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Well, the mood today is feeling pretty sexy, no?

West Ham United did a few things that really pleased me:

  1. They changed out 6 players for Chelsea, preserving legs for Europa. That means their sole focus is that tournament. There’s no way they go with a decent team against us, just no way.
  2. They lost. Arsenal are now 8 points clear having played one game less. They aren’t fighting for Champions League or Europa via the Premier League this season.
  3. Craig Dawson, their only centre back, was sent off. West Ham can either rush injured players back, or they’re going to have to accept a very rough afternoon against Arsenal.

This is the Premier League, nothing is ever guaranteed, just look at Everton giving Liverpool problems today… but as things stand, we couldn’t ask for a better set of ingredients heading into that pivotal away game next week.

How about Spurs? 10 days ago, people were falling back on basic bitch analysis saying that Antonio Conte was a proper manager, Arsenal shouldn’t have fucked around with a rookie that makes mistakes, and we were doomed. Well, the manager that apparently doesn’t make mistakes has conjured up a miraculous 0 shots on target against Brentford and Brighton, with a fit Harry K and Son, accumulating just 1 point in the process. Where are the ‘ARTETA MAKES MISTAKES’ merchants? WHERE ARE YOU? If Conte is making mistakes, can we maybe accept that all managers make mistakes?

To make matters even MORE delicious, French media is running stories that Conte has dropped his pants and presented himself to PSG last week. He hates it a Spurs, we know that because we watch his pressers and listen to him. He was a disaster hire even if they do get 4th. It always ends in destruction with him. He’s tasted Clover Club like establishments all around the world, now he’s being asked to eat a cold hamburgers from McDonald’s at Spurs. That’s not him.

So who is ready to have a very serious conversation with me? Antonio Conte is only where he is with Spurs because of Harry Kane. If Harry is man-marked, Conte has nothing. Outside that, he has been the luckiest manager in the league this season. The only people who truly believe Conte is performing miracles are those that don’t spend any time watching Spurs play. They were absolutely battered by Brentford yesterday, it was embarrassing, I can’t believe they didn’t lose.

There are 5 games to go, nothing is wrapped up, there are still twists and turns to come… but we are back in the driving seat with the opportunity to MAYBE go into the Spurs game not needing to win the game.

I would hand the 3 points to Spurs for their Leicester game, though Brendan is capable of springing an unexpected tactical masterclass. But would I put money on Spurs turning over Liverpool at Anfield? I wouldn’t.

Things aren’t going to be simple for Arsenal. Bukayo Saka, the man with 16 g/a this season, which is better than Salah, and one short of KDB, is rumoured to be out for two games. That’s not great news for Arsenal, but we could absorb the loss if Pepe shows up and wants to prove a point like everyone else in the squad has. We could also work something out between Gabi, ESR and Odegaard.

The long and short is we have to find a way, like we have done all season, because we have done the hard work beating United and Chelsea. Don’t fuck it on West Ham and Leeds United.


Listen, the young lad is a reincarnation of Emanuel Eboue. Explosive, clearly talented, but mega CHAOS. You had it all against United. A goal, a penalty give-away, some powerful runs, some good passes, some shocking decisions, customary row Z shots. He’s not at the level we need right now… but he’s young, and 95% of you, myself included, bitched when Arteta put Xhaka in his place. This is our punishment. This is Arteta performing the ‘if you, the fans, know so much, then here it is.’

It’s important to support Tavares. Arteta had it right. We all sit there, fat, overweight, shit at sport… insisting we’d make better decisions against United in a MUST WIN game. It’s easy to be an armchair player. Tavares has to suffer to get better, and as a result, so do we. Slandering a kid online is shitty behavior, we are better than that, and we have been SO wrong on other players. Granit, BIG MO, League One Eddie, to name but a few. They are all part of the unit taking us to the promised land, so hold back the mean tweets, and be grateful they are all trying their best, because it could be enough this season.

I did a podcast with Johnny earlier and we landed on the mistake of not signing a striker in January. I can’t tell you how much I disagree with that take. The striker we needed was the England U21 record goalscorer who did the job against Chelsea. If he’d been given all the games from January, you’d have at least 8 goals.

