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2014-07-11 10:49:59 PM  
More, more, more!
 
2014-07-11 11:41:14 PM  

OtherBrotherDarryl: More, more, more!


Pace yourself, brother. Sanchez is fantastic, Debuchy is a solid replacement, Ospina is on the radar as a backup to Szcz, and Khedira is yet a possibility (although I don't really trust the preliminary reports on it--I think it's still more speculative).

I literally will have no idea what the hell to do with myself if I'm not spending my transfer deadline day freaking out and drinking myself numb. It's like Wenger has no respect for my tradition.

And that ignores completely the triumphant return of ol' glassankles. That's right, I'm talking about the one, the only:

www.arsenal.com
 
2014-07-11 11:52:55 PM  
And he just tore his ACL.
 
2014-07-11 11:59:56 PM  
Lots of good players being picked up in the market. I can't wait for the season to start. I'm really curious to see how the top six will shake out this year. United can't possibly have another season as disastrous as last year's, Chelsea is buying some good talent and will be more in Mou's mold, Liverpool is bound to pick up some good players with their Suarez money, Everton were dangerous last year and may challenge for a CL spot this year, City will still be very good and very deep...August 16 can't get here fast enough.

Sunderland escaped relegation last year by the skin of their teeth, so now QPR returns, along with Burnley and Leicester City. Which of the promoted teams stands the best chance at staying up? Southampton seems to be imploding already; I'm picking them as an early relegation candidate.
 
2014-07-12 12:03:02 AM  

digistil: And he just tore his ACL.


Wenger's purchases seem to be proof that even he's lost faith in Diaby. Such a shame, when he's healthy he's a monster.
 
2014-07-12 12:30:25 AM  

OtherBrotherDarryl: More, more, more!


This.

Langston: OtherBrotherDarryl: More, more, more!

Pace yourself, brother. Sanchez is fantastic, Debuchy is a solid replacement, Ospina is on the radar as a backup to Szcz, and Khedira is yet a possibility (although I don't really trust the preliminary reports on it--I think it's still more speculative).

I literally will have no idea what the hell to do with myself if I'm not spending my transfer deadline day freaking out and drinking myself numb. It's like Wenger has no respect for my tradition.

And that ignores completely the triumphant return of ol' glassankles. That's right, I'm talking about the one, the only:

[www.arsenal.com image 794x500]


As much as I wanna laugh at that, I blame Wenger for running players into the ground.
 
2014-07-12 12:34:17 AM  

Langston: digistil: And he just tore his ACL.

Wenger's purchases seem to be proof that even he's lost faith in Diaby. Such a shame, when he's healthy he's a monster.


Seems like he's your very own Christoph Metzelder. I swear I never saw the guy play. Every week it was "Metzelder has injured himself in training yet again. Time-table says 2-3 weeks, in reality it's 4-5 months that he'll injure himself in new and exciting ways"
 
2014-07-12 12:39:30 AM  
Also, Alexis is a real talent and I can't grasp why Barcelona let him go. He scared the living hell out of me every time he played Real. He seemed to score every time he came on.
 
2014-07-12 12:39:47 AM  
Has anyone mentioned they try to just walk it in?
 
2014-07-12 01:35:38 AM  

Princip's Sandwich: Also, Alexis is a real talent and I can't grasp why Barcelona let him go. He scared the living hell out of me every time he played Real. He seemed to score every time he came on.


He doesn't fit in The Messi Show tactics.
 
2014-07-12 02:22:34 AM  

Rwa2play: OtherBrotherDarryl: More, more, more!

This.

Langston: OtherBrotherDarryl: More, more, more!

Pace yourself, brother. Sanchez is fantastic, Debuchy is a solid replacement, Ospina is on the radar as a backup to Szcz, and Khedira is yet a possibility (although I don't really trust the preliminary reports on it--I think it's still more speculative).

