Xhaka back

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Jose Mourinho is like that sexy abusive partner you have. You know the type, you crunch a crisp too loud and they’re up in your shit. They throw plates at you when you leave tea bags in the sink. They wear your dry cleaned shirts.

… you beg them to change. They come back to you and say, sure, I’ve had a sabbatical and I will be more tea bag tolerant. You believe them because they are sexy and charismatic, then literally the next day they’ve shredded your tea bags to teach you a lesson and posted something negative about you on Facebook.

Jose Mourinho rolls back into the Spurs with more baggage than Prince Andrew, but he’s charming… and now we’re all in a deep panic that this time, maybe he has changed, and he’ll do bits for Spurs.

I am an UNbeliever in radical personality change at 56 years old. You are who you are. You can change the crest on the badge, you can smile, get a facial… but I think it will be near impossible for him to be different because so much of his success was built around his persona.

We’ll see though, stealing backroom demons from Lille is smart. I’d be desperately worried if Spurs nabbed Luis Campos from there as well, he really is a top drawer technical director. It looks good on paper, but remember, Wenger had loads of data people and analysts he didn’t use.

Whatever goes on, it’s a huge gamble. The Times alluded to this being part of a wider masterplan for prospective owners. Makes sense, the Amazon series is the most serious way to get a prospectus out there, Jose Mourinho looks great on paper as well. Especially for all those star fuckers with enough cash to buy a club.

ANYWAY, onto Arsenal. Unai Emery has been given time to think about the season. A bit of me space to strategise his way out of the mess. So what’s his plan you ask?

Bring Xhaka back into the mixer.

Perfection. The equivalent of photocopying your bare arse and leaving it on your CEOs desk. He is addicted to one of the least effective midfielders in the league.

Love Sport asked me if I could forgive the player for his tantrum.

YES

He has done his time and he lost his armband. The point of his absence was never about whether the fans could forgive him, it was more about how bland he is and damaging for our overall play.

“Xhaka is coming back better. His mindset is better and this morning I have a very good conversation with him. My objective is for him to come back helping us and convincing everyone that he is going to be better in the short or long future with us”

Cannot wait, Unai.

Interesting that The Times are leaking stories about Arteta / Unai not being on the original shortlist of managers (which Ivan G confirmed, so not new news). Certainly wouldn’t have come from Raul or Edu.

Right, short one today, NORMAL FOOTBALL SERVICE RESUMES. x

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  1. Pierre

    The sacking of Pochettino highlights the difficulty of a club moving to a new stadium.

    There is no doubt that white hart lane had become a fortress for Pochettino and Tottenham.

    Levy has pushed the panic button too soon in my opinion.
    He should have taken the move into consideration.

    Did Arsenal have a blip in their home form when they changed stadiums….yes, our win percentage dropped, as did west ham’s, man city and Cardiff when they moved home .

    If a clubs home form is stuttering , it can also put more pressure on the away performances to get results and this is what has happened to Tottenham.

    The sacking of Pochettino could go either way for Levy .

    What it does show is how difficult it is for a club to feel immediately at home and how similar Tottenham’s situation is compared to Arsenal’s stadium move as we also competed in the champions league final around the time of the move.

    Arsenal managed to turn the Emirates into a fortress though Emery is doing his best to slowly erode this.

    The Arsenal fans were treated to some scintillating football at the Emirates and I believe it was taken for granted when we steam rolled teams .

    The usual call was that we were flat track bullies .
    right up to Wenger’s last 6 league games at home we averaged 3 goals a game but apparently the opposition were already in holiday mode .

    Strangely enough, at the end of last season we failed to qualify for champions league due to our inability to be flat track bullies .

    We failed to beat palace,brighton, leicester and wolves and this season is no different.

  2. Spanishdave

    Typical of a failing manager, trying to prove a point that is a total waste of time.
    Desperation to please Raul and save his arse.
    Spurs will bounce back and wave to us as they go by.
    Man U will do likewise soon.
    Typical Arsenal of present waiting far to late to react.
    Just poor

  3. Valentin

    Pedro,

    I was also apprehensive that Mourinho would also poach Luis Campos, but it looks like that it is not going to happen at least not straight away.
    I am not sure that Levy is willing to relinquish control of Spurs and any Director of Football worth its salt would request effective power. Luis Campos would not settle for being a figurehead, a puppet managed by Levy.

