Pundits and explayers thrust forward with Emery attacks

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Big thanks to James for that cracking post about the Arsenal performance team. Very insightful, then he went and ruined it with his Xhaka fanboying. Jokes aside, do check out the post, suuuuper interesting. <LINK> Also, big thanks to Arsenal for inviting us in. It’s always a risk with muppet bloggers, but we appreciate the insight and the hard work going on to make our club great again.

Tony Adams and Jens Lehmann didn’t take long to sink their teeth into the Arsenal’s new manager. This is one of our greatest captains getting frank about the new regime.

“I don’t know what he has been doing for the last five or six weeks,”

“He has rotated all his players and given them all a game basically and they’ve got some good results but it’s pre-season.

“From minute one, I would’ve picked my own goalkeeper, my back four and put the two lads in that I want to screen those, and get a firm base that’s been missing for the last ten years.”

“You’ve had six weeks of pre-season – go on, get on with it.”

Come on Tone, give it a rest, he’s only just landed and he took a spanking from the most expensively assembled team in England. 14 years of decline cannot be solved in 10 minutes.

Big Jens Lehmann, bitter from being shunted out of the club this summer went for a stealthy gut punch as well.

‘I don’t consider it a re-build, the new manager has taken over a club in almost a perfect environment,””The players have a good attitude. I expected a little more on Saturday, they had a big change, and after 22 years it’s different if something is new, of course”Perfect environment? Yeah, for a holiday. A cruise type of holiday. Amirite?I know full well Jens knows what a shit-tip of flatulence Arsenal had become under Wenger, so he’s being very cheeky there. He’s rightfully pissed he was pushed out without a chance. He also had thoughts on the keeping issues, particularly the feet issues Cech has suffered.

“I was a bit surprised that every time he tried to play out, which is not possible, nobody can dictate to you when to play out. He is very intelligent so he knows when to play out and when not to.

“Petr has played hundreds of games and I think sometimes he would have kicked it long before, now he is under pressure this year. The game dictates what to do and not a certain style you have to play.

“Even at the age of 36 you can practice and improve, but it’s the amount of passes you have to do.

“Also, sometimes it is better to not to do what the coaches ask because at that moment you understand the game better than anybody else.”

Does anyone else get the sense that Emery is being teed up for a massive slap down when things go wrong? The press don’t rate him, the explayers aren’t fancying him, and it feels a little like people want it to go a bit David Moyes. Unfair. I find it especially uncomfortable when the barbs come from people who haven’t had an opinion for 10 years.

Also, isn’t it sad how our media react like they just found a foreign burglar in their house when a coach they have little knowledge of lands. Open your minds chaps, admit you never watched Sevilla and be real about the fact you didn’t buy BT Sports for the PSG games over the last two years.

I thought this was an excellent summary of the work Ramsey and the team overall did utilising the press against one of the most intense teams in world football. What I found particularly interesting is how the effectiveness of Aaron Ramsey was greatly limited when he’s put in a system where he has a very specific role to undertake. Hopefully, he’ll be more potent against lesser teams, but it is one of the challenges Emery faces… how does he extract the best-attacking instincts of this team without sacrificing the teams’ defensive solidity.

It’s also fun to see people making comps of Arsenal. We haven’t done anything of interest over the last ten years to merit that sort of treatment.

There’s been some chatter about fans clubbing together to block the Stan K takeover so we can land another AGM. I can appreciate the endeavor, but like a few others out there, I think it’s a waste of time. Firstly, let’s not pretend the fans have had any real power with the club. Ivan G has been the master of saying absolutely nothing for an hour for years. I’ve spent enough time at those AGMs to know they don’t give a fuck about us, and it’s actually a challenge for the board to be professional enough not to say mean things to fans. Fan involvement is just a PR stunt. I’m not sure antagonising the new owner is the way forward…

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  1. DM

    Thanks Ashwin. Might start just going for all top 4 quickly, it’s getting annoying waiting ages for the 3rd comment lol. Need some risk factor back 😉

  2. Emiratesstroller

    The manager did in my view make some tactical mistakes on Sunday both in his team selections and the way we played. For much of the game we were too
    defensive and passive.

    However, Emery will hopefully learn from his mistakes. Personally I would play both Torreira and Lacazette in team next weekend.

    The two areas, where we need to improve most are in the full back positions
    where we struggled against Man City most and the balance of our midfield.
    Personally I don’t believe that you can play both Ozil and Mkhitaryan in the
    same team and both Xhaka and Ramsey are not defensively strong enough
    to play in absence of Torreira.

    Finding the right balance needs to be addressed. This has been a problem now
    for at least three seasons.

  3. Michael24

    Actually I’m so pleased that Emery’s English is not up to scratch.

    Listening to all these moaners and groaners just does my head in.

    Jens Lehmann is pathetic. “Taken over a club in a perfect environment” ….REALLY?!?

    What a joke.

    If it was up to me I’d sack all those employed under Wenger.

    Including the fudging tealadies!!

    Girls you let us all down.

    “Two lumps of arsenic Mr Wenger?”

  4. Michael24

    These people that stood by Wenger when he was allowed to systematically destroy our club, have no relevance whatsoever.

    Now they complain after one game.

    Weak! Weak! Weak! Individuals, the lot of them.

    You know I love my occasional exclamation mark.

  5. raptora

    Black Hei,
    True words. But even Pep popped in the first season and started to revolutionize everything right from the get go, fast and without hesitation. Just what Emery is trying to do. Second season Pep had a more clearer idea what he wanted and yes, he bought players, but he did change his original idea a bit – this Man City team is MUCH, MUCH more direct compared to his Barcelona and especially his Bayern team. The endless boring passing is mostly gone and instead he’s gone with much more quicker although not as highly technical players as he was using before. This shows that a manager can and has to be able to be flexible in his approach, especially when arriving in a whole new country and league.

    Still, flexibility aside, all of the managers of big teams like Pep – attacking direct passing football, like Conte – rigid wing back formation, like Sarri now – Sarriball, like Klopp – gangenpress and wild attacks, like Mouninho – defensively oriented boringho style, yes, like Wenger – express yourself style… They all come with a style that’s been working for them for years. It’s their signature.

    So I would expect Emery to try and show us his way. To take his time, and adapt to the EPL’s requirements. He will need to adapt if he wants to be successful. But he was picked as our manager because of his ideas. So let him show us what he has.

  6. raptora

    Re the transfer structure placed above Emery…

    That’s actually my biggest concern…

    I’ve had 2 transfer windows to judge on the new power duo of Sanllehi and Sven and my opinion about their work is not good. Which in the grand scheme of things is probably an even bigger problem than who our manager is. And, to say the least, is worrying.

