Wenger: funds available for two players in January


Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal are looking to bring in new faces in January and that funds are available to do the necessary business.

The news comes as it’s revealed that the club are trying to insert non-qualification clauses into player contracts should they not qualify for the Champions League. This would see apparently players take a pay-cut for failing to finish in the top four.

Speaking on French television ahead of Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw with Everton, the Arsenal manager said, “This winter we will work very hard because we have some funds available. It could happen that we buy two players, but I cannot reveal the names.”

And he also suggested Thierry Henry could come back on another loan deal even if more permanent solutions were found.

“A loan is still a possibility, but we will still try to strengthen for the long term”, he said.

With regard to the player contract issue, an Arsenal spokesperson said, “Each player has an individual contract which contains  elements of performance-related payments, which are linked to a player’s individual contribution and also to the club’s progress in both domestic and European competitions.

“This is normal practice across football clubs.”

Which all makes perfect sense when you think about and it’s unlikely that these kind of clauses for non Champions League qualification are new, and this particuarly story arc is in storm/teacup territory.

There’s a lot to do in December before any new faces can arrive and Arsenal are hampered going into Saturday’s game against Swansea by the news that Bacary Sagna could miss out.

With Laurent Koscielny set to miss three weeks with a groin strain the Gunners defensive options will be limited, but Carl Jenkinson gets another chance after a promising season thus far.


  1. Really hate being negative but after the last few January’s I have no hope we’ll be bringing in any major names in the winter transfer market.

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    • Even at £10m he’d be worth it. To get a striker of his quality on a 3/4 year deal would add real depth, and certainly help push for CL qualification. If we missed out on that and some bastards like the spuds nicked 4th, would he still sign for us on a free?
      His goal scoring record is unbelievable… even his so called disastrous spells at Real Madrid and Milan garnered a 1 in 3 strike rate at clubs he never settled in

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      • Hunteelar age 30 for £10 milli??. Um okay let’s be realistic, this is the arsenal. Arsene said he’ll spend not fucking change the whole system.

        If hunteelar goes for £6milli then maybe but £10 milli is that extra sugar spoonful in wengers coffee.

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      • I think you have to lower your expectations about extra strikers. We’ll be getting a backup for Giroud, or at the very best, someone of equal quality. Arsene sure as hell won’t send Olivier to sit on the bench after paying about 12 mil for him.

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      • Wednesday seemed to confirm the fact that Fellaini would be an amazing signing, he’d add a lot of what the squad needs if you ask me

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      • Felliani? You must dreaming right ? expecting miser wenger to fork out big money for a super quality player just boggles the mind, most probalbly he will dig up some 3rd rate player from the lower french division as always OR he will say diaby & rosicky are like new signings and he will just loan henry

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      • @Reese, I seem to remember paying 10 million pounds for a handsome 29 year old Spaniard last year?
        So why is this impossible with huntelaar

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      • fellaini even for 20m should be a bargain buy instead of buying couple of players who will not meet the standard and later we just have to pay them until they leave …buying expensive player who has performed well in PL is no brainer than gambling on some tested player from different league because adaptablilty becomes the issue with our league.

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      • C’mon you can’t blame dude for being pessimistic!
        Would anyone really be surprised if Arsene only signed Henry & some unknown kid like Eisfield?!

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    • Yeah,but the slight doubt is,if Huntelaar move to Emirates,then he can’t play CL again as he’d already play for a CL team (schalke) this season right ?
      It’s good for the League games but the team will be short of striker in the CL.

      I’m not sure but I think Wenger will favour Adrian Lopez even Huntelaar situation (final year of contract and told that available for 6 mil ) is reasonable for Arsenal.

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      • As good as huntelaar is,he is too similar to giroud.
        Adrian lopez in my opinion would be a better signing. He is versatile and is quite similar to van persie(style wise).

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      • Again though, Wenger did splash out £12m on arshavin when he was not so young in a season where he couldn’t play in the CL. I would chew my own arm off at the minute for someone in the quality range of Klaas-Jan! IAWT

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      • I think it okay with huntelaar already played cl if we sign him because wenger has to send a new squad list end of january for cl.. But im not 100% sure..

