Dec 28

Exclusive: Wenger On Arshavin – "Be Patient"

Gooner Talk can exclusively reveal that Arsene Wenger has refused to deny the consistent rumours concerning Russia forward Andrey Arshavin.

Zenit St Petersberg star Arshavin has attracted an array of admiring clubs on the strength of two spectacular Euro 2008 performances against Sweden and the Netherlands, Arsenal are said to be one of them.

French tactician Wenger admitted on French TV that he doesn’t have £40 million to spend in the January transfer window, but surprisingly revealed what positions he’s looking to strengthen in and also answered a question about Arshavin.

Wenger, speaking to Canal + said:

“I start feeling the crisis but I can’t spend £40m. We are looking at a creative player and another midfielder.”

When asked about the Arshavin link, Wenger replied with a coy smile and answer.

“Be a little patient. From the moment you give a name, you remove 50% chance of success to sign him.”

Whilst talking to British broadcaster Sky Sports, once again the Arsenal boss remained secretive on his January transfer plans.

You can watch the interview with Sky here.

Zenit St Petersberg star Arshavin has attracted an array of admiring clubs on the strength of two spectacular Euro 2008 performances against Sweden and the Netherlands.

It seems Arshavin is destined to be the replacement for Cesc Fabregas after the Spaniard sustained a long-term knee injury that will keep him out for four months.

With thanks to Vince from ASCFR for the French TV quotes and JD for the Canal + link.

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79 Responses to “Exclusive: Wenger On Arshavin – "Be Patient"”

  1. Joe says:

    Nasri saga all over again? I hope he gets to go on al Jazeera agin soon :P

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  2. AndyMcPhail says:

    SUCK ON THAT ARSENAL MANIA!

    Where’s your explosive news story? huh?

    Nice work Chris.

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  3. Tom says:

    load of bollocks, we need a centre back, and after today if wenger doesn’t feel we need a striker i’m baffled. adebayor sucked, bendtner sucked more.

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  4. AndyMcPhail says:

    yes we really need a centre back too, forgot about that.

    Upson?

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  5. athlon says:

    1! Joe! Pff, mate, it was terrible. I am a translator of a Hungarian newspaper, and I translated 4-5 articles a day, it was awful… and we were waiting and waiting… I don’t wish this for anyone. :D

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  6. AndyMcPhail says:

    thing with Arshavin is that he is cup tied for the Champs League. Not cool.

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  7. matt says:

    Looks like sumin is going on for sure. I would be very happy for him to be bought.Today we lacked attackers.bender has gotta go! arshavin and nasri on wings then when we get walcott,rosicky,eduardo and fab back we have a serious attack options. Inler,cana,alonso in the dm and a big lad at the back and we are sorted.Also buy given for goal.

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  8. chet says:

    we have a striker coming thank you, world class at that. You may remeber him, he was injured in March

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  9. Neil says:

    Arshavin and Joe Ledley to come

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  10. Rich says:

    Wenger didnt say be patient on arshavin, he said be patient with signings.

    he’s not gonna pay 20m for arshavin anyway, lads almost 28, unproven in the prem. If he does i’d b shocked and lose confidence in his transfers – reyes was a disaster when we easily couldve got defoe for half the price.

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  11. Martijn Stolze says:

    no way Arshavin will replace Cesc, Nasri/Diaby wil go to Cesc’s place like today and Arshavin will go to
    AM or winger.

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  12. John says:

    I reckon hes gonna buy semir stilic as creative player. I would be amazed if Wenger buys Arshavin.

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  13. Beardy says:

    Arshavin is a drugged-up waste of money. His performancers are erratic and there are persistent rumours about his fitness. We don’t need another striker. We do need a commanding centre-back, a decent winger (in the absence of Walcott and Rosicky), and a central enforcer – although Denilson deserves far more credit than he’s being given by most Arsenal fans because he’s been putting in some excellent and hard working performances.

