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Poll Results: Would you spend €100+ on Paul Pogba??

 
  • 48% (37)
    Yup, still very young and filled with potential...
  • 51% (39)
    Nah, no CM could be worth that much...
76 Total Votes  
post #26431 of 50776
Not sure if Arsene Wenger or Pellegrini was managing today. Good luck Heggsy FC! Just hope they don't pull a Liverpool from 2-3 seasons ago.
post #26432 of 50776
mean.gif I made Aguero my captain for this?!?!?

Did I just see from the log a West Ham win will put them in 4th and Citeh in 5th?

What an interesting season...
post #26433 of 50776
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Originally Posted by eiddyfouw View Post

mean.gif I made Aguero my captain for this?!?!?

Did I just see from the log a West Ham win will put them in 4th and Citeh in 5th?

What an interesting season...

Same mean.gif

That kinda makes things even worse for us given that we were above The Hammers only a few weeks ago mean.gif
post #26434 of 50776
0 - Manchester City didn't attempt a single shot on target in the second half against Norwich City. Disappointment.

mean.gif poor ol Citeh, always wanting to be United.
post #26435 of 50776
Barca get the best luck as well laugh.gifmean.gif,Munir's pass gets kicked in by the defender by accident for an OG and literally seconds later they get back in the box with the same type of link up play and Ney gets taken down in the box for a penalty

Messi just missed the penalty though laugh.gif
post #26436 of 50776
Iniesta to Messi to Munir inside the box for a nice diving header

2-0,should be 3
post #26437 of 50776
That moment you realize that West Ham, Leicester, and Tottenham are on their way to the CL next season..
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"Lock this up Meth. Prime going through an identity crisis again, thinking he is Coupe this time"
post #26438 of 50776
They finally get the 3rd thanks to Ney the alien smokin.gif
post #26439 of 50776
La pulga sick.gifsick.gifsick.gifsick.gif
post #26440 of 50776
the last one messi scored didnt even looked like he was even interested in the game laugh.gifsick.gif
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post #26441 of 50776
Neymar makes it 5 pimp.gif
post #26442 of 50776
6-0 sick.gif

Arda Turan gets in on the action
post #26443 of 50776
5-0 in 50 minutes
6-0 in 57min


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post #26444 of 50776
Lukaku a bad man for that goal.

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post #26445 of 50776
I wanna see him flourish at a top club now.
Diego Costa roll.gif
post #26446 of 50776
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Originally Posted by howfly2 View Post

Lukaku a bad man for that goal.
Indeed
post #26447 of 50776
He bit him! laugh.gif I'm crying
post #26448 of 50776
Cesc with a little flop in his step
post #26449 of 50776
Van Der Sar came out of retirement for just one game, to help out his old amateur club VV Noordwijk.

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post #26450 of 50776
Man this season just needs to end
CHELSEA F.C.
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TENNESSEE TITANS
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TENNESSEE TITANS
post #26451 of 50776
Van der Sar's still got it even in his mid 40's smokin.gif

This dude Lukaku really is the complete package at striker...he's gonna be a force for years if he keeps improving like he has

*His stats at 22 already stack up more than favorably against legends and some of todays superstars...

http://www.squawka.com/news/how-does-romelu-lukaku-stack-up-to-other-22-year-old-goalscorers-past-and-present/610440

119 goals at the age of 22 sick.gifsick.gifsick.gif
Edited by Rolaholic - 3/12/16 at 12:45pm
post #26452 of 50776
he's a prime example of why younglings shouldnt sign for chelsea, all youll do is rot on the bench, go flourish at a lesser club

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post #26453 of 50776
Lukaku a bad man but he may be stuck in Everton with Barks forever with that new money coming in.

Loser van gaal possibly going to debut 17 yr old Williams tomorrow. Built in Smoke and mirrors excuse for getting destroyed by west ham. If the board doesn't sack him after this week to losses to hammers, pool, and city. Than I don't know what they are waiting for.
post #26454 of 50776
If they want to leave nothing will stop that
post #26455 of 50776
Come on you Villaaaaaaaaa!


