Arsenal back at Wembley, will Arteta welcome back the outcasts?

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Well, here we are, 3 weeks after our FA Cup final win, it’s here, the season curtain-raiser… Arsenal vs Liverpool in The Community Shield.

It’s hard to say it’s not an important game. All games have a psychological value, a big win sets you up for a confident start. A big loss can send you into a nervous territory. We need a good start this season, we need to set a new tone after the horrendous first 4 months of last season. We need to signal that the new era was, in fact, kicked off with that stunning FA Cup final win.

Both teams will be unfit. We’ve only had a few training sessions. Liverpool are in the same position as us. It’ll be a leggy game. There really was no other option. If you blitz your players after they’ve spent two months playing 3 games a week, you will absolutely pay for that later in the season when you need energy in the legs.

The big worry for Arsenal is we really haven’t addressed our central midfield position. Well, we have new bodies. Matteo G is now back in the family and Mo Elneny is available and scoring goals. Doesn’t really fill you with the same confidence you might have taken from seeing Ceballos, Partey, or Aouar starting.

No news on whether Mesut will start. Though Arteta’s impassioned defence of the club for the way they dealt with the pay cuts does indicate he’s still pretty pissed about the German playmakers carry-on over doing his part. Our young Spanish coach is every bit the company man. He also said Raul left with honour, which is, errr… oh fuck it, best leave that be, this is a new season. NO GRUDGES.

Back to the LACK of players.

It is what it is. I think we just have to accept it’s really hard to operate in a slow window when you have no money to play with. Cries that Don Raul has been missed are ridiculous. Last summer was very slow to start with, then we did a financial madness that has us tied up in knots this summer.

Still, on the face of it, you can’t argue with what we’ve done so far.

Saliba, Gabriel, Willian, with Guendouzi and ESR as the LIKE A NEW SIGNING players. Feeling just like it did under Arsene Wenger.

One area the club hasn’t been messing around in is in the coaching department. Arteta is bringing in names that he likes. The two latest are Carlos Questa and Miguel Molina. Both look like the new breed of young coaches that are starting to make their mark on the game. They come from Atleti and Juventus, Dom from the podcast I recorded the other night tells me that Cuesta is a bit like Rene Maric in the sense that he made the opportunity himself by writing and doing analysis online that attracted attention. Not sure which coach it was, but a journo once asked, ‘how did you make it as a top coach without being a top player’, and the response was, ‘I had more time to study.’ You’ll see more of that. We’re moving into a new era of coaching. Bold ideas, great with data, deeply into psychology… major fucking geeks. I LOVE IT. Just gotta hope it all works out for Arsenal, can’t have everyone calling me a hipster melt when we’re bottom of the league in January.


Some disappointing news coming out of the club that Emi Martinez will be exited if the right offer comes in. Raul had him down for £20m, but the club might have to accept as little as £10m. Think this is being driven by the player. He doesn’t want to sign a new deal unless he’s #1. We won’t give him that luxury, so he’ll likely go to Spain. Good luck to him.

Feels a bit shit that a player can be instrumental in the club’s success, then get bombed off… but you can’t ask for ruthless behavior then get angry when it happens to your fave. Martinez has a small sample of games to choose from. Bernd Leno has been consistently great for longer. We are skint. Life goes on. Let’s hope we get a decent back-up keeper. Someone that is huge, loves to catch, and can pass like a hero.

Arsenal Twitter sleuths have just noticed that Leonardo, PSG Sporting Director, followed Hector Bellerin. OMG.

Wolves moved on Doherty onto Spurs for £14m. I suspect that’ll mean Wolves up the offer for AMN. Again, I’d be sad, but if the cash is going to get mainlined into our midfield, I’ll accept the exit with good grace.

Right, on that note, I shall bid you farewell. Enjoy the game today. Football is back. Let’s hope it’s a fun game AND MORE SILVERWARE!


854 Responses to “Arsenal back at Wembley, will Arteta welcome back the outcasts?”

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  1. Useroz

    AMN loses purpose a lot of time. Look as though he doesn’t know what he’s gunning for.

    Auba NOT offsite ffs. Not a very good pass anyway.

  2. Mr Serge

    Nketiah has a lot to learn he holds the ball up decently but needs games to improve not sure he is the answer yet

  3. WengerEagle

    Pool actually have a relatively thin squad when you look at their bench.

    Rhian Brewster the sub CF, only really missing Origi as well.

    Will be reliant on churning out one goal wins again this season unless they add another goalscorer.

  4. Batistuta

    I love Kieran Tierney. Unbelievable engine really.

    Let’s make sure we’ve given Auba everything he’s asked for by the way.

  5. Useroz

    Good 1H. But should be 2 up at least.

    Granted still in pre season mode. But point is we need to smell blood and take our chances better.

    Most players did well. No one stood out rusty. Fitness looks there too.

    Should see Saliba today…

  6. Batistuta

    Got to say really looking forward to seeing Arteta and the team this season. Haven’t looked foward to a season as much as this one. Think we’ve got an absolutely brilliant chance to get back into the top4

  7. raptora

    Just had to pop in like the c*nt that I am, and ask how anyone with eyes could say that Lacazette is a better striker than Auba?
    We had a bunch of these guys iirc. Like a bunch. Wonder if their opinion has changed.
    What a player!

