No denials from Arteta

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Don Raul and his sidekick, Edu, have been given a ‘this is fucked up’ dressing down by Nick Ames in The Guardian who pulls together a list of sources to pour concerns over the way we’re operating. It’s not a pretty read and the opinions he’s pulled together come from a wide variety of people in and around the club.

It’s good to know that leakers are sounding the alarm. You know why they are talking? Because what we are doing doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. After focusing on the obvious WTF moves of the last week, Nick lasers in here with some new information.

Transfers of that nature would, while entirely legitimate, have been anathema under Arsène Wenger. He generally shied away from deals with bigger-name agents and had little time for heavy investments in older players. But Joorabchian’s hand has been evident in a clutch of moves involving Arsenal in the past year, the first being a move that was completed on 8 August, a month after Edu, a former player, returned to Arsenal. The Football Association’s list of intermediary transactions, released this week, shows Sports Invest UK represented Arsenal in Alex Iwobi’s £35m move to Everton.

Iwobi’s and Everton’s side of the deal was, according to the list, overseen separately by the agency that represents the player. It is not unusual for different parties to work on the different ends of a transfer, even more so when involving moves from abroad, and there is no suggestion of any wrongdoing. Some experienced industry figures simply point out that given Arsenal and Everton are familiar rivals and worked together 18 months previously when Theo Walcott made the same move it appears a convoluted way to have done business.

The world of super-agents is not simple to follow, it’s not easy to unpick, and all of that is by design. It’s a little bit of Wall Street in the world of football. You create products and services that skirt close the boundaries and swim in the world of grey. The losers? The fans. Always the fans. Agents take money out of the game, which was fine when the fees were in line with the value they were bringing, but now you’re in a situation where the whole system is out of kilter with reality.

Agents of any sort should be a byproduct of scouting players the right way. What they absolutely can never be is an extension of your club. They should not be the Technical Director or the talent scout. They should not have so much influence they can push a shit manager into the club that cannot speak the local language.

Since then, the suggestion is that Arsenal have surrendered a coherent approach to player-spotting and handed too much power to the contacts books of Edu and the head of football, Raúl Sanllehi. Some members of staff are believed to feel frozen out and there is particular angst that Arsenal, who also conducted a revamp of their academy staff in November, may be losing ground in any chase for the best young players. One former employee claims the club’s approach no longer fitted their values and the high-performance culture fostered under Wenger has been allowed to ebb away.

The notion that Wenger was operating anywhere near a high-performance culture at the end is laughable, but what you could never deny with him is that every move he made was generally with the best interest of the club at heart, even if it was wrong. Can you honestly say that about Arsenal now looking at the way we’re operating?

This sort of pressure from the MSM is just the start. It is now a theme that we make ‘eyebrow-raising’ deals. Keep an eye on it. No one cares about the details when Messi is carrying you to the big trophies while you’re trying to bring in Jean-Michel Seri, but this is Arsenal, and all super-agents have offered Arsenal so far is a further crash in standards. How long until Stan pays attention to the mess his son is at the centre of?

We have an FA Cup game tomorrow against the SUPERB Sheffield United. Chris Wilder’s men have been absolutely excellent all season. They play with great intensity, they offer up a very direct game of football, and they are not to be trifled with. Make no mistake, if we don’t show up tomorrow, it’ll be a very sad journey back home.

The press conference didn’t give a lot away in terms of the game. Arteta seemed to make some cryptic points about Liverpool’s success.

“Well yes because they were in a very difficult position four years ago and they made a lot of right decisions. Some difficult decisions, some unpopular decisions but the right decisions for them. They have been very consistent with their messages, very clear messages from top to bottom, and a ruthless mentality to go every game with the mentality to win the game.”

We need to make better decisions on our squad this summer and the entire football leadership team needs to unite around a vision. Arteta doubled down on the decision making when he tackled the young players.

“I have a lot of faith on all the young talent we have at the football club but we need the right stability and foundations around them to make sure they develop in right way, at the right moment, with the right amount of pressure behind them. In order to do that, it’s a process. If you speed up that process, you risk burning them [out] and we cannot do that. We have some really young players who are playing more football than they probably should be but they are showing great maturity and personality to play in difficult moments which is great for their experience. But we need the other players to support them in the right way and that’s what we are trying to achieve, this balance to be very competitive but excited about the future ahead of us.”

The young players are keeping the club going at the minute. It’s the senior players that have been the issue due to talent, motivation, or contractual issues. If we’re going to elevate our game next season, we need to find players in their mid-twenties that can help elevate the kids. That’ll be tough to navigate in a market where there’s very little money, but there are plenty of players about, Dominik Szoboszlai is rumoured to have a released clause of about £24m. That is the profile of player we should be looking at this summer. Young, tactically intelligent, powerful and immensely mobile. 

The press tried to angle in on the truth of Matteo, who has told the club he is willing to go if rumours are to be believed.

“All the players that are here, I’m counting on them. If they want to jump on the boat they are more than welcome. That’s always my mindset – I’m here to help all of them to improve individually and collectively, and that is my job.”

That’s a pretty brutal comment to make, but it’s a fair one. Arsenal can’t be held hostage by players who break the rules. We are still a big club and all big clubs have standards with players. Maybe Arsenal are wrong for Matteo right now. Maybe the system could absorb him if we were an actual top 4 club in a better moment. Right now, we need 24 players pushing in the same direction, you can’t compromise on that. When Pep landed at Barcelona, he cleared out the players who didn’t meet the new standards. Huge names. Absolute icons. If you can bin off Ronaldinho because of attitude, then we can try and accept that if Matteo isn’t working out for a 3rd manager, it might be a Matteo thing.

