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Adrien rabiot Arsenal
Adrien Rabiot to Arsenal transfer rumour

If Flamini goes, it opens the door for a new defensive midfielder to sign. Rabiot would fit the mould of what Arsene Wenger is looking for; young, tall and good on the ball. His attitude problems may be a slight concern, but his availability is attractive at this stage of the window. There have been rumours that Wenger is in Paris to negotiate a transfer and whilst some believe he is there to talk about Edinson Cavani, it is more likely, if he is there for transfers, that he’ll be negotiating a deal for Rabiot. The French under 21 midfielder may only be 20, but he has already played 53 games for a very strong Paris Saint-Germain team. This one might be one to watch.

Mathieu Flamini to Galatasaray 

Mathieu Flamini to Galatasaray (£2.4million)
Mathieu Flamini to Galatasaray (£2.4million)

Rabiot in? Surely Flamini out. Flamini to Turkey was put on hold after it seemed Felipe Melo would stay at Galatasaray but now the Brazilian has joined Inter Milan. Arsenal are hoping to shift the French midfielder to free up funds for a new midfielder. As it stands, with Mikel Arteta signing a new deal Arsenal cannot really afford to sign another midfielder if they do not manage to sell / release Flamini. The interest from Gala is real, as they held talks with Arsenal a few weeks ago. Flamini is very much disposable for Arsenal right now, but if no new signing arrives, you’d expect him to stick around. Coquelin and an injury prone Arteta are not enough to last the whole season in defensive midfield.

Joel Campbell to Rennes (loan)

Joel Campbell to Rennes (loan)
Joel Campbell to Rennes (loan)

Campbell could move to a number of clubs in the next 24 hours, but the latest to be linked are French club Rennes. Reports in France from Canal+ indicate Campbell could be heading to Rennes on a season long loan deal, but it is likely the Gunners will only let the Costa Rican forward leave if they manage to bring in another attacking option. Other than Olivier Giroud, Campbell was the only forward on the bench against Newcastle and if he left, we’d be left very short of attacking options, especially considering we have loaned out Chuba Akpom and Yaya Sanogo, both of whom featured in some capacity last season. Danny Welbeck is expected to return soon, but there’s no way we can rely on the trio of Welbeck, Theo Walcott and Giroud for a full season, especially with all three of them having serious injury problems in the last 12 months.

But who is the striker..

Stupidest things that the media have told us this summer.

Stupidest things that the media have told us this summer.

1: Arsenal need a striker

Arsenal had a terrific run in second half of last season with the squad we have now.  In the entire season, Arsenal scored two goals fewer than the champions Chelsea.  So, we don’t NEED a new striker, unless are saying that Chelsea need a new striker too.

Like all major clubs, Arsenal is looking to improve all the time, but when you can score virtually the same number of goals as the champions, that is not going to be a priority.  The fact the media thinks we do, shows just how far out of touch with reality they are.

2. Arsenal fans will be worried that…

Arsenal have their own style and approach; why should we copy anyone else?  The reason we sing “49” at games is because we do things “the Arsenal way”.   We don’t need to be like anyone else.  Not after nearly 100 years in the top division.

Given that most journalists don’t get this, it is not surprising that their ability to look inside the heads of Arsenal supporters is deeply flawed.

3.  Benzema is a top goal scorer and Giroud isn’t

For week after week the Benzy story ran. If ever there was a case of the media treating us with contempt this was it, because they assumed we would not look and see how many goals Benzema scored as compared with Giroud.  It took Untold to point out that the results in terms of game numbers and goals that Benzy and Giroud were the same.

Even worse, after we ran this story the Telegraph started saying that Arsenal were never after Benzema at all.  It might have been believable if they had said it at the start of July.

4.  Referees are just human and doing a difficult job and should not be criticised.

The issue may well be referees in the Premier League; PGMO most certainly is the issue.   The media’s refusal to analyse the bizarre and eccentric figures that PGMO give, claiming that 97.5% of all referee decisions are accurate, is the ultimate damnation of the media in this country: the view that by hiding a topic, the stupid football public won’t notice.   Add to this the failure to report on the low number of PL refs, leading to the same refs refereeing some PL teams over and over again, and you have grounds for worry – even before you start looking at the errors that are there for all to see.

5.  The attitude of a minority of fans in demanding change after a couple of bad results is reasonable.

As we have shown on this site, sacking a manager is rarely if ever the prelude to success.  What the media do however is promote this view, and then when things turn around (as per last season for example) they then say how fickle and silly the fans were for losing faith in the manager.

