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21 Sep 2017 06:56:49
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21 Sep 2017 06:42:58
Pleased that we won last night and a good draw for the next round. In respect of Sanago belittling the League Cup, one of the most successful managers of the modern era, Mourinho, I believe has won it 4 times and he clearly takes every competition his teams enter seriously, with a desire to win them all. Indeed, clearly before Sanogo's time, the hugely successful George Graham era at Arsenal, started off in 1986 with, guess what, winning the League Cup 2-0 against Liverpool. This was the catalyst for his success at the club.
Unfortunately I was unable to go to the match last night and haven't had an opportunity to watch the match yet, but Phil Neville brought up a very interesting word on Sky Sports last night when asked about Luke Shaw. The word was 'intensity', which he commented that Shaw lacked. This intrigued me, setting aside the team selected, positions, tactics, etc, this probably something often lacking in recent Wenger teams. In the pre-Emirates era we had players such as Keown, Adams, Vieira, etc, who always played with self-motivated intensity. Whereas nowadays the team often lack intensity. Yes, they can turn it on and last weekend's match was an example, as was the FA Cup Final. However, and I say this without having seen last night's match, the scoreline was disappointing, while the other PL top teams were putting 3 or 4 past lower league opponents, we only managed a solitary goal and in a match where squad players were given an ideal opportunity to show why they should be first choices. From reports Wilshere was one of the few players that showed intensity. Was this the case that many players didn't give their all and could this be the missing ingredient. You only have to look at the passion shown on the touchline by top managers, that seems lacking at our club.

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21 Sep 2017 00:33:48
Eds what's the crack with this Sampson sacking. Something's rotten in Norway.

{Ed001's Note - I don't know what you mean mate? If you mean Mark Sampson with England Women, he was appointed with the FA knowing there were problems with his mouth. Only himself to blame, but he should never have been given the job.}

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21 Sep 2017 06:51:30
I was not aware of what the actual problems were with Samson in the past, but isn't it often the case that some of the best managers such as Clough and Mourinho were/ are hardly saints and both were touted to manage the England team. The FA often chose to employ weak yes men, such as Hodgson and now Southgate, who we wouldn't want to manage our team and haven't been huge successes, apart from the early Hodgson era. The one time the FA pushed the boat out and employed a more risky choice as manager in Allardyce, they allowed/ encouraged him to depart, when they could have backed him up and kept him at the helm. I was actually looking forward to seeing how he would get on in the role, whereas the moment Southgate was installed as manager I lost all interest, as we don't stand a chance with him in charge at the major tournaments. It will be the usual easy qualification from a weak group, leading to over-expectations at a major tournament and failing to get through the group stage or getting knocked out in the first match after the group stage.

{Ed001's Note - so you think that it is ok to appoint someone that is a bigot to the job? Why not go the whole hog and appoint Alf Garnett, as that is who Sampson clearly models himself on.... Mind the FA did appoint Stuart Pearce, a man who had been found guilty and punished for racially abusing other players in the past, but who still had the barefaced cheek to pontificate about Luis Suarez during his spat with Evra! No shame at the FA.}

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20 Sep 2017 19:51:34
Walcott, Sanchez and Giroud upfront tonight.

Should be a few goals scored.

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20 Sep 2017 23:51:36
walcott? 1 goal, hey well done lad!
our future is shining bright with such a player

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21 Sep 2017 00:52:54
19 goals last season and still the bloke gets slagged off.

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20 Sep 2017 16:50:19
An interesting question for raver and it is not meant as a wind up. Why did the toot only get 23,000 fans at last night's match against Championship Barnsley, whilst Arsenal will get more than double tonight against League 1 Doncaster.
This doesn't seem the case for league matches, where the toot attendances this season are high.

In last season's EL attendances were also in the twenty thousand bracket, whilst Arsenal will sell almost all the tickets for this year's matches. Yes, I know we have a reputation for quoting the tickets sold, not the actual attendance, as some fans unbelievably don't turn up despite having shelled out for tickets. The fans attitudes seem so different in respect of attending these matches and perhaps raver could shed some light on why they don't attend.

