Arsenal squad can’t handle the league cup. Seriously?

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The League Cup is losing its sheen… it used to be about the fancy new imports, now it’s a pain in the arse fixture we can’t take seriously because we don’t have a squad capable of handling it.

I mean seriously, read that line. Our squad can’t deal with the pressure of a league cup game in September.

Our defence was incredibly make-shift because it had to be. Issac, Coquelin and Bellerin with less collective Premier League than Ross Barkley. The rest of the side dotted with players who are out of favour.

The result, well, a deserved 2-1 beating. Outside a delightful Sanchez freekick, not too much to shout about.

I’m not that fussed, the League Cup will cause us fitness issues this season because Wenger still doesn’t seem to be getting the hang of what a modern fitness regime looks like. It’s still slightly disheartening that the cup in which we were always the main draw has now turned into a tournament we have to sacrifice.

Arsene Wenger pointed out the reason we struggled was there for all to see… sure it was, it was clear that a summer of bad transfer planning has led us to a situation where we don’t have much to choose from.

Still, it is what it is, I’d take a loss against Southampton if it means we spank Spurs at the weekend.

In other news, Stan has been taking money out of the club in fees. £3m went the way of his US company. It’s basically pinching a dividend. It’s not surprising and to be honest, it wouldn’t bother me if he was driving the club forward. He’s not. We have a manager who does what he likes because the owner is in awe of him, we have CEO who can’t make the changes he needs to because he’s powerless because of the last point and the owner doesn’t ever put his hand in his pocket… which is clearly hampering our ability to secure better commercials.

If Stan had propped the club up 5 years ago when we needed him, and we’d won a few things, we’d have commercials far close to United’s. Brands want to associate themselves with winners. Nike don’t seek out great financial planning when they’re pulling together their sports portfolio.

Anyway, disappointing day all round. And it’s raining.

More tomorrow. Adios.

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  1. Ozy

    No because it’s not a nation. Simple as that. It’s a corporation. Corporations fail – others pick it up and thus the free market continues rolling. Those communities that rely on Walmart, like you mentioned, will find somewhere else to go. It’s that simple.

    It’s not a bank. It’s not the federal reserve. It’s a retail company.

  2. alex cutter

    “Walmart by itself is the 26th largest economy in the world. You think that wouldn’t be disastrous?”

    Using your logic… Who’s the 25th largest economy? If they went tits up, would the rest of the world economy collapse?

    That’s all I have to say on this — neither the time nor place. You seem like a good guy and I don’t want to ruffle anyone any further on the subject.

  3. MidwestGun

    NM –
    I don’t think it will happen but you should read my facts list and then tell me it wouldn’t be disastrous. And it certainly wasn’t a ridiculous statement. And I definately wouldn’t be laughing if it happened. My original point still stands Stan’s source of income is never gonna fail because if it does we are in a world of shit.

  4. Dissenter

    As difficult as it may sound.
    Walmart collapsing actually sends a ripple around the global economy.
    That ripple will be a six foot wave around the American Economy and devastate us.
    So long as the nominal GDP of the American economy is 25% of the global nominal GDP., then expect Walmart’s demise to affect everyone else.

  5. Ozy

    I think Midwest said that while exaggerating a bit. It would cause a bit of chaos in the U.S. but yeah, the world and the U.S. would survive.

    Good riddance, if that happened. Walmart’s shareholders are fattening their pockets at extreme proportions, the Walmart family has more income combined than something like 46% of the U.S.’ population, yet they can’t pay their employees liveable wages. Fuck Walmart.

  6. Arsene's Nurse

    Thank you and goodnight September 24, 2014 19:36:02

    Keyser must of pissed off N5 big time for him to not post 2 days running. Hope he’s ok.
    Keyser caught sight of himself in a window on the high street. He’s still there arguing with his reflection.

  7. nasri's mouth


    Errr.. No that’s incorrect.. Greece didn’t nearly take the world economy under. They were simply one symptom of a much greater malaise.

    Anyway in other news Spurs still haven’t had a shot on target but Forest have and it s nestling in the back of the net

  8. MidwestGun

    Well I agree with the fuck Walmart sentiment. I used to manage a large box retail store in the office supply industry and Walmart set a lot of bad precedents that affected everyone including other retailers. Anyhow, I don’t think my statement is crazy. Maybe slightly over exaggerated.. But you got people on here saying worse. Like Ozil is shit. Lol.

