Majestic

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via @Arsenal Instagram

YEEEEAAASSSSSSSSSS!

What an unbelievable night for Arsenal.

We went away to one of the most devastating attacking teams in world football and nullified them.

We made them look average.

Arsenal used their physical advantage and made a Carlo team look like a group of school kids.

Emery out thought one of the greatest managers to have graced the game.

Our players held their focus and kept a clean sheet over 180 minutes.

We landed our SECOND clean sheet away from home in a week.

We took on a high-pressure game and DID NOT bow.

The players everyone said were Wengerfied stuck a big middle finger up to world and showed the way forward.

Arsenal demonstrated that they can rise to the occasion. We showed that we want to be in the mixer come what May. We delivered a stunning result.

I don’t want to overegg this, but fuck it, I am going to. This is what we bought into. This is why we changed manager. This is what we wanted.

The most important part of this week for me is that it is clear we have a manager that doesn’t have an ego when it comes to his methods.

How many seasons have we watched the same mistakes made over and over again? About 10. I almost couldn’t fathom the notion of a manager that would pivot. Someone who’d assess what’s going wrong and make a better choice. Someone who’d suck up their pride for the greater good of the club.

Last night was all about Emery for me. That’s his imprint on the team. It was fucking majestic.

Now we have to go on and make it happen again in semifinals against Valencia. Our season can still go to shit. The players need to retain focus. Nothing is won in Aprill.

However… I will savour this moment. That was a big night in Europe and we shone by playing the game, not the team. A tactical masterclass. ARSENAL DOING A TACTICAL MASTERCLASS.

Wonderful.

See you in the comments.

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  1. Marko

    Is his contract nearly run down?

    No apparently he got it put into his contract. It’s similar to Alderweirald in that it only applies this summer

  2. Marc

    Jamie

    We had to deal with the fallout of the Ozil contract, something ManU are struggling with because of Sanchez.

    Arsenal have now dealt with that and drawn a line under the situation. It’s far from a perfect situation but it’s the right thing to do.

  3. Bamford10

    Which players are we selling this summer? What can we get for them?

    For example, surely we are selling Mustafi. What might he go for? Where would he go?

  4. Graham62

    Anyone that wants Wenger back at the club, in whatever capacity, is totally clueless.

    This will have a detrimental impact on the entire infrastructure of the club.

    It would be a disaster.

    Happy Easter.

  5. Jamie

    Marc –

    Honestly, the primary reason we didn’t re-sign Ramsey is because of Ozil’s deal.

    Break off £100k a week from Ozil and give it to Ramsey and he would’ve probably stayed. Financially, we’d be no worst off, if not still making negligent financial decisions.

  6. gonsterous

    bamford

    of course it evens it self out, but we felt that draw like a loss. Though tbf to city, that handball would have been harsh. And the pundits agreed it wasn’t a pen( apart from Tim Sherwood cause he’s a twat).
    But I’m glad tottenham felt cheated lol.

  7. gonsterous

    dont know what mhiki is on but he’s not worth that much, same with ozil and a few other players. We need to get rid.

  8. Marc

    Bamford

    Well I think Elneny and Chambers will be sold. I reckon we’ll get £30 – £35 million for the pair of them. I’d take £25 million for Mustafi if we could get it in a flash – wasn’t there talk about Inter being interested?

    There were also rumours about Inter being interested in Xhaka and under normal circumstances I’d take anything over £25 million for him but with Ramsey off I think it might be a bad idea to lose to many PL experienced CM’s in one hit. We’re going to lose Monreal, I’d keep Kos for a season as backup and I’m not sure if I’d keep Kolas if we could get money for him but again you need to be careful about bring in half a team if they don’t have PL experience.

    The big questions are can we move on at least one of Ozil or Miki. Also would you offer Welbeck a contract to stay providing there were clauses about fitness etc?

  9. Marko

    For example, surely we are selling Mustafi. What might he go for? Where would he go?