    Mourinho always says the right thing initially so that may mean nothing. But in his initial media message he really insisted on Spurs desire to integrate young players into the first team squad. I wonder if he will really adhere to that approach. He may get more joy because the younger players may be more willing to listen to him than the older one who just want to leave for one last big pay check.

  4. Nelson

    Jose has more respect from the players than Emery. His team is going to be competitive. Can he convince Vertonghen and Alderweireld to sign an extension in January? He may influence Levy to offer them a better raise. In any case, Jose is good for EPL.

  5. Gunnernet

    Jose tried to put a show yday however he looked completely fraud to me. On numerous occassions he referred to the fact that every time he goes to Chelsea he wins the championship and that he has been humble his whole career. What a joke… He still thinks he is special. Wharever i am still shocked by our inertia..

  6. James wood

    Arsenals biggest mistake with the Emirates not
    paying the extra millions for a retractable pitch
    like Spurs.
    Arsenal really should have done this?
    The continuous revenue Spurs will receive will
    tell over time.

  7. TBone

    Emery is a complete incompetent. No guts. No leadership. No inspiration. No imagination. Let’s face it, if he was given a squad with less talent, Everton, for instance, they’d be battling relegation. He simply can’t cut it in the PL. We should have sacked him by now.

  8. Pierre

    It’s strange how things have changed at the Emirates and how edgy the crowd are.

    I can’t ever remember the Emirates crowd screaming for the defenders to hoof the ball up the pitch…they do now.

    The crowd had confidence in the players and manager to make the right decisions, hence why Arsenal had such an impressive home record .

    Our possession stats were probably averaging 65/70% and in the end , the amount of possession we had in those games enabled the team to break down opposition defences with sustained pressure.

    What we have now is a team that are vulnerable playing out from the back and vulnerable receiving the ball in midfield, which inevitably puts extra pressure on the defence .

    The question needs to be asked as to why we are so poor in transition from defence into midfield .
    Why did it look so effortless under Wenger to play from the back and through midfield , which allows the attackers to receive the ball in better areas in and around the box.

    Until Emery solves this problem I would expect more of the same …lots of turnovers and many chances conceded, and no, hoofing the ball is not the answer .

    Is it the personnel or is it the tactics…
    Are our players good enough technically …I think they are but are lacking confidence receiving the ball under pressure.

  9. KAY Boss

    Hope Xhaka isn’t stepping in for any match till he’s sold. He’s been a ridicule to the club. For crying out loud, why is Emery still at post?
    Hope we win tomorrow.

  10. Matt

    100% with you Pedro. They’ll get a bounce, will finish the season above us and will likely slaughter us next season. After that it will all go pear-shaped and Chernobyl scale toxicity. Question is who will have the most toxic effect on their respective clubs? Emery or Mou?

  11. Nelson

    Now that we have both Tierney and Bellerin available, It would help advancing the ball forward. I still don’t like playing Auba as the LW. I would prefer Martinelli and Pepe as the two wingers. They should overlap with the run of Tierney and Bellerin. Auba should focus on finishing the chances inside the box.

    Auba wouldn’t stay with us for long. We should develop the chemistry between the FB’s and the wingers. I don’t think Emery has the gut to bench Lac.

  12. Bergkamp63

    It’s a bit early to be calling time on Jose M, he will likely as not make Pedro eat his words as they overtake us in the league, don’t see us finishing above them that’s for sure.

    Can see us finishing 7th sadly.

  13. Graham62

    I’m with you on this.

    Our players are good enough technically, it’s just that our manager over complicates matters and is basically not very good at explaining himself.

    Hence we are exceptionally “vulnerable” and “lacking in confidence”, as will be shown tomorrow against Southampton.

  14. Pierre

    The old adage of let the ball do the work needs to be brought back into Arsenal’s game.

    One and 2 touch football is obsolete from our play since Emery arrived.

    We need to play in triangles, this allows us to have players around the ball.
    All too often our players look isolated on the ball with no team mate to pass to , this will inevitably result in either a negative ball back to the keeper or being caught in possession.

    Emrty has quietly but effectively removed from our game any semblance of letting the ball do the work .

    Until we bring this back into our play , our forwards will continue to be starved of any decent ball .

    We need more pace in our passing , more deception in our passing and more sharpness in our passing.

    Slow ball out from the back means one thing .. trouble

  15. Nelson

    Pierre
    “One and 2 touch football is obsolete from our play since Emery arrived.”

