Jose Mourinh-oh-no

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Good morning my darlings, a very short post from me today because I have NOTHING to write about.

The hot news that has the comments section in a fluster is the story that Jose Mourinho has said NO to Lyon. Why? He wants a job in England.

Some are speculating he’s looking to sneak the Spurs job, I find this one tough to grapple with. Daniel Levy knows he has a great coach (that is clearly under fire), one that’s not dealt with dark times in his Scum career so far, so I’d imagine he’ll see it through with Poch.

Interesting thing with Spurs is they haven’t been a well-run club prior to Levy. If anything, Poch and the generation of elite talent they cultivated has been the happiest of accidents. I am going to watch with a fascinated eye to see what happens next, because based on historical evidence, they could go back to type after this generation withers and dies. Poch has created the impossible there, he’s crafted talent, he’s spent very little, and he’s kept players so motivated, money hasn’t been an issue. That’s coming to an end, the dream was a potless one.

Anyway… bring back Harry.

The second Jose conspiracy theory is that he’s waiting on Unai Emery to fail. Mustafi ramped up the pressure. As I said yesterday, the German defensive expert was on the path to a Balon D’or before Emery took over at Arsenal. The Spaniard crushed his spirit, forced Arsenal internet to take up arms against him, now Unai is left with blood on his hands.

Will the board tolerate this? Who knows…

I do think everyone has a feeling in their bones that Jose is waiting for the guillotine to drop. His agent is probably telling Edu that Jose is a top 4 machine, Edu probably has a top 4 bonus planned. The agent might even be slipping him a presentation… not a powerpoint, like Unai did… no, a Google Slides, because he is a modern businessman willing to create in the cloud… the same place he crafted his Arsenal vision.

I do not think this is a good long term option for Arsenal, but contrary to some of the shrieks I hear, Jose would be a good stop-gap… and any man that cries that he misses football is going to be more than happy to take on our incredible squad of players.

Also worth noting the press hype…

‘Jose was right about United after all’

Those stories are no accident.

Right, that’s my inflammatory post for the day, see YOU in the comments where I will battle you with all my will. xxx

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  1. Champagne charlie

    “You’re trying to find a stick to beat Emery with. Why pick Ozil he’s not the solution when he doesn’t contribute in any match where there’s even a degree of competition.If you want to criticise Emery just go with Xhaka. He’s simply not suitable for the PL.“

    That’s just a juvenile take in an attempt to discredit a POV.

    I don’t talk about Xhaka because I don’t believe like some that Torreira is the second coming of Kante being played out of position. I also don’t think changing a midfield combination under Emery will yield anything because of the absence of coaching the collective.

    The talk of Ozil is very clear, to omit him entirely when our creativity is so pony is daft. Ozil can be lazy, uninterested, anti-Emery for all I care, he’s still the most capable player in the squad at creating something of nothing. Literally nothing else to it than that.

  2. Bob N16

    Certain players are equally capable of contributing both offensively and defensively. Ozil and Xhaka contribute when we have the ball but are both really weak when we are defending. This imbalance means that their deficiencies have to be compensated for, otherwise the opposition can take advantage.

    This is obviously a simplification but when selecting them a coach has to weigh up whether they’re worth the additional defensive work others will have to do because of their selection.

    Like Marc, I can’t see it with Xhaka but I can in certain circumstances with Ozil although as I’ve said before I suspect he’s being deliberately ostracised.

  3. Marc

    CC

    I haven’t said Torreira is the second coming – he is currently the best option we have for DM. Xhaka slows down play, makes stupid mistakes and his lack of mobility means other midfielders get dragged out of position. This means our midfield is not functioning as it should leading to a lack of creativity and too many attacks getting through against the defence.

    Just chucking Ozil on is not going to stop the other problems, in fact it would make them worse as Ozil is not going to contribute in other areas.

  4. Marc

    Bob

    ” I’ve said before I suspect he’s being deliberately ostracised.”

