. $amir Na$ri and his big salary would seem ideally $uited for $uch a $pot (on the banks of the $eine)…. Now I’ve got to figure out how I can get my keyboard to come up with the Euro sign….

    Headline in the Guardian says Isco will choose either City of RM….

  116. 17highburyterrace says:

    TA, in your e-mail tell me when you’re coming for a visit, too… (It’s awfully nice here…) 😉

    Quite a story out of your homeland today about kids (and parents) being sentenced for beating a linesman to death…

    Are you at the close of your (family) hosting duties?….

  117. TotalArsenal says:

    Aman

    I believe if we do not buy anybody and not sell our key players either, we will finish in the top-three next season.

    Arsene is a great manager who can work with what he has got a do really well with them. However, if we want to win something and/or go back to Wengerball, we’ll need a top class DM and nr.10, a veteran GK as back up for the super-Pole, and, if I am dreaming further, a winger who terrorise the opposition, would be the icing on the cake.

    What do you think we need, and where are you based, Aman?

  118. AFC says:

    JB, apparently it is a myth that Arteta qualifies to play for England.

    Not sure about Fellaini

    And I see your point re- Ramsey.

  119. AFC says:

    JB, The player is not eligible for England because FIFA Statutes stipulate that the player needs to have held a British passport at the time when he represented Spain at the U16 European Championships and in addition he would have required five years of education in Britain before turning 18.

    I think that is why we did not see him in an England shirt. 😀 😉

  120. Admir says:

    Another splendid text, TA. and another mouthwatering option. 🙂

    Personally, I rate Nani highly as a player, maybe because both Bosnian national team (2:6 defeat to Portugal in play-offs) and Arsenal (that 2:8 disaster) were punished a lot by Nani. I believe that his talent mixed with pace should have been used much better than it has been so far. His abilities remind me a lot of those Gareth Bale has (including diving) except Nani is right-footed – he is quick and can beat his marker using either technique or pace while the stand-off approach leaves the opponent exposed to Nani’s long shots. Unfortunately for Nani, he has been somewhere between Ricardo Quaresma and Cristiano Ronaldo on the diagram of talent and use of it.

    If Nani signs for us and repeats what he did in 2010-11, I believe that Giroud will score 25 goals in all competitions while other players in our attack will enjoy due to better use of Giroud’s aerial abilities. Then again, he might stuck on the diagram of successful transfers anywhere between Arsenal and United between Silvestre and Van Judas.

  121. AFC says:

    HH, El Shaarawy sounds the real deal. What would you say his best position is? I thought he was more a SS than ST.

  122. Mr omae says:

    No ! Nani cant deliver wit our style of passing th ball is same 2 Gervenoh selfish we want teamwork!

  123. TotalArsenal says:

    Yes that is sad story, 17HT.

    My mum returned home yesterday. it is uncanny that we both are SAHDs and our wives are teachers. Mine had to do end of year reports and had no time to help me. So it was ‘Total’ entertainment, cooking, housekeeping etc.

    I am trying to convince my wife to go to the USA next summer, and it would be great to meet up with you and HH (and Milo if he ever returns to BK that is! 🙂 ). I am not trying to smooth you when I say that California is my favourite part of the world besides Scotland. 🙂

  124. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Admir 🙂

    Fully agreed, Ollie would be like a dog with two dicks if Nani was to join! 😆

    Are you currently working on another one of your fine masterpieces?

  125. aman says:

    TA

    So do you think we can finish above chelsea and the two manchester clubs who are going to spend big? Wenger is one of the best managers in the world but the would be a massive challange for him to finish top 3 without no improvements.

    So do you believe nani could do the job out on the flanks? You got to remember he will want 150k a week, he turns up 2 games in every 5 matches and if man united don’t want him why should we? Ox could do a better job.

    The one thing I’ve been disapointed with is our younger talent coming through the ranks, 5-7 years ago wenger would play the ‘kids’ what exciting talent have we got coming up? Ryo, gnabry, miqual and that’s about it really.

    I’m from stevenage

  126. TotalArsenal says:

    Aman

    If Arsene would stick to the way we played at the end of last season we would finish in the top-three guaranteed. If he opts for a return to some sort of Wengerball it might be harder with the current set of players.

