HILARIOUS Poch meltdown + Rambo off early? + LOANS LOANS LOANS

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Before we begin, may I introduce you to some fine words from the Spurs manager.

“Tottenham, no history of winning,”

“Our glory, I watch the video about the glory, it’s with (Bill) Nicholson. It’s black and white and I watch it nearly every week. To create again that feeling you need time. Four years, five years, that’s nothing in the history of the club.”

“Again we’re going to have the debate whether a trophy will take the club to the next level. I don’t agree with it. It only builds your ego. The most important thing for Tottenham right now is to always be in the top four.”

Mainline this meltdown right into my veins. Beautiful.

Welcome to a BIG week. Cardiff, followed by Manchester City. A fairly straight forward game followed by OH SHIT THERE’S A BEE TRAPPED UNDER MY SHIRT kind of game against the best team in the country.

Let’s start with the news. I’ll give it to you agenda-free.

Aaron Ramsey wrote a tweet saying there’s a big week ahead.

WHAT DOES HE MEAN?

Well, he could mean he’s packing his bags early and heading to Juventus.

Or, he could just be excited about going back to Cardiff, followed up by City at home.

Tough to know what to make of it if we ship him off. If Champions League football is worth £40m and we only land £10m for him, it’s a pointless exercise because we’re stronger with a fit player who knows the league. I very much doubt we’ll replace him with a loan player that has anywhere near the quality he does, but who knows.

Next up. Sokratis. Out until the end of February.

What a bloody nightmare.

The good news is Kos didn’t break his jaw, just bruising and swelling. I don’t know what that means, but I assume they’d say if he were concussed. 2 weeks?

The really bad news is we’re heading into Sunday with hopes and dreams wrapped up in Mustafi, which is a bit like playing Russian Roulette with 5 chambers filled. There is no leadership in our defence whatsoever. A real concern.

Arsenal are going LOANS CRAZY.

I was told that even though we’re being linked heavily with a lot of loan players, it’s still unlikely we’re going to be able to do much. For the second time in a week, it appears we’re dealing with a CEO who doesn’t want to give us an option on whether we buy a player. Ivan Perisic wants to leave, Inter acknowledge this, but they want us to buy.

“Perisic? We must accept the situation that some players show a willingness to be transferred. The player has expressed this desire, we want to satisfy him but we also need to respect the value of the player. Nothing concrete has arrived yet, we’ll wait to see in the coming days,’

…  £35m for a 29 year is fucking bat shit crazy and payday loans levels of short-term thinking.

To sweeten the deal, Arsenal are apparently offering to ship Ozil off and pay half of his salary. Which again makes my eyes bleed, because Moratta is a very shrewd operator and not into wasting money.

This time last year we swapped Alexis for Mikhi. It’s like we never learn. If a fair chunk of the fanbase are excusing Emery’s first 8 months because new players have been bedding in, are we confident that someone from Serie A who is failing will hit the ground running in the most physical league in the world? I wonder if we’d be better of giving chance to someone young like Smith-Rowe or Saka.

If I were to be positive about all this. Perisic is a capable operator based on what we’ve seen of him in the World Cup. He has a tremendous work ethic and he can give us much-needed quality from wide positions if he finds form. His stats might look dreary, but you don’t know what the deal is at Inter. He might hate it. I’ve read that he’s a tricky customer to deal with, and inconsistent, but it would appear we’re very much in the ‘anybody will do’ territory which feels reckless.

To make matters weirder, Inter are trying to run a swap deal for Carrasco. Someone who comes with baggage, but is younger, with a higher ceiling.

“Carrasco-Candreva swap? It’s normal that there are contacts, Ausilio is doing a great job but we must wait for things to become concrete,”

Moratta also loaned Cedric Soares, the right back from Southampton. The guy knows how to sniff out deals.

LOTS TO DISCUSS.

See you in the comments. xx

 

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  1. Bamford10

    If Solksjaer gets the job, it will be because of how well he does in the second half of the season, how clear his tactical approach is, how successful it is. Yes, his being a United man, his being an affable, likable fellow and a good man-manager also help, but it will come down to how well he has done and what that indicates for next season and the following. The clubs he has managed perviously will be irrelevant.

  2. Marko

    he’s headed back to Chelsea because thier billionaire wants him back.