Remember these points when thinking about January:

Point 1: We went hard for the most expensive striker available in January and lost out based on dodgy agent fees. The player wanted Arsenal, but he was pushed by his agent, now he’s rumoured to be unhappy about the horrible Allegri system he’s struggling in.

Learning here: We had the money, the intent, and we went for it.

Point 2: Some think we should have signed any old backup striker just to give us a body. Again, this sort of point is basically a brand statement, not a sporting statement. Fans just wanted it to seem like we were doing something but if you buy an average backup in the short-term, you pay in the long-term. No player moves for a bad deal in Jan, so you are tying someone in for 3 years. That potentially blocks a kid, it lowers the standards at the training ground, and it can cause friction when that average backup isn’t getting minutes. There will also be better back-ups in the summer. Which striker moved in Jan that you thought was a miss? Weghorst… 29 years old, a poverty Giroud, 2 goals in 15 games? Fuck that.

Learning here: A body for body’s sake gets you Pablo Mari. You pay for that in the end. We are a CL dreaming club. Shitty backups aren’t the way forward. Second learning, who signed a banger of a striker in Jan that we missed out on? Ashley Barnes? Any other names?

‘BUT THERE MUST HAVE BEEN SOMEONE’ doesn’t rub for me. We had £60m available. If there was a player that could have made us better, he’d be at Arsenal right now.

Point 3: It is better to delay signing a banger of a striker a year than sign someone that doesn’t fit the profile you need to go right to the top. Wenger did exactly that once, he crippled us by waiting for… Chamakh. Right idea, wrong execution. We are looking for a very specific type of player, there are probably only 5 or 6 that fit the bill, these players are at clubs competing for things. We have delayed the purchase because we get one shot at this. Stan K won’t keep spending money we don’t have. This striker is the most consequential striker signing we’ll make this decade. It will define us, shape our success, and orient where our spending goes in the future. Next season, you will look back on our lack of movement in January and thank the GODS of football we didn’t do something stupid because we will be a different beast next season.

Learning here: Just because you can buy someone, doesn’t mean you should. Fans live in the moment, window to window, football clubs have to be bigger than that and look at the long game. Arsenal has finally learned to be smart.

THE SHORT TERM BIG PICTURE: We are in control of 4th, with 5 games to go, with the youngest manager in the league, with the youngest squad in the league, without having had access to an elite striker all season, with 3 of our best players out injured, with the worst goal scoring record in the top 7.

Add an elite striker and a blockbuster midfielder to this squad and do nothing else… we are a top 4 team next year.

Bukayo Saka is already pushing KDB and Salah for numbers.

Martin Odegaard has created the most chances in the league since November.

Thomas Partey is one of the best midfielders in the league.

Our defence will be so much better next season.

Arteta will get sharper tactically, he’ll hopefully rotate the squad better, and he will just improve.

Bill Saliba is going to be at Arsenal next season, don’t panic, he’ll sign a new deal, he’ll give us better options when our key defenders are flapping.

Our inexperienced players are all developing Arsenal Winning IP as they fight nerves, physical drain, and emotional wreckage. They will come back different men next season.

Here’s the cut of it… if we do get top 4, the confidence in our very small camp will be absolutely off the charts going into next season. There is a chance for us to compete for 3rd next season, those players will believe they have a right to eat at the big boy’s table.

This season will be a success however we finish, Europa was the target, no one in Arsenal leadership gives a shit if Arsenal fans changed the target. Anything above that is MASSIVE and ahead of schedule.

If we hit our stretch goal, it will be so, so, so special and it will turbocharge our plans.

So let’s take a moment to enjoy that United victory, then regroup and focus on that West Ham game.

It. Is. Huge.

Now listen to our podcast and marvel at how funny Johnny is. Also, we wanted to thank you again for listening, we had our best week ever for podcast listens, and we also got our first deal to do read-through ads. We know we’re not Arseblog or Arsenal Vision, but it was cool regardless, it means we’re showing up on media agency listener tools. So thank you. We are going to do a Patreon package next season that’s a mix of editorial and extra podcast content.


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4th is king, who wants 1st?


Where is bankz?


