5 things Unai Emery must urgently address

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I’m sitting at my laptop, and I won’t moan.

But come on?

Just one!

 

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Arsenal dropping the ‘Dog ate my designs’ 2018 away kit line.

What are the lads at Puma thinking?

This looks like the sort of sportswear my mum would buy for the start of year 8.

‘Well, I thought it looked natty’

Geez Mum, I’m already getting wedgied for the extra-special braces and velcro shoes, how could you do this to me?

FFS. I’m trying my hardest to button up the moaning, but it feels like every other day Puma drop a new monstrosity for the fuck-you-very-much victory lap.

Anyway, let’s crack into Unai Emery. I’m gonna go all Buzzfeed up in this bitch.

5 things that Unai Emery needs to address:

Aaron Ramsey:

The only superstar in Wales these days is down to the final year of his deal. There’s no doubt he’s looking at the fat mega pay cheque part-timer Mesut Ozil just dropped thinking, damn, I want to get me some of that sweet sugar.

Knowing that Arsenal can only raise their wage bill £7m a season, I find it highly unlikely we’re going to drop £300k a week on a player who spends a lot of time injured. The leak from The Sun claimed Unai wanted to build the squad around Aaron’s engine, so it’s going to be interesting to see what they do there.

My gut feel says he’ll be moved on so we can crank up that weak transfer pot and free up some cash money. We could easily get £50m for him, that’d be good dough.

CAPTAIN:

Arsene Wenger didn’t believe in captains, which I always felt was an apt position to take from a man who showed a real lack of leadership in his last 5 years. We’ve cycled through Gallas, Arteta, Mertesacker, Cech and Koscielny. With the Frenchman out for the foreseeable, and our #1 likely on the chopping board, it’ll be very interesting to see who takes on the armband.

My preference is someone who actually plays, that’d be a good start. It looks like the options are basically Aaron, Ramsey, or Aaron Ramsey. I don’t see a lot of leadership outside those three.

XHAKAKAKAKA:

Lord of the Spare Key, Granit Xhaka, had a pretty awful season last year. I think he had more assists than Ramsey, but, you know, for the opposition.

Amirite?

You sure are Pedro, you sure are.

The Swiss midfielder needs a career reboot, Emery is apparently a major fan according to legendary ITK Kike Marin, so it’ll be interesting to see how he develops him. The biggest challenge he has is physical, he has no acceleration, and he’s a bit of a ding-dong when it comes to positioning. A lot of that comes from having played in Lucian Favre system where you’d get screamed at for being 5 yards out of position in training, to playing under Wenger who had no tactical system outside ‘express yourself.’

Also, Xhaka is a very fit player, he always plays… captain material?

Meeeeesut Ozil:

The German international takes more short breaks than my retired Dad. I’m not sure the new man is going to take that sort of nonsense. It’s very doubtful he’ll afford him the same freedom to do what he wants on and off the pitch. The #10 is dead unless you want to be a workhorse, which isn’t Ozil’s bag. Will he opt for a wide right position? Will he play deeper? Or will the club try and shift him on for a fee?

The German won’t be tolerated in the new setup if he doesn’t pull his weight, and the new head coach will pull him off if his fitness or effort levels are flagging. Ozil is just one of many now, no special treatment for a player on so much damn cash.

Keeeeeeeper:

Cech has been given the #1 jersey, but as John McEnroe would say, ‘HE CAN’T PLAY WITH HIS FEET AND HIS REFLEXES HAVE GONE’, so let’s see how long that lasts.

We need a keeper who can keep us in games, we need someone who can act as a sweeper, we need someone who can bring the ball down from 40 yards, stun it, and break the lines like a keeping version of peak Zidane.

The universe of great keeping passed Cech by, you’re not teaching someone those new skills in their mid-thirties. We need a modern take on a keeper, and that looks more like Allison and Ederson than it does Cech.

DM me, bruh:

Arsenal made a massive hash of a DM during Wenger’s terror reign. The club thought Xhaka and Coq would be a better alt than Kante, so we passed on the Frenchman. Oh how that stung. We need to address that deep-lying midfielder. We need someone with power, pace and smooth bald head. I think AMN is the future, he has it all. Recovery pace, aggression, footballing intelligence and that cool/calm composure usually only associated with elite riflemen. He could be the answer… or the club could go big with an unknown from the Bundesliga.

Will Arsenal take a chance on youth? Let’s see…

Right, that’s me done, see you tomorrow you sexy beasts. x

289 Responses to “5 things Unai Emery must urgently address”

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  1. Emiratesstroller

    I don’t think that Arsenal’s wage situation is as critical as some suggest.

