NEW KITS NEW KITS NEW KITS

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I have to say SORRY for not attending the match review yesterday, I headed back to New York and didn’t have the time.

However, I did take in the Blackpool game. Miserable on so many levels, right? I’m not talking about the football, but more looking at a half-empty stadium half-full of fans who’ve been absolutely mugged off by that weird looking owner of theirs (defo wouldn’t want to peak at his internet history, or venture into his basement).

I’m not much of a protectionist, but I have to say, when it comes to football clubs, I really think the UK government should get involved to stop dickheads taking over and destroying things. I don’t know how you go about doing that, but football really is so much more than a business. It doesn’t even work like a business (clubs almost never die either). It’s all for the people and the communities. To do what he’s done is an assault on the town.

The game wasn’t up to much. Laurent K pulled out before the game throwing our defence into a shambles. I was surprised he didn’t opt for one of the kids to step into his shoes, but there you go.

It’s hard to lose your mind over a game against Blackpool, but it was thrilling to see Joe Willock grab two goals. I was a bit gutted for Eddie, he’s a very exciting player but he made some bad decisions in front of goal. He did work hard though, and here’s the important point: at least he was finding the positions and the runs to miss. Goals will come. Wouldn’t it be immense to have a striker in the ranks who could deliver that came from the academy? NOT HAPPENED IN OVER 30 YEARS.

Iwobi also had a positive impact on the game and I thought AMN looked very good in midfield in that more advanced position.

My big hope with the latest batch of young players coming through is that we see some growth with them towards the back end of the season. We can’t fall in love with another group only to see them all fuck off to Hull, Swansea and Birmingham (god damn it, I miss you Fran Merida). We have to see some progress, otherwise some serious questions need to be raised about the state of our academy. The production rate has been utterly pitiful over the last 20 years. The club need to move away from excuse making when it comes to the academy. Making it work is about hiring the best people, giving them the best young players and having a coaching setup that can build them into smart footballers and good humans.

KIT TIME:

Hmmm…

I was not immediately in the firm zone when I saw them.

However, the computer kits look nicer and I’m sure they’ll look way better on a human. A very solid start and the colours feel right, I like the blue that they’ve brought back into the mixer and you know they’ll make them to a high-quality (please, no plastic badge).

The Denis Suarez story continues to rumble on. Part of me feels a bit miffed that we’re losing someone like Ramsey and bringing in someone who feels less effective. However, hard to say Ramsey has had an impact on our season up until now. It’s not like we’re shipping out a powerhouse contributor to the first team. We’re hiring in a better technician out wide who can knit midfield and attack together with more efficiency. So really, it’s an upgrade on where we are.

I have no idea what we’re going to do with the defence. It’s clear that LK and NM are going to be injured most of the season. Mavrapanos needs to hurry up and get back into the squad and hopefully prove he’s more than a 4 game wonder. We were all very excited about him when he played last year. He’s very big, he’s quick on his feet and he has a lot of composure about his game. Forget that red card.

More and more, it looks like the second half of the season is going to be about stretching old men way too far, or blooding the kids and giving an honest appraisal of how hard we have to work the pound notes this summer.

I’m gunning for all the kids.

I really do detest the muppets online who try and destroy teenagers because they’re not Leo Messi after two games. Players rarely come fully formed. It takes time to adapt to the tactics, fitness levels and technical expectations of the league. The guys can grow if they’re given the chance. We can’t be writing them off after a dodgy touch in the FA Cup. Young players grow. Thierry Henry and PV04 were in no-mans-land before they came to us, then they exploded. Why? Because they were given room to grow.

I’d rather have a kid with a high ceiling than an expensive journeyman who has hit their peak.

Right, that’s me done, see you in the comments you beautiful people. x

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  1. Northbanker

    Anyone seen the Standard article on Edu joining us as Football Director? Wtf is that about and why do we need him AND Sanllehi?

  2. Joe

    CG blames emery for not signing up Ramsey and says should Have signed him up and then sell him.

    How’s that work again for all
    Our other overpaid babies?

    Jenkinson. Ozil. Etc. Because other teams want to buy our rejects on contracts that are double their worth.

    Makes sense

    You’re a bright one CG.

