RAYA, THE CHOSEN #ONE

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There’s been a lot of debate in the air about David Raya vs Aaron Ramsdale. A large chunk of that, in my opinion, is the English looking out for the English.

But it doesn’t matter. There is no debate. Mikel Arteta thinks David Raya is the future of the Arsenal keeping story and he’s going to play his new man until it works.

The biggest error Arteta made was pretending his biggest mistake was not subbing on keepers during a game – or having different options for tactics. Arteta is never going to sub a keeper on at 70 minutes to change a game unless there’s a broken leg. All the tacticos frothing at the idea of this did make me laugh. The idea was always silly. If the most important player you can bring on to tactically change a game is a keeper, you’ve done something very wrong when picking your squad. There’s also the jarring nature of doing it in a game. If a keeper with cold gloves comes on and makes an error, the coach is in the mud. I also don’t see a game state where that move is merited. Chasing a game and you want a new keeper? Really? Defending a game and you want to bring on a keeper to see it out? Really? Arteta created the hill he is currently dying on and he deserves this. He should have just been honest about his plans… now people are prodding at him because by his own words, he should be dropping Raya right now.

What he should have said is he’s looking for something different this season and he’s changing things up.

David Raya is the chosen one and here are some things we have to consider:

Some of his errors of late are down to the way he’s being asked to play. He isn’t doing the same things as Ramsdale, he’s being asked to take things to the next level. That comes at a price, occasionally. We’ve seen Ederson, the very best, giving the ball away with consequences in the Manchester derby, and there are lots of moments you can find of him giving the ball away. His kicking success rate hovers in the same area as Raya. High-risk keepers come with high-risk errors. Arteta doesn’t want a keeper, he wants a makeshift centre back, and that’s a hard position to play.

He was lobbed from a cross at the weekend. It was an error, no doubt. He was out of position – and it angered me at the time. But looking back, it’s clear he’s at the front post because he’s aggressively trying to cut out crosses. Mudryk accidentally hit his shot into the only part of the net he would have scored from.

Some of the shakiness in the defence with the way he plays is down to the fact he’s had a short amount of time with his defence. Life was different at Brentford. He’d played in their system for 7 years, he knew everyone, he was part of their style. Arsenal is another level, he has to learn new routines, do different things, and unfortunately, that takes time.

Arsenal fans love Aaron Ramsdale. But it’s hard to look at his game over the last year and say it’s better than what we’re going to get when Raya settles. Aaron stopped coming for crosses, his kicking slowly regressed, his shot-stopping was way below average, and he made big mistakes in important moments.

It’s easy forget when part of the way you judge a player’s talent is how much you like them. The Moneyball concept was based on cutting out commentary like ‘his hairline is receding, he’ll lack self-esteem and confidence.’ You can’t judge a player by how much you like him.

Here are the stats side by side.

More passes, more successful passes, more ambitious passing, more touches, and better lost possession percentage. He’s also a suprem shot-stopper.

Also, let’s talk about his errors. The one against RC Lens ended in a world-class finish, the one against Spurs had a lot happen after it and ended in a world-class finish, the one against Chelsea was a horrendously lucky shot.

The luck will course correct, the errors will die, and he will show that he’s the chosen one with world-class performances.

This kind of reminds me about the time we signed Thomas Partey and the stats sites said they wouldn’t have taken him on a free transfer. Then he moved into the single pivot position and didn’t do well there game one and people said he’d fail. How did that work out as a hot take? Terribly.

The one thing no one offers in the Premier League chatter, even some of the smartest analysts, is time.

It takes everyone time to settle unless your name is Declan Rice.

Aaron Ramsdale will be sold in January for £40m and we’ll use that money to buy a striker.

That’ll be the end of that. Don’t hang your hat on ‘two quality keepers’ because quality keepers don’t sit on the bench. Ramsdale is a quality keeper, he needs to play, he will get a big offer.

Right, that’s me done.

