HALE-END TREND TO END?

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Well good evening my darlings – it’s an international break, and we are all struggling.

I saw Harry McGuire get ruined by Scotland fans… watched Balogun score against Oman… saw that Newcastle striker earn game time over Eddie… I can’t do it anymore. I just can’t.

Trossard scored for Belgium – in a game that saw Lukaku match Pele for international goals.

Neymar moved to 56 assists at international level – he’s just two behind the record – SET BY LANDON DONOVAN. Who saw that coming? Not me boss, not me.

Kai Havertz was gifted an assist against France after Bill Saliba backed off him and gave him the freedom to slip in Sane. That’s team culture right there – comradery above nationalism. A beautiful thing.

I’ve rigged up about 17 different alert systems to keep me posted on injuries.

Big Gabi starts for Brazil tonight… so we know he’s ok.

Arsenal submitted their Champions League squad.

Goalkeepers: Aaron Ramsdale, David Raya, James Hillson

Defenders: Cedric, Lino Sousa, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Ben White, Gabriel, Jakub Kiwior, William Saliba

Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny, Jorginho, Thomas Partey, Declan Rice, Martin Odegaard, Kai Havertz, Fabio Vieira, Emile Smith Rowe

Forwards: Leandro Trossard, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Jesus

No major omissions – bar Jurrien Timber. That makes me quite sad. There’s no miracle return in the works.

Lino Sousa made the cut – the 18-year-old twinkle-toed fullback lands a space with the club low on fullback numbers.


I’m not sure how much of that is a nod to talent vs a need. But my hope is Arteta isn’t messing around and he wants him to get used to travelling with the first team this season. James Hillson in goal also gets some 3rd keeper action.

It is a big question I have this season – are we too good for breakthrough acts in 2023? When Arteta got over his obsession with average older players, he had a real reputation problem.

‘say what you will about the sauce, he bet the house on Willian!’

‘He gave Auba a £350k a week contract!’

‘The man’s having a bromance with David Luiz’

It is overlooked how he leaned into kids to repair his reputation.

Arsenal fans love young players – young players are forgiven for underperformance far more readily than senior players – younger players give you cloud cover to make rookie mistakes.

Well, now we’re good, Arteta is knocking the weak babies out of the nest. Youthful stars like Balogun, The Smith, and Ramsdale are all going to be sidelined or exited this season. But Arteta doesn’t need cloud cover and he doesn’t need to explain himself. Because now we’re all on board with his methods.

That now begs the question – are we in a post-Hale-End era? Are we about to be the club the shift on our best kids – only to see them haunt us?

I don’t know… but it is going to be VERY hard for kids to break into a first team that basically can’t afford any slippage. You need Saka-like talents and there aren’t many of them in existence.

If Charlie Patino was born 5 years earlier, he’d be in that left 8 position. Same for Balogun. Could it be similar for MLS, Cozier-Dubbery, and Nwaneri?

We don’t know. It’d be a real shame. But this is the cost of shooting for greatness, unfortunately.

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Why I Gunna

1st?

Why I Gunna

That ESR is overlooked for Havertz is criminal

Why I Gunna

Where is everyone?

TT

4th?

Northbanker

Top 6

Northbanker

If we turn out backs on Hale End we slit our throats

Walters should have been in that squad and not Cedric

He may still be in cos I think you can add youngsters to that but then why was Sousa named ?

bacaryisgod

Balogun, ESR and Ramsdale weak babies? Something’s a little off there, Pedro.

Berg10kamp

Don’t think so Pedro, most of our players are 24. When they reach 28 or 29 they will be sold for huge money if they still banging then, which they probably will. That’s when the Barcas and the Madrids start calling them in their hearts. Very Wenger like actually. The difference now is we have a group of young players that are challenging, whereas under wenger players would develop during this period and then when they start banging leave. The Hale End kids will be waiting in the wings, having played a few games here and there in local cups… Read more »

Berg10kamp

Arteta spending big on players now is so he gets the type of player he wants so the rest can learn off that player who plays the position well, and take over or rotate when required. Some will work out, some won’t as we have seen.

Gonsterous

Pedro Ramsdale, esr and Balogun to be sold and we don’t need an explanation because we are backing arteta? The same arteta that brought in ramsdale and sold Martinez and you were highlighting how ramsdale plays to how arteta wants? So we are just going to sell him when he hasn’t even entered his prime. Then we have Raya who you are again convinced will replace ramsdale and play the way arteta wants. Are we going to sell him in a year or two again and come back to revise the GK position? This would mean arteta will need 200m… Read more »

Wengaball

The squad announced is list a.

