Arsenal gives me life (finally)

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Listen, I’m all for being a moaner, but the times have changed. Arsenal has put their name in the hat and now want to be taken seriously as a sporting entity. All the things we’ve campaigned for over the last 10 years are nearly happening.

  • The manager has been defanged
  • We have an elite head of recruitment
  • We have an elite DOF
  • We’re making quick decisions on players
  • We’re bringing in amazing talent
  • We’re selling the utter dross we’ve grown to love

The club is moving forward.

Yesterday was spectacular. Not because we beat Everton, but because from now on, Arsenal are trying to be serious.

Aubameyang didn’t need 6 weeks to adapt, he was straight in the starting 11. Mikki started. Ramsey started. Ozil started. All of them wanted to play. What a difference it made.

Arsenal were an absolute joy to watch. The rain didn’t make a difference, the boys were there to put on a show and what a show they put on. We beasted Fat Sam’s side so badly he called his team’s performance ‘pathetic.’ Music to my ears.

It’s difficult for me not to go totally overboard because I’m genuinely feeling better about Arsenal than I have done in 10 years.

Aaron Ramsey was clearly gifted Alexis Sanchez’s shooting boots when the Chilean bombed out of the club to make sweet piano music at Old Trafford. The Welshman was exceptional, capitalizing on a team that couldn’t deal with his runs, smashing home a hattrick in the process. Word on the street was he hated Alexis, I’m not sure how that ties into the Welshman scoring, but whatever, I’m sure gonna try and link yesterday to some sort of spurious emotional release.

Mikki – a player most United fans conceded was unlucky – with most Arsenal fans concluding he’s the second round of WELBZ, dropped a magnificent display. He gave 3 assists – the first time an Arsenal player has dropped more than 2 assists in a game since Santi Cazorla managed 4. Not just that, he made 9 tackles, winning the ball back 4 times. WORKER.

Arsenal fans who doubted this guy need to remember we’re bringing him in from a manager who sold Lukaku, KDB and Salah. An ‘elite’ coach who is currently destroying Paul Pogba. Mikki is going to be great. Couldn’t be happier about having a two-footed creative instigator back in the side.

Auba? Wow, just wow. I’m going too far with the praise, but fuck it, it’s not often Le Grove is happy. How can I not be when one of my favourite strikers is wearing the red and white of Arsenal? He was part of the move for Ramsey’s first, playing Iwobi’s pass into Mikki who assisted Rambo at the front post. He was nearly on the second, lurking at the back post before Kos nodded in from one yard. He finished exceptionally for the third, his first for the club, chipping over Pickford with sexy breeziness.

What we have here is a striker built for the league. Crazy pace, perfect height, with smart movement and aggressive instincts to be in the right place. He’s going to be fantastic for us.

Two other players deserving of praise are two super unfashionable shouts. Granit Xhaka had a busy game keeping play ticking over, he was efficient, he didn’t make any mistakes and he was committed. The unsung hero was Iwobi. You can slate him, saying he offers nothing, but if you watched that game and felt that way, you weren’t paying attention.

He started the move for the first goal. He started the move for the third goal and gave the assist. He also started the move for the 4th. I’m game for bashing players when they deserve it, but he was great yesterday. Did his bit at the back, offered a lot going forward, and stated moves for goals. He’s developing. Has a long way to go, but he was a problem for Everton today.

So what did we learn today?

Ramsey is a bag of talent when his roaming runs are punctuated with great balls. I’m still not quite on board with hipster love fest for him, he’s too often exposed as inconsistent, and his lack of discipline is frustrating. However, when he’s on it, like today, it’s a joy to watch. Rumours are he’s off this summer. I’d not be against it, because we could spend £60m better elsewhere. Great game, regardless.

Second learning, when the club does the right things… the fans will back them.

There was a protest before the game and about 13 people turned up. Why? Because when the fans can see the club is matching their effort, they’ll bring their A-support-game.

We just dropped a legendary transfer window. We sold the shite. We bought exceptionally well. Who wouldn’t get behind that?