Let me know YOUR thoughts in the comments section! x

 

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englandsbest

Results-wise Arsenal are doing well – but not in a convincing way. Certainly less convincing than they were last season. In the end, exhaustion and injuries cost Arsenal the PL title. We all hoped Arteta would solve the problem by deepening and strengthening the squad in the Summer transfer window.From what we’ve seen, he failed to do that. Even allowing for the absence of Timber. Havertz, at £67m, remains a mystery. What is his role? The major problem was finishing chances created. Wouldn’t a classic CF have been a more sensible deal? Raya for Ramsdale is putting tactics first, talent… Read more »

GD4

“ The crazy crankiness of GD4 strikes again . As we are talking about race this is the same imbecile who spent 12 months hurling abuse at Xhaka because I gather he reminded him of a man who he’d had an abusive relationship with” Marky of the Beast. Is this early onset? What madness is seeping out of your polluted mind? What does this have to do with RACE? You’re the disgrace who wants to divide the club along RACIAL lines. You’ve exposed yourself over and over. You have no place at Arsenal football club. Your kind are a disgrace… Read more »

GD4

There are players I want off the roster of Arsenal football club but I wont start chanting
the name of the back up in the middle of the game especially because I have racial affinity for one player over the other.

Only the sick mind of Marky of the Beast would do something so despicable and admit to it!

Bob N16

I think of our best 11, 8 places are nailed on(toss up between our LB options makes it 9):
Martinelli, Jesus, Saka
? Odegaard (present form excepted)
Rice
Zin (or TT) Saliba Gabriel BW
?

The ?s are self evident. Partey’s injury record precludes his inclusion.
If Arteta can sort these out, injuries permitting, we’ll have a great season!

allezkev

We’ve been bombarded by the media and relentlessly told by them that Arteta has made a serious error in dropping Ramsdale, who I like a lot, and replacing him with the Chosen #One. This of course has a drip drip effect with the fans who are, well edgy, at the best of times and therefore every error the Chosen #One makes is magnified into a major crisis which delights the media, but all goalkeepers, especially in this era of sweeper keepers, make errors, it comes with the territory. If the Chosen #One was that dodgy then you’d see that in… Read more »

Markymark

GD4 – you spend one year hurling vile abuse about a foreign player. I spend a little time very annoyed about loanee who happens to be Spanish and was scouted by the Spanish goalkeeping coach. Pedro claims that Ramsdale supporters are flowing down an English line of support. ( that’s racial lines in your book ) So if that can be spoken without you screaming about racial abuse how can it then a problem to say a Spanish goal keeping coach who scouted Raya has a nice cosy relationship with Arteta and the Spanish keeper ? Genuinely tell me how… Read more »

Dissenter

englandsbest
Do I detect a softening of your convictions ….or at least a sliver of mild doubt beginning to creep in?
Stay steadfast

Pierre

City win Chelsea draw Sevilla win Goals for …5 Goals against 3 Shots on target 9 Shots conceded on target 8 2 wins and a draw is an excellent return from a tough run of fixtures.. So despite there being a witch hunt against Raya by the media, pundits and a small selection of Arsenal fans, we only conceded 3 goals in 3 games against tough opposition. If some can’t see that someone like Gary Neville has an agenda against Raya and is trying to stir things up then more fool them for being so gullible. We are now moving… Read more »

Markymark

GD4 -I’m listening to the Podcast – the away fans are singing for Aaron Ramsdale – are they racist ?

