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19 Oct 2020 00:09:17
Hi eds,

any truth behind the rumours that we might activate Szoboszlai's release clause in January? thanks.

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - Dominik Szoboszlai (LM/CM) has been the first choice Sergej Milinkovic-Savic replacement for Lazio since the summer of 2019. Lazio have a declared interest and at the right price RBS could take the money - but only if Milinkovic-Savic departs. Milan have spoken with his agent (when it was likely Ralf Rangnick would take over) - but RBS were not happy with Milan. Milan has serious financial issues and the club may not now be as keen as the planned new coach and would look to include players in any deal. Inter have spoken with RBS. Napoli are interested as a long-term replacement for Allan. Juventus interest dates back before Sarri took over as coach and Arsenal interest was from a scout the club fired and a previous coach - their position will be driven by what happens with Ceballos. Chelsea were interested when he was younger and at Liefering but could not offer him regular game time now - the scout who was keen on him remains keen though. PSG see him as a far cheaper option to their other midfield targets. The likes of Atletico, Dortmund and Fiorentina have scouted him but it has gone no further just yet. Salzburg have no desire to sell and it is another player that might stay within the family and move to RBL.

There is no "release clause" that is of any relevance to Arsenal.}


1.) 19 Oct 2020 10:39:56
Ah okay thanks for clearing that up Ed, I read online that he had a £20m release clause.

{Ed002's Note - There is no relevance to any RC.}


2.) 28 Oct 2020 12:29:15
Conley: (I believe that) German release clauses can only be activated by german clubs. for us it is essentially irrelevant.


 

 

05 Oct 2020 10:12:15
Hi Eds,

Is there any truth in Porto moving for Atletico's Herrera once they have sold Telles to utd? Paving the way for Atletico to confirm Torreira on loan? And as well, any truth in Guendouzi to Hertha Berlin on loan? Thanks.

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - (a) Herrera's agent says there has been interest but for now he "remains an Atletico player" - but he is a player they want moved on and I expect him to leave. (b) Atletico need space in the squad and hope to move players on today - including Lemar. So even if Herrera stays there may be space if others leave - Partey or Llorente for example. I would expect something will be done with Torreira. (c) My understanding is that the loan for Guendouzi is agreed save for the paperwork.}


1.) 05 Oct 2020 10:33:16
Thanks ed. Any info on the loan fee for guendouzi and if it has an option to buy?

{Ed002's Note - No, it won't be known until the information is submitted to the TMS.}


2.) 05 Oct 2020 10:42:29
If guendouzi and torreira go us that now leaving us short in an area where we wanted to strengthen.


3.) 05 Oct 2020 11:46:08
I'm still clinging onto hope of signing Aouar. I know Aluas already came out and said he won't be sold, but he also said that about Depay (who is apparently very likely to join Barcelona today) and they already signed a like-for-like replacement in Paqueta. I think it is just a matter of us having to ship off some non-homegrown players to make space in our squad, and also get some players off the wage bill (via loaning them out) .

Let's pray!


4.) 05 Oct 2020 11:58:54
Disappointing, but not at all surprising, that Guendouzi could not be sold and be done with him while his stock is where it’s at right now because I believe he will only continue to be exposed as average the more time goes by and I think we could be lucky to get 4 or 5M next year.


5.) 05 Oct 2020 13:20:33
I'm happy with what we done so far but feel if we don't get a midfielder in we are going to be very very short would of loved partey or aouar but it's looking unlikely see what happens coyg.


 

 

25 Sep 2020 12:19:38
Hi Eds,

is there any truth in the following outgoing rumours:

Mustafi to Lazio
Chambers to West Ham or Fulham
Kolasinac to West Ham or Leverkusen

thanks.

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - yes, unclear, BL remain keen}


 

 

27 Jul 2020 10:25:13
Hi Eds,

Do you know if we have any interest in players from teams that were just relegated? There are definitely some players that would add great squad depth and I'm guessing they will be available for cheap, perhaps even cheaper than usual due to C.V. situation.