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    • He is a quality poacher who will finish off chances in the penalty area but lets also look at other aspects. His overall game besides scoring goals is very poor and he is not somebody who will be ok with sitting on the bench. At the euros he couldnt accept RVP in front of him and became very disruptive for the team.

      On the other hand he is somebody who hates to lose.

      I do not know what to think anymore….

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    • i really feel that we dont need a striker. we have poldi. a striker can wait till summer. what we need are a strong holding mid-fielder and a winger who can actually cross. if we get them,i think this team can go up the charts pretty quickly.

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    • yes due to his amazing finishing, but it is worth considering tried and tested premier league striker, i admit there thin on the ground but we do not need somebody who take time to adjust in my humble opinion, Huntelaar however is good enough to transcend that theory

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  2. Bring in Hunterlaar and a better alternative to Gervinho. I have lost all faith in forehead…..we need to strengthen midfied as well but i very much doubt AW will. Still if Rosicky can get back to the form he hit last season and NOT get injured, we could be ok in midfield. In an ideal world though, I’d love to see an enforcer drafted into the team.

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  3. It has to be a strong defensive midlefielder.It simply has to be if we want to be more consistent.I mean,I will even settle for ”We got Frimpong coming back from loan,that is like a new signing”.We can’t allow or afford teams going through our midlefiel like knife through butter…

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  4. Dream sequence. out: chamakh, squill, park, santos. In: fellaini, baines, falcao. Realistic. Out: no one. In: Henry on loan. Its really hard not to be depressed right now.

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    • Deluded fan or what. Squiggy is on his last year… instead of selling him we should be signing him to a contract extension worth 85,000 pounds a week.

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    • Falcao? Not even Barcenlona or United can afford him. If he is going, he is going for big bucks. 50-60 million territory. Fellaini and Baines are not unreasonable demands.

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      • 70 or 75 is probably closer sadly but we dont really need such a big risk as falcao. fellani would be amazing signing, maybe jose enrique. ideal would be Huntelaar, Fellani, Henry in. Arshavin. Chamakh out(even as loan)

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    • not to mention that Athletico are second in la liga just 3 points behind barca and something like 6 points ahead of Real, its hard to leave a team that is winning, and they won’t want to sell.

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  5. I feel the problem we are having at the minute is arteta is playing a lot deeper than usual , since song left. For the past 7 seasons our manager has refused to get the proper defensive midfielder we have been needing and asking for .

    The shape and motion of our team depends on it thus subjecting arteta to that role is ok but i feel not the best option.

    Now that we have funds the board should stop hiding behind wenger, every game am sure gazidis sees, what we all see. against everton we did ok but but we could not define our game. am proud of the new players they have been impressive ,. imagine what adding 3 more players will do for the team ,that is if wenger keeps to his word as we have been here before where the manager comes out fighting after some poor results , then when all is moving he comes with his famous phrase ¨´ diaby is like a new signing.

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  6. I know wishlisting ain’t gonna solve our problems, but I think we would be really strengthened if we can land Huntelaar (center forward like Giroud) and someone like Gotze (attacking midfielder like Cazorla) or Reus (supporting striker/winger like Gervinho or Podolski).
    That way we could actually rotate Cazorla, Giroud and Podolski, keeping our players fresh and actually having attacking options coming from the bench.

    I don’t like what i’m about to say, but Gervinho has not been good after he got injured, and he’s way too unpredictable, I would actually rather have Arshavin come in as a substitute rather than him.

    We need a quality bench as well, because we play in 4 competitions, and our main players need rest. You don’t need to be a genius to get this, and i’m confident that Wenger will get it right.
    I know he will!

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    • I can’t understand how Reus, Gotze or Huntelaar would want to leave there clubs in January or why there teams would sell them. They are both competing in the CL and will want to play again next year. By all accounts its worth loads of money. And really the Dortmund guys would be throwing away a real chance of winning the CL. Its not going to happen.

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    • think a right or left winger is worth considering allowing us to thrash out a striker contract for walcott? that pace can be lethal and if hes on the bench say 30% of the time we have a genuine goal threat on there say some1 reasonably fast with a work ethic and crossing skills?

