New manager update | Wenger’s misery is self-inflicted | Watford preview

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Did I tell you? Great news on Joachim Löw is there’s not much meat to it. I have it on good authority from a few places that the rumour doesn’t carry much weight, and why would it? It’d be a daft decision. DAFT. Daft. Daft. Yer DaaaFT.

I think Conte’s agent said it best when he remarked that the smartest deals are done in the daft.

Wenger summed up the issue the fans have with him perfectly.

‘It’s not the person they hate, they hate the manager who doesn’t deliver the performance’

When fans say I personally hate Wenger, they’re so very wrong. People that know him have always told me I’d like him on a personal level. He’s charismatic, funny, intelligent, and loves to talk football. How could you hate that?

Do I hate his management performance? Heeeeell yes. If he turned that around, you think I’d be complaining? Heeeeeell no.

I really need to stop adding in these Americanisms into my writing… I asked someone if they could reach out to a person at work because they were butthurt yesterday.

Someone get British Airways on the blower, tell them I need a ticket back and my special food requirement is a marmite sandwich, some Jammy Dodgers and 3 pints of ‘GET IT TOGETHER SON.’

Back to the manager.

What you’re seeing here are the various stages of Wenger grief. First it’s not really a problem, then it’s a problem for the spoilt fans minds, then it’s a problem and the fans are to blame, then he realises that fans are important, then it’s about how sad he feels when there’s a problem and fans are right to be sad.

“But I’m just unhappy that we lose the games. I want to win, win with style even, so it’s very ambitious. When we don’t do it of course I’m suffering like everyone else.

“Arsenal is 30 million people, it’s not the suffering of one person, you want to make 30 million people happy and that’s what you care about.”

“It’s part of the job (a lack of sleep). It is surviving disappointments and finding solutions, it can make you a better manager to face crisis.”

I don’t care much for shared misery. When you control the situation soup to nuts, feeling sad about it is kind of pathetic.

… and that’s my issue, if Wenger truly cared about Arsenal winning, he’d try and solve the problems. He’d put his ego in Vik Akers store cupboard, he’d throw Boro Priromac and Gerry P in there too, and he’d seek help.

He doesn’t do that. He doubles down on his failing methods, and spends his time fending off attempts to help because they’re seen as attacks on his power structure. Remember, power is his drug of choice, that’s why he doesn’t go to Madrid or PSG. He can’t resist the buzz of a delicious line of authoritarian control. He’s the most important man at the club, he makes all the decisions, and he’s not accountable to anyone bar the guilt of Stan Kroenke.

He’s not serious about winning because he’s been trotting out lines like the above for 10 years. The fake end of season reviews, the ‘I’m going to make changes’ press, the war chest PR, and the occasional changeup of a formation. He’s needed ruthless backroom changes for years, he should have insisted on a new Chief Scout and DoF. He couldn’t handle it, it had to be forced upon him.

So as much as I feel for a man who is out of ideas, I can’t feel too sorry for him. We should be a fact-based football club and make data led decisions. Operating on sentiment is getting us nowhere, hopefully, the board carry out the difficult job of dispatching the manager this summer.

WE PLAY WATFORD TOMORROW. A player I will mostly be keeping my eye on Abdoulaye Doucouré, the Watford midfielder who is dropping stats like STATTO from classic TV series Fantasy Football League from back in the day (ahh, sweet memories).



Look at those numbers. He’s an all action hero! Apparently, Wenger likes him. Question is, could he make the jump to a solid midtable side like Arsenal (stole that joke from Twitter)?

The real eyes will be on Troy ‘I’m double aaaaard son’ Deeney. Watford sit 9 points behind us, which is comical really because they’ve been utterly shite since the last time we played them. Their season rapidly derailed BECAUSE NO ONE SLAGS ARSENAL, also, their manager fluttered his eyelashes at Everton, which rocked the squad’s interest in playing for him.

I expect we’ll take our scintillating form from Milan into this game and take them down. My main worry is Watford didn’t play midweek, so a slow start from a team that’s coming to bruise us could make things difficult.

Let’s see what happens. Arsenal need to course correct because the pack of crap behind us can smell an achievement. This won’t be as easy as Milan, let’s see what Wenger has in store.

See you in the comments.

627 Responses to “New manager update | Wenger’s misery is self-inflicted | Watford preview”

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  1. Pierre

    Yep.. Congratulations to the West ham fans for scaring the shit out of young boys and girls who were at the game…

  2. Bob N16

    But Red, it’s not as simple as that. Messi, for example, a player who most football fans put in the top five who have ever played the game, is another subject that sets you off. You do not appear to miss an opportunity to denigrate him by either saying he’s failed to win a World Cup or that he plays for Barca which gives him an easy ride.

