Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is going to fortify Arsenal’s defensive capabilities in January and according to Marcelo Brozović’s agent, the young Dinamo Zagreb midfielder will be holding talks with the Gunners next month.
Brozovic may not be a household name but he is now a regular in the Croatian national side alongside Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic, and at just 21 years of age, certainly has the potential to become one of his country’s greats. He has been a part of Croatia’s’s international setup from the U18 upwards and is certainly expected to move onto a bigger and better club than Zagreb in the near future.
Croatia are set to play in London next month and Brozovic’s agent Miroslav Bicanic has told the Star that he has contacted Arsenal regarding a move. “Croatia plays USA in November in London and during our stay there we will hold meetings and negotiate with several English teams.” Bicanic said. “Yes, I can confirm Arsenal are one of them.”
One must assume that Arsenal’s scouts know more about him than we do, and possibly Wenger thinks he could develop into the holding midfielder we desperately need but surely we need a fully developed Premiership-ready star to take that role immediately?
The report also says that Arsenal have already made a bid of £6.4m for the Croatian, but I personally don’t think this is the kind of player that we need right now, although economically perhaps Wenger considers him as an investment for the future that may rise in value……
Admin, how about an article requesting everyone who thinks Wenger should continue as our manager to state their reasons. An article specially dedicated to all AFC fans who support Wenger. In fact, the article might as well state reasons why Wenger should continue, but every fan that thinks in that line should give their opinions in support.
Many of us on this site have blasted Wenger severally, we have always said how bad and unfit he’s been as a manager, we even give facts, seemingly obvious facts (not all agree with us). But some folks would MASSIVELY thumb down every comment criticising Wenger, showing they think otherwise, but they never give there opinions why they think he is still good and should continue.
So, I think such persons (Wenger’ fans) should come out openly and share their opinions and facts with us.
I used to be anti-Wenger but I support him now for the time being and here is why. In 2006 and after, we started losing all our best players, simply because Arsenal were in the process of building a 500m stadium and could not afford to pay our top players what other clubs like Barca etc were offering. This is why we lost all our great players – because of MONEY. During this turbulent time, Wenger had no choice but to make due with the limit finances he had to build the best team possible. He had groomed players like Fabregas, Nasri, Henry, Viera, Pires etc etc from when they were NOTHING, and they all upped and left when they became superstars. It must have been extremely difficult for Wenger to lose these players he had spent so much time and energy in developing them. Yet through all this, he still managed to keep our club afloat and in top 4. The only other manager capable of doing this would most likely be SAF. Otherwise I don;t think any other manager on this planet would be able to pull off such a feat with those limitations. Most of the other managers we all deem successful – Jose, Pep etc etc have done so with huge financial backing and hardly any limitations. Up until 2 seasons ago, Arsenal were finally at a point where we had some really lucrative deals happen, Puma and Emirates which has allowed Arsenal to start spending more on world class players. Ozil and Sanchez are testament to this. During those two seasons, we have already won two trophies, one being the F.A cup. So in other words, we have improved and many of the games we have lost this season were against the run of play. Look at Hull City for example. They only had like 5 shots on goal and scored 2, where as we dominated the game with over 65% possession with something like 20 attempts, yet only mustered 2 goals. You can call it unlucky, but I believe Wenger deserves the respect and support until his contract expires as I mentioned he kept this club afloat during extremely dark times and now Arsenal are in a much better position financially and also in terms of squad strength than we were 4-5 years ago. When we won the F.A cup, you lot were quiet and everyone was pro Wenger. Fickle fans
OMG!!! Big_Gun, was that u or someone else
pretending to be Big_Gun?
Just recently, about 4 or 5 articles back, u
explicitly stated reasons why Wenger should
leave Arsenal and how tactically lopsided he’s
You start by saying “I used to be an anti-
Wenger”, u only changed after Podolsk’s late
winner yesternight. How shameful and
embarrassing. I bet once we lose the next
game, u’d change to an Anti-Wenger again.
To some extent, I agree the man really tried
to make resourceful use of the little fund
made available to him at some point in time.
However, what about now?
What about now that he’s been given some
sizeable amount of money to spend? Does
money buy tactics? Does money buy
reasoning? The man refused buy
replacements, he’s refused buying a good DM.
In fact, he waits until we get mauled then he
panics and buys trash in the dying minutes of
the transfer window.
