Why Mbappe WILL Fill Alexis’ Boots…

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With some quotes saying that Arsenal will have to pay 130 million for Mbappe, is he really worth it?

With Sanchez possibly going out the door, the answer is yes! Here's Why:

  • Sanchez will likely command a sale fee of 50 million, a significant profit.
  • This fee will reduce Mbappe's purchase price to around 80 million, which will be further offset by other departures.
  • Sanchez is at his peak, this will be the best time to sell to gain the most favourable deal.
  • Sanchez has about 4 years at his peak, Mbappe has 14 years.
  • The massive escalation in transfer fees mean that 130 million will likely be surpassed by his resale value in a few years.

 

But can Mbappe really fill Alexis' boots? There is no doubt that Sanchez is at his peak: 72 goals in 145 games for Arsenal clearly surpasses his 47 in 141 for Barcelona, and his 21 in 112 for Udinese.

Mbappe showed massive improvement in his second season to score 26 goals in 44 games for Monaco. This is almost exactly the same ratio as Sanchez' 30 goals in 51 games for Arsenal last season.

 

Clearly, one player will not necessarily win Arsenal the title, as shown by the failure to win with Alexis here. However, the price should not be prohibitive(as shown above), and, his pacy ability to put the ball in the back of the net should match(and probably surpass) that of Alexis Sanchez!

 

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New Arsenal Kit Unveiled…Nothing To See Here!

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Arsenal Release New Kit...Nothing To See Here

With the release of the kit, Arsenal attempted to emphasise the joy of being a gooner, the oneness of the team and the excitement necessary to foster massive merchandise sales.

The question is: Is the kit sufficiently an upgrade to warrant the cost of replacing what one already owns?

The reality is that the kit is only marginally different, and this will likely deter parents from shelling out masses of dosh to help their kids stand out as current and cool.

Likely, though, as it is with any iphone release etc, that there will still be hordes of masses who will purchased the kit for bragging rites.

However, for me, the kit is nothing new here.

 

 

 

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Will Giroud Leave? Here’s Why It Should Happen…

 

Giroud to leave? Why that’s good..


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The Career Of Giroud In A Shapshot

Grenoble 2005-7

Giroud began with a modest 2 goals in 25 games for the Ligue 2 side. His elevation followed 5 years with the youth academy, eventually signing his professional contract at age 21.

Istres 2007-8

14 goals in 34 games showed the emerging Giroud to be striker who could deliver. He was just short of the 1 in 2 formula that marks a good striker.

Tours 2008-10

36 goals in 67 games for the Ligue 2 outfit was a top notch return and was subsequently signed by Montpellier for 2 Million, although he was loaned back to Tours for the remainder of the season.

Montpellier 2010-12

His 39 goals in 85 games showed that he could adjust well to the change from Ligue 2 to Ligue 1. This also resulted in his being called up for national competition, making his first of the 64 appearances for France.

Arsenal 2012-17

Giroud moved to Arsenal in 2012 for the sum of 12.4 million Euros, quite a good profit for Montpellier. The striker always had a hot/cold appreciation with the fans, perhaps due to scoring 98 in 226 appearances, under the 1 in 2 formula often used to judge strikers. During the 2016-17 season, Giroud often appeared from the subs bench, playing second string to Alexis and Welbeck. The lack of game time led to speculation that Giroud would soon be on the move, as we discuss below.

Editorial – Why Arsenal Should Sell Giroud

Giroud, being over 30 has undoubtedly peaked and whilst his career is not over, certainly the band is warming up. So, who would buy a player in the evening of his career? Many would. Even though Giroud’s season tally of 16 for 2016-17 was the lowest of his Arsenal career, he did have only limited opportunities.

Now for the crucial bit. A somewhat unspectacular career for France has blossomed in the last year or so, scoring 8 goals in 14 matches for France in 2016, and, 6 goals in only 5 matches in 2017(at the time of writing).

Clearly Giroud’s international performances show that the striker still has much to offer, and, clearly is a factor in the reported figure of 20 million.

So, why sell?

