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  1. Re: Official Arsenal Thread Not sure if this was already mentioned, but Lewis Holtby has been bought by Spurs more a paltry 1.5mil. That seems like a deal Wenger would try to make, unlike these "Villa for 15mil" rumors.
  2. Re: English Premiership Rating Predictions 2012/13 Considering the already inflated rating changes that have occurred, I'm looking forward to Yaya Toure's +∞.
  3. Re: 7 day transition period I agree that as annoying the 7 day transitional period is, the problem lies in the dismantling of unmanaged teams. There are a couple of measures that could be taken to slow down the dismantling of these teams. The first would be to change the player value system to one that correlates better with the real world. Rarely can you find a player whose SM value correlates with their real life value. If some sort of partnership with another website such as transfermarkt was established, player values would be much more realistic, as real-life form and value would be applied. Such a partnership sounds much more simple that it actually would be, but I am supportive of abolishing the current player value system, which is only based on age and rating. I also think that there is too much money to be spent in many GWs. If managers had less funds to work with, there would be more thought put into transfers, rather than 70mil bidding wars for the best players available. One last idea is to ban cash deals between managed and unmanaged clubs, and force managers to do P/E deals. Managers would need to sacrifice good players from their squads in order to buy players from unmanaged clubs, and while some unmanaged clubs might ultimately be dismantled, the wealth would be distributed throughout the GW more evenly.
  4. Re: Official Arsenal Thread Another interesting article about Gervinho. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2013/jan/23/gervinho-arsenal-ivory-coast
  5. Re: Official Arsenal Thread http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2013/jan/25/arsene-wenger-miracle-signings-arsenal Looks like we won't be making any signings this month.
  6. Re: Official Arsenal Thread Unless Wenger starts playing a 4-4-2 system consistently, I really can't see the need for a striker like Cavani. He's a world-class player, but with Giroud and Walcott already deputizing striking roles, having three strikers who all want to play in a 4-2-3-1 system would surely cause some unrest in the team (Podolski wants to play there too, mind you). I'm a strong believer of selling players before you buy new ones, unless there isn't enough depth within the squad. If anything, I think that Arsenal need another left-back to replace Santos, and maybe one more winger.
  7. Re: Official Arsenal Thread I'm not saying it's going to happen, just that the current circumstances can be interpreted in a manner that suggests Gotze may be sold to Arsenal. For all those who are rubbishing Arsenal's reputation as a big club, there are certainly reasons that would make Arsenal an appealing move for Gotze. Having two Germans already in Podolski and Mertesacker would make Gotze's transition to England much smoother than at another club. Also, remember when Podolski signed he talked about how Mertesacker helped convince him that Arsenal were a great club to be at, and I'm confident that they'd both be supportive of Gotze making the move. And there's always Wenger, a top-notch manager with a reputation of developing young attacking starlets into world-class players. Finally, assuming that Gotze wants to move to London specifically, Arsenal are the most logical club to join. Competition for starting spots at Chelsea is fierce, and I think we're safe to assume that there's no need even mentioning the other North London club. I prefer to remain cautiously optimistic, but even if you don't believe there's a deal about to be made, there no need to beat up on Arsenal and the club's philosophy.
  8. Re: Official Arsenal Thread As much as I don't want to get my hopes up, Dortmund did sign Sahin back, which could suggest Gotze is on the move.
  9. Re: Official Arsenal Thread ...Seconded.
  10. Re: Official Arsenal Thread That's too bad, seeing as Cazorla has at times looked like he needs a rest.
  11. Re: Official Arsenal Thread I suppose they're just like Arsenal. Bright attacking future, injury-plagued seasons, little depth and a leaky defense. Both teams even have billionaire owners that don't want to spend!
  12. Re: Official Arsenal Thread It's a shame how things panned out, because I thought that the starting XI Wenger lined up actually had a decent chance at getting a result. After Kos getting sent off, I thought we missed Arteta and his passing. If not for the sending off, I thought we would have had pretty good possession with the players on the pitch, and our central midfielders would have been able to give Walcott service, as opposed to playing the long-ball game. In spite of the result, I actually Walcott was decent, considering how little of the ball he saw. He finished the one good chance he got, only for Lescott to clear off the line. Cazorla looks like he needs a rest, though. He's lost the zip that we saw earlier this season, and Wenger seems to undervalue Rosicky, who's clever movement would have helped us against City. Highlight of the Match : Ramsey was great!
  13. Re: Official Arsenal Thread Sure, besides Rosicky we wouldn't have a designated backup CAM, but is Ramsey realistically going to be used as a CAM? When Cazorla is playing, there is no chance Ramsey plays there, and he either is deployed on the right or in a deeper central midfield role, both which he is not accustomed to. A loan this season would be wise, with Cazorla and Rosicky splitting time (Cazorla seems tired lately). Next season, Ramsey can play as CAM when Cazorla is rested. Also, a loan would help get the fans off Ramsey's back...
  14. Re: Official Arsenal Thread Albeit against a tiring Newcastle side, with Walcott and Giroud seemingly capably of scoring, do we buy another CF? Is Walcott worth 100k a week considering he's scored 14 goals and assisted another handful?
  15. Re: Official Arsenal Thread Highlight of the match: Aaron Ramsey didn't misplace a pass!
  16. Re: Official Arsenal Thread Under the right circumstances, Arsenal have a very small chance of causing an upset. I really hope that Diaby recovers in time for the tie, because I believe that with him in the squad, Arsenal have one of the best midfield trios in the PL. If he does not recover time, Arsenal will lose a bit of strength through the middle, but that being said, Bayern are more potent on the wings. Ribery, Muller and maybe Robben pose huge threats, especially with Lahm and Alaba overlapping from the back. However, people were just as worried about Barcelona's threat on the wing back in 2011, and although Arsenal are arguably not as strong a team now, Bayern's threat out wide should be taken with a grain of salt. Bayern will definitely have swagger, but probably won't take Arsenal for granted, unless they batter us in the first leg, that is. I predict 4-2 Bayern on aggregate. On the other hand, the whole makeup of the tie changes if new players are bought in January...
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