Nerves jangling

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Oh my, it’s close. I have butterflies in my stomach this morning. Apparently, that light adrenaline loosens the bowels, so be careful if you have a long train journey into work… carry a plastic bag just in case.

This is most consequential week in North London history (I mean, I’m trying to hype over here). There is so much riding on it. Arsenal hasn’t won a European trophy since the CWC in 1994. We’ve lost three since. Zaragoza, Gala and Barcelona. It’s Unai Emery’s chance to make history in his first season.

The added complication of the week is that the scum down the road also has a big game against Liverpool. How will our WIN affect them? Will it ramp up the pressure on them to deliver? Could a win actually work in our favour? I mean, don’t be stupid, a win will ALWAYS work in our favour.

The team looks to be practising hard. Shout out to the Arsenal.com for this nerve calming beauty.

The squad looks fit, they look summer tanned, and the manager looks calm. He owns this trophy, Wednesday night HAS to be his.

Chelsea appear to be up to ‘mind games’ because Kante has travelled with the squad. I mean, if this were a Conte 11, I’d be bothered, but a more advanced Kante doesn’t quite add the same punch to a game of football as he used to sitting deeper.

I’m more concerned about Hazardaryan

It would appear my elite organic marketing campaign to raise awareness of his TRUE heritage did impact culture like I’d hoped. I feel like Yaxley Lennon right now. I deserve a milkshake thrown at my advertising credentials. Did the liberal elite of Chelsea shadow ban my social adverts? Or were my adverts just shit? Who knows, but I’m deeply suspicious about how my work could have failed.

… and really, he is the difference maker out there on Wednesday. The one truly world-class player. The big question is whether he’s up for it. Can a Chelsea squad that’s already seen their CL bonus paycheck muster the energy for one last roll of the dice in Baku for a midnight kickoff?

Oh, I also don’t like the idea that Hudson-Odoi could do something. The Englishman has a great story, would hate for him to turn it on.

Who knows. Part of me suspects the ultimate fuck you prize for Sarri would be to win the cup and fuck off the Juventus, so I wouldn’t rule out a big game.

Interesting to note that Chelsea has players in their squad that have won the trophy before, so the Europa magic doesn’t sit solely with our manager. David Luiz, Azpi and John Terry sure to be thrilled to be part of the game again.

The important issue of the day for us is our defence. Which will show up, the shit one, or, the shit one? It’s likely we won’t keep a clean sheet, having only managed that twice away from home all season… the second most important click moment has to be Auba and Lacazette. They are going to have to take their chances when they arrive.

I know that ‘feelings’ don’t matter when it comes to football… but I feel weirdly confident. Everything is rolling out way, I’m not sure Chelsea are a reliable team these days and I think we have ample firepower to cause damage if our big names show up on the day.

We’ll have to see, I’ll be back with a BANGER of a preview tomorrow.

BIG LOVE x

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  1. gambon

    I think we would have a good shot at Ziyech

    Its not as simple as assuming every team that finishes above us has a better shot at signing players than us.

    I would imagine Sanllehi is very good at talking players into signing and selling the dream.

    For example, let’s say he wants to come to the PL – as most players do.

    I doubt City would be interested due to Bernado Silva.

    Rumours are Liverpool won’t be making significant signings.

    Chelsea have a ban.

    Spurs will need to replace Eriksen and Alderweireld.

    We would have a shot.

    Dortmund signed one of the best 18 year olds in a generation for just £13m because Mislintat got hold of him before anyone else and so he felt a sense of loyalty.

    Who knows- maybe Raul has been speaking with Ziyech for 18 months.

  2. HillWood

    Dissenter
    Formula 1 has been going to Baku for a few years now
    I’d say that is on par with this match

  3. Words on a Blog

    Gambon,

    Let’s hope that Raoul has been whispering sweet nothings into Ziyech’s ears with his lovely husky voice….

    Nice ring to it, The Hakim Whisperer….

  4. TheLegendaryDB10

    Joe

    Very understandable that you are nervous about the Spud cunts having a slim chance at winning the CL and having a chance to nag you about this.

    But for now let’s forget about these twats and let’s focus on another set of absolute arseholes that we also need to beat.

    As you say, this game is so fucking important. I genuinely hope that everyone, including Ozil, are ready to fight for The Arsenal shirt and give it their all to ensure a win.

  5. Guns of SF

    we going to win tomorrow
    I just have that feeling…. nervy game but we pull 2 quick ones minutes apart to finish them

    Cant wait…

  6. Guns of SF

    Thanks Graham!

    He was visiting grandparents last summer and called me crying that I was not there with him to watch the WC final…. so tomorrow some of that parental guilt will be lifted at least. Win or lose, you know how it goes…

  7. TheLegendaryDB10

    Pedro

    Interesting. I always thought that Neymar would end up at Real Madrid after his stint at PSG. Has the right character for this club.

    How are your nerves holding for tomorrow?

    I am so excited and nervous at the same time. And that’s since this morning!! Never been like this before!!

  8. Marko

    That is not a good deal. Be interesting to see if the la liga president comments on it distorting the market. I doubt it

  9. Joe

    Wonder how much money Barca would have to add to do the deal.

    Neymar is so much more Barca than he is real.

  10. Radio Raheem

    Gambon

    I like Ziyech and hope your dream comes true. Of course we have a shot but along with several others. I certainly won’t be knocking the club if it doesn’t happen it’s all.

