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Movie poster for the new Snakes on a Plane movie

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I wonder why Man City keep buying best and most expensive players from all the leagues in Europe. I know it's working for them quite nicely, since they've got all possible points at the start of the season, but still some of the players they keep on the bench.

In example: Bony, which was a superstar in Swansea is now playing like support striker or something like that. And Kevin De Bruyne - bought for £55m. has a similar role in the squad, just sitting on the bench.

Do they even need new players?
Woudln't it be better to let the recent team play so they would practice a bit of teamplay instead of changing the squad every year?
For how long can this transfer strategy be successful?
Does anyone have an idea on this?
Well it has worked for Chelsea + What I like about City more than Chelsea, Madrid, Tottenham is that the owner seems to trust more the manager. + They play exciting football which is better than, yea I am going to far lol you get the point.
"i wonder why........I know its working for them..." You could've ended it there haha. They're playing good, big clubs need good depth to keep the starters at their best, and also they compete in PL, CL, FA cup and COC, so they need more top players than Newcastle.
When you bring in top talents regularly then it motivates your current squad to improve constantly. There is no feeling of complacency among the players (like Arsenal for example). Having a deep bench is what they're going for now that it seems they've set their sights on the Champions League higher than previous years.

But let's face it, De Bruyne will not sit on the bench. Navas is f*****g terrible in the final third and will be the one smushing his butt cheeks into the bench.
Bony is injured right now and anyone would play second fiddle to aguero. As for the De bruyne business... I don't know really know where to begin but If you think he will sit the bench over Navas then you have either never seen him play or never actually watched a city game. City did incredible due diligence on KDB this is not just a "lets add another player to the team because we can" purchase.
@Eeegay Yeah, I kind of agree, but also Newcastle needs more quality players, since Shearer retired and Owen left the team, they haven't played on top level. They probably even didn't finish in top half of the table (except for the first year in PL with Pardew).

One more opinion - as the Sheiks have bought Man City, the squad was changed every season since then. Only few players really stayed in the starting lineup - Kompany, Zabaleta, Hart (came from Birmingham btw.) And there were players who played like one or two seasons: Adebayor, Craig Bellamy, Jovetič. I call them unsuccessful purchases. The Sheiks didn't have patience so they forced change of the lineup and coach.
I think the same will be happening with Bony and maybe few others from the defense this season.

@Navas - yes, I think he will be replaced soon.
Hart didn't come from Birmingham.
He was bought for 600k from some club(whose name I forget) as a future prospect. He was loaned to Birmingham(wasn't it?) for a season, where he was immense.

Came back, put in an absolute stellar display against Spurs on day 1 & the rest is history.
I think it's always important to replenish a squad, whether you win the title or not. It keeps players on their toes, fans excited for new players, the club active, etc.
So why did Wenger not make any signings? Especially now with the news that Welbeck is supposedly out for 'months'. Is Arteta a sufficient Coq backup? Is Giroud and Theo enough to win Arsenal the title?

Is he waiting for the right striker to become available, or does he genuinely believe that his squad is perfect etc.

Thoughts?
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personally I think its a combination of

1) ST - there was very little value in the market. I know its a much-used Wenger cliche but when Utd spend £36m on a 19yr old from the French league you know there is a lack of real top quality available. Also, Joel Campbell hasn't been sent on loan this season so perhaps he will used more - certainly that is the hope for a lot of fans.

2) CDM - not really sure, I had hoped we would go for Schneiderlin. My guess is that he is content without a second 'destroyer' in midfield. In the past 10 years we haven't even had one and we've clinched 3rd/4th consistently, perhaps he feels we only need a DM for certain games as opposed to EVERY game.
I think for Wenger, there is very little value in the market, but in general, there are always options available in Europe. For ex. Andre Ayew this season, Gomis last season (both were free transfers!). If you look deep and hard, you will always find hidden gems (Gignac?), but I think Wenger just doesn't want to look because:

1) There is no value for money in the market (from his perspective, which I don't agree with)
or
2) He wants to bred youth and doesn't want to succum to panic buys (which I do admire)
or
3) He has a target in mind and is saving up to get him in a future window (Cavani, Benzema)

But as of right now, there's no denying that Arsenal have no one but Giroud as an out an out striker, that is worrying. Spurs are also in the same boat, who is there to relieve the burden off of a high expectation setting Harry Kane?

