No longer a banter club

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Well there is it my dears, part one of the transfer window is OVER (domestic).

We have landed in a great spot.

  • Saliba – For next year
  • Ceballos
  • Martinelli (This year, it would seem)
  • David Luiz
  • Nicolas Pepe
  • Kieran Tierney

What a haul!

You can whinge about some of the players if you are a real brat, not me, I am over the moon about the whole collective and I am a super brat.

I think there’s a lot of bitching about David Luiz, but for me, the only real concern is that he’s 32 years old. I’ve not seen a downturn in his ability to dominate players, but he might be more prone to injuries. He can be erratic, I’m just not sure we’re in a position to sniff at a name that has always won things with big clubs. Concern that placed in a madhouse, he’ll crumble is valid, but that’s an Emery issue. He should be a great stopgap and we’ll hopefully find a more longterm solution next summer.

HOPE HOPE HOPE

What all these players offer Emery is choice, and with that, no excuse for not making the top 4 this season. The Spaniard is a very lucky man in general, it’s hard to look at Manchester United and think they’ve moved things forward. Chelsea rocked a transfer ban and I’m not sure Frank Lampard is the full ticket. A great player, but is he an inspirational leader of men OFF the pitch? We’ll see. But they have had an awful summer and losing your best player is never an easy pill to swallow.

We’re also finishing the summer with a net spend of around… £45m.

Emery said in his press conference that he’s still looking to move on some players, you’d have to imagine the writing is on the wall for Mustafi and Elneny. The absolute madness of it all is those two could move us close to a break-even point for the window.

That is wild when you consider all the lies and nonsense we’ve been fed over the years.

Ivan Gazidis and Arsene Wenger were the most inept duo in world football. Raul and Edu are making them look like the Chuckle Brothers.

They couldn’t sell players. They couldn’t negotiate. They never had a plan b. They couldn’t run an effective operation.

We sold Koscielny for more than Ramsey, Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Chezzer COMBINED.

We sold Alex Iwobi, a player that’s really struggled to make a dent in our pretty average first-team, for £40m. He’s our RECORD sale. We sold an ok player and made him our record sale.

We’re finally negotiating with clubs. We’ve spent very little this summer and managed to bring the best young player outside PSG to The Arsenal along with a host of really smart buys that are very unArsenal.

We finally stopped behaving like victims.

‘Buying players is harder than buying a loaf of bread’

‘The market is inflated’

‘FFP will rectify things’

‘Stan doesn’t give us enough money’

‘We simply can’t compete’

I’m so glad we’re done with all that nonsense. Raul has done more in two weeks than Ivan could muster in 10 years. He’s a beast of a hustler. He’s playing with the big boys. He’s working with the mega agents. Now we’re moving players more easily and we’re bringing in a higher calibre of talent.

We’re getting shit done and moving ahead with a clear vision.

I am absolutely shocked at the pace we’re doing this.

I’m more convinced than ever that if the manager doesn’t work, decisive action will be taken. I don’t even think top 4 is enough… underlying stats and the style of football will have to improve as well.

This season will still be bumpy, but fuck man, it feels good to have some joy back in our football lives.

This is what the game is about. Great players, big excitement and a future that doesn’t involve everyone laughing at us every summer.

What a time to be a Gooner!

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  1. China1

    Or we could’ve held strong at a lower price or better installment package because they’d already bought his replacement and as a team from a league with no money or quality, I doubt they’d be comfortable keeping Tierney having already signed his replacement

    Celtic just gambled heavily on us being more desperate to buy than they were to sell, which in the end has paid off for them

    I don’t blame arsenal too much because we were right to be a bit desperate, but I do regret that Celtic came out of negotiations happy.

  2. China1

    We should’ve set a deadline for Celtic earlier and moved on to our second choice if it didn’t work in our favour by then

    Anyway it’s done now so fingers crossed his injury record is just a blip in his career…

  3. Un na naai

    China

    They are well within their rights to make what they can.
    We did on kos, bielik and Iwobi
    Play the game

  4. China1

    Also with mustafi being booed by his own fans and encouraged to leave 3 times by his manager, you have to say that removes any doubt that he’s in it for anything other than easy money and a low pressure life if he still wants to stay

    What a pleb

  5. Leedsgunner

    I’m just annoyed that a full back we paid good money for won’t be truly match fit for months.

    I hope he does recover fully for the club’s sake.

  6. Guns of Hackney

    No criticism from me re Mustafi.

    Arsenal offered contract. He signed. That’s it really.

    Arsenal should have seen what 99% of the fans saw: Mustafi is not ver good.

    He’ll sit out his deal, just like Ozil. The blame is with Arsenal, not the players. We just have to make sure we are scouting better this time around so we can avoid these embarrassing long, expensive contracts.

