Transfer rumours hotting up as Arteta admits we’re in market

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It’s a quiet weekend for Arsenal fans as we play legendary Marcelo Bielsa on Monday night in the FA Cup.

My Uncle is a Leeds fan, home and away back in the day, he reckons they’ll rest heavily as they’re 9 points clear of the chasing pack for promotion and they have a tiny squad with a Chairman who doesn’t want to spend.

Arsenal will no doubt look to field a weakened squad.

I think Mikel is going to want to see what some of the kids can do for us. He doesn’t have a league cup to work with this season, so this is a good chance to start players like Willock, Saka (start him as a winger), Burton, Matteo, John-Jules and Eddie. Also a good chance for Ceballos to show he can cut it in the Premier League after a very stuttery start to his career. I also think he’ll be acutely aware that his players are dropping like flies and will continue to as he works with Shad to upgrade their fitness levels.

The FA Cup is important, we all love a day out, but it’s not more important than having a fit team to chase top 4 in the Premier League, and more importantly, giving us some solid foundations to make a good go of the Europa League when it starts back up in February.

Before we move onto transfers, can someone explain this?

I think the brain-trust at Arsenal met over the past couple of days to discuss what’s happening with loan players, and I’ve no doubt they’re working out what they can get away with until the end of the season.

Auba reckons the English press are talking shite about him wanting away right now, I have to say, if his performances are anything to go by that’s absolutely true. I also suspect Granit Xhaka might give Arsenal a second chance, Hertha Berlin under Klinsmann sounded rough, but now Arteta is here, surely it must be a touch vom-inducing? The manager has worked out where his strengths are and figured a way to limit his weaknesses inside 3 games… an unreal achievement, and potentially the key to a lot of success in the backend of the season.

A false three… still makes me damp. I absolutely love that all the tactics nerds are perving over our minutes now. Makes a change to have an innovative coach in the dugout, doesn’t it?!

Chambers looks to have a very serious injury, that leaves us short a centre back. There’s talk about us loaning Boateng for the rest of the season, a move I really don’t like the sound of. Asking old players to adapt to a fast league rarely works out. The fact Bayern are saying they’ll take a zero fee tells you all you need to know there. There’s also a lot of hot talk about Upemacano, a player I falsely said had a bad knee because a website had duff data. I struggle with this one as Leipzig are in a title fight and though they are savvy business folk, I’m not sure they’d need to sell. That said, he is down to 18 months, they might want to cash in because they fear he’ll mail it in like Alexis did. The cretin.

A move that intrigued me was Umtiti. He was rumoured to be in the ground for the United game. He’s played about 7 games this season and could be open to a loan. Reeks of contacts scouting, but if he’s fit, you can’t deny he’s not a world-class operator and at his peak at 25 years old.

I’d also like to see us invest some power into the midfield. Ndidi is a fantasy, but a player of his ilk with a good range of passing is something we’ve cried out for over the years.

I have to say, I knew the squad was better than we thought, but I really wasn’t convinced Torreira could hit the heights we were looking for. I worried he was too small to hack it. 3 games in and he’s looking and absolute world-beater.

There are some rumours doing the rounds about Matteo potentially being moved on at some point. Some rumblings that his warm-up the other day wasn’t very good and he was called out. I have also heard that behind the scenes, his attitude has not been up to the standards you’d expect of someone so young. He’s a great talent, but he’s not performing. If his values don’t map to the clubs, he’ll be moved on. Hopefully, it’s just a case of being a dope, like most of us were at 20 years old. Surely he can see that he’s at the right place to elevate his talent?

The Max Aarons story is also one to watch. According to rumour, the club are worried about the lack of pace Bellerin has shown since he returned, so they’re considering Aarons who is very fast with lots of stamina. Have to admit, I thought the same when I’ve watched the Spaniard this season, he’s looked half a yard short. Hopefully that’s just part of the deal when you return from a serious injury, would love to have him back at the top of his game.

Right, that’s all I have today, more of a Leeds preview tomorrow. x

P.S. Jump on the podcast, I’m on with Matt.

464 Responses to “Transfer rumours hotting up as Arteta admits we’re in market”

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  1. Marko

    From what I remember Marko argued Emery needed time. And Most of our defenders were poor. And he also said they were beyond coaching for a team aspiring more than a Europa league spot. He said we needed better defenders.

    Not so much that he needed time I argued that whoever took over from Wenger needed time and transfer windows before being properly judged and not 6 months in but he should have been sacked pre international break way back when. Even now after Mikel’s first victory and clean sheet I still maintain he needs signings and better players especially in defence.

  2. Habesha Gooner

    Un na naai
    I don’t agree with the “A coach doesn’t matter” comment if it was ever said. But one thing I agree with marko is before last summer’s Investment in players our squad wasn’t good enough to be a top four team. But at the start of this season I thought it was good enough to finish in top four on the basis of comparing with other teams . Emery just screwed up the start of the season so bad. It is also the reason we are still within a shout of top four eventhough we are having the worst season in memory.
    I also thought Arteta was a massive gamble we shouldn’t take before he got hired. That I and the arteta doubters need to hold our hands up to.

  3. azed

    Are you actually disputing he can’t cover that much distance in a smaller space with more intensity?

    Lego hair

    For Ozil to cover more distance in a smaller space in a football match, he’ll have to have done some endless running even when the ball is out of play.

    There’s a reason center backs don’t usually run as much as full backs….. They cover a smaller area..

    See this Match report

    “Ozil has the freedom of the center of the park and is creating chances again. Ironically, with what appears to be less rigid defensive responsibilities, he’s tracking back and winning possession more frequently than ever before.”

  4. CG

    UN

    “””CG, Calf muscles though? Any good?””

    No comment …

    Calf muscles was so 2019!

    2020 is all about fine art returning to The Arsenal…..

    We need to do 3 things.

    1.) Beat Liverpool

    2) Win our 14th FA cup.

    3) Act like The Arsenal …..no cheating….no diving……no refereeing…….no spitting…….no snarling……..no spivvving…….no agents…..no being cynical…..no deliberate fouling……

    Just like it should be.

    Am I right or am I right?

  5. Un na naai

    Even now after Mikel’s first victory and clean sheet I still maintain he needs signings and better players especially in defence.

    Marko
    Ah
    Now we are getting the watered down version while you squirm for a way out.

    You said that this team cannot improve through coaching alone. Yes it’s only 3 games in and already we are seeing an “identity” taking shape. The closest thing we got to an identity under emery was the 6 yard cut back from the full backs.
    Arteta has already shown what can be achieved in just 3 games
    Two against sides you claim have better squads

    Not bad is it? Good old fashioned coaching.

  6. Pedro

    Habesha, it would have finished top 4 last season with a better coach. It would have finished top 4 this season if we’d started with a better coach.

  7. Tom

    Emery turned out to be a massive failure but to pretend Ozil wasn’t a lazy sob and didn’t down tools on him , just as did some of other Arsenal players , is to be in denial.
    The moment Ozil told Emery he was no coach and didn’t get canned permanently, was the moment Emery’s faith was sealed.
    No wonder Arsenal players made fun of his accent behind his back,- which btw ,was about as unprofessional a thing to have done as one can imagine.

