Mega Monday Awaits

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Via Arsenal Instagram

No gross story to start the day today my friends. Just straight into the good stuff.

OGS made a meal of another lucky win at home to West Ham. The wheels really are starting to come off. The babyfaced assassin looks like he’s having a rough time with stress, it’s taking a toll on his face and body by the looks of things. It seems that when that Mourinho hangover wore off, the players just weren’t that interested in being a team.

That said, I couldn’t be happier that he’s landed a new deal. Poch at Old Trafford would be a very different story imo. I don’t want to witness how fiery the sauce could be. Just keep topping up that problem with more ’92 thinking.

Spurs are back to their best, they downed Huddersfield with ease, no doubt there really. Only thing we can hope for moving forward is more tiring games. They have to deal with City twice away this week… that should do the trick.

There’s a HUGE game today as Sarri heads on up to Liverpool to hopefully take a thrashing at the hands of Klopp… but as we’ve seen before, Liverpool are more than capable of a choke against Chelsea when chasing a title. So who knows what’s going to happen there. I thought this was a good read on the Chelsea manager.

Sarriball, an ironical term coined by someone in another country, has been used to beat him, a sign of – heaven forfend! – intellectual pretension. Here he comes now, papers flapping, textbook under one arm. English anti-intellectualism, the English insularity that still sees it as a form of national disgrace to take lessons or ask favours abroad: Sarri is an embodiment of so many things that have traditionally enraged English football’s deep sensibilities.

Remember that brief period where a shared hatred of Jorginho seemed to unite the nation? What outrage there was at the sight of a small, possession-based midfielder trying to integrate his style into English football.

Fast forward a couple of months and Jorginho and N’Golo Kanté have both been key players in the current run. Jorginho starts for Italy. He has played in six wins in a row for club and country, his team dominating possession in every one. Maybe just give it a while next time.

Let’s see how it looks after today.

As for Arsenal… well, we’re not playing today. I must have been delirious or just my normal error-prone self when posturing that the fixture was today. That means one more day to mentally prepare for an absolute hell fest away at a reasonably good team our players should be dealing with.

Once again, the big challenge that’ll be asked of Emery is this… where does he see his top 4 fortune?

The Premier League?

The Europa DREAM?

Or will he just shoot for glory in both?

This is where rotation is tough. He knows we’re shite away from him, and likely understands that this isn’t helped by starting Mustafi and Big Mo. However, if he goes for glory (against Watford, big LOL) and then has tired players for Thursday’s test, he could end of shooting himself in both of his size 14 feet (true). No one needs that.

I’d imagine he’s looking at a 2-0 lead and fancying himself for the Europa. A 2 goal lead against Napoli shouldn’t be causing concern. Valencia are a 6th placed team we should have little problem with. Then it’s Benfica or Chelsea in the final. Both teams that offer up tough test, but in a 90minute battle, I’d fancy Emery’s experience to do the job.

… but, lose against Watford and the fans will be pissed off. Doubt might creep into players heading out on Thursday. Legs become a little heavier. No one wants to be tired heading into a nasty atmosphere in Italy.

Basically, it’s a tough one. I am very worried that Mustafi has to play on Monday. That puts us on the back foot right away. It’s hard not to see reckless behavior on the pitch as anything outside nightmarish. However, we have some very good players who should be able to do a job on them. It’s all about focus and motivation. Interesting to read that the 7 games where Ozil, Auba, Laca and Ramsey have started… we’ve won. Our best player delivering results is hardly a revelation, but you have to know when to deploy them.

A very big Monday ahead… let’s see how Emery gambles.

433 Responses to “Mega Monday Awaits”

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  1. Un Battle Angel

    Bam

    And those mistakes are costing us today because we would currently be employing the services of either man

    We also scared away the two best available candidates and proven winners Ancelotti and allegri this season so don’t tell me it’s nit current to suit your pro Kroeber agenda

    You’re like a class room bully roping areas off. Don’t be so pathetic. Typical lefty strategy
    We can talk about this but we can’t talk about that

    Both were in the running
    Both men said they we’re in communications. Meaning our owners failed to offer them what they thought they needed to succeed at arsenal. A dereliction of duty in my book.

    The fact that they lost Sven who is responsible for our best signings this season and clearly had some sort of encouraging recruitment plan is another issue.

  2. Redtruth

    The Australian Rugby Union player who said thieves, drunks, idolaters, homosexuals, fornicators, liars and adulterers would go to hell is spot on.

  3. Radio Raheem

    I think the reaction to Tiger’s misdemeanor s was an overaction. If you’re not his wife or close family then save your judgement for yourself. Anyone who has lived more than a day will make a mistake. I mean he swings clubs for a living why be so interested who or what he is banging???

    And dare I say if those revelations of Tiger came out now don’t think it’ll cause such a furore. Time matters. Anyway the reaction to his win today proves the point actually.

  4. Un Battle Angel

    Bam

    Oh boy?? Is that all you’ve got to say? Aren’t you meant to be our resident haters educated intellectual? Come on….

  5. Un Battle Angel

    Bam

    Oh boy?? Is that all you’ve got to say? Aren’t you meant to be our resident harvard educated intellectual? Come on….

