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.


Am I being too aggressive?

Let me know in the comments you sexy beauties. x

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  1. Freddie Ljungberg

    It also looks like we’ve pulled a fast one on Roma and chucking Mustafi their way for a season long loan with an option (?) to buy.

  2. Bojangles


    I doubt it would have been called a penalty unless the referee had seen it. VAR is called when a goal is scored.

  3. HighburyLegend

    “Is your father happy with the summer business and direction of the club?
    He is thrilled.”

    lol I really liked this one.

  4. TheBlaster

    Not digging the fear and defeatism. Liverpool are a great team, well drilled and well disciplined, but they aren’t the invincibles. They can be and will be beaten by teams over the season. We just have to make sure we are one of them. The golden boot was shared last season, and Auba was one of the recipients. Bring it on and dissect the game afterwards. Not sure there’s much worth in being scaredy-cats.

  5. Bob N16

    Agree with you Guns, the keys to VAR are speed and transparency. This new hand ball seems odd but as long as players and fans understand it and there is consistency it’s fine by me. Same with off side rule.

    Graham, I get your point about flow of the game, you’re of course being hyperbolic about the danger to the game. Let’s not ignore the fact during a football match , the ball is in play for around 65 mins ( I think that’s about right). My point is that fans are already use to breaks in the game. As long as fans in the stadium get to see the reviews, the break will add to the drama. Incidentally I feel time-keeping should be more transparent and should be taken away from the on pitch ref.

    VAR will hopefully clear a lot of the tedious gamesmanship, pulling of shirts, holding as well as catch out simulation where it is most obvious. Also just like in cricket, the worst mistakes should be done away with. There will still be controversies which Talk shite presenters can waffle on about.

  6. Guns of Hackney


    Concur. Speed is the key. It should be a lot easier to make decisions in football than rugby, purely because rugby is very complex and normally involves lots of bodies squashed into a small space that needs analysis.

    I think a 30 second limit should be more than enough to determine 99% of football related decisions.

  7. Tony

    ‘I have known him for a lot of years’: Sokratis aims to form strong defensive partnership with Arsenal new boy David Luiz as he compares him to former team-mate Mats Hummels

    Sokratis believes he can form as strong a defensive partnership with David Luiz

    The Greek defender compared Luiz to his former team-mate Mats Hummels

    Hummels and Sokratis enjoyed a strong bond while at Borussia Dortmund


    Interesting from Sokratis

  8. raptora

    “I would say that if you’re reacting and doing club-record signings based on public opinion, you’re not going to go very far as a club,” Josh Kroenke told BBC Sport.

    “We weren’t reactive this summer, we were actually proactive.”

    “As for January, I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves.

    “We’ve got to evaluate some things in the short term and figure out where we might need to address going forward, so when January does roll around we’re going to be proactive again.”

    Kroenke admits the heavy defeat to Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku did force Arsenal into altering their transfer targets this summer.

    However, he insists the Gunners remain one of the most attractive clubs in the world – despite a lack of Champions League football this season.

    “As the second half of the match unfolded, understanding the position we were in and some of the targets as we headed into the summer from a transfer standpoint, we had to rethink some of our strategy based on that last 45 minutes,” he said.

    “Without Champions League football, we weren’t exactly sure [what was possible], but I encouraged our football operations department to be aggressive and when Arsenal Football Club knocks on a player’s door, it’s a different knock.”

  9. Pierre

    ,”One thing with the disallowed goal at the Etihad on Sunday. If the ball had struck a Spuds players arm( in the same position and incident) would it have been a penalty to MC?”

    I believe that hand ball in these circumstances is only given if it leads directly to a goal.

    So no , a penalty would not be given if the ball was deflected by the defending players .

    The plus point to VAR is it should reduce diving , off the ball incidents and dangerous red card tackles as there is no hiding place.

    Also your description of the wonderful skill of using the nutmeg is antiquated.

    Your comments ” sometimes pure luck, trick , trickster , not always disrespectful ” shows a little bit of ignorance on the subject.
    A nutmeg is one of the best weapons to beat a defender as they are left for dead .

    Pepe’s nutmeg at the weekend was a perfect illustration of how to perform this skill in the blink of an eye.

    It is not a trick, it is a skill and an effective methid of putting doubt in a defenders mind and once there is doubt, the attacker has them exactly where they want them.

  10. raptora

    Just saw that I posted part of it that is on SkySports but the original one on BBC is much longer.

    Speaking to BBC Sport, Kroenke said the disappointment of Baku was a turning point that led Arsenal to become one of the Premier League’s biggest spenders this summer and raise expectations about their prospects for the campaign ahead.

    “As the second half of the match unfolded, understanding the position we were in and some of the targets as we headed into the summer from a transfer standpoint, we had to rethink some of our strategy based on that last 45 minutes,”

    “We knew we wouldn’t have Champions League football and that’s what those type of talents are after. My main message to Vinai [Venkatesham, managing director] and Raul [Sanllehi, head of football] coming back from Baku on the plane and then throughout meetings all day the following day with them and Unai [Emery, head coach], was: ‘Let’s be aggressive and find out what’s possible’.

