Report: official €23m Cazorla bid lodged

Report: official €23m Cazorla bid lodged

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According to this morning’s AS, Arsenal have made an official bid for Santi Cazorla, presenting a deal to Malaga worth €23m.

Although the Spanish side have, in the short term, sorted out some of the financial issues that have been widely reported, Diaro Sur, a local news outlet, reports that further investment is critically needed to prevent meltdown.

Arsenal’s bid covers what Malaga paid Villarreal for Cazorla last summer and enough to cover some outstanding VAT payments. Whether this is enough to persuade them to sell remains to be seen. The AS report says that Malaga’s initial response to the Arsenal bid was to point to his €45m release clause but with the club still in financial disarray they may be forced to let him leave for a price well below that.

Cazorla and his agent met with Malaga yesterday, he’s remained at home while the team tours Venezuela, and according to accounts has expressed his desire to play for Arsenal.

Whether Malaga’s reluctance to sell has prompted the reported interest in Real Madrid’s Nuri Sahin remains to be seen, but having made an official offer it looks as if things are moving to a Cazorla conclusion, one way or the other.

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    • off topic but dont you just love it when you wake up in the morning and see a new story on arseblog?? fucking makes your morning

      my arse, life is beautiful…

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    • So what’s our bid worth now Malaga are apparently about to be sold? Seems the sheik’s man has turned up but not with a suitcase of cash to pay off the debts but rather to flog the club off altogether. Buyer is an Albanian oil bloke whose website pictures him with those benefactors to the world Cherie Blair and Silvio Belusconi – best of luck, Malaga. Shit. Real bugger for us since, at best, it must mean delays. (The source for this is Sid Lowe on twitter.)

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  1. I think the added creativity, skill, and most importantly, the sort of depth (can play literally all across the midfield if need be) a player like Cazorla can bring to Arsenal is something that we have sorely lacked since Fabregas left.

    Great addition if we can make it happen, and one that I think a lot of gooners probably wouldn’t have expected at the start of the off-season.

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  2. I hate transfers, lots of rumours, damn!

    But I wish this one is true and we can all have a rest of mind on the deal.

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  3. If this €23m official bid is true, then its a change of the direction of the club, and I think its never too late for the RvP guy to realize his massive mistake.

    Its encouraging to see 3 decent signing and with a matured Ox, Coq, Ramsey and Ryo, and few cameos from Eisfield, the new season seems promising… And I think Arsene will persuade one of Don Vito or Fabianski to stay.

    Now sort the futures of Theo and RvP. The latter was probably watching Tevez who never seemed he’s gonna leave $iteh in the near future and who, while fit and less mental, never fails to get his starting position.

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    • I agree, if we do land Cazorla, it would be a clear change of direction. I wonder as well if a big part of this is not just convincing RVP he was wrong and should stay. What do “you guys” think? And what would RVP need to do to get us to forgive him?

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      • everyone will forgive him if he just stays, i remember fans calling out na$ri’s name on the liverpool game of his last game, they thought he was gonna stay or something… aaah cruel world

        i dont care though, dont like to stay at arsenal? then just fuck off and let us get on with it

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      • And what would RVP need to do to get us to forgive him?

        He could release another official statement, admitting that his previous statement was utter agent-influenced mistake. And at the same time he could fire his agents.

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      • First of all fire his agent then release a statement saying he was sorry that man shitty is a shitty club and Nasir and Ashley cole are both cunts who make other cunts look good

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      • “And what would RVP need to do to get us to forgive him?”

        3 goals against the Mancs to inspire a win. That’ll do.

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      • @dreamiest
        It wouldn’t be admitting, it would be a lie. He knew what was in the statement and while he probably didn’t write it he definitely approved it.

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      • If this does turn out to be another Rooney situation where by rvp is forcing a change of direction for the good of the club and signs a nee contract, than I would certainly forgive him. It does seem abit far fetched but could you imagine? A footballer willing to tarnish his image for the good of the club? That would be a real captain.
        Up until then, he remains sir cuntington

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      • Fire his agent, make a public, SINCERE apology. Hand back the Captain’s armband. Even though I agree sentimentally with goontang about how that would show something real for the club, I still think Team Captains should keep their silence and not go public public. By which I mean, if the nosy journalists snoop around and get something, then by all means that’s not your fault. But coming out publicly with the statement on Twitter? Not a good idea.

