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20 May 2017 16:05:04
So apparently Stan doesn't want to sell because he want to oversee Arsenal becoming premier league champions again and become a force in Europe.
Difficult to actually accept that because of him allowing Arsene to be and likely to remain totally unaccountable for so long.
Arsene's short comings are Stans short comings simply because he continues to employ him.

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20 May 2017 19:08:04
The problem with kronk is he didn't buy arsenal to save us or because he loves arsenal football club. Fans will always be against him while the club freezes usminov out and keeps on treating the fans with disdain. Kronk now I feel whatever he does other than sell will always be the yank across the water who doesn't bring anything to this club on the football side. If uuzminov does get bored with his efforts to have a say in the club and pulls out, it will inflame the situatio even more and it doesn't bear thinking about the consequences.

{Ed002's Note - Kronke is not a "yank".}

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20 May 2017 19:33:54
Isnt he ed02, I stand corrected on that. I suppose kronke gives it away a bit.

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21 May 2017 03:42:34
What a choice! Borat's mate or an African scammer.

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21 May 2017 06:35:33
If Kronke is wanting to see Arsenal win the PL and become a force in Europe then it would be quicker and cheaper for him if he purchased EA Sports and get them working on a new version of FIFA. Don't hold your breadth, it could be FIFA 36 before you see even a beta version.

More chance of seeing Arsenal play on Pandora in Avatar 2.

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21 May 2017 07:46:47
Hi Gunner62, Kroenke won't sell becuase he doesn't have to and Arsenal has been a superb investment for him. In addition I believe his son is a director of the club. I believe if change is needed then it is to replace Wenger with a manager that has a different philosophy to him. We also need to put in place infrastructure changes, as Wenger dealt with the entire running of the club, which simply doesn't happen anymore at other top clubs.

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21 May 2017 08:22:56
It's ok saying that it's been a good investment Rg but if your in it for investment then it stand to reason that you would cash in on your investment at the optimum time. Now if we don't make top 4 and he doesn't put money into it to help his investment grow then it becomes the norm not getting into top 4 the price of his asset will drop. So he has either got to pump some money into his investment or cash in at what I see as the perfect time is now.

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21 May 2017 10:25:09
Hi RG mate
Kronke is first and foremost a business man and a very successful one at that and in business it's always the size of the offer that decides who gets the prize.
For Stan to sell someone is going to have to offer way above the real value of the club because he doesn't need to or even want to sell, but he wouldn't refuse a stupidly ott simply because he isn't a stupid man.
As for his sons position, they have no family connections to Arsenal or even England and it's a very big sporting world out thier with lots of opportunities to reinvest some of the billion plus elsewhere, they do have family connections in Germany so I'm sure that might be an option should they want it.
Oh and Stan the man was born just inside the south of America so technically speaking he isn't a yank any more than someone born in London but outside the sound of Bow bells isn't technically a Cockney.

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21 May 2017 12:19:03
I think Germany has very strict ownership rules 62, I don't think they could go there.

{Ed002's Note - Not aimed at you Eden but I think the Arsenal fans need to be rather more respectful to their major shareholder and not show their ignorance in using derogatory terms.}

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21 May 2017 13:24:20
I'm normally just a viewer and never post so first off I want to say what a fabulous site this is. Thanks for the work that goes int it from everyone, that includes users asking and edds informing. it really is fantastic.

I would like to say though that I don't exactly share your view on people being 'respectful' to the owner of the club. I think he personally shows more than a lack of respect towards the fans with the rate at which he charges them for tickets and the medicore and sub par performances and results we see every year. If anything I think it is bordering on contempt.

His other sports ventures are failing in terms of success and he is known for running clubs for profit and not for winning mentality. He shares none of the passion for the club the fans have and I think he is a disgrace to the name of Arsenal. He should not be a part of this great club and should sell to somebody who has the best interests of the club at heart. Somebody who wants to see us compete with the best in this country and europe. Kroenke has to go!

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21 May 2017 14:12:21
I still maintain Kronke has never done anything to prevent Arsene from making Arsenal successful.
By continuing to support Arsene he has held Arsenal back for sure but pre this season getting rid of Arsene wouldn't have gone down well with most fans at all.
Now he has the opptunity he's never had available to him before and that's to do what's both best for Arsenal and be popular in doing it
Before now he's been in a no win situation.

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21 May 2017 20:51:20
Beginning of the end for stan I feel. Wont be easy to get back into top4 esp if he sticks with arsene. Usmanov is the new hope.

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21 May 2017 21:46:35
Ed002, sorry but I disagree with you massively.

