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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Marko

Nketiah back to his 3 out of 10 performances and Zinchenko being a problem player is another one.

Samesong

I’m worried about the Newcastle game now. Newcastle are by far more physical than West ham.

Vickingz

Long live Arteta

Thorough

Arteta the moron. This is one game we can afford to lose. Let the players that need rest get rested ffs. Don’t get an injury by trying to pull the chestnut out of the fucking fire. This is the bloody laughable cup man.

salparadisenyc

WE

That is a serious dredge up Adam LeFrondre looool

MidwestGun

Trossard does have some world class attributes.. as far as close control… and shooting accuracy, but not convinced he is a winger in the slightest bit.

Marko

Havertz is honestly going to go down as one of the worst signings. I’d love to know the thought process behind it

Habesha Gooner

We need to cut our losses on Viera. The guy never turns up. He has done nothing today like the majority of games he plays. If he wasn’t portugese no one would bat an eye lid when we got rid of him.

Eddie Nketiah has also been anonymous today with 2 chances he wasted. The squad still needs some fine tuning. We have done good with defense. But there is still some dross in midfield and attack.

WengerEagle

I do rate him Sal but as Middy says he’s not a wideman, far too one-paced to be effective there.

Gommit

It is not fair to judge Trossard playing with this non-midfield we started with

Pv4

For the price we paid for Trossard, he’s an excellent signing. Def not WC , but I’d rather pay for 2 Trossard’s than one Havertz

Gunnernet

we have been too static. No fluidity at all. Nketiah has been very disappointing today

WengerEagle

Eddie has bought some rope with his weekend hat-rick, it’s beyond harsh to slander him tonight.

Havertz and Vieira, different story. By all means sharpen those pitchforks.

Matt

Fuck me, when we are off we are fucking terrible!

David.D

Utter dogshite. Lots of possession but done nothing with it.
Could have had Kudus for half of what we spent on Havertz.
What on earth was Arteta thinking!!!!!!!.???
The games gone.
Why risk Rice, Saka and Martinelli.
Just brainless

Mikel Coneteta

Nice.

At least Iwobi rates Eddie as a finisher though.

Danny S

Why is Arteta shitting the bed and trying to claw back 3 goals throwing on our first teamers? Fucking dead rubber game, just let it go.

Marko

Sure might as well bring on Odegaard.

Johng

Pedro what werd uou saying about Nketiah, he has been anonymous tonight as have a few others

salparadisenyc

Back to reality for Eddie.

WengerEagle

We’re lucky that United are such a freakshow that this likely doesn’t make the front page provides Newcastle can score another and win by 3.

Defending champs, at home, ETHs got to be near his 9th life by now.

Johng

Absolutely agree about thd subs so stupid, its a nothing cip

Johng

Nothing cup

MidwestGun

Does Eddie have a twin brother that plays in Cup games? Cuz it was like night and day.

Goona

Abysmal……fucking shit…we are piss poor regarding consistency….

Johng

Bye bye Eddie, you were shit

Samesong

Nothing cup

That we can never win!

WengerEagle

They must have switched up Mid cause Eddie is normally like he was last weekend in the League Cup and like he has been tonight in the league.

Sakablyat

Imagine someone of rice, saka, ode or martinelli gets injured now. Braindead subs

Gunnernet

Noone is slandering Eddie @WE, but he hasn’t been a threat at all today. In fact he has been rather bad as most of the team

salparadisenyc

Mikel makes some weird decisions there is no question about that.

rollen

Banter years are back in this game.
Useless management. Zenchenko Jorginho Havertz out ASAP. Why risk our best players when game is lost?
Can’t see us winning PL or CL with Arteta.

MidwestGun

Fuckin Paqueta… yep he is Brazilian.. haha

Mikel Coneteta

If Rice doesn’t snap Paqueta in two after that don’t ever give him the armband

LoveSausage

It’s pretty incredible that after years of heavy investment, we have two midfielders with the quality and availability required to feature in a top 4 club.

Marko

Zero creativity

WengerEagle

This will be United’s 8 defeat of the season in 14 matches.

0 draws, lol.

Gunnernet

Fans leaving. Horrendous performance, because we gave up completely after the 2nd goal. Tomi needs to start against Newcastle. Zinchenko has become liability

Pv4

United can’t get rid of Them Hag. Won’t allow it.

Davedale

Whole team has been shit and its even more embarrasing now he has brought saka, odegaard and martinelli on…….but i Never want to see Havertz in an arsenal shirt again…..however we all know he will play at Newcastle on Saturday…..

