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Aug072016

Which top PL club has bought best?

AT transfer meter

***** “We’re going to win the league!”
**** Wheeling and dealing
*** Team’s in the tumble dryer
** Stench of complacency
* Clueless twat

Chelsea

The dismal failures of 2015/16 will no doubt cast a dark shadow over most of the Chelsea players’ minds. Reinforcements are needed, but new manager Antonio Conte has only bought Marseille striker Michy Bastshuayi and Leicester City’s former midfield destroyer N’Golo Kante. It seems as though Conte is willing to be patient and fully assess his squad before deciding where to strengthen prior to the transfer window closing.

AT transfer meter: ***

Man City

Apart from £21m Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and £13.8m Celta Vigo winger/striker Nolito, new City boss Pep Guardiola has been looking to the future with his signings. These include Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Marlos Mareno; all under 20 years old. Despite having spent over £100m already, I’m surprised the Spaniard has not yet moved to strengthen City’s defence, especially as Vincent Kompany will be missing in action for the first month.

***

Man Utd

Arch antagonist Jose Mourinho is truly the master of spending big money, and has already infused Utd with strength and power by signing Villarreal centre back Eric Bailly, Dortmund’s prolific goalscoring midfielder Henrik Mkhitaryan and aged goal machine Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Of course, there is also the impending addition of £96m midfield powerhouse Paul Pogba. I would imagine this leaves the bank pretty empty, therefore Mourinho will be relying on Wayne Rooney to roll back the years while further developing hot attacking talents, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

*****

Leicester City

With Jamie Vardy snubbing Arsenal, and Riyad Mahrez likely to do the same, Claudio Ranieri will be delighted that his Championship-winning squad has not been dismantled. Yes, they’ve lost N’Golo Kante, but he’s already been replaced by defensive midfielder hopeful Nampalys Mendy. Other signings so far include centre-back Luis Hernandez, goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler and CSKA Moscow striker Ahmed Musa who, rather promisingly, scored twice against Barcelona in pre-season. £7.5m winger Bartosz Kapustka has also joined from Polish club, Cracovia.

****

Liverpool

Although Jurgen Klopp has blown £57m on Newcastle goalscoring winger Georginio Wijnaldum and Southampton striker Sadio Mane, neither player will need time to get up to speed in the Premier League. Klopp has been quick to address the defensive issues that plagued Liverpool last season, returning to his homeland to prize towering centre-backs Joel Matip from FC Schalke and FC Ausburg’s Ragnar Klavan. Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet remains untrustworthy, hence Klopp has moved for one of Germany’s top goalkeeping prospects, 23-year-old Loris Karius from Mainz 05. Ex-Arsenal veteran Alex Manninger – now 39 – also joins. Klopp is trying to offload Christian Benteke and Mario Balotelli, which would doubtless free-up wages for one or two more signings.

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Tottenham

As demonstrated when Delli Ali and Moussa Dembele were suspended for the last two games of the season, Spurs lacked strength in depth. Pochettino made his moves early this summer making two key signings; Southampton midfield powerhouse Vincent Wanyama and the perfect understudy to Harry Kane, Dutch striker Vincent Janssen, who holds the ball up well and is a natural finisher in the box. However, if Spurs really want to build on the success of last season, fans might well be looking for a couple more additions.

**

Arsenal

The early signing of defensive midfielder Granit Xhaka was seen as a promising start, but since then it’s been the usual bungled operation with failed bids for Vardy, Mahrez and Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette. A further £10m has been splashed on the combined ‘talents’ of Japanese forward Takuma Asano, 20-year-old Bolton centre-back Rob Holding and Nigerian youth international Kelechi Nwalaki – but none of those are going to transform Arsenal into title contenders. Arteta, Rosicky and Flamini have all left the club, freeing up £12m pa in wages and there's at least £200m cash in the bank, but Wenger is already paying the price for his pre-season dithering, with Mertesacker joined (today) by Gabriel on the long-term treatment table. 

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No doubt many more deals will be completed over the next 3-4 weeks. However, Jose Mourinho is most definitely leading the transfer pack, while Wenger will be scavenging bins again looking for big club cast-offs come August 31.

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You couldn't write this AT. Wenger is just shite at everything football.

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AT

You can though.

August 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDB10

Why oh why is he so reluctant at doing the proper thing and signing the needed players, it is doing my head in. Holding and Chambers will be our only recognised CBs when facing Liverpool, it could be a total car crash and another promising career ruined.

It feels almost as if Wenger is paid by Kroenke for not spending because in his early years he bought left, right and centre, but this is not the nineties and there is a huge inflation in transfer prices but still we can afford players. Why oh why wont he buy any???

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AT

Arrogance.

August 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDanish Gooner

Hopeless is Arsene’s middle name. Fingers crossed that would be no extension contract for the old senile.

August 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterForeign Gooner

Yay, you're back.

