HOW ‘CONVENIENCE’ SETS THE TONE AT ARSENAL FC

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The theme of the moment at Arsenal is the lack of leadership and how every time there’s a tough decision, we seem to shirk it. The greatest example of this was the Arteta land grab after he won the FA Cup, the project went downhill when he was given too much responsibility that he hadn’t earned. He was given control to buy players like Willian, when he should have been slapped down. He made personnel decisions that led to him surrounding himself with a lot of average people that don’t challenge him. He fell out with players, and we held faith that any arguments were in the name of fixing the busted culture we had.

Well, a year on from that decision and things are looking pretty bad, but you know what, you can kind of see why the club might have thought promoting Arteta was a good idea. Watching Edu’s behaviour on social media this summer has been a real eye-opener. If you want to get on top of how tightly a club is run, watch for the details. Which other football exec around Europe is posting his holiday snaps on a public IG feed? Which other exec, after being accurately accused of signing duff players from his super-agent pal, would post pictures of said agent on a boat with him? What sort of person would also share a boat with someone that exited Arsenal under a dark cloud of scandal? Even this weekend, after the mess of a squad he’s put together lost in humiliating fashion, he’s back on his social feeds posting pictures of himself at a BBQ.

That is a lack of control at a leadership level. Once, you can forgive, but we’re at the point where this is a pattern. Edu must know how these things are perceived because his son mentioned it in an interview, but he’s still doing it. I have little expectation that Vinai would say anything, but where is Tim Lewis on this, the ‘adult’ in the room looking after things?

Football is about the details and these things that feel insignificant actually speak to a bigger problem… because at a club run effectively, that behaviour would be snuffed out immediately, especially for a staffer that is underperforming like he is.

To make matters worse, the club has apparently put the finishing touches on a new 5 year deal for Granit Xhaka. Now, I have little problem with the player, he’s decent, he’s a professional, and the performances he’s given us have been good. However, I can’t for the life of me understand what value we are protecting here. He’s at the backend of 28, he’s just had a massive performance at the Euros, and no one came in for his signature. So we’ve tied him down until he’s 34? He already struggles with the pace of the league, did we not have a little more leverage to add a year to his deal? Will we ever stop tying down older players to long-term deals?

CORRECTION: Deal runs to 2024 with the option of 1 more year. Point still remains, are we really protecting value of a player we can’t sell at 28 years old after a banger of a Euros?

Then we get to this goalkeeping issue. We have a child as our backup keeper right now. Our main interest this summer is a £30m keeper that has all the hallmarks of Richard Wright. Namely, he looks decent getting 50 shots powered at him every day, but what does that tell you about suitability in a system where you’ll be dealing with 3 decent shots a game? We don’t have much money as it is, we’ve not added a single creative player to the system, we’re down a striker, a right-back, and a CAM… are we really going to blow that much money on a keeper no one can suss? I can trust the signings of Sambi Lokonga and Ben White because most people smarter than me ran the numbers and said they were good. What the f*ck are our analysts looking at with Aaron Ramsdale to indicate that he is £30m worth of talent in a deflated market that has Onana going for £10m?

Again, this comes back to a leadership issue. How do transfers get done at Arsenal? Who knows. I can see a straight line with Lokonga, White, and Gabriel. But that same system, or process, gave us Cedric, Willian, and Pablo Mari. My guess is there is no system, because let’s be honest, if there’s no operational structure that makes sense, why would there be a transfer process that does? Edu and Arteta are clearly on bad terms, so they’re fighting it out out in the media. It’s embarrassing, but who couldn’t have predicted that at the time when Edu was made to sit on a deck chair and tell the world he liked being cauterised in public?

The more I write about this, the clearer it is to me that the only way we get out of this mess is a restart. This is the 3rd/4th reboot we’ve had at Arsenal. Each one starts with a good idea that we can’t execute properly. We tried the Sven Mislintat approach, but let Raul encroach on the deals. We tried the Raul approach, a man of no football expertise, and he f*cked it. Then we let Edu loose, and he splurged on his mates ‘very nice deals.’ Now what are we trying? What data points led to a Xhaka 5 year deal? Who presented that idea? How did so many people agree to that after he received zero significant bids at the peak of his powers, we should make it more impossible to move him on?

