FYI: Arsene won’t buy bad players. 

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Happy good day to ya’ll!

How are you today?

I’m dying. I went to a party that was in a warehouse, on a rooftop, in Hackney. All the checkboxes for new fashion fun. It was like being at a Vice staff meeting. Or a Jeremy Corbyn rally. So many cliches. I now want to be in a band that has an artistic presence that is both iconoclastic and paternalistic. Everything up until last night has been a lie. This is my new purpose.

I call this band…

‘Lyf is Inbox’

Had a fun experience after with an Uber driver. He refused to take a pal in a wheelchair, citing insurance. What sort of cabbie unchecked that point on an insurance policy? A total joke.

ANYWAY.

What have we today?

Well, Arsene might take a gamble this week on a player. 

But look here fools, he won’t sign a bad player. I mean, jeez Arsene, that’s what we’ve all been crying out for this summer!

‘Arsene, what we’re missing is an average striker and a terrible DM’

This is Wenger making ‘we have money and its hard’ excuses.

‘That is why you have to keep your nerve and not buy just because the others buy – but buy because you have found a player that can really give you a plus.

‘It is difficult because there’s more money in football, more clubs with big resources, and less players available.
‘The funds are there more than the players who could strengthen the squad. That is a big problem. 
You can’t win with him, can you?

Still, good news that he might buy. Bring some pace in Arsene. Some pace and sexy finishing. Bring in a talent on the acension of you can’t land a world class striker.

Take a gamble, because doing nothing is not an acceptable option. It’s one we’ve excercised on so many occasssions. One that we normally feel the full force of by November.

Amusing watching United drop two points against Newcastle. Sad watching relegation fodder West Ham lose against Bournemouth. I wonder if we’ll be close enough to the title this year to curse that loss?

I’m starting to get excited about the Liverpool game. It really is going to be a tough game. Not because Liverpool are great, but because the mental pressure is on. We don’t do well under pressure. We caved to West Ham because of the pressure of being title contenders. So tomorrow will be an interesting test.

There’s so little to talk about this week, so I’ll leave you to your Sunday! Have a grand one.

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  1. Bankz

    Man City to lose

    They go on to keep a clean sheet and win comfortably by 2 goals

    City dominating, it would be long now before Palace bends over

    Palace go on to whoop City comfortably.

    Reftruth- predicting games isn’t really your thing. I’d say still to calling Messi shit.

  2. GS88

    Thing about Pedro, is that we were one of, if not the first club to be linked with him. From when Guardiola was at Barca.

    Lets what happens over the next week and a bit.

    If we sign no-one, then there should be some serious repercussions.

  3. london gunner

    Cesc

    “As I said to you a few days ago, the reason Walcott is discussed now on here in such detail is because we haven’t spent, and we handed him a new £140 000 a week deal.”

    Fair enough, but the Walcott bashing has been going or far longer than this contract saga. He is obviously not worth £140,000 but once again and I hate to bring his name up but Welbeck isn’t worth 100k. Its a fucked up market for English players.

    “the general consensus seems to be, no, he is not worth that and should have been sold and an upgrade pursued. ”

    He is not worth 140k and have said we should have pursued reus. Though generally I am in favour of selling worse players before better ones so Welbeck would have his head on the chopping blck before theo.

    “You just seem to choose the best bits of Walcott and ignore the rest, you’ve listed players who are limited in their own ways (not sure I agree with some) but they all are far, far, far, far more consistent impacting games than Walcott who really needs to score or get an assist to have a mark. Every single one you listed is more technically able as well.”

    But in the case of Ox, Welbeck, jack wilshere that is not the case. They are having far less positive impacts and in some ways they are detrimental to the team. Once again you have shown your bias by focusing on walcotts negatives and forgetting other players. I would also add that what’s wrong with theo being a results player he is often derided for just being about goals and assists but what’s wrong with having a player focused on end product in a team of players who at times can be criticized for not being so. As to your point about them all being more technical Once an I have to mention Welbeck as he is can barely strike a ball with dragging his shot or scuffing the ball. How is that more able?

    “Walcott is what he is, what he always has been, he will have good spells, but he’s not a top bracket player.”

    Hemce why we need Reus.

