Premier League debut mooted as defensive worries mount

by & filed under News Review.

I tell you what, I’ve been listening to a lot of classical music this year. I’m not sure if that’s a sign of age, or that I feel disenchanted by the constant bickering between Kanye and Drake. Can’t you both just be friends?

Anyway, big up the classical music scene. Some absolute bangers from John Adams and Tchaikovsky pulling me through this post.

I know that it upsets people that I use references of the not-so-distant past to frame up where we are now, but look, for context, I’m the kind of guy who will make a beeline for a work colleague on a packed train, just to acknowledge that I have seen them… even if they are avoiding eye contact with headphones on. Simply put, I’m going to compare Wenger to Emery for at least another year, so get used to it.

Unai Emery showed exactly how different the mentality at the club is these days.

“I think we are doing our way and improving, but the reality is that we need more.

“Our ideas and work with the players is to learn together. All of us can give everybody new ideas.

“I think the players are open to listening to us about our new tactical work with our analysis in videos. We need to do this work quickly, but we also need patience.

If this had been 2 years ago, we’d be talking about winning the league and the big twitter accounts would be digging up tweets from 7 years ago gleefully proclaiming the victory was theirs!

Not anymore. Our manager is a pragmatist very much anchored to reality. We’re in 5th position, that’s not good enough, and even though we’re not losing, we could be doing better.

That’s a great attitude. That’s a message to players that complacency won’t be tolerated, nor will premature-back patting. We’ve achieved nothing this season and we’re still a long way off the levels City and Liverpool are bringing to the table.

This season is fierce, so many teams are on an absolute rampage. Spurs and City won again, Liverpool is likely to decapitate Jose Mourinho tomorrow when they host his shit-housing-extraordinaires. We have to keep up the pace, there’s no room for dropped points and that sort of pressure is hard to deal with.

It’s going to be very tough tomorrow against Southampton. You have a group of players who are under a new coach who is far smarter than Mark Hughes, so there’s an extra level of intrigue there. We also have a very old defence that is so worrying, you’d have to imagine even Southampton will fancy their chances. We could be rolling out with Hector, Lichtsteiner, Monreal and Koscielny. Two of those haven’t rocked a 90minutes in a while.

It’ll be very interesting to see how Emery deals with that. Do we sit slightly deeper to avoid counters, or do we just play the way we have been all season and try and drop them in the second half after going a goal down? I’d imagine there will be a tactical consideration here, because it does feel like we’re very exposed.

There are some rumours that are being fueled by Auba’s Instagram that suggest we could counter the age issue at the back by fielding Zech Medley. The U23 defender came into the side midweek and impressed in the second half. It’s risky, but these young players need game time if they’re to progress, and there’s no better way to know if a player can handle the pressure other than utilising them in an emergency.

Mesut Ozil will be back in contention for the game after a being out for a few weeks with back spasms, so we’ll see if the coach fancies him in the first team so soon… I’d imagine he’ll be benched and eased back into the first team. Aaron Ramsey is available again, which is great news. I do wonder if he’ll continue to be benched. We all want him to play, but it doesn’t make sense to get the fans used to his presence if we’re going to try and bin him in 3 weeks time.

There’s also the big NLD game that’ll be on the players minds. Spurs in the league cup on Wednesday is technically not as important as Southampton, but it’s huge one for the fans. How hard is Emery planning on going for that game? Is his priority #top4… or a trophy at any cost? So many decisions to be made!

Finally, just a few other items I wanted to check off.

People bringing Ashley Cole into the Sterling row are desperately revising history. He was an absolute darling of Arsenal football club until he betrayed Arsene Wenger in a shady backroom deal with Mourinho which he claimed was accidental. His book quotes were an abomination and a total embarrassment even for a mollycoddled footballer. Factor in the countless PR gaffs he brought on himself… like cheating on his wife with a hairdresser.

“We started having sex then he just rolled over and vomited on the floor all over the cream carpet, it was disgusting.”

“He had some mouthwash then jumped back into bed. We started having sex again but his mates piled into the room.”

For most men, that’s game over, so I have to give him credit for plowing on and being a solutions-oriented kind of guy… however, when you’re married to the most famous woman in Britain, you really can’t complain about bad press, especially when you sell your wedding to gossip magazines for a £1m.