    If City sell Sane they could opt for him. There’s so much more that could happen that goes beyond the simple reasons you’ve listed. We’ll see.

  11. Joe

    Neymar is still one THE best players on the planet.

    Bad attitude but so do most of the best players bar Messi.

  12. TheLegendaryDB10

    Joe

    I disagree with you. His narcissistic, selfish approach to football is very “CR7”. Something that they need to lift them up after CR7’s departure from Real.

    But maybe Barca are thinking of a post Messi era with him up front? I can’t see that going down well in the long run as he naturally has a very anti-Barca ethos. One just has to look at his attitude at PSG.

  13. Joe

    He helps Barca win the CL next year and he will be a hero of hero’s in Barcelona especially after the debacles of the last few years

  14. Guns of SF

    When Neymar is on his game, he is unplayable. Period.

    However, those come in fits and starts. His attitude most recently has been poor. Stripped of the captaincy recently for Brazil…. and when he won the Olympics a few years back, denied wanting to be captain- to me that is not a leader.

    His brand however is what will sell tickets and shirts. So a smart move business wise but might not pay off with fan love or legacy

  15. Pierre

    Baku will be like a walk in the park for Arsenal fans compared to our final in Copenhagen against Galatasaray in 2000..

  16. bennydevito

    Words on a BlogMay 28, 2019    16:25:49

    Excluding Macguire, who is often mentioned but would cost shedloads, are there any reasonably priced centre backs that people would be happy to take from the “bottom 14” clubs?

    >>>>>>

    Lascelles, Coady, Duffy, Dunk.

    Lascelles I feel could be a top class defender.

  17. Guns of SF

    I don’t think Neymar is too highly regarded with the classic Brazilian winners.
    My son has 2 Brazilian coaches and they laughed when I mentioned Neymar helping the national team in the WC.

    They called him a DIVA

  18. TheLegendaryDB10

    Guns of SF

    Not surprised at all. He didn’t set Brazil alight during the last world cup did he?

    That’s is why I think that his Diva attitude is totally incompatible with the Barca philosophy. He really is made for RM.

  19. Danny S

    Neymar will never reach the heights of messi and Ronaldo because of his personality and attitude. He may have similar ability but that only makes up half of a player.

  20. Danny S

    Any player that will regularly drop to the floor and cry rather than keep fighting for the ball will never be considered a true great

  21. Joe

    It’s nice to hear Emery say the first target is to win the trophy and not the CL place

    Such a breath of fresh from the loser that was here who said a CL place (4th place) js like a trophy.

    Each title is very important for us, and for Chelsea too,” Emery added. “We want to enjoy this moment, for our fans and also for ourselves. Chelsea will have the same idea.

    For the fans. Not for his own bank account..

  22. Guns of SF

    Neymar is weak mentally. As Diva like as CR7 is, he has grit and tenacity. Dude is a true competitor. Neymar no so much. Too much crying and selfie taking.
    These millennials
    Sheesh I tell ya…..

  23. Thorough

    Hope we’re not linked to Goetze as Bild reports. There’s no way we’re buying both him and Ziyech in one Window.
    And btw isn’t it shocking he’s still 26? Unfuckingbelievable

  24. Leedsgunner

    If it was up to me I would prefer someone like Manolas than Umtiti.

    He’s too injury prone for my liking. Plus, let’s just remember who Barcelona just tried to pass off on to us… Denis Suarez… a crock who was beyond useless.

  25. Guns of SF

    Im 46, and yes you are right he is a millenial. I just checked. Thought it was 1985 onward. its 1981

    Gen x all the way here. Work for it

  26. Danny S

    @guns

    I was once shocked to see that I am a millennial.
    Wiped the smug look off my face during one particular argument. Ha

  27. Danny S

    And for those who will argue about wengers 3 FA cups in the last years…. he didn’t sacrifice anything to win them. There was no plan, he just stumbled upon them.

  28. Un na naai

    JoeMay 28, 2019 22:22:57
    It’s nice to hear Emery say the first target is to win the trophy and not the CL placeSuch a breath of fresh from the loser that was here who said a CL place (4th place) js like a trophy. Each title is very important for us, and for Chelsea too,” Emery added. “We want to enjoy this moment, for our fans and also for ourselves. Chelsea will have the same idea.For the fans. Not for his own bank account..

    Joey joe joe

    EMERY OUT 😂 😂 😂

  29. Guns of SF

    Danny

    hats off to you my friend!
    When I’m about retired, you millenials will be running the world.

    Im trying not to think about that

  30. Joe

    Un

    You done circle jerking over your wenger poster?

    It’ll be such a slap in the face tomorrow to all the akbs when emery wins the Europa tomorrow. Eclipsing wenger’s last 12 years in his first season with wenger’s joke of a squad he left behind.

    It’ll be quite the achievement for emery to win the Europa considering the mess wenger left behind

  31. gambon

    It will be quite an achievement, considering just a few weeks ago Joe wanted Emery out.

    Then lied and said he didn’t.

    Then was humiliated on here.

  32. Dissenter

    Samesong
    “I wonder if Auba going to bring out mask?

    Let me go further…I wonder if Auba will bring out the mask with Mykhi’s face?

  33. Guns of SF

    IM guessing Emery will go with the standard 3-5-2 tomorrow

    If we are chasing this game, expect to see Danny W on the pitch. Love to see a late winner to doom the Chelski scum

  34. Joe

    Gambon

    Wasn’t it last week you were shouting that we were going to finish 6th

    You guaranteed it.