    There is too much focus on the mega wage of Ozil and not on the disposals which have been made during course of last season i.e. Sanchez, Ox, Coquelin, Walcott, and Giroud. That was nearly £500K pw.

    Then you can add in the departures of Mertesacker, Cazorla and any other players we farmed out on loan whose wages were paid/subsidised by Arsenal.

  2. gonsterous

    why do people assume that if licht comes, bellerin is off ? I think the reason licht will come in is to teach bellerin how to be a class RB… no 34 year old is Playing 3 times a week. Not the brightest people on le grove…

  3. E54_

    thats the point. if he doesn’t addresss these issues we will be losing, struggling, continuing Wengers way. oh there will be excuses excuses. most of you will say ‘give it time’ but if he can’t see these glaringly obvious problems that have been hurting the club for years now, then he’s obviously not ‘The guy’

  4. E54_

    It only took the club about a month to replace wenger. when was it 1st announced in april? So they knew what they were doing and they knew who they wanted. Wengers head still spinning from it all. he actually couldn’t believe it was happening. poor sod. scratch that, wealthy sod.

    Unai has till January.

  5. DivineSherlock

    I always liked Lichtsteiner , reliably solid player throughout his career. Experienced head to teach Bellerin some skillz maybe ?
    How come Pedro you havent listed what to do with Welbeck and Iwobi ?

  6. China

    A proper keeper, a proper CB and a proper DM, supplemented by 1 or 2 experiences freebies and selling of a few of our shitter players and we’re laughing

    Maybe if I repeat this enough times the club will listen.

    IVAN??? CAN YOU HEAR ME???

  7. China

    Welbeck and Mustafi combined can hopefully bring us the best part of 40 million with zero negative impact on our squad quality

  8. Olumide

    E54
    “thats the point. if he doesn’t addresss these issues we will be losing, struggling, continuing Wengers way. oh there will be excuses excuses. most of you will say ‘give it time’ but if he can’t see these glaringly obvious problems that have been hurting the club for years now, then he’s obviously not ‘The guy’”

    What makes you so sure we’ll be losing? Are you saying no manager can coach this group of players and make top 4?
    We can’t say Wenger is a bad coach then say our problems will only be solved by buying. Coaching should have an effect too.
    When you look at Juve between 2015 and 2017, they changed their midfield trio and still made champions league final.
    Look at some teams Ferguson used to win the league.
    If a player improves to be worth a starting spot, why would the coach bench them because they were bad last year?
    Let the coach work with the players and make his judgements.

  9. Emiratesstroller

    Let’s be methodical about our squad rather than fanciful.

    GK LENO [replace Ospina]
    GK CECH
    GK MACEY
    CB SOKRATIS [replace Mustafi]
    CB KOSCIELNY [? replacement]
    CB MAVROPANOS [replace Mertesacker]
    CB CHAMBERS
    CB HOLDING
    RB BELLERIN
    LB MONREAL
    LB KOLASINAC
    DMF XHAKA
    DMF ELNENY
    DMF MAITLAND-NILES [+ RB]
    CMF SERI [replace Cazorla]
    CMF RAMSEY
    CMF WILSHIRE [? replacement if does not sign contract]
    LW IWOBI [+RW]
    RW NELSON [ promoted from U23]
    AMF OZIL
    AMF MKHITARYAN [+ RW]
    ST AUBAMEYANG [+ LW]
    ST WELBECK [+ LW]
    ST NKIETAH [promoted from U23]

  10. Emiratesstroller

    Divine Sherlock

    Xhaka is not going to be sold this summer. This is just wishful thinking on part of posters on Le Grove.

    RT is just being the usual contrary WUM. The one certainty is that a new GK will be recruited to replace him. Too small and made far too many mistakes this season.

  11. Bob

    Red Truth

    You have no football brain if you think Ospina is better than Lori’s or De Gea…Ospina is a dwarf erratic calamity. What are you talking about. Mug

  12. Buckhurst Gun

    “The same people who hailed Cech are now looking for a new keeper lol”

    We all hailed Cech , we thought he was world class , because he’d been world class for Chelsea , his first game for us showed we made a mistake – now we want a new keeper , not surprising is it ?

  13. Emiratesstroller

    To summarise Ospina’s performance.

    Who can forget the goal conceded early in season in Europa League when ball
    lofted over his head when he was in no man’s land.

    Or the two successive games when he was again lying on ground and we conceded goals.

    Or the occasions when we conceded a goal because he failed to reach the shot,

    Or his poor distribution including the goal conceded when he kicked the ball
    out to opposing player who then scored.

  14. TR7

    Loris is tremendously overrated. He often embarasses himself coming off his line and fluffing clearances. Too nervous and error prone to become a top keeper.

