Has anybody noticed the differance in the way most of us are feeling this close season? I for one am not waiting with baited breath for the big-money signing that will never come, I'm not scanning the rumour sites to see what player we are linked with and then have to look on YouTube to find out who they are. Even all the moaners on here seem to be a lot more contented with our current squad.
Well I for one would be quite happy to get to the end of August with the current squad intact, my worries aren't about who comes in but about who leaves. I don't really think that we will not lose any of the six or so players that have been talked about leaving. What i would like to know is, if any of them leave, who would you like to see them replaced with.
For example, Jags £15M... get Lescott for £10M from City (only joking but you get the point). This will save me time when all these names are talked about in the last week of the transfer window and give me something else to do than pray in front of the shrine to saint Mikel that he won't leave.
Peter Rogers, Posted 25/07/2010 at 11:56:43
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1 Posted 25/07/2010 at 21:36:50
Jags out £15mill / in Onuha £4mill
Pienaar out £15mill / in N'Zogbia £10mill
Arteta out £25mill / in Ozil £10 mill
Money in: £55mill; money out: £24mill = £31 mill excess, so Donovan £6mill, Salcido £2mill... leaving £23mill for Cardoza, fuck me that's some team..
Wouldn't want to sell really but that wouldn't be too bad.
2 Posted 25/07/2010 at 21:52:10
I've been critical of Moyes over the years but he seems to wheel and deal well and I think he's realised the Lescott saga isn't worth repeating: when a player looks like he wants to go, get the most you can then send him on his way.
The frustration is we're so far down the pecking order financially that when we improve players there's at least 6 clubs who'll pay more and spirit them away at the drop of a hat.
Fortunately for BK and Co most fans just ignore this, although I think hopes are so high this season that this might be a watershed for them.
3 Posted 25/07/2010 at 22:47:51
4 Posted 25/07/2010 at 23:13:38
The signings made so far are symbolic of what end of the market we are dealing in. Unless a Pienaar or an Arteta is sold, we are not likely to be looking at anyone coming in for substantial money.
Personally I would be happy to start with the squad we have at present, including hopefully a fully fit and motivated Yakubu!
5 Posted 25/07/2010 at 23:35:01
6 Posted 26/07/2010 at 09:39:45
"Wenger doesn't do silly"
So £9 million for Jeffers was clever??
7 Posted 26/07/2010 at 12:42:23
John... fair point, I forgot about that as he is usually great in the transfer market.
8 Posted 26/07/2010 at 15:47:43
9 Posted 26/07/2010 at 23:48:50
Whilst trying to ignore speculation, who do you think will leave any time soon?
Gut instinct or educated guess preferred to insider info or rumours.
10 Posted 27/07/2010 at 08:53:09
11 Posted 27/07/2010 at 09:44:38
I can't see anyone leaving to be honest. Talk of Pienaar has died down, and I don't blame Arteta for not busting a gut to sign a new 4-year deal when he has 2 years left on his current contract.
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