Cold Monday night up north, are we ready?!

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Been working on this new diet called ‘gym and starve yourself’… you know what, very effective at dropping weight, but you actually can’t control where the weight comes off. That’s the next phase, then I’m bringing it to market. I’ll call it G&SY, remember the brand.

BIG GAME tonight. We have the chance to make up some of that lost ground on Liverpool after they dropped points to United yesterday. We also have the chance to move further ahead of the disaster down the road. They really did make Watford look good at times.

The big question on everyone’s lips tonight is: What is Emery going to do with Mesut Ozil?

It wouldn’t be a question if the manager hadn’t opened the door to the return of his precious creator, but he did, so maybe we’ll see the German in a tough game up north on a cold Monday night.

After two of the longest weeks I’ve had this year, I think we’ve all forgotten what’s going on at Arsenal.

A reminder:

  • We are 8 unbeaten.
  • We’ve scored 20 goals
  • We’re 5th in the league.

A win tonight and we power up to third in the league, a mere point behind FRAUDIOLA and ARTETno.

The hype about the paper numbers has been driven by the folk that seem to have collective amnesia about the similar pattern from last year, but look, if Emery can iron out the kinks, and we can add performances to points, we’ll all happily jump in and state that we are title challengers.

It’s a big game. Sheffield United don’t have a lot of wild individual talent to brag of, however, they do have quite a lot of pace on the wings. They have Luke ‘gone too soon’ Freeman who might come off the bench at some point. Overall, we should be taking the points.

It’ll be interesting to see what the manager does. Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney, the lastest missing pieces in the Emery masterplan, will likely start. Genuinely can’t wait to see the Scotsman play, he’s electric and a real piece of work. His delivery will have Bellerin staying late after training… terribly sorry Hector, St Martins will have move your classes to after hours.

The manager is pumped for the evening and pleased with what he’s seeing.

“I am speaking every day with Raul, Edu, with the players,” he told “And really we have our way going right and working. Our work is more important than our [words].

“And really now I am very happy the club. I am really happy with the players. The last two, three, four weeks, every player – and Mesut Ozil – are working very well.

“I finished very happy with our work and really this is the way we can be positive and we can think we are going to do something important this year. This is the way I want and I was speaking with Raul, this is the same idea when he is speaking with me.”

He was keen to impress that the kids will get better.

“We can be better in the table, we are third at the moment,” Emery insisted. “We can play better each match. It’s one process.

“Little by little we’re using the young players to achieve the performance, giving them confidence and experience in the matches. Sometimes we need one process. For example Bukayo Saka is improving, helping us and taking a good performance. I know he needs to break more steps ahead in his improvement.

The interesting thing about the kids is they’re the players keeping us going, I’m looking forward to the big names settling, I have very little concern with players like Matteo and Saka. Land me a performance from David Luiz or Nicolas Pepe.

We need an impactful performance this evening, 80% of our goals have come from one man away from home this season. I’m not sure that’s a problem, but it shows h0w dependent we are on his incredible finishing, and it also shows that others aren’t stepping up to the plate.

This evening is a big chance for the front three to shine, I hope he sticks with Saka and I hope Pepe lands a hattrick. Huge game, should be fun, it’s good to be back! x


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  1. Mark S

    Part of me wishes Emery would play Pepe on Thursday as well, just to get his confidence going in the right direction again. This really should be a 2-0 or 3-0 match. Knowing us though, we will either draw or just scrape by with a win.

  2. TitsMcGee

    Been working on this new diet called ‘gym and starve yourself’… you know what, very effective at dropping weight, but you actually can’t control where the weight comes off. ”

    Not possible 🙂 It’s everywhere or nowhere.

    I know some people who need help with their “jecks”(jaw blends to neck).

  3. DivineSherlock

    Anyone who has seen Sheffield play knowd they are well drilled . They have good players on the flanks , Can put crosses in the box all day. Full Backs today need to have a great game today . Liverpool got lucky against Sheffield . I hope noone understimates them.

  4. Leedsgunner

    “A win tonight and we power up to third in the league, a mere point behind FRAUDIOLA and ARTETno.”

    Can it be true, has Pedro seen the light and finally seen Arteta for the absolute novice that he is?!?

    I rather have Freddie than Artetno if it came to a choice between the two any day. 😉

  5. Samesong

    Cold Monday night up north, are we ready?! We the fans are

    Are the players?
    Big pressure on Auba today he’s been our talisman, noon eelse isnt scoring at the moment.

  6. Cesc Appeal

    I’d go with Leno, Chambers, Holding, Luiz, Tierney, Torreira, Guendouzi, Dani Ceballos, Auba, Laca, Martinelli.

    I think Emery will go with Leno, Chambers, Sokratis, Luiz, Tierney, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Dani Ceballos, Pepe, Auba, Saka.

  7. Guns of Hackney

    Lolz. Close the gap on Liverpool as they dropped points. Kind of like me closing the gap to Bill Gates because I shopped in Aldi today instead of Waitrose.

