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Asano joins Stuttgart :)
+1
Henry joins roberto martinez at belgium as assistant coach
+1
Who do you think is the best buy

Mustafi
Baily
Stones

??:)
Remind me at the end of the season
+1
Holding
no way can anyone make the call this early into the season.

https://youtu.be/YxpbK3ftegI

Who's is with goal celebrations?
Valencia coach Pako: "Arsenal's offer for Mustafi is more than reasonable & we have an adequate replacement in line". Confirmed. #afc
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40M euros is more then reasonable , especially considering Valencia current situation and what was their asking price at start of the window.

Initial bid from arsenal was 18M euros , I really think this deal is happening because of pressure from fans and the results of last two matches, doubt wenger would have jumped to 40M from 18M without that.
Arsenal overpaid ca 10 mio because did not do it proper early
That 18mill euros is absolute b******s. Why? Cos Guillem Ballague is the one who said it
It's nice that we are close to signing some players but sadly they are not what we need! I mean what we trying to achieve with these signings?

We need strong leadership and height in our squad, that's been our weakness since 2004, these guys don't bring any of those qualities.

1. Lucas is Sanchez/Walcott-like attacker/striker, as we have seen in the past and recently against Leicester, due to Walcott or Sanchez's physical stature, the are just not effective nor physical enough to play as a striker in the premier league..I just don't see how Wenger still think that a striker of this physical stature will succeed up front.

Seems to me like we are going into another season relying solely on Giroud raaaaaa.

2. Mustafi's height is a weakness, people like Fellani will just get cheap goals against us. I just don't understand the rationale of buying a defender of Mustafi's physical stature for the premier league haven't we learnt from the last 12 years?? we have many defenders in our squad who can do what Mustafi does. Doesn't our scouting system recognise that physically big and tall oppositions have bullied us year after year? lol it doesn't take rocket signs to figure out what we need!!

Say for example, we are drawing against Man Utd, Jose will just put Fellani or Ibra in our box and they launch long balls to them..8 times out 10 they will win their headers and score out of it.

Mate, I disagree... Have a look at Mustafi stats. Aerial is one of his strengths. He is 184 cm but the height is not all.

https://www.whoscored.com/Players/80921/Show/Shkodran-Mustafi

Lucas is 181 cm, 73 kgs, his strength is speed and agility. There are many top strikers who are shorter/lighter:

Aguero 173
Neymar 180
Vardy 177
Coutinho 170
Messi 170
be prepared to get attacked ...
IM CRYING OF LAUGHTER 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
We need big old Robert With and brede hangeland to the rescue
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Diontan524 I encourage reasonable attacks however foolish attacks can kiss my so and so.

We are all here to share our views, at the end of the day. Therefore, if anyone has got an opinion on something then the respond.

Vladzz mate thanks for your comments dude!!

Mate nearly 96% of all CB's in the league are between 1.89 and 1.92 there is a reason why 19 out of 20 managers in the league prefer their CBs to be of those heights.


Mustafi is 1.84, compared with the heights of other teams that's a lot of height to give up in defence, I don't care how high you can jump, but when faced with somebody like Fellani who stands heads and shoulders above our defenders the odds are stacked against us.

You say height isn't everything..I just don't believe in that theory! The theory works only if the game is played on the ground then height doesn't play a role..but if the game changes to crossings into the box then I just don't see how it doesn't play a role!

Like I have said many times in the past, Mustafi's height is perfect for the CB position in La liga where majority of the players are generally not tall and physical, plus the games are generally played on the ground. In this sense, obviously he would out jump other players, and also look good on the ground. In the Prem it's a different matter, say we are playing at Chelsea, its a corner and Mustafi is marking Gary Cahill, who do you think would win that battle? you look at the height and the physic then you conclude that Gary Cahill wins easily!!

The lack of height in our team gives other teams hope..hope that even if they are 1-0 down then they will still comeback via a headed goal or set piece goal.

Lol am I the only one seeing this height issues as a problem???



On Lucas, we are buying him for the striker position, right?? well can you see him holding the ball up away from home and bringing the other players into the game. I don't think so, he will get bullied!!

Strikers need more than just speed and agility..they need strength to go with those qualities. Aguero and Vardy are physically strong players.

With him as our striker, it will just another case of us trying to walk the ball in to the net..and this just doesn't work!!

But oh well what do I know lol
Am sure the scouts must have consider his height, if he was not good in the air I don't think Arsenal would have pursued him so, they would have looked to someone else. As for Lucas let's wait and see then we can evaluate him. We have poor habit condemning the club signings way to early before they hit the pitch, especially if they are not highly bought.
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Judge them after they've actually played for the team...you'll get your towering defending when Mertesacker leaves
Your theory about height just doesn't work, mate. Mertesacker is over 2m tall and how effective is he in the air? I think he has scored like 3 headed goals for us ever.