None of it makes sense.

You have to reboot Arsenal with a sale. Because what we have now, unfortunately, is what we are always going to have. Rich owners, that aren’t focused, empowering people of convenience to drive their second biggest asset forward. It’s embarrassing.

Ivan G leaves? Put two CEOs in charge. A wet decision but a convenient one.

Technical Director called Diamond Eyes complains about one of the CEOs not being right? Exit him from the business and trust the non-footballing guy to guide us with his ‘contacts’ approach.

Watch that fail, let said failure hire a Technical Director that has a super-agent repping him because that is not an odd move.

Bring in a family lawyer to check out the CEO Sven warned about.

More dominant CEO gets fired. How can we fix this lack of leadership? Promote the CEO that stood by and let all the nonsense happen. Why? Convenient.

Also… keep the Technical Director that was at the table for all those deals because he’s definitely got what it takes and there’s nothing odd about his signings.

Hire an inexperienced manager and get some immediate success… PROMOTE HIM. LET HIM CHOOSE HIS OWN STAFF. DON’T PUT GUARDRAILS AROUND HIM. LET HIM MAKE DECISIONS ON PLAYERS.

Read those points and weep. KSE doesn’t know how to fix Arsenal. They are throwing money into a pit over and over again and things just get worse.

We are at the point now where the best thing for Arsenal would be a sale. Give the club to Daniel Ek, let him burn the place to the ground, hire up specialists in every position, and rebuild the club the proper way.

It’s a pipedream though, this is our lot in life, and it seems the only way we’re going to get a solve is if we land on one by accident.

I promise, I’ll get back on the hype train tomorrow, but the reality is… even 5 wins in a row won’t mask the errors at our club. We are badly run, the structure is a mess, we are not built to succeed.

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Guns of SF

TR7

Remember, safety first!

Mr Serge

No buy back clause on ode contract

Sid

Odegaard reached his peak at an early age, dont ecpect much improvement, on the other hand theres risk of his injury record

Mysticleaves

Guns

Nobody is moving any needle under diet pep. I am looking at these signings in view of the next coach working with them. Not Arteta

Rambo

“I guess when you pay for a manager who only has the word generational in the CV, you get generational results.” Exactly. Remember all the time when Pedro and his band of AKBs sneered at the notion of choosing Experienced manager over Arteta. Experience an outdated, stale notion they said. Fresh ideas from young managers were the trend they said. Bunch of hipster dummies. As if sounding smart and coherent in press briefings is all there is in management. They point to Pep Guardiola ignoring the possibility that Pep was probably a one-in-a-million, naturally gifted at the hardcore person skills.… Read more »

Bill

Anyone else think that a cut price Auoar should be of huge interest? He can break the lines with his running and can disrupt defences when he carries the ball. He can also shoot from distance.

He can play at 8, 10 or on the wing.

As stated by others, it’s highly unlikely the club would lose money if it didn’t work out as he is young and talented.

As for him being ‘difficult’, well isn’t that why we pay big bucks for the manager?

Graham62

Biggles re: 11:14 Martinez.

At the time of his departure, Martinez was, imo, a massively important player for us and a key part in our forward progression.
This had nothing to do with taking money for a player and reinvesting elsewhere. This one decision disrupted the entire dynamics of the team, I’m sorry but it’s true.

If we had got £40m for Martinez it would have made no difference as far as I’m concerned. It was a ludicrous decision and one that showed Arteta up for what he is.

A totally inept and useless manager.

Terraloon

Here’s a question that I don’t know or at least haven’t seen answered

Has Martin Odegaard had both doses of a vaccine?

Coming from Spain it’s a crucial que

Terraloon

question because if the anaswets no then he won’t be playing on Sunday not tha5 I think he should be starting irrespective

Cezan

He has been fully vaccinated, as oer sky sports.