He plays players out of position, hardly makes
substitutions, or never makes substitutions at
all. He never changes formation, he’s tactically
inflexible, etc. Does he need money to do all
that? I can go on and on. But u, BIG_Gun, are
the fickle one…
I’m not saying Wenger is perfect and I’m just as mad that he hasn’t bought a DM or CB as every other fan…but the truth is he has been strengthening our squad lately, not the other way around. This is why we need to support him for a while longer. I’d say if he doesn’t address the issues of a DM and Cb in Jan, then call for his head. Until then lets have some faith and support
MAN WHATEVER YOUR RELATION WITH WENGER YOU HAVE TO BE REALISTIC,WENGER IS PAST IT SINCE A LONG TIME.REMEMBER FERGUSON HE COULD LOOSE TROPHIES BUT HE WILL LOOSE FIGHTING,WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME ARSENAL WAS IN THE TALK FOR A TROPHY EXCEPT THE LAST FA CUP WHERE THEY AVOIDED MAN CITY,MAN U AND CHELSEA.PEOPLE WERE CRYING FOR A TRUE DM AND
A FAST CB FOR AGES,WENGER DOES NOT CARE WHAT PEOPLE THINK ,IT IS HIS TEAM AND HE BELIEVES HE CAN DO WHAT HE WANTS.THIS POWER COME FROM HIS PAST GLORY WHO HAS GONE A LONG TIME AGO AND HIS CAPACITY TO MAKE PROFIT AS A BUSINESS MAN,ALAS.THE FANS ARE THE ONE WHO SPEND THEIR SCARCE MONEY ON THE CLUB AND THEY HAVE NO TALK OVER HIM ,HE IS THE GUY WHO GET PAID MILLIONS TO PERPETUE HIS MEDIOCRITY.AS MOURHINO SAID NO OTHER COACH WOULD HAVE BEEN ALLOWED THAT, ONLY IN ARSENAL.
THE LOVE OF THE MAN FOR MEDIOCRE PLAYERS AS GIROUS,ARTETA,FLAMINI,WILSHERE,BFG,MONTREAL FORCING THEM ON THE TEAM AND IGNORING OR PLAYING OTHERS OUT OF POSITION IS INFURIATING.
THE MAN LOOKS WELL PHYSICALLY BECAUSE HE S FIT BUT HE DOES NOT LOOK AS HIS MENTAL ATTRIBUTES ARE STILL THE SAME.HIS INCAPACITY TO SEE HIS MISTAKES AND WEAKNESS TIME AFTER TIME AND HIS INSISTENCE TO NOT WANTING TO LISTEN TO THE ADVICES ARE BAD SIGNS.
DO WE WISH HIM TO DO GOOD,OF COURSE WE WOULD WISH THE PROF TO SHOW THE WORLD THE GLORY OF THE EARLY YEARS,BUT LASTLY IT S JUST DISAPOINTEMENT AFTER DISAPOINTEMENT,HOPE CRUSHES AND WIPED IN THE MUD AND STILL HIS EXCUSES…
YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHEN THE TIME IS GOOD TO LEAVE,DO ANYONE THINK THAT HIS TEAMS CAN BEAT THE LIKE OF CHELSEA,BAYERN REAL,BARCELONA,COME ON…
LAUDRUP COULD DO A JOB,GOOD DIRECT STYLE HE HAD AND YOUNG ,JUST AN OPINION.
My goodness, come on, go easy on the CAPS.. We can get your point even if you write in small letters.. There is nothing more annoying and irritating than grown ups writing in full caps.. smh
Stopped reading that stupid comment at “players like Fabregas, Nasri, Henry, Viera, Pires etc etc from when they were NOTHING,”
So you are actually trying to say that if it wasn’t for Wenger Fabregas, Nasri, Henry, Viera, Pires etc etc would have been nothing?
Idiot comment, they would all have been great players at any club, we were lucky to have the joy of watching them in an Arsenal shirt and Wenger was lucky to have such talent at the club.
All these players credit Wenger for their successful career themselves, even after they left Arsenal.
Henry can be an average LW at Juventus, if Wenger did not buy him and convert him to CF
Vieira was on the bench at Milan when Wenger brought him in
Fabregas could still be a shadow/backup of Xavi if not joining Arsenal.
Give him credits when it’s due. He is no top tactician in the game and far too stubborn – but a genius in discover and develop world class players.