    Likewise, Freddie never stood a chance because everyone knew he wasn’t there on permanent bases.

    The swift turnaround accomplished by Arteta ( knock on wood) is a huge credit to him and his know how but let’s not pretend some Arsenal players under Emery ,and to certain extent Freddie too, didn’t act like a bunch of fucking primadonnas , Ozil included.

  8. Graham62

    Good coaching is all about conveying a system and a set of principles and methods that the players understand and believe in.

    Under Emery, the players clearly did not believe in his methods. To an extent, the same could be said about playing under Wenger, because they knew, deep down,things would never change.

    From what I’ve seen over these last two weeks, Mikel Arteta is head and shoulders a far better “coach” than both Wenger and Emery.

    It’s so obvious.

  9. Un na naai

    MarkoJanuary 4, 2020 20:14:12
    And that emery wasn’t doing a bad job all he needed was the playersDefinitely never said that

    Hahaha
    Oh so you might have said the rest but not that? Interesting. Anyway dick head I know you’re a film buff so here’s a good one for you
    Memories of murder
    Korean
    Not finished it yet but so far it’s brilliant.
    If you liked the last one I recommended to you ( I saw the devil) then give this a whirl. Very highly rated and so far I’m thoroughly enjoying it

  10. Pierre

    Personally, I thought Ozil’s performance v United was nowhere near as good as being reported.

    Yes , he worked well for the team and he was tidy on the ball, he was his usual intelligent self on the pitch , he was unselfish in his play , nothing new there and his first touch and technique was immaculate as always.

    I expect to see a lot more of him in the final 3rd in the coming months , I expect him to form a Sanchez type relationship with Pepe and I want to see him commit the opposition instead of taking the easy option .

    Besides his extra work , I honestly believe his performance with the ball was no better or worse than the last 18 months.

    It’s just that the team was better balanced and he had protection behind him and as Ozil has always been a team player , he fitted into the system like a glove and kept the play simple but effective.

  11. PhD2020

    azedJanuary 4, 2020 20:16:24
    “Ozil has the freedom of the center of the park and is creating chances again. Ironically, with what appears to be less rigid defensive responsibilities, he’s tracking back and winning possession more frequently than ever before.”
    —-
    Aargh,I see now..So,he’s covering a larger area,with more intensity…

    To,be fair,there were times,where he looked like he was just jogging along…But not really closing the opposition down in our half…

    Just my opinion.
    But,I think,I see your point though..I think..

    Still, a whole bizarre argument to continue with late into the night.

    But,who am I to talk..
    lol

  12. Habesha Gooner

    Pedro the better coach would have helped us finish in the top four argument doesn’t make a point for me. Squad wise Chelsea, Tottenham Liverpool and Man city were better. If arsenal and all four teams were given the same level of coaching we would have finished fifth. Chelsea might have finished higher if they had a better coach than sarri, and pochettino could have done better in another season. Squad wise they were just better.

  13. Lego Hair

    Azed

    ‘ For Ozil to cover more distance in a smaller space in a football match, he’ll have to have done some endless running even when the ball is out of plaY’

    What are you being so dense and so literal for? When I say a small area and smaller distances I don’t mean a 1×1 meter square and he does 1,000 1m high intensity sprints ffs.

    Stop talking about this. I’ve had enough going round in circles. You can’t grasp the most simple of things regarding the fitness of this team when it’s come from the horses mouth.

    Note to azed: that’s a turn of phrase a horse didn’t literally say that.

  14. Freddie Ljungberg

    We’ve won 1 game, at home, against what many think is the worst Man U team in a very long time, under a coach many think should be facing the sack.

    Yes, we have performed better in the last 3 games, still only have 4 points to show for it, maybe hold on before crowning Ozil, Xhaka, Mustafi etc changed men and suddenly top performers.

    Ozil has probably been at his best for 2+ years in these last 3 games and he’s still only had 90 minutes of good football in all the matches combined, he’s 31 and on 350k a week, there’s a major doubt that he can keep this up since he’s never been a full match kind of player.
    That he needs replacing from both a sporting and financial standpoint isn’t really debatable no matter how much Pierre is jizzing his pants and thinks he’s vindicated.

    Xhaka has had decent spells before, he always has mistakes in him though and he will always have the disadvantage of speed, or more the lack of it, it hasn’t been exposed thus far ( except when Man U got the free kick at the end that Fred skied over) but there’s no doubt that it will again and again.

    Torreira has been doing great in the last 3 games but he’s asked to do too much and is going to burn out like last season if he doesn’t get help. With his all action style he needs to be in top physical condition to be effective, if his energy levels drops off he’s a completely different player.

    I guess we will find out, if Arteta really insists on holding onto Xhaka and we don’t get another CB we’ll see if coaching alone can get us shooting up the table to where we want to be or not, I have my doubts.

  15. Marc

    Pedro

    “Habesha, it would have finished top 4 last season with a better coach. It would have finished top 4 this season if we’d started with a better coach.”

    So when do you think we’ll hire this better coach? Any thoughts on who it should be?

  16. PhD2020

    I guess we will find out, if Arteta really insists on holding onto Xhaka

    That man,should be sold ASAP…He’s a liability.The last few years,have proven testimony to that.Costs us,far more than he brings to the table.

  17. Pierre

    Tom
    “The moment Ozil told Emery he was no coach and didn’t get canned permanently, was the moment Emery’s faith was sealed.”

    And for this ozil deserves a statue outside the Emirates .

    Ozil, in effect , saved the club by refusing to leave and sticking to his principles ..

    As you said , Ozil sealed Emery’s fate, as I always said he would ( sorry had to get that bit in)

  18. Bill

    Arsenal picked up two world class S&C experts in Forsyth and Burgess. I assume there were clashes as they may have had different views alternatively they had pretty much the same views and ideas, making the employment of both redundant.

    I’m with Pedro on this, I really don’t think we need Mikel to bring in his own guy. To be honest, the executive board should have blocked Emery’s man, especially as we already had Forsyth and Burgess on board. A definite case of too many cooks.

  19. azed

    What are you being so dense and so literal for? When I say a small area and smaller distances I don’t mean a 1×1 meter square and he does 1,000 1m high intensity sprints ffs.

    So when Emery told Ozil to track back did Emery say he should cover the whole field?

    Like I said, the hypocrisy stinks then now trying to justify the hypocrisy.

    Emery asked Ozil to help out defensively, Pierre and probably you went haywire like it was an abomination for Ozil to defend, now you are justifying it…

  20. Pierre

    Azed
    You have been digging this hole for 8 hours , it’s time to take a break .

    Anyways, your mate fred is on here now looking to pick an argument about Ozil, the thing is , I don’t need to educate you anymore , all you have to do is watch how Ozil plays in a functional system.

    Look and learn.