    I literally not like a single of their decisions bar acquiring Torreira, Guendouzi and possibly Mavropanos. I don’t like the Alexis – Mikki swap. I don’t like Ozil’s new obscene salary. I don’t like that we got another 50m+ striker when we have 0 wingers. I don’t like that we gave new contracts to Elneny, Iwobi, Chambers and Xhaka. All of them could have been sold this window. I don’t like that we didn’t sell many more average players in order to raise money for quality players. I don’t like that it’s taking them so long to come to a conclusion regarding Ramsey’s deal…

    We’ll see but yeah. Definitely more worried about the directors than Emery.

  7. englandsbest

    Stay humble, Pedro? Doff our caps?

    As I have said many times before, we fans have absolute power over the Club, we simply haven’t organized ourselves to use it.

    The bank of Arsenal is about to open, Somewhere in Delaware.

  8. Leftsidesanch

    Big T is an Arsenal legend but a horrific manager who walks around with a chip on his shoulder because he hasn’t been invited back to AFC in some capacity. Lehmann is still licking salt from his wounds.

    Where were these guys (Adam aside) when Wenger was failing week in and out and still persisting with the same methods. Give me a break.

  9. raptora

    The phenomenal Brando R’s Celtic, thrown out of the UCL qualifications by the mighty AEK Athens. Supreme tactician. Imagine that several posters wanted him to take charge of our team. Lunacy.

  10. Jim Lahey

    Just to put some perspective on the game last Sunday..

    City’s starting 11 = £471m
    Arsenal’s starting 11 = £200m

    City also apparently have the world’s greatest manager and we have a guy who has been at the club a matter of weeks.

  11. KAY Boss

    Adams and Lehma have their opinions but to spill this garbage after a game is ridiculous.

    Pep’s great but why does he only manage the “richest” clubs in the leagues he’s been in?

    What time’s the Chelsea game in GMT? Someone help me know.

  12. Pierre

    Stroller
    “The manager did in my view make some tactical mistakes on Sunday both in his team selections and the way we played. For much of the game we were too
    defensive and passive.”

    Exactly…. Mistakes that were avoidable and if repeated on saturday, expect the same result(or worse) and same performance (or worse)..

    Let’s hope Emery is a quick learner.

  13. Jim Lahey

    @KAY –

    “Pep’s great but why does he only manage the “richest” clubs in the leagues he’s been in?”

    I think you can answer that one yourself… Pep only takes on guaranteed winners.. It will be PSG for him once he is bored at City.

  14. China

    When KJW was here all we ever heard was get behind the lads, support the team, don’t criticize your own players, negative atmosphere harm our chances of success etc etc etc

    Now the king is dead and suddenly they’re allowed to have critical faculties again. Clowns

  15. Jim Lahey

    @China –

    It was always going to happen, Wenger was a genuine cult like figure, Wenger fanatics were far more loyal to him than they ever were to the club.

  16. Black Hei

    China

    I think it isn’t just the Wenger apologist. In fact the biggest critics of Emery are basically WOs, Stewart Robson, Tony Adams, Big Sam.

    Unless you mean Pierre but he is just an internet avatar on a chat room.

  17. raptora

    “Pep only takes on guaranteed winners..”

    I think that this is not fair. Barcelona is not a guaranteed winner in Spain even if it is a two horse race more often than not. City though, before he came in 2016, were champions for the last time in 2013/14. Afterwards it was Chelsea, Leicester, Chelsea. Plus he still needed a year to win it.

    Put Pep in charge of Man United or Chelsea and I’d bet on him repeating the same success he’s had at City. Especially United have spent as much money as City and it’s not like they’ve achieved greatness. And Chelsea had an almost ready team, which would have meant less money needed to make the squad up to his standards.

    I don’t agree that Man City are guaranteed winners, more so than Chelsea or United.

  18. Black Hei

    raptora

    I have a lot of sympathy for Emery.

    But he might be in a situation where he has to roll with whatever Sven deals to him.

    If the players on big contracts can’t play his way, he will have to find another method.

    The good things is that these group of guys are willing to listen and no one with a big ego type.

  19. Jim Lahey

    @Raptora –

    “Put Pep in charge of Man United or Chelsea and I’d bet on him repeating the same success he’s had at City. ”

    Could he do the same for Spurs or Everton?

    “I don’t agree that Man City are guaranteed winners, more so than Chelsea or United.”

    Pep is a good manager, never said he wasn’t. If Chelsea or United gave him a blank cheque book like City did they would be where City are now.

    The man has spent half a billion on an already great football team, how is that not guaranteed success for an already great manager?

  20. Jim Lahey

    @Raptora –

    “Because Mouninho has spent the same and is nowhere near competing with Pep.”

    Mourinho is a fraud.. I am not questioning Pep’s greatness, I am suggesting he picks guaranteed winners, it has nothing to do with his ability.

  21. Paddy got bored

    Summing up today’s post
    Yesterdays post wasn’t shit because I’ve read it.
    I’m also in the know.
    Fans demonstrating about Stan are stupid.
    Don’t upset the owner as he might get angry

    No wonder they call you cunts members not fans..

  22. raptora

    Jim,
    If you are the most respected manager in the world why would you not pick the bests of clubs in the world. It wouldn’t make sense to be offered a job at Tesco and at Google and go for Tesco. It’s perfectly normal.

    Plus he doesn’t only spend money on absolutely top class players. He hasn’t bought a player for more than £60m. He is mostly taking a punt on highly rated young players that can embrace his ideas for the game. Highly rated young players that he’s bought and has managed to massively improve, because that’s what they are – prospects, but he has managed to improve and get the best form out of every player in their team. Young prospects like Jesus, like Sane, like Stones, like B.Silva, like Ederson, like Mendy, like Laporte have all came to City, under him, as highly rated young players, but not proven world class players. He has improved all of them. Players like De Bruyne, Sterling, Otamendi, Delph have been playing their best football under him.

    Guy is a genius. I doubted him before but what he has achieved, to improve so, so many players in one go, while playing fantastic football is insane.

  23. alexanderhenry

    Pedro

    ‘it’s actually a challenge for the board to be professional enough not to say mean things to fans. Fan involvement is just a PR stunt. I’m not sure antagonising the new owner is the way forward…’

    I really don’t understand your position here.
    You seem to be giving the current bunch of octagenarian ,old etonians and disinterested, absentee Americans credit for not being even more complacent and aroganat towards fans than they already have been for years.

    Fans are understandably worried about the direction of the club run by a man who has as much competitive edge as Eddie the eagle, and you’ve just rolled over.

    You’re an arsenal fan aren’t you Pedro?

