The complete list of every player tipped to join Arsenal now the Window is open. 73 in, 17 out, 2 new coaches.

By Tony Attwood

It seems like it has taken forever for it to happen but ultimately we are there.  The window is open.

Not that it seems to matter to the clubs, not come to that the inventors who create mythical transfers on an industrial scale.

And the numbers continue to rise for we now have 73 in, and 17 leaving.  Plus two new coaches.  Numbers for the loanees and youth players seems to have stayed the same.

As always all the new entries are in bold.

Is this list actually going to pass the 100 barrier before the window closes again?

And does it matter?

Well actually I think it does, because it keeps emphasising the way the media use the notion of transfers as a way of suggesting that Wenger has failed to buy all these players.  Look they were all there waiting to be signed, and Arsenal were “too slow” and the bid was “hijacked”.   As far as I can see Untold is the only source that is actually saying the obvious.  It is all made up by journalists who can’t be arsed to do any research, and little boys playing with their computers at home.


Part One: Players coming in.


Player Position From Current status Also interested
1 Takuma Asano (浅野拓磨)  Forward Sanfrecce Hiroshima Aged 21 played 50 times for club and 4 for Japan.
2 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Forward B. Dortmund Being urged to leave Man U
3 Carlos Bacca Forward Juventus 49 goal striker Real Mad buy back clause
4 Michy Batshuayi Striker Marseille £22m asking price Chelsea
5 Riechedly Bazoer Cen mid. Ajax Barcelona, Chelsea, Man U, Tottenham
6 Medhi Benatia Centre back Bayern 29 years old prone to injury
7 Christian Benteke Striker Liverpool? Only done one year at Liverpool?
8 Gabriel Barbosa Santos 54 goals in 148 appearances Played 4 times for Brazil and scored twice
9 Rodrigo Bentancur Midfield Boca Juniors Real Mad, Juve
10 Karim Benzema Striker Real Mad Involved in court case
11 Daley Blind Full back centre back midfield Man U
12 Sofiane Boufal Forward Lille £25m after one year in France Barcelona, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid
13 William Carvalho Def mid Sporting Lisbon
14 Edinson Cavani Striker PSG He’d like to come
15 Ben Chilwell Left-back Leicester “Arsenal monitoring”
16 Troy Deeney Striker Watford WFC captain
17 Mario Götze Attack midfield Bayern Munich Flopped after Dortmund Liverpool
18 Goncalo Guedas   Wing Benfica Next C Ronaldo Chelsea
19 Raphaël Guerreiro Left-backmidfield Lorient
20 Alen Halilovic. Attack midfield Barcelona Last season loan to Sporting Gijon,
21 Rico Henry Full back Walsall Next Ashley Cole
22 Gonzalo Higuain Striker Napoli Man U, Liverpool?
23 Rob Holding Winger Bolton £1.5m already signed Still suggested as a future signing in June
24 Elseid Hysaj Right back Napoli Staying at Napoli
25 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Striker PSG Self proclaimed God Went to Man U
26 Mauro Icardi Striker Inter £32m big made Man C Man U
27 Odion Ighalo Striker Watford
28 Chiori Johnson Defender Aged 18, Signed pro forms
29 Stevan Jovetic 2nd striker Inter 1st mooted two years ago
30 N’Golo Kante Midfield Leicester Won the most tackles
31 Naby Keita Central mid Red Bull Salzburg
32 Toni Kroos No 10 Real Madrid £45m
33 Grzegorz Krychowiak Midfield destroyer Sevilla
34 Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli Signed and Sealed (Metro) but… Dependent on Chambers going (Metro)
35 Alexandre Lacazette Forward Lyon French League top scorer 2014.15 Supposedly going to WHU
36 Robert Lewandowski Striker Bayern About to break the bank
37 Jordon Lukaku Left back Oostende Started by telling Mr Wenger how to manage!
38 Romelu Lukaku Striker Everton Broke Everton’s PL scoring record
39 Sadio Mane Winger Southampton Went to Liverpool BEFORE the Arsenal  rumour!!!

