Emery tries a banter too real to be funny

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“For us we don’t want to play against Liverpool ever,”

You F*CKING wot mate?

“We’d prefer not to play against them.

Oh, I see… just one of those joke things. SHEATH YOUR VERBAL SWORD.

“That is really our challenge, a good test. For the supporters, for all of us, going there with six points is good. Really our target is to reduce the distance to Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea.”

I have to say, I’m not looking forward to this one. Emery may have been bantering us harder than my dad does when he sees me wearing rolled-up jeans, ‘Look at those jack-ups you c*nt’, but be honest, the last thing we need at this stage of the season is a trip to Liverpool.

That said, there’s no better way to iron out the kinks and gain some focus in the squad than going to one of the best sides in the world.

I don’t think they are fully up to speed at the minute. I watched a chunk of the Southampton game and I tells ya, there could have been a very different outcome had Hassenhutl’s men taken a few of the very good chances they made for themselves.

Emery went into more detail about his plan.

“We are going to prepare first with the adaptation to them, their gameplan and individual players and after to impose our gameplan and capacity. We are going to prepare both defensively and offensively.

“I think first is to be positive in our capacity and then work hard. I know my past is to work hard, the present and future is going to be the same. After we can win, we can lose. But above all is be positive and keep moving ahead.”

Prattling on about hard work and the literal basics of setting up for a football game is all well and good, but this year, I’d love to see some of that research pay off during the games. How is the manager going to convert video analysis insights into something spectacular on the pitch?

Big questions are going to be had around the starting 11. Would he dare play Matteo and Willock against such a brutal side? Will he fall back on old faces, namely Granit Xhaka. Will he insist on playing out the back, despite the clear evidence the team struggles to make it work, even against shite teams?

Will we baton down the hatches? Or will we exercise some of that newfound mobility in the side?

There needs to be a progression of thinking this season. The squad has improved, the ideas have settled, so Liverpool should be the first chance to see if we’ve shaken the demons of the H2 of the Emery era.

One man who is dreaming big is David Luiz.

“In life you have to believe,” said the 32-year-old. “If you don’t try things you are never going to know if you can do it or not.

“My philosophy on life is to be positive and to be a dreamer. But understand to dream is one thing and to achieve your dream you have a lot to do.

“I can dream and we can fight for something big. That is always going to be my speech to everyone – it is possible for us and everybody.

“It is up to the team, the team is going to dream more, the team is going to prepare better, understand the game and that is it.”

David Luiz must be well aware that we have a very good squad this year, otherwise, he wouldn’t have joined. We have depth, we have quality and we have a few youngsters that could make the jump. Not title-winning, but for me, why shouldn’t we be challenging the top 3 with our squad?

We don’t have the Champions League to deal with like Spurs.

They tanked the back half of the season because of that trophy.

They basically have the same group of players.

With Chelsea fizzling out again after a good start and United looking limited, we really should be shooting for top three this season.

Right?

Am I being too aggressive?

Let me know in the comments you sexy beauties. x

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  1. T

    Luiz is absolutely right! As an athlete it is the most important thing to believe! Have faith and dream big! If you dont then how could anyone? For me that is the biggest factor that separates champions from the rest. And he undoubtedly is one.

  2. Pedro

    I didn’t see that Nkunku moved to Leipzig… scored with his first touch and looked quite the threat. A real live-wire.

  3. Nelson

    One thing I hope that we all agree. It is more profitable for the club to give more game times to the youngsters than players like Micki who doesn’t contribute more. The value of a youngster will increase if given a chance to develop.

  4. PhD2020

    Champagne charlieAugust 19, 2019 12:07:46
    We don’t seem to have the balance right from where I sit, fascinated with the opponent leaving us to wonder what our actual game is all said and done.
    —–
    This…

    If Unai persists with his stupid pass it from the back nonsense..And having AMN as RB,we are going to be spliced open…

    The defence is a worry for me..I have no clue,how he is going to set up.And how we are going to play.But either way,it will be telling.

    The midfield seems still disjoint overall,gaps between the lines.Think we’ve winged it for a bit,or that’s just the level that we are at..Top 6 status.

    But with an improved team,let’s hope it all knits together nicely,with whatever style/approach Unai has in place.

    I’ve watched Arsenal under this guy, and I’m asking myself, what is the difference between his style of play and Arsene’s in his latter years? I still hold judgment.

    I hope he comes good, with whatever style he is trying to implement.
    Still cannot see it..Languid, pedestrian, cutbacks, with the occasional spurts.Some crosses,some interchanges…Spaces in between..Sloppy goals conceded,only hoping for Laca or Auba to bail us out.

    Don’t get it.Quite traumatic actually.Given that Unai is an unknown quantity for us.At least with Arsene,we 90% knew what was coming in advance.

    With Unai,it’s trepadation..The unknown factor..

    Just feel L’pool are all set up to give us a hammering.

  5. Batistuta

    Didn’t Fergie used to always have a game plan of letting us have the ball and play out tiki taka sideways passing and hitting us on the counter? Wasn’t that focusing on the opponents strengths and weaknesses? So why is it all of a sudden a taboo when Emery says he would focus on the opponent as “part” of his game plan. This doesn’t in any way say we won’t play our own game if we can but we’ll also try and nullify their strengths too

  6. vickingz

    Absolutely nothing wrong with scouting opponents and attempting to neutralize some of their strengths. Mourinho was the master of that. However, unlike Mourinho I don’t think that will be Emery’s only game plan. A technical mf of Willock and Ceballos anchored by Torreira can match Pool’s and that along with dead ball proficiency may be the decider. Pepe and Martinelle out on the wings will pin their fullbacks a lot. Emery will be derelict to not plan to counter their fullbacks.

    Same way lampard planned countering their fullbacks? When we countered their full backs and scored the first goal last season, didn’t we capitulate shortly after? Did we counter their full backs when we nearly killed them at emirate? Psych these guys up and play them to their strengths albeit not with no clear picture of what must and must not be done.

  7. Batistuta

    Marko

    Yea i don’t have the time and patience for all of that philosophy stuff, i want results any way it’s gotten whether it’s boring football or sexy football, don’t care, just get the job done. Football is just a sport at the end of the day, I’m not going to sit down and start dissecting how many passes it tool us to score a goal or stiff like that but that’s just me, doesn’t mean i wouldn’t appreciate some nice footy sure i will but that doesn’t trump results. Get battered all game and Nick an 86th minute jammy off the knee winner and I’d go for a pint and next morning, I’m back to the realities of life.

