Wenger: We’re still…meh, blah, blah, blah


Arsene Wenger has reassured supporters that Arsenal will make signings before the end of the transfer window although he has refused to specify the number of new recruits he’s chasing.

Having so far only signed Yaya Sanogo to cover the gap left by the 30-odd departures from the club this summer, the boss belligerently swatted away suggestions that he spends his days at London Colney smoking pot and playing Playstation from the comfort of a beanbag.

“We are active,” he mumbled to Arsenal Player through mouthfuls of Doritos and peanut M&Ms.

“We are in a situation like Manchester United, like Chelsea [he said pointing to a stoned Moyes and hungover Mourinho] where everybody expects signings and at the moment not a lot has happened.

“There are 18 days to go, so that is a long time in the transfer market and we will be active.

“I cannot certify what the number [of players coming in will be] but we will be active until the end, that is for sure.”

Arsene, the mopey teenager.

It’s like he’s got an assignment due at school and he’s leaving it until the night before the deadline to do it having put it off for three months.

On releasing Gervinho, he added: “He was just a bit sh*t and in the end I couldn’t bear the sight of him.”

Arseblog News apologises, we started this article with good intentions but got bogged down the moment we read what Arsene actually said.


    • Interviewer: ‘Are you confident you’ll add to the squad?’ Arsene: ‘We will. We will.’

      Is that not reason for optimism? This summer’s nowhere near as bad as 2011 – by this point Fabregas had gone, Nasri was leaving and only Jenkinson and Gervinho had come in. But we ended up getting Mertesacker and Arteta in the last 2 days of the window. If we sign 2 players who have as much influence in the next 2/3 years as they have done, things won’t be so bad.

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      • Yeah but it’s all relative. If you directly compare this summer to that, yeah that was worse but there’s a feeling we’ve missed a trick here. We ended the season strongly, have a pretty good core of players and our best players aren’t in the last year of their contract. In 2011 things were out of our hands to some degree, this summer that’s not the case. A couple of players and I really think that we can compete but it’s looking less and less likely and with others strengthening significantly, this summer could potentially be more damaging than 2011.

        18 days left though, I’ll be over the moon if I’m wrong.


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        • I agree, if Arsenal sign no one we’ll have missed a trick. But the fact is, in spite of his reputation, there hasn’t been one season in 18 years that Wenger’s signed nobody significant, except 97/98 and we won the league that year.

          Look at the major signings of every year since then: 98 – Kanu and Ljungberg, 99 – Henry and Lauren, 00 – Pires and Wiltord, 01 – Campbell and Toure, 02 – Gilberto, 03 – van Persie, Fabregas, Reyes, 04 – Flamini, Eboue, 05 – Rosicky, Walcott, Adebayor, Diaby, Hleb, 06 – Eduardo, Gallas, Song, 07 – Nasri, Ramsey, Sagna, 08 – Arshavin, 09 – Vermaelen, 10 – Koscielny, 11 – Chamberlain, Arteta, Mertesacker, 12 – Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud, Monreal.

          I can’t believe anyone thinks Wenger will sign no one decent. When has he ever failed to do that?

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        • I’m sorry but Arshavin does not count as a significant signing.

          In terms of value for money, Arshavin has been Wengers worst signing.

          £15m transfer fee, almost £19m in wages.

          He had the anfield 4 goals & Barcelona winner but not much else.

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      • its a rare man who can stick to his optimism at a time like this, much less express it so easily and confidently…….

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      • Also take that very selective list Redondante and break it down to players we’ve signed since we last won a trophy. Then offset it against the players that have retired, let go or been sold. Then add the waste of money you have omitted conveniently from the list. I would but I couldn’t be arsed

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    • If you cant get excited about the prospect of a brand new season and the first game of the season, then you have completely missed the point.

      I pity the fool!

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      • I’m not saying its not exciting, just its not as exciting as it could have been, no new faces and a lot of injuries, yay…

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    • I see what you mean, but I got stupidly excited just watching Wilshere play for 45 minutes yesterday! Ramsey, Cazorla, Chamberlain, Walcott, Zelalem… I’m excited by what we already have. I want to see new players brought in to make the squad deeper and the team stronger, not just to ‘excite’ us.

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  1. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Its exactly the mood Im feeling yet our beloved arsenal kick off in two days. I should generally be excited about that, but these guys for the last few years really feel it neccessary to replace excitement with depression…

    Just give us something to fucking cheer about once in a while arsene. We are the best supporters in the land! We deserve it.

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      • Yep all that is great but If we don’t make any significant signings the players who called for additions will realise they can’t influence arsene to get in new addition and they will leave to look for that team with players they wanted to see at the club.

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  2. He must be a real narcissistical (made it up) fecker.

    You could not make up the BS that comes out of his mouth, am sick of it all now. All I care about is results now, and that should be the defining factor of his season, if it’s successful, like I hoe, then fantastic. If not, then please shut the door on your way out and thanks for the memories

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    • Did you see how he was smiling? The boss is a fucking boss. We’ll be fine come September.
      7amkickoff’s analysis this morning was brilliant – most squads (including City, United, Chelsea) don’t use more than 20 players a season. We have 18 – at the moment this is made to look more threadbare because of injuries highlighting specific weaknesses in certain areas. The core of the team is fine, but wee do need to add players – which we will do.

      The narrative on twitter, comments, unscrupulous blogs is that we’ve trashed our reputation this summer and Wenger should be hounded out. Bollocks, in my opinion

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      • Well White Russian, it’s either as you say it is or Wenger is becoming a senile old fart. Je has set himself up for the mother of all reprisals is he doesnt pull it off this time

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      • Thank you, O delicious boozy one. Great post and just the pick up I needed before Saturday. Can’t wait to see the lads step out in the great red and white again, this summer has been far too fucking long.

