Update on the transfer situation

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Well good morning to you, I wrote a post yesterday and it didn’t post, so you’re getting a double hit of the good stuff today. 💉

It’s Mikel press conference time, I’m still getting over the novelty of not spending 45 minutes trying to decipher the buried messaging of an Unai prezzer. I also like the fact that for the first time in 10 years, tuning into the pregame chat is actually interesting.

Let’s jump face-first into what hasn’t changed in forever… an Arsenal manager on transfers.

‘I’m happy we have the squad that I believe we can compete for what we want. I’m fine. I want to keep the players and get the maximum from the players that I want, but if this scenario changes and we need somebody, I’m expecting that we will go into the market and try to solve the issue.’

On whether he has a wishlist just in case.

‘I have, yes. You need to have one always, just in case!’

So the reality of our situation hasn’t changed, we blew our load last summer, and unless a very cheap deal or loan pops, we’ll be tasting the consequences of that until we can shift some of the deadwood in the summer… but at least Mikel has a list of players he likes, hopefully Ever Banega and Big Steve Nzonzi don’t feature. That’d be like finally landing a date with Sienna Miller and finding out she farts when she drinks, which to be honest is how I felt when he started Xhaka… I have grown to enjoy that fragrance though.

The most interesting theme that has run through the last week is that Arteta is very publicly calling Auba his most important player. I can’t deny that it’s true, but it seems to be a very purposeful narrative that he’s pushing.

‘Auba has been around, he was very sad after the game. He was disappointed that he left the team with 10 men. It’s an action that is completely accidental in my opinion. He’s been superb under me, he’s trained really well, he’s working so hard. He’s scoring goals and has probably been the most important player on the team. So to lose him, obviously, is really bad news for us.’

‘I don’t know. I haven’t experienced it. I hope not, I hope we can play better and even win the games and he will be pushing for that as well. Players have to step up. You know, when one of your big players is not there, they have to take responsibility. I’m sure when they’re not playing, they want a chance and they talk. It’s time to talk on the pitch, not outside. You come on there, you make the impact that he made and you sure me that you are as good as him or even better. You have the chance.’

Keeping your best sharpshooter motivated is obviously important, is the extra effort because he wants him to sign a new deal, or is it to keep him motivated despite playing him out of position? Or is Arteta just a really fucking massive fanboy of the man. He has a gold car, that is way cool imo.

My abiding memory of Sheffield United is from the Highbury days when we cheated and scored a goal and Steve Bruce threatened to take his players off the pitch like a giant pink snowflake, an incident that culminated in Arsenal offering a replay for the unfair result. I also remember the FA Cup semi-final when David Seaman made THAT save from Paul Peschisolido.

Things are different now. Chris Wilder, one of the sexy breed of new managers doing big things at small clubs, has made his team quite the spectacle this season. Mikel likes him.

‘The work he’s done is phenomenal and he’s done some special things as well with some movements and characteristics of how he moves his team around, and the demands that he puts on his players. What I like about a manager is when I see a team and they are a real team that fights for every single ball with their attitude and behaviour, as well as their intentions for what they want to do every time.  It’s very clear what he’s trying to do, so I have big admiration for him.’

The reality of our season is that this game is very important to our progress. Sheffield United are running away from us, we lose here, it’s a 7 point gap. Staggering considering their outlay compared to ours.

Things are still not looking positive on the injury and suspension front. Kola, Tierney and Bellerin likely won’t feature. LT ‘might’ be back in contention, but he has a hip problem. Our best striker sits out the first of three games. The only thing going for us tomorrow is that this has been the first full week the squad has had with the new training staff. We’ll be a little bit fitter, the plan should be a little more clear, and hopefully we come out all guns blazing for an expectant home crowd. Miracles don’t happen overnight, but a nice run of results against sides we should be beating would build belief in the squad and make us fighting fit for the big games in the cup and against the top 6 sides when they land.

One interesting thing to watch out for is the captaincy. Who does that go to in the new era? The way the team has been playing, I’d expect someone like David Luiz. I feel like he’s bought into the vision and his performances have been immense.

Finally, Head of Medical Services, Gary O’Driscoll, has left the building to take up a new role at Liverpool. I had the pleasure of being toured around the Arsenal facilities by him a few years ago, it basically qualified me to have PHD after my work signature, and it’s part of the reason I’m so revered in the Sports Science community. The article is here, think that was back in the day when Wenger was blaming injuries on hair pills and bad luck. What a time to be alive.

What I think is important about this move is, whilst sad, it shows you how good our backroom team is. The amateur injury specialist scene on Twitter is quite something, generally always wrong about their assessments of what goes on at the club, always wrong when they point the finger out the medical team. This is a vindication of that reality. Anyway, if you fancy the job, you can apply here.

Right, find me in the comments where I’ll be giving a seminar on the latest WADA regulations, have a great Friday night x

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  1. Marko

    The way people talk about Kurzawa, you wouldn’t believe he had a dozen caps for France.

    A dozen? Well that’s me convinced.

    No but seriously as has been said before if this signing was made under Emery certain types would be frothing at the mouth but it happens under a popular manager and it’s leeway city. He’s 27 he’s suspect defensively he’s been a bit part player for a few seasons now and he’s on 115,000 a week. We’d basically be replacing a Kolasinac with another Kolasinac someone who should never have been signed in the first place big wages poor player that we’ll struggle to get rid of eventually. It’s just short sighted

  2. azed

    “The most interesting theme that has run through the last week is that Arteta is very publicly calling Auba his most important player.”

    Pierre is not going to like this.

