Edu impacting transfer targets already?

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GOOD EBENING.

Does it ever get old? Absolutely not.

You know what does get old? Bag bargers on the train. Like, mate, I am not putting this slim bag on the floor… why are you assaulting my bag and trying to adversely impact my ability to read a broadsheet during commuter hours? Here’s my thing, if I was just really fat, you wouldn’t be barging my back fat, would you? It’s abuse, plain and simple. I need to campaign on this after I drive my oat milk and EMERY OUT agenda over the line.

Talking of BIG UNAI… there was a delicious report from JC about his new end of year reviews with the players that went down like a sack of potatoes.

I absolutely love this.

In the normal course of business, sitting down with your manager is important to your career, because there are a lot of soft and hard skills in business and it’s hard to gain a full picture of your person.

But football? Precious children being sat down and told what the manager likes and dislikes… I’d be fascinated to understand what the output of this was supposed to be.

WHAT DO YOU SAY TO MESUT?

‘Mesut, I noticed you mouthed something to me at the final. Care to explain?’

‘Mesut, do you like to run anymore?’

‘Talk to me about assists, where have they gone?’

How do you frame things with Mustafi?

‘Mustafi, attention to detail is an issue’

He apparently didn’t let on about the future of the players… BUT SURELY THE POINT OF A REVIEW IS TO BE CLEAR ABOUT THE FUTURE?

If you landed a good review, great. But if you landed a brutal one, you’re going to go straight to your agent and give them the lowdown. You’re going to stew on it all summer in paranoia. You’re going to read the paper talk and then if you’re not sold, you’ll come back in bad mental shape.

When Cesc, Nasri, Robin and Song were agitating for moves, it apparently rocked preseason badly. The focus was all over the place and the vibe at the training ground was very off. Having players not clear on their futures is not a good thing for our preparation, and we need to have everything in fine shape this season because we could exit that first five games on the back foot in a big way.

These Brent-esque moves the Emery team keep dropping are exactly the reason we need Edu in the building quickly. The club needs his light tan Crockett & Jones on the ground immediately, because there is so much shabby stuff going on around the place. Dave Priestly has overseen the greatest Arsenal end of season choke in living memory. We have bus drivers running motivational speeches. Our high performance leader has been chopped… and weirdly, because we’ve been so inept, we don’t need to hire a new one because WE HAD TWO HIGH PERFORMANCE LEADS AT THE CLUB FOR TWO YEARS.

Well, it seems our fresh fragranced Brazilian savior is working the contacts list already. We’ve been linked with Reinier. This midfielder is fast, strong, has light feet, a brutal shot, he has an imposing 6ft1 frame and he’s extra exciting because he is Brazilian.

It also looks like we’re squeezing the very last drops of juice out of the Sven Mislintat black book… we’re close to signing Markus Schubert of Dynamo Dresden on a free transfer. This is a smart move, he played 43 times last season and kept 12 clean sheets, he’s regarded as an excellent prospect. That’s great news and starts to calm the Sevilla MKII nerves I had at the start of the summer (yesterday).

There are also SPICIER THAN A HOT PEPPER rumours linking us to St Etienne’s 18-year-old centre back, Saliba. He looks an incredible talent, he’s great on the ball, immensely built for someone so young and he’s exactly the sort of talent you want to be snapping up before they become a £80m player with Monaco or Dortmund. That’s smart scouting. I still have worries that he’ll be too green for the Premier League, but regardless, he’s the sort of investment we SHOULD be making.

Fuck Ever Banega.

Lucas Torriera HATES OUR LANDS.

“I don’t know if there are many things that I enjoy,” he said. “I think I had a better time in Italy.

“England is a totally different world. The language (barrier) has stopped me being able to relate with my team-mates and the people. It is very difficult when you can’t have dialogue.

“And then there is the weather. You go out in the morning and it is cloudy, you arrive at your house in the afternoon and it is cloudy.

“We are from here (Uruguay) and we are used to always – or almost always – having the sun. But as the years go by, I’m going to adapt.”

“We all know what England is about and what the Premier League is about. I made a very important jump at a football level.

“At Arsenal we played four competitions, while in Sampdoria I was used to playing in only two – the Serie A and Coppa Italia.

Lolz. Context police out in force yesterday.

Lucas is a darling of the fan base… we love a terrier, and he’s certainly one of them. However, it was pretty clear that his little legs struggled in the back half of the season. Most players fade in their first year in the Premier League, so I’m not bothered about that… but here’s the thing, he’s SO young, so if he does decide he wants to exit next season, we’ll make a ton of cash on him.

AC Milan are admirers of him and are looking at £35m as compensation. Love to see that Arsenal are getting the Ivan treatment here. We bought him for £30m. No way he’s leaving for anything short of £60m when he goes. He’s a top talent, but maybe needs a London chaperone if he’s pining after Italy. Someone get him down Pizza Express immediately.

Sarri is OFF to Juventus. The man never adapted to London, he wasn’t able to beat out player power, and the lack of smoking in the stadium drove him crazy. He’ll get more time at Juventus who are taking marketing to new heights. They’re trying to win the global content game by bringing an exciting brand of football to Turin, so he’ll get time and money there to make his mark. There was a lot of debate about him at the start of the season, but, he did his job, won a trophy and made it into the top 3. Is it fair to say he has sauce?

Now Chelsea are going hard for Frank Lampard. Their excaptain, one of the most productive midfielders in Premier League history, is being lined up to take over with Jody Morris. Seems Chelsea are into the notion of bringing an exciting idea to the fans. He’s young, he’s inexperienced, but the fans will be electrified, they’ll give him time and he ‘could’ do something incredible. They are a bigger club than us, now with more global prestige, and they are taking a bold risk.

When the time comes for Arsenal to replace Emery, will we do the same? It’s in Raul’s DNA. Barca take risks on talent they believe in. German clubs are masters of investing in innovative young coaches. Lyon just took a major chance on Sylvinho. United hired in OGS (lol). I fully expect as clubs get smarter, they will try and grow their own talent a little like RB has been doing, and the focus on the manager being the most important person at the club will fade.

It’s all about the infrastructure, fam.

All very interesting… but not as interesting as this next bit… footballers with tits.

Why not I guess? I’m getting one for my office. Buy yours here.

178 Responses to “Edu impacting transfer targets already?”

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  1. Leedsgunner

    By moving to the Emirates we were told we would be able to compete. Shame we can’t because Wenger and Gazidas wasted mountains of cash up the wall on absolute rubbish. Shame really.