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        • Quite right.

          Has the absence of competitive football, and the relative lack of signings in the first part of the transfer window made us forget we’ve got a team to support? I guess that might be true of Piers Morgan’s acolytes – those prepared to boo and hound the club because Spurs have spent more on a striker than we have.

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        • Now I understand why the club has not made progress in the last years. Arsenal has some utterly mediocre, no hunger for improvement, completely visionless supporters like you.

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      • Wenger’s smiling because he is the ultimate troll with LAN and mental strength nonsense
        We just managed 4th place after a monumental effort and with Spurs spending I can’t see us finishing 4th place with the current thin squad

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        • Yep, Wenger’s invested 17 years of his life in building this club up and driving us to a new stadium and new financial platform just to troll us.
          You sir, are a moron.

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        • This squad is still better than Spurs, if Bale stays then it’s pretty close but I think we’ll finish 4th without reinforcements; only thing is that with a few players we could challenge for the league and top trophies, why we’re not doing that is beyond me but hopefully ‘being active’ will get us *something*.

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        • Jesus, listen to yourselves, you are actually talking as if 4 th place is a trophy. The lack of ambition by the club and some fans is pitiful.

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      • Sorry White Russian, but I disagree. We’ve got 17 senior players now, and while they’re solid, they’re not going to win us the league. Besides, that ‘only-used-20-players’ is bullshit – it’s well established that the champions of the past eleven years have used at least 23, if not 26 players in their season (obviously teething a few youngsters). We’re not just talking about the 38 games of the PL, but the 60+ games that a top-four team like us is expected to play.

        We need signings, at the very least three immediate-impact ones, or else we are well and truly fucked. I admire your optimism, but it really is misplaced.

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        • ‘Well and truly fucked’ – I admire your pessimism, even if it is tabloid-ludicrous. Been to Portsmouth lately?

          My optimism, such as it is, isn’t based on the thought that the players we have are good enough to win us the league, but that we will make signings that will radically improve the squad. We lurch from elation to despair too easily at the moment. The core of our squad is good – something very few seem to be saying is how great it is that AT THE VERY WORST our squad will be only as good as it was last year – when was the last time that was true?

          We will make signings, which will improve the team, and we will challenge. Everyone calm the fuck down, and stop acting like its the sodding apocalypse.

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        • That I will give you, and that is one of the optimistic points of the Summer.

          Mind you, we did play Gerv and Arshavin when we had to. And Yennaris, Miquel and Le Coq. Who are we going to play now?

          The massive frustration is that, had we done our business early – even with just one or two signings – they could have gone to Asia with the rest of the team, and now we’d be sitting pretty. Instead, we’re barely able to field a team of 11 seniors on the first day of the season – just reeks of incompetence.

          Just promise me this – if Wenger doesn’t significantly strengthen, or buy anybody, when they strap me into the chair, tell them that the murder was just.

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        • “We lurch from elation to despair too easily at the moment. The core of our squad is good – something very few seem to be saying is how great it is that AT THE VERY WORST our squad will be only as good as it was last year – when was the last time that was true?”

          Some achievment.

          The reason our squad is the same is because every “matured” world class player has already been bought. This is not a positive achievement by the club. Not ONE player has been chased by other clubs, apart from a few admiring looks at Kos which may become more of a problem next Summer if this season goes the way the players seem to fear it will by their constant pleas to improve the squad to challenge.

          How long before the lack of ambition and basic smoke and mirror bullshit (which you seem to be easily hoodwinked by despite your misplaced arrogance) leads to another mini exodus?

          But hey White Russian, don’t let that stop you from thinking you know better than them and other supporters on here enough to call them morons.


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  3. It’s surely a fact that if we don’t get Champions League a change is needed. Reading the Swiss Ramble….I don’t recommend it. It’s brilliant stuff, but as an arsenal fan I’m just pissed off at this stage with hearing how rich we are.

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    • What do you mean, in a week’s time or next season? Because if you mean now, it’s probably too late to do anything, and sacking right after the transfer window closes (or a few days before it does) is pointless.
      If you mean next year, fourth doesn’t cut it for me anymore. There’s been a lot of changes at other clubs, new managers, unhappy players etc and if we don’t mount a serious challenge, it’s solely the manager’s fault and should leave after his contract runs out. We were in an unique situation to get back in the game and we bolloxed it. So unless he pulls a few miracles and find some amazing players that were hiding under a rock OR makes an even bigger miracle and actually achieves something with this squad (and by that I mean nothing less than winning the league or CL), there will always be “what if we actually bought some good players” and the fault will be exclusively on Arsene and his refusal to spend.

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  4. What about Gustavo! There’s still time Arsene! There’s still tiiiiiiiiime!!!!!

    Oh Arsene you beautiful fool! How I want to believe you so!

    Oracle: Morpheus believes in you Arsene And no one, not you, not even me can convince him otherwise. He believes it so blindly that he’s going to sacrifice his life to save yours

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  5. for the sake of my own sanity i’m going to reserve judgement on wenger/gazidis/the board until the 2nd of september. unless of course we fail to qualify for the champions league, in which case shitfuckcuntballs.

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  6. Oh fuck off Wenger. Seriously, only the extremely deranged believe you and your shit anymore.

    I back the players to ignore you completely and get the results themselves. That’s the only possible way they can win anything. Ignore your fucking stupid substitutions in the 70th minute, ignore your lies, your absolute lack of sense, your inability to do anything.

