Emery channels inner Arrrfffur

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Arsenal’s game with Vorskla has been moved to Kiev. Why?

‘Arsenal’s Europa League group tie with Ukrainian side Vorskla Poltava has been moved to Kiev due to security concerns.’

For fuck’s sake… the country we’re heading to has parts of it under martial law. SAY WHAT. I hope no Arsenal fans went to Ukraine earlier to soak up the culture. Nightmare.

I also hate the fact we’re in such a shite competition that we have to fly a very long way to play on a terrible pitch, to a small crowd, on a freezing cold night. There is no respect for players bodies. Let’s hope Emery takes a very weak squad.

Great news is Spurs are playing Inter Milan and they HAVE to play a full team as they chase CL group stage survival. If we send no players to the Ukraine, we’ll have a squad that’s spent a weak refreshing the legs, whilst being drilled tactically. That is a huge advantage. Poch was only complaining last week about player fatigue. I don’t think we were over exerted against Bournemouth and I certainly think Spurs blew a gasket against Chelsea (hopes really hard).

Unai Emery channeled his inner ARRRRFUUUR FOOCKING SHELBY when speaking about how Arsenal train.

“I try to encourage the players to be more demanding,”

“One of the first things we looked at with the players was the idea of training for training’s sake, training to compete and training to win. Those are three different steps and very often players do them subconsciously.

A massive zinger at Arsene there. Arsene didn’t change the way he trained for 16 years, and it was pretty clear that there was no intensity to the way they players were coached. Emery is trying to up the energy levels and he’s trying to give it purpose by making players better.

“You want development and improvement from all players. Obviously, when you have a squad of 25 players, you’re not going to be able to achieve that with all of them because at the end of the day you’re not able to give all of them the consistency of opportunity so that they all move in the same direction.

“That said, you need to get the best out of the individual players in training and then implement that in the matches. It’s more noticeable with some players because the players more and have the capacity to do so, and perhaps because they’ve also found new impetus.

Emery is making players accountable. He’s probably setting them individual goals. He’s likely trying to keep the players all mentally involved in the game.

Sure, I’m celebrating absolute basics here, but who cares, I spent 11 years telling people these things weren’t happening… now we’re finding out that this information was correct.

Things will still go wrong. We could still finish 5th. We might not achieve much this season. But everything is a process this year. It’s hard for anyone to rectify 10 years of neglect in a year. But we’ll get there, even if it takes 3 managers to achieve that.

Finally, take a listen of our latest podcast. It’s me and Aash shooting the shit about a range of issues that spans super league, Mesut, Emery, and the much discussed budget. Enjoy.

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  1. Leedsgunner

    https://twitter.com/Arsenal/status/1067841347783139330/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1067841347783139330&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fbleacherreport.com%2Farsenal

    Our travelling squad has plenty of youngsters in it… so I’m happy.

    AMN, ESR, Joe W.illock, Eddie Nketiah are all part of it.

    Dominic Thompson (LB), Zach Medley (CB) Tyreece John-Jules (FW) Jordi Osei-Tutu as well Bukayo Saka are part of it too.

    Bukayo Saka has been electric for the U23s and U18s and Tyreece John Jules as been scoring for fun for the reserve sides as well as international duty.

    Surprised that Julio Pleguezuelo isn’t part of the trip… I hope he isn’t injured.

    Obviously not all of them will make the bench or be in the starting line up but the experience will do them good.

    Brave selection by Emery with his sights clearly set on Tottenham and Man United next week.

  2. Pedro

    lol, still pushing the Stan agenda.

    Wenger dealt with the stadium move. Then when the money came back around, he fucked it up.

    Just look at how we’re flying now.

  3. TR7

    Haven’t had time.to read through comments on the last post but of the few I did,.I saw.Marko and Gambon call my calculations flawed without really elucidating how ?

    P.S : I work in financial sector and do numbers 12-14 hours a day. So if indeed you guys can explain how my calculation is wrong, I will probably learn something new.

    As for the part about transfer fee paid in installments, people forget that other clubs also pay us in installments when we sell. Unless someone is privy to details of each transfer, it is impossible to break down each purchase or sale in to yearly installments. Better to assume all the transfer payments due and proceeds from
    sale to be one time cash outflow/inflow and invariably they will cancel each other out in most cases.

