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Telegraph saying we're bidding 42 million euros for lacazette next

The next bid after this one will be closer to 48 million
having none of that man, pinch of salt
Touching story from Kim Kallstrom. Worth the read.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Gunners/comments/4v5yo5/interesting_quotes_from_arsenal_exloanee_kim/
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Good article, he was a solid player
The whole thing is worth the read, but for you lazy people, here's a shortened version:

There are three cases of vertebral fractures, and I'm out for at least 4-6 weeks. I'm shocked - disappointed, but I understood. Against the evidence of the X-ray images, neither boyhood dreams or arguments help. But in truth I was angry as hell. There's silence in the room. I wait for him [Wenger] to say something. He sighs, and says 'The transfer windows shuts in a few hours. Either I take you or no one.' Surprised, the others turn to the big boss. They know that his words are law. "You'll stay, heal, and train. I'll take you when you're fit."

It's the semifinal of the English FA cup, against Wigan, with 82,000 people on the stands of Wembley Stadium. They haven't won anything for nine years, which is an eternity for one of the greatest clubs in the World. There's seven minutes left [in Extra Time] and I'm suddenly substituted for an exhausted Aaron Ramsey. The ref blows the whistle. Now, one of the finalists must be decided by a penalty shootout. I hear Wenger shouting in French: "You're second."

When I walk alone to the spot, in a stadium with three times as many spectators as there are inhabitants of my hometown, Sandviken, I'm relaxed - perhaps happy. I had decided to put it high to the left, but I remembered it as I actually put it low to the right. I'm confused, but the ball ended up in the net.

We won the final and we're praised by over 200,000 supporters on the streets of London. Although my contribution was small in the 120-year history of the club, it was a highlight for me. The greatest fifteen minutes of my life.
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If you guys are very very lazy here is the ultimate tl;dr version:

"The greatest fifteen minutes of my life."

Could be about football. Could be about something else.
If u wanna be even more lazier

"X-Ray"
Was it the sex tape with Ray J?
LASTEST ARSENAL UPDATE:

Lyon manager Bruno Génésio "I've had a chat with Lacazette. We will not lose him, I am confident. "

"Shkodran Mustafi didn't travel to Finland with the rest of the Valencia squad for a pre-season friendly today. [AS]"

"Robbie from @ArsenalFanTV confirms that Ivan Gazidis told him that Arsenal were "getting business done". #afc"

Ben Chilwel, left back from Leicester City, that was once linked to us signed a new deal.

Wenger keeps saying we're active in the market, but as of right now, rumors and fake stories are the only thing active. lol
Arsenal are close to agreeing a £37m deal for Riyad Mahrez.

Algerian outlet Le Buteur claim that a deal is imminent after personal terms were agreed, and a deal could be completed in the next 24 hours.

https://twitter.com/LeButeur_Foot/status/758610308013449217?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

:D
Le butueur isn't a good source, but yeah Mahrez is done :)

We ain't getting Lacazette tho imo
Xgooner... Like vardy? :P
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Threk shushhhh
I think we will get either Mahrez or laca but not both. Mustafi rumor seems legit
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why aren't we just not selling walcott and buying mahrez i don't get it
Because something like that isn't that simple.
why? its not simple but it can be done
Cos it's not fifa or football manager
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ohh sorry i forgot buying a player and selling 1 is almost impossible unless your playin a game, it seems like every other club do it just fine
Walcott, believe it or not, still carries a huge value to the team and fans. He's English, has been with the club for a very long time, and on the pitch offers a Plan B. Forcing out a player like that doesn't exactly bode well for the club economically nor does it bode well for the other players' confidence and loyalty.

The way Arsenal does transfers is different from other teams. We aren't capitalist mercenaries (not saying this is a bad thing... just isn't our style), and we emphasize a more family-like loyal atmosphere. That's what Arsenal stands for: History, Class, Tradition.
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we have had the player for 10 years don't give me that crap about family his on 140 k and he's just hasn't done enough to stay at this club, just shows that players can get away with alot.
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we have a lack of mentality and it stems from this
Yes. It's more likely everyone at AFC is just sitting on their fingers hoping the fans don't catch them.
dude were fighting for top 4 thats all will care about, we would love to win the league but we'll not goin to go out of our way to do so, we pay the most expensive tickets and we get nothin for it, we brought ozil and sanchez because we needed them to stay in the top 4 they're our fabergas and rvp, we have needed a striker for 4 years, our first choice player to buy was a 29 year old who has had 1 great season, last season were the only team not to buy a outfield player in europe, we're keepin players like walcott who hasn't done sought for us in 10 years that says it all to me, show me the ambition at this club?
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If we gave Sanogo a chance why not give Chuba Akpom a chance this season if we dont sign any striker. I think Chuba is really raw he could be developed into top class striker.
Well this is Wengers last season so we know and he knows that time is up with any experiments
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We will sign a striker hopefully. lol

