19 responses

  1. Leon
    06/07/2017

    I wouldn’t mind at all if it became much more difficult for overseas footballers to play for English teams. We may even get to go back to the days of thirty years (and more) ago when most of our club’s league players were recruited locally and from the youth sides. These were blokes (and I use that word deliberately) you could actually relate to. No chances of that exact situation ever again, but if some good things come out of the Brexit disaster then this could be one of them.

  2. para
    06/07/2017

    It seems the money(for Mbappe) will be coming from the Alexis sale to ManC.

    Everyone is saying that AW wont sell to ManC, but if Alexis wants to go there, and Arsenal get Mbappe, then i think he will end up at city, as they are the only ones interested who will/can pay his wages.

    If Arsenal can get £50-60m from city this will redress the cost of Mbappe.

    Still, i may be wrong and Alexis has decided to stay at Arsenal this season(because AW wont sell to city) and then go free to city, and we have saved our money over the last years for just this purpose, to buy expensive players(Laca, Mbappe) that we truly need now.

    Alexis wages seem too much for Arsenal else the new contract would be signed by now and there would be no talk of free, but maybe he wants to go to Manc.

    Imagine he walks on a free next season and Pep gets sacked from City. Bummer.

  3. Tom
    06/07/2017

    Alexis should not allow Money to lead him out?

  4. Iwan Morgan
    06/07/2017

    I cannot get my head around the Wages that Footballers what these days I watched my first Game at Highbury in 1953 the year they won the League that was before the first Hundred pound a week Player Jonny Haynes, I wouldn’t like Sanchez to go BUT 400,000 per week , Adios and get a couple of extra players . I’m off to watch the Gunners in Sydney , then go back to the uk for a Visit , Hoping to get A ticket for the 1st game come on you Gunners big year 17/18. Iwan. BRISBANE AUST

  5. Lanz
    06/07/2017

    Pray, what was Alexis relation with Pep like while at Barca?

  6. stefan melzak
    06/07/2017

    Sanchez’ alleged latest wage demands- £400,000a week if true- indicate that he is definitely going. Selling him will cover the Lacazette purchase. That will leave arsenal will plenty of money still to spend. I don’t see the Mbappe purchase as realistic. Mahrez seems more likely.

  7. Shakabula Gooner
    06/07/2017

    What I find interesting in this year’s window thus far, is the sudden realization by the big clubs, in England and in Europe, that Arsenal is ready to hold its own, a big club too, with enough money to deal in the market with the right mix of deep strategy and chutzpah.

    That we may yet have Mbappe and Mahrez/Lemar and lose Sanchez while still keeping Bellerin, The Ox and Giroud excites me. That everyone of our players’ status (to keep or to let go) is subject more to our strategic choices than to the financial pressures of the big hitters in England or Europe is a welcome evidence of how the Arsenal/Wenger club strategy of the past 10 or so years have panned out.

    It is even more gratifying that Wenger has stayed long enough to be the initiator of the new and more confident Arsenal in the transfer market.

    Plus: No more do we retain lower grade players out of necessity. They are being let go systematically. Better grade players are being brought in to give those still in the books fierce competition for their positions.

    Had Wenger been let go and the newly hired coach were the one operating in this confident and ruthless fashion, pundits and fans who clamored for his removal would have felt vindicated that, indeed, he didn’t have what it takes to operate in the mode of the coach of a big, confident and rich club!

  8. Chris
    06/07/2017

    Considering the fact that Monaco have raised Mbappé’s wages dramatically, the effect of Arsenal’s offer has been felt there to begin with, leaving them with a lesser budget to purchase players. Which in the end may mean they’d have to sell other players to keep M’Bappé.

    The other thing is that if Arsenal are to sell whoever, the price will have gone up as well, so they’ll recoup more.

  9. Chris
    06/07/2017

    I’m not so sure we are going to lose Sanchez to City. I would not be surprised if Arsenal just stay put and keep him. Sure the transfer fee would be important. On the other hand his salary will not increase next year. And considering a World Cup is coming, he will not change and will give his best on the field. And why make an opponent that much better and lessen our chances for a title.