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  7. I don’t understand how people can read that we have an increase in revenue of £25mil a year, expecting a similar increase when kit deals get renegotiated, and have Wenger explicitly state that he’s looking to bring in two new guys and conclude that we won’t be getting in anyone.

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    • Because after certain summers where you are told we ‘have one more signing’ and you wait ALL damn summer with gleeful hope and at the end of it you see Mikael Sylvestre’s motherfucking face on arsenal.com smiling at you, it makes you want to set yourself on fire.
      So better to keep expectations low lest they be horribly shattered eh? Oh and to those saying let’s go for Reus, Gotze, Baines…how about let’s at least stay realistic. Huntelaar is a possibility I’ll agree but even that looks a confusing one because of our one striker formation and Giroud holding that position. Atm keeping Walcott should be priority number one but if he leaves, which seems more and more likely with each day that goes by, then we will bring in a replacement for him – and that will be one of the signings. I’d say a loan for Henry being the other one because honestly I am not getting my hopes up this time round

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      • But if it’s obvious to us that it’s touch and go whether. this side can make top four then you can be sure that Wenger has noticed it as well. We’ll be ok this year with a couple of new signings, Everton’s squad is paper thin and sp*rs are sp*rs so we’ll get by this year and improve in the summer

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      • Hold on, are you the same person as above? Regardless…I can only hope you’re right. Here’s hoping for 3 points against 5-game unbeaten Swansea tonight

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  8. Funds are available for two players.
    Are these “funds” perhaps what they pay the arsenal doctors who treat diaby so that he’ll a LANS when he gets back?.

    I can picture wenger holding a press con for diaby, “this is the the LANsigning”……he says.

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  9. That’s kinda low from the Arsenal board to instill a wage clause if Arsenal don’t reach top 4. Yes the players have been poor but so has Wenger is his tactics and the board for not buying quality replacements and giving depth. If they wanna motivate the players how about giving them competition by buying world class players. 2 players will probably get us through to top 4 but by summer we should buy another 2 and keep all players.

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    • There is absolutely nothing wrong with a wage clause. It is an extra incentive, you don’t get paid less for not qualifying you just don’t get a bonus. I sort of get what your saying about the players not being helped out by the board etc, but it is a positive reinforcement not negative and it’s not like they aren’t getting paid handsomely enough in the first place. The players have a responsibility too, to each other and the club, they should have to work hard to earn a bonus just like anybody else.

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      • Precisely. I’m not sure why people are so surprised at this, as it has been going on for years. The one sure way to motivate humans, and footballers in particular, is to give them money to go that extra bit further. Similarly to make sure they don’t drop in their performance by pointing out the wads of cash they are getting will dissappear if they play like shit. To those who are saying it is wrong to do that to a footballer and place the blame 100 percent on the manager etc, frankly that is misguided. The manager and board set it up, but ultimately the players are responsible for their own performance level, and as 7am likes to put it “hustle”. He also has shown a trend that more hustle = more points (naturally, since to be fair we aren’t really lacking in talent), so if we are dropping points we shouldn’t, it stands to reason that the players should give a bit more. These clauses reinforce that, as they have for years, decades even.

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      • I hear what you’re saying but I find it a bit drastic and cheap from the board to punish the players for poor performances when to be honest our team just don’t have the firepower required to go far. I just think the board should at themselves and the way they handle the transfer market rather than shifting all the blame on the players.

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  10. My guess would be Zaha + someone.
    Who’s that someone or better, which position will we fill is proving to be a tough nut to crack. I doubt we’ll be buying 2 offensive players, so my best bet would be a defensive mid.

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  11. For those talking about Huntelaar, 3/4 year contract for a 30 year old and £10m fee……doesn’t that sound exactly like the Arteta deal…..#justsaying COYG

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  12. Another striker is a no brainer, since we only have Giroud at the moment. Any guesses at the other position ?

    If it were up to me I’d go for a decent central midfielder with some bulk. We’re getting pummelled by some Prem teams at the moment because we lack solidity in the centre. To accomodate that, I’d push Santi out wide (which he’s used to) and push Jack up into a more free role.