    Wenger said he loved the club, but his actions have shown to be otherwise.

  2. jwl

    Weather in Britain is brutal, the constant grey sky and rain gets you down after a while. I am Canadian who use to harsh winters but delightful summers and when I moved to England I found the constant crappy weather to be hard to deal with, rain and grey clouds are depressing.

    And then there is constant dampness that chills your bones even if above 0 temp, crazy weather in Britain, and I not surprised at all people from tropical countries have hard time adjusting.

  3. Champagne charlie

    Pedro

    Good find for sure. On the Emery performance reviews, have you heard if anyone sat him down and applied the same unpacking of his managerial performance?

  4. Champagne charlie

    Jwl

    You take that back right now. I’ll have you know it rains profusely for 6 days straight in June everywhere in the world!

    and we’re edgy here ok, fuck a blue sky that everyone else has. Grey is the way.

  5. Marc

    Pedro

    Reinier might have amazing skills and look like he’s going to be a top top player but does he know the Premier League? The fact is if a player is not English or French they are a waste of time.

  6. Marc

    jwl

    I think the thing that probably aggravates the issue with Torreira is the language barrier. Nothing worse than feeling alone and isolated if you’re not used to it / can’t cope with it, being stuck in doors in crap weather makes it worse.

    This is where clubs need to help overseas players integrate.

  7. Receding Hairline

    I am going to enjoy watching Serie A next season, with one of my favorite managers Conte taking over at Inter and Juventus trying to play an exciting brand of football with Sarri, not to forget Paulo Fonseca who i have a lot of time for at Roma.

    Gonna be exciting

  8. Jamie

    It will be interesting to see if Juve maintain total domestic dominance next season with Sarri in charge, rather than Allegri.

    A penny for Ramsey’s thoughts.

  9. WengerEagle

    Eh, fully expect Juve to canter to another Scudetto. By double digit points.

    They’re a well oiled machine that virtually run themselves at this stage, not to discredit any of the work that Conte and Allegri did there.

  10. Mark Lowman

    I can be a bit negative about us but have to disagree with Pedro about Chelsea being bigger than us. I look at this such as when Hamburg had their time in the sun. Where they bigger than Bayern. Are City bigger than UTD?
    Arsenal have largest social media traffic for any club. Largest fan membership ( Season ticket , Silver and Red ) Benfica I believe are second. Whether we think it’s a bit of a cheat measuring ticket sold to actual attendance . We are none the less highest overall percentage in London.
    China and Far East , Africa ( Nigeria , Ghana ) we are massive ( I’ll give Chelsea India ) .
    They could hold a competitive game in NYC or Florida between us and the Pool and it sell out between us.
    Our fanbase is bigger and will still probably have a larger gate than Chelsea against Man U. When Chelsea play a lowly team in the cup the crowd goes well under their capacity.
    Last week on talk sport they were actually arguing Villa are bigger than Chelsea. My view is Spurs are bigger than Chelsea and West Ham level.

  11. CG

    PedRo

    “”””We have bus drivers running motivational speeches. “”””

    No surprise to me – as it seems Blakey is running the 1st Team ….
    And what with Raul in charge – it would be no surprise if Olive is in the dugout at some stage next season as well.

    What Is heartening to hear- is that we might actually be recruiting players ‘yonder of 186cms … and the two linked seem excellent specimens- fit for fighting in the fierce battlegrounds of The Prem.

    I have not the foggiest idea what oatmeal is..( or it does to one )…but it must be as pungent and as potent as morphine- if our Glorious Author thinks Milan will pay £60 million for our cuddly little Uruguayan…..

    Even – if his words have been Lost In Translation- his heart ain’t in it…sell him now…….and accept it

    With 3 Big City clubs promoted- just staying in the Prem – will not be A Cakewalk….. we need committed players- not Mummies Boys…….

    A scintillating post -and I off course thank him for it……

  12. Victorious

    I am going to enjoy watching Serie A next season, with one of my favorite managers Conte taking over at Inter and Juventus trying to play an exciting brand of football with Sarri, not to forget Paulo Fonseca who i have a lot of time for at Roma.’

    I mean how breathtaking it Will be for you,Wish you could say the same for your beloved arsenal and Emery.

  13. Mark Lowman

    * meant to say if we played a lowly team in the cup our crowd would still probably be bigger than Chelsea v Man U.

    Ps. if UTD got relegated they’d still be bigger than Chelsea

  14. Marc

    Mark

    Agree Chelsea are a flash in the pan. Let’s see how things pan out with Abramovich not chucking money about any more.

  15. Champagne charlie

    Vic

    Yea, how nice of Serie A to have some excitement coming their way. Meanwhile at Arsenal….

  16. WengerEagle

    Chelsea are huge in South America, particularly Brazil because of the raft of Brazilians to have had success with them in Ramires, Luiz, Oscar, Willian, Diego Costa, Alex, Beletti, Deco.

    It’s really as simple as that a lot of the time. I’m sure that Bayern Munich and Monaco are the two biggest European club followings in Colombia because of James and Falcao for example.

    Think of how many Nigerian supporters who’s love for Arsenal was kick started by Kanu.

  17. Receding Hairline

    “I mean how breathtaking it Will be for you,Wish you could say the same for your beloved arsenal and Emery.”

    You can enjoy more than two leagues at once dude

    I happen to like the two appointments made at Roma and Inter, same way i like the appointment we made, you are allowed to rate different managers at once too.

    As for the other fellow make him go hug transformer

  18. Marc

    Pedro

    You do realise every time CG puts up one of these ridiculous trolling comments I switch off from the site for a while.

    I wonder how many others do the same.

  19. jwl

    Champagne Charlie – I don’t miss weather in Britain, that for sure. For work, I spend a lot of time on twitter going through people’s feeds and I’ve been seeing lots of photos past few days of terrible English weather this ‘summer’.

    Marc – I guess Sampdoria had more Spanish or Portuguese speakers which allowed Torr to adjust, I don’t know how Arsenal could fix his problem when we have few Spanish speakers. I agree language differences can isolate you, I moved to South Korea to teach english without having a good idea where country was, never mind speaking their language.

  20. WengerEagle

    Success too is obviously the main factor.

