Xhaka shade + 3 exceptional prospects you’d hope Sven has earmarked

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Rumours all over the place about who we’re going to sign to replace Aaron Ramsey. Denis Suarez has thrown his name into ring, and I couldn’t be any less excited there. The versatile Spaniard had a spell under Emery back in the day, he clocked some solid numbers considering he was 20, but I’m not sure he’s really hit the heights at Barcelona.

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BIG games coming

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via @Arsenal instagram

The third international break in 3 months is by far the most frustrating. It’s the guy who gets booted out of the pub and keeps trying to get in. Fuck off. You are boring.

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Sven transfer leaks are exciting

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Pet peeve of mine. Ex-players talking about how they got shit-faced before a game then scored a hattrick. Nice one. You were reckless. Your career never blew up because of it. Not sure you should be celebrating that.

Secondly. Seems like the comments section of Le Grove has turned austere in times of plenty. No one seems to fancy Dembele, preferring to invest in a creaking squad. I have to say, as much as I love the French international, spanking out £100m on one player at the minute feels a touch luxurious. We really do have very serious issues that are going to be exposed like a loose plaster trying to cover an axe wound.

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DEMBELE LINKED? Exciting…

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You never want to be the person who says shut up and play football, but my word, you kind of wish Mesut Ozil’s agent would stop trapping off like the Trump of the agent world. Dr Ergot took time out to speak to James Olley at The Evening Standard.

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Bernd De Gea + Arsenal round-up

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Bob Wilson spoke at the AST last night and he had this to say on Bernd Leno.

“In my opinion, Bernd Leno is as good as DDG. I have only one concern: Leno has got to learn to catch rather than punch. He is prepared to learn from Petr, and Petr is a brilliant guy in that respect. Petr is still the best at taking crosses and killing it.”

I mean, not quite sure about the DDG comparison so soon in the season, but god damn it Bob, you are on the money with the catching crosses part.

Just remember, when I say something on keepers, I’m always right. Unless I’m talking about Manone ousting Buffon for the Italy shirt, or praising Alex Manninger as the greatest of Arsenal greats.

Talking of Bernd De Gea, he revealed the manager prepared a Facetime message for WELBZ after his horrible injury.

“We talked to him because the coach [suggested it] before the game in the meeting, we had a FaceTime session with him,” Leno said. “It was very good.

“He looked very happy and I think he was happy to talk to us because he is still a big part of our team and we will support him to have a good time when he is injured.

That’s really sweet. Emery a master of mobile video, which is apparently all the rage these days.

Talking of Danny, he’s had his second operation on his ankle, which doesn’t sound good. I very much doubt we’re going to see him back before the end of the season. I’m very interested to see what the club do with his deal. Dumping him on his arse, even if he is out of contract, feels a touch brutal. What protections do players have here? In my job, we land workers comp and we have insurance etc. Do footballers get the same thing?

Apparently, we’re not going to sign someone in his place. The job of replacing Danny goes to Edddiiiieeeeee. A fantastic opportunity for him to show what he’s worth in the Europa League, leading the frontline, as well off the bench as an impact sub.

Talking of impact subs and beautiful segues, super sub, Reiss Nelson, scored again for Hoffenheim at the weekend. The fastest non-German player to 6 goals EVER in the Bundesliga. Not bad for a teenager, you have to say. I’m still torn about whether to bring him back. He’s in great form, and you don’t really want to break that confidence and flow he’s found under Nagelsmann. You also don’t want to watch non-wide players stinking out the pitch all season. I still can’t quite believe we won’t use January to make some moves.

I also can’t believe how much cash money we have wrapped up in Ozil, Ramsey and Mikhi (£600k pw or £700k if you believe there was a contract we could afford on the table). We could by some good Europa League players for that cash.

The coach has pulled Lacazette from the French squad because of a groin injury no one noticed at the weekend. I love that, a Fergie classic from back in the day, but something we rarely did under Wenger. Well played Arsenal medical staff.

Finally, take a bow Danny Finton.


Porous Arsenal ride the luck train again

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What a rollercoaster of a season we’re having. One minute we’re celebrating the rebirth of The Arsenal, the next we’re slapped back to reality with a latter years Wenger-esque performance at home to a newly promoted team.

Thanks to some second-half substitution wizardry, Arsenal pulled an equaliser out the bag late on. Mikhi fizzed a dangerous cross across the box, it ghosted about ten players and slipped fortuitously in at the back post unchallenged. It was a dirty goal, but hey, I’ll continue to pay my respects to the very fine Lady Luck who continues to shine brightly over the Emery tenure.

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