Suarez and Nkunku deadline day players to watch

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Oh, man, too much excitement.

We’ve pretty much landed Denis Suarez. There was some worry, mostly fueled by me, that the deal was going to fail because Barca dropped the announcement of their homepage… however, there has been no noise about a failed medical.

Ornstein reckons Perisic and Carassco deals are very unlikely, but the Nkunku deal is 50/50.

So we have a wide left player who can give Emery more finesse with touch and a bit more energy moving the ball and potentially a utility midfielder who can play right back.

There is a horror thread from David Cartlidge on Suarez.

If you click into it, he basically says Emery didn’t know how to use him, the player is no more than a cog in a machine (our machine is bad), and he has issues like a lack of personality and the inability to impose himself on games.

Well, he has it all to prove at Arsenal. At least if it goes badly, we can send him back.

In other news, ESR has moved to Leipzig on loan. A bloody excellent move. Nketiah has gone to work with Jens at Augsburg in Germany. Ben Knapper working that new loans job well. GOOD LUCK CHAPS.

In footballing news, Arsenal moved back into 4th after Chelsea took a SPANKING at Bournemouth. Other good news stretched to Liverpool drawing.

For all the shrieks of ‘Emery can’t compete for top 4’, it appears that with a squad of supposedly shite players, we’re in 4th heading into February.

It’s all about coaching now. If Rafa Benitez can beat Pep, then there’s no reason we can’t. Apparently, we have the same points total as them since late August.

Just don’t play a high line… please, please, please don’t put us through that.

Right, that’s me done. I did a podcast for your ears. I’m alone.

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  1. PhD2020

    Radio RaheemFebruary 1, 2019 21:17:30
    What’s wrong with checkered shirt maths teachers?
    Eat shit you swine 🙂
    ———
    He does-in the woods with his MAGA bum chums.. 🙂

  2. Nelson

    I think the team should watch the video of the game between us and Chelsea. I was impressed to see our two strikers coming back to our own half and do the pressing. They have to do the same thing against MC. MC is going to have most of the possession. We should go for defense and then fast counter. We should not have our strikers standing up front with the back to the goal waiting for a pass. And then we blame the midfield of not providing service to the strikers. Against a strong team, the strikers have to be part of the team defense. Our midfield and defense alone are not good enough to stop MC’s attack.

  3. HillWood

    PhD
    Do you remember the comedian Dick Emery from the 70s
    My view is Wenger had to be replaced and we could have done better than Emery
    However he somehow stumbled through a 22match unbeaten run with some fantastic wins eg the magnificent performance against the Scum
    Some of his selections and tactics have appeared to me as bizarre
    But here we are in the top 4 in Feb
    So I was just interested in your thoughts on his performance so far

  4. salpardisenyc

    Carts

    Curious to see how decisive club will be if Emery finishes worse off than Wenger last season. Playing bland football.

    I’m not sold on him by any stretch. Hoping its a brave new world at Arsenal with a bit of ruthlessness shown towards the mediocre.

    Thought which Alexander Henry was proposing that Emery may walk this summer if not receiving decent backing from club / Kroenky in market, I don’t buy in to. Emery and his boys are on good money in the Prem, they won’t find better.

  5. bennydevito

    CG,

    You obviously don’t listen to any of Pedro’s podcasts because he explained in a recent one that Sven is leaving because he didn’t get the technical director position he was promised post Wenger because the board, not Emery, weren’t impressed with his output in the year of his employment and he was barely there, they didn’t feel he was deserving of it.

    You really should do a modicum of fact finding old chap before you start casting incorrect aspersions around.

    Anyway, I hope you enjoyed your steamed spotted dick and custard pudding after your fish n chips and didn’t set fire to the newspaper with your cigar.

    Do let us know of any spiffing ideas of how we can remove the skittish Spanish invaders from the ivory towers they have built with help of the Denis Suarez transfer, but hopefully the towers will automatically collapse at the end of the season on their own, when Suarez proves how fragile he is after not getting any mud on his knees and goes back to Barcelona to have some paella.

    That would be bully.

    Tally ho, chots away, hang on to your bowler hat, and if all else fails we will fight those dastardly Spanish invaders on the beaches.

    God save the Queen.

  6. Charlie George

    Bd
    Why would the scout be there? He would be out scouting,perhaps….
    If the board as you allege were not happy with Swen- they surely can’t be happy with Raul?
    Why do they think Raul is performing and Swen underperforming..?
    Let me remind you.

    Swen finds dembele for Dortmund for 10 mill
    Raul buys Dembele for Barca for 130 mill

    I won’t be the only one thinking -keeping and promoting Swen and ousting Raul would have been the better move.

    After all he finds the players and makes the money to buy more players.

    Raul just spends it ( badly)

    Once again,: how many players has Raul made a profit on??

  7. PhD2020

    Bamford10February 1, 2019 19:16:50
    So we signed Aubameyang as a 60m back-up? No.We signed a 60m CF in order to deploy him wide? No.We signed him because Lacazette has been thoroughly underwhelming up to that point. Prior to that January window, for example, he had gone eight games without a goal and had only recorded seven shots in that time.Lacazette also went straight to the bench upon Auba’s arrival. So, sorry, but you’re wrong.
    ————-

    I don’t wish to engage in tete-a tete with you,given your track record.I know you have this uncanny ability to remain steadfast in your beliefs,despite being met with overwhelming evidence,or basic logic that contradicts your line of thought in summary.

    It’s a futile exercise trying to engage you on a rational level.Simply because you serve your opinions as facts based on a stinking pile of horse manure dressed up as caviar.

    Now,if we look at that Auba vs Laca scenario.You still contend the view,Auba was signed as a replacement for Laca.
    I disagree wholeheartedly for so many reasons.I pointed several reasons for this in my former post.Check the link/time stamp.

    PhD2020February 1, 2019 19:52:20

    Aligned with this view I addressed previously-We had two forwards sold ‘Giroud and Theo.’
    Which meant on the offensive front,we were short two forwards.
    Begs the question,why would we bring in one striker,(given two were sold and the third Wellbeck was and is injury prone) and expect said forward to play 38 EPL games plus Europa and domestic cups -without accounting for injuries, suspensions,fatigue,etc.?
    Dumb planning if you ask me.Ever heard of contingency planning?Or having several options on the table?

    Two,we spank out £50 million for Laca,he struggles for form(via injuries), acclimatising,different culture,different club,trying to develop a rapport/relationship with his team mates.Even though what he is bringing to the table is so self evident.Clear as night and day(of which you wanted him sold,as you could not see what he was offering from the outset).

    Then in Jan,spank out another circa £60 million for Auba,who by the way is cup tied for the Europa league games.Which meant,that we were hoping to achieve CL qualification via one of two routes.The Europa campaign or via a top four finish in the EPL..So Auba can’t play in Europa but Laca can.
    Really makes sense in this setting,to offload Laca(that is not cup tied)-right?