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  14. Brock says:

    Chet, eduardo’s done his hamstring and he will need a lot, a LOT of time to get back to being razor sharp like he was, he shouldnt have any pressure on him and should take his time. Vela is our other most ruthless striker and is still learning his trade.

    so we DO need to sign a striker. Adebayor van persie and bendtner just arent ruthless enough

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  15. John says:

    Adebayor will get better and so will bendtner as well as vela. Its just our lack of width and a guy in midfield who does not give the ball away. We need a hleb type player dribble under pressure.

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  16. his royal dudeness says:

    what about yaya toure?? doesn’t anybody translate anything on the spanish reports that say we’re negotiating with barca??? there’s an exclusive!!!

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  17. gunbythegoon says:

    Dont get it twisted the boss might be talking abt being patient and see if he can get another bendtner or another sucker

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  18. athlon says:

    Why does Yaya want to leave the Barca now?

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  19. charliegeorge says:

    have faith arsene knows ,arshavin looks born to play for arsenal creates and scores goals and has experience something we lack right now, think he will sign another midfielder too .go on arsene save our season

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  20. his royal dudeness says:

    coz he aint playin as much as he wants to play. it says he’s available as long as some1 pays the 8.5million euros fee

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  21. JD says:

    http://www.canalplus.fr/c-sport/pid1766-c-football.html

    says it all on their in french. PRESS CTRL AND F AND SEARCH FOR WENGER

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  22. Gooner Chris says:

    Cheers mate, I’ll post the link up now.

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  23. Gooner Chris says:

    Arsène Wenger, le manager d’Arsenal, a laissé entendre dimanche qu’Andrei Arshavin, l’attaquant du Zénith Saint-Pétersbourg, rejoindrait les Gunners cet hiver. Au micro de Canal + Sport, le technicien français a demandé “un peu de patience” et a refusé de donner le nom du “milieu offensif créatif” qu’il recherche: “Soyons un peu patient. A partir du moment où vous donnez un nom, vous enlevez 50% de chances de réussir à le recruter”, a-t-il expliqué, sourire aux lèvres. Wenger a également précisé qu’”un autre renfort au milieu” était envisageable en fonction des finances.

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  24. hafidz says:

    we need him ,adebayor and van not consistent enough,we need more powerful striker who better.

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  25. Gooner Chris says:

    “Be a little patient. From the moment you give a name, you remove 50% chance of success to recruit”

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  26. his royal dudeness says:

    yeaaa just better hope to god n pray that the creative player he wants isn’t CHARLES N’ZOGBIA…………………………………………………..

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  27. Gooner Chris says:

    There’s two sides to this story.

    First of all, the boss could be trying to divert our attention onto Arshavin so we get someone else.

    Or, we could be buying Arshavin in January.

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  28. Matte says:

    Well, imagine this: Nasri-defensiv midfielder (Inler maybe)-Cesc-Walcott with Arshavin in a Bergkamp roll in front of this four could be great onces Cesc comes back.

    In the summer we need quality up front and in the central defence but the league is gone and we just need to secure the fourth spot this season so Arshavin plus a holding midfielder will probebly do that.

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  29. Gareth Priest says:

    That Wenger coy smile from experience usually means he’s not signing them… but if it’s a smokescreen then great. I hope we buy earlier in Jan. We need it now.

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  30. james says:

    we definitely need a striker Adebayor and Bendtner are a waste of space

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  31. his royal dudeness says:

    he wont sign a forward coz like he has said a million times, he’s happy with his striking options like Eduardo, Van Persie, Adebayor, Bendtner, Vela, plus Walcott is a future striker so there’s absolutely NO CHANCE on a forward, trust me

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  32. 5am says:

    Arteta would be better value than Arshavin…. Have we scored any free kicks yet this season?

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  33. Gooner Dare MKD says:

    Don’t say stupid thing arshavin best position is behind the forwards or left wing he is not striker and if we buy him hi will play left winger nasri will go in middle or right wing.

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  34. Bergy says:

    A ball winner.and a creative midfielders wil work for me. I do wonder if rosicky wil ever play again

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  35. Tony says:

    arshavin would be brilliant he plays in a arsenal way. he would be a good addition to the squad

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  36. Murtuza says:

    i am happy a.wenger is going to spend during january transfer, but i hope we dont have to wait till 31 january deadline.

