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22 Jun 2019 19:10:42
Hello Eds,
Is Nkunku still a player that Arsenal are interested in or have they decided to move on from him?
Many thanks.

Glenn1308

{Ed002's Note - Sure - there remains interest - particularly as Arsenal are struggling to get the players they want.}


1.) 23 Jun 2019 00:36:27
Thanks Ed. When you say struggling to get the players they want, is that in regards to Praet and Szoboszlai? I don't think Nkunku would a step down personally and the asking price of around €18m isn't too bad.

{Ed002's Note - There are plenty of players.}


 

 

10 Jun 2019 13:23:38
Hello Eds,
Another name to enter the pile today from the papers. Dorukhan Toköz. Is he a player that Arsenal are looking to at?
Many thanks.

Glenn1308

{Ed002's Note - The only interest I know of is from Newcastle.}


1.) 10 Jun 2019 16:20:11
Thanks Ed.


 

 

01 Jun 2019 21:26:09
Hello Eds,
Thanks for the list earlier. Kabak from Stuggart is another name being linked that wasnt mentioned in your list of targets. Appreciate its all paper talk but is that a player that arsenal are monitoring? Many thanks.

Glenn1308

{Ed002's Note - It went when he moved in January.}


 

 

28 May 2019 16:07:33
Afternoon Eds,
Is Gianluigi Donnarumma a name that Arsenal are monitoring?
Many thanks.

Glenn1308

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal has not approached Milan with any sort of offer for Gianluigi Donnarumma (who they would want €75M for). French and English sides previously approached to consider the player did not see any value in the asking price.}


1.) 28 May 2019 17:06:15
Brilliant, thanks Ed.

{Ed002's Note - He will be offered for sale to a couple of sides still.}


2.) 29 May 2019 06:49:44
We have a reported £40m budget, plus sales. We are not going to spunk it on one player, when we need at least 3 players, more realistically 4 or 5 players.


3.) 29 May 2019 08:05:23
Exactly that, reported. Nobody knows. We spent £70m last summer and only sold Perez for £4m. It may end up being a similar figure to that with player sales on top? Although like Ed has said before, it doesn't really work like that. I reckon it could be an interesting window for Arsenal fans but we will just have to wait and see.


4.) 29 May 2019 13:38:14
Robbie G's reports are always well of the mark neway Glenn. I'm just praying for Lewis Dunk.

COYG.


 

 

18 May 2019 16:09:11
Good afternoon Eds,
Is Alexis Claude Maurice from Lorient a player who Arsenal are interested in?
Many thanks in advance.

Glenn1308

{Ed002's Note - An interesting question that I don't know the answer to. I can say that Alexis Claude-Maurice (AM) is a youngster from Lorient who has progressed well this season and attracted the attention of Norwich, Sion, Leeds and Lens, and probably others.}


1.) 18 May 2019 19:33:21
Thank you for that Ed002. Guendouzi has faired pretty well so will be interesting to see if this develops in to something.

{Ed002's Note - Right - I am not sure comparisons are appropriate.}


 

 

 

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25 Jun 2019 08:34:17
It's great to see us linked with such young and promising players. Zagadou, Saliba, Andersen etc, all that fit the bill to come straight in to our squad and improve our defence. But let's face it, we will probably end up with a 4ft 30 year old free transfer with no running left in his legs!
Jokes aside, I really hope we do pursue these options but they won't come cheap by any means.

Glenn1308

1.) 25 Jun 2019 09:02:09
Personally I don't mind us going young and I don't mind having to wait for us to be competitive again 6th 7th 8th would be fine by me as long as I can see progress rather than simlpy hear yet more excuses.
You can assemble the best 11 young players in the world including Mbappe but if they are not organised into an affective disiplinend unit they will always look rubbish.
What we need now more than anything is to start doing the right things on the training field and during matches regardless of what players we have or don't have because until we get that bit right nothing else stands any chance of working out well.


2.) 25 Jun 2019 09:37:13
If there is a vision and plan for the future we can accept it but as you said they need to well coached and organised.


3.) 25 Jun 2019 09:50:04
I totally agree mate and I do think that these are the sort of signings we need to make. However, in the current market the prices of these players are just crazily inflated and we simply do not have the funds. With all the positions we are looking to strengthen, we can't spend €25m on each of them so it will be interesting to see where we are at the start of the season. I'm optimistic but then again, I am before every season.


4.) 25 Jun 2019 10:07:03
The choices as I see it Moe are continue to tread water like always or try something different?
As things stand it's difficult to see right now how next season will be any better for us than how it's been in recent years
Is anyone really excited by the prospect of having to hope 2 of United Spurs and Chelsea have another poor season?
Personally I say be brave try doing something differently because only by trying different things can you possibly hope to have a different outcome.