The only thing left to do is move the manager on (and some of his terrible backroom team), but regardless of whether that happens this summer on next, we can taste that it’s coming. The club are building the talent pool in a smart way so when the new guy comes in, it’ll be a smooth transition.

What else did we learn?

We knew all along that one of our biggest issues was the lack of pace. Auba offered that in abundance, and we looked a different team. I don’t know what we’re going to do with Lacazette, but the brutal benching tells you all you need to know about Wenger’s thoughts on the Frenchman.

It was so f*cking obvious he wasn’t suited to the league.

‘Imagine Ozil feeding this guy’ was the uncultured view over the summer.

You can bitch on about service issues, but you’re lying to yourself if you think that’s been the issue. Ozil creates more chances than God himself. That wasn’t the problem. If it was, Sanchez wouldn’t have been the hottest striker in the world this month. The issue was the team couldn’t support chances for a player that was small, slow and weak.

I’d be VERY surprised if Wenger deviates too far from what he did today setup wise. Especially as he keeps on whining on about defensive stability.

It was also great to see Theo Walcott fail. I don’t care for the sentiment, I find it all a touch embarrassing. Theo, Coquelin and Giroud are all totally average and not worthy of Arsenal. Watching a player who’d been with us for 12 years break free on goal and botch his finish was next level perfection.

Don’t feel love for sub-standard players, it’s embarrassing. This is sport. Save you tears for people that deserve them. Then offer them £60 a week to support them. Don’t cry over a shite footballer that earns more in a week than you do in two years. That’s pathetic.

So in conclusion.

This team is exciting. It won’t make top 4, but it’ll make a glorious attempt at making that position from here. It might win the League Cup. It might win the Europa League. Whatever happens, just be thankful we’re finally watching a serious outfit, and if it goes badly enough, we might see an exciting manager hired.

Right, that’s me done, see you in the comments.

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  1. Bamford10

    Pierre

    Why are you being a cunt and mocking the attempted protest?

    Those who want Wenger to go as soon as possible are absolutely correct and have been correct for some time now.

    Anyone who is still “Wenger in” at this point is a moron, so I’m not quite sure what your point is.

  2. Samesong

    Pierre

    Iwobi was commended for his performance against Everton me and Bamford and others complimented his one performance.

  3. Carts

    Damn Pedro, is everything ok at home?

    I’m all for writing how you see fit, it’s your blog and I’ve been a frequent visitor for quite sometime now. However, you’re coming across extra salty, of late.

    You was on the brink of a nervous breakdown when it became apparent that Ox wasn’t looking to hang around. You practically campaigned for him to stay, even after a lot of us reached our conclusion with Ox a good couple years back.

    Now you’re besmirching Lacazette. Smh, You’re better than that. Dog forbid PEA hits a dry spell where he does his best Giroud impression, going a dozen-plus games with out a goal. Unlikely, but still.

  4. Wallace

    Marko

    “Out of interest Wallace what type of midfielder do you think Xhaka is?”

    he’s a deep-lying midfielder, a playmaker – a wannabe Xabi Alonso/Toni Kroos.

  5. champagne charlie

    “Why are you being a cunt and mocking the attempted protest?”

    Because the protest was orchestrated by absolute morons. Do you know when NOT to protest against a football club? When they’ve just re-invigorated the place with enthusiasm and hope after serious business in the transfer window.

    Yea, Wenger should be replaced. But it’s hilariously poor planning to protest something like that off the back of this January at the club. Whoever was ringleader of it outed himself as a rank amateur that likely did more harm to the cause than good.

  6. Pierre

    No need for that language is there Bamford

    You’re lowering yourself down to Jo. ey’s level

    I am sorry if it offends you but the truth is, it was a pathetic attempt at a protest and until you and your ilk realise that you are a tiny minority then I will continue to educate you in what it is really like being a supporter of a football club (and I am not talking about Ufraud).

  7. Carts

    One thing we can say is that Wenger totally loves Iwobi to the max.

    I may not agree with what Wenger is doing with Iwobi, but at the same time, I do think the benefits are measurable, or at least will start to be.