    Really now. Roman wants the guy who’s pissed away money the last few years back over the Russian Canadian replacement he brought in. Seems unlikely that

  3. Un na naai

    Perhaps we’re just being intelligent.

    Bamford
    I agree. It would be stupid to waste money on half measures now when we could get real quality in the summer. Why was time and money?

  4. Dissenter

    Un na
    Let me help you out
    Rookie is specifically used for the first year or season. Once you’ve walked the beats then ‘rookie’ no longer applies.
    OGS was brought in as caretaker manager till the end of the season. He has until then to make a case for himself.
    Experience is experience , regardless of outcome. I don’t know about you but I’ve learned more in life from failures that any victory could ever teach me. OGS success is derived from being at the right place at the right time. He knows how to work a squad because he’s actually done it before/

  5. Un na naai

    Bamford10January 29, 2019 11:30:56
    If Solksjaer gets the job, it will be because of how well he does in the second half of the season, how clear his tactical approach is, how successful it is. Yes, his being a United man, his being an affable, likable fellow and a good man-manager also help, but it will come down to how well he has done and what that indicates for next season and the following. The clubs he has managed perviously will be irrelevant.

    Bamford

    Spot on. 100% I’ve always liked Solskjaer. One of footballs good guys

  6. Receding Hairline

    Bamford

    Is Ole a rookie manager though??

    “A rookie is a person in the first year of activity in a sport, or someone new to a profession, training, or activity such as a rookie police officer, rookie pilot, a recruit, or occasionally a freshman”

  7. shaun

    just getting boring now , they will struggle to get past Cardiff and get annihilated by city same old really and there billionaire owner won’t put his hand in his pocket to fix the obvious problems with the squad ,trying to buy wingers when a dog can see what is really needed, patience has run out now as this is just pure stupidity, what can you say about arsenal these days …..that’s if you can even be bothered anymore

  8. Dissenter

    Marko
    What are you in about
    Emenalo made Chelsea crazy money and he’s a well respected football technical director. Wouldn’t you quit if the owner publicly overrules you?
    He’s the one who devised the elaborate Chelsea ‘farm’ project, buying lots of players specifically to loan out and resell. That’s what helped them wean off Abramovich’s initial spending.
    The guy who brought in players like Salah and Kevin De Bruyne, it’s not his fault Mourhino wasn’t on the same page.

  9. Bamford10

    Receding

    No, he is not a rookie. He had solid managerial experience prior to United, but he will be judged on what he does at United this season, not on what he has done prior to this.

  10. Receding Hairline

    A two time title winning manager and cup winner regardless of the level this happened is not a rookie. He has managed Molde through European games and even topped a group with Ajax, Fenerbache and Celtic

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not a rookie

  11. Receding Hairline

    but he will be judged on what he does at United this season, not on what he has done prior to this.

    Yes Bamford but that wasn’t really the argument ..Everyone is judged on what they achieved in their present posts not their former.

  12. Paulinho

    United are doing what a lot of clubs do; bringing in managers that are the polar opposite to the previous knowing the chances of short-term success is increased by doing so. Solsjkaer has made some good decisions – like ditching all their immobile players to be as dynamic and fluid as possible – but lets see how he is going this time next year if he gets the job. Will he be ‘too nice by then? Will United ‘need a strong character with a proven track record’?

    Sarri could do no wrong at the start of his Chelsea career. Jorginho was a genius, triggering their press as well as dictating. Hazard and other flair players were given freedom. Six months on and maybe Chelsea are in need of the traits Conte was so derided for at the end of his tenure.

  13. Marko

    He also pissed away millions dissenter. Summer of 17/18 alone 186 million spent and only Rudiger is what a shit. And he was sacked from Monaco

  14. Dissenter

    Paulinho
    Good point.
    It’s very hard to find a second wind after the initial adrenaline burst of the introduction. That’s why young managers get found out, they don’t know what to do in crises because they haven’t been there before. I recall Monk at Swansea looking good initially until the second season.
    That’s my fear of us bringing in this new toys like Arteta. You can’t replicate real experience and I’m not sure working with Guardiola really inspires resilience and adaptiveness in a young manager.
    It’s not like Arsenal have £400 million to spend on a new defense.