  • Now over 30, Giroud is subject to the same criteria that motivated the sale of Van Persie to United.
  • Whilst he is banging them in with ease on the international stage, his club tallies are good but not spectacular.
  • A purported fee commanding 20 million would be a tidy profit for Arsene Wenger who is always prudent in the transfer market.
  • Arsene Wenger has promised a serious title challenge and will require a striker who can approach the goal a game excellence of a Lacazette, Ronaldo or Messi(if Arsenal can afford and negotiate such a deal)

Olivier Giroud has been a loyal and consistent servant of Arsenal F.C., however, it is time for him to move on and enjoy the final years of his distinguished playing career.

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Arsenal’s Opening Month is Pivotal…

August Vital

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Fixtures

Saturday August 12

v Leicester(Home)

It's only been a year since Leicester won the title. They made a comeback under Shakespeare towards the end of last season, they will be eager to continue showing momentum against The Gunners

Saturday August 19

v Stoke City(AWAY)

Stoke City at home? Often not the easiest of prospects yet still should be one that the Gunners will aim to secure 3 points from

SATURday August 26

v Liverpool(AWAY)

The Kop under Klopp have starting morphing into a real threat. Some good additions during this transfer window could see a real struglle for The Gunners here. One thing is for sure, it will show the strength of Arsenal's title ambitions

About Me

Hi, I'm Simon. Lifelong Arsenal fan. Here's a little experience:

Many years ago I was at a Palace v Arsenal match. The goalkeeper for Palace was someone who seemed obsessed with his hair. Boy, did we give him some stick! A short while later, this keeper signed for Arsenal! Keep doing your hair Dave!!

Background

2016-17

v Leicester 1W 1D 0L

2016-7

v Stoke City 2W 0D 0L

2016/7

v Liverpool 0W 0D 2L

Average Goals(AFC) Versus:

Leicester 1.8
Stoke 1.9
Liverpool 1.9

Contact

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Mourinho on Wenger-The Leopard Changes It’s Spots?

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As quoted on ESPN, Mourinho has done a 180(apparently) in his opinion of Arsene Wenger. The leopard truly has changed it’s spots!

Consider the following quotes:

  • “Football now means if you don’t get success then you are gone — so yes, I feel bad for other managers. When you are at one club for 20 years it is impossible to have success every single year. Even Sir Alex will tell you that.”
  • “The truth is that I hope Wenger keeps his job at Arsenal. I really do. I hope that the club trusts him to make things better. I think that Arsene is probably the last example of a manager who brings stability to a club over such a long time”
  • “Sir Alex was the same at United and he was able to leave when he knew it was time to leave. I hope that it is the same with Wenger. Why not?”

 

Jose went on to say that he will likely field an understrength team tonight and hopes this makes Wenger happy.

Is this truly the leopard changing it’s spots? Or, is it another chapter in the Mourinho mind games? It is unlikely that Jose would try to increase the confidene of his opposite number, but, we will learn more later today

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Arsenal 1 – Leicester 0: The Monreal and Alexis Show!

 

As It Stands

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A resurgent Leicester team challenged the Gunners for long periods today, however the Gunners had two unlikely stars:

1/ Monreal followed up his recent goal with another after 85 minutes. The goal, however, won’t be credited to him since it was going wide and only found the net due to a huge deflection off Leicester’s Huth. That being the case, Arsenal still owe the Spaniard a debt for his confidence that led to their victory.

2/ Alexis. Notice the image assigned to this blog? After 92 minutes, the Arsenal made a bizarre play for Oscar nomination. After spending time trying to obstruct a Leicester throw(apparently legally), the throw struck Alexis on the shoulder, he turned to see if everyone was watching, then threw himself to the ground clutching his face. He was unsurprisingly booked for the dive. He followed this up shortly afterwards by shoulder barging a Leicester opponent from behind, and, again fell clutching his face! Well, Alexis won’t get an Oscar for those performances but he at least got the attention of the referee!

 

Leicester continued their revival under Shakespeare. They not only threatened but looked solid in defence. They deserved a point but even though that didn’t happen, they look like a brighter future awaits than it was under Ranieri in recent times. It took only an unavoidable error in the last 5 minutes of normal time for their defence to be compromised, and they should be proud of their efforts.

