Lump Of Celery

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  1. I had the same thought. Maybe we will see a return of the 442 experiment from the beginning of last season with Hazard moving uo top when he returns. Expect to see Rahman shipped out permanently if Sandro comes in. A couple years ago we were playing a rb at lb and now we might have 100mil of lb' s in the squad.
  2. Dortmund have confirmed that Aubameyang is available, apparently they have set the asking price at 70m Euros but will only sell if a deal is agreed before July 26th. Also read rumours that Barca won't pay more than £62m for Verrati however PSG won't sell for less than, this could allow us to swoop in even though he dreams of playing with Messi.
  3. If the sale of Bertrand Traore goes through it will probably mean Lacazette moving to Arsenal. Has anyone watched enough of him to know if he would be a good (and cheaper) option for our style of play? Apparently he is available for 45-50m we may be able to get that down with Traore going the other way. The fact that Athletico wanted him is a promising sign considering their track record with strikers!! I imagine me raising this question at the time we are linked with Lewandowski will lad to everyone saying he is rubbish or not as good... If not my preference would be a Prem loan for Traore to see if he is good and not strengthen Arsenal, Everton were rumoured to ne interested as well in which case we can use him to sweeten the Lukaku deal. I also saw some quotes in an article from 'a close relative' of Bats' saying he doesn't want to go on loan because he will come back and be on the fringes again, he would prefer a sale. This is contrary to Bats's quotes saying he would do whatever the club tell him.
  4. If the reports of Everton wanting him on loan are true then this is a crazy move. We could have used him to sweeten the Lukaku deal and save us some wedge, plus surely a loan to a Prem team would have been more beneficial so we could actually see if he is up to the standard to ever come back an play for us. Likewise if we were really after Tolisso from Lyon we could have used Traore to encourage them to turn down Bayern, although if the player wanted to go there it may have made no difference.
  5. Rumours were sanchez wanted to go to city, that's gone with them signing Bernardo unless they sell someone, we must be in pole position if he leaves arsenal. Could be a blessing. (I don't put too much faith in the rumours anyway)
  6. Absolutely, especially now he is not such a liability with his antics and uses his aggression in a more controlled manner. Kudos to Conte for achieving the impossible with that where previous managers have failed. Along with turning Luiz into one of the best / the best defender in the league, two almost miraculous turn arounds which have been instrumental to firing us up the league. Managed to track down another couple of articles (below) I read re Costa v Lukaku v Morata and they look at different stats to the DM article which was mainly goals. Interesting that Lukaku passing is the worst out of the three and Costa has some of the highest stats in the league for through balls completed. Lukaku wins far more aerial duels but our game is more played on the deck these days. My memory of Lukaku's limited game time at Chelsea was that the ball always seemed to bounce off him when played to him with his back to goal.
  7. Interesting article for those who were debating the Costa v Lukaku arguement. Charts when the goals were scored, which foot, points won etc My preference would be Costa staying in which case Lukaku as well would seem overkill. If however he does leave then Lukaku would be the outstanding candidate IMO.
  8. Sanchez has apparently said this at a press event in Chile - ‘I am happy in London and I hope to finish my contract at Arsenal,’ Sanchez said at a press event in Santiago. ‘I want to stay in a winning team and keep playing in the same city. I want to play in a team that has aspirations Second part is certainly interesting and suggests he is keen to join us, although always wary that he may have been misquoted / mistranslated to fit the narrative. Read more:
  9. I don't see us signing a player to partner costa in a 3-5-2 on a regular basis as there is no place for hazard in that formation and he is one of our most effective attacking players
  10. Love antonio celebrating with the fans there
  11. Massive step towards the title with the other results and a psychological boost over arsenal for the next match.
  12. To be fair to the guy we don't know that he has actually asked to leave this window (I doubt he has) and he has had some rough treatment from refs, the press and the FA. Also doesn't speak a word of the queens English and has failed to settle here. He therefore has more reasons to want to leave than say JT when he flirted with City, Frank when he almost joined Inter and Didier who also appeared to angling for a move numerous times during his Chelsea career. Considering the mercenary fashion we signed him from Atletico at a reduced fee you can't have your cake and eat it.
  13. So the headlines coming out over the past hour are now that Diego trains alone at Cobham having been banished by Conte. Yet a couple of days apparently he was faking a back injury and refusing to train/play in order to force a move to China... Hmm. Also Conte clearly stated in his post match interview that full squad training resumed on Tuesday which would explain why he is alone. This leads me to believe that if there was a bust up it was more as a result of Costa declaring himself fit and wanting to play with the coaching staff ruling him out due to not training all week. The china story appears to BS and has now given the press license to make spurious transfer links to every striker out there.. Also hilarious to see Wenger saying he is 'happy not to have a costa situation' on his hands with Sanchez who has been throwing strops on the pitch and refusing to sign a new contract. And Poch acting all smug when he says they have a happy squad and that his players wouldn't be tempted by China money. Both trying to claim kind of moral victory meanwhile we sit 7 points clear at the top of the table with Diego most likely going absolutely nowhere this season other than straight back into the team.
  14. Apparently there was a deadline to recall him which we met with 24 hours to spare. Possibly the club hit the button in case they couldn't bring someone else in, if we do get a lb this window it may look a rash decision, if we don't then a sensible move. Makes a change from loaning players out with no replacement lined up as we have done in recent windows!
  15. That is Marcos Alonso's signing on photo with the head photoshopped in