  21. Marc

    Pierre

    To say it was Ozil who was the reason we got rid of Emery is a bit rich. That would imply he was amazing before Emery which he wasn’t, it would imply that we can’t play or win matches without Ozil – let’s see if Ozil can maintain a workload and isn’t pushed aside by Arteta in the summer.

    In fact if he’s that good Arteta will be pushing for a contract extension.

  22. Bill

    PhD, I assume Mikel wants to keep him for this season due to targets not being available. There are a number of priorities and the amount of money available is not yet finalised. Furthermore, those priorities may change depending on the futures of Auba and Laca.
    I think Arteta is using the Pep method of lavishing OTT praise on players. I suspect he will show his ruthlessness at the end of the season. Just how far he will show his teeth will depend on several factors: amount of available funds, ease of raising money by player sales, availability of targets, progress of those injured and ability to tie down players he thinks are key to his strategy.
    Emery has made all if this more difficult with his mismanagement of players and morale.

  23. PhD2020

    What a lovely weekend..

    And I’ve had a mare to boot-to top up proceedings..

    Well,the week is soon upon us..So,will wind down,on some of that Jesus juice..

  24. CG

    Pierre

    Ozil v The Clown?

    And the Delinquents and Deplorables backed the Clown.

    I cant wait for Ozils book….

    Isn’t just wonderful when you see fotos of Arteta coaching he aint got a bloody clipboard in his hand?

    Arsenal and PSG fans should unite….a Unai Emery day of suffering…..

    The day that man was sent packing from their clubs.

    He wont be asked to come back on special occasions/anniversaries I am sure

    Air Brushed already?

  25. PhD2020

    BillJanuary 4, 2020 20:41:42
    PhD, I assume Mikel wants to keep him for this season due to targets not being available. There are a number of priorities and the amount of money available is not yet finalised. Furthermore, those priorities may change depending on the futures of Auba and Laca.
    I think Arteta is using the Pep method of lavishing OTT praise on players. I suspect he will show his ruthlessness at the end of the season. Just how far he will show his teeth will depend on several factors: amount of available funds, ease of raising money by player sales, availability of targets, progress of those injured and ability to tie down players he thinks are key to his strategy.
    Emery has made all if this more difficult with his mismanagement of players and morale.
    —-

    Yes,I agree with this.And is what I think also..

    He needs all the reinforcements at his disposal right now.I do believe,he will jettison Xhaka come summer..

    It’s all about the collective right now, and people buying into his vision/philosophy.As in.the players.

    Too be fair,would not be surprised to see Miki recalled back..

  26. Pedro

    Bill, correct.

    Arteta won’t be bringing in his own fitness guy. If there is a hire, it’ll come through Edu and Shad. Club shouldn’t have let Emery hire in so many of his mates, disgraceful after saying they wanted to modernize.

  27. Freddie Ljungberg

    Pierre

    Ozil has been good these last 3 games, but only in flashes before he disappears, and only by his own very low standard these last 2 years. There are still many CAMs in the PL alone that contributes far more on both sides of the ball and that’s not taking into account his age or wages.

    I hope he can keep this up until the end of the season, both home and away, for 90 minutes a game because that would be good for my team and we would maybe even get a fee for him when he leaves. How likely do you think any of that is Pierre? Genuinely curious

  28. Lego Hair

    Azed just stop. It’s very clear from your last post what this is about.

    We get it you’re going into bat for emery and will die in the trenches for him.

    Very noble.

  29. Un na naai

    Ozil has been good these last 3 games, but only in flashes before he disappears, and only by his own very low standard these last 2 years

    Freddie
    Come on. It’s more than by his own standards
    By any standard he’s been very good since Arteta took over

    Ive been fierce critics of ozil Luiz and Aubameyang but they have been very good and deserve their plaudits

    It’s a bit of a chicken and egg scenario but if you blame the players for their own performance levels under emery then they must be blamed for under wenger too right?
    I’ve got a foot in both camps on this one

    I do think a lot of it is down to the coach and buying in, most of it in fact but with the privilege bestowed upon these men I just cannot condone such poor levels of effort

    Effort which clearly wasn’t there under emery and Wenger
    If for nothing else it should be present for the fans who pay big portions of their wages to see these guys play

  30. azed

    And we’ll do the same with your sycophantic behaviour towards emery.

    Lego

    You can go through my comments here about Emery…. I said he gets the first season as a pass, the second season he gets blamed for all the failures.

    I stuck to my words.

    When Arteta was announced, I said the same thing.

  31. Un na naai

    Ultimately though the buck stops with the gaffer.

    Take me for example
    I run a company
    If any of my employees misrepresents me then it’s on me. It’s on me to ensure that they are competent in every sense and that they understand how to behave around clients and their property and so on

    That all comes form the top in any organisation and it filters down.
    Arteta will then have his crew monitoring others making sure they tow the line. His leaders

    You set the standards and you have to ensure they are adhered to

    Wenger let that slip and emery didn’t set it to begin with

  32. Freddie Ljungberg

    Don

    He’s been good, not brilliant. Still no goals or assists, although the increased effort is appreciated. Should have been there the whole time though with what he’s being paid.

    He still only influences games when he has plenty of space to work in, as soon as he doesn’t have that he’s invisible. Like I said, I hope he can build on this and keep improving but he still shouldn’t stay beyond the summer. We can get someone in that’s 10 years younger, on a quarter of his wages that would give us what Ozil gives on his best days, and goals and consistency. That would leave money left to pay another 3 top young players.

    It’s not going to be that hard to replace him, he’s probably not even in the top 10 playmakers in the PL right now, even with his newfound application.

  33. Pierre

    Marc
    “To say it was Ozil who was the reason we got rid of Emery is a bit rich”

    I think you’ll find that I was just agreeing with tom who very perceptively said Ozil sealed Emery’s fate.

  34. Bill

    I feel optimistic for the medium term, dependent on how much financial backing is given to MA. I feel frustrated for this season as the club really messed up in not giving Emery the boot last season. I would have got shot even if he won the Europa League. His last few months was nothing short of catastrophic. We are now looking at consigning this season to purgatory and put it down to belated development.

    It’s the long term that worries me. I’m concerned that following good coaching and smart players being brought in, that we will then need to purchase a few top class players and that requires buy in by KSE – buy in to win trophies – big trophies.

  35. bennydevito

    Ozil’s 31. He couldn’t keep up a run of consistently good form at Madrid surrounded by quality or past the 60 minute mark at the age of 24/25 so the chances of him playing anywhere near his best for us the rest of this season let alone next, is next to zero.

    His lazy disrespectful attitude towards the fans and the previous manager and the fact he’s getting paid way more than he’s worth means he really should be first out the door this summer. There’s absolutely no point in Arteta trying to build our future Arsenal around him that’s for sure.

  36. bennydevito

    Ozil didn’t seal Emery’s fate, Emery sealed Emery’s fate.

    Absolutely nothing to do with that lazy turd whatsoever.