    I say this to you: think away Cazorla, Giroud, and Gervinho and return back to the squad Cesc, Van Judas, Song and Nasri. Would we be winning silverware by now? Wenger makes talents ‘from scratch’ and if he can keep hold of them the team will slowly get better and better imo.

    Yes Nani could do a job for us, but as per the post and comments, I am not fully convinced. The brain says maybe, the gut says no. There is no way he would demand £150k per week: what made you say that?

    How many clubs have more exciting prospect coming through than us? You should also have added Yennaris, Bellerin and Eisfeld imo. 🙂

  127. Admir says:

    Well, I was busy lately doing series of articles for allarsenal.com – I calculated average ratings for all our players last season based on reports and ratings on the site and divided it on four parts – goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, attackers. It was a hell of the job but it might be a unique thing in Arsenal cyber-world where all ratings have been collected.

    I did a text between two parts that compared our winning side from 2001-02 with current team. It might sound like a far-fetched comparison but there are some connections. http://allarsenal.com/guestposts/2013-14-arsenals-season/

    However, I can inform you that there is a piece (we shall see whether it’s a master-piece or piece of manure 😀 ) in my head but I don’t want to say that it’s going to be about Jack Wilshere.

    Ups! Did I just give it away? 😮 😀

  128. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Nani TA? Not for me. Growing up in the posh parts of Stepney and Wood Green (hahaha) i had a nanny as a kid that i despised. When my parents were out she abused me by forcing me to wear girls clothing, naming me Terryenca, and i had to play with Dolls Houses. Many years later i joined a support group for all the other victims Nanny had abused, and it turned out that the experience had all forced them to become Transvestites. hahaha

    We dont need Nanny anyway. Another striker to add to the pool, and maybe a tall centre back to cover Per and were good to go. Our young players will go up 20% next season.

  129. TotalArsenal says:

    Admir, that is a fine post: very thorough and clever, and above all positive. Hope you are right! 🙂

    Looking forward to the kcaj erehsliw post 😉

  130. Red Arse says:

    Another fine Post, TA, 🙂

  131. Unlike Adjen Roben from chealse.Good signing

  132. Red Arse says:

    I would be very happy with the team you have set out, and I think even ‘you know who’, on the right wing, might settle in very well with Higuain as the new CF — altho’ I still like Giro, who with Nani on the wing, if we sign him, might be given a better service.

  133. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Redders 🙂

    Yes Giroud would benefit tremendously from a dedicated winger in the team.

    What do you make of the new Chairman SIr Chips Butty?

  134. udodas says:

    It will turn out to be undisputable eleven take it or live it.

  135. amadi ibeabuchi says:

    I dnt think nani is d player dat can win us d premier league bt if we can bring in fellani den we are real title challengers cos d dept in d squad as in wot u ave on ur bench determines ur intentions,besides wenger being d oldest and longest serving manager nw in d league gives him d edge despite aving mouriniho on board nw if we buy those players and keep d best we ave nw den nani is welcome cos he can still perform at d highest level

  136. Seun says:

    It good to sign nani

  137. aman says:

    I 100% agree with you if we had kept the players you mentioned that were sold off we would have won the PL. But every single year you have to improve on what you’ve got. Likes of madrid and barca are great example, they are always adding 2 quality players each year.
    With nani he wants 130k a week at united.. He would demand more from a club that are not competing for trophies. I just can’t believe we didn’t get jesus navas, he’s a quality player.

    As for the youngsters you mentioned they are good but not an exciting prospect :S

    We’ll see what happens in the next month or so, in wenger we trust (let’s just hope he signs a contract extension)

  138. Gerry says:

    JB – It was I who suggested might end up at £15m. Why, well others will be attracted at the opening price, but if Monaco enter the bidding, plus one other???

    I did not mean to infer that he was worth that money though.

    I still prefer JM’s alternatives.

    On Ince – Blackpool were asking £20m when Liverpool pulled out. Again, I don’t say they will get that, but we know what the ‘home based’ tag does for inflated prices?

    I prefer JM’s alternatives.

    My wish list is likely to be reduced to one hopeful soon, so I am looking around for replacements …did I mention I like JM’s alternatives?