    Football is simple, don’t over complicate it by expecting things you’d only get if you were on a play station or funded by an oil company

  8. vickingz

    Didn’t Fergie used to always have a game plan of letting us have the ball and play out tiki taka sideways passing and hitting us on the counter? Wasn’t that focusing on the opponents strengths and weaknesses? So why is it all of a sudden a taboo when Emery says he would focus on the opponent as “part” of his game plan. This doesn’t in any way say we won’t play our own game if we can but we’ll also try and nullify their strengths too

    Yeah same way we played our game at anfield and got whipped.

  9. vickingz

    One thing I hope that we all agree. It is more profitable for the club to give more game times to the youngsters than players like Micki who doesn’t contribute more. The value of a youngster will increase if given a chance to develop.

    @ Nelson, I owe you a beer

  10. Nelson

    I find Pepe can control the ball better than both Auba and Laca. He can beat a defender easily. I was expecting that he can shoot the ball better than what he did yesterday. If he can shoot like Auba, his value will go through the roof.

  11. Dissenter

    Pedro
    I believe the club’s backroom decided that Willocks was ready after seeing him do well in pre-season
    That’s probably why we passed on Christopher Nkunku. We cannot guarantee him playing time to be honest.

  12. vickingz

    Sok shouldn’t play against Liverpool, it’s gonna be a car crash. He goes down too readily, same thing he did against Newcastle and if the shot wasn’t a direct shot at leno, Newcastle would have scored. Dunno why he enjoys lying on the floor once he’s faced with a dribbler

  13. Batistuta

    Exactly

    We played our game at anfield last season and got beaten badly so why the uproar when he says he’ll focus more on their strengths and how to nulify that this time around?

  14. Dissenter

    Against Liverpool, it’s the one vs one that will cost us.
    They have better players that us in 90% of positions, maybe we stand a chance against Adrian.

  15. raptora

    Imo even in a joking matter what Emery said is not the mark of a winner. Winner has the win in his sight and that’s everything he can think about. Winning. Not how he’d prefer to not play a certain team cause they are too strong?!

    You all know that I like Emery. But no club/fans should be okay having a defeatist calling the shots. I want a likable manager but the point where you admit that another team/person is superior to you, it’s when competitorship in it’s pure, best form ends.

  16. Pedro

    Bati, I think the critique from a lot of explayers and leakers at Arsenal is the manager spends too much focusing on the strengths of the opposition instead of formulating an approach geared around our strengths.

    My critique is he spends a lot of time looking at oppo and doesn’t implement good plans.

    We’ll see what he does this weekend. We’re a different proposition now we have pace and power in the starting 11.

  17. raptora

    Giving your respects to a worthy opponent is obviously a good thing, but admitting superiority in a media conference really isn’t. We’re not Sheffield United or Burnley. We have glorious history, high expectations and desire to be the best football club one day. Imo he fucked up. How are the players to believe in our/their quality if he basically told in front of the world that we are of lower quality?!

    And I’ll stop talking about it.

  18. Valentin

    Having a philosophy does not mean that you cannot adjust or ditch it for specific games.

    Fergie used to impose his game on other teams. However he was wise enough to know that if ManUtd engaged with a game of football against Arsenal 9 out of 10 he would not win. So he made the game a war of attrition. ManUtd retreated in a low bloc and hit us on the counter-attack.

    Same thing against Barcelona where he basically retreated, but they still gone by Messi.

    What people are arguing that you cannot always have a game plan only based on your opponent strength and weaknesses. Sometimes you have to play to your own strength.
    So the question is what does Emery see as Arsenal main strength. How are we going to play against second and third tier teams? Because Arsenal should not be playing a counter-attacking style against Crystal Palace, Brighton, Aston Villa. And by chance it does work, the football will be rancid. And most people pay and watch football to be entertained. Even Stoke and WestBrom supporters grew tired of that approach.

  19. Dissenter

    He should start Pepe, that’s why we bought him, for big games like on Saturday.
    Unleash the Pepe on their full backs, that will at least stop them from marauding in our half. That can also give us the rare free kick or corner kick.
    Three weeks into the season, baring injuries – the best 11 should play.

  20. Pedro

    Raptora, I’m no fan of Emery, but I think championing an opponent like Liverpool in that way is just basic mind games.

  21. raptora

    Dissenter: “They have better players that us in 90% of positions”

    I agree because Bellerin and Tierney are injured.

    We have Leno > Adrian, Laca = Firmino, Auba = Salah, Luiz > Matip, Ceballos >= any of their midfielders, Torreira = most of their midfielders.

    If Bellerin and Tierney were healthy and Tierney is the real deal it could be Tierney = Robertson, Bellerin = Alexander-Arnold.

    We’re not insanely behind to be honest. Another top window next summer and hopefully Emery does well with this current team and we could be pound for pound as good as them.

  22. Batistuta

    Exactly Pedro

    Klopp and Pep basically kept saying their respective teams were better for large spells in the run in last season so again, i don’t see what the big deal is. No point going all Macho and shit and get there and shit your pants.

  23. Batistuta

    Most people pay to watch winning teams, I’m not sure if West from and Stoke were winning games and trophies playing drab football anyone of their fans will bat an eyelash

  24. Guns of SF

    Against a side like Liverpool, you dont want to get killed on the counter…
    We OTOH can kill them on the counter… they come to play and will come out and attack us…

    Lets sit back – I would add more mobility into midfield to deal with their movement and starte Pep Auba Laca (PAL)

  25. Dissenter

    Raptora
    ‘I agree because Bellerin and Tierney are injured”

    Bellerin isn’t anywhere as good as Trent Alexander Arnold. He’s behind him in speed, dribbling, distribution and defending.
    Tierney – Excellent left back in the Scottish league but still needs time to get used to the pace and quality of the league. He’s still behind Roberson for that reason but most Scottish sports watchers think they are at par regarding potential.
    https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/celtics-kieran-tierney-liverpools-andy-11873340

  26. raptora

    I don’t mind this part: “We are going to prepare first with the adaptation to them, their gameplan and individual players and after to impose our gameplan and capacity.”
    This one is okay.

    I mind this part: “”For us we don’t want to play against Liverpool ever” “We’d prefer not to play against them.”

    He is well aware that he is the manager of Arsenal FC, one of the biggest clubs in the world right? 13 time English Champions – 3rd in the all time winners list, and record holder of 13 FA Cups. He’s not managing Sevilla or Almeria. We’re the Arsenal ffs.

  27. vickingz

    We played our game at anfield last season and got beaten badly so why the uproar when he says he’ll focus more on their strengths and how to nulify that this time around?

    @ Batistuta, how did we play our game at anfield? I’ve always been suspecting you but i’m done now. Or are you mixing the game at emirate with the one at anfield? Me thinks it won’t harm you to watch the two games again

  28. Batistuta

    Lolz at always been suspecting me? You the FBI or something?

    I’m just saying i mean look at raptora losing his mind over a statement the manager made in jest

  29. raptora

    Dissenter,
    Still that’s like 7-8 positions that we are really close in. Regardless of small differences. We are not a whole lot behind.

