Arsene out – ‘Jogi’ in? Mancs spend again, we don’t, yet…..

Firstly, before anyone even thinks that I am suggesting that Arsene Wenger be sacked, I’M NOT!!

What I have been thinking about is, come next summer our current boss has a dilemma. Does he sign a new contract or will he think he’s had enough and either move upstairs to the boardroom, or will he head off to new sunny shores? Maybe he’ll chance his luck in the MLS, seems the popular place to go 😉

What if chooses to leave? Over the last few seasons fans in the blog world have called for his head, suggesting he be replaced with one of Martin O’Neil, Bilic, Bould, Adams, Bergkamp to name just a few, but I’ve a different name to bring into the mix…

Joachim “Jogi” Löw – how many of us raved about the way Germany played? How many of us thought he used his substitutes at just the right time?

Funny enough, Jogi’s contract with Germany has expired according to Sky Sport, so maybe its time for the Arsenal Board to find out exactly what Wengers intentions are. If there is a hint of him leaving Arsenal, would it not be a good idea to go and head hunt this manager and secure his signature now, ready to take over when Wenger leaves???

Joachim “Jogi” Löw is clearly a believer in the style of football we currently and I reckon he could be the perfect replacement for our current boss. He’s an ex attacking midfield player from the German League who then went into club management following retirement. He managed clubs that don’t jump out at you but Germany didn’t take long to get him involved in their national set up, so he must have been pretty good in their eyes.

In fact Löw surprisingly became assistant coach of Germany under Jürgen Klinsmann on 1 August 2004. Klinsmann and Löw had known each other for years, having met at a coaching school – When Klinsmann was appointed as the German manager, the first thing he did was call up Löw to work by his side. Klinsmann saw Löw as a ‘talented tactician and wanted him to bring in his fresh ideas.

Klinsmann and Löw formed a formidable team and got Germany back to winning ways, they reached the semi-final of the Confederations Cup before losing to Brazil 3–2 in the best match of the tournament. Germany then defeated Portugal 3-1 in the third place match.

In 2006, Klinsmann stood down and Löw took over the managers position.

This last World Cup showed us what a good manager he is, could he cut it at a top club like ours? Would life be as easy without having the players he currently has at his disposal??

Under Jogi, Germany have lost only 9 times in 55 Games, not bad, eh?

As long as Jogi changed a few habits and stopped picking his whatnot, I wouldn’t be too disappointed if he were our manager one day, would you??

This is disgusting, so don’t watch it if you are fragile 😉

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocT4O27onec

Of course, my first choice would be that Arsene Wenger stay and see his Youth Project bare great fruit….

Talking of Youth Project, The Mirror reports that we are in a battle with the Spuds for Connor Wickham. He would cost around £8M which is a lot for a seventeen year old striker, but as he’s English, what do we expect. Knowing Wenger, this rumour could be true, Theo Walcott is a good example of him paying big money for an Englishman.

Citeh have added another player to their squad, so best Arsene get a move on in the transfer market, it’s going to be a whole different Premier League next season and we don’t want to fall behind early….

Have a good day all, tomorrow we play again, hoorah 🙂

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125 Responses to Arsene out – ‘Jogi’ in? Mancs spend again, we don’t, yet…..

  1. rico says:

    Morning folks 🙂

  2. shedzy says:

    dirty nose-picking Yogi!!

    I think it would be great if Arsene moved upstairs, i’ve been saying that for the last couple of years.

    to be honest, we’ve been lacking over the last few years, and before Ivan arrived, I thought that was partly because Arsene was doing everything – and his legendary frugality should not really be the remit of the manager, but the Chief Exec…..

    What we need at the helm, imho, is a man who can ring the tactical changes when necessary, and i dont think we’ve had that. I love ARsene, and wouldn’t want him to leave, just take a slightly different role and allow someone else to ensure that the team is succesful – because in the last few years, very few of us fans really feel that he’s done this, even considering the financial constraints we’ve had.

    Thank fck the WC is over – bring on de scousers!!

  3. OM says:

    Mancs spend, we haven’t, yet… how do you work that out with Chamakh (free but his wages wont be) and Kos???

  4. rico says:

    Hi shedzy, Rose, yep, thank goodness the football season is soon upon us, i/ve ebven paid my £3 to watch the pre-season, can’t wait…

  5. Pass and move says:

    Spurs will
    get wickham deep down we no it, sad but ture we can’t match them anymore(English players won’t come to arsenal) o I hate that spud scum.wenger out

  6. rico says:

    OM – mancs spend again, we haven’t, hence the ref top them buting another player, of course i know we have spent money on Kos!!

