Emery plays the blame game.

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Unai Emery has come out swinging in the media and to be quite honest, it’s a sight to behold. I’ve always suspected he was a bit on the spectrum, his words really drive home that point for me. This proclamation was particularly delicious for me.

“In Paris, I missed the chance to become the best coach in the world,”

My word. For starters.

“My mastery of French was enough to explain and make me understood,”

Trying to become the greatest with basic French, in a city that’ll throw shade for speaking French with an accent they dislike, is not a good start if you’re a serious person.

He then upset the most expensively assembled squad in the world, had them playing negatively, and tanked a one-horse race to Monaco. He is the only coach to have had a full season with the Sheikhs and not win a league title.

He was such a cuck, that his assessment of his time in Paris was basically, ‘Neymar was the leader’, and ‘I was in the out-group.’

“A player, a president and a coach. Each time, a different leader profile. I know when I’m the main person in a group and when I’m not.

“It’s a process that every coach has to live and internalise, it’s something you learn with time and experience.

“In each club you must know what role you play and what role you assign to the rest of the group. My opinion is that at PSG the leader is called Neymar.

“Or more exactly, the leader will be called Neymar, because that is what he is becoming. Neymar came to PSG to be the leader, to live the necessary process to become the world’s number one.

He took over a defence that conceded 19 under Blanc and conceded 30% more goals. He took over an elite attack that had scored 102 and tanked it to 83. Things turned around the next season when Monaco was decimated and PSG went on a wild spending spree. He was a joke in the media, a laughing stock with the players, and the football was negative.

Fast-forward to yesterday.

“Arsenal was a club on a downward slope for two years before I arrived. We stopped this fall and even began to rebuild the club with the Europa League final and fifth place in the league, only one point off Tottenham despite the fact that we took just one point in our final five matches. We had Champions League qualification in our grasp and it went wrong in the end. But it was a good season and we had this notion of continuing to improve. But we lost our four captains: [Laurent] Koscielny, [Petr] Cech, [Aaron] Ramsey and [Nacho] Monreal. They were personalities that we missed this season to stay on the right track, and some stars did not have a good attitude and asked for more than what they were giving back. Taking all of that into account, we needed time to succeed with our transition to a new Arsenal, which is what I wanted.”

It’s clear he’s out here trying to land a new job, I hope it happens for him, but cherry-picking what happened is embarrassing.

He was a disaster start to finish. No club in our situation would have hired him if they’d done even 5 minutes worth of due diligence. He landed the job because Canales put him forward, which is an outrageous privilege to start with. He didn’t learn the language. He had no connection with the squad. He didn’t know what he was trying to do on the pitch. No one wanted to play for him. The fans couldn’t stand the football.

Was he helped by what Wenger and Ivan left him? No. But he knew what the situation was when he took over, he had a presentation of the ages to explain how he was going to return us to greatness. He had a good sense of what needed to be done as well, fix the defence, be the protagonists, play great football… but he was a classroom manager. He couldn’t take complex football theory and execute it in terms players could understand.

Now we are where we are, overseeing the worst Premier League season in our history.

The players seem in a better place. This is Mesut.

“As a team, we are much happier and everyone wants to give everything for this club”

“Especially tactically we have improved a lot and I hope in the future we will be more successful.”

This is Lacazette.

“We are more together now. The way we think as well on the pitch and outside the pitch. Tactically we are better and we’re going to see a big improvement in the next few weeks.”

The next two months is huge for us, we need to rack up points to clear relegation, we need to find the balance between attack and defence, and we need to take the good vibes behind the scenes and see some output. Great process is all well and good, but obviously, we’re still in the business of points.

Hopefully, we’ll see a decent cup run.

Right, see you in the comments. x

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  1. Jamie

    Bob –

    Book the Marhaba Services at the airport before you fly. So worth. They collect you from them plane when you land, grab your luggage, make you jump the passport/customs queue, and a driver takes you straight to the hotel. No messing around, saves at least an hour after a long flight.

    Enjoy the weather! Check out the fountain show at the Burj Khalifa at night. Makes the Bellagio look like the Manneken Pis.

  2. Freddie Ljungberg

    Valentin

    Shocking really that you would come to Wengers defence. Not

    The Elneny and Xhaka contracts was both renewed when Gazidis was calling the shots. Aka the same regime

    Auba is a tricky one, if you can’t persuade him to sign a new contract do you sell our only reliable source of goals in the midst of so much squad upheaval?

    Don’t know but he should definitely get sold this summer if he doesn’t sign.

  3. China1

    In Dubai we stayed at a hotel that is or was the second tallest purpose built hotel in the world (on the main road).