    Pepe could be as good as Mane when he settles in.

    Imagine if Saliba and Dayot (Imma consider him ours for now! lol) prove to be the real deal.

    Next season we could really go for it. It’s all going to be on Emery or our next manager.

  30. vickingz

    Emery hasn’t said anything new which hasn’t been sussed out and discussed here on many occasions except for those who just enjoy arguing for the sake of it. He doesn’t have a pattern. Initially it was cut backs, he persisted with it for a while, worked few times then he changed into altering formations, played out from the back for a while, then he changed. What’s our game to impose on the opponent? Nothing.

    Emery has always been honest in his interviews, always honest and expecting anything else from him ain’t his fault but ours

  31. Batistuta

    Ever thought maybe the reason for the constant chopping and changing was due to personnel at the managers disposal?

  32. vickingz

    @ Batistuta, u can only die once, lolzzz. U died that day, we all did. The life we live now ain’t the one we had before that match. Every match comes with a life bro.

  33. vickingz

    Ever thought maybe the reason for the constant chopping and changing was due to personnel at the managers disposal?

    @ Batistuta, you can choose to believe that. Remember, nobody can fool you without your permission.

    Hasn’t he already done it this season? Didn’t he change formation against Burnley bringing in kola who did jack but nearly cost us? I bet he did that due to the personnel at his disposal

  34. Marko

    Rap you’re reading too much into it in all honesty. It was a mixture of a joke/mind games you know downplaying your chances giving off the impression to the opposition that it’ll be easy when in fact it won’t be. It was honestly not a big deal and the only ones who are likely to find it a big deal are the ones who will look for something anything to complain about with regards to the man. Hearing beta male stuff and all that. Again not a big deal what’s important is the performance not words

  35. Dream10

    Leno
    Chambers Luiz Sokratis
    AMN Ceballos Guendouzi Xhaka Sead
    Pépé Aubameyang

    Reckon Emery will play deep and try to hit them on the counter

  36. useroz

    Pre game analysis is fine and shouldn’t be criticised. Emery could show some positive mindset in public though, say, we go top when the team gets a win at the Pool…

    I suspect Emery goes 3-5-2 to hold fort, with Pepe and Auba up top, and Laca on bench.

    Back 3 pick themselves, just that, not keen at all to see Kolac-the-hmp starting LWB. When not match fit; can cost us.

    MF, one of Willlock and Guen, Xhara for that little bit of experience, and Dani.

    It’s far from a sue Poo win; let alone a thrashing. All to play for depending on execution on the day…

    I think it’d be a good game .

  37. Receding Hairline

    “I mind this part: “”For us we don’t want to play against Liverpool ever” “We’d prefer not to play against them.”He is well aware that he is the manager of Arsenal FC, one of the biggest clubs in the world right?”

    You are well aware of something called a joke right??

    You are well aware last time we played Liverpool at Anfield we lost 5-1 and this was just his way of jokingly acknowledging that???

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7371409/Arsenal-news-Unai-Emery-jokes-Gunners-dont-want-face-Liverpool-years-loss.html

    Even daily mail who likes to sensationalize things knew it was a joke and said se in their headline

  38. Freddie Ljungberg

    We don’t have the squad yet to go to Anfield and impose our game on the current European champions, maybe next season if we have another window like last one.

    One of Wengers biggest faults was he didn’t adapt to the opposition so I’m all for it now.

    Obviously it should only be in some games against the top teams but I think we’ll see more of us dominating games this season. We didn’t have the players for it last season at all, you don’t dominate games with Xhaka and Ozil in midfield, no wingers or fullbacks and Mustafi at CB. Formations and tactics won’t matter in that case.

    With better players comes more attractive football (if you’re not Mourinho), we now have dribblers, we have Ceballos holding onto the ball and taking 2-3 players out of the game, we have pace.

    We haven’t played attractive football for years and it’s mostly because of the players Wenger bought, don’t get why people thought that would change in 1 season.

    Also don’t see the problem in us playing out from the back, again sometimes we need to hoof it and I hope they will learn when to do that soon but if every ball from the keeper and defence is a long ball it will just keep coming back, we have no one to win headers or hold the ball up in midfield or attack.

  39. Samesong

    I personally don’t think Liverpool will give us BT Sports advert smashing.

    Think we can beat them, Pending a discplined defensive display on the day.

  40. Samesong

    Salah is quite predicatable.

    Mane the one we need to look out for.

    Firminho does love to score against us also.

  41. Marko

    I think we go back 4. Dunno why people think we’d go back 3 all of a sudden. It’s been a back 4 all preseason and in the two games so far and this is really important to understand… THE BACK 3 DOESN’T WORK

  42. Samesong

    If he picks Kolasinac to start which i think he will it won’t be a back four. Kola is useless in a back four

    He’s useless at the back full stop.

  43. Dissenter

    I do agree that we play worse when we play a back three.
    Lets play with four at the back and jam the middle with runners who aren’t afraid to run to close down spaces.
    Willocks [youthful exuberance has it’s usefulness], Torriera and Ceballos. Guendouzi vs Xhaka, to make up the four in midfield – I’m not sure.
    One of Pepe, Laca or Auba gets dropped for me. We can’t afford to play with all three of Pepe, Laca or Auba.

  44. Marko

    Monreal has started the season well and he wanted Tierney bought. I don’t think he fancies Kolasinac full stop so the idea that he comes straight back into the team is a stretch

  45. Marko

    We actually played with a back 4 in both games against Liverpool last season. The anfield one had Kolasinac, Mustafi and Lichtsteiner in the back 4. Yikes

  46. Batistuta

    Marko

    And my good friend vickingz suggested i watch that shower of shite all over again with that lot in defence, thought we were getting along just fine too

  47. Marko

    Nah sell him to Monaco. They’ve more money than sense over there. Him and Koscielny in the farmers league has a nice ring to it

  48. Champagne charlie

    PhD

    Sorry mate, just caught up with your comments. I agree with your assessment and of course there’s an element of hope that with the squad we now how we’ll see something blossom. There’s simply a large slice of doubt there because my own view is that we should’ve already seen a framework or outline of what we’re aspiring to be about – certainly against lesser sides.

    As you see from the usual voices it’s being rewritten as a suggestion we should go to Anfield without a care for them as an opponent, focusing on just ourselves. Because that’s what’s being proposed clearly…

    Some folk exist for maintaining a status quo, and others are restless for more, always scrutinising details to find improvement. Clear to see who those are on here, and day to day quite frankly.

