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.

Short post today, but know this: There’s a good Patreon below where we talk about Utility players vs Versatile players. The debate of the age.

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SimpleWay

Lovely right footed ball by Xhaka

SimpleWay

Left footed*

Batistuta

Love that dance…stupid racist fucks over in spain can go do one

Sakablyat

To get that much power in that cross from Xhaka is unbelievable, what a player he is

Goobergooner

Man xhaka is doing a job isn’t he.

He’s really standing up to be counted this season. Brilliant ball.

Great run from Jesus there

GD4

That is some headed finish from Jesus.
Can we now keep the focus and not make this difficult

FB

Inch perfect from Granit. What a season he’s having. 2-0 fantastic

Un

Saka needs to calm down
He’s snatching at changes he is usually slots or hits the target with
They need to be working with him on this in training

GD4

Saka and Martinelli need to step up

SimpleWay

Fabio making final ball look easy. Love him.

McBright is Wright

Gosh!!! What am I missing? Come on your gunners yeah.

Batistuta

Xhaka been brilliant

Goobergooner

I wouldn’t say xhaka is underrated. He’s actually just playing well for a change

Un

Great assist by Haka
DissenterSeptember 18, 2022 12:29:32
Jesus telling Tite to call himXhaka is so effing under rated.

Diss
🥰 🥰 🥰
Been saying it for years

MidwestGun

Short boy header.. too.. celebration was a bit weird though… haha not sure what they were doing..

GD4

Gotta get to half time without this deficit cut.

Just Another Customer

damn that thing looks horrid you need to invest in better stable diffusion AI Pedro get a good graphic card or something first hahah

G

Martenelli does so much work ..quality

Dissenter

I hope Partey scores screamer from 30 yards to silence the boo boys

Samesong

Short boy header.. too.. celebration was a bit weird though… haha not sure what they were doing.

Dancing! Brazilians love to dance.

GD4

Chaka stick to passing homie.

Batistuta

Midwest

Vinicius has been abused over in spain for his dancing after scoring so his brazilian teamates have been doing same in support

MidwestGun

Same .. I know.. it was kind of like an insider Club dance though..the one you do with your friends after a few drinks. haha Anyhow.. they are having fun which is the important bit.

GD4

That was a clear foul on Gabriel.
These refs gifted a corner.
Thank God nothing came of it.

Goobergooner

Jesus haha, what’s he doing so deep trying to be fancy?

Batistuta

Also lol at Xhaka being undrreated.

This is his best spell as an arsenal player and we are all enjoying it.

MidwestGun

OHHH Ok Bats… That makes sense cool. suppot then.

Samuel

I like Fabio

McBright is Wright

Not watching…but compliments on Xhaka makes me really happy. He needs to be loved and appreciated. His skill set May not be world class, but his efforts, desire and ability is top…top class. Man needs the love to strive. Has really given it all.

MidwestGun

support even… typing not the best.. this early.. still dark outside.

SimpleWay

The dancing after the goal was in response to the comment made about Vinicius Junior by Spanish agent.

GD4

Doesn’t Brentford remind you Stoke City under Pulis.
Long balls, long throws and elbows and shoulders

Samuel

Their keeper is horrific with his feet lol

McBright is Wright

I love players who takes and makes the most of any chance they are given. Fabio that’s you. Take it. It’s yours.

Samesong

We have been quite comfortable this half. See Brentford going 4-3-3 second half.

Goobergooner

Partey really is good in close control and tight spaces

raptora

Solid 1st half performance. Very happy so far.

GD4

Half time.
Well done lads.

Habesha Gooner

I am his harshest critic. But Xhaka has been sensational. And the difference Partey makes to Xhaka’s game is ridiculous. We need a No 6 to alternate with Partey to bring out the best out of both Xhaka and Sambi. Elneny isn’t it.

Samuel

Utter domination. Love to see it

GD4

Sensational?
Easy with the hype.
He has done well

MidwestGun

Nice.. well pretty much perfect half… Toney no threat…. and we scored on our best chances.

Dissenter

We are getting better with game management

Jonko

When Partey plays like that our mid looks world fucking class..so easy on the eye too

raptora

Habesha, you are far from his harshest critic. That place is reserved for Ishola.

Dissenter

Arteta has found the best position for Xhaka, long May it continue.

We are not even playing in second gear at the moment.

GD4

Really Good game but Saka and Martinelli
have to add something to this game.
Literally have caused little to no concern from a wide position all half

Ishola70

Very, very comfortable so far.

Surprisingly comfortable.

Xhaka has been causing Brentford problems with the positions he has been taking up in advanced areas. He teed up Martinelli in the first minute where he should have done better and then had the Jesus assist.

And it still makes me giggle when I heard before we signed Jesus that he wasn’t really a striker, Well his goal today screamed striker didn’t it. The way he peeled off his marker and placed that header.

Hang your head in shame Tim Vickery.

LoveSausage

Great score, especially considering we didn’t really create many proper chances. Saliba is immense. He makes Toney look like an impotent midget a la Lacazette.

Arteta needs to give Fabio a kick in the ass. He’s been completely useless. Doesn’t press and his positioning is all over the place.

Ishola70

We have to remember that Arsenal didn’t play badly in the defeat at Old Trafford.

In fact Arsenal were the better side in that match.

They lost that game due to naivety rather than a bad performance.

Dissenter

Fabio Vierra has held his own
You wouldn’t even know Ode wasn’t playing.

Rich

Partey’s experience is vital in midfield, his positioning is superb, keeps the game ticking over beautifully.

We’re controlling the game well, but lacking a bit of cutting edge.

Next goal will be vital, if Brentford come out to play, the game could get stretched, just need to keep the ball in deep areas, force them into pressing high, which should create space in behind.

