Arsenal welcome Leno and banish the ghost of mediocrity

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COME ON PEOPLE, ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!

I mean, entertained is maybe the wrong word.

Are you not captivated by the ruthless efficiency of a well oiled Arsenal machine?

I am.

Arsenal is aggressively pursuing the goal of shaking out the mediocrity that’s hung over our heads for the best part of 12 years. Ivan Gazidis is finally demonstrating that he is a CEO with a vision. More importantly, his catalyst for change line from last summer wasn’t a PR soundbite, it was, in fact, the real starting pistol for life post-Highbury.

Inside 8 months:

  • We have someone sensible dealing with contracts (HUUUUUSS)
  • We have an elite Head of Recruitment (Sven)
  • We have the exSporting Director of Barca (Raul)
  • We changed our manager (#WengerOUT)
  • We ditched all his dross staff (Not including Colin Lewin or Jens Lehmann there)
  • We hired a new manager (#EmeryIN)
  • We let him bring in 5 of his pals (will talk on this another day)
  • We reshaped the spine of our side (Leno, Sokratis, Auba, Torreira)
  • We shipped out the deadwood (Theo)
  • We tied down Ozil (Should be a win)
  • We’ll likely tie down Ramsey (Could be SO good)
  • We binned Sanchez and he tanked (HOW’S THAT PIANO, MATE)

That’s how you say hello to the future. It’s how you shine light on the embarrassing carry on of the past. It’s everything we’ve been craving for ten years, achieved inside a single year.

Arsenal announced yesterday that Bernd Leno would be our new keeper. Sampdoria leaked to the press that Torreira is heading our way for €30m. The club said goodbye to Jack Wilshere, which was a shame, but a totally fair decision. One that I guarantee you would not have happened under the old regime. He’d be sitting pretty on a whopping £150k a week deal. Even more promising? It seems like we’re already eyeing a replacement in Banega.

I don’t want to enjoy this moment too much, but come on, how many years have we been castigated as the crazy ones? How many times were we told that it’s better to do deals at the end of the summer. That buying players wasn’t like going to the supermarket. That Brexit would make things difficult. That World Cups mean you can’t sign players. That only clubs like City can buy players. That it’s impossible to sell our shite players because they have big deals. That class, was the hallmark of rank amateur behaviour in the transfer market.

Didn’t we say that it was all nonsense?

The ‘careful what you wish for’ crowd are really eating a fat slice of ‘I didn’t have a clue’ pie right now. Even worse, the crowd of ITKs who faux-leaked that the issues were at board level and Wenger was just too honourable to rat them out. I told you at the time they were wrong, and fuck it, I feel vindicated. 10 years of having to listen to enablers talk bollocks about the real state of Arsenal and all along, the popular opinion was wrong. It wasn’t just a bit wrong, it was 1996-Gareth-Southgate-hide-your-head-in-a-Pizza-Hut-bag wrong. Each and every week that passes by, another nail gets hammered into the myth of yesteryear.

The banter era is over. At least from an infrastructure perspective. Sure the club will sign duff players, sure we’ll make mistakes, but the days of putting the club in the hands of total incompetents are long gone. We have the best minds our money could buy out there trying to prove they’re worthy of their status at the club. That’s exciting. The old boys club is over.

Can the playing side still go badly wrong? Absolutely. We have a horrendous start to the season. The players won’t know what hit them with the new management arrangement. There are still concerns about Emery’s ability to hit the ground running.

But it doesn’t matter. If he tanks, the club are now in the right shape to fix the issues. I honestly believe that outside a total disaster, we should give the manager two years. As long as we’re seeing a steady improvement as the months go by, I’ll be happy.

Fans won’t turn like they did before, the club is making a concerted effort to be better. They are serious about fulfilling Arsenal’s vast potential. This is what vision looks like. This is what strategic thinking brings to the table. This is how big clubs operate.

‘Careful what you wish for’ was an offence to progress. It was the talk of weak people happy with their lot. It was the death of curiosity bleated out by average thinkers who clung to the sagging teet of stale comfort. We were conned by positivity, fooled by stability, and held hostage by the past. That’s all over now. We’re about to experience the first season in over a decade where the feeling in the pit of your stomach before the start of the season will be butterflies. That’s something special.

