INJURY CONCERNS MOUNT

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Ok, so David Dein has a new book… and get this, the bits that I have read, are really good. I also have a friend that has read every sports book penned and he’s halfway through this one and already loves it.

The thing I’m enjoying about it is getting the additional context around some of the major moments in our glorious history. David will tell you how a deal went down, he’ll go deep on the challenges of the moment, and he’s not trying to sugarcoat anything.

I suspect some of the decisions he made towards the end are weighing on him, but for me, intentions are always the most important part of big decisions. Reading this book, there can be no doubt, the man always had the best interests of Arsenal FC at heart.

If he’d stayed on after his abrupt exit to manage the Stan K transition, I think he would have recognized the shifting sands, and moved to bolster Arsene with a better coaching staff, he’d have invested in a technical director, and I’m sure we would have seen bigger investments during the years Wenger didn’t want to spend cash that was clearly sitting there.

… alas, history played out differently, but for me, David Dein will always be a key architect of the greatness we see today. A visionary for his time, gone from the game too soon, but no doubt proud of where this current Arsenal side is today.

You can buy the book here.

Talking about the past, the stories of Arsene Wenger coming back have bubbled up again. I’m not massively fussed either way, though I do think it’d be good for him to lay the past to rest and get engaged with a team he thinks can contend the title.

Arsene should move into a figurehead role. He represents a winning period of the club, he still has an amazing reputation, he’s sharp, and he’d be a pull for any player that knew he was around Arsenal.

Arsenal take on Brentford early tomorrow. This game is dangerous. They have scored 15 goals this season, 1 more than Arsenal. We know they are physical, boast players that can kill us, and if we’re not 100% they will cause us massive problems.

There are unsubstantiated rumours that Odegaard and Saliba missed training. That would be a concern. We could potentially be minus Zinchenko and start-worthy Partey. That’s 4 players that make us tick not available. It’s quite annoying that these injuries are following us around. But I do think it’s more down to luck of the draw right now than something more structural.

… well, that’s what I’m hoping in a post-Shad world. Get them out the way before our BRUTAL October.

Regardless, whoever starts tomorrow should be enough for Brentford. We have a good squad, the momentum is with us, and as Thomas Frank rightly points out: We are the second best performing team in the league behind City this season.

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Benjamin

1st

Benjamin

2nd

Benjamin

3rd

Benjamin

4th

WengerEagle

Brendan is utter poverty at setting teams up defensively as much as I admire him as a gaffer.

Surely out the door after this.

LoveSausage

Saka trying a Hand of God. Couldn’t even pull that off – big surprise.

LoveSausage

*Daka

Un

COME ON LEICESTER!!!!!

Spanishdave

Our squad is thin and short of quality back up players so it results in the team being disrupted.
So tomorrow’s game will be very difficult and now a draw looks a good result.
We aren’t really ready for a forth place spot

Leftside

Leicester’s owners, if are staking Brendas future on this game should look at the fixture list. They have fixtures after against:

Forest (H)
B’Mouth (A)
Palace (H)
Leeds (H)

An opportunity to get some points on the board, and get some confidence in the side, especially the two games against the promoted sides. That being said, B’Mouth do look more solid since releasing Parker from his duties.

Bergkamp63

Tielemans not doing himself any favours if he’s looking for a tree transfer and a fat wage.

Bergkamp63

*Free

Samesong

Anyone into boxing here

Canelo v Golovkin should be a great fight.

Un

What a goal
👏
Hats off there

Leftside

Brilliant finish from Son

Leftside

Yeah, really looking forward to it Samesong.

Un

Same
Love my boxing
Used to box myself

Almuniasaynomore

I’m guessing by the legs that the artwork is ESR during his last training session…

Un

I want fury Joshua
Said for years that fury would eat Joshua for breakfast
Joshua is done as a title fighter but it’s that big money purse fight that fury wants to prove his dominance

Un

Aluminia

Shit comment

Thierry Martinelli

Son with a rocket……the Leceister keeper is poor

Dissenter

The last time ESR hurt his groin was during a warm down.That’s a very odd time for injury and tells you theatre’s something not quite right with the entire regimen.