    The coolest part outside of the insane views was the hotel pool was on the roof of an adjoining building about 4 stories up. You could lie on your back in the water and see three towers in a row (including the hotel) around 400m tall.

    Insaaaaanely cool for an architecture buff like me. All those years studying city planning at uni could not prepare me for what a sick experience of urban design that was

  4. Jamie

    China –

    Dubai is like Vegas on crack, but without the gambling/strip clubs. So much to do there if you can stand the heat. The summers are ridiculous. The sea in July is as warm as bath water, no exaggeration. Absolutely crazy sensation swimming in it.

    Full of modern day slavery though, so there’s that thin veneer of glamour concealing mass exploitation..

  5. China1

    The only thing about Dubai that disappointed me (but still awesome) was the viewing deck of the burj khalifa should’ve been much higher than it was

    It’s called ‘at the top’ but it’s only about half way at just over 400m. This means the top floor of many super tall skyscrapers are actually higher!

  6. China1

    I’ve no doubt Jamie. I gather there’s a lot of sinister abuses going on under that impressive veneer.

    I only went briefly for about 5 days in an April a few years ago. That was hot enough in the day time but surprisingly a bit mild at night

  7. Pierre

    Makes one wonder why we didn’t go in for Ziyech in the summer , he would have been a fraction of the price of Pepe, plus it looks like he wouldn’t need much persuading.

    “The Dutch side’s director of football and former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars previously spoke about Ziyech’s future, and claims the midfielder could have moved to the Emirates had the Gunners taken his advice.

    Overmars said he advised Arsenal to sell Mesut Ozil and sign Ziyech, but he claims his former club ‘didn’t listen’ to him.

    “I am a little surprised that things are still so quiet around Hakim,” Overmars said,

    How Arsenal’s XI could look on the first day of next season with Pape Gueye and William Saliba
    “I think he has played better every year and his statistics are exceptionally good. Many clubs are increasingly looking at that.

    “They look more at the numbers than at what he shows and what is happening around him.

    “I think Hakim is better than Mesut Ozil. I would say: sell it and you will get Hakim for half.

    “But they didn’t listen to me, haha. So it could just be that he stays.

    Ziyech: “Which club would you like to go to in the future?”

    There may be nobody as frustrated as Ziyech at this move not materialising as eagle-eyed fans on social media, who found an old video of the attacking midfielder taking part in a Q&A with former teammate Justin Kluivert.

    On the clip, he revealed that it was his ‘dream’ to play for Arsenal.

    Asked which club he’d like to play for in the future, he responded: “Well, I have two clubs. They are Arsenal and Barcelona. That is my ultimate dream.”

    Interestingly, Mesut Ozil may have played a role in tempting Ziyech to the Emirates as in the same video, Ziyech was also asked who his football idol is and revealed it is none other than Arsenal’s very own no.10.”

  8. China1

    I’ve long since made it my mission to visit the viewing decks of all the world’s callers supertall and megatall skyscrapers.

    Taipei101 gets the award for scariest I’ve done so far as the glass leans outwards which for someone scared of heights really got me lol https://cn.bing.com/th?id=OIP.qZo_MrlR9aEEzil_a3b0oQHaE7&pid=Api&dpr=3

    Hong Kong has decent one ‘sky 100’ but the glass was a bit too shiny for good photos at night https://www.singaporeair.com/microsite/global/BPP/img/sg-overseas/attractions-sky100hongkongobservationdeck.jpg

    Shanghai has the best one I’ve tried which is the ‘bottle opener’. Stunning building, ridiculous height and also literally directly across the road from two of the tallest buildings in the world. Fabulous views at the bar https://www.markcarnaby.com/carnabysnaps/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Shanghai-1-9.jpg

    I’m now eagerly awaiting Tianjin to finally finish decorating and open the Tianjin Chow Tai Fook which is 538m, looks like a cross between a penis and a rocket and is 150m from my front door in TEDA!
    http://images.skyscrapercenter.com/building/tjctf_con-to4-night2_(c)new__world__china.jpg

  9. Jim Lahey

    “Makes one wonder why we didn’t go in for Ziyech in the summer , he would have been a fraction of the price of Pepe”

    He would be sitting on the bench just as Pepe is now.

  10. Thomas

    A place like Dubai can never ever be ‘cool’ or ‘amazing’. Funny how few people actually see through the facade.