Matt “ I really hope Everton can pick up some results before we play them on the last game. Would be great if they didn’t need anything from that game to stay”I was thinking along the same lines too Even a bad team is due a good result with the type of hustle they showed today.Either, they sink so low that they are already out by the lag game because their schedule is hellish (which is more likely) or They’ve already qualified by the last game (unlikely because the bastards at Burnley are built for this life)I suspect that Everton… Read more »


Let’s do this. Its too easy.


Who knows?


not sure how I missed this one. Ah well.


Have to say I’d love us to relegate Everton…


Congrats on the pod recognition. Do enjoy and respect the passion in your defence of no signing, and also MA’S mistakes but I do find it hard to believe that there wasn’t a player on another team’s bench that would have jumped at the chance of a 6 month loan especially if his wages went up by £30k a week for the contract. Otherwise, targets might not change for the board but opportunities that arise need to be considered and striven for, and MA is going to have to learn and if he doesn’t needs to be accountable for that.… Read more »

Mark S

DM-You’re alive! Haven’t seen you around for awhile my friend.

Nigel Tufnel

Pedro you’re right about a few things..

Saka is becoming increasingly more composed month by month. Great natural talent, and good coaching and system… Same with ESR.

Even Xhaka and ElNeny are playing better than ever before, and it’s not a coincidence… system and manager challenging them. They’re also enjoying football much more, you can see it.

Making the stretch goal or not, we have the right manager for the rebuild and it will be a good summer.


Just consulted the crystal ball we will have secured 4th before going into the Everton game, then as a kind gesture we play all our youngsters in a totally unrecognizable starting 11 and rescue Everton from relegation. As Sid says I am telling you for free :D-):


re:Conte being lucky. if ANYONE watched the spurs villa game a few weeks ago you couldnt possibly disagree. spurs won4-0 which has to be the the luckiest final score of the season, if ever in the time ive been watching the PL, and that game was my fav non-arsenal game i’ve watched all season. how villa failed to score in that first half is one of those mysteries that hot take opinion fetishists simply cannot process so it’s like it never happened. but it did, watch that 1st half if you think im full of shit, villa were insane. as… Read more »


Hindsight is perfect… but I applaud the club for not panic buying in January. Panic buy now, means you end up selling the same players as deadwood later, more often than not. However it DOES mean that this summer we have to spend big and spend well and smart. For what’s it’s worth I would love to bring in players like Youri Tieleman, Gabriel Jesus and Max Aarons or Tariq Lamptey all under 26 but with plenty of first team appearances… but should be reasonably priced. If we have to spend very big on two players in addition let’s do… Read more »


As one who enjoys your offerings both in audio or text, congratulations on the new heights and long may it continue. I’m with Jake on the January signing thing. It assumes that deals in January or any short term deals can only be bad, restrictive in the short term and unproductive. That is not true. You paint a worst case picture scenario and assume that that is the only possible outcome. First, the standard set by a productive Laca between November and April wasn’t high. He wasn’t producing at peak Ian Wright. He was merely facilitating the functioning of the… Read more »


Spurs are the footballing equivalent of Emperor’s New Clothes- they like to shout and boast a lot but when you dare to look behind the curtain they haven’t got a thing.

Kane and Son, when they are on form, rescue them and make them look better than they really are.


If Kane and Son don’t score, they drop points. It’s that simple. Spurs are sooo one dimensional!


Arteta Makes Mistakes merchant here. “Bill Saliba is going to be at Arsenal next season, don’t panic, he’ll sign a new deal.” He is an Arsenal player next season no doubt. but your statement is it a reflection of YOUR crystal ball or do you have a hotline to his agent? One thing is for sure for Saliba there is one more important thing then playing for Arsenal and that is being in the French WC squad in November/December in Qatar. If we guarantee that he will be a starter until the WC he might agree to extend the contract.… Read more »


Just read your comment and my explanation for Arteta not being the manager that I would like to see at Arsenal is because I don’t see him to take the club to challenge for the title. No problem for an apology to be offered by me, but shall we wait until May 22nd for that it because it will be clearer then?



You should apologise for treating fans that supported the club badly and you should retract your awful takes that were wrong.