    Citeh and Spurs fans were a rarity a decade ago outside of Manchester/North London. Now you’ll find children from countries all over the world with Sterling or Kane jerseys.

  21. Receding Hairline

    “Eh, fully expect Juve to canter to another Scudetto. By double digit points.”

    I disagree …Conte is a winner, he will be giving them a run for their money, especially if the focus at Juventus becomes winning with style

  22. TR7

    Receding

    ‘I am going to enjoy watching Serie A next season, with one of my favorite managers Conte taking over at Inter and Juventus trying to play an exciting brand of football with Sarri’

    Interesting, you find Sarri appealing now that he has left Chelsea.

  23. WengerEagle

    RH

    The focus will be the CL, as it has been every year since their 2nd title under Conte.

    I mean that is practically the sole reason that they bought Ronaldo. They clearly didn’t need him to win the league as they had won 7 in a row without him.

    Conte is a winner but he’s coming into an average Inter side where their only world class player has just had a shocking season and is desperate to leave. He’s up against it if the title is the barometer of success.

  24. Receding Hairline

    “Interesting, you find Sarri appealing now that he has left Chelsea.”

    I don’t see where in that post you saw me mention Sarri, just acknowledged the fact that Juventus going for him has a lot to do with the brand of football played at Napoli while he was there. Watching Juventus most times in Serie A wasn’t really exciting under Allegri, now they are moving towards what they believe is a more exciting brand of football, i am interested to see what that does to their results with Conte around to compete.

  25. Victorious

    Cc
    Yea, how nice of Serie A to have some excitement coming their way. Meanwhile at Arsenal….”

    Clearly not looking forward to much next season are you?

    Really low times for the club that one could potentially get more excitement from watching a few Sierra A teams than the Arsenal.

    Would be better if we had some sort of vision/philosophy to believe in and get some measure of hopes up next season but alas we seem to be making it up as we go along.

    Absolutely no plan whatsoever from what I can see

  26. WengerEagle

    RH

    I agree was being generous although he’s in the tier just below.

    Kind of validates the point even more though doesn’t it? Conte hasn’t got one world class player to rely on.

  27. Receding Hairline

    Eagle the Inter squad isn’t really that bad all things considered. They had a flying start in the league last year then faded away badly. I don’t think much of Spalleti as a manager and i expect Inter to make a lot of changes to their squad anyway

  28. CG

    This Conte Chap.

    Fabulous manager……
    Pedigree

    Arsenal and Man Utd……missed the boat with this one………

  29. Mark Lowman

    Chelsea’s social media presence seems to consist of stopping people getting on trains if they are not white. Or shouting moronic abuse at Sterling ( he’s not white ) once you get past that and the hissing Tap sound they do to Tottenham You can always read about their assault on the Chelsea Independent site manager ( he dared to complain about Combat 18 ). Chelsea to me are choc full of moronic cocksure racists . I suspect every game a foreign visitor or two sadly gets to find out.
    This ultimately holds them back. If you ever go onto their sites a number of their supporters want to return to a Millwall style club experience of depressed Northern clubs and punch ups.

  30. Victorious

    RH
    happen to like the two appointments made at Roma and Inter, same way i like the appointment we made, you are allowed to rate different managers at once too.’

    Not questioning your ratings or preferences of these managers mate,

    just wondering if you’d get as much excitment from arsenal considering how badly we ended last season

    As for this:
    As for the other fellow make him go hug transformer”

    Lmao, shey na your Paddy him be now

  31. Receding Hairline

    “just wondering if you’d get as much excitment from arsenal considering how badly we ended last season”

    Hard to get excited when the some of the usual suspects are still very much in the squad stinking the place up. Check back after the window is done and i will tell you how excited i am or not

  32. WengerEagle

    Things just grew a bit stale under Allegri, wasn’t that surprising really.

    Juve at this stage are like Bayern and take the league for granted each season, it’s seen as a requirement rather than an achievement.

    Same thing happened under Conte beforehand. I’d argue that Allegri achieved more given the deep European runs and Italian Cup wins in addition to the Scudetto’s although Conte deserve more of the credit for crafting the side and instilling that champion mentality in them.

  33. Un na naai

    We won’t be getting anywhere near Reiener

    He’s valued at over £60m and is not only out of our league value wise but talent wise. Every top club in Europe will be ahead of us in that queue
    It’s pie in the sky. Him and Saliba are 17 and 18 respectively and worth £90m for the pair

    Can you see us blowing that on two teenagers with a £45m starting budget? I don’t
    Or had kroenke suddleny released £200m to play with against all the odds?

  34. Un na naai

    and we’re edgy here ok, fuck a blue sky that everyone else has. Grey is the way.

    Champagne Charlie

    Great weather for ducks. And heating engineers….

  35. CG

    This Allegri Chap

    Fabulous manager…….
    Pedigree

    Arsenal and Man Utd have missed the boat with this one????? Or have they….

    Hello Raul…….Hello Raul

    CONTACTS BOOK.!!!!
    Letter A….
    Allegri… **************67
    Call him before Woodward does…….

  36. englandsbest

    You said it, Pedro, without the transfer rumours we’d be doing the washing-up out of boredom. Just so long as we remember that maybe one in twenty of the rumoured may actually turn up.

  37. Un na naai

    Eagle the Inter squad isn’t really that bad all things considered. They had a flying start in the league last year then faded away badly. I don’t think much of Spalleti as a manager and i expect Inter to make a lot of changes to their squad anyway

    Hairline

    😂 😂

    We pasted the second best team in Italy last year and you slate our squad while taking up a cast iron, inferior squad
    Fuck me you’re priceless.

  38. Un na naai

    England is best

    Yeah, and then we get blown out of the water when they mention asking prices
    We are toilet. Kroenke is doing nothing to alleviate the pressure among the fans with his party £40m budget

  39. Receding Hairline

    “We pasted the second best team in Italy last year and you slate our squad while taking up a cast iron, inferior squad
    Fuck me you’re priceless.”

    Inter Milan do not compete in the premier league. What constitutes a good squad or player in that league may not be the same here. Notice how many believe Xhaka will do well in Serie A??

    Now back in your box

  40. Champagne charlie

    @Vic
    Hopeful vs genuinely excited. Arsenal haven’t a clear plan, certainly not one they’ve communicated to the fans, and it’s more a shrug of the shoulders and ‘we shall see’. I want to be excited by us, and think it should be the case given it’s a new chapter…..but alas.