  24. Guns of Hackney

    I couldn’t give a shit about Tony and Jens’ opinions. However, they are correct.

    No one in their right mind was or is suggesting Arsenal were going to win the league, nor were many people suggesting we’d beat City. But Emery has had a few weeks to at least form a game plan…which was, and let’s be honest, abysmal.

    He knew that Ozil and Mikki are lazy cunts. He played both. He knew that Xhaka is shit. Not only did he play him, he gave him another contract. He must know that Ramsay is not a centre forward but he played him there. He must have known that Cech is not a good GK anymore and has zero ability with his distribution. He played him and left his £22m GK on the bench.
    He played Mustafi.

    Now, that was utter bullshit to have even thought that his plan would or could have worked. It was a shambles.

    If Emery wants or believes he has a future in England and at Arsenal, he needs to pull a result out against Chelsea. If the same players turn out again, we have replaced a moron with another piss artist. He’s just younger and Spanish.

  25. Guns of Hackney

    I also believe Emery isn’t necessarily a patsy, but I believe he was probably the most passive choice.

    The board weren’t exactly going to hire a monster after the werthers original grandad left, we’re they?

    Chelsea has to be better in every way. But I don’t think Emery has the bollocks to deliver the big decisions.

  26. gambon

    People being way too harsh on Emery, considering it was his first game, against the best team the PL has ever seen.

    Yes, Ozil and Mykhitaryan are not good enough, but they are certainly better than the useless Iwobi and unfit Welbeck.

    Yes, playing Cech seems silly, and hard to understand.

    Yes, Xhaka and Guendouzi are not a good central midfield because the former is terrible and the latter is a rookie.

    But Emery clearly has a plan, that initially involves implementing his ideas, improving the physical, tactical and workrate with the existing group of players, and then (im assuming) upgrading certain positions of players that arent good enough.

    We can have all the fitness & performance experts, Cryo chambers, and video analysis experts in the world, but until we buy better players we arent winning anything.

    As Gary Neville said, to play this way we need CBs with real recovery pace and quality on the ball, CMs that are both good on the ball and defensively quality, wide players that both track back and make things happen in the final third.

    We’re probably 7 players, and £300m away from competing at the top of the table.

    What we saw the other day was encouraging. We wont be losing to Newcastle and Swansea like teams with the levels of effort and aggression we saw.

  27. Pierre

    Deep down the posters on here that are constantly having a go at me for pointing out the obvious, know that I am talking sense but can’t bring themselves to admit it.

  28. Guns of Hackney

    Pierre you crazy idiot. I like your posts. I disagreed with you a lot during the reich of Wenger but that’s over now. The Spanish Reich has started.

  29. Guns of Hackney

    Boomslang

    Arteta’s face and hair is worth the entrance fee alone. The “housewife’s choice” would have given arsenal an element of surprise. Emery basically played wengerball.

    Gambon

    I’ll see your £300m and raise you a £100m. It’s a total tear down from me. Start again.

  30. Ivan

    There is plenty of drama made out of our first game. I for one were disapointed about Emery signing but have to admit he went better than i thouht he will.

    Team he deployed against ManC had a bit of Wenger in it. Instead of picking best players for his system he acomodated system to put best players (on paper) in it.

    That was the bad part. Good part was that he made changes during game that made that system work better by putting in players that work in his system.

    That was biggest flaw with Arsene. He completly ignored game management so it looks like we gained something there.

    Since we dont know inside workings im willing to belive for now that there was a reason of not putting Leno, Torreira and Lac starting the game.

    Starting Guendouzi is real positive for me. Like some of u praised Pep for making good prospects belive in a system and developing them in to great players (and rightly so) i like to see that from Emery too.

    From what i see now, our biggest problem is that obviously Ramsey and Ozil cant work together and big Pete beside being useless with feets is not going for reflex saves.

    1 st goal would be saved if we had more instictive goalie who would try instead of giving up.

    There is no great team without goalie that will pull out world class ave now and then.

  31. Pierre

    It doesn’t matter if it is one game or ten games.. Emery had 6 weeks to prepare for that one game and then sent his team out to fail.

    I thought he was supposed to know the Arsenal squad, I thought he was supposed to know the Premier League.

    Any idiot could tell you that if you put cech in goal and put the ball at his feet…. Alarm bells

    Fannying around at the back.. Alarm bells

    Playing ramsey up front.. Alarm bells.

    Ozil and mhkitaryan out wide and expect them to effective tracking back.. Alarm bells.

    Short in centre mid v city… Alarm bells

    No lacazette up top (instead ramsey) … Alarm bells.

    This not being wise after the event, this is knowing within 10 minutes of the match starting that something was seriously wrong

  32. PessimisticPat

    GOH

    So you agree with Jen’s Lehmann that the club are in a near perfect environment? You also subscribe to the Tony Adams management style of pick 6 players for 5-6 weeks regardless of watching them in match situations or giving them a chance to learn your system in training. Nope just pick 6 from the off and away you go. Easy. That’s why Tony’s been tearing it up as a manager no doubt.

    When you say Lehmann and Adams are right,what exactly do you mean? Teams don’t learn a new style of playing in one match. You may argue we should have played a different way. Why? Surely we need to learn the system as fast as possible. I personally saw some promising things, and i am ready to accept we are bound to see mistakes and errors along the way. But as long as there is progression then I’m ok with that.
    WE ARE 1 GAME IN. 1 GAME. Ffs

  33. Guns of Hackney

    Pierre

    You sound like a ranting maniac. Welcome to the club. What the hell happened to you while I was going ballistic about Arsene?

    Or do you just dislike the Spanish? Which is fair enough. The bull killing bastards!

  34. Pierre

    Ivan
    “Since we dont know inside workings im willing to belive for now that there was a reason of not putting Leno, Torreira and Lac starting the game.”

    Add Lichsteiner to that list…

    I am struggling to find the reason for not starting at least 3 of those players.

  35. Guns of Hackney

    Pat

    Your monika is ‘pessimistic’. Did the irony train not stop at your station? Ha ha.

    I know it’s one game and I do not agree with everything Adams and Jens said. However, I do agree that Emery should have had a game plan. He clearly didn’t or, his terrible team couldn’t handle the instructions. Either way, it was a shambolic performance.

  36. Boomslang

    Northern Goof/Pitbull

    Why so ornery? Must have been a difficult childhood with your father and his associates passing you around like a basket of breadsticks.

    Take it easy buddy, we are all “friends” here.

  37. Cesc Appeal

    One of the issues Emery has is the team is far from balanced and capable to achieve what he wants to.

    A high intensity press with players like Ozil, Mkhitaryan and Xhaka?

