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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McBright is Wright

Wow😚😙😗🤗🙄

raptora

Don, how can you talk about Saka’s assist after a strike like that? Kinda weird haha. Shot was about 95% of the whole goal.

Samesong

What’s that Toney was saying about playing Arsenal??

Mr Serge

Shit free kick decision that

dSidstathopoulos

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

Loooool

Dissenter

Our recruitment has improved so much
Arteta kept saying ‘you’ll like what you see’ when talking about Vierra

Paddy Gooner

Vieriaaaaaaaa

LoveSausage

Diss,

Wonderful strike and for what it’s worth, I’ve never questioned that side of his game. You could see even in the United game that this was something he could add to our game. And something Ode can learn from as well. Happy for him.

georgia boy

Fabio you box

SimpleWay

Come on ref, that happens in every game.

GD4

This fcuking ref!
Talk about inserting yourself into a game.
If they score he becomes the narrative.
Sheer madness and bias

georgia boy

Fox not box lol

McBright is Wright

Mr serge
Am with you on FV…
May turn out to be favourite

LoveSausage

Fucking gimmicky free kick there.

MidwestGun

Ramsdale had that covered..

GD4

Lucky break but bloody EPL refs.
They are trained not to become the narrative but this fcuking guy was begging to become the story.

Dissenter

Have to make it through without injuries now.
Game’s won and lost now.

raptora

Partey done 3 ppl in one go lmao

Dissenter

Sometimes the refs get hired and want to insert themselves unto the story line.
The game ought to be only about 22 players and a ball.

georgia boy

When marquinhos

GD4

Thomas Partey!
Baller!
👍👍👍👍

Dissenter

* get bored.

McBright is Wright

First mention of Ramsdale…
Thought our goal was open.
Clean sheet now is on the cards after 2 more goals

GD4

Arsenal!
Great football

raptora

Great attack there. Lucky not to score.

Mr Serge

Moving xhaka more forward has been a masterstroke from tets I am beggining to really like him now which I can’t believe I am saying.

Ronnaz

Replace Partey with Sambi now

Gommit

The days of feeling stressed when we were playing out from the back are long gone… so nice to enjoy our team playing out of the press

McBright is Wright

Diss
Not watching, but am excited.
Why the bore?

GD4

Xhaka?
Why Why.
WTF

LoveSausage

We’re looking much more direct in second half.

Dissenter

Xhaka had to do that
Commentator on NBC going after him

SimpleWay

Xhaka got to be careful the ref a homer

GD4

Lord this guy is such a bloody tool bag.
Now he is at risk for a second yellow.
Man is a fool

Jonko

Dumb from Xhaka..he gets carried away when we sre winning..like he wants some drama

McBright is Wright

Hope Matt Smith gets a run-in…
Same as Marquinhos

Un

Xakha MOTM

Dissenter

McBright is Wright
Referee is turning marginal 50-50 jostling into fouls; the type of contact they were supposed to allow.

LoveSausage

GD4,

He was breaking up their counter. As Xhaka bookings go, this is one of the smarter ones.

Gommit

Let’s give this 15yr old 5 minutes and take the record from Elliot 😉

Spanishdave

Ref never give foul throws. Quite often the players feet are over the line and they do not spot it.

raptora

In all honesty I can’t believe that ref didn’t give a yellow to the dude who fouled Partey in that 1v3 instance when Partey embarrassed 3 Brentford players. Idiot ref.

GD4

Sausage,
What counter?
The goalie punting the ball forward with our defense set?
Stop, please.
If it was any other player with a functioning brain I wouldn’t worry but this ref is begging to send him off at the slightest opp.

Dissenter

‘ Lord this guy is such a bloody tool bag.
Now he is at risk for a second yellow.
Man is a fool’

That’s Xhaka derangement syndrome on display right there

GD4, There’s therapy for that, you know.

Un

Quality Saliba
Gabriel out of position again

GD4

I just want us to keep a clean sheet so we can shove it down Ivan Toney’s big mouth

Rich

Saliba is immense, what a player.

Un

GD4 doesn’t know what he’s looking at
Excuse him

GD4

Ref let’s them have a counter on a clear foul.
Great defensive play by Prince William Saliba.
Boy is a gem

McBright is Wright

DISS
Thanks for the update
Why am I not surprised
The bookies placed more bet on a draw.
He is disappointed.
Hahaha
Even with a day to Her Majesty the Queens burial, the Refs do not want Her Majestic’s “club” to send her off with Royal results.