    “Maybe people think you like Theo Walcott because you seem to jump on here to defend him at any opportunity, and frequently instead of talking about Walcott you just bring up Welbeck as a defensive which leads people to think you’ve abandoned logic and responded emotively…For a guy that throws around ‘fan boy’ a lot, maybe a taste of your own medicine, easy to see why people think it when you sit back.”

    Its irritating to have to constantly defend Walcott, but that’s just who I am. I will do the same for Sanchez and Cazorla whenever Paulinho starts bashing them. Its just the fact people are constantly going on about theo walcott people think I am a fan boy far from it.

    The reason why I bring Welbeck into the argument is because its a comparison point, I mean all judgements are actually based around comparisons that’s kind of how the world works. So Welbeck is evidence to the bias that is held towards Walcott. As Welbeck largely gets a free pass and I find that utterly absurd and bizarre.

    It’s like the otherday where Coq was essentially the scapegoat in the west ham loss despite the fact Ramsey and Cech had an utter shit show.

  4. Redtruth

    Walcott, Gibbs, Ramsey, Wilshere, Welbeck, Giroud, Koscielny, Per, Cech, the Ox, Arteta, Flamini, Chambers, Gabriel and Sanogo are all joke signings.

  5. Honest Bill

    I have to agree that i would sell Welbeck before i’d sell Theo.

    Welbeck offers very little to the team that our other players can’t. He can be half-decent in our build up play but we have plenty of players for that. He has zero composure in the box.

    Theo, while i do agree he is lacking technically, is one of the few players we have who has the balls to take responsibility for shooting and has great movement in behind to get on the end of moves. His problem is that he has absolutely no defensive ability whatsoever. That makes it hard to play him on the wing where he is most effective. I know people want him to play in the middle but he just doesn’t have what’s needed to play as a lone striker.

    I can understand why he doesn’t get picked for the starting XI.

  6. Cesc Appeal

    London

    But see again, you take things to extremes ‘Coq was essentially the scapegoat,’ no he wasn’t, he got flak but then 9 players had utterly calamitous games that day with maybe Kozz and Monreal being average.

    The context behind Coq maybe being more exposed is that we have no other CDM, so people were highlighting the fragility of only having him and the fact that as everyone says we’re relying on him doing what he did for 21 PL games, or whatever it was, all season and in the UCL, FA Cup etc…

    So it’s the same with Walcott, a massively overrated forward who arguably has been replaced by Sanchez, that’s why I never accepted your constant Welbeck comparisons, because they do different jobs in the team, Welbeck is your classic ‘jobber,’ hard worker, flexible, helps the team out if far from clinical…Walcott is the type that stands around and has 5 touches of a game.

    I always state it’s misplaced anger, why is Coq the only CDM, why is Walcott still here on £140 000 a week, why has Giroud not been replaced for three years/six windows…Arsene Wenger. That’s the guy to be angry with, but unfortunately, it will always be the players taking the flak.

    Should note, I don’t actually feel sorry for Walcott, he’s fleeced this club royally with very little payback, but I do feel sorry for Coq, because we can all see what is coming if he is the only CDM, the amount of pressure on his shoulders will be ridiculous, first mistake, first red card, run of poor form…on him like a rash, when it should be Wenger.

    Fact is, Walcott’s been here 9 years and had one really stand out season in 2011/12 where he still only managed 10 EPL goals, he’s been easily replaced by Sanchez as a wide goal threat, so I cannot understand the logic in keeping him outside of a cowardly move to take a small internal gamble that can be swept under the rug as opposed to a big move of selling him and buying better.

  7. izzo

    “90% of Wenger’s buys have been embarrassements.”
    Have to agree with this cos when you get down to the nitty gritty only players i would keep are Sanchez, Ozil, Cazorla, rebuild the rest of the squad if in another universe i was manager. Call it total overhaul. I bet you our next manger would get rid of half the current squad. Thats how many averageness we have.

  8. Redtruth

    Bendtner, Chamakkh, Cygan, Senderos, Stepanovs, Silvestre, Allidierre, Eboue, Toure, Gilberto, Bischof, Wreh, Garde, Jeffers, Cliche, Song, Taylor, Wright, Almunia, Fabianski, Park, that’s 20% of the dross signed their’s another 70% to be named and shamed.