  7. Leftsidesanch

    China

    I don’t even think that Mustafi and the remaining slackers can coast through life at Arsenal anymore. Players have to earn their keep now or they’ll likely see the door. Hopefully he realises this.

  8. terraloon

    China.
    Just a couple of weeks ago Kos was being ridiculed for his actions and many talked about how he had signed a contract so he should honour it . Well now the shoe is clearly on the other foot.
    Arsenal signed the contract so they have to honour it or if they want him to leave they have to offer something that will encourage him to tear up that contract.
    I understand the clamour to get rid of Mustafi but Emerys comments should not have been made in public.

  9. Guns of Hackney

    As long as a player or employee does not do anything that in any way voids their contract, they aren’t obliged to leave.

    So what if Mustafi is threatened by not playing? He still gets he £100,000+ wages every week.

    Bogarde.

  10. Graham62

    terraloon

    If it was up to me, I would have held off on buying Tierney until he had got back to full fitness and was playing on a regular basis for Celtic.

    Do I have concerns? Of course I do. At the end of the day though, we have to trust in the judgement of those involved. Not easy to do based on past experiences.

    Hopefully, it all pans out for the best.

  11. Carts

    Ladies and gents,

    Give yourself a round of applause, cos pages 2 & 3 was a fanstastci read.

    No bants.

    Genuinely good stuff being thrown about.

    Screen grabbed a few posts, now I’ve got my self a healthy list of films.

  12. Graham62

    The problem, or should I say stumbling block, as far as Professional Sport is concerned, is the length of player contracts.

    Five years is an awful long time when things go pear shape.

  13. Guns of Hackney

    Carts

    I thought so too! It was nice to be involved in a conversation that wasn’t abusive…I should know as I am normally the abusive one.

  14. Gentlebris

    Emery had every right to go public on Mustafi. He had told him to fuck off on three different occasions but the greedy punk wouldn’t shift.

    Emery had to take it to the next level, and that was the public statement, which in my opinion, was actually done really diplomatically.

  15. Guns of Hackney

    G62

    It’s a gamble. 5 years gives player what they want: security. Club: security.

    However…when you get an Ozil type situation 5 years and around £45m later in wages is club destroying.

  16. Guns of Hackney

    Bris

    Mustafi isn’t greedy. He signed a contract and Arsenal have to honour it.

    Imagine if Henry back in the day signed his 4 year deal and six months in wanted out. Guaranteed we would all be saying “honour the contract”. It just happens that Mustafi is shit. But contracts aren’t about popularity are they.

  17. CG

    Fact Checker

    Signings post Dortmund Eye

    Suarez- Injured

    Tierney- Injured

    Luiz- Mentally Injured

    Saliba – unavailable 19/20

    Cebollas- unavailable 20/21

    Pepe- will inevitably be injured due to his forthcoming workload.

    I am more and more convinced- the wonderful folk on here- dont actually pay attention – and analysis the squad depth.

    Out of interest if Mustafi does depart

    Does the Clown intend to just leave us with:

    Sok,
    Chambers,
    Luiz
    and an Injured Holding as our centre backs for an 8 month season?

    If Leno gets injured ( Allison style ) – we will be left with Just Martinez too.

    Clearly inadequate at The Top Level.

    Crikey ,he has dealt in more Loans than the IMF.

    Season from Hell- on it’s way- you have been warned.

    t.t

  18. Gentlebris

    I have my reservations too re: Tierney. But I can’t bring myself to think Raul wouldn’t have gone to extra lengths to be sure Tierney is not an hospital case.
    We could not have been mugged by Celtics of all clubs could we.

  19. Graham62

    GOH

    I understand the security aspect but, just like any job where an employee is not performing up to the required standards, wouldn’t be great to have a notice period( 3 months)built into the contracts.

    I know, too many intricacies for that to happen.

    Make for some great songs on the terraces.

    ” Three months and you’re out of here, three months and you’re out of here, three months and you’re out of here….”

  20. terraloon

    Gentlebris

    It’s odd isn’t it that we tend to forget that footballers aren’t anything other than employees and just like all employees they have certain rights
    I take it your in employment so how would you be with your manager telling everyone that he wants you out?
    Irrespective why should he just say ok and walk?
    Trying to get players out of clubs where they are paid top wages ain’t easy and especially when they have two years left on their contract.
    The trouble is that if Mustafi hangs around having been told he can leave or not going to be considered for selection then even though he probably won’t want to be he will become a disruptive influence.
    As I said earlier if you want a player out you have to sweeten the pot or accept a financial hit .

  21. Gentlebris

    ‘Imagine if Henry back in the day signed his 4 year deal and six months in wanted out. Guaranteed we would all be saying “honour the contract”. It just happens that Mustafi is shit. But contracts aren’t about popularity are they.’

