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02 Sep 2018 14:30:14
First time poster here:

It’s going to be a long season in my opinion, halfway through Cardiff match and no offence to this Cardiff team they are awful but we are making them look decent and should currently be beating us.

We trying to play out from the back but the 2 cbs and centre mids are just not suited to this in the slightest, xhaka once again awful ball that lead to the goal and can’t understand how he constantly starts.

We just look so nervy all the time and constantly losing the ball in dangerous areas putting us under pressure too often. Another issue and I don’t know if it’s just me but are our players taught to just try and head the ball anywhere possible as it never seems to go to one of our players.

Only positive I see today is lacazette.

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02 Sep 2018 17:14:35
People are aware it's going to take more than one summer to sort this mess out. Emery has his way of playing. Some will adapt and some won't. The ones that won't adapt will slowly be replaced. Another positive not I thought torreira looked good again. Just a matter of time before he starts over xhaka I hope.

03 Sep 2018 08:01:46
Yes, it will no doubt be a long season, for Cardiff.
After a difficult first 2 matches, the next 2 have resulted in 2 wins and 6 goals scored,
I have no doubt the distribution from the keeper and defenders will improve with more training and experience in matches. In January I would expect Emery may bring in a player or two having seen first hand what he has at his disposal and I am sure we may try and sell or release a couple.

05 Sep 2018 17:10:56
Is he anti arsenal now 😂😂😂.

31 Aug 2018 13:45:17
This reported by ESPN today (Honigstein) :
'The former Germany international was sent home early on each of the the two days preceding the West Ham game on the advice of the club doctor. Ozil was prescribed a dose of antibiotics to cure a severe cold that developed into a laryngitis, and attended the match as a spectator. Having recovered from his illness, Ozil has been back in full training ahead of Arsenal's trip to Cardiff City on Sunday.

There has been speculation that Emery planned to bench Ozil or play him in a different position against West Ham, but the idea that the player has lost the manager's confidence appears fanciful in light of a strong relationship that precedes the Spaniard's arrival in North London.

Half-way through last season, before the playmaker renewed his contract with Arsenal, Emery personally tried to convince Ozil to sign for his former club Paris Saint-Germain by outlining his exact tactical plans to him in a face-to-face meeting. '

Ozil is a divisive figure among fans because of his languid style but can we please put to rest the idea that he is a malingerer? We can have our own opinions but here is a journalist who's put his name to a story rubbishing that narrative.

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31 Aug 2018 18:25:05
It seemed nonsense to me, it wouldn't go down very well with whoever sanctioned breaking the bank to keep him (which must of been agreed by most of the top brass to change the wage structure so drastically) if he falls out with him after a couple games, if he then didn't plan on using him regularly I doubt they would be happy paying those wages to a bit part player they obviously expected to be essential. Surely one of his main remits has to be to get the best out of ozil.

31 Aug 2018 19:53:30
" Mesut Ozil misses today's game because of a heavy cold" headline gets neck to no hits but " Ozil storms out of training after row with Emery " headline gets lots of hits.
It doesn't take a genius to work this one out.
Mesut Ozil bashing has become a more popular pastime than sunbathing during the summer heatwave of 2018.

29 Aug 2018 21:47:07
Hi Eds
Will we see any free transfers coming in or exits before 31/ 8?

{Ed002's Note - Reiss Nelson if Hoffenheim agree to Arsenal's request, perhaps some kiddies going on loan.}

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29 Aug 2018 11:41:29
I heard lacca might be going I hope not I'm hoping he starts playing upfront with auba.

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29 Aug 2018 21:15:54
It's possible but I'd guess paper talk and nothing more, no mention of Xhaka or Iwobi going and I guess that's because they've had a poor start to the season and no one would panic if they did leave but Lacasette is looking good so is hit worthy news.

29 Aug 2018 08:21:10
Hi Ed. has Ya ya Toure passed a medical with us?

{Ed001's Note - I don't know who he had the medical with. Just because it took place in London does not mean it is necessarily with a London side.}

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29 Aug 2018 08:38:41
Do we want Yaya?

29 Aug 2018 09:27:46
I still think he would do a job for a season or 2. Ramsey out, move xhaka forward slip Yaya next to guendozi and give him a proper role model to learn from.

29 Aug 2018 10:10:31
Move xhaka forward to where? Front of the job center que lol.

29 Aug 2018 10:30:06
Ya ya could privide the experienced leader we are crying out for:
Bellerin Mustafi Sokratis Monreal
Torreira Toure
Welbeck Ozil Xhaka

Lichtsteiner Holding Mavropanos Kolasinac
Guendouzi Maitland-Niles
Mkhitaryan Ramsey Iwobi

29 Aug 2018 11:45:53
Xhaka would do a job out wide. 👍.

29 Aug 2018 12:21:54
A job. but a bad job out wide, no way could he run the wing.

29 Aug 2018 14:42:32
The only way we would sign yaya is if we are selling some one. I don't see anyone in a rush to buy any of our players. Are we letting xhaka go on a free? I doubt it, we still couldn't get rid.

