Mesut Ozil charm offensive

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Arteta blazing over… 

The Mikel Arteta fan club just keeps on growing, the latest fan to voice his bold opinions on the manager isssssssss… Mesut Ozil. The German, who metaphorically garroted Unai Emery with his IDGAF performances, had many nice things to say about his new boss.

“Fighting and having possession, being in control of the game, having the ball all the time.

“These are the things that he is working on with us and you can see it — everyone is smiling, laughing, enjoying their time — it has made us successful.

“It is basically getting us back to the old Arsenal virtues,”

“I think he is the right man at this club.”

“He can show us everything he has learnt in his long career. He knows exactly what we need.

“He knows what to say to us, how to give us a positive attitude and how to make us successful.

“I can see he is really hungry but at the same time he is also very down to earth.”

Some papers are saying this is a dig at Unai Emery, I didn’t really see it that way, more an honest reflection of what he’s enjoying with Arteta.

Some will guffaw at the temerity of these comments and I can definitely see why there would be outrage. Mesut mailed it in big-time under Unai, but ultimately, we’ve all had a job at TGI Fridays, being bossed around by some tosser that insists you’re an idiot because of your handling of the balloon animals, getting booed by some big shot from Grays because you sneezed on his steak. Fuck TGI Fridays and anyone that goes there for a birthday and pretends they don’t want the song.

‘You know why you’re here Darren, stand on the fucking chair, let me tie these balloons on your arms, and feign embarrassment as I sing a hateful song at you’

Anyway, point being… no one liked working for Emery. No one made it out the other side a better player. If those battered players have changed their attitude now, who cares, we are a fan base led by god, and god says he who casts the first stone usually gets a stadium ban. So don’t do that, but do forgive. Think of Mesut as a puppy that’s been left in a bin bag by the side of the river, Arteta has found him, the fans will give him 3 weeks to recover, if it doesn’t work out, dad will take him to the vet (Washington DC) and that’ll be that.

Arsenal are being linked to a whole host of players I’m pretty sure we’re not going to bring to the club.

We are short a center-back, John Stones has been linked on loan, but I can’t see it. I think he has an outrageous amount of talent that we could tap, but I’d be surprised to see Pep farm out players to Mikel so soon. I’d also be worried Stones would bring some of that horrible form over to us. Only thing working in our favour is that City might want to shop window him, and the player would die for some game time with the Euros coming this summer.

Bruno Guimaraes, one of 600 Bruno’s being linked to the Premier League, is also picking up a lot of Arsenal attention. The 22-year-old defensive midfielder is valued at £22m, he smells like an Edu sort of player (Drenched in Le Labo), and I’d basically be game for anyone that can run fast, tackle, and occasionally bite a rival.

Not quite sure about the video, doesn’t look very polished and lacks speed if these videos are anything to go by… 6 minutes of scouting though, so will happily be told otherwise.

… I do worry about the rumours, I’m not sure we’re rolling in cash, so any move would have to be funded by bringing more money forward from the summer, or maybe via a player sale (make it MUSTAFI PLEASE).

Short one today, pretty devastated that people said the new volume on the podcast was still too low. Back to sound engineering school for me.

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  1. Receding Hairline

    “That was like 6 months not 18 months though. More like 5 months actually.”

    Yep

    Nobody is debating the collapse or the horrible start to the season. It’s the whole 18 months nonsense that irritates yet he keeps pointing to the one point off fourth achieved during the same period as proof we have champs on our hands

  2. Champagne Charlie

    “Wait till someone else achieves better with same squad before piping up. A draw against Bournemouth and Palace was celebrated on here like we were breaking new grounds as a team.“

    Doesn’t occur in football does it? Arteta will start his first season with us and the players Emery had will be 2 years older and chopped and changed after two summer windows.

    Shite is shite. A better manager would’ve navigated us to top 4, that’s my belief and it’s not one that will be proven. This is what you’re hanging your hat on completely in a defence of him.

    Neither was celebrated, that’s bollocks, but both were heralded as encouraging filling the immediate form we’ve shown this season. Not the same as being in 3rd place and getting slapped by Palace, Everton, Brighton etc.

    “He does bring up a point though with regards to a certain individual who maintains how awful the past 18 months were but who also points to missing out on top 4 barely within those 18 months as an indicator of the quality of the squad. Which is it.”