  15. Buckhurst Gun

    Stroller

    And when he somehow dives backwards behind the line trying to save a shot – I still can’t work out how he manages to do that ?

  16. Emiratesstroller

    The point is that we need a new goalkeeper and not whether Cech or Ospina
    should be retained.

    Cech is well past his best , and has no resale value. Ospina may have a small resale value. Both have contracts expiring in June 2019.

    Cech on past evidence will not want to move out of London.

  17. Redtruth

    “Cech was one of the best keepers in the world at his height during his Chelsea days.”

    He had a good defence which protected his sorry ass.

  18. Buckhurst Gun

    For me , in order of priority – GK -CB-DM

    On the whole xakha argument- I know he’s had 2 seasons , but to see the best from him , he is a player that needs the clearest of instruction and coaching , Which people forget he actually came out and pretty much said , when he complained about his lack of instruction- I think we at least have to see what Emery can do with him – it’s not going to be a quick 6 month fix so we’re going to be seeing the same faces for a while before any massive changes – so we need to be patient —— like when Liverpool fell away a few years back – their owners said something like it takes a while to turn round a cruise ship ( can’t remember the exact analogy but you get my drift )

  19. Emiratesstroller

    It is inconceivable that Arsenal will not buy a new goalkeeper who will be expected to play regularly in EPL and major cup games.

    The question is who do you then keep on the bench. Bluntly I think that Macey will come into the frame next season for that role and possibly play the occasional cup game. Tech will wind down his career at the club next season.

    Ospina will certainly leave if we buy as expected a new goalkeeper.

  20. Emiratesstroller

    RS

    We are not short of HG players.

    Currently qualified for that role are:
    Macey
    Bellerin
    Chambers
    Holding
    Maitland-Niles
    Wilshire
    Ramsey
    Welbeck
    Iwobi

    You can probably bring in Willock, Nelson and Nkietah if required.

  21. Bob

    Anyone with a football brain will tell you Cech during the height of his career at Chelsea was world class and contributed massively to Chelseas defensive success. Just ask Terry, Lampard, leaders on the pitch who played with him. Ospina apart from looking like a Greek Ronny Corbett, punching the ball out one handed and failing to command his area offers zero to the club. He at best is a good back up keeper.

  22. Terraloon

    Emeriatesstroller
    Have to disagree with you regarding the state of play re wages.
    Whilst it’s fair to assume the departures you talk about probably saved weekly circa £500k and yes you can probably factor in another £160k when you also include Carzola and Mertesacker but you then have to look at what sort of wage the incoming players . So let’s say £660k a week saved.
    Kolasnic was a Bosman so the fact that there wasn’t a fee will mean his wage is significantly inflated. It’s widely reported he is on £140 k a week , I would also expect that he will be getting an annual loyalty bonus .
    Aubameyang is said to be on £180k a week , Lacazette is said to be on £200k a week but it’s Mkhitaryan wage is hard to get a handle on. I suspect he was given a sweetener to move from Man U but even so his wage there was said to be £200k a week . I have seen his wage as being £170 k a week, which I doubt but if we accept that figure on face value and add in an extra £100k a week for Ozil new deal thats about £820k a week
    As for loan players great play was made of the fact that Arsenal made a profit of £6 million or so in respect of their loans but I do take your point about Arsenal contributing to loan players wages but likewise several players in the last few months such as Holding have received significant uplifts in their salaries
    To exceed the £7 million pa uplift in wages in normal days shouldn’t be an issue but these are different times and I am far from sure what the final accounts are going to show both in terms of the steady erosion of the cash reserves , the cost of the changes in the clubs managent structure, and of course the AW exit.

  23. Relieable Sauce

    ES

    A few of them could be sold or loaned out yet. Is it eight HG players needed?

    We should sell Welbeck at the first opportunity imo, should be able to get good money and I just don’t see him improving under any manager.
    We need wingers and he is currently taking up one of those spaces in the squad along with Iwobi – neither of whom have made the LW position their own over 2/3 seasons. Same could be said of several positions in the squad tbf but LW needs immediate action.

  24. Terraloon

    Just for clarity in the PL sduads you are only permitted to have 17 non HG players over the age of 21
    If a club so chooses it can have any number of HG from 0-25

  25. Emiratesstroller

    Terra loon

    Kolasinac came in the summer 2017 and we sold or released several players who
    were not included in my list e.g. Gabriel and Perez.

    Lacazette is not earning anything like £200K pw. I believe that his wages are
    closer to £100K pw.

  26. Emiratesstroller

    RT

    The following goalkeepers are most certainly rated better than Ospina.

