7 REASONS TO BE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT ARSENAL

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Time is moving very slowly on the transfer front, so let’s have a little chat about what I liked about the game from yesterday PLUS some broader thoughts about where I think things are heading.

Auba is smiling again

There are certain people in this world with the power to lift or sink a room just by their body language. That is our captain. Auba spent a chunk of last season looking very sad for a whole host of reasons. The hope amongst Arsenal fans is that the main man from Gabon was hit differently by the mental strains of the pandemic.

He is a world-class finisher that underperformed last season. My hope is that overhead flick is the start of better from him. Once he realises he has a supporting cast around him that can get the ball to his feet where he likes it, I think we could see a different player this season.

Sambi Lokonga could be a steal

The Belgian made an instant impact at the base of midfield. He’s a versatile player who claims people around him say he’s better as a 6. Well, sitting deeper than Partey yesterday, you could instantly see why he’d been purchased. His one-touch passing, clever movement into space, and his unpredictable repotoire made an instant difference. He will play through the middle, he will run with the ball, he always make sure there’s an angle after he’s made a move.

Obviously, there’s a huge difference between United (lost 4-2 to QPR) and Millwall, but the point here is we bought promise. In his post-game interview, he said he’d been convinced to come to Arsenal because he was told we were building around young players. That is EXACTLY what the club should be doing. A super debut, hopefully he’s firing by January.

… also worth noting that he seems like a top guy. His interview on the .com showed a man who has a great grasp of English and a bit of a spark about him (also, like that Arsenal are using fans to interview players, love the energy Frimpon brings to the interviews).

Folarin Balogun has something different

I’m not pushing for a 19-year-old to be starting Premier League games, but I think his profile is something we lack in our forward line. His athletic offering is electric, his movement over 50m is something else. He forced his goal with a beautiful diagonal run. I really hope we keep him in the mixer next season.

Lacazette isn’t a bad idea

I know it’s deeply unfashionable to say it, but Lacazette is very good, if it weren’t for his deal expiring, I’d be game to keep him around the first team for another season. His link-up play and work-rate is second to none. He was our best striker last season and he opens up the game for players like ESR, Saka and Pepe in ways Auba can’t. If he does go and we land with Tammy, I wouldn’t be despondent. I think the English striker has a very high ceiling and he’s still extremely young, but it just feels unlikely Lacazette is landing £180k a week in a broken Europe.

Missing names 

Hector, Kola and Willock were all absent. This is good news because I suspect it means we’re moving them on. If Newcastle have £25m+ for a player who’d be on the periphery, then that is a great return on a Hale-Ender. The other two just aren’t right for what we need moving forward. Hopefully, Granit will find a club, this Roma thing is really dragging on, we shouldn’t be taking pennies for a midfielder that is 28 and landed a place in the team of Euros.

Right backs

Cedric and Chambers look like they are going absolutely nowhere this season. If that’s the case, I can handle it. The English centre-back has found a role in the side, he’s not let us down, and his delivery is very special. I also don’t think Cedric is that bad, his biggest issue is fitness, but I don’t think he’s terrible back-up and he looks focused (rumours that he came back to training camp very fit). Both of them were involved in a goal yesterday. It’s also worth mentioning that Chambers is very well-liked behind the scenes, you can palm that off, but after last season, good eggs are going to be of value.

Improvement

Again, goes without saying, preseason is about fitness and trying new ideas. It means nothing come the start of the season, but there are things I am looking for: Does the mood with the players look good? I would say so. Are the players we’re bringing into the club adding something new. I think so. Are the ideas that are being drilled into the team reaping rewards? Well, hard to tell, but the football looks better, less choreographed, and we’re getting up the pitch faster.

Football is so brutal at cycling through managers, most of us have never really experienced what a process can actually look like. If your ideas don’t work instantly at Chelsea, you are out. Same for a lot of the big clubs. Arsenal invested in a longer-term project and pieces have been moving forward. This idea that the football is shit because that’s what Arteta is all about is wide of the mark, we’re seeing glimpses of that. Perception will catch up with reality at some point and people will start seeing it.