Arsenal. have been in decline ever since that man got involved in the club. His sporting track record is awful as he is not a sportsman, he is a businessman. The prizes he seeks are return on his investments and not silverware sporting success.

I was singing for him to leave our club and he needs to go before the damage he does is irreparable

Respect him? Never

Loathe him? Forever

Sooner he is gone the better, yank or not!

{Ed002's Note - This is the blight of the modern day football fan. Vomiting hate in all directions.}

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21 May 2017 23:01:13
Sooper the fact he won't recognise the second largest shareholder in this club, says it all for me. He won't allow him in board meeting and isn't allowed a say in the boardroom and he is arguably a bigger and better man in business than him. Speaks volumes.

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21 May 2017 23:35:46
Steve that should be illegal imo. Imagine owning that large chunk of something and having no say. Its embarrassing.

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22 May 2017 06:40:45
Ed002 - We often disagee, but on this issue I agree! Us fans like to blame everyone if we fail. For the record, Wenger is an excellent manager, he has the record to prove it and will be extremely difficult to replace. Whilst, I can't understand this anti-Kroenke, pro-Usmanov banter. Kroenke has supported Wenger vision for the club and hasn't interfered. He has taken very little capital out of the club, something like 2 or 3 million, until the fans rebelled and he stopped. I must remind fellow gooners that Usmanov has never said that he will spend his own funds, some time ago he suggested an issue to raise £100m for transfers. He also backs Wenger. So the difference would be minimal if he managed to wrestle the club from Kroenke. In fact, he may meddle more than Kroenke, which could prove detrimental.

{Ed002's Note - You are absolutely right that you could get a lot of meddling going forward - and Wenger would be tough to replace. Leonid Slutsky is of course in London and job hunting - will certainly know Usmanov well. Maybe Arsenal could get in before Watford do?}

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22 May 2017 08:55:08
If Arsene is allowed to Stay then Stan is 100% responsible for the results that follow but if Arsene leaves he gets the chance for the first time to chose his manager and fund him as he wishes.
If Arsene goes Stan gets a fresh start I'm my opinion, if he stays then hey ho business as usual.

{Ed002's Note - What a ridiculous thing to say.}

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22 May 2017 09:21:47
Why so Ed002?

{Ed002's Note - You cannot hold the largest shareholder of the club responsible for on field results. It makes zero sense and is simply a contuation of this stupidity from some Arsenal supporters.}

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22 May 2017 10:30:25
What makes you think that if Usmanov takes over he will run the club any better than Kronke? What makes you think he is any less interested in financial gain than success on the pitch? What makes you so sure he will bring in all these 'marquee' signings? And why is a leading shareholder under any obligation to sell to anyone else just because fans think it's time for a change? This is a major business, not monopoly. I'm a Liverpool fan and I wish we were in the financial state Arsenal were. I'm not saying everything's rosy and I agree Wenger has made a lot of mistakes, but you have not rational reason to assume that Usmanov is going to be your knight in shining armour.

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22 May 2017 11:50:00
RS I think a lot of us are going on SS sporting empire success and track record and looking ar what passion he shows fot sport and business.

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22 May 2017 12:14:31
I hear you but passion and emotion belong on the pitch not in the boardroom.

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22 May 2017 12:23:42
of course its guess work razor but im not a big fan of american owners. would i swap for psg owners man city owners or chelsea owners yes.
maybe in 5 year usmanov comes in and we go backwards and il hold my hands up. i doubt it tho can only see good things. stan is not a winner.

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22 May 2017 12:56:32
Derby my company was took over by Americans a few years back and they are a nightmare, run completely different and totally different ideas, not a fan either. My fathers 100 year old company was took over by them as well and it shut in 6 years. Same for factory down the road. Not keen on American owners in britain.

{Ed002's Note - You certainly seem to have some xenophobia problems Steve.}

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22 May 2017 13:20:12
As an American from the Northeast, 'yank' or yankee has always been kind of a funny word to me. It seems the people from other English-speaking nations will use to word to refer to Americans in a sense that can range from pejoratively to affectionately (. somewhat) . Within the United States, the word is, for the most part, used by Southerners in a pejorative sense to refer to those who live in the Northeast - having its origins in the American Civil War. The only thing I really see in common in all of these cases is that it doesn't really carry enough historical weight to cause a great deal of offense.

Changing subjects, I find it pretty funny how much people dislike Stan Kroenke. I feel like the introduction of certain Russian, Qatari and Emirati owners has warped peoples perception of what a majority stakeholders role is. Frankly, I view the relative success of clubs with these types of owners as as something that, over time, will come to be seen as more of an exception than a rule. When you give an owner with literally no experience managing football organizations that much influence in club policy you are asking for trouble.