  139. Glic says:

    I feel like slitting my wrists ! 😥

    http://www.talksport.co.uk/magazine/features/130617/isco-notes-city-advantage-arsenal-man-barca-and-rafa-after-morata-talksp-199823

    I feel I`m going to be extremely disappointed this Summer TW, with not a SQ player insight ! ( although Higuain and Fellatio would be decent buys ) . However, if Wenger cant prise the SQ players out like Chavs and City manage to do ( basically paying the asking price ) , then I`d rather him buy no one than buy average players which will not appease fans like me ( maybe you too ) !.
    No sign of Chavs and City being hounded by UEFA FFP Officials yet and being banned from Europe !. Lets face it , if FFP was starting to work, then them two would have to sell their best players to be FFP efficient instead of buying all the effing talent !.( and I haven`t forgot you …..PSG and Monaco Khuntz ! )

    17ht…..Don’t believe TA….he told me my Principality of Lesbania was his favourite place !….I should know, I had to have him escorted out of the Capital ….Lesbo…. and onto the border by some Big Butch Lesbanian heavies, other wise the bastardido would have never have left !. hahaha

  140. Gerry says:

    HT 17 – How did Rose’s win in the US Open go down? I managed to stay awake for the finish. Really tight right up to the wire.

    It went to the one who made the fewest mistakes, which is what the course demanded?

  141. Chikezie Chinke says:

    It looks like a dream forward line, a perfect one. It will be unfair to compare Gervinho with Nani because Nani is a whole lot better player. 1. He’s more defensive minded. 2. he’s a better dribbler. 3. He’s more creative.. and 4. he’s more forceful and more confident on the ball and to say the least he is a better shooter. A great addition and Fellani with Higuain will be a better icing on the cake. A perfect team. Hope it comes through.

  142. Red Arse says:

    Sir Fish and Chips, has a certain gravitas, TA, and is a safe pair of hands.

    Of course, he is English and a member of the establishment — which is a good counter-weight to Silent Stan. 🙂

  143. Red Arse says:

    Now you have disappointed me, Gerry.

    I was hoping you were going to say that the US Open would have gone to the one who made the most mistakes. Now that would have been worth staying up late for. 🙂

  144. Highbury Harmony says:

    AFC, remains to be seen what SES’ best position is. He has played as a winger, SS and lone ST leading the line and is extremely versatile. I think if given the opportunity and development to play as the lone ST full-time, he would thrive as he has started to in Milan.

  145. ProudGooner says:

    I say grab Nani if you can , even more so for that price with i find hard to believe i really do. I also don’t see MU wanting to sell him to us. He would be an awesome signing for us.
    It’s so nice to finally not be worrying about who is leaving and getting excited about what talent Wenger is lining up for a serious challenge, as i said before i fully trust his judgement to find top quality.
    I do worry a little about the players that have improved and been vital last season being over looked for the season ahead. I see many of you over looking Arteta, OX, Podolski, Giroud to an extent and shockingly even Jack lol , can’t believe matey said sell him to Bolton he is the next Gazza. Even Rosicky and Diaby bless him i want him to just rest for a couple of months come back strong , comitted in challenges and be injury free. Ensfield and Francis are also stars, basically ready to go.
    Buy Victor(Celtic’s that is) Begavic, Wenger star striker of choice.?? and Nani would be awesome but im not going to get to excited about that 1 just yet.
    Podolski, Huguin , Walcott Nani
    Jack, Victor Santi
    Same back 4
    Begevic
    Now i have gone and done it ha ha ha , no Arteta, OX , Diaby, Rambo. etc Still its what must happen a really strong squad like Chelsea and city have a really strong bench. Rotating with confidence that we have basically enough for 2 teams , quality for quality.
    Keep the stars, flog a few, buy more stars. That is finally looking like we are doing, i jsut want the season to start already.

  146. AFC says:

    On a side note, Hearts have entered administration.

  147. Is gud 2 have nani & higuain in front bcoz our attacking we be srong,plz make it 4 alls

  148. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Cornwall, why the doom and gloom mate? In the next year or two we will be more than capable of doing City and Abromovitch, just like Utd do.

    Buying the odd top player is no substitute for what clubs like Utd and Arsenal have. In the past they could buy every one and we lost every one, thats now changed.

    City and Chelsea are not going away but we will join them in fighting for the big prizes, and with the way we are run, historical foundations, and massive potential, we will do them.

