First signing ready to drop + Emery talks brass tacks, and it’s sexy

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Oh damn, there’s me just minding my own business on the net of inter, I click newsnow, jump in on a story about Emery using Lacazette and Auba together

“If the ball is in play, you press. If play stops, you reposition yourself.”

“For me, the 4-1-4-1 is the system which facilitates that type of pressing. The 4-4-2 is designed more and more for zonal positioning. It’s less aggressive, but is more difficult to get past. That’s the case with Marcelino’s teams, Quique Sanchez Flores’ teams, Saint-Étienne when we last played them…

“I am not ruling out the possibility of a 4-4-2. That’s not the idea that I privilege, but if it allows me to be more competitive, then I’ll go towards it without hesitating. We sometimes used it in Sevilla. I would put Banega in a playmaker position, and have him move to the second striker position without the ball.

“With two strong, physical players behind him, it provided me with the necessary cohesion to press.

“In my case, the idea was not to win the ball back and counter as quickly as possible, but rather to equip ourselves once we had the ball. What Guardiola’s Barcelona did magnificently.

“We win the ball off of them, but those bastards always won it back. And Pep is doing it with City now. High pressure and win the ball back to start again once in position.”



Too far?

Please. We’ve been in solitary confinement for 10 years trying to make something out of stickmen illustrations. Emery has just dropped in with full-on Pixar like clarity.

I wrote at some point in the last 10 years that one of my challenges with Wenger was that he was never able to explain what went wrong, you’d get more clarity from him on Japanese philosophical musings about plant life than you would about why we couldn’t keep it tight in the second half against Newcastle away with a 4 goal cushion.

I always mused, if he can’t articulate what went wrong, how the fuck is he going to solve the issue?

Therein lay the problem. The manager didn’t know what the problem was, that’s why he always tried to fix it doing batshit crazy things.

The great things about Emery is he’s going to survey the wreckage of our squad and he’ll piece together a system that works for it. I’m very interested to see how quickly he can do that.

One of the things I’ve always been told about Arsenal is that the treatment of the players is next level, they are mollycoddled to the point of rolling out the cotton wall for a post-match wrap-up. I think there’s going to be a huge shock to the collective system in preseason.

Familiar faces gone, replaced with characters who know they don’t have 10 years and the protection of Wenger. The likelihood is that every single one of the staff entering in July will be gone within 5 years because that’s just the nature of the beast these days. If Emery fails, he’ll be shipped out sharpishly, if he bosses his tenure like a hero, he’ll jump back on the merry-go-round of European football.

That short-term view means there’s no time for feelings. Hard decisions will be made rapidly, new approaches will be implemented instantly, and we’ll see pretty quickly how the squad reacts to the new regime. The first year is a free pass, Emery will likely do a lot of experimenting. He’ll have to learn the pace of the league, he’ll gain first-hand experience what it’s like to play through the Christmas fixture list, and he’ll deal with playing in a league that has more than 4 good teams.

There might have to be some harsh decisions happen early without all the data needed. The transfer window shuts on August 9th this year, so there’s very little time to get to know the squad before he makes big decisions about who to move on.

My gut feeling is he’s going to sell at least one big name player, and I have a feeling that’ll be Aaron Ramsey. I’m not sure where we’re going to spend big, but I’d like to think it’s on a keeper. Or a holding midfielder. Or a centre back,

The club is already trying to give the mentality of the setup a lick of winnertivity. Apparently we’re close to signing Swiss veteran Stephan Lichtsteiner. The 34-year-old would be coming in at reserve right back. Sure, he’s old, but he’s not here to play 50 games next season. Hector Bellerin is almost never injured, but having a legend of the game sitting behind him to coach, mentor and step in for a few games is a smart move in my opinion. Also, having a reserve right back who is a right back would be nice. ALSO ALSO, he’s come from a regime that deals in complex ideas and strict dicipline. This move might be dull, but it’s shrewd.

