3 interesting players linked

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Racism reared its ugly head again, this time at Spurs, Rudiger claimed he heard monkey chants heading in his direction. The problem was so bad, the Spurs stadium announcer had to ask that it stop.

Quite incredible that people feel emboldened enough to do such disgusting things in public. This sort of thing isn’t even just the fault of the people doing it, it’s the people that sit near the idiots and laugh it off. It’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure this sort of thing doesn’t go on in the stadium. We had a guy who sat near us that did gross things like that, he lost his ticket because Arsenal fans wouldn’t tolerate it.

Karma was a bitch, BORN WINNER Jose Mourinho recorded another loss against a top side as Spurs capitulated against a Chelsea side that have been all over the place of late. I love it. His nice-as-pecan-pie demeanour is usually linked to how well his side is playing… when shit hits the fan, the mask will slip and he’ll be bitching about the lack of investment and his hideous lot in life. He’s the ultimate victim.

On the Arsenal front, we’re being linked with Kevin Volland. I don’t feel sexy at the thought, but I can kind of see what the idea is there. He’s good at holding up the ball, he’s fast, and he brings people into the game. He’s not as good at finishing as Auba, but he has a lot more assists. He’s also more industrious and powerful than both our strikers, Bayer have usually had a hard pressing approach to the game, which is more in keeping with the sort of vision Arteta will have of the game. I think he’s a bit like a shorter Giroud, which again, doesn’t arouse me, but no one has been involved in more goals than him in 2019 (Germany)

We’re also being linked with Dries Mertens as he has a year left to go on his deal. A spectacular player who should have moved to a bigger club a few years ago. He’s 32 years old though, he’s playing in a slower league, my suspicions are this sort of linkage is just to bump him to the top of mind for clubs looking for a quick solution this summer. I’m not sure he’s the age demo we need, it’s not like we have much chance of top 4 this season, regardless of how close we are. Short-termism is pointless and that Swiss guy we had was a disaster.

Szoboszlai is the midfielder that has me waking up in a mess. The Hungarian would vote for Brexit, wear a Maga hat to the office, and probably be an HR issue if he worked in an advertising agency, but damn… what a player.

He’s big, powerful, can dribble, shoot from long range and he works at a club that has one of the most effective approaches to pressing in the world. He reminds me of a cross between Kai Havertz and Aaron Ramsey. Would be a dream type of player to slip into our midfield. Wouldn’t mind his partner, Haaland, playing upfront… but it looks like OGS is very close to him.

Arteta has been talking more with the club and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.

“The direction’s going to be very clear & it’s not going to be negotiable. I will need the players to be on board with the right attitude, with the right passion & commitment. Step by step, we will be improving and reaching to find the right identity for us”

“We have to have passion, we have to be dominant, we have to be aggressive. We have to play in the opponent’s territory as much as we want. I want the ball, I want to attack them as much as possible, I want to prevent them from attacking as much as possible”

If you were a player, how could you not be excited about a manager that wanted to play football the right way?

Instead of rambling off on why I love the noises from Arteta, here is a solo podcast for your ears delight, enjoy, give me a 5* for Christmas.


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  1. Cesc Appeal

    ‘For some weeks now, Arsenal have deemed central midfield to be an area in need of urgent attention, and Arteta is expected to concur with that assessment. While hopes remain high for Guendouzi and Willock, there are doubts over the future of the other three CM’s.’

    The Athletic.

    There is sense at the club!

  2. Freddie Ljungberg

    Can’t believe some fans are still pining for Jack and Ox and the rest of our perennially injured brigade of rejects.

    Jack has played 6 PL games for West Ham, is injured again and some are still arguing that we should have kept him, smh.

    Ox and Ramsey a little better at staying fir but not by much. Have to learn to spend our wages better and move away from what’s been holding us back for so long. Next step Ozil.



  3. Freddie Ljungberg


    That’s encouraging, we need at least 1 and preferably 2 midfielders in January. Would even hold off buying a CB if we could sort that midfield out once and for all. More midfielders with world class potential up for grabs this window than CBs I think. Don’t want anymore stops gaps in important positions.

  4. Dissenter

    The club isn’t going to bring in anyone until they can move some of the current players out.
    I suspect that some people’s hopes will be dashed.
    Maybe if there’s a loan move available.

  5. Bamford10

    Cesc, Freddie

    Sounds like they agree with what some of us have been saying about our midfield personnel for some time: not good enough, inadequate for the PL.

  6. Pierre

    ” a clean slate ” Arteta said , 2 days after I was criticised for saying exactly the same.

    Very intelligent way of looking at things I have to say.

    Looking forward to see who is and isn’t up to scratch , at least we know everyone will get a fair crack of the whip.

  7. Bamford10


    I don’t think it makes sense to compare Arteta’s performance to Ancelotti’s performance over the next five months. At least not in any simple way. The two will be working with very different squads, and the two will have very different projects. Arteta is tasked not only with improving our performances and results but with building a new culture, a new style of play, a new way of thinking, a new approach. As a result, this will not be a straight-line improvement process. Ancelotti’s task is simpler in a sense (although he’s obviously working with an inadequate squad as well) in that he only needs to implement a formation, an XI and an approach that gets them better results. He’s not going to be building a new culture.

  8. Bamford10


    Yes, it is the smart approach, even if it’s not the approach many of us would’ve taken given how long we’ve been frustrated with this or that player, how much evidence we feel we have against this or that player.

    At the same time, however, let’s not pretend that Arteta is unaware of Freddie’s (or Raul’s, or Edu’s) assessment of Ozil’s work-rate and attitude. There is good reason to believe that Freddie was not happy with Ozil’s work-rate and attitude, and there is every reason to believe that Freddie has passed this along to Arteta. Arteta is going in with an open mind — the right approach — but I’m sure he is looking carefully at the work-rate and attitude of every player and of certain players in particular.

    That attitude and work-rate (in training and in matches) is absolutely essential to Arteta is clear from a number of things we’ve heard and seen so far. He told the players he would be watching people’s “body language” from the stands against Everton. When he was shown the training grounds, he asked about whether we have video drones; these will allow him to watch how players were working (or not working) in training, in this or that drill or exercise, to observe their work-rate, their body-language, etc. When speaking to a writer the other day, one Arsenal player said something like: “coach has made it clear that he will be playing the players who run,” and the player’s emphasis was on the word “run”.

    It will be interesting to see how Ozil fares under the new regime. You believe, I take it, that Ozil will flourish (under any appropriate, right-minded manager, and I trust that you regard Arteta as such a manager); many of us have our doubts about this.