  149. novic says:

    I have faith on him he a good player pls get him fast in future he will become like CR7 thank you

  150. Admir says:

    It’s really funny that our new chair-man is named Sir Chips. “Sir” means “cheese” on South-Slavic languages which basically means that we have bought ourselves only a bag of chips with cheese so far. 😀

  151. Glic says:

    Stretchie babes, more than Arsenal buying top SQ players, the biggest BOING ! I would get is if UEFA went after City, Chavs, PSG and Monaco with an Iron Rod and I don’t mean Platini`s Cock !. They are taking the piss !.
    I have Championed FFP from the beginning, but it`s time for them to take some action and show they mean business !. Otherwise FFP will be as pointless as VCC trying to organise a Remembrance Day party at the South Ockendon Dementia Clinic !. hahaha

    I do hope you are right Terrence Trent Diaby Transvestite as you are the shining beacon of sanity and optimism in Arsenal blog world……..now get back in the padded cell !. hahaha

  152. James Bond says:

    please accept my apologies Gerry for not being able to address you directly 😀 not easy when you’re trying to do it all from a smart phone, ha

    yes, i do agree that there may well some other clubs wanting to secure his signature, however, for me the biggest concern happen to be his agents as JM has identified, they have already got Monaco Falcao and co… (Falcao has the same agents as Nani)…

    but it all comes down to Nani as well, isn’t it ? a friend of mine told me that Nani has a kid who studies in Watford or near our training ground e.t.c might be a relative if not his son, anyhow , it’s reasonable to put Nani on the market for half the price 8.5 mills (mancs paid 17) considering he could go on the free next year, it’s a tricky one that’s for sure.

    re- Ince, then Blackpool wanted closer to 8 million, liverpool didn’t want to pay more than 4-6 in the end it was a no go…i’m not sure if 20 million was ever mooted though considering Zaha was in the region of 13-15, then it may have been said in a response to that to get more money for Ince.

  153. James Bond says:

    thanks for sharing that one and clarifying it re- Arteta, AFC

    yeah, can i just say it doesn’t make sense to me at all, such stupid rules, i wonder who comes up with them ? would have loved to see Arteta for England, he’s a top notch professional that’s for sure

    but i guess it’s a blessing in disguise for Arsenal as it gives him a nice little breather and hence he manages to remain relatively injury free and fresh.

  154. ProudGooner says:

    hopefully a chance to watch Victor Wayama in Nigeria v Tahiti now.

  155. Glic says:

    Proud Gooner ……I think your find Wanyama is Kenyan !.

  156. ProudGooner says:

    Nope injured, i totally agree Glic i hope they take the FFP rule seriously

  157. Highbury Harmony says:

    Why do you always have to ruin the fun Glic? Imagine how entertaining and mysterious it would have been for him to try and figure out which one Wanyama was!

  158. ProudGooner says:

    oh is he Kenyon.? thanks for that.

  159. ProudGooner says:

    LOL

  160. AFC says:

    JB, maybe England wanted Arteta instead of Osman but because Arteta is ineligible they had to settle for second best. 😀

  161. ProudGooner says:

    They should trash that Tahiti mob, hope there is goals anyway, football cold turkey has really kicked in.

  162. AFC says:

    Guys, I heard City have found a way around FFP and Chelsea will do this to. I will need RA’a approval on this as he is the expert on FFP and finances.

    So FFP states you cannot spend more than your income so City havd simply increased their income by City investing in things. For example that new club City have made in America with Beckham, if I am correct. I might be wrong though.

  163. AFC says:

    * RA’s
    * have

  164. ProudGooner says:

    Arteta is possibly the greatest player to have never got an international call up. I believe he was captain last season even when TV played really he was the skipper out there. He should be next season, i have a lot of respect for him.

  165. AFC says:

    ProudGooner, agreed. 🙂

  166. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Cornwall, sorry for the late reply geezer, i was just stretching out whilst reading dear deirdre.

    FFP is working. Chelsea and City have spent the last couple of years working on reducing there defecits. Are they as good as Munich, Barca, Real, or Utd?

    Buying the odd “Isco” is not going to be enough anymore. Arsenals aim must be to fulfill its potential to reach the levels of the established historical clubs mentioned, not worrying about Abramovich or some oil rich Sheiks.