Sanogo's still on the team list btw haha
And this applies to everyone the moment you make a separate thread for the same topic on the page it will be deleted, it's written rules of the site from here on forth remember that or your comment will be automatically deleted
bring on the cat army bro :P
Get well soon Merts, ya Big f****n funny German :P

https://www.facebook.com/mertesacker.per/photos/a.193736790670154.47293.109539209089913/1133306830046474/
I absolutely share the opinion of This timid... guy. Such a problem is not addressed by wenger for more than a decade. It seems that the arsenal team player recruiting criterion is only technical skill. Height and physical strength are out. Yes, Mert[ with good height but no use] and Kos are bullied big time, by big striker. Leave alone the defendes; we,the arsenal supporters, have developed a phobia for a big striker in the opponent team since the time of chelsea drogba.
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Next time reply to the main post please.
This is beyond my understanding.

How can you say that Koscielny gets bullied?

How is the height so relevant for the quality of a defender? I've just written something about this below btw. And there are quite a few examples showing that a great CB can be under 1m85. Kolo Touré was a beast for us, huge defender of the Invincibles, he is 1m78.

Djourou was 1m92. Do you think he was more useful or better in the air than Koscielny?
Another way to put it is this: Pulis' teams have big physical defenders, yet we concede less goals than them year in year out. We conceded 36 goals last season, the best defense conceded 35.

Djourou, Senderos, Touré, Vermaelen, Gallas, etc. they were all powerful af. It's not true that we dont recruit physical defenders. I'm all about having a constructive debate, but everyone's got to agree on the facts.
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Excellent point Chargui.
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Lol we've had a phobia for physical teams since the Bolton day.

But if you want proof of Kos being bullied..it could be provided.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isofcT1yN04

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vcu14OsPvMA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M3oouvu62Y
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_AVcrtNNj8
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvVjqDYn6OU
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Chargui: you the real mvp bro. well said
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Swansea lose Gomis to OM. Quite a big blow for them I think. They're in for Ulloa now.
No its not a blow he's been useless lol
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the last time someone was called useless scored in the finals of the euros.... :)
Lol he wasn't useless against us..he cost us 6 points
I'm just speaking the truth lads!!

Sometimes truth hurts.

This is a forum..freedom of speech and expression applies.

In such forums people post opinions and such opinions are discussed.

If I am talking rubbish, argue your point as to why my point is rubbish.

We are not here to agree with everything that people say..sometimes people have different opinions. I can still be an Arsenal fan and also be critical.


I mean can somebody explain to me why year after year we keep getting bullied by powerful strikers??

Why year after year we come up short against big strong teams.

...and why haven't we addressed these problems??

Every year we have defences which concedes comical goals..why doesn't Wenger just buy a traditional defender..somebody who is not flashy but gets his body in the way! The job of a defender is to stop goals, and not to look flashy.

Kos is a good defender but because of his height he will get bullied by lamp post strikers.

Most successful teams have this strong kind of defence..laugh all you want at the Leicester defence but they won them the league. If we had their defence we would be winning everything.
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'If we had there defence we would win everything'


That quote alone is the reason why no one bothers to argue with you
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Regarding your post below, I don't think that goal has anything to do with it being Drogba or a similar type striker.

You want defenders who put bodies in front of the ball? Did you watch the goal? It took Drogba 3 attempts to get it because of the blocks our defence made.

As for the overall point about dealing with tall strikers, I think you'll find on reflection that big CFs generally don't win too much in the air against our centre backs.

What they do is drop to the back post to challenge the fullback in the air. Modern football has evolved to the point where fullbacks need to be quick to get up and down the flanks and to be quick you usually have to sacrifice size. I am struggling to think of a full back who is 6ft4" and quick...

Only Pulis plays a back 4 made up entirely of centre backs and look at how well it serves him...disastrous at defending anything on the ground where the height advantage is nullified.

It's a balancing act mate, nobody gets it right 100% of the time.
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I disagree, I dont think you're speaking the truth.

You're entitled to your opinion, that goes without saying. I am as well though. It's ok to be a critical Arsenal fan, one just needs to get one's facts straight.

Agreed we come short year after year for the title. We dont anymore against big teams though. There has been a clear change once we could get real quality players in the transfer market. It's been a few seasons now that an 8-2 defeat is absolutely out of the question and that we're getting wins against the likes of City, Liverpool, ManU... Chelsea remains a problem haha f**k Diego Costa though :P

So I disagree with you on Wenger not addressing the problem. Look at our depth 4 years ago and now. Our squad has nothing to do with what it was, the quality leap is obvious. Both with signings and player development, we've achieved to have arguably the best midfield in the league. In defense as well, we look better. So all in all this has been good management from Wenger and the club. Our attack lacks a world class player ever since RvP left. We all agree that we should buy a striker, even Wenger said so yesterday.

