PANIC PREMIUM, BUT NOT FOR ARSENAL

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We’re entering the final 24 hours of the transfer window it’s all a bit flat when it comes to exit fees.

Good news:

Balogun is out the door for $42m. There’s a 17.5% sell on clause according to Charles Watts, that’s decent, and it is basically the premium we’re missing from a Chelsea bid for the player. I have no doubt Folarin will crush it in Monaco, it is yet to be seen whether he has what it takes to make it back to the Premier League. The shame is if he was exiting Monaco to Chelsea, the fee would be £60m.

Nuno Tavares still hasn’t found a move, though it looking more and more likely it’ll be a loan to Forest. Quite annoying that we’re being pushed into loan deals while Newcastle, City, and Chelsea are flogging untested kids for fortunes. I wonder if the market reputation we have for giving away players has been hard to shift? When we’re in the market late – it’s always a panic premium. When Arsenal sell late – it’s a giveaway. Not great.

Emile Smith Rowe has been lighting up the feeds. The player is out of favor at Arsenal and there is strong word he wants to exit to get more minutes. Chelsea apparently put their name into the mixer, but we rebuffed them. At this late hour, it seems unlikely we’re going to see him exit. On the one hand,  I like that, but on the other, I feel for him because it’s hard to see how he displaces the faves of Fabio and Kai.

There are three other players that still haven’t moved. Rob Holding has Mallorca and Sevilla interested in his services, he’s definitely not getting minutes. Nico Pepe can’t even get a move to Saudi and looks to be heading to termination land. Cedric Soares might get a reprieve because we don’t seem to have a right-back lined up. That said, Tomi and Ben White can cover right back. So who knows.

My big question: What did we do with Saudi? They have hoovered up our rivals’ mistakes all summer – and apparently just offered £118m for Mo Salah. They haven’t touched any of our cast-off options. Why?

Then factor in that Chelsea just spent £45m on Cole Palmer – it is maddening that we’re not doing better with some of our players.

What I have found super interesting is how some fans are suddenly down on our window. This window has been exceptional by any standards. We replaced Granit Xhaka, we added the best young 6 in the league for a record fee, we upgraded out keeper, and we added a beast right back. You can’t complain about that – you can be angry that Timber is injured, but that is an outrageous window regardless.

It doesn’t feel like we’re going to get a right back. There’s chat that Reull Walters might get the nod. But realistically, I think we can cover with the flex we have in the system already. Partey, White, and Tomi is more than enough when you consider the make-up of the squad.

Right, short one today, will bounce back if there’s anything else that needs to be spoken about!

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Pierre

It’s difficult to deny that the treatment of some of the players by Arteta hasn’t affected their value..
It’s It’s one area in his management that hasn’t improved.

The wenger obsessives used to question Wenger’s wages but that pales into insignificance when you think of the absolute fortune that Arteta has cost the club with Partey due to his naive non negotiables and his stubborn nature.

Rich

“Naive non-negotiable’s”

You mean demanding standards, and turning us into a serious outfit?…

Ousting waste of space players like Ozil… If there’s one thing Arteta has got right it’s cleaning up our dressing room.

We now have a really good dressing room of honest professionals and likeable players, who are incredibly easy to get onboard with.

If we want to create an elite performance culture, then we need elite behaviour, enthusiasm + apathy are both infectious, and manager have to decide what type of energy they invest the dressing with.

China1

Lol Pedro running with the out window has been great line completely disregarded that our defensive cover has been and appears to continue to be going off a cliff right before the window ends. Another convenient miss on the propaganda hype train! Our defenders anywhere near starting 11 quality right before the window ends are: Zin Gabriel White Saliba Tomiyasu Kiwior Holding We all expect holding gets sold, leaving us with SIX good players to cover 4 positions Zinchenko and Tomi are both injury prone and Tomi is probably out for nearly a month for the Asia cup. So those… Read more »

China1

As for keeping soares to make up numbers I’d rather we use the academy. Soares is trash

China1

Re the Spanish World Cup kiss fiasco This from sky sports news ‘ Mr Rubiales has refused to go and claimed the player consented to a “peck” – something she has denied. The newly surfaced clip, published by the El Espanol site, was seemingly recorded on the team bus after their win over England. It shows Hermoso smiling and laughing as she holds up a split image of the kiss next to a picture of Spain’s goalkeeper kissing his partner after the men’s 2010 World Cup win. She’s also heard telling teammates he “grabbed me like this” and showing how… Read more »

Aaron

Everyone say it with me, 2 defenders or bust, 2 defenders or bust.

