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    Bilbao are interested in Arteta, and Nacho.

    Take them now please, well, Mikel more so than Nacho.


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    (Original post by Zürich)
    Would be nice to start clocking up league titles like Liverpool have been doing

    End of the day, the FA Cup is more than LFC have won since 2006 and as much as they're likely to win in the next 5 years so I wouldnt knock it!



    Always ask for the Keown. Barber just nods approvingly and starts cutting
    The FA cup and League cup are basically the same thing.

    Let's be honest, the premier league and champions league are significantly more valuable in terms of prestige and difficulty of winning than a domestic trophy.
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    The FA cup and League cup are basically the same thing.

    Let's be honest, the premier league and champions league are significantly more valuable in terms of prestige and difficulty of winning than a domestic trophy.
    Nope, FA cup is miles better than the mickey mouse cup. CL and PL are streets ahead though agreed.
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    (Original post by Peggles_*)
    Bilbao are interested in Arteta, and Nacho.

    Take them now please, well, Mikel more so than Nacho.


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    Harsh.

    Arteta is a very good squad member. His experience and leadership are very valuable to the younger squad members. I can already tell Arteta is going to be like Martinez in the future. He has the making of a great coach, he has a clear footballing philosophy. He's a good candidate to manage Arsenal one day

    Monreal is a decent enough back up LB, we need him for depth
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    (Original post by sevchenko)
    Harsh.

    Arteta is a very good squad member. His experience and leadership are very valuable to the younger squad members. I can already tell Arteta is going to be like Martinez in the future. He has the making of a great coach, he has a clear footballing philosophy. He's a good candidate to manage Arsenal one day

    Monreal is a decent enough back up LB, we need him for depth
    Are you being sarcastic?
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    (Original post by Pete_91)
    Nope, FA cup is miles better than the mickey mouse cup. CL and PL are streets ahead though agreed.
    You do know both domestic cup competitions basically have the same teams enter?
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    (Original post by Peggles_*)
    Bilbao are interested in Arteta, and Nacho.

    Take them now please, well, Mikel more so than Nacho.


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    Mikel Arteta isn't a traitor, he'll not go to Bilbao. That guy will get baptised in fire when he steps foot in Anoeta.

    Monreal is cool.
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    (Original post by sevchenko)
    Harsh.

    Arteta is a very good squad member. His experience and leadership are very valuable to the younger squad members. I can already tell Arteta is going to be like Martinez in the future. He has the making of a great coach, he has a clear footballing philosophy. He's a good candidate to manage Arsenal one day

    Monreal is a decent enough back up LB, we need him for depth
    If we can get £5m for Arteta then we should take it. With there being heavy rumours we're signing Carvalho then Arteta should be sold. Not too concerned with Monreal, I expect Gibbs to push on this season though so LB isn't a concern.


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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    You do know both domestic cup competitions basically have the same teams enter?
    Yeah except in the FA cup big teams play their first teams, in the LC they play their 2nd/3rd/youth teams. Also the importance of the FA cup as the oldest cup competition in the world isn't to be scoffed at. Added to the fact that outside the world cup it was the only viewable football available outside of the UK until the 60s so foreign players hold it in high regard.
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    Anyone seen that Tony Leen guys tweets? We seem to be getting closer to agreeing a fee.
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    You do know both domestic cup competitions basically have the same teams enter?
    Its laughable how you have managed to convince yourself that the FA and Capital One cup have equal prestige, tradition and importance...

    Jog on you deluded runt
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    (Original post by little_tom)

    Jog on you deluded runt
    Lel


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    (Original post by Kruz)
    Anyone seen that Tony Leen guys tweets? We seem to be getting closer to agreeing a fee.
    Yeah seems legit. Also interesting to note that Sporting are heavily in debt, a offer of €30m is still hard to refuse for a club in their position. I have a feeling the deal will be €30m up front and add ons totaling €5m if we win the PL/CL, something of that variety.

    Also, if this Arteta/Monreal to Bilbao story is true then we should bite their hand of at any offer in the region of £12-15m.

    If we manage to get Carvalho, sell Arteta and Monreal and then hijack Liverpool's deal for Moreno :coma:

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    (Original post by Peggles_*)
    Bilbao are interested in Arteta, and Nacho.

    Take them now please, well, Mikel more so than Nacho.


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    MikTets is one of the most intelligent players in our squad. You forget he was a AM when we signed him. Its not his fault he's played out of position. His passing is just :coma: too.
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    re: carvalho

    willing seller, willing buyer.

    its Higuain all over again. :moon:
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    (Original post by barneystin)
    who genuinely and irrefutably is an ITK?
    Dean but Darren gets passed on bits and pieces from time to time.
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    (Original post by barneystin)
    MikTets is one of the most intelligent players in our squad. You forget he was a AM when we signed him. Its not his fault he's played out of position. His passing is just :coma: too.
    You basiji?