Maycon de Andrade Barberan

Midfielder Corinthians 18 year old wonder kid
41 Marquinhos Defen PSG Man U Man C  Chelsea and Bayern Munich
42 Riyad Mahrez Wing Leicester £25m Considered him while at Le Havre
43 Kostas Mitroglou Striker Benfica “Happy in Portugal”
44 Arkadiusz Milik Striker Ajax
45 Henrikh Mkhitaryan Midfield B Dortmund Liverpool! Chelsea, Tottenham
46 Alvaro Morata Striker Juventus (loan) Real Mad Said to be the next one to happen AFC talking to Real Mad direct
47 Murillo Central defender Inter Columbian Bayern Munich and Zenit St Petersburg
48 Ruben Neves Defend midfield Porto
49 Nolito Striker Celta Vigo £13.8m buy out clause
50 Kelechi Nwakali Midfield Diamond  Academy Already joined for £3m WHU, Bayern, Chelsea, Man U Liverpool?
51 Quincy Promes Winger Spartak Moscow
52 Domingos Quina Midfield Chelsea
53 Adrien Rabiot Midfield PSG Asked for a move, not liked by fans Chelsea, Man U
54 Rafinha RB Bayern Munich Metro utterly certain
55 Jese Rodriguez Forward Real Mad Surplus to requirements
56 Maxi Romero Forward All Boys, Argentina The new Messi We were going to sign him last year but he got injured
57 Daniele Rugani   Centre back Juventus Can’t get a game. Man U
58 Riccardo Saponara Attack midfield Empoli Liverpool?
59 Ryan Sessegnon Winger Fulham Liverpool?
60 Islam Slimani £23.25m Sporting Lisbon   £23.25m Tottenham, Leicester
61 Dominic Solanke Chelsea Chelsea want to keep him
62 John Stones CB Everton
63 Daniel Sturridge Striker Liverpool? “Will reportedly…” “Tried last year”
64 Jon Toral Attack midf. Arsenal (loaned to Brum) Won all their awards last season
65 Yaya Toure C Mid Man City
66 Arda Turan Attack midfield Barcelona Struggled at Barca
67 Jamie Vardy Forward Leicester £20m Signed but kept it a secret or he’s off to Liverpool – no he stayed
68 Victor Wanyama Def. midf. Southampton
69 Julian Weigl Midf. Borussia Dortmund £20 million
70 Granit Xhaka Defend/ midfield Monchengladbach “Deal done”  He signed. Chelsea.  Sources
71 Andriy Yarmolenko Winger Dynamo Kiev Tottenham Liverpool
72 Simone Zaza Forward Juventus
73 Karl Zouma Keeper Chelsea
Part Two Departures
1 Alexis Forward Asking for transfer Wenger says no go.
2 Arteta End of  career Coach with Man C
3 Bellerin Full back Barcelona “Looks certain to go” But also denied
4 Joel Campbell West Ham
5 Chambers Centre back Southampton or Watford? 1 year loan
6 Debuchy Been on loan
7 Mat Flamini midfield End of contract The last Highbury player to leave AFC
9 Kieran Gibbs Defend Unhappy
10 Per Mertesacker Defend Considering his future
11 David Ospina Goal Besiktas Was brilliant in Copa America
12 Rosicky End of contract
13 Santi Cazorla Mid/For Back to Villareal
14 Mesut Ozil Midfield Delayed talks
15 W. Szczesny Goal Roma Happy in Rome Returning to AFC
16 Walcott Wing State Aid Utd or Liverpool? £20m On the verge; or maybe not going
17 Jack Wilshere Midfield Man U They will build the team around him
Part Three: Coaching
1 Tony Adams Reported to be back Job uncertain
2 Thierry Henry Under 18 Accepted post
Part Four: Up from the youth
1 Jon Toral Attack midf. Arsenal Loaned to Birmingham
2 Gedion Zelalem Attack mid Arsenal Loaned to Rangers
3 Chris Willock Attack midf. Arsenal Played in U21s.
4 Jeff Reine-Adélaïde Wing Arsenal Kept at Arsenal and not loaned
Players going on loan
Dan Crowley Midfield Arsenal Coventry
Players leaving
Ilias Chatzitheodoridis U-18 no new contract
Players signing pro forms
Donyell Malen
Joshua DaSilva

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56 Replies to “The complete list of every player tipped to join Arsenal now the Window is open. 73 in, 17 out, 2 new coaches.”

  1. Lets hope we do get some business done soon for a striker and centre back after the 2 rejections from vardy and Mkhitaryan.Theres nothing worse than scrabbling about on deadline day for other clubs cast offs.

  2. You forgot Fulham’s Mousa Dembele who has ‘snubbed ‘ us in favour of Celtic.

  3. Very disappointing.
    I searched eagerly for the new coaches, believing (old fool that I am) that the comfort of the team on away games was rightly being improved….only to find the news is about humans and not articulated vehicles.
    Shame. 😉

  4. Also the young West Ham fullback Sam Byrom who we are going to buy to replace Bellerin when he goes to Barcelona.
    There have also been reports suggesting that we are interested in Deli Ali!!!

  5. What we need is a signing that lets the rest of europe know that we seriously want to challenge for top honors and are not just content with finishing in the champions league places with the odd cup thrown in.I feel our reputation for attracting top players has been tarnished over the years and we need another big name to show the fans that we mean business.I know a lot on here will counter that by saying moneys not always the option and that big names can fail but if you look at our last 2 major signings,they have been consistently our best 2 players.Lets go all out for a Aubameyang or a Lewandowski to lead the line.I know it might upset Giroud but so be it ,let him fight for his place.This is a top football club not a kindergarden.We now have the money lets spend it..