Wenger’s genius and curse is his patience with young players – the same way he brought up Ramsey, but also the source of our frustration – like the way he play Wilshere every match now
No I am not trying to say that. Well done in taking what I said out of context. Remember that some or most of those players would not have gotten a chance at any other club. Weger had faith in them. Henry was shite when he first started playing for us. Wenger had faith in him and he turned good. Fab was a Barca reject, same story. I can go on.
Guys. We all get your point. Wenger was good in the past but not good enough today. Can we stop discussing how bad he is after every f****ing gametime. Because it is so old topic. Talk about something else. This website is now so boring to read because all we see are dirty words in comments towards Wenger and the players. Don’t you feel tired saying that again and again. Plus you should say that to the board, not me. I hear enough of it from media, rivals’ fans, pundits, now even the Arsenal fans? And even when we has just won a game???????
Dude, shut up know and know your role. What do u mean? That fans have no right to criticise their team whenever they put in a bad performance? Or when they consistently perform badly?
When we lost 8—2 to United, did the management see it fit to apologise to the fans and refund them their money? Yet Sunderland did, and we would say we are a big club, bigger than Sunderland. We pay to watch our team. We invest our emotion and time in our team. What is a club without its fans?
God will bless your comment
I don’t say you have no right to criticize. You can do what you want here. This is just a forum, what you say here have no weight and no value to the real world. The board won’t hear you anyway. What i meant is after 100 times you screaming about how bad Wenger, is there anyone here stood up and debate? is there anyone said to you that “no!!!! wenger is good, you are wrong!!!”. We all get that, get over it. Moaning every day is not good for your development, kid. When you spend time to write about something that everyone knows and you keep doing that day by day, you are wasting your time and other people’s time to read it.
Wtf? “shut up and know your role” sounds so arrogant…I thought you called for a debate in your first post?
@No10, yes I called for an argument, I did not call for anyone who does not have an opinion on the matter to give me “the hand”.
Read what he said: “Don’t you feel tired saying that again and again. Plus you should say that to the board, not me.”
As if one should never criticise Wenger. Just go on and tell us why u think Wenger is still good enof, don’t try to shut guys like me down.
why do you try your best not to understand my words? Could you please explain how you understand my comment as someone should NEVER criticize Wenger? I said that you criticize Wenger every day and no one argued with you because we all know that. So get over it and find something else to say. You called for an argument when no one wants to argue with you, you got that?
@Arsenal207,based on this comment of urs, “I said that you criticize Wenger every day and no one argued with you because we all know that”, I apologise.
But it just sounded as though u never wanted any comment criticising Wenger. And mind u, u are very wrong to say everyone knows that Wenger isn’t good enof anymore, just ask Sir Big-gun, the new AKB (kidding). Many folks still feel he should continue as our manager, I just want to read their reasons, like Big_gun has done (really hurts though, tot that guy was on my side).
Can’t help you here, I withdrew my support to Wenger and spending on tickets when he turned Cesc down.
Have you ever imagined yourself as a Fullham, Sunderland …. fan? When the only thing you can celebrate is winning a game and then avoid relegation. Arsenal is not in top 10 clubs in the world, that’s fact. We are just above the average but many people around the world love us because the way we play. And stop comparing us with 2003 team, that team is something happens once in a life time. Can we share a joy when we won and pay respect to other teams? You just always assume we are going to win 2 0, 3 0 when we meet the like of Anderlecht. That’s why you don’t have a joy. Because you don’t respect those teams and you think Arsenal is a top top team. I agree Wenger should retired and let someone young do it, but seeing the fact that Wenger helps us through hard time and he is making progress every year (just a little) in both tropphy and transfer market, i have no reason to scream and cry like a bitch after every game. I want something new to be incharge, but who? who is available? meanwhile i will let Wenger do his job because at least he is making progress (FA cub, COmmunity shield, club transfer records)
Yeah, admin! Got me there. My comment’s gonna be moderated. Words too raw there. Jeeze, my bad!
when someone says “Sack Wenger!!”, I assume the next thing he want is “appoint Jurgen Klopp!!”. Well, ok, I agree, i wish it could be true. But then i question myself : why would Jurgen Klopp want to leave Dortmund to go to Arsenal?