The Hale Enders are eligible through list b.

Sousa has been added to list a as he is not eligible for list b – not having completed two years at the club yet.

Goodness – a whole post writing off young talent without understanding what’s going on!

Guembuzy

Pedro, it’s clear that you are trying to stir some controversy on the blog. This is what mostly keeps this blog going.

Luteo Guenreira

“He may still be in cos I think you can add youngsters to that but then why was Sousa named ?” Walters qualifies as a List B player and does not need to be included in the 25 man squad to be eligible for CL games. Sousa does not qualify for List B because he’s not been with the club long enough. The 25 man squad can be updated once we reach the knockout round. Whether Timber is included or not at that point will likely tell us a bit about the progress of his rehab. If he’s included it… Read more »

Northbanker

Wengaball – cheers for that
I was pretty sure we had a b squad but couldn’t work out why Sousa wasn’t in it so that’s cleared that up

Still depressing to see Cedric and Elneny in the a squad

Dark Hei

Guembuzy

I think Peds just type and post quickly without much of a lookback.

Balogun is more golden goose than weak chirpling.

Aasim

So much hype around Patino. I can’t read too much into it. Haven’t seen enough. But you lot including the twitter lot hyping Patino were the same lads hyping SAMBI LOKONGA. So, let’s just reserve our judgements for now. And we’ve had false dawns before. Fran Merida, Lansbury, Apkom and most recently Balogon. For me, personally, none of these looked great. ESR did. Big fan of the lad. Very sad, he’s not able to convince Tets in training that he has what it takes. But the season is long, and we have 4 trophies to compete, so he WILL get… Read more »

MidwestGun

Damn Peds… I’ve read thru this twice and it still makes no sense to me. One of the most confusing ones I’ve ever read. Maybe it’s because of the interlull and my brain is fried watching pointless matchups. but I’m not understanding what your saying? You have spent like 4 years preaching we should get younger and be like the Dortmund of the Premier League. And just add better pieces as we age down and develop our youth squad talent and lean on coaching/scouting and a good playing system with Pep learned dna to compete within our means. And that… Read more »

Wengaball

Cheers NB.

Mo & Cedric are filling up empty spaces in list a – just for emergency depth.

Everyone else who could possibly be added is eligible through list b so no need to use up list a spaces with them.

Josip Skoblar

🚨 Gabriel Magalhães played the full 90 minutes tonight and kept a clean sheet! 🇧🇷 Well done big Gaby! 👍

Wengaball

List a/list b system Champions League https://documents.uefa.com/r/Regulations-of-the-UEFA-Champions-League-2023/24/Article-45-Player-lists-Online 45.11 A player may be registered on List B if he is born on or after 1 January 2002 and since his 15th birthday has been eligible to play for the club concerned for any uninterrupted period of two years, or a total of three consecutive years with a maximum of one loan period to a club from the same association for a period not longer than one year. Players aged 16 may be registered on List B if they have been registered with the participating club for the previous two years without… Read more »

Wicked Willy

Aasim

Let’s hope and trust that ESR didn’t reach for the secret too soon…

Wengaball

45.10
Each club is entitled to register an unlimited number of players on List B during the season. The list must be submitted by no later than 24.00CET on the day before the match in question

Wengaball

Mid – you have to excuse Peds.

He really, really jumped the gun on this one.

His auto-pilot defend Arteta at any cost instinct sprung out in full force without processing the full available information – in a situation where Mikel does not even need defending.

Ramsdale, ESR – both on List A. Balogun is already sold.

Everyone else on List B.

The Champions League squad is no evidence of youth being culled. And yet a while post justifying youth culling 😂.

Wengaball

while = whole

Positive pete

Bergkamp 10.Summed it up perfectly with regards to The Hale Enders.That’s it’s exactly the way it’s going to happen.Unless an a generational youth appears on the scene ( Nwaneri anyone?)& is just too good to hold back.
On a side note.I’d almost feel sorry for Harry ‘ slab’ Maguire but for the fact a) Earns a fortune,b) apparently is a bit of a dick( Mykonos) & Most importantly c) plays for Manure.😂😂😂😂

Tikpo

Berg10kemp and wengaball have the correct perspective of Arteta’s plans.
Pedro must be stirring things up to generate a conversation. I don’t believe he believes what he wrote after spending so much efforts convincing us to back Arteta and his project.
By the way MidwestGun, Balogun wasn’t sold because Arteta’ preferred Eddie. Balogun demanded first team football which obviously wasn’t possible and so had to be sold. Somewhat like Martinez did when he broke into the first team. Good managers don’t keep unhappy players.