  6. Bamford10

    Radio

    Huh? What “point” does it prove? Woods is a great champion, and the fact that he won the Masters after all he has been through — both physically and psychologically — is remarkable and praiseworthy. However, it does not for one moment change the fact that his behavior back when he was a married man was shameful on a number of levels. Woods himself would acknowledge this. No idea what point you’re trying to make. And to bring the loathsome, disgusting and quasi-fascist Donald Trump into it only makes matters worse for you. Sorry.

  7. Un Battle Angel

    Bamford

    You clearly can’t get your head around basic human behaviour
    People cheat. It’s estimated that over 50% of the population have cheated at some point in their lives. As horrible as that is to hang a man publically like this over something half of your country is said to have done is a little ott and hypocritical.

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone and all that

  8. Un Battle Angel

    And when last I checked shagging around wasn’t illegal. Not until you new age puritans get your way though right?

  9. Bamford10

    Don

    You should have studied harder in school and you should read more books. It’s spelled “publicly,” and just because many people cheat or lie doesn’t mean we shouldn’t criticize such behavior. Is that what you teach your children? “Hey, most people cheat and lie, so who cares if you do?” I hope not, but I guess I wouldn’t be surprised. And I never said Woods should’ve been “hanged” in public. Not at all. People should be treated with empathy and humanity, regardless of their mistakes. But he did behave badly, as he would himself admit, and there was good reason for him to come under criticism, as he himself would again admit.

    Have you ever made a valid point here? I honestly don’t think so.

  10. Un Battle Angel

    Bamford

    Yes I’ve made a valid point which you have sidestepped for the last hour or two about the mistakes of kroenke. Shit your pants and scurried away like a coward.

    If someone makes a mistake in their personal life it’s nobody else’s business. That’s why radio said it was ott. He wronged nobody but his children and his wife so why the lynching?
    Odd to see someone like you condoning the public autopsy of a successful man of colour’s marriage.

    Yes it was wrong but it’s not the role of you me or the media to really make it everyone else’s business and to dig so deep for so long into his life. It’s worse than the act itself. They rebelled in bringing pain and misery to the lives of a real family and continued in it for profit.

  11. Marko

    Don would be proud if turnip grabbed his daughter or maybe his sister’s pussy. Heck he’d get off on it happening to the Mrs

  12. Radio Raheem

    Bamford

    “Worse for you”.???

    Don’t be silly. I’m not going to get involved in your dim infantile back and forth. I made my point very clearly. If you choose to ignore it that’s your problem. Enough.

  13. Charlie George

    Am I the only one who thought that Salah left footed strike was reminiscent of Jose Reyes strike against the same team years ago,

    My daughter loved JR!

  14. Un Battle Angel

    CG

    Was thinking about that goal today actually. 2-1 fa cup victory. I really thought he was destined for greatness that day. He could have been. Just too weak mentally.

  15. Champagne Charlie

    “You should have studied harder in school and you should read more books. It’s spelled “publicly,” “

    Many a psychologist would revel in observing you, you’re a fucking odd human.

  16. Charlie George

    Anyway Marko
    Enough smut,

    When you will come around to Uncle Charlie’s viewpoint- that this emery chap- ain’t what we require??

    When Liverpool scored that fabulous 2nd goal – we see Dalglish, Rush, Hypia and Co. cheering. All great Liverpool servants,

    We need the same:
    Arsenal people with red and white blood in their red and white veins- cheering us on…

    Emery and His Gang- have red in their veins- but its Seville’s magnificent Red- not Arsenals red and white,

  17. bennydevito

    Loved Reyes, what a player. Poor lad was too timid and unsuited to the big city life in a foreign country unfortunately, Henry being a cunt to him on the pitch and being a bit of a bully didn’t help his confidence either.

  18. Un Battle Angel

    Benny

    Henry was a bit of a prick to the younger players but let’s be fair, when he arrived Adams Keown et al kicked lumps out of him. To toughen him up. Reyes was just a mummies boy if not an extremely talented one

  19. Charlie George

    Un and BD (X)

    That goal
    That Day
    That Left Foot,
    2-1 Arsenal. Jose Reyes announces him to the Arsenal world.

    What a talent. That’s the beauty of Arsene Wenger – he supplied us with so many many vivid memories and so many nightmares too.

    (anyone- who castigates him-really are shameless.)
    When emery goes- we will come again – and create more memories too!

  20. Un Battle Angel

    Oh please trump
    Please release undocumented immigrants in sanctuary cities.
    It couldn’t get any better!! Haha what a legend.

  21. bennydevito

    Seeing all those Liverpool legends in the crowd like they’ve already won the league sums up exactly why I hate those arrogant self expectant, self entitled cunts, can’t fucking stand them.

    >>>>>>

    Un Battle AngelApril 14, 2019    18:22:02

    Rambo

    Not a fan then? I like Klopp, I like hat he has done with Liverpool. Comes across like a top bloke too. Hasn’t bought the title like Guardiola
    I’d not resent him a title at all

    >>>>

    I would. The guy’s an idiot. Terrible loser as well, makes every excuse under the sun when they lose like the fucking wind, whines, winges and moans and refuses to give credit to the other side when they win. Fits right in with the Liverpool fans, no wonder they love him so much he’s just like them.

    Hasn’t bought the title like Guardiola? Well first of all they haven’t won it yet and if City win all their games they’re champions.