  8. Guns of Hackney

    Pepe doesn’t score hat-tricks on fifa 20 with his own avatar.

    He’s a fucking dud. The sooner we accept that, we can move on. Sham player.

  9. Guns of Hackney

    BTW. I’m only around 10 miles from Sheffield and I can tell you this, it’s started to get cold. No way our wet weekends are going to give those Sean Bean northern bastards any beef.

    Auba’s hair is already freezing at the thought. The cunt.

  10. Graham62

    If Ozil plays tonight, and that’s a massive IF, what will be the consequences.

    Will he take the game by the scruff of the neck and play a key part in a solid team performance or, as many of us on here believe, will he flatter to deceive and disappear into the cold evening Yorkshire air, only to resurface a few days later with yet another cunning but lame excuse for his own shortcomings?

    Role on 8pm.

  11. TR7

    ‘Lolz. Close the gap on Liverpool as they dropped points. Kind of like me closing the gap to Bill Gates because I shopped in Aldi today instead of Waitrose.’

    Haha, good one GoH

  12. Guns of Hackney

    Ozil in Sheffield and playing well is as likely as a chocolate teapot doing its job.

    Not happening. I think we will be lucky with a point tonight. Shit team but together. Sometimes the sum of parts etc.

  13. Rambo Ramsey

    Arsenal under Emery will be lucky to escape a loss tonight, forget about a win.

    I, for one, won’t be staying up for this shite.

  14. Words on a Blog


    You fibber – Johnny Wadd died of AIDS a long time ago …..

    Seymour Butts on the other hand, is still very much alive, even if he is semi-retired now.

  15. Guns of Hackney


    He’s weak. Rubbish. Fails to deliver. A bit of a bottler.

    Ergo. Fanny. Or clowns pocket. Or. Otters pocket.

  16. Nelson

    We have a general election today. I’ll get out and vote and hope to come back before the game starts. There are road work all over the city. You don’t even know which route is open to traffic.

  17. Dissenter

    Aubameyang is on the 30-man short list for the Ballon ‘dOr
    When is the last time an Arsenal player made such a list?

  18. Dissenter

    Guns of Hackney
    The only two people on planet earth that think Pepe is a “fucking dud” are you…and a certain mickey mouse poster that’s taken up a Sylvester Stallone pseudo.
    The lad didn’t get any tangible summer break off the AFCON. He’s playing in a new league with a new language for a manager who likes to chop and change.
    Grow up and stop the nonsense.

  19. Graham62

    West Sussex has road works all over the place.

    Infact, we have temporary traffic lights set up just to cover temporary traffic lights.

    Come on Boris, sort it out.

  20. Un na naai

    Let’s fucking av it you skanky bastards

    Who’s ever had a stye?? What a fucking bastard

    It HURTS!! Bitches go on about child birth. They don’t know what they’re on about. A stye and kidney stones meant to be way worse

  21. Dissenter

    It’s good to have Laca back

    I was hoping we wouldn’t miss him and he could take his time to heal properly but Pepe isn’t off to a flying start.
    I would absolutely start Pepe, Auba and Laca today in the hope that Pepe can transfer the confidence from playing well for Côte d’Ivoire.
    Bring in Martinelli/Saka for Laca/ Pepe late in the second half.

    We need players that will give 110%. You know those Sheffield lads will chase every ball tonight.

  22. Graham62

    We all know that our referees are the worst in Europe.

    VAR is clarifying this once and for all.

    Origi – clear and obvious foul.

    Stephen Warnock on Sky is 100% correct, even though he’s ex- Liverpool.

    It’s simple, if you have crap officials overseeing everything, it makes zero difference if you have VAR in operation.

  23. Un na naai

    Having lacazette back will transform our attack.

    You heard it here first

    Watch emery take the plaudits

    We will still be shite in midfield and defensively though until tierney and holding show those non Brits how it’s done

  24. azed


    “Is this your first Canadian winter?”

    Nope. Its my third and I try my best to be prepared for it but nobody is every prepared for the Canadian winter.

  25. TheLegendaryDB10

    The Arsenal team for tonight.

    Leno, Chambers, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Willock, Saka, Aubameyang, Pepe.

    Subs: Martinez, Tierney, Ceballos, Lacazette, Torreira, Holding, Martinelli.

    Indeed no Ozil but of course Xhaka the Undroppable has been selected.

    It would be good to see either Saka or Pepe on the score sheet to help Auba out.

  26. Nelson

    Arsenal: Leno, Chambers, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Willock, Saka, Pepe, Aubameyang

    Subs: Martinez, Holding, Tierney, Torreira, Martinelli, Ceballos, Lacazette

  27. Rambo Ramsey


    What’s this about mickey mouse? Are you thinking about getting it as a poncho to complement your SuperGirl skirt?

    Quick question- Is Emery good or bad today? Shite, this is a almost as hard a Q as ‘Is Federer great or is he over the hill’.