    Next season i expect us to be right up there with City and Chelsea, and eventuly build a side to take on the bigger boys.

  167. ProudGooner says:

    Surly thats a separate business, thats evactly what i mean that have to not like city take the p. Like when they said they sold the stadium name for 300 m???? they clearly done a back hander. They will be ways and they will try but its done to UAFA to make it fair

  168. Glic says:

    Come on AFC…….a bit more technical info` than that…maybe a link somewhere !.
    UEFA said they would police FFP !. For example …no out of the ordinary sponsorships, they have to be a reasonable market value and I don’t mean the “Qatari Tourist Associations ” ridiculous sponsorship of PSG !. Once again I say….they`re taking the piss and if it continues our only saviour could be Usmanov !.

  169. ProudGooner says:

    Hopefully UAFA do as they say AFC thats all we can hope for, all the otgher teams will want it fair

  170. Glic says:

    I hope your right Stretch as I don’t want Uzzy unless it`s a last resort !.
    It`s just that all the players I personally fancy ( in a non sexual way ! hahaha ) always seam to end up at Chavs and City !. Bastardildo`s !. hahaha

  171. ProudGooner says:

    It should apply to the premier league as well, it just aint right so unfair.

  172. ProudGooner says:

    That right Glic and to top it off they took our players too. Mind you it was pretty shewd of Wenger they must have paid for a 1/3 of our stadium City that is lol.
    2 nil inside 10 lol

  173. Glic says:

    Your right HH……I was in a bit too quick regarding our friend Proud Gooner !. ……it would have been fun asking him to keep us updated on Victors performance against Tahiti !.. hahaha

  174. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    AFC, FFP is related to football turnover, not investments in some thing outside those parameters.

    City have reduced there losses by ploughing all increased income from broadcasting and commercial revenues into offsetting there hugh wage bill

    Were they are been sneaky is they have more sponsership comercial income than Man Utd, which i essence is a joke, by utilisising associated parties and flexing there political muscle to create deals with businesses around the world.

    The above is the area were there lies controversy, and we will have to see were it pans out with Uefa.

    I expect Uefa to do nothing, as long as the likes of City keep reducing there defecit and the likes of Real, Utd etc see that FFP in its current form is enough to keep a competitive advantage, then there will not be enough political pressure for change.

    If City etc decide to F*uck the rules and build a side which is superior to the historicaly bigger clubs, then those same clubs will force Uefa to come down on them like a ton of bricks.

    This game is not just financial, its also political.

  175. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    FFP is not the brainchild of Uefa. It is an idea instigated by the likes of barca, madrid, Utd, munich etc to maintain there advantage over new money city and chelsea.

    The powerful clubs in europe with hugh support run the show, not uefa. If they feel threatend they will force uefa to act.

    In principle, the new rules instigated by the premeir league are an indication of what is happening with FFP in europe. A signed letter from Arsenal, Utd, Liverpool, and Spurs to the premeir league to be “nice” to them. Strange that isnt it?

  176. Glic says:

    Fair enough Stretch, so when are we going to f**k City and Chavs, as I want a ringside seat !. hahaha

  177. James Bond says:

    nice one, TMHT

    also it’s not just about the big boys so to speak,

    like you said, it’s also political and it’s not only man city alone, they got their amigos in PSG, Chelsea and now Monaco as well

    it will be extremely hard for the big boys to get UEFA involved to their advantage i reckon.

  178. ProudGooner says:

    Its all new ,so i suppose it will take a bit of time to get right.
    I think the problem maybe that they are not the police and can not get there hands on all there spending and transactions etc, i just hope they can and im wrong
    Like with Victor playing for the super eglaes Glic lol

  179. Glic says:

    Super Eagles are 3-0 up and Tahiti are playing Arsenalesque colours ! ….come on Tahiti Gooners !. hahaha

  180. ProudGooner says:

    Seems i was right about Tahiti getting there botties spanked though, Imagine what Spain and Uraguy are going to do to them.

  181. ProudGooner says:

    They got a keeper called Seaman as well nearly

  182. AFC says:

    TMHT, Glic & PG, all I know is that City have found a loophole and more rich clubs will do so. TMHT, I think you summed it up a lot better than I did.