A little secret, Ghana advances in AFCON who is playing rb?

AFC does not have enough scoring to win league without a top 3 defense that much is clear for all to see.

Madhu

Cover for Saka is reminiscent of peak Wengers search for a DM. Window can be assessed by Christmas time and right now the jury is out

Aaron

Madhu,

We have Nelson for cover of Saka..

lmao

Nigel Tufnel

“I find it amazing how many decisions we’ve got right overall over the past 2 years… But all some people want to do is consistently highlight the negatives.” Rich…. good comment. My theory is that the personalities you see here are mostly unhappy people. Marginal failures in their jobs at best. Taking orders resentfully all day from managers, bosses. They come to the internet to piss on their own players anonymously because it makes them feel strong to judge others, and that’s their mood in their miserable lives. Players who have made it to the top of their chosen profession…… Read more »

Nigel Tufnel

China, Good summaries. The Spain thing of course, shows how the media and big tech/internet form and drive all opinion and behaviour. I’m more constructive on the team myself, but remember, I was the first one saying Partey will break playing that position … at the end of last season insaid it here. He’s also not very good at wide defending. Not built for taking on little tricky wingers. But please… relax about the Gabriel situation. You’re all losing your minds about nothing. Do you remember the lineup from the community shield? Thats basically the defense you’ll see against stronger… Read more »

dSidstathopoulos

Rubiales has stood firm ( no pun)

dSidstathopoulos

What is holding the sale of Rob?

Guns of Hackney

No wants our shite. That’s hilarious and sad. We have so many players hoovering up wages and blocking better players being added. Sorry, but this transfer window has been a disaster. Spin it any way you want but we’ve failed to do what we set out to do and now time is up. We’re at least three players short.

Top seven for us this year.

Bilbo

Un, ‘ Also, Ali wasn’t shit. He was just a wanker’ – theres a good Interview between Alli and G Neville where he outlines a pretty tricky childhood and the legacy that has had on him. Additionally, he refutes some of the media stories which play into the old media trope of ‘young, black and unruly’ players with too much money. It’s really made me think again re: him because I also thought he was a bit of a w*nker but a lot of that was based on media reports I took as true.

TheLegendaryDB10

I feel for him because it’s hard to see how he displaces the faves of Fabio and Kai. A bit late on the ESR news but this is utter BS. ESR has not even remotely been given the same chance as these 2 players to prove that he can excell in MF. I have to say that I am glad we rebuffed Chelski’s advances but it really looks like we will never get to see him given a fair shot because he doesn’t fit in Arteta’s system (which is BS in itself as he has not been given a fair… Read more »

Guns of Hackney

ESR was free and Kai cost £65m.

Work it out. Arteta simply HAS to, regardless of how badly it’s working play Havertz.

Arteta is a joke.

Pierre

Rich “Ousting waste of space players like Ozil We now have a really good dressing room of honest professionals and likeable players, who are incredibly easy to get onboard with.” Those “waste of space players ” reached 6 cup finals in 6 years (winning 4)، whilst our “honest and likeable” players have yet to win anything despite costing the club 6/7/800 million or whatever it is and still counting.. I’m not sure that being “honest and likeable who are incredibly easy to get on board with” are the type of characters that you find in a successful football team. Adams،،… Read more »