    Courtois
    De Gea
    Ederson
    Loris
    Pickford
    Butland

    The following would be rated at least on par if not better
    Hart
    Forster
    Mignolet
    Karius
    Begovic
    Romero

  27. Emiratesstroller

    RS

    I don’t see Arsenal making wholesale changes to our squad if you take a look at my posts on likely squad list earlier this morning.

    I think that we will offload at most one of our Home Grown players e.g. Wilshire if he does not sign a new contract.

    Welbeck is unlikely to be sold this summer. Arsenal have suggested that we
    are not looking to buy offensive players. If that decision is reversed we could as I suggest register Nelson or Nkietah.

  28. Terraloon

    ES
    I too don’t think that there will be wholesale changes and don’t think the final make up of the squad will be a million miles away from your suggestion but for me there would be a massive question around the CB positions Far too risky for me having Holding and Chambers as you PL experienced players in that position

  29. Graham62

    A change of subject.

    Isn’t it about time that the governing bodies of Football were disbanded and a new, all encompassing structure, to benefit the game in general, established.

    These money driven/corrupt bodies, continue to make a mockery of the game, making decisions and coming up with ideas and systems that leave us all shaking our heads in disbelief.

    After Platini and, more significantly, Blatter, you would have thought, and hoped, that things would improve. Infact, under Gianni Infantino, they seem to be getting worse.

    Coming up with an idea for an yet another international event in addition to the World Cup/ the continued weak dealings in respect to kicking racism out of the game/ picking facilities and environments for major events that, quiet clearly, are not fit for purpose(as proved by the Kiev debacle). It all just beggars belief.

    Money and greed now consumes everything. Russia and Qatar know all about that and, as fans, we all just sit back and accept it. UEFA and FIFA are an embarrassment and disgrace and the sooner Football wakes up to their mind-bogglingly stupid methods and systems, the better for everyone.

    I feel for all those Liverpool supporters who are unable to make it to Kiev.

  30. Emiratesstroller

    RS

    To be frank the home grown rules are fairly confusing.

    Manchester City have on paper only 5 home grown players including Roberts
    [aged 21] and Foden [17], but they have also got a quite small squad.

    Terraloon

    I agree with you, which is why Arsenal may have to bring in two established CBs this summer if Koscielny is out until Xmas. That is why I added ? after his name.

    However, I don’t see Chambers and Holding offloaded since their contracts were renewed.

  31. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Happy St Thomas day to everyone ….

    Still remember it like yesterday ….

    Tonight about 9.50 I will raise my glass to that fine team

  32. Terraloon

    ES
    Like you I can’t see either Holding or Chambers going but for me it’s the Kos injury that changed everything and love him or hate him I personally believe that the risk of selling Mustafi at this point in time is a gamble that won’t be taken.

  33. E54_

    Buckhurst GunMay 26, 2018    08:14:25

    “The same people who hailed Cech are now looking for a new keeper lol”

    We all hailed Cech , we thought he was world class , because he’d been world class for Chelsea , his first game for us showed we made a mistake – now we want a new keeper , not surprising is it ?
    /
    replying to a different poster, but using your comment. replace cech with unai in jan and we’ll find ourselves in the same boat. Pedro asked will the fans give it time? Laughable , this the most impatient, instant gratification based generation of football ever. As if people have time to give time!

  34. E54_

    For the geezer who asked, “Till jan to do what”

    E54_May 26, 2018    03:04:09

    ok ok so now we’re all over the almost disastrous appointment of Arteeta, lets be real about Unai.

    So he has a few milestones to reach from now until Jan. If for whatever reason he doesn’t address these extreamly high priority issues, I think it’ll be safe to say, dudes a dud.

    1. Bellerin
    So far we’re seeing Lichtsteiner linked. If so, thats STRIKE 1 for unai. Not off to a good start.
    2. Ozil
    Motivate or sell, there’s no middle ground here. You have to do one or the other unai, otherwise its STRIKE 2
    3. Cech
    Only good enough as a sub, if for any reason CECH is still first team keeper by Jan. Thats STRIKE 3
    4. Xhaka and the CB positions. Either improve the players already there or replace them. By end of Jan Transfer deadline, if neither improvement nor replacement has taken place, thats STRIKE 4.

    By this time Unai OUT will be readily called for.

    p.s 50M for Ramsey?? What the heck are you smoking Pedro.

  35. E54_

    Asking an intellectual manager to sort out bellerin, cech, xhaka and the CB’s (he can have more time with ozil i guess) by Jan isn’t too much to ask.

    Theres many many other things to address but these 3 shouldn’t take no time at all. If he’s serious..

