M’Vila set to make Arsenal his home

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Having vowed that he wouldn’t repeat the mistakes of last summer, it appears Arsene Wenger is in transfer signing overload with news filtering through from several reputable sources that Arsenal have agreed a club record deal with Rennes to sign French international Yann M’Vila.

The 21-year-old enforcer is understood to be moving to the Emirates in a four year deal for a fee in excess of £16 million with French football specialist Julien Laurens, claiming both on Twitter and Le Parisien (malheureusement, avec ‘un paywall’), that the player has opted to test his hand with the Gunners rather than Inter Milan.

M’Vila has long been touted as a possible Wenger acquisition and looks likely to provide much-needed competition to Alex Song in the defensive midfield position when he returns from international duty at the European Championships.

Having added much necessary firepower to the squad in the form of German international Lukas Podolski, it certainly looks as though Arsenal mean business as they prepare for next season.

Indeed, if a statement of intent were needed to persuade the likes of Van Persie and Walcott to sign new deals, they’ve certainly been given it.

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IndieGunner
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HUzaaah! Good signing. But sadly, Jan Vertonghen seems to have chosen Totnum. Can’t get ’em all. But Huzaaaah!

Comedian
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whoever choses sp*rs over ARSENAL is an idiot and i dont think vertonghen is one so he wont be going to sp*rs.

Gary
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Yeah, it’s certainly not a case of him choosing the scum over us. It’s simply that we’re well covered in his position and we don’t have the space for him in the squad.

Joe
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He said earlier in the season that arsenal were his preferred destination. I think now that we haven’t put in a concrete offer and spurs have, he’s had to take that option. I would still love to see us sign him but I think he’s destined for shite fart lane.

Camilla
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“Tottenham are absolutely my favourite,”

Then again, he was being quoted by the Mirror, so it’s probably a good idea to take it with a couple spoonfuls of salt.

Goonerhaea
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RVP tweeted him… Something about him deserving MVP of the Dutch League… I think he should have just said “Congratulations! But have you seen me play? Yes? Now do you want to be infront of me or behind me?”

Heh, he’d be signing everything Arsene pulls out of his ass!

Maximus
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Vertonghen will only go to sp*rs if he’s guaranteed champions league football. Let’s hope they finish 5th or 6th!

Bob Smith
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I read he wants regular games, bar injury, If he were to come to us, that gives us four options at centre back (the BFG’s only flaw is his pace), not to mention Djourou.
He may well go to Spu*s to get more play time, history tells us no one really likes the arsenal bench all that much.

Camilla
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Bob Smith, history has clearly never met Park or Chamakh.

prhyu
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No, but history has seen Lassana Diarra.

sacklad
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Personally, I think we are well covered in the center back position. Koscielny and Vermaelen as first choice, Mertesacker is a more than satisfactory deputy, not to mention Djourou who I don’t think is half bad (he had that period in which he was phenomenal and our best defender by a mile)

I can’t see Vertonghen leaving Ajax for anything less than a significant amount of playing time, and seeing how well Koscielny and Vermaelen can pair together when they aren’t playing like headless chickens, I can’t see him getting too much of a run out

Ali
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Djourou? I like him but I don’t rate him at all. He got to go.

Zack
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For whatever reason he just hasn’t been close to the level he was at before his shoulder injury–in the second leg against Barca, I think it was.

TexasGooner6
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Everyone is forgetting that Kyle Bartley will be back next season. He has been a regular at Rangers. Big, athletic and ready to play. Much different from Squillaci.

dutchgunner
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Vertonghen is overrated

Deano
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Im not sure vertongen would improve us that much actually, our problem for quite some time has been lack of defensive midfield cover for the defence. Our defenders are fine. They just need protection. Now we have it!

M’Vila, Song, Arteta, Wilshire, Rosiscky…Its making me feel frisky!!!! Kabooooom!!

ilya
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I don’t think so, we really needed a tall strong defender/defensive midfielder, I like m’villa a lot but verthonghen is more of a 100% proven player. Really hope he doesn’t go to spuds, that would be a travesty. At the same time, its funny hearing Harry call for heavy investment , thats kinda like his ‘thing’; show some relative success by spunking all of his employer’s money, then success stalls, redknapp jumps ship and the club is just left with lots of debt and players they can’t afford i.e Portsmuth

joelio
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Agreed completely, Vertonghen is overrated. He is soft. More of a long passer than a ball winner. BFG has more experience. We don’t need him.

Of course Frank De Boer’s going to say “Vertonghen is better than Vermaelen” because De Boer knows he’s going to sell Vertonghen.

Jack
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Now that we have M’Vila I don’t know how we can find space for Vertonghen. We’ll have Song, Coquelin, Frimpong as cover. We’re pretty packed in the CB position too. And anyway, I never really rated him as much as M’Vila. Also M’Vila is some 3 or 4 years younger. So all in all a good deal.

ilya
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I think you’re getting ahead of yourself, he’s far from ours. All these reports can just be bullshit or he’ll get pinched by another club last minute

Jack
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“All these reports can be bullshit” if this was the Mirror or ESPN. This is ArseBlog.

ilya
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So arseblog doesn’t have his own insider sources lol, he got from a newspaper just like everyone else

theeeo
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szczesny
sagna Kos Verm Gibbs
M’villa Song
Wilshere
Walcott Poldi
RVP

Subs: OX, Rosicky, Santos, Gervinho, BFG, Coq, Mannone

that team is doing some serious damage

northerngoon
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You’d keep Song in the team who’s been relatively shit and drop Rosicky who apart from Van Persie has been our best player?

