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320 days ago, Mikel Arteta was looking down the barrel of a gun, with a bullet named: YOU’RE FIRED.

His team lacked creativity, energy, and drive.

He went full-on wild card to change things up, he picked a young kid called Emile Smith Rowe to start against Chelsea. We won the game. This young player stole the show. He could pass round corners, he had fire in his belly, and he could move.

Arsenal is a better side with him in it. No doubt.

Last night, Smith Rowe made his debut as a full England international.

Absolutely magic. We couldn’t be prouder of him. What an absolute superstar we have on our hands.

We also have to give huge credit to the coaches and scouts making our Hale-Enders impossible to ignore. It’s a far cry from where we were academy-wise when Wenger took over and had to top it up with overseas stars.

Every season there’s a new player coming through. There are so many good youngsters coming through now I don’t know if the next big one will be Patino, Hutchinson, Salah or Jack Jebb. No wait? The Jebster was years ago.

Young players get fans excited. We buy in on kids that just want to learn. We love their hunger, we become invested in their careers, and there’s literally nothing better than seeing one of them make it.

More please.

You know what we want less of? World Cups.

Arsene Wenger tried to gaslight the world with his biennial World Cup. He tried to sell the idea of a 6 week international break twice a season. He told us that people were telling him it was a good idea. The press leaked that the move was as good as agreed. Everything Wenger stood for as a coach, he was VERY PRO as a FIFA shill.

Then the Premier League vote happened. How many agreed with him?

All 20 PL clubs have discussed the post-2024 International Match Calendar reform process and are unanimously opposed to FIFA’s proposal for biennial men’s World Cups, along with any plans involving significantly extended international windows

Zero. How embarrassing.

I know many of you work in business and you’ll recognise this move as a rookie mistake. You have a great idea that involves other departments, you get so excited about it, you go straight to the CEO… then your idea is cratered because you didn’t bring everyone else along for the ride.

Big ideas need buy-in. They also need to be good. It’s hard selling these things in. It takes time. Wenger thought he’d shortcut it like he was back at Arsenal where by miracle, every idea he had was a great one that earned a nodding head yes.

In the real world, no one cares that you won the Premier League. You have to do the leg work. Clearly, Wenger did not do the leg work.

His idea, you would imagine, is now in the bin.

Fans don’t want it, clubs don’t want it, so let’s move on.

Next season, the Premier League has to take a break to deal with a World Cup.

Next season’s dates have been confirmed  The PL season will start on 6 August 2022 and finish on May 28 2023.

There will be a mid-season break between 14 November and 26 December to accommodate the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

What a riot. The carnage this is going to cause players and their bodies. Can you imagine how weird the season is going to be? You could be flying heading into the World Cup, have a team with a bunch of players that go far, they lose, then come back broken. It’s madness. But that is FIFA for you. They only care about the pound notes.

Jamie T, one of my favourite artists back when I was young and sexy, had a line in one of his songs.

Well done Jack, glug down that cider
You’re right she’s a slut
And you never fucking liked her

That’s how I felt when I read Matteo G take a sly pop at Arsenal fans and give his heart to Marseille.

“The Marseille fans are incomparable. At Arsenal, there’s a big stadium, but it’s totally different. The best atmosphere is here. It’s incredible to play in front of a crowd like this… it really lifts the players.”

Good to hear. Let’s hope that he can keep his behaviour in check long enough for Marseille to cough up whatever pitiful fee we have agreed for him. What a waste of good talent.

There are some stories that Martinelli isn’t happy with his playing situation. Good. He shouldn’t be. He needs to take his chances when he’s given them. Arsenal apparently will not entertain him leaving. It’s just a shame there’s no Europe to give him runs out this season.

AUBA SCORED A PENALTY FOR GABON.

Granit Xhaka is breaching all sorts of HR rules in training according to Ramsdale.

“He’s very dry with his humour. Real nice guy. “He’s obviously got his Swiss and Albanian heritage, so he’ll come out with a Mafia shout or something. Say you’ve annoyed him, he’ll come up to you and say ‘hey, the Mafia will get you!'”.

Yikes. Don’t fuck with Granit.