5.) 25 Jun 2019 10:39:17
Absolutely Glen, like you say we don't have 250 million to 300 millions to spend on 10 or 12 £25 million players, we have 50 million plus what we can raise through sales.
We need to find the next Kante and Mahrez and forget all about the Mbappe Zaha and Maddisons for now that get people excited when mentioned but are never going to happen in the near future.
It makes sense to take a step back if necessary in order to move forward long term but not with the ridiculous better to win 5 3 than 1 0 philosophy that sounds exciting but in reality is has more holes in it than a golf course.
Get back to the basic principles of any successful team then expand and develope on that is the only possible way in my opinion because without good solid foundations anything and everything you build is destined to turn to rumble time and time again.


6.) 25 Jun 2019 11:09:51
Exactly mate. We know we are defensively frail so we need to sort that out. Going forward we can score goals, everybody knows that but we do lack a little bit of consistency in our final balls and decision making. Having genuine wingers on the pitch would automatically improve that so Nelson and a new signing would be a perfect starting point. We can't keep trying to provide width with Iwobi and Mkhi, it doesn't work. Iwobi isn't a winger and he wants to play central so that's a decision for the boss to make but I know what I would do. If we can concede less and play exciting football then i'll be happy because progress would have been made with younger players, not players that would need to be replaced after 12-18 months, i.e Peresic/ Banega.


7.) 25 Jun 2019 12:27:23
Totally Glen, if the average age of the most played 18 players was 24ish come next May and we created 20% more chances while conceding 35 to 50% fewer chances but finished 8th or even lower I'd be an extremely happy fan.
Progress can't always be measured in points goals or league positions because stats more often than not paint a false picture according to those who use thems agenda, on paper Oliver Giroud was a prolific goal scorer for us using stats but the reality is he actually only ever scored 13 or 14 premier league goals a season, Giroud best assets can't be easily measured by stats but only by watching him play and appreciating his overall team contribution.
The best way of measuring our progress in my opinion is on how few people who witnesesd it over a season actually dispute it.
If next May 85% plus of us think what they've seen over the season is much better than what we've seen from Arsenal for a while and feel positive about Arsenal's future then for me that will be indisputable real improvement.
For quite a few years now we Arsenal fans have been pretty much 50/ 50 positive or negative about our manager team and players when we have the vast majority positive about things again we will have turned the corner for sure.


8.) 25 Jun 2019 15:03:44
Yes mate I can't argue with that. Fans will always have their opinions and we're entitled too them but one thing we cannot deny collectively is that we are absolutely shocking at defending and this isn't something that we've only recently come across. It has been the weakest part of our game for many many years and for some reason we still can't get ourselves organised. Personally, I don't believe we have ever signed anyone good enough at the back other than Holding but he was always one for the future.


9.) 25 Jun 2019 16:31:58
Arsene was never keen on spending on defensive players, how many years were we without a top keeper before Cech arrived? It used to frustrate me no end that we would finish 3rd or 4th with a keeper who simply wouldn't get into another top 14 team at the time, especially in 2008 when we only dropped out of the title race in the last few games and the big difference between us Chelsea and United that season was they had keepers that saved them points while we had 3 keepers all of who repeatedly cost us points, but Arsene simply wouldn't address the situation and splash out on a top keeper or defenders after that.
Imagine if Klopp didn't see the value of spending big on a defender where would Liverpool be without that missing peace of their jigsaw.
Fergie broke the premier league treansfer record for Ferdinand from Leeds back when 30 million was an absolute fortune but he had the football intelligence to know what value he would bring to his team.
Ok we are can't break any spending records on defenders or any other players right now but we can wake up and finally smell the cappuccino and start respecting and appreciating how important the defensive side of football is again.
Lay the foundations then what you build on them has a real chance of standing the test of time not only over a season but who knows maybe 5 to 8 seasons or longer.


10.) 25 Jun 2019 20:01:06
Top post mate 👏🏻.


11.) 25 Jun 2019 21:07:54
I've enjoyed sharing opinions with you Glen mate and who knows maybe Emery or someone at Arsenal is reading and taking notice of us both :-)


12.) 25 Jun 2019 21:38:22
Likewise bud. You never know, we might even end up with a surprise job offer in the post 😂.


