Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Pires: Priority must be a new striker

Pires: Priority must be a new striker

Robert Pires, gloriousness in male form, believes Arsenal’s priority this summer must be signing a striker who can play alongside Olivier Giroud.

Pinpointing the importance of bringing in a player who both complements his compatriot and affords Arsene Wenger to change the shape of his side, the ‘Invincible’ told Sky Sports:

“It’s very important to buy the other striker because maybe you can play 4-4-2. The priority must be a new striker to play with Olivier Giroud.”

It’s not like we Arsenal fans haven’t heard (or indeed screamed) that before, but when it’s said in a throaty Gallic accent and followed up by a cheeky grin and a smile that sets pulses racing well…well, you just can’t ignore it.

A partisan disciple of Wenger, Pires also spoke optimistically about the Gunners aims for the rest of the season as they prepare for a crunch game against Manchester City at the Emirates.

“For the moment, it’s a good season. They are fourth and they are playing against Wigan in the semi-final of the FA Cup.

“On Saturday, against Manchester City, it’s like a final for the future. If Arsenal win, it’s possible to win the title. You never know when you’re talking about football.

“I always believe in Arsene Wenger, in this team and the players themselves. I’m confident for Arsenal.

“If we lose against Manchester City, the season is finished in terms of the Premier League.”

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  1. “If we lose against Manchester City..”
    WE..*Swoooooooooooons*

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    • Makes me all giddy inside knowing pires *swoon* is suffering coz of the Arsenal too. he he!

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  2. Djangoon Unchained

    “we…”
    *swoons*

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  3. Djangoon Unchained

    Ah, Turkis Gooner it seems you have faster fingers than I…
    *hangs head in shame for causing repetition on the comments section*

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  4. I can’t see Wenger reverting to a 4-4-2. It would be too hard to accommodate all our tippy tappy midfielders and they haven’t really thrived when played out wide. We’d need a proper left winger, assuming Walcott could continue on the right and assuming we played one holding midfielder, we would then have Ox, Ramsey, Wilshere, Özil, Cazorla and Rosicky all vying for one place as the ball carrier. I just can’t see it happening, as I say, not without starting all over again with a new rebuilding project, which would feel a bit like throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

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    • I agree, Draxler doesn’t seem to have gathered enough form this season to merit a big money move, Griezmann I suppose can provide goals and assists, other than him though unless we’re looking at developing Gnabry more in that role I can’t really think who we could bring in to upgrade our left wing position. (Can’t see Reus leaving dortmund until the year after, those guys have been stripped bare as it is).

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      • How ’bout using the Ox as a winger– more likely as a backup for Theo & whomever we bring in to play left mid, but he could certainly start on the left as well. Ozil and especially Cazorla & Rosicky can also certainly play on the wings as well. For Ozil & Rosicky that’s probably a waste of their talents, but they can play there in a pinch.

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      • To line up in 4-4-2 you need two quality strikers, that really understand each other.

        Although in the modern game it is totally possible to use that formation ‘fluidly’ in a game, if you line up in a 4-5-1 (ie 4-2-3-1) and the extra midfielder in the hole or in the CAM pushes up to almost working as a second striker, looking at Barca as a prime example, Munich as well are seriously good at reverting to the 4-4-2 fluidly in a game.

        You just need the quality to pull it off.. I mean when we were pulling that trick off we had Bergkamp and Henry.

        That’s the sort of quality you’d need.

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    • I think its possible. If we play a formation like man city with Ramsey and wilshere as our two central midfielders because Wenger says that wilshere’s future position is defensive midfielder anyway. Then we can play ozil/Walcott on the right and cazorla/ox/rosicky on the left, giroud as the center forward, and a striker with quick movement playing off him. Come too think of it, giroud plays as an advance playmaker anyways, so balance of the team should be retained

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      • In a way, I think when Walcott plays we basically play this same formation, with ozil on the right and cazortla on the left and Walcott playing off giroud

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        • I see the talk of reverting to a 4-4-2 stupid. Teams overloading their midfields with three in the center will always get the better of us. The modern game asks for a 4-5-1 or a 4-3-3 as you’d like to call it. A better striker upfront is all that we need. We have a lot of numbers in the midfield area, it’s all about using them correctly and getting a bit of a better luck with injuries.