Madhu

Iam willing to die on Hale End products than expensive rejects from other clubs.

allezkev

Pedro, a post designed to spark debate during an Interlull? I mean it has been quiet on here so a good effort from you. It’s true that the standard for our youngsters to progress has increased and arguably increased beyond the capabilities of most of them but our academy is still capable of uncovering the odd gem, we just need to get better at profiting from those who aren’t at the top top level. Balogun was a step in the right direction in that regard. As for Ramsdale, I suspect that he’ll still be in goal for us in May… Read more »

Emiratesstroller

The Kroenke family on taking over ownership of Arsenal made it crystal clear that their objective was to produce home grown talent in the Academy who could progress to the first team. Josh Kroenke has reiterated that point as recently as this year. Obviously the vast majority of Academy players are not going to make the grade at Arsenal. That was always the case going back to the George Graham era. If you are lucky two or three will make the grade. Currently there are 4 home grown players in the first team squad who were previously in the Academy.… Read more »

englandsbest

Genuinely competing for trophies and titles is the lifeblood of an elite club. The challenge is to those charged with producing homegrown talent, not Arteta. It’s a matter of the player being good enough, willing enough, patient enough. ESR is, Balogan wasn’t.

Wegotsupermik

Arteta could start wearing a Spurs shirt and Pedro would write a tortuous post showing how it’s all part of his generational genius.

Pierre

What Nwaneri has besides the skill and technique required ، is the physicality ، maturity and football intelligence that will see him being a regular for the Arsenal by the time he is 20 (possibly earlier)

Pierre

I’m not sure Arteta putting a “I’m the new boy” sticker on Rice’s chest was a great idea ، yes it worked in the inbetweeners but any serious football manager/club shouldn’t really go down that road.، though I’m sure the Arteta sycophants will defend his child juvenile attempt at humour

WengerEagle

I’m far from an Arteta sycophant but come on Pierre, lighten up a little for fuck sake.

He knows that Rice is a big personality and would take something like that in his stride, I doubt he does the same for a shy, retiring type.

allezkev

E.S. the League Cup draw put paid to Ethan or Myles earning a senior call-up or a run-out, Brentford (a) isn’t that place, but I think those two are closer to the 1st team than you might think.

Josip Skoblar

Pierre
Arteta yet again comes across as a tad weird and maybe not as bright as he thinks he is. He may just be trying too hard to be original and cool. I do not know. Yes, it is juvenile behaviour.

Josip Skoblar

Eagle
I may be reading too much into it. Ok.

Bob N16

Pierre, I don’t think Arteta needs to appeal to your sensibilities. Rice is a big boy, with a big character – I’m sure he saw the funny side! The fact that you didn’t is not too surprising.

TheBayingMob

That post matched the interlull … a bit bland but what else can you do? It’s content famine out there, unless you like 39yo QBs snapping their achilles …

Tom

“Don’t think so Pedro, most of our players are 24. When they reach 28 or 29 they will be sold for huge money if they still banging then, which they probably will. That’s when the Barcas and the Madrids start calling……” Highly unlikely Arsenal will sell anyone for huge money ever again let alone when approaching 30. The more likely scenario might be a word gets out the likes of Saliba is looking for pastures anew while refusing a new contract, and Arsenal sell him cheap-ish to recoup some funds. Everything hinges on how successful the next couple of seasons… Read more »

Markymark

Josip – I think that Gabby was excellent against UTD as well I think you need big solid commanding defenders we do often went for some apparently talented but undersized individuals who got knocked around. Drogba ate our defence for breakfast. Thank god those days are over!

Agreyman

The England fans also took the piss out of McGuire (and Southgate by default)

Markymark

Pierre – I tell you what was really childish was the Arsenal boys winding up Keown by saying Igor Stepanovs is after your place. They talked very loudly in training complementing his every touch and saying how brilliant he was. Law of unintended consequence. Is that Wenger who by then must have been losing the plot believed the players and signed him.
Ray you were a very naughty boy . Arsene you were a very foolish old man

Howard

Arteta should be rotating to keep some key players fresh. He ran Partey down playing him at RB/DM.