Aussie Gooner
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I think I’d have Arteta in that team ahead of Song, but he didn’t even make your bench, and Arteta for mine was our 2nd best player for the season.

Maddo
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DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPED TRANSFER GOSSIP

Supporters of the Arsenal please refrain from getting excited ( I know its hard to do) about Internet rumours re a linked player.

If and when M’Vila was to join the best club in the UK, and its confirmed by Arsene and the Dot.com, its best if we all just smile and nod, especially when the news comes with the tag “Inside Source” or an Twitter person whose aim is to increase his followers.

Arsene would not buy a midfielder for £18m.That price tag alone is a clue

*Smokin'Gunner*
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Anyone got tissues to hand?

ggggggoooooooonnnnnnneerrrrr
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ggggggoooooooonnnnnnneerrrrr

ill give you my box of Kleenex after im done……ummm….how to put this politely??…..look im just really happy right now ok dont judge me

ggggggoooooooonnnnnnneerrrrr
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ggggggoooooooonnnnnnneerrrrr

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES!!!
ARSENAL SIGNING TWO GREAT PLAYERS BEFORE THE START OF THE NEXT SEASON
UNFUCKINGBELIEVEABLE

Justafa
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this one isnt over yet.
fucking AW magic

Zak
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fucking love this

Jack
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THE WORLD IS SURELY GONNA END!!!!

Jamie
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Great to see, as it’s not always the Arsenal way, that lesson were learnt from the transfers clusterfuck that occurred last year.

Dave Gooner
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…which brought in Mertesacker, Santos, Arteta, and Yossi. Not a bad haul, to be fair.

Peter
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Very true, but while each of those players grew into their respective roles (injury misfortune aside), it effectively led to the writing off of a large chunk of the season while we were waiting for that “growing” process to happen.

The old team of champions vs. champion team adage applies: all were good players well worth the money, but it took time for them to gel and develop a good understanding. We want that “time” to take place in pre-season, not during the first two or three months of our league campaign. That, combined with the fact that we might not always get so lucky on deadline day, is why it’s so important to get things done earlier.

Brohan Cruyff
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Surely I’m not the only one who’s said this, but while the haul of players was certainly good (I like all of the players we brought in, with the exception of Park, who may be a ghost), had they been signed maybe a month earlier, a lot of angst this year could have been avoided.

waitressinthesky
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Yeah, I fully agree that if we had Arteta, Mert, Yossi and Santos at the start of the season, we could be challenging for the title. Those first couple weeks cost us big.

Dave Gooner
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I can only suppose that AW was completely blindsided by the departures of Cesc and Nasty. He was certainly wrong-footed, uncharacteristically so.

Under the circumstances, he found and brought in some great buys, none of those who have played in the squad I would willingly part with. They have all made valuable contributions, and are the reason we are where we are today – third and with our CL fate in our own hands.

I do wish Arteta was available against WBA. We are much better with him in the side.

dannrodeo
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Great news…cant wait until the deal is confirmed,not seen him play,but have heard a lot of good things about his game

Fatgooner
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Brilliant news – if it’s true.

Bobolancs
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I bloody well hope this is true! We need somebody to cover Alex Song’s itinerant ass in midfield!

21 is pretty young, mind, but if intent needed to be demonstrated, we could’ve done much worse than this!

ggggggoooooooonnnnnnneerrrrr
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ggggggoooooooonnnnnnneerrrrr

hell, im through with signing 30+ year olds, lets get some talented youth now and with all the experience we bought from last summer lets destroy the bpl

BKH
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lol weren’t people bitching so much about all the youngsters we were signing and now it’s that we have too many 30+ signings? never satisfied, you lot

ggggggoooooooonnnnnnneerrrrr
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ggggggoooooooonnnnnnneerrrrr

hahaha true true

sacklad
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I’m tired of all these signings, and reputable source claims of signings.

It feels weird being a happy Arsenal supporter, normally my summers are filled with sorrow and tears. This happiness just feels so foreign to me

Bobolancs
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Van Persie in the video wearing the new kit, possibly two signings before the season’s even ended… light at the end of the tunnel?

Lets just hope that the boys got a rocket up their asses after the norwich game and they go and get 3rd place at West Brom on Sunday: we can’t rely on Fulham to get a result at WHL.

Next season, the competition in midfield (Arteta, M’Vila, Wilshere, Diaby, Rosicky, Bennynoon, Oxlade-Chamberlain) will mean that Song and Ramsey have to compete and earn their places…hopefully that will cut out the sloppy displays they’ve been putting in recently.

Frog
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Hahaha bob, you said diaby.

