Wenger sets aggressive targets and shuts down big name signing

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via @Arsenal instagram

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Here we go, beers at the ready, football is kicking off on a Friday night this year which is super f*cking weird in my opinion, but hey ho, what can you do. It’s only annoying for people outside of the UK. If I were in London, I’d be amped to the max about Friday night beers then a bit of Emirates to cap off a warm summer evening.

Leicester come to town having been slapped down by the realities of the league last year. They lost a manager, flirted with an unceremonious drop, then steadied the ship after they rightly sacked said legendary manager.

This summer, they’ve done some nice business. Iheanacho coming in at £28m could prove shrewd business. Harry Maguire at the back injects a bit of fresh legs in their back four, and a Spanish defensive midfielder ups their technical ability in the centre of the park (such a casual pass about a player I’ve never heard of).

Difficult to know what to expect from the exChampions. They found their team spirit after Ranieri left last year, they showed some of that grit and fight that won them the league. Can Craig Shakespeare keep that going this season? Very doubtful, but it’s safe to say the game won’t be easy. Mahrez and Vardy are a lethal combo if they fancy it, and their new City signing has bags of pace and a lot to prove this season.

Arsenal will likely line up the same as they did for the Community Shield. Maybe we’ll see Ozil out on the right? I mean, if Leicester sit back and wait for the counter, it makes sense to have players that can unpick a tightly compact midfield and defence, but we’ll see. There should be no reason a fresh Community Shield side wouldn’t beat Leicester at home.

Wenger continued to crash through the communications challenge around what went wrong last season, whilst being sure of what’s going right this season, regarding the issue of unsigned contracts.

‘I created, with me not deciding, a lack of clarity in the dressing room and there is nothing worse than that in the dressing room.

‘When you are not completely in or the players feel you are not completely in, it is difficult to tell them we go (out to win).’

Make of it what you will, but I do find it amusing that he thought last seasons failure was because of his shenanigans, but this seasons success can be found in having six versions of the same scenario in the match day squad. The manager also spoke about his interest in Mahrez, which sounds less than firm.

“We were never close.

“I rate him as a player but we have similar types with Alex Iwobi, Jack Wilshere back, Mesut Ozil – we have plenty of the same type of players.”

The notion of Jack Wilshere being in the mix is interesting, that either says he’s staying because he wants to play him, or we can’t sell him because he’s not an attractive proposition on £100k a week. I love Mahrez, but our team spirit is wafer thin, adding his attitude to the unrest we’ll already be dealing with sounds like a disaster in the making.

The manager had good words and simple math for his most expensive signing of all time.

“With Lacazette, it’s simple. He is an intelligent player. We have a game backed on mobility and technique and I think he can integrate that well.

“After that, we get the efficiency. His record in France is to score one in 80 minutes. If he can maintain that record that would be ideal for us. As a game is in 90 that would guarantee you a goal.”

I love the numbers. If Lacazette drops digits like that, we’ll be on fire this season. I like that Wenger is talking about mobility because we’ve suffered from a lack of it up top for years. It still baffles me that the things that won Wenger the big trophies back in the day were dropped >>> power & pace. Seems we’re trying to get back in there. I just wish we’d beef up the middle of the park with a bit more power, finesse and fitness reliablity.

The game will be fun. There’s no second chances now. We need to win from the start because the run we have is very mean and we’re playing a bunch of teams who have things to prove with necks on the line.

Lets’ see how this pans out.

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661 Responses to “Wenger sets aggressive targets and shuts down big name signing”

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  1. Ishola70

    lol the game is totally out of control all over the place.

    Back three is meant to add solidity defensively and the system has been a shambles so far.

    However decent Holding has been he is being horribly exposed as the right man of the three. Bellerin is not helping him out at all. Wingbacks are meant to put the shift in defensively and offensively. Bellerin is doing neither.

    Monreal as the centre of the three is just plain wrong.

    Not going to do fvck all with one wingback who is neither that good defensively or offensively and the other played on his wrong side.

    Add to that the flatfooted donkey who was responsible for both goals conceded.

    Any opposing managers worth their salt will be looking at that first half with great interest. Attack Arsenal down the flanks and there will be blood on the floor.

  2. Paulinho

    Opposition target Xhaka knowing he is uncomfortable being pressed and will always look for the first time release.