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  37. Bergy says:

    What is worrying is that we cant seem 2 have a healthy squad,for the last few seasons.think that also has a major impact.any squad wil struggle if 4/5 1st team players are out.

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  38. opox says:

    let’s hope he even sign a player
    what about alonso

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  39. harrison says:

    a6t the moment we have 5 really good players out who make up half of our 1st 11
    so in othere words if you took gerard and torres from liverpool they are nothing you take lampard and terry from chelsea they are nothing we are just unlucky and people saying sell adebayor are you mad i don’t see anyone else on that list with 11 goals bendtner should be sold as whenever he plays we hardly create anything and he is piss poor but when ade and RVP or eduardo play upfront we look good we just need a good defensive midfielder and a tall centre back and a good goalkeeper then we are sorted its not drastic changes its all about squad players

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  40. Tony says:

    I think we should Get Daniel Van Buyten in defence.For a holding midfielder we should sign Scott Parker from West ham

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  41. Spike says:

    Who ever suggested Arteta is bang on the money IMO!

    Younger than Arse shavings and prem quality with no time needed to get used to the league and he’d be about £10 mill cheaper.

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  42. Jaaack says:

    Arshavin and Yaya would do. I doubt it though.

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  43. Neil says:

    I would like Arteta but I don’t think Everton would be willing to sell their best player!

    Arshavin and Yaya for me and we’ll be back in the title race

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  44. Spike says:

    Sorry, I just don’t get this clamour for Yaya Toure? He’s as ponderous as Gilberto innit?

    Surely there’s gotta be some better options out there? And ones that aint so hyped up asnd otherefore over priced?

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  45. DS says:

    How can you say RVP aint ruthless, his goals vs Chelsea show just how ruthless he can be, he just needs a solid performer with him so they can be dynamic and Adebayor isnt him. Maybe Eduardo can be, If you recall When Eduardo came good RVP struggled with injurys and now its the other way around, they didnt get much time together.

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  46. Neil says:

    Adebayor can fuck off, he was so shit today back to his normal self, knew it wouldnt take long!

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  47. Gooner For Life says:

    I guess people were right! Wenger does have a plan…

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  48. Trevor says:

    We do not need a new striker!

    Yes, Adebayor was awful today, but one of the best strikers in the country is coming back next month, and Van Persie can change a game in a second. Vela will come good, even though Bentdner has been floundering.

    A “creative player” i.e. winger/playmaker will help us improve our depth and spark, and the “other midfielder” is doubtless an enforcer CM, which we desperately need!

    I thought Diaby had an excellent game, and always looked dangerous. I really like the lad, and he is tremendously gifted. He just needs to make better decisions and passes.

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  49. the king of the world says:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2008/dec/28/football-premier-league-arsenal-arsene-wenger-andrei-arshavin

    this should clear things up but it only says he is after a creative player in the translation here. it says he will eventually have to buy another midfielder so that dont look like he is buyin that defensive one like u lot keep goin on about.

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  50. Gooner Dare MKD says:

    No doubt is arshavin like he said we miss creativity of rosicky and walcott both wingers arshavin is winger same type of hleb he can play behind strikers or on the wings and only issue about arshavin transfer is the price 20mil pounds and hopefully wenger will pay that sum now that arsneal made profit of diarra sale 5.5mil pound and also from bently sale 7,5mil pounds so that is 13mil pounds profit and the transfer for arshavin will cost only 7mil p :):):)

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  51. Trevor says:

    I think he’s planning a bid for Arshavin and getting Miguel Veloso on a 6-month loan from Sporting with an option to buy. I would be absolutely thrilled if that’s all we did!

    Almunia
    Sagna/Eboue – Gallas/Touré – Djourou/Silvestre – Clichy
    Arshavin/Walcott – Denilson/Diaby – Veloso/Song – Nasri/Rosicky
    Van Persie/Eduardo – Adebayor/Vela

    Not bad, mates.

