The kit we deserve | Aubameyang Spurs stats | Media pulse on the game

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Ok, so, this is my SECOND preview of the game because I didn’t pay attention yesterday.

Now, I don’t usually post PR stories, but these stats read really well. Pierre has the best goals per minute ratio of all our past players. Sure, he’s played in way less games, but let’s take the W’s where we can.

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What, you want more pictures?

With the Puma deal with Arsenal coming to a close next summer, and Puma dropping a mint-f*ck-you kit, it’s clear a new sponsor is looming. So why not speculate about it being Adidas, and why not share the sweetness of some of the STUNNING designs of @SteveSinyard.

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THAT is how you design a kit. Someone sign that guy up and make him head of kit design at our next kit maker.

In yet MORE exciting news, Jack Wilshere is rumoured to be on the verge of signing up to a pay-as-you-play type deal that flexes from £90-110k per week. Jeremy Wilson revealed talks are progressing well, and he’ll likely put pen to paper. But what about Aaron, Mr Wenger?

“I’m positive because I want Jack to stay. I do the maximum I can to make him happy”

“He is a little bit different, with less time constraints than with Jack. With Jack it is now. With Aaron, do we lose two weeks or three weeks, it doesn’t matter much. I want him to stay as well. Especially if he starts to score hat-tricks!”

Yeah, get it, let’s play Aaron’s contract nice and casual, we have the time in th…

COME ON ARSENE KEEP UP

Bit of a weird comment. On paper, it’s like he’s been caught lying and he’s covering his tracks. Read the back half of that comment with a nervous laugh and a sweaty brow. Maybe I’m sleuthing too hard. I just think Wenger goes BIG on Jack and wanting to make him a happy camper… and it’s a bit tepid on Aaron.

We shall see.

There’s quite a lot of negativity surrounding Arsenal in the press build up to the Spurs game. I mean, it’s kind of grounding. I think I’ve gotten so carried away with an acceptable trasnfer window, I’ve lost sight of my pragmatism. Jonathan Wilson put me straight.

A rare mood of optimism seems to have settled over the Emirates Stadium, although there have been plenty of those that have gone nowhere over the past decade. It’s likely anyway to be challenged at Wembley on Saturday by a Tottenham side who lie four points above them in the Premier League table and who offer a reminder of their younger selves.

Spurs are youthful and thrusting, blessed with an innovative and likable manager who likes to develop his own talent, and excited by the prospect of a move to a new stadium – just as Arsenal were a decade ago. That should both concern Spurs, for whom their neighbours serve as a warning of the consequences of endlessly deferred fulfilment, and terrify Arsenal, who risk seeing their rivals achieve success with their blueprint.

He even went there… you know, the Ozil place you simply don’t go.

“Whether they are what Arsenal needed is a very different issue. Equally, while the retention of Mesut Özil has been presented as a coup, it may just as well be asked why no other club was prepared to meet the wage demands of a player who would have been available on a free transfer in the summer.”

But, here’s the thing. You can be as pragmatic as you like, but the reality is Spurs/AFC isn’t usually a form game. It’s a battle. Anyone could win the game, so it’s fair to be confident. It’s 50/50. Especially as the hype around Spurs doesn’t tally up with a miserly 4 point lead they have over a team that’s been in absolute freefall this year.

Wenger has a point on Poch. He’s won more. Outperformed him bar last season. Yet his job is under question and the Poch is being linked with Madrid.

Again, I’m getting carried away. Poch is developing players, he’s working on £100m a year less than Wenger, and he is totally worthy of the hype.

I’m just trying to give Wenger some credit before tomorrow.

Right, that’s me done. Last chance for the podcast.

Tomorrow, we dine in hell! 🔴

939 Responses to “The kit we deserve | Aubameyang Spurs stats | Media pulse on the game”

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  1. DM

    Nice one grooveydaddy

    I don’t like these weirdly-timed posts, no good for my challenge at all!

