Are Arsenal too respectful in the transfer market? Let’s be tougher….

Arsenal may have acquired Alexandre Lacazette and Saed Kolasinac in this summers transfer window, but we do seem to be lagging behind our rivals for the Premier League title, and one of our biggest problems is the danger of losing some of our biggest stars who only have one year remaining on their contracts, including Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Le Prof believes that this is because other clubs, or the players agents, are trying to broker deals without the permission of Arsenal. This has happened numerous times over the years and probably our most famous case of ‘tapping up’ was when Barcelona made a concerted campaign to get Cesc Fabregas to return to his hometown. And it looks like it has happened again this season with Alexis and the Ox. Wenger is very concerned about this but insists that it is not something that the Gunners would do out of respect for the player’s present clubs.

“If you have top players you cannot stop it from happening. It’s frustrating but you’ve got to fight against it,” Le Prof said.

“Honestly, it is a problem, I don’t deny that. But is there a realistic way to fight against it? That’s the question that I ask.

“We’ve fought against this for 20 years but it still happens. How can you check when an agent meets a director from another club or which player speaks to who?

“It happens every day. I don’t know what we need to do really because no-one has found the right solution.

“We are respectful with the clubs. We ask them what they want to do, and if they don’t want to sell then we don’t insist. For some, that is where the difference is.”

So the question needs to be asked; If all the other top clubs are doing it to our players, why doesn’t Arsenal do the same thing? Why should we let them poach our players and persuade them to force their way out of the club, but we don’t do the same to their players? Nowadays football is a multi-billion pound business and most clubs are run on a dog-eat-dog basis. So why not Arsenal?

Darren N


  1. Napersie says:

    Made a point on this matter some articles back. We need tough directors not paperbag personalities

    1. muff d... says:

      i agree

      we should bring in mob bosses from the ukraine
      saw a film…they put nails in there weetabix

      and still add milk!

      1. Dalinho says:

        I agree we need better negotiations and all that but it’s a simple solution for arsenal SPEND MORE MONEY GETS U BETTER PLAYERS just look at Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea theyve all got different negotiating teams but get the same out come which is signing the players they need in a short space of time, some times 2 players from the same club! Everyone knows wenger has missed out on the best players in the world his whole life bcoz he wouldn’t saction 3 million pound extra it’s tiny petty behaviour it’s West Ham type Tactics! Big stadium small transfers! Big wages small players and so on

    2. kev says:

      JUST IN:Arsenal have finally made a breakthrough with negotiations with Monaco for Themas Lemar.They had reportedly quoted a fee of £80 just to put possible suitors of but at last we’ve made a breakthrough with the club for the player.He will sign for £45 and will earn £90,000 a week.

      1. Break-on-through says:

        Did they not say the same when we bid 45m after they refused 40m. I hope it’s true, don’t know how good he is really but he seems balanced. But if we lose Alexis then am not so sure a guy who scored and assisted 10 a piece in the French league is gonna come close to replacing him. Maybe in time he can, but next season would be asking allot. Same goes for Cazorla replacement, we don’t know if he can play there yet or if Arsene even sees it that way. My guess is he would not be replacing Cazorla, certainly not next season, but in future who knows. If Arsene is willing to spend big well then at least that’s something, that’s why I want him. Just want us to get our targets.

      2. ZA_Gunner says:

        It is exciting but is it credible Kev, who’s the source?

  2. Fatboy Gooney, Too Fat to track back. says:

    Haven’t we done this one already? ?? Man, even the article’s are suffering from Groundhog affect. ?

    1. muff d... says:

      well write an article on cheese u fat roll of sexyness
      or about how u keep messaging my girlfriend
      offering…to catch up!!
      wtf bro??

      1. Fatboy Gooney, Too Fat to track back. says:

        ?? Nah mate.. That wasn’t me ? ?… It was probably the real Cartman, who was chirping up your girl ?? she said.. Oops, I meant, I heard it was something about going around chefs , for some chocolate covered balls? ?

