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  • Re: TFF chit chat 15th, 16th, 19th, 20th and 21st April.
    15 Apr 2014, 17:55

    Arsenal team:

    #Arsenal team to play West Ham: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Arteta, Rosicky, Kallstrom, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud

    #Arsenal subs: Fabianski, Bellerin, Jenkinson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Sanogo, Akpom

    From twitter


    annnnnnnnnnnnnnd no Gibbs .. again :( :( :( not even on the bench for crying out loud.
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  • Re: The Rounded Keeper - FPL Pubtalk & Matchday Banter 2013
    15 Apr 2014, 17:53

    Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Arteta, Rosicky, Kallstrom, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud
    Fabianski, Bellerin, Jenkinson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Sanogo, Akpom
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    Adrian, Reid, Tomkins, Jarvis, Armero, Carroll, Noble, Demel, Diame, Downing, Nocerino
    McCartney, Vaz Te, Taylor, Jaaskelainen, C.Cole, J.Cole, Johnson
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  • Re: John Morrison Elite League 2013-14
    14 Apr 2014, 17:04

    Silver Boot

    £10 to the manager who accumulates the most cup goals over the season.

    FA Cup goal added:
    Mertesacker, Per (ARS) - 1 goal

    Huddlestone, Meyler and Quinn also scored a goal each for Hull but no one in the Elite League has them.

    Two other Hull scorers - Fryatt and Sagbo - are not in the Sun game.

    Running totals are...

    35 Goals chrispyb
    29 Goals nigel1305, Ossie LUFC, Tic-Tac-Angle
    28 Goals backlash, ck luck, ronny10
    27 Goals Hotpot, The Black Dogs, wolviebob
    26 Goals blessedbrian, ISSACA, midnightrun, rinky
    25 Goals llama, Magic Plums, Peterfinch2, spoogehead, Woody123
    24 Goals Chris765, daz38
    23 Goals Curry Head, frattonender, gutshot, MARTYNWOOD, Vid
    22 Goals dreamteamwinner1112, hibee666, Mhk, minigokou, the doc, Tim Bisley, Zimmerman
    21 Goals chrisharry12345, FLASH333, Fudge Brownie, Nedved, seysey, the dude abides, WNP
    20 Goals Achiles74, Mad dog, Stoneybatter, superiorpinkham
    19 Goals Ashers, Brettley, CBN, chrismar, garypeacock, jpk, kid kongo, Miles_T, Suzykins, the Pom
    18 Goals Cane, jeffmcgow, jonnyholywoodni, legs11, Rick, the-postman, Zarch
    17 Goals aremis1234, army786, budastep, dellboy30, el_cee, Iceman10, Jagduracell, ken thorn, Kris_fiso, Maximo Monkey, Minion123, SEROLDO, Sim, The Bear, thejudge
    16 Goals JOHNBOY72
    15 Goals beardown, buckowski, Gaylord, jonwebb76
    14 Goals Arch Stanton, Bluenosey, gypo99, redmanfreeman23
    13 Goals andi_jones, Avesken, Dang13, Edmondson, Foxtrot, il gatto, marcusuk, sdhough
    12 Goals owenclass, Pogo_05, Stargunner, Themd01, yorkyowl
    11 Goals juckster, knighteye, vaughana
    8 Goals pwallis1973
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  • Re: Turning points
    13 Apr 2014, 11:33

    Mertesacker's equaliser comes pretty close.

    We will now never know if Wenger would of left Arsenal at the end of the season, if his team had lost yesterday's semi-final. He still could, of course.
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  • Re: TFF chit chat 12th and 13th April.
    12 Apr 2014, 17:48

    Arsenal 1-1 Mertesacker (Ox)
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  • Re: TFF chit chat 12th and 13th April.
    12 Apr 2014, 15:57

    Latic wrote:
    Mystery wrote:
    Team News Wigan v Arsenal (17:07 BST)
    Arsenal XI: Fabianski, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Monreal, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Cazorla, Podolski, Sanogo



    Arsenal are clear favourites but the first word in my mind when I saw this line-up - beatable.
    First thought in my mind was they'll be losing when Giroud comes on to sort it all out.
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  • Re: TFF chit chat 12th and 13th April.
    12 Apr 2014, 15:14

    Mystery wrote:
    Team News Wigan v Arsenal (17:07 BST)
    Arsenal XI: Fabianski, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Monreal, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Cazorla, Podolski, Sanogo



    Arsenal are clear favourites but the first word in my mind when I saw this line-up - beatable.
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  • Re: TFF chit chat 12th and 13th April.
    12 Apr 2014, 15:08

    Team News Wigan v Arsenal (17:07 BST)

    Aaron Ramsey starts for Arsenal - his first start since Boxing Day. And Yaya Sanogo is in from the start too.

