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Punish the gossipers
Sa’ad’s email made me call in on something that had been on my mind for a few weeks. And this is Broadcast gossip.

As a West Ham fan, I have a legitimate interest in this debate this summer. After our best season of donkey years, I’m curious to see if we will push ahead with the signings that are needed on additional fronts this season or if my dreams will fade and die. (Pretty sure it will be the latter)

While scouring the internet and the daily F365 transfer gossip for news about youngsters in East London, I noticed that much of the transfer “news” relates to the clubs that play the PR game best. I understand why Chelsea, City, Man U, and Liverpool come out on a daily basis based on their appeal to the players and the purses they are floating around. But then there are some notable outliers.

The number of players that is linked to arsenal – a club that won’t have European football to play next season in case we’ve forgotten – is ridiculous, but the stories keep coming. Another frequent resident of the gossip column is Spurs. Europa Conference League competing Spurs. And then the constant fire that Barcelona is. The team that is still unable to register its new signings and cannot give up some of its unwanted squad players.

I’m not naive enough to believe that the global fan base of these clubs doesn’t bring heightened interest and thirst for the news, but isn’t there a point where journalists have to turn up the bullshit detector and call the bluff? some of these PR departments? I’m sorry, but even most Arteta-In the Gooners can’t possibly believe that they will attract the amount and caliber of players they have been associated with.

I think clubs should be punished for spreading too many rumors just to appease the #announceanyone idiots by signing these players at their current club rates at all costs.

I also think West Ham might want to pull the finger out so I can spend less time fretting about who other teams aren’t going to sign.
Andy, Cardiff

F365 Says: Cautious Optimism in Arsenal’s Summer Transfer Business …

arsenal realism
Oh Sa’ad … where do I start?

I admire your optimism, I really do. But as a supporter of the team for over 30 years, I have to point out some flaws in your plan.

Bellerin will very likely leave and unfortunately has not developed into the player we were hoping for. If we can get £ 15m from Italy for him, we’ll have done well. We’ll likely have to spend a lot more to sign a replacement (e.g. over £ 30m for Aarons).
We won’t sign Locatelli as he wants to join Juve. If this doesn’t happen, it will likely stay where it is.
Maddison would be way too expensive for us and Leicester won’t sell to a competitor.

I like what we’ve done so far, but I think if we don’t get creative with credit we won’t all be 2nd GK (£ 32 million for Ramsdale!), a CDM, CAM and an RB, not to mention the striker situation. And all of this presupposes that we also sign Ben White.

I cannot imagine that we will finance all of this from sales.

Sorry mate, but a place in the top 6 would be a solid advancement for us this season. Top 4 looks too far for us.
Tom, AFC, London

Sa’ad email really frustrated me because it’s the kind of overly optimistic message (at best) that makes people throw a pop, laugh, or jelly at Arsenal fans.

The first question is whether Arsenal could afford Maddison, White and Locatelli. Followed by the equally important, would they all be joining Arsenal? Is Arsenal just a step up or even Leicester stepping sideways? Locatelli wants Juventus & Juventus wants Locatelli. How are you really “No thanks, Juve, I’m going to Arsenal because who cares about winning the league next season or playing in the Champions League”

Let’s say the Kroenkes decide to find a few hundred million on their couches and get these three players. Will this team, which has never played together, be on the ground? Does everyone stay fit? Does our squad depth magically match that of Chelsea, Liverpool, Man U or Man City?

I love Arsenal and I want us to win everything, but it won’t happen next season buddy. Somehow in my wildest dreams we’re going to be fourth, but those dreams involve Mr. A. Wenger taking care of U, Chelsea, Leicester & Tottenham (all of which finished over us) and causing them food poisoning.

Yes, I purposely disapprove of West Ham as I still have a bit of false pride.

What do I expect from Arsenal in the next season? Improvements in points and goals and qualification for the Europa League. Not much considering 10/15 years ago, but now I happily take it and offer my sister on a date for the privilege. Not all Sagittarius are…. whatever Sa’ad is right now. Please stop laughing at us.
Balham Gooner

Harry’s legacy
Cant wait to see Spurs spend all their money on the new “glorious 7” and only get 1 semi-decent.
In the meantime, I’m afraid that Arsenal will waste what little money they have on Tammy Abraham, rather we’d trade Eddie Nketiah for Wilfred Zaha. Vieria wants him and Arteta likes Zaha, please do it!
Sarn (hope Harry gets a trophy he deserves for wearing Spurs for years)

Take care of your back, Marcus
I seem to remember it Football365 editorial warning Marcus Rashford that after his successful campaign for a free school lunch to shame this goal-rich government, they (right-wing media) would undoubtedly be after him.

I am aware that The Spectator (formerly edited by Boris Johnson) is reviewing whether it has benefited commercially from its campaign. No article has been published yet, but it’s interesting how this one leaked.

Please Marcus, be careful out there and don’t give such horrible people a chance

Thank you for your dedication and commitment to the working class
Tony Laforce, Hackney

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