    He’s scored 600 goals and graces the field every time he plays. There is the subplot with Ronaldo but there is no doubt they are both all time greats.

    I don’t want to come across as’picking ‘ on you Red but you are an enigma! Is your presence on this site reflective of the rest of your life or is it a way you get rid of ‘the bile’?

  3. Rambo Ramsey


    ‘The biggest deterrent for any talented youngster would be coming onto an Arsenal blog like Le Grove and believing it’s the norm that the The Arsenal fan base is so unsupportive to the kids who make it to the first team….They would run a mile and who could blame them when you read the negative comments on here towards homegrown players like Wilshere,Iwobi and Bellerin….’

    Some of your comments here suggested that you didn’t have much between the ears but I reckon we’ve now got proof that we were wrong to think that. You have absolutely nothing at all, zero.

    Lads, you heard Pierre. Don’t say the truth about homegrown babies. Regardless of performances, show them nothing but love. Praise them, kiss their feet and shower them with flower petals.

    Do this and the most talented kids in the World will see Le grove and decide to join the Arsenal.

  4. Wenker-wanger

    The win at Milan for me, and wellbeck hinted as such, was down to the players that held a pre-match meeting.
    How does Wenger square that? Does he continue as some sideman, ensuring the peripherals…training, nutrition, admin???
    Wenger would hang in there forever, believing he is still some super-important force at arsenal, whilst the reality is the players don’t need him whatsoever.
    I’ve always maintained we have very good players, i t seems that they may inadvertantly keep wenger at arsenal by organising themselves and upping their performances and getting results like that in Milan.

  5. Pierre

    R Ramsey
    “Don’t say the truth about homegrown babies.”

    Just because Le Grove say they are shit doesn’t make it the truth does it… Probably the opposite as most of the opinions on here are led by the obsession of Wenger.

  6. Bob N16

    WW you have a fair point.

    I am not an apologist for Wenger but hasn’t it been Wenger’s style to let the players just get on with it, so if they get on with it, without his input then isn’t that something he’s been encouraging?

  7. Bob N16

    Victorious, thanks for the comment but I am honestly not wanting to put him down, I’m just trying to understand him a little. His narrative is relentless and I’m genuinely intrigued to know a little more about him. The years I’ve been reading his consistent line, it’s mind-boggling. I’ve tried scrolling down and ignoring his thread but I’m like a moth to a lightbulb, I know it’s not doing me any good but I can’t resist.
    Maybe it says more about me than it does him!

  8. Alex Cutter

    “I am not an apologist for Wenger but hasn’t it been Wenger’s style to let the players just get on with it, so if they get on with it, without his input then isn’t that something he’s been encouraging?”

    Are you seriously implying that by not doing anything regarding tactics and motivation, Wenger deserves the credit when his players step up and do his job for him — because he “let them get on with it”?

  9. Bob N16

    Red, I admire your honesty.

    One thing I would say is that even though there are differing opinions which often escalates into rudeness/ anger, apart from that cretin ‘peanuts’, we’re all Arsenal fans and we support one of the greatest clubs in England.

    I genuinely wish you well.

  10. Carts


    “The biggest deterrent for any talented youngster would be coming onto an Arsenal blog like Le Grove and believing it’s the norm that the The Arsenal fan base is so unsupportive to the kids who make it to the first team….They would run a mile and who could blame them when you read the negative comments on here towards homegrown players like Wilshere,Iwobi and Bellerin”

    It’s called having an opinion on how unproductive our youth set up has been.

    Frankly, it’s nothing To write home about. Nketieh signed pro terms. WOW. So did Aklom and look how tht turned out.

  11. Elmo


    The Emirates was built specifically to prevent that, with club / executive level being on a completely separate tier from the lower and upper to keep the riff-raff out.

    I do remember being at a match in maybe 2013 or 2014 when there were small protests against the Kroenke ownership before the game and a group of a couple of hundred surrounded the directors’ entrance to the stadium to stop anyone entering or exiting, sang anti-Kroenke songs, and covered the windows of that entrance with anti-Kroenke stickers.

