Can kids lead the way with chance creation solve?

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A QUICK POST FROM ME TODAY.

I know we’ve been here before, but anyone dropping HOUSSEM SIGNS exclusives that is a random twitter handle or someone that has NEVER had a story in their life… is lying… or taking the weird guy at the end of the bar a little too seriously.

No intermediaries are calling up a random Twitter handle called @GOONERTVLEGIT to update him on the deal. Watching these outright liars correct each other on their stories is twilight zone stuff.

No one from Arsenal calls up a new website with logistics of a player deal.

My questions is this: Why do fans engage with it every year?

It is a game of hedging. You feel out where the wind is blowing, then you make a bet. If it lands, everyone thinks you are legitimate. If you don’t, no one forgets you told a big lie.

I’d like to see the study of young men around the globe that pretend to be transfer savants. What is the driving force? Clearly, it’s not being attractive to prospective partners. How much of it do they believe themselves? Is it a disorder?

Maybe it’s so attractive because it’s an easy thing to be good at? Like, making a name in football analysis or scouting is really tough. It’s a lot of effort. It takes time for people to care. Being an ‘ITK’ is as simple as setting up a twitter handle called @ARSENALTRANSFERSPY and firing out a rumour or two.

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Nothing really seemed to move that hard through official channels yesterday.

The most exciting rumblings circled around players exiting Arsenal. Bild reckon Leverkusen has struck an 11m euro deal for Kola. That is outrageous money if you ask me, I can’t believe they’ll pay that, but it’s huge regardless. That’s another £120k a week off the wage bill.

Maitland-Niles has been linked with United, who are desperate for anyone to join them. I’d deal with them if they wanted to pay their customary £50m, not sure £22m to strengthen a rival makes sense (again).

Fabrizio, the transfer god all the kids want to be in 2020, reckons Torreira is in Madrid today to nail down his move there. Arsenal hoping for a perm deal, I suspect Edu is suggesting Partey as a way to make that a little easier. I truly hope Arsenal have gone this far for Partey with a fairly strong inkling we’ll land the Ghanaian. We’re certainly cutting our midfield reinforcement recruitment fine if not.

Houssem Auoar is getting so much fake DONE DEAL news because everyone senses this one is close. Aulas is in a bit of a frenzy in the media as he tries to humiliate Arsenal into paying more money for his star. What seems fairly clear is that he can’t shake the giants of Europe into the battle for his star man. That leaves our £40m on the table… which in a global pandemic, probably looks quite good.

Interesting that Aulas cited the Pepe deal as proof we can go higher… no mate, that’s the reason we can’t go higher. What a waste of cash that is looking right now.

Talking of wasted cash… will Soares become a thing at some point, or are we just accepting that was the last gasps of a falling regime? He’s back in training, so let’s see.

I was also pondering Arteta and his ‘project’ mentality with players. He’s a little like the teen romance flicks where a girl takes on a ‘geek’ and makes him a total stud. When he was at City, his projects were Sane and Sterling. Donald Glover and Michael B Gordan in spectacles. He was coaching raw talent to greatness. Now his projects are a little uglier but he’s still gunning for them. He’s making players like Mo Elneny better, but the ceiling is low. Is his luxurious upbringing blurring his reality with some of these players?

I don’t know.

I think his coaching has made great improvements. The players want to win, they are holding each other and themselves accountable, and they fight until the bitter end. What it can’t do is stamp out the mistakes. We have the same collection of players as we did last year, those issues won’t go away that easily.

Also, our creativity and shot production is painfully low because the starting 11 hasn’t really changed. If we don’t create, does there come a point where we look at the system again? Lacazette is a weak link. Saka has been a chance creation kind of player. Will there be a moment in time when we try something new with the front three to unlock more?

These two midfielders that we’ll hopefully sign will make a big difference. Not just because they’ll be great as a pair, but because they offer us up a variety of different combinations that’ll give us more as a squad. Hopefully, those two unlock more creativity, give more variety in our shape, and make teams see us in a different light.

We don’t have them yet and we have another round with Liverpool FC at Anfield tomorrow evening. This game might be a little fairer. We’ll play a blend of youth and senior players and so will Liverpool. The game was 5-5 last year, so it’ll be interesting to see who has the better kids.

Eddie should lead the line. I expect to see Joe Willock back in that double pivot again. We’ll get to see what all the fuss about Saliba is, maybe next to Gabriel who has been impressive so far this season. Will we see some of the other kids? Azeez? Patino? BALOGUN? RUNAR?