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - Not that I am aware.}


1.) 27 Jul 2020 12:28:07
I would be gobsmacked if we aren't seriously looking at Buendia. Exactly the kind of signing we need and probably affordable.


 

 

24 Jul 2020 12:29:08
Hi eds,

any update on possible outgoings? I see you say we aren't currently looking to add any defenders as we are stocked up in that area but surely we will be looking to sell some of the weaker players? And as well any update on selling players who have been out on loan this season like Mhki and Elneny?

Cheers.

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - Hector Bellerin (RB) Sevilla are looking for support and eventual replacement of the aging Jesus Navas and Bellerin is their first choice. Arsenal will likely want to hang on to him for a year because of money.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (RB/RM/DM) Arsenal took up their option on Cedric Soares - so a kick in the gonads for the kid and he may have to think about other options such as Brighton. The complexity is that he wants to play CM but the club do not see him as good enough to play there.
Sead Kolasinac (LB) Schalke provide an option.
Kieran Tierney (LB) Arsenal will look to hold on to the player but Leicester could look to him if they lose Chilwell - which seems unlikely.
Shkodran Mustafi (CB) could well be available.
David Luiz (CB) not convinced it is going in the right direction at Arsenal has expressed his desire to join Benfica this summer - but an extension probably ends that opportunity.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos. (CB) With Saliba and Mari people need to make way and Sven Mislintat will look to pick up a few bargains for Stuttgart as he know the issues Arsenal have financially.
Konstantinos Mavropanos (CB) wants a chance at Arsenal but may have to look to Stuttgart or elsewhere in Germany as Arsenal has a bundle of CBs already.
Granit Xhaka (DM) there was a tentative agreement for a move to Hertha Berlin, who are looking at a complete rebuild. Lucas Torreira will need to step up if it happens but right now nothing is happening.
Mohamed Elneny (DM) Milan are trying to reach agreement for a summer move and have asked if it will be possible for a January release from Besiktas - but they had an option to buy and did not want any disruption at all as they were doing well. Option not taken up and Arsenal would not negotiate the price - now stuck as Olympiakos and Kasimpasa will not match the price. An own goal at the moment.
Matteo Guendouzi (DM/CM) the player has made it clear he wants to be playing at a higher level of football than Arsenal can aspire to and his agent has been hawking him around Italy, Spain and France for a while. I imagine Arsenal will be open to offers as they are for their other DM players and may be an exchange for Lemar, Partey, Coutinho or Ceballos might be an option.
Lucas Torreira (DM/CM) told the club he wants to leave and his agent has been working on trying to find interest in Italy. Nothing so far.
Dani Ceballos (CM) agent is investigating other options as the player is edging away from signing for Arsenal who would like to keep him. 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 like Real Betis. Else he needs to look to stay at Arsenal on loan perhaps as money is a major issue.}
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (AM) Arsenal will sell to Roma but value him at three times the rejected €10M offer. Mino is looking to leverage Arsenal's financial issues and expect the next Roma offer to be only slightly improved.
Mesut Özil (AM) if a deal can be found - which will be tough - if he stays then there will be a significant impact on transfer plans and he will leave for zip in 2021.
Bukayo Saka (LW) Bayern Munich were keen to take the kid from Arsenal so Arsenal signed him to a new contract and he will stay for now.
Folarin Balogun (S) wants out and wants to be playing.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyangadingdong (S/LW) wants a new start elsewhere but Arsenal have spoken to him and he says he will consider a new contract - but it is unlikely agreement will be reached over terms and there is nothing on the table that I am aware of. PSG may offer him a way out as a Cavani replacement but they are well stocked and game time would be limited. Napoli retain an interest in Aubameyangadingdong as a preferred option to replace MIlik - Barcelona could look to an offer but money and priorities are against it.
Alexandre Lacazette (S) wanted a new start elsewhere but seemed to have settled before the season was halted. Atletico Madrid are keen but he is very much a Plan B for them.


1.) 24 Jul 2020 17:04:07
Thanks ed!

Man if we could offload Luiz, Kolasinac, Sokratis and Mhki that would save a load in wages alone. And a possible swap involving Guendouzi and someone like Partey would be incredible.