    Second of all:

    Sadio Mane Southampton £30,000,000

    Georginio Wijnaldum Newcastle £25,000,000

    Mohammed Salah AS Roma £34,000,000

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Arsenal £35,000,000

    Virgil van Dijk Southampton £75,000,000

    Fabinho AS Monaco £39,300,000

    Naby Keïta RB Leipzig £52,500,000

    Xherdan Shaqiri Stoke City £13,500,000

    Alisson AS Roma £56,250,000

    Yes you’re right; Klopp wouldn’t have bought the title at all.

    🤣 Lol!

  22. bennydevito

    Klopp is such a fucking cock. Running onto the po5ch punching the air like a right child. Him and the fans think they’ve won it already like they don’t realise if City win all their games they’ve won it.

    Their first goal shouldn’t have stood either because Salah barged the Chelsea defender to the ground before passing it to Henderson.

    Klopp the cock.

  23. jwl

    Bittersweet with Tiger win at Master’s today. I live next door to elderly man who thought Tiger was terrific, best golfer ever.

    For past year I’ve been watching ice hockey with him and we got acquainted but my neighbour died of cancer couple of weeks ago. My neighbour was big fan of Tiger, I wish he would of lasted another few weeks to see Woods win another Major tournament, he would have been delighted.

  24. bennydevito

    Red

    You’re right; Chelsea’s GK should have saved that, too far off his line and jumped with the opposite arm to which he should have.

    Hazard spurned 2 golden opportunities too.

  25. englandsbest

    I suppose I ought to be pleased that Chelsea lost, but I simply cannot get excited by CL qualification. It’s not like actually winning something, is it? And the squad is so far adrift of the best, that they are bound to be humiliated yet again. Yes, I know about the extra revenue, but a club of Arsenal’s resources shouldn’t be dependent on that anyway. The fact is that we have been well and truly brain-washed by years of Kroenke,Wenger, Gazidis & Co.

    Listen, I’ll stay interested while we are still in the Europa.

    But what interests me far more is what is likely to happen in the summer. My view remains that Emery will have little or no net money to spend. I hope I am wrong but I fear that I am not.

  26. jwl

    Benny – I would have gladly hired Klopp a few seasons ago and fired Wenger when the German took time off after Dortmund. Klopp may or may not be a cock but he knows his onions and i wish he was managing Arsenal now.

  27. MidwestGun

    Un Battle Angel
    April 14, 2019 19:50:20
    Bam
    And those mistakes are costing us today because we would currently be employing the services of either man
    ________
    Ummm no we wouldn’t.. that is some revisionist crap perpetuated by AKB’s There was never a point when Kroenke was going to get rid of a manager that was consistently finishing 4th…. and the odd Fa Cup.. And who still had a large majority of fans worshipping him for past accomplishments. And bring in Klopp or Pep. Never gonna happen. It’s pretty damn disingenuous to blame Kroenke for not getting rid of Wenger when that’s not what people wanted because they couldn’t see the bigger picture. Wenger wasn’t asked to leave until we fell to 6th and not even close to competing.

    The reason Kroenke is a bad owner is because he is a multiple team sports owner who doesn’t care about sports. He cares about the property and assets you can accumulate by owning a team and the almost guarantee of increasing value. He doesn’t care abut the purpose of a team which is winning titles and making their fans happy because he isn’t interested in the passion of it. He won’t ever be the type of owner to do whatever it takes. And that’s why it is incumbent on the CEO to set that vision in the Arsenal setup.. and why it’s as much Gazidis’s fault as anything for enabling Wenger to linger way past his abilities. And that’s why it will be on Sanllehi to do so going forward.

    But yeah .. blaming Kroenke for not getting Klopp or Pep? give me a break.. doubt he even knows who they are.

  28. englandsbest

    jwl

    I’d rather stick with football, but what I remember is the bad name Tiger got, abandoning his wife, his kids, drunk driving – hey, he was hated by everyone. Bittersweet? You gotta be kidding! Just another example of shameless manipulation of sports fans by the media.

  29. bennydevito

    Jwl,

    You’re probably right but I just can’t stand Liverpool, hate them so much. Their fans are the worst and the 80s scarred me but 89 and 91 killed them off so seeing them come back even more arrogant and gloaty than ever is too irritating for me to bare.

  30. MidwestGun

    Yep.. Pool fans are the worst all over the world .. no matter where you go .. imo. If they win a title this season.. or sneak a CL title.. God help us all for the next 30 years.

  31. bennydevito

    RedtruthApril 14, 2019    19:51:13

    The Australian Rugby Union player who said thieves, drunks, idolaters, homosexuals, fornicators, liars and adulterers would go to hell is spot on.

    >>>>>

    Red, you can’t spout shit like that dude, not cool. I’m pretty sure all of us on here will be going to hell based on that criteria at some point in our lives if hell was such a place, but it’s not; it’s a Catholic church fabrication to control the masses. The Bible says no such thing and doesn’t even say there’s a place called hell. When we die we effectively go into a deep sleep and if we lived good enough lives Jesus will resurrect us once he returns.

    A true Christian would know this, that Rugby player is talking shite and not a true Christian, if he claims to be one.

    Anyway it’s not our place to judge, for judgement is God’s and God’s alone. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

    If he’s Muslim then he shouldn’t be saying it either because it clearly states in the Qur’an that anyone living in a non Islamic country should live by the laws of that country first, Islam second, and again it’s not our place to judge; that is between Allah and the homosexual on their day of judgement.