  36. Graham62

    E54

    Ten years of mismanagement by Wenger and you expect Emery to get things sorted by January.

    Sorry mate, but lets see someone COACH these players first.

    JHC, what is it with some of you. We all stood by and let Wenger fudge things up season in season out and now you’re holding a gun to Emery’s head if he doesn’t get things sorted before the end of the year.

    Patience my friend.

  37. Emiratesstroller

    You have allow a new Head Coach at least 6 months evaluation period, which is why I don’t see Emery making wholesale changes this summer.

    If you are going to BUY players we should be spending it on players who are likely to start in First Team and not squad players.

    I can understand the case for recruiting Lichtensteiner if he is being recruited
    as a BOSMAN. He is an experienced RB who will presumably understudy Bellerin.

    Having said that I would prefer to offload players in our current squad once they reach 32+. Experience is one thing, but if the Head Coach is talking about a pressing,high intensity style of play you need to bring in young players.

  38. Frankie Coffeecakes

    Thanks for the laugh today, Red. Ospina a great keeper – you bust me up! A keeper whose first move off the line is always backwards into the goal and he’s the best? You are having a laugh, no doubt.

    E54 – you have given Emery until January? Which year? Im giving him as long as needed to rid the club of the ridiculous stench that Wenger left behind.

  39. Graham62

    For me, Ospina ahead of Cech.

    Cech becoming a liability.

    As for Ospina being the best GK in the league…………I don’t think so!

    Bring back Martinez and Macey.

  40. Graham62

    Emery has said more positive things in the space of a few days, than Wenger said in a decade.

    I love him already.

  41. Alex Cutter

    For the Americans — Fulham v. Villa is on the new ESPN+, which is offering a free one-week subscription.

  42. Tobs

    Redtruth is just trolling about Ospina. I find it difficult to believe that someone actually scouted Ospina/ watched him play before bringing him to Arsenal.

  43. Coach 15

    ‘Happy St Thomas day to everyone ….Still remember it like yesterday ….Tonight about 9.50 I will raise my glass to that fine team‘

    Best day of my football supporting life,I’ll be raising a glass to that day in May,just after Madrid do the scousers.

    Come on Madrid,fucking hate scousers.

  44. Marc

    Coach

    I can’t wait for the crime statistics to treble in Washington and that’s just one scouse family turning up.

    Vile scum.

  45. Redtruth

    Emiratesstroller
    “The following goalkeepers are most certainly rated better than Ospina”

    “Courtois
    De Gea
    Ederson
    Loris
    Pickford
    Butland”

    Now you are just being silly.

  46. Coach 15

    Marc
    Yesterday’s media love in with the club and it’s fans was pathetic.

    As soon as I hear that accent I’m concerned,never trust a scouser,as you say Marc,a vile breed of Englishman.
    Come on Madrid.

  47. SUGA3

    No GK we can find to buy will be better than the one talent that Wenger has ruined for this club, which is Szczesny.

    Wenger’s inability to handle ‘characters’ has been a serious hindrance for us. Here’s hoping UE will do much better in this department. For they are the ones that win you stuff.

  48. Redtruth

    Courtois- 6′ 6″ streak of piss
    De Gea- Is okay, has his moments
    Ederson- Rubbish
    Lloris- Mare keeper
    Pickford- Who? lol
    Butland- Who? lol

  49. Coach 15

    To win at Anfield in those days was very rare,and by two clear goals almost impossible.
    That made the achievement very special.
    George Graham thank you for the memory.

  50. Redtruth

    How any right minded fan can cheer a rival team to victory in Europe is a joke.
    However Real Madrid are an abomination so i hope they lose.

  51. Alex James

    Hala Madrid. The thought of the scousers winning another CL/EC sickens me, as it should any Arsenal fan.

  52. Coach 15

    Red
    Alan Ball with a brace and Brady with the 3rd.
    Ray Kennedy for the scousers.
    There’s a you tube clip of the return game at Highbury,doesn’t include any goals if any ,but the state of the pitch and some of the challenges are shocking.the one on keegan by the touch line was shocking.

  53. tee

    Suga

    No GK we can find to buy will be better than the one talent that Wenger has ruined for this club, which is Szczesny.

    still trying to figure out how Wenger ruined Szczesny.

    he was our no. 1 for a whole season and was shipped out due to his attitude.

    it’s always funny when gooners bash certain player of ours but start to cry foul play when that same player is shipped out.

  54. Alex James

    Graham62.. Don’t care. We are light years away anyway, so not an issue for me. Pool, Mancs, Spurs and Chelsea winning anything grates like no other thing for me. Whoever wrote that awful scouse anthem wants shooting.