    For the part about depletion of cash reserve year on year, as long as we are in Europa we.are.unlikely to build on our cash reserves such is the nature of our cash flow structure. If you look at historical cash flow trend of AFC, 20M cash outflow on debt repayment (interest plus principal component) , 50M on player registration and 15M on purchase of fixed assets are par for the course. No champions league means significantly low cash inflow from operating activities and thus overall net negative cash inflow.

  4. Leedsgunner

    £35m for Xhaka
    £35m for Mustafi
    £17m for Lucas Perez

    … and that’s in one window.

    Makes you just wonder with the same amount of money what Sven, Raul and Unai could have done with it.

    Year after year, Wenger said he wasn’t afraid to spend big.

    When he did, we discovered why… he just wasn’t a good judge of player talent anymore.

  5. Marko

    For the part about depletion of cash reserve year on year, as long as we are in Europa we.are.unlikely to build on our cash reserves such is the nature of our cash flow

    Yeah this was the part I had trouble with. We’ve had cash reserves give or take between 140-180 million for as long as we started bragging about cash reserves. Barely ever really fluctuated and then you were having us wittled down to 30 million after just two seasons out of the champions league. It just didn’t add up for me any of it really like you made a compelling argument for the money going out of the club but it’s almost like you didn’t factor in the money coming in. But sure we’ll see next summer what’s going to happen. I’ll be pretty confident that Arsenal football club won’t have just 30 million odd cash reserves in 2019.

  6. Marko

    Must say I like the squad for the Mordor FC game. Only one to really worry about is Holding the rest are getting some much needed rest for the Spurs game

  7. Jamie

    Arsenal FC’s financials for 2017 showed a cash balance (“excluding the accounts designated as debt service reserves”) of over £144m. With those other accounts, it’s even higher.

    Arsenal FC make an operating profit every year, even without CL money and paying Ozil £15m annually.

    Respectfully, it isn’t up to us to prove a negative. The burden of proof falls on whoever announced our farcical £30m transfer budget to make the point clearly.

    We all get our numbers from google irrespective of what we do for 12-14 hours a day. Unless you’re crunching in-the-know numbers to which none of us are privy. If that’s the case, please show us the source.

  8. Marc

    TR7

    I wouldn’t argue on your analysis on the accounts, I’m not an accountant my only question is the loss of CL money for Arsenal tied in with the last TV deal which increased PL club revenues by a crazy amount. If I remember correctly the top 25 richest clubs chart in the world included all of the 20 PL clubs all due to TV money.

    The new TV deal should have negated the loss of CL money, obviously it would have weakened us against the other clubs now receiving CL money but it should allow us to continue as before give or take.

  9. TR7

    ‘Arsenal FC make an operating profit every year, even without CL money and paying Ozil £15m annually.’

    Operating profit and cash flow are different beasts all together. You can have operating profit in a financial year yet your cash reserves can deplete. In fact that was the case in the 6 month financial ending Nov 2017.

  10. gambon

    Tr7

    Your logic and analysis was completely flawed.

    You assumed we are buying players out of cash reserves from 2017.

    You have also completely ignored the 57m+ of new revenue we have added recently.

    The club have spent £60m net in the last 2 years so there won’t be a huge amount owing on transfers.

    Next year our revenue, even in the EL will be £440m against likely costs of £320m, with significant positive cash flow.

    The problem is I would imagine you’re looking at it from an accounting POV, which means you’re including amortization as a cost.

    For example we’re still amortising the cost of Ozil, Mustafi, Xhaka and others even though the fee was paid long ago.

  11. Jamie

    Right, you can deplete cash and make a profit – in this instance when you invest cash reserves into assets.

    So I better understand, by how much have we depleted our last reported cash reserves of £144m (plus apparently over £50m for debt servicing)?

  12. alexanderhenry

    Marko

    Well, yes but we were still a top two to three side in 2006.
    We are not that now.
    Arsenal’s decline began in earnest from when Stan got invloved. We fell out of the running in PL, were nowhere near signing the best players and were unable even to keep our own top players at the club.

    I’m being generous when I say I struggle to find anything positive in the Kroenke years- so far.

    Regarding this season, Emery has had a great start. I think he looks like an excellent manager. I like him . Let’s see where we end up.

  13. Marc

    alexanderhenry

    Do you not also see a correlation between your dates and the move to the new stadium as well has the sudden inflation caused by Abramovich at Chelsea?