I am so fucking charged to be an Arsenal fan right now. I hope you are too. There is no club more exciting than us this season, so enjoy it while you can

That’s me done, see you in the comments!

COME ON ARSENAL!

531 Responses to “Arsenal welcome Leno and banish the ghost of mediocrity”

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  1. Receding Hairline

    By the way Receding did you just quote yourself?

    @ Barking

    Yes i did …any penalties for that??

    I wanted the fellow Ishola ( You see i can call you by your moniker while talking trash about you) to read it again and man up.

    Of course he did his usual 360 degree turn claiming he was referring to Victorious, who has already said he was Nigerian a long time ago, and not me . But i fully expected that from him.

  2. WengerEagle

    Disappointed so far by the quality of football, Brazil group stages were a lot better to watch.

    Saw a stat before the game that said 60% of the goals scored so far have been from set pieces between penalties, corners and FK’s.

    Another 1-0 with the goal from a corner.

  3. Marko

    Leedsgunner if history has thought us anything it’s that you cannot judge a player truly in a world cup and one bad performance does not a player make. I’m not making an argument for Forsberg I’m just saying don’t judge someone that quickly

  4. champagne charlie

    Rio, Cesc, Drogba, and Lineker waxing lyrical about Busquets, picking his game apart and explaining how useful he is to a passing side.

    But isn’t he shit on here? lol

  5. Marko

    WE I like the player but for the same price that Fekir is going for? Nah not for me. You’d probably get Pavon and Lozano for the apparent price for Forsberg

  6. Leedsgunner

    Sham that there’s so much negativity around Özil, I was hoping that the World Cup would reignite his mojo…

    His form is so bad now I doubt there’s a club that would even take him on loan…

    He needs to stop feeling sorry for himself and pull his finger out and prove his detractors wrong once and for all.

  7. Barking Arsene

    No real stand out team for me yet – group games have been a little flat so far.

    I’d like to say if Spain get an early goal tonight it might open the game up but I don’t think it will make any difference.

  8. Marko

    The one who calls himself Marko pipes up wanting to be noticed. Dude loves nothing more than a gang up on a poster he does not like

    You are absolutely thick. It seems that it’s obvious to everyone except you that ishola was in fact originally talking about Vic but for some reason you’ve gone and made it about you. You are something special. Ganging up on you bullying Xhaka what’s next?

  9. WengerEagle

    Generally find Paulinho’s footy observations insightful and outside the box, guy’s got an interesting take on the game. Agree with most of what he says.

    His love for Welbeck and Ramsey and frequent criticism of Busquets and Kroos is where he loses me a bit though.

  10. Pierre

    CC
    I’ve given up trying to educate them… Apparently to be a quality midfielder you need to assist and score goals… And apparently mousa dembele is a box to box midfielder….and apparently we should persist with a midfielder who decides half way through a game that he wants to go glory hunting.

  11. Pierre

    Leedsgunner on özil
    “His form is so bad now I doubt there’s a club that would even take him on loan…”

    There’s another one….

  12. Receding Hairline

    “You are absolutely thick. It seems that it’s obvious to everyone except you that ishola was in fact originally talking about Vic but for some reason you’ve gone and made it about you. You are something special. Ganging up on you bullying Xhaka what’s next?””

    Everyone except me knew he says, did they all send you a mail to inform you??

    Smart smart Marko .

    Tell me was it also right for him to insinuate that whoever it was he is talking about is claiming to be African?? I mean does it really matter where anyone here claims to be from??

  13. Marko

    Yeah Pierre it’s a minority of Arsenal fans that are frustrated/critical of Ozil. Certainly not pundits and writers in Germany. Certainly not ex players and tv studio audiences. Seems like he’s being criticized for a reason

  14. Marko

    Tell me was it also right for him to insinuate that whoever it was he is talking about is claiming to be African?? I mean does it really matter where anyone here claims to be from

    What are you talking about he was clearly referencing Victorious someone who many of us thought was Don after he got yet another ban because of the way he writes and acts. Literally nothing about you. Move along you absolute weirdo

  15. Receding Hairline

    “”Hairline, sorry, Mr.Dingus is just a bit shaken and all over the place after he got outed.””

