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Post #527201  Posted: Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:25 am 
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Gabriel Martinelli has handed Arsenal a boost ahead of their crunch Europa League game against Slavia Prague later this week.

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Post #527203  Posted: Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:39 am 
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Linked to Lingard? He's a good player but thought we had enough attacking players?
https://tbrfootball.com/arsenal-fans-react-on-twitter-to-jesse-lingard-reports/

He’s playing better than I thought he could right now, on current form he’d improve our team....but Man U are talking about £30m, he’d already be on very high wages and is 28. We need a different profile for the players we’re signing now


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Linked to Lingard? He's a good player but thought we had enough attacking players?
https://tbrfootball.com/arsenal-fans-react-on-twitter-to-jesse-lingard-reports/

He’s playing better than I thought he could right now, on current form he’d improve our team....but Man U are talking about £30m, he’d already be on very high wages and is 28. We need a different profile for the players we’re signing now


Hi Rich,

He's playing brilliantly. I read somewhere that United were prepared to sell him for around £10m before his loan. Talk about inflation :laughing7:

I agree, though, that his age is an issue. We need mid 20s or younger.


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He’s playing better than I thought he could right now, on current form he’d improve our team....but Man U are talking about £30m, he’d already be on very high wages and is 28. We need a different profile for the players we’re signing now

Hi Rich,

He's playing brilliantly. I read somewhere that United were prepared to sell him for around £10m before his loan. Talk about inflation :laughing7:

I agree, though, that his age is an issue. We need mid 20s or younger.

I agree that Lingard isn’t the right profile for new signings we should be looking at this summer, especially not for £30m. I’d like to see him join West Ham myself, the club where he’s turned his career round.


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He’s playing better than I thought he could right now, on current form he’d improve our team....but Man U are talking about £30m, he’d already be on very high wages and is 28. We need a different profile for the players we’re signing now


Hi Rich,

He's playing brilliantly. I read somewhere that United were prepared to sell him for around £10m before his loan. Talk about inflation :laughing7:

I agree, though, that his age is an issue. We need mid 20s or younger.


10 million? I'd back that buy. Hose off the Man Utd stench and play him instead of Willian. For sure. He's in great form.

I didn't think his form dropped off too badly even at Man Utd. At least, every time I've seen him play. Anyway. 30 million is too much. If the price is somewhere in the middle but closer to 10 million than 30 million it might be worth the gamble.

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I see a number of stories over the last couple of weeks suggesting we are interested in Edouardo from Celtic. He is not my idea of a good signing. He gets about a goal every 2 games but in one of the weakest leagues in Europe. I would not bother allowing him a place in the squad unless he was under 10 mil and took a low wage.

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I see a number of stories over the last couple of weeks suggesting we are interested in Edouardo from Celtic. He is not my idea of a good signing. He gets about a goal every 2 games but in one of the weakest leagues in Europe. I would not bother allowing him a place in the squad unless he was under 10 mil and took a low wage.

One in 2 isn’t bad for Celtic as they struggled this year.

I don’t know much about the player but if you don’t rate him than he must be very very good. Given your track record on players from Celtic I’m surprised your commenting. I hope we bring him onboard :58big-emoticons:


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Hi Rich,

He's playing brilliantly. I read somewhere that United were prepared to sell him for around £10m before his loan. Talk about inflation :laughing7:

I agree, though, that his age is an issue. We need mid 20s or younger.

I agree that Lingard isn’t the right profile for new signings we should be looking at this summer, especially not for £30m. I’d like to see him join West Ham myself, the club where he’s turned his career round.

The benefit he does have is the home grown status. The need for us to target lower age players is mainly born from the fact that the older players are the higher the transfer cost and the higher their wage and the less their resale value. So having said we shouldn't go for players in this age bracket and profile we shouldn't completely discount them if the money works and they fit the squad. I'm not talking about Lingard in particular but take for example Depay, he's on a free transfer this summer, he's 27 and can play across the forward line and has scored a lot of goals for Lyon and still has some good years ahead of him rather than signing a 31 year old on a free - if he was willing to come for a nominal signing on fee and £100k a week it would be a deal worth looking at - of course he would probably command double those wages and teams like Barca want him.


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Martinelli - four weeks? I hope not.

The AFC official website has a quote from him saying that the’s happy, tired, and fit to play on Thursday.

I checked. I’d got the idea that Martinelli was out for four weeks from a post by grantyboy this morning.

I think he was joking. It made me waste half an hour checking.

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If you could buy a second house in the UK anywhere you wished where would you buy? For relaxation primarily

Obviously the London and surrounding Area is ruled out :laughing7:

Devon, Cornwall, Wales I suppose are solid options.