  9. Leedsgunner

    “The truth is if Arsenal lose to Liverpool Wenger WILL buy if not he wont.Crazy isnt it?”

    Nothing like negotiating from a position of strength… huh?

    Wenger is such a reactive manager it’s beyond a joke. Spends all summer saying to anyone who will listening about how complete he believes his squad to be and how he believe he doesn’t need to spend and then JUST because his rival managers are spending he now feels the pressure to spend.

    What about spending not for the sake of it but to strengthen the team?

    Completely exposes his so called convictions for the flimsy whims that they are.

    Either spend with a target and plan in mind or don’t spend at all. To spend for the sake of it, more than often produces regretful disasters and deadwood. Besides, I thought we didn’t have the funds to compete — but now suddenly we do? What is it? Do we have the money or not? (Another story that changes with the wind depending on perceived pressure).

    Infuriating that our managers says whatever he needs to depending on who thinks he’s listening.

  10. Samir

    If Wenger had a billions pounds to spend…As Chelsea have done, I’m sure he’d of bought better players than the ones he’s bought on a budget – obviously!

  11. Highbury4ever

    Fight for the title : City and chelscunt – well, that’s original lol
    Fight for the 3dr, 4th and 5th places : Arsenal, Yoonited and Liverpool.

    Well, that’s original, too…

  12. Dissenter

    It has to be difficult for a professional scout to work with a ditherer-in-charge, like Wenger.
    I refuse to believe that we didn’t identify any striker better than Giroud in the past three years.

  13. Sam

    Just bcoz he can do few tricks he’s better than Theo
    You lots are funny, Walcott with one legs will score more goals n definately cost more n will still be Arsenal Fc poster boy
    Pedro can f**k off

  14. Cesc Appeal

    I’m really looking forward to tomorrow night, the team, the club owe us a big performance in our first ‘big’ game of the season, all of us.

    We’ve seen the City juggernaut continue on, Chelsea come to life and know both will keep on spending, so on top of what they owe us as fans the club know they need to lay down a marker.

    I would not approach the team selection with any caution at all, no CM out wide or anything, I would set up to go at Liverpool, they are coming to cede possession to us and look to counter, so I wouldn’t play a possession team at all, I’d play a pacey, physical looking line up.

    Cech
    Bellerin, Gab, Kozz, Monreal
    Coq, Caz
    Oxlade, Ozil, Sanchez
    Walcott*

    *Very up and down about whether to play Walcott or Giroud, but I really don’t think Liverpool have been spectacular at all, and I think that fully interchangeable front line field with pace will cause Liverpool’s defence some problems, put their young full back to the test, put Lovren under pressure and see.

    We should win, I expect a win, anything less is a bad result. Liverpool haven’t been great and we need a great performance, any win will do of course, but I feel we did a thumping win, a dominating performance.

  15. london gunner

    Cesc Appeal

    He scored 14 in the league… At least get your facts right.

    Your so biased its even clouding your statistics 😉

    “So it’s the same with Walcott, a massively overrated forward who arguably has been replaced by Sanchez,

    Not necessarily as statistically Sanchez scores more goals from left wing… so Walcott can play right sanchez on the left. Hell even Walcotts pretty decent on the left scored a wonderful goal for us in the Fa cup from the left.

    “So it’s the same with Walcott, a massively overrated forward who arguably has been replaced by Sanchez, that’s why I never accepted your constant Welbeck comparisons, because they do different jobs in the team, Welbeck is your classic ‘jobber,’ hard worker, flexible, helps the team out if far from clinical…Walcott is the type that stands around and has 5 touches of a game.”

    Welbeck was bought as a strikers. To say otherwise is to ignore reality. Giroud was injured and we brought in welbeck for goals. He failed miserably.
    Welbeck can try as hard as he likes but his assist rate and goal rate is absolutely dreadful for an attacking player in a top 4 side. Walcott might not have tons of touches but if he scores a goal or gives an assist it brings actual real tangible value to the team( not to mention his very presence makes the opposition team sit deeper thus giving us more authority in the middle)

    “understand the logic in keeping him outside of a cowardly move to take a small internal gamble that can be swept under the rug as opposed to a big move of selling him and buying better.”

    Yes but why sell him first when we can offload a 100k a week striker on the books who can’t strike a ball cleanly and loses the plot in the final third?