    So,both players offering different attributes-one a poacher the other a link up,hold it ,creating and making chances type player.Who could offer up various options not only in play,but in terms of our route back into the top four.One cup tied,the other not.

    Three,after we sold RVP,we were crying out for a striker(s)-for how many years(6 years I believe).The best we had was Giroud,Sanogo and Theo(Luca also who hardly played).We got rid of all three(or four).Left with injury prone-can’t hit a barn door Wellbeck,though he puts in a shift.

    How do you explain away the fact that we managed to bag two strikers for almost £110 million(Auba and Laca),which if I admit,was a fantastic deal in the grand scheme of things.A fantastic piece of business in hindsight.Yet,you contend we wanted to sell Laca and replace him with Auba?Getting one prominent striker would probably cost you between £80-90 million these days?
    Luis Suariz was sold for £65 million to Barca (2014) 5 years ago…You do the maths?Two strikers bought for a combined figure of £110 million and we wanted rid of one?

    How and why?Given the above.

    Were we going into the season,with the idea or plan to have one striker spearhead or lead the charge for 38+ EPL games+Europa League and Cup games,without adjusting or accounting for fatigue,injuries,suspensions,acclimatisation,etc?
    Just appealing to logic here-non?

    You’ve long advocated Emery playing some kind of 4-4-2 formation or some variation,where both players are able to link up and pose more of an attacking threat.The fact that you see this, a season down the line,makes me wonder,did you not think the footballing men could also envisage this way before you?

    Both Auba and Laca offering up different options,different formations to play with,in order to find the best suit for Arsenal on the attacking/offensive front.
    I see their respective roles in the team similar to that of the Dwight York-Andy Cole partnership at ManUre.One being a fox in the box/poacher, the other able to link up play,create and score also.Different skill sets adding and enabling the team.
    Another example,but maybe not an ideal one,would be the Raul-CR09 partnership at RM.

    All in all,for me it does not make sense that we would sign one player for £50 million,only to sign another forward for circa £56 million,with a view to replacing the former striker,whilst attempting to get back in to the CL,via one of two routes.Europa Cup or EPL.Where one striker is cup tied in the Europa,and the other is not.

    In addition to losing two(three) strikers(Giroud and Theo/Luca) and we only replace with one or with a view according to you of selling Laca due to his numbers for that part of the season.

    For crying out loud-Chelsea signed Morata for £70 million,gave him a season to prove himself and subsequently have farmed him out to Athletico Madrid.Since he did not live up to expectations.And you expected or are of the thought that Arsenal were looking to offload Laca after three months of his signing-really?

    For me,it is not logical your line or train of thought.
    So,excuse me for stating that I think you are wrong in my humble opinion.Nothing new there mind you.Par of the course,where you are concerned.

    Do have a great day.

    Cheers
    🙂

  8. Valentin

    Raul, the guy who refused Varane and bought Jeremy Matthieu!
    The guy who gazumped Roma for Malcolm whom six months later Barcelona can’t even resell at half price.
    I understand that some are willing to give him the benefit of the doubts but you have to admit that his previous dealing does not inspire confidence.

  9. Charlie George

    Valentin,
    Astounding post ,as always

    Unfortunately but understandably as all football fans naturally want the best for their teams- earnestly believe Raul has the Midas Touch.

    I am afraid as you have pointed out on more than a few occasions this is far from the truth.

    The more research and analysis of his time at Barca shows what another appalling decision Gazidas made by appointing him into his DOF posting.

    Maybe you can help me out:
    Has Raul EVER made profit on a transfer?

  10. Charlie George

    I think . Raul – pound for pound is the worst football administrator there is around..
    Is he actually capable of selling a player for few quid?

    He has been here a year. Not earnt Arsenal a penny?

  11. bennydevito

    HillWoodFebruary 2, 2019    00:24:28

    Bennydevito
    Stick to being second in command
    You don’t have the brains to be Top Cat

    😂😂😂

    And what would you know of my brains sunshine?

    2nd in command of what exactly?

    What a weird little comment.

  12. bennydevito

    “I won’t be the only one thinking -keeping and promoting Swen and ousting Raul would have been the better move.”

    I’m not saying you’re wrong, but I didn’t make or was privvy to the thinking behind the decision not to promote him.

    Nor were you but that doesn’t stop you from speculating and passing it off as fact does it?

    And that is my point. I’m just going by what Pedro said in the podcast.

    What Raul did or didn’t do at Barcelona is irrelevant to what he’s doing now at Arsenal. So far during Raul’s tenure we’ve signed Aubameyang, Mikhitaryan, Leno, Sokratis, Torreira, Guendouzi and Lichsteiner.

    Mikhitaryan and Lichsteiner being obvious duds but they didn’t cost anything, the others amounting to approximately £120m, not a bad outlay especially when in 5 years time we’ll probably be able to recoup that on Torreira and Guendouzi alone.

    That’s pretty spiffing I would say and deserves a cigar.

    We didn’t sign any permanent players this winter because of our wage bill and FFP but that will change in the summer and we should have at least £100m to spend. I look forward to seeing what Raul does with that and am confident it will be good and I hope it will be used to seriously strengthen our defence on players that aren’t approaching 30, but I don’t have a crystal ball and neither do you so to say what he will do will be more pie in the sky speculation.

    I also expect Chambers and our loanee players to be brought back and integrated into the squad, but again I don’t have a crystal ball and won’t be happy if they’re not, but only time, and not you, will tell.

    Let’s wait and see.

  13. bennydevito

    HillWood,

    How am I racist you dumb fucking cunt??? Because I’m using ironic sarcastic English national stereotyping back at the Spanish hating classist Charlie George?

    You really are one dumb cunt! 😂😂

    I’m English myself!!! 😂😂😂😂

    Stick to being second in command sunny jim because you haven’t got the brains to be top cat.

    🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😂😂

    😎

  14. Tony

    Interesting Amy Lawrence article:

    “Six months since Emery’s first Premier League match, a free pass at home to Manchester City that ended more or less as expected with his experimental side dominated by the serene champions, Arsenal face City again. It seems like a useful time to try to assess the level of progress. We can calculate the tangibles: they are five points better off than this time last season and two positions higher in the table having snuck a little fortuitously back into fourth at Chelsea’s expense. They are not quite so far behind the league leaders (14 points compared with 23 last time). They were out of both domestic cups before the snow came, never mind melted.

    But it is the thing you cannot chronicle with statistics that matters even more for Arsenal’s longer term. What exactly is Arsenal’s identity under Emery? Should it be more defined by now? Even if there are mitigating circumstances, particularly with a curse on his defence that makes them drop like flies, is it reasonable to wonder whether Arsenal should be slightly more Emerified in their approach?”

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/feb/01/arsenal-identity-under-unai-emery

  15. Tony

    I was expecting more severe weather for the game tomorrow especially in light of the snow and freezing temps the UK has been having:

    https://www.bbc.com/weather/2643123

    Looks like a light breeze with the odd light shower and 3*

    Game favours City even more if the weather forecast is correct, so my prediction of a draw seem very far fetched and in need of divine intervention.