For real though, it won't happen will it laugh.gif
post #26456 of 50776
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Stan Kroenke lifts lid on why Arsenal prioritise business foundations over spending big on transfers
12 March 2016 11:53am
by Joe Hall

Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has lifted the lid on his approach to ownership - but risked invoking the wrath of fans by claiming "if you want to win Championships then you would never get involved".

The American real estate magnate discussed his belief in prioritising the building of a sports team's business foundations in a rare public airing of his thoughts at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston.

Kroenke, who has earned the nickname "Silent Stan" from Arsenal after keeping schtum at recent AGMs, also discussed the importance of statistical analysis at the Premier League club.

Some Arsenal fans have recently expressed exasperation over the team's loss of form in the league and the club's supposed reluctance to spend big on players despite having cash reserves of £160m.

Billionaire-bankrolled Chelsea and Manchester City have won the Premier League six times between them since Arsenal last lifted the trophy in 2004, but Kroenke warned against a model that relied on a wealthy benefactor to spend big.

On a panel entitled Evolution of Ownership Kroenke said: "For me, being an individual owner, I have to have some sort of reality involved.

"If you want to win championships then you would never get involved. I think the best owners in sports are the guys that sort of watch both sides a bit. If you don't have a good business then you can't really afford to go out and get the best players unless you just want to rely on other sources of income.

"Over there [in the UK] it was sort of like 'well, we've got guys from the Middle East, the oil price is over $100, they can spend anything they want'.

"But the problem I saw with all of that; those people can lose interest. It doesn't mean that they will, but I sort of threw that out there: 'What happens when the Middle Eastern family, this thing's costing a lot of money and they decide to go home?' I said what really happens in those situations is the fans get hurt because the players get picked up and paid if they're good, the front office gets other jobs."

Kroenke said he has long been a fan of the moneyball approach first popularised in baseball by manager Billy Beane and the Oakland A's who interrogated statistics to find undervalued players.

His belief in the power of analytics motivated Arsenal's purchase of Chicago-based analytics company StatDNA for £2.2m in 2012.

"I was always interested in Moneyball," said Kroenke. "Billy Beane, one of his heroes happened to be our manager at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger. Arsene has an undergraduate degree in economics and has always had that analytical thing going on.

"When we acquired a controlling interest in Arsenal in 2011, after that we started pushing pretty hard because it seemed to me that there were some people who were a bit more advanced in that area and so we were fortunate in that we acquired StatDNA. They gave us a big lift in the soccer business."

Kroenke, who owns NHL franchise Colorado Avalanche, MLS team Colorado Rapids, NBA franchise the Denver Nuggets and NFL franchise the Los Angeles Rams as well as Arsenal explained that his various sports franchises learn from each other in the fields of marketing, finance and player analytics.

"Are you sacrificing anything by working on multiple teams? I don’t think so," argued the multi-billionaire.

"Because I feel like when I work on things at Arsenal I learn things that I can bring back here. I feel like when I work on things here I learn things that I can take back there.

"Player analytics is something that goes across these different teams, but our marketing people talk to each other, our finance people talk to each other. You’re benchmarking and you’re trying to find best practise in the middle of it."

On what he'd learned from the Premier League in particular, Kroenke talked about the power of a club's "brand" to hold customer loyalty and generate revenue - something which could irk Arsenal fans charged with the most expensive season tickets in Europe.

"What did I learn specifically [from England]? You learn very quickly what that brand means," said Kroenke.

"We have a gentleman who comes to Arsenal games, he flies his helicopter from South Africa, Cape Town to London quite often [to watch Arsenal]. It’s just an example of what a brand can mean, and what we can do in sports.

"We’re all working on that and that’s the big opportunity. Michael Jordan showed it - you can get paid a whole lot more if you can extend your brand. Manchester United showed it. They established benchmarks that people had thought heretofore unattainable, but their brand extension made people want to pay for it."

Kroenke also revealed he was approached to buy an Indian cricket team around a decade ago but declined - something he conceded may have been a mistake - and that Arsenal would play and train in Southern California this summer in a bid to raise their profile in the US.
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post #26457 of 50776
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UEFA.com's weekly wonderkid: Alex Iwobi
Published: Saturday 12 March 2016, 13.00CET
"He is the star Nigeria is looking for," according to former Gunners forward Nwankwo Kanu. Meet Arsenal playmaker Alex Iwobi, the 19-year-old nephew of Jay-Jay Okocha.