    Keeping him and even getting Mahrez would give us a front line with for example Ozil, Alexis, Mahrez, Lacazette…add Giroud, Walcott, Welbeck, Iwobi, the Ox and Perez as alternatives and I cannot see why this would not represent our best shot at a title.

    Come next year, imagining Arsenal have had success, the situation will be different. He can get a signing bonus from AFC, a raise, whatever, having played with a front line including Ozil, Lacazette, maybe Mahrez may have given him what he wants : titles. And in a year’s time, who knows how the situation in the Uk will be, how the other clubs have fared financially, maybe even City$ will be banned from transferts for a few periods.

    I believe Arsenal are in a position to palce a bet on the team staying strong, and not selling star players.

  10. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin
    06/07/2017

    If Le Prof must eat a frog(sign another top quality left winger or a top quality forward who can play in all front three positions), let him eat(sign) the one that has eggs(top quality) inside. If the Metro claims of Alexis demands of £400k/w wage is true and he stands by that demand not accepting the £275k/w wage purportedly offered to him by Arsenal to collect. And if Arsenal in my opinion up that to £300k/w which I believe is the highest Man City will pay him if he goes there. But if he still rejects the £300k/w wage I am suggesting Arsenal should offer to him as their very last offer, then, I’ll suggest Arsenal should sell him this summer to the highest bidder to avoid losing him for free next season which won’t be wise to do by Arsenal on the financial front for the club. But his sales should not be less than £60m transfer fee.

    If Alexis is adamant not to lower his wage demands to what Arsenal can afford to pay him, say, £275k – £300k per week wage. And a final decision to sell him to the highest bidder is arrived at by Le Prof and the Arsenal board, obviously, Le Prof could replace him with one of Kylian Mbappe at most (a frog with eggs inside it) or Thomas Lemar at least (another frog with egge inside it). The bottom line is if the top quality goals scorer Alexis leaves us, Le Prof MUST replace him with a likewise quality or one above him in quality.

    I think if Arsenal get £60m or more from Alexis sales. That amount will cover what they’ve spent in the transfer of Lacazette to us. And Originally, Arsenal have certain amount which they’ve set aside to do this summer incoming tranfers. And they can buy one of Mbappe and Lemar from the money they’ve set aside to do this summer transfer business depending which of the duo Le Prof preferred to buy. And let’s not forget that Arsenal will recoup some of the cash they’ll use in getting Mbappe or Lemar transferred to Arsenal as they too the Arsenal, get money from the players they’ll sell and loan out this summer.

  11. Uncle Mike
    06/07/2017

    Must make another signing: Desperately need a keeper. Cech isn’t half the goalie he was without all those dirty Chavs in front of him. Martinez is still a rookie, and we can’t count on him developing into a top-flight keeper in one season. Szczesny and Ospina both look as good as gone. Winning games 4-3 wasn’t a good plan in the Swindin and Wright years, it won’t be a good plan now.

  12. Jammy J
    06/07/2017

    Does anyone even have any proof that Alexis is asking for £400,000? Yesterday it was £300,000 and today it has magically gone up another £100,000. And where did this juicy piece of insider information come from? Well, none other than; the Mirror! A paper that is known by all, for its cutting-edge insider scoops! Why does everyone seem to believe this utter tripe?

  13. Chris
    06/07/2017

    Well, just reading Lukaku would go to MU for £ 75 million.
    If that ends up being true, I’d say that the price for Lacazette, around £ 45 million plus bonuses seems very good business to me…
    This inflation is just insane.

  14. Goonermikey
    06/07/2017

    Well said Jammy

  15. GoingGoingGooner
    06/07/2017

    Go for a day out with the family. Nobody knows what is really going on. At least on a picnic you can step on the things that bug you.