    Fun fact – did you know that spelling it ‘tr4phy” was invented by me? 😉

  2. Rambo Ramsey

    For Pierre, the position obsessive

    Gungho Ramsey: 1.6 tackles per game, 1.1 interception per game
    Maestro Wilshere: 0.8 tackles per game, 0.5 interception
    Hardman Xhaka: 1.7 tackles per game, 1 interception per game

    Dembele: 1.4 tackles per game, 1.2 interception per game
    ————————————————–

    Oooooops!

  3. Victorious

    “Wenger has a point on Poch. He’s won
    more. Outperformed him bar last season.
    Yet his job is under question and the
    Poch is being linked with Madrid.”

    Pretty spot on,But watch as the Knives come out for you

  4. Frankie Coffeecakes

    “THAT is how you design a kit.“.

    This coming from a guy whose worn three of the butt ugliest shirts in his podcasts. Yeah, thanks but no thanks. Now thats actually funny!

  5. Frankie Coffeecakes

    “Yet his job is under question and the Poch is being linked with Madrid.”

    Seriously really? Of course Wengers job has come under question..He’s flipping inept and incompetent! What rock have you crawled under, and for how long. Jesus Almighty Christ!!

  6. Rambo Ramsey

    I’m confused. Pierre says Wilshere isn’t as reckless as that Ramsey. He sits in midfield neatly and is always in position to provide much protection to the defense.

    Why doesn’t this show up in stats? Are these fvcking numbers lying again..

  7. Pierre

    RR

    Ok you win ….just one question. is there a stat to say why Ramsey against Chelsea in the last 2 minutes of a semi final played his interpretation of schoolboy football in that he was still rampaging forward foregoing his defensive duties when he should have even helping protect a slender lead instead of going for personal glory…..is there a stat for that .

  8. Rambo Ramsey

    Pierre, Iwobi and Lacazette- two of the front three-were subbed for Ramsey and Kolasinac.

    Maybe that’s why Ramsey was going forward, cause he had FIVE defenders and 3 midfielders behind him.

  9. Rambo Ramsey

    How to comeback against numbers and facts? Deflect by making empty insults.

    Straight from Pierre’s kindergarten of thoughts.

  10. Pierre

    RR
    “that’s why Ramsey was going forward, cause he had FIVE defenders and 3 midfielders behind him.”

    All I can say is watch the last 2 minutes of the game and if you still think that Ramsey played for the team and showed understanding of what was needed to see the game out then there is no hope for you …… Watching those 2 minutes should convince you that Ramsey doesn’t have a football brain .

    4 times in the last 2 minutes ,Ramsey made runs ahead of the ball and 4 times the ball was lost and 4 times Ramsey was out of position all within the last 2 minutes of a cup semi final….

  11. Victorious

    Pierre

    “Ignorance is bliss
    An apt phrase for Rambo Ramsey
    and victorious”

    The fu**king irony,after ignoring this:

    Gungho Ramsey: 1.6 tackles per
    game, 1.1 interception per game
    Maestro Wilshere: 0.8 tackles per
    game, 0.5 interception
    Hardman Xhaka: 1.7 tackles per
    game, 1 interception per game
    Dembele: 1.4 tackles per game, 1.2
    interception per game

  12. Pierre

    Victorious

    I give up …ok Ramsey is just what we need at this present time …an attacking midfielder that negates his defensive duties to the detriment of the team …yep , just what we need because he has made 1.tackle per game and 1.interception per game

  13. Victorious

    “I give up …ok Ramsey is just what
    we need at this present time …an
    attacking midfielder that negates
    his defensive duties to the
    detriment of the team …yep , just
    what we need because he has
    made 1.tackle per game and
    1.interception per ”

    Except nobody is saying that’s just what we need at the moment, Of course we can improve on Ramsey for a more disciplined player like say Fabinho or Goretzka(shame he is off to Bayern) but given the options of what we have at the moment, Ramsey simply gives more to the team, sorry

  14. Bay Area Gooner

    Happy Friday from the sunny Bay Area!

    I would try to stifle the spurs midfield. We also need speed through the wings.
    Lets hope Cech sits this one out. I can see a penalty being called on us.