6.  The FA’s support of Fifa across the years should be a matter of concern and should be subject to examination.

When they finally caught up with the Fifa corruption scandal, months after we had suggested it, the media then started to suggest they had been pointing out Fifa’s problems all along.  But they have ignored the fact that the FA bid for a world cup, wasting a fortune that could have been spent on grassroots football on a venture that could never succeed.  If, as they now claim, the FA knew how corrupt Fifa were, why did they bid?  If they did not, how could they have missed all the signs?  We really ought to know.

7.  West Ham’s ground issues are not an issue

At least the state aid that WHU has received has been mentioned once or twice, but then we move on and nothing is seriously debated.  Just a passing concern, but those stupid football supporters have an intelligence that lasts only 10 seconds, so let’s talk about something else.  Economics is boring.

But it won’t go away.  There are too many people wanting action now.  (By the way, sign the petition if you haven’t done so yet.)

8.  It is perfectly reasonable to run transfer rumours as if there is some sense in them.

Something in excess of 99.5% of transfer rumours do not foretell a transfer that is going to happen.  Quite often papers are quoting each other; “according to the Daily Mail” is the sort of comment we see in Express – although they for get to tell us that the Mail is more than likely reporting an earlier rumour that the Express reported in the first place.

We are not that stupid guys.  The idiots are the newspapermen who think these things are believed.

9.  You can learn something from one game, and that “Five things we learned this weekend” is a meaningful statement.

Long term perspectives can give insights, but the shorter the perspective, the less likely it is for any generalisation to be made.  But “Five things we learned this weekend” is just about the most common headline there is in the footballing press and one of the most stupid.

The fact is we probably didn’t learn much this weekend – but we have learned something from the first four games.

10.  That by making up a story about a transfer and then when it doesn’t happen claiming the manager now has to “look again” or has been “beaten to the target” they are indulging in anything other than insulting make believe.

A lot of the discontent fans have comes from this sort of make-believe.  The transfer was never intended or wanted in the first place, but to invent, and then continue the fairy story is the ultimate insult.

The message to the media is simple: treat us like intelligent people, and we might start taking notice of you again.

By Tony Attwood

Arsenal v Chelsea Community Shield 2015

Arsenal v Chelsea Community Shield 2015

Community Shield win Arsenal 2015

Arsene Wenger suggested a lack of respect was behind his decision to snub Jose Mourinho after the Arsenal boss claimed a first victory over the Chelsea manager at the 14th attempt.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first-half goal earned the Gunners a 1-0 win in the season-opening Community Shield at Wembley, after which Mourinho made a point of congratulating the Arsenal players.

However, there was no handshake for Wenger, who walked behind the Chelsea manager, and the pair’s long-running feud shows no signs of coming to an end.

“I shook a few hands today after the game, but there’s nothing special there,” said Wenger, who shoved the Blues boss in last season’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.

“I believe in a job where you have to respect people and respect everybody.”

Mourinho said: “You see the images, you see where I am. [I was] there for the winners, to wait for them in a point where you only miss me if you want to miss me.

“Every Arsenal player came in my direction, which was the easiest thing to do. If other people didn’t come in my direction, that’s not a problem, that’s not a story, that’s not the end of the world.”

Wenger, who was also critical of the Wembley pitch, felt his prior record against Mourinho played on his players’ minds and contributed to their display.

The Frenchman said: “We abandon nothing. I believe today we defended because maybe it was a bit of a psychological hurdle, Chelsea, in the head of my players.

“Personally, I must honestly say it didn’t play on my mind at all. But as long as I get it served every time in press conferences it can have an impact on the team.

“The way my team behaved during some periods of the game helped. It was important for them to get that hurdle out of the way.

“They were more concerned once we were 1-0 up to protect our lead than to play. We have to accept that.

“I don’t think that’s giving up your philosophy. We wanted to win, we behaved like that. I’m quite proud of that.”

Arsenal had Petr Cech in goal after his 11 trophy-laden years at Stamford Bridge and Wenger said: “He did well and maybe he had an influence on the Chelsea players as well. They feel to score against him they have to score the perfect goal.”

Wenger, who said midfielder Jack Wilshere (ankle) will be out for only “days,” now wants his Arsenal side to carry momentum into next week’s Premier League opener with West Ham.

“We have to turn up with the needed performance and the demanded performance in every single game,” he said.