  11. CG

    Dec 29th 2012

    Arsenal 7 Newcastle United 3

    (Lets hope – we see something similar Sunday and not another snoozefest like the last home fixture v Sheff Utd or that Burnley nightmare)

    Ironcially Arteta played in that game

  12. Emiratesstroller

    When I travelled to the UAE/Kuwait and Qatar in the 1990s it was like visiting
    a Building Site. I stayed for example in Dubai near the Creek. The Beach resorts were only just being developed.

    At that time Abu Dhabi which was a lot wealthier than Dubai was more developed and the sea front was built similar to the French Riviera.

    Times have of course changed dramatically over past 20 years. Bob should
    have an enjoyable holiday.

  13. CG

    Thomas

    “””””A place like Dubai can never ever be ‘cool’ or ‘amazing’. Funny how few people actually see through the facade.”””””

    I agree.

    But we are talking about Bob and Jamie types. But each to their own.
    And if that floats their boat- good luck to them.(Having said that- Bob gets aroused when Luiz hits a forward 50 yard pass into space)

    Get down to Joburg/Pretoria and the Kruger and witness real nature, real people and real life not tall glass buildings in the desert.

    How bloody boring is that?

  14. RGG

    Emery’s “joined the blame game” more like….

    This is not an anti Arteta statement.

    But I find our players reluctance to take personal responsibility more unedifying than what I’ve read Emery saying.

    Interesting from Overmars……wonder if Arteta is going to meet the same opposition when trying to move Ozil on this summer?

  15. CG

    And to think the World Cup has gone there in Qatar,

    I hope our Wenger – now FIFA’s finest- is cleaning up that toxic org as we speak.

  16. Bob N16

    I never said Dubai was cool or amazing, it’s great for decent weather in February with some great hotels at competitive prices and not too far away. I admit I’m going for fairly pragmatic, superficial reasons.

    From London you can head to Morocco and the Canaries which I’ve visited numerous times – the Caribbean is too far in my opinion for one week, being tied to half term.

    CG- your limited knowledge of me matches your stultifying approach to AFC. At least you’ve stopped your appalling faux posh writing style.

  17. CG

    Bob N16

    You know that hotel you will be staying in- workers have probably died in building it.

    (Working in temperatures unimaginable.)

    As Thomas states- how can folk not see through the facade?
    Who do you think built them?
    And you are a bright conscientious chap.

    Going back to Arsenal. Was it not a terrible gaff from the club when it showed Arsenal players sitting on those camels?

    Tourists should not exploit overworked animals for entertainment.
    Especially in hot countries

    Am I right or am I right?

  18. Valentin

    Freddie,

    What is shocking is you jumping to the defense of Raul and Emery when it should be clear that instead of improving the situation they just made it worse.
    I am on record criticising Wenger and Gazidis. However you have never criticised the current regime and always blaming it on the previous regime. Even Emery was clearly failing you were still trying to use that as an excuse.
    What last transfer window has shown is that they were not better than the previous one, just bad in a different way.
    We used to dithered and miss on targets because of Wenger. We are now overpaying on deals especially agents and loan deals leaving us no better than before. Borrowing players from big Spanish clubs is rarely a success and for Arsenal it definitely has not been.

    You cannot blame the Aubameyang situation on Gazidis and Wenger, because it happen after they both left. It happen after Raul gave an interview specifically detailing their new policy. He then proceeds to discard that policy.

    If the strategic recruitment was so good last summer, how come we are one year later having to plan a completely new spine of the team.
    If Nelson is fit, Arteta would most likely to send Pepe back to the bench. Once Mari is fit, Luiz will be there as well. Elneny despite his pay rise will be sold. So most of Raul big recruitment ideas have not been success. Don’t even get me started on Lichsteiner, Sokratis.

  19. Graham62

    I lived and worked in the Middle East from 1984-2001.

    Dubai was a far better place back then, that it is now.

    Reason: Too many ignorant Brits visiting and spoiling the ambience and culture.

  20. Freddie Ljungberg

    Valentin

    Don’t recall me mentioning Emery at all actually, he wasn’t in charge of signings or contracts.

    Pepe
    Martinelli
    Tierney
    Saliba
    Luiz

    When have we had a better window? 15 years ago, more?

    Of course we still need a new spine, you don’t turn over a whole squad in 2 transfer windows without oil money.

    the stop gaps and loans are necessary because we get fuck all for our players when we sell them because they’re either too old, too injury prone or on too high wages, sometimes all 3. So yes, not very difficult to blame the old regime.

    I know Pepe and Emery gang banged your wife or something but let it go, it’s getting pathetic.

  21. Freddie Ljungberg

    Valentin

    Don’t recall me mentioning Emery at all actually, he wasn’t in charge of signings or contracts.

