Podcast: Emery half term report + Discussions around direction of the club

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FIRST PODCAST OF THE YEAR HAS LANDED.

Yes sweet people.

Listen to me and Matt shoot the shit about his love of Emery and my quiet distrust of what’s going on.

ALSO, I know you want words, so check out yesterday’s post that most of you missed if you’re part of the morning crew. It’s about Edu and what it takes to be a Sporting Director. Good words, I’m sure you’ll agree. (POST)

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164 Responses to “Podcast: Emery half term report + Discussions around direction of the club”

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  1. Alone + Easy Target

    >No-one is saying you cant play 2 strikers, but when you do, one of them needs to be able to play wide or as an AM.

    -t. Gambon

    Lacazette is basically as second striker as it is when they play together a few times. So why not clear out other dross first then if we can find a potential signing or two then maybe then sell Laca if the funds are not enough.

  2. gambon

    Yes, I agree that signing another CF wasnt exactly a priority.

    That said, you cant really argue with the results. 24 goals and 7 assists in 34 PL games since we signed him.

    I said numerous times that we should sell Lacazette in the summer.

    For some reason Emery wanted to try a 2 striker system that lots of us said wouldnt work.

  3. gambon

    Alone

    Youre missing the point.

    Lets say we sell all our dross and sign some good players.

    Lacazette is still going to sit on the bench next season. He still wont be in our firxt XI.

    It makes no sense to have a player worth £60m on the bench. It makes no sense to have a player on £200k per week on the bench.

  4. Marko

    They were here when Auba was bought, it’s that decision given we had Lacazette, that puzzles me.

    I’m not sure why that should puzzle you. Aubameyang has 26 goals in 40 appearences while Lacazette has 26 goals in 65 appearences. It’s obvious as to who is the slightly better striker. Instead what you should be asking is why did you know who picked Lacazette over Aubameyang in the summer? I’d also ask why he didn’t sign him up in 15 but whatever

  5. Champagne charlie

    Gambon

    No there’s no argument at Auba and his ability to produce, it’s the technical decision making that baffles me. Both are League winning CF’s for me, it’s pursuing another of that ilk that is hard to quantify.

    Totally understood if we were applying the cherry and looking for marginal gains, but 56 mil could’ve been used to gain a lot more than Auba over Laca gets us.

  6. China1

    We have two serious strikers and both of them are scoring regularly and in laca’s case he’s playing well and contributing a lot to the cause

    If you sell him and buy a winger, what if the new winger doesn’t score as many or assists as many? Would that be a good move?

    Point being we’re discussing selling one of our best players who is contributing very well in the hope that *hopefully* his replacement can do well

    The irony being that he’s scoring 1 in 3 this season and his record for arsenal since he joined is nearly 1 in 2. He also must have a few assists and is heavily involved in winning the ball back immediately before we’ve scored several times this season

    So we all like the idea of some marauding winger, beating people for fun, stretching full backs and playing killer crosses for auba to tap in, but not many wingers in the world are having a combined goals+assists record like laca’s. Certainly very few in our price bracket and if we do buy one in exchange for him, they may not settle

    People would be licking their lips watching a winger contribute as much as laca already has (even more impressive since he’s been shunted around, and regularly benched). Why replace a player who contributes so much?

  7. China1

    Stretching the play, putting defenders on their asses, having blistering pace and trickery is all meaningless. They are just a means to an end in supporting a player or their team mates to score more. So if laca is already scoring a lot, getting some assists and making a key difference to our pressing to win the ball back and set others up, that ‘end’ is being achieved just through different means

  8. Un na naai

    Tee

    Spot on

    Lacazette is the better player and we okay better with him in the side
    Pierre if you’re around drop those lacazette win and goal ratio stats

    We win when he plays. We score more when he plays
    He came on and we destroyed spurs
    He started and we outplayed Liverpool

    Without him and holding in our side we are boring and pedestrian

  9. Un na naai

    I’m not sure why that should puzzle you. Aubameyang has 26 goals in 40 appearences while Lacazette has 26 goals in 65 appearences. It’s obvious as to who is the slightly better striker. Instead what you should be asking is why did you know who picked Lacazette over Aubameyang in the summer? I’d also ask why he didn’t sign him up in 15 but whatever

    Marko

    Your stats are misleading
    With Aubameyang in our side our play slows down and is one dimensional. He offers nothing at all in build up and requires too much from his team mates to score
    He doesn’t score half chances and he doesn’t creat chances for himself and others

    We win and score far more when lacazette plays. Yes goals are good but he can score those tap ins off the bench.
    And why have we all decided lacazette is being sold? Are you all privy to inside info??

    Not to mention that lacazette’s appearances are mostly from the bench sandwiching an injury lay off last season. We should have kept Giroud. Silly move letting him go

  10. London gunner

    Un na

    I know lacazette isn’t popular but fact is he is 27 and aubam is 29.

    Seems weird to sell the younger striker when we will have to replace aubam after a year.

  11. Un na naai

    LG

    I don’t know why he isn’t popular. We are useless without him. Back in against Fulham and we blast 4 goals.