Lennon confirms failed Arsenal bid for Tierney

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that an Arsenal offer for left-back Kieran Tierney has been rejected.

The Gunners are understood to have opened negotiations by tabling a £15 million bid, a long way short of the player’s £25 million valuation.

While the Hoops seem to have accepted that Tierney could move this summer (although they obviously aren’t saying that publicly), it doesn’t mean they are going to make it easy for suitors.

In response, we’ve gone quiet while we decide our next move. Perhaps we’re trying to find a pound coin.

“Arsenal are aware of what we value the player at,” Lennon told the Scottish version of a publication that rhymes with bun (alternative link).

“He’s on a long-term contract, he’s an asset and we don’t want to sell him.

“There have been no more bids that I’m aware of.

“It’s going to have to take a lot more than what they’ve offered the first time around to give us a decision to make.

“I’ve had a chat with Kieran as it can be a difficult decision and bit unsettling.

“I’ve been there myself so it’s important that we support him regardless of the outcome.

“His fitness progress is slow. It will be a couple of weeks yet.”

Unai Emery will be hoping we can get a deal done and dusted in the next couple of weeks so that Tierney gets a full pre-season under his belt. The first team are due back at London Colney in the second week of July.

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BINBIN
BINBIN

He’ll be wearing a city shirt next week

myrtle
myrtle

Lennon’s got a mouth is wider than the Clyde.

Mandrake
Mandrake

And just as dirty.

Martin
Martin

I don’t think he would want to go to Sheffield

Anne Noyd
Anne Noyd

…that doesn’t work on any level

C.B.
C.B.

Player with an injury problem. Will fit in well. Let’s go for him.

sambo
sambo

He had a hernia op

Shit hole gooner
Shit hole gooner

Damn it Celtic, we gave half of our transfer budget. Have mercy on us

Josheha
Josheha

Low offer upsetting the selling club! player has previous on the injury front! Things beginning to drag on, well im glad to see we’ve learnt from our previous mistakes.😩

Gunman

It’s an ‘opening bid’ we’d be foolish to go in with the highest offer straight away.

OnlyBeingHonest
OnlyBeingHonest

Arsenal generates enough income to afford Tierney (who id love) Zaha (who id love) William Saliba (who i know nothing about) and a midfielder, stop crying peasant, stop pretending to be broke, and just sort this poxy mess out.

Papa Large, big shot in North London
Papa Large, big shot in North London

I don’t like Zaha, I get why people do it’s just an emotional thing, but he’s 100% going to score at least a couple against us next season after all this.

Man Manny
Man Manny

The sad reality is that Arsenal is now firmly in the second tier of EPL clubs.

TOGooner
TOGooner

We’ve been pretty firmly there for a while

OnlyBeingHonest
OnlyBeingHonest

Not very high up in the second tier either

Drogheda Gunner
Drogheda Gunner

Fucking right lad

Amusa
Amusa

Oh my God!
I thought I was the only Gooner in Drogheda.

Fuckspurs

How can a club, the size of Arsenal, be financially out competed by the likes of Bournemouth (outspent us in the last 3 windows), Brighton (this window) and Spurs (who have a billion dollar shiny piece of shit stadium to pay for)? I just don’t get it

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

I was wondering the same. We were told we have a stadium to pay for so we are tight.
Spuds should be facing a similar problem no???

Jack
Jack

They haven’t bought a player in 18 months?

Hi-Jay
Hi-Jay

It starts with “self” and ends with “model”, plus “sustaining” in the middle. Apparently.

Voldermort
Voldermort

And also we have wasted huge sums of money on rubbish buys and inflated wages under Wenger and gazidis.
The legacy is for all to see. Ozil and miki on crazy wages. Mustafi and a few others just not good enough. A owner that dont give a toss and people that run the club are just yes men.
I feel for the manager. Hes at a club that is treading water and is sinking slowly.

Kiran
Kiran

I do not feel sorry for Emery I am pretty sure he knew the brief about our spending policy before taking on the job.

NairoGunner89
NairoGunner89

This is a cop out. United have a long list of silly buys on even sillier wages. Has not stopped them from splashing the cash.

If Arsenal wanted to spend money, it would find a way. We don’t want to.

Which is fine, but this stupid haggling over relatively low cost talent is the stupidest, most infuriating thing I have ever had to deal with as an Arsenal fan in all my years of supporting Arsenal.

Mpls
Mpls

They do but they still easily outmuscle us in finance.