Leave if you want to… unless your name is Saka.

More importantly, who told you Matteo was a problem before anyone else? Me. Same with the Raul worries. Come to Le Grove for the best narratives, unless you are hunting for opinions on CEOs, I have some work to do there.

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  1. Kaz

    We’re mid table boys and will be for quite some time. Much longer than Liverpool were. I’m talking Newcastle levels.

    The plus side is this is probably the only way to get Kroenke to sell.

    “probably”

  2. Habesha Gooner

    . If you can bin off Ronaldinho because of attitude, then we can try and accept that if Matteo isn’t working out for a 3rd manager, it might be a Matteo thing.

    Wow pedro. Have you seen Matteo go clubbing every day? He just trash talked to an opposition player that annoyed every arsenal fan. He isn’t as unprofessional as some of you are making him out to be. He is just a bit arrogant. He is a kid and everyone is forgetting it. I hope someone in the board room sees sense and we keep him. We are worse of without him to be honest.

  3. Guns of SF

    Im sorry but we dont have time for Guendouzi to develop if he is starter in the team. If we are so high on him, send him out on loan for more first team action and games under his belt.

    We can do better than him. Keep him on the bench and bring him along at a good pace. he has already been given a lot of game time being so young. I am not impressed.

    We can do better and need to. We need 3 Mids… CAM, DM and a B2b

    Szolobai as a B2B or however you spell it seems quite good. Pair with Partey as a DM and get another attacker… we will be a different team then

  4. Freddie Ljungberg

    Good to see you Pedro joining the Szoboszla bandwagon, was lonely up here last summer.

    The potential was always there but now he’s added some serious end product as well.

    10 goals 16 assists in 37 games at 19 years old is pretty fantastic numbers even if it’s in the Austrian league. Beats whatever our current “Cam” produces nowadays by a mile.

    Really hope we go for him and a top CM this summer, then we’ll have the potential for a very good, and young first XI that we can build on.

    There will still be a hole or 2 to fill, 1CB, probably RB and maybe another midfielder and our striker situation needs to be sorted, but Rome wasn’t built in a day.

  5. David Smith

    “ How long until Stan pays attention to the mess his son is at the centre of?”
    And therein lies the problem, Stan could happily ignore all this forever

  6. Pedro

    Freddie, I’d imagine we’ll be competing with Milan and RR on his name, but he seems kind of perfect for our midfield. Looks a total monster of a player.

  7. Wasi

    Pedro

    Tbh the Matteo alarm was sounded the season he was signed by a particular youth coach of his.
    But you sounded it early too so kudos.

    Read Szoboslai’s 24 mil can be divided into 3 instalments and Matteo is not good anywhere .

    A midfield rotation consisting of Partey , Szoboslai , Xhaka , Ozil , Guendozi can be very interesting.

  8. Wasi

    Szoboslai plays like a 25 yo. Always has time on the ball , good combined of pace and power and nerve racking confidence. He might also get the CG seal of approval with the number of goal contributions he produces.

  9. The Godfather

    These media vultures and the simple Slurpers here who can’t think for themselves are becoming nauseating.
    Guendo is suddenly a virus because he cares about the club and winning?
    Was he out there fighting for himself or his stats?
    Did anyone watch the Villa game?
    Did y’all not see the heart of a winner there and a kid who was literally crying on the field fighting for the cause?
    And now all of a sudden he is a pariah because he allegedly trash talked a cheating scrub from Brighton?
    Arteta is such a joke.

    It’s okay for repeated blunder- pusses like Xhaka and Luis to keep costing us games but because Martinelli and Guendo dare show anything but meek compliance they are suddenly cast as bad eggs.

    Arteta clearly has a short man’s complex.

    What a prat!

  10. Champagne Charlie

    “He just trash talked to an opposition player that annoyed every arsenal fan. He isn’t as unprofessional as some of you are making him out to be.“

    That’s got pretty much nothing to do with Guendouzi being on the naughty step. It’s his application and professionalism behind the scenes at Arsenal.

  11. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Team tomorrow

    Martinez
    Medely
    Clark
    Luiz
    Kola

    Wilcox
    Amn
    Smith

    Nelson
    Eddie
    AUba

    Well that’s my throw at it.

  12. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    So Pedro / peter

    Matteo is a bit of a Romeo… liking the ladies…

    Didn’t stop
    Georgie best
    Stan Bowles
    Frank worthington
    Charlie Nicholas..

    Hand on heart I’m not sure he is in same class as them…

    But only sell when they are talking proper cash.

  13. Pedro

    Wasi, fuck the youth coach, it was me.

    CC, agree. Not sure any coach worth his salt would care about calling Bournemouth players peasants.

  14. Guns of SF

    No auba tomorrow we will burn him out and risk a major injury

    I see laca and Eddie up front

    Guen might reappear

    If ozil is not playing then that would be telling

    4 in a row no games… Arteta pulling an Emery

  15. MidwestGun

    Well I agree you have to be careful when dealing with Super Agents and transfers. But there does have to be a balance, you can’t just refuse to deal with them either. Otherwise you end up with nothing. Also, Calling for the Kroenke’s to notice what’s up? Not sure they would even notice anything to do with agents . Basically all of the American teams are set up to have to deal with super agents.. It’s standard business, Drew Rosenhaus basically runs the NFL.

  16. CaliGooner

    Partey and szobozlai would be immense for our midfield they is in total need of some new blood. Would make everyone else on the pitch look better. Just need an attacking mid then, kokcu? We had a lot of links with him earlier but I don’t watch the Dutch league to know if he’d be worth it.