  55. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Tee

    It is the expectantly thing at the club,,,
    Sczc
    Jack
    Jd20
    Senderos

    There’s more but these are players we were informed had the cred to make it.

    Now either wenger or th3 dark side got in the head because we never saw or will see the best of them.

  56. E54_

    And theres my proof. You’re not actually reading what im saying. You’re assuming something thats already out there, in the atmosphere. I never said he must win anything, reach any particular position or produce anything.

    i simply stated he must address these particular issues. whether those changes are successful or not is not being debated here. its whether or not he even ADDRESSES the 4 failings i listed.

    ok so to make it clearer. We have a Bellerin problem. We need another RB yes? Ok so just going into the season with just bellerin is a bad decision. This is also a bad decision “Unai Emery targets 34-year-old Switzerland captain Lichtsteiner, leaves Juventus as a free agent this summer”
    This guy will get skinned alive by zaha, sane, sanchez, martial, even our own Welbeck would spin him. This is the 100mph PL ffs. 34??? Are you serious??? Free? So we moved to the Emirates and Wenger made all that money.. to sign freebies? yeah ok, sounds good..smh

    If hasn’t addressed the RB area by Jan either buting adequate replacement/cover or promoting a youth. That’s STRIKE 1!

  57. E54_

    Cech Bellerin 2 CBs Xhaka.

    If you notice, this is the entire defence bar Monreal. Are you saying it’s ok for Unai to not make sensible moves regarding our defence for years ? You’re willing to wait YEARS for him to make intelligent decisions about our defence?
    This defensive issue must be addressed immediately

  58. Paulinho

    i’ve always rated Ospina very highly. Incredibly talented goalkeeper.

    Wenger disturbing that position by signing Cech was an incredibly dumb thing to do.

  59. Bamford10

    E54

    I know a lot of people are down on Bellerin here, but I really don’t think he’s one of our principal weaknesses at the moment, not by a long shot.

    Bellerin is pacy, hard-working and reasonably sound on the ball. Provided Emery and staff improve his defensive positioning, he can be a perfectly adequate piece of a sound defense.

    Our real issues are our center back play and our central defensive midfield play. RB is way down the list, IMO.

  60. Ishola70

    We will see if Bellerin can be improved under the new regime.

    By saying this weakness in the team is way down the list is presuming that the new regime will fix him.

    Bellerin has been a pain and a weakness in the team defensively on one too many occasions and he is seen as a problem in the side at this present time.

  61. Marc

    Bamford

    Wouldn’t argue re Bellerin – I think there’s a good player in there just needs some coaching. The link to Lichtsteiner might be about bringing in some experienced back up and maybe allowing us to move Chambers on. Didn’t Middlesbrough offer us £20 something million last summer?

  62. Ishola70

    And before we get all this Wenger is gone so all is well narrative regarding individual players we will see how it pans out.

    All we can go on is what we have seen up to this point.

    RB, CB position, holding midfield position, GK all seen as weaknesses in the side.

  63. SUGA3

    Szczesny was mishandled: too much, too young, no competition, shit coaching. Went to Juve and he is fucking ace there. Pretty sure he has learned his lesson and may emulate Buffon and play there for the rest of his career.

    The problem I had during Wenger’s tenure was mostly about the poor handling of maverick players that were a bit rough around the edges. That, and being unable to grab the team by the neck when the going was tough. No discipline. It is not secret that it was the case. Ozil’s sickies is just a recent story and, i.e. tip of the iceberg.

  64. Ishola70

    Marc
    “Are you saying Bellerin should be moved on now or that we should see if he can improve under the new coach?”

    Wouldn’t care if he was moved on and get in a more mature RB but Licht is a bit extreme in that regard.

    He is one that can be seen to get more of the benefit of the doubt because he has shown more positives at times overall than say Mustafi or Xhaka but he is still on the as charged guilty list until he shows everyone defensive improvement. The run around he got by Sane was utterly embarrassing and I don’t care how good the opposition player is. His performance that night was unacceptable to go along with too many other times when he switches off.

  65. Paulinho

    Bellerin is a horrible footballer but has a great engine, can rise to the occasion, and is mentally strong.

    Horrible to watch though. Plays in right straight lines and can’t curve a run. When Debuchy did play he was actually a refreshing change in that respect. An actual footballer, who could run at an angle.

  66. Ishola70

    lol Bamford

    fvck off with that Josh Sippie.

    He is seen as a joke with his comments and is some soppy emo who has only started following football the last couple of years. Also a huge Xhaka fan.

  67. Moray

    Fuck me, SUGA3 is back on. Things must be looking up.