Chris

Pot 1: MANCHESTER CITY, Sevilla, Barcelona, Napoli, Bayern Munich, Paris St-Germain, Benfica, Feyenoord Pot 2: Real Madrid, MANCHESTER UNITED, Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid, RB Leipzig, Porto, ARSENAL Pot 3: Shakhtar Donetsk, Salzburg, Milan, Braga, PSV Eindhoven, Lazio, Red Star Belgrade, FC Copenhagen Pot 4: Young Boys, Real Sociedad, Galatasaray, CELTIC, NEWCASTLE UNITED, Union Berlin, Royal Antwerp, RC Lens I fancy Barca, Milan and Celtic for a cracking return to CL. Would be equally happy with Feyenoord, Red Star and Antwerp though! Lens dumped us out in 98, a bit of revenge maybe? We beat Lazio in 2000 when… Read more »

Foxy

Outing waste of space players for free is not good management, especially compared to Chelsea outing Havertz for £65m.
More seriously it is not the waste of space players I really mind but Arteta outing useful ones like, Willock, Martinez, Tierney and maybe now ESR, when some replacements have been inferior

EdTheRed

Where do they make these characters like Nigel? And why? Seems he’s doubling down on his shit. Back to “no friends” routine. My lord. Him and some other bumlickers must have attended Heinrich Himmler school of propaganda. There you go Nigel, just repeat another 98x that it’s Saka’s fault we drawn the game at home to 10 men Fulham and I’m sure there’ll be morons along the way jumping on board. What, some have already jumped?! 🙂 Let’s remind you of actual truth Nige, we didn’t beat Fulham because our much loved Sunday League defender Zinichenko can’t defend and also… Read more »

Josip Skoblar

Chris
I saw that game at Wembley against RC Lens (0-1) in 1998. The Lens supporters were noisy and magnificent.

EdTheRed

“Whatever goes wrong, the hyper hysterical bedwetters will find some way to pin the blame on something… Pointing out the bleeding obvious after the fact.”

And when bleeding obvious mistakes keep on repeating, whose fault is that?

Josip Skoblar

If we sell Holding today, we should buy a (better) replacement. With Tierney gone, there is now a shortage of defenders (bearing in mind that 3 of them are injury-prone).

China1

Now let’s be real Yes arteta has been over galaxy braining the lineups etc but saka DID directly make BOTH fuck ups on the goals for Fulham Just because we love the guy (and rightly so, he’s my favourite player by some distance) doesn’t mean we have to brush mistakes under the rug. He’s still amazing and we still love him but he cost us the game directly, let’s not pretend otherwise You can’t directly pass the ball to an opponent rushing through on our goal and not be accountable for that. You can’t fail to stay with your man… Read more »

Chrispy

Champs league draw today……. its been a while but we could just moan about everything we perceive to be wrong at the club instead.

So many mood hoovers on here.

FB

China1

Couple of very good comments.

Amongst the less reasonable on here (being very gentle) there is, and always has been, a type of rotational bullying in effect, the purpose of which is to support an agenda.

EdTheRed

Only 97x more lads.

Sly

We drew that game because Arteta transitioned to defensive mode against a team with 10 men. He loves to defend 1 goal margins. He has to break this beta habit if he wants to become a great coach

Emiratesstroller

I have been expressing all week about our lack of defensive resources, but there has been very little reaction either on Le Grove or elsewhere. Assuming that both Tavares and Holding depart we are down to just SIX recognised and fit defenders. Personally I don’t consider Partey to be one and he will be out of the loup for Africa Cup. Consdiering that both Zinchenko and Tomiyasu are injury prone we are woefully short in that department. The loss of Saliba and Tomiyasu at end of last season cost us the League Title. If we are short this season it… Read more »

Positive pete

Ed the Salford Red..You back? F** k me.Like a bad penny.Endless,moronic ,verbal Diarrhoea.Hsve a day off son.Wrong blog.

Buckagh

China1
Anyone in their right mind give your posts a miss

Aasim

I don’t think we’ll be getting more bodies in. It’s slightly convoluted how the backups are percieved at the moment. Tomi is cover for RB, LB and CB White is cover for CB Kiwor is both backup CB and LB Rice is left 8 but also back up 6 Kai is left 6 but also back up CF Doesn’t add up. Regarding ESR, I always thought of him as the player in the model of “give and go, pace and decent dribbling, very good ball striking”. Let’s say in the model we have players like Kaka, Ramsey, Szoboszlai, Lampard amongst… Read more »

EdTheRed

That’s how you win an argument about football. Well done, Pete.