  49. Danialtos

    I said some time back that a lot of people would be disappointed with Nelson….I watched him alot during his purple patch with hoffeinham and he didn’t convince me.For a winger he doesn’t dribble that much even though he has pace….he is more of someone who is suited to get on the end of things in the box not create them with his running.I would compare his playing style with dries mertens

  50. Freddie Ljungberg

    We also had Iwobi and AMN on the wings and Xhaka and Walkabout Ramsey in midfield.

    Prattle on about tactics and formations all you want but that team was garbage, the only senior player we had on the bench that could come on and help was Laca and a broken down Kos.

    Totally different prospect now, they still have the better team but the difference in quality isn’t leagues apart.

  51. Marko

    Some folk exist for maintaining a status quo, and others are restless for more, always scrutinising details to find improvement. Clear to see who those are on here, and day to day quite frankly.

    For real. Honest question but which are you

  52. PhD2020

    Champagne charlieAugust 19, 2019 12:48:16
    Hahaha that’s right, who said Federer should quit because he’s a busted flush?
    ———
    Not sure,why you give the confused crossdresser the time of day..He’s an attention seeker that likes to pop into the room every two seconds and flash his camel toe for public attention and adoration.Needs it,for validation,in spite of his x1000 posts per day spouting absolute bullshit.

    Some inane stuff from Princess Sandy -Camel Toe over the years..

    -Federer in the Wimbledon Final 2019-apparently struggling against Djokovic ,pushing him to 12-12 in the 5th set .And up pops Dissenter-with the comment that”Federer is a busted flush and should retire.”

    -Ozil is a pussy for leaving Kolasinac to fend off the thugs,given two wives of the footballers were sitting in the back of the car.Whatever happened to marriage vows-“Death till we part.”In Dissenter’s case forgo your wives and fight a band of thugs in the name of machoism.Looks good,when both husbands are dead and the women tortured..Hey Princess Sandy-Camel-Toe??!!

    -Henry would come good at Monaco,only to backtrack and say Henry should never have taken the job after he was sacked.

    -Poch was a coward for commenting before the match against Man City in the CL,that he needs investment into the squad.Only to retract his statement after Spurs had beaten Manc last year in the CL,and commended him for negotiating from a position of strength.

    -And then Valentin-calling him horseshit for neigh on a decade, riding him for so long and then now stating he talks sense,after Adelaide was sold to Lyon..

    The list is endless…Let’s not forget-his go to ammo as TR7 reinforced last night:

    TR7August 18, 2019 16:41:13
    DissenterI have never criticized Emery for playing out from the back. Don’t attribute things to people they have never said just to get one up on them. I bet you haven’t done your FIFA coaching badges as yet and you do pass opinion on every manager and for that matter on everything under the sun.

    You say strange things on here.
    —-
    Yep,his modus operandi..To accuse you of saying things,that you haven’t said and then eventually backtrack,when you pull him up..

    I’ve always said,him and Bamford are two sides of the same coin.Only Princess Sandy -Camel Toe,is a bit more subtle,and more sly.Green snake in a green grass.

    When pulled up,says it’s a blog of love.

    Surprised you fall for his patter..Camel Toe stinks-pure and simple.Engage at your peril!!

  53. Danialtos

    Danialtos, game has always been the same, that you don’t give a shit about philosophy is irrelevant to the realities. Major clubs are in a battle for TV audiences and sponsorships. That’s why owners are pressing for charismatic coaches and electric footballing philosophies. It’s also important to players who need something to believe in.

    Pedro with due respect,you are the one banging about sauce and charisma…notably when mentioning the likes of tuchel,who every time I watch Psg am left shocked.Last season he was playing Alves in cm…this season it looks like it will be marquinhos,and let’s face it,anyone who watches Psg will tell you that they barely play with any sauce and they should thank God for the French league being shite and having mbappe ..we are only past the second game this season and the good old ‘sauce’ or is it the new term ‘philospophy’ is creeping in here again

  54. Danialtos

    Trying to adjust to nullify the opponent may not always come out beautiful, why not concentrate more and perfect your strength? Just set the team up in a way that brings the beast in every player on the field and let the fans have a good game for 90 minutes.

    And then when we get spanked at anfield,you are the same people who will come here on Monday morning shouting ‘Emery is clueless’….Wenger used to do the above and I remember once we were 4-0 at around 20 minutes at anfield

  55. Ishola70

    Pepe is a must at Anfield because the most realistic chance of getting a result is to get back behind the ball and look for counters and with his pace can be a weapon in that department.

    One uptop that being Auba, Pepe on one side of offense and Kola perhaps on the other. Kola is mentioned because although he is not good defensively as fullback you would at least expect him to get back and give assistance to Monreal. Pepe showed in his first match that he can get up and down the flanks pretty easily. The offensive wide players must be compact with the team and get back with the fullbacks. If the fullbacks get isolated then it’s goodnight Vienna.

    In midfield would keep the same except maybe Torreira for Willock. Same CB partnership as in the last match as that is the most experienced.

    Compact, behind the ball and counters.

    Go too gung ho with an open match and again all she wrote. Curtains.

    May still get tanked but at least give yourself a chance to get a result.

  56. Freddie Ljungberg

    ESR with another goal for the u23s, really nice solo goal if you haven’t seen it yet.

    He’s too good for that level now, hopefully he gets to play in the cups until January and then it’s time to decide if we’re going to loan him out or not, probably depends on if we can shift Ozil or not.

  57. Pedro

    Dani, did you just shift the debate to something different because you gave up on your football philosophy nonsense?

  58. Valentin

    There is a middle ground between never prepare for the opposition a la Wenger and only prepare for the opposition a la Emery.

    Against top team, to be more defensive is a smart move. Playing counter-attack football against Brighton when we clearly have the better players is just plain daft.

  59. PhD2020

    CC
    Just backing up your previous exchanges with Princess Sandy-Camel-Toe..

    Have had enough of Princess Camel Toe-Like he is the omi-prescent.all-seeing,all knowing all wise.So picture perfect,that his life runs parallel to God like status.Never puts a foot wrong.Never makes a bad or wrong decision.Just perfecto.

    Begs the question,why you have the time to bang out x1000 posts a day..? Critisicing all and sundry?

  60. Champagne charlie

    PhD

    Oh I’ve noticed the trend become more and more apparent in the past few months believe me. Today’s was right out the top drawer of course, telling me what points I was making quite literally moments after I made comments that said no such thing.

    Usually there’s a level of sense to that deceit with reimagining of comments days after the fact. To rebrand something within minutes, get told that’s not what was said, then continue with the rebranding, takes a level of….well….ignorance frankly. Duly noted might I add.

    You might be right, maybe he’s absorbing Banfords vacuum. Birds of a feather and all that.

