Barcelona rule out Villa sale

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Arsenal’s hopes of signing David Villa look to have been dashed as Barcelona president Sandro Rosell insists the Catalan club want to keep the player until the end of the season at least.

Quoted by @EurosportCom_EN: – Rosell said, “I reject absolutely the transfer of Villa in the January window. He is ours and we need him.”

Arseblog News is aware that there was definite interest on both sides, but that now appears to be dead in the water following Rosell’s comments.

Barcelona sit top of La Liga, 11 points clear of Atletico Madrid, and they don’t really need him so obviously this is revenge for Hleb, and possibly Alex Song.

Meanwhile, the Gunners have been linked with Chinese striker Nao Huan and Russian defensive midfielder Yuri Avinalaf.

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Boris

Depression si a cruel thing 🙁
But the Gunners have been linked with Chinese striker Nao Huan and Russian defensive midfielder Yuri Avinalaf made me laugh out loud 😀

Master Bates

Every season we get linked to this Asian players , last January it was Fu Kin No Wan , But we never actually get them

PGUNNER

I’m pretty confident we’ll end up signing Sum Yung Gi.

Lldre

Terry would love a sum yung ho chelsea signing.

Dog Eat Arse

We did sign Park.

Bestie

Of course, there’s the young Spanish playmaker Noe Jaun Zurdamee

gooner

with all these asian players i feel sorry for the scouting network at sp*rs and chelski. they always seem to start with who we get linked to.

Lapidarij

There was never a tiny chance that Arsene would buy a 31 y old player.

Jugo45

I am blaming all our transfer activity on Reyes and Arshavin.

Wenger is obviously a very analytical guy. As an economist he probably looks for causal relationships all the time. The few times he shelled out “top-dollar” in recent history, he got burned. The biggest burn of all was Reyes. After that bust it took him a while to spend 15M on a player… and when he did, Arshavin arrived. After Arshavin, it took Wenger again a few years to shell out more than 15M. He did and we got Santi.

I would assume (most likely incorrectly) that, from his resent personal experience, Wenger does not see the relationship between expensive players and success at Arsenal (and he probably does not consider his sample size to be too small). We did get Santi, so hopefully that will change — it’s early but I am calling him a success.

One other thing though, for an economist he is clearly not accounting “appropriate” (bubble level) inflation in player wages and transfer fees. Player wages (and transfer fees) are the new housing and tech market.

AgentITK

I agree. It is interesting that he’ll spend £12million on the Ox though. If he sees value in that with the time, patience and limited inital return (and potential buggering off), I wonder why he’s still limited to £15million for his “experienced, proven quality” buys.
Maybe because once you get into the £20+ you’re competing with the big boy bidders and that’s not a proven strategy for value for money.

red or dead

Who cares? We have been linked with big names such as Nao Huan and Yuri Avinalaf. Oh wait…

Marty

Worthless “saga”. With all respect to Villa, we need younger striker, which can play for us more than 2-3 years…

The Dude

2-3 years of David Villa sounds fucking fantastic.

Casper

You know that he belongs, naturally, at Aston Vi-ya.

remember the invincibles, because we aren't good anymore
remember the invincibles, because we aren't good anymore

2-3 years of David Villa does sound fantastic.
But not in line with the main objective of making money and making 4th place and losing to Bradford and nearly losing the FA Cup 3rd round. Wenger would rather sign Nao Huan. fucking can’t believe we’ve dragged our feet on this when there’s interest on both side.
This is the new Arsenal way.

Oberon

What like skunk head would’ve?

Hankshas

Now we can expect some journo to ask Wenger how confident he is in signing Yuri Avinalaf.

Tuesday Clubber

That would make my year!! haha

Plev

Need him? Please.. They could win the league with Chamakh playing up front. Rosell is a knob. Shame really, Villa is still quality..

Lldre

So basically Arsenal were Barcing up the wrong tree….*gets coat.

Xxxrob

The difference between our manager saying someone won’t leave and that cunt saying it is… I believe that cunt.
Sigh

Desmond

Bunch of distasteful Cunts that barca.

I partly blame wenger, he should have gone to them while they were still undecided and make them an offer they cannot refuse. But once again. He DITHERED.

I mean wake up guyz. Arsene is still his old stubborn self, will he ever change?

Oberon

Yeah because that’s exactly how it all played out from your meetings with Arsenal and Barca… you clown

Lldre

^It’s seems a good idea though, What would you propose since you are obviously too darn intelligent.

AgentITK

“I partly blame wenger, he should have gone to them while they were still undecided and make them an offer they cannot refuse. But once again. He DITHERED.”

