Unai Emery and his troubling microaggressions

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I was going to write you out a Monday morning banger, then I realized we have two weeks until the next game… bad times ahead.

For blogging, it’s Dry January without anyone to listen to your empowering story.

Traffic wise, it’s like we’re Rolf Harris at next years Glastonbury.

The comments section becomes the part of Hyde Park corner where the soap-boxers get arrested for a excrement related offences (sorry guys, it’s true).

It’s so boring that sometimes I resort to courting attention by click-baiting certain fandoms with fake headlines.

OZIL COMPILATION THAT PROVES HE IS GOD

It’s desperate times.

So I’m saving all my prose up so I can spread it thinly enough to keep you interested.

In the meantime, I made a SOLO podcast for you to listen to. I figured people stomach ebooks for 19 hours at a time, you could easily do 35 minutes of me arguing with myself and ultimately resolving the differences.

Give it a go and I PROMISE that I will come back with real people for Wednesday morning. Also, know this… I finally worked out how to run Skype into my mixer. Gonna hit up some elite journos and industry people, only to be refused, and fall back on some failed AFTV personality from 2014.

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  1. Dark Hei

    To wind down last night, I decided to watch the 2nd half of Bournemouth match to get myself ready for bed.

    Surprisingly, I don’t think Arsenal are that bad.

    They press from the front (quite in-coherently but they tried!) and the defense is kind of intact. Most of the time.

    Bournemouth pressed high too.

    What I do see is this instruction, presumably since they kept doing it, to play the ball forward, direct, all the time.

    It resulted in a lot of rushed passing. I think the players were told to just release the ball as quickly as they can. Unfortunately it seems like the Bournemouth players knew so they were ready whenever we lobbed the ball forward.

  2. Just Another Customer

    Wenger has saviour complex of course he feels hard done by the “ungrateful” fans

    the guy is too far gone he lost his humbleness even still

    typical past it has beens

  3. Graham62

    Frigging Climate Change activists get on my nerves.

    Guaranteed most are remainers.

    Go to Beijing and protest there.

    Lock them all up.

  4. Un na naai

    Some stats for this morning courtesy of arseblog

    In 2018/19 we had 18 points after 8 games, in 2019/20 we have 15 points. Last season we were 2 points behind the league leaders at this stage, this time it’s 9

    So after £200m investment and more of “his players” we are already worse off this season with two straight defeats at the beginning of last

  5. Un na naai

    2018/19

    Goals per game for: 2.4
    Goals per game against: 1.2

    2019/20

    Goals per game for: 1.6
    Goals per game against: 1.4

    Although we have played Liverpool, Sp*rs and Man Utd this season, last time we faced Man City and Chelsea in the same period, so it can’t all be explained away by the fixture list. Bottom line is that right now we’re significantly worse from a goalscoring point of view, and a bit worse defensively which isn’t great because that’s an area we really need to make an improvements in

  6. Un na naai

    I cannot believe this Arsenal team are third in the table,” Crooks told the BBC.

    “I know we are only eight games into the Premier League season but their defence has been so bad, how is this possible?

    Can’t disagree there Garth.

  7. Bob N16

    Wow Graham, in a few lines you’ve certainly exposed yourself there! Comments to warm the hearts of the hard right!

  8. Un na naai

    Bob??
    Put your tampon away

    Climate change muppets are remianers and China is no1 for toxic carbon emission and do not tolerate dissent

    It’s not hard right to point out truths

  9. Guns of Brixton

    Watched the Inter vs Juve game.

    My word Lukaku blows hot and cold.

    The dude nutmegs De light in slick move to start the momentum for a counter attack and creates a 3 vs 3 situation up ahead of him.

    Theeen he completely makes crap of the situation and puts in the wrong pass (pass itself was poor too).

    Was fun to watch tho. Inter and conte have given me a reason to watch serie A this year.

  10. Pierre

    of paying off the stadium costs is debatable, Arsenal’s lack of silverware continues to be a concern for the club’s fans. With financial fair play rules to be introduced in the coming years, will Arsenal reap the benefits of financial frugality? Our sister publication, Sport magazine, took a look at the issues in this excellent feature, here, and also compiled the net spending figures of the Premier League’s current sides since the Gunners move to the Emirates.