    Just saying.

  32. Valentin

    Tiger did not abandoned his wife and kids, she bolted when it was revealed that he had been repeatedly cheating on her.

    I am always surprised by the feeling of superiority some people feel when somebody famous messes up their personal life. He is just a sportsman, not a priest. I don’t expect him or any other athletes, artists, public personalities or politicians to behave like saints. Unless they starts spewing some hypocritical moral statement, their private life should not concern anybody except their love ones.

  33. gonsterous

    if anyone sprouts any GoT spoilers, so help me god, I will not speak to them ever 🙂

    The PL is very exciting this season though, going right to the end. Still think city will win but anything can happen.

    England’s best

    if you are not excited by CL qualifications, then I would suggest not watching Arsenal PL games for a couple of seasons because it’s not going to get better than that. We won’t be competing for the league anytime soon. sorry to burst the bubbles of the people who thought we would be instantly fighting for the top 2 spots once Wenger left. Though if we get things right (like pool have), we will be competing in a couple of seasons, not necessarily buying the title but with smart buys, and not turning into a selling club and with massive luck, we could win the title.

  34. Tony

    Un
    “You’ve never grabbed a woman’s pussy? Don’t know what you’re missing man”

    and there was me thinking you were the sensitive type with women…………

  35. DivineSherlock

    gonsterous

    Probably the most disappointing episode after all that hype . Cliffhanger is the most interesting. GoT .

  36. Un Battle Angel

    Tony

    Hahah. I didn’t say it was without consent!! Obviously I’d never do that. Thing is, you don’t have to act like a sleaze, if you play your cards right you’ll get there anyway. Being sleazy is counter productive.

  37. Graham62

    I like Klopp and, as I pointed out on here a couple of years back, my childhood attachment to Liverpool will always mean I will favour them everyday of the week over Man City.

    Irrespective of all the negativity towards their fanbase which, imo, is way ott, I’d still prefer them to come out on top rather than a club that found success only because they won the state lottery of Abu Dhabi.

    Sorry folks.

  38. Un Battle Angel

    Midwest

    The question asked by Bamford was not In Relation to his other sporting enterprises but what could the owners of arsenal do what they are not doing now?
    I then compiled a credible list of what I thought could and should have been done.

    To say it’s disingenuous is in itself either disingenuous or you don’t rrally understand the arsenal fan base. Do you think we would kick off if pep or klopp had come in and started winning? Not a chance.
    The difference is with people like me and these (hate the term WOB) anti wenger types are that I would never cheer for arsenal to lose under any circumstances.
    Never. They would, do and have. Which leads me to conclude that they are either tapped in the had or were never really true supporters of the club.

    Wenger had to go after RVP really but he soldiered on and looked for a while like he might win the league the season lecicester won it. He failed.
    The following season he won the FA cup and that was another perfect time to give the bullet
    The entire fan base was in agreement by that time. It was over for him.
    We’d finished 5th. Now out with a celebration. You’re detached because you aren’t here, you aren’t a Londoner. You’ll never truly get it.

  39. Graham62

    Although I respect Pep and secretly wish we had him, I see MC in the same light as Chelski.

    A team and a club that were able to buy success.

  40. Tony

    Bamford
    “You should have studied harder in school and you should read more books.”

    Have you ever wondered that some people are just not fortunate enough to go to university; they don’t have a rich mummy and daddy to pay for Ivy League education or £50K for normal university costs in the UK.

    Some people, such as the Richard Branson types can make their fortunes using their high school ‘O’ levels or GCSEs as they are now.

    Clog up the blog by all means but at least clog it up with interesting posts, and when you feel the need to debate a point use common sense and know when to admit defeat.

    It doesn’t matter whether Un’s family could afford a higher education for him or even if he aspired to do so, you should refrain from being a complete condescending c*nt .

    Reading the interchanges between you and Charlie, which is a rarity as I normally skip your boring attempts at posts, I wondered if you actually have a Master’s and what your graduate degree major was?

    I then thought if you are a graduate educated man (I use this term loosely), if you held the record for defense attempts for your dissertation?

    I would imagine your professors drew straws in an effort to avoid having to have to teach/deal with you.

    You must have been a riot in the seminars you attended challenging every pointing taught.

    Here’s a word for you to learn and use: introspection it will serve you well and might just double your group of friends to 2 people.

  41. Un Battle Angel

    Tony
    Appreciate the solid defence of my upbringing but it’s nit needed pal. We could afford university and I was in line to study either drama or biology. I started working for my dad over the summer though and chose not to bother as I was enjoying the money I earned and the fun times that came with it. It wasn’t for me.

  42. TitsMcGee

    Must win tonight. Chelsea dropped points and we have a game in hand so a victory tonight and we are in good shape I think. Spurs/UTD have to play City over the next two weeks respectively and UTD / Chelsea get to take each other out as well in coming weeks.

  43. Graham62

    Predictions for tonight.

    Watford 1 Arsenal 2
    Watford 2 Arsenal 2
    Watford 2 Arsenal 1
    Watford 2 Arsenal 3
    Watford 3 Arsenal 2

    Shite!! I don’t know.