  3. Pierre

    I have said for a few months now that the ozil/Emery situation is similar to pogba/Jose situation.

    United fans got lucky ,the club have rid themselves of their problem and now pogba is showing what a good footballer he is with a manager who believes in him .

    It’s now just about biding our time with the ozil/Emery situation ….I know who the fans will back when push comes to shove , and it won’t be Emery.

  4. Charlie George

    Dissenter
    So the German scout and Raul have yanked the Ramsey contract

    Their combined prem league experience 6 months
    Ramsey 10 years.
    You talk about money
    Well, what the hell Raul and Sven are here for..?
    Biscuits.
    Like Ramsey
    Like u and me
    We want as much as we can.
    It’s called negotiation
    They have been inept, in the Ramsey withdrawn contract offer.
    Unarguable.

  5. Jim Lahey

    @Pierre –

    “….I know who the fans will back when push comes to shove , and it won’t be Emery.”

    Yes… it will be Emery… Most fans are sick to the back teeth with Ozil and his shit.

  6. Joe

    Yes Pierre

    We just need to get rid of Ozil

    Problem solved.

    Pierre how many managers do Ozil need to go through before he shows us how “good” he is.

  7. Marc

    Northbanker

    I’m just throwing this out there but maybe the Standard is guessing at what his job title will be? Maybe he’ll be head of South American scouting!

  8. Jim Lahey

    No problem with Edu returning, the more ex-Invincibles at the club the better. Like how Bayern have a number of ex-players on their board.

  9. Marc

    I think Pogba’s performances are more down to a major “fuck you” to Mourinho and being played in a position that suits him more than having a manager who believes in him.

  10. Joe

    Ramsey isn’t worth the 100k he’s on now. Never mind what he was asking

    Another over hyped Brit waste of money and space

    Our backroom staff earned their money by pulling the contact. Saved us millions by not re signing just another “Jack Wilshere”

    And if emery was part of the decision. Bravo

  11. Marc

    Charlie George

    If Ramsey wanted to stay so much why didn’t he sign the £180k a week contract during the several months it was on offer. What is he too fucking lazy?

  12. Joe

    Pierre

    If Ozil is as good as you think why isn’t any team trying to low ball us and get him from
    Us. I mean every team would know he’s not emery’s favourite and could be had cheap

    I mean being the best #10 in the world and Pierre’s #1 boy, would have every big team in the world chasing him

    But not one. Not even when he was available on a free. Not even China wanted Ozil

  13. Pierre

    Jim
    Wait and see…atm fans are being brainwashed against ozil by the media but once he is back on the pitch the fans will back him (and Lacazette) .

  14. Marc

    Pierre

    Most of the fans who sit near me think he’s a waste of space.

    You really can’t refer to the other 2 people in your lounge as the fan base. The real things a tad bigger.

  15. Joe

    Pierre

    Why are you refusing to answer left’s question about you never calling out wenger for pulling laca??

    How did we fare last year when Ozil played more than any other player

    Seems to me we have got worse every years since Ozil showed up?

    40 points back last season with the “chances created “ king and wenger the professor.

  16. Receding Hairline

    It’s now just about biding our time with the ozil/Emery situation ….I know who the fans will back when push comes to shove , and it won’t be Emery.

    What exactly has Ozil done is his time here to warrant the fans backing him?? Ozil met us as a champions league club and in his time here we became a Europa league club..seems you think fandom is placing certain individuals above the collective interest of the club. Ozil is no Pogba .

    Pogba is a 25 year old star who if he decides to leave United will have the best clubs in the world after his signature, Ozil is a 30 year old footballer who was hounded out of Madrid to make room for more ambitious footballers and who has just signed his retirement contract with Arsenal thanks to some terrible decision making. No sensible manager in World football will build a team around Ozil

  17. azed

    “If Ozil is as good as you think why isn’t any team trying to low ball us and get him from
    Us. I mean every team would know he’s not emery’s favourite and could be had cheap”

    Ozil is so good Barca would rather spend 100M on Coutinho than spend 30M on the supposed best no 10 who had 6 months left on his contract.

  18. Joe

    Brainwashed by the media Hahahaha

    First you lie about his games played stats.

