Wenger remains cautious on Walcott and transfers

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Despite reports this week suggesting that Theo Walcott had signed a new contract with Arsenal, Arsene Wenger admitted today that nothing has been completed and that he remains cautious over the whole situation.

At his pre-game press conference he said, “As long as nothing is signed, you are cautious. I’m optimistic we’ll get to a happy conclusion.”

Although he did indicate some progress, “The discussions have progressed smoothly but slowly”, and also hinted that he’d deploy the England man more centrally, “He just wants to play. He is happy to play on the flank as well. I see him playing more up front.”

Which would make you think that signing a striker is not high on the agenda. Regarding the transfer market, there was some classic Wenger bingo. Pressed on whether or not new players would be arriving, the manager said, “In England you are always under pressure to buy. We are still working in the transfer market but we only want exceptional players.

“So far we have not found him. We have no problem in players wanting to join us. I’ll give you my phone for 24 hours! We can afford 90 per cent of them.”

Now, if you’ll excuse us Arseblog News is off to make a super, super quality cup of coffee and we might stick an exceptional shot of brandy in it too.

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nishanth
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So loads of players are interested in joining us. But none of them are ‘exceptional’ because otherwise we clearly would have signed them. So basically a lot of crap players are interested in playing for us

maddo
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Its the hope that kills you.

I am so disappointed in all this rhetoric from AW, and I am one of his fans.
We need a star to liven up our team and ourselves.

I want a reason to get ready, to travel for 2 hours in the potential snow expected on Sunday to watch Arsenal . ( Of course I will go) …but…….

I know we will not get him in January, but David Villa looks pissed playing second fiddle to Messi last night in the Spanish league Cup

Dave Gooner
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He’s older than TH was when we sold him. Great player though he was, David Villa is past his ‘best before’ purchase date. That’s why he’s on Barca’s bench.

It isn’t going to happen. At least I hope not.

J0hnire
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I would love to see matias Suarez in an arsenal shirt. We’ve been missing a player that can lift a stadium by beating a man out of nowhere with just pure skill and lift the team! I think he would be a great player for us..

Goonerlawths
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M. Suarez is unlikely to get clearance to play in the UK. He’s not played the requisite number games for Argentina and attempts for Premiership teams to secure his services in the past have fallen down on this point. Good player though.

Xxxrob
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Rhetoric is the perfect word
For me its getting to the point that i dont even want to hear him talk about transfers because it is always a bunch of dribbled shit with a “no” embedded cryptically in amongst it.
We only want exceptional players..
Our squad is quite complete..

http://www.london24.com/sport/arsenal/wenger_provides_update_on_arsenal_s_january_transfer_plans_1_1789446

Yawn

Dave Gooner
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I’d give Super Mario a punt if some agreement on his wages could be organised.

Think Anelka with a mohawk. And I think AW has sufficient gravitas to scare the mad fucker into behaving himself. Something little Roberto conspicuously lacks.

We need a big galloping racehorse in the centre forward position. I think.

Dog Eat Arse
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He’s a mental case, as I will be if that twisted fuck joins my club. I hope he plays on sunday, so he can fuck up one more time.

Jasonissimo
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Mancini’s problem is he thinks he can scare and bully Balotelli. That’s not Wenger’s style. Wenger might be more likely to convince Balotelli that he’d be better off not behaving so immaturely and thus get the best out of him. His wages make such a gamble too expensive for Arsenal, though.

AnonymousGuy
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That’s 90% of crap players. That a whole load of crap players. Just wonder who we are after in the “10%” group. Messi?Ronaldo? Iniesta? I know monsieur wenger loves to play this game with the media but this transfer window has gone from ridiculous to borderline lunatic with his statements. We know we have the cash and squad needs strengthening, yet we sit on our arse doing nothing as if we are leading the league by a mile.