    Ooooooopss. Sit down shut up big mouth

    You’re as clueless as Un when it comes to football

  35. Elmo

    “I suspect Arsenal aren’t pleased with Mykhi in private.
    The Azeri government publicly guaranteed his safety. They put their reputation on the line, nothing would have happened to him.”

    I saw an interview with the Azerbaijani ambassador who made clear that he could guarantee Mkhi’s safety as long as he stuck to sport; if he were to engage in anything political, it would be another matter. That’s not an unconditional guarantee of his safety, which most sporting bodies would demand of the hosts in order to stage an event.

    “If our purpose is to play political games around it, that is something different, but I hope it is not, because you are being paid as a footballer, not as a politician, so let’s leave other issues aside. ”

  36. Joe

    What’s humiliating is you , a. Supposed arsenal fan, wanting, wishing, hoping we come 6th.

    Guaranteeing it.

    You said it multiple times too

    Embarrassing.

    Know it all Gambon. Knows fuck all .

  37. Jay

    We all know them, un cc victorious pierre.
    These cunts are absolutely frothing at the mouth for us to loose.
    The real arsenal fans will either be gutted or over the moon. I wish THE REAL supporters of the mighty arsenal good luck tomorrow.
    Expect alot of in fighting here tomorrow night either way.

  38. Joe

    Jay

    Amen

    There will be a few on here quietly hoping we lose to prove their point about emery.

    Sad wanna be arsenal fans

  39. Dissenter

    Elmo
    I doubt that anyone can guarantee the safety of another if they veer out of their duties
    Assuming Mykhi decides to go the the central square in Bake to hoist an Armenia flag, the outcome would be expected.
    There’s a reason why Olympic athletes are kept in restricted villages during the games. There’s nothing sinister about what the Azeri ambassador stated.

  40. Jay

    Joe
    Hear you mate, not here to argue just call it as it is.
    I remember after the liverpool defeat, for a so called arsenal blog this place was a disgrace. So called ‘fans’ laughing at the defeat, they were loving it.
    Like i said REAL FANS will enjoy the win and hate the loss.
    The rest will act like the tossers they are.
    COYG.
    And fuck spurs, them winning can’t happen. No.

  41. Champagne Charlie

    “We all know them, un cc victorious pierre.
    These cunts are absolutely frothing at the mouth for us to loose.“

    What are you on about? I’ve never wanted us to lose a final, I’m an Arsenal fan before I give a shit about any one person associated.

    Arsenal need a win, we need CL money and prestige to build quicker. My views on Emery are pretty clear and I’ve said plenty on the subject. Nothing that happens tomorrow changes those views.

  42. Jay

    Cc

    ‘I’m an Arsenal fan before I give a shit about any one person associated’
    Wow!
    Your wenger defence and consequent emery bashing says otherwise.

  43. Valentin

    Seems that the rumour that Emery was part of the four man short list of manager that Barcelona wanted has been replaced that Erik Ten Hag is the fourth man.
    Allegri, Koeman, Martinez and Ten Hag.

    Frankly that list baffles me.

    Frankly Allegri would be a culture shock to the socio. Imagine their reactions if Barcelona tries to win 1-0.
    Koeman and his man management skills would see half the team put a transfer request within six months.
    Martinez will organise a defense so shambolic that they will win game 6-5.

    Ten Hag look the least bad choice. He already knows De Jong. He is not afraid to trust youth.

  44. Valentin

    @Dissenter,

    How do you interpret the following by the Azeri Amabassador.

    Go to Baku you are safe there, if you want to play the issue then that’s a different story.

    To me and most casual observers, it is a veiled threat.

  45. Valentin

    Two Thai Arsenal supporters who were wearing a Mhikitarian replica shirt and their Chélsea supporter friend were stopped by the police.

    When you have that level of paranoia displayed by the police, imagine what it would be if the real Mhikitarian were to show up.

    https://twitter.com/SkyFootball/status/1133474002838663168?s=19

    Before you said that they should have known better, I am pretty sure that the issue with Mhikitarian are at the bottom of the Thailand media news cycle.

  46. Pedro

    Struggling to pick through what the fuck this means.

    “But after, in his mind, he was thinking “my future, my future, my future” and something I said to him and in the press conference [was] he was a little distracted. Really, I was thinking his performance is not with the balance and regularity.

    “But when he decided his future, in this moment it was difficult for us because he decided his contract is difficult for the club to close and I cannot do nothing, but after, really the last three months he was amazing. Amazing.

    “When we played against Tottenham, I was speaking with him and I said: “Aaron, I am getting to know you and I know these matches against Tottenham and I want to do the last part of the season doing something important.

  47. PhD2020

    PedroMay 29, 2019 00:55:32

    Seems to me,or as it reads -that Aaron and his agent were looking for Arsenal to match the offer or better from Juve,taking into account what Ozil was offered previously-£350k p/w..In between Emery and his colleagues-Raul et al felt his mind was not at an Arsenal,could not match it based on their own valuations and perception of him.

    When called upon,he delivers a performance remains professional and in hindsight, Emery thinks maybe we dropped a ball or clanger on this one.

    A bit like the Beckham scenario at Real Madrid when Capello was managing them.Capello did not fancy him,dropped him,benched him and I think was training with the reserves.Fought his way back into the first team and Capello et al,were surprised by his tenacity and determination to force his way back into the first team.By then it was too late for Real Madrid to offer a new contract.
    In between all the shenanigans- David opted to leave for LA Galaxy.

