DAVID SEAMAN INTERVIEW!

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I’m really struggling with Lionel Messi winning ANOTHER Balon d’Or.

Love the man. He won things. Is the greatest of all time.

But the best player in the world because he won a World Cup? Please. We have to be closing the chapter on him and Cristiano.

Haaland won the treble. As did a whole group of City players who are stars but don’t get the star treatment. All of those players outshone Messi this season. Rafa Honigstein suggested Jude Bellingham. He earned a move to Madrid, he’s been incredible all season, he nearly won a Bundesliga for Dortmund. He has been categorically better than Lionel Messi.

I think my bigger issue here is the total domination of Cristiano and Messi on the award. Or, more to the point, that the hardware always goes to Spanish teams.

When was the last time a Premier League player won the award?

Michael Owen. 2001.

Since 2008, the trophy has only fallen out of the hands of Lio or CR7 twice. The award needs to get better. The Premier League is the most dominant league in the world, but apparently, it can’t muster votes for the best player in the world. Thierry Henry NEVER winning it will go down in history as a crime against the beautiful game.

Votes going to a country that doesn’t have a competitive league absolutely kills me. I can’t have it that Pedri, Gavi, and Camavinga takeover next year. England needs to be the destination going forward.

Next year, some thoughts.

  • Bukayo Saka
  • Martin Odegaard
  • Gabriel Martinelli
  • Declan Rice
  • Benny Blanco

Don’t deviate, voters. Don’t you dare!

Bukayo Saka has SLAMMED fans concerned about his burnout.

“My focus is not really there [on talk of burning out]. I always want to be on the pitch, to give my best, and if I’m injured and I have to be forced to be out, then of course I will sit out.

“But as long I’m there and I’m ready to play, I am always going to give my best and tell them that I want to play.”

Now, this is exactly what you’d expect a young player to say. The job of the manager is to play it safe with a body still developing. Maybe, just maybe, Mikel will change his tune after quickly breaking Gabriel Jesus after his return from minor surgery. Availability is a key attribute of top players, but there is a science that goes into that. I was talking to a world-class sports surgeon this weekend and he said ‘there are only so many miles on the clock, and if you burn them too early, you pay a price.’ Arsenal burned Jack Wilshere early and he never recovered. Bukayo has been treated far better and certainly had a better fitness build growing through our ranks. We just have to hope Mikel listens to his specialists – because it doesn’t seem that way this season.

Aaron Ramsdale has been linked with Chelsea this January and all I can say is: Accept he’ll leave. Accept he might go somewhere you DO NOT like. Chelsea currently rolls deep with Robert Sanchez and I’m not sure that’s a future they want. Aaron is young, he’s great with the ball at his feet, and he might suit a club battling back to the top with a young crew. I don’t want to see him leave, I’m a big fan, but Chelsea will give us £50m because they overpay for everyone.

Anyway, just putting that on your radar. The club needs to raise funds for another striker. So keep your eye on Aaron.

Ok, how about this… we had David Seaman on The AOP podcast and he was brilliant. Matt Kandela took the interview and it was a fascinating listen. He talks about some items I didn’t know about, like a major club that tried to sign him before Arsenal. He voiced his thoughts on the work that Arsenal coaching staff are putting in. He also spoke about the ever-changing game. What a TOP guy. So happy he decided to chat with us.

You can listen to the hour special here. Get on it. You’ll love it!

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Guns of Hackney

And it doesn’t even have to be a forward. Some players can drag a team forward. Patrick could do it, Bergkamp and Henry could do it. Zidane could do it. Pirlo, Nedved. Keane. Sometimes shear willpower can push a team forward. When we’re in the trenches, who is the guy?

Tom

“Spurs have so far found a different balance without Kane, moving Son central….Teams adapt, and the best teams focus on the collective.” Not sure “adapt “ is the right word considering two of their three starting mid are new and the third one was brought out from the cold, and not like Son hasn’t played all across the forward line before either. I find it funny when people bring up Spurs without addressing the most fundamental changes they’ve made, starting with the manager who’s a complete polar opposite of the previous one, and skip the fact five or six of… Read more »

Guns of Hackney

Tom

Spurs are top of the league and have lost their main goal threat, have a new manager and 5/6 newish players.