How long were Barca undecided for and how would Wenger know that? What would that offer be and should Wenger have even attempted a discussion or should he just have cut the power, bundled Villa out of the room and left 30million pounds in a pile in the middle of the room? How do you know Wenger ‘dithered’? The article states that he’d already spoken to Barca and we’re only a week into the window.

scarecrow

Yeah, the speculation of David Villa joining Arsenal was too good to be true anyways. Fun while it lasted.

GlennF

In fairness, when the sales of RVP, Cesc and Nasri were pending did our head- honchos not say the same thing?? Methinks the right offer might change his mind….

d7g7

But we’re a selling club, Barcelona no.

kevs

football academy*

Desmond

*supermarket.

tralalala

In Manchester.

Desmond

“Me thinks the right offer might change his mind….”

That is exactly what Arsene wont do. I mean does he think every club is like arsenal where if you want a player you just gotta ask and you’ll be given. Arsene if serious about villa should go with a £15 million offer and see what happens.

When he’s perhaps turned down, we’ll know he atleast tried.

bard

Then perhaps he’s not serious about Villa.

The Loving Hands of Wenger
The Loving Hands of Wenger

For you football is like an episode of Home & Away isn’t it!?

Casper

But he has the Arsenal DNA! Why, Arteta and Cazorla should drape him in our shirt! Let’s have the English press ask each squad member what they think!

RYAN.GAY.4.AFC

At least we’re still being linked to super, super quality players.

Gunnersaurus

We were linked to Llorente, Ba, M’Vila, and countless others. At Arsenal, being LINKED to superstars means fuck all. We wont cough up for the high transfer cost or wages so yeah dont put yourself through the misery, we wont sign anyone world class

bard

Arshavin, when signed, I thought was world class.

Of course, with hindsight you can claim to have know what would become of him, but he signed on the back of leading his national team to a brilliant Euro 2008.

Yet, signing top class doesn’t always work out, does it?

AgentITK

Exactly this /\

There are plenty of players cited as the type we should be going for. People called for Reina a few years ago, Baines was a common one recently and Fellaini is a good example now. We will very rarely spend big on a player and when we have it hasn’t always worked (Arshavin, Reyes). Wenger has done a decent job looking for bargains (Cazorla, Arteta, Sagna, Koscielny).
You only have to look at the clubs that have finished above us recently, Chelsea and City are barely visable, they’re so far ahead of us financially. Man Utd spend a lot of money to get their squad in order, De Gea, Ferdinand, Rooney, RvP were very expensive. Their youth buys top our transfer record, Jones 16m Kagawa 12m, Smalling 10m, Nani. Even their poor-return signings are eye-watering, Young 17m, Berbatov 30m!
A ‘world class’ signing would be nice but to fight fire with fire and do things as our rivals do, we would need huge spending year after year. I think we could certainly spend our money better but I don’t think we should be looking at a ‘superstar’ as the answer.

The Loving Hands of Wenger
The Loving Hands of Wenger

Arshavin gets mad stick but everyone conveniently forgets that despite his mighty fall, he SAVED OUR SEASON and without him we’d be in Europa league that year I SWEAR DOWN!

AgentITK

Alright Hands, I meant to reply to a post of yours on another article but I can’t remember what it was or on which article, I think it may have gone now. It was a real corker of a reply though, honest.
Arshavin did have a great impact but it still doesn’t feel that he lived up to his promise (for whatever reason). Bendtner went through a few end of season games scoring important goals, gathering points, but there’s more to it than that.
Besides, Arshavin has had an incredibly easy ride through his Arsenal career. There are a dozen players who would have recieved a lot worse if they’d tried the same.

David

I hear there are loads of tickets not sold for category A game this weekend against city. Could it be the fact that we
Charge £90 for second rate players and r link with nobody but second rate as listed above. #boardaredeluded we have become the laughing stock of the prem next u will here us advertising our games on the radio like chelsea. People don’t want to pay £90 to see Ramsey playing left wing and gervino falling over get the message arsenal

Joeos

A few minutes ago, no tickets available in the lower tier. One ticket available in the North Bank Upper; one ticket in East Upper and about 70 in Clockend Upper.

THEREISBEARCUM

Now you look like a cunt.

Or worse yet, a moaning WAAHH why can’t we win all the time WAAAHHH cunt.

A Yank

Don’t expect to win all the time, but we’ve probably dropped 12 or so points against teams that were in or just above the bottom three when we played them.

That’s been pretty consistent the past couplathree seasons. And one of the reasons we don’t win shit.