    Playing out from the back with players like Cech, Bellerin, Sokratis and Mustafi?

    He basically has to make the best of what he’s got right now and very quickly find a formation and system that works for the majority of the games in the EPL with special plans in place for the best teams.

    Personally given what we have I think a 4-3-3 in the Liverpool style right now, Leno, Bellerin/Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Mustafi, Lichtsteiner/Monreal, Torreira, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Ozil/Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

    Try to get 4th this year or win the Europa League, get back in the UCL and then look to add a top quality CAM/CM and top quality LB in the next window, a top quality CB after that, replace an ageing Aubameyang after that etc follow along with what Liverpool did. Financially we should be able to imitate them once back in the UCL.

    Our problem is though we don’t have that much we can sell for even reasonable fees and we have players like Ozil who it will literally be impossible to sell but who I think have no place in a team like that in the future.

  38. Pierre

    To be honest, as much as I like ozil and mhkitaryan, I would have rather seen Iwobi and welbeck out wide chasing the 2 city full backs back into our area.

  39. raptora

    Pierre,
    same knowledge you were dropping when you were apologizing Wenger for the same mistakes that you are now attacking Emery for. Wenger was doing them after 20 years in charge. Emery is one game in. Bendtner on the wing, Almunia for years, Xhaka a box to box midfielder?!?!?! “Why buy a striker? We have Akpom and Sanogo”… Never endless pit of incompetency. And never endless pit of excuses by you and your ilk.

    But then Emery has to be hold responsible for his first game vs the best team in the country. Okay.

    Hypocrisy at its best.

  40. Guns of Hackney

    Pierre

    …and you just dropped the ball. Iwobi and Welbeck?

    We would have lost 8-0.

    But can you see the issues we have? Replacing Ozil and Fat Mikki means playing the dopey Iwobi and the goofball, Welbeck.

    That’s a bad, bad squad right there.

  41. Ivan

    Pierre, sry m8 but you just tend to go off like this is Fifa or PES.

    As much as id like we got good result right of the bat, imho this was least important game of the season result wise.

    Next game is a different matter. We might compete with Chelsea but for sure wont with ManC.

    This way Emery got really good bat to beat some of our star players with.

    Now jury is out if he will use it or not.

  42. Bamford10

    I think Adams is being a little harsh, but I agree with him in a sense: Emery should’ve probably settled on a starting XI a few weeks ago. My biggest issue with his selection against City was the bizarre choice of Ramsey as a false 9. That made no sense, and it suggests he was ad-libbing at the last moment, which isn’t good.

    Biggest problem he has though is an inadequate squad.

  43. Cesc Appeal

    The Sanchez and Ozil debacle last summer severely injured the club as well.

    Think of what could have been done with an aggressive, proactive structure maximizing the value of Sanchez and selling him if he wanted PSG or City and similarly with Ozil for whatever we could have got for him. Using that money to build for the future with younger, cheaper (wages) players who we’ve scouted and believe can develop into stars.

    Instead we ended backed into a corner in January where we brought in a player similar to Ozil in Mkhitaryan in exchange for our only star at the time and then basically ensured we have Ozil on wages twice his worth for the next 4 years.

    Crippling really.

  44. PessimisticPat

    We played one of the best teams in premier league history remember,with inferior players, playing a new system. I think the best way for these players to learn is straight from the off. Not let’s play 541 counter attack and once we come to September we’ll try the stuff we’ve been doing in training.
    There are lots of unknowns at the moment, but calling our new manager clueless for trying to instill a new way of playing isn’t fair I think. Remember we were 6th last year. It’ll take time.

  45. Guns of Hackney

    Wenger out.
    Emery out.
    Stan out.
    Gazidis out.
    Arsenal fan base out.
    Players out.

    Some new flats built on the Emirates. In.

  46. Ivan

    GoH, true to that. If we put Klopp into context and see that Benitez had better success than him. Having better version of Benitez is not such a bad thing.

    Jokes aside i really didnt rate much Emery so that is why im not so disappointed.

  47. raptora

    “Pierre’s account has been hacked or it’s a different Pierre.
    He sounds almost normal.”

    After 10 years of being a blind follower to you-know-who? Chances are he is a Wenger fan and not an Arsenal one. Else he would stand behind all of the bollocks he kept repeating for years in here like get behind the lads, support the team, don’t criticize your own players, negative atmosphere harm our chances of success etc etc etc

    Now that his god is finally overthrown he has the insolence to attack Emery. No comment.

    I know that he and his ilk are not even secretly, they are going to be overjoyed if Emery fails to deliver and Arsenal doesn’t progress in the following years, just so they can say that it was never Wenger’s fault but Kroenke’s. They would do what they were condemning before – wanting your team to lose games in the grand scheme of things. But now Pierre would just look at the results and snake something like “Wenger finished with more points with a worse team than the one Emery has”. No comment really.

  48. Pierre

    Raptora
    Listen.. I want Emery to be a success.. I would love it if we come out and beat chelsea but fannying around at the back with cech in goal(not blaming cech), defenders who are not technically good enough and xhaka receiving the ball, facing his own goal, from the keeper just outside the box is a recipe for disaster.

  49. Guns of Hackney

    Ivan

    Neither did I. In fact, I doubt if anyone on Le Grove even gave Emery a thought. Perhaps Gambon may have mentioned him but I can’t think of anyone else.

    People say he must have blown the interview away but after the city game…what exactly did he do or say in the interview that got him the job?

    Arsenal bottled it. With the quality of manager available, including a real couple of wildcards in Arteta and Vieria, to settle for Emery was not a brave decision for me.

  50. Leftsidesanch

    Now that his god is finally overthrown he has the insolence to attack Emery. No comment.

    The guy is an embarrassment, where is all that moral high ground he was preaching from a few months ago. Why does Wenger get unlimited tries to fail badly but a new manager who hasn’t failed doesn’t?

  51. Leftsidesanch

    Vieras a wildcard, Arteta isn’t anything. I know you like is face and hair GOH but if thats the criteria to be Arsenal’s manager then let’s hire Beyonce next.

  52. Victorious

    Must have been a difficult childhood with your father and his associates passing you around like a basket of breadsticks.”

    This is utterly uncalled for Boomlang, really poor taste and brings down the comment section to gutter level.surely u can do better.

  53. Dissenter

    Pierre
    I’ve seen you defend Lord Wenger through every calamitous result over the last few years you’ve been here
    Now you’re quick to twist the knife in Emery’s back.

    You’re not true fan, if we apply your rule book to assess your repeated rants.

    You want Emery to fix the mess that Wenger made over the past 10 years.in just 6 weeks,

  54. Ivan

    Pierre – we will se what happens next with this team. Only measure is evolution through games.