  3. Romford Pele

    “Don’t understand the logic of getting players from ligue 2 but not from the championship.”

    Just like the PL the Championship is expensive to buy in. Not that i’d be against it but you have to be aware. Villa buying Tyrone Mings for almost £30m. Sheffield United signed Ollie McBurnie for £20m.

    The value for money is just better abroad.

  4. Marko

    ‘I’m happy we have the squad that I believe we can compete for what we want. I’m fine. I want to keep the players and get the maximum from the players that I want, but if this scenario changes and we need somebody, I’m expecting that we will go into the market and try to solve the issue.’

    Red flag. Sounds like an Arsene quote.

    but at least Mikel has a list of players he likes, hopefully Ever Banega and Big Steve Nzonzi don’t feature.

    Or Kurzawa and John Stones.

    The amateur injury specialist scene on Twitter is quite something, generally always wrong about their assessments of what goes on at the club, always wrong when they point the finger out the medical team.

    I just can’t get my head around this.

  5. Romford Pele

    “Red flag. Sounds like an Arsene quote.”

    To be fair he’s not gonna come out and throw them under the bus saying the’yre rubbish. That’s management faux pas 101. You have to have the players on side even if what you’re thinking isn’t necessarily representative of that.

  6. Champagne Charlie

    “No but seriously as has been said before if this signing was made under Emery certain types would be frothing at the mouth but it happens under a popular manager and it’s leeway city.“

    Day two of offering up the same bullshit.

  7. Marko

    To be fair I wouldn’t have minded someone like Jay Dasilva brought in from the championship but that’s about it. People need to stop with this notion that there’s this great wealth of talent and bargains in the lower leagues of English football. It’s just not true.

  8. Marko

    Day two of offering up the same bullshit.

    Ditto mate. Of course you don’t have a problem with Kurzawa coming in you made arguments for Antonio Valencia and Lichtsteiner being signed. I personally don’t like it because it’s another poor player with a questionable attitude and on massive wages coming into a mess of a club. All the ingredients for a bad signing. But what’s another one I suppose. Again though given the outrage on Suarez last January one can only assume had Emery been in charge while we were signing Kurzawa there’d be a similar outrage. Your non rebuttal doesn’t constitute an argument against that

  9. Champagne Charlie

    Marko

    You’re not worth a rebuttal for offering up utter nonsense. You’re desperate to draw everything back to Emery vs Arteta and ankle bite the usual names, hence your comment.

    This Kurzawa deal is another take on market opportunism from us, and it’s for a non-essential position so I don’t have much of an issue with it because I understand the likely strategy.

    Suppose I could always be like you who’s utterly numb to football economics and expects 30 mil players for every position going in the 23 man squad – that and a complete overhaul this summer. Heaven forbid we make a lateral move at LB to potentially free up funds elsewhere.

    Stick to FIFA and pretending you’re some unpaid elite scout who gets all his workshop info from YouTube.

  10. Dissenter

    CG
    Don’t stop
    I don’t disagree with you regarding Tierney.
    It’s amazing how he’s being crowned the better player when most of his vaunted 200 games in Scotland were against Kilmarnock, St Mirren and Ross county. These are league one quality clubs at best.
    He hasn’t done jack since he came to us, despite all the hoopla. He may yet become Robertson mach 2 but so far he’s just another quick-to-crock expensive signing.

  11. Major_Jeneral

    Any truth to the rumours about Meunier. Manutd is reportedly interested in the psg midfielder too. – goal.com

  12. Marko

    Suppose I could always be like you who’s utterly numb to football economics

    It didn’t stop you from pissing and moaning a year ago at the signing of Suarez. Now it’s not a big deal we’re skint it’s cartwheels and backflips to make the signing not look as bad as it is. Again where was this a year ago with a six month loan signing? This is a permanent one btw.

    Stick to FIFA and pretending you’re some unpaid elite scout who gets all his workshop info from YouTube.

    I love it when you specifically say stuff like this it falls on deaf ears when you remember that you’re stupid enough to get into arguments about Xhaka being irreplaceable to Arsenal and suggest players like Antonio Valencia get signed. We’ll just add thinking that Kurzawa isn’t a bad signing to the list of Charlie pearlers

  13. Champagne Charlie

    “It didn’t stop you from pissing and moaning a year ago at the signing of Suarez.”

    Because we didn’t need a winger, and the winger we brought in played 90 mins total because he was that shit.

    Now I’ve said Xhaka is irreplaceable? Haha bullshit with a side of bullshit. You keep harping on about Antonio Valencia, is that your big zinger? A free transfer I said I’d prefer to Licht if we were going down that path again? Smashing it lad 😂

  14. Marko

    Because we didn’t need a winger

    We did.

    The winger we brought in played 90 mins total because he was that shit.

    So a bad signing. For 6 months he’ll live on in infamy. Kurzawa again cartwheels and backflips despite it being a permanent signing.

    Smashing it lad

    Ditto mate. Xhaka, Valencia and Lichtsteiner you’re a genius.

  15. Dissenter

    Romford
    “Brazilian journalists saying Athletico reps are in London to meet with Edu (and you’d assume Bertolucci and Kia Joorabchain).”

    What transfer is this for?

  16. Sid

    Romford

    To be fair he’s not gonna come out and throw them under the bus saying the’yre rubbish. That’s management faux pas 101. You have to have the players on side even if what you’re thinking isn’t necessarily representative of that.

    The Arsenalization shall be televised.

    I am telling you this for free!

