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  1. Mahrez to .......................?

    So he should stay put and stagnate? Really, it sounds like he doesn't have many other options given that Arsenal are the only ones who want him seriously. Champions League or otherwise, they're still a big step up. And a potential stepping stone to the club he really wants in Barcelona...
  2. Mahrez to .......................?

    Not sure about lowering the price: if a player wants out, public or otherwise, a club is unlikely to keep them anyway. His agent would have been touting him around regardless. We've been in a relatively strong position - he announced it ages ago, giving us plenty of time to work out what to demand, and has a lengthy contract here. It's not like it was last minute with a week left off the window and meant we had to accept lower than market value. The problem is that nobody but Arsenal really wants him. That in itself will likely lower any fee.
  3. Mahrez to .......................?

    The absolute banter of a) people putting him down just because of last season and b) criticising him for joining Arsenal where he'll get more money and have a better chance of playing in Europe every season. Remember the similar hysteria about Kante going to Chelsea for the same reasons? Jesus.
  4. What's going on with Kaputska?

    Yeah, I'd chill out about this one. The lad's young, can barely communicate with his team-mates yet and will be nowhere near ready physically. He's come from an incredibly inferior league whose champions have already sacked their manager thanks to a terrible start. Just look at Musa - lots of experience, Champions League too, but even he's not up to scratch yet. These things don't happen overnight.
  5. Gabriel Barbosa

    You do realise, though, that just spending money doesn't just mean winning right? Completely ignoring the factors involving a young player from South America with no big-league experience trying to adapt here, there's a massive squad harmony element to consider too. Just chucking cash around can seriously disillusion other players. Realistically Gabriel is not a Leicester player.
  6. Schlupp - West Brom

    I can't imagine why anyone would want to see Jeff leave. Academy lad or otherwise, he was ace when called upon last season. Nobody knows what he'll do next, but that's the fun bit innit.
  7. Arsenal Pre-Match Thread

    Trouble is, you're trying the impossible in attempting to replace NG like for like. It was always going to be a difficult proposition, though I admit it does look like we're lacking defensive depth in central midfield. King, god bloody love him, is clearly not the answer over the course of a 38-game season. We don't know whether Mendy is yet but he seems more of a passer and controller. He wasn't brought in as Kante's replacement though - that was always just tabloid nonsense. We wanted him last summer and kept on wanting him since. We still need another midfield to *actually* replace Kante. Personally I think Ranieri goes back to Okazaki for this one. We're not going to see much of the ball and his defensive efforts might just help us have things our own way a bit. His relief work is a vastly underrated part of his game (even simply winning fouls).
  8. Mahrez - Arsenal

    I've not seen one reputable report about this - normally you'd get every journo gossiping about it on Twitter. It might blow up eventually, but I'm not worried right now.
  9. The "do they mean us?" thread

  10. N'Golo Kante - Confirmed - £32m to Chelsea

    Didn't he thank everyone like, a day later?
  11. N'Golo Kante - Confirmed - £32m to Chelsea

    But you're missing the point - we're talking about anomalies here, for both ours and Chelsea's 2015-16s. Going forward he's going to be getting the kind of high-level football he wants season upon season. Next season is the exception for everyone. Clearly he's not a one-season wonder - anybody with a brain can tell NG is a staggeringly good asset to have in a team, and Chelsea are lucky to have him. Financially they can compete with anyone and there's no good reason why they can't be a Champions League-winning force in the years to come. Personally I feel like there's more to it than football even. If he was never truly happy here I wouldn't be surprised if there were family considerations too - perhaps it was just the lure of London.
  12. Allowing players to leave......

    Trying too hard to keep certain players sets a dangerous precedent, though. Say you give three of them £100k per week just to stay for a few more years. What's that saying to Wes Morgan, Danny Drinkwater, Christian Fuchs? The results wouldn't be good, and we know it. Squad harmony is so important - as if we need reminding of that - and by obliterating a structure you risk upsetting that equalibrium. Walsh is a bit different to that obviously, as someone in an important position of his own. I'd do what we can to keep him, but again you're just dealing with a human being. If he's unhappy, you're not going to get his best work. Money will only get you so far. You can say what you like about showing more ambition, but the truth is that players know the more traditional big clubs offer a greater chance of regular long-term success. And at that point, there's only so much you can do.
  13. N'Golo Kante - Confirmed - £32m to Chelsea

    Good grief, the bitterness here is blinding. Not sure why I expected to find sanity here, but curiosity got the better of me. I bloody loved the bloke last season, and we had one glorious year together. (*stops mintage music prematurely*). I always said Kante could have gone anywhere he wanted to. The timing has confused me, that much I admit to. I've never really understood why he seemed so keen to get a move on, but surely people can see what he's doing here? Calling him a mercenary is ludicrous. We all wanted to see what would happen if the team stayed together. It didn't happen, but then we knew it wouldn't last forever. Kante knew it too. He's just turned 25 and could go on to play for Chelsea for years now - lest we forget a club that will be almost guaranteed to qualify for the Champions League every year from now. He's thinking about his future, like we all do. He owes us nothing - we got one sensational year from him, and a £25m profit in one year. We're all gutted he chose not to stick around a bit longer, but take off the rose-tinted specs. He's gone for the long term.
  14. Yohan Benalouane

    Get in the bin mate, you've literally never seen him kick a ball. The pre-judgement is guff.
  15. Yohan Benalouane

    Good to see the clued-up insight flooding in lads. Fancy knocking up a few paragraphs about what you've seen of him?