    I agree with this. I have already criticized Guen’s game. He likes to carry the ball sideways. He is the one who slows down our game play. I am hoping that Bellerin and Tierney could speed up the flow of the game. Torr and Ozil are OK.

  16. Pierre

    Nelson
    I’m thinking a 4-2-3-1 with Pepe, Aubameyang and Lacazette with Ozil in the hole .

    Bellerin and Tierney are hopefully fit to start and 2 holding midfielders who are to get it and give it.

    When our keeper gets the ball he must speed up his delivery, catch the ball and immediately release the full backs before the opposition can regroup .

  17. Nelson

    Pierre

    I am against playing both Auba and Lac. They are very good inside the box but very average outside. They can’t help the build up of the attack. The team becomes imbalance when you have two players who are waiting for service only. I admit that once they have the ball inside the box, then they can combine well. But our team have difficulty getting the ball to them inside the box.

    I am counting on crosses from Tierney and Bellerin. They both can deliver the ball accurately.

  18. CG

    Everything Wenger did from his press conferences to the way his team played was so Easy on the Eye.

    He actually made the game look easy.( it aint)

    Compare to what we have to endure now.

    Sure away results went awry but home form was always immaculate.

    At least myself and Pierre and maybe some others savoured the footballing memories, enjoyed the cup final triumphs and the highs and lows of Wenger’s tenure.

    The damage has been done , the club has shifted far too away from Wengers version of Arsenal.

    Where it needed evolution we have had revolution.

    And it has failed cataclysmically.
    All because of peoples personal gain over the clubs gain ( eg Raul)

    There is no way back.

    It took Liverpool 30 years to win the title ( they will romp it this year)

    We are looking at the same.

    Wilderness Years are upon us.

    How needless.
    And how sad.

  19. HillWood

    Pierre
    Have you forgotten when Wenger’s team used to try to walk the ball into the goal
    And the crowd were screaming SHOOT ?

  20. Peter12

    Cork City Gooner, you are absolutely right: Xhaka cannot set foot on the pitch for Arsenal – ever – without being humiliated by the fans booing him even more loudly. This is a fact. I don’t want to see a player being so destructively humiliated so openly. Although he thoroughly deserves to be boo’ed for his abnoxious behaviour towards the fans, he should be put in a position to be destroyed by attempting to make him play. He would not last 10 minutes on the pitch. Emery, no more stupid actions please like naming Xhaka in the team. Get rid! Otherwise Emery himself will be boo’ed off the ground.

  21. China1

    Emery is like an addict with xhaka it’s unreal

    ‘I know it isn’t good for me. I know it will be the end of me. But maybe this time will be different? Just one more match won’t hurt surely???’

    Watch and see what happens if xhaka plays badly/makes a major gaffe. Why does emery do this to himself?

  22. China1

    Also I don’t think the fans will be very forgiving of xhaka because he never gave a proper apology and he spent the last week or two chatting shit about it

    Seriously just watch what happens when one of our worst and most gaffe prone players makes his next mistake. It’s going to be ugly

  23. China1

    Mourinho will have them rally this season and next and collapse the season after

    So for the next 18 months expect to see spurs kick on

  24. Tony

    Lip service? Peace advocate or just wanting to keep his image intact?

    Never been a big Bellerin fan as a player or person.

    As a player he’s adequate, but not the star he thinks he is. Plenty of pace with no real end product and poor defensive awareness and ability.

    If Bellerin’s skills matched his big opinionated mouth, he’s be a world class RB.

    Sadly this isn’t the case. He’s a very ordinary/average PL player with too much to say who likes to play the rallying card with no real attentive audience other than the press.

    “‘It has been hard to deal with these situations’: Hector Bellerin admits Arsenal dressing room is split following Granit Xhaka incident

    Hector Bellerin says Arsenal dressing room is split over Granit Xhaka incident
    Xhaka was stripped of the captaincy after the midfielder told fans to ‘f*** off’

    Bellerin has called for unity as Arsenal attempt to return to winning ways”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7716567/Hector-Bellerin-admits-Arsenal-dressing-room-split-following-Granit-Xhaka-incident.html

  25. Nelson

    Like it or not, signing Jose will help Spuds gaining some prestige. Now they can act like a big club and can attract some top talents. I wouldn’t think that a young saucy coach would have the same drawing power as Jose.