    Pepe
    Martinelli
    Tierney
    Saliba
    Luiz

    When have we had a better window? 15 years ago, more?

    Of course we still need a new spine, you don’t turn over a whole squad in 2 transfer windows without oil money.

    the stop gaps and loans are necessary because we get fuck all for our players when we sell them because they’re either too old, too injury prone or on too high wages, sometimes all 3. So yes, not very difficult to blame the old regime.

  22. Graham62

    If you want to experience beautiful landscapes, old style beliefs and culture and lovely people, visit Oman.

    Stay at the Al Bustan Palace Hotel(Muscat). Turquoise waters, sandy beaches, fantastic facilities, Al- Hajar mountains behind.

    Frigging marvellous!

  23. Graham62

    Aubamayang joined Arsenal Jan 2018.

    Wenger was still at the club.

    May not have had a say in much, but still at the helm.

  24. Globalgunner

    Jeepers all the SJW are out in force today. People ridding camels just as the locals have been doing for 50,000 years. Im shocked. I expect CG to show up at the next Grand National and demand the jockeys run the race on foot.

  25. Receding Hairline

    “If Nelson is fit, Arteta would most likely to send Pepe back to the bench. Once Mari is fit, Luiz will be there as well. ”

    Based on what would Nelson automatically relegate Pepe to the bench, performance or just your desperation to see Pepe fail here? What exactly does Nelson excel at? dribbling? Scoring? He tracks back you say, how nice for our attacking game which is currently at its lowest.

    As for Mari sending Luiz to the bench that’s just you imagining things to win an argument as usual

  26. Dissenter

    Pierre
    ‘“Its not going to happen because of Ozil”Slightly ignorant remark considering
    Ziyech plays a similar game to Pepe”

    You’re forgetting that Ozil is useless in the middle and likes to drift to the wings where he is ineffective.

  27. CG

    Global gunner

    “”””Im shocked. I expect CG to show up at the next Grand National and demand the jockeys run the race on foot.””””

    Far from it.
    Jockeys are little buggers. They are made for horses.
    they fit hand in glove,

    I was alluding to tourists. Fat beer guzzling tourists who sit on/squash animals in the searing heat.

    Big difference.

    Why Arsenal thought it was a clever idea to release fotos of players sitting on these camels- I have not the foggiest,

    Another PR own goal,
    Following on from the ‘ nose pinching footage’
    how excruciatingly embarrassing was that?

    And how long have they been in Dubai, by the way,?

    Just Get back and play soccer and stop this ridiculous tour.
    enough is enough.

  28. Valentin

    Freddie,

    That has been reported numerous time Raul has nothing to do with Martinelli (Cagigao does).

    Regarding Saliba (who Sven tried to buy a year before), at the start of the negotiation Romeyer the Saint-Etienne chairman said that he would accept around €20 millions but that the only condition in which he would not budge was Saliba had to spend a year on loan there. Raul very cleverly tried to convinced him to let Saliba go by offering more and more money. In the end we offered £30 millions but still Saliba stayed on loan. So he ended up with a worse deal than he started.

    I had numerous argument about Pepe with other posters. Anybody who had followed the French Ligue 1 knew that he was never a £72 millions player. We vastly overpaid for him. Worse in order to crush the opposition we also accepted to pay extortionate agents fees. Even worse I don’t think that any of our successive managers (Emery who called a Club choice, Freddie and now Arteta) rate him that highly. I suspect that as soon as Nelson is back fit, Pepe will go back on the bench.

    Moreover Pepe was not necessary at the time. The big issue was Central Midfield and left CB. And that is still the case. Tanguy NDombele was available for cheaper and was actually what we needed.

    Tierney may turn out a great acquisition, but the jury is still out. Right now I would take Monreal back and £25 millions over Tierney.

    When we purchased Luiz, I thought that it could be a good move. But I also caveat that with Luiz is a great player and leader, but he is a mediocre defender. Without a change to our midfield personnel and organisation he would be exposed. This is exactly what happen, so no great success either.

    The reason we have to get loans mid way through the season is because of bad planning not unlucky injuries. We started the season with No left sided CB, no fullbacks, no CM.

  29. azed

    Pierre
    This is for you.

    Guess which player Ozil has passed to most often this season? The answer is Matteo Guendouzi.

    In 2015-16 Ozil passed most frequently to Sanchez and the next best combination was that willing forward runner Aaron Ramsey. This season after Guendouzi, the next favoured pass is to Lucas Torreira and then Granit Xhaka. That’s three defensive midfield players rather than two players with attacking instincts who love to take risks. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is, bizarrely, eighth in the list of players found by Ozil.