Dunno about you guys but I have kinda given up hope of any signings let alone a major one. Its better for my health. lets just accept that what we are seeing now plus a returning diaby will be the team to drive us to the champions league place and/or a cup. Mind says can’t see it happening but I will always have hope and blind faith in any Arsenal team. 🙂

wengers furrowed brow
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wengers furrowed brow

For the past few years, during the transfer windows whenever wenger gives his usual BS…i literally cringei and my skin starts to crawl.
I used to have a huge respect for wenger’s intelligence, his humour and his wengerism. But after I read about wenger defended the TICKET PRICES and his usual bollox…I just wanted to scream on wenger’s face ” SHUT UP! SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU DELUDED BASTARD! YOU ARE TORTURING US WITH YOUR TRANSFER NONSENSE.”
I dont know about others, but I am fast losing faith in wenger.
Before everyone goes happy thumbing me down for being wenger basher ( which I am not till now but cant say in the future) I just want to remind all the fans
We are fans of arsenal, the football club and nobody is fucking bigger than this club. Not wenger or any clown playing contractual hide and seek.
How many of us honestly thinks we can beat the like of manutd, city or chelsea to win the PL. Let me put this into context, participating to win the CL is onething and participating the CL just to balance the books is just arsenal. Do we fans think we will ever live to see that day when arsenal will be CL winner. If we are honest with ourselves, we know we will never ever win the CL because we never want to win CL we just want to qualify and play till some serious team spanks us back to PL.And do we play PL to win the title FUCK NO! we participate in the PL to qualify in the CL. We fans are stuck in that fucking loop where we will never enjoy the taste of victory in CL or PL.
As long as we keep on holding to our past glories and turn blind eye to the future and the way current affairs are being addressed, arsenal will be forever stuck in the battle for 4th place.
This sunday manc will spank our bottom red, wenger will apply “failed focus crap” ointment and lego haired arteta will say ” how disappointed the team is”. Another loop, we fans are quite getting used to nowadays.
FFS isnt it about time for something new and fresh. Cant we all reclaim the glory days back or are we the new liverpool.
January the big month indeed! fucking bunch of hypocrites are running this club into oblivion. Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuccckkkkkk!

Cygan's Magical Left Foot
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Cygan's Magical Left Foot

Finally some people start to see the light. I have been saying for three years this man is a wahsed up has been mental case. This man forgot the simple thing about managing a football club and that is WINING not finishing 4th and call it a trophy. The sooner we get this man out of our club the better, losing time will only make him richer and us poorer.

This man whow earns 7.5 million a year thinks we can still win the leauge with this squad and he doesn’t need to add to the squad. Add to that, there is no player in the market better than Forehead, Ramsery, Squad, Don, Santos and jenks!!!!.

Too much power, no pressure to win and people like YOU (people that support Arsne more than The Arsneal) is the reason this man made our club a feeder club. I hate to say it, but I told you so :))). No a pology needed just come with your till between your legs you Arsene’s supproter and join us to get him out of our Great Football club.

GM
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it’s been said many a time, but the squad doesn’t actually need ‘exceptional’ players to be improved, it just needs ‘decent’ players and in some cases even ‘mediocrity’ would be better than what we actually have

northerngoon
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I’ll take an exceptional player any time. I also want to see Wilshere make Cleverley look like a cunny.

northerngoon
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No probably plenty of good ones. I’d be damned surprised if Sneijder’s agent hasn’t approached us but signing him would mean “killing” Diaby or Ramsey.

Finsbury Park Gooner
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Don’t forget, we have two new signings in Diaby and Santos.

Parisian Weetabix
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Man, even the joke is wearing thin.

Japagooner
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You know, LANS is not really so insidious an idea that people make it out to be.

We’ve all seen how much Diaby can help the team and be a real, legitimate impact guy – exactly the sort of player we would want to sign – when he’s healthy. Obviously that is a pretty massive qualifier, but the fact remains that in all likelihood Diaby will have a largely positive impact when he comes back into the team and until such point that his legs give out again. In fact, in one specific way he’s better than a new signing: we’ve already paid for him.

So Diaby’s return will be a lot like a new signing. Specifically a guy we sign for free and who will make an impact but whom we will expect to stop making an impact at some point in the (near) future.

I suppose even Santos will be LANS, but a really underwhelming, fat one.

Huntersanti
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How many times is a player signed off the back of a long-term injury? NEVER. So, it is NOT like a new signing.

AgentITK
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Diaby feels more like a loan player. I’m not sure where we’ve loaned him from, Dr Frankenstein perhaps? He’s in the treatment room now, stapling his legs back on for another highly impressive few games before they fall off again.
My only hope is that he will do a Rosicky/van Persie (a combination of Rosicky’s personality and RvP’s miraculous run of good health would be nice) and make a proper, season-long contribution at some point.