  26. Tony

    Wouldn’t Emery training & playing LT in his preferred positions DM be the answer?

    How did we end up with a clown like Emery?

    Oh yes step forward Gazidis & Raul take a bow for the stunning due diligence you put into hiring such a PL unfit manager.

    “Unai Emery shows Lucas Torreira videos of his best Arsenal performances in bid to help midfielder rediscover his top form

    Unai Emery has shown Lucas Torreira videos of his best Arsenal performances

    Torreira has started four league games this season and hasn’t been at his best

    Uruguayan has been used further forward and has been linked with a move away”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7716013/Unai-Emery-shows-Lucas-Torreira-videos-best-Arsenal-displays-bid-boost-form.html

  27. Tony

    The North London challenge:

    Proactive Levy & Mourinho vs Reactive Raul, Edu & clueless Emery

    For now to be only judged on the remainder of this season so judge them in May.

    Who will finish higher in the PL?

    Who will win a trophy?

    With much anger and a very heavy heart I can see Levy & Mourinho being the more successful club this season.

    However, if we get rid of Emery, Xhaka, Mustafi, Kola & Ozil (still yet to perform better than Martinelli & the mis firing because of not playing to his strengths Pepe) and replace with a manager with sauce and players recently advocated by CA & others, we could and should heap pressure on Levy & Mourinho and maybe finish above the Spuds.

  28. Nelson

    Emery on Torreira ” his capacity to get in the box, to get opportunities to score, is very good for the team.”

    Emery still wants Torr to support the attack. Did he see that our midfield was so open and we were giving up many shots on goal. We saw so often that Torr didn’t have time to come back during a counter.

    Emery deployed Xhaka as the lone DM. Didn’t he see that Xhaka was not suitable to play that position. Did he realize that he has put Xhaka in a position to fail. Did he realize that he was the one who caused the fans to boo Xhaka. For me, he should apologize to Xhaka for screwing him up.

    I am afraid that we are stuck with an extremely stubborn coach.

  29. Un na naai

    PierreNovember 22, 2019 21:08:34
    It’s strange how things have changed at the Emirates and how edgy the crowd are.I can’t ever remember the Emirates crowd screaming for the defenders to hoof the ball up the pitch…they do now.The crowd had confidence in the players and manager to make the right decisions, hence why Arsenal had such an impressive home record .Our possession stats were probably averaging 65/70% and in the end , the amount of possession we had in those games enabled the team to break down opposition defences with sustained pressure. What we have now is a team that are vulnerable playing out from the back and vulnerable receiving the ball in midfield, which inevitably puts extra pressure on the defence .

    Pierre

    But we needed to clear the “deadwood”
    Ramsey, Ozil, Ox, Wilshere and Cazorla aren’t beast DMs. We just needed shit loads of big African beast DMs. Not cultured skilful midfielders

  30. Un na naai

    Graham

    Don’t be stupid
    Emery makes it easy for the likes of Watford and Norwich and Leicester to tear at us

    Even in Leicester’s title season we did the double on them

  31. Pierre

    Un
    “But we needed to clear the “deadwood”
    Ramsey, Ozil, Ox, Wilshere and Cazorla aren’t beast DMs. We just needed shit loads of big African beast DMs. Not cultured skilful midfielders”

    Technique is a dirty word at Arsenal these days.

    Though I still think with a half decent manager , the lot we have in midfield are better than what we are seeing atm.

    The days of the cultured skilful players have gone at Arsenal under Emery I’m afraid .

  32. Graham62

    CG

    Your 22:36 post last night made me chuckle.

    Without going into the details of the past decade or so, no one on here is disputing that we played in a far more pleasing manner and that the press conferences conducted by Wenger were easier on the eye(if you bought into them that is) but your perceptions that greed and power are now ruining the club shows that you are still in denial.

    Yes, the current regime are making us look stupid but this is actually no more stupid than watching the likes of Wenger and Gazidis screw us over big time and the club sitting back and doing nothing about it until it was too late.

    Every game is critical for Arsenal and Emery at present and like yourself, I genuinely believe that any form of slip up today against Southampton will have massive consequences on where Emery and AFC go next.

    That’s why we should all be hoping for a Saints smash and grab, to rid us of this painful negativity.

    Shoot me.

  33. Graham62

    Un na naai

    Don’t need a lesson on Emery’s methods. I know they’re crap.