We've also put an end to the trophy drought in that period, even if it's "only" the FA Cup. I for one consider this a big trophy, considering the great popular verve about the Cup. And it's not an easy trophy to win, as small clubs put everything into it and big clubs start to really play their best players when you meet them, mostly in the semis or in the final. Twice in a row is a great achievement.

Anyway, regarding your point on powerful defenders, I think you got it all wrong. If there is ONE player that doesn't get bullied in the Arsenal team, it's Laurent Koscielny. He used to make mistakes when he arrived but now he's an absolute beast, especially last season where he just holded the fort like an absolute boss.
Plus, Mertesacker is the exact opposite of a midget. He's not mobile though and compensates with a great reading of the game and tactical awareness. Gabriel is 1.85 meters high, which is NOT small, even for a CB. Chambers is 1.83 meters. It's just not true that we have midget defenders.

BUT the biggest point that you have wrong imo is that height doesn't define if you're a good defender or not. It's obviously not enough to say if you can defend against big powerful forwards. Mascherano is 1m74. Puyol is 1m78. Even if you put aside the tactical or technical skills and stick to physical attributes (which is a huge mistake if you want to make a valid point about a CB's level imo), you have to take into account the strength, the spring leap, the speed, etc.

Leicester won because they somehow managed to create a very solid team that played really well together. Full credit to all the players and to Ranieri. Your point would be invalid if Leicester didn't have Vardy and Mahrez on the other end.
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Duffy..Yes I did watch the goal! It was nothing new from the type of goals that Drogba always score against us..there were four players around him, but yet he was still afforded the time and space to squeeze in a ball. It was a clear defensive mistake that you wouldn't expect from a seasoned pro defender. Obviously if a defender was close to him since he was one of the 2 attackers in box, then wouldn't have such time and space, SIMPLES.


You say our defenders rarely get beat in the air..Well you just gotta look at Andy Carrol, B. Gomis,Harry Kane, Drogba and dare I say M. Rashford goals (just to name a few) against us. I can provide lots of evide They out jumped and over powered our CBs. I could show a number of times where our CBs have been aerially over powered, especially, Kos. No doubt that he's a great defender on the floor..because of his height he is sometimes caught wanting in the air. It's not his fault, the opposing players just happen to be taller than him.

You talk about getting the balance right..well we haven't gotten the balance right in a long time. The league and the Champions league (where most teams are tough) is where you need to show your quality and consistency..and sadly we've been caught out over and over again. We just haven't gotten the balance right for a long time. Chargui said that we are improving year by year, I argue that we are at a stand still..our records of finishing 4th and being a mere last 16 team in the Champions league team proves it. We can beat a good team over one game but we can't stay tactically disciplined to win over two legs. Proven by our record, somebody wanted facts.

Chargui say we've improved against the big teams..well our aim is not to get an odd win over big teams but to win the league or the Champions league..we are a big club..our ambitions should be aimed much higher. The problem is that we don't address our problems..for instance we are in dire need of a prolific striker now, why go and by a 35 mil box to box midfilder?

Chargui on your point about defenders I agree with you about your concept of defenders - however - you must consider the league that we play in. Mascherano would not excel as a CB in the prem due to his physical attributes. You further mentioned the heights of our defenders, while they may be averagely tall at 1.85, people like Carrol and other CBs are averaging 1.88 or higher. Thus, giving them a considerable advantage in the air. Gabriel was bossing it in the Spanish league whereas he gets bullied in the prem.

Agreed the exception is Per but he has deficiencies in his other attributes therefore making him a liability with pace. Something which is needed in the modern game.

Logic will tell us that to beat the Arsenal defence simply put the ball in the air as this way you will either score a headed goal or a knock down goal.
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I think he meant that Arsenal defense is not a title winning strong defense...Because if you had one you guys would have won the league last year.....Its a valid point.

You guys actually don't concede lot of goals..because most of the opponents apart from top 6-7 teams sit deep inside der own box most of the game and try to hit on counter.

But if you noticed most of the goals you guys concede is against big teams and that is one reason why you guys fall short by 5-10 points by end of the season...A strong defense and DM will always help grind out results and shut games when needed.

Ofcourse height is not major factor is judging a defender...but if you think Wenger has addressed all problems and Arsenal have good depth in defense then you must be really trying hard to coverup for wenger ..BFG is too slow and the backup for him aren't exp. enough
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We didn't score enough goals last year that's the problem. We had a high expected goal based on analyses but lagged way behind in actual goals. Plus last season we figured out how to play against the big teams- we beat united, Leicester twice, I think city, got robbed against Liverpool and in the first game against chelsea
all I see here is someone who's #triggered
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lol I was like
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/gR5YMC5dvpY/maxresdefault.jpg
Just sign Drogba already and let him close out games for us..


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