  44. Un Battle Angel

    Xakha back tonight
    Gives emery a nice headache for Thursday
    Does he drop ozil and got with torriera xakha and Ramsey?

  45. Un Battle Angel

    Just read we are in for Toby Alderweireld for £25m!? Can’t see that happening. Would be blinding if we could get him though. Perfect.

  46. Doom & gloom

    Not to get all religious again.There is a BIG MATCH tonight after all! But to correct Benny .The bible does in fact mention Hell on quite a few occasions..just saying….hope we’re not in hell tonight lol!

  47. Un Battle Angel

    Also reading that we will have only £40m to spend this summer if we fail to qualify for the champions league

    How?? We have two new sponsorship deals bringing in double what they were before. Plus our premier league money plus merchandising and gate receipts

    How can we only have £40m to spend? This is what we had back in the early 00s
    It’s just not making any sense to me how a club the size of arsenal. London’s biggest club with a stadium of 60k can only have £40m to spend

  48. Un Battle Angel

    I am always surprised by the feeling of superiority some people feel when somebody famous messes up their personal life. He is just a sportsman, not a priest. I don’t expect him or any other athletes, artists, public personalities or politicians to behave like saints. Unless they starts spewing some hypocritical moral statement, their private life should not concern anybody except their love ones.

    Valentin

    Agree. It’s the new age puritanical cultists. Bit like Hollywood starting the me too campaign when they are largely responsible for casting coach culture. And the slags who used their bodies to get what they want now feigning innocence when they were all letting the likes of Weinstein have free access to them for decent film roles.

  49. Un Battle Angel

    I mean your body, your dignity and your integrity are precious. You should not sacrifice them lightly and certainly not for a potential career boost. What kind of a lesson is that?

  50. Graham62

    Un battle

    There’s alot of things that haven’t made sense over the past twelve years at AFC.

    It’s called gross managerial negligence.

  51. MidwestGun

    You’re detached because you aren’t here, you aren’t a Londoner. You’ll never truly get it.
    ________
    Un _
    Nope you were compiling a list of reasons you thought Kroenke was a bad owner. Then you blamed him for not firing Wenger sooner and bringing in Klopp or Pep.. you will never get that people who never wanted Wenger gone in the first place can’t then blame Kroenke for not firing Wenger sooner. Because you have lost all objectivity.

    Me currently residing in US has nothing to do with understanding that. You are a self important blowhard. No wonder you like Trump..
    Speaking of people who will never understand things because they don’t live there maybe you want to take a break from talking about American politics and talk about something you actually know anything about which seems to be the art of wanking. Also you might want to talk less. Just some advice because the longer you ramble about things the dumber you sound.

  52. Graham62

    Please don’t me going on the “me too campaign”

    Let’s open a case on Henry VIII for all his misdemeanours?

  53. David Smith

    UBA, if we really have only 40m, and I am a little sceptical on this, either our finances have been completely catastrophic in Wenger/Ivan’s final years,, maybe they have screwed up the clubs precious FFP or something, or you have to look at the ownership and wonder what they are up to.
    When you see what leaser teams have been spending and will presumably continue to do so, nevermind rivals, it is increasingly unlikely we will be able to compete for anything on such budgets even if Emery turns out to be some sort of miracle worker.
    This summer will be very revealing for the clubs recent past, present and future. The departures, and apparent problems recruiting upstairs don’t necessecarily bode well.

  54. Graham62

    David Smith

    Something doesn’t add up….and herein lies the problem.

    Running down so many players contracts and losing out on massive sums of money in the process, is mindblowingly stupid and that’s only one aspect of our gross negligence debate.

    As the pub landlord would shout out “Where’s the fudging money?”

  55. Un Battle Angel

    Midwest

    Ooo, strike a nerve did I?
    Yes. It’s quite easy to blame the owne because we were one of the best teams in the world when he arrived and had unprecedented success. Upon his purchase of major shares the club’s success fell off a cliff edge and here we are, over 10 year later and further away than ever from the league/UCL.
    He owns the club. He chooses the direction we take, he chose wenger because wenger made him money. It suited his purposes to keep wenger and allow things to continue as long as he kept the champions league revenue coming. It’s no coincidence that as soon as those finances stopped he fired wenger and gave his successor a comparatively paltry budget with which to operate. Turning down bigger and better managers in the process who wanted success and the financial backing to achieve that.
    What is it with you Americans backing up kroenke? If you’re so damned patriotic then why did you choose an English club to latch onto?
    Very strange….
    Post 2011 many of our fans did want wenger gone or at least questioned his ability to challenge again. Once we sold RvP I doubt we would have had street riots outside the Emirates for letting him go. Or when pep/klopp were available and looking at the premier league to sack wenger and pay out his contract.
    And if it were down to the fans then why keep increasing his salary year on year?
    If kroenke was keen on firing him and securing someone who could take arsenal back to the summit of English football then why not only offer him a new co tract but a massively improved one every two years?
    Because he kept the money rolling in

  56. Emiratesstroller

    Dave Smith

    Arsenal’s balance sheet has been published recently and there is nothing of concern in the figures.

    Arsenal continue to be a profitable club with a sizeable bank balance over £200
    Million despite not competing in Champions League.

    What is clear is that under both Gazidis and Wenger the club’s decision making over transfers and contracts was fairly poor in recent times.