Jack Wilshere is talking about new chapters on his Instagram feed, his agents are hawking him around Europe and the Premier League. As much as the love story with Jack is one I wanted to continue, the cold hard facts don’t paint him in the best light. He contributed very little this season, he’s often broken, you can’t build anything around him because he’s always a moment away from a year on the sidelines. Like Santi, it’s hard to not see that there’s better value to be had with other players. Jack will be wanting £110k a week. He clocked 2000 odd minutes this season, landed 6 assists and 2 goals. That’s a pretty poor return. So good luck to him, hopefully he finds his spark again.

We’ll also be needing some experience at centre back, because Koscielny is not going to be in good shape, Per Mertesacker has retired, Mustafi isn’t good enough, and we have a whole group of very inexperienced hopefuls behind him.

Lots to do, but back to my original point, finally someone who knows what they’re doing there to take care of it all.

Also, before I go, remember this: Emery sold Soldado to spurs for £30m. #NeverForget


561 Responses to “First signing ready to drop + Emery talks brass tacks, and it’s sexy”

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  1. Marko

    I still make that point. The biggest changes at Arsenal this summer will come from Emery and his tactical approach. Not because he signs XYZ.

    And I’ll make the same point this squad is so bad that the only way we’re ever going to get back to competing and winning major honours is with better players. All the coaching in the world isn’t going to turn THIS squad into challengers. Emery isn’t a miracle worker. This team will not challenge with Mustafi as a starter in defence with Cech as our number one with Xhaka protecting in midfield with Bellerin and Iwobi as consistent starters. I think it also highlights what you hope for from Arsenal a slight improvement maybe back to challenging for top 4 you see I want us back to challenging for league titles and taking part in the biggest games again

  2. Marko

    He’s on record wanting a whole new XI and thinks he’s shattering the earth with left field insights like ‘better players are….better’.

    Not 11 players just a new keeper two new starting midfielders and CB’s. If it was up to you we’d sign no one and make Xhaka captain

  3. Marko

    Just a radical thought what if we sign some better players and have better coaching and tactical setup.

    Then we’d be a football club.

  4. Champagne charlie

    “If it was up to you we’d sign no one and make Xhaka captain“

    Definitely a teenager..

  5. Victorious

    “It’s always good to see scousers living up to their vile scumness. Not only has Karius received death threats but their wishing death on his family.”

    the bin dippers have the worst fan-base in world football,how people here thought it wise to sympathize with their calamitous/embarassing lose last night leaves me baffled,Karius should call it quit asap for his own good.

  6. loyika

    @ Dissenter

    There you go again with your “Wenger this and that?” When Arsene’s name was barely mentioned? Seems you American’s see a “Narrative” everywhere nowadays with DJT and all the Fake news and “Alt Right and Left” stuff going on over there, where everyone now always seems to have one narrative or the other.

    Fact is Klopp has been here 2+ seasons they have finished 4th and below since he came, been in 3 finals and lost all 3 and no one not you or I have an idea how they will do next season. So please ya’ll spare me all this talk of progress (as if they didn’t also progress under Rogers or Kenny Douglish)

    Lets see how these same leeway is given to Emery.

    Ask Managers like Jose, Conte and Pep if privately they have such loving feelings for all this progressing with nothing to show for it talk.

    @ Ishola

    I see that your beloved Spurs are so European Elite now aren’t they.

    Arsenal didn’t pip Spurs (2 seasons on the trot) and heads eventually rolled (rightly) The club took their decision based on facts regardless of fans wanting to get in the top 4. Thats life Bro, you hope for the best while dealing with the reality. I can do that, can you?

    Just saw a tweet by Pedders that sums all this rubbish so apt – “Progress without Trophies!!”

    That should be the new term for ya’ll “PWT fans” who swoon over these “PWT Managers!”

  7. Ishola70

    What’s the other alternative Loyika?