We keep getting told that we are “still adapting”.

Explain.

Rich

Tom

Adapt = Change, modify, alter, transform, redesign, reorganise.

Rebuild = Reconstruct, Renovate, Restore, Revamp, Reassemble.

Different word, same type of meaning.

Jj

Why any real football would even bother watching that shit show that dOr is? There’s no way to puck the best player in the world for one simple reason: football is a team sport!

Jj

Football fan
Real football fan

Raulishuss

Mention spurs and Tom is out in flash. Tom Hiddleston is that you?

Tom

“We keep getting told that we are “still adapting”. Explain.“

Guns, we need Jamie for that.
He’s got the handle on which phase we’re in.

Un

Jamie doesn’t even know what time zone he’s in half the time
Not sure he’s the man for the job

Un

RaulishussOctober 31, 2023 16:29:47
Mention spurs and Tom is out in flash. Tom Hiddleston is that you?

Peeping Tom

Un

JjOctober 31, 2023 16:26:18
Why any real football would even bother watching that shit show that dOr is? There’s no way to puck the best player in the world for one simple reason: football is a team sport!

Jj
Ballon D’or is a shit show but not because football is a team sport
Individual brilliance over the course of a season should be considered and commended. It’s why we watch the game.

Guns of Hackney

How’s the peeping Tommy…how’s the peeping?

Un

Tom

Serious question
When you get caught, do you maintain the peep?

Un

Or hide?

Siddeeq

Its Tommy Milfinger

Nigel Tufnel

Rich, From your earlier comment.. “If we did anything in the forward line, I’d be more inclined to go for a rapid winger, rather than another centre forward… Unless we can identify and secure a truly elite one from somewhere” Exactly how I feel and it’s why I’ve been so anti the gambler CF that grovers want. A pace option that’s versatile from wide is what we need for when Martinelli isn’t available or needs a rest. Someone with Arteta work rate. This way, we don’t have to change the way we do things like sharing goals. A target man… Read more »

Useroz

If he went to Chelsea, Ramsdale surely worths £65m plus a £1… for an England no.2

Wouldn’t accept anything less.

Rich

Nigel I’m not recommending we do this… But it just wouldn’t surprise me if we did. If we took another swipe at Mudryk… The concern is that he’s 23 in January, and he’s still incredibly raw. But the way we play where our wingers hold the width, he’s got everything to excel within our current system. It’s just whether we believe we can still develop him?.. And how quickly we could develop him?…Because he’s got all the raw ingredients. Neto would be perfect, he’s much further along in his development, and he’s absolutely electric… But he’s got giant red warning… Read more »

Pierre

Strange decision by Arteta to play Odegaard despite having a “hip injury”. My question would be if Odegaard did have an injury then why risk him ، especially as we have quality players like smith rowe، vieira ، Trossard or Havertz who are all desperate for game time.. Some on here have likened Eddie playing with an injury last season as a comparison to the Odegaard “injury”، of course the difference is that jesus was injured and Balogun was on loan meaning we had no striker to replace Eddie…..Arteta had a number of players who could replace Odegaard. Arteta needs… Read more »

Pierre

GOH
“When we’re in the trenches, who is the guy?”

Rice is that player.

Naija+soccer

Pierre

Exactly. Arteta overplays Odegaard and simultaneously not playing ESR. Rather than one or the other both can be played or should be played.

Pierre

At the moment smith rowe is playing with the handbrake on due to his injury issues.
I don’t think he has confidence in his body at present، but the day will come if he stays clear of injury when the handbrake will come off ، and the day that happens any doubters will have to eat their words as he could well destroy opposition defences with his tight ball control ، his one and 2 touch football and his ability to make a difference in the final third، maybe that day is not too far away

Tom

Un, you and Guns are proper nuts but I engage your bantz because you’re fun.
This Raul fella, please

Tom

I always maintain

Tom

So you guys are too emotionally charged to talk Spurs, ok, I get it.
How about Israel bombing civilians, women and kids, I mean Hamas of course.
Let’s hear it, who wants to get cancelled, anyone?