  61. chris

    Valentin

    Spot on I think regarding Emery’s game plan. It is all well and good trying to nullify clearly superior opponents, however what is our plan against like you say the 2/3 tier teams or as I would say, the bottom feeders. If we were playing Newcastle at home this weekend I would like to see an attacking 4-3-3 however what would be the betting that Emery would over analyse Newcastle’s best strengths as a priority.

    I do like the willingness to adapt to opponents because that is something we rarely saw at all during Wenger’s latter years, however sometimes it seems we have gone from one extreme to another.

    It would be nice to see us breeze past the bullshit teams at home 3, 4 or maybe 5 nil and as Pedro alludes to maybe now that we have now genuine pace, ingenuity and the willingness to makes things happen from nothing in new signings such as Pepe and Ceballos we may see more of that this season.

  62. peanuts&monkeys

    Emery certainly has a personality which doesn’t readily command immediate respect as a manager of a top PL team. His weakness in English must be a key reason. He has screwed up big by admitting he is shit-scared of Liverpool.

  63. Danialtos

    Dani, did you just shift the debate to something different because you gave up on your football philosophy nonsense?

    Nope am not shifting anything am just giving this philosophy nonsense as you call it a background….we all know the bottom line here is that you don’t like Emery at all hence the philosophy jibes,which brings me to my question what is sauce manager tuchel’s philosophy?Aso I agree with a poster here who said no one actually gave a direct answer to what Fergie’s philosophy was….I want to hear one actually…Finally,planning to counter liverpools strengths ahead of a trip to anfield is standard practice ain’t it….didnt Barcelona go there a few months ago and ‘play according to their strengths’?..look how well that turn out….I for once am thankful that we finally have a manager who analyses opponents strengths.Anyways, you all are pinning for clueless Emery to go after this summer,so why then do you want him to establish a philosophy?

  64. Champagne charlie

    “And then when we get spanked at anfield,you are the same people who will come here on Monday morning shouting ‘Emery is clueless’….Wenger used to do the above and I remember once we were 4-0 at around 20 minutes at anfield“

    This is nonsense though isn’t it? Nobody applauded Wenger for going away from home with no care for the opposition, quite literally the opposite.

    Though I care to remember Wenger was celebrated for bringing a philosophy to Arsenal, and England, that disrupted the United juggernaut. Delivering some of the very best moments witnessed by the club since it’s inception.

    Because he then got blinkered, dismissive, and utterly lost in the process doesn’t negate the value of what initially set his star ablaze….and that wasn’t *only* coke can glasses and GQ fag poses.

  65. peanuts&monkeys

    Pepe has played two already but why is he being used so sparingly by the other 19 players even when the game is ON? As if Pepe is the 12th man on the pitch.

    This kid-glove approach is not at all encouraging. I guess Emery will drop him
    against Liverpool.

  66. Receding Hairline

    “Anyways, you all are pinning for clueless Emery to go after this summer,so why then do you want him to establish a philosophy?”

    They don’t actually want one Dani, just stacking up on the reasons why he has to go.

    Unai Emery has been plodding along like an amateur for years now is the common theme, yet somehow keeps landing jobs and has 10 career trophies to his name, as Tuchel proved last season winning everything available in France isn’t as easy as it sounds

    Be careful though, you will soon be tagged MILITANT

  67. Danialtos

    Off topic,is it just me who is starting to think AMN is actually a better option at FB than Hector?…I see alot of people pinning their hopes on the return of bellerin,but let’s not forget that he is shocking defensively and I have never actually seen him stop a cross from coming in

  68. Guns of SF

    Salah and Mane are the danger players- both dribble, attack and are great in the box…. Firmino is the poacher… always there to clean up.

    They also have Shaquiri – another dribbler

    We have PAL and Dani…. i tell you, Dani was superb against Burnley. His ability to keep the ball, and play an attacking pass was so great to watch.

    Against Liverpool, outlet passes to our wingers will be important. that is why starting Pepe is critical…

    We have speed on our front line which should help… we will score for sure… but having our athletic mids help in the center is also critical.

    Guen, Willock, Torr

  69. Danialtos

    This is nonsense though isn’t it? Nobody applauded Wenger for going away from home with no care for the opposition, quite literally the opposite. Though I care to remember Wenger was celebrated for bringing a philosophy to Arsenal, and England, that disrupted the United juggernaut. Delivering some of the very best moments witnessed by the club since it’s inception. Because he then got blinkered, dismissive, and utterly lost in the process doesn’t negate the value of what initially set his star ablaze….and that wasn’t *only* coke can glasses and GQ fag poses.

    Oh champagne you are correct nobody exactly applauded it but am I wrong when I say that some people here were making countless excuses for you know who after our trademark drubbings?…

  70. peanuts&monkeys

    Emery has not been able to WOW us. I winder if he can ever do. Its true, as someone pointed out – not much to choose between Wenger 2.0 and Emery yet. No perceptible diff of style of in attack. Rather our attack is more boring than Wenger’s last 18 months.

    Emery needs to address Arsenal counter-attacking woes. There are hardly more than a couple all 90 minutes.If he can sort
    that out by ensuring there’s one every 10 mins, he can keep this job for a while.

  71. vickingz

    And then when we get spanked at anfield,you are the same people who will come here on Monday morning shouting ‘Emery is clueless’….Wenger used to do the above and I remember once we were 4-0 at around 20 minutes at anfield

    @Danialtos, you can choose to remember being down 4-0 at around 20 minutes and not the time difference between our goal and the goals we got at anfield. Did emery not plan for that match? Ohh, he forgot to plan. But we played our game against same Liverpool side and we ain’t annihilated.

    If you had taken your time to read my post, you wouldn’t have missed where I said “strict instructions should be given and the set up should be the one that brings out the beast in our players” but since you read to just argue, you missed that part.

    You wanna read well henceforth?

  72. Guns of SF

    we can be a very dangerous team on the counter…
    Leicester put on a master class in the last 20 mins yesterday.
    We have the speed, and the horses to do it

    We need to practice this more and more… we got killed the last 4 games of last season when we went to attack wolves, Lecicester and Palace.

    Sometimes its also good to sit back and hit them on the break….

    We know Pool will come at us… why risk attacking them as well? soak the pressure and counter attack when we can

  73. Danialtos

    Plus Charlie I agree that Wenger brought us some of the best football ever witnessed in England with arsenal…but some of the most embarrassing results in the PL are also attributed to him.Why don’t we let unai instill a sense of tactical discipline in a side which tbf lacked any in Wenger’s last years before building on that and establishing a philosophy by him or whoever manager guys here fancy?

  74. peanuts&monkeys

    DANIALTOS: You aren’t alone. Both AMN and Bellerin are poor attacking RBs.

    AMN can still defend a little and can execute some incredibly diff tackles once in a while; Bellerin is poorer defender.

    Arsenal shd stick to AMN than Bellerin.