    Arsenal XI: Fabianski, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Monreal, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Cazorla, Podolski, Sanogo
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  • Re: John Terry
    11 Apr 2014, 21:24

    Stemania wrote:
    I think a fodda -> DGW fodda 4ph would be my move if I was down to 10 if Terry was injured, certainly if I had only one Chelsea defender anyway.

    If I had two Chelsea defs and was happy with my fodda (say a Hull def for the GW37 double) I'd actually be tempted to take a hit and go for an Arsenal defender for their run of

    West Ham (H)
    Hull City (A)
    Newcastle (H)
    West Brom (H)
    Norwich (A).

    I'd certainly stick with a 'premium' defender rather than weaken the defense if I was getting rid of Terry, but again, I do think fodda -> Palace fodda would likely be the best route (Villa might actually be a good shout given they have a decent game this week and a double in GW37 too).


    That's not a bad idea actually - save 0.2, get in Mertesacker's goal threat and decent fixture and hope. The savings might even allow me to upgrade AJ to Ramsey too :?
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  • Re: Elite Long WeekendDreamTeam ENTRY THREAD Weekend 27
    11 Apr 2014, 18:25

    Def: Mertesacker
    Mid: Cazorla
    Str: Lambert
    Cap: Lambert
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  • Re: Elite Long WeekendDreamTeam ENTRY THREAD Weekend 27
    08 Apr 2014, 21:03

    Mertesacker
    Puncheon
    Lambert*
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  • Re: DGW34 Captain
    07 Apr 2014, 11:52

    Fuzzy wrote:
    Almost 2/3rds going for Lukaku. Interesting.

    Spent a lot of time foraging up around the right wing yesterday, and has scored a grand total of 4 points from 180 minutes against these two opponents so far this season.

    I'm not saying its not without merit, but is it such a slam dunk?


    Thats the first time he's ever played there, at least for Everton, not sure about anyone else. Was a tactical decision to play him up against Monreal instead of Mertesacker. This allowed Naismith to play up front on his own who dropped deeper and dragged the Arsenal centrebacks out, which in turn allowed Mirallas and Baines to get behind the fullbacks and Lukaku run infield from the right on his favoured left foot. And generally cause havoc in the Arsenal defence which worked.
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  • Re: TFF chit chat 5th, 6th and 7th April.
    06 Apr 2014, 11:38

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Monreal, Arteta, Flamini, Rosicky, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud
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  • Re: Premium standings
    03 Apr 2014, 20:57

    Top 31

    Szczesny 13
    Cech 5
    Boruc 3
    Lloris 3
    Mignolet 2
    Begovic 1
    De Gea 1
    Howard 1
    Jussi 1
    Speroni 1


    Davies 16
    Cahill 15
    Coleman 15
    Gibbs 12
    Terry 12
    Sagna 12
    Mertesacker 9
    Fonte 8
    Azpilicueta 7
    Shaw 5
    Kolarov 4
    Koscielny 2
    Brown 1
    Chico 1
    Distin 1
    Lovren 1
    Walker 1
    Williams 1
    Zabaleta 1


    Hazard 27
    Toure 23
    Lallana 16
    Silva 14
    Barkley 6
    Oscar 5
    Gerrard 4
    Nasri 4
    AOC 1
    Noone 1
    Navas 1


    Suarez 28
    Sturridge 17
    Rooney 10
    Aguero 9
    Giroud 9
    Dzeko 6
    Lukaku 3
    Bony 1
    Rodriguez 1
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  • Re: Premiership team of the season
    02 Apr 2014, 7:47

    My team of the season would be this:

    Cech - least goals conceded in the league
    Ivanovic - many clean sheets this season, also good attacking wise
    Coleman - many goals for a right back this season
    Mertesacker - without those few losses where Arsenal conceded big, they actually had a really good defence and I think it wouldn't be as good without the big German
    Hazard - really important player for Chelsea this season
    Silva - Actually might be someone else here as Silva did not play for some time, but when he does I think he is what keeps the Man City creative going - also he has 6 goals and 8 assists which is quite a good statistic.
    Yaya Toure - the best midfielder in this season in my opinion
    Gerrard - plenty of assists and goals this year and in my opinion what keeps the team chemistry together
    Rooney - while United might be having a bad season, I think without Rooney it would be much worse
    Suarez - no questions here
    Sturridge - 2nd leading goalscorer and he did skip some games too just as Suarez.