13.) 26 Jun 2019 08:23:50
Sounds good to me Glen mate and the nice thing about football is if even if we aren't any good and they let us go after a month you tend to get paid off big style, so a nice 3 year contract at 20k a week would be nice, if we started in July and are really bad we could be back posting on this page even before the new season starts:-)


14.) 26 Jun 2019 09:36:31
Very good point mate. Meet most of the players, get some background knowledge of the club and a tidy lump sum to sit on. Sounds like a good summer to me!


15.) 26 Jun 2019 09:48:11
And free tickets for life too :-)


 

 

21 Jun 2019 14:08:06
Afternoon Eds,
Antother day, another name! Armando Izzo. Is he of interest to Arsenal at all?
Many thanks.

Glenn1308

{Ed002's Note - Torino have said to an interested side he is not available - if someone were to offer well over the odds that could change. I am not aware of any approach to Torino by Arsenal.}


1.) 21 Jun 2019 15:42:58
Thanks Ed. Realistically I think we have a good chance with Saliba and/ or Andersen but i'm not going to get my hopes up just yet.


2.) 21 Jun 2019 18:59:15
Reports are suggesting his agent is in London, other reports say I love my job,


3.) 21 Jun 2019 19:09:38
All over Europe there are at least 50 new transfer rumours generated by all media sources every single day involving premier league clubs or players already in the premier league or those players who are allegedly wanting to come to the premier league.

50 a day, 350 a week, 1500 a month for 3 and half months, so around 5000 rumours each and every summer, but in reality if every premier league clubs signed or sold 10 players each that's only 200 players actually moving into or out of or within the premier meaning 4800 of the 5000 rumours generated will be totally without any foundation at all.

What's that 4% fact 96% total fabrication? Wow that's a lot of time wasted on spam to read through each and every summer when people could quite simply chill out and wait for the Eds or Ormstein to tell them when something is really happening :-)


4.) 23 Jun 2019 10:24:28
Mate, we are so desperate to add players and any link will make us the fans click and wish it’s true.
But the most annoying rumour that we are willing to make Xhaka captain so he won’t leave and we are unwilling to sell him. 🤬.


5.) 23 Jun 2019 11:47:49
We can only hope that the Xhaka rumour like almost all the others is nothing more than the journos using what they know will excite or upset to attract hits mate.
A Papa as captain story does little to raise pulses or emotions either way but run a story that Xhaka Mustafi iwobi or Chambes will be our captain next season and you instantly provoke outrage and outrage like excitement generates interest and lots and lots of hits.
If it ain't the Eds or Ormstein saying then it really isn't worth worrying about in my experience, Benzema Higguian and other silly nonsense have taught me some good lessons on who is or isn't worth listening to Moe mate.


 

 

19 Jun 2019 00:54:38
I saw a post about Bielik the other day so thought I would have a look at his season for Charlton. 34 apps, 4 goals and 2 assists which isn't bad a for CB in all fairness. 13 yellow cards which is an issue but can discipline can be worked on.

His style of play:
Likes to dribble.
Likes to play short passes.
Likes to tackle.

Strengths:
Tackling.
Blocking the ball.

Weaknesses:
Discipline

A young player with a lot of confidence and enthusiasm to play football. I suggest we really think about integrating him next season before he becomes the next player to leave the club for regular football elsewhere.

Glenn1308

1.) 19 Jun 2019 08:01:52
If he's ready play him if he isn't don't, a manager is paid to make these decisions and how good the menageris or isn't is usually determined by how many decisions he gets right or wrong, well it is at all other clubs, maybe that's something we could introduce at Arsenal:-)
Young old or in between, expensive free transfers or promotion through the ranks is totally irrelevant to me, all I know is next seasons performances should be and 100% have to be a huge improvement on last seasons or we should be looking for a new manager.
The Bielik decision is Emerys to mak as with all others decisions and Emery should stand or fall by whatever decisions he makes just like other managers at other clubs havd to.

{Ed047's Note - Bielik was MOTM in Charlton's play off final and in Poland’s U21 opener in the U21 European Championship against Belgium which they won 3-2 and he scored.


2.) 19 Jun 2019 09:10:41
I'm not against him being given his chance Ed047 mate, not at all but whoever Emery sends out in an Arsenal shirt next season be it be it Chaltons play off mom Bielik or Fulhams player of the season Chambers they need to deliver performances worthy of the club they represent and shirt they wear not simply repeat how the class of 2018/ 19 delivered.
Quite rightly it's Emery decision who he picks and how he plays but equally he has to take 100% responsibility for what they serve up.
I'd love to see a young Arsenal team that only concedes 30 odd goals next season and pushes for a top 4 spot whether achieved or not, that would be very exciting to watch and bode well for the future but I'm not going to be happy to see any Arsenal team young old or anything else concede another 50 plus goals next season and be told it's progress but not as we know it :-) .
Last season was Emerys foundation laying season and next season we need to see what's actually being built.

