#10 issue about to be resolved + You won’t believe what LA thinks of Stan K

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Big game today, Arsenal face Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City away from home. For the Bluebirds, it kicks off a trio of nightmare games for them, with Chelsea and City following our visit. It could be a gloomy run for them if Arsenal bring some of that destruction football we’ve yet to see land season.

Unai Emery has his own batch of issues to deal with. Firstly, he hasn’t won a single game away from home. No big deal, he’s only played one, but when you put the issue against the backdrop of our woeful away record in 2018 (we’ve lost 8 of our last 9), it could be a problem if he doesn’t bag three points today.

The main theme of the day will no doubt be Mesut Ozil and the drama he’s faced over the past few weeks. The manager has gone to bat for the German, stating he was in fact, very ill. It took a week to concoct an excuse deeper than just ill, then when it landed, it was stated that he had a highly contagious disease (with the club curiously allowing him into the dressing room). Our manager had this to say on the matter.

“For me that is one thing; I don’t stop during my career for everything that the news says about me or the players. But in this situation with Mesut Ozil it is clear, he is OK, he has the commitment we want, he is a very important player for us and we want to help him to give us the best performance in each match and each moment.”

Regardless of what the real story is, this is a chance to see what Emery does with a fully fit Ramsey and a fully fit Ozil.

Does the Welshman continue to play as a number 10? Does Ozil find himself moved out wide right like he is for Germany? I’d hazard a guess and predict yes to both questions. The modern #10 needs to work hard for the team, and in Emery’s 11, you have to be able to deal with the tasks that you’re handed. Admittedly, Ozil isn’t going to be tracking the sublime Jorginho today, but he’ll still have to do a job. If the future is Rambo at #10, let’s start building muscle memory by positioning him where he’ll play for the Liverpool game in a 7 games time.

Additionally, Emery needs to settle on a midfield he can keep on the pitch past 45minutes. We should see a start from Torreira, and I’d say he’ll likely continue with Xhaka in the starting 11. The Swiss isn’t my favourite player, but it can’t be denied that he looked far more effective  when he had a real DM sitting behind him doing the dirty work.

We’ll also have some interesting decisions up top. Does the manager continue with Auba through the middle? Does he bring the sparky Lacazette back into the fold? Or does he just admit he made a huge mistake with his strikers and go with Danny Welbeck.

The dream for tomorrow is that the defensive methodologies start to sink in. We haven’t looked comfortable at the back since preseason began, and it’s unnerving quite how poor we’ve been, even against West Ham. No team has conceded more shots on target than us, clocking an incredible 24 thus far. Cardiff hasn’t managed a single goal so far this season, meaning we’re absolutely ripe to go a goal down after 9 minutes. We’ve conceded 4 goals this season before 30minutes has played out, we need to make amends today and start building confidence. Emery just need to go classic Sunday league…

‘Lads, keep it fucking tight for the first 30, then let’s build from there. Tommy, stop smoking, and please don’t call the ref a fat c*nt today.’

Finally, before you go. How’s this article for making you feel a little ill.

The signing of Aaron Donald to the richest defensive contract in NFL history Friday was a triumph of the Rams’ greatest force.

That force is the guy who will pay him.

In capping off a wallet-purging offseason that has cemented the team’s championship hopes, Donald was guaranteed $87 million as part of a $135-million deal that celebrated the Rams’ most valuable player.

That MVP is owner Stan Kroenke.

In his three years since moving the Rams back to town, Kroenke has made an impact larger than the giant defensive tackle himself, larger than all the stars he has made rich, as big as any Los Angeles sports business leader since Phil Anschutz stuck a shovel in the ground that Staples Center sits atop. Kroenke has not only been the Rams’ biggest force, but a force on the entire local sports landscape, spending, building, growing, committing.

He gets Los Angeles. He understands its fans. He knows what works, and, man, he’s been working it.

Shame when he bought Arsenal, he did nothing of the sort. He let us flounder in the mud with zero investment. In the U.S., it seems he’s found his mojo, inking massive contracts whilst dealing with the $3billion the Inglewood stadium cost him to build.