NORG

Arteta was 10:1 last week and this he heads the sacked list – now 11:4

Gonsterous

Bill

Yah I was really hoping we would take a gamble on Aoruar. Yes he sounds like trouble but when motivated, he is just a handful for any team.

The type of player to single handedly take responsibility and drive the team forward.

Haven’t seen that from ode, he’s like xhaka but plays further up the pitch. I hope I’m wrong though.

Samesong

Aouar ran city ragid in the CL he is one I would love to see. Don’t think we will go for him though.

I’m surprised no one was talking about Lingaard the guy score goals.

Samesong

Is Eddie fit?

Mr Serge

Same song no Eddie is not fit

Savage

@Graham62 Correct. Martinez gave our whole defence confidence, and he was the reason we could play confidently from the back against top teams. Selling him was a watershed moment.

Graham62

Savage

Totally agree.

China1

Take care rich all the best

Valentin

Savage, That’s why a dominant goalkeeper is so important. He does more than just stop goals going in. He also help restart from the back. One of the aspect that has been overlooked is the speed at which goalkeepers restart the play. Under Wenger, Arsenal used to be the most the dangerous when defending corners. Lehman and even the much maligned Almunia used to regularly launching quick devastating attack. Martinez did that and is still doing that at Aston Villa. Leno does not allow that quick counter attacking play. He hold onto the ball and rarely release it quickly. I… Read more »

Savage

Fundamentally most of us doubted Martinez would be agile enough for such a heavy boy, but we were proved wrong. He’s quite unique in that respect. Donnarumma is another one, but most keepers are a bit scrawny.

Danny

If he can produce this type of performance on a regular basis then all’s good:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glalppkddy4

Sid

“””””I know he is under instructions to favour slow methodical restart, but Martinez was not afraid to take the initiative”””””

Disregard Diet Pep and its warming the bench for you.
The reason theres been errors between CB and GK gifting the opposition, is because they follow a set pattern of play that any fool can predict

Nelson

We have seen a lot of Arteta’s non_negotiables. Aouar would be another Guen if he comes. I can’t see Arteta wants to have more troubles.

Jim Lahey

“Anyone else think that a cut-price Auoar should be of huge interest?”

Yes, Auoar, Odegaard, Smith-Rowe gives me Narsi, Arshavin, Cesc vibes. Not as good, but similar vibes.

China1

My feelings on ode haven’t changed I think he’s quite good and he has a lot of potential. He also needs to kick on if he wants to be a game changer. He wasn’t my first choice but I also think he could add value to the squad. The price is not ‘cheap’ but also not expensive so no major complaints there I’d give this transfer a 7/10 If he fulfills his potential he’ll be a great value signing. If he doesn’t he’ll be a slightly overpriced squad filler. Over to him and the management team to determine how he… Read more »

China1

——-Partey Aouar
Saka——-Ode——-ESR

Would be a really interesting unit

Jim Lahey

@China1 –

Would probably leak goals, but I would be okay with that if it meant some exciting football once again 2008-2012 Arsenal.

China1

In reality xhaka will play most games and people will still comically scratch their heads wondering why our build up play is so ponderous

China1

Jim against more dangerous teams Aouar out lokonga in

WengerEagle

Rambo

Even Pep had to cut his teeth for a season with the Barcelona B’s, same as Zidane with Real Madrid Castilla.

The arrogance of Tets is second to none to think all he needed was a couple of years putting out the cones and the bibs for Pep. Not to mention that he was an average player himself as opposed to Pep and Zidane being Captains and legends at their respective clubs which helps instantly win you respect.

Danny

The arrogance of Tets is second to none
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Arsenal came looking for him not visa versa.

Valentin

Sid, It’s not just Leno, but all the players Who refuse to deviate from the playbook. The problem is that the opposition knows it well enough to counteract it. I would like to know whether the players don’t have in them to take initiatives (lack of leadership quality or lack of tactical awareness) or they are afraid of losing their place if they disobey instructions. It’s like that constant micromanaging from the sideline just infantilise and unresponsabilise them to the point that they blindly follow orders. Even if those orders don’t make sense. Rats following the pied Piper. Surely as… Read more »

The Bard

I think Ode is a decent signing. We paid twice that and more for Pepe.
Will he make a massive difference under the current set up ? I don’t think so. I’m pretty certain Arteta will be gone by Christmas at the latest. The real issue is who will replace him. If I were Kroenke I would pay Conte whatever he wants to do the job. He needs a high profile manager to stop the rot.