Goonerhaea
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Fantastic! If this is true, and they keep going like this, we won’t even know which player to whinge about wanting!

The price seems a bit steep to what we usually pay for that kind of player too, Are we witnessing a bit of a shift?

Please win the last game, Please, guys! Next season is going to be great! I love having all this hope, this past season started so terribly, I expected it and it went even worse! Off to order the jersey…. loving all this HOPE! COYG

Darsenal
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we’re gonna have amazing summer seeing these amazing players at the euros and pre-season

GunnerDareMKD
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I think that next season if diaby and jack are 100% fit coq and ramsey will go to loan in midfield we will have jack,song,rosicky,m’villa,arteta,diaby, I don’t see ramsey cut it so I think he will go to loan to find his talent again, and also I think that wenger bought m’villa to play together with song and secure our defense like the invincible time when we were plating with to holding midfielders with vieira and gilberto.

aussiegooner
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I guess wenger’s not such a ‘stubborn old mule’ eh?

Mr.BC
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I’ll believe it when I see it… but I can’t deny I’m excited!

Imp109
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Is getting Hazard too much to ask for now???

Anyway a great signing and I’m glad we are getting these done and dusted early.

sacklad
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hazard just declared the color for him is blue, i.e Manchester City or Chelsea’s money bags.

i dont want that mercenary scumbag anywhere near my beloved arsenal no matter how talented he may be. im not entirely convinced he’ll be a sensation in England either, Gervinho was a better overall performer than him in the same team last year, and he has most certainly underwhelmed this season

Gandalf
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Indeed screw Hazard the undercover Nasri, bet Gervinho will be massive next season!

Too Drunk To Be Offside
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Too Drunk To Be Offside

@Gandlaf Yes Agreed on Gervinho, did u see him destroy Norwich or did u see him destroy Norwich………sadly our Defence decided that that would be the day when they will do their best headless chicken impressions as well.

I just hope they got it out of their systems.

But Gervinho what a performance against Norwich, lets see you destroy West Brom on Sunday, and help us get third and onto the league title next season.

Titi
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Gervihho was superb against Norwish, I have faith in him.Wish to see more of such performance from him

TAMCK
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Why do I get the feeling that if Hazard turned around tomorrow and said he’d signed a four year deal with Arsenal, your posts would be slightly different?

gunner16
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Gervinho needs to score goals

Goonerhaea
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Could he have meant our away kit? Because i think Man City’s kit is *green* money green… Prolly called Nasri and asked him what car he drives… the ‘Acuntador’

Elly
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I do not want this guy – been saying for a while he looks very much like a Nasri type and the fact that its being reported that Man City are hesitating over his wage demands rather proves the point if that’s true, he must be asking for a bloody mint if they have a problem with it!

Elly
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Er Hazard that is, that seems a mercenary, not M’Vila!

AMURICAH
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gervinho tore his fullback a new asshole

Akilla
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Wasn’t he arrested a week back? Hope his temperament is not an issue. Bad habits die hard; just ask Pennant.

Ali
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We need that, don’t you think?

Mr.BC
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No, we don’t need silly yellow cards and a disturbed team atmosphere. We need unity.

Cygan's Right Foot
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Yeah because Vieira, with all his yellow and red cards due to his tough tackling stance, disrupted our entire team and we had no unity…… Oh no, wait that’s right; He became club captain, captained us to honours and only his recent job role with City has dulled his legend tag slightly.

Goonerhaea
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He wasn’t arrested on the pitch, was he? As long as he’s out by game day and doing the business where it matters… Oh and not crushing cars with Cuntermoles… He crash cars with ummmm… Fabianski if he wants though… And smoke shisha with Chamack? heh

Jonathan
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I don’t think his temperament is an issue. I think i read somewhere that he averages around only 0.8 fouls a game and has only been booked twice this season.

And like Ali said. I think we need it, even though we’ve got Santos who takes care of some gays.

Carlos
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I think he shoved his sister’s boyfriend, we’ve all been there!

AMURICAH
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If he signs I’ll finish the job if necessary

Too Drunk To Be Offside
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Too Drunk To Be Offside

We really could do with some bad boys in the middle of our midfield……..If he is type who is gonna go to jail for kicking people up their backsides, I look forward to his arrival even more keenly

Maddo
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Akilla
May 8, 2012 at 9:29 am
Would you not fight for the honour of your only sister?… that is what he did

Titi
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Pennant is a drunkard. I didn’t believe Gibbs can physically intimidate any EPL attacker until I saw what he did with Mr. Drunkard

Jack
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Van Persie was just as hot-headed before joining Arsenal. But he turned out okay under Wenger. They usually do. And anyway we need that old grit of vintage Arsenal. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy this –>comment image)

Gary
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If true this is absolutely brilliant. 2 top class signings wrapped up before the summer has even started.

Van Ali
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It would be the best summer because if that’s the case, van pets is defiantly staying.

Our squad with mvilla and one defenfer will be much improved. Specially that we will have Campbell, ryo, and frimpong.