  30. Valentin

    Receding,

    When Nelson was fit, he started the games ahead of Pepe. During Nelson absence and Aubameyang suspension Pepe has not gain massive playing time under Arteta.

    Arteta has specifically requested a left sided CB. Which is exactly what Luiz is. So unless Arteta intend to play with 3 at the back with 2 left footed CBs, Mori is a replacement for Luiz.
    Like I said Luiz is a great footballer and leader but a mediocre defender. In a defense pushing for a high line and a midfield that does not press (Xhaka, Guendouzi) he will be exposed. Mori excelled in that kind of pressing high line defense.

  31. Jamie

    CG upset because he can’t afford to travel. Thinks Dubai is nothing but ‘tall buildings’.

    He passionately hates slavery, but probably doesn’t care where/under what conditions his smart phone is manufactured from mineral to pocket. Suggests we visit JoBurg, doesn’t mention the townships where ‘real people, real life’ exists.

    Cool.

  32. azed

    “Arteta has specifically requested a left sided CB. Which is exactly what Luiz is. So unless Arteta intend to play with 3 at the back with 2 left footed CBs, Mori is a replacement for Luiz.”

    My guess is Arteta wants to play both Luiz and Mari. Have two defenders who are good with the ball makes it easier to build from the back.

  33. Guns of Brixton

    Chelsea set to get Ziyech for 38M

    They really do have a fetish for buying players who have ripped them one at some point don’t they?

    But damn he is a guy i would love to have.

  34. Freddie Ljungberg

    Valentin

    What does it matter who scouted who? Is Raul a scout? No. Was he responsible for handling all the signings last summer? Yes.
    That’s it, you don’t have to be the one deliver=ng them from their womb and watch them grow up from the shadows to be responsible for signing them.

    Some of the agent fees stories are made up and/or unsubstantiated as per usual with you.
    Always choosing to believe the worst version of everything published when it suits you.

    Monreal was done, we needed a left back.
    We didn’t have any wingers, we bought one.

    Sure we also needed a CM CB and Cam, which is why this is something that will take time.

    After this summer I’m pretty sure 9 of the 11 starting positions in the team are going to be players brought in after Wenger left 18 months ago, 10 if Auba leaves too. That kind of change doesn’t happen overnight and it doesn’t happen without any issues either, you’re never going to be spot on with every signing.

    Pepe,Tierney, Martinelli and Saliba are going to be starters for us for many years to come whether you like it or not, Luiz was a last gasp signing after Kos left and we couldn’t get our main target, he was 8m and is only on a 2 year contract, hardly club shattering stuff…

  35. Chris

    I truly believe Tierney can become our Robertson. The guy just needs a bit of Lady Luck to stay fit. It will be the left back position sorted for the next decade. Still a sound investment that unfortunately we haven’t seen the best of as of yet.

  36. Pierre

    Azed
    “Guess which player Ozil has passed to most often this season? The answer is Matteo Guendouzi.”

    That doesn’t surprise me.

    It confirms what i have regularly said this season that Ozil is not taking enough risks on the ball , especially with his passing.

    As I have said previously, unless Ozil starts taking more risks with the ball then Arteta will have a decision to make on whether he starts him or not.

  37. Marc

    Pierre

    It also screams that Ozil is passing either backwards or sideways. As you say he needs to be less risk adverse, if he gives the ball away occasionally then that’s the prices of business – if we’re set up correctly we should have enough players behind the ball to not get caught out constantly.

  38. CG

    Freddie

    your points are only valid- if we are improving.
    but you ignore the evidence in front of you,

    The league table.

    And the fact we have won 2 games in 17, and only Watford and Norwich City have won fewer games.

    Raul has come to Arsenal decimated the squad: spent £250 million, bought over 12 players, installed two patsies( Edu and Emery), taken us from 6th to 10th and never attended one bloody conference.

    His influence is so malign – the directors box- has become a Spivs Paradise.

    No other figure in football has as much power and him with the least amount of accountability and scrutiny.

    Wenger attended nearly 2 press conferences every week for 20 years.He was accountable, and always under scrutiny

    He never had the power or influence of Raul. Yet no one can ask him or question him over anything.

    eg,

    A) why was Emery installed when he could not speak English?
    B) who and how many times was Pepe scouted?
    C)how many years left on your contract?
    D) why pay £ 30 000 000 for an injured left back from Scotland?

    Wenger faced the music when things went wrong.
    The fat cowardly Spiv should do likewise.

