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Alexis on his way back home

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFuYVeEC6aD/?hl=en
he sure loves his dogs :)
RAPTORS!!!!!! Here is your sweep Cleveland!!!
raptors fans be like "another one" xD xD xD

Bismack was great btw
Ahahaha ye!
Bismack was immense in the last two games
The new jersey is pretty decent, while the goalie kit is a major upgrade from last year's kit. lol
+1
that weird middle stripe though -_-
Is Arteta the first player to retire with us since Bergkamp?
Oh, actually I guess it's Lehmann?
Maybe, Flamini, he could retire before getting released and counts as retiring with us. lmao
Will we see much of wellington this season? i love his flair and i haven't seen a real flair player in arsenal for a while
sell him cause that's all Arsenal fans want SELL HIMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
since Bendtner left us I have been also missing that flair from our players in front of goal:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxa0_Sdo--I
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I like him. If Campbell leaves maybe he could take his spot on the bench. He's very good in tracking back so it's really not an all out attack on his part.
Thanks Threk, youtube consumed about 45 minutes of my time after clicking your link! lol
I like it!!


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Yeah not mad
How come they havent announce Xhaka signing officially
the tech people of Arsenal.com forgot their login password to post the news.. O_O
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because arsenal
Mia san Mia..
Arsenal style drain every bit from the fans!
If its true, Santi could be leaving us. Is there a small possibility we could get Cesc back?!?!?!?! O_o mouth watering
Not happening. I wouldn't want him back to be honest
+3
Having a mid of fabregas and ozil wouldn't be the end of the world.
Don't think would work very well, Cesc and Ozil
Why not? Cesc plays deeper
^yep. He now plays deeper and that showed up as his defensive weakness. No thanks to Cesc coming back. In fact I believe his abilities have dropped.
Do you mean that watery build up right before you are sick?

If so, I agree. Losing Santi for that wantaway who kisses the Chelsea badge would make my mouth water.
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We need new talent. Cesc is not going to work out while Ozil is here. Our defense would be so weak with him on the pivot.
Worth noting Pep Guardiola didn't bring through a single youth player at Bayern Munich. Mourinho not alone in demanding ready-made players.

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Is this even true? I thought that Kimmich, Hojberg etc were through academy?
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Coman as well made his debut for Bayern under Pep
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Coman came through at PSG and Juventus before Bayern lol
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Coman was already a young sensation long before Bayern...doesn't count lol
Hojbjerg is on loan at Schalke, Gaudino on loan at Zürich
Van Gaal was actually the last manager to promote our own youth

Kimmich came from Stuttgart
He did play hodjberg (spelling?) for a season. Besides Bayern has a very young squad and has signed many young players in the last 4 years (before and during pep's term). He did back raw and young talents, they just didn't happen to be from the academy, except hodjberg.
Back? Same can be said of Mou too. I have defended Mou on this several times..it's a myth and unfortunately he's the one it's associated to. He's given all Youth chances than Carlo Ancelotti..and this is a fact. But you don't see people saying that about Carlo...why?

Some club's also talk about giving chances to kids but you look really deep into it and realize they don't really. Arsenal is probably one of these such clubs.

There are reasons as to why managers give/don't give enough chances. You just don't put I'm kids for the sake of it..fans don't understand this though
Gapha. I agree with you on the point that managers will not play youth players just for the sake of it. But at the same time I will have to respectfully disagree with you on the point that AFC aren't a club that has not given its youth ample chances. Especially if we look at the past 10 years.

I do realise that a lot of the investment in youth in the past decade has been solely to minimise the need for a transfer kitty but it has yielded in a handful of academy players getting through the ranks.
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Who are these kids that have come through within the past 10 years?

Remember, My argument is that clubs for example Arsenal whose fans brag about youth development being what their club does is not entirely true.. most of it are just banter and perceptions based on what the club has done before..

Manchester city, Chelsea and Soton actually invest a lot more in youth development but you will hardly hear their fans bragging about that..you know why? It's not the public perception. Just as Mou has a public perception...these things are not always clear as day
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Back as in play. And no in general the same can't be said of mourinho. He prefers more experienced players, and there's nothing wrong with that. Not every club needs to promote youth, there is a market for players for a reason. Having said that, I don't see think clubs looking to promote their youth would be in any rush to hire mourinho.
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@Xgooner4everX , the journo that posted this supposed " fact " have an agenda against pep , he is been talking s**t about Pep ever since he joined Bayern.
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"He's into more experienced" that again is not entirely true. He's shown everywhere he's gone that he's only into players who perform.

