SHUT UP AND SUPPORT THE KIDS

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You know, I do worry about society sometimes. Everyone is offended by everything these days.

‘Why did you look at my soy milk that way’

‘You did a face like you were going to say something offensive’

‘You broke into my house and stole my car’

People are constantly on the hunt for new ways to engineer offence. It’s worrying.

Then I go to the Le Grove comments sections and you’re all brutally cutting each other down… and no one bats an eyelid.

You give me hope.

You know what else gives me hope? The young kids at Arsenal.

I don’t know where they’re going to end up this season, but for me, my disdain for the football style is hugely outweighed this season by the overall likability of the squad.

I know that sounds like a really bland thing to say. The sort of thing that comes from a purists mouth, someone that fondly remembers the 80s when you could have a pint and share a hooker with George Best after a game. But be honest with yourself, when was the last time you really liked an Arsenal squad?

2006? 2008? There haven’t been many. Even when we went close in 2016, the squad was very questionable. That would have been the least interesting league winning side we’ve ever put out (in my living memory at least).

Matteo G has great hair, lots of personality, and he’s growing with every game. I think he needs a bit more aggression and I think he still needs to find his flavour, but he’s a talent and the world really is his lobster

Joe Willock, what a find. He looks like he belongs. He was giving as good as he got against Burnley. He never shies away. He has a high ceiling and the fans already love him. Struggling to think of a young player in that role since Jack to cause such excitement?

AMN, he earns some bad reviews, but the guy gives his all. He’s playing at right-back when he’s a midfielder and he’s not complaining. Put that work rate and power into its correct position and we have a very handy player.

Reiss Nelson has come in for some stick. He hasn’t scored 5 goals in the opening two games. But he’s young, he’s learning a craft, and not everyone can be Jadon. He scored a great disallowed goal and I’m hoping that when this meteoric rise he’s dealing with hits home, he’ll calm down and take a more aggressive approach to his game. He has the tools, let’s see if he can activate them. I think it’s a confidence thing.

Then we have the pretenders. ESR, Saka, Martinelli, and Medley could all sniff out places this season.

It’s an exciting time to be an Arsenal fan. Move on Mustafi and I can live with all the players we have in the squad. Raul has shifted us on a long way in a few weeks, if Emery can execute his ideas effectively, it could be a really good season.

There will be bad games, no doubt. I will bitch and moan for absolute certain, but one thing I won’t complain about is the state of the squad or the kids.

This isn’t a transition year… it’s a top 3 attempt.

Let’s see where we land!

Podcast lands later! x

P.S. ORNSTEIN WITH THE BIG GOSS this morning… can’t believe I’m sleeping through it!

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  1. Guns of Hackney

    Emery hasn’t got the bollocks to play the yoot.

    Guaranteed when faced with better opponents, losing a goal or a dilemma, this vanilla merchant, like his predecessor, will always go for bland and obvious.

    How many times did Arsene play someone with borderline ACL rather than give a youngster a chance.

    Emery better shape up quick and make me want to hate him a little less.

    Emery is MDF surrounded by a Forrest.

  2. Guns of Hackney

    Josh is just paying lip service to the crowd. We aren’t in a million years challenging for the league with this squad or manager.

    If we got lucky, a minor cup and fourth. That’s it.

    Nothing to see there.

  3. ADKB

    @Logie Bear:

    Yeah, read that BBCc piece earlier and Josh sounds genuinely believable. Maybe because of the “shocking” summer we’ve had with the transfers. We’ve done really good business without making much noise.

    This season offers me cautious optimism but how much of it I entertain is still uncertain.

  4. KAY Boss

    Le Grove,Le Grove, Le Grove!
    AMNs situation is precarious. He needs to make clear his substantive position. I’m unconvinced with him at RB, even if he’s doing his best. That position might be out achiles heel. Even Bellerin never gave us defensive solidity.
    Well, I may just shut up and support them !

  5. 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.

  6. David Smith

    looks like Josh is running things now. As a long time critic of Stans relationship with Wenger, can only see that as a good thing.
    Let’s face it , without Josh, and it must be said, Ivan, Stan may well have renewed Wenger for a couple years this summer with a euro final and 5th place, the Wenger backroom staff would have stayed put, Gerry Payton would have killed Lenos ability by now., Kos would be offered 200k to stay another year with a team built around ozil and mikhi.
    But, out of the above unpleasant parallel universe, they seem to be building a genuinely exciting squad. Not yet the finished article of course, but these things take time even if our budget has been enhanced, as JK implies.
    Of course Josh would say all those things, but pleased to hear they want to do what they did with the Rams. While the club is moving in a better direction, JK has my backing at least, things do seem better for the moment.

  7. Ivan

    Kay – its not about blind supporting. Try to be a bit objective. AMN is still way better solution than legless Licht last season.

    Its not like RB-s grow on trees (ex Wan Bissaka) and this internal solution with AMN (at least for me) is better than halfarsed apointments of has beens or similar solutuons we use to do before.

  8. Bojangles

    I don’t think Belerin will necessarily walk back into the lineup. He’s an ok RB, not a great WB. AMM has improved in the first couple of games this season compared to last season… Has time to make mistakes before Bellerin regains fitness though.

  9. 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, Gabriel, Elneny, Debuchy. None of them top class. Not single one of them.

    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.

  10. Bob N16

    David, good post. Rams also appointed a young, up and coming coach. We don’t have to mirror Rams exactly but Emery wouldn’t fall into that category!

    Agree Ivan, AMN is far from perfect but he is an internal solution, covering while our best RB is unavailable. Sure we might prefer a better second string but as we all know we had many more pressing issues to address. I find the vitriol sometimes aimed at him really distasteful and unwarranted. His style allows some to suggest that he doesn’t care enough, is not trying hard enough – such bullshit. His mistakes deserve criticism not his effort.

  11. CG

    1. Liverpool
    2. Spurs
    3. Watford

    And this excrement show-unravels.

    Sok/Louise/Monreal and AMN at Anfield and against Spurs?

    Do me a Favour.

    #Torn to Shreds#

    (Burnley x 18 attempts at our goal)

    Double Digits conceded in the next 3.

    100% conceded.

    Interesting post.
    thanks,

    Abacuses at the ready!

    tick tock

  12. Freddie Ljungberg

    According to the premier league official sats we had 11 shots, 6 on goal and Burnley had 7, 2 on goal. But sure, just make up a number, it’s not like you can look any more stupid on here.