  9. Dissenter

    I do think Walmart’s demise will also affect China a lot.
    China and the United States are about 40% of the global economy.

    Enough said though. Walmart is the malady of everything else that is wrong with the global economy. It will be good riddance. Bring back the mom and pop’s store.

  10. WengerEagle


    Don’t necessarily disagree with you about Eminem, being white has helped him carve out a niche and aided his career but it can’t be denied that in his pomp (late 90’s-early 2000’s) he was a phenomenal rapper. He would have been a success if he was black as well, just maybe not to the same degree.

  11. MidwestGun

    Is N5 not commenting because of Keyser? I don’t think so, I thought they called a cease fire. . Probably just needed a break.

    Come back N5 we need your rap knowledge. Lol. Right up his alley.

  12. Ozy

    Eagle, the man’s got talent – incredible rapper, of that we agree. But right, his skin color elevated him quite disproportionally.

    Like the Beastie Boys. Not a fan. At all.

  13. WengerEagle


    Proper good tune that. I’d listen to anything with Nas on it. Was obsessed with his album with Damian Marley there a few years back.

    What happened with Keyser and N5 btw?

  14. N5

    That’s really odd guys, I didn’t hang around until someone mentioned my name before posting, I just “arrived” at the time it was said….honest.

    I took a break for a few days because I was exhausted with it. TYAG, Keyser did annoy me mate yes, because I didn’t see the need for it, he said with all the shit that goes on here it was odd I commented on a certain comment, whilst ironically doing the exact same thing to me, he could have ignored mine too and argued with those he deemed fit for criticism.

    Anyway, it’s easy to ignore posts and not get wound up, so I’ll just add another to my, do not reply list! it’s 4 pages long now.

    Rap knowledge!! what was the question?

  15. N5

    Eagle, Rosicky@arsenal said Maureen was a shit manager because he sold a player that scored against him to the opposition, I said he didn’t sell him, he let him go, he joined a club in America which lent him back to Man Citeh, so hardly a bad management choice.

    This really pissed Keyser off and he kept making snidey comments about me picking him up on it, saying it was pedantic as Maureens actions ended up with Lampard at Citeh. I’m just arguing about how involved he was.

    I said in that case, Wenger strengthened Chelsea by selling Cesc to Barca, but apparently as it was Wenger, that doesn’t count.

    We debated until 3 in the morning about it. In the end I bashed my head against a wall and slept for two days!!! never again.

  16. MidwestGun

    Eagle –
    Keyser said N5 was playing favorites because he corrected someone on a fact and not everyone. Then called him some snide name like fact checker or blog sherriff or something. I don’t know it was petty. Kinda silly. Keyser was being a grumpy old man that day.

  17. MidwestGun

    Well if Barca win my 3 team should pay off. I think PSG is winning. Needed Monoco to win by 2 to 0 tho. Would have paid more. Malaga putting up a fight so far. Scoreless at half.

  18. MidwestGun

    I thought Coq played pretty well at left back not sure about cdm but he might
    be worth a try. Altho, with Monreal out and Gibbs injury record he might be our starter soon at LB. Really haven’t seen him much to say, tho.

  19. MidwestGun

    N5 –
    Hahaha. Next thing you know your gonna be called a lurker.
    Anyhow, Eagle was asking about party rap songs from the late 90’s and early 00’s for a party he is doing dj honors and we were throwing out suggestions.
    I said that’s kinda your thing.

  20. WengerEagle


    Yeah I accept that, that’s fair.

    I may be white but I’m a huge rap fan, literally the one genre of music I couldn’t live without. Strictly late 80’s- early 2000’s though, I cringe whenever I hear the likes of Drake/Nicki Minaj/Rick Ross, etc.

    Out of the current crop I only have time for Kendrick.

  21. N5

    Ohhhh yeah, 100 percent my thing.

    For me the best from that era and probably all mentioned.

    M.e.t.h.o.d Man – Method Man, Da Mystery of Chess Boxin’ – Wu-Tang, Small World Nas, Party Up – DMX, Insane in the Brain – Cyprus Hill, Hit Em Up – Tupac, Gimmie the Lot – Notorious BIG, Shook Ones PT2 – Mobb Deep, Gin and Juice – Snoop Dog, Today was a good day – Ice Cube, Nuthin’ but a G-Thang – Snoop and Dre, Anything by Tribe called Quest.