    Expect it even more now. Hasn’t got a right foot , neither can he run with it, so completely banks on making the right cut with his left foot. Extremely high risk game, and he writes cheques his ability can’t cash.

  3. Dissenter

    We don’t look solid as a unit. The team isn’t looking well drilled, it’s the same go out and express yourselves Wenger style.

    Leicester look like they will score every time they go forward

    …and I detest players like Ozil who are passengers.

  4. jasongms

    “Holding has been a catastrophe so far. Said he looked shaky in pre-season and it has carried into this first game.”

    I think it’s more to the point that Bellerin offers nothing to Holding what so ever. It’s no surprise that both crosses came as Bellerin was playing too far up to the field.

  5. Zimbabwean Gunner

    What is Petr Cech in goal for. He was all over the place for Okazaki’s goal.

    And Wenger??? This man surely can’t last an entire season. Surely.

  6. Ishola70

    Holding has been showing signs of rashness now for a few games going into this one and has done so again tonight.

    But he is being left out to dry by Bellerin.

  7. EN1AFC

    Well that was interesting. Great start, especially for Lacazette, great header! Just a shame about the rest. That was a complete and utter shambles defensively, which is hardly a surprise.
    Sorry but Xhaka and Elneny is an awful combination. Neither are fast or mobile enough let alone able to tackle. Our Centre backs have been exposed by Leicester, great tactic from Shakespeare to target us out wide down the channel then balls into the far post. Made us look like amateurs. Our wing backs look clueless.
    Look okay going forward, means fuck all if you cant defend though!

  8. DaleDaGooner

    Wenger always has to please his babies, why is OX playing LWB???? He either plays RWB or bench. Ozil can fuck off for all I care, luxury player, no influence at all! Higuain or Ozil?? Wenger goes for Ozil….

    Xhaka and Holding dissapointing in a major way and why are we playing with Monreal at CB?? Kolasinac needs to be LWB guy provides more chances even as a LCB. Wenger will roll Ramsey on and watch us bore the crap out of the game

  9. Dissenter

    That’s where in-game management matters
    The leader of the pack should be barking at Bellerin to give Holding some cover. He’s been facing two on one situations too many times.

    He’s a young player that’s been left to swim or drown by Bellerin

  10. Ishola70

    Positive is Lacazette.

    He is going to score a fair few.

    Old problems yet again with Arsenal.

    Goals will not be a problem to come by.

    As always lack of discipline switching off and shit without the ball means no title win yet again.

    Also rans.

    Xhaka is a huge liability despite his many admirers.

  11. BacaryisGod

    God, I hate to be the one making excuses but we’re missing three players who should be starting ahead of Holding and Kolasinac is playing his first Premier League game. This is a makeshift back 3 and it’s showing.

    On the plus side, we’re scoring goals.

  12. Paulinho

    Bellerin’s position and movement is horrible. It’s like he’s clamped rigid to that inside channel. Never moves out wide enough and never on the cover for Holding.

  13. DaleDaGooner

    I want to say that Holding is looking shaky just as he plays more and more closer to with Bellerin playing RWB, sorry,, Bell is pants!

  14. Ishola70

    “Bellerin’s position and movement is horrible. It’s like he’s clamped rigid to that inside channel. Never moves out wide enough and never on the cover for Holding.”

    He is not really suited to wingback.

    He is a traditional right back,

    Ox much better option there but Wenger will pander to Bellerin all season long.

  15. Marko

    Back three is meant to add solidity defensively and the system has been a shambles so far.

    It’s the personnel it doesn’t offer confidence throughout the team. Holding, Monreal and Kolasinac is hardly Berzagli, Bonnuci and Chielini

  16. Ishola70

    Arsenal so vulnerable on the flanks.

    Vulnerable in the middle with the flat footed donkey with the yellow boots.

  17. Guns of Hackney

    Arsenal will win this and it will be the WORST thing to happen. Cue the mental toughness, solidarity bullshit. No. This is a shit Leicester team, at home who we should be dispatching 3-0.

    There are no positives. None. Don’t call the “winning is winning and winning ugly” card. This is shit and we know it.

    City, united, Liverpool and chelsea are 4-0 up in this game.