    They got very lucky on there goal with the ball bouncing exactly right. The only threats other than that was set pieces and crosses that we dealt with ok. Was always going to be a struggle to match Burnley physically when their whole team is made up of big fucking bruisers.

  13. Alexanderhenry

    Pedro

    Yes, you’re right.
    This current arsenal team has a bit of character and it’s been a while since you could say that.

    You’d have to go back to 2008 cesc/nasri/rvp side, to find the last time that was the case.

    David Luiz adds to it.

  14. Gbat

    Stats can be misleading. I don’t remember Leno really having to make a save. Pope on the other hand made 4 very good saves.

  15. 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.

  16. Nelson

    AMN is a good footballer. I wonder why the coaching stuff don’t teach him how to play the position of a RB. So often, he relies on his recovering speed to correct the problem. Take for example the game again Burnley. A few times when Burnley fired those long ball from AMN’s side, AMN put his hand behind his back and stood almost ten feet from the ball. No RB would defend like that.

  17. Dark Hei

    As long as Emery continues playing this “type” of football, it will always be easy for me to be a fan……since I can easily skip watching the game and get to the best part which is a 2-1 win plus some banter on Le Grove.

    As for the team, the up side is that we seem to have more balanced side, and I am proud of our youngsters.

    The down side is that we haven’t progress on the pitch. Our play is ponderous and we are still dependent on striker magic.

  18. Receding Hairline

    “The down side is that we haven’t progress on the pitch. Our play is ponderous and we are still dependent on striker magic.”

    One minute we are told Auba only scores tap ins the next we are being bailed out by striker magic..which is it tap ins or magic??

  19. Gentlebris

    ‘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.’

    100% correct.

  20. raptora

    Really nice of Josh to say this:

    How passionate are you about Arsenal – what does your fandom look like when you’re not at the match?
    It depends on the time of game – if it’s an early afternoon kick-off here in London and I’m in Los Angeles, I’ll usually at least go downstairs because my girlfriend will kill me if I turn that game on at 4.30 in the morning. But whether it’s 4.30am, 6am, 10am or early afternoon for an evening kick-off here [in the UK], I’m usually pretty vocal – my dogs get a little scared! If something goes wrong, I yell a little bit. When I’m here at the Emirates, I’m a little more reserved – that’s a good thing to show! But the passion comes out in all different ways. I think our group here on the football operations side, they’ll tell you that I get a little animated. But when I sit with them during matches, I’m also curious about what we’re doing tactically. I ask questions, I want to understand and it makes for me just a lot of fun because I love the game, I played it as a young man growing up until basically I became too tall and then I started playing basketball unfortunately. But soccer, football, was my first love. I was a right winger and our best player was our left winger, so he would sprint down the left side and I would score all the goals with my head. It was a lot of fun to be a part of that group as a kid, learning to love the game and now to be over here at the highest level and to be involved with it is… I have to pinch myself sometimes.

  21. Biggles

    There’s definitely a feelgood factor about the team at the moment. I’d be surprised if we don’t end up with more points than last season, and honestly, I do have an expectation of top 4. Even if we don’t make top 4, more points is a sign of progress.

    And the great thing is, our rivals for 3rd and 4th have dropped points and we haven’t. At the beginning of last season, Chelsea started with a 5 game winning streak. Spurs had full points after two games. Only Manchester United have bettered their start from last season, and it’s still not as good as us.

    Now I know there’s still a LOT of games to be played. But we have new faces still to be introduced which should make us stronger (Tierney) and some to get fully up to speed and find their feet (Pepe). Young players are getting game time. We have a new CB already lined up for next season. Mustafi hasn’t kicked a ball yet and Xhaka had a “small injury” at the weekend. I think even Emery might begin to like not having so many errors in a game.

    It’s actually good to be an Arsenal fan for the first time in years.

  22. Valentin

    Raptora,

    Because first Viera and Petit, then Henry, Pires and Wiltord named the Musketeers, Canal+ was showing principally Arsenal games. Diaby was seen as the next big musketeers in Arsenal. Most of the commentators are Wenger’s friend and/or former protégé. Of course there is a bias in French media toward Arsenal because of Wenger.
    That had a direct influence on how French players view Arsenal. Saliba himself said so. “As soon as Arsenal came in for me, my decision was made.”. Objectively Spurs with both Belgium CB in their last year’s contracts just reaching the Champion’s League final would have made more sense for him. He made a sentimental decision.

    Have you grown up in France at the time?
    My nephew and nieces have. And without me influencing them, they know Arsenal. The only other clubs they knew were ManUtd, Liverpool and Chelsea. Chelsea because of Drogba.

    Before Spurs went to Champion’s League final, despite their own French players Sissoko, Lloris being their main goal keeper for nearly 10 years nobody in France had a special affinity with Spurs.

  23. raptora

    Criticised in past for not filling needed positions – now seeing a more decisive Arsenal?
    “I wouldn’t say we were more decisive, I think it’s just a different structure. I’ve been a part of meetings that were with Arsene Wenger and I’ve been a part of meetings now that include our head of football, our managing director, our head coach, our new technical director. It’s a different approach. It’s not doing anything different to what we’ve done in the past, but I think when you have different opinions and you share those opinions in a very direct manner…”

    Josh confirming that we moved from autocracy to democracy. From all the power being in Wenger it’s now in several people who speak about it and make an informed decision. Should have done that 10 years ago.

    He’s also called Emery – head coach. Not manager.

    More departures before foreign windows close?
    “I would defer to our football operations staff but I know there are a few names that have come up who might not see as much playing time this season, so whether that’s via loan or permanent transfer I know there are discussions going on. I’ll leave that to our football operations staff.”

    Let the knowledgeable people make the calls. And it’s not 1 person anymore.

  24. Valentin

    Looks like hubris is something shared by a lot of former players when they become manager.
    Vincent Company who I thought would make a good manager has been a disaster at Anderlecht. As a player, he has been abysmal and looked off the pace and made basic mistakes. As a manager, I think that he underestimated the opposition and the amount of preparation good manager do.

  25. Sid

    Fabinho played RB but now plays in midfield so will AMN and he will be better, I think the fullbacks are instructed to keep it narrow when defending at arsenal.

  26. HighburyLegend

    “Everyone is offended by everything these days.”

    Says the one who was offended by Emery’s joke about Liverpool.

