Matteo training alone is correct + Thoughts on the lawyer

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Matteo G has been training on his own. Sad to see so much talent, with so little control. There are folk painting this as ‘caring too much’, but it’s nonsense. He’s badly behaved, he’s unpleasant to the staff, and he refuses to get on board the new direction the club is heading.

He had issues with Freddie before him, so it’s not just a Mikel thing.

So what do you do? Do you truly believe that elite players behave like this? They don’t. If he won’t play by the rules, he has to go. We’re not far enough along in the process to absorb a player like that. This is not Nik Anelka here. The delivery on the pitch doesn’t merit the problems off it.

Barca had something similar when Pep landed. He booted out problematic players way more accomplished than Guen, all in the name of making sure Messi and the kids coming behind him could thrive. Arsene Wenger did it when he landed, moving on senior players he thought were a bad influence.

We’re not quite Barca, or the squad Arsene inherited, but we have a lot of youngsters giving more than Matteo, and preferential treatment would not be helpful. That is Emery-style thinking.

The only shame of the blow-up is it might reduce interest in him, or lower the asking price.

I think it might work out well for us though. He’s a pretty sexy make-weight. Might be perfect for Simeone. He’d look like a smart move and allow them to save face on the Partey deal. Let’s see where it goes, but don’t cry over someone that thinks they make the rules at 20.

In news that I didn’t speak on, Tim Lewis joined the Arsenal board. I’m going to stick my neck out here and say that sort of hire from the Kroenke’s makes for ominous reading if you are Raul.

A few things stuck out for me:

  1. The KSE group don’t exactly have a lot of trusted confidantes in London. I’m pretty sure this guy worked with them on the stadium or takeover move. He’s trusted.
  2. Tim is a lawyer. They ask questions, they probe, they get to the bottom of things. What Arsenal need right now is someone assessing how we landed on deals and why we did them. Having someone with laser focus and the time to assess is going to be very valuable to the family. We don’t have a counter to Raul, a Clifford Chance partner; if activated with a mandate, is a force for good.
  3. He’s a ‘lifelong Arsenal fan.’ I don’t know the guy. I’ve never had a beer with him to assess how much a fan he is (‘DO YOU GO TO AWAY GAMES MATE’). But if he is like you or I and spends over 16 hours of screentime on Newsnow, reads all the blogs, pays for The Athletic, mainlines AFTV, and has a google alert set up to catch transfer stories from Eastern Europe and beyond, my hope is he gives a fuck about Arsenal and wants the club to do right by the fans.
  4. This move has happened as leading bloggers and journos write about the wacky goings-on at Arsenal… combined with very senior people at the club clearly leaking hard. I just do not believe that billionaires don’t pay attention to their most valuable assets. For me, being a total amateur, this looks like a statement addition to the hierachy.

My hope, at the absolute minimum, is this means Raul and Edu have a very long think about how they want to conduct this summer. Do they want to bring in players that have been recommended by Arsenal people? Or do they want to continue suckling the contacts teet of Kia and Canales?

We shall see. We’re rooting for you, Tim.

Arsenal has a huge game later today. Spurs beat Everton in a horrendous game. We need to make some space before Sunday. If we go to 52 points, and beat Spurs, we’ll be 4 points clear of them with 3 games to go. Lose tomorrow, and lose Sunday, we are in biiiiiig trouble.

Let’s see what we’ve got.

I’ll leave you with a solo podcast. It’s a good one. So listen. x

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  1. Guns of Hackney

    Stop complaining about red cards. It happens. The best thing to do…score more than your opponents and make the card, moot. Done.

    Also, Leicester doesn’t score if that square headed cunt Kola doesn’t turn his back on the ball! Note: IT WAS A FUCKING GRASS PASS AND HE TURNED AWAY FROM IT!!! Pussy.

    To be honest, under late Arsene or Emery, we would have lost that game so improvement all around. Tierney was lovely but can’t cross for shit.

    Martinez excellent again. No.1 for sure. Sell Leno, buy Hart.

  2. Chris

    Mentioned at half time we needed to get the second goal, unfortunately our level seemed to drop in the second half and Leicester looked like they were getting a foothold even before the sending off, we couldn’t quite impose ourselves as we did in the first half but that isn’t to be unexpected at this point considering multiple factors, I have no doubts that will improve next season.

    I have mixed feelings about the sending off, at first replay I thought Nketiah was in trouble but VAR showing 20 replays is ridiculous, considering the referee corrected his own decision at first glance. The system needs refining.

    Ceballos was superb in the first half and I would like to see his loan extended for a further season if possible.