  37. PhD2020

    Un na naaiJanuary 4, 2020 21:07:12
    Ultimately though the buck stops with the gaffer.Take me for example
    I run a company
    If any of my employees misrepresents me then it’s on me. It’s on me to ensure that they are competent in every sense and that they understand how to behave around clients and their property and so on
    ———–
    Since you are self-employed, how diverse is your workforce?Any Europeans, Non-Europeans ,LGBTQ+ hired by you, that are just as capable of doing the job?

    Is the company you run, a reflection of your ideology?
    You,know-nationalistic views?

    Is recruitment based on merit and competency?Or on nationalistic pride,first and foremost?

  38. Pierre

    Benny
    “His lazy disrespectful attitude towards the fans and the previous manager ”

    I would say the lack of respect was from Emery towards Ozil ..saying that youth players are more deserving of a place in the Europa squad.

    The standing ovation that the fans gave Ozil when he came off v Chelsea when we were 1-0 up was there for all to see , so I’m not sure they felt disrespected ( maybe marc did )

    Maybe Arteta learnt his lesson for the United game by keeping Ozil on the pitch for 90 minutes..putting him up top for the closing stages was a very clever move from Arteta .

  39. Marko

    Club shouldn’t have let Emery hire in so many of his mates, disgraceful after saying they wanted to modernize.

    Again every manager brings in his own fitness coach I’ve got no idea why you purposely don’t acknowledge that. The only reason Mikel doesn’t have his own is because he doesn’t have an entourage yet.

  40. Pierre

    Benny
    All you will end up doing is sounding bitter and twisted if you continue with your Ozil rant .

    Of course , Benny, Fred, Marko and Azed will be desperate for Ozil to misplace a pass (unlikely I know) so they can all jump on the Ozil hate bandwagon .

  41. Un na naai

    Since you are self-employed, how diverse is your workforce?Any Europeans, Non-Europeans ,LGBTQ+ hired by you, that are just as capable of doing the job?Is the company you run, a reflection of your ideology?
    You,know-nationalistic views?Is recruitment based on merit and competency?Or on nationalistic pride,first and foremost?

    PhD2020
    Lay off the sauce dopey. You having Jesus juice (odd choice of words given its origins) hasn’t altered the fact that I’m not getting drawn in. So point your little water pistol elsewhere.

  42. Un na naai

    Freddy

    He made his own space vs Chelsea and untied
    He dovetailed nicely with Pepe and Lacazette at times and his chasing down of wan bissaka and early ball in field was an absolute first.
    Yes no assists but he was at the heart of everything good we did
    His ball down the right wing to win the corner for our second was sublime and that pass with the outside of his left boot to Aubameyang was something else

    Honestly it was my favourite Mesut ozil display of all time

  43. Marc

    Pierre

    “The standing ovation that the fans gave Ozil when he came off v Chelsea when we were 1-0 up was there for all to see , so I’m not sure they felt disrespected ( maybe marc did ) ”

    I applauded Ozil off in the Chelsea game – he managed to break a sweat and worked hard. It’s what the majority of fans see as the minimum they expect from a player.

  44. Lego Hair

    FL

    ‘ He’s been good, not brilliant. Still no goals or assists, although the increased effort is appreciated. Should have been there the whole time though with what he’s being paid.’

    You do know you can play well without having goals or assists. Actually maybe you didn’t.

    When Ozil plays well arsenal play well. Don’t you see the correlation? You should want him to play well and stop being so negative about the players that have started the Arteta era so well and get behind them.

    Few will be sold in January so most will be here until the summer. Maybe give it a rest cos you’ll give yourself a heart attack if all your favourites have a good second half of the season.

  45. Marc

    “Any Europeans, Non-Europeans ,LGBTQ+ hired by you”

    Actually a truly fair employer wouldn’t give a shit whether someone was any of the above. They wouldn’t even ask they’d just employ the person they saw as being most capable of doing the job.

  46. Pedro

    Marko, I have a suspicion your data relating to ‘every manager brings a fitness coach’ likely doesn’t exist.

  47. Graham62

    Ozil could be the architect of so many positives to come but it still won’t hide the fact that he remains an absolute asshole.

    From a team perspective, I also saw his display against MU as being one his best ever.

  48. Un na naai

    Pierre

    I get you mate but there was nothing there (that link) that changed my mind
    That was my favourite Mesut ozil performance against Man U.
    He’s had better performances on the ball but overall I saw an intensity vs a big opponent when our backs were against the wall and he combined that with some beautiful football.

    The overall performance was my favourite from him.

  49. Pedro

    Graham, I doubt he’s an arsehole. Guy is funding kids hospitals around the world. Just think Arsenal made a meal of the whole club during his time here.

    If he wants to turn that corner… who wouldn’t want him in the starting 11?

  50. Marc

    Graham

    If Ozil continues to put in a shift and working for the team then the fans will be behind him, if he reverts after a period to ambling around then when Arteta drops him the fans will support that decision.

    It all comes down to the old fanatic argument – I don’t care where a player is from, their colour, nationality etc if they do the job and play well I’ll cheer them. If they consistently make mistakes, look lazy or don’t work for the team them I want them gone.

  51. Marc

    Pedro

    It’s not wanting to turn the corner that is the issue.

    It’s making the change and backing it with long term effort. I hope he does.

  52. Bill

    Pedro, Ozil’s performance have been rancid for two years +. He treated Emery like shit.
    I had no time for Emery as I could see he wasn’t up to the job.
    Emery’s man-management was as poor as his communication. This said, Ozil shouldn’t have downed tools. That showed huge disregard to fans, teammates and the club.
    Emery somehow made the toxic environment even worse.
    In short, Ozil was not innocent, but the opprobrium heaped on him was hugely exaggerated and crossed the boundaries.

    As a dan, I now couldn’t care less as I can only see a huge talent, flawed but still massively talented. If he does well, Arsenal does well.
    So MA’s table rasa makes perfect sense.

    The past is the past. Let’s welcome the future.

  53. Danny

    Not sure anyone needs be called out for being an Arteta doubter….little evidence to follow and only heavily bias narrative. As long as we are prepared to get behind the new manager!

    For what it is worth, I was pro Arteta, but must confess the rationale is hardly insightful!

    What is surely positive about his lengthy reign so far, is as fans we were not too discouraged by a point in two games and a collapse at home versus Chelsea. For the fans to be fairly united at that point and positively Starked up after the United game, is either we are desperate (been desperate before, doesn’t tend to unite the fan base) or we are simply inspired!

    These are good signs. Oh and I thought we were third best team in league before it started and still do now. United…..pfffff!

  54. Mike

    Completely agree with regards to Bellerin, would love to see him hit the highs of 2014-16, but I’m convinced he’s hit his ceiling and the injury has done him no favours, always been questionable defensively. If there is a deal to be done for Maxi Aarons we shouldn’t waste time; young, English, body of work that suits Arteta’s philosophy! Don’t wanna be kicking ourselves seeing him playing for Spurs and running riot!

    Also, the talk to get rid of Matteo is criminal! The boy has shown more than enough at age 20 to know that he’s a generational talent when firing.

    Mike

  55. Johnno

    Love this comparing any two players by appearances and goals business.