    Subs:
    Boruc - I think without him the season would've started as good at it did for Southampton
    Jay Rodriguez - plenty of goals, which helped Southampton to get into top 10
    Baines - while I think this season might not be as good as Baines' have had some years ago, he definately is what keeps Everton's defence together and also has helped out with some goals. Would like to see more assists from him though
    Lallana - I think he has become really better since last year and has a high potential for the future too
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  • Re: Premiership team of the season
    31 Mar 2014, 21:37

    .......................Cech.......................
    Coleman..Terry..Mertesacker...Baines
    ......Ramsey........Yaya........Hazard...
    .......Suarez....Sturridge....Rooney.....
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  • Re: John Morrison Elite League 2013-14
    29 Mar 2014, 23:14

    Elite League players ranked by ownership.

    Code:
    Player                       Pre-TW Post-TW Change
    Hazard, Eden (CHE)           75     81      +6     
    Suarez, Luis (LIV)           65     72      +7     
    Toure, Yaya (MCY)            36     58      +22   
    Terry, John (CHE)            26     43      +17   
    Giroud, Olivier (ARS)        46     43      -3     
    Mignolet, Simon (LIV)        45     42      -3     
    Sturridge, Daniel (LIV)      14     40      +26   
    Lallana, Adam (SOT)          35     37      +2     
    Rooney, Wayne (MUN)          12     32      +20   
    Cahill, Gary (CHE)           11     28      +17   
    Williams, Ashley (SWA)       38     28      -10   
    Coleman, Seamus (EVE)        23     26      +3     
    Aguero, Sergio (MCY)         11     25      +14   
    Silva, David (MCY)           18     21      +3     
    Chico (SWA)                  29     21      -8     
    Rose, Danny (TOT)            31     21      -10   
    Fonte, Jose (SOT)            22     20      -2     
    Davies, Curtis (HUL)         13     19      +6     
    Barkley, Ross (EVE)          11     17      +6     
    Kolarov, Aleksandar (MCY)    13     17      +4     
    Gibbs, Kieran (ARS)          17     17      0     
    Sagna, Bacary (ARS)          18     17      -1     
    Lloris, Hugo (TOT)           18     17      -1     
    van Persie, Robin (MUN)      66     17      -49   
    Oscar (CHE)                  14     14      0     
    Coutinho, Philippe (LIV)     22     14      -8     
    Azpilicueta, Cesar (CHE)     3      13      +10   
    Boruc, Artur (SOT)           12     12      0     
    Lukaku, Romelu (EVE)         4      11      +7     
    Shaw, Luke (SOT)             6      11      +5     
    Vertonghen, Jan (TOT)        16     11      -5     
    Negredo, Alvaro (MCY)        41     11      -30   
    Lovren, Dejan (SOT)          10     10      0     
    Mertesacker, Per (ARS)       6      9       +3     
    Cazorla, Santi (ARS)         11     9       -2     
    Walker, Kyle (TOT)           17     9       -8     
    Dawson, Michael (TOT)        19     9       -10   
    Dzeko, Edin (MCY)            5      8       +3     
    Baines, Leighton (EVE)       7      8       +1     
    Vorm, Michel (SWA)           7      8       +1     
    Ivanovic, Branislav (CHE)    9      8       -1     
    Nasri, Samir (MCY)           0      7       +7     
    Gerrard, Steven (LIV)        3      7       +4     
    Walcott, Theo (ARS)          8      7       -1     
    Mata, Juan (MUN)             9      7       -2     
    Bony, Wilfried (SWA)         9      7       -2     
    Ramsey, Aaron (ARS)          11     7       -4     
    Kompany, Vincent (MCY)       4      6       +2     
    Szczesny, Wojciech (ARS)     4      6       +2     
    Eriksen, Christian (TOT)     6      6       0     
    Cech, Petr (CHE)             6      6       0     
    Zabaleta, Pablo (MCY)        6      6       0     
    Jones, Phil (MUN)            5      5       0     
    Benteke, Christian (AVL)     5      5       0     
    Soldado, Roberto (TOT)       8      5       -3     
    Koscielny, Laurent (ARS)     4      4       0     
    Mirallas, Kevin (EVE)        5      4       -1     
    Navas, Jesus (MCY)           6      4       -2     
    Rat, Razvan (WHM)            7      4       -3     
    Bardsley, Phil (SUN)         2      3       +1     
