Posted on August 27, 2014 by ADMIN

Breaking News – Arsenal to sign mediocre free-agent striker

Now I am totally confused. Arsene Wenger has made it clear that he is not going to buy a new striker to cover for Olivier Giroud, but now it seems he is in the process of bringing Nikola Zigic to Arsenal.

The Serb’s agent told the Metro: ‘Wenger called me on Tuesday and stressed his desire to sign Zigic.

‘He was offered a contract until the end of the year, with a view to it being extended to 2015 – we’ll see what happens.’

It is probably a simple knee-jerk reaction to Giroud’s injury, but is Zigic going to be of any use whatsoever, except as a target man when we get corners and free-kicks.

The 33 year-old came to the end of his contract with Birmingham last month and most people thought he would retire until the call came from Wenger. It remains to be seen if this will be of any help to the Gunners, but if he suddenly improves on his 7-goal tally (from 35 games) in the Championship last season then we will just have to admit that Wenger is a genius yet again!

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120 thoughts on “Breaking News – Arsenal to sign mediocre free-agent striker

    1. joe_the_ozillexis

      you jinxed us, mate with the ‘Lord Bendtner for the title’ statement. please take it back, otherwise we are doomed. please!!

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      1. muffdiver

        we’re being punked!! ashton…hello ash…oh

        im off to find the nearest bridge

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    2. The Bounty Hunter

      Much doubt the truth in this rumour, as, I can not believe Wenger would select him ahead of the options already available.
      He will NOT buy anyone, except MAYBE Remy, but, I do believe he will look to loan a player, just any ones guess who, but certainly a cut above this guy.

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        1. sagar

          @bounty hunter and y should we not talk about transfers if it is a match today…do we fans also need to practice or warm up or concentrate in the match lol

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      1. The Bounty Hunter

        Wenger could maybe get in touch with MK Dons and ask about that young guy who scored 2 against the mighty Man Utd last night, and bullied them. ohhhhhhhhhhhh.

        Top Gooner!. Agree or not?: Thumb up 66 Thumb down 0

        1. Invincibles14

          You do realise that he’s an Arsenal player on loan, right?

          Opinions divided. What do you think? Thumb up 25 Thumb down 20

      2. joeboy

        Wenger makes giroud out to be like ronaldo! Dont want to sign anyone so bascially when giroud is fit he can play straight away….we will be well out of the title race before giroud is fit is we dont sign a WORLD CLASS striker. If we get zigic iv lost all hope in wenger and he needs to go take his head for a wobble

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    3. pranavTrue Gooner

      Now i fully understand what wenger wants. Anyone with height above 6ft and strength of an ox!! Ridiculous player ! Bullshit!!

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    4. seancali

      LOOOOOOOOOOL . HAHAHA…Bull shitz

      Wenger has not lost his mind, not yet

      Rate this comment: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0

    5. PomzFromDayOne

      Tell me this is some kind of joke.

      One minute I’m reading rumours about Cavani – Then this Sh*t!?

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  1. Budd

    Ah, the agent said that. Well, then must be true. Seriously, we really have to read this shite articles every day? But then again you may be right, quality in these articles is so low that everyone comes just for the comments section only.

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    1. Darwin

      @Budd.. this is a case of an agent drawing attention towards its player. I am 100% sure he will NOT join Arsenal. also I am around 90% sure Falcao will go towards Real Madrid before the window closes… abuse me if I am wrong later on.

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    2. joeboy

      According to the daily telegraph, falcao is willing to join us on a season long loan….£20m for the year long loan but that does cover all wages and bonuses…..to me that makes sense as he is the type of player that could win us the league and if he likes it here sign him on a permanant basis

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  2. Gooner Cape Town

    Perfect!!!! Just what we need right now, a 33 year old probably injury prone or injured stand by!!!!
    FFS, Wenger get the deals sorted NOW! After tonights game, which we MUST win we had better see a striker, a CDM and a CB sign…………
    Meanwhile, let’s get behind our team tonight COYG!!!!!!!