          I don’t see any team in the league having 4 of their best midfielders out (Walcott, Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil) and still being able to field a mid as strong as ours (Podolski, Cazorla, Arteta, Flamini, Rosicky, Ox). We have Gnabry waiting on the wings. As far as upgrading our options are concerned I feel Arteta and Podolski will have to be the scapegoats. A more traditional left-winger brought in for Podolski and/or a better holding midfielder for Arteta. But that is only if we have cash to spare.

          Our priority should still be getting a better striker than Giroud who offers us something different upfront and another body in our defense covering CB.

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    • I don’t remember him saying that…

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    • to be precise, “a striker who can play alongside Olivier Giroud”

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      • Yes as if he was going to say “oiy get that frenchie of mine outtha team”

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        • Heroldgoon, no wonder I don’t care much for your posts in general, you can’t fuckin read mate. You are one of them people with vivid imagination though.

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    • herold – I would say this were a case of confirmation bias, but this is downright delusion. Where did he say anything about replacing Giroud??

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    • I imagine the feeling you’re getting is the warm piss that trickles slowly down your leg as your weak bladder gives way to the excitement.

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  6. Another striker? We’ve already got 2 and a half. We’ll have Joel Campbell next season. New striker. How rediculous.

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  7. With wengers track record, If he doesn’t get what he wants(a certain type of player) in his mind he will rather stick with what he has. but then again this is glaringly obvious he better go hard. Wont mind if we only buy a player if that player is some like suarez, cavani,jakson martinez esque.

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  8. In response to Hi-Brid.

    I don’t think he meant converting completely to a 4-4-2, but more so having a tactical possibility at employing said formation.

    Besides, when you suffer as many injuries as we do, it’s not entirely plausible to imagine all of our midfielders being healthy and vying for the same spot. Additionally, having this type of tactical repertoire would allow us to rotate the squad a bit and keep other managers on their toes, tactically speaking.

    IMO, one of our main issues right now is that we’re so very predictable. Basically, you play the Arsenal one way and one way only. That needs to change.

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    • Fair point. I’m all for a bit more flexibility. But even though I know we’ll never have all those six I mentioned fit at once, I’d still prefer the option of playing 2-3 of them together. It’s easy to forget, with our recent disasters, that we have actually clicked and played some football at times this season that has been not only pretty but effective. I don’t even think we’ve been as one-dimensional in terms of our set up as we have been in recent seasons. The have been a fair few games this season when we’ve opted to let the opposition have the ball (I haven’t checked, but I have a feeling that our average possession percentages, even while we were winning this season, have been significanly lower than they used to be in seasons past), defend solidly and then play on the break. The problem against Chelsea was twofold (well, infinity-fold, but let’s stick with two): our approach was too gung ho against a team as ruthless as Chelsea; and we have a serious inferiority complex that means we lack the confidence to play a fast passing game accurately without constantly giving the ball away. Unless we play more cautiously against the big sides, this will keep happening, because we never get a result that goes any way towards rebuilding our confidence and it just takes hit after hit. This is the single most important thing that has to be addressed by the manager and, sadly, I don’t think Wenger is the manager to do that. How many times over the last couple of seasons has he come out and said “We were a bit nervous” almost as though he’s condoning that?

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    • Nolo_IX, Spot on mate. I believe some people refer to it as having a “Plan B.” Not just trying the same thing over and over again expecting something to change.

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  9. I feel Dzeko is the only feasible option. But he is also more similar to Giroud. I don’t see costa joining us because of chelskis so keen on him. The form Benzema is in i don’t feel Real madrid let him go. Else only some second grade striker from juventus will be available. Its really going to be a hard time for us to fill void upfront.

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    • City woudn’t sell us a teacake. They’d probably sell us that error prone singer from Extreme though.

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  10. Özil would fit the DB10 role in a 442. Fact is, HFB just isn’t good enough.

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  11. COYG!

    Take out City this weekend!

    Let the previous games take care of themselves. Let the future games take care of themselves. This weekend is City, at Ashburton Grove.

    COYG!

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  12. Wenger will walk this Summer.