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    • We (Arsenal fans the world over) always say that this season looks promising at the start of every season only to have a slow gutting end of the campaign. This season however seems different. Even with the RVP problem persisting, I still believe that the team that is taking shape will still be up there challenging for honors even without his presence. Our attacking line up next season ought to rival the two Manchester Clubs and Chelsea. Ending our trophy drought next season, I believe, will ultimately come down to the level of influence that Bould will have on not only our defenders but in the way all our players collectively defend. My only worries are at left back and our Pole(s). If Gibbs can improve on his defensive duties, Szczesny manages to keep his head right and we MASSIVELY IMPROVE on our ability to win the ball back after losing it then we wont need a sugar daddy to make it rain.

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      • Definetly the only one.
        Needs to work on his defensive discipline, was caught out regularly when citeh came marauding forward. But a good attacker nonetheless.

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      • I think Jenkinson is great, fantastic crosser of the ball, good tackler and when caught out of position , recuperated. But at times he looks a little stokish, too much pushing, pulling and shoving for my liking. If this improves in time he will be a fantastic right back

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    • This guy looks very handy with a ball! If its true then it shows great intent.
      But we really have to start selling players as well as buying!!……..Our wage bill isn’t going to make for pleasant reading!

      Team looking to have a great balance for new season though!

      COYG

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      • Maybe we can get a money jar and all the loose change we end up receiving from our fringe players can be put in it. With a big label sayying ‘Dennis bergkamp statue jar’

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      • What is our wage bill in detail? No one knows the details, just the overall annual compensation so I’m afraid you’re talking BS mate.

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  4. I think it’s gonna take £18-20(we won’t pay more than that) mil toget him…fingers crossed cos he’s fucking class!! But I won’t get my hopes up till he’s in a arsenal shirt!!

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  5. just going through some of last seasons “talking tactics” on arsenal player, far out RVP’s movement is awesome. if this is true and we do sign cazorla (and somehow keep RVP) we look menacing for the new season!

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    • Yes, but Stewart “WTF IS THIS HIGH LINE ARSENAL ARE PLAYING” Robson is an absolute nobhead. They should get Winterburn instead, he talks sense at least.

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  6. Wow this is great news if we pull this off and yes indeed the club is taken a new turn indirection and also with the player keen to play for the Arsenal. Now rennes has reduced their price to £11.5mil for Mvilla and these targets could become a reality signing to come and i have a feeling that RVp told the club to show ambition before he signs and extention contract but with the media it was blown out of proportion by the media. Nobody knew what was said in the meeting with wenger,Rvp and Ivan and if Arsenal signs Cazorla,Mvilla,Julio Caeser it would be a transfers well bought which already include Podolski and Giroud. This could be our season to break the trophy jinx

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    • That would be all very well Eric, and while I hope these signings are a firmly stuck two fingers in RvP’s direction , as it were, except that RvP’s statement has not been withdrawn or explained and he is still with the same agent.

      I doubt that this is a finely constructed script by both parties. It’s a dangerous game to play with the fans, if that is the case.

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    • Don’t think wenger would be told to do by any player and I’d say he has had his targets for awhile and have fuck all to do with R£P

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    • TGSTEL, anyone?
      Honestly, he’s a decent player, even by Prem standards and judging by his stint in Sunderland.

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  7. If he pushes for a tranfer then we may get him for just about that figure.

    Reliable sources say he’s extremely keen on moving to the Emirates.

    Pse deal Arsene …Deal!

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  8. I hope the last line of the article about the Sahin interest coming because of Malaga’s reluctance to sell Cazorla. While it might not be likely it would be amazing to buy Cazorla and get Sahin on loan since they play different positions, Cazorla is a more attacking position and Sahin in a deeper position. It was just a year ago that Sahin was named the best player in the German league and was garnering some fairly impressive comparisons. Here is an article from goal.com talking about his last year with Dortmund

    http://www.goal.com/en/news/2466/goalcom-50/2011/08/12/2608948/goalcom-50-nuri-sahin-14

    It would be a coup to get either player at the terms mentioned, so I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed these aren’t false rumors.