ESR is not a bad player having rescued Arteta’s career scoring 10 goals a couple of years ago. Don’t understand why Viera is ahead of him in the pecking order. .

jwl

What’s going on with Saka, gooner twitter been talking about how he has achilles problems going back to last season. It somehow became common knowledge in last 24 hrs that saka has an ongoing heel injury but this is first I’ve heard about it. Hard to tell if saka does actually have achilles issue or we’re all talking out of arses, who knows.

And I don’t care about Rice sticker, that normal banter in UK, everyone knew who he was even if he had a stupid sticker on his chest.

Wicked Willy

Madhu

Bergkamp, Vieira, Henry, Sanchez, Odegaard, Jesus and Zinchenko were all expensive rejects. Would you really rather we went with Hale Enders over these guys?

Maradona was also an expensive reject from Barca when he went to Lazio…

raptora

Maradona to Lazio… Neapolitans would have your head on a spike.

raptora

Big Gabby starting 2 games for Brazil in a row is big news.
I think he’s well on his way of becoming a top class CB and potentially a star defender. We must keep him here. He’s barely 25 yo and potentially up to 10 years in top form.

Tom

Marky, didn’t Wenger win another double in 2002 followed by going the whole season undefeated soon after?

You’re gonna have a hard time convincing many he was losing the plot in 2001 when he signed Stepanovs for just over £1m in the TW he spent £50m on player like Lauen, Wiltord, and Pires.

You’d probably make a better case with Jeffries than Stepanovs both signed that year.

Hate to think what you’d have called the Havertz signing had Wenger done it lol.

Tom

The reason Maradona “flopped “ at Barca was because they didn’t let him do all the drugs he wanted to do
Napoli were smarter about it.

Northbanker

I think MLS is almost on the same level as Nwaneri. He is a couple of months older and on a similar trajectory

Both are now at u21 level (easily) which given they’ve only just turned 16 is incredible

Northbanker

But Sousa and Walters equally as intriguing

Josip Skoblar

Markymark
Agreed. I like big solid defenders as long as they are mobile. I also like an athletic midfield. The Invincibles were big athletic player. After 2004, Wenger started signing small players. They had good technique but some could easily be bullied on the pitch. This was an error on the part of Wenger.

Bob N16

Howard ‘He ran Partey down playing him at RB/DM’

A professional footballer ought to be able to play three games before being going into the red zone. Partey’s hardly fit for purpose if by sprinting three or four times extra in a game he subsequently gets injured because of this ‘extra’ work.

TheBayingMob

“Arteta should be rotating to keep some key players fresh. He ran Partey down playing him at RB/DM.” Partey played like four games and also injured himself in training; as much as Arteta should be rotating this is just a broken player who will never stay fit – he’s a sicknote per Anderton, Diaby, etc. Some players, as good as they are, just don’t have the body DNA to cope with the demands of the PL; I will say Partey had looked very focused in the early part of the season, so signing Rice definitely made an impact but going… Read more »

Northbanker

Rice was the succession strategy. We also have Jorgingho so it’s not a problem position.

As half broken as he is I’d keep Partey now to allow either Patino or more likely MLS to move in as the understudy. We don’t need to go to market

Emiratesstroller

I highligted in my earlier post that there are at least 4 young players in the U21s who could be promoted to first team squad in not too distant future. The two full backs may be somewhat closer to promotion, because Arsenal’s full backs Zinchenko and Tomiyasu are injury prone and Timber is probably unavailable for the same reason until March at the earliest. Arsenal have more resources in midfield. The DMF is well stocked with Rice, Partey, Jorginho and Elneny. So the chances of Lewis-Skelly getting game time this season is not high. However, three of those players are… Read more »

Tom

Bob, red zones aren’t necessarily determined by amount of games but sprints, especially the all out types.
That’s why elite sprinters pick and choose what track and field events they participate in at Worlds and Olympics, and organizers plan out accordingly to afford them every possibility to compete in most,

In a six to seven day event top sprinters won’t commit to more than 10 total sprints ( including qualifiers), and rarely two per day.

Bob N16

Northbanker, much as I like the look of MLS I’d be amazed if he gets near the team for a couple of years. Hopefully Patino will have a great loan in the Championship and can be a part of the first team squad next season. Jorginho and Elneny will both be gone, possibly Partey too!