    Obviously nothing close to the type of intimidation the West Ham fans imposed on their owners yesterday, forcing them to leave their seats and go inside for their safety, but it does start making individuals who previously could largely ignore the situation realise that their own life could be made more difficult if they don’t act, perhaps similarly to the way that Arsenal board members were accosted and questioned last season outside their regular places of work in the City, which may well have led to the reported impression that several of the British board members wanted the manager to go.

  12. Coach 15

    Those two clowns like to call themselves West Ham fans,ingratiate themselves as one of the boys,when the truth is the complete opposite. They may have once been somewhere near that as younger men,but they are now rich old men,taking the piss out of the club and the fans for financial gains.
    Much the same as most of these current foreign owners including ourselves.
    The only way to change their behaviour is to protest,at least mike Ashley has the bollocks to tell the geordies he isn’t putting anything in and they know where they stand.

  13. UTarse

    Little p,
    “Anyone who compares a manager of a football club to a sexual predator has to be pretty stupid if you ask me…”

    Don’t recall anyone asking you, you div.

  14. Champagne Charlie

    “”Everyone says I should enjoy the last year, to play as much as possible and take everything in, [but] I would rather sit on the bench or even better in the stands, and then, for the first time in my life, aged more than 30, I will feel free,” he told Spiegel.“ – Per Mertesacker

    What a class one-year deal that was, captain fantastic. Selling Gabriel was smart with such a warrior waiting in the wings.

    My god..

  15. Bamford10

    Ivan Gazidis and Raul Sanllehi attended and spoke at Fan Forum this morning. Arseblog is reporting that Gazidis’s remarks were something like the following:

    ‘It wouldn’t be right for me to talk about the manager today, it wouldn’t be respectful to Arsene Wenger. I hope you understand.’

    This remark is already a good sign. If they were fully behind Wenger, then nothing they said about him could possibly be “disrespectful”. Therefore whatever it is they do have to say about him, it must be critical.

    ‘Ticket sales used to be 40% of revenue when we first moved, now only 20% because of all the other places money comes from.’


    ‘Raul Sanllehi has overseen eight manager changes at Barcelona, where he was Director of Football. Do not get hung up on titles. He is playing the same role here at Arsenal, even if his title is not “Director of Football”.’

    Massive. Gazidis is emphasizing one, Sanllehi’s role in hiring new managers and two, that he is a “Director of Football” irrespective of Wenger’s silly views re such a position.

    All good. Arseblog article below.

  16. Bamford10

    In reply to question about our not competing this season and being overtaken by rivals, Gazidis said:

    “Fair question. I have no interest in fighting for 5th, 6th, even 4th. We want to compete to win the league. Not going to go into change of manager, it’s not the right forum for that and it’s not respectful. Just because the manager hasn’t changed doesn’t mean there hasn’t been any changes, there have been many and a lot of investment. Recruiting the best people.”

    Again, this is positive.

  17. Bamford10

    Mertesacker is saying his body can’t handle it anymore, and neither can his mind. Fine. He’s been hired on as a coach for the youth team. Good. He’s an intelligent, thoughtful, charismatic character who loves the club.

    Should he still have been in the squad if this is how his old bones felt? No. But we have far bigger problems under Wenger than this.

  18. Bamford10

    Maitland Niles, Holding, Iwobi and Elneny in the XI today.

    Maitland Niles, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac,
    Elneny, Xhaka, Ozil,
    Iwobi, Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan,

  19. Champagne Charlie


    This is an Arsenal blog and I’m responding to comments made by current club captain of his unwillingness to play.

    So how about you shut your trap and swiftly fuck off trying to dictate topics of discussion. Nobody asked your thoughts on how pertinent it is.

  20. Bamford10

    Champagne foaming at the mouth again. I was simply speaking to the importance of the issue, not to Champagne’s take on it in particular. But as always, Champagne plays the dickhead.

  21. TT

    And how about you fuck off to Untold Arsene Champagne Charlie. You fucking AKB cunt.

    And stop using one of lovers critics nick name as a handle you dimwit. Champagne Charlie aka Charlie Nicklaus is a AOB you twat.

  22. Frankie Coffeecakes

    @Rambo – “Mertesaker should be docked 2 months salary for such unprofessional comments”

    Totally agree. If he’s so fussed and bothered to play, retire immediately. How many youngsters would love to be in his boots and they would likely play for a pittance of what this lump currently gets paid. Yep, the good old country club that is AFC.

  23. Alex Cutter

    “And stop using one of lovers critics nick name as a handle you dimwit. Champagne Charlie aka Charlie Nicklaus is a AOB you twat.”