  39. James wood

    Wenger biggest mistake at the end of his tenure was to
    re- sign Ozil on a contract that was catastrophic to the club.

    Wenger was at the helm no question.
    He convinced Ozil to re-sign.
    Ramsey was looking for an Özil type contract
    I’m sure Ramsey would be with us now if it was not for that
    Ozil deal.
    Ozil has milked the system I have no respect for him .
    Wenger’s motives on the Ozil deal leave me wondering.?

  40. jwl

    James wood – Ozil’s agent played a blinder, didn’t he? He had club by short and curlies, our two most expensive signings both going to leave on a free in six months, and Gazidis panicked by re-signing the wrong player on an outrageous contract for a semi-retired player.

  41. Pierre

    Marc
    “It also screams that Ozil is passing either backwards or sideways. As you say he needs to be less risk adverse, if he gives the ball away occasionally then that’s the prices of business – if we’re set up correctly we should have enough players behind the ball to not get caught out constantly.”

    I agree.

    Fred highlighted a very important aspect of Ozils game

    This negativity in his play started when Emery arrived and it has continued under Arteta.

    Of course many on here will disagree but , continuing the theme from fred of using stats to prove Ozil’s negativity, I will use stats to prove the difference from pre Emery to post Emery.

    Pre Emery ( 2017/18), Ozil was reported to be the 3rd most creative player in Europe

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.dreamteamfc.com/c/news-gossip/372787/mesut-ozil-is-the-third-most-creative-player-in-europe-this-season/amp/&ved=2ahUKEwjljb-nzcznAhVYTBUIHQaKCCAQFjAAegQIAhAB&usg=AOvVaw12IMVbHTwgOAtO-SAxEQB9&ampcf=1

    And in 2018 created the most chances per 90 minutes in the WORLD CUP.

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://amp.reddit.com/r/soccer/comments/915jtv/55_ozil_created_more_chances_per_90_minutes_than/&ved=2ahUKEwjo9J_vzcznAhVFhlwKHQiQBQwQFjAFegQIAxAB&usg=AOvVaw014hNIaLMB0B2poI4Cit95&cshid=1581530968870

    It should also be noted that Ozil created more chances for his team mates under Emery than any other Arsenal player despite being marginalised for long periods in the 18 months that Emery was at the club.

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://mobile.twitter.com/orbinho/status/1183610130694332416&ved=2ahUKEwia95OzzsznAhWJecAKHWu-AMwQFjARegQIBhAC&usg=AOvVaw02msMQXV64QCQ1Qlt4qAYm

    I will repeat that I am only following the theme by many on here of using stats on Ozil.

    Ozil is not doing enough creatively at the moment , that’s for sure , though I don’t think ( as many do) that he is a liability to the team at all .

    The question is , can he return to being the 3rd most creative player in Europe and create the amount of chances he produced in the world cup.

    If he continues playing risk free football and the team continues to lack creativity , then a decision will need to be made by Arteta.

    Maybe just maybe , he is doing what Arteta is asking of him….who knows.

  42. Freddie Ljungberg

    “Raul has come to Arsenal decimated the squad: spent £250 million, bought over 12 players, installed two patsies( Edu and Emery), taken us from 6th to 10th and never attended one bloody conference.His influence is so malign – the directors box- has become a Spivs Paradise.No other figure in football has as much power and him with the least amount of accountability and scrutiny.Wenger attended nearly 2 press conferences every week for 20 years.He was accountable, and always under scrutinyHe never had the power or influence of Raul. Yet no one can ask him or question him over anything”.

    So much bullshit there I’m not sure where to start. Ok, we haven’t spent 250m, it’s 200m you know this, it’s been explained to you numerous times.

    Like I said, having to lower the wage bill as drastically as we had to while also selling 4-5 players on average to afford one replacement was never going to make for smooth sailing. That’s what many years of neglect leads to.

    Plenty of people with more power in football than Raul, he hasn’t got any more power than any other director of football at any other club, that’s just in your feeble mind.

    Why would he be at press conferences? He’s not the manager.

    Wenger had far more power at the club than Raul will ever have, thank fuck that isn’t c|ming back.

    Patsies? A sporting director and a manager? So Emery didn’t work out, big deal, happens at every club in the world, how many managers did Liverpool go through before Klopp? Main thing is we got rid when it was clear he was failing.
    Spare me the Spivs lingo, just makes you look even dumber, no mean feat for sure.

  43. Graham62

    Pierre

    I just want Arsenal to win a game.

    If Ozil makes a pass in the 93rd minute that leads to a winning goal, I’ll be very happy.