Inspired to become a footballer by Nigerian footballing royalty and held in high regard at Arsenal, academy product Alex Iwobi is enjoying a breakthrough campaign after graduating to the senior squad. Meet UEFA.com's latest weekly wonderkid ...

Name: Alex Iwobi
Club: Arsenal
Debut: 27 October 2015 v Sheffield Wednesday (English League Cup)
Position: forward
Nationality: Nigerian
Date of birth: 03/05/1996
Preferred foot: right
Height: 180cm


They say ...
"I believe he is going to make his mark. He is from Nigeria and we all support him and love him. He is the star we are looking for."
Nwankwo Kanu, former Arsenal and Nigeria forward

"What I see in [Iwobi] is a creative player who has a high work-rate and a good team spirit. He can play on the flanks, he can play through the middle, he’s a very interesting player."
Arsène Wenger, Arsenal manager

"He is versatile and that's a massive attribute because forwards don't normally have that 360 vision that you need in midfield."
Mikel Arteta, Arsenal captain

Background ...
Born in Lagos, the nephew of former Nigeria playmaker Jay-Jay Okocha joined Arsenal at eight before representing the club at almost every level. The teenager notched three in six outings to help the north London side reach the FA Youth Cup semi-finals in 2013/14. The following season, Iwobi captained the Under-19 team to the UEFA Youth League quarter-finals.

After he finished the 2014/15 campaign with nine goals in nine matches for the U21 side, and impressed for the seniors in pre-season last summer, the Gunners handed the versatile starlet a new long-term contract. This term, deployed on the right wing, Iwobi registered twice in four UEFA Youth League appearances for Andries Jonker's team before his performances earned him a first-team debut and first international cap for Nigeria.

Playing style ...
Originally a winger, the attacker was converted to a striker before featuring as a No10 for the senior side in the FA Cup. Quick, creative and with an eye for goal, Iwobi is equally adept on either flank, just behind the target man or as a forward.

Shades of …
Given the 19-year-old is a skilful and creative talent who can play an incisive pass, comparisons to Okocha are inevitable.

Eureka moment ...
Iwobi scored one of the UEFA Youth League's best goals back in October, smashing a swerving right-foot shot in off the crossbar from the edge of the area during a 2-0 home success against Bayern München. Followed that up by catching the eye during three consecutive FA Cup starts in 2016.


Best-case scenario ...
Recently promoted to a first-team squad that features fellow academy products Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs, Iwobi appears set to become a permanent fixture for club and country. Having represented England at U16, U17 and U18 levels, the youngster heeded the advice of his dad, as well as Gunners hero Nwankwo Kanu and his uncle to switch allegiance to Nigeria. "Okocha is a legend in African football," he said after playing for Sunday Oliseh's Super Eagles. "I know I'll have to work hard so people speak positively about me as well."

He says ...
"As I was growing up I had a lot of downs but as I get older things just keep getting better and better. To play for Arsenal's first team means so much because when I play I think about all I have done to get to where I am and I feel so happy to do it."
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post #26458 of 50776
Basically the money is steady and the fans are loyal so no need to push for the very top when the cliffside is good enough.
post #26459 of 50776
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Originally Posted by Mastamind89 View Post
 
Quote:
"We have a gentleman who comes to Arsenal games, he flies his helicopter from South Africa, Cape Town to London quite often [to watch Arsenal]. It’s just an example of what a brand can mean, and what we can do in sports.

what a crock of **** Stan is spewing out there

 

ain't not helicopter spanning that distance regularly

 

 

 

 

fwiw, there's a Sac Kings season ticket holder (bless his heart) who lives in NJ and flies out to pretty much every other Kings home game, which is pretty dope tbh

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post #26460 of 50776

Yeah he's talking about a brand, not realizing that the fans are about to have enough and the brand itself will collapse if those underneath us catch up. Everybody's about to have money now, his precious top-four spot is no longer going to be a formality now. It's time to invest Stan, or you risk losing demand in your "brand."

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