Emery delivers a Stone Cold stunner to the fans

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Are you ok?

Come on, wipe away those tears. We’re gonna be A-0k. Put that Bergkamp poster back up on the wall, put on your retro bruised banana shirt that doesn’t fit back on, then we’ll crack into some tasty Arsenal morsels.

But before we crack on, pet peeve of mine… social media bios that say things like ‘Beans on toast enthusiast’ or ‘Purveyor of cream cheese’… fuck off. Don’t be a wanker. Imagine introducing yourself at a party like that? You’d be asked to leave. Maybe have your ‘craft beers with an interesting story behind them’ deservedly taken on the way out for being so offensively twee.

Anyway, the club is apparently going after Ismaïla Sarr in the summer. ExMonaco defender Willy Sagnol had this to say on the winger.

“The star of this team is Ismaïla Sarr, there’s nobody else. It is he who carries it offensively. He is consistent in his performances, his efforts. He is the only one since the beginning of the season who brings real satisfaction.”

The rumour on the street is that we’re going to offer them Emi Martinez and £16m in the summer. This really would be the sort of signing we should be making. I’ve sadly had enough downtime this season to watch Rennes a couple of times. The player has Kanu like tight control (when it’s good, obviously), his telescopic legs allow him to fend off pressure, and he can explode into space.

You never know what you’re getting when you buy players so young from Ligue One, but it’d be harsh to sniff at a 20-year-old left sided winger who has scored 9 goals and dropped 6 assists in 25 games. That’s worth a punt. We’re getting in there before a Monaco do… and inevitably flog him for £600m in one season. This is Sven’s chance to deliver us a Dembele.

Foot Mercato report that we’re interested in signing Yannick Carrasco from Chinese power players, Dalian Yifang. It’s pretty obvious to me that it’d be insanity to give him £200k a week, but you know, he might hate where he lives so much he’s prepared to take a pay packet that’s more reasonable.

It’s clear whatever happens, it’ll have to be a loan move. Emery delivered some much-needed brutality to fans dreaming of a £100m January.

“We cannot make payments to sign players. We can only loan players. But we can only sign players on loan. I know the club is working to find players who can help us, with this condition.”

That makes our January window feel ever so familiar. The silver lining here is that if it were Wenger in today’s prezzer, he’d be telling us that he’s on the lookout for a super, super talent before pulling the trigger on a 38-year-old goat farmer from the Saudi league. At least Emery has set the expectation dial at miserable. Anything from here is going to be fucking immense.

I also want to lay to rest the notion that Arsenal aren’t appealing because we don’t have £4b to throw at the squad. Spurs has one of the best coaches on the planet, he spent nothing last summer and his net spend is in the minus figures. Or plus figures. What’s the symbol when you’re in profit?

Anyway, when the Arsenal job rolls around, only the mega coaches would sniff. If that’s Allegri, who hardly operates on mega money now (or gets paid well), that’s most likely because he never wanted to leave a club that just signed Ronaldo. Not other major coach was sniffing at a £200m wage bill and the chance to spend £80m last summer. As was pointed out in the comments yesterday. Poch spend net zero his first two season and Klopp spent net £35m in his first two season. Emery has dropped double in his first summer. Hardly poverty.

Arsenal is a hugely attractive role for 90% of coaches out there. Don’t kid yourself otherwise. Sven and Raul wouldn’t be at the club if it weren’t appealing. We just need to make our situation work. That’s getting back to wheeling and dealing. Very much like how Wenger operated when he first joined. Find the gems. The broken pros that need life. Hope that some kids make it big.

COMMUNITY POST: This was from Gambon in the comments. Him tackling the ‘it’s Stan’ issue head on.

I think judging by our past dalliances in the January window, it’s probably best we keep our moves to loans, versus purchasing in anxiety mode.

Top 4 would be an incredible achievement from where we are, but it seems unlikely. Let’s spend our time trying to shift players other teams want. Mikhi apparently has admirers in Milan, if that’s true, let him go for whatever they’ll give us. Free up that £170k a week and make it happen.

As someone pointed out yesterday, the likelihood is we’ll need to dramatically reduce our wage bill, and one of our most saleable assets is Lacazette. Get that salary off our books, regardless of how much I love him. We cannot operate with someone that expensive occupying the bench. I’d miss the goals, but surely he’s a £65m striker if Chelsea paid £70m for Morata? We could buy 2 and bit Torreira’s for that.

If Emery can’t motivate Ozil to care, the club has to come to a deal this summer and remove him. It’s going to be hard to find anyone to foot that bill, that said, we did find an Italian club willing to pay Ramsey £280k a week GROSS. Unreal figures, so it does show you, anything is possible if you force someone’s hands.

From there, it’s taking punts on players with high ceilings/hoping some of the kids coming through can up their levels and give us some magic.

See, anything is possible when you write it down in a blog. I think we solved Arsenal? Have a great day! x

P.S Don’t be selfish, listen to the fucking podcast.

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  1. Leedsgunner

    gambon

    Nope. I’m not saying that, and I think you know that. :). However I think people need to be realistic. Just because Wenger has DOES NOT mean Stan will suddenly allow transfer funds to be automatically be ploughed back into the team.

    I used an extreme example to illustrate a point. Stan says he wants the club run on a self sustaining basis. Will he mean that if we start selling assets for £100m+? If he decided to take a chunk of it to divert to his other business interests there really isn’t anything we can do. That is my point.

    Stan really needs to go if we want change.

    I agree it would be public relations disaster if he did this but the sad truth is that Kronke is a man with very deep pockets who can afford to ride any storms out.

  2. englandsbest

    Emiratestroller

    Thanks for your clarification on company law but, in truth, there was never any doubt on this matter expressed in my comment on your post. Nor am I aware of an occasion when Kroenke has loaded debt on one of his sport franchises.

    All of which is relevant to the past, but not to the future.

    And if we stay in his past for a moment longer, we see endless examples of double dealing, broken promises, indifference to fans, to his tenants, and perhaps above all, his admiration for the manner in which old man Glazer acquired Man United.