Let’s hope for a great gunner side that brings our first trophieS to the Emirates.

sacklad
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knock on wood there buddy, but I sincerely hope he stays. If he does, we are pretty much set for present and future. Van Persie is the worlds best striker right now, if he can maintain that for another 2 or 3 seasons, we have Podolski just coming up on 28/29. Blood Joel Campbell and Benik Afobe in this time period, not to mention ryo and ox. And by the time the present cycle of strikers has ended we could potentially have a world class strike force that are still in their early to mid 20’s. I realise people have been saying this for the last several years, but I have a really good feeling about these kids.

Ryo and Ox are genuinely gifted, I cannot wait to see what they can become

Tom Boulton
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Much as I love RvP, he simply isn’t the best striker in the world right now. Messi is on a superhuman 72 in all competitions, RvP ‘only’ on 39.

Thank Chist we have him though, without him this season just think where we’d be!

sacklad
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i suppose messi is playing as a striker now huh. When i think of players, Messi and Ronaldo tend not to come to mind in terms of comparisons as they are leaps and bounds ahead of everyone else.

Van persie is better than everyone else though. Rooney may be close, but fuck Rooney right.

Cygan's Right Foot
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How many goals do you think van Persie would have gotten this season playing in La Liga (clearly one of these easiest leagues to score in) with one of those teams? I reckon even me, with my limited football skill, could get 10 goals with those midfielders providing the service

Martin
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Completely agree! Ive been excited about our up and coming youngsters before, but this feels different. It is that intangible, difficult to describe ‘X factor’ that I see in the styles of Sczc, the ox, the coq, jack and ryo… It makes me positively wet! Don’t get too excited about m’vila before it is ‘OFFICIAL’ mind… We have all been disappointed before! However, if it is true, it is indeed mouthwatering. To make this our best summer for as long as I carte to remember, I would add vertongen and belhanda to the mix….

Buut, counting chickens and fat ladies and all that….

Thomas
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Absolutely amazing signing, if this turns out be true. M’Vila is a very good player and his market price would certainly go up after the Euros. This would give us great depth to our midfield. Song, M’Vila, Arteta, Wilshere and Rosicky, plus Ramsey, Coq and Diaby. That´s pretty impressive!

I really hope this will happen.

Swiss Gooner
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To be believed when officially announced on Arsenal.com…

gunn cabinet
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can i breathe now?

BKH
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Now what are the chances Song leaves? :/

Cygan's Right Foot
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Not that high as he’ll most likely now be used as a deep-lying playmaker rather than defensive midfielder. Song is still young, still very able to produce performances and also, Arteta will only get older and Song will take that position as well

Iceman
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Agreed. If the M’Vila rumours are indeed true, think of the flexibility! If we want a bit more defensive stability, M’Vila in the holding role with Song ahead of him. This then negates the massive gaping holes he leaves when he attacks which basically led us to conceding 2 of the goals against Norwich.

atid
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Arteta will only get older????? what the hell.does that mean surely everyone will get older?

Hoosiergooner
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Rosicky defied age didn’t he? 🙂

31 going on 29 by his own account.

Savage
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Reports that City are baulking at Hazard’s wage demands. Um, if that’s true, he is 100% not coming to the Arsenal.

As always, let’s see the Mvila deal on the dotcom, and then cue celebrations. I’ve always felt that with having a French manager, we must use that advantage to tap up top French talent. Like Ferguson at ManU, signing, er… Fletcher.

Cygan's Right Foot
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I wonder how much he wants for even City to reject his demands…..

Jim Jimminy
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Lets be honest; it’s their own fault that Hazard is demanding so much.

Nick
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Very true! He’s the current “must have” property that all the usual suspects who like to overpay for players feel like they have to get in on. City the most cuntish of the lot.

How many players have City now purchased (for more than they should) and sold at a loss or had to loan out because they weren’t any good?

sacklad
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the team that pays gareth barry and wayne bridge over 5 million a season is baulking at his wage demands. He really must be drinking his agents kool aid huh

Hart Khor
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I think the quick snap ups are because Wenger knows if you get them after the Euros, it’ll be much more expensive. Wenger’s trying to get the best bargain out of deals

Brandon
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Our summer will also be disrupted because we will be on tour for most of it. So if we don’t sign early, it will have to be late again.

Elly
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Good lord this is too good to be true – if it is indeed true! Bit nervous about getting too excited yet, I’ll do the tried and tested ‘wait for it to appear on Arsenal.com’ 😉

Too Drunk To Be Offside
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Too Drunk To Be Offside

Wow Awesome…….if it is indeed a done deal…….We still need two more players I feel……..a defender who can play on either left or right as I feel we are well covered in the middle. Also we do need another striker, As Chamakh and Park in all likelihood leaving, having only two strikers only leaves us a little short upfront numbers wise. Podolski quality wise is better than both Chamakh and Park put together, but I think we need more thna just 2 strikers in the squad.

Having said that we have just had the one striker this season and I suppose 2 is already an improvement on one 🙂

Good going though and lets get third place sealed up against West Brom who are going to make things difficult, but then again, if u can’t beat West Brom, in a desperate must win game for you and with the other team nothing to play for then you don’t deserve to be in the Champs League after all.

sacklad
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People may be getting tired of this, but for me the next striking addition is Dempsey without question.