  14. TR7

    ‘ The problem is I would imagine you’re looking at it from an accounting POV, which means you’re including amortization as a cost.’

    If you look at the unaudited no for the 6 months ending Nov 2017, group turnover was 181 M. Expenses without amortization cost was 168 M and thus an operating profit of 12 M.

    If you take in to account amortization cost of players, operating expenses shoot up to 212 million and we register a net operating loss of 30M.

    In the cash flow statement, cash inflow from operating activities is close to 15M means we had a net negative cash inflow.even when we ignored amortization cost.

    As.for your estimated/projected revenue numbers, I did say in my post that my calculations were based on the assumption that our top line would follow historical trend.

  15. mysticleaves

    Marc,

    Cheers, looking forward to competing for the title this season or next.

    Bamford

    ‘Klopp, Simeone, Jardim and Ranieri all won titles with clubs with more limited resources than the biggest-spending clubs in their leagues. There is no reason that we cannot do the same.”

    Right. we can win 1 title in 10 years, that’s exactly what I have been saying.

  16. gambon

    TR7

    We have significantly increased revenues.

    Namely:

    £30m pa from Adidas deal compared to Puma
    £12m from new Emirates deal
    £10m from Visit Rwanda
    £5m from extra 1000 club level seats

    There is also a new TV deal that I haven’t included as it isn’t yet known, but there will likely be an increase, especially for the big 6 as the overseas growth is not going to be shared evenly any more.

    As for the accounts, the interim always make bad reading due to the timing of cash flows.

    Our accounts for the 17-18 season aren’t public yet, but are due in on Friday, so we will know a bit more then.

  17. alexanderhenry

    Marko

    Yes, but I also see a correlation between those dates and arsenal’s net spend during that period- up until 2014 roughly.

  18. Nelson

    Spurs rests Eriksen, Son and Dier. They have Vertonghen back. I wouldn’t mind they won this game. Then they still have something to fight for in the last game. A tie and they are OUT.

  19. Dissenter

    Europa league is going to be impossible to win at this rate.
    Teams will have to deploy full strength starting 11 to stand a chance.

  20. TR7

    Gambon

    ‘Next year our revenue, even in the EL will be £440m against likely costs of £320m, with significant positive cash flow.’

    ‘As for the accounts, the interim always make bad reading due to the timing of cash flows.’

    I kind of merged excerpts from two different posts of yours in my mind and tried to validate it by looking at audited numbers of FY 2017, not interim but final audited numbers.

    Interestingly, turnover of Arsneal holdings plc was 422 M and operating expenses.was 372 M. These numbers are very close to your projections for FY 2018 (440 and 320). Yet our net cash flow for FY 2017 was (46M) that is depletion of cash reserves by 46M. Of course not suggesting the cash outflow will be anywhere close to that number in FY 2018 but makes me.susceptible about the claims of a.significant cash inflow. We will see.

  21. Leedsgunner

    Vorskla now saying they are unsure they will be able to play as they have not received confirmation from the new venue about their willingness to host them.

    Europa League is being devalued even more, game by game.

  22. Marko

    Well, yes but we were still a top two to three side in 2006.
    We are not that now.
    Arsenal’s decline began in earnest from when Stan got invloved. We fell out of the running in PL, were nowhere near signing the best players and were unable even to keep our own top players at the club.

    Right so he took full control in 08 our last league title was 03/04 season and we went from 04/05 to 13/14 trophyless we already stopped winning trophies for like 3/4 years before he got involved. We also sold Petit and Overmars 01 season and Vieira 05/06 summer. Basically we had already started selling our star players before him and let’s be honest we have never really competed for star signings under Wenger. Truth is there is an obvious correlation between someone and our decline you may not be willing to say who that is or unwilling to admit it but it doesn’t change the fact.

  23. gambon

    TR7

    We spent £102m (cash) on useless players in FY17

    Which kind of backs up my point about our likely budget next summer.

    Our financial situation next season is going to be very similar to where it was in FY17

    We also spent about £15-20m capex on the Academy and Training ground upgrades.

  24. Marc

    Leeds

    For once I don’t think you can blame UEFA about devaluing the EL. Neither Vorskla nor UEFA were complicit in placing Ukraine under marshal law.

    I actually think UEFA are trying to be fair, keep the match on whilst keeping Arsenal in the capital which should be more stable cancelling (which would suit me no end) just adds fuel to what could be a terrible fire in a political sense.