    @un naai
    lol bang on.

  41. Victorious

    Hard to get excited when the some of the usual suspects are still very much in the squad stinking the place up. Check back after the window is done and i will tell you how excited i am or not”

    Fair play man, I know you’re a fan of Emery but you should also know regardless of the abilities of certain players a manager’s vision or style of play should be evident enough after watching him a full season

    Mourinho played dog shite football even with a 400M squad

    Nobody has a clue what Emery is trying to do and it gets even puzzling with his chameleon patter

  42. Champagne charlie

    Vic

    Nailed. This fallback to slating players is so weak, Klopp would make us exciting next season even with the parts that don’t fit well. There’s no excitement about next season because we are completely muddled from the manager down (arguably higher).

  43. Receding Hairline

    “Nobody has a clue what Emery is trying to do and it gets even puzzling with his chameleon patter”

    Maybe it’s just me but would think it’s better for your opponents to be “confused” as to what they are about to face rather than the predictability we have been used to as Arsenal fans.

    I mean we predictably collapsed towards the tail end of last season and everyone was pretty upset, upset not surprised really. If you have watched these group of players for any length of time you know a collapse is always around the corner

  44. Champagne charlie

    “If you have watched these group of players for any length of time you know a collapse is always around the corner”

    Is this true?

    Under Wenger we c couldn’t compete against good teams, and were embarrassed by really good teams. But when the pressure was on late in the season we always put a run together to edge into top 4.

    Seems a bit of revisionism the make out the players are bottlers. The end of last season was new territory of embarrassing, 4 points from 18 in crunch time is not a common occurrence as far as I recall.

  45. TR7

    ‘Maybe it’s just me but would think it’s better for your opponents to be “confused” as to what they are about to face rather than the predictability we have been used to as Arsenal fans.’

    More than our opponents , Emery and his players look confused.

  46. Receding Hairline

    “Under Wenger we c couldn’t compete against good teams, and were embarrassed by really good teams. But when the pressure was on late in the season we always put a run together to edge into top 4.”

    Yet we played the last two seasons in the Europa league, you might want to check up the meaning of always.

  47. TheLegendaryDB10

    Mark Lowman

    This is one of the many reasons I hate Chelski more than any other club.

    I hate their fans (who are indeed racist morons), I hate the way they try and cheat (like when Avram Grant was manager, they were awfully good at it), I hate the way how they won their CL cup (awful football), I hate…. well I think you get the drift: I just plain hate them.

    Can’t wait for their transfer ban to be slapped on them, I’ll be the first one laughing.

  48. Receding Hairline

    “Seems a bit of revisionism the make out the players are bottlers. ”

    No revisionism there, Arsenal players are bottlers.

    There was no grand master game plan required to beat Palace and Brighton at home. Pro footballers doing their jobs will see to that.

    What exactly was the confusing game plan by the manager that led to the draw against Brighton??

  49. Champagne charlie

    “Yet we played the last two seasons in the Europa league, you might want to check up the meaning of always.”

    Standard cockwomble tone.

    Are you saying we become bottlers in the last two seasons?

    Since 2015 we added the following first team players that were about last season:

    Cech, Holding, Mavro, Kolasinac, Mustafi, Xhaka, Mkhi, Laca, Auba.

    Who are the bottlers?

  50. Elmo

    Is this the last we hear from Pedro before it’s announced he’s been put on gardening leave due to his new mug trivialising the struggles of the non-cisgender community?

  51. Emiratesstroller

    I would be disappointed if Torreira were to leave, because I do think that he is a
    decent player.

    However, I am not altogether surprised about some of his comments. The only
    Spanish speaking player at the club apart from him is Bellerin and of course
    he has lived in England a long time and speaks perfect English.

    Torreira is probably the only person now at the club apart from Emery who does not speak good English and that has impacted clearly on adapting to living in this country.

    Hopefully his language skills will improve next season and he will adapt better
    to the demands of English Football. If not then of course he should be offloaded.

  52. Un na naai

    Now back in your box

    Hairline

    You are praising an inferior squad. However you frame it you’re just coming across as a massive hypocrite and your hypocrisy has been laid bare today, ceremoniously.

    Them being in serie A doesn’t impair their ability to build a better squad than the 6th or 5th best team in the premier league yet here you are, fawning like a spotty teenager over a team that want s to offer profit on Granit Xakha to improve their midfield!!!

    Now your balding head son

  53. Un na naai

    Now back in your box

    Hairline

    You are praising an inferior squad. However you frame it you’re just coming across as a massive hypocrite and your hypocrisy has been laid bare today, ceremoniously.

    Them being in serie A doesn’t impair their ability to build a better squad than the 6th or 5th best team in the premier league yet here you are, fawning like a spotty teenager over a team that want s to offer profit on Granit Xakha to improve their midfield!!!

    Now Bow your balding head son

  54. Receding Hairline

    “Are you saying we become bottlers in the last two seasons?”

    Failing to win a league title or European title in the last 15 years and God know’s how long will be considered a bottle job for a big club don’t you think?

    Since the change of managers you have always been complaining at the lack of vision to challenge for a league title in 5 years , yet you are championing fourth place finishes as evidence of bottle.

    Anyway I will take Cesc Appeals advice and stop conversing with the supporters who just reclaimed their critical voices after years of aiding and abetting mediocrity

  55. Champagne charlie

    “The only Spanish speaking player at the club apart from him is Bellerin”

    Monreal, Mustafi, Mkhi, Ozil, and Auba speak Spanish.

  56. Un na naai

    Notice how many believe Xhaka will do well in Serie A??

    Balding head

    You believe xakha to be shit. You also claim him to be not worth £35m.
    They are offering £50m for him. So they have enough money to buy class central midfielders right? Why not buy better then? They have the money to blow on shit so there is no excuse for an inferior squad

    They also have one of the best cities in the world to offer, great weather, Greta food and great culture- champions league football

    Yet they are inferior and her you sit praising their squad. What a cuckold attitude. Feel sorry for your mrs balding head

  57. TheLegendaryDB10

    CC

    Re end of seasons games under AW, I’ll always put our wins down to the teams thinking about their holidays. Don’t get me wrong we always pushed for that goal and once we scored we played with more freedom while the other team would kinda give up with the knowledge that they were safe even if they lost.

    Now this season was very different. Teams were hungry and pushed and punished us and the reverse happened, once they would score we would collapse while the opposing team would feel galvanised.