    You can see the full net spend figues in the gallery above, kicking off with Arsenal, who perhaps unsurprisingly have posted a £40m profit since the 2006/07 season. Find out who the Premier League’s biggest spending club in that period has been by clicking the arrow on the right.

    Are Arsenal the best run club in the country? Or are they just the best at balancing the books? Let us know below.

    20. Arsenal £40m profit

    20. Arsenal £40m profit – Since the 2006/07 season, Arsenal are one of just four of the current Premier League sides to turn a profit. Sales of such stars as Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie have contributed heavily to the club’s healthy finances, paired with the lack of huge sums paid for new talent. However, the good work off the pitch hasn’t exactly been replicated on it, with Arsenal failing to win a trophy in eight seasons. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    =18. Reading £8m profit

    =18. Reading £8m profit – Reading’s two stints in the Premier League have undoubtedly helped balance their books, but with Russian billionaire Anton Zingarevich now in charge, expect the Royals to open the cheque-book more often in the future. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    =18. Newcastle £8m profit

    =18. Newcastle £8m profit – Despite initial unrest at the thought of Mike Ashley’s ownership of the club, credit must be given to the controversial owner for ensuring the club’s finances remained strong. Relegation hit the Magpies hard, but an immediate return to the top-flight, mixed with a number of astute signings have ensured that they remain an established Premier League side. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    17. Wigan £5m profit

    17. Wigan £5m profit – Another side who have been thrifty in the transfer market, Wigan have ensured they remain in their financial limits by living off the sales of their biggest players. Roberto Martinez continues to unearth raw talent and develop them into established Premier League stars, such as with Hugo Rodallega. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    16. Everton £2m spent

    16. Everton £2m spent – It is no secret that David Moyes has operated with one of the Premier League’s smallest budgets and it is testament to his managerial abilities that Everton regularly contend for European places. Rarely afforded the luxury of splashing the cash, Everton’s last bank-busting signing was Marouane Fellaini in the summer of 2008. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    15. Swansea £4m spent – Swansea’s extended period in the lower echelons of English football has meant that the club haven’t been able to spend big on talent in recent years. Now an established Premier League side, the Swans have continued to be smart in the transfer market, picking up players like Michu on the cheap. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    14. Norwich £10m spent – One of the Premier League’s original clubs, Norwich’s recent history has been patchy at best, with the Canaries spending a season in the third tier as financial ruin loomed large. A resurgence has seen them return to the top-flight and back-to-back promotions have given them a much needed cash injection. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    13. West Brom £12m spent – Once the yo-yo team of English football, West Brom seem to have finally got a foothold in the Premier League, currently enjoying their third successive season in the top flight – their longest run since the league’s inception in 1992. The Baggies have spent little and often during that time, and since 2006 have recorded a net spend of £12m. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    12. Southampton £14m spent – Another side who flirted with financial ruin after a period of administration, Southampton’s fortunes have taken a turn for the good in recent years following the purchase of the club by Markus Liebherr. His arrival has sparked a period of spending for the Saints, the highlight of which has been the £12m signing of Gaston Ramirez. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    11. Fulham £26m spent – Fulham have been infamously frugal since Mohamed Al-Fayed bought the club in 1997, and it is perhaps surprising to see that they have attained a net spend of £26m since 2006. In recent years, the Cottagers have spent increasing amounts on players, with Dimitar Berbatov the latest to switch to south-west London. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    10. West Ham £56m spent – Their relegation at the end of the 2011 hit them hard, but West Ham look like making strides in the Premier League once again. With David Gold and Sullivan at the helm, West Ham look like increasing their spending, and the wheels are already in motion for that, following the summer acquisition of Matt Jarvis, breaking the club’s transfer record. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    9. Tottenham £65m spent – Despite Harry Redknapp’s best efforts, Tottenham’s spending has been manageable for owner Joe Lewis. Large fees spent on the likes of Darren Bent and Peter Crouch have been countered by the sales of such figures as Dimitar Berbatov and Luka Modric for tidy sums. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    8. QPR £72m spent – QPR’s rise to financial prominence has come off the back of two well publicised take-overs. The initial purchase of the club by a collection of financiers headed by Flavio Briatore brought with it a solid backing, while the more recent take-over by Malaysian business man Tony Fernandes has allowed the Rs to spend freely. Their transfer record was broken twice in the space of a few days following the signings of Loic Remy and Christopher Samba in January. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    7. Stoke City £80m spent – Stoke have diligently gone about their business in the Premier League, and while they ruffle feathers of clubs on the pitch, off it they cut a pretty unassuming figure in the transfer market. It is therefore surprising to seem them rank in seventh as the top-flight’s highest net spenders since 2006. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    =5. Sunderland £88m spent – Another of Darren Bent’s former clubs, Sunderland forked out £16.5m for him in the summer of 2009. The Mackems have gained a bit of a reputation for over-spending, recently spending £15.2m on former Wolves striker Steven Fletcher. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    =5. Man United £88m spent – Once regarded as serial mega-spenders, it is becoming increasingly rare to see Man United lavishing vast amounts on players. While the Red Devils certainly continue to spend a pretty penny on new recruits, they tend not to spend the £30m+ fans had once grown accustomed to. The £80m sale of Cristiano Ronaldo has naturally played a huge role in their net spend figure quoted here.

