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28 Jun 2022 19:34:05
Have arsenal just had raphinha taken from under their noses by Chelsea because we were being stubborn again and not paying the required amount?

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28 Jun 2022 19:46:17
Looks like it.

28 Jun 2022 19:56:58
Has Saka really been abducted by aliens on a free?

Does Ramsdale really brush his teeth in Brilcream?

Tune in next week fans when these and a whole lot of other questions will simply be chip paper ?.

28 Jun 2022 20:02:01
Yep completely

Leeds know other clubs will come in and bid as do Arsenal so why mess about

Chelsea also interested in Sterling.

28 Jun 2022 20:59:39
Look, if he got taken for 65M, that is a lot for a guy who is suuuuper talented, but probably doesn't want to be here. I think there are more affordable options. Ed has said we want a winger, I'm sure there are less expensive options available.

{Ed014's Note - it’s well known back here that Barcelona is his preferred destination but that doesn’t appear an option for him right now so Chelsea rather than us will have to deal with that problem when it rears it’s ugly head.

28 Jun 2022 21:38:17
To be fair some players will prefer other options to us, Chelsea can offer CL football plus they have won and competed for big trophies in recent years to so for the neutral they are obviously the more likely of us and them to challenge in future.

Not every player we lose out on will be because the club messed up.

28 Jun 2022 21:40:25
Gnabry rumours will go through the roof now.

28 Jun 2022 22:01:41
If I'm honest until City came in the Leeds player I've been hoping we'd get this summer is Kalvin Phillips, I personally think he's a quality player and would have made a big difference to in our CMF.

28 Jun 2022 23:46:22
Gakpo for me. What are our other options on the wing?

29 Jun 2022 07:54:19
I would rather we pay the full asking price for Lisandro than for Raphinha. I get the feeling Chelsea really don’t want the player that bad but trying to making a tactical and statement purchase to disrupt our recruitment. Didn’t they do it with Willian?

29 Jun 2022 08:12:37
How about Bowen? Although I'm sure he'd be fairly expensive.

29 Jun 2022 08:48:19
Agree with some of the above posts, yes it seems like a bit of a blow but 65m for a player who would rather be elsewhere? Also the only way we would get him over Chelsea (if we were to match the bid) is if we offered a much higher salary. Would rather try and get Gnabry back for around half the price.

29 Jun 2022 09:37:24
we also proberly know that we will not be his preferred destination. reported interest from

Barca
Chelsea
Madrid
Tottenham

all can offer champions league football, all can match the wages we would offer and other than Barca, all can bid as much as us, sometime you need to pick the battles you enter in.


Certainly would not have been disappointed if Raphinia had joined but equally not disappointed if he doesn't, personally, I felt £65 million was always steep, there are other options and perhaps players where we will be the first choice which I believe is more important.

there do seem to be some fans that will always blame arsenal tho

if we don't meet the "reported valuation" of a player its because we are messing around or being cheap and the selling club is right to demand "their valuation" of the player

If we don't sell a player then it is because we are "messing around" and won't just lower "our valuation" to meet the buying clubs valuation of our player.

there are obviously issues in the hierarchy at arsenal as ed has mentioned before, and I'm sure that there are occasions when we have shot ourselves in the foot, but I don't believe that we are always the reason transfers don't come in or out.

29 Jun 2022 09:41:30
Would have accepted Raphinha of course but surely he is a right winger and we have a pretty good one already! What were we going to do move Saka left - accommodation at its worst! What happens to Martinelli! We surely need cover for Saka and at a push we still have Pepe ESR and Jesus can play there again at a push . Can’t see point in £65 mill on that player when we need left back / midfield cover - disruptive because he wants Barcelona- not for me and not many on here before he was mentioned as a target! On another note these Martinez rumours - making me nervous as sure ed02 said if saliba leaves we are in for Martinez ? VTH.

30 Jun 2022 16:59:46
Agree with the above post you should never buy a player in my book if he is not 100% committed to us and its clear we are not 1st choice and likely not 2nd choice either without CL. He would be going to Barcelona in a heartbeat if they had the funds. Still think they will get him once Frenkie Be Boar goes to United tbh anyway as they will have funds then. let's secure this Martinez guy and move on another DM would be great we can ship out Xhaka then.





 

 

 
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