  17. Champagne Charlie

    “So a bad signing. For 6 months he’ll live on in infamy. Kurzawa again cartwheels and backflips despite it being a permanent signing.“

    Are we in the hunt for top 4 like we were this time last season? Where idk, bringing someone in that earned us an extra two points might’ve made a difference 🤡

    Now I’m responsible for Licht? Waheyyy on a fucking roll here mate. Again, the premise is understandable to prioritise funds for elsewhere, but he was shit…my tears have dried.

    You still struggling with the economics side of things? Not everyone can be 20+ mil in order to appease the fannies out there that equate quality relative to price tag. We all know a few of those right mate?

  18. Zacharse

    “Red flag. Sounds like an arsene quote”

    Ya? Sounds like quote from any manager thats not fighting w administration/backroom. Glad to see logic continuing to elude the baying mob here

  19. Marko

    Crusade? Hey I’m just a fan really tired of the club making really obvious bad decisions in the transfer market. But if people are okay with continuing down the same path then that’s okay. Good luck with the club improving

  20. Emiratesstroller

    I think that Arteta is demonstrating the reality of Arsenal’s current situation. He has joined the club with his eyes open and knows perfectly well that the club has no transfer budget in January unless they sell players.

    Also the management of the club must know by now that there is little prospect of the club finishing in top 4 or qualifying for Champions League.

    So both club and Arteta have to make the best of the resources currently available.

    If they are buying Kurizawa it is because they know already that Tierney is
    unlikely to be match fit this season and Kolasinac is also struggling with an
    injury.

    Maitland-Niles has played previously in left back position, but because of Bellerin’s lack of fitness and Chambers long term injury he is needed on
    right flank of defence.

    What is clear to me is that the Kroenke family will need to make some very
    serious decisions in the Summer. These are:

    1. Can the club continue to rely on the self financing model factoring in that
    most of our unwanted players are either unsaleable or diminishing assets.

    2. Can the club afford to lose both Aubameyang and Lacazette this summer?
    If the club decides to sell them I doubt that the club will receive more than
    £80 million for both players combined factoring in age and the fact that they
    will be in final year of contract.

    3. Will mature top quality players be prepared to join a club, which is not only
    not qualifying for Champions League, but is clearly in decline?

    Arsenal’s future looks very bleak under the regime which is currently running the club. It is a very sad state of affairs.

  21. Marko

    Are we in the hunt for top 4 like we were this time last season?

    Like I said cartwheels and backflips. We’re still in the Europa League and still can get top 6. You make it sound like because we’ve been in free fall this season that we can afford a fuck up in the transfer market amazingly btw.

    You still struggling with the economics side of things?

    I sure am here I am arguing against signing up a 27 year old bit part player on 115,000 a week while you’re trying to argue how cash strapped we are and how making such a signing is okay. Makes sense

  22. Eduardo

    Never understood the Ever Banega hate. He would be our best midfielder by a mile and if we’d signed him last January instead of D. Suarez we’d probably have qualified for the CL.

  23. Eduardo

    > Auba has a gold car

    I thought only pimps drove gold cars. I guess footballers can now be included in that elite category

  24. Luteo Guenreira

    I really doubt Kurzawa is signing though. I just hope the rumours of an LB don’t mean Tierney’s injuries are much worse than being let on. Saka must not want to play LB, he hasn’t looked bad there though imo. He probably sees AMN and thought, I don’t want that to happen to me.

  25. Micheal

    ES: Very good thoughts. I totally agree the Yanks need a new sense of direction.

    I have never believed the problem is entrely about money, though of course it woud help. What we lack is a clear vision and sense of ambition from the Kroenkes.

    Are they satisfied with finishing 6th to 8th in the Pemier League and a decent FA Cup or Europa League run?

    Do they have any serious footballing ambitions ? If so, are they prepared to invest in the club or can we expect to limp along mid-table until Stan keels over ?

  26. Unai

    Emirates, good post, my thoughts exactly.

    So frustrating that we have multi billion pound owner with pound shop ambition.

    Personally, I’ve resigned myself to mid table mediocrity and as much as I like Arteta, I feel he’s destined to fail.

    Real shame.

  27. Romford Pele

    Luto, Tierney back in light training today. Gotta remember it’s a shoulder injury so nothing to do with his legs.

  28. Wasi

    I hope Tierney returns to the team in Feb not march given that he has already started rehab.
    And with it not being a lower body injury I hope its possible.

  29. Pedro

    Marko:

    ‘I can’t get my head around this’

    This blog is basically a dedicated learning facility for you. People spend the entire day explaining basic concepts as you swirl in confusion. You don’t need to tell us you don’t get things. We know. Just ask questions.

  30. Marko

    Oh hey Pedro no I couldn’t get my head around how ironic it was that you were talking about how people on Twitter think “they’re medical experts amateur injury specialist” giving some of your thoughts on the subject ie the Ramsey injury, who’s responsible for us currently being a 60-70 min team and Upamecano being out for 300+ days last season. I just don’t think a self aware person would criticize Twitter itk’s

  31. Marko

    Far too hostile to a little push back on the internet. You need to remove that chip off your shoulder people will not always agree with what you write it happens

  32. Pedro

    Marko,

    I remember the scene well. You aggressively attacked the notion Emery had anything to do with his injury… then Emery threw you under the bus and took credit for it.

    No one uses Google worse than you.

  33. Pedro

    There’s no chip on the shoulder, it’s just irritating that the person that literally posts the most on the day to day basis spends majority of their time trying to pick holes in the work… with zero credibility to do so.

    You spent the best part of 6 months telling everyone Nagelsmann couldn’t speak English because I liked him, so much so I thought it was a fact… then I get sent a video of him giving a verbal dissertation on the merits of Shakespeare in English on Youtube.