And £90 to watch Ramsey and Gervinho is a bit much.

Desmond

@david. Thank you.

The arsenal website is busy pestering fans about available tickets. Well keep them. A soda, a freaking t.v all day over second rate misfits.

Demmyxsd

Having Chinese striker Nao Huan and Russian defensive midfielder Yuri Avinalaf on our radar is better than being link with ‘no one’ causing us to watch haters ‘have a laugh’.
Phew.

Cele

… seriously?

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

It’s Yuri’s brother, Iyam

Demmyxsd

As serious as cancer

Charles

there r beta playas in euro 2pick frm, why pickin a chinese guyz wiv relatively no cv… Arsene needs 2 cautiond

It's a bird, It's a plane
It's a bird, It's a plane

I’d ask if you’ve noticed anything go over your head recently but I think it passed too high to see.

Ah well. Next time.

master floda

ho needz a strika when yo hav SWAG?! *makingduckface*

Borneo Gooner

Are you serious?

Oz

“why pickin a chinese guyz wiv relatively no cv” – hahahaha – if only he was joking… #gullible has been removed from the dictionary.

A Chinese Football Expert
A Chinese Football Expert

As my name would suggest I’m an expert in Chinese and in fact all Asian football. I’m afraid the joke is on you guys as Nao Huan is in fact a real footballer. He currently plays for the Kung Po Pandas where he is top scorer.

Peter

I hear we’re also in the hunt for the young English prospect Myron E. Meteris-Brogan.

Anton

Barca being massive gigantic fucking cunts as usual then

Jim Jimminy

Tap him up, tap him up, tap him up…

Altogether now…

ontheup

To the tune of sign da ting?

Gunnersaurus

His wife is expected to give birth in a month so there is no way we would have got him now.

BUT..lets not stop looking. FFS Wenger hurry up, we’ve already lost Llorente and Ba, even though the latter literally begged us to take him ( “Arsenal are a club that make you dream”) We didnt make a move, Chelsea captured him, and then he scores two goals on his debut. Fuck this shit man NEVER gonna get drawn into big-name transfer rumours again.

Peter

Pedantic maybe, but who says we “lost” Llorente or Ba? Just because some professional fabricator on CaughtOffside or an enslaved monkey at Goal.com “links” us to a player, doesn’t mean we “lost” them…

Lldre

Llorente or Ba are both realistic targets. I know goal and c/o aren’t everyones cup of tea. But with ba and his release clause, llorente with 6 months left. Surely we have to be going for them…..

Arty's Art

Llorente has scored 2 goals so far this season

Neutral

reposting from below but I can’t stand misrepresentation

Llorente stats, heard he is being froze out this season.

08/09 – 42 goals (all comps for all stats, including internationals)
09/10 – 43
10/11 – 41
11/12 – 47
12/13 – 6

I’d think he’s worth a go, we bought Giroud on the back of a single good season.

Ali

I like Villa. Who doesn’t? If we have him fine but I really don’t think he is our priority this term. Can the Arseblog team please help us the fans and let Wenger and Gazidis know this? What we lack and everyone knows it is a defensive midfielder, someone that has the job of helping the back line plus all the other functions of a DM. Wenger and Gazidis should stop procrastinating over this or else this heart break will forever continue.

Peter

Enough of this. It’s time for Arsenal to wheel out Wilshere and Szczesny to declare that Villa has Arsenal DNA.

nishanth

Ba has gone to Chelsea,Huntellar has signed a new contract,Villa not leaving and Llorente in discussion with Juve..Its okay Arsenal..No need to hurry..Take your own time

Dave Gooner

At 31, I’d hold off on Villa. Its a pace position, and at 31, I’d say he is running out of road, if he hasn’t already. What age was Thierry when we sold him? All the same rules apply. And TH was a far superior goal getter, imo. As well as being Thierry Henry.

As for Ba, the fella’s a mercenary of the Adebayor school. So the same rules apply there too. Do we really need another Adebayor-style mercenary with a brother for an agent hawking him around every club in Europe? I suggest the answer is no. Chelsea are welcome to him – indeed he suits their ‘philosophy’ (I am being kind) to a tee.

I would like a fully formed striker signed though. We do need someone to put the “One” back into “One Nil to the Arsenal.”

Ramsey is shit

I never want to see ramsey or gervinho play for arsenal again!!
Go and get sneijder and hunntelarr

Peter

Ramsey’s Law: “As a discussion among Arsenal fans grows longer, the probability of somebody slagging off Aaron Ramsey approaches 1.”

