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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:47 pm    Post subject:

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While I am tempted to make another Arsenal joke, the truth is that the whole roster needs to be cleansed and rebuilt under a new manager. I don't know that any new manager could do a lot with this group of players. Wenger might be able to finish 6-8 in the league (and, yes, make a run in the FA Cup), but there is a real danger that the club could spend a long time in the wilderness like Liverpool.


In truth, it's a huge few days for the club, How they finish out this transfer window will either give them hope or condemn them further. I suspect it's the latter, which gives them another early season mountain to climb. What they can't do is sell Ox & Sanchez and get nobody in, that's a hole you can't get out of, talent wise and in the court of public opinion and fan perception. Would be damning for the players as it sends a loud and clear message about ambition or lack thereof, and also shows the board to be liars because they promised change.

Should've let Wenger go this summer. There was a time where he was great for the club, sadly the game has left him behind over the last few years and he hasn't evolved with it.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:11 pm    Post subject:

Heard Arsenal want Sterling for Alexis.
You can't make this stuff up.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:34 am    Post subject:

I've made it lads. Officially a Sky Sports News source.

J/k. No that's not me.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 2:51 pm    Post subject:

Uneventful transfer deadline day.

Miss the olden days of dildo waving on live tv...
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:11 pm    Post subject:

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I've made it lads. Officially a Sky Sports News source.J/k. No that's not me.

Is that really you? If so, congratulations!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:34 pm    Post subject:

Did Mbappe really get loaned out to PSG?!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:36 pm    Post subject:

^^^^

Loan with a purchase option. This appears to be more FPF gamesmanship.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:12 pm    Post subject:

After looking at the roster, that PSG team is not very balanced and top heavy.

They'll score plenty of goals, but let's see how they handle injuries and when they face tactically disciplined teams.


One more day until the window closes in Spain.

I'm disappointed Madrid didn't get a striker, even if it's a short-term loan deal.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:42 am    Post subject:

PSG is putting itself in an awkward position. If someone upsets them in the quarterfinals of the UCL, the whole season is a disaster. They cannot redeem themselves by winning the league or the domestic cups. Think about that. It might still be a disaster if they lose in the semifinals.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:43 am    Post subject:

Now that Rooney is retired as a international, he needs to find a designated driver.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:46 am    Post subject:

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Now that Rooney is retired as a international, he needs to find a designated driver.


Delighted to get the three points.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:09 am    Post subject:

UEFA is apparently launching an FFP investigation. A fine would be useless considering the owners are swimming in money. If they broke the rules, they need to lose that buy option for Mbappe and a transfer ban.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:58 pm    Post subject:

UEFA has no choice in the matter. The media has been talking about how PSG found a loophole in the FFP rules. This makes a mockery of the whole thing. UEFA needs to determine exactly how PSG is going to justify this, and either close the loophole (if valid) or bring down the hammer (if not valid).
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:36 am    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:32 pm    Post subject:

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The Oxlade-Chamberlain effect.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:42 pm    Post subject:

Aeneas Hunter wrote:
PSG is putting itself in an awkward position. If someone upsets them in the quarterfinals of the UCL, the whole season is a disaster. They cannot redeem themselves by winning the league or the domestic cups. Think about that. It might still be a disaster if they lose in the semifinals.


Disagree. Barcelona didn't win UCL first season with Neymar. Man U didn't finish top 4 in PL after signing Pogba. Do you consider those transfers disasters?

If Neymar-led PSG finally make the semis, that's not a failure because that shows progression. If they do win the UCL, Neymar auto-wins the Ballon D'Or and Mbappe will be a legend at 19.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:07 pm    Post subject:

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After looking at the roster, that PSG team is not very balanced and top heavy.

They'll score plenty of goals, but let's see how they handle injuries and when they face tactically disciplined teams.


One more day until the window closes in Spain.

I'm disappointed Madrid didn't get a striker, even if it's a short-term loan deal.


Yea PSG is too offensive. Their defense always pushes up with Alves & Kurzawa and their midfield, though stacked, is similarly offensive. They'd be scary af if they had a Casemiro/Kanté/Matic-caliber DM.

You think Madrid needs another striker? They signed a CF in the transfer window, no?I just wish RM sold Bale and started Asensio alongside Ronaldo (when suspension is over) and Benzema in attack. How Bale fits is becoming a distraction to the team imo, and there are several bench players that can start should that roster spot open up (Theo, Vasquez, Ceballos, Llorente). Rough start to the season for RM so far.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:36 pm    Post subject:

We have two strikers on the team, Benzema and Mayoral. One is struggling and just got injured and will miss six weeks, and the other is an unproven, young prospect that was brought back after being on loan at Wolfsburg.

Our early struggles are a direct consequence of bad finishing by our attackers, chiefly Benzema.

The plan is to have Ronaldo play as striker or some sort of false 9 for the rest of the season, but if he gets injured or suspended, as he is now, we can't score goals.

I was hoping for a Chicharito-type short term singing, even a loan, but the team felt the team was good enough. We'll see.

Our midfield is playing great most of the time, dominating possession, and creating chances, but Benzema and Bale can't finish. Let's hope Ronaldo will finish those when he comes back.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:22 pm    Post subject:

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Aeneas Hunter wrote:
PSG is putting itself in an awkward position. If someone upsets them in the quarterfinals of the UCL, the whole season is a disaster. They cannot redeem themselves by winning the league or the domestic cups. Think about that. It might still be a disaster if they lose in the semifinals.


Disagree. Barcelona didn't win UCL first season with Neymar. Man U didn't finish top 4 in PL after signing Pogba. Do you consider those transfers disasters?

If Neymar-led PSG finally make the semis, that's not a failure because that shows progression. If they do win the UCL, Neymar auto-wins the Ballon D'Or and Mbappe will be a legend at 19.


Seriously? I don't see how you can compare the Neymar and Mbappe deals to either of those other deals. More importantly, you skipped over the more important point: PSG cannot redeem itself domestically. It's UCL or nothing.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:47 pm    Post subject:

So was it a RED?? I think so. High boot, reckless challenge at the keeper, and the injury to Ederson.

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