ARSENAL STILL IN HIB-ERNATION – WAKE UP!

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Soooooo… #ArtetaOut?

Lololololl… it’s preseason people, take a walk outside if you are upset over a run out in the park on July 13th. This season really is going to be a painful one if we’re dropping big tears this early on.

The negatives? No one wants to see Willian and Kola in our starting 11. Kola is gone. Bin him. Give him a free. Willian? Well, we’re stuck with him, let’s be clear, Fabrizio Romano and the ITK crowd have his exit very wrong. No one will pay his monster salary and I doubt he’s taking a pay cut… I just hope Arteta doesn’t spend 4 months realizing he’s probably a dead player.

The positives? We saw a whole bunch of debuts happen and some of the kids look pretty decent. None of them will be with the first team squad come the opening day of the season, but it’s great to see them considered. I felt for Okonkwo, he hashed up a back pass that led to an early goal, but that’s being young in a vital position… mistakes happen.

ESR looked good, Arteta said he’s 100% staying. He’s not often wrong on who is staying.

Pepe missed a penalty, but he was dangerous all game despite not scoring.

PARTEY WAS CLOSE FROM LONG RANGE.

Our next game is at the weekend and we’ll have a chance to see what Stevie G is all about. More fitness in the legs, hopefully at least 11 sales, Tavares will join and we’ll get to see him for the first time. Imagine that, a good back-up left-back?!

My bigger worry is the lack of big-name signings. It feels like we might want to see Ben White as soon as possible. I think most England players will get 4 weeks off, so I’m not sure we can speed that reality up. Also, are we moving on a creative player? If it’s Maddison, make it happen. If it’s Aouar, do the damn deal. Messing around trying to save wages won’t be an excuse mid-September if we have 3 points on the board.

Glad to see that Bukayo Saka is still winning fans on the internet. I was sent this quote from Theodore Roosevelt, hated myself because I am a critic, but then thought about Bukayo.

‘It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit deserves to the man who is actually in the arena.’

Amen to that Teddy. A man of great privilege who did some pretty awesome things. When he was the NYC police commissioner, he’d go out at night undercover and bust crooked cops. The legend of this behavior helped correct the department. I love that sort of principled approach to life.

Anyway, Declan, single, working real estate in Manchester can keep his mouth shut about Bukayo. Sorry, ex-estate agent, no one cares or backs your views.

So a pretty short one today… but… Johnny and I did a podcast that ALSO comes in video format so you can see our faces. This week, we talk about Saka (and the climate of racism around our heroes), ESR, and giving chances to kids. Tune in with your eyes or ears and 5* rating as always.

See you BELOW.

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Leftside

I echo the concerns of others on here, we really need to see some movement in this market. Tavarez, Lokonga and White will not cut it. Where is the CAM and CM, where’s the backup goalkeeper of sufficient quality and where is the RB?

Arteta gave a quote after the Hibs game and he even sounded like peak dithering Wenger. Makes you think, what on earth was Kroenke referring to when he said for us to be excited??

SAGG

Leftside

Was referring to be relegated and fight for the championship title. I thought that was clear with last season actions and this transfer window.

Leftside

SAGG,

It’s not looking good is it, the names we are being linked with are so underwhelming as well.

Can’t remember another upcoming season that I’m so indifferent about.

Pierre

My prediction for next season are that Smith Rowe and Pepe will be a creative force for us next season , proving that we do not need signings inbthat area. Balogun will explode onto the scene and Willock will continue to score and affect games with the timing of his runs and his ability to find space in the box and hunger for goals. And then of course there is Martinelli who is another year further on in his development. These players , along with Saka, are ready to make a difference , but first of course they need the… Read more »

Mr Serge

29 days to go for the start of the premier league that’s not s lot of time to get players in and then get them ready for the madness that is the premier league

Leftside

Serge, you wouldn’t be surprised if we get trounced in maybe two of our 1st three games before the dunce double act panic and get in players