  15. Paulinho

    Dissenter – Why it’s too early to judge Emery. It’s clear he’s the ugly duckling of the array of ‘special sauce’ managers that parade the catwalk, but he might have more substance than a lot of them have put together.

  16. Marko

    Yeah people need to relax about Ole 8 wins in a row is a good start but that’s all it is. Wasn’t too long ago that Emery won 12/13 in a row and went 21 unbeaten and now people want to feed him to the sharks. Point is that it can all change very quickly. Even for a darling of the media. Don’t get me started on that by the way. I’ve never managed a team in my life but if you made me manager of United yeah I’d probably just keep starting Martial and give Pogba a free CAM role instead of a holding CM role and I’d start a pacy forward instead of a useless lump at CF. No great tactical approach to it honestly. Oh and by playing these pacy players you make yourself better at the counter attack and lo and behold that’s a good way to beat Spurs

  17. Dissenter

    Marko
    Emenalo left because Conte was stinking the place out with his bitching. That and Abramovic hands off approach created confusion withMarina Granovskaia.
    I notice you didnt address the point about their loaning system which made them hundreds of millions.
    When we were choosing to stash away money to wait for FFP to create a level playing field, Emenalo was making the right gamble that side-stepped FFP by seeking the brightest young talent early and loaning then out to resell for profit. That’s how Chelsea became ‘self-sufficient’
    Emenalo actually did what we are trying to do; catch them before they become stars 5-7 seasons ago.
    I read the interview Neymar’s dad gave about how Chelsea almost signed Neymar when Emenalo showed up but for the reluctance to go as low as Barca went.

  18. Dissenter

    I’ve been impressed by Emery’s integrity.
    He’s not interested in covering up for anyone. He spoke out publicly about the paucity if transfer funds this winter and has also put the club on notice about the summer spending.

  19. Leedsgunner

    OGS’s spell has the whiff of Roberto Di Matteo’s brief spell of Chelsea about it. Remember when he took them to the Champion’s League Final and won it?

    Where did that get him?

    I urge everyone to just calm down and let things play out.

    I don’t know for sure but I suspect what Man United is going through is a dead cat bounce… a heck of a very high dead cat bounce but a bounce regardless.

    It’s still a dead cat.

    Before we enviously hail OGS as the next managerial genius let’s see how he finishes the season… and see how he operates in a full season of his own.

  20. Dissenter

    Pilots use flight stimulators to train for certain scenarios. They learn by repetition through a computer that can generate real life experiences.
    It’s different for football coaching.
    You can’t replicte that horrible loss on the sideline knowing very well that you have to go face your players in the dressing room.
    You can’t replicate how to calm your players down after a last minute winner.
    There are so many intangibles that only experience can teach.
    OGS of 2019 is a lot difffent that the cocky man who arrived at Swansea on a magic carpet. He would have learned from that.

  21. Nelson

    Arsenal could send Mesut Ozil to Paris Saint-Germain in a swap deal for Adrien Rabiot, according to the Daily Star.

  22. Dissenter

    Receding
    You’re a trouble maker 😀😀😀
    Try telling the Mislintat-is-our-savior crowd that Sven wasn’t on a mission to replay his ancient number one singles for us.
    All Sven ever did was dump 29-30 year olds on us for bags of money.
    This doesn’t surprise me. Perisic was Sven’s idea?
    There’s a pattern.

  23. Freddie Ljungberg

    Nelson

    Saw that, would be amazing but doesn’t seem likely.

    If it was true and we ended up with Rabiot, Malkuit and Nkunku for example it would be a very successful January window considering the cost.

  24. Receding Hairline

    Receding
    You’re a trouble maker 😀😀😀

    Just passing on information bro, i am pretty sure the metro will soon be dismissed as rumor peddlers.

    All Sven ever did was dump 29-30 year olds on us for bags of money.
    This doesn’t surprise me. Perisic was Sven’s idea?
    There’s a pattern.

    Ample evidence to back this up. Man simply dusted up his old finds journal and sprinkled in some good finds on it. No wonder he wasn’t given the promotion he sought

  25. Cesc Appeal

    ‘The Everton future that Sven wanted…’

    That should have been the title of the last article, Pedro.

    Whoops.

  26. TheBoyCornelius

    Seems like Raul got the deal he wanted for Suarez, loan till end of season with option not obligation to buy.