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20 Sep 2017 17:24:15
Well you only have to look at the koln game as an example. A supposed 2900 away tickets but obviously fans didn't turn up and sold there's on as there were loads of koln fans around the ground. But also I was there that night and there was thousands of empty seats. Your also banging on about the bloody milk cup mate. Your at it again firsts charity sheilds then Coca Cola cups and attendances . Your a grade A sad case mate. Why on earth do resort to banging on about the pinkest stuff you can imagine when the real balls of our club trumps the spuds shocking history a million to one. Sad case.

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20 Sep 2017 17:38:15
Sanago this was a sensible question asked to raver, which didn't require your usual juvenile semi-literate response. To educate you, if I understand your comment, the host of which is that competitions such as the EL, League Cup and the Community Shield are minor and therefore not worth attending, nor winning. This is absolute nonsense. Last season not only did Man U win the EL, but that qualified them for this season's CL. The League Cup is also worth winning and other than Swansea in recent seasons the trophy has been won by the big teams. As for the Community Shield, it is a match in front of a full house at Wembley played between the League Champions and the FA Cup winners, which gives it status. However, my comment was to ascertain why Arsenal fans attend LC and EL matches, whilst in general Toot fans don't and raver would be able to give the Toot perspective.

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20 Sep 2017 18:03:58
Sanago - If you dislike my comments then simply bypass them, opposed to making absurd comments, which are embarrassing in the extreme. Incidentally, according to the official Arsenal site we have sold out for tonight's match. Presumably we are expecting 20,000 Doncaster fans to descend upon the Emirates in order to purchase these tickets for hundreds of pounds off the home fans?
This confirms my comment to perfection, as Arsenal sell out 60,000 tickets for a League 1 team, whereas the toot can't even sell 24,000 tickets for a Championship side.

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20 Sep 2017 18:50:50
It's sad and a stupid way to look at things. We are a glorious club with a glorious history and you go on about having the best attendance in the carabotifulwhogivesafudder cup. And I believe the other day you said that this game would give us a good indication as to our depth? Your a bonafide nutjob mate. The fact that you have mentioned that you would spend £150k on a Porsche highlighted the fact that you don't have a clue.

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20 Sep 2017 19:10:53
Alas Sanogo clearly I look at football in a different way to you and I probably played to a higher level than you. As for the car, yes I am fortunate to be able to spend £150,000 on a Porsche Turbo and why not, quite why that makes me clueless is beyond any logic. Go on the tell us all what car you drive? A Subaru by any chance?

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20 Sep 2017 19:21:37
Get a bloody room you two 😁😁

"Carabotifulwhogivesafodder" lol cracking up 😁.

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20 Sep 2017 19:25:03
R. G. I go to games but the league cup is not a seller, a Wednesday night against Barnsley is completely different from last Wednesday against Dortmund in a much bigger competition. It's like Friday nights down the dog and gun if there's a football quiz on it's poor attendance, but if dirty Debbie shows up swinging from poles the place is packed out.

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20 Sep 2017 19:43:25
Thank you for the reply raver. However, I was comparing your early round EL attendances last season to ours so far this season and last night's LC attendance at Wembley of only 23,000 to ours tonight, which although it is allegedly sold out I would imagine a few won't turn up, but it willl be at least 55,000. Considering you played a Championship side, whilst we play a League 1 side, it doesn't make sense, ignoring Sanago's daft comments.
I suppose if Dirty Debbie moved her pole to Arsenal territory then we may see a fall in attendances too.
The attendances at Wembley so far have been interesting as you only had in the 20,000s for the friendly against Juve and the Barnsley match. Whereas you had a huge attendance against Chelsea in the 80,000's, which dropped to the 60,000 ish for Burnley and Swansea.

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20 Sep 2017 01:04:18
Hi guys, haven't posted in a while. Just doing some research tonight (as you do) and wondered which Arsenal players were most successful after we sold them. A suprising name came up Giovanni Van Bronckhorst. Won La liga twice, Champions League came runners up in the World Cup and has now won the league with Feyenoord as manager. Any other you guys can thinks of?