Bob N16

Tom, Not sure the relevance of your point about how regularly elite sprinters race. Footballers need to sprint in games but of course they also have to cover a lot of ground at walking and jogging pace. They have conditioning coaches and sports scientists working out what they need to do and how they should train to enable them to physically compete at the highest level. The ‘red zone’ at football is generally considered to being reached after too many games over a period of time, an accumulation if you like. Partey suffered an injury between the 4th and 5th… Read more »

raptora

Martinelli helped Brazil win by winning the corner for the goal. He also had a couple of more bright moments. Reiss level of sub impact. Video highlights for a 10 min cameo lol: https://twitter.com/TM_23M/status/1701926446501892588 Unlucky he plays in the same position as Vini Jr. TNT Brazil 7 mil followers PRECISAMOS FALAR SOBRE GABRIEL MARTINELLI! 🚨🚨 O QUE ESSE MLK JOGA É LOUCURA! 😱😱 Pouquíssimo tempo em campo e praticamente MUDOU O JOGO! O FUTURO DA #SELEÇÃOBRASILEIRA TÁ GARANTIDO! 🔥🇧🇷 WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT GABRIEL MARTINELLI! 🚨🚨 WHAT THIS MLK PLAYS IS CRAZY! 😱😱 Very little time on the field… Read more »

Spanishdave

Our youth set up is very poor when you take into account the hundreds of players that pass through it and how few make it.
You would think that we could produce a decent striker or two from the set up.
We seem to just spend good money on very average players with occasionally a worldie.

Bob N16

Spanishdave
‘Our youth set up is very poor when you take into account the hundreds of players that pass through it and how few make it.’

Isn’t this a normal success rate for academies?

‘You would think that we could produce a decent striker or two from the set up.’
Isn’t Eddie a decent striker in your opinion? We sold another ‘decent’ striker for £35m in the summer..that’s two by my count!

‘We seem to just spend good money on very average players with occasionally a worldie.’
Is this a change of topic or connected to our academy?

Tom

“The idea that Arteta physically expected too much of him by playing him as an inverted RB implies that Partey has a fragility that is not requisite of a PL player. It’s more reasonable to argue that Partey is not robust enough or if you believe Sid, he’s at least 39 or he’s just unlucky!“ Partey not being robust enough has pretty much been the Legrove consensus for a season or two now, Bob. The only argument worth having was whether to sell or keep, and that decision never rested with the fans. Enter beating the dead horse territory but… Read more »

Bob N16

Tom, Arteta played Partey there because he wants to play an inverted FB and as Zinchenko was not fully fit and Timber was knackered his options were limited. I guess it’s a fair question to ask whether the medical staff should have pulled Arteta to one side and said Partey can’t cope with the additional physicality of the role. Do you really think that Arteta believed that Partey was going to get injured? The question is also, given his record, should we not have sold him(Rich take a bow)? Hopefully Partey will surprise us and be available for selection any… Read more »

Dissenter

Tom
“Put them at fullback and they’d be done in a month.”
That much is obvious, unless you happen to be Bob

Bob N16

Dissenter, I thought Partey was utterly dependable and never likely to have an injury, particularly so early in the season. I’d have assumed he could manage doing a few extra sprints in a game. I never thought a footballer could be injured in training, particularly one as robust as Partey.

I’m so naive and gullible! One day I might be as wise as you Dissenter, here’s hoping.

raptora

Tom: “Put them at fullback and they’d be done in a month.” This is as scientific as the theory that Sid has a long schlong but it still makes a lot of sense. It’s basic knowledge that making more sprints puts more pressure on the muscles etc. Look how many injuries tennis players have compared to golfers (lol). Playing fullback is literally the most physically intense position on the pitch. You have to defend, you have to attack, you have to sprint, you have to go into duels, the area to cover is gigantic. Even if you invert, the intensity… Read more »

bacaryisgod

Midwest ‘Damn Peds… I’ve read thru this twice and it still makes no sense to me. One of the most confusing ones I’ve ever read’. Superb post from you outlining why Pedro lost the plot on his latest missive. It’s just a shame that he now uses Le Grove to just drop the occasional bomb and scamper off. The site has dropped way down on his priority list so he doesn’t come and defend his position like he used to. The strange thing is that he’s contradicting himself in order to defend a manager nearly all of us support. Arteta… Read more »