Here’s a thought, I know every player has set-backs and injuries but, I wonder how much we made on the van Persie sale after you remove the wages paid for his injury lay offs over the years? It would be more valid f we were to remove the average amount paid to players whilst injured per season.

paul
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I agree. Diaby has been absent for a few months now, and his presence in the team will be huge when he returns. No matter how susceptible to injury he may be, his inclusion into a starting XI will be akin to that of a debut game from a new signing (except we know Diaby can perform for Arsenal at an elite level). Yes, I know it is yet another frustrating Wengerism, but Diaby: LANS.

AgentITK
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@Huntersanti: Aquilani.
Also, that’s why it’s LANS, not ANS. I agree though, it’s not a line I’m a fan of.

GM
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he must be the only signing in the world who joins on a three week contract

Andrew
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Get the point but But didn’t wenger sign eisfield of the back of an injury??

Miranda
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Besides, according to the Guardian, Wenger is confident Walcott will sign BY THE END OF THE MONTH – gives as whole new meaning to the concept of lightening pace. Should he not not sign, we can of course, as Wenger pointed out earlier this month, then turn our attention to bringing in some new players.

mel
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too late

Miranda
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You don’t say. Since it doesn’t normally take longer than a few days to sort out a contract if both sides want it to happen, and since Walcott has now been dilly-dallying for 18 months … He must be worn with having to keep thinking up new objections. Still, only a couple of weeks more of this farce.

Finsbury Park Gooner
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Jokes aside, I will be over the fucking moon if Walcott re-signs. And to be fair to whichever chimpanzees deal with Arsenal transfers, that will be quite a high coup in the last 6 months of his contract.

Saurabh
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“Jokes aside” .. hang on a minute. I didn’t agree to that.. 😛

Big Chief from Antarctica
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Big Chief from Antarctica

Walcott signing would be indeed good news. Regardless of what your opinion is, Walcott is in form right now and if he would stay that would send a clear message that Arsenal is not a feeder club. That’s something Arsenal will be if Theo goes, in my opinion.

I’m tired of defending Arsenal. I’ve said a hundred times that Fabregas was homesick and Nasri, van Persie a bunch of greedy lying bastards. I could justify that. If Theo goes, what explanation with pride can I then give. What?

(Unless Theo is indeed a cunt and money is on his mind, then again Arsenal is fucked right up the ****. But I would still be slightly optimistic because of the recent contracts of the British core. Frustrating as fuck that Wenger will have to build another fucking team.)

AgentITK
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I’m not sure Theo signing signifies that we’re not a feeder club. I’m still not even sure who we’d sell Theo to if he refused to sign. After losing the ‘big players’ we have in the past, I’m not sure keeping Theo is the statement we needed. Have we signified to him that we’re an ambitous club? Have we shown we can break our wage structure to accomodate top-drawer talent? Or, have we given a bumper pay-day to a hot-and-cold player who wouldn’t have earned much more elsewhere?

I do wonder what would happen if Jack or the Ox fulfilled their potential and found themselves in this position, would what we’ve offered Theo be enough to keep them if it wasn’t for RvP and would be be willing to offer more if it weren’t?

I’m trying hard not to be overly pessimistic, and I’ll genuinely be glad if Theo signs, but it would be nice to have a little more than this to cheer by the end of January.

Jasonissimo
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Specifically, this “high coup”:

Walcott signs da ting
Can’t be more pleased than this–
Like a new trophy.

3 points in the toilet
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I thought i will never come to this point. When his contract ends? This year top four is out of reach i guess…

PolishGunner
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I’d like to have that phone.

Tenzo
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Yeah me too. I bet Arsene has a cool phone too, something like a Motorola Droid 4, or something. Something powerful with a physical keyboard, as he doesnt strike me as the touch screen type.

CountLeaf
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i don’t think it’s that difficult to figure out…

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Goonermonkey
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I can think of lots of players who may not be Messi, but could still add a lot to our team.

If Theo does go on and sign, that’s great news. But it’s not just a Striker we need. Everyone who reads Arseblog has their own opinions on who we could bring in.

If we can afford 90% of them… why don’t we use some of our cash to help us through this tough month of matches? Arsene, keep your cards as close to your chest as you like. But PLAY A DAMN CARD!