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  3. Young Gun_AFC

    LOOL stahp wenger, pls wenger! Lmao! I will now be happy with wellbeck. Bring back Bendtner to save us!
    If this actually happens i will lose all hope. The thought of rambo to ozil to sanchez to ….. Zigic. Horrific.
    FFS PROMOTE AKPOM INSTEAD. GETTING PISSED OFF WITH ALL THIS BULL. GET A REAL STRIKER.
    How can swansea find better strikers than us?!! ( michu, bony, gomis). Shows that there are strikers out there, but wenger still refuses to get one.

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  4. th14

    We all know this bollox.
    But imagine being a world class and world renown manager and believing you can win the toughest league in the world with a ligue 2 striker with 0 goals leading your line for half the season.
    I dont usually criticise wenger but if he believes our Strike force is good enough then we are in serious trouble.

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    1. Robin Vanpayslip

      To be fair we should be used to it by now. This is year 3 of this nonsense.

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    1. jonestown1

      LOL…..but have to say in isolation those stats are pretty impressive, probably 239 headers with his feet not leaving the ground and 2 tap-ins.

      Rate this comment: Thumb up 8 Thumb down 1

  5. SAGunner

    Well done Wenger – Par for the course! Did you see Costa perform for Chelsea?
    We could have had him!

    Top Gooner!. Agree or not?: Thumb up 27 Thumb down 4

    1. Young Gun_AFC

      Even tho they have costa and drogba they want destro. Shows that they value having quality strikers in numbers.
      It seems like wenger has a personal hatred for strikers ever since RVP left us.

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    2. The Bounty Hunter

      WHEN, could we have had Costa. I guess you ” tap phones” for some red top right.
      Rumours are just that. Do not believe everything, in fact believe nothing you hear.
      We could have got Messi, Ronaldo, Bale, Ibro etc. Like, we, are the ONLY team these players REALLY wanted to sign for.

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      1. jonestown1

        It is amazing to think that we get practically zero information from any authorised spokesperson at AFC and we are almost wholly dependent on second-hand, fabricated, mischievous, unofficial and re-hashed junk info from the media. It is quite scary when you think about it – knowing absolutely nothing about the workings of this great football club. Problem is people tend to treat this info as gospel and proceed to layer on their own interpretation and things go from bad to worse. Bottom line is we all make it up and fill in the gaps to bolster our own view on any given AFC issue.

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  6. Twig

    We were the shortest (laugh) team on opening day in the league. With Zigic coming and Mertesacker at the rear, no one’s stopping us. COYG!

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    1. joe_the_ozillexis

      true, Twig. that will make it a ‘long, long’ Arsenal to counter our ‘shortcomings’!

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    2. atid

      We could become the tallest team with the signing of 1 player, and the return of 1 more, that is how important that shortest stat crap is.

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  7. Skandalouz

    I quote LeGrove:
    “Smart move by Zigic agent… Arsenal, the only elite club in Europe where you could fully believe the veracity of that link.”

    Sums up a part of the Gooners that immediatly start to fear and get angry at Wenger when they read nonsense like this.

    IMO it’s very concerning we need a ST, DM and CB to be complete that’s basically a whole spine of a team.

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  8. 007

    According to sky sports:

    Zigic’s representative Milan Calasan told SPORT: “It is true. Wenger called me on Tuesday afternoon and told me that he wants to bring Zigic to Arsenal.

    “It is clear that you cannot reject an offer like that. But Zigic is the one who must decide. He must say what he wants.

    “But Wenger was clear, he is offering a contract until the end of the season with the option for another 12 months.

    “I know that Arsenal are in a hurry, but Nikola also has offers from Turkey and Switzerland.”

    There is no smoke without fire, am sure the agent wasn’t drunk when been interviewed and for sky to publish this, they must be something there. I feel like throwing up!!!

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    1. arsenalman365

      The agent is trying to stir up interest remember Ciprian Marica?

      Rate this comment: Thumb up 14 Thumb down 3

    2. jonestown1

      I think where agents are concerned you can immute the laws of science and get smoke without fire.

      Rate this comment: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 1

    3. 007

      Lol!!! I love the way his agent says “I know that Arsenal are in a hurry, but Nikola also has offers from Turkey and Switzerland.”