1. Dortmund has the best of the best fans. I wish we could have the same atmostphere on their stadium and even on away games. I love how they love their players and manager and club. I myself rate Arsenal fan 1 out of 10 points. Moaning all day and find bad things from every single player.
2. Dortmund has a better chance of winning the domestic league and Champion league than Arsenal, just my opinion
3. Arsenal also has limited transfer budget and usually has to sell its good players. I believe many times Klopp wonder what if he didn’t have to sell his players.
4. You telling me.
@Arsenal207, Klopp is good and I LOVE him (dude, I’m as straight as the equator).
But the truth is that money can almost get u everything. He might not want to come to Arsenal if both clubs are compared in terms of performance. But before now, Dortmund can never be mentioned in the same sentence with Arsenal.
When Wenger was Wenger and Arsenal was spelt with a capital “A”, every coach would kill to come to us. In fact, some won’t even come becuz our class was just f***king too much for them.
However, Dortmund might be beta now due to their performance, but they don’t have more money than we do presently and our coach earns more than their coach.
i had a long answer for why Dortmund can be “in the same sentence” with Arsenal but don’t know why our mod didn’t approve it, i might included a link to external site?? Anyway, my short answer is Dortmund has one CHAMPION LEAGUE cup while we don’t have any. Just search for their trophy room.
If I hear the words “develop” and “Arsenal” in the same sentence again I will pull my own hair out!
Heehe, look at the comment below!!!!!!!!
OT: But I wanted to find out from you guys, having watched Callum so far in a good number of games, which position do yawl think suits his play best?
Thumbs up CB, thumbs down RB.
Not to influence your choices though my personal thought is the lad plays better in the center, doesn’t require him to trek forward so much, dribble past people a lot, or loose him position or man. Bellarine is a better RB for me and Chambers should be developed as a CB or holding midfielder.
Good player and has to be guided and developed wisely.
Yes, he’s versatile, but I think he’d make a very good DM, then a CB. But first as a DM, the dude is very strong, energetic and balanced. He’s never the type that can fall to the ground when given body check.
Honestly, he’s not really, really, really good enof as a Right-Back.
@007 bellerin is a better rb ive said that yesterday and i got tumped down
Chambers is better at CB. Cambers and Bellerin on the pitch is a better combo than Chambers an Monreal. Nacho is a disaster waiting to happen at CB.
i would rather be seeing articles rabout Rudiger or the Celtic center back at the moment, glad we got the three points, but not satisfied with our game at the moment
agent talk to get interest from other clubs attention seeker love it how may agents use arsenal’s name every time
Stuttgart defender Rudiger [one of the best young centre back in the world] would prefer move to Arsenal not Chelsea.
‘I have always dreamed of the Premier League,’ he told Bild.
‘I have been following Arsenal since the days of Henry and Bergkamp. I watch videos of Arsenal all the time on YouTube and I often wear the current Alexis Sanchez shirt.
‘My heart beats for Arsenal.
hope we get him in jan many clubs want him if we miss out on him years later we could see him playing well against us him + virgil van dijk would be good for us both can play as cb’s or in cdm or maybe morgan schendrlin
@007 bellerin is a better rb ive said that yesterday and i got tumped down
Players arsenal who should be targetting for jan are rudiger and morgan
The only reason to sign him would be as a CDM. Is he a CDM? Does not appear to be. Can he be converted to CDM? He’s not as big or physical as one would like so unless he has amazing athleticism, I’d say pass.
Just another transfer rumour.
Nothing new with Arsenal as we are always linked to somebody or nobody.
This is the tragedy of that club.
The next manager will have a serious job on his hands and we will have to give him time to rectify what is basically everything… The mentality, the policies, the work routine, the staff, the attitude and more.
Since 2006 it has gone downhill on a constant basis.
How come a manager earning a king salary produces average results for more than 10 years and still be in position.
People are talking about Real Madrid and other top clubs wanting him… Those clubs sack manager even after winning trophies just because the style of play is not attractive enough!!
Wenger would have lasted 5 mins at Real Madrid.
OMG!!! Big_Gun, was that u or someone else pretending to be Big_Gun?
Just recently, about 4 or 5 articles back, u explicitly stated reasons why Wenger should leave Arsenal and how tactically lopsided he’s become.
You start by saying “I used to be an anti-Wenger”, u only changed after Podolsk’s late winner yesternight. How shameful and embarrassing. I bet once we lose the next game, u’d change to an Anti-Wenger again.