  28. Wasi

    Ofc Emerh talked up Ozil all week then left him out of the squad. Thats how you manage a team right , right?.

    And ofc he dont have the balls to drop Kola, chambers and Sok unless they drop a few stinkers.

    Ofc Xhaka the undroppable is leading the team out with better and more capable players sitting on the bench.

    This man is InsAnE.

  29. Cesc Appeal

    Can see this being a throwing on changes to make the difference type of match.

    At least Willock will add some legs to the midfield.

    No Tierney is a confusing one.

    Martinelli should have started as well.

  30. Frost

    Emery really is a special kind of dim.

    Martinez aside, every single player on our bench today should be guaranteed starters. Every single one of them. Really really disappointing lineup.

  31. Spanishdave

    Kola and Dickhead on the left, disaster ahead.
    Emery is useless, Sheffield will piss past them with ease.
    Ain’t gonna win tonight

  32. Peckobill

    Jeez can you really get any blander than emery’s line ups , man some of his favourites are just methodical cloggers and it’s getting depressing now every time I see a line up like this . He has to go

  33. Rambo Ramsey

    Ah Graham, you miss the context.

    Let me recount the tale. Le grove’s SuperGirl started crying into her blouse one day about how painful it is to watch an over-the-hill Federer and that the Swiss maestro should rather just retire. This practically minutes before Federer produced some of the best tennis of his career.

    We are too harsh on Bamford. Dysentery’s the bigger premature ejaculator, it practically oozes out with no control- like his name so aptly suggests.

  34. Pierre

    “The fans have to accept that Emery is saving some players for the Europa Cup.”

    Obviously a joke as our under 18’s could play on Thursday and get a result.

  35. Rambo Ramsey

    Emery’s a smart one.

    Why put in your best players, lose, be outed as a clueless coach out of his depth?

    Just add some duds in there, lose, then watch the clueless fans make excuses for him – “Oh he’s still new and he’s got a lot of shit players, he’ll figure out the best 11 and then we’ll be unstwappable”

  36. Un na naai


    100% not pink eye

    Bye bye baby baby gooood byeeee

    Yes I’m too young to remember
    I’m 34 but I know the old tunes mate

  37. Gentlebris

    And when they put the ball inside our net, he will make a face as if he has no idea why that should be.

    This guy will sure be infamously remembered in Arsenal fc history.

  38. Danny

    Failure to play Tierney is testament to how Emery is incapable of bold decision making. He is a sitting duck style manager, afraid to embrace change. His half time changes more testament to his failure to name the right starting line ups. His slow reduction in confidence of players like Torreira and Tierney if he is not careful, a nod to the Emery “Yes” men like Xhaka.

    Cowardly is his rightful description. In every pre game selection bar the cups and the kids.

  39. TheLegendaryDB10


    The fans have to accept that Emery is saving some players for the Europa Cup.

    The priority should first and foremost be the OK. Not the goddamn EL.

    I can only agree that all players on the bench should be playing. I am not even excluding Martinez who seems to have more to his game than Leno (ie not just passing from the back which he is crap at).

  40. Rambo Ramsey

    ” Emery is incapable of bold decision making. He is a sitting duck style manager, afraid to embrace change”

    Sounds familiar

  41. Danny

    No you’re right. It’s almost as if that was an effort to cast off criticisms of his career prior to us, but all in all his default setting has over-ridden that.

  42. Wasi

    He didnt do no intelligent half time changes last season. What he would do is put Ramsey/laca on and hoped for the best .

  43. TR7

    Who in his right mind picks a midfield of Guen, Xhaka and Willock ? May be we will still manage to beat Sheffield United but our manager never lets a core group of players to play together on a consistent basis and develop them build a cohesive unit which can go from strength to strength.

  44. DUIFG

    Willock is an 8, in this system he’s a 10, let’s hope he can adapt, I do t think this is his best position.

    His selection has made this up for grabs for Sheffield. They will love seeing that team sheet

  45. TheLegendaryDB10


    I am not going to dispute that. But at least he was trying to be pro-active. Now he spends half his time scratching his chin making his “I want to take a shit” grin before making the wrong sub.

  46. Danny

    October 21, 2019 19:52:09
    Mate, I’ve been on this site for a hell of a long time, change your user name.

  47. Guns of Hackney

    No spoilers. I’m taping the game. Wunderkind has to go to sleep and his mother has left her post. Now I’m doing it. Bitch just up and left me.

  48. HillWood

    Best El Dick gets a result tonight
    I’m getting a bit sick of our rivals slipping up and us not benefiting from it

  49. luke

    Jesus. Xhaka in, no Ceballos, no Torreira, no Tierney. Where’d Bellerin run off too? What minute will Xhaka make a mistake leading to a goal today lads?

  50. InsideRight

    So Torreira on the bench again while the Kosovan Calamity provides us with a self inflicted tragicomedy waiting to happen. FFS.