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Everything posted by xCELERYx

  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    To chime in on this. From my understanding, the signings of Ziyech, Werner and the impending Havertz deal will effectively be covered by the money raised through Hazard and Morata's sale. We've also sold Pasalic, Aina, Kalas, Hector, Omeruo and Luiz this season on top. This excludes any loan fees received. Then we'll have a substantial amount of money freed up with Pedro and Willian leaving. I know Frank as spoken about spending to buy from here on, and I do believe this will be the case somewhat, but I do think there'll still be some sort of general budget remaining to work with. How much that is is anyone's guess of course. We've got plenty of deadwood to ship out, so I can see us still having the ability to address possibly three main areas - GK, CB and LB. Although, we may see a couple of more budget type signings. I've seen that Stones is a possible £20m target, with Lampard believing he can turn his form around. Wouldn't be shocked if we see a deal or two like this made once we get our main targets secured.
  2. Champions League 2019/2020

    And not because of Sarri that's for sure. He was f-ing dreadful, in every sense. I'm just glad that's that. Two whole years I've had to endure his incumbent mug on the touchline of the two teams I support. Glad it's over.
  3. This game is as good as gone anyway, so there's probably little point in risking the likes of Kante, Willian or Loftus-Cheek.
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    Thanks Jane, although lets not exaggerate things haha. Yo Kratos! Money talks, particularly in this current environment. Although, I don't believe we'll be taking this route to begin with.
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    Solid player, would add some leadership down back. He'll be 29 in December though, and I'm not sure how willing Brighton would be to sell at a reasonable price. I'd like us to look at Nikola Milenkovic from Fiorentina. Good no nonsense central defender with good size and speed.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    Man City weren't banned because they only breached the rule twice, that's a full twenty-seven less times than us. They also pleaded guilty when pulled up on it. We on the other hand were warned, ignored that and continued to sign players while knowingly breaching the rules (throw in other funky dealings) and then got caught. We were also guilty of similar years ago when it came to signing Kakuta - thus we've had prior history. What did you expect? There's absolutely nothing unjust about what has happened and both teams have been punished accordingly based on their actions.
  7. Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0

    Given the continuously patronising, dismissive and aggressive manner in which the individual in question interacts with not only myself, but towards others on here as well, the problem extends well beyond what I had to say. With that said, business as usual and I'll be going back to browsing past their posts once again.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think it largely boils down to the fact we breached the rules to sign 29 players, despite having been previously warned and . Man City broke these rules to sign 2 players and pleaded guilty. We were also guilty of another rule with regards to paying Traroe's mum to get first refusal, along with the other stuff that went into that. Overall, I don't think there's really much to complain about.
  9. Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0

    Unless you're legally blind or just insufferably dense, NET SPEND was the measure being used quite clearly in my post. You know, the ultimate figure the club spends out of their own pocket once sale revenue is taken into account.
  10. Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0

    A keeper we could have had for a fraction of the cost months prior with a bit more forward thinking. Jorginho may have been a better midfield body, but he was a rather specialist purchase that could just as easily end up a square peg within a different style/system. I'd say the priorities of where we spent didn't completely align with our biggest needs. Outside of Kepa, there's a strong case that central defence (for example) was bigger need than say midfield. Of course, it's a somewhat subjective situation because everyone is going to have their own views as to what positions contain greater importance. For me though, central defence was a must, and has been for awhile. As it stands we're going to suffer for it this season because of a lack of foresight. It is what it is though I suppose. Gotta roll with it now.
  11. Liverpool 2 Chelsea FC 2 (Liverpool wins 5-4 Pens)

    Would be nice to get an early one over this lot, although expectations aren't high. I envision their speed in attack causing us some big problems and we'll probably ship a couple. Optimistically, 1-0 to us. Realistically, 1-3 to them.
  12. Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0

    The issue is if the club will indeed pony up when it matters. Prior to last season under Sarri, the last time the club really did just that was 2012/13. Otherwise we've largely kept a pretty modest net spend given how the market has been, largely relying on player sales to fund deals and balance books. For example last season under Sarri we spent around 130m net. However, it was largely invested in players that didn't really plug any of the holes we had. We've been crying out for a commanding centre half since Conte arrived, and here we are still waiting to have this glaring issue addressed. The club didn't want to cough up for VVD, and instead we've seen the old brigade move on, leaving the mantel to players who are largely incapable of holding the same standard. The equally important part of us spending money moving forward is making sure we're buying the right players to begin with. And if a quality player like a VVD does come up, being prepared to dig a bit deeper to get a deal done for that sort of quality.
  13. Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0

    Rough start but that's how unforgiving the PL can be. Thought we had some really good periods, didn't get the rub of the green on a few occasions and United were simply more clinical when it mattered. Despite all this I think we showed we're capable when we want to be. Lack of quality in certain areas will hinder us, but there's a few bright lights in there that will hopefully grow as the season progresses. We'll be better for this sort of result long term. Onto the next one.
  14. Official: David Luiz Joins Arsenal