He’s versatile, and he’s put in quite a few goals for Fulham this season. I’ve been following him way back since he first popped up on the scene and was viewed as the messiah for the US National team (unfortunately there haven’t been a whole lot of other players coming through).

He’s available for relatively cheap, and I think we’d be foolish to not at least give him a look in.

BKH
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Dempsey would be a great addition. If we can get CL football guaranteed, he’d be mad to not jump on to a top club. He’s been good for Fulham but he’s not getting any younger.

Too Drunk To Be Offside
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Too Drunk To Be Offside

I wouldn’t mind Dempsey as a third choice Striker…………..except he is not a striker………..and while I don’t doubt that he can be worse than Chamakh as our third choice, I would still have an out and out third choice striker rather than a make shift one.

I still think we should get Dempsey as will bring a creativity that we need and which we sometimes lack.

Ca$hley Cole
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As a US gooner myself, I have long toiled with the thought of having an American on my favorite team, and whether it would even be worth Dempsey’s effort just to ride our bench when he is clearly a player who needs constant games to stay at the level he has played the past few seasons. Ultimately however I would feel a great deal of pride if we had an American gunner, and Dempsey is the only player (short of Donovan) who has a skill set that would allow him to succeed.

orion
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@Ca$hley Cole,

I’ve felt the same. Half of me wanting to see an American at Arsenal, the other half wanting whatever would be best for the player. The great thing about Dempsey though, is he can play either wing or as an attacking mid. Would fit in any formation that Wenger wanted to use. He also plays with more effort than most. You won’t see him walking back when Song turns the ball over. While I don’t think he would start here, I think he would see a lot of time subbing. And time in the cups, of course.

waitressinthesky
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Given that we’ve played RAMSEY with regularity, I could see Dempsey starting…

(Don’t thumb me down, Ramsey lovers… I don’t hate him, but I do think Dempsey’s played a much better game all season.)

Poe
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Lest we forget, we’ve still got Joel Campbell coming back from his loan spell…
He’d make an adequate support striker for both RVP and Podolski.

neutral
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I’m also conflicted here, it could kill his career. He could play ATM, striker, or wings. but we have so much in those depts, maybe we are short on the ATM, but with Gerv, Walcott, Ryo, and Ox we have wingers all covered.

That said, a little experience and maturity, guile… could work out

Nick
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Another vote for Dempsey! He’s quality and a very hungry player. You won’t see him just wandering around like Arshavin. He can play a lot of positions, has proven premiership credentials and he’s got more to prove than anyone out there being an American.

He would be another Arteta like signing where it’s not all flash but it is much needed experience and quality that you’d realize how important he is once he’s gone.

Frog
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So as I’ve called American home for the past 12 years I’ve seen my share of the US national team. As far as I’m concerned, we, the arsenal, would be better off buying altidore I were going to buy an American. He’s younger, and he actually plays in a position we need. Plus he has huge “potential”.

But let’s be honest, I’d rather have that brasilian striker.

Yar
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@Frog – I’ve been following the US national team for a long time. Altidore is not good man I’m sorry. Dempsey is the only American short of Donovan that could play for Arsenal. He works his ass off, is pretty skilled on the ball, and can shoot very well from range (something I think Arsenal are lacking right now)

ramgooner
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apart from m’villa assuming park is out and IF chamakh leaves or goes on loan we should get dempsey and del piero(for free)/any other quality low cost player in the striking dept.
for me the players coming in this summer would be:
podolski
m’villa
dempsey
afobe
miyaichi
wilshere
del piero/hoillet/arshavin/joel campbell
diaby
bartley
lansbury(may be).i dont think this lad can be a success.he is decent and should get playing time elsewhere.
lastly one low profile versatile defender.

out:
chamakh
park
nicklas
vela
almunia
denilson
mannone
fabianski(may be.i want him to stay)
squillachi
benayoun(may be)
arshavin(may be).

Safety
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Hopefully Dempsey can score the winner against Sp*rs at the weekend and help us towards nailing on 3rd spot. Then he’d be welcome to name his price as 3rd choice striker; a more welcome bench warmer than either Park or Chamakh.

[This is the point where someone tells me he’s injured for the Sp*rs game…]

sacklad
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not to mention it’d probably do wonders for both shirt sales and awareness here in the states.

I can state for a fact that I’d get a dempsey jersey, and probably several of my friends who dont support arsenal would too (they got landon donovan everton jerseys afterall). An american playing at the highest level is a big deal, partner that with a long overdue US tour… Yessir

ilya
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Really don’t see much good in getting Deuce. There are just so many better options out there. He’s a decent player but you know Fulham are gonna want a sizable fee for one of their top players, he’s too slow for our game, especcially on the wing. For the money it would cost, he’s too old, only has a few years left in top physical shape. We need to be investing in higher quality players then we already have to compete with Man City, he’s not that. This has been his best season, who knows if at his age he can produce that conisistently. I say no thanks, there are much better alternatives if we’re shopping for that position. I feel like he’s turning into this summer’s Cahill a little bit. If you guys can’t think of much better options, I can make you a list

Bob Smith
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So, if this is actually happening then that can only mean, Diaby out?
If this is true, the idea of a Song, M’Vila, Wilshire pivot sounds brilliant. Can wait to actually have a decent bench again.