Finally, Thomas Partey did NOT go to play for Ghana and Arsenal think he might be fit for Liverpool. HUGE NEWS IF TRUE.

On that note, I’m going to leave. Listen to the podcast. Right now.

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grooveydaddy

1st

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And

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Tr4phy

grooveydaddy

Too easy

Karsa

Morning all.

TT

This early morning posts are going to be the death of me ☹️

Jdawg

Sorry I was reading the article and the opening that stats Wenger didn’t bring these Hale Ender’s through isn’t true. I loved smith-rowe when he banged goals in, in the league cup and Europa League under Wenger who gave him his debut. I was gutted when Wenger loaned him out albeit it was needed.

Wenger gave debuts to (correct me if Im wrong). To our current first team Hale enders

Saka
Smith-rowe
Nelson
Nketiah
Iwobi (I know he was sold in Emerys time)
AMN

Jdawg

So Arteta can’t take the glory here sorry. They were prepped by coaches over than him in the academy through to under 23s. They were ready to bang when he came in. Emery has to take some credit too

Jdawg

Terrible spelling sorry typing quickly on my phone

englandsbest

I still cannot believe the Qatar WC Cup will take place. It was the daftest and most corrupt decision that even FIFA ever made. Would the Qatarians care if it were cancelled. Not the people who live and work there. You could probably count the football fans on two hands. Would the players mind? Are you kidding! They must dread the possibility of six weeks stuck out there. Would the FAs be upset. Not a bit. They’ll be worried about getting their teams together. Any country in Europe or Latin America would be preferable. And easy to organize. There is… Read more »

andy1886

Jdawg, sorry to have to correct you but ESR (‘The Smith’) made his senior debut in 2018 under Emery.

Mr Serge

Thank god the 2 yearly world cup has been laughed out of town now to get rid of the nation’s league

Globalgunner

World cup is a world tournament. The clue is in the name. Any country that is capable should host it. I believe FIFA should even rotate it amongst the continental federations. If 1 country cant host it then share the tourney amongst neighbours. Enough of this Eurocentric WC bias. England always want to host it in the forlorn hope that they might accidentally win it. It will take 20 years to go round the federations. the biennial thing is just FIFA looking at its coffers and getting desperate

Wenger is just FIFA`s silly face. It was never his idea

Positive pete

My boy “ Tyler Adams” ripping it up for good ol USA .Really,really hope our rumoured interest in him this jan trans window is true.An absolute gem & beast of a player.Can play DM & RB .Has a release clause at Leipzig.so is attainable.& apparently Leipzig interested in Eddie? So part swap opportunity? Who knows.

englandsbest

I like transfers of exceptional players to Asenal at top dollar. Eve more I like trasnfers of exceptional players that come cheap. But most of all I love exceptional players who come through the ranks. Which is why I’d hate to see Eddie leave

Buckagh

Is Thomas a player who in is head,needs to be absolutely 100% fit all the time, before he can play?

Bankz

grooveydaddy

You’re tempting to come out of retirement.

Raulishuss

Pp,
he’s really interesting that tyler. What a player imo

Northbanker

I don’t personally mind the WC being a biennial one but it would have to be accompanied by the scraping of all the regional tournaments with that being the sole trophy As that involved loads of bureaucrats voting out their own pride and joy it won’t happen What can’t be allows to happen is a tournament every summer and even worse half way through the season We also need to reduce the number of pointless international breaks during the season- clubs need to stand up to FIFA and UEFA and make it clear to them that without their cooperation they… Read more »

David

Granit is a flat track bully who takes his corporate dark arts game into the locker room and onto the training pitch. Like your irritating colleague, he never calls in sick, he turns up to work on time and brown-noses all the right ppl to keep climbing, capitalising on the post-Wenger turmoil to become captain. Is he actually good at his job? Fans who say he is also are more enamoured by his swagger, his soundbites and even his haircut. He’s really the last bastion of the rot that needs to go more so than any of his predecessors. I… Read more »

Bankz

Lol
David you really loathe Xhaka that much?

