Wenger talks transfers. Doesn’t really


Arsenal will not be signing Wilfried Zaha according to Arsene Wenger, however, the boss has hinted – in that inimitable way of his – that he might try and lure a couple of new faces to the Emirates before the end of January.

Spinning more than a hot-panted Kylie Minogue the boss changed tact for the umpteenth time this month when again quizzed on possible transfers by the press.

Asked initially about his interest in Zaha, a player he confirmed the club had been keeping an eye on but who now looks set to move to Manchester United, Wenger stated:

“If Zaha goes to Man Utd, good luck to him. We were never in for him. Never.”

A firm line drawn under that one and not massively surprising given the success in persuading Theo Walcott to sign a new deal and the interest from rival clubs.

Pressed for further news on signings, the boss admitted that he and his team were still actively scouring the market but wouldn’t be drawn on individuals.

“I will not give you any names. We are working very hard.”

Arseblog News hasn’t the foggiest whether Arsenal are going to sign anyone by the end of next week or not. One thing is for sure, Arsene’s attitude in his weekly press briefings has become increasingly erratic.

Sometimes the boss appears to enjoy feeding the tabloids a morsel or two to feast on (he could have outright dismissed Cavani story last week), then the following week he’s bristling with annoyance that his riddled answers have been spun into ridiculous headlines.

Unfortunately, whichever mood he’s in he seems unaware – or perhaps he doesn’t care – that what he says gets reported to the supporters who increasingly seem flummoxed by his wishy-washy status updates.

We’d suggest reading between the lines again but things seem very smudged at the moment.


    • I’m just getting a little cheesed off with Wenger treating fans like the media. As if we arnt important enough to know were our teams heading. At this rate we won’t qualify for the Champions League. And to embarrassment we will have to hear how Spurs took our place.Wenger listen to George Graham, come down from your high horse.

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      • We are saving our money. The ruling ones at Arsenal seems to have given up on CL next season, so we wont be spending anything incase it really does happen. If we get there it will be all “we are good enough”, “mental toughness”, “sell our captain”… If we dont get there it will mean higher ticket prices, sell more players and sign no one.

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      • are you suggesting he tell the media 1 thing and us another in future? the media are pretty slow but not that slow, they will end up trawling thi site and any other that arsen leaks to and we will end up with journalists here to learn, then to take your rantings when we lose and publish those, then all of a sudden theres a media multitued of wenger haters and theres more pressure on him more things to worry about instead of transfers. Sadly it is unworkable

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      • Wasn’t sugesting for a minute that Wenger would be able to say one thing to the fans and another to the press. I was just raising the point that he should stop feeding the media by drip feedng them with what turns out to be nothing of any consequence. He is the only guy who can get our team up there winning cups. So why isnt he doing it.He spent a lot of time on securing Walcot and pays him what he wants. But didnt do the same with Nasri, Cliche and Van Persie. I know who I would have kept. And you have to ask yourself why are they leaving. Lack of confidence in Wengers ability to win trophies. Man U would never have sold us Ronaldo why did we sell our top scorer to them?

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    • He is toying with stupid journalists that are looking for ridiculously untrue stories to write, not with the supporters. It is unbelievable to see how you and many others don’t get that.

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      • I’m afraid we’ve been saying that for the past couple of years and Arsene has gone on to NOT sign the “we were never in for player x”.

        Frankly it’s not funny anymore and It’s getting exhausting.

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      • Where will we get any kinda real info then, if not from the manager?

        Its probably fun to fuck with the journalists though…

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      • @per..
        OK.. so I am the manager of one of the biggest clubs in the world which hasn’t won a trophy in 8 season and i know the supporters are dissatisfied. so what do i do, i “toy with the journalists” as you have said without realizing that every single word i say is going to be dissected for even a smidgen of hope that Arsenal are going to sign a player.

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    • What “erratic” is for Arseblog means “enigmatic” for Wenger.