    It’s fair to deduce that paying his debt out of Arsenal revenue will not trouble his conscience.

    What I would like to hear from you is a sensible financial reason why Kroenke paid £28,000 a share to Usmanov, particularly when he was not cash-rich, and had to borrow £500m at a high interest rate.

    Bearing in mind that, effectively, he already had total control of the Club.

  3. Champagne charlie

    Marko

    I just said Wenger made more poor decisions than good ones in his last few years as manager. You’re painfully stupid or choosing to omit what’s said because you’d rather argue because it tickles your pickle.

    We’re at point X (now) in large part to Wengers decision-making, and also to Stan’s. One of them is no longer here, so from now and moving forward the scrutiny doesn’t lie with Wenger in rectifying it. The heat however is very much on Stan to do right.

    From the moment Wenger left the club we’ve not dealt with Rambo, Welbz, Chambers, Elneny, Jenks. Two of those were critical to deal with, the other three were EASY money to claw back in wages (and fees in Elneny and Chambers, circa 25 mil). We’ve also invested meekly in my opinion over the summer, and the signs this Jan are just as uninspiring.

    So you can do me a favour with your repetitive one-dimensional crying about Wenger leaving a mess. It’s done, but the “fixing” hasn’t exactly set the pulses racing or got heads nodding in anticipation of a club that wants to make strides. We’ve sat on contracts again, lost money again, diminished values again, and haven’t shown anyone we’re a new Arsenal.

  4. Charlie George

    Is it not irrelevant who owns the club – if they are going to be stuck in their failing mantra- ‘we only spend what we earn’

    The people who spout and repeat this nonsense- clearly have never run a SUCCESSFUL business.
    As it is clearly impossible to achieve.!

    How does anybody do anything- if no initial investment is put in?

    E.g. If Arsenal do not invest players – how do they sell them? ( and make profits)

    When u hear Vinai/Raul spout this nonsense. You know we are doomed for years of mediocrity.

    It’s their twisted and thinking- why we went ‘cheap and cheerful’ with Emery.

    They all have to go before Kroenke !

  5. Guns of SF

    Stan must go. Its a shame that he sees the club as another business asset. The idiot should know that spending money in this case can make you more money. Investing in the team, can lead to trophies which leads to more $$
    Likely, his profitable Arsenal would be used as collateral to secure future loans etc.
    He likes this asset for this reason.
    He can care less about the club, fans, history, competitiveness

    Wenger was let go, as the profit margin was shrinking.

    When teams have owners that actually love the club and are willing to make the team competitive, and winning trophies, you usually see good things.

    Not all teams need a billionaie sugar daddy. You dont need that type of money all the time… but SOME investment back to the club is helpful.

    Competent folks doing contracts etc is key as well.

    Anyhow, Kroneke out.

  6. Micheal

    “What I would like to hear from you is a sensible financial reason why Kroenke paid £28,000 a share to Usmanov, particularly when he was not cash-rich, and had to borrow £500m at a high interest rate. ”

    None of us knows what Kroenke is thing. But all investors buy shares in the hoppe of making money. This can be achieved in various ways. Such as:

    a) Milk the company’s accounts by paying himself large “bonuses” or fees
    b) Sell the AFC shares to a third party for a profit
    c) Use the financial strength of the AFC to support loans taken out in other parts of his empire

    Whatever Stan does, be assured of only one thing – he owns AFC for purely financial reasons. He does not care about football and trying to understand Kroenke through the yes of a typical football supporter or judging his actions as a supporter is utterly pointless.

  7. Marko

    From the moment Wenger left the club we’ve not dealt with Rambo, Welbz, Chambers, Elneny, Jenks.

    I’m sorry but again just because he just left the blame doesn’t get passed on. These are issues that happened under him and that should have been dealt with by him. He signed Elneny in the first place he refused to sell Chambers to Palace and he allowed all these players to run their contracts down. Oh and he’s the one who gave Jenkinson a fat contract for what 5/6 years.

    We’ve sat on contracts again, lost money again, diminished values again, and haven’t shown anyone we’re a new Arsenal.

    Not true we renewed some contracts so as to avoid these kinds of issues in the near future. The Welbeck and Ramsey situations were too far gone I’m afraid. As for the diminished value shite do me a favor will you even now you argue with the idea of having to sell Lacazette in the near future and the longer he’s a backup and getting older the more his value will diminish. It seems to be these issues you have a problem with now are only issues now that Arsene is gone. As I said before you’re painfully transparent in your criticisms. Oh and the “fixing” as you put it is going to take much longer than 6 months and a couple of windows considering it took years and several windows to lead us into the mess you see us in.

  8. Receding Hairline

    He does not care about football and trying to understand Kroenke through the yes of a typical football supporter or judging his actions as a supporter is utterly pointless.

    Preach!!!

    And correct me if i am wrong hasn’t he only taken 3m out from the club??

  9. Charlie George

    Sf

    Off course kroenke knows that
    He is an American billionaire !
    Vinai / Raul are spreadsheet accountants- who have never put their own money into anything.

    They have not got the balls to ask Stan K.

    ‘If we invest in a Top manager and buy some exciting talents- we will get the rewards back 4fold.”

    They are the ones PUMPING the Gazidas and Wenger line of self sufficient shite.

    Stan K has not got where he has today- by luck.
    We need executives- who have balls.!
    Not yes men. Who employ yes men coaches..

  10. TR7

    ‘And correct me if i am wrong hasn’t he only taken 3m out from the club??’

    That’s not the point though. The point is he hasn’t spent a single penny from his own pocket.

  11. China1

    Charlie George if we’re gonna talk of players as being amazing because of the team they played for and trophies they’ve won, then Darren fletcher and John O’Shea have been vastly more successful than Mesut Ozil and are this presumably better?

    Oh and giroud just won a World Cup without being able to hit a barn door this summer

    Nice argument dumbass

  12. China1

    Stan hasn’t needed to invest his own money for us to be competitive.

    We have voluntarily burned through a couple of hundred million in a combination of poor transfers, terrible contracts and poor selling/contract failings

    If we had instead sold and invested smarter with the money we had we would have been vastly superior to what we are currently

    So personally I don’t care if kroenke doesn’t want to spend his own money. I do care that the money we have had has been put on a bonfire.