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  13. A Wenger signing in January could be literally anyone, we paid ott for Arshavin one year and peanuts for Diarra before then,
    we could just as easily see Wenger fork out a club record fee for Eboue to re-sign as Zaha,
    January at Arsenal is bonkers

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  14. Tim from 7am kickoff made a good point about us needing a left back. But if I had to pick, my two choices would be a real defensive midfielder (yes Arteta does the job very well, but he is the heartbeat of the team, we shouldn’t play him so deep.) and a back up to Giroud, or a real alternative to Gervinho.
    In the ideal world, we sign a DM, a striker, and Santos, Gervinho and a couple of the younger lads break through. We have the money now, the rest is up to Arsene..

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  15. Anything more on this guy adrian lopez? He sounds more like the kind of player we’d get. Which is annoying, because I know nothing about him at all.

    Huntelaar is unlikely, which is ok for me as I specifically want pace, versatility and dynamism in the front line. He’s a good finisher but he’s one dimensional and does miss an awful lot of chances from what I’ve seen. But he would always be looking to score goals, and would take responsibility, which could be a great option to have.

    Gotze at this point is fictional.

    I’m not even going to ask for a terrier like DM or a seasoned keeper because after 5 years i give up.

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    • I know from FM12 that Adrien Lopez is a pretty decent player. That’s about all I know. Falcao is all anyone talks about at Atletico.

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  16. Huntelaar and a world, world, world class creative midfielder please! We have been struggling unlocking defensive’s, and when we are pressured, these two I believe would get us into the top 4 plus maybe a lesser trophy.

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  18. Ok, I’ll take the bait even though I know we won’t sign anyone. If it were up to me, I’d buy 1- ozil from Madrid. 2- falcao from the other Madrid.

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    • why stop there, we can poach Messi from barca, or another fan favorite, resign fabregas.

      Seriously, we are an injury to arteta or cazorla away from complete free fall. the return of rosicky could compensate, if he gets/remains fit. A dominant central/defensive midfielder to replace diaby, I have no idea who. A winger to replace Walcott and provide competition to Poldi and Gervinho, and a striker. But that is three players!

      If I were to play this game I would say Baines, Huntelaar, and Zaha. I have a good feeling about Zaha, he could replace Walcot, who is as good as gone.

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      • Actually, it’s not as ridiculous as it sounds. Ozil has been making noise about not being happy since that midget spud came to Madrid and wenger has said he thinks he’s the best amf

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      • ….. He’s seen in a while. So why not? As far as falcao, heh, ya right. That ain’t going to happen, I was just fucking about.

        I’m not sold on this zaha, he kinda seems like a tool. Baines is going to united and I can’t see huntelaar leaving shalke for us in January. He’s got a better shot at winning the ucl with them.

        Like I said about 20 posts above, we’re not going to sign anyone.

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  19. Henry on loan would be a good stop-gap for a striker until the end of the season. There’s plenty of goals in the guys we’ve got, but not enough opportunity to score them due to our inability to handle a good press. Find a couple of press-breakers to force opposition into falling back, then the goals will come from our forwards. 2 more playmakers please.

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  20. Anyone spot the timing of this interview!? Two days before the black scarf march!? Feed the fans with hope say in previous interviews you don’t want anybody but super top top signings. Then two days before protest after a run of indifferent results and critism throw in the signing of two top players line and the return of a hero! Arsenal fans like I have in the past take it like fools day dreaming about falcao and gotze about Fellaini please be serious that have not backed up there word for the last five years at least we are run by shareholders to make big profits for big greedy dividend returns. Only us and the spuds run this way out of the big clubs and win fuck all and challenge for fuck all and generally sell all there stars we don’t sign them. Until this board fuck off we are just a SELLING CLUB. We will sign hunterlaar …..ok player not world beater like giroud. He may also pay over the odds for Saha 16 mill more potential! Walcott will leave amd so will Sagna for fuck all in the summer. We will be weaker then we currently are this board take no chances then will be financial better off with wages and will try and sell some of the dead wood to pay for the two transfers. Great!

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    • How ill informed… Are you a spud journo in disguise…

      Shareholders do not get dividends…I will repeat no dividend is paid out at the moment by the club to any shareholder….