{Ed047's Note - I didn’t think you were gunner62, I was just adding to the fact he seems to be progressing well mate.


3.) 19 Jun 2019 10:27:00
He struggled in the play off semi against my home town team, especially when they conceded, they were lucky to get through it. I think he needs more time and if he were to step up he will need a real leader next to him.


4.) 19 Jun 2019 10:07:40
Absolutely Ed Mate and I'd be well for him being added to the first team squad if he's ready or going to Germany or another European league if he's not yet premier league ready.
I so agree with his decision to refuse to go back to playing under 23 football where no one progresses much after 18 or 19 and many many simply stagnate and drift out of the game completely when thier contract ends.
I'd have thought Nelson is worth a season in next seasons first team squad and see a lot more sense in him being on the bench than Miki who just isn't premier league suited in my opinion.

{Ed047's Note - That and Mkhitaryan is on £180,000 a week.


5.) 19 Jun 2019 11:32:35
He, along with the other youngsters have to be given a chance. No point playing one in isolation, as you will still get the errors but not the increased energy and workrate (and fearlessness) that youngsters bring. Play a group of them together, like having the 3 musketeers, and forgive the errors but let them play. How many of us would take all the current Ajax youngsters into our squad? For all we know we might already have the same, but your never find out if they are playing at Charlton, Leipzig etc etc. We have plenty of deadwood taking up our current first X1 squad such as Elneny, so cutting them to allow these youngsters to take their place shouldn't be an issue?


6.) 19 Jun 2019 20:12:06
Hasn’t he come out and say he wants to leave.


 

 

15 Jun 2019 18:56:25
Reiss Nelson's latest interview with sky sports:
"Arsenal is my main goal. After the Euros I'll look to go back to pre-season, do that very strong and hopefully play for the team I love".
If only entire squad had this mindset.

Glenn1308

1.) 15 Jun 2019 19:54:48
That's what we need Glen and I've always felt that a team of 7 or 8/ 10 abiilty players with that mentality will always beat a team of 9 or 10/ 10 individuals without that mentality.
What did the Galacticos of Beckham Zidane and Carlos ever achieve of note? On paper the current Liverpool team couldn't hold a candle to the individuals of those Galacticos but collectively they achieve what the Galacticos couldn't.


2.) 17 Jun 2019 11:22:08
"What did the Galacticos of Beckham Zidane and Carlos ever achieve of note? "

At Real Madrid Zidane won the Champions League and La Liga; Roberto Carlos won 3 Champions Leagues and 4 La Ligas; David Beckham 'only' won a La Liga (dunno what you consider to be 'of note' but that's still more league titles than Liverpool have won since the 1980s) .


 

 

14 Jun 2019 10:53:29
Thoughts on letting Laurent Koscielny go? Bild are reporting that he is a target for Dortmund who want an experienced CB. Usually they are quite reputable when it comes to transfer news. Let him go and raise funds for a replacement or keep him for his last year and as he may be crucial for league, FA and EL games?

Glenn1308

1.) 14 Jun 2019 11:03:14
Absolutely love him, best defender we've had since moving to the Emirates, but you watch him these days and he can barely run, and we can't rely on him to play more than once a week. The article mooted a £10m fee, I'd say take the money and replace with someone younger. Umtiti would be the dream, but Saliba sounds like a good investment (and moving Kos on might convince his replacement he'll get a fair amount of minutes at least while Holding is recovering) .

Tl;dr Sad to see a legend go, but it would be the right time to move him on.


2.) 14 Jun 2019 16:52:33
Fantastic player for us one the few post invincibles players that could have realistically challenged for a place in that invincibles team.
We are short of dosh and 10 million is a fantastic offer at his age so we'd be fools to refuse it, plus it would draw a line under letting players run down their contracts and leave for nothing showing a more business like Arsenal than for a very very long time.


3.) 15 Jun 2019 08:29:18
Let him go - decent CB but let’s be honest, he’s positional sense has never been great and there’s always been a mistake in him. His injuries are too big much now and we need to thank him to move him on. However, he’s no Sol, Martin, Kolo or Tony. Simply not in that league and probably why his still on less than 90K and he’s stayed with us.


