Freddie’s Arsenal is worse than we thought

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Arsenal are in trouble, big trouble. Freddie isn’t the man to take us forward, and worse, I think the true rot is at the head of the football side of the business. I have very little faith we’ve hit rock bottom, I think that’ll come when Josh makes deeper cuts than simply the manager.

Freddie Ljungberg, despite the introduction of a suit, couldn’t raise a performance out of players that are totally broken. Our form is so atrocious, we look like relegation fodder. Brighton were the better side. They had a plan, they played for each other, and they genuinely believed they were coming to The Emirates for the 3 points. The tidbit that I found interesting was that Potter had his team dropping GG style offside traps, because VAR now makes that exercise worthwhile. I love that. Very smart.

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Big name about to be cut loose?

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via B-Engaged

It is GAME DAY and the big man Freddie Ljungberg is having a suit tailored for his first home game. Maybe not tailored. Probably pulled off the rack. Hope it’s a nice one.

Big story here: The elite journalists with good questions won out, I cannot thank them enough for their important intervention, and vital contribution to the world of football. One day, maybe, I’ll be as good at questions as them.

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Arsenal shoot for realistic, how this changes the game (Long Read)

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Over the weekend, a reporter for the Premier League by the name of Vaishali Bhardwaj, mused on Talksport whether bloggers should be allowed to attend press conferences.

“Journalists are meant to bridge the gap between the fans and the club!”

“I do wonder about the quality of questions we might get.”

Now, just to be clear, there are incredible journos out there that blow my mind with their insightful musings and well thought out arguments. Rory Smith, Rapha Honigstein, Henry Winter, Sid Lowe, Julien Laurens, and Gab Marcotti just to name a few. However, there are also lots of great bloggers that focus on a single-subject topic with laser precision culminating in work that has some of them being snapped up by monied publications like The Athletic. Bloggers don’t have the luxury of MSM backing to gain a huge following. They don’t get the traffic associated with access. The notion that a fancy degree trumps part-time obsession when it comes to being able to ask questions of power really is something. Anyway, skip forward two days, Freddie Ljungberg is being asked about his clothing decisions in the dugout, by a journalist. He was asked two questions about wearing a suit. He had to tell the world about his dry cleaning issues. You couldn’t make it up.

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