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  9. Scared to believe in this one, its one of those that just seems too good to be true and feels like in usual Arsenal fashion will fail because we refused to go a million or 2 higher. Hope I’m wrong though, desperately hope so because this would be beyond awesome if we get this fella, he’s seriously class!

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    • Elly……the ¨usual¨Arsenal fashion to fail because of a million or 2 higher?¨ what the f**k are you talking about? I see that you’ve been taken in by the gutter press/media and believe everything you reador hear. If that is the case, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you!

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  10. Yea but with Malaga it’s always gonna be that extra 1 or 2 million, just put in a decent bid and let them see how they’ll need to sell in order to keep the club alive.

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  11. It seems to me that Arsenal are calling RVP’s bluff. If we end up signing both Cazorla and Sahin (on loan), we’d probably be looking at the most active and significant summer from any team other than Chelsea. It would be hard for RVP to hide behind the lack of ambition excuse if we signed 4 proven players and maybe a hot prospect or two (Niang, for example), so we’d see his true colours. Is he going to stand by his word and stick with us once the board shows ambition, or jump ship anyway, showing that that was never his motivation.
    Hopefully this is all true because I’d love to see the board put the ball in RVP’s court like this.

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    • While I agree with most people’s opinion here, RVP’s statement never mentions ambition. His words were ‘future strategy’ and ‘policy’, fairly ambiguous terms that won’t require him to back away from anything. Its what made it all so disappointing, such calculated bullshit that lowered vp’s standing in all our minds.

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    • RvP has pretty much skipped his way along 90% of the plank that extends of the port side of The Good Ship Arsenal.

      He will jump, he has no choice really. The privateer’s/pirate ships are circling close by, so they will fish him out of the ‘ drink ‘ soon enough.

      If he comes back on board he will merely be another rating in my eyes, no rank nothing special, in fact he’d be lucky not to be flogged and confined to quarters for the rest of the season, aside from the odd Carling Cup appearance.
      Lucky for him Admiral Wenger is in charge, if he stays he will be treated well, if not with favour by Le Boss.

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      • Obviously an old salt writing! My guess is that Wenger and the Board had their strategy all worked out regarding RVP and anyone else looking to jump ship well before RVP’s supposed ¨statement¨. They weren’t press-ganged so if they’re on a contract, make them honour it OR ship them out asap.
        It is still very curious that one of the pirate ships sailing around Arsenal is called the HRS Usmanov/Dein and that RVP & the fat Uzbeki both fired broadsides at us around the same time!

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      • Adam Matey.
        Let’s keep Mr. Vp, stick him in the reserves. if/when his “chocolate” leg gives out, inject him and play him some more. When he can only crawl around, put him on a Green Line bus to the Luton & Dunstable A&E where he can wait around for 3/4 hours. When he gets back put him up for sale, who ever wants him then, can take him away in a carrier bag. Nothing against Robin you understand, just need get the word out to any future, would be ingrates.
        Oh and by the way we will win at least one trophy next season and at the very least qualify once again for the CL.

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  12. Gettin dis playa will really add meaning to d team and also meanin vp will stay it will really give me joy to watch a very strong and determined arsenal side dis season wether dey win a trophy or not.hopin 2 see a squad lyk dis: vp,giroud,podolski,walcott, ox,gervinho,cazorla. There will be lots of goals

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  13. He will be our new Bob Pires if he comes, and will have more impact than cesc because he is faster. This would be a great signing and would be fantastic for OX as he would be great to learn from. If we get Surin too then I have a feeling this is a powerplay in the negotiations for Walcott. “Walcott, you much be more consistent and bring more to the team, otherwise pack your bags son!”

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  14. I kinda hate the summer transfer window. I always end up spending far too much time on the internet searching for something that is going on with Arsenal.

    D’oh the pain. D’oh the pain of it all…

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    • I don’t look anywhere but here. Much simpler, and you get some sensible reasons why it’s bullshit even as you’re reading about it, so you don’t get too carried away.

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  15. whereas i won’t believe in this Sahin story (Mourinho letting go of a young player just a year after he bought him for so much money just doesn’t seem palpable), i do believe in the possibility of getting Santi.

    that said, it’s exactly that – a possibility. hello, it’s marça. so dear Arsène, turn the rumour into a fact, please.