    Another point is Welbeck doesn’t really offer us anything different we have plenty of dribblers in the team who are more gifted, with many better passers, he isn’t particularly good at using his physicality one area we do lack in.

    Whilst Walcott offers us off the ball, end product, runner type qualities. We don’t have this. Even the wonderful sanchez isn’t great off the ball.

    So why sell a rare commodity? When we can offload one we are overstocked in? It just doesn’t make sense.

    But you will twist and slither to justify your obsession with Walcott’s demise at Arsenal.

  16. Cesc Appeal

    LG

    I take that back then 14, change it a bit, ‘only ever scored 10 EPL goals or over once.’ Still pertinent really though isn’t it?

    But London see, with your wole Sanchez on the left Walcott on the right thing, why didn’t Wenger…you’re ignoring the massive holes in Walcott’s game…Sanchez turns possession over quite a lot, just the way he plays, wouldn’t change it, Walcott rarely gets involved in the game, what was it, 6 touches in 70 mins against Chelsea, who was it at the Emirates last year he had 5 touches against in one of his few starts…to have him on the other side jogging about would be a bad thing, only in rare games could you see it when you really want to go all out at someone.

    Please don’t start with this ‘passive, unseeable Walcott effect on defences’ crap as well.

    And again, talking of ‘slithering’ you totally avoided the question of not selling Walcott by talking about Welbeck.

    A player who is 12 months into his contract and injured, or a player where we were forced to make a decision on, renewal, or look to shift on, there was no question around Welbeck and yet again you’re using him as a deflection.

    If Walcott is such a rare commodity why has no one ever tried to knock down our door for him…because you’re overrating him. Welbeck is poor in front of goal, but I’d sooner have Welbeck start in a big, big match than Walcott.

    ‘Demise,’ for a demise to happen you’d really imagine there was some rise at some point and there really hasn’t been, Arsenal fans are very familiar with Walcott, call him ‘Theo’ in the same way they are Wilshere, it’s common for fans to overrate their own, but never have it seen it so poignantly than with Walcott.

    Your whole argument seems to be, Welbeck is shitter, I’m not saying Welbeck is great, at all, I’m saying he contributes something to the team that Walcott cannot whether he’s in form or out of it.

    Walcott in form is great, out of form he’s a passenger, and now a passenger on £140 000 a week.

  17. Cesc Appeal

    I look at that post above and how have you got me talking so much about Welbeck, it’s nothing to do with Welbeck.

    The entire question is, given that the question marks were over Walcott who’s contract needed renewing this summer, did the club make the right decision in offering him essentially the third biggest contract at the club.

    It has zilch to do with Danny Welbeck.

  18. Redtruth

    london gunner

    You’re right we really missed Walcott when he was out injured.

    A 4th place finish and an FA Cup Final all whilst Walcott was on the treatment table.

    His influence on the team is second to none.

  19. GoonerEris

    InsideRight, – ‘if we do enough to close deals why is it we are still missing a world class striker and any kind of defensive midfielder worthy of the name?’

    Ans: I believe that’s the manager’s call, based on the system he wants to play. It is fair to say not every “striker” is Arsenal quality and chances are, those of Arsenal quality are not on the market. Or, outside our budget; so, we adapt play to available skill set.
    InsideRight – ‘You cite some examples of signings. Where was the competition in the signings for Monreal, Ozil, Cech, Alexis, Cazorla? Was there a desperate need in any of those positions other than keeper? Where it matters Wenger isn’t delivering.’
    Ans: It would seem you just seek out any reason to criticize the Manager. Apparently, the Board/owner feel differently. So, managers have only “delivered” on signings when there was competition for the players? You are serious, right? What happened to the need to be discreet and respectful of the other club and player? In any case, Liverpool was in for Alexis; Sir Alex was in for Ramsey. Cazorla had suitors in Spain. Monreal was fast-tracked after Gibbs got injured and all we had was Santos. I am sure you recall all the subterfuge by Spurs on the Ozil transfer. Arsenal is in no position to compete with clubs with deep pockets for any “normal” player (Messi and CR7 deemed super-human) as no player is worth the lay out….and I say that respectfully.

  20. Kiyoshi Ito

    Why the debate on Walcott??!