  75. vickingz

    @ Gun, i’m having a hard time featuring guen in our midfield to be honest. The guy shys from everything bar useless “keep it ticking” passes. That won’t really help us I think, we have to be daring, give it a go so seriously.

  76. Champagne charlie

    “Oh champagne you are correct nobody exactly applauded it but am I wrong when I say that some people here were making countless excuses for you know who after our trademark drubbings?…“

    Right or wrong it’s not the point you were attempting to make. The point you tried to state was that folk were fine with Wenger going places half-cocked and taking no consideration of opposition.

    Also, let’s not go there because the sheer volume of excuses Emery was privy to last season was something else.

    Back to the subject matter: philosophy/approach. Wenger elevated us to supreme levels when he got all the pieces right, Pep doing the same, Klopp doing the same, Maureen did the same, Fergie did the same. All the best modern managers, or aspiring managers, have a fundamental ethos. Our confusion and lack of such a philosophy doesn’t bode well for longer term success as I see it.

    Being good at one off matches is exactly the sort of approach that lands you the Europa League three years in a row and 5/6th place finishes in the league.

  77. Champagne charlie

    “Why don’t we let unai instill a sense of tactical discipline in a side which tbf lacked any in Wenger’s last years before building on that and establishing a philosophy by him or whoever manager guys here fancy?“

    Christ Dani idk what sort of time frame or evidence you’re looking for that we’re improving there. Games 33-38 of the PL last season didn’t do much for that idea did it?

    What are you hoping/expecting to see imposed on us from Emery?

  78. Receding Hairline

    “Christ Dani idk what sort of time frame or evidence you’re looking for that we’re improving there. Games 33-38 of the PL last season didn’t do much for that idea did it?”

    Nice sample of games 33-38….5 matches picked from a 38 game season to make a point

    Before then the FA awarded us 70 points and asked Arsenal to start the season from games 33-38

    The Spurs home game did not happen

    The Chelsea and United home games were coached by Charlie

    Spurs away where we should have won and were setup superbly ..nah didn’t happen

    We did not banish very good Napoli and Valencia teams over two legs

    Games 33-38…that’s where it’s at ..that’s the only sample you need Dani

  79. vickingz

    We know Pool will come at us… why risk attacking them as well? soak the pressure and counter attack when we can

    @ Gun, with what players??

    Do we have players of such make up? If yes, fine but jf no, why should they be subjected to it now? Why not play them to their strengths?

    There are simple tactics you can apply to at least reduce the strength of your individual opponent. Monreal should know that sallah is a left footer and any attempt to force him on his right foot has taken away his potency. Force him to his right foot, open for him to see his right foot as the only option but these players won’t just observe something basic as this. Firminho shouldn’t be allowed to run at you and always allow mane to go on the flank without cutting in, no matter what he does, he’ll always cut in, this should be what amn is thinking of how to stop, should mane dribbles you to the line, just know he’s most likely gonna cut in, wait for him to attempt it and nick the bal from him. These are basics but professional players don’t mostly pay attention to and they make those who do exceptional

  80. Guns of SF

    Peanuts

    Chelsea were pushing for the winner at home…. Maddison and co, could have easily beat them on the counter if there finishing was better..

    We can do that with Dani… I thought Maddison played superb yesterday

  81. Guns of SF

    Vikingz

    I hope that Emery is doing some extended coaching and video sessions. I mean our players are not that dumb… Mane cuts in, Salah cuts in… Firmino is a fox in the box

    We can come up with a good plan for them… but we need mobility in the middle.

    xhaka will be beaten repeatedly… lunge and a yellow in no time

    Torreira, Guen/WIllcok and Ceballos

    I do not think we will get whipped like last time. we are stronger now

  82. Champagne charlie

    “Nice sample of games 33-38….5 matches picked from a 38 game season to make a point“

    Given the point was the TIME FRAME it made sense to use the last 5 games of the season aka 9 months into Emery’s tenure to ask when we should be seeing evidence of the tactical prowess.

    Wouldn’t expect you to keep up with what’s being written though, when the subject is Emery you’re straight onto the keyboard furiously. You showed me….. 🤡

  83. Guns of SF

    and I am happy for this test coming up… we can get a better idea of where we stand..
    We can make the adjustments one way or another…

  84. Receding Hairline

    Counter attacks are all well and good but this team has a way of messing it up by picking the wrong pass or moving the ball too slowly

    Take the Pepe Auba counter at the end, all Pepe needed was to play the pass nicely weighted ahead of Auba and not pass the ball into him, Auba’s run also left a lot to be desired, the way he shaped his run did not encourage a pass in front of him..pretty basic stuff i expect pro’s on millions a year to master

  85. Dissenter

    This “PhD” fella is really absurd
    You’ve been drooling from the mouth ever since I confronted you for incessantly bullying Bamford. You did the same with Nasri’ mouth, bullied the guy off le-grove.
    It’s almost like you just sit a in a basement googling up other people’s post to slight them with. You really have some screws loose to spend all that time compiling other’s people’s posts.
    You were supposed to stay away from posting about me, remember?

    Bizarre attacking people in the third person, isn’t it.

  86. Uwot?

    Comments missing? Assuming this makes it.agree with guns sf.Maddisson was superb.sincerely hope he’s being looked at by us……

  87. China1

    Well Hector isn’t a top quality RB imo. He’s just a 7/10 with a lot of pace.

    Last season I took a bit of a dump on AMN because most importantly I thought he doesn’t understand the size of the opportunity he’s been given. I said he was half arsed and frankly careless and the team suffered down his side as a direct consequence of his absence of fucks

    But at least for these two games so far he’s been like a different player. He’s been hungry, driven and focused and as a direct consequence he’s made far fewer defensive mistakes and has been a real battler about winning it back when he has

    I’m not sure he’s ever going to be an elite RB but he’s played as well defensively as Bellerin but has given his absolute all so far and I’m extremely happy to see that

    If he plays like this consistently then yeah I’m not really sure Bellerin will have anything more that’s special to offer. I always said that Bellerin appeared to be a good option to sell because he’s seen to have a high transfer value but isn’t really an elite player so far

    But anyway, glad to have both in the squad at the moment and major props to AMN for giving 110% these last two weeks

  88. Receding Hairline

    “Given the point was the TIME FRAME it made sense to use the last 5 games of the season aka 9 months into Emery’s tenure to ask when we should be seeing evidence of the tactical prowess.”

    There was clear evidence of tactical prowess in all the games i mentioned, no set time for tactical prowess to be showed. We were electric when we blew Spurs away at home, we were tactically superb away to them. They were many matches were Emery was given credit on here for clear tactical plans………but let’s forget that, 33-38..that’s the magic number

  89. Marko

    Off topic,is it just me who is starting to think AMN is actually a better option at FB than Hector?