Lldre

Slagging off is better than watching rambo put in a shift on the Left wing.

Arty's Art

I believe you may have just proven said law. Put it in the books!

Lapidarij

Is it slagging if I say that it is not 100% impossible that Arsene will use him as a Giroud’s backup sooner or later? He can be new TGSTEL.

br22

Money talks, if we want him we could negotiate it. That’s not how we do it though is it. First port of call is checking who has 6 months left in ligue 1.

weedwacker

We are being taken for a ride again guys. You would think a team with such obvious holes in the squad would have a strategy in place to land a couple of top top top class players already. We needed them Sunday and we need them on Sunday. Come on Arsene pull your fucking finger out.

Pride of London

David Villa was too good to be true. Arsenal are to fuckin stingy to cough up on quality. We might pick up Michael Owen with the budget we have

Miranda

Well blow me down with a feather. We were really expecting Barca to sell and Arsenal to make a prompt move. Revenge? Yes, I suppose it is a little unkind of Barca to be saying this so early in the window thus depriving Wenger of his final excuse.

Excuse 1: we have to sort Walcott’s contract.
Backup to excuse 1: we only buy special players.
Backup to backup to excuse 1: we found a special player after prolonged and worldwide searching; we laboured day and night to thrash out the deal: the contract was drawn up, the pens poised for signing, the player stripped for his medical – only for those sneaky rats Barca at ten to eleven on the last day of the window to go back on their word.

Voldermort

This whole business is pissing me off, what with theo. how long does it take for an agent to say we want 100k and gazidis to say we offer 85k right no deal now fuck off. It’s so fucking boring every year we are held to ransom and the club swallow it.
And what’s worse is the theo thing is probably holding us back from signings as that’s how arsene works, we have to sell before we buy, the fact that we neeed at least two players even if theo stays doesn’t seem to register with arsene.
For fucks sake get on with it, we have a real poxy period of games coming up when we could do with a bigger squad but we do what we always do and drag our feet.

Miranda

Backup to backup to backup to excuse 1: we found ten special players but by the time they’d arrived and unpacked it was April so we thought it best to delay signing them until August.

Fatgooner

Get ready to hear Wenger say, “We have enough quality here already.”

A Yank

Then add, “And with Diaby coming back that is like a new signing.”

northerngoon

And we’ll still be hearing the same old bollocks about economy, confidence killing, etc.

It makes me laugh seeing/hearing ‘In Arsene We Trust’ no wait, makes me sick sorry.

Frog

We dO have enough quality already; to finish 6th and lose to bayern and go out of the FA cup to Swansea.

Sol4real

why anyone would think we would buy villa is beyond me, most of you talk like you dont know your manger, he would never buy a world class striker, who is 31 and would be on a salary of £120,000, not today and not tomorrow, he already has his two strikers dont think anyone is coming, if i am going to be honest i would go n a limb and say all we should expect is another young promising buy, we have shit loads of games in Jan playing every 2 days if we were going to buy anyone who should ave at least started hearing about it right about now. yet am still hoping that a miracle can still happen

David

It’s not slagging Ramsey he doesn’t pick himself out of position nor does gervino pick himself to play. Wenger picks them he tells us he will only sign super quality and then gives us silvestre and schillachi. The wenger
Out drum is beating harder then ever. He is to stubborn to change he has dug himself a hole amd his stubbornness won’t dig him out. He is on a personal mission to prove his critics wrong amd his own supporters even though it’s not for the good of our club. Selling our best player to our rivals should never ever in a million years have been sanctioned. I love what wenger did but I hate what he is now doing. He is a shadow of the man we first employed everyday I hope to see he walks away with a bit of dignity in tact cos as we all know he is no turning this around.

Matt

Imo and Benitez said similar… you either buy an established Premier league player in January who can come in and do a job straight away or your buying a player for next season.

I wouldn’t mind us buying James Mccarthy from Wigan.

Voldermort

I’m getting that desperate I’d even take mick McCarthy and play him that back.

Glory Hunter

You know things are bad when you start getting exited about signing a DM from Wigan!
And to be honest I really hope we get him 🙁

Moo moo toure

Diame was a DM at Wigan and no one would mind if we signed him now….

AFC Frank

He said this about 2 weeks ago anyway

GooneRed

We should respond via the media

State they still owe us money from transfers they forced with their relentless tapping up regime. State that if they won’t return the favour just once and sell us Villa that we categorically will never deal with them on any transfer ever again.

Hate that club, wish they’d go bankrupt.