Globalgunner

Even the Swiss team looked so much better yesterday, minus Granit

IAT-Robbie

Let’s be real here. Since his return from injury, has Martinelli actually been given any decent playing time? 20/21: Premier League – 589 minutes [2G/1A] Europa League – 108 minutes [0G/0A] League Cup – 48 minutes [0G/1A] FA Cup – 57 minutes [0G/0A] 21/22: Premier League – 160 minutes [0G/0A] League Cup – 180 minutes [0G/1A] Those minutes are equivalent to 12.6 full matches in about 9 months of football. I wouldn’t exactly call this good development of a youth player. Especially knowing how much game-time went to Willian. It’s like expecting a miner to find gold with only a… Read more »

LoveSausage

Martinelli is a really frustrating case. He’s clearly one of the most talented players we have at the club but he hasn’t impressed when given the chance lately. And there aren’t many minutes to go around.

The Eddie case is just perplexing. It’s been clear he’s not good enough for a starting position for a while. We have room for one such young player in the squad, yet we kept both him and Balogun. Now we’ll probably lose him on a free transfer instead of pocketing 15M. This one’s been poorly managed by Edu and Arteta.

Asoa

Martineli, Balogun are basically strikers although Martineli also plays in the wings. Strikers are confidence players somewhat akin to fighter pilots. Consistent playing time is required in a somewhat set squad like all greats like Klopp , etc do . The strikers develop an understanding with their feeding players for those split second finishes. Arteta, like a few of us amateurs don’t get it. Or, maybe just catch on any straw display to fit their vendetta or personal dislike.
Adequate playing time is necessary and not a addition of last 6-12 minutes before time to form an opinion.

Raulishuss

Are we gonna start marti over auba,laca,esr,or saka? He isn’t in a position to start over those guys yet. Esr was behind marti not long ago. We’re winning, guys ahead are performing way better anyways. Martis time will come but he needs to take his chances.

LoveSausage

Asoa,

Yes, confidence matters. But so does winning games. We can’t use PL games to build up a young player’s confidence. The problem is that we’re out of Europe so we don’t have enough games.

IAT-Robbie

“320 days ago, Mikel Arteta was looking down the barrel of a gun, with a bullet named: YOU’RE FIRED” Given that dreadful run of league results, it indeed looked that way. But given our history and how well-favoured Arteta appears to be by the board, that probably wasn’t the “reality of the situation” (as Mikel would say). Arsenal FC haven’t sacked a permanent coach within their first full season in over a 100 years. We’ve had at least 14 full-time (out of 20) managers who have lasted more than 3 years in the job. AFC is the no.1 English club… Read more »

DivineSherlock

David

Those were some fine words you wrote about Xhaka and I know that wasnt as harsh as you wanted to be xD
Xhaka just like Ozil is a relic in a modern game , the role he plays has evolved so much in recent years and he cant keep up . We need an upgrade on him in 2017 let alone 2021 !

DivineSherlock

Gabriel Martinelli since saving Arteta’s bacon hasnt really been given that much playing time as compared to ESR or Saka , sometimes a bit harsh because he couldve easily played more instead of Laca and Auba who both were woefully out of form last season. This season I understand Arteta’s got a combination and doesnt want to change much , maybe in League Cup and FA cup or when AFCON happens.

IAT-Robbie

LoveSausage, I definitely agree that a lack of European football this season makes things harder. Though this has been an issue since at least last season when we were in the Europa League.In 2016/17, Liverpool didn’t have European football as they had finished 8th the season before. These were the minutes Klopp gave to U21 players: Ben Woodburn (Age 16) – 9 Matches | 4 Starts | 364 minutes Trent Alexander-Arnold (Age 17) – 12 Matches | 7 Starts | 594 minutes Ovie Ejaria (Age 18) – 8 Matches | 5 Starts | 429 minutes Harry Wilson (Age 19) –… Read more »

Northbanker

Raulihuss I agree but only to a point Aruba’s contribution overall v Watford was pretty dreadful despite people praising him for tracking back more regularly Well yes he does but frankly it is the final touch that matters most with your main striker and an awareness of what is going on around him. He blew 3 goals last week for different reasons and yet MA still kept him on instead of giving Gab a proper run out It is those decisions that frustrate me as we need to give players of huge potential proper game time and that includes a… Read more »

Northbanker

Auba’s

Paddy Gooner

Go on Viv

kjelli

World Cup biennial would ruin PL..