China1

Just saw the photos of willians pot belly Deary fucking me

Imo when a senior player turns up looking like that it’s disrespectful because it just shows they don’t give a fuck. Willian shouldn’t play anyway but he shouldn’t even be in the squad until he stops eating all the pies and loses weight

Christ

Terraloon

I am in two minds about the lack of incomings. On one hand it takes time to get top players over the lines when they will have been away on international duty but but on the other I am far from sure that the majority of targets have been away or more like it Arsenal aren’t prepared to offer close to the clubs valuation I am however far more concerned about outgoings because it seems to me that the majority of the supposed deadwood just don’t have suitors or more likely the clubs that are interested just ain’t going to… Read more »

Terraloon

China

I know they say the camera never lies but the shirts are too tight and from what I have seen Willian is just about the only player that bothers to tuck these type of shirts in

Irrespective he is a few days off being 33 and surely he is entitled to be looking forward to retirement

James wood.

Is it the fact we are not in any European comps.
“”. “”. “”. Potential signings see us as a backward thinking club
where players come rob us blind and happily move on with huge
benefits.?
Even WILLOCK has now said he would prefer to stay at Newcastle.?
This window has looked like most others one or two players bought in who are really not at the level required.
Why have players not been moved ????
Arsenal the easy touch club are top of the league.

WengerEagle

‘Irrespective he is a few days off being 33 and surely he is entitled to be looking forward to retirement’

On our dime, lol.

Tubby prick is bleeding enough money out of us. Same as the other fatty Kolasinac.

Pierre

Get a couple of quality midfielders and a back up keeper and we are ready to go .
Xhaka will be gone, as will Willian and Lacazette.
If Bellerin leaves then i would rather have trippier than Ben white at half the price..

It’s time to trust the players who were NOT culpable for our worst start to a season in decades …

kjelli

We might have a potential in Willock on our hands, but Eddie and Balugun are unknown knowns
For me I think the clouds are gathering over Emiretes and Arteta.. Maybe we lack cojonas after all..

Pierre

Terraloon
It’s the outgoings more than the incomings that is the bigger concern..

Our young players are another year older and are ready to stake a claim .
Arteta and Edu need to take a hit on the experienced players as there needs to be a window of opportunity for our academy players…

Signings should be all about the midfield area…

DivineSherlock

Locatelli is gettable I think because Juve have a lot midfield players they need to bin first. If we wait Juve will do the necessary and nab Locatelli . We should tempt Sassuolo and Locatelli with good offer.

Terraloon

Pierre

Maybe but as I said in my earlier post I was talking about the supposed deadwood

Terraloon

This snippet in today’s DM sort of reinforced the point about players valuations In effect Liverpool may well not be able to buy any players because they cant get rid of deadwood This is due to the issues surrounding various fringe players including Marko Grujic and Harry Wilson. Both wingers are two of the most valuable players in Klopp’s squad, with price tags between £12-15m. Porto are reportedly interested in Grujic but are reluctant to pay the fee while Wilson is currently on holiday after representing Wales at Euro 2020. The Athletic report that Liverpool would be open to selling… Read more »

NORG

Why would you buy a young talent like Wilson (£15K per week) when you can get a pot bellied Brazilian (£200Kper week) whose talent is fast disappearing down the drain, for free.

CG

China ”””””Just saw the photos of willians pot belly Deary fucking me””””’ Crikey, his restaurant must be good. Looks like he has his spent pre- season locked in its bloody larder. No fotos encapsulate the demise of Arsenal better than ‘Fatty’ William ambling around in the afternoon Edinburgh sun a few days ago. And they said Arteta was going to bring an’ elite culture’ in and around the club? (Those fotos remind us , there is no ‘process’ or no, ‘elite culture’ nonsense too) ??To think an Arsenal manager can deem William fit to play and an athlete like Saliba… Read more »

NORG

CG
Pride has been replaced by a manager with a self centred ego (and hair)

Leftside

??To think an Arsenal manager can deem William fit to play and an athlete like Saliba can’t ??

