Arsenal told to pay £20m now – Or wait until the summer….

Everybody knows that Arsenal are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements in January but it would seem that the only way to make sure the new arrival will not need a settling in period is to buy a ready-made Premiership player. This is surely the reason why the Gunners have been continually linked with the West Ham United centre-back Winston Reid, especially as he is approaching the last six months of his contract.

The Hammers manager Sam Allardyce is obviously aware of the danger of losing one of his best players, so he has now spoken out and told Arsenal that they will have to pay over the odds to persuade him to sell Reid in the January window. “He isn’t going anywhere,” Allardyce asserted on Sky Sports. “He is not going anywhere unless someone bids £20m or something like that. There is obviously not a lot I can do about that.

“If somebody flirts around with a measly offer because he is in the last year of his contract, we would make more money by keeping him and finishing where we are in the league than selling him and putting our good season in jeopardy. Because replacing him in January – replacing anybody in January – is a very difficult job indeed.”

Arsene Wenger also knows the problems of buying class players in the Winter Transfer window, but as the Arsenal boss failed to bring in the needed additions in the summer, perhaps he will now have to pay the price for his errors.

But can anyone seriously see Arsenal paying that much for a player with six months left on his contract? I can’t, so I suggest that Gooners now need to cross Reid off our list of possible arrivals….

Tags Allardyce Reid West Ham


  1. Twig says:

    So apparently Arsenal has recalled Coquelin from Charlton. Probably Jenkinson will be next to follow.

    1. Mesut O-grillz says:

      Damn we look so desperate. But we need all the help we can get.

  2. henry12 says:

    Whatever we don’t need him.

    1. juhislihis says:

      He’s average with a big A. No potential, not impressive. Stats agree with me.

      Would go for Schär instead, he’s in a similar situation and he’s got a lot more potential to get better.

  3. Sumo says:

    I am more worried about the Newcastle game now than any thing else.

    Pardew told correct but flattering things about Arsene Wenger, hope we don’t get too complacent. And Ramsey is not playing. What the fcuk is wrong with us?

  4. Twig says:

    The fans saw it coming. Wenger didn’t.

    1. DB10_Legend says:

      Yes all the fans knew that Ramsey would be injured for Newcastle game…Seriously???

      1. Twig says:

        Not Ramsey getting injured before Newcastle game. How could anyone know that? But the fact we can’t challenge for 4 competitions with only 2 senior centrebacks.

  5. cheeterspotter says:

    Tell father Xmas to bring his boots,he’s playing in 2 weeks time, but try not to get injured beforehand.

  6. FredupG says:

    Better to wait till summer and let the new manager spend the money.

  7. ArseOverTit says:

    Haha.. I like the way the article begins
    “Everybody knows that Arsenal are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements in January.”

    No, unfortunately not everyone is aware of this fact. What’s more unfortunate is that the sole person who could do anything about it is not sure yet whether it’s necessary!!!! I will awake in cold sweats soon..I will.

    1. Matt says:

      The man’s a f*cking joke, Wenger out.

  8. john0711 says:

    Wenger himself said if we get everyone fit we don’t need to buy in Jan so why are these posts put on,
    The man has a serious mental health issue, in normal life social services would be paying him a visit and assessing him

    1. DB10_Legend says:

      Not surprised by your comment, Considering the fact some of us don’t even bother to find out what was said in reality.

      Read the complete statement made by Wenger
      “If everybody is fit and available, we don’t need to go on the transfer market. But we have to consider that there could be a question mark with Koscielny’s fitness and we have to go out on the transfer market..”

      1. ArseOverTit says:

        What management and all familiar too.

        “If our only decent central defender gets injured then yes I will be forced to dip into the Christmas selection box. Otherwise I will do sweet FA as everything else is ticketyboo and hunky-dory..


      2. HA559 says:

        In truth that full comment you quoted doesn’t really change anything. Because he is still reliant on Kosicleny’s fitness to decide if he wants to buy players in January or not.

        If everybody is fit we have 2 registered CB.
        If there is question mark over Koscielny we have 1 registered CB.
        Anything less than 3 CB, means you don’t have enough cover for that position.
        Please don’t count Chambers.

      3. Incarnate says:

        Koscielny has been on and off and we can’t rely on his fitness at least for this season, which means we are going into the transfer market anyways….that’s how I read it

  9. sam-afc says:

    Chambers: suspended
    Ramsey: injured
    Wilshere: injured
    Arteta: injured
    Diaby: injured/ gone awol
    Koscielny: injured
    Monreal: injured
    Ospina: injured

    Lol I suppose wenger will be saying to Debuchy ” how do you fancy playing centre back against your old club tomorrow!?”

    1. Twig says:

      And Debuchy will reply, well I have done little bit centreback with my friends at school boss. 15 years ago to be exact.

    2. SaveArsenal says:

      You forgot Ozil…

      1. kia_SA says:

        and rosicky… That’s a whole team!