    Now you say it’s media brainwashing

    Hahahaha

  19. Dissenter

    Aren’t we becoming too loaded with people with vague titles earning big wages. There’s a lot of role duplication going on at the club.
    What exactly will Edu be doing that our current scouting structure can’t serve already.
    …why all the sentimentality, just get the best man for the job. That’s how Mertasacker got the job of academy director even though he has zero managerial/administrative experience.

  20. Receding Hairline

    Wait and see…atm fans are being brainwashed against ozil by the media but once he is back on the pitch the fans will back him (and Lacazette) .

    He was back on the pitch fairly recently and actually proved Emery and his detractors right. He has done at the top level of football, he simply can’t be trusted .

  21. Jim Lahey

    @Pierrie –

    There is no need to wait and see, the fans are unequivocally on the side of Emery. Everyone has had enough of Ozil and his injuries. His lackadaisical performances on the field.

    We have a new manager bringing new ideas to the team for the first time in 15 years and you think the fans are going to turn on him over Mesut Ozil? Really?

  22. Marc

    Joe

    Don’t take the piss it’s a real fucking conspiracy. Emery’s braining washing Sanllehi who’s brainwashing the media who are brain washing the fans.

    What I really want to know is were do the aliens fit into this?

  23. HighburyLegend

    Lil’ P. keeps on defending Ozil ??
    Maybe because he’s the last fossil left from wenger’s disastrous transfer policy ??

  24. Receding Hairline

    Dissenter

    Well Edu since his retirement has worked as Corinthians FC director of football, and assisted in coordinating the Iranian national team in the 2014 world cup and is presently the General coordinator of the Brazilian national team so i don’t see the comparison with Metersacker or even Jens Lehman

  25. Cesc Appeal

    ‘What I really want to know is were do the aliens fit into this?’

    Duh.

    They’re the ones with the special telescopes you have to look through to see what Ozil adds to the team. Our earth based telescopes are far too weak for us mortals to see what he adds.

    That is why the government want to deny aliens exist to prevent us getting our hands on these telescopes and therefore feeding into the media brainwashing against Ozil.

    I thought everyone knew that.

  26. Joe

    Marc

    It’s all fake news.

    I can see Pierre sitting in his flat. Wenger posters all over the wall. A shrine of Ozil. A red hat that says ‘make arsenal great again’ yelling at sky sports as they report on Ozil being “injured” again oddly enough just as we face Chelsea but should be ready for when we play Brighton at home in May.

    Maybe Ozil was probed by aliens and that’s why he is depressed and “injured” all the time???

    My other theory is Tarik Amir got ahold of Ozil and are blackmailing him with pictures of Ozil wenger and Pierre having a 3some. They told him to play like shit every match and chuck a sicky for big matches so they can fix the matches

  27. Pierre

    Joe
    Firstly I’m not sure what you mean by “as good as you think” ..

    No club will pay his wages and a few so it’s pointless even discussing selling him for a fee.

    As for no club wanted him ,if you look at it logically and go back 12 months , how would you explain why Arsenal offered him 350,000 a week in the knowledge that no other club wanted him.

    It makes no sense ,Arsenal could have offered him half that amount and he would have taken it because ,in your opinion, no one wanted him.

    The 2 scenarios are , other clubs wanted ozil so Arsenal made him an offer he couldn’t refuse or no club wanted him but the club thought fuck it we will give him 350,000 anyway…..

    Which seems more logical unless you can find another reason why Arsenal football club were prepared to pay 2 or 3 times over the odds for someone that no other club in the world wanted.

  28. Jim Lahey

    @Pierre –

    “how would you explain why Arsenal offered him 350,000 a week in the knowledge that no other club wanted him.”

    Everyone, including you, knows exactly why he got that contract, not because he was worth anywhere close to what he received, it was entirely down to the Sanchez situation.

  29. Marc

    Joe

    Strange I had an image of Pierre sat at home with a tinfoil hat on screaming “they’re going to get us all only Ozil can save us”.

  30. azed

    “What I really want to know is were do the aliens fit into this?”

    Marc

    Someone is obviously brain washing Emery because with all the video sessions he has, he must have seen Ozil’s chance created stats, most appearances and the likes.

    My 2 cents say the aliens have Unai in their trap.