  34. Marko

    attacked the notion Emery had anything to do with his injury… then Emery threw you under the bus and took credit for it.

    That’s not what happened. You took 2 and 2 together and got 7. You also never proved that double training sessions took place around Nov/Dec. An article about intense training sessions or an article about how we did double training sessions in preseason didn’t prove the claim. But anyway forget it I sense another ban for disagreeing with you. My initial remark was more in jest to you and Twitter itk’s thinking that they know everything about what goes on with players and fitness and the likes.

  35. Marko

    There’s no chip on the shoulder, it’s just irritating that the person that literally posts the most on the day to day basis spends majority of their time trying to pick holes in the work… with zero credibility to do so.

    Clearly no chip.

    You spent the best part of 6 months telling everyone Nagelsmann couldn’t speak English because I liked him

    I think I said it once or twice. I have no idea why you didn’t do your own due diligence and find out for yourself these things especially given that you made an argument before about how bloggers should be taken more seriously possibly in the same way as football journalists. Also I was/am I fan of Nagelsmann too. As I said before I got it wrong I hold my hands up I based it off of two YouTube videos where in champions league games against British opponents he took English questions from an interpreter and replied in German. Easy mistake I think.

  36. Jamie

    A bear and a rabbit are having a shit together in the woods.

    The bear looks down at the rabbit and says “Hey rabbit, do you also have the problem where shit sticks to your fur?”

    The rabbit says “Nope.”

    So the bear picks up the rabbit and wipes his ass with him.

    p.s. Marko gets far too much of a hard time.

  37. Chris

    Writing off Tierney is premature. If we are one or two years down the line and he hasn’t managed to stay fit then I would be concerned. However I’m very confident he can be a big part of what Arteta is trying to achieve. He has all the attributes needed.

    His latest injury was rotten luck, hopefully we will see him before the end of the season.

  38. Marko

    Also instead of focusing on the fact that someone got Nagelsmann being able to speak English wrong why not be more concerned with that fact that for a number of months there you went way overboard with the whole johnny foreigner with the broken English and fucked up teeth destroying Arsenal and making out that a prerequisite for the Arsenal job had to be the language. I never gave a shit about Nagelsmann or Rose or Fonseca or whoever being able to speak English properly that’s something that was created and emphasized on here.

  39. MGooner

    We cant buy players because we have to pay in Sterling and Stan only has dollars 🙂

    If he looked at his investment in terms of capital gains, found a deal to realise this and injected some fresh capital to give us some breathing space, it would be great.

    But…he actually bought Usmanov’s shares with a loan from Deutsche Bank.

    I thought that chap was a fan!

  40. MGooner

    @ Marko , what’s your problem with English?

    I think that the ex-gaffer had a not too bad command of language, it’s just his communication skill was not great.

    Around the same time, there was some chatter about Bale not speaking Spanish. In his case, it was different as he was arrogant.

    If any person goes to a foreign country and makes a little effort to speak the language, it should be applauded. The communication skills, however is a different issue, not to be confused with language proficiency.

  41. Dissenter

    Pedro
    It’s not fair that you won’t stop beating on Marko because he made a very basic error of thinking that Nagelsmann didn’t speak English.
    It’s like your go to toy right now.

  42. Pedro

    Language issues ‘Created here’ makes it sound like the idea was something far-fetched. We called it straight away, people argued it wasn’t important (you), and low and behold it was one of the defining issues of Emery’s reign.

    Dissenter, it’s just one example of many where Marko pursues his standard counter-narrative to everything that is written on here… only to be proved totally incorrect at a later date.

  43. Victorious

    Pedro on Marko:

    This blog is basically a dedicated learning facility for you. People spend the entire day explaining basic concepts as you swirl in confusion. You don’t need to tell us you don’t get things. We know. Just ask questions.

    Ouch…

    Thought this was brutally hilarious!

    I mean I go away for days and come back to Marko being continuously given a thorough schooling on football matters,painfully boring at this stage I think.

  44. TheBayingMob

    Page 1, 1st paragraph of The Football Management manual states:1a) Never purchase an injured player. It will get you the sack.
    1b) Never purchase a player ready for The Knackers Yard. It gets you the sack.
    1c) Never purchase players with bad attitudes (eg Luiz and Kurzawa).It gets you the sack.”1a Kim Kalstrom, didn’t get Arsene sacked
    1b Andre Santos, didn’t get Arsene sacked
    1c Alexis Sanchez, didn’t get Arsene sacked

  45. Northbanker

    Absolutely essential that an Arsenal manager speaks clear English. Not just English you can get by on to buy a loaf of bread (like my French)

    And whilst communication is a wider skill set that first point is still a prerequisite

  46. Northbanker

    And I could never understand a word that Emery said so that in my book should have ruled him out of the job in the first place

  47. Champagne Charlie

    Receding

    Unlike you to wade into something because Emery was muttered.

    I’ve not made reference to Emery via Kurzawa other than to pushback against bs claims. I find the ‘if this was an Emery signing’ to be just another prime example of the Emery embers being stoked by the same names.

    Or should I write it off as coincidence that the most vocal dismissals of Kurzawa are coming from the same lot that spent a month explaining why Dennis Suarez was mustard?

    Plenty others have the sense to shrug their shoulders and say ‘well we can sell Kola and we’ve turned a profit at LB’. You guys? Nah, none of that scope, that’s us swirling the toilet as a club because we don’t want to spend 25 mil to challenge our other 25 mil LB.