  27. Receding Hairline

    “Perisic has won 75 caps but is now past his prime, which is why Inter want to sell him..
    Post Wenger, the job at Arsenal was simple: improve recruitment and coaching.

    Perisic is 30 on Saturday. You cannot be serious! You don’t rebuild a squad of crocks by signing 30-year old”s a year after their final World Cup.”

    Some wise words from ANR

  28. Bamford10

    “It’s still a dead cat.”

    Nah, that cat is alive and well. United are a purring, happy, energetic cat that has been given the proper structure and space in which to play.

    People who aren’t watching carefully are underestimating what Solksjaer is doing there; they will likely close the gap with Spurs and finish third.

  29. Cesc Appeal

    Suarez and Perisic as options to buy not obligations to buy could well provide timely reinforcements.

    Perisic will be the first winger Emery’s had and Suarez will bring what he needs to the CAM position.

    I’m not at all convinced by Chelsea or United, 4th is still very much on for me.

    Lacazette/Aubameyang
    Perisic, Ramsey, Suarez

    That has far more balance than anything we’ve seen so far this season. You never know how a buy will work out, but has the potential to implement what Emery wants in terms of attack and the forward press.

    People can talk about the defence and why we’re signing 2 attackers, but that defence is going to take about £100 Million to sort. Plasters like Benatia on loan won’t do anything.

  30. Freddie Ljungberg

    Think the Suarez deal is better than going for Perisic, if he doesn’t work out he goes back, if he’s great we sign him up for less than 20m and he would still have a resale value.

    Malcuit seems unlikely with Napoli unwilling to let him go.

    Suarez + Nkunku then? Better than nothing for sure. Throw in the Ozil for Rabiot deal and it’s one of the best January windows ever.

    Could potentially leave us with only another winger to buy in the summer and then full focus on the defence. Could raise money selling Xhaka as well which would be great.

  31. Bamford10

    People are also underestimating the quality United possess. Lingard and Rashford are better players than some here imagine. Martial is excellent, Pogba is excellent if handled correctly, and Lukaku is showing signs of improved play under Skolsjaer’s guidance.

    And their defense — though far from star-studded — is solid enough for their purposes.

  32. Freddie Ljungberg

    Bamford10

    Of course Man U has a much better squad than us, shouldn’t even be debatable, it only is because some idiots think a manager just has to roll up, spunk their special sauce all over some random nobody players and they’re suddenly world class.

  33. Bamford10

    Cesc

    Hope this news is correct, hope Sanllehi has played hard-ball and won. Suarez and Perisic together would improve our attack a good deal. If this is all true, saying we are only in for loans in January has helped — even if it’s produced all kinds of nonsense commentary here.

  34. Marko

    Rabiot for Ozil would be about as good as it gets for us I swear. Not only would we add a quality player and be rid of old bug eyes but you’d have the long term replacement for Xhaka as well

  35. Gunnershabz

    if we can squeeze denis saurez and Malcolm of Barca then I think it would add more dimension to our attack

    but the DEFENCE needs sorting and from emery message he doesn’t want to add anymore in expense for his current squad

  36. Alexanderhenry

    Dissenter

    Regarding Emery’s recent statement, I agree.
    At least he’s come clean about the fact he’s been given no money this January.

    I like the fact he’s given a strong message to the BOD or whatever you’d call the current arsenal management structure, concerning investment.

    Despite the platitudes on project youth 2.0 and ‘improving’ players he knows, as well as most arsenal fans, that the squad needs a major upgrade which will cost ‘mucho euros’.

    How much he’ll be given is down to Stan.

  37. Freddie Ljungberg

    “but the DEFENCE needs sorting and from emery message he doesn’t want to add anymore in expense for his current squad”

    Probably can’t find any decent defenders that we can get on loan that would make a difference. I’m sure he would like a spanking new world class CB for example but that doesn’t seem likely until the summer and maybe not WC then either.

  38. Freddie Ljungberg

    Either way, improving our attack and midfield would ease the pressure on our defense, especially our fullbacks won’t have to bomb forward constantly. Should help with stability as long as we don’t get even more injuries there.