    The best all round solution would be to send the Spud’s first team out there – I hear a Russian gulag is lovely at this time of year.

  25. Marc

    Pedro

    On a PC at least the names etc save however if you close out you need to re check the save my name box when you come back on.

    At least we all know what to get you fro Christmas.

  26. TR7

    Gambon

    ‘We spent £102m (cash) on useless players in FY17 Which kind of backs up my point about our likely budget next summer.’

    But we were sitting on a.cash reserve of 144M.then , we won’t.be anywhere near that number in FY 2018. Our P&L may be similar to what it was in FY2017 though.

  27. Marc

    Leeds

    Part of me wants to say anyone who was stupid enough to get tickets is just a clear demonstration of Darwinian evolution on the other hand they are Gooner’s.

    A bigger question is should UEFA allow matches in certain countries / areas of the world.

  28. Guns of SF

    Pedro
    On Firefox IOS, you constantly have to keep checking the save my name box or next time you need to redo your credentials

  29. Bamford10

    Alexanderhrnry

    Correlation is not causation, and simply citing the date of Kroenke’s take-over is correlation alone, not causation. To get causation, you need to cite specific things Kroenke has done to hold Arsenal Football Club back, something you’ve never been able to do.

    In truth we were an irrelevant, also-ran over the past ten years because the game evolved but Wenger didn’t evolve with it, not because we happened to be owned by Stan Kroenke.

  30. Nelson

    I predict the following 8 third place teams:

    Napoli (Liverpool will beat them at home)
    Galatasaray
    Benifica
    Shakhtar (Lyon will beat them)
    Plzeri (better goal diff.)
    Valencia
    Brugge
    Spurs ( They’ll lose to Barca)

    We need to win the group tomorrow to avoid meeting those teams too soon.

  31. alexanderhenry

    We can go round and round on this, but surely some of you can admit that the owner of our great club bears at least some responsibility for its recent decline.
    Hands off owner or not, it’s his club.

    It baffles me why some of you insist on giving him a free pass.
    It’s as if wenger had put some kind of hex on him.

    Anyway, he’s in complete control now and wenger is gone so let’s see what happens.
    The early signs are positive.

  32. DaleDaGooner

    The Europa League is shaping up to be difficult compared to last season. Liverpool, Spuds, Chavs all in the way it stands

  33. Marko

    We can go round and round on this, but surely some of you can admit that the owner of our great club bears at least some responsibility for its recent decline.
    Hands off owner or not, it’s his club

    About as close as you’re going to get to admitting that you were talking shite all day. Again can’t really blame him for the decline it’s all Arsene. Now that he’s gone we’re going to find out what kind of an owner Stan is or how bad he is. Not that it’s going to matter because you’ve already made your mind up about him Alex. And that’s okay

  34. Dissenter

    The prize money from the Europa league will be paltry, even by Europa league standards if Liverpool and Spuds join Arsenal and Chelsea.
    Four clubs from the same country sharing the same tiny pot.

  35. alexanderhenry

    Marko

    ‘Shite’ is it?
    The idea that the owner of a club ultimately bears responsibility for that club’s fortunes. I can’t believe you’re naive enough to think otherwise.
    But then again maybe the dastardly wenger put poor old Kroneke into some kind of hypnotic trance at a board meeting in 2007. You never know.

    Also, unless old Stan has had some kind of epiphany, we’re not going to ‘find out what kind of owner he is’. We already know.
    Maybe you haven’t been paying attention for the past ten years.

    Let’s leave it there.

  36. Pedro

    Alex,

    He’s the kind of owner that spends what we have.

    He hired in a group of people who know how to spend better.

    We’ll have to go through the process of being a selling club until we can get to Liverpool levels of commercials.

    There is no withholding money from Stan K. He just doesn’t put in like the sheikhs do.

    We have a huge wage bill, an unreal net spend considering how shite we’ve been and the accounts indicate we spend what we earn.

    That’s what kind of an owner he is.

  37. Marko

    When arsenal returns to the position it was in before kroenke bought into the club.We were very good before Stan got involved, then we got a lot worse.