    So I’ll adopt this thinking: WTF if Newcastle can get a result, then so can we!

  16. Goobergooner

    Charlie George,

    You keep spouting on about the Raul/Emery power grab.

    Were you not around for Wenger ruling this club for years because of fans like yourself, which is ironic as you allow a Frenchman to take full control but not a Spanish duo if that’s how you think this club is run now.

    Don’t get me wrong I don’t think we are quite in the right direction just yet.

    But we were sinking fast under the Wenger regime in its final years, so at least things are changing.
    For me it’s now about a little trial and error, but mostly steadying this sinking ship.

    Emery won’t last past 2 years as head coach if he fails miserably next season or it gets horrible this season.

    Take some solace in that. You dealt with Wenger being shit for 10 years, deal with Emery for 2.

    We aren’t having an egomaniac ruin this club again, at least not in the near future.

  17. Goobergooner

    Also Mr George,

    Everything you’ve been saying about the new regime was occurring under Wenger and Gazidis. It’s not even been a full season yet.

    Ffs this whole comment makes sense about Wenger’s last 5 years minimum…

    “I just know – they will be detrimental to Arsenal in the long term.
    I do not rate them one iota
    (they might be successful in tandem in Spain.)
    I think they do not have a clue -what they are trying to do.And We have clear evidence of that,I have not seen one player improve.
    I see grinding football
    crowds dwindling/apathy
    no public announcements from Raul..
    I can not see any long term progression … youngsters anyone?
    I honestly believe fans just kid themselves, sometimes.
    But we are on a slippery slope – the way we are going…”.

    Especially the last bit. You supported Wenger in to this mess.
    Far out, you troll too good mate.

  18. Un na naai

    Tony

    Arseblog were asking the same questions on our identity under emery. It seems to be the question on most people’s lips now.
    What is exactly is this arsenal side? I don’t think emery even knows himself at this moment in time.
    11 new players in the last 18 months would indicate that the squad has had a 50% overhaul on wenger’s favourites with rambo on the way out and ozil seemingly next

  19. Goobergooner

    Ozil can get bent.

    Would definitely keep Ramsey, but not on what was after (not even sure how true his 200k+ per week demands were).

    Why is Ozil captain for games if the manager dislikes him?

    Has he really just been injured (too much fortnite and his body can’t handle the physicality anymore?) ?

    And did he actually reject a move to psg?

  20. Goobergooner

    Emery has come into one of the shittest situations in world football.

    A club with a long and strong history in the top flight. One of the more global entities of the sport in terms of international fanbase. A former manager that is a club legend (despite his second decade; though he still did win fa cups). And a fucking entitled fanbase where trophies are expected (where we are hamstrung compared to the new top 4; not including spuds, where money is spent out their ass) and a positive/attacking gameplay is expected.

    Both Gazidis and Emery said they wanted to play attacking football and that 5-4 is better than 1-0.
    The only reason this is the case is because of wengerball and the fans expectations since his best sides mid 2000’s.

    Yeah our defence is shit. But I don’t think any of the new backroom team expected our defence to be so shit.
    The fact we aren’t looking in Jan (as who loans a defender that is actually worth their place In their team?) I don’t think tells the whole story. This isn’t Wenger where he just doesn’t care for defence. This is a team built to try and build the best squad as a cohesive unit. (Not fully cohesive as Sven was ousted hahaha).

    We have scored 10 more goals than Chelsea and 5 less than the league leaders.

    There is not one person in the world who doesn’t think that arsenal wouldn’t be better if we had a better defense.

    I will fully judge the current regime if this is not properly looked at in the summer.

    But Sokratis coming in and being our most solid defensive player says a lot. He isn’t great. He still needs the beast CB we have been crying out for for a decade to work in the way we want.
    Along with new fullbacks and getting xhaka out of the team and having a player that can properly swap out with guen so he can develop properly.

    There is so fucking much to do at this club to even just get back on the right track.

    Some of you clowns can’t even give it a chance.

  21. Goobergooner

    Also forgive me, a few IPAs have gone through me, and I love this club as much as everyone else on here.

    I don’t mean to be disrespectful. At heart all we all want to do is win.

    I would gladly buy a beer for and chat arsenal with anyone on this blog.

    Especially you Pierre you fucker.

  22. Tony

    Un
    Sure I agree with what you’re saying, but injuries have also played a part in Emery failing to establish a real identity.

    Equally key positions are yet to be filled, such as a CAM and wingers although Suarez may well fit one such void.

    I’ve been saying I’ll wait until the summer TW is over and then see what Emery does. If there’s no evident identity materializing then serious questions have to be asked; ditto if Emery’s team selections are still all over the place and obviously wrong for certain games.

    What is also a series consternation for me is what’s going on from the owner downwards through Raul and whoever the HOF or DOF is going to be, and who is going to take Sven’s place in looking at finding little known gems while Raul is black-booking his way through acquisitions.

    The upstairs brigade also has to come forward with a blueprint of what planned direction the club is expected to go and honours they demand to be seriously challenged for.

    Accountability has to be set up for all concerned including Kroenke to Emery and his back room staff not forgetting the scouting system.

    Much will unfold in the next 7 months, which will be very enlightening for us the fans.

  23. Tony

    “I would gladly buy a beer for and chat arsenal with anyone on this blog.

    Especially you Pierre you fucker.”

    I suspect that would be a very short conversation.

  24. Graham62

    Goobergooner

    “Emery has come into one of the shittest situations in world Football”

    Very true. I doubt though that this was conveyed to him at the job interview.

    It would have been all about maintaining the values and philosophies established under the previous regime.

    Mines a San Miguel.

    Cheers.

  25. Unai

    Tony,

    The upstairs brigade also has to come forward with a blueprint of what planned direction the club is expected to go and honours they demand to be seriously challenged for.

    That’s just not going to happen as much as it should, it’s just not the way we do things.

    It would take the heat off, well on legrove anyway if the club was more transparent but not sure it’s the most professional way or the best for business.

    The club has said nothing of note about Sven’s exit and it’s left room for speculation but would it be fitting to come out and say he failed his performance evaluations if that were the case?

  26. Unai

    I certainly feel the club has become more ruthless and conserned in its own interests than at any other point since we moved to the Emerates.

    We have sacked the king.
    The king’s aid was moved along with his backroom team.
    Contract rebels have been put on ice and premadonnas droped to the bench.
    No promotion for people who have not made the grade book (Sven).
    We’ve made demands of clubs during transfer business, stuck to our guns and got the results we wanted.

    It’s a stark contrast to the way the club has been run for the last 10-15 years where at times, we have been an utter embarrassment.

  27. Champagne charlie

    Comments have been hilarious to scan through thanks to PhD and Un nai. Enjoyed reading some of Tony’s stuff too, he’s plenty tolerable when he’s not costing himself to the size of his biceps or cinema system.

    Good stuff Le Grovians.