Thierry Martinelli

I worry for ESR and his fitness and maybe, just maybe, we shouldn’t be counting so much on him

WengerEagle

Lighten up Un, was funny.

Samesong

Is it tonight? Feel like I haven’t heard much about it, GGG is 40 now and has slowed down so sadly think his best days are behind him and Canelo wins a decision.

He got robbed in their 1st fight, clear win.

Topside Northbank

Yep big boxing fan can only see Canelo winning again on points.

DAZN and Eddie Hearn’s ‘game changer’ think he made a big mistake leaving Sky just for the building of fights on SS news.

Leftside

Styles make fights Un, Usyk is all wrong for most in the division whereas Fury can play into AJ’s hands. Any outcome in a potential bout between them wouldn’t surprise me.

Going for Canelo tonight decision, think GGG’s age and relative inactivity will be his undoing. Its a shame cos I defo had him winning 1st bout, and coming back to win second.

Dissenter

Conte managed Son perfectly
Dropped him when he was shit and made him hungry to get it right

Some managers would have played him through his poor form.

FB

How on earth is Son not at a proper club?

Samesong

Yes WE fights tonight at some crazy time.

Gonna watch it on my firestick.

Un

Nice loved boxing as a youngster used to train up Sudbury Hill at Paddy boxing gym. I remember they did a question of sports guest the sports person and it was Rocastle doing some training in the same gym.

dSidstathopoulos

From the artwork, theres a brown patch on the shorts, must be Xhakalson attempting to tackle

Leftside

Two 5-2 drubbings consecutively for Leicester. It does look ominous for your boy Rodgers.

Thierry Martinelli

Damn Son … last time I saw a player hit them hit like that with both feet was Cazorla

Dissenter

I’m not sure Fury vs Joshua would be a big money PPV fight.
Maybe the Saudis can host it as is the practice now.

Almuniasaynomore

Un
I shall bow to your expertise in the area.

Thierry Martinelli

Hatrick…..fuck

WengerEagle

I hate how good Son is.

Very complete skillset.

Leftside

Substitute hattrick after being dropped. Leicester were the perfect gift for Son tonight.

Jonko

Has to be the end of BR

Spanishdave

Rodger’s gone surely. He’s had no money to improve the squad .

dSidstathopoulos

Tielmans is a dodged bullet.

shad

Fear for ESR..hope he doesn’t turn out to be Wilshere 2.0.

shad

Son is such a joy to watch. Only player I’d pick in a heartbeat from the Sp*ds.

Gazza

Leicester players look drained of any confidence or team morale

Un

Left side Lol Fury would annihilate Joshua You’re right, styles make fights but fury is the most adaptable heavy weight in the history of boxing Joshua can only box one way and he’s a busted flush They should have made hi focus on his power but they tried to make him adapt and it just wasn’t his style All that he’s got left is a shot at fury and I’ll guarantee he will bottle it He has his whole career Samesong I used to box at a south London gym who’s name I won’t mention I was talented but stopped… Read more »

TitsMcGee

Spurs look damn good. Leicester is a joke but beating the bad team’s soundly is a sign you are tuned correctly.

Samesong

1st October will be a massive game. Not title defining. But psychological.

Left
I hear what you’re saying about the styles makes fights. Canelo for the win tonight.

Samesong

And I think Fury will outbox Joshua.

Rich

Odegaard was in the training video, couldn’t see Saliba.

Looks like Nelson is back in training, we’re going to need him to contribute with at least 540 minutes before the World Cup.

Omozuafo Frank

With the results today our match tomorrow is a must win match. The players must be up to the task. We can’t afford a slip up at this moment.

Rich

Looks like Saliba seen his loans as a positive in his career trajectory….

https://www.getfootballnewsfrance.com/2022/william-saliba-i-came-back-to-arsenal-to-impose-myself/

Samesong

With the results today our match tomorrow is a must win match.

I don’t agree. A must not lose. I would take a win firstly but I would also take a draw there.