    It is a bit jarring to lose the 3 points so late on but as others have said, there is a lot of positives to take from the clear improvements we are seeing.

    To borrow/paraphrase a line from Fever Pitch, I would have rather not won tonight than not win on Sunday, so I will take the 3 points at the Swamp please. Hopefully that’s how it works!

  3. Goobergooner

    Hahaha red has nailed this.
    un na naii you’re embarrassing to read, especially over a long period of time 😂😂😂
    July 7, 2020 22:19:40
    “In na naai
    You are a hypocrite, almost from day one of Emery’s appointment you were critical of Arsenal and waiting for Arsenal to fail so you could stick the boot in.”

  4. shaun

    they played well first half and should have finished the game .Did not think our red was a red but that could be just me as a fan.They looked defensively solid and played some nice football in the first half .I think the Vardy kick was a red when seeing the clip posted above gut I did not think that last night when showed the sky replay.Maybe a bit harsh but yes mustafi , xhaka and luiz all need replacing .would have liked to have seen Pepe for Saka as the sub and Laca kept on for a bit as I feel we would have scored the second shame really as that was defo 2 points dropped .Probably the best game I have seen since the restart , well the most engaging game for me in my opinion as pissed at the end of that game and much less objective than I am being now. Really looking forward to the game on Sunday now .Think Partey and Saliba would make a massive difference to the current team by replacing both Mustafi and Xhaka .Dump Luiz as well and shift Tierney to LCB and Saka as left wing back and use ALP as the front three

  5. Receding Hairline

    Don and Pedro are upset some posters are doing what they spent 18 months of the last coach’s tenure doing, worse still they are projecting their own behavior back then on others.

    If Arsenal really do move up a level or stop being Arsenal everyone will acknowledge that, but for now some of the destructive habits and weakness still rear their ugly head. The false narrative is pretending this set of players have never stepped up a level every now and then even under the last coach, seeing things that aren’t there and denying things that are isn’t helping.

    By the way the ref needed just a brief second look to send Eddie off, that’s the whole point of VAR really, look at it again.

    Some of you are turning this place to a us against them scenario because outside that you have nothing of substance to offer

  6. Pierre

    “Hahaha red has nailed this.
    un na naii you’re embarrassing to read, especially over a long period of time 😂😂😂
    July 7, 2020 22:19:40
    “In na naai
    You are a hypocrite, almost from day one of Emery’s appointment you were critical of Arsenal and waiting for Arsenal to fail so you could stick the boot in.”

    Slightly dumb thing to say as it would surely make Ruth a hypocrite as well as he is doing exactly what Un is being accused of.

  7. Emiratesstroller


    Give it a break with your constant negative critique of Arteta. You are a complete

    If you don’t like Arsenal and its coach why don’t you go and find a team which meets your particular requirements.

  8. Pierre

    Keeping possession of the football is a requisite for a team to not concede in the closing stages .

    We didn’t do it well enough under Emery and we don’t do it well enough under Arteta.

    In Arteta’s defence , the 4 red cards haven’t helped but even being down to ten men shouldn’t mean we have to concede possession so easily.

    Possession is the only way to keep in control of a football match , in the end the pressure will tell as we saw yesterday.

  9. The Backpass

    Are we not suppose to analyze and be critical about anything arsenal again on this blog?, because this level of policing is quite similar to untold.

  10. The Backpass

    “If you don’t like Arsenal and its coach why don’t you go and find a team which meets your particular requirements.”

    WTF is this?

  11. The Backpass

    IFAB to extend five substitutes rule to cover all of 2020-21 season.

    Five sub’s next season….interesting, I think we need a ceballos on loan next season now.

  12. Thomas


    .Did not think our red was a red but that could be just me as a fan.


    Well maybe you should actually look at the situation because that was a clear red card.

  13. Emiratesstroller


    Personally I have one issue with yesterday’s red card. The referee had a clear view of the incident when Nkietah fouled the Leicester play and deemed it a
    yellow card.

    The only justification for reversing that decision should have been if Nkietah’s
    action could have caused serious injury to the opponent and there was absolutely no evidence that was the case which is in direct contrast to the Vardy incident before half time.

    On the other matter of keeping control we know that Arsenal’s squad is currently lacking top class defenders and midfielders. That is a problem not
    just yesterday but over several years.

    I think that Arteta has improved the organisation of the team, but they are always going to be prone to making mistakes. That was the case against
    Leicester and previously against Chelsea, Olympiacos, Man City and Brighton.

  14. Samesong

    Arsenal 38% Leicester62%

    Auba gave the ball away loads in the second half. Laca always tends to give away fouls to the opposition also.

