Big news in the managerial race + Wenger middle finger to Jose

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No sooner had I thrown the white towel in on the managerial race, than old Duncan Castles chimes in with a piece for The Sunday Times in which he declares the exec suite at Arsenal see Enrique as an inappropriate hire due to his money demands and his self-absorbed style of management.

That my friends, if true, is music to my ears.

Every manager who is linked to Arsenal needs a special superpower, for the life of me, I couldn’t work out what his was. Sure, he’s a good manager, but is he great? What could he bring to a broken group of players with very little money? I wasn’t sure…

The weird part about the story is the club are apparently interested in Sarri. I don’t quite get that. I mean, the guy creates masterful football, but he’s also an accused racist and homophobe. I’m not sure that alligns with the values of the club.

So that leaves the field shrinking.

My gut feel is this.

Ivan G wants to hire in Arteta, but that’s a massive risk and it’d take balls of steel to make a decision like that. The fans don’t love Arteta like they’d love a Vieira. I think most would see his hire as a mistake. It’d be an interesting move, but it’s not quite the same as Pep to Barca or Zidane to Madrid. I think it’d be a pretty exciting hire, but I’m not sure I have the appetite for extreme risk. It’d be an arrogant move fraught with danger, and really Ivan needs the fans united, and he certainly doesn’t want to be on the end of unpleasant op-eds if things go wrong.

It’s clear we’re not getting Allegri who is top 3 in the world for what he does. The only other elite manager who we could opt for is Conte (assuming Tuchel is off limits), and I’m not sure he’s our cup of tea if we’re looking for someone who behaves well and can keep their ego in check.

I think Vieira would be suicidal, the only superpower he has at the moment is his past as an amazing captain. That could be an Alan Shearer like mistake. You know what I think of the Geordies.

So that narrows the search down to Nagelsmann and Jardim.

I think the German feels like the right level of compromise if we want to go for an exciting young manager like the Rams did (good read on Hoffenheim here). He has experience, he is influenced by Rangnick, Tuchel, Klopp and Guardiola, he took a shite team to the Champions League, he’s personable and understands people dynamics, and it seems like there’s a fairly clear run for him.

I love Jardim, but I’m not sure how great his English is, and I wonder if the club want to make a splashier headline grabber for the fans.

Nagelsmann is the one for me. He checks all the boxes. He could be the next level, is the next level, is the next level.

Today’s game won’t be next level. We’re taking a b-squad up to United. It’s an opp to give our exciting kids the chance to rock it at Old Trafford. Someone said to me it’s almost a middle finger to Jose. Wenger doesn’t care about losing to him one last time, he’s all about the Europa League.

I’ll take anything better than losing 4-0.

It’s all about this coming Thursday.

I’m back on the pod this afternoon, if you want to listen, stay glued to Twitter and await my order.



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  1. Ishola70

    Not a match to make judgements about individual players saying how good they were due to the end of season feel to the game and the fact that both teams were not fully at it especially Man Utd.

    But of course people do like to make judgements.

    Saying that those that failed to shine today in such a match there will be concerns.

    The game against Atletico coming up now that is a match where judgements can be made clearly. On the line match.

  2. LINP

    Here are my observations:

    David Ospina is too short. That was a weak header. He didn’t have the reach to stop it.
    Hector Bellerin let Sanchez have a free header. Later, Martial ran pass him as if he isn’t there.
    Calum Chambers looks solid.
    All the youth players perform well. We should play them again in the next PL games.
    The team has to familiarize with Aubameyang’s game. He is quite static positioning next to the two CB’s. He didn’t hold the ball up. We need to send well measured passes for him to run into. Today, the quality of the through balls are not good. The CB was always one step ahead of him.

  3. Frankie Coffeecakes

    A real snoozer of a match, but at least there are signs of life in some of the players, which could bode well under a new manager, one who can get the best out of them. As an overall some need a serious kick up the backside, but again a new manager will be guaranteed not to coddle them.

    Not sure what really to make out of ManU, they have pretty much been “bleh” for the majority of the season. The result was inevitable and over the horizon there remains optimism – there has to be.

  4. Pierre

    classic comment from ishola

    “Not a match to make judgements about individual players saying how good they were”

    “Saying that those that failed to shine today in such a match there will be concerns”

    Basically you are saying if any player did themselves justice ,they can’t be judged but if they failed to shine then they can be judged …..classic.