  17. Pedro

    Midwest, if you’re making bad deals because of super-agents, someone should notice. There’s no excuse.

  18. Pedro

    Godfather, Matteo just cares about the club and winning? That is your takeaway because he had an altercation after the Brighton game finished?

    Attrocious. Yellow card offence.

  19. Pierre

    At last , a proper Arsenal football match to watch tomorrow, where we have a chance of actually winning a trophy.

    Will be a full strength side out tomorrow, depending on who’s fit.

  20. RockyRoe

    Partey and szobozlai would be immense for our midfield

    I’m afraid we are not an attractive enough proposition anymore. Especially for a generational talent like szobozlai.

    But yes partey and him would be quite a treat, especially if we could add another runner from the midfield in the mix.

  21. salparadisenyc

    Partey would be immense we’ve lacked his qualities in ages, dude covers so much ground explosively. Wished he was about 5 years younger though.

  22. Mr Serge

    I don’t agree with Rocky Roe we are an attractive proposition still we are a huge club in London we pay top dollar, rich history that kids would watch iconic players playing for us and the kid plays in Austria he would run here backwards singing an Elvis song
    We have always shocked people with signings that people think we have no chance getting.

    We are The Arsenal

  23. MidwestGun

    Midwest, if you’re making bad deals because of super-agents, someone should notice. There’s no excuse.
    _____
    Hmm well what’s the superagent scorecard then? Iwobi and Theo .. good business on my scorecard. Luiz bad business.. Soares and Mari… think it’s still undecided.

    Obviously if you are only dealing with one or two agents then that should raise red flags sure, even for Kroenke’s. But I’m not sure about bad deals raising a red flag.. LA Rams… Cortland Finnegan comes to mind. Aging 28 year old … Got paid 50 mill…over 5 years. 28 mill guaranteed money to do absolutely nothing with the Rams, his performance fell off a cliff and he was released 2 years later. . Who was his agent.. you guessed it… Drew Rosenhaus. Did Kroenke notice that? Doubt it. My point being if we are appealing to Josh Kroenke based on agent fees and bad deals? … meh they are used to it. Not an excuse.. just an observation.

  24. Frankilyte

    if Auba stays or not, right mfd recruit is the key to our surge upward next season. we are curently on a yoyo ride on autopilot Your Comment Here

  25. The Godfather

    Pedro:

    “ Godfather, Matteo just cares about the club and winning? That is your takeaway because he had an altercation after the Brighton game finished?Attrocious. Yellow card offence.”

    I’m missing yer point?

    What has he done other than care about the club and winning?
    Unless you’ve got something personal against him, that lad has always bled red and white and his passion for the club is obvious.

    It’s there in his effort, in his application and his anger at a cvnt who injured his teammate and was mocking the team after a loss.

    Dunno what else a youngster should do?

    Stroll around the field like Xhak and Ozil?
    Or do fvck all like NELSON and Willock?

    I’d take a player Guendo to battle any day of the week. Ain’t many other Arsenal players linked to top clubs last time I checked.
    Those clubs ain’t stupid

  26. salparadisenyc

    “I still remember the Bergkamp signing out of the blue to this day”

    My old man called me, I was peak Uni days and couldn’t give 2 shits.. ya dad sounds great.

    Couple years later I was calling pops in awe of what I’d just seen.

    Middy, I’ve had a zoom with the powers that be and the handle “Gulf Coast Gunner” has been green lit if you so desire.

  27. David Smith

    The effects of the pandemic, ECL wages, probably without Europe next season.
    Pepe. Ozil. Dithering over Gazidis leaving. Raul. Edu.
    Super agents or not, if the Kroenkes get the next couple of years wrong, there might not be an Arsenal to speak of, unless they sell, and I suspect it might well come to that. Which would be a damning indictment considering where we were and what we could have achieved at the time Stan arrived.

  28. The Godfather

    You people slating Guendo, have you cared to ask how many errors he has caused that led to goals?
    How many red cards has he earned?
    How many times has he cursed out the fans?

    It’s amazing the same people who big up Xhaka are now insulting Guendo.

    Whatever

  29. MidwestGun

    Middy, I’ve had a zoom with the powers that be and the handle “Gulf Coast Gunner” has been green lit if you so desire.
    ______
    Hmmm I have to mull it over… I’ve been Midwest for so long on here.. 10yrs I think. .. I might suffer an identity crisis. Next thing you know I’m one of those guys wandering around on the beach … screaming into the surf.. who am I?!!!! Why can’t we get a midfielder… why God … why?

  30. Champagne Charlie

    Godfather

    Seems you’re not grasping the Guendouzi situation at all.

    It’s not to do with errors leading to goals, it’s to do with his entire attitude towards the club professionally and the knock-on effect he can have on his teammates.

    You don’t tolerate a petulant character as a manager or you’re weak. His talent isn’t denied, his attitude is questioned. Either he works as expected or the club won’t be troubled binning him

  31. Pedro

    Godfather, you seem to think that having a terrible attitude means you care for the club, I’m not sure how you land there.

    MG was dropped because he went against the non-negotiables for the second time. That’s not professional, it doesn’t show that he cares, and it’ll see him pushed out of the club.

    Breaking the rules isn’t passion. Doesn’t matter how talented you are. Also, worth noting, the best players in the world have an elite attitude. Game can’t deal with idiots in 2020. This is not the 70s or 80s

  32. salparadisenyc

    Mid

    We can’t have that, don’t think theres a therapy plan attached to Le Grove membership. Clearly Pedro’s a cheapskate.

  33. rollen

    lol there is few regulars that would probably had broken down long ago if not for LG venting . Free therapy.