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    • On that note: I hereby wish to register my membership to the ‘Extremely Deranged, Arsene Wenger Appreciation Society’

      In Arsene I trust
      In Arsenal I trust
      Gooner till I die

      Up the Arse!

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    • ‘I back the players to ignore you completely and get the results themselves’

      Yep, it’s everyone else who’s deranged, not you.

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    • From the multitude of stoned Football Manager evenings I’ve conducted over the course of my university career I can assure you Newshound that pot is no inhibition to making signings

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  7. Haven’t Chelsea signed about 3 players already on top of an already good squad now with some proper world class players, can’t really compare us to them, they still have 3 strikers and only probably one striker off being the favorites!!

    Sort it out Wenger!! Like we have the midfield options of anyone in the top 3!!

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    • I don’t know why Wenger needs to make such dishonest statements in order to justify not signing anyone. A couple of weeks ago, he said it was only Man City that were active in the transfer market.

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    • 3 signings. If I understand it correctly they signed a reserve reserve keeper and a very young guy (good but if AW bought him everyone would be moaning about signing kids) and a player that they’ve been working on buying for over a year….
      I want some signings but the Chavs aren’t a great comparison.

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    • It is pretty funny that West Ham paid £20 million for Downing and Carroll after Liverpool spunked away £55 million on them only a couple of years ago. Liverpool didn’t improve their squad buying those two and they lost the cost of a world class player in selling them on. You’ve got to wonder what they’re smoking at Anfield.

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  8. Wenger, you have to be active till the end, you have done fuck all so far. It’s frightening how mismanaged we are at the moment.

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  9. Couldnt help but laugh throughout the entirety of this. It is also laughable that we are going into Saturdays match with 4 fit defenders. We may need to enlist the services of Steve Bould if someone picks up a knock during Saturdays game.

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  10. Quote “There’s still 18 days to go, loads of fucking time to bring x amount of players” (or something to that extent). Well what was wrong with the 50+ days just gone. What was wrong with them?????

    Where x=<1.

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  11. its depressing but we’ll just have to trust wenger for now. But if on september 2nd no one has come in then i will be the first one to criticise wenger and the board.

    Amidst all this shitty transfer season I am still buzzing for saturday. Can’t wait for the arsenal to get back on the pitch, even if we may only field 7 players with new signing ivan gazidis up front.

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  12. How does on so successfully take what really should have and could have been a summer of delight and ecstacy for the fans over outstanding, high quality signings due to the huge financial fortune we now sit on, and turn it into such a disaster and a farce? We had a chance for the first time in years to be all happy and deepen solidarity with the club, but they go ahead and cock it up this bad?

    In any other business, heads would already be rolling over such an incompetent approach to such a critical organisational task as hiring new employees in timely fashion for them to have a solid preseason and quickly integrate with the rest of the team before the season kicks off.

    It’s amateur time at The Emirates boardroom!

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    • If AFC was “any other business”, heads would have rolled at least 5 seasons ago due to poor management performance.

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      • Oz, quite the reverse is true. To build such a stadium and pay off such a large proportion in such a short time would be lauded from a business point of view.

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        • Especially if the business was able to make the shareholders pay for it entirely and tell them the profits would be fine and it would all be worth it and everyone kept believing them.

          This stadium bollocks is a tired old argument. Much the same as the one the same people who espoused this for years, where they claimed it was not that Wenger was not spending it was the Board holding him back.

          Well hasn’t that turned out to be a right load of old bollocks.

          More revisionist excuse making.

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  13. I ask this question in all seriousness, without sarcasm, and hoping for a genuine answer.

    When Wenger and Gazidis talk of “being active” and “working hard”, what do they actually mean?

    At the end of the day, the only way to get a contracted player from another club to Arsenal is to offer the relevant team a TRANSFER FEE and hope they accept. So if “working hard” means identifying suitable players with the ultimate goal of BIDDING for them and seeing that bid accepted, then I would venture to say that we’re not working hard AT ALL. If anything we’re the fat kid at the back of the class failing Math hoping someone’s going to slide him the answers under the desk. I just don’t get it.

    I really want to be positive but this is all just far too depressing and confusing.


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    • In most businesses there is a lot of work involved before an official bid is made.
      I don’t know what’s involved in the football business but in mine it can take 6 months of hard work before a bid is made.

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  14. I know it hard times at the moment but damn blogs you have really changed the mood of this place
    At least at Le grove you can still have a somewhat facts based and resonable debate with the usual negative slant.. but atm here just seems like mass hysteria and people that are about to top them self ha
    I guess this season will be a very interesting one anyway.

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    • It’s not Blogs that has “really changed the mood of this place”.
      It’s not Blogs that has £70 million to spend on “top, top, super quality” but has bought nothing.
      It’s not Blogs that has let talent slip through his fingers during the transfer period.
      It’s not Blogs that boasts “look at my wad” at press conferences then puts it back in his mothy wallet.
      It’s not Blogs that makes it look like we’re going to finish below Sp*rs this season.
      And it’s not blogs that has not won us anything for eight seasons.
      That’s whats “really changed the mood of this place”.

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    • Le Grove is an ill informed cretin that writes his blogs with the journalistic flair of a metro columnist. If that’s your preference… troll on. Blogs didnt create this hysteria. Arsene et al did. It’s a total clusterfuck and it comes at the end of a horrendous period for the club and has become harder and harder to defend.