Oh, he also shot an intern with an air rifle from 5 feet.

ALSO: Pavon and De Ligt being linked to Arsenal. Unrealistic, but damn exciting regardless!

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

P.S. I ran into an original Le Grove commenter in a New York laundry yesterday. The world is a small place when you’re a gooner!

970 Responses to “Premier League debut mooted as defensive worries mount”

Jump to comment form ↓

  1. Joe

    I’m not Ramsey’s biggest fan, but how how emery brings on Ozil instead of Ramsey especially after the way Ramsey has played as a sub. That was an error by emery.

    I mean you do expect something more from a 300k a week, World Cup winning player but we all know that ship has sailed

    Well except Pierre and ES.

    But Pierre still thinks Wenger was an elite manager.

  2. Dissenter

    When Ozil cape to Arsenal, many wanted him to succeed so much that they will highlight the pre-assist if Ozil passed a ball that was shipped in and resulted in a goal.
    They it became the pre- pre-assist , now all it takes is a debatable cross and a dummy move.
    Yuuuup Ozil had a good game.

  3. Joe

    Dissenter.

    A big NO to the ox.

    There are literally 1000s of players out there why would we bring one back that didn’t work for us before

  4. Redtruth

    The board hire a top director and put him in charge of a church fete
    Emery has got the max out of this jumble sale crew.
    Now it’s up to the board, to either shape up or ship out.

  5. Marko

    They have something negative to say even when he does not play.

    You mean like when he fakes an “illness” or a “back ache” so he doesn’t play? How dare we

  6. Champagne charlie

    Tr7

    Yea that wasn’t my fave strategy either, tend to think Xhaka and Torreira need cemented at the base of midfield come what may.

    Why was Elneny deployed as makeshift CB as he has been previously? That’s my issue with him, he offers nothing, literally nothing. Xhaka pulled out of midfield upset matters there for me, and he’s not helping much at CB.

    Shaquiri was a miss for us, great squad player and would’ve offered a nice alternative to the static forward line we have. Instant impact in this game

  7. TR7

    Emirtaes

    We could have gone for.a.back 4 of Bellerin, Koss,.Monreal and AMN. Even Elneny could have slotted in. Playing Xhaka in defense was.unnecessary.

  8. raptora

    Put in perspective that I’d have Shaqiri every single time ahead of Ozil and you see how dire the twat has been. None of the bug-eyed laziness. None.

    Shaqiri, a £13m transfer, at £90k per week.

    Says it all really.

  9. Joe

    Red

    Kos has been shit for years. A 7 month lay off wasn’t going to make him better.

    It was an accident waiting to happen but emery had no choice

  10. Dissenter

    Shaquiri was the bargain of the season
    Would he have chosen us ahead of Liverpool?

    I’m not sure.
    There was some uncertainty about Arsenal this summer but to all the transitions.

  11. Emiratesstroller

    Raptora

    I made absolutely no reference today good or bad about Ozil in the first post I
    made about the game at 16.57

    It was you who brought me into the discussion about Ozil at 17.01 as though I
    had suggested that he had a good game.

    My reaction is that you and others write obsessively complete nonsense about
    too many players more often than not when they are not to blame with what
    happened in a game.

    Ozil was not remotely at fault for what happened today and frankly Ramsey’s
    inclusion would not have made a difference to the goals we conceded.

  12. Marko

    Makeshift defence or not, we were facing Southampton not Barcelona..

    Very true. Injuries and suspensions aside we haven’t defended well for years. We simply have some very poor defenders and things won’t change until we bring in better ones.

    Liverpool 3-1. Watch United bring on another Fellaini…

  13. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Stroller
    17.36.40

    Ozil was not remotely at fault for what happened today and frankly Ramsey’s
    inclusion would not have made a difference to the goals

    Indeed he very well was
    That nonchelant dummy that did not Fool anyone … To little to often gives nothing

    Take the hit an lose in January … Offers nothing but money loss

  14. Samesong

    Two lucky goals to be honest
    Both shots were savable but for the deflections

    Liverpool kept applying the pressure so not surprised on the goals.

  15. Marc

    RSPC

    The Spud’s are severely retarded and deluded but I can sleep safely at night knowing one of them isn’t going to break into my house and kill me. Can’t say the same about Scousers.