I'll wake up from my dream now hahaha.


2.) 24 Jul 2020 17:21:32
That's basically the whole roster hahahahaaha.


3.) 25 Jul 2020 00:44:19
Ed, do You know if Arsenal consider Bellerin our long term RB?

And also, Tieney is showing amazing promise, can play in a few positions and Is young, hard working, not to mention a growing fan favourite. Surely we’re not open to selling him.

I’m interested to see what will happen with Holding and Chambers next season.

{Ed002's Note - Bellerin wants out but I suspect he will stay another season - he is not seen as the long-term solution and Arsenal will at some point need to resolve the issue with ANM also looking for an exit and scraping the barrel Cedric Soares (RB) not being the answer. I expect Holding will get regular game time and hope he stays injury free. Chambers will offer options or next season.}


 

 

 

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13 Nov 2020 11:37:47
Anyone see Dominik Szoboszlai's goal for Hungary last night? I can't help but feel he would be the perfect attacking midfielder for us. Can drive from midfield and can score goals from outside of the box. Play him in no. 10, move Auba centrally and relieve him of dropping between the lines to help build-up play (what Lacazette supposedly does) . I can dream!

Colney Bandit

1.) 13 Nov 2020 14:07:54
Bassed on 30 seconds.


2.) 13 Nov 2020 15:51:11
No - his ability to carry the ball forward and score from long range long precedes his game yesterday. He has a touch of KDB about him, and I think whatever club signs him this Jan/ next summer will have a real player on their hands.


 

 

11 Nov 2020 12:30:13
What would everyone's ideal front 3 be against Leeds? I would honestly go with (left to right) :

Saka - Auba - Pepe

Or possibly Nelson instead of Saka, with Saka playing in a 3-man midfield

This might sound a bit ridiculous but in the long run I don't mind losing games like the one on Sunday if it means Arteta learns from his failures. In this case, if he stops starting Lacazette and Willian in the league, as they are clearly not good enough, and starts playing Auba centrally, then at least there is a positive to take from the loss. I just hope MA doesn't have the same stubbornness that Wenger had, who would continue to start players performing poorly and refuse to play players who performed in cup matches just to prove a point.

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1.) 11 Nov 2020 14:43:15
I'd like to see Willock as attacking mid behind the striker to hopefully give us some creativity. As for front three I'd be fine with either Saka-Auba-Nelson or Auba-Laca-Saka. I personally haven't been too impressed with Willian and Pepe. Although I appreciate a lot of things Lacazette does I agree his form in front of goal is starting to look pretty dire.


2.) 11 Nov 2020 14:54:36
Martinelli instead of saka.


3.) 11 Nov 2020 19:36:51
Ideal starting front 3 would be
Auba martinelli
Ozil

But as it stands

Pepe Auba Martinelli.


4.) 11 Nov 2020 19:53:19
I really think with Partey and Elneny we could get easily away with a front 4

PEA
Martinelli Ozil. Willian

Really do t like Pepe and want Willian to get a run before we dump him.

Could see Martinelli and PEA interchanging.


5.) 11 Nov 2020 20:56:17
Ozil will never play for the Arsenal again

Martinelli is a beast.


6.) 11 Nov 2020 21:51:27
Agree Mark Mesut won't be allowed to play again regardless of whether we agree or disagree with it, Martinelli has to be the obvious choice as he already very capable and is by a country mile the most promising young player we have.


 

 

27 Oct 2020 17:31:04
After his performance against Leicester where does everyone stand on Lacazette? I would've bet my house on all of Auba, Martinelli, and Nketiah (who personally for me will never make it at Arsenal) to finish the chance that Tierney handed him on a plate.

Personally I'd be happy to ship him out - his build-up play has gotten worse, he commits unnecessary fouls and he has lost all sense of ruthlessness that a number 9 needs.

I'm sure we could get 20-25m or so for him in January. Maybe Lyon would be interested in bringing him back should Depay leave to Barca.

Colney Bandit

{Ed047's Note - we should have flogged him in the summer to help buy Aouar, he’s absolute pants and I’m sick of watching him winge, moan and fall over whilst contributing nothing.