  15. Spanishdave

    Lacazette is not a natural goal scorer as can be seen from his stats.
    He had three good chances and scuffed them all, he seems to panic at the wrong time.
    Artetas game management is not good he needs to read the game better.

  16. Aussie Gooner

    Latest on yet another Ozil back injury.

    Specialists have discovered that he does not have a backbone!

  17. Davey

    Mustafi must smell the danger for the goal, vardy gets behind him and what does Mustafi do? Takes a slight step forward, the only danger to that cross is Vardy and Mustafi will never make a decent defender if he can not smell the danger. He has to drop off and mark the space.

  18. Leftfootcurler

    Nketiah’s was a clear red card offense.
    In Vardy’s case intent matters.

    Its not a studs up challenge/lunge, he had his back turned and was losing control of his body. From one angle it looks deliberate,from the other angle it doesn’t.
    So there is reasonable doubt imo. I think Yellow is the correct decision in his case.

    Vardy’s goal was offside.
    As for the goal,
    I think it was Xhaka who didn’t close down Gray quick enough for the cross.
    Arteta was clearly disappointed at conceding that, He and Pep pretty much perfected that half space cross at Man City (KDB).

    Arsenal’s defence line also drops too deep. This allows opponent attackers easy access to the edge of the penalty box. Have to sign an organiser CB to fix this.

    Arsenal were superb offensively.We found spaces in their defence structure throughout. But defensively, Leicester was able to play through our press because our press was not properly coordinated.
    I think it was because of fatigue.
    Energy levels dropped further in the 2nd half. And then we had defend with 10 men.

    A great positive for Arsenal is Saka,for the first time,is attacking space in behind. He made some top top class runs in behind. Arsenal’s goal was due to his excellent run.
    This improvement in his game will give us a lot more penetration in attack.

    I just wish Pepe also improves this aspect of the game. If he does that,he will reach Salah level performances and G+A.

    Arsenal will be very very good once their fitness levels increase.

  19. Graham62

    Arsenal should have had the game in the bag before HT, we all know that.

    The Nketiah incident was frustrating because of the VAR interpretation(ongoing replays) and the refs ability to see it as a yellow in real time and then making a quick decision , after seeing it on screen, a red.

    Everything looks different in slow motion, especially when tackles are flying in. Imo, it was yellow but did not justify a red.

    As for the Vardy goal, I’m confused. Wasn’t Vardy slightly off as the initial cross came in? Didn’t we all see that? The deflection occurred after Vardy had started his initial run.

    Enlighten me someone.

  20. Sid

    48%Arsenal vs wolves

    1st Luiz attempted 67 successful 63
    2nd Mustafinovs attempted 68 successful 58

    Pass combinations
    Luiz to mustafinovs 25
    Mustafinovs to Luiz 21
    Kola to luiz 17

  21. Nelson

    I think VAR should also review Vardy’s action. He did kick towards Mustafi while lying down. It has even resulted in facial injury.
    Eddie’s action was also a clear red card. You never challenge an opponent with the studs high up.

  22. Redtruth


    When Emery was in charge this season, the Gunners had an average possession of 56.23%, but that has surprisingly dropped to 54.4% under Ljungberg and 52.57% under Arteta.

  23. Tee

    We need a good summer to compliment Arteta’s good work on the team.
    Not necessarily expensive players but players that fit the system Arteta wants to play.
    We need to go big on a midfielder, and another inexpensive striker should aubameyang stay and lacazette sold.

  24. Goobergooner


    Pierre already pointed out the irony of my comment. The sentiment of Reds comment still holds true though 😂😂😂

    I’m not aligning myself with anyone. I supported Emery as the manager as I support Arteta as the manager of this great club.

  25. China1

    Tierney is a great crosser. Might have put in some bad ones yesterday but his crossing is really dangerous normally

  26. Bojangles

    Nkiteah’s tackle was reckless, a straight red. When the ref showed him yellow, I thought Nk got away with one but then VAR came into play. Vardy’s goal was not offside.


    It is possible to be an Arsenal supporter and watch the game with both eyes.

    Thought we did enough to win the game, was annoyed when they scored. Imo, if Martinez comes off his line quicker he may have saved it. Not blaming Martinez for their goal, it’s just an observation.

  27. Bojangles

    Regards Vardy/Mustafi incident, it looked to me like a deliberate kick to the head. We do get our fair share of these decisions going against us. If the ref’s’ are doing nothing to protect our players maybe we need to buy in a “Dirty Harry” to exact retribution.