SALT BAE FEEDS ARSENAL MANAGER

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Arteta shocked the world by attending the Salt Bae restaurant, allowing the chef to put a lump of steak into his mouth, and awkwardly lay his hand on the Spaniards’ shoulder.

I’m shook.

Did he know where he was? Did he know they had a video crew filming him? How did someone not stop this happening?

Honestly, I do not know what it is with professionals in the game of football and their draw to the weirdest restaurant concept to take hold in a generation.

Really hoping it was an elaborate ‘organic’ promotion for the region.

Onto Arsenal, the news has really come shuddering to a halt right. There’s not much going in terms of excitement. I’ve had people sending me ITK chatter around Victor Oshimen. I just don’t think his signature fits with Arsenal’s appetite for foreign purchase risk or our budget for next summer.

We need:

  • At least two central midfielders
  • A versatile defender
  • A powerhouse winger with outrageous pace
  • A back-up keeper
  • A striker

Dropping £120m on Victor Oshimen doesn’t allow us to bring in all those players. He feels like a Manchester United signing. I’m not sold on his talent. I’d much rather Ivan Toney, or if I’m dreaming, it’d be Evan Ferguson. The Zirkzee link felt far more Arsenal than the link with the prolific Nigerian.

My big concern so far this window is all the rumours are about players coming into the club.

Where are my rumours for players exiting?

Reiss? Eddie? ESR? Partey? Ramsdale? Not a peep.

I’m not sure this speaks to talent issues… it seems to be that the big clubs with Premier League stress are also have to double check the books. The Chelsea push to spend every penny on gods earth has come to a stop. Newcastle can’t afford loan fees. The only team flush is Spurs because they sold Harry Kane in the summer. This doesn’t mean things can’t happen later in the window, but it seems increasingly likely that there won’t be much movement in or out.

I just hope Edu starts getting his ducks in order for the summer… so we can move FAST.

Ok, that’s me done. Before I go, I wanted to run something by you. I am considering the consolidation of all the Le Grove pieces into more of a paid format at some point. (newsletter / podcasts / patreon). The organic ad game that has killed newspapers doesn’t work for me and running my own website ends up being a costly endeavor because shit breaks, server costs eat me etc etc. I am lucky to have a very faithful audience and if possible, I’d prefer to have a Swiss Ramble / Arseblog approach to advertising by not having to have it. That would mean contributions. I’ve always wanted to keep this totally free, but the reality is that it’s not costing me to write on average about 3oo posts a year. I’d bundle all the podcasts as part of it and put plenty of free work out. I’d also try and do something for the heroes in the comment section that keep the site bubbling. But I wanted to get your take on it before I do anything. So drop a comment or send me an e-mail if you have any thoughts.

See you in the comments! x

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TallestTiz

Pedro testing

TallestTiz

New Le-grove outlook

TallestTiz

Can I do the clean sweep?

TallestTiz

Sweep ze trophy

TallestTiz

Now off to read the post. Although the title has already given insight that it’ll be a no real news post

TallestTiz

🏃

raptora87

1-1 it’s a good game.

raptora

2-1 what a game!!!!!

Dissenter

Now we have a game
Love seeing playing styles that go direct

TallestTiz

Pedro

I think I like those ideas.

I’ll await contributions from others as they trickle in.

Le-Grove has been my number one Arsenal blog for over 12 years now.

Leftside

This has been a brilliant game

Samesong

Great game. Isak looking very good. If there was any chance of him I would jump all over it.

Rich

Guimaraes needs to keep his head here, walking a tight rope.. But he’s also put a bee up Rodri’s ass.

LoveSausage

Would love to have the ref send off Bruno G and Rodri. The two biggest cunts in the league.

Spanishdave

Walker has been turned over twice for their goals , maybe his dick is stuck to his leg!!

Jamie

If you put le-grove behind a paywall, I’ll contribute a monthly fee.

Bilbo

How do I make my phone accept cookies?

LoveSausage

Pedro,

No one can blame you if you put the blog behind a paywall. Everyone can see how much content you produce and it’s completely reasonable that you shouldn’t have to lose money on it.

I’d just urge you to think carefully about the pricing. The lively (and rage-y) comments section is something truly unique about LG and you’ll need to convert enough people over to the paid model to keep that network effect alive.

rollen

It was metaphore for Arsenal transfer deals.

allezkev

Good post Pedro, I see that there’s been some changes and now I can’t get the comments box on my old iPad mini now, built-in obsolescence I suppose?

Ferguson for me, he’s had a so so season and that might bring down his inflated fee so a window of opportunity this summer?

rollen

not signing up to anything
Totally understant your situation.
Can’t close comment section behind paywall.