Voldermort

Not thier fault that they don’t want sell one of thier better players, maybe we should take the same stance next time someome comes knocking for one of our best players instead of rolling over on our stomach with our arse in the air like we normally do.

GooneRed

A down arrow for telling the truth, wow.
Seems some Arsenal fans are actually closet Barca fans too…

@ Voldermort, that’s my point though,
We say no and they then carry on their relentless tapping up campaigns. In the end it gets to a point that you give them what they want so they shut the fuck up – much like a little kid wanting a sweet. They won’t take no for an answer.

If we really want Villa and he wants us as reported we should go on a press tapping up campaign and drum up some sympathy saying the things I put in my original post.
Then if they get on their high horse about us tapping up then we just pull out 8 years worth of paper clippings and website posts and do it right back to them.

It’s about time those fuckers were put in their place.

Voldermort

Totally agree mate, but we roll over every time and that’s why we are where we are and arsene will no way pay over the odds for a 31year old if even he ever wanted him the first place which I doubt.
We sell players to these clubs rarely do we buy, unless you include silvestre from manure. That still hurts btw.

Frog

We would never cut off our nose to spite our face. Look, it’s only another 2 to 3 years max untill were looking for that perfect buyer for jack wilshere. Barca are our cash cow. why would Arsene piss them off?

petits handbag

Is Loic Remy of Marseille not an option? Should be cheap enough and he’s still only young.

Nick

Been wondering about Loic Remy myself. He definitely seems to fit the Wenger mold of a player doesn’t he? Newcastle & Spuds are after him as well.

I say we go balls to the wall and offer up a handsome sum to Real Madrid for Higuain or Sevilla for Alvaro Negredo. Both are top class finishers and far different players from Giroud to help give our front some balance. Of course all this hinges on Theo signing/staying and being given his shot.

Oz

I’ve heard Wenger is after the Thai striker Pha Kull.
Rather like the amount he intends to spend.

Arseblood

News Flash….Henry to Arsenal in shock loan move!!

GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking
GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking

If Arsene and the board had a geniune stratergy to strengthen the squad we would have already put our bids in and signed some players by now.

The fact we haven’t and we currently have a poor squad lacking quality shows you all you need to know about Arsene’s current recruitment drive and his faith in the current team: non-existent and deluded.

Miranda

Why do think Wenger behaves like he does? For years I assumed he was being careful with the club’s very limited money but, if the AST’s financial report can be believed, this is crap. There is money available, plenty of it, and – still more bizarre – if we don’t spend it on players it could just go to the tax man.

Does Wenger dither because he has lost confidence in his own judgement? Or is he completely unhinged and wanting to prove he can beat the oil-rich while spending sixpence a year – a Christ-figure doing his water-into-wine act? (Except unfortunately he hasn’t managed it yet.)

Nervous or nuts – either way, something is wrong and it’s rubbing off on the players who look more tired and bewildered and demoralised with each passing week.

Anyone got a theory about what’s going on in Wenger’s head?

Aaberg

I think the board wants him to pull his magic trick of not buying and getting top 4 one more year… Hopeful with new ads and the stadium being older it will be the last year expected of him

_

I’ve read the swiss rambler’s last blog recently and what I gather from it is something quite different. Yes, Arsenal has some money, but:
i) without transfers, the club making operating loss;
ii) in commercial deals they are well behind;
iii) the club has a huge dept, much larger than most of the BPL teams;
iv) the dept costs a lot through interests, something like 20m/year.

So even with using the whole ‘incredible amount of money available’, you still have a huge dept with no prospects of raising the income. Basically, the club is in a quite bad position and AW is hiding this very well.

Miranda

That’s what I used to think till last week – I’m a Swiss Ramble fan. Then I read the AST report – http://arsenaltrust.org/news/latest-news/ast-analysis-of-arsenal-holdings-plc-accounts-for-year-ending-may-31-2012.

If you’re pushed for time, skip to the final paragraph where our options for disposing of our cash-pile – the tax man is one of them – are laid out.

I’m not competent to pronounce on the competence of the AST, but the normally reliable Amy Lawrence of the Guardian seems to share their view.

Fatgooner

Wenger’s remit is to finish fourth and do so spending as little as possible. We are no longer a football club, just a money-making concern. My guess is that The Nutty Professor probably gets a nice little bonus dependant on how much cash we have left in reserve. Yes the taxman might get some – but so will Yankie Sam and the the other Board members.

We are so fucked-up right now.

Miranda

@ —
I’m not disputing your points about the size of our debt, the relative feebleness of our commercial performance, the fact that we’ve got too many unusable and unsaleable players on massive wages and the even more alarming fact that if it weren’t for player and property sales we’d be bankrupt by now.