Listen to this carry-on.

He said he would build the Rams into a team that will compete for championships. That is also happening. With Kevin Demoff, the chief operating officer and vice president of football operations, and general manager Les Snead working the controls, they have put together a team favored by some to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

“It all starts with Stan, he has the vision,” said Snead. “He empowers us. He expects us to bring that vision to fruition. Then he steps back and lets you do your job.”

Donald was only the finale of a string of big contracts and acquisitions that filled the summer. Not only do the Rams now have the highest-paid defensive player in history, they also have the highest-paid running back in Todd Gurley. When you throw in the signings of receiver Brandin Cooks and tackle Rob Havenstein, Kroenke agreed to pay $198.7 million in guaranteed contracts that could wind up being a $306-million payout.

Stan empowered absolutely NOBODY at Arsenal for 10 years as he fawned over Arsene Wenger like a teenager put in a room with peak Thierry Henry. Absolutely disgusting that finally, Stan has realised how to become a ‘franchise owner’ and the club he’s dishing out the 20/20 vision to is based in L.A.

Fuck NFL. It’s going down the toilet anyway. Who the fuck is going to put their kids, as young as 8, on the path serious injury, and maybe even death? Real football is the future, and that’s a fact I just made up.

Imagine if Stan had the same passion for making Arsenal great 10 years ago? What a different story our football lives would have been…

Right, enjoy the game, I’ll see you all in the comments.

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mysticleaves

I don’t know about playing well but I thought Ozil worked very hard today. He’s not at the level offensively I know he can hit. The structure seem to be holding him back.

It might take time to marry that with creativity

Sanmi

Gooner 63,

Cardiff had 3 shots on target. 2 of them were the goals.
1 was an individual error- that’s not bad defending.
The 2nd goal was bad defending.

We were not that exposed from open play.

But it’s not the theme today.

Marko

Be civil with me and civility is all you’ll get in return.

Yeah let’s just forget the interactions we’ve had over the last couple years… how very civil.

Look forget it I’m going to take a shit and go to bed

Cesc Appeal

Gooner63 It may be a case of fans trying to see positives more in hope than anything else. Could be a switch to 3 at the back is the best way forward for now, unless Torreira drastically improves our ability to defend. But given what I’ve seen of him, I actually want him playing a little further up than a CDM, really good with the ball and looks to go forward. Also releases the ball so quickly which is something hardly any of our outfield players do. When Aubameyang and Lacazette started doing that for 10 minutes they looked like… Read more »

Marko

The structure seem to be holding him back.

What structure is that? Emery’s? Wenger’s the last two seasons? Low’s at the world cup? Is none of it his fault?

Sanmi

Did anyone remember when guardiola 1st season in epl? How shitty man city defense appeared.
1. Bravo inability to play from back
2. Otamendi being ridiculously exposed.

In 2nd season, they got used to it and bought a better keeper.

Klopp had same issues till he bought a keeper and Dirk

Champagne Charlie

Marko that comment about civility was a general one, I’m not asking you to be civil I know you’re incapable.

Go squeeze nothing out, you’ve been talking so much shit for an hour you must be empty.

Un na naai

Go squeeze nothing out, you’ve been talking so much shit for an hour you must be empty

Hahahaha Hahahaha

Samesong

Lol plane over Burnley ground saying Ed Woodward specialist in failure.

mysticleaves

What structure is that? Emery’s? Wenger’s the last two seasons? Low’s at the world cup? Is none of it his fault?

For now he needs to adapt to Emery’s structure. If he can’t then it will be his fault.

Wenger had not structure.

Lows structure at the world cup was the same one thy have been using for 10 years. He was and has been instrumental in it. Ozil didn’t have a shit world cup. Germany did.

mysticleaves

Sane hasn’t been playing this season and missed the sqaud entirely this week. He didn’t go to the world cup so should be in top condition. Does anybody sense anything over there?