    I remember when Ox was getting stiffed left, right and centre. Either he was getting dragged first, or after putting in a good performance in the previous game, he’d be dropped for the next. The level of inconsistency was baffling, to say the least.

    Iwobi, on the other hand, seems to be the first name on the fucking team sheet.

  8. champagne charlie

    “You’re against protests whatever the circumstances you silly cucumber…”

    Let’s keep the blog about football and not let your sex life overlap eh Red?

  9. Bamford10

    Champagne

    “when NOT to protest against a football club”

    Except they weren’t protesting against the club; they were protesting against the manager, who has been the principal problem at Arsenal for some time now.

    On this point — the need for Wenger to go — they are absolutely correct. Wenger needs to go. Whether their timing was right is a minor matter, a practical matter. On the fundamental question they are correct.

    Pierre

    Sorry, but I think a majority of fans now believe it is time for Wenger to go. As for whether they would be willing to protest, that’s a different matter, but also a fairly insignificant matter.

    What is your actual view of Wenger, though? I’m beginning to wonder. Are we wrong about him here? Has he not been the principal problem at Arsenal over the past decade? Would you support him getting a new contract? Please tell us.

    And btw, if you continue to mock those who want Wenger to go — whether they say that here or outside the stadium — I will continue to call you a “cunt,” because that is precisely the right word for those who mock those who are “Wenger out”.

    We won; you lost. Wenger has been the principal problem for some time now and we will be better off when he is gone.

  10. Bamford10

    Red

    He actually had more tackles and interceptions than any other Arsenal player. And he had three assists in his first full match. That’s not bad.

  11. 1886not1996

    So we get a player
    Untied DIDNT want in return for our best player who was left to leave for a free due to incompetence of the management team.

    We signed a player no one else was in for (that we could have signed in the summer)6 months after we signed a player in the summer in the same position. Both for record fees.

    While we leak goals For fun

    And to top it all off have a manager that does not have a fucking clue and has us 24 points behind league leaders, out of fa Cup to a C ship side.

    But yes let’s be happy with beating the mighty Everton

    So

  12. 1886not1996

    Bam

    We beat Everton 5-2 away earlier in the season without mkhit and aubu

    Did you think things were changing then as well? Did you think there was something different in the performance then etc?

    Do you want me to go back and find your comments after that match and see what you had to say?

  13. TR7

    Auba, Laca and Welbeck -for once we have decent options for central forward role and yet some people want Lacazzete to be sold. Laca will eventually come good. Although average so far, he has still managed to do better than donkey Lukaku.

  14. 1886not1996

    Last week everyone was saying Ramsey should be the first one sold

    After his hat trick v Everton we should be excited with how alive he made us feel

    No wonder our fan base is a laughing stock. I’m sure the flip flopper DT was loving Wenger yesterday on arsenal
    Tv

  15. Bamford10

    1886

    You’re hopeless. If you didn’t see a qualitative difference in our play yesterday and if you don’t see the changes being made upstairs and in our transfer dealings, then you can’t see anything.

    Talk to someone else. Cheers.

  16. 1886not1996

    Bam

    If you can’t see this win is no different than the 5-2 earlier in the season then it’s you that can’t see anything

    I wait with baited breath to see your comments after the spurs match bam.

  17. Champagne Charlie

    Bamford

    You’re supposed to be somewhat educated so I really don’t see why I have to explain that to protest AGAINST anything associated with Arsenal directly after a surge in optimism is stupid and comically Ill-thought.

    You can’t be serious to suggest timing of such a thing is non-consequential as well? It’s arguably all about timing, especially with the likelihood of gainin traction with those on the fence or typically apathetic to being vocal in such matters. For fuck sake it’s not a tough one, you do love to whinge.

  18. Bob N16

    1886, you should swap numbers with Redruth. The anti joy you’d be able to generate next to each other on a keyboard would be tumultuous. Could create the first human black hole of misery.