GD4

Marky of the Beast, You’re back to the cockroach act once I shine the light on your racist act. Millions of Arsenal fans, including Arteta, were not satisfied with Xhaka’s play, and wanted better … unlike you, they didn’t care about his race because they were better people than an old racially disfigured muppet like you. No one criticized Xhaka because of his race. Matter of fact, you’re the only here that I’ve ever read who’s openly admitted to favoring a player cuz of their ethnicity. You’re sick dude. And part of the problem. Yeah now you can go back… Read more »

benkind

Great win yesterday. winning away. is always good in Europe. Glad to see Pedro and Johnny recant their we are the 3rd favourite to win the UCL. The style of win feels like EMery when Pedro kept telling us not to enjoy the 21 unbeaten run. Like Henry said we shouldn’t be finishing with 6-3-1. Additionally, is Parety not played in anticipation of January when he goes to AFCON maybe? Glad many are beginning to see Zinchenko is not the guy you play if you need defense solidarity. We still need to talk about Odegarrd, Saka and White’s form but… Read more »

GD4

“ GD4 -I’m listening to the Podcast – the away fans are singing for Aaron Ramsdale – are they racist ?”

Nope you’re the only one proud to admit you favored a player cuz he’s English and racially smeared our Spanish coaching staff whom we are all very proud of.

Keep squirming like the cockroach when the lights come on.

Keep digging

Positive pete

Yes Pierre.Couldn’t agree more.Beware of the Snake Neville.His Arsenal agenda is never too far from the surface.He’s ALWAYS looking for holes he can pick at.More fool any Arsenal fans who take his opinions & backhanded compliments into account as some kind of unbiased Authority.The man’s a Manure Snake.Not to be trusted.

Bob N16

It could easily be argued that our results in the last three games as been in spite of Raya’s form rather than because of it.

I can’t remember any great saves he’s made but I do recall the punch yesterday, near the end of the game, which went towards the goal rather than away, just going over the bar. He made a good recovery from his disastrous pass out to Palmer against Chelsea but that could easily caused a goal. If those two fuck ups had gone in, the clamour for Ramsdale would be deafening.

Bob N16

‘have’ been

allezkev

Well said Pierre.

Siddeeq

Ozils weakness is that he lacks strength to be #8 like Rice, lacks explosiveness and creativity to be a #10 like Madison/KDB/Ozil

He is like a zorse

Siddeeq

*Odegaard

Un

PierreOctober 25, 2023 11:39:37
City win
Chelsea draw
Sevilla winGoals for …5
Goals against 3Shots on target 9
Shots conceded on target 82 wins and a draw is an excellent return from a tough run of fixtures..
So despite there being a witch hunt against Raya by the media, pundits and a small selection of Arsenal fans, we only conceded 3 goals in 3 games against tough opposition.

Pierre
Could say the same about Odegaard

allezkev

Bob, I think he made a great fingertip save from Cole Palmer at the Bridge when Palmer spun and shot through our defenders and it creeping inside the post.

Un

Nope you’re the only one proud to admit you favored a player cuz he’s English and racially smeared our Spanish coaching staff whom we are all very proud of.

Gd4

Spain is at a race you dopey mug

Un

Amazing how gd4 and his alter ego both go at Marky for the same issue, using the same terms and language
You’d almost think they are the same cunt

Markymark

GD4 – I like English people . Sorry you don’t. It’s not a crime 😂
I also think there’s something overly cosy going on with Arteta , the very bad GK coach and the keeper. It’s not a meritocracy as he’s playing badly and still being played – listen to Jonny on the podcast

You were vile about Xhaka that’s deeply unpleasant and it went on and on. Glad you mentioned mothers milk that was one of your historic blubberings

China1

Game was too late for me but great result and glad to see all the match reports are extremely positive about the performance, especially Jesus

Watched the highlights and as great as his goal was, I actually preferred his assist. Lovely lovely assist.

Markymark

Un – he’s the multiple user starboy isn’t he. Nigel has picked up on this as well.

GD4

Ahh poor little Mickey Mouse.
Now you’re telling me I’m not English?
Lol being English, doesn’t mean being a bigot!
Keep embarrassing yourself with Xhaka.
I’m beginning to pity you.
Check your racial hate ….it’s almost 2024!