Marko

Marko that comment about civility was a general one, I’m not asking you to be civil I know you’re incapable.

Like I said do you think you come across some objectively nice guy? Add civil to the list probably a hundred times where you’ve gone full pissed off baby in a debate with me but anyway. No problem on the shit end I had Guinness today

Valentin

if Cardiff’s players had shown more composure, They could have drawn or even won the game. Their players panicked and blast away chances when through on goal. Placement instead of brut power would have been more successful.

Champagne Charlie

Marko

The point is long gone and you missed it as per. Enough of the fluff talk and go about your day mate, there’s always tomorrow.

Sanmi

Mystic
Pep hates players that hug the ball too much. Hence the chopping off of sane, same reason Mahrez is finding it difficult to play 90.
Same reason Yaya toure was phased out.

To play with pep, you’d better be good at intricate passing or you’ll be out. Except you are messi who incidentally does combination plays too

Champagne Charlie

Mystic

I saw that against Newcastle, found it very odd he’s not even in the squad given the season he had. He’s all the tools, and seems right between the ears.

Maybe Pep is coaching a bad reaction out of him post-World Cup? Think we’ll see him back doing bits in no time, but curious one.

Sanmi

Valentin

If Leicester, BHA, had enough composure they’d had drawn pool. What’s your point?

You talk as if only the 3 goals were our chances.

Pierre

serious question

Could someone.please explain.to me why Ramsey was playing up front for the last ten minutes when we were defending a lead and why did the manager allow this .

We had welbeck,Lacazette and aubamayang on the pitch so why did Ramsey feel the need to be anywhere near the opposition’s box…don’t make sense to me.

scotsgooner

Hey all, just logging in to say that negatives aside…. auba and laca look dynamite both inside and outside the box. As long as those two are on the pitch and mikhi or ozil or ramsey are feeding them – we can score plenty. I think we will improve a lot as the season goes as well.
I bet that if we had a decent defence we would win that league easy 😉

Leedsgunner

I hope I’m wrong but it looks like only a disastrous mistake is going to displace Cech. It if it was me I would have given Leno a start today along with Torreria, Xhaka is error prone and he concedes possession so so easily. His sloppiness cost us the first equaliser today. His error led to their first goal.

Monreal, uncharacteristically had a poor game today. I wonder if he’s jaded. Has he been called up? I hope he gets a good rest.

Carts

I think it’s fair to say that Leno and Torreria will likely get their start against either Volskla or Brentford, after the intl break

UTarse

The only sense I can make of Emery’s insistence to start Xhaka is that he is giving him the rope to hang himself. Utter shambles of a footballer. Not seen a liability in an Arsenal shirt like him since the days of pascal Cygan and igor stepanovs.

Valentin

Sanmi, my point is that I am happy about the result, but not blinded by it. We are in the bottom five of chances conceded by games. In fact we conceded more against WestHam and Cardiff than against Manchester City and Chelsea, so we are definitely not improving defensively. We are just playing bad attacking team. Cardiff had 14 attempts, Arsenal only 17. Cardiff only had 3 on target, when AFC had 11. So the main difference is the quality between our strikers (Aubmeyang and Lacazette) and their (Harry Arter, Danny Ward and Junior Hoilett) As soon we will play… Read more »

Redtruth

Clueless cretins (AKB’s) should not pass judgment on Emery

China

Emery needs to do much better. A few positives out of the game though so I hope he builds on them

gonsterous

one thing I noticed in yesterday’s game is, we finally seem to have a plan when taking corners. We were a lot more threatening from corners than when under wenger.

Also, international breaks sux, why is it still a thing ??

gonsterous

and yes ozil is definitely not getting 350k a week…

after tax.

Joe

Could someone.please explain.to me why Ramsey was playing up front for the last ten minutes when we were defending a lead and why did the manager allow this .We had welbeck,Lacazette and aubamayang on the pitch so why did Ramsey feel the need to be anywhere near the opposition’s box…don’t make sense to me.