    As for our “double” over Leicester in their title season, sort of irrelevant don’t you think.

  34. CG

    Graham 1

    “”” That’s why we should all be hoping for a Saints smash and grab, to rid us of this painful negativity.””””

    I don’t think will Saints will Smash and Grab anything.

    It’s more likely we will be smashing and grabbing if we get 3 points.

    (We will play like The Underdogs.)

    We have not beaten any team by more than one goal this season.

    Today’s soccer offering- if you can call it that- will be akin to picking scabs off a sore.

    I really hope therapy is at hand for the fans who will be attending today.

    (To Think That character in the Shining was a Gooner once.There will be more Jack Nicholsons on the way after today ,I am sure.)

    Graham 2

    “”””Shoot me””””

    Mmmm.

  35. HillWood

    Pierre
    In reply to your post above at 21 08
    Around 2016 Wenger had instructed the players not to shoot at goal from outside the box
    That lead to endless passing around the penalty area often losing posestion and coming to nothing
    The frustrated crowd would scream at them just SHOOT

  36. CG

    James. Wood.

    “”””A Draw and the pain continues.?”””

    This pain ain’t going away for a while.

    So crank up The Morphine Levels.And start thinking of a new pastime.

    Play bridge…?
    Great game……

    The damage has been done.
    Raul has seen to that
    We are in the Widerness Years

    Cold,barren , desolate and grey.

  37. Graham62

    Pissing down with rain on the South coast…………….yet again!

    Looks like I’ll be sitting down to watch things unfold at the London stadium at lunchtime.

    Manuel v Jose.

    No love lost there.

    Will Jose get the Spuds firing again?

    Will WH continue their slide?

    3-1 Spuds.

  38. CG

    Graham

    Re: Wengers Regression .

    How can anyone criticize Wenger now- when after £200 million spent on players and a whole new raft of management added to the wage bill eg:

    (edu/Hussey/raul/vinny)
    And we are worse in every piece of criteria and data ?

    Had it been a roaring success post Wenger off course criticisms of him would have been totally valid.

    You are just being a LWB ( Lazy Wenger Basher)

    Criticisms of him are fine and dandy.
    Lazy ones are not.

    Enjoy being in The Wilderness
    (Now Shedtime Sinbin for you.)

    Come and see me after the Saints Come Marching In.

  39. Un na naai

    Graham

    Nope. Highly relevant when you’re making false claims over how we used to make it easy for the opposition

    Now we really roll over
    You moaned like a cheap hooker back then but you didn’t know how good you had it

    Pierre

    Yeah I was being sarcastic mate
    We’ve cleared out our technical attacking mids and replaced them with pedestrian neat and tidy no marks

  40. McBright is Wright

    We blame the Kronkes’ for doing what executives do – delegate
    we blame the board for waiting on Emery, but we all know a hurried sack will bring us back to blaming the board for not sacking soon. So they wait, because in any case we’ll still blame them. That’s what we do best… apportioning the blame game. Everyone else but us, has got to be blamed.

  41. Graham62

    Un na naai

    Ah yes, the joys of “back then”, when a manager who had been at the club so many years led us down the spiral staircase, instead of expanding on what we had.

    “Back then” for me was pre 2006, before our move to be with the big boys.

    Don’t bring Emery into the equation.

    We all know he’s not fit for purpose.

  42. Pierre

    Hillwood
    Scoring on average 2.5 goals a game at home and winning over 75% of home games from the period you mentioned , is confirmation to me that the fans who shouted shoot , struggled to understand how effective this strategy was.

    Arsenal 2016/17 League average

    Points per game 2.37 1.70
    % Wins 74% 49%
    % Defeats 11% 29%
    Goals scored per game 2.05 1.60
    Goals conceded per game 0.84 1.20

    Arsenal 2017/18 League average
    Points per game 2.47 1.63
    % Wins 79% 46%
    % Defeats 11% 28%
    Goals scored per game 2.84 1.53
    Goals conceded per game1.05 1.15

  43. Un na naai

    Graham

    Don’t be silly. Why would I not bring emery into the equation when your head is still stuck “back then” and we currently are in a worse position? Instead of focusing on the here and now you’re busy attending to your unhealthy wenger obsession and it’s highly contradictory considering we have bigger problems than we ever had at the very worst of wenger’s charge.
    Maybe if the likes of you were as outraged now at a far worse manager we might be above to get rid of him and force the change that you claim you’ve wanted for so long

    It begs the question, did you really want to see us improve or were you just trying to get rid of wenger no matter the cost?