I literally will have no idea what the hell to do with myself if I'm not spending my transfer deadline day freaking out and drinking myself numb. It's like Wenger has no respect for my tradition.

And that ignores completely the triumphant return of ol' glassankles. That's right, I'm talking about the one, the only:

[www.arsenal.com image 794x500]

As much as I wanna laugh at that, I blame Wenger for running players into the ground.


I've grown quite fond to the routine of delusional optimism every summer, daydreaming lineups of everyone back and healthy.
 
2014-07-12 08:43:36 AM  

Langston: Lots of good players being picked up in the market. I can't wait for the season to start. I'm really curious to see how the top six will shake out this year. United can't possibly have another season as disastrous as last year's, Chelsea is buying some good talent and will be more in Mou's mold, Liverpool is bound to pick up some good players with their Suarez money, Everton were dangerous last year and may challenge for a CL spot this year, City will still be very good and very deep...August 16 can't get here fast enough.


What worries me is that Utd could be dramatically improved from last year and still finish out of the money. There's going to be at least six, maybe even seven potential CL contenders this time around.

Most exciting Utd transfer news so far this off-season is that Evra might be sold. Ohpleaseohpleaseohplease.
 
2014-07-12 09:05:57 AM  
Arsenal signed a player before the season starts and he is a good one, damn I must have been transported to an alternate reality

it would seem you have, and it is two days behind this one
 
2014-07-12 09:29:13 AM  
And in the "Real Madrid overspends yet again" saga, the talk of James only intensifies. Personally, I don't want any new signings unless they mean either Pepe or Benzema are gone. Pepe's a powder keg and Benzema vanishes when you need him.
 
2014-07-12 09:35:11 AM  
Subby, as Winston Wolfe once said.... let's not start xxxxxx each other just yet....  Keep in mind, Lebron decided not to come to Colney...  Wenger still has much work to do... and it would be nice, just once if he got it all done before the season starts...
 
2014-07-12 09:40:10 AM  
I'm really curious to see how the top six will shake out this year.

United will be better, Arsenal SHOULD be better, 'pool will do considerably worse, Citeh and Chelski will do about the same. Who's sixth? Spurs? hahahahahaha. Spurs will do like they do every year.
 
2014-07-12 09:42:35 AM  

Princip's Sandwich: And in the "Real Madrid overspends yet again" saga, the talk of James only intensifies.


Relax, LeBron signed with Cleveland.
 
2014-07-12 09:45:11 AM  

czetie: Princip's Sandwich: And in the "Real Madrid overspends yet again" saga, the talk of James only intensifies.

Relax, LeBron signed with Cleveland.


Heh, but this is HAM-es. I swear, every time I hear his name it makes me cringe.
 
2014-07-12 09:49:38 AM  

Rwa2play: As much as I wanna laugh at that, I blame Wenger for running players into the ground.


I think it was a calculated risk that didn't quite pay off. We've all talked about squad depth, but he was trying only to buy good investments rather than squad players. I don't entirely agree with the strategy, but I can't deny that having cash to splash on players like Özil and Sanchez feels good, and I don't know if we'd be in quite as strong a position to do so if we'd spent more money on some of the squad players that I was clamoring for. That we pulled off CL the last four years--twice by the skin of our teeth--says to me that in the grand scheme of things, the long-term gamble has paid off, even at the expense of a lot of games and glory that we all wanted.

Princip's Sandwich: Seems like he's your very own Christoph Metzelder. I swear I never saw the guy play. Every week it was "Metzelder has injured himself in training yet again. Time-table says 2-3 weeks, in reality it's 4-5 months that he'll injure himself in new and exciting ways"


I think so. It's tragic, to wonder what Diaby might have been. With him having missed so much, I doubt that he will ever catch up to the form he could have had and all I hope now is that he can be a good squad player.

sotua: Princip's Sandwich: Also, Alexis is a real talent and I can't grasp why Barcelona let him go. He scared the living hell out of me every time he played Real. He seemed to score every time he came on.