    “Champagne Charlie” is also a term for a gay man who likes to insert champagne bottles into his anus. Don’t be so sure he’s referring to Charlie Nicklaus.

  24. Champagne Charlie


    Foaming at the mouth line as per. You always try and direct conversation, you’re a control freak.

    You’d rather constantly talk about Wenger and play a game of who hates him more. Ironic that you talk up Mertesackers “love” for Arsenal and dismiss the idea Wenger loves the club.

    Speaks volumes of your fixation. Same reason you dismiss Kroenkes involvement. Per literally just confirmed he’d rather not play for the club because it’s a pressurised environment, but yea….he loves Arsenal. Makes sense.

  25. Champagne Charlie


    It’s Charlie Nicholas, not ‘Nicklaus’. That’s Santa you melt.

    About the 4th time you’ve talked about champagne bottles in the arse, don’t project here….relax and take it.

  26. Dissenter

    “Mertesacker is saying his body can’t handle it anymore, and neither can his mind. Fine. He’s been hired on as a coach for the youth team. Good. He’s an intelligent, thoughtful, charismatic character who loves the club.

    If he’s body and mind cant withstand the game anymore as a player, why didn’t he retire?
    That’s the most pathetic defense of an unprofessional conduct by the club captain.
    We’ve been giving this stupid contracts to players like Cazorla, Rosicky et al.

  27. Bob N16

    Can’t believe the negativity to Mertsacker….it’s as though honesty is to be criticised. I would suggest this overcoming of nerves makes him more admirable. Think of the Cup Final last year when he’d played for about 70 mins the whole season before a M of the M performance. He must have been shitting himself.
    People want to dock him wages!?
    You hear of famous actors being sick before performing, their performance should be judged not their nerves. Some people are so critical….
    I’m off to the game, hope Deeney gets fed his own bollocks.

  28. mysticleaves

    Bamford real good to hear re the Gazidis quotes. I just hope he is now fully empowered by Kroenke to say those things cos it could be disastrous for him again..

  29. mysticleaves

    That Mert quote is on Wenger. Remember he wanted to pack it in last summer but was asked by Wenger especially to stick around for 1 year. Presumably as cover or whatever

  30. Dissenter

    I hope they give Troy Deeny a beating.
    Beat him up physically all over the field.
    Kick him into the fu*king stands.

  31. Champagne Charlie


    To clarify, as I have already, nobody is batting an eye at the pressure that comes with top level football. Or the fact he’s feel nervous or unsettled pre game.

    The point is he’d actively PREFER to sit out than partake because of the pressure. That’s not even close to your rendition of ‘actors get nervous too’.

    Not wanting to play is a massive slight against a top level athletes psyche. Massive. This guy is our nominated leader to boot, let that sink in further on this evidence.

  32. Bamford10


    One, the club was keeping him on as a coach anyways. We don’t know what he said to them about his ability to play minutes this season. He may have been straight up with them, and they may have said, “fine, but we need you as a leader and voice within the squad and in training.” Who knows.

    Is this an ideal approach to an older player? No.

    Is it the most important thing to discuss this morning? No. Not even close. Gazidis’s remarks at the Fan Forum are more important, as is the match that begins in 20 minutes.

    The Mertesacker thing is a nominal issue. IMO, at least.

  33. Jim Lahey

    @mysticleaves –

    “That Mert quote is on Wenger.”

    I am not too sure Wenger can force players to stay on beyond their contracts… it was up last summer wasn’t it? If he felt like it was time to retire he should have done so, I am sure he could have been kept on in a coaching capacity.

  34. Dissenter

    Your point about the Mertascker comment is well taken.
    There’s no need to labor it any further.
    Mertascaker stayed to take an extra year’s wages for a job he’s no longer suited for. The comment speaks for itself.
    We let Arteta get away with such nonsense as well.

  35. Carts

    Not only has Mertesacker cracked. Judging by tht interview, he cracked a long, long time ago.

    I’d be asking: what is Wenger doing about this. If this is Per’s state of mind, then who else is feeling this way???

    When anyone feels like this, you need a motivator; someone who offers guidance and reassurance. Simply telling this lot pre-match that they should “go out and express themselves” isn’t a form or councelling. As clearly the pressure has gotten to the point whereby the club captain has effectively thrown in the towel.

    Incredible, really!

  36. Champagne Charlie

    “He may have been straight up with them, and they may have said, “fine, but we need you as a leader and voice within the squad and in training” “

    Yes…..sounds like an elite figure mentally. Proper leader.