29 Aug 2018 17:58:10
Apologies, portraying sarcasm over text is difficult. Xhaka would indeed be a poor option out wide.

29 Aug 2018 19:50:58
Or indeed a poor option selling burgers.

29 Aug 2018 21:18:18
There are advantages to playing Xhaka on the wing, less damage done when he gives the ball away plus someone might just mark him making space for others;-)

29 Aug 2018 21:38:09
I've had that problem before Patrick! 😂.

30 Aug 2018 10:26:02
No ones going to mark him.

28 Aug 2018 18:31:32
Hello eds, any idea if reiss Nelson is going out on loan or a permanent deal please?

{Ed002's Note - Hoffenheim are looking for permanent deals and not patches for a year on loan.}

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29 Aug 2018 11:58:06
Thanks Ed, any truth in Lacazette leaving?

{Ed002's Note - To go where?}

29 Aug 2018 13:58:16
Oh never mind, reports were saying he’s angry and what’s to leave.

28 Aug 2018 18:07:01
Nelson to hoffenhaim! Surley not. Any info Eds?

{Ed001's Note - only that he is going there, or should be subject to medical etc. No idea if it is a loan or sale though.}

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28 Aug 2018 19:09:24
If it's a loan it's a very good move, he will learn far more there than playing under 21 football or whatever in this country.

28 Aug 2018 20:38:51
Thanks, yes I agree, I think while we have welbeck we should utilise him and assess nelson when he returns, needs to sign a new deal though I think.

27 Aug 2018 23:33:06
Hi Ed,

Not to be reactionary, but is there actually any market for Ozil?


{Ed002's Note - The club are not looking to sell him but if they were there would need to be an enormous financial shift unless he were to head to China or perhaps the Middle East. Turkish clubs would want him but that would never be viable. The European clubs who can afford him, and there are few, have no interest and in the US he would need to significantly reduce his financial demands. Arsenal went far, far beyond what should have been offered and with the outrageous payments to PEA drove the club in to a difficult area with FFP wages. The club needs to be smarter moving forward and hope they don’t need to be paying off a manager next summer.}

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28 Aug 2018 07:34:02
On a long term £350,000 a week deal, not a chance. Fully agree with Ed002's comments.
Whoever agreed to the deal should be shot!

28 Aug 2018 01:16:52
hi ed do you have any insight in to how come the club keeps getting in to the same predicament and unable or unwilling to renew contracts early so players are entering the last year of their contracts holding all the aces.

{Ed002's Note - Players will not want to sign contracts early without a financial incentive. Any clubs running close to the FFP restictions cannot afford to do that.}

28 Aug 2018 10:38:31
That's worrying that we can't afford to offer early renewals, it's costing much more in the long run, missing out on transfer fees and having to offer even higher wages when it comes to crunch time. Is there a reason we don't normally negotiate 1 year extension options like utd do?

{Ed002's Note - You are worrying unnecessarily about contracts, there has only been an issue in a couple of cases. In terms of affordability at this time, a considerable financial judder was felt with the Oezil contract, HM and PEA earlier this year - regardless of Sanchez leaving.}

29 Aug 2018 02:55:02
Thanks Ed. My question came a bit out of the blue.

20 Aug 2018 13:30:53
Much debate on what Emery needs to do, who he should play etc, but perhaps are we missing the single biggest potential difference he needs to concentrate on, and that's getting Ozil back to his best? With our current attack, getting Ozil back to playing something like what he achieved during his first season, and we will be scoring for fun, whilst alleviating some of the other worries such as our CB pairing or even Xhaka playing?

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20 Aug 2018 20:10:14
Ozil needs to buy in to the way ww play, i'm not going to hold my breath but IF he does, happy days all round.

{Ed002's Note - Willie Wonker?}

20 Aug 2018 21:00:57
The way "we" play. Thank you Ed, damn my sausage fingers.

{Ed002's Note - I prefer Willie Wonker Steve. And I still have a slight fear it will turn out that way.}

21 Aug 2018 17:26:40
The problem is that we have very few players that would be capable of getting into the squads of the top four teams:
None of our keepers
None of our defenders: I would have said Bellerin, but he has been poor for a long while.
Midfield: Torreira, Guendouzi, perhaps Ramsey although I'm not convinced
Attack: Aubameyang and perhaps Lacazette.
Not a single player of ours would get anywhere near a Premier League best eleven. This shows the magnitude of the job Emery has.

21 Aug 2018 18:59:19
RG, i think the truth is wenger left a squad of players where probably only 4 or 5 are actually top four potential everyday performers, the rest are either not good enough or just too inconsistent.

21 Aug 2018 21:59:42
I think it's a case of working out what can be salvaged from what Dick inherited and then adding to that over the next two windows to form an 11 to 15 man reliable squad for next season bolstered by the best of the rest Steve mate.
It won't happen over night:-)

22 Aug 2018 09:22:21
It shouldn't be a case of our individuals getting into a pl eleven. We need to work as a team first as that is the most important thing. That may mean some bigger names not playing week in week out. Look at Leicester, Wales and Iceland in the euros. Its a team attitude that wins titles.