IAT-Robbie

That Guendouzi quote is almost two months old. I’m surprised it’s only just being covered now. Mistranslation or not, Douzi is right. The OM fans are incomparable to Gooners at the Emirates. They are a lot crazier than we are as a fanbase. It has its upsides (nervy opposition) and downsides (suspended matches).

Rich

If you sack a manager, but the manager isn’t the problem, then the same problem still persists, and all you’ve done is play an expensive game of musical chairs A new manager then needs to identify the problems, something the outgoing manager was already fully aware of, give the same failing senior staff a chance to fail , which just eats up more time. This is counterproductive, sometimes a change is needed, things need freshening up, staff are failing, and need moving on. But you need to clearly identify what the actual issues are, I was never convinced by the… Read more »

Kroenkephobe

IAT
Sorry to introduce a bit of a red herring but how did you pull off that trick where you typed our favourite friend’s name upside down? Either you’re a technical whizz or a poltergeist kicks in at the mention of his name and spins it 180 degrees 👺

PS So the Guen quote is from the 16th century in footballing terms eh? Interesting – the words ‘agenda’ and ‘ulterior’ come to mind.

Pedro

Rich, 100%. Whatever happens this season, the next coach coming in has a nice bag of tools to work with. I just hope if that happens we don’t throw the baby out with the bath water and take the Spurs/United approach of bringing in a group of managers with differing philosophies or no philosophies at all. The last part of the rebuild is going to be interesting. It’s clear our forward line needs a rebuild. Pepe is probably done at Arsenal and we’ll have to be thinking about what our strikers are going to look like. Balogun and Martinelli might… Read more »

LoveSausage

IAT,

Klopp pulled off a miracle that season for sure.

I think the problem for us is that Gabi would need to displace ESR, who’s been the standout player this season. I don’t think he’s ever shown enough in #9 to get minutes there.

Pedro

Jdawg, you don’t have to apportion all the glory to anyone. But you can stay focused on the story at hand: ESR banged when Arteta brought him in. Now he’s an England international 11 months later.

LoveSausage

Pedro,

We should definitely keep Laca. Realistically, we’ll only get peanuts f we sell him in January. He’s so important to us right now that it’s probably worth that t letting him run down the contract because it will increase our chances of a 4th place finish.

MidwestGun

Tyler Adams was a beast last night versus Mexico… If we could get him to the Emirates .. It would be an amazing transfer. He is the anti-Xhaka. As good as he was though Weston Mckennie was even better.. and scored a goal. Doubt we can pry him away from Juventus though. Anyways.. US owns Mexico now .. 3 in a row. First time since 1937. So really excited about ESR turning into a World renown player … but with that responsibility comes reliance on conditioning and mental strength. And also to know when to say I need a break.… Read more »

Pedro

Midwest, did he play midfield?

MidwestGun

Peds yes… Defensive midfield… as the deepest midfielder in a 4-3-3 with Mckennie and Musah on eiter side.. He broke up everything Mexico could throw at him and they even tried to rough house him.. turned into a fight. But he avoided yellow cards.

Pedro

Midwest, sounds like I need to watch the highlights.

MidwestGun

Not sure how much Leipzig want for Adams …but I would say if we can get him for Odegaard type money 35 mill or less.. It would be worth it. He is only 22 as well.

IAT-Robbie

KP,

😂😂😂. If only. I just used Flip Text from Google Play (Android).