  13. Charlie George

    Fair point China

    My point is Ozil Is more important to Arsenal than Emery

    Emery wants Ozil and Rambo out the door just to get in Banega !

    That’s is mind boggling…

  14. TR7

    ‘do care that the money we have had has been put on a bonfire.’

    Yes, so what does the owner do given the precarious condition we are in – absolutely nothing. A truly caring owner would have helped us see through the financially difficult times we are in by putting his own money on the table.

  15. Charlie George

    If u were kroenke would u give this mob more money to waste?

    I would nt.

    I would sack every Gazidas appointment.
    Promote Freddie and Per as joint managers until end of the season
    And headhunt – the best British footballing operators out there.
    Then we can move forward.

  16. Guns of SF

    TR7

    Totally… Stan has many play things… this one isnt that important to him except for his credit score and loan ability

    If he were to sell the team there would be no shortage of folks who are
    1. Football fans wanting to buy
    2. Arsenal fan wanting to buy

    The fact is that to be top in England and the world will take investment by ownership… plain fact. No other way

    So its really up to him, now the buck stops with him. He is in the firing line for everything now that is the sole owner so fuck you Kronke

  17. Receding Hairline

    That’s not the point though. The point is he hasn’t spent a single penny from his own pocket.

    Why should he?? Why should he bring his own money for the purchase of players we later struggle to sell??

    You wanted an owner who does not meddle and he was happy to oblige, now you have pissed away all your money on unsalable assets you want to move on to Kroenke’s

  18. Receding Hairline

    A truly caring owner would have helped us see through the financially difficult times we are in by putting his own money on the table.

    You are describing a father not owner of a football club

    Many clubs have got by without crying to “daddy” for money

  19. Carts

    What’s even going on over at AC Milan?

    They dropped €200m banking on making the CL , that didn’t go to plan

    Chinese owner flunks on repaying the American bloke, so matey changes the locks on the door and have AC Milan singer over to himself

    Recruits that lizard Gazidis into the hot seat; while UEFA withholds their prize money due to their extravagant spending

    The end up having to do a refund on Bonnuci, on to then spend €40m on some Brazilian

    Now they’re looking at moving on Higuain to then bring in Mkhitaryan?

    Lol wut

  20. raptora

    Not a popular opinion, maybe for a reason, but I think that Mustafi is the best CB in our team. I don’t see much between him and say Otamendi achieving 15 clean sheets out of 33 starts with 5 MotM performances.

    Mustafi could be that player. We just need to defend better as a team and get some solid wingers that would add more pressure on opponent’s full backs and limit their attacking display.

    Interested to see if it would work not the Greek pair of Dinos Mavropanos and Sokratis, but the one of Mustafi and Dinos. There is potential in there.

    Imo it would be a mistake to sell the German in the summer.

  21. TR7

    RH

    ‘You wanted an owner who does not meddle and he was happy to oblige’

    I hope you do know how Kroenke became the owner of AFC. You make it sound like there was a referendum in which Arsneal fans had to choose between an officious owner and an indifferent owner.

  22. Hoksilato

    Mystic,

    Footballer wages in Italy tend to be net (in press). However these gross amounts assume they pay 50% income tax which i very highly doubt (there are several rules that will significantly reduce that). Therefore clubs will probably not pay out anywhere close to these “theoretical” amounts.

  23. Guns of SF

    RH
    Why should we have to Kroneke if he in fact, cared about the success of his team in sporting terms which can lead to more $ if that is what he wants? Big clubs do not need fans to cry to the owner.
    Madrids, Barca etc. The owners know what being competitive means and don’t need fans telling them.
    He is clueless and Arsenal is his toy
    DO you think he can name any first team players bar Ozil maybe?

    Again, we do not need him to subsise us all the time, but when we need investment to stay competitive until we can sort our players and contracts, it would he a show of ambition to the fans, which also has the added benefit of knowing their owner actually gives a shit

    Not for his asshole though. Beyond his comprehension

  24. Michael

    It’s strange that so many fans are shitting the bed at the club going through a transition period.

    This was always going to be a tough season, if we can sneak the top 4 or win the Europa that would be a phenomenal achievement.

    If not let’s get a grip on who wants to be at the club and bin who doesn’t and go again next year.

  25. TR7

    ‘You are describing a father not owner of a football club’

    What the hell are you talking about ? Investing money in your own enterprise to grow it is akin to being a daddy ? Lol, it happens in most businesses.

  26. Receding Hairline

    Big clubs do not need fans to cry to the owner.
    Madrids, Barca etc. The owners know what being competitive means and don’t need fans telling them.

    Can i have the names of the sole owners of Real Madrid , Bayern Munich, Barcelona.

    Kroenke has a hand in our demise because:

    1. He hired the worse possible CEO

    2. He did not act to remove both the incompetent CEO and the past it Manager

    I will never blame him for not writing a 300m pound cheque to enable us “compete”

  27. Receding Hairline

    What the hell are you talking about ? Investing money in your own enterprise to grow it is akin to being a daddy ? Lol, it happens in most businesses.

    Not when your own enterprise can afford tow 50m pound strikers, a 35m pound defender that cant defend, a 350k a week play maker that is always sick or not up to it, a 35m pound midfielder not suited to the league, sit back and watch a 60m pound asset run down his contract and describe the situation as ideal…………..need i go on??

    In this case we are asking for a daddy to tell us what to do not an owner…a real owner would probably jail all involved not give them more money

  28. Marc

    Any supporter who has been round for more than 10 minutes and not only knows the club but has some understanding of what the club is about would never have wanted to move away from the shared ownership we had before. The most tragic part of what happened it that it was David Dein who set everything in motion because he felt there was no way we could afford the new stadium.

  29. Marc

    “What the hell are you talking about ? Investing money in your own enterprise to grow it is akin to being a daddy ? Lol, it happens in most businesses.”

    Er the only time it happens in businesses is when the business cannot borrow money in it’s own right i.e. making losses, poor balance sheet lack of assets etc.