  3. Eddy Hoyte says:

    This is Wenger always playing fair and about his philosophies?. someone needs to remind him that sometimes even kings gets their hands dirty just to remain on throne and sometimes one needs to push away nobility to survive??. Okay he’s talking about respecting others when they don’t respect us, see where we are? see where other clubs are?? ??if you still don’t get it Ask Ned Stark how he lost his head??

    1. ZA_Gunner says:

      Exactly. Football is as much a business as a game, therefore you have to ruthless and be willing to do the dirty work to succeed. We are not talking about people here or human rights, we are talking about a contest between football clubs so we have to look it int his context. Unless one day there are rules in place saying you can’t do this or do that then I can’t see any reason why clubs can’t use any means necessary.

  4. McLovin says:

    Levy is tough in the market.

    Our suits are just bunch of p*****s.

    1. muff d... says:

      watch your whore mouth
      you jezebel

  5. Fatboy Gooney, Too Fat to track back. says:

    Monaco are strongly denying any agreement with Real Madrid for the sale of Mbappe. The reports of a €180 million done deal were manufactured from Spain this morning. Who cares? Even I’m starting to get bored of this Conte. ?

    1. American Gooner says:

      Mbappe will end up being a one season wonder. I’m not saying that he will be trash the rest of his career but people are making it seem like he is garunteed to be the next greatest striker for the coming decade. I’m not buying it . Mbappe is worth £100 yet Sanchez who is a proven world class player year over year is only worth £40. What a joke.

  6. John Rambo says:

    We do not eat dogs at the arsenal.

    1. Fatboy Gooney, Too Fat to track back. says:

      Lol ?? No! But they sure enough fed em double helpings in China ?

  7. ruelando says:

    I wonder what would have been said if it was arsenal playing, Bayern 3- Chelsea 0 and its just 28 minutes gone, One actual change to Chelsea Christianson who is a CB playing instead of David Luis, oo and Bago for Pedro

    1. neil says:

      and we beat Bayern.. albeit on penalties! shows these pre season games mean nothing other than to get some match fitness and meet fans from around the world

  8. Jack says:

    We have treated Lucas Perez badly. This doesn’t play well with us as we always talk about our value system. This is no way to treat a talent. Even if we feel he doesn’t have a future with us we should treat him with dignity. In transfer market we can be aggressive but within the rules and spirit of the game.

    1. McLovin says:

      I disagree on the part that “we” have treated him badly. WENGER has treated him badly. Most of the fans supported Perez and DEMANDED him to start more often.

      Wenger doesn’t represent this club as a whole!

      1. Christian says:

        Wenger is unfair coach,he always back his fellow countryman.let compare poldoski to giroud,let compare Perez to giroud; why is keeping giroud in arsenal?

        1. ZA_Gunner says:

          Well I don’ think Wenger is biased, he’s just ignorant and short sighted of what is there in front of him.

      2. muff d... says:

        well u didnt
        i remember when we went to holloway at xmas and saw perez and u threw a mango at him and said go back to the jungle..

        way harsh bro ….way harsh

        1. McLovin says:

          Ye, besides those mangos are 4€ a kilo. Total waste!!

    2. ZA_Gunner says:

      Poor players management and it goes further if you look at the predicament we’re in with a couple of players wanting to leave ie: Sanchez; Ox and Ozil

  9. TopNotch Guy From Nigeria says:

    OP: How about the news of Chelsea down by 3 goals already in the first half to a team we defeated

    1. ZA_Gunner says:

      It means nothing, Chelsea is still better than us.

      1. neil says:

        thats why they won Fa Cup… oh !

        1. Suraju says:

          That’s why they ‘ve won the epl 2 times in 3 years.

        2. Truthbetold says:

          N 5 epl titles since 2004

  10. Janssen says:

    I have a feeling Wenger is more involved in transfers than he should be and that his modern counter parts.

    As a result, it seems that when Wenger is busy running pre-season our transfer activities grind to a halt whilst clubs like Chelsea continue to push transfers through despite Conte being busy with pre-season.

    We are running an antiquated, slow, reactive business model compared to modern clubs. As a result, we have to see in the last week of the transfer window if we can be reactive and grab a last minute bargain.