    Did Emery underachieve? Yes. (Please now argue he didn’t…)

    Does that mean the squad was capable of more than 70 points? Yes.

    What’s the average 4th place points tally for the decade? 71.3

    Irrefutable.

  3. Words on a Blog

    Un,

    Do you really think that the present ownership and senior management team would have been gutsy enough to dismiss Emery after he got Arsenal to the EL final and missed top 4 by a point?

    Nah.

  4. Champagne Charlie

    Woab

    No chance, which is why there’s still huge doubts about them. They didn’t act and this season is very much on them.

    Imagine they’ll be hoping we come to life in the EL now and savage matters. That would be a huge shot in the arm to the club, and the only realistic matter of importance as far as competitions go this term.

  5. Un na naai

    Nobody is debating the collapse or the horrible start to the season. It’s the whole 18 months nonsense that irritates yet he keeps pointing to the one point off fourth achieved during the same period as proof we have champs on our hands

    Rh

    Oh yeah?

    5-1 Liverpool
    3-2 Chelsea
    4-1 Chelsea (european final)
    2-0 city
    3-1 Leicester
    3-0 wolves
    3-2 Crystal Palace
    1-0 bate
    3-1 Rennes
    3-1 city
    3-1 Manchester untied
    1-0 west ham
    2-0 Tottenham

    Yeah
    High levels of performance all throughout 18/19 season there

  6. Un na naai

    Words

    No chance
    Which is why I’m chuffed he didn’t
    We have the right man for the job now. The only shame is the suits didn’t have the balls for him 18 months ago
    Time and money down the drain

  7. Marko

    Words I’d agree with most of what you said bar this part “i’m pretty bored by the squad poverty versus head coach quality debate.” It’s never been an either or discussion we’ve had really for the past number of years now honestly both a poor squad and a poor manager. Some people just decided to focus on the manager part and in doing so starting making points about the squad being of a certain quality which it isn’t

  8. Graham62

    Emery lost it from our free fall period, at the end of last season, up until the time he left.

    Freddie was handed an absolute shitfest but showed in his brief spell in charge that he was capable of being a far better manager, of an EPL team, than Emery.

  9. Batistuta

    Un na

    Pretty sure every manager has bad results over the course of a season, dunno if that’s a valid argument though

  10. Batistuta

    Also when people say stuff like “we now have the man for the job” , isn’t it a tad bit too early for such proclamations?

    There’s been progress for how bad we were before he came in, an idea of what he wants to do is showing on the pitch which is also good, we’ve been more solid defensively which is very important too but it’s only been a few games and he’s not gotten in his own players yet too so maybe we hold on proclaiming him the “man for the job”

  11. Receding Hairline

    “Freddie was handed an absolute shitfest but showed in his brief spell in charge that he was capable of being a far better manager, of an EPL team, than Emery.”

    Of course

    You mean like Nigel Pearson was handed a lifeless team stuck at the bottom of the table

  12. Un na naai

    Add ballbag as well. Why’d you bring up Wenger?

    Marko
    I was referring to emery
    Had he chose to focus the squad on securing 1 point form the remaining 6 games from a position of third vs lower level opposition rather than the Europa league he would still be in a job now and we’d have qualified for the champions league meaning more expensive new toys for you to achieve wood over
    Also deliberately sabotaging our midfield to prove a point over Torreira was pathetic

  13. Champagne Charlie

    Squad poverty was born from those desperate to land blows at Wenger as he was leaving the building, don’t get it twisted.

    We were written off all through the summer yet the new manager imploded to 70 points and thumbs have been twiddling over that ever since because it ruins any claims that were made/maintained.

    Figures are there for all to see, just like there’s a relegation threshold there’s a top 4 one. Quite something that anyone would still deny it all said and done.

  14. Receding Hairline

    “Also when people say stuff like “we now have the man for the job” , isn’t it a tad bit too early for such proclamations?”

    We now have the man for the job is mild, Pedro said in a post he was showing us levels we did not know existed , talk about cuming early

  15. Wenker-Wanger

    @ receding,
    Your comments seem to have a very factual core running through them. There are opinions based on a preference and opinions based on objectivity…yours is the latter. Specifically Emery was not a bad football coach. He was way above the fraud wenger for tactics. He went 23 games unbeaten and other stats that were at least satisfactory. The problem was the players at the end would not play for him. His communication was seemingly non-existant. I couldn’t understand him, so the players probably couldn’t. The problem then became a results issue and he bombed.