And now here and there they seem as well to be (somewhat) curtailing free spending (relatively speaking) until they move dead weight. Which they do more readily and more easily than us for some reason. That’s our weakness, our dead weight is really dead weight that we take huge losses on frequently. Meanwhile we’ve had to sell some players that actually looked like they might be useful for us (Gnabry, Ox- if he ever got healthy). But the fact is we resisted the timely, frequent in-out transfer model recouping player value the rest of the top 6 employ. Except maybe City who don’t seem to care if they lose resale value.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

It’s a non functioning model as far as I can see

Roof_attack
Roof_attack

i imagine our wage bill is much higher than the mid table clubs right now , that is whats killing us. as my dad used to say : ” its not buying the car that is so costly , its running it!

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

It is quite possible that these clubs can spend more because they dont have utter fuckwits doing the selling of the assets that they have so that they realise good values on assets rather than giving them away. Who knew that was a financially prudent way to operate? Certainly not Oxbridge educated Gazidis and “economics graduate” Wenger…..

Kingsley
Kingsley

They have owners that are willing to invest in their product and hope that it grows and is successful, rather than just looking to profit from it. Well, that and the gross negligence with contracts over the last 5 years or so.

Southpaw74
Southpaw74

Because all our money is paying ozil’s £350 grand a week wages

49ZHXRD
49ZHXRD

By the numbers on Tierney? I believe we’ll get him.

thw14
thw14

I keep coming here for any hint of good news, and it almost never is, but I can’t stop.

Please – for this kind of clusterfuckery, just put the player’s name in the headline, nothing else, and your dogs on the cover picture. I will understand, and also be happier.

You could fill the article itself with details (please no), or just more pictures of dogs (please).

Alex
Alex

Worth it?

Rich
Rich

Signing a player who’s injured, and has missed 240+ days and counting over the last 3 seasons, is such an Arsenal thing to do.

Monreal +Koscielny are at one game a week stages of their careers, and our two best young defenders are also coming back off big injuries.

We need to find some stability at the heart of our team, and that means targeting players who can stay fit.

henry
henry

Summer headlines:
– Arsenal bid rejected
– Arsenal re-bid rejected
– Arsenal agree terms with player but bid rejected
– Arsenal sign teenager and loans him somewhere else
– Arsenal X and Y player back from rehab and are as brand new signings
– The story goes on

Southpaw74
Southpaw74

That’s so true

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

Strange. I thought dick law’s left? Why are we still dicking around on offers?

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Dick’s law?

Mpls
Mpls

Say that 10 times fast.
Then cringe and hide the veg grater.

JamesGodwinson
JamesGodwinson

Because the problem was not him.

Santori
Santori

The problem was never him.

It was one of those self perpetuated truths people prefer to believe in.

Like Wenger Panic bought Ozil…what was this last January, Panic loan forget Panic buy.

Or that Mustafi is the problem…what did we do Against Wolves with Koscielny and Sokratis? And how about the finals againts Chelsea?

Or Granit is a poor player, what did Torreira do over Xmas costing us four goals with give aways or being fleeced off the ball in critical areas? again in finals against Chelsea.

You can see these voices a dime and a dozen all over these threads.

They prefer not to hear the truth (from me usually) and will fall back on comfort with these red herrings.

Problem was never Dick Law. Mslintat has been hit and miss. Now we are navigating with someone (who has won the political power struggle and frankly has too much control) who was head of ‘football relations’ at Barca.

No real experience bringing deals across the line let alone with limited means (unlike say a Campos at ambitious Lille OSC)

And he is assisted by (potentially) and able person in Caggagio but another who comes strictly from scouting and has a massive learning curve. Very different identifying talent and actually massaging timing or haggling for price.

The_Kolkata_Gooner
The_Kolkata_Gooner

Fine don’t get anyone in. At least fucking get rid of some of the players. We don’t need new kits to do that, do we?
Just don’t make me watch another season of the same shit, with the same players not giving a shit when shit hits the fan.
I’m going to vomit. There will be a lot of vomit.

BigToks
BigToks

Just sign eerrrrm….anybody!

Kismayo
Kismayo

Let’s stop buying seasonal tickets or let’s hire a helicopter with banner

WalkTheTalk
WalkTheTalk

Typical arsenal wishy washy, hesitant, irresolute, shilly shally and timid attitude. Nobody got the balls to declare this player fits the model, go out and get him. Arsenal’s aim for next season is to finish between 5th – 6th in the league and I doubt they can achieve it too. On a positive note, nobody’s got high hopes of the club anymore. So everybody can rest easy!

Holdini
Holdini

When I see what 12th place Palace want for their players it just highlights how shit Arsenal are at transfers.

Southpaw74
Southpaw74

Struggling to sign a player from Celtic?? What kind of club have we become.

Southpaw74
Southpaw74

Our budget is small because we didn’t get in the champions league So they tell us? But if they invested the budget last season better and got rid of the dead wood and gained some money in return we might of stood a chance of finishing in the top four,,,bang head against wall comes to mind

Santori
Santori

Getting rid of dead wood is not easy.