We defend well. We are difficult to beat. If we bring in players that move the ball with more ambition at a faster speed, the whole idea that is being implemented will perform better. Just watching the concept of Lokonga, even against a weak side, shows you what we lacked. Now imagine what happens when you add a center-back that can do those things. Now add a CAM with end product. Things start to get sexy.

The other point that people miss is the football that Arsenal is trying to adopt is complicated. Arsenal was a dumb club. Dated ideas kept the lights on 10 years longer than they should have, then Emery tried to implement a philosophy that was anti-Arsenal. The re-education process has been slower than we’d have hoped, but you will see ideas settle this season. Players clicking with that cognitive style of football. Our football will hopefully go from learner driver mode, where every action requires a specific thought… to human auto-pilot, where the basics are natural, and everything flows naturally.

Well, that’s the vision. Young players pick up those ideas quicker because they are hungrier and all that matters is their career. This summer needs to land some finishing moves, but I’m happy with the bits we’ve already done, even happier that Arteta and Edu learned their lessons this summer.

See you in the comments.

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Rich

Thierry Henry, one of the top 3 players in the world, who could win a match on his own

Still the PL’s greatest ever player

Little Mozart

I would pick Carzloa, that’s what we need.

Northbanker

Great post Pedro – love the upbeat messages you’re pouring out
I just hope Arteta does demonstrate more desire to use the younger players as so far it is far from clear

But new season and new ways perhaps

Mr. Emmanuel Daramola

Chris Spot on!!! We really need the same level of Offensive Full Back bombing things down the right just like KT does. Chambers has been very reliable though but I can’t even compare a prime and in-form Hector (of old) to Chambers. I’m still wondering what happened with the Max Aarons links. I wish we could get a RB as good as him. ChilliSaka really needs an overlapping Hakimiesque player on the right. The post has me feeling positive about the coming season but if we don’t get a CAM in this week, I’ll be worried. Very worried. One of… Read more »

Valentin

Monte Carlo simulation are good for truly random events, but as soon as deterministic events happen then it is useless. A red card and a serious injuries can derailed a club season. Arsenal cancelled their US pre season tour because of COVID, but any team is at the mercy of such event. Until Brighton buys a proper clinical striker, they will continue to fail to score and hoover over the relegation zone. I don’t need simulation to know that. How do you simulate Everton under a new manager with a completely different philosophy and training method. I suspect that he… Read more »

Pierre

Pedro
“Willock was absent. This is good news because I suspect it means we’re moving him on.”

You mean like you thought it was good news to move Martinez on..

Pierre

Chris
“The guy who sprung to mind for me immediately was Vieira. A dominant midfielder with outstanding leadership qualities, who could lift all the young talent around him even further.”

Vieira would have breached the non negotiables ,what with his shenanigans with Roy Kean and spitting at Ruddock….Arteta would have had him out of the door …pronto.

David Smith

Thanks Pedro.
Actually looking forward to this season, seems the club ate attempting to address issues head on, its been a while since we have seen that

Pierre

Better to hold fire on the positivity for now. Here is the reality. At present we have bought a couple of fringe players that may or may not be ready for the rigours of the premiership Ben White (if we sign him) may or may not improve our playing out from the back but one things for sure , he will not improve us in the air if he is being used in a back 4 at centre back… Pedro says the squad look happy …..I wouldn’t imagine Lacazette, Willian, Willock, Nketiah, xhaka , Cedric , Bellerin, Nelson are particularly… Read more »

Mr Serge

Tom
Rich , who the fuck knows?
I’m going by what’s been written on the net……it could all be bs for all we know.But,since it’s been written and posted, you’d expect the player issue some form of a rebuke, I should think.“Not really esr never said a word when villa bid for him twice”Serge, not the same thing is it now?
ESR was never quoted to have said he’d welcome the Villa move.

It’s exactly the same thing what you talking about ??

Pedro

Pierre, which keeper conceded less?
Oh…

Pierre

Pedro “7 REASONS TO BE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT ARSENAL” Let’s have a look at why we should be so optimistic according to Pedro. “Auba is smiling again” Big deal …I’d rather see him scoring a few goals instead of missing sitters… “Sambi Lokonga could be a steal” 18 mil is not cheap , 6 mil for Guendouzi was a steal, 18 mil is a decent amount of money, I will wait to see him in a competitive game where there are a few tackles flying in before getting too carried away. “Folarin Balogun has something different” My question would be ,… Read more »

Mr Serge

Have you noticed when certain posters are not around the pessimism diminishes ?