    I’d say at least 20 million. He’d have some interest some big clubs might like him as a back up CB while some half way decent side might take a chance on him. He’s shit but he’s not totally shit. Like with Xhaka in certain systems around other better players for example they might look a lot better but here? No. I’d like to see him Elneny, Mhiki, Ozil and Kolasinac binned I’d like to think if someone bid for Xhaka we’d consider it too. Oh and Koscielny and Chambers. Busy summer I expect a few incomings but just as important is the outgoings. Enough is enough with certain players

  10. Marko

    I note that you are not disputing that the team is now set up how I wanted it from day one .And Le Grove now regard Emery as a master tactician….say no more.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen you say anything substantive honestly. It’s mostly incoherent bollox. It’s why you can never be taken seriously. That and you’re stupid as fuck

  11. Jamie

    Once Mkhi, Ozil, Cech, Mustafi, Chambers, Elneny, Welbeck and unfortunately Kos and Monreal leave, we’ll have over £1m a week in wages to reinvest at our current level. Outrageous mismanagement of our current wage bill.

  12. Marko

    Chambers are shite if Inter are tempted to make an offer for Xhaka wr should consider it and Koscielny is old and injury prone. Shouldn’t be so attached to these players who frankly hold us back

  13. Bamford10

    Don

    “Le Grove now regard Emery as a master tactician”

    Nonsense. People here really don’t think this. I’d say the consensus (that you’re opposed to here) is that he is doing fairly well with what he has, that he is getting certain important matches, like Thursday’s, right, and that he is good enough for the moment, good enough to get us back into the CL.

    Beyond that, I’d say few here rate him much higher than that.

    What people reject is the notion that he’s terrible or that he needs to go this summer.

  14. Bamford10

    Ancelotti on Arsenal—-

    “They don’t play fantastic football but they deserved their victory and I wish them all the best in the Europa League.”

  15. Marc

    So with how close it is now in the chase for 3rd and 4th does anyone see any upsets / surprise results coming up?

    How do you think it’s going to finish?

  16. Bamford10

    Some will think the above from
    Ancelotti is a little petty on account of the dig about our football, but I think it’s pretty fair, actually. That’s just where we are at moment, I think.

  17. Marc

    Bamford

    It’s definitely a dig, never heard anyone talk about Mourinho teams playing shit football when they were progressing in competitions.

  18. Marko

    Ancellotti and Mertens either think too highly of themselves or are genuine sore losers. Either way they’re disrespecting us no end.

  19. Danny

    Marc
    April 20, 2019 13:57:59
    ——————————
    Well of course Ramsey should’ve started and maybe there was a chance there to have had Sanchez as well.

  20. Marc

    Danny

    Ramsey wasn’t fit and had come off early in the Newcastle match, If we’d have started him and he got injured Emery would been blamed for starting an unfit player. Of course that’s a moot point now. I thought Suarez was injured as well.

  21. gonsterous

    football can only get better at arsenal. People tend to forget how shit, creativity wise we were under wenger in the last few years. We relied heavily on RVP then on Sanchez. We had no other play. And when we played tiki taka, we were the shittier version of Barca. Opened up weak teams but resorted to side ways passing when coming up against the big boys. Give me fast and direct ala henry, pires and co. over cesc, nasri, hleb and rosicky pretty football Any day of the week.
    Henry and co never did 20 passes to score a goal. It was always direct and with purpose.

  22. Charlie George

    Perish the thought – the likes of Holding and Bellerin ask for juicy pay rises in the seasons ahead..

    Under these 2 ( Emery and Raul) – we will be giving them away for nothing too.

    Frankly the two Mark’s on here – have more business acumen.

    And I class them as delinquents.

  23. Dissenter

    CG
    I think Jamie just gave you a simple explanation as to why we didn’t sign Ramsey
    “Honestly, the primary reason we didn’t re-sign Ramsey is because of Ozil’s deal. Break off £100k a week from Ozil and give it to Ramsey and he would’ve probably stayed. Financially, we’d be no worst off, if not still making negligent financial decisions.”

    He’s the one who suffered the most from the foolish Ozil deal.

  24. Dissenter

    I would keep Welbeck for another two years on the same or lower wages.
    That way we can get something for him next summer.

  25. Charlie George

    Dis

    You are not figuring in – Ramsey needs to be replaced???

    Dont you too – defend the indefensible.