    And Capello regretted the decision in the aftermath.

    Different circumstances between Aaron & David,but management made a call at that time and in hindsight, maybe one they regretted.It happens.It’s life.

    Some you win,some you lose.

    PS
    Post this,but at least acknowledge the contributor. if you do 🙂

  48. Words on a Blog

    Pedro,

    Translation from Basque Spanglish to English (unfortunately Google Translate doesn’t cover Basque Spanglish, so my translation will have to do):

    “While Ramsey was agonising about his future his performances were not up to his usual standard.

    Once his future was decided and he signed with Juventus I was a little unsure about whether he was still fully committed to giving his all to Arsenal for the remainder of the season. But he played fantastically well.

    Before we played against Tottenham, I said to Aaron: I know how much the services against Tottenham mean to you. Play as well as I know you can, and Let this match be a springboard to a fitting finale to your time here at Arsenal.

  49. Pedro

    Words, good translation.

    A shame that interview happened before the game, but whatever.

    PHD, you can come back on, but any casual cunting and you know the drill.

  50. Pedro

    Joe, you are a such an unbelievable hypocrite, sometimes I have to double take… you were banned for wanting the opposition to win, now you’re taking the high ground and tutting at those doing the same?

    Unreal.

  51. Dissenter

    Pedro
    Pardon my intrusion but that reporting shows you were wrong.
    The reason why Emery didn’t play Ramsey was because his head wasn’t right until he settled his future.
    ‘It has nothing to do with Emery not fancying him or any of the other things you suggested.

  52. Pedro

    Dissenter, no problem at all.

    > Arsenal yanked the deal they were negotiating that Aaron was down for signing
    > Emery dropped him
    > Then when he’d signed for Juve they brought him back in and he played a blinder

    Literally, the exact thing I’ve been saying all along.

    Long and short, Emery didn’t fancy him, then he realised Aaron was pretty good.

    … and I’m pretty sure you were jumping all over the mismanaged injury stuff as well.

  53. PhD2020

    As an Arsenal fan,would be fantastic to see us win the Europa Cup.

    High time,we won something of note in recent times, rather than some fans frothing over FA Cups as some sort of high end, global status level achievement.

    All that said,us as a club of our stature,history and potential-should really be looking at the CL as our holy grail,and in contrast seeing the Europa Cup as a cup falling below such standards,our remit so to speak.

    But alas,here we are today 2019-and the Europa cup is our level.

    Beggars cannot be choosers…This is our level circa 2010-2019.

    I hope we win,and maybe this can be the launch pad to bigger and better adventures.

  54. Tony

    “Before you said that they should have known better, I am pretty sure that the issue with Mhikitarian are at the bottom of the Thailand media news cycle.”

    Seriously Valentin? You need to get out more.

    What a numpty statement to make.

  55. Joe

    Pedro

    How can you compare wanting to rid a tyrant like wenger to people hoping we lose the Europa league final to prove a point about emery

    It’s so completely different. Also because we and YOU knew that winning the fa cup or some league match under wenger was going to do NOTHING to change wenger or help arsenal. We got worse. Which we all knew would happen. “ oh wenger will build on this”. “ oh this will be wenger’s summer after the big fa cup win”

    Bollocks

    At least with emery we know him and the regime will build on a win and do something good for arsenal. Great even.

    Massive massive massive difference.

    The wankers wanting us to lose tomorrow just want us to do so , so they can butch a say told you so about emery because they hate being wrong about him.

  56. Pierre

    Jay
    “I do apologise for lumping you in with certain posters that want us to lose tomorrow tho.
    My bad.”

    yes it is “my bad ” whatever that means …..presumably ” I’m as thick as shit” …but I will accept your grovelling apology as I have never or will ever want Arsenal to lose a football match in my life , unlike many on here .

  57. PhD2020

    Interesting comments from Cech though about the level of expectation at Arsenal..

    As I knew along.As many fully informed Arsenal fans knew along.In fact all of the ambitious players left citing lack of ambition at the club.And even Nasri, when he left back in 2012, alluded too as much, and to paraphrase him”That players at Arsenal were happy to pick up their wages and had no ambition.He left for Man City to win trophies when celebrating their EPL Trophy.”And funnily enough he too was branded a mercenary by the Arsenal faithful..

    Actually here is Nasri’s quote back in 2012:

    Now, following City’s first league title in 44 years, Nasri has rounded on those critics – and even his former team-mates – accusing them of settling for second best after a seventh successive season without silverware.

    “People at Arsenal tried to make out that I came here for the money,” Nasri told the French television channel TF1. “I hope they are watching me now, collecting my Premier League winner’s medal. I believe they have not won a trophy for many years now.

    “I made the hard choice to come and fight for my place at a big club, and I have proved it correct. I now hope the Arsenal fans can get on with their lives and forget me.

    “If all that I was interested in was money, the easiest decision would have been to stay at Arsenal, picking up my money every week and walking into the team. There are many people doing this right now at Arsenal.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2012/may/15/samir-nasri-arsenal-manchester-city

    Anyway, Cech’s recent comments to paraphrase him was along the lines of -“When Arsenal lose,we win,we lose,we win,everything is ok.
    When Chelsea draw against a big team, it’s a loss.The dressing room is a funeral.”

    Says it all really,the culture at Arsenal.We all knew.Cech just confirmed what was readily apparent to a blind man riding a horse in thick fog for almost a decade.