  7. rico says:

    P&M – i’m not so sure we would lose out, most english kids know that wenger will give them a chance, eventually. i think the temptation of playing alongside the likes of jack, gibbs, JET could be a big thing, afetall they are the future of england as well as us…

  8. rico says:

    shedzy, that vid is gross isn’t it …

  9. AJ says:

    Its sad that this blog has become a carbon copy of the Groan. Same misleading headlines, snide remarks and negative tilt. Atleast when there were lesser hits on this blog it was original.

  10. ED says:

    maybe, if we don’t win another trophy this season wenger may quit as manager, i really would like him to stay involved with the club whenever he decides to step down. he has done so much for the club, maybe as a part time scout, or coaching or higher up than that. i would like joachim loew he’s a great manager and would be fantastic for arsenal.

  11. rico says:

    AJ, its a shame you feel that way. there is no attempt to mislead with headlines, its true, wengers contract is up next summer…

    what should we do, sit on our arses, wait for him to leave then hunt for a second rate manager???

    What would you rather do, sit and chat about whether or not cesc is going as thats all that fills the news…

    and i for one am sick of discussing cesc!!

  12. rico says:

    ED, I don’t want him to go either, all i hope is that he gets us ready to fight for top spot this year and a deep enough squad to get one/two of the cups too

  13. Mike E says:

    i would like to see the moribund pat rice moved somewhere else in the set-up and a more dynamic, living assistant next to aw on the bench.

  14. rico says:

    Mike E, Bouldy, thats my choice…

  15. AJ says:

    Sure Rico, its your blog, you must be right. I do appreciate the fact that my comment was published and that your response was decent. It will be however, tough to deny that there is a recent trend on this blog which is very reminiscent of another blog though. Its understandable from a commercial (capturing hits) point of view though.

  16. mikeB says:

    I have worshipped few heroes in my life: Winston Churchill, Audrey Hepburn, Margaret Thatcher, and Severiano Ballesteros. A contentious list of only four; and no Arsenal heroes, you may notice. Churchill and Thatcher, flawed as they were, saved this country from extremists on both sides of the political spectrum. Seve could play golf shots that I couldn’t even contemplate, and Audrey Hepburn was simply the most beautiful creature ever to walk the planet.
    Now, however, I am adding a fifth.
    Arsene Wenger saved our club from the dark days of austerity, boredom, and a bent Scotsman. He taught the team that I have followed for five decades to play football of a quality that most Premier League managers would find inconceivable, and he achieved this on one tenth of the budget of those they like to call his peers. He did all of this with style, and integrity, and humour.
    Wenger is articulate, and intelligent, and without doubt the finest all-round Football Manager in the world today. He makes my list, not because Arsenal won a few trophies under his guidance and craft. He makes my list because he has directly improved our quality of life, by actually evolving the game and the team we love into something quite fabulous.
    Arsene Wenger is Arsenal. It will be a black day for every Gooner, and every lover of the beautiful game, if he ever walks away

  17. rico says:

    Of course your comment would come on AJ, you weren’t rude, you were saying how you feel.

    Honestly, we don’t care much about hits, i was being serious about the writing during a difficult/boring time, your suggestions would be welcome??

  18. rico says:

    Hi mikeB, i will be a dark day, but its going to happen one day and it could be as soon as next summer – although i hope not…

  19. AJ says:

    A very gracious response rico. Identifying gaps in our squad yet to be filled, analysing if 4-3-3 makes sense in case Cesc were to leave or the declining impact of our full backs while going forward last year are some humble suggestions.

  20. mikeB says:

    Hi Rico,
    yes, of course it will happen at some time in the future, but…
    There are two ways it can happen. He can be knifed in the back, by the usual PL pot-hunting lynch-mob, or he can ensure a smooth transition from his reign to someone of a like mind.

    I know which I prefer.

  21. jena says:

    Yes Arsenal is crying out for a new manager. Its the only way we can go foward. Wenger has taken us as far as he can and we are now just running on the same spot.
    And people dont raise your hopes for this year coz we will be fighting for number 4 with Villa, Tottenham & Everton while MANU, Chelsea and Man CIty fight for the title. We have lost 4 defenders and we have signed one untried defender……….we have not signed a new keeper to replace our clowns yet….. we have signed average Chamakh……. and the defensive midfield still needs reinforcements.Just a reality check

  22. rico says:

    AJ, would you like to write one on the points you raise??