Adam

All for contributing for a quality product rather than adverts.Been with you from the beginning. You have the talent to write a book and work at the highest level in football.
However, associating yourself with a fellow podcaster, who has extreme views and an agenda against one ethnicity is problematic.
Don’t throw away everything you built for an extremist anti western colonialist, who is living off your coattails.
I am aware that this won’t be published, but I would love to speak privately with you .

Nigel Tufnel

Everything is working fine with the comments. Just choose option – save my name and email in this browser for next time I comment.

Bilbo

Nigel, it’s not working for me and I have clicked save.

Gommit

I have been a regular reader since almost day one. I am and will continue to be a patrion subscriper as long as I can afford it easily. I would support le-grove behind a pay wall, but as was mentioned above start with a low fee so the comment section stays active. Even though I contribute little to it, I read way to many of its posts 📖

Bilbo

I’d be fine if it went behind a paywall and was reasonable. Only if this comment section nonsense is sorted first though!

Gommit

And I really hope that Newcastle manage to win the serial cheaters.

Gommit

I have no issues with the updated comment section..

Emiratesstroller

Pedro First of all I congratulate you on your commitment to Le Grove. I sympathise with the problems you outline and the potential cost. I don’t know how you resolve this problem, because frankly I suspect a high proportion of posters would opt out of site if they were being charged for the privelege of expressing their opinions on the website. I may be wrong, but that is my personal view. Regarding your opinion on departures and arrivals I doubt personally that there are going to be many changes this month. Our current squad is frankly light when you factor… Read more »

LoveSausage

Pedro,

If you’re trouble shooting the comments section – it saves my name and email on my laptop but not on my phone. I’m using iPhone and Chrome.

Karsa

Comments section is working fine for me.

raptora

Look at KDB go…

Guns of SF

Pedro how much will you charge monthly or yearly?

LoveSausage

Say what you will but there’s only one KDB. Ridiculous goal.

raptora

They have managed to stay this close to 1st without their best player. If he’s healthy for the remainder of the season, their title is sealed.

Guns of SF

Nutmeg goal

rollen

KDB clearly doesn’t know epic Odegard/Arteta style of being backed to the goal at all times.

Spanishdave

I really don’t want e mailed comments
It’s not saving my details either

Guns of SF

dont select emailed comments I unchecked that. that would be an email disaster

Samesong

I can’t stand City but Rodri drives his team up the field he wants to score also.

rollen

20 yo coming in for city with game in balance

raptora

Oh noooo

raptora

That’s why Pep is the best.

rollen

And he wins the game for City.
Galaxy brain would have Eddie and Havertz in .

LoveSausage

Very composed finish from Bobb. Wouldn’t mind some of that composure from our lot.

Chitrak

We have no chance of winning the league with this team

Leftside

Great goal but so annoying

Habesha Gooner

Debruyne has always been the X factor. Gundogan and Mahrez also the others. We are out of the race for the league title.

raptora

I haven’t seen Pep so excited to win in a while. It goes to show how massive this victory is for City. Unbelievable KDB.

Chitrak

Our diet pep is a child compared to pep and klopp. We are fooling ourselves. The charlatans will be out tomorrow from the circus master in chief

London gunner

With rodri and debruyne back city will win the league again that will be 6 out of the last 7 seasons. Football has been ruined by the
Billionaire war/oil lords

rollen

We need manager who will build his own team not poors man’s version of Pep team with weak mentality and flacid finishing.

Chitrak

*Charlatans defense

Dissenter

Oscar Bob!

The best managers aren’t afraid to throw in unknowns when there game is on the line
I bet Pep or Klopp throws in Nwaneri in some game situations that are desperate

Thierry Martinelli

Damn you KDB and your quality

Chrispy

I’d happily pay.

zaco

“20 yo coming in for city with game in balance”

Exactly what i was saying in the previous post.
Arteta prefers to give the last few minutes of games to older players so that they won’t have to take part in the post-match warm down, then you wonder when our young players will ever get the opportunity to play, we all watched the Pre-season and didn’t see any gap in quality between Nwaneri, Skelly and our older players, then you ask yourself why Arteta has refused to play them.

Hitman

Try contributions on a voluntarily basis at first Pedro. If that’s a things. Like on YouTube. Numbers and comments will dwindle if you go behind a paywall I fear

CG

Newcastle Utd 2 Manchester City 3.
Bobb 20 scores the winner.

Two bob Arteta never plays our prodigious ones. Never.

Waiting for the xg result from this game later- I hear its very important these days.

Dissenter

City will sell Bob for 40-60 million pretty soon and the usuals will bemoan the high fee. Buyers know what they are signing because if the best managers in the world can throw you into a game that has to be won, then you have to be that good.
Our own youngsters will get sold for peanuts because the risk is too great, the buyers can’t be sure of what they are signing.

