Thierry, you’re mean | Why all the pundits are wrong about Arsenal

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Kind of feel like we’ve landed in some parallel universe where I’ve taken a shot of happy and become a convert in the Arsene front.


Not sure why everyone seemed to spitting feathers about the game at the weekend. Admittedly I was totally sober without hangover for once, so the clarity might have skewed my view, but I really felt quite positive after the game.

It felt like we were in it tactically. It looked like Jose tried to nullify our strengths over-exploiting our woeful weaknesses. We were in it. Chelsea are Champions elect, we were never going to bulldoze a team that plays expensively assembled midtable tactics to win a point. I mean, think about that, all the talent they have and they turn up without a striker. It’s embarrassing. Those players exchange trophies for their talent to be drowned in a shallow puddle of negativity. It’s truly turgid.

… what I love is how much the negative press is impacting Chelsea. I’d love more pragmatism in Wenger, but I’d also be pretty upset if we had to sacrifice so much of our game. Jose has done a pretty impressive job of convincing the media that there’s only one way to win things. It’s not true. Thank the lord for managers like Ancelotti and Guardiola.

… so the petrol on the post game fire seems to have mostly have poured from our ex-captain, Thierry.

He earns £4.5m a year and someone has told him he’s bland as James Milner spread on a fresh Geordie Alan Shearer bagels (not toasted, and dry). So he’s reacted. Firstly with a bizarre take down of a Chicarito celebration last week, then with a stinging attack on an Arsenal team absolutely flying. He said,

“I think they need to buy four players – they need that spine. They need a goalkeeper, they still need a centre back, they still need a holding midfielder and, I’m afraid, they need a top, top quality striker to win this league again.”

The above comments were out of kilter with reality and they were boring. They were isolated comments in a sea of progress.

Now, my views might be skewed. I was told things were on the up from a good place that I always get a balanced view from. So I’m comfortable about Sunday.

I don’t believe we need four signings. I also get sick to the back teeth of average pundits picking out the most base improvements possible. It doesn’t matter where they come from, as soon as they land on UK TV they all say it’s a player thing. Arsenal’s problems generally, haven’t centred around a lack of players over the last 10 years. It’s been a factor, don’t get me wrong, but most of our problems centred around a backward manager who couldn’t get the most out of what he has in the modern era.

Players don’t teach themselves on pitch strategy. Players don’t prevent themselves from having long term injuries. Players can’t be trusted to make themselves stronger. They won’t run video analysis sessions on their own. They won’t drill themselves in the basics like defending as a unit. They don’t understand recovery procedures to ensure they’re match fit. They don’t rotate themselves.

That’s the big change that’s happened his half of the season. Well, it started changed late November apparently, now we’re seeing the fruits.

Form is linked to smarter planning and better fitness. Sure, Arsenal need to buy players to compliment the current squad. If you’re brutal, maybe we need a better striker, but based on this season, there aren’t many. We need a new keeper, but Ospina is doing the business. We need a Schneiderlin because Flamini and Arteta are dead – and we’ll need an upgrade on Theo if he goes.

But it’s not major surgery like Thierry suggested. It’s not a new spine. Actually what we need to do is ramp up the back room progress. We need to use the car study effort the changes have incurred as a springboard for more.

Smarter, better, stronger.

As for the Giroud comments, I thought they were a bit mean. The French glamour boy has come back fighting with class and dignity.

“It has been a few years since we finished second and, if we can do it, we can see an improvement, which is great. Next year, hopefully, we will have fewer injuries, will keep the same group and, with maybe one or two new players, we will have a great season I am sure.

“As for myself, in sport you have to question yourself every week and be ready in your head and you have to be at 100% of determination if you want to keep going and win games; you cannot afford to be at 80% or 90%. You have to have faith in your own qualities, that is part of being a footballer: being strong in your head. That is more than half of the quality you need to be a football player.”

If you can’t see an improvement in the squad this year, you’re not looking hard enough. If you can’t budge your views to accept what you’re not seeing your eyes, well, I think it’s pretty dull.

Thierry was a great player, he’s a dull pundit. If he has to secure more wealth by bagging on us unfairly. Fine. Be that way. It’d be nice if he could be more exciting by bringing more genuine insight to the table. Controversy has us talking about him, but you know what, being f*cking smart at backing your points with evidence would be a way better talking point today.

Also, why are we not reversing the critique of Chelsea? Cesc didn’t land an assist at the weekend. Hazard was pretty quiet. Chelsea were hardly ripping us a new one. Where’s the critique there?