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  16. As promising as this all sounds us fans need to stay grounded, we know what we got into with the purchase of a shiny new stadium, the dividends are going to pay off one day that’s for sure, but lets stop crying and wailing for a messiah when we know what our situation is, our team isn’t that bad, i LOVE AFC and although there hasn’t been trophies in past 7 yrs I’m proud that we still scare the pants off the billionaire boys club and their pansies, we qualify for the champions league every season by sticking to our game, it’s hard to be patient but we have to be, the boys we’ve got are a class act, be grateful for what we have because it’s always darkest before the dawn, i love every player we’ve got cause they wear the red and white, RVP didn’t do it alone there was a whole team (fans Included) behind him, so am I worried no, we’ve been here before and most likely we will again until our debts are dusted, but like the phoenix we always rise again, keep the faith, keep the spirit, AFC Till I Die:-)

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  17. The is a genuine question: just how good is this guy? I don’t know much about him. Has anyone on this site seen him play? Twenty-three million euros is a lot of money to spend – are we gonna get value for this kind of outlay?

    The good thing now is that Wenger seems to have abandoned Project Youth and realised that what we really need now is mature, developed players.

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    • I think rather than abandoning it, he now has the money to run it in parallel with signing experience to compliment it. It doesn’t always have to be one or the other! Best of both worlds hopefully :)

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    • i don’t think he’d abandoned it. it’s all about the balance and he knows that. that’s why we were buying both Artetas and Oxs last season. now, having young talent aplenty, we’re adding experience. plus Ryo’s back, and we’re clearly wondering about this.young lad from France.

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    • No, abandoning our youth would be a very bad idea, Wenger is clearly continuing with it, but mixing them in with the experienced players.

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    • Cazorla has two little gorgeous kids, happened to see them on the euro’s end running around in cute little spain jerseys. That’s all I know about him really, so it’s a perfect wenger buy (koss, szczr verm) we never really knew ‘em but they turned out juuuust fine.

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    • He speaks sense,
      Fatgooner, he finally speaks sense.
      What a sensible guy he is.
      Fatgoonet, he finally speaks sense.

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    • Hmm well if Wenger and the club are willing to pay this kind of money hopefully they know what they’re doing. What we know about him and see on some youtube clips seems kinda irrelevant.

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    • Fatgooner….why do you say this proves that Wenger has ¨abandoned ¨ his project youth? He hasn’t but he is doing more in the other facet of his overall pĥilosophy and that is to bring in affordable, top-class, experienced internationals to SUPPLEMENT the youth coming up. If you bothered to follow his press conferences, you’d see that he is simple following his original plan.

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    • I don’t think Wenger has abandoned anything, myself. The way I see it there was a plan of getting through the early years of paying off the stadium by focusing on young players, with expectations that we would be able to be more adventurous in the market as we got the debt down.

      What I think is happening is that with the arrival of the lotto teams we have struggled a little more than we expected and now that Man City have started winning (as opposed to simply spending) we have had our hand forced and have had to return to the market for more experienced (and thus more expensive) players a year or two ahead of the plan.

      I don’t believe that there is any intention to go overboard though. Wenger will either get the specific players he wants or he will make a grab for his second choices right at the death as he did last year. He’s doing a fine job so far though.

      I am sure he anticipated one or two key losses from the team this summer, hence his early work, but I don’t think he plans to give them up without a good fight to keep them.

      The one area we do have a problem is the amount we pay squad players. That may have been a bit of a miscalculation (though it was a decision made back in the good old days of a relatively flat playing field), but at leadt Arsenal have seen the problem and are trying to address it.

      Challenging times, but not the apocalypse that some people would have you believe we are going through. We are still in a position that 90% of the Gooners that have ever existed would envy, as top four every year was never a feature of our club in the past, but for the 1998-2004 period.

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      • …and I do mean 1998-2012 period, of course. We are actually living in Gooner Heaven historically speaking, but some of us are rather hard to please :-)

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  18. mourinho only paid 8 million for sahin i think plus what better side in world football to loan sahin to, we play great passing football in a competitive league plus one of our midfielders always had a knock.