Gazza

Rodri & KDB reason why City will win Prem yet again this season

Rich

Dissenter

When Arsenal score late winners… You label it a problem.

City score a late goal… And you’re ready to rim Guardiola’s + Klopp’s arseholes… And by the sounds of it, peanut butter isn’t even a condition.

Which might upset Un.

Dissenter isnt an Arsenal fan… He’s a fan of looking for any possible reason to kick the club he claims to support… While praising our rivals.

WestminsterGooner

Pedro: I never signed up for Patreon because they are a rubbish company that silence heterodox voices.

Might I suggest you move to Substack? I happily support other content there. You can offer a portion of each post for free, put the rest behind a paywall, and charge $5 a month. Subscribers also get ad-free version of the pod.

Problem solved. Substack. Get in.

Habesha Gooner

We need more X factor players. We need to move away from players who aren’t contributing enough to top quality players.

Especially in forward areas. We need two star signings. Added to that we also need a top CM/CAM. Having a front line full of kids and no gun man isn’t working. Get a gun man, get a top forward that can play on the wings. Get a star CM/CAM and we can go again.

Rich

Here’s another one… CG out to kick Arsenal when we haven’t even been playing.

These guys get off on anything that gives them an opportunity to kick Arsenal.

Not Arsenal fans… Fans of kicking Arsenal… They absolutely love it.

zaco

If Skelly and Nwaneri were at Liverpool or City they would have played more than 8 matches each across all competitions.

By not playing them, you demoralize them and make them doubt their own abilities, so when the opportunity finally comes they will become too cautious and ineffective.

Paul Mc Daid

Top 4 battle is on, It is gonna be tough.

Tom

So glad a big portion of Legrove rooted for City to win their first ever CL trophy vs Inter to make them less hungry this term.

Good call fellas, they look completely disinterested.

CG

Waffle

The Kronks keep choosing average managers.

Not me.

I would choose Proven winners.
Like Pep and Klopp.

WengerEagle

KDB has always been City’s best player by a mile. I think it’s fair to put him forward as the best ever PL era midfielder at this stage.

Madhu

Iam ok to contribute Pedro. If that really happens I request you to please tell.people to stop abusing especially about family. If you can’t accept an alternate view then blogs are not the place for you.

TheLegendThatIsDennisBergkamp

Our boys better come back rested and hungry cos boy they gotta start playing. This is where the hard graft starts and we got to keep in the mix.

Olumide

Anybody who criticizes Arteta or Arsenal isn’t an Arsenal fan.

Now I get it.

G8

And Bobb’s your uncle!

Rich

How many 16 + 17yr olds, both still first year scholars, have Guardiola + Klopp played in their careers?.. Other than Foden, Guardiola never played any youngsters until recently. He’s been there since 2016.. City have been looting the best youngest for years, and now Guardiola has his football DNA imprinted in the City academy’s. If Arsenal had allowed Palmer to go to Chelsea, it would have been used as a knife to attack the club with. When City does it… It’s used as a medal for Guardiola. Imagine Mahrez leaving, and Arteta not giving Palmer a chance… But that’s… Read more »

Olumide

Tom
So glad a big portion of Legrove rooted for City to win their first ever CL trophy vs Inter to make them less hungry this term.Good call fellas, they look completely disinterested.
—-
It’s funny that some Arsenal fans think Man City being disinterested will increase Arsenal’s chances of winning the league.

Saying that means you don’t think your manager is good enough to compete.

You can’t wish the battle is easier. You become stronger to win it.

CG

Waffle

We could have had Klopp, Ancelotti or Klopp. That’s the Kronks job. Not ours.

We ended up with x 2 average Spaniards and Edu post A. Wenger

We could have been Man City.

Nigel Tufnel

DeBruyne is actually almost underrated. Dominated this league full of stars for a decade.
Another one Pep inherited.

Imagine if Klopp came to Liverpool and had Silva, Agüero, Kompany and DeBruyne. Then all the bogus financing on top of all that….tens of millions of dirty money shoveled into their academy too.
Klopp would have 5 of 6 titles instead of Guardiola.
Man City won multiple titles before Pep… what did Liverpool do before Klopp?
Anybody rating Pep over Klopp in real context is not thinking clearly, or doesn’t understand the real world. It’s called incredible advantages.

CG

[Pep Guardiola ]

Tom

Olumide, admitting your manager might not be as good as Pep ( he obviously isn’t) is not even the issue for me, but the idea loading up their trophy cabinet would somehow make them less hungry lol.
Pep is the Michael Jordan of football management and these guys never stop being hungry.

Dissenter

Rich
I’ve been an Arsenal fan since 1986, you plum.
Therehave always been chowderhead peacocks like you on this blog, questioning other posters fanhood because they refused to sing out of the same hymnbook as you.

