ARSENAL PUT SOMETHING ON THE LAST DAY (BUT DO WE WANT IT?)

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Ain’t nothing I love to see more in the game than Arsenal stealing a win in the final minutes of a game.

Why?

It shows our players are still fighting when the season is dead.

It shows that in fact, we are capable of scoring goals and creating chances.

It feels good, after a season of having those sorts of moments going the other way.

Roy Hodgson’s last game in charge was a tough one to analyse. We controlled the game playing some nice football early on, the passing was slick, Palace couldn’t get out of the own area.

Then we scored. Saka and Tierney combined beautifully, the Englishman back heeling for KT to cross to the back stick where Nico was prowling with a perfect volleyed strike with his weaker foot. Pure Arsenal, the type of goal Arteta wakes up to after a deep bout of REM sleep.

Arsenal then fell back into a familiar pattern. We took our foot off the gas. We let Palace have a crack. This wasn’t helped by the general violent conduct of the Palace players. Benteke swiped at Mo, somehow managing to avoid a red card. A little late, Nico bodged a touch, Partey fouled, the freekick was whipped into the box and Benteke fouled two players on his way to a diving header that drew the game level.

Did it not feel like the officials were angling for a nice last game for Roy?

The tougher the ask, the harder Arsenal players fall back on the patterns of player we aren’t really that good at right now. We created very little. Everyone looked like they were remembering the instructions a little late. Palace were eating up the predictability of it all.

Arteta did make changes though, he brought on Odegaard and Martinelli. It helped. Mike McDonald wrote that there needed to be a rebellion in the system and it happened. Odegaard slipped a beautiful inswinger to the backpost where Martinelli gambled and bundled the ball home.  Then Nico Pepe took command with a mazy power run that ended with a beautifully curled low shot. A £72m goal if ever there was one.

Some performances of note:

Nico Pepe. He’s a weird player. His G/A this season sits at 17. He’s scored some great goals. But at the same time, you can see why he causes frustration. His poor touch led to the freekick they scored from. He rarely takes the ball on a run. His first instinct is always to stop play, have a think, pass it backwards. I’d love him to be more consistently explosive.

Auba had a poor afternoon. Hard to go at him, he had malaria, which is a rough, rough thing to deal with. But overall he looked well off the pace again, he’s not taking chances on balls, he’s not making good runs and his holdup play is nowhere near what we get with Lacazette. His game is one of an assassin, hiding in the box and poaching, not sure why Arteta tries to make him come deep, it’s not his game and never will be. Bigger question: Does he want to be here? It’s one we tend to ask after every game. If he does, there’s a lot of work to do next season to make him work in the system, Arteta can’t keep asking things of players that don’t have it in them.

A lot of people were moaning about Thomas Partey. I don’t hate his game. I think he’d be a lot better if he wasn’t the singular driving force for creating openings. But, I still prefer him into the starting 11 than out of it. His form will improve, he’s very press resistant, he just needs to reduce some of that high-risk behaviour. He’s a bit Hollywood with his passing, but in a system fairly accused of being too rigid, he’s a breath of fresh air for his speed of thought and mostly on-point delivery.

Martin Odegaard has been up and down, but his talent for unpicking defences and opening up space with his movement has been a miss since his injury. He’s a different level on the ball, we don’t have a player that can break down a team the way he can, I think it’d be a huge add if we could land him next season. Let’s be honest, he’s not changing the fortunes on Real Madrid, but he certainly could ours given a proper run at the first team.

I had a lot of heart for some of that cover game from Gabriel. Another player who dealt with a horrendous virus, only to come back flustered. He has great pace, he’s powerful, he just needs to iron out some of the reckless in his game that has made him look a bit all over the place this year.

Final shoutout goes to Bernd Leno. Fast distro, good saves, totally dominant in his box against monster opposition. I’d prefer if we didn’t lose him this summer. He’s had a rough year, but if the club sorts the keeping personnel issues in the background, perhaps he can hang on. Though it’s worth noting… he has 2 years left on his deal, has shown no intention to sign, so technically, he should be getting sold this summer. Let’s see where this goes.