    4. Aston Villa £92m spent

    4. Aston Villa £92m spent – Given the spending power of Aston Villa in recent seasons, the club should be placed a lot higher than they currently are. Since 2006, the club have spent £92m net on players, including the eye-watering £24m signing of Darren Bent. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    3. Liverpool £124m spent

    3. Liverpool £124m spent – Another club to go through multiple owners in recent years, Liverpool’s net spending comes in at a massive £124m since 2006. While that figure isn’t wholly representative of the club’s current owners, it is a reflection of the club’s free-spending in recent years, including the £35m spent on Andy Carroll in 2011. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    2. Chelsea £233m spent

    2. Chelsea £233m spent – The original billionaires of British football, Chelsea’s acquisition by Roman Abramovich in 2003 has seen the Blues dominate the transfer market, while also transforming them into a European superpower. While they still flex their financial muscles, they have been usurped by a new power. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    1. Man City £427m spent

    1. Man City £427m spent – It should be no surprise to see that the biggest net spenders since Arsenal moved to the Emirates are indeed Man City. Bankrolled by the billions of Sheik Mansour, the reigning Premier League champions have splashed out hefty sums on the likes of Robinho, Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli. While their methods are questionable, there’s no doubting they yield success.

  11. Pierre

    From talksport

    Since Arsenal’s move to the Emirates in 2006, the Gunners underwent a period of financial belt-tightening as the club absorbed the cost of their move from Highbury.

    While the impact of paying off the stadium costs is debatable, Arsenal’s lack of silverware continues to be a concern for the club’s fans. With financial fair play rules to be introduced in the coming years, will Arsenal reap the benefits of financial frugality? Our sister publication, Sport magazine, took a look at the issues in this excellent feature, here, and also compiled the net spending figures of the Premier League’s current sides since the Gunners move to the new stadium.

    20. Arsenal £40m profit

    20. Arsenal £40m profit – Since the 2006/07 season, Arsenal are one of just four of the current Premier League sides to turn a profit. Sales of such stars as Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie have contributed heavily to the club’s healthy finances, paired with the lack of huge sums paid for new talent. However, the good work off the pitch hasn’t exactly been replicated on it, with Arsenal failing to win a trophy in eight seasons. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    =18. Reading £8m profit

    =18. Reading £8m profit – Reading’s two stints in the Premier League have undoubtedly helped balance their books, but with Russian billionaire Anton Zingarevich now in charge, expect the Royals to open the cheque-book more often in the future. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    =18. Newcastle £8m profit