  37. kc

    What happened at London Stadium yesterday should hopefully light a fire under Kroenke’s ass. It’s really very sad to see what has happened to both Arsenal and West Ham after they left their homes for bigger stadiums and more profits. One could say their souls have been ripped out. I’ve never liked the Emirates, and probably never will. For me, it symbolizes when our club lost the plot.

  38. Dissenter

    I assume Mertascker makes at least £70k weekly, which works up to over 3.5 million yearly. What a waste of good money and poor use of resources by the club.
    We would have been better off buying an Uber-talented youngster and blooding that player all season.

  39. Elmo

    I think it depends on how our team react to the switch back to PL football. Milan sat off us on Thursday and let us play; if Watford high press us and overload the flanks, following the standard blueprint that most PL teams use to beat us, then our mentally weak squad could be shell shocked after the ‘triumph’ of Milan.

    Our home form has remained strong, so we may well win, but we haven’t won many PL games of late (only 1 of the last 6).

  40. Champagne Charlie


    Bob was taking it in another direction, I clarified my position on the quotes and underlined in no way is there any dog at Per because he gets nervous.

  41. Carts

    Wenger did he same with Rosicky. Activated an optional one year in his deal knowing full well he was physically incpable of staying fit.

    It’s that sentimental crap all over again.

  42. Dissenter

    Arsenal fans will never do what some Westham fans did yesterday.
    It’s not in our DNA…and thank God for that.

    Their team were just 1-0 down when they started the pitch invasion.
    I’ve always placed hammers in the same basket as Millwall to be honest.

  43. Jim Lahey

    Regarding resting players, I am not sure it is the best idea at the moment.. The club needs a win, big time. Burnley are breathing down our necks and from the way Milan played last Thursday, Watford should be a more difficult game, but we will see.

    Iwobi starts, thats never a good sign!!

  44. Dissenter

    It’s good to know that Wenger has become more pragmatic and is giving the EL priority status.
    I’m afraid Watford will turn us over. today and we’ll be back under pressure again. They have had some success at the Emirates in the past 2-3 seasons.

    I miss Laca

  45. Bamford10


    Good point re how Mertesacker played in that cup final despite not having played in months. Monster performance.

    I’m also reminded of the City away match when Ozil was being a spoiled brat and didn’t want to acknowledge the away fans and Mertesacker grabbed him, scolded him and forced him to acknowledge the fans.

    I was never a massive fan of him — I never liked his physical limitations — but he is intelligent, mature and loyal to the club. A good man, Per is.

  46. Elmo


    Kroenke won’t ever even become aware of the trouble at West Ham, just as he probably isn’t aware of protests against him or Wenger. One of West Ham’s owners was hit in the face by a coin yesterday so the hostility is literally right in his face; Kroenke is sitting on a sprawling ranch thousands of miles away, not even watching the Arsenal games, so there is no opposition to him that personally makes his daily existence more uncomfortable.

  47. Bamford10


    Exactly. More likely than not, Wenger persuaded Mertesacker to play an additional year — despite his having stated his reservations — in order to play a leadership role within the squad. Mertesacker was always honest with the club; if you have a problem with the arrangement, take it up with Arsene Wenger.

  48. mysticleaves

    It’s on Wenger wholly. As has been pointed out here he forcedly activated Rosicky’s extension when Rosicky himself was against it. He also did it with Cazorla when it’s obvious he’s no where near ready to play again.

    I read last season also where Mert said Wenger convinced him to rethink his retirement after the FA cup. That’s when the coaching Job was dangled too

  49. steve

    I wonder what excuse they will use this time for the stadium being half empty. They can’t use the cold weather or that the game being played on a Thursday. They’ll probably come up with some shameless excuse though.

    Wenger buying himself some more time…

  50. Dissenter

    Mertasacker accepted the extension at gun point
    Rosicky accepted his extensions at gun point
    Cazorla accepted his extension at gun point
    Arteta accepted his extension at gun point

    Yup, it’s all Wenger’s fault. Never mind that the player knows his body better than anyone else and knew perfectly that he’s done physically.
    He could have played a “leadership” role by retiring and staying on as part of the managerial staff while earning his badges.
    The player ought to share some of the blamed responsibility too.

  51. Elmo


    There’s rail replacement services on many of the main lines today, probably carrying out maintenance after the bad weather. That will be the excuse for the attendance, despite most ticket holders living within the M25 and the fact that were we remotely competitive the stadium would be packed.

  52. Do One Gambon

    Show Charlie Nicklaus?