    What I blame is really that we we went from one extreme where we had a laxist footballing system to a totally rigid one under UE.

    For me personally this switch from one extreme to another totally lost the players as (most) were not used to playing with so many tactical changes.

    Which is where I fault UE as he did not pick on this at all and just relentlessly ploughed on.

    I am still on the fence with UE but with the new season coming, I’ll be very partial in what I see. If lessons have not been learned, he can definitively leave.

  58. Wasi

    Pedro
    Reports also say the price tag to be close to 60 mil.Defo we wont pay that much.And if the price tag really is that much we are already out of the race.What do u reckon is a fair price tag.
    And what is the fraser-carrasco tug of war. Honestly i would prefer carrasco. Hope emery gets this right.
    Saliba may not be ready for the PL just yet but looks overwhelmingly good. Definitely sign him even if we gotta pay 30 mil for him.

  59. Champagne charlie

    “Failing to win a league title or European title in the last 15 years and God know’s how long will be considered a bottle job for a big club don’t you think?”

    No, you’d have to be in a position to actually achieve those things to then bottle it. We didn’t have a good enough side to do it for much of the last decade. Be like saying Southampton have bottled the FA cup the last decade.

    “Anyway I will take Cesc Appeals advice and stop conversing with the supporters who just reclaimed their critical voices after years of aiding and abetting mediocrity”

    I’ve certainly not just found a critical voice, but go right ahead, it’s becoming the standard rebuttal by the apparent comment-curators on the blog when they can’t debate a point offered up.

    Could just as easy be flipped on it’s head and the finger pointed at those so overtly critical of the last regime who have suddenly found oodles and oodles of “objectivity” and new found “reasons” for poor performance outside of poor management: the players getting untold levels of blame, the weather even got offered up mid-season.

  60. James.wood

    I don’t believe other than Ozil that any of the mentioned
    are BOTTLERS they are just piss poor players.

    I think players like Mustafi give their all but we all
    have seen the result.?

  61. Un na naai

    Pedro

    Yes but let’s be fair it’s been a bit special sauce free in the comments section lately.

    Point taken though
    I won’t say fuck or buggar

  62. Champagne charlie

    “Re end of seasons games under AW, I’ll always put our wins down to the teams thinking about their holidays………..Now this season was very different. Teams were hungry and pushed and punished us and the reverse happened, once they would score we would collapse while the opposing team would feel galvanised.”

    The safe teams tried this past season and didn’t in Wengers years? Come off it…

  63. Un na naai

    Anyway I will take Cesc Appeals advice and stop conversing with the supporters who just reclaimed their critical voices after years of aiding and abetting mediocrity

    Balding head

    Just as you’ve lost yours whilst we hurtle into oblivion with a lower standard at every facet of our club.
    All overseen by our hungry ambitious lizard of an owner

  64. Wasi

    I honestly believe Xhaka would boss the Italian league.But will his mental lapses vanish im not completely sure of that.And the lapses are the reasons why he wont become an elite midfielder.Hope he gets rid of them so that everyone can appreciate his beautiful play. At least he has got his head in the right place and is constantly improving Just look at how far he has come since we signed him.If the upward trajectory continues definitely there will come a time where he completely removes the mental lapses and become the elite midfielder we thought he would be when we signed him.NEXT year maybe.I HOPE.

  65. Un na naai

    Re end of seasons games under AW, I’ll always put our wins down to the teams thinking about their holidays………..Now this season was very different. Teams were hungry and pushed and punished us and the reverse happened, once they would score we would collapse while the opposing team would feel galvanised.”

    😂 😂 😂 😂 😂

    Jesus it gets better and better

  66. TheLegendaryDB10

    Unai

    Don’t you think it’s true though. The players must have been lacking in total confidence. We were losing game after game by that point.

    For me it’s a combination of UE being supremely confident in winning the EL and letting these defeats slide. And the players still not finding their footing with UE excessive tinkering.

  67. Champagne charlie

    DB10

    No I don’t agree with that whatsoever, I think it’s changing the landscape completely to suit a narrative.

    The safe teams end of each season have the same outlook imo. They’re 5% less threatening from the off, but also potentially more dangerous if given the opportunity to be because there’s no pressure on them.

    In previous seasons we’ve imposed our game enough to dominate them in the main, last season we couldn’t impose a thing and succumbed to average sides freewheeling and relishing the fact we were pony. That’s setup, approach, and preparation.

  68. Valentin

    Question:

    Is the no preparation to your opponent approach better than bad preparation to your opponent approach?
    Discuss…

  69. CG

    Quite staggering to think Juventus will pay Chelsea over £5 million for Sarri- and yet we can not rustle up a pretty penny for:

    Dortmund Eye
    Petr Cech
    Rambo
    Welbeck

    In the age of FFP – this is Rock bottom incompetence.

    When will Josh wake up…….or is he being Blackmailed…..

    Are the Kroenke financial sadists?
    Are they playing a Footballing version of that film Trading Places?

    Raul who has been in charge for 18 months- has ( unless I am mistaken – not received a penny in transfer fees)

    We have the worst Owner in the Prem
    We have the worst coach in the Prem
    And we have the worst D Of F in the Prem

    It can only lead to one thing ……
    Managers currently available….

    Allegri, Arteta,Howe,Jose,Vieria ,Dyche, Wenger, Benitez……
    To rescue us from a Season of Despair

    We will all be on Oat Milk by Xmas.!

  70. TheLegendaryDB10

    CC

    I am not changing any narrative whatsoever. As I stated afterwards, confidence was key in helping us impose our game in our previous seasons, which we indeed lacked in our final run in this season.

    For me the loss at home vs CP was this catalyst where players lost total confidence and litterally went through the motions in following games and dropped their heads the moment we conceded.

    And for me this was not helped by UE who was so confident about winning the EL (if you remember in the Raul & Vinai interview they were also both confident he would win it) that he did nothing to rectify this. It was kinda obvious after the first half of the EL final that we were struggling. Comes the 2nd half and the moment Chelski scored I knew we were done for.

  71. Champagne Charlie

    “For me it’s a combination of UE being supremely confident in winning the EL and letting these defeats slide. And the players still not finding their footing with UE excessive tinkering.“

    This a fair assessment, id agree here. But I think the end of season ‘safe opponents’ are the same each season.