    Tony Adams – 30 odd goals on 500 games.
    Martin Hayes – 34 in 108 games

    Imagine how much we would have won if GG hadn’t bought Limpar and sold Hayes. Fella was better than Adams apparently.

    Anyone dissing early Wilshire has no joy in their life. He was utter quality, a home grown lad with an incredible touch. He played out from his feet in a way that this crap midfield we have now never do – hence their inability to play through a press. And he is a massive gooner.

    He was Overplayed, undercoached and kicked to bits. I see him in Phil Foden and that kid has none of those issues holding him back. So he will be massive in a way Wilshire should have been.

  56. Pedro

    Bill, most of the team downed tools on Emery. Can you name a single player that improved?

    Mesut is not a leader, he needs a lot of love, and it seems he just needed a better understanding of what his job was supposed to be.

    Could still all go to shit for him, we’ve seen bumps from him before, but at least we know he’s capable of being a modern 10.

  57. Bill

    Players that improved under Emery: AMN Saka Guendouzi and Leno.
    How much was due to Freddie in relation to Saka is a moot point. How much Leno improved due to Emery’s shocking tactics of conceding possession is also debatable, and whether Guendouzi and AMN’s trajectory would have been steeper under another coach is also up for question, but I can’t say, hand on heart, that no player improved under his tenure.
    How much better they and the team would have been under Mikel is a v different question. I have far more confidence in Mikel.

  58. Un na naai

    Johnno

    Well said.
    Early wilshere was a joy to behold. Goals or not. The way he played the game should be taught at every academy in the country-if it could be. Sheer natural talent.

  59. Un na naai

    Pedro nice article but none of it is a surprise. It’s been pretty extensively covered and dissected across the arse-sphere.

    Pierre
    One thing that was striking to me on the link you sent was how incisive, crisp and fluid our passing was even in wenger’s final shitter seasons

    Watch it again. The last time we saw that under emery was Fulham 5-1

  60. CG

    Graham

    “””””Ozil could be the architect of so many positives to come but it still won’t hide the fact that he remains an absolute asshole”””””

    Says the most embittered man on here.

    Ozil is Class Off the Pitch
    Ozil is Class On the Pitch
    Granted- its sporadic at times.

    Say what you like about Wenger & Ozil – they are decent men.
    Men of integrity and class.

    you – on the other hand – I aint so sure.

    Not an ounce of decency about you.
    But I guess if you aint got it- you would’ nt recognize it.

  61. Bill

    I don’t know much about Ozil off the pitch to say what he’s like. He clearly has a social conscience as seen in his charity work and when speaking out against China’s treatment of Uighurs. He’s not perfect as his ties with Erdoğan suggest a “flexible” approach to democratic values, but who am I to judge on very partial evidence and is it relevant to Ozil as a footballer?

  62. Marc

    Yeah it’s a bit of a stretch to refer to someone as being class off the pitch when he picks a politician with a seriously dubious human rights record as his best man.

  63. Emiratesstroller

    I made the case before Arteta’s appointment as Head Coach that he would be
    arriving at the club without baggage that many established Managers brought
    with them when they join a new club.

    The Management including Arteta have brought in some experienced coaches. Only Freddy Ljungberg remains from the Emery era and he was not one of his cronies and worked less than six months with him.

    Moving forward it is unclear just how strong is the scouting set up at the club, because there appear to have been a lot of departures in that department
    starting off with Rowley and Morrow. Grimandi has also left who was responsible for many of the French recruits who arrived at the club.

    It is also very clear that Arsenal struggled to recruit the best Home Grown talent in recent years particularly when we discuss defenders. Gibbs is the last English born defender who came through the Academy and he was not a great success. Hayden might have made the grade but landed up in Newcastle.

    I exclude Maitland-Niles because I don’t regard him as a defender and frankly
    he does not merit a place in team as a defender.

  64. Redtruth

    Every year Cup games are a joke.

    Teams ‘resting’ players with half empty stadiums.

    A good Cup run may boost a teams league form,
    Too many losers in the game

  65. Emiratesstroller

    Marc

    Our coaching set up at the moment looks rather obscure.

    There were rumours that we were targeting a couple of Man City’s scouts but
    sofar there has been no confirmation that we have recruited them.

  66. Valentin

    Pedro,

    Most managers bring their most trusted assistants. But in any well organised structure there should be a limit to how many are brought and how they should interact with the rest of the company.

    Everybody know that Emery had brought an entire team of helpers and in some case it is fine as the new staff merges into the club staff. But here most did not even tried to integrate into the Arsenal set-up.
    The fact that 18 months in some of those people still did not even know the name of every support personnel was an indictment of how linked to Emery but disconnected from Arsenal they were.

    That disconnection was on Emery and Raul. The fact that Steve Bould told them he would rather go back to U23 than continue to work as assistant should have had alarm bell ringing. Question should have been asked. Is there an issue of relationship between Emery and Arsenal long term employees?

    The most annoying thing is that the worse the situation went, the less Emery trusted his own men. He brought his own video analyst, however in the end he was watching video and preparing analysis clips himself.

  67. Valentin

    Marc,

    I think that the scout you are referring to was a Manchester City youth team or academy scout. The timing of his recruiting made it look like it was linked to Arteta recruitement, but it was already in the pipeline. I read that it was a move to Per and Edu to reshape the academy scouting.
    Shocking to think that Arsenal academy did not had a dedicated M25 or South London scout.
    More shocking to think that the academy had nobody to look at lower league clubs prospects and relied exclusively on good will and personal relationship rather than a proper network. How many Jadon Sancho have we missed because of bad organisation?

  68. Bill

    I remember reading about Emery analysing and preparing clips himself and circumventing those whose job was to undertake this task.

    My first reaction was that he was becoming desperate to save his job and desperate to stop the unravelling of the club.
    He had basically checked out from any real belief that he could affect change at this stage.

  69. Valentin

    Bill,

    You are right it was desperation. But usually that led to a bunkerisation with a small ultra trusted group of men. In Emery case that translated in him trusting no one except himself. He stopped listening to the advices of his own men.
    You could see that during games. Usually when confronted with a tactical issue, the headcoach and his assistant exchange view before a decision is made. This season Emery was standing on his own without exchanging with anybody. Fidgeting, Grimacing to no one because he could not find a solution and nobody was volunteering one to him.

  70. Emiratesstroller

    Interestingly Arsene Wenger brought in only one coach with him when he joined Arsenal and that was Boro Primorac who remained at the club throughout Wenger’s term.

    It is interesting to note that Freddy Ljungberg no longer sits on the bench when Arsenal plays, but is seen sitting in the director’s enclosure.

    That is reminiscent of what Primorac used to do when working with Wenger.

  71. Valentin

    Stroller,

    In the early days of Wenger, Boro Primorac was mistaken for one of those anorak, “trainspotters” type of fans because of his notebook and disappearing act at half time.

  72. Emiratesstroller

    Valentin

    That may be the case but he was regarded as Wenger’s closest confidant during
    his years at the club and was regarded as a senior coach.