Parisian Weetabix
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Excellent metaphor, my friend.

midgunner
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I wish to god he’d stop going on about Messi.

Like we’re all going to go, ‘Oh no the Messi transfer is off! That’s it then, no reason looking at anyone else!’

I believe there may be one or two players of slightly less quality who would still improve our squad.

Wenger must be able to see that.

Surely?

AnonymousGuy
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The thing about the Messi comments that infuriates me is that Wenger is making all of us out as fools. For f**k sakes, no sane and mentally corrected Gooner demands Messi or the Falcaos of this world, we just want f**king good players who adds something to the team.

Harish
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@AnonymousGuy

He is and always does refer to the media for the expectations and thoughtless drivvle they print. It’s the reason he’s always so coy and ot’s also why I said here maybe just a month back that we fans shouldn’t take on board Wenger’s press conferences. They are only ever media formalities.

Glory Hunter
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That’s where he has you & everyone else fooled, he’s actually playing monopoly!!!’

prav
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Exceptional players will want to play for exceptional clubs with exceptional ambitions and on exceptional wages. That description doesn’t fit us so I’d lower my standards slightly and get decent players just to rotate with the poor fellows who have been run into the ground. Just my two cents on this biannual farce.

Mark Flatts' Flat
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I agree with this wholeheartedly.

Glory Hunter
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Well said PRAV;
A journalist needs to ask him that question!

Big Dave
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Finding AW’s comments more and more patronising. Perhaps bordering on insulting.

Nevertheless, looking forward to the city game!

Voldermort
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Totally agree, it’s just getting so boring now.
Whoever runs the pr are at the club should have a word with arsene because i honestly believe he has no idea how much he winds his own fans up.

Big Dave
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With AW’s attitude particularly in recent times I dont feel as close to the club anymore. I may regret saying this, but when the spuds had Redknapp I was jealous of the kind-of togetherness the spud fans had with their manager. With AW recently its like us fans our beneath him. Previously, I’ve enjoyed AW’s intelligent attitude, like an airplane pilot who has a posh voice and makes you feel safe. But now, its just coming across as arrogant.

northerngoon
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Agreed. I don’t know if any of you saw the Twitter feed yesterday with Arsene’s comments being erm tweeted but I did and I saw the many replies. None of them were pleasant.

In fact I think it’s safe to say Arsene is now more unpopular than he ever has been. He looks increasingly isolated and detached from the fans, players and all but Gazidis and Kroenke.

Mohd Isa
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At the rate things are going, Wenger won’t buy anyone. It would only take an earth shattering event ie losing to MC 0-5,before he will buy a new gk and two defenders.

Scott P
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Don’t forget, even if we did lose 5-0 to Man City, you’ll likely hear something like, “one loss does not represent the season. I am confident in this squad’s ability to come back from this”

Frrred
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Wenger cautious on both walcott and transfers?
He should be atleast pushing hard for either one of them. Wenger and his “professor tag” should know we need new quality players. No rocket science there.

I think i’ll join Blogs for brandy now. Better yet, let’s all do

R18
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This is exactly what is wrong with the management and the board at Arsenal. They are too comfortable with competing for top 4 and not trophies. If Wenger was ambitious, he would be after titles, for that you need a squad that is capable of doing so. Our squad has proved year after year for the last 7, that it isn’t capable of winning trophies. So surely the answer is to add players? But Wenger etc don’t want to. We know money is available, Wenger has admitted that. So he clearly thinks one of 2 things:

1) That this squad can win trophies (which it
can’t.)
2) He feels top 4 is good enough.

Both of these are wrong, and it just isn’t good
enough no more.

Ciaran
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bet he got Diaby and Santos to ring him so he can say see 2 new signings ffs

Parisian Weetabix
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Yup, wearing thin.

Andrew Morgan
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Terrible comments from him today. Doesn’t understand the fans at all with comments on ticket prices, transfers, ambition etc.

HUGE HARDON
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Get rid of Walcott and buy a PROPER striker! It’s as simple as peas!

Bobby-Sue
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Ermm, for all his faults, he’s been putting them away this season.

Merlin's Panini
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That’s rather condescending to peas.

