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24 Jan 2020 05:28:47
Interesting reports that we are in for Thomas Lemar from Atletico Madrid at a reported £40m. Does that mean that Aubameyang will be going over the next 2 windows as his deal is below 2 years and it looks unlikely he will extend. Alternatively, Lacazette's deal will be down to 2 years this summer and he is struggling for form and goals. Another possibility is that he could provide an option wide left. However, I can't see us spending £40m without a sale to fund it.

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1.) 24 Jan 2020 08:12:56
I would rather us spend the 30m at CB to secure Mykola Matviyenko if i'm honest. It would need to be partially funded by a player sale though and I don't see that happening this month. Laca, Auba, Martinelli, Saka and Pepe are enough to see us through the remainder of the season. Nelson as well when he returns from injury.


2.) 24 Jan 2020 08:24:13
Agreed Glen. Although we have big problems up top with contracts running down.
Our CB issues need addressing, as realistically next season we will have Luiz, Holding and Saliba.
Chambers will miss a section of next season as he recovers from injury and for me he isn’t good enough. Sokratis should be sold as he will have a year to go and I wouldn’t extend his deal.
Mustafi has to be sold. Mavrapanos has been sent away on loan, will he mature into a quality CB? Medley hasn’t impressed to date, but is still young.


3.) 24 Jan 2020 12:04:17
Although I absolutely love Auba I think we should let him go if he wants a last shot at silverware. His value will be so much less in the summer. I'd like to take a chance with Thomas Lemar. A couple of years ago we were prepared to pay a club record for him and I can't believe he has lost the talent he had then. We should still have enough left over from Auba's sale to get Mykola in this window. Can't see our board doing all this in a week though 😉.


4.) 24 Jan 2020 13:30:29
The danger of selling PEA is that he scores most of our goals. Lemar would be risky as he hasn’t made it at Atletico and perhaps he would struggle with the physicality of the PL, much as Pepe appears to be doing. I certainly wouldn’t sell him in this window unless we obtain a huge fee and spend it on bringing in a quality replacement, a creative midfield player and a much needed CB.
I am concerned that we will cash in on PEA now to bring in a CB and Lemar. So, reading between the lines, get £60m for PEA and sign Lemar and the Ukrainian CB. I suppose a forward line of Lemar, Lacazette and Pepe, with Martinelli and Nketiah maturing, wouldn’t be too bad.


5.) 24 Jan 2020 15:42:08
I think a better option if both Laca and PEA don’t sign or at least don’t confirm in principle that they intend to, is involve Laca in a deal for Lemar if Arteta believes in Lemar that is and keep PEA til summer. I rate Laca tho he’s shy of goal form right now but PEA is captain and his goals is something we can’t afford to lose in Europe knock out stages. Either way, a CB should be our leading focus.


 

 

23 Jan 2020 06:39:46
V Bournemouth:

Ceballos or Ozil?
Holding or Mustafi?
Bellerin or Maitland-Niles?
Guendouzi or Torreira?

Who could play at LB to give Saka a breather?

Should Willock start?

It's a difficult match to decide who to select as we are currently only playing once a week, so rotation against fatigue isn't necessary and Arteta wants players ready to play every 3 days. I believe it will be a strong team.

911C4

1.) 23 Jan 2020 08:30:15
Saka doesn’t need a breather.


 

 

16 Jan 2020 16:10:05
We are reportedly after PSG left back Layvin Kurzawa, possibly on a free. Is he any good?

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1.) 16 Jan 2020 20:40:46
According to Ornstein Arsenal are in advanced talks with PSG for Kurzawa. Arsenal hoping that a deal can be secured this month for free with his contract expring in the summer. Mustafi will be kept at least until the summer due to lack of options and a LB being prioritised in this window. Not a bad bit of business if we do get him for free 👌🏻.


2.) 16 Jan 2020 23:01:28
I think Mustafi is a reasonable backup for the RB slot. He might get some minutes this season to give Luiz/ Papa some rest. I wonder what we'll do with 3 senior LBs at the club though? Kurzawa, Tierney and Kolasinac are all probably expecting starts. I've been impressed with Kola since Arteta arrived, must say.


3.) 17 Jan 2020 01:23:16
Kurwaza can play further forward, which may appeal once both existing LB’s are fit. Alternatively perhaps long term Arteta may decide to go 4-3-3 and he could be on the left of the midfield 3 or he doesn’t rate one of the two other LB’s and will sell one in the summer.


4.) 17 Jan 2020 06:35:37
I agree Wire mate 3 into 1 doesn't go so if he arrives Kol must be off in the summer or Tierney is being seen as a bit part player because of his injuries.