Nelson

I feel sick seeing Edu and Raul having vacation together. For me, Raul is the worst whoever worked for us.

Guns of SF

How on earth did we ever get linked up with Mike Arteta?
If we wanted a legend, we could have gone after PV or TH,

Mike is not a legend. Just a squad player for us.

Baffling….

Gentlebris

Given Ode background of a hugely promising player and given that we signed Ben White for £50m and given that we have rejected £30m for ESR this season, then I think Ode for £30m is a very good deal.

Plus I think the guy will come in and settle immediately having understood our game while on loan here.

Tee

Y”How on earth did we ever get linked up with Mike Arteta?
If we wanted a legend, we could have gone after PV or TH,”

Was it about getting in a lagend of the club at the time he was hired? No

Still don’t know how the legend of a thing comes in here or is it a matter of anything goes as far as attacking Arteta is concerned?

Moray

Ode’s a decent player but he doesn’t give us what we need in the middle there, which is strength, pace, goals ( or height)

Tee

Ode for £35m is a steal

WengerEagle

I don’t blame him for taking the gig Danny, doesn’t mean that he’s not incredibly arrogant for a novice.

WengerEagle

If Kane actually does end up staying with the Spuddies then it will be hard to finish above them this season.

I would put my money on him staying at this stage.

Tee

“Ode’s a decent player but he doesn’t give us what we need in the middle there, which is strength, pace, goals ( or height)”

Who gives us all? Aouar? Madison?

China1

Tee the point is arteta had no CV

If he wasn’t previously an arsenal player he probably wouldn’t have even been noticed by the club

But it’s not like he was a legend who might have some special influence over the current players due to their reputation, he was a really forgettable player. So what was the grounds on which to hire him?

Hipster group think

Nelson

Valentin

I suspect Arteta was in shock losing Auba and Laca just before the match. We could see that both Balo and Martinelli were not fully prepared for the game. He was lost during the game. Playing Nuno Tavares at RB and replacing Martinelli by Reiss Nelson didn’t make sense.

I hope that he recovers from this shock by Sunday.

Matt

What difference does it make what we paid for Odegaard, unless we are spending the money ‘saved’ elsewhere to improve us, which is not looking likely. The only question we should be asking is does Odegaard improve us enough to give us a chance of top 4. If the answer is no (which it is by the way), who cares if we pay £30m or £70m!!

TR7

“How on earth did we ever get linked up with Mike Arteta?”

His association with Arsenal and a few articles on how he improved Raheem Sterling was all that it took for us to fall for him.

TR7

WE

“If Kane actually does end up staying with the Spuddies then it will be hard to finish above them this season”

They will finish above us with or without Kane.

WengerEagle

Really lukewarm association too, he was one of the most forgettable captains that we have ever had as China says. Back when Wenger had absolutely no respect for the armband too.

Arteta was an Everton legend if anything, he came to us past his best.

Tom

“”“Odegaard and Xhaka/ Elneny/ Partey in center midfield playing it safe all season?Expect more horse shit and doughnut shaped soccerWe need goals.And lots of them We finished 8th!Fernandez Man Utd 52 games ( 29 goals)
Odegaard Norway 30 games ( 1 goal)
Odegaard Arsenal 14 games (.1 goal)
Willock Newcastle 14 games ( 8 goals)

CGAugust 18, 2021 14:40:21
horse shoe! “””

I thought horse shit worked………. why the correction?

CG

tee

””“Ode’s a decent player but he doesn’t give us what we need in the middle there, which is strength, pace, goals ( or height)”Who gives us all? Aouar? Madison?””

