HEAVENLY GROUP STAGE – ARSENAL ARE BACK!

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THE CHAAAAAAMPIONS! DU DU DU DUH DUHHHHHHH!

It’s here my children.

Cancel your Wednesday night group therapy sessions with the boys – SPURS FANS CAN HURT YOU NO MORE.

The midweek is for The Arsenal, fighting the best clubs in Europe… it’s for the ELITISTS!

Well, kind of…

🇬🇧Arsenal
🇪🇸 Sevilla
🇳🇱 PSV
🇫🇷 Lens

I’m only the millionth person to point it out – but our group feels like a rough Europa League group stage versus a beastly battle of the icons.

Still, I’m not sad. The biggest worry we have from this lot is complacency.

Lens have lost two and drawn one in their opening games and lost two key players this summer.

Sevilla are bottom of La Liga after putting every single one of their players on the transfer list.

PSV are doing PSV things in the Dutch league. I feel like regardless of how badly they’re doing, they’ll always find a way of hurting us.

Overall, how can you moan? Every team is a short flight. The away day will be lovely. It’s a gentle bike ride back into the Champions League, versus the ‘Felix Baumgartner dropping from space’ adventure Newcastle are facing against Dortmund, Milan, and PSG.

The biggest test we’re going to face this season is the Champions League. Not because we’re ill-equipped – but because we have a group of players that has NEVER had to play 3 games a week from September.

Fatigue, both physically and mentally, sets in – you’re always tired.

You are playing BIG games and the pressure can get to you.

The team requires more rotation – and sometimes that breaks rhythm and fans can get angry

Fan expectation is maybe not living in the realm of reality at the moment – we’re expecting at least a quarter-final to be satisfied with the season. On paper, we have it, we’re 4th favorites for the whole thing – but in the real world, who knows, because our players have only played under easy conditions. Remember – Leicester won the league without Europe. Chelsea won the league without it under a tyrant manager. Placing high without mega-cup runs isn’t easy, but it’s not what Manchester City and old Liverpool have been doing for years.

To move to the next level – we need to be able to sustain the league AND the Champions League.

Can we do it? I bloody well hope so. This group gives me a lot of hope. I just hope the players aren’t as complacent as I am. Arsenal have been knocked out of Euro comps by Villareal, PSV, and Monaco in the past. Hopefully we’re ready!

One thing seems close to certain – it’s going to be very hard for Arsenal to bring in a new player before the window closes. Never say never, but it’s not looking good. An area of high concern is our defence.

  • Partey (RB)
  • Reuell Walters (RB)
  • Tomi (LB/RB)
  • Zinchenko (LB)
  • Kiwior (CB/LB)
  • White (CB/RB)
  • Saliba (CB)
  • Gabriel (CB)
  • T̶i̶m̶b̶e̶r̶ ̶(̶C̶B̶/̶R̶B̶)̶

8 defenders doesn’t feel very secure. Tomiyasu struggles with calf injuries and always gets injured. Zinchenko breaks every 10 or so games. Then you have Thomas Partey who is now a defender, but only because Arteta said so. Reuell Walter who is a baby at 18. Kiwior is a centre-back who is also a backup left-back but not a convincing one (yet). Ben White is a center-back, but he’s really our best right-back. Cover is there – but you have to squint and pray to the gods.

Losing Timber really has rattled us – but all these people complaining we haven’t immediately gone out and dropped another £40m to replace him are being very harsh. We did our business, we lost a key player, we can’t just replace him. Especially considering how specific we need to be with the players we bring in.

This scenario is basically the same as the one we dealt with when Jesus picked up that knee injury. Everyone said we wouldn’t survive without him, Eddie did the job, we scored just as many goals, and we were fine. We can start last seasons back 4 on Sunday and it’ll be great. Arteta is just going to have to get creative with back-ups – which is why he’s trying things now when he has a choice. Versus experimenting with new ideas under duress and more pressure.

Did I just speak of Eddie and not remind all his HATERS that their HATE powered him into the England squad? The man is a KING. League One Eddie. Jokers.