What I’m hoping is there is some kid that is going to act as an understudy to Aouar this season. Surely, just one creative player for the season isn’t the plan?

So many possibilities.

Let’s hope we put on a show. I’ll join you for a podcast tomorrow. See you in the comments.

381 Responses to “Can kids lead the way with chance creation solve?”

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  1. Champagne charlie

    “I don’t know you can interject goalkeeper and Leno in the middle of a discussion about U23 strikers.“

    The comment I replied to was about comparing an under 23 midfield to the first team. Clearly you missed that.

    “We all knew that you had an unhealthy love for Xhaka, but it looks like it now extend to Leno as well.”

    Gaslighting Val is the best Val. My view of Xhaka is balanced, said he’d be important to Arteta and in came Arteta and proved just that. Now I have an unhealthy love for Leno simply by rejecting your ridiculous view of him? Hilarious.

    It’s Valentins world and the rest just live in it I guess.

  2. Tee

    Val,
    I’m in agreement with your stance on not buying for just buying sake.

    We can’t keep stocking up the team with plan B buys just because we have to buy. We also don’t need mainly potentials in all the positions in the team but players who can do the job right away in some positions like our midfield. Which is why I’m hoping we can get partey and Aouar

  3. Marko

    keep the gunpowder dry for January when the economic realities would have the selling clubs harder.

    I don’t know if you just started following football or not but keeping your money for the January transfer window is by far one of a dumbest things a football fan can say. Not only are you gambling with your season as a whole but January windows are notoriously difficult and rarely busy and especially before a major international tournament months later. It’s just not worth talking about

  4. Batistuta

    Had the feeling a few days back we were done with incomings and it looks that way at the moment, nothing concrete seems to be on the table and we’re not one to be quiet about our transfer dealings. Shame though but that’s where we are.

    Agree though that we have to find a way to integrate Guen and Ozil back in, nothing they’ve done suggests it’s so bad they can’t get a look in considering some of the bland options we’ve got in their position

  5. Valentin

    CC

    I must had imagined your comment.

    “Looks a lot like it, under 18 goalkeeper is better than Leno too I’d imagine.”

    Nowhere in any of the previous comment goalkeepers were mentioned.

  6. Champagne charlie

    Woab

    I know, can’t help but smile at some of the weird spite written in these parts. When the club/coach is getting genuine praise from all corners of the football world you have to scratch your head that such misery exists on an Arsenal platform lol

  7. Ishola70

    Tee

    Just remember Arsenal had those cup wins by basically abandoning the midfield. Defending deep, having no notion of actually competing in central midfield and hitting long and on counters.

    This can work in one-off cup matches even against the best but is unlikely to cut it week in, week out in the EPL.

    And you are a big boy now Tee. Have some thoughts of your own rather than blandly towing the club line.

    How boring this blog would be if we just had posts towing the club line which you just gave out.

    Arsenal should be able to improve on this present midfield without throwing 50 million on two players. It’s that average.

  8. Tee

    “clubs harder.I don’t know if you just started following football or not but keeping your money for the January transfer window is by far one of a dumbest things a football fan can say”

    Which money is this one even talking about? Is it the one we are need to sell before we can buy or am I missing something here?

    We are finding it difficult to generate cash for this window meaning there might be nothing to spend next window.

  9. Marc

    WOAB

    Yes they are – I just don’t want to have to listen to 101 excuses that will be fabricated rather than the truth being laid out. My “double standards” issue isn’t just about what’s been said it’s what will be said and keeps being said.

  10. Marko

    I still think Aouar’s coming in fact I imagine you could hear something breaking at any moment but Partey or a plan B to him is dead silence at the moment. Which is a worry

  11. Words+on+a+Blog

    Cc

    What you need to understand is that not only do posters like GoH and CG know more about football than you, they understand the game better than frauds like Klopp, Gary Neville, and Pep G.

  12. DigitalBob

    Congrats to Saka on making the England squad, justifiably ready to be playing for the seniors at this stage in his career. He also seems a very sensible lad so highly unlikely we see any Foden/Greenwood-like headlines during the international break.

    Aouar will be signing I feel. Lyon have the replacement in place and have dropped the asking price so it’s probably just the finer details being ironed out that are holding that one up.

    Not surer what to make of LT only going to Atletico on loan with no obligation to buy, one hopes it’s a hefty loan fee that’s used with whatever finances we have left to seal the Partey transfer.