    I think it’s just you

  90. Champagne charlie

    Receding moron

    Again, the subject was the time frame of us seeing Arsenal develop into a more tactically astute side, NOT dropping matches here and there that shows we had a plan. Wenger managed that feat also.

    The reason for citing games 33-38 is clear, it points to 9 months of coaching and says demonstrates the answer to whether we’re seeing the side trend in the direction of tactically astute.

    Put your pom poms away for a change and let other posters interact with one another without your incessant need to share your flaming hot take that Emery has managed 7 clubs so he’s awesome.

  91. Guns of SF

    Hahaha

    Wish our number 10 took a look at Leicesters number 10 yesterday. that is the way to play.

    But of course,,,, another sick day to note.

    I think Dani can be a good number 10 based on what I saw against Burnley… we need that type of tenacity and dribbling- sorely missing with our number 10

  92. China1

    Merson loves to talk bollocks lol

    He can’t see anyone beating city this year

    They are hands down the best team in England but are they much better than last year when they lost games?

    As well, this is football. Who knows if they’ll get a player sent off in the first 10 mins against a good opponent?

    They’re good enough to go unbeaten but predictions of going unbeaten are given every bloody year to whichever team happens to start the strongest and it never ever happens

    Except that one time…

  93. Marko

    Charlie you are Emery obsessed. It’s everyday and sometimes it’s just out of the blue. But I am genuinely curious to know what you meant by

    Some folk exist for maintaining a status quo, and others are restless for more, always scrutinising details to find improvement. Clear to see who those are on here, and day to day quite frankly

  94. China1

    Guns is it bad that you said ‘I wish our n10’ and I just assumed you meant Ceballos because he’s already made ozil redundant for this position lol

  95. Dissenter

    It didn’t take 5 minutes for CC to get into another ruckus.
    If you look at the conversation with Receding, youi will see that Receding didn’t do any name calling, just CC doing his daily melts.

    Next thing, he’s crying on the shoulders of his banter buddy, the one and only blog archivist.

  96. China1

    Lol AKB spent how many years fighting tooth and nail to maintain status quo?

    Now they are scrutinizing and never settling for mediocrity

    Lolz.

  97. Guns of SF

    Hahah China,

    Our number 10 was sick in bed, playing fortnite and looking out the window to make sure the gangs were not closing in.

    Its a shame… i dont see Ozil playing against liverpool at all… there is no way.. we will get overrun in no time

  98. Receding Hairline

    “Again, the subject was the time frame of us seeing Arsenal develop into a more tactically astute side, NOT dropping matches here and there that shows we had a plan. Wenger managed that feat also.”

    One Home win against Brighton and we would have finished 3rd, above Chelsea whose manager now coaches Juventus and light years ahead Spurs.

    But Charlie has always tried to tell us last season was worse than anything an Arsenal fan has experienced in his lifetime and Unai Emery is way out of his depth. Two games two wins in and we are still “challenging the status quo”

    Misery loves company i guess

  99. China1

    He was at the game and joking with his team mates looking absolutely swell

    Must’ve been some of that on and off flu going around mate. One minute you’re almost dead, the following 90 you’re absolutely fine, then back to suffering after

    Let’s start a gofundme for ozil to pay for some expensive pseudo-medicine for that awful pseudo-sickness he keeps pseudo-suffering from

  100. Guns of SF

    Sitting back I think can help us. Robertson and Arnold bomb forward all the time…
    Its just a matter of getting control of the ball and outlet passing to our forwards…
    Seems simple and I know its not, but Liverpool try and bury you fast… if we can withstand the attacks and drag the game on, we have a chance!

  101. Receding Hairline

    Not one poster has denied that last season ended sourly

    Having worked so hard to get into a great position we caved under pressure and threw it all away. Everyone hopes that lessons have been ;earned and that we will manage games much better this season

    But to use the end of season collapse to justify a never ending tirade of the entire body of work of a manager in his first year in a new club, first coaching change in 22 years for that club, bothers on obsession

  102. Danialtos

    Cc I dont think you are quite getting me.I for one am very happy that we finally have a manager who plans for the opposition as we have not had this for long.Even the mighty poch did it at the Etihad I don’t understand what all the fuss is about.Its what managers do when they go to places like anfield…esp when facing a team which is superior than yours

  103. Dissenter

    Receding
    The said poster will never concede a wrong. You will have more luck watching pain dry to get any decency out of CC.
    In his articulate genius mind, he is always right and will devolve into insults once he’s clearly beaten at an argument. He’s not shy to walk on the fine margins of negative stereotypes too as you will soon see.
    Watch this space.

  104. PhD2020

    Pathetic and cowardly using others to hide behind your chicanery..

    Everyone knows the score with you..
    Love to dish it out relentlessly.As soon,as the critique comes your way,you revert to victimhood..

    Bid you farewell Princess Sandy Camel-Toe.How many flashes of your camel toe are you up for today?

    x100?

    Lots of kisses and all the best sweetheart. xxx

  105. Danialtos

    “Why don’t we let unai instill a sense of tactical discipline in a side which tbf lacked any in Wenger’s last years before building on that and establishing a philosophy by him or whoever manager guys here fancy?“Christ Dani idk what sort of time frame or evidence you’re looking for that we’re improving there. Games 33-38 of the PL last season didn’t do much for that idea did it?What are you hoping/expecting to see imposed on us from Emery?

    And am on record saying that Emery is not exactly perfect.Why do you think our record against the top 6 improved last season,sure we dropped points at the finish line but still it was an improvement.I remember there was a time klopp was beating top 6 teams left right and centre and yet was dropping points at relegation fodder….Am not saying we are there yet but it’s a start..I don’t know how much more simple I can get

  106. Rambo Ramsey

    “It’s almost like you just sit a in a basement googling up other people’s post to slight them with.”

    This from the same guy who only a few hours ago brought up Marko and then Champagne’s old posts?

    The same guy who earlier was boasting about ‘owning’ someone on this fvcking footy blog?

    You just gotta laugh at the clown that is Dissenter.

  107. Luteo Guenreira

    Isn’t Emery’s philosophy basically to “work hard” and play out the back? Maybe I’m being too simple but that’s what it’s seemed like to me since last year. Not saying it’s a poignant philosophy or anything, but seems to be something he sticks to.

    If you could excuse some of the bad performances and tactics last season for being a first year manager and having a team that was largely accustomed to not working hard, none of that will apply this year. The squad is better by consensus and he has had a full year to instill his work ethic into his players. The play on the field needs to start showing some of that.

    If the defense was always “working hard” and goals were to flow from those short passes starting from the keeper, no one would be questioning the “philosophy”. It’s being discussed because the team hasn’t shown anything from those positions and because so many fans equate good defense with hard work/tracking back and not much else.