      He is of course aware that once we give out names, the sugar daddies will be there to outbid us. At least that’s his firm opinion. I understand that and given no one has a clue what’s going on is partly (italics) a good thing. The problem here it that lately the club hasn’t really made the best transfer choices which makes everyone (me included) nervous of course in this state of complete unaccountability.

      My personal opinion on transfers: cf 100% agree with Arseblog’s article yesteday and no I am not an arsekisser… 🙂

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  1. Wenger: “we were never in for Zaha”
    Ah, is that supposed to cheer me up?
    We don’t need to listen to Arsene anymore let’s
    just sit back and watch him take us for a ride,
    it’s hopeless.

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  2. One moment I’m desparate for us to take a gamble and sign someone… Stick out a limb with all this ‘super talent’ gumpf…. Then I think Chamakh, Arshavin, and even some of the more recent signings who haven’t exactly turned the tide, and i think maybe it is worth holding out for exactly what we need, remembering any money spent now comes straight off what we have in the summer. Tricksy!

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  3. This is complete shite!

    He weakens an already thin squad by loaning out Chamakh and Djourou at the beginning of the window, so you would think there’s a plan and some replacements were lined up but no, ‘we’re working very hard’.

    We needed reinforcements before the window, so if no one new comes in , let alone ‘world class’ we’ve been desperate for, then this borders on neglect and bad management in my opinion and we better be ready to reap what we sow.

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    • I don’t think this squad is weakened with Chamakh leaving, I’d genuinely rather have Akpom starting up front before him. Not being weakened is a poor consolation when it wasn’t strong enough to start with though…

      I don’t know why anyone ever takes anything, anybody vaguely related with football says at face value, or at all seriously. If a manager told me the world was round, I wouldn’t believe them.

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      • So you think loaning out a recognised international striker (whether he’s any good or not is up to debate but Chamakh’s first 6 months here proves he could do a decent job in the prem) and leaving us with one recognised striker new to the premiership, one wannabe ‘striker’ prone to going missing and promoting Chuba (who Wenger will probably try out a t right back )doesn’t makes us weaker?

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      • Regardless of what Chamakh did in his first 6 months, he simply wasn’t giving the team ANYTHING in the last 18 months (except the opportunity to lose to Bradford ofc). I think he’ll do well at West Ham if he recovers some confidence but when he’s less than useless for us then his presence here or not simply doesn’t matter.

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      • +1. I’m also nonplussed that we haven’t been playing the ‘kids’, since they’ve given us so many happy memories before – not least in terms of workrate and enthusiasm – and when the alternative is the likes of Chamakh or Arshavin. How on earth could Akpom or Aneke be worse? What I wouldn’t give to see Arsene able to throw Ryo on with 20 minutes to go and scare the bejeesus out of the knackered right back…

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      • I think we are getting carried away with this youth stuff. In all fairness, last time we had to rely on ahoye mentioned “workrate and enthusiasm” we were dicked by united. 2-8 line-up consisted of (less experienced then) Jenks, Ramsey, Coq or Traore.

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      • Pentalty shoot-out versus Bradford Cty: watch it again on the Arsenal Player… Chamakh walks up to the spot not giving a fuck whether or not his goes in. Rewind to about 10 minutes into the second-half when Chamkh was coming on as a subsititue… he really couldn’t be BOTHERED to strip down on that cold night and come on the pitch. Problem with Chamkah is he was overpaid at GBP60k-a-week so he lost his ‘hunger’. Had we signed him for half of that maybe he would’ve given the effort. Same theme applies to our other numerous ‘deadwood’ signings. Had we avoided just three of those disasters we couldn’ve matched what ManUre were offering to RVP.

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  4. I don’t care if we were never in for Zaha. We already signed a potential star in Oxlade-Chamberlain last season. Besides, Zaha isn’t really what we need “right now”, even though he might be a bright prospect for the future. We have enough exciting youngsters coming through the ranks.
    What I care about, and worries me, is the fact that who is going to get our “Goals For” column up and running and who will bring the “Goals Against” tally down!

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  5. He did say he wants to sign two people. I’m still hopeful
    It may be a deluded hope but please don’t take it away from me

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  6. Don’t think this is a mood thing. Wenger doesn’t care what the papers write, as long as it’s not close the actual business he’s planning.