    My guess is that the Kroenke the Club owner wants to make sure that Arsenal’s future transfer budget and wage structure is put in order and that
    money is spent well.

    Personally I don’t believe that Arsenal’s net budget is only £40 million, but I do
    believe that the club is sending out a clear message to other clubs, agents and
    players that we are not going to spend “grossly inflated sums” purely to satisfy
    egos.

    Let’s get real we are not going to spend £200 million+ in transfer market as
    Man City can do or Real Madrid pretend that they can do. That represents
    well over 40% of their annual revenues.

    My view is that Arsenal can spend up to £100-110 Million, which is the equivalent of our Sponsorship Package with Adidas, Emirates and Rwanda.
    That money should be spent on improving the squad/team.

    By now we know what positions in the team need improvement and that is
    going to cost more than £40 million.Even if we factor in sales of Emery and
    Mustafi that is unlikely to raise more than £30 million.

  57. Un Battle Angel

    David Smith
    Agreed. I wait with baited breath…..

    Seriously though this £40m figure has been touted since before Xmas and it seems to me like they are testing the water with the fan base
    Gone are the £200m war chest stories to keep wenger rolling. I think we are finally seeing the true colours of kroenke and co.
    Something just isn’t right if we can’t conoete with mid table teams and newly promoted teams financially

  58. Un Battle Angel

    Stroller

    Right. So if emery is given just £40m to spend in the summer with £200m cash reserves then it would begin to paint a picture of an owner who isn’t all concerned with making arsenal competitive again but rather making arsenal a cash rich asset right?

  59. MidwestGun

    The reason Kroenke is a bad owner is because he is a multiple team sports owner who doesn’t care about sports. He cares about the property and assets you can accumulate by owning a team and the almost guarantee of increasing value. He doesn’t care abut the purpose of a team which is winning titles and making their fans happy because he isn’t interested in the passion of it. He won’t ever be the type of owner to do whatever it takes. And that’s why it is incumbent on the CEO to set that vision in the Arsenal setup.. and why it’s as much Gazidis’s fault as anything for enabling Wenger to linger way past his abilities. And that’s why it will be on Sanllehi to do so going forward.
    _______
    Yep Un sounds like I love Kroenke… I’m not backing him at all.. You always start strawman arguments so you can argue a point that doesn’t exist..

    Bottom line the entire fanbase didn’t want Wenger gone 8 years ago most not even 2 years ago .. you are delusional if you think so … so why would the owner. He wouldn’t. Klopp and Pep were never an option to come here and you know it.

    But you saying the entire fanbase wanted

  60. Aubamazette

    Un

    ‘If you’re so damned patriotic then why did you choose an English club to latch onto?’

    Here here.

  61. Un Battle Angel

    Midwest

    Arguing points that don’t exist?? That’s rich. Bit like you claiming I said the entire fan base wanted wenger out which is an outright lie
    Go back
    Read what I wrote

    I said many of our fans wanted wenger out when he let rvp go and that I doubt there’d have been riots at that time.

    You’re putting words in my mouth to fabricate an argument and swing the debate in your favour. By doing that you’re only making yourself look dishonest Midwest

  62. Aubamazette

    Mid

    What would you know about our fanbase? Using you and all your arsenal pals (debatable) in the Midwest as a barometer? Haha please.

  63. MidwestGun

    Lol and the other Xenophobe shows up to defend him… Alright the then. carry on. Good thing this Club does have fans from other places then London or it wouldn’t exist.

  64. gnarleygeorge9

    Pedro
    Torreira, The lil’ Uruguayan is the X factor here. He will be fresh, & he is a tough lil’ nugget. He is The Arse’s ticket to the CL . He plays, we finish Top 4

  65. Un Battle Angel

    Graham

    You’re right. Our fans were split on wenger. 2011/12 would have been the perfect time to pull the trigger
    Even I had had enough of selling off our best players at that point only to bring in sub standard replacements
    Could you imagine having nasri, cesc, rvp, arshavin and adding santi and Giroud to that mix? We were already so close to being champions again. All we needed was some investment, not selling the best we had. That was the time for kroenke to be decisive and he failed. He then failed again after the Leicester championship and the following year when we beat chelsea in the final when fan unrest was at an all time high. We were out of the champions league and getting worse. He chose to sit on his hand and let wenger continue to carry the can. Hardly decisive leadership. Not only did he not sack him, not only did he not just let his contract run down, he gave the man a pay rise!!!

  66. MidwestGun

    Also I never said I was patriotic Un did.. but sure yeah being Patriotic for your country means you cant support a team in another country right.. You know Wenger was French right… you know most of the players aren’t English anymore right? maybe that’s why people from other countries support English teams.

  67. Un Battle Angel

    Bottom line the entire fanbase didn’t want Wenger gone 8 years ago most not even 2 years ago .. you are delusional if you think so … so why would the owner. He wouldn’t. Klopp and Pep were never an option to come here and you know it.

    Midwest

    You’re getting muddled Midwest
    The entire fan base was in agreement after the Chelsea win that it should have been the end. Not 8 years ago

    Go back
    Read what I wrote
    Try to absorb it
    Then come back to me if it has sunk in.