    Delusion with second tier trophies?

    Kidding on the team is better than it really is?

    lol every time just because I said to you Spurs would finish above Arsenal which proved correct you term them as my beloved. Poor showing Loyika really is. Maybe I should have just talked shite at the time as well and said Arsenal would comfortably finish ahead of them. Then I would be seen as a super fan like yourself lol

  8. Graham62


    Deary me, there you go again.

    Just because some of us talk up other teams/coaches, you feel we are “fixated with putting Arsenal down”

    Here speaks the holier-than-thou poster who, apparently, over the past ten years, has been talking up a manager who was no longer fit for purpose.

    Emery will have my support, 100%. However, if after 3 years, he becomes a detrement to the teams progress, he will have to suffer the consequences, unlike your beloved Arsene Wenger who long overstayed his welcome.

    Personally, I am confident that Emery will move us forward and truly believe that he is the right appointment for AFC.

  9. Victorious

    “Not 11 players just a new keeper two new starting midfielders and CB’s. If it was up to you we’d sign no one and make Xhaka captain”

    Marko you remind me of another poster(qna?) I think who has the mindset of a FIFA 11 game player in interpreting what needs to be done in having a competent team,hilarious

  10. Marko

    Victorious any chance of an original thought or are you just going to agree with everything your boyfriends say

  11. Champagne charlie

    “Here speaks the holier-than-thou poster who, apparently, over the past ten years, has been talking up a manager who was no longer fit for purpose.“

    Apparently, so you’re going to regurgitate someone else’s drivel?

    I’ve been plenty critical of Wenger, I think you’ll find it’s because I don’t go overboard that some like to turn that on it’s head. Don’t fall into that trap, it’d be like me saying apparently you’ve been a cunt for 10 years…makes literally no sense.

  12. Champagne charlie


    You’ve yet to deny your reliance on FIFA for football chat, I think you’ve been rumbled.

    What players can we look out for in 2022? Tell us all.. 😀

  13. loyika

    @ Ishola

    Couldn’t care less if you hug a Spurs waterbottle at night before you go to bed Bro.

    In the end we both hope that Emery does the business he was employed to do so we can focus more on the “progress” of our team/club rather than spending time discussing the Pools and Spurs of this world.

    Granted that Pool were just in the UCL Finals (which they lost) hence their name cropping up over the past 2 days. Great thats over so that we move on to other things from tomorrow onwards (I hope).

    Maybe the club needs to get a move on with some transfers so that the topic gets back to that.

  14. nepGunner

    Can’t wait for some squad sneak peak for next season.. It’s boring to read wannabe ITKs slugging off with another wannabe ITK and going gung ho EVERY FUCKING DAY!

    Get off your high horses you old twats and get some sunshine or grab a beer for God’s sake.

    A WC keeper is long overdue at the afc. I would also like a VVD class CD, a creative deep lying MF to replace Santi and a pacy winger. Anything additional would be a bonus.

    Mr Emery, let’s get cracking

  15. Ishola70

    Very poor taste.

    Worst kind of poster.

    Pretends he is being amiable while insulting at the same time.

  16. loyika

    @ Ishola!?

    If I were insulting you, believe me you would know.

    Anyways ya’ll can big up and show as much love to whichever team and Managers you want.

    Done with this convo.

    Hopefully the blog can get back to other topics of interest tomorrow.

  17. loyika

    But for the sake of peace, if you felt I insulted you then i apologise.

    Don’t believe I did, but lets agree to disagree.

    I’m out.

  18. loyika

    Lol @ Ishola

    As said, lets just agree to disagree and hope for the best for AFC going forward.

    Seems we might still have a slow summer this season.

    Guess we have to wait till the big boys do thier business before we even hope of seeing a Marquee signing on the books. Or more a case of selling someone in the top earning bracket to buy.