  19. Dissenter

    ‘Last week everyone was saying Ramsey should be the first one sold”

    Who wanted Ramsey to be sold?
    He won’t get a bigger club that Arsenal to play for. He’s staying because He will get a serous raise on his salary.
    The consistent theme here regarding Ramsey is that he needs better coaching to stop him from existing for himself.

  20. 1886not1996

    CC

    You’re wrong. There is no wrong time

    The problem is they try to organize these.

    There should be protest every match until Wenger is gone

    Apathy and just sitting there doing nothing will be the reason Wenger signs a new extension

    And clueless fans like bam who celebrate a win over Everton like we are the new coming over Barcelona

    Wenger will use the apathy and the easily swayed fans like bam to take advantage of kronke to get a new deal Akbs like Pierre don’t need any help in keeping Wenger on.

    20,200,20,000 who cares. Protest every Match.

  21. Marko

    he’s a deep-lying midfielder, a playmaker – a wannabe Xabi Alonso/Toni Kroos.

    The question then becomes why the fuck does the idiot always bomb forward and get caught out of position? Deep lying playmaker it’s so simple you play deep and yet he disappears. And the other question is why target that type of player in the first place? He can’t tackle can’t track and the overall defensive side of his game is shocking. Fact is that he was brought in as a kind of midfield enforcer to shore up the midfield and at a time when you could have signed Wanyama (I don’t even like that much) or Kante his signing makes zero sense. Also Xhaka in the same sentence as Alonso or Kroos is an atrocity.

    Also all for the protests but the timing was stupid. A home game against poor opposition right after the end of a transfer window the second it became apparent that we were getting Aubameyang it should have been scrapped. Should have protested when Sanchez was sold and we lost to Swansea or at the next AGM.

  22. 1886not1996

    Doesn’t every arsenal fan expect us to be challenging for the title you melon

    Um no

    I don’t expect anything while Wenger is in charge. I expect 6th place

  23. Champagne Charlie

    1886

    No wrong time to protest? That’ll be why 8 people and three dogs turned up to this one then.

    The American people don’t give a fuck about gun control by and large, but explain to me how the consciousness changes when someone lights up a school or crowd of concert goers…. timing is everything with protestations. Chanting Wenger out on Aubameyang and Mkhitaryans home debut is the football equivalent of pissing straight into a gale force wind. Best of luck with that.

  24. Bamford10

    Pierre

    Is it your opinion that a supporter should never say a word against the manager, no matter how bad he is, no matter how obvious it is that he needs to go? Is it your view that “to support” means to say only positive things, never to criticize, never to call for change?

    It seems like it.

    But this view is fucking stupid. Of course there is a time and place for criticism, of course there is a time and place for shouts for the manager to go, and of course there is a time and place for protest.

    Being a supporter doesn’t mean being an uncritical observer who accepts and applauds whatever the club is doing. Being a supporter means, among other things, having an opinion and voicing that opinion.

  25. Dissenter

    The level of officiating is just poor and it’s for all teams.
    There’s no conspiracy just poor standards. I don’t know if the officials are just tired but they aren’t helping the game at all.

  26. Bob N16

    Why is it so black and white with you 1886? If you truly believe Arsenal are nothing while Wenger is manager, why not disassociate yourself with Arsenal until he’s gone? Most people see signs of positive change off the field and that coupled with Mkh, PEA and Özil combing yesterday, gives justificatin for real hope.
    If you know better and we’re foolish for being in any way positive then good for you. Personally I loved being there yesterday and look forward to fulfilling our full potential when Wenger leaves. I’m going to get my enjoyment when I can until then.

  27. Dissenter

    Champagne
    It didn’t take long, did foot your anti-American BS ton start spilling out.
    What has this got to do with guns in America?

  28. 1886not1996

    Bob

    With fans like you who sit quietly by, Wenger will not be leaving anytime soon

    Get used to 5-6th place for a few more years

  29. Marko

    Laca will eventually come good. Although average so far, he has still managed to do better than donkey Lukaku.