    The truth can in some cases be the exact opposite in which someone who starts a business that becomes successful either then sells it on or goes PLC.

  30. Guns of SF

    RH

    I do blame him for your reasons as well. Good points there.

    I would like to see him write that 50M check this window, so we can secure the Attacker and defender we need to try and make top 4 and EL trophy.

    When Raul tells him we just got more money because his investment, helped us to get top 4, I think he might actually feel happy about that.

    The fact is that, he has overseen a shit show- and being the majority shareholder and now sole shareholder, the blame needs to go to him.

    Self sustaining is fine as a general plan, but alone, it is not enough. Sometimes…. sometimes an owner needs to pull his team out of the rut

    His asset is failing and sinking slowly. So he sits on his hands?

    My point is that an owner with the resources as Stan should do way more

  31. TR7

    You won’t blame Emery for our defeats for he has sub-standard players at his disposal

    You won’t blame Stan either for not helping Emery buy better players so that he can win.

    Ok, so how do you see us get out of this mess genius ? City, Pool and Spurs are pulling away while United and Chelsea will always be there or thereabout due to their wealth . What’s the way out ? Well, let’s just keep bashing Wenger ,that will sort everything out.

  32. Sancho Monzorla

    What’s the way out ?

    Basically the club cannot make a misstep in the next 2 years in the transfer market and squad management to have a chance at accomplishing anything of note in the next 5.

  33. Charlie George

    If Stan or Josh kroenke ever see gambos analysis from the other day- I think they would sell up!

    Incompetence on an industrial scale!

  34. TR7

    ‘Er the only time it happens in businesses is when the business cannot borrow money in it’s own right i.e. making losses, poor balance sheet lack of assets etc.’

    Not remotely true Marc, businesses often invest the profit made back in to business or majority shareholder dilute their own capital and invest the money in their business. Often a sign of growth based companies.It is called ploughing back money in your own business.

  35. Sancho Monzorla

    ‘This was always going to be a tough season, if we can sneak the top 4 or win the Europa that would be a phenomenal achievement.’

    I’m all for warranted criticism and debate and banter but any discussion regarding Arsenal really should be concluded with this statement above.

  36. Marc

    TR7

    Of course company’s invest profits they’ve made back into the business – but we’re not talking about that. You’ve started a conversation under a premise that a business needs a cash infusion – where does it get it from. Kroenke is not going to have a share issue.

  37. TR7

    Sancho

    ‘Basically the club cannot make a misstep in the next 2 years in the transfer market and squad management to have a chance at accomplishing anything of note in the next 5.’

    The odds are totally stacked against us. Nowadays barely any market is unexplored. Even normal football fans know about bright talents in most European Leagues. Imagine how much knowledge professional clubs with vast scouting networks have of players.

  38. Sancho Monzorla

    For the record I think most people were against giving Wilshere a new contract even if it was to maintain his market value. Although the issue with a bumper contract was the fact that his previous contract gave him a needlessly high salary in the first place. So I guess the point stands.

  39. Marc

    “City, Pool and Spurs are pulling away while United and Chelsea will always be there or thereabout due to their wealth ”

    Well we are stuck with Utd and City’s financial power but the other clubs?

    Spur’s are charging into a billion pounds worth of debt and you seem to think they’re going to be able to handle this no problem.

    Chelsea are now running on a self sustaining basis – they are still able to generate some funds through selling assets (players) acquired when Abramovich was chucking money into the club but this won’t last forever. You do know that Chelsea had to hold a board meeting in Monaco a couple of months ago because Abramovich isn’t allowed into the UK on business anymore?

    Liverpool do not generate more money than we do – they’ve been better at utilising it the last couple of years so we just need to be smarter than they are.

    It’s not going to happen overnight – I really wonder what you realistically expect or want.

  40. TR7

    Marc

    Say Stan invests 100M in to AFC. AFC can register a liability of 100M on its balance sheet balanced by asset of 100M (players). It is that simple. No need to issue shares.

  41. Cesc Appeal

    ‘It’s not going to happen overnight – I really wonder what you realistically expect or want’

    This is exactly it.

    We’ve all said on here, pro-Wenger fans aside, how bad things were getting over the last 6 years. How can you expect that to be reversed in 8 months with a £64 Million expenditure.

    Building a well balanced, competitive squad that is successful on the field and valuable off of it takes years. As does adding great commercials.

    We waited for too long, we stuck with an imbecile for too long, this is the price we pay. Frustration and waiting.

  42. Sancho Monzorla

    The odds are totally stacked against us.

    Yes but I don’t want to say it can’t be done just a few months into the process. If we’re in the same purgatory 6 months, 12 months, 24 months from now then at that point I think the evidence would overwhelmingly point to the entirety of Arsenal being utterly incompetent. Not just Emery, not just Stan, not just the board or Sven and Raul, and not just Wenger in years past. Everyone.

  43. Marc

    “Say Stan invests 100M in to AFC. AFC can register a liability of 100M on its balance sheet balanced by asset of 100M (players). It is that simple. No need to issue shares.”

    That’s not what he’s going to do give it up. If you think that means the end of all for Arsenal is nigh then please fuck off and stopping bringing everyone else down as well. At least try to look at where we are and appreciate that whilst it won’t be easy we can with careful planning etc get back on track.

  44. TR7

    ‘It’s not going to happen overnight – I really wonder what you realistically expect or want.’

    I am not expecting or wanting overnight results either. I can foresee a long barren spell for Arsenal unless we hit a jackpot with a couple of gambles. We are perilously close to a 3rd straight season without CL. The longer you are out of it, the tougher it becomes to get back in to it.

  45. Guns of SF

    The longer you are out of it, the tougher it becomes to get back in to it.

    Amen to that. Look at the fates of Milan.
    Poster child for mismanagement and bad owners

  46. Marc

    Sancho

    In the longer term Kroenke can’t afford for a period of extended stagnation. We had several years of this under Wenger, if the fans aren’t seeing improvements they’ll stop going to matches and then stop renewing season tickets.