5.) 17 Jan 2020 08:43:55
Napoli have expressed interest in Kolasinac by all accounts and even though he has been playing well under Arteta, there is no doubt that he's injury prone. He will move on and KT and Kurzawa will fill that void. I wouldn't expect him to play in a more advanced role with Martinelli, Saka and Auba all playing out on the left (Auba may leave as we know) . Nelson and Pepe on right and Laca and Nketiah through the middle. Personally I still want to see a tall and strong centre midfielder brought in to the club which I have wanted for years.


6.) 17 Jan 2020 10:59:20
The beast of North London would be a most welcome addition Glen, Eamauel Petit was a CB before being transformed into our and Frances midfield beast and went on to win the double with us and world cup euros double with France.
If we can't find ready made it might be worth looking to transform someone we already have or buy cheap and transform an average CB into an excellent DM beast.


7.) 17 Jan 2020 11:32:19
We have a problem with our full backs, with the exception of Tierney they have little defensive ability. Hence, next season I expect the LB's to be Tierney and Kurwaza (assuming we manage to sign him) . I have a feeling Arteta may well sell Bellerin in the summer window and bring in a RB with defensive ability. Whether he retains Maitland-Niles will also be interesting.


8.) 17 Jan 2020 13:48:34
I rated Kurzawa when he first moved to PSG, but I haven't seen him in some time, how's his form been?


9.) 17 Jan 2020 16:55:42
Apparently he's prepared to move now in order to play football rather than wait until the summer when he could probably negotiate a much betrer financial package for himself, so that's a good sign.
I just hope if he comes it's because Artetta really wants him and sees a real benefit in having over the next 5 years or so rather than just taking him because he's available for nothing or worse still because Edu and Raul have chosen him.
If he's a genuine Arteta target and signing happy days but we really don't need yet another player to come in and struggle.
As a club we really need some non Sven successful signings rather than more of those who were signed before and since Svens brief Arsenal stay.
Transfer success record is awful and has been for far too long.


 

 

09 Jan 2020 06:42:55
Odd report that we are after Cavani, who will turn 33 in February. I would imagine he would want huge wages. Probably nonsense!

911C4

1.) 09 Jan 2020 12:07:02
Metro story, say no more.


2.) 09 Jan 2020 21:14:18
Metro are reporting via The Atlantic (Ormstein) We may be looking to part with upto 12 players this window either permanently or on loan.
Maybe just maybe the Metro will break their duck and actually get one close to being correct if they keep piggybacking Ormstein :-)


 

 

28 Dec 2019 16:35:10
Reports that we are after Thomas Lemar. Odd as we clearly need 2 CB's, a RB that can defend, a creative midfielder and 2 DM's.

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23 Jan 2020 12:14:50
Surprised to learn that Ceballos wants to leave. Unless it's nonsense.

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{Ed002's Note - I understand that he does not wish to stay at Arsenal nor have the option taken up.}


1.) 23 Jan 2020 16:55:02
Is it because we are crap Ed?

{Ed002's Note - Dani Ceballos (CM) agent is investigating other options as the player is edging away from signing for Arsenal. It is about direction, opportunity and the future. The idea is he gets another loan, gets to the Euros, gets to talk options with Real Madrid and the decides on a practical way forward - perhaps with a progressive side.}


2.) 23 Jan 2020 19:54:58
How will we know when has actually left Arsenal?
No disrespect to him but apart from the second game of the season when he was awesome he's hardly torn up any trees since he arrived, if we'd paid 40 million to buy him outright last summer he'd currently be on the poor value for money list along with so many others.


3.) 23 Jan 2020 19:55:20
Thanks Ed, you didn’t have to be nice, I know it’s because we’re crap.


4.) 23 Jan 2020 22:07:00
We are nowhere near as crap as we have been for years prior to Artetta arriving,
The basic ingredients needed to be all you can possibly be are there again, without those basic ingredients real success is impossible but with them anything and everything is possible, ask Leicester City fans.

{Ed047's Note - Ceballos is clearly not cutting it in training otherwise he might of got game time when Ozil was subbed against Chelsea.

He can jog off back to Madrid and ponce about over there for me!


5.) 24 Jan 2020 02:48:05
Well said ed047.

{Ed047's Note - had to be said Malaga, nothing worse than a player who doesn’t want to be at a club, just get rid.


6.) 24 Jan 2020 07:58:26
Absolutely Ed047 mate. The players are supposed to work for the club not the other way round and a reintroduction of that mentality is essential for us to be great again.
How much were Jack and Theo on a week with us? And gave us what exactly in return for those astronomical wages?
Pleased to see average players no longer calling the Arsenal tune.

{Ed047's Note - those are days that I think Arteta will put well and truly behind us, he appears of the mindset that you have to completely take on what he wants or cheerio.

I’m 100% behind that.