Too Drunk To Be Offside
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Too Drunk To Be Offside

More importantly it means Ramsey out……..(yes dislikes I know, but my pateince with him ran out against Norwich……I know he is young and can learn, but he must do so on at another team where his lack of tracking back, being caught in possession and taking ages to think about which pass he needs to make, and then choosing the wrong option, won’t lead to Arsenal dropping points).

Also the midfield trio (if it indeed remains a trio next season with Wenger hinting that Podolski is gonna play with RvP through the middle) rotating between Arteta Song M’Villa *and* Wilshire (who you left out will be awesome). I seriously think though that we are in for a serious change of formation next season, and are gonna revert to the 4 2 3 1 that made us invincible.

Too Drunk To Be Offside
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Too Drunk To Be Offside

Correction – He must do so at another team *on loan*……..

sacklad
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nah thats fair. I rate ramsey, but will willingly admit he hasn’t been up to scruff this season. He’s still extremely young, and he has the world at his feet with the talent he has (and has shown during that stint before the ogre incident). A year on loan would do him good. I have faith he’ll come good

miki
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Ramsey was never supposed to be ‘first choice’ this season, he was supposed to be covering for Cesc or Wilshire. He should stay at the club, keep working hard and try to perform well when called upon. I wouldn’t mind him going out on loan, but he can contribute something to the first team as long as there isn’t a mountain of pressure on him.

Zack
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Ramsey is an attacking player. This signing does not change anything about his status. Yeah he’s been dreadful playing DM, so hopefully we’ll have enough depth now to ensure he stays up top.

perrygrovesworld
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Too Drunk to be Offside wins the arseblog news award for “most words contained within brackets in a single post” award. (Take a bow son) 🙂

waitressinthesky
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Sounds good, but I’d like to see M’Vila, Arteta and Wilshere out there. Arteta’s proved himself to be invaluable to us. Song would have to rotate in/out w/ M’Vila.

Fabreboue
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“M’Vila is also known for his disciplined style of play”- A defensive defensive midfielder? FUCK YES

AMURICAH
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wait wait wait…those exist?

Lord Teddy Ears
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Please Please Please let it be true and lets get rid of some of the wasters now all we need is for the team to smash 10 past WBA get 3rd then we are set for a wonderful 2013.

I am so looking forward to saying goodbye to this really bad season where we have all been in the shadow of some real shit teams.

eleanor
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If true and it goes through, it’s just what we need.

There are two caveats though. It seems our main rivals for M’Vila is Inter Milan who still has an outside chance of overtaking Udinese, Lazio, and Napoli for the Serie A third place.

Also, it’s very possible that signing M’Vila will be dependent on us finishing third ourselves.

What is good is that he’s a six foot proper defensive midfielder whose disciplinary record in Ligue 1 is surprisingly low on cards. And that we could sign him ahead of the Euros where he’s every chance of making an impression.

If M’Vila isn’t a show of intent from Wenger, then I don’t know what is.

Artem
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Everyone has been crazy about M`Vila recently. Has anyone actually seen him play?!

feygooner
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Doubt many people here have seen him play, but going by reports of people who HAVE seen him play, he’s class. I read somewhere that Laurent Blanc built the French NT around him. When you consider that they have players like Ribery, Benzema etc, that’s quite something.

eleanor
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I have. He may not be the finished article yet but he’s fit and energetic. And is good enough to be the first-choice midfielder for Laurent Blanc; starting all 8 internationals this season.

Put it like this: he’s existentially better than both Cabaye and Tiote. So if you thought we lost out on either of those – then think again.

An often-repeated quote is “He reads the game like Claude Makelele, has the presence of Patrick Vieira, and can pass the ball like Yaya Toure.”

Also Marcel Desailly said recently that he’s better than Vieira was – so there.

GoonerNugget
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Ryo
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Have seen on Youtube for several minutes, his playing style is very similar with Alex Song, he can chip, he can defend. What a plus he is just 21. I see him a successor for Alex if he leave.

sacklad
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he’s quality, I first heard about him right before France picked their squad for the 2010 World Cup, he didn’t quite make the cut but he made the final 30 and as a 19 year old that is pretty impressive. I’ve only seen bits and pieces of him since, but at 21 and a proven international, we have a quality player than Wenger can mould and groom as only Wenger can.

Solid pick up if you ask me

ilya
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I have for Frace mostly, he’s looked more then decent, especcially for his age

Daniel
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I’ve watched Rennes’ last 5 games or so , and can confirm that he really is class, reminds me of a sort of Xabi Alonso with his passing range and the odd midfield-splitting dribble a la vieira. He’s also more often than not in his own half, which is somewhat more than can be said of Song (not to criticise a man with about 15 assists this season).

Thorough
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I’m not counting my chicks just yet…I did when it Mata-red and left me broken-hearted.

waitressinthesky
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God, Mata would have been an amazing signing.