    He’s limited as a player,one dimensional as a player..Offers nothing significant,apart from when contract negotiations are in the offing……No defensive cover,or tracking abilities..

    10 years later & £140k P/W later,we are still trying to ascertain as to what Walcott’s best position is..??

    Is he a striker?Or a RW??@140K P/W…

  21. GoonerEris

    InsideRight, – ‘if we do enough to close deals why is it we are still missing a world class striker and any kind of defensive midfielder worthy of the name?’

    Ans: I believe that’s the manager’s call, based on the system he wants to play. It is fair to say not every “striker” is Arsenal quality and chances are, those of Arsenal quality are not on the market. Or, outside our budget; so, we adapt play to available skill set.

    InsideRight – ‘You cite some examples of signings. Where was the competition in the signings for Monreal, Ozil, Cech, Alexis, Cazorla? Was there a desperate need in any of those positions other than keeper? Where it matters Wenger isn’t delivering.’

    Ans: It would seem you just seek out any reason to criticize the Manager. Apparently, the Board/owner feel differently. So, managers have only “delivered” on signings when there was competition for the players? You are serious, right? What happened to the need to be discreet and respectful of the other club and player? In any case, Liverpool was in for Alexis; Sir Alex was in for Ramsey. Cazorla had suitors in Spain. Monreal was fast-tracked after Gibbs got injured and all we had was Santos. I am sure you recall all the subterfuge by Spurs on the Ozil transfer. Arsenal is in no position to compete with clubs with deep pockets for any “normal” player (Messi and CR7 deemed super-human) as no player is worth the lay out….and I say that respectfully.

  22. sam

    Clubs don’t bother to ask because they know Arsenal won’t sell Theo
    People moan his salary they forget that Arsenal still hold his marketing image If he was greedy he will move on to get more money elsewhere
    Remember Arsenal is first business, football second. Don’t think they are losing by giving Theo that contract

  23. sam

    Well You can debate all day and claim Pedro walks on water but Arsenal just not gonna get rid of Theo for him
    Never gonna happen

  24. naijagunner

    Bring in Cuadrado in January….play him a few times….decide he is not good enough…buy pedro then loan him out .
    Am all for being ruthless but ffs didn’t u scout the player ?

  25. GoonerEris

    Good spot, Naija. If that was a Wenger decision, some won’t let us hear the last of it. At least, Sanogo didn’t cost money and neither did Bendtner, relatively speaking.

  26. GoonerEris

    No one was even directly comparing Pedro and Theo; just saying they bring different qualities that may be found useful in situations. The goals stats for both players show as follows: Pedro – 321 appearances for Barcelona, 99 goals.
    Theo – 302 appearances in the top flight (Southampton and Arsenal), 76 goals. Not too far apart in my view, taking the creativity of that Barca side into consideration and the players’ injury history. ‘Nuff said!

  27. GoonerEris

    Yeah, Naija. And against a WBA side that is leaking goals at the moment. I want to see him have a performance against a proper team and proper defences. Good player, yes. Big miss? Nah! We have bigger fish to fry.

  28. sam

    Bendtner n Sanogo didn’t cost us money but lost us points, many points.
    Their places could have been filled by better strikers who could have won us games we struggle with their donkey a$$es on the pitch

  29. champagne charlie

    @GoonerEris

    Don’t compare via appearances, do minutes. Either way, to try and attempt to balance Theo and Pedro via some stats is sad at best. Pedro is twice the player Theo will ever be. Also they don’t bring different qualities they’re literally both speedy false ST’s, except one is two-footed, technical, intelligent, while the other isn’t. It was, and will be, the biggest bone-head move by Wenger this window tying Theo down to that new deal when Pedro was ripe for picking. Alas, it would’ve been ‘unchesiony’ to simply ditch a decent version of a player and get a far better one.

    On a broader note, isn’t it fantastic to support a club who are so clearly striving to increase our potential even by the smallest margin? *crickets chirp*

    Why is our new transfer strat to ‘land a big fish’ or do nothing? Seriously, answers on a postcard. Surely if Benz isn’t possible we’re humble and intelligent enough to seek alternative ways of improving ourselves? Just seems our latest approach is ‘if he doesn’t make us twice as effective he’s not worth it’. Just about every player United/Chelsea/City signed would’ve strengthened us so questions really have to be raised to our dithery bunch in charge.