Auba down the middle and whoever else down the wings.

Also agree on Nketiah.


1.) 27 Oct 2020 18:28:24
Agree - personally I'd sell laca and nketiah and invest that money in Zaha, move Auba back to ST with Martinelli and Balogun as back-ups.

Obviously we need a create midfielder more than anything atm but in terms of reshuffling our forward options I would do the above.

{Ed047's Note - I would have spent the money on Aouar as the creative player.

Sorry but not a fan of Zaha, highlight reel player for me and we don’t need that.


2.) 27 Oct 2020 19:12:15
Sorry guys have to disagree on Nketiah, he will score a lot of goals for us and for England, you can tell me I was right in a couple of years.

{Ed047's Note - well it will be a first! 😉🤣


3.) 27 Oct 2020 19:15:00
Laca in the past = crap but offered glimpses that he might one day adapt and improve.
Laca now = even more crap and shows no glimpses that this will ever change.

Would swap him for Giroud in a heartbeat.

{Ed047's Note - with you mate he’s been dire and just getting worse.


4.) 27 Oct 2020 21:02:05
Agree on Nketiah too. Don't think he is god enough for arsenal. balogun looks promising though. From the little I have seen of him, he looks promising.


5.) 28 Oct 2020 00:05:42
Fair enough ed RE Zaha, however he's been on fire so far this season and wouldn't need any time to settle in to the league! Also he has the directness that our midfield/ attack lacks, only Pepe is really somewhat comparable for beating players.

And for those disagreeing with my original point on Nketiah, don't get me wrong I think he could be a good servant for the club as a squad player but I don't think he possesses the quality or elite mentality to lead the line for a team that should be challenging for top four, and I personally don't see him growing any more as a player. Martinelli on the other hand, I can't wait till he is match fit again. And I hope we give Balogun a chance as I fear he could do a Gnabry if we let him go.

{Ed047's Note - I guess compared to Pepe he’s a huge improvement CB and he has had a good start.

He’s just never done it consistently enough for me though. Definitely want to make sure Balogun stays.


6.) 28 Oct 2020 10:05:36
Happy with - Saka. PEA. Willian or Martinelli. PEA. Willian

Happy with 4 4 2 with Martinelli and PEA up front.

Be tempted to try - 4 4 2 with Pepe and PEA as think Pepe can only be better thru middle

I’d keep Eddie but never play him in middle over PEA.


7.) 28 Oct 2020 13:38:40
My concern with 4-4-2 is you get overran in the middle of the park - you are either forced to sit deep and counter or you effectively play 4 CMs, but this requires the team to have nailed the transition phase and full backs need to get forward at the right time in order to add width. It is something I found Barcelona to do effectively when Valverde first took charge of them though and it would be interesting to see a team try something similar in the premier league.


8.) 29 Oct 2020 07:31:30
I’ve moved on to my favoured set up - 4 2 3 1

Play Tierney in natural position.
Two natural wingers - Saka and Willian
Creative person in middle - ESR
Play to PEAs strengths - up front with a licence to move like TH14. Sometimes left side and sometimes centre but not rigid like Arteta plays
Also pulls Laca out as he’s not a Giroud, DB10 or an Ian Wright
Play Saliba and Gabriel in middle of a back 4 and partner Partey with a mobile AMN. Both of these can defend, tackle and move the ball forward quickly.

Although - remember Pires Paddy Petit and Freddie - not sure we were ever over powered or played with 3 CMs. You need decent wingers. Not a 4 of Granit, Elneny, Partey and AMN.


9.) 29 Oct 2020 15:09:05
P P P and F came up with goals SY, we haven’t got that in our current set up.