To some extent, I agree the man really tried to make resourceful use of the little fund made available to him at some point in time. However, what about now?
What about now that he’s been given some sizeable amount of money to spend? Does money buy tactics? Does money buy reasoning? The man refused buy replacements, he’s refused buying a good DM. In fact, he waits until we get mauled then he panics and buys trash in the dying minutes of the transfer window.
He plays players out of position, hardly makes substitutions, or never makes substitutions at all. He never changes formation, he’s tactically inflexible, etc. Does he need money to do all that? I can go on and on. But u, BIG_Gun, are the fickle one.
Everyone tends to forget the Morgan is good mostly because he has one of the biggest, most intimidating and football smart DM in Big Vic Wanyama. Not to slight Morgan but we do have several players of his type in Rambo, Santiago, Jack etc we however don’t have a DM, not even an imitation of one
your so wrong its not even funny man. schneiderlin has been with southampton since the league one days. in those leagues he grew and grew in stature an talent, championship he got better, premier league even more so.he grew a backbone from fighting in the lower leagues
he is a product of these leagues- not wanyama-without wanyama he was still a great player- understated but great
to say we have players like morgan is laughable-
“He grew a backbone from fighting in the lower leagues”
Man, this says a lot. But if you suggest signing of a player from the “lower leagues” people will bum rush you like you stole something. I would rather have a team of those type players who scrap for 90+ mins and don’t b*tch about being played out of position than some of the prima donna so called “world class” pussies plying their trade in the EPL and some of the top leagues on the continent.
This a manager who did all he could to extend Djourou contract and asked Nasri to wait until the end of the season for talks (he obviously wanted him to leave).
He also did not need Fabregas because he had Ozil and Wilshere. May be too much quality is wrong, but having 2 world class midfielders would only improve the squad… I don’t know, I might be in the wrong since the guy seems to know it all (according to some still blind and brain washed delusional fans).
This a guy who will not recruit a DM and serves us Diaby as an excuse.
This a manager who said that Bendtner was an asset to the team, just because he did not want to bring another striker.
He has a problem with the transfer market… He is the one who said “January transfer should be scrapped”… Delusional statement from a deluded fool who has no understanding about what is going on in football right (Even though he works with sport channels and see other clubs evolve).
This a delusional man who believes Wilshere is Arsenal number 10 when we know the boy would not even grace the bench of some clubs in the BPL.
Ancelotti said he would love to come back to the UK.
Get him and give the proven Italian manager a seizable purse. He will bring trophies to the Emirates because he knows how to do it.
Wenger is just a pathetic figure, a well paid pathetic figure, who has no grasp about modern football and what it takes to win major trophies.
His legacy will be that he left the club in a healthy state (thanks for that… With the fans help of course as they are the one paying those expensive rip off tickets).
We need our Arsenal back
CB is a must, DM should be too. I can’t see Arteta or Flamini staying.
Yeah, admin! Got me there. My comment’s gonna be moderated. Words too raw there. Jeeze, my bad!
Yeah right, like you believe agent.. That’s their job, they are PR’s for their clients. Who remembers Zigic rumor in the summer? His agent came out and said Arsenal were looking at Zigic and that he is considering his options.. The whole media went into disbelief..
But it was Wenger who came out and rubbished the rumor. The agent had lied..
tbh most football fans only understand win lose or draw. I hear a lot of ‘I support (fill in your team) Football Club.
I want to highlight the word CLUB.
How many of you support Arsenal Football CLUB?
How many of you support Arsenal Football TEAM?
Real fans support the club, understand what they are doing socially (charity, surrounding areas, support schemes, youth development, community work, player development, training coaches scouts, physios…). these fans can tell you right now the development over the last 2 years of a youth player, or the skills that make Colin Lewis creditable for his role…
Whilst most Top clubs have people in place to support the development of these key areas, Arsenal have Arsene…for good for bad I don’t know. All I know is he is actively involved in all aspects of AFC.
Because most fans, and ex professionals and pundits only think about the 90mins come Saturday, they forget about the other 9990minutes in the week and the work being done.
For that reason, I purely smile at the Wenger Out, Keep Wenger Debate.
No one truly have an answer to back up there argument, because no one follows the Club, only the first team!!
This then starts a whole new debate about Whats a True Fan…. God Forbid lets not go there
We don’t need him. CB , CDM that is what is needed.