Yes I remember reading that excerpt a while back. I believe the original was done in French with RMC Sport when he’d just arrived at Marseille.

https://metro.co.uk/2021/08/26/matteo-guendouzi-aims-dig-at-arsenal-fans-over-stadium-atmosphere-15156856/

MidwestGun

Peds yep.. it was an instant classico….. Mexico outplayed US in the first half but failed to score and US dominated the, second half.. Mexico got frustrated and started to rough house . with questionable tackling and even poked one of the US players in the eye behind the refs back. A fight ensued and yellow cards everywhere. Pulisic came on as a sub with 15 mins to go and his first touch was a header into the back of the net and then Weston Mckennie put them away when they got caught out tryng to push for a goal.… Read more »

Rich

Midwestgun

Tyler Adams apparently has a €40 million release clause (£34.1million)

He’s also an Arsenal fan

MidwestGun

40 mill? hmmm thats steep but might still be worth it. Mckennies release clause is 70 mill I think.. And Adams is just as good if not better defensively and passing skills.

MidwestGun

Ok then .. enough.. about International football.. haha The upcoming Pool match can’t get here fast enough… for me. will be going stir crazy the next week.

LoveSausage

The anti-Arsenal bias in the media is off the charts. Just look at how they’re making a meal out of Balogun basically saying that a loan move in January would be good for his development. Pathetic.

Pedro

Midwest, Liverpool are there for the taking as much as they can be.

Our new setpiece specialism might come in handy.

I just hope we don’t pay them too much respect… or get slaughtered like United did.

Jamie

“I love these international breaks” said no one ever.

Janky

Martinelli, when you say that “he’s not leaving,” does this include loans? The kid needs minutes.

I just don’t see the door opening for him this season and he’s too talented to rot on the bench.

Pedro

LoveSausage, didn’t see that Balogun had said that. Great to hear. No point rotting on the bench.

Rich

Pedro, if we try and play Liverpool in an all out open game, then it’s highly likely we’ll come off much worst Arteta far more often than not, has shown pragmatism in these types of games, Arteta being more George Graham than Arsene Wenger, is a really good analogy Liverpool are a mature team, with top players who can hurt us, we just need to stay in the game , I’d be surprised if Liverpool didn’t have at least two thirds of the ball 11 vs 11, the only realistic way we currently win at Anfield, is a backs to… Read more »

LoveSausage

Pedro,

Yeah, it’s about the least controversial thing a player in his situation can say. Just shows he cares about his development. But here we go with the “Arsenal on red alert after Balogun’s transfer bomb” bullshit…

Pedro

Rich, I think what I’m saying is I’d prefer a Mourinho classic limited possession game, than one that feels like we’ve been battered.

We certainly can’t go and play football against them. No chance.

Rich

LS

This is the way our media works across the spectrum, it’s all about clickbait, sensationalism, viewing figures, advertising revenue, subscriptions, target demographics

Rich

Pedro, agree, the pressures all on Liverpool to win, it’s a free hit for us away at Anfield

Mane got injured on international duty, Firmino is out

All we need now is Van Dijk, Salah, Trent, and Fabinho to pick up injuries

LoveSausage

Rich,

I’d just love to see them spread it around a bit. He basically said “I’ve developed as much as I can playing youth football and now I’d like a loan, thanks”. And the media is manufacturing controversy as if it were Pogba telling United he wants to leave for the Nth time.

Pedro

That Josh K interview was pretty decent.

Pedro

Rich, also a few Liverpool players on long distance trips

LoveSausage

Maybe this can be the next research project for the tinfoil hats over at Untold.

LoveSausage

Pedro,

Josh would have to pretty naive to stick his neck out like that if he isn’t planning to continue investing aggressively. Makes me think they have a surprise lined up for us in the January TW.

Pedro

LoveSausage, I have my doubts we’re going big in January… unless we lose Lacazette.

Karsa

I reckon we’ll be getting a shiney new striker in January. If not, then a break the bank striker in the summer,

Pedro

Dean Smith to Norwich is a sharp move if it happens.

LoveSausage

Pedro,

Yeah, it’s hard to do big deals in Jan.

How much would we get for Laca in Jan? 3-5M tops? We might as well carry his salary until the end of the season. If we could do that and bring in a proper striker in January we’d be giving ourselves time for the new guy to bed in without risking what’s working right now. If it were my money, I’d feel it would be worth it. Kind of like paying for insurance.

Pedro

LoveSausage, we’d need to be buying from a deeply distressed club… or we’d be making a panic move.