Back to my other narrative…

I did see someone make a great point on AFTV earlier – pundits spent the first half of last season saying City weren’t their usual selves at the start of last season. Why? They were trying new things. Different formations. Different player combos. New ideas. When they got into the backend of the season – they were more than themselves and they went on an extraordinary run. The work Pep did at the start of the season paid off during the backend. Arteta seems to be following suit – get your ideas down on paper, see what the players react to, and always plan to peak when the going gets tough.

We have not peaked at the right time 2 seasons on the bounce. Maybe this shift will help us make better decisions in the long-run. Rob Holding was a default because we hadn’t tried White and Partey earlier.  That won’t happen again.

Ok – short post today. Get on our latest pod. The boys reunite for a Champions League Reaction podcast with all the lads. x

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Zomber

On his fourth match Patino had his third assist

Un

Saw sound of freedom last night
That Timothy Ballard is a great man
True modern day hero
He should be a household name for what he’s done
Film wasn’t that great, technically, clunky dialogue and pacing issues but it packed an emotional punch and told the story of what this great man achieved.
Stories like these should be told

Un

Patino will come back to arsenal next season and become a first team squad member
Such a player

Positive pete

Left side.On the flip side.How can grown men be so easily upset over a juvenile insult like “ Bedwetters “.Trust me,there’s far,far worse insults that could be thrown at them.To a degree it’s actually quite comical.unless you’re a Bedwetter of course.In your criticism you left out some who refer to others as “ shitting the bed”.Is this not worse?

Rich

Patino is outrageously talented, once he’s physically adapted, and has a base level of experience, his trajectory could be rapid.

Stylistically he’s got similar qualities to Cazorla/ FDJ.

Outrageous balance, agility, and control, can take 3-4 players completely out of the picture with a little drop of the shoulder…

Press resistance and the ability to create space for himself and his team mates on steroids.

Gutted we lost Timber, it was clear he had the ability to create time on the ball for himself and his teammates, and took to our style of play like a duck to water.

Rich

Pickford doing his best Emi Martinez impression…

Tony2

OMG please say it ain’t true. Just heard Partey could be out for 3 months. Done his hammy in training. FFS!!

Markymark

Bedwetters in my experience tend to listen and occasionally weep to Coldplay and Radiohead. Some may have a relationship with Arsenal as well ( probably loved Ozil )

Rich

Tony2

That would be an absolute disaster, we’ve got 24 – 26 games before the January transfer window opens.

Hopefully not true, Partey was in the training video yesterday.

Tony2

Hope to God your right Rich. Source came from twitter so hopefully BS

Chrispy

Solves the inverted RB issues if he has

Mr Serge

Both city and spurs goals should have been chalked off VAR not doing those job

Positive pete

Well to say VAR is getting beyond a joke might be proving to be a bit of an understatement.If anyone has just seen the oilers 2nd goal please explain ( those of you who have no suspicions) with regards to the PGMOL & VAR,how Akanji who steps over the ball & is the line of site of the goalkeeper AND is on an offside position is NOT interfering with play????
Citeh are fast approaching Manure levels of assistance here.

Positive pete

What will happens of course is that Fulham will receive an apology for the f** k up( deliberate🤫) the var expert.Ha ha ha.will get a convenient 1 match suspension & move on to the next dodgy bit of business.

Leftside

Positive Pete,

Childish response as expected. I’m not upset, it as an observation. The internet breeds these types where some folk speak to people how you like because there are no true repercussions on this blog. Says more about you and the like than it does the person your criticising.

We’re all fans here, drop out the high and mighty on those that don’t see things exactly the way you do.

I’m a life long fan, with a personal connection and a season ticket holder (will be there tomorrow as usual) but it makes me no different to anyone else.

Mr Serge

Madison unmarked 20 yards from goal scores a cracker for spurs ffs

Positive pete

But Leftside.I don’t see your indignation when the very people you’re defending come on here & shit on the club hysterically,Daily? Please spare me the martyrdom it won’t wash.

Samesong

Well said Left!

Leftside

Cheers Same

Not even worth going back and forth with PP. Just being wilfully ignorant.

Leftside

The VAR mistakes aren’t going away too. Feels like we speak about it weekly.

What is the point of them. I saw what was a clear penalty for Luton yesterday not given. To give further context, they’re rooted to the bottom of the table, and will find points hard to come by all season. A penalty and a goal could have changed the outcome of last nights match.