  72. Champagne Charlie

    Db10

    I think suggesting the safe teams played better this season vs any season under Wenger is changing the landscape.

    I don’t think there’s a difference. I think our difference in results came as a result of Emery.

  73. CG

    Leg db10

    The Palace result is linked to the Chelsea Tanking

    If the players see Jenks and Elneny in the team sheet against an excellent counter attacking outfit like Palace

    They will lose Respect for the manager.

    The players have stopped playing for the coach. Hence The Tanking in Baku.

    5/10 losses

    As PedRo has alluded to- Emery End of Season one on ones will only sow more discord and contempt for the manager.

    Angel Di Maria recent remarks about Emery and Bramalls are totally scathing towards him.

    Its utterly maddening that a magnificent club like ours – persists with a man so inept in so many areas….

    It cant last
    It won’t last.

    And It’s a Disgrace that he is still in his prestigious position….when there are men of calibre waiting by their telephones….

  74. Freddie Ljungberg

    Un na

    Jesus may have a release clause of 60m but he plays for Flamengos u20 team and has 1 year left of his contract so if there isn’t a lot of concrete offers for him he shouldn’t be that expensive.

    We need a signing and a good one at that asap.
    West ham signing Fornals means they now have 2 creative players better than anything we have in him and Anderson, that’s just fucking depressing. Atm our midfield is bottom half level, embarrassing for a so called big club.

  75. TheLegendaryDB10

    CC

    Fait’s fair. And I can only agree that UE did not help at all.

    He looked lost the moment we lost after that “great” unbeaten run.

    I say “great” because as you know there were so many games we were goddamn lucky in actually winning some of these games.

    He never had a clear idea of how to set us up in most games, c.f. his half time subs he would do. He was supposedly a manager who watched the opposition through video and analysis. Well, fuck me, we saw none of this whatsoever this season.

  76. Valentin

    DB10,

    Crystal Palace, Brighton, Leicester loved Wenger so much that they let Arsenal win. But this year they really wanted to beat that poor innocent Emery. Is this really what you are going with?

    You just reached a completely new level of twisted narrative to deny the fact Emery is mostly responsible for the end of season collapse.

    He underestimated those teams and Arsenal lost the top 4 position. The management team then thought that was not a big deal, because the Europa League was in the bag anyway.

    Now they know they are in a mess of their own creation. This season is their last chance. Fail again and nobody will offer them a position like they currently have. Good bye money, prestige and power on that scale.

  77. Champagne Charlie

    Db10

    Yea, again I agree with that. This season coming is such a question mark, I personally didn’t get any sense of what might come this past season.

    Have to sit and hope I guess

  78. TheLegendaryDB10

    CC

    This season is s huge turning point.

    As i have mentioned before tbis TW is so important. The lack.of CL, as much as it will hamper us, will show us what cojones (trademarked by Troy Deeney) Raul has in regards to getting bsck us to where we should be.

    As for Vinai, he better make his promotion count. Yes we do not have C.f. but telling new prospective sponsors that we are working towards it is where BS, in this case, has no place whatsoever.

    We fuck up and we are definitively on a downward spiral.

  79. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    ValGo back further
    Raphael Meade
    David hiller,…As you say they earn to much now an many have no respect for anything…All this fuss now bout young English or any youth..Remember al the wenger signings at 14/15 gonna be next big thing…Where they now…Real Madrid lumping large on th3 Norway boy 4 years ago,,,,All tosh..Give youth a chance at your club they deserve one season to try.

  80. Rick

    Don’t forget that last year was a world cup year. Torreira not only ended up playing every 3 days for a period there, he also didn’t have a summer break as Uruguay went deep. No surprise that fitness would become a concern towards the end of the year. It is also part of the reason he didn’t play much early, either. Guess we needed to give him more time.

  81. Champagne Charlie

    Db10

    Yea this summer will tell us a lot about different characters at the club. Vinai and Raul are under the spotlight, and given the way we capitulated last season I think Emery is on the fire by Jan if we’re not doing the business.

    For me this goes back to last summer, the lack of aggression taken to the squad which should’ve been part of the turnover, same for appointing a better manager. We went safe in both departments and it’s creeping up on us.

  82. Valentin

    DB10,

    My apologies, I had not read the original post.
    From CC response, I misinterpreted what you had said.

  83. Dissenter

    Westham made some good signings last summer too
    They’ve continued in the same vein this summer with this Fornals signing
    Add the baggies to another club that has attacking midfielders better than anything Arsenal can muster

    #itsallEmerysfault

  84. Dissenter

    CC
    “For me this goes back to last summer, the lack of aggression taken to the squad which should’ve been part of the turnover, same for appointing a better manager. We went safe in both departments and it’s creeping up on us.”

    Of course it all dates back to last summer
    Never mind all the calamitous summers when Wenger was lord of the manor. There was even one summer window when we did NOTHING.
    It all started one hot sultry summer day in 2018 it seems. Glad to see you’ve just found your voice.

  85. TheLegendaryDB10

    CC

    I think Emery is on the fire by Jan if we’re not doing the business.

    I can only agree. We (or should I say Kroenke) cannot afford to be out of top 4 contention once again.

    We went safe in both departments and it’s creeping up on us.

    The, unfortunately, typical way we operate. I can only agree that had we been a bit more aggressive in the TW (mainly getting rid of underperformers) things may have been different this season in terms of rebuilding an identity for our team.

    They should have gone for a manager who would have been keen and good at developing youth and written off (like most of us had anyway) this season gone by.

  86. Valentin

    That strategy of trying to maximise the price we can extract from selling the players may backfire.
    It would be better to be done quickly.

    Pre-season training will start in a few weeks. We better have a full squad focus on the new season rather than half of the players still negotiating their exit. Some unsure whether they will be there. Also for the new arrival it would be easier to acclimate.

    Decide early on which players are the priority and get them.
    Sell the players we are not interested in keeping. Haggling over 300k for a month like we did for Ospina, when his salary for the month is more than the difference!

    It is better to rip the bandage out in one go, then move on.

  87. Graham62

    What’s the point in trying to debate constructively with anyone who saw abject failure and regression as the norm. You’re just going to be hitting your head against a brick wall.

    That’s the problem on here. It is a complete waste of time trying to justify a point of view on something that is so obvious, even an eight year old would be shaking their head in disbelief.

    The really amazing thing in all of this is that those of us who are prepared to give Emery more time, are the same folk who gave up on the previous regime long ago; whilst those who are now hyper critical of Emery, are generally the same folk who stuck with Wenger and Co right to the end.