Adams

Spot on china 1. Saka was at fault for both goals if it was havertz who committed the same mistake as saka i wonder how this place will be. If we want arsenal and saka to succeed we should hold him accountable as others and not try to deflect his mistakes to other people.

Emiratesstroller

Assim From my point of view the term “COVER” means that we have 2 players available for each position on the pitch ie 22 players. In the case of our defence we will have just 6 players discounting Timber who will be out until next year. When you factor in that Tomiyasu is regularly injured that is a recipe for disaster. One lesson that should have been learned from last season is that injuries are not just one off events. We lost Saliba and Tomiyasu in same game. That exposed our weakness on right side of defence. Let’s be clear… Read more »

Positive pete

Ed.I’m in the Matt B camp when it comes to calling out the BS.Perhaps less of it & more constructive criticism might be enterertained a bit more?Dont you think?bit of “ positivity “ perhaps?

englandsbest

Wishful thinking on my part about Tierney staying. A puzzler, for me, our best LB since Ashley Cole. Why. then? His injury record maybe? Or his need to play?

Madhu

Aaron, Riess is never given a chance to start any game instead of Saka. Only if and when Saka breakouts he may get a chance.

Pierre

The fulham 2nd goal was wrong in so many ways، it was Rice marking paulinha not saka but zinchenko and Jorginho were deployed at the near post area god only knows. You need 2 tall players at the near post who are good headers of a football and will not shirk a header.. Declan Rice should have been where zinchenko was and the goal wouldn’t have happened as he would have header the ball away. I would say the reason Declan Rice was deployed in the middle was because we were a man light at the back. Gabriel is the… Read more »

China1

Lol Buckagh losing sleep over someone daring to admit that Saka made two costly fuck ups?

Is it really that controversial to say that even elite players can fuck up and cost you sometimes? Did you think he’s God or something?

Saka is a big boy and can handle it. You should be able to as well.

EdTheRed

Pete,

then you must have missed what I’ve written on page one: “Anyhoo bring the end of TW and let’s have a fckng go at ManUre. Gotta take care of direct competition as soon as chance is presented. Let’s turn them into “not a direct competition” on Sunday.”

Positive pete

Well Ed.Totally agree with those sentiments.Makes a nice change.😉

TitsMcGee

Something is weird about this Balogun saga. Either he’s terrible and Arteta knows it or he’s got character issues.

TheLegendaryDB10

Cedric Soares might get a reprieve because we don’t seem to have a right-back lined up.

Soares hasn’t played in a long while, so wishing to keep him over Holding is complete madness.

As ES and China1 both point out, we are very short in defence so wishing to keep a player who has played even less first team football than Holding in the last 2 seasons is really a bad idea.

Soares contract should also be terminated.

There must be some RB on the market that will be significantly better than him, surely?

Madhu

Alex Bah seemed to have been linked, He can play as a RB and Right Wingback. could also offer additional cover for Saka.

Pierre

Cedric is not great but an acceptable 3rd choice fill in in either full back position

Pierre

Jesus should be regarded as cover for saka as wide right is his best position

raptora

Ye, Pierre, I agree. I’ll say that the 1st goal of Fulham is on the players not used to the new system – literally all of the players involved in the new system were involved – White, Partey, Saliba and Saka. Fulham’s 2nd goal is because we didn’t have a tall player on the front post, yes. Havertz is one of the best in the league in that, Gabriel is also a beast in the air but probably is more useful fighting the tall players in the middle of the pack during corners. I remember RvP used to do a… Read more »

Dissenter

Saka lost the ball under pressure…hats all he did That loss of the ball should never have led to a goal in the first minute but fir the unfamiliarity with the new system. There was a gaping hole on the right because Partey and BW were interchanging. The way china1 is carrying on about two fuck-ups you would think he lost the ball so close to the goal. Saka lost the ball but the systemic cock-ups amplified it. Why’s Ramsdale always so far from his goal so soon after kick-off? Teams are going to profit from that needless interchange between… Read more »

Dissenter

Legrove is like a herd of sheep charging towards a steep cliff. One person says one thing and the echo effect takes over.
Saka’s loss of the ball was only a small part of the first goal and our zonal marking failed us for the second goal.