    **of course the usual prized pricks still spatter the pish on here enough to certify their damning lack of intelligence. At least they’re keeping all informed of their commitment to the moron cause. God speed spastics

  28. Radio Raheem

    *We can calculate the tangibles: they are five points better off than this time last season and two positions higher in the table having snuck a little fortuitously back into fourth at Chelsea’s expense. They are not quite so far behind the league leaders (14 points compared with 23 last time).*

  29. Charlie George

    “”Emery has come into one of the shittest situations in world football””

    Goober.
    DO you mean this?

    He inherited x 20 £50 mill forwards
    Ozil,Ramsey,Miki, – and a team of burgeoning talent albeit a lopsided squad
    A team that has not been out of European football for a quarter of a century and 70 mill to spend.

    Any coach worth his salt would have made a better fist of their first 7 months.
    ( certainly on the defensive side) than Emery.

    That’s the correct verdict – not your above nonsensical appraisal.

  30. Unai

    CharlieG, if anyone is talking nonsense it’s you with your narrow, xenophobic, unfounded dialogue passed off as insight.

    I know we’ve been here before but, who’s the coach you pine for? Who is worth his salt?

    Clearly, to qualify the need to qualified, be available and want to come to us?

  31. Radio Raheem

    Unai

    Ridiculous, isn’t it?

    Emery needs to go now, preferably straight to the Gulag. We’d be playing in League two if he lasts the season.

    We need Alardyce or a polished Spanish version in Benidyce (sp) to have arses well tightened to stop those unwanted leakages.

    #nohermanosjustbrits

  32. Charlie George

    Un
    I want a PROVEN coach who has WINNING track record IN English football and has the gravitas required for the elite position of Arsenal FC ( Ancelloti, )

    Or an internal appoitment who has the instinct and feel of Arsenal FC and knows English football – like the back of their hand (Arteta,Vieira,Lehman,Henry)

    What I DONT want are mediocre people with patchy CVs ( has Emery already been sacked from management positions x 3 times?? and has very little grasp of the language and no experience of our tough league

    Likewise- with Raul
    No experience
    No knowledge of British players or buying overseas players cheaply
    No track record of making money on players.( only spending copiously)

  33. Charlie George

    Emery is a journeyman coach- who ventures from France to Russia to Spain.
    Getting sacked from one post to the other.
    He will no doubt be in Scotland next year
    China and Qatar years after…

    Is that who we want at Arsenal ?
    You might- I don’t!

  34. Unai

    I’m up for having an debate on our current performance, I’m am conserned about our defence and lack of general flair but I feel the majority of that is a personell issue.

    Going forward we need to finalize the backroom restructuring, complete the project around squad quality and wages and we really need that top 4 slot.

    Once this is done we will have more clarity on Emery and his viability because what’s going on above him will directly help or hinder him.

    Of course, Stan could chuck some change into our Starbucks cup and fix this in 6 months if he so wished but alas, I doubt he ever will.

  35. TheLegendaryDB10

    CG

    A bit like AW when he first joined Arsenal. He had a proven track record in the EPL beforehand didn’t he?

  36. Unai

    You say you want a proven CV but disregard Emery’s achievements and suggest Arteta and Lehmann yet they have no CV.

    Raul comes from the biggest football institution on the planet yet is not qualified.

    You don’t want a patchy CV but will accept Henry.

    I think your confused.

  37. Unai

    I’d love Ozil to come good, I imagine Emery would too as currently he’s a burden to the club on and off field.

    Problem is, I don’t think he has the tools in the locker to do it, if he found 90mins in Spain tough how was he ever going to make it in the prem. I just don’t think he’s built for it phisically or mentally.

    I’m with CG on this, some players are just not cut out for English football (regardless of nationality). It’s a bit of a shame really.

  38. Charlie George

    LDB10

    “”A bit like AW when he first joined Arsenal. He had a proven track record in the EPL beforehand didn’t he?””

    Wenger had won the league with Monaco- He already had turned Bayern Munich down. He had never been sacked 3 times previously~!

    He spoke impeccable English. Wenger made us look up the word ‘gravitas’ again: And most importantly he was working in tandem with David Dein.( to assist him his lack of English footballing know how)

    He was dropping us Vieira – before his arrival. Previously we were all aware he had discovered George Weah….he had a clear vision from the outset.
    … Emery has not even discovered the English language.. he was also dropping us Lichsteiner on £90 000 a week.

    A nice and decent man but journeyman coach is coaching Arsenal 2019
    We have had titans before…….

  39. Pierre

    Tony
    “Just like you to have the notion that other people come to my house to watch football with me and my son at 10pm, 11pm, 12:30am and around 2:45am.
    Why because we are 6/7 hours in front of you.
    Arsenal has very little brand awareness in Thailand: the Thais support United, Liverpool and Chelsea in that order or Barca & Real Madrid.
    It’ll probably take a while Pierre for you to understand, but my son only gets to watch the early Sunday UK time matches. He’s too busy with keeping his grades up to eventually go to university because he needs to get into a top high school from his junior school.He’s ok for Saturday matches, but he mostly watches Sunday & midweek recorded matches later or in real time when he’s on his school holidays as he is for March, April and May.”

    Apologies that I never replied to the above comment but to be honest , I haven’t a clue what you are on about .

    There isn’t anything in your comment which is interesting or relevant mainly because it doesn’t make sense.

    Have a good day grandad.

  40. Graham62

    Great comeback from the Welsh last night in the Rugby

    Brought back memories of those great Arsenal capitulations under Wenger.

    It must be a French thing.

  41. Pierre

    Gobbygooner
    “would gladly buy a beer for and chat arsenal with anyone on this blog. Especially you Pierre you fucker.”

    Will gladly have a drink with you ,as you asked , I’m sure we will get on just fine, …..do me a favour , don’t bring Tony .

  42. Bob N16

    Graham, French with a couple of own goals. Thought Wales took what was on offer but French undoubtedly should have won. Great result for the Welsh though.

  43. Charlie George

    UN”

    “Raul comes from the biggest football institution on the planet yet is not qualified”

    He is indeed qualified; Qualified to spend , spend and spend some more. Because that is what Barcelona do…..and always do

    We do not .We need to be resourceful.

    Resourceful and Raul do not go together…

    He has been in his post- unless I am mistaken -have we sold any player for cash in his first 12 months?

    Are we the only club in England in the last 12 months who have not made a solitary pound on player transfers???

  44. loyika

    @ Leg

    Thats a wrong comparism because 1, Arsenal then had visionaries running the club in DD and Fizman who were on ground to guide Arsene and 2ndly it was a different time in football to what it is now.

    Is it not telling that Ivan G left the project even before it started? And Arsenal FC are a bigger entity now as a club (interms of World club footie) than they were in the 90s (I would say only Liverpool and United really had a big rep outside English footie)

    The game has really moved on from the 90s era (and that was ultimately Arsene’s downfall, he was still trying to use 90s methods in the new age of football)

    I too advocated for a seasoned Pro like Carlo Anche to steady the ship and move us forward before we went for the “Unknown” (or Paddy V was ready to make the step up) but the Board were looking at Arteta (WTF!?) and evetually settled for Emery, so in the end, it is what it is.