‘He can’t win the title’ is the worst retroactive pívot I’ve read on here.

Come back at the end of may by all means.

Nigel Tufnel

Lol at least you didn’t call him any bad names.

No matter how much we succeed, he’ll be on here with panicky posts about Saka leaving,, and trying to stir up controversy in our team by using Saliba. He did that through all our best patches this season.

It never ends because that’s who he is,


I think arteta did the right thing playing Tavares
He’s raw, a defensive liability but I think he’ll grow with good coaching. He and Sambi showed more potential when tierney and xhaka were out earlier in the season. It was right to criticize arteta for having left squad players in the cold.
It’s also right to praise him for the good work he’s been doing


Osimhen also fits the ticket in being injury prone. 39 games missed for Napoli in 2 seasons. Anyone with the appetite to buy him, should investigate on whether he’s a crock or just unlucky.


Why din;’t Peo;le get this simple fact
Osimhen is not that good
Have people actually watched him besides looking at the YouTube montages

His finishing is worse than Giroud’s
His link ups play isn’t that good
He;’s doing well in Italy for the same reasons Lukaku excelled there- big strikers typically prosper in Serie A but premier league defenses are good at nullifying them.,

Can’t believe fans that dissed Giroud are now salivating at lesser players from a different era.


***Why don’t people get this simple fact?


Half the time Osimhen is having tantrums at referees while the game is still going on.


I am not surprised no one talked about we didn’t have CM in Jan and we didn’t sign nobody. As a result, we got eliminated in the FA cup competition.


Giroud”s 23 Serie A matches this season, playing a total of 1518 minutes. average of 0.47

Osimhen’s 23 Serie A matches this season, playing a total of 1713 minutes. average of 0.63

Giroud is on his last legs at 35 year old and yet he’s doing as well as the striker people keep putting up as an option for the Arsenal.

Nigel Tufnel

Interesting stats Dissenter. A lot of people championing Osimhen previously-any care to respond?

I know nothing about him really.


That bad, diss?

Think Napoli might be a disqualifier as well,

Mr Serge

Kilroy the same guy that told people on here not to communicate with me and a few others because we were positive and we were a stain on the club, the guy that grouped me with certain other posters on here again because I had a different take than him is on here spouting about being guaranteed top 4 by the time Everton visit us,

Wow Christ has risen indeed miracles have happened


Osimhen makes me suspicious.

Napoli is notoriously difficult to negotiate with and the mere fact that they are talking to us makes me think “Why are they even open to letting him go? Why aren’t Juventus therefore interested?”

Especially for the price Napoli will want, I think we could do better.

Nunez for me feels like a safer bet.


Good stats Dissenter re Osimhen! Thanks for the heads up!


Why are we sleeping on James Ward Prowse ? He is so good , PL ready CM . Great FKs , can play passes from the deep , would be valuable against team that employ deep blocks .


“Nigel, I never call people bad names, no one does that on this site.” No you only troll your dissenting posters, Pedro. Also, not when Don want-to-be Zacharse is posting, no you’d pretty much be correct., Pedro. He has to be the recent most expletive ridden swear jar fills poster here. If he knew what he was talking about you could overlook the vulgarity with adjectives he uses every other word, if he only made good points that make sense. Anyway, back to where we are now, which as you know Pedro was my preseason prediction, I couldn’t be happier… Read more »


Im with Pedro striker conclusions. I even believed there are only 2 or 3 (nor 5 or 6)options only, cause Vlahovic isnt available now.

WH and Leeds are massive because if we get 4 points from there, Saka and Partey will be ready for Spurs. So we will be stronger for the final 3.games if we avoid more injuries.

Hope we keep similars setups but back 5 seems more solid because reduce Tavares defensive duties.

Xhaka situation is worrisome because another yellow means a 2 match ban, and we cannot afford to dont have him in the starting 11.

Dark Hei

“I am not surprised no one talked about we didn’t have CM in Jan and we didn’t sign nobody. As a result, we got eliminated in the FA cup competition.”

That would be making 2 mistakes instead of just 1.

Dark Hei

“My only gripe was that Maguire wasn’t on the field as his terrorized expressions of anguish almost match those of legendary Phil Jones at Manure.”