Pedro

Pierre, let’s see how miserable you are in a few weeks. Can’t believe you spent 10 years pretending Arsenal were on a good path under Wenger, now you’ve gone blind?!

Crabregas

Pierre, your post are becoming ones that I just scroll over which is shame as you used to post insightful comments.

Pierre

Pedro
Who would you honestly rather see in the Arsenal goal .

Martinez or Leno.

Mr Serge

Pierre

Martinez left us a year ago he chose to go to a team that came 17th rather than show Leno he is better than him. That’s all I need to know about his character fuck him.

I can’t believe people are still wasting their breath over him

Vintage Gun

Martinez asked to leave. He didn’t want to fight for his place. The rest is moot really.

Pierre

Cabregas
Having nearly half a squad who either don’t want to be here or the manager doesn’t want them is no reason to be optimistic. ..it’s a recipe for disaster.

Players walking around with smiles on their faces is all a pretence..

Mr. Emmanuel Daramola

Let’s win Brentford first before getting positive.

Ray+in+LA

Rather than weigh-in with the ongoing arguments, I would like to offer two aspects that boost my optimism 1. we were awful at pressing last year, we would press with n-1 and the opponent would always have an outlet — with no European football and with better coaching we should have the energy and nous to press more effectively 2. with fans in the stadium, Arteta will not be able to micromanage and distract the team and he will have to rely on his preparation — hopefully the team will be able to play more freely…they seemed very constrained to… Read more »

Crabregas

I agree that we do need to move players on in some way, shape or form, including Nketiah, Nelson, Maitland Niles as well as the ones we all want gone. Repeating it again and again doesn’t add value.

I just feel you need to let go and move on from Martinez, Guendouzi, Saliba etc

Pierre

Ray
” with no European football and with better coaching we should have the energy and nous to press more effectively”

Sorry to say, but no amount of coaching will make Aubamayang, Lacazette, Pepe and William press effectively..

To press effectively you need energy , intensity and desire.

Play Balogun / Nketiah and Martinelli ( with ESR and saka) and they will press all day long.

curse

nice one Pedro. I was optimistic back end of last season knowing that this summer would be where the real change kicked in. So far so good, finally making moves we should have been making. I like that Sambi is embracing the lower socks and is forming an understanding with Partey in pree-season. We’ll need that extra protection for our 2nd and 3rd games. Getting in Ruben now gives us a better chance of CL, which would be way more money than losing a few mil on Xhaka. Don’t mind Chambers being our starting RB tbh. His delivery is pretty… Read more »

James wood.

It wont’t take long for AUBAS smile to turn back
to a face ache if he keeps missing the goal.?

Pierre

Ray “Even with the team as is [assuming White is joining] I am optimistic of top six, a Cup Final and an outside chance of Fourth” Of course we are good enough to at least compete for top .4, There is quality throughout the side , it just needs to be utilised properly and play to the strengths of the players… A settled first 11 would be a start …at the moment the only definite starters are Tierney, Partey, Lèno and Saka. If you asked 10 different fans to name our starting 11, I reckon not one would pick the… Read more »

Ray+in+LA

Pierre: I’m am just an observer now, the game has changed so much since I last played 🙂 but as an observer it seems to me that there are several aspects to effective pressing 1. would be the skill 2. would be the aptitude 3. would be the fitness to sustain it 4. would be the organization so that the press was coordinated and effective 5. I have seen Alexis press by himself which was an inspiring but pointless exercise I have seen odergaard run up to an opponent and then hold off 5-yards and just stamp his feet I… Read more »

IQ

If scoring 7 goals in a row, equalling a record held by the premier leagues best ever goal scorer, scoring against Liverpool, Man C, Leicester, West Ham and Spurs isn’t good enough to earn a spot on our bench we must have some amazing players.

Pedro

Pierre, I would prefer Martinez, but the output would be marginal because both are top keepers.

Amusing to see you take on the role of quality control and push Eddie and Willock for the first team.