  47. TR7

    ‘. If you think that means the end of all for Arsenal is nigh then please fuck off and stopping bringing everyone else down as well’

    Oh I thought I could have a civil conversation with you, my mistake .

  48. Champagne charlie

    Marko

    You’ve just made your agenda clear to all.

    Let’s jot concern ourselves with how the current setup are going to get us to our future aims, let’s simply lambast the previous management time and again.

    I’m sure your method of bitching about Arsene every few days is precisely the boardroom discussion at Arsenal.

    You’re still part of the club that can’t see past a man. Wonder how long that will last into the future. However someone details how Wenger left the club, be it shit, indifferent, or good, it’s how operations are from now that defines us moving forward. Something your type aren’t interested in because you still like the reverberations of ‘that cunt Arsene’.

    I’m transparent though, says the mong.

  49. azed

    “The longer you are out of it, the tougher it becomes to get back in to it.”

    May be this would make Kronke fuck off.

  50. Receding Hairline

    I would understand all the outrage if Kroenke had promise to plough in money and reneged on that promise

    The memo right from when he came in was self sustaining model, the snake Gazidis had it on his lips whenever he saw a mic

  51. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Looks like the club is dead on its feet in round 12…

    Could have been Ali
    We turned out to be Richard Dunn

    The promised land we were sold is in fact wasteland….

    Badly managed
    Badly run
    Bad signings buy a punter sky bets love.

    Sprinkle sugar on it but it’s still shit

    The dream is a nightmare in disguise.

    R.I.P Arsenal
    Fondly missed.

  52. Guns of SF

    SSM- sounds so good at first. We dont need a sugar daddy, etc. We can manage our finances etc. We are not like City, Chelsea PSG etc.

    Well, self sustaining does not mean shit management, manager, stupid contracts etc. We fucked that up. Perhaps SSM would be great if we had things pretty good from day one.

    We did not, thanks to Ivan and the dictator

    Now SSM is fine, but our team is a mess. its not going to get us out of this mess in this moment. We need a push from our owner to get out of this rut. 3 years running without CL, adidas will pull our, and we will be with Li Ning for sponsorship! or someone else…

    If there is a time to invest and put money back to the team, its now.

  53. Samesong

    please fuck off and stopping bringing everyone else down as well’

    Marc it is a tab rude mate to tell someone to F off regardless even if you didn’t mean it in that way. It’s not about growing a thickskin.

  54. Guns of SF

    Our sponsors are watching… Kroenke shows ambition, it makes them happy. Others might even take a gander at us.
    Never seen an owner let his business tank and sit on their hands.
    Amazing.

    The more I think about this the more pissed I get. Emery has his hands tied. Kudos to him for trying to be a trooper about the entire debacle.

    Im hoping that Mavro helps our d. perhaps if we get Suarez it can help us as well.

    its going to get tough without help from a billionaire who sits on his hands.

  55. Marko

    The longer you are out of it, the tougher it becomes to get back in to it.

    Yes and no. I mean Spurs were out of it more times than in over the years and now they look like a proper champions league team Liverpool too

  56. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    I feel sorry for Emery

    Some signs of improvement but too many average players inherited..

    Sack ozil be taken to court
    Get the next George Carmen to defend club

    Tell Ramsey he plays every game till end of season, or leave in Jan .. he will leave

    Sack jenkinson With a pay off

    Sell mustsfi

    Show who’s boss

    Don’t filly dally

  57. Pierre

    The club is at the crossroads and could go either way .

    It’s what happens on the pitch in the next 5 months ,not off it , which will appease the fan base .

    The club need to get the fan base back onside as cracks are starting to appear …Emery needs to get it right , if he gets it wrong there will be no going back.

    I believe and have always believed that we have the players at the club now to get us back in the champions league…
    Chelsea are the ones to catch…. We are in a much more enviable position player wise than Chelsea as we have strikers of the highest quality whilst the Chelsea manager is scrambling around in the window to try and find a goalscorer.

    Emery must be praying that Ozil and Mhkitaryan can return to fitness and play to their full potential.
    If they do ,it will take the pressure off our defence and let the opposition worry about us …Emery needs to pick positive teams instead of the recent selections of 3 workers in midfield…it sends out negative signals to the supporters.

    It’s pretty obvious that the manager is not going to address our problems in defence this season, many on here believe that by playing ozil it will make us worse defensively……..that is not possible , our defensive unit ( if you can call it that) is poor with or without ozil.

    When they are all fit ,I would like to see Aubamayang,ozil,Mhkitaryan and Lacazette in the starting line-up …he has started them only once this season ( home to Liverpool ) When it was one of our best performances of the season against a very good side ….

    Tomorrow’s game is the most important game of the season due to the bad vibes in and around the club regarding our transfer plans.

  58. UTarse

    Dangote will come to Arsenal’s rescue….. I think the main reason behind silent Stan buying out usmanov is so he gets to call the shots on selling to dangote at a price he names…. you heard it here first.

  59. Charlie George

    sf:
    Stan is the most honest Chairman in the Prem:
    £30 million to HMRC
    LIVERPOOL PAID £0

    Thought u would approve.
    Lots of money going to the state for good causes and all that!

  60. Marko

    It’s what happens on the pitch in the next 5 months ,not off it , which will appease the fan base .

    …oh Pierre.

    many on here believe that by playing ozil it will make us worse defensively……..that is not possible

    …oh Jesus. Might I add he’s got one assist all season and fakes injuries… anyway yeah all that’s missing is a tackle now and then

  61. UTarse

    Guns SF,
    His refinery will be complete this year and projections are for circa $700mm profit a year…. this is the cash generator he’s linked to buying Arsenal and making us champions league winners…. let us pray 🙂

  62. azed

    “His refinery will be complete this year and projections are for circa $700mm profit a year”

    It would be complete in 2020 and that is assuming there will not be any more delays.