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20 Sep 2017 08:04:59
Those who joined City did ok plus fabregas he's picked up 2 premier league medals with Chelsea plus whatever he won with Barcelona and of course Ashely Cole who won just about everything with Chelsea there is to win plus was it 4 premier league winners medals?

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20 Sep 2017 08:39:30
2 with Chelsea I think 62 because they have only won it 4 times or is it 5 . Il have to check.

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20 Sep 2017 09:44:40
Didn't he win it twice under Mourinho the first time then under Ancelloti then Mourinho again Sanogo?
I haven't googled it but am just going from memory which isn't always as reliable as it could be :-)

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20 Sep 2017 10:14:19
Bendtner done well.
He won 'Dick' of the year, 2 seasons running.

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20 Sep 2017 10:17:37
Cole won the PL just once with Chelsea if I remember correctly.

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20 Sep 2017 10:29:11
He won it once with Chelsea, 2010.

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20 Sep 2017 10:37:22
Yeah just checked he won it twice with us.

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20 Sep 2017 11:09:10
Really? Just goes to show how unreliable my memory is.
He can't have ever won it under Mourinho then?
I beginning to doubt myself now, did he ever play for Chelsea at all, or have i just imagined that too :-)
Does Dags not really have 28 cats? Did Steve not really appear in Robin hood prince of thieves as one of the merry men?
I can't have imagined it all, can I? :-)

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20 Sep 2017 12:51:39
G62, not sure about the rest but Dags only has one cat. It may seem like he has multiple cats because he changes the cat's name every time he forgets and has to change his password on the arsenalrumours page.

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20 Sep 2017 18:01:57

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19 Sep 2017 21:31:46
I wonder how the ox is feeling over at Liverpool right now.

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19 Sep 2017 22:08:07
Probably no different to when he was arsenal. Just 60k a week lighter. But he's happy.

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20 Sep 2017 00:13:11
Man City 5 Liverpool 0.
Liverpool 2 Sevilla 2.
Liverpool 1 Burnley 1.
Leicester 2 Liverpool 0.

The Ox effect 😁.

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20 Sep 2017 05:36:57
But at least he's playing in his preferred position right? 😂.

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20 Sep 2017 05:47:30
Since Oxlade departed;
Arsenal 3 Bournemouth 0
Arsenal 3 Cologne 1
Chelsea 0 Arsenal 0

On a serious note, I was sorry to see him leave, but I don't believe that he was anywhere near fullfilling his potential and whether he ever will is questionable . We have ample alternatives in the central and wide positions, we may possibly miss him as cover for Bellerin, but we have £35m, rising to £40m in the bank, which could be utilised towards acquiring the CB and DM we need.
Returning to the RWB cover issue, we can use Maitland-Niles or Chambers. Of course Debuchy is still at the club, but Wenger clearly has no intention of playing him.

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19 Sep 2017 16:48:50
It looks like Danny Welbeck will be out for just 1 month, ok I know it's not brilliant for him or us to lose him for any games but considering his poor luck with injuries I'm sure everyone is relieved it's not long term.

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19 Sep 2017 17:20:48
Thing is, when he comes back after injury, he will play 2 or 3 games, than get injured again.

Typical Arsenal player. More time on the table than the pitch.

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19 Sep 2017 17:47:31
As long as it is two to four games, he will be ok with fitness and commitment. It's when he keep getting injuries that are two three months plus that makes it difficult for him going forward.

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19 Sep 2017 18:14:02
I like the lad he's full of work and effort plus not short on ability either but even when he's not at his best ability wise he still puts in a shift each game.
You can't ask a lot more than that from a player.

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20 Sep 2017 06:30:12
Such a shame he was injured as he was returning to form having played a few consecutive matces. Hopefully the latest injury won't put him back too much. On the positive side, we have Sanchez to take over on the left.

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19 Sep 2017 10:35:49
Things are getting out of control! Every one of RG61's posts seem to attract more thumbs down than an X Factor contestant who hasn't had a death in their family.