  6. Why do you keep writing these posts? Who cares about what journalists write?
    The key point, which your blog consistently fails to acknowledge is the stark failure of
    Wenger’s reign over the past 12 years.

    This is especially damning in view of the fact that Wenger has had one of the most crucial
    conditions of success at his disposal – continuity, the possibility to build and hone a team
    over the long haul.

    But even with this, he has failed. Why don’t you focus instead on his failure to build a successful
    team, his perpetual inadequacies on the transfer market?

    Only now, after 10 years, has a (seemingly) adequate replacement to Viera been purchased.

    Still, after 4 years there’s been no adequate replacement for RvP.

    The defense has not been solid enough for the past 10 years.

    What good is it to spend £45m on Özil with no decent striker to convert his chances?

    When will your blog ever admit the obvious: that you are utterly deluded when it comes to
    Wenger and Arsenal.

    Man United haven’t even qualified for the CL, still they are able to buy Bailly, Zlatan and
    Mkhtaryan and aggressively pursue Pogba!

  7. Robert, I think the best place for you is legrove.I don’t understand you.its stated very very clear here the reason this blog is created.I now see reasons why your types fail to understand the club.because you fail to understand the simplest of things a little kid will understand. Go meet your types and gracefully continue your moaning. the best thing I love most with Arsenal and the professor is that they don’t listen to your type!

  8. I don’t know what arsen wenger is thinking, if we did not sign better striker this season am living arsenal, we will be watching football and be sad. We have some player already that they are ready to work also but this man has no interest in them.campbell and iwobi must be given chance to prove themself, but what we need most now is two top and sharp striker let giroud live.

  9. Thanks Adetunji, I like people like you that knows that no matter the competition we have with the likes of mancity and Chelsea whom we cannot match financially, there will be only one winner. We need to stop the hate and support the club and manager that has consistently being in the top for two decades. I am happy that arsenal has never had to take a drastic step (sacking Mourinho) just to avoid relegation.

  10. I’m surprised no proposal from the Media to replace Wenger if the FA wants him to manage England which is not going to happen anyway.

    But if the Media is against Arsenal and Wenger why would they propose him to be NT coach?

  11. Btw, what happened to all the teams (Utd, City, Chavski, etc…) that went and spent hundreds of millions last season ‘strengthening’, while Arsenal ‘bought no outfield’ players?

  12. Mike sorry to pull you up on your factually incorrect statement it should read
    “whom our multi billion pound owners don’t want to match financially,”

  13. Al
    They failed to win the league just like we did.The difference is they are taking measures to get it right by employing better managers.Us sticking with the norm hasn’t improved us for over a decade.A sad FACT but true..

  14. Oga Tony,morning Sir, so Rod Holding is a winger. That I didn’t known. I thought he’s a CB which the Boss could sign this summer as a younger cover and option to Rhino & De Abreu.

    I watched William Carvalho against Poland for Portugal yesterday holding his opponent with his two hands. And I said to myself, is this the Carvalho the media had highly recommended that Arsenal should sing last summer as he doesn’t look to be that great for me?

    Vardy had officially snubbed us. But is it true also that Mkhitaryan and Mousa Dembele had done same to us? If true, I think it may have something to do with the money Arsenal have offered them which could be lower than that offered them by the clubs they’ve joined.

    Yes, the transfer window has officially opened today.and Arsenal have signed Granit Xhaka out of the 73 listed media transfer players for Arsenal you’ve listed. I think the 2nd most likely player to make them 2 signings out the listed 73, could be Kelechi Nwakali. And if Arsenal succeeded in signing him, I think they will put him into the Arsenal Under 21 squad to further develop his football there in the Arsenal way of playing 1st before they’ll promote him to the senior squad if he makes the grade. Nonetheless, we are awaiting the signing of a top top quality striker and a top top CB by the Boss if the money is there to sign them and of course if their clubs are willing to sell them to us and the players agree to come to us.

    Let the Boss take his time and continue to search for those 2 players calmly. I believe with God help he’ll find the most suitable out the suitable players in the market for Arsenal before the transfer window closes.

    Meanwhile, Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham may continue to sign the players they want to sign as may as they want. We will beat them all in all competitions whenever they play against us and win the League before there very eyes.

  15. The reason this series of articles is printed here is to show people not to believe anything they see in print because very little of it is based on firm facts.

    Then guys like Robert and lee show they believe this stuff, mixing a few facts with a load of guessing.

    How embarrassing is that for them?
    Apparently it isn’t… 😀

  16. Adetunji/Mike – you don’t reply to the issue at stake: Wenger’s continued failure at having a serious
    chance a winning the league or competing with the best in the CL, for over a decade. I can only interpret this is a lack of plausible explanation on your part.

    I don’t moan (this is a very intellectually dishonest way of arguing on your part), I am using a rational capability
    to understand as objectively as possible a given phenomenon.