  63. Marko

    I lost a comment. Probably just as well I’ll repeat verbatim without the insults. Charlie it was Arsene Wenger who was responsible for players such as Sanchez, Ozil, Welbeck, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla running down their contracts in the last few years. It was he who brought in Elneny, refused to sell Chambers to Palace and gave Jenkinson a new long contract. And that’s that. The new management is trying to avert some of these things in the future. They gave new contracts to Xhaka, Chambers, Elneny and Monreal recently so as to not find themselves in similar situations in the next couple years. Welbeck and Ramsey were unfortunately too far gone

  64. Charlie George

    Anyone who gives Elneney an extension to his contract-should never be in a postion offer another one..
    They clearly have ignored his past performances.
    Good luck-trying to shift him!

  65. Graham62

    Pedro

    I think everyone on here is aware of my feelings on Lacazette.

    Selling him would be a monumental mistake. Irrespective of his sellable value and the savings on his wages, where will the goals come from if Aubameyang gets injured?

    On top of this, and key to the whole issue, why get rid of a player who –
    1. Is a major asset to the team.
    2. Shows a willingness and desire to play for us.
    3. Is a firm fans favourite.

    That’s right, all the things that Ozil isn’t.

    Maybe there is an underlying twist to this whole thing. Whatever, I hope Emery knows what he’s doing.

  66. Pierre

    Marko
    It’s like a little switch goes off in your head whenever ozil is mentioned in a positive light …. ” one assist all season and fakes injuries…”

    Though I’m could have sworn he made goals against Leicester(Aubamayang) Burnley(iwobi) and quarabag(Lacazette) and scored 4 goals this season in his limited amount of game time ,which I agree is a poor return for a player of Ozil’s calibre, so let’s hope that Emery can find a way to unlock ozil,Mhkitaryan and Lacazette full potential as that is what all Arsenal supporters would all want ,isn’t it Marko?….

    .a successful Arsenal football club with ALL our players playing to their full potential….that’s what we all want isn’t it marko?

  67. englandsbest

    There were no ‘Arsenal-at-any-cost’ heroes on the BoD back then when Danny proposed a new stadium, but the closest anyone came to being one was David Dein.
    There was good reason for a bigger ground because plainly there was more demand than seats. But DD differed from the other directors on how to obtain money to build the stadium. He wanted a Rights Issue to raise money. For that reason, he brought Kroenke over to underwrite the issue.

    Danny and the other directors didn’t like the idea. Why? Because it would have diluted their holdings, But Kroenke spotted a business opportunity and, to their delight, offered to buy their shares.

    DD disagreed (I guess he knew the kind of guy Stan was) and Danny fired him. In desperation DD brought in Usmanov, but they sold out to Stan (to Lady N’s chagrin, because the Uzbek offered her more.)

    Let’s imagine what might have happened if it had gone DD’s way.
    No austerity, no sell-to-buy policy, No Wenger as dictator. DD continuing to bring in star players. A sane wage policy. In other words, we would have remained an elite club, competing for major titles, and often winning them. And all this without the need of a sugar-daddy.

    Instead of which we are a Club short of cash, sixth at best, drifting downwards, with dismayed disillusioned fans, and little hope for meaningful change.

    I see one ray of hope: people have wised up to Kroenke. There are still some who lay the blame on the manager, but with Wenger gone, they are now the minority. The news that there is no money for transfer signings is yet another sign of Kroenke’s dead hand on the tiller.

    What will be the final straw? The moment we learn that he has loaded his debt on the Club. When? My best guess is around this time next year.

  68. Charlie George

    Why does not Emery play all his best players and keep them on the pitch?
    It can not be too difficult….unfortunately we have not got too many to choose from..

    We had ozil, Rambo and laca on the bench against saints (lost by 3) but had lichsteiner playing ?

  69. Guns of SF

    we have all forgot about Bellerin. He is back now from what I read?!
    Major upgrade over shit Licht
    Kola playing well…

    Mavro and Sokratis in the middle

  70. Charlie George

    He compounds that, by persisting with lichsteiner and omits laca at The Anfield Massacre?

    6 touches PEA had that game
    5 kick offs?

  71. gambon

    Worth mentioning that Nicolas Pepe cost £8.5m just 18 months ago….now worth £50m

    We need some of these kind of signings.

    He would make a huge difference to this team.

  72. Charlie George

    Gambon- send by email that devastating analysis u wrote about AFC s inadequacies……they will sell ASAP!

  73. azed

    “scored 4 goals this season in his limited amount of game time ,which I agree is a poor return for a player of Ozil’s calibre”

    Ozil highest total for Arsenal is 8. So if scoring 4 half way through the season is poor, then there’s nothing Emery can unlock because even in the Wenger years when he played every game, his highest is 8.

    For the record, Ozil has only delivered double figure assists in the EPL a grand total of once in his 5 seasons here.

    So Pierre may Ozil is not as good as you make him out to be.
    Year Matches Goals Assists
    2018-19 13 3 1

    2017-18 26 4 8

    2016-17 33 8 9

    2015-16 35 6 19

    2014-15 22 4 5

  74. Marko

    Worth mentioning that Nicolas Pepe cost £8.5m just 18 months ago….now worth £50m

    A goal and two assists tonight apparently.

  75. Marko

    It’s like a little switch goes off in your head whenever ozil is mentioned in a positive light

    Positive? You were talking bull.

  76. azed

    “And your point is …..”

    3 goals at this point of the season is Ozil’s best and you admitted its poor. There’s nothing for Emery to unlock.

    Ozil is poor for a creative midfield.

  77. Pierre

    I am not really interested in proving a point as I know it’s boring but Marko And Azed appear to take offence because I said I would like to see Ozil in the starting line up….so ,as per usual ,they bombard me with stats to prove how shit he has been throughout his Arsenal career.

    I will always be able to find better Ozil stats if I want to prove the opposite and below is one of them .. ..

    1th March 2018, 2:51 pmUpdated: 11th March 2018, 3:16 pm
    MESUT OZIL has broken a Premier League record today.

    The German midfielder has reached 50 assists in just 141 games for Arsenal, beating previous record-holder and Man United legend Eric Cantona.

  78. gambon

    Marko

    I see so many people saying “We need £300m to get in the top 4”

    No, we need good scouting, and smart buys

    Pepe was £8.5m
    Sarr was £15m
    Son was £18m
    Sane was £32m
    Alli was £6m
    Zagadou was free
    Akanji was £18m
    Werner was £12m
    Sancho was £9m

    Any 3 of these guys improve us dramatically.