Anyway, I’m rambling. Have a great day.

In Arsene we trust. #GoonerFam

P.S. I thought this tweet was true until I saw Cesc on a poster on the other Bridge. Arsenal need to take this down. Arsenal fans need to create a viral video of them taking it down. Well, if I were a video student, that’s what I’d be doing. Not that I’m inciting vandalism, that would be terrible. But that poster is a joke. Name me a club in the land that’d have that up still? Crazy.


651 Responses to “Thierry, you’re mean | Why all the pundits are wrong about Arsenal”

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  1. Keyser

    Likewise when you were telling people that they were sitting on the fence, you neglected to tell them you’d fallen over the wrong side into your neighbours patch of stinging nettles.

    I’d welcome Pedro banning me as much as anyone else here would.

  2. Paulinho

    Can just imagine Simeone coaching and halfway through pulling Costa aside….

    “Diego, we don’t really own you fully, I’m just telling you that alright?”

    Costa: “Gaffer, what the fuck has that got to do with anything?”

    Simeone: “Er, I don’t know really. Carry on”

  3. MidwestGun

    Pedro –
    There are an infinite number of parallel universes, you need to choose a different one. Henry isn’t saying anything mean. He’s pointing out the obvious, that we don’t have enough top class players to win the PL. We don’t.
    We are perhaps progressing that way at a snails pace with the acquisition of Ozil and Sanchez but under a manager who looks at transfer windows as a disdainful thing ,every decision to be agonized over, It might take ages to get there. Especially in a universe where Diaby and Arteta are viewed as viable alternatives. Henry was merely getting detailed about which positions he deemed underwhelming right now. I don’t necessarily agree with them but I don’t see the problem. Henry is part American now too, so as any American knows any criticism of Chicharito is always justified. 😀

    Also embedded videos, I already can see it becoming a nightmare. Don’t care to see videos of juggling bears or whatever it is people think is intellectually amusing. Wait til a troll who has an agenda against you gets wind of it. People aren’t mature enough to handle it. Especially without a full time moderator. Also, while I’m thinking of it. Is there anyway we can get an ignore button to tune out Red.truth’s spamming?

    Otherwise, rock on with your healthy badass Peroni free self.

  4. Bamford10

    Chances that Wenger’s Arsenal would beat Bayern in a cup semi, as Klopp’s Dortmund did tonight?

    Slim to none, I say.

  5. nasri's mouth

    Both Madrid sides will be transfer banned as per Barca apparently.


    Expect an appeal to postpone it past this summer though.

  6. David Smith

    I admire Pedros optimism, the team certainly look more balanced. If he is right, I would love to know who or what was able to change The most stubborn man in football on so many issues in one go? I heard from someone loosely within the club that many in the club had become convinced wenger was off in the summer, heard this in the autumn as well. What exactly did happen in November to change so much? Wenger preparing for a successor? Wenger wanting to stay and realising he has to change? Some sort of gentle , persuasivemutiny by fed up senior players, Ivan and Sir Chipps? Wenger being told in no uncertain terms to change or else?

  7. nasri's mouth


    DA has thoughtfully provided a link 😉

    De Gea to Madrid then, Spurs to make a fat profit selling Lloris to ManU

  8. Dan Ahern

    They say “…sancionado por la FIFA sin poder fichar,” which means they lose the power to sign anybody.

    Also interesting is that at the bottom of the article it quotes “sources” of both clubs (sharing the same quote, somehow) saying they did nothing wrong. Hmm.

  9. MidwestGun

    Let me guess y’all were pimping 12 year old boys to Madrid?.. shameful.

    But if it gets us a Pogba……well… then I know Noooothing, I see Noooothing.

  10. Cesc Appeal



    Should make things interesting this summer, poor old Madrid and Barcelona will have to make do with what they have…how on Earth will they survive.

  11. MidwestGun

    Nasri –
    Probably, but with FFP in theory wouldn’t they have to release or transfer some players out as well? I mean Bale or Isco…. wouldn’t make me upset, either. Or Benzema…since Chicharito is so good… lol.

  12. Cesc Appeal

    Ask them how bad they want Pogba, then make an offer for Benzema and Isco, tell them we have all the time in the world…unlike them 😉

  13. Cesc Appeal

    Isco operating on the side of our attacking midfield with Ozil and Sanchez, could see that, very Wenger looking attacking middle.

    Schniederlin and Coquelin behind, lovely stuff.

  14. TitsMcGee

    Great thing about Pep is that a “bad” season is a league title and semi final app in UCL.