Actually, final shoutout goes to the fans. Kieran Tierney has probably never felt better about being booed. Football is better with fans, yesterday, it was a pleasure to hear the singing and the overall joy from the fans. Life is returning to normal. I couldn’t be happier.

Back to the bigger picture.

Game won. That’s 4 wins on the bounce. This is the table since we added creative players to the squad.

It has been a very rough season for a number of reasons. The Europa League collapse, based on what happened earlier in the season would have seen most coaches fired, but it has been clear for a while that Stan K is trying to replicate the good vibes he’s getting with a young innovative coach in America at LA Rams.

Arteta is here to stay, so people have to stop crying about it and look for positive signs of life.

That table above is a positive sign. It’s 62% if the season. If you are choosing to prioritise the first 38% to get to the truth of whether this project is viable, you are being disingenuous.

Over that period, we have the second-best defence over that time period, the third most goals, second-most points.

That’s Champions League form. If we’d been half the mess we were at the start of the season, which was still bad, we’d be in the top four right now.

Are there problems to solve? Absolutely. Arteta is a rookie coach, people complaining that he’s getting things wrong don’t seem to grasp that concept, or that it’s part of the deal. They also seem to forget the plethora of other coaches that are far more experienced than he is, managing equally bland seasons. Carlo A was hired a few days before Arteta at an expensively assembled Everton side that were 4 points behind where Freddie/Emery left us. He’s 1 point ahead of us. Mourinho, the most winningest manager in the world has left Spurs 2 points ahead of us, after a run at the title. Klopp, one of the best in the world, 8 points ahead on 66 after 99 points last season.

If we beat Brighton, at worst, we’ll be 9 points off 3rd come the end of the season. 9 points of a Chelsea side that was top last season, then added £250m worth of talent to their ranks. Again, I don’t keep on saying this because it’s an amazing feat, I say it because the context for this season for almost everyone is that playing football with no fans in a pandemic year has been a fucking nightmare across the board.

Then factor in our unusually nightmarish squad challenges… well, it’s not quite suicide watch like some would have you believe.

This summer, which needs to go very well, will add more players into the system that can do the things positional football demands. The defence will need to find more quality on the ball with a centre back and a right back. We’re going to need more than one Odegaard this summer, because we’re absolutely nowhere through the middle in big games. We’ll also need a top-quality midfielder, and if Arteta’s, ‘Who else plays as many teenagers as us? We can’t just put them all in’, is to be believed, then chances are we’ll not be looking at Camavinga this summer. I mean, I am totally guessing there.

The ideal scenario next season is one where we’re not constructing complex mechanisms to protect our weaknesses as a squad. That’s the dream. It’ll take a lot to get there, but it’s possible.

The hope for next season is simple… the benchmark level is what we’ve seen since Christmas, then after December, we find a new gear that looks more like the modern Arsenal we hope can exist under this manager.

So, the last game of the season has something on it. The chance to finish above Spurs and gain entrance into a European trophy no fan wants. At least it’ll be interesting.

Also, Harry Kane asks out at Spurs and all the media are begging Levy to let him go. Magic.

See you in the comments, podcasts return next week because I am not at home for the week.

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Bob N16

Again Valentin, I am not suggesting Xhaka(or any other slow CM) to partner Partey. I believe Partey will benefit from not having to ‘ dive in’ if he has a prtner who he can trust.

I’m also not advocating both FBs to bomb forward at the same time.

Otherwise, right you are!

Kroenkephobe

Hi Matt
If someone did that to me, I’d say ‘make me a fucking cup of tea then if I’m the man’ . Then I’d garotte him when he came back. Agree that he needs some smoke blowing up his ‘Aris’ (although I’m not volunteering).

When his confidence is up, his personality is infectious. And he clearly thrives on positive energy in the team.

China1

Cazorla that’s not true at all in emery’s unwanted run. It became the case as his tenure grew on and in the second season it was awful how open we were. But the performances in the first 15 odd games were not much like the performances later on. Holding and sok did a solid job until holding got injured. Torreira was winning plaudits for protecting the defense well and Guen also got some decent reviews in that period. If you look at a game like burnley we literally just bullied them and beat them out physically and restricted them, and… Read more »

DivineSherlock

The only data Pedro needs to look at is when it absolutely mattered this team under Arteta fucked up . Its on him . We even got lucky with Benfica . Every Arsenal fan , if he honestly asks himself will know that the football at display at times has been worse . There is no kind of philosophy at play . Even after adding creators we were struggling to break teams down . Aubaameyang lost his scoring touch under Arteta . Arteta himself doesnt know his best XI after a whole season in PL !