    Cech’s quotes:

    ‘It will sound strange but I think generally at Arsenal there is not enough pressure,’ Cech told Standard Sport. ‘Arsene is a real gentleman. As much as he hates losing, he stays a gentleman. If you lose, you win, you lose, you win, he kind of carries on. That’s something I’ve never experienced before. ‘At Chelsea, at the times when we drew, it felt like a funeral in the dressing room. It was so bad.

    ‘If we drew against a big team at home, it was like, ‘Oh no, it is impossible we didn’t win at home’. It came from everywhere: the players, the coach. Since the start when I was there, the pressure was there every game.’

    https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/chelsea/petr-cech-interview-arsenal-chelsea-europa-league-final-a4146831.html

    Just hope tomorrow,with Kante out, Loftus Cheek out and Sarri’s latest temper tantrum on the training pitch -whether related to the Luiz / Higuain tackling incident works to our advantage.

    Here’s hoping to an Arsenal victory.Between, would not play Cech in the final,given the announcement made about him departing to Chelsea .Definitely more so,in light of more recent comments from him.

    But I like the guy,a thorough professional and wish him all the best.Certainly a professional sportsman,I would give the time of day for,to listen to his experiences in the game.One that can translate into other areas of industry.
    Pity,we never got him in his prime years though,before he went to Chelsea.Another I could have signed back in the day- Arsene type pronouncements.

    Just saying.

    The team sheet or line up would be an interesting one to feast your eyes on.

  58. Pierre

    Joe
    “At least with emery we know him and the regime will build on a win and do something good for arsenal. Great even. Massive massive massive difference.”

    Talking bullshit as per usual ….this regime should not fill anyone with confidence as so far they have awarded new contracts to xhaka and mustafi, 2 players that Le grove are desperate to see the back of, failed to renew Ramsey’s contract and then there was the Suarez debacle, so what makes you believe that a regime that have shown incompetence on par with wenger , are going to do “something good” for the club.

    Nothing’s changed except we have a group of highly paid professionals making the mistakes instead of just one.

  59. Joe

    Pierre. Oh Pierre

    have awarded new contracts to xhaka and mustafi, 2 players that Le grove are desperate to see the back of,

    Wenger signed mustafi to a 5 year deal and he has 2 years left. No one has awarded him a new deal.

    Ramsey was wenger’s fault as he was allowed to enter into his final year of the deal because wenger didn’t sort it out when he should have ala Sanchez and ozil.
    Ramsey has aRsenal by the balls and was asking way too much because wenger fucked it

    As for xhaka. They renewed him because he was headed into the last 2 years of his deal and didn’t want a wenger cock up like with ozil Ramsey and Sanchez.

    Now they can sell xhaka and not lose him for free or have to renew him at ridiculous amount like ozil.

    Wow Pierre. When you’re wrong, you sure are wrong.

  60. Joe

    Nothing’s changed except we have a group of highly paid professionals making the mistakes instead of just one.

    Everything. Has changed. They are still cleaning up wenger’s mistakes(mustafi) and not making the same mistakes and Letting players run down their contracts.(xhaka, Ramsey ozil Sanchez)

  61. Tony

    So finally game day is here after what has seemed an eternity since the Burnley game.

    Sarri stormed out of Chelsea’s evening training kicking his cap in the air when leaving the pitch.

    Must be a reverse psychology tactic for settling the Chelsea squad.

    Leno or Cech? Ozil to start? Who cares as long as we win?

    Emery’s credentials suggests that the EL Cup is His domain – it’s where Emery has excelled in his career.

    Emery should really have no excuse now; he knows Chelsea and should know how to beat them especially if Kante and Hudson-Odoi are out injured.

    My 10 year old son has begged with all his being to be allowed to stay up for the game (2am Thai time) and miss school tomorrow where much to my wife’s chagrin and protestations I have granted his wish, which no doubt I’ll pay for later.

    It will be his first European trophy final and he can barely contain his excitement.

    I really haven’t bought into Raul’s Joe Pesci (Goodfellas) persona as The Arsenal’s Spanish Made Man with his ST renewal rousing 2nd part interview: Much ado about nothing!

    They are all empty words until we see action match Raul’s verbal intensions.

    Win tonight and Raul & Emery’s tasks for next season should gain traction in the TW and then Emery will have no excuse for next season.

    Lose tonight and I’d be very happy for Gazidis to take Emery to Milan because next season will be pretty much a rehash of this season. So if that were the case, then bring on Arteta because that couldn’t be any worse than watching the eccentric and bizarre team selections and tactics Emery will be cooking up.

    If Arteta did well, Pedro would be insufferable, but at least it would be worth enduring if we won a cup and ended up 3rd or 2nd next season.

    Should Arteta fail then Pedro should enjoy a daily staple diet of humble pie and drag himself out of fantasy land Pedro frequents (remember his Gazidis love in?)

    I’d prefer Vieira with Ljundberg and Bergkamp as coach.

    But then I’d prefer Lampard, Gerrard, Terry and Boyer to Arteta.

    Why?

    Because they are managers with some experience and Arteta is only an assistant who has learnt how to buy success with Pep.

  62. Emiratesstroller

    KPMG the leading accountancy firm have just published their valuation of leading football clubs and sadly Arsenal are now dropping like a tombstone
    behind many of our competitors. They value us at just US$2,008 Billion.