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  13. Is Pirez one of our coaches? He should be :)

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  14. Yeah, right, to play *with* Giroud. I’m sure this has been dredged up on numerous occasions but Wenger’s spoken about the need for having a physical presence up front, and basically Diego Costa is just Giroud except he’s got finishing, pace, dribbling and the ability to unashamedly fire a snot rocket right in a defenders eye (alright so he’s perfect for Chelsea) 30m release clause not extortionate, start flashing some ankle Arsene.

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  15. A striker who would compliment Giroud’s play is one that runs the channels and offers pace in behind, runs on to his flicks and knock ons. Walcott was the only player in the team who did that. So we need another attacker with pace that makes good runs, whether from a strikers position, from out wide or just off the striker. Without that, the play has been a bit predictable with Giroud only able to hold up and play it back instead of having the option to play it through which he can do very well. He is only one dimensional at the moment because he has limit options to pick from when he gets the ball and not enough support when we counter attack.

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    • Pedro of Barcelona, Pedro of Barcelonaaaaaa!!!

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      • Balls to Barca. We offered 12m for David Villa and they refused. They then sold him to another Spanish club for about 3m. They hate us for making them wait for Cesc or something.

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  16. Poldi could play with giroud but wenger never tries it. Which makes me think he doesnt want to play with 2 strikers

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  17. To play another striker you would have to reshape your entire team. Giroud is not worth such an endevour.

    Bobby is just to nice to say ‘replace’.

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    • 15 goals and 8 assists so far isn’t too bad. Being completely knackered probably doesn’t help matters either. We need another striker even if they don’t play at the same time.

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      • spot on. giroud is having a good season.he has improved a lot from last year. And Arsene has used and abused of him. He has play too much football.First half of the season he was sharper.
        And the fans who say Arsenal deserve a better striker don’t want to face the reality of our level.We are trophyless for almost ten years.do people seriously think a top class striker or player would come if not for wenger or the money? And sadly Arsene’s aura is fading, and we do not have the money to pay overpriced transferts and huge wages. To get the Suarez the Cavanis the Di Maria, the Reus or Benzema we will have to spend around 50 to 70millions €.Am not sure the club is willing to do that.

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        • The best transfer this summer would be to have a new coach with a winning mentality, cause Arsene’s lost that.I still can’t figure how he chose to trust the same players that were so shameful against chelsea. They can be terrible but they know they will play the next game… that’s terrible. And I fear for tomorow cause if it’s the same team we will get trashed. The players are knackered.

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  18. You just forget all your Arsenal troubles just by hearing the shire mention of that man. The dreamiest…

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  19. If at this point,a lot of us don’t see the reason why giroud isn’t good enough,then we don’t want progress. Take it or leave it,it’s the bitter truth. Arteta,giroud,et al,just checkout

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    • I agree, but you have to remember, that its arsene that plays arteta as a DM. In terms of his positioning and intelligence, he is an amazing player even at DM. But you just cant expect a man of his size(even flamini) to hold his own against the Toures and Bonys of the PL. I dont fault either for effort. Giroud in general, and Arteta for a DM/Deep-lying position are not good enough against the top teams atleast.

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      • Arteta as an attacking midfielder now will be even worse. slow, back and sidewaypasses all day long. He is not yet past it but i feel he is not the rosicky type. His time at the absolute top level is numbered. Needs MLS in 2015.

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        • Did you bother watching the FA Cup game vs Everton? Arteta did quite nicely as th e more attacking central midfielder. I just dont get this blind hate for our own players. Do you use FIFA 14 as a measure of how good a player is?

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  20. @ Toby; instead of trying to ship players out, the priority should be to get better players in 1st.
    In regards to the game vs City,I refuse to get my hopes up, i can’t afford another heartbreak.
    The only consolation is the fact that it’s at the Emirates, we surely can’t get thrashed at home!!!! Can we?!? :-(

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  21. Bendtner's Hair Band

    Two HFBs.

    One of the Arsenal class of 10 years ago.

    One of the Arsenal class of today; shit, who categorises The Beatles together with Green Day, when interviewed about his fan-made song based on one of the 20th century’s iconic pop rock songs.

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  22. Giroud is a starter in Ligue 1. He’s a backup for the Arsenal

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  23. Wenger won’t be buying anyone.