Prolific J Willock
Scored the last time he wore the red and white shirt.
6ft 1.
aged 21.
A true Gunner- been at the club since he was 4.

Collateral damage from Arteta’s reign of terror.

CG

Tom

”””’I thought horse shit worked………. why the correction?”””’

I am on a yellow card!

WengerEagle

TR7

Romero, the Atalanta GK and Bryan Gil is a decent haul for them if they keep a hold of Kane.

Gil looks a proper little baller, David Silva-esque.

TheBayingMob

Some of you boys really do get into it with each other. Who has time to go trawl through the archives of comments for a retort, or worse still, who has the time and inclination to save comments from certain posters for a later argument? Worrisome. My my. I can’t remember what I wrote yesterday let alone what MagicMikeTheEduLover1845 said eight years ago … good entertainment tho chaps.

WengerEagle

They are still bang average in midfield at least and as promising as Gil looks, I highly doubt that he gives them Bale’s production from last season.

salparadisenyc

Why so many struggling with Willock sale?
Very good haul for player that never exceeded average with the club.

Danny

WengerEagle
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Better an upset Kane stays with The Scum than them having 120 million to spend on new players.

As for Arteta being arrogant, well winning that FA Cup surely contributed to that!

Tom

So far Klopp’s been pretty quiet on transfers front and of this continues and Arteta gets his Ramsdale wish, Arsenal might be spending three times more than Klopp this window.

Any takers Arteta closes the 9 points gap to Pool from last season in this scenario?
Pedro should be all over this considering he kept highlighting the nine point gap with glee.

CG

Sal

”””’Why so many struggling with Willock sale?””””

Because he scores goals, he is unpredictable, he is a great option from the bench, he is an athlete, he will get better , we have no one else like him and he is an Arsenal man and not another bloody mercenary coming to the club for cash!

He scored 8 goals in 14 games for a mediocre Newcastle Utd, he also scored the last game he played for the club.

Did you read Ferdinands comments about him? How Fergie loved players like Willock?

Tom

“As for Arteta being arrogant, well winning that FA Cup surely contributed to that!“

As did spending time as Pep’s number two at a club where no particular problem couldn’t be solved by dumping £40-£60 million at it, sometimes more than once.

bacaryisgod

With Odegaard returning, I’ll guess we’ll really see if Pedro’s theory about post-Christmas form holds true. This is basically the entire team since Christmas with the exception of White coming in for Luiz (who played just 20 times last season) and Lokonga for Ceballos.

The good thing is that there can be no excuses.

Mulerise14

First off, thanks Alumni that was epic, I don’t know your profession, but hey you gotta try and go pro…..as a writer myself, I doff my hat.
Playing catch-up now,as my Missus and kids were all under the weather for the past few days.

bacaryisgod

Danny

I’ll take Kane going to the league’s best team all day over him staying at Spurs. His partnership with Son is lethal and even if they can buy new players, you can’t easily replace his level of production.

Sid

You CANNOT trade an academy player like Willock for a Madrid reject,
It sends the wrong message on loyalty

Mr Serge

We sold willock because arteta thinks ode is an upgrade for £5m simple as that
Willock would be bench for us at best his main skill is arriving in the box late and scoring
Tets obviously thinks he has nothing after that
I am a bit gutted we sold him but it’s great money for a youth player that won’t start

Danny

bacaryisgod
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Maybe but I think he’s on the decline, he’s not as good as he was 2 – 3 seasons ago plus there’s that expression,, better the devil you know!

Mr Serge

Spurs are weaker without Kane
Please go Kane

Sid

“”””Tets obviously thinks he has nothing after that”””

What else is more important than scoring in football?

Avi

People never learn really twerking for Spuds because they got a jammy victory over City, the only chance they got in finishing above Arsenal is because we’ve got a failing manager. They’re literally a bang average midtable team

Danny

Spurs are weaker without Kane
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Didn’t appear that way the other day against the champions.

Sid

Let me put it this way,
Zidane and Ancelloti think Odegaard has nothing much to offer apart from passing

TR7

WE

Le Colso, Ndombele, Gill and Hoeijberg not a bad midfield imo. If Kane stays he can play as a no 10 too. Had we done good business we could have usurped Spurs and Leicester. We spent good money but not on the right players.