Rich

We’ve lost once at home in the league to Spurs in 28 years.

Pre – NLD anxiety is always the same, but it’s a fixture we usually do well in, losing at home to that lot isn’t an option.

Need to get the 3 points tomorrow, go into the game with some momentum.

Gommit

Son is the only Spurs player I can’t dislike… It is a miracle that he has stayed there all this time…

A question if Arteta will try the same with Saka who has not been his best so far this season. Start the game with 3 Brazilians up front?

Samesong

Son is the only Spurs player I can’t dislike… Ability wise yes. But he’s a little cheat. And thats why I dislike him.

Ishola70

Big match tomorrow.

Need a positive result.

Bentancur was the best player for Spurs today. Had an excellent match breaking up the Leicester play and also got on the scoresheet.

Mind you Leicesters’s defensive problems stem not only from a dodgy keeper and unconvincing CBs but also because Leicester’s protection for the back four is Ndidi and that’s it. He gets swarmed as he did in tonight’s match. Maddison is not going to help out defensively and despite hearing contrary on here Tielemans is mostly a passenger defensively so Bencantur enjoyed himself today in midfield

allezkev

Need to get a result at Brentford, a draw might not be such a bad result given we’re still coming off of a defeat at Old Toilet, let’s worry about the Scum when we have to as maybe they’ll have some injuries to fret about on October 1st…?

Ishola70

Spurs didn’t look convincing defensively though and could have conceded a few more against Leicester today so that is something to look to.

They did rest Romero though today and only brought him on near the end and he is their best CB.

But you can get at Spurs no question.

Rich

Via AFC Stuff. Thomas Frank (Brentford manager) on Arsenal: “We are playing against a very good side. For me, now, after [Manchester] City, they are the best performing team in the league. Maybe, in spells, they’ve been the best performing team over the first six matches.” Frank on Arsenal: “I remember being sat there on the Friday night for their opening game of the season against Crystal Palace. I was thinking, ‘What?! That’s another level’. For the first 20 minutes, Palace didn’t touch the ball. I thought, ‘They could win the Premier League!’.” Frank: “I think the players are growing,… Read more »

alexanderhenry

Pedro I think I’m going to have to buy the David Dein book but I might find it a depressing and frustrating read. You say: ‘David Dein will always be a key architect of the greatness we see today.’ .. ..but let’s be honest, he’s the architect of the greatness we saw 20 years ago. Things are looking up under Arteta but greatness?.. we aren’t there yet. Under Dein, arsenal were great, under the Kroenkes we;ve gone from a top three side to a top six side. Sure, lately they’ve showed more commitment, but they’ve got a lot to make… Read more »

Nigel Tufnel

Raptora: “I’m not gonna bother going back to the comments section at the time but I was lead to believe Bentancur is a garbage player. It doesn’t look that way.” We might call him rubbish because he’s at Spurs to be honest… but he is a spurs LEVEL midfielder. Nowhere near the level Arsenal should be looking for. Legrove scouts are notoriously bad. Do I need to list the names again? Benteke… etc. Do you need to make a big deal because he just had the highlight of his career today, against Ndidi ? by the way, another garbage player… Read more »

Madhu

For Arsenes own sake and sanity he should never return to Arsenal. He has found his space and his position in football he should stay there. He is a legend of the club but shouldn’t forget the kind of bile garbage that he was exposed to. Whatever one can say the last we won Premier League he was the manager.
He shoul.depart into sunset of his life peacefully. Anywhere close to Arsenal his life would be messed. What a gentleman.

izzo

That artwork is diabolical. Stuff of nightmares!

Nigel Tufnel

Dissenter, That’s quite a leap there… Smith Rowe has been an injury case for a long, long time now. Obviously nobody can say why some injuries occur, with all the medical science and money involved, shit still happens at the richest clubs. Most of the time it’s nobody’s fault but rotten luck. You think it’s possible to avoid all muscle injuries by having some perfect routine? You’re calling into question the whole teams regimen. We don’t have the stats of every clubs injuries, and where exactly they began or then became aggravated, training, games, impact, bathtub, etc. But we did… Read more »

Nigel Tufnel

Bentancur was so good that lowly Leicester controlled the midfield completely in the first half.