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    • He may well leave the project if he feels he is only taking us laterally and hitting his head against the wall. His tactics have often been covered by his acumen in the market but he is one player or two shy of making the market count in his favour in flattering to deceive against his faults tactically.

      I think he will stay IF he wins the FA (consolation) cup and we can finish 3rd or better. that would be sufficient modicum of improvement to justify the project is going in the right direction despite cock ups.

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      • Good points, but I still think he’ll walk.

        But my points go further than him leaving. It seems to me that in the transfer market there are now 3 prices put on any player.

        1). The real price (the fair value price – whatever fair value is).
        2). The ridiculous price (usually the asking price).
        3). The Wenger price (usually a 20+ % premium on the asking price – because that’s the selling price to a desperate man).

        Wenger always goes for “the real price”. Which means he’ll never buy anyone of note, or with that “liddle bid qualitee”. I firmly believe that signing Ozil was a sop to the fans in order to stop a civil war from erupting around the club. And Ozil (despite his brilliance) was not what we really needed (we needed to buy a “brick-wall” for mid-field. I think).

        I will be truly amazed if we spend £20M+ on any one player during the summer (let alone £40M+ !!). In fact I’ll be amazed if anywhere near the money spent on Ozil is spent over the entire summer.

        But as I said, I think Wenger will be gone, so that might all change.

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  24. We need speed.

    Costa will be a big target for some of the other teams (namely Chelsea), Falcao may get poached by the likes of Real. Maybe Mazukic but IMO if Real are willing to let go, Benzema may be perfect for us. he has sufficient height (6’2) and is able to play deep or break away at speed. He is also relatively young 26 and coming into his peak age.

    I wanted us to have a good look at Pato in January and possibly take him on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season. he has plenty of pace, is tricky, can play unsupported and crucially was not cup tied. Still only 24, he also had plenty of up side. I don’t think he is finding his way in Brazil and is re-inventing himself sufficiently to warrant merit over any of those mentioned above in the summer though.

    The other player I’d like to see come in in concert with a new striker is someone who can support from the left wing. Nominally this will be Podolski. But if the German decides he hasn’t got enough playing time, then what price Konoplyanka whom Liverpool failed in bizarre circumstance to prise away from Dnipro in the last minutes of the Jan window for 16m.

    The Ukrainian has plenty of pace but crucially is also a bag of tricks and can hold the ball for us. he can also play across midfield much like Santi whom he could be a successor for in 2-3 seasons.

    With Walcott, Ox and Gnabry, we could benefit from someone who can trick his way through with good feet like Konoplyanka.

    Whatever it is, we simply need to be able to transition quicker.

    not sure about 4-4-2 with Giroud (Wenger could have tried that with podolski in support) but we definitely need someone different to Giroud so we have another way to break down teams.

    Giroud is good playing a physical game when teams decide to park the bus but he needs close support as he is neither quick nor can he beat his man on the dribble.

    We need someone who can offer us an outlet and threat when we have to defend deep against quality teams such as Bayern. Which was why Pato was such an interesting prospect in at very least providing a wild card option without the need to commit to a purchase till later.

    Capability over cover is the by word. We don’t need someone similar to Giroud, Sanogo will understudy that role. We need someone with a different set of skills to come in and offer us another way of playing.

    The margins this season are very fine. We have not been uncompetitive in numbers or quality squad-wise against the teams around us. Rather we have (as expected) been hit by a slew of injuries and more importantly have been lightweight up front as can be seen by comparative GD to the competitors in the top 4. Goals required and some magic up front restored please.

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  25. I believe what has ailed us most in terms of injuries and overall team development has been our inability to put teams away early enough to make appropriate substitutions.The theme for this season has been leaving it so late or being under the cosh for large sections of a match, that ii simply becomes too risky to take off our main players and possibly give much needed game time to our younger players and fringe players. No wonder this season has seen our younger players e.g. gnabry have developed at a much slower pace than we would have wanted.Similarly, we have not been able to draw our squad depth from a large enough pool of young players than the manager might have wished.

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  26. A new striker? Really? REALLY? Wow….couldn’t see it myself.