  16. Dissenter

    We will all be in trouble should Liverpool win the league.
    It will an endless cacophony of nonsense from their pundits and fans for the next decade.

  17. raptora

    How can these two people be happy with Ozil’s input when they see what a commitment and class a £13m player has compared to this grossly overpaid primadonna. It’s utter madness really how he’s not ousted by the fans and management. Guy is not bothered to play football but gets his fat paycheck. And Pierre and Stroller here are applauding him. What do you expect when they were doing the same with Wenger. Some things never change, huh…

  18. Marc

    Apparently the ManU board are looking for a stamp to put Mourinho’s P45 in the post.

    Just can’t see how he survives this after all the recent results / antics.

  19. TR7

    CC

    Shaquri scores yet again

    I was.ridiculed when I said Shaquiri could add 15 goals.to Liverpool when they signed him in the summer. People said he had never scored 15 playing as a regular 11, what chance did he have scoring 15 coming off the bench at Liverpool . Well he always had good skills, it’s just that he never played in a team as good and attacking as Klopp’s Liverpool.

  20. Dissenter

    Samesong
    “‘applying pressure” … yes
    Cant argue that the two goals were from wicked deflecting. De Gea would have comfortably saved the shots without the deflections.

  21. Marc

    “What happened? Did a scouser fly halfway across the world to steal your maple syrup and impregnate your moose?”

    It was a very special moose and a virgin at that – he’d been saving himself!

  22. Joe

    Brit

    I know you don’t have any friends so you wouldn’t know what it would I be like to banter with friends who support Liverpool and how they would go on about it for years and years.

    Back into your hole muppet

  23. Samesong

    “What happened? Did a scouser fly halfway across the world to steal your maple syrup and impregnate your moose?”

    I reckon the Canada goose jacket got nicked.

  24. Joe

    Pedro

    I think this Brit cunt is the cunt you banned a few weeks back. Auburgine or whatever the fuck his handle was that week

  25. Champagne charlie

    Tr7

    I’m really surprised we overlooked him, and it was certainly a case of that vs him desperately wanting Liverpool. We had Xhaka and Licht as Swiss counterparts to welcome him in, I don’t imagine for a second he would’ve been a tough transfer.

    I’ll foolishly reserve judgement under the pretence that Ousmane Dembele is on his way and we can’t afford both… lol

  26. Marc

    So you are the ManU board – Mourinho has to go no argument – but what do you do. If as reported the Poch is their number 1 target do you sack Mourinho now and put in a caretaker or wait until the summer. As bad as Mourinho is / has become you’d have to think he hasn’t completely lost the plot, can a caretaker do better. Also what do you do in Jan? You can’t buy Mourinho targets the new manager might not want them and they don’t have a DOF to oversee things. What a fucking shambles.

  27. Champagne charlie

    This should put the nail in the coffin for Mourinho, United vs Liverpool is a classic and it’s no more competitive than Liverpool vs Everton currently..

    19 points ahead of them with this win. Unreal

  28. TR7

    United really look like a mid table club, so far behind City, Pool ,Totts despite spending billions. Mourinho very lucky to still be at the helm.

  29. DaleDaGooner

    Wenger obsessives
    Ozil obsessives
    Iwobi obsessives
    Perfect Arsenal fandom

    To be honest, I never wanted or understand why we signed Mesut Ozil. We needed a striker then and we shouldn’t have signed him.

  30. Cesc Appeal

    I cannot wait for United to appoint one of the class of 92 as interim manager and the second he chalks up a win have all the media saying ‘do United have their own Guardiola?’

  31. Guns of SF

    when has Ozil been an impact player- let alone a sub?
    Emery messed this one up. Ozil is just being Ozil. For emery to think that he would spark us, was a mistake. Now its confirmed.
    The team did not play well and Ozil was not the reason we lost. No one is saying that. However he did not help when we needed it. 20 mins and no spark.
    Its becoming a serious conundrum for the team. I do wonder what the teammates really think… we have some younger and better players waiting for their chance..
    To persist with Ozil is pointless. I actually wonder what would be the “type” of game, we would use him in? When we are winning by 2 goals? Sub him in? Maybe that is the only way

  32. Guns of Hackney

    Man you will come out of this just fine. They are rich and not afraid to spend it…every manager in the world will fancy a crack at it. Players are still into United.