If they had any defense at all, Leicester could’ve won the game and controlled both halves.

Those players want Brendan gone. It’s at the stage where they probably can’t stand his face or voice anymore. Like Unai at the end.

rollen

wtf is this art Pedro? Get those 3 German girls back instead please.

Nigel Tufnel

Rich,
Those Frank quotes are great. Some of us understood exactly how he felt as we were watching.

I’d say we’ve outperformed our opponents in every game, and only errors and VAR meddling cost us against United.

G

‘’ We aren’t really ready for a forth place spot‘’

LOL

Bob N16

Looks like DB10? has been run over by a lorry by the looks of the picture.

Pierre

Thomas Frank ” De Bruyne is a decent player, but he’s(Odegaard)not far off him in terms of performance.” Let’s hope we see a “Debruyne ” performance from Odegaard tomorrow ,a performance similar to debruyne’s man of the match performance today (2 assists) will help us secure the 3 points. Guaranteed that the Brentford manager will have his players snapping at the heels of Odegaard tomorrow as I’m sure he recognises that space is Odegaard’s friend, so he will try to deny him the time and space to influence the game. A “Debruyne ” type performance from Odegaard away from home… Read more »

Tom

“Looks like DB10? has been run over by a lorry by the looks of the picture.“

Twice, at least.

David Smith

Haven’t read Deins book yet, but interesting. Wenger was a genius in about 70% of his operating at the club, and mediocre to absolute shite at the rest. He needed help, Dein knew that , but Wenger got a free reign , and a substandard backroom staff.
During the latter years, Wenger underachieved with what he had at his potential disposal, non more so that when his fear of spending gifted Leicester the title .
Interesting you mention Shad with this injury situation, just who is it who replaced this grand master Jedi?
Injuries have long been a blind spot

Nigel Tufnel

Pierre bleats: “A “Debruyne ” type performance from Odegaard away from home will help to silence his critics”. “Critics”… lol As if there isn’t a super-majority of gooners and neutral analysts praising the hell out of Ødegaard currently.. All Pierre needs to do is watch the games with the sound on to hear the respect our Captain is earning… including from analysts who don’t like Arsenal. Including those superlatives from Thomas Frank, that Rich provided. Those must really gut Pierre. Crying “if only Willock got a chance”.. There’s only 1 critic spouting the same old tired line, it’s the only… Read more »

georgia boy

This hellish AI generated art must stop. For the love of Christ. Get behind me satan.

dSidstathopoulos

Brighton are good at pressing, it will give us a good picture about our midfield.

dSidstathopoulos

Most girls i met at the museum love 1699 Rock cock ooh!

Gonsterous

Please don’t put Wenger anywhere near the transfer dealings. Guy will be sending emails while other DOFs will be using instant messaging apps.

Don’t want anymore of the emotions waiting to hear about a signing on deadline day only to be left with no buys
Don’t want no more of the, I’m going to spend it like it’s my money bull crap

Edu is doing a well enough job at the moment.

dSidstathopoulos

@Tony, theres a poster on le grove who has been telling everyone he is somewhere in the south of France. Talked about electronic gadgets too.
Im suspecting you might have sown you wild oats during your trips asa concert sound engineer.

Bob N16

What with your last post Tony and the unfortunate picture at the top of this post, I am desperate to replace disturbing images with something more aesthetically pleasing.

Let’s hope after kick off today, we have repeated shots of Arsenal players running to catch up with the goal scorer after another sensational goal. It’s the visual medicine I feel I desperately need right now!