  39. Gunnershabz

    “but the DEFENCE needs sorting and from emery message he doesn’t want to add anymore in expense for his current squad”

    Probably can’t find any decent defenders that we can get on loan that would make a difference. I’m sure he would like a spanking new world class CB for example but that doesn’t seem likely until the summer and maybe not WC then either.

    yeah I get what you mean, the fav rumour of benetia can end as he left juventus to go to some team in Qatar

    but it does look like emery wants to develop Mavropanos which I am happy to see because I think he has huge potential

    like to see Zach Medley have a chance too

  40. Paulinho

    Our biggest problem is the lack of quality in transition. A lot of our defensive problems and goals conceded are due to spluttering play between our midfield and attack and the opposition countering off that. Emery doesn’t play with an 8 so we need our advanced options to be a lot more efficient than they are now.

  41. Freddie Ljungberg

    Gunnershabz

    I like the little we’ve seen of Mavro, just too bad he has to play next to Mustafi, hardly going to be easy. Hope he impresses enough to be paired with Sok when he’s back.

  42. Gunnershabz

    yeah paulinho I agree with you

    we lose most of goals with turnover of possession, lacazette has been guilty of doing flicks and it becomes a loose ball

    we get crowded out and the opposition transition turnover ends up with an efficient counter attack leaving our defence exposed

    that’s why I think he went with wingbacks and 3 defenders but we didn’t really create much with this formation unless we were really clinical

    Bellerin was a speed merchant he can get back asap but Kolasnic will drift up front and most teams will counter his defensive space

  43. Gunnershabz

    Freddie

    “I like the little we’ve seen of Mavro, just too bad he has to play next to Mustafi, hardly going to be easy. Hope he impresses enough to be paired with Sok when he’s back”

    unfortunely if he does play today it will be with Mustafi, they both aggressive centre backs trying to win the ball early and they get caught
    we need a good positional defender like sokratis next to mavropanos

    but beggers cant be choosers for the next month

  44. Champagne charlie

    “Our biggest problem is the lack of quality in transition. A lot of our defensive problems and goals conceded are due to spluttering play between our midfield and attack and the opposition countering off that. Emery doesn’t play with an 8 so we need our advanced options to be a lot more efficient than they are now.“

    What is this in reference to specifically?

    Because turning over possession in attack shouldn’t result in goals and goal chances being conceded, that’s a systemic issue of awful defending.

    Iwobi was castrated for doing a flick in the opponent 18 yard box because we conceded from it. That sort of stuff totally omits responsibility if you ask me.

  45. Paulinho

    Charlie – If you’re looking to attack aggressively and takes risks at the back then you need to have an cohesive threatening attack that can consistently create chances/shots or at least really put teams on the back foot to the point they find it difficult to counter even if they do thwart us. Too often – as seen as again between Ozil and Lacazette before United’s third goal – we do not attack with any conviction and we concede possession too high up the pitch with the opposition barely flustered.

    I have doubts that Suarez/Perisic are the required level to actually bring our attack on but at the moment we are horrible to watch because we have two limited number nines, woefully inadequate wide playmakers, and zero central threat due to Emery playing two sixes in midfield. It’s killing the team and we are just ripe time and time again to be picked off. Improve the offensive chemistry of the team, improve the confidence, and we will see overall improvement.

  46. Dissenter

    Barca are said to be unhappy because Raul took negotiations about Suarez “too personal”.
    That means he struck a good bargain for Arsenal.

  47. Dissenter

    There’s talk from French tabloids that PSG are interested in signing Denis Suarez and want to use the deal to ease Rabiot off to Barca.

  48. Un na naai

    Dissenter

    There is a world of difference with molde and Manchester United. In those terms he’s a novice. You’re playing semantics but you know exactly what I mean when I say he’s a rookie. Now Steve Bruce isn’t a rookie in comparison. He’s managed in the premier league for decades
    Solskjaer up until now has managed for half a season and finished last. Yes it’s an experience but it’s not why he got the United job. Neither is his time at molde.

    In premier league terms not just elite club terms, he’s a novice.

  49. Un na naai

    . I don’t know about you but I’ve learned more in life from failures that any victory could ever teach me. OGS success is derived from being at the right place at the right time. He knows how to work a squad because he’s actually done it before/

    Dissenter

    Yes. I’ll agree. Hard knocks certainly sharpen your tool collection more than an easy run. From my own experience.