      As if he could refuse an offer to even play in our reserves or our women’s team!!! Pure comic.

      Anyway hope all this is just horse sh!t as always.

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    4. Arsenalover

      yes.. no smoke without fire..
      and remember Kim Kallstrom .. who heard about him before Wenger brought him ??

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  9. Skandalouz

    Welbeck wouldn’t even look bad on Arsenal in all honesty, but doubt Man U will sell him after what we did in the Vermaelen-saga.

    I know Welbeck hasn’t been great last year but I think he’s a player that could do wonders for us. Same goes with Bony and Llorente, who were great last year and can provide the hold up play we are used to.

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  10. rotimota

    Let’s win tonight match before digesting everyday transfer stories concerning our dear Arsenal. This important win will figure out our next agenda in transfer market. I believe Arsene Wenger has something interesting (hidden) for the fans to smile at!!!

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  11. graham

    some fans crack me up. The agent says so, so it must be true. Arsene is starting to sign better caliber of players for the club in readiness for a serious push at winning trophies and some of you believe he will go for Zigic………really? If so then the world is flat…….believe that too

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  12. Twig

    I warned you guys but you wouldn’t listen: “It’s one marquee signing per season remember”?

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    1. josh37

      maybe… or maybe the ‘marquee’ signings rest on CL qualification..
      if you were a player who wanted to join Arsenal would you not wait a few extra weeks?? even if for arguments sake a player wanted to come regardless of CL football or not, do you not think they’d potentially use it as a bartering tool in a potentially 3-5 year contract?

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  13. Ks-Gunner

    Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate.. to suuuuffering. :O

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  14. Gunnerbongo

    Not every romour is worth an article…..Zigic?I thought he is no longer playing football.

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  15. sark03

    everybody were saying wenger will make one more big money signing . maybe they were misquoted …. not BIG MONEY …. BUT BIG SIZE signing….. GOD save us……!!

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  16. jonestown1

    Probably the biggest bollocks rumour so far this summer – and that takes some doing.

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  17. mesüt

    Never before have i been afraid of visiting the official arsenal website.

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  18. Hafiz Rahman

    Zigic….is needed for Wengers world class tactic of Hold up play….

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  19. rock88

    Wenger out. What a piece of garbage manager. Everton, Swansea and Westham have better striker than us. What a shame

    Opinions divided. What do you think? Thumb up 20 Thumb down 9

  20. rpk

    Zigic is Arsenal quality.. Thats Y Arsene buying him. Great buy.. I’m very happy gooner!!

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  21. fed-up gunner

    IT CANT BE TRUE- from coaching wright, wiltord, Berkgamp, HENRY, kanu, anelkka to adebayor,rvp now giroud, sanogo den freaking ZIGIC!!!!!!!!! Wat d hell???

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  22. rpk

    He was one of the best player around..for free. That too 6’7” height. Suits our hold-up play. Can’t wait to see him play. Arsene is genius. IN ARSENE I TRUST!! God bless Arsenal..

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  23. GunningSoulman

    Eeeehhh…how about..I dunno…maybe….

    B O N Y

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. rpk

      Bony isn’t Arsenal material. He can’t do HOLD-UPPPP play. Only ZIGIC can do. He is better than anyone available in the market.. Its no-brainer..literally!

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  24. Don King

    I thought we were just challenging for the title, with this guy coming we can win the UCL and dare I say invincibles part 2?

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  25. rpk

    Guys, check youtube. Zigic hold-up the ball, runs 40 yards and scores. What a player he is!! Chel, ManC, ManU ans Lfool are soo afraid now..! Man, this season is ours..

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  26. rpk

    We deluded fans.. we will blame Wenger for signing some shit players. But we won’t praise when he buys players of Zigic calibre. Please cheer Wenger today, so that he ll buy more players like Zigic quality..

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    1. Twig

      No one is being sarcastic buddy. Zigic is a top player. You can’t argue against 241 goals in 470 games.

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  27. NIKK

    Think someone is having a laugh at our expense by linking this basketball player to Arsenal…probably a mischievous spud or manure jurno!