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      • it not about defending the club. I’m not defending the club. I’m just saying its hard to even have a reasonable discussion on here at the moment and writing blog posts like this doesn’t help have any sort of a decent discussion about the club. Why even bother write it. The writing from blogs was a decent read till a couple weeks ago: it would expresse his positive or negative opinion without it reading like he is sitting in a dark room with a blanket over his head and a bottle of pills next to him.

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      • all I’m saying is this place feels like a cult party recently and blogs is readying up the punch with the posion in it for the suicide party

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        • sorry didn’t see because blogs has been posting a lot recently.. but the same thing applies to you alway then hound.. your writing is usually pretty witty… my point still stands for me.. and I wasn’t trying to lay into anyone.. just saying this place is a bit life sucking in the last week

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  15. “It will happen. I have no doubts about it. It takes time but I know the boss is working really hard on it and the board as well. It will happen, for sure. I am very convinced but the great players normally come at the end of the transfer window. The clubs work hard to keep their best players and I think Arsenal will do well in the transfer window.” – Mikel Arteta

    So for the love of Christ, would everybody just chill out till sept 2nd.

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  16. It’s pretty obvious we wouldn’t bring in players until the champions league qualification is guaranteed. It’s the price you pay for finishing 4th but wanting to sign top quality talent they would be looking for that reassurance/prestige.

    Calm the fuck down people.

    IF we are no better off after 2nd September by all means reach for the bleach.

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  17. Appalling how this transfer period has been handled. If Arsenal wants to be seen a professionally run business, management should face the consequences. Most of us would not get away with such abject failure in our jobs, wether burger flipper or senior manager in a large organisation.

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  18. All summer and no singings makes blogs a dull boy. All summer and no singings makes blogs a dull boy. All summer and no singings makes blogs a dull boy. All summer and no singings makes blogs a dull boy. All summer and no singings makes blogs a dull boy.
    All summer and no singings makes blogs a dull boy. All summer and no singings makes blogs a dull boy. All summer and no singings makes blogs a dull boy. All summer and no singings makes blogs a dull boy. All summer and no singings makes blogs a dull boy.

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  19. “Arsenal have signed Gervinho from Roma for £15,000,000. Wenger says by selling him, then buying him back for a larger price, it has given the winger the confidence boost he needed to get to the top of his game……”

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  20. Same bullshit every effing season.

    I wonder if he has used the line, “When we sign a player, you’ll be the first to know”

    He’s like a broken record every effing summer.


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  21. Should have had Arsene dressed up as Treebeard for the picture.

    Arsene: Transfer? Let’s not be haaaaaaastey! Baroooooom!

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    Just under 3 weeks to sign players. Everyone really does need to chill the fuck out.


    Save the bashing ’til Sept 3rd FFS.

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    • No. No we cannot ‘chill out’. In Arsene we must never trust, never again.

      Why must we wait until September 3rd, when we’ve already played three PL games and two crucial, CRUCIAL CL qualifiers? Why? Why does he delay? Why does he spin such bullshit? Why do people still believe in this? Why have we not strengthened when the FUCKING sp*ds have spent £60m on building a fearsome team with twice as much depth as us?

      Really don’t understand this attitude any more. People said this last season around this time, we trusted him, and managed to just – JUST – squeak fourth, no thanks to his inaction. This time round, no mercy.

      We better fucking go in all guns blazing in these upcoming games, or there really will be hell to pay.

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    • we must trust him mustn’t we because he has never broken a promise to us before has he? you’re as deluded as he is.

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    • I’m not in the anti-wenger brigade but if we get knocked out of the Champions League by Fenerbahce there will be no hiding place, and rightly so imo

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  23. I was waiting to hear this from AW that MU and Chelsea have not signed anyone yet conveniently forgetting that Chelsea have signed players as did city, spurs and pools as did Swansea. Plus MU won the title and Chelsea have won in Europe two years running and spent millions last year on Oscars and Hazards of this world. These are pathetic excuses and I just feel like kicking Arse(ne) and Dick (Law) in balls, if you pardon the pun

    PS. Blog please don’t delete my comment this time, there is no swear word here

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      • maybe one of them is really good up front and if another is a really good holding player/centre half then it may be good news. if my blood wasn’t boiling already from reading the vow to spend interview earlier then it certainly is now.

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  24. Come the close of the window and no one has been signed he will point to his attempts to sign Higuain, Suarez, Gustavo as proof of how ‘active’ he was but point out how sometimes maybe a little bit it is hard to find the top top quality to improve the squad blah blah blah.

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  25. I read his comments and earlier and I had to laugh else I’d just end up crying. “We will be active till the end” which implies that we have been active right at the beginning and the middle. Perhaps there’s a typo and they’ve missed the IN off the ACTIVE. The man is delusional now. Apparently he watches a lot of football programmes in his spare time. Does he ever watch interviews of himself? He can’t do because if he did he’d end up thinking to himself “did I really say that?”. It’s embarrassing. Don’t worry there’s loads of time left. A whole massive 18 days left to do our business. The fact that we haven’t managed to close a single in almost 3 months in neither here nor there, is it? Presuming that we will attempt to do our shopping at the 11th hour when all the cheap stuff is in that chiller cabinet with all the marked down orange stickers, just how easy is it going to be to sign players when the international break begins? I have whined all over the blogs and forums so I am now venting my spite on the Arsenal Facebook page as I cannot believe the marketing department at the club have the nerve to post such utter bullshit given the dire situation we are in. Nothing offensive but just asking certain questions in a certain way. Obviously, they are removed asap. However I would urge everybody to do the same.