Adams

A honest question, will Fabio viera or havertz be given a pass if they had committed that saka’s mistake. Am not against given a free pass to saka but the same people have written off havertz after three games is that not double standard?

Dissenter

Imagine starting the window with Rice and Timber and ending it with Soares being reinstated into the squad. This is a guy that was hardly good enough for Fulham last season.

This also feeds into my narrative that out first instincts are never to give academy players launch pads. Just let Soares leave-he’s had his nine lives. Why not give Reull Walters that peripheral squad position. He’s been around the senior squad for over a year now.

Dissenter

Adams
Stop the nonsense
Saka has built up lots of credit in the system, who cares if he misplaced one pass. Odegaard loses the ball all the time, many of whom lead to goals, we don’t complain because they’ve proven their value over time.

Just stuff the false equivalency BS

Madhu

Diss 100% agree giving Ruell Walters or Norton Cuffy a try instead of cedric makes sense.

local

I agree with Dissenter here, Saka did play a part in both the goals we conceded but I don’t think he was solely responsible.

“Jesus should be regarded as cover for saka as wide right is his best position.” – Pierre

Jesus himself has said that he considers himself as a winger and can help more from the wings than from center, but I don’t see Arteta doing it.

Even Zinchenko is originally an attacking midfielder/winger who had to accept fullback position due to fierce competition from the likes of David Silva, Bernardo Silva, KDB and Jesus himself.

raptora

Norton Cuffy was loaned to Millwall a week ago.

Chris

Josip

I was there too. If I recall right, the club sold the Wembley CL games as a package each season.

That same season (98) Panathanaikos was my first European game live. As a kid I was transfixed by the Greek fans all holding up their scarves in unison in the last minute or so.

After the Lens game we went a saw us lose to Wimbledon at Selhurst a few days later I think. A miserable week!

Mikel Coneteta

Norton Cuffy was bang average at Coventry last year and isn’t near PL level, nvm Arsenal level. Dissenter continues his thoughtless mission to talk rubbish about the academy progression at Arsenal but fails to acknowledge you need to be good enough to warrant it. Meanwhile Pep, the apparent academy great at Man City, has sold Mahrez, taken one look at Cole Palmer and turfed him out to Chelsea, buying Doku to replace him – all in around 3 weeks. Yet here we’re talking about being short in an area and claiming that an average academy talent should be given minutes… Read more »

Red Line

Doesn’t look like anyone else is coming in does it plus we’ll still have some of the crap left. Started off as a good transfer window but now it’s a bit flat, we’ve really left ourselves short in defence. I honestly thought Tierney going meant we were getting someone else in!

raptora

Red Line: “I honestly thought Tierney going meant we were getting someone else in!”

I think we have one more in us but we’ll see. If we had kept Tierney, we’d be alright numerically. Without him, I think we need one body in. Maybe a loan?

I read Pepe, Holding, Cedric & Lokonga are all still training a separate time to the rest of the team. If we manage to offload Holding, even if it’s a loan, I think we’ll pull the trigger on someone.

Red Line

Raptora, I hope so, honestly I’m a bit worried now! Not heard any rumours though which is strange if someone is coming in.

Marko

Only at arsenal could you spend 200 million after finishing second and seemingly look worse off than before. It’s impressive really. Less than 48 hours and the defense is threadbare unless some signings are made

Madhu

Mikel we are asking for academy prospects to be given a status of 3rd choice surely not unreasonable?

