Arsenal fans: LET’S BE FRIENDS

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Wrighty special via @Fokohaela

Aren’t Arsenal fans a weird old bunch. We’ve had a blinder this weekend, bagging ourselves a point against one of the best sides in Europe and still we’re going off at each other. I’m reading a book at the minute that New Yorkers find incredibly offensive, but one of the notions is that if you give a man everything he wants, he’ll still find a way to destroy it, just to make the point he is man.

On my own website, after a really great result, I’m getting micro-pelters about my views on Xhaka and my choice for manager in the summer. The hand that pays for the internet good times has been savagely gnawed. An appalling abuse of our internet friendship.

Lads, what does it matter? Live in the now. Enjoy the moment. Let’s dissect the positives for once.

The constant attack of other fans who sacrificed live Gunnasaurs to the AKB gods are also pointless. Honestly, the battle is won. We all have what we want. That is change. That is a better, more progressive, more joyful Arsenal life.

We really need to be friends in the good times, because without that, what are but mere heathens?

Jokes aside folk, lighten the fuck up. This is football discussion.

Leno made some mistakes yesterday, I’m not sure why it’s a crime to admit that.

Iwobi was majestical. Like a pink unicorn on ice skates. Let’s celebrate that. It really doesn’t matter if you said he had a fat arse last season.

Who really knows what’s going on with our defence, but something must have happened for us to only have conceded 1 against a team as brutal as Liverpool.

Aren’t you really f*cking glad paaaashun is back in the dugout? Isn’t it great to see a manager with as much energy as you on the sidelines? Isn’t it amazing how that craziness reflects into the dull stands? YES it is. I love that.

Additionally, can we all just agree the Torreira is the best thing to happen to our midfield since Cesc Fabregas landed all that time ago? I fucking love him.

OH MY. Then look at the underlings coming through. Reiss Nelson is battling it out with Sancho to be king of the Bundesliga. We have Smith Rowe, Maitland Niles, Mavrapanos, Holding and Nkeitiah all chomping at the sideline turf. ALSO, we have Geundouzi coming into the side. What a hero that lad is. I LOVE him.

That’s before we’ve sold of Koscielny (sad face) and Aaron Ramsey (kind of sad face).

What a beautiful state we’re in.

So come on, for the sake of the internet, let’s enjoy the good times. Because here’s one thing for sure, there’s no doubt we’re going to have a really rough time at some point this season. It’s still going to be a massive ask for us to make top 4. Spurs, United and Chelsea all have bedded in teams with levels. We haven’t dealt with our second crisis yet. It’ll come. Hopefully we have enough in the locker to make it out. But for me, that only comes with pos-emery-tivity. You get me? Yes you do.

If you can’t be friends in the good times, you’re sure to be foes in the bad.

Right, that’s me done. Podcast maybe this week.

See you darlings in the comments. x

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  1. Un na naai

    Have to say that the only other poster here that I can recollect supporting xakha is champagne Charlie. Say what you like but the fella can spot the skills.

  2. Marko

    Leeds as a long term solution I could get behind 3 at the back but now no. He’s clearly got a formation that he likes

  3. Un na naai

    Also said holding iwobi and welbz were well worth keeping too. I think that welbeck could be a 20 goal a season player. To be fair only Bamford backed me on welbeck too.

    I’m telling you if we kept hold of Wilshere and kept him fit he’d have shone in this side. We plumped for Ramsey instead and now look what’s happened.

  4. Dissenter

    There’s a part of me that just wished Wenger too it easy and stayed away from the sidelines.
    He’s 69 year old and has all the accolades most of us will dream off.

    Why?&^%$*&

  5. Un na naai

    He will add the wide players he wants
    Don’t forget we have iwobi and Mkhitaryan who can play either side and Nelson coming back so we aren’t as short of options there. I can see two new attacking midfielders/wingers before next season kicks off though. Saying that he trusted Mkhitaryan to start in everyone of our games against city/chavs/scousers

  6. Un na naai

    Dissenter

    Why? He lives and breathes football
    I hope he takes Milan back to the top of serie A. Would be chuffed for him.

  7. Pierre

    Iwobi is a bit of an enigma for me…I watch him v palace and he plays like he doesn’t have a clue .
    No composure on the ball , making bad decisions, losing possession ,running down blind alleys , giving the ball away and I’m convinced he is not up to scratch .

    Then I watch him come on v Liverpool and Is composed on the ball, he makes the right decisions, is making driving runs, keeping possession ,dangerous on the ball and made a difference in the game.