    Lets make the game ugly and get auba the game winner in the end!

    Opsina
    Bell Mus Kos Nach
    Ozil El Neny Ramsey Mikki Iwobi
    Auba

  15. Victorious

    Opsina
    Bell Mus Kos Nach
    Ozil El Neny Ramsey Mikki Iwobi
    Auba

    Think this is it for tomorrow,except maybe Xhaka for Elneny(Wonder what Wenger see in him) huge game for Ozil,when he fancies it he brings the best out of everyone

  16. Rambo Ramsey

    ‘4 times in the last 2 minutes ,Ramsey made runs ahead of the ball and 4 times the ball was lost and 4 times Ramsey was out of position all within the last 2 minutes of a cup semi final….’

    What position?

    HE WAS SUBBED FOR A STRIKER, HE HAD THREE MIDS BEHIND HIM

    I suppose you wanted all 11 men behind the ball? If it breaks and there’s a chance to put the game to bed, too bad, there’s no one in the opposition half!

  17. Dissenter

    I’m not the only one that saw Ramsey desert the team and unilaterally changed the formation to suit his ambition to get a hat trick against Everton.
    For five minutes, while Wilshere was waiting on the sidelines, Ramsey played more advanced that Aubameyang, choking up Auba’s running spaces until he netted his third goal. During that phase of play, it was Ramsey for Ramsey, nothing else mattered.

    I don’t begrudge him his goal but how do you ignore your midfield responsibilities to become the most forward player? He does this time after time without any consequences.

    He’s a talented footballer who may become even better with the right manager but he needs someone to keep him in line.

  18. Pierre

    RR
    He was playing right midfield directly in front of bellerin..

    watch it and see and if you have watched it again and if you still have those opinions then you will need to take a crash course in understanding the game because he it was 2 minutes of total rubbish from Ramsey and there is no excuse for it.

  19. Bay Area Gooner

    I cant wait for Rambo to be sold this summer. We need younger, more dynamic and less injury prone box to box mid.
    Sven is here now—- Im sure we will find a good one.

    I dont hate on Rambo. In fact, he endeared himself to all of us when he didnt pull up against Shawcross and shattered his leg. I still remember that scene. Horrible, just like Eduardos

  20. Victorious

    You would rather Ramsey sit in front of the defence all match for a probably boring goal-less draw(we might as well lose out since our defence is shit) than say he joins the attack and nick a goal?Puzzling

  21. Victorious

    Watch the Burnley vs Arsenal’s match this season,match was heading for a tepid boring goalless draw,until Ramsey’s movement in the box to earn a last minute penalty,
    Wilshere or Elneny on instead of him at that point,no chance we get the 3 points

    That is what Ramsey can bring to the team

  22. Batistuta

    Jeez

    Somebody, anybody even if it’s the “Wenger obsessives” (lols at that coinage by the way) help us get past this Ramsey discussion

    Where you at RED?

    What do you think of Suarez? Better than Lewandowski and Cavani?

  23. Rambo Ramsey

    Pierre, you are a dramaqueen.

    Make a meal of those 2 disastrous, unforgivable bla bla minutes all you want.

    Doesn’t change the simple fact: Ramsey has better endproduct than our CAM Ozil AND Ramsey has better defensive numbers than our CDM Xhaka.

  24. Bamford10

    Yeah, I am happy to criticize Ramsey when it is merited, but criticizing him for being in “too advanced” a position (in your opinion) in the last game is fucking ridiculous. He had a hat-trick, was fantastic, was a big part of why we played so well and had a CDM and four defenders behind him. Who said we needed two holding mids, anyways? Did you give him instructions not to play in such advanced positions? Did Wenger? I doubt it.

    Ramsey was excellent. Deal with it. If he is irresponsible tomorrow, we can all criticize him together. Criticizing him for last weekend is just plain dumb. Sorry.

  25. Frankie Coffeecakes

    Why bother Batistuta, dont you know…Untold has sent their best here to do their leaders bidding. Church of Wengerology – Ultimate goal and objective, to render subversives impotent and functionally braindead with an assortment of mind-bending arguments that lead – wait for it- absolutely nowhere!