Gunnerbattalion
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No? I don’t think Mata is as good as people thought he would be.

Ryo
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So it means Le Coq and Frimmy will be loaned out.

Too Drunk To Be Offside
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Too Drunk To Be Offside

I think this is definitely gonna take us back to our Invincible Years Formation. Song and M’Villa are gonna play together much like Gilberto and Vieira used to play together.

Next years Formation 4 2 3 1

Sczesny

Sagna Koscelny Vermelen Gibbs/Santos

Song M’Villa

Rosicky/Walcott/Wilshire/Gervinho/Arteta/Podolski/Ox (any three)

RvP/Podolski (Ofcourse when he is playing upfront Podolski is not part of Att Mid Rotation)

Looks like a solid team, with tonnes of good bench strength, including Mertesaker, Whoever of the Att. Mid Rotation who miss out, Coq, Santos/Gibbs.

League title beckons, its been long enough

Fabreboue
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That squad is looking pretty

Vinay Rahi
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I just hope that’s is true after all the speculation of the last 24 hours. My hunch is that it isn’t. I don’t see Wenger signing M’Vila when we have Coquelin and Frimpong as defensive midfielders. I’d rather he spend our club record signing on Eden Hazard or an attacking, creative player.

Too Drunk To Be Offside
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Too Drunk To Be Offside

Hazard has City baulking at his wages, do u think we will ever manage to pay him his wages.

Plus from all the talking he appears to be just another Nasri, looking for a big payday.

sacklad
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Hazard declared blue his color. That means city or chelsea, and as chelsea are utter shite, that probably means city.

anybody that wants to go to man city I’m not interested in. You look at their squad and you can’t possibly imagine any player goes there solely to play. That squad is huge, and players they’ve paid huge sums of money for in the past are just being deemed unsatisfactory as they make another 30m+ signing.

No player can go there expecting to further their career in my opinion, money plays too much part in it. bad for the game

and on a side note, i hear CITY -the team that pays gareth barry 5.5m a year -are baulking at his wage demands. fuck that

MAllen
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Frimpong and Coq are raw talents, very raw. You will get moments of brilliance alongside moments of madness. We need these young players to provide cover and rest for our best 11. Also, less prestigious and ( financially) rewarding competitions are the traditional training grounds for our emerging talents

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DB10**
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If this is true we have rvp to thank. Playing hardball with wenger. so who next? i think a CB and a flair player to cover rosicky/yossi.
think LB position is also weak.

Too Drunk To Be Offside
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Too Drunk To Be Offside

What do u mean LB is weak, have u forgotten our part time left back full time second striker Santos………..love the gay.

Fatgooner
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No. We are absolutely crying out for a quality goal-scoring wide player.

eric blair
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Prinz Poldi?

Hoosiergooner
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you’ll never sign a stronger gay at left back than Santos. the huggable, lovable, BEAST.

nycpunk77
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i got to see m’vila play last night as fox soccer televised their recent match. he was making plays all over the place and had quick and fluid pace. get excited arsenal fans, get very excited.

Mental Strength
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This is awesome news. and screw Vertonghen, it looks like he wants to be a Spuds player. We’ve got good defenders already. BFG, Verm and Kosc are good enough.

Arselood
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Wenger…”who should I buy?. Let’s see who is in the French national squad at the moment…..it worked before” . Why always French? We need more of a British backbone. Look at City…Hart, Richards, Lescott, Milner, Barry, Johnson. Utd and Chels always had a strong British spine THAT’S why they win . We buy players who look good in weak leagues and expect them to be superstars.

sacklad
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Barry and Milner are such superstars. City must be so glad they bought them for such great value!

MAllen
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Yeah. Look at Liverpool too dimwit

Mr.BC
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I thought we knocked this one on the head a decade ago?

Fatgooner
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Bollocks! How many really good English players are out there?

Frog
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2? Nah not even.

MothGun
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The last I checked, RVP, TV5, Arteta, Walcott, Rosicky, Song, SZCZ, Gibbs, all of them being starters and all signed by Wenger, are not from French league or national team.

Man City’s key players are probably Hart, Kompany, Yaya, Silva, Aguero. Out of these lot, only Hart is British.

Chelsea has a strong British spine? Where are they now? And don’t say Champions League Final. I doubt they will win it.

Only Man Utd probably has a more or less “British spine”, but even them has struggled at times this season. If not for the lack of competencies of those around them, they would not even be in the race for the title.

Liverpool bought a lot British players. And I’m damn relieved that I’m not a Liverpool fan….

Deano
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Chelsea has a \british spine?? They have cole, terry, lampard. Who else?

Adam, Watford
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Is there any chance of Wenger dusting off that Magic Hat of his, with all this recent transfer activity and new number two ???

I do jolly well hope so !

MothGun
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I don’t care who comes in, even if it’s M’Vila or Wilshere, Arteta must be in our starting midfield next season. He may no longer be our new, shiny player come next season, but he’s definitely our most important midfielder, even taking into account any new transfer-ins or LANS.
A midfield axel of Wilshere-M’Villa-Arteta would be a dream, that is, IF the transfer is comfirmed.