    It seems people are still looking at the new manager to see what signings we’re going to make. Ivan has been quite clear on this; we are now working under a European operating model which puts the manager in an advisory role only when it comes to transfers.

    I suspect we will see a couple of marquee signings to bolster the new guy (probably a GK like Leno, which is marquee enough for us) and prob a DM or CB. Then there will be some young talents for our pipelining or out of contract journeymen to beef up where we need. But it won’t be Emery behind them. This is not his job.

  68. Graham62

    James

    Now that the joy of following my team has returned, after years of abject boredom, I will still be hoping that Liverpool put an end to Madrids monopoly of the ECL.

    By the way, if you mean YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE by Gerry and the Pacemakers, hold you head in shame.

    Written by Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1945, it was made famous by G&TPM in 1963. An iconic and inspirational Anthem, sung by many fans around the world, including Celtic and Borussia Dortmund.

    Although I agree with you regarding Chelski, MU, Spuds, I’m afraid when it comes to Liverpool, my personal ties to the people and the city, will outweigh any animosity I have towards the football team. That’s me.

    Have you ever been to Anfield or Celtic Park(Parkhead}?

  69. Moray

    Paulinho, time will tell what these players can do with some proper coaching, technically and motivationally. I agree Bellerin is flaky, but so are most of the young kids we’ve had the last 20 years through the club. While exceptional talents like Fabregas would have come through in a shitpile, what Wenger’s coaching set up noticeably failed to do was to to turn good into exceptional.

  70. Paulinho

    Ishola – Oh dear, not one of those who in his first season was saying “you see, Xhaka is what is known as a regista……..”

  71. Ishola70

    Paulinho
    “Oh dear, not one of those who in his first season was saying “you see, Xhaka is what is known as a regista……..”

    He’s one of the worst Xhaka worshippers around.

    Always gets pelted in the comments section underneath his articles.

  72. Paulinho

    Moray – Yeah I agree. Bellerin is someone I’ve never had a huge problem with. Called him out as overrated when I first came in to the team, but actually think it’s gone too far the other way now. He’s not that bad.

    Emery will hopefully bring out his strengths and stop being so hesitant and stop start, but I do find him an eyesore compared to the dulcet darts of Lauren through the midfield, and I think that’s just the way he is physically. Stiff hips so moves in straight lines.

  73. SUGA3

    Things looking up. They sure are. We have got rid of he incompetent leech and I am looking forward to the next season with anticipation since fuck knows when. Probably for about a decade.

  74. TR7

    Ishola

    ‘And before we get all this Wenger is gone so all is well narrative regarding individual players we will see how it pans out.’

    Absolutely! It’s almost as if we had a great team under Wenger which failed solely due to him. There are a few rank average players who need to be shipped out.

  75. Nw9 gooner

    The agent of Seri has said that we were interested in him last year but had to balance our books and hence dithered. We made a profit on players deals last year and have only £50 m this year. Even West Ham are said to be spending £75m this window. Get top four and just compete with others- that seems to be the mantra as can be seen during the last 10-15 years. I am sure that if AW had got us top 4 he would have got a bloody extension.

  76. Alex James

    Graham. I have been to Anfield to watch Arsenal over the years, and Ibrox to see okd firm games . I was in my early teens when the Pacemakers’ song came out but thought it was overrated. Guys from the south like me much preferred the Stones. I have no sentimental ties to Liverpool or Liverpool FC. If anything, I have always preferred Everton. The local fan base of the Blues makes the club more representative of the city in my view. Let’s leave things at this. After all, it is only the Arsenal that matters, which has been my credo approaching 79 years.

  77. Ishola70

    Paulinho
    “Great interview with Emery.”

    Interesting his comments regarding the holding/defensive midfielder.

    Basically says doesn’t matter if he doesn’t track back because the most important aspect is possession of the ball and as long as you have possession of that football for the most part you are not going to get caught out too many times defensively.

    No different to Wenger thinking really for that certain area of the pitch.

  78. Ishola70

    Emery:

    “That’s why your defensive midfielder’s output during moments where you don’t have the ball is less important.”

    Oh dear Dickie.

    Let’s just hope it was a bad day with that interview.

    Otherwise there are going to be continuing concerns with this position especially if Xhaka is indulged in and not brought to task to improve off the ball.

    Also interesting that the interviewer highlighted PSG’s weakness in their team as holding/defensive midfielder.

  79. Paulinho

    Ishola – He will soon realise that what Xhaka supposedly brings in terms of possession is nowhere near enough to compensate for his flaws. He seems too switched on not to notice that what should become a pretty obvious after a few games.

    He knows you can only play with an immobile, slow deeper midfielder if what’s going on ahead of him is sharp enough technically.