    I’ll make it easy for you and post it below

    Wenger had to go after RVP really but he soldiered on and looked for a while like he might win the league the season lecicester won it. He failed.
    The following season he won the FA cup and that was another perfect time to give the bullet
    The entire fan base was in agreement by that time. It was over for him.
    We’d finished 5th.

  68. MidwestGun

    I’ve been supporting Arsenal since the late 70’s because my mentor and football coach at that time was from England. That’s why, not that I really need to have a reason to tell you clowns.

  69. David Smith

    Can only agree, things have gone wrong, almost bafflingly, suspiciously wrong, and Wenger +Gazidis became a complete clusterfuck, as you say ES, very possible the owner has realised this, and is putting things in place to return a degree stability, and make sure it doesn’t happen again, but still think the trust/ negligence in letting those two loose on the club finances was mind boggling, surely a bunch like KSE had smart people warning them? It just doesn’t reflect well on anyone, Wenger is scavenging around for a job with no luck as yet, though I guess you could say Ivan did ok
    This summer may reveal a lot

  70. Un Battle Angel

    Midwest

    You support English teams because your football is shite and you have no sense of your own local footballing culture. That and you Peabody want to look cool and cultured like all the other rent-a-personality types.

    “Hey babe, I follow british soccer cos I’m cultured, can I buy you a beer?”

    “I have many leather bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany”

    The Ron burgundy’s of football fandom…

  71. MidwestGun

    You support English teams because your football is shite and you have no sense of your own local footballing culture.
    _________
    Nope as I said earlier keep talking you sound dumber by the second.

  72. Un Battle Angel

    Midwest

    Yes we were. How would you know? You’re only link to arsenal is Le grove and twitter. I live and work in London. I was one of the last to outright call for wenger to go because I wanted him to bow out on a high preferably and the Chelsea game was it. He never recovered after selling rvp. That was the turning point for many of us and it just grew from there

  73. Un Battle Angel

    Midwest

    Dumb? Like cutting and pasting half an argument and splicing it with another to try and manipulate the debate in your favour and getting caught out and called out? Nice try rentapersonality but you won’t slip out of it that easily with me you worm.

    Talk about projecting

  74. MidwestGun

    Called out? you said entire fanbase? All you have to do is read Untold or Positively Arsenal or various other blogs to know the entire fanbase didn’t want him gone.. as recently as 2 years ago or less. Charlie George still doesn’t. Bless him.

  75. Un Battle Angel

    Midwest

    I said our entire fan base after the Chelsea game not when rvp went

    Read below from your comment

    “Bottom line the entire fanbase didn’t want Wenger gone 8 years ago most not even 2 years ago .. you are delusional if you think so … so why would the owner. He wouldn’t. Klopp and Pep were never an option to come here and you know it“

    That’s not what I said. I didn’t say 8 years ago, I said the Chelsea game and I’m sticking to that. And using a few snippets of the online community as eveidence that there was big support for wenger and that kroenke has no choice but to extend his contract is either a lie or shows that you just don’t have your finger on the pulse.
    After that game anyone who watched football thought that it was time for wenger to go. He was finished.

  76. Un Battle Angel

    Midwest

    I haven’t seen Charlie George day wenger should never have gone or that he was the man to bring us to the top of English football again

  77. bennydevito

    englandsbestApril 15, 2019    08:47:06

    saint benny

    Is loathing Liverpool or blaming owners permitted?

    >>>>>

    Of course it is, I detest Liverpool with a passion and if people want to blame the Kronkes for our current predicament then blame away.

    TitsMcGeeApril 15, 2019    07:37:09

    Jesus @ the religious talk 

    >>>>>

    RedTruth started it by condoning what that Australian Rugby player said about gays. I merely cited what the Bible and Qur’an actually say to prove that Rugby player and RedTruth are talking shit.

    RedtruthApril 14, 2019    19:51:13

    The Australian Rugby Union player who said thieves, drunks, idolaters, homosexuals, fornicators, liars and adulterers would go to hell is spot on.

    >>>>>>

    Is this comment ok is it? That was the only reason I mentioned religion so get off your fucking boxes.

    And let’s stop with the Klopp cock sucking by virtue of not buying the title. They haven’t won it yet and if they do it very much will be bought.

    Sadio Mane Southampton £30,000,000

    Georginio Wijnaldum Newcastle £25,000,000

    Mohammed Salah AS Roma £34,000,000

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Arsenal £35,000,000

    Virgil van Dijk Southampton £75,000,000

    Fabinho AS Monaco £39,300,000

    Naby Keïta RB Leipzig £52,500,000

    Xherdan Shaqiri Stoke City £13,500,000

    Alisson AS Roma £56,250,000

  78. MidwestGun

    UN-
    8 years, 6 years, 3 years it doesn’t matter exact timing… the “entire” meaning whole fanbase has never wanted anything in unison it has always been split and it still is. which is sad really.. Look at Emery getting lambasted already for evidence.

  79. MidwestGun

    I haven’t seen Charlie George day wenger should never have gone or that he was the man to bring us to the top of English football again
    _______
    Actually what he said is he should be our Director of Football.. so clearly he thinks he does.

  80. Un Battle Angel

    Midwest

    There was no split after the Chelsea game
    There was no split last season
    It was just the suits who wanted wenger there from the Chelsea game onwards. I’m telling you.
    The odd fan here or there does not constitute a split. Ex players, pundits, journos even his most ardent supporters by then had given up on him.