4.) 15 Jun 2019 10:44:57
Wow SY you really don't rate Kos do you mate :-)
I think he's head and shoulders above any other player we've signed in the last decade and he's never once tried to hold the club to ransom despite interst from Bayern and others, but it's all about opinions and we shall have to differ on this occasion mate :-)


5.) 15 Jun 2019 13:07:50
I like him but not in the league of the names I mention. I’ve always stuck up for him when discussing him with people who’ve played at a high level but it’s true there is always a silly tackle, clearance, lapse in him that’s stopped him reaching that level. For us he’s been great while we’ve been competing at the level we have but I never heard Chelsea after him when they bought CBs or City. He’s a tier down and now both pace is dropping and injuries kicking in. Like I say - I thank him as he’s done well for us but when I rattle off that list of great CBs to play for us in the Wenger years - he wouldn’t be in my top 5 for sure.
Probably came across a bit direct above 😉.


6.) 15 Jun 2019 16:52:01
I think he'd have pushed Kolo for a place in the invincibles team myself and for me it would be a tricky call between Kolo and Kos, as for mistakes big Tony Keowen Sol all made a few along the way but they played in better teams with better partners better co defenders and better midfields who weren't shy of putting it a shift defensively while Kos at his best never had an excellent partner or co defenders or any real kind of defensive midfield support, so often he seemed to be trying ti cover all our weaknesses single handedly whicb was obviously impossible to achieve but he never moaned or stopped trying or jumped ship when on a personal level no one could have blamed him if he had.
Kos was a lot lot better than the Arsenal teams he played in.


7.) 15 Jun 2019 17:31:37
Point taken - May be I was a bit tough on him. He’s been a loyal and very good player. Who I’ve cheered on and always hoped he would be fit. Hope he gets a great contract and enjoys his last few years of the beautiful game. Thanks for your best years Kos.


8.) 15 Jun 2019 19:58:46
Cheers SY mate, if he has a resale value it's time to say thank you and wish the very best of luck to Kos now and hope when his playing days are finally over he's not a strange to the Emirates vip seats.


 

 

 

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23 Jun 2019 00:36:27
Thanks Ed. When you say struggling to get the players they want, is that in regards to Praet and Szoboszlai? I don't think Nkunku would a step down personally and the asking price of around €18m isn't too bad.

Glenn1308

{Ed002's Note - There are plenty of players.}


 

 

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22 Jun 2019 18:50:26
Couldn't agree more Ed. Arsenal being set to make an improved offer probably means 17m 😂.

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22 Jun 2019 16:47:04
He's talking about Tierney Ed047. Orstein has posted on the BBC saying that our 15m offer was rejected and that we're optimistic that a deal can be done.

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10 Jun 2019 16:20:11
Thanks Ed.

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01 Jun 2019 09:48:31
Hello Ed, seeing reports today about Nahitan Nandez, Exequiel Palacios and Emanuel Reynoso. I think these may be who Ja was referring too. Thank you in advance for the reply.

Glenn1308

{Ed002's Note - (a) I am not aware of interest but obviously Arsenal would have to pay well over the odds to guarantee a Work Permit. (b) Exequiel Palacios (CM) would be an interesting option but I am not aware of any approach from Arsenal to River Plate - who have been speaking to one Italian side about him recently. Previous Real Madrid interest has gone and an English side stepped back because they did not see the value at €20M and were concerned he would not be eligible for a Work Permit. (c) see (a).}


 

 

 

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26 Jun 2019 09:36:31
Very good point mate. Meet most of the players, get some background knowledge of the club and a tidy lump sum to sit on. Sounds like a good summer to me!

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25 Jun 2019 21:38:22
Likewise bud. You never know, we might even end up with a surprise job offer in the post 😂.

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25 Jun 2019 20:01:06
Top post mate 👏🏻.

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25 Jun 2019 15:03:44
Yes mate I can't argue with that. Fans will always have their opinions and we're entitled too them but one thing we cannot deny collectively is that we are absolutely shocking at defending and this isn't something that we've only recently come across. It has been the weakest part of our game for many many years and for some reason we still can't get ourselves organised. Personally, I don't believe we have ever signed anyone good enough at the back other than Holding but he was always one for the future.

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25 Jun 2019 11:09:51
Exactly mate. We know we are defensively frail so we need to sort that out. Going forward we can score goals, everybody knows that but we do lack a little bit of consistency in our final balls and decision making. Having genuine wingers on the pitch would automatically improve that so Nelson and a new signing would be a perfect starting point. We can't keep trying to provide width with Iwobi and Mkhi, it doesn't work. Iwobi isn't a winger and he wants to play central so that's a decision for the boss to make but I know what I would do. If we can concede less and play exciting football then i'll be happy because progress would have been made with younger players, not players that would need to be replaced after 12-18 months, i.e Peresic/ Banega.

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