They’re up against it as it is, and those type of decisions only further compound misery.

Samesong

Been saying Mbeumo a brilliant player great finish.

TT

Always a pleasure to see Chelskjy make a mess of things 😀

Topside Northbank

Arsenal informed Ghana, Partey has picked up an injury in training and will not be able to make the national squad.

Seems like he will be out for a while so the experiment of him at RB is over either way.

Zacharse

UnSeptember 2, 2023 12:51:55
Saw sound of freedom last night
That Timothy Ballard is a great man
True modern day hero
He should be a household name for what he’s done
Film wasn’t that great, technically, clunky dialogue and pacing issues but it packed an emotional punch and told the story of what this great man achieved.
Stories like these should be told

HAHAHAHAHAHAH! Amazing!!!!

Johng

@ topside, just read that myself, really hoping it is the club being economical with the truth

Johng

And then there was 6

Josip Skoblar

Chelsea-Forest 0-1.
Very satisfactory result.

Johng

Have a horrible feeling that this year is going to be a hard slog, things not going to plan at the moment

Johng

I see Man City walloped Fulham

Topside Northbank

Johng

Looked on the club website Cedric is listed as one of the eight defenders.

Not his fault we gave him a contract no one else would take on reported 90k a week, wow!

Ruell Walters surely would come into consideration.

Johng

Forest were probably playing two teams, their squad is as big as Chelsea’s

Johng

Cedric the non entertainer better only play the joking Cup games

Johng

Not really seen much of Walters but I guess unless you attending u21 games bd will be a unkown quantity to the fans

Tom

“‘Sound Of Freedom’ Is a Superhero Movie for Dads With Brainworms“

This from “the Rolling Stones” captures my sentiments re Sound of freedom.

A dad with brainworms captures my sentiments re Un

Johng

Well at least we won’t see Rashford tearing Thomas a new one. Although if I remember rightly he gave white a tough time last season and tomi came in for him at half time

Tony2

Reported about TP couple of hours ago. If it’s true then ma43 will have to play best back 4 tomo..every cloud eh

jwl

Ghana FA –

“Arsenal ace Thomas Partey is left out of the squad due to injury. According to his club, the player picked up an injury in training and could be on the sidelines for a while; however, the Black Stars’ medical team is monitoring the situation.”

Nigel Tufnel

Aside from website problems… still a fair amount of clowns here.

Partey is/was not going to be at RB against United… so all those comments are a waste of text and a sign of limited intellectual resources.

We were going to go with a similar lineup to the community shield 11.
I’ve been saying this as whiney people cried for the past 3 weeks.

If i was wrong and Partey was at RB, with no Gabriel, I would have raised my hand and said so, but I don’t think so.

3 weeks of whinging from most people here for nothing.

Gommit

I actually put a tenner on Forest last night (and I am a very infrequent better).. Double joy to pocket a minor “fortune” of 80 eur 😊

VAR is getting to a new low every week. The only way to get them on course is to allow us to hear what the duck they are talking about while coming to their conclusions… Also show us the lines.. And put the ref in front of a mic to take questions after each game.. Until then it will only get worse

jwl

Zinny on Walters talking to Rio Ferdinand –

‘I like so much centre-back Reuell,’ the Ukraine international said. ‘I think the qualities he has, he is aggressive. I swear to God, one time he pushed Gabriel Jesus in a shoulder-to-shoulder.

‘It is not easy to push Gabriel because he is very strong, and he was confident on the ball afterwards, he kept the ball well and passed. Wow. He impresses me I think the most.’

Useroz

Oh dear, our first choice RB injured un training… Ghana FA won’t even include Partey in the upcoming international!

Jeez… how long is he going ro be out ?

Gommit

With our trim squad there is a good chance that Arteta will have to use some of our young guns like Scelly, Naweri and Walters.. I am all for it tbh.

Dissenter

Positive Pete
‘ Left side.On the flip side.How can grown men be so easily upset over a juvenile insult like “ Bedwetters’

Why repeatedly make such a puerile and moronic remark that diminishes others in the first place?

Makes you look like your dunce hat needs to be refitted properly.