 

 

19 Oct 2020 10:46:11
I know this is a wild idea and highly unlikely to materialise, but what would people think about bringing back Wilshere on a short-term deal? IMO he's the exact type of creative midfield player we need. Watching the city game was extremely frustrating because whenever we won the ball back in midfield it always some how (and for some reason) ended up back at Leno's feet and we were being pressed to no end. I get that this was maybe Arteta's secret plan to draw city players forward and we may have managed to conjure up a chance if we could beat the press but it was awful to watch especially in the first half where we only really created one chance (Saka) . Jack has the ability to actually drive the ball forward whether it be via dribbling or risking forward passes. I'd be curious to see what people think, he knows and loves the club and I think it'd be worth a punt because we are still clearly lacking creativity in midfield with Ozil being frozen out.

Colney Bandit

1.) 19 Oct 2020 12:14:41
Jack has had his chance with us unfortunately and would only sit on the bench or be injured, if he was half the player that his early career promised he would still be with us and West Ham would have definitely not released him.


2.) 19 Oct 2020 18:11:24
I'd much rather bring back Denis Bergkamp, far greater abilty and even given his age would still be able time play more minutes over a season than Jack.
I don't think Jack has an English premier league future but he might be able to make both a living and impact in a slower paced less physically demanding league.
When Jack was on loan at Bournemouth and he was allowed to operate 15 yards either side of the half way line at walking pace he managed to stay available for 3 or 4 unbroken months but that sort of cotton wool treatment is unlikely to offered by anyone else in the premier league.


3.) 19 Oct 2020 20:39:24
I can understand why we would look at it but that’s more Hollywood story ending than real life. He’s not got a good enough record to get enough games under his belt to make an impact. I’d rather we used our existing talent and see what needs to be added in jan or summer. Until Mikel works out you can’t drive with the handbrake on, it’s pointless anyway. We have enough talent in the club to play this role. Without adding Jack.


4.) 19 Oct 2020 21:18:33
I've no idea how much truth there is in it but I read Arteta has told Mesut to force his way back in the squad. Because of the politics it sounds unlikely to be true but maybe just maybe someone at the club has accepted he's not going anywhere so we might as well let him play.


5.) 19 Oct 2020 23:53:32
Hope we 62 as we need that spark. With Partey - we could afford a much needed creative luxury plus PEA playing central not LW

Hope all good + how’s the job?


6.) 20 Oct 2020 08:25:52
Hi SY mate, the job is brilliant thank you mate I absolutely love it :-) . I feel so so lucky to get it at any time but given the current employment situation across the country I feel even more lucky.
I'd love to see Mesut brought in from the cold mate, I just hope it's true.


 

 

03 Oct 2020 17:23:08
Hi Eds,

with deals for a new midfielder now seemingly off, can I ask why Ozil has been completely frozen out of the squad? Doesn't make sense in footballing terms because we lack SO much creativity in the final third - he's our only creative midfield player!

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - That would be because the coach is not dealing with the matter well. If Arsenal are unable to secure a new MF player then he will need to think again.}


1.) 03 Oct 2020 21:23:34
Out of interest how do you think it should be dealt with ed?

{Ed002's Note - The club should work with the agents and players to move them on and if not they need to be part of the squad going forward.}


 

 

 

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19 Oct 2020 10:39:56
Ah okay thanks for clearing that up Ed, I read online that he had a £20m release clause.

Colney Bandit

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05 Oct 2020 11:46:08
I'm still clinging onto hope of signing Aouar. I know Aluas already came out and said he won't be sold, but he also said that about Depay (who is apparently very likely to join Barcelona today) and they already signed a like-for-like replacement in Paqueta. I think it is just a matter of us having to ship off some non-homegrown players to make space in our squad, and also get some players off the wage bill (via loaning them out) .

Let's pray!

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05 Oct 2020 10:33:16
Thanks ed. Any info on the loan fee for guendouzi and if it has an option to buy?

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - No, it won't be known until the information is submitted to the TMS.}


 

 

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02 Oct 2020 10:29:05
Hi Eds,

Any update on other CB departures? I asked a few days ago about Mustafi to Lazio, Chambers to Fulham I have seen pop up again. Presuming Sokratis to Napoli is now dead - would make sense to keep him if we were to loan him out since he has literally zero market value.