  44. Kay

    So Emery comments on Torriera that he should do build up play from dm and bla bla bla. I think we are wasting another 1 month with this man.

    He just can’t do it simples, over complicates stuff and gets screwed.

  45. Un na naai

    Kay

    Well then why hasn’t he played him in that role rather than pushing him upfield? He’s a weasel and liar, just trying to weasel his way out of any criticism.

  46. Pierre

    Asked why Torreira hadn’t been featuring as a conventional defensive midfielder ahead of Saturday’s must-win match against Southampton, Emery said:

    “But what is a defensive midfielder …
    We need that position for the capacity to build up, it’s a big responsibility. He needs to achieve confidence, achieve more matches and more experience to take the confidence to do that. He can play as a defensive midfielder but we need a defensive midfielder [to be] offensive because the build up for us is very important. Lucas can learn and improve but to give him that responsibility of building up and creating a lot of combinations with our team, he needs more time to learn or improve in that issue.”

    Maybe someone needs to have a word with Emery.
    All you hear from Emery is Torreira needs to be better offensively and Ozil needs to be better defensively.

    Let’s say he is correct , what has he been doing to rectify the situation.

    So far , Emery’s answer has been to leave them out of the side and all that has achieved is Arsenal not having their best defensive midfielder and our most creative midfielder in the starting line up.

    Hows this for an idea ….play Torreira as our defensive midfielder and play Ozil as our attacking midfielder

    It might just work.

    Play Bellerin and Tierney
    Play Pepe Aubameyang and Lacazette.

    He could even play xhaka alongside Torreira and we would have a balanced team .

  47. Un na naai

    Maybe someone needs to have a word with Emery.
    All you hear from Emery is Torreira needs to be better offensively and Ozil needs to be better defensively.

    Pierre
    Well maybe he needs to start getting them doing what they do best before giving them additional duties

    He’s a bumbling fucking fool
    And a spineless jellyfish to boot
    Terrible combination

  48. CG

    Our Clown…

    (via Pierre)

    “””””He can play as a defensive midfielder but we need a defensive midfielder [to be] offensive because ………”””””

    Please Pierre can you send that to Matt Scott……. see if he can decipher it- he might because he is a ‘smart arse’- like Emery too.

    What chance have you got with this man.?
    And how can he be allowed to continue to Besmirch the name of The Arsenal?

    If anyone don’t think this whole New Regime dont need sacking then they clearly wish for Arsenals demise.

    An earth shattering comment!

  49. S Asoa

    Quoting
    “Emery is like an addict with xhaka it’s unreal‘I know it isn’t good for me. I know it will be the end of me. But maybe this time will be different? Just one more match won’t hurt surely???’Watch and see what happens if xhaka plays badly/makes a major gaffe. Why does emery do this to himself? “
    Err
    Who’s got a good arse ?

  50. Cesc Appeal

    Mourinho has reinstated Dier right away, a player he chased at United.

    That Spurs forward line has the potential to be something.

    Interested to see how this goes.

    Obviously have to be mindful of the new manager boost that usually occurs, by the end of the season we will see his real effect.

    Personally would have liked Mourinho to replace Emery…but only on a short deal to the end of the season. Certainly wouldn’t have gone for a 3 year possibly 5 year deal as Spurs have.

  51. HighburyLegend

    “Why does emery do this to himself?”

    A question asked by someone who’s never ever been addicted to another person’s dick.

  52. David Smith

    Emery continues to confuse as usual.
    Can only assume that the likes of ES are correct in thinking it’s possible Emery is only here because their choice to replace him is not available until the summer – Vieirinha, Arteta, Howe, Roberto Martinez, Rogers or whoever , not all my choice but any would be a massive improvement
    Even Freddie as caretaker won’t do any worse, and may in fact improve things

  53. Guns of Hackney

    Amazingly Peter has described my abusiveness in one paragraph. I liken myself to the suave bastard that terrorised Julia Roberts in that movie where he played heavy classical while he made tender love to her.

    Xhaka just plain stinks. As Peter said, zero to do with armband, more to do with the shitness.

    Jose will do okay for spurs for a time until someone leaves a can, label facing backwards in the cupboard, and he’ll alienate them, verbally abuse them and then get sacked with another £30m pay off.