  13. Champagne charlie

    Val

    That’s what the word “imagine” means, you were telling Marko about how the u23 midfield was superior to the first team. I’m musing that by that logic too there’ll be an u18 goalkeeper floating about who betters Leno – such is your flair for the dramatic when talking of players you don’t rate.

  14. Valentin

    Marc,

    I was never married with Sven, but you were eulogising Raul.

    Not all of Sven buy may not work out, but we will not lose money on them, whilst I can’t find a single Raul’s signing that we have not either regretted from a football perspective of financial one.

    RAUL:
    Lichsteiner
    Dennis Suarez
    Pepe
    Sokratis (over Sven opinion who wanted Söyüncü)
    Luiz
    Willian
    Mari
    Cedric
    Elneny pay rise (after Wenger had tried to sell him for a year)
    Xhaka pay rise

    SVEN:
    Aubameyang
    Guendouzi
    Mavrapanos
    Leno (who if you are honest will remember that I was pretty much against from get go)
    Kolasinac (this one is as bad as Lichsteiner, but if we sell him for £11 millions will end up cheaper).

  15. Champagne charlie

    Woab

    Loud and clear, I’m here to learn from all the students of the game and how 8th place beckons for us once more.

  16. Tee

    “How boring this blog would be if we just had posts towing the club line which you just gave out”

    You are bitching guy.
    This isn’t a matter of towing club line but facing the reality on ground except.

    You can’t scold past administrations for wasting our capital resources on dross then be saying one is towing the club line “we need to sell to buy”

    What is even your drift here? I see nn other than a poster who can’t help but bitch

  17. TR7

    ‘RAUL:
    Lichsteiner
    Dennis Suarez
    Pepe
    Sokratis (over Sven opinion who wanted Söyüncü)
    Luiz
    Willian
    Mari
    Cedric
    Elneny pay rise (after Wenger had tried to sell him for a year)
    Xhaka pay rise’

    Only the free transfers (Luiz/Willian) turned out to be good but again both of them would anyway have joined Arsenal.

  18. Matt

    As usual, it has got to the stage of the transfer window where most Arsenal fans would welcome any new signings and I include Auoar in that, who I do actually think will sign. However, I cant help but see him being another player who will be great when we are comfortably on top of games, but who will disappear in the tougher games – a trait that far too many of our players have already!

  19. Marc

    Valentin

    Your lies reach new levels of cuntishness – are you capable of telling the truth? You accuse others of gaslighting you? How the fuck can someone who has no connection with reality be gaslighted?

    Kolas signed July 2017

    Mislintat joined November 2017.

    Kolas has never been mentioned as a Sven signing until all of a sudden there’s a rumour we might get some money for him.

    You really need to see a medical professional, either that or it’s just a personality defect.

  20. Valentin

    CC,

    So you were just interjecting goalkeeper and Leno to make a point in a U23 striker discussion.
    Like I said unhealthy obsession on an unmentioned player.

    Of course the U23 teams is better than their senior counterpart relative to their League. One had won the Premiership 2 the previous season while one failed to qualify for the Champion’s League.

    It was clear that the point I was making is that Falogun receives much better balls while playing at U23 level than he would at senior level. Hence his stats looking phenomenal. Put him in a team where the striker never receive the ball on the shoulder of the last defender and see how his stats will suddenly tank.

    I see now that me teaching the concept of U23 football to your new best friend Marko, affected your reasoning skills.

  21. Ishola70

    Tee

    It is you who are not facing reality.

    Arsenal have an absolutely achingly average midfield.

    They should be able to improve on it without just going down a path of looking to buy two players for 50 million pounds each. There shuld be other avenues to look at for improving such a midfield.

    I know this offends you but this is the reality.

  22. Marc

    Ishola

    He’s gone I couldn’t give a shit about him – my concern is who’s in charge at the moment and the job they’re doing.

    They get Aouar and Partey and as far as I’m concerned we’ve had a decent window – we don’t get any CM’s and they’ve been negligent in their jobs. What we can’t do is make excuses for them, it’s never happened before why should it happen now?

  23. Tee

    “Sokratis (over Sven opinion who wanted Söyüncü”

    Soyuncu’s case was that of a player who categorically said he would rather go to a team where play time is guaranteed (though ended up with less play time in his first season at Leicester). If my memory serves me right, most posters in here were of the believe we need to buy sokratis an established international instead of soyuncu a potential

  24. Marko

    Marc just don’t. You’ll get threatened with a ban for “bullying” once he turns all bitch tits cause someone’s calling him out on his bullshit. Best way to combat Val when he gets like this is to just forget it.