    On another note im more anxious what happens with direction of club now Kroenke has full ownership.

    Will he give 100m warchest PA and push us forward or left us in this limbo.

    If he means business Emery will either make us better or be replaced with some1 who will. If hes not then we become self sifficient Everton and I kinda dread of that.

  55. Pierre

    Goh
    Was just basically saying that welbeck and Iwobi would have been more effective as a couple of work horses up and down the line.

  56. Leftsidesanch

    Wenger’s left the building, and the Mr Burns looking replica isn’t coming back. It’s wild to assume Emery will be a failure based off one game but in the event that he does, then someone else will be given a try until we begin getting things right.

    I’m not even sure why Wenger has so many supporters.

  57. raptora

    Pierre,
    sure but then give him time. What happened to “judge us in May”? What happened to Pep failing in his first year at Man City? Conte needed a 3:0 spanking by us to turn it around. Klopp finished 8-th for fucks sake and we are in a similarly bad state as Pool at the time. Eighth!

    We’ll see if Emery will turn out good or not. No one can say at the moment really. But with his positiveness he has managed to unite the fans. He deserves a good chance. We, as a fanbase, HAVE to give him the calmness to show his worth. Jury should really be at the end of the season. We’ll have a decent idea how things stand then. My idea of success would be Europa League glory, which I am more than optimistic about.

  58. Rambo Ramsey

    Raptora and others, you give Pierre too much credit. He’s not an AKB or a Super fan or anything. I’ve maintained this for a long time now -What Pierre is, is a second rate troll.

    When this blog was all about criticising Wenger/the club, Pierre would take the opposite view and bait.

    Now when there’s a more pro manager/club mood, Pierre again takes the opposite stance and baits.

    Why do you think he chirps in with the ‘Chances created’ bs whenever Ozil is taking heavy fire? Wind up

  59. Guns of Hackney

    Leftside

    I am firmly tongue in cheek about Emery. I am not an idiot who expects miracles. I was just disappointed by the team set up. It was horrible.

    I 100% hope he gets it right. I hope he gets backing financially from the board. I hope the fans give him 5% of the backing that we pissed away on Wenger. But the fans are hurt and Emery has zero history with us. Wenger at least had the first half of his tenure to fall back on.

    If Emery puts out a team against Chelsea that competes, I’ll be mostly happy.

  60. Guns of Hackney

    Dissenter

    Good work. But the “housewife’s choice” turns people into jelly, not stone.

    Swoon. Arteta.

  61. Biggles

    Like a lot of people I found playing Cech in goal a bit odd.

    However, I had an idea about it. I think, being pragmatic, most people would have expected City to win the game. Including Emery. Not to say we wouldn’t try, but best team in England versus the 6th best team in England is likely to go one way.

    Ergo, rather than start Leno with a loss and destroy his confidence Karius style, start with Cech and let Leno have a better chance at a good debut. Same with Torriera to an extent – looks better than Xhaka, but still not actually tested in the PL. Xhaka is at the very least a known quantity and there’s something to be said for going with a known rather than an unknown in the first game of the season when you know in your heart of hearts you’re probably going to lose.

    As for Ramsey and positioning etc, we ultimately don’t know what Emery asked him to do, versus what he actually did do.

    I’m still optimistic for this season. Not that we’ll win the league, but that we’ll end with more points and more goals and not have as many embarrassing moments. Also, with a new coach, we might learn the truth about whether some of our players are actually any good and just mis-coached for years, or whether they really were just West Ham level all along.

  62. Ivan

    GoH – i hoped for Jardim (perfectly knowing it was a pipe dream).

    One thing where im on board with Pierre is Kroenke. Wenger was not owner. Power he had was not god given.

    Now that he has full ownership, for me there should be greater scrutiny on him than anyone else in this club.

    I can understand that he enjoyed status quo and let it be as long as its self sustained and club value growing by itself while being 70% owner.

    Now there is no such excuse.

    Btw timeing of takeower is fishy too.
    Did Usmanov did prolong it till startof a season, or Kroenke calculated it this way.

    Time will tell i guess.

  63. Dissenter

    The city game is not the last bad result we’ll have. There are more to come.
    We’ve expended £230 million+ wages on one of the most unbalanced and over-paid squads of all time.
    Harry Maguire has a market value of £80 million yet just had his wage increased to what we pay Chambers who’s been farmed out to Fulham.
    We pay players wages that don’t have any relationship with how much they are worth.
    That’s the legacy the “professor” left for his successor.

  64. Marko

    Deep down the posters on here that are constantly having a go at me for pointing out the obvious, know that I am talking sense but can’t bring themselves to admit it.

    It doesn’t matter if it is one game or ten games.. Emery had 6 weeks to prepare for that one game and then sent his team out to fail.

    You’re a bit of a cunt Pierre. Knives out for Emery after one game tongues out for Arsene am I right. Criticizing Emery he had 6 weeks to prepare well I don’t know how many weeks and summers Wenger had to prepare for first games and whole seasons and he was always ill prepared. Absolutely shocking manager that you never said a bad word about but his replacement you’re critical of already. You’re surprising no one. You’re out of the super fans club Pierre hand in your Arsene Wenger Fleshlight on the way out the door

  65. Guns of Hackney

    PP

    I think Tuchel would have come to us if we had made a proper move.

    There was a couple of lads from Germany. Bagelsmann and Schmid I think.

    Vieria and Arteta. Carlo as you said.

    We had options. And let’s be totally frank here. Before City got Pep…we could have had him. That’s a bonifide fact.

    But sliding doors and all that shit. And now the disgusting Mancs have another super club.

  66. raptora

    “rather than start Leno with a loss and destroy his confidence Karius style, start with Cech and let Leno have a better chance at a good debut. Same with Torriera to an extent”

    Agreed. And we’ve even talked about it in the blog before the City game that this sounds like the logical thing to do.

    “We pay players wages that don’t have any relationship with how much they are worth.”

    Agreed. It’s because of Wenger’s left sided views that if all players receive approximately the same wages, they will be a better togetherness. What a load of bull.

  67. Dissenter

    If Emery doesn’t. cut it. He’s gone.
    We won’t be giving him another 20% wage increase like Wenger shamelessly accepted in 2017.
    He’s still drawing a pay from Arsenal as he eats his pastries somewhere in France.

  68. Dissenter

    Guns
    Jarvik is having a tough time in France now.
    He can’t rcreate any thing close to beating PSG. PSG has beaten Monaco with high score lines every time they meet.