    This is what I term shite talk. We had already stopped competing for league titles and were a few years into the 9 years without a trophy stuff and were already selling our star players before Stan got his hands on the club. I mean I don’t even like the guy he’s a greedy thieving Republican what’s to like but you’re trying to rewrite history here in either an attempt to absolve Wenger of any blame or to put it all on a person who you simply do not like. Again you’re well within your right to hate him that’s fine but facts are facts and he was not responsible for the decline at Arsenal football club because it had already started.

    we’re not going to ‘find out what kind of owner he is’. We already know.
    Maybe you haven’t been paying attention for the past ten years.

    I’m acutely aware of the last 10 years. Signs of improvement in the last 4 months? What’s changed? Can’t put my finger on it… not a change in owner

  38. alexanderhenry

    Marko

    ‘Again can’t really blame him for the decline it’s all Arsene.’

    That’s as ‘shite’ as it gets for me.

    Still, I hope you’re right. Maybe Stan has changed. Maybe he’s going to be more committed to arsenal achieving success and doing the utmost to bring that about.

    We shall see.

  39. Marko

    Again can’t really blame him for the decline it’s all Arsene.’That’s as ‘shite’ as it gets for me.

    And there it is. About as honest as you’re going to get. Literally met with facts and you’re throwing up “alternative facts”. I think you and Stan would actually get along. But sure we’ll see how the club gets on under him now that the the more obvious problem is gone from the club.

  40. Freddie Ljungberg

    Looks like it’s working fine on android too, even got rid of the “comment here” text so no need to delete that anymore.

    Great job Pedro.

  41. Emiratesstroller

    Pedro

    I have listened to your Podcast and would make following points:

    1. Lucas Perez was SOLD to West Ham last summer and signed a 3 year contract. That was according to official statement published by West Ham.

    2. Whilst I appreciate that several players at the club are on inflated wages
    considering their actual worth I don’t believe that the total spend at £210
    million is as unrealistic as you suggest. Arsenal’s last published revenues are
    higher than Chelsea, Liverpool and of course Spurs.

    3. I am sure that Arsenal will be able to adjust the inflated wages that we pay
    players in the next couple of years. Cech, Monreal, Lichsteiner, Ramsey and
    Welbeck contracts all end next summer. Ospina, Koscielny and Jenkinson
    the year after. I would also expect a couple of other players to be sold e.g. Chambers and Elneny who are clearly surplus to requirements.

    4. Ash made a lot of sensible comments not least about the quality of individual players. I am sure that Ozil has not been dropped as many seem to
    think. He will play on Sunday. Personally I would keep Welbeck and extend his contract provided that he recovers from serious injury. He is good value
    for money as a third string striker.

    5. Players like Smith-Rowe and Nketiah should follow the same route as Reiss
    Nelson and loaned out to clubs who will play them regularly. At Arsenal they
    would remain bench players over next two years.

  42. Pedro

    EmiratesStroller, thanks for the correction on Perez, I thought he was on loan.

    I thought you’d like the Aash comments on Ozil. He’s a big fan. I’m still not sure on him ever hitting the levels again.

    Good point on the kids, a year out on loan will do them wonders. Smith Rowe was tapped up by Thierry, that would have been great for him!

    ALSO: I fixed the comment issue, clear your cache and check the box below to keep your deets filled in.

  43. mysticleaves

    Pedro for president….. thumbs.

    “We’ll have to go through the process of being a selling club until we can get to Liverpool levels of commercials.”

    Been saying all along we won’t compete for titles in a while yet. The PL is the hardest it has been ever. We derided Wenger (rightly for nicking top 4 because he could have done more) but now Top 4 will be a real trophy now for us.

  44. Graham62

    Liverpool have definitely lost their spark.

    Final game against Napoli should be a belter. Winner takes all game.

    See Napoli scoring.

    As for Spuds, Barcelona will undoubtedly rest players so not an impossibility.

  45. Un na naai

    I hope spurs do it
    I like them. They’re a good club. They run themselves organically and within their financial means and very importantly, they blood young English players
    Probably the most prominent side for the England team at the moment and if we all took a leaf from their bookour clubs and national sides would be in a much better state.

  46. Un na naai

    Ah wicked
    Don’t have to put my details in any more
    Blinding.
    Now I can annoy Bamford and marko on the regular again

    Woop

  47. Bob N16

    I hope Spurs….join us in the Europa Cup, lose their next 15 games, are unable to move into their new stadium until 2020 and have to sell all their best players for cut price fees due to a catastrophic financial position.