    Outed as what exactly?? The poster whose only job is to tell everyone Ramsey is world class, mean if you have to put so much energy into convincing folks on something shouldn’t that be a sign that you might be wrong on that subject??

    And your attempts at name calling is kinda lame…was Mr Dingus your primary school teacher who was mean to you??

  16. Rambo Ramsey

    Hairline aka Victorious, stop the digging boy. The rest of your hair will fall off too in your worry. You made a mistake, its alright, don’t sweat. Be headstrong and continue the trolling as you’ve done under many a name.

  17. Ishola70

    Marko

    “bullying Xhaka”

    You’ve triggered me. Maybe not a surprise.

    Xjaka should have been booked at the start of the Brazilian match for pulling the shirt of Neymar. Ref let it go because Neymar ran on regardless of the shirt pulling.

    Second half Xjaka sleeping on the ball gets robbed from behind by Brazilian player. After getting caught out Xjaka actually tries to handball the pass that followed. He tried to handball block a Brazilian pass. Fortunately for Switzerland he failed in his attempts to handball the pass.

    Oh what to do with such a player.

  18. WengerEagle

    Marko

    How the fuck does Peter Collins after 30 years working for RTE and broadcasting still know nothing about the sport?

    At least Billo had a charm about him and was a world class shit-stirrer giving us some epic Brady-Dunphy battles over the years, Collins had the personality of a corpse.

  19. Marko

    There is a saying that ends with “The bandwagon” and begins with “jumping on”.

    Are you suggesting that a minority of Arsenal fans have somehow convinced pundits, fans and explayers in Germany that he’s poor? Not a minority of Arsenal fans by the way I’d bet my life the vast majority of football fans in England can see him for what he is these days. Just a few seem to be incapable of seeing it

  20. Victorious

    Hairline

    much love mate, appreciate how you called out the lot chipping in with country of origin BS.. you could tell nothing more was in the offering when they resort to that.

    You’d also find I moved on from the convo the moment Ishola brought the African line bs

    would also advise you don’t waste more breath on Marko,he’s called the ‘king of moaners’ for a reason.

    cheers Ogbeni.

  21. Marko

    WE he’s shite. Actually if I’m honest i actually can’t stand the Rte lads. Prefer Lawrenson if I’m honest has a bit of Terry Wogan doing the Eurovision about him. Zero fucks given

  22. Rambo Ramsey

    ‘This is the last time i am going to address you’

    If only all of Le-grove had the same fortune. Oh well

  23. Receding Hairline

    Liverpool fans want Wilshere signed cos he will be “amazing” under Klopp

    Seems every player gets to be amazing under Klopp ..too bad the players he amazingly transforms haven’t finished any higher than 4th in the league.

  24. champagne charlie

    Rambo

    Not really sure what you represent anymore, I rarely see you engage in anything football related. Just appears to be this parodical input centred on Ramsey, and baiting a select few posters. It’s odd

  25. Barking Arsene

    The intensity Klopp requires would destroy Wilshire.

    He should just go out to Italy and make a new life for himself.

  26. Marko

    Just appears to be this parodical input centred on Ramsey, and baiting a select few posters. It’s odd

    I know I’m going to regret this but substitute Ramsey with Xhaka or Ozil and a select few posters with Bamford and how is it that different to yourself…

    I already regret it

  27. Victorious

    Banega,Nzonzi are a huge NO for me,whats going on with Emery and his love for his former team’s oldies,lets get in some young bloods ffs,becoming worrisome

    Wonderd what happened to the Adli deal,someone would have been called a ditherer for that,could spell trouble in replacing these players in 2 to 3 years time.