    It would be good to hear your views and a different view for all to read is welcome here very much..

  23. rico says:

    MB, like you say, he came in and turned around our club and got us winning – all many can see now is the last five barron seasons and that hurts having got used to winning things. I also believe that the loss to the spuds last year was the toughest result to accept and the way the mancs and chavs rolled us over was a disgrace..

    I just hope this coming season we start winning again or sadly I see the first of your suggestions being the way he departs, like you though, that is not my preference

  24. rico says:

    jena – we cant judge either Chamakh or Kos yet, they may very well settle in just as TV did and prove to be great signings..

    The window is still open and wenger has said he will by another defensive player. with all the rumours about Scwarzer we can assume he is also looking for a keeper…

  25. Martin J says:

    what do you mean by “knowing Wenger, this rumour could be true, Theo Walcott is a good example of him paying big money for an Englishman.”
    To me Theo is the only example when Wenger has payed big money for an english player? I think he is one of few sane managers when it comes to buying english players…

  26. Goona says:

    Think we’re already behind the others cos we’re to damn slow at signings. Either he’s got the money or he hasn’t? If you’ve got it for gawd sakes spend it on some well known players as quick as you can Arsene, don’t keep giving us your impersonation of Scrooge your act is wearing thin and believe me it is very tiresome as time is running out and if we struggle this season i’ve got a feeling you could be on your way as there’s only so much real and I mean REAL Gooners who love this club can put up with and that’s 6 years without a trophy so please hurry up and spend!

  27. rico says:

    Martin J, exactly, wenger will spend big money on english youth, dont really understand what you are getting at???

  28. mikeB says:

    Rico,
    I just don’t see that happening.
    The only way Arsene Wenger will leave Arsenal is if he gets fed-up with it.

    The board see the profits improving nicely. The stadium is full to capacity every week, and there are thousands waiting. The TV companies may bitch and complain, and that’s a whole other story, but they know which side their bread’s buttered.

    The Emirates is still the hottest ticket in town, and everyone knows it.

    The lack of silverware is nice to shoot the breeze over, but that’s all. Football is a business, and business at Arsenal is booming… end of

  29. rico says:

    Thats all well and good though MB, trouble is, the fans will become hostile and the board will be left with little choice, unless of course they really don’t care if we become a team that starts to fight for a UEFA place rather than CL

    I don’t want us to be like that, do you??

    I want silverware and great results week in week out…

  30. mikeB says:

    Hi again Rico.

    What fans? The sixty thousand who turn up at every game, or the thousands who are sitting waiting for a ticket?

    When Arsenal come to town the opponents, the T.V. Companies and the locals love it… their receipts and Jictar ratings go through the roof.

    A few negative blog comments don’t matter.

    And didn’t you see Fever Pitch…? Eighteen years, eighteen F****** years!

    Five is nothing.

  31. rico says:

    mikeB 😆

    You have a point, i hope you turn out to be right too…

    But seriously, wouldn’t you rather we got back to winning ways? All the time we are in the CL we are ok, but just imagine if we get pushed out by the spuds and citeh next season?

    Its hard enough to get the stars of the game now with other clubs paying silly money, but what keeps us an attractive club is CL and Wenger, loss of one or both and its a slippery downhill slope…

  32. Danish Gooner says:

    Sell that rubbish Rosicky and get Ozil.

  33. mikeB says:

    Rico,
    sry, I didn’t answer the second bit.

    Of course I want trophies. One of my greatest recollections is punching the air at the Millenium Stadium and having Patrcick Vierra punch the air back, after we beat Chelski two-nil. I love trophies… but not at any price.

    As for that match against the Spuds last year. It was the exception that proves the rule… and we were blighted with injuries… that’s what cost us the PL last year; not Arsene Wenger’s limited budget.

    I know it could be argued that strength in depth was the reason, but then again, how many superstars do you know who are willing to sit it out on the bench, week in and week out, and Rafa proved that superstar rotation simply doesn’t work.

    Patience children… this is the year we discover that the future is ours.