  16. Marko

    Did Emery underachieve? Yes. (Please now argue he didn’t…)

    Who’s arguing that?

    Does that mean the squad was capable of more than 70 points? Yes.

    And yet they didn’t. Focus all you want on the manager but that end of season collapse was littered with players downing tools and individuals making the same errors. Same players who have been doing it for a while now. Same players really who will continue to let us down until Arteta gets rid of them.

    What’s the average 4th place points tally for the decade? 71.3

    Irrelevant point really.

  17. Zacharse

    Your sound issues might have to do w compression. If yr using apple products and turning it into an mp3 or m4a that means the sound is being compressed automatically which might lower the phone calls. U might want to look into an easy mastering program… dunno tho

  18. Un na naai

    BatistutaJanuary 15, 2020 17:20:37
    Un naPretty sure every manager has bad results over the course of a season, dunno if that’s a valid argument though

    Bati

    Count those losses
    He wasn’t just losing to the best teams in the league
    He was losing to Bate, Rennes, west ham and palace
    He was getting annihilated by Chelsea and Liverpool

    His record is so fucking bad that it’s worse then wenger’s last 18 months
    His performance as coach so inept that we went through our worst form for 40years and he lasted just 18 months

    Think we are talking a little more than a few bad results

  19. azed

    “The problem was the players at the end would not play for him. His communication was seemingly non-existant.”

    This is the summary of what went wrong under Emery.

  20. Un na naai

    Some people just decided to focus on the manager part and in doing so starting making points about the squad being of a certain quality which it isn’t

    Marko
    That’s fucking rich!! You blame wenger if you miss the bus.You’re still blaming Wenger for anything negative at the club now

  21. Champagne Charlie

    “Me: Did Emery underachieve? Yes. (Please now argue he didn’t…)

    Marko: Who’s arguing that?

    Me: Does that mean the squad was capable of more than 70 points? Yes.

    Marko: And yet they didn’t”

    Just going to leave this here…fascinating insight.

    Cannot be bothered spelling it out or wasting anymore time on the subject frankly.

  22. azed

    “His record is so fucking bad that it’s worse then wenger’s last 18 months”

    Un

    The thing with stats is you can bend it how you want.

    What if I tell you that Emery has a better win percentage than Wenger and how that doesn’t agree with what you just posted.

  23. Un na naai

    He was way above the fraud wenger for tactics.

    Ww

    3 titles
    7 fa cups
    49 games unbeaten and
    A champion league final

    Says you’re talking bull shit.
    Emery has never even been to a champions league semi 😂 😂 real high roller

  24. Un na naai

    And yet they didn’t. Focus all you want on the manager but that end of season collapse was littered with players downing tools and individuals making the same errors. Same players who have been doing it for a while now. Same players really who will continue to let us down until Arteta gets rid of them.

    😂
    And yet within 3 games Arteta has gone way further in erasing those errors than emery could in 18 months

  25. Marko

    Squad poverty was born from those desperate to land blows at Wenger as he was leaving the building, don’t get it twisted.

    We’re all being civil for once but it has to be said when are you going to grow up and realize that arguments about the squad doesn’t equate blows to Arsene Wenger. It’s really interesting to see where you come from but this isn’t up for debate anymore given our standing in world football for many years now. The squad isn’t good enough it hasn’t been for years that’s separate to any discussions of any manager. We have a competent manager now great but the squad is still overall poor and needs addressing. You’ll see that get addressed sooner rather than later

  26. Dissenter

    We has spells of good football under Emery too yet some want to blanket his entire reign as bad.
    I agree that the “18 month …objectively bad} statement is grossly misleading.
    There were games when we played so well the home crowd was chanting “we have our Arsenal back”.
    We blew United, Chelsea and Spuds off at home and came close to getting a NDL double.
    Pedro needs to look in a mirror sometime. He’s morphing into the biggest Arteta propagandist of our time. He’s just repeating the Gazidis error.
    Most people are impressed with Arteta so far but stop twisting basic logic to satiate your Emery hatred. .

  27. Champagne charlie

    Marko

    Your literal words for me citing the 4th place points total average for the decade when discussing getting top 4 were “irrelevant point really”.