  16. Josif
    06/07/2017

    In my humble opinion (and let’s not forget I made a correct prediction regarding who would win the league last season before the first game had started), Arsenal don’t need any new signings except for a central midfielder. Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey have forged a strong partnership in a new formation but all other available options are not so good and we will have around 60 games next season provided that we reach a Europa League semifinal and an FA Cup quarterfinal (Europa League has an extra knockout round comparing with Champions League as there is also Round of 32). That means we need a squad depth (which we obviously have), especially in the central midfield where we have had most of the injury problems during the last few years. We already have Santi Cazorla out at least until Christmas and Jack Wilshere picked a serious injury against Spuds while he was on loan at Bournemouth. That’s two central midfielders unavailable. Yes, we have Xhaka, Ramsey, Elneny, Coquelin, Jeff and Maitland-Niles but like I said, a central midfielder that would improve the team wouldn’t be a bad purchase.

    We have four options for goalkeepers, five with Macey and that means at least two goalkeepers should be offloaded (Ospina looks like one good candidate for departure as he is neither a HG-goalkeeper like Szczesny nor a first-choice like Čech).

    We have four options for right (wing-)back position with Debuchy and Jenkinson likely to be a surplus to requirements and Ox is yet to sign a new contract.

    We have three options for the left (wing-)back with Gibbs likely to be a surplus and he has less than 12 months on his contract.

    We have six central defenders plus Nacho but with three at back, Gabriel being injured, Koscielny’s problems with Achilles and being suspended for the opening game(s) and Per admitting he can’t play every three days, we don’t have space to lose any of our current central defenders. The partnership between Rob Holding and Calum Chambers is a special treat we might enjoy in the next decade.

    After Lacazette’s arrival, our attack is pretty crowded. Özil, Alexis, Lucas Perez, Giroud, Welbeck, Walcott, Iwobi, Campbell, Akpom and Lacazette can all play and there are either three or four places in the first 11, depending on our formation. Mind you, we are heading into a pre-WC season which means all our international players will seek for a regular football in order to stay fit for their respective national teams. In my opinion, I think we can lose Theo, Lucas, Akpom and, as much as I hate to say that, Campbell with a note I’d like to see Akpom taking one more loan spell before making a final judgement on his future at Arsenal. Given the circumstances, I don’t think we need either Mahrez or Lemar right now. If I can choose between two of them, I’d go with Lemar as I see Mahrez as a one season wonder and a diver.

    As for Alexis and Özil, keeping two of them is vital for so many reasons. With Lacazette’s pace and powerful right foot, Özil should enjoy a great season, especially given that he will go through a preseason with the team. Alexis has shown many times he can score vital goals, especially at Wembley and if we really have to lose him, we have to 1) try to sell him abroad and 2) find a replacement for him. The 1) would be difficult as not too many foreign clubs can pay his alleged wage demands and 2) would be even more difficult as that transfer would include a massive transfer fee and (very likely) a massive wage for the new superstar.

  17. nicky
    06/07/2017

    @Leon,
    Can’t agree with your isolationistic view on recruiting local talent.
    Witness our national side as a warning. 😉

  18. omgarsenal
    06/07/2017

    Uncle Mike:¨Must make another signing: Desperately need a keeper. Cech isn’t half the goalie he was without all those dirty Chavs in front of him. Martinez is still a rookie, and we can’t count on him developing into a top-flight keeper in one season. Szczesny and Ospina both look as good as gone. Winning games 4-3 wasn’t a good plan in the Swindin and Wright years, it won’t be a good plan now.¨

    Did you bother to verify Cech’s performances this season before spouting such nonsense?
    What makes you say that Szez and Ospina look as good as gone? Is it their aftershave?
    How many games did we win last season 4-3? Exactly NONE!

    Go back to your knitting, its the only thing you are actually good at!

  19. Menace
    06/07/2017

    Amazed that a so called Arsenal fan wants to turn us into a Sunday League team. Local players (bollocks)!! We have the most disgusting group of ‘locals’ in the PGMOL. If that is what your dream is then please take the FA & PGMOL to Sunday League & let in foreign officials to officiate the EPL so that we can watch a game on a level playing field.

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