  25. CG

    Words

    “”””””Cc What you need to understand is that not only do posters like GoH and CG know more about football than you, they understand the game better than frauds like Klopp, Gary Neville, and Pep G.””””””

    If you take as face value what Klopp said.

    “””””Tonight will be hard – super hard. Again, without sounding like an #Arsenal fan, I really love their squad & I love what they do at the moment”””””

    What does he actually like about Arsenal’s squad?

    the x 9 Center backs?
    the ponderous midfield?
    the ageing and highly rewarded front line?
    the fact we have let Martinez go over Leno in goal?

    As for what we are doing?

    Only Albion have had fewer shots on the opposition goal this season.
    Only x 4 teams in the prem, have had fewer shots on their goal than Arsenal.

    Klopp, if memory serves me right-was saying exactly the same thing about Clown Emery after he smashed Arsenal 5 -1 last year.

    he is playing the game and you are falling for one of the oldest trick in the books,

    (ps. i bet Klopp is not so patronising to Carlo Ancellotis Everton)

  26. Champagne charlie

    Val

    Obsession with Leno now? What was Xhaka? An unhealthy affection for him or something?

    Is that seriously the only tact you have on this place when folk challenge your POV?

    I’ve an obsession with Leno suddenly…meanwhile you just outed the fact you never wanted him since he signed and you’ve been cheerleader in chief with the whole Martinez vs Leno debate. There’s zero objectivity in your views here, zero.

    You’re done with that leg Val, move onto the other one for the love of god haha Jesus Christ.

  27. Valentin

    Marc,

    Again if you think that Sven did not make any recommendation before he joined you are seriously mistaken. But if you want to remove Kolasinac from Sven purchase, I have no problem with that. Please note that I had put him as a bad buy anyway!

    Remind me again which Raul’s purchase has been a great success!
    You were wrong on Emery, wrong on Raul but still try to blame it on Sven.

  28. Ishola70

    Marc

    “What we can’t do is make excuses for them, it’s never happened before why should it happen now?”

    Yeah shouldn’t be excuses.

    If not one midfielder comes in then that is continuing negligence of an area of the side which we have seen for years now.

    Not good enough.

    Saucy Teets can only do so much. He doesn’t shit golden nuggets.

  29. Marko

    Of course the U23 teams is better than their senior counterpart relative to their League.

    You mentioned nothing about being relative to the league you said something stupid backed it up by directly referencing the senior players and then tried to worm yourself out of the ridiculous thing you said. Text book val.

    I see now that me teaching the concept of U23 football

    Major lol 😂 you haven’t thought anyone shit ever except that you bullshit with some of the best anonymous people out there on the internet.

  30. China1

    Sven Raul gazidis and wenger were all negative influences on arsenal in the last 5 years

    Who was worse than who etc doesn’t matter much. We can chuck emery on that dumpster heap as well as several players too but I digress

    Arsenal have been wank for ages, things starting to look brighter now tho at least.

  31. Emiratesstroller

    I do not understand the logic of loaning Torreira to Athletico Madrid unless we are being offered a similar deal with Partey coming in the opposite direction.

    What is the benefit of such an arrangement apart from getting the player off the payroll when
    we need money and more importantly to strengthen our midfield.

  32. Freddie Ljungberg

    “RAUL:
    Lichsteiner
    Dennis Suarez
    Pepe
    Sokratis (over Sven opinion who wanted Söyüncü)
    Luiz
    Willian
    Mari
    Cedric
    Elneny pay rise (after Wenger had tried to sell him for a year)
    Xhaka pay rise

    SVEN:

    Aubameyang
    Guendouzi
    Mavrapanos
    Leno (who if you are honest will remember that I was pretty much against from get go)
    Kolasinac (this one is as bad as Lichsteiner, but if we sell him for £11 millions will end up cheaper).”

    Holy fuckstick, this list is dumb as fuck.
    You forgot to give Sven credit for Tierney and Saliba again btw to really crank up the stupidometer to 11.

  33. Marko

    But if you want to remove Kolasinac from Sven purchase, I have no problem with that.