Glory Hunter
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Wow, Huge H to think your comment actually got a few thumbs up!!!
Anyone that agrees with your statement is a moron!
Do you actually believe that if Theo is sold we would buy a proper striker!!!!!
You obviously haven’t been paying any attention!

northerngoon
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The people that gave him the thumbs up are the same people last year who were abusing Rosicky until he came back and pretty much saved our arses. The same people who’ll defend Wenger regardless, the same people who won’t see just what Walcott has done for us this past two seasons.

Lapidarij
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On more boring press conference for Wenger. But that’s his job and he’s doing it the worse he can. 🙂 Arsene knows.

Modhabobo
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ARGH! We all know he won’t sign. He wants to win things, not look at a bank balance and see that as a trophy.

And balanced squad? How balanced? Balanced on a precipice more like.

Sorry that seemed needlessly glum. Happy Friday all!

Rad Carrot
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Oh, good.

It’s nice to know that we’re looking to sign someone of exceptional quality, contract talks are coming along nicely, and Arsene is optimistic. All really good, positive stuff.

On another note, my experiment to put myself in stasis worked. I’ve literally just come out today.

Fergie the Gooner
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Welcome back! You’ve got 3 more weeks of Wengerisms and transfer inactivity to look forward too, I’d get back in that stasis pod if I were you.

R18
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This is bad real bad, michael jackson.

Gunnarse
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Can’t believe we didn’t sign Holtby and let the spuds have him. 22/23 years old free established champions league player. Arsenal signing all day long

Witoldo
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Ever think that maybe Holtby isn’t as good as you think if his ambition is satisfied by playing for Sp*rs?

Dick Swiveller
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Yeah, not so bothered about Holtby, we can’t control what other teams do and I’m not sure he’d add much more than another averagely built guy who can pass the ball a bit.

Our team, however, needs a new Diaby (someone with a bit of physicality who can surge forwards a bit, not convinced Frimpong is ready yet) and another striker or winger.

Unless all these outs are preparing the way for some promotions and outstanding breakthrough seasons, we could be in trouble if we don;t sign someone.

It IS typical Wenger rhetoric though so there might still be things going on behind the poker face.

Penfield
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Thats bollocks.

Remember when they signed Modric and Wenger said he was too ‘slight’ to succeed in the premiership?

Sorry Wenger, but some of the transfers that have already happened this window i would gladly take. It seems like other teams are making moves, and we’re just sitting here twiddling our thumbs hoping on Walcott (good player), Diaby (who i love as a player, but damn..) and Santos (nice guy).

Dog Eat Arse
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At least the spuds are signing players and are adding more depht to the squad, so they might not fuck up this year. What a sorry and pathetic thing that is, having to rely on the spuds to fuck up so we can gain third or fourth spot.

Holtby might not be the player we as the Arsenal shold be looking to sign but what about Gervinho, Santos, Squid, Park….. I would prefer Holtby.
We are getting more and more useless at spotting talent.

RobM
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Michu seems happy playing for Swansea. Michu would improve our squad, if not our first team.

To be fair, Swansea are a better club to play for than Sp*rs, but still…

Harish
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@RobM

As great as Michu is, i really don’t feel he would have prospered at Arsenal the way he has at Swansea. Besides, I read he was a defensive midfielder converted to attacking midfielder/centre forward, so full respect to Laudrup for that shout.

R18
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Now I’m mad real mad, joe jackson!

Just a membership number
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Just a membership number

Heading into the weekends game against the current champions with theo as your only striker is a little way from balanced

Olegaz
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Wenger forgot that his job is wining things with Arsenal Fc not bulshiting everybody with confusing interviews.

eleanor
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If Swansea, Everton, and Newcastle can find ‘exceptional players’ then WTF are Arsenal’s legendary team of scouting snouts doing?

If we can’t find anyone then we must have the perfect squad already. First it was the money. Now it’s a lack of players the standard of our complete first team.

Oh, and Theo? FRO! Play for us because you want to. Or go and sit on some bench elsewhere. And take your team of negotiators with you. (You can even have ours as a parting gift.) If you can’t recognise a decent deal when it’s shoved up your arse then you probably don’t deserve us.

goonernim
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What a depressing way to start the day.

As i cannot physically shoot the messenger, i will follow this message by ripping my work desktop from its tehers, and throwing it at the cafe owner next door, who kinda looks like a korean Ivan Gazidis. sad really, he’s a lovely chap!