Pv4

Ten not them

Habesha Gooner

Eddie has always been this player though. He isn’t consistent enough. He can hammer poor teams. But if the game is against us he never turns up to turn the game in our favour. That is why we need better. The only two players of the backups I would keep are ESR and Trossard. Trossard is a great sub to have. Riess hasn’t been poor for the last year. Certainly does better than the rest. Even then if there is better I would sell. Havertz, Viera, Eddie, I would sell too. 4 more quality players, we could be a serious… Read more »

Spanishdave

Arteta is poor when the going gets tough.
Our squad is thin after spending a shed load of cash.
Ex Chelsea players are tosh, he really hasn’t got a clue.
Generational yeh right

Vickingz

Even with the first team players, we haven’t been playing well this season, Eagle seems to be coming to roost already.

Mattack

I hope some of the showboating from Pacqueta is remembered when next we meet Wet Spam…

If any of the starters brought on get injured I’ll be properly fucked off.

Pv4

Oh well shit happens

Goona

Fucking shite…next slide sorry game please..

Marko

I’m going to be honest we’re so bad tonight I don’t wanna hear about United. And no more Anthony slander he cost about 5 million more than what we’ve pissed away on Havertz

Gunnernet

Our away uniform is horrible

Matt

I think Havertz pound for pound is not only the worst arsenal signing in history, he could rank as one of the worst signings of the premier league.

Utter utter cack!!

GD4

I was laughing at the post game show as Pedro was doing his Victory lap and giving Johnny a hard time cuz he had reservations about Eddie pre game. Oh well guess the tables will be turned … all these folks going on victory laps and slating folks cuz they don’t agree with conventional talking points and dare to think for themselves need a good look in the mirror.

Again I’ll say it again, we’ve spent 200 million only to look worse … so far

FB

We started with just three of our best eleven

Not surprising so disjointed, and West Ham were always going to be up for it as their only realistic chance of silver

Let’s get out injury free, and focus of the weekend

MidwestGun

One of the most forgettable games we have ever played. Terrible second half.

And we just need to burn this away kit, at this point… It’s still God awful.

Mikel Coneteta

“The only two players of the backups I would keep are ESR and Trossard“

With respect, what has ESR done in two years to justify wanting to continue with him?

If someone wants him for 30M I’d get rid and get someone in who can deliver. Give me a polished 8th place warrior like Douglas Luiz over hype and promise.

Midfield is a concern, Partey, Jorgi, Elneny all on their way out, but Vieira, ESR, and Havertz don’t look like the right fit there either.

Bergkamp63

If we can get 65p for Kai Hapless in Jan I think we should bite their hand off !

MidwestGun

That a boy Ode… take that Pierre.

LoveSausage

That’s that. A truly generational performance. Onwards and upwards.

Goona

Piss poo6

Josip Skoblar

Havertz is one of the worst Arsenal players I’ve seen play over the past 50 years…

Gunnernet

and that’s why Martin is our captain. Never stopped since he came in, when the rest of the side were walking dead.

Josip Skoblar

Ramsdale, come on, lad, this was poor.

MidwestGun

Our midfield beyond Rice and Ode… with ESR and Partey not fit is barely serviceable at times. Still the biggest issue for me.

Other than that the positive thing is I don’t have to watch anymore Carabao Cup matches.

WengerEagle

Having 4 players who are natural 6s and 3 who are natural 10s and not one who is a proper no.8 is a real problem for us.

Imagine thinking that Havertz was ever a solution for there, beyond Galaxy brain shite thinking.

Goona

The whole dynamic of the team is crap, we don’t have the right mix of skiill steel desire, drive power in the entire squad

Gunnernet

Say whatever you want about Mikel, i have been critisizing him also, today it is not his fault. Players looked completely disinterested since we conceded that 2nd goal. Unacceptable performance they should apologize to the away fans.

Bkon

Zinchenko is a defensive liability when facing good wingers and games we aren’t expecting to dominate possession.

Havertz… SMH. I gave up. We need shift that nigga back to Germany. And never to sign anyone from Chelsea ever again.

WengerEagle

Seriously, people still mock Gervinho but at least he has his moments like when he tore Chelsea apart at Stanford Bridge.

I’ve never seen a signing for proper money contribute as little as Havertz has done so far, it’s beyond even my most pessimistic imagination in the summer.

Paulie

The crap performances are coming far too often now, our season will completely collapse if anything happens Rice

Chris

Wasn’t expecting that result, even with a weakened team. Was hoping we could go far in the tournament whilst playing the squad/youth players but the days of Wenger doing this a la 2007 look over for now.

Positives are one distraction is gone. Negatives it was a mostly insipid performance, annoying loss to another london club.

Gunnernet

exactly, we lack a Cesk type of player in the middle of the park. Martin is one, we need at least another one. Kai will never make it there.

FB

Miss Granit’s galvanizing leadership and robustness

IAT-Robbie

It’s quite disgusting how little effort Havertz puts into being a professional footballer. After all, this is his career on the line here. If a player doesn’t offer goals, creativity, solidity, speed or even grit…What use are they at this level? I just witnessed this man run away from a short ball, expecting Trossard, 15 yards away, to somehow reach a pass that wasn’t expected for him. Interestingly, he wasn’t the worst player on the pitch for me tonight. That’s a tie between Jorginho and Nketiah. I don’t think anything either of those guys did went right. The boys really… Read more »

Danny

I used to enjoy League Cup matches under Wenger because he always played the kids but Arteta didn’t even play one tonight.