  69. Victorious

    raptora
    I know that he and his ilk are not even secretly, they are going to be overjoyed if Emery fails to deliver and Arsenal doesn’t progress in the following years, just so they can say that it was never Wenger’s fault but Kroenke’s”

    You obviously haven’t a clue what you’re on about

    chances are it’s you and your likes(tiny minority) who hounded the previous manager in a disgraceful manner that will be the first to quickly bring out the pitchforks when things gets thorny for Emery

    The reason I’m not shocked when glory grabbers like you crawl out from the woodwork is that Arsenal is a very big club with global appeal because of its core values, philosophy and playing style which will ensure it becomes an attraction for both plastic and armchair fans like yourself, it’s just a shame the more classy majority have to align with your like for the sake of ‘supporting’ the club.

  70. Micheal

    Unless Emery is a worker of miracles, I can see no significant prospects of a rapid improvement in our fortunes. Sleazy Stan has so far never invested a bean in the club and is expected to move his “franchise” to a secretive American tax-haven where his activities will be shielded from public and regulatory inspection. Billionaires don’t like people watching while they count their wealth.

    Does anyone seriously believe Stan will inject up to £300m into the club to get us back to the top ? Thought not.

    This leaves Emery with a badly balanced, over-paid squad and little room for manouevre. In his defence, he spent about £70m this summer but this has not transformed us into a club likely to finish in the Top 4. Or to press on next year. He will need to work miracles with the limited resources available.

    The club needs investment which it is probably not likely to get under Stan’s ownership.

    But more than anything it needs Stan Kroenke to fuck off and find some other toy to play with.

  71. englandsbest

    Even at the best of times, what went on in the marbled halls was hidden behind a fog of secrecy. Let’s face it, none of us ever new what went on there.
    Conclusions about the BoD were drawn based on actions taken by them.

    Essentially Ivan has functioned as a PR man., it’s the American way. A good one, too, For example, he managed to convince us that the ridiculously overpriced seats were necessary because of the Emirates debt, the shareholder’s debt.

    It was like a restaurant owner moving into a larger premises and persuading his customers to pay twice as much for food that is half as good.

    There was one key-hole through which we could peer into the marbled halls, the AGM. It acted as a small rein on what could be done. An example is KSE’s £3 million ‘consultancy’ fee. It was abandoned because of the howls of protest.

    Now the veil of secrecy has become pitch-black night.

    A pointer to the future will be Ivan’s departure if, indeed, he goes. No need for a PR man to placate the fans anymore. Nor any credibility from the BoD, for none of them owns a single Arsenal share. A bunch of yes-men appointed by the owner.

    Hold on a minute! Private Limited Companies don’t have a Board of Directors, they have Officers. Ah well, no more free meals and booze for Chips and Lord Carpet.

  72. Pierre

    Marko
    You need to look back one year and you will see that I said wenger was culpable for starting the season ill prepared and for allowing ramsey to play without discipline.

    I defended his excellent trophy winning record and the football his teams played but I knew his faults and that is why it was time for him to go.

  73. PessimisticPat

    Guns

    Completely agree re. Pep. I get nightmares about our missed opportunity there. On our current manager it’s true there were others available but is tuchel really that much better,he has never won a thing remember,guess it remains to be seen. But unlike AKB’s cough cough Pierre, I’m going to give them all a chance (players and manager)to prove themselves this year and will let him do it his way too.

  74. Doublethink

    Sokratis and Mustafi are decent I the ball, Cech was the main problem, everyone shit theirselves when he got the ball.

  75. Marko

    The reason I’m not shocked when glory grabbers like you crawl out from the woodwork is that Arsenal is a very big club with global appeal because of its core values, philosophy and playing style which will ensure it becomes an attraction for both plastic and armchair fans like yourself, it’s just a shame the more classy majority have to align with your like for the sake of ‘supporting’ the club.

    And victorious is back to being a grade A cunt. Vic you’re Nigerian and openly admitted to only supporting Arsenal around the time we started playing good football and were successful you are the plastic fan here. Only supporting us after a league title or an unbeaten season.

  76. Doublethink

    Sokratis and Mustafi are decent I the ball, Cech was the main problem, everyone just shit theirselves when he got the ball.

  77. Pierre

    Marko
    Obviously you must be pleased with the way Emery set out his team and expect him to be successful with these methods.

  78. Marko

    Pierre fuck off. You defended him to the hilt and he’s gone you’re trying to appear like you weren’t in his little club. He failed 21 summers in a row and you said nothing. Emery had 6 weeks to prepare for one game and you’re up in arms. You’re surprising no one. Still to chances created yeah

  79. Danny S

    Emery made some poor decisions that game. Shouldn’t have been cech or Ozil in there. 4-4-2 diamond wth Ramsey in an advanced pressing role.
    Ozil can’t be used for games where we need 11 men.

  80. Pierre

    Marko
    I am of the opinion that unless he changes personnel, formation and tactics this weekend then alarm bells will be ringing.

    But you believe that all was ok… Fair enough

  81. raptora

    “chances are it’s you and your likes(tiny minority) who hounded the previous manager in a disgraceful manner that will be the first to quickly bring out the pitchforks when things gets thorny for Emery”

    http://www.espn.com/soccer/arsenal/story/3092828/arsenal-supporters-trust-survey-shows-78-percent-want-arsene-wenger-to-go

    2017, AST survey shows that 78% wanted Wenger gone.

    http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11670/11278024/huge-majority-of-arsenal-supporters-trust-members-surveyed-vote-against-arsene-wenger-continuing-as-manager

    Same survey in 2018, 88% wanted Wenger out.

    Try using the word “minority” again.

    Re me and my ilk quickly bringing out the pitchforks when things get thorny for Emery – I can see it happening now, but from some of the AKBs. Proves that WOBs genuinely wanted a change from the expected mediocrity and were not haters for the sake of hating, while all that the AKBs ever wanted was their supreme leader to be our manager no matter how deep the club would sink.

    Try again with adding yourself to “the more classy majority”. You and your fellows were the people who helped Wenger turn us into a laughing stock. Be proud of yourself.

  82. Marko

    Obviously you must be pleased with the way Emery set out his team and expect him to be successful with these methods.

    Nope. It’s like what i’ve been arguing with idiots like yourself for the past few summers a new manager and wishful thinking isn’t enough to fix this mess. It needs a squad overhaul and players need to be purged. But of course I kept hearing that it’s not like PlayStation and these players are good enough and it’s tactics we need. This club needs to get rid of players like Ozil and Xhaka and Ramsey and Mustafi and Cech and Bellerin and Welbeck because they are not good enough. These types of players are a cancer on the club sucking up a wage giving out bang average performances after another and never getting dropped or criticized Wenger just kept indulging them. And now we can’t get rid of them fast enough

  83. Pierre

    Seems like Marko has woken up with the hump this afternoon…

    Nice to see him coming out in support of the club and manager.