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  7. Wenger is becoming laughable now, this while situation is beyond rediculas. Just can’t wait for this season to end and start again.
    He and the club have become embarrassin now and it’s only the fans that have any credibility left.

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    • Hmm, I’m going to go out on a limb here and forward the motion that it might be your grammar and spelling that’s embarrassing rather than Mr Wengers genius ability to wind parasitic journalists up to the point of insanity

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      • Can’t argue with that, I think you may be right my intelligent friend.
        Sorry for the typos it can happen and as for the grammar, no excuse I’m just a common cabbie from the east end. One of the old style supporters we used to have before the media luvvies and intellectuals moved in.
        Hope my lack of intelligence didn’t offend you to much.

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  8. Europa League here we come. The man is insulting my intelligence. I understand that he can’t lay all his cards on the table but don’t bullshit me either

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    • Here are some of the (not so) glamorous European squads we’ll be facing next season on Thursday nights:

      BSC Young Boys, Hapoel Tel-Aviv, FC Viktoria Plzeň, A. Académica de Coimbra, VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach, AEL Limassol FC, CS Marítimo, Videoton FC, FC Rubin Kazan, FK Partizan, Neftçi PF, Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC, NK Maribor, Helsingborgs IF, Tottenham Hotspur FC

      Now let’s not all crash the Wikipedia website trying to find out at the same time: WHICH the fuck countries these teams come from, WHAT the fuck did they do to deserve European football, and HOW the fuck do you pronounce their names.

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    • Perhaps Europa League is were Wenger want’s us to be? Better chance of actually winning a trophy in the future.

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  9. Plenty of bargains in La Liga especially now that Valencia is in a bit of financial bother, Arsene. Or hadn’t you noticed?

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  10. Wenger changed TACK. Not TACT.
    Tacking is a sailing metaphor, to change direction into the wind: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacking_%28sailing%29
    Tact is a measure of polite decency.

    He didn’t go from
    “I think Wilfred Zaha is a fine player however his unavailability until next season could mean he’s not the right choice for us”
    “Wilfred Zaha is a pile of shite and I wouldn’t sign the likes of him, never!”

    Yeah, I know, who cares. It winds me up. So there.

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  11. Being even more dickish about it: tack isn’t even appropriate, since tacking is the process of changing angle while continuing to head in the same direction (into the wind).
    About Zaha, Wenger’s gone from “I’m interested” to “I’m not” which is really flip-flopping.

    And yes, even I think I’m a tosser while writing this.

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    • From a nautical standpoint, yes, from an idiomatic standpoint, less so.

      You already knew that though, just wanted to use the word idiomatic tbh.

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    • So Wenger has rounded the windward mark and is heading back to the dock (i.e. giving up) instead of sailing to the line.

      Got it.

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  12. Il say this now so can’t be accused of saying stuff in hindsight. But another 1 or 2 players isn’t going to make much of a difference. This squad is so poor and the mentality of the team is all over the place that I think it’s gone beyond two signings now.
    And after tomorrow it may be to little to late anyway, we needed a forward and a defensive Midfielder in the summer and to have left it this late in January having already dropped so many points is crazy and just doesn’t make sense.

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    • Two separate issues imo.

      We lack quality in depth so we can’t win games when we’re in the right place mentally, that we’re not in the right mental place as often as we should be is THE issue of the last 4 years. A few quality players will help us win a few more games and might gain us CL footballl, the apparent malaise that stops us dead when we get within sniffing distance of a trophy won’t be resolved; hopefully that’ll be helped by a solid British core but *shrug*.

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    • I somewhat agree. I think the team needs to gel more as a unit (and learn how to defend) more than anything, so throwing another two bodies in the mix might not help that. And they’d also need a period to adjust.

      But on the flip side, a couple more talented bodies (not necessarily a la Giroud) in the right positions could not only help us with some much needed depth and competition for places, but may also lift the club, players and fans a little.

