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15 Aug 2020 03:20:38
Interesting news from ESPN today that Arsenal, led by Edu, are doing an internal investigation of the Pepe transfer. I think everyone was shocked by the amount - seems it wasn't just us fans.

Of course, the investigation might be more along the lines of "why did we sign Pepe when we could have signed a Joorabchian client" :' (.

wire

1.) 15 Aug 2020 10:28:39
So Edu is conducting an investigation into the role he and his fellow decision making team handled the Pepe transfer?
I've a feeling they will come out of it covered in roses somehow :-) .
Wow they must be short of stuff to do :-)


2.) 15 Aug 2020 12:43:29
Might be related to Raul leaving. Perhaps he took a cut under the table? Don't want to speculate but it does seem very drastic. Not that I'm shedding any tears, mind you.


3.) 15 Aug 2020 20:27:13
Or perhaps Raul was called back at Barcelona?


4.) 15 Aug 2020 22:45:42
Fair point that desi.


 

 

07 Aug 2020 01:23:05
Reports coming out that the Auba contract renewal set to be confirmed in the coming days. Willian announcement to follow.

Never felt so lukewarm about a big signing before. Sigh.

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{Ed0666's Note - it really does beggar belief to give Willian $400k a month when you could get a promising kiddie on a fraction of those wages who would probably do the same job. Eds 002’s insights into the financial running at you’re club are fascinating. That Edu seems like he’s doing an awful job. He makes Rick Parry look like Monchi.


1.) 07 Aug 2020 02:59:03
I think this is the main reason why so many of us Arsenal fans are so sick of Kroenke. It's not the lack of spending that's the problem, we
clearly do spend (and badly) . Clubs like Liverpool have shown that if you invest well then you can compete with the best.
It's the way he operates the club, no accountability, no transparency, no soul. We have a bunch of shysters running the club who only care about their own pockets. It's the work of an asset stripper, a mafioso, someone who doesn't care about what the Arsenal has come to represent over the past 30 years and what the fans love about football. Might sound harsh but I do not recognise the club I began supporting decades ago.

{Ed0666's Note - I feel you’re pain mate. Not trying to rub salt into the wounds but at least you had a modicum of accountability and dignity when Mr Wenger was running the show from top to bottom now it seems like you have the lunatics running the asylum. I honestly think you wouldn’t be in this horror show had wenger stayed in some capacity. The way he was hounded out of you’re club still leaves a bad taste in my mouth and Im a Liverpool fan.


2.) 07 Aug 2020 09:56:54
I have to agree - we used to be able to say we were a class act but this move feels rotten whichever way you approach it from.

It also staggers me that they couldn’t find a better spin than ‘it will free up money for transfers’. They could have simply said ‘we are re-structuring our scouting network’.

It doesn’t feel like we have the best minds from what are supposed to be commercially savvy business types as opposed to ‘football people’ in those roles. I think this is where we do miss someone like David Dein, Arsene Wenger, Tony Adams - just someone who cares about the club and how it is represented.

We have no Arsenal DNA. Bad, bad times.


3.) 07 Aug 2020 12:44:25
While I feel sorry for the 55 people, as I understand it our staffing was somewhat bloated so maybe this is sensible. Willian may well prove to be a master stroke. Yes his salary is high but not transfer fee and you have a proven winner in the Premiership. And keeping Auba was a necessity. I am not (and have never really been) a fan of Coutinho so I hope that doesn't happen. Also in all cases I don't want your emerging young players to be kept out. But for years now we have been told we have the best group of youngsters in the land but very few pan out so trying to get the right balance is imperative. For my money, I like where we are going and I believe Arteta is the perfect manager for Arsenal.


4.) 07 Aug 2020 15:11:43
Stats show that in less games Martinelli was far better than Willian. Not sure why we are going for him.

{Ed002's Note - Because of Kia.}


5.) 07 Aug 2020 20:22:24
Is that really what we are offering? 😮 Have we learnt nothing from ozil and sanchez.


6.) 07 Aug 2020 20:32:41
I hope kia doesn't have a load of one direction T shirts or 100s of boxes of old cycling shorts he's stuck with in his garage or our players are going to look really silly taking the field next season.