  26. Marko

    Perish the thought – the likes of Holding and Bellerin ask for juicy pay rises in the seasons ahead..Under these 2 ( Emery and Raul) – we will be giving them away for nothing too.

    I don’t see Holding turning into an unreasonable player. Bellerin should be sold anyway

  27. Marc

    Dissenter

    I agree – when fit Welbeck is a useful squad player and offers something our other strikers don’t. It’s strange there hasn’t been any links to other clubs.

  28. Marc

    “Perish the thought – the likes of Holding and Bellerin ask for juicy pay rises in the seasons ahead..Under these 2 ( Emery and Raul) – we will be giving them away for nothing too.”

    No one has an issue with paying players more if they are worth it – Ozil is not worth £350,000 per week.

    As for Ramsey I’ll ask again – why didn’t he sign the contract when it was on offer – a period of months?

  29. Crimson

    All the animosity and in-fighting on this blog is so boring and really putting people off reading it. I’m all for debate and decent arguments, but damn lots of posters need to get a grip.
    Anyway.
    My little two pence worth on our Defence..
    Chambers (or even Bielik) is easily as good as Mustafi and can do a job there next season. But can they be apart of a title challenge in the first 11, probably not. I’m sure everyone agrees we need at least one world class beast of a centre half. That means we will have Holding, Papa, Kos, Chambers and new signing as true CB.
    Lichsteiner and Jenks will be gone. AMN has recently shown he’s a good wing back. Not a full back. Same for Kolasinac.
    Is Monreal staying? Heard no news on the contract extension, unless I’ve missed it in the ether. Personally I’d like a true LB (Chilwell or Tagliafico please).

    Thanks to Phil foden (future England star) for today for beating the scum.
    Enjoy the sunshine
    Have a beer, cheers Pedro.
    Happy Easter.

  30. Sanmi

    Legrove has to decide if our players are better than Chelsea and man utd players OR emery is better than sarri , mou and Ole. You can’t have it both ways.
    But I guess, the moaners will say our players and coach are worse. Silly bunch

  31. Marko

    I would keep Welbeck for another two years on the same or lower wages.
    That way we can get something for him next summer.

    I’m not sure I would. Cause honestly you’re taking it for granted that he comes back and stays injury free. We’d hardly be able to sell an injury prone player in a year there’s no guarantee so you’re leaving yourself with a injury prone player for another two seasons

  32. Bamford10

    Sanmi

    It’s actually more complicated than that. United and Chelsea could have better players than we do, and Sarri, Mourinho and Solskjaer could be “better managers” than Emery, but Emery could be getting more out of his players and squad at this point than they are. For any number of reasons. Note that I am not really taking a position on the questions above — whose players are better, which manager is better, though I definitely think Chelsea and United have better players — I am simply pushing back on your all-too-simplistic logic.

  33. Marc

    Marko

    I think it all comes down to how much money we’re going to have in the summer and who we’re lining up to buy. The good news is it won’t be a Wenger summer of buying no one having a couple of shit results early in the league and then doing a panic buy.

  34. Sanmi

    Bamford
    It’s that simple. If emery is getting the best out of our players then he’s better than Ole and sarri. Period!

  35. WengerEagle

    Have to respect Vardy, plenty thought that he would be a one season flash in the pan but he’s never gone away and has kept banging them in at an impressive rate.

    Best CF in the PL outside of the top 6, can make a real case for being the best CF outside of the current top 4.

  36. Sanmi

    Man utd vs Arsenal squad 2018/19
    DeGea vs Leno = DeGea
    Bellerin vs Young = Bellerin
    Smalling vs sokratis= sokratis
    Lindelof vs kos= Lindelof
    Shaw vs kolasinac = Shaw
    Matic vs Torreira = Torreira
    Xhaka vs pogba = pogba
    Lingard vs Ramsey = Ramsey
    Aubameyang vs Rashford= auba
    Lacazette vs Lukaku = lacazette
    Martial vs mkhi= martial.

    Arsenal wins 6: 5.
    Can u explain to me how that man utd squad is better than arsenals?