It's interesting that people on this page tend to point to how unsuccessful Stan Kroenke's sports teams are in the US. I tend to think that most people in the US (except for the people of St. Louis) don't really have an opinion about him. A lot of his teams play in pretty small markets in terms of fan-base size, and are competing against other teams who have a variety of different advantages for a variety of different reasons. Generally speaking, unless you are a historically terrible sports franchise (Cleveland Browns, New York Jets) most pundits and fans alike aren't really going to be foaming at the mouth blaming the owner when management makes a significant majority of the decisions that affect a team's success.

As much as arsenal fans shouldn't be content with the way that the club is stagnating, it doesn't really make sense to blame everyone and anyone related to the club. I also don't really know that there's anything else Arsenal fans can do to voice their discontent other than not buying tickets (not going to happen) . I would be surprised if the club didn't notice how toxic the atmosphere at the Emirates has been, and would be equally surprised if we didn't see some changes this summer in some form. Another related point - I worry that some of our transfer targets this summer have noticed how toxic the atmosphere has been.

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22 May 2017 13:22:44
Don't you think it's a bit of an overgeneralisation?

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22 May 2017 13:39:10
No Ed 02 just bad experiences.

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22 May 2017 13:41:45
Just to add, when i go on holiday, i'm one of the few people i know who actually enjoy Americans company. Just no keen on their business ideas.

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22 May 2017 15:54:33
All Americans steve. I enjoy the company of like minded people. I understand the yank thing steve as been nothing more than a generalisation nothing sinister! People over react in this day and age. Also the abriviation of the country some people are from cause mass hysteria. It's how things are mate. Last time I checked no one ever died from been offended.

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19 May 2017 23:18:58
Good news - Wenger will accept backroom changes and sign a 2 year with the option of 1 more role to give club stability plus a new fresher outlook. Exciting time so

More money has also been promised despite drop in revenue next year due to not finishing in top 4.

That's great news - sweet dreams

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20 May 2017 07:39:59
*sigh* Yeah, that is GREAT NEWS! Despotic Leader, who has long since lost touch with reality, will accept a couple of new fresh leuitenants, willing yes men, who will have no influence whatsoever. Hurrah!
More money will be made available for guns and ammunition, but aforementioned despotic leader will say that his guns and ammunition can't be bettered because those nasty unkind arms dealers won't sell him the best kind available because they charge too much or even have the temerity NOT to come knocking on his door telling them that they may have something for sale that is not generally known to be on the market.
Thus it has been since about 2014 since the PCP payments on the new tanks and den were paid off.
Wenger WAS brilliant, Wenger IS a hero, but even Churchill had his day. In the name of Arsenal, please go!

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20 May 2017 09:55:57
I continue to be in two minds about Wenger staying; On theone hand he given tremendous stability to the club and many trophies, including two FA Cups over the last 3 seasons and the possibility if a 3rdone next week. On the other hand, he won't change. He has already stated that we mustn't expect many signings next season and even if a director f football is installed, he will be against his beliefs and I can envisage a weak individual who will have no effect upon Wenger's methods. At best we may keep one or two of the players running into the last season of their contracts and replace them, but I can't see us keeping Ox, Ozil and Sanchez, as well as bringing in say three top class signings that are needed. I would sell Ospina, bring back Szczesny. If we get above £50m for Bellerin and sign Danilo from Real for £25m, then I would do the deals. I would do everything possible to extend the deals of the 3 players entering their final year. I would also look for a replacement for Santi and Giroud. We need to sell or release; Ospina, Debuchy, Sanogo, Jenkinson, Campbell and Mertesacker. I would also consider the futures of Giroud, Monreal, Gibbs, Chambers, Santi and Wilshere. An interesting summer ahead!

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20 May 2017 10:08:14
Yes Sy that's great news. Everything all of a sudden looks so rosey. The natives will all be happy and the Emirates will be a joyous place with banners and saluting aircraft flying overhead. can't wait.

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20 May 2017 11:38:33
Can't see that myself Steve :-)

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19 May 2017 21:36:58
Is everything moving in the direction of major change this summer. It definitely is setting up for the chance for it to happen. Wenger out of contract, worse season for 21 years and gazidis being offered a new job away. Am I reading too much into it as well as kronkes new stadium costing twice as much as it was going to be. The extra cash would be a help. Lol.