    That’s some of my favorites of the top of my head.

  22. WengerEagle


    Haha sounds like a Le-Grove special, I’ve been in a few of those myself, they leave you mentally drained! Your head got off lightly, I’ve taken to smashing mine off a kerb outside like a red-headed stepchild post-Grove battles. 😀

  23. N5

    Eagle – BMF by Rick Ross was good, that’s about it.

    Eminem being white helped him sell records to whites, but no way did it help him being accepted by the hip hop community, if anything it made it harder.

    He’s an incredible rapper, even if all his stuff sounds like a joke. And putting his colour on that is doing him a disservice. There are a million and one white rappers, not that many that have made it.

  24. salparadisenyc

    “There are a million and one white rappers..”

    And then theirs Vanilla Ice, Eminem is a talented dude, but he’s no Joe Strummer.

  25. MidwestGun

    When it comes to music I’m a jack of all trades, master of none. 😀

    But I was really into Blues artists in my early 20’s probably because they influenced all the great rock bands and I live near to all the big Mississippi blues artists. and have seen most all the big ones live before they all died.. For the most part sadly they are all mostly gone or just old and don’t play much.

    Thanks Sal, John Lee Hooker was the man.

  26. WengerEagle


    Some absolute classics there mate with Gimme the Loot being a personal favourite!

    Agree Re Eminem, that’s exactly what I was trying to say but you’ve summed it up perfectly. While being white has sold more records it made it that much harder for him to be respected within the Rap community. There’s an interview from back in the day on YouTube with I think Em, Dre, Cube and Snoop and in it Cube appears to have little respect for Eminem. It’s before Em blew up and kind of symbolises how tough it must have been for him at the start of his career.

  27. N5

    I saw a doc about him too WE, He sent Dre a mixtape, Dre loved it and called him in and when Eminem turned up he thought someone was taking the piss and he was on a candid camera show.

    Cube, as much as I love him, seems to have little, to no time for white people. I’m sure him and Em are fine now. They did that Up in Smoke tour together (I’m almost certain that’s what it was called).

    Gimmie the loot is my favorite too mate. Wasn’t as keen on the remix.

    Do you not like newer rap? I do, I don’t like the new rappers, other than Childish Gambino and Wiz Khalifa (spelling), but I still like the newer stuff.

    What year was one mic – NAS as that’s well worth a mix if it fits your time scales. Or anything Dilated Peoples! they were cool.

    Sal, loved that tune mate. really good music.

  28. MidwestGun

    Barca needs to get a goal and help me out. Shakira’s boyfriend is a highly over rated defender. Malaga should have scored a couple times. Can’t believe Barca is the team gonna let me down out of Monoco and PSG. Messi just got pushed in his face and throat, dude only got a yellow. Lol.

  29. Bamford13

    City, Chelsea and Spurs all manage to advance in the League Cup — City by a score of 7-0.

    Good to see so many hip hop fans on here. I too really only like classic hip hop. Grew up on Yo MTV Raps! — NWA, Tribe, Digable Planets, Beastie Boys, De La Soul, the Fugees.

    Today I’ll really only listen to The Roots, Mos Def and MF Doom. If you haven’t heard DangerDoom “The Mask” — collab b/t MF Doom and Danger Mouse — you should check it out. Start with “Benzi Box”. Totally nasty.

  30. Dan Ahern

    Lol no, Ceelo is Ceelo. He worked with Danger Mouse, who was the producer side of Gnarles Barkley.

    Anyway hi N5, good to have you back. I didn’t notice your absence as I haven’t been around much recently. But good to have you back.

  31. london gunner

    90’s early 2000’s was best time for just fun hip hop.

    Think most of the bait artists have been named like pac/biggie/snoop/cube/wu tang

    But try out naughty by nature really good uplifitng party music

    Busta rhymes for his insanity and hypness=gimme more=pass the courvoiser

    dilated peoples=worst comes to worst

    Old Dirty bastard brooklyn= zoo shimmy shimmy ya for his humour

    then there is artists who came out with only a few hits but they were big hits

    like mase= can’t no body hold me down/mo money mo problems, warren g= regulate

    oh big pun is underrated =still not a player (and a wealth of other catch tunes)

    If you have a lot of girls at your party I would play Ja rule and his colabs with various rnb singers

    Some early 50 cent in the club, candy shop (if you got sluts at the party lol)

    then camron. hey man, oh boy

    fat joe wheres the love, lean back

    obviously the list is more commercial towards the end buts it a party you want people moving not sitting around debating the finer arts of lyrical skill

  32. Bamford13

    No, Danger Mouse in the DJ/producer; C Lo Green is the singer. Danger Mouse collaborates with all kinds of people. With MF Doom on “The Mask,” he created a number of classics.