    Need to see much more from the team on the pitch this season. The same style of play from last year just with different, better players in the same positions will not cut it. With Liverpool, Spuds, United all coming in the next 5 weeks we’ll have a pretty good idea by then.

    As an aside I really think Willock and Torreira might work well together in midfield, wondering what anyone else thinks about that

  108. PieAFC

    I truly believe Emery has seen enough of Willock to give him a chance.

    I reckon he will start against Liverpool.

  109. Champagne charlie

    Dissenter
    I’d go lick your wounds pal, PhD exposed you not too long ago and it’s still far too soon for you to appear reasoned and sound.

    Receding
    “But Charlie has always tried to tell us last season was worse than anything an Arsenal fan has experienced in his lifetime and Unai Emery is way out of his depth. Two games two wins in and we are still “challenging the status quo””

    See what I mean about you and your keyboard when Emery is mentioned? Absolute mash of complete nonsense.

    Danialtos
    I appreciate that’s what you’re saying, but nobody is scratching their head about us considering Liverpool’s threat. It’s the reverse, there’s a lack of understanding that we have our own game plan or approach to then impose on sides – particularly those we should feasibly be swatting aside. It was the poorer sides we constantly tripped up on last term, that indicates a lack of authority our end, to me at least.

  110. Dissenter

    Thus saith “PhD”, the self-appointed joker revisionist archivist of legrove.

    We can all give a standing ovation to one of the greatest cyber bullies on this site. You got rid of one erudite poster and came close to chasing another one away. Many here just try to side step your boring monologues, it’s rather creepy the way you post comments of others devoid of context, like a voyeur of some sorts.

    We used to get along until I got tired of witnessing the unending bullying of Bamford, so I told you what I thought of you. If I had to do it…I’ll do it all again you. Standing up to your nonsense was exhilarating. You pseudo-intellectual babbling gets really boring very quickly.
    Go back to that dark place where you’re gathering the posts of those you dislike.

  111. Receding Hairline

    Southampton got in behind Liverpool so many times in that game it’s not even funny. We have the quality to hurt them if we can get in behind like that.

    I think Pepe should absolutely start

  112. Dissenter

    CC
    You’re the one calling someone else a “moron” because he beat you an an argument, not me.
    Like I said, it doesn’t take much to get you unraveling, really poor impulse control.

    RR
    You’re coming up in the world.
    At least you’re putting up an argument without invoking another tedious left vs right debate. Good for you.

  113. Champagne charlie

    Me earlier to Dissenter about his views on Marko:

    “The selective amnesia stuff is becoming a bit of a go to for you too, used that on me recently about me ‘never admitting being wrong on anything’ or some shite.”

    Dissenter moments ago to Receding about me:

    “The said poster (CC) will never concede a wrong. You will have more luck watching pain dry to get any decency out of CC.”

    I’m not calling him predictable or anything…. 😴

  114. Receding Hairline

    “Emery has managed Arsenal in 60 competitive matches. He has made a halftime substitution in 20 of them”

    If you feel something is not working you change it.

    Only stat that counts is he won 38, drew 8 and lost 15

    We would love that won column to appreciate, that’s all that counts to me. Keep winning games, the players should be addicted to winning anyway necessary not pretty patterns on the pitch

  115. Rambo Ramsey

    “We used to get along until I got tired of witnessing the unending bullying of Bamford, so I told you what I thought of you. If I had to do it…I’ll do it all again you. Standing up to your nonsense was exhilarating. You pseudo-intellectual babbling gets really boring very quickly.”

    https://youtu.be/5f6XORh5wNc

  116. Champagne charlie

    “You’re the one calling someone else a “moron” because he beat you an an argument, not me.“

    Beat me in an argument? You mean disagreed with my view? He didn’t even understand what was being argued, so kudos to him for “beating me”.

    Is that how you “owned” me earlier too? Just said something in opposition of what I said?

    Some judge you are.

    Oi Pedro, Oat milk is for fannies, consider yourself mega pwned. Did you see that guys? Absolutely rekt Pedro there.

  117. PhD2020

    Touchy,touchy..Riding Valentin for eternity…

    Spinning peoples comments for eternity.

    Touchy,touchy..
    Dishing it out,playing the sly dog….

    Here’s a song for you…Princess Sandy Camel-Toe

  118. Batistuta

    Yea you just feel Pool are there for the taking if we can cut out the mistakes at the back and get at that defence as much as we can, Emery also has to not do the 3-5-2 thing, it doesn’t work… A back 4 and a compact midfield with Auba and Pepe up front doing the pressing.

    Game is going to be won and lost on the flanks though, how much we restrict Robertson and TAA will determine the result

  119. Batistuta

    Receding

    Yea that’s a correct score bet.

    I caught the Southampton game and pool were very very lucky to come out with all 3 points though you can say they looked jaded after the super cup and they’d have had 1 week to prepare for us but like i said, game is there to be won or at least leave with a point if we can just not go there with PTSD

  120. PhD2020

    Princess Sandy-Camel-Toe
    Q&A

    Interviewer:How did Federer do in the Wimbledon Final 2019?
    Camel-Toe:-Should have retired.

    Interviewer:What do you think about Ozil & Kola’s situation with the moped crew,given their wives were in the back of the car?

    Camel Toe:Ozil is a pussy,he should not defend the honour of the wives,and instead should have sacrificed his life and that of Kol,thus putting everyone in a perilious state.That’s a man.Would have respected him more.

    Interviewer:What colour is the sky?
    Camel Toe:You tell me?

    Interviewer:Blue
    Camel Toe:No,It’s pink-like my camel-toe!!

  121. Pierre

    Always loved a nutmeg and Pepe’s nutmeg on Ben Mee at the weekend was as good as it gets .

    I’ve even heard commentators question if he meant it…..fools.

    To leave a professional footballer stranded on the pitch totally perplexed at what just happened to him is a classic piece of skill.

    The nutmeg is a perfect way to take a defender completely out of the game, the speed of thought and skill from Pepe was exceptional and for him to have the confidence to produce such a move so early in his first home game is a good sign of things to come.

  122. Dissenter

    Pierre
    If Pepe keeps nutmegging people then he better be ready to ride some rough tackles, some of it will be deserved.
    I think nutmegs without any end results is disrespectful. If you’re nutmegging another player to get a better show, no problem but if it’s to draw an applause line then it’s disrespectful to the opposition. If a deft pass can beat the player then by all means pass the ball.. not humiliate him.

  123. TR7

    Dissenter

    ‘I think nutmegs without any end results is disrespectful. If you’re nutmegging another player to get a better show, no problem but if it’s to draw an applause line then it’s disrespectful to the opposition. If a deft pass can beat the player then by all means pass the ball.. not humiliate him.’

    What are you talking about ?