    They are still a global power.

  33. Joe

    Dale

    Because wenger was too stupid to spend a
    Little extra to get Suarez.

    Too stupid to spend a little extra to get higuain.

    Don’t try to understand it. Wenger failed us. Over and over

  34. Cesc Appeal

    Guns of SF

    The defence of Ozil is exactly the same as the defence of Wenger now.

    I’ve said for a couple of years that Ozil is the embodiment of Wenger’s ideas about football, seems fitting it is mostly those who defended Wenger who now defend Ozil. It’s like the last symbol of his tyranny.

  35. Pedro

    Joe, it’s a big New York brand as well.

    I have their shop very close to where I live, I hear the protesters every weekend. Fuckers…

  36. Guns of SF

    i sure hope that he gets sold in Jan. Hell that this point, give Rambo a new offer and see if he takes it. Get rid of ozil. his salary is like 3 really good players in oen.

    Cesc- he is the lingering stench of wenger. and Ivan the rat. I do wonder what Sven and Raul were secretly thinking at the time? Newbies had to sit on their hands I guess

  37. WengerEagle

    Southampton of all places is where were finally beaten, smh.

    Still leaking like a sieve at the back regardless of personnel. Can’t be shipping 3 goals to a side that were averaging well below a goal a game, inexcusable even with injuries.

    Too many draws in that unbeaten run anyway so not completely a terrible thing that it has come to an end, snaps us back to reality a bit because it’s not like we were anywhere near Liverpool or City anyway.

  38. Thorough

    I’m sorry Emery has to make do with some shifty players but seriously today’s on his total lack of balls.
    Iwobi has to be the worst shooter of the ball I’ve seen in a long while, immediately we equalized he ballooned what should have been the 3rd go. Some of us will rather watch Saka or any other academy player rather than someone that’s proven over and over he’s shite. He even tried Niles on the wings on Thursday and that totally changed our attack. Why not today?
    And enough of this keeping our powders du shite, if Lacazete is in your best available starting 11 then put him on, I think we’ve not led at half time all season because Emery always keep something for the second half.
    And btw, if we are going to keep people on based on merit Cech starts the next game. Leno is so at fault for both their second and third goals, and that grates as much as him being unable to talk to his defenders or his inability to deal with crosses. Shite show all around.

  39. Guns of SF

    Samesong
    I agree. Not sure of the hype around him.He looked really nervous and TBH ive not been that impressed overall.

  40. Cesc Appeal

    Emery gets a pass with transfers until his actions show us otherwise. The reason we all groaned with Wenger was because a decade of cowardice and failure showed us what to expect after the ‘if we can find quality’ comments, the transfer set up at Arsenal now is very different.

    Three people with a big say.

  41. Marko

    Also got a Wengerish vibe from Emery’s comments about the TW which doesn’t bode well…

    To be fair the signings ain’t up to him. And also I’ve never heard Wenger talking about looking at CB’s after one (Holding) goes down long term

  42. Cesc Appeal

    ‘Yep. Emery is saying the Kroenkes don’t want to give him the cash for what’s needed’

    Don’t think that is what he is saying at all.

    Massive leap.

  43. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Sorry eagle

    Also got a Wengerish vibe from Emery’s comments about the TW which doesn’t bode well…

    Not understand ING

  44. WengerEagle

    CA

    I get that and it’s only fair that we give him the benefit of the doubt as he isn’t linked to AW or our past TW inaction but it’s still a pretty discouraging thing to hear after a defeat which once again exposes our lack of quality, isn’t it?

    We’re not going to beat Spurs and Chelsea to the punch unless we add a bit of quality in January.

  45. GuNZ

    I have awoken this morning from an extremely drunken Sunday sesh to discover I am in a parallel universe. Arsenal lost? To Southampton? I shall go back to bed for a couple of hours and hopefully wake up to the real world where we won 1-4 and I can go collect my $146 from the bookies.

  46. Cesc Appeal

    WE

    I agree.

    But it would have been very Mourinho to say ‘you’re telling me, we need to spend about £200 Million and bring in an entirely new defence, ship that lazy pussy out’ etc.