Markymark

Un – he was even going hysterical about me liking London born players in the team . Which of course includes our wonderful Saka (Ealing) . GD4 wanted to sell him! What loser

GoonerDave

GD4
Research the Dartmouth Scar Experiment in the 1980s. Peer reviewed, hard data showing that if you search for oppression you will find it, whether or not it exists in reality.
Being outraged on behalf of others will only lead to misery. Life is too short to waste on nonsense.

Bob N16

allezkev, fair enough.
I’m not suggesting Raya isn’t a decent GK but the situation with Ramsdale is not helpful and his form has been flaky. Suggesting he’s been a significant contributor to our recent two wins and a draw is a big ask!

I appreciate dropping players has a negative psychological effect and should be done in a considered, considerate way. That said, on present form Raya and Odegaard in particular could ‘start on the bench’. I’m worried that Raya will cause us to drop points/lose a game and it’ll enforce a change. Arteta did mention meritocracy.

GD4

Undie,

Are you trying your best to lend a hand to your fellow racist in need.
Awww poor Undie.

Markymark

GD4 – you’re mixing up race with nationality so try and get this right .
I didn’t actually say you were not English. I said you do not like the English. A subtle difference that I’m not really surprised you haven’t picked up on . There are a fair few English people who spout on about hating their own national people . Find it quite often in France as well. Corbyn did a good impression of not really liking much about Britain. I’d rank him alongside you

GD4

“ Un – he was even going hysterical about me liking London born players in the team . Which of course includes our wonderful Saka (Ealing) . GD4 wanted to sell him! What loser”

Is this Madness or early onset?
Again back to the flailing cockroach act.
When did I want Saka sold?
Who cares if you like London or Sheffield players?
Stop dividing our players based on ethnicity.

Markymark

GD4 – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again but there are posters from across the political spectrum it’s pretty obvious to figure out who is what. Unfortunately you have a religious crank club of one.
Well I thought you were just on your own but then spotted another . Perhaps you can form a nice little cuddle club together. Hallelujah bruv 👊

GD4

“ GD4 – you’re mixing up race with nationality so try and get this right . I didn’t actually say you were not English. I said you do not like the English. A subtle difference that I’m not really surprised you haven’t picked up on . There are a fair few English people who spout on about hating their own national people . Find it quite often in France as well. Corbyn did a good impression of not really liking much about Britain. I’d rank him alongside you” Nah the only mixed up person is you … Clearly you don’t… Read more »

GD4

Lol. Now I’m a religious man?
Mark of the CockRoach you’re all over the place flailing with your passive aggression… what a joke of a human being …
You’re getting desperate Adolf.

Markymark

GD4 – you are dividing it you fool. You took me for being racist when I said I preferred London based players. I said full in the knowledge that London is the most diverse capital in the world.
You wanted Saka sold some time back when he was breaking into the team. You got slaughtered for it
I genuinely wonder whether you choose not to remember or whether it’s due to your medication of choice

Un

Marky
You’re best just to let him rant
He’s a div
Let the fool punch himself out and ignore him or he’ll just bring you to his level
There’s no banter or subtlety there
It’s just a spergy mommas boy looking for attention

GD4

“ GD4 – you are dividing it you fool. You took me for being racist when I said I preferred London based players. I said full in the knowledge that London is the most diverse capital in the world. You wanted Saka sold some time back when he was breaking into the team. You got slaughtered for it I genuinely wonder whether you choose not to remember or whether it’s due to your medication of choice” You’re flailing again laddie. Maybe you should think first before letting us know what’s inside those rotten innards. Your words and the reasons behind… Read more »

Markymark

GD4 – Ashley’s wife to be went onto radio and into press to say so and then added he was so much happier at Chelsea.
Ashley was so upset about her comments that he did nothing to deny it and promptly married her. Your helpful link and it was helpful contained lines that he was not happy with the culture .
Don’t let you hysterically wokery get in the way
Btw keep on quoting religious sayings, calling Israel Zion and calling me the mark of the beast does rather suggest religious crankery