    I think the club are definitely trying to push him out – £18,200,000 a year.

  5. Bamford10

    Pierre

    “It’s embarrassing the absurd lengths that ‘fans’ ( and I use that term loosely) will go to discredit our players.”

    This is hilarious. One, no one has to go to any lengths to discredit Ozil; he has discredited himself the last few years with consistently lifeless and ineffectual performances, and he has clearly discredited himself recently in training as far as the coaching staff and club are concerned.

    As for being a good “fan,” you and a few others here have spent much of your time over the past year pouring unreasonable criticism and insults onto the head of Arsenal’s manager, a manager who may not be stylish or spectacular, but who is most certainly competent, hard-working, earnest and honest.

    One irony is that your lot used to say that Wenger critics were “bad fans” because they heaped criticism and insults onto the head of the manager and bred negativity around the club, and yet this is precisely what your lot now do. The difference is that Wenger very much deserved that criticism and those insults; the current manager may be getting this or that wrong, but he does not deserve those things. Not in my opinion.

  6. Marc

    Pierre & CC

    A genuine question – which manager out there who is a reasonable option to replace Emery would suddenly start getting major performances out of Ozil?

  7. Pierre

    Bamford
    “This is hilarious. One, no one has to go to any lengths to discredit Ozil; he has discredited himself the last few years with consistently lifeless and ineffectual performances”

    Arsenal hadn’t won a trophy for 6 / 7 years before he arrived and then proceeded to win 3 trophies in 4 seasons whilst being the fastest in prem history to reach 50 assists

    “Lifeless and ineffectual performances the last few years ”

    The season before last it was noted that he was the 3rd most creative player in EUROPE.

    15 months ago he created more chances per 90 minutes than any other player in the WORLD CUP.

    Even under Emery he has created more chances for his team mates than any other player.

    In his last game he created 6 chances in 71 minutes and hasn’t been seen since.

    To put that into perspective, Ceballos has created 5 chances in his last 6 GAMES.

    Need I go on.

  8. azed

    If you actually watch us play there’s not a sensible person that concludes we Le chance after chance and dominate matches in this regard. We simply don’t. For you to attack the call for the manager to utilise his squad better and actually include Ozil in some capacity, given our lacklustre creative output, is nothing but a militant defence of the manager.

    We have no problem scoring, we score over a goal a game our major problem is conceding.

  9. azed

    “Even under Emery he has created more chances for his team mates than any other player.”

    Iwobi created the most big chances for Arsenal last season followed by Kolasinac and Mkhitaryan.

  10. Bamford10

    Marc

    That’s a bad question, IMO. One, it implies that Ozil could be revived at the top level at this point, and it also implies that his anemic performances have something to with his managers.

    Two, it allows a Pierre to say “Guardiola” and then construct an imaginary scenario in which Ozil is suddenly playing like it’s 2010 again. This revival of Ozil will have occurred nowhere but in Pierre’s imagination, but he will talk about it as though it were a real thing or a real possibility.

  11. Graham62

    B10

    Nicely put.

    Pierre will wiggle out an answer though.

    He always does.

    Look at it this way. Emery and Wenger are chalk and cheese in their methods and philosophies, general interpretation of things and communication skills. Emery has been at the club 17 months, Wenger22 years.
    Wenger oversaw Ozil and gave him the freedom/leeway to express himself. Ozil regressed because of this freedom.

    Emery didn’t give Ozil this freedom, rather a structure and system to stick to. He wanted a work ethic and a commitment to work harder for the team. Ozil didn’t want this. Amazing really given the fact that someone new had come into the club. Spoilt brats tend to be like that. You know, it’s all about them.

    Imagine all the other things Emery had to deal with and on top of this you have someone like Ozil deciding he doesn’t want to cooperate. I’m glad Ozil is out of the picture, even if it means we don’t look as pretty as we once did. His selfish, arrogant and disrespectful attitude over the past 17 months has been there for all to see.

    The sooner he has left the building, the better for everyone.