  19. salparadisenyc

    Did I mention how pleased I am with that Liverpool result? Incredible banter, never see 3x goals like that again.

  20. Marko

    What players can we look out for in 2022? Tell us all..

    Granit Xhaka Charles he’s shit now but you’ll be happy to know 6 years into his Arsenal career he gets decent. Believe

  21. TheLegendaryDB10

    The one thing that grinds me with the incessant player debate as to whether they are good or not is that it is all being done judging players who have never been properly coached. I am sure most of you have noticed that most players who, since recently joining the club in the AW era, have seen that their performance has nosedived (Kolasinac, Bulletin, Cech, etc).

    For me the true barometer if whether a player is truly shit or not is comes end of next season (and who knows even in January) where by that point we will know whether the player has a future at the club or not.

    Until then let’s see what Unai can do with the current group before we can all merryly slate that player.

    And before anyone tells me that I am advocating to not buy a player I will say that I agree that we need a new GK (Cech will eventually decline), a CB (to add experience) and a strong midfielder/DM in the agressive/strong mould a la PV4/ Diaby.

  22. Graham62


    In total agreement.

    Emery’s abilities will be evident from day one of the new season. That’s when you’ll see a new Arsenal, with greater emphasis on structure/tactical awareness/team work/mental toughness and leadership.

    All the things that have been missing from Arsenal’s play for far too long.

    Can’t wait for August.

  23. TheLegendaryDB10


    Like most Gooners I am itching for the start of the season. I am so fired up for the start of the season, regardless of what happens . Yes it will be a tough season. Look a Shitty or the Bin dippers. Even they needed a full season for the new ideas to bed in.

    But for me, I know that I can support the team 100%, singing myself hoarse in the knowledge that the players have to and will be giving their all for the club.

  24. Champagne charlie


    Spot on. It’s not difficult to grasp. I honk a good many of us are excited to see the impact a modern coach has on our whole side.

    I think it’ll become clear who has the ability and who doesn’t very quick. A shock to the system awaits us

  25. TheLegendaryDB10


    A shock to the system awaits us

    Absolutely! Not to mention to actually see the team play with purpose throughout the season! And to finally see tactics being rolled out by the manager, not to mention seeing the team being actually prepared to deal with the tactics/ style of game from the opposition!

  26. TheLegendaryDB10


    Ozil plus 30mill for Bale

    I doubt this will ever happen…. but if we ever did, what a signal of intent that would be.

  27. DaveB666

    Oh my god – I am loving reading Le Grove now – we have some hope that the next time we kick off in the Premiership we will have players with a better idea of what to do – there will be no “handbrake” or talk of “mental strength” just a focus on organisation and execution of tactics from a head coach who is totally aware. Looking forward to it!

  28. Black Hei

    Read Unai Emery’s interview right after he left PSG.

    He will tell you the same story as Carlos A; with modern football; time to actually prepare for matches is very brief.

    Yes you can prepare mammoth vids but your genius footballer probably has a dash of ADHD (frequently in alot of smart folks) so your info need to be short yet meaningful.

    What was telling from that interview is that we have someone who is very, very flexible.

    And I don’t buy into this narrative that Arsenal players are spoilt brats waiting to get spanked by the new guy. Unai will enjoy being at Arsenal as I think this group of players are very malleable.

    Over here, he will get to be the leader. And I suspect, Mik will be his deputy on the pitch; Ozil will be the inspiration and Anubemeyang the guy to wrap things up.

    Good times are coming.

  29. TallestTiz

    With all the excitement and anticipation, Imagine Unai loosing his first game in appalling fashion…

  30. Pierre

    .” I am sure most of you have noticed that most players who, since recently joining the club in the AW era, have seen that their performance has nosedived (Kolasinac, Bulletin, Cech, etc).”