GD4

Oh poor Undie.
You? Subtlety?
Oh lord go untie your mask and change your sheets Klansman

G

‘’ Arsenal the PL title. We all hoped Arteta would solve the problem by deepening and strengthening the squad in the Summer transfer window.From what we’ve seen, he failed to do that. Even allowing for the absence of Timber.‘’

Not quite sure how he’s failed to do that and you fall to mention Rice … we made 3 additions.. how many did u want

Markymark

Un👍 wise words

GD4

Marky of the Beast,

How can one be an extremely Woke and a Religious fanatic all at once?
Are you ok?
Is it the language or the lack of comprehension …

allezkev

Yes Bob I get that and it is a worry, maybe Raya has also been lucky that none of his mistakes have cost us in a big game but that does happen to the best, Zaragoza etc, I just worry that this is as much a media driven narrative designed to cause unrest among the fanbase and to generate clicks/£ on certain websites, I thought that Sanchez made as many errors as Raya at the Bridge but that’s been swept under the carpet. I’m not happy at the way that Ramsdale’s been sidelined but it’s never easy replacing a popular… Read more »

Guns of Hackney

That fucking twat Jesus is injured again. Hate that guy. Shanked a lucky shot in, gets hurt. Yuck.

Good goal by Martinelli but how many chances does he need and at no point during his run and goal was I very confident.

On an unrelated subject, Bellingham is a proper footballer. Effortless and considering he’s playing for the biggest club in the world, he looks brilliant.

I fancy Real for the CL.

China1

Yeah that’s an interesting study and backed up by what we say today, where people compete for victimhood by blaming everything that goes against them in life on the usual suspects of society, men, white people, white men, the English etc. Seeing arsenal buckle under pressure as considering itself tacitly racist because the players are all white is another fine example of it Arsenal are the least racist football club in England. We fielded 9 black starters in a league match as far back as 2002 ffs. We have a statue of Thierry Henry and the club constantly celebrates its… Read more »

Bob N16

allezkev, undoubtedly the media are doing exactly what you’d expect. Arteta talks about the small margin gains, 1% here and there. I get that but the ‘noise’ around our goalkeeping in situation is making those ‘gains’ even more slight!

But it’s not just the media. Most Arsenal fans I speak to are having serious doubts about Raya and that’s not caused by the media narrative but by simply watching recent games.

I would like to see Ramsdale given another chance. He’ll surely play in the Caribao Cup, could he also be considered for Saturday?

Bob N16

Come on Guns, that assist by Jesus was football porn of the highest quality which you calculatingly choose not to mention. Too much fence sitting about Jesus!

Whether you were confident in Martinelli or not, thankfully has no influence on him whatsoever.

China1

I criticized Jesus (and Eddie) recently for not scoring enough half chances There always seems to be some mitigating circumstances given to them But that goal against Sevilla was exactly what I hope to see more of from him. When he got the ball it wasn’t a proper chance. He made it into one and he buried it with style. That’s what elite strikers can do with relative frequency. Can’t depend on one v ones and tap ins for all your goals, sometimes you have to force a goal from a less than perfect situation. Well done to Jesus for… Read more »

Guns of Hackney

“Arsenal are the least racist club in England”

Lolz.

I don’t see any brothers on the board, higher management or in the ownership set up.

I would put Arsenal somewhere below the Nazi’s and above somewhere like Gloucester for out and out racism.

Un

Lovely to see a run from deep and 1v1 with the keeper again
A goal from yesteryear for sure and a thing of beauty

Un

Guns
Arsenal was run by Jews for decades you muppet

Un

We are more Jewish than spurs

Guns of Hackney

Bob

I admit I have a genuine psychological issue with Jesus. It’s not totally rational but he’s got dark energy and I wouldn’t trust him looking after vulnerable people.

He’s got bad ju ju.