  34. MidwestGun

    . Clearly Pedro’s a cheapskate.
    ______
    Oh I know… I’m still waiting for my “Le Grove” … merch promised me when I signed up. Think it was supposed to be a shirt, coffee mug, and keychain fob.

  35. Champagne Charlie

    Pedro is wildly behind the times for an advertising guru, bit disappointed at the lack of merch and no onlyfans content.

  36. The Godfather

    “ GodfatherSeems you’re not grasping the Guendouzi situation at all. It’s not to do with errors leading to goals, it’s to do with his entire attitude towards the club professionally and the knock-on effect he can have on his teammates. You don’t tolerate a petulant character as a manager or you’re weak. His talent isn’t denied, his attitude is questioned. Either he works as expected or the club won’t be troubled binning him”

    Champagne Charlie,

    With all due respect, I think you and ya posse are the ones missing the point.

    Tell me what petulance you’ve actually seen from Guendo? You keep believing rumors and innuendo with no evidence or actual quotes. All you saw was him confronting a prick who was taunting the team and injured his teammate.

    Chaka on the other hand was shown insulting the fans, openly discussing moving to another team … and where do I start with his errors that have led to goals, cost us a champions league spot and his mindless red cards.

    Guendo has done neither, is still young and is getting slated.

    If you can’t see the error there then there’s nothing much left to say

  37. salparadisenyc

    Agree a Le Grove T shirt , in the AD/DC font nice and washed out.
    The Romford Pele would approve.

  38. MidwestGun

    Who is the most prolific poster on here. Pedro?
    _______
    Guns , it’s hard to say because many have changed their call sign over the years. But RedTruth has to be in the top 5 all time. And PHD who’s old name escapes me went on a week long rant where he posted the entire comment section basically.

  39. The Godfather

    “ Godfather, you seem to think that having a terrible attitude means you care for the club, I’m not sure how you land there.MG was dropped because he went against the non-negotiables for the second time. That’s not professional, it doesn’t show that he cares, and it’ll see him pushed out of the club.Breaking the rules isn’t passion. Doesn’t matter how talented you are. Also, worth noting, the best players in the world have an elite attitude. Game can’t deal with idiots in 2020. This is not the 70s or 80s”

    Again Pedro, you have good intentions but you have no evidence apart from scraps, rumors and innuendo to make a cogent argument against Guendo. Everything you’ve said is based on internet fables and zero proof.

    Jeez where’ve heard internet fables before?

    I will not Besmirch the character of a kid based on fluff and innuendo.

    The kid has shown where his heart is and I will back a lad who puts that much into the club I support any day.

    We can respectfully agree to disagree on this matter.

    Cheers😎

  40. MidwestGun

    Agree a Le Grove T shirt , in the AD/DC font nice and washed out.
    ____________
    Yep and on the back could be Pedro’s infamous headshot hat Ahern still rocks as his avatar, with … caption underneath….

    Got Oatmilk?

  41. MidwestGun

    Dissenter is probably in the top 5 of most prolific posters as well. Now I think about it, of those who still post currently.. Most have taken a break now and then for sanity reasons.

  42. Champagne Charlie

    “You keep believing rumors and innuendo with no evidence or actual quotes. All you saw was him confronting a prick who was taunting the team and injured his teammate.“

    No you’re really not getting it if you continue to hold up the nonsense at Brighton as something of note. It’s behind the scenes stuff that’s he’s been disciplined for multiple times to the point Arteta and the club would be willing to sell.

    And no, I’m not present at Colney to confirm but either you choose to believe it, or not – makes no sense for the stories to be fabricated.

    Pitting Guendouzi against Xhaka to somehow strengthen your point makes little sense. Xhaka is lauded for his attitude and professionalism, nvm the fact he’s our best CM at the club. Doesn’t take much of a pulse to realise this is precisely the sort of culture Arteta has set out to address and bring up to snuff.

    You think Guendouzi’s attitude should be indulged because he’s younger and has a higher ceiling? That’s low standards.

    Can only imagine you’ve never stepped near a leadership role because that sort of thing simply isn’t tolerated these days. The two best on the planet are exemplary professionals daily. If a kid who was playing second division french football two years ago can’t check his ego at Arsenal then that’s a big red flag. His output doesn’t absolve it, not even close.

    Really very little you’ve got going for your argument.

  43. Champagne Charlie

    Banford is another one to flood the airwaves on here.

    Would be more prolific if he wasn’t left out in the garden by Pedro for being #1 dickhead. Still gazing through the window though without question. Hi Banford, you’re still a melt lad.

  44. salparadisenyc

    Pissing myself with that one CC.

    Been so many over years, the Keyser vs gambon tete a tete have to be peak of banter. Kwif fits late night boozers and Bamford, less said the better.

  45. Aussie Gooner

    Szoboszlai – in your dreams! He is already in the sights of a lot of top clubs (PSG, Milan etc) we won’t get a look in! According to Football Talk we are in ‘advanced negotiations’ for 22.7m – whatever that means these days! Probably the agents are fighting over the biggest cut! Agents are like Mortgage Brokers – they select the deals that benefit them the most not the club or the player!

    And is that on top of the 45m for Partey: “The Madrid-based outlet (La Razon) says it’s an ‘open secret’ that Partey will join Arsenal at the end of the season and Atletico Madrid are already looking for his replacement….”?

    As for Guendouzi, I don’t care if he is a serial killer – he has to deliver on the pitch. This he fails to do constantly. His highlight reel would show him taking too long on the ball and getting mugged, falling down every time someone gets within touching distance and calling for a foul anytime either of the former occurs! Szoboszlai already appears to offer more, albeit in a farmer’s league!