    =18. Newcastle £8m profit – Despite initial unrest at the thought of Mike Ashley’s ownership of the club, credit must be given to the controversial owner for ensuring the club’s finances remained strong. Relegation hit the Magpies hard, but an immediate return to the top-flight, mixed with a number of astute signings have ensured that they remain an established Premier League side. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    17. Wigan £5m profit

    17. Wigan £5m profit – Another side who have been thrifty in the transfer market, Wigan have ensured they remain in their financial limits by living off the sales of their biggest players. Roberto Martinez continues to unearth raw talent and develop them into established Premier League stars, such as with Hugo Rodallega. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    16. Everton £2m spent

    16. Everton £2m spent – It is no secret that David Moyes has operated with one of the Premier League’s smallest budgets and it is testament to his managerial abilities that Everton regularly contend for European places. Rarely afforded the luxury of splashing the cash, Everton’s last bank-busting signing was Marouane Fellaini in the summer of 2008. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    15. Swansea £4m spent – Swansea’s extended period in the lower echelons of English football has meant that the club haven’t been able to spend big on talent in recent years. Now an established Premier League side, the Swans have continued to be smart in the transfer market, picking up players like Michu on the cheap. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    14. Norwich £10m spent – One of the Premier League’s original clubs, Norwich’s recent history has been patchy at best, with the Canaries spending a season in the third tier as financial ruin loomed large. A resurgence has seen them return to the top-flight and back-to-back promotions have given them a much needed cash injection. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    13. West Brom £12m spent – Once the yo-yo team of English football, West Brom seem to have finally got a foothold in the Premier League, currently enjoying their third successive season in the top flight – their longest run since the league’s inception in 1992. The Baggies have spent little and often during that time, and since 2006 have recorded a net spend of £12m. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    12. Southampton £14m spent – Another side who flirted with financial ruin after a period of administration, Southampton’s fortunes have taken a turn for the good in recent years following the purchase of the club by Markus Liebherr. His arrival has sparked a period of spending for the Saints, the highlight of which has been the £12m signing of Gaston Ramirez. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    11. Fulham £26m spent – Fulham have been infamously frugal since Mohamed Al-Fayed bought the club in 1997, and it is perhaps surprising to see that they have attained a net spend of £26m since 2006. In recent years, the Cottagers have spent increasing amounts on players, with Dimitar Berbatov the latest to switch to south-west London. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    10. West Ham £56m spent – Their relegation at the end of the 2011 hit them hard, but West Ham look like making strides in the Premier League once again. With David Gold and Sullivan at the helm, West Ham look like increasing their spending, and the wheels are already in motion for that, following the summer acquisition of Matt Jarvis, breaking the club’s transfer record. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    9. Tottenham £65m spent – Despite Harry Redknapp’s best efforts, Tottenham’s spending has been manageable for owner Joe Lewis. Large fees spent on the likes of Darren Bent and Peter Crouch have been countered by the sales of such figures as Dimitar Berbatov and Luka Modric for tidy sums. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    8. QPR £72m spent – QPR’s rise to financial prominence has come off the back of two well publicised take-overs. The initial purchase of the club by a collection of financiers headed by Flavio Briatore brought with it a solid backing, while the more recent take-over by Malaysian business man Tony Fernandes has allowed the Rs to spend freely. Their transfer record was broken twice in the space of a few days following the signings of Loic Remy and Christopher Samba in January. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    7. Stoke City £80m spent – Stoke have diligently gone about their business in the Premier League, and while they ruffle feathers of clubs on the pitch, off it they cut a pretty unassuming figure in the transfer market. It is therefore surprising to seem them rank in seventh as the top-flight’s highest net spenders since 2006. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    =5. Sunderland £88m spent – Another of Darren Bent’s former clubs, Sunderland forked out £16.5m for him in the summer of 2009. The Mackems have gained a bit of a reputation for over-spending, recently spending £15.2m on former Wolves striker Steven Fletcher. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    =5. Man United £88m spent – Once regarded as serial mega-spenders, it is becoming increasingly rare to see Man United lavishing vast amounts on players. While the Red Devils certainly continue to spend a pretty penny on new recruits, they tend not to spend the £30m+ fans had once grown accustomed to. The £80m sale of Cristiano Ronaldo has naturally played a huge role in their net spend figure quoted here.