Fatgooner
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Does this mean than Wenger has given up on Abu Diaby?

Titi
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Huraay! Off to grad a glass of bear! Younger Viera is coming!

Naija Gunner
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@nycpunk 77 We will be very excited when the news has been officially confirmed by the club, thanks.

Arsene is kinda doing a great behind the scene job, don’t you think?! *smile*

Arseblood
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99% of people creaming themselves over a player they have never seen play. And no, he’s not giving up on Diaby, he’s giving up on Ramsey who just isn’t good enough.

MothGun
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If you cannot be a wee bit excited about a player who is widely touted, highly regarded by most, potentially coming to your club, then I suggest you go take up a new interest instead of football.

MAllen
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It just goes to show, you can only please some of the people some of the time. A marquee signing in the works and still some of us bitch and moan.
Arseblood, anyone you’d care to see sign instead of M’Vila?

MothGun
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Probably himself.

Cygan's Right Foot
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Francis Jeffers? He’s available on a free transfer right now…..

LANS
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I think he’s waiting for us to $ign Na$ri….

atid
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What are u talking about. there is no way he is giving up on ramsey. sure off form but an international captain at 21 years of age and very rarely does he get injured – shawcross leg breaks aside. i will take him over diaby everyday of the week. the only midfielders i see leaving are benayoun denilson arshavin. there is room in a 25 man squad for 6 or 7 midfielders of 21 and over in a 25 man squad. song arteta rosicky mvila ramsey diaby lansbury plus unlimited u21s wilshire coquelin frimpong ozyakup henderson eisfeld. if i was replacing any of those over 21s now it would be diaby out and a creative attacking midfielder in.

shavid
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M’Vila is a wonderful player.

I think Song has been fantastic for us this year, but i do wonder sometimes whether he plays with the speed required for a defensive midfielder,and also his discipline in the position. There have been countless times when i’ve preferred him to rein in his attacking instincts (on saturday against Norwich for their 3rd goal for example) and maybe Wenger feels M’Vila is a more ‘fluid’ option when in possession rather than Alex Song.

Then again maybe i’m completely wrong and is planning on playing them together.

MothGun
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I don’t think speed is the issue with Song, Gilberto was great for us and he is definitely no speed demon.

The problem, IMHO, is tactical awareness of when to push up and help out in attack and when to just sit back and protect the back four.

And of course some common sense of not attempting crazy, Hollywood passes when leading by one goal, with only minutes left on the clock, in your OWN BLOODY HALF.

GoonerNugget
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So is THIS guy the new Viera? Or was it Yaya Toure? Or Diaby? Song?

Been to many “new” Vieras. It’s time for the “first” M’Villa.

Arseblood
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@ Mallen…We should look very closely at one or two at Swansea this summer….

Deano
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Yaya Toure is by far the closest thing there’s been to a ‘new Vieira’. We missed out on him, unfortunately, when he had a trial here as a youth. Not sure the background but at the time we were had gilberto vieira, edu reigning in a top top;team so not much space for him sadly.

Too Drunk To Be Offside
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Too Drunk To Be Offside

It was never that there was no space in the Squad, just that he was never eligible for a work permit. We made sure he ended up at Beveren, and three years there and he would have become a Belgian national, and then he would have snapped him up dirt cheap. However he lost patience and at the end of Second Year moved to some weird team in Ukraine I think it was, and that was the end of him ever moving to Arsenal.

By the time he qualified for a Work Permit through the National Team Route, Barcelona had moved in for him.

Matt
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I’d like to champion Lansbury for a shot at the first team next season.

He is quality.

perrygrovesworld
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And as he’s coming back from loan he could well turn out to be LANSbury. . . . .

ilya
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Not really, he’s 21 and can’t even get into west ham squad, any of our other starting reserve mids are better

tim
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We need a beast in the mould of SAMBA!!, someone capable of putting his body on the line for the teams cause. Kozzer showed that when we played norwich while verminator seems to be winning me over aerial-wise. Vertonghen can play in almost three positions and this is right up there on wengers street so it’s a possibility.

Spooner
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Samba? Boooo

AMURICAH
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we should sign akinfenwa, that motha is huge

Cygan's Anal Beads
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If we sign an out-and-out striker now, I have to say I am satisfied with our squad.

Although even if we go into next season with this current squad, assuming M’Vila comes, I’m cool with that.

Scez, gibbs/santos, vermaelen/djourou, koscielny/mertesacker, sagna/english bloke, mvila, wilshere/rosicky, song/arteta, walcott, podolski/ox, van persie/out-and-out striker.

That’s bad boy.

Swish
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Does Podolski not tick your out and out goalscorer boxes?

Cygan's Right Foot
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Who’s the English bloke at RB? Jenkinson is Finnish, unless you mean Gavin Hoyte….

Swish
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Only in accordance with FIFA is he Finnish Cygan 😉

lordgunner
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one of jekinson parent is english the other finn he can play for both national,right now he play for the youth finland team

Cygan's Anal Beads
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BTW can anyone give their opinion on where this guy is gonna play and how it will affect out current line up?

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