  46. Guns of SF

    Our problem is we get on the bandwagon a year late.

    Dortmund’s get these guys before any other teams catch on

    We need better scouting and buying early

  47. Guns of SF

    I used to post as Bay Area gooner but began to hate that name. I needed to narrow it down. I don’t even live on sf anymore. That was my first home in the Bay Area tho so I went with that…

    I’ve been reading lg well over 11 years back in my La bachelor days…

  48. Guns of SF

    I panic when guen has the ball under pressure. He goes down so easily for a big framed man. When he has time on the ball it’s usually an easy pass and rarely triggers an attacking move…

    He is a high energy headless chicken a lot of the time. I do appreciate his passion though. He doesn’t have the skills to punish the opposition tho

  49. The Godfather

    “ No you’re really not getting it if you continue to hold up the nonsense at Brighton as something of note. It’s behind the scenes stuff that’s he’s been disciplined for multiple times to the point Arteta and the club would be willing to sell.

    And no, I’m not present at Colney to confirm but either you choose to believe it, or not – makes no sense for the stories to be fabricated.”

    Again you’ve answered the question …. You only believe rumors and innuendos if you have an agenda or don’t like someone.

    Nothing he has done can justify you believing internet fables …. so that’s a “You Problem” and not Guenduozi’s

  50. The Godfather

    “ Pitting Guendouzi against Xhaka to somehow strengthen your point makes little sense. Xhaka is lauded for his attitude and professionalism, nvm the fact he’s our best CM at the club. Doesn’t take much of a pulse to realise this is precisely the sort of culture Arteta has set out to address and bring up to snuff.”

    This has gotta be the most laughable statement here.

    They both play in the center of the midfield so of course they will be compared : DUH!

    You simply can’t handle the obvious because of whatever bee in your bonnet concerning this kid.

    And calling Xhaka professional is like saying Kim Kardashian is a poster child for Chastity.

    What a joke of a statement !

  51. The Godfather

    “ Can only imagine you’ve never stepped near a leadership role because that sort of thing simply isn’t tolerated these days. The two best on the planet are exemplary professionals daily. If a kid who was playing second division french football two years ago can’t check his ego at Arsenal then that’s a big red flag. His output doesn’t absolve it, not even close.”

    Erm sorry buddy,

    It’s no surprise you foolishly draw strong opinions based on internet rumors.
    I’m not even gonna tout what I do for a living and quality and quantity in terms of individuals who report to me on a daily basis but I’d let ya draw your conclusions about someone you’ve never met based on a discussion about a football player!

    Wow!

    Good luck to ya.

    It’s amazing what you can read on the internet

  52. Aussie Gooner

    Gilberto on Guendouzi

    “But sometimes I just feel a little bit confused about which position he plays. Does he want to be like a No.6, to protect the back four, or a No.8 to go box to box. If he wants to be a No.6 he has to play simply and hold his body on the field.

    “And he has to mind his temper, sometimes I see him a little bit nervous, sometimes that’s unnecessary.

    “He needs to just play his game – he has quality. Don’t pay attention to other things. When I see him play he ­suddenly starts to get nervous in some situations and he loses his focus.”

  53. Sid

    Reds signed Takumi Minamino from Salzburg , a transfer that was reportedly aided by strong relations with Red Bull chiefs built when Naby Keita was signed.

    All i see in the Raul & Edu narrative is diversion tactics.

    Im telling you for free!

  54. Sid

    The managers have failed Guendozi , Emery by playing him box to box instead of #6,
    then pimped up Emery playing him alongside crappy Ceballos.

  55. The Godfather

    Sorry but I’ve never seen or noticed nerves from Guendo … if anything I think he is way too confident in his own abilities … but again people see what they want to see.

    I remember analysts raving about his performance last year in a road loss to City as the only Arsenal player who wasn’t afraid to stand up and be counted …. but hey to each their own … I respect everyone’s right to an opinion

  56. Habesha Gooner

    The God father
    Finally some one who sees sense on Guendouzi. Pedro and his posse seem to think Guendouzi is a problem child because he isn’t nice. There has been 0 evidence of him not working hard enough or not listening to the manager. Infact I think Arteta is letting him down by not protecting him. We protect Luiz after a calamity at city but not Guendouzi? Take away Guendouzi’s arrogance and you take away part of what makes him so great. He isn’t afraid to play. It’s like asking Diego Costa to play without his aggression. We need to help Guendouzi dial down the arrogance a bit in order to help him become a better player. Not because his attitude is derailing the team.

    The only reason arteta dropped him was because he grabbed maupay by the throat and trash talked. If he didn’t do what’s neccessary, Why did he start him against Brighton. We should discipline players but we have to be honest about it and say why we did it. He wasn’t dropped for not doing the “non negotiables” but for the Brighton incident. I can’t believe Arsenal fans are turning on a 21 year old that has shown more balls than most senior players. The tabloids run a story and Arse al fans join in in piling the criticism.

  57. Aussie Gooner

    “Take away Guendouzi’s arrogance and you take away part of what makes him so great.”

    I am sorry but can some one please explain to me why Guendouzi is so great. I am not being sarcastic, just curious to know what other people on here see in him. I for one don’t think he is so great. He has had ample chance to show his worth but has failed to do so in my eyes. Imagine if Martinelli had been given the same oportunities!

  58. Tom

    “Take away Guendouzi’s arrogance and you take away part of what makes him so great.”

    Guendouzi is “great” just like Arteta is “world class”.
    The proof of neither yet exists.

  59. Freddie Ljungberg

    “His highlight reel would show him taking too long on the ball and getting mugged, falling down every time someone gets within touching distance and calling for a foul anytime either of the former occurs!”