  50. Nelson

    Seems that we are getting Suarez and I am happy.
    I start to see the reason why Emery wants to strengthen the attack. It would be easier for us to defeat those weaker teams. That would keep us stay close to the top4 spot. If we can somehow also get points from the games against Spud and Manu in the beginning of March, there is a chance we could sneak in top4, Let’s hope! I give up vs MC.

  51. Champagne charlie

    Paulinho

    Yes, I get that. But attacking is a risky endeavour anyway or it would yield goals every time you had possession. There’s ambitious passes, cute flicks etc.

    If we’re setup to attack in this way then our passive players and setup should be drilled to anticipate and organise to mitigate the danger from these turnovers.

    Like I say, Iwobi throwing a dummy in the opponents box shouldn’t result in us conceding. That’s not an Iwobi issue, that’s a defensive setup one.

  52. Paulinho

    Charlie – I knew when we appointed Emery that we would concede goals like we have, and I still don’t have a problem with the Bournemouth goal. Time elapsed since has revealed how mediocre they are as a team and we were right to press for the second goal, even if it was just before half time.

    That’s always been his way and making dumb decisions and generally have no idea what to do in and around the box has always been Iwobi’s way, so Emery’s plan is to bring in more efficient ‘been ‘around the block’ types like Perisic to limit that as much as possible and. That’s sort of risk-taker he’s always been.

  53. Silverhawk

    Receeding

    The Benfica women’s team after 16 matches have scored 293 goals and conceded 0.

    So far this season, they have played 13 league games and conceded 19 goals while scoring 30.

    Braga Women on the other hand have played 13 league games, scoring 70 and conceding 2.

    I believe you saw the clip where the Benfica Women won 32-0.But that was a cup game.

  54. Receding Hairline

    Paulinho

    A man sat down in a press conference and said he prefers to win 5-4 than 1-0 and yet some expected defensive solidity from a team he coaches

    When he was at Almeira, he went 10 man down in a game tied at 1-1, rather than an extra defender he brought on two extra attackers and lost 3-1, no one at the club was surprised because that’s just the way he is, a risk taker.

    The question i have always asked is, can he take us into the Champions league at the end of his two year contract,and up to this point i see no reason why he cannot. He has had a pretty rotten few weeks but we are still well within reach.

  55. Pierre

    A vital part of the centre mid is giving protection to the defence.

    Our centre midfield basically consists of Torreira,xhaka and Guendouzi. Those 3 are not the quickest around the pitch I think it is fair to say .

    Because of their lack of mobility it is vitally important that positionally they are near perfect and are good readers of the game and can sense danger.

    without these attributes , if they are fractionally caught out of position , their lack of mobility will be highlighted.

    Manchester United’s 3rd goal in the FA cup highlighted a weak area of our midfield.
    Ozil passed the ball to Lacazette who misplaced his pass, at this point we had Torreira and Guendouzi behind the ball but they were not switched on . Both players didn’t react to the situation until it was too late and pogba had a free run through midfield.

    One of either Torreira or Guendouzi should have been more positionally aware. A simple movement across 5 yards by either or both of those players would have put them in a position to protect the defence and Pogba would have no way through.

    If they had pace then they may have been able to recover their position , that is why I say they have to be near perfect positionally as they have no recovery pace to call back on .
    For instance , if we had AMN in the centre mid position , he has great recovery pace and is probably our only midfield player to have this attribute.

    It is all very well Emery wanting Torreira to attack more but once the ball is past him there is no chance of recovery from him. Earlier in the season he was doing what he does best , protecting the defence , holding his position ,sitting in front of the back 4 and it worked.

    For some reason Emery wanted Torreira to attack more and now we are unbalanced in midfield ..

  56. gambon

    Have to say Sanllehi has played a blinder here. You have to be impressed with how he has handled Barcelona.

    We wanted a loan with an option, they wanted an obligation, and Sanllehi won.

    Im not that keen on Suarez as a signing, but at least we have someone that is more competent than Wenger or Gazidis dealing with negotiations.

  57. Paulinho

    Receding – Agree. It’s baffling. It’s one thing making criticisms of him based on his philosophy (although some still seem none the wiser on that score) because there are flaws, but general criticisms that don’t take his style into context are the puzzling ones.