Siddeeq

@Tom, North Lawndale, Chicago and your Glocks is more interesting than the middle east

Tom

Sid, nah, Middle East is waaay more interesting.
You seem like a Hamas fan, do tell.
Your boy Putin likes them.

karim

Vlahovic is shite and we still haven’t lost a league game

rollen

Let’s sell Chelsea Havertz back. To get similar value we should ask for $ 150M for Ramsdale.

Luteo Guenreira

I own guns, but bullets are too expensive to waste on shooting someone. So what’s really the point then

Markymark

I suspect we will do some sort of Mudryk / Ramsdale swap . If they want a stand in keeper grab the Ipswich guy he’s at peak keeper age but can definitely do a job.
Arteta has obviously decided to bin Ramsdale

Markymark

They* we

Dissenter

Some of you think Arsenal is a player rescue home
We have Havertz already occupying a penthouse in our career rescue suite and yet you want us to go get some more failed expensive Chelsea dross.

I wish we could make those of you championing for Mudryk, go on a walk of atonement [like in game of thrones] while we tar you with rotten ice cream or something.

Shame…shame…shame

Markymark

Dissenter – not sure if that’s aimed my direction but it’s more a case on my part that I suspect this is what Arsenal will do. The history of Chelsea to Arsenal player moves is not great. I think Mudryk is best left at the Bridge but rumours are circulating

Rich

Dissenter

Who’s championing for Mudryk?… I wouldn’t be surprised if Arteta took another swipe, based on the raw ingredients he’d have to develop him…. I’m not saying we should do it, it just wouldn’t be surprised if we did.

Also weird that you’d want Me + Markymark paraded through the street naked, while you throw rotten ice cream, or “something” at us….

Whatever floats your boat I suppose…

Enjoy your wank you sick freak… Got bored of imagining rimming Un out with his peanut buttered ring piece did you?…

With your track record, that “something”… Is very likely peanut butter.

Luteo Guenreira

“while we tar you with rotten ice cream”

Tsk tsk Dissenter. You could have said peanut butter instead of ice cream and really thrown a scare into everyone. My butthole just instinctually closed in fear while writing this, actually.

Luteo Guenreira

Damn Rich beat me to it.

Luteo Guenreira

I think it’s obvious that Arteta wants another speedy winger.

Un

Tom
Hamas tortured women and children you bell
Cancel me all you want
They need to be eradicated and if they are using their own people as human shields to continue enacting their terror upon the Israeli people then they shoulder the burden of responsibility
What cowards
Attacking innocents and then cowering among their own or hiding in tunnels
Rats
Rats who deserve their poison
Fuck Hamas
🇮🇱 🇮🇱 🇮🇱

Un

Enjoy your wank you sick freak… Got bored of imagining rimming Un out with his peanut buttered ring piece did you?…

Looooool diss you dirty little rimmer

Un

My butthole just instinctually closed in fear while writing this, actually.

😂 😂 😂
Rimmer’s is as rimmers does

Josip Skoblar

Great podcast, guys! Congrats! Davis Seaman is a legend! (Even without the tache)

rollen

UN you really are racist weirdo.
Both sides are murderers and child killers.
There is no good guy there.

WengerEagle

Jesus, harsh to call Diss a sick freak even if it’s tongue in cheek (?).

The man just enjoys peanut butter in unconventional ways and to eat it from unconventional places, leave him be !

Nigel Tufnel

Rich, Neto was close to perfect for our needs, and was performing well enough to tempt us to take the chance with his injury history. He was on my original list 2 summers ago with Trossard, Harvey Barnes, and Raphina. After this weekend, he probably scared us off. I haven’t seen an update… but a hamstring needing to be carried off seems bad, like maybe a tear. I abuse Murdick all the time for fun, but it’s not even about his lack of productivity. Last season he seemed very immature in only wanting his glory chances to run onto. I… Read more »

Youdaman

Felt sorry for ESR against Sheffield utd.
He made some great runs in the box,
But did not receive one pass all match while in
That position. Every ball seems to go through
Saka or Marti which must be very frustrating
For him. Nothing goes through the
Middle and he is losing out,
We need to Mx it up

Matt B

Mudryck is the 2024 equivalent of Havertz if it happens. Hopefully, there’s someone in the AFC hierarchy who might actually say NO to Arteta about this one

GD4

“ Tsk tsk Dissenter. You could have said peanut butter instead of ice cream and really thrown a scare into everyone. My butthole just instinctually closed in fear while writing this, actually.”