    Not exactly no:

    https://youtu.be/FszRjOYZaYk

    For those asking for Szoboszlai and a Cam, what do you think he plays at? 10 goals and 16 assists speak for itself no?

    I wouldn’t mind a Guen – Partey – Szoboszlai midfield at all. Plenty of balance and potential in there.

    Of course if we get good money for Guen I would swap him in a heartbeat for Soumare.

    Kokcu has signed a new 4 year contract I think.

  60. TR7

    Looks like Guendouzi is the whipping boy of the week. It would be foolish of Arteta to bin him. One of the reasons I have been backing Arteta is my belief/hope that he will get more out of players such as Saka, Guen, Holding, AMN etc. If he bins Guen, it will give a signal that he just like Pep can not or does not want to work with mavericks and it will reflect badly on his ability as a manager.

    As for Guen as a player, it is true that he has not progressed much but he has it in him to be a good player for Arsenal. He covers a lot of ground, his ability to hold the ball or tackle has improved a bit from last season and he has shown albeit in flashes that he can play attacking football too in the opposition third. He still needs to learn to release the ball quicker and play one touch football but he is still very young and can get better.

  61. Matt

    I’m torn on MG. Part of me struggles to see what he does really well and I don’t like the histrionics part of the game. I also don’t like the comments to Maupay about earnings, but we’ve all said worse, especially at 21. I don’t mind the throat grabbing so much because it shows a bit of a nasty streak which we are severely lacking and have been for some time. Again, maybe that nasty streak needs to be managed and that is surely Artetas job to do? We don’t know what goes on behind closed doors, and maybe he really is a law unto himself in training and lacks discipline and if the manager feels that this is not going to change then he probably does need to go. That does beg the other question about why we didn’t know about this poor attitude when we signed him? I would just hate to lose a player who you have to agree gives 100% and has the fight that most of our players lack. I can also see him turning out to be a great player somewhere else, possibly at one of our rivals.

  62. Chris

    Matt

    That’s pretty much my thoughts on Guendouzi also.

    We can only hope that he develops further as a player but also learns to tone down his temperament. You went players who can be prickly stand up for themselves and their teammates but as well lax attitudes to discipline and training cannot be tolerated. I can’t agree that too much emphasis is placed on professionalism. For me that is a pre requisite to success.

  63. Wasi

    Chris

    There are some who want to bin him for him attitude. Same people who will cry that we dont have enough leaders , shithousers in our squad.

    There are some really mind boggling personas that say he is not a good player. They judge this 21 yo as a mature top professional and will critic his every mistake. Same people who will wow at every little good thing Joe Willock ( 1 year his junior) does and preach patience for him when he is ineffective ( I.e. literally every game other than the Liverpool away and Bournemouth away ). Also they judge him as they should , as a young player with high potential learning his trade . Idk where that sentiment goes when judging or constantly critiquing Guendozi.

    I love how Arteta goes about his work but if he can’t man-manage a 21yo , then questions must be asked. Anyways he has shown already 2 or 3 times that he can discipline players and get them back on board. And I expect we’ll see that this time too.

  64. Nelson

    I am with Godfather’s view. Pedro just defends everything Arteta did That’s the difference between Mou and Arteta. Mou would defend his player first. Arteta wants all our players to be pussy, no cojons. I want to change the culture of our team. A few “bad guys” in the team are welcome.

  65. CG

    So Genduzi’s Arsenal’s C.V after 58 games is.

    1 assist.
    0 goal.

    His charge sheet includes.

    Temperamental & Hysterical behaviour.
    Watching pornography at work.
    Hacking down a fellow pro in very cynical fashion.( Zaha)
    Constantly disrupting training.
    And asking to leave.

    So Arteta should grant him his wishes.

    The moment he asked to leave the club- is the exact moment the words ‘ YOU WILL NEVER PLAY FOR THIS CLUB AGAIN IS’ is uttered from MA’s mouth.

    (Like any top manager would do.)

    How some on here – actually want to keep him is mystifying?

    But that’s the beauty of football fans.
    They spend their whole lives supporting their teams and rating players and managers when actually they know nothing about the sport.

    Bizarre but True.

  66. Wasi

    CG

    ‘Watching pornography at work.
    Hacking down a fellow pro in very cynical fashion.( Zaha)
    Constantly disrupting training.
    And asking to leave.’

    Spoken by a true genius. No proof of any of those claims.
    But next thing you know CG will be singing praises of how good Amn in Midfield is. Again No proof.

    CG stick to abusive humour towards Raul and co. Suits you .😉

  67. CG

    “”””CG We’re just lucky we have you here, knowing so much about the sport!”””

    Thanks Samir. (Appreciated.)

    I am like our Wenger. I ve had some very attractive offers to move elsewhere to other platforms but refused them all. Because I am loyal to Le Grove.

  68. CG

    Jamie

    “”””CG is going to be livid when we win this afternoon.””””

    Not at all.
    Best and hardest trophy to win in the world this one.

    Last chance to win a trophy today.

  69. Pierre

    Scoring goals is not a requisite for a central midfielder who plays a holding role and rarely goes into the opposition area, so they should not be judged on the amount of goals they score.

    They should be judged on their positional play, their ability to anticipate dangerous situations, their reading of the game and the quality of their passing.

    A central midfielder who is poor positionally is a liability to the team.

    A central midfielder who has poor anticipation is a liability to the team.

    A central midfielder who is slow in his distribution is a liability to the team.