    The point I am making is that neither Wenger nor Arteta arrived at the club bringing coaching baggage with them.

  73. Valentin

    Stroller,

    I agree that Boro Primorac was a trusted man.
    It just made me laugh, because one of my former colleague got freaked out when he realised that the man he had thought for years was a weirdo was Arsene Wenger most trusted assistant.
    My colleague was just walking behind me when I was gazing on the coaching staff page of the Arsenal web site and he recognised Boro Primorac.

    Freddie is now the human tactical cam for Arteta. People laughed at Arteta wanting drone for the training, but it is the same principle. Having an entire field view of the pitch to be able to spot troubles and gaps in the opposition to devise better tactic.

  74. azed

    You are right it was desperation. But usually that led to a bunkerisation with a small ultra trusted group of men. In Emery case that translated in him trusting no one except himself. He stopped listening to the advices of his own men.

    Valentin
    You are not privy to this information yet you continue talk you were there. For your information
    the live scouting of opponents was discontinued before the season began except you are saying the desperation started during the summer.

    Unai Emery is facing criticism because of his decision to cut Arsenal’s live scouting of opposition teams in favour of presiding over a video-led approach himself.

    Arsenal undertook a major review of their scouting operation last summer at head coach Emery’s request, the result being that they no longer send scouts to watch all of their forthcoming opponents and provide technical analysis of their performance.

    But Emery told the club during a review last summer that he prefers to watch games himself rather than read analysis compiled by others. In an example of his prodigious work-rate, the Spaniard spends hours watching recordings of Arsenal’s forthcoming opponents on his laptop, although some at the club are convinced his time would be better spent addressing the weaknesses in his own side.

  75. China1

    I for one don’t want to see arsenal take it too easy in the cup

    We need rotation, for sure, but we must win games like this

    Especially in a season when we probably won’t get top 4, the domestic cups are a small consolation prize

    They aren’t in the same ballpark as league or CL wins but they’re are better than nothing.

    I’d rather we finish 7th but won the FA Cup than 5th and don’t. But that’s just me

    The challenge is resting players without weakening the side too much to ensure victory. We’ll see how it goes.

    Btw personally I think the way to restore magic to the FA cup is to take the 4th place CL spot and give it to the FA cup winner.

    Suddenly everyone and their uncle would be looking at the FA cup as a dream competition. I dunno why the big wigs in football don’t have such a common sense idea. Do they really fear tranmere rovers are going to win the cup and make a mockery of it…?

  76. Marko

    I have a suspicion your data relating to ‘every manager brings a fitness coach’ likely doesn’t exist.

    It’s easy to look into. Instead of getting horrified by a manager who brings in his own staff why not do a bit of research and see how many managers have their own conditions/fitness coach. From what I can tell it’s every major manager. Again no idea why you are hung up on something so common.

  77. azed

    Saw this on Twitter (thanks Benny)
    Arteta “We have 3 analysts here that look a lot at the opposition. I do it myself as well, I like my assistants to look at it. But at the moment I’m focusing much more on our principles, our way of playing, the way that we want to play rather than the opponent.”

  78. Sid

    Calf muscles so 2019,
    2020 is about the longstuff, smack them with it in the changing rooms.

    You heard it here 1st!

  79. China1

    I gather that having a 1inch wonder makes you a faster runner as you have less weight to carry around. That’s what I always like to tell myself anyway

  80. InsideRight

    Bellerin hasn’t been the same since he went vegan. Correlation not causation perhaps, but he lost pace and strength at the same time he changed diet.

    As for Guendouzi, I think he flatters to deceive. Runs around a lot, not particularly quickly. Gets the ball and is indecisive, which sees him closed down and give the ball away, or panic pass to a player who already has someone ready to clatter into them. I’ve seen no improvement since he joined. We can do much better than what he’s given us so far.

  81. Nelson

    Guen never had proper coaching. He has an engine similar to Ramsey. He is young. He can still become a box to box CM. I find that defense is his major weakness. He would run next to the opponent and do nothing. I think he is trying to change now. Last game, he committed two faults within the first five minutes. He is still not defending correctly.

  82. Goobergooner

    Un na naai
    January 3, 2020 14:01:25
    “Feed his confidence and he will blow.Distant
    ‘Sounds like my Mrs!!’ ”

    Makes sense now. You think you’re the man in a same sex relationship. Good for you!

  83. Useroz

    If haven’t already would suggest you watch a ‘bench view’ YouTube clip for the Man united game. Would give additional insight on how arteta expect the players to execute , in real time.

  84. Useroz

    Agree Leeds is a must win game. As much rebuilding as we’d talk about Arsenal cannot afford to be completely out of Europe next season.

    In line with Arteta’s states principles the team must press for wins and keep chasing top 4, Europa and the FA cup till the end.

    It’s the fighting spirit of not anything else that we fans would expect, at a minimum.

    No new transfer rumours today yet…

  85. Habesha Gooner

    If we are looking for bargains in the summer, two players I see with a good chance of signing, Emiliano Buendia of Norwich ( attacking midfielder, having a good season and can be signed when Norwich eventually go down), Alvaro Odriozola( real Madrid , Right back not playing enough games and will go down the pecking order when Hakimi comes back).

  86. Aussie Gooner

    If Everton got organised they would be a worry. With investment from Moshiri and Usmanov (his money was not good enough for us!) and leadership from Ancelotti they could be going places. I know that they have had many false dawns recently but things might now fall into place. They are looking to sign James Rodriguez on loan. Another competitor for the top four perhaps?

    Arsenal realy need to push on with some affordable but inspired signings. Our real time world wide scouting network has been decimated due to the availability of on-line footage at all levels.

  87. Aussie Gooner

    Hakim Ziyech from Ajax for 50m euros is being mooted. I don’t much about him as an AM but he was voted in the top 20 players from last years CL teams.

  88. Batistuta

    Habesha

    From the previous page, I’m not saying we should upgrade those positions this summer but the club should be looking at the squad with a view to massively improving a lot of positions… Arsenal fans are very reactory and quick to forget… We know what we’ll get with half these players, we know they’ll have a good game here or there but we also know if we aim to compete for the major trophies, we need better players, that will aid the systems and tactics the manager will be able to implement

  89. Valentin

    Azed,

    Stop making thing stuff up. I never said that the bunkerisation started this season.

    In fact for me it started last season and the first big sign of it was when he side-lined Steve Bould.
    When I mentioned that there had been a major fallout with Steve Bould, people did not believe me either. A few weeks later it was announced that Steve Bould had requested to move back to his old job as U23 coach. You don’t request a demotion if you are happy in your work.
    BTW one of the few good defensive thing that Arsene Wenger left was the set pieces defense. Based on zonal marking, Arsenal was top in that department when at the same time SB was pushed aside inexplicably Emery switched to a man marking approach that turned to be a complete disaster. Asking Torreira to mark tall opposition striker and CB was never going to work.
    Arteta switched back to zonal marking. And now corners and set pieces it is not panic station anymore. Mind you not having Guendouzi grappling with the opposition does help.