    A football player who loves the money above the playtime is a cunt and technically greedy.

    On the other hand, it’s a well known fact that football clubs who hold players against their wish often find their hands burnt.

  22. Gentlebris

    And,GOH, do you think Mustafi will gain from all this? Emery has just told him out in the open that if he stays his place would be on the bench.

  23. Gentlebris

    It’s odd isn’t it that we tend to forget that footballers aren’t anything other than employees and just like all employees they have certain rights
    I take it your in employment so how would you be with your manager telling everyone that he wants you out?
    Irrespective why should he just say ok and walk?
    Trying to get players out of clubs where they are paid top wages ain’t easy and especially when they have two years left on their contract.
    The trouble is that if Mustafi hangs around having been told he can leave or not going to be considered for selection then even though he probably won’t want to be he will become a disruptive influence.
    As I said earlier if you want a player out you have to sweeten the pot or accept a financial hit .

    Terra,

    Emery had tried to be reasonable, Mustafi forced his hand. Emery has a job he desperately wants to protect too remember?

  24. Gentlebris

    CG has really become a super star here…..he shows up and people at once begin to scream his name 😃😃😃😃😃😃😃

  25. China1

    Terraloon it’s soecifically making such comments in public that can contribute to him leaving

    The club have made it public ally known they think he’s trash and have just said it in front of the whole world including the fans who already boo him.

    That’s a toxic situation and you’d have to have serious resolve to still dig in and want to see out your contract in that kind of environment.

    So whether it was nice or ‘right’ or not, talking openly about wanting him to leave is arsenal taking quite strong action to make him want to leave

    They’ve basically undermined him now.

    Re Celtic yeah they’re allowed to negotiate hard but I just think we’ve humoured them a bit too much. It’s like palace with their zaha valuation. We should laughed and hung up the phone when they quoted anything over 50m, seriously. Perhaps we did considering how it turned out.

  26. terraloon

    “A football player who loves the money above the playtime is a cunt and technically greedy.”

    Welcome to the world of professional football.

    Would you walk away from a guaranteed £100k a week ? I know I wouldn’t.

    Mustafi played what 30 games last season so it’s not as if he hasn’t played at all over the last few years .

  27. Pierre

    GOH
    “No criticism from me re Mustafi. Arsenal offered contract. He signed. That’s it really.”

    that’s it in a nutshell really.

    If a club offers a player a contract then there is only one party to blame if it all goes tits up.

    Mustafi is blameless.

    Very amateurish approach from the club in my opinion, they can’t have it all ways , they said they were disappointed because Kosielny wanted to leave and now they are disappointed because Mustafi wants to stay.

    Emery should keep his mouth shut sometimes , to broadcast to.the world that he has told Mustafi he wants him to leave is stupidity of the highest order .

    Very soon we may have a defensive injury crisis and Emery will be begging Mustafi to give him 100% on the pitch to save his job….

  28. Chika

    Gentlebris

    “A football player who loves the money above the playtime is a cunt and technically greedy.”

    This is just nonsense. People work for different reasons, you can’t condemn them just because you don’t agree with their reasons.

  29. terraloon

    China1

    My point is that the power in this situation lies with the player and if Arsenal want it out they have to find the money to make it happen.

    Sad as it is Arsenal should have seen how Chelsea handled the Luiz situation . It was abundantly clear Lampard didn’t want him no public falling outs but quietly in the background they got what they wanted and even after the event Lampard didn’t get drawn into a slanging match .
    The clever managers get what they want without causing divisions and Emery seems to be too heavy handed and that is never a good thing when dealing with huge egos and the best way to get players to perform is to massage those egos in a clever way and not as it seems is the current model at Arsenal
    Hey it’s an opinion you probably don’t agree but the acid test is on a matchday

  30. Guns of Hackney

    Bris

    What will Mustafi gain?

    Probably about £12m in wages. Not bad for a greedy whatsit.

    Arsenal made a boo boo.

  31. Pierre

    Leftie
    “Just scroll past that piece of shit”

    CG has as much right to post on here as anyone .

    Just because he has a different opinion to yours doesn’t mean he’s wrong .

    A lot of what he says could actually come home to roost …
    With Eddie going we are down to 2 out and out strikers , if Mustafi leaves that means we have brought in 2 defenders ( one unavailable for a couple of months) and Kosielny, Mustafi and lichsteiner have departed….and If I remember rightly , the know nothing’s were complaining around Christmas time that we were severely short of defenders.
    If Leno is injured ,will Martinez be of the quality to play premier league football …he needed to be phased in last season in the Europa cup to see if he’s up to scratch .
    So yes , although he rambles on a bit …..they are legitimate concerns .