Because he’s a selfish prick and only cares about his stats and wants to pad them to get a huge pay raise.

Sell him. He’s more over rated than wilshere was

China

I have a feeling that if Torreira comes in we’ll be 10% better. That might not be man city good, but it should make us both defensively and offensive stronger which would be very very useful Torreira Leno and probably licht and there’s every chance we’ll be a different proposition. Emery may have been wary of upsetting too many names too quickly and honestly I hope that’s the case and that he now either stops worrying about it or feels poor performances will take heat off him when he makes changes I agree with the 3-5-2 option —————Leno ——licht-Mustafi-Papa Bellerin-Torreira-Guen-monreal… Read more »

China

Also when kos is back we can finally drop Mustafi for him, which should hopefully make a reasonable difference again defensively

Black Hei

“We were a lot more threatening from corners than when under wenger.”

No; that is true only in parts.

We were very good attacking from set pieces for the last 3 years under Wenger.

But I would credit it to Steve Bould. I think it was his influence. We weren’t so good when Pat Rice was AM.

China

Wait Steve boils actually did something in the last few years?

That’s cool if so but kinda hard to believe considering he was taken off defensive organization

China

I think it’s more likely our good set pieces simply came from ozils good delivery and girouds aerial threat

If you take either of those two out of the equation from our last 3 seasons I think you’d see a sharp drop off in returns

WengerEagle

Not feeling that formation myself, have stated on here a while back that I wouldn’t mind it if we had better full-backs going forward but Monreal doesn’t have the legs to pump up and down the flank for 90 mins providing the outlet and while Hector does, his end product is shocking and has showed no signs of improvement for a long time. Also leaving Sokratis exposed at LCB would the the stuff of nightmares against the better forwards of the league, someone like Zaha would shred him. With the personnel we have right now I’d opt for a 4-3-1-2… Read more »

Black Hei

China

Yes, Ozil’s delivery but it was more than that.

For some weird reason, we were very organized at attacking set pieces.

And Mustafi seems to win all these headers when attacking but miss everything while defending.

gonsterous

china

We could give the 3-5-2 a go but that line up includes a lot of defensive players.
The only real attacking options are the front three and with ozil in there, It could very well go down to two…

gonsterous

black hei

I felt under wenger, it was just beat the first man with the cross and hope for the best. We had a plan when mert was on the pitch but oppositions soon found that out or mert didn’t play a lot of games last season.

TonyD

This report makes sense and reflects my thoughts on the game. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-6123935/Pierre-Emerick-Aubemyang-Alexandre-Lacazette-devastating-clicked.html Ozil is still a conundrum: has obvious elite talent (sure to make Pierre smile) but needs someone to bring both the talent and the work rate out of him. This is Emery’s job, so we’ll see what happens. Xhaka is such a liability ridden, one footed plodder with snail pace and serious lack of vision. There are only 2 places left for him: the dressing room, and Bundesliga. Wouldn’t even want to see him again any where near the bench let alone a starting 11. Yesterday was a… Read more »

TheBayingMob

I thought it was OK today, struggled to get excited about it but turned out to be end to end stuff with one of the worst teams in the league, made for an entertaining game. In saying that, Emery clearly had a big job on his hands going into this season given what the senile cunt fuck had done for, quite literally, ten years leading into this season. Ozil reeks of Wenger; overpaid, palpably narcissist in persona, a cunt. It’s going to take a while to shape this team back around, I’m confident he’ll get us back in the top… Read more »

tee

still don’t understand this “Wenger left us with dross” mantra. I’m not expecting Emery to turn us to a title contender immediately but his selection is presently kinda weird. if after four pl matches he still doesn’t know his strongest 11 then he might not find it easy going forward. I hope and pray he succeeds and someone needs to drum it to his hear that torreiral and Leno should be starters. why we you put a keeper who can play your favoured style on tge bench for the one who can’t? my heart always jumped into my throat whenever… Read more »

gonsterous

I think some people are going to be a little surprised when kos comes back and he’s not the same player. Guy already lost his pace last season, he may have reached his date of expiry. I still remember how he gave away a goal (don’t remember the opposition) when he tried to kick the ball over his head but instead hit the opposition and he just fell to the ground as the attacker was left 1v1 with cech…

Michael24

gonsterous

“We had a plan when Mert was on the pitch”.