    “These guys went out into the market place and – through their contacts and our fantastic new team behind the scenes – were able to find some talented players who are really excited about playing for Arsenal Football Club.

    “I think we had a very strong summer. We addressed certain areas on the pitch for this season and in the years ahead. We had certain age profiles that we were after. Without Champions League football we weren’t exactly sure, but I encouraged our football operations department to be aggressive and when Arsenal Football Club knocks on a player’s door it’s a different knock.

    “This summer, even though we weren’t in a position of strength coming out of Baku, I think there were a few people caught off guard that Arsenal Football Club still has the aura that it does. We’re excited to keep pushing that now and into the future.”

    When asked whether Arsenal adhered to their self-sustaining model or if finance was injected by their owners Kroenke Sports and Entertainment (KSE), of whom Josh Kroenke is deputy chairman to his father Stan, the 39-year-old said: “I’m not going to go into too much detail – people can read between the lines of being aggressive and what that might mean.

    “It’s going to be a private matter for us here at the club, but I hope our fans understand that by being aggressive that’s exactly what we were.

    “Going into the summer we knew we were going to have instruments in place that were going to allow us to be aggressive and they weren’t going to be dependent on sales. The guys went out, worked their magic and I’m happy to have them on our side.”

    Kroenke said the protests from fans this summer was not the reason that the club spent more than £100m on players.

    “I would say that if you’re reacting and doing club record signings based on public opinion, you’re not going to go very far as a club,” he said. “We weren’t reactive this summer, we were actually proactive.

    “It was unfortunate that the summer unfolded publicly the way it did with some of the supporters groups. I tried to answer some of their concerns to the best of our ability.

    “The transfer market is an evolving, living, breathing thing. We identified key targets, worked on those deals and over time we were able to execute them.

    “That’s hopefully a sign of encouragement for Arsenal fans that, when we’re out in the market place, you might never know what we’re thinking and you could be surprised by some of the names that come up.

    “As for January, I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. We’ve got to evaluate some things in the short term and figure out where we might need to address going forward, so when January does roll around we’re going to be proactive again.”

    When asked what his father’s reaction had been, Kroenke added: “He is thrilled. As we’ve had a chance to get to know some of the new faces more and more behind the scenes and he’s had a chance to be around them individually, he’s excited.

    “The hard part is staying patient and understanding that we’re putting plans in place that are going to unfold over the next several years. We’ve done it with our North American teams and we’re trying to implement those type of people and decision makers here at Arsenal. I think this summer is a great example of the quality of people that we have.”

    Arsenal manager Emery succeeded Arsene Wenger on a three-year contract in May 2018 and is charged with improving on last season’s fifth-place finish in the Premier League and being runners-up in the Europa League.

    “I think he’s doing a great job – has done a great job and is doing a great job,” Kroenke said. “Turning the page from such a legendary manager and figure as Arsene – not only at Arsenal but in European football – was always going to be a difficult page to turn and as a club I think we’ve turned it as elegantly as we could.

    “I think Unai’s daily approach is fantastic. He’s out there on the pitch, he’s working, he’s watching video, he’s communicating and his daily energy and devotion to his work is fantastic – it’s exactly what we need.

    “Challenging for the Premier League title is always our goal, that’s what we talk about constantly. Based on the strength of our league, which is the greatest in the world, if you’re competing for the Premier League title, you’re competing elsewhere for other silverware as well; whether that’s the FA Cup, whether that’s European silverware. We want to go for it all.”

    Arsenal have won their opening two Premier League games – away to Newcastle and at home against Burnley – but next up is a trip to Liverpool on Saturday and then the visit of Tottenham on 1 September. Could the Gunners materialise as unlikely contenders for the title?

    “We’re going to have our work cut out,” Kroenke said. “There are some very strong teams ahead of us, starting with the defending champions [Manchester City] and the Champions League champions [Liverpool].

    “We know what we need to do; we know there are squads ahead of us that are very strong. We’ve come back with a stronger squad than we finished with in May in Baku and I’m excited to see what this group can do because I think they’ve got a mentality, as well, that is… they’re ready to get to work and they know what they need to do on behalf of all of us.”

    “Our ambitions are the same as the fans. We want to win and we want to win as much and as often as possible. And doing it a fun way, where they’re seeing some really entertaining football as well. I think we’ve got the group to do it,” Kroenke said.

    “We have the highest of ambitions. In North America, we are trying to win. The [Los Angeles] Rams were in the Super Bowl last year. I can only imagine what a Champions League final is like after being over in Baku.

    “There are six great clubs in the Premier League and unfortunately only four [Champions League] spots that are guaranteed. The economics involved – to be able to reinvest back into the club, attract different players who only want Champions League football… our goal is to get back and to win the Premier League.”