CG

”””””’What else is more important than scoring in football?””””

thank you Sid and reminding the all wonderful people on here about that fact.

Scoring goals from midfield is the hardest thing to do and Willock at 21 is the best in England at it.

Tom

“Why so many struggling with Willock sale?
Very good haul for player that never exceeded average with the club.“

Sal, substitute Emi for Willock in that sentence and that’s pretty much what was said when Martinez left for Villa.

I’m pretty neutral on the Willock transfer , just as I was on Emi’s , but in hindsight the latter was a huge mistake.

WengerEagle

They have been finishing above us for 5 years in a row now Avi, not sure where you have been since 2016.

Which stings because yes for half of those years they have been complete shit.

salparadisenyc

CG

Don’t really rate Rio’s comments when his clear mission is to create incendiary content. Turning Willock around into Ødegaard is good business for me. Arteta was never going to give the former a chance. That’s on him.

Many on here get too emotionally attached to academy players, sure Sid would still have Ravwobi out on the right.

ESR and Saka the peak of this generation, maybe Azeez finds a way in but cashing in on Willock necessary, i’d add Nelson and Nketiah as well but the window to sell them isn’t this one.

zacharse

ya wtf is going on w eddie? are we really gonna hang on to him? our cf situation is fucked

Sid

You do realize we finished higher in EPL with Iwobi on the right than with Odegaard in the team?
The club that signed Iwobi also finished in a better position than Arsenal

Chris

Odegaard signing kind of feels like winning 3rd prize in a raffle. He’s a very decent player who perhaps has the potential to develop further. He provides intelligence and composure on the ball and can pick a slide rule pass out. However I am still concerned about where our goals are coming from this season and have some doubt Odegaard can add significantly in terms of goal contributions on an individual basis. Personally I would love to see a midfielder with quick feet, outstanding dribbling ability and who has at least 10 goals in their locker. To open up space… Read more »

WengerEagle

TR7

Lo Celso isn’t a very good player, he had an ok Copa America but I think he was largely carried by De Paul and Paredes.

He has been shit for Spurs in the main since they signed him.

Hojberg is the definition of average and N’Dombele is decent but he’s erratic and lazy for a CM.

TR7

Eddie looked good in pre-season. I hope he stays and gets a few opportunities especially if we are not going to get a new striker in.

Chris

“ The club that signed Iwobi also finished in a better position than Arsenal”

Really?

WengerEagle

”Personally I would love to see a midfielder with quick feet, outstanding dribbling ability and who has at least 10 goals in their locker. To open up space and create plays, having the ability to beat one even two opposing players works wonders and when you think back to the likes of Hleb, Nasri, Rosicky, Wilshere etc they had this ability and it was wonderful to watch.”

Aouar is your man almost to a T although he’s more of a 7-10 goal a season man than a 10+ one.

Avi

WE The only significant difference all this while is the fact we’ve got it really wrong with the coaches we’ve brought in since Wenger, they never stood a chance in hell under big Weng They’ve only topped us with what? 1 or 2 points since then, yea big deal.. We’ve always outplayed them during this time also but always naively lose these games Even this season I’m telling you we got better players overall but a bang average manager who is literally the handicap to the club making strides this season again If we sack Arteta before the first international… Read more »

Sid

Add Willocks 8 goals to Arsenal and we would be playing in Europe

Danny

Eddie looked good in pre-season.
————
He did indeed, if he wasn’t injured he’d have started against The Mighty Brentford.

Tee

“Tee the point is arteta had no CV”

It’s obvious he had none.

Was just asking where the legend of a thing is coming from.

Sid

“”””””ChrisAugust 18, 2021 17:50:20
“ The club that signed Iwobi also finished in a better position than Arsenal”Really””””””

My table starts and ends before chrismas

WengerEagle

”Eddie looked good in pre-season. I hope he stays and gets a few opportunities especially if we are not going to get a new striker in.”