What was that?

PRAY??

gonsterous

Michael

you taking random sentences from my comment or are you reading the whole thing ? Mert was used to put balls at the near post so he would flick them to the back post, keeping the keeper flat footed. That’s what I meant by having a plan with mert.

Emiratesstroller

loyaika My expectations for this season are modest to say the least. Frankly I do not expect us to finish in top four on evidence of what I have seen sofar. As I suggest Arsenal’s problems are not in the attacking department of the game. The club are more than capable of scoring two or three goals against most opposition. Our problems over the past three years have been in the defensive department. On current evidence we are conceding on average 2 goals per match and we are in panic mode whenever the ball comes into the last quarter of… Read more »

Wallace

ES

“His wayward pass
just before half time which resulted in Cardiff’s first goal was both unintelligent and completely unnecessary. ”

I disagree, it was the correct option for a player of his passing ability. the problem was in the execution.

Un na naai

Xakaha did have a horrible defensive display yesterday and was trudging around Far too often. That said for our first goal we had 8 behind the ball when he gave it away including our goal keeper and that cross should never have been so easy Sokratis was getting pulled all over the place yesterday too and looked terrible. Beacause of that Monreal was getting pulled too far into the centre and was then leaving a big gap on his outside Our centre halves were beaten in the box, in the air and on the deck, all day long. It’s not… Read more »

Redtruth

Emiratesstroller
“Our problems over the past three years have been in the defensive department.”

Laughable comment..lol

How do you xplain goals conceded in:

2009-10- 41 goals
2010-11- 43 goals
2011-12- 49 goals
2012-13- 37 goals

TonyD

ES
Agree with all you say above.

Wallace
“I disagree, it was the correct option for a player of his passing ability. the problem was in the execution.”

Xhaka? Passing ability? He had oceans of space and plenty of time to execute that pass.

You were being tongue in cheek, right?

gonsterous
I was thinking the same. Kos was dropping in levels before the injury. Will probably need to do as Carzola and move to a slower league to finish his career.

Shame because he’s been a good servant for the club, never elite level but decent for many seasons.

Wallace

yeah, I’d be inclined to go 4-3-3 –

Guendouzi – Torreira – Xhaka
Mkhi/Ozil* – Lacazette – Auba

Redtruth

Xhaka’s passing ability is shit….lol

Wallace

TonyD

“Shame because he’s(Koscielny) been a good servant for the club, never elite level but decent for many seasons.”

depends what you mean by ‘elite’. he was the best CB in the league along with Kompany for about 5 seasons.

Redtruth

The best centre back who has conceded more penalties than any other player.

Terraloon

Be under no illusions Cardiff were by far the worse of the four opponents played to date and again be under no illusions a win was earned but just. Cech is clearly struggling with the demands on him but you have to question why he keeps his place. I can’t help but think there’s the classic player brought to the club over the head of the coach and the coach just doesn’t fancy him. If not that then it really is because Cech is the better keeper and that is a concern Cardiff were terrible yet they scored two and… Read more »

TitsMcGee

Because someone took a Valium with whiskey before they went into work that morning, or Ozil has compromising pictures of them.”

I wonder if that decision was made before Wenger was spoken to about leaving.

To me the club probably felt that they couldn’t be seen to lose Ozil shortly after they sold Sanchez. It was more of a PR thing.

Samesong

Xhaka had an easy option to pass it to Guendouzi there’s no excuses. Execution lol.