  183. Glic says:

    PG
    I think the Tahiti goalie was covered in Semen after the mistake for the 3rd goal !. hahaha

  184. ProudGooner says:

    I’m afraid your right AFC, the thing is they have inflated prices and wages massively too, so all other clubs will demand action in the end.
    Its near enough impossible for any club other then the top 4 to win the league and that can’t be right.
    You should be able to get promoted to the EPL and next season win it, if all was fair. Can you see a team from outside the top 4 winning the league because i can’t.

  185. ProudGooner says:

    ha ha ha ha ha come on spunker come Gooner look alikes.

  186. ProudGooner says:

    Giroud would have buried that header.

  187. Glic says:

    Hahaha PG

    If Giroud had crosses like that every game he would have a field day !.

  188. AFC says:

    PG, FFP will help tops teams like City, United, Chelsea even us to a larger extent you could argue but will not help mid-table teams like Everton. Teams like Everton will not be able to progress up the ladder but will remain where they are.

  189. ProudGooner says:

    Hmm god point AFC i never thought of it like that.
    Glic oh man if Podolski,Gervinho,Theo was crossing like that a few times a game we would have won the league

  190. Glic says:

    Half time and Tahiti have played some gooner football at times ! , Arsene could probably buy their whole Tahiti squad for £17.50p and pay them all 99p per week !. It`s like going to the Pound shop and getting a penny change !. They could supplement their wages by working in Stretches Bounds Green Micro-Wave Restaurant ! hahaha

  191. ProudGooner says:

    I just read that AFC, its disqusting isn’t it, i never knew that about Malaga

  192. 17highburyterrace says:

    Re FFP, the sticking point would seem to be sponsorship. How can UEFA stop would-be sponsors from “giving” their money to teams? If Usmanov was our guy we would hope that Gazprom would immediately give us a cool billion or two to take over the shirt. Stan should get Wal-Mart to pay us at least that amount….Wait until you taste THEIR pre-packaged curries…That meat is NOT coming from Stan’s beef ranch…. 😆

    I stand somewhere in the middle….It’s still “wild west” days but top teams, I think, want to be in with a chance year after year more than complete domination, which would get boring very quickly. For the top teams it’s all about the CL, but the leagues and the cups keep it all real. Monaco may look like pure abuse of the system but having a 2nd big money team in France is basically good. If we (and others) plunder Lyon (by buying Grenier, for example similar to what we did to Montpellier by buying Giroud..) it will be PSG and Monaco looking like Barca and RM sooner than later.

    Unfortunately supporting the Wigans and Swanseas and (even) the teams from Liverpool will get sadder (over-time) and the leagues (or EUFA) will have to increase the prizes for the cups and/or where you finish in the league. It’s all about being competitive and building the brand, globally. Arsenal are well positioned and have the whole underdog, fiscally responsible thing (“money isn’t everything”) just about sewn up. Football has always been about more than just the “result.” As the old-timers will tell you, sometimes the “performance” (or how you get her to the result…) is just as important… 😉 😆

  193. Glic says:

    Nice read AFC, but just goes to show how preposterous and utterly absurd FFP will be if it allows Chelsea to show just a £1.4M profit one year and probably lose Millions the next and say they are showing signs of improvement !.
    If your reading AFC`s link Stretch, please tell me how that is right !. If that link is correct, then we might aswell bring in Uzzy now !.

  194. 17highburyterrace says:

    UEFA not (AY-UUU-FA)…Dammit, where’s the edit function?…

  195. Glic says:

    Back to the game……..come on Tahiti Gooners…..we must have sold them a job lot of our 125th anniversary home shirts !.

  196. ProudGooner says:

    GOALLLLLL

  197. Glic says:

    Goallllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll Tahiti Gooners ! 😀

  198. ProudGooner says:

    LOL You got to love em they were trying to paddal on the turf.
    Seaman is doing his job , c’mon Tahiti Gooners! lol

  199. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    No need to panic. AFC’s link in not a “loophole”, it is something that has been know about since the inception of FFP. In fact it is one of the first things that caught my beady eye when reading the rules a couple of years ago

    “A club will escape punishment if it shows a positive trend” was the only thing possible.FFP is unpalatable to the likes of City and Chelsea but not impossible. They are given time to comply, but it dosnt mean its not hurting them, its just not killing them

    Within a certain time frame, cant remember how long exactly anymore with refering to the rules, they will have to essentialy break even. This rule is not the problem, the concern is what was stated earlier and added to by 17ht. The likes of City are using entities to procure comercial deals that are on the fringes of market vaule, and just as importantly, because this can not be policed, political power to get commercial deals with 3rd party entities.