  48. Nelson

    I think RAMS is also in a difficult situation. There are two teams, San Francisco and Seattle who are way stronger than them. They won’t make the playoff in the foreseeable future. The is like us missing the Champions League.

  49. Valentin

    According to French newspapers the reason Arsenal is after a cheap left back is because Tierney is unlikely to be fully fit before the very tail end of the season and that Kolasinac is currently nursing two niggling injuries ankle and hip.
    It has been reported that we have offered a 5 years deal to Kurzawa. He is on €115k per week in France and that his deal at Arsenal would be £90kpw.
    I was under the impression that we then intended to sell Kolasinac this summer to raise further funds, but some are reporting that Arteta intend to keep both of them.
    In that scenario, and if as expected Aubameyang is sold this summer, Kurzawa who can also play left winger would allow us to financially concentrate on defensive midfielder and left sided CB positions.

  50. Pierre

    Gibberish I said it was a month after the the 2018/19 season started ,, and it remained gibberish until the day he left.

  51. Pierre

    Valentin
    That’s close to what I said yesterday when trying to explain why we are bringing in. a left back ,

    “Whether Kurzawa is of sufficient quality remains to be seen, but with Tierney struggling to get fit before mid/end of march and Kolasinac ,who is always liable to get injured , the signing of a left back makes sense as Saka is not and never will be a full back.”

  52. Marko

    We called it straight away, people argued it wasn’t important (you), and low and behold it was one of the defining issues of Emery’s reign.

    Not sure people argued that communication wasn’t important more how out of line it was to dismiss someone because they couldn’t speak the language. Plenty of great managers in world football who don’t speak English but could pick up the language if given the opportunity but unfortunately that’s not an option anymore. Shame though cause going forward I personally wouldn’t discount the likes of Fonseca, Gallardo, Conceicao etc etc from the Arsenal job just because they couldn’t speak the language. Or I wouldn’t consider dental hygiene or appearence a factor. Anyway we’re going over past shite but you do love to bring up how wrong I was on Nagelsmann’s English a real gotcha moment for sure. Let’s not tally up our records though

  53. izzo

    I expect a massive clearout this summer. Otherwise what’s the point? Kroenke’s should sell up because the hole will just get deeper and wider without significant investment. Money talks Finishing outside the top 4 again next season is not an option. Also we’re not winning Europa with this current set of players no matter how much you believe “Arteta knows what he’s doing”. As far as I’m concerned the season is done. Would be wise to go watch another league or sport than to come on here arguing about what the current lot should be doing. We’ve seen that film already. To quote that poster Sid, “I’m telling you this for free!”

  54. Marko

    They won’t make the playoff in the foreseeable future. The is like us missing the Champions League.

    That’s not remotely true. Every NFL team is a billion dollar team. Rams 4th on the list. Making a play off and having an extra game or two on the tv doesn’t make that much of a difference honestly

  55. Chris

    It’s true NFL works differently. The Dallas Cowboys are still the most valuable team and they haven’t even had a sniff of a Super Bowl in decades.

  56. Chris

    The Rams were a little unlucky this year, they still posted a winning record whereas Seattle performed a little over expectation and while 49ers were expected to improve with Garropolo healthy I don’t think many people saw them going 13-3.

    A bigger question mark over the Rams is whether the LA crowd takes them to heart, new stadium may help but they are probably still behind the Dodgers and the Lakers.

  57. Wasi

    Looks we really in for Guimares this window.
    Would be a good signing imo. Add some dynamism, physicality and flair to the midfield .

  58. Champagne Charlie

    So there weren’t folk arguing against claims of Emery’s inability to communicate with the squad? Memory lacking.

    Had Receding tell me over and over that competent leadership wasn’t needed from the manager, that we needed ‘a coach and not a leader’. Good few things getting abolished from the memory banks it seems.

  59. Valentin

    CC,

    The same people who have been proven wrong time and time again are still giving it large hoping that by gas-lighting vehemently enough, people will forget their erroneous past positions.

  60. Henry Root

    Who the hell is Kurdasaki ?
    The man’s name is Kurzawa .
    And for some regular posters here we never had a player called Carzola

  61. Pierre

    Izzo
    “. Would be wise to go watch another league or sport than to come on here arguing about what the current lot should be doing. We’ve seen that film already”

    Adios then, and don’t come back when we have another trophy in the cabinet.

  62. Champagne Charlie

    Val

    Yea funny that eh? You can almost predict the view of numerous that formed that previous cult. It’s all bubbling under with Arteta for several of them, absolutely gagging for the moment they can harp back.

    You see it above with talk about how Kurzawa would’ve been pilloried if he was an Emery buy, then in the next sentence I’m getting told that I was all for Licht…….who bought him again? Oh that’s right……pick your angle 😂 some people trip themselves up time and again.

  63. Luteo Guenreira

    Season is not done. Plenty to play for. At the very least it’s experience to build toward next year and the future. There’s a lot to be taught and lot to be learned in half a season and a summer. Would be foolish to not take these next few months seriously regardless of what competitions we’re in or where we sit on the table.

  64. Chris

    If you want the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain.

    Sticking with your team through the ‘hard’ times makes the successes even sweeter.

  65. Chris

    Europa League and FA Cup to play to win for. And also just the genuine intrigue in how the team develops under Arteta. It’s hard to imagine why anyone would want to switch off as such until next season.

  66. Marko

    You see it above with talk about how Kurzawa would’ve been pilloried if he was an Emery buy, then in the next sentence I’m getting told that I was all for Licht…….who bought him again? Oh that’s right……pick your angle

    Struggling Charlie struggling.