  27. Rainman

    “User name checks out”

    Alex cutter

    Lol, you simply can’t help it can you, wonder what your life is like, constantly annoyed at every little thing.Sad little thing. Truth be told, judging from your angry posts you seem to be the one with mental issues.

  28. Ashwin Gunner

    The problem with Unai is the same we had with Arsene. He is not learning.

    He is not learning the fact that we are not good playing from back. Players sure are giving 100 %. but they are lacking proper game tactics and right strategy. Every time we pass the ball back, the defenders seem unsure of what to do next.

    Emery has to let this thing go and come up with a better way of playing which can make our players more relaxed and comfortable.

  29. Receding Hairline

    Ashwin how do you propose we play then??

    We do not have players good in the air so a long kick as a go to plan will simply turn over possession. How do we transition the ball from defense to attack if we do not pass it from the back???

  30. Ashwin Gunner

    “If we got lucky, a minor cup and fourth. That’s it.”

    I dont think anybody is aiming higher than that. We are miles away from City , Liverpool and Spurs. They have better players (or players who have gelled well with each other) and a far better manager.

    We sure are aiming for the 4th spot this season. i would be very very surprised if Emery wins PL for us. Judging by the last 10 games last season, he is not the man.

  31. Receding Hairline

    My problem is not playing out from the back, nothing wrong with that. It’s the manner in which we do it, both defenders line up either side of Leno is ridiculous. Leno should learn to pass the ball to the nearest free team mate be he a defender or midfielder and our players should learn to receive passes under pressure.

  32. Gentlebris

    ‘The down side is that we haven’t progress on the pitch. Our play is ponderous and we are still dependent on striker magic.’

    I concur.

    Against Newcastle and first half against Burnley, the play was laboured and, in my view, limited our strikers. If Liverpool had Auba and Laca pairing upfront for them, they would blow teams away 7:0 very often.

    We are not having enough possession to control the game and create bucket loads of chances, and although I would hate to admit it, we were creating chances for fun under Wenger. The problem under Wenger was balance as we had too many lightweight characterless players and not serious attention was being paid to defensive factors.

    Now we seem to have more balance, but there is no flow to the game most of the time, and that’s on Emery’s door step. A coach should have a consistent way of finding the flow.

    Have to say we now have the habit of turning it up a level when facing big sides though.

  33. Receding Hairline

    “I dont think anybody is aiming higher than that. We are miles away from City , Liverpool and Spurs. They have better players (or players who have gelled well with each other) and a far better manager.”

    We are not miles away from Spurs in any shape or form

    Spurs lost 13 league games last season and we finished a point behind them.

    There is nothing remotely special about Spurs or their players

  34. Ashwin Gunner

    Receding.

    We need something like what Arsene used to do back in the day. A very very strong and agile mid field which can transition the ball. we can atleast try that for a game and see how it plays. The problem is we dont see to have a plan B for this.

  35. Guns of Hackney

    If we beat Liverpool, I will never post on Le Grove again. There’s your motivation, Arsenal. Go do it.

    Mustafi leaving is amazing news. Something tells me he won’t…the wages at Arsenal have to be worth staying for even if he sits out his contract.

  36. Ashwin Gunner

    “Add Ashvin to the anti-Emery list.”

    ha ha.. I am not Anti Emery. Just not convinced of him yet. Not convinced that he has it in him to win us PL. Yet….

  37. Receding Hairline

    “Against Newcastle and first half against Burnley, the play was laboured and, in my view, limited our strikers. If Liverpool had Auba and Laca pairing upfront for them, they would blow teams away 7:0 very often.”

    I disagree

    Mane and Firmino bring a lot more to Liverpool and their style of play than just goals, same cannot be said about Lacazette and Aubameyang. Liverpools forward play will not be so dynamic if they swap any of those two for Lacazette or worse Aubameyang

  38. Ashwin Gunner

    “There is nothing remotely special about Spurs or their players”

    I could sound very controversial in saying this, but they have a superior manager.

  39. Freddie Ljungberg

    Seems like Judge me in May has become judge me in 45 minutes, quite a drastic turnaround, wonder what changed…

    We have a lot of youths/new signings to integrate into the first team, many not available because of injuries or arriving back late for preseason. Some are adjusting to the league, some to senior football. Going to take a couple of months before we see what this team is all about, until then we just need to pick up as many points as possible.

  40. Samesong

    f we beat Liverpool, I will never post on Le Grove again. There’s your motivation, Arsenal. Go do it.

    Another lie looooooooooooooooooooool

  41. Emiratesstroller

    Arsenal will be faced like last two seasons with the prospect of playing difficult games in Europa Cup on Thursday and games on Sunday and even on Monday.

    For example we will have an away game against Man Utd on Monday followed by an undesignated game in Europa Cup just three days later. Not exactly a helpful schedule.

    My view is that Arsenal must PRIORITISE this season the EPL and for that reason we need to rest properly our first choice X1 for these games and play
    squad and youth players in Europa and Carrabo Cup at least until after Xmas.

    Any player likely to ‘play’ in EPL post one of these Cup games should be rested
    and not even travel to away games. If we lose one or two of these games sobeit.

    We have now enough squad strength and for that matter experience to play
    two different teams.

    As an example if we play in EPL in defence on a Sunday Leno, Bellerin,Sokratis
    Luiz and Tierney when fully match fit I would select for Europa/ Carrabo Cups
    Martinez, Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Holding and Monreal with Mavropanos, Medley and Kolasinac as options.

    Assuming that we play in EPL Xhaka, Guendouzi and Ceballos in midfield we
    could play Torreira, Willock and Ozil in Cup games.

    Our forwards for Cup games could be Mkhitaryan, Martinelli, Nelson and/or
    Saka.

  42. Receding Hairline

    Ashwin in the latter years we could always rely on first Sagna then Giroud to win the ball in the air..now i cannot think of one player in the squad who is good in the air. Burnley won almost all aerial balls this weekend.

    Leno can pass, he should also look to go long not just short to the two central defenders, our midfield players have to stop walking away when they look to play from the back, it’s annoying. Guendouzi and Willock never looked to get involved in the build up from the back, they left it to the defenders and fullbacks and occasionally Ceballos

  43. Guns of Hackney

    Same song

    Nope. That’s how confident I am that Liverpool won’t lose. Le Grove will still be haunted by me for a little while at least.