  18. Ishola70

    “It’s the personnel it doesn’t offer confidence throughout the team. Holding, Monreal and Kolasinac is hardly Berzagli, Bonnuci and Chielini”

    The wingbacks are part of the back three system Marko. If the wingbacks are not doing their job properly back three can suffer. Especially your mate Bellerin.

    But yeah others need to come back in to the team. Monreal should never be playing centre defence.

  19. Paulinho

    “Back three is meant to add solidity defensively and the system has been a shambles so far.”

    Problem is we often only look dangerous when the right and left side centre back join the attack. Fine when we keep the ball but when we lose it – disaster.

    That’s simply life under Wenger though. Not enough quality up front so needs the overloads from the defenders to create anything and actually score.

  20. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Get that cunt out the club
    If it had to be in a pine overcoat so be it

    Not a bad night

    Wenger out mob will gain strength

  21. Marko

    This is what I’m always saying about our midfield. If we can’t even dominate and dictate at home against Leicester how the fuck are we supposed to against the better sides in the league.

    And it’s 3-2. Fucking shambles. Someone tell me again why we don’t need to sign up another CB. Pathetic

  22. Arsene's Nurse

    Bellerin is playing like he doesn’t care. As I type, Vardy for a third from a corner. 2-3. Zonal marking shite.

  23. Guns of Hackney

    3 goals AT HOME on the opening day!!!

    Peter better get his quill out because Shakespeare would struggle to write this one up.

  24. Paulinho

    Wenger is like past it boxer who does well in sparring and think he’s still got it.

    Gets back in the ring for real and finds out just out of his depth he is.

    Arsenal all over, and the dippy fans. Get carried away with a few results against crap teams on holiday and come back down to earth when the intensity gets raised up a notch.

  25. Guernsey gun

    Rim crew…….I cant hear you. Let’s be having you….it’s been a decent summer altogether now, there’s only one arsene wenger, one arsene wenger

  26. reality check

    3 goals conceded at home.. wenger supporters… support that stat please!

    1st game of the flipping season.. wheres the pre season prep then eh!

    Sanchez has nothing to do with defending basic set pieces. So dont bring his name into this!

    Same old shyte. Even if we come back and win. 3 goals conceded already. Ffs.

  27. Marko

    The wingbacks are part of the back three system Marko. If the wingbacks are not doing their job properly back three can suffer. Especially your mate Bellerin.

    Chamberlain is playing too Ishola. They’reall total wank honestly

  28. Guns of Hackney

    58 mins and they look dead.

    Cyclists do 3 weeks with two rest days, averaging 120 miles a day in the alps…at race speed, which is fast.

    I don’t think footballers are very good at what they do.

    Arsenal are playing like their 5-0 up.

  29. WestLondonGoon

    On the good side, only roughly 5 minutes until the first substitution of the season.

    I’d bring on that hedgehog from the athletics.

  30. Guernsey gun

    Haha we are getting battered at home by Leicester, 3 goals shipped. Still once wils here is in the side watch us ball.

  31. TT

    Every cloud has a. Silver lining This all helps to push the cunt out

    He aint going anywere. To many sheep follow this club. Wont protest or boo as thats not what gentlemen do. He is here for years to come mark my words. After all he built this club.

  32. Confidentgoner

    This match shows why Wenger should not be managing. For the second time in two seasons the manager is toying with the EPL. Playing the wrong players in the wrong position, not respecting the opponent.

    I will like to see the Wenger apologists come to defend their Lord and master.

  33. Marko

    Jaime Carragher makes an interesting point the lack of legitimate widemen in the team means the wingbacks have to bomb on costing us whenever Xhaka misplaces a pass. Teams fucked

  34. DaleDaGooner

    Take the pony on the lwb and put him on the rwb, the knob at rwb has no clue how to play the system. Xhaka is completely lost and Ozil is no where in this game

  35. reality check

    What an exciting and entertaining game for the tourist fan. Nice day out is all that matters right smh.

  36. Guernsey gun

    Xakha is better than pogba….big noddy said so. Hang on we are getting close to 67 mins let’s roll the average dice and replace crud with crud.

  37. reality check

    Who just stood there and watched vardy?

    Hhahhah we still NEED Giroud

    You cant make this shit up.