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    • Plus, if we got him and he helped push Chelsea and/or Shitty into a UEFA League spot yon Sahin fellow would actually be doing Mourinho a favour by taking out the team(s) he most fears (He severely underestimates Arsenal, I hope).

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  19. “The AS report says that Malaga’s initial response to the Arsenal bid was to point to his €45m release clause”
    No Santi Clause in his contract that would allow them to part with him as a gift then!

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  20. But we always 4get d unsung hero of arsenal(alex song) he is,was and will be very important 2 arsenal’s game just hopin dat he signs a new contract dis yr

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  21. If we get cazorla (who is better than any play maker we have ) I’ll run down highbury hill naked declaring my love for Arsen wenger then cartwheel all the way to the tavern , and proceed to get slaughtered :)

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    • Is Josh short for Alisher? I’d love to hear Alisher say this, as a peace offering with no strings attached. Never happen though.

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  22. am gonna go with my gut feeling and have Santi claus on the back of my replica shirt! Ok Arsene..get this done…

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  23. Hey, hope it happens. He reminds me of Hleb, the way he keeps the ball. He actually scores goals as well. I have watched him for a few years since he was one of Villareal stars and i quite liked what i have seen of him. Not just skillfull but also hard working

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  24. On hearing this news the first time I had an orgasm and from then on I’ve had multiple of those due to increase reports that we might actually get him, so I will lower my expectations this time around and avoid getting all my shorts dirty. Coyg.!!!.

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  25. Personally I feel that the Sahin loan move is only a make weight to fasten the Cazorla move. Since we’re the only club seriously interested in Cazorla, we need to make sure Malaga don’t think they can milk us for cash and show them that we’ve got alternatives.

    If Carzola comes through, I don’t think Sahin would come.

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  26. I’ve heard that apparently we’re offering the exact amount needed to get Malaga out of their debts? Would be a smart move, it’s a shame that previous transfer windows have made me so pessimistic that I just can’t see us signing Cazorla.

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  27. With the money going out for Cazorla, i can’t see RVP staying, as any previous player dealings in the last few years seemed to be with money made on sales of other players. Unless of course, some of the others move out.(eg: Arsh, TGSTEL, Parmakh…)

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  28. Arsenal better get the defence in shape. To let the opposition score twice in two minutes is criminal.The gunners defence has been a problem area for many years and yet Wenger doesn’t seem to make it a priority area.
    Last seasnon whever the gunners have scored they let the other team socre in less than a minute.After going 2-1 down to Swansea,Walcott equalised. Less than a minute later Swansea scored again This is criminal negligence of the highest order.The finger must be pointed at Wenger.
    So don’t be surprised the gunners can’t challenge for the epl if the defence continues to leak goals easily.

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  29. At least RVP has forced the club to go out and buy. After all, lack of ambition has been his excuse all along. Might have one more big twist to this saga yet.

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    • He didn’t force anything. Wenger had bought two players long before RVP confirmed he wanted to leave. What RVP says or thinks is immaterial, because there are only two ways to go, For Us, or Against Us. He chose… poorly.

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  30. Am just down on my knees asking Lord God to guard against any obstacle that might arise and hinder us from Cazorla signing. Lord, let your will be done in thz deal.

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  31. Am I allowed to say again, I’ll be absolutely astounded if we did sign him? I was quickly shouted down on the last thread, as apparently, Malaga are bankrupt (they’re not – they have other ways of getting cash) and pessimism is not allowed here.

    Very, very skeptical about getting him – certainly for the amount we’re offering. By the time Malaga might be willing to do a deal, one of the rich sugar daddies will swoop and he’ll be off playing in blue. Last year suggested he’s more interested in wages rather than any particular badge.

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    • That may well be. It’s not really something that you should be shouted down for, suggesting a possible outcome. However, nobody but a pessimist usually likes to hear pessimism, so you can probably understand why people are more receptive to optimistic posts.

      The problem on this blog is that most people who suggest such an outcome, when we may or may not be trying to make a deal for a player, then start ranting about the board and Wenger and how they’re to blame, and they’re destroying Arsenal, blah blah blah. That’s so common people become defensive whenever they hear a pessimistic outlook.

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  32. Question…….why is it that no other team is interested in Carzola (sic)?