But if you’re a reader of Swiss Ramble you’ll be aware that his two most recent reports have raised the question of whether we could afford NOT to spend – success being essential for the generation of income. He’s a prudent-sounding sort of bloke, is Swiss Ramble so I can’t imagine he’s recommending doing a Leeds, just using our cash pile in a more sensible way than paying share dividends, or dropping out of the CL (and forfeiting the revenue it brings us), or handing a hefty part of it over to the Inland Revenue.

If both the AST and Swiss Ramble think we’re under-investing in players and remaining competitive on the pitch, I’d be inclined to trust them.

_

@miranda: I will check it fully later, so just a bit – last year the club was very close to coming even on the books, so tax is not really threatening if only income is taxed, not the money in the bank (which I’m not sure how it works in UK)

GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking
GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking

Wenger is detached from reality, and the board is even more detached. He’s allowed the squad to get into the state it’s currently in because of his ‘ideals’ and ‘vision’, and for a while it worked, albeit no trophies. Now things have caught up with him and we may end up paying a heavy price for his and the board’s mismanagement of him.

The board’s role in all this is not having someone with adequate football knowledge to advice the club that all is not well. Wenger has way too much power and things are really getting out of hand now.

Too Drunk To Be Offside
Too Drunk To Be Offside

We will not get him end of the story. Even if he was available we would not. He is a top player and we would have been financially blown out of the water if he was available.

PSG would be in thr in a flash…offer 20 mil more than what we wanted and that would be that. Not happening.

jack jack jack

We got Bergkamp in 95. Dennis fucking Bergkamp. Anything is possible.

One Arsenal

That was 95 with a younger Wenger with a point to prove in EPL… He’s a different guy now.
Reality check!

jack jack jack

Kindly take your completely-irrelevant-to-the-point-I-was-making (not to mention historically inaccurate) comments elsewhere. Cheers.

Judgement day (once more)
Judgement day (once more)

Not to sure about Villa, I still remember that diving cunt diving against us in order for the dive to award a free kick to him for diving… cunt!

Lets have .. uhm, wait .. paus* .. Fuck it, bring Villa now!

GeeFive

“Meanwhile, the Gunners have been linked with Chinese striker Nao Huan and Russian defensive midfielder Yuri Avinalaf.”

LOL

I can hardly wait to see some kindergarten journalist pick this up and run Forrest Gump with it. Oh please please please please please…..

kevs

I Can’t really understand why Wenger wants to buy Adrian Lopez, he is not what this club needs… We need a great striker, Lopez is not better than Walcott, Podolski and Giroud.

We need a proven goal scorer in this league, scoring goals in la liga is not the same thing as doing it in premier league.

Messi'sSuit

Adrian Lopez doesn’t even have a good record in La Liga, he looks like another very weak player who may be able to pass it around OK but will very doubfully be a prolific scorer in the Prem, which I agree is what we need.

2006-11 Deportivo La Coruña 92 Games (13 Goals)
2008 Alavés (loan) 10 (3)
2008-09 Málaga (loan) 28 (3)
2011- Atlético Madrid 46 (8)

I REALLY hope we don’t go for this guy, he looks like a total pansy too.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adri%C3%A1n_L%C3%B3pez_%C3%81lvarez

Messi'sSuit

I’ve just seen that last season he got 11 in 18 in the Europa League for Atletico, fair enough, but I still think that he looks like another little fairy that we can do without.

I don’t think Wenger takes a player’s heart into consideration enough when making signings, hence we end up with players like Chamakh and Gervinho who’s heads drop for 6 months after taking one mental knockdown.

What we need is somebody competent back in the David Dein role actually helping Wenger out with the footballing side of the business.

heeeeeyy

I would like Wenger to sign the young promising striker in City, John Guidetti, 23 games for Feyenoord and 20 goals last season. He will become a top striker in premier league in the future.

northerngoon

But he’s cheap.

Nick

This is so transparently designed to make us offer more money it’s not funny! Arsene knows! There’s no way Arsene plunks down 16 million for a 31 year old striker anyway.

Fuck off forever Barcelona!!!!!!!

goontang

One thing I’ve learned from being a gooner for 15 years. Don’t believe a word the manager or sporting director or ceo or CFO says during the transfer window.

Still optimistic. Villa needs playing time to make the 2014 world cup for Spain. I firmly believe he needs to leave this window and wants too.

Lasagna

Huntelaar, Liorente, Ba and now Villa, the strikers available is becoming less and less by each day.