  5. Ishola70

    Yes Pierre

    Not every Arsenal match is the be all and end all.

    And certainly not this one.

    I actually thought at one point that Mourinho had decided to to go easy on Wenger and let him get a result that being a draw and really that should have been the end result.

    Man Utd were coasting that match for the majority.

    It’s not a match to dwell on at all.

  6. gazzap

    I only saw the highlights of the game but looks like we were unlucky with the goal as it came off Xhaka AND fellaini at the same time – no way fellaini could have meant it to go right in the corner of the goal. But also looked like we had let them come on to us for the last 10 mins so we were asking for it. glad to hear some of the youngsters having a good game. I think wenger should have been giving them a chance earlier when we were playing badly. I have said for a long time on this blog that Kozzer and Mustafi should have been at least temporarily dropped earlier in season. If you keep playing players who are playing badly it doesn’t do anyone any favours. give them 5-8 games off and I bet they come back much better players. Kozzer was carrying a niggly injury and needed games off as well. the centre backs have cost us dearly this season but it’s wengers fault.

  7. Dissenter

    Six consecutive away losses in the league
    That’s relegation form.

    At least no one can say he didn’t deserve his sacking.

  8. Pierre

    Take him back to Highbury (please God )

    Well j.oe it’s nearly all over, the curtain is coming down for the last time for Arsene Wenger ….what are you gonna do…

    Remember j.oe ” be careful what you wish for and the grass isn’t always greener on the other side ”

    Bear that in mind because you never know , history may say that the past 5 years are one of the most ( I said one of the most)successful periods in Arsenals history .

  9. gazzap

    News tonight that Ancelotti has signed a contract with an unnamed club who he is not allowed to reveal. Could it be Arsenal? I think its a definite possibility.

  10. Pierre

    Agree about the youngsters , makes you wonder why the Greek lad hasn’t been given a run out yet ..

    Maybe Wenger set him up to fail as he wasn’t one of his signings..

  11. LINP

    Just watched the ATM vs Alaves game. Both Torres and Costa started. ATM needed two penalties to win. They have also rested a few regulars, including the goalie.

  12. champagne charlie

    How do those touting Sarri feel about Napoli blowing their title push at the last?

    Does that reveal a soft underbelly? Is there style and no substance with his teams?

    Genuinely asking.

  13. Dissenter

    We can get a high scored draw against Atletico on Thursday, that’s what I’m hoping for.
    It can be hard for them to defend a 1-1 advantage from the first leg; there’s that dynamic of shall we hold to what we have already or go for the kill?
    So long as we don’t implode at the back….

  14. Pierre

    There is too much fear in the game nowadays to give the kids a chance plus the fans are too ready to criticise mistakes and then the player loses confidence.

    Reis Nelson should be told to go out there and use his skills but he looked scared to try anything ,scared to lose the ball ..
    9 months ago he looked like a star in the making but he seems to have lost his way … Wenger playing him at wing back probably hasn’t helped and today, although he was playing against a very good experience player in Valencia , he didn’t show enough courage on the ball.

  15. Pierre

    I’m sure I read that sarri has never won a trophy in his managerial career, may be wrong though…could be another pochettino

  16. champagne charlie


    That would be my concern with him, however maybe thats unwarranted?

    To me he seems a bit hipster in choice, kind of a maverick figure, plays sexy stuff, but ultimately not delivering the things we’d like to see most of all.

  17. Dissenter

    Take me back to Highbury
    Pierre was just being cheeky when he said that nonsense.
    We’ve had a precipitous decline in the last 5 years. Wenger used the FA cup to mask the decay.

  18. Pierre

    Interesting comment from Sarri.

    IN 2016, Maurizio Sarri memorably said: “If I saw my team defending and counter-attacking after 30 minutes, I would get up and return to the bank because I would not be having fun.” It’s music to the ears of fans of the beautiful game –

  19. E54_

    DaveB666April 29, 2018    17:27:35

    Players who should be on their way out of this club….


    Contrary to what Wenger says thy are not special and they do NOT have mental strength.
    He knows they are mentally weak so he keeps telling them ‘you’re great, you’re a star, you’re special’ to try to convince them otherwise. It’s a very basic confidence building technique. Primary school teachers use it everyday..

  20. Carts

    Didn’t expect much from that game besides the customary 2018 away loss.