    So I’m still none the wiser …obviously he has something but is it enough for a team that wants to challenge for the title.

  8. Marko

    I think that welbeck could be a 20 goal a season player…I’m telling you if we kept hold of Wilshere and kept him fit he’d have shone in this side. We plumped for Ramsey instead and now look what’s happened.

    His best return over a whole season was about 15 at United and Wilshere is shite. It wasn’t a Ramsey or Wilshere situation by the way. Trust the management they deem that both Ramsey and Wilshere weren’t good enough for new deals

  9. Joe

    Two years of shit for Xhaka has been erased already for Un

    Don’t get carried away child.

    Let the guy have a good season before you start spouting off

    Wellbeck??! Hahahahaha. He can go with Ransey. Not good enough. Man united reject. So can mkhit

  10. Champagne charlie

    @Bob n16
    Hats off to you sir, nearly dribbled my coffee down me reading you swat Graham’s noise back at him with aplomb. More than one doner for that idiot you’re building on here I’d venture to guess 🙂

    @Un na
    Always appreciated what he CAN do and was curious how it’d manifest under a modern coach. Early signs are more than positive in his case, some others too.

    Just goes to show that some folk have a queer view of the game and need to appreciate there’s far more nuance than gets given credit. Ironically it’s the louder the shouters on here that tend to be eating the most crow right now.

    …I mean spare a thought for the doughnut who said Xhaka was garbage, Ramsey top tier, Iwobi useless, and that we’d get beat by at least 2 goals against Liverpool.

  11. Pierre

    Un
    Agree with you on CC and his stand on xhaka …

    Afraid to say that it’s looking like Ramsey playing alongside him for th last few years has been the problem which in itself is a criticism of Monsieur Wenger.

  12. Joe

    Wed be top of the league if wilshere was still here

    cC

    You also said wenger had another title in him under a different owner.

    Xhaka has proved nothing yet.
    Denilson had some good matches for us too

    Again let him have a good season before you start yapping

  13. Pierre

    Joe
    “Let the guy have a good season before you start spouting off”

    Says he who spends half of his life spouting off about Emery who has only been at the club 5 minutes.

  14. Marko

    I don’t see why certain types can’t just enjoy that for once Xhaka was excellent against decent opposition in a big game and that he is showing signs of improvement. Very premature to be coming out with the i told you so’s. Had the same with Ozil after the Leicester game and since then he’s been back to okay and getting subbed. Plus you make it sound like the criticism for his performances the previous TWO seasons was unfair. It wasn’t

  15. Marko

    Afraid to say that it’s looking like Ramsey playing alongside him for th last few years has been the problem which in itself is a criticism of Monsieur Wenger.

    No the problem was the dummy refused to bring in a DM for years and years. He tried to be clever and it cost us for years and years. And lo and behold his replacement comes in and one of the first things he does is bring in a ball winning midfielder. If Xhaka is improving it’s because Torreira is flourishing

  16. Joe

    Says he who spends half of his life spouting off about Emery who has only been at the club 5 minutes

    Emery has proven his quality by going on a 13 match unbeaten streak. By the quality of play. Attitude of players. Tactics. Subs. Etc.

    And by improving players like Iwobi. Xhaka. Holding. Etc.

    Xhaka has had one or two good matches.

    Back to your hole troll

  17. Pierre

    Joe
    Obviously you don’t read my posts …I had been saying for years that Ramsey is the problem in our midfield and now he has been replaced by Torriera so for me it is everything not nothing that has changed .

    What I said the other day is we need some perspective as atm we are in a similar position as last season so let’s not go “spouting off ” about how brilliant we are doing …..perspective Joe .

  18. Pierre

    Marko.
    “No the problem was the dummy refused to bring in a DM for years and years. He tried to be clever and it cost us for years and years. And lo and behold his replacement comes in and one of the first things he does is bring in a ball winning midfielder. If Xhaka is improving it’s because Torreira is flourishing”

    Which is basically what I have been saying….so yes,we are in agreement

  19. Marko

    Pierre you’re kind of blaming our midfield woes the last few years on Ramsey instead of the guy who picked him and failed to bring in a proper DM. Your deflecting blame

  20. Un na naai

    Pierre you’re kind of blaming our midfield woes the last few years on Ramsey instead of the guy who picked him and failed to bring in a proper DM. Your deflecting blame

    Marko

    And you’re blaming the guy who was burnt out and unable to find his way back to his original grand self instead if the guy who picked him year in year out to pick Ramsey week in week out

    You’re deflecting the blame

    Haaaaahahahahaha
    You’re so dumb. You always do it. Without fail. Don’t mug yourself that’s all don’t mug yourself

  21. Champagne charlie

    “cC
    You also said wenger had another title in him under a different owner.”