Not to mention Willian wasn’t scolded anywhere near as close as others for breaking one of those silly non-negotiables that only apply to the young players when he was pictured in Dubai during the international break last season. A lot of us find it hard to take Arteta serious you can imagine how many of these players don’t either, especially that nobody seems to bust a gut for him.

Positive pete

CG-“ looks like he has spent pre-season locked in its bloody larder” 😂maybe the pies were non negotiable! 😆

CG

Norg William was omitted from the squad in the last few games last season. He was gone. He was to be the first one out the door. Why is he now back stinking the place out shaming the clubs rep? Those fotos of William should REMIND EVERYONE why Arteta ain’t cut out for the managerial game. Fergie, Clough, Wenger, Klopp, Mancini, Conte, Klopp etc or any self respecting top manager would not tolerate this unprofessionalism and blatant piss taking. ( and Dubai -gate) They would have fined him for coming back overweight, transfer listed him and made him train with… Read more »

China1

Terra willian signed a 3 year contract on enormous wages. He is supposed to be a key contributor even for 2022-2023 based on his wages

He can look forward to retirement all he likes but he cannot eat all the pies! That’s a non-negotiable surely!!

shaun

If Arteta had any sense he would forget white and spend that money on Bissouma and Aour or similar type player as that is top four almost guaranteed for any other manger/coach than Arteta . He is not involved in Europe at all so has very little to work on other than improving the players he has at his disposal and I thought that was supposed to be his strength as a coach .Arteta is very lucky to have the improving young talent of ESR, Martinelli, Saka and Balagon they will make a difference even for a man like Arteta… Read more »

Tom

“Sell Lacazette and Willian for peanuts………”

Not gonna happen, Willian ate all the peanuts.

Positive pete

It’s getting harder & harder to be positive this window.As Marc pointed out .might require a name change.What about Nervous Nigel,anyone?

Positive pete

Tom 😂

China1

I’m mainly just concerned that when Willian lifts the CL in July 2023 his pot belly will jiggle a bit and make the celebrations look a little unsavory

Sid

Willian needs more game time to trim his belly thats why we should send Balogun and Eddie to Marseille to get game time.

Leftside

Everybody back off, Willian is just doing what lots of footballers do when they retire. Nothing to see here with that belly.

Sid

Willians restaurant should be name Will.I.8ta

Tom

“Nervous Nigel “ sounds miles better than anything that has “positive “ in it during a viral pandemic, Pete.

Sid

@pierre, Pepe is Not a creator, he needs to be at the end of things

Sid

Players didnt get a proper pre season is an excuse we will be hearing soon

Im telling you for free!

CG

L

””””’Everybody back off, Willian is just doing what lots of footballers do when they retire. Nothing to see here with that belly”””””

William holds Arsenal FC and its supporters all over the world in utter contempt.

And A & E have allowed this to happen under their watch.

NORG

Positive Pete

Nervous Nigel has already been grabbed by Vinai Ventatesham. He instead should have used the last 4 letters of his surname.

Tom

Willian’s successful dribbles stats fell off a cliff last season so this season he going for a different approach……… instead of running past defenders, he’ll be looking to have them bounce off him.

Terraloon

China

“Terra willian signed a 3 year contract on enormous wages. He is supposed to be a key contributor even for 2022-2023 based on his wages”

But but but David Luiz and Peter Cech told him it was the perfect pre retirement opportunity and when he turned up others including Ozil and PEA pointed out what you have to do to get an even longer contract on improved terms.
Silly you if you thought playing well was required

NORG

CG

A & E need to visit the A & E department – perhaps Dr Sid could administer an injection or two.

China1

I would NOT let Sid inject anyone with anything 😂😂

CG

Norg

”””””CG A & E need to visit the A & E department”””

Guarantee, these 2 would turn up , where there aint one.