    How do you expect fans to gel and agree on things when they are light years apart in their perceptions on how Arsenal are being run. It’s an impossible task. If there is a more divided fanbase, then I don’t know about it.

    The bottom line in all of this is very simple to understand, although the intellects on here will argue otherwise( we all know who they are).

    The fact of the matter is that Arsenal Football Club have been systematically dismantled as a Footballing entity ever since we left Highbury. The consequences of this are now there for all to see. You see, it’s no longer just about Footballing matters. The whole culture and ethos of the club has been consumed by corporate greed and an ignorance to what is needed to move us forward.

    We, as a club, have become every Football fans worst nightmare. A corporate body that is trying to be a Football club. Unfortunately for Emery he has been caught up in this culture change.

    The really sad thing in all of this is that because the previous regime failed in their duties to preserve the clubs true footballing values, consumed by self indulgence and rank poor management decision making, Emery is finding it nigh near impossible to move the club forward.

    This is a defining season not only for Emery but Arsenal Football club as a whole. The changes within seem more in desperation rather than being planned and well thought out.

    When you see other clubs progressing and respecting their fans, it angers me. This is not a recent occurrence though. This has been on the cards ever since we left Highbury.

    Mines a stiff whisky please barman.

  88. CG

    Dis

    “”””There was even one summer window when we did NOTHING.””””

    Spurs seem to do nothing every transfer window- seem to do ok….

    Finished above us and made the CL final-
    despite OUR £70 million splurge and impetus of a new manager.

    Truth Hurts
    Deal with it.

    Why can not reasonable folk just accept- we have a complete Wally in Charge.

    An utter Idiot….
    Brought in deliberately by Raul.
    You have Been Mugged
    And You should be Angry ….
    But not with me…….

  89. Victorious

    Looks like we’ll be announcing Edu pretty soon

    Can he really vigorously drive the overhaul this club badly needs?

    He’s certainly got no top level experience to convince anyone he can undertake such a seemingly daunting task

    Might be another Raul puppet to potentially take the fall if or when it all eventually blows off

  90. Valentin

    Nobody can move against the tide of changes. Every club wanting to go places is moving to bigger better stadium.

    Had we stay at Highbury, today we would the Charlton, QPR, Fulham of London.
    Highbury was 36,000 people with very little room for expensive boxes and club level seats that bring most of the match day revenue.

    David Dein wanted us to move to Wembley! After two season there, the move would have killed the club.

    I also think that we moved at the right time. Early enough to avoid the 2008 crash and it’s rising interest rate, while still benefitting from the property price boom in London.
    If Spurs were to miss the Champion’s league for two years, they would be spent. That billion dollar will not repay itself so easily.

    I also think that the domestic TV revenue have peaked. People can’t afford to pay for 3 subscriptions. International TV may have one or two more hikes. The Chinese government is putting in place restriction. The U.S. market will have its own domestic league. In France, Canal+ and RMC have just concluded a deal to show the premier League. I think that local broadcaster will make alliance to avoid the runaway TV rights price inflation.

  91. Champagne Charlie

    Dissenter

    Maybe you ought to read what’s written and take stock of the subject matter before launching into your (increasingly occurring) routine of spotting feathers.

    I’m discussing the ‘new guard’ with DB10, so don’t be a dumb cunt. That started last summer when all the new faces came to be.

  92. salpardisenyc

    Interesting Sky Pod / The transfer talk with Honigstein whom went on the limb saying Ozil will 100% be at the club next season. His contract impossible to match, no realistic scenario that sees him elsewhere.

    Then went a step further stating Ozil and his people are likely confident he will out last Unai.

    Dearie me, let the healing begin.

  93. CG

    Great post Graham…..( so much better when you are not so jaundiced towards Our Greatest Manager)..

    Huge admirer of paragraphs.

    Them ( paragraphs) and and Aeroplane seats with Extra Leg Room
    Hugely underrated ……

    We are heading for Third Lanark Territory…..

  94. TheLegendaryDB10

    Sal

    Which is what Ozil is deluded in believing.

    He is litterally the definition of the cherry on the cake. When at Real he definitively was excellent, all helped by a whole team of talented players surrounding him.

    When he came to us, the only player he really had a good understanding with was Sanchez. Pierre’s stat of the quickest player to reach 50 odd key passes was mostly thanks to Sanchez’s drive forward towards the box.

    The moment Sanchez realised that he was not surrounded by motivated players he gave up. In the mean time Ozil sussed out AW and started acting like a diva.

    From then on he just believed that he could do whstever he wanted, including asking for an outrageous salary which Gazidis obliged, in an attempt to “avoid” another fuck up after the Sanchez debacle of losing another star player.

  95. TheLegendaryDB10

    CG

    What crack are you on??? Your last post makes no sense whatsoever….

    Fuck, I promised myself not to read CG’s posts, which I have been doing so far, but that one takes the cake.

  96. salpardisenyc

    Graham

    “The really amazing thing in all of this is that those of us who are prepared to give Emery more time, are the same folk who gave up on the previous regime long ago; whilst those who are now hyper critical of Emery, are generally the same folk who stuck with Wenger and Co right to the end.”

    There is a large swathe of supporters whom were definitely at the tip of the spear on Wenger’s inability’s and need for club to move on who are pretty confident Unai wasn’t the right choice. Adding he will likely push club further back and the sooner a new project is started the better, the full reboot that should of happened last summer.

    Cleary the owners lack the combination of vision and ruthlessness it takes to rock the managerial boat for betterment, but that doesn’t change fact it should certainly be done.

  97. salpardisenyc

    DB10

    Don’t kill the messenger think most fully grasp Ozil’s plaudits. Honigstein is a pretty reliable pundit hence the post.

  98. TheLegendaryDB10

    Sal

    I know. With that hugely undeserved salary he is on now, no one will ever take a punt on him. Far too inconsistent for what he is worth. One has to wonder whether he is on his last contract before he retires. Which most probably is the case. He is milking us to the very end, isn’t he?

  99. Spanishdave

    Graham62
    Nice post very realistic view.
    We are behaving now as a club that is leaning on its past glories and has no vision for the future so we will slowly and painfully move backwards.
    I spend a lot of time in America and they really do not understand soccer as they call it, they never have competitive games against other countries, they never go to away games, they do not have relegation.
    Our owners are not in it to win trophies so until we have owners who want to win , this is as good as it gets.