Matt

KP

I reckon Pepe is more of a herbal tea man.

If he could deliver over a sustained period what Mahrez does then I would take that all day long. Mahrez can come in and out of the team and it doesn’t seem to have any effect on his impact. Not sure whether the same can be said or Pepe and I don’t see him being a starter week in week out.

Jaroda

DivineSherlock – I think the point is that hopefully what has been ‘stumbled’ upon by Arteta as a solution to the shambles of the first 38% of the season carries on going forward. Will it?

DivineSherlock

Jaroda Thing is I dont even think thats the solution , is it ? If it was why change it against Villareal ? What were doing against Chelsea then , what was the plan there ? I get it he is a rookie manager but to not even have clear identity of how we want to play is damning . No clear Starting XI is evidence of that . Can you honestly say what our starting XI will be if our current squad is fully fit ? How will we lineup 433 / 4231 / 343 ? Its muddled thinking… Read more »

AFC Forever

Kroenkephoebe

You’ve gone for a bit of entertainment in that Leicester game. That should be good watching!

I just can’t see that Anfield crowd letting Palace win. I guess that was wishful thinking for the hub cap steelers to lose!!!!!

S Asoa

Read the Main finally If ever seen a case of Stockholm Syndrome – love 💕 for Arteta who has been destroying main values of Arsenal playing an enjoyable game ( bar the short Emery interregnum). Will say it again , we already have players who can challenge to 4th position, bar a left back understudy for Tierney, a back up goalkeeper. Clarifying we have Saliba who should be in the team, pairing with Gabriel, and the rest who Arteta has been perversely ostracising with “ not ready” bullshit which he has NEVER substantiated. Arteta is a con. No wonder 3-5… Read more »

Karsa

I’d like to see Saliba back next season and get some opportunities.

However I do think it’s a bit of a stretch to expect him to be the main man from the off. A more experienced right sided CB coupled with Saliba for rotation would be my preferred option.

S Asoa

It was enjoyable win, particularly the way all the 3 goals were taken – precise, opportunistic and wizardry.
But when we spent 1 hour dominating, but did not have a single shot at the goal, questions should be asked of Arteta. WTF have you organised ?

AFC Forever

Matt I think Pepe would perform well in a similar system to that prefered by Pep. That’s why I have said for months that will be the way Arteta will go. He is obviously familiar with that system from a coaching perspective because of his coaching role at City. As mentioned previously, in order to play that way you need more technically able players who can move the ball quickly and break lines while passing quickly. Giving Pepe the ball once a defence is set asks him to do too much, we need to get the ball to him quickly.… Read more »

S Asoa

Yes, Saliba is still raw ,because of last year history. But if no funds were to be available, we are not too bad.
Only a minimum of 5 million is to be paid to Arteta to buy a horse and ride into the wilderness. Cheapest solution

Karsa

Holding/Saliba and Gabriel/Mari would do for me at CB.

No extra outlay required.

S Asoa

Acknowledging JOSHUAD for the literary brilliance of putting things clearly in perspective “ brilliant ball from odegaard on the marti goal; very ozil-esque…or messi finding jordi alba at the back post. equal brilliance from pepe on his goals, particularly the third goal. all three goals were the result of individual brilliance. this is a good thing and a bad thing. the good is arsenal has players special enough to take lemons and make lemonade. the bad is that the players may have done what they did despite the manger, not because of him. the team’s overall performance was abject. crystal… Read more »

AFC Forever

Karsa “Holding/Saliba and Gabriel/Mari would do for me at CB” Yes. I said earlier that for all his talent Gabriel worries me. He falls over too easily. I expect my defenders, especially centre backs, to stand up and be bullies – not be bullied. Chambers doesn’t fall over, he stays upright and is happy to be physical, same with Holding. I prefer Mari, again he stays upright. Against Benteke, Gabriel chose to try to win a foul instead of trying to battle Benteke, just not acceptable. Saliba looks to be a strong lad and the real benefit with him is… Read more »

Sly

AFC
All the pointers are that arteta will be going down the moyes route
He’s a handbrake firmly on kind of coach
It takes cohones and vision to go in a Pep route

Matt

AFC

‘As mentioned previously, in order to play that way you need more technically able players who can move the ball quickly and break lines while passing quickly. Giving Pepe the ball once a defence is set asks him to do too much, we need to get the ball to him quickly.’

