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07 Aug 2017 22:29:02
Warren Barton on the Charity Shield coverage on Fox USA stated Giroud has kicked his last ball for Arsenal and would be joining West Ham.

Anything in that Mike or Ed. Seems a strange thing to state matter of fact live on air.

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1.) 07 Aug 2017 23:11:54
STRANGE indeed, it doesn't look that way at all, IF I see or notice anything I will be on it BUT nothing at present IRONMIKE.


2.) 08 Aug 2017 09:20:32
I heard that he said it maybe Giroud last kick for Arsenal and that West Ham had been rumoured to be interested.

I think Giroud can do better.


 

 

14 May 2017 07:09:05
Any news as to whether Mandzukic remains a key target? Exactly the player I believe we need to lead our line. a guy with both genuine class and work ethic.

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1.) 14 May 2017 12:26:48
HEs a possible NOT a probable, IRONMIKE.


 

 

 

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01 Oct 2017 15:00:16
You do realise Sullivan is also a BILLIONAIRE?

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07 Sep 2017 13:44:16
It's actually much harder than that.

The roof only extends to cover the current stand positions in 'football mode' so wouldn't be suitable if the stands were nearer the pitch.

The angle of the lower stands is shallow already so changing the rake if brought forward (and with the roof sorted) would make them more shallow not steeper. The rear stands are fixed so would need totally demolishing to re-angle.

The current ground will never be a football only stadium as if purpose built. Sad but true.

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05 Sep 2017 22:18:58
Ed. hell no not Martinez. Took Wigan down, failed to demonstrate his ideas could work successfully at Everton.

We need to be made solid at the back but with a man in charge who has a belief he can win games against anyone.

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05 Sep 2017 20:32:55
I like Howe, no question. But he had one other gig away from Bournemouth and failed and went running back.

Whereas Benitez has managed at the top clubs all around Europe and won things.

Howe would be a punt. Benitez is an established sure thing. He's not perfect but is tactically very astute.

One of the problems I see with British managers, whether Howe or Dyche is a lack of knowledge of foreign football. Klopp, and other top managers are showing that top players will move to clubs to play under top managers. It's a key part of recruitment.

A high profile manager will help with player recruitment.

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{Ed002's Note - Someone like Martinez.}


 

 

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05 Sep 2017 10:28:57
Benitez is the best we can hope for.

Tuchel and others of that I'll would be great but they'll feel they are destined for bigger things, and a damaging spell at the helm of our poisoned chalice could knock their careers back.

Benitez is sufficiently established and far forward in his career to be able to take that chance on a "project" club, and has a history, however tenuous, of relations with the board (plus had agreed to take us on previously) .

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19 Sep 2017 10:21:50
It's clear that as things stand we need to play 3 at the back.

Also, I don't buy the return of Carroll has being the thing that changed our fortunes. he's been largely ineffective in the two games he's played and it's far too simplistic to say Carroll is back and results have improved.

The biggest change has been the removal of Noble, Fernandes and Ayew from midfield which everyone could see was painfully bad.

As for team setup, I'd be looking at (current setup given injuries) :

-----------Hart

---Fonte---Reid---Ogbonna

Zaba---Obiang--Kouyate--Cresswell

--Antonio--Hernandez--Arnautovic


When Lanzini is back there are a couple of options. Either Antonio drops to wing back, and Zabaleta takes Fonte's place in the back 3 (it's useful having someone who knows the fullback position on the side of the 3 central defenders as Azpilecueta has shown at Chelsea), or he replaces Arnautovic in a straight swap.

Long term if we could get a powerhouse upgrade in CDM, I'd like to see Lanzini paired with a dominant CDM a bit like Modric plays, so he can influence the game from deep.

Lastly Carroll has to be plan B. No one wants the 'boot it at Carroll' football, his goals to games ratio is not that great and means he should never be put in front of Hernandez, and his injury record speaks for itself.

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