The point isn't about clinching 3rd/4th, its about winning the big one. And with Chelsea faltering atm, Arsenal are fully expected to challenge City for the title (along with Chelsea obviously + others).
I think we did go in for a cdm and a striker and it didn't work out for us. Hopefully giroud stays fit til January and then we bring someone in to help get goals and challenge for starting CF spot ( I'm not of the mind that we need a wc cf and not sure who we could even get that fits that criteria) . Also I agree with deffy that we don't need coquelin for every game and especially at home we should play with arteta instead as coquelin kinda ruins the tempo in modfield



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How is Stoke's so low? With Shaqiri, Affelay, and the rest of Stoke-alona joining them? Who'd they sell?
Notable signings
Shaqiri: £12mil
Affelay: free
Joselu: £5.75mil

Notable sales
Begović: £8mil
N'Zonzi: £7mil
Huth: £3mil
i was expecting us to be last. disappointed.
I was expecting arsensl to be 4th
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lol they are aiming for a different forth this year. Coming in 3rd was too much to handle so they didn't strengthen in this window. They want to regain their rightful place in the league :D
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Arsenal's still 4th most frugal
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Good find. Thanks for sharing :D
holy... city accounts for around a quarter of the league's net expenditure. They really went for it this summer.
Can anyone explain what happened to FFP? I'm just curious how City was able to spend so much.
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It has been "relaxed". I have no idea what that means.
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UEFA is lifting some of the restrictions on club spending in an attempt to make more teams competitive and ensure clubs are more attractive for new investors.

European football's governing body agreed to relax some of its financial fair play (FFP) rules, allowing clubs a period of accelerated spending on players if they present an affordable business model and show they are not "gambling on success."

In City's case, they have two players on loan with an option to buy worth 50mil. Meaning they're not being reckless. Their business model for this transfer window is reasonable.
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"Two reasons. One is that revenues have vastly increased...And...transfer fees can be amortised over the length of a player’s contract...The second is that Uefa earlier this year relaxed the FFP restrictions".

http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2015/sep/02/financial-fair-play-manchester-city

P.S. Oh and of course we have been in compliance with the BS FFP requirements, which always favored the established clubs.
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@ Micky. lets be honest that's a bit of a joke. what was started as a fairly objective number based criteria has turned into something that is up for debate and various interpretations.
Who is in charge for the transfers at Arsenal? Is Wenger fully in charge?
How can you expect club to challenge for the title with a transfer window like that( even though Cech is still one of my favourite GKs ever), specially when it's direct competitors have done all they can to strengthen. A lack of ambition if I've ever seen one.
Not sure how this relates to Wenger. Our weakest link was a striker and it's, according to many sources, known that we were in the market for one. It's not like there are plenty to go around. Chelsea, United and Arsenal were in for a striker. Chelsea had to settle for Pedro/Falcao and Utd with a 19 year old. I'm disappointed like any other about our transfer dealing, but I do understand getting a good player isn't just about splashing cash. The fact that a massive club like utd with enough cash to go around couldn't bring in an established striker says a ton about this market.

I don't know who is in charge on the final end of transfers.
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Illman, the reason it was relaxed was because ironically, their punishment financially scarred teams. In turn, keeping investors away from them. Stripping Europa League from the teams that infringed for that transfer window, made them lose TV revenue.

I personally like the vision part better. Which can still be objective. That's why I brought up the City case. They spent a lot sold some, but potentially will end up with a reasonable net loss. With reasonable being affordable to their finance.
Micky, a net spend of 500mill for City is still reasonable for their owners, they are a juggernaut in this TW, and now that FFP is a complete joke, inflation is gonna go even more crazy
Xgooner4everX u call it a joke but I don't think u understand why it was put in place. FFP is to stop teams for overspending with hopes of performing better. It's a huge risk as many teams fail at this and go bankrupt or have to be bailed out by their league.

FFP applies to all teams. Not just the financial giants. An unforgiving FFP punishes more lower table teams than scare financial giants.

Now that it is in perspective to the teams goal and finance, FFP can function like intended. It was never made to stop Sugar Daddy dominance.
West Brom's Berahino given time off to consider future
https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/west-broms-berahino-given-time-off-consider-future-123752977--sow.html

Berahino is acting like a spoiled little kid who didn't get the toy he wanted for Christmas. Why sign that contract if u weren't willing to play it out. Completely support West Brom's stance here
Is it weird that he looks very similar to Raheem Sterling?
He has the same ass of a manager i think? can see some of his work pattern there...

give me money or give me bench!
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Time off?? For what???? How many players have gone through a move that has fallen through, you don't see them go on vacations during the season.
http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/9976458/premier-league-tops-la-liga-bundesliga-serie-a-and-ligue-1-in-transfer-window-spending

serie A spent 90% more than last season. atletico madrid tied united for 2nd most money spent with 140 million euro.
Happy end of transfer window everyone! Finally we can focus and enjoy the matches without the urge to read bs articles and long for new players everyday, hour and minute lol
I'll never stop reading bs articles
Alright guys, deadline day is finally beyond us.

Please take these with a light heart, will ya? :D Let us know if you want some quality ones posted. Let us celebrate with some humor.

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Lol @ Arsene giving zero fucks like a boss
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He's learning from Jose


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