    Himself included.

  12. Marc

    Bamford

    That’s why I said reasonable option – Pep and Klopp are not available.

    My guess is he won’t answer because no top level manager is in slightest bit interested in Ozil. If Pep thought he would make a difference City would buy him – we’d probably accept letting him go on a free if it got him off the wage bill.

    If he’s so good why does no big club want him?

  13. Valentin

    With Ceballos and Nelson injured and potentially missing the next weeks, Özil may get his opportunity by default to play.
    Would not be wise to play Saka in all games during that period.
    Let’s see what happen.

  14. Marc

    Valentin

    I agree Saka has looked good but he’s still young and needs time and patience.

    Problem with Ozil getting matches is when he doesn’t perform we’ll suddenly get a million excuses on why it’s got nothing to do with a lack of application form him.

    I’m waiting for the “Emery has told the players not to pass to him”

  15. Bamford10

    Pierre

    “To put that into perspective, Ceballos has created 5 chances in his last 6 GAMES.”

    Ceballos is playing in completely different spaces and far further from goal. I explained this the other day. Most of Ceballos’s work has been 30-40 yards from goal, whereas Ozil used to set up camp 20-25 yards from goal. If Ceballos had the luxury of simply hanging our 25 yards from goal and lobbing crosses into the box, he too would be accruing chances created stats. He doesn’t have this luxury, so the point is irrelevant.

    “Need I go on?”

    No, you don’t. Because you’re wrong. Wildly wrong.

  16. Graham62

    “Deliberately ostracised”

    I don’t think so.

    Ozil brought everything upon himself.

    He sees himself as a special individual who is beyond reproach.

    If only he could comprehend things a wee bit more.

    Not our Mesut.

  17. Marc

    Bamford

    You’ve also missed the fact that Ceballos is adjusting to a new country and more physical league.

    Ozil’s had how many years?

  18. Rambo Ramsey

    Ozil at 10% would still be Arsenal’s best attacking player.

    Ceballos? Willock? Nelson?

    These clowns make it utterly painful for me to watch our play.

  19. Bob N16

    Graham, you don’t think Sanhelli might be saying to Emery, best not to pick Ozil and try and force him and his agent to find another club? Whether his bringing it on himself is true, which I would agree with, doesn’t mean he can’t be ostracised as well. They are not mutually exclusive.

    Of course he may not being picked for purely footballing reasons but I doubt it.

  20. Rambo Ramsey

    Makes me weep watching every one of the few chances that Arsenal create come via a cross/cutback of fullbacks.

    Clearly the next evolution phase of Emery’s Arsenal is chances through a long throw-in ala Stoke City.

  21. Rambo Ramsey

    Emery would have no clue managing an Ozil, he would probably ask him to play DM.

    Xhaka a central fixture, Torreira playing B2B in advanced positions – Decisions that can only come from a clueless buffoon.

  22. Chris

    As I said the other day, assists and chances created are sometimes hard to use as a solid stat to illustrate a point.

    The last World Cup for example. I remember watching the Germany vs Korea match and two of Ozil’s ‘chances created’ were simple sideways passes to a team mate who then had a snap shot at goal. Passes any professional player should be able to make. It is easy to see how these stats could be padded to the point where it may not be representative of the actual level of performance.

    Watching Ozil over the last couple of years, it is hard to argue that his overall performance level hasn’t fallen. He has the ability to provide a game changing pass. Last season at home to Bournemouth for example he picked out a pass few other players could go pre assist Kolasinac. After that however he seemed to fade out again.

    The question is his inclusion may well provide more creativity but would this improve the team as a whole? It is hard to see him coming in and having a lasting, consistent positive effect at this stage.

  23. Rambo Ramsey

    Marc,

    This isn’t an Ozil issue. He is merely an example of Emery’s distasteful( for me) management.

    Anyway, I can’t wait for Ozil to be shipped out and Emery’s dream of a tall,hunky midfielder come in and bore us to death.