    I’m certainly not one of those who want him gone or think he’s been that bad I think it’s more the club and team has let him down but I absolutely question whether or not he was even wanted to begin with by the club/manager and whether he’s needed now Auba is here. It absolutely smacks of a wasted 52 million and we couldn’t make up our mind on which player last summer. Oh and Lukaku for all his faults still has 20 goals all comps this season so no Lacazette isn’t better than the donkey Lukaku

  30. Bamford10

    1886

    Except that I am in no way saying we are now a “Barcelona”. I’m saying that Auba and Mkhi have improved us.

    Two very different things.

    As I have said quite clearly many times, to compete with the best teams, we still need a new CB, a new CDM, a new GK and a new manager.

    However, to pretend that yesterday’s XI is not better than our XI of a month ago is fucking dumb. To pretend that change is not occurring is fucking dumb.

    Two questions:
    1. Is yesterday’s starting XI better than our XI of a month ago?

    (Correct answer is “yes”.)

    2. If we were to add a top quality GK, CB and CDM this summer, would the resulting XI be better than yesterday’s XI?

    (Correct answer is “yes”.)

  31. Champagne Charlie

    Dissenter

    It has nothing to do with guns in America patently, just a very simple analogy to explain to AN AMERICAN who initially challenged the idea that timing is a non-factor when protesting an issue.

    But do tell me more about my anti-America sentiment, curious what you have archived on that one.

  32. Wallace

    Marko

    “And the other question is why target that type of player in the first place? He can’t tackle can’t track and the overall defensive side of his game is shocking. Fact is that he was brought in as a kind of midfield enforcer to shore up the midfield and at a time when you could have signed Wanyama…”

    no, he was bought because teams had cottoned on to the fact that if they doubled up on Cazorla then Coquelin was unable to get the ball to Ozil and the other attackers. which was also why the idea of a Kante or a Wanyama made no sense to me.

  33. Bob N16

    Redruth, I don’t suppose you’ve ever left your darkened, childhood bedroom to go to an Arsenal game, ever. Suits your narrative to say the righteous should stay away until Wenger leaves. I’ve seen off five Arsenal managers and I hope I’ll see off a few more. Your fixation with the manager and how it affects your enjoyment is boring!

  34. 1886not1996

    After 1 match your saying mkhit and aubu make us better than we were with Sanchez.

    Wow

    Not jumping the gun at all are you Bam

    Why not give it 10-15 matches bam?

    No that would be the smart thing to do

    You’re right

    “We’re gonna win the league”. Just like the guy in the aftv clip I just posted

  35. Kay

    Auba is just 1 game old in our shirt.
    Laca was also sharp in the first few games.

    We shall wait till Auba is wengerized..

    Lets get into this Laca being better than Auba after 4 weeks time.

  36. Marko

    Technically speaking every home game in November and December should have been protested. That would have been smart. Or in April when we’re possibly out of the cups and not in with a chance of champions league places then it becomes more obvious who you’re protesting. Protesting a home game after you’ve bought a 60 million striker just looks like you’re protesting not signing a defender to me. Which is technically right fair but a bit silly

  37. Bamford10

    1886

    Oh really? Sanchez was a lone CF who, being tall and pacy, could provide hold-up play, win headers, stretch defenses and get in behind?

    No, he was none of those things. You’re just being silly.

    Auba has replaced Laca; Mkhi has replaced Sanchez. We are better.

    We still have a ways to go, but we are better.

  38. champagne charlie

    Bamford

    You’re American last time I checked, and you started with the disagreement about timing of protests. I addressed another poster, but was answering you at the same time. Two birds, one stone and all that.

  39. Bamford10

    1886

    Except I haven’t said anything even approaching, “we’re going to win the league.” You’re just being an unreasonable dipshit, mate.

  40. Wallace

    some of you seem to treat being an Arsenal fan as if you were running your own business. I’ve always seen it more as a very welcome diversion from life’s more serious stuff. work, family, death etc…

  41. Pierre

    Bamford
    “Is it your opinion that a supporter should never say a word against the manager, no matter how bad he is,”

    Bamford, stop now as you are just making things up to make your argument sound authentic.