    I think we would all have been happier if we had pursued Lemar more aggressively before Monaco lost most of their best players and now have sold Mbappe for a reported 170 million to Real. it will be a lot harder to convince them to sell now, not only because of the number of players they have lost but also because of the crazy amount of cash they are sitting on.

    Should we end up with Maherez, one wonders why we didn’t sign him much earlier?

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      The problem is we need a negotiator like Dein

      Gazadis always screw things up and he cant get deals done

      Dein is a smooth operator, knows the game, has ways to convince the board and get the deals

      1. neil says:

        Exactly… not sure what Gazidis role is if he cant close transfers whilst Arsenal away ln tour

    2. Fatboy Gooney, Too Fat to track back. says:

      Well said mate,
      It does seem as if Wenger has put his feet up after signing Lacazette and is now probably waiting for price drops before signing anyone else.

      We are now the Bookies favourites to sign Ross the wannabe Boss Barkley ?? well, Wenger will no doubt jump in as soon as his 50 million valuation drops down to 30 million towards the end of the transfer window.?

  11. Invincibles49 says:

    Wenger is too nice. And nice guys finish last!

    1. muff d... says:

      …all over your face

  12. Christian says:

    Wenger always support French players ,even if they are rubbish,try to have a look of Perez,poldoski,and giroud. ☺️Why can’t he get ride of giroufd. Cesc wanted to come back before ended up to chelsea,he refused,and then flaming came back.mow lemar issue,?Why not get mahrez who knows the premiership better

  13. Ronnyə says:

    Seriously what the fook is going on in the world of football, slow down!!!!
    First David Luiz for 50m, then Anthony Martial then Pogba for 89m which I thought hang on enough is enough this is getting crazy now today I hear 161m for an 18 year who’s an exciting prospect but has really had one good season.
    Surely the transfer values have got to be capped or limited at some point?
    City sign Mendy for 50m, no negotiation just 50m okay then here you go! It’s not monopoly money.
    All the while Wenger is struggling to sell our players whilst he haggle over 500k here or there and drags his heels with incoming. If you want the player buy him at a realistic bid, what’s with us and our 3 or 4 bids everytime.
    It must be so frustrating for the arsenal players and staff.

  14. Ronnyə says:

    Spot on remeber when gazidis signed welbeck behind wengers back while he was in Rome have a kick about with the Pope?
    It didn’t go down well as I remember.

    1. muff d... says:

      the pope is 95 – any attempt of sport wouldnt go down well with arthritis of the knees

  15. Ronnyə says:

    Wengers the guy that turns up 15 minutes before the supermarket closes to buy all the marked down food. Sometimes you get lucky other times there’s either nothing there or half stale cack that no one else wants

    1. Fatboy Gooney, Too Fat to track back. says:


      ?? And You seem to be very clued up in that department mate, ?? So how many times exactly did you Ram Wenger with your trolley to get to that Stale cack then? ?

  16. Raoh says:

    They’ve always seemed to hesistant or respectful depending on how you look at it. For such a big club how many player are in the circle of what ifs at?! Kolasinac & Lacazette is not going to be enough…
    Clearly our momentum has died down since the Lacazette signing. Not only do we seem to be having trouble sealing and completing deals (Lemar) but we also seem to be having trouble in completing deals for outgoing players.
    One case in point into how we have trouble: we sealed Ozil, Sanchez & Cech in different windows. When I think about some clubs having those name in there list they would have tried and maybe succeeded into bringing them in the same summer even if it meant forking out a hefty sum of money…

  17. ade says:

    So u think Perez is better than Giroud, lolz . how many club bid for Perez now, go n check how many clubs in for Giroud , n don’t forget france national team he starts

    1. ZA_Gunner says:

      I think people are not talking about Perez replacing Giroud, I believe Ozil should have been dropped for his poor performance last season and Perez given a chance in the team.

  18. Fatboy Gooney, Too Fat to track back. says:

    This is Forking Hilarious and serves the penny pincher right!

