Santa delivers 4 summer gifts that give me life!

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When Father Christmas and I had a meet up last December, he said he had nothing for me, but if I kept the faith, good things would come.

‘Father Christmas, I shall follow your ten commandments in the hope of a ripe harvest next summer’

Follow those commandments I did, and now the fruits of committment are starting to bloom. Blossom? What’s the word? Bear?


1. Arsene OUT + the stodgy backroom team

2. New coach IN

3. Abramovich OUT. NO VISA. No way in, even on an Israeli passport. LOLOLOLOLOL.

This story is giving me goosebumps. Firstly, Chelsea has shelved their plans for the rebuild of Stamford Bridge. Roman ain’t putting his blood billions into a ground he can’t attend. Secondly, the club are fretting over Conte. Basically, he wants them to sack him and put him on a £9m a year sabbatical. Chelsea don’t want to pay that. Thirdly, Chelsea won’t pay to free Sarri from his Napoli deal. FOURTHLY, they’re not sniffing around Avram Grant.


4. Real Madrid moved on Zidane

Firstly, I LOVE watching the Arsene apologists trying to will on Wenger to land the job, like he’s somehow deserving of a humiliating half season at Madrid to cap off a nightmare 10 years. Anyway, the really interesting story and more realistic candidate is THE POCH. Now, I didn’t think the Argentine would move from Spurs before the new stadium move. I don’t know why I thought that, he was talking about Spurs like it wasn’t part of his future after they Spurzed out of the semi final of the FA Cup. Anyway, Joachim Low has ducked out of the job saying, “I rule this out totally.”

Poch had this to say: “When Real Madrid call you, you have to listen to them” 💉💉💉


Anyway, good bless the Patron Saint of summer gifting, for he has delivered.

If Spurs lose Poch, they are in some serious fucking trouble. Whatever you think about the trophy record down there, Poch has turned a solid squad into a very classy outfit. That team is more than the sum of its parts. It’ll be very hard to replace a man of his talents. Hopefully, they’ll do something stupid, like give it to Eddie Howe.

In other news, Kike Marin, master of the ITK game, reckons the biggest issue Emery has at Arsenal is Mesut Ozil. Not because of his talent, but because of his commitment. Damn, I hate be so right about players, but I’ve been kicking this narrative to everyone for a few years. The man doesn’t care about the club, which is why you sometimes see all guns blazing Ozil, but mostly a bit of a wet flannel.

Trouble is, we can’t sell him because no one will pay the wages his managed to con out of a club desperate to save face.

Will Emery go hard on a player of genius? He certainly didn’t with Neymar. Ozil is a bit different, but he’s still a big name who could cause problems for him. You can’t ostracise a player on that sort of money, you also can’t allow someone not to work in a system that demands all 10 outfield players to bust a gut.

It’ll be interesting to see where he plays him, how he deals with the usual half season of fitness you get from the German, and what he does in big games. It’s amusing how Arsenal fans speak out of both sides of their mouths. One of the issues cited for our failings last season was a lack of service to our forwards, whilst on the other side we’re celebrating Ramsey and Ozil as kings of the midfield. Something is broken there because on paper we have the goals and the service.

Oh Emery, how we wait for you solve all our problems…

Right, see you in the comments!

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  1. Emiratesstroller

    Bamford 10

    You can argue adfinitum what Arsenal should be doing, but that does not mean it will happen.

    Xhaka will not be sold this summer and the same is likely to happen with Elneny. Arsenal are not going to keep on buying 29-30 year old players a la Nzonzi and spend £30 million on players who will have no resale value at end of contract.

    Since January we have brought in Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan who fall in
    that category and I suspect that Sokratis will also be coming in as well.

    The club needs to be recruiting younger players who will add value to squad.

  2. Marko

    speculative ideas around your Torreira’s are incredibly risky. If Arsenal bought Leno, Sokratis, and Znonzi I’d feel a lot better about next season,

    Not too dissimilar to the argument of Arteta being a risky appointment and the club needing experience at manager level

  3. gambon

    NZonzi would be a silly signing. Cant keep signing 29/30 year old players.