    We deal with what we have and hope for the best.

  45. Unai

    Charlie, you make my brain hurt, nothing you say ties up with reality, it’s just one big contradiction.

    If by being resourceful you mean not bowing to extortion by average players and not promoting people who have not met expectations then Raul has done just that.

    We’ve also added players that have appreciated in value and will return a profit.

    The rest of your waffling lies at the feet of the previous regime as we have very few remaining assets from their tenure and the ones we could sell we need.

    I do feel sorry for you, it must be hard to accept your religion was a hoax, your eyes must hurt from the light. It’s ok, honestly, you will be fine.

  46. Graham62

    BobN16

    You’re right, it was a case of France having a mental breakdown and throwing it away, rather than Wales playing outstanding rugby.

    Now for Ireland v England.

  47. Emiratesstroller

    For those who want an insight in the Kronke’s vision for Arsenal and LA Rams
    you should read Jeremy Wilson’s article in Daily Telegraph where Josh Kroenke
    has been interviewed.

    He outlines the material changes made at the LA Rams and the vision of both
    Owners and Manager for the club.

    Kroenke points out diplomatically that Arsenal are now in transition after 20
    years under Wenger.

    He rates Emery highly and states that he has very similar persona and vision to McVay the highly rated coach in LA. Both coaches will apparently meeting
    up in spring when McVey plans to visit Arsenal and watch a game.

    Kroenke says that American Football is culturally different from Soccer, but
    both head coaches have a lot in common not least how active they are on training pitch [something which Wenger was not]. He makes also the case
    that both coaches have energy and enthusiasm.

    He goes on to explain that Arsenal are now transitioning towards a North American or Continental European model where there is a lot of support around the head coach.

    He then discusses the importance of having a balance between “elite talent”
    and the right “complementary talent”, which has been fundamental to Rams
    turnaround.

    Finally he makes the point that it takes time to turn a ship around, but Arsenal’s owners are ambitious to win major trophies. He points out that Liverpool also took time to get things fixed.

  48. Unai

    @Emirates, I think that’s what we’re seeing in action, it’s no surprise that much has changed since Josh’s visit recently.

    I’m not even sure if Ivan left of his own accord or was simply shown a future that didn’t involve him and given a choice.

    I respect much of what is written on this blog and in the comments but all this talk of power plays and a Spanish takeover seen wild to the extreme. I think we’re now dancing to Stan and Josh’s tune now.

    Question is, will it work?

  49. Emiratesstroller

    There is also another article today in DT about the trend towards loans as opposed to transfers in the January window as the preferred option for many clubs.

    It allows “buying” club the opportunity to look at a player and see whether he
    settles and is worth the investment and more importantly defer investment and regulate cash flow.

    I think that Arsenal in hindsight made the right decision in announcing that
    they had no money in January for transfers. It made it clear to potential sellers
    that there was only one way a player join the club in mid season.

    Having seen Arsenal’s recently published accounts I think that it is abundantly clear that the club is not short of a few bob and will be spending properly in June.

  50. Emiratesstroller

    Unai

    Based on the interview I think that the Kroenke are now much more hands on
    than previously assumed now that they own the club rather than being majority
    shareholder.

    What is also materially different in their culture, which will need to be adapted is how money is being invested in the clubs they own. They are
    allegedly spending £3.79 billion on building the new stadium in contrast to the
    £390 million cost of Emirates!

  51. bennydevito

    Charlie George,

    You really are thick as pig shit aren’t? Lichsteiner wasn’t signed by Emery he was signed by Raul and Sven – how many times do you need to be told that? Seriously?

    Are you thick or just a bit slow?

    Or are your senior years finally catching up with you and your rationale isn’t quite what it was?

    You really are a special kind of stupid.

    Wenger won the league with Monaco yes, but he also got sacked for selling off all their best players and bringing in a load of shit. They plummeted fast.

    Emery got sacked from PSG after winning the fucking treble you rambling idiot!

    Please; do us all a favour and leave this blog to those of us who know what they’re talking about, you’re embarrassing yourself over and over again and clogging up the comments with pure and utter drivel.

  52. Unai

    That’s why I’m not on the root and branch change approach, we’ve only just done it.

    It’s about refining the system now and mid to long term gains.

    It’s not very attractive currently but feel it will show fruit in 2-3 years and by fruit I mean consistent top 4 and a better on field product, titles are probably further down the road unfortunately.

  53. Charlie George

    Un

    “”If by being resourceful you mean not bowing to extortion by average players and not promoting people who have not met expectations then Raul has done just that””.

    Raul extended Elneny/Xhaka/Iwobi/Lichsteiner contracts.
    those average players- have all extorted more money from the ever resourceful Raul

    he has failed to raise a penny from player sales in his 12 months
    he has under his watch – lost a very highly rated scout
    he has not been able to agree a contract with Ramsey. He leave for zilch….well played Raul, there..
    he has failed to address our defensive frailties (worst since the 1960’s)

    The above misdemeanours have nothing to do with with the previous regime .

    He makes the case for the return of some of the old regime , quite persuasive.

  54. Bob N16

    Agree ES, the obvious key is how well we spend our budget.

    Clearly our resources have been for the most misspent. The Liverpool model is the way to go. My concern is Minslat’s departure. If we’re to believe the hype, golden eye was going to guide us to significant squad improvement. He obviously didn’t feel he was going to be influential enough but can we be confident that the much needed acquisitions in the summer, not only the right age, quality and position, are being identified right now without his input?

  55. Unai

    Charlie, your an idiot.

    I have nothing further I can say to you other than I feel for you, your family and legally appointed guardians, my thoughts are with you and I hope you get better soon.

    Good luck.

  56. Charlie George

    “”Emery got sacked from PSG after winning the fucking treble you rambling idiot!””

    Why did he get sacked after winning the treble Bd?

    After all, That is a quite a unique achievement…

  57. Bamford10

    “Nicolas Pépé tremendous again for Lille last night. Only Messi has been involved in more goals than him this season (16 & 8 assists). Superstar in the making, and likely to be the transfer story of the summer.” – @mattspiro

  58. Unai

    Bob, I guess that depends on your take on him, did he leave because of lack of ambition or lack of promotion?

    Was he pushed out by Emery’s men or deemed unsuitable by the club’s management?

    It’s all speculation and as long as we continue to unearth gems like Toz and Guen, does it really matter?

  59. Pierre

    Unai
    “I’d love Ozil to come good, I imagine Emery would too as currently he’s a burden to the club on and off field.”

    I have my doubts if Emery wants Ozil to come good , nothing I have seen so far makes me think that.

    If you look at and try to analyse what has happened so far this season regarding Ozil I would say that up until the Liverpool home game , ozil was an integral part of the team , the team was playing well , ozil was playing Ok , nothing brilliant , had scored 4 goals but not as creative as usual.