    That is true though you could also say that the true quality players have /are showing their class… Talking about Sanchez who thrived at Arsenal, nosedived at United… Mkhitarayan thriving at Arsenal though he nosedived at United… Aubameyang showing his excellence in front of goal…. So it works both ways…

    I would say Kolasinac has definitely lost his way, he started at Arsenal looking like a powerhouse, maybe the new manager will bring the best out of him though he has obvious defensive frailties that need sorting.

    Čechs level was on the way down when he joined and as the years progress his performances have declined.

    Players like holding and Chambers need to be assessed to see if they are at the standard required.. Personally I think holding is defensively very solid but can be loose in possession, Chambers I’m not so sure about.

    Is there a good defender in Mustafi,maybe.. A starting point would be to get him to stay on his feet and stop diving in which Wenger seemed happy for him to do.

    Lets see what the new manager makes of the midfield which I believe is where our problems lie…

  31. Sanmi

    I will not take Bale after the last 2 years he’s had.
    We are trying to ship deadwoods, not get another permanent crock. Making the difference in a final isn’t enough redemption.
    Ramsey has been making the difference in several finals and I still have my skepticism on him. A match doesn’t change my mind.

  32. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Can’t wait till August

    First time in ten years been looking forward to the season

    Whatever it brings

  33. Black Hei


    Great link and very interesting.

    When we played Bayern, 3 seasons back. Not the 10-1 thingy. The one where we played Pep’s Bayern.

    I couldn’t believe their pressing intensity. They pressed the entire match. They didn’t get tired at all, until maybe until the 75th minute where there is a slight dip.

  34. leon

    With a new technical director and head offitment I hope there won’t be the any dithering and penny pinching like there was in the past.I do thi k the new manager will have toughen these players up ad they have been wrapped in cotton wool and have had it far too easy.

  35. kelvin

    Black Hei

    Won’t be surprised if these claims are true. we can’t just sweep these theories under the carpet, cos Fifa itself is corrupt and in shambles. No way is football exempted from doping, just feel those at the top are doing a good job for making any traces go away.

  36. Graham62

    Cech has to go.

    Make Ospina #1.

    Bring Martinez and Macey into the fold.

    AMN midfield role.

    Coach/Motivate all the others.

    Problems solved.

    All for as little as 9.99 from your local co-op.

  37. China

    Ofc there’s doping in football. Next to zero chance that it’s clean

    I was suspicious of Freddie in our CL final because despite being a man down he was sprinting like there’s no tomorrowing for the whole game, even deep into the second half

    I’d honestly be surprised if arsenal have never taken part in doping considering we used to have a virtually tireless squad for 90 minutes, week in week out for well over a decade

    I pray it never happened but it was suspicious

  38. Freddie Ljungberg


    That sounds great, if we’re lucky we could really cement our place in 6th.

    It’s strange, some of the same posters that have been giving Wenger shit about signing crap players for years now expect a new coach to come in and polish the turds and make them real shiny.

    Still going to be turds people…

  39. leon

    I don’t know about anyone else but I would personally sell oil and take off 350k a week off a our wage bill, we have more than enough central players. However given the fact he signed a new contract the transfer fee would be huge plus his huge wages, it is unlikely to happen.

  40. Marko

    I’d certainly say there’s been some doping in the game but I’m more inclined to think it’d be some dumb footballer doing cocaine or weed than actual performance enhancing stuff.

  41. Micheal

    One of the many things I am looking forward to in the new era is an entirely fresh approach to goalkeeping. I hesitate to look backwards in the new climate, but Wenger definitely had a blind spot about keepers.

    In my opinion, Wenger signed only one decent keeper in his 22 years at the club – Mad Jens. (Seaman was alreaday on the books in 1996) Against that should be set a catalogue of half-baked keepers from the hopelessly inadequate to the hopelessly unreliable.

    Think of Almunia, Fabianski, Szcezzer, Shaaban, Mannone, Holloway, Wright, Poom, etc. Not one is a top quality goalkeeper. Then compare this lot to the long list of world class outfield players signed during the 22 years – PV4, Pires, Henry, Gilberto, Campbell, etc.