    If we were to sign him, we would be looking at Auba, Ozil, Mykhitaryan, Sokratis and NZonzi needing replacing at the same time. Lacazette would also likely be about 30 at this point, as would Ramsey.

    We need to change that or we will hit an age-related wall in a few years.

    Need to bring in a GK, CB, DM and Wide AM that are in the 20-25 range.

  4. Marko

    A friend of mine knows people high up at Liverpool, and he said Brandt was Klopps first choice for a wide player, and that the Liverpool committee wanted Salah.

    Yep heard that. Apparently it’s common knowledge in Liverpool circles

  5. Ishola70

    I always thought the spine of a team should have some older heads in it.

    Obviously that notion with Cech is extreme now.

    Too many other players away from the spine getting on now.

  6. Barking Arsene

    If it were me I’d have dropped Draxler, but sadly I’m not in charge!

    Ozil will not be dropped as he is a creative force in that team – key thing is they are efficient enough to carry him defensively, unlike Arsenal.

    He also plays a different role to Sane.

    Basically the options were.


    Reus is experienced, so it’s two from the other three. Sane and Brandt would have been explosive.

  7. Marko

    Barking Ozil has played on the left for Germany so he is in direct competition with those players. Yeah I dunno how someone picks Draxler over Sane after the season they just had

  8. TR7

    Lowe is an idiot. Sane is easily one of the best German players if not the best. Thank God we didn’t hire him as our manager.

  9. loyika

    @ Marko

    Its not usually about the season that any which player has had its more to do with how the National Manager wants his team to play or set up and how he feels any player fits his set up.

    In some cases there might even be a bit of politics involved in selection of players. We that follow the Prem might gush at how brilliant Sane has been (and he was) but if Low doesn’t feel that he can blend with what he wants he will pick the final players that he feels will deliver for him (he will point to his trophies as justification for his selection)

    At least his situation is better than the former French manager Domenech who used “Zodiac/Horoscope” signs to pick players.

  10. loyika

    @ TR7

    Thats a bit harsh? Lowe has earned the right to pick whomever will fit how he wants to play at Russia.

  11. Marko

    Apparently Roma are interested in signing Fabian of Betis. We should be interested too he’s a brilliant player

  12. Bamford10


    Sure, but your view of what the club WILL do is always really underwhelming, as if your aim is always to temper or dampen expectations.

    Also, as I pointed out, if we were in Fabinho, then it isn’t accurate to say we’re not in for a holding mid /CDM. You’re being overly dampening there, IMO.

  13. Dissenter

    The German team is so lopsided in favor of reputation.
    Lowe’s picked at least 3-4 players based on past experience, not on current form.
    The Sane decision is probably strange because he souls have been in the team, even if you consider past experience – he’s always done well for Germany.

  14. TR7


    Yes numerous attempts at WC and Euros with a golden generation of German players and finally gets hold of one and that too due to Higuain’s profligacy in front of the goal. I can’t think of one reason why Draxler should be picked ahead of Sane.

  15. Bamford10

    Low is not an idiot. His teams play as they do because he is quite smart. Frankly, to say he’s an idiot is to reveal that you yourself are a bit of an idiot. However, it is a bit of a puzzling call on Sane. I think it has to do with who blends in to the team best and who best fits with the style of play he likes (one and two touch passing and moving).

    While I agree with others that Draxler over Sane seems especially odd, I think this may have to do with Draxler’s length and physicality, believe it or not.

    Loew may have gotten this wrong — remains to be seen — but he’s not an idiot.

  16. Dissenter

    Even managers who’ve won world cups can be called idiots if they something so idiotic as dropping Sane.
    There’s a reason why its hard to defend world cups. I won’t be surprised if Germany get knocked out in the second round.

  17. Dissenter

    They gave Ozil the same defense at Arsenal… He can’t be an idiot because he win the World Cup.
    You criticize him and someone comes on board to remind you that he’s a World Cup winner.
    So did Mustafi…and he’s had a shocking season.

    I’ve seen better managers than Lowe’s mess up when it’s time to defend the title of world champions.