Spot on. You just hope that it is the vision that Arteta has.

Karsa

Nuno leaving Wolves at end of season.

AFC Forever

Divine “Aubaameyang lost his scoring touch under Arteta” His personal problems, poor attitude and late arrival to training caused that. His head is in the wrong place. There is no excuse for lack of effort, none at all, so we shouldn’t be looking for someone else to blame. It’s on him. Don’t forget, he was dropped for the NLD because of persistent lateness to training – this is the Captain FFS who is supposed to lead by example. We have a lot of young players, that behavior is unacceptable. He doesn’t have to get up at 5 or 6 in… Read more »

raptora

Kane: “Of course there’s always the option of maybe moving abroad one day but I don’t think that really interests me in the near future”
“When I watch De Bruyne play he’s a special, special player and some of the balls I see him put in for City are just a striker’s dream if I’m honest.”

Lol, I would hate to be in spuds place hearing their club’s icon dreaming about going to a rival club. Wonder how will City do with him in the squad if the transfer happens.

Matt

AFC You are once again spot on with this. ‘His personal problems, poor attitude and late arrival to training caused that. His head is in the wrong place. There is no excuse for lack of effort, none at all, so we shouldn’t be looking for someone else to blame. It’s on him.Don’t forget, he was dropped for the NLD because of persistent lateness to training – this is the Captain FFS who is supposed to lead by example. We have a lot of young players, that behavior is unacceptable. He doesn’t have to get up at 5 or 6 in… Read more »

Sly

I would contend that a lack of creativity from midfield also contributed to auba’s lack of scoring
He should have 1-2 seasons left in him if used and supported correctly

Sid

Having Steve round as his assistant, speaks volumes about Diet Peps mentality off field and in game.

Almuniasaynomore

Pierre I’m not sure if you are musically inclined,but I’ve put this to the tune of ‘the living years’ by mike and the mechanics. I truly hope it helps you find closure. An Ode to Ozil by Pierre I wasn’t there that morning When Ozil went away I didn’t get to tell him All the things I had to say I think I caught his spirit Later that same year I’m sure I heard his echo When Willian strolled in here I just wish I could have told him When we paid him 18mil a year Say it loud,say it… Read more »

Sly

Shaming a player in public doesn’t help either
Part of the much chronicled immaturity in man management

AFC Forever

“Spot on. You just hope that it is the vision that Arteta has”.

I’m certain it is. You have to remember he is familiar with that style from Wenger and Pep. To play that way you need players who can do it, Xhaka, Elneny & Ceballos can’t.

Jaroda

Looks like Nuno fancies taking over Spurs

Jaroda

And if Spurs don’t fancy Nuno, Roy and Big Sam are free.

Sly

Speaking of arteta’s pep discipleship
Pep has evolved again post MA departure
Wonder where that leaves us riding on his coat tail

CG

nuno out
wilder out
jose out
lampard out
woy woy out
big sam & bilic out

bayern munich manager out
PSG out
Dortmund out
Celtic out

arteta and failing flawed process to remain in.

You have no chance, when you have imbecilles in your org.

No Chance.

raptora

Very wild to assume that footballers are getting paid to do their hobby. It was a hobby for them maybe when they were 12-15 years old. After that it’s hard work after hard work. It takes determination, sacrifices, huge stress. I agree that the money some of them are getting are ridiculous but it’s real job job like any other. It’s like saying that gamers/streamers are paid to do their hobby when in reality gaming for 8-12 hours straight 6 days a week, stuff that your viewers want you to play but you are way over it day in day… Read more »

AFC Forever

Thanks, Matt

I hate players who don’t give a toss. I would roll over hot coals to play for Arsenal, with cooking oil on my testicles. You see Saka and ESR busting a gut and you really respect that, humble honest kids. I love those two lads, I would adopt them!!

raptora

Almuniasaynomore May 21, 2021 14:22:05

Epic!