  32. Arsnil

    Wouldn’t be wetting myself re. Tierney’s fitness. Broke the Arsenal standing jump record during his fitness test, so can’t be too bad.
    The Ozil / Kolasinac security situation I cannot fathom. Some hoods still giving it head warning the pair from the safety of their computers?? Ozil is on £350,000 a week. Jesus that’s enough to hire the entire arsenal of some developing nations.

  33. Pierre

    Terraloon
    “Emery seems to be too heavy handed and that is never a good thing when dealing with huge egos and the best way to get players to perform is to massage those egos in a clever way ”

    Absolutely.

  34. Marko

    Just having a look through that welcome to Arsenal video of Tierney and Luiz joining and I honestly would be shocked if we don’t see Tierney sooner than the 6 weeks. I imagine it’s a fairly generous estimation cause he tells the doctor that he’s been running and training with the ball the last two three weeks. Even beats Aubameyang’s record for vertical leap during his physical. I predict he’ll be back for Liverpool

  35. Un na naai

    Spot on Pierre!!
    You mugs need to have a word with yourselves. Calling the bloke a price of shit because he doesn’t rate the manager or some of the new players?? You cunts were wearing his shoes this time 3 years ago, all of you. Glass houses and throwing stones. Behaving like a right bunch of pussies

  36. Marko

    Re Celtic yeah they’re allowed to negotiate hard but I just think we’ve humoured them a bit too much. It’s like palace with their zaha valuation. We should laughed and hung up the phone

    I’m not so sure about that one. I dunno what people seem to have against the Tierney deal in all honesty and this comes from someone who wanted Grimaldo or Gaya or Firpo or Tagliafico or Ferland Mendy before but 25 million for a starting LB in this market is good he’s so highly regarded that it’ll be laughed off as soon as he gets a run in the side.

  37. Marko

    Unsurprisingly it’s the other two cunts in the top 3 of absolute cunts around here that have a problem with cunt number one getting called names. Patient zero adds nothing to the conversation says absolutely stupid stuff constantly and predicts/hopes for Arsenal defeats on the regular. He’s a total piece of shit. But misery loves company up steps Pierre and Don

  38. Un na naai

    Marko

    I would say that you’re the biggest peice if shit here
    What do you add? Snide comments to every cunt who dares to doubt your wondrous life experience throughout the dub council estates and post offices? You know nothing.

    You’re constantly rude for no reason to people who try to remain polite, like cg, like Pierre, like Tr7 and Valentin but your nasty waspish little attitude just can’t hepp but burn through like bad fucking breath

    You’re so insecure about your own status you are constantly belittling others to maintain your self worth
    The emotional equivalence of small man syndrome- which is harassed you’re suffering from aswell

    Get a life you cunt

    You’re on here all day every day policing whatithers can and can’t say. Bamford creates a vacuum and little dick no2 just had to fill it. What else do you have in your life but le grove you waster. You went no where in life
    Suck it up loser

  39. Marko

    Four years ago Arsène Wenger was at pains to reassure Arsenal’s fans his new signing Gabriel Paulista was “nothing like David Luiz”. Since then David Luiz and successive groups of teammates have won the Premier League, FA Cup, Europa League, French League (twice) and French Cup (twice), while David Luiz has been voted into the PFA team of the year in France and England.

    Liked this part

  40. Leftsidesanch

    Pierre, unsurprisingly you have left to Little G’s defence, he’s clearly not an Arsenal fan and you are an Ozil fan solely. As for Un, your a strange one you can be decent when your not seeking an argument on here.

    Watford superior to Arsenal, find me a Watford fan that believes that. I’ll wait.

  41. Childish Gambino

    “We sold Koscielny for more than Ramsey, Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Chezzer COMBINED”

    We got 12.2 million euros plus 3.1 million in addons for Chesney

    Also Iwobi fee is 28 million pounds plus 7million in addons.

    Sheesh people get your facts right

  42. Un na naai

    Leftside

    Truly. If nobody starts abusing me I’m cordial. Check the posts in the evening when everyone seems to behave

    Too many Little Dicks like to have a pop. I’m reactionary. Ill let them have it back both barrels or, preferably, have a pleasant discussion. It’s ok to disagree. Having an alternate viewpoint doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be abusive to your ideological opponent.

  43. Leftsidesanch

    And if your going to come out and defend someone for having harsh wording thrown at them, it weakens your argument if you then do the same thing Un but go ahead. Watford are better than Arsenal, we’ll be relegated within 5 years bla bla bla.

    Little to no point interacting with such. I’d rather talk to other Arsenal fans on here. We all have different views on here, but most of us have the common aim of wanting to see us progress. CG doesn’t so miss me with the cape superhero shit.