    When Rafa Benitez decided to open up at Newcastle earlier on in the season after being defensive at the start, they started winning games, but then they got soundly thumped at home to West Ham. So even someone with the special sauce defensively or tactically like Benitez couldn’t stop them conceding three goals at home and losing 3-0. Overall though, despite that result, Benitez made the right move trying to attack more. They were sinking in quicksand before that with their ultra-defensive approach.

  58. Receding Hairline

    Paulinho i watched Watford beat Newcastle in the FA cup this weekend

    The game was pretty flat and boring because Newcastle were not attacking and Watford are rubbish unless they are countering. The minute Newcastle decided to give a little more in attack they were a goal down in a flash, pushed for the equalizer and were sucker punched with the second. All this while not registering a shot on target all game.

  59. Samesong

    Pierre

    Guendouzi a youngster, all that will come with experience. Think your being a tad harsh on him.

    It’s all about communication.

  60. Pierre

    RH
    “When he was at Almeira, he went 10 man down in a game tied at 1-1, rather than an extra defender he brought on two extra attackers and lost 3-1, no one at the club was surprised because that’s just the way he is, a risk taker.”

    Are you saying that it’s a good thing that we have a risk taker managing Arsenal.

    Would you be happy with the point I made about Emery wanting Torreira to attack more when he has no recovery pace whatsoever .
    I personally think that it highlights the weakest part of his game as he looks like a little boy chasing back whereas if he was protecting the defence you highlight the strongest part of his game …defending, tackling and closing down spaces .

  61. Receding Hairline

    Maybe when we start offering a little bit more in attack Torriera will not have to move forward too often.

    If i was on the pitch watching Iwobi prance around with the ball up front i may also be tempted to join in to make something happen.

    Again it boils down to what Paulinho is saying and has been saying, better attacking options upfront will eliminate the need for our defensive players to join in the attack hence lowering the possibility of a counter.

  62. Paulinho

    Receding – Yep, he can get away with that at Newcastle. Not much will be made of it. He’s working with less there but enjoying the leeway that gives him in terms of poor results and performances.

    I think his best days are behind him (Valencia, Liverpool). We’ve got Emery at his peak, when he’s still hungry and up for that fight.

  63. Dissenter

    Ozil’s days are numbered, that is if he still fancies himself as a footballer.
    No one wants him, not Germany, certainly not the not Arsenal hierarchy.

  64. Champagne charlie

    Paulinho

    We can agree to disagree as far as conceding those types of goals go. You don’t brush those under a rug in some defence of attacking.

    To concede goals from the opposite box is abysmal defending. The kind that stifles attackers because they’re then pressured never to lose the ball despite needing to take risks.

    I wouldn’t expect that sort of concessions of any manager, so for me that’s a totally bogus assertion as far as Emery goes.

  65. Gunnershabz

    in regarding Ozil

    Fenerbache cant even afford him they in a relagation battle and could be relegated and plus they banned from Europe

    so no way they can pull a package for him and I know he ozil would love to retire at fenerbache

    only way is with inter Milan but they will want a loan and wage compensation

  66. Receding Hairline

    Yep, he can get away with that at Newcastle. Not much will be made of it. He’s working with less there but enjoying the leeway that gives him in terms of poor results and performances.

    Paulinho personally i think Rafa is pulling a blinder at Newcastle, he is absolved of any poor result or performance because people are more fixated on Ashley and his lack of investment. After some less than stellar spells at Napoli and Madrid, he has somehow reinvented himself in England as a good manager starved of funds who would have been doing wonders if he was given more money.

  67. Pierre

    RH
    “Again it boils down to what Paulinho is saying and has been saying, better attacking options upfront will eliminate the need for our defensive players to join in the attack hence lowering the possibility of a counter.”

    I’m not sure if will make any difference who we bring in , as you say Emery’s a risk taker…
    Anyway , I believe that used correctly Aubamayang,Lacazette,Ozil,Mhkitaryan,iwobi and Ramsey are good enough attacking options …it remains to be seen whether Emery improves on what we already have at the club.

  68. Charlie George

    Gambom

    “”Have to say Sanllehi has played a blinder here. You have to be impressed with how he has handled Barcelona.””

    Are u sure???

    Barca( Raul) sign Suarez from Villareal
    £3.5 million.
    Arsenal ( Raul ) sign from Barca for
    £20 million.
    Suarez has been a resounding failure at Barca- and yet his price has increased FIVEFOLD?

    And then we wonder why are finances are in a pickle…