    A concession but not an admittance of a lie. I take it back he’s a good bloke

  34. Tee

    “They should be able to improve on it without just going down a path of looking to buy two players for 50 million pounds each. There shuld be other avenues to look at for improving such a midfield”

    Since you are the one who knows the true state of things in the club, I will appreciate it if you can give me an expert (that you are) insight into how things should have gone.

    No one is saying the midfield is okay, which is why we are looking to go for upgrades to what we have.

    It’s one thing for you to start throwing names around and another thing to scold those in charge if these players end up disappointing in performance.

    Any poster scolding either Raul or Sven over the sokratis/soyuncu transfers should come up with his past posts recommending soyuncu instead of sokratis.

  35. Marko

    You forgot to give Sven credit for Tierney and Saliba again

    He’s even forgetting about previous lies. You hate to see it

  36. China1

    Man I need another holiday to shanghai

    Such a brilliant city. Elite quality coffee shops eeeeeeverywhere

    Shits all over Tianjin where I live

  37. Ishola70

    Emiratesstroller
    “I do not understand the logic of loaning Torreira to Athletico Madrid unless we are being offered a similar deal with Partey coming in the opposite direction.”

    It’s probably the player himself.

    He is/was an international player. He wants first team football to keep in the spotlight and he is not getting that at Arsenal now.

    People always underestimate player power in these instances.

    Torreira most probably wants definite out at Arsenal and is pushing hard for it and he isn’t going to give a shit if Arsenal get some money for him or not in this window is he.

  38. China1

    Marc I dunno if there’s no obligation to buy or unless the loan fee is surprisingly significant I’ll be disappointed with that

    Atletico are giving it all the billy big bollocks with partey even though they’re skint and need the money but when it comes to players they want they will play the poverty card and try and get a cheap deal

    Imo can’t have it both ways. They either work with us on a torreira + cash swap for partey or they can go fuck themselves

  39. China1

    Is loaning torreira to Atletico is presumably a separate deal from us signing partey – so unless we can find the spare cash for partey after signing Aouar (genuinely possible we won’t manage it) then we could end up loaning torreira to them and failing to sign partey which would make us look like (and be) right mugs

  40. Marc

    China

    It’s not a deal I’d accept unless there are unknown / unseen benefits. Personally if it’s a piss poor loan deal with no option etc I’d let one of the Italian teams have the same as a fuck you to AM if we can’t get a sale.

    The truth is we’re in a position where our window is being run by 2 people who have no track record for us to fall back on.

  41. Ernest Reed

    “Agree though that we have to find a way to integrate Guen and Ozil back in, nothing they’ve done suggests it’s so bad they can’t get a look in considering some of the bland options we’ve got in their position”

    On Guen, if his attitude improves then certainly look to re-integrate him.

    From an Ozil perspective, its obvious that he’s at a point of no return, He’s going to be paid regardless, but equally he has shown no desire to put in the required work effort on a sustained basis. Why should he try, he’s pretty much been this way for some time now. Most importantly, is this the attitude that you want from a Lead by Example perspective? For all of Ozil’s so-called natural abilities, its beyond obvious that he sorely lacks work ethic, desire and hard work as natural attributes. In honest terms, he’s a waste of space.

  42. Ernest Reed

    Without actually being in the room with Arsenal management, its somewhat disconcerting that on one hand Atletico want Torreira on their terms and yet they also want Partey on their terms. When exactly did Arsenal allow this supposed situation to happen? The optics are ridiculous to be man handled in this manner. No wonder transfers take forever!

  43. Valentin

    Marc,

    You were the one who gave credit to Raul for Tierney where himself admitted that Arsenal had bid for him a year before Raul had joined us.

    You were also the one attributing Saliba to Raul when it was clear he was a Sven idea. He had tried to purchase him for his previous club.

    You were so enamoured with Raul that any bad purchase was systematically attributed to Sven. Even after he left you are still trying to defend that shyster.

  44. Leftside

    The guys at Arsenal took an age to announce Auba’s contract extension and took forever last year to announce Luiz, Tierney (deadline day although we chased Tierney throughout the window) and Pepe (to the point people on here thought the deal had fell through).

    They take their time with these things and seemingly don’t mind operating in high time. That’s the only glimmer of hope I can hold onto.

  45. Red Army

    Hmmmm i really want to go to Shanghai…for its coffee shops!!

    Come on China I know you’re a married man but that’s such weak sauce it’s almost water.

  46. Ishola70

    Obviously people want the Torreira deal to be linked with Partey but as China says it may be that it is just a sepreate deal and has nothing to do with Partey.