  70. Guns of Hackney

    There’s no way I’m reading through all of your twaddle, but from what I gather, CG is totally correct. Guendouzi is not a good player. His stats are poor whatever way or metric you use and his behaviour is rubbish. As I said to Dissenter the other day, unless you’re a maverick type (Best, Vieira) or a total genius (Maradona) you can’t get away with being a shitbag. Matteo is neither. His attitude stinks and yes, maybe he’ll grow up but maybe not. If Arteta can get £40m and a couple of replacements, it has to be a deal I’m afraid.

    We need to be a collective at the moment and if the players at Arsenal aren’t pulling their weight, they have to go. We have no stand out game winners anymore, so we have to be greater than the sum of our parts. Leicester is the prime example.

  71. alexanderhenry

    David Smith

    ‘..Which would be a damning indictment considering where we were and what we could have achieved at the time Stan arrived.’

    Well said making that point. Arsenal fc was a top three club in 2007 with a new stadium that gave it the highest gate receipts in the league.
    The club was in an enviable position.
    All it needed was some moderate investment in players but Stan stuck to his bottom line policy and we drifted while other clubs progressed.

    Now we’re relying on the alledged genius of miquel arteta and project youth 3.0 to get us back to the promised land of top four- a position we achieved almost every year under wenger which many on here mocked at the time, which now, every arsenal fan wishes for above all alse
    – oh the irony.

  72. Graham62

    CG

    You honestly believe that the FA Cup “is the best and hardest trophy to win”?

    Is that because it became our benchmark for success?

    Keep giving yourself a pat on the back CG.

  73. Guns of Hackney

    Also, who does Lacazette think he is smoking from a balloon? What a cunt. If you’re going to do something, do it right and stick a few grams of toot up your nose…embarrassing.

    Another twat we need to sack off.

  74. Chris

    Wasi

    Yeah as I said I get the need for shithousery and prickly characters on the pitch, after all, look at some of the guys of our last title winning team, Vieira, Ralph, Keown etc. and for years we have lamented a soft under belly to our team.

    But we need all players to be committed to the cause and not be disruptive in training/Adhere to the managers required standards. This is where I think people have concerns and add that to the general consensus that he is a decent young player but yet not overly convincing on the pitch on a consistent basis, and it is easy to see where some are coming from.

  75. CG

    Graham

    “””CG You honestly believe that the FA Cup “is the best and hardest trophy to win”?”””

    Yes.
    With regards to hardest.

    1) it’s the only tournament can not afford to loose a game and still win the trophy.

    2) the most number of teams enter it.

    Simple Mathematics deem it the hardest.

    With regards to Best
    I am old fashioned- I Just like it

    Arsenal and European soccer are like bathtubs and toasters. They just dont go well together.

  76. Chris

    I hope we are all proud of our FA Cup record (no other club has won it more). Would love to see us win number 14 and the positive effect it could have on the confidence of our youth players should never be underestimated.

  77. Guns of Hackney

    A trophy is a trophy.

    It wasn’t long ago we were buzzing about winning the Emirates Cup 34 times in a row.

  78. CG

    “”””Another twat we need to sack off.””

    None of the buggers will want to leave now.

    Have you not heard – We offer juicy 4 year deals for 29 year olds now?
    And 1 year extensions when you are 33?

    The Arsenal Gravy train out in full flow this week G of H…..thicker than ever.

  79. Graham62

    CG

    Your mind works in mysterious ways.

    Now make a list as to why winning the EPL is deemed the hardest trophy, then a similar list on the CL and EL.

    I suppose if Arsene had succeeded in the League Cup, that would be seen by you as the most difficult trophy to win.

    I’m 58 and will always see the FA Cup as being special (unfortunately not as special as it once was) but it is most definitely not the hardest trophy to win.

    It’s just a fact of life.

  80. Graham62

    Ah yes, the infamous “Arsenal Gravy train”, the culture of which was established from 2006AD.

    That’s an opinion, not a fact.

  81. CG

    Graham.

    If Real Madrid enter the FA Cup next season and also the Champions League – what are they most likely to win?

  82. PieAFC

    Loads of people have been posting on here for years.

    Keyser was always a name I remember. Guy could argue ina room with a shadow.

    Cant believe it’s been over a decade I’ve been reading this blog.

    Hopefully a decent result today. Mix of some youth, get some energy, see how good they are and experience. Sheffield were very poor against United. The pace up front destroyed them. I’m hoping Arteta would have noticed that.

    Will we match the system they deploy or something similar. Saka rested for a bit? Lad is a machine.

    Will be an interesting game.

  83. azed

    Guendozi is one midfielder we have that doesn’t hide from the ball.
    His role in the team is to receive from defenders and move the ball forward, not to score goals or provide assists and so far according to the stats, he’s been doing his job well.

    If we get a reasonable offer for him, we should sell.

  84. Nelson

    Confirmed Arsenal XI: Martinez; Mustafi, Luiz, Tierney; Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Kolasinac; Pepe, Lacazette, Saka

  85. azed

    Looks like Arteta has closed the door on Ozil.

    In Arteta will trust.

    Pedro where’s the “Arteta is the sauciest sauce” fan sign up form?

    Can you also send me Le Grove merch with the tag “Arteta is Art and life”?

  86. The Godfather

    From the lineup , I would guess it’s a back three with Maitland-Niles and Kolasinac as wing backs.

    Guendo not even in match day squad again.

    Historically David Luiz has played better in a back three …let’s hope that continues

  87. Aussie Gooner

    It’s really funny that even those making a case for Guendouzi would still advocate selling him in a heartbeat! I think that tells you everything you need to know!

    “If we get a reasonable offer for him, we should sell.”

    “I can also see him turning out to be a great player somewhere else, possibly at one of our rivals”.