AFC Forever

raptora “I wouldn’t agree that being a footballer/successful footballer is a hobby. Not at all.” Of course, it is. Sure, I take your point about the stresses and that but seriously? You telling me they don’t enjoy playing football, the medals the adulation, the sponsorship, the lifestyle. Retiring at 35 with the next 30 odd years doing nothing or a bit of pundity. Cushy. I played in the Isthmian League for a few seasons, decent non-league standard after injury forced me down the leagues. I used to get between £50 to £100 quid a game depending on performance. That was… Read more »

AFC Forever

To be fair to Nuno, losing Jimenez was catastrophic. What a player he is, very important to that team. If he’s recovered we should make a cheeky bid, I would take him.

Nuno to Spurs could be a thing and I wouldn’t want that. He’ll end up bringing in a load of top-quality Portuguese lads.

Sly

When you’re playing 2-3 90 minute games a week every week whether you feel Like it or not football is no longer a hobby
These guys play in pain all the time

Useroz

Most delivered what arteta did this season would have been sacked in most real life scenarios many on here articulate… people like arteta manages to stay could only happen in football and specifically arsenal when the owner is an football retard 🙄 however wealthy he might be. One more scenario to highlight the utter abuse of KPIs, tables, and stats… Can anyone impagine.. In the AGM of a MNC that the CFO or CEO announced a great result beating all analyst forecasts and most main competitors… Then, he or she elaborates the RoI , EPS etc are based upon Q3… Read more »

raptora

Man City were 9th at the end of November, after 9 rounds played.
Short after they won 15 EPL games in a row.

I can only imagine the scenes if Arteta was still there and City was to transform and absolutely dominate the local and possibly the European football.

No doubt he was going to get the accolades over here.

AFC Forever

Sly, take your point mate but come on this is a fucking well-paid job and expecting them to turn up every day on time isn’t exactly too much to ask. Is it?

AFC Forever

*every OTHER day on time.

AFC Forever

Pedro, I really hope not. They deserve Big Sam.

Judging by some of the comments in regards to Schalke terminating Mustafi’s contract, especially after Arteta tried to offer him a new deal last year, I highly doubt Arteta will last 2 months once fans are allowed properly back into games. I reckon at least 70% if not higher want Arteta gone .

Sly

AFC
True it’s the least we can expect

Sly

Pedro I heard they’re going for ten hag

Terraloon

SAF. who probably was right up there in terms of being a disciplinarian knew that some players just couldn’t stick to the rules . For instance Cantonna was treated differently to other players at Man Utd particularly the youngsters who came through their academy. Players aren’t machines and coaches have to find a way of nurturing, motivating and likely having to massage their egos. When PEA shipped up at Arsenal he didn’t come without rough edges so to expect him suddenly to become a saint would have been naive. Tuchal who managed PEA at Dortmund was full of compliments about… Read more »

Sly

Sly, it wasn’t the first time and there was other stuff going on behind the scenes like the covid test he missed before an away game in the Europa.Turning up on time is the bare minimum expectation to show that you respect everyone else. No excuses. Letting things like that go impacts all the other players that are watching

I have to agree with that
We don’t really have a purview to all the ongoings in the background and as a fan I do have a pretty myopic perspective

AFC Forever

Sly

Yep, you cannot let one player get away with stuff, it sets a terrible precedent. Especially when he’s the team captain!!!!

Anyone who thinks turning up late for training and games doesn’t have an impact on performance or the team is deluded. Discipline is essential.

Marc

“All the pointers are that arteta will be going down the moyes route
He’s a handbrake firmly on kind of coach
It takes cohones and vision to go in a Pep route”

Er actually first and foremost it take ability.