      Especially some players with some Allen Iverson type HEART.

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  13. Top players want to play in the CL, and want to at least compete for the title, not dropping off 20+ points before 2nd half of the season man come on. Arsenal FC is showing nog signs of ambition what-so-ever, not one bit !! Thats why in a way i understand why players would choose for example QPR over us (yeaah hate me, i saaidddd it), because they show ambition in strengthening the team with quality players (regards the table position). If we don’t qualify for CL, thats gonna make it even harder to attract top players and is gonna make the players already here think again. I think this is a vicious circle we are getting in now, and it needs to stop.
    Personally i would’t mind Wenger stepping down, there is a time for everything. He had his time, Arsenal’s best manager of all time right !? But the magic is simply gone. We’re the fucking laughing stock of the league. Or he needs to change something drastically. I feel the presence of Rice in a way or other has had its impact? And with a defender of Boulds stature you would expect less goals, not more? Something ain’t right!
    That fucking cockroache is having a right laugh shaking his head while the lil’ boy wispers ‘u see u cunt, i told u so’…
    He really makes me sick to my stomache.
    Now COOOOOYG !! We need this 3 points tomorrow ! Up the Arsenal !!

    Ps; Make some signings mr. Wenger, i know your watching this.

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  14. Call me overly optimistic but I have seen some great play from the first choice 11 this year and you are all getting caught up with woe after losing to City (sending off early doors) and Chelsea (rubbish first half but quite pleasing second half and 1 goal difference), these are the two super cash clubs who have bought our players and the players we aspired to sign over the last few years so you can write those off and get back to business. If we lose to West Ham and Liverpool I will join you but if win both of those I am sure the mood will change!

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    • With you on this. We’ve beaten West Ham when they were doing well. And we dismantled Liverpool at their home ground. Lightning never strikes twice but you never know. The downside being, Wenger needs to bring in some more enforcers.

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    • I agree that the city game was unfortunate and we were robbed by two dodgy decisions and Chelsea but we’ve also lost to Bradford, Swansea and Norwich and looked absolutely shit.
      That’s not good enough is it? It’s the same old story season after season.
      I’ve not completely lost faith but it’s really hanging by a microscopic thread at the moment.

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    • Agree with Hopeful to an extent, but the big problem is lack of goals. Since the spuds match we’ve had 10 premiership games. 3 of those, no goals. Another three, the only goals were either penalties or own goals. Spanking Reading and a knackered Newcastle was nice, but hides the fact that we have no cutting edge at the moment.

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  15. Does Wenger play Fifa?? If he did he would realise quite quick that when you have only two players out, You’re fucked. Buy some fuckin players PLEASE!!

    And we have the quality, Ive said all year that we should be playing The Ox together with Theo.The Ox Left / Wilshere CAM/ Cazorla CAM/Theo CAM and have Mikel or preferably New Signing DM supporting Podolski or Giroud. Very simple 4-5-1 Or 4-1-4-1. it gives the team so many options. they are all able to interchange and would not be too hard to adjust to play with 2 DM’s. This system we have now lacks width and is as vulnerable as ripe banana in the spurs changin room when BAle;s about…

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  16. Is this like how he wasn’t interested in Arteta and signed him a few days later, or is it actually true?
    It’s impossible for anyone to read what this guy is thinking. Must be a nightmare to be his wife!
    Mrs Wenger: Arsene, would you like fish and chips for dinner?

    Wenger: No, I am not interested in fish and chips?

    (Mrs Wenger brings in some lasagne)

    Wenger: Where’s my fucking fish and chips?

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  17. “zaha,nah” cuz we don’t like to fight/beat other clubs to a signature,we’d rather buy the “hidden gems” no one else wants!
    Yippee 😉

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      • Well if we make no attempt to sign him, as seems to be the case, then you cannot begrudge him going to the soon-to-be-champions. Can’t compare with van Quisling as he had a contract offer on the table and chose to judas himself willingly.

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      • I fucking wouldn’t go there. That’s being a Gooner. If he’s really truly a Gooner inside he wouldn’t go to Man United whether we were after him or not. I would feel sick wearing their shirt.