Marko

Less than 24 hours after the window closes one of our previously injury prone players is…you guessed it injured. Classic

David Smith

As a squad, way too injury prone for years, decades. A shame Arteta didn’t bring City’s fitness team with him

Marko

Funny thing about all this is it’s likely to save Arteta from himself by forcing him to play Gabriel and our best back 4 and Rice in his best position. He’s actually lucky

Ivan

Sad for Thomas, but this is why we paid 105 for Rice. We will be fine.

Habesha Gooner

Literally a day has only passed from a lot of people on here telling me that we should be happy with our defense. And Partey who was an option as a RB has went down. What a joke. I am furious with it. Any one could have seen this coming.

Karsa

Partey was never going to start as right back for this game anyway.

Nigel Tufnel

Habesha,

Not exactly fair… only Rich can rightly say “I told you so” about Partey.
Nobody else here wanted Partey in the defence (or inverted) anyway.

Whenever Zinchenko would be available, i think he would be the 1st choice for the inverted role with Gabriel at CB.

Gommit,
we want to see a player like Skelley, but we’re more likely to be seeing ElNeny. He’s a better player now… but not going to excite any gooners.
Should mean a bit more time for Emile and Vieira at 8 though, with Rice needed further back regardless of opponent.

Un

Tom

Rolling stone are a lefty globalist rag
If you’re not familiar or the story the film centres around then you should go and research it
The man has saved hundreds of South American children from hell.
How anyone could slander a man and a story like that is beyond me

Habesha Gooner

Nigel
I didnt say I wanted Partey at RB. It was a good idea in theory but it didnt bear fruit on the pitch.

And I am speaking from the clubs perspective. We have 6 defenders and Partey was going to be an option as a RB to give us a 7th option. Now we have to actually compete with 6 defenders. It was a crap decision not to bring in anyone to replace Tierney and not a day has passed for this decision to haunt us.

Gommit

True Nigel T.. But with so few senior players (finally) Arteta will be forced to use the young players once the injuries start to pile up.. I really believe that ESR is going to get minutes and a chance to shine again this season (irrelevant of injuries of others).

Elneny is such a waste of minutes that could go to young players… We need to think further ahead than this season and fans are more forgiving when we see our young guns getting a chance

izzo

And there you have it. Didn’t take long for Partey to get his usual injuries.

Un

Chelsea looking shite
No teeth whatsoever

Dissenter

Good for the Republic of I
Haven’t have a proper striker since the days of Robbie Keane

Gommit

If you could choose.. Who would you sign next summer Ferguson or the Napoli striker (can’t remember his name atm)

Sakablyat

Partey is probably out for a while, thank god Jorginho is in the squad, can’t believe I say this but I actually like him

Dissenter

Partey was always going to have his typical injuries
Arteta’s tactics just made it happen faster

When you have a world class midfielder thats so vulnerable, why play him away from his strengths in a position that requires a lot more acceleration and endurance?

Samesong

Ferguson hatrick guess he’s 100M players now.

izzo

Blowing 100+ mill on one player rather than using it to fill in holes all over the squad is coming back to bite us. Could’ve easily bought two good midfielders so when Partey goes down we wouldn’t miss him. Bad transfer window 3/10 especially wasting 65 mill on a crap Chelsea player that has been crap for multiple seasons. Reap what you sow.

Nigel Tufnel

Where are all those Newcastle fans that were so impressed by them?
A little quiet so far.

Thoroughly outplayed today.

TR7

De Zerbi is the next Pep

Dissenter

Nigel
You’re looking for Newcastle fans amongst the regulars on an Arsenal blog?

Dissenter

TR7
Not so fast, De Zerbi was smashed by David Moyes last week.
But then you once said that Poch was one if the top 3 managers in the world

izzo

Brighton looking like they’re going a step further to get CL football next season.

Nigel Tufnel

Izzo,

If you ever question why people are called reactionaries and bedwetters here…. just read your last comment, then take a sedative.

“3 of 10 window”
Getting 3 big signings in early. Ok.

You’re the same person who always shits on Eddie Nketiah and he’s currently making you look a bit of a poor judge of talent.
“Reap what you sow”.
You really should moderate yourself.

Brighton not resting on their 3-goal lead over the House of Saud.