    Giroud, our No.1 CF, i dont care what you say, he’ll be ahead of lacazette in 10 games easy

  38. LeMassiveCoq

    Wow. Even I knew this is how Leicester were going to approach the game. AW gets £8m a year and he doesn’t know. This ‘manager’ is clueless. And Steve Bould? What does he actually do? Does he even understand how 3 at the back works? He is basically the new Pat Rice.

  39. Marko

    Giroud on for Holding? Bellerin at RCB? Absolutely desperate management. Open at the back? Take off a defender bring on a striker and change formation midway through the second half. He’s worth every penny

  40. Guns of Hackney

    Yeah. Giroud IS better than Lacazette. Imagine that. And we have them both!!!

    That’s a defo 15 goals between them. I’m quivering.

  41. BillikenGooner

    Going through Sanchez’s mind right now: “Yeah, I’m not setting foot out there with these jokers. Where is my agent?”

  42. reality check

    Yh thats right lacazette. Get your arse on the left and run up and down like a donkey.

    Oh man this is just convincing Sanchez even more hahahahaha

  43. Paulinho

    “Where is ‘Xhaka is the new Xabi Alonso’ brigade?”

    They’re just consulting his charity shield stats again.

    98% success pass rate.

    2 tackles.

    Well, stats say he is indeed Xabi Alonso. Just need to wait for reality to catch up.

  44. BillikenGooner

    I wasn’t all that excited for this season to start after Wenger decided to stay on.

    Sadly, I was correct in that.

  45. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Go before the transfer window ends

    Wenger …..

    What a fucking shit football club webhave becomeb

    The promised land of ash Burt on grove is a marsh land

    Shit cunt club

  46. Arsene's Nurse

    Oxo – Monreal – Kolasinac – Bellerin
    ———-Xhaka ——- Ramsey———
    Welbeck —- Giroud —-Lacazette

    Geez, a real mishmash.

  47. Guernsey gun

    Come on rim crew…..please tell us where we are going to pull this out the Fire. I’m really happy shipping 3 at home to a side that finished bottom half last year. This proves…its been a decent summer.

  48. WestLondonGoon

    And the ‘lucky fan’ winner is………Theo Walcott (again). 15 minutes on the pitch with his idols.

  49. LeMassiveCoq

    At least the Ox isn’t afraid to shoot. Ozil? What has he done outside of a couple of nice through balls. Quite like Lacazette though., if we do keep Sanchez and when Koz is back, we might make top 4. Yippee

  50. Ishola70

    Look at the difference with Ox on the right.

    Much better option to play there if Wenger doesn’t ditch the back three after one match lol.

  51. Confidentgoner

    I know we have a collection of average players on good money at the club, but the main cancer is Mr. Wenger.

    What has the owner got to do with this.

    He is still keeping Ozil and subbed off Welbeck! Joke!

  52. EN1AFC

    And that cunt Ivan Gazidis had the cheek to come on live tv and lord it before the game about values. You cretin Ivan nothing but Arsene Wengers puppet. What the fuck do you do??

  53. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    This is the worst first game hone display since we lost to Bristol vita in the 80s

    Please make it 4 Leicester

  54. Guns of Hackney

    Emirates is so quiet, newborn babies go there for peaceful time…during match day.

    Highbury the library? Yep.

  55. Guernsey gun

    I think I may have posted at the end of last year year what might happen….you know with Sanchez and all that. But a wise old rim crew member told me that was all too simplistic. Hmm where are you now you war head, washing the old wenger wank sock out? Let’s judge him in May eh… Haha this is a one way ticket to car crash this year.

  56. LeMassiveCoq


    Spot on mate.

    To compound this, he’s brought on Walcott against a team who have effectively parked the bus..

  57. Johnsgiles

    Hmmm so where’s Don and the rable? Strange theyre all not here?

    Even if arsenal were to win 4-3 absolutly shocking to have had 3 goals conceded in the first game at home again a team that are far from title contenders……oh dear

  58. Arsene's Nurse

    Ozil offers nothing. He doesn’t even bother to offer a target by running into the box when the ball goes wide to help pull the defence out of shape. Instead he just stands there in the 80th minute while we are behind.

  59. Southernpeople

    “They’re just consulting his charity shield stats again.98% success pass rate.2 tackles.”

    It’s better to have good stats against Chelsea than average team like leicester