    I’m with CC on this one.. Only idiots would plan a protest after such a positive week for the club.
    The same as only an idiot would make a one man protest (Ufraud) and boycott the home games but continue to pay 4 grand a year for a season ticket… Can anyone please give me an explanation as to what this would achieve because, unless I’m missing something, I don’t think paying 4 grand for season tickets and then not using them makes any sense.

  42. Leftsidesanch

    Really not that difficult, at some stage (possibly) soon we will be free from Wenger. Why not come back then rather than complain and spread negatively amongst others who finally are feeling a little positive.

    It’s a choice, your not forced to be here.

  43. Bob N16

    Wallace, agreed. It’s hard not to come across as patronising when wondering why would a person spend so much time thinking/typing about something that appears to give them no joy.

  44. Marko

    no, he was bought because teams had cottoned on to the fact that if they doubled up on Cazorla then Coquelin was unable to get the ball to Ozil and the other attackers. which was also why the idea of a Kante or a Wanyama made no sense to me.

    What an excuse. First off that’s your opinion and nothing more and secondly it’s stupid. We’ve suffered from a lack of ball winning defensive minded midfielders for years and have needed a DM for years and now you’re saying we didn’t need one so Kante and Wanyama made no sense but instead we needed a whatever Xhaka is? Ever the apologist Wallace. Fuck trying to sign someone like Fabinho or Casemiro instead we need someone like Xhaka who can get the ball to Ozil quickly. Am I to assume that you like this midfield and still don’t want to target a Kante/Wanyama type in the summer?

  45. Bob N16

    Left side, they’ll feel ganged up against soon. Could bring up some memories they’re trying hard to suppress.

  46. Pierre

    Bamford
    “Except Jo.e is Canadian, not American.”

    It’s the same thing isn’t it.

    Who is going to be more upset Americans or Canadians.

  47. champagne charlie

    “I’m with CC on this one.. Only idiots would plan a protest after such a positive week for the club.”

    Precisely. Literally all I’m saying. Given all the low points we’ve had in recent times did a protest after such a positive transfer window really strike anyone as a good idea?

    Apparently it did, hence the 8 people who turned out. Good job lads

  48. raptora

    A stat for all the Poch lovers and the people rating him as the next best manager in the world. Spuds have managed 1 win in their last 20 away games vs teams from the big 6. One win in twenty away games. That includes LVG period at United, the terrible Chelsea season they finished 10-th, the City with no trophies but a league cup in the last 3 years or so, the Liverpool of Brendan Rodgers, and Arsenal ofc.

    Cannot be considered a top class manager if you cannot win away of home vs the big teams. Same goes for Wenger.

  49. Wallace

    Marko

    “What an excuse. First off that’s your opinion and nothing more and secondly it’s stupid. We’ve suffered from a lack of ball winning defensive minded midfielders for years and have needed a DM for years and now you’re saying we didn’t need one so Kante and Wanyama made no sense but instead we needed a whatever Xhaka is? ”

    Coquelin had crazy defensive stats. what was he if not a ‘ball winning defensive minded midfielder’?

  50. Bamford10

    Pierre

    So you support the protest movement against Wenger, you just think yesterday’s was poorly timed?

    No. You’re one of these cunts who still (quietly) supports Wenger, who opposed and mocked the protests last season, who continues to oppose any vocal or public criticism of Wenger.

    Champagne is no different.

    Shamefaced AKBs, still defending their idol.

  51. Bob N16

    Lazy Redruth, use of AKB moniker becoming cliched.
    Try and be a little more creative or just get a life maybe? Got to leave the childhood bedroom sometime, might as well be sooner rather than later. You only get one life.

  52. Champagne Charlie

    I see Bamford is still his fine self, when in in doubt or challenged on a topic it’s back on the “AKB cunt” horse.

  53. Bob N16

    Your better than average Steve, good for you. You must be very proud. Supporting your team in the best way you know how, moaning on a blog.
    Come on you rip roaring Reds! Singing up for your team, so passé.

  54. Buckhurst Gun

    So redtruth are we on for the bet or not ….. you didn’t reply ?