  34. rico says:

    Hi Danish, keep Rosicky and get Ozil 😉

  35. K-TR7 says:

    Morning.Rosell has finally admitted we aren’t at all interested in even negotiating for cesc.also according to an udinese blog we are close to signing handanovic…

  36. rico says:

    mikeB, i think its a tad more like this is the season we find out if we really have any future 😉

    seriously, i stick by my ‘give wenger one more season’ to sort the squad out and have the right players, and i mantain that i don’t care who they are either, as long as they want to be with us and play with guts every game…

    A GK, CH has to be the minimum, but a CM is needed too, get them and winning ways will come back…

  37. rico says:

    Morning KTR7, i hope that blog is a good un 🙂

  38. Red Arse says:

    Hi Rico, hi Guys,

    Really good post Rico. No harm in discussing, hypothetically, what will eventually happens to Le Prof.

    I hope it isn’t for many years yet.

    AJ, Rico is the most positive upbeat person on these blogs. She is a good ‘un 🙂

  39. Red Arse says:

    MikeB,

    Wow, I could feel the passion oozing out of your comment. Excellent!

    I couldn’t possibly say, of course, for fear of Rico beating me up, but that sort of style would make a great post. 🙂

  40. Red Arse says:

    Rico,

    I have sent you an email. 👿

  41. rico says:

    Morning RA, thanks for your earlier, i do try to be upbeat 😉

  42. rico says:

    To me RA or to Ave??

  43. K-TR7 says:

    Rico i think there is something to the handanovic story.i remember sky reporting it a while back.it just smells of a typical AW signing.the problem is that udinese is a club that is very difficult to negotiate with similar to Bayern and alexis sanchez/inler being there till now proves my point.if he does come i’ll be happy and szeczeny will have to work alot harder to displace him.Buffon said he was the best goalie in Serie A last term and that says it all…

  44. mikeB says:

    Hi RA,

    Thanks for the compliment, but I do tend to wander from the point at times, and assume everyone is wandering with me… age I guess 🙂

    As for your staunch support of Rico… good for you. I do however sometimes wonder if you two should get a room 🙂

  45. rico says:

    Oi Oi MB, I’m already spoken for 😉 😉

    KTR7, Bufoon’s words sound promising, let’s hope we hear something from AFC soon 🙂

  46. Red Arse says:

    Hi Rico,

    That MikeB’s v. naughty! 🙂 And I’m far too young! (as if) 🙂

    I sent it to you. Probably gone zippidee do dah in the ether!

  47. rico says:

    i have it RA, thanks heeps, def use it 🙂

  48. Suhail.TV says:

    Hello evry one.. 11-12 season probably going to be dark. who knows about this..

  49. DeiseGooner says:

    Barca and everyone associated with them are still C**Ts i see – carry on…..

  50. oliver says:

    ohayo gozaimasu, rico. i cannot low leaving germany – they are so close to winning big now. i can’t see him walking away when it is on the verge of paying off. my gut feeling is that arsene will sign a new contract, but shorter term than previous ones.

  51. DeiseGooner says:

    Oh and while i totally love what Wenger has done for The Arsenal i would very much like a trophy to celebrate this season please. Otherwise change of manager may well be needed. It really depends on his transfers this summer, how competitive we are on ALL fronts this season- and i mean actually really being in with a real chance of winning a pot – no excuses (and that goes for injuries too)

  52. DeiseGooner says:

    On Samir Handanovič – 26 years old, 6 foot 4, half century international caps, over a tonne of games in Serie A, praised by THE top keeper of last 10 years – ticks all the boxes for me 🙂

  53. brian says:

    Did anybody hear Graham Hunter(well respected Spanish based journalist)telling Sky Sports that Guardiola is definitely on his way to Arsenal in a couple of years.
    Sounds good to me.

  54. K-TR7 says:

    We’ll probably hear guardiola has barca dna from cesc then…

  55. oliver says:

    “definitely” and “a couple of years” do not quite go together in this business. even if pep is genuinely interested in arsenal – which i doubt – a lot can happen in a just one year, let alone a couple. pretty presumptuous of hunter, if you ask me.

  56. adam says:

    Hunter is not respected. He is just a football journalist that couldn’t make it in England so went to Spain instead. Writers who are respected tend to tell the truth and in this area Hunter is sadly lacking. Along with the increasingly ludicrous Balague he lead everyone to believe that Cesc had somehow confided in him that he would be moving to Barcelona earlier this summer. Hunter was giving it large, explaining how the meeting with Wenger went and exactly what was said. It was all a load of rubbish. I well remember seeing him a few years ago telling anyone who would listen that Veiera would be a Real Madrid player by the next day. Never happened. Today he was going on with a nudge, nudge, wink, wink about a “very powerful” Catalan radio station giving him the inside story. He must mean that they have a big transmitter because all he came out with was a load of shit. Ignore Hunter and chipmunk-face Balague because they know no more than you or I do. Arsenal NEVER conduct their business in public and the idea of the club giving either of these two wallies inside info is laughable. They are being used as a voice into Sky Sports by Barcelona in yet another of their tedious political mind games.