  28. Redtruth

    Asano (50 pence)
    Ospina (£60m)
    Jenkinson (£1.00)
    Mustafi (Free)
    Perez (£8m)
    Bramhall – Cohen (Removal Van)
    Akpom (Scrap Yard)
    Bielik (Taxi to Airport)
    Campbell (Bag of rice)

  29. Receding Hairline

    @ Barking

    I think he might do well in Spain Wilshere

    But i know he won’t be that bold and they won’t offer him the pay package he would like and i cannot blame him. He should make as much money as he can right now

  30. Marko

    Yeah I was clearly just having a joke there’s no need for a big back and forth. You hear me? CHARLIE???

  31. Pierre

    Marko
    of course özil was poor last season.

    Oh hang on…. I forgot to take into consideration that up until his “injury” in March or thereabouts, only 2 other players had created more chances in EUROPE than özil last season.. Debruyne and payet.

    All I can say is there must be some pretty poor players in Europe.

    And let me add that it is not his fault that the strikers missed the many chances that he created.

    Oh, and I believe he created 4 chances for Germany v Mexico with a 91.5% passing success… But lets blame özil for Germanys defence and defensive midfield going missing along with their full backs..

  32. Bamford10

    Charlie

    “But isn’t [Busquets] shit on here? lol.”

    No, he’s not. Only Paulinho has argued against Busquets. If you’re going to troll opinions here, at least try to get them right.

  33. Barking Arsene

    @RH

    I think that he could do ok there as well – just hadn’t heard any rumours of Spanish clubs being in for him.

    Although thinkIng about it, Spain might suit him better as half the East End are already out there!

  34. Receding Hairline

    Asano (50 pence)
    Ospina (£60m)
    Jenkinson (£1.00)
    Mustafi (Free)
    Perez (£8m)
    Bramhall – Cohen (Removal Van)
    Akpom (Scrap Yard)
    Bielik (Taxi to Airport)
    Campbell (Bag of rice)

    60 Million Naira for Ospina sounds about right Redtruth that’s around 126k in pounds sterlings

  35. Marko

    Oh, and I believe he created 4 chances for Germany v Mexico with a 91.5% passing success… But lets blame özil for Germanys defence and defensive midfield going missing along with their full backs..

    Everyone else is wrong you’re right

  36. Receding Hairline

    Effenberg did not criticize Ozil’s talent nor his skill

    He was more on the issue of passion and looking like you care, he said Ozil does not look like he wants to play for Germany

    No one who watches football questions what a fit and firing Ozil brings to the team.

    It’s funny seeing that once a player we have roundly criticized ( Chamberlain, Wilshere , Giroud ) leaves we start rewriting history trying to claim it was the club that misused them. And fans of other clubs start acting like they can get the best out of said player ( Giroud for Chelsea, Chamberlain for Pool) …when Ozil was yet to sign his contract United fans were on twitter crowing that he was coming to them and practically wetting themselves

  37. Rambo Ramsey

    Go easy, lads.

    The big brother’s gotta be seen doing something when his homies are getting whacked. Social norms extended version

  38. Marko

    He was more on the issue of passion and looking like you care, he said Ozil does not look like he wants to play for Germany

    He was criticizing his poor performances

  39. Barking Arsene

    “Ozil should play for his motherland Turkey”

    Speaking of Turkey, the Erdoğan situation hasn’t helped him one bit either.

  40. DaleDaGooner

    LOL

    Don’t forget to add Yann Mvilla and Chris Samba to that list.

    That’s why I don’t take a lot of the ITKWOB ranters on here serious when they throw names around.

    Marko,

    It’s no lie that Wenger told him to find a new club….in the same breath, guys like you are crying that Emery has chosen to award Xhaka an extension and Wheelchair is told to go….maybe not you, but Wilshere was told to find a new club, and because of injuries and inexperienced, we were forced to play him in Europa….remember he was lumped in with the cast offs early stage of Europa…so saying this is horse shit makes you sound very ignorant.

  41. DaleDaGooner

    Chris Samba…….looooooolll…….how about some feisty Brazilian bloke who was a defensive midfielder ??

  42. champagne charlie

    @Marko
    I’d rise to the bait if it was remotely on point, alas..