  81. Un Battle Angel

    Midwest yes

    And we were renewing his 2 year contract around those times so could easily have paid him off and cut loose or let it run down with a pre existing agreement with either
    Either way it’s negligence to let both slip through your fingers and hold onto a manger severely in decline

    That buck stops with kroenke. He runs the club. Have you ever run a business Midwest? Your own business? You can blame people for not pulling their weaivht but ultimately the buck stops with you for hiring and firing during times of underperformance.

  82. MidwestGun

    Un-
    Well If it makes you feel any better I wish all of what you said is true… I f the fans had risen up after Wenger’s 1000th game humiliation and truly been in unison with wanting Wenger out.. then maybe things would have been different. But the groundswell didn’t happen.

  83. Aubamazette

    Mid

    ‘Good thing this Club does have fans from other places then London or it wouldn’t exist.’

    I can assure you arsenal football club would exist without plastic tag alongs like yourself and your fellow American white noise Banfad.

    What exactly do you contribute? That was a rhetorical question by the way as everyone already knows it’s fuck all.

  84. Aubamazette

    Mid

    ‘I’ve been supporting Arsenal since the late 70’s because my mentor and football coach at that time was from England.’

    Was he called Barry and did he give you free boots??!

  85. MidwestGun

    You contribute plenty of attacking other posters and hate. I suppose that makes you feel better about yourself. I believe I have a unique perspective.. that’s still valuable and I would say reasonable.
    Hence why I comment.. If I didn’t I wouldn’t bother.

  86. Aubamazette

    Mid

    You contribute a few lines on a blog and watch espn nice one.

    I go to matches, travel to away games and spend money following my passion it’s called physically supporting my team. Win lose or draw. I’ll be there what about you?

    Maybe you’ll fit us in between the baseball, nfl or ice hockey. How lucky we are to have ‘supporters’ like you …what would we do without you lol

  87. Dissenter

    PSG were handed their biggest thrashing in years by Lille
    That special manager can’t find his special sauce, eh?

  88. Valentin

    @Dissenter,

    Have you watched the PSG game or just looked at the results?
    Knowing that the league is nearly won, Tuchel played an experimental size: No DiMaria, No Cavani, a few home grown U23 players. Lille would needs to win all their remaining matches and PSG to lose all their games to take first spot.
    With two early injuries, a harsh sending-off, two goals cancelled via VAR for offside, the game was much closer than the score indicates.

    The score is also a reflection of the work that the opposing coach has been doing for the last 18 months. Christophe Galtier, the LOSC coach is now getting the recognition that his stellar work done at Saint Etienne deserved. Saint Etienne is a team where whenever they got closed to reach Champion’s league, the owner immediately cashed in on the players: Aubameyang, ….

  89. Aubamazette

    Dissenter

    ‘PSG were handed their biggest thrashing in years by Lille’
    That special manager can’t find his special sauce, eh?‘

    Never one for the hyperbole eh dissenter? For context they were drawing 1-1 and in control of the game but had a man wrongly sent off ?

    You know how pathetic it sounds bagging on a manager that’s coasting the league is 17 points clear with a game in hand and needs 1 win from the last 7 to secure the title.

  90. MidwestGun

    Un-
    And you would think that,,, only the people in your neighborhood know what’s up right? For a person who supposedly is a world traveler Un.. you have a pretty narrow view of the world and yet you feel the need to comment on what is going on in it around you.. You see the irony right.. you can comment on what is going on in politics worldwide and you think you have a valid viewpoint but people in other countries can’t be fans of a Club..in one.. ok then.

    Aubamazzette is just an angry person who feels the need to vent .. so he did.. doesn’t mean anything… He thinks his fandom is immense.. cool.

  91. Dissenter

    Valentin
    I saw the game and get all the contexts; league won…red card,….blah, blah, blah
    They still got smashed 5-1 by Lille

    How are you doing?

  92. Dissenter

    Valentin
    What’s with PSG players showing such disdain for referees?
    There’s tunnel video foot game showing people restraining Draxler from attacking the referee.
    They need to cool off these displays of arrogance.

  93. MidwestGun

    I’m actually glad Aubamazette supports the team the way he does and is passionate about it.. and goes to away matches. It helps the Club.. but so does having a passionate overseas contingent who increase revenue through merchandise and tv revenue which is huge now.. especially in the US.

    So good on you and good on him. For going as much as possible. Telling everyone to fuck off who isn’t able to go as much as they want.. doesn’t seem like the right move. Anyhow.. not gonna change either of your opinions about it. so it’s pointless debate at this point. later.

  94. Mark

    @Midwest

    Some real good posts from you on Pedro’s previous post. You have a good knowledge of the team and of football. Makes no difference where you live or are from, cos you have a better take on events ( past & present ) than some of the Muppets on this site.
    I like the way you remained unrattled by their crap and cooly stated your points or replies.
    No way did the entire fanbase want him gone, even when he was sacked !
    There were plenty saying he deserves to choose when he goes… FFS !

    It’s just as you said, those that wanted Wenger to stay, are now deflecting their poor judgement onto Kroenke! Now it’s his fault he didn’t sack Wenger sooner !!

    Why wasn’t this unified feeling show by the entire fanbase on matchdays?? Cos it’s total bollocks , Un you know it is.

    Midwest is spot on.