    At least I can take solace knowing I’m getting what I pay for….

  30. GoonerEris

    Sam, we are talking about back up strikers here, no? I know a few crucial goalsLord Bendtner has got us, so I am not sure why you rather feel they/he has cost us goals instead (bar Barcelona away in CL, which can happen to anyone). I am not too sure many back up strikers have been as effective as Bendtner, at the same age.

  31. GoonerEris

    Champagne Charlie, good for you, then. You’re in a good place, managing expectations. Indeed, if you need to buy to win cups/titles, our fans may as well stop demanding magic from our “average players”, especially as the owners of the club are happy, right.

  32. champagne charlie

    @GoonerEris
    Not sure I get what you’re saying. You need to buy to win however, that is abundantly clear.

    @Naija
    Or maybe it’s been 10+ years since we’ve won the league and continually relying on ‘decent’ players is patently not working?

  33. london gunner

    “Welbeck is poor in front of goal, but I’d sooner have Welbeck start in a big, big match than Walcott.

    Well then you are a total moron. As Walcott has a very good scoring record against all the top sides whilst Welbeck hasn’t. and has been largely ineffective his much touted build up play isn’t all that as he is rarely involved in goals.

    So Walcott might have fewer touches, but he does more with them.

  34. london gunner

    Also you highlight your ignorance about football by mentioning touches and focusing on that. Walcotts strength is in his off the ball movement we don’t have any other players like that. We have plenty of people who can do what Welbeck dows but to a much higher standard.

  35. Gladwyn

    It is frightening to think of the window closing in a week’s time. Wenger bigged up his team who faltered at the very first challenge of the season. Am not too positive on the loserpool game tonight. We might play out a dull draw. Then Wenger goes out and,picks anyone that is easy to sign. What a shame fo a club with huge cash to burn.

  36. underrated Coq

    I’m just about sick and tired of Wenger and his shenanigans in the transfer market every goddamn season.

    Talks like a know-it-all, in a smug voice, about how transfer windows should close before season kicks off… when in reality he is probably near the top of list of managers who make deadline day panic signings.

    Honestly, doesn’t he feel anything when he watches all our rivals moving quickly and efficiently in the market, doing their best to strengthen their respective squads ? Meanwhile he sits in press conferences uttering the same old bullsh1t about how we live in a world where blah blah blah…

    This window is one where he’s showing himself to the world to be an ambition less, past-his-sell-by-date old geezer.

  37. Wallace

    Ideally I’d go with Walcott up top tonight, but a bit worried about Benteke on set pieces….still, am optimistic we’ll put in a strong performance after the false start of the opening weekend.

  38. Wallace

    “I believe that competition is part of our job. On the other hand you have to get the number right – too many players in the squad goes against competition.

    If you have a certain number of players who think they never have a chance to play, they kill something. Not enough players creates too much of a comfort zone

    Wenger also has to consider the make-up of his midfield, most recently where to place Santi Cazorla – in the centre or out on the left flank.

    “It is tricky, because he is an important player in the build-up of our game. He is naturally a guy who brings fluidity, and gets you out of tight situations.

    “My thinking [putting him out wide] was more about physical power in the centre of the park, to win the ball back and be capable of winning challenges. Santi is a more technical player. And also to get him higher up, next to Ozil, to play through the lines, find those two, and combine in the final third.”

    – Wenger

  39. Thank you and goodnight

    @Underrated Coq

    Wenger doesn’t care about our rivals strengthening as he’s not really bothered about challenging for the title. Wenger is only interested in 3rd or 4th hence why he leaves transfers to the last week of the window. He waits and sees how our real rivals for top 4, spuds,pool etc are looking at start of season and if he believes there’s a slight danger of these teams posing problems, he buys…..if not he leaves it.

  40. peanuts&monkeys

    Samir Nasri is a typical WengerEvil school product. Always slows down the game. Drags ball for at least 5 more seconds than he should, makes unnecessary passes, shoots only when he has the GK to beat. No wonder he will never play for France again.

  41. peanuts&monkeys

    This Cech signing is truly and thankfully turning out to be a total joke. Cech is not better than Ospina by a huge distance. Wenger has allowed a flailing Cech refuge in London.