Pierre

Obviously Newcastle are missing willock this season

izzo

Nigel calm down. Everyone knows you’re obsessed with Havertz. He will never be what he was as a teenager. Get over it. We bought a dud.

Pierre

Another injury in training، there’s a surprise

Madhu

Keep calling us bed-wetters looking at today’s results especially the Spurs one you may start shitting your beds soon ,,😂. This is going to be one ling season. Timber injured, TP now God knows what else is in store. You got to admire Brighton and thier football. Such an enigmatic club.

izzo

Eddie got an England call up. So what! Kane has gone to Germany and there’s a dearth of England strikers so of course Southgate is calling him up. When Eddie starts winning matches we can talk. Until then still not good enough.

Samesong

Obviously Newcastle are missing willock this season

Botman more so

Johng

Why is if that some commentators on here seem to spend so much of their time attacking other people with different opinions.
Finding myself having to scroll more and more nowdays

karim

Isn’t it cute how TR7 sounds personally offended whenever Messi gets criticised on here.
Messi’s own wife wouldn’t defend him better lol.

You’re hilarious Vicky !

#nationaltreasure

Johng

I will add though there ard still some good posts

Josip Skoblar

Partey breaks far too easily.

Mr Serge

We got rice thank God

Mr Serge

If we ever sack MA de zerbi has to be the successor he is always impressive

They lost Caciedo and Macalister and still no issues

Johng

Think Deçan will step up to the plate as our 6 but it would have been nice to see him and Partey as midfielder, with zinny investing we would have a really strong midfield there. This would obviously bring up the problem of trying to squeeze Kai in the team though

Matt B

Serge: What, the goon who got spanked at home last week by Moyes?

Johng

* inverting

Habesha Gooner

De Zerbi is looking absolutely fantastic. When they win games, they dominate it. They smashed us last season at home. I havent seen many outside of the top 6 managers play the type of football Brighton are playing.

That Evan Ferguson kid is legit. But negotiating with Brighton will be insane for a star striker when they have been selling the way they do for midfieldes and defenders.

Batistuta

John g

There’s one poster here who literally does nothing more than that. Its juvenile in nature. Just keep scrolling past for your own sanity

Batistuta

Yea impressive thing is when Brighton win, they dominate their opponents, very impressive

Marko

The pom pom wavers. Most of them can’t actually come up with something by themselves they just latch onto something someone else says.

Johng

Habesha. knowing Brighton at this rate the boy will be the first half a bilion pounds player

Marko

Yeah but how many formations did Roberto use today? That’s the real question. Anything under 25 and he’s shit

Matt B

Yeah and let’s not forget they get spanked at home last week heh. By West Ham.

Samesong

De Zerbi is probably already being tapped up for city l. No way he’s comes to Arsenal.

Has anyone actually emailed Pedro to tell him there’s problems with the website?

benkind

Saw on Twitter:

Artetas talent ID

Lokonga : Luton
Tavares : Nottingham
Patino : Blackpool ( Relegated)
Azeez : Wigan ( Relegated)
Cedric : Fulham
Mari : Monza
Willian : Fulham
Marquinos : Norwich
Matt turner : Nottingham
Aaron trusty : Sheff Utd

There are the good buys: White, Zinchenko and Jesus (already established so not special), odegaard
Question marks: Vieira (just 1 good game so far), Ramsdele, Tomi (too much injuries), havertz

Really, interesting.

Johng

Think we will have more chance landing Oshimen but both could be to expensive for us by next summer

Johng

Samsung, wouldn’t surprised me at all if he rolled up there

Johng

Bloody auto correct. Sorry samesong

Matt B

Benkind: Do you have a fav Arsenal manager?

Matt B

Benkind: Did you prefer it when we sold our players to Barca, Man City and Man Utd?

Johng

Oh the days when we used to get a couple of Bob for our players lol

Matt B

Benkind: My guess, you moan all the time, good times, bad times, nothing times

zzzzzzzzzzz

Habesha Gooner

Johng
May be. But I could easily see them demanding over a 150 mil for ferguson. Teams want their players. But you get shafted when you pay what they want, Most of their players are sold at least 40% above market value. I would avoid them tbh unless Ferguson becomes an undouted striker over the next 8 months.