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  18. Whatever happened to us signing Luke Shaw off Southampton – he has just the profile for a Wenger signing (as has Zaha, alas!) – but no news on this in ages???

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    • unfortunately, Luke Shaw penned a 5yr extension with Southampton last week (just before Adkins sacked)

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  19. Did anybody see the Southampton v. Everton last night?

    It was a lacklustre game ending 0-0 (Everton’s Jelavic missed a sitter), but after watching this Southampton performance I would, in a heart-beat, SWAP Arsenal’s back-four for the back-four of Southampton!!! (not joking here):

    LB: Luke Shaw (17yr old prodigy, already 90% as good as Leighton Baines and will be better than him soon, unlike Kieran Gibbs his crosses/shots from the left are both accurate and pacy)
    CB: Hooiveld (Dutch guy, not a cunt)
    CB: Yoshida (Japanese guy, solid as fuck, mentally tough, you wonder if he will ever make a defensive error, won the “goal of the year” last season in the Dutch league with a 30-yard bicycle kick)
    RB: Clyne (solid definsively and constantly providing Puncheon with swift, accurate passes)

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    • I can see a lot of peeps not renewing if no Champs League next season, but thats why we’ll see some big signings before the end of the month as the Board will be running scared of an empty stadium if things dont improve drastically.

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  20. Not in for Zaha? No shit.

    There used to be a time where this would be a spectacular quadruple French double bluff and the professor would not only sign him but another couple of surprise signings (remember when he pulled Sol out of the bag!).

    Now, well, we don’t really care as we’ve heard it all before.

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  21. so we’ve scored more goals in the first 22 league games of this season than last season (41 vs 39)

    no, we haven’t replaced the dutch skunk, have we? it would appear that we’ve actually gone one better and produced a team that shares the goals around and scores more (something that everyone was banging on about last year if I remember right)

    now if we could just stop letting in daft goals. perhaps AW should listen to the keyboard warriors and get rid of Pat Rice and appoint one of the legendary back five… oh, wait

    fact is the man takes a shit, and his turd has already forgotten more about football than most of us will ever know before it hits the pan. so you can either live with that or get all angry and shouty because you think you actually know more.

    either way have the fucking decency to cheer the boys on when you’re at the grove. good atmosphere against swansea last week – i think the 8,000 or so who stayed away should sell their tickets on to fans who want to support the arsenal, would make it even better.

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    • I and most true and mighty Gooners will always sing our hearts out for The Arsenal.


      You do not need 30 years managerial experience to understand we need to sign players to make our squad better and give it and us a chance of truly challenging for a trophy.

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      • so to sum up we only want players who will “make our squad better” which is essentially what the bloke in the chair is saying on a daily basis but because he’s nice and quite smart he dresses it up a bit for the press so he’s not repeating himself until he’s driven mad by stating the obvious

        defender and striker have gone out, so my guess is that the club are working rather hard to bring in a defender and a striker. just because they’ve not invited sky sports news to film the whole enterprise doesn’t mean it’s not happening. and anyhow i’d rather nobody than a sop to idiots who are screaming blue murder just for anything to happen. would love to see the look on their faces if bobby zamora turned up next week clutching an arsenal scarf. actually no i wouldn’t nobody would want that. even the screeching “sign anyone” lot. probably.

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    • How often has the club been ‘working rather hard’ only to sign no-one or no-one we’ve heard of who ends up being either shockingly awful or Gervinho?

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  22. Honest question here: in the U. S., the major sports get the most income from television rights and licensing, while gate receipts are but a small part of the net income. With EPL gaining popularity just about everywhere in the world and on many tv networks even in the U.S., will empty seats really be the wake up call that people are suggesting?
    Stan’s U.S. teams still make a profit with empty seats, is what I’m saying.

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    • Check your assumptions. I remember seeing numbers for the Packers circa 2010 that had their ticket revenue around $50M and their TV/media at $100M. So while the latter was almost exactly 2x, the former wasn’t ‘a small part.’