  33. N5

    Cheers Dan and Bamford. I knew DangerMouse had links with Cee-lo I just didn’t know what!!

    Dan, I wasn’t really gone mate, I only didn’t post for 2 days. I had a Le Grove hangover! 😀

  34. N5

    Alex Cutter, I meant sex move because strumming is a female masturbation term. Also, saying that means nothing about my music knowledge so let’s not be rude just for the sake of it a?

    “PS no one did it better than Tribe Called Quest in my book.”

    Good call man, great music. Q-Tip has an odd voice but he’s a great lyricist.

  35. WengerEagle


    Haha that’s a great story about Eminem and Dre. Two Rap legends.

    Yeah love Cube too but he’s very anti-white. Borderline racist tbh.

    I don’t know mate tbh I just don’t like any modern rap, it’s lost its urban edge IMO even Em, 50, Snoop, Jay-Z, Kanye, etc who were all great rappers back in the day just aren’t the same. Like I said out of the new crop I only have time for Kendrick and he’s schooled by Dre who’s a proper OG. I do like the odd new school rap song but in the main I still listen to 90’s rap.

    One Mic’s a great song,think he released that in the early 2000’s. His album in 2010 with Damian Marley called Distant Relatives is fantastic too.

    You have a great taste in music btw.

  36. N5

    Cheers WE, you too mate. I must admit I agree with your review on new stuff. The more I thought about it after I typed it, the more I realised how little I like new stuff.

    Childish Gambino is the only rapper from 2014 that is still tight regardless of how weak it’s all become. Wiz Khalifa was better during the Black and Yellow days.

    Is Snoop still about? I thought he was Snoop Lion or Fish or Cat or something now!

    I will give that Nas/Damian a listen as I’ve only heard one song from it.

    I used to be big on Jigga, but as you said about new music, even he’s gone weak! sell outs all over and I blame Little Wayne.

  37. N5

    Ozy, sorry man. Maybe I should have clarified. He’s the only modern rapper that I’m down with that I have been for a long while. Myself and Eagle were having a conversation about longevity, guys that haven’t sold out and remained true to the roots. I know he’s only 2009 and he’s a little Weeknd, but I’ve been listening to him for 5 years now. Not many last that long with me anymore.

  38. N5

    Talking of rappers that have changed. Is anyone still down with Game?

    When did he become a name dropper like he is now? his 4 billion bars or whatever his latest is, is dope, but every rap he mentions some other rapper.

  39. Ozy

    Ah! Makes sense. There’s something about Childish Gambino I can’t get into. It’s as if he’s catering to a certain crowd.

    When it comes to longevity, Mos Def has been consistently wrecking it for years. His last album, The Ecstatic, is some of the best music to have come out in years.

    I think rap has lost it’s edge. Every era has its share of crap mainstream artists and I certainly prefer what’s out now over a lot of the early 2000s – but you can mark the exact day rap changed forever.

    It was during the Source awards when Biggie’s Ready to Die album went against Nas’ Illmatic – one was an magnum opus, the other was built around hit singles. Biggie won and it changed the tide of hip hop.

    You have rappers like Del the Funky Homosapien and Talib Kweli who never truly made it but had so much talent and their music was so raw .. a shame

  40. N5

    Agreed Jamal, Either rips Jigga apart. Dick sucking lips had me in stitches.

    Eminem did some great ones to Benzino. Hit Em Up is so raw though and because it ended up with death at the end it hits that bit harder for me.

  41. WengerEagle


    Yeah it just doesn’t feel as real and from the streets as it used to, it’s nearly turning hipsterish. Even the greats that I’ve mentioned are a shadow of their former selves.

    Childish Gambino’s decent to be fair but I’m sorry, can’t stand Wiz Khalifa! Irritates the shit out of me.

    Yeah haha he’s Snoop Lion now and is sadly terrible. His Gin and Juice/Ain’t nothing but a G thang days are long gone!