Gonsterous

Attacking wise, Brentford are good. Defensive voice, they are poor. So we need to score a lot because we may concede. 3-1 to the arsenal is my prediction but I would love to see a 6-4 game. Not something we see often under arteta

Pierre

What dopey Nigel doesn’t see , is that mine is a very balanced view on Odegaard , in that i recognise the strong areas in his game(of which there are many), but also recognise his weaker areas. As I’ve said many times , Odegaard is often a joy to watch when we are dominating the ball and this season he hasn’t disappointed in certain games. Before the season started i said i expected Odegaard to excel in the home games v villa, Leicester and fulham and away to Bournemouth but struggle against palace and United and that’s what has happened,… Read more »

Mr Serge

Let’s get the three points and go back to the top, this season is going to be a tough battle for top 4, unfortunately spurs are no joke and the NLD is going to show us exactly where we are. City are untouchable that’s how you improve your squad and balance the books, chelsea and Man U take note, pep is too good

Mysticleaves

“We might call him rubbish because he’s at Spurs to be honest… but he is a spurs LEVEL midfielder. Nowhere near the level Arsenal should be looking for.”

Lol. Arsenal have been trying in the past 4/5 years to get up to Spurs level. Maybe a couple of their midfielders, including the likes of Bentacur can help us achieve it…

Bob N16

Mystic, we should be aspiring to be well above Spurs not trying to emulate them.

I’m confident Edu is identifying 21/22 yr old CM targets who could aspire to reach top international level and fit in with Martinelli, Saka, Saliba etc on our inexorable climb to the top. ( just had a good breakfast so feeling v positive!).

Almuniasaynomore

Tony,
All good here thanks,good to see you survived Guantapedro Bay. Hope things are well with you and your family. Looking forward to today’s game,always hate going into the international break on the back of a poor result,let’s hope we get a little revenge for last year’s setback. Still enjoying your thoughts on all things Arsenal, the night crew has thinned out considerably of late,hopefully you’ll inspire more late night debate….

englandsbest

It pains me to admit this, but right now Spurs under Conte look good (and too lucky) for us to feel cofortale.

englandsbest

comfortable

Jonnygunner

Sid…..it’s a ‘no’ from me ….

Jonnygunner

Gadgetry is wonderful Sid-it’s what allows us all to talk shit to each other.
You are a great contributor.

Topside Northbank

Looks like Vieira may be starting no Odegaard it seems.

Saliba also it sounds is out.

Not great news with ESR and Zinchenko out and will Arteta play Partey?

Guess we find out in a hour.

G

Didn’t realise we had any first team players out bar zinchenko

Topside Northbank

Saliba is with the squad apologies above post but it looks like the bench is going to be full of youngsters.

Karsa

Star midfielder out of difficult away fixture following mysterious injury.

Just like having Ozil back in the squad.

CG

Huge admirer of the peerless A. Wenger- but his book was bland and too tame. Typical Wenger, too loyal and classy to spill the beans. I hope Deins is more spicy.. It certainly seems it. (Absolute scandal and huge shame on The Kronks , that they are not still involved at the club in some capacity: no wonder the club makes so many gaffes in the transfer market and with the super league debacle) As for the back and forth with Odegaard. Good player, tidy but there will always be question marks for me. Ancelotti and ZZ didn’t fancy him.… Read more »

CG

Ancelotti and ZZ = proper managers

Wear a suit or blazer.
Composed
Win CL’s most seasons
My type of manager.

We might be lucky and well behaved and get one, one day.

englandsbest

CG

At the time they had better, more experienced, alternatives.

Graham62

CG

Yes, Wenger’s book was awful.

CG

EB

If Dein were in charge

We get these types ( Ancelotti or ZZ)
We now get low grade mumbling Spaniards.

CG

Graham

“”CGYes, Wenger’s book was awful.””

It was half hearted.and he wrote it too soon.

Unlike Deins’ , who has bided his time

(Maybe, he thought , he had a chance of still coming back)

He is not. I doubt he will ever set foot back in the place again.

Shame, buts that’s showbusiness.

Topside Northbank

Dein has been sorely missed when Gazidis came in he was happy to ride Wengers coat tail.

The buying and selling of players when Dein the club was in good hands with him at the helm he was a tough negotiator respected in the football world.

DivineSherlock

So Odegaard hasnt traveled with the squad . Its Fabio Vieira time baby .

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