SimpleWay

If Partey was playing against ManU, it would’ve been different results.

Keep him fit for the away games. At home we can take care of teams without him.

Dissenter

Good thing that Odegaard cancan be rested and we wouldn’t suffer.
Have to get that type of coverage for other key positions in the team.

Habesha Gooner

Rap
Yeah I should have said I am one of his harshest critics.

GD4
If you know Xhaka, this is sensational. Don’t ever expect a Thiago or Veratti level from him. But this has been a complete midfield performance so far.

R.S.P.C.Arsenal

Who looks after injuries post shad… Peter,

Jonko

Vieria has been decent for his first PL start…needs to be more central for me

SimpleWay

Midwest,

Our best chance was Martinelli and we didn’t score.

Northbanker

LS – glad you said that – as the accolade ls on here for Vieira made me wonder if I’m watching the same game

I will give him the benefit of the doubt as he is still finding his way but so far he is the weak link in our team. I hope he has the courage to express himself a bit more in the second half. He looks overawed at the moment

Madhu

More of the same please. No drama and couple of more goals pls.

AFC Forever

Gabriel Jesus was such a great signing. So much more than just a centre forward, he’s literally everywhere. To go with his quality he has incredible desire, his team mates must love him.

Most PL goal involvements in last 5 months:

16 Kevin De Bruyne (5⚽️ 11🅰️)
13 GABRIEL JESUS (9⚽️ 4🅰️)
13 Harry Kane (11⚽️ 2🅰️)
12 Erling Haaland (11⚽️ 1🅰️)

*Courtesy SKY.

R.S.P.C.Arsenal

Didn’t like the commentators one the tackle on Veira … get used to that young man…

Tyler a twat

Benjamin

Arsenal set piece coach Is worth his weight
in gold!

LoveSausage

Dissenter,

You must be watching a different game than I am. He hasn’t influenced the game at all. He’s not even doing the basics, like making himself available for passes. He needs to up his game in the second half.

SimpleWay

Saka playing more 8 than Fabio while he’s drifting to the right. So far so good

Pierre

Vieira has that gift of making the game look too easy, looks like he’s strolling around..

For me , my main worry is the channel between Gabriel and Tierney, it is too wide , Tierney needs to close the space as Gabriel will get pulled out of position.

If Brentford target that area 2nd half , there could be a case for bringing Tomiyasu on and moving white into a back 3 alongside Saliba and gabriel and playing with wing backs..

Northbanker

Wonder if Saliba will be able to handle Haaland?

Habesha Gooner

Jesus is Jesus. We got the second best striker available on the market. People comparing him with Lacazette was foolish. He will get 20 this season. He didn’t play 30 games at city. He will with us.

Spanishdave

Need another goal as they will be up for it if they score next.
Playing well today, our injuries are a concern having big gaps between games.

SimpleWay

AFC,

That’s some state, Jesus is carrying our attack, Saka and Martinelli not hitting top form yet.

Jonko

Since when have Arsenal started winning so comfortably without any drama? Long it may continue. Hope I don’t jinx it.

Habesha Gooner

North Banker
Haaland is just too good. We will have to stop him as a team.

LoveSausage

Northbanker,

Yeah, I think he’s shown glimpses of talent in his previous cameos so I’m also hoping he’ll come good. But his positional play has been really poor today. He keeps crowding space for Saka instead of giving him passing options the way Ode does.

MidwestGun

SimpleWay.. Yep I saw on replay I hadnt tuned in yet.. STill we were pretty effective.. considering we werent peppering their goal.

Northbanker

Pierre – I agree – a defensive switch could help bolt the hatches down further

GD4

“ GD4
If you know Xhaka, this is sensational. Don’t ever expect a Thiago or Veratti level from him. “

😀😀😀😀

Point well taken.
He has done well so far.

Dissenter

Love Sausage
‘ You must be watching a different game than I am. He hasn’t influenced the game at all. He’s not even doing the basics, like making himself available for passes. He needs to up his game in the second half’

I think you’re watching another player mate.
Vierra hasn’t been hiding and he’s making himself available for balls, literally demanding it.
He’s drifting to the right by design, to help out Ben White because Mbueno can be devastating there.

GD4

We have to score the next goal.
If they pull one back, it will unbearable

SimpleWay

Impressed by Fabio, first game in EPL away from home not easy for anyone.

R.S.P.C.Arsenal

Hab….

Seconded… I was coating xhara… long time..
But it took vision from arteta to get 5he best out of him…

Let’s see how this half goes

Mr Serge

Pardon me vieira

raptora

What a strike!!!

FABIO HAS ARRRIVED!!!

Un

Vieira wiooooooooah
He comes form Portugal
He plays for arsenal

Samesong

Viera wahoooo Viera

MidwestGun

Goallllll Nice one!!!! Welcome to the Club goal.

LoveSausage

Fantastic strike! Always happy to eat my words like this😂

SimpleWay

Magical

Dissenter

Love Sausage
What were you saying again?

Benjamin

Vieeeeriiiiaaaa

Un

Saka wth another assist
Those numbers are climbing up week on week

GD4

Oh hell Viera!
Welcome to Arsenal

Gommit

WTF!!! Vieira has landed!

Habesha Gooner

Fantastic from Viera. 😂😂😂

Jonko

FV is here bitches !!!!!!

AFC Forever

That will quieten a few people. We really do need to support our players better on here. That finish is top class.

Vickingz

FABIOOOOOO

Mr Serge

Diss you were saying lol

Ishola70

Fabs hit that well.

This is a walk in the park.

Brentford have been backing off and backing off again from Arsenal since virtually the first whistle.

Samuel

VIEIRA LIVING UPTO HIS NAME

Benjamin

Now switch Partey with Lokonga