  44. TitsMcGee

    I’ve been a part of meetings that were with Arsene Wenger and I’ve been a part of meetings now that include our head of football, our managing director, our head coach, our new technical director. It’s a different approach. It’s not doing anything different to what we’ve done in the past, but I think when you have different opinions and you share those opinions in a very direct manner…”

    Almost criminal what Wenger was allowed to get away with.

  45. Samesong

    I could sound very controversial in saying this, but they have a superior manager.

    What honours does this superior manager have exactly? When will we see this superior manager win something?

  46. Guns of Hackney

    Wenger won 17 trophies.
    Emery has none.

    I am not Wenger’s biggest fan (since he went crazy) but he’s still better than Emery in every aspect.

    Emery is bland. Wenger was always brilliant copy.

  47. Samesong

    Nope. That’s how confident I am that Liverpool won’t lose. Le Grove will still be haunted by me for a little while at least.

    I’m not doubting that I just think your a bit of fibber. But I guess its just the internet. My name is Thor in real life.

  48. Ivan

    Bob – you summed it up nicely.

    He has mistakes, but with them is miles better than Licht, and is getting better, its not like hes regressing so his value is raising.

    Solutions like that are understandable, and i belive most fans can get behind that.

    David Liuz is good example of how stop gap solution should be done. Still phisicaly adept and exiperienced with desite to play.

    Tbh i dont care if fan uproar or hurt of loosing EL final was trigger that changed way we go and recruit players, only thong important is that current model looks like way forward instead of backward model we employed for god know how many years.

    No more Solvestres, Lichts and Chamaks.

  49. Receding Hairline

    “I could sound very controversial in saying this, but they have a superior manager.”

    Nothing controversial there still does not make them light years ahead.

    His superiority yielded one point better than our “buffon” last season

    I chuckle how some of you talk about Emery like he is a rookie, once upon a time he was recommending Pochettino for jobs he has moved on from, he has managed bigger clubs and won more, his coaching CV is on par with his if not better. I watched two league games last season where Pochettino was out coached .

  50. Ashwin Gunner

    Samesong

    our players are superior to what Spurs have. The difference is the manager.

    Sure, Spurs lost a hoard of games at the fag end of the season, so did we. And as a matter of fact, it was our 4th to lose. We were well in control to get into top 4. But we simply choked. Spurs did choked too but they did get into top 4 didn;t they, at our expense. That is why i said, they have a superior manager. our manager could even get most expensive player in the club play all the games.

    We all hate spurs, but it will be stupid not to acknowledge our deficiencies.

  51. Ashwin Gunner

    Receding

    Honestly, looking at our games last season, do you believe we can win the PL this season. or in the next 3 years (with Emery at the wheel 🙂 of course)

  52. Freddie Ljungberg

    Ashwin

    We are a lot closer in quality to Spurs this season (they probably still edges it in cohesion and prem experience and balance) but if you think we had superior players than them last season and the difference was our managers you’re drunk, go home.

  53. Receding Hairline

    “Sure, Spurs lost a hoard of games at the fag end of the season, so did we. And as a matter of fact, it was our 4th to lose. We were well in control to get into top 4. But we simply choked. Spurs did choked too but they did get into top 4 didn;t they, at our expense. That is why i said, they have a superior manager. our manager could even get most expensive player in the club play all the games.”

    Relying on others mistakes is not a sign of superiority. Unless you are somehow suggesting he masterminded the Crystal Palace defeat or coached Brighton to a point at the Emirates.

    What you pay a player is not the coach’s problem, he picks players based on effort not just ability, if you somehow believe a better coach can get Ozil doing better fair enough, i don’t share that belief. Ozil was hounded out of the German national team for a lack of effort and everyone knows Arsenal will entertain offers for him but no one believes his salary is a reflection of his output.

  54. T

    I think AMN is a fantastic squad player to have in the team.

    And a far better guy to have around than some random 10m€ random bolivian defender who isnt any better. 🙂

    I actually have the guts to believe that the lads might shock the footballing world at anfield and come back with a good result.

    The team looks much more focused and balanced than a year ago also pepe and dani are going to add a few gears to possession and attack.

    I wont be surprised even if we win that match but most people here will be shocked to realise how far the team has progressed this summer.

  55. Receding Hairline

    “Honestly, looking at our games last season, do you believe we can win the PL this season. or in the next 3 years (with Emery at the wheel 🙂 of course)”

    Nice Reply Raptora

    if Spurs have not won the league with their superior manager in five years and counting why should inferior Emery be saddled with winning the league

    To answer your question yes i believe if we keep adding to our squad we should be aiming for a league title or changing managers, Spurs who you think are light years ahead are acting like their well paid manager is doing them a favor, thankfully we do not have such issues. Perform or get out

  56. Gentlebris

    ‘Mane and Firmino bring a lot more to Liverpool and their style of play than just goals, same cannot be said about Lacazette and Aubameyang. Liverpools forward play will not be so dynamic if they swap any of those two for Lacazette or worse Aubameyang’

    Liverpool have urgency and control in the middle and that gets the ball often to Mane, Firmino and Sallah.
    Mane and Sallah function primarily as wingers and give strength to their midfield yes. They are also ball players yes but they can’t function as effective as that if they have Xhaka and Guen behind, because as soon as the ball moves beyond them upfront, they are likely to look back and see the ball in their own box and have to wait 5 minutes before they get another opportunity to function.
    Midfield is the soul of soccer. Midfielders who can hold the ball under pressure, dribble under pressure and understand how to evade press are the blood stream of the beautiful game. Liverpool and City have that at the moment and that’s the difference everyone can see.

    Then take out Firmino and slot in Auba, and you have a crazy crazy attack. Laca as well.

    Our strikers honestly are not much of ball players but they can put things inside. The reason Auba seems to miss lots of chances last term was not because we created lots of chances but because he always had the ability to be in the right position…. always!
    We have very very good strikers and this should become more evident when we get back our flow in the middle.

  57. Micheal

    Kroenke Mark 1 & 2:

    Josh’s interview is faintly interesting, but hardly insightful. We could hardly expect him to say the club does not have ambition or that it is being negative in the transfer window. Full of PR gloss and little substance. Jam tomorrow.

    The £100m transfer spend is fast becomiong common language when we know that actual net spend was probably half that sum and much of the spending was done on the never-never. I totally agree we have had a good, positive window and also agree with Pedro about the changed atmosphere and potential of the youngsters. All good news.