    Yeah people forget how good Jigga was back in the day, Reasonable Doubt and the Blueprint are classic albums. He also destroyed Mobb Deep and fired serious shots at the great Nas in their early 2000’s beef.

    The Recipe by Kendrick and Dre is a quality current beat.

  42. Second coming

    5 games in and the relic doesn’t have enough defenders to play in a competition, sells Vermaelen and has no replacement, sells, Miquel and has no replacement, this is worse than last season, what a fucking shambles is AFC with Kroenke and Wenger at the helm

  43. N5

    Jesus Ozy man you know your stuff. I never thought I’d be on a forum with someone else who rated Talib Kweli or even knew him. He is an amazingly intelligent rapper that never got what he deserved because people preferred raps about cars and guns! sad really.

    There have been so many rappers that haven’t become what they should of and I know this is a matter of taste that doesn’t suit all, but Mos Def and Pharoahe Monch were always underrated imo. Did you hear oh no with Nate Dogg?

    “Very contagious raps should be trapped in cages
    Through stages of wackness, Pharoahe’s raps are blazin
    And it amazes – me how you claim thug
    But go two-ways without Skytel pagers
    I’m intellectual, pass more essays
    Than motorcade police parades through East L.A
    More beef then deli’s, thus what I vent is just
    What you lust to vent, it’s irrele’
    Huh, hallelujah, Pharoahe Monch’ll do ya
    Maintain the same frame of mind – screw ya!
    Get the picture, sit ya, seat ya, preacher with scriptures
    I’m equipped to rip ya, reach ya
    Pharoahe and Mos is verbal osmosis
    Coast to coast, we boast to be the most explosive here
    Ferocious, the lyrical prognosis
    The dosage is leaving you mentally unfocused here
    MC’s just come on ’round!
    You’re the next contestants on “Catch-A-Beat-Down”
    Don’t be hesitant, sound cracks the sediment
    It’s evident we medicine for your whole town
    Sky’s the limit, game’s infinite when I’m in it
    All windows is tinted
    How you seeing me when I’m in it?
    Rap, we got it on lock man, stop that
    Put that mic back down, boy, drop that
    Pharoahe’s flows blows shows like afros
    We hate y’all though, that’s why Nate Dogg goes”

    Dope, and yes I know I went a little off topic. Hip-Hop gives me ADHD.

  44. Jamal


    Yeah the Biggie/Tupac feud went too far. They both have that legendary status but neither lived past 25.! What could’ve been eh? Now we gotta put up with Lil Wayne and Drake. Rick Ross aint too bad.

  45. N5

    Eagle, since Dre turned into the Hulk, I’ve not listened to him. Not because he went hulk but because since he has been a “beats” producer his focus just seemed off and his music wasn’t coming anywhere near Chronic 2001 let alone Chronic original!

    I’ll give it a listen though.

    Agreed on Jay-Z, Original Blueprint was great, my favourite was his album called something like Shaun Carter, I can’t quite remember its name and I’m to lazy to Google it! 😀

  46. Second coming

    Kroenke, a billionaire many times over, is so hard up he is pinching 3 million quid out of his investment from AFC’s till, what a low life, try putting your own money into the club, instead of taking it out, what a scumbag, man knows nothing about football, doesn’t care about football, it’s his personal piggy bank, saps

  47. N5

    Jamal, didn’t Lil’ Wayne call himself Tupac MK II or something as stupid?

    I don’t dislike Rick Ross as much as Eagle does, I liked BMF.

    I used to love the Ruff Ryders, were any of you into them? Drag-On, Styles-P, DMX, Jadakiss, Fiend, Jin, The Lox, Swizz Beatz, Sheek Louch and Eve if you like her sort of thing.

  48. N5

    Yeah Eagle their hate run deep. It’s a shame as they were close once and both were amazing rappers that got taken to early.

    Talking of dead rappers, did any of you listen to Proof from D12?

  49. Ozy

    N5, props, man. Classic song. Sick lyrics.

    And now that we’re posting lyrics.. Mos Def’s Auditorium is on another level:

    “the eyes go teary, the mind grow weary
    I speak it so clearly sometimes you don’t hear me
    I push it past the bass, know nations gotta feel me
    I feel it in my bones, black I’m so wide awake
    That I hardly ever sleep, my flows forever deep
    And it’s volumes or scriptures when I breathe on a beat
    My presence speak volumes before I say a word
    I’m everywhere: penthouse, pavement and curb
    Cradle to the grave, tall cathedral of a shell
    Universal ghetto life, holla black you know it well
    Quiet storm, vital form, pen pushed it right across
    Mind is a vital force, high level right across
    Soul is the lions roar, voice is the siren
    I swing round, ring out and bring down the tyrant
    Shocked a small act could knock a giant lopsided”

    You should all listen to Jay Electronica. That old man can fucking rap.