August 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJoe P

It is yet another shocking transfer window. Cast your mind back to the beginning of the 2011-2012 season: opening game was against Liverpool, Nasri started (even though his move to Man City was imminent), Fabregas had already left. The club was in disarray - in fact it was so bad Frimpong started! We lost 2-0.

Then Wenger went on his infamous 'spending spree' with the likes of Arteta, Mertesacker, Andre Santos, Benayoun etc. It's like that again, only in my opinion WORSE. We haven't lost any players (although arguably should have). Again, the areas to strengthen are glaringly obvious, but we did finish 2nd last season so should be capitalising on that to try and keep ahead of a massively strengthened pack. But no. Fucking no. Ok so Xhaka was brought in early and he looks decent but, much like last season, areas (note the plural) that require improvement seem to be one season at a time. It is laughable.

On the rest, have to agree re Man Utd. Mourinho has taken this transfer window by the balls and squeezed. Great signings showing real ambition, and that's without the impending £90-odd-million arrival of Pogba. With the new arrivals and his winning acumen, Utd are once again the ones to watch for me.

August 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAJL

The Arsenal were league runners up, so there's not much left to fix - a tiny bit of tweaking, which the brilliant manager has already done! It's a massive disgrace to the club not to have renewed Arsene's contract, but after Arsenal lead the league come January and advance in the Champions League, let's hope Stan renews Arsene's contract for 5 more years!!!

He is a legendary manager; the longest serving manager of a classy and respectable club that doesn't buy the league but charges the highest gates because it is consistently competitive unlike Chelsea and United, who've tons of trophies but are extremely inconsistent - plus their brand and style of football is horrible.

Le professeur has proven once and for all that it's not about results but how you play the game. It's not about spending the most in transfers but attracting real quality, Arsenal-calibre quality and ensuring to maximise revenue through gate prices that can maintain this pursuit of quality.

I hope you didn't think consistency was free. Imagine the extortionate transfer fees Chavs and Mancs pay and they're still not as consistent i.e. Champions League, it's like 8 years running the round of 16 stage, where are the Chavs and Mancs? Not even in the group stage!

The Arsenal management rewards its legends and ensures through high gate prices and frugal transfer management and classy football to remain consistently competitive! In Arsene we trust, even in West London, and here's hoping you give him 5 more years!! The pain of watching our beloved Mourinho manage and succeed in Manchester can only be offset with a 5-year contract extension for Monsieur Wenger. Please, please, pleeeeeeeeeaaaaase sign him up already!!!

August 8, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterash cole

No doubt AKBs will say (one already has) you can't predict injuries, except at Arsenal you can - by dithering, the price of any centre-back will now have gone up. A few years ago, we could have had Higuain for about £32m - utter stupidity from Wenger.

BTW, what have you thought of Akpom and Iwobi's pre-season?

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AT

I haven't watched any pre-season games.

August 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

So is Ash Cole is a seriously crazed AKB or master satirist? Just... wow.

Anyway, Le Professeur said this recently:

"I personally believe the only way to be a manager is to spend the club's money as if it were your own because if you don't do that you're susceptible to too many mistakes. You make big decisions and I believe you have to act like it's your own money, like you're the owner of the club and you can identify completely with the club. Because if you don't do that I think you cannot go far."

http://www.espnfc.com.au/arsenal/story/2925400/arsenal-manager-arsene-wenger-scared-of-retirement

Because Arsene's method in the last decade of buying kids who not ready to play in the EPL and trash players like Kim Kallstrom has gone swimmingly. Many sensible non-AKBs probably already predicted that he penny pinches because he treats the club's transfer money as his own. But I can see the AKBs will be plugging their ears and shutting their eyes and still say funds is not being given to him to spend. They only want to believe what they want to believe like the cultists they are.

August 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArsenal Fan

I agree on the whole, but I'm not so convinced by Liverpool's transfer dealings. For starters, they're desperate for a left back which is their weakest area (Moreno), an area they haven't addressed, instead they've focused on more attacking midfielders which they weren't short of. Are they even an upgrade on what they already have?

I've also never heard of the CBSs they've brought in. Are they good then? You must know them to praise the signings, or are you giving them marks simply cos they've brought in a couple of defenders like they did a couple of seasons ago and we know how they turned out (Sakho for example).

Lots of question marks there for me.

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AT

I think Matip is a good signing, lots of CL and international experience and was a big favourite at Schalke. I understand that Klavan can also play left back, so maybe that's why he's been brought in.

Whether the players will adapt is another thing, but at least Klopp has tried to address the issue, unlike someone I could mention.

August 9, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterhenry8

I can't help but feel you knew the answer to this question wasn't Arsenal before you wrote this AT. How about focusing on some of the things we excel at? Like, "Which top PL club has the highest paid manager?", "Which Top PL club pays the highest dividends to its management company?" or "Which Top PL clubs consistently rapes its loyal fan base with the highest season ticket prices worldwide?" We'd have a pretty good shout in each of those categories. So maybe, as a so-called Arsenal fan, you could give us some credit for these things.

No wonder you're accused of bias.

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGunnergettheresomeday

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