  84. Marko

    I am of the opinion that unless he changes personnel, formation and tactics this weekend then alarm bells will be ringing.

    Absolutely agree. Until he finds a way to keep Ozil and Xhaka away from the first team we’re going to do fuck all this season. We might be able to get away with some of the others playing but the lazy lethargic CAM who generally does fuck all offensively and the error prone shit CM have to be dropped indefinitely.

  85. Ivan

    Tbh i find this AKB and WoB labeling hilarious.

    Like some of u feel stronger about your own opinion if there is some label to it and there are more people thinking the same against some others that are called minorty and think different.

  86. Guns of Hackney

    Marko/Pierre

    Come on. Pack it in.

    Every day there is always two posters taking chunks out of each other. It totally dominates the thread.

    You don’t agree. Fine.

    Let’s at least pick on a player. Xhaka has barely been kicked today.

  87. Victorious

    you’re Nigerian and openly admitted to only supporting Arsenal around the time we started playing good football ”

    Quite the cheek there Marko, I mean from a guy that chose to follow the club because of the ‘pretty jersey ‘ we donned back then..I bet you’ve never been to the Emirates,have you? How bout u raptora? lol

    I mean folks like you and raptora sit your fat asses on the internet all day swearing on Wenger and the club when you’re simply nothing more than glory hunters bringing shame and disgrace to the club.

    We are watching with keen interest how long your lot will give Emery before preaching the boycott message and calling for his sack just like what happened to the previous manager, ‘A leopard never changes its spots’

  88. Marko

    Nice to see him coming out in support of the club and manager.

    I’m giving him three transfer windows. I think he’s going to do it too. This is Xhaka’s last season and I’d be shocked if it wasn’t Ozil’s either. We’ll find a way to bin him and it isn’t in Xhaka to change everything about the way he plays and actually become a good player so he’s off too

  89. Marko

    I mean folks like you and raptora sit your fat asses on the internet all day swearing on Wenger and the club when you’re simply nothing more than glory hunters bringing shame and disgrace to the club.

    Again I was 8 or 9. What age were you when we started playing good football and you happen to start to support us? I don’t know how I’m a glory hunting fan when I was supporting the club when Graham and Rioch were manager and you started supporting the club when Arsenal went a season unbeaten

    We are watching with keen interest how long your lot will give Emery before preaching the boycott message and calling for his sack just like what happened to the previous manager, ‘A leopard never changes its spots’

    I believe that you are talking about Pierre

  90. raptora

    For me it makes perfect sense to be drawn a line between the club and the youtube fan channel. Back in the days when I watched Arsenal Fan TV for the very first time, I did think that it’s an official club supported fan channel. I bet a lot of people still think that it is. Which is truly not the case. And it makes sense this to be dealt with. AFTV has become a joke tbh. They talked trash about Wenger and then would see him face to face and ask him for his signature. Muppets.

  91. Bob N16

    Agreeing with you again GoH…’whiny bastards’…..

    Should I be surprised that people are drawing conclusions already about Emery’s time at Arsenal. For sure, we hoped for more against City and now the Chelsea game feels like a game not to lose but come on, one game.

    I’m confident Torreira is going to make a massive difference. Our squad lacks balance in most areas but by having him in at DM provides more complimentary talents in midfield. Emery needs to work out how our FBs get sufficient help, be that Ramsay further forward on the right or one of the CMs directed to assist.

    I don’t know about Leno, haven’t seen him play. Cech made some fantastic saves on Sunday but his near own goal made us reminisce about how amazing an OG that would have been, we reckoned Lee Dixon’s amazing effort against Coventry would have probably beaten it….

  92. Leftsidesanch

    No complaints with Arsenal wanting to distance themselves from AFTV. It first came to prominence after a genuine rant from Chris Hudson following our woeful performance v Villa at home to kick off our campaign a few seasons ago. It was fresh back then, variety of different views, personalities and Robbie would interview an assortment of people.

    Now you get the same 8-10 morons on there, with their faux outrage and overly dramatical statements who coincidentally now have youtube channels of their own. I rarely tune in to watch unless a particular video has been put in my face via a whatsapp group or my youngster.

  93. Pierre

    Bob
    It’s not about drawing conclusions, with me it was more about being surprised /shocked /bewildered about what I was watching…

    It really was not what I expected..

    When I saw the line up I thought, Fair enough, 4-3-3 a solid midfield with ozil mhkitaryan and aubamayang as the front 3 but as the game progressed it was a case of wtf is going on… Why is ramsey playing centre forward, why are ozil and mhkitaryan in their own box, why is cech playing out from the back.

  94. Pierre

    Against chelsea I believe there will be different personnel, formation and tactics.

    That may not be to marko’s liking but you can’t please everyone..

  95. Dissenter

    Leftside
    That’s unfair to Arsenal fan tv.
    They just interviewed fans walking out of games and give repeat interviews to the ones that can cut it.
    The founder is actually right in the middle and handles his interviews like a professional. They have also have fans from all aspects of the spectrum on.

    What’s wrong with fans making money out of Arsenal.
    Do you think that right is reserved for only Kroenke?

  96. Leftsidesanch

    Where did I say that it’s wrong for them to make money from Arsenal? I’m saying the product is stale because it’s no longer a platform for all types of fans to speak about Arsenal but now has a cast of Johnny come latelys who are now ‘internet celebrities’ who contradict themselves all the time. With all the disdain certain panel members were showing to Wenger regularly, the least you can do is not be pictured trying to take pictures/ask for his signature.

    Also, it’s repeat interviews to the ones who can garner the most traffic to the channel. Thats good for Robbies pockets but I can understand why AFC weren’t too pleased.

  97. Leftsidesanch

    I like the lineup Raptora, and if I was saying this rather than typing I would be whispering it but I’d rather go with Iwobi or Nelson in place of Ozil at the bridge. I don’t think we can afford to have him in the starting XI vs the stronger teams.

    They will at least try to cover themselves in glory.

  98. gonsterous

    funny how lehman and Tony Adams never criticised Wenger when he played a certain way against city. I love These players and respect what they did for the club but if they come out with comments like these, makes me feel they were more wenger kiss asses than anything…

  99. Leftsidesanch

    All good Dissenter

    To be fair Gonsterous, Tony Adams is quite critical of most things at Arsenal which is what I alluded to before. This isn’t a change of tact for him.

  100. raptora

    Leftside,
    There might be place for Iwobi in the starting 11. We are that short in terms of speed and dribble that he doesn’t sound to me as bad as before. Fuck me!

