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Post #482241  Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:00 pm 
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The Telegraph had a go at mapping the support of all the Premier League clubs.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk.football/201 ... s-support/


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The Telegraph had a go at mapping the support of all the Premier League clubs.

Link doesn't work Bernard

Just tried it and you're right, it doesn't. Sorry.

Try this one instead.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/201 ... s-support/

EDIT: Yes, it appears to be working now.

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I see Bruce Forsyth has passed away. Did Ramsey score a hat-trick in training I wonder?


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I see Bruce Forsyth has passed away. Did Ramsey score a hat-trick in training I wonder?

He was an Arsenal fan, despite coming from Edmonton which is predominantly a Tottenham area. Having said that, he has been described as a fan of both clubs but my dad used to go to a restaurant where he went, and the restaurant's owner who my dad knew quite well told my dad that Arsenal was Bruce Forsyth's main affinity in football.

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I see Bruce Forsyth has passed away. Did Ramsey score a hat-trick in training I wonder?

He was an Arsenal fan, despite coming from Edmonton which is predominantly a Tottenham area. Having said that, he has been described as a fan of both clubs but my dad used to go to a restaurant where he went, and the restaurant's owner who my dad knew quite well told my dad that Arsenal was Bruce Forsyth's main affinity in football.

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I see Bruce Forsyth has passed away. Did Ramsey score a hat-trick in training I wonder?

He was an Arsenal fan, despite coming from Edmonton which is predominantly a Tottenham area. Having said that, he has been described as a fan of both clubs but my dad used to go to a restaurant where he went, and the restaurant's owner who my dad knew quite well told my dad that Arsenal was Bruce Forsyth's main affinity in football.
Arsenal was a popular club for that generation of show business and sports people. Highbury was far ahead of its London rivals as a place to go to watch football in relative comfort, especially in the VIP areas. I think they were rather generous with the refreshments too.

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Post #482247  Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:17 pm 
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Gabriel Paulista departs

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Arsenal have sold 26-year old Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista to Valencia for a £10m initial fee.
He becomes player number 7 to leave the club this season, taking Arsenal's net spend to -£23.4m so far.


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Post #482248  Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:38 pm 
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Disappointing seeing how well he played in a back three at the end of last season. Can't remember the game but he could easily have been my MOM.


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Post #482249  Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:27 pm 
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I hope Wenger is selling the fringe players as quickly as he can, in order to make that one big marquee purchase before the window closes. Who he is, I have no idea. Just speculating and hoping.


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I hope Wenger is selling the fringe players as quickly as he can, in order to make that one big marquee purchase before the window closes. Who he is, I have no idea. Just speculating and hoping.

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Post #482251  Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:24 pm 
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I think it is always interesting to hear other managers of top teams continually saying how they need to make additions to improve the squad. Poch today saying they would always try to make 3-4 signings every year to keep pushing to improve.
Wenger has the opposite view and must still be dining out on the invincible season when he just signed Lehman only. He still believes that too many signings ruin the equilibrium of the squad.


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Kolasinac is a strong, fit guy but for me Vieira is the strongest, despite what Wenger says. Paddy's own teammates were scared of him..lol


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I hope Wenger is selling the fringe players as quickly as he can, in order to make that one big marquee purchase before the window closes. Who he is, I have no idea. Just speculating and hoping.

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Prediction time. 2-1 to us. Booking for Xhaka. They finish with 10 men.

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I am afraid I have no idea why we are selling Paulista. Is he ideal no but he had a pretty good end to last year. I am hoping we will bring in a quality player. Kos and Mert are week to week propositions IMO. We will only know over the next couple of weeks if Holding is good enough or just another Wenger false dawn. Chambers was being touted as the greatest thing since sliced bread after 2 months and then he hit a red line.

Monreal, Mert and Kos are all over 30yo. Interesting times.

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I am afraid I have no idea why we are selling Paulista.

He's 26 and essentially 5th or 6th in the pecking order at this point. I can imagine him wanting to leave for regular football.


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The Coutinho situation is interesting, £114m is a ridiculous amount of money. Liverpool could buy 3 x £40m players (each individually more than their record spend) - but how far does that go in today's market? And they would only have 2 weeks left to spend it. On the other hand Coutinho has handed in a transfer request - not many players wanting a move away actually hand in a formal transfer request.

Clubs have to be smarter in the market, extract better value. £118m for Liverpool could be wiped out buying Siggurdson, Sanchez (the new spurs CB), Harry McGuire and Jack Cork. It isn't hugely inspiring is it?

Clubs see an English team and bump the price up but I think there are still good deals to be had out there.