  37. Sanmi

    Arsenal vs chelsea squad.
    Leno vs kepa= Leno
    Emerson vs kolasinac = Emerson
    Luis vs sokratis = sokratis
    Rudiger vs kos= Rudiger
    Azpi vs bellerin= Azpi
    Kanter vs torreira = kante
    Jorginho vs xhaka = xhaka
    Ramsey vs kovacic = Ramsey
    Hazard vs auba = hazard
    Lacazette vs higuian= lacazette
    Pedro vs mkhi= pedro.

    Chelsea wins 6: 5, means emery is better than sarri

  38. Globalgunner

    Samni: Sorry Rashford is miles better than Auba. the rest i agree with. ask any manager in world football who they’d rather have and 99% will say Rashford

  39. Sanmi

    TR7
    Mane has proven to be better, it could also be klopp was the right coach for him. Same with sterling, pep was the right coach for him. I don’t think they are exceptional talents, their coaches focus on their strengths. Iwobi is of that mould he just need to get his end product right

  40. WengerEagle

    Vardy is better than Jimenez.

    Jimenez has had a very good season, he’s only scored 12 PL goals though while Vardy has 16.

    Jimenez’s previous best in 4 seasons in Europe is 6 league goals.

    Vardy’s last 4 seasons are 24 PL goals, 13 PL goals, 20 PL goals and 17 this season now he scored today.

  41. Sanmi

    Globalgunner
    You are on weed if you think a striker that’s never gotten to 20 goals in his life is better than a striker that does it for fun.
    Every man utd fan is clamouring for Rashford to be dropped as he’s not consistent

  42. Sanmi

    Wengereagle
    Jimenez plays for a defensive minded team.
    He’s hold up play is the best in epl. Watch him when he plays

  43. TR7

    Koss is better than Rudiger too. I don’t think people really appreciate how good has Kosscielney been over the last 7-8 years.

  44. Dissenter

    Marko
    You mean you’ll choose the 29 year old Auba ahead of the 21 year old mega-talent?
    I mean, Auba turns 30year old in June and his speed is bound to start dropping. What will we be left with then?

    I would rather have Rashford in my team.

  45. Paulinho

    WE – Remember being pissed off he turned us down three years ago. Would’ve been a great signing.

    Some weren’t that bothered because they still thought Sanchez could play there but Sanchez is nowhere near him as a number nine.

  46. Sanmi

    Dissenter,
    No one cares what rashford might become, the argument is, on the 2 at this time, who’s the better striker. How’s that even a debate?
    Only aguero and Kane is better than auba in epl as a striker

  47. Sanmi

    Paulinho
    The problem with vardy is that if he plays for a big team, the opponents will sit back and park the bus, vardy then becomes anonymous. It’s the reason he doesn’t start for England and permanently on the bench. His entire game play is to run behind.
    Jimenez has varied approach.

  48. TR7

    Sanmi

    ‘The problem with vardy is that if he plays for a big team, the opponents will sit back and park the bus, vardy then becomes anonymous’

    Auba is not much different from Vardy.

  49. WengerEagle

    Paulinho

    He’s a much better player than he’s given credit for by the masses.

    Turned into a bit of a meme but he’s a guy that puts up a minimum of 15-20 goals a season for a side that don’t create a lot of chances.

  50. Marko

    You mean you’ll choose the 29 year old Auba ahead of the 21 year old mega-talent?
    I mean, Auba turns 30year old in June and his speed is bound to start dropping. What will we be left with then?

    The question is now and right now Aubameyang is better than Rashford

  51. Dissenter

    The next thing I’m about to write is not a joke..

    Who would be interested in bringing Mitrovich over from relegated Fulham?
    I think he gives us an opportunity to play a different way.

    The lad doesn’t turn 25 till September. I’m not sure he’s ready to be a third striker yet

  52. Dissenter

    Paulinho
    I’ve been dying to ask if you’ve reviewed your initial assessment of Rashford.

    What do you think now?

  53. Sanmi

    Auba has proven to score all types of goals. In fact most of his.goals don’t even require sprinting. They are goals scored from being in the right place. His positioning and movement in the box is the worldclass

  54. Marko

    Who would be interested in bringing Mitrovich over from relegated Fulham?

