Thursday, August 31, 2006

Does anyone know what's going on! Deadline day madness

So, a complete frenzy of speculation has erupted on deadline day. Unfortunately none of it seems clear - especially as ANR is receiving so many hits that their server has actually taken them offline.
No deals seem to have been confirmed, but here are the ones that I've heard of, and my score (out of 10) for likelihood of actually occuring.

Ito - 9. Who?
Baptista/Reyes 7. So, losing a winger for a central midfielder? Baptista does fit the Wenger requirements of a misfit at a big club who Wenger will save, leading to improved player holding us to ransom when other clubs become interested in him again. I think we do need to get shot of Reyes though.
Gallas/Cole. 5. I think it now seems more likely we'll both keep our players, or, if players do move, only Cashley will. And on a playing level, if we were to lose Ash and not get Gallas, the club's squad will have been weakened, not matter how much of a disruptive influence Ash could potentially be.
Reo-Coker - 4. Wenger's probably interested, but he'll be priced out due to the Fact R-C is English.

By far the most sensational move of the day is that of Mascherano and Tevez going to West Ham. This is very, very fishy. At best it would seem that MSI - the shadowy company who own the players, rather than Corinthians, their actual club - want to put these two in the EPL for a season to increase their value before flogging them to a bigger club next summer. At worst, MSI could be using these guys as pawns to improve West Ham before their take-over of the club.

Only 6 hours to go. I'm going out tonight and when I come back we better have some new players.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think you're right. If this happens I give up on Wenger. And I just can't see Henry accepting this and will leave for Barcelona in January.

Anonymous said...

Priority number one - ASHLEY COLE HAD BETTER LEAVE BY MIDNIGHT - I will not be accepting him showing his face at The Emirates and will let him know from my season ticket seat. I hope I am in the majority.

No signings? Well, we should let Arsene know about that after the event. And I hope we will.

BUT - Cole out. No option.

Little Dutch said...

I think Cole for Gallas and Reyes for Baptista will happen tonight. One thing I do know having watched skysportsnews all day is.....Di Stewart is soooooooo fit, can we sign her? Oh and if Cole goes we'll def get Gallas, DD and AW will not let Cole go otherwise.

Anonymous said...

henry leaving to barca in January...cuptied? no.

Khunthol said...

Arsneal just dont do their business this late in a working day, let alone a transfer window. I can see Cole leaving, and perhaps Reyes, but i doubt we will sign anyone.

It does not look good, but hopefully Gallas and Baptista may come in exchange and me might sign that Ito and Naismith.

Disappointing day so far, also bizarre, to end a highly disappointing summer.

The West Ham deal is highly seedy. Their silence is deafening. If they had signed these players through their own negotiations and finances they would be making as much noise about it as possible. The fact they are not is very telling.

Anonymous said...

COLE OUT, NOW.

Andy said...

Baptista would be a good signing as we are short of central midfielders and we have enough wide players. A central defender would also be nice!

Anonymous said...

CASHLEY OUT.

Anonymous said...

Cole & Downing have left England training so expect to see them next holding Chavski & Tottscum shirts repectively

Anonymous said...

If true good. Plus he would be well advised to have the flu or a minor starin on the date Chelski come to The Emirates.

Khunthol said...

Cole leaving is only good news if we are signing a defender. There has been nothing regarding us signing anyone all day long. Only players going out.

If cole and reyes leave without replacement, we are in dire straits.

Little Dutch said...

the only way Cole is leaving is if we get Gallas in return, it's a no brainer really isn't it? Do you think AW and DD would say, "yeah, have a world class left back, and we can't spend the money in the meantime." Only way Chelski will get Cole is if they are willing to part with Gallas. Simple really. By midnight either Cole or Gallas will be an Arsenal player. Why is that so hard for people to understand?

Fab Phil said...

In the highly likely event that we sign no-one... keep the faith. Arsene knows. And in DD, we have a man who has transformed AFC,. Stop whining you ingrates

Little Dutch said...

I seriously want to bum Di Stewart.

Anonymous said...

You can't just keep a stiff upper lip and just repeat over and over again "Arsene knows".

Every single team in the Premier League has strengthened excecpt Arsenal.

We haven't (yet?) and it seems Wenger is the only one who can't see that it desperately needs to happen.

Little Dutch said...