    @Banford
    You accidentally typed my name and wrote a post directed at me. Careful not to go against your own code of conduct. I didn’t get the email outlining whether your toys are back in your pram, could you elaborate for me?

    @Rambo
    It was a genuine comment, kind of proved my point in your retort though. Irony and all that

  43. Ishola70

    Some good defending from Iran that half.

    Physical team. Not softies.

    These boys can sit and defend for the whole match with isolated breaks. Won’t worry them sitting and defending forever.

    But it is a little one way traffic at times. Spain should pierce them once.

    Don’t expect an Iran melt down collapse though.

  44. champagne charlie

    “How did Torreira play today?”

    OK, little involvement in truth. Few nice touches, and bit of heel nipping.

    Probably need to temper our enthusiasm with him, he’s 22 and coming from Sampdoria to Arsenal, from Italy to England, will ask a lot for him to hit the ground running and be THE midfield answer. Maybe why another midfielder like Banega is being mooted.

  45. Barking Arsene

    “Ripping it up in Turkey last time I checked.“

    Well he is at Trabsonspor – not sure about ripping it up though….

  46. Marko

    but Wilshere was told to find a new club, and because of injuries and inexperienced, we were forced to play him in Europa….remember he was lumped in with the cast offs early stage of Europa…so saying this is horse shit makes you sound very ignorant.

    21 league appearences last season so you making it sound like Arsene was barely using him because he wanted him gone is false. Again I ask what exactly are you looking to give Wenger credit for? It can’t be for getting rid of Jack surely?

  47. Barking Arsene

    I think Torreira will enjoy the Prem – he is feisty enough to look after himself, and more than capable on a technical level.

    Might take him a few games (new teammates etc) but I’m pretty excited about him.

  48. Coach 15

    Cheers Charlie,was listening on radio,knew he came on,but had to tune out just after his introduction.

    Yes agree, hoping he may settle in quickly. For me,as long as we can become competitive again,that’s a good season.

  49. Barking Arsene

    “I did say last time I checked in my defence, which was 2015…”

    Ha ha – that’s ok mate – wasn’t really expecting you to be bang up to date with the latest developments in the Süper Lig!

  50. champagne charlie

    Out of curiosity, what sort of an adjustment period do people find acceptable for a player?

    Maybe acceptable is the wrong word given the individual nature, but how significant do some see changing clubs, countries, leagues etc. Are there many on here that have changed job and. country?

  51. Marko

    Who are you talking about Charlie? Is this a set up to another Xhaka debate? Tell me cause I’ll go. I’d say that for Torreira given he’s 22 and Caglar I’d give them time. No particular set time but more leeway than actual time frame.

  52. Barking Arsene

    Tough one as like you said it’s such an individual thing – I suppose after 6 months you would expect to see an improvement but depends on the player.

    Some take a whole season to adjust.

    I worked in Norwich for a bit – that took some adjusting 😉

  53. Barking Arsene

    Oh well. Still can’t see Iran playing any differently.

    Thought they’d scored themselves a minute ago.

  54. WengerEagle

    Tends to be a case by case thing, you have some that smash the ground running in Salah and others that take longer to find their groove in Firmino.

    Generally I think 1.5 seasons is enough to decipher whether it not a player is the required quality.

    Oh shit Iran goal!!!

  55. Ishola70

    Iran can be proud of their performance so far.

    Showed they can defend and now show they can give it a go offensively as well.

  56. Coach 15

    I’d say it depends on the willingness of the individual to adapt.
    If the player comes for money alone,then maybe the desire to succeed may not a priority.

    If it’s for a chance to improve his career and a future bigger move,can see it being successful intergration.

    Though changes to culture,diet and weather could be influencing factors that determine success or failure.

  57. champagne charlie

    “Though changes to culture,diet and weather could be influencing factors that determine success or failure.”

    I think it’s these factors that are more influential overall personally. Reyes springs to mind as a player of superb talent, but one that couldn’t adapt because of his life away from football.

    I watched a 5 min video on Torreira and he’s incredibly latin by spirit, by the ocean, family oriented, drinks his mate etc. Just musing at what lies ahead for him personally and wondered about the major obstacles facing a player when making that kind of move.