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  52. chris says:

    yeh i think there were rumours a few days ago about veloso and a loan move to various clubs. Him and arshavin would be good and i’m just so relieved that wenger has actually accepted that we need to buy more players in january..lets just hope its at the beginning of jan and not the end

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  53. Gooner Dare MKD says:

    I think after the game with bolton for the next one we will have new player :)

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  54. potstickers says:

    I really do not want Arshavin. I think a different player like Arteta or Elano who have already played in the Premiere League should be bought, instead of someone who would need a settling in period. Veloso would be a good signing to fill in the DM spot, I think.

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  55. arsen4life says:

    In wenger i trust.
    almunia
    sagna gallas upson clichy

    velonso
    nasri cecs wallcott
    rvp
    ade
    sub:vela,ramsey,eduordo,diaby,denilson,rosincky.
    this team can win anything if they are fit.

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  56. Neil says:

    Alumnia

    Sagna Gallas Djourou Clichy
    Veloso
    Walcott Cesc Nasri

    Arshavin

    Adebayor

    Subs: RVP, Toure, Fabianski, Vela, Ramsey, Rosicky, Eduardo

    That’s a team

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  57. wee says:

    I’m afraid Wenger disappoints us by not signing any players.

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  58. Kanye14 says:

    Seriously, Arshavin wil not be bought. when was the last time arsenal spent 20mil on one player?? thats right, NEVER!! Arsene should go for Elano and Scot Parker and we are set. Elano is creative enough and Parker can put in a hard tackle n also runs alot! Think about it people… Imagin Parker and Denilson in front of defence and Nasri right and Elano left and Ade RVP in front. Besides both would nid no time to adapt to the epl. Another thing, we dont need cesc’s replacement we nid to change how we play until he returns.

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  60. hafidz says:

    i think arsenal need him much now. they cannot scoring many goal for one game mean they always get draw, they need to sign player who can score more goal such as him or david villa or podolski.adebayor not consistent like last season.

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  61. Tunde says:

    d look on his face in d sky interview just guves me d feeelin dat somtin is seriously goin on bhind d scenes.Arshavin just mite b true

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  62. chris says:

    either wenger or the board are ball bagging us because the board keep saying theres money to spend whilst wenger has come out saying he hopes there will be but is not too sure…what is going on

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  63. Stefan says:

    I think Wenger will sign Elano (loan). And then a talent player like Flamini from France.

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  64. John says:

    If we need an attacking MF and a CB, what about an attacking CB to kill two birds with one stone. Someone like Titus Brambe…..perfect. Buffoons.

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  65. Robel says:

    If we get Senderos back and buy Upson, I believe we’ll be fine at the back. As for midfield, we should sign Gökhan Inler from Udinese. He’s a really good holding midfielder and he’s only 24. We don’t really need a striker, at least not as much as we need a winger. I’m not sure though where we can get a good winger from at the moment. Elia of Twente is an option, but he’s unproven and, like Inler, already cup-tied. I don’t think we have a lot of money to spend anyway though.

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  66. TonyS says:

    A lot of people are starting to suspect that we don’t have as much transfer money available as the papers make out.

    It would certainly explain the shitty state of our squad and also means Wenger is doing an absolutely brilliant job. Look at how much sp*rs have spent and where has that got them?

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  67. athlon says:

    TonyS, yeah, that’s true..

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  68. john says:

    I reckon Wenger is going to get senijad ibricic hes the new alex hleb. His dribbling is brilliant and so is his passing

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  69. DAVE says:

    …………..NEW GOALY………………
    …SAGNA.. NEW CB…DJOUROU.. CLICHY…..
    ……… NEW DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER…….
    …..NASRI.. DIABY..WALCOTT…………..
    ………….EDUARDO…………………
    …………ROBIN VAN PERSIE………….