Goobergooner

I just don’t understand the thought process for our last few transfer windows that show a “project” being in play. I do understand that we have(/had) players on the books that are overpaid and overrated (or not even overrated just complete garbage), but we could have done so much more to trim back the squad and get in players that really changed the dynamic of the team. If we had done more the last few windows, I would be more behind the project at this point in time. I am keen to see how the season starts with a fresh… Read more »

Gentlebris

Well, it’s an opinion blog. But rest easy about Emery already. He just did us in with an inferior Spanish Village team at DA EUROPA!

Show some respect, Pedro.

Goobergooner

We could have made 40 odd million on xhaka and amn to then replace xhaka with, which would have been great business.

Instead we kept one of our worst starting midfielders in the 25 odd years I’ve been supporting, only to take less for him this season, and most likely the same for AMN, who wasn’t even utilised in the squad after turning down money for him.

Poor business is an understatement.

Then you have the EMI/Leno decision and Willian and Saliba, and it’s just a lot to try get your head around as a fan.

Goobergooner

Let alone the bs we watched on the pitch to consecutive 8th place finishes.

Pedro,

Emery schooled Arteta in Eufa. Both play shit football

Goobergooner

Europa *

Gentlebris

Martinez was fighting in the shadow for many years, he got his big break and shone under the spotlight. And now you say ‘fuck him’ for not wanting to go back into the shadow?

China1

Martinez and Leno are not *both* top quality keepers. One is decent the other is top quality. The difference between them is obvious

DivineSherlock

Anyone watching Martinelli at Olympics ? Whats the status report xD

China1

Just watched the highlights of the millwall game Nice goals, lokonga looked good, very positive in his play. Lots of forward movement and passing even when under pressure, just what the doctor ordered. It’s also nice to see he and partey have a similar stature. One would hope he will not find the physicality of the PL anything crazy because the guy looks quite solid Tho it’s gotta be said when the stream quality is low and pixelated it’s going to be hard to tell Partey Lokonga and Tavares apart lol. I remember having that issue about 10 years ago… Read more »

China1

Also ESR has fuck all luck seriously. The guy takes a couple of decent shots in every match and they’re well saved without question, whereas other players often benefit from a bit of luck with a crappy deflection or poor keeping. Every time he hits it well the keeper does well, it ain’t fair

One of these days he will go on a scoring streak and get 4 or 5 goals in 10 games I’m quite certain of that – he just needs some luck

China1

ESR is the logically opposite of the issue we have every time we play someone and the commentator says before the game ‘player abc from the other team hasn’t scored a goal for 14 years and currently has two broken legs and a broken neck, will play this game in a wheel chair’ and said player INEVITABLY scores it’s the most BS thing ever

Godfather

How does Ben White cost £50 mill and Varane and Umtiti many millions short of that evaluation?
smh

Tony

So The Xhaka to Roma deal has been derailed for now. No matter because as some say here – that is those who are not flip flopping or defending this indefensible – Xhaka is in his prime and our best midfielder last season. Yet we finished 8th- not once but twice. All hail the conquering master midfielder. So how many other clubs are wanting Xhaka’s sublime talents? Er none! Just the faded Mourinho and cheapskate Roma. So Xhaka and Partey this season, oh I can’t wait to read Charlie’s spin on the how good Xhaka narrative returns while the rest… Read more »

Tony

want to throw up*

Tony

it shouldn’t*

China1

Normally Tony if we were selling someone else I’d say screw Roma they need to meet our asking price but for granit I’ll personally fly back to England to drive him to the airport. If Roma want to pay 15m that fine by me! Just take it before we get nothing at all for him and are once again wondering why our midfield sucks after he’s back in the starting 11

China1

Iirc Darian0 with an o instead of 0 is blocked!!

Might be going crazy but I remember mentioning that name once and the post refusing to show!

Tony

China1
100% with you.

Leftside

Not much has changed, our two signings to date will most likely occupy the bench, and White is a Luiz replacement? So we’ve added a little depth but nothing substantial. Mind boggling that this club see replacing Luiz more pertinent than fixing the midfield. We also haven’t sold any of the players surplus to requirements. Our opening game is 18 days away and we are in arguably worse shape than last season, a horrific season at that. It wouldn’t surprise me to see us not move for another attacking midfielder because of ESR only for him to get injured and… Read more »

China1

The weirdest thing was the strange xhaka love in because he had a good euros

Like everyone please forget the last 5 years in the PL ever happened. Block it all out. The handful of performances you saw for a couple of weeks this summer is all you need to remember. Don’t you dare remember anything else!!