GD4

What a save by Raya.
Excellent build up by the Gunners.
Beautiful football.

raptora

We could have scored 6 goals in 65 mins. Strong performance today. I didn’t doubt it. We’re superior to Brentford in general.

Un

Well In partey
Great stuff
Martinelli been a bit shite today
I’d like to see us freshen up the front 3 for 25 mins
Eddie and Marquinhos on please

G

Fabio is gona b another player I enjoy watching.. like ode such a tidy player

Rich

Xhaka derangement syndrome is a very real phenomenon, it’s going to place plenty into the nut house.

If Marc hasn’t been binned by Pedro, I’m convinced that’s what’s happened to him, Ishola needs therapy as well.

Xhaka has been superb today so far.

GD4

We’ve played some breath taking football in moments here.
I really want that clean sheet.

MidwestGun

Arsenal Away Fans are having some fun… thats for sure.

Jonko

Vieria always looks so unfazed…love him

Mr Serge

Brentford are no mugs this is going to be an amazing result if it stays like this

Gazza

I wish Saka would lace it when shooting rather than his normal trying to pass it in to the net..that is my only gripe with him though

GD4

Wow was that Gabriel?
That was a rocket.
Not a bad effort.

G

‘’ Martinelli been a bit shite today‘’

Not in my opinion but I guess if he doesn’t score or assist then most people will think he’s had a shit game

georgia boy

Bob holding hair line incoming for gabriel. 6 months he will look like hendrix.

Dissenter

The ref was supposed to stop the game for the applause
Probably forgot his lines

Un

Beautiful reception for the queen
Hats off to Brentford
Lovely to see such respect

GD4

Great save by Ramsdale.
We were cut up badly there

Dissenter

We have to win games like this to make top-4 place easier

georgia boy

Cool response for the queen. America would do well to take note.

Spanishdave

Off the boil a bit now

Ishola70

Rich

I have been more easy on Xhaka of late because of this more free role he has in the side.

When he was sitting more in the team he was more of a hindrance as we all know.

He will still have his mong tendencies at times but it is less damaging when he has this freer role rather than sitting.

georgia boy

Saliba looking like fred astaire out there

LoveSausage

Ramsdale’s distribution has been very good today. Big improvement compared to lately.

Gommit

I wish that Arteta would use his bench more…

GD4

Hoof and Hope Brentford.
Okay Arteta when is it time to make subs dude.

Samesong

Martinelli been shite??

What?? One of the few players that run at players with close control and forces the opposition to foul him. Becoming one of my favs

Mr Serge

Partey coming off unscathed thank god

Dissenter

‘ Cool response for the queen. America would do well to take note’

You want us to reinstate the monarchy?

The queen gets universal resoect because her role is ceremonial and non-political.
What has the applause got to do with America?

georgia boy

Arteta, my brother in Christ, make the fucking subs

Rich

Ish

I’m not critical, I get it, I can understand why some have had enough, and he drives them loopy.

georgia boy

It has nothing to do with America. Chill.

It’s cool to see the universal respect from the English people to her.

GD4

This ref smh. He’s so in favor of Brentford ..

Dissenter

Eddie is too hot, needs to calm down.

raptora

The ref was about to give a pen there but then saw his assistant waving the flag for an offside didn’t he?! Utter melt.

GD4

That bloody ref wanted to give a pen against us so bad.

Samesong

Wow Gabriel is really wild at the back at times good thing the offside was called.

MidwestGun

Ted Lasso in the crowd. nice..

georgia boy

Can’t get into lasso. Tremendously unfunny.

Dissenter

The Brentford players have forgotten how to count?
It’s 3-0
Stop the histrionics. It’s not like you are going to score three goals in 10 mins

Jonko

Rather have one legged Ramsey than Matt Turner

GD4

Why are the clowns at a Brentford freaking out over?
They are down bloody 3-0 with under ten mins left?
It’s not like it’s a one goal game.
Bunch of cry babies

Rich

Ramsdale is getting very good at the dark arts, he’s got a habit of going down clutching his leg in order to take the momentum out of the game.

MidwestGun

Ooooooooooooole…. ooooooole ole .. ole . ole .ole oooooole ole.. foul.

LoveSausage

Fuuuck. Jesus deserves one more for how he’s played today.

Mr Serge

What a result this is lads

georgia boy

Man how did he do that, Jesus walks

GD4

Gabriel Jesus is such an example of a winning mentality.
Reminds me of early Alexis Sanchez.
Great signing ..couldn’t believe our interest in him was questioned.

Mr Serge

Bringing the 15 year old wow

GD4

Cmon Mikel put the kid in and make history

MidwestGun

15 yo time.

SimpleWay

History arrived.