    The tide of change started to happen when Ozil was substituted v palace and wolves and then left out of the Bournemouth game , ozil got the hump and Emery made an example of him and has continued on that path for the last 2/3 months.

    I think our win v Tottenham in the league convinced Emery that what he was doing was the right thing ,a great performance without Ozil , however since that game we have lost 5 games without Ozil in the starting line up and apart from the Chelsea league games , our performances have been poor.

    We have been eliminated from 2 cup competitions ( home games without Ozil) but we are now clinging on to 4th spot though that will probably change this weekend..

    As I said ,there is nothing that Emery has done the last 3 months that would suggest he wants Ozil to succeed , he has used him sporadically and now has brought in Saurez who looks a similar player.

    Will be interesting to see how it pans out.

  60. Bamford10

    “West Ham fear Jack Wilshere’s season could be over as he struggles to overcome a persistent ankle problem.” – SkySports

    Wait, what was it we said about Wilshere here, Un Na? Oh right, we said he was crocked. And we were right.

  61. englandsbest

    Tip: Don’t take any of what Josh says seriously. It’s all designed to keep the restless natives quiet. His idea of ‘cross-pollination’ between Unai Emery and Sean McVay is for the birds.

    I can imagine Emery thinking, ‘Stop reading comic books, Josh, and show us the money.’

  62. Unai

    ozil got the hump …. And at this point it’s his fault entirely.

    He had a choice, knuckle down and earn his slot or fade into the background, he made the wrong call.

    Emery has no reason whatsoever to indulge Ozil particularly with back drop of petulance and as you say, a less than favourable output.

  63. Bob N16

    Agree with you Unai, if we acquire well it doesn’t matter who is identifying the talent. You mention Torreira and Guendozi, do we know who was chiefly responsible for getting them in? Obviously it’s not a one man operation but every club is looking for these same players and if we out perform our competitors we’ll flourish, so it’s key.
    All the some on here gnash their teeth saying we’re finished as a top club that’s clearly nonsense. We are attractive to players, for a variety of reasons. CL would help mind you!

  64. Victorious

    Predictions for tomorrow?

    I feel we can get a result should Emery gets his tactics spot on and has the boys fired up just like chavs and united away, but even I fear he might start with 3 DMs again and have us in the back foot from the off.

    Anything but an embarrassing lose will be a positive I guess

  65. Pierre

    Bennydevito
    “Charlie..You really are thick as pig shit aren’t? Lichsteiner wasn’t signed by Emery he was signed by Raul and Sven – how many times do you need to be told that? Seriously?”

    Serious question….do you believe that Emery has no say whatsoever as to who the club signs.

    Personally,I would be amazed if the manager of a football club doesn’t have any input on who we bring in.

  66. Charlie George

    Victorious

    “”Anything but an embarrassing lose will be a positive I guess”

    And people- think I am crackers!

    What have we become- when this is allowed to go unchallenged!

  67. Freddie Ljungberg

    Pierre

    Any input on who else was available on a free in a position where all we needed was experienced backup?

    I’m not saying it turned out good, because clearly Licht is past it but it’s a very weak point to bash the manager with even if he was responsible for bringing him in.

    Also, CG is clearly an idiot, that’s not even debatable anymore.

  68. Unai

    Bob – do we know who was chiefly responsible for getting them in? 

    I think all we have is speculation and paper talk (happy to be corrected).

    How do we know these 2 signings were not the result of a data driven approach with multiple inputs from the scouting network and management team? It’s just as likely as it to say ‘Sven signing’.

  69. Pierre

    Unai
    “ozil got the hump …. And at this point it’s his fault entirely.”

    A lot of players get the hump if they are substituted or dropped , it’s how the manager deals with it that will show if he is up to the job.

    If the team benefits from Emery leaving Ozil out of the side then he should be commended for his actions but as we all know , our performances and results have taken a dip so maybe Emery should look at the situation and be more flexible for the benefit of the team .

    That’s what makes a good manager.

  70. Pierre

    Fred
    I wasn’t against the signing of lichsteiner, I thought he would benefit the team but I was just raising the question as to whether the manager has an input .

  71. bennydevito

    Freddie L

    Agreed. The fact that he actually believes what he’s writing before hitting post comment is beyond fathom. He’s elevated himself as the supreme troll of LeGrove, above even Pierre and I didn’t think that was possible.

    He’s the Donald Trump of LeGrove and probably wears a read MAGA cap but has changed the first A to Arsenal.

  72. Unai

    Pierre, I won’t argue too much over Ozil, your views on him are well understood, what I will say, under his last 3 managers he has either fallen out of favour or been frozen out.

    He’s also fallen out of favour with his national team.

    You could criticize all those managers for failure to extract the best from him or you can look at the consistent in the whole equation, Ozil himself.

  73. bennydevito

    Unai,

    Well said. The quicker we get shot of Ozil the better. It’s because of his obscene wages that we couldn’t afford more signings this winter because of our wage bill and FFP.

  74. Champagne charlie

    Banford

    Why do you align yourself all the time with a collective “we” as if that somehow validates a point? Really odd trait you have going for you, and stands out like a sore thumb on here, can you not just have your own POV?

    You’re like some weird dictator type speaking on behalf of folk, have to start calling you Maduro.

  75. Pierre

    Unai
    “under his last 3 managers he has either fallen out of favour or been frozen out.”

    if your comment was remotely true it may have some substance …….Will leave it there I think .

  76. Victorious

    CG

    City is very much fallible, they’ve lost at home to palace and just got turned over by mid table plodders Newcastle in their last match

    We know even with squad we have we’re capable of getting a result when we fancy it

    just the question of how fired up Emery has the boys

    how tactically astute is he on the day

    does he continue with his negative tactics and field 3 DMs or a bit proactive and let them go for it

    In any case any fan that try peddle this mock fear and make it seem we stand no chance is simply a clueless fan who’s only looking but to lay an early marker and exonerate emery of any blame should we get a total dressing down like dippers away.

  77. Charlie George

    Victorious

    I agree that Man City are fallible. Every team is….

    I just do not understand then- why you posted this :

    “”Anything but an embarrassing lose will be a positive I guess””

    One minute you are making a case that Newcastle can beat them – and then you say it will be a positive thing if we do not get thrashed….
    contradictory view points…

  78. Emiratesstroller

    Pierre

    The only way that Ozil can come good under Emery is if we play a diamond
    formation with 3 hard working midfielders playing behind him.

    The reality is that Ozil does not work defensively, which is clearly a problem
    for Emery.

    On the other hand it is abundantly clear that in Ozil absence we do struggle
    because of lack of creativity in team. Messrs Guendouzi, Ramsey and Iwobi
    are not remotely comparable in that department.

    What is abundantly clear is that Ozil is hard to shift so perhaps Emery will eventually compromise and adopt the diamond shape with 3 hard working
    players behind him.

  79. bennydevito

    Charlie GeorgeFebruary 2, 2019    11:03:21

    Un

    “”If by being resourceful you mean not bowing to extortion by average players and not promoting people who have not met expectations then Raul has done just that””.