  90. Graham62

    China1

    Do you mean only have 3 teams from the EPL qualifying for CL and the remaining slot given to the FA Cup winners?

  91. CG

    Great article in The UK telegraph.

    Everton ( just like Chelsea) have posted eye watering record losses.

    CG predicts with no CL soccer next season- we will post losses even higher than those 2 clubs.

    (Raul clearly replicating his Barcelona work at Arsenal.)

    We are actually witnessing the financial Armageddon of European soccer.

    We ( and other clubs to be fair) have overpaid on so many average players its frightening.

    Expect a big club to go bust soon

    100 million alone for Pepe and Tierney is just shameful.

    Unproven, one footed and injury prone.

    There has to be sackings.
    Has to be.

  92. China1

    Yep graham

    It’s called the champions league yet we’re giving 3 spots to also rans who in most seasons are a country mile back at 3rd and 4th place

    The EL winner gets in which is good

    But meanwhile everyone is wondering why the FA cup has lost its shine. It’s because the practical rewards of relative mediocrity in the PL far outweighs glory in the cup.

    It’s not rocket science for how to fix the cup. Make it valuable

  93. China1

    If winning the FA cup meant instant CL qualification I tell you teams would be making a serious run at it as the easiest and most direct route

    And for middling and weaker teams they’d be thinking ‘what if…’ none of this Leeds are resting players for it BS lol

  94. China1

    Guens biggest weaknesses are positioning and pace imo

    He is a bit sluggish even tho he’s good on the ball. An extra yard of pace would work wonders for him. Just a quick burst of acceleration over 5 yards evens would be a big benefit

    Dunno if acceleration is something that can be trained in at this age tho

  95. China1

    If you compare with Ceballos

    Ceballos doesn’t seem fast in a sprint but his balance is crazy good so he can turn on a six pence and leave his man for dead despite his actual ‘top speed’ being unremarkable

  96. Habesha Gooner

    Batistuta
    I get what you were saying. We can’t give another chance to the likes of mustafi, luiz and Sokratis at the start of next season. AMN and Kolasinac will have their chance the rest of the season to show they are capable of at least deputizing. I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and let them show it was coaching that was lacking. If not both need to be sold as well. We need a major defensive clear out. And two games aren’t going to change that.

  97. Valentin

    Marko,

    The main issue with Emery’s conditioning guy was his lack of knowledge of the specificity of the EPL and his refusal to listen to in-house expertise.
    When lack of expertise and refusal to listen lead to disaster, then clearly people will question the hiring.

    BTW, most coaches bring their assistant and their video analyst, but the conditioning guy not so much. In France it is one of the protected positions at club. If a club has a conditioning coach, the new coach cannot bring over him a new conditioning coach.
    If I remember correctly in France the protected positions are: conditioning and fitness coach, the physio, the goalkeeper coach, the opposition scout.
    Of course in England the concept of protected position does not exist, so coaches can bring as many helpers they wishes and for all position.

  98. Valentin

    China1,

    Ezplositivity can be trained, however as usual everybody has a natural ceiling.
    When Henry moved from Italy, Wenger stopped him going so much to the gym. He was too bulky and that impaired his explosivity. His pace over the initial 5 yards was stunted by excessive wrong type of muscles.

  99. SWGooner

    Boateng rumour picking up momentum this morning.. wonder how much more he has to give in his career? still a lot of players his age and older are key at their clubs so I wouldn’t write him off just yet! Also reading Ziyech.. a player I was losing my mind at passing up last summer with the rumoured £25m buyout clause he had! What’s everyone else’s thoughts on Ziyech? His stats are ridiculous and he’s looked the real deal in the champions league against top opposition

  100. Valentin

    Glad to see that Edu and Arteta seem to have hit it off. Good relationship between the coach and the DoF is key to a successful club. Both must trust each other and both must work for the good of the club and not for their own personal agenda.

  101. China1

    I’m not sold on Boateng but I’ll not write him off if it happens.

    Doesn’t feel like the right move for me but we’ll see if it does go ahead

  102. Cesc Appeal

    Ziyech rumours back for Arsenal.

    Interesting that most of the rumours have centred on a sort of wide playmaker type who can drift into the centre as well.

    Ziyech has a very high work rate as well and watching him in the UCL of all Ajax’s attackers I thought he’d be best placed for the EPL. Lots of industry and not afraid of he physical stuff.

    The transfer window is an odd time, rumours change each day and so does your mood, today it’s Ziyech in and Mustafi out which is great news.

    I wonder if a potential unexpectedly good fee for Mkhitaryan has prompted the club to let Arteta have one his top choices of player? Ziyech in this case.

  103. HillWood

    Part of the demise of the FA cup is the amount of televised live matches since the Premier League was set up
    Back in its heyday both BBC and ITV had all day coverage building up to the match
    Back then there were very few live matches shown on TV

  104. Un na naai

    Habesha

    You see the game mate. You’ve got the eye.
    He stitches the attack together
    He drops deep uses his body to turn an create a counter and then busts his arse to get into the box
    He offers something that nobody else in the team does
    He’s selfless, works his arse off
    Score big goals against the big teams has quick feet and short back lift

    I love him.

  105. azed

    Javi Garcia was assistant manager at Granada until 2013 when he joined Emery at Sevilla as goalkeeping coach.

    He followed the Arsenal head coach to Paris Saint-Germain in 2016 and he remains one his most trusted associates.

  106. azed

    Julen Masach – Strength and conditioning

    The Spaniard was reunited with Unai Emery after his appointment as Arsenal head coach in 2018 after having first joined his team in 2008 at Valencia.

    Prior to joining the Gunners, Masach worked in Germany with Hannover 96 and also at Paris Saint-Germain during his Emery’s tenure in the French capital.

  107. Nelson

    I like this English football league system. There are 10 levels of competition, from Premier League (Level 1) down to those non-League teams of the National League Systems. The FA Cup is like a family affair. It gives some excitements to the many supporters of those small teams all over the country dreaming of an upset. The winner qualifies for the Europa League and a place in the FA Community Shield match. Of course, this won’t satisfy fans of the top 6 teams. FA’s priority is to promote this national sport in England. There is even a FA Women’s Cup. LOL.

  108. Valentin

    Nelson,

    Most European countries have a pyramid system of League competitions and a domestic competition in which both professional and amateurs compete.
    What is unique in England is the sheer number of professional clubs. 92 clubs in the professional league, plus a fair few in the national League that are professional or semi-professional.

    Regarding women football, and a FAW Cup, again most countries have the same. England used to have a better women amateur system but once it went professional it is a little bit of a mess. Clubs that are attached to men club have resources that the bottom clubs cannot even dream of. To show the gulf in class, Arsenal Women beat Bristol 11-1 on Dec 1st.
    Women football in France is more advanced. It has a public, resource that even the best England team don’t have. Lyon’s women team has won the Champion’s League for a few years running. PSG and Montpellier are also great team.

  109. azed

    The main issue with Emery’s conditioning guy was his lack of knowledge of the specificity of the EPL and his refusal to listen to in-house expertise.