  57. SPECTRUM says:

    Great commemt, Goona ! And why isn’t Wenger going for someone like Zapata ? He’s said he wants to come to us, and he has the qualities that make a top defender.Wenger has said he will spend big if the right players come along.But this looks like more lies from the manager again.It’s not in his D.N.A. to spend big.I’m wondering if it’s in his D.N.A. to even spend at all,going by the pace of things so far.
    “In Arsene we rust”.

  58. adam says:

    I am as frustrated as others by the seeming lack of transfer activity. Personally, I haven’t seen Zapata play. But I remember Wenger saying that the club finally had the money to buy the players they wanted. The get-out clause there is that they might not be the same ones that we want. I would have thought that last season bought us to a point where a re-think would be quickly followed by a clear out and a re-stock of players to freshen the team and give us something different and perhaps less predictable. Certainly a new goalkeeper is totally and absolutely essential and for me, some midfield steel too. We are still some way off having what I would consider a squad with enough depth to make a real title challenge.

  59. Suhail.TV says:

    “In arsene we rust” 😦 thats true SPECTRM..

  60. Kipmonster says:

    As the turds at FIFA & UEFA won’t take action against Barcelona for their blatant tapping up of Cesc Fabregas ( behaviour that breaks their rules ) then Arsenal fans in their thousands should write letters of complaint about this posting one each to UEFA & FIFA.
    If both bodies are too gutless to take action against Barcelona, then if thousands of Arsenal fans post letters it will hopefully cause the 2 bodies a huge administrative headache. I would go so far as suggesting repeatedly posting letters once a week.

    Addresses as follows ………….

    UEFA
    Route de Genève 46
    Case postale
    CH-1260 Nyon 2
    Switzerland

    FIFA
    Strasse 20,
    P.O. Box 8044
    Zurich
    Switzerland

  61. or you could email barca direct email em oab@fcbarcelona.cat

  62. Red Arse says:

    Hi Oliver,

    I promised to get back to you on the management shakeup in the youth coaching/scouting department. I was a bit rushed yesterday.

    The three people who have left over recent weeks are; Head of youth scouting, Sean O’Connor, youth scout, Mark Hayman and GK coach Alex Welsh. This was reported by Young Guns, but knowing you I suspect you already know. 🙂

  63. Suhail.TV says:

    Rico and Co… where you people are..

  64. Red Arse says:

    Adam,

    I think many of us share your irritation with Balague and Hunter.

    They appear to be dupes of Barca, but I never take any notice of them anyway.

  65. K-TR7 says:

    Henderson has made the barnet squad!i have high hopes of him.kozzer and c.kaka are also in the squad…

  66. Red Arse says:

    Hi Suhail,

    How are you doing? 🙂

    Rose, you are probably long gone. I did reply to your question before I went out earlier but it seems to have gone into Rico’s “bin” as it hasn’t appeared.

    Anyway, in case you are there, you can register with Arsenal, for a small fee, and get priority tickets depending on availability. It’s detailed on the official Arsenal website, and I think it’s called Red Level membership. (?)

  67. oliver says:

    hi ra. i did see that and i see there is inference that it may be due to an increased focus on winning matches, at the expense of youth player development. i fully expect the club to keep quiet on this issue, so i doubt we will find out what was behind this. as it is, there are more important issue for the club to deal with…

  68. Red Arse says:

    KT,

    Can you tell us any other names in the squad? I know that Bartley is injured again!

  69. Red Arse says:

    Oliver,

    We are a big enough club to have personnel dedicated to specific area at any level of the club’s business including youth teams. That’s if you mean we are getting rid of people to cut costs!

    We have lost out quite a bit lately in recruiting promising youngsters who have gone to the usual suspects instead. Maybe this is all linked to that.

    Of course, you are correct that there are more serious matters for Arsene to attend to, but I doubt he had much to do with youth recruitment and coaching anyway.