7.) 07 Aug 2020 19:42:56
@ED0666 - Was that sarcasm with the wages? Cause Willian was at 120K at Chelsea and rumours are of him signing a 100K deal with us.
For the experience it's a fair price. Agree that we should be looking young but - We already have Pepe/ Reiss/ Martinelli/ Saka and don't want to impede their chances maybe. Willian is just an experience backup is my hunch.

If this happens- Reiss might be loaned out in Jan-Feb maybe.

{Ed0666's Note - No Kasvan I wasn’t being sarcastic I’m being deadly serious. Willian was on 120k at Chelsea but they only offered him a year or two year extension you’ve given him 3 years so works out much more in the long term. I really think it’s an absurd transfer I really do as you could have got say an experienced 26 year old on similar wages who still would be in his prime in 3 years. I think what I’m trying to say he’s not worth the outlay especially given you’re financial circumstances.


 

 

08 Jan 2019 13:01:14
Weirdly widespread rumours appearing that we're in for Carrasco. Hope not, myself - way too inconsistent - but does seem the kind of thing that someone made up and the other papers just ran with. Personally don't see Pepe moving until the summer, so depends how desperate we are.

wire

1.) 08 Jan 2019 13:35:45
There must be a reason no one wanted him and he ended up playing in china.


2.) 08 Jan 2019 18:36:28
I’d rather Walcott.


3.) 08 Jan 2019 20:26:47
Very good player, who made a money decision and not a footballing one going to China. Top player for athletico scoring some important goals in big games. A lot of big teams were sniffing before he went to China, which was a strange decision and only he new why he did.


4.) 09 Jan 2019 00:17:58
The two clubs are owned by the same organisation Steve. My guess is it was a convenient way to both move on a player Simeone didn't like and transfer some assets to Atleti.


5.) 09 Jan 2019 09:21:19
I’ve watching him play few times and he was full of energy, personally I like him, and I think he could be a good buy. What the eds think of him?

{Ed001's Note - every time I saw him he was abysmal, looked utterly disinterested, though he clearly has a lovely touch and skill, he just has not got the application or intelligence to know how to use it.}


6.) 09 Jan 2019 19:01:28
When he went to China I was disappointed that we were unable to sign him, he looked pretty useful to me.


7.) 09 Jan 2019 19:17:38
It’s a funny thing because every time I saw him play he looked decent. You can get that sometimes.


8.) 09 Jan 2019 22:24:30
Axel Witsel came back from China and is a great Aaser for Dortmund. Why not Carrasco? He is a regular in the Belgias National team. I say go!


9.) 10 Jan 2019 14:50:16
Bring Walcott back he’s faster 🙄.


10.) 10 Jan 2019 20:28:42
Bring back Perry Groves - sure he would come back on a loan 👊.


 

 

14 May 2018 01:58:32
A few of my mates were at the match today and there was talk among the away fans that there is real opposition among the players of appointing Arteta, and some will actively push for a move if he is appointed.

No idea where this has come from and not sure how legitimate it is, albeit somewhat believable.

wire

1.) 14 May 2018 06:44:55
I wouldn't be surprised, it seems like a bit of a mental appointment to me. There must be something about him behind the scenes, that has got him such a good reputation with out any experience. But I think he would have real trouble commanding much respect and getting people to buy into his ideas if they didn't work quite quickly. But we're any of these fans close to any of the players to know their opinions?


2.) 14 May 2018 09:09:42
Arteta would be a big mistake in my opinion, he was part of the cosy club mentality we had here for too long and would be too pally and weak in my view with the existing players. He appeals to the board no doubt as he would be a cheap option and would not demand the transfer funds we need. If we were to go down the ex-player route I rather Vieria, at least he was a winner and woudl command more respect. We should really be after Allegri for me, a bit of Itaillian defensive disipline would do wonders. The board are still scared of spending though by the looks of it.


3.) 14 May 2018 11:58:17
BIG BIG BIG mistake on a loot of levels.


4.) 14 May 2018 13:30:09
None of my mates are connected with the players as far as I know eden. I agree with the general sentiment that he is a poor choice.


 

 

12 Jul 2017 05:17:02
Some news from down here in Australia that Wenger sees Martinez as next season's cup keeper, with Cech set to start in the league and CL. Martinez seems to be highly rated by the boss.

wire

1.) 12 Jul 2017 06:15:29
Which team is cech going to play in the CL for 😂.