7.) 24 Jan 2020 11:04:34
Me too mate, Artetta is more important to Arsenal than any player is even Martinelli if it ever came to it, he's my new favourite player and hopefully he won't turn out to be that sort of bloke but if he ever did Arteta would get my vote.


 

 

23 Jan 2020 06:30:15
It will be interesting to see Arteta's team selection on Monday. :
Martinez
Bellerin Holding Sokratis Saka
Guendouzi Xhaka
Pepe Ceballos Martinelli
Lacazette

At RB, Bellerin May benefit match fitness-wise from playing, or AMN could come in. At CB Sokratis should return after illness, although I can see Mustafi playing to try and restore his confidence. I believe Torreira may be rested. After taking Ozil off v Chelsea, he may start this match and Bournemouth could be opponents made for him. I would like to see someone come in for Saka at LB, but who? Perhaps play one of our RB's on the left?

911C4

1.) 23 Jan 2020 11:29:20
Id play a lb from the u23s see what they have. Maybe Medley, he could come in make statement and return Saka to the LW. Although he has done brilliantly that is down to the freedom to go forward.

Watch Granit Xhaka when we are in possession, when attacking down the left side he drops into LB to allow Saka to bomb forward. This is the same when Kolasinac plays.


2.) 24 Jan 2020 19:23:27
JG, just before reading your comment I was thinking about xhaka's new role and how he drops back to receive the ball and not hide in the middle of the park.


 

 

22 Jan 2020 14:39:41
It's interesting that the fans, including me, and players adore Arteta, yet he has made the worst start to his Arsenal management career than any other Arsenal manager!

911C4

1.) 22 Jan 2020 16:39:29
Just shows you the dire situation we fell into, we were honestly going to be battling relegation a few weeks ago, there was no connection between the fans and players and badge in any sense, we had no will or fight, and whilst our position is still not great and we’ve dropped points we shouldn’t have maybe we needed to hit the lows we did to truly reconnect with the team we all love, and we have a manager who is fresh, passionate and most of all demanding, it no longer looks like the players have an easy ride and we’re getting the reaction MA deserves for what he’s doing on the training ground. a very happy gooner here but a very long way to go.


2.) 22 Jan 2020 21:28:41
Performances are more important to me than results - Emery had a lucky start with poor performances. luck ran out and results = Performance levels

Mikel hasn’t really had a preseason or a window - not a level playing field while performances and attitude seem positive.


3.) 22 Jan 2020 21:54:36
Points per game aren't anything to write home about but when you set about a complete overhaul of something and introduce completely new concepts to a group that by its own admission isn't used to working hard work it takes time for everything to click into place 100%.
It must be brilliant for our players to suddenly be getting plaudits from fans pundits and neutrals for their effort and mentality they are showing after so many years of being slated for doing the opposite.


 

 

22 Jan 2020 07:16:35
Massively impressed with Arteta. Despite going down to 10 men early on, the formation, tactics and desire were evident. All the players were clearly behind Arteta and his vision. I felt sorry for Mustafi, who made a horrendous mistake, but actually played well. The most impressive thing for me was watching Bellerin who finally resembled a defender and had a final product offensively. Xhaka was awesome, showing the fans what managers see in him. He slotted in at CB and didn't put a foot wrong. Saka and Martinelli, two 18 year olds, worked tirelessly. Great to see such passion back at the club.

911C4

1.) 22 Jan 2020 08:25:30
This is an Arsenal we haven't seen for a very long time and no teenage gooners will have ever seen before.
Passion effort determination total unreserved commitment plus they are organised into a team that works for each other and the club and gives 100% of what they have to give win lose or draw.
Yes we really do have our Arsenal back this time and Adams Wrighty Dixon and Co must be thinking " that's what it was like with us". Brilliant to see again.


2.) 22 Jan 2020 10:57:53
Massively impressed with Arteta he's hardly won a match 😂🤣😂 the specialist in draws.


3.) 22 Jan 2020 12:31:25
Raver61- and Mourinho is doing such a wonderful job at the toot! This will be the first club that he won’t win a single trophy at! Remind us when you last won the league? The pain at The Lane just goes on. Early 60 years and waiting!


4.) 22 Jan 2020 12:42:52
Jose has been poor RG but we are having our worst season in many years and still guaranteed to finish above Arsenal again.


5.) 22 Jan 2020 14:03:24
Raver61 - so that’s success for the Toot! Remind us of the trophies toot have won during your lifetime? You have just had the most successful period in decades and yet you won nothing!


6.) 22 Jan 2020 14:28:18
Agree with original post but have I just tuned into 2014!?


7.) 22 Jan 2020 16:44:14
It's not success RG finishing above Arsenal, I still have every faith in jose once he clears out the deadwood and brings in his own players,


 

 

21 Jan 2020 22:09:33
Awesome performance after the first goal. Heroic performances from so many players: Bellerin, Xhaka, Saka, etc. A hard earned point won.