  31. Pierre

    Jim
    “We have a new manager bringing new ideas to the team for the first time in 15 years and you think the fans are going to turn on him over Mesut Ozil? Really?”

    Yes…

    Oh and what new ideas ….run ,run and run a bit more , knacker the players out which leads to fatigue and injury despite Arsenal playing no champions league .

    Oh and the new idea of defending which we are still waiting for ….

  32. Jamie

    Pierre, you’re so young and ill-informed.

    Ozil entered the last 6 months of his contract, therefore Arsenal wouldn’t be made privy to any ‘offers’ made for Ozil’s services. At that point, everything would go through his agent, who then held all the cards and could’ve told (and most likely did) Arsenal that several ‘big offers’ had already been made.

    I said this to you the other day when you were as confused as to why Arsenal didn’t offer Ozil less money. The simple answer is that it was a blind auction for his services (Arsenal were convinced there were other blind bidders waiting in the wings), and the negotiating team shit the bed and threw everything at him like a bunch of fucking amateurs. Masterclass from Ozil’s agent, and not difficult to understand.

  33. azed

    Marc
    “Weren’t we linked to him by one of the papers?”

    We were supposed to sign him along with Nwakali but somehow, the deal went South. Reports say he’s contract is up in the summer and I’m pretty sure if we offered Villareal 10M this January, they will take it.

  34. Jim Lahey

    @Pierre –

    “Oh and what new ideas ….run ,run and run a bit more”

    You mean pressing?? Yeah… its something teams do, some of the best teams.

    “Oh and the new idea of defending which we are still waiting for ….”

    How about giving the man, more than 6 moths? How long were you willing to give Wenger?

  35. Receding Hairline

    Oh and what new ideas ….run ,run and run a bit more , knacker the players out which leads to fatigue and injury despite Arsenal playing no champions league .

    Yep lots of running in top level football these days if you want to succeed

    Tell Klopp his players need to stop running, go watch the players at City and Liverpool to see the running they do over 90 minutes. Go out and enjoy yourselves is not a valid tactic these days.

    Don’t let United beating Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Cardiff and Reading distract you.

  36. Pierre

    RH
    Who run the furthest …Arsenal players …running doesn’t help us defend does it.

    Klopp has refined his methods has he had the intelligence to realise that his methods were not working as his players were running out of gas…

  37. Dissenter

    Receding
    Thanks for the Edu update
    Its just that he’s more suited to a DoFand he’s over-qualified to work under a chief scout.

  38. Marko

    I have said for a few months now that the ozil/Emery situation is similar to pogba/Jose situation.

    How about the Ozil Wenger situation? Because he’s been an issue for longer than how long Emery’s been here. 8 and 9 assists the previous two campaigns on top of the inconsistency and on top of the illnesses and fake injuries show he’s been a problem for a while.

    It’s now just about biding our time with the ozil/Emery situation ….I know who the fans will back when push comes to shove , and it won’t be Emery.

    Vast majority of fans want the eunuch gone asap. They can see him for what he is.

    Wait and see…atm fans are being brainwashed against ozil by the media but once he is back on the pitch the fans will back him (and Lacazette)

    You really really need to try harder Pierre people are onto your game and they see him for what he is it’s not difficult really the world of football knows he’s a sham. Also I’ve no idea why you try to lump Lacazette into his situation he’s actually a valued member of the squad and wanted because he actually contributes. Try harder Micro P

  39. Oz

    i don’t know why people bother with pierre……pierre keeps saying emery is stifling our attacking players and still said we aren’t good defensively and still said emery is focused only on attacking…can’t take someone who isn’t even sure what he wants seriously

  40. Tony

    Pierre
    “So Tony ,instead of coming out with little snide remarks towards me and my opinions of players , I would suggest you look at the bigger picture , it may open your eyes to the game .”

    Ok looked at the bigger picture and taken into account the majority of posters’ comments here and other blogs and there is only one conclusion:

    Mhiki is still a shit player needing to be sold with Ozil.

    How about you open your mind and try to give a balanced, thoughtful and insightful view of the club instead of your benile agenda driven stupid posts.

    Probably impossible but thought I’d ask anyway. Common sense is wasted on you at th ebest of times.