    Emery out.

  54. Dissenter

    Fortune favors the brave.
    I’m not a big fan of Mourhino but I acknowledge that he will give them that new manager bounce that will last the rest of the season. They will still crash and burn medium term.

    We are still twiddling our thumbs and hoping the fairy goddess drops by to sprinkle magic dust on Emery.

    Just makes me sick seeing them seem like they are kicking off their season.

  55. Spanishdave

    There you go get a winner as a manager and see what happens.
    We prefer projects and dick heads like Emery, looser management and an owner who doesn’t give a shit.
    Great isn’t it?

  56. Dissenter

    Why does Son generate so much good feelings from opposition fans?
    Don’t let his smile disarm your natural spuds hatred.
    He dives, cheats and tackles as bad as any other player.

  57. HighburyLegend

    No surprise there, this is the “Maureen effect”, part one.

    Just avoid to tell Edu and Raul that bring a new manager can be good for your team, they will not even know what you’re talking about. Lol

  58. Nelson

    SPUDs is playing a typical 4 2 3 1 with two fast wingers opening up the field. Son is technically very good. He is very dynamic. Emery should ask Pepe to study how Son plays.

  59. Ishola70

    Dissenter
    “Why does Son generate so much good feelings from opposition fans?”

    What are you on about.

    A dangerous poor challenge is just that regardless if there are any sympathies for the player or not.

    It was a very bad challenge and the West Ham player that committed it should have been sent off.

  60. Dissenter

    HighburyLegend
    I think Mr. Levi is not looking past the “mareeen effect part 1”
    You can’t afford tomtit on your arse and do nothing when you’ve just built a £1 billion stadium, you just can’t play safe and think small.
    When the Mourhino effect predictably sours…he will fire him and move on.

  61. Ishola70

    Should be no surprise to anyone if Spurs recover and pick up plenty of points until the end of the season.

    As has been said by many Mourinho is pretty good coming into clubs for the short term and it’s not as if he has an under par squad to work with.

    It’s a good squad they have.

  62. Dissenter

    Ishola
    Shouldn’t you just stick to bashing Xhaka.

    It was not a definite red card, he got the ball clearly and caught Son with the trailing foot. It wasn’t even that high. That wasn’t a dirty challenge by any means.
    Sheath your toy dagger and stop moaning.

  63. Ishola70

    Dissenter

    The West Ham player went flying in with his foot up and caught the player.

    It was reckless and it was dangerous. Another day he gets sent off for that.

    He cut him in two.

  64. Graham62

    Spuds already showing the benefits of change.

    So many players in the team that follow the Mourinho principles and work ethic.

    Posted 3-1 win yesterday. Could be a real tonking.

    West Ham look bereft of ideas.

  65. Ishola70

    Dissenter
    “Shouldn’t you just stick to bashing Xhaka.”

    This is getting quite boring now.

    I talk about other Arsenal related stuff for a long while now as much as anything about Xhaka.

    I think you will find I used to rag on Xhaka much more a year or so ago when fools like you still had time for him and I was trying to get people to their senses. The more people realised what a tool he was the less was said about him from me on here in comparison to previous.

    I laugh about Xhaka now instead of getting annoyed with him.

  66. Samesong

    Hammers players look like they have checked out already.

    Spurs have struggled away recently and making it look light work with Mourinho at the helm.

  67. Un na naai

    Told you. The Jose effect. He is gonna take spurs up with the top 2. Said it on Monday and I’m sticking to it

    You don’t lose quality because you went to the impossible job at United

  68. Graham62

    3-0!

    This is not MU.

    Spuds head and shoulders ahead of the Mancs when it comes to the Mourinho philosophy.

    Mark my words, this is going to be a marriage made in heaven.

  69. Dissenter

    Un nai
    Josew is like a burst of Adrenaline, there’s a major surge in the immediate short term followed by the predictable crash and hefty pay out.
    That’s why many here don’t think he’s the right fit for Arsenal.

  70. Pierre

    The spurs result today will go down like a ton of bricks with Arsenal fans if we don’t get a result today.

    It could be a defining day, especially if Emery plays Aubameyang and lacazette as the centre back pairing as they need to improve the defensive side of their game.

  71. Ishola70

    Pierre
    “The spurs result today will go down like a ton of bricks with Arsenal fans if we don’t get a result today.”

    Emery himself will go down like a ton of bricks if he can’t beat Southampton at home.

