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  1. Re: Premier League Discussion Thread Teams Champions: Chelsea Champions League: Chelsea/Man City/Man U/Arsenal Suprise Package: Aston Villa League Cup: Everton FA Cup: Man City Champions League Winner: Madrid Relegation Dark Horse: Norwich Relegation: Palace/Hull/Stoke Players Top Scorer: Negredo Top Assists: Hazard Most Cleansheets(Gks): Cech Most Reds: Tiote Best Signing: Navas Best Bargain: Okore Biggest Flop: Van Wolfswinkel First Manager sacked: Alan Pardew Player of the Year: Van Persie Breakout Player: Oxlade-Chamberlain Young Player: Coutinho
  2. Re: Official Arsenal Thread Sagna to CB makes sense on several different levels. If the Bendtner deal is true, we'll get another RB for a very minimal fee, and we won't have to spend 10+million on another CB. I also have a feeling that while Wenger used to sell players almost immediately after they turned 30, he's going to try to hold on to more players from now on, hoping they'll retire at the club. Letting Patrick Vieira retire at City was a big mistake on Arsenal's part, as he's now working at the club, and is half-decent at what he does. Similar to how Arsenal brought back Ljungberg as an 'ambassador', I have a feeling that players like Arteta and Sagna will be encouraged to stay at the club, retire at the club, and get jobs within the club.
  3. Re: Premier League Discussion Thread Reports have emerged that Barcelona want one of Kompany, Luiz, Agger, Vermaelen or Vertongen before the transfer window is up. Considering how horrible some of the defending in England was last season, it's a bit surprising to see how sought out PL CBs are, especially at a bit of a defensively deficient team like Barcelona.
  4. Re: Official Arsenal Thread If Gervinho leaves, it would be great to see Bernard come in. Regardless, I do think we'll be seeing more of Ryo and Gnabry this season, especially Ryo, who Wenger has praised many times. Oxlade-Chamberlain also looks set to play centrally this season, which would lead to yet another opening on the wing. We'd then have Walcott, Podolski, Cazorla (sort of ), Bernard, Miyaichi and Gnabry as our wingers. That looks like pretty good mix of experience and youth, especially considering that the latter three would hopefully then be able to step into Podolski and Cazorla's shoes one they both depart in a few seasons time.
  5. Re: Premier League Discussion Thread These are certainly the best players signed in the transfer window, but if this were a real team playing in the Prem, I'd take out Pieters for Okore, Wanyama for De Guzman (and drop either Paulinho or Fernandinho deeper), and Van Wolfswinkel for Leroy Fer.
  6. Re: Official Arsenal Thread Thanks for this. I knew he was playing in the Cup, but I had no idea it was the final. No more need for me to expectantly hold my breath for all of Thursday waiting for no deal to materialize:D
  7. Re: Official Arsenal Thread Supposedly Roma's director is in London to finalize a deal for Gervinho. I have to say, it will be a little bittersweet if he leaves. He has so much potential to succeed at Arsenal, but things just haven't worked out. http://www.football-italia.net/36719/roma-fly-gervinho If he goes, we'll certainly need another winger, unless Wenger wants Gnabry to firmly step into the first team and get some meaningful games under his belt.
  8. Re: Official Arsenal Thread From what I've seen on tour, yes. It also sounds like the hype surrounding Eisfeld is starting to diffuse. For the youth team, I've heard Eisfeld is fantastic for about 20 minutes, and anonymous for the other 70. Zelalem's eye for a pass on tour has been scary good.
  9. Re: Premier League Discussion Thread Arsenal would go unbeaten, still finish fourth, celebrate like heck, and then award Wenger a 100 year contract extension.
  10. Re: Official Arsenal Thread Bernard won't be coming, since no one who's linked with Arsenal is ever actually signed. Price-wise, 20+million is a bit hefty, but any big-money signing comes with a certain degree of risk. It seems a bit hypocritical for fans to demand summer spending, and then balk at the transfer fees of potential targets, saying they're not worth the money. The one upside of shelling out cash for a very young player like Bernard is that even if he doesn't perform, he'll retain his value more than older, "more established" players will. Make up your minds everyone. Do you want to assume the risk of spending big, or assume the security and low expectations of inexpensive acquisitions?
  11. Re: Premier League Discussion Thread I have to say that Benteke staying at Villa means that the PL will be the league to watch for all neutrals next season. Villa, Swansea, Southampton, Sunderland, and Norwich have all made significant additions that will make for some really nice football from the teams fighting to be top half or Europa league contenders. Then you have additions to both Everton and Liverpool that will squeeze the gap between top 6 and top 4 even more. You can tell a league is strong when my Canadian friends tell me how they're excited to wake up at 5am to watch Norwich v Sunderland.
  12. Re: Official Arsenal Thread "SC Bastia are happy to announce that an agreement has been made with French international defender Sebastien Squillaci, member of Arsenal football club for the past three seasons."
  13. Re: Official Arsenal Thread With City wrapping up Negredo, I wonder if Arsenal might just be signing Jovetic after all. Not to say that City aren't prepared to buy two strikers at once, but there really aren't any top strikers left on the market besides Jovetic atm. EDIT: Also considering that Napoli claim they are currently negotiating for Higuain.
  14. Re: Official Arsenal Thread Rumor has it that Real Madrid will now not accept any less than 40 million euros for Higuain. I suppose it doesn't matter though, since Perez says Arsenal haven't even made a bid:D. This actually makes the Suarez bid a bit more logical, since he would supposedly only cost a few million pounds more than Higuain, and he is arguably a better player.
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