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    • rellends
      I have it on good authority that Wenger is working hard behind the scenes, Stanley Matthews and Zinzedine Zidane are signing. Wenger says there are no players good enough to play for us, so Dr FrankenWenger is going into the Emirates basement to clone some players from their DNA. He admits that all the children he kidnapped will not be the solution. At the same time we may produce Zidane clone hamburgers too, to make the club some monee. Trust in Dr FrankenWenger.

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  26. don’t see what all the fuss is about

    we still have TGSTEL, don’t forget. I mean, could the scene be any more set for him to come on and score a glorious hat-trick?

    That will seal the season-long loan deal to Hull…

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  27. I agree re too much hysteria and i’m sure some signings like Suarez want to see us qualify for the CL – but surely a couple could have been signed to help us qualify in the 1st place ? Fenebache is an awkward one and it really wouldn’t surprise me if we screw it up. If we pick up a few knocks at the weekend, we could be going to Turkey with some real holes in the starting X1.

    Its all very well clearing the decks, but don’t release all of them until you’ve sorted it out.

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    • I’m worried about us taking a few knocks away in Turkey to be honest. They aren’t known for their fair play.

      But I just can’t agree that players are waiting to see if we qualify for the CL before joining. If we don’t are they going to join Fenebache instead?

      For instance, everyone’s favourite Mr Men character: Mr Bitey Bite. He won’t be playing in the CL anyway this year, we are clearly more likely to make 4th (I think?) then Liverpool this season, and if he played in both of these legs (yummy yummy legs) we stand far more chance in being in it this year.

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      • “Mr Bitey Bite. He won’t be playing in the CL anyway this year”
        What makes you think that? I doubt he’ll come to us but it wouldn’t surprise me if he went to a CL team from the continent. Money talks and Liverpoo will not like the idea of paying him wages and him not playing.

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    • funny how all those really good signings that spurs have bought didn’t have to wait to see if they qualified for the champions league. stop making excuses for the man. face it, it’s a bloody shambles.

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  28. Wenger Will have eggs on his face next week when Arsenal is dumped out of CL by Fenerbache! By the way, has anyone watched the Spurs midfield? Paulinho, Dembele, Capoue… Full credit to Boas! Shame on Arsene..

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    • Go home. You’ve not watched those three play—Capoue’s been there for all of an hour now? I’d take our midfield over that one every day of the week. Arteta/Rambo/Jack or Arteta/Jack/Rosicky or Ox or Cazorla. One thing is sure, we don’t have to worry about the Spurs midfield. They upgraded to our second string; good for them.

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      • It’s just occurred to me, we announced we had shit loads of dollar. Been saving it up in a piggy bank for years and at last we smashed it with a hammer. But now nothing to show for it.

        Sp*rs go out, take some of the players that could have fit into our squad nicely, spend a very similar amount to what we had in our kitty……….. And now we don’t dare talk of what was our money. It’s like it disappeared; or taken.

        Those thieving bastards.

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    • I don’t give a fish’s tits who sp*rs buy.

      When ever we line up against them, I will back our boys to destroy them, everytime..

      …Up the Arse!

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  29. 17 days later: we tried hard, very hard. Unfortunately, there was no one that meets our standard we were looking for. We want only the best quality add to our squad. Our current squard can compete for the primier league.

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  30. When Wenger says he is active, does he just mean he’s taken up jogging for the summer or something?
    All this talk about learning from that horror summer two years ago seems to actually have been total bollocks. It’s like he’s being asked by his Dad to mow the lawn and he just keeps on saying “oh God! I’ll do it tomorrow!”
    Just cut the fucking grass Arsene, and do it nice and straight!

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  31. Worst part is he says “active” until the end of the window. Promises nothing, which I suppose is prudent just in case. But it gets reported as “biggest hint yet” that he’ll make signings—blatantly DOESN’T do that. Just promises to set up the line, “Well, we were actively trying, but couldn’t do it.”
    On the plus side, Gundogen rumored again to be available. Not sure why he’d leave except for money, but boy would I love to see him at Arsenal. Gundogen+Ashley Williams+striker, and all of a sudden we’re feeling much better about ourselves.

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    • To be fair, you don’t hear him say before a match “We are definitely going to win” either. Our manager is cautious with his pronouncements through long and bitter experience. Other more quotable, ingenuous managers who “tell it like they see it” – say Holloway or Redknapp – don’t last very long at a club.

      He is asked the same few questions several times a day and knows that every word in response will be analysed to death. It is absurd to sit and wait for him to just blurt out whatever hopelessly optimistic wish-fulfillment piffle that a lesser man might resort to because of a desperately insecure need to please any interlocutor.

      Of course there’s a get-out if the signings he has in mind don’t come our way (he’s not stupid enough to leave home without one). And I don’t believe for a second that there won’t be some soul-searching in the club if Arsenal prove unable – even with money, squad space and a CL qualification place – to attract the best talent on the market.


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    • Amaury, they’re talking about the ability to repeat one’s own post successively in the comments section.

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  32. If it isn’t bad enough we haven’t signed anyone before the start of the season but the chance that the bionic chimp, mr bitey and shrek could all stay, makes it a bigger slap in the face they we could never do the same to our want-away players.

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    • The chimp wont stay. They are spending crazy amounts because they know they are gonna sell him and recoup it. If they sell him first and get flush, then clubs will extort them and players will be less interested as the chimp left and no CL also. Its a smart game they played but my money is on chimp leaving after theyve bought all they wanted to.

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  33. We’re not in a situation like Manchester United or Chelsea. Granted Manchester United haven’t signed anyone (apart from Zaha coming back) but they won the Premiership by 11 points last season so I would say they don’t need to sign anyone as much as we do. We scraped 4th place on the last day of the season last year and our squad is weaker now. How can we expect any better than 4th place if we’ve lost players from last year who only just managed to get us 4th? Add the fact Tottenham have strengthened (unless they sell Bale) only adds to my concerns!