Kenyangoon
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Exceptional players….proof maradona and pele somehow had a baby together. I cant wait to see it in an arsenal shirt.

GHunner
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At this rate the only way to see us “going to the market” and really strengthening the squad is if we lose to both Citeh and Chelsea…..after which we’ll scramble for exceptional top top quality crumbs. Besides that I’m not holding my breath.

Mooro
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Find a happy place, find a happy place….[eyes shut tight, hands over ears, rocking gently backwards and forwards].

Cliff Holdorff
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Its not like going to the store and buying the best beer. The player himself has to want to come to Arsenal too. Barca have just announced Villa is staying put and Goetze announced he’s happy at Dortmund. I’d like to believe Arsene was, at some point, interested in either of them but, let’s face it, why would either of them want to leave for arsenal? We also have a more or less fixed starting 11. We need back up for Szcez and a replacement for Djorou but which keeper or centre back would join us knowing they’d be on the bench?

AgentITK
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I don’t think anyone will consider the window a failure if we fail to sign Villa, Goetze, etc. I would like to see a sign or two that we’re looking for someone though, I might not like who we’re linked with but it does signify intent on the clubs part to move forward and improve the squad. That’s not the same as a signing for the sake of it, there are clear deficiencies in the squad.

We do arguably have an established first eleven but that’s not even close to enough over the course of a season. Injuries, fatigue and form call for more depth, not to mention the need for options from the bench. I know we can’t compete with Man Utd but they have RvP, Rooney, Hernandes and Welbeck if they’re chasing a game. In our ‘fixed 11’ our three strikers all start the game.

As for back-up signings, look at the keepers Sp*rs have.

Harish
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Forget a starting 11, i want a starting 22.

22 players, two for each role on the pitch, any and all who can be called upon when needed to play the role in almost any game. Given, it’s not easy to have a replacement for Cazorla or Wilshere, but hey, Rosicky is an available selection.

My problem with our starting 11 is the look they have as if they’ve fought a war and are feeling the weariness and simply not looking ready to give an extra 10% on top of the 100% they try. Where’s the rotation. Only place Im happy with rotation is in defence. Then i get scared. I then remember Squid is 4th in the pecking order… An injury away, as they say.

Dick Law
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so basically he means,”If you’re having girl problems I feel bad for you son.
I got 99 problems but squad depth ain’t one.”

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

I’ve got 99 problems but the lack of top top quality players ain´t one..

GM
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if you’re having LANS problems

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

Confused, irritated and hopeful all at the same time. The life of an Arsenal supporter I guess.

My thoughts lately have been that if we could only sort out our midfield it won´t matter who plays CF. Wilshere, Arteta and Cazorla has the passing ability that few players comes close to. If we can find a better balance between the three + the two wingers, they should be able to find the CF in a goal scoring opportunity multiple times every half.

Gooner in Spain
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well if that centre forward is gervhino because giroud is injured and walcott has pissed off then i don’t care if we give him 20 opportunities within the six, he’ll still probably only take 1.

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

The name that should not be named, Gervinho *shudders*

He is at best some sort of a wild card, but hopefully we have a young fast as lightning goal scorer in the youth rank who just have to run and do the tap ins. What I meant with the previous post was that we do not need a Suarez/Messi who can run through 3-4 defenders every time he gets the ball. Our midfield is capable to bergkamp the ball through the defensive line.

RobM
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@judgement day

– your mention of the reserves highlights one thing that does greatly annoy me about the club:

We’re supposed to have this great youth program and its used as a justification for not buying more established players, yet the boss would rather play people out of position than give a chance to one of these fantastic talents who are so amazing that we dare not sign anyone in case it “kills their careers”.

james
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Always been a huge Wenger supporter, the positive things he has brought to the club will be felt for generations, however I can’t help feeling that not bringing in players to strengthen the squad would be a gamble of such proportions that a failure to get at least 4th would make his position untenable come the summer. If he is going to claim we can compete when it is so clear that we are such a long way from winning major trophies then he would have to either come clean as to why we fail to improve the squad, or leave.

AgentITK
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Have to agree. I don’t know why the club made such a song and dance of our improved sponsorship, I don’t know why they said money from it would be brought forward for us to spend and I don’t know why Wenger spoke recently about strengthening in all areas. My own fault for continuing to listen I suppose but it is confusing. And irritating.
It does look like the set up for a nasty fall if we don’t make the top four this year.