    Mannone, Vito (SUN)          2      3       +1     
    Lampard, Frank (CHE)         2      3       +1     
    Collins, James (WHM)         3      3       0     
    Shawcross, Ryan (STO)        3      3       0     
    Paulinho (TOT)               5      3       -2     
    Rangel, Angel (SWA)          6      3       -3     
    Ozil, Mesut (ARS)            20     3       -17   
    Rosenior, Liam (HUL)         0      2       +2     
    Michu (SWA)                  0      2       +2     
    Eto'o, Samuel (CHE)          1      2       +1     
    Speroni, Julian (CRY)        1      2       +1     
    Hangeland, Brede (FUL)       2      2       0     
    Guzan, Brad (AVL)            3      2       -1     
    Jagielka, Phil (EVE)         3      2       -1     
    McAuley, Gareth (WBA)        3      2       -1     
    Januzaj, Adnan (MUN)         4      2       -2     
    Toure, Kolo (LIV)            4      2       -2     
    Adebayor, Emmanuel (TOT)     6      2       -4     
    Carrick, Michael (MUN)       0      1       +1     
    Carroll, Andy (WHM)          0      1       +1     
    Demichelis, Martin (MCY)     0      1       +1     
    Distin, Sylvain (EVE)        0      1       +1     
    Fernandinho (MCY)            0      1       +1     
    Flanagan, Jon (LIV)          0      1       +1     
    Ox-Chamberlain, Alex (ARS)   0      1       +1     
    Podolski, Lukas (ARS)        0      1       +1     
    Schurrle, Andre (CHE)        0      1       +1     
    Sterling, Raheem (LIV)       0      1       +1     
    Torres, Fernando (CHE)       0      1       +1     
    Welbeck, Danny (MUN)         0      1       +1     
    Sissoko, Moussa (NEW)        1      1       0     
    Ward, Joel (CRY)             1      1       0     
    Zaha, Wilfried (CAR)         1      1       0     
    Arnautovic, Marko (STO)      1      1       0     
    Ben Arfa, Hatem (NEW)        1      1       0     
    Clark, Ciaran (AVL)          1      1       0     
    Demel, Guy (WHM)             1      1       0     
    Evra, Patrice (MUN)          1      1       0     
    Henderson, Jordan (LIV)      1      1       0     
    Howard, Tim (EVE)            1      1       0     
    Jones, Billy (WBA)           1      1       0     
    Kaboul, Younes (TOT)         1      1       0     
    Marshall, David (CAR)        1      1       0     
    Ridgewell, Liam (WBA)        1      1       0     
    Ruddy, John (NOR)            1      1       0     
    Shelvey, Jonjo (SWA)         1      1       0     
    Taarabt, Adel (FUL)          1      1       0     
    Vidic, Nemanja (MUN)         1      1       0     
    Vlaar, Ron (AVL)             1      1       0     
    Yanga-Mbiwa, Mapou (NEW)     1      1       0     
    Enrique, Jose (LIV)          1      1       0     
    Ramires (CHE)                1      1       0     
    Jaaskelainen, Jussi (WHM)    1      1       0     
    Johnson, Adam (SUN)          2      1       -1     
    Luiz, David (CHE)            2      1       -1     
    Brady, Robbie (HUL)          2      1       -1     
    Davies, Ben (SWA)            3      1       -2     
    McGeady, Aiden (EVE)         1      0       -1     
    Mitroglou, Kostas (FUL)      1      0       -1     
    Young, Ashley (MUN)          1      0       -1     
    Chiriches, Vlad (TOT)        1      0       -1     
    Cole, Ashley (CHE)           1      0       -1     
    Lescott, Joleon (MCY)        1      0       -1     
    Sigurdsson, Gylfi (TOT)      1      0       -1     
    Dyer, Nathan (SWA)           2      0       -2     
    Huth, Robert (STO)           3      0       -3   
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  • Re: TFF chit chat 25th, 26th, 29th, 30th, 31st March.
    29 Mar 2014, 17:34

    Arsenal v Manchester City

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Flamini, Rosicky, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud.
    Subs: Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabianski, Sanogo, Jenkinson, Kallstrom, Bellerin, Gnabry.
    Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Toure, Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Silva, Nasri, Dzeko.
    Subs: Lescott, Milner, Negredo, Kolarov, Javi Garcia, Pantilimon, Jovetic.
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  • Re: Premium standings
    28 Mar 2014, 19:57