You were arguing in favour of keeping Auba yesterday lad and now you want Eddie to spearhead the attack? While also preferring Lacazette to Aubameyang.

Little hard to follow. ;]

Berg10kamp

Eddie looked pretty decent the past few games he played. Would be interesting to see if he blows up this season. Would be better for the club.

zacharse

if laca and auba aren’t back for chelsea, be curious to see what happens at cf. maybe eddie gets a shot. I’ve never been impressed by him. Seems like if he was going to pick up tricks from auba- who seemed the best possible mentor to his style of play- that would have happened already.
I love youth teamers getting promoted as much as the next guy but it doesn’t make sense to be holding on to players that aren’t pushing us forward. the club can concentrate on the next gen of talent after we’ve gotten back into CL.

TR7

WE

Againe not suggesting Spurs have a good midfield, I would say they have an average midfield just like Arsenal. But they have better forward players right now and precisely why they have finished above us in the last few seasons.

P:S : Thought Celso had a better Copa than Paredes even think both were average at best. Messi, Martinez and De Paul won Argentina the trophy.

Chris

Wenger Eagle

If the club were willing to spend £60 million on Maddison (big IF) then perhaps they will pick up Aouar or someone of his ilk as well before the window closes.

I guess I’m saying that if Odegaard is the only attacking player signed I still have concerns over how much we are going to improve going forward this season, collectively, that’s not running down Odegaard by himself. Even with him in the team last season we sometimes still missed a spark, or X factor.

salparadisenyc

Tom

Many around here vocal about keeping Emi, I was certainly one of them. Big mistake, Arsenal don’t win the FA cup without him. It was clear he added definitively more, we actually looks solid in the rears.

Willock played in 40 premier league matches for Arsenal scoring 1 goal.

CG

Sal

”””””Don’t really rate Rio’s comments when his clear mission is to create incendiary content. Turning Willock around into Ødegaard is good business for me. Arteta was never going to give the former a chance. That’s on him.”””””

Well As per Sid.

Ancellotti and Zidane didn’t really fancy Odegaard.

Tidy player, but too passive when you are a mid table side and are desperately short of goals

Willock is a very unpredictable and exciting player – and those types you keep!

Berg10kamp

Odegaard will be a better player once he is actually an Arsenal player. Just a little concerned that ESR will be pushed to the left altho he does quite a job there and it may just turn out great for us

WengerEagle

Avi

I don’t really disagree although they always tend to outplay us at their place while we spank them at the Emirates.

I don’t at all rate their midfield and Romero only half addresses their CB problem, not to mention not having a good RB like ourselves.

TR7

WE

“You were arguing in favour of keeping Auba yesterday lad and now you want Eddie to spearhead the attack? While also preferring Lacazette to Aubameyang.”

Eddie spearheading the attack ? No never said that. I want us to keep Auba, Laca, Eddie and Martinelli and send Balogun out on loan in case we are not going to sign any new striker. And the only reason I want us to keep 4 strikers is because all of them blow hot and cold. None of them is reliable enough. Having more options minimizes our risk.

WengerEagle

‘I guess I’m saying that if Odegaard is the only attacking player signed I still have concerns over how much we are going to improve going forward this season, collectively, that’s not running down Odegaard by himself. Even with him in the team last season we sometimes still missed a spark, or X factor.’ Absolutely with you there Chris which is why this has been such a massively underwhelming summer ‘rebuild’ for Legohead’s infamous ‘project’. Almost 150m spent and the only difference to last season’s XI really is White in for Luiz who played less than half the games himself.… Read more »

zacharse

saying that odegaard was rejected by madrid or cast off- doesn’t this miss the fact that he just got sold for 34m? Abraham i guess qualifies as a cast off, wouldn’t mind having him start for us saturday ahead of martinelli/balogun/nketiah. the fact that he’s got minimum three players starting ahead of him (who any club would take in a heartbeat) makes a big difference when he’s headed to a club where he starts undisputedly. He’s not gotten the playing time and he needs it now. I don’t expect ode to single handedly pull us back into CL or score… Read more »