    More ‘big whoop’ analysis from you who seems to think unless something occurs its impossible to regard the potential for it otherwise. Been there and done it with you, had you stating Liverpool didn’t have the squad to win the league last year because they never won it. It was epic then, and it is now.

    I’ll say it again so you can really take it on board:

    – The average points tally for 4th place this past decade is 71.3 points, with a high of 76, and a low of 66 points that made CL football.
    – Our 70 point total of last season would’ve made CL football in 4 of those 10 seasons. (A total we managed with an underperforming manager who has since been sacked)
    – Claiming we ‘never had the squad to challenge for top 4’ is literally arguing against historical fact.

  28. Champagne charlie

    Wasi

    I haven’t seen anything of the lad, was talking to Romford earlier who’s seen bits of him and is suitably impressed – usually a good eye.

    We could use a bit of Brazilian bite in midfield though so I’m all for the prospect of it, talk of us also being in for the young right-back too isn’t there?

  29. Marko

    Cannot be bothered spelling it out or wasting anymore time on the subject frankly.

    So you equate me saying that the players let us down with me arguing against Emery underachieving? You know it’s possible for him to underachieve and for the players to let us down right? They’re not one in the same. You’re far too narrow minded to have objective discussions on this topic so I’ll lay it out for you Emery underachieved because he didn’t get top 4 and because he was failing miserably this season AND the squad isn’t good enough because they’ve been letting us down for years now and lack a certain quality.

  30. Champagne Charlie

    “You’re far too narrow minded to have objective discussions on this topic so I’ll lay it out for you Emery underachieved because he didn’t get top 4 and because he was failing miserably this season AND the squad isn’t good enough because they’ve been letting us down for years now and lack a certain quality.“

    So Emery underachieved and we missed top 4 by a point….

    Glad the penny finally dropped that we had a squad capable of top 4 had Emery not underachieved. Big day, Freddie should have some party rings left over from earlier. Dig in, you’ve earned them.

  31. azed

    Un

    I could flip it and say Emery won more in his first 50 than Wenger which would be a better comparison because Wenger had already spent 2 decades in the EPL before his last 50 games

  32. Marko

    Been there and done it with you, had you stating Liverpool didn’t have the squad to win the league last year because they never won it

    Well that’s a fucking lie.

  33. Batistuta

    Un na

    Again, even Wenger lost to the likes of Ostersunds and Blackpool e.t.c. Bit dishonest to use that as a stick to beat Emery…

    Saying or using lines like “18 months of horror” rips you off every form of objectivity

  34. Marko

    Claiming we ‘never had the squad to challenge for top 4’ is literally arguing against historical fact.

    Can I kindly ask you where you are getting ‘never had the squad for top 4’? Is that a literal quote from me cause it doesn’t seem like it. Again for the umpteenth time the squad isn’t good enough hasn’t been for years hence being in the Europa League for years. You bringing up points average over a 10 year period is irrelevant when we come up short to those points total anyway. You blaming it on a manager is irrelevant too when it’s apparent in a really obvious way that the players are to blame. Case in point downing tools, individual errors etc etc. Even now that we’ve addressed the manager you still have some players letting us down or reverting to type etc etc. It’s probably why there’s going to be an expected bigger squad turnover in the summer (not the usual turnover that people claim). But anyway I’m done with these conversations they’re literally exclusive to a small minority of Arsenal supporters cause outside of them everyone and their mother know that Arsenal’s squad is lacking and needs an overhaul.

  35. Champagne charlie

    Bati

    I’ve not a scooby on the fella mate, just regurgitating what’s said/written. Does appear to me like he’s more sit and pass than sit and destroy though from the little I’ve seen.

  36. Marko

    Glad the penny finally dropped that we had a squad capable of top 4 had Emery not underachieved.

    That’s not what I said. No wonder you’re misquoting like Val these days. I never said that we had a squad capable of top 4 had Emery not underachieved. It’s a top 6 squad whoever the manager is but Emery still underachieved.

  37. Un na naai

    That’s not what I said. No wonder you’re misquoting like Val these days. I never said that we had a squad capable of top 4 had Emery not underachieved. It’s a top 6 squad whoever the manager is but Emery still underachieved.

    😂 😂 😂
    That makes no fucking sense.
    He under achieved with a top 6 squad and landed 5th while under achieving???
    So if he didn’t under achieve he’s what? 4th? 3rd?