  18. TR7


    ‘Frankly, to say he’s an idiot is to reveal that you yourself are a bit of an idiot. ‘

    I don’t think I addressed you did I? You can’t help being a prick. Keep your judgemental shite to yourself.

  19. Dissenter

    Lowe’s also lucked Neuer as starting goal keeper even though he has been put for 8 long months.
    Making Neuer the starting keeper is probably a much bigger risk than leaving out Sane.

  20. Bamford10


    Ummm, you posted here. People can comment on your post. Kind of how it works around here. Cheers.

  21. Bamford10


    Ok, while you’re all worked up about this, I’d like to propose a wager. I still have Germany winning the whole thing, believe it or not, but given you think they might go out in the 16, I don’t want to wager that.

    Would you be surprised if Germany make the semis?

  22. China

    As much as we would all like some young but experienced top quality players at a reasonable price which perfectly fit our squad, I think we have to accept that in light of our budget and competition from currently superior clubs it’s not that easy

    If we sign some experienced heads which cover us for 3 years and make us at least a proper cl team again and if they’re not too expensive, they can provide a foundation on which to add youth at a later date

    Players like adli can play with a little less pressure compared with if we have a pretty young team and a lack of proper old heads to guide them. Consider our squad circa 2008-2011. It was all potential and youth and futures and all that bollocks but they had no one to hold their hands and get them over the line. Wenger obviously takes the blame but management was only part of it, a transfer policy of favoring babies also encouraged it (also wenger’s fault lol but w/e)

    Point is let’s build a young squad around experienced heads. I don’t want to see arsenal with an average age of 24 and everyone talking about potential every year. That shit gives me nightmares

  23. HighburyLegend

    “Nwankwo Kanu was robbed of $ 11,000 at a Moscow airport”
    (“Two baggage handlers are suspected”)


  24. Dissenter

    I’ve actively and consciously followed world cups since Espana 1982.
    There a reason why defending champions usually drop out early.
    Lowe has fallen back on sentimentality too much and Germany will pay for I’ve said, I’ve seen teams that are better loaded like the Argentina team of 1982, Brazilian team of 1998 (they went far) and the French team of 2002 fail miserably in defending the World Cup.
    We’ll have to wait and see.

    Making Neuer number one ahead of Ter Stegen is a bigger error that dropping Sane,in my opinion.

  25. TR7

    Yeah here comes the resident ‘expert without knowledge’ laying down the rules for everyone. Your list of bizzare claims and statements outnumbers everyone else’s , so a bit rich of you to call other people out on idiocy.

  26. Barking Arsene


    I know he (Ozil) has played left hand side for them but what I meant was that he doesn’t play the role in the same way.

    Add to that the fact that he is also primarily a central player, on paper he has the advantage of being “versatile”.

    That aside, as much as I like Draxler I can’t see his merits above Sane.

  27. Bamford10


    Calm down, guy. You said something I think is silly and I said so. This is what happens here. I’m just going to leave everything else you’ve said.

  28. China

    Think of it this way, was it better to be Ramsey coming into a young arsenal squad that wasn’t winning shit and was all potential with few old heads to guide him, or was it better to be cesc coming into a squad with most of the invincibles?

    Regardless of which player is obviously naturally better (cesc by a country fucking mile), kids like Ramsey, ox, wilshere and the rest were all screwed by walking into a starting 11 with no one on the pitch to help them.

    Managers can make a huge difference but you can’t underestimate the value of having an old heroes like Gilberto, Campbell, Pires, Ljungberg, Henry and co must do an awful lot for your game compared with being chucked in with denilson, xhaka, Mustafi, Bellerin or (insert almost any current arsenal player here)

  29. China

    What fucking cunt robs Kanu???? A guy who has saved so many lives by setting up a charity to save kids in Africa who have a hole in their heart?

    There is a special seat in hell warming up in anticipation for whoever did this.

  30. Champagne charlie

    “Not too dissimilar to the argument of Arteta being a risky appointment and the club needing experience at manager level“

    That’s be why I touted Allegri all along wouldn’t it?

    Yet when it comes to players you’re the first to scream for a 22 year old Uruguay international who’s never kicked a ball in England and had one noteworthy season over a guy who’s been there and done it.

