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List of reasons this is the craziest window ever
So far this window:
1) Liverpool broke the world record fee for a defender
2) Liverpool make the most profitable player sale in history (depending on what you believe Neymar cost)
3) Most valuable ever straight swap deal happens in history (potentially, definitely in the PL)
4) Barça sign a player in January for the first time in seven years, despite having the league tied up, and the player being cup-tied in the CL
5) Mega-rich Man City break their transfer record (twice if Mahrez goes through)
6) Mega-frugal Arsenal also break their transfer record, it’s now bigger than City’s and probably pushes their previous record signing out of the first XI
7) Southampton break their transfer record, nobody notices
8) Relegation-threatened Sunderland loan probably their best player to a mid-table PL side, for no fathomable reason
9) Spare Newcastle winger refreshingly turns down the Championship for foreign team, despite said team being in the relegation zone
10) Spare Liverpool striker turns down foreign teams (in CL) for six months at the bottom of the PL
11) Chelsea leave themselves trusting Arsenal for their word or risk having one striker for the rest of the year
12) PL teams loan out 66 (current count) players, with varying rationales (or lack of) including:
13) Leicester loaning back a £16m player to whence he came, despite everyone knowing everything they need to here, and there being no need for a loan
14) Swansea loaning out a player to the team in sixth in Spain, despite being in real danger and not signing anyone
15) Fulham turned down £18million for one of their players, despite the fact they’re in the Championship, him being 27, with one international appearance for Scotland and barely any prem experience
16) A Championship team were prepared to pay £30million+ for an international striker, which would be the record signing in Germany excluding Bayern, and the same in France excluding PSG/Monaco.
What a crazy month.
KC (don’t know how you get through 16 conclusions)
City have acted like a big club. That is all.
After reading Alex G, THFC’s ‘Football has become f*cking soulless’ mail, one could be forgiven for concluding city broke their transfer record to sign a replacement for Sane (LW), Mendy (LB) or Jesus(CF) on a six-week contract. Laporte is a CB, incapable of playing in any of the positions occupied by the aforementioned players. Jadon Sancho is a 17-year-old winger that has a grand total of 5 Bundesliga appearances for 6th placed Dortmund.
Using your logic, Spurs shouldn’t have broken their transfer record to land Sissoko or even Davison Sanchez because they have Josh Onomah and Cameron Carter-Vickers. They shouldn’t be spending £25m on Lucas Moura because they have N’koudou too.
I don’t believe the Laporte acquisition wasn’t done just to ensure they win the league (that looks pretty much wrapped up tbh) this season. What they’ve done is land their target (since 2016) to reinforce a department which many ‘specialists’ have identified as their Achilles’ heel while boosting their chances of winning the Champions League, a competition where their defense can actually be subjected to real pressure.
That’s what top clubs do.
For example, Barca are unbeaten in the league and are on course to win their third treble, it hasn’t stopped them from breaking their transfer record to add a target (that’s ineligible in the CL) to a squad that has at least seven world-class players.
City are as ambitious and are focused on long-term dominance, evidently.
Ola (CFC) Nigeria
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On Jadon Sancho and Kevin de Bruyne
I take your point about the ridiculousness of City spending big to secure cover for six weeks (and quite why we can’t make do with Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz for sic weeks when 15 points ahead in the league, I don’t know), but Jadon Sancho refused to sign professional terms, refusing to return from his home in London for training as his contract approached expiry. Despite his obvious talent, he was demanding first team football that the club simply weren’t prepared to guarantee to a 17 year old. Having watched some (but by no means all) of his appearances at youth level he always struck me as an incredibly gifted individual, but at the expense of his team mates who rarely saw him pass when he was in the box. Hardly surprising that that didn’t fly with Guardiola and there were few City fans who were sad to see him go given the acrimonious nature of his departure.
