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  1. MickHazel
    11/07/2017

    According to the good old Mirror we are already facing a defensive crisis!!

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/arsene-wenger-already-facing-defensive-10768971

    Its not like them to dramatize or exaggerate.

  2. Andrew Crawshaw
    11/07/2017

    Among the players in Australia are Krystian Bielik who is a perfectly competent Centre Back, when partnered with more experienced colleagues and Ainsley Maitland-Niles who, like the Ox, is quite capable of operating at Right Wing Back. We have taken three left backs, newbie Sead Kolasinac, speedster Cohen Bramall and Nacho Monreal. I suspect that for the tour at least Nacho will be the left side of our back three.

    I am sure that we can manage the first two games of the season with our current resources – always assuming our defenders on tour aren’t hit by an errant kangaroo or road train.

  3. Jason
    11/07/2017

    There is a simple solution that all businesses have to do all the time. They need to stagger the breaks. Bring a couple of the late returners back now. Then when all the defenders are back and koscielny can play again, you give the others a proper vacation in October or november. It might seem weird mid season but as you mention, there are 9 defenders and they cant all play anyway

  4. Al
    11/07/2017

    Apologies for posting a link to the telegraph here, but how can the premier league let Liverpool off for persistent tapping up of players? Particularly this case where they falsified a signature to sign a 12 yr old? Understand City have been fined for a similar offence, so why not liverpool too? I wonder what would have happened had it been us.. So annoying that some clubs are allowed to get away with murder, on and off the pitch ?

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/07/11/exclusive-liverpool-accused-falsifying-document-heart-tapped/

  5. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin
    11/07/2017

    I think we shouldn’t condemn the Independent newspaper’s assumption of Arsenal need a top quality centreback signing this summer who will not be handicapped by any reason to start the Arsenal’s PL opening day match at the Ems against Leicester. Remember Le Prof said he’s still open to more signings this summer?

    Apart of the unavailability issues surrounding centre-backs: Mustafi, Koscielny, Gabriel, Chambers & Holding due to extended holidays, suspension and injury. The centreback Mertesacker who should be available to play against Leicester is aging and can no longer play on the regularly basis anymore as he used to.

    The Arsenal vs Leicester fixture at the Emirates on the opening day of the new season is a PL match and not a League Cup game against one of the lower opposition team in which Le Prof could afford to take a gamble in the game to play the Arsenal youngsters on the fringes in the match. The Premier League campaign is a very serious business. So, to suggest partnering Krystain Bielik with Mert’ in a back three at the heart of the Arsenal defence line against a Craig Shakespeare’s Leicester team who could be a full strength that day will be like an invitation for trouble to concede goals and suffered a defeat by Arsenal that day.

    Okay, agree, the back three that day could read: Holding Bfg Kolasinac with the Ox and Monreal as the wingbacks if the Ox is still at Arsenal that days media report is still suggesting he still wants out despite being on board of Arsenal summer preseason.

    On another related topic not unconnected with Arsenal summer signings. The delays I think been encountered by Arsenal to sign the Monaco’s midfielder Lemar asks for perception. I think that deal has not been agreed because Le Prof has ran short of money to conclude the deal in time as planned before taking off to Australia if am allowed to imaging things.

    As we are all a were, Le Prof summer transfers budget last season and this summer window was and is £100m each according to unconfirmed reports. Should that be the case, then, after expending about £56m including add ons to bring in the much herald Lacazette, I think the £44m that remained in Le Prof’s summer transfer kitty this summer can not undertake the signing of Lemar whose transfer fee is reportedly to be in the region of £46m plus. Therefore, Arsenal have to sell to enable them undertake the signing of Lemar. And that’s why Le Prof is bidding his time until Arsenal are able to sell Szczesny to Jeventus for a reported £13m before they’ll resubmit another bid to sign Lemar.

    Arsenal should occasionally be selling to recoup as they buy to enable them speed up the conclusion of their incoming transfer targets in a window. When Prof said in his press conference in Australia that he’s opened to do more signings this summer, I said to myself, where is the money going to come from? Except of course he sells.

  6. GoingGoingGooner
    11/07/2017

    It would be too bad were Szczesny to leave us. I just loved the way he would wind up the Sp*rs fans.

  7. Brickfields Gunners
    13/07/2017

    @ GoingGoingGooner -11/07/2017 at 11:04 pm – Even if he left us , why would he want to stop winding them up ? Especially as its still fun !

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