  44. Freddie Ljungberg

    Pierre

    Want to explain why Ozil hasn’t assisted a goal away since the day he signed his new contract? That’s 6 months under Wenger before Emery was in the building.

    He’s 31, been regressing for years, he’s not magically going to transform into the player that frollicks around on a summer meadow in your imagination Pierre. Not happening.

  45. Marc

    Freddie

    It drives me round the bend that the Sanllehi hired Emery agenda still goes on on here. There were 3 people in the committee, Gazidis, Sven and Sanllehi of which Gazidis was the senior man.

    Why doesn’t everyone celebrate the fact that Sven’s gone because he was involved with Emery’s hiring? According to most on here we also didn’t sign any good players when he was in control of identifying talent.

  46. Graham62

    “Mesut Ozil, Footballer, a man barely alive. Gentlemen we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the worlds first bionic man. Mesut Ozil will be that man”

    “Er….boss, forget it. We haven’t got enough parts”

  47. James wood

    Very sad To see Ozil’s decline as bad as it’s been and the fact it has
    happened and has been funded by the Arsenal.
    A player who was German player of the season 5 times And was capped
    92 times.

  48. Valentin

    Freddie,

    “times.Like I said, having to lower the wage bill as drastically as we had to while also selling 4-5 players on average to afford one replacement was never going to make for smooth sailing. ”

    Except that we did not lower the wage bill, it initially increased under Raul.
    Pay rise to Xhaka and Elneny.
    Lichsteiner.
    Wage bill for this year may have decreased (the number have not yet been published) from the previous increase, but there is nothing magical or arduous work there. Simple wastage. Bar Iwobi who was unexpected, there has not been a single sale of players at a valuable price. All Raul can show on that side is 0 for Players at the end of their contracts (Wellbeck, Cech, Lichsteiner, Ramsey), discount for senior players who want to leave (Koscielny, Monreal, Ospina) and senior players on loan (Mhkitaryan, Elneny).

    So clearly cleaning up the squad has not been Raul’s priority, the problem is that the buying has not been much better.
    Raul was supposed to be the contact wizard that will get us great players on the cheap. Last summer the two deals that I believe will be great success Martinelli and Saliba. In one he was not involved at all and in the other one his intervention ultimately cost us.

  49. Words on a Blog

    Marc/Valentin,

    At this point in time, any discussion of Sanllehi’s merits and demerits is premature. He ain’t gonna influence anything until the summer transfer window.

    All that matters until then is Arteta and the players.

    Save the Sanllehi debate for the summer.

  50. Habesha Gooner

    I still think we had a good summer. Luiz has been poor for Emery but now looks like he was a sound investment. Martinelli was an insane find. Tierney will come good, his attitude and work ethic alone will see him become a great signing. We over paid for pape. around 50 mil was fair but we had no money upfront. I still think he will come good. Saliba is also a really good investment in my eyes. His saint etienne appearances have been impressive. Since Raul has been here the let down signings have been Sokratis Luiz ( now performing for arteta) and lichstiener. I see Raul as an advantage and I don’t see him as a monster like everyone here does.

  51. Freddie Ljungberg

    Valentin

    We cut 46m from the wage bill last summer.
    We then added some on after that, unclear right now how much.
    Pretty substantial imo.

    He’s a director of football not an actual wizard you know that right? How many non essential players could we get good money for of the squad left over from Wenger? Any player we could get good money for would still probably cost more to replace. Not really his fault is it. We just had a lot of dross.

    “Last summer the two deals that I believe will be great success Martinelli and Saliba. In one he was not involved at all and in the other one his intervention ultimately cost us.”

    He’s director of football, he was responsible for all the signings last year, doesn’t matter that he didn’t personally scout them. That’s not his job.

    Seriously spill the beans, what did Raul do to you? Has to be something personal

  52. Dream10

    Bukayo Saka is in the final 18 months on his contract. Hope we get an announcement of a new deal for him soon.
    For me, he’s been the most impressive youngster at the club. Need to tie him down asap. He’s a great alternative for Bayern if they don’t want to pay up for Sané

  53. Dissenter

    Raul has done a reasonably good job overall
    The calamitous management of the Sanchez and Ozil deals were congealing by the time he took his position. He didn’t have command until Gazidis left the building in the autumn of 2018.
    The jury is still out regarding the Ramsey situation. I think the player wanted to leave from the get-go and dithered on signing a contract which Raul subsequently took off the table when Gazidis left.
    We would have two players on mega contracts had Raul not taken that move- a perpetually crocked but good Ramsey and a past-it called Ozil.