  26. Bamford10

    In terms of current form — though I’ll admit I don’t watch Bayern much — I’d say it goes Cavani, Suarez, Lewandowski.

    In terms of overall quality, I’d say Lewandowski and Suarez are very different types of strikers but of equal quality, whereas Cavani is dangerous on his day but not quite at their level of quality or technical ability.

  27. Rambo Ramsey

    ‘For five minutes, while Wilshere was waiting on the sidelines, Ramsey played more advanced that Aubameyang, choking up Auba’s running spaces until he netted his third goal. During that phase of play, it was Ramsey for Ramsey, nothing else mattered.’

    Oh my Gawwwwd, player on a hattrick– the first to his career–and about to be substituted trying his damnedest to score in a game the team were 3 goals up.

    The horror

  28. Victorious

    “In terms of current form — though
    I’ll admit I don’t watch Bayern
    much — I’d say it goes Cavani,
    Suarez, Lewandowski.”

    You must be having a laugh

  29. Bamford10

    “Plays for the team.”

    Jesus, this is a stupid argument. Is Ramsey occasionally a bit self-centered, selfish? Yes. Does he work enormously hard for Arsenal and want us always to win? Absolutely. Please fuck off with the ludicrous claim that he doesn’t “play for the team”. That’s just dumb.

  30. Frankie Coffeecakes

    Yup, great argument on Ramsey. A guy who shows up once in a blue moon to put on a show, but for 95% of the time tries to showboat his way into a transfer. Lets ask an obvious question, how many teams have come calling for an energetic injury prone play out of position midfielder?

    Exactly…can we just move on already?

  31. Bamford10

    Victorious

    How so? Cavani has been fantastic this season. Suarez has only recently started playing well and he still isn’t the Suarez of two years ago. Please explain your point.

    If you”re saying Suarez and Lewandowski have more quality than Cavani, well then you might have read more carefully, as I said that very thing.

  32. Mysticleaves

    Harry Kane against Liverpool was making a case that he didn’t dive and said something like…

    “I didn’t dive, I felt a touch and I went down”.

    Lol. That was funny and unintelligent. If you have to go down after feeling something then it was a dive you scum. The touch is supposed to take you down punk head diver

  33. Rambo Ramsey

    Pochettino and his players can come out and openly admit to cheating and still the media/ the FA see them as darlings.

    Disgusting

  34. Mysticleaves

    For the past two years, Cavani or Lewandoski and then Suarez in that order for me. All fantastic strikers but one has to have a choice eh?

    Cavani is just awesome. A striker that can play free kick the way he does lol. And he makes space like no other. Also filling out on the flank for Ibra for 2-3years shows his technique

  35. Dissenter

    Rambo
    I like the fact that you wear your Ramsey bias on your moniker
    “Oh my Gawwwwd, player on a hattrick– the first to his career–and about to be substituted trying his damnedest to score in a game the team were 3 goals up.
    The horror”

    How about Monreal abandoning his defensive duties when he already had two goals against Everton?
    How about Koschielny or Mertascaker leave the defense to pursue a third goal when they had braces already?

    It’s about positional discipline and being selfless for the team. Ramsey exists for Ramsey mainly. If he wants to be assessed on amount of goals scored then he can formally become a striker.

    You keep making excuses for Ramsey all the time. Surely you know he has his flaws right?

  36. Dissenter

    Funny enough, I actually like Ramsey and I think he’s worth every bit of a 200k weekly wages since we offered Oxlade 180k weekly to stay.
    I just want him to be more defensively aware and stop seeking stats that are reserved for strikers.

  37. Mysticleaves

    Dissenter he has gis flaws but that is not our problem right now. With the stats that’s Rambo brought up it shows that in addition to his bombing forward he also works harder than our CDM. There in lies the problem.

  38. Mysticleaves

    In the other post, I dropped a comment about Delle Alli. When he was playing in the midfield 2, he was also bombing forward and scoring goals, and am sure he had far worse defensive stats than Ramsey.