  44. Leftsidesanch

    Un, no offence but your in no position to say that. You are abusive to everyone on here who dissents against your point of view. I’m not, Pierre and Little G are exceptional cases. Pierre is agenda filled and puts his own weird ideologies in place of the club being successful. The most I can say positive is that he’s actually a fan and just trying to wind people up.

    CG is constantly negative, says outlandish things and wishes ill on Arsenal. On top of that, he wants/thinks Spurs will win the league. Fuck anybody that thinks like that and anybody that sides with him.

  45. Un na naai

    For the record I don’t agree with much of what CG comes out with but he has a right to express his view. He is never ever abusive.

    I do t agree with many posters on here but am respectful to the majority. Only a rare few come here with their little grapes sized balls on the table and they get what they deserve because of it.

    Don’t get lippy if you can’t take what comes next.

  46. Graham62

    Pierre

    Ok, maybe the club(Emery) could be a bit more discreet in all of this but let’s not forget that most of these players have been mollycoddled these past few years. They’ve been on easy street for far too long.

    “Massaging egos” is all well and good but only if there is a positive response on the field of play. How can you keep massaging egos when players are not bothered or motivated to pull their fingers out. Your friend Ozil, being a prime example. The reason Ozil rebeled against Emery was because he was being asked to perform. He failed. So rather than take responsibility himself he pointed the finger of blame at Emery.

    I appreciate the transparency now being shown, rather than the never ending bs that we had to endure during the Wenger reign. “The players are happy, focused and committed” no they frigging weren’t.

    One of the many failings of our club over the past decade or so was the alienation of its fanbase and the total disregard for us as supporters. We became a weak and submissive lot because of it. Applauding abject failure and misery, rather than standing up and shouting out when things were clearly wrong.

    Football( actually life) has become a never ending cycle of not saying it as it is. You’re from my generation of mindset, so you know where I’m coming from on this.

    Neymar is a disgrace, Emery highlighted this. Ozil is a disgrace, Emery highlighted this. Koschielny is a disgrace, again Emery highlighted this. As for Mustafi, he is also a disgrace and is milking us all. Emery is highlighting all of this.

    It may be Emery’s downfall but how fudging refreshing in a day and age when player egos come before pride, commitment and loyalty.

  47. Leftsidesanch

    I’ve not seen anybody cry about abuse on here Un so theres no need for you and Pierre to cape for a clear troll.

    Arsenal fans are a weird fucking bunch anyway so why should I be surprised. Carry on in harmony.

  48. China1

    Yeah arsenal take enormous blame for even buying mustafi. Let alone buying him for an enormous fee. Then dumping him on massive wages. Then renewing and increasing his wages.

    The very story of mustafi has been the definition of a shambles from arsenal but we’re here now and we need to try and get him out

    I also agree that emery is heavy handed. He had a go at handling both ozil and Ramsey and I don’t think either were successful by any particular definition of the word so I won’t say him going public is necessarily the right choice as it also impacts his transfer value negatively if someone like Monaco are actually serious about buying him and can smell we are desperate

    But my point is just that we’re here now and shifting players you want to sell isn’t normally quite as impossible as it gets made out to be. You can try and handle it carefully or you can be heavy handed, but one way or another the club are trying to make his staying at the club untenable from his perspective.

    Regardless of how annoying it is, his salary isn’t *that* high. It’s not ozil ridiculous levels, it’s just high. As for him wanting to stay, he can probably take a reasonably modest pay cut and join a club that will make him first choice. He might prefer the extra 30k a month and the easy life, but when he’s not playing and his situation feels toxic including with the fans, will he still want to stay? I’m not so sure. In the past he could stay because arsenal wouldn’t replace him but he’s now fourth choice, publicly humiliated and 4th or 5th choice CB. He’s also not getting younger and needs to consider that his wasting his short playing career sitting on our bench.

    It’s not as simple as he earns a good salary and wanted to stay so he’s unsellable. It’s just a question of whether the balance can be shifted towards him wanting out and I believe it can and will

  49. Un na naai

    Leftside

    That’s not true. Only those who start to get abusive. I don’t give you shit do I? Why? Because you’re generally polite

  50. Leftsidesanch

    Much is made of Tierneys fitness, I don’t actually think Lennon was far off the truth when he stated Tierney was a few weeks away.

    Arsenal if anything are being cautious to temper expectations and are easing him in. As mentioned by others watch the video on the website of his 1st day with us.

  51. Leftsidesanch

    Un yeah you don’t, and I wouldn’t give to most on here too. It grates when ppl who clearly aren’t Arsenal fans are allowed to post all sorts of nonsense ala Steve and CG.

    Spare a moment of silence for ppl like Bam and that nutter Joe, they can be overzealous but they are in support of this great club, which is the bare minimum.