    As for Chelsea, they haven’t lost anyone, they have signed Schürrle and they have got Lukaku back who was the 6th top goalscorer last season! Chelsea only want Rooney by the sound of it and if they don’t get him they have still got Ba, Torres and Lukaku. We only want Suarez by the look of it and if we don’t get him then we’ve only got Giroud and an injured Sanogo as proper forwards!

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    • How many times last season were people crying out for Poldi to be used as a striker? Now he’s tending to do that, which says to me that he thinks the pecking order Giroud/Poldi/Sanogo. Not as desperate as you suggest. How much worse is that than Ba/Torres/Lukaku? Not sure. Giroud I’d take over Ba or Torres; Poldi over Lukaku (for short term, at least). If we can add someone in front of Giroud, then I’d be a happy man. But we’re not as shy up front as some think. (Walcott can always fill in too, though I love him out wide—and he looks very, very good right now.)

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    • Remember Manure lost fergie and gill and signed 2 downgrades. they might even lose webb unwittingly as a result of that. moyes may be regarded whatever in his time at everton but he isnt fergie – he doesnt have the nous – he looks more of a slave driver and rather unimaginative manager. my money wud be on them not making top 3.

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  34. The worst thing about this summer is what Sp*rs (shudder) have done. At least two of their signings would have improved our squad 🙁

    I think Wenger wants to prove to everyone that he’s been right all along and he can win the league and the Champions league by moulding a team of young, inexpensive players. I hope I’m wrong.

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    • Which ones? Paulinho is good, but wouldn’t be starting for us. I’m not sure he’s any better than Rambo other than technique; and EPL he’ll find is about more than technique in the midfield. Capoue is a bit disappointing to see elsewhere just because he’s a decent back-up. But they would improve us for depth, not for quality in the starting 11.

      (Please, Paulinho, don’t make me eat my words…)

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      • Hasn’t anyone else noticed how Sp*rs are now going for the kind of players that we were going for when we couldn’t compete in the transfer market.

        And we, on the other hand, are going for the kind of players that were out of our reach just a few years back.


        Keep Calm girls!

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      • I did say our squad. If Arteta and ramsey get injured we’re fucked. Capoue would be good back up. Don’t know enough about Paulinho. The other player I meant was Soldado.

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        • Soldado is good, but not great. No improvement on Giroud; but you’re right if we can’t land anyone. He’s been playing Poldi at ST almost all pre-season, which likely means he’s counting on him as the back-up. Soldado may be an improvement on Poldi for backup ST, but I’m not convinced. We’ll see in a few months, I suppose.

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  35. Arsene Wenger “blah blah, Oui, non, blah, merde, pleese leaf me alone. Je dislike supporters. I luf de monay..it’s mineeee”

    Mourinho “I will win a trophy to boost my ego and make Abramovich happy and the fans happy”

    AVB “I need to win something and prove myself. I am working hard with my chairman Daniel Levy to create a great team. Levy is happy to spend big to do this. We want to give some happiness to our supporters.”

    Ferguson “I tried to win every game, every season and give these wonderful United fans trophies and excitement.”

    Wenger “Blah, Blah, Pleese leaf me alone. Blah. Fuckez vous, tous les supporters, get off mon back. Moneeeee!! Yippeee! Ze board lufs me. Monay! Fuck supporters”

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  36. i just hate that sly ‘we will be active’ bullshit! Of course you’re going to be active. Why can’t he just come out and say we will buy instead of we will be active? Being active doesn’t mean there’ll be any signings. Honestly, this guy is starting to get on my last nerve.

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  37. Fantasy league “Couch Professionals” Code: “30417-338548”. Winner to get FIFA14 or FIFA15. head to head league and mostly gooners

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  38. I think it would be great for fans to bring old boots and leave them on their seats after the Villa game…..

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  39. Brilliantly funny, this piece had me laughing out loud Mr Blogs. How I love visiting this site, it always cheers me up no end, which lets face it most of us Gooners need these past few years. Been tearing whats left of my hair out all summer dipping in and out of Newsnow awaiting the announcement of promised new signings?!? But, have you not considered, if Wengers Boys do bring home the bacon and win us the league with this highly efficient 20 man squad, he has saved us approximately £2million per month in wages, see see, that’s the plan, there is a plan, thank the Arsenal gods for that! Looking for the silver lining & all that…?!?

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  40. :wife : I want you to buy this shoes for me for our anniversary.
    arsene: iam active, the funds are in place iam looking for those shoes at the moment.
    wife: but here I have a picture of which particular shoe I want.
    arsene: okay, so I see it but are they top, top quality like the one I bought in 99?

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  41. unbelievable. for all his awesomeness, Wenger can be completely blind when it comes to adding to the squad. Such a great chance to be the champions again but end up penny pinching. Frustrating.

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  42. No doubt he will buy players, even the most anti wenger fan would concede that the bloke is not stupid.
    But for me its the amount of signings we make and the quality. Another two like park and santos will do nothing to appease fans and improve what will no doubt be a very hostile emmerates this season.
    We need probably four top quality players to mount a challenge. I just can’t see the players out there at the moment. Suarez is not coming that’s dead.
    And worst of all to add to what could be a horrible atmosphere the team down the road have made decent signings and could do us some early damage if we are not careful.
    And this is all of our own making yet again. We haven’t got the excuse of waiting to see when the sale of our top players goes through as in previous years.
    . We have the money, we had the time and we definately had the need to buy. All we didn’t have was the ambition or the personnel to get the deals done.
    Fucking shambles.