Sly

AFC
I agree, auba has a history in this respect and he and arteta were clearly getting on very well earlier in the season
Don’t think public shaming was the way to go tho

DivineSherlock

AFC forever

See how Tuchel managed him at Dortmund . Its how you deal woth problematic players . Arteta has no clue how to do that . Aubameyang was never penalised for Dortmund was he ? Where was that strictness when Willian fucked off to Dubai ?

Terraloon

AFC

I have had dealings with a couple of pro footballers and the worse thing you can do to a group of players is come down too hard on one of them.
There’s are bond between players that borders on contradiction.

Kaz

What I find amusing is that Arteta is fully supporting the Kroenke’s because he knows if EK came in, he would be out on his ass.

So we have the worst manager in Arsenal PL history in with the worst owners.

And some of our most celebrated legends trying to push EK.

Then you read some Le Grovers comments 😂

Says it all.

Marc

If Auba’s discipline is so bad and if people are asking Tuchel about it it’s not a this season thing then why did Arteta sign off on giving the guy a new contract and massive rise?

Every excuse attempted to say “It’s not Arteta’s fault it’s [INSERT EXCUSE HERE]” comes back to Arteta.

He is to Football management what Xhaka is to midfield – fucking awful.

DivineSherlock

Talking about discipline is all cool but when you do it selectively its just bullying. Trying to show off you are the big man .

Sly

All the pointers are that arteta will be going down the moyes route
He’s a handbrake firmly on kind of coach
It takes cohones and vision to go in a Pep route”Er actually first and foremost it take ability.

Now now Marc 😂😂

andy1886

AFCF – While you can blame Auba’s personal problems for his poor form to a certain extent (and everyone has problems at some point in their life) the lateness and alleged ‘bad attitude’ isn’t really something that is new as Tuchel outlined in the interview below: “That’s not his strength, to be absolutely on time,” Tuchel said. “He was pretty much the only one so when we wanted him to be on time, we just told him the meeting was 10.45 a.m. [when] the meeting was 11:00 a.m.. Then we had a good chance he is there with everybody else!… Read more »

AFC Forever

Terraloon “all he did was tell PEA that training or a team meeting was starting earlier than it was and by doing that simply thing he was more often than not there before the others.” Are you being serious? So all the players, except the Captain, are informed that team meetings are set for 10 am. The Manager swears them all to secrecy and tells Aubamayang it starts at 9.30 am. One man is bigger than the club and all the other players know it. The fact this ‘secrecy’ is somehow deemed possible, let alone a good idea, is pretty… Read more »

Marc

Sherlock

Bang on – Arteta’s got a serious case of little man syndrome.

Marc

Sly

I notice you didn’t disagree with me though!

Elmo

Useroz

You’ve just described vast swathes of the tech sector that have never made a profit, but have sky high valuations.

Complacency and greed know no bounds in an environment awash with liquidity.

DivineSherlock

Marc

Imagine Arteta handling Neymar xD
He would be sacked by the evening .

salparadisenyc

For the record we don’t want Ten Hag going to Spurs.

Marc

Sherlock

Arteta would be in trouble managing a litter of puppies where one of them is a little boisterous.

Sly

SlyI
I notice you didn’t disagree with me though!

🤷🏽‍♂️😂 I think he’s out of his depth

Sly

Ten Hag to Spurs will be a disaster

Marc

Sly

I’d like to see him in the depths with concrete boots.

salparadisenyc

Sly

Much prefer him here! Number 1 choice for Arteta replacement if/when that happens.

DivineSherlock

Marc

Such a shame that in all his career he was under Moyes , Wenger . Worked with Pep and all he chooses is to ape Mourinho .

Sly

We can laugh at Spurs all we want
They are ambitious tho
Can’t say the same for Arsenal

raptora

AFC Forever, Go argue with Tuchel. Like what? Guy said what he did, it’s probably how it was. Speak about Arteta punishing Auba for being late, exiling Guendouzi, not playing AMN after he stopped his transfer (there must be a good story there), but not doing anything to Willian who breaks all protocols to go on a trip and be with 10s of people partying in the midts of a covid pandemic snapping stuff with Saltbae or to Ceballos for fighting with basically everyone in the team, still secured him a start in our most important two games of the… Read more »

andy1886

AFCF – So Tuchel, Wenger and Emery were wrong to ‘indulge’ Auba then? Strange his performances were generally excellent. It takes a bit of an ego to suggest that you know how to man-manage players better than that list of winners.