I actually think that Mustafi and Perez are EXACTLY what we need.

1. CB to replace Mertesacker in the short and long term. Mustafi is a ready-made replacement with international pedigree and experience of multiple leagues.

2. Perez is a completely different type of striker to Giroud and actually different to anything we have had up top for the past 5+ years. He is lean, quick and likes to run in behind defenders. You can apply those attributes to several other strikers who we all agree we would have been happy to see in the squad.

I suppose in your ideal world we would just sign Nikola Zigic and win the quadruple?
So, list of 25 players for CL group stage tbd till Sep 1(assuming we sign La Liga duo):

3 GK
RB: Bellerin, Debuchy
CB: Kos, Mustafi, Holding, Gabriel
LB: Monreal, Gibbs
DM: Coq, Elneny, Xhaka, Wilshere
AM: Santi, Ramsey, Ozil, Gnabry
Wingers : Ox, Theo, Alexis, Iwobi
ST: Giroud, Lucas

Are we good with min 8 home grown players here? Any other thoughts?

Bellerin
Holding
Gibbs
Coquelin
Wilshere
Ramsey
Ox
Theo
Iwobi

I think all count as HG.
Chambers as well. With our injury problems in defence he should be picked
Should be registered with the current club. Holding won't qualify here. Gnabry will. Chambers goes on loan.

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One who, between the age of 15 (or the start of the season during which he turns 15) and 21 (or the end of the season during which he turns 21) has been registered with his current club for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months. This is irrespective of his nationality and age.
Edited with the latest BBC news. This should be solid.

Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi and Spanish striker Lucas Perez will have medicals at Arsenal on Friday.

The Gunners have reached a deal with Valencia for 24-year-old centre-back Mustafi, who is set to sign a five-year contract for a fee in excess of £35m.

They had already agreed to meet a 20m euro (£17.1m) clause to sign Deportivo La Coruna forward Perez, 27, who scored 17 goals in 37 games last season.

The deals would take Arsenal's spending to almost £100m since last season.

They have already added midfielders Granit Xhaka and Kelechi Nwakali, defender Rob Holding and forward Takuma Asano to their squad.
One of the great things about Mustafi signing for us is that if we let Chambers and Debuchy go, adding that Bellerin gets hurt (God forbid) he can slide at RB and do a comfortbale job.

Im mad excited for this season. We officially have a complete squad.
Jenkinson back November too don't forget :)
too bad we dropped 5 points from first 2 games.
+2
Never gonna be f*****g happy are you? Just gotta piss on everything...must be a sad life. Those two games were hardly a guaranteed six points. FFS everyone drops points.
+2
We drop points all the time in the beginning lol

Unlike other leagues tho, your not out of the race cos anyone can beat anyone
I do not appreciate the used of foul language against me though, I am saying we should have sealed the mustafi deal much much earlier than this, as i already mentioned below. It's a regret where we are able to score 3 goals against liverpool but due to lacked of experience we concede 4 there.

'We drop points all the time in the beginning', since we already knew this, why not for once we change that ??
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Guys. Don't attack each other please. Diontan has the right (just like everyone) to voice his opinion on here.

ArsenalHero... I understand your annoyance with some people's constant negativity as it can sometimes irk me as well. Just writing this here because I don't want things to get out of control. It's Friday after all (which means 🍻 :D)
+1
and please elaborate 'piss on everything', considering I haven't post much recently as compared to majority here.
+1
I think he means that when u do post, the majority is negative, which is fair enough, ur opinion. He's just a little annoyed lol
Diontan... Are you trying to bait? I'm asking because what ArsenalHero wrote, albeit harsh, is fairly straight forward.
Don't know much about Perez, heard he has pace and likes to get behind defenses, and finishes good, which is an essential component we need right. Hope he delivers when Giroud goes on runt or forms a good partnership like Giroud had would Griezmann at the euros. Having clinical finisher would serve us well against teams that sit back a lot,which is the way most of the league play us due to the way we play🙂

Glad Wenger has followed through on his word that he was going to sign three players to the senior squad, lol he actually signed five. Hopefully these signings would bring some measured peace within the fanbase and fans can stand united together, but that would probably depend on how Xhata, Holding, Mustafi and Perez peform this season.
I hope for that too buddy. I hate seeing this club at each other's throats. It all comes down to how he manages this team now. There are a surplus of options so I'm sure it will leave us asking questions.
I'm happy we signed the players we NEEDED going forward I think it was unanimous that Per and Giroud needed a replacement and different option respectively.

That is what is pleasing to see but now the big question remains will Sanchez and Ozil sign a new deal? Lets see what happens this season :)
hold up hold up, why is everyone saying we've already signed Perez and Mustafi? i cant find anything new anywhere.....
Look up
Cloudst... I did... It's the ceiling. What about it
You should look outside and notice the beautiful skies my friend :D


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