  79. Pierre

    Azed
    “Ozil is poor for a creative midfield.”

    refer to my previous comment …reached 50 assists in the prem in the fewest number of games…but he’s not creative is he.

  80. azed

    Pierre

    Only once has he hit double figures in assist in 5 seasons.

    You would not call a striker who hits double figure once in 5 seasons a good striker.

  81. Sancho Monzorla

    Do not bother with Pierre.

    He simply doesn’t understand the game is all. He hasn’t for decades and he won’t start now.

  82. Champagne charlie

    Gambon

    You’re describing Marko, he’s one of those guys that wants a couple of hundred million spent. Resident Xbox scout and all.

  83. Marko

    Pierre you are yet to acknowledge the obvious which is his decline in the last two seasons. 8 assists and 9 followed by the one this season and the faking of injuries

  84. Carts

    Kid you not, when rumours started circulating g that spurs were looking at Son for a mere £19m, I was waiting for us to bowl through and gazump the deal

    We didn’t nothing of the sort

    Off the top of my head, I can’t remeber who we’d singed around the same period, but I remember saying that Spurs got a better deal

    Cue “Son wouldn’t have signed for us” or “nobody knew how Son would turn out”

    Well fuck me, if only we had a scout dedicated to the Bundesliga or something

  85. Marko

    You’re describing Marko, he’s one of those guys that wants a couple of hundred million spent

    Nah I agree with gambon I wanted smart purchases over the years that way we’d be reaping the rewards now instead of this struggle. You’re the numpty who makes excuses for us not signing Dybala/Coutinho/VVD over the years who argues the Gervinho over Hazard and Xhaka over Kante signings. In saying all that I don’t see us fixing the CB issue with “potential” signings. I think we’ll have to bite the bullet one of these days and do what Liverpool done.

  86. Marko

    Off the top of my head, I can’t remeber who we’d singed around the same period, but I remember saying that Spurs got a better deal

    Carts the summer Spurs bought Son and Alderweirald was the infamous summer of cohesion where fuckface bought Cech for 10 million and that’s it. No single outfield player he couldn’t find anyone better than what we had. Son was a huge miss he was clearly an explosive player at Leverkusen

  87. Carts

    The reason why we missed out on a lot or reasonably priced prospects was either due to them not coming up in out *scout’s* radar or as we’ve all suspected, Arsene hated the idea or competition for players

    Emery hasn’t gotten off to a great starts with his signing, it has to be said. However I think it’s a case of being more savvy in the market

  88. Carts

    Marko

    I think you’re right, I was fucking flummoxed beyond belief.

    anyone who spent time studying players or cared enough to watch the bundesliga outsides of Bayern, and sometimes BVB, Would’ve seen that Son was quick, versatile, 2 footed and young

    Wenger really was a deluded sad fool, to be honest.

    £20m over 4 or 5 years, I mean fucking hell

  89. Charlie George

    Wenger really was a deluded sad fool, to be honest….

    3 league titles
    7 FA cups
    19 top 4
    +10 runner ups

    Signings from anelka , carzola and Sanchez, Henry at al

    How we would love some of that delusion
    Now?

  90. Leedsgunner

    No self respecting Korean will sign for us for a while after Wenger so badly treated Park Chu Young. We ruined his reputation in South Korea. Completely destroyed it.

  91. azed

    “Who’s Kelvin Phillips?”

    Some random who got to 50 goals before Suarez. Must be a better striker than Suarez going by Pierre’s logic.

  92. Champagne charlie

    Marko

    I’ve made no excuses for Wenger, I’ve just never been one of the cool ones to stoop to calling him “fuckface” and the like. That would be you that’s taken what’s offered and went on to play sides like some juvenile prick.

    Look at the state of you, can’t see past Wenger and you’re totally fixated on what he’s done with absolutely no interest in paying attention to what’s getting done now. So much so you’re happy to give the new crop as much leeway as possible in order to continue to stick it to Wenger.

    You’re a pathetic individual and arguably the dumbest cunt on here (let that sink in). I’d stick to the Xbox and fortnightly trip to get your JSA.

  93. Redtruth

    Arsenal were Runners Up 6 times under Wenger, but may as well of finished 10th as they trailed miles behind the eventual winners.

    1998-99
    1st Man Utd 79 points
    2nd Arsenal 78 points

    1999-00
    1st Man Utd 91 points
    2nd Arsenal 73 points

    2000-01
    1st Man Utd 80 poinrs
    2nd Arsenal 70 points

    2002-03
    1st Man Utd 83 points
    2nd Arsenal 78 points

    2004-05
    1st Chelsea 95 points
    2nd Arsenal 83 points

    2015-16
    1st Leicester 81 points
    2nd Arsenal 71 points

  94. Marko

    That would be you that’s taken what’s offered and went on to play sides like some juvenile prick.

    You mean facts. That’s what’s offered here. In 2015 we signed no outfield player. None. Spurs signed Son and Alderweirald. How about you take a break from bending over backwards for him and let someone shit talk him without a lemming like yourself butting in. Very real justifiable criticism and of course you take offense to it. For some reason. You’re a grown man with a weird fixation on an old man

  95. Pierre

    FYI …

    ” Ozil is the most creative player in Europe

    Mesut Ozil seems to frustrate Arsenal fans as much as thrill them, with many citing his lack of consistency since his arrival in 2013.

    However, accusing the midfielder of being inconsistent in all departments seems deeply unfair when you take one particular statistic into account.

    According to Opta, Ozil, who turned 30 on Monday, has created the most chances across Europe’s top five leagues since July 1, 2006: a total of 1,033. “

  96. Marko

    Here’s another one for you 2013 Spurs signed Erikson for 13 million euros…we bought Ozil for 42 million and Sanogo and Flamini on frees. Coutinho went for 13 million in the January window.

  97. Charlie George

    Red truth
    As always great garnering of stats
    I was referring to those 6 u mentioned
    Plus numerous finals

    Champions league r/U
    UEFA r/U
    X4 league cup runner up
    X1 FA Cup
    He also won 7 champions league.