    The current list is now:

    1. Real Madrid
    2.Manchester United
    3.Bayern Munich
    4.Barcelona
    5.Manchester City
    6.Chelsea
    7.Liverpool
    8.Arsenal
    9.Tottenham Hotspur
    10.Juventus

    So we have now dropped behind Liverpool a club who were almost bankrupt six years. Spurs are now ranked just behind us!

    This is starting to show the stagnation and lack of performance at the club in
    recent years. This is despite the rhetoric about the club’s so-called improved status following construction stadium.So much for the SELF SUSTAINING FINANCIAL MODEL.

    Interestingly PSG are not ranked in top 10.

  63. Pierre

    The club lost that winning mentality when Vieira left the club .

    I have said before that it’s certain players with a club that provide that winning mentality and when they leave the club , they take that mentality with them .

    These players don’t even have to be regulars in the starting line up , it is the influence they have in the changing room and the values they adhere to which rubs off on the other players.

    Luckily we had Tony Adams for a long period and Vieira stepped into his shoes but not all clubs are that fortunate.

    Years ago Liverpool had Alan Hansen who provided that mentality , since he left the club no league titles..

    United had Ryan Giggs for all those years and although one wouldn’t regard him as vocal , I’m sure he was a massive influence in the changing room , since he left the club no league titles.

    At Arsenal , Vieira left , no league titles .

    At chelsea it was John Terry who was the leader, since he left the club ,no league titles and I don’t expect them to win the league for years to come .

    Vincent kompany has been the main man at city during their glory years , he is leaving the club and I’m not sure they have anyone who can replace him within the club …will be interesting to see If they maintain that drive and winning mentality without him.

    Tottenham still do not have that one player within the changing room who will provide the drive to win the title.

    I can see Van Dyke being the man that will push Liverpool to success over the next few years …he looks to have the respect of the Liverpool players and I believe they hold him in high esteem on and off the pitch …I expect Liverpool to win the league next season as city will falter without the influence of Kompany.

    Go back To the 70’s …Arsenal letting Frank Mclintock go too early was a massive mistake …he was a fantastic leader and the club had to wait 18 years before their next title success with Tony Adams as captain.

  64. PhD2020

    EmiratesstrollerMay 29, 2019 04:54:02

    I’m curious to know why you think this has happened? Why we have plummeted?

  65. Emiratesstroller

    Reasons for our decline.

    1. Lack of ownership ambition.
    2.Poor Management at club.
    3.Poor investment in team
    4.Poor Transfer and Contract decisions.
    5.Failure to qualify for Champions League.
    6.Stagnation.

  66. PhD2020

    EmiratesstrollerMay 29, 2019 05:13:04
    Reasons for our decline.
    1. Lack of ownership ambition.
    2.Poor Management at club.
    3.Poor investment in team
    4.Poor Transfer and Contract decisions.
    5.Failure to qualify for Champions League.
    6.Stagnation.
    ———

    So,who is accountable?

    On whose doorstep, does the accountability lie with,in the grand scheme of things?

    Who has presided over the six points you have made overall?

    Who calls the shots,who makes the overall tough decisions?

    What is the bottom line?

  67. PhD2020

    Emirates Stroller

    To be fair to Mid West since 2011-2019,according to the KPMG list we have been roughly hovering around 8th place,bar circa 2011 where we were positioned around 6th according to the KPMG Table.So,not much movement overall from last year.

    But,I do get your other points.

  68. MidwestGun

    PSG is dropping like a stone.. Because their ad revenue has dropped. Because it was bogusly inflated by bogus sponsorship and now it had to be adjusted.

    Liverpool and Spuds have increased understandably because they have made the CL finals.. It matters.. I think you are reading a little too much into it to be honest. If you look at it realistically we are about the 10th best team in Europe.. which is about where are valuation comes in.

  69. MidwestGun

    Strangely enough .. I’m not worried about tomorrow.. I guess it’s today now. I probably should be.. but this seems to be our gig.. now. Just in case though I have cold beverages on ice. Either way… I’m ready.. plus I made a couple business appointments for early in the day .. keep my mind off of things.

    Monstrous match for our recovery efforts. I feel like the boys will be up for it. If we score first.. I will feel really good about it..

  70. Pierre

    Don’t get yourself over excited about the mustafi contract Joe , I was just testing your knowledge.😇

    Good to see that the likes of you and Graham actually want the club you support to win a final this time..

    I believe there is a strong possibility that the locals will make it like a home game for Chelsea due to the Mhkitaryan situation..
    It may actually be quite a volatile atmosphere in the ground , if so then that isn’t good news for Arsenal.

  71. Pierre

    Venkatesham “We need to make sure we are really disciplined,” he told the club’s official website. “A good example of that is senior players that aren’t towards the end of their careers, we need to make sure that those players, when they’ve got two years left on their contract, we’re making the difficult decisions.

    .We’re either renewing those players’ contracts, or we’re selling those players.
    So we’re going to have to be brave with those decisions along the way, because we can’t be in a situation where we are allowing players to walk out the door for free unless they are coming towards the end of their career.”

    Good sentiments but difficult to put into practice , it could mean a large turnover of players every season if players do not want to commit themselves to another 3 years on top of the 2 remaining years they have left.

    A squad needs stability to build team spirit and understanding , this will be difficult to achieve having a large turnover of players.

    Of course, if we were to make an offer they can’t refuse like city ,United or Chelsea can then it is a policy that could work, Arsenal it seems are now trying to do things on the cheap and we all know that money talks , so unless we offer vastly improved contracts then it could get very messy if Raul and Venkatesham adhere strictly to this policy.