    Oh… You mean Charlie Nicholas.

    Can’t even get a club legends name right, yet think your real fans.

  53. useroz

    Iwobi is still so shit in final products.

    Even Elneny occasionally has one…

    Auba is way too light weighted

  54. Bamford10

    Good pass from Elneny. Kolasinac should have put a bit of bend on that so that Auba would be more likely to get to it.

  55. Bamford10

    Iwobi is poor. Any talented young player should have been savoring that chance. He was scared and missed badly.

  56. Elmo

    To be fair to Elneny, he’s played a couple of class forward balls so far. First the ball from midfield to Ozil for the PEA 1v1, then that ball in behind for the cross to PEA.

    He’s an average PL player and needs to add that forward passing to his game.

  57. Dissenter

    He’s getting fatter as the season goes. Symptoms of Cushing’s Syndrome??

    You meant to write fish and chips syndrome?

  58. useroz

    What a trademark Iwobi shot! Would love Rashford to learn something from it

    Btw Sead still fouling needlessly around the box. Fortunately Watford’s freekicks match Iwobi’s qualiteeees

  59. Bamford10

    We were asleep there and that was poor keeping from Cech. We’re lucky they didn’t finish on the follow-up.

  60. useroz

    Ffs. Wenger forwards in recent years just can’t shoot. Ozil loves shooting weak, ball on ground and straight at the gk…

    Even RVP hit straight at Neur? in that CL second leg fr 3 yards.

    Defence still shaky. Would have conceded if Watford is less shit.

  61. Champagne Charlie

    Wasting a player or not but I’d venture to say Bellerin can be replaced by AMN. He’s a much better footballer.

    I like Holdings mentality also, doesn’t shrink when confronted. Told Deeney to do one there and previously went toe to toe with Costa. Still rough around the edges.

  62. Dissenter

    Naitland-Miles is a much better footballer than Bellerin. He defends better too but he’s not a specialist in that position.
    Bellerin appears to have his uncontested run over at arsenal.

  63. Bamford10

    Anyone know what Ozil was miffed about there? I wonder if he thought the ball should’ve been played to Aubameyang instead?

  64. Elmo


    If Barca will pay £40m for Bellerin, I’d shift him and promote AMN. We’re in need of a major rebuild and £40m will buy a quality CDM or keeper, freeing up other funds for other areas. We would then have to bring in another RB, though, as we’ve sold all the depth (Debuchy etc).

  65. Bamford10

    Question is is AMN a good enough defender? I’m not sure. Player just went right by him in the box there.

  66. Champagne Charlie


    I’d take 40mil for Bellerin every day of the week, his end product is atrocious and he’s not an authority by any stretch. We need 2 rb’s if so though.

    AMN might be wasted there as I say, lad is very talented.

  67. Bamford10


    Nah, it’s an important point, so I think it bears reiterating. Plus, they showed the stadium from a different angle and the number of empty seats became even more obvious. So obvious in fact that it was the first thing the British commentator said at the break.

    You keep emphasizing the “positives,” though. 😉

  68. Victorious


    There are many factors why fans would rather sit out a 13:30 Sunday lunch time kick off,the NBC commentor is clearly taking the piss,not saying all is rosy at Arsenal the moment but I can easily see why most posters pick on you here

  69. Bamford10


    Except that “most” posters DON’T pick on me here. Only a couple of Untold trolls and erstwhile AKBs, like yourself.

    Cheers, though.

  70. useroz

    If Xhara really hones his shooting skills could be a 10 goal MF but defending and wayward passes still suck.

  71. Globalgunner

    How soon people forget Almunia. the worst goalkeeper to wear professional gloves. Completely useless. and Wenger kept him no1 for 5 seasons.

  72. useroz

    First time stating in RB, AMN has shown more raw defence sense/skills than Bellerin does these days even when forward play is taken into account.

  73. Dissenter

    Why are you always trying to rationalize everything?
    The lunch time kick-off has NOTHING to do with the empty seats.

  74. alexanderhenry

    Two points to make on the empty seats:

    Firstly, nearly all of them will have been paid for.
    This says a lot about the arsenal demographic. Many ST holders are middle class and the type of fans who can happily
    shell out a couple of grand for a season ticket and not pitch up when they lose interest.

    Secondly, it does matter even if the tickets have been paid for. It’s embarrassing and will dominate the headlines.
    Bad PR all round.
    Also, it could well lead to ST holders not renewing this summer.

    I really hope Josh is at the game and is aware of all this.