    Surely all these Modric chasing cunts would be interested?

    Just wondering as I know nothing about this lad, and he ain’t cheap.

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  33. Brave, but smart move considering the fact we still have Arshavin, Bendtner, Park, Not including Chamakh because he’s been part of the pre-season games.

    Ganso, Sahin, Cazorla… I drool

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  34. I hope this deal happens. I really do. I just checked his career history and he has no trace of Barca “DNA” so the cunts can fuck off if they think they can prize him away from The Arsenal!

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    • Nah he has rich malagan dna. But i’d like to think that came with the good salary!!.
      Give him a good salary, bam!!,.arsenal dna.

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    • But if you asked Barca they’d tell you he loves La Liga and yearns for a quick return to it, and that Barca was his mother’s favourite team (or his grandmother’s if his mother is still alive to deny it)

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  35. I will be really upset if we get this gay for 23 millions euros! We shuld pay at least 46millions for him to show our ambition!

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  36. THIS is the type of deal to rejuvinate and excite the fanbase.

    I hope it happens.

    top players cost money.

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    • We could overpay for every player we buy and you would die from multiple orgasms as a result.

      ‘The Fanbase’ has wider viewpoints than “Ooh, he’s expensive. We must buy him”

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  37. What would RvP need to do to get us back on side with him?

    If he was the same player as last season, same commitment and drive, intelligence, finishing and leadership (by what he did, not what he said) then he’s more than welcome to stay, we only want world class players that are fully prepared and 100% committed.

    Personally I’d never boo any player wearing an Arsenal shirt. When the fans boo’d Eboue it was the worst day I’ve ever had as an Arsenal fan… Show frustration, that’s fair enough but to single one man out of the group is no way to make him or his team mates feel like they owe you a performance…

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    • I’ve been known to say stupid shit a few times. For me, all he’d have to do is sign on, and bang in a few goals. I wouldn’t hold a grudge. I can understand him doing what he had to do to get what he needed.

      With that said, there’s no way I can see him signing at this point. And if that’s the case, he’s a mega cunt in my book. Fuck him.

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    • I take it u werent in paris for the champions league final then? or when nayim scored from the half way line or when we lost the other 2 euro finals on pens to valencia and galatasary. they were all worse arsenal days than any player being booed. also seeing us lose finals to ipswich westham luton liverpool chelsea and birmingham was no fun either. crikey listing all those lost finals is really depressing and i dont thi.k that is all of

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      • That sounds a bit “If you do it to me it’s a crime” but “if I do it to you, it’s OK”.
        Some of us can feel sadness and anger when we miss out on a prize, but feel something a whole lot worse when we see our own fans acting like classless fuckwits. I happen to think booing your own players is something that should never be seen at our club. To me it smacks of impatience, and ignorance.

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  38. I tried to kill a spider with hair spray today. It’s
    still alive, but its hair looks FABULOOOOUS!………….like artetas’

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  39. I agree with ya frog! But I must say I will hold a grudge. That silly cunt is our “captain” and should never of released that statement on his website!!

    I personally just want him to fuck off out!! Go to city and sit on the bench or even better he goes to china and is drogbas boot boy!!

    The guy is a prick!

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    • He’s a prick.
      Robin van persie is a prick.
      What an utter prick we have in robin van persie.
      Let’s not forget this but
      Robin van persie is still a prick!.

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  40. Siging this dude would be good though! Not sure it what’s we really need but then again I ain’t Wenger!

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  41. Santi Cazorla is overrated in my opinion. He has never really proven himself as a world class talent. What Arsenal really needs right now is a talisman who would drive the team forward when the going gets tough. Remember there will always be a period in the season where unexpected incidences like injury pile-ups occur. That us when we will need our talisman. My suggestion would be to go for someone like KP Boateng. Someone as explosive and unpredictable as him would definitely give Arsenal an alternative in attack.

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    • I’m assuming you’d say the same about any Spanish player that is not at Real or Barca.

      That Former Spurs cunt is nowhere near Cazorla.