    Any of you listened to Kendrick Lamar’s new single? i? It’s .. different. It’s got a solid beat but we’ll see if Kendrick will fall victim to the sophomore slump. Expectation’s too high.

  50. WengerEagle


    Proof was quality, he was Em’s best friend too. Obie Trice is also very good.

    Yeah the Pac/Biggie beef dominated rap but ended tragically unfortunately. Deprived the world of two of the most talented and influential rappers of their generation.

  51. N5

    Ozy, I’ve just started downloading some Jay Electronica, I like the fact he’s an older rapper and must admit to knowing very little about him, I’ve only heard his co-labs never his own joints.

    Nice, with the Mos Def stuff. Amazing rapper, intelligent and underrated. Got more recognition for his acting with Jack Black then he did for his rapping which is a shame.

  52. N5

    Eagle, I never felt Obie Trice, I tried too but his rhymes always seemed easy to me. I liked his shit hits the fan but I can’t think of anything else.

    Proof was big! his individual stuff was great but rare, it was hard to find in the UK as rappers like Deuce Poppi, that’s why I started torrenting, otherwise I was never going to hear these guys.

  53. Ozy

    Never liked Biggie. Had major chops and could’ve been a legend but he represented too much of what’s wrong with hip hop now.

    Kanye West is a legend but he’s a better producer than rapper. Late is his best song, hands down. Nobody realizes that.

  54. N5

    Shit Eagle, I’ve only just started the Wire. What a show.

    Deuce Poppi was OK, he wasn’t anything overly special but he was so hard to get hold of that it made him more popular with most people I knew. It was a little disappointing getting hold of his album only to find it was just average. Proof however, his album not only lived up to, but exceeded expectation.

    I’m glad it’s been a different subject tonight. It’s good to mix it up now and again.

  55. WengerEagle


    You’re in for a hell of a time, literally the greatest show ever made on TV, has everything you’d want in a show and teaches you so much about the rough side of the States. Police and Political corruption, the streets, the school system, the works!

    On par as the GOAT TV show along with The Sopranos IMO.

    Agree, love discussing Rap. Could talk about it for hours.

  56. N5

    Cheers for the heads up Eagle, I’m only on episode two. I knew it must be good as other people have said to me if they could forget it all and watch it all over again they would. Ive not watched that or Breakin’ Bad yet and they’re the ones I always hear people talking about. I loved the Sopranos though. So we obviously share TV taste. I’ll hit it hard then and try and bang out the first season this week.

  57. Jim Lahey

    Not a single comment over night… I think we need back lads!

    Went out for a few pints last night, got chatting to our new CFO, American born and bred, but has a place in Fulham, up until last year he was a season ticket holder at the Arsenal! Bloody club level too! Could not have been more jealous…

  58. qna

    No Jim, I didnt see it. How did they play, did they rest many players. Glad they got the win. Keep them occupied for a couple more rounds before they go out.

  59. Jim Lahey

    @Qna – Would love to see both play too!

    People/media give Ozil a bashing over his form, lets not forget that Soldado costs the spuds near £30m! And its not like he is going to grow into a world beater he is 29.

  60. Bergkamplegend

    Dortmund were 2-0 down (final score 2-2) last night by Stuttgart, on their ground.

    The same Dortmund’s team that outplayed Arsenal in the CL ??

  61. Gregg

    Been reading a lot about Diaby as a DM. The injury issue aside he doesn’t have the discipline required for the role. I’m talking about him losing possession in critical areas. I just don’t see this as a good idea at all.

  62. Dark Hei

    I doubt Wenger is serious about actually using Diaby as a DM.

    What he meant is that from here on, Diaby should convert to a DM since it is less taxing on his body.

    The most important thing is to be able to play 90 minutes. Otherwise if you are a guaranteed sub, it gives the coach less tactical options to change a match.

    I think the lack of options means that he is an upgrade over Flamini (not difficult), but needs to be able to cover 90 minutes first.