    But remember that Sleazy Stan has so far not invested a single penny (cent) in the football club, unlike just about every other owner.

    We should be grateful for this window, but let’s not carried away with Josh’s PR hype. Successful teams emerge from sound investment in the squad, scouting and youth development and there is no evidence that Kroenke is investing in Arsenal.

  58. Ivan

    Emery has a lot to prove, but end season colapse is on him as much as on any senior player that played those games.

    Ffs, seasoned pros couldnt muster 2 wins from 6 matches while not playing any top 4 side. If they went coachless to the field they should be able to win at least 1 or 2.

    I resent Emery more for playing Chech in EL final after Chelsky announcement about him goint there to be DoF after season ends.

    There, he should have made him a scapegoat, and show some spine. Obivously he and board needed 4 goal EL final spanging to come to their senses.

  59. 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.

  60. Receding Hairline

    “Our strikers honestly are not much of ball players but they can put things inside. The reason Auba seems to miss lots of chances last term was not because we created lots of chances but because he always had the ability to be in the right position…. always!”

    Right position for what Gentlebris?? For the ball NO?? Who gets the balls into these positions?? The supporting cast you so malign

    Kolasinac was very instrumental in getting the balls into these positions Aubameyang found himself, Iwobi also. Aubameyang did not beat two or three defenders to then fluff a finish.

    Take out Mane and Firmino (notice i am not adding Salah), replace with Auba and Lacazette the all round offensive play falls off in quality. I think a lot of exaggeration is used when talking about Aubameyang and Lacazette as footballers. I am not pleased with the talk of contract extensions and pay rise for them, especially Lacazette, he really needs to turn it up a notch this season.

  61. Ashwin Gunner

    ok.

    Just to underline, I hate Spurs….

    Raptora

    Do you honestly believe that spuds will win the EPL with their “superior” manager in the next 3 years?

    Err. I dont care. I said their manager is better than ours. but they are definitely inferior to Liverpool or city. The point i was trying to drive that we are miles off winning the PL and I dont think (“YET”) that Emery can win us that.

  62. raptora

    Michael: “The £100m transfer spend is fast becomiong common language when we know that actual net spend was probably half that sum ”

    We probably gave at least £10m cash to certain agents – Pepe’s agents, Jorge Mendes, David Luiz, Martinelli.

    Figure could be substantially higher number than the one mentioned in the Swiss Ramble article.

    And to be honest I have no problem with the self sustaining model. We make more than enough money as a club to be able to have success on the pitch with what we have. It’s more about how we were spending it before. Don’t think Liverpool are running their owners dry and they are successful. Same goes for a bunch of other clubs. It is possible although obviously harder. Not all clubs can’t be ran by sheikhs. And that’s basically what you’re saying.

  63. Ivan

    Btw, it looks like Poch is Spuds version of Wenger without throphy haul.

    Everything checks in. Hero manager, club in transition after stadium build, greatest squad (they had) in decades.

    He even keeps inine with their history and tradition.

    Arsene preached Arsenal class, Poch is preaching empty trophy cabinet 😁

  64. Samesong

    Spurs are living on ‘we got to the final trophy bla bla’ which was massive acheivement. However I don’t even want to remember being in a CL final and not winning it.

  65. Danialtos

    PSG have lost 5 of their last 6 away matches in Ligue 1:L | 5-1 vs Lille
    L | 3-2 vs Nantes
    L | 3-2 vs Montpellier
    W | 1-2 vs Angers
    L | 3-1 vs Reims
    L | 2-1 vs RennesTuchel is way over hyped.
    Funny how the ‘French expert’ on here kept going on and on about Emery’s away form last season but not a word from him re Tuchel. I’m sure he believes that Emery is responsible for global warming too

    Well in case you didn’t know apparently our resident French expert was privy to day to day ongoings at Psg during Emery’s tenure…meanwhile sauce tuchel is cruising in France….will probably win the champions league by the look of it

  66. HighburyLegend

    When a player like Lucas Moura (lol) sign a treble against Ajax, including 1 goal in extra time, I prefer to call that… massive luck.
    lol

  67. raptora

    Ashwin,
    Imo the merit of judging Emery should be where do we finish in comparison to how good our team is. Last season we had the 6th best team, and we finished 5th. It was not a surprise we finished there. If we had finished in top 4 it would have suprised a LOT of people. Emery did par the course.

    This year we have a top 4 squad. And we would expect of him to lead us to a top 4 position. If he does that he’d have won himself another 1 or 2 years to see how well he’d develop his ideas/team and it would make perfect sense if the Arsenal people give him a new contract.

    If we don’t finish in top 4 with a top 4 squad, then he had failed in his job and it will be his last year as an Arsenal manager, unless we get the Europa League maybe.

    Asking managers to elevate their average squad from a barely top 4 squad to EPL contenders or eventual winers is not realistic in my views. We want to progress but in a realistic way. We could shorten the distance to City who are far ahead and Pool to a degree, and finish around 15 points off of first place. Which would be a very good season for us, progressing from 70 pts to ~80 pts.

  68. Yiannis

    I really believe Josh Kroenke for one simple reason. With Arsenal a real EPL title contender on a constant basis, and Arsenal in the elite teams of Europe, the Kroenkes will only benefit. They can see the already vast global support that Arsenal enjoys, grow even bigger and subsequently their investment increase in value. Believe me, it just can’t be for 3 or 5 million consultancy fees he can fork out per year. That’s peanuts for them. It’s about their investment grow in value! In case of stalemate or worse, in Arsenal becoming a mediocre mid table team their investment value will only shrink. I don’t buy the chills it gives him thinking about being in the Emirates. For them its just numbers and it happens that those numbers add up for us fans too!

  69. Nelson

    We were playing more like a 4 3 3 formation than a 4 2 3 1 formation. Ceballos is a typical #8 player. He always makes himself available in our own half. He then help the team to advance the ball up field. He can evade the pressing which is so important to our midfield.

  70. Ashwin Gunner

    Raptora

    Not a single word where i dont agree with you. Hope Emery delivers, If not hope the board delivers if they see we are not progressing

  71. Receding Hairline

    If you want a playing out the back calamity go watch Rennes Vs PSG

    A certain poster on here will not highlight that, he happens to like the Rennes coach, it has all come down to who you like.