  70. Red Arse says:

    Kipmonster,

    Any complaints to Eufa or Fifa should be addressed to Michel Platini and Herr Blatter respectively, or they will be given to the tea lady to deal with.

    They probably will anyway, but it will cause them an administrative nuisance if nothing else. Good suggestion. 🙂

  71. oliver says:

    no, i do not think we letting people go to cut costs. that goes squarely against the club’s stated philosophy of recruiting the best youth talent and developing these players for future first team, or sale as assets. i am not close enough to the situation to know what is really going on. from what little i read on it, i suspect that there are philosophical differences within the youth set-up. perhaps brentford has a more attractive situation there than most of us think.

  72. Red Arse says:

    Good to hear you are back and well again Rose, I was worried about you for a while! 🙂

    I liked the name Avashnee, very exotic but I also like Rose, v. feminine.

  73. Suhail.TV says:

    RA makes all active again..
    Now I feel cesc’s silence was good. decided not to show the catalan DNA much.. .. What a terrible summer for the fans..

  74. Suhail.TV says:

    Peyton rose RA ha.. ha..

  75. Red Arse says:

    Totally agree Rose! 🙂

  76. oliver says:

    dot com has just posted that ipswich town kid, conor wickham, in the “transfer linked” area. i really wish we would not do that….

  77. K-TR7 says:

    Manuel Almunia (GK)
    Andrey Arshavin
    Nacer Barazite
    Marouane Chamakh
    Johan Djourou
    Craig Eastmond
    Eduardo
    Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
    Lukasz Fabianski (GK)
    Emmanuel Frimpong
    Kieran Gibbs
    Conor Henderson
    Laurent Koscielny
    Henri Lansbury
    Ignasi Miquel
    Samir Nasri
    Havard Nordtveit
    Tomas Rosicky
    Armand Traore
    Thomas Vermaelen
    Theo Walcott
    Jack Wilshere

  78. rico says:

    Sorry guys, internet crashed after a down pour of rain 😦

  79. Red Arse says:

    Oliver,

    What does that mean? He was reported this morning to be the subject of a “transfer battle” between Arsenal and Spurs.

    Has that changed?

  80. Red Arse says:

    Oh stop it Rico, you little minx!

    you were out ringing doorbells again, weren’t you. 😀

  81. rico says:

    I think the afc transfer thingy means nothing, all it does is tell us the players the paps etc are linking to, doesn’t always mean we are not after them… i’m sure, although i don’t recall them listing Kos 😉

  82. yeah they did twice

    but it very un-arsenal

  83. Red Arse says:

    Oliver,

    Sorry the penny just dropped. AFC just being stupid again. If he is on there we won’t sign him!

  84. K-TR7 says:

    Liverpool are on the verge of signing French striker Loic Remy on a five-year contract for a fee of around £12.5 million [€15m], Goal.com UK understands.

    The 23-year-old is expected to travel to Merseyside tomorrow to undergo a medical before joining Roy Hodgson’s squad at its training camp in Switzerland, according to sources at Remy’s club, Nice.

    Remy had been tempted by offers from Tottenham and West Ham, whose directors, David Sullivan and Karen Brady flew to the south of France in an attempt to negotiate a deal, but it was Liverpool’s history that tipped the balance and a deal has agreed in principle.

    “Liverpool is a legendary club,” Remy told Nice Matin today. “I am very excited by the thought of playing there. It has a magnificent stadium and a fantastic public.”

    Liverpool are expected to pay Nice £7.5 million [€9m] upfront with the rest to follow in installments.

    The Nice president, Gilberto Stellado, is believed to have sought reassurances about Liverpool’s financial situation before agreeing to the move. Nice paid Olympique Lyonnais a club record €8m for Remy, although after two seasons and 25 goals they have accepted they can no longer hold on to a striker who but for an ankle injury might have gone to Arsenal in the January transfer window.

    “I absolutely rely on him but we have resigned ourselves to his leaving,” said the Nice coach, Eric Roy. “We had a verbal agreement that he would spend two seasons at Nice so it was always likely he would leave if an offer came along that matched what the club expected.”

    It comes after Remy’s agent Frederic Guerra revealed he was in talks with Liverpool.

    “Yes, Liverpool are interested in Loic and Loic is interested in Liverpool,” he told Sky Sports. “There has also been interest from West Ham and Tottenham and it is now up to Nice. Loic has always said he is keen to play in England and Liverpool are a massive club.”

