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    Welcome to the football/soccer thread. This thread is specifically designed for the discussion of recent fixtures, matches, tournaments, competitions, transfers... - you name it - and anything else related to football that has happened in recent times. Feel free to discuss anything football-related that has happened in the news, or even at your local club if you play for one.

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    Crouchy to Stoke looks set to go through. Fulham and Newcastle fighting over David Ruiz looks interesting. Probably the most interesting deadline day is over in Serie A: Pjanic from Lyon to Roma for 8m! (Arsenal should have looked there not at Arteta) Whilst Internazionale have replaced Eto'o with Zarate and Forlan to fit Gasperini's 3-4-3 system.
    Arsenal are looking to revive a deal for Arteta and seem to be closing on Yossi, but personally I think they've left it far too late in the window. They knew months ago Cesc was leaving and if they had acted then wouldv'e done better. Also talk of overpaying is ridiculous, you can't tell me that Ashley Young and Downing (15m/17m) are worse than Gervinho (14m)

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    Arsenal have only started moving now because of the 8-2 loss, and Wenger really is starting to feel under pressure as a manager. Whatever they can salvage in the next few minutes won't be good enough to keep them fighting for the title, I can almost assure you.
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    Arsenal got Mertesacker for around Ł10 million today. It's a decent price for a solid, experienced defender which is desperately needed especially after we got raped 8-2 last weekend. Looking to hopefully see a great partnership with Vermelaen form.

    I hope Arsenal step up because Liverpool and Man City mean business.

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    Mertesacker is sadly (Like Koscielny, Squillaci, Dareisay bramble..) prone to an error and the odd nightmareish day. But on his day he is a very good defender. Arsenals problems aren't quite as deep as people make out, Wenger did get his tactics wrong and they are hugely depleted with injuries and suspensions but still the squad is too weak to challenge for the title.
    Tim Vickery rates Andre Santos so that's good enough for me, whilst Park Chu Yung has never really lit up ligue 1 like his early season promised too. They all seem like panic buys. If wenger had moved earlier in the market he could have done much better. The other day he talked about not spending money on players for the sake of it, and not on players he didn't think were better than his own. Which makes me question some of the current transfer targets somewhat.

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    Please call it Football as 95% of the worlds calls it.
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    I just don't want the North Americans coming in here talking about NFL, which is likely to happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rezzo View Post
    I just don't want the North Americans coming in here talking about NFL, which is likely to happen.
    Even though there is already a thread for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Money902 View Post
    Even though there is already a thread for that.
    Thanks for informing me. I would give you a cookie but I'm saving them for the people who actually want to talk about football.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rezzo View Post
    Thanks for informing me. I would give you a cookie but I'm saving them for the people who actually want to talk about football.
    I don't want your filthy cookie.
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    And I don't want your +1s and overwhelming arrogance in this thread. Are you here because you feel like being a total idiot, or because you, just plainly, feel like ****ing me off?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rezzo View Post
    And I don't want your +1s and overwhelming arrogance in this thread. Are you here because you feel like being a total idiot, or because you, just plainly, feel like ****ing me off?
    How am I being an idiot, kid? I pointed out that there was already a NFL thread, so you would have to either be blind or a dumb*ss to post in here instead.
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    woah. what happened to talking about the transfer market?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikator View Post
    woah. what happened to talking about the transfer market?
    Liverpool re-signed Craig Bellamy. He could make a difference to their squad, but he isn't getting any younger.

    Also QPR signed Wright Phillips, which is a very good move for both him and Rangers. Should be interesting to see how he will cope there.
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    Arteta and Benayoun to Arsenal! Arteta cost Ł10-11 million approximately and Yossi came on loan. Arteta is a good player, a little old at 29 but can make things happen and Yossi still got some tricks so I wonder how they'll fit in the starting XI.

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    I'm happy with what my favorite team, Barcelona, (I bandwagoned when Ronaldinho was there, lol) did this season. Adding Cesc Fabregas is a great addition for us. He scored a goal in his first match, so that's always a good sign. Most importantly, may he help us whoop Real Madrid's behinds. Go Barca!
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    Paying €40 million for a substitute is quite a strange decision though. Fabregas is a great player, and there's no way that a player like him should be anything other than first team.
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    Xavi is getting old so he's the long term replacement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MewTwoEx View Post
    Xavi is getting old so he's the long term replacement.
    ... and that is why I like the move to sign Fabregas.
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    Xavi first, Fabregas second... But what about Thiago? Another young talent with quality and talent. Great potential as a center midfielder. Barca are too much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lightning Raider View Post
    Xavi first, Fabregas second... But what about Thiago? Another young talent with quality and talent. Great potential as a center midfielder. Barca are too much!
    Having too many good players at all positions is a good problem to have, IMO. Also, let us not forget about Ibrahim Afellay, another solid midfielder. We're just stacked, I guess.
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    AJAX!!!! AJAX!!!! AJAX!!!! No srsly, Ajax is the best

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    Andres Iniesta bi*ches

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    Quote Originally Posted by mycooly View Post
    Andres Iniesta bi*ches
    Amen to that. So, let's see here... who are the talented Barcelona midfielders?

    Xavi
    Andres Iniesta
    Javier Mascherano
    Cesc Fabregas

    Am I missing anyone? I was tempted to put Seydou Keita and Ibrahim Affelay on that list, but they're not in the same class as the other 4.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phoopes View Post
    Having too many good players at all positions is a good problem to have, IMO. Also, let us not forget about Ibrahim Afellay, another solid midfielder. We're just stacked, I guess.
    Yeah and don't forgot about Alexis Sanchez too! Barcelona's bench got a major upgrade, depth to rival clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester City.

    Speaking about Man City, for those who follow the EPL, how far do you think they can go this season. Playing great football and the team looks really solid so far. I think that they are genuine title contenders this year and could suprise a few in the Champions League. A lot to look forward to for the club.

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