    All because you’re name/buzz over actual output and fitting the needs of the team.

  31. Champagne charlie

    “Ummm, you posted here. People can comment on your post. Kind of how it works around here. Cheers.”

    Don’t recall you saying this when I used what you’ve posted here against you? Funny that.

    And yes, Xhaka/Nzonzi is a good base in midfield for me. Under Emery they could be a very effective double pivot releasing Ramsey to do his bits further forward, and covering the fullbacks bombing on.

  32. Bamford10


    Yeah I’ve been watching WCs religiously for a long time as well (since 86). And I agree that Neuer ahead of Ter Stegen may be a mistake. However, it may also be that Loew understands certain things about those two (and about his defenders) that you and I don’t.

    As for Sane, the same could be true: yes it’s hard to see reason for leaving him out, but if Brandt fits in to the XI better and if Draxler comes in in the 70th and gallops by tired Brazilian, Spanish or French defenders, then Loew will look quite smart.

    Again, my point is not that it’s not odd that he’s left Sane out; but to assume he’s gotten this wrong or (ridiculously) that he’s “an idiot” is wrong, IMO.

  33. Bamford10


    There’s a big difference there in that, one, you constantly harrass me, and two, you do so in personal terms rather than general terms.

    Secondly, sorry, but Xhaka alongside N’Zonzi would be a terrible midfield base.

  34. Graham62


    Sorry mate, but I’m afraid your street cred went out the window when you thought Ramsey was playing in the WC.

  35. Bamford10


    Knowing the 32 team field down to every last team has nothing to do with footballing insight. It’s a matter of studying the news.

    You do you, though.

  36. UTarse

    Please tell me you’re not describing a former Stoke and Blackburn player as one who’s “been there and done it” ?

  37. Bamford10


    Btw, I don’t agree with a number of things you’ve said here, but good point re Iwobi’s breathing. In through the nose, out through the mouth, young man.

    He’s not a 200-400m runner either, though.


  38. Leedsgunner

    We’ve tried project youth multiple times with a manager who liked to play kids in unfamiliar positions and call it “player development”.

    Now we seem to have a manager who wants to bring in experience to toughen up the fragile mentality of the squad. Why not?

    Hopefully these seasoned warriors will help us win the Europa League so that once we are in the Champion’s League we can attract top young players again.

    As for youngsters next year in this squad, I want to see players like Reiss Nelson, Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah given more prominent roles.

  39. Jamie

    I’m not against recruiting some experienced players either. 30m seems steep for Nzonzi though. Realistically, he’s worth half that amount.

    The same Nzonzi who was in the Blackburn squad who beat us 4-3, right?

    We have enough talented kids (Nketiah, AMN, Nelson, Smith-Rowe, Mavropanos) to fill out the squad during early round cup games.

  40. Leedsgunner

    Is Fellani out of contract? Under normal circumstances Maureen would never sell to us… remember he refused to sanction Demba to us on a loan…

    Maybe it was just to annoy Arsene…

  41. Thanos

    Leeds Felaini is indeed on a free doubt we are after that lumbering oaf though it’s just click bait

  42. Freddie Ljungberg

    What’s up with all this talk about project youth as soon as someone isn’t on board with buying yet another 29 year old?

    CB I can understand since we have a couple of younger players there and it’s a position where experience is important, but it’s not exactly like we’re loaded with young players.

    It’s also not a choice between a 29 year old and a 18 year old that people are proposing when they’re against N’Zonzi for example.

    How about a 22-26 year old instead that can give us more than 3 years of service? We can’t keep throwing away our limited funds on stop gap players all over the pitch.

    My preference in CM is still Rabiot for Xhaka, if we’re keeping Xhaka for some inexplicable reason we still need to sign a CM, I wouldn’t mind Doucoure at all. Both would be ideal.

    A 23 year old and a 25 year old. Both at around the same price as N’Zonzi but can give us 4-6 years more than he can, are better than N’Zonzi and have the potential to become even better.

    No brainer really.

