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1 hour ago, wev said:

Are Arsenal still hovering around Zaha?

 

Can't see it, the money we want for him (and have stood firm on) buys a much younger player, with better potential for resale/growth.

 

He's 27 now, and he signed a 5 year contract at an incredibly healthy wage, £130k a week if the stories are true, so combine the age/fee/wages and he's not that appealing an option.

 

I think he was short sighted, and shouldn't have signed the contract if he wanted a move.

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Mane kicking it again Sissoko's arm in the CL final was ahead of the curve. The shanked shot by Ayew that hit the United defenders arm yesterday was ridiculous and it's just going to get even more farcical until they decide to change the rule. Also apart from Palace every Premier League side seems to have forgotten how to defend this weekend. 

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I think the Ayew one yesterday was fair as his miss-hit shot could have gone in (thus the handball was potentially stopping a goal). However the Southampton one just now was just a random ricochet. They were saying in the commentary that it was wrong as well, so I think the ref just fucked up.

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I know intent is so hard to call consistently but a penalty is such a significant reward to give a team that its granting should have to pass a fairly high bar to justify it - some poor sod randomly having a ball touch their arm with no intent to handle it whilst not looking doesn't seem worthy of giving the other team a free shot at goal from 12y out.

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3 minutes ago, dizogg said:

Havertz at the moment looks like an example where someone’s not been signed to play a role, he’s just been signed because he’s a good player. Frank doesn’t really seem to know what to do with him.

 

Cue Havertz winner

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Bissouma accident aside, I was pleased with a comprehensive 3-0 over Newcastle away. Two well taken goals and finally Maupay gets his penalty scoring mojo back. TBH I thought Newcastle had made some really shrewd signings over the summer but was really surprised that they offered little attacking threat. Not sure what's going one there at all.

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