    You know why it wasn’t noticed much? Cos he had a properly structured midfield and defense behind him.

  39. Barking Arsene

    Ramsey does have his moments where he is not disciplined positionally and the situation at Everton is a very good example of this.

    As good as he is, he does need to cut that stuff out – he is entering his peak years now.

    However, in fairness to him this willingness and ability to get forward is also part of his natural game and biggest strength.

    A better DM partner and a little more awareness from our L/R mids playing with him the gaps he leaves could be dealt with.

    When he breaks forward, a wide mid just needs to tuck in or drop a little deeper, just to help protect the vacated space in the event of a turnover.

    We all know it is very hard to track runners from deep, so allowing him to use the natural ability he has to time his runs can be especially effective.

    I could see Mikki and Iwobi having the work rate to do this – if instructed.

  40. Cesc Appeal

    That is what it always comes back to, how much of a player’s weaknesses in Arsenal are being shown up badly purely because the team is not structured or coached properly?

    Like in the transfer market, we have to buy ready made talent that requires no coaching or discipline because our manager and his coaches are so weak.

    Really simple solution.

  41. Frankie Coffeecakes

    “Pochettino and his players can come out and openly admit to cheating and still the media/ the FA see them as darlings.”

    I dont think that is the general sentiment, Rambo. From what i read they are regarded as underachievers, more likened to being saps.

    At this,point and time the Spurs are very much enigmas. On paper they should be so much better, but yet they continue to flatter to deceive. Objective reporting has been calling that out. On a personal level, they are anbunch of weak-kneed pansies, incapable of reaching the next level, not because they cant but rather because they dont know how. Reasons? Ask them, i couldnt care less about the filthy cretin cheats! :)

  42. Bamford10

    Dissenter

    You’re just being silly now.

    One, the CM’s defensive responsibilities are nothing like those of the fullbacks or center backs, so that analogy is meaningless.

    Two, you’re talking about Ramsey’s “defensive responsibilities” as if you know exactly what they are, as if you are the person who defined them for him. You don’t, and you’re not. Ramsey plays for Arsene Wenger, not Dissenter. His “responsibilities” are defined by Wenger and his teammates, and I have a feeling none of them would think he was shirking his responsibilities against Everton.

  43. Frankie Coffeecakes

    Mystic, I’ll take Suarez. He can single-handled change the outcome of any match. It wasnt that long ago that Cavani stunk the joint out against Arsenal, last season I believe. Lewandoski continues to be surrounded by a core depth that makes one blush. I will take Sir Chomps-a-lot over the others.

  44. Rambo Ramsey

    Dissenter, did Ramsey not score his third goal finding space near the edge of the box via a late run?

    Some would say that’s the perfect midfielder goal.

  45. Rambo Ramsey

    I’m shocked by Xhaka’s defensive stats. Compared to Kante, Matic, Fernandinho et al, this is one area where we’re massively lagging behind.

    Coquelin+Cazorla easily contributed 10+ defensive actions per game. Now Xhaka+Ramsey+Wilshere, combine all them and still struggle to hit 5.

    No wonder we concede so many.

  46. Pierre

    mysticleaves

    “In the other post, I dropped a comment about Delle Alli. When he was playing in the midfield 2, he was also bombing forward and scoring goals, and am sure he had far worse defensive stats than Ramsey. You know why it wasn’t noticed much? Cos he had a properly structured midfield and defense behind him.”

    I can’t remember Alli ever playing in a midfield 2

    Pochettino seems to like 2 solid, reliable ,Diciplined midfielders who never really get into the opponents area from open play ..he likes Spurs to be in control of the game and not get stretched .
    At the moment it’s 2 of dembele dier and wanyama who play there and winks is the 4th choice.

  47. Pierre

    RR
    Yes Ramsey’s third goal v Everton was perfect as he timed his run to perfection and if the move broke down he was on the edge of the area and could recover his position.