  24. Bamford10

    Rambo

    When we have two athletic, ground-covering, ball-winning, ball-circulating CMs behind a more attack-minded CM, you will see the kind of attacking play you are interested in. Until then, we don’t have the balance in central midfield to play in that way. We’ll also get more interesting attacking play the better our wide attacking players play.

    Regardless, though, if attacking down the wings via overlapping fullbacks (Tierney, Bellerin) gets us chances, goals, results and a top four finish, there will be very little to complain about.

    Champagne football will come; in the meantime, we need organization, discipline, results, stability and CL football.

  25. Marc

    Chris

    Haven’t you noticed how Pierre has suddenly switched from Ozil assist stats to Ozil created chances stats.

    It’s pure desperation from fans who identify with a manager, a player or both more than the club.

    Personally I don’t give a monkey’s whether a player is black or white, gay or straight, Christian, Jew or Muslim or what passport they carry. If they are good and perform fantastic.

  26. Rambo Ramsey

    “Champagne football will come; in the meantime, we need organization, discipline, results, stability and CL football.”

    Emery will deliver a solid 0/6 in that list.

  27. Marc

    Rambo

    I actually think as it stands Emery will be gone in the summer. There are in my opinion at least 3 potential outcomes with Emery at the moment.

    1) He gets an extension.

    2) He leaves in the summer.

    3) Sanllehi and or Edu lose their rag and fire him mid season.

    I can’t see an extension unless it all comes together and not only results get better but the football is more entertaining. If he doesn’t get top 4 he’s definitely gone and even if he does I can still see him moving on. To be fired mid season would take a serious downturn in results.

  28. Champagne charlie

    “I haven’t said Torreira is the second coming – he is currently the best option we have for DM. Xhaka slows down play, makes stupid mistakes and his lack of mobility means other midfielders get dragged out of position. This means our midfield is not functioning as it should leading to a lack of creativity and too many attacks getting through against the defence.“

    And crack on with that idea, I don’t believe it for a second because nothing I’ve seen from Torreira tells me he’s the answer as a DM.

    “A genuine question – which manager out there who is a reasonable option to replace Emery would suddenly start getting major performances out of Ozil?”

    See this is where you, and others, are conflating what I’m saying about Ozil (I won’t speak for others). I’ve not claimed to what end he should be included, or stated he’ll be dropping “major performances”, I’ve said we’re not creative at all and Ozil can produce moments more than any other player we have.

    What’s hard to fathom there idk?

  29. azed

    “Makes me weep watching every one of the few chances that Arsenal create come via a cross/cutback of fullbacks.”

    Liverpool won the Champions League playing this way. I’ll take that every day of the week.

  30. Marc

    CC

    Torreira might not be the long term solution at DM but out of the players we have he’s the current best option in my opinion. If it’s not working after 10 – 12 matches then fine reassess but we’ve all watched Xhaka be a fucking disaster no matter where he plays on the pitch now for over 3 years.

    OK so you’re not saying Ozil should be played you’re just saying he’s capable of making a creative pass.

    Have I understood you correctly now with regards to Ozil?

  31. Cesc Appeal

    If Emery wants to play Xhaka he can’t play Ozil if he wants to play Ozil he can’t play Xhaka.

    Since he seems infatuated with Xhaka and has given him the captaincy it is Xhaka who is going to get to slow down our midfield and cause us off the ball issues and not Ozil.

  32. azed

    “And crack on with that idea, I don’t believe it for a second because nothing I’ve seen from Torreira tells me he’s the answer as a DM.”

    You are right on this one. As seen on Twitter

    “Can’t really do that, but Arsenal’s win percentage with Lucas Torreira starting in the Premier League is 50% and without him it’s 60%”

  33. Champagne charlie

    “Champagne football will come; in the meantime, we need organization, discipline, results, stability and CL football.”

    Still posts this sort of thing with a straight face, amazing.

    Organisation and discipline is why we aren’t seeing champagne football 😂😂

    Yes mate, I’m bowled over by the discipline and organisation were showing out there, we’re Atletico of the prem so we are.