  52. Words on a Blog

    GoH,

    Coming to this discussion late but with you on a Mustafi: a contract is a contract, and Mustafi, who has played frequently even if usually poorly, is well within his rights to stay on if he chooses to do so: he is not being greedy.

    Having said that, players frequently make public statements about being “unhappy”, “looking for a bigger club”, “wanting to realise a childhood dream of playing at Real/Barca/Wherever”.

    So if the club/Emery wants to signal that it no longer wants Mustafi, that’s fair enough too: they’re hardly gonna stop paying his salary, they’re just telling him he’s now sixth choice CB, behind Sokratis, Holding, Luiz, Chambers and Mavro.

    If Mustafi then still chooses to stay on and “do a Bogarde”, then that’s contractually fine. But he hardly does himself any favours as far as his already battered football reputation is concerned.

  53. Un na naai

    Leftside

    Steve is clearly not a gooner but cg is. He knows the history of the club more than most posters. He’s never abusive either. He just doesn’t like the new regime
    Big deal
    Doesn’t mean he deserves to be called a piece of shit for it. Give it to someone who deserves it

  54. Rambo

    Martinelli’s father comments over his commitment to Arsenal in an interview in Brazil were fascinating. I don’t know if you came across it but he basically said something like “”We had offers from many big clubs, but for me, Gabi’s future is priority, money comes later. When Edu came to us and explained everything about their exciting project, we had no second thoughts. Edu and Raul promised us that Gabi will not be sent on loan, and will be integrated into the first team. But Edu also asked me to be patient with the situation until he eases him into the first team. The care he showed towards Gabi’s future was surprising and he even asked us to move to London until he settles down.””..

    Hence why He’s not going on Loan

    There you go, I’m very excited about Martinelli. I wish I could find that link as it was a very interesting read. Even Edu talks about his expectations on Martinelli. Hope he does really well at Arsenal. What a man Edu is.

  55. Gentlebris

    ‘This is just nonsense. People work for different reasons, you can’t condemn them just because you don’t agree with their reasons.’

    Well we don’t have to sing their names while they do their work for their money then.

    Football is for me about passion. The club, the manager, the players and the fans. Passion first, the money just an icing on the cake.

    How much do you get paid for screaming in the ground, braving the cold nights, travelling to mad places like Baku, singing Mustafi’s name? How much eh?

  56. Leftsidesanch

    Theres no diff between them Un but as always, we’re not legally bound to subscribe to the same views so we can agree to disagree there.

    My dark horses this year West Ham are about to face City. Will be interesting to see how they fare.

  57. Gentlebris

    Mustafi has been told, Ozil and Xhaka next. Maximum next summer, after another shit show.
    I can forgive Mikki, to me he seems he makes the efforts.

  58. Un na naai

    Left

    Well there is. One clearly revered previous players and managers and Steve who is a self confessed chav just slates everything to do with arsenal past present and future

    Anyway. Each to their own. Just an observation

    Noticed marko has scurried off with his tail between his legs. Must have hit the right nerve

  59. S Asoa

    Gentlebris

    A fat dog on willfull diet of McDonald’s is a wilful sloth.
    Kindly put fat Mikitarian in company of Xhaka et al

  60. Marko

    I’ve not seen anybody cry about abuse on here Un so theres no need for you and Pierre to cape for a clear troll.

    Is Don a she a white knight now? Oh Don you’ve become what you’ve always hated…for some reason

  61. Leedsgunner

    Multiple sources reporting that Chelsea is building a £200m warchest to unleash on the EPL once their transfer ban is over… All the more reason for us to make hay while Chelsea is hamstrung.

    Although, we shouldn’t believe it hook line and sinker either because Abramovich is trying to sell the club AND they are trying arrange finances to build a new stadium.

  62. Pierre

    Leftie
    There is a concern that if Mustafi leaves then we will be 2 defenders and an experienced goalkeeper light from last season .

    Taking into account that Mavropanos still has groin problems and Tierney is a possible 6 weeks away , holding and Bellerin are coming back from long term injuries and will need to be phased in slowly ……..those concerns are legitimate.

    A couple of injuries and we are down to the bare bones.

  63. Marko

    Noticed marko has scurried off with his tail between his legs. Must have hit the right nerve

    What incoherent bollox could you say to me that would ever hit a nerve you imbecile. A coffee and a shit is what happened

  64. Guns of Hackney

    WOAB

    I’m going to suggest that the millions Mustafi will earn being sixth choice CB will more than make up for his hurt feelings.

    Some players just don’t fancy actually being footballers. Mustafi has no international career anymore so is probably 100% alright about waiting it out.

    Same as Ozil.

  65. Chika

    ”Football is for me about passion. The club, the manager, the players and the fans. Passion first, the money just an icing on the cake.”