    He added: “I believe if Loic comes to England he will be a massive success. He is like Thierry Henry, but I believe if he comes to England he could be even better than Henry. He is a sensational player, he is very strong, very quick and two-footed. He is the complete player and Liverpool would love him.”

    Liverpool’s new manager Roy Hodgson has made bolstering his team’s forward line a priority, amid uncertainty over whether Fernando Torres will stay at the club.

  85. Red Arse says:

    Bye Rose,

    Enjoy your week-end! 😉

    Suhail, you are being very quiet, I suppose it’s not v. busy Arsenal day today. 🙂

  86. oliver says:

    i wish our official website whould not embrace this sort of speculation. my problem is with the concept of an officially sanctioned “transfer linked” element of the website. i disagree with spending 7-plus million on this kid, regardless of how talented he is. that is not a slight on him or his abilities, but we have more pressing needs in the first team. .

  87. rico says:

    Bye rose, see you soon hopefully, have a good un 😉

  88. Red Arse says:

    All gone quiet, so I am off to book my holiday!

    I will have to pay a bit more for a 5* so I can watch anything Arsenal on their satellite dish. 😦

  89. Red Arse says:

    Oliver,

    It won’t happen! Relaxez-vous. 🙂

    Domo Arrigato

  90. oliver says:

    that is what i thought about koscielny, but he was linked and that transfer happened. wickham probably won’t, but i still wish our site would not get involved in the mindless speculation.

  91. rico says:

    see ya RA

    spot on oliver, its a daft thing for the club to do, anything to keep the site ‘updated’ i guess…

    i reckon the kid could come in though, 8M is a lot to spend when what we need is experience

  92. oliver says:

    hiya rico. i feel the same – i am sure he is a great prospect, but in many ways our short-term future is less certain than our long-term future. we just brought ebilio in from feyenoord at the beginning of the summer, so we have addressed the future through him. we have too many holes in the first team squad to spend excessive time and money on this kid.

  93. rico says:

    oliver, we agree again 🙂

  94. rico says:

    rossell has said that he doesn’t believe cesc will join this summer……

  95. oliver says:

    that is what he says publicly. privately i expect that they are going to continue to try and pressure arsenal – publicly – to come to the negotiating table. i think rosell’s statement, and cesc’s latest statement are not coincidences and were coordinated.

  96. seeing as barca are about to spend 10mil on adriano the thin one dont look like they will be signing cesc unless they can get more than 10 out of milan for zlatan

  97. Suhail.TV says:

    Hi, rico glad too see you again…
    Hello RA, yes a bit.. want a haoly day at god’s own country.. ?

  98. SPECTRUM says:

    Why are we STILL pursuing kids, when the team needs EXPERIENCED players to strengthen the weak areas ? Wenger has said he will seek EXPERIENCED ones, yet he continues his obsession with youth.He contradicts himself by his words and actions.Haven’t we got enough kids already ?
    “In Arsene we rust”.

  99. rico says:

    oliver, you old cynic you 😉 surely they wouldn’t behave in such a manner…..

    sadly, we all know that the b******s will 😦

  100. rico says:

    Hi rsd and STV – you all paid up your £3 pounds for tomorrows match 🙂

  101. do you have to pay more than just the atvo subscription?

  102. Suhail.TV says:

    Rico,.. sadly so much …k has been done in the cesc matter. Iam not sure if it affect our season.. hope not.

  103. if so will live stream it

  104. Suhail.TV says:

    That truth again… SPECTRM.. 😉

  105. Suhail.TV says:

    aM OFF Bye all..

  106. rico says:

    STV, you gone now 😦 Nighty night…

  107. rico says:

    rsd, think its a one off payment for those who are not already joined…

  108. rico says:

    what i have done is pay the three pounds and then i’ll cancel my membership, the site as is sits is not worth paying a full subscription, sadly..

  109. oliver says:

    whatever happens, barca’s tactics have made it virtually impossible for arsenal to sell cesc right now. they would have to submit an offer “too good to refuse”. and they won’t. i am starting to see this as the beginning of the end of cesc’s time at arsenal. i still think that no transfer will be discussed, let alone negotiated, so he will be arsenal’s captain this coming season. i fully expect cesc to give his all for the team, and represent our shirt with pride and dignity. but i also think that barca has achieved something wrt to this situation – i think think they have made inroads with our supporters (turning some elements against cesc). if they can chip away at our and arsenal’s resolve and get our thinking to a point where many are questioning whether it is worth the “trouble” to keep cesc at emirates, then they will see an opportunity to push a transfer through on their terms. i suspect that is their long term goal. cesc has always stated he would like to return to barca one day, so time certainly favors them. i think their other part is making sure any deal favors them. arsenal are doing great by staying resolute, but they will need to continue to do so, in order to safeguard arsenal’s interests when a transfer deal is eventually negotiated.