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    • 2013-2014 = 2003-2004

      Yes, a new striker. Basically our most-pressing need currently, is exactly the same most-pressing need we had 12 months ago.

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  27. Maybe it’s just me, but there doesn’t seem to be as many really top strikers around as there was, say 10 years ago? the game seems to be more about midfielders these days, which is reflected in Arsenal’s and other squads.
    I fully agree we need a top striker, I even think we could do with two more to be honest. Remember the days when we had Bergkamp, Henry, Kanu and Wiltord in the squad? We could play any two from those four and be a real threat. I seem to remember having all of them on the pitch at once a few times too if we were chasing a game! Probably only City and Chelsea can do that now, and look how strong they are. It’s where we used to be so stong.

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  28. Watching Liverpool tonight, you could see the difference. Saying they have better strikers is stating the bleedin’ obvious, but it’s not just that. In the forst half Sturridge got the ball on the right about 30 yards from goal. No real chance looked on, but he pushed the ball past the defender to cut inside and just took a pop at goal from 20 yards from the right side of the area. He missed. I said to my mate ”We would’ve passed that ball back to midfield.” He said ”Yeah. And kept the ball. It’s a goal kick to Sunderland.” My point was that ”he missed, but he won’t miss next time.”

    He does the same thing second half and scores. Suarez is a different arguement. Not many players in the world can take high balls like him and cut inside defenders with one, deft touch. Not for under 80m, anyway.

    As good as Sturridge/Gerrard are, they aren’t world beaters (Gerrard was, but he’s about 57 now). Once they get within 25 yards from goal, they are looking to have a shot. We are looking to keep the ball and play the killer pass. Some of the balls Giroud gets are the sort that most of the Liverpool team would use to cut inside and have a shot. Giroud can’t do that. He never will. He’s a decent player, but he’s first coice for West Ham and lower. I don’t think he’d get a game at any team in the top 9. We should keep him, as he knows the league and is useful to bring on or use as back up. In fact, he seems to do his best work when he comes off the bench (Newcastle last season unlucky not to get a 10 minute hattrick and the two from the bench vs Everton in the cup).

    We can argue whom we buy. But he must have the ability to take a man on and make his own chances. They don’t come cheap, but we have the cash. I would also buy another striker just under ‘world class’ level but with potential to be better. Remy or Bony (had a dreadful first half of the season as he adjusted but he looks good now) would do for me. Bony for being another Giroud but with long range shooting ability. He;s also much stronger than Giroud. And quicker. Remy for being a pacy forward that can also play out wide if needed. Which he probably would be at our place. He’s also got a touch of the ‘Henry’s’ about him. Only a touch, but you get my drift.

    Then of course, the ‘bums on seats’ striker. My hope is that Real Madrid move for Saurez in the summer and open the door to a Benzema sale. Or perhaps go for the ‘unsettled’ Falcao (although his move to Monaco proves he’s in it for the money so Chelsea will probably get him and fiddle their books again).

    Another player who impresses every time I see him is Oscar Cardozo of Benfica. Only problem is that he’s 30, but he seems the sort you could get two or three good years out of. Big lad, great left foot and excellent free kick specialist. He is like Giroud, only with more pace and 100x the skill. He can make goals for himself.

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  29. We need a striker that offers something different from Giroud. A striker with pace and strength like Lukaku or Benteke would offer something different up front. Sometimes our team lacks that grit and strength up front.
    Apart from that, a physical presence in the midfield that will bully off players off the ball would contribute to the team and compete both domestically and in Europe. Bender from Bayer or Ginter appears to be on Arsenals wish list according to John Cross from The Mirror.
    Worked wonders for me on FIFA14 :-)
    COYG!!!

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    • Your Benteke reference is 6 months out of date, dude is average, not particularly a big upgrade on Giroud and for £20m, hell no.

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  30. Play 3-5-2

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  31. The man has spoken…

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  32. Had a funny conversation today. One of my mates wants Wenger sacked. As do many people it seems. I gave him a test. This will only work on Arsenal fans with at least 12 years service. Ask them that if the board agreed to sack him on the condition that they go and tell Wenger the news themselves…could they do it?