raptora

Can’t find my comment but I did say Partey will get injured within a month at the start of the season. No physio needs to come to Arteta and tell him shit. It was as obvious as it gets. The intensity of the role Partey used to play at DM compared to that of playing at full back, even if it’s an inverting FB, is times more. Moving your crocked top class DM to full back was galaxy brain idiocy. I’m aware Arteta is a lot smarter than me, I’m just a fan, but that decision was completely idiotic vs… Read more »

raptora

Btw, as much as Partey played in midfield coming from RB, he was helping Bukayo a lot. Obviously the position doesn’t mean to always be in midfield when the team has the ball, he was going in the typical positions you’d find a full back go into. Timber did something similar vs City in the Community Shield win vs City by helping Martinelli a shit ton in offence as a typical FB would.

Tom

“Tom: “Put them at fullback and they’d be done in a month.”

This is as scientific as the theory that Sid has a long schlong but it still makes a lot of sense.”

Raptora, I think we all have seen the likes of Tomiyasu, Tierney, Chilwell , James go down with a tweak or worse every month or so.
Sid’s long schlong, on the other hand, no one’s had seen that, not even Sid.
I’d say that right there is as close science vs myth as it gets.

AFC Forever

This blog never ceases to amaze me. In all the years I’ve been involved in football, playing and coaching albeit at semi-pro level, I’ve never heard of full back positions damaging players. In fact, one of the most physically demanding positions on the pitch is central midfield. Partey’s injury at training is more likely to be a result of over-stretching, perhaps not having warmed up satisfactorily or a weakness. Nothing to do with the position he played on the pitch, or Arteta, that’s plain bonkers. Players have their fitness monitored constantly. Now do you think Arteta is going to be… Read more »

Jamie

lol AFC Superfan is a semipro football coach because trust me bro

Bob N16

AFCF – you put it more eloquently than me but I think our views are aligned.

Pierre

Markymark ” I tell you what was really childish was the Arsenal boys winding up Keown by saying Igor Stepanovs is after your place. They talked very loudly in training complementing his every touch and saying how brilliant he was. Law of unintended consequence. Is that Wenger who by then must have been losing the plot believed the players and signed him. Ray you were a very naughty boy . Arsene you were a very foolish old man” Obviously this was a case of artistic license to make the story more interesting and humorous to the more gullible and foolish… Read more »

raptora

Again, tennis players get injured all the time. Golfers don’t. I wonder why that is…

If you think Partey is some dynamic, marauding midfielder that enjoys physicality and plays box-to-box like say Bruno G, maybe. But he isn’t and that role is levels behind the sprints a full back is required to make.

“Players have their fitness monitored constantly. ” … “Partey’s injury at training is more likely to be a result of over-stretching, perhaps not having warmed up satisfactorily….”

Professionals that don’t warm up well. Imagine.

AFC Forever

Bob N16

Good that’s two of us that’s sane on here at least!

I’m nearly sixty now so I’ve heard most things & been called most things but this blog is truly an eye opener. These people have to be on a wind up, surely? Either that or Pedro is being trolled by clown school.

Bob N16

AFCF – you old git ! ( I’ve been only around since 65)

AFC Forever

raptora

“Again, tennis players get injured all the time. Golfers don’t. I wonder why that is…”

Wtf?

Stop it. Just stop it. I’m going to hurt my ribs if you keep this bollocks up rap.

raptora

“You are all absolute lunatics”
“fools are blind to their own foolishness”
“that’s two of us that’s sane on here at least!”
“Either that or Pedro is being trolled by clown school”

That’s why you are an unlikeable person. Most people on here converse normally while you think you are a capacity and above other posters. Nobody offended anyone but you come here and start with your know-it-all arrogant talk. Piss off.

AFC Forever

rap If you’re going to offer a ridiculous opinion on a public blog expect to be challenged. You used to call me an Arteta Fanboy, you even once lost it and called me a c***. I prefer humour to get my message across & you deserve to be called out for talking crap. Simple really, stop all these bad takes. From ‘Conte is elite level’ to Odegaard is a reject” and @White and Ramsdale are bottom dwellers’ it’s about time you realised you talk a lot of shit. What on earth has the golf and tennis comment got to do… Read more »

AFC Forever

Bob N16

“AFCF – you old git ! ( I’ve been only around since 65)”

1964 mate. Islington lad.

Bob N16

Essex boy myself, on the Central Line with an 01 number mind.