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - Aside from Saliba I am not aware of any changes. Lazio have still not agreed a price with Arsenal.}


 

 

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25 Sep 2020 12:17:22
I think the issue is we need to either sell Torriera or loan him with obligation to buy in order to pursue Partey or Aouar. Atletico are supposedly trying to get him on a loan with option to buy because they don't have the money to buy this season unless they offload another player (I've heard they are looking to sell a different CM to Partey to fund the move) . They apparently also now believe that Partey would be willing to stay even if we were to trigger his release clause.

Surely Torreira would also rather join Atletico over Torino as they regularly get champions league football, and IMO he would fit into their midfield and style of play perfectly.

It will be interesting to see how this pans out - however it would've been nice to have a new CM before the Liverpool game as I think we will be completely overran in midfield now.

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13 Nov 2020 15:51:11
No - his ability to carry the ball forward and score from long range long precedes his game yesterday. He has a touch of KDB about him, and I think whatever club signs him this Jan/ next summer will have a real player on their hands.

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12 Nov 2020 12:16:43
He scored goals last year under MA pre-C.V. because we had Ozil in the team and we took more risks in the final third. He continued to score post-C.V. even after Ozil was dropped because we changed our set-up to play counter-attacking football and always looked to play him in behind on the left. However with the overly safe possession-based football we are playing this season our wide players simply don't get goalscoring opportunities created for them. You can't deny that 1) Auba would score more goals in this current set-up by playing centrally and 2) we would be a much better team simply without Lacazette playing as he offers absolutely nothing. Oh and Willian also offers nothing going forward.

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30 Oct 2020 00:56:11
For me, moving Auba centrally would add way more symmetry to our attack. When he plays on the left, we are most effective going forward with a left-sided bias as to get the ball to Auba. This usually means the right winger (e. g Pepe) never gets himself into goalscoring positions himself as he plays very wide to stretch opposition defence and isn't told to run in behind like Auba is, instead taking up a more supporting role. The central striker (e. g Laca) often plays with his back to goal most of the time, again to try and support build-up play to create chances for Auba. So moving him centrally would mean less of an asymmetrical attack with the focal point becoming more central.

But even if Auba were to play centrally I still don't think he would score that many goals because our chance creation is still so poor. MAs philosophy this season seems to be very safe build-up and relies on the opposition making mistakes in their defensive set-up to try and exploit. It's part of the reason we are better defensively as we are less prone to counter attacks by not committing men forward as much and being safer in possession, but there is absolutely no risk-taking going forward, and it nullifies counter-attacks, which is how Auba has scored so many goals for us - by running into lots of space behind.

The safe brand of football we have been playing is the brand of football we should play only when we are up by at least 2 goals or so. There is a serious lack of movement/ fluidity in the final third, and even when our forwards do find a pocket of space, our midfielders never risk the forward pass because MA has probably instructed them to prioritise possession. It is becoming very frustrating and I hope he addresses this issue somehow (however at least he has recognised it and admitted it needs to be worked on) .

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28 Oct 2020 13:38:40
My concern with 4-4-2 is you get overran in the middle of the park - you are either forced to sit deep and counter or you effectively play 4 CMs, but this requires the team to have nailed the transition phase and full backs need to get forward at the right time in order to add width. It is something I found Barcelona to do effectively when Valverde first took charge of them though and it would be interesting to see a team try something similar in the premier league.

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28 Oct 2020 00:05:42
Fair enough ed RE Zaha, however he's been on fire so far this season and wouldn't need any time to settle in to the league! Also he has the directness that our midfield/ attack lacks, only Pepe is really somewhat comparable for beating players.

And for those disagreeing with my original point on Nketiah, don't get me wrong I think he could be a good servant for the club as a squad player but I don't think he possesses the quality or elite mentality to lead the line for a team that should be challenging for top four, and I personally don't see him growing any more as a player. Martinelli on the other hand, I can't wait till he is match fit again. And I hope we give Balogun a chance as I fear he could do a Gnabry if we let him go.

Colney Bandit

{Ed047's Note - I guess compared to Pepe he’s a huge improvement CB and he has had a good start.

He’s just never done it consistently enough for me though. Definitely want to make sure Balogun stays.