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    Goalkeepers
    Szczesny 12
    Boruc 3
    Cech 3
    Mignolet 3
    Lloris 3
    Guzan 1
    McGregor 1
    Jaaskelainen 1
    Krul 1
    De Gea 1
    Begovic 1

    Defenders
    Coleman 14
    Cahill 13
    Gibbs 12
    Sagna 11
    Terry 9
    Mertesacker 9
    Fonte 9
    Koscielny 9
    C Davies 8
    Shaw 5
    Chico 3
    Walker 2
    Bardsley 2
    Vertonghen 2
    Dawson 2
    Williams 1
    Kolarov 1
    Azpilicueta 1
    Zabaleta 1
    Distin 1
    Jones 1
    Brown 1
    B Davies 1
    Kompany 1
    Caulker 1

    Midfielders
    Hazard 25
    Toure 23
    Lallana 17
    Silva 9
    Oscar 5
    Barkley 3
    Navas 3
    Morrison 2
    Paulinho 1
    Sterling 1
    Ozil 1
    Gerrard 1
    Mirallas 1
    Noone 1

    Strikers
    Suarez 26
    Negredo 18
    Giroud 16
    Sturridge 12
    Rooney 5
    Dzeko 5
    Van Persie 3
    Adebayor 1
    Bony 1
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  • Re: RMT - Need advice!
    28 Mar 2014, 9:09

    I'd start with the question many of us are asking - should Aguero be fit in GW34, would you bring him in for Sturridge or for Lukaku?

    After you've decided that one, then you can think about moves to get there in three transfers. I think I'd start by calculating how much spare cash I had (after the Aguero decision is made) and then look at Sterling out for someone. With a potentially injured Collins, it looks to me as though you'll be forced to play either a (likely) benched Sterling or Jedinak, which is not choice at all really.

    My own front seven is very similar, although I have Adam Johnson in for Sterling. You could probably invest in Gerrard (although I think I'd avoid that for now as I think the time for that was over the last couple of weeks) or as you say switching Jedinek for Mutch but this is a bit of a sideways move and I think I'd concentrate on getting some of that bank money out on the pitch.

    I do also think that swapping out Mertesacker is a good idea, but doing it for a hit is probably not worth it. Chelsea defenders are the obvious candidates to bring in, although you could also consider doubling up on Everton's defence with GW34 in mind.
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  • RMT - Need advice!
    27 Mar 2014, 21:45

    I'm top in an important mini-league. I really need some advice on what to do here.

    I have a tonne in the bank, so I have a few different options. Here's what I'm toying between:

    Mertesacker :arrow: Azpilicueta
    Fonte :arrow: Azpilicueta
    Collins :arrow: Azpilicueta

    Jedinak :arrow: Mutch (Choo choo!)

    I can absorb hits on Mertesacker and Sterling. I want to keep the option of doing Lukaku :arrow: Agüero if and when.

    Any thoughts hugely appreciated!
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  • 55 points required
    26 Mar 2014, 21:13

    Hi all...just after a little help...I am 2nd in my 42 team mini league 55 points off top...and after a little advice as of what to do next??

    My team is:

    Boruc £1.5m
    Vertonghen £5.5m
    Cahill £4.5m
    Williams £3.5m
    Chico £2.5m
    Hazard £6.5m
    Toure £6.0m
    Barkley £1.5m
    Giroud £4.0m
    Rooney £7.0m
    Suarez £7.5m

    Top Team (a friend) will probably be as follows after the window:

    Boruc
    Mertesacker
    Cahill
    Fonte
    Sagna
    Hazard
    Toure
    Silva
    Suarez
    Sturridge
    Giroud

    Couple of options I have come up with maybe or please add your own options?

    Out: Vertonghen/Chico/Williams In: Terry/Davies/Mertesacker

    Out: Giroud/Barkley/Williams In: Sturridge/Lallana/Davies

    Out: Vertonghen/Williams/Giroud In:Aguero/Terry/Davies

    Thanks in advance

    Rich
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  • Re: arsenal again fight for fourth
    26 Mar 2014, 13:26

    murf wrote:
    Blaze wrote:
    The fact is that until Stan Kroenke pisses off we'll never spend the money that we need to actually improve. Instead we'll continue to loan and buy cheap squad players from foreign second divisions for anything less than £12 million.


    Ozil? Suarez bid? Statements about cash available?