  38. Jamie

    My sources have kindly provided me with a few YouTube clips of Bruno Guimaraes.

    He looks like he can protect the ball quite well and play his way out of trouble, which is something we’re lacking in the middle of the pitch.

    Not convinced by his turn of pace, though. Something else we’re lacking in central midfield.

    Still, I like that we’re looking at the South American market. Replace Xhaka and Ozil with Guimaraes and Ranieri in the summer – yes please!

  39. Marko

    Right so clarification for Charles and his Chihuahua it seems is needed. The squad is a top 6 squad clearly. Emery underachieved because the club set about likely targets of getting back to the Champions League which he didn’t get clearly. Hope that clears up things cause you’re clearly struggling with me saying that Emery underachieved somehow it’s coming across as I dunno the squad being whatever. Very hard to separate and judge the different entities it seems.

  40. Batistuta

    Theo Hernandez now has 5 goals from LB this season for Milan, been their best player all season…Crazy he went for just under 25 million too….If we’re shifting Kola in the summer and Tierney hasn’t proven his fitness yet, I’d be looking at him

  41. Un na naai

    Hope that clears up things cause you’re clearly struggling with me saying that Emery underachieved somehow it’s coming across as I dunno the squad being whatever. Very hard to separate and judge the different entities it seems.

    Nope
    If he under achieved then the squad is good enough

  42. Un na naai

    MarkoJanuary 15, 2020 18:51:21
    Nope
    If he under achieved then the squad is good enoughDon this is why you shouldn’t get involved in conversations with grown ups you’re too stupid

    This after the hour you’ve just had? .
    Maybe you should have a rest Marko. Go and try to untangle your brain.

  43. CG

    While freescoring Inter Milan are adding more firepeower in World Cup winner Oliver Giroud to their excellent array of forwards- clueless AFC are contemplating loaning out Eddie N -( whilst PEA is serving a 3 game ban.)
    leaving us with 1 center forward ( and Laca who is on the cusp of a suspension too)

    No wonder the experience and respected club doc is leaving the Sinking Ship to join the champions elect.

    While Liverpool have Klopp and are always looking to improve in all areas
    and Inter Milan have Conte and trying to do likewise, Arsenal dither and engage in embarrassing and fruitless appeals. ( demeaning the clubs heritage in the process)

    Arsenals slow decline continues apace despite MA best efforts.

  44. Pedro

    Inter Milan signing Olivier Giroud, the not so free-scoring striker, has left you jealous?

    Losing our doctor has made you sad?

    CG, I think you need to perk up. This sort of misery isn’t very British of you. All a bit snowflakey. Think you need to up your game.

  45. Jamie

    The only thing Ollie still has going for him is his looks, and everyone knows it.

    World Cup wining striker with zero goals in 550 minutes played during the tournament. Give the medal back.

  46. CG

    Pierre

    “”””CG Nketiah should stay
    Lacazette is not close to a suspension( 10 yellows needed) .
    Appeal was pointless.””””

    Yes Pierre.

    But you have a brain- you are competent- you know your soccer!

    We have Edu, Raul and Vinny remember

    I would rather have Marko, Jamie and Freddie L in charge to be honest

    I have no faith in that lot whatsoever
    All of them clueless, useless and hopeless.

    thats why we are in the cart.
    (worst team for Forty years!)

    to loan out a prodigious and natural goalscorer TWICE in one season when are bereft of goals confirms my assessment of them.

  47. Pierre

    Why don’t we just sign Phillips of Leeds, plus Maddison and Grealish for a combined total of 170 mil and sell Guendouzi, Xhaka and Torreira for 100 mil plus Mhkitaryan and Elneny making a total of 120 mil.

    A 50 mil outlay ( or thereabouts) and everybody will be happy.

  48. Marko

    World Cup wining striker with zero goals in 550 minutes played during the tournament. Give the medal back.

    It was worse than that pal he had zero shots on target all tournament.

  49. CG

    PedRo

    “”””Inter Milan signing Olivier Giroud, the not so free-scoring striker, has left you jealous?”””””

    Since we mistakenly sold him to a rival. Giroud has won the:

    FA Cup
    Loosers Cup
    World Cup.

    Granted ‘freescoring’ was probably the wrong word for him- but he is an excellent forward option.(Something different.)