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Not sure if anyone has seen the 'open mic' feature Arsenal have been running on their website after some games. Without the fans in you can hear what the players are saying a lot more, the match v Sheff Utd focused on Xhaka. Arsenal are only going to put up positive stuff that shows any player in a positive light but I think it shows that he is a leader in the team and reinforces for me at least that he's going nowhere this summer and it wouldn't surprise me to see him be offered a contract extension.


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If you could buy a second house in the UK anywhere you wished where would you buy? For relaxation primarily

Obviously the London and surrounding Area is ruled out :laughing7:

Devon, Cornwall, Wales I suppose are solid options.


I'm against second homes in the sorts of areas you mention simply because of the negative effects they have on local communities, the young and public services. Some villages near my Dad's are virtual ghost towns in the winter, as they are something like 60% or higher second homes. Their schools have closed due to lack of pupils. As that happens, shops, doctors surgeries and pubs close and the places become an echo of what they once were.

If you think it's hard for the young to buy in London and SE, the same is true (and exacerbated by the fact that employment opportunities are not as good as in London and the SE) in those areas you mention. https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north- ... s-19072423

My own view, fwiw, that the money you intend to spend on a second home could be better used taking hotel rooms, b&bs, campsite places in order to put the money back into those communities.

I myself was on the verge of buying a house in Spain (Lanzarote) some years back, but decided against as you'd then be tied down to the same place everytime.

Why not buy in those places and move there permanently? Become a member of the community? (Obviously if you're able to work from home).

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If you could buy a second house in the UK anywhere you wished where would you buy? For relaxation primarily

Obviously the London and surrounding Area is ruled out :laughing7:

Devon, Cornwall, Wales I suppose are solid options.




Why not buy in those places and move there permanently? Become a member of the community? (Obviously if you're able to work from home).



Well that would be the idea eventually. Theoretically after the rat race is over for me I have a tranquil place i can grew old before I make bones and until then I can operate on a business level. Looking on the Devonshire and Cornish coast,

I know what you mean about remote communities but I’d say If you don’t buy someone else will? Isn’t it just a general societal issue ? The government should legislate if it’s a problem as asking me to run society is a slight issue


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Not sure if anyone has seen the 'open mic' feature Arsenal have been running on their website after some games. Without the fans in you can hear what the players are saying a lot more, the match v Sheff Utd focused on Xhaka. Arsenal are only going to put up positive stuff that shows any player in a positive light but I think it shows that he is a leader in the team and reinforces for me at least that he's going nowhere this summer and it wouldn't surprise me to see him be offered a contract extension.

I completely agree Rich. I didn’t see the ‘open mic’ feature you speak of. In fact I’d never heard of it until reading your post. But Xhaka is clearly one of the team’s leaders, to a far greater extent than the formal captain Aubameyang. Xhaka always seems to be one of the first to support teammates in some sort of ruck, encourages young players and, in short, stands up to be counted.

I also think you’re right that he’ll be offered a contract extension. The only impression I ever get is that Arteta loves him.


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If you could buy a second house in the UK anywhere you wished where would you buy? For relaxation primarily

Obviously the London and surrounding Area is ruled out :laughing7:

Devon, Cornwall, Wales I suppose are solid options.


Without having done any research I'd look at Southend (been there) or Bournemouth as they might actually get some sunshine in the summer. Unlike Belfast. If I was to live in England it would have to be close enough to London.

If it was a house anywhere in Europe, I'd definitely be looking at one of the Spanish islands. Or Valencia if a city as I went there a few years back and really liked it.

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I see a number of stories over the last couple of weeks suggesting we are interested in Edouardo from Celtic. He is not my idea of a good signing. He gets about a goal every 2 games but in one of the weakest leagues in Europe. I would not bother allowing him a place in the squad unless he was under 10 mil and took a low wage.
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If you could buy a second house in the UK anywhere you wished where would you buy? For relaxation primarily

Obviously the London and surrounding Area is ruled out :laughing7:

Devon, Cornwall, Wales I suppose are solid options.
Jaywick Sands could work...

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...asking me to run society is a slight issue
Don't underestimate yourself.

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...asking me to run society is a slight issue
Don't underestimate yourself.


Doesn't usually to be fair :1laughter:

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If you could buy a second house in the UK anywhere you wished where would you buy? For relaxation primarily

Obviously the London and surrounding Area is ruled out :laughing7:

Devon, Cornwall, Wales I suppose are solid options.
Jaywick Sands could work...

Just googled there lol

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Do you regret not buying the gaff in Lanzarote, John?

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If my partner didn't have MS, we would have bought like a shot and moved there. it would have been about four/five years ago. We were in a good place financially, but with her being on special MS trials and getting excellent treatment from the NHS specialist neurology dept., we felt it was too much of a risk in case her condition worsened. One of the reasons we considered it in the first place is that warmer weather is better for people with MS - and it's warm all year round. (One of the curious things about the disease is that as you get closer to the poles north and south, the incidence of the disease is higher, but no-one yet knows why.)