    A top quality goalkeeper is an essential part of any successful team. Ask Liverpool. I sincerley hope this is one of Emery’s priorities.

  42. DUIFG

    Fuck the guy is talking tactics and I’m getting wet.

    20 years of vague talk of cohesion and mental toughness is over.

    He has a plan, I’m all in.

  43. Bamford10

    If it’s true that we’re in for both Lichsteiner and Sokratis, then it’s clear they want a bit more experience and no-nonsense defending in the squad, even if the former is only a back-up and mentor to Bellerin. Sokratis can mentor Mavropanos and instruct Mustafi.

    Both are inexpensive too. The cynics will see penny-pinching, but we have many needs, and we can’t fill every need with a 50m player. We don’t have those resources.

  44. kelvin


    Just take a look at R madrid they are like machines, they would let you execute your game plans on the pitch but they would still run over you.

    Am not disputing their talent pool, but its just unbelievable. They are freaks.

  45. kelvin


    Its nice to see you positive about the Arsenal. I always thought you love bitching about everything Arsenal.

    Just hope others follow suit and stop bringing this great club down at the slightest opportunity.


  46. HighburyLegend

    “Surprise surprise, AW is considering a move back to Japan.”

    How do you say “they wants him to be back 4 life” in Japanese ?? lol

  47. Marko

    Both are inexpensive too. The cynics will see penny-pinching, but we have many needs, and we can’t fill every need with a 50m player. We don’t have those resources.

    Right but I’d rather we didn’t skimp on the defence only to bring in an expensive forward. It seems like an experienced (Sokratis) and a kid (Caglar) will be the targets but I’d much rather the experienced signing was just marquee better. Sokratis and Mustafi doesn’t fill me with confidence mostly because Mustafi is still there. But maybe Mustafi will be replaced and sokratis and Caglar are Koscielny and Chambers replacements. Who knows

  48. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Loo as much as I would like ozil to be sold it won5 happen.

    My understanding is that the new contract was constructed by the new heiracy at the club. So frankly there is no chance of him being sold.

    I personally don’t expec5 much to change in the personel of the team I feel that mr emery will want time to evaluate his squad the first four months.

    Looking ahead I’m being positive

  49. Dissenter

    I don’t eat the Sokratis signing, if you’re to believe the tabloids
    Why would we pay £16-18 million for. a 29 year old defender with one year on his contract. What would he have cost if he had 3-4 year left on his.p contract? 40 miliion.

    A 29 year old defender who was never elite should,b costing that much.

    The Lichtsteiner deal makes sense.inread that his wages are going to be about £44k weekly.

  50. TonyD

    In Mirror online transfer news it reports SK is adding £20 million to the transfer budget, so £70 million before selling players.

    Better if true

  51. Receding Hairline

    The Girona Job is available. They are part of the City football group.

    Will be interesting to see who gets that job.

    Will they move Viera there?? Will Arteta be trusted?

    If they move Pep’s current number two does Arteta become number two??

    This will be an indicator of how highly he is regarded.

  52. Receding Hairline

    @ Dissenter

    I don’t care for the Sokratis signing

    Seems lazy to me. He is coming from a club where they conceded goals for fun.

    He is 29 and was never considered better than average

    For 16m you can do much better

  53. Marko

    Heard that. Sell Mustafi that’s another 25-35 million. Welbeck 15-25 million. Ramsey 30-40 million. Ospina 5-10 million. Wilshere’s wages. Plenty of ways to add to the supposed 70 million. Though once again I doubt that there’s a specific number we had but more of an understanding that we can’t go overboard.

  54. Gooner63

    To start with we just need to sell some of the deadwood or players who are on loan and we really wont involve

    Then upgrade

    Koz or Mustafi
    and also actually get a DM

    Should be able to do that with 70mill plus player sales

    Then see what happens up to Jan

  55. Graham62


    Never been about the players for me.