    Brings a tear to the eye when you think about the Nasri’s And Xenophobes that shiver because we are “only” 10 points off the league with 5 games

  15. Rosicky@Arsenal

    With all the praise of Mourinhio and Hazard since sundays match nobody noticed Bellerins efforts in keeping Hazard quiet during the whole match.

    Infact Bellerin had Hazard in his pocket

  16. qna

    Rosicky. Bellerin was unreal. Not only in covering Hazard, but offensively as well, he was our most dangerous looking wide man with excellent runs. He really opened up the space on the right side.

    I think Monreal had a great game as well. No doubt he is our number 1. But I really think if we are ambitious and look to the future we would go and buy Gaya who has a buyout clause of around 12m. He is 19 or 20. That guy looks like he is going to be Spain’s new 1st choice LB. With Bellerin and Gaya we would have Real Madrid quality full backs for the next decade. Gaya would have to compete with Monreal for the No 1 initially, but I would say he would do it soon. Just like, in my opinion, Bellerin has won the No 1. role from Debuchy.

  17. Leedsgunner

    Ask them how bad they want Pogba, then make an offer for Benzema and Isco, tell them we have all the time in the world…unlike them

    Lol — although Cesc do we really want Wenger to dither even more in the transfer market? He’s slow as it is!

  18. qna

    P&M: Buy a striker and change the manager. We will start winning titles immediately almost like magic.

    Depends which striker. At the moment we are linked with Lacazette. This guy is not skillful enough, he reminds me of Jermain Defoe, but with a slightly better finish. Walcott would score 30 goals for Lyon. I really hope we stay away from him.

    Over-rated players we are currently linked with: 1. Schnederlain, 2. Lacazette. 3. Douglas Costa

    But since we bought Welbeck in the last 12 months, we clearly are still in the market for 2nd tier players.

    Unless we can somehow snag Klopp, 99% of other manager that we would bring in would not improve our standing. Its the quality of our overall squad that has us in this very predictable and true position in world football. It is no accident, or fault of the manager. Its exactly as your name suggests P&M. We are paying peanuts and getting monkeys.

  19. qna

    Actually, P&M. My last sentence is quite false. We are not exactly paying peanuts for these monkeys are we? Its even worse than that. We have monkeys but paying much much more than peanuts for them. Our core problem is really that as a club we pay world class salaries to mediocre, 2nd tier players. Arteta, Flamini, Wilshere, Walcott, Gibbs all earn ridiculous salaries that much better players in similar positions who are at other clubs would be salivating over.

  20. peanuts&monkeys

    Well it doesn’t need a genius of TH14 to assess that Arsene MoneyMonger needs to spend on a super super striker. But MoneyMonger might be well off with the kind of nudge TH14 has provided to make him finally ask for some money from SilentStan for this striker.

  21. Wallace


    “all earn ridiculous salaries that much better players in similar positions who are at other clubs would be salivating over.”

    all the big clubs do it. Man Utd blow 260k on Ashley Young & Marouane Fellaini every week.

  22. Ashwin Gunner

    Morning people

    I am not an AKB. but to say that Wenger cannot be even compared to Mourinho is taking it too far.. Mourinho didn;t win titles on his own. He had a damn WC team with him. If he wins title with Burnley, then i agree he is the best manager to have walked on this earth.

    With all he WC players he had at Madrid his record in El classico is poor. Get real. get some perspective. no body is perfect. Not even your demi god mourinho..

  23. Ashwin Gunner


    Hey Mate.. have donated to PM’s relief fund from India. have seen the amount of destruction this Earthquake has brought. Its very sad. Hope things return to normal soon..

  24. peanuts&monkeys

    @qna, Lacazzzate and even Austin will be a huge improvement for Arsenal over Giroud and Welbeck. I would have sold Welbeck ASAP and got in either Lacaz or Austin. Whats stopping Wenger from doing that? Admit neither of them will be as goos as Suarez rightaway, but Lacazz is Suarez kinda material.

  25. Rosicky@Arsenal

    I would not say that a striker like Suarez will not be an upgrade over Giroud but mind it that even Suarez failed to score against Mourinho Chelsea last year.

  26. Dark Hei


    I really do like Lacazette. And I think Austin is interesting too.

    But you have to take into account Lyon’s style which is a 4-4-2. Can Lacazette play in a single striker formation?

    If you are looking for an upgrade, I suggest you go for guys who can play that lone striker role. Otherwise it is another season of adaptation.