  58. Coach 15

    Torreira seems to have adapted to life in Italy,reflecting in a potential big move,maybe he is one that can flourish relatively quickly if he signs.

  59. Victorious

    Belgium still the best side for me

    spain will whimp out the moment they face a quality side,very harsh on Iran, considering their performance could have gotten atleast a point.

  60. Redtruth

    WengerEagle
    “Generally I think 1.5 seasons is enough to decipher whether it not a player is the required quality.”

    Lol………10 games max, you muppet lol

  61. Marko

    Torreira’s already moved to a different country and a different culture once already and adapted so there shouldn’t be too much trouble there. Reyes left and pined for a return home he couldn’t take the physical nature of the premier league whereas Torreira is known for being physical so he should be okay. 22 and doesn’t speak English (I’d imagine anyway) but we’ve so many who speak Spanish here that again it shouldn’t be a problem.

  62. WengerEagle

    Na think with Reyes it was more the fact that he was mentally fragile than a cultural thing.

    Add to that the fact that he was getting butchered on the regular, particularly by those Neville cunts and he was borderline bullied by Henry the absolute star man and there is likely your answer.

  63. Coach 15

    Solitude away from training and match days for a young man could well prove an obstacle to intergration.
    Some like cesc proves it’s more than possible,but home comforts for a young Spanish player is a 2 hour flight away.

  64. WengerEagle

    Marble

    By that line of thinking Papiss Cisse deserved the World class tag in 2012, bet you were creaming about Alan Smith too for United back in the day when he made a scoring start.

    You cretin.

  65. Marko

    Torreira could be one that really goes wrong for me.

    In what sense? Worst case scenario I can think of is his discipline maybe he gets sent off too much but for all the stuff about him being feisty he doesn’t seem dirty or stupid. Only one Red card since he’s been in Europe and that was at Pescara

  66. gambon

    In terms of adjustment….I would say the second season is the one where you really know. Especially if they have a proper pre season.

    However I would say you can see if someone has the basic ingredients after a few games.

    For example the difference between Mavropanos and Chambers is, for me, huge in terms of basic attributes.

    No amount of training and time will make Chambers tough enough, quick enough and aggressive enough to be a top player.

  67. WengerEagle

    Sanchez settled in grand here coming from Latin countries and with a proper old school LA mentality and lifestyle, Aguero too.

    Neither had a lick of English either.

    Did alright.

  68. gambon

    Marko

    In the sense that he just doesn’t settle, doesn’t learn the language and loses all momentum.

    Luckily we got a very good price so worst case scenario we may lose a few million.

  69. Barking Arsene

    I think the Spanish guys will help him integrate. English football is much more multicultural now than it was years ago – players tend to have at least a small “support group” within their club.

    Reyes was homesick before he left – also got stitched up by a radio show didn’t he?

    Loved Reyes – such a good player. Just had the shit kicked out of him weekly. Torreira however seems ok with that!

  70. Marko

    Luckily we got a very good price so worst case scenario we may lose a few million.

    Sure we’ve pissed away more on worse players.

  71. champagne charlie

    “Sanchez settled in grand here coming from Latin countries and with a proper old school LA mentality and lifestyle, Aguero too.”

    Neither came from a minnow like Sampdoria. Both were at high profile clubs and they had great prestige already on a global football scale. I imagine most outside of Serie A haven’t a clue who Torreira is.

    Aguero when asked about adjusting to life in England, he added: “Firstly I don’t like very hot weather so on that side of things I’ll be ok. I’m sure I’m going to enjoy myself here and life will be fine.”

  72. Redtruth

    WengerEagle
    “By that line of thinking Papiss Cisse deserved the World class tag in 2012, bet you were creaming about Alan Smith too for United back in the day when he made a scoring start.”

    No mate, I’ve never rated those two lol

  73. Paulinho

    Think we need a three in midfield with Torreira. Little midgets like him can look a bit lost in a 4-4-2. Even the greats like Makelele looked more effective in a three man midfield. Kante sat incredibly deep in the 4-4-2 at Leicester and in a two at Chelsea he’s looked exposed at times.