    And I’m not talking about money, about spending billions of pounds every year.

    I’m talking about 1) a lack of adequate transfer activity and 2) a lack of intelligent game strategy and in-game management. For you not to see this is now Arsenal is quite staggering.

    It’s obvious that Arsenal has become second rate these days – despite buying massively expensive players like Özil and Sanchez.

    How come Simeone can win the league and lead his team to 2 CL finals on a much smaller budget
    than Wenger?

    How come Leicester can win the league on their small budget, but not Wenger?

    And consider also Dortmund under Klopp.

    And no, I don’t naively believe a club has the right to win the league no matter what. But more should
    be expected from a manager with 1) more than 30 years’ experience, 2) vast transfer sums available,
    3) having had the possibility to build a team and make it click for a very long time (a luxury most managers
    don’t have, yet they still manage to put together a winning team in one or a few seasons).

    *”fail to understand the club” ––– Again, I’m not saying we should spend billions every year on superstars.
    I’m pointing to other objective factors, which underwrite Wenger’s unmistaken failure and which you refuse
    to recognize. There is nothing to understand outside the fact that a club should have a reasonable chance at winning the league – and one simply cannot say this about the Arsenal of the past 12 years.

    *”no matter the competition we have with the likes of mancity and Chelsea whom we cannot match financially, there will be only one winner.” ––– Again, it’s not a question of mere transfer money. You dodge the issue.
    What do you mean it is to “win” in football? If it is to win the league, then the past 12 years, there has not been “only one winner” – the winners since 2005 have been Leicester (1), ManU (5), ManCity (2), Chelsea (4).

  17. Robert
    July 1, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Are you seriously saying that the FA and the PGMOL are not corrupt?

    Are you seriously saying that professional football matches in England are decided by means football itself and not decisions made by either at best incompetent officials and administrators and at worse corrupt officials and administrators?

  18. And in reference to the purpose of this site ––”Untold Arsenal’s mission is 1. To support Arsene Wenger in all he
    does” –– this is a truly absurd proposition that smacks of subservience and a lack of critical thinking.

    If Arsène managed to get Arsenal relegated, would he still merit your support?

    If first “project youth” failed, then the “British core” project, then (so far) the buying superstars project, what is the rationale of support?

    The one answer I can think of is: it is underwritten by the evacuation of autonomous subjectivity, i.e. by the death of the individual.

  19. Colario
    If its the corrupt english referees and administrators that have stopped Arsenal and only Arsenal winning the leaguefor all these years who is it that has stopped us going past the second round of the champions league ??Is it all the corrupt european referees??And you cant take us seriously ,and call us trolls..The mind boggles.

  20. Andy Mack -––
    “The reason this series of articles is printed here is to show people not to believe anything they see in print because very little of it is based on firm facts. Then guys like Robert and lee show they believe this stuff, mixing a few facts with a load of guessing.”

    -––Eeh?? At no point did I suggest I unequivocally believe what is written in the media. Quite obviously, I don’t need you or this site to teach me to assume a hermeneutically critical stance. My point was this: the FUNCTION of this type of article is not primarily to criticize what is written in the media; it is to REDIRECT THE READER’S FOCUS away from the significant things related to the club to less significant matters so as to lessen and relativize any justified critique of the modus operandi of the club with respect to the former things.

    For you not to grasp this (more subtle) point is sad.

    I agree, however, that this site’s writings on corruption and refereeing inconsistency/bias are very important.

  21. “Al, July 1, 2016 at 10:51 am
    Btw, what happened to all the teams (Utd, City, Chavski, etc…) that went and spent hundreds of millions last season ‘strengthening’, while Arsenal ‘bought no outfield’ players?”

    A cheap argument. Yes, they spent a lot and didn’t win las year. BUT the obvious point is that over the past 12 years these are the teams that HAVE WON the league several times!

    In glaring contrast to Arsenal.

  22. @ Robert

    I accept that you believe that your arguments are sound. Nonetheless many of the questions and points you raise in order to substantiate your sentiments have been answered umpteen times on this site and have been supported by a raft of evidence.

    I suspect that’s why many people are becoming very frustrated with your persistence with bland statements like “…..a lack of intelligent game strategy and in-game management. For you not to see this is now Arsenal is quite staggering.”

  23. From Tony’s “Why does Untold support Mr. Wenger?”:

    “I would not say that the AAA are mad, just misguided, in failing to realise that their activities make things worse. They have criticised Mr Wenger for years, but had no effect. Why carry on doing something that doesn’t work?”

    Very much misguided thinking.

    1) What is the EVIDENCE that the AAA actually makes things worse? And in what respect more precisely?
    2) In fact, since you claim that their protests have “had no effect,” you contradict yourself. They cannot make things worse if they’ve had no effect.
    3) In, say, 1983, imagine someone saying: Why carry on opposing Apartheid since it hasn’t had an effect?