  8. Sanmi

    I like arteta’s attention to details. The way he deployed AMN and Saka, they are hard to mark. They both come in field while Auba stays wide and Tierney joins wide too. Xhaka and Elneny are to stay put same with luiz and holding. Dont go past half way line. Bellerin patrols just inside of liverpool’s half.
    With this formation you dont need a AM

  9. salparadisenyc

    Bellerin hate on here impressive, he seems to be listening as he build nicely in that half, Mane nutmeg was sex at the end there.

  10. Mr Serge

    Eddie is going to be good he just needs games he should go on loan and have a season of regular footy
    It will do him a world of good

  11. MidwestGun

    Yep.. Bat.. And I think we are trying. Just taking time .. most likely because we are trying to get the best deal with no money.

  12. Sanmi

    Arsenal should.only sign players that want to join the project. Dont entice them with huge pay, because that’s how we end up with overpaying dross. Target top4, dont start aiming for title challenge. Dont overpay Partey, there are no guarantees. For now, just be hard to beat in top6 games, and blow most bottom teams away, you’ll get top 4. It’s that simple

  13. Batistuta


    Yea as much as we’d want us to have it sorted early, I really do hope we sort the midfield positions as best we can. We already look very okay in other positions that don’t necessarily need immediate fixing

  14. MidwestGun

    All good so far. Hasn’t been a midfield battle. Using wingback and wingers to create goals and chances and midfield is just defending.

  15. Sanmi

    We are playing 352, midfield is not really needed.
    Xhaka and Elneny have both done their jobs so far, which is defend. Creativity is up to the wide men

  16. Sanmi

    Martinelli’s position in arteta team is on the wings, he is the backup to Auba, Nketiah is the backup to laca

  17. Champagne Charlie

    “I have always said Elneny is better than Xhaka. I do not see what makes Xhaka better.“

    😂😂😂😂😂 what a fucking comment.

    Dani Ceballos tweeting out his support for us and watching the game on his iPad, interesting.

  18. S+Asoa

    After his first skyward shot Niketiah seems to have given up on being a Striker Giving on all options to shoot or get into position

  19. MidwestGun

    Auba is electric today.. everytime he gets the ball in space .. almost expect him to score.

    Anyhow.. Great save by Martinez.

  20. Leedsgunner

    One game playing in a charity shield and suddenly Elneny is the answer is he?

    Some of us really need to raise our ambition and think bigger than making judgments based on isolated games…

    Elneny is nowhere good enough for Arsenal.

    Sell him to Wolves for £10m and keep AMN.

  21. gazzap

    I didn’t think Ceballos was coming back at all. I hear that one was dead.
    Elneny will only be allowed to go if we sign probably two midfielders. Torreira and Ceballos will leave. Elneny is OK. People hate on him too much.

  22. Pierre

    Eddie playing against possibly the best centre back pairing in Europe and doing pretty well and getting slated by his own supporters ..

    Could only happen on Le Grove .

  23. Guns of SF

    Ceballos is much better than Elneny.
    No comparison

    If we lose Dani we need that level or better. Mo is not going to cut it.

  24. Pierre

    Have to say, I’m impressed with the team, manager , players and tactics .

    Good job it was all “hyperbole” from me yesterday when I suggested we may be in for hiding.

  25. Dream10

    Red card challenge from Naby

    Maitland-Niles 1v1 defending ability is world class. Only Wan-Bissaka is at his level in PL

  26. CG

    If Klopp has won the league championship and European Cup with this rabble, he really is one of the all time great mangers.

    Liverpool aint winning it for another 30.

    Arsenal will ease this out 2 zero.
    No one scores against our Argentinian.

    Martinez is better than Allison.
    £10 million ???

  27. Guns of SF

    What does Soares give us that Bellerin doesnt?

    Both are shit…. that RB is a red flag….

    Need a serious upgrade there

  28. Radio Raheem

    No Ceballos no problem.

    I’ll take this 5-2-3 everyday as long as it delivers results. If we win this think we could be Liverpool’s bogie team?

  29. vickingz

    We can’t win with this front three, this is one of my problem with arteta, he’s always hoping for things to work out the way he set it up, his in game management is meeh

  30. Marko

    For all the plaudits Mikel gets it has to be said he’s really poor with his substitutions. Barely anything of note from Saka and Nketiah this second half and with Pepe and Smith Rowe on the bench and here we are 74 minutes in and no sub

  31. Champagne Charlie

    Liverpool coming into it more, they’re fitter at this stage.

    Big season for Pepe ahead, been quiet on him all summer. Wonder if he’s put on any muscle?

  32. TheLegendaryDB10

    Ah for fuck’s sake. How to let ‘Pool of piss back in.

    Southampton were convinced that Soares would be sold to a Championship team. That was the level they were seeing him at.

    Yet we decide that he is good for us. This is where Raul needs to explain this. He is on a 5 year contract. Another player we are going to find difficult to shift.

  33. andy1886

    Game doesn’t matter remember? TBH we’ve played decently win lose or draw (before pens). So overall it’s fine.

  34. Guns of SF

    Bad management.
    Needed subs like Nelson someone who can carry the ball and make something…
    This persistence with Nketiah it utter bullshit artea

  35. Wengaball

    This is Arsenal? Playing with ten men behind the ball and can’t get the ball past the half line? And people call that tactics?

    Sauce my foot.

  36. Dissenter

    ‘’Big season for Pepe ahead, been quiet on him all summer. Wonder if he’s put on any muscle?’’

    This is not the typical summer preseason. There’s no time t have put on more muscle.
    Just hope he comes back fit and rested.

  37. Chris

    Another great stop from Martinez, at this point his form should lead to him remaining as number one until injury or a drop in form.