  43. Dissenter

    We’ll have to wait and see, regarding the German NT. I watched them play Austria and they looked very drab. Everyone knows Germany are the quintessential competition team and the friendlies aren’t indicative of anything really.
    This WC is really unpredictable; it’s being played in Euro-Asia [Russia can be viewed as either Asian or European] and VAR will play a big impact.
    May the best team win. I have no horse in the race. My money is on Brazil/Argentina.

  44. Dissenter

    At the rate we are going, we are well on course to be have the oldest starting 11 in the league.
    I am yet to see the “best scout in the world” do anything special.

  45. Dissenter

    *No horse in the raced means I really don’t emotionally give a rats arse about who wins what.
    I has to add this because of trolls like Aubergine jumping on what may seem to be a confusing remark.

  46. Dissenter

    ‘TR7 is a chick?’
    Fucking hell, No!

    That’s ant-female discrimination 🙂
    Take the statement as a compliment

  47. Danish Gooner

    Marco Reus anyone ???? If we get him the transformation from Arsenal to Dortmund would be complete.

  48. Leedsgunner

    Maybe Ivan has whisked Pedro away to make up for not signing Arteta as manager after he pushed him so hard on the blog…. lol. 😉

    I wouldn’t mind seeing a guest post… what about the graham fellow, the tactical genius on Arsenal Fan TV? (Unlike the rest of them he knows what he’s talking about.)

  49. TR7


    Will take that as a compliment if Guns proclaims ‘Nobody respects women more than I do’ a la Donald Trump 🙂

  50. raptora

    Draxler in for Sane is a shocker and a half. Objectively speaking, Neymar, Mbappe and Draxler all player relatively the same amount of football in France this year.

    Neymar 1788 mins, 19 goals, 13 assists, 12 MotM, 8.95 rating on whoscored
    Mbappe 2097 mins, 13 goals, 8 assists, 7 MotM, 7.54 rating
    Draxler 1706 mins, 4 goals, 5 assists, 0 MotM, 7,04 rating

    Just a bunch of numbers but picture is kinda clear to me. If we add the cup games it get’s even more depressing for the German.
    Now let’s add Sane to the equation.

    Sane 2423 mins, 10 goals, 15 assists, 3 MotM, 7.54 rating

    Re Draxler we are also talking about a player who’s managed to score more than 5 goals a season in the domestic league, just once in his career – 6 years ago. He’s actually never managed more than 5 assists a season at all.

    Never really got the hype among Arsenal fans re Julian. Still 24 though, hopefully he can do more with his talent.

  51. salparadisenyc

    Benteke was always rated too high in this space.

    Incredible Sane left out, up there with Rabiot missing Les Bleus.

  52. HighburyLegend

    Common point between Sane and Rabbid ??
    Both excellent in clubs, but both very poor in their national squads.

  53. Guns of SF

    Funny how some seem to think we can nab rabiot. Why would psg let him go and we simply cannot afford him or if we do will take a good chunk of our budget
    He has cl with psg. El with us

    Nzonzi is good for about 2 years and it will give more time to develop a cdm or buy one if we get more funds being in the cl

    I don’t think dembele is coming after the reports from Barca

    We still need a winger with pace and another keeper and cb. I hope we get the Turkish kid

  54. Freddie Ljungberg

    For 35 million pounds that’s an expensive 2 years.

    Rabiot has 1 year left of his contract, wants to leave and has been linked to inter for 27 mil. You’re saying we can’t top that and offer better wages than Inter?

    N’Zonzi would be underwhelming af. Even for 15 mil I wouldn’t go there, just buy a player that is going to play for us long term, enough stop gap bullshit.

    Filling the team with average players are going to get us nowhere

  55. Freddie Ljungberg

    Saw Soyuncus highlighs against Iran, very error prone, had 2-3 mistakes that could have been costly, not sure anymore that he’s the solution.

  56. Guns of SF

    I highly doubt rabiot will go for less than nzaoni that figure is utter bs

    Don’t get me wrong I would love to have him and a younger cdm but we need to sell to buy and I have my doubts we are selling anyone this summer!

  57. Marko

    Think if we signed Fellaini I’d stop supporting Arsenal. The thought of him and Xhaka in a midfield together makes me want to die