    Except I didn’t, and when Banford quoted me it showed quite plainly that I didn’t. Swing and a miss Joe.

    “Xhaka has proved nothing yet.”

    That’d be why I said early signs look positive. Curious though, Xhaka (and others) have shown a marked improvement since Emery took over agreed?

    So why are you giving it the ‘let Xhaka have a good season first before yapping’, and at the same time you’ve crowned Emery the undisputed dogs bollocks?

  22. Pierre

    Joe
    My comment from earlier
    “Afraid to say that it’s looking like Ramsey playing alongside him for th last few years has been the problem which in itself is a criticism of Monsieur Wenger.”

    deflecting the blame eh .

  23. Marko

    And you’re blaming the guy who was burnt out and unable to find his way back to his original grand self instead if the guy who picked him year in year out to pick Ramsey week in week out

    Ah I see what you did there very good Don. But he picked the team and made the signings or lack thereof. Understand?

  24. Pierre

    Finding the reaction to Saturdays game a long way over the top.We looked pretty good, a fair result. But we really need to win some big games. Thats 3 big games, and 1 point so far this season.
    We will not get into the top 4 if we only pick up the odd draw against our top 4 rivals. Some of them need to be wins
    .As a result on its own, its nothing to be overly happy about. Teams well down the league pick up home draws against top 4 teams all the time.

  25. Marko

    He’d be making a mistake taking on the Milan job. He’ll be sacked inside a season. They’re a mess he’s not a good manager anymore and there’s a culture of sacking manager’s over there.

  26. Marko

    You seem to always be lending your voice to what Wenger should do next.

    One legitimate job offer since leaving is hardly always.

  27. Champagne charlie

    Marko you’ve remarked with literally every link he’s had post-Arsenal. Is that a yes to being in recruitment?

  28. Marko

    Marko you’ve remarked with literally every link he’s had post-Arsenal. Is that a yes to being in recruitment?

    Sure yes. My advice to a once great manager who’s now past it and who’s old and extremely wealthy is enjoy retirement. Why go through the stress of another job a tough job mind you

  29. Champagne charlie

    Marko

    Matter of perspective. Being a manager in Milan probably appeals to someone who absolutely loves the day to day of football management.

    I’m certain Wenger has developed a tolerance to the pressures of the role and will take his next appointment very much in the spirit of enjoying it.

    Only so many beaches and brunches you can go on before you want to do something stimulating, and something he’s quite eveidently made his life’s work. You can relate no?

  30. Dissenter

    There’s tabloid talk that Koschienly is a transfer target for Barca.

    I would sell him with lots of gratitude for his service.

  31. Marko

    Charlie if you can’t see the pitfalls of taking on the Milan job I can’t help you out. Since Allegri and 2014 they’ve had seven managers

  32. Marko

    Only an upside at Milan, he could be the guy that steadies them after half a dozen failed.

    Or it’s more of the same and he gets sacked yet again. Remember he’ll have no acolytes past glories to fall back on. He fails he gets sacked not more time and more time

  33. Joe

    Let’s hope we wrap up the group this week.

    Be nice to send the Reserves to the away match before the spuds match and have a well rested squad for that match

  34. Champagne charlie

    Marko

    Yea Pedro is prowling, did it earlier too. That, or he’s got a couple of admins on board to keep discourse “on topic”. Who the fuck knows

  35. Bamford10

    gambon

    “Finding the reaction to Saturday’s game a long way over the top. We looked pretty good, a fair result. But we really need to win some big games. We will not get into the top 4 if we only pick up the odd draw against our top 4 rivals. Some of them need to be wins. As a result on its own, its nothing to be overly happy about.”

    Agreed. As I said earlier, if we want to finish fourth (and above Spurs and United,) we are going to need to beat Spurs and United, and to do that, we are going to need to be better than we were on Saturday.

  36. Bamford10

    London

    Whether we play 4-4-2 or 3-5-2, there is no question we would get more out of both Lacazette and Aubameyang if we played both of them through the center. Both would be better in such a set-up.

  37. Bamford10

    Joe

    “We were really good on Saturday.”

    Nah, we were good, but “really good” is a stretch. If we had been “really good,” we would have won. For fuck’s sake, we had to score late in order just to draw — and this at home.

    While certain players (Xhaka, Torreira) were quite good, others were not all that great (Aubameyang, Ozil).

    We can play better than that, and we will need to in order to beat Spurs and United.