  67. Pedro

    Marko, you can’t rewrite your past views on language. Or even what you said 40 minutes ago.

    ‘ I never gave a shit about Nagelsmann or Rose or Fonseca or whoever being able to speak English properly’

    The above was laced with a subplot that it was a bit xenophobic to talk about a managers language skills.

    We all remember the language argument and your militant belief that communication was not that important because it was such an absurd thing to have to argue… over, and over, and over.

  68. James wood

    Henry root 20.38
    Lighten up
    I know what his name is and how to spell
    The site constantly has posters mis spelling or
    for a laugh altering names as I done.
    Sorry it never suited your straight lace opinion

  69. RodneyKing

    “Jurgen Klopp took over Liverpool in 10th place. Through maverick decision-making, masterful motivating and tactical dexterity, he’s made them Europe’s best.” – Sky Sports

    Like Klopp, Arteta’s got all the tools to take Arsenal to the top. He speaks good English and is an excellent communicator. What’s more, he’s a brilliant and innovative coach.

    Like Pochettino, he’s able to motivate his players and get the best out of them. Even the much-maligned Ozil attests to this.

    Like City, we finally got our very own Pep sauce served with meaty chunks of Klopp and tasty slices of Pochettino. Sounds like a healthy Mediterranean diet. Surely, we must be the envy of other EPL clubs. 😂

  70. Marko

    The above was laced with a subplot that it was a bit xenophobic to talk about a managers language skills.

    Oh it absolutely was in nature. You might not have meant it personally but a few others jumped on it and ran with it. Again you took his poor communication and ran with it as an issue as well as his appearance. I personally don’t think communication was the problem the problem was I just don’t think he knew what he was doing his last whatever months. You see Bielsa and his interpreter and the way he schooled a room full of reporters last season when that spygate stuff happened and you see his communication not being an issue. I imagine Fonseca and Gallardo with their likely broken English wouldn’t be that much of an issue it wasn’t for Poch at Southampton. But again it became such a massive thing on here. Even had Nagelsmann zero English I’d still have liked him. But anyway rehashing old things.

  71. Marko

    Anyway communication is no longer an issue Mikel talks with perfect English and is very very understandable he comes across as very knowledgeable and a Maverick full of confidence. Basically he’ll have absolutely fuck all excuses for failure. In that regard.

  72. Champagne Charlie

    The very latest Kurzawa chat is we’ve lined a deal up for him to join in June for free, we’ve apparently done so to use all available funds to chase Bruno Guimaraes for this window.

  73. Champagne Charlie

    “Basically he’ll have absolutely fuck all excuses for failure. In that regard.“

    The loaded agenda eating away at him, bless.

  74. Lego Hair

    Marko you’re such a basic thinker and it’s so painful to read the shit you come out with and then try and deny it later.

    Coaching is fanciful and emery’s communication wasn’t an issue. My god.

    Why you’re even comparing the two is beyond me. One uses a translator, the other well…his communication was perfect wasn’t it?

    Maybe emery should have borrowed Bielsa’s translator.

  75. Marko

    Relax rose bud communication isn’t an issue for Mikel so if he fails it’s not in that regard. Is that alright to say? Would it not make sense to judge him by the same standards as the previous manager? That’s not fair? Suppose not. Now it’s agenda driven I suppose

  76. Champagne Charlie

    Marko you’re one of the few on here tempting fate in as many ways as possible for a failure on Arteta’s part. Be it in transfers, decisions about your fave players, folk writing off the season after appreciating the mess walked into (the state of you over that one).

    Whilst many are more than happy at the prospect of Arsenal elevating under Arteta despite never fancying him as boss, you’re fraught at the prospect of deepthroating massive amounts of crow after the two year assassination of him as a talent in the game.

  77. Graham62

    I’m “more than happy at the prospect of Arsenal elevating under Arteta”

    At last we now have a manager who speaks my sort of lingo.

    No more Emery Goggledegook and no more predictable and boring Wenger rhetoric.

    Life is good.

  78. Graham62

    Sheffield United will make it difficult and will fancy their chances at the Emirates but I’m going to be positive and go for a 2-1 win.

    Maybe 3-1.

  79. Cesc Appeal

    Guimaraes is very exciting if it happens.

    Exactly the kind of scouting you want to see from the club.

    Get in there before he’s the next big thing we’re lamenting not taking a chance on.

    South American base to our midfield as well.

  80. Marko

    Marko you’re one of the few on here tempting fate in as many ways as possible for a failure on Arteta’s part.

    Oh grow up you idiot I’m literally willing for him to bin off the shite we have and praying that we make signings to make his job and life easier. Only thing now is that the slightest bit of criticism these days have you Arteta groupies up in arms. Criticism might I add that wasn’t lacking the previous 18 months. It wasn’t even criticism it was more pointing out that if the previous manager failed miserably in the communication department then that’s not going to be an excuse for the current manager given his perfect English and communication. For some reason that has you blowing steam out of your arse

  81. Champagne Charlie

    “Unknown, risk and inexperienced. Absolute assassination apparently.“

    Haha shameless, absolutely shameless. Your memory has taken some hit today, how strange.

  82. RodneyKing

    Personally, I’d save the comparisons to Emery until Arteta has had enough time to show what he’s about.

    And while he’s at it, I’d like to see him win a few trophies – the EL for starters. We reached the semis and then the finals, so it’s certainly within reason to think that we’re capable of winning it this year.

    I’d like to hear rumours linking him to other top clubs (a sure sign that he knows what he’s doing and could be the next big thing).