Then once that decision was made, we considered buying a holiday home there. The MS was still the deciding factor in not going ahead on that basis too; she's been relatively well these last few years (and hopefully the trial treatment she's on will ensure her MS doesn't get past the relapsing remitting stage), so we decided we would try and do a bit of travelling instead. But then came me having to care for my Dad, and also Brexit which complicated matters.

So in hindsight, the right decision for us I think. But I do regret not being able to; we absolutely love the place, specifically Playa Blanca.

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I'll wait to see how many of you lot claim to be at this...lol..joking


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The only time I heard this music was while watching a Benny Hill skit. Anyway, I had no idea we beat Liverpool in the semi finals.


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Wow! We had beaten the Old Lady! Seems like English sides were tough in those days.


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Valencia. Always effen Valencia! :36angers: When I became a fan, it always seemed like Valencia were knocking us out of European cups.

Have you old timers forgiven Graham Rix?


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Don't underestimate yourself.


Thanks Hoy the vote of confidence I needed :58big-emoticons:


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If you could buy a second house in the UK anywhere you wished where would you buy? For relaxation primarily

Obviously the London and surrounding Area is ruled out :laughing7:

Devon, Cornwall, Wales I suppose are solid options.
Jaywick Sands could work...

Thanks

Checked out this video and it looks just what I was looking for

https://youtu.be/-pefKy11xnA


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Thanks

Checked out this video and it looks just what I was looking for

https://youtu.be/-pefKy11xnA


Bet you could buy a few houses there, do them up, and sell them on. Bargains.

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So possibly this guy...next
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Checked out this video and it looks just what I was looking for

https://youtu.be/-pefKy11xnA


Bet you could buy a few houses there, do them up, and sell them on. Bargains.

Good idea but the selling part may be the problem


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So possibly this guy...next
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This is the fork in the road our fans seem to want to choose, a perpetual change in manager with someone who has no connection to the club coming aboard every 16 months to get the supporters off kroenkes back and divert attention away from him.

I’d rather give up than appoint that wally.


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So possibly this guy...next
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This is the fork in the road our fans seem to want to choose, a perpetual change in manager with someone who has no connection to the club coming aboard every 16 months to get the supporters off kroenkes back and divert attention away from him.

I’d rather give up than appoint that wally.

Well no, but for Stan he wouldn't create a sensation and be on the cheap. Rather if he'd wind up at Spurs.

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Not sure if anyone has seen the 'open mic' feature Arsenal have been running on their website after some games. Without the fans in you can hear what the players are saying a lot more, the match v Sheff Utd focused on Xhaka. Arsenal are only going to put up positive stuff that shows any player in a positive light but I think it shows that he is a leader in the team and reinforces for me at least that he's going nowhere this summer and it wouldn't surprise me to see him be offered a contract extension.

I completely agree Rich. I didn’t see the ‘open mic’ feature you speak of. In fact I’d never heard of it until reading your post. But Xhaka is clearly one of the team’s leaders, to a far greater extent than the formal captain Aubameyang. Xhaka always seems to be one of the first to support teammates in some sort of ruck, encourages young players and, in short, stands up to be counted.

I also think you’re right that he’ll be offered a contract extension. The only impression I ever get is that Arteta loves him.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fBGhaURNrCk
Here’s the selection of ‘open mic’ on Xhaka from the sheff Utd game.

I found this pretty fascinating to be honest. We wouldn’t normally see this but I think it gives some clear insight to why Arteta rated Xhaka, he seems to be our mouthpiece on the pitch. It’s hard not to be impressed by this.


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Zed wrote:
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I read that Sarri was being linked to Spurs not us


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Rich wrote:
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I read that Sarri was being linked to Spurs not us

Italian newspapers have been saying since Christmas if we sack Arteta it’s him.


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I see a number of stories over the last couple of weeks suggesting we are interested in Edouardo from Celtic. He is not my idea of a good signing. He gets about a goal every 2 games but in one of the weakest leagues in Europe. I would not bother allowing him a place in the squad unless he was under 10 mil and took a low wage.
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I read that Sarri was being linked to Spurs not us

Italian newspapers have been saying since Christmas if we sack Arteta it’s him.

True. Sarri been linked since December 2020.

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In all likelihood, Mourinho will get the boot before Arteta does. We are a 'bigger' club than Sperz but they are higher up the table and possibly seen as an easier project.

Not sure but there was a prevailing story that he wanted to go to a club that would spend some money and that would turn him off from us. Don't know how true that is but I recall hearing that a while back.

Anyway, Emery was the type of manager we needed. In theory. He obviously didn't work out but his type may still be what we need. Someone who can work with a tight budget, picking up quality players, hidden gems ala Wenger, have a good system that the players will understand and buy into and knows how to punch above his weight. Klopp was kinda like this as well years ago.

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