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Arsenal FC: A Bould Move

Started on 31 October 2013 by Kane
Latest Reply on 5 December 2013 by k1rups
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Love this story, keep them coming Kane! A lot to pay Cazorla though, hope he lives up to it.
TCO: Thanks :) It was a lot to pay, but he demanded more, and I'm not letting him go for free!

Bould Unhappy With Board Signing of Honda

Keisuke Honda Was Signed By Arsenal FC Chairman Chips Keswick

Keisuke Honda has become Arsenal's next signing, although not due to the decision of Steve Bould. The Arsenal FC board previously used their power to sign left back Jose Luis Gaya, despite having already signed Englishman Luke Shaw and Welshman Ben Davies. The first move upset Steve Bould, but the next move has left the 51-year-old furious.

Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda has signed from CSKA Moscow for free after having just 6 months left on his original contract, and has pleased some fans with his move to North London. The 27-year-old, renowned for his astonishing free kick-taking spent four seasons in Russia after signing for just over £5 million, while acting as a key player for his national side.

With Honda earning an estimated £40k a week with his contract lasting until 2017. Before the official unveilment of the player, Bould decided to express his feelings to the press, telling BT Sport:

"There is no denying Keisuke is a great player. He is a wonderful player with brilliant aspects. I am not upset that he was signed, I would be upset about the board signing anyone without telling me first. I only found out when I was sent the paperwork after the deal was completed. It's utter bollocks that I should be treated this way.

It has already happened before, and having been here for only a few months, I expect it to happen regularly. But I am the manager, and I make the decisions. I am also very disappointed. [Honda] is a brilliant player, but I don't feel I can play him enough. I already have bags of talent at my disposal in my midfield, and I don't think it would be right to leave out current stars - Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey.. The list in endless.

There is no denying that I won't have a great working relationship with the board now, and I hope they can prove I can be happy here in charge.


Keisuke Honda is yet to comment on the shocking announcement by Steve Bould, with fans unsure whether Bould will attend his unveilment tomorrow. Football pundits are debating whether he was signed purely for a merchandise sale boost, but the Arsenal board have confirmed he was signed for footballing reasons.
nice update Kane, but surely you can squeeze him in to play somewhere? :P
joethequin Thanks, I suppose I could. Maybe. ;)

Robert Lewandowski Joins Olivier Giroud In Strike Force

Bould Decided To Pay A Small Fee To Bring Robert To London Immediately

Despite Steve Bould previously admitting to wanting Thibaut Courtois to become the next Gunner, he has now announced Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski as the next, and final signing of the season, signing for a measly fee of just £5.25 million. The 25-year-old admitted to being ecstatic at getting to play in England, after spending four years in Germany.

The world-class striker's contract was due to run out at the end of the season, resulting in Bould attempting, and succeeding, to snap up the Pole on a free transfer. However, with Arsenal still in contention to win numerous trophies, the Englishman decided to fork out the £5 million to immediately requires the services of the 6'0'' striker.

Nevertheless, Robert Lewandowski came with a hefty wage demand. With his new contract expiring in the summer of 2015, he will be earning a mega £120k, making him the club's highest earner. Having scored 15 goals in 25 games this season, Robert was the hottest property of the year, with Arsenal beating off fierce competition from Chelsea, Juventus, AC Milan and notably fellow German side FC Bayern.

With Lewandowski expected to link up with Olivier Giroud, who has found some issues in front of goal recently, the duo may form a formidable partnership to guide Arsenal to victory. Fans are delighted with the signing, with shirts selling out within hours of being released, while being described as the best signing since the days of Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.

Antonio Adan has also left the club for a fee of £875k to join Liverpool, having signed for free in August 2013.
LEWANDOWSKI! :O
What a signing, hopefully he does better for you than he does for me! And love the picture ;)
I may have missed it, but what tactic are you using?
Brilliant signing for a fee way less than what he's worth. I can see him scoring loads and loads of goals in the future for the gunners! :D
LEWANDOWSKI!!!!!
Wow Lewandoksi for £5million is an absolute bargain :O! Honda is a great player as well, he could maybe be useful coming of the bench and in cup games, still bollocks that your board signed him though.
Good story mate :) hopefully still get top 3
I'm Real Madrid in my save nd psg nd Monaco offered 38mil for carvajal which was rejected
NDVTahir: I know!!! :O

Joethequin: Thanks! I have Nick to thank for the picture. I think he has, or may be opening a thread for similar manipulations soon too.

thoriyan: I feel honoured to get your first ever post. It's been very complicated. I started off with two tactics. A standard 4-2-3-1 was my first, and a 4-1-1-2-1-1 my second.

The 4-1-1-2-1-1 consisted of the left back, centre backs, right back at the back, followed by a defensive midfielder, then a left midfielder sitting fairly deep. Two central midfielders played fairly high (the style of Ozil and Cazorla), with one right winger and one striker.

However, I gradually tweaked them over time. My 4-2-3-1 has virtually the same layout, the second becoming a 4-2-2-1-1. I switch often and also have my third tactic available. This becomes the tactic listed in the Scout Report as their most vulnerable formation. I usually switch to this for the last 10-20 minutes if losing.

TheMadridista: So can I!

GoonerKev1986: Thought you would be happier about the profit from Adan to be honest! ;)

Hibee1875: Thank you :) Thats the one bad thing about my board, really irritating. Honda for free was better than the crappy left back for £4 million though.

bradleyborland: In what season? I found on the beta that players usually sell for less if they have recently moved (IRL) and you snatch them before they play. With Carvajal yet to play for Madrid I got him fairly cheap, with Madrid unable to see what he is like in game, based solely on stats. The same thing could happen with Thiago. He could be bought for £20M (with a value of £18M) immediately despite having just signed.
Terrific signing in Lewandowski so cheap as well :O
Hopefully you will find some use of Honda :)

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