  48. Dissenter

    Bamford,
    “Ramsey plays for Arsene Wenger, not Dissenter. His “responsibilities” are defined by Wenger and his teammates, and I have a feeling none of them would think he was shirking his responsibilities against Everton.”

    Fair enough
    If the standard is Wenger’s level of contentment with his players then surely not one of us should have an opinion about any Arsenal player.
    We can just connect electrodes from Wenger pre-frontal cortex to Le-grove. We all would come and listen to whatever Wenger thinks.

    I’m just being consistent with my Ramsey criticisms. It doesn’t matter whether he had a hat-trick or not. He left his primary responsibilities for several minutes to pursue a third goal. He said as much in the post match press conferences with a chuckle.

  49. Dissenter

    Pierre,
    “Yes Ramsey’s third goal v Everton was perfect as he timed his run to perfection and if the move broke down he was on the edge of the area and could recover his position”

    He was 1-2 yards away from the penalty spot i.e. 13-14 yards from the goal line. It was a well taken goal no doubt.

  50. NorthernGoon

    dissenter

    ‘I’m not the only one that saw Ramsey desert the team and unilaterally changed the formation to suit his ambition to get a hat trick against Everton’

    You’ve blatantly never ever played football at any sort of level at all to come out with a comment like that.

    He’s a box to box midfielder, on hat trick with his team 4-1 up.

    Unilaterally changing the formation…fuck off!

  51. Mysticleaves

    “I can’t remember Alli ever playing in a midfield 2″

    In his first year with spuds he play as a CM. It was his penchant for making runs and scoring goals that enforced his move to behind the striker

  52. Kay

    Ramsey making these gungho forward runs against a piss poor everton when we lead by 2 goals is fine.

    But he cannot or should not do this against pool or spuds or city.

    Can i trust him to be disciplined when the only instruction that comes from our shit manager is to express yourself?

  53. Kay

    There is a reason why coq+santi pair was better than xhaka+ramsey.
    Former pair played to their strengths and played with purpose.
    Latter pair are half baked players.

  54. Redtruth

    Ramsey has always been good against shit teams.
    I remember in his so called super season where he scored 10 goals and only one goal came against a top 10 side (Liverpool)

  55. ArseneisaFraud

    Cesc Appeal

    Really simple solution.

    The problem even with that is that these players have to be perfectly adapted to the style of game being played. No easy feat.

    The thing is, is this was and still is AWs’ Modus Operandi. He expects players to figure out how to react to an in game situation by themselves. And therefor the true problem with this current team is as always that the players are not being coached properly on an individual basis. Hence we see players, like Rambo, persistently commit the same mistakes over and over again.

  56. Dissenter

    It seems Morata may not play again this season.
    Chelsea appear to be in free fall and have opened the door to Arsenal provided we avoid losing to Spuds tomorrow.
    A loss and we may be too far from the chasing pack to apply any pressure on the rest.

  57. Brooklyn

    Ramsey day again. I agree Ramsey is our best midfielder. I am pretty sure Ramsey also has the highest number of mistimed tackle resulting in foul, and highest number of dribbled past.

    Tackles lost: Ramsey 3.40, Xhaka 2.99
    Dribbled past: Ramsey 1.7, Xhaka 1.3

    Fouls committed: Ramsey: 1.50, Xhaka 1.67
    Blocks: Ramsey: 0.13, Xhaka 0.28

    Re: Ramsey and Wilshere, Wilshere can stay deep and distribute ball better than Ramsey, and since he will be positioned near Xhaka, Xhaka won’t have to cover more ground, and hence improve his defensive numbers.

    Point is Ramsey can do so much better. But it is dicey situation, because there are lots of mid table midfielders better than Ramsey at distributing the ball from back. It is better to sell Ramsey then ask him to stay back.

    Ramsey needs specific team requirements, for a team with him to be balanced. So do all of our other mid fielders, but none of them require to be out of position to be effective as Ramsey does.