Lord have mercy we have some hilarious dudes here LMAO

Dissenter

Just came back for a Halloween themed event to see that I’ve had my ass handed over to me, literally by people I thought were on the same team.
Un, I know has had his knives out for me but Richie Rich, Sancho and WE queuing up to take bites
GD4 dropping by to pick the bones of the carcass

Sheeeeeeeeeeet(Like senator clay Davis said it in “the wire”.)
https:/

Siddeeq

Halloween is a great celebration of europoid spirituality which was abandoned for Abrahamic religions.

@Dissenter, set aside a day to celebrate okuyi

Luteo Guenreira

Dissenter

You’re the boogeyman I warn my sons about. Happy Halloween mate.

Un

Diss

I don’t have knives for you lad. Only peanut butter

local

I hope Fabio, Trossard and Reiss start today with the likes of Marti, Ode and Saka on the bench.

However it is more likely that all of the latter three will start and only one out of Fabio/Tross/Reiss will.

We shouldn’t need all of our best eleven starting against the hammers.

FB

I beg to differ, and think we will need our best eleven

All remaining premier league teams can smell a trophy now City are out.

Bob N16

Can’t agree FB. I know a lot of supporters feel like any silverware should take priority but if it was a choice between winning against Newcastle this weekend and tonight(ridiculous hypothetical choice, I know!) then it’s 3pts this weekend for me. Will Newcastle rotate heavily tonight too – I imagine so. If White is asked to play every game at some stage he’ll likely get injured, same with both of our usual starting CBs. By all means have Rice, Saliba, Saka, Martinelli and White on the bench but not in the starting line up tonight. We rotated against Sheffield United… Read more »

Rich

Bob

White doesn’t play for England for some weird reason, Big Gabby is now a regular starter for Brazil…

So at least White gets 2 weeks rest every 21 days at this stage of the season… But we are one versatile right sided player short.

Would something like this be a reasonable compromise?..

………………….Ramsdale
……..White….Gabriel….Kiwior
….……..Jorginho….Tomiyasu
..Nelson Vieria Smith Rowe Trossard
……….………….Havertz

Our last game before the next Internationals is home to Burnley, that could be an opportunity to makes 4-5 changes again like at the weekend.

Paulie

Absolutely Haaland should have gotten the award. Its really a joke of an award, everyone knew beforehand that messi was getting it. Its not a credible award that always seems to go to Spanish league players. If I was Halland I wouldn’t even have gone to the ceremony.

FB

Cheers Bob

Make no mistake, I personally would heavily rotate, but I have a feeling the eleven will be far stronger than I’d hope for, and I think it will take a very strong side to win.

West Ham look destined for mid table obscurity, so a trophy would mean a lot to them.

Finally, I’d be onboard with your silver lining for sure 🙂

WengerEagle

Horrific looking XI that Rich for a PL game.

FB

Paulie

And now that Bellingham is at a top Spanish side….. 🙂

Rich

WE

It’s the League Cup tonight

Paulie

Read what Zidane thinks of the balloon dor, enough said

Paulie

FB, get your money on Bellingham next year, gauranteed

WengerEagle

Michael Owen having won a Ballon Dor and Henry not having one tells you all you need to know about the award.

Shevchenko has one too and Henry was levels better.