An hour’s therapy with Dr. Sid could be the best thing that ever happened to them ( And Arsenal)

he might at least explain the bloody basics to them.

Tom

Maybe Willian conflates being a top winger with amount of wings he can eat,

Ok , I’ll stop now.

shaun

another positive , with Luiz and Xhaka gone , 80%of unforced errors will also disappear

NORG

and Dr Sid’s therapy session would be free. I wonder if it involves the use of a pineapple?

shaun

ha ha just seen the pic of willian’s belly ha ha that is some funny shit . wonder what Arteta thought we he saw willian turn up looking like shrek

NORG

When criticized about his pot belly Willian replied ‘ do you want to see my six pack?’ – he then opened his bag to show off his six pack of Brahma’s.

Marc

Would anyone really want to give a £250 million (the amount being banded about a few weeks ago) war chest to A&E – the men who brought you Willian on £200k per week?

I’d rather not spend a penny and save it for a new management team (coming to a football club near you this Christmas) than these clowns.

DigitalBob

Wow those Willian images are something else, doesn’t that gut count as gross misconduct?

I seem to remember Rooney coming back overweight and being made to train with the U18’s during Fergie’s time, where are the standards?

I’ve seen on social media this summer Reiss Nelson, Willock and Saliba training and training hard, and if you think that’s because they’re young have a look at Benzema, still training like a marathon runner.

Marc – Agreed, its a worry as to how they’d spend it based on history so far.

Marc

DB

Yeah if they had a time machine they would go back and sign Gascoigne they’d sign Jimmy five bellies.

Muppetman

Fabrizio Romano
@FabrizioRomano
·
3m
Two months later, still same plans for Willian: he’s expected to leave Arsenal this summer once the right proposal will arrive. 🇧🇷 #AFC

Work in progress with his agent to find the best solution in the next weeks. Arsenal board now waiting too.

Muppetman

Must be something in it if he is posting? I bloody hope so anyway haha

englandsbest

Pierre

Agree, very little required, a couple of midfielders and a GK. But a quality keeper who suits the style better than Leno. Shame Emi insisted on leaving.

James wood.

I hear LOCATELLI mentioned the guy got a couple of goals
in one game and all of a sudden a guy most of us had not heard of
was the dogs BOLLOCKS..
Dropped by the manager and played a bit part after that game.?
We should have gone all out to keep Martin Odegaard – he would
have been the ideal replacement for XHAKA.
He is not full of goals but for sure he can play.

Leftside

They may want to try to get him a new club but who will sign Willian with this professionalism, he showed up looking like he was 7 months pregnant for pre-season.

Kroenkephobe

I know some people think it’s utter heresy to imagine Arsenal losing, but if you don’t AND you think pre season games are meaningless (I’m not in that camp by the way), would anyone see a potential upside in our short to medium term future if the huns handed Arteta his arsehole at the weekend? That Hibs fiasco, Arteta’s shouting on the touchline and willian’s lack of professionalism all suggest to me that the first team squad need a figurative kick in the nuts. We should have stuck to Borehamwood and Barnet.

Marc

Muppet

All that means is that Willian will leave if Arsenal subsidize his salary or give him a huge payoff when he leaves.

Leedsgunner

With clubs desperate to sell on the continent because they are hard up, why are we paying way over the odds for Ben White? A good player mind you but he is nowhere near the valuation that Brighton want for him. Man Utd is apparently lodging a £50m for Varane, a 28 year old international with years and years of first team and international football behind him. He is a £50m player, White isn’t. We need to focus on strengthening our DM, RB, CAM and GK positions way before we look for a ball playing defender. To me Arteta seems… Read more »

Rich

Willian is 33 at the start of next month, getting rid of him seems like a bit of a pipe dream Why would he walk out on a lucrative contract, when nobody in their right mind would go anywhere near him based on his performances last season, particularly seeing the state he’s come back to pre-season in We’ve done some strange things over the years, but a 3yr mega contract for a 32yr old Willian, has to be right towards the top James Wood I think we’ll still sign Odegaard, Madrid desperate for cash apparently, need to trim wage bill… Read more »

Muppetman

Yeah true, his wage was just another shambolic decision by Arsenal

Leedsgunner

“All that means is that Willian will leave if Arsenal subsidize his salary or give him a huge payoff when he leaves.”