    Oh the money is just an icing on the cake? LoL.. Well for you, for others it might be different and rightly so.

  66. Leftsidesanch

    Pierre,
    Leno could get injured – anyone can and I’m sure a backup keeper will be purchased in coming windows. It wasn’t a priority this year.

    In CB we have Luiz, Sok, Chambers, Holding (when fit) and Mavro to come back, Monreal too if need be. Holding is already training and Tierney is light touch training too (despite what is being reported). Chambers can also fill in on the RB slot until Bellerin returns.

    I’m not burying my head in the sand here, the need for doom and gloom isn’t always necessaryz

  67. Words on a Blog

    Guns,
    to be honest if I were in his position, I’d probably just sit it out and take the money, and maybe hope that with the inevitable injuries here and there I’d get a reasonable amount of matches….

    But then I’m a lazy scumbag.

    We’ll soon find out if Mustafi is one too.

    As the saying goes, the biggest scumbag is the one who’s armed with an iron-clad contract.

  68. Leftsidesanch

    GOH i’m good, lol watching the footy and the jokers on Soccer Saturday. My misses is at work and my little one is at his Grandmas. This is the sweet sound of peace right now!!

  69. Guns of Hackney

    Left

    My baby is currently laying on me asleep. I am watching failvids on YouTube with the volume down typing with one hand. My wife is making a fucking racket in the kitchen.

    I am a rock star!

  70. Ishola70

    Samesong
    “Hammers will crumble now.”

    It’s tough enough to play against them without giving gift goals to them.

    Cresswell was dreadful in that play.

  71. Guns of Brixton

    LeftMy baby is currently laying on me asleep. I am watching failvids on YouTube with the volume down typing with one hand. My wife is making a fucking racket in the kitchen. I am a rock star!

    GOH your life is a goal i want to achieve 😂😂😂

  72. Gentlebris

    ‘A fat dog on willfull diet of McDonald’s is a wilful sloth.
    Kindly put fat Mikitarian in company of Xhaka et al’

    Funny but true.

  73. HighburyLegend

    “A couple of injuries and we are down to the bare bones.”

    But thank God, in this case, Ozil would come to the rescue.

  74. Un na naai

    MarkoAugust 10, 2019 12:50:36
    Noticed marko has scurried off with his tail between his legs. Must have hit the right nerveWhat incoherent bollox could you say to me that would ever hit a nerve you imbecile. A coffee and a shit is what happened

    Marko
    Course son. Course.
    We all turn our phones off to bring a warm beverage to the bog with us. Perfect Le grove time but marko brings his coffee with him instead

    That old chestnut.

    😂🧐🙄

  75. Kay

    VAR is going to screw up so many goals this season I guess. Imagine those high stakes games, derbies and VAR showing a f*ck you to all those desperate fans in the stadium?

  76. chris

    Leeds/Forest game more entertaining than the PL game. City going to romp home to the 3 points again, boring.

    No Nketiah for Leeds and Jenkinson only on the bench for Forest, so no reunion unfortunately!

  77. fsaf

    “VAR is going to screw up so many goals this season I guess. Imagine those high stakes games, derbies and VAR showing a f*ck you to all those desperate fans in the stadium?”

    Yeah but that’s the price you have to pay if you want to have as fair game as possible.

    It won’t be a f*ck you to the fans of the other team lol.

  78. fsaf

    HL,
    God bless I don’ watch Sky else I’d be puking my brains out if I had to watch his face and listen to his voice every bloody weekend.

  79. Sanmi

    Why are people complaining about VAR decision? Offside is pretty clear, the furthest part of your body as an attacker must not be ahead of the furthest part of the defender, it doesn’t matter if it’s by 1nanometer (Hands don’t count).

  80. CG

    Glasgow Celtic 7 St Johnstone 0
    Motherwell 2 Glasgow Celtic 5

    Celtic hardly Missing The Rampaging Tierney, it seems…

    Begs the Question- how does anyone know who is decent in that tin pot league?

    We will look back one day and Wonder- how on earth did we splash out £30 000 000 for this player!!!!

    And the Celtic had the temerity to ask 10% of an FUTURE SALE?

    The bloody cheek… .

    My hunch – (just from some fotos alone)
    Not all hunky dory between Vinny and Raul.

    Just a Hunch,mind..

  81. Ishola70

    What an embarrasing goal to concede.

    Sterling completely on his own.

    What an average mediocre set-up The Stammers have there.

  82. Graham62

    CG

    How well do you think Celtic would do in the EPL?

    Bearing in mind they’d have the most vociferous fans and create the best atmosphere both home and away.

  83. TR7

    Man C midfielders have the ability to pass the ball forward as soon as they receive it and that too on the turn, catching opposition defenders totally unaware. Shoddy defending too from West Ham but quality football from City.