    We have zero offensive options.

  50. azed

    “A 50 mil outlay ( or thereabouts) and everybody will be happy.”

    How’s Maddison and Phillips calf?

    Without confirming the calves, you can’t be sure everyone will be happy.

  51. Jamie

    “It was worse than that pal he had zero shots on target all tournament.”

    Oh yeah! Jesus. Has to be a record. Kind of like having a World Cup winning defender who lost every single one of his duels during the tournament. Mustafi in 2014?

  52. Pierre

    Giroud is up there with Berbatov and Sheringham for his link up play around the box .

    I’m not sure why he he never scored the goals he should as he is a very good header of a ball, a good striker of a ball, scored some quality goals at the near post and is exceptional at finding a camera to strike a pose after finding the net .

    Lack of pace I suppose is his biggest drawback.

  53. CG

    PedRo

    “”””Losing our doctor has made you sad?”””””

    (Disappointed – especially to Liverpool. )

    It says all you need to know about the club post Wenger.

    We have lost more experience, nous, knowledge, expertise and another respected club servant.

    Like on the playing front too.
    Cech, ramsey, Giroud, Kos, Coquelin, Monreal, Walcott, Welbeck, Wilshere.

    Not necessarily the best players- but certainly good club men with decades of AFC experience combined.

    People like Fred Street never left us.
    They were Arsenal men to The End.

    Now – no one wants to stay.

    And that is Sad.

  54. Pedro

    CG,

    Giroud was too slow, poor in front of goal and epitomized our average streak.

    I’ll never forgive that Monaco game.

    … also, if he was here, you’d be bitching about how his pristine French beard makes you sick, and we need more clean-shaven Brits

  55. azed

    CG not to be the bearer of bad news but the following players left in their prime

    Cesc
    Nasri
    RVP
    Flamini
    Hleb
    AOC (not in his prime then)

  56. Cesc Appeal

    That was ridiculous.

    VAR rule out the goal for ‘handball’. Fucking ridiculous.

    Slab head gets away with one.

  57. Pedro

    Ahhh, taking it back to Wenger. A man that kept dinosaurs like Tony Colbert in the setup, a man that had less qualifications than a swimming coach.

    People in the game didn’t have respect for what Wenger was offering to modern football, hence why he can’t get a job in the game now. You’ll never be able to repaint our demise as a post-Wenger issue, it started with him. He was an architect of our biggest fails over the past 15 years.

    Now we’re making positive moves after having our David Moyes moment, and no amount of pining after Giroud or club doctors will change that we are on an upward trajectory.

  58. SurferX

    Pedro: “Now we’re making positive moves after having our David Moyes moment, and no amount of pining after Giroud or club doctors will change that we are on an upward trajectory.”

    I prefer to think of Emery as our Bruce Rioch moment 😉

  59. Pierre

    Danny s
    “Pierre been playing too much football manager.”

    Too old for that rubbish , I can recollect my kids playing it when they were growing up.

    Grealish, maddison and Phillips for xhaka, Guendouzi, Torreira, Mhkitaryan and Elneny.

    That’ll give you technique, skill , attitude, goals , energy , aggression ….what’s to complain about .
    forget about top 4, that’s a midfield that would challenge for the top

  60. Marko

    United looking like a long ball side

    Balderdash they have a great squad and an excellent manager.

    Sorry I must apologize for the snipe remark aimed at Bamford.

  61. CG

    PedRo

    “”””People in the game didn’t have respect for what Wenger was offering to modern football,””””””

    Well, someone who has been in the game the longest.

    Neil Warnock stated on the record he is the best manager he faced in the opposing dugout.

    I guess- it just depends , who you want to listen too!

  62. Pedro

    CG, Warnock is a tinpot manager that can’t hire.

    No club in Europe – and there have been some desperate clubs – has offered him a job.

    Why?

    … because he downed Arsenal in slow motion.

    His biggest fans said he’d land a major job, he did, but not in the dugout.

  63. CG

    Oliver Giroud stats.

    Arsenal games 180
    Goals 73

    France games 97
    Goals 39.

    World Cup winner.

    It’s because he has no pace ( you cant loose it) he is such a canny signing for the brilliant Conte.

    Probably knock us out of The Loosers again like he did last year.

    Meanwhile we will let Eddie go out on loan.

    Abject and Clueless decision.