Leftside

This club hasn’t attacked this window aggressively enough, unless the target is to consolidate midtable. If we want to challenge higher up the table, then we haven’t nearly done enough.

Tony

Don’t know about anyone else but I used to laugh at the old guys some 50 years ago who would walk round with placards saying: ‘The end is nigh’.

I’m beginning to wonder if those people (probably Rich’s extended older relatives) were right and really future prophets of doom.

Seems now you need full aqua diving tanks to use the underground in rubber suits to insulate against being shocked.

Not just in London but other countries, such as the shocking pics from China recently.

Flooding, huge fires etc and especially Covid.

What’s next?

China1

Tony you post and pray to god it will appear? I’m fairly sure DB10 doesn’t get involved in such things as this blog in his divine spare time

Tony

So The Xhaka to Roma deal has been derailed for now. No matter because as some say here – that is those who are not flip flopping or defending this indefensible – Xhaka is in his prime and our best midfielder last season. Yet we finished 8th- not once but twice. All hail the conquering master midfielder.So how many other clubs are wanting Xhaka’s sublime talents? Er none!Just the faded Mourinho and cheapskate Roma. So Xhaka and Partey this season, oh I can’t wait to read Charlie’s spin on the how good Xhaka narrative returns while the rest of us… Read more »

Tony

Sorry China I wanted to edit and repost.

DB`10 and Divine one and the same poster?

Always thought DB10 was a cool poster.

Divine I bought the AKB disease and never found the cure of what was clouding his mind and eyes.

Pedro will have the anti AKB vaccine when his idol is fired and wreaking havoc at Barca.

Tony

divine caught*

IQ

If we’re going to stick with Xhaka then we have to play three in the middle. He’s just not mobile enough to operate in a two man midfield.

I think that’s ultimately a better option for us anyway as when we play two our attackers just end up dropping deeper and deeper to help out the midfield anyway.

More protection in the middle, play a narrower front three and give our fullbacks space on the flanks.

Best of all we don’t need to buy yet another forward player. We already have 10!

Vickingz

Well, nothing really to be optimistic for. I’d rather sit on the fence than being optimistic especially by variables that can easily go south. What happens if Auba suddenly stops smiling? Signing him on a new contract was one of several mistakes and poor judgements of Arteta. Epl doesn’t start in December, I find.it so stupid that people talk about we are the 3rd best or 2nd best since December. All in all, we’ve only signed fringe players and I will wait till I see them in real.matches before judging them. I ain’t allowing Arteta mess up with my mental… Read more »

Guns of SF

we really need to shop XHaka to someone else.
Roma will sit on their bid and up it slightly in the last week or so, hoping we cave. We need to say F that and sell him to someone else. But who

Guns of SF

the schedule is brutal for us in the opening 10 games.
It can be do or die for Mike
lets see what he has.

ESR is likely starter with the number 10 shirt

I think Coutinho is back up and cup games

I do hope we land a freaking god of a CAM to help our mid

Steveyg87

Wouldn’t be too bummed if Xhaka sticked around. He, like many before him, has become a scapegoat for our problems. The Ben white deal looks as good as done. Time to focus on bringing in Madders and exits of at least 3 or 4

China1

Tony I meant THE DB10, god himself!

Mr. Manny

TRANSFER WINDOW OPENS Man City be like: – 12:30 no transfer news -4:30 man city signs Herod, Methuselah and Enoch . Chelsea be like -tuesday Chelsea linked with Barnabas and John the Baptist – Thursday Chelsea bid £40m for the doubting Thomas -Sunday Chelsea sign Shedrach, Meshach for a combine £60m. . Manchester United be like -monday linked with Adam and Eve Tuesday Manchester Unitedl linked with Simon Peter, John and Luke -saturday Manchester United linked with king Solomon Sunday Manchester United signs aftghgdsgh from Sodom for £120 million. Arsenal be like . Transfer window opens – Arsenal linked with… Read more »

DivineSherlock

Tony

I can safely say I am not DB10 . Yes he was very brilliant poster on here , also N5 if you know him .
By AKB you mean Arteta knows best right ? ?