  80. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    When you look at it
    Emery really don’t have much pressure other than the style of football we play,
    But even that in the last few years was dubious.

    The face he’s got the clay with S&M we can model something exciting for the club?..

    Bear with is the new Moto we should adhere too.

  81. Ishola70

    You think so Paulinho?

    If there is one thing that Xhaka is half decent at that is keeping the ball ticking over.

    Maybe that will be enough for Emery.

  82. Marc

    RSPC

    Disagree Emery’s under a lot of pressure. I think the fans will give him 6 months to bed in but if it’s still looking chaotic etc early 2019 the empty seats will reappear, if top 4 is out of the window come spring he could be in trouble.

  83. Ishola70

    Marc

    It’s not going to be easy to get in top four.

    It’s how you miss out on it and the way Wenger missed out this season was not acceptable.

    If Emery gets closer to the top four and you can see he has improved areas that are seen as weaknesses but he still finishes outside those positions then he deserves support going forward.

    Not encouraged with his DM talk though.

  84. Paulinho

    Ishola – I don’t think he really is that good at it – ticking the ball over that is. It becomes too contrived after a while when you realise that’s all he can do, apart from when a full back makes an obvious run,and then he might try a lofted pass over the top in that case.

    I think Emery will get frustrated at the continual tennis ball machine like lateral passes that don’t progress us enough, and Xhaka’s lack of ability to mix things up with a surging run once in a while to draw players towards him. The likes of Motta, Rabiot could travel with the ball upfield at high speeds once a while can back themselves to offload just before being tackled.

  85. Marc

    Ishola

    I didn’t say it was going to be easy. My point is if the defending is all over the place, if we’re dropping stupid points we should be comfortably taking. If players look like the shirt doesn’t even need washing after 90 minutes – i.e. not much different from recent seasons he’ll be out on his arse.

    Fortunately I think he’s going to have a real impact. We won’t just stroll to a league win but I see things on the up.

  86. Marc

    To change the subject what does anyone else make of this visa thing and Abramovich. Sky News is reporting he’s looking at applying for Israeli citizenship. He’s had Chelsea operating on a far more self sustaining basis now for some time could this royally fuck Chelsea up?

  87. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Marc

    I disagree

    Replacing a person after 22 years

    The pressure is off

    He will be given time but his strength in management. Will be notic3d early on

    If he gas that then. …

    Then all cool

  88. TR7

    Paulinho

    Loved the interview.

    I was ambivalent towards or rather critical of Unai’s appointment but looks like he has a great understanding of the game.

  89. Freddie Ljungberg

    Strong links to Dennis Praet of Sampdoria today, 22 years old, CM?
    Anyone watched him extensively? Did some grimandtubing and he seems like much of the same as we already have.

    Also heavily linked with Emil Forsberg.

    At least he’s a winger and that’s a position where we have 0 players atm, but I’m not impressed with what I see. Despite being Swedish I haven’t followed him much but at 26 he’s unlikely to get much better.

    I don’t know, a lot of meh players linked recently.

  90. Moray

    Marc, good to see the UK govt growing some balls with regard to Russia. They’ve been taking the piss for ages and have taken the UK for a victim to pick off since Brexit. The UK’s been supporting money laundering for years and no nationality more than the Russians have benefited from that.

    The problem is the UK GDP is skewed towards London, which itself is skewed to wards Finance, which lobbies for less and less regulation. Therefore, I don’t expect the stance to last and , even if it does, when you’re a billionaire, there are any number of ways of getting round pretty much anything.

    It’s tough to work out Abramovich’s thoughts for the club. He’s no doubt achieved most of what he set out to, if not more, and could sell now without any loss of face. If they are moving to a sustainable model, however, it could well work to our advantage, particularly since they seem to be intrinsically unstable and have a largely abhorrent support base.

  91. Terraloon

    Moray

    Abramovich has beeen moving Chelsea toward a sustainable model for a while and the days of their £100m losses are a thing of the past. I read the other day that based of Forbes valuation of Chelsea, which is significantly less than the latest KPMG estimates should he sale he would re- coup all the money he has put in and them some and the way he has structured ownership of the football club is quite smart in that there remains a debt owed to him but not by the club but the holding company that owns as part of its portfolio all the shares in the football club.
    What fascinates me is why you call them an unstable club.
    Ok I know all about the managers etc but by which measure are they unstable? It clear that they function far more efficiently and indeed effectively in matters commercial, Its abundantly clear that they have for a while now delivered more by way of trophies, their academy clearly produces significant talent and yes it could reasonably be argued that more should have made it to the first team but let’s face it time after time we have been told that an Arsenal product is the next best thing only for that promising career wither on the vine.