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  43. Hot summer streets
    And the pavements are burning, I sit around
    Trying to smile
    But the air is so heavy and dry

    Strange voices are saying
    What did they say
    Things I can’t understand
    It’s too close for comfort
    This heat has got right out of hand

    It’s a cruel, cruel summer
    Leaving me here on my own
    It’s a cruel, cruel summer
    Now you’ve gone
    You’re not the only one

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      • Should it not be comments policy. Comment/comments policy. I’m writing more than one comment, we are writing comments that apply to the policy.

        I just wanted to write “comments” as my comment, and leave it at that. But now, I’m just not so sure. You might be right? A head fuck or what….

        God it’s great to write about something that might be resolved by someone more powerful than me before September.

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  44. Hear ye, all those who doubteth! As a truly optimistic Arsenal fan I will stick my neck out here:
    I proclaim that this squad is a strong squad, and will see us into a title race this year. I doubt however we will be successful but maybe in two or three years *crossed fingers and all that*.
    I also foresee numerous signings by the end of the transfer period – by numerous I mean 2-4 give or take, mostly give.
    And I see all those who doubted/hated (depending on how old you are) smugly denying any mistrust in these difficult times.

    Reading the comments in these blogs is making me feel like the only fan in the world with this view. We are a club with a great history, a great core of young British players and lots of promise for the future. I really wish that these factors would take precedent over the “everything is shit, why does god hate us all?!” views that are so prominent.

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    • Too much media-reading, to be sure. But remember, Gazidis and AW were the ones who got our hopes up for new signings. The Metro, Daily, et al. have fanned the flames (“Arsenal misses out on another target… at least we suggested they were a target, though it was never verified”).

      But I’d suggest that Andrew, running this site, has been for the last couple of years a very solid supporter of all true Arsenal. He’s not a fan-boy, not a “Wenger-out” nonsense, not a “believe-all-things-in-the-media” type, but feels like some of us: loving the squad we’ve got, but nervous it’s too thin and disappointed at the transfer inactivity. I too look forward to the year, but would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. We lose Arteta or Kos or Giroud (any one of them), and we’re really looking thin. I’m planning on us playing every three days in a few months, and that’s a lot of football.

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    • Nothing but that? I tend to think he’s a lot of things: premier league winning (how many times!?) manager, cup winning manager, developer of Arsenal into what we all love, the one responsible for our high expectations. He’s just ALSO a stingy penny pinching businessman. That’s the frustration.

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  45. Alan Brazil on Talkshite last night (before the international) said he’d heard from a good source that Rooney to Arsenal could be happening.

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      • Our luxury subs bench could do with such caliber, to keep a few warm. So where’s are super striker going to be coming from??

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    • Rooney would be great for us. Can play up front or right or left, drops back into midfield, tackles etc. ManUre might even be willing to sell him to us as they’ve already had RVP off us so wouldn’t go down as badly with their fans as selling him to chelski.

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      • Paying close to double what we sold RVP for; for Rooney who looks like a baby (pre hair transplant) and acts like one also, doesnt sit great with me. Arsene likes to mix up a player’s position, doesnt stand for anyone with attitude. Sir Alex (blluurrgg) couldn’t make it work with him, sorry if i feel like our current soppy management principles would not make good of him.

        200k a week, in wages. That’s 10 million a year (before tax). We are close to pay 50 mill for the evil Mr Man (mr bitey), we could have had a bid for Cavani for that, and maybe our second bid might have landed him.

        It’s just so junior.

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  46. Season might be over by the end of september instead of january.

    What happens if giroud gets injured
    What happens if koscielny gets injured
    What happens if arteta gets injured ( one down already).

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  47. He doesn’t give a shit about what we want or think. Too stubborn with his loser policy.
    Once I ready something that someone posted very interesting: Beeing a Arsenal supporter in the transfer windows is like beeing in detention watching all the other kids playing around.

    Very dissapointing… this is a very sad feeling 🙁

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  48. The only rational reason for the “comings” (oh how I wish) and “goings” this close season is if they were cleaning up the balance sheet to sell next season, as long as we qualify for the champs league next season with all the costly dead wood off the costs, but he’s not going to sell & Usmanov would buy now or before the dead wood’s gone. Anyone think Stan’s going to sell? I mean come on we never had a cat in hells chance of signing Suarez, Liverpool would have been nuts to do so! Think it was just to keep fans quiet or a pact with Madrid for some reason to test the water. Who knows! Haven’t posted for a while but one Wenger comment which rather annoyed my was him saying recently the transfer market was hard now as a lot of clubs did their transfers early! So why didnt we? Attacking realistic prospects early, get them & have them playing preseason so they don’t take a few months to adapt! I remember the days when we’d take a new player & give them a whole season to settle without any expectation of their 1st season. We didnt do that last season, nor the year before, it’s all gone a bit pear

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  49. Wenger keeps using Man Utd & Chelsea in same sentence as Arsenal, despite the 2 clubs winning 21 trophies between them in last 8 years. I dont know yet if he knows we are about to start a new season….WEAKER! with far more injuries, and 3 less signings than we were last year yet he was talking of a strong start?


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  50. This is clearly a very painful subject for us all.

    But do we really believe that somehow AW is the only person on the planet that does not realise we need the odd signing or two?

    Red Carrot and all the ‘angry brigade’, what would you like in your humble pie if you all wrong???

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  51. Sorry off topic but I’m a gold member going into my second year and I haven’t received my new card / or do i continue using last years? Panicking about the new season even more now..