  42. SENSIBLE OLD MAN

    Why are people still stressing after 8 years of the same bullshit. We know exactly how the season will pan out. Its fucking boring. We wont sign a world class striker or a DM. We will finish 4th (UTD will finish 3rd), and the cycle will start again until the old cunt leaves. yawn.

  43. Thank you and goodnight

    Rafael Benitez……..making Wenger look World class 😀 Another over rated manager living on past glories

  44. peanuts&monkeys

    Berahino moving to Spurs? Oh Gosh. Let he and kane pump in 3 past Arsenal. perhaps then the AKBs will relaize WengerMOT%$#@FU&^%$ is not all that God.

    Feed Wenger to the IS demons.

  45. Uwot?

    Dither,dither,dither,blah,blah,blah.do you not realize mr wenger that this is the last chance saloon ?as far as the goodwill(what’s left)of the majority of the fans to deliver the eps.no more excuses will be accepted.you got out of jail with the two fa cups.it bought you a little time.however,that’s up.have you no pride,no dignity?do you not want to top that odious little pretender over in sw london.time to deliver……

  46. GoonerEris

    Champagne Charlie, No you don’t have to buy to win; not necessarily. Conversely, buying doesn’t guarantee you win all the time. Man United did not buy in the 2000/2001 season (they sold/released 11 players), yet went on to win the league that season. In 2003/2004 when they brought in 11 players, they only won the FA cup as Arsenal went unbeaten in the league. Sometimes, team spirit and understanding plays a role in what a team goes on to achieve.

  47. GoonerEris

    I took the following excerpt from an article (22nd August, 2015) on UNTOLD ARSENAL blog, which may not be anybody’s cup of tea…..but it is very apt:
    “And then the third possibility. Develop the quality of the team. A gentle change of tactics here, a slight move forwards or backwards there, the promotion of one player who is in the squad but not regularly playing… all of these things can make a difference. It is just that very few people talk about it. Indeed even when they do, they don’t talk about a team, but about a player.

    Plus of course because we don’t see training and don’t look at the tactical discussions, we can’t ever know, any more than we can really know who Arsenal is trying to buy.

    In short, all this chatter about buying a new player, and seeing us not buying a new player as a failure, is based on the double false premise that buying is the only way to grow the team and that a player who works well with one team will always work well with another.
    Which really is very odd if we remember that last season’s big step forward came from two players who were already with us”.

  48. tunnygriffboy

    First half was a calamity. Chambers and Santi gave 5he ball away so many times in our own half it was untrue. Lpool did to us what we did to them last season.

    2nd half we were the better team, pinned them in for long periods allowing them only sporadic attacks. Once again couldn’t break down an organised defence. Lack of width. Full backs try but it gets congested as all our players cut in. Monreal put in some lovely crosses from the lesft and Ozil tried desperately to pull the strings. Ox should have come on after an hour, not Theo. In fact he should have started.

    Cech 9
    Bellerin 6
    Chambers 4
    Gabriel 6
    Monreal 7
    Ramsey 7
    Santi 5
    Coquelin 8
    Alexis 5
    Giroud 5
    Ozil 7

  49. tunnygriffboy

    Forgot to menti8n our Mom. Two worldie saves and sure handling all night. Saved us a point and cost lpool two. Could have been 3 had Alexis put that good chance away.

    How was Ramsey’ s goal disallowed ? That was a really poor decision. Wonder if that would have settled us a bit ? Big call but it wasn’t given. 2 games running lpool benefit from awful offside decisions. It may not have affected the way we played, but on the other hand we might have settled

    Still no excuse for the abject first half performance after. Defence back to normal next week. Ox and Theo in, Santi and Giroud out.

  50. tunnygriffboy

    First half the loss of our CBs hit us hard. Chambrrs had a mare bless him. With Santi having the worse half I’ve ever seen. Between them giving the ball away we gifted them chance after chance. Cech bailed us out. Having said that, why was Ramsey’s goal disallowed ? It wasn’t a difficult decision.

    Second half we improved considerably, couldn’t have been worse. We kept them pinned in for long periods. We again lacked width and Ox should have come on when Theo did. Having struggled to get through the middle often it must be said that Alexis and Giroud both had clear cut chances and should have scored. You have to take them if you are to win the big games.