    * The problem with your view is not only that you forbid critical analysis of matters related to the management of the club but that you posit a historical unity to Wenger’s reign. Yet the club is NOT the same today as it was pre-2005. There’s been an obvious break, to the worse, in terms of the manager’s tactical ability and smart transfer dealings.

    I don’t think there’s a single objective analyst around that would disagree with the claim that vegetative decay has set in since more than a decade.

  24. Goonermikey – 1) “Nonetheless many of the questions and points you raise in order to substantiate your sentiments have been answered umpteen times on this site and have been supported by a raft of evidence.”

    Ok, so how DO you explain Wenger’s failure to win the league? Please, spell it out to me.

    2) “I suspect that’s why many people are becoming very frustrated with your persistence with bland statements like “…..a lack of intelligent game strategy and in-game management. For you not to see this is now Arsenal is quite staggering.”
    What is required to win the league? 1. good transfers, 2. good game strategy, 3. good in-game management. Have Arsenal won the league over the past years? No. Thus, the club lacks 1, 2 and 3.
    Thus, the statement is not bland.

    What IS bland are your counter-statements insofar as they offer NO plausible justification for Wenger’s continued failure.

  25. @ Robert

    I repeat, answers have been given umpteen times on this site. You can access archived articles as well as I can. I’m not sure what possible reason there can be for me doing research on your behalf, after all I’ve already done you a favour pointing you in the right direction.

  26. Robert, you mention

    “The key point, which your blog consistently fails to acknowledge”

    I really can’t believe you have been reading this web site. You write a piece full of allegations which are not backed up by any evidence – that in itself suggests you have not been reading the site.

  27. Robert
    If you think Wenger has failed what about United the biggest club of England failed to win the title since 3 years and even failed to qualify for CL.
    What about Liverpool infact the most successful club of England of the previous century finishing outside top 4 since last so many years.They are changing managers year after year with no avail.

    Whats the Chelsea situation after winning the title in 2015.What the special one has brought to the club.A one off to
    Title followed by a 10th place finish out of the CL,disrepute to the club by humiliating the staff,refusal of players to fight on the pitch, and then the ominous sacking.Infact Chelsea will have to wait for 3 to 4 years to compete for the title.

    Arsenal maybe havent won the title but they have been far more consistent than the other 3 big clubs and i think all credit goes to Wenger.
    Also there are many other aspects of judging the club success apart from winning in my point of view but since you focus only on 1st place no need to discuss that picture.

  28. Rosicky
    Ive heard it all now.Shall we add the consistency trophy to the 4th place trophy and the most points in a calendar year trophy!!!You pointing out that man u chelsea and city have failed but that still doesnt detract from the fact that we have failed again also.The difference is that these other teams have regularly won the league ,and some the champions league.That is something we havent been able to do in over 12 years.
    Many excuses as to why we fail on a yearly basis are used regularly some of those like only the mega rich can win the league and the injuries excuse at least now can be put to bed.

  29. We should be competing with the top clubs of europe,something our great manager and ceo promised when we left Highbury.Its about time we started doing so before we are just seen as a money making company.Players are already turning us down because of our lack of ambition.Hell we cant even attract leicester players now..

  30. Better managers? Like the one Chelsea pitied and saved him the embarrassment of being relegated by sacking him. The premiership has come more interesting because all these new managers “Klop, Guadiola, Mourinho, Conte and Pochetino”. But guess what? In 3 years the maximum number of managers that can win is three. That means 3 will get sacked. Does that mean they are not good enough? I remember something Wenger said “that even if the twenty premiership club have 20 billionaire owners, only one team would win” will the other 19 sack their coaches because they did not win?

  31. Robert, you say “Man United haven’t even qualified for the CL, still they are able to buy Bailly, Zlatan and Mkhtaryan and aggressively pursue Pogba!”
    So I stand by my comment.

  32. Wenger will only talk,there are gud players put will not buy dem if am d manager I will sign Lyon strike and bayern’s gotse and let me tell u somtin Wenger dat money in dere u don’t own it so next season we need d to wins d league

  33. Lee
    Its a matter of choice and opinion i prefer my club to be consistent rathen than winning a trophy once and then finishing tenth next year like Chelse did last year and what is expected of Leicester next year.
    Arsenal finishing in top 4 for 20 years is a better option than finishing 10th like Chelsea or what Liverpool and Spurs have achieved during the same period.
    Infact it has been pointed out so many times if u ask a spurs or Liverpool fan to swap places with Arsenal they will be more than happy to do.
    The aura of CL football is mouth watering for any PL club but unfortunately fans like you dont realise.