  64. CG

    “””CG, Warnock is a tinpot manager that can’t hire.””””

    I personally think he is a brilliant manager.
    You clearly dont.

    That’s fine too.

    With over 7 promotions
    And Over 1000 games.
    And managing in his 70 ‘s

    I think his opinion should be respected.

    If he says Wenger is the Greatest.

    Who are we to Argue?

  65. CG

    PedRo

    “””CG, do you think Arteta would loan him if he thought he’d be more val
    uable with us?””””

    Surely to goodness if for some reason the New Brains Trust want to loan our No. 3 striker they will do it AFTER PEA has served his 3 game ban?

    It will still be Jan.

    Eddie who scored in the last fixture of last season and had a barnstorming pre season is ready for us.

    Crikey he was scoring goals even when Wenger was in charge

    And that was 18 months ago.
    He is ready for us, and ready for Sheff Utd.

  66. Dream10

    Rumors of Kurzawa heating up. Either 6m this window or free in the summer. If he arrives this window, probably means that Kolasinac is off to Napoli.

  67. Pedro

    CG, surely Arteta will have weighed this up. A new coach, coming from City, probably recognizes what we need.

    Central strikers:

    Auba
    Lacazette
    Martinelli

  68. Cesc Appeal

    Free transfer approaches for Kurzawa and Mertens.

    Suggests Kolasinac and Aubameyang/Lacazette are going to be cashed in on to allow us to spend in other areas.

    Defensively we have Saliba arriving, if Kurzawa comes in that is decent back up to Tierney. That means Kolasinac, Mustafi and then another CB will likely be cashed in on to fund moves.

    In ST we will have Aubameyang/Lacazette with Mertens and Maritnelli providing options or back up. Selling one of Aubameyang/Lacazette will raise a good amount of funds.

    Likely means no real squad loss, or reduced impact in the case of Aubameyang, and potentially £70 Million or more in funds raised.

  69. CG

    PedRo

    “””CG, surely Arteta will have weighed this up. A new coach, coming from City, probably recognizes what we need.”””

    Arteta is a brilliant coach.
    Whether he is a brilliant manager is another matter….

    If he lets Eddie go out on loan whilst PEA serves his suspension it will tell us a lot.

    It will certainly tell us does not heed to Fergies mantra of always having 4 center forwards in your armoury.

    And if you think Martinelli is a Center forward- you would be mistaken too.

    He is a wide player.

  70. Cesc Appeal

    Rumours are Arteta has given the thumbs up to Kurzawa.

    If that is true expecting a Le Grove piece on why Kurzawa is an inspired signing.

  71. Champagne Charlie

    “If that is true expecting a Le Grove piece on why Kurzawa is an inspired signing.“

    Large french fries housed on your shoulder.

  72. Marko

    Free transfer approaches for Kurzawa and Mertens.

    Ugh. I mean we’re desperate for frankly multiple fullbacks so okay but I tend to agree with Pedro’s contacts I’m not interested in Kurzawa and question Arteta giving the thumbs up for a 33 year old Mertens.

  73. Dream10

    Pedro

    GFFN were brutal on Kurzawa. Not happy with this deal at all. Awful deal. Tierney has to be labeled as injury prone, meaning your backup LB should be able.to start 30 PL matches. Kurzawa isn’t reliable. Probably getting a 4 or 5yr deal. Being in bed with a super agent means deals like this will happen.

  74. Cesc Appeal

    Pedro

    Arsenal are going to need a new doctor with Liverpool poaching ours so maybe it’s a ploy to sharpen his skills into doctoring as Arteta wants.

    City IP just pervades every facet of the club.

    Wondrous stuff.

  75. Dream10

    RSPC

    Seems that Arteta has been impressed.
    Also, could mean that the club were rejected by a forward they wanted to loan/buy this window.

  76. Marko

    Joorabchian’s outsized influence at Arsenal becoming a bit uncanny, shades of Raiola at PSG in 2012/13 – Layvin Kurzawa is exceptionally injury-prone, criminally unfit & has not been playing regular football for the best part of the last 4.5 years.

    To be fair he’s had one serious injury in the last whatever years and he was getting over 2,000+ mins on the season until last season where it dropped off to 1,000+ and 20+ games on the season. Injury prone and not playing regularly is a stretch. Also the idea that Kia Joorabchian has his claws firmly in Arsenal after just the David Luiz signing is another stretch.