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19 May 2017 19:52:03
Got to say this will he won't he saga surrounding Arsene is as difficult to predict as any suspense film I've seen, every time you think you know for sure how it's going to end the story takes another twist that makes you reassess your opinion yet again.
I'm now going for a twist in the tail where Arsene takes off his mask revealing his true identity as being Simon Brodkin all along,

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19 May 2017 17:54:35
Holy shizzle, Usmanov has made a 1.3 billion bid to Kroenke to buy his shares.

Only read a couple of days ago that Usmanovs personal wealth went up by over £4 billion this year.

Apparently Kroenke hadn't said a definite no.

Sell, sell, sell!

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19 May 2017 18:06:10
Please please sell! We need a change from the top down. I believe Usmanov will do this. And he won't see this club as purely a business. It'll also be a hobby and something he won't want to lose with. Fingers crossed.

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19 May 2017 18:15:52
I was slated when I said usmanov will take over one day. he's the savious imo and itl happen eventually. No top4 would be great bargaining tool.

I knew my avatar would not be wasted :) red dog if your reading this have faith usmanov is here.

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19 May 2017 18:24:10
I'll hold my hands up and say I was against it. Slated anyone who said it. But now we need it. I was against all the money that came with it. But now that money is in football from sponsors anyway.

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19 May 2017 18:50:50
He's a big Wenger fan though.

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19 May 2017 19:12:46
Lol he's not stupid wouldn't slate wenger before he's in. Bad PR all the noises etc are at perfect times he's a clever bloke. If he comes wenger may get a year who knows but he won't accept failure. Finishing 5th won't be a bad thing this year. D16 let's hug.

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19 May 2017 19:23:27
I'd love him to come in, but in reality I don't think it's going to happen. Stan is too stubborn as he's proved recently. Money talks though, so fingers crossed this is an opening bid.

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19 May 2017 19:31:05
Apparently the bid was placed a couple of weeks ago and has been refused. Maybe some others could show interest now.

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19 May 2017 19:44:56
The timing of it all is genius.

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19 May 2017 20:12:18
Come on usmanov! Really good news to see him trying to buy Kroenke!

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19 May 2017 20:59:12
Derby you old sage you. Some of us are like visionaries. Lol.

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19 May 2017 00:23:06
Hi Ed´s
Thanks for the work you do on this site.
Has there been any links to Éder Álvarez Balanta from Arsenal again since he joined Basel?

Bardur.

{Ed002's Note - No Bardur.}

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19 May 2017 10:19:36
Hello ed, in todays press conference arsene said his future will be decided after the fa cup final. Do you know if winning the fa cup has any significance to his future?

{Ed001's Note - of course it will.}

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19 May 2017 10:56:20
This may sound a bit vague but if arsenal do not win the Fa cup would u say that he will leave? If that is not the case do you know what factor will make him leave? Thank you ed001.

{Ed001's Note - it is a personal decision, so no one but Arsene knows for sure what will decide that. Steve Bould has been saying for years now he doesn't know if he will be at Arsenal the following season as it has come down to Arsene each time to make a decision on the future. I really do not know what will make him leave and what will make him stay, but a game like the FA Cup final will make a difference to his decision because it is a huge game. Personally I think the stay away campaign is the thing most likely to speed a decision as the loss of revenue from empty seats, plus embarrassment caused to the club, will mean the club itself will have to take action to force him out, even if he wants to stay. Money is the be-all and end-all to owners in the Premier League. They act when their pockets feel the pressure not when they hear boos.}

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19 May 2017 11:10:11
Thats very interesting ed. The way I see it is no top 4 and no fa cup means less money which ultimately would lead to the owners wanting wenger out. May i ask this last question ed, if he was to leave, do you know any potential replacements? Thank you again.

{Ed001's Note - I wouldn't want to get into the replacements as it is impossible to say. It really depends on when the decision is made as most of the ones that were possible at one time have already decided where they will be next season.}

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19 May 2017 11:33:09
Thank you ed very much, that's very interesting information.

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19 May 2017 13:10:40
Love hearing your opinion Ed. Do you not think waiting on arsene is a silly idea. Say he turns round after the final and says I'm off that'll leave us in a difficult position because as you said most managers will have decided where they are next season. Just seems odd letting him decide.

{Ed001's Note - I think it is ludicrous and just shows that there is a weak board in place. The decision should have been made in plenty of time to prepare for next season.}

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19 May 2017 15:51:36
If there are elements of the board that would like to force Wenger out surely that wouldn't be hard as of the summer he has no contract. And like say ed it further goes to show how weak the board is after he said he would make decision in march / April and nothing . After that point any board or any boss would say right we're making the decision and we're going to replace you. If Wenger comes out and says he's leaving after FA cup he wants shooting that would give us 8 weeks to find a new manager/ coach and then would be even less to a pre season. It would leave us in poor shape. Unless there is a master plan sorted and we're waiting till after CL final to announce allegri (yeah I know dream on)

{Ed001's Note - clearly he intends to stay and is just hoping to get the results to ensure that there is not a significant backlash from the fans. At least that is how it seems.}

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19 May 2017 16:10:54
It's sad when people don't know when to call it a day.