  34. Asene Wenger plz sign quality players plz plz go for lacazette not higuan and go for gotse and varane plz plz we needs d title plz

  35. Lee
    You also fail to highlight that Arsenal win FA cups in 2014 and 2015 .if you are happy to finish 1st the FA cup is the most coveted English trophy and Arsenal have been champions.
    Further Arsenal have won the PL title also imo as the ref and PGMo intentionaly handed the title to Leicester as pointed out by so many media outlets that if ref had been fair Arsenal were worthy champions this year.

  36. Dear Robert

    I understand that you are a frustrated young/middling/or elderly man and you have our sympathy. I too was frustrated that we only finished second in the league last season and failed to add an unprecedented 3rd FA cup win in a row to our trophy list.
    I too despair each week as I watch Mesut Ozil stroll about pinging pointless passes to players who only covert a certain percentage of them. It pains me that 3 teams scored more goals than us last season and 2 conceded 1 fewer. As a ST holder it is awful having to travel into a stadium so modern when I much preferred the old place where I could at least feel it was legitimate not to go as there were relatively fewer tickets available. I suppose yet again I will have to attend midweek games and watch a load of virtually unknown (to an ignoramus such as myself at least) foreign clubs like Bayern somebody and Barceletico play as in the group stages of the CL. Most of all of course it pains me that some of the Arsenal players my hard earned cash helps support appear to have been developed inside the club and not bought for suitably immense amounts of transfer money.
    And yes, like you I blame Arsene Wenger for this, it is outrageous that such an individual be allowed to mis-manage a great club like ours when there are people like Harry Redknamp, Roy Hodgson, Sam Alladicé, Brendan Rogers, and Tony Pulis out there who could do thsi job so differently.
    My advice to you however, is that this site will NEVER support or even countenance the sense you expound, so do as I do with ITV and a host of other annoying little interruptions to my day. SWITCH IT OFF and GO AND READ SOMETHING THAT AGREES WITH YOU

  37. Lee

    “Mike sorry to pull you up on your factually incorrect statement it should read
    “whom our multi billion pound owners don’t want to match financially,””

    Read the following from Gazidis in an article in the Guardian in 2009.

    “”I can say with confidence that provided we don’t do foolish things, this will be one of the leading clubs in the world this year, five years from now and 20 years from now. This is not some experiment to see how successful we can be over the next couple of years, and who knows where we will be after that. This is a good, sustainable business.”

    That, in three sentences, encapsulates the Arsenal philosophy which Gazidis has been propounding since he became the club’s chief executive in January.”

    So Lee, Arsenal where quite explicit from the start that they where building a self sustaining model.

    Or did you miss that?

    At no stage did they ever suggest that the owners had any intention of pumping 100’s of Millions of pounds in to the Club.

    You may not like that, but it is a fact.

    The fact we are running with that ‘self sustaining’ model has meant that we have had a massive, relatively, restricted transfer budget.

    You may not like that, but it is a fact.

    Because we have built, and are still paying for £450 million Stadium, this has had an impact on the amount of money we have had to spend on transfers.

    You may not like that, but it is a fact.

    Because Chelsea and Man city have owners that ARE prepared to bank roll there respective Clubs to the tune of up to, and beyond, ONE BILLION pounds each, means they have had much more money to spend on transfers.

    You may not like that, but it is a fact.

    For a period of approximately 10 years between around 2002 and 2012 Chelsea and Man city had an average NETT spend, or loss, of £50 Million per season. Arsenal had an annual Nett spend, or loss, of £5 Million. This differential was a result of OUR business model, versus there business model.

    You may not like that, but it is a fact.

    Given all these facts, and I defy you to tell me one of those that isn’t a fact, Wenger did remarkably well to maintain our status as a top 4 Club, and consistently qualify for the CL.

    None of this suggests for one second that Wenger did not make mistakes. Every manager makes mistakes.

    Wenger made tactical mistakes. As did Fergy, Mourinho etc, but they where playing with squads put together at a cost 10 times that of ours.

    I would suggest it is far easier to be a tactical genius when you have £20/£30 Million pound players sitting on the bench.

    Wenger made mistakes in the transfer market. As did Fergy, Mourinho etc, but I would suggest that given there massive budgets, it was far less excusable for them than Wenger, who was trading at a much lower level, as well as being far easier to correct a mistake, should one be made.

    The fact is, Arsenal FC have chosen this path and they have never hidden that.

    The arrival of RA and the Abu Dhabi United group has made things far far more difficult than anyone could of envisaged when Arsenal set out on this path, and if you cant see the impact that this will of had, then you are blind.

    In conclusion:

    You just don’t like the Business model Arsenal have chosen.

    You just don’t accept the consequences of that business model.

    Given both of those, you will never be happy.

  38. Robert, I think it is time to wind this up.

    You stated that the notion of the site being supportive if Mr Wenger “is a truly absurd proposition that smacks of subservience and a lack of critical thinking.”

    OK, you don’t grasp, or would wish to argue against, the vision of support that I have, and which I understand many others who read this site (and of course many others beyond that) have.