He's benched experienced and proven and played kids everywhere he's been if it means the kids are better. And he's promoted youth more than other managers in his level yet you don't see anyone overreacting to that..why is that?

Also, he did the same thing Pep did at Bayern at Chelsea and Madrid. Varane, Courtoius, Toure--whom he personally requested from loan. Jesse - whom he promoted, Zouma - according to you, raw talent he backed. RUBBEN loftus cheeks...

Tell me how Pep gets credit and Mou gets stick?

All I'm saying is that there is a perception from media and rival fans that's being accepted as gospel truth which isn't really the case.

Also, there are reasons as to why he hasn't been able to bring through kids..given club's he's coached verses demand...as compared to someone like Carlo and yet played more kids than him...again, why don't we hear anything about Carlo in that regard?
Knowing this now, will you agree that there is a media or fan bias?
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Gapha:
Bellerín
Wilshere
Vela
Bendtner (we had several seasons where he was the spearhead of our attack...unfortunately)
Fabregas
Gibbs
Szczezny
Djourou
Coquelin
Traoré
Iwobi (this is a stretch though)

From the top of my head these names come to mind. If you'd like to know more of our former academy prospects I'd say you should ask Cloudst as he knows more about AFC academy players than I do.

In regards to CFC and MCFC investing more in youth development: This is an unsurprising 'fact' as youth development has a tremendous fixed cost to start up. While AFC has invested heavily in its academy and youth development in the early 2000s CFC and MCFC have been doing this the latter half of the past decade. With strict rules about the number of foreign players allowed in your squad it is not surprising that these teams (including AFC) have tried to juke the system by getting young prospects early and promoting the better ones through the Academy.

In regards to soton: They have an amazing academy system that has been consistently producing EPL quality players. Their investment in the youth system is understandable as it helps them balance the books.

I will however emphasise that I agree with your initial point: Managers won't play youth players just for the sake of it.
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Thanks for indulging me Threkstari. I'm not sure why you have Bellerin and Iwobi in there but it actually helps me in my case.

Also, Taore? If that is the criteria then bringing in youth is easier than I thought and Chelsea has done similar in that regard.

So now, by looking at 10 whole years from bringing through kids...is this successful in your books? I can tell you one thing...Chelsea won't see this as such..so I guess it's safe to say it's relative and some fans just want to see kids play from time to time even if they really won't make an impact or have a future there
Gapha. Bellerín: is considered homegrown and thus an Academy product and he has been our first choice RB. Why wouldn't he be on the list?

Iwobi: I have stated is a stretch as we will see how he will do in the near future but he has done a decent job last year when he was called upon.

You have highlighted one name (Traoré) out of the many I have stated and although he hasn't been the best he has provided cover for us during a time we didn't have the financial backing like we have now, which if you re-read what I wrote, was my original point.

Your last line is a nice attempt at a straw man argument. I would advise you to re-read what I have written in my last 2 posts.
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Gapha its funny how you don't read the post and just throwing words for the sake of throwing them. lolΩ
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Also funny how his ignoring the fact that had Chelsea paid more attention to their youth they would have had KDB in their team and would not have had to buy Matic back.
or lukaku.
Cadena Ser: Morata wants to play in the Premier League next season. @Arsenal are prepared to offer "a lot of money".

Cadena See are really reliable btw guys... Arsenes going all out this year, fantastic preparation for the next manager of he leaves next season, team will be already complete hopefully
Cadena Ser go on to mention "rumours of a bid worth €50m (£38.7m)" from Arsenal. Say Madrid would accept that.
But the thing is Moratas clause is from July, so nothing will happen till then, so all these rumours about bidding etc are all premature, RM do want him back tho!
I'm sure Madrid could set up a forward contract to "sell" Morata although they can't technically buy him back until July.

I don't think the bidding wars are premature. But whether they'll get resolved before July, it depends.


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