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19 Sep 2017 11:38:19
Hi RSharpe, as the thumbs down are usually led by raver61 and Sanago, does it bother me? Not a bit.

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19 Sep 2017 12:50:30
How come I get the blame for the thumbs down. Lanesra used to blame me for that as well and look what's happened to him 😂.

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19 Sep 2017 13:27:55
Sanago, take your thumb out of sharpies ARSEnal.

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19 Sep 2017 14:09:02
That's a thumbs down from me Malaga 😁.

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19 Sep 2017 14:25:02
Malaga, you say that like you want yours to replace his - clarty wee bugger you 😂

RG61, I was simply making an observation. The funny thing is I recently asked for people to thumb down a post I made in tribute and I got like 1 or 2. You seem to get them without even trying and I'm a bit envious.

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19 Sep 2017 15:24:37
It's his wife giving him the thumbs down when she's out with the raver for some light relief. 😉😂.

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19 Sep 2017 16:12:59
She's putting her thumbs down whilst raver is sticking his thumbs up 👍🏻👌🏻☝🏻🖕🏻🖖🏻🐖🗡.

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19 Sep 2017 17:04:05
Those last two emoji's 😂😂😂😂.

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19 Sep 2017 17:09:11
There's no way RG61's bird has any thing to do with raver.

raver gets about in a booster seat in his ma's Subaru while RG61 revs up in a Porsche 911.

Sanogo, there is thumbthing very wrong with you 😂.

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19 Sep 2017 18:02:02
Thnak you Sharpey. I was at the Porsche showroom in Hatfield this afternoon eyeing up a tasty black one year old 991 Turbo to add to the stable, at a mere £150,000. I swear I saw a spotty kid resembling Paul Scholes in the back of a rusty old Subaru, looking enviously towards the showroom, mouthing "Mum, I want one and those, I wish dad had been a gooner". The odd thing about the Subaru was the personalised number plate Nil 1961.
My chauffeur is collecting me in the Bentley tomorrow for the journey to the Emirates and my seats in the Diamond Club. For poor young raver61, it's the bus from Fore Street, Edmonton and the family enclosure with his mum at their new home of failure,

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19 Sep 2017 19:55:51
I'm glad you ate getting chauffeured tomorrow R. G. to the library as i will be burning out the springs on the new 911 Porsche turbo and there will be love juice everywhere on your new back seats tomorrow night with that stunning wife of yours.

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19 Sep 2017 20:42:14
Oh dear raver61, still under the illusion that your mum is MrsRG61. Don't let the authorities find out or you will taken back into care. Apparently you were spotted again today in the back of that rusty death trap, slapping your mum's cellulite riddled thighs and riding in on the ripples, screaming out loud '1961, yes 1961" in that high pitched pre-pubescent squeal of yours.

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19 Sep 2017 21:48:00
Talking about high pitch squeals, when the raver gets the python into full swing I've got to put my ear plugs in with mrs R.G., she told me she wishes Arsenal were playing every night just for me to do the job that you are lacking to do lol.

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20 Sep 2017 00:51:42
I had to spew when you said you were looking at black tasty one year old RG sicko 😷😷😷.

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19 Sep 2017 06:27:09
Tomorrow's match should illustrate the strength of our sqaud as we can play a totally different starting line up from the Chelsea match and still look strong. I hope Reiss Nelson gets to start and not as a WB! He looks the real deal.

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19 Sep 2017 07:44:39
The game against Doncaster will really give us a good indication 😂.

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19 Sep 2017 07:53:42
I think after Sunday no one will mind too much what side Arsene plays.
But your right it would be good to see Nelson get a start RG.

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18 Sep 2017 23:25:02
Many are quick to criticise our contracts team for not doing X or Y despite the fact they run a decent business plus it's down to players / agents if they sign / extend deals.
Pretty sure we don't just forget.

Good to see another potential sign on fee

Ozyakup joined Beskitas from the Gunners in 2012 for just €500,000 but the London club included a clause in the player's contract which meant 30% of his next sale would go to them. ".

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19 Sep 2017 07:51:03
Get in there, back of the shed.

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