  100. salpardisenyc

    DB10

    Its a dire situation when your highest paid player has a limited roll touching on bit player at stages this season. Nor does he fit Emery’s style which adds salt.

    Doesn’t really create a great dynamic for everyone else in the dressing room.

  101. TheLegendaryDB10

    Sal

    Doesn’t really create a great dynamic for everyone else in the dressing room.

    It most certainly doesn’t. No player can be looking up to him in terms of trying to get the best our of themselves. It practically borders on some probably thinking why they should bother when they see how little he contributes compared to what he earns.

    As much as it seems mental, he should be completely sidelined and written off next season to avoid any disruption with the new players coming in.

  102. Valentin

    Moussa Diaby sold by PSG to Bayer Leverkusen for €15 millions. Why were we not after him?
    Young, pacy, strong despite his short height, winger with experience of Ligue 1 (top tier level unlike Maurice).
    PSG is selling all of its youngster to finance the purchase of De Ligt!

    Bayer Leverkusen is building a good team for next season. If they can keep Kai Havertz, they may be able to do something good in the league.

  103. englandsbest

    Graham62

    The most depressing part is that so many hit out at Emery as if he were responsible for the dreadful mess that Arsenal are in. I doubt that any manager could have done any better.

    For some mysterious reason they cannot follow the straight line that links Arsenal’s demise to Stan’s arrival.

    As you point out, his weird belief that you can treat an elite football in the way you would run an apartment block is total ignorance on his part. It will never work. And those Arsenal ‘values’ that made the club special sadly are gone. Not that Stan notices, I doubt the word even exists in his vocabulary.

  104. TheLegendaryDB10

    Englandsbest

    For some mysterious reason they cannot follow the straight line that links Arsenal’s demise to Stan’s arrival.

    I think you got that wrong. It is the most common thread amongst all of us. Ask most Gooners and they will tell you that they dislike Kroenke.

    As much as we know that AW didn’t not help us in moving forward, Kroenke is totally culpable of not fostering a winning mentality in our club.

    Like any one who has worked in a company, a winning mentality stems from the top. If this is not pushed in a blatant and obvious way then staff will be more than happy to only accept the bare minimum as a target This will build (and has built) apathy amongst the club’s staff, who seem to be too happy to just do the minimum to achieve their target.

    And tbis is my main gripe with Kroenke. Bar his PR bullshit in the papers of winning, I want to see his words become action.

    As i keep saying, this TW (and the following one) will be a true barometer of the ambition that we have as a club.

    Not holding my breath on that one but more than happy to be proven otherwise.

  105. Pedro

    Legendary, the winning mentality at most top companies doesn’t stem from the majority shareholder.

    Our winnertivity is going to stem from Raul and Vinnai. They have a plan, let’s see where it lands.

  106. TheLegendaryDB10

    Pedro

    I hope you are right.

    Their gamble on UE winning the EL didn’t pay off so far…

    But I understand where you are coming from. As long as they do have this ambition, then we should see an uplift.

    My worry is that they will not have this drive as they will not be pushed to do so.
    Remember how Unai was saying he felt less pressure to win than in his previous clubs? That surly can’t be a good sign.

    This can either mean that they are being patient about our progression (nothing wrong there as long as we are doing our homework to get the right players; looks kinda good with the current rumours of players that we are looking to sign) or that once the bare minimum of getting a top 4 team has been achieved, they will fall back on their laurels.

    I just hope that we are you g for the former. Time will tell.

  107. Gentlebris

    ‘Huge admirer of paragraphs.Them ( paragraphs) and and Aeroplane seats with Extra Leg Room
    Hugely underrated ……We are heading for Third Lanark Territory…..’

    This is the sort of guy that brings me here.

    This guy must be living by the needle.

    Inject and type.

    Tick Tock….

  108. Sid

    Legendary, the winning mentality at most top companies doesn’t stem from the majority shareholder.Our winnertivity is going to stem from Raul and Vinnai. They have a plan, let’s see where it lands.

    What? Winning mentality percolates from AGMs and board meetings, the CEO is just a tool to realise the target EPS and replaced if unsuccessful.

  109. Gentlebris

    ‘What? Winning mentality percolates from AGMs and board meetings, the CEO is just a tool to realise the target EPS and replaced if unsuccessful’

    Correct.

    The other brother was only creating a narrative to please his purpose. He knows better than staging such theory.

  110. Gentlebris

    ‘GentleBris, the mugs are mad… no idea what is going on there, but I’m embracing it.’

    You are brave,bro.

  111. TheLegendaryDB10

    Gentlebris

    You had me pissing with laughter with your comments about CG.

    You are dead right that pressure and targets comes from the top.

    Pedro

    Look Pedro, currently in my company they are using the term to be a winner to encourage all of us to come back to the earnings that we had 2 years ago.

    Now as much as it is true that our CEO may not have come up with the concepts of winning like it is being promoted at our company, i can guarantee you that he set them the target for all of us, and particularly senior management, to get back to the level of earnings we were at previously.

    Like I said before, if the owner wants us to be first, he’ll do everything to make sure that this happens. On the other hand if he is happy that we achieve the bear minimum, then mid-managers will just do the bear minimum.

    And this is what worries me at the moment. If he only has top 4 as his target, then this will be reflected in what we do.

    Of course we have to see what we do in this TW.

  112. China1

    Pedro the leadership does come from the owners. It’s the owners with the capacity to hire and fire the leaders.

    Take any major company and have the shareholders step back and tell the senior management ‘don’t worry about pressure or targets, you just do you for a handful of years and hopefully it will be great’ and see how well said CEOs and management will do

    If the leaders are not accountable, don’t expect miraculously good performance.

  113. China1

    All this talk of ozil staying is frankly scary. The guy needs binning off any which way. I’m not beyond caring if it costs us a bit of money.

    He’s toxic not only as a player and as a financial asset, but also for the dressing room considering how he disrespected emery publicly

  114. Emiratesstroller

    Valentin

    The only mistake made by Arsenal over moving to the Emirates was the decision taken by the club to redevelop themselves Highbury and some of the other property assets.

    That decision resulted in the club hitting the property market recession. Anticipated profits were therefore smaller than anticipated.

    Also Arsenal received virtually no financial support from Local Authority or
    TFL with infrastructure projects.