Ha ha


Great result again – but my word the defence was all over the place. What a weird game footy is. Losing to Palace, Brighton then Southampton but doing over Chelsea then United. Go figure. Hot take for me is that Arteta is learning from his mistakes it seems. Sticking with Tavares (will do wonders for his self belief) playing Eddie (not sticking to his favourites) giving Sambi a break (he’s not quite at the races yet) – I think that everybody on here has a reason to be pro or anti Arteta. Both his actions and results support both narratives.… Read more »

afm for afc

firstly this is a ‘private’ site. the author can say what he wants. we don’t like, we don’t tune in. those who think it’s their birthright to go into other people’s ‘homes’ and go way over the top, cross the lines, be disrespectful and abusive towards the host need to examine their dicks in full public view. that is if they even have one. there can be no substitute for civility, good manners and respect. i can, and do appreciate the difference of opinions he have here. we gather here because we care for the football team/club we support. some… Read more »

Topside Northbank

SAGG etc

With Xhaka and a potential ban for yellow cards I checked pretty sure you have to get the 10 yellows by game 32 for that 2 match ban to kick in?

I may be wrong not sure if that is the games played by the player or actual match week?

Topside Northbank

Had a quick look for clarification regarding suspensions on yellow cards and found this hope it’s ok to post links Pedro?



Listened to podcast Pedro. A hit more analysis on hoe we conceeded the first goal would have been good. There were two defenders and one gk who were nearer to Ronaldo yet conspired to conceed. Regarding Jan TW , I agree with you on striker and the we also know that we put all eggs in Vlahovic. So complains there. I also agree with u that it’s the man mangement aspect of Arteta that had me worrying. The ability to get the best out of SQUAD and not first 12 and the smootheing on some of his treatment of youngs… Read more »


Following on from the last post in Jan TW I would have liked a CM to be coming in. I was afraid of Partey injuries and Xhakas petulance. While xhaka has been great , I also knew that the fan base dodnt even consider Mo as an option and neither did Arteta. It’s fair to say that Arteta has stumbled upon MO and that has given us stability in the short run. Say what you will I always loved Mo because he is consummate professional, no ego and very comfortable with understanding his place under the sun. I will always… Read more »


Great win for the guys. My schedule has been terrible. I got of to watch the game but paid for it later lol. Only good thing coming out from that brave but ultimately stupid adventure was that we won. Boy was my heart in my mouth though! And for once, we got lucky with VAR. Or maybe for 2 games in a row (Saka insurance goal against Chelsea). It’s almost impossible to believe that we are fighting for 4th with the kind of record we have. Either the EPL is getting so competitive, or the big teams are struggling real… Read more »


Not sure why people have to apologize for takes on this site. Everyone screws up and everyone is also allowed to adjust their viewpoint based on current circumstances. After all, Pedro was trashing Saliba rejecting a loan to a British club as a sign of his weak mentality at the beginning of the season. Looks like it worked out pretty well for everyone involved. No-one is asking for an apology on that take.


Madhu That’s an odd comment on Arteta not thinking he would have any use for Mo. After all, he kept him as one of his four CMs and he could have shipped him out. He kept him for the reasons you like him. He’s a great professional and can be counted on to a job when needed. It’s easy to forget when talking about squad rotation and the need for some players to get more playing time that we had a really light schedule and so to play your best players once a week for Premier League games (give or… Read more »


Good post Pedro

The team has to hang in there, one week at a time. I’m hopeful


Bacary the reason I mention is that Arteta hasn’t shown any propensity to rotate the squad. Giving minutes in between to Mo would have made it easier to think he was part of the plan. But having not played at all from Dec is an indication of something. Thats where squad rotation would help.


A great weekend for AFC fans, I was screaming at my tv the whole game, swearing at Tavares as if
he heard me !!?? Granit Xhaka ?? I always rated him.. Spent the Sunday watching vid of Jack
Henry Francis.. He is Mo Elneny with no reverse gear, if he gets promoted and Wijnaldum
comes this summer we are ready to rock and roll

The Bard

I agree with most of the post except your take on the Jan tansfer issue. If we didn’t sign Vlad because of a few million on a dodgy agent then we’re stupid beyond belief. Strikers are gold dust and always come with add ons. If you want one you have to suck up the bits and pieces. Do you think it will be any easier in the summer with Bayern and Man U in the frame.