    Nope. So is that Rashford and Mitrovic over Aubameyang? Man no one rates a goalscorer these days. 90+ goals the last 3 seasons 33 goals in less than 50 games for us and still not enough

  55. bennydevito

    Marko,

    We have no other strikers after Lacazette and Aubameyang so a 3rd option is a must for a title challenging CL squad and as good as Aubameyang is he misses more chances than he scores some of which are Giroud/Chamakh/Walcott misses with a big dollop of Andy Cole.

    Unless we’ve got some good yoot ready to join the squad we could do a lot worse than Mitrovic he could be a useful addition.

  56. Bamford10

    “Every man utd fan is clamouring for Rashford to be dropped as he’s not consistent.”

    No, they’re not. He’s been out with an injury for the most part. They were at their best when he was starting through the center, with Martial and Lingard wide, and Lukaku on the bench. Scoring goals is important, but so too is movement, so too are runs off the ball, runs in behind, stretching defenses, playing in combination with the two other strikers, etc.

  57. Paulinho

    Dissenter – Nothing has changed. Am I missing something that he has displayed in recent months? Even Solskjaer has said he needs to improve his intelligence in terms of positioning in the box, and stop relying on trying to impersonate Ronaldo.

    If you check out his player thread on Redcafe you will see most of the United fans think he is pony.

  58. Dissenter

    We need a striker that can hold up the ball, neither Auba nor Laca have this skill in there repertoire
    This may be key to playing away games next season.

  59. Marko

    We have no other strikers after Lacazette and Aubameyang so a 3rd option is a must for a title challenging CL squad and as good as Aubameyang is he misses more chances than he scores some of which are Giroud/Chamakh/Walcott misses with a big dollop of Andy Cole.

    I don’t agree.

    We need a striker that can hold up the ball, neither Auba nor Laca have this skill in there repertoire

    I don’t agree with this. Of all the squad issues that we’ve got number 3 striker who can hold up play is not one of them

  60. Bamford10

    Sanmi

    “It’s that simple. If Emery is getting the best out of our players, then he’s better than Ole and Sarri. Period!”

    No, it’s actually not that simple. And for a number of reasons.

  61. Marko

    I think Mike Phelan’s doing a good job at United but nothing excellent about it. 5 defeats in 7 is no bueno

  62. Marc

    Marko

    We have a legally binding contract where Emirates have the rights until 2028.

    Cue one of the idiots to come on and explain how legally binding contracts aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.

  63. Marko

    Cue one of the idiots to come on and explain how legally binding contracts aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.

    Thank fuck we do. We’ve been a laughing stock for long enough under the man just let him go.

  64. Crimson

    The Welbeck situation is really difficult. If he was fit and firing then easy decision. I would keep him as a flexible striker, can play anywhere on the front line. Always reliable and run all day long. Scores important goals as his england record is pretty good.
    But obviously injuries are a major problem.! We don’t need a wilshere situation. 😢. Maybe he would want to go anyway and not happy as a third of forth choice (behind Nketiah).
    Emery has a decision to make. But that’s what he’s paid for.

    Be pleasant to each other! ❤️

  65. bennydevito

    Surely it should be renamed the Unai Emeryates stadium after the great man that has rescued our dignity?

  66. ddkingz

    @ bd… totally agree with you..

    our stadia should be renamed the unai emery(rates), if emery win win the EL and get top 3..

  67. mysticleaves

    Lol @ Rashford being better than Auba.

    Diss
    If we already didn’t have Auba I would have gone for Mitrovic. Hes a beast and not a shabby goal scorer too. But we have 2 expensive strikers already.

    Ideally what we need is a winger like Sanchez/son who can deputise as a striker if need be.

  68. ddkingz

    le- grove is so f cking boring…

    just read a post on manure blog… where someone actually wanted young( Ashley) to make a deliberate back pass to aguero, so man city can win the league over pool…

    is that really how everyone hates to see pool to win the league.

    a manure fan, even said they should donate the 3points in that derby match as a charity to city, with +4goals difference, just so pool doesn’t get their hands on the titles

  69. Dissenter

    Bam
    “Ramsey is out. Does this mean Ozil definitely starts?