    Ramsey needs good CDM(both defensively and in play making ability) behind him, and wingers who just stretch play for him to find space in middle and also, who tracks back, in case he misses his tackle or is dribbled past higher up the pitch. If he manages to play along side, Xhaka, then missing tackle or getting dribbled past, they can mope up for each other. But Ramsey gets dribbled past higher up the pitch, leaving Xhaka at sea, or causing our wingers to track back opponents wing backs as the result of space created, resulting in decreased offensive production of them and also our team’s balance.

  58. Zfree

    Chelsea spent a lot on:

    Morata
    Bakayoko
    Drinkwater
    Rudiger
    Zappacosta
    Giroud

    I’m probably missing another one or two. But that’s a lot of money and a lot of mediocrity. They could get bounced out of CL and top 4 by the end of the month

  59. Bay Area Gooner

    We are going to need to start the game with extra fucking discipline. The Spurms are going to try and bury us early, knowing that we suck at chasing the game.
    Abosrb the pressure, be smart with the ball and keep and eye on that fucker Son. He always seems to time his runs perfect and gets into the final third with ease.

  60. NorthernGoon

    dissenter

    ‘I’m not surprised that you disagree with me but stay classy. The insults are rather puerile.’

    Hardly insulting to highlight a lack of understanding you have of the game but that’s more than apparent with the comments you post.

    Being contrarian to everything and everyone one here doesn’t make you intelligent, it just makes you a dick.

  61. Dissenter

    Nothern
    I’m not the only one who thinks Ramsey is positionally challenged and sometimes self-serving.
    I don’t know how one viewpoint confirms a football playing gravitas.
    There’s nothing contrarian about pointing out the flaws of a player that I’ve said I’m happy to keep. I’ve even said he’s worthy of a big contract.
    You just seem so consumed by anger with every post you put up here.

    Not that it bothers me. Have a good day.

  62. Victorious

    UtASS

    Any protest plan for tomorrow’s match?surely you’d expect a better turn-up this time around than the embarrassing 12 morons that trotted out the last time

  63. Dissenter

    Victorius
    What was so “dumb” about my comment?
    I maintain that Ramsey left his midfield responsibilities to pursue a third goal to the detriment of the midfield.
    What is Everton has scored during that phase and made the game more interesting. Would you be so complacent if Ramsey hadn’t scored that goal?

    There’s nothing “dumb” about my position. The daft thing is you egging on one poster insulting another.

  64. Nw9 gooner

    Northern gooner you say Ramsey is a b to b player , agreed, but then should he not track backThat is what others are referring to- why do you have to be so aggressive, his leaving space is what is the problem

  65. Nw9 gooner

    Can’t we just argue without being so insulting- every one has his opinion and we should respect it . Dissenter is one of the best contributors here and Victorious and NG just seem to go gung-ho reacting to him .

  66. Nw9 gooner

    Like Dissenter I also agree that Ramsey is a good player but as senior player(after Theo’ s departure) he should play as per requirements and not just bombing forward. Our midfield is fragile as all know and he should take responsibility for hardening it . It’s a fine balance but good players should be able to adjust

  67. ArseneisaFraud

    Nw9gooner

    It’s a fine balance but good players should be able to adjust

    And may I add: … if instructed to do so.

    Which is something AW clearly doesn’t do. This is one of the root causes of the many persisting flaws that we see in the team.

  68. Barking Arsene

    I think by now we have established that Ramsey is a very good B2B midfielder but we as a team are not set up very well to accommodate him.

    We need a solid DM and for our two wide midfielders/attackers to support in tracking back.

    Xhaka/Wilshire/Elneney arent good enough defensively to make up for him.

    Sanchez was not going to pick out his runs or drop back to cover him – the only time Sanchez dropped deep was to collect the ball so he could ignore Ramsey.

    Now though Mikki looks like a worker and Iwobi can put a shift in when he has had a full nights sleep.

    So we seem to be heading in the right direction but are going to have to be very disciplined against the Spuds if we want to come away with something.