    It was all about Wenger and his “crap” methods.

    Imagine what a half decent coach will do.

  56. Freddie Ljungberg


    Pep, by many regarded as the top coach in the world today has spent nearly £400 mil in 2 seasons on a squad that was already better than ours, and you think a couple of weeks of drills with the existing players are going to bridge that gap?

    I’m sure Emery can squeeze an extra 10-15% out of some of the players and work on our shape and tactics, still not going to be enough with this squad.

    We’ll see what happens, not encouraged by the transfer links so far but we keep our cards close to the vest so hopefully they pull off an amazing window, we’re going to need it.

  57. Marko

    Still links to Diallo. Now would Diallo Sokratis and Caglar be enough? One experienced defender two young but highly rated prospects. Could be Diallo is a natural left footed player which adds balance I think

  58. Marko

    Pep, by many regarded as the top coach in the world today has spent nearly £400 mil in 2 seasons on a squad that was already better than ours, and you think a couple of weeks of drills with the existing players are going to bridge that gap?

    Yes Freddie yes. I mean Unai will get more out of some of these players currently here but some are simply not good enough and undeserving of the jersey. And why are some fans so set against signings I’ll never know.

  59. Bamford10


    Yeah, I’ve been very negative in the past, but never just for the sake of it. As long as the club and manager trying to make intelligent moves, trying to improve us, trying to contend, I will be supportive. My issue in the past was always Wenger and the ways in which I thought he was holding us back.

    I also think it’s interesting how the new manager and the new situation at the club are revealing different divisions among Arsenal fans and different sides of various posters here.


  60. Marko

    Sokratis close to done. Seems we’re doing all our shopping in Dortmund. Any chance we can nab Dahoud while we’re there? Perhaps sign Pulisic before he joins Liverpool or PSG.

  61. Bamford10


    I think it’s three things: one, some people believe in some of the players you don’t believe in (or in some cases are more open-minded re these players); two, some people believe part of “supporting” the club is “supporting” the players, and such folks do not like to throw scorn upon our players the way some of us do; three, some people remain committed to the principle that it is not all about spending, that there is something to believing in your existing players, building, coaching, etc.

    I myself think we need signings but I also believe that (1) one can only do so much in a given window and that (2) it does make sense at times to see what better coaching, training and instruction can do for this or that player.

    The questions, of course, remain: who is good enough? who is not? who can improve? who really can’t or won’t?

    These are q’s upon which we will all likely disagree.

  62. Marko

    Bam I get all that but some of these pages are simply not good enough especially if we want to move forward and also some of them have been so bad the last couple years that they don’t deserve another season. Wilshere doesn’t deserve another season. Mustafi after last season alone doesn’t deserve another season. Cech with all his mistakes doesn’t deserve another season as number one. Welbeck gets about 9 goals a season. Xhaka since he’s been signed one could argue that we should cut our losses there.

  63. Uwot?

    Not unreasonable to suppose club doing 3/4 cheapish buys with my guess two & no more top qualidee ones still £35 mill & above.would have liked the “deadwood” shipped out ASAP but I know diff due to the stupid wages they’re all on.

  64. useroz

    Any news on …

    * Coaches Emery would bring in?

    * a new physio

    * the appointment of assistant manager?

  65. WengerEagle

    Wouldn’t mind adding Sokratis if he were supplementing a top CB arrival too and was replacing Mustafi.

    We don’t have one proper quality CB in the while squad.

  66. Marko

    True WE. Dortmund seemingly okay with knocking off a few million to let him go. They’re linked with Diallo as a replacement. It’s not exactly addressing the issue is it. Liverpool had a problem they spent 75 million on VVD. Spurs haven’t had an issue with spending big on the defence. United either. City bought Laporte for 57 million. Chelsea are being linked with Koulibaly that’s someone we should be targeting

  67. Elmo

    Ornstein’s announced Sokratis is close.