Tony

Sorry China got it now lol

Guns of SF

xhaka must be sold

Guns of SF

if xhaka sticks around our mid is doomed again…
i think he will get sold. I have a feeling Edu will accept a few more mil for him. maybe 17 18M

Gonsterous

I wouldn’t mind getting Isco in at CAM
Experienced and apparently he’s valued at 15m, which is a bargain.

Can we sell him the Arsenal dream though, because he will see it as a big step down from playing at the level of RM.

Can Arteta convince him of a CL trophy in 2 years and living in London.

Downside is having a back up CAM to ESR who will be earning 150k to ESRs 30k.

Batistuta

Lol imagine if we couldn’t afford a Maddison or quality CAM and CM we still need because we’ve gone and spent 50 million on a CB we could very well have managed without

Guns of SF

Go for Maddison already and just get it done. its getting boring again…

If Atletico go for Laca then we need to get a striker who can hold the ball and play with back turned ala giroud
Is it Abraham?

Guns of SF

Maddison was offered the 10 shirt and double his money, but now ESR has the shirt. is the deal off??? lol

Maybe its Aouar?

Tony

Divine Unless dear old Wenger is back it has to be Arteta knows……. N5 was a great poster as was Wallace – hope both are well. We’ll see if Arteta knows best this season probably in the first 10 or so games. Begrudgingly, I have given Arteta a clean slate for this season starting with his TW window and then 10 games, same as I gave Emery. Personally I would never have hired someone without any managerial experience whatsoever (assistant management counts for very little) to manage a multi billion GBP company. Especially someone who has systematically devalued a company’s… Read more »

Guns of SF

I think the Bissouma pursuit is dead now due to Lokonga

Guns of SF

Lokonga will be a starter for 19m
that is not back up money

Tony

Guns
I’d accept the Roma offer for Xhaka as Xhaka will cost us more than £3m this season through his errors, red cards and just being Xhaka.

Anyone what to buy a Xhaka shirt?

The probably lost shirt revenue vs Madders or any better than decent AM would make ups the shortfall.

Guns of SF

______Leno
Chamber White Gab KT
______Loko_______
Saka__TP___Maddison__ESR
_______Auba

Guns of SF

______Leno
Chamber White Gab KT
______Loko TP_______
Saka __Maddison__ESR
_______Auba

Boring 4231 but could work

Tony

Forgot Valentin as our business compliance officer working closely with PhD2020.

Guns of SF

______Leno
__Chamber White Gab KT
_____TP __Loko__Maddison
___Saka __Auba___ESR

Tony

Guns I’d prefer 433 zero handbrake at least for the first 10 games.

Guns of SF

______Leno
Chamber White Gab KT
Saka__Loko__TP___ESR
_____Maddison_____
_______Auba

Guns of SF

442 bring it back

Guns of SF

Tony

Mike like the hand brake. his car does not drive too fast

Guns of SF

Mike rides a bicycle

Northbanker

Tony – For someone who announced he wasn’t going to post on here during the Summer you’ve done a pretty good job so far lol. Hope you’re well anyway? Well I for one enjoyed Pedro’s post even though O struggle to get the same level of faith in Arteta. I just hope this season he shows a real desire to bring on our young players We can’t compete in the transfer market but we can establish a reputation as the biggest club to genuinely coach and bring on top young players. Lolonga reportedly joined partly due to that and we… Read more »

Leftside

Guns, not necessarily. This club purchased Saliba for £27m and are yet to see him in action. Arteta and Edu are capable of anything.

Leftside

After this deal for White is made official, if there are murmurs that we need to sell before we buy then that’s me

Tony

Northbanker
Agreed, but I’d said I’d be back for pre season and I try to keep my emotions to a minimum when writing about the TW and Arteta.

My first main post back was a happy one talking about Tavaras and Lokonga.

I keep getting this conga tune in my head when I mention his name.

“Lets all do the conga
Now we’ve bought Lokonga”

Haven’t worked out the other 2 lines yet.