He doesn't fit in The Messi Show tactics.


I've heard unconfirmed rumors that he never quite fit in at Barcelona. It's difficult to break into such a tightly knit group in the first place, but I've heard everything from Messi not liking him and freezing him out to other homegrown players mocking his accent (like he's Billy Bob from Georgia trying to hang out with posh pricks from Kensington). I don't know how much of that is true, but I do know that he'll be utilized much more at Arsenal and that will give him a massive chance to show what he can do.
 
2014-07-12 09:52:43 AM  

Langston: Rwa2play: As much as I wanna laugh at that, I blame Wenger for running players into the ground.

I think it was a calculated risk that didn't quite pay off. We've all talked about squad depth, but he was trying only to buy good investments rather than squad players. I don't entirely agree with the strategy, but I can't deny that having cash to splash on players like Özil and Sanchez feels good, and I don't know if we'd be in quite as strong a position to do so if we'd spent more money on some of the squad players that I was clamoring for. That we pulled off CL the last four years--twice by the skin of our teeth--says to me that in the grand scheme of things, the long-term gamble has paid off, even at the expense of a lot of games and glory that we all wanted.

Princip's Sandwich: Seems like he's your very own Christoph Metzelder. I swear I never saw the guy play. Every week it was "Metzelder has injured himself in training yet again. Time-table says 2-3 weeks, in reality it's 4-5 months that he'll injure himself in new and exciting ways"

I think so. It's tragic, to wonder what Diaby might have been. With him having missed so much, I doubt that he will ever catch up to the form he could have had and all I hope now is that he can be a good squad player.

sotua: Princip's Sandwich: Also, Alexis is a real talent and I can't grasp why Barcelona let him go. He scared the living hell out of me every time he played Real. He seemed to score every time he came on.

He doesn't fit in The Messi Show tactics.

I've heard unconfirmed rumors that he never quite fit in at Barcelona. It's difficult to break into such a tightly knit group in the first place, but I've heard everything from Messi not liking him and freezing him out to other homegrown players mocking his accent (like he's Billy Bob from Georgia trying to hang out with posh pricks from Kensington). I don't know how much of that is true, but I do know that he'll be utilized much more at Arsenal and that will give him a m ...


Oh it was the Messi show. For all the talk of "prima donna Ronaldo", Messi hates being upstaged just as much. I have no doubt that happened. The team is built with him in mind.
 
2014-07-12 10:03:13 AM  

InmanRoshi: I've grown quite fond to the routine of delusional optimism every summer, daydreaming lineups of everyone back and healthy.


Me, too. At least this year the first signing was Shad Forsythe, the American who's been the fitness coach for the German national team. With the players Wenger has bought and is reportedly chasing, it looks like Wenger is pushing for this year to be the one to chase silverware on all fronts. He's moving like a man who is very, very serious about this season.

czetie: What worries me is that Utd could be dramatically improved from last year and still finish out of the money. There's going to be at least six, maybe even seven potential CL contenders this time around.


I don't think United could possibly have a season as atrocious as last year. Moyes was too cautious with a team that thrived when it was taking risks, RvP was injured for a big stretch, and the age of the players was catching up. I think just swapping Moyes with Van Gaal last year would have won you five more games at least from draws, and I'm thankful he wasn't there because Arsenal barely clawed into the fourth spot. United will be back this year, and I predict United will get back into CL football.

I don't want to make any final table predictions until the season is about to begin. Even then, the transfer window will be open for two additional weeks, and a lot of things can change. Arsenal looked awful opening day, then picked up Özil and went on a tear, then got hit with a ton of injuries and struggled through most of the middle of the season before getting players back to finish the season strong.
 
2014-07-12 10:06:44 AM  

Princip's Sandwich: Oh it was the Messi show. For all the talk of "prima donna Ronaldo", Messi hates being upstaged just as much. I have no doubt that happened. The team is built with him in mind.