WengerEagle

Rich

Oh I thought you meant for the weekend. I still wouldn’t plat Tomi in CM, reeks of Vermaelen as the CDM all over again.

raptora

Talking about it, I wonder what our best eleven is. https://twitter.com/fluidmidfield/status/1719291511979028656 I watched this video where Saka showed ideal characteristics for an interior. I mentioned it last week maybe. I want a lineup where we have all of Marti, Jesus, Saka with the option of slotting in a goal scorer like Eddie or a tall CF like Kai and think about the best option for our LM. Marti—–Eddie/Kai—–Jesus ——Ode/ESR——Saka——- This can have a lot of potential. The way Saka can accelerate after finding the pockets from a midfield position can be an insane weapon. He’s also a very good finisher… Read more »

WengerEagle

The two best players in the world by a considerable distance from 2003-2006 were Henry and Ronaldinho and between the two of them they won ONE sole Ballon D’or in that timeframe.

Nedved, Shevchenko and Cannavaro were all top players but come on, joke.

Bob N16

Rich, I’d go with something similar although I might start Zinchenko instead of TT as I’d be thinking of starting TT on Saturday. We are one short in defence as TT can’t cover everywhere! White will get a rest as you say, so you could maybe start him at RB with TT coming on at some stage. Or you could start TT there. Such a shame Timber is out, as it would give us that extra class defender to help with rotation. White will start playing for England again next year, when Southgate and his coaches leave. I’d have him… Read more »

WengerEagle

Henry didn’t even make the top three in 2 of those 4 years or the top two in 3 of the 4 years, disgraceful.

Bob N16

WengerE, I think Rich was suggesting that TT would play as the inverted LB.

FB

Bob

I’d start Big Mo, but MA has already made reference to Declan’s emotional return to East London tonight. Could be both I guess.

raptora

The more I think about the more I’m thinking about the reason why we are attacking slowly is because Odegaard has no pace and also demands time on the ball. In the above video ( https://twitter.com/fluidmidfield/status/1719291511979028656 same link as above), Saka takes on the space so quickly and makes the attack so sharp and dangerous if Odegaard is there, none of this happens. He would have passed it sideways and that’s that. Our style of play is so connected to Ode while there is no reason it should be. Saka and ESR can go in KDB style dribbles to set… Read more »

Bob N16

FB, my guess is that Rice will start on the bench but I wouldn’t put loads of money on it!

Tom

“Hamas tortured women and children you bell Cancel me all you want They need to be eradicated and if they are using their own people as human shields to continue enacting their terror upon the Israeli people then they shoulder the burden of responsibility What cowards Attacking innocents and then cowering among their own or hiding in tunnels Rats Rats who deserve their poison Fuck Hamas” Un, according to latest pre war polling only 30% Gazans supported Hamas, so out of the 8000 killed every two out of three didn’t. Of course the other side of that coin is Hamas… Read more »

Bob N16

Tom, I sympathise with your sentiments, every child is an innocent victim, but can we just keep it Arsenal? The news is so depressing that there are times that I prefer to get away from it!

R.S.P.C.Arsenal

Bob

Think he will drop a youngster or two in the team tonight..

In fact I’m sure he will

Bob N16

RSPCA – who would you like to see? Personally, Lewis-Skelley, Walters and Nwaneri. I think Nwaneri has just come back from injury.

Tom

Bob, yes, lets keep it Arsenal.

Although I would still like to hear more on Dissenter and the peanut butter thing

allezkev

Not sure any youngster will get a start with so many squad players needing minutes, of course it would be great if they did, apparently Cozier Duberry is in top form, but I reckon that West Ham will go strong so we’ll need to match them.

WengerEagle

Anyone else follow NBA and see Broussard ask if James Harden was retarded live on daytime television? And then if that wasn’t enough half a minute later explained how it couldn’t have been offensive because his late first cousin was also retarded.

I’m not going to lie, I haven’t laughed that hard since Dissenter revealed his proclivity for Peanut Butter ‘sandwiches’.

Bob N16

‘Although I would still like to hear more on Dissenter and the peanut butter thing’
Each to their own, Tom!

allezkev, you’re probably right. I think Walters at RB could be worthwhile(no Cedric please!) but otherwise a couple on the bench will get on if we’re strolling it (so not likely!). Cozier Duberry could be a great shout – I’m not as convinced by him as much as by L-S and Nwaneri – but a RW is an easier position to accommodate a youngster.