    Granted, we gave an ok account of ourselves – or at least the reserve lads did.

    Utd have blagged 2nd place, and fair play to them. Arsenal on the other hand simply need to win the EL.

    As for the manager situation, I’m glad Enrique is off the list. Don’t fancy him, and he comes across as very cold.

  21. Pierre

    Maybe , just maybe , Atletico scoring may have done Arsenal a favour (stupid as it sounds) .

    If it had finished 1-0 to Arsenal then Atletico would come at us all guns blazing but as its 1-1 they might just settle for a 0-0 to get through and play defensively which will be to our advantage and then we Nick a goal near the end … A sort of Michael Thomas moment …..I can also remember Vaesson scoring in the last minute in juventus to put us through ( I think it was 1980) in the cup winners cup semi final …

  22. champagne charlie

    Arsenal get a goal before the hour mark against Atletico and it puts a ton of doubt in their minds. We score two goals I think we’re through.

  23. Akilan

    They’ll have Costa & Griezmann upfront and play long balls throughout the game. Our CBs are incapable of keeping a clean sheet. They’ll score.

  24. Marko

    Always on hand to police the blog, like some bigshot footballing authority.You’re frankly worse than Bamford. How you get away with it is what is surprising.Cunt.

    Wow wow. Worst than Bamford. Harsh

  25. Pierre

    “Yes because this is simeone’s first rodeo”

    Sorry mate ,we are talking about football on here ,go back to your cowgirl blog and take Ruth with you …

  26. Akilan

    I thought Chambers was our best player tonight. Almost did everything right. Should keep him. Sell both Kos & Mustafi and buy a new defense.

  27. Marko

    Find it hilarious Rambo you’ve got no problem with someone dog piling on Xhaka or Bellerin or Iwobi for the hundredth time but take such grievance over Ramsey getting shit. It’s really weird. I was actually talking about how I thought Maitland Niles was having a good game today and then Paulinho made a remark about how he’s overhyped and unremarkable and why do the commentators do such a thing and I said him and others do the exact same thing with Aaron. And then you called me a cunt I guess for shit talking Ramsey. I mean you Ramsey bitch boys need to relax it’s just criticism and opinions

  28. Marko

    Cult of Wenger being replaced by the cult of Ramsey it seems. Hilarious when you consider that if we signed someone like Kovacic or Trigueros or had we signed Goretska he’d be forgotten in 5 minutes

  29. Dissenter

    I feel better with us going there with a 1-1 result. I’ll never believe we can defend a 1-0 win against Atletico but we might be able to have a goal-filled draw.
    I feel more confident after seeing how sharp Mykhi is.
    We now have Laca, Mykhi and Ramsey as goal threats.
    Welbeck batter them with his athleticism.

    We are better when are the underdogs. It’s basically just attack, attack and attack. We know we are going to concede anyway.

    Wenger has to play Welbeck, Ramsey, Mykhi, Ozil and Laca together.


  30. Dissenter

    Take me back to Highbury?
    “Dissenter. Who’s going to stop atletico scoring 4 vs that lineup?”

    Risk averse open football baby!!!
    Go read the Aubergine/Northern doctrine

  31. Guns of SF

    Team needs a complete overhaul. We had no midfield creativity. Cannot depend on Xhaka and mikki came off it changed the team completely

    The new coach needs to get rid of about 5 to 6 players and bring in some young hungry world class killers

    Manchester United in the final 20 minutes of the game was making Precision passes that were hitting their targets left and right we don’t have a creative midfielder and PIerre went missing today sorry to say

  32. Akilan

    TBF, AMN is an excellent prospect. Technically excellent, can actually keep the ball when pressed, one of the the best dribblers in the squad. Got good pace, engine and physicality. He needs to improve his passing though(today he did pass the ball well).

    I thought he did OK whenever he was being played at FB. His performances in the midfield(ostersund away and Newcastle? where he came on as a sub) were pretty bad. But today he showed, why he’s a midfielder.

    And he’s a genuine character. Nothing fazes him. Ice cold. Could develop into a complete midfielder.

  33. London gunner


     29, 2018    17:44:00

    Marko – Ramsey is our highest scoring central midfielder. In our entire history.