    I think Wenger is too set it in his ways following relative success (if not trophies) in the years of supposed austerity at the club and can't adapt to the new scenario of 'speculate to accumulate' meaning squad not stadium. The whole point of investing in the new stadium is lost if you just hoard your money like Ken Dodd. Will be doubly so if they miss out on the Wenger Cup, their raison d'etre.


    This article sums up the situation quite nicely.

    I would like to clarify something that came up in a recent blog concerning the Emirates Stadium debt. There are a few fans on this site who believe that the stadium debt is what has been hindering Arsenal from buying world class, quality players. This is not true, and I will explain below. Please read carefully because those of us who actually do know the facts would hate to have to post this over and over again.

    The total debt of the construction of the Emirates Stadium is roughly 500 million pounds including add-ons. Arsenal signed an agreement to pay off this debt over a long term, roughly being 20-25m per annum. If this agreement was circumvented in any way, it would incur major penalties, a risk Arsenal were not willing to take and haven’t. Therefore, the target date for the completion of paying it off is around the year 2031. Initially, through investments from companies like the Granada Media Group buying a stake worth 47million (5% shares) at the time, on top of Arsenal making a profit from selling our best players AT THE TIME (Overmars, Petit) we were able to go ahead with the construction. Arsenal secured a £260 million loan from a group of banks led by the Royal Bank of Scotland in April 2003. The cost of building the stadium had risen by 100m pounds during that period, forcing them to issue a bond scheme online via the website which raised several million, courtesy of the fans.

    Through various endorsement deals from Nike and others, Arsenal were able to continue the construction of the stadium, pay off the annual debt, and still generate a profit. The continual hiking of ticket prices and player sales made this a possibility. It is public knowledge that this accumulated profit has amounted to 70-80m up until now. For the past few years, Arsenal has been making a profit. In 2010, Highbury Square had been fully paid off and began generating profit. Emirates and Puma have signed some really lucrative deals with Arsenal accumulating to 320m pounds.

    Ladies and gentlemen, contrary to what you have believed about the stadium debt, Arsenal have been in a good position to buy world class players over the last 2 or 3 years. Instead of buying 2 or 3 top players every year, which would have bolstered our squad tremendously, given us a good chance to win silverware, given our existing world class players a reason to stay (RVP, Fabregas), increase fan support and ultimately make even more revenue, Arsene decided to go the cheaper route by buying 6 or 7 cheap players most of whom have ended up as deadwood, all the while sucking the life out of the wage bill and generally having little or no contribution to our club.

    We had to get RAPED by Man United 8-2 in order for Wenger to make some sub par signings 2 seasons ago. Those signings included Arteta, Mertesacker, Gervinho, Park and Santos. Let’s be honest, Arteta is the only one of those worth 2 bob. People can argue about Mertesacker, but in my opinion he is too slow and only looks good when Koscielny is playing beside him. (Look what a 35 year old Drogba did a few days ago). Basically we have had 4 players earning roughly 60-70k a week for 2 years who were written off as deadwood after a couple of games. Do the math, that is a whole lot of money gone to waste. I would rather Wenger have bought Mata and Cahill/Samba for a few million more, still have them in the squad today kicking arse and winning us trophies, than have a bunch of deadwoods doing nothing but leeching off the wage bill. The same applies to Djourou, Squillaci, Diaby, Denilson, Bendtner and a whole bunch of other players who just have not come to the party. Wenger is making a massive gamble every time he buys an unknown player, especially now that we have sugar daddy clubs on the rise.

    We have a saying in my home country ‘Goedkoop is duurkoop.’ Meaning – YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. 9/10 times, when you buy a big name, you get results. When buying unproven, cheap players the gamble is massive, and in our case, if they do end up becoming the next Henry, what do they do? THEY LEAVE ARSENAL, because of the very reasons I have mentioned above.

    What is even more worrying, is that if Arsenal fail to sign some big names soon and challenge for some silverware, we will have to say farewell to players like Cazorla, Kossie, Wilshere etc. It is time Wenger realizes he cannot keep giving us fans and players false hopes in pretending we are strong enough to challenge for titles with our current mediocre squad. The players and us fans need some kind of reassurance that silverware, or at least ambition to win silverware, is around the corner. It is public knowledge we have 70m to spend without repercussion. Arsene, please do yourself and us fans a favour AND SPEND IT ON TOP PLAYERS NOW!!! I would hate to write this article again same time, next year.
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  • Re: arsenal again fight for fourth
    26 Mar 2014, 8:51

    Buy someone in the summer to replace Szczesney and Giroud and with the return of Ramsey and Walcott we'd absolutely murder teams.