Hopefully Auba continues to develop his game and some of those misses start to drop for him.

LoveSausage

I’m still holding out an illogical hope that we’ll get Vlahovic. He looks like the best of Giroud and Laca. Perfect signing for the 4-3-3 system Arteta really wants, plus allows you play on the counter against better opposition.

Rich

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_expensive_association_football_transfers

How many big transfer actually work out?

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’d rather we have a well balanced squad, with the right level of internal competition, full of consummate professionals

I’m done with big names, big egos, wages north of £200k p/w

I’d be happy to give Eddie the No9 shirt and Lacazette’s minutes

LoveSausage

Rich,

I agree with you but I’d still argue that buying a young player for big money is different than spending it on a peak (or post peak) Ronaldo/Griezmann/etc. A lot of the disfunction comes from the massive salary you have to put a player like that on, the fact that they are bigger than the club, and that they have incentives to run contracts down. That’s not the case with a younger player.

LoveSausage

Xavi trying to give OGS a run for his money and make Barcelona into Nostalgia FC. Bringing back a 38 year old Dani Alves.

Samesong

To beat Liverpool we would have to have a first half like we did against spurs. Everyone has to be on their game. As much as Liverpool are a great team it’s only take a defeat for them to wobble a bit and I think we are playing them at the right time. A big problem for me is Auba in this game. The ball does not stick with him and he is not intelligent enough to win those little fouls. to take the pressure of the midfield and defence. Playing against their back four you need to be smart.… Read more »

Samesong

alot*

Pedro

Rich,

I’d like our big money to go on premium youngsters.

Like Hazard to Chelsea or Salah to Liverpool.

No one is going to miss buying Haaland next summer.

I suspect the club is hoping to become competitor to Dortmund for the big names they move for

englandsbest

The problem for Martinelli is Auba – and for Eddie and for Balogan. With him gone, all three would get their minutes.

And the way things are going now, Arsenal can beat any PL team – inc Liverpool

Northbanker

Pedro

Totally agree – big money signings rarely work out – maybe it’s the expectation factor – Maybe complacency – maybe a few other things

So premium young player with everything still to prove is the way to go

Ideallly spend 20 – 35m though not 50 – 75

Northbanker

Auba is finished – we’re looking at the dying flames of a falling star

At some point Arteta will come to terms with that

Pedro

Northbanker, if you can get Sterling at 22, I think you go the extra mile.

Or someone very unique, like Ben White

Northbanker

Yes I’d agree with that although Sterling is over 24 so for me I wliild stick with the strategy

Anyone else question whether Partey was really injured or whether it was a ruse to avoid going to save him for Liverpool and avoid the internationals

Northbanker

Some typos in that but you get the gist

Leedsgunner

I know Tyler Adams seems to be the flavour of the month at the moment… Genuinely, I want to know, especially from our American contributors, what marks him out? Why do you like him? Given his versatility in the DM position and RB I understand that he has a lot going in his favour but don’t we already have a player like him in AMN? Why is Tyler Adams worth spending the £30m – £40m RB Leipzig is going to be asking for him? Like I said – a genuine question – and not a point to raise a fight.… Read more »

China1

This World Cup idea is barely even wengers. Fifa have clearly told him to propose something to make the World Cup more frequent so they can make more money and this was as good as he managed (rubbish idea). Wenger has shown throughout his career he’ll just parrot whatever his paymasters want irrespective of it it’s in the best interest of himself or football. He basically admitted it lately that he was too loyal to the ‘project’ at arsenal after dean left and suffered for it. Seems he didn’t learn anything from that experience when he’s out here pushing plans… Read more »

China1

Pedro you can think injuries and suspensions to other players for why ESR got a chance to save Artetas bacon last Christmas!

Spudnik

Bingle

Spudnik

A poo that smells

Spudnik

Love’s the greatest thing

Spudnik

That ever was

Spudnik

Pedro, how big is your love?

Spudnik

Pedro, do you know what love is?

Spudnik

Pedro, if love looked like a smelly blanket, would you think it was an Arsenal manager?

Spudnik

Pedro, if John Smith was the next Arsenal manager, would you and your mates love him?????