2.) 12 Jul 2017 06:44:58
It makes sense although Ospina is still at the club and unless someone stumps up the transfer fee Arsenal require then he may remain at the club. If Ospina departs then Martinez moving up to second choice keeper makes sense as I belive he qualifies as 'homegorwn', with numerical pressure coming on the squad.


3.) 12 Jul 2017 10:38:33
ospins deserves to go and be number one. Martinez is worth a shot. good call for both players.


4.) 12 Jul 2017 16:24:53
I'm very unconvinced my Martinez to be honest. Seems just average to me. But again it's not like I've seen him a lot of times.


5.) 12 Jul 2017 18:16:13
Sano, man citeh probably, we are their feeder. Lol.


6.) 12 Jul 2017 19:40:07
Your prob right.


7.) 13 Jul 2017 01:57:26
LOL I guess I'm still in automatic mode about thinking we're in CL. Wenger really has spoiled us.


 

 

 

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24 Jul 2020 04:01:45
Let's say Norwich, Watford and Bournemouth are relegated. Put together the best possible XI you can from those sides.

Mine: Foster; Aarons, Godfrey, Ake, Rico; Doucoure, Capoue, Buendia; Deulofeu, Wilson, Brooks.
Honorable mentions for Ismaila Sarr, Todd Cantwell and Josh King. I'd probably take Deulofeu, Buendia, Doucoure or Brooks at Arsenal, good players.

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21 Jul 2020 05:57:34
If you all want a laugh, head over to the MU pages and read all about Greenwood being a future Ballon D'Or winner and why losing the FA cup semi was actually good because they could now focus on the league. As embarrassing as some of our Arsenal opinions are I don't think anything touches that.

wire

1.) 21 Jul 2020 08:54:16
I’ve already checked it out and I have to say our own ed certainly gave them what for.


2.) 21 Jul 2020 10:57:35
Yes, I thought you did an admirable job of pulling some heads out of arses ed047. To be fair it was only a handful of them but I was howling with laughter at the post detailing why their first XI was world class.

{Ed047's Note - it’s mental wire, there are some cracking lads on there with their heads screwed on but a few that just can’t help themselves no matter what.

The Greenwood for future Balon D’or winner killed me, he’s a cracking prospect but give the kid a chance. 🤦‍♂️🤣


3.) 21 Jul 2020 12:17:06
Got to get past Martinelli first 😉.

{Ed047's Note - and don’t forget Saka, Nelson, ESR and Willock, let alone Nketiah! 🤦‍♂️🤣


4.) 21 Jul 2020 16:20:23
Exactly! 😂 I want to see Trae Coyle get a shot soon. He's decent as well👀.


 

 

03 Jul 2020 01:16:42
Given the words our club have been putting out about wanting to keep our big names, I'm very interested in seeing who we end up selling. With so many promising young midfielders and strikers at Arsenal it is fast becoming important we sell and give them a chance.

Wondering what you all think but my guess is that the likely outs are:
Ozil
Sokratis
Kolasinac
Guendouzi
Mkhitaryan
Elneny

and possible outs are:
Chambers
Lacazette
Torreira
Balogun
Auba
Mustafi

The only replacement we are crying out for is someone with good positioning and quick tempo in the middle of the park, so our Partey hunt seems sensible. If we focus on selling, keep Auba, and restrict our incoming to one big name and a handful of youth, I will be very happy.

wire

1.) 03 Jul 2020 08:15:44
I'd be happy with that first list on outs, but I can't see Ozil leaving. Nobody is going to give him his wages.

I'm interested in seeing Kolasinac as one of three central defenders in a 3-4-3, when he first signed he played there and looked good, if we continue to play with that formation I'd like to give him a chance as a left sides center back for the time being.


2.) 03 Jul 2020 13:18:43
We might up in an Alexis situation, paying another club 100k a week to get Ozil off our hands.


 

 

11 Jan 2020 23:41:59
Have to love the irony of Palace fans crying "same old Arsenal, always cheating" when Zaha hits the deck every 5 minutes and their players saw 7-8 fouls go unpunished in a row. Pretty sure Ayew left one in on nearly every single member of the squad.

The contrast between our style of play now and under Emery is mind boggling. The only chances Palace really had were the wild deflection (probably a Luiz OG for me) and Papa's clearance off the line. Can anyone remember us looking this defensively solid in the last 12 years? Not me.