As for Martinelli…I like him but you never just think ‘he’s going to score this’. He’s got a lot of misses in him, as have all our forwards.

Bob N16

Our Chief Executive, Vinai Venkatesham is not a whitey, just saying!

Guns of Hackney

Un

Ha ha. Relax.

The spurs Jewish connection is purely based on their location, nothing more. Stamford Hill onwards was always Hasidic.

I used to turn on lights for my neighbours during sabbath and Yom Kippur. Come to think of it…I was literally walking into complete strangers houses turning lights on. Different times.

Bob N16

Guns, apart from his eyebrows, which I do have serious issues with, I’m a Jesus disciple!

Agreed Martinelli is not a top level finisher but he’s not terrible. He is quality footballer though and watching him put a shift in, always gives me pleasure. He could easily develop another level which would put him near the very top.

Guns of Hackney

Bob

I thought he was sacked?

I’m only winding everyone up. Have to agree with the racist, China…Arsenal defo aren’t racist and that goes back to 82 when I first started going.

Guns of Hackney

Jesus’ face annoys me. His style of football bugs me.

His celebration is cringy. His Dr Strange goatee winds me up. His injuries.

I’m telling you. He’s got a very dark energy.

Bob N16

Guns, am still doing it for some of my neighbours in the street on a Friday night. I’m the ‘go to Gentile’!

G

‘’ That fucking twat Jesus is injured again. Hate that guy. Shanked a lucky shot in, gets hurt. Yuck.‘’

Yeh his assist was lucky as well

Dissenter

Let’s just stick to football, eh There’s an inexorable race to social issues at the slightest excuse Some people gravitate to Ramsdale because he’s seen as one of our own, an annoying young player we adopted and grew to love despite his imperfections. Fans loved him, it’s emotional. The manager who’s earned his flowers has decided to go a different route but he’s done it in a sneaky manner. Some of the Brentish comments he made are part of the problem. It’s unfortunate that away fans, who are the most devoted fans, got peeved enough to chant for Ramsdale. It… Read more »

Bob N16

‘Seeking pastures new’ at the end of the season.

Do you remember the furore around the mural that went up to mask the rebuilding of the North Bank in 1993? Hilarious!

Dissenter

The idiot thinks he’s advocating for people of color by calling them “brother’s. Stuff your advocacy in the place the sun doesn’t shine.
Arsenal is not a racist club, that this needs to be explained is a disgrace to people who face real racism.
It’s the most supported European club in sub Saharan Africa
We even have a sleeve sponsorship for Rwandan tourism

Guns of Hackney

Bob

Good man. My mother was Jewish so I got accustomed to the rituals. I did it for years while I was in Stokey. I still remember the first time, I was about 6/7 maybe and walking down the road and a neighbour said “can you come and turn my lights on”…why not. Straight in, no questions asked and I think I got sweets. Oh, and molested.

G

Away fans chanting for Ramsdale.. yeh I can see how that will help Raya’s confidence … they might as well just boo him every time he gets the ball

Markymark

Arsenal aren’t racist it’s also a territorial thing. East London and South East London fell a lot more under Moseley influence and later on NF/BNP . North London Islington and Camden were a lot more left wing. The old Bermondsey Labour Party was very right wing and only got kicked out when they elected Peter Tatchell. Simon Hughes’s who was actually gay ran a homophobic.campaign against him

Pierre

Kev ” I thought that Sanchez made as many errors as Raya at the Bridge but that’s been swept under the carpet.” Exactly, not a murmur from Neville or his cronies . The fact that Sanchez was at fault for both goals seems to have gone under the radar. Trossard’s goal was preventable , and I believe Raya would have been out to gather the cross as that is what he does . Trossard was 2/3 yards out when the ball arrived at his feet, there Is no way Raya’s starting position is higher so he would have gathered the… Read more »