    Sanchez was our highest scoring winger of all time…

  34. Pierre

    Watching match of the day it was obvious that the match was decided by the ref.
    Nelson was brought down before the first United goal.
    AMN was brought down by Sanchez in the first half…. Penalty.
    Before the United winner they were given a phantom corner… Ashley Young kicked the ball out but ref gave a corner.

    Nothing mentioned in the analysis after the game though..

    All immaterial as the game had nothing riding on it but very poor refereeing.

  35. Champagne charlie

    Oh…it’s your general patter that’s garbage, nvm.

    You’re an empty vessel Delia, if you’re not belittling Arsenal/Wenger, or reeming opponents, you’ve nothing to bring to the table.

    There’s no football ideas of your own, you’re just the internet warrior going about undercutting others and ridiculing various inputs. No wonder you’re a massive failure in life.

  36. Champagne charlie

    Delia you’re the one that’s resurfaced spouting your usual bollocks. Seems you’re triggered more than anyone because you’ll actually have to provide something other than Wenger ridicule.

    Pretty much snookers you with your intellect

  37. TheLegendaryDB10

    Watched MotD. Didn’t look like much of a match. Probably the editing. Which in itself was revealing. What was interesting to see was that the gift from Manure to AW was/ looked like a trophy!!!! The cynical bastards!!! And gifted by none other than Fergie, who has bested him in all departments. The score line must have given him a smirk (arsehole).

    Then you have the punching in the air by Maureen when Fellaini scored. To me that was Maureens’ fuck you to AW.

    And annotingly the BBC are still firmly on Fergie’s side.

    On another note, I managed to make sure that I start my shift earlier on Thursday to watch the second leg. I am really looking forward to going back (for what seems like years) to the Gunners pub to watch the game!!!

    And even more looking forward to next season!

    And it’s The Arsenal!!! …. you know the rest!!!

  38. alexanderhenry


    The alledged £50 million transfer budget is doing the rounds on MOTD. Wrighty saying that it’s nowhere near enough. I’m glad he’s come out and said this.

    For the 6th richest football club in the world to limit it’s spending in this way is an insult to arsenal fans.

    This is already very bad PR for Arsenal.
    Let’s hope it’s just gossip.

  39. englandsbest

    It’s astonishing how much Pep Gardiola has improved Sterling. That’s what is needed at Arsenal, a manager who can transform a talented player into a great one. Pep can also infuse total commitment and team spirit into a side. Yes, that’s the sort of guy needed. But because it is Arsenal, the guy must have another ability: to do it all without spending a great deal of money.

    Generally only young unproven managers have done that – Ferguson, Wenger, Mourinho are examples. And if they’re smart, they only need to it at one club because they move on to another club which throws money at them.

    That’s why Gazidis wants Arteta. And he’ll be praying that some of Pep’s magic has rubbed off on him. It’s a risk – but I hope he takes it.

  40. Emiratesstroller

    Yesterday’s game should allow the club to prioritise those positions in the team, which are clearly in need of upgrade and not focus this summer on chasing after players who we are realistically unlikely to buy.

    The fact that we are going to play almost certainly in the Europa Cup means that we need to have a strong squad with cover in every position on the pitch and the club can no longer afford to carry PASSENGERS.

    The major weakness in the first team/squad is the GOALKEEPER position. It
    is clear to see that neither Cech nor Ospina are good enough to play in first team when it matters. The club needs to invest in a world class keeper whatever the cost. I would keep Cech on the books, but he should compete with Martinez or Macey for second/third string position.

    The club needs also to buy an experienced and commanding top class CENTRE BACK. Personally I thought that Mavropanos and Chambers played quite
    well yesterday albeit that they were not put under immense pressure. A more defensive minded manager might improve the squad without making wholesale changes.

    It is clear to me that Maitland-Niles has potential to become a top class Central Midfielder, but he needs to play more regularly in that position and not be used as a utility player.

    My view is that Arsenal should only consider spending serious money on a
    new midfielder or winger if they can increase substantially their transfer budget by selling unwanted players.

    Personally I do think that the NET BUDGET of £50 million is unrealistic and the club are unlikely to generate more than £30 million more on sale of unwanted players.

  41. Black Hei

    “Nagelsmann is the one for me. He checks all the boxes. He could be the next level, is the next level, is the next level.”