    That is fair enough. But I can’t see the point of endlessly pushing your point of view. This site, for over eight years, has had the statement on its home page “supporting the club, the players and the manager”.

    What is the point of telling us that doing such a thing is wrong? It doesn’t change anyone’s views, as far as I can tell. For myself (as the guy who wrote that line) and people who read this site who I have spoken with personally, take the view that supporting a football team is an emotional proposition, not one entered on some logical basis.

    Your coming on here and raising questions about Arsene Wenger’s management is a bit like a person who doesn’t like cycling writing to a cycling magazine and telling them cycling is a waste of time.

    I really think you have failed to grasp the fundamental approach of this blog which takes the phrase cited above as a starting point and then moves onto its approach to discussion, and I am sad to admit that it seems to be beyond my wit and ability to explain the matter to you.

    As you will know if you have looked around the site, we get over 6 million page views a year, and although some will be from people such as yourself who don’t get the fundamental proposition of the site that is a tiny minority.

    So you have your view, and it seems you don’t get our view. Fair enough. Let’s leave it at that.

  39. Thank you Rosicky, people fail to realise that there was a debt to pay from 2006 – 2014, a period that should be credited to Wenger for keeping us on top, rather than slating him. From 2014 till date, people don’t expect arsenal to just bounce back to the top(financially). But we all can see that as the money is being recovered year after year from the debt, we were able to buy Ozil, Sanchez, Chech and we are buying.
    As for the issue of a striker, fans should wake up, if you were a Suarez playing for Barcelona, or a Benzema playing for Real Madrid, or a Lewandoski playing for Real Madrid, would you leave such a club to come to Arsenal? Please there are some strikers out of our league

  40. Rosicky
    You would rather arsenal finish 3rd then 2nd in 2 seasons than 1st then 10th???Are you insane.I would half understand what you are saying if we had a realistic chance in the champions league but under the current regime we all know that will never happen.And what is expected of leicester next year??They have as much chance as we have of winning the league and that says more about us than them.
    To me also the aura of the champions league has long gone as i know its only participation now and a cash cow for us.The realistic chance of us winning it went many years ago.

  41. They can manager arsenal better? But when given smaller clubs and little expectation they were all sacked for not delivering, how can we give a bigger assignment (Arsenal) to them?

  42. Rosicky
    Now we have won the 2016 imaginary Premier League trophy to go alongside our consistency trophy, 4th place trophy and the most points in a calendar year trophy.Arsenal trophy cabinet is full!!!! Pure class.The really funny thing is you believe all this nonsense.But at least you don’t need to provide evidence of these trophy’s unlike us so caled aaa’s

  43. Jambug
    Its one thing not pumping a penny of your billions into the club but its another taking money out of it!!
    Also you stated “I can say with confidence that provided we don’t do foolish things, this will be one of the leading clubs in the world this year, five years from now and 20 years from now.” Answer me this Jambug- When are we going to start being one of the leading clubs in europe again?????Because all im seeing is a club that has substituted winning trophy’s for making money and that is sad.

  44. Lee
    Ok its your opinion and your choice and i have no right to question it. If you chose to win once and finish bottom or mid table for 3/4 years its upto you.
    Keep in mind most clubs finishing out of CL places find it hard to come back.
    See what has happened to Liverpool and now United seems to be missing out very often. You must be aware finishing outside top 4 makes it difficult to attract top players.

    Lets see what happens with the top players at Chelsea after missing the CLs.

  45. Lee
    If you think we are fools and UA is nonsense than why do you visit here and comment.
    You may go to Lemoan and share your thoughts.You would be more than welcomed there.
    We at UA are happy here content and satisfied.

  46. seriously I now know that its foolish to argue with these guys.there is a saying here in Nigeria that “no matter how bright a light is,the blind will never see it”. what I don’t grasp is why they can’t go to their like for like mindset blogs to cry there like babies….pls let them know that high blood pressure ( hypertension) is real.the way they are going,I fear for them.

  47. Enjoyed the post. The thing that always strikes me in the transfer speculation stories is the sheer number of players linked along with the same teams supposedly hijacking, outbidding, and thwarting Arsenal.

    Not only are Arsenal linked with about 75 players, so are Chelsea, Man U, Man City, and Liverpool. The real irritating stories are the ones where players ‘slip through’ Arsene Wenger’s fingers but don’t move. Benzema, Higuain, Aubameyang, Edinson Cavani, and a host of others are linked and Arsene Wenger is slated for not signing them even though they were under contract and did not move. The logical conclusion is that those players were never for sale.