    Its not all roses, far from it. but what it does do is give us, the mighty Arsenal every chance to compete.

    We will kick there F*ucking arses.

  200. TotalArsenal says:

    Aman: indeed, let’s see what happens! 🙂

    Cheers Chikezie 🙂

    RA, Fish & Chips with gravitas sounds greasy to me! 😛

    Thanks for the update though.

  201. ProudGooner says:

    It makes you appreciate Wenger even more when you consider the new rules the fact we are well inside them and built a stadium, plus now we have cash yto spend the more thought you give it the more an amazing manager he becomes.

  202. Glic says:

    OK Stretch, I will give it a bit more time and keep Uzzy locked in the cellar and only release him if FFP fails !. In the mean time, yes, lets kick their f**king arses !.

    BOOOOO !…….Super Eagles have scored another against the mighty Reds !.

  203. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    ProudGooner, very very well said. top man

  204. TotalArsenal says:

    HH: our own Robben 😆

    Hi ProudG – a team is more than the first eleven and all those players you mention would have a big role to play next season, regardless of who we buy.

  205. Glic says:

    Nice comment PG, he is an amazing manager, but if he doesn`t buy Isco, I will make the bastardildo suck my scrotum at every home game I attend !. hahaha

  206. TotalArsenal says:

    Admir, Cheesy Chips is a delicacy over here! hahaha 😛

  207. ProudGooner says:

    Thank you TMHH you too, glad you feel the same way about the great man..
    TA, very true. , i just worry a bit for them when some people over look them, the more i think about you are right. Our club nurtures talent not shut the door so all should be good 🙂

  208. ProudGooner says:

    HA HA HA HA Glic ha ha ha

  209. TotalArsenal says:

    Proud

    We just have to hope we can make a very good start, so Arsene is confident enough to rotate more than usual and all players can have a decent chance. 🙂

  210. ProudGooner says:

    TA,
    Agreed totally, hopefully the fixture list will be kind next season, have you ever noticed how every team seemed to get a really hard month or 2 and Man U seemed to always avoid this.?? Not that the fixtures were to blame at the start of last season . Just some good defending by Sunderland first game of the season and the others to many dropped points.Wenger will correct this.

  211. Glic says:

    I think the fixture list comes out this Wednesday !. It will be interesting to see which games I can attend to dunk my nuts in Arsene`s mouth !………of course he can always buy Isco, but maybe he will prefer the taste of my ” Award Winning ” flavoured scrotum, they are Super Quality !. hahaha

  212. Glic says:

    Ahhh Cheesey Chips and Sour Cream Scrotum !…..a French delicacy if ever I`ve heard of one !.

  213. Glic says:

    After that last comment, how long before Total declares ……New Post !. hahaha

  214. ProudGooner says:

    Its top of the news now Arsenal post. lol Glic you joker

  215. ProudGooner says:

    thanks for info on the fixture list on wednesday, interesting indeed. i could have got 2 season tickets for £1000 my mate did not want too, i was ready. il have to make do with Generall sale

  216. ProudGooner says:

    £1000 each of course

  217. ProudGooner says:

    If you got sky and got Discovery channel check out this programme called Rat Bastards

  218. TotalArsenal says:

    Let’s hope things will work out for us next season, ProudG.

    Although, we can bless our cotton socks that we had such a relatively easy finish to the season, otherwise we would not have made the top-four again…

  219. TotalArsenal says:

    Glic, you’re on fire tonight! 😀

    No new post tonight. Next one will be tomorrow morning/afternoon.

  220. ProudGooner says:

    That is very true TotalArsenal it was very handy to get the easiest run in. I am really keen to see that list on wednesday now. Fingers crossed

  221. TotalArsenal says:

    ProudG

    I was amazed how quickly we had played all the away games in the North last season. And we did relatively well up there.