I don't doubt that a bit. But if Messi couldn't get along with Sanchez, then Suarez could be wrought with even more conflict. It has the potential to be a disaster.
 
2014-07-12 10:14:23 AM  

Langston: Princip's Sandwich: Oh it was the Messi show. For all the talk of "prima donna Ronaldo", Messi hates being upstaged just as much. I have no doubt that happened. The team is built with him in mind.

I don't doubt that a bit. But if Messi couldn't get along with Sanchez, then Suarez could be wrought with even more conflict. It has the potential to be a disaster.


We'll have to wait until the first match that Barcelona get frustrated. That's when we'll see what that team is headed towards. It has all the makings of a legendary trident as well as the most toxic locker-room in recent memory.
 
2014-07-12 10:50:16 AM  

sotua: Princip's Sandwich: Also, Alexis is a real talent and I can't grasp why Barcelona let him go. He scared the living hell out of me every time he played Real. He seemed to score every time he came on.

He doesn't fit in The Messi Show tactics.


...and Suarez does?
 
2014-07-12 10:51:44 AM  

Langston: I don't think United could possibly have a season as atrocious as last year. Moyes was too cautious with a team that thrived when it was taking risks, RvP was injured for a big stretch, and the age of the players was catching up. I think just swapping Moyes with Van Gaal last year would have won you five more games at least from draws, and I'm thankful he wasn't there because Arsenal barely clawed into the fourth spot. United will be back this year, and I predict United will get back into CL football.

I don't want to make any final table predictions until the season is about to begin. Even then, the transfer window will be open for two additional weeks, and a lot of things can change. Arsenal looked awful opening day, then picked up Özil and went on a tear, then got hit with a ton of injuries and struggled through most of the middle of the season before getting players back to finish the season strong.


Lets look at the contenders from last year

1. Man City - yet again almost threw away the title last year and are a very soft team when they loose Toure or Kompany. Lost too many games on the road and need to be more of a team. Will either win the league or choke at the last minute.
2. Liverpool - Suarez dragged them to 2nd but the defense was shackingly bad and they had to try and out score other teams. They even at one point at Carrow Road tried to run the clock down it was that bad. Not only do they need to repalce the goals Suarez scored they also need two central defenders and a replacement for Gerrard. With the extra games from the CL they will be lucky to get back into the CL spots again.
3. Chelsea - Have lost the real spine of the old Chelsea with no one yet to replace them. The 1-0 tactics will get them near abouts but it takes more than just hard to beat to win again. Will be close to winning the title yet again but too many draws.
4. Arsenal - Have brought yet more good looking players but still lack a decent defense and some one to add backbone to the team. Unless they can get an new Veira they will comeup short again when the physical teams put the foot in. Will go on a good run but will be the 4th spot in the CL places.
5. Everton - Built on the solid defensive foundations that Moyes left but now will defend in a Martenez style that will let in more goals. Will stay in the Europa spots
6. Spurs - Will yet again not support the manager, foist players on him he can't use them sack him when he can't get the results. Will be lucky to get a Europa spot as a dark horse from below will grab it.
7. Man Utd - Now have a manager that can make a silk purse out of a sows ear. Need two central defenders,  defesive and attacking midfielders and will make a run at the title but will fight Chelsea for 2nd place to cover up the cracks.

Also Southamton will struggle all year due to selling all their good players, Hull will have the 2nd year problems, fark QPR and BIAC, Allydice will drag a crap West Ham to the mid table, BIAC, people will love the Palace fans for bringing the noise, Burnley will crash and burn and Newcastle will be a soap oprah again.
 
2014-07-12 12:26:31 PM  

Langston: digistil: And he just tore his ACL.

Wenger's purchases seem to be proof that even he's lost faith in Diaby. Such a shame, when he's healthy he's a monster.