Fair enough but I think Arteta was on a lose-lose there. If he had disrupted a line-up that was on a good run then everyone would be screaming at him for galaxy braining things. Mo might not have played for us but he had a really good run from Egypt which probably explains his relative sharpness.


Saka out, Martinelli in ….pretty simple . Tomiyasu right back . We are now getting into a an Eboue situation with Tavares , in that the over reaction from the crowd to a misplace pass or 2 is becoming ridiculous. Tavares is not the first player to jump with an arm up in the penalty area and he won’t be the last . People forget that he helped to make and then score the first goal. It’s a credit to him that he came through his dodgy spell yesterday and a credit to Arteta for sticking with him.. The media… Read more »


The Bard

Have no idea where Pedro’s info came from that Vlahovic wanted Arsenal over Juventus. All the reporting was that Vlahovic wanted Juve but they wanted to wait for the summer and Arsenal’s firm interest forced Juve into buying him in January.

That doesn’t mean he wouldn’t have come to Arsenal but that his preference was to remain in Italy. He’s been there for 4 years already and there was a guarantee of Champions League football with Juventus that Arsenal couldn’t provide.

Habesha Gooner

I am glad it is working out for us. But the narrative of there being no deals to be done is crap. They clearly knew there were shortages in the squad. If not they wouldn’t have gone in for Vlahovic and Arthur. Loans were available. I am sure we could have gambled on someone like Luka Jovic for a 6 months loan. There were some deals to be made for a loan at CM too. Nketiah is showing something these past two games. But Arteta wasn’t thinking about him when he went in to the 2nd half of the season.… Read more »


nice one tony
tell me where im wrong and i’ll stand corrected. all i’ve fought against on here is phonies like you.
just like ive been doing since arteta took over and regardless of results, luck, and the pgmol -i’ve been happy to see some fight and style instilled into our club after a dismal decade and i won’t tolerate. weak minded fools trashing the reasons i support and continue to come here without a fight. obviously something youve never had to do



Agree with your Nuno comments and it was refreshing to see him and Arteta warmly embrace after the game. As for AMN, it’s a shame his mind was stuck on playing as a central midfielder. He said he was happy playing anywhere but it was clear he was anxious to play in midfield.



On the plus side, at least we didn’t bring Dani Ceballos back for another year!

Habesha Gooner

Yeah. But Ceballos is a loan that didn’t work out. I am glad Elneny is playing okay but I am sure we could have found better on loan in January. Heck I would even have kept AMN if we didn’t bring in anyone. AMN played some fantastic games in midfield when Partey was out. We gambled on top 4 when it was our best chance to finish there in ages. It is a gamble we didn’t need to take.

Habesha Gooner

I have a question.

If Nketiah leaves on a free, would you guys take Divock Origi as a back up to the main striker we sign?

Le Sauce

You guys are a funny bunch. You think Origi in his prime years will leave being a backup striker in one of the best PL sides ever to come and be a back up striker at Arsenal. Go easy on the kush, same way some are saying Gabriel Jesus will leave city to be a backup at Arsenal

Le Sauce

Even Nketiah who is yet to prove zilch doesn’t wanna be a backup striker here. Our backup is most likely gonna be Balogun if Nketiah leaves, we have to admit we’ve not gotten to the stage where Origi/Jesus leaves Liverpool/City to be our backup strikers


If Nketiah leaves on a free, would you guys take Divock Origi as a back up to the main striker we sign?