EdTheRed

Fun number of the day: 1363.
That’s number of days since Arteta became Arsenal manager.. 1 FA cup won.

raptora

I refuse to believe that there’s an almost 60 year old fella out there that talks like this. I’m 36 and sometimes lose it but I try not to ridicule other people’s opinions. For some it’s a daily thing. Like drinking a coffee or checking out the weather forecast.

Markymark

Yes Pierre – so much artistic licence that the players were amazed he was given a contract?
If it makes you feel better than fine .
Parlour continually refers to a bet with Denis and comments regarding Keown. . Neither have denied the story

Markymark

Pierre – here’s a fun fact for you. Do you know what chance Arsenal had of beating Chelsea during Mourinho’s reign? 10% yep 10% . One of the worst head to heads for any Premier manager. Tell you what is naive your foolish obsequious love for him

AFC Forever

raptora “but I try not to ridicule other people’s opinions”. Really? Raptora 2021 “This slow but steady and obvious decline evaded the trained eyes of the likes of Pedro, Charlie, Rich, AFC, Stroller, englandsbest, zacharse, Bob N16 and excuse me if I’m missing someone. The rest of the posters, including myself, saw where this is heading long time ago, and we had made up our mind that we have no time for Arteta because Arsenal will never progress under him and we will not achieve a top 4 place, at the bare minimum, in all of his stay here. We’ve… Read more »

Josip Skoblar

🚨 Most money spent on transfer fees over the course of their managerial career:

1⃣🇪🇸 Pep Guardiola €2.04 Billion
2⃣🇵🇹 Jose Mourinho €1.86 Billion
3⃣🇮🇹 Carlo Ancelotti €1.69 Billion
4⃣🇮🇹 Massimiliano Allegri €1.4 Billion
5⃣🇦🇷 Diego Simeone €1.21 Billion
6⃣🇨🇱 Manuel Pellegrini €1.2 Billion
7⃣🇩🇪 Thomas Tuchel €1.19 Billion
8⃣🇮🇹 Antonio Conte €1.17 Billion
9⃣🇦🇷 Mauricio Pochettino €1.15 Billion
🔟🇩🇪 Jürgen Klopp €1.13 Billion

Northbanker

Raptors

If you ever get to 60 then you will find out your opinions and attitudes don’t change that much from 36. But no doubt you believe you will be an angel by then

Bob and AFC – babies really. 1961 for me

Zacharse

raptora September 13, 2023 20:25:18
“Most people on here converse normally”

HUH?

jwl

Stolen from twitter –

On this day in 2006, Tomas Rosicky scored his first goal for #Arsenal against Hamburg in a 2-1 Champions League win – a scorer of great goals.

It is exactly seven days until our return to the competition. The countdown is on. It’s been too long.

rollen

Cut that Ramsdale bullshit, other guy never play for Arsenal yet, very strange.

rollen

Number 6969 Arsene Wenger France Arsenal – $ 289M.

jwl

I spent ten minutes looking at conditioning of footballers to meet specific demands of their position – external players are fullbacks/wingers – and could explain what happened to partey, or it might not. ——— 1- When considering conditioning prescriptions, changes of direction within tight areas isn’t as important for external players. A greater emphasis on longer runs at higher velocities is more appropriate to meet the typical demands of this position during competition. 2- Because of the lower player congestion, there is a lower likelihood of explosive movements or movements from a standstill into a high-intensity action. Another way of… Read more »

Tom

AFC whatever level you played at, that was a different game entirely.
The reason I know this is because even the game at the highest level back then was entirely different from the game .today.

Ozil fans used to routinely post his team leading ground covered stats to debunk the “Ozil is lazy” narrative “, but got very little traction because he just rarely sprinted all out giving the impression he wasn’t working hard enough.

Central midfielders often cover more ground but you’d rarely see them topping sprint charts.

Pierre

Markymark
“– here’s a fun fact for you. Do you know what chance Arsenal had of beating Chelsea during Mourinho’s reign? 10% yep 10% . One of the worst head to heads for any Premier manager. Tell you what is naive your foolish obsequious love for him”

The only TEN that should be relevant to any Arsenal supporter are the TEN(yep TEN) trophies Wenger won along with the TEN (yep TEN) runners up during his time at the club..

WengerEagle

What’s with all the early 60s bdays?

Bunch of old gits on here! Haha

WengerEagle

No other 1990s folk?