TheSavvyGoonpiece
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The saddest part about all this eloquent garbage wenger is spewing is that I had such a strong hunch before this transfer window opened that all this nonsense about us spending big was just that. I knew it was all lies to satiate the fans. Were just not as massive as we should be, nor want to be. Whatever is occurring at the club is deep, and encompasses all fronts. From the managerial/football side to the financial/commercial in certain aspects as well. It’s just truly disappointing as a gunner to see us beaten to the punch on so many occasions for players, and then sell our best ones expeditiously every year. We are fucked.

Dick Swiveller
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The notion of ‘spending big’ in some people’s minds is 20m+ on a player so that was unlikely but when it;s so obvious the squad needs players (I know people say this every year but this is the first time when I’ve thought we were seriously short) and everyone talks about money being available it would be downright stubborn not to think that SOMETHING was going to happen.

Usually you can see why we don’t buy, now it’s reached the point whereby even 10m would buy us an improvement (or 15 if you consider what Michu could do…hell 15m to avoid him scoring against us in the FA cup replay might be worth it).

Peon
Guest

Is it just me who smiled when Wenger said all he wanted was a ‘happy conclusion’…heh

JustJoy
Guest

‘Exceptional players’ wenger wenger you are crazy. In this world you cant find an exceptional player while we have plenty even in African leagues. Iam dissapointed.

Voldermort
Guest

Seriously how long have we been supposed to be talking to theo now, well over a year and still we can’t agree. Absolute joke, we are supposed to be the paragon of how a football club should be run and we can’t even get this sorted one way or the other.
And worse if he does sign we all know what arsene is going to say in regards to transfers.
If we don’t make the signings the squad so clearly needs, then Bollox to arsene, he will deserve any stick that will inevitably come his way.

GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking
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GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking

They’re probably arguing over an extra fiver a week.

AgentITK
Guest

That’s £260 a year. We’ll be able to buy Falcao in the year 194320, long after City and Chelsea have gone bankrupt, staged an oil-funded coup, lost their empire, resorted to cannabism and suffered terrible mutations from nuclear fallout. We’ll be sitting pretty. Unless they mutate extra legs, or suckers on their feet.
This is what the Arsenal transfer policy does to people.

Anton
Guest

I can’t believe this is the same charismatic genius that brought in some of the best players the premier league has seen. He’s a complete caricature of himself, he’s become condescending, patronising, distant, hypocritical and an obsessive control freak. I just don’t get what’s happened to him

loose cannon
Guest

‘We Want Our Arsene Back’. seriously!

Bigj
Guest

Wenger is at it again. Though I wouldn’t blame him but the group of greed at the top of thing.

Merlin's Panini
Guest

yeh, those bloody people at the top of thing…

well put.

AgentITK
Guest

Get that on a banner. Get it in the staduim.

JustJoy
Guest

Its true that wen you grow old you start acting like a CHILD. Wenger is acting like one.. It seems they want to sell Walcott?

loose cannon
Guest

kompany and the DEFs of City are surely having a crack at the prospect of having to mark theo, our lone striker.

GM
Guest

Theo’s ‘Reverse-Weeble Trick’ ™ of falling down repeatedly but somehow scoring despite that is going to give them hell tomorrow, have faith

GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking
Guest
GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking

Oh dear, time to get my patented Wenger Translator Device out again. Here goes:

“In England you are always under pressure to buy” = The fans want us to spend the available money we have to improve the squad, but we won’t. Who do these fans think they are anyway?

“We are still working in the transfer market but we only want exceptional players.” = We won’t be buying anyone, so dream on suckers.

“So far we have not found him.” – We haven’t even bothered looking.

Oz
Guest

Einstein’s Law of 21st Century Wengerisms:

“I only buy:
x: “exceptional quality”
y: “super quality”
z: “top, top quality”
Where any of the above Wengerite elements x, y and z are used, the usual post-match Wenger reaction is “we lacked a liddel bit ov sharpness in zer final thurd” .

Now, if you’ll excuse us, I’m off to make a super, super quality cup of brandy and we might stick an exceptional shot of coffee in it too.