  10. john0711 says:

    Are players inj or do they not want to play for the blithering idiot in charge

  11. supertuur says:

    This is all part of the negotiation process. Wenger says we do not need anyone come January. Allardyce says £20 Mil. Wenger says Podoslki not for sale. Wenger says Campbell going nowhere etc. Khedira not going anywhere says Ancelotti.

    This is all part of negotiating. Of course Westham will settle for something near the £7-10 mil. We can sign a pre-contract with Reid to get him in the summer for nothing.

    Between Villa (Vlaar), Bassle (Schar) and Westham (Reid) one of them will give us a defender for a good price as all 3 of these defenders have contracts running out.

    Van Dijk was not good yesterday in the 4-3 defeat on the Europa League. Lots of fans where slating him on Twitter.

  12. Dennis says:

    If we beat Newcastle i’ll shave half of my head, that’s how sure I am we won’t beat them tomorrow. I don’t know what Pardew has been on but he’s been a tactical genius lately.

    1. Mesut O-grillz says:

      Now I really want us to win, this will be a sight to see

    2. supertuur says:

      Please post the picture on this blog.

      1. Matt says:

        If we beat Newcastle, I’ll get a willy tattooed on my arse, that’s how sure I am. I’m going to the game, going to have to get very drunk before hand to drown out the sorrows… Bearing in mind a pint at the ground is near enough a fiver. (Surprise)

  13. Matt says:

    Oh for f*ck sake these injuries are rediculous, injuries have ruined Arsenal football club, this doesn’t happen to any other team, I’ve come to the conclusion, our players are f*cking p*ssy holes who are not tough enough. They need to sort it the f*ck out. For the Newcastle game we are without Ramsey, Walcott, Arteta, Momreal, Koscielny, Ozil, Wilshere and Chambers (suspended)
    That’s 7 yes 7 of our first team squad injured, that’s pathetic, this is why we will never ever win the title because our squad are made of f*cking glass, they’re a bunch of f*cking delicate flowers and it makes this team look a joke and a bloody disgrace.

  14. HA559 says:

    Even if Koscileny is fit we need defensive cover at CB anyway, So what is Wenger on about going into the transfer market if there is question mark over Koscielny’s fitness. Is he that delusional that he couldn’t see how we suffered defensively just a few weeks ago and last weekend when were short in defence and lets not forget how many defenders we have out for tomorrows game.

    We lose game, then says we are short of defenders, we were not cautious, we were naive.
    And yet he thinks Koscielny alone will solve the three problems above if he is fit?

    1. Twig says:

      We also were not going to sign Welbeck you know? Until Giroud got injured…

  15. HA559 says:

    The defence is the main reason why we are 13 points of the top. At least if we had a proper 3rd choice CB we would have been much close to the top, maybe 6 points off at most. Then a powerful DMF/CMF would ensure it stays even tighter than that.

    1. WENGER is the main reason why we are 13 points from the top….

  16. JAmerican says:

    Never said a cross word about Wenger but have gotten frustrated as any other fan, I just don’t understand how a person that’s fluent in so many languages very educated could allow us to even be in this position in the first place. If you know your show comings why didn’t they get addressed in the summer? Now we will have no choice but to be hosed on the selling prices for the players needed in the middle of the season, I just don’t understand that kind of thinking. Didn’t hear his interview about not needed reinforcements if everyone is back fit and if that’s the case we will be lucky to even retain the FA Cup which in my eyes is the only realistic trophy for us this season. Shame really, but i’ll wait until the end of January then again in May to see where we are and get my mind right…

  17. fred cowardly says:

    Can Jenkison be recalled after January?
    I’d prefer Chambers to play CB if Debuchy and CB gets injured

  18. umorenson says:

    if injury to kozzy is all we need to sign CB, so be it. Believe me, old age has taken advantage of Arsene.

  19. sam-afc says:

    People wonder why arsene is getting all the frustration/abuse from the fans. He can’t graspe the fact we are short in defence anyway, yet we MIGHT have to go into the transfer window because of being unsure with koscielny’s reacuring injury. The bloke has lost it.

    We are going to offer diaby a new contract he said the other week?? The website doesn’t even mention diaby anymore. So where is the logic in that. Players drop like flys and bang 4-6 weeks out. Why does this keep happening?

    Wtf is going on at arsenal.

  20. rlowgunner says:

    Arsene needs to go to football rehab n sort himself out.
    Would luv to know whats hes been smoking because I want some that s#!t!
    Even a blind man could see we need to buy defender / defensive midfielder in transfer market.
    such a fool with no real ambition no more.
    Concentrates to much on making the club money instead of making us a toptop club which we are capable of being if only arsene pulled hes fu#*ing head out and opened hes eyes.

    4th is the new 1st spot so when you think of it that way we are only 3rd at the moment 😉

    Good luck lads tomorrow we are gonna need it after pardews side beat the leaders last week.

    All you fans going to the game make your voices be heard.

    Quit hating and motivate our team to go on and win. Be the extra man on the pitch.



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