  34. Words on a Blog

    Once again on Ozil I’ll reiterate that it has now got to the stage where the club (and not just Emery) wants him out, regardless of his creativity or the magnificence of his chances created stats. More importantly, Ozil also now wants to go: hence his/Team Ozil’s radio silence on social media despite not being played or selected for the squad.

    The only hold-outs from this general consensus in the social media/blogosphere space are Pierre (who just can’t let go), and (cos he just loves a good back-and-forth), CC.

  35. Batistuta

    Can’t remember the last time Rambo Ramsey made any positive remark regarding Arsenal, if he were the only one here, you’d think we were on the verge of getting relegated

  36. Bob N16

    CC, you genuinely don’t believe that Torreira had some excellent CDM games in the first half of last season? Myself and many others were all thinking that we’d finally got a player who can protect our defence. He faded and was patchy in the second half of the season but most would excuse that as a player adjusting to the PL following a World Cup. This season he’s been played out of position.

    He’s not the missing link or if you prefer ‘ the second coming’ but I hope you’re way off and that you have to eat ‘some humble pie’.

  37. Cesc Appeal

    Maybe full back play is a massive part of Emery’s plan and that is why he likes Xhaka, the spread of the ball from deep midfield to the wide positions to find Bellerin and Tierney?

    I don’t know, really stretching to try to understand.

  38. Batistuta

    Problem with these Ozil “moments” is that they haven’t been consistent for quite a while now and so while we may not be creating a lot, there’s no pointers to suggest this stats will improve if the German gets more game time…..

    To be fair i think there are certain games as a manager, you can bring in a player like that and get him fired up for it(probably against the smaller teams at home) but this is our 3 season in the Europa league and he was a key component of the last 2 squads that have finished there so don’t know about what he’d bring in to be honest and has been mentioned, our problem at the moment is that we’re shipping in lots of goals

  39. Champagne charlie

    Marc

    No, I’d include Ozil in some capacity for the reasons stated. I see no downside to his inclusion when the side is so bereft of creativity, if anything only positives. From the outside it appears little more than a daft hardline stance that is risking our ability to get results.

  40. Bob N16

    Bamford ‘Azed exactly’ .

    What, that there is a direct correlation between Torreira’s presence in our team and our win percentage going down by 10%.?

    Shit my eyes have deceived me. Get rid I say, he must be shit!

  41. azed

    “From the outside it appears little more than a daft hardline stance that is risking our ability to get results.”

    Lots of things happen that we outsiders have no clue about.

    Emery was blasted on here for letting Monreal go just before the NLD, but it turned out that Emery wanted him to play but powers above decided otherwise.

    The club wants Ozil out, not just the manager.

  42. Champagne charlie

    Bob

    Yes Torreira was initially excellent, as was Xhaka alongside him during that run, but many players have been just that and went on to be anywhere brilliant to dogshit. Cisse? Michu? Bony? All started like a house on fire.

    I’m not saying he’s a bad player, I’ve actually said the opposite in other conversations, what I have said is that he’s shown me nothing that suggests he’s going to be a transformative element in our midfield just by a switch of position. I think that’s folk latching onto a vague hope in conjunction with this inane Xhaka witch-hunt.

    Hope I eat humble pie all you like, it’s not like I’m onto a winner by being right about having another unsuited option at CM. I was one of the only ones on here absolutely harping on about us getting another player in CM with the impending loss of Rambo and even Elneny – it was largely with this scenario in mind.

  43. Champagne charlie

    Azed

    Stats about a teams win percentage with or without a player are some of the most redundant about.

    Correlation is not causation.

  44. azed

    CC

    But lots of people are of the opinion that replacing Xhaka with Torriera would magically transform us.

    Torreira is not a bad player and I actually prefer him to Xhaka but Kante he is not.

  45. Champagne charlie

    “We have no problem scoring, we score over a goal a game our major problem is conceding.“

    I’m not going there again, it was all said yesterday ffs.