  77. Champagne Charlie

    What qualifies someone as injury prone? Is there an official outline for it?

    – Kurzawa has missed 43 games since 2015 (16 and 9 the longest stretches)

    – Monreal has missed 27 games since 2015 (12 and 7 the longest stretches)

    – Kolasinac has missed 13 games since 2015 (7 longest stretch)

    – Tierney has missed 74 games since 2015 (current 19, 17, 15, 13 longest stretches)

  78. Marko

    I wouldn’t classify Tierney as injury prone he’s just unfortunate that he got a bad injury after coming back from another bad injury. He’s had about 180 appearences at 22.

  79. Un na naai

    I just don’t get how we have such a restricted budget while all the mid table
    Clubs do not.
    It doesn’t make any sense after signing 3 new and improved sponsorship deals

  80. Un na naai

    I wouldn’t classify Tierney as injury prone he’s just unfortunate that he got a bad injury after coming back from another bad injury. He’s had about 180 appearences at 22.

    4 long injuries at 22.
    Sounds like Jack unfortunate Wilshere

  81. Dissenter

    Going by CC’s numbers and provocative question, Kurzawa’s injury record makes Tierney look not so good.
    Kurzawa will be an experienced replacement for Kolasinac who will be sold for a good profit.
    That will be a very good piece of business.

  82. Paulinho

    “Put that in your pipe Paulinho. How’s you like them apples??”

    What’s your point exactly, unless you can attribute a quote to me claiming Ramsey scored more goals per minute than Ozil.

    And comparing someone who played number ten his whole career, charged with f-all but goals + assists, to someone that’s played the majority of their career in midfield, is about your level. You certainly like your apples and oranges.

  83. Marko

    So the season where he had the ruptured ankle he had 3,400 minutes and 40 games on the season. Same with that hip injury last season 40 appearences and 3,400 minutes despite the injury. The only reason the hip injury carried over to us is them rushing him back. Hard to sell that amount of mins and amount of games as Jack Wilshere like

  84. Marko

    You do realize that Kurzawa is healthier than Tierney … and is a far more accomplished player.

    Take it to the bank from Dissenter. Far more accomplished he’s 27 and has about 30 more appearences than the 22 year old injury prone jock.

  85. Graham62

    Un na naai

    Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we are and have been for about 14 years, such a poorly run club.

  86. CG

    Graham

    “”””The criticism being levelled at Tierney is totally unjustified.”””””

    The criticism is not at him personally.
    He seems a cracking old fashioned proper pro in many ways.

    (He dont wear gloves.)

    The criticism of him is the idiots who paid £30 000 000 for him in the first place.

    If he ever gets fits and goes head to head with Wolverhamptons Traore – he will be out for another 6 months.

    Men v Boys there.

  87. Pierre

    Brilliant
    Nketiah staying .
    Arteta just gets better every day with his decision making.

    I personally think he is a more rounded footballer than Martinelli , time will tell , let’s hope they both make it at the Arsenal.

  88. CG

    Pierre

    “””Brilliant
    Nketiah staying .
    Arteta just gets better every day with his decision making.”””

    Yes. A smidgeon of common sense at last returning to The Arsenal.

    (Hardly a toughie ,that one though)

    Keeping a natural goalscorer in your squad- when you only have 2 other strikers in your squad.

    Let’s hope Arteta makes more decisions and Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee are cut out of the decision making progress entirely.

    (If MA did everything at the club , and we sacked Edu, Raul and Vinny we would make instant strides.)

  89. Pierre

    Tierney is not exactly made out the stuart Pearce mould is he , more like Kieran Gibbs.

    Has a great final ball though, let’s hope we can get him fit.

    Kolasinac, though playing well, always seems like an injury waiting to happen..

  90. Graham62

    Nketiah needs to show the same hunger that Martinelli displays.

    If he does, we could have two special youngsters.

  91. Leedsgunner

    Nketiah, is staying according to multiple sources. This is good news for the club… it would be brilliant if Nketiah could take this opportunity with both hands and score a bucketful. It would provide more motivation for Lacazette to find his form..

    Come on Eddie, this is your chance. Cometh the hour, cometh the man.

    If we could find a legitimate successor for Aubameyang and or Lacazaette internally we could spend that money bringing in a world class centre back and defensive midfielder.