    Arsene Wenger has had the same transfer philosophy his entire career. You can summarize his philosophy with five points;

    1. He signs players he feels are better than what he has or he doesn’t sign anyone.
    2. He signs no more than three players in a window. He feels more upset the balance of the team and create turmoil.
    3. He does not sign players who have no chance of first team minutes. He knows players need to see a route to regular minutes or they become frustrated and the dressing room becomes toxic (Chelsea this past season). Competition is can be positive, hopelessness is not.
    4. He believes in his players. He has faith in them, he does everythign he can to make them better, and his record suggests he’s right more than wrong. Henry, van Persie, Cole, and a host of others owe their success at Arsenal and beyond to Wenger’s loyalty. He stuck with them when lesser men would have kicked them to the curb.
    5. He believes in promoting youth players through the club. It’s never easy to do at big clubs but both he and Sir Alex did it and made it work.

    So Arsenal aren’t signing a striker, three midfielders, a new left back, a new right back, and a new center back this summer. Le Prof said he was looking to sign three players. Expect three additions, and some of those three might come from the youth teams. Jon Toral should be joining the squad, and there are others who could be promoted as well.

  48. Lee

    And so you don’t get it yet. It is obvious you will never get it.

    Who is taking money from the club? Wenger, Gazidiz or Stan?

    Let’s talk about Chelsea. Won the League last year, spent £millions to acquire Pedro, Falcao and co yet finished 10th after improving their squad. They had the best squad at the start of the season and were tutored to retain the title. Sacked Morinho, Insulting and embarrassed the team doctor. Surely we emulate them.

    Or Man City, with so much money at their disposal. Signed DeBruyn and Sterling for over £100m not to mention other players. Remember, DeBruyn was Bundesliga player of the season when he joined. They finished 2nd the season before with a much more expensive squad before the additions. They ended up struggling to make CL spot. Let’s emulate them or better still.

    Man U. Won the league 3 seasons ago. Have spent over £300m on transfers since then. Changed manager twice. Remember signing a certain Falcao aaa wanted Wenger to sign or DMaria. Cant even make CL. Yes, They have a better model or better still

    Liverpool FC. Champions League and countless English League winners but have never won the Premier League. Have signed some players people like you wanted that turned to flops. (Balotelli, Benteke and co). Do you notice that they’ve spent on average £100m for over 4 seasons yet they can’t even qualify for Europa League and have changed managers countless times.

    So Lee, if these are the models Arsenal should emulate, I’d rather we remain as we are.

    Finally, if you are the billionaire Stan, Will you throw £millions at the club just to satisfy the wimps of people like you?

  49. Nonny
    Well said and spot on.
    These deluded fans will never be happy even Arsenal won the PL title
    They will still be moaning. Leave them and let them live in there fantasy world.

  50. Look like WOB season has started. These Wobble’s can moan and complain but the reality is AW is still the manager of Arsenal this coming season and hopefully the next and the next. May his reign continue until he decides to leave.

    In my opinion, anybody that wants a manager who ordered someone to throw a ball on to the pitch to stop an opponent counter-attacking is lost.

  51. Polo
    The comment you made about wenger being the manager next year and the year after and the year after that is synonymous with everything that is wrong with this site and Arsenal.You blindly follow the manager and want him to continue no matter how the season pans out.To you he is a god that should go on forever no matter whatand nothing will sway your cult like feelings.
    If hypothetically next year we finished in 4th and went out of the champions league group stages would you still see it as a sucess and want him to sign a new contract the year after.If the answer is yes it just shows how much you have been brainwashed by him and the club.That is why with him and stan in charge we will never win the league again.Many of the real fans last year started to see through this and will not put up with another season of mediocrity..

  52. @Lee

    ‘Many of the real fans last year started to see through this’ sure the real fans.

    ‘you have been brainwashed by him and the club’ so I have a different opinion or belief to you and I’m ‘brainwashed’ very logical. Maybe ManCity, Chelsea, or ManUnited would welcome you as a ‘fan’ I assume Arsenal wouldn’t. Fans like you in the end will destroy this great club.

  53. Lee

    Who exactly has brain washed us?

    Brain washing is achieved by constantly being told something, over and over and over and over again, until, no matter how illogical what you are being told is, how far removed from the truth, how opposed to the facts in front of you, you end up believing it.

    Surely, even you have to admit that what we keep getting told by the Media and pundits alike, over and over and over and over again is that, Wenger is shit, Arsenal are tight, Arsene is crap at transfers, Arsene doesn’t do tactics, blah blah blah, in fact all the things you believe to be true.

    On the other hand, there is very little, if any media coverage that portrays anything Arsenal do in a good light.

    How is that ‘Brainwashing’ me?

    We rarely, if ever hear from Stan Kroenke? He’s called silent Stan for a reason you know.

    How is that ‘Brainwashing’ me?

    Gazidis rarely speaks to the media, but as I showed, when he does he simply repeats what he said over a decade ago. I had faith in that vision then, and still do today.

    But how is that ‘brainwashing’ me?

    So tell me, who is it that’s been ‘Brain Washed’ ?

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