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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.


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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Love is the greatest thing ever


Is Le Grove important?

It’s lovely


Does Pedro know what he’s talking about? Doubt it!


Can Pedro Love?


I. hope so


We like who got together.


Should Pedro be loved? Of course.


Spudnik, put down the Peroni



Looks like a ankle snapper, hopefully it’s not as bad as the image suggests


Pepe up for sale for £25m? I feel he has never been played to get the best from him, but if he’s not in Arteta’s plans, then he has to go. Another £50m wasted by us and the suits/owners plus wages. A great weekend for rugby with the Autumn internationals. Serious Kudos to Ireland for beating the Kiwis who put ups a huge defensive effrort against the Irish onslaught. Great win for England who were also up against some do or die defending master class from the Aussis, but their penalty count were their undoing. As I don’t watch club… Read more »


Poor Kola. Two international breaks with dangerous and reckless challenges. Looking at the pictures, it looks like the same ankle that bore the brunt of Jules Kounde’s challenge in the France v Bosnia game 2 months ago. This tackle by the Finnish player is almost identical too. Very unlucky dude. Hopefully it’s not too serious.

Nigel Tufnel

I think Pepe improved last season, mainly in the fact that he added hard work and tracking back that Arteta was demanding. Was looking far better when moved to the left and came inside more. Much more direct. Even scored with his right leg a couple times, shocking everyone. On the wide right, hugging the touchline, he is a waste and hurts our attack more than he helps, even though his left leg can be magical. Someone said it here… he slows down our game too much, so it’s better if he leaves, I guess. Main thing is, I never… Read more »

Nigel Tufnel

Ben White vs Watford: Most touches 101 Most Passes 81 Most Blocks 3 Most Clearances 6 Most Interceptions 2 (high up the pitch) Made the play that ended in ESR goal and 3 points. From a centre back? Loads of clean sheets and defensive performances. Geniuses here: 50 million!!! I’m not convinced!! I want to talk about Brentford game still!!! He’s not VvD! He’s not tall so can’t be worth it! This player is special for his position. Was it Arteta who envisioned the possibilities in his system? Then I guess he deserves credit. Don’t worry, one error that costs… Read more »

S Asoa

” Spudnik, put down the Peroni ”
Classic 😂😂


Nigel agreed Pepe was far effective on the Left and Saka on the right to effect magic with ESR. Pepe needs freedom to make it up on the spot rather than be drilled to play a certain way. The left offered Pepe more freedom to express himself something more akin for Wenger not Arteta. What’s strange is now we’re playing ‘Express yourself’ 1 and 2 touch football that’s enjoyable to watch and has us kicking thin air and leaning one way or another with the player with the ball etc. It’s happy football. Saka needs to be in areas where… Read more »


That’s a lesson to Kola, I’m afraid. A footballer’s career is only one bad tackle away from a premature end.

I hope for his case it’s not too serious and he can come back, but his decision to see out his contract with us this season may well look like a foolish one, taking short term riches in place of a long term contract and all of the security that entails.

On the plus side, I guess Arsenal can now claim on insurance for his 100k p/w lost wages…


No worries Ozil will hire mercenary Kola as a personal bodyguard as he saved his friend once before.

Wearing a full body kevlar suit, Kola would be the one dementedly jumping up, down and side to side furiously flapping his arms, in front of any approaching assailants until the Ultra Kav Magra black belts arrived armed to the teeth.

Kola would live a pampered life for the privilege of being the counter measures part of body guarding.


Tony, let’s hope he’s a better bodyguard than he is a left back.


Pepe / Lingard swap it’s gotta happen! We’ll never get 25m and UTD love a winger. UTD are supposedly wanting to sell Lingard



“On the plus side, I guess Arsenal can now claim on insurance for his 100k p/w lost wage”

Alas any compensation would be from Arsenals insurance.

“Following agreements between FIFA, UEFA and the European Clubs Association (ECA), when players are injured on international duty during major tournaments, the national governing body will be required to compensate the club which the player plays for.

This rule only applies, however, to injuries suffered in the final stages of an international football tournament.”

The Bard

Much as I’m on board with the younger players coming through its not a conveyer belt strategy. Very very few make it. Those that do have a lot of ups and downs in their early years. We are seeing that with Martinelli. It’s not a strategy that will make you a top 4 club. The bottom line is you need to spend.
Wenger is Wenger. He still thinks he is relevant but the truth is he isnt.


Lingard = huge no from me. Swaps don’t work. He’s 28 and doesn’t fit the strategy. If Pepe is not going to progress we have to accept a huge disappointment and that we didn’t get the player we hoped to get and sell him for the best price we can get. I agree with prev comments his best position is LW and that is sadly because his first touch is so poor and he is so reliant on his left leg. Those traits dictate that he willl always be a second rate Prem player and will slow the game down.… Read more »


Bard – we need both but spending has to be strategic not haphazard. Martinelli hasn’t has enough game time to progress – why wasn’t Auba brought off last week for example and Gabby playing for a meaningful time? We do need a better strategy for blooding our top youngsters – Flo, Patino, Hutchinson etc. Why wasn’t Patino at least on the bench for a League Cup game (I think he was injured for last but there were prev games)


Arteta on Elmeny “ He said: “What Mo transmits to the team is special. He has this energy as a person. “He goes in the room and he creates that atmosphere. Today I said that we needed that energy and that positive feeling that he brings all the time. I think he was tremendous. “Obviously I played with him so I know his qualities and who he is as a person, and what he brings to the squad. I like players that have zero ego, who play for the team, who want to contribute regardless of what it is, whether… Read more »

Positive pete

Jesse “ big girls blouse” lindgard.A huge No.The thought of him mincing around with that stupid goal celebration enough to make you puke.
@ Leeds.Tyler Adams prob comparable to Bissouma.Spme might argue even better.Certainly younger & cheaper.Go get him EDU.Pref in Jan.