    Liverpool and City have “no problem” scoring, we scored 26 and 32 goals led respectively than them last season.

    We don’t have “no problem” scoring because we scored 6 more than Spurs. For the attacking talent at the club 13 goals in 8 games is mediocre and can be improved upon.

    None of the above has any link to defence, and it certainly doesn’t detract from the improvements that can be made in that department. Be really nice if you digested it as something other than an either/or scenario.

    We concede laughable amounts, and don’t create/score enough. Consider your mind blown with those two basic observations. All I’m going to say further on the subject.

  46. Pierre

    When Tierney and Bellerin come into the side, to maximise their potential, Arsenal will need a player who can slip the ball inside the full back with a perfectly weighted ball..

    Will add that if the pass is not perfectly timed with the perfect weight , it will either be intercepted or will go out of play. .

    If we don’t wish to maximize their potential, then play the much easier ball out to the touch line where they will be limited and restricted in their play due to lack of space as it is a much easier ball to defend .

  47. Bob N16

    Sorry Bamford, misunderstood.

    CC, Torreira’s form may have been a flash in the pan although I hope not. I think my frustration with Xhaka (which I appreciate you don’t share) is compounded by Emery asking Torreira to play further forward where he is much less effective, to allow Xhaka do what he does in a deeper role.

    So for me it’s a win/win if Xhaka’s omission allows Torreira the opportunity to show that his first half of last season was not some sort of DM mirage.

  48. Champagne charlie

    “But lots of people are of the opinion that replacing Xhaka with Torriera would magically transform us.“

    That’s their opinion, I don’t see it from what I’ve watched of him and I don’t see it because the collective structure of Emery’s Arsenal side is no coherent ie play who you like it will not make much difference.

    That being said, a stat like win percentage with or without a player tells you nothing. It’s the most superficial of stats going. We could’ve been missing countless key players at the same time he was out, we could’ve played harder teams blah blah. It’s just a nothing stat imo.

  49. Bamford10

    Cesc

    I said this the other day, but why he selects Xhaka is not really all that much of a mystery — even if it’s an egregiously bad decision. He selects Xhaka for the same reasons the players elected Xhaka captain. Xhaka is seen as a “vocal leader”, a “warrior,” a player of “blood and guts,” a player with “experience”. He’s the guy who speaks or shouts when the players gather into a circle. Xhaka is not a good player, but he looks and plays the part of the leader, the warrior, the hard-man midfielder. This is why he continues to get elected captain and why he continues to get starts.

    My hope is that Emery sees through this sometime soon and finds his way to leaving Xhaka out of the XI. Otherwise we have to hope that adding Tierney, Bellerin and Holding to the XI will sufficiently cover over Xhaka’s weaknesses and errors.

  50. Pierre

    Bob
    Only certain players can make certain passes .

    Not every player could play the perfectly weighted through ball…
    But of course you know that and you were just acting deliberately dumb or trying to be clever ( dumb probably)

  51. Bamford10

    By the way, arguing for Torreira’s inclusion over Xhaka or Willock’s inclusion over Xhaka is not an argument (in any absolute sense) for either of those two players.

    I don’t rate Torreira very highly, and I don’t think Willock has arrived in any sense, but I do think our best midfield three at the moment includes one of them at the expense of Xhaka. That is, while neither of those two players is ideal, Guendouzi-Torreira-Ceballos and Guendouzi-Willock-Ceballos are probably better midfield threes than any combination involving Xhaka.

    In truth, though, I think we should be looking at CMs in January, and if not January, most definitely in the summer. Personally, I would sell Torreira and Xhaka, and I would bring in a couple of technical, athletic CMs who can cover more ground and win more tackles than these two can.

  52. Bob N16

    Who’s capable of making the best passes in our squad? ‘You know who’ must be a shoe in if we want to make the most of our returning FBs. Stands to reason, surely?