    Valentin

    Who is this imaginary coach you’ve been talking about? Doesn’t he/she have a name?

    Julen Masach came with Emery as strength and conditioning coach and was fired same time as Emery.

    It will be nice for you to tell us the conditioning guy that Emery brought and was fired before Emery

    PS: This was your comment yesterday
    The original Emery’s fitness guy was let go even before Emery. Emery brought him above the Arsenal head of conditioning.

  110. azed

    Are we still talking about fitness coaches?
    Yaaaawan

    Only one person on this blog should be allowed to make up stuff and that’s Pedro

    Even Pedro doesn’t pass his opinion as facts.

    Folks with no clue of the Arsenal operations just sit in their basement and make stuff up.

  111. Chris

    I read that Everton have not beaten Liverpool in any match since 2010, there has been an obvious difference in quality over the years but that is a heck of a run. Everton fans must be chomping at the bit.

    I recall how Spurs fans were desperate for any kind of win against us prior to them doing us in the league cup in 2008. It was great to go so long against them without losing, 99-08 I think.

    I think the Mourinho era will be over quicker than anyone imagined. It already seems to be turning a little sour and when you look at their next few fixtures it is very possible they will get nothing from them. This time next year he will be gone or on the verge I reckon. Arsenal not going near him is something we should all be thankful for.

  112. Un na naai

    azedJanuary 5, 2020 12:59:37
    Are we still talking about fitness coaches?
    YaaaawanOnly one person on this blog should be allowed to make up stuff and that’s PedroEven Pedro doesn’t pass his opinion as facts.Folks with no clue of the Arsenal operations just sit in their basement and make stuff up.

    Azed maybe but what’s the point here? It’s Bamford levels of boring. Worse in fact. There’s no escapism in discussing emery’s fitness coach for two days on the bounce.

  113. Un na naai

    Chris
    Don’t forget Chelsea
    They hadn’t done us for years until that Cunt Wayne bridge put us out of the champions league in 04
    That was gutting
    We had so many chances to bury them
    Went to both legs of that tie
    We were the best team in Europe from 02-04 and we should have served up at least a final in that time

  114. Valentin

    Un na naai,

    I have decided to do what I preached. When I wrote to Bamford he was like the lunatic at the tube exit that people ignore, I am now doing the same with Azed, Bamford (when he will come back) and a few others.
    Those people are not worth getting excited about. Obsessives arguing incessantly in favour of points that have already been disproved.

    Save yourself from 😱😤🤯.
    Skip and ignore.

  115. Chris

    Un

    Yes 2004 was the opportunity we unfortunately let slip in terms of the European Cup. It was obviously the season of the Invincible’s but a tinge of regret for not being able to get through that mad week against Man Utd in the cup semi final and Chelsea in the CL a few days later. No doubt in my mind we would have done a treble of our own.

    As an Arsenal fan I want to see is decorated with as many trophies as possible and for that reason was deflated by the EL final loss to Chelsea last season. Now Arteta is here I have far more confidence in our chances in that competition again this season. As well as being another trophy for the cabinet it is another route back to the CL.

  116. Valentin

    Mourinho’a new act, the happy one, the champion of the youth team, did not last very long.
    He will continue grumpily and get some modicum of success. However it is clear that within 18 months it will implode and Spurs will have to find a new manager to pick up the pieces.
    Their saving grace maybe that it won’t be at the same time that most senior players contract expire.

  117. Un na naai

    Chris

    Liverpool 08 was another that got away. We should have won that tie. We had a great team that year but I doubt we’d have beaten Chelsea in the semi final anyway
    Not with Drogba constantly stitching us up. I hated Drogba back then. Despised the sight of him. His greasy hair and his Arnold schwarzenegger looking face. The way he’d go gown like he’d been shot without even being touched. The way he wouldn’t threaten us at all and then score from nothing
    The way we used to play them off the park and still always lose

    God I hated Drogba back then. And Lampard. And Anelka and Malouda. And Kakou

    I hated them.
    And let me say, I’m very careful not to use that word hate. It’s very strong. But dear god when I was a young man I hated Chelsea.

  118. azed

    Azed maybe but what’s the point here? It’s Bamford levels of boring.

    Un

    The point: Stop people from spreading fake news and educate some.
    This is my last post on this, then I’m done.

    Dieting is a big part of fitness so every modern club has a team of nutritionist. Also strength and conditioning is tailored to an individual so the idea that one man can plan the strength and conditioning of a 23 man team is absurd.

    Martinelli and Aubameyang are both strikers but they would have different fitness regimes because of age. Martinelli still has room to grow physically while Aubameyang is done growing. So everything from food, exercises, gym activities for Martinelli and Aubameyang would be different.

    Saka and Martinelli are both young but they come from different backgrounds and race so even they would have different dietary needs so there would be differences in their training regimen.

    The idea that one man would come from somewhere and overrule everything is crazy. What did he overrule?
    The food?
    The recovery time?
    The gym schedule?
    Everything?

    Those three work together. If you rest very well and go to the gym as scheduled but don’t eat the right diet, it will show.

    It is also known that Arsenal use GPS to monitor players activity so what exactly was overruled?

    A manager can play a player against the advice of the fitness team and they take the fall/praise for it.

    Arsenal have a head of performance whose job entails coordinating the data science team, the nutrition team and fitness team because those three teams (and probably more) are very important ingredients of player fitness.

    Darren Burgess with the players
    https://images.app.goo.gl/uf83yxpBnpeZBpLg6

    Shad Forsythe with the players
    https://www.gettyimages.ca/detail/news-photo/arsenal-fitness-coach-shad-forsythe-runs-with-granit-xhaka-news-photo/1007904952

    The question is were those pictures taken before the mystery Emery guy overruled them or after?

  119. Chris

    Un

    Yeah I recall many Arsenal fans finding Chelsea very, distasteful, shall we say, from 2004 onward. Whereas before they were an annoying nuisance of a noisy neighbour, they were now a big threat and all because the money Abrahmovic invested. I remember when Man Utd beat them to end their unbeaten run (they were threatening to eclipse ours a year on from ours) at about 40 games, never been so happy for a Man Utd win, and I think a lot of the country felt the same way. Their victories just seemed fake and cheap because they had spent an exorbitant amount of money to do so. It has been the basis of what they have enjoyed since and while it doesn’t seem to rankle so much now, it is ultimately something a lot of people won’t forget.

  120. Un na naai

    Chris

    Not just that (their victories seeming cheap and fake) but they didn’t deserve half of them

    On mourinho’s first home game he complained about spurs parking the team bus, coining the term, he then went on to do that exact thing, non stop, throughout his time there. They would sit back and concede so much possession and territory to been the smallest teams and nick the game with a rare attack. All that money. All that talent.

    It’s part of why emery was so unpopular at arsenal I guess on top of the fact he was shit at it

  121. Lego Hair

    Azed

    A to Z with nothing in between the ears. Well done dummy.

    Keep clogging the blog up with shit. People have spoken and you’re Bamford mk2.

    That US college system really is a joke.