    Personally, although I’m still on Wenger’s side (just) I would find that impossible to do (my mate also said he wouldn’t be able to do that). If he fails to bring in a top striker this summer saying ”We aren’t paying that for him/ There are no targets available/Giroud and Sanogo are good enough for a title win and Champions League win”, I think I would probably find it much easier and perhaps even give him a shove out of the door.

    Give the fella a chance to spend the money he’s earned for us. If he cocks it up then he’ll probably walk anyway. And always remember, Chelsea fans will always keep saying that Maureen crushed him to the point of calling it a day. As fans, that MUST NOT BE ALLOWED!!! (sorry for shouting).

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  33. is it me…from reading everybody’s comment…no mention we have NO LEADER in the centre-half like Adams,Keown Midfielder viera who’s with (man city) club can’t work-out or understand…Mr WENGER & SHAREHOLDERS are very,very,very hard-head stubborn….how can we attract quality players when we sale our best….reading Paul scholes comments today each and every word he state said the true picture of my RED ARMY CLUB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  34. How about ross barckley. I think he can be converted as an stricker, looks good to me.

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    • The thing I like about Barkley is he’s strong as an ox and difficult to barge off the ball. Our current midfielders are all slightly built and too easily pushed off

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  35. Anyone else thing Chicharito would be a good summer signing? He’s elusive and a poacher in the box, might play well off of Giroud…plus he seems out of favor at United.

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  36. Any New striker need to be a primary striker. Im fine with Giroud playing backup, but he is not a title aspiring team’s first choice kind of player. Striker’s better than Giroud whom is playing for mid table teams Include Bony, Benteke, Carrol, Remy and Lukaku.

    Looking at player ratings and what they have contributed to the team while taking into account how many minutes they have played, all of these have been better than Giroud this season. Giroud is fine as backup, but i dont fancy the idea of him getting a key player contract worth 100+ k a week. He has been insanely inconsistent, and for every good game there has been 4 bad ones.

    But keeping Giroud is still a smart move from a width of Squad point of view. If we sell him and our New striker gets injured which is very likely at our club, then we are up shit creek yet again.

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    • Carroll is not better than Giroud.

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    • Carroll??
      Your scientific analysis is surely flawed. 1 goal in 8 appearances.

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      • None have more goals. Remy has the same, but only 2 assists. None have more assists. Lukaku is the only one as balanced. Good luck talking Mourinho into that.

        I hope we aim higher.

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        • Lukaku deal can done if the price is the right. Arsene is willing to spend on young players like Lukaku with big potential.

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        • But then we would be like every other deadline day, waiting on the other team to get one in before maybe getting what we’re after, or more likely Chelsea stringing us along until all we can do is pick up a backup from the bargain bin, and pulling the rug out. No thanks.

          Don’t get me wrong, Lukaku seems a great option, but I don’t have much interest in gambling on Mr Strategery selling to direct rivals.

          And we still need speed around him that is willing to attack the goal.

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  37. I would seriously consider Julian Draxler and not pussyfoot around like we have before with Juan Mata and Eden Hazard the past few seasons

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  38. Rumoured we have agreed personal terms with Morata (but not a fee with madrid). Decent player, can play wide too. But i worry that he’s another developmental player, who could well become world class, but I don’t think it’s what we need. Unless of course we get him along with a proven striker.

    However, my guess for transfers this summer (based on nothing other than meaningless opinion) would be;
    1. Corchia from Sochaux (if relegated, price goes down he remains french. Cheap+French = AW dream) to replace Sagna.
    2. Go balls out for Lars Bender (outside chances of M’Vila like every summer)
    3. I don’t see AW going for Costa or Mandzukic personally, would love to be wrong. So if Morata rumours are true that implies he want’s striker/wider option in one. Which opens up a Morata, Griezmann, Riviere kind of player. My choice (if draxler is a no go) is Alexandre Lacazette of lyon, watched a fair bit of him this year and i think he’s a diverse player who’d suit us very well or Rodrigo at Benfica. I bet they’ve looked at Josip Drmic too. I think this sort of player will be biggest spend.
    4. If Vermaelen goes somebody to come in there.
    5. A goalkeeper from deep deep eastern europe who wears black warpaint under his eyes when he plays and who’s sock to shorts ratio is completely no existent.
    All opinion though, would love Falcao, Cavani and a massive Holding Midfielder named Doom. But we’ll see.