    I'm quite scared with all the dupes how long people have been on this site for?

    Could be the same people for years just changing their username? Imagine that...
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    (Original post by trrr)
    Are you being sarcastic?
    No, it's obvious for everyone to see, he's a natural leader in the team hence his appointment to vice captain before 12/13 and he's been de facto captain for a large part of the last 2 years now. He's a top professional also, he took a pay cut to be at Arsenal and has never acted out of line, He sacrificed his long term career to play CDM for Arsenal and has performed competently there. Wenger obviously trusts him

    (Original post by TheInvincibles14)
    If we can get £5m for Arteta then we should take it. With there being heavy rumours we're signing Carvalho then Arteta should be sold. Not too concerned with Monreal, I expect Gibbs to push on this season though so LB isn't a concern.
    With Verm on his way and if Arteta is sold they'll be a lack of true leadership and experience in the team tbh. Yeah there's Mert but then who else? Flamini, Rosicky, Kos and Diaby don't really scream leadership at me. Arteta been the most committed player at Arsenal imo, he has a better understanding of the game

    Don't you think Carvalho, if he came, could learn alot from Arteta? The Boy is only 22 and will be in a new league and country. Arteta experience benefits the whole team. I saw him giving Chambers some words of wisdom last weekend aswell

    Arteta on his Footballing philosophy- Sourced from this excellent interview http://www.arsenal.com/news/features...-of-this-club-

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    So let’s imagine that you take over Mikel Arteta FC tomorrow: what will the ideas behind it be?

    My philosophy will be clear. I will have everyone 120 per cent committed, that’s the first thing. If not, you don’t play for me. When it’s time to work it’s time to work, and when it’s time to have fun then I’m the first one to do it, but that commitment is vital.

    Then I want the football to be expressive, entertaining. I cannot have a concept of football where everything is based on the opposition. We have to dictate the game, we have to be the ones taking the initiative, and we have to entertain the people coming to watch us. I’m 100 per cent convinced of those things, and I think I could do it.

    Will you set your team up in a particular system, or do the players come first?

    I think you need to adapt. You can have an idea of a system, but you need to be able to transform it depending on the players you have – how much pace you have up front, how technical your team is, what types of risk you can take and whether your players are ready to take those risks. It’s important to analyse your players because you can’t always play the same way.

    There have to be different details and changes in how you approach things, and you have to look at how you can hurt whoever you are playing against. Is there something they don’t like to do? If so, we’re going to make them do plenty of it. Then the most important thing for the manager is that, the Friday before the game, you imagine what’s going to happen on the Saturday. And if what happens on Saturday is not what I had planned, then it’s not been good enough from me.


    Is there any current manager who particularly influences you?

    One is Arsène Wenger, of course – he has a philosophy that he’s never going to change because he really believes in it. That is the most important thing, because if you don’t really believe in something then you’ll just change it after one bad result and drive your players crazy. Another is Pep Guardiola, who I’ve known since I was 15.

    The way he sees football is always to look ahead, then further ahead, always improving. Then there’s Mauricio Pochettino – he was my captain at PSG and I always knew he would become a manager. He has taken a lot of influence from Marcelo Bielsa, who was his coach with Argentina; they used to talk about things a lot, and now you can see that his teams are really aggressive, both when attacking and defending. He takes a lot of risks, the players enjoy playing for him, his decisions are always sound and he’s got a good personality. I’ve admired Pochettino ever since I was young; he really looked after me when I was at PSG as well.
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    Matt Law (has decent track record with Arsenal news) reporting Carvalho interest. Its definately picking up steam in the mainstream British media now.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/foo...i-Khedira.html
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    (Original post by Pete_91)
    Yeah except in the FA cup big teams play their first teams, in the LC they play their 2nd/3rd/youth teams. Also the importance of the FA cup as the oldest cup competition in the world isn't to be scoffed at. Added to the fact that outside the world cup it was the only viewable football available outside of the UK until the 60s so foreign players hold it in high regard.
    Arsenal started that trend and it stems more from the fact that the league cup fixtures are at bad times for teams in 4 competitions whereas the FA cup has its own schedule with league games postponed.

    Who cares how old a competition is. The European cups are much younger in age yet have more prestige than either domestic trophy.

    (Original post by little_tom)
    Its laughable how you have managed to convince yourself that the FA and Capital One cup have equal prestige, tradition and importance...

    Jog on you deluded runt
    They're both domestic cups, played by the same teams and the big teams play approx 6 games in both competitions to win.

    Words like prestige, tradition and importance are just fluff words you're using which have little meaning.

    Yes the FA cup gets more coverage and has higher prize money. Yes it gets you an EL spot (but the big clubs dont care about that) and it gets you a place in the community shield.

    All those are negligible differences frankly relative to the premier league/european trophies.
 
 
 
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