  54. Dissenter

    Dream10

    I expect that Bayern will get involved with Saka.
    He is every inch as good as Hudson Odoi offensively and can actually defend as well as any full backs we have in the club.
    The club has to prioritize renewing his contract, as well as extending Martinelli’s.

  55. Freddie Ljungberg

    We should have done more to shift and replace Xhaka though. Would take Pape Gueye for him in a heartbeat just based on the 10 minutes of grimandtubing I’ve done

    I don’t demand perfection from anyone at the club, that’s impossible. What I do want and am seeing now is that we’re trying. We’re getting rid of all the overpaid, weak, lazy, old players (soon the last of them are gone) and replacing with young hungry players with high ceilings..

    Due to our budget it’s not always possible to do that in all positions so we’ll get a loan or stop gap in the mean time, that’s fine too, better than just buying the first mediocre player you see and give them a 5 year contract on 100k+ and then call it a day like we used to do.

    Was always going to be a 3-4 year job fumigating the squad, especially because of all the ridiculous contracts handed out like candy before.
    We’re ahead of schedule as far as I’m concerned, still missing some very vital pieces but we have a 350k a week stumbling block in the way of one of those positions. And some other people that seems very happy with wages they’ll never get elsewhere in others.

  56. Marc

    Dissenter

    Ramsey had spoken of wanting to play abroad way before he left us. He’d decided to leave but didn’t want fans to think he’d already made his mind up, if we’d left the contract offer on the table for another few months he would’ve been able to say “I was going to sign but then I was offered £400k a week – who could turn that down?”

    Sanllehi drew a line under the situation and also showed to other players he wouldn’t be fucked about – precisely what we needed at the time. It wasn’t a perfect solution but it was the best that could be achieved under the circumstances.

  57. Habesha Gooner

    Dream We can’t afford to let go of Saka, Guendouzi and Martinelli. All three of them will develop to become starters for us in the near future. Willock, Nelson, Smith-Rowe and Nketiah haven’t hit the same heights as those three but we should still wait to see how they turn out.

  58. Marc

    “We should have done more to shift and replace Xhaka though”

    Halle fucking lujah!

    It really can’t be that difficult to replace a player who’s positive attributes cannot be put forward by his biggest fans other than he hasn’t made a major fuck up for a couple of weeks.

  59. Dream10

    Dissenter

    Yep. No doubt about it. He’s a fantastic talent. Saka can be a very good wide midfielder/wide forward or an elite LB/wingback. A very convincing young player who ticks all the boxes

  60. CG

    H.G

    “””I still think we had a good summer.””””

    So why then have we won 2 league games in 17 then?

    And why do we have a negative goal difference?

    Some on here – not all- completely ignore that fact. We -for all the hullabaloo, all the expense, the teck decks, the trips to Dubai and this ludicrous new regime- Arsenal are actually substantially worse than we were than Wengers last ever season.

    (Substantially worse )

    But dont worry: Tieney, Saliba and Martinelli will propel us up the table.

    They wont.

    They are inexperienced, unproven and physically immature.

    From the period of post Chapman to the pre- Wenger we averaged 8th- 12th in the table.

    And That’s where we will revert too.
    So Enjoy the stifling mediocrity of what’s coming.

    Let’s hope PedRo keeps us entertained because the soccer wont.

  61. Marc

    CG

    I had a very traumatic experience the other week – one I know you alone on here will understand and sympathise with. So I wandering around my local Waitrose doing my weekly shop and I’m in the isle with the fruit juice – I’m looking for some Cranberry juice when all of a sudden I notice that they’ve got carton’s of Gazpacho. I mean who the fuck put’s Gazpacho with the fruit juice and stocks it in January and then doesn’t fucking have it in the summer.

    For a second I thought it must be Sanllehi’s fault.

  62. Dissenter

    Marc
    For a brief moment, I thought…hey, Gazpacho must be a brand of XL condoms.
    I was disappointed to discover from google that it’s a Spanish/Portuguese cuisine.
    That’s enough evidence for CG and Valentin to point the finger at Raul.

  63. Marc

    There I was thinking I was being clever and then I realised there are previous posts on here from me where I say I love Gazpacho – and you lot think Gazpacho is a really well hung pornstar.

    It’s fucking cold soup people honest!!!

  64. Olumide

    Words on a Blog
    Sanllehi did NOT buy Gazpacho during this transfer window!

    Actually, Sven scouted Gazpacho but can you imagine? Sanllehi overpaid for it. They said ‘pay £20 but no free shipping’ and Sanllehi said ‘I’ll pay £30 and I detest free shipping, I love shipping fees!’
    What an imbecile Sanllehi is.