Gunnernet

Compared to Kai, even Pepe did better his first months compared to him. Really sinister.

WengerEagle

Pepe was so much better, that’s how bad he’s been. He’s living off these invented ‘duels won’ stats.

Paulie

We have seen tonight what we actually have in Nkethia. Havertz has been crap this season but Nkethia has been crap for years, how the hell is this guy still at a big club like Arsenal. Theres a reason no other club ever bids for him

Matt

Havertz has also been crap for years, just not at Arsenal. However, give it time…

Spanishdave

Absolutely no motivation.
Why not play the junior players as we sometimes did in the past.
Tonight Arteta has demotivated a lot of players which is poor management.
We will freefall when we loose our first premiership game

salparadisenyc

Havertz in the mid is just diabolical was it wishful thinking to think Arteta had moved on from that concept.

Indeed it was.

Chris

Fine goal. by Willock. Why did we sell him again?

Matt

Lovely goal from Willock!

Gunnernet

Amazing Joe, really glad for him!

Rich

We gave away a poor goal in the first half, but our overall performance was good… We applied pressure, got into good areas, created dangerous situations, and restricted them to nothing.

That second half performance was a disgrace… We got caught cold, gave away 2 cheap goals, created fuck all, struggled to sustain any type of pressure….

You can always lose a game of football, but when you play like we did in the second half, there’s no excuses, the players can only look at themselves.

That second half performance was diabolical.

Paulie

Delighted for Willock, great goal

Jeff

Same pattern as last year. Oh it’s only the Carabou Cup. Oh, it’s only the FA cup. Oh it’s only the Europa. And then, when they’re all gone and we’re left with the most difficult trophy to win, we have the mother of all bottles. Anyone who seriously deludes themselves that this team under Arteta can win CL or PL needs a lobotomy.

Gunnernet

Newcastle flying tonight, they will be in high spirits against us. Eddie Howe really needed that win. ETH is probably off soon

bacaryisgod

Let’s not go overboard on criticism of the back-ups. The idea of a back-up is that they can each slot in fine when teamed up with the starters. However, if you put 8 of them in at the same time you’ll run the risk of a lot of substandard performances.

One thing that is absolutely guaranteed from this game is that Zinchenko is Tomi’s back-up.

Arteta was pretty naive in this game. We should have sat back with two defensive midfielders and hit them on the counter. This is how West Ham have been rumbled this season.

Wegotsupermik

Any trophy City are knocked out of should be a priority.

James wood

Something we don’t have someone who can run with the ball directly.
Pit pat passing get’s you know where.

WengerEagle

At least Utd are getting humiliated, soothes the spanking a bit.

Johng

We desperately need that left 8, Xhaka was head and shoulders above anyone who has played there this season the only one who comes close is Rice but he can’t play two positions so I am excluding him

karim

Saarbrucken score at the last minute to beat Bayern !
They stand 15 th in the German 3rd division

S23

Dismal performance,the boys didnt look like they fancied anything physical.
The backup players should all be told,not good enough for Arsenal and will be moved on in January.
I still think we look much worse than we did last year.
Also,people had gone too overboard on Eddie’s performance against what must surely be the worst side in Prem history.
Hopefully,the minds will be sharpened for the tough match against Newcastle-but I am not too sure,yet.

Even ChatGPT will struggle to write a positive spin on the Havertz performance tonight…

Mikel Coneteta

WengerEagle

Who are prominent #8s?

Paulie

It wasn’t just us that Chelsea robbed with Havertz, they also robbed utd with Mount

Nigel Tufnel

If these are the people who rarely post… I’m glad they don’t comment often. Clowns waiting around for about 10 weeks to see a loss to cry about and shit on gunners like it’s the end of the world.

Its worse than bedwetting.

Just get us out of this stupid competition. Does it still have 2 leg semi finals? Who TF do they think they are with such nonsense.

I’m only a little sorry that there’s less game time for players like Vieira, Nelson, …. and I was going to say Smith Rowe but he’s hopeless either way.

GD4

The one good thing is that the next time Arteta runs to Josh and Edu with a big money signing that only he can claim to see the value in he will promptly be told to sit down and be quiet.

Jorginho, Havertz and Viera, all Arteta buys cost almost 120 mill!!! You’d be lucky to recoup 50 mill for all three now.
Unbelievable

Johng

As Rich said there’s loosing and there is loosing. Poor performance tonight, better not play like that against Newcastle.

G8

Havertz is indeed a terrible terrible signing
Gervinho & Pepe were like Messi and Ronaldo compared to this bum!
Someone should be fired for this criminal deal
Willock could have been a perfect no 8, but generational thought he had better ideas .