      Sagna has 18 months left on his contract so if he fucks off this summer its because the club decide to sell him and this certainly wont be for fuck all.

      Saha please… I really hope you mean Zaha…

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  21. I think all of you guys play too much FIFA. You can’t just pick and buy all the top performers in the world your money an afford. There are loads of other factors.

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  22. Out: Santos, Squillaci, Fabianski, Arshavin, Gervinho, Chamahk, Park, Bendtner, Denilson

    In: Henry, 30+ y.o. keeper, left-back, DM, left winger (and a right winger for if/when Walcott buggers off)

    That’s the minimum we need to plug the gaps in the team. Still have a lot more work to do to streamline and expand the squad into the future.

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    • That would do it, I’d love to see all those players leave, but it’s not like Arsenal have not been trying to sell them for the last 2-3 transfer windows, if not more.

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  23. Fellaini(I wish) More likely Kouyate/Capoue 5-10mil Zaha 10mil(Summer) ST: R.Lewandowski(Summer as well ; 20mil,he’s got 1 year left on his contract as well)/Adrian Lopez

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  24. Oh and Arshavin/Squilacci <are on their last deal, Chamakh/Djourou will leave as well since Some teams still want them(supposedly). That means signings are Possible(fingers crossed. JUST SIGN A DM (Man Wenger's stubborn)

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  25. Much as i like huntelaar, our biggest problem is not that our stricker(s) are missing them left right and center. We simply aren’t creating enough or any at all.
    It was the same last season. And if it wasn’t for those hopeful chipped balls by song (didn’t intend to remind you) we would have struggled too. Poldi, theo, ox, rambo, gerv, jack, santi, none of them is creating chances on a regular basis. Apart from theo scoring when he doesn’t play we look one dimensional and teams can defend against our slow passing and new back passing game.

    Every fan sees it their way and i am sure some will ask for a new keeper, am ok with the szcz, some a holding player, to me arteta is doing well and the whole defence is rarely conceding more than once BUT the attack is our biggest weakness this year.
    We need a reliable stricker on the bench but most importantly we need to create enough for him and HFB to miss and still score.
    Right now if we miss a single chance you get the feeling it’s game done (le kos vs villa comes to mind). So personally a productive winger or two (if theo goes) will be a start

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  26. He said he had money for two signings. He didn’t say how much. It may be silvestre type money. What happens when theo goes? Does that make it 3 signings, we are at least two played short now and that’s with theo.
    don’t be surprised as frog said if we don’t sign anyone, but people talking of major names are way of the mark. Remember we don’t pay major name wages.

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    • Would also be great, both are out of contract in the summer and as much as schalke will not want to let them go, they are quality players. One a proven striker and one a young promsing AM. I don’t care if they cannot play in the CL, as long as they make sure we’ll be there next year. Things are pretty crappy at Arsenal, drpping out of the CL could set off a more serious sustained decline.

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  27. its possible to buy falco on FM and on fifa13 so wneger has no excuse if he really wans to win the league. champange football chocolate prices cunts GAZIDIS OUT!

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  28. There’s this chap over in Spain I’ve heard good things about, Ron Naldo I believe is the correct spelling. Maybe we should have a butch at him.

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  29. Mmm.

    Having money for two signings means little – it’s about actually getting the players.

    Odd time to release this information, frankly. I’m actually of the opinion we’ll get no-one (at least on a permanent basis – Henry on loan is certainly possible).

    Not trying to dismiss Wenger or say he’s lying, I’m sure the club will fire off offers left, right and centre for shortlisted players. But people like Zaha, Baines et. al aren’t going to come to us in January – it’s just not going to happen. Their clubs won’t let them go unless we pay well over the odds for them, and frankly that’s never happened at this club (not a bad thing in itself).

    Huntelaar? Good player, but once again to sign him in January will need almost double his value, and I doubt Wenger will sign him then.

    Whatever happens, we need to remember that getting new blood in is all well and good, but they’re not immediately going to slide into the team. I’d much rather the club focus on the players we have and ensure we can go on an unbeaten run before Christmas.