    At this point, all that he has is potential – the reason he was hired in the first place.

  83. Nelson

    ” so it’s certainly within reason to think that we’re capable of winning it this year.”

    Unfortunately, it will be more difficult this year. There are a few good teams dropping down from the CL, such as Inter, Ajax and Roma.

  84. China1

    Charlie

    ‘We didn’t need a winger’

    Technically Suarez was supposed to be a versatile player who could play across the midfield (apart from DM). He was a crap signing tho

    But Kurzawa makes zero sense unless we’re selling kola at a decent profit and get Kurzawa on a reasonable wage

    We have Tierney, kola and saka playing LB this season. Injuries and ability remain less than ideal but not many teams could field a third choice lb in Saka and do as well as he does. We’re not short in this position whatsoever.

    We need a LB like we need a gk…. we don’t

    So either there needs to be some smarts involved about selling kola on for a solid profit as Kurzawa replaces him or this is a really pointless move and waste of our limited resources

    Arsenal being arsenal what odds on it being the latter? Extremely high of we’re being honest

  85. China1

    Also Charlie I wouldn’t trust that arsenal are so clued in on transfer economics

    We’ve paid 190 odd million for our front 3. Laca hasn’t justified his price if we’re honest and *so far* pepe hasn’t come anywhere near his valuation

    Go back a couple of years and we’ve spunked 70m up the wall on xhaka and mustafi

    Outside of a couple of good and promising deals like martinelli (still unproven over any length of time), arsenal have been absolutely dismal in use of our resources on balance. We have this ridiculous wage bill and a load of average players in the squad.

    I wouldn’t trust arsenal to be making a smart move on Kurzawa when there are so many obvious red flags in light of all the above. If this was 2002 I’d be all for it because wenger would’ve obviously been working some of those early years genius. But those days are long gone and the arsenal higher ups in charge of the purse strings generally speaking are hopeless

  86. China1

    There’s clearly something seriously wrong with our scouting network when France has been an absolute factory of top quality for the last 5 years and yet the only young players we’ve managed to pick up are guen and Saliba (and Saliba wasn’t cheap).

    Are we even watching league 1 and second division games? I know there’s more competition for these players now but our draw as a club should easily allow us to compete for the young French and African prospects so many smaller clubs are picking up first

  87. Unai

    Graham,

    “Why so glum? ”

    Without sounding like one of those ‘I called it’ types, I was one of many who were saying 6 or 7 years ago that, if we don’t take serious action now, we will fall into an ever deeper spiral.

    While we have lots of new faces around the club, We still haven’t taken drastic action.

    As a club we are still risk averse, lack a clear plan and only ever make reactive actions.

    I believe Arteta will be a successful coach and he’s a good appointment but expecting him to be more successful if/when he moves to a club that actually backs him.

    A lot has been made about our ‘top 4 squad’ but I just don’t see it. What I see is a team that has regressed year on year for around 10 years and continues to do so while teams who were traditionally below us have evolved into much tougher competition.

    Happy to be wrong but wouldn’t be surprised if 6th – 10th place becomes our level for some years, potentially for the long term.

  88. Unai

    I’m intrigued to see how LeGrove and other sections of the fanbase react if, in 2 years, we’re still wading through the swamp.

    When will it be time to call a spade a spade?

    When will we turn our attention to a certain absentee owner?

  89. Un na naai

    Freddie
    Responding to four comment at around 1 yesterday There is a big difference between me arguing that the owner of the club is lying to fans about available funds and you supporting the transfer window rather than the club.You’ve argued for nearly everything actual arsenal fans want. You argued for the continuation of our worst manager in 40 years Nuff said

  90. Un na naai

    When will it be time to call a spade a spade?When will we turn our attention to a certain absentee owner?

    Unai
    You’re spot on. This has been an issue in the making for a decade.
    Had we gone out and got sanchez, cazorla and ozil to support rvp we’d have a title now. Had we gone out and brought a torriera and a top centre half gk when we needed it we’d likely never have lost cesc and nasri May still be the player he was for us rather than the waster he became (he was a wanker anyway)

    The day Stan walked into the club was the day we became London’s version of Newcastle.
    There’s not enough noise from arsenal fans about it
    Either too lily livered, too stupid, too polite or all 3

  91. Un na naai

    MarkoJanuary 17, 2020 23:53:54
    after the two year assassination of him as a talent in the game.Unknown, risk and inexperienced. Absolute assassination apparently.

    (Not that you’ll be awake to read this)
    Bollocks
    You called him a cone boy. Constantly berated anyone who called for him as a superior option to the awful emery.
    Every utterance on Arteta as our head coach was a negative one from you. Don’t make out you were the voice of reason. You hated him because of his link to wenger. That’s it. Pure and simple. You see him as a reflection of the wenger days and can’t stand that wenger May still have a hand in some form of successful period at the club.

    Don’t worry your little cotton socks about it though
    Kroenke won’t allow it.

  92. Freddie Ljungberg

    *‹›There is a big difference between me arguing that the owner of the club is lying to fans about available funds and you supporting the transfer window rather than the club.You’ve argued for nearly everything actual arsenal fans want. You argued for the continuation of our worst manager in 40 years Nuff said”

    supporting the transfer window rather than the club because I want us to catch up on years and years of squad neglect? Wanting Us to keep hold of underperforming players out of some weird sense of nostalgia is just weird.