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18 May 2017 16:37:18
Ed002 I was listening to the Sharkopod again and right at the end you said Mertesacker would go if a replacement is found. You said you had mentioned the replacement but you only mentioned Niklas Sule when talking about centre backs.

Can I ask which centre backs Arsenal are looking at?

Thank you.

{Ed002's Note - Florian Lejeune (Eibar centre back is a serious target for Arsenal but I am not sure if Wenger sees him as a starter or not)
Niklas Sule (not going to happen but he gets a mention as all chances to by him over the past two years were blown by Arsenal and there should be a tough lesson learned from this)
Daniele Rugani (first choice but Juventus do not want to sell)
Stefan de Vrij (I think very unlikely)
Jose Gimenez (very expensive for a player who struggles to make the Atletico starting line up – I think very unlikely)
Ben Gibson - possible.}

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18 May 2017 17:14:23
Cheers Ed. I would love to see Rugani. Is he realistically in our price range? Think he'll have many good years ahead of him.

{Ed002's Note - No because he is not for sale.}

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18 May 2017 17:52:35
A bit weird how we want another centre back.

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal will only want a centre back if someone leaves.}

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18 May 2017 19:17:41
Ah right thank you for replying. Might be a stupid question but when clubs ask if a player is for sale and they say he's not do most clubs just leave it there or do they try and tempt them with some sort of offer.

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18 May 2017 22:39:17
Thanks again Ed002 :)

{Ed002's Note - No problem. In answer to the previous question, clubs will persist if they think there is a chance of swaying the decision.}

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19 May 2017 10:40:07
Thank you for the reply ed!

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18 May 2017 13:19:01
Hello folks, i'm a bit new to all this but I have a question but forgive me if it has been asked. Stan Kroenke, rumours he's flying in for talks with arsene wenger. Any truth in this and if there is truth, what will they be discussing?

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17 May 2017 10:46:01
Latest paper rumors this morning state that Wenger wants Tammy Abraham from Chelsea (on loan at Bristol City) . Is that really our ambition? Also, Jordan Pickford. Is he on the radar? Amazing keeper.

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17 May 2017 12:40:39
I'm sure Ed002 said he was last summer. Heard Everton are most likely to sigh him but we really should go in for him. Rate him highly and at 23 would be a great signing.

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17 May 2017 12:52:11
i think he's a coup if we can get him. he's a killer in the box and imo will be better than welbeck for sure. but i'd want another striker aswel as him. hopefully sanogo goes.

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17 May 2017 15:09:30
I was talking about Pickford btw. Not heard much about the other lad. I'm sure sanogo will be gone as his contract is up soon.

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17 May 2017 20:18:23
Ah yes sanogo, i'm sure he will be ready to lead the line for us next season after his apprentiship. One for the future. Lol.

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18 May 2017 01:14:43
I absolutely hate it when we're linked with a promising young player and people start blathering about a lack of ambition. These same people would be talking shite if we signed Mbappe last summer and Kante the summer before.

"An 18 year old unknown French player? Is this really the height of our ambition? "

Ugh.

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17 May 2017 06:45:04
Ed, what is happening with reagrds to lukaku? He is surely leaving. Will arsenal go for him. Where he might end up in your view?

{Ed025's Note - it looks odds on he will leave everton rohit, arsenal are not in the running for him though as the price will be too high and he wants CL football, chelsea still look favourites to land him although united are apparently interested mate..

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17 May 2017 06:56:38
Lukaku supported Chelsea as a boy, it would be his prefered destination. I do not see him joining Man U because of Mourinho.

{Ed025's Note - it will depend on chelsea,s interest in dembele of celtic 5HB, and of course how much mino raiola can screw each team out of, he made over £40m from the pogba deal and will probably want a massive cut from romelu,s transfer mate..

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17 May 2017 07:27:59
Possibly. But Morata is Conte's No 1 choice, it depends whether he goes for both. Bear in mind Conte is building to win the CL next season, he may therefore prefer both.

In my view he is looking for players who are an upgrade to what he currently has. I do not see Dembele heading to Chelsea.

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17 May 2017 12:48:48
im happy to miss out on lukaku.

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