China1

Can we get willian to spurs?

Sly

Marc he has a good looking wife and owns a dog
Let the man live😂😂

Marc

“No wonder Auba stopped playing for a cunt of a person. Imagine.”

I actually think that comment pretty much covers it.

China1

Raptora yeah would like to know we’d happened in the AMN arteta relationship because after being a managers go to option and turning down solid money he got binned off HARD lol

raptora

Nuno will do well at Spurs.
Ten Hag though. He has the right profile for an Arsenal manager. He ticks a lot of boxes. A lot.

I hope he doesn’t look at Spuds as an upgrade. It wouldn’t be.

Marc

” Ten Hag would be slightly worrying.”

More so than Nine Hag but less than Eleven Hag.

I’ll get me coat.

Sly

Ten hag at arsenal with Ralph as DOF
Stuff of legends and very doable
Why can’t KSE string a couple of smart decisions together?

DivineSherlock

” When I was at Milan, we signed Ronaldo. He weighed 100 kilos and before the first game I told him that he couldn’t play like that, that he had to lose weight. He said, ‘What do you want me to do on the pitch, score or run? If it’s to run, put me on the bench; if it’s to score goals, put me in the team’. I played with him and he didn’t run, but he scored two goals. ” The great Ancelotti on the OG Ronaldo. But AFC Forever thinks Aubameyang needs to be made a public example… Read more »

salparadisenyc

Read it was down to Ten Hag and Nagelsmann for Bayern, big gap between that and Spurs.

He really seems to have the X factor of knowing what a shocking decision that would likely be.

Marc

Sherlock

That’s the thing dropping Auba for being late is one thing but there was no need or good reason for Arteta to tell the world about it. When asked about dropping Auba he could have rolled out any one of a dozen reasons but he had to play the big man.

China1

My knee is fucked

Twisted at one of those fucking SOFT PLAY places with my son like a twat a year ago and have only managed 3 hours of football since

Fucking wankers are knee injuries I’m telling you

China1

Marc that one needs an apology I’m sorry

It’s joke Friday but that’s not acceptable

Marc

Pedro

You haven’t seen the weather over here – it’d be bad if it was November but it’s May FFS!

How you keeping?

Marc

China

Full apology made

Sid

Ten Hug would Not be enough for the whole team, make it eleven hug

Sly

My knee is fucked Twisted at one of those fucking SOFT PLAY places with my son like a twat a year ago and have only managed 3 hours of football since Fucking wankers are knee injuries I’m telling you

I hear you china
I twisted my knee trailrunning going on a year now
Haven’t ran since
Hang in there

China1

Also to any doubts out there who actually want to have working knees DO NOT GO TO THOSE FUCKING SOFT PLAY PLACES WITH TRAMPOLINES AND SHIT WITH YOUR KID. It’s a torn ligament waiting to happen

My knees haven’t taken such a battering since the trenches in Belgium back in 1915 I’m telling you

It’s just not worth it. Let your kid jump around and whatever by itself. kids are rubbery and don’t break. Your old man 5 a side football career will end the moment you are dumb enough to step into one of those places

Regrets are real

Sid

Oops, Marc already done it

Pedro

Marc, I saw the temp on my app last night and thought there was a mistake!

I’m in Costa Rica right now, so I’m all good thanks. You?

Divine, it’s moronic to think that allowing your captain to constantly break rules is an acceptable environment to create with a squad of young players. In almost no industry is it a good idea to let leaders set a bad example because they are better than everyone else.

salparadisenyc

Ya Pedro hows the weather you bastard!

Nelson

Emery schooled Arteta in April. The last I checked, our team is supposed to be good after X’mas. Imagine if we played Emery’s team before X’mas.

@Marc

I liked the joke mate 😂.

China1

Bad times sly get well soon

I find it fun to watch a bit of WWE once in a while and I literally spend 50% of the time just marveling that their ligaments still work after they put themselves through all those falls, bangs and bumps. Most of them are in their 30s ffs. The sight of chair shots to the knee makes my own knee ligaments weep internally