  110. damn lost 99p then no ice cream for me then

  111. rico says:

    Oi Oi Oi, this is on Wikki, yes i know it can be edited by anyone, but……………

    Samir Handanovič is about to sign for Arsenal F.C and will join them as soon as he passes his medical with Arsenal. The news comes after Handanovič impressive performances in the World cup.

  112. rico says:

    oliver, he’s probably already sorted out his contract with them, i now think its less likely he will go, but as you say, right money offered could change that…

    he’s naughty, very bad example of a captain in my eyes, he wanted us to wait until,the WC was over, well now its over and he still says nothing to convince the fans…

  113. Pat7 says:

    Good post Rico – evening all!

    I’d love to see Low taking Pat Rice’s spot – two good minds & coaches plotting our tactics etc & ready-made transition when the time comes………….

    Got to catch up with the discussion.

  114. rico says:

    It looks like the Handanovic story has been edited, it has been again and its clearly a spoof …

  115. oliver says:

    handanovic’s agent is quoted saying there has been no contact from arsenal. that is actually a good sign, as i expect the contact would be made to udinese, rather than the agent. i would be careful about wikipedia, very careful. the player is interested, i have seen nothing to indicate udinese is unwilling to sell for a fair price, and i suspect arsenal have finally closed the door on schwarzer. i think handanovic would be a very good signing, so let us see what happens.

  116. oliver says:

    rico, i do not think he has gone that far. i suspect his father has been talking with barca, but cesc only with his boys on the team. he has always says he wants to go to barcelona in the future – we did not turn on him then, so why should we now? i still maintain he never said that he wanted a transfer this summer. that may be his personal deep-down wish, but i think he appreciates that arsenal will have a problem negotiating after all that has gone on. you and i would love for him to come out and end the speculation now, but i am sure it is not so simple for him. we all know he will transfer at some point, and for all we know arsenal may be negotiating right this minute. i think that is unlikely, but i cannot say for certain. there may be many different reasons for him not to definitively say anything, that is just something we have to live with. each of us can choose how to deal with this – i choose to see him as committed to arsenal right now, proud to be our captain, and doing everything he can to win something with us.

  117. Pat7 says:

    Rico – I’m in moderation because silly me sent the wrong mail address.

  118. oliver says:

    rico, the armband is another issue. i am staunchly on record as saying that if the club chooses to relieve cesc of the captaincy, we have basically driven him away. his position at the club will immediately become untenable. barca will not miss the opportunity to exploit the “lack of love” arsenal has for cesc and we will likely end up selling him for something around barca’s current valuation – that cannot be in our interests.

    that said, i have not previously considered that keeping cesc as captain may also cause an unintended problem – within the dressing room. it is possible someone like robin – who have bled for the club and unevquivocally committed his future to us – may begin to feel resentment at being deputy to a player that will almost certainly leave in the near/medium future. there may be others with below-the-surface resentment over this summer’s soap opera.

    i still think cesc will be a strong captain for us, provided no transfer happens this summer. and i think that as long as the players are committed to winning, this will not develop into a problem. but it is probably something to keep in the back of our minds.

  119. JonJon says:

    hi guys..

    nice post.agree wenger should move upstairs..i like lowe ans i like guardiola just to run team affairs and let wenger control everything else..

    after all wengers shit hot at running a club hes just not that great at running a team anymore..

    cesc should lose the armband..fuck him..hes already on record as saying he wants to leave so why keep him as captain..hes not stopped to think about us in all this commotion so why should we give a shit about him being unhappy..

    robin for captain..tv for vice

  120. agirlagunner says:

    Good post, rico. It wil take plenty of getting used to, but maybe we do need fresh ideas on the coaching end. And YKW can go. Good riddance! I’m almost embarrassed he’s our captain.

    Nite for now! I seem always to be on when no one else is around!

  121. rico says:

    bloody tinternet, crashed again, hi jj and agag..

  122. rico says:

    jj, tv for vice… captain or squad 😉

  123. rico says:

    ok, i’m done before this internet does me in…

    see you all tomorrow sometime

    nighty night

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