Farooq

I clearly remember PHW and Arsene saying the exact same thing about Cesc and Song, but that didn’t stop the cunts over at Barcelona from tapping up our players. These fuckers at Barcelona deserve to have a taste of their own medicine and hopefully the likes of Arteta, Cazorla and Vermaelen will take to the media and start talking about how they would love having Villa and how he will fit in perfectly to the Arsenal style of play.

But Alas our club has too much class to stoop down to Barcelona’s level

Agent 419 ITK

Of course; Barcelona are not a selling club and don’t bend backwards for either player or foreign club.

andy

i think this is for the best. realistically, how long would be get from villa at his age? he would demand big wages and sounds like the transfer fee would have been over the top too. we have giroud, theo and podolski as strikers. imho, we need wingers, a left back, a centre back and a keeper more than we need another striker. biggest priority though should be doing some work on the training ground to sort out our defending. we have to stop conceding these ridiculous goals at crucial moments in games and i believe the players we have are better than they are currently showing in that respect. am really surprised we let djourou go considering the lack of depth we have at CB…

GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking
GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking

“we have to stop conceding these ridiculous goals at crucial moments in games”

Spot on Andy.

Anonymous

So we have Wenger trying to balance some books and no villa. Ah well…the good news is we have chu young parks brother on the way. FML…

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ZenithReptile

Our current squad, less those who aren’t close to the first team and are unavailable in January, or are SHITE:

Keepers: Szczesny, Martinez, MANONE

Defenders: Sagna, Mert, Verm, Kos, Gibbs, Jenkinson, Miquel, SANTOS

Midfielders: Diaby, Rosicky, Arteta, Pod, Wilshere, Ox, Ramsey, Cazorla, Coq

Strikers: Giroud, (ahem) Walcott.

Let me know if I’ve missed anyone obvious, but to me that looks really, really thin in every department. I can’t see us getting through January with many league points with this squad, and they’ll be knackered in February regardless of results this month.

Miranda

Sure you’ve missed out a striker: TGSTEL morphs into LANS.

And we could recall Afobe from Bolton as he’s not good enough to be regular starter for them.

andy

how exactly does it look thin in EVERY department? that’s 22 players plus gervinho who is not shite but has obviously completely lost his confidence. let’s not forget what a great start to the season he had. there is still hope he will get his mojo back. we also have youngsters like frimpong, gnabry and eisfeld to pad out the squad. the reality is we are limited to a squad of 25 (excluding youngsters) so there are maybe only 2-3 official spots available for any new signings we make (and these will only be freed up by getting djourour, squillaci and arshavin off the books). If you look outside the top 17-18 players in any of the other teams squads they are pretty thin too. i can’t see how lots of signings are the answer. this squad is well good enough on paper to finish 3rd or 4th this season and with a couple of quality additions and another few months to gel together and get some confidence going could compete for the title next season. i’m really tired of all the hysteria. how come nobody goes on about how long it is since spurs or liverpool won the league (yes, 42 and 22 years respectively)? seems to me it’s become the fashionable thing to bash arsene and everybody is just jumping on the bandwagon… the saddest thing about our current predicament is the fact that some of our best players and two of our captains (RVP, Cesc, Nasri, Clichy) all decided to go glory hunting instead of giving something back to the man who made them what they were in the first place. how arsene hasn’t just given up in the past few years is beyond me and he should be respected for sticking with it despite all the sh1t he has had to deal with…

Miranda

Fair point about the 25 players rule, but are we obliged to declare all players under contract as part of the Premiership squad? I don’t think you have to with the CL where I’m pretty sure you name your squad in August and January which allows you to leave out players you’ve sent out on loan, even short-term loans, or who’ve picked up a season-long injury.

andy

no, we don’t have to declare them but i don’t think anyone would be happy if we have 2 or 3 players not registered to play in any competition and picking up 50-80k a week so it’s a financial issue really – if we want to free up the spaces in the squad, then we have to get the unwanted players off the books before we can bring replacements in. this applies to the PL as well as the champs league, although there are subtle differences between the rules for each competition. fact is we are stuck with a number of guys on decent wages who are surplus to requirements and is proving almost impossible to sell them so we have to keep loaning them out until their contracts wind down. the players have all the power now so is a pretty tricky balancing act getting it right. currently we have these unwanted players on contract and can’t seem to find anyone who wants to buy them: Bendtner, Denilson, Arshavin, Santos, Park, Fabianski, Squillaci, Djourou. If we can’t get someone to take Arshavin and Squillaci on loan i imagine they will be registered and used when needed rather than buying others in… haven’t you played football manager recently? =)

Miranda

When did we last use Squillaci? I mean, having an unused and unusable player on high wages is obviously evidence that we srewed up in the past, but you’re not going to lessen the financial cost of that screw-up by naming him in the squad while continuing never to use him. The argument that we can’t sign anyone new because there aren’t enough squad places for new players doesn’t cut it for me. If we have the money for new signings we can use it and leave Squillaci and/or Arshavin off the list; if we haven’t we can’t. End of.