  69. Batistuta

    Geez

    Let’s just say the conversation on untold was a lot more fun than this Ramsey themed week we’ve had on le grove

  70. Nw9 gooner

    Mkhitaryan seems to be a man with a mission – staying late to help strikers. Wants to make up for lost time at MU probably

  71. Marko

    Any truth to the Ozyakup rumours? Honestly couldn’t give two shits about Jack signing on to be honest. The midfield needs a rebuild job and you don’t do that by signing Jack and Ramsey to long term contracts imo

  72. Cesc Appeal

    No problem with a free signing in Ozyakup for a midfield option, but we need to go really big this summer on midfield because ours has been poor for too long.

    Need an actual plan for who we are going to recruit and the system we actually want to play.

    Getting in a CDM is a must, that is not Ozyakup who would take Elneny’s place not in terms of the same player but in terms of a bench option. We need a big buy in that area, or some great scouting by Mislintat.

  73. Marko

    Absolutely agree CA. Ozyakup would be a good signing in terms of he’d be better than what we’ve got but in terms of properly addressing the area there’s got to be a significant purchase in the DM position. Someone like Fabinho would be huge. Savic of Lazio or Kovacic or Dahoud as well as Ozyakup would be solving the problem and I’d personally think about getting rid of our current options. Get decent fees for Ramsey, Wilshere and fuck off Xhaka and start anew

  74. Nw9 gooner

    Marco you sell Wilshere, Ramsey and Xhaka and get one player? You need a squad and all these three are good for it Get a good DM and a CB and we can compete for

  75. Dissenter

    Ozyakup will be a fantastic signing. He will be competing with Wilshere for that dribbling attacking midfielder- that-runs -at – defenders role.
    I’m not sure he will come to Arsenal because he has to be in high demand on a free transfer.
    He left Arsenal to get games so why would he return to sit in the bench at the prime of his career?
    It would have been Tielemans or Ozyakup, Tielemans is already taken by Monaco and isn’t available.

  76. Goobergooner

    Pedro were you joking about those kits pictured in the blog? Apart from the home kit, they are hideous. I would disown Arsenal if I ever saw a professional match played in any of the other jerseys. My goodness. Luckily for me, no need to worry haha.

  77. graham62

    Is there an age restriction on here?

    Victorious must be U-16.

    Can I suggest that all minors comments are screened in future to gauge level of stupidity.

    All he does is quote other posters text and react like a school kid.

    Victorious, I’m afraid your reactionary input is rather boring.

  78. Victorious

    geriatric graham62

    You must be taking the piss,playing the age card with me,how about you shut the fu*k up or comment on the topic been discussed or better still type “Wenger out’ and move along, you Wenger obsessive ****

  79. ArseneisaFraud

    Ah! I can see the we are all in a good spirits this morning! Nothing better to gear up the rage ready for another bloody NLD! Hope we beat the scum from down the road! No score prediction from me other than a win please. I am sure that AW can at least manage that. Right?

  80. Pierre

    Good morning Graham
    How are you.

    How do you think it will go today …difficult game for the lads …

    Stoke are always a difficult team to beat.

  81. graham62

    Goobergooner

    Hitting your head against a brick wall there my friend.

    Countering their dumbass comments with direct and aggressive feedback doesn’t work with these lollipops.

    Just shake your head and accept they are beyond repair.

    What’s your take on todays game?

  82. Dissenter

    TonyD
    Ozyakup’s playing style is similar to Jack. He’s like Jack Wilshere with more playing experience because he moved to Bekistas and has since played lots of games on the Turkish Sup league.
    He’s not a defensive midfielder by any stretch.
    It’s a sensible move on a free transfer. The guy earns only €1.3 yearly, knows Arsenal already and will push Wilshere and Tamsey to the limit. Besides, Wilshere still has those injury proneness problems.
    That said, I don’t think he’s coming. Why come to Arsenal and sit on the bench when he’s the captain of Bekistas already. That’s a backward move.

  83. TonyD

    Thanks Dissenter.

    Maybe he’ll come for the money, but if he’s a worthwhile acquisition, hopefully he’ll come to prove himself, especially if Wenger goes in the summer.

    Depends on his ambition I guess.

    Will he be happy being the small fish in the big pond?