      One of the reasons Arsenal has been upping ticket prices beyond their rivals is that Arsenal had made some pretty poor commercial sponsorship deal—the club’s refrain being “they were good at the time” doesn’t change the fact that they turned out not to be very good. Anyway while those around us were doing £20M kit deals, we were stuck making £5 for Emirates (or whatever the number was). So to help club revenues, ticket prices went up (plus if you’re selling out you are by definition (economically at least) underpricing). Anyway, being too lazy to hop over to the Swiss Ramble and look at the numbers, I’m going to guess that ticket sales are not an afterthought for the club and that lots and lots of unsold tickets would put a dent in at least one line of the balance sheet.

      Stan’s US teams (the Avs, the Nuggest, the Rapids, and the Rams) all have some combination of revenue sharing and/or cost certainty (i.e. a salary cap). So they are in a much better position to not have to sell out every game.

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  23. This season blows. And it’s amazing how little it would take for me to feel differently. If the players played like they fucking cared about the club, and we played more of attractive attacking football I’d be happy. That’s it. I’d be less fucking annoying about not signing players or selling RvP to a former rival so they could win the league and we could languish outside the CL spots, and I’d be less obsessed with who we weren’t buying, etc., if the squad would just play like they gave a shit. Every time out. It’s their job. And they get paid well to do it (sorry if you’re not getting paid as much as if you were at Citeh or Chelsea, if that’s what you want, by all means, have your agent have the club show you the door), but if you’re going to put on the Arsenal shirt, play like it’s not a fucking chore.

    And Ramsey, quit looking to pass back to the keeper every time.

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  24. Sam, I was one of those that didn’t go and not for footballing reasons but wanted to work and earn a few quid because of the weather.
    A lot of season ticket holders who normally sell thier tickets on now find they can’t as the uptake just isn’t there anymore, that’s why we have so many empty seats at games these days.
    Support has to be a two way thing mate, we need more honesty from the board about the state of the club and what direction we are going in.
    I don’t believe it’s all down to arsene that’s just to simplistic but arsene must be complicit in what’s going on at the club or surley he would come out and say rather than take most of the flack himself.
    You have been going to arsenal long enough to realise arsenal fans are as fickle as any and always have been, but this squad is just not strong enough and given the fact that we are now told we have substantial funds available, the fans have every right to expect more from the board or manager.
    And the fact that we have scored more goals than last year is a bit of a red herring. Had we had a proven quality goal scorer im sure most people are of the mind that we would be in a better position that we are now.

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    • Dead right, Volders. I really can’t see why Sam persists in supporting what’s going on at the club right now. We must, must make at least a couple of signings in this transfer window. Our squad is so weak it’s embarrassing. The bullshit from Wenger just makes things even more annoying.

      Apparently, there was a ‘crisis’ meeting yesterday between Wenger and the players. I wonder if any of them was brave enough to ask The Nutty Professor just why he won’t address any of the glaring problems that any fool can see the team has.

      We are so fucked-up right now.

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  25. Sell kos and per. Both are shit.
    Buy someone at least as good as vermaelen/
    kompany if not better.
    Everything else is probably fine. Walcott as cf.
    Giroud as impact sub.

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    Gervinho beats Dakonam Djene on the right wing and the ball lands back to Yaya Toure, whose deflected shot from 16 yards beats Kossi Agassa.


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  27. Togo probably should be ahead and it’s captain Emmanuel Adebayor who has squandered a magnificent opening. The striker is let in by Kolo Toure’s lack of concentration and he loses possession of the ball as he is about to round Ivory Coast goalkeeper Boubacar Barry.


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  28. I hear Sneijder has gone to play in Turkey and for a staggering 7 mil.

    He could not have possibly improved Arsenal … not at a staggering 7 mil. We need to save that kind of money to pay to World Class players like Walcott.

    Also Sneijnder could not fit into the Arsenal. He would get in the way of our new style of play of passing the ball around aimlessly, getting caught in possession and not creating any chances. Also he has a good long range shot, but we do not need such players at the team. I mean shoot from distance, why would you want to do that, when you can aimlessly pass it around.