    Amen to that Peds. I am in absolute agreement

  42. China

    Mustafi (15m)
    Cech (8m)
    Welbeck (15m)
    Wilshere (20m)

    +50m is 108m in available cash without weakening our squad really at all. That can buy us 2 great players, 1 really good one and some bargains. I’d be happy with that

  43. jasongms


    You would want least 25mil for Mustafi.

    I’d like to flog Ozil off to China or the like for 30mil also, which would allow Mikhi to play the central role and invest in a decent winger.

    Still not so sure about playing Aubameyang and Lacca together, when it’s evident that they are both principally no9’s. I know it’s not popular here, but I would look at selling one of them to fund elsewhere.

    If we plan right, we could have in excess of 150mil to build out a decent first 11, with the following season building out a decent squad that could challenge for the title.

  44. China

    25 for Mustafi sounds nice but will anyone pay that after such an error prone season?

    I think we have to be conservative in our expectations coming off such a poor season

    I really don’t have an answer about laca and auba but I’m uncomfortable about selling either this summer. We haven’t had a top striker since RVP left and *maybe* we now finally have two. I really struggle to see how they can play together but if we want to challenge for titles I believe we need more than one serious striker.

    If we sell auba for example and then laca gets injured we’re rolling with dat boi welbz… which all but guarantees we will stop scoring regularly from the front. Unless we sold one of them and replaced him with a very good but different backup – which begs the question of why we ever sold giroud who was that option…

    Re ozil to China, I believe this league now has a 100% tax on foreign signings, so this is likely to be a real stinger here. Would Shanghai or Quanjian be willing to pay 50m for Ozil? Probably. But I don’t think they’d be willing to pay 100m because of the taxes. Just my thoughts on that

  45. China

    One thing you can say is that incredibly few teams manage to challenge near the top echelons of football with only one top striker. I’d say 2 top strikers and a good alternative is the standard most/all clubs are aiming for

  46. China

    A final comment on laca/auba. If we sell one of them and the other doesn’t deliver the goods in the end, we’ll need to fork out for another elite striker and these guys command the highest fees in football.

    Given the constant value hikes it worries me that we’ll find ourselves a year from now with zero elite strikers and the global price tag will be ridiculous to get in a new one

  47. gonsterous

    I think a new manager will sort out mustafi and xhaka. people here so ready to replace a player like they are playing PES or Fifa on their Ps… the new manager would probably hold on to as many players as he can while bringing in one or 2 signing of his own…

  48. mysticleaves

    Spot on gonestrous. Yesterday was the clearest indication that there’s life in Chambers and I am absolutely sure the guy will go on to be a good defender. If the fans get their wish, it won’t be at Arsenal. Mustafa and Xhaka are not that bad too, their mistakes can easily be worked upon. Xhaka was in the bundesliga team of the season before we signed him.

    Really loved what I saw of Mavro and I hope he gets a sniff next season.

  49. Emiratesstroller


    Wilshire is worth zero, because he can leave this summer on Bosman when his current contract ends.

    Cech is also worth peanuts. He is 35 going on 36 and on a huge salary of almost
    £100K pw.

    Somehow I don’t think that Welbeck will be leaving, because he is versatile and a workhorse.

    When you analyse carefully the squad the only player who is saleable and might generate a decent transfer fee apart from those who came in this season is Ramsey. He will need to be sold this summer if he does not sign a new
    contract, because he will be in final year of current one.

  50. jasongms


    Although only speculative, I tend to agree with pretty much everything you’ve written.

    I’d only add that if we were to sell either of the two strikers. We could possibly generate something in the order of 50mil+. We could then go for someone like Martial for roughly 30mil, saving us up to 20mil. Add to that his versatility, quality, age and output would be a better solution than having two no9’s (although of good quality) that are not as versatile and need to play in their prefered position to be effective.

    so summing up, sell either Lacca or Aubameyang, effectively freeing up 50mil.
    Selling Ozil with hopefully a solid world cup to maximise his value.

    Bring in Martial and another natural winger to add width and another attacking dimension and for me, that’s the front three sorted for next season.

    On to the midfield.

  51. Freddie Ljungberg

    Martial is rumored to be 60m.

    Why mess with the only position where we have good strength? Possibly the only good thing Wenger did for the new manager is getting 2 top strikers in.

    Why sell Laca for 50m when we can get 20-25 for Wellbz solely based on the fact he’s english?