    Let’s hope that they have thought it through properly..

  72. Emiratesstroller

    MidwestGun

    Let’s be clear we were told by both Hill-Wood and Wenger after we built the stadium that Arsenal would be “competitive” with the top clubs in Europe.

    They suggested that the only clubs who could/should outbid us in transfer market were Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    Since then we have seen our club overtaken by the likes of Man City, Chelsea
    and Liverpool with Spurs now moving up the pecking order.

    The key difference s between us and most other clubs in list is that they have
    invested their money “in known quality players” and bought and sold them at
    right time.

    Arsenal by contrast have bought in recent years a lot of crap and then struggled to sell the players. No other club would have allowed players like
    Sanchez, Ozil, Wilshire, Ramsey or Welbeck to run down their contracts in the
    fashion that has been going on for some time and left effectively for zippo.

    That is equivalent to roughly £200 million in lost transfer fees had they been
    sold at right time.

    Let’s be honest Arsenal are and have not been in the market for “top players”.
    We buy mainly second and third string players.

  73. MidwestGun

    E- stroller …yep that’s all true and yet our valuation has been about the same. We are consistently in the 8th to 10th range.. You suggested we were dropping .. that’s not true..others are passing us up and others are dropping. We stay the same. We know why City and Chelsea passed us up. Huge cash infusions. Your talking about something different though when your talking about transfer budget versus Club Value. Guarantee if we hadn’t built a new stadium our Clubs value would truly have dropped like a tombstone.

  74. PhD2020

    EmiratesstrollerMay 29, 2019 06:16:49
    MidwestGun

    Let’s be clear we were told by both Hill-Wood and Wenger after we built the stadium that Arsenal would be “competitive” with the top clubs in Europe.
    —–

    You forgot Gazidis..”We can compete with the Bayern’s et al”

    ——-
    “The key difference s between us and most other clubs in list is that they have
    invested their money “in known quality players” and bought and sold them at
    right time.”

    You forgot,Liverpool’s commercials also.

    ——–
    “The key difference s between us and most other clubs in list is that they have
    invested their money “in known quality players” and bought and sold them at
    right time.”

    And also commercials..Begs the question,what the heck was Ivan’Whore’ doing all this time?
    ———
    “Arsenal by contrast have bought in recent years a lot of crap and then struggled to sell the players. No other club would have allowed players like
    Sanchez, Ozil, Wilshire, Ramsey or Welbeck to run down their contracts in the
    fashion that has been going on for some time and left effectively for zippo.That is equivalent to roughly £200 million in lost transfer fees had they been
    sold at right time.
    Let’s be honest Arsenal are and have not been in the market for “top players”.
    We buy mainly second and third string players.”
    ——–
    Of which to be fair have all been in total at the club for circa 30 years(Ozil circa 5 years,Ramsey circa 11 years,Sanchez circa 4 years,Wellbeck circa 5 years,Wilshere as a youth),and you only started remonstrating almost a year and half ago about the need for a change in management?

    Go figure??

  75. Pierre

    Emery
    “Once his future was decided and he signed with Juventus I was a little unsure about whether he was still fully committed to giving his all to Arsenal for the remainder of the season. But he played fantastically well.”

    This still doesn’t explain why he benched Ramsey for 9 consecutive league games after he was substituted on 29th September .

    According to Emery, he was a little unsure whether Ramsey was STILL fully committed in January which mean he believes he was fully committed prior to signing for juventus.

    It basically confirms what I have been saying all along , Emery took exception to Ramsey( and Ozil) showing their displeasure at being substituted and decided to make an example of them by marginalizing them.

  76. Receding Hairline

    Pedro I don’t understand

    How are you vindicated on Emery being behind Ramsey’s injury? Or indeed yanking his deal?

    As for realizing how good he really is, well the man has been talking about how good Ramsey is as a footballer since he joined so I don’t get this he doesn’t fancy him bit. He doesn’t fancy him at a certain price probably because he believes he can get better value elsewhere but has nothing to do with underrating his ability.

    Anyway this is no day for Emery back and forth

    COYG bring that cup home.

  77. PhD2020

    If Le Grove says we will win,it’s usually the opposite.

    When optimism is high,the rsults are usually low.

    Just sayng.

    PS

    Those figures by KPMG are mind boggling.When you factor in broadcasting rights,commercial rights and match day rights..

    Unbelievable that Bournemouth generated £136 million in broadcasting revenue during the 2016/17 period & Southampton generated £143 million in broadcasting revenue during the 2017/2018 period..That was or is almost half our summer transfer budget for 2018/19 at Arsenal!!

    The reports needs closer inspection-but for 2017/2018 it appears that our commercial revenues and match day revenues were closely aligned,28% commercial 24% Match Day Revenue- 48% Broadcasting Revenue.

    What’s quite interesting is that our broadcasting revenue is slightly higher than Chelsea’s, Man City’s and Liverpool’s in comparison-45%,44% & 43% respectively during the same period of year.

    But the commercial revenue generated amongst all three clubs are significantly higher.(44% Man City,Chelsea & L’pool 38%).

    Indicating a 14-20 % differential advantage in commercial revenue gains by the aforementioned clubs during the same period.

    We could go on..But rather not.It’s late and early.Let’s enjoy the Europa Final for what it’s worth.