    4. Aston Villa £92m spent – Given the spending power of Aston Villa in recent seasons, the club should be placed a lot higher than they currently are. Since 2006, the club have spent £92m net on players, including the eye-watering £24m signing of Darren Bent. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    3. Liverpool £124m spent – Another club to go through multiple owners in recent years, Liverpool’s net spending comes in at a massive £124m since 2006. While that figure isn’t wholly representative of the club’s current owners, it is a reflection of the club’s free-spending in recent years, including the £35m spent on Andy Carroll in 2011. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    2. Chelsea £233m spent – The original billionaires of British football, Chelsea’s acquisition by Roman Abramovich in 2003 has seen the Blues dominate the transfer market, while also transforming them into a European superpower. While they still flex their financial muscles, they have been usurped by a new power. Click the arrow to see who is number one.

    1. Man City £427m spent – It should be no surprise to see that the biggest net spenders since Arsenal moved to the Emirates are indeed Man City. Bankrolled by the billions of Sheik Mansour, the reigning Premier League champions have splashed out hefty sums on the likes of Robinho, Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli. While their methods are questionable, there’s no doubting they yield success.

  12. Pierre

    Arsenal 40 million profit …spent the lowest amount in the prem for that period

    City spent 427 .million on the same period .

    .makes one realise what a great achievement it was by our manager to continue to be competitive , qualify for the champions league every year, and play football that we can only dream of watching now .

    Without spending a penny.

  13. Bob N16

    Unai..ditto. To deny that there are not issues with the climate goes against the vast majority of scientific opinion. Who needs experts, eh? Assume you’ll come back with a snowflake insult to back up your viewpoint.

  14. Pierre

    Tony
    “Un
    For his first 10 years he was, the next 12 years class was replaced with dictatorial ego”

    Maybe you should rethink your comment after seeing the figures above ….was a comment of pure ignorance, though I’m sure you will retract it .

  15. Un na naai

    Bob

    Yeah and they are either serving a policy so agenda or looking for funding

    Notice how the term “economic growth” continues to rear its head in negative light?

    All of the predictions made 15 years ago were laughably false

  16. jwl

    Pierre – now find us a table about who had most cash in bank accounts that was not being spent for no particular reason.

  17. Un na naai

    Maybe we’d take you a little more seriously if your poster boys and girls weren’t gas guzzling and flying private jets around the world all year every year

  18. bennydevito

    I see the Wenger obsessives have taken over the blog again.

    Wenger’s last few years saw a downwards trajectory culminating in 6th place and EK football with huge amounts of money spent on Sanchez, Ozil, Xhaka, Mustafi, Lacazette and Aubameyang not being able to sustain top 4.

    He had to go.

    Move on already

    If we don’t get top 4 this season Emery will be gone.

    Move on

  19. Pierre

    Benny
    No doubt ,the last few years we were going nowhere fast,was time to go, probably after one of our cup victories.

    I posted those figures to remind and educate the obsessives to help them understand why we struggled to win trophies.

    I believe you understand this.

  20. Jim Lahey

    @Pierre –

    “educate the obsessives”

    You do realise that you are one of those obsessives right? I mean you can actually see that, but choose to ignore it just to troll? Or do you genuinly think you’re not? If that latter is the case then that is pretty scary and you really should seek some help.

  21. Bojangles

    Yesterday somebody posted stats from Arseblog comparing our points tally after 8 games 1918 to our current position. There is no doubt we are 3 points worse off than we were this time last year and 7 points further behind the leading team.

    This is not really important at this time of year but it does serve some who go in search for sticks to beat Emery with.

    But just to add a little perspective to the stats. The only team (of the top 8 after game 8) that has improved points wise this season is Liverpool (+4). Citeh, Wolves and United (-4), Bournemouth (-5), Chelsea (-6), Spuds (-7). Not that it’s any comfort but we have done slightly better so far than the other teams bar Liverpool, who have had a brilliant start to the season.