    He’s 30 next week. I hope we are lining up one young prospect to be bought in for every one of these 29/30 year old ex-Dortmund players (PEA, Mkhi, Sokratis).

    We need to be bringing in and developing those young players now, as they will have to take over the reins or be the assets to fund the re-build in 2 or 3 years time when the wall of old first team players will be in sharp decline. Mavropanos is a start; let’s get going on the rest.

  68. Victorious

    sokratis might not be world class but surely he’s better than all our CB, he is a solid signing who brings with him knowledge and experience..

    see some posters swooning over players linked to rival clubs,cant make this shite up even if u tried,bet they’d be spitting the dummy if our rivals were closing in on the sokratis signing.

  69. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    So the first two signings are a 34 year old freebie and 20m for a 29 year old journey man.

    Nah I’m afraid it ain’t looking good

  70. OleGunner

    Is our plan just to continue raid dortmund for players?Zzzzzz
    Sokratis is an ok signing but nothing that exciting.

    Hoping for more top top qualiddeee this window with our new guys in charge of transfers and scouting.

  71. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    I would go with holding chambers
    With good coaching there is something
    Throw in the young Greek kid

    Boom were done

  72. azed

    “So the first two signings are a 34 year old freebie and 20m for a 29 year old journey man.

    Nah I’m afraid it ain’t looking good”

    My first thought is Emery wants to get the mentality right. Build the experience out from the back cheaply then spend the big bucks in midfield.

  73. Graham62


    Who said anything about trying to “bridge the gap?”

    All I want to see is a team who are prepared to compete and maybe, just maybe, push for top four.

  74. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Would be good if all our deals were concluded before World Cup.

    However there would be 4 weeks left after it
    So ….

  75. Freddie Ljungberg


    What was the point of changing managers then? To maybe compete for the top four?

    Are you on the board by any chance?

    We have so much potential and Wenger was holding us back, now is the time to go for it, not settle down into mid table mediocrity that we might never get out of.

    Time to show some ambition as a club ffs…

  76. Bamford10


    No, most here wouldn’t care if a rival signed Sokratis. He isn’t high-profile enough. I think he can be a solid signing for us as we need experienced, no-nonsense defenders (among other things), but your anti-Le-Grove take (‘you’d all be praising Sokratis if Chelsea or Spurs signed him’) is nonsense, as is, frankly, most of what you say here.

  77. Bamford10


    Agreed. I think it’s about getting the mentality right — especially defensively — and about getting experienced players who can both instruct / mentor some of the younger players and provide solid defensive play themselves.

  78. Gooner63

    We have 70m plus player sales

    We arent going to be spending big on players when we dont know who will fit Emerys sytem

    20m for a 30yr old to bring some experience – mainly just a 3yr experiment to bring through younger defenders –

    The main part of the cash should go on a DM and possibly a keeper

    Plus with our forwards getting on a bit i wouldnt be surprised to see a young potential forward come in

    Im really only expecting a couple of additions, clear out some crap, and then this season coming will be adapting to a new system.

    Expect any big changes to come next summer

  79. Ishola70

    “So, this Sokratis, he’s he good or not ??”


    Let’s just say he is within a certain price range that the club are willing to pay out for that position according to age and experience.

  80. Ishola70



    Strong, physical, good passer of the ball, has leadership qualities.


    Not the quickest, rash too many times, dives in too many times.

    Fans will probably like his style of play. A stopper.

  81. Gooner63

    Arsenal 16m Sokratis

    Utd 200m Bale

    remember the days when it was either us or Utd for the title

    oh well – maybe one day we will be back lol

  82. Ishola70

    I think Sokratis is too similar to Mustafi if they were paired together.

    Both hot-heated on occasions and not blessed with real pace.

    Maybe he is like for like replacement who knows.