Stick to silly lectures about “availability is the best availability” or whatever else rocks your boat.

Since when did arguing for the continuation of a steady escalator from the academy to the senior squad become anti-Arsenal. There’s nothing more Arsenal than that.

Rich

CG The same Ancholotti that lost La Liga by 10 points last season, to least inspiring Barcelona team for an age. Who also got smashed 4-0 away to City… Something you crucified Arsenal for? The whole Wenger debacle cracked you, now you’re acting like some bitter ex-lover, with 17 restraining orders, 16 ASBO’s… Who just can’t let go. It’s done, it’s over, Wenger isn’t coming back, and it would likely take an epic collapse to see Arteta handed his P45 this season. We’re not getting Klopp either… At some point Arteta will either leave for another opportunity, or he’ll be… Read more »

Dissenter

Some people love taking out their life stressors on other posters.
I made a point about managers trusting youngsters in situations when the game is on the line.
Klopp did it several times this season and Guardiola did it today.
I would have made the same point if Monsieur Bob didn’t score in the dying minutes. I wasn’t lamenting that we don’t score last minute goals.
I want the manager to start trusting youngsters, like in the dead rubber at Eindhoven.
Don’t know how that became a reason for Ad hominem attacks

Hermes

KDB is back the league is now started officially.
Its going to be a very very long days for the teams with title hopes.

Nigel Tufnel

I won’t disagree with dissenter. I wouldn’t mind to see our young attacking talents thrown into moments like that. Is Nketiah capable of a skill play like that? I’m not sure he is, even though he has his moments. If a young player is considered an elite talent in the country, a goal like that is at least possible. As it is, we don’t even give enough chances to senior players on the bench. We play the tired starting 11 too deep into games, leaving hardly 10 minutes for talents like Nelson, Trossard, Vieira, Smith Rowe. Eddie as the first… Read more »

Olumide

When Pep wins trophies, it’s the advantages and the players he inherited.

When Arteta fails to win trophies, it’s excuses galore.

Rich

Dissenter

Pointing out that the same players poor availability keeps fucking us, is a valid point.

Remember last season you wanted to put Partey on a new 5yr contract?…

Thank fuck we didn’t do that… His lack of availability has already hurt us 3.5 seasons running… Imagine we’d tied ourselves back in for another 4 seasons after this one?…

CG

Rich

It’s very hard to get behind the Pep Guardiola Tribute Act. Because that’s all Arteta is.
I have higher standards, than you.

Olumide

Honest question: if you’re given the choice to exchange Pep for Mikel right now, will you take it?

The disrespect Pep gets here is amazing. It’s even worse because the same people hype up his former assistant.

Tom

“KDB has always been City’s best player by a mile. I think it’s fair to put him forward as the best ever PL era midfielder at this stage.“

WEagle, best, yes. By a mile, no.
I’d put Yaya in the same category, and probably David Silva too.

Yaya being the sore spot since we could’ve had him at Arsenal.
Wenger’s biggest recruitment mistake.

Olumide

If Pep was Arsenal’s manager last season, we win the league.

But yes, Pep only wins because of the advantages. He’s just the luckiest dude in football.

Olatunde

Almost like three seasons in a row now, KDB has always been injured for a long spell. I will advise pep to sell him and replace him with midfielders that are always available. I come in peace.

Rich

De Bryne Between 29-32

2020/21 … 3,044 minutes
2021/22 .. 3,338
2022/23 …. 3,684

Partey between 27 – 30
2020/21 … 2.307
2021/22 … 2,109
2022/23 … 2,694

De Bruyne has had one poor season of availability at City since 2015… Partey has had 3.5 on the bounce, the warning signs were there.

Guardiola has an embarrassment of riches, and other than Rodri, rotates quite a bit.

Theres also a huge difference between 2,500 minutes and 100% availability, and 2,500 minutes and intermittent availability.

Thierry Martinelli

Guardiola has an embarrassment of riches..

That he uses wisely

Rich

Jupp Heynckes who preceeded Guardiola at City, also used his embarrassment of riches wisely by winning a historic treble… Something Guardiola failed to do, in spite of his embarrassment of riches. Hansi Flick also achieved the same feat in 2020. Bayern Munich has won every title since 2012 I think… That’s because they have more than twice the resources of their domestic rivals. Guardiola left Barcelona in 2011/12, after losing La Liga by 10 points. Barcelona the following season won the title by 15 points, with 100 points total, a tally Pep never reached himself. Brilliant coach + manager, who… Read more »

Un

Let’s see if this is fixed

Un

Nope 👎

Tom
KDB Beats the shit out both silva and yaya
By far

Stephen Argent

Love your writing, podcasts I can take or leave, don’t do Patreon, would pay a couple of quid a month.

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