Tielmans going to Monaco for £20m, fantastic Belgian CM prospect. Coman to Bayern for £18m, Matuidi to Juve for £18m, Ricardo Rodriguez to Milan for £13m, Pablo Fornals to Villereal for £10m, Szczesny to Juve for £10m!!, Sandro to Everton for £5m.

Some of these are young and unproven but for the sums they are worth the risk


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The Coutinho situation is interesting, £114m is a ridiculous amount of money.

According to the BBC only(!) £80m of that was guaranteed and the rest dependent on winning 'multiple trophies' and the Ballon d'Or.


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I am afraid I have no idea why we are selling Paulista.

He's 26 and essentially 5th or 6th in the pecking order at this point. I can imagine him wanting to leave for regular football.

We also mustn't fall into the mindset that he was Beckenbauer reinvented. He was alright, and I've seen a lot who were worse but also seen a lot who were better. He was okay as a squad backup, having some decent games mixed in with some poor games. I think we'd have to have an extraordinary injury crisis with defenders for us to miss him too much or deeply regret his departure.

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http://www.football365.com/news/merson- ... reth-barry
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I am afraid I have no idea why we are selling Paulista.

He's 26 and essentially 5th or 6th in the pecking order at this point. I can imagine him wanting to leave for regular football.

I disagree that he is number 5 or 6. At the moment there is nothing that seperates him from the unproven Holding. He is a long way ahead of Chambers. As I already pointed out Kos and Mert are unreliable with their injury situation.

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Just seen Mickey Thomas while he was out jogging. Could not resist shouting "it's up for grabs"

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http://www.football365.com/news/merson-why-didnt-arsenal-sign-gareth-barry
Oh dear Paul Merson


I thought we should have taken a punt on Barry...mind you that was to replace Petit when he left...

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Gaz from Oz wrote:
I am afraid I have no idea why we are selling Paulista. Chambers was being touted as the greatest thing since sliced bread after 2 months and then he hit a red line.

No tragic loss in my book ...... 12 mill a reasonable price . and who was it said Chambers was the greatest ....probably you :laughing7:

Can't be arsed staying up for the Wallabies All Blacks I'll celebrate the win tomorrow :toothy9: ......... hopefully


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Just seen Mickey Thomas while he was out jogging. Could not resist shouting "it's up for grabs"

Does he still live up your way then?

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Just seen Mickey Thomas while he was out jogging. Could not resist shouting "it's up for grabs"

Does he still live up your way then?


Lives in a place called Heswall. Fortunately to save my embarrassment he was jogging with headphones on. This is the second time in the last sixth months I have seen him jogging the same route. Last time I had a chat with him and thanked him for May 1989

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Two games only, I know, but there can't be much doubt that Utd have made a lot of progress and are genuine championship challengers.


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Does he still live up your way then?

Lives in a place called Heswall. Fortunately to save my embarrassment he was jogging with headphones on. This is the second time in the last sixth months I have seen him jogging the same route. Last time I had a chat with him and thanked him for May 1989

What was his reaction when you thanked him for May 1989? Wouldn't think there are many Arsenal fans up your way, unless he assumed you were an Everton fan.

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Two games only, I know, but there can't be much doubt that Utd have made a lot of progress and are genuine championship challengers.

Early days as you say. But it's beginning to like Hazuki might have been underestimating them a bit.

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Two games only, I know, but there can't be much doubt that Utd have made a lot of progress and are genuine championship challengers.

My prediction is looking rock solid! Going to stick by it a little longer though, until they've at least been properly tested. Don't think anyone would see us as challengers already if we beat Stoke later.


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Bernard wrote:
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Lives in a place called Heswall. Fortunately to save my embarrassment he was jogging with headphones on. This is the second time in the last sixth months I have seen him jogging the same route. Last time I had a chat with him and thanked him for May 1989

What was his reaction when you thanked him for May 1989? Wouldn't think there are many Arsenal fans up your way, unless he assumed you were an Everton fan.


Funny that you mentioned Everton because that was his first response. Put him right straight away. There are a surprising number of gooners up this way.

And while on holiday in Devon (not wanting to get all Harlow Steve on the forum) the only English league team shirts I saw were Arsenal shirts. Lots of
FCB and rm but no other English teams

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Bernard wrote:
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Lives in a place called Heswall. Fortunately to save my embarrassment he was jogging with headphones on. This is the second time in the last sixth months I have seen him jogging the same route. Last time I had a chat with him and thanked him for May 1989

What was his reaction when you thanked him for May 1989? Wouldn't think there are many Arsenal fans up your way, unless he assumed you were an Everton fan.


He looked genuinely chuffed to be thanked and reminded how much it meant to me and other gooners

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