He’s not coming to Arsenal to be back up though. He would want first team football. I would rather see Martinelli as the back up option and Gabriel on the left


I’m not jumping on the Nuno hating train, I think people have gone overboard He started the season, played a handful of games and looked better than Tierney. He had a couple of poor games, then He played fuck all football for ages He has come back, played a few games and been very hit and miss (good hits and horrible misses) He’s a young player in his first season in the worlds toughest league. He’s played against some of the biggest teams in the world. He’s had his manager drop him like a stone for months at a time.… Read more »


Also I think Nuno is offensively way better than Tierney Tierney has become too artetarised and is constantly getting the ball. Stopping still bolt up right. Turn around. Pass back to the Cb. Even when there are more offensive players available to pass to. He also has been putting in way too many gorm crosses ala Cedric. Those pointless floaty gorm ones that are never in a million years leading to a goal Nuno is defensively very worrying lately. Offensively he’s a firecracker tho and despite mixed end product he is a huge handful for defenders and means they have… Read more »


Because you want to be seen as defending tavares(I agree the over the top reaction is just so arsenal fans and boring) doesn’t mean you have to downplay KT importance. KT is a better and more balanced footballer than nuno both defensively and offensively. Nuno is not even refined even offensively but he has God’s given extraordinary physical attribute. Arteta will train him to be a good player I’m certain


Shame about Saka absence. How Arteta may deal with that is interesting. Asking Pepe to fulfil the same role is unrealistic. Better perhaps to move Eddie wide right and play Pepe centrally.


Keep Eddie central.


Got to keep Eddie central

Pepe hasn’t the first touch to l,ead the line.

AFC Forever

Saka being out will mean Martinelli can come in. Don’t forget though, our right side has just been massively strengthened by the return of Tomi. That means whoever plays there will have better support from an athletic player who can overlap. Losing Saka is a blow but the return of Tomi is a massive boost. It also means we can perhaps risk Pepe if we’re chasing a game, who without the ball is pretty poor. Tomi coming into the side also provides us with the option to switch Cedric to left back, if Tavares is struggling with confidence. So losing… Read more »


How the hell can you say valhovic is struggling at Juventus, he’s scoring almost every game

Habesha Gooner

Le sauce
He isn’t a backup at Liverpool. He is behind Jota and Firminho. And now Mane too has reinvented himself as Center Forward. So that means he is 3rd choice at best and 4th choice at worst.

He isn’t a Winger either. And he has Mane, Diaz, Salah, Eliott and Minamino infront of him.

I am not even sure he is backup quality for us. That was why I was asking the question.

Habesha Gooner

And Origi would get games at Arsenal if Eddie left and he was the backup. At the very least he would get games in Fa cups, League cups and games in the premier league if we get to the Champions league and we need to rotate. If not in the Europa league.

He has been linked with AC Milan. I don’t think he will start over Ibra or Giroud either. Any top team he goes to he is going to be a backup because he isn’t starter quality. Otherwise he would go to midtable teams to play regularly.


Hands up , I was ready to can Nuno on Saturday night, it had been a long afternoon…. I noticed on motd how Matic was hold ESR down with two hands , and Nuno was trying to jump between them , so his leading arm had to be raised. He’s still a worry mind , but maybe not unsalvageable. I’m also with bacary on the lack of rotation. Even during the good run , how many games were we comfortable enough to bring off our best players early? Eddie for tiring CF, and Bob H to go full low block.… Read more »


Martin Odegaard has created the most chances in the league since November.
I don’t get that, he has 4 assists out of 31 games this season so either what he creates is complete shit or whoever he’s passed it to doesn’t score, I’ll go with the former. 99% of the time all he seems to do is pass to Saka!


Danny “. 99% of the time all he seems to do is pass to Saka!” A 5 yard pass to saka 30 yards from goal that leads to saka cutting inside and having a shot is regarded as a chance created.. Big chance created or key passes will normally give one a good idea of how creative a player is . Odegaard ( according to whoscored ) has an average of 2.2 key passes per game in his career Debruyne 2.9 Ozil 2.9 David silva 2.3 Eriksen 2.3 Maddison ..2 2 So it’s clear to see that Debruyne and Ozil… Read more »


AFC Forever

Yeah, if Tomi is back.


The thing about Nuno is his unpredictability, which can work for and against us. Tierney still has a good attacking side to his game, go back not so long ago to see him scoring crackers for us and also at Celtic. It may be tactical instruction where he isn’t doing it so much now. Of course his fitness record is a concern. It does pose some questions about what we may wish to do at left back long term. Ultimately we have two guys there who are still young, one has undoubted quality but has injury woes, the other shows… Read more »


Thanks, good reply.