In short repeating the mistake we did with Özil and Mkhitaryan. Spending millions repeating mistakes… what’s generational about that?

Marc

Kroenke

It wasn’t the result the other night – it was the “what the fuck” decisions by Arteta on team selection.

AMN does not need to be in the shop window – he’s had more than enough exposure to have clubs interested.

Kolas – same thing

Personally for all Pedro’s talk about players buying into the “project” or “process” I really think they see a dead man walking and are just waiting for him to be given the bullet. They haven’t downed tools but they’re hardly pulling up trees either.

Sid

I push it in, she pulls it out
I push it back, she starts to shout:
“”Dr. Ring Ding, you’re terrible,
I can’t stand the size of your needle.””

Terraloon

Leeds

I too am far from sure about White and as you say there are othe4 options for about the same money.
Personally I am a fan of Jules Kounde aged 22 already had two full seasons playing top flight in France and another 2 in Spain just breaking into the French National team

NORG

Dr, Dr give us the news – did we hear screams from A&E when they caught sight of your needle.

Kroenkephobe

Marc
Let’s agree to disagree and say that the entire body is riddled with disease and that it needs a new consultant in charge. I think Arteta and Edu are winging it and Vinai is useless. And what the fuck are Garlick and Lewis contributing? Everyone’s on a piss taking gravy train (excuse the mixed metaphors).

James wood.

Rich 12.06
I hope your right stability wise for all his faults
Xhaka was by far that man.
Odegaard and a fit PARTEY would with a couple of
Signings🙏 Give you that.AT LEAST..

Marc

Kroenke

Er I agree with you – my comment was more about people’s reaction to the other night. It’s not so much the result but the nature of it.

Leedsgunner

Jules Kounde has his heart set on going to Real Madrid apparently. Given how Saliba and Guendouzi have been treated how don’t hold very much hope that any young French starlet will consider us as a serious destination until Arteta leaves.

It’s a real shame because Camavinga is exactly the type of player we should be bringing in. Frankly, I would rather we spent £50m on someone like him than White.

DivineSherlock

Edu is out partying with Raul in Monaco on a cruise . Nice

Ernest Reed

Interesting that Brighton H&A have released their kit for the upcoming season and who’s showing it off? Ben White!

Now why would you do that if you are interested in selling said player? Things that make you go hmmm.

Ernest Reed

“It wasn’t the result the other night – it was the “what the fuck” decisions by Arteta on team selection.”

I think it more a case of window shopping from the brass, Marc. The “ hey look we we got to sell” . If you have no plans to move them then the selections are ridiculous because none of them featured at seasons end and its more than well known that they aren’t part of the future. They are being featured like prized cattle at an auction – bidders up!

Karsa

I hope the only reason Kola was playing was the lack of any left back alternatives.

shaun

If Arteta had brought back Saliba and Mavropanos to fight it out as the extra CB and bought Bissouma and Aour I doubt many would be complaining as that would have made sense to many of us .As posters above have alluded to White has 1 year top flight experience and just looks like a baffling decision for that money that could be better spent on other areas that urgently require better quality than we already have .Neither Aour or Bissouma are at the Euro’s and could have been bedded in by now and in full pre-season training .That is… Read more »

Terraloon

That woman at Chelsea .

Seems that they , Chelsea, are now getting around £20 million for a player, Marc Gheui ( you ever heard of him ?)who has just had a decent season at Swansea on loan.

Add to that they have a buy back match and a sell on clause then you really have to admire her negotiating skills.