  222. ProudGooner says:

    TotalArsenal,
    it was a good area for Arsenal last season true, i have never been to an away game up there, i may try next season. It’s just scoring points against the team around us too. I don’t know if i fancy a big team first match or not, probably not but it would be a fine way to start result depending of course

  223. TotalArsenal says:

    I have been to most away fixtures in the North and nothing feels better than driving back home with a win from there 🙂

    I still have to go to Old Toilet and the Magpies and one of them I want to do next season.

    Talking about Old Toilet, I hope for once we’ll play the horrible Mancs first at home: to set the scene, so to speak.

  224. ProudGooner says:

    i was at the first game last season v Sunderland, the defended great and did not even try to score. We dont want that kind of game again

  225. ProudGooner says:

    That would be good the Manc scum at home first game, against Moyes new boys, bring them on. We are so due a good win against them 🙂

  226. TotalArsenal says:

    There were a lot of games that were hard on the eyes last season, ProudG

    Where are you based, PG?

  227. ProudGooner says:

    Newcastle is the one to go to defo, i got a few mate who always go to the Sunderland away every year they love it.

  228. Glic says:

    Hahaha I just had a browse of that Rat Bastards programme on Discovery !. I`ve seen one of those critters on top of TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANTS head !, he acquired it from the swamplands of N17 !……. which looks uncannily like the swamplands on that programme !.

  229. ProudGooner says:

    I am from Ealing , family still there i live in Bedfordshire now in a quiet little village. What about yourself?

  230. TotalArsenal says:

    Bad memories re Sunderland away. I went there when we lost 1-0; it was a late goal as well. 😦

  231. ProudGooner says:

    Ha ha ha ha Glic them hill billys kill me lol, killing the masive Rat BAstards

  232. ProudGooner says:

    Yeah i remember now i was disapointed that day, 1 of the lads who normally go there had died and the result did not come either. So they were gutted.

  233. TotalArsenal says:

    Ealing is nice 🙂

    I am Dutch and live in Norwich currently. Lived in London, Stockport and Scotland before as well.

  234. Glic says:

    It`s like walking through Tottenham on a match day….the f**king redneck hillbilly retards !….the ones on discovery don`t look too bright either !. hahaha

  235. Glic says:

    I live in Lesbania PG and Totals been banned !. hahaha

  236. ProudGooner says:

    Norwich is nice too, i have a friend who lives there, so we get the same anglian news then. I thought that was Tottenham on the telly Glic.

  237. ProudGooner says:

    There is another Rat Bastards on now, Them old Tottenham hill billys.

  238. TotalArsenal says:

    PG

    From Bedfordshire you can get North relatively quickly, so an away game there should be possible! 🙂

  239. Glic says:

    An old sketch, but always raises a smile !.

  240. ProudGooner says:

    That is true we are well located to get places, i am definately going to try and get tickets next season. I love going to the games.

  241. TotalArsenal says:

    yep, nothing beats the live experience, and the away support is brilliant.

  242. TotalArsenal says:

    Just read that Dortmund have said they are definitely not going to let Lewandowski go. Most likely, he will leave next year for free to BM. Well done to BD for not giving in and make a stance like that.

  243. 17highburyterrace says:

    Yeah, or at least a posture 😉 😦

  244. Glic says:

    Totes.
    I wonder if we had kept Rodgered in Van Passenger seat last season, whether he would have gone on a free to Manure knowing Arsene had a massive transfer kitty and Scrotum Aching Face was retiring !.

  245. TotalArsenal says:

    Very, very good point, Glic. You have always been consistent with this view, and it is hard to argue against it now…

  246. ProudGooner says:

    Good on Dortmund, they have already took Gotze as well . They are are good team. Plus it means hands off to City.

  247. TotalArsenal says:

    On another note, I got a football for Fathers Day yesterday, and after years of not kicking a ball, I had a good session on a five-a-side field. All leg muscles are killing me now but the memory of banging in a few in the top corner make up for it! 🙂

  248. Highbury Harmony says:

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/12691/8780763/Transfer-news-Arsenal-backed-to-land-Gonzalo-Higuain-from-Real-Madrid-with-Sky-Bet

    Can this happen already, like now?

    In addition to Lewandowski staying, Gundogan is set to extend his contract at Dortmund too.

  249. TotalArsenal says:

    New Post New Post! 🙂

    We have a fine serving by HH to look forward to tonight, but this ‘starter for the day(time)’ will hopefully keep you going! 😀

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