    Really impressed by the manner in which Frank has handled what could have been a rather disruptive situation. He's held himself well in all of this.
  15. Official: David Luiz Joins Arsenal

    Good luck to him. Likeable character, but still showcases the same boyhood mistakes at 32. He wasn't our answer, nor will he be Arsenal's.
  16. Official: David Luiz Joins Arsenal

    I believe his situation was because he wanted to leave at the end of his contract last season, Arsenal then activated their one year extension option and he was stuck. Hence forcing the situation.
  17. Transfer Talk Topic

    I get that, but at the end of the day it's not as if Luiz makes us a significantly better team, nor is he our future. What he's like off the pitch shouldn't be a defining factor, no matter how much of a character he is. We're in a unique situation where we can take more risks with the team. And truth be told, he's probably rather fortunate to have secured a new deal recently as it is. The fact we'll possibly get a transfer fee is good business.
  18. Transfer Talk Topic

    With some of the reactions I've seen you'd think we're selling N'Golo Kante to Arsenal for a tenner.
  19. Transfer Talk Topic

    Completely unbothered if Luiz goes. Don't get me wrong, he's a good character but on the pitch he leaves a heck of a lot to be desired at times. His defending is inconsistent and his leadership qualities are massively overstated. He was fortunate to get a contract extension as it was, so to turn around and get a fee for him isn't bad business. He certainly isn't going to improve as a player, nor exactly lift Arsenal to any new heights. Good chance to see one of the younger lads stake a claim.
  20. Transfer Talk Topic

    As much as I agree with you about virtually everything that's been expressed thus far, you're also wasting your breath trying to argue the point with the particular individual you're in great discussion with. He'll do everything possible to twist, turn and bend everything said (even the facts) just to suit himself. I did have to laugh when I caught a glimpse of the "Monaco being a feeder club to Juventus" comment that was quoted though. From someone that self confessed that he hasn't watched or taken interest in Italian football, he sure does sprout a lot of inaccurate junk as fact. The last transfer between Monaco and Juve was the loan of Sergio Almiron (from Juve to Monaco) back in 07/08. Prior to that Oliver Kapo was loaned out to Monaco in 05/06. If memory serves me correctly, you'd have to go all the way back to 00/01 for the last actual transfer, which was David Trezeguet to Juventus from Monaco. So two loans and one full transfer in the span of nearly the last 20 years between the two clubs. That's some serious "feeder club" action right there...
  21. Season prediction

    They were bread and butter during the height of JT, Ricky, Ballack, Lampard, Ivanovic, Cahill etc. Both in terms of attacking and defending them. For me it went down hill once our midfield got smaller and more technical, and central defender combinations shifted away from imposing physical players who dominated aerially but were also intelligent defensively with their marking ability. With Terry and Cahill losing their leg speed in their latter years, shifting to 3ATB under Conte helped curb this issue slightly because of the additional body, but also because it meant that we could cover individual weaknesses a little more. We obviously still lacked from an attacking aspect, but at least we could defend a ball into the box more effectively. The return to a 4ATB and the increased importance placed on utilising defenders greater technical ability with ball at feet, has seen the dip rise because it's come at the cost of more dominating defender types who are good in the air. Now, whenever a ball comes into the box, be it from open play or a set piece, we look cumbersome and vulnerable. A change in the structure of marking (zonal/man) also had an influence. I don't see this improving greatly under Lampard initially. We might look a bit more organised when defending a set piece, but I think while we still have no defenders with a strong aerial game and marking quality, we'll still be suspect in those situations.
  22. Official: David Luiz Joins Arsenal

    Concentration for 90 minutes remains his biggest flaw. He can be excellent for 85 minutes and then next minute have a complete brain melt which exposes the team. His saving grace has been his ability on the ball. If he didn't have that, he'd be out of the side. Really hope once we're able to buy players again we immediately target a commanding central defender, one that can impose themselves on games and offer the leadership qualities we're missing.
  23. Squad Status: 2019/2020 Season

    Don't think anything of that nature has been confirmed yet. I doubt we'll see much change in terms of capacity, Azpilicueta remains the best choice. Not big on Luiz in an official leadership role personally, but he's probably the best alternative option we have for a VC role. Which says a lot about how much leadership we lack in this team currently.
  24. Season prediction

    PL Winner: Man City2nd: Liverpool3rd: Tottenham4th: Arsenal5th: Man Utd6th: Wolves7th: ChelseaCL winner: LiverpoolFA Cup winner: Man CityLeague Cup winner: Man CityPL top scorer: AgueroRelegated: Norwich, Sheff Utd & Newcastle
  25. Transfer Talk Topic

    TBF Sarri is reportedly the one who is giving the all clear to this move being made. Which is absolutely baffling, if it does indeed happen.