Who wants them?

Elneny and Jenkinson still hovering around, you can barely sell them for free let alone drop them off in a suitcase.

Forget Mustafi or Ozil on Massive wages. At least these two we use through the season and contribute something (as I recall, Mustafi was preferred ahead of Jenkinson at Rback…not his natural position…and he did better than the Arsenal fan. You’d think it tells you EVERYTHIING you need to know about Jenkinson yets ome people prefer to have him in squad over Mustafi go figure)

the🚗2n
the🚗2n

Did someone say Mustafi?comment image&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickriver.com%2Fphotos%2F42714903%40N00%2F31246653%2F&tbnid=J3u8BXFwZdOO3M&vet=1&docid=84OE9JI72Yg9xM&w=184&h=240&source=sh%2Fx%2Fim

Anthony
Anthony

Personally I think this one will be done in time for the kit launch.

Based on reports it would have been lovely to see that launch with Tierney and Zaha.

Maybe we can take a leaf out of Juventus’ books and ask Adidas to supplement the transfer like they’ve done (apparently to sign Pogba)

What do you reckon? 😂🤣

Mpls
Mpls

I reckon if we were odds on to win the league every year and these were the most talked about names in football, then yeah.

But we’re the Arsenal of the last 10 years and we’re courting a Celtic fullback and a Palace winger with a difficulty navigating gravity.

Santori
Santori

Great news.

BC fullback is frankly a position we can afford to wait on. Monreal can cover for another season (he is in better wear than Koscielny at similar age)

And Kolasinac many fail to remember was excellent first half of season providing plenty of assists and outlet with Iwobi out left.

The problem was in the run in, Emery switched to a back 3 which led to 6 or 7 poor games and Kolasinac (better as a wingback) becoming Jenkinson (well almost)

With the finite budget we have, it just makes NO SENSE to be wasting 20+m on a fullback when we have greater priorities in Cback, Wide player and CM.

Even should we generate enough sales to raise our budget to 60-65m, the money will prob get us one decent Cback and winger and we will likely have to be creative with the CM.

Unless of course we spread effort thin and compromise on quality for numbers which will do us NO favours. We have enough numbers (Jenkinson, Elneny) we lack quality.

Santori
Santori

Helter skelter market approach…if ever there was panic buying.

Transfer team seems to be just grasping at whatever straws appear in front of them.

No apparent coherent strategy.

With a limited budget, I would be making Cback most urgent priority.

Plus there is incentive to get the Cback in early (unless we are waiting on Umtiti or a Kimpembe). We should be trying to bed in the new Cback as much as possible in pre-season.

Then wide player there is more options and we can play off the potentials but we should be prepared to pay for the quality (rather than gamble on a ligue 2 player of dubious merit)

So we should be reserving the bulk of the money for this position bc for creative players generally, you pay for what you get. 25m (Zaha) to 30m ++(Carrasco, Ziyech maybe Thauvin) the going price. Maybe we can sweat the price down a little as the apex predators fall off and the window winds down but we should be prepared to expend the bulk of the money on this player.

Finally CM we can and should be more creative. There are good back up options to reinforce our current (decent) choices in Granit, GUendouzi and Torreira with.

Kovacic had a decent season with Chelsea and is still only 25yrs. Once the golden boy, still plenty to offer and won’t be expensive. Bakayoko has potential lost his way at Chelsea, but regain some form at Milan. Again an assessment needs to be made on his temperement and focus but clearly there is something there to build on that we lack in midfield with his frame and competitiveness.

Then there are loan options for older players as stop gap for a season say like Matuidi or Khedira both 33yrs at Juve.

The added experience may be of benefit to us for a season as we try to claw back into CL contention.

I’m not sure I see much coherence in our market strategy if rumours on Tierney, Saliba or Claude-Maurice have some modicum of truth to them.

But we’ve short changed ourselves not adding a good technical director (like say Campos at Lille). Mslintat is not a difficult act to improve on by any stretch but instead we are now leaving it to Raul and Caggagio (both inexperience in market) Go figure. Hope they prove me wrong.

Tommmy
Tommmy

If a tree falls in the woods and nobody was there to hear it, did it make a sound?

Frankie
Frankie

Let’s just push our youngsters through… forget about signing anyone maybe the young defender from France and see what happens… personally spending so much on Tierney would be a mistake, he is injury prone and not very good in the air, and has only played in a second rate league…so we will still get caught out with the long punt diagonal ball over the top….. to where our left and right back should be.

So let’s take 5 players from the under 23 team and see what hapoens… we might finish only top 10 but at least watching arsenal will be fun again…

Jason daniels
Jason daniels

I dont want this kid. If arsenal ask u to play for them. U sign. Thats that. He can stay at shitty celtic. Scotts cant play football anyway