    Ramsey is our best CM no matter what anyone thinks of him, I’m not against selling if he doesn’t sign a new contract or wants too high of a salary but we still need to replace Xhaka as well.
    Anyone that thinks he will suddenly get faster and more press resistant just because we change managers needs their head examined.

    We can let Chambers and Mustafi learn on the job and get all their many mistakes out of their systems to the detriment of the team or we can sell and upgrade, depends on if we want to fight for 6th again or move up the table.

    Because of the WC there is only so much time for a new manager to work with the team before the next season starts, let’s not waste it…

  52. jasongms

    Personally, I don’t think Martial sells for more than 40mil and as for Welbeck, 15 or maybe 18mil max as he makes less of an appeal than Walcott who went for 25mil.

    And dude don’t get me wrong I would love us to keep both Lacca and Aubameyang, but I just don’t see how they fit into a team that lacks shape and penetration when they both start. And can we really afford to have one of either coming off the bench?

    We have a similar situation with Ozil and Mikhi, both want to play in the no10 role as their prefered position. Actually, that can also be said of Ramsey and Iwobi as well.
    4 players that want to play the 10 role makes no sense to me and its the reason why the team lacks width and any form of penetration.

  53. Wallace

    one of the few good things about this season has been watching some of the youth kids get chances to impress. quite important for me that the new guy continues with this, which is one of my main question marks over Luis Enrique.

  54. jasongms


    We don’t have the luxury of playing kids, Arsene made sure of that with his profligacy. The first thing that needs to happen is for the new manager to get us playing at a level where we become relevant again, don’t see how that can happen accommodating kids.

    And when I say relevant I don’t mean 4th place and an FA cup run, unless of course, you’re happy to tread water.

  55. Ishola70

    ” Yesterday was the clearest indication that there’s life in Chambers and I am absolutely sure the guy will go on to be a good defender. If the fans get their wish, it won’t be at Arsenal”

    With all due respect Mystic it is not a clear indication that Chambers is a good defender based on yesterdays game.

    Most observers and neutrals as well commented that yesterdays match was a subdued one and Man United were not at all really intense in their play.

    Are we really to forget and sweep away those matches where Chambers has looked an absolute prune defensively in matches where there has been more intensity in the match overall?

    I think many would want to see him preform to a better standard in matches where there is more riding on it rather than mourn his loss basing it on a match that was so end of season fare with both teams having nothing to play for.

  56. Freddie Ljungberg

    All the rumors have been 60m, guess we just have to see.

    Would love to see a speedy winger come in, think that’s one of the priorities, we’re so flat and unimaginative and can’t break down packed defenses.

    Selling any of our top players is a no for me, that includes our strikers and Ozil, we need to add to our quality, not replace it.

    Get rid of the weakest links and upgrade there instead, even with a 50m budget that’s more than possible.

    Regarding the strikers I don’t think they should start too many games together if we get a new winger in, but it’s a long season and we’re in 4 competitions, add injuries to that and there’s plenty of playing time.
    We can also rest either of them when needed so we can keep them fresh and firing.

    We’ll also be able to rotate according to the opposition, something we haven’t been able to do in a long time.

  57. Wallace


    “And when I say relevant I don’t mean 4th place and an FA cup run, unless of course, you’re happy to tread water.”

    currently we’re 6th, miles back. I’d be quite happy with 4th next season. ain’t catching City, or Liverpool, I’d imagine, and Utd will probably drop another 200m this summer.

    we need some quality, for sure, but I’d also hope for a new guy whose primary asset is his ability to improve players. not just buy them ready made.

  58. Paddy got bored

    To be honest the fact he’s going just makes me wake-up with a smile each day..
    My take on new boss is provided he doesn’t continue with this tippie tappy shit and insisting every signing has the physicality of Tom Daley we should be fine
    Just need the Syrip out now

  59. Black Hei


    Lol, next you will have us signing WWE rosters.

    Don’t let Wenger’s failure make you cynical about attacking football.

    We don’t need to be London-Stoke.

  60. Paddy got bored

    Oh no you got me wrong I love attacking football but it’s gotta have an edge. Midfield has to have physicality ie Viera and Petit
    Centre backs have to be able to tackle and have a voice.
    As you say maybe I’m in Wenger rehab lol

  61. Black Hei


    Actually, I would disagree.

    The 4-2-3-1 with Carzola and Coquelin in the mid was truly inspired and tremendously effective.