  101. gonsterous

    left side

    im not sure, he’s was very critical about the players when wenger was around. wenger gone and the new manager gets criticized. make of that what you will….

  102. gonsterous

    graham from aftv is the only one worth watching. everyone else on there are twats who take the number of their video views on YT too seriously…

  103. Leftsidesanch

    That’s where I am Raptora,

    really looks a foolish decision to not invest in one player out wide who can take a player on and contribute with assists/goals.

    I’d definately start Iwobi over Ozil on Saturday. Ozil will be a non-entity at the Bridge.

  104. Leftsidesanch

    Member this quote a few years back Gon

    “Every time I’ve tried to get back to Arsenal the door’s been closed in my face – and I’ve now moved on with my life because ‘she’ doesn’t want me back.

    It’s hard to take TA serious when he speaks about Arsenal as he comes across indignant as he’s been shut out.

  105. Cesc Appeal

    I would go 4-3-3 with this team:

    ————————-Leno———————-
    Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Mustafi, Monreal
    ———————-Torreira———————
    ———Guendouzi——–Ramsey————
    Ozil/Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang

    The experience of our full backs to keep Hazard and Pedro/Willian quiet, or as quiet as possible with the added protection of Torreira who can also distribute quickly to our attackers.

    Use Ramsey to swarm Jorginho and stop him having the time to get his passing game going and to pull Kante out of position with his overlapping runs when we’re attacking.

    That attack should be enough to test that Chelsea defence out.

  106. Dissenter

    Chelsea will have Giroud and Hazard retruning back to selection.
    They will be able to hurt us in every conceivable way.

    I’m going to hold back my angst until we play Westham. How we beat them will decide where our season goes. The fixture list has been so unkind.

    I’ll definitely will leave out Ozil and Mykhi for Iwobi and Wellbeck [just for the energy they’ll bring]. I’m not sure that Emery will that because he needs to hold his dressing room together.

  107. Receding Hairline

    Some of the press around Arsenal these days is just pathetic.

    I don’t bother reading most of the crap anymore. I just read some comments on a silly daily mail article, it was almost like we were in December and languishing in ninth place

  108. PaddyV

    Raptora….’Re the transfer structure placed above Emery…That’s actually my biggest concern…I’ve had 2 transfer windows to judge on the new power duo of Sanllehi and Sven and my opinion about their work is not good. Which in the grand scheme of things is probably an even bigger problem than who our manager is. And, to say the least, is worrying.I literally not like a single of their decisions bar acquiring Torreira, Guendouzi and possibly Mavropanos. I don’t like the Alexis – Mikki swap. I don’t like Ozil’s new obscene salary. I don’t like that we got another 50m+ striker when we have 0 wingers. I don’t like that we gave new contracts to Elneny, Iwobi, Chambers and Xhaka. All of them could have been sold this window. I don’t like that we didn’t sell many more average players in order to raise money for quality players. I don’t like that it’s taking them so long to come to a conclusion regarding Ramsey’s deal…We’ll see but yeah. Definitely more worried about the directors than Emery.’…
    This is another bolox point. The transfer business since they’ve arrived has been okay based on the limited budget they’ve been handed. Kroenke has not put his hand in his pocket since he joined the club…you don’t like spending 50 mill on a striker when we have 0 wingers?? When a chance arises to sign an Aubameyang you take it. Imagine we didn’t, Laca gets injured and your left with Dizzy Welbeck leading the line, wouldn’t matter how good your wingers are he’s not gonna score in a month of Sunday’s! I agree we need a winger but the budget has been spent. Reality is we can only spend within our means and because of the shitshow that Wenger ran before means it’s very hard to raise money for surplus players as they all on massive wages

  109. gambon

    Tony Adams has earned the right to say what ever he wants. I dont agree with him at all on this, but he is one of the most important people in the history of the club.

    Jens on the other hand is talking absolute bollocks. The club was in a real mess, and that mess will take a while to sort out. Years worth of poor signings, terribly unbalanced squad, unmotivated players, complete lack of managerial innovation, stagnant coaching to name a few issues.

  110. gonsterous

    gambon

    earned the right to say any thing? I don’t think anyone ever earns the right to say any thing. there should always be boundaries, unless maybe if you are sleeping with the other person…

  111. raptora

    De Laurentiis told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli: “There are four in contention: Ochoa, Mignolet, Ospina and Tatarusanu. It is true that Ospina could arrive, we are negotiating, there are still some differences on the requests.”

    Too good to be true. Ospina would be the luckiest guy on earth if he gets that Napoli gig. Life doesn’t really get better than living in Naples.

  112. Guns of Brixton

    Will Give Emery 2 years and that is about 3 to 4 transfer windows before I pull out the knives on him and try sacrifice him to the ghost of Wenger.

    Big Rebuild Job to do at this club.

    Not too fussed about Tactics.

    Its the recruitment thats gonna give me heart attacks

  113. Marko

    Jens Lehmann and his perfect environment. No title challenge in 14 years no champions league in two and a squad full of wank players doesn’t sound like a perfect environment. He’s just bitter he was sacked

  114. Dissenter

    Tony Adams was a legend of a player but a pathetic manager or footballing administrator.
    At least he gets some credit for not holding back in the Wenger years even though his Wenger critique seemed based on perceived slight.

  115. Dissenter

    We actually have four senior goal keepers in the club now
    Cwech, Leno, Ospina and Martinez

    Talk about a bloated club
    Who’s making all these decisions. Is it possible we have too many cooks in the kitchen.

  116. Michael24

    There is a common factor amongst all those who are already questioning Emery. They want to be seen as being important.

    Lehmann’s remarks are laughable. The club hasn’t been a perfect environment for many years. Infact, the vibes surrounding the club and general infrastructure have become so negative since our move to the Emirates, that I find it very difficult to give any positives in respect to environment.

    Tony Adams was also vocal about Wenger and seems to think that just because he was a great captain and club legend, people consider his opinions to be relevant and correct.

    Although he was a wonderful leader, he wasn’t a good manager. Imo, he has a chip on his shoulder that continues to weigh him down. He feels he is owed respect, when infact most of us know he is not up to scratch when it comes to his football philosophies and management style.

    I admire and respect him in so many ways, especially in respect to how he has turned his life around, but his Footballing beliefs and opinions tend to fall on deaf ears as fast as I’m concerned.

  117. Danny

    You guys are on top form today, cracking me up!
    Definitely helping get through another crap working day.
    Cheers!

  118. zeus

    Whispers behind the scenes are that Leno does not look that good in training…..not to take the number 1 shirt at present. (According to gunnerblog anyway)