  72. Eduardo

    CA

    Is the Mustafi loan with an obligation to buy? If not, surely it’s better just to sell and be done with it. Otherwise he’s back on our hands next year but with a year less on his contract, which makes it even less likely we’ll get a fee for him.

    Surely there exists a fee at which we can sell him permanently, right now.

  73. Distant legrover

    Yes Dani ceballos was good. Yes Pepe looks like a star, Messi-lite (which is great).Yes Luiz can play from the back. But but but can Emery play attractive footy ? Last season’s dry football was especially hard for me. I m an Arsenal fan because I love sexy football.

  74. Danialtos

    Graham62August 20, 2019 08:22:42
    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?

    No it wouldn’t….because it’s states ‘attackers arms’ and this is where the problem is.I remember some pundits discussing this yesterday on ref watch on sky sports and raising this same issue

  75. David Smith

    Impressed with the speed the new regime are ridding the club of the last vestiges of toxic residue from a man who was great once but was given too much power and stayed far too long.
    Get the feeling that unlike with Stan, Josh and co will not allow a repeat

  76. Nelson

    @Distance legrover

    You are not the only Arsenal fan who loves sexy football. Realistically, two years are a fair arrangement for Emery to start showing us what he has. We have now enough sexy footballers to satisfy your need. Let us hope for the best.

  77. raptora

    “I love the game, I played it as a young man growing up until basically I became too tall and then I started playing basketball unfortunately. But soccer, football, was my first love. I was a right winger and our best player was our left winger, so he would sprint down the left side and I would score all the goals with my head. It was a lot of fun to be a part of that group as a kid, learning to love the game and now to be over here at the highest level and to be involved with it is… I have to pinch myself sometimes.”

    Add this to the part where he says that he is watching every game of the club and how he enjoys being the leader at the Arsenal. He has desire to make Arsenal as successful as possible. It is his baby now. Not his dad’s.

  78. Cesc Appeal

    Eduardo

    I’m not sure but I would imagine if there’s not an outright obligation to buy it would be similar to Ospina at Napoli where if Mustafi plays a certain amount of games etc then they have to buy him at that amount.

    I really do not think the new regime are stupid they’ve probably worked out the best deal to give us a good chance of a great fee for Mustafi because let’s face it, hardly anyone will want to buy him outright for even half of that £23 Million.

  79. S Asoa

    “ Everyone is offended by everything these days.”Says the one who was offended by Emery’s joke about Liverpool. “
    Said for a brownie point
    Give him a 🍪

  80. Silverhawk

    Danialtos

    Tuchel has been a worse coach for PSG than Emery.
    I personally don’t get the hype surrounding Tuchel. To me, he’s as average as they come.

    I’ll pick half the coaches in England ahead of him.

    But apparently he has the sauce.

    The French expert on here will have no response to this I’m sure. Joker

  81. peanuts&monkeys

    “This year we have a top-4 squad”

    We have a better than top-4 Squad barring the manager. This is a squad worth putting up a fight for the title. Why stick to UE and dim our chances?

    Add a smarter manager, and let’s go for the title this year. now!

    Needless to say, if UE had it in him to turn this squad into a winning side, there would have been clear signs of that by now. The lack of incisiveness in Arsenal’s attack since March hasn’t improved much.

    Let Edu and Raul line up a champion manager.

  82. Gentlebris

    ‘Kolasinac was very instrumental in getting the balls into these positions Aubameyang found himself, Iwobi also. Aubameyang did not beat two or three defenders to then fluff a finish.’

    Yes once every twenty minutes. Auba got only three chances against Newcastle and converted one. He had two chances against Burnley and put in one. He would get two dozens of such chances with Liverpool setup behind him. How many will he convert then?

    For a striker to get a goal scoring chance has more to do with the striker than the provider. Auba makes top top runs and points to where he wants the ball many times.

  83. S Asoa

    “ SHUT UP AND SUPPORT THE KIDS”___What if said kids aren’t good enough? “

    Please give them advice on things they need to do to improve, on Le Grove
    Remember swagger is confidence to achieve. So remember at 17-21 years time is on their side. The time to boo on their face come much later and at that time would be the right thing.

  84. Gentlebris

    Believe me, Mustafi could find his mojo back in Roma and return here a top quality defender next term to partner Saliba.
    Most of his issues are confident based, he would never have been called into the German setup if he was shit from Adam.

    Dare to dream…..our £35m Mustafi shall return!

  85. Gentlebris

    Jose is waiting in the shadows, waiting for the obvious to happen.
    Will Raul turn to him? You can bet your best watch he will. Will the Kroenkes approve? I don’t think so.

  86. Marko

    That Kroenke interview is a good sign. All of a sudden they can be somewhat trusted. I think they’ve decided to at least in the short term invest significantly to get back into the Champions League. It looks like Josh specifically is trusting the new regime. My prediction for January is that Edu has some targets in mind and that’s why Josh has said that we’ll be busy then. Exciting all the same

  87. James wood

    Josh “ I think the fans should understand who we are.”

    Well Josh. “Just to remind you it’s the fans that make the club
    and all that Bollocks about we are in it together just does not rub
    with me.”
    It was the massive online petition and the massive fans frustration
    that caused the transfer movement.
    And only because you and Dad could see this harming your lucrative
    income jolly.?

  88. Gentlebris

    Let’s face it, Emery shows passion but he doesn’t seem like the way forward. An average coach should have limped to top four with those remaining eight fixtures.
    What we are waiting for him to prove after that remains unclear to me.

    Anyway now he has been better equipped and if he doesn’t make top four while the likes of Chelsea make it, I’m sure he wouldn’t wait to be shown the door.

  89. Emiratesstroller

    Raptora

    Regarding Kroenke interview I think that it is inevitable that the owner needed to react to what has been a blindingly obvious situation at Arsenal for a very long time.

    Over last 10 years the club has failed to punch its weight with a growing number of teams in EPL either competing or outperforming us and the club
    dropping down the pecking order.

    Arsenal are one of the three clubs in Premier League with a serious and historical pedigree. The others are Liverpool and Man Utd. Other clubs like Man City and Chelsea have acquired wealthy owners, but do not have the same pedigree or support systems.

    What distinguishes Arsenal from many other clubs in decline was that it was
    self inflicted. The club is not bankrupt or impoverished. Anyone reading
    the club’s balance sheet which has been frequently dissected by Swiss Ramble
    knows very well that the club was more than capable of competing in transfer market.