    Its glaringly obvious to everyone that he would only hamper our development as a football team, and get in the way of the direction we are heading into. Further at 28 he would not be the right age either

    Good thing we did not sign him the cheeky little bugger.

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      • What do you need to know abt Sneijder … proven player, proven quality, Champs League winner, with playing a key part, took his country to the WC final. If no one was interested all the more reason for us to be in there snaring.

        We are clearing incapable of snaring player when the big teams are interested.

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    Heartbreak for Togo. Great free-kick by Yaya Toure and awful keeping by Kossi Agassa. The 34-year-old totally fails to claim Toure’s set-piece and Gervinho sweeps home from an angle.


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  30. i don’t think we can blame him for spinning a web of confusion during transfer windows. it’s all part of the poker – and he’s pretty good at it. let’s have a moan at him if he doesn’t sign anyone before the window closes, but i don’t think we need to get on the guy’s case for erratic news on transfer gossip. really – what do we expect? we all want new players, but we should also all know better than to listen to chatter (even – especially – from the boss) during silly season…

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  31. I always thought that Zaha was the replacement lined up for Walcott if he didn’t sign up. Honestly we are going to be pretty deep at the wings if your consider the fact there’s Walcott, AOC, Gnabry, Ryo, Podolski, possibly Cazorla, etc… And if Gervinho could actually learn to do more than get into space, dribble into nothing then play a horrid ball, he’d be good too. I don’t think we are missing out on Zaha, we just don’t need him.

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  32. I honestly don’t know why you blog about anything that idiot says to the press anymore. Wonga is deluded and is running amock with the excessive authority he’s been given by that board of old buffoons and toadies. I bet the reason his statements are so contradictory and nonsensical is because he either has no idea; or simply forgets what he said the day before. Please don’t credit him with the savvy to be playing mind games with the tabloid journos – he is not capable. This guy’s got to go, before we are nailed down to a midtable slot.

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  33. Why do you guys keep on bleating about how close we were to beating Chelsea and Man City as some evidence that we are close to our once “nearest rivals?”

    Fact: We have taken just 1 point off of the top 3 all season and have only beaten Man Utd 2 out of the last 9 times we have played them.

    If these two defeats show us that we are close then what are your excuses for the following:

    – Loss to Bradford
    – Loss to Norwich
    – Loss to Swansea (actually took us 3 times just to procure a 1-0 win)
    – Drew Stoke
    – Draw against Sunderland
    – Draw against Aston Villa
    – Draw against Fulham
    – Draw against Southampton

    And I haven’t included the very slim 1 nil wins against the giants known as QPR and Wigan.

    If new signings are not required (as some seem to believe) then what is your answer to Arsenal’s OBVIOUS issues?

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  34. Arsenal are in serious danger of not finishing 4th and I find it staggering that 22 days of the window has gone and we have not bought anyone or looking likely to.

    I don’t believe this crap of players being cheaper near the end of the window, why would clubs sell their best players on the last day without a chance to bring in replacements.

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  35. OK, fair enough, I can take the point about Wenger bullshitting to the press and keeping his cards close to his chest – I can take that.

    But what f**ks me off is that, if Wenger really plays the long game, why does his strategy more often than not bear bugger all fruit?

    For numerous seasons now, he’s waited to the very last minute in the transfer period, by which time all the “top, top quality” players have been bought up by other teams and we are left with very average bargain bin players that, apart from Santi, nobody else wants.

    I bet at the end of the transfer period Wenger will bill Walcott as a ‘new’ signing/excuse for not getting any new star signing(s). Walcott has improved somewhat over the last couple of years but he is still not “super quality”. Instead of pissing about for months negotiating with Walcott’s cut-throat agent like we’re trying to land Messi and ending up with Walcott on a short contract and a wage he doesn’t really deserve, Wenger should have flogged him and spent the time looking for some real “top, top quality” talent.

    Zut alors.

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  36. Arsene.