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    • Im of the opinion that if we were to sign a striker on a permanent basis, we need a striker with pace and quality……like henry but cheaper. So id go for Luis Muriel from Udinese. Young quality columbian striker. Also if we are to sign a DM or CM, then Fellaini has to be one of the options maybe Arsene has lost patience with Diaby, also might be an element of truth in that one as David Moyes said he wont extend his deal until after January. In other words if he loses his star player he will leave.
      So my in’s are –
      .Luis Muriel
      .Marouanne Fellaini
      .Titi Henry
      P.s check out muriel on you tube, very good player

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  30. Lol I love arsenal fans we always believe hanging on go hope. How soon we forget history, it’s amazing how Wenger is changing this last few weeks, from a manager who year after year told us he has money to buy players if and when he wants to, to now telling us there was no fund, a manager who before we bought season tickets told us that RVP was going nowhere and that podosik and Grioud where not replacement, and yet the story changed after we had bought the tickets to we knew RVP would go so that’s why we got Grioud and podosik as replacement, I know I would get many thumbs down but I can bet my life savings on this, we would loan Henry and maybe buy zaha but no more because then diaby will be like a new signing and rosciky will be like a new signing as well, and why am I surprised all this are coming just when the call for his head and that of the board seems to be getting louder

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    • I still think that the club were convinced RvP was going to stay – why else would they have given him prominance in the Junior Gunner membership packs?

      I think one of the signings will be a replacement for Diaby. The general noise coming from the club pre-season was that Wenger was going to give Diaby a chance to prove himself and that a replacement would come in during the summer if he didn’t. But he played well enough to justify his place so the replacement didn’t come in.. Now he is crocked AGAIN I feel that his number has finally come up..

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  31. @David
    I am speechless, I never thought anyone could write such utter nonsense in such emphatic manner. I stand corrected.

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  32. @sol4real my thoughts exactly mate, so many mixed messages from the board saying he has money, arsene saying he didn’t.
    I beleive it when I see anyone in a red shirt on the official site till then its all conjecture and probably just lies from the club as per usual.

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    • If we were actually going to sign two players, why would Arsene come out and say it? To drive te price up? No way. We’re my going to sign anyone.

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  33. Haven´t read any of the comments above so sorry if i´m beeing repetetive.

    Firstly I would love to see Huntelar in a Arsenal shirt. We all know what a player (and finisher) he is when beeing used correctly. I know he was shit in RM and Milan, but Wenger would sort him out.
    To bad he is cup tied though..

    Secondly, bring in Ibrahimovic! I know he is a greedy cunt who doesen´t give a shit what badge is on the chest, but the man is so passionate about winning. To go one season without a trophy is never an option and thats the kind of player we really could use at this time. Spend the money on pure class and not some bright prospect or a decent french player…… GOOOOD I want to see AFC win something this year!!!!!! Fuckin hell, started to feel desperate for the first time in 7 years while writing this post.

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  34. Be prepared for another underwhelming transfer window. And as for Zaha, not really the signing we need at the moment.

    The other point I want to make is if Wenger is such a world class coach, why has he failed to get the best out of the international forwards he currently has in the squad, Chamakh and Arshavin? You really mean to tell me that he can’t even get these two to approach a level even half decent?

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  35. Out: Squiallaci, Santos, Chamak, Denilson, Bedtner, Arshavin.

    In: Holtby, Hunterlaar, Capoue.

    Then in the summer, perhaps a new RW.

    Aside from this, Wenger needs to get hungrier for bigger things and so do our players, not just 4th place spot. We also desperately need silverware from one of the domestic cups to boost our winning mentality.

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    • People seem to be overlooking the fact we were linked to him a ton of the summer, and he’s out of contract in 6 months

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  36. keep walcott and sagna

    forwards lopez from spain ,klaus hunt, either or both be good
    or a proven prem striker who’s likes living in london – dembe ba from newcastle has a £6 or 8 million release clause and a great lone striker
    or life long gooner darren bent 20 goals a season would play for shirt

    zaha from crystal palace

    defensive midfielder –
    the dutch dude from psv

    Victor Wanyama from celtic – height, power, passion, champions league experience

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