    Whilst many will condemn Wenger for our frugality I blame the owner, board
    and Gazidis. They could see what was happening. Yet they kept on listening to
    what Wenger had to say notwithstanding the decline.

    The new management regime has proven this summer that the club has the
    capacity with some smart dealing to compete in transfer market and also adopt pragmatic approach to the club’s awful wage structure.

    When you analyse our current squad it is no longer that weak. We can afford
    in the forthcoming transfer windows to be more selective than we have been
    in past.

    My guess is that Elneny and Mustafi will be offloaded in this transfer window and that will leave Ozil and Mkhitaryan to be shifted out of club next summer.

  90. Marko

    Two games two wins into a new season and we are discussing a change of manager

    I know right. Expect it to get even louder after the likely away defeat to Liverpool. It’ll still be there after the probably home victory over rivals Spurs. It’s basically always going to be here until he’s gone. Even if we were playing great football constantly and consistently they’d likely complain about the defence or the youths or some shite. It’s a lose lose situation

  91. Gentlebris

    The best sign of all is the Saliba deal, without that deal I would have assumed this summer was just about desperation to get back in the CL wallet. But Saliba deal shows there is genuine intent to restore Arsenal sporting goodwill.

  92. raptora

    Stroller: “My guess is that Elneny and Mustafi will be offloaded in this transfer window and that will leave Ozil and Mkhitaryan to be shifted out of club next summer.”

    Same. I’m still dreaming we shift either of Ozil or Mikki in the winter and with the freed salary fund a move for another exciting player.

  93. Un na naai

    Even if we were playing great football constantly and consistently they’d likely complain about the defence or the youths or some shite. It’s a lose lose situation

    Marko

    Not really. Not many were complying during the 23 game run or when we were sitting pretty in 3rd with 6 games to go and in the QF of the EL.

    I personally am happy enough with performance levels over the last two games. What would anyone expect? We have 9 new players in the first team squad and it’s only 2 games into the season with many rusty legs yet to get going.

    Only PEA looks really sharp out there.

    I still have my doubts over emery but you can’t expect much more at this stage of the season.

  94. Un na naai

    James

    We’ve all got our frogs to kiss I guess.
    It always stands out whenever I go abroad though how in shape everyone is in comparison to us. The food is better, they look after themselves. It’s embarrassing.

  95. Ashwin Gunner

    Well.

    nobody is asking to change a manager 2 games into the season. Every body is asking to wake up and smell the fact that Emery might not be as good as you think considering the nasty decline we had in the last 10 games of last season.

  96. Ashwin Gunner

    Even if we were playing great football constantly and consistently they’d likely complain about the defence or the youths or some shite. It’s a lose lose situation

    Yea…. “Constantly and consistently” are the words which needs to be emphasized.

  97. The Royal Arsehole

    Regardless of what you disagree with lineups, strategy, player purchases or loans, front and back office organization, it’s time to back the badge. I cannot wait for this squad to get fully healthy in defense. With the speed coming on the wings and Holding back in the middle, we look dangerous. There will be bumps along the way for sure and mistakes to be made.But we all take it on the chin together and get stronger for it. Time to put the bullshit aside and push this squad back into trophy contention. Trying to think of other bad poster motivational quotes, but no sober clarity ideas are coming through right now.

  98. Marko

    Ashwin I think you’ll find the no one is getting carried away with Emery really in the slightest. I’ve yet to see any signs of a cult like following.

  99. T

    GentlebrisAugust 20, 2019 13:30:17
    Believe me, Mustafi could find his mojo back in Roma and return here a top quality defender next term to partner Saliba.
    Most of his issues are confident based, he would never have been called into the German setup if he was shit from Adam.Dare to dream…..our £35m Mustafi shall return!

    ——

    Sure he was a good defender when he was at the top of his game but he never was great and never will.
    Every world class centre back has a these important qualities
    1) good feet on the ball
    2) either superstrong on the challenges & in the air or lightning quick on the floor
    3) exceptionally good at reading the game
    4) at least a little bit of a leader&fighter inside

    when you look past arsenal great defences it is easy to say that campbell&toure tick the boxes, same with mertesacker&koscielny and they are a little bit lesser versions of partneships like tarzan&pique or vidic&ferdinand who were totally brutal and superclass

    when you think about mustafi in the same stuff it just makes me laugh until I die 😀

  100. Receding Hairline

    If you are going to keep harping on about the end of season collapse also acknowledge the job done to get to that point. We were not awarded points out of sympathy, our record against the other top six did not just get better on its own, we did not finish two points off third by winning a lottery, someone managed those matches although not to champagne football levels

  101. James wood

    Absolutely Unai.
    They eat better than us by far.
    Look after their bodies and exercise more than us
    in general they do most things better than us here in the uk.
    I think the French are are a bit like the Greeks they close shop
    PM if I’m not mistaken.
    Anyway Unai enjoy get the Lycra on and start jogging with the locals.

  102. Un na naai

    RH

    Yes the quality of our players got us to That point I’d say. The quality of our strikers mostly.

    The fact that we were swiping Napoli and Valencia aside with ease but losing quite heavily to mid table sides like wolves would speak to a motivational and game plane issue rather than one of player quality to me

    The fact that we were able to beat Chelsea so comfortably in February but were destroyed 4-1 by a totally demoralized squad who were against their management by this stage also speaks to a motivational and tactical issue

  103. Receding Hairline

    Un na nai

    I remember the europa league final well

    TR7 not one to be easily impressed came on here at half time and called it a tactically great first half

    Second half what happened??

    Kos loses Giroud for a simple header

    Maitland Niles who most of you adore gave away two goals in quick succession through sloppy play

    So it’s funny you want to credit the “quality of the players” for every thing good about last season and the “blandness of the manager” for all bad things. It’s hilarious

  104. Emiratesstroller

    Raptora

    I don’t think that both Mkhitaryan and Ozil will be shifted out in January, but one might.

    Whilst everyone is raving about Ceballos I would like to see a little more than one full game before passing judgment on him. Last Saturday he looked exceptional, but let’s see how he performs in next two games. Personally he
    looks like the player that Fabregas was when he played his best football for
    us.

    If he maintains the same rate of progress this season then I hope that Arsenal
    will make an offer that Real Madrid cannot refuse. It is rare for Barcelona or
    Real Madrid to loan players out and then take them back. My guess is that if
    he plays well Real will ask us full price and sell.