But he has the best Arsenal song, IMO
 
2014-07-12 12:45:25 PM  

Norfolking Chance: and Newcastle will be a soap oprah again.


shechive.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-07-12 01:10:01 PM  

rjakobi: sotua: Princip's Sandwich: Also, Alexis is a real talent and I can't grasp why Barcelona let him go. He scared the living hell out of me every time he played Real. He seemed to score every time he came on.

He doesn't fit in The Messi Show tactics.

...and Suarez does?


Hey, I'm just telling you why Sanchez was let go, even though he played well, scored goals and was a 100% team player. I don't have the slightest idea of what is Barca up to, why they are buying strikers when they need to replace Pique, Xavi and Puyol ASAP, or how the hell is it going to work when Suarez and Neymar both want to start.

/oh, and Pedro is farked
//if he hasn't left already... Haven't kept up with the transfers
 
2014-07-12 02:06:07 PM  

Killer Cars: Norfolking Chance: and Newcastle will be a soap oprah again.

[shechive.files.wordpress.com image 500x375]


You get 3 points! And you get 3 points! Everyone gets 3 points!
 
2014-07-12 02:17:56 PM  

sephjnr: Killer Cars: Norfolking Chance: and Newcastle will be a soap oprah again.

[shechive.files.wordpress.com image 500x375]

You get 3 points! And you get 3 points! Everyone gets 3 points!


Pictured: Manchester United at Old Trafford.
 
2014-07-12 02:25:07 PM  

Princip's Sandwich: We'll have to wait until the first match that Barcelona get frustrated. That's when we'll see what that team is headed towards. It has all the makings of a legendary trident as well as the most toxic locker-room in recent memory.


Agree...on both counts. I'm really curious how Barcelona plans to make this one work long-term.

Norfolking Chance: Lets look at the contenders from last year

1. Man City - yet again almost threw away the title last year and are a very soft team when they loose Toure or Kompany. Lost too many games on the road and need to be more of a team. Will either win the league or choke at the last minute.
2. Liverpool - Suarez dragged them to 2nd but the defense was shackingly bad and they had to try and out score other teams. They even at one point at Carrow Road tried to run the clock down it was that bad. Not only do they need to repalce the goals Suarez scored they also need two central defenders and a replacement for Gerrard. With the extra games from the CL they will be lucky to get back into the CL spots again.
3. Chelsea - Have lost the real spine of the old Chelsea with no one yet to replace them. The 1-0 tactics will get them near abouts but it takes more than just hard to beat to win again. Will be close to winning the title yet again but too many draws.
4. Arsenal - Have brought yet more good looking players but still lack a decent defense and some one to add backbone to the team. Unless they can get an new Veira they will comeup short again when the physical teams put the foot in. Will go on a good run but will be the 4th spot in the CL places.
5. Everton - Built on the solid defensive foundations that Moyes left but now will defend in a Martenez style that will let in more goals. Will stay in the Europa spots
6. Spurs - Will yet again not support the manager, foist players on him he can't use them sack him when he can't get the results. Will be lucky to get a Europa spot as a dark horse from below will grab it.
7. Man Utd - Now have a manager that can make a silk purse out of a sows ear. Need two central defenders,  defesive and attacking midfielders and will make a run at the title but will fight Chelsea for 2nd place to cover up the cracks.

Also Southamton will struggle all year due to selling all their good players, Hull will have the 2nd year problems, fark QPR and BIAC ...


A lot of that is true, for me it's just too early in the window. Chelsea has done some good business, Arsenal has done some good business, but nobody is anywhere near done. A lot of dominoes falling this transfer window, and depending on where players end up, lots still to come. Right now, Liverpool has lost Suarez and we can all say, "well, there go those goals" but Liverpool now has a large cash balance to go out and get players. They still have Sturridge up front; they already picked up Lallana, if they pick up some really good defenders, they might be able to live without Suarez just fine. Man Utd needs players. What if they pick up Vidal? Or Di Maria? Or both? The only certainties are that Van Gaal is a lot better than Moyes and Pochettino is miles ahead of Sherwood in those respective coaching slots. The status of players coming into the Prem is still pretty dynamic right now.
 