    Torreira had a few clubs that were interested in him. A couple from Italy and Atletico Madrid.

    If he does go on loan though this will show that this is just about the will of his agent and the player himself to get out of Arsenal and get the first team football he wants or more chance of first team football.

  47. MLC

    If torreira is on his way to atletico, and we dont manage to sell some players and bring someone, this transfer window will end really unbalanced

  48. Red Army

    Both Partey and Aouar will be signed. It’s been all
    window and with all the noise happening it’s nailed on.

    The clubs can act tough in public but Aulas will accept a fee lower than he wants and us loaning them Torreira is a nice way to grease the wheels.

    Will everyone just calm the fuck down?

    The whining and the woe is me comments are horrendous to read.

  49. salparadisenyc

    Sounds like Suarez has played a part in Atletico interest, endorsing his International compatriot.. also recommended him to Raul for his move to Arsenal.

  50. Kaz

    @Red Army

    We all want to believe you but this isn’t Chelsea, this is Arsenal. We aren’t known for being good in our TW for a reason.

  51. Samesong

    Feisty Le grove.

    Are we preparing. for a loss tonight ‘And I told you so brigade”

    Or confident of a win?

  52. Valentin

    The worry with Aouar is the fact that Lyon only wants to sell two players so close to the deadline. With Memphis Depay departure to Barcelona already agreed (Barcelona just need to sell a few players to get the cash), that leave only one departure.

    In Lyon’s plan the Jeff was viewed as Aouar long term replacement, but he has had a fallen out with Rudy Garcia. With Hertha Berlin having a bid accepted by the club for the Jeff (who has not yet accepted the bid) that could mean Lyon decide to keep Aouar for one extra year.

    That indecision and attempt to land two players (Auoar and Partey) at the same time could end up costing us both players.

  53. Champagne charlie

    Samesong

    Can’t say I’m that invested in the competition, arguably be better off out of it with the squashed season ahead and a EL football schedule.

    So with that said I’d like to see how the likes of Gabriel, Saliba and co. travel to Anfield. Is Mari fit yet? Be nice to see him get minutes under his belt if so. Just looking to see the fringe players making a shout for first team action honestly.

    Bit like Carling Cup sides of yesteryear, interested to see the yute emerge a bit…..and for a Carlos Vela hat trick.

  54. Marc

    “Are we preparing. for a loss tonight ‘And I told you so brigade”

    Wouldn’t have thought so – most are expecting a combination of fringe and youth players.

    The only way I expect a full on meltdown is if we put out a full strength team get some injuries to key players and still lose to Liverpool’ s reserves.

  55. karim

    The worry with Aouar is the fact that Lyon only wants to sell two players so close to the deadline.

    Except Aulas said in the following sentence ( the one you did not mention ) :
    «If we lose 3 players, we will find appropriate replacements »

  56. CG

    Sal

    “”””Sounds like Suarez has played a part in Atletico interest, endorsing his…””””

    So. ( I think, I have this right) Ath Madrid who have CL money for for the forthcoming season – get Torreira on loan.( and who also can afford the likes of Luiz Suarez etc)

    And yet Arsenal who have no CL money this season are expected to shell out £50 million for 28 year old Partey?

    Thats a novel way of outsmarting the market.

    When will Stan start sacking these buffoons in charge!!!!??

  57. Graham62

    It’s funny how Arsenal fans are getting so wound up by players who aren’t actually at the club and yet they have a rather blasé attitude when it come to us allowing one of our most important assets to depart to another club.

    It don’t add up.

  58. kristoman

    I still feel Arteta isn’t the right guy for this job. He’s too defensive even against lower opposition. His FA cup win is just papering over the cracks. Arsenal have dropped the most points from winning position in the league since we appointed Arteta.
    Wigan beat mancity to win the FA cup but were still relegated so a good cup run doesn’t mean anything in the grand scheme of things. Top 4 more important.
    His league record against the big 5 isn’t dissimilar from Emery’s record. In 7 league games against the big 5 Arteta has won 2, lost 4 and draw once, how is that different from Arsenal under Emery?
    With all the players at his disposal he should be doing more than parking the bus every game. Arsenal had one touch in the Liverpool 18yard box in the first half & that’s down to Arteta tactics.

    can anyone disprove this?

  59. Thorough

    Are we cursed with this coaches who are he’ll bent on proving to everyone that they are wiser than us all?