Positive pete

Is Dissenter’s proclivity for peanut butter,crunchy or smooth?

Bob N16

PositiveP, I should think that would depend on whether he’s giving or receiving!

TR7

https://twitter.com/MEMRIReports/status/1719662664090075199?t=JYWnUFYWbElopdKXDUdwKg&s=19

Listen to this Hamas official.

No surprise Israel is going all guns blazing against Hamas. If Israel shows any leniency Hamas terrorists will strike again. They don’t believe in the Israel’s right to exist.

TR7

https://twitter.com/MEMRIReports/status/1719559966414012701?t=JqfXYTARd0ygcl0RzYXCiw&s=19

Hamas doesn’t want to stop at annihilation of Israel. They want to conquer Europe, America and the entire world.

WengerEagle

Ah le-Grove you juicy slut, never change.

Taking trips down football memory lane, discussing tactics, the versatile ways in which you can use Peanut Butter, Hamas all in the same chain of comments!

WengerEagle

That’s honestly why I love the site because it’s literally pub-talk aside from the curveball with the peanut butter, think that’s just you Diss! No judgement though 🙂

TR7

Weagle

We will talk about today’s game too 🙂

Hopefully ESR starts again, need to give more mins to Nelson too.

Positive pete

Bob N16/Wenger Eagle.LMFAO😂😂😂

jwl

Tom is your stereotypical boorish American who convinced we want to hear his opinions about everything even tho we only here for arsenal chat. Don’t be like Tom, tom’s a twat.

Marko

Mikel talking up the importance of the Carling cup makes me want to bang my head against the wall. Paper thin in certain areas and losing players to muscular injuries and with how this bozo rotates the squad I fear for his plans tonight. No Saliba, no Saka, no Rice and no Martinelli and give some minutes to Nwaneri I implore

Kegunner

Great performance over the weekend. Arsenal are currently the second most valuable soccer team globally as per Transfermarkt. This shows just how much has been invested in the team in terms of development and player purchases.

Ordegaard might be suffering but the whole team is adapting to mid week soccer this season. Probably misses support from Partey in midfield.

TheBayingMob

Marko, I couldn’t agree more. If any one of Rice, Saka, Zink, Tomi, Martinelli, Saliba … well fuck it, any normal starting XI player is on the field I’ll be a bit pissed with it. Rice will have his moment back at West Ham in the league. I can see Gabriel playing as he sat out the Shef United rout, otherwise they can sit on the bench. I have to say I would feel this way about the FA Cup this season too; let the kids take up the slack, we have some incredible prospects who could do with the… Read more »

Bob N16

Marko, any manager is going to stress the importance of the next match. Maybe you ought to wait until the team line up is made available before going into attack mode.

TheBayingMob

I have to say, as much of a legend he is … and as good it is for the profile of the boys to get an Arsenal legend onto the pod, I was a little disappointed with the Dave Seaman interview. Kudos to Matt K who powered through but seeing as the guy goes into the club weekly in some kind of training capacity he seemed a little bit clueless tbh, to be able to give barely any context to how keepers are being asked to play these days beyond ‘not tu’ in myy day lud, ooop north we would… Read more »

Tom

jwl, struck a nerve there I see.
You’ll get over it.
At least you didn’t call me an anti-Semite.
#progress.

Marko

No Bob he’s struggled with the ability and concept of rotation for long enough. His comments on players playing with niggles as he puts it suggests a manager who doesn’t care for the fitness of players over the course of a whole season. It’s no wonder we drop off in the closing stages of the league. It’s the league cup it should be made up of second choice and academy players until the semi final.

Jamie

Tom’s a baller.

Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

China1

I’m actually very glad to see arteta day he cares so much about the league cup and I hope it’s true We know it’s the bottom of the tree in terms of value. That’s not in doubt. We know for that reason it’s dangerous to risk the higher value trophies by blowing out all your best players on the league cup But I’ve always really wanted us to win it regardless. Same for the FA cup We should rotate quite heavily but do not let those who come in think this is some glorified friendly tournament. It matters a lot.… Read more »