    As great as he has been for the club over the years, this situation is entirely of his own making, in concert with the board and Gazidis. Him and his “socialist” wage policy.

    So is Walcott going to play on the right or through the middle Arsene? It seems that while the contract is settled the most important aspect of TW’s role in the squad hasnt been. I don’t understand how anyone can make a decision about whether or not to sign a winger or a central striker unless this question is answered. Sure many of us believe TW should be on the right, however, we don’t make these decisions. And we know with the way Arsenal does transfer business the odds of signing one of each is basically zero.

    Not saying I agree (and I don’t), but if the decision is to play TW centrally, and you know you have Podolski that can play centrally, plus Giroud…then I have no clue how you cannot be interested in Zaha or any other quality winger.

    As I see it Arsenal need a central defensive mid, a winger or striker which ever is decided as stated above, and cover at the back, and even then top 4 is not guaranteed.

    This is fucking ridiculous, but then how can any of us be surprised? It’s not good enough, everyone knows it is not good enough at the moment and yet here we are frustrated again by Arsenals lack of fortitude to spend money and strengthen the squad.

    Don’t give us shit about the Arshavins, Chamakhs, and Djourous of the world that you have to loan out and keep on the payroll bc they don’t wanna leave and nobody wants them. It wouldn’t be the case if you had a proper wage structure and not this everyone is equal socialist bullshit Arsene. Your words describing it.

    Your mess, clean it up.

    For fuck sake.

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  37. […] By 各安 11:31 上午 · 2013/01/23 · No comments :: 1 views 主帅, 新闻发布会, 转入 · Tagged: PICTURES, 扎哈, 温格 by@bastardoyang   温格表示阿森纳不会签维尔弗雷德扎哈,但是教授暗将在一月底以他惯用的运作方式,尽力将几位新面孔带来酋长球场。   本月当教授被问起一些转会传闻时,他无数次地与记者们打起了太极。   记者的问题基本上围绕着教授对扎哈的兴趣展开。教授曾经公开表示俱乐部正在关注这位水晶宫队的青年才俊,然而这位天才似乎前往曼联的可能性更大。   教授说道:"如果扎哈转会去了曼联,那么祝他好运。我们从未进入过扎哈的争夺战。"   阿森纳球迷应该是无法看到扎哈登陆酋长球场了,但是鉴于教授已经说服沃尔科特续约以及其他对扎哈感兴趣的俱乐部的情况,竞逐扎哈的失利也并不是什么太意外的事情。   当在新闻发布会上被问及是否有其他转会手笔,教授承认说他和他的团队正在转会市场上积极地运作着,但具体有关球员的信息则不方便透露。   教授对记者说:"我不会透露给你出球员名字,我们正在非常努力地运作转会。"   阿森纳博客新闻并不清楚阿森纳是否会在下周结束前完成新的转会,但是有一点可以明确:教授在他每周例行新闻发布会上的发言态度已经越来越难以捉摸了。   有时温格似乎喜欢向媒体透露一些模棱两可的信息,就像上周卡瓦尼的传闻,他完全可以在第一时间澄清传闻,但他却借题发挥调侃了起来,而再之后一周他却勃然大怒于记者把他的回答写成了可笑的头条新闻。   但可悲的是,无论温格处于哪一种情绪,他看起来并不知道,亦或是他并不在乎他的每一次空泛且真假难辨的对外发言,都让翘首企盼的枪手的支持者们困惑不已。   因此我们还是建议支持者们对目前的转会新闻持谨慎态度,有些不靠谱的信息别真往心里去。反正到这个节骨眼上,转会事宜即将拨开云雾见青天了。   来源:[arseblog news] […]

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  38. Hey look at this way, Spurs lost money last year. They could make it back this year with their finish. I say this tongue-in-cheek. I want to see a consistent Gunners team, again. They are not far off and even if they don’t sign anyone in the transfer window I honestly believe that they have the horses to wind up the last part of the season with encouragement.

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  39. By the way., I think the Chelsea game should have gone Arsenal’s way with the calls against and the non-calls for us. What a shame.

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