    “Walls come tumbling down”

  72. Dissenter

    I think we have to do more than just eke out a scrappy win.
    We have to actually control a game, not concede cheap goals and make playing of the back look like threading a needle.

  73. Receding Hairline

    Having said that we really should be annihilating a very poor Saints team this afternoon.

    Lots of negativity has been flying around for weeks now, the players have made all the right noises, now that needs to translate to convincing performances at home and less embarrassing ones away.

  74. peanuts&monkeys

    Arsenal mngt losing a golden chance to change its fortunes by not getting Poch. Poch’s sacking is Godsent. of course, its another thing if Poch would want to take up such a challenging assignment where it is most certain a trophy will continue to elude to come his way.

  75. Ishola70

    Receding Hairline
    “Having said that we really should be annihilating a very poor Saints team this afternoon.”

    They only lost to Man City away the other week 2-1.

    They should be beaten but annihilation maybe not so.

  76. Receding Hairline

    Ishola i have watched them play..they are really bad 70% of the time.

    I don’t think their performance at City should be a benchmark, although i am pretty sure Emery has watched that City game 300 times and is now a nervous wreck

  77. Nelson

    Arsenal XI confirmed: Leno; Chambers, Luiz, Sokratis; Bellerin, Torreira, Guendouzi, Tierney; Ozil; Lacazette, Aubameyang

  78. Ishola70

    lol desperation from Emery playing a back three at home to the likes of Southampton.

    Who else played a back three in a home match against a sub-par EPL team recently?

    Yeah it was Poch Spurs playing Watford at home.

  79. Dissenter

    We are set up without any wide player.
    Pepe’s confidence must be gutter level by now. Emery hasn’t managed him well.

  80. Ishola70

    Bergkamp63
    “Nothing says I’m shitting my pants like playing 5 at the back at home to relegation fodder !”

    Poch did it against Watford at home the other month.

    It’s the sign of a desperate manager.

  81. Batistuta

    Isn’t that playing with wing backs? Bellerin and Tierney as that? Some of you are just plain boring with the whole thing now

  82. Dissenter

    Receding
    “You can call it a back five and wail or you can understand the two full backs are actually playing as wing backs today”

    Why plays conservatively against a side that will come to stoutly defend and pack the middle?
    We are at home, lets not forget that

  83. Receding Hairline

    “Pepe’s confidence must be gutter level by now. Emery hasn’t managed him well.”

    Pepe has started 8 of 11 Premier league games played this season, his performances were so called some of you here called him the new Gervinho.

  84. Dissenter

    Receding
    What better game to deploy you struggling record signing than a home game against a side in poor defensive form.
    Only two posters called Pepe the new Gervinho, your “some of you here” routine is unnecessary.

  85. Receding Hairline

    “Why plays conservatively against a side that will come to stoutly defend and pack the middle?”

    You just said it yourself, they will pack the middle so you go down the sides with two very fast full backs who can then deliver good cutbacks…very simple really

    Again Pepe has started 8/11 league games this season, no exactly lacking game time

  86. Receding Hairline

    “What better game to deploy you struggling record signing than a home game against a side in poor defensive form.”

    You seem to love your flat track bullys, he can come on later and tear them a new one, we do have three substitutions to make.

    Your two strikers upfront have not scored in quite a while now, maybe worry about them getting back on the score sheet against the “strugglers”

  87. Edu me a favour

    Pepe got back late from his international , that might have something to do with it

    I remember the days when people were clamouring for wenger to play 3 at the back ….

  88. gazzap

    So we have the best wingers in the league and yet both on the bench and we play defenders out wide. Jeez. 3 at the back again. BORING.

  89. Dissenter

    Receding
    “Your two strikers upfront have not scored in quite a while now, maybe worry about them getting back on the score sheet against the “strugglers””

    Precisely the point I’m making
    Why he is he deploying both Auba and Lacazette, when the club helped out with a wide player in the summer window?
    Laca should be the one coming in as a sub.
    Anyways the die is cast already.

  90. Ishola70

    Edu me a favour
    “I remember the days when people were clamouring for wenger to play 3 at the back ….”

    Yeah because results were shit prior to that just like they are now with Emery.

    It’s only done when under strain.

  91. Dissenter

    “Pepe got back late from his international , that might have something to do with it”

    Was he traveling economy class on a 20-hr non stop flight?