    Raul extended Elneny/Xhaka/Iwobi/Lichsteiner contracts.
    those average players- have all extorted more money from the ever resourceful Raul

    >>>>>>>>

    Oh dear CG, oh deary, deary me.

    You continue to make yourself look even more foolish with each comment you make than before, an amazing achievement considering your already stratospheric stupidity.

    How have Iwobi, Xhaka, Elneny and Lichsteiner “extorted” more money?

    First of all Lichsteiner hasn’t been here long enough to have a new contract extended from an existing one so we can scratch that one straight away.

    Second of all it’s not up to the other 3 to award themselves the rate they get paid; there are negotiations between agents and the club.

    To extort are you saying that Iwobi, Xhaka and Elneny are blackmailing the club by threat of forceful violence? Is that what you’re saying?

    Your absurdity is astounding.

    I could of course send the screenshot of your comment to the said players via social media and see if they think what you’re saying is slander and defamation of character.

    You’re unbelievable.

  80. Micheal

    Ozil’s problem is clearly a lack of commitment. No one doubts his ability.
    He is potentially a passenger in every game he starts and playing him against City is a huge risk witht he game being played around him.
    Personally I favour ES’s diamond formation of 1-4-3-1-2.
    My preference is to drop Xkaha who is too slow and potentially another passenger against high-press, quick passing sides like City. I suggest Guen, Torriera and Ramsey behind Iwobi or Suarez with Auba and Lacazette up top.

  81. Graham62

    CC

    Your such a pernickety little shite.

    Then again, I knew that long ago.

    Unai said it all.

    One other thing, if, in future, you’re going to use derogatory words( “spastic”) to describe other posters, can I suggest you pick them wisely.

  82. Goobergooner

    Charlie George,

    The hyperbole is maybe too much in what I said that it’s the shittest in world football.

    But I definitely mean that in terms of the elite clubs.

    He has fans on his arse about winning a trophy that hasn’t been won for 15 seasons like it’s ours to be won.
    We are comparing ourselves to Chelsea man U and city when in reality we have been well off them In terms of squad and management for the decade and a half we haven’t truely competed.
    And I agree to an extent that it’s still there for the taking, but we have to make the right decisions both on and off the field, and in keeping Wenger on for, what I think, 5 seasons too long was very much the wrong decision by our club and we are now seeing how difficult it is to transition from a one man brigade to a modern technical set up.

    We have continually declined as a football club in those years in terms of being an elite level squad.

    You know it, and I know it.
    You’re just one of the many late comers to the party who still believed that keeping on a has been was the right way forward.

    Now you all can’t stop complaining because the new manager isn’t getting it right from the beginning.

    Also champagne Charles go have a bubbly mate and relax. Yeah you may have the sweet talk but it’s a sweet load of shite most of the time.

  83. Charlie George

    Graham 62

    Can you point out where I have used any derogatory words.??
    Certainly not “spastic”

    Think you need glasses…

  84. Bamford10

    I said “we” Charlie because a number of us here said that Wilshere was crocked. Yes, I was one of the more vocal posters on this point, but I didn’t want to make it sound as if I were the only one here who had said this. You took this meaningless little remark as an opportunity to be a prick, which is very you.

  85. Pierre

    Micheal
    “Ozil’s problem is clearly a lack of commitment. No one doubts his ability.
    He is potentially a passenger in every game he starts and playing him against City is a huge risk witht he game being played around him.”

    I have always said that there are certain games that Ozil is a liability , when we play Liverpool,Tottenham and city away we are normally srarved of possession which renders ozil ineffective…..wenger used to play him , a mistake in my opinion.

    Ozil has commitment( don’t laugh) but his commitment is to finding space, getting on the ball, bringing his team mates into play, creating chances and he is probably as good as any when we have high percentage possession as he has composure and patience unlike iwobi and Ramsey

    our headless chicken style of football doesn’t suit him that’s for sure…

    The city game is a game for the workers ,not Ozil…..We will have low percentage possession and we will struggle to play through midfield as we are not technically good enough or have the speed of thought.
    Getting Lacazette and Aubamayang into the game is crucial but may prove difficult if we decide to play it out from the back similar to our home game against city.

  86. Bamford10

    Champagne

    And by the way, Maduro is the democratically-elected president of Venezuela. He is not a dictator. That is pure US propaganda, which apparently you’ve naively swallowed. The US is looking to carry out a right-wing coup in Venezuela. This is so obvious it should not even need to be pointed out.

  87. TheLegendaryDB10

    Loyika

    I understand and this indeed vastly helped AW get used to what the league was back then.

    It is a shame that a similar framework was not kept as it could have helped Unai a bit to understand the league works. (I am not even referring to Bould as I have the impression that he is bringing very little to the table. A shame really).

    As for Gazidis, I think he was pushed out via a very slimy trick from Kroenke. If you remember Gazidis actually won an award as best CEO some years back (massive lol when you think about it now!). I wouldn’t be surprised if Kroenke somehow got the American owners of Milan what a great CEO and had them dangle a huge carrot in front of Gazidis.

    For those who may remember Josh, on return from his investigative mission, told an ESPN radio that the wool had been pulled over their eyes in terms of performance. I think it was always the plan to get rid of Gazidis.

    Re ES post 10:42:04

    Very interesting as it hopefully seems that they have learnt from their past mistakes. I think what will be really telling is what happens this summer during the TW. If the club has any ambition whatsoever, then we should be looking at upgrading the defence.

    I just hope that they don’t have in mind to keep Unai going on forever if he is successful.

  88. Tony

    “Enjoyed reading some of Tony’s stuff too, he’s plenty tolerable when he’s not costing himself to the size of his biceps or cinema system.”

    Thanks Charlie gave me a real chuckle. You obviously have realized I’m striving to come up to your faultless level. 🙂

    Where would our posts be without barbs? Wouldn’t be right would it?

    About the cinema……………….zzzzzzzzzzz

  89. Champagne charlie

    “And by the way, Maduro is the democratically-elected president of Venezuela. He is not a dictator. That is pure US propaganda, which apparently you’ve naively swallowed. The US is looking to carry out a right-wing coup in Venezuela. This is so obvious it should not even need to be pointed out.“

    Utterly false, and painfully ignorant yet you have the balls to claim I’m swayed by propaganda? Oh dear

    @graham
    I didn’t name names, not unsurprised that your panties are left in a bunch however.

  90. Champagne charlie

    Tony that was supposed to be “fisting himself” just to be clear haha

    I appreciate the endeavour, one day good sir, one day 😉

  91. Chris

    The Kroenke’s seem to opening up slightly about what they want for Arsenal I wouldn’t blame people for thinking it’s all lip service given past form, but as ES said, this summer will be telling about what the future holds when we see the level of investment in the squad.

  92. bennydevito

    Love Newcastle’s shirt they’re playing in, maroon and navy stripes with gold writing, same as ours 07/08, one of my favs.