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  28. lupe

    i would just go mad if this rumour is true.
    possible strikers
    dream- cavani or falcao
    really good- jackson martinez or bony
    good and cheap- remy.
    what i want to say is that the answer is right in front of wenger and he is ignoring it, jackson martinez is the answer, quick, athletic, good finisher, good header, pacy, tall ,strong and most importantly prolific and he has a 28m pound release clause which was inserted in his new contract and he would like to join arsenal. I just cant find a better deal out there for a striker out there. Psg would not sell canani, falcao said he is not leaving but he could still join madrid. serious for God sake sign jackson martinez!!!!!!!!!!

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  29. rpk

    “Messi handed transfer request, he wants to play behind Zigic” – renowed journalist Amodovar.

    Common Arsene you can do it.. Even though Messi isn’t Zigic’s quality.. But, yeah!! who cares when we have Zigic. He makes mediocre players look like world class.

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  30. atid

    How about a new dream pairing of cavani £50m and falcao £20m (loan fee includes wages) with an option to buy for £40m next season.

    Well zigic’s agent started it.

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  31. arsenalman365

    I love seeing the armchair brigade panic over some bullshit rumours and I bet next month Wenger will be praised for sticking to his guns and not panicking. The last thing to do as a large corporation is to panic, chop and change then throw a load of money at your problems. Wenger has an economics degree and won 3 league titles so I think he knows a bit more than people on Justarsenal.

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    1. muffdiver

      NO ONE KNOWS MORE THAN THE PEOPLE ON JUSTARSENAL.COM

      stephen hawking vs muff diver
      stephen fry

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  32. Young Gun_AFC

    But the important question is does he have world class hold up play like zigic?

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  33. archimedes

    I think we deserve a manager with the ambition to challenge for the title. I beginning to doubt that Wenger is that manager.

    Wenger doesn’t care about winning the title. He just wants to achieve another top 4 finish. I really wouldn’t be suprised if he brought in Zigic. I mean he brught in Kim Kallstrom while injured.

    It is the same shi-t all over agina.Every season the fan turn up to tell Wenger that we need a striker and a solid holding midfielder. Wenger never listen.

    He always wait until last week of the transfer window, when all the good players have been signed by our rivals, to try to find ” a bargain”.

    Bargains won’t win us title. Class players will. Honestly, I wouldn’t be against sacking Wenger after this season for a new manager. We need a manager who understands our needs and has big ambitions for the club.

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    1. rpk

      @Leo: How much Zigic costs?? I’m willing to sell stadium and buy him..

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        1. rpk

          Juve is behindus for every players.. May be Barca and Real Madrid are also behind him.. We must be careful!

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          1. muffdiver

            word on the street is real an barca have held secret talks with nana zigic to get grandson on board…

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  34. Invincibles49

    Its not about signing a mediocre(an overstatement) player. It is about sending a message to the World class players out there , this season or the next. It shows club’s intention and ambition and the real star players are a sucker for that. How do you think City made such a monster team starting from the year when they were not even in the CL. Of course they offered sh*t load of money, but there the world class players saw an opportunity of a strong team capable of winning things and so many followed to Etihad. It is like a chain reaction. One embarrassing link and its all woosh. I would not be surprised if United manages to get Vidal and you know what would accelerate the process : Signing of Di Maria for British records transfer. Vidal will see its only one season without CL but the club is ambitious and they are willing to break the bank to build a top top team so why not. There are numerous examples.

    Before this i thought Wenger has realized this too and is now signing top class players only and spending money. But Alas! I was wrong maybe. Imagine us fighting with Liverpool for Sanchez after signing Zigic. I would have bet my house that he would choose Liverpool. This is the truth and it happens. Hope you are getting the drift.

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  35. rpk

    Guys, there is a problem. Zigic agent just stated that his client wont sign we wont get qualified to UCL.. Common Wenger we shouldn’t miss this opportunity..beat Besiktas, its the only stumbling block to win UCL. Whole world would be thinking who is this f**king Zigic is!! Wenger picked up gem of a player.

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  36. cardo87

    I’ll be livid if this is true. Old and shit. Make us a laughing stock if this level of player is matching the ambition of the club. Smh.