Markymark

G – people pay their money and the Aways pay a lot more than most. If he’s dropping errors left right and centre they ain’t going to be happy. Pedro has now moved the dialogue to just 10 games. Soon it will be just 20 games etc etc. Matt more or less deconstructed Pedro when he suggested we’d sell Ramsdale and buy yet another back up ! This is just getting so complicated and needless aggravation over a loanee. He might as well be given a few more games yet but if he’s still blundering. It’ll be sheer madness to… Read more »

G

‘’ can’t remember any great saves he’s made ‘’

Spurs at home

Howard

Ramsdell should leave for another club.
Raya is no better but Arteta don’t want Ramsdell at the Arsenal, so he should leave.
Both Chelsea and United are looking for a GK.

raptora

Dunno man… Thinking about another great player that has similarities to the current Odegaard. I don’t think he reminds me of anybody. Not of Cesc, Santi, Ozil, KDB, David Silva, Mata, Bernardo, Bruno F, Xavi, Iniesta etc. Foden’s profile is quite similar to David Silva’s where their game is something between an AM and a winger and they have similar styles. Bernardo Silva reminds me a lot of Juan Mata and partly Xavi Hernandez being so press-resistant with great twists and turns. Bruno F and Maddison are quite similar in operating behind through the middle behind the striker both proficient… Read more »

GoonerDave

Raya is ahead of Ramsdale in my opinion, but are either of them good enough? If we still don’t know at the end of the season, we should give Raya back, sell AR and spend big on a top goalkeeper. We have wasted a lot of money on this position and it needs a solution. Raya is better on the ball and looks far more suited to Arteta’s way of playing. But he also looks really shaky under pressure and will now be targeted by opposition. Let’s see how he reacts. It will make or break him. It’s a pity… Read more »

Un

It’s the most supported European club in sub Saharan Africa
We even have a sleeve sponsorship for Rwandan tourism

😂 😂 diss
That settles that then
All John Terry had to do was wear an African company and that’s that

Un

Dave
Agree emi was the bollocks but Ramsdale is better than raya

Dissenter

Un
You’re the last person to even banter about racism here.
If John Terry is racist for making a racially charged comment against Anton Ferdinand in one charged moment of his long career, then what are you?
You’ve said worse that Terry ever did on this blog over the years, so much that you changed your moniker so many times from Don….to Un.
Self reflect and stop bantering anyone about racism.

A racist organization wouldn’t touch the visit Rwanda money. It was unprecedented when we did it

Matt B

Is GD4 okay — he needs to lie-down and take deep breaths, poor little chap.

Also, his take on Arsenal and LG posters is a bit shit.

Siddeeq

GOH, did she take you to a mohel on the 8th day for Brit milah?

Markymark

Shall we all have a general agreement on here that no one is considered racist till they actually make a racist comment? That is something that if posted is obviously hatred towards black or Asian. Or if you are black or Asian is obviously hateful against white people. Racism is an attack on another race ,chauvinistic nationalism is far more difficult to police as it’s actually encouraged by inter country competition. The Welsh think they are best etc. Obviously GD4 will not agree as he’s a mixed up kid but the rest of us could and it would just help… Read more »

GoonerDave

Being involved with Rwanda and having fans in Africa would only exclude you from being racist towards one group of people. There are many.

Siddeeq

After seeing Cole palmers grandfather, i came to the conclusion, Bob N16 and i might have the same grandfather.

vieira

Guardian Pick

83

I now know why Declan Rice was so expensive. He is two players!

Dissenter

GoonerDave
I don’t disagree
It’s a good reference to start with though

Freddie Ljungberg

Rap I agree that Ode lacks the pace and dribbling needed to be our only creative player in midfield, we need someone in there that can travel with the ball at speed when needed, just passing the ball around endlessly when facing a low block isn’t really working that great. Luckily there’s 2 positions in the team that should be our creative forces and they both doesn’t have to do it the same way. Where we messed up was buying Havertz for left 8. If we’d have bought Szoboszlai, Maddison, MacAllister etc instead we wouldn’t be having this discussion about… Read more »

Freddie Ljungberg

I don’t have a horse in the goal keeping race, don’t really care who it is as long as it’s a top keeper.