What we need to calculate financially is whether the new signings are likely to be economically beneficial – e.g. by keeping us in the top four, worth at least 35m. The 25-player rule is just another red herring, one more page from Wenger’s 20-volume excuses manual.

Voldermort

Absolutely hit the nail on the head Miranda. Whats the sense in keeping a player in the squad of 25 when he doesn’t play anyway just because we pay him , it’s laughable, we pay the bloke regardless. Better to buy and pay someone who can contribute and leave the deadwood out of the 25.

Plimpy

Fuck off Wenger signing cunts we’ve never heard of and let’s Villa go. Chinese striker my arse. Typical small time shit from him.

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

You know that Wenger turned down £20m from Chinese side Bhoul Xhit for Chamakh as well, right?

And also he had Messi on trial at Arsenal but decided he was too big and strapping for our midfield

And Buffon was desperate to sign for Arsenal but “thicky” Wenger thought that Pat Rice was playing a joke on him with a silly made up name. That’s true, that is

Plimpy

Whatever mate. If you’re happy to go along with the mediocre players Wenger has brought in recently then fine but I’m not.

Next time there’s a march I’ll be there with fucking bells on and I’ll brick their cars. Pay the highest prices in the world to see some no marks nobody has ever heard of when we could be buying Fellaini and Llorente and players like that. It’s bullshit.

Arty's Art

Llorente. Who scored 2 goals so far this season.

jack jack jack

I’m beginning to suspect there’s something more personal going on here. I warrant that you’ve been intimately involved with Nao Huan for quite some time. Maybe even years.

Neutral

OK smarty arty, you keep popping up with the llorente stats, but he’s being froze out this season, and why judge a player on a purple patch or barren patch?

08/09 – 42 goals (all comps for all stats, including internationals)
09/10 – 43
10/11 – 41
11/12 – 47
12/13 – 6

I’d think he’s worth a go, we bought Giroud on the back of a single good season.

Frog

Hey plimpy, ask your self if you’ve ever herd of this guy:

I Am Sofa King We Todd Ed.

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

I’d happily take Drogba and Dystin as sticking plasters for up front and the back until summer, both know the ropes and Dystin still looks like he’s got it in a way that fish face obviously had lost

perhaps nick the yank keeper off spuds as well just to mentor our young pole

JJ

Fuck Barcelona. Bunch of no good fuck-tards – i hope they all rot. Why do we constantly give them or other clubs our best players, yet they wont give us a player who doesnt play, and actually wants to leave! Ridiculous the way we do business – we must be a laughing stock to the whole of Europe.

I have no confidence we’ll finish in the top 4 this year. Only reason we did last season is because we had that dutch cunt, but now we have no one – oh wait, we have mr. inconsistent Walcott. Even Spurs can attract players that we cant now, and if i’m being honest, they probably have a squad equal to ours now (although it pains me to say it)

Our club needs to take a serious look in the mirror and wonder what direction we’re going in. As all i can see at the moment is a downward spiral.

SIGN SOME FUCKING PLAYERS EARLY IN THE WINDOW – RATHER THAN LEAVING IT TIL THE LAST FUCKING MINUTE LIKE WE USUALLY DO.

A Yank

Re: That last bit in all caps.

Exactly. Ba is already paying dividends for Spartak London. If we wait until the end of the window, we might be out of another competition, be looking up a few places to 4th and have a totally knackered side.

Lldre

Llorente or Ba are both realistic targets. I know goal and c/o aren’t everyones cup of tea. But with ba and his release clause, llorente with 6 months left. Surely we have to be going for them…..

andy

which ba are you talking about? the one that just signed for chelski and scored two goals at the weekend? and how exactly is llorente any better than giroud??

Zack

Ba is gone to Chelsea of course and honestly Llorente is redundant when we have Giroud.

Neutral

as shown a few posts above, llorente has shown his class with more than 40 goals in all comps over 4 years, Giroud had one good year in the French league. They may be the same type of player, but don’t pretend Giroud has shown himself to be the same quality, yet.

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