22 Aug 2018 13:45:57
Ahh Willy Wonker Ed002. A great right of childhood passage was to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a brilliant book (and decent film, but only the original staring Gene Wilder not the utter trash made by Tim Burton) . With all the smut and adult like content constantly forced on children these days, what could be better than a harmless family story about a strange hermit like man who either chooses to lock himself in a factory with only a workforce of child like people for company, or who when he does finally emerge into the world only looks to befriend children. Now that's more like it, good harmless family fun.!

22 Aug 2018 20:30:18
EG, i would be very wary of anyone with a name like Willie Wonker, especially around children.

25 Aug 2018 00:58:50
Late to the post on this. But I have a strong feeling Dick has a half idea who he wants to keep and who to let go. I think the ones the jury’s out on he wanted to give enough rope to hang themselves with so he can eventually bin them with no resistance.
Cech who has my sympathy, is having to re-adjust and it could prove difficult due to his age.
And the likes of Xhaka et all, were played last season even though they were dump but still have that flicker of hope that, it was the coaching, that there was room for improvement.
Hopefully Dick will be given the freedom and he has the fortitude to bin the ones he believes offer no long term benefit.
Then I think we will see the likes of Torreria and Leno.

29 Aug 2018 13:37:21
I think the thing to remember about Cech is he is still a very good keeper, and has already made some important saves for us. Also, his experience behind the dodgy defense should not be underestimated. Currently, i think this more than makes up for the lack of distribution skills and is probably why he is still being played over Leno.

13 Aug 2018 12:33:56
Don’t know about anyone else but yesterday was embarrassing, i am fuming with the line up, why on earth are we scared to play Man City at home, we should have gone at them like Liverpool did and Liverpool weren’t scared to do it either! I know it’s only one game but we are home and should have gone for it.

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13 Aug 2018 14:08:44
Liverpool has a speedy front 3 - we only have Auba. Mkhi and Ozil aren't wingers - putting them against Mendy and Walker means they've to track back a lot making them sitting ducks.
We're not strong enough defensively to play a 4-4-2 with Laca and Auba plus most of our players from last season still lack confidence and have an inferiority complex vs Mancity.

13 Aug 2018 14:53:06
I don't think you can slate the team too much It going to take time for Emery to stamp his authority and methods on the team and take a couple of transfer windows at least to get all the personel he wants. As a squad overall we lack natural wide players all our midfielders are central based and our fullbacks are quite poor in offering delivery when out wide and often leave us exposed also. I think until we get proper wide men we should go to 3-5-2 (3-2-3-2 it be more precise) but focus on our central core strength and not use the fullbacks as wingbacks as that is our main weak area.

Use Lacazette and Aubu to pull out wide when required when attacking with their pace and energy to get any crosses in from one particular side of play. In my view there is no point is using fullbacks/ wingbacks to take up two spaces to try and cover a weak area when it would still be exposed anyway against the good teams with them in anyway as they are too poor defensivly anyway even in
back 4.

14 Aug 2018 07:51:56
Yeah me too mate, I'm surprised we haven't won the league yet this season, absolutely embarrassing.

{Ed0333's Note - WENGER IN!!!!

14 Aug 2018 19:51:51
It was embarrassing the line up just made me laugh.

15 Aug 2018 08:58:07
To be fair id say the reaction from most of our fans is embarrassing. Give it time even pep had to take time to work things out.

15 Aug 2018 16:34:36
Trust the process lads, I had questions about the lineup as well but Emery needs time to evaluate and put his stamp on the team's identity.

We literally could not have had a tougher opener (maybe City away lol) so let's get behind the team.

15 Aug 2018 23:16:40
Crybaby, I’m surprised the board didn’t appoint you as Wengers replacement, give Dick a chance, he can hardly see what he’s got in friendlies, the PL is where he we realise the squads potential.

16 Aug 2018 06:58:42
Patience is necessary as massive changes are taking place at the club.
In Emery's defence, the team I selected before the City match had only one change from the actual team selected.
Against Chelsea I would be more pragmatic and select:
Lichtsteiner Mustafi Sokratis Monreal
Ramsey Elneny Torreira Xhaka
Lacazette Aubameyang

The midfield would be far more workmanlike, whilst the twin strikers could cause Chelsea problems.

17 Aug 2018 00:36:15
xhaka out on the wing again? no thanks.

18 Aug 2018 04:20:15
Pretty sure Emery mentioned that he didn't like the passing when we were in 4-4-2 formation during preaeason.

Hoping to see Auba out wide and Laca through the middle with Torreira given a start.

Anyone know if Monreal is fit to start? If not, Lichsteiner would have to play there.

18 Aug 2018 07:04:11
@JW - In my line up, Xhaka wouldn't be played on the wing, he would be on the left of a midfield four, which is very different.
I agree with AA23 that Emery is highly unlikely to play