Chelski have confirmed that a swap deal between Cole and Gallas is close. I reckon a deal's been agreed and the players are about to undergo medicals etc. But then, what do I know? Other than the fact that Di Stewart is ripe for some greasy ramrod action!

Gelbs said...

I’d be happy with both Gallas and Baptista. But look at it this way. If those players come, they would be only in parts swap deals and only because Cole and Reyes leave. If Cole stays, Pires had and Reyes does, we all would still be saying we need more players. So although we may replace those 2 players, have we actually ADDED and strengthened? In parts we have because Gallas and Baptista are versatile.But if we do get both of these players. Is it only out of desperation seeing as Real Madrid are not willing to meet Arsenal’s demands for Reyes and of course like wise with Chelsea and Cole? Like is Wenger only getting Gallas and Baptista purely out of convenience and because there is no other option. Wenger would never of bought Baptista if Reyes wanted to stay. And nor Gallas if Cole went.
Overall. Wenger has not much choice other to ask for players in exchange if two players are unhappy and want to leave and clubs aren’t wanting to match the asking price. Maybe this is a blessing in disguise as it could in fact make us stronger whereas it has nothing to do with Wenger’s doing because like I said, if these players stayed, Rosicky never would of come in nor possibly Gallas and Baptista. Wenger hasn’t much choice but to get players in a part exchange deal who the other clubs are offering. Either that or take a low cut price on Cole and Reyes.
Guess we’ll see lol but do people see what I mean?

tommigooner said...

I agree we all know "Arsene knows" but if he doesn't get players in - and sells Ashley C*nt / Reyes we are proper fcked gentleman! Even Portsmouth are throwing their money about. At this rate we can even forget about 4th spot - the likes of dare I say it WHU, Portsmouth, and even the dirty scum in N17 will finish above us. Remember last season we managed to finish 4th - inferior teams have strengthen we haven't. It doesn't take a genius to work it out. We need experience - we cant even beat Man City or Villa and even they have strengthen since we've played them - WTF is going on...?? So AW wants ANOTHER PROMISING 18 year old - fcking great!! We might win something in 2011 by the time all our kids mature.. we could also be playing to an empy stadium.

TH14 said he wanted to stay and wanted AW to asure him The Arsenal are going places and challenge for the title - at this rate - all we'll be challenging for is the Carling / FA cups...

I really doubt AW will make that world class signing by midnight - he's having a laugh all ready gents by even suggesting Alex Song was an 'exceptional talent' in order to get his visa...! I think we're in not just for a long night but a fcking season..

Anonymous said...

Champions League

Now we really are having a laugh. 'Arsene knows' does not wash with me anymore, if last season and the two opening games of this has not shown our squad is short of class nothing will,

Sure our best 11 is worthy of at least 4th but they wont play every game and lengthy layoffs to any of Henry, Gilberto or Toure and we will be f~~ked!!!!!

we havent replaced Vieira yet let alone Pires, Bergkamp and Campbell

If Reyes and Cole go for cash only, god help us

Ambrose said...

who is this Di Stewart? get us some pics brother

Anonymous said...

Spanish press is saying we are signing Baptista and Roberto Carlos!

Fab Phil said...

We all know that this is a transitional period, and 4th place is a reasonable target, tho I expect us to finish third. Last year FC4 was a 'prospect' as were Djourou and Diaby. We are in fine shape, perhaps we could use some backup in defensive midfield tho Lauren was originally bought for this position and he is a fine player, but we do not need a striker. A backup plan for the Jens leaving next year would be good.Let's get the injured back on the pitch and we will be fine. Or would it be better if we signed Pennant or Bellamy or Sol or wasted £18m on Carrick (another Veron!)

Anonymous said...

HI FELLOW GOONERS,

I HOPE WE SIGN BAPTISTA. OUR TEAM HAS LOADS OF FINESSE BUT LACKS STRENGTH.

HE IS DIRECT, SCORES GOALS AND IS A BRUTE.

A REAL BULLY ESPECIALLY AT AWAY GAMES IS JUST WHAT WE NEED!

RAY

Anonymous said...

what does lol mean other than lots of love

Anonymous said...

BBC just reporting now - Reyes and Baptista have switched for a one year loan ...

dami said...

lol could also mean laugh out loud, i hope we get more brute players and what happened to french aggression? we need more tough players but im not losing hope!