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Your article on Aubameyang and Arsenal is a good read but I still have a couple of reservations.
1 This is Arsenal, so we will find a way to mess up the transfer.
2 In the unlikely event of the transfer happening, it will be a big PR coup for us, but I fear that it won help the team, or Aubameyang. He is used to playing in a team that likes a direct style of play and fast counter attacks. Something he won have at Arsenal. We like to start fast breaks but then stop around the half way line, pass it sideways a bit, wait for the defense to take up their position, pass it sideways a bit more, then eventually lose possession. If you think I exaggerating, this is exactly what has happened to Lacazette. His goal scoring record before joining us was pretty damn good but he was also used to playing in a team that had a more direct style of play.
fear that Sarah is missing the very obvious and very obstructive catches with the Aubameyang transfer to Arsenal:
1) I like to think I averagely intelligent but i taken me about 15mins to write a 4 line e mail just trying to spell his name correctly you imagine Shearer et al having to say it all the time on MOTD?!
2) Have you seen his hair?! Garth Crooks would explode!! He would need to crowbar even more completely unrelated objections to popular culture in to his team of the week and, quite frankly, there enough already.
Alex ( he clearly desruptive/petulant and it not like Arsenal aren suffering already with a 29 year old child Ayr
RVP, Cesc and Theo are from era of Arsenal failure
Is there another football club that celebrates failure in quite the same way Arsenal does?
For Dennis Bergkamp, read Robin Van Persie, for Patrick Vieira, read Cesc Fabregas and for Thierry Henry, read Theo Walcott.
The past 12 years or so has just been one long period of failure and nobody epitomises this more than the aforementioned trio.
Man City loss at the weekend showed just how hard it is to replicate the achievements of Dennis, Paddy and Terrence but I have to say I happy the last of the trio of their replacements will imminently leave the building.
Arsenal used to be bloody minded, taking decisions in the interests of the club and not offering anyone a free ride, however hard that might be. Think how dear old Rocky was moved on or Merse was after all of his personal problems.
But Theo Walcott was allowed to stink out the place for more than a decade a player that no had killer instinct and lacked the competitive streak and aggression we had accustomed to at the Arsenal.
I sure loads of our fans will try and rewrite history and tell you how wonderful it was to watch Generation Fail, with RVP playing less than half the potential number of games he could have done as an Arsenal player, or Cesc with his damn Barca DNA or Theo, with his inability to hit a barn door, but I don miss RVP or Cesc and I sure as hell won miss Theo.
So give him a huge ovation when he returns to the Emirates in a couple of weeks if you want but there are real Arsenal heroes that often get forgotten and are far worthier of applause than Theo a guy that was richly rewarded for being crap.
I didn stand at the Emirates to acknowledge his 10 years service and wouldn be surprised if his transfer involved Arsenal representatives shoving him through the door and shouting it! no backsies! before legging it back to London.
Gooner, Norf London
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Simon, London the issue with Walcott is precisely that, it that he didn make the most of what he had.
He has only the most of what he had at 16 years old. It like he not learned a single thing in that entire time. The alarm bells were there when Capello basically said he was incapable of following simple instructions, then didn select him for the World Cup. He no better, no wiser, no more astute a footballer than he was even then.
There also the element that he basically breezes around looking like he doesn give a solitary fck. I never really liked Arsenal generation Wilshere, Jenkinson, Ox etc. It feels like a gimmick, a soft play for the fans to mask gross and repeated ineptitude, like when Szcsesny drags Spurs on Twitter for likes after dropping a clanger (yes I know he good now Walcott is the absolute worst of that lot, because deep down, he doesn care. Possibly about anything. Even his language is bland. He pretty much admitted last season that Arsenal weren trying hard enough, and he was the bloody captain. Was he angry? No! He just accepted it like he accepted his own mediocrity for 12 years. He is the human equivalent of beige, an insipid, pointless, milquetoast waste of space. Eurgh.
Man United don even need Sanchez
Why don’t Man Utd spend the reported 35M transfer fee and rumoured wages of 300k per week on a position that actually needs strengthening? Like centre back? An area in which has been bandaged over since Rio and Vidic moved on. If Utd want any chance of catching City they need to install a tried and trusted centre back to take the pressure of De Gea and reduce the number of World class saves he produces on a near weekly basis. Liverpool have just invested in Van Dijk, and although Utd have an enviable Goals Conceded stat on paper, in reality they often look shaky at the back.
A reliable centre back pairing has always been an essential part of any title winning team Arsenal had Toure Campbell, Chelsea snuffed out teams with Carvalho Terry, Toure also helped City clinch the title alongside Kompany, and Utd themselves had Rio Vidic. Jones and Smalling often look like they’d be better off touring holiday camps as a comedy double act, whereas Bailly is some way off returning and Lindelof needs much more time to adjust to the league.
With an in form midfield like they possess at the moment, including Sanchez won’t make that much of a difference. Martial, Mata, Lingard and Pogba are scoring plenty (only City and Liverpool have scored more this season, and they have strikers who don go missing for eight games at a time!) whilst providing ample opportunities for Lukaku, so adding Sanchez means dropping one and pushing the potentially brilliant Rashford further down the pecking order.
If I were a Man Utd fan I’d much rather see that money go towards someone like Rafael Varane or maybe David Luiz both of who have worked with Jose at various clubs in the past.
If Pep was Mourinho,
he would have bought him anyway
With the collapse of the Alexis Sanchez deal Aubameyang going to Arsenal, I wondered if Pep is too fair a bit too nice.