911C4

1.) 21 Jan 2020 22:19:18
That is a very different point to any we've seen from an Arsenal side in a very very long time.
10 men away to top 4 Chelsea, behind twice and instead of the usual Arsenal surrender we've all come to know and moan about for years and years we get guts effort commitment fight.
Impressed to say the least.


2.) 21 Jan 2020 22:23:02
It's all about positive waves

Well done lads.


3.) 21 Jan 2020 22:39:05
Awesome second half and I can’t say enough about that finish from Martinelli “take a bow”

1 down, away from home, 10 men, unlucky in last game, injuries, no PEA, youngsters - old Arsenal would have caved in for sure. New Arsenal fought and fought. Then went behind again in 10 to go. Old Arsenal would have folded - new Arsenal fought and fought. Score is irrelevant - performance was key and inspired. Well done boys - hard earned point and very well done Mikel.

{Ed047's Note - totally agree


4.) 21 Jan 2020 23:03:00
I see us as a fighter who is in his early 30s who has always had the potential but equally spent the last 15 years coasting just doing enough to get by but lacking the work ethic ambition determination and commitment needed to be the contender they could have been, out of nowhere a coach has emerged that has reignited the fire in our belly and has us working training fighting like never before.
Step forward Rocky BilArsenal :-)


5.) 21 Jan 2020 23:28:21
We had a rocky start and I’m Proud of our Rocky finish.


 

 

 

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24 Jan 2020 13:30:29
The danger of selling PEA is that he scores most of our goals. Lemar would be risky as he hasn’t made it at Atletico and perhaps he would struggle with the physicality of the PL, much as Pepe appears to be doing. I certainly wouldn’t sell him in this window unless we obtain a huge fee and spend it on bringing in a quality replacement, a creative midfield player and a much needed CB.
I am concerned that we will cash in on PEA now to bring in a CB and Lemar. So, reading between the lines, get £60m for PEA and sign Lemar and the Ukrainian CB. I suppose a forward line of Lemar, Lacazette and Pepe, with Martinelli and Nketiah maturing, wouldn’t be too bad.

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24 Jan 2020 08:24:13
Agreed Glen. Although we have big problems up top with contracts running down.
Our CB issues need addressing, as realistically next season we will have Luiz, Holding and Saliba.
Chambers will miss a section of next season as he recovers from injury and for me he isn’t good enough. Sokratis should be sold as he will have a year to go and I wouldn’t extend his deal.
Mustafi has to be sold. Mavrapanos has been sent away on loan, will he mature into a quality CB? Medley hasn’t impressed to date, but is still young.

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17 Jan 2020 01:23:16
Kurwaza can play further forward, which may appeal once both existing LB’s are fit. Alternatively perhaps long term Arteta may decide to go 4-3-3 and he could be on the left of the midfield 3 or he doesn’t rate one of the two other LB’s and will sell one in the summer.

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04 Jan 2020 12:22:06
I agree with Ed that the senior management at the club is poor. However, I am hopeful that Arteta can impose his demands upon them.
I believe there is a delicate balance between playing experienced players and promising youngsters. This was clearly shown v Man U when we started with an experienced line up. The young players are excellent, but perhaps we should only start with a couple of them at a time.

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31 Dec 2019 06:35:55
Sensible buys, not panic buys are needed, difficult in the January window. What we have is simply not good enough or too young and inexperienced.

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24 Jan 2020 13:23:16
I would imagine that paying for the new stadium had a huge effect on finances. In addition post the Dein/ Fiszman era, Gazidis and Wenger didn’t run the club well from a financial aspect. Failure to extend contracts, whilst giving other, often inept players, long term costly deals. As an example Ramsey left for nothing, whilst Ozil pocketed £350,000 per week. There are many similar examples at the club. In recent seasons we have spent quite heavily on purchases and wages, but sales have been relatively poor.

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24 Jan 2020 08:16:52
Oooos, should have been linked to the Ceballos comments!

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24 Jan 2020 08:11:46
Apart from the Burnley match, he hasn’t done much, obviously he has been injured for much of the time. Clearly Arteta doesn’t appear to rate him, I would like to see him play on Monday, but can’t see it.

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22 Jan 2020 14:03:24
Raver61 - so that’s success for the Toot! Remind us of the trophies toot have won during your lifetime? You have just had the most successful period in decades and yet you won nothing!

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22 Jan 2020 12:31:25
Raver61- and Mourinho is doing such a wonderful job at the toot! This will be the first club that he won’t win a single trophy at! Remind us when you last won the league? The pain at The Lane just goes on. Early 60 years and waiting!

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