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    • Please Arsene buy 4 new players. Quality striker. DM, good defender and a good Gk. Please do not buy any more young unproven players or old over the hil hackers like Flamini.

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      • Eerrm…I hope that answered your question Mr. Olly…..uumm…do call again…YOU FORGOT YOUR UMBREL….oh.

        Finally a nice, sane one David, and you’ve gone and scared him off.

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  52. The ‘highly reliable’ DM are reporting Arteta will be out for 4-6 weeks. We are laughing stock. Fancy not being able to field a side comprising entirely of senior players at the start of the season. Surely someone must be held accountable for this shit

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  53. Funky Gooner, I don’t doubt Arsene knows we need players but the way he and the merry band of idiots responsible for our transfer activity have gone about their business has put us in an unacceptable position. If we drop points to Villa or worse, fail to qualify for CL people will be incensed and rightfully so. Surely there are enough ‘top top quality’ players on this planet that we could sign one of them. And no Sanogo is not such a player

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  54. The problem I have with him comparing our inactivity thus far to Chelsea and United is they have a far deeper squad than us at the moment. I have no doubt he will bring in players but he isn’t doing it quickly enough.

    At minimum the DM position needs an addition right now. either of Gustavo or Gourcouff are options. For a couple of million quid extra, Gustavo is a good no nonsense bet that can cover Cback just in case. Alternatively, if Wenger judges the more creative Gourcouff capable of a smilar holding role to Arteta’s then he is being flogged off with a suggested pay cut by Aulus at Lyon.

    Time to move now before the weekend.

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  55. “we are in a position like Man Utd and Chelsea” – yep, except that both those clubs have been winning trophies and/or competing in major finals in the last 5-7 years and have lots of quality in their squads. We haven’t, and are extremely light in squad depth. We desperately need new players to challenge for honours, they will still challenge without.

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  56. Arseblog sounds more like Arsenal Truth or Le Grove these days. Looks like they were right all along – club is being run by contemptible, clueless cunts.

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  57. It is strange how every Arsenal fan see things differently from one another.
    I for instance think that most of names we have been linked to this summer were unrealistic targets.
    What do we need?
    We have our first XI, so we need backup players. Who can be backup. Either old footballer who can bring experience and be great substitute; or young promising players who are not the the finished article yet.
    So Higuain in his prime no way…
    Jovetic, just like Higuain wants to be in the first XI straight away but Wenger, I guess, believes in Giroud and want him as his first choice CF.
    Gustavo from Bayern want playing time to be “elligible” for the brazilian national team, so the backup role we offer him won’t be too apealing to him.
    And about signing player at the end of the tranfer window, if we sign experience PL players they won’t need much time to fit into the team which allows us to negotiate more and get rid of the dead wood.
    So i wouldn’t be surprised by Fellaini(?) and Michu joining. CL football and a bigger club and wages might be a good bait.
    I do believe in the team credential as title challenger if we carry on with our defnsive stability and improve our proficiancy in front of goals (what seems to be what appears from pre-season).
    Does anyone else think Vermalen could be a great DM? Strong, aggresive, good passing rate, great shot, not bad with header.
    My opinion anyway…

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  58. Santori by most reports, Gourcouff is a loathsome cunt who makes Nasri seem likeable. Hes also frequently injured. I’d rather Grenier.

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  59. At least we can express pro and anti views on this blog and I have expressed both regularly. I tried Le Grove and found there is no debate there at all, its all Wenger out!!! I suppose Le grove is the opposite of an AKB only site.
    Why would you not want to engage in robust debate with views from all quarters ?

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  60. Whilst Moyes pours the Galway Pipe and gives it time to breathe, and Mourinho’s packing cones for everybody, Arsene drops the needle on the vinyl (“I will only buy a CD player if I can find one that is super,super quality”) of his favourite transfer window song….


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  61. we’re being ripped off by the hollywood hooker kronkers(just looking at that gut makes me want to womit..he looks like shit a rubber doll…and his henchman the lying j*w nazidis…wenger come on that guy is deluded and not capable of anything…
    R.I.P Arsenal…..we’re dead and buried..

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  62. I’m going to have a small bet we don’t sign anyone else before the transfer window, or if we do it will be small time and our outstanding transfer record is safe.

    It feels difficult to believe that supposedly we have full time employees at the club whose job it is to negotiate and sign up new players. I was going to say it’s unbelievable but the sad thing is its not actually surprising.

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  63. “Arsene knows” is now “Arsene never learns” . Que to 5 panick buys before the window closes like 2 years ago. No more excuses Arsene just do your job.

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  64. arsenal fans in London are stupid. don’t buy tickets for one game and leave the stadium empty. do that and u will see messi or c Ronaldo in d club d next game

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  65. we are doomed… I smelled disaster in july when our ‘top’ target was (what i suspected to be a red herring) a racist dirty player i’d be ashamed to see wear the colours… and THAT (apart from feints to go after rooney, who was NEVER going to available) was it… Apart from chest thumping about how big our bank account was and how much we could spend…
    1. Get rid of Kroenke
    2. Put Usmanov on the board
    3. Bring back Dein as sporting director / adopt a continental model

    everyone talks smack about MCFC ‘buying’ our club: who sold it??! They’ve had absolutely NO issue, NONE, accomplishing THEIR transfers even whilst they found a manager after sacking ScarfMan… this is utterly ridiculous to be in this position after selling players this summer who rightfully had no place in the squad… it is clear Gazidis and Kroenke are milking this dry…

    Wait: next will be The Special Dividend which will transfer cash to the American Trust Fund Baby Grifter

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