  93. Bamford10

    Was hoping to see a little of Almiron today. Will have to wait for that, I guess. Interested to see how the Paraguayan does in England.

  94. Micheal

    “The Kroenke’s seem to opening up slightly about what they want for Arsenal I wouldn’t blame people for thinking it’s all lip service given past form, but as ES said, this summer will be telling about what the future holds when we see the level of investment in the squad.”

    Kroenke’s interview is all warm words, apple-pie and motherhood. He is not likely to say we don’t give a fuck. I will change my mind about these sleaze-bags when there is clearer evidence. I am very happy to be proved wrong about these people, but for the moment, the Kroenkes are not to be trusted.

    I support Arsenal – not the Kroenkes.

  95. bennydevito

    Red,

    I’ve often thought a reverse of the home shirt would make a good 3rd shirt. For me our away kit should always be yellow and blue.

  96. azed

    “The guy who gazumped Roma for Malcolm whom six months later Barcelona can’t even resell at half price.”

    Raul must have some amazing super powers if he was signing players for Barcelona while working for Arsenal.

    Valentin you sir are the dictionary definition of clueless.

  97. Bamford10

    Red

    Yep. Their first step will be to de-nationalize Venezuela’s oil industry and award contracts to US and British oil companies.

    Guaido is a US puppet, and placing him in power will not only allow the US to do the above, it will allow them to assert greater control over Venezuela’s oil reserves — the largest in the world — which will help them in their geostrategic competition with China.

  98. bennydevito

    I know I keep saying it and am in the minority but I really rate Lascelles, he’s having a good game, not much gets past him that’s for sure.

  99. Bamford10

    Benny

    A guy on Twitter just gave Lascelles a shout, although he noted that he’d likely be expensive. No opinion on the player myself.

  100. Cesc Appeal

    Benny

    With you on Lascelles.

    Said at the start of the season he could potentially be a lower costing CB option for us.

    EPL experienced, strong, no nonsense type CB.

  101. Champagne charlie

    Banford

    Where do you get your script on Venezuela exactly? Because you’re so fixated on the US gain that you’re totally ignorant of the reality within the country being spoken of.

    Maduro is a dictator that’s brought Venezuela to its knees, furthering the work of Chavez, to argue against that is wilful ignorance or plain stupidity.

  102. Bamford10

    No, Charlie, that is simply the US propaganda line. I follow Venezuela closely and have been doing so for some time. Maduro was democratically-elected in a free and open election; he allows the US-backed opposition to protest, to publish countless newspapers/media outlets that criticize him, etc. There is nothing in the least bit “dictatorial” about him. You are the one who needs to do some reading. This is simply US imperialism looking to topple an adversary in Latin America, no different to previous moments, e.g., Allende in Chile in 1979.

  103. Dissenter

    CC
    “:Where do you get your script on Venezuela exactly? Because you’re so fixated on the US gain that you’re totally ignorant of the reality within the country being spoken of.”

    Bamford’s view of Venezuela is actually diametrically opposite anything that benefits America.
    Bamford is a self avowed communist leaning thinker.
    If you’re going to bash him, at least get the criticism right.

    The situation in Venezuela looks worse because there has been 19 years of American deprivation and sabotage.

  104. Cesc Appeal

    They have a hard run of fixtures starting with Chelsea at the end of the month, then they play us, then BvB, Southampton away, Palace and then Liverpool away.

  105. Champagne charlie

    Banford

    Are you ignorant to the state of country under Maduro’s regime? I’m actually stunned that anyone with a secondary education can fall victim quite like you patently have.

  106. Dream10

    Cesc Appeal

    We should steer clear of players like Lascelles. Don’t think he’s a very good CB. The type that West Ham/Everton spend 35m on.

  107. HighburyLegend

    “Ozil has commitment( don’t laugh)”
    @Lil’ P., how can you seriously expect us not to LOLz at this quote ??
    (lol)

  108. Dissenter

    Chavez had the ideas right initially because Venezuela was essentially an American colony. There ere huge swaths of native people that were locked out of the system.
    Chavez eventually lost his way and let his ego run amok when he decided he wanted to fight America and win. He decided it was his work too help even the poor people ion America rather that his own, immersing himself fully in American politics creating an existential threat to American foreign policy.
    That was Chavez…and then there’s the clueless idiotic Maduro who’s not qualified to sell oranges in a night market.

  109. bennydevito

    CC,

    That’s the problem with Commie Left Marxist types; they’re hatred and prejudice towards America blinkers their objectivity, I have the same problem with Assad and Putin supporters, wilfully ignoring the facts of who’s doing the bombing and who’s doing the killing to keep pushing this anti American narrative which isn’t true in all instances. In terms of Syria it is the Assad regime aided by Russia and Iran that have killed 94% of the civilians but this fact is ignored.

    I know nothing of the case in Venezuela other than the human rights violations being carried out by the current regime to fairly comment on yours a d Bamford’ s argument.

    But anyway, jammy fucking spuds.

  110. azed

    “Personally,I would be amazed if the manager of a football club doesn’t have any input on who we bring in.”

    The article of Emery and Monchi’s working relationship has been posted on here so many times but the “Emery Out” wouldn’t read it or just ignore it because it doesn’t suit their agenda.

    I’ll repost a summary of their working relationship again.

    “Monchi pulls out his phone and, carefully reducing the image so the names can’t be seen, says: “That gives us this.” A colour-coded spreadsheet shows players by position. Around 250 potential targets, in all positions. “The manager says: ‘I want a left-back who averages 11km a game, runs 800m at full speed, uses both feet.’ And from these, 10 will fit.”

    As you can see, Emery gives the characteristics of the player he wants and it’s up to the Scout/DoF to find that player based on club budget.

  111. Nelson

    Michael

    That Josh hasn’t forgotten Arsenal before the Superbowl is already a big step forward. His interview gives me confidence that Raul is still under control.

    Josh Kroenke tells Unai Emery to follow the lead of Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay. Did he talk to Pedro also…

  112. Cesc Appeal

    RH

    It is annoying.

    It is part luck but also partly they’ve built a very good side that just keeps going meaning you create the opportunity for luck to happen.

    The whole buy a ticket to win a raffle type thing.

    Luck does usually run out, but their luck has hit at exactly the right time and Kane and Alli returning will make up for those shots that have been going in not going in, those penalties not being called as penalties anymore etc.

    Dream10

    Disagree.

    I think he would be a good signing. It would not have been long ago that people would have said Maguire was an Everton signing. They only are until they aren’t, I would hate to see someone like Spurs get him and then him step it up a level when given the platform.

    We’ve got so much buying to do this summer, and selling. This side is the worst of the top 6 and we’ve got to make our money count.

  113. Micheal

    “That Josh hasn’t forgotten Arsenal before the Superbowl is already a big step forward. His interview gives me confidence that Raul is still under control.”

    I sincerely hope I am wrong about this bunch. But there is no evidence. The interview, as I said, is full of warm words, jam tomorrow, etc. He is hardly going to say the opposite.