    I gave him a chance last season and the beginning of this, just like every other normal fan, just like I’m giving Arteta a chance now and would have with any other manager until they show they can’t do the job.
    Big difference to clinging onto a manager that’s been declining for 10 years on a steadily decreasing incline, watering down the squad year on year, not replacing aging or injury prone players in time and ballooning the wage bill out of all proportions and then absolving him for all blame of the state of the squad 18 months after he left, or even right after like some of you numbnuts did.

    Spot the difference Donski. One is what a normal fan does, the other what a cult member does.

  93. Alexanderhenry

    Pedro

    On Arteta’s quotes, it’s as if all arsenal managers are given a script that they’re contractually obliged to read from.

    It’s called ‘self sustainability, a play in one act’.

    Also, the snarky anti wengerisms seem a little ridiculous considering our current position.

    Top four every year and a few FA cup wins?

    Most arsenal fans would sell their grandmothers for that right now.

  94. Unai

    Un, its definitely all 3.

    When people draw comparison to Liverpool and Klopps success they forget that the scouse fans demand success and the owners mirror their ambition.

    Even when Liverpool were all over the place they were still fighting to change it, backing mangers and acting on underperformance.

    Arsenal fans seem quite happy to mull along providing the seats are comfortable and the teas warm.

  95. Alexanderhenry

    Unai

    I don’t think arsenal fans are as passive as you think.
    They lost patience with wenger in the end and the empty seats and protests did make a difference.

    If arsenal continue to languish it won’t be long before fans start either protesting again or staying away.

    I blame Stan for Arsenal’s decline and I think most arsenal have come round to thinking the same.
    Even if Arteta does well, most fans realise it’ll be in spite of kroenke.
    He is generally hated I think which is why he hasn’t attended a single game since his full take over.

  96. Unai

    Alexander, I would love to believe that but I genuinely feel some fans will accept whatever the club serves up, no matter how poor it is.

    Even if the fans do protest it will only achieve a luke warm response (thanks for your interest in our affairs, have a Pepe and kerp quiet you noisy reprobates).

    Unless concerted, long term pressure is applied to Stan & Co to demand a change in ethos or ownership I doubt much will change.

  97. Pierre

    Unai
    ” would love to believe that but I genuinely feel some fans will accept whatever the club serves up, no matter how poor it is. ”

    I believe we have stopped the rot just in time.

    Look throughout history in the English League, there has always been ups and down with every club.

    Liverpool and United went over 25 years without winning the title , Arsenal on 2 separate occasions have gone 18 years , Chelsea 50 years , City over 50 years and Tottenham nearly 60 years.

    During Wenger’s last 5 years in charge it was perceived as a low point in the club’s history..
    However , history will tell you that it was one of our most successful periods.

    Fans wanted change and they got it., However ,as United have found , changing a long serving manager is very difficult .

    Everything about the hiring of Emery was wrong and everything about the hiring of Arteta is right.

    In have always said that the football manager is the most important person at a football club , if he is a success he makes everybody else in the club look a success, the owner , the players , the backroom staff all rely on the manager .

    If the manager fails ,the club and everybody in the club fails.

    95% of the Arsenal fans can see what Arteta is already trying to achieve in the limited time he’s had at the club.
    It’s only the limited few who have an agenda who are looking to nit pick, they are fools and don’t understand the game.
    They were fools in their abuse aimed at Wenger , They were fools in their defending of Emery and they proving to be bigger fools in their criticism of Arteta.

  98. alexanderhenry

    Unai

    Some will but many won’t.

    Even Kroenke will be aware that if the club doesn’t reclaim its position as a champions league regular it will be worth less- a lot less.
    Interest will fade, empty seats will become common place, less merchandise will be sold, sponsorship deals will be become less lucrative.

    Also, he will be increasingly criticised. Arsenal are a big brand with global reach unlike his other franchises.
    It will get messy.

  99. Nelson

    China

    According to France Football Kurzawa has agreed a five-year-deal with Arsenal which will see him arrive at the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer in the summer . Raul probably has a plan for this Summer TW.

  100. Gentlebris

    ‘Arsenal to win the EL, then PSG will offer Arteta a deal that he cant turn down’

    You are such a genius.

    PSG hired Emery after three Europas and he couldn’t even win the one horse league title upon arriving. You then assume they will offer a guy who wins only one Europa a whale deal?

    Talk about high intelligence.

  101. Spanishdave

    We cannot get out of this mess unless the owner chips in.
    Chelsea and Man City would not be in their position today without investment from the owner.
    You cannot do it messing around with wannabe players , crocks and average Joe youth players. Arteta is a good coach but even he will struggle to get into a genuine position to challenge for trophies.
    The club is full of overpaid middle management and bullshit scouts

  102. Gentlebris

    ‘Also, I like how Kurzawa dresses. He also has a cool name.’

    Why then don’t you like Mustafi too, Pedro? He too has a cooooooooool name.

  103. Un na naai

    Pierre

    We may have hired the beat candidate for the job but he needs to be supported
    All this talk of only 45m last summer and most of this years budget being gone doesn’t sit well with me when lesser clubs have larger budgets with no european football at all. How can this be?

  104. Receding Hairline

    “They were fools in their abuse aimed at Wenger , They were fools in their defending of Emery and they proving to be bigger fools in their criticism of Arteta.”

    Such abusive language from a supposed elder

    Pedro is a fool too then cos he was at the forefront of wanting Wenger out

    And where is the criticism of Arteta? Highlighting a potentially wrong signing in Kurzawa or whatever his name is isn’t a criticism of the manager per say, i guess that is the angle when many religiously defend a signing yet to be made.

    You seem to follow football with a religious mindset, the coach you favor is an Angel the one you don;t is the Devil. And Ozil of course is an Angel.

    You are a case study