    WE WILL NOT SEE THE LIKE AGAIN!

  98. Sancho Monzorla

    Pierre

    Spoken like someone who truly has no understanding of the game. Just laughable in his attempts to make shit shine.

  99. Charlie George

    Ozil aint the problem.

    HE is just too big for Emery to handle.
    Players will see through him

    They know Ozil should play
    Emery can’t handle the big names
    Thats why he wants bloody banega!

  100. Pierre

    Marko
    Here’s one for you from last season as you seem to think he went missing for the whole of the season ……I’m sure ,you being an Arsenal supporter, are pleased to see an Arsenal player can create so many chances for his team mates

    Remember Marko ,this stat is from last season , the season he was supposed to be taking holidays every other week , the season he downed tools, the season he took a sickie when he didn’t fancy playing , and he still managed to create more chances than Debruyne,David Silva and hazard………

    Mar 24, 2018
    Mesut Özil is the second best chance creator in the Premier League this season, but surprisingly it’s not Kevin De Bruyne who pips him to top spot.
    With seven or eight games to go before the conclusion of the season, we have a pretty good idea of how things are going to end up. Before the final round of matches, let’s take a look at who the league’s top five creative players have been so far:

    5. Christian Eriksen
    2.63 chances created per 90 minutes
    4. Eden Hazard
    3.05 chances created per 90 minutes
    3. Kevin De Bruyne
    3.31 chances created per 90 minutes
    2. Mesut Özil
    3.38 chances created per 90 minutes
    1. Cesc Fabregas
    3.65 chances created per 90 minutes
    Fabregas probably isn’t the player most people expect to see at the top of the list this campaign. There’s a good reason for that too, as his assist numbers are significantly lower.

    The Spaniard has 0.20 assists per 90 minutes, compared to 0.35 for Özil or 0.49 for De Bruyne. Clearly Chelsea have been a lot worse than the other teams at putting away chances.

    That theory holds true for Eden Hazard as well. Despite also making the top five for chances created, his assist numbers are even lower, with only 0.15 per 90.

    On the other side of things, it seems Manchester City are much better at putting away chances. Given their heavy investment in signing forwards like Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sané, Gabriel Jesus and so on, that’s not particularly surprising either.

    It’s good to see Özil is still so high up the list either way. Hopefully new signing Aubameyang will help turn those chances into goals a bit more often next season.

  101. Charlie George

    FA cup is the hardest tournament to win

    Every other tournament – u can afford to lose a game.
    U can’t in The FA Cup
    One chance and your out!

  102. G8

    The sooner people realize that ozil has now become just a washed up mercenary the better for all of us to move forward..

    Emery hasn’t alienated him, he is never fit physically or mentally..

    the bloke’s will never put his heart (if he has any) into the club ..I mean he held us to ransom refusing to extend his contract ffs .

    Thanks to those incompetent imbeciles  who bent over and handed him that rediculous sum to save face.. 

    how could any sane supporter try to defend that is just baffling!

  103. Marko

    are pleased to see an Arsenal player can create so many chances for his team mates

    Huh…8 assists all last season with two fantastic strikers. 1 this season… not good at all

  104. Charlie George

    Correct ozil is a mercenary.
    So is Emery and Raul and diamond eye
    And whoever u hire who has no affiliation to the team/country

  105. Marko

    It’s good to see Özil is still so high up the list either way. Hopefully new signing Aubameyang will help turn those chances into goals a bit more often next season.

    It’s next season and he has one assist. He played with Giroud and had more output than playing with Lacazette and Aubameyang.

  106. Sancho Monzorla

    Pierre incapable of understanding anything beyond articles he picks and chooses to read. This is to be expected of course because he has such pitiful knowledge of the game.

  107. Pierre

    Maybe Emery and Sarri should have a look at themselves and wonder why they have decided to alienate ozil and fabregas from their teams as they were the top 2 creative players last season …

    God luck to fabregas at Monaco ,I’m sure he Will show his quality in France …let’s hope Emery sees some sense before it’s too late….

  108. Marko

    You think when people talk about De Bruyne they’re going to bring up his chances created from last season or his goals and 19 assists? Tough one isn’t it

  109. G8

    Charlie begore you blame all them foreign ckub owners think you should first condemn the greedy Brits who sold to them in the first place hey!?

  110. Pierre

    Charlie George
    “Ozil aint the problem.HE is just too big for Emery to handle.
    Players will see through him”

    Correct.

  111. Charlie George

    Every time I see a foto of Emery and his clipboard in training- I just despair!
    HE thinks players are babies
    Treat em like men!

  112. Charlie George

    0
    If that’s the measuring stick
    He is failure

    In Japan/france/ England he has won multiple leagues.
    He is a success

  113. Pierre

    Marko
    “It’s next season and he has one assist. He played with Giroud and had more output than playing with Lacazette and Aubameyang.”

    that says more about Emery and his mis use of Ozil than anything else .

    He is messing about with the one player who could save him his job ….it’s a pogba/Jose situation all over again.

  114. Charlie George

    Surely the essence of coaching is using the tools at your disposal?
    It may not be to his liking – but while u have ozil, Rambo and laca play them every bloody game.

  115. Alexanderhenry

    Pedro

    I’m not denying the shit show arsenal fc became under wenger in the last few seasons especially.
    The Sanchez cock up was particularly unforgiveable.

    However, successful football club ownership is a speculative game.

    Many fans–especially arsenal fans–complain about this. They yearn for a more equal playing field and are contemptuous of those vulgar oligarchs and oil rich sheikhs who buy titles.
    Annoyingly this smug, self pitying attitutude has become one of the foundations of arsenal’s ‘values’ over the past ten years.

    Well, tough tits.

    That’s the way it is.
    Modern football is about ‘show me the money or fuck off and buy a women’s hockey team instead’.

    Project youth 2.0 will not work in my opinion, and it’s wishful thinking to believe that Emery or any other manager armed with a team of guendozis can simply outwit managers like klopp, pep and poch tactically and win the PL.