  105. raptora

    Jamie Carragher:

    I was always kicking Ashley Cole, because they always had the ball when we played against that Arsenal team. If you were to ask me what was the toughest thing on the pitch for me, it was playing right-back against that Arsenal team, with Ashley Cole, Robert Pires and Thierry Henry, because Henry was like a second left-winger.

    Including European teams, that Arsenal team from 2002 to 2004 were the best I ever played against. I know Manchester United have been the most successful in the Premier League era, but in terms of individually giving me the most problems, it just felt things were happening so fast that you couldn’t compute what was going on. It was like a pinball machine. Things were happening too quickly for me.

    There were actually times after Arsenal games, up against Cole and the rest of them, where I thought: “I’m actually out of my depth here!”

  106. Un na naai

    Rh

    No. Not at all. Emery without doubt was the reason our “top 6” form was so good. All credit to him for that but he failed to motivate the players for the lesser games

    The quality was there to beat Chelsea spurs United and Liverpool. It was there to beat Leicester wolves and palace

    It just wasn’t used properly.
    I will give the man credit where it’s due and OF COURSE want him to succeed for arsenal this season but a spade is a spade and I’ll call it as such. The quality was there to become champions league participants last season and emery got too muddled at crunch time

    I hope he does the bizz with the players he has this year as they are his players and the squad is better than anything outside if Liverpool and city so anything less than 3rd or 4th and it’s on him and his coaching team

  107. Un na naai

    Raptora

    Yes….. what’s your view?

    That team was the best team in Europe in 02-04 and we should have had the champions league in 04

    Just goes to show though that luck plays it’s part in cups and the league is 100% win by the best team that year

  108. Ashwin Gunner

    RH

    My response was to a post wherein it was mentioned that folks will always be unhappy with Emery even if we are playing great football.

    My point is, Is Emery better than Wenger (when he left) – Yes.
    Is he the someone who is going to win us PL or CL. – I am not so sure about that. I would be very very glad if he is able to.

    There were certain signs of improvement last season. We learned to win ugly. We did make progress. But we fell short when it mattered the most. And too rub salt, the biggest beneficiary of our mistakes were Spurs… Its not like Spurs snatched the 4th place from us. We gladly gave it to them. We didn;t even fight. He was not able to motivate his players to fight as if their lives were dependent on it.

  109. Graham62

    Un na naai

    Imo, our Europa league games against Napoli and Valencia took precedence, mentally, over our league run in.

    If we had not been in the QF of the EL, we would have comfortably made top 4. No doubt about it.

    Our commitment in the EPL just wasn’t there towards the end. Palace at home, Leicester, Wolves and Everton away and Brighton at home should have seen us pick up the required number of points to secure top 4.

    By not securing top 4 the pressure against Chelski was cranked up.

    Yes, Emery was to blame for our mental defiences at seasons end but I also think many of our players focused more on the EL games against Napoli and Valencia than our premierleague games.

    The rest is history.

  110. Receding Hairline

    “No. Not at all. Emery without doubt was the reason our “top 6” form was so good. All credit to him for that but he failed to motivate the players for the lesser games”

    Lesser games??

    We played 38 league matches, won 21, drew 7 lost 10

    Considering only three of those 21 wins were against fellow top six sides well we were pretty okay against “lesser teams”

    Funny thing about all this is beat Brighton, draw Palace we would have finished on 73 points, that’s third place and Emery would have been hailed as a coaching “genius” by some. Thin margins really

    “The quality was there to beat Chelsea spurs United and Liverpool. It was there to beat Leicester wolves and palace”

    Palace beat Arsenal and City at their own turf, using your argument if the quality was there to overcome City and Arsenal, then they had a motivation issue in losing to sides around them. Sounds silly right???

    Arsenal players can go in to games with Brighton and Palace at home thinking they have to do the bare minimum to win, and seeing as we had the third best home record behind Pool and City (all thanks to the quality of the players i guess) they can be forgiven.

    Are you saying they needed quality to beat Chelsea, United at home but “motivation” to swap aside Brighton and Palace?? Nah i don’t buy that

  111. raptora

    ‘Inter Milan have agreed terms with Manchester United for Alexis Sanchez. The Serie A side will not pay an initial loan fee and will cover less than half of the Chilean’s wages. Inter will, however, have a £14m option to sign Sanchez permanently.’

    Not official. But wtf? They will cover half of his wages, not pay a loan fee, and have a £14m option to sign him? It’s still freakin Alexis Sanchez. Who the hell at Manure would make such a bad deal?

    Imagine there’s a Pierre in the Manure fan base, saying that Solskjaer should have found a way to use his best players and Alexis is certainly one of them, giving a chance created/scored stat for the past 3 seasons. How if they don’t finish in top 4 it’d be on Solskjaer since he decided not to use Alexis.
    While the rest of Manure fan base would be screaming – GET RID.

  112. Nelson

    I think, last season,Emery’s mistake is under estimate the heavy schedule of the EPL. The players were both physically and mentally exhausted at the end of the season.

    Now that the squad is deeper, I hope he will rotate the squad wisely.

  113. Luteo Guenreira

    Gentle reminder to many that Arsenal have not played beautiful football in many years, it’s not a new thing that just happened since Emery arrived.

  114. Receding Hairline

    “He was not able to motivate his players to fight as if their lives were dependent on it.”

    Ashwin you do not need to go to war to beat Brighton and Palace at home.

    Just do your jobs professionally

    Don’t try to body check an attacker you don’t know where he is, don’t pull back players in the box, finish off chances from a few yards out

  115. Emiratesstroller

    Un na naii

    There is too many people who attach importance to success in Champions League. Yes it is the pinnacle of club football, but when you take a look at
    what has happened since its inception it suits some clubs but not others.

    In Spain Real Madrid have had a stellar outcome in the competition and yet Barcelona with more limited success have been the better team in recent years.

    The same is the case with Juventus who are streets ahead of any other club in
    domestic league. Yet they have won Champions League only twice. AC Milan
    have outperformed them there.

    In England Man United have been the dominant club in domestic League and
    yet Liverpool have a much better outcome in Europe.

    Last season Man City were in my opinion by far the best team in England and
    yet both Liverpool and Spurs reached the final.

    Arsenal’s focus should be in regaining its reputation in England. The Champions League is for us a good revenue earner, but very difficult for us
    to achieve with our current set up.