    “Of course if we get good money for Guen I would swap him in a heartbeat for Soumare.”

  88. Spanishdave

    Doziguen gone then!
    AMN should not be anywhere near the team.
    Poor midfield lineup but not a lot of choice.
    Do well to win today

  89. Champagne Charlie

    Godfather

    Again, you continue to push a defence of Guendouzi based on elements that aren’t even being considered or questioned. It’s quite literally his professionalism and dedication to the club on a daily basis that’s being questioned, and your response to that is to deny it and dismiss someone’s view on it because they’ve no proof.

    Hate to break it to you but that’s what being a football fan is all about, we speculate and chew the fat on rumours. You’ve not been following along very well if you think I’ve got some agenda against Guendouzi, I’ve literally been one of a few who has always spoke highly of him.

    But I can recognise that if someone isn’t following the standards being laid out by a manager then they’re asking for trouble. Utter rubbish to claim that passion or fight, that’s a mind boggling reimagining.

    It’s very simple, of Guendouzi is being a brat and continually acting up despite being disciplined for it then he’s pissing his Arsenal future away and will be sold. As it should be.

  90. Freddie Ljungberg

    Not feeling too confident in that midfield, AMN and Xhaka are about as unreliable as you can get. With Luiz behind them it could get ugly. Hopefully they prove me wrong, we could use another way to Europa.

    If Sheffield apply their usual pressure our midfield is going to fold double quick time me thinks.
    I hope Xhaka can lift himself above average for once outside his comfort zone of weak opposition with no intensity.

  91. azed

    It’s really funny that even those making a case for Guendouzi would still advocate selling him in a heartbeat! I think that tells you everything you need to know!

    Aussie Gooner

    I will everyone in the Arsenal squad bar Saka at this point if the offer is right.
    Some I’ll be willing to pay other clubs to take them.

  92. The Godfather

    Champagne Charlie, it’s clear we won’t see eye to eye on Guendo …. again that’s fair and I respect your right to your opinion.

    No disrespect and Cheers.

  93. Wasi

    Freddie

    Its probably a 3-4-3 again with Amn at RWB and Willock , Xhaka pivot.
    I think we’ll see a good game from Willock today because 8 is his best position imo.

  94. Davedale

    Hoping for an arsenal win today but not very confident with that line up. Only possibility of winning something this season and in my opinion that is not our strongest 11

  95. G8

    Iam with the godfather here re Guen,
    Overall he has done better than xhaka, toriera, ozil, AMN, willock ,ceballos, Suarez , “God that’s a shocking midfield”
    Not one of them is a top 4 side midfielder

    His is not the reason why we have been struggling all season
    If Arteta don’t fancy him, it’s not because of his application on or off the pitch
    I am sure if it was Wenger or Emery casting him off , we would be slating them ad infinitum..

  96. Freddie Ljungberg

    Wasi

    RWB/RM same shit different name. Hope he still steps up and no silly mistakes.

    A pivot of Xhaka and Willock is pretty scary too.
    Xhaka is absolute garbage under any sort of press so I hope he has his big boy socks on today.

  97. Terraloon

    The other day someone posted on here about how easy things were to win when you spent big and I do agree that if spent wisely it really should massively help but then as we all know player trading isn’t just about what you buy and for how much it’s as much about how you make sure you extract every single pound that you can when a player moves on.

    The annual sums are nett spends and are in millions.

    Man City

    14/15. 60.0
    15/16. 73.7
    16/17. 165.0
    17/18. 177.5
    18/19. M 2.0
    19/20. 91.3

    Total. 565.8

    League Position. 2-4-3-1-1-?

    1 FA Cup& 4 League Cups

    Man Utd

    14/15. 104.2
    15/16. 28.1
    16/17. 102.0
    17/18. 136.2
    18/19. 47.0
    19/20.
    Total 483.0

    League Position. 4-5-6-2-6-?

    1FA cup , 1 EL & 1 LC

    Arsenal

    14/15. 65.4
    15/16 13.2
    16/17. 86.19
    17/18. M 9.2
    18/19. 66.4
    19/20. 92.4

    Total. 231.5

    League Position. 3-2-5-6-5-?

    2 FA cups

    Chelsea

    14/15. 5.1
    15/16 9.1
    16/17. 51.3
    17/18. 80.2
    18/19. 144.6
    19/20. M 152.0

    Total. 138.3

    League Position. 1-10-1-5-3-?

    1FA Cup, I LC& 1EL

    Liverpool

    14/15. 38.3
    15/6. 28.0
    16/17. M 6.4
    17/18 M. 28.8
    18/19. 127.5
    19/20.M 28.6

    Total. 129.8
    League Position. 6-8-4-4-2-1

    1 CL

    Spurs

    14/15. M 1.2
    15/16. M 7.8
    16/17. 27.7
    17/18. 24.7
    18/19. 11
    19/20. 61

    Total. 112.1

    League Position. 5-3-2-3-4-?

    Winners .Nil

  98. MidwestGun

    Helloooo Ladies!!! Ready for this? I see Luiz is back.. My joy can not be contained…. 🙁

    Anyhow… Another weird Post Covid lockdown experience here we go..

  99. Dissenter

    Guendouzi has requested fir a transfer mid you believe the tabloids
    If the tabloids are true then he will be leaving Arsenal for a club that’s doing a lot better than us.
    Arteta should have his way, that’s why he’s manager but we only have to wait for 5 minutes before [Arteta’s supporters] to bemoan the lack of leaders and fireballs in the squad.

    Every player in the squad should have a price, there’s no one [with exception if Saka] that’s beyond being sold.