    The encouraging thing is a Sanllehi interview a couple of months back saying they are aware our results are exceeding our performances and quality. Arsenal scouts are being widely reported to have attended a lot of games around Europe scouting different players and I have more confidence in a set up where Sanllehi and Mislintat are concerned with acquisitions and on field quality.

    Venkatehsam is doing Gazidis’ role as a money man. In the old days it was someone like him but mainly an old, has been, cowardly manager calling the shots.

    They are clearly smart football men, if we’re all watching knowing Ozil is a giant pussy, that our attacking midfield is nowhere near good enough, that we have no wingers, that our defence is suspect they all are too.

  47. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Guns

    Hackney…aka Boris

    Annals eat humans

    Humans eat animals …

    Circle of life

    Well not fucking Elton John’s one ..

    Me daughter a veggie as well
    So I know what you going through

  48. Guns of SF

    I always hear about our youngsters- most of the ones I know of are the attackers. DO we have any youth defenders besides Mavro that we can utilize? Are there any good ones coming up? I have no clue of the youth defender situation

  49. raptora

    Maybe should have started 4-4-2 which people have been crying about for a long time.

    Had a Wenger vibe today as well. Sending Ozil in today after saying what you did after the Bournemouth game was an absolute disgrace, contradicting your own words, and it proved fatal in the end.

    Also hoping that you’ll get the same penetration with Nacho in for Kolasinac was clutching at straws. Kola is the only reason to play with wing backs. Else better go with 4 in defence and play Laca and Auba.

  50. Cesc Appeal

    Yeah really disappointing Emery sent on Ozil after sending a very clear message.

    Emery watched everything he has said about him play out in front of his eyes.

  51. Bob N16

    Ozil haters are not close to what went wrong today. Emery misjudged his line up, blaming Ozil is narrative driven and wrong.

  52. Bob N16

    I was hoping Medley would play today, no more a gamble than playing Xhaka at CB. Maybe at 195 cm he might have cut out some crosses. Torreira looked a little tired and would have benefitted from Xhaka next to him. Emery is an improvement but he’s no messiah!

  53. Nelson

    Our team lives and dies with Auba. If Auba keeps missing all those chances, we will not make top 4. We don’t have enough quality players. Now that our players are falling out like flies, It may have something to do with Emery’s training method.

  54. Dissenter

    Nelson,
    “Our team lives and dies with Auba. If Auba keeps missing all those chances, we will not make top 4”

    Agreed
    Too many misses, he’s ponderous at times when a clean his=t may be enough.

  55. Ozy

    Let’s see what the whiniest, most negative supporters have to say about this game…

    – Ozil out, Shaqiri in?
    – Emery the new Wenger?
    – Southampton are the worst team in the world and us losing to them despite of our injury crisis in the back is the worst thing to have happened in the history of this club?

    Ah, same old Le Grove..

  56. Cesc Appeal

    ‘Ozil haters are not close to what went wrong today. Emery misjudged his line up, blaming Ozil is narrative driven and wrong.’

    Sigh.

    Don’t you throw around barbs about labels literally everyday? ‘Ozil haters’ is as lazy an effort as Ozil gives.

    He isn’t good enough, he doesn’t fit Emery’s system, he’s a lazy coward and today he needlessly gave the ball away that led to their goal having spent 15 minutes doing nothing aside from dummying a ball for Aubameyang.

    We pay that c**t £350 000 a week.

  57. Goonah

    Zech Medley could have started at CB. He made 2 very impressive cameos in Europa L. Very assured on the ball for such a big kid.

    AMN is a big worry, still plays way too casual. No improvement what so ever. He will fizzle out to nothing if he doesn’t knuckle down and work harder

  58. Dissenter

    The failure to sack Mourhino is worse than anything Mourhino does.
    What a shambles.
    Mr Woodward needs to be sacked as well.

  59. Bob N16

    Redruth, weather is shit in the North west but you can’t deny Liverpool, Man City and Man U are successful teams. Players are not quite as soft centred as you imply.

  60. Kayciey

    Ozil was not at fault for today’s results. He should have started the game. Him and Ramsey. Emery should have played Elneny at the back and Xhaka in the midfield. Iwobi and Guendouzi are average as at now…..maybe they’ll come good in future. Emery is to blame for the results anyway.