That being said I’ve seen nothing so far that shows Raya is better than Ramsdale.

He was supposed to be so great with his feet but he’s made a couple of huge errors with passes every game and been very lucky we haven’t been punished for it yet.

If we’re going to upgrade our keeper at least make it an actual upgrade.

China1

I hate depending on stats to make a point but I think the so called lack of output re Ode is grossly overstated

He has 3 goals and an assist in 9 league games this season

He got 15 goals and 8 assists in 38 league games last season

I would not describe him as lacking creativity or output. This was a guy who 3/4 into last season was being talked of as the next KDB

I don’t think he’s near his best firm but he’s a fantastic player

Howard

Ramsdell should be leaving.
He hasn’t committed mistakes that Raya has been free from
Arteta don’t like him
He should flee

Arteta and his GK coach are the same people who bought League 1 level GK Runarson

China1

Freddie agree 100%

Raya, Ramsdale or otherwise I don’t care

Just want our keeper to be great

Ramsdale is really good but made some suspect errors in his time. Raya has as well since joining

Who is better is no longer clear to me, but I just hope the best man wins out.

China1

Freddie agree 100%

Raya, Ramsdale or otherwise I don’t care

.Just want our keeper to be great

Ramsdale is really good but made some suspect errors in his time. Raya has as well since joining

Who is better is no longer clear to me, but I just hope the best man wins out.

Howard

Ramsdel worked hard to take us to the CL for Raya to claim the rewards

Freddie Ljungberg

China

Does that mean you agree with me 200%?

China1

It does!

Bob N16

Alright cousin Sid?

raptora

China: “This was a guy who 3/4 into last season was being talked of as the next KDB” Yeah, that’s not really a defense right there. KDB more than doubled Ode’s assists in 2/3 of his minutes played (). That’s a stunning difference. We’re talking about a difference of 7 to potentially over 20 assists if KDB had played as much as Ode. It’s like saying that Harvey Barnes is as good as prime Hazard or Alexis. It’s not comparable at the slightest. It’s hard to be as good as a Premier League great KDB but to purposely put so… Read more »

Guns of Hackney

Raya is Spanish. Lego head is Spanish. Arteta is a homeboy.

Ramsdale is gaff prone, as is Raya. I mean the real question is: how can Arsenal spend £70m on two shite GK.

Dissenter

Honestly, If Raya had been consistently solid since he came on, no one will be talking about Ramsdale. Ramsdale will be an afterthought.
The only reasons why it keeps occupying space is what Arteta said about tactically substituting goalkeepers and Raya’s penchant for gaffes, at par with Ramsdale.
Neither of them is world class in the mould of Allison, Ederson, Maignan and Jan Oblak.

GD4

“ Shall we all have a general agreement on here that no one is considered racist till they actually make a racist comment? That is something that if posted is obviously hatred towards black or Asian. Or if you are black or Asian is obviously hateful against white people. Racism is an attack on another race ,chauvinistic nationalism is far more difficult to police as it’s actually encouraged by inter country competition. The Welsh think they are best etc. Obviously GD4 will not agree as he’s a mixed up kid but the rest of us could and it would just… Read more »

GD4

“ Un
You’re the last person to even banter about racism here.
If John Terry is racist for making a racially charged comment against Anton Ferdinand in one charged moment of his long career, then what are you?
You’ve said worse that Terry ever did on this blog over the years, so much that you changed your moniker so many times from Don….to Un.
Self reflect and stop bantering anyone about racism.”

Nothing more to add!

Guns of Hackney

If I had a quid for everytime racism was mentioned…

Guns of Hackney

Woah. Tonoli (Toney’s degenerate gambling mate) is getting a 10 month ban.

Proper naughty.