    SUBS

    NEW SECOND GOALKEEPER
    NEW SECOND CB
    TOURE
    TRAORE
    NORDVEIT
    RAMSEY
    WILTSHIRE
    RAMSEY
    VELA
    SIMPSON
    FRAN MERIDA PEREZ
    BARAZITE

    SELL

    BENDTNER – 8 MIL – WITH A SELL ON PERCENTAGE
    EBOUE – 7 MIL
    FABREGAS – 25 MIL
    SILVESTRE – FREE
    ADEBAYOR – 20 MIL
    GALLAS – 5 MIL
    ROSICKY – 7 MIL
    SONG – 5 MIL WITH A SELL ON PERCENTAGE
    VINCENT VAN DE BERG – 0.5 MIL WITH SELL PERCENTAGE
    ALMUNIA – 5 MIL
    FABRINSKI – 1 MIL WITH A SELL ON PERCENTAGE
    DENILSON – 5 MIL WITH A SELL ON PERCENTAGE
    HOYTE – WITH A SELL ON PERCENTAGE
    THOMAS CRUISE – CAUSE I DONT LIKE THE NAME

    FROM THIS YOU WOULD HAVE JUST UNDER 90 MIL TO PUT TOWARDS TWO NEW GOALKEEPERS, TWO NEW CENTRE BACKS, ONE DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER AND HAVE CHANGE FOR FUTURE SEASONS…

    REASONS I WOULD LIKE TO GET RID OF THE ABOVE PLAYERS:
    NEGATIVITY, NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO WIN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE OR IN FABREGAS’S CASE HES A GREAT PLAYER IN THE WRONG TEAM. FABREGAS IS TOO LIGHT WEIGHT TO PLAY IN THE CENTRE OF A TEAM WHICH PLAYS ATTACKING FOOTBALL.. IF YOU LOOK BACK OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS (THE BETTER YEARS) WENGER HAD AN UNBEATABLE FORMULA.

    THIS WAS SAFE HANDS AT THE BACK
    POWER, AGGRESSION, SPEED AND HEIGHT IN THE CENTRE BACKS, PACE AND QUALITY PASSING ON THE WING BACKS, AWSOME SPEED AND SELFISHNESS ON THE WINGS WITH THE FORESIGHT OF BEING IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME FOR TAP-INS, POWER AND AGGRESSION, HEIGHT AND LEADERSHIP IN THE MIDDLE WITH TWO LETHAL LAZY STRIKERS UP FRONT…..

    THE ONLY THREE PLAYERS IN OUR CURRENT TEAM WHICH WOULD MAKE IT INTO AW49 SQUAD OR PREVIOUS GREAT SQUADS WOULD BE NASRI, THEO AND RVP, AND AT BEST THEY WOULD BE ON THE BENCH.

    THIS CURRENT TEAM IS A JOKE…. WHAT MAKES ME LAUGH WE HAVE THE RESOURCES TO MAKE IT BETTER THAN ANY TEAM WE HAVE EVER HAD…. WE COULD SELL ALL THE CRAP FOR 90 MIL, IMPROVE AND STILL HAVE CHANGE WITH A HUGE DECREASE IN WAGE OUTGOINGS…. COME ON WENGER BE MORE CUT THROAT LIKE RAFA AND SELL THOSE WHO ARE MAKING US LOOK LIKE A JOKE….

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  70. Gunner Jillu says:

    Well done Dave, thats agreat idea sell half our players and buy a new team, real football is not exactly like Championship manager the game. Where you going to buy the new players, use a cheat code an get 100 skill 100 passing 100 shooting 100 endurance on all new signings

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  71. Gunner Jillu says:

    never knew you could have 12 subs, why stop there! why not make all the fans subs

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  72. Murtuza says:

    Dave r u kidding selling fabregas for 25 mil, but i would rate him worth 50 mil

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  73. athlon says:

    Nordtveit would be our new CD..

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  74. TAK says:

    I have said it once, and i’ll say it again, it is wrong to buy a player judging on how they did in a tournament. He’s 27-28 now and if he was really worth it i’m sure he would of been snapped up by someone sooner…

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  75. iJemz says:

    Just sell bendtner to wycombe. ;]

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  76. Dave is moron and your football knowledge is pretty shocking, sell Ade but keep Simpson, sell the best creative midfielder in the world & sell him cheaply

    Nordtveit is a bottler and he is not ready for 1st team football, He needs at least another 2 loans moves where he wouldnt spit his dummy out but instead work hard to get game time.

    I hope Barazite stays on @ derby as well to continue his physical development.

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