  84. Ishola70

    So poor West Ham. So poor.

    It was quite obvious Man City were going to score a hatful from the start of the 2nd half.

    When you concede goals where the opposition is just strolling through you then it all points to massacre time.

    Blood on the streets of Hornchurch.

  85. Chitom

    We will look back one day and Wonder- how on earth did we splash out £30 000 000 for this player!!!!

    The bulging calves?

  86. Sanmi

    I love VAR!

    Finally Harry kane’s fake penalties and Rashford penalties won’t happen again. Why anyone will be against right decisions is beyond me

  87. Sanmi

    Waiting for all those shirt dragging during corner kicks to be penalized. It has to stop and rules be respected.

  88. Up 4 grabs now

    Var will be great. At least there’s more chance of the correct decision being arrived at now.
    Divers will be flagged up and eventually fined after the game if they continue to do so.

    Arsenal have been screwed over on several occasions so it’s a good thing.
    Mike Dean can’t screw us over so much!

  89. Graham62

    Football has never been about perfections.

    Might as well start bringing in the androids now.

    Everything that is instantaneous about the game is being destroyed.

    Will kill the atmosphere, the flow of games and the overall enjoyment factor.

  90. Ishola70

    Graham62
    “Football has never been about perfections.Might as well start bringing in the androids now.Everything that is instantaneous about the game is being destroyed.Will kill the atmosphere, the flow of games and the overall enjoyment factor.”

    They just can’t see it.

    They want perfection. Pity the teams themselves don’t offer perfection.

  91. Graham62

    Football is not Rugby, Cricket or the NFL, where you can stop the game for minutes at a time to review decisions.

    Showing my age here.

  92. Dissenter

    People complain that we can’t move players on
    People complain when we try commove players on.

    Emery has tried the subtle way and now he’s publicly calling out the players who is just happy to stay
    The stadium fans need to keep having their say, don’t hold back from booing.
    At the least, Elneny and Mustafi shouldn’t be on our books when the window closes in September 3rd.

    It’s very likely that Emery has Raul and Edu’s permission to go public about Mustafi. It has to be a concerted approach.

  93. Up 4 grabs now

    Graham, ishola,

    Do you remember the invincible 49 game run that ended at old toilet.
    Because the ref was weak and gifted the game to utd with some outrageous decisions.

    Or the Newcastle 4-4 with two of the worst penalty decisions ever.
    Where Barton stays on but diaby gets a red.

    Neither of those games end up with those results with var.

    How many championships and cups have been decided on the wrong decision. Arsenal have suffered quite a few more.
    I’d rather be in the stadium an extra ten minutes due to the stoppages if we get the correct results.

  94. Ishola70

    Good thing about VAR is little tubbies like Jack Wilshere may be able to get through 90 minutes with all the stoppages.

    Lil’ Jack will like VAR.

  95. TR7

    ‘Football has never been about perfections.Might as well start bringing in the androids now.Everything that is instantaneous about the game is being destroyed.Will kill the atmosphere, the flow of games and the overall enjoyment factor.’

    This is the trade off, Graham. Correct decisions at the cost of flow of a game or feel/flow at the cost of fairness.

  96. Graham62

    Perfect pitches.
    Perfect stadiums.
    Perfect teams.
    Perfect players.
    Perfect officiating.
    Perfect burgers!

    Yawn!!!!!

  97. Dissenter

    Sometimes the player reads the writing in the wall and knows when they are no longer needed…and they quietly exit the doo – just like Iwobi
    Some however are just tone deaf or lacking in self esteem. Imagine Ozil’s agent trolling gooners by saying that his “heart bleeds red” or Mustafi still saying he is happy at the club.
    I’m glad we have a couple of nasty bastards in the backroom now.

  98. Bojangles

    I’ve only been at the blog for a week or so, so I have no idea on the history of the posters. My take on the heated discussion ongoing is pretty simple. Everyone has the right to post what they like, just as everyone has the right to ignore what they like. There is only one poster, so far, that I ignore, not because I don’t like him but because he posts a lot of shit, complete drivel. Now when I see his name appear at the head of a comment I just scroll past without reading the post. I’m sure if you guys did the same you time here would be more pleasantly spent

  99. Un na naai

    So I’ve changed tac on the Liverpool city rivalry
    I’m now very much for city after the scousers booed the national anthem at the charity shield last week
    Fucking bin dipping muppets.

  100. Dissenter

    I recall that Penalty that Auba missed away at Wembley against Spurs last season.
    There were at least 3 spurs players that had encroached, Vermalein was almost level with Auba at the time he took the penalty. VAR would have had there penalty retaken.
    Anyone hating on VAR needs to have a word with themselves.