    Sections of the fanbase have been fiercely opposed to KSE and in particular Stan Kroenke, but his son insisted they are “absolutely, absolutely” here to stay and want to build relationships off the pitch for the good of the team on it.

    Josh Kroenke said a galvanised Arsenal fanbase could “probably be the most powerful thing that I ever would have witnessed”.

    He added: “Passion can go a couple of different ways, but knowing the passion of the Arsenal supporter community, it would be an incredible sight to behold. Being here on matchdays, it gives me the chills even just thinking about it. But to know that the supporters were united behind our group would be a very powerful thing and I think this is a group they can really get behind.

    “They need to understand who we are and what we’re trying to accomplish. It’s important for them to try and understand our personalities as people, because at the end of the day we’re fans – we want to win and it makes our job a lot easier when we do.

    “It’s important for them to know how passionate we are. When I met with some of the fans’ groups last season I told them that trust is earned over time and I would love for you to trust me now but unfortunately that trust has to play out over the next several years. We’re just getting started and hopefully we’ll start to earn more and more trust with the more and more work we put in.

    “The Emirates is a place that is always going to be special to me and my family. I’m excited about being here, hopefully a long time.”

  11. Valentin

    The issue is not VAR, the issue is the new law about handball. In short the law about handball is an ass.
    For no good reasons, somebody decided to gives an advantage to the defense. Score a goal after a team has involuntary touch the ball, it is not a goal. Miss an opportunity because a defender has involuntary deviated the ball, nothing happen.

    Also what is the grace period delay between handling the ball and scoring. Let’s imagine corner, handball not spotted, clearance, shot from outside the box, goal. Is it a goal or does the referee come back to the handball?

    Also if they decide to review penalty incident, they need to review every penalty incidents even the one not seen nor signaled by the main referee. If the referee miss an incident (not looking, view blocked, …), then it should be treated the same as the one spotted by the referee. Missing a blatant penalty is an obvious mistake.

  12. Valentin

    The only thing that I take from Kroenke Jr interview is that he had to kick Raul and Vinay to be aggressive, decisive and creative.

    He also implicitly confirms that they were so confident to win Champion’s League football, that the second half of the final was a shock to them.

    Regarding the influence of the petition and different fans interactions , he is trying to underplay it, but is clear that it was a shock to him and them. Plan may have been in place, but that really kick them into gear.

    Funny how he was surprised that Arsenal had a great reputation in France and that players were still interested in joining. He can thank Wenger for that. Most French footballers have grown up watching English football on Canal+. Henry, Pires, Viera, Wiltord, Diaby were their hero.

  13. raptora

    Valentin: “He can thank Wenger for that. Most French footballers have grown up watching English football on Canal+. Henry, Pires, Viera, Wiltord, Diaby were their hero.”

    Not really man. French Arsenal was a thing up to what? 2005-6?! Saliba was 4 to 5 yo at the time. Even Pepe was 10 yo at best. So not really. But nice try. Wenger had the French market in his feet but decided to ditch it btw. Biggest mistake ever since A LOT of fantastic French players were basically waiting for his call. Instead he decided to get Chamakh, Gervinho, Podolski, Giroud, Squillaci, Arteta, Mertesacker, Andre Santos, Park, Chambers, Sanogo. None of them top class. Not single one of them.

  14. raptora

    Why did he change the tune and moved on from French footballers to British like Ramsey, Chambo, Chambers, Walcott, Welbeck and so on – cause he wanted to change the tune of the media, of Francenal. And the media to love him more for setting the base of the English NT. Hilarious that in the end spuds did that instead.

  15. Gentlebris

    ‘Raptors There are already 2 links here to what you just posted.’

    He’s trying to help, some fells might find it disrespectful to click on a link.

    Raptora aimed to make sure everything stayed respectful.

  16. Gentlebris

    We should be playing Liverpool in December when our RB and LB have been fully repaired.

    You don’t go to Liverpool with weaknesses…..but what do I know…… Chelsea had enough for them to chew in the super cup. Maybe we can actually get a result.

    Fancy our chance against City in December. If the injured incomings are in and we have no injured outgoings, we should be able to stand up to any side and expect a 50/50 outcome.

  17. Gentlebris

    We were the first side to play two top six sides in a row last season, and they have appointed us to do the honour again this season.
    A child should be forgiven if he thinks some fellas have a purpose of slowing us down early.

  18. Cesc Appeal

    Good news day, I like what I read from Josh Kroenke and Mustafi is being loaned to Roma where there is the potential to make the deal permanent at £23 Million…if that happened that is an absolutely amazing price for next summer.

    In the Kroenke interview I especially liked the part about being proactive not reactive which is something that has been spoken about for years on here.

    It seems as if Josh Kroenke is now the top person at Arsenal seemingly more so than his dad, with his attitude and the great new regime we have in place in Sanllehi, Edu, Venkatesham, Fahmy, Cagigao, Knapper etc I’m very confident for the future.