    It utilizes the high pressing with great possessional security (basically the anti-press) to snuff the life out of opposing teams.

    Everyone in the starting 11 wasn’t big or burly. Instead they were all very mobile, good stamina and good in possession; cept for Walcott whose job was his work off the ball instead.

    That was a team that gave me belief.

    And then Wenger balls it up by getting Xhaka as a Carzola replacement.

    Xhaka is the very opposite. Big, strong and not very mobile and not very secure with the ball at his feet.

  62. Terraloon

    Yesterday we were given a flavour as to what can be expected of Arsenal going forward.
    The old men of the squad have no real value and they clearly won’t walk unless they receive a wedge. That means Kos, Cech are around for a while yet .
    The £50 million kitty if correct is an insult and a worry for what does that say about the clubs ambition and indeed the real state of finances.
    For me there is going to be little added to the pot from sales because quite simply selling say Welbeck or Mustafi really isn’t going to generate enough funds to buy the type of player that is needed and the last throw of AW dice saw the selling of squad players that had value leaving players who other clubs won’t pay top money for.
    People slaughter Chelsea for their player loan policy but if they need to generate funds selling just players out on loan the likes of Batshuayi, Kennedy and Zouma & Loftus-Cheek, would probably generate £150 million add in players from their squad who seem to be likely sales players like Drinkwater, Alonso then you can add in another £50-75 million .Man Utd, Man City and Liverpool who all will be doing much the same that means that they quite likely will be add to squads already way ahead of Arsenal who will have to run just to standstill
    The squad is going to be bulked out with the players that were playing in that exhibition game yesterday a game that really meant little or nothing to Man Utd for their CL place was assured and their main objective with the FA cup just a few weeks away was to avoid injury which in view of the Lukaku injury was ironic. You will get away with it in an end of season game but adopt anywhere near that sort of team in early or mid season and the result would be the same but the score wouldn’t be
    In no way am I advocating the departure of AW is a negative , farfrom it, but we are going to witness big time over the coming years just how damaging the folly of keeping him and allowing him so much power was and that will very much start with the type of manager/ coach that will be in position next season

  63. Emiratesstroller

    Arsenal may be recruiting a new manager/head coach with different ideas to
    Wenger, but I doubt that the club will be making wholesale changes this summer to their current squad.

    When Wenger arrived at the club the only recruitment made was the arrival of Remi Garde, Patrick Vieira and Nicholas Anelka.

    My personal view is that Arsenal will continue the process of offloading the
    dross and then promote perhaps three youngsters to first team squad and
    recruit perhaps two to three new players. One suspects that they will try and
    recruit in midfield a Bosman like Meyer or a low budget player to supplement
    what we have got.

    Personally I think that the following players will be offloaded this summer:

    From current First Team Squad
    Mertesacker [retired]
    Holding or Chambers
    Cazorla [probably also retired]
    Wilshire [bosman]

    Out on Loan
    Reine-Adelaide [?]
    Campbell [end of contract]

  64. Biggles

    I was going to add Perez to the list of players we could sell and actually make a bit of cash on. We’re not going to recoup all of the £17m spent on him, but hopefully we’re at more than £10m.

  65. Emiratesstroller


    There is absolutely no chance that Arsenal will sell this summer Lacazette,
    Aubameyang or Mkhitaryan.

    Arsenal would make a huge loss on these players if they did try to sell them , because
    a] None of these players would be of interest to any major club in EPL or Europe.
    b] They are on very large wages which would be beyond the budgets of most
    other clubs.
    c] Highly unlikely that any of these players would want to leave after just half/
    full season.
    d] There is no indication that the club would want to offload these players.

  66. Uwot?

    The paltry sum of £50 million banded about by the media might just possibly be a smokescreen to try & keep excessive transfer fees demanded down.letting others know we’re not point screaming we have a £200 million war chest or whatever.prob is it would be so very Arsenal for it to be true?

  67. Terraloon


    Arsenal by virtue of being a club that will not spend money it doesn’t have be that by way of borrowing more or by way of owners investing means clubs selling to Arsenal will know 100% what Arsenal can afford
    Simply tracking the decline in cash reserves which some on here don’t accept but is a reality ,tells the story for me and whilst money was spent this season it was only spent because sales were extremely high indeed it’s still reported a £10 million profit but I really can’t see where significant income can be generated from those that remain.