  53. Bob N16

    Bamford most of your last post I agree with but not with ‘I don’t think Willock has arrived in any sense’.

    Of course he has, he’s young but incredibly promising and now deserving of time on the pitch during PL games. Sure as an 18 year old his starts will be limited, although with an injury or two, who knows? He’s arrived in the first team squad.

    Sorry if I’m being overly pedantic as I think your analysis of our midfield is pretty close to matching my own.

  54. Chitom

    Problem with Ozil is that he plays for team Ozil more than team Arsenal in my view.
    I know this may sound weird when talking about a player who would rather assist than try to score himself, but if he really had Arsenal’s best interest at heart he could easily show this on the pitch.

    For all the talk how beautiful football gets the fans going and brings them together this is still the Prem and most fans appreciate hard work ethics.

    Ozil was dumped by RM and he’s always considered Arsenal a step down and a downgrade, and it took Wenger’s ever lasting efforts to keep him semi- happy by indulging him.
    Once Wenger was gone and Emery got the job most fans saw this conflict coming from a mile away.
    As a matter of fact, the most frequently asked question upon Emery becoming the coach was whether Ozil would work well in his system.
    He hasn’t.

    Both are to blame in my opinion but even if Emery is out of his depth , at least he’s trying .
    Ozil on the other hand is definitely not.

  55. Marc

    Chitcom

    The question the Ozil fans can’t or won’t answer is who are the managers who would manage to set up a team that would get Ozil to produce and a team that functions?

    They can’t accept that he’s just not interested anymore.

  56. Redtruth

    To all those who see winning the Charity/Community Shield as a bona fide Trophy.:

    In its early days the format was fluid, early incarnations featuring a game between professionals and amateurs, the winners of the Football League and the Southern League, while in 1950 an England side took part and when Tottenham did the Double in 1961, they played an FA invitational XI. It was not held at Wembley either and its shift to the grand old stadium was when people started taking it more seriously.

    A little too seriously as it turned out, as the first time it was held there, in 1974, Leeds faced Liverpool and Billy Bremner and Kevin Keegan marked the occasion by fighting and ripping their tops apart when they were sent off.

    The move to Wembley was partly in response to increasingly lukewarm attitudes to the match: after Arsenal opted out in 1971, the following year the champions, Derby, and cup winners, Leeds, didn’t fancy it, so fourth-placed Manchester City and the Division Three winners Aston Villa played; the year after that, Liverpool and Sunderland were not keen so the ever-willing City (11th in the First Division) and Burnley (Second Division champions) stepped up.

  57. Gonsterous

    Mesut is so good the club’s lining up to bid for him are from very poor leagues. And sadly none of them can afford his wages.

  58. Pierre

    Chitcom
    “Problem with Ozil is that he plays for team Ozil more than team Arsenal in my view.
    I know this may sound weird when talking about a player who would rather assist than try to score himself, but if he really had Arsenal’s best interest at heart he could easily show this on the pitch.For all the talk how beautiful football gets the fans going and brings them together this is still the Prem and most fans appreciate hard work ethics.Ozil was dumped by RM and he’s always considered Arsenal a step down and a downgrade, and it took Wenger’s ever lasting efforts to keep him semi- happy by indulging him.
    Once Wenger was gone and Emery got the job most fans saw this conflict coming from a mile away.
    As a matter of fact, the most frequently asked question upon Emery becoming the coach was whether Ozil would work well in his system.
    He hasn’t.”

    You should rename yourself shitcom if you carry on writing shit like that.

  59. Chitom

    Pierre,
    I don’t have a history with anyone here so let me ask you something if I may: are you a fourteen year old girl with Ozil posters plastered all over your bedroom walls?
    If so , and only then, I would take back what I said about Ozil seeing how fragile teenagers are these days.

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    Chitom,

    Nah, it’s a myth that teenage girls are fragile. Sure they have posters of their idols on the wall, but they know it’s just a passing crush.

    The really fragile ones that never let go, are usually middle aged men.