Madhu

Man City has signed Nunes from Wolves for 50 + M

Marko

City lose DeBruyne through injury they replace him. Arsenal lose Timber through injury they sell their back up LB. Levels

Mikel Coneteta

Madhu

It’s not reasonable if they’re not good enough. They need games at that age to develop. Only the very best of talents deserves game time for Arsenal

Norton Cuffy is so far from it.

Habesha Gooner

Not signing any defender will be fatal. Tomi and Zinchenko have missed a lot of games through injury the past year. Saliba also missed a chunk of last season. Added to that Holding is going too. Not that I counted him as a serious option anyway. We need a CB or a LB minimun imo. 6 defenders is asking for trouble. Walters can be that 8th choice defender across the back line. But we need one more. We cant count on Partey as a RB. Cedric also needs to go. We need to spend money or get someone competent on… Read more »

Marko

Also we’re in the champions league this season that’s a game every 3/4 days for months.

Matt

Saka has more than enough credit in the bank to be forgiven for committing the odd mistake – he is human after all.

Havertz has zero credit in the bank (for me personally he was already in the red after 3 years of crap at Chelsea), so is it really so hard to comprehend that he will not be afforded the same forgiveness? I don’t understand the mentality of comparing Saka and Havertz. Not everything or everyone is judged through the same lens. All kinds of, other factors influence it and that is just a fact of life.

Spanishdave

Edu never has filled me with confidence.
He was a half asleep player and I he appears to buy at top dollar and sell for a pittance.
A couple of injuries and we are bang average like the end of last season.
The Fulham game was a disaster of management , Arteta isnt the one.

Howard

Can’t sell players? Ask Edu. He’s not good. Don’t know the market. He only knows his BBQ friends Kia and Mendes who got introduced by Raul Sanhelli

Kroenke should get rid of Edu and bring in proper SD like the one at Bighton.

But for Arteta, Aaron, White, Rice, Timber, Partey, Harvertz and Odegaard wouldn’t come.
Edu is only interested in photo ops and self promotion. He doesn’t know how to negotiate and sell players..

Batistuta

Fati to Brighton is one inttiguing signing, looking foward to seeing how that plays out

Batistuta

Also knowing our luck with injuries, it does look like we are leaving ourselves short in defence especially with two injury prone players in there

jabberwocky

I really don’t understand why so many of you actually follow football as you clearly don’t get any enjoyment out of it whatsoever. Don’t get me wrong I’m not accusing anyone of not being a “real fan”, just the world is going to hell in a hand basket and this should all be a respite from the misery but day after day after day it’s just fury, bitterness, name calling and wholesale negativity. Ffs lighten up people it’s just a fucking game.

Howard

Edu can’t even sell players to the Saudi league. He’s a remnant of Sanhelli regime.. Kroenke should get rid.

Useroz

Prefer Kudus to Havertz though not quite identical in positions.

Soares and Holding need to go… why weren’t they sold earlier ??

We kbow these loans would end up like bosman or termination of the contract… shocking waste of club asset

raptora

Kieran Tierney “I left because last season I couldn’t play a lot and what I wanted was to play a lot of games and I wanted to try to do it at Real,” he told reporters. “I don’t have any problem with Arsenal. “Knowing that Real wanted to have me here, feeling all the love from the people here was very good. Being in the Basque Country, having the experience of living here and playing in La Liga, is something I am very proud of. I hope things will go very well for me here.” _______________________________________________ I hope things work… Read more »

allezkev

It’s odd really, since the buzz following the Charity Shield win it’s been doom and gloom despite 7 points from 9 – and that’s mainly I reckon because of the Jurien Timber injury and that incident creating an atmosphere of ‘Its all gonna go wrong’ after the enjoyment of last season.

I asked my son about the atmosphere at the stadium and if it had altered but he thought it was still loud and supportive.

Un

Jabberwocky

Agree

G

‘’ Only at arsenal could you spend 200 million after finishing second and seemingly look worse off than before. It’s impressive really. Less than 48 hours and the defense is threadbare unless some signings are made‘’

At times you do come out with some bollocks

G

‘’ Bighton.But for Arteta, Aaron, White, Rice, Timber, Partey, Harvertz and Odegaard wouldn’t come.‘’

And who confirmed that to you

allezkev

Is Reuell Walters really good enough to get into the senior squad or even get a game either at full-back, where I don’t think he’s as effective, or centre back? I’m not sure.