    Banega playing in a three man midfield with Torreira would compliment each other. Banega is offensive and forward thinking but measured with it.

  74. Barking Arsene

    Maybe not completely comparable but Verratti moved directly from Pescara to PSG after only 60 odd games and settled ok.

    Presumably he didn’t have any French and he was born and raised in Pescara.

  75. Victorious

    Would worry more about Leno settling in than Torreira,the latter has the benefit of a midfield partner easing him in and covering for his momentarily lapses…how does Leno Communicate with Centre halfs in front of him in propably different language.

  76. Ishola70

    Well played Iran.

    Competed for every ball for 90 minutes, strong defending and had one chalked off. Even the goal they conceded was an unlucky one. Defender in place as usual, got his challenge in but unlikely ricochet into the net.

    Iran could not take breathers in midfield. They did not see the ball in midfield. Better teams than Iran have had this problem against Spain.

    There was even time for a bit of showboating at the end with the throw-in by the Iranian.

    Well played The Persians.

  77. Ishola70

    Vic

    “the latter has the benefit of a midfield partner easing him in and covering for his momentarily lapses”

    Who is that then? Who do you refer to there?

  78. Barking Arsene

    Vic

    Leno should be ok – Sokratis (assuming he arrives) will speak German as will Mustafi and I’d assume they will all have some basic English to throw around.

  79. gambon

    Don’t think Leno will struggle to communicate. Sokratis will be in front of him.

    Would imagine a German will find it much easier than a Uruguayan to settle.

  80. champagne charlie

    Weagle

    You narrowed the sphere to cultural impact, not me. I cited originally how expectations of Torreira should be tempered given his age, and the fact he’s going from Sampdoria to Arsenal, Italy to England.

    Then I expanded the question of external factors of a footballers life.

    I don’t think being an established talent makes it harder to adjust, no. Perhaps marginally when considering game day, but that’s a fleeting issue. Whether a player adapts isn’t fleeting I don’t think, there has to be a creating capability to change as a person and properly adapt. Not just rise to heightened expectation (remembering all pro footballers have expectations to life up to, and the great they have the more they’ve demonstrated the ability to achieve them).

  81. Ishola70

    This poor lil fvcker is going to have to cover lapses from a player already in place in the team.

    Not the other way around.

  82. champagne charlie

    Not on board with a GK being a harder adjustment than a CM, a CM has to communicate constantly with his midfield partner and react to his movements and actions.

    Leno will learn some phrases and be set, same routine as Leverkusen. Plus at present he has Sokratis and Mustafi ahead of him, Xhaka too. All German speaking.

  83. Victorious

    Who is that then? Who do you refer to there?

    that’s got to be your favorite whipping boy,think he’s better suited to sitting back and moping out spaces left behind while Torreira do the running, might work don’t you think?

  84. Ishola70

    Barking Arsen

    “Don’t worry, I’m sure Banega won’t make too many mistakes”

    He won’t be in a position to make mistakes defensively if he was signed.

    He is shit defensively. With a player like that you tell him to keep away from important defensive areas.

  85. WengerEagle

    Charlie

    True and goes without saying that it’s foolish to expect him to walk in and remedy our midfield from the get go.

    Next season for me is a real case of trial and error, would not be surprised if we finished around 6th again but it will look nothing like this season from a performance level.

    Will be much more unpredictable and up and down, might not look a mile off Klopp early days at Pool with potential to improve hopefully clear.

  86. Barking Arsene

    Ishola

    Sorry, was just meant as a little joke at Xhakas expense.

    Internet comedy isn’t my strong point!

  87. Ishola70

    Vic

    “that’s got to be your favorite whipping boy,think he’s better suited to sitting back and moping out spaces left behind while Torreira do the running, might work don’t you think?”

    Might work.

    But this mopping up you refer to would most probably be done with no pressure or danger from the opposition.

    If there is a swarm or danger from the opposition what Xjaka will be most likely mopping up is his own urine lol