 

In truth, this game was a good test for Arsenal’s mental strength considering their recent fragility. They spent some time with the new back 3 formation before returning to the back 4 of previous times. Having passed this test, Arsenal should have sufficient confidence for the weekends bigger test.

 

Wenger how has a highly respectable win ratio of 59.57%, 28 from 47 games in charge. In the EPL his season stands at 18 wins from 32 games(56.25%). It’s good to remember that these percentages are superior to last year when Arsenal finished 2nd.

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Alexis Sanchez WON’T Be Sold, Here Are The If’s And Buts…..

Speculation just won’t back down that Sanchez is just about out the door, so Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger sought to calm nerves on the Alexis Sanchez contract saga, and succeeded, sort of!

On the plus side, he said:

“I don’t think that you would sell him to any Premier League club, that is for sure.”

 

Well, that’s a reasonable promise that he won’t be banging them in against Arsenal anytime soon.

However, he also said:

“I let Van Persie go in the last year of his contract because Van Persie was 29, going on 30, and he was signing a long-term contract. That is not the case with Alexis. Alexis is 28. So that is a bit different.”

So, what we read into that is that Van Persie was sold because he was 29, and Alexis is one year away from Van Persie’s position. How does this translate into new contract language? Well, it means that a new contract will need to be a lengthy one(since his current contract already has a year to go). To keep Sanchez after 30 means that his value will go down each year as his body begins to age. To keep Sanchez for 5 years(until 33) would mean that he would be sold as a good player, with experience and skill, but not necessarily with his explosive speed on the turn.

The fact that no contract has so far been signed was alluded to by this comment:

“The disagreements are more purely contractual.” What this means is that either money, or length of contract, are the sticking points. If the manager thought that Van Persie was approaching the twilight of his career at 29, will he be willing to smash the wage structure for a player one year the junior over an extended period of 5 years? It seems unlikely.

So, what we know is that Arsenal will try to prevent Sanchez join an EPL rival. However, both sides would like to keep the status quo of Alexis being an Arsenal player although both sides are entrenched in different views as to what he would be worth as a player over 30. This problem may well be solved in the summer as Arsene says, but, it will require compromise by one or both parties.

*Quotes as listed on the Arsenal website

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Is it TIME for Wenger? Wenger OUT!….?????

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Nothing gets Arsenal supporters blood boiling more than the issue of it’s ageing manager, Arsene Wenger, and, whether it’s time for him to go. So, let’s look at the facts, is it truly time for Wenger OUT:

  • His win/loss ration(overall) is 57.32%, the next best(20 games or more), is –
  • George Elcoat with 53.49%(season 1898-99)

Now, this season, his ratio this season is 58.69%(27 wins from 46). This ratio is above his average.

Last season(2015-16) his win ratio was 51.85%(28 wins from 54). This season has shown a significant improvement.

 

Last year, Arsenal won 20 from 38 games. this year the tally currently stands at 17 from 31.

 

So, why the discontent? Remember that Leicester won the title with 81 points from 38 games. The current leaders, Chelsea, have 75 from 32 games, a possible total tally of 93 points. Second place Tottenham have 71 from 32, a possible haul of 89, and, even fourth place Manchester City have 64 points from 32 matches, a possible haul of 82 points, all of these teams can surpass last year’s leaders tally.

 

This means that the competition this year is significantly stronger than last year, and does NOT mean that Arsenal have fared worse than last year.

Many fans will point to Arsenal’s extended losing streak, and there is no doubt that this should not have occurred. However, when you consider the context:

  • stronger opposition
  • better Arsenal year on year record

this losing streak, in context, is understandable. The players have experiened more mental pressure than last year from facing stronger opposition, and, despite periods of low confidence and poor results, have actually performed better than in previous terms.

So, the question of Wenger OUT?, should be taken in context. This year, Wenger’s managerial record is above not only last years, but, also above his long term achievements. The problem lies in the fact that Arsenal’s improvement this year has been eclipsed by the improvement shown by it’s rivals.

 

Wenger out? Be careful what we wish for!

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