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  39. What happened?? AW is the guy who brought us Anelka, Henry, RVP, Adebayor (when he was on form)… but the last few strikers he’s signed have been Giroud (debatable but not the calibre of those mentioned), Park Chu Young (need I say anymore), Chamakh (cmon?), Sanogo (maybe decent in the future but not good enough yet), Podolski (seems to be a failure by virtue of Wenger’s own conduct). How do you just lose the ability to sign strikers like that? Cmon AW find us another gem!

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  40. Tell us all something we dont know Pires……..

    It’s actually a joke that when comparing other top teams in the league, we have 1, just 1 reputable striker.

    Man City- Aguero/negredo/dzeko/jovetic
    Liverpool- Saurez/Sturridge/Aspas
    Chelsea- Torres/Ba/Eto’o/Seen schurle play there too
    Man Utd- Cuntbag/chicarito/welbeck/rooney
    Everton- Lukaku/Naismith/traore/Kone
    Sp*rs- Adebayor/Soldado/Defo (until recently)

    Arsenal- Giroud…….

    Can you imagine what a shit storm it would be if he hadnt stayed fit all season? Wenger is just seriously rolling the dice with our season year after year and its about time it stopped.

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    • Seriously, how the fuck are you mentioning Aspas, the guy is one of the worst strikers in the entire Premier League, George Boyd is better than him. Perhaps if you said Borini, would have been a bit more plausible.

      Anyway we have Joel Campbell with us for next season, he offers us actually what we are crying out for, a pacy striker that take players on & is not afraid to shoot.

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  41. Gervinho would’ve been a better option up front than Giroud. He misses plenty of chances, but at least he can run and beat a man.

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    • You Moron.

      Gervinho could not have scored half the goals that Giroud has this season.

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    • This is when I know people have lost it on here, when they start waxing nostalgic for Gervinho. Giroud was pretty fucking good in the first half of the season (remember the Wilshere goal at Norwich?), it just didn’t last. Did we fuck up transfers last summer? Partly, but we got Ozil. Did we need a striker in January? Did we fuck. Was there one available? No, except for shit like Kalou. And Wenger doesn’t want to clog up his toilet with players like that. Look at Bendtner, they will not flush. I don’t blame Wenger: he doesn’t want another Gervinho!

      Earlier in the season I remember Wenger saying it would come down to who was more consistent and who had better luck with injuries. Compared to the other 3 contenders, we’ve had the worst luck with injuries. Tant pis. Hopefully we can keep it together, win the FA Cup, and buy some more players in the summer. I’m not going to mourn the league anymore though, everything was great until Ramsey and Walcott got injured, it can be great again when they come back and we have a few more new faces in the team.

      This weekend in going to be hard. I’m hoping for the best, but I’m also praying that the home crowd doesn’t have a hissy fit. No Spend Some Fucking Money signs please, just get behind the team.

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  42. Surely a right back to replace Sagna, 2 Centre backs to replace vermalaen (and Sagna to an extent) and goalkeepers to replace fabianski and viviano are higher priorities? Best not take a backwards step trying to go forward.

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  43. Loic Remy would be a great addition and option up front. He can finish, has pace, can play also on the wing, and he wants to play with Arsenal. Sign him up!!
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/arsenal-loic-remy-transfer-french-3273707

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  44. Agree Remy would be welcome as well as Joel Campbell but need dominate centre midfielder paul pogba or sami khedira please would be great as well as replacement for Sagna

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  45. Even roberto knows what is a weakness with gunners attack a team but of all weaknesses in our last 2 prem games is 8 goals, pressure builds

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  46. Maybe a silly comment but I believe that the Ox could be a world class striker. he has pace, skills to pass defender, he is strong and a great finisher.

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  47. If my memory serves me still, Mancity won the league with mix of 433 and 442 throughout the season. Same with MU last year. I always personally feel that in certain games we should trust 442 because it naturally offers more threat with the two strikers. Another thing, we arent exactly prosper with 433, 451 either.

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  48. Pires is French so he’s not going to say we need to buy a striker bcos Giroud is not good enough, but that’s exactly what he meant ;)

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