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  37. mike1977

    Arsenal board: “So, Arsene, tell me what you want, what you really really want.” Wenger: “I wanna, i wanna, i wanna, i wanna, really, really, really wanna Zig a Zig-ahh.”

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    1. rpk

      Wenger: “I wanna, i wanna, i wanna, i wanna, really, really, really wanna Messi…oooooooh sorry Zigic”

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  38. Invincibles49

    What if Wenger wants to make Sanogo feel better by getting Zigic 😀

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    1. rpk

      Don’t panic Arsenal fans! This whole Nicola Zigic rumour is misleading… He’s only the back-up target if Emile Heskey is unavailable.

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  39. forever-Arsenal

    Get Falcao on loan for a year.

    I think I would rather have emile heskey or Lord Bendtner than zigic

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  40. Moreno

    Pipe down guys, wenger is not signing a 33 year old has been who was never good enough for arsenal to begin with. If wenger wanted a 33 year old he would’ve signed Eto.

    Do not believe everything you read and we won’t know who’s coming until the last day of the transfer window so shut your gadgets down until after the weekend.

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  41. Invincibles49

    Mouth watering duo of Sanogo and Zigic. Pace, power, control, finishing you name it. Can’t wait !!

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  42. hunter

    Being sarcastic can be funny and I actually laughed at some of them but when you repeatedly do it it loses it’s substance and you just sound retarded.

    Anyways I pray this is just a rumor .he was fairly good and I remember how he was a terror to defenders in the box on high balls and he’s got good feet as well but I think he’s past it or should be passed it. might as well get Peter crouch

    we could have a friendly with the NBA all stars.God help us

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  43. Robin Vanpayslip

    Apparently Zigic is reluctant to join as he doesn’t want to be a left winger.

    Top Gooner!. Agree or not?: Thumb up 17 Thumb down 1

    1. muffdiver

      leave us were happy losing our minds in narnia

      ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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  44. rpk

    I’m running out of sarcastic comments..:) Admin plz write article about today’s match..

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  45. marc.overmars

    its on bbc about zigic, so its not just smoke anymore… what a move my god… hahah… imagine one of those big game manager bring zigic to his team… j.mourinho, c.ancelotii, diego simeone, jurgen klopp, pep guardiola, fabio capello etc etc…… well wenger is not in this basket anymore, so he can do whatever he wants, becouse fans use to it….

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  46. LeftyLL

    Wow unbelievable how many people believe the rubbish that gets printed. Confirmation of Giroud’s injury comes out and all of a sudden every player that we’ve been linked with and didnt sign, we are linked with again!

    Zigic’s agent said “He was offered a contract to the end of the year, with an option to extend until the end of 2015” well yeah of course he needs a lot of time to think about an offer like that lol!

    Zigic is not coming people, be sensible. Wenger MAY get a loan in but he is waiting for Real to sign Falcao then he will sign Benzema and he wont stop smiling after his master plan comes off.

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  47. Mick The Gooner

    We better win tonight. I don’t want us taking part in Spursday night football.

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      1. NY_Gunner

        @muffdiver
        I hear ya. He does look like the perfect “decoy” I mean “targetman” Lol

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  48. Big Gun

    Old habits die hard…Wenger still hasn’t gotten it into his skull yet, even though after signing Ozil we won the F.A cup. Clubs who win, cough up the cash. It’s as simple as that and I am surprised that Wenger would mess around like this by signing this dinosaur. All we really need now is a decent DM and a world class CF and we are title contenders, even CL contenders, but Wenger always makes it tough on himself, his players and especially the fans who have had to sit over the last DECADE with bs like this. I wish Steve Bould would knock some f*cking sense into him really.

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  49. YAYA22

    Relax this is a AW buy. He won’t cost much, is a perfect cover for Giroud and this way were still in the market for a top class player (who won’t be a striker, i admit..). Looking at this guys stats:
    AIK Bačka Topola: 68 goals in 76 games, Red star Belgrado: 64 goals in 100 games, Birmingham 36 in 148 games, that’s shit again but overall career stats of: 470/241. Giroud: 313/132. I’m just saying that if you give this guy a ball he can reach for, he will put it in. Don’t judge him before he played.

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