  61. Bob N16

    Bitching about AMN, really? Focus your ire on more relavent targets. A youngster who has come on as a sub is not really that significant. He’s barely played this season and his contribution today was not significant either negatively or positively. Offloading on him is ridiculous.

  62. Guns of SF

    All I know is that Licht cannot be trusted for a long time….
    another injury waiting to happen and slow as molasses

  63. Bob N16

    ‘I can almost say that I despise scousers
    Almost as much as akbsAlmost.’

    Joe, says a lot about your perspective on things, your divisiveness on Arsenal supporters is bullshit. Despising is ridiculous anyway, have you met a scouser in your whole life? Ridiculous rhetoric says more about you than any opinion you may have.

  64. Joe

    Bob

    Are you illiterate?

    Are you just stupid?

    Go up and read my post above

    You just made yourself look a real tit

    More so than usual. Which is hard to do

    And it’s morons like you who divide arsenal because you chose to support Wenger over arsenal. Chose what’s best for wenger than what’s best for arsenal.

    You divided arsenal. Not me

    Back in your hole wanker

  65. Bob N16

    Cesc, what’s your problem? Would you prefer me saying ‘people who don’t rate Ozil’ than ‘Ozil haters’? Surely that’s splitting hairs….

  66. Joe

    Says a lot of my perspective

    Haha you drama queen. Are you half-ret*arded.

    This is a football blog full of banter you moron. That you take shit written as serious gospel show your maturity level

  67. Samesong

    Spongebob I don’t personally see AMN as a great prospect at all. Don’t care whether he’s played 50 games. Too laid back for me.

  68. Samesong

    You come on le grove and don’t rate a player your called a hater

    Ped you should add that to the rules if you say you think a players shit with good reason your a player hater.

  69. Cesc Appeal

    Bob N16

    My problem is you spend a mass of time talking about people using terms like ‘AKB’ and Wenger lovers etc but the second you find criticism of a player that you don’t like you’ve done the same thing ‘Ozil haters’ peddling a ‘narrative’ to try and discredit what they are saying.

    You can’t have it both ways.

    Just don’t harp on about labels etc again.

  70. Joe

    Ozil haters.

    So ridiculous. Haha

    Because he’s been amazing for us hasn’t he bob

    Just like
    Wenger haters isn’t it

    You’re a fool.

    And clueless about football

  71. jwl

    “Maybe should have started 4-4-2 …”

    raptora – my only complaint about Emery is that he coach that has vision of how he wants to play and he is not thinking about best formation with players he has. I think 442 with diamond midfield would best utilize players we have, that defence today was dumb.

  72. Cesc Appeal

    I don’t know why Xhaka is taking stick online, asked to play CB and was better than Lichtsteiner and Kozz today.

  73. Receding Hairline

    Is there really anything admirable about a manager moaning about new players after a defeat?

    I mean was Emery supposed to come out and rubbish his players and tell the press he needs new ones?

    Klopp and Pep never did that, they quietly moved players on when they brought in better ones. Karius was defended by Klopp until the day he replaced him.

    I don’t get all this Wenger vibe talks. No manager rubbishes his players after they loose their first game since August in December.

  74. Cesc Appeal

    I still do think that we might sell one of Aubameyang or Lacazette, more likely the latter, you cannot have resources like that tied up in a player you won’t use regularly because you don’t play two up top when you could release them to pay the substantial fees for a CAM and LM/RM.

    It’s great having two good STs but when we’re counting every penny and have a back line that needs addressing, no good CAMs and no wingers then you have to make tough decisions.

  75. Cesc Appeal

    I think Emery was reasonable afterwards, he basically said, do that again and we won’t make 4th.

    You have to hope that privately he smacks around those that needs it and tells the higher ups the players he’s finished with, cough cough, Ozil.

  76. Bob N16

    Joe, really? You suggest I should be a more reflective and you post that! Wow!
    ‘Morons like you who divide arsenal’….. You fling shit, hoping it will stick.

    ‘You divided Arsenal, not me’. WTF are you talking about? Have you ever attended an Arsenal game? What a ****!

    I’ve supported `Arsenal since 1972, supported, sung up, rain or shine, home and away, and you have you the keyboard gall to suggest I’m a moron because I support Arsenal REGARDLESS OF WHO THE MANAGER IS.