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      • No I wouldn’t. I am trying to see things in perspective. Although I would say that most of Wenger’s acquisitions have been astute, Santi Cazorla somehow doesn’t seem to fit the bill. I might be wrong though. Also, I have hated FC Barcelona ever since they snatched Emmanuel Petit and Marc Overmars from Arsenal. I most certainly do not have a preference for Spanish players from the two clubs, although I do admit that most of them are good. In fact, I would be delighted to see a player like Fernando Llorente don the Arsenal colours this season.

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    • Le professeur that is exactly the problem with players from Real or Barca. We joke about Barca “DNA” but don’t you get it? It’s almost as if they put the players through some sort of Barcelona initiation ritual where they pledge their souls and allegiance to Barca for their entire playing careers even if they get sold. Face it Barca and Real are two of the biggest clubs in the world. Even if X player plays for Barca B,C,D or whatever and gets sold you can bet your bottom dollar that if they turn out to be somewhat decent in the future as soon as Barca come calling they’re off. It’s why as good as he has been for us last year, Arteta never got the “call back” to Catalonia. If this was earlier on his career I’d be fearful of Xavi and the other fuck faced cunts talking about his Barca fucking DNA. Let’s just be happy that Cazorla hasn’t got a trace of either Barca or Real DNA and be happy that we’re showing real statement of intent. Have you also forgotten that we don’t really “buy” stars. Here at Arsenal, we make them.

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  42. If not KP Boateng, then another player I would suggest looking at would be AS Roma’s Erik Lamela. He is a wizard with the ball at his feet. The kind of player which Arsenal has needed ever since we lost Marc Overmars to the Catalans.

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    • So you wouldn’t say Bobby P more than filled that gap or that Ljungberg on his day was awesome. They both came after Overmars.

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  43. Sport Trend are reporting on twitter that the Cazorla deal is done and he will be an Arsenal player in 48 hours. They have been right so far on everything you know.

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    • I hope so.This summer has been perfect so far except the whole RVP saga.It could still be perfect if he released a statement saying he’s sorry he’s been a cunt and signs a new 4 year contract. I hope we get Sahin as well which looks like a real possibilty seeing as Jack is coming back in October at the earliest.

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    • Here’s hoping but then they also said M’vila was done deal straight after the Euros. Personally I’d love it if they were spot on.

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    • They didn’t predict that I would eat Mayonnaise and corn tuna and get the shits, so I don’t trust ‘em.

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    • At least you may get people rereading this article and pushing your thumbs up further up (which sounds kinky, now that I’ve said it)

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  44. The whole over-promotion of Diaby worried me. I work in PR myself and I smelled something fishy. Then of course we hear about Wilshere. The confidence in Diaby from the official voices was just an attempt to reassure fans before breaking us the news about Wilshere.

    On a good note, Wenger was very specific about not signing midfielders UNLESS Diaby and Wilshere were unfit.

    Exciting summer.

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    • I still not sure bout Diaby and LB’s, they all have this Berbatov-like lackadaisical motor, it’s like they couldn’t really give a shit, it really is. They drive me nuts how when things going good yeah they’ll join in and contribute but fucked if they’ll put a foot in to get the ball or even move into 3rd gear when tracking back. Maybe Gibbs can shake it off in next couple of years but Santos no, he might be likeable but so was eddie the eagle. I never rated Diaby any better than Denilson and I still don’t.

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    • After his statement on the web, RvP’s position is untenable. He has to go, especially since he’s been given ample opportunity to speak on the subject if he’d wanted to clarify his comments.

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  45. I can see Theo leaving if Cazorla comes in… obviously would like to keep him and bring in the Spaniard but can’t see it happening.

    For us to be still discussing Theo’s wage demands means that he obviously wants a lot more than we think he is worth. The amount of playing time he is getting in pre-season matches makes me think he is in Wenger’s plans, but you can’t be sure because we had the Nasri situation last year where we was playing him until he left.

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  46. Chaps, I don’t really see what the Walcott bashing is all about. I reckon he scored some pretty vital goals last season (despite falling over repeatedly). Sure, he’s only been “consistent in patches” but I do think he’s improving – at least in his importance to the team.

    Some of the best/most exciting moments last season came from him and I’d like nothing better than to see the guy commit his future to Arsenal. If a complete waste of oxygen like na$ri can earn what he does, I don’t really see a problem in upping his wages a bit. His earnings/game minutes ratio surely must be below diaby or rosicky’s..

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