On a similar topic of having Foden and Diaz available as short-term cover, why is De Bruyne playing quite so many minutes at the moment? His level of effort and distance covered are much greater than your stereotypical midfield geniuses. Do City really need him for 90 minutes in the cups against the likes of Bristol City or Cardiff? Or at home to Watford when they are so far ahead in the league? We were lucky the injury he picked up against Palace wasn’t as bad as feared, and with Belgium playing in a Word Cup this summer I don’t see where he will get the recuperation he needs. I hope we aren’t witnessing him at his peak already.
Crooks will be livid
Have you seen Aubameyang’s hair? What if he, Pogba and Bakayoko play well?
Ryan, London (MUFC – obviously.)
…So, Aubameyang has signed for Arsenal for a reported £56M. I look forward to hearing Garth Crook’s opinion on his hairstyle
Chris (MUFC) (I prefer a mullet, business at the front, party at the back)
Why would Auba join Arsenal?
As much as I’m happy Auba has signed – what goes through players’ heads that makes them actually want to play for Arsene Wenger?
The number of players that aren’t hitting their full potential is now getting ridiculous and these guys actually want to be next in line hoping for them that things will be different?!
Wenger has to go and now or Auba’s just going to waste two years of his career and the likes of Iwobi will never reach his full potential.
No player epitomises modern day Arsenal more than Iwobi – there’s a player in there somewhere – he’s just forgotten who he is.
Graham Simons, Gooner, Norf London
Looking for sunlight
In summary, six months ago we were faced with four contract rebels.
£40m for the Ox.
Mkhi for Sanchez.
I’m sure Jack will too.
And Aubameyang in for £56m.
So Auba and Mkhi plus a transfer expense of £16m for Ox and Sanchez.
When wages are factored in, we’ll get that £16m and more back over the course of their contracts. Ox/Sanchez were offered far more than Auba/Mkhi accepted.
Whilst we’ve been poor on the pitch, I can’t argue with the outcome of these four players.
Naz, Gooner (we have to find something positive)
Arsenal are still winning stuff, you know…
The irony of it all is that it appears that the worse Arsenal get, the more successful they are. Many would agree that the last few years have been the worst of Wenger’s tenure, but in that time Arsenal have won three FA Cups, a couple community shields, and it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see them win the Europa League and the League Cup this season. (Note: This isn’t a comparison to all of Wenger’s tenure, but of the post-emirates/banter era)
I appreciate these aren’t exactly premium competitions, but the reality is that we don’t have a chance in hell of winning the Champions or the Premier League. In the same way that Tottenham and Liverpool don’t. Whether you like it or not (Leicester’s miracle aside), money wins you the league and when Chelsea, Man Utd and Man City are spending 100s of millions of pounds to build their squads it’s going to be difficult for the ‘bottom 3 of the top 6’™ to compete.
This isn’t meant to be a defence of Arsene, but rather just a way of pointing out the crazy ball of contradictions that is Arsenal Football Club.
Wenger and Bould out
No, we don’t need to buy more defenders. We need to sack Steve Bould and/or Arsene Wenger and hire somebody who can fix this tiresome, broken system.
Arsenal have Laurent Koscielny, arguably one of the best defenders in the League. Shkodran Mustafi, a very good player who has won the World Cup. Hector Bellerin, a pacy and very promising young right back with bags of talent and Nacho Monreal/Sead Kolasinac on the left. Between them they have conceded 34 goals.
West Brom are bottom of the League and have conceded 31. We could build a brick wall from one touchline to the other and we’d still find a way to concede stupid goals.
These issues have been going on for close to a decade. Arsenal are finished until the manager and his ridiculous, pointless assistant are sacked.
Wenger knows nowt about defenders
Looking at this list, of every defender Arsene Wenger has signed whilst “managing” Arsenal, it would seem to me that perhaps, he doesn’t have a f*ckin Scooby of what he’s doing when signing defenders.
I would think you could suggest Lauren, Campbell, Toure, Clichy, Koscielny and Per Mertesacker as true success stories, maybe 3 or 4 others as “average” but the vast majority as utter gash?
Giovanni van Bronckhorst
Still, Arsene knows best right?
Arsenal fans will moan despite signing an elite level striker for £60m+.
Newcastle fans are happy that we’ve got Leicester’s 4th choice striker on loan.
How the other half live.