    According to Fox Sports the Gunners have re-signed the Brazilian but solely with the intent of selling him to Bordeaux for a higher fee and thus making an instant profit. With news of Wellington failing a medical at Bordeaux it remains to be seen where this leaves Arsenal and the player, with the north London club not officially confirming that he is back on the books at the Emirates Stadium.

    Oh well… A signing that never even kicked a ball in anger in a gunners shirt.. Loaned out for years then Sold and recently bought back to sell on for a small profit, which back fired. ?? Another Bow for Wengers Ribbon.

    1. neil says:

      I doubt Wenger would be involved in that transfer deal plus was started whilst Arsene on pre-seaspn tour !!
      surely Gazodis could get someone to check the boys fitness first before trying to sell him ! Seems all round the team working on transfers are crap

  19. Arsenal_Girl says:

    I go to my local Tesco a half an hour before closing because they sell reduced items, usually about to expire. I think Wenger treats the transfer window the same

    Do you notice every summer Wenger starts off really good ie. Alexis, Cech but then we get Welbeck, Lucas at the end or close to the end because nobody better is available .
    The exception is Ozil, Arteta

    Being cheap and waiting to the last couple of weeks for a bargain is very risky.

    Last summer was odd as he did get Mustafa and Xhaka for over £30 million but did not get the big striker we needed. Waited to the last 2 weeks and got Lucas who he did not want but to appease the fans

    Clubs don’t want to sell late because they need time to replace

    Also, it’s funny that we had weeks of rumors on Mbappe when Wenger did not even make one bid. Same with Mahrez. God knows if we will make another bid on Lemar

    Wenger will never change his ways.

    1. neil says:

      Wenger has his faults but this is getting ridiculous when you are blaming someone for not doing a made-up rumour ! Do you even think before you write ?!?!

  20. Arsenal_Girl says:

    See this is the thing with summer friendlies
    Bayern lost 4-0 to AC Milan

    Now they are beating Chelsea 3-2

    Summer friendlies are not very accurate in terms of giving a clue of how clubs will do during the season. Just for marketing to other countries and giving youngsters a chance

    1. DaRkPoPe says:

      the difference is the quality of football. both chelsea and bayern played some superb football out there today

      1. Break-on-through says:

        Difference is Conte is focusing more on his first team players while Arsene is having a free for all. When I see all these youngsters being brought in to train with the first team I’m left thinking here we go again ..I suspect we might get some questions about Arsenal being under-prepared. Arsene tries to help the youngsters improve quicker by doing this, but there is another side to that coin.

  21. Adam Criniti says:

    An internal ruthlessness at the club would be a welcomed sight as well.

    1) If the rumored interest in Ox by Stoke is in fact genuine sell the lad for $25M
    2) Inform PSG that Sanchez is available with L.Mora and Marquinhos heading to the Emirates, or Veratti and cash to Paris.
    3) Drive El Neny to Leicester or jet him off to Turkey if $10M is offered. Like the dude but he is a Cup player on his best day
    4) Loan Jack to WH for the year with an option for a permanent deal.
    5) Sell Chambers to CO for $20M, Holding is better.
    6) Send Perez back to DLC for $10M, Wenger never should of paid what he did and the Spaniard deseves better.
    7) Terminate Jenkinson and Debuchy’s contracts, or get whatever nickels you can for the two deadwoods.
    8) Inform Ramsey that he will no longer be employed as B2B and will rotate with Ozil as a floating #9. If he resists slap a reasonable transfer # on him and field offers from mid table teams.

    Buy Carvalho and Goretska with the proceeds and trot out this starting 11.


  22. Raj says:

    Wenger and his reasons for failures. I have started to feel that mourinho was right about him. He is a master of failures.
    Arsenal aren’t respectful they are just penny pinching club which don’t want to buy the right players at right money. We are just wasting our time in transfer window. I wish Monaco complained about us and we are banned from transfer, at that rate all these lies of wenger would end.
    I really want him and Stan to leave

    1. Dalinho says:

      I’m counting the days raj mate if arsenal swap these tiny petty Man for real big outgoing aggressive men we will have our arsenal pride back not this “please don’t hurt me” cowardly club

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