Season starts in 3 weeks so I’m trying hard not to be full on here and appear objective.

Trying being the operative word. lol

Habesha Gooner

These Ramsdale rumors are true it seems. I am scratching my head about the deals we are getting done. A CB and a Backup GK for more than 75 mil??? Jesus, I thought Arteta was egotistical but I didn’t think he was this dumb. We haven’t got enough in midfield and we are talking about spending 25 mil on Ramsdale? Why not go back for Ryan before the window started. He showed enough that we could have signed him. There are a lot of other options. But Arteta’s choice is the most expensive, overrated GK. As of now we have… Read more »

Habesha Gooner

Oh A new RB is definitely not coming in too. After Ramsdale I am expecting only a CM. Neves, Locatelli, Bissouma or any of those players. Willock will be the LANS at 10.

Pierre

Tony
“Lets all do the conga
Now we’ve bought Lokonga
Haven’t worked out the other 2 lines yet”

Or

they said we had no wonga
and yet we bought Lakonga
Nah nah nah nah
Nah nah nah nah

Tony

Here’s what I don’t get with the Tammy A situation and us agreeing a reported pay rise for him at £125,000 a rise from the Chavs paying him £80k. Tuchel one of the most highly respected managers in the business who very quickly turned the Chavs fortunes round feels Tammy is not good enough for Chelsea and happy to let him go. Whereas Arteta and Edu both novices and Arteta hang a calamitous first 18 months as a head coach/manager thinks Tammy is perfect for us. I’m sure Marinelli, Bolagun, Eddie, Auba and Laca (doubt someone will buy) feel much… Read more »

Tony

having*

Tony

martinelli*

Valentin

Tony, Chief compliance at a Football club is mostly about FA rules, HR rules and health and safety. I would rather take the Chief Financial Officer than chief compliance. Mind you as chief compliance officer, I could tell Arteta, that he cannot exile players because he has a personal beef with them. That he cannot shout to players from the touchline as that breaks regulation and could cause mental distress. I would also have been able to sack Willian for breaching health and safety rules. I could have ripped Xhaka contract for breach his contract when he threw a very… Read more »

Habesha Gooner

Abraham isn’t good enough for a top side period. He is just good at finishing his chances. If any part of his game other than finishing was decent, Tuchel would have used him. He instead uses Timo Werner who has a great all round game but can’t hit a barn door when he gets chances. He also use Havertz who is an attacking midfielder there and Giroud too. Both players are significantly better than Abraham at linking up play. Basically we would be getting an inferior Aubameyang who is just better at heading the ball. If we are getting a… Read more »

Valentin

When we sold Martinez, I predicted that within a year we would buy a replacement who would not be as good as him but would cost more.

I just never expected that we would fall down to the level of Grimsdale. I know that goalkeepers improve with age and that a good keeping coaching can make miracle. But this would a miracle of biblical proportion if Grimsdale were to be one a great goalkeeper under the tutelage of Inaki.

Leftside

Why all this money on backups though, does Arteta and Edu believe our starting 11 is good enough to challenge at the top end? Have we delivered two back to back 8th place finishes due to a lack of depth from the bench? Why are these deals so expensive, and why are they taking precedence over the business we actually need to complete in order to compete?

Rich

We have to sign genuine competition for Leno, going into another season 1 injury away from Runarsson becoming our No1, would be gross negligence Having two top keepers at their peak is unworkable We either go for an experienced keeper, who’s happy to see out his career on the bench, in exchange for 1 last payday Or we go for a young keeper, who has a decent amount of experience, and sell him on a succession plan to take over from Leno Ramsdale is 23, if we sign him for £20 million + £5mill in add on’s It doesn’t work… Read more »

Mee

Not surprised the awful goalkeeping coach is called Inaki. Sounds like a villain from a Japanese movie.

Terraloon

If Abraham signs what that will show is just how astute Chelsea are when it comes to transfers. It’s abundantly clear that there is far more going on behind the scenes at SB re Abraham . Ok Tuchel might not rate him as top class but last season he didn’t just drop out of being an automatic first 11 starter he slowly but surely dropped not just onto the bench but on a few occasions he did not even in the match day travelling squad. So what was it about Abraham that changed matters so ? Well you would expect… Read more »