    ----------------------------- ??? -----------------------------

    -------- Oxlade -------- Ozil -------- Walcott --------

    -------------- Ramsey -------- Flamini --------------

    Gibbs - Mertesacker - Koscielny - Sagna

    ------------------------------ ??? ------------------------------
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  • Re: Which trio
    26 Mar 2014, 8:48

    Loris

    Mertesacker
    Gibbs
    Lovren
    Kolarov

    Toure
    Lallana
    Hazard

    Suarez
    Giroud
    Negredo

    Going with option 1, the transfers would be:

    Negredo :arrow: Sturridge
    Lovren :arrow: c Davies
    Kolarov :arrow: terry

    What would you suggest?
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  • Re: TFF chit chat 25th, 26th, 29th, 30th, 31st March.
    25 Mar 2014, 21:40

    SWANS SCORE AT THE DEATH! Mathieu Flamini hands Swansea an unlikely equaliser in stoppage time with a bizarre own goal. Leon Britton's run and shot hits Per Mertesacker and then goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny before bouncing off the unfortunate Frenchman for an Og! That could be curtains to Arsenal's title hope

    call the Keystone Kops
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  • Which trio
    25 Mar 2014, 20:49

    Which trio will score more points.

    Pro's and cons to all 3 selections.

    Negredo and Kolarov - aren't guaranteed starters, so wont play as many games.
    Aguero - injured, will he be back soon? and will he hit form again when he is?
    Mertesacker and Giroud - Arsenal seem to have gone to crap recently.
    Sturridge - seems the only player with no serious downside, though Liverpool do have a couple less games than the others
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  • Re: TFF chit chat 25th, 26th, 29th, 30th, 31st March.
    25 Mar 2014, 19:00

    Everton (to face Newcastle): Howard, Baines, Distin, Stones, Coleman, Barry, McCarthy, Deulofeu, Barkley, Osman (c), Lukaku. #EFC #EFCNUFC

    Newcastle: Krul, Yanga-Mbiwa, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Dummett, Sissoko, Anita, Tiote, Gouffran, de Jong, Cisse. #EFC #EFCNUFC

    #Arsenal team to play Swansea: Szczesny, Sagna Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Flamini, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky, Cazorla, Giroud

    #SWANS XI to face @Arsenal: Vorm, Rangel, Williams ©, Chico Flores, Taylor, Britton, Shelvey, de Guzman, Routledge, Michu, Bony. #AFCvSWA
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  • Re: Premium standings
    25 Mar 2014, 8:45

    CBN wrote:
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    Goalkeepers
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    Boruc 6
    Cech 5
    Mignolet 4
    Lloris 4
    Guzan 2
    McGregor 1
    Jaaskelainen 1
    Krul 1
    De Gea 1
    Begovic 1

    Defenders
    Sagna 23
    Gibbs 22
    Coleman 17
    Cahill 17
    Terry 17
    Mertesacker 17
    Fonte 15
    Koscielny 15
    C Davies 12
    Shaw 8
    Walker 6
    Chico 5
    Williams 4
    Bardsley 3
    Vertonghen 3
    Kolarov 2
    Dawson 2
    Azpilicueta 2
    Zabaleta 1
    Lovren 1
    Smalling 1
    Turner 1
    Distin 1
    Jones 1
    Brown 1
    B Davies 1
    Kompany 1
    Caulker 1

    Midfielders
    Hazard 41
    Toure 34
    Lallana 29
    Silva 12
    Oscar 12
    Barkley 5
    Morrison 5
    Navas 3
    Coutinho 2
    Nasri 1
    Eriksen 1
    Paulinho 1
    de Guzman 1
    Sterling 1
    Ozil 1
    Cazorla 1
    Gerrard 1
    Mirallas 1
    Januzaj 1
    Noone 1

    Strikers
    Suarez 44
    Negredo 30
    Giroud 24
    Sturridge 18
    Rooney 11
    Dzeko 7
    Van Persie 5
    Adebayor 4
    Bony 2
    Aguero 1



    Those Arsenal blocks going down quicker than 'Divine Brown' :mrgreen:

    Aronimink will be streaking away after tonight & Yorkshire Dales (another on Fiso) keeps in the hunt with Dzeko
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  • Re: Premium standings
    25 Mar 2014, 8:10

