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Re: Rival Watch

Post by Jay29 on Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:27 pm

All that hullabaloo over not signing Cesc seems so silly now that we've signed a more versatile player with attributes we needed to add to the team. A shame that few people had faith the club knew what it was doing.

With most teams playing their first pre-season games, the transfer table looks like this (with approximate transfer fees):

Man City: Sagna (Free), Fernando (£12mil) [£12mil]
Liverpool: Lambert (£4mil), Lallana (£25mil), Can (£10mil), Markovic (£20mil) [£59mil]
Chelsea: Fabregas (£35mil), Costa (£32mil) [£67mil]
Arsenal: Alexis (£30mil), Debuchy (£10mil) [£40mil]
Everton: Barry (Free) [£0]
Tottenham: Nobody
Man Utd: Shaw (£30mil), Herrera (£35mil) [£65mil]

Looks more even now than it did last time we did this. Five £30mil transfers; these used to be rare. hmm

City apparently close to spending big money on Magala (Porto/France CB; very athletic, very powerful, lacking a bit in intelligence), Chelsea close to signing Felipe Luis (Atleti LB; well balanced player).


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Re: Rival Watch

Post by RealGunner on Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:30 pm

We'll most likely spend for about 80-90m by the end of it. Will still have spare cash for Winter hmm
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Re: Rival Watch

Post by Nishankly on Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:32 pm

Lambert 4m
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Re: Rival Watch

Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce on Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:33 pm

Jay purposely putting the lower fee for Debuchy to make it seem better smh No

CuleJay29 hmm

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Re: Rival Watch

Post by Sri on Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:51 pm

Was Fabregas 35? hmm I thought it was 27m€ to prevent us from getting any part of that.
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Re: Rival Watch

Post by Don't call me James on Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:00 pm

Lallana was £23m plus £2m add-ons pending on performance. Can was £9.75m. Markovic was £19.8m.

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Re: Rival Watch

Post by RealGunner on Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:01 pm

no body got time for decimals brah.

Did you not read where he said "approximately"?
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Re: Rival Watch

Post by Chumlum on Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:15 pm

Man Utd spending so big on those two players.

Good players, probably going to be very good signings for them. But damn. There's "paying a little over the odds when you need to" and then there's stuff like that.

Liverpool are essentially doing what Spurs did post-Bale, but they have a better basis to work off of--a Liverpool w/o Suarez is stronger than a Tottenham w/o Bale was. It will be interesting to see how the new signings bed in. I still am upset another PL team got Markovic, though it was almost inevitable.

(Also: Liverhampton and Chelsletico. Proud )

Man City will remain strong, and if Jovetic stays fit it will be, ahem, like a new signing for them.

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Re: Rival Watch

Post by TalkingReckless on Fri Jul 18, 2014 2:28 am

Luis to Chelsea is done already isn't it??? thought Chelsea announced it rumors it's £20mil

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Re: Rival Watch

Post by Nishankly on Sat Jul 19, 2014 11:37 am

@Chumlum wrote:
Liverpool are essentially doing what Spurs did post-Bale, but they have a better basis to work off of--a Liverpool w/o Suarez is stronger than a Tottenham w/o Bale was. It will be interesting to see how the new signings bed in. I still am upset another PL team got Markovic, though it was almost inevitable.



I would call this true if we had a shit manager and the team would not have a young core base.
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Re: Rival Watch

Post by Chumlum on Sat Jul 19, 2014 11:33 pm

Nishy wrote:
@Chumlum wrote:
Liverpool are essentially doing what Spurs did post-Bale, but they have a better basis to work off of--a Liverpool w/o Suarez is stronger than a Tottenham w/o Bale was. It will be interesting to see how the new signings bed in. I still am upset another PL team got Markovic, though it was almost inevitable.



I would call this true if we had a shit manager and the team would not have a young core base.


And you would see your response was completely superfluous if you bothered to read past the first clause of the paragraph ...  Laughing 
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Re: Rival Watch

Post by Gil on Sun Jul 20, 2014 1:03 am

Do Arsenal fans really think they'll win the League? Both City and Chelsea have stronger squads.

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Re: Rival Watch

Post by Twoism on Sun Jul 20, 2014 1:10 am

Yes, most do. Did you really believe Chelsea would win CL and finished 6th in the league with RDM in charge?
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Re: Rival Watch

Post by Natalie Portman on Sun Jul 20, 2014 1:11 am

@Gil: Good thing titles aren't won based on paper squads then.

Chelsea still haven't addressed their biggest weakness. The weakness that caused them to not win the league last season after spending 100M.

The dude in that dug-out. Until he's there, They won't be any threat to other title challengers.

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Re: Rival Watch

Post by RealGunner on Sun Jul 20, 2014 1:21 am

@Gil wrote:Do Arsenal fans really think they'll win the League? Both City and Chelsea have stronger squads.


Which Arsenal fans are you referring to?
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Re: Rival Watch

Post by MJ on Sun Jul 20, 2014 12:10 pm

@Gil wrote:Do Arsenal fans really think they'll win the League? Both City and Chelsea have stronger squads.


stumbling through to stir up BS?

Don't recall many, if any, of the Arsenal section being so bold when we haven't even finished our transfer activity to compare squads.

And that squad comparison means nothing, as Sepi said, I'm sure no one thought that on paper, Liverpool could have come so close to the title last season at the beginning.

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Re: Rival Watch

Post by El Gunner on Sun Jul 20, 2014 12:15 pm

I believe we can.

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Re: Rival Watch

Post by REWB on Sun Jul 20, 2014 12:31 pm

@Gil wrote:Do Arsenal fans really think they'll win the League? Both City and Chelsea have stronger squads.


we'll tell you at the end of the transfer window

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Re: Rival Watch

Post by Chumlum on Sun Jul 20, 2014 1:02 pm

Thinking Arsenal "will" win the league and thinking Arsenal will compete are two different things, of course.
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Re: Rival Watch

Post by Gil on Sun Jul 20, 2014 11:11 pm

Calma.

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Re: Rival Watch

Post by Peccadillo on Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:31 am

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Re: Rival Watch

Post by Art Morte on Fri Jul 25, 2014 8:24 am

If I had to bet today, I'd put my money on Arsenal to win the title.

Arteta is pretty much the only player in the squad who is in decline, the rest are either improving or at their peak. Sanchez is a quality addition and they will still buy a CM and a keeper.

The team still needs a leader, though.
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Re: Rival Watch

Post by Sri on Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:08 am

Disagree.

We have leaders. We lack quality in squad depth.

If we do sign someone to take over the mantle from Arteta, that's a good start. But I am convinced Diaby will stay fit till the day after the transfer window closes, we will have our usual injury fiasco again and will end up playing makeshift, again.

I am convinced we will sign/announce a GK soon, though. I can't shake off the feeling that it will be the end of our summer window with that.
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Re: Rival Watch

Post by Sina on Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:22 pm

Damn,City's 2nd string CM pairing is Fernando-Zuculini now
rather than frauds like Rodwell/Garcia No

Arsene i hope you are doing some business behind the scenes

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Re: Rival Watch

Post by RealGunner on Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:13 pm

Arsene got this

Bid for Torsten Frings coming up
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Re: Rival Watch

Post by Sina on Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:20 pm

RG Laughing
rather Carsten Ramelow though :coffee:

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