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That was dog shit. A recurring nightmare I have is us playing the Europa with Ceballos and Elneny as our starting midfield for all eternity. What are we expecting them to contribute at this stage? Just play some kids from the academy or a fan off the street or start with 9 or something. I’m absolutely certain it would make no difference.

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Kids from the academy, on evidence of this season, would be a vast improvement.

 

Coquelin offered more than Elneny and Ceballos

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2 hours ago, wev said:

Kids from the academy, on evidence of this season, would be a vast improvement.

 

Coquelin offered more than Elneny and Ceballos

 

a higher score in scrabble maybe...

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This story had kind of passed me by, Saliba been filming unpleasant goings on according to the Upshot mailout

 

Another star caught up in a sex tape scandal is on-loan Arsenal defender William Saliba.
 

The clip shows Saliba in his France tracksuit, on a sofa next to a guy who is completely naked and masturbating while watching something (porn) on his phone. Two other team mates are sitting on the other side of him, both fully dressed in their national team tracksuits, and acting like nothing is happening.

The whole thing is openly filmed by Saliba on his phone's selfie camera but somehow ended up on Twitter, where someone has captioned it: "Saliba in the splash zone".

Now French football bosses have given the defender a one month suspended ban for recording the clip and uploading it to Snapchat before quickly deleting it. 

According to reports, the official charge is "immoral behaviour"

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Lots of rumours doing the rounds that Spotify owner Daniel Ek is interested in a takeover. Could just be a reaction to his tweet the other day but as a lifelong fan of Arsenal he would be an interesting owner.

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1 hour ago, g wings said:

Lots of rumours doing the rounds that Spotify owner Daniel Ek is interested in a takeover. Could just be a reaction to his tweet the other day but as a lifelong fan of Arsenal he would be an interesting owner.


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I've seen mention this morning that the Kroenke's value the club at around £2b !!

 

Populist move with those players but not like Henry or Viera demonstrated much ability off the pitch managerially. Fans made good like Ek are a nice idea but if successful in getting the club can be too emotionally invested to make the right calls.

 

Not sure the Kroenke's will sell mind, they've put up with hostile fans opposing them for years in the US, its part of the operating model seemingly. 

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Much like Man Utd, what is the incentive for Kroenke to sell? Isn't he extracting decent money out of the club for not doing much? I doubt he cares about any protests and won't until it starts hurting the bottom line.

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Just now, Gabe said:

Much like Man Utd, what is the incentive for Kroenke to sell? Isn't he extracting decent money out of the club for not doing much? I doubt he cares about any protests and won't until it starts hurting the bottom line.

 

I'd say his only reasons to sell now would be if he believes that football is at the peak of its bubble and he can get out for a tidy profit before it drops.

 

If he doesn't believe that you keep taking those management fees and let the club pay the debt you've stuck it with - it's free money on an appreciating asset. 

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I've never seen Balogun play that I can recall so not sure about the excitement here, nice to not see another potential Gnabry I guess but he never gets the shout ahead of Nketiah even in dead rubber league games like Everton so I have to wonder wha the fuss is about. I know youngsters take a while to blossom sometimes, Smith-Rowe being a good example, but he has to get on the pitch now.

 

Not sure about the excitement over Ek, sure he's not Kroenke but if the club is financially fucked now imagine the state it'll be in if somebody has to pay £1.5b+ for it - unless you are getting some 0.0000000001% top of the tree multi billionaire doing an Abramovich or a sovereign wealth fund no club can service debt like that in a falling TV revenue environment. 

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Imagine playing Balogun ahead of Nketia before he'd signed a contract only for him to leave on a free. That would be a bit embarrassing and a bit shambolic.

Not to say Balogun is an answer right now but he should definitely be ahead of Nketia.

If Auba doesn't start I would go with Martinelli up top on Thursday and Balogun on the bench. It's a bit of a gamble but the unpredictability and energy of these two up top has got to be better than Nketia who doesn't quite do anything. 

 

Xhaka to continue at LB or play Saka there is also another question. Or should we even go with Cedric at LB to not lose Xhaka in the middle and Saka on the right of the three?

 

Thursday is a massive game.

I've been Arteta in all the way but he's really on thin ice at the moment. 

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I feel a bit for Nketiah as he's clearly a very good player but he only scores one type of goal. If he was in City's team he would be putting up some serious numbers, but we create next to nothing inside the box so he is constantly isolated. Balogun where I've seen him is more all action. I guess more like Danny Welbeck in some ways in that he's always busy and does a lot of running about. They're probably giving Nketiah minutes as they want him shifted in the summer.

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Some more from Daniel Ek:

 

"I have secured the funds for it and I want to bring a very compelling offer to the owners and I hope they hear me out. I certainly didn't expect this will happen overnight and I am prepared for this to be a long journey."

 

"I've been an Arsenal fan since I was eight years old. Arsenal is my team. I love the history. I love the players. And of course, I love the fans. So as I look at that, I just see a tremendous opportunity to set a real vision for the club to bring it back to its glory. And I want to establish trust with fans and I want to engage the fans again."

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Loss making Arsenal are currently valued at well north of $2b by their notoriously tight lipped and mean owner/investors - how do you pay this world record buyout fee for the club and still run it on a profitable basis ?

 

Take with a pinch of salt but Forbes lists the value at $2.8b, its a big number and I believe Kroenke paid over a billion quid to get full ownership and would want a major return on that.

 

We're also possibly in a declining TV rights market domestically and whilst on pitch success and getting back in the CL every year would raise a lot more income it wouldn't be enough to cover such a huge debt, which would dwarf what the Glazers have done to Utd. 

 

I get the appeal of anyonebutkroenke but unless its some Abramovich type billionaire doing for a laugh its hard to see the numbers stack up commercially.

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Plus Ek would just be the figurehead of the ownership, he wouldn't be buying outright. You'd have all those other voices wanting to find ways of getting returns on their money, and for such a big outlay they would need to monitise everything.

 

I'm not sure how it would be much better than what you have - and could actually be worse. 

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