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    De Gea 1
    Begovic 1

    Defenders
    Sagna 23
    Gibbs 22
    Coleman 17
    Cahill 17
    Terry 17
    Mertesacker 17
    Fonte 15
    Koscielny 15
    C Davies 12
    Shaw 8
    Walker 6
    Chico 5
    Williams 4
    Bardsley 3
    Vertonghen 3
    Kolarov 2
    Dawson 2
    Azpilicueta 2
    Zabaleta 1
    Lovren 1
    Smalling 1
    Turner 1
    Distin 1
    Jones 1
    Brown 1
    B Davies 1
    Kompany 1
    Caulker 1

    Midfielders
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    Toure 34
    Lallana 29
    Silva 12
    Oscar 12
    Barkley 5
    Morrison 5
    Navas 3
    Coutinho 2
    Nasri 1
    Eriksen 1
    Paulinho 1
    de Guzman 1
    Sterling 1
    Ozil 1
    Cazorla 1
    Gerrard 1
    Mirallas 1
    Januzaj 1
    Noone 1

    Strikers
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    Negredo 30
    Giroud 24
    Sturridge 18
    Rooney 11
    Dzeko 7
    Van Persie 5
    Adebayor 4
    Bony 2
    Aguero 1
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  • Re: Aguero injury
    25 Mar 2014, 7:29

    johnraggett wrote:
    WNP wrote:
    I'm thinking I'll leave Negredo in (assuming he starts tomorrow otherwise I might have to rethink) and hoping he catches form again. Mainly because i'm struggling to see how to fit in a more expensive striker and the cheaper ones (other than sturridge who i'm bringing in for Giroud) aren't really appealing to me.

    Rodrigues looks good but Soutampton only have 7 games left and nothing really to play for.

    My options would be:

    Negredo vs Rodrigues
    C Davies vs Mertesacker
    Terry vs Cahill


    I'm keeping Giroud, been trying to get rid of him all season, and had to make transfers elsewhere but he's steadily scored every window, even though he looks poor most times I've watched him, the extra cup games just tipping it in his favour.



    cup game.
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  • Re: Aguero injury
    24 Mar 2014, 21:59

    WNP wrote:
    I'm thinking I'll leave Negredo in (assuming he starts tomorrow otherwise I might have to rethink) and hoping he catches form again. Mainly because i'm struggling to see how to fit in a more expensive striker and the cheaper ones (other than sturridge who i'm bringing in for Giroud) aren't really appealing to me.

    Rodrigues looks good but Soutampton only have 7 games left and nothing really to play for.

    My options would be:

    Negredo vs Rodrigues
    C Davies vs Mertesacker
    Terry vs Cahill


    I'm keeping Giroud, been trying to get rid of him all season, and had to make transfers elsewhere but he's steadily scored every window, even though he looks poor most times I've watched him, the extra cup games just tipping it in his favour.
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  • Re: Aguero injury
    24 Mar 2014, 18:34

    I'm thinking I'll leave Negredo in (assuming he starts tomorrow otherwise I might have to rethink) and hoping he catches form again. Mainly because i'm struggling to see how to fit in a more expensive striker and the cheaper ones (other than sturridge who i'm bringing in for Giroud) aren't really appealing to me.

    Rodrigues looks good but Soutampton only have 7 games left and nothing really to play for.

    My options would be:

    Negredo vs Rodrigues
    C Davies vs Mertesacker
    Terry vs Cahill
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  • Re: GW32 Transfers
    23 Mar 2014, 10:56

    Mertesacker :arrow: Terry

    Done.
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  • Re: Premium standings
    22 Mar 2014, 22:41

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    Goalkeepers
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    Boruc 3
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    Begovic 1

    Defenders
    Gibbs 11
    Coleman 10
    Sagna 9
    Cahill 9
    Fonte 9
    Koscielny 8
    Terry 8
    C Davies 8
    Mertesacker 7
    Shaw 4
    Chico 3
    Bardsley 2
    Vertonghen 2
    Distin 1
    Williams 1
    Dawson 1
    Azpilicueta 1
    Jones 1
    Brown 1
    B Davies 1
    Walker 1
    Kompany 1
    Caulker 1

    Midfielders
    Hazard 22
    Toure 19
    Lallana 14
    Silva 7
    Oscar 5
    Navas 3
    Barkley 2
    Morrison 1
    Ozil 1
    Gerrard 1
    Mirallas 1
    Januzaj 1
    Noone 1

    Strikers
    Suarez 21
    Negredo 18
    Giroud 12
    Sturridge 9
    Dzeko 4
    Rooney 4
    Van Persie 3
    Bony 1
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