  78. MidwestGun

    Emery took exception to Ramsey( and Ozil) showing their displeasure at being substituted and decided to make an example of them by marginalizing them.
    ______
    My God you have a one track mind.. well guess what we had Ozil and Ramsey both all last season …”not marginalized” in your words. which is I guess your new buzzword and we did Fuck all… so the point is moot. By the way Ramsey played less matches last season… in his non Marginalized role I guess. Ozil played 2 more matches last season so about the same.

    Basically you act as if Emery marginalized players in the realm of Messi and Ronaldo.. hardly the case. Had he played them both more sooner from what Ive observed they both probably would have just been injured sooner.

  79. Emiratesstroller

    I have been criticising Wenger for more than 10 years. Not the 3 you suggest.

    My view of Kroenke is more recent, because frankly the man has been only in
    control of the club a relatively short time since the death of Fiszman.

    Fiszman was never a billionaire in a position to invest heavy money in the club, but he was a man of vision and passion in the club. So you cannot blame him for the decline only perhaps the selection of his successor.

  80. siddharth14

    I hope the players are up for it after reading those Cech comments. Some much needed added motivation. It will be interesting to see how Emery wants to approach this. Play with high intensity or go for the counter.

    Btw, how wonderful would it be if Ozil, Mustafi and Xhaka were to end up on the score sheet and help us win !

    3-2 to The Arsenal…..

  81. Emiratesstroller

    Pedro

    There is a very revealing interview with Emery in today’s Daily Telegraph. I will
    comment on it when you post your next thread.

    For all the negativity about Emery I think that he is actually a very “clued up head coach” and far more intelligent and street wise than most of his critics
    believe.

  82. Luteo Guenreira

    Come on baby give us that sweet CL cash.

    Emery can say it’s about the trophy. And it definitely is, a European trophy Arsenal have never lifted before. Beautiful to think we will be European champions come tomorrow.

    But actually it’s really about the money for us right now. Equally or even more so. Argue the philosophy and who is responsible for it till our deaths. We need that cash. Even if only so no one can use money as a cheap excuse for a mediocre summer and another season of running in place toward 4th/5th next year.

  83. PhD2020

    EmiratesstrollerMay 29, 2019 08:05:32
    I have been criticising Wenger for more than 10 years. Not the 3 you suggest.

    ———
    With all due respect,you criticising a manager(Arsene)is wholly different from wanting or calling for a manager(Arsene) to be expunged or discharged from his managerial duties, given he was past his due date of expiry, is an entirely different scenario or argument altogether.

    So you might have criticised him for a decade on tactics, substitutions,player purchases/sales,etc,etc..
    But you certainly were not calling for his contract to be terminated forthwith over the last decade,let alone over the last three years.

    I think that much was evident in your vast postings over the years…It was usually about what transfers needed to be done.Who Arsene needed to sell,who to keep and how much money was available.And that Usamonov had a dubious history,so therefore could not be considered as a trustworthy owner or custodian of Arsenal.Which only left us with one other option from your viewpoint and also in actual reality-Silent Stan??!!

    Let’s say, for instance,I happened to be a Man City fan.I could criticise Guardiola’s approach in trying or attempting to win the CL Trophy over the last three years.That does not equate to me wanting him out of Man City altogether-right?Since,he’s winning all the domestic trophies.I could criticise hm,but not want him out.

    I think a few of us can read…

    But all that is a moot point.

    The question remains-Arsene is gone..

    Who do you think the buck stops with-given your six point bullet list(see below)?

    EmiratesstrollerMay 29, 2019 05:13:04
    Reasons for our decline.
    1. Lack of ownership ambition.
    2.Poor Management at club.
    3.Poor investment in team
    4.Poor Transfer and Contract decisions.
    5.Failure to qualify for Champions League.
    6.Stagnation.

  84. Redtruth

    Emiratesstroller
    “Reasons for our decline.
    1. Lack of ownership ambition.
    2.Poor Management at club.
    3.Poor investment in team
    4.Poor Transfer and Contract decisions.
    5.Failure to qualify for Champions League.
    6.Stagnation.”

    7. Last but not least AKB’s like Emiratesstroller…..

  85. Emiratesstroller

    Had time now to reflect on last night’s result.

    The reality is that we have lost FOUR GAMES and conceded three goals or more against Crystal Palace, Wolves, Leicester and now Chelsea in the last month.

    Significantly that has occurred following the injury to Ramsey in the Valencia
    game.

    Arsenal’s current problem is a combination of limited quality and numbers in
    midfield and the inherent weakness of our defence.

    We can argue about Emery’s game plan in all these games, but the reality is that he can only select from the resources, which are available to him.

    The only defender available to him last night who did not play was Mustafi and reading the previous posts on Le Grove that omission was considered a
    positive decision.

    Similarly our options in midfield were also fairly limited not least when Mkhitaryan made the decision not to travel to Baku. The only player that
    Emery could have selected to replace Ozil in midfield was Iwobi and again
    there are plenty of supporters who would have criticised that selection.

  86. Emiratesstroller

    RT

    The only thing that you can offer on this website is sarcasm and insults of other posters.

    Your knowledge of football is zero and that was demonstrated clearly by your comment last night about Cech performance in the game. Cech could not be
    faulted for any of the goals conceded and probably prevented an even greater
    pasting than we suffered.

  87. Emiratesstroller

    Phd2020

    Sorry you are wrong, but I have argued for a very long time that Wenger was past his sell by date and that was long before I started posting on Le Grove.

    However, you have to accept that in the first 7-8 years of his stewardship Arsenal were a successful club whether by accident or design. Once that
    period of success was over he should have gone.