  38. Bamford10

    Receding

    “Play like we did yesterday and we are blowing United and Spurs apart. Give me a break.”

    I definitely disagree, and I look forward to circling back to you on this point. I disagree, not because I think all that highly of Spurs or United — I have long rated both lower than many other people here — but because I’m not quite as blown away by our performance yesterday as some people seem to be.

    We drew 1-1 at home, we didn’t create that many chances, and a number of our key players didn’t have all that great of games.

    Some of our players played quite well, our pressing was excellent, the spirit was great, the atmosphere was great — all true. But none of that equals “blowing Spurs or United apart”. Not even close.

    Those are both solid teams with plenty of quality players who will get up to play Arsenal. We are going to need to be better if we want to beat these teams. Sure, we can get draws against them if we play as we did on Saturday, but we need wins, and to get wins, we’ll need to be better.

  39. Joe

    have to say, I was really disappointed with the lineup. I can understand Ozil starting because to drop him would create a media shit storm and it’s tempting to field a player that can, if rarely, change a game in an instant, but Mkhitaryan? Didn’t get that – fielding both of them seemed completely counter-productive and against everything Emery is trying to achieve with the front press.

    Having said that, desire, belief and work rate goes a long way and the players fought like dogs from the first minute to the last. Liverpool have better players in almost every position, so to come out of the game looking the more likely winners was a real achievement, even if Arsenal were yet again fortunate not to be punished for individual errors.

    What really pleased me is that, by and large, Arsenal controlled the tempo of the game against a top side that’s even more dangerous without the ball, which has traditionally been Arsenal’s biggest weakness. Yet, for the most part, Arsenal coped well with Liverpool’s counter-attacking threat. The high line brought with it an element of risk that was almost Arsenal’s undoing, although the Gunners also employed long balls that could have caused equal problems to Liverpool were it not for Van Dijk’s masterful defending.

    Whilst it’s not realistic to entirely negate sides of such quality, let’s face facts, Liverpool had a perfectly good goal disallowed in the first half and the clearer chances overall. For me, they edged the game in that respect, but Arsenal got a point because Emery has given this squad a new found belief and never-say-die attitude that was completely absent under Wenger.

    At a point in the game when Arsenal were on the ascendency, it seemed like the same old familiar failings, then I remembered that prior to the game I had noted the importance of at least staying in the match until the latter stages, if only to give Liverpool a reason to ask questions of themselves.

    Thankfully, that proved to be the case. Iwobi was the catalyst for change, driving at Liverpool with belief and purpose. His scything, pinpoint pass into the heart of Liverpool’s defence reached Lacazette, who span away from goalkeeper Alisson, turned and fired a curler I hardly thought he was capable of beyond the keeper’s reach.

    Being objective, I’d say a draw was a slightly fortuitous result, and it’s ironic that before the game I suggested Arsenal should play 4-4-2 with Welbeck, Ramsey and Iwobi on the pitch, which is pretty much what we ended up with prior to Arsenal leveling. Playing two up top certainly gave something for Van Dijk to worry about – prior to that he was almost impermeable.

    However, I’m more than happy with the point and delighted with the team ethic, attitude and passion of a manager who roused the supporters and players in turn. This game was a big metric of Emery’s first three months in charge, and it proved to be insightful and, ultimately, very positive – even if I think he got the lineup wrong.

  40. China1

    Hmm I said it before but I think there’s no reasonable explanation for how mane was not interfering with play for his offside goal

    If you were Leno in that position, there’s no way you wouldn’t feel it’s a 2 v 1 and a moment of confusion about how to deal with the situation with them both close to the ball

  41. Wallace

    AM-N’s problem has been his athletic ability has meant he’s an obvious alternative when our full backs are injured. and also, our left backs are always injured. games he should have been getting a start in central midfield – europa & league cup – he’s been shuttled over and the puzzle that is Joe W has taken his spot.

    of course it might be that he doesn’t have the composure to play CM at prem level, but as of this moment i just think he’s been very unlucky with injuries, both his own and our left backs’.

  42. Graham62

    B10

    Compared to where we were and who we were playing against ” we were really good on Saturday”.

    Still a work in progress but bearing in mind all our visible frailties of past seasons, this was a major step forward.

    Argue otherwise if you wish, but you’ll only be kidding yourself.

  43. gonsterous

    We should beat utd and spurs and hope to at least take a point against chelsea in the return fixtures, if we want top 4.
    Liverpool look a very strong side, I wouldn’t mind a draw again at Anfield.
    But a loss to city and pool isn’t the end of the world.