    Nope, Emery may play Mykhi ahead of Ozil
    I just hope he doesn’t repeat the same mistake of playing Ozil and Mkyki again.

  70. bennydevito

    ddkingzApril 20, 2019    17:34:22

    le- grove is so f cking boring…

    just read a post on manure blog… where someone actually wanted young( Ashley) to make a deliberate back pass to aguero, so man city can win the league over pool…

    is that really how everyone hates to see pool to win the league.

    a manure fan, even said they should donate the 3points in that derby match as a charity to city, with +4goals difference, just so pool doesn’t

    >>>>

    Yep. I was saying that on here last week. My manc mate was telling me the OT match goers want them to play their kids and essentially throw the game. They don’t see City as their rivals in terms of history and trophies and both sets of Mancs hate the scousers more than each other.

  71. Crimson

    Giroud is a true gooner! He is Always red not a blue in his heart. But Chelsea have the option on a one year extension. As much as I’d like the chiseled beard back, don’t think it’s a good idea.
    Mitrovic – no, prefer Rondon. But neither are majestic.

  72. bennydevito

    Radio,

    Yeh I’d have Giroud back on a free too but he wants regular 1st team football so will leave Chelsea if they can’t guarantee him a starting role which we definitely won’t be offering him.

    We should promote Saka.

  73. bennydevito

    Marc,

    Lol! It would be hilarious, CG especially would probably go into cardiac arrest, not that that’s funny of course but just an analogy.

    The Unai Emirates, the Chapman Clock End, the Stroller south stand and the Wenger Wheelchair access area.

  74. Dream10

    Bamford

    Yep. Don’t think Ramsey would have started against Palace & one of the Wolves/Leicester matches. Özil will start against Palace. Emery has been less cautious over the last couple of months.
    But,.with Ramsey likely out for up to a month & Xhaka in/out, I think he’ll revert to being more risk averse. We dropped a number of points in the first half of the season due to “playing safe”.

  75. ddkingz

    I’d have giroud over welbeck… as a third choice striker at whatsoever age he is at the moment….

    so much love that man.

  76. Crimson

    Benny, very different positions.
    Saka is a little too young for the proper first team. (Amaechi is just as good, if you watch the under 23s)
    Nelson will be ready to go next year.

  77. Guns of Brixton

    “Are you still of the view that Mane is nothing more than a slightly better version of Gervinho ☺️”

    LOOOOOOOL
    This was legit funny 🤣😂😂😂😂

  78. Marko

    We dropped a number of points in the first half of the season due to “playing safe”.

    Did we? We also went 22 unbeaten first half of the season too. Also define “playing safe”

  79. Versus

    The players everyone said were Wengerfied stuck a big middle finger up to the world and showed the way forward.-pedro

    I guess this is a shot at me and those like me. I usually use the term ‘wengerized’ but ‘Wengerfied’ is fine too. Ok so yes, the players done well and proved alot to us and themselves. However I’d like to nit pick a little and say, the term for me describes the inevitably factor of the players. They won’t fuck up all the time. They may even go so many games without a major mistake to where you forget they suffer from wengeritis. Then the inevitability factor kicks in.. right at the point where we would be so close to reaching our goals. All previous hard work would be ruined, and only GLORIOUS FAILURE would be left for us to attain.

    Happy wenger out day

  80. DaleDaGooner

    Who watches Valencia regularly? Trying to weigh our position against them. They seem to be a bit yoyoish they hardly beat Real Madrid and played well versus Barca. I hope we don’t stumble in another semi against Spanish opposition in this cup

  81. DaleDaGooner

    Un, i’d Hate to underestimate them. I’ve looked at their schedule, they did well versus some big boys in their league.

  82. Thorough

    Arsenal have conceded only one goal in 7 games since their away loss to Rennes? If this is true then maybe Emry is finally giving the defense the time of day or we’re just getting luckier considering the number and quality of chances we still concede every 90.

  83. Jamie

    Don –

    Un Battle Angel April 20, 2019 21:15:31

    “Your mother was a whore. She whites around. Daddy didn’t want anything more than a hole to empty his load into, you’re the collateral damage.”

    When you start making toilet statements like this, you’ve lost.