Including last season – 2 assists in 14 makes a total of 6 in 45 plus he gave away 2 penalties this season in matches that we lost – Man U and C.Palace.


The Spurs fans at my workplace shrugging their shoulders over Conte, not too bothered if he goes, they want Poch back.

Not sure that would work out for them the way they think either.


Who said I’m downplaying KT to big up Tavares? What possible benefit would I get from that? KT is a better defender and he used to be very good going forwards when he joined. But some of his performances this season have been very underwhelming. He has lost 50% or more of his spark offensively as has started looking pretty bland on the ball, taking very few risks and not playing very smart when he does get high up the pitch I’ve been disappointed with him this season. Hes still a very good player but if we’re honest he hasn’t… Read more »


Pierre, I wonder whether KDB’s City supporting cast and likewise that of Ozil at Real Madrid had anything to do with their superior chance created numbers…….what do you think?


Danny . Apart from feeding Pierre’s Ozil hunger, he’s gone Pierre, time to move on, I’m not sure what you’re trying to say?
If it’s we’d better without Odegaard , then that’s crazy talk , but feel free to say it.
60 m Maddison or 30m Odegaard. And he works like a dog too, and not the pampered pooch Ozil breed either


Pierre “ A 5 yard pass to saka 30 yards from goal that leads to saka cutting inside and having a shot is regarded as a chance created..”
Stats can be misleading , but not so much as supposed informed anecdotes. I am under the impression that generally , you are better than this


Great post laced with positive vibes It’s lovely to see after a decade of misery Even more lovely to see the doom patrol being made to eat their words only to move the goal posts and make out we should be winning the league under Arteta For me it was always all about top 4 Emery failed and he had to go Arteta looks set to re-achieve that status and for me, that’s all I can ask for. It’s where I expect arsenal to be 5 games left and we are in prime position Let’s hope Pepe can pick up… Read more »


I’m not sure what you’re trying to say?
Basically I keep reading here how great Ødegaard is e.g. the most chances in the league since November but I’m not impressed at all. Arteta spent the whole summer chasing after him and what have we got in return? 4 assists plus 2 penalties conceded. Yes he scored against Brighton but we all know it was more of a Welbeck own goal.
I believe he can improve, he’s an incredbly skillfull player but he’s been a disappointment.

Edu me a favour

“”””” I don’t get that, he has 4 assists out of 31 games this season so either what he creates is complete shit or whoever he’s passed it to doesn’t score, I’ll go with the former. 99% of the time all he seems to do is pass to Saka!””””

How can you go with the former when we’ve all just watched laca fail to score from open play since god knows when ?


“ A 5 yard pass to saka 30 yards from goal that leads to saka cutting inside and having a shot is regarded as a chance created..”

I must’ve missed that one……but I do recall a five yard flick to Nketiah he should’ve buried and another to Saka for the pen vs United.


Arsenal will now qualify for either the Champions League or Europa Cup next season. So it is essential that we have a full squad of 24-25 players and are fit for purpose in coping with the demands of 2 matches per week and can handle players who are injured, ill or losing form. Our current squad is frankly not fit for purpose next season and well short of the required numbers. First I am going to assume that Leno is leaving and is replaced by Turner as has been previously discussed. So we will have a full complement of goalkeepers.… Read more »



Agree with you on Tavares’ sentiments @0935. We are so over reactive sometimes on players it’s silly. Give the player time and opportunity before we dismiss anyone.


I forget who the opposition were but the last time I saw Tierney play (5 weeks ago or whatever) I was literally shouting at my screen in frustration

Get on the ball. Run forwards. Stop dead still. Turn around. Pass back to the CB. Rinse and repeat. This is a huge pet hate of mine. He needs to get back to the barn storming runs and getting in behind for cutbacks


Ozil had 52 assists for RM in the two seasons leading up to his Arsenal transfer, and here are some of his teammates:
Ronaldo, Higuain, Benzema, Di Maria, Xabi Alonso, Kaka, Modric, Marcelo, Ramos……

Odegaard has Saka and ESR ……..oh yeah, Laca too.