Meh. Wenger? Le professeur’s experiment est fini.

gooner
Guest

Try one or two.

Goon Goon Goon
Guest

It’s still only the 11th. Worrying starts around the 20th and eating my hat usually around the end of the month. Still plenty of time to conclude business.

But, we do really need players, like, now. Come on Arsene, do us a favour mate

Merlin's Panini
Guest

I believe we’ll be the first mens side to sign a female player. A great young striker named Sue Pakwaliti.

Dog Eat Arse
Guest

There is super quality in womens football. We could sign Abby Wambach (FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year) and probably the runners up, Marta and Alex Morgan (three forwards/strikers so beat it Walcott).
They would cost less than the Squid, add more quality than Gervinho and also add depth to the squad. It would be a great piece of business.

Merlin's Panini
Guest

Well I’m all for it!

RobM
Guest

Claiming they would add more quality than Gervinho is a little unfair to those women, to say the least. Wurzel Gummidge or Krusty the Klown would add more quality than he does.

KidKnockout
Guest

Better yet, why not trade the Arsenal men’s team with the women’s one. At least they know what trophies look like.

GM
Guest

It would quite literally be better to sign one of those women than to sign noone, which is our current plan.

Justin Bernard
Guest

I’ll never be one of the “Wenger out” people, that’s just silly, but I’m getting rather tired of the “exceptional players’ excuse for not signing players. Arsene’s recent track record in signing ‘exceptional’ players has been pretty poor lately.

Oz
Guest

So, you’ll blindly follow Wenger for the sake of following Wenger, even if he takes our team down the pan?
Most of us follow Arsenal: Wenger’s part of Arsenal, but he isn’t Arsenal.

Wenger's ass hair
Guest

Cazorla, Gibbs, Wilshere and Ox are pretty sick if you ask me.

The Truth
Guest

I’m not asking for Messi. That is obviously unreasonable. But Falcao is the sort of players a club of Arsenal’s stature should be looking to sign.

Merlin's Panini
Guest

Agreed, but because of the hideously skewed transfer market he would cost at least £50 million unless, for some bizarre reason, he only wanted to move to us and forced through a transfer. It’s the sort of money we just don’t have (or do, but it would be insane for us to spend all at once like that).
If we want a Falcao type player, the only way for us to get one realistically is if we do so whilst they are small-time and turn them into a star.

Los Polandos
Guest

Falcao?? Do you realise how much he did cost 18 months ago, that is before he scored 40 goals in 50 games for atletico and won Uefa cup? 40 million plus performance fees. Do you seriously consider him “reasonable” and affordable to sign??

fel the gooner
Guest

So is wesley sniejder not an exceptional player. 28yrs old and will only cost £8million… how the fck can galatasaray afford his wages but we cant lol

Muse
Guest

Even if his wages were really high, This is a £20 mill + player and so the relatively low transfer fee would surely offset his wage demands.

Nick
Guest

You should just leave wenger, dont get me wrong Ive been a BADASS arsenal fan for like 20 years now and Ive always supported him but also these days ive almost forgot some feeling. feelings like when big clubs were all scared like hell when they came to highbury,like being proud talk bout our team with ManU fans sittin nxt to us,feelings like “THIERRYY HENRYYYY”,”DENNIS BERGKAAMP blah blah blah MAGIC!”, (still ranging in my head) today i found a video that almost made me cry…http://www.mediafire.com/?tjor12vk5d3vvli i miss those days. 🙁
u either die a hero or leave long enough to see urself become the villian, Mr Wenger

Nick
Guest

u either die a hero or live* long enough to see urself become the villian, Mr Wenger

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subeyr
Guest

Man, I wonder how he spends his own money when he holds the clubs like its on hostage . Fuucckk!!! The guy needs a gold digger to loosen him the Fuck out

Angry Gooner
Guest

I hate the transfer window. It’s the same old Wenger. The media will never learn that he wont show his hand so will always use that top quality or exceptional player line. It means nothing.

Wengers beady eye
Guest

I think it’s pretty clear now that Walcott is playing for time in order that his agent can solicit offers from other teams. Whether or not he accepts any of the offers remains to be seen but I must say it doesn’t fill me with confidence.

Playing centrally is a red herring. Cash and trophies is ultimately what turns heads.

I sincerely hope he stays.

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