Regardless of what spot in the table we end up with, one thing you have to give Arteta is that he has seen and addressed our frailty at the back. I am impressed and excited for the first time in years.

wire

1.) 12 Jan 2020 04:24:18
There seems to be a better team spirit than I can recall for years too Wire.


2.) 12 Jan 2020 07:33:25
I’m pleased you brought up the unpunished Palace fouls. I was astonished that no players were booked in the first half, when they fouled persistently. There was one incident when a Palace player pushed an Arsenal player into another Arsenal player, ending up with the pair injured on the deck. I think one of them was Torreira, who went off injured at half time. I thought the ref was poor, he was only going to book Aubameyang for the terrible foul that was quite correctly was amended to a red. I agree fully that Arteta is a breath of fresh air. He understands the problems and I believe in time he will rectify them. One other point, yesterday was not a day to play Ozil, he tried, but a windy day on a small pitch against a physical team wasn’t for him.


3.) 12 Jan 2020 09:17:43
Top post Wire mate fully agree mate.
At last we have a coach who understands the value of being difficult to score past again and that is a really exciting prospect for us all, the players are obviously enjoying not going out expecting to get torn to shreds on the pitch and then again by pundits and fans after the game too, it's got to make going to work a much much more positive experience for the players when they no longer expect to be slated by everyone everywhere for thier collective performances week in week out.


 

 

26 Nov 2019 20:18:03
Based on the corporate structure at Arsenal,
1) how likely is the structure to change to a one that can attract good managers?
2) if it stays like this, who is realistically the best manager we can get?

Emery obviously needs to go soon, but the question is whether we go for a caretaker or a full blown replacement.

wire

1.) 26 Nov 2019 21:41:39
Caretaker gives us chance to change and reinvent ourselves in order to be more attractive to a long term replacement.
If we settle for all we can get right now we may well find ourselves in the same situation 2 years from now.


2.) 26 Nov 2019 22:27:58
A caretaker manager is just that and as a rule they are very temporary, you are asking for a miracle if you think we can reinvent ourselves that quickly.


3.) 26 Nov 2019 23:20:24
:-) Banbury.


 

 

 

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21 Sep 2020 23:29:23
Chelsea and Arsenal are swapping fans, Ed002. They get Arsenal Fan TV and Jeremy Corbyn, we get Justin Bieber, Jeremy Clarkson and 8m to be paid over 2 installments if they make 5 appearances for us.

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17 Sep 2020 11:31:45
He's Tifo Football's favourite, they recommend him for nearly every club. I reckon he's one that stats make appealing, but doing well defensively in a relegated club is not all that rare.

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13 Sep 2020 13:07:35
I agree, he may not need replacing with the number of players we have ready to step in. Loved his performance against Fulham though, really gutsy. "In the trenches" the pundits call it.

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10 Sep 2020 09:16:30
Never seen em before Ed001 mate. Might be another username from a previously booted poster.

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08 Sep 2020 10:35:58
I think the hold-up is most likely that we thought we'd be able to sell the likes of Sokratis, Kolasinac and Chambers by now.

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15 Sep 2020 02:26:36
Looks like the Dijon backup keeper Runarsson. 11 appearances for Dijon last season and a couple of caps for the Iceland squad. Interested to see if Macey challenges for the second spot though, he's been with us for ages now and I'm not sure he's even played yet.

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13 Sep 2020 13:11:26
I agree ed047 and I think the ACL might have had something to do with that. However what he didn't gain in terms of talent I thought he has made up for in the mental side. His performances against Chelsea last season both in the league to equalise and the FA cup final were both colossal despite not really being in form. Defenders age very well and he's just 25 so I'm optimistic.

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{Ed047's Note - me too wire and the injury definitely disrupted things added to Emery adding to our overall fragility.

So like you I’m hopeful we’ll still see the player he looked like being when he burst onto the scene.


 

 

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13 Sep 2020 06:21:45
Absolutely MKD.

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11 Sep 2020 10:34:08
I believe he is CEO now. According to Amy Lawrence, Venkatesham is mostly concerned with the business side and Edu as technical director would be the man in charge of everything football related, with Venkatesham only occasionally involved. The worry for me is that Edu and Fahmy are now in charge of negotiations for acquiring players, which neither have experience doing. Far from fixed, certainly, but also certainly another step in the right direction following Raul being sacked.

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11 Sep 2020 00:55:27
That pic is tragic Sally. Almost as bad as Cesc's mullet.

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