The Bard

Northbanker I don’t disagree with your comment on Martinelli. The problem with giving young strikers game time is they blow hot and cold. Think Chelsea and Tammy Abraham
He had to go on loan a few times to get his game time before he became a reliable striker.

S Asoa

Russia vs Croatia is on
Midric is still too good. Unfortunately messy weather


France completely undressed Kazakhstan last night 8-0.

Sexy time. Jagshemash.


Two funny things Our kiddo ESRis shutting all over 100m grealish this season for goals and assists. Poor lad only has 1 goal and two assists. Bargain 2 – free transfer 11 available this summer is unreal. Lloris mbappe pogba dybala cuadrado rudiger sule azpollecueta kessie dembele insigne This 11 would compete for the fucking CL lol. Absolutely jokes. Personally I think we should be talking to Kessie in January. If we can’t sign him then but could get him signed to a free for the summer it would be awesome business. To have him Partey and Lokonga would mean… Read more »


Supposedly xavi at Barca wants to buy Tammy abraham.

He is a good player but let’s be serious here he’s not a long term replacement for Suarez now is he

I feel like Barca’s recruitment is so scattergun lol. They either buy players for a fortune based on their star name appeal or they want players who are very obviously not good enough



Brilliant article on Saliba, and how his loan move is so far proving successful

Tying Saka + Saliba down, should be the clubs first priorities next summer


China ” free transfer 11 available this summer is unreal.Lloris mbappe pogba dybala cuadrado rudiger sule azpollecueta kessie dembele insigne ” Article on wenger in 2017 Yet Wenger believes that plenty of managers will soon face such circumstances due to inflation in the transfer market. “In the future, you will see that more and more, players going to the end of a contract,” the Frenchman said after his side’s 2-1 Emirates Cup defeat to Sevilla. “Why? Because transfer [fees] become so high, even for normal players, no one will want to pay the amount of money that is demanded. I’m… Read more »


Lloris – 34 years old, £100k a week salary, average keeper Mbappe – £430k a week, only a couple petroclubs can afford both his wage and a transfer fee Pogba – £290k a week, 3 goals 3 assists in the PL last season. He’ll be 29 before the season’s over and is still incredibly inconsistent Dybala – £220k a week, 4 goals 3 assists in Serie A last season. Cuadrado – £150k a week, 2 goals, solid 10 assists, will be 34 years old in May. Rudiger – £100k a week, only 19 league appearances last season, turning 29 in… Read more »


Pierre – it largely only happens because clubs mismanage their players’ contracts or because they have made very bad buys in the first place


Bard – so you think then that Martinelli is going to improve by keeping the bench warm week after week?


Hate to say it but congratulations to Australia.

Feel for NZ, who miss out again.


Did we just beat the South Pacific Poms in the ‘hit & giggle’ World Cup? 🙂


Martinelli needs game time, even if its somewhere else.


Just been listening to Gilberto on TalkSport.

He thinks PV4 will be a top manager down the line.

I think I agree with him.


I agree, PV4 is looking very impressive in a short period of time


Palace have played Chelsea , city , arsenal , liverpool , west ham and leicester away from home, so i do expect them to be possible contenders for Europe. I’ve said previously their signings have been very impressive , and Vieira already has them playing to a system that suits the players.. A few last minute goals conceded have cost them points or they would be around the champions league spots. I would take Vieira over Arteta tomorrow, what he is doing is nothing short of amazing in changing their style of football in a few short months, spending 60… Read more »



It’s funny, many on here highlighted that Vieira was not good enough prior to his arrival at CP.
His grounding at New York City FC and Nice may not have been spectacular but it doesn’t take an Einstein to see that he’s got what it takes to be a top manager.
I agree with everything you say.
Imo, he’ll soon be a sought after manager.
You can see the Palace players love playing for him.


Palace have a really exciting bunch of players.

They could be the surprise package this season.

Oops! Forgot, this is an Arsenal blog.


Arsenal will regret selling joe willock and it will be ages before they recover. Pierre i sed you. LOL

Matt B

What happened to Graham Potter, I thought he was the new messiah?


I’m not one of those who has ever written off vieira but you can’t read too much into 8 games.

Lots of managers get a bounce. Over achieving over 2 or 3 seasons tells a lot whereas over achieving for 8 games could just be the stars aligning and a purple patch of form.

Emery had a huge unbeaten run and none of us think he was good enough. But has vieira made a great start? Hell yeah – and fair play to him