Is he any worse than Cedric Soares, I don’t think so?

Is it worth giving him a chance in the League Cup at Brentford?
Yeah, I think he’s worth a try.

NORG

Howard
You need to avail yourself of the facts. Partey came to Arsenal despite Arteta not wanting him. Arteta was over ruled. While Arteta was licking Raul’s arse Edu was in Columbus with Josh planning the future.

Graham62

jabberwocky

That’s played a huge part of their lives.
In my case since 1967.
I’m now 61.
Football is far more than just a game for so many people.

Graham62

Can someone on here explain to me Arteta’s handling of players like Trossard for example.
If any of you were Trossard, how would you be feeling?

Graham62

Personally, I’ve never considered Arteta a good man manager.

Northbanker

Graham – you’re a year younger than me but have done a year of fandom more than me. It was the League Cup Final of 1968 – my first game attended. But jabberwocky makes a key point – its a game and you need to enjoy it. Too many people drowning in negativity on here. We all have our moments but ffs it is unreal here sometimes. I look at the posts mainly to see if there is anyone with insight that is interesting. Occasionally it is but mostly not. Anyway looking forward to my first game of the season… Read more »

Jaffa

What did Ben White do to Southgate exactly. Must of hurt eh?

Guns of Hackney

Whoever said we’re a worse team than last year is 100% correct. Of course the Timber career killer was a blow but we should have sucked it up and gone and spent a few quid and got a replacement. Also, not going into a new season with a proper forward is embarrassing. We spent £105m on a non goal scoring, non creative midfielder so why not chump up another £70-£100m on someone who actually wins you games. Wickedly poor planning. As for the Kai deal. Sheesh. Arsenal loooovvvvvveeee chucking money at shit, don’t they. Top seven I think is about… Read more »

raptora

Congratulations Eddie Nketiah on his maiden England call up.

Thoroughly deserved. He’s been playing really well since the start of the season.

Graham62

Nearly finished!

The modern way is don’t criticise or complain or you’re considered a grumpy old fart and a bit of a bully.

Look at the real facts and not all that statistical data and you’ll quickly come up with an answer for most things.

zaco

with two goals and one “assist” in three matches, and a national team call up, a motivated Nketiah should be starting on Sunday, i would be surprise if Arteta for some “whatevertacticalreasons” dampen his morale by putting him on the bench.

Dissenter

zaco
“with two goals and one “assist” in three matches, and a national team call up, a motivated Nketiah should be starting on Sunday, i would be surprise if Arteta for some “whatevertacticalreasons” dampen his morale by putting him on the bench.”

Yea, Eddie should have that starting berth nailed on 100%
He needs a consistent run of games, not to be pushed down the pecking order anytime Jesus is 75% fit.

Mikel Coneteta

75% fit Jesus is levels above 100% fit Nketiah.

EdTheRed

Anyway, this turned out to be a very enjoyable read. Cesc does come across as very intelligent individual, not that should surprise anyone…who knows, one day, maybe….I would certainly welcome him back…

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2023/aug/31/cesc-fabregas-coaching-game-new-way-football-love..

EdTheRed

Also, well done Eddie for getting an England call up.

G

‘’ they. Top seven I think is about where we’ll be and I’m favouring 4-7 as a finishing position.‘’

Good thing your normally wrong

raptora

Southgate: “Eddie is coming in because it is an area where we would like to look at him, he has a good pedigree, is a very good finisher, record goalscorer with Under-21s and is a player we are really interested in.”

Dissenter

Mikel
“75% fit Jesus is levels above 100% fit Nketiah.”
Of course you would say that
Bigging up Kai, bashing Eddie at every opportunity

Guns of Hackney

G

You having a laugh? 99% correct. Nothing to be sniffed at. We will reconvene in May.