2014-07-12 02:32:26 PM  

sephjnr: Killer Cars: Norfolking Chance: and Newcastle will be a soap oprah again.

[shechive.files.wordpress.com image 500x375]

You get 3 points! And you get 3 points! Everyone gets 3 points!


LOL
 
2014-07-12 06:21:37 PM  
Liverpool has lost Suarez and we can all say, "well, there go those goals" but Liverpool now has a large cash balance to go out and get players. They still have Sturridge up front; they already picked up Lallana, if they pick up some really good defenders, they might be able to live without Suarez just fine.

Yeah, but Liverpool is going to get absolutely fleeced on transfer fees since every team in the world knows they need a world class striker and have 75 million to spend. The last time this happened they had to spend 35 million for Andy farking Carroll. I don't think 'pool will want to overpay like that again, not to mention they aren't a very attractive destination for top players. So, more not-quite top players in, another season finishing around 6th.
 
2014-07-12 06:44:23 PM  

drewogatory: Liverpool has lost Suarez and we can all say, "well, there go those goals" but Liverpool now has a large cash balance to go out and get players. They still have Sturridge up front; they already picked up Lallana, if they pick up some really good defenders, they might be able to live without Suarez just fine.

Yeah, but Liverpool is going to get absolutely fleeced on transfer fees since every team in the world knows they need a world class striker and have 75 million to spend. The last time this happened they had to spend 35 million for Andy farking Carroll. I don't think 'pool will want to overpay like that again, not to mention they aren't a very attractive destination for top players. So, more not-quite top players in, another season finishing around 6th.



Any reason they couldn't just buy three promising young strikers for $10 million each, and let them fight it out for a starting role beside Sturridge?  I would think one of the three would have a good chance at emerging as a good player.
 
2014-07-12 07:43:56 PM  
Any reason they couldn't just buy three promising young strikers for $10 million each, and let them fight it out for a starting role beside Sturridge? I would think one of the three would have a good chance at emerging as a good player.

They pretty much already have that though. Their strategy is actually probably to try and strengthen at the back to make up for some of those 31 goals(and no way Sturridge matches last seasons output either) defensively. Unfortunately, that usually equals damn near unwatchable football (see Chelsea). I can't wait to hear the howls if Liverpool is mired in 6th, 7th, 8th and struggling to score goals and playing unattractive football as well. Last year was such a fluke that this season is bound to be a letdown no matter what IMO. They just need so many players to really be a top team (5 or 6 twenty+ million players I'd say) that I feel they are destined to be a 6 -10th place team for years to come.
 
2014-07-13 09:23:34 AM  

drewogatory: Any reason they couldn't just buy three promising young strikers for $10 million each, and let them fight it out for a starting role beside Sturridge? I would think one of the three would have a good chance at emerging as a good player.

They pretty much already have that though. Their strategy is actually probably to try and strengthen at the back to make up for some of those 31 goals(and no way Sturridge matches last seasons output either) defensively. Unfortunately, that usually equals damn near unwatchable football (see Chelsea). I can't wait to hear the howls if Liverpool is mired in 6th, 7th, 8th and struggling to score goals and playing unattractive football as well. Last year was such a fluke that this season is bound to be a letdown no matter what IMO. They just need so many players to really be a top team (5 or 6 twenty+ million players I'd say) that I feel they are destined to be a 6 -10th place team for years to come.


If the season started today, I'd agree with you. But with the transfer window still open (and a surprising number of players moving around), Liverpool has the opportunity to significantly strengthen. And you guys can offer CL football, which all of the premier players want. Man U can't offer that at the moment.
 
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