Pierre

We could have solved a lot of our defensive midfield problems and defending set pieces for the next 3 years if we had the bottle to pay the asking price for nzonzi. But no ,we are stuck with a defensive set up that is still lacking in discipline and lacking in height …Naomi would give you both of these plus he is a decent footballer. Against big,strong,physical, attacking teams we will struggle unless we quickly fine a way to stop the stream of crosses that come into the box. Mustafi and sokratis are on a hiding to nothing and I… Read more »

Pierre

*nzonzi

gonsterous

people still beating the nzonzi drum. He’s a squad player at best. He would have been on the bench. and 3 seasons is a stretch, May be in the French or Italian league, but no way would he contribute anything after one season in the PL.

Pierre

Ok Gonsterous let’s stick with what we have …a defence lacking in height and a midfield without discipline.

Can you give an explanation why Ramsey was playing as a striker in the last ten minutes whilst we were defending a slender lead and already had welbeck,aubamayang and Lacazette on the pitch.

Michael24

gonsterous

You take yourself and everything too seriously.

Mertesacker may have given us a couple of beneficial options , however, the negatives far outweighed the positives.

You do realise that the reason Kos game became so inconsistent in recent years was because he had to cover for the German lump too often.

Apparently though, Mert was excellent at collecting the weekly subs of the players.

Michael24

A total liability.

Black Hei

Micheal24

It was the opposite.

Kos game became inconsistent when he no longer had Mert alongside him, same with Bellerin.

Mertersacker was a great leader on the pitch; he was very vocal in a good way.

Playing alongside Mustafi turned Kos and Bellerin into a nervy wrecks.

gonsterous

You take yourself and everything too seriously.

lol, how come no one ever brings this up when there’s a debate on TV ?
hold on there stevie G, Every thing you said was too serious. You take yourself too seriously…

gonsterous

Pierre

why does it have to be one or the other ? I’m not interested in nzonzi so of course the conclusion is, I’m happy with what we have. No, there are alternatives to what we can get. Or are you telling me there is no other MF better than a 30 y old Nzonzi ?

Pierre

I say nzonzi because firstly ,I rate him and secondly he was available and thirdly he is exactly what we need to give the team stability…..does that answer your question.

Emiratesstroller

Wallace Sorry but Xhaka lacks football intelligence. An intelligent footballer does not make such a speculative pass with just one minute on the clock. You play “keep ball” with zero risk. Moving on to the goalkeeping situation which I discussed during the summer. Cech is no longer a starting goalkeeper. He is now a classic case of the body no longer capable of achieving what the brain wishes him to do. He is slow and his lack of mobility impacts also on his decision making. I made the case that Arsenal should now play Leno as first choice with Martinez… Read more »

gonsterous

Pierre

he gives us stability but for how long ? for me, one season at max and then we ar back to square one. And didn’t he already bomb in the PL ? Sure he may have played well in the French league but that’s what it is, the French league.

Valentin

Gonsterous, Nzonzi played most of his career in UK and Spain. In fact he has never played in Ligue 1. He left for England after an astounding season in Ligue2 in 2009 while aged 21. Moreover he did not bomb in UK, he played well for unfancied clubs which led to him joining Sevilla. There was even talk of him joining Manchester United, so far from bombing. The question is not whether he is a great player, but whether he is better than what we have (he is better than Xhaka and Elneny), whether he was available (he was for… Read more »

Dissenter

I wonder why NO ONE mentions Mohamed Elneny during these midfield conversations?

He’s a nothing player who isn’t even considered by fans, talkless of the manager.
There’s only one poster here who rates Elneny. He knows himself.

It’s vexing to know that we renewed his contract with a hefty wage.

Dissenter

Pierre
Stop yapping about Nzonzi.
The player has gone to Roma on a long term contract.
It’s like me putting Leo Messi into conversation about possible Arsenal teams selections.

London gunner

I’ve ever never known so many guys to have their periods at the same time.

Its simple, xhaka is shit and wenger fucked the club.

Emery is doing a fairly poor job at turning it all around, but still has the chance to rectify these mistakes.

Ozil is wet piece of shit who needs selling and Ramsey isn’t anywhere near as good as he thinks.

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