    £500 says wenger will be gone before the start of 19/20

  55. UTarse

    Little p,
    Seeing as your lack of intelligence repeatedly rears its ugly head let me correct you on a few matters that concern me (which you seem to be obsessed with as your incessant reference to me clearly shows) :
    I pay that for 2 tickets
    I don’t want to watch an Arsene FC game
    I am free to do what the fuck I choose as they are my tickets
    I do it in protest to his arrogant occupation of Arsenal FC
    Thankfully I can afford it.
    Not being English doesn’t mean I cannot be a ST holder.

    You wouldn’t understand “sense” but maybe you can understand the above. If not, no doubt you will continue to rabble on about my position yet claim to also be a wenger out “fan” when it’s plainly obvious you are not. You are an AKB.

  56. Marko

    some of you seem to treat being an Arsenal fan as if you were running your own business. I’ve always seen it more as a very welcome diversion from life’s more serious stuff. work, family, death etc…

    I assume that’s in reference to someone like me who says the 52 million we spent on Lacazette after spending 55 million on Auba does seem pointless and an utter waste when you consider the needs in other areas and not to mention after every big purchase you hear there’s not much money left which is understandable.

  57. Marko

    Coquelin had crazy defensive stats. what was he if not a ‘ball winning defensive minded midfielder’?

    My mistake I should have mentioned that we needed a ball winning defensive minded midfielder who could perform for longer than about 6-10 months. Fact is Wallace that we were wrong to target Xhaka and people who still try to justify the signing aft a season and a half of honestly poor performances must have their own agendas for it. He’s been a disaster nothing more and at the time other midfielders who moved that summer should have been targeted.

  58. Marko

    To be fair to the “New” Charlie the only thing he’s guilty of is possibly being hoodwinked after one victory and one signing. He is technically right about the protests timing and he isn’t as oblivious as he was say last summer. I think the penny’s dropped with him

  59. Frankie Coffeecakes

    @Bamford – your question of Pierre. “What is your actual view of Wenger, though? I’m beginning to wonder.”

    Dont know why you would wonder anything about Pierre’s behaviour. He’s a continual contradiction of himself – thats been obvious from his first post of the day, follwed up by his second post. The pattern is cemented with him and he thrives on getting you going, to which i might add he’s succeeding.

  60. Danny

    Draw would be a better result for us anyways.
    —————————-
    A lose at Wembley next Saturday and it will make no difference

  61. Champagne Charlie

    Marko

    Easy tiger I’m not hoodwinked by a thing. I’ve not been at all bothered by Arsenal this season, and I’m still not. But I do appreciate an obvious change in tact off the pitch so I’m curious what the summer will bring.

    I’ll watch the cup final and keep half an eye on EL, but my season ticket has been given to my cousin nearly all season long.

  62. Marko

    Kane dived and the referee overruled the assistant who said it was offside. Fucking shocking stuff. Justice that he missed it. Kane might/should pick up a ban. Replay barely vindicates him

  63. Bamford10

    Marko

    No. Charlie is a “respect Wenger” type who hates that his idol has been so rudely criticized, who hates that his legacy has been so badly tainted.

    This is why he mocks the protest for its bad timing and poor turnout.

    He’s the same guy who told Le Grove this summer that Wenger was still capable of leading Arsenal to a title. Remember that? Charlie believes in Wenger and thinks he’s been unfairly criticized — here and elsewhere.

    He’s also here to troll Le Grove, hence that dumb comment about people here rating Eriksen over Ozil.

  64. Marko

    But I do appreciate an obvious change in tact off the pitch so I’m curious what the summer will bring.

    I’ll only become curious once it’s obvious a new manager is coming. Once that happens new signings can be drooled upon once again.

    Salah with a piece of genius

  65. Champagne Charlie

    Bamford

    Unlike you to totally misrepresent what someone else says on here. Classic

    Lolerpool at their best here

  66. Marko

    To be fair this one does look a penalty but why allow your linesman to overrule you now but earlier you didn’t. Absolutely incredible officiating. I’d be fuming