DivineSherlock

Not that Lokonga and Tavares is bad , but Sabitzer/Locatelli + Aouar should not be too hard for us . I’d rather get a creative no.8 rather than a no.10 . ESR and Saka both can play there .

Moray

White was at the Euros but sitting by the pool probably getting another forearm tat. No reason we couldn’t have on boarded him now if he was really worth all this effort.

Karsa

It takes other teams to tie down replacements before they sign the dotted line on our deals. It’s often not just a case of buying a player from a team in isolation.

Moray

If there is any chance with Sabitzer at his knockdown fee, we should be on it like fleas on a dog’s back

englandsbest

I am gonna sound naive but if Willian knows he won’t be part of the first team pick, I believe he’ll tear up the contract and go, no problem. A shrug of the shoulders, a pat on the back will be enough. If he stays it’s because Arteta wants to keep him.

Positive pete

Showing up in that nick,on £200,000k a wk ,really shows you what willian thinks of AFC & its fans.After the slating he was getting last season you’d think out of professional pride he’d have a point to prove but No.Turns up looking like he’s auditioning for KFC rather than AFC.Another we won’t be shifting.

Marc

Ernest

I don’t believe that AMN needs putting in the shop window, I don’t believe anyone in Germany was watching who suddenly picked up the phone and said “Boss I’ve cracked it – that new LB we need Kolas is the man”. Elneny same. Willian God knows other than trying to get him to run off some of the excess weight.

Nkeitah and Nelson maybe but almost half of the outfield players that started had no need to be the team.

Goobergooner

KFC rather than AFC 😂😂😂

Terraloon

englndsbest

Yep naive

Marc

eb

Well that means one of either you or Arteta are incredibly naive.

The guy’s got a guaranteed £20 million to come to him over the next 2 years – would you walk away?

Marc

“Another we won’t be shifting.”

Not without heavy lift machinery at least!

Goobergooner

Nelson is a funny one. Last season was just a complete write off for him. He definitely has something about him, but le sauce was just happy for him to sit it out for a season.
I don’t get anything arsenal at the moment.

NORG

Terraloon

Marina Gravovskaia stands up to pee. .

Ernest Reed

You gotta try Marc, otherwise you are stuck with expensive and useless ornaments that continue to depreciate.

On AMN, whomever is giving him advice, they should stop. He’s going to fade into oblivion on his own self-worth estimation alone. He could be a very decent footballer if not for whats going on between his ears.

Ernest Reed

As for Willian, the WORST signing in Arsenal history. The fact that he acknowledges he had a poor season and then comes in out of shape to start this season – thats mockery at its finest.

Marc

Ernest

AMN has this overinflated opinion of his abilities making him think he’s a CM. He’ll either end up realising he’s not and settle in as a RB / RWB or playing in a lower league.

Karsa

Nelson is a funny one. Last season was just a complete write off for him. He definitely has something about him, but le sauce was just happy for him to sit it out for a season.

Didn’t Nelson decline the chance of a loan?

Dissenter

Arteta looked burned out on the side lines, he’s already doing that face-to-palm thing already.

He’s going to need a sabbatical in Ulaanbaatar when the sack hits him in November.

Ernest Reed

Current trend Marc, he’s going to disappear off the radar in lower or more obscure leagues. Shame really, he can be very good when his head is in it.

Ernest Reed

“Arteta looked burned out on the side lines, he’s already doing that face-to-palm thing already.”

That and he’s steadily perfecting his repertoire of excuses, Diss. Have a feeling its going to be a long and dragged out season with Arteta.

Mb

Only thing you can commend Edu for, is not putting option to buy in Saliba’s contract. He knows Arteta won’t see the end of season and new manager will integrate him.

Sly

It’s gonna be a helluva battle to make 14th at this rate

Sly

Arteta might have driven willian into comfort eating

Mb

I’m paid 1/200th of Willian and I’m in better shape. 🤣