    I don’t know how long you’ve supported Arsenal or how many games you’ve attended, or how many times you’ve stuck up for Arsenal in a bar. I don’t give a shit about your Arsenal ‘dick size’, but you will never convince me that because I didn’t slag off Wenger that I’m a lesser supporter than you.
    Have you ever really supported Arsenal? I mean really?

    Your symptomatic of all that is shit in the world right now, hate, hate, hate. ‘You don’t agree with me, I hate you’ WTF is wrong with you!

  77. WengerEagle

    RH

    How does letting the supporters know that you are looking to improve a squad that clearly needs improvement equate to ‘rubbishing’ the players?

    I’m sure the players recognise the need for new blood just as much as we do.

  78. Bob N16

    I think a target is needed. It’s clearly my turn. Have fun, but you’re going to have to get along without me, I’ve got better things to do that respond to your drivel.

    See yah, wouldn’t want to be yah!

  79. Pierre

    I did make.the point about 3 months ago that Emery is asking too much of our full /wing backs and the work load will take its toll.

    these are the injuries so far to our full backs in 4 and a half months.

    Bellerin twice.
    Lichsteiner…twice
    AMN…..once
    Monreal…once
    Kolasinac..twice.
    Jenkinson….once.

    Maybe I was correct in my assumption.

  80. Pedro

    Sorry about ol’ desperado Aubergine trying to sneak back in for the 15th time. He went to the effort of making up a fake email address last week.

    Dealt with.

  81. Pedro

    Joe / Bob, leave it.

    Ozil fanboys defending the indefensible again. Not unbelievable. Wenger was right. Fans support players these days. Hope they follow him to China.

  82. Joe

    Exactly Pedro

    It’s not working with Ozil

    He doesn’t make the team better.

    He’s not making players around him better as a player making 350k a week
    Should.

    It’s better to part ways

  83. Marko

    I did make.the point about 3 months ago that Emery is asking too much of our full /wing backs and the work load will take its toll.

    Christ you come out with some absolute shite. Yeah totally unheard of to ask your full backs to both defend and attack. Like it’s impossible…how

  84. WengerEagle

    Hope that it’s a strong XI Bamford, vital not to lose to the scum and we’re vulnerable coming off of a first loss in months so crucial not to let these creatures pile on and put the player’s on their arses from a morale POV.

  85. Pierre

    Joe
    “You ready to seeing Ozil get sold? Or would you rather we keep him ?”

    I would like to see Arsenal playing with a little more skill , intelligence and composure instead of running around like headless chickens ….there is no real structure to our forward play.

    If that involves ozil leaving then fair enough …. It seems like Emery believes iwobi is the man to bring creativity to the side or maybe he likes him because he looks busy on the pitch.

    Can’t understand why Lacazette is not starting up top as he links the play and brings others into the game…..but I suppose Emery knows best eh joe.

  86. Marko

    but I suppose Emery knows best eh joe.

    If he ends up replacing Ozil and Ramsey at Arsenal then yes he does. Pierre complaining about full backs having to defend and attack suggests he knows fuck all

  87. Receding Hairline

    The full backs at City , Spurs and Pool do a lot of getting up and down the flanks, funny they are not all crippled. If our fullbacks can’t handle the requirements of the modern game we replace them

    Eagle he doesn’t need to reassure anyone he is looking for better players at the end of a game just because we lost, talk about something else but that point is invalid. He has already said before the game we will look to bring in a new defender to cover holding

  88. Georgio

    To everyone going about saying Ozil did ‘nothing’ wrong today to be blamed for the loss…well that’s actually the problem..he did NOTHING!

    Our highest paid player was almost a passenger in the game! Add that to Auba clueless in 1vs1 situations.

    Don’t want to even talk about the woeful Kos and defense in general.

  89. Pierre

    Earlier in the season we were playing a back 4 and both our full backs were so far advanced at the same time that you would often see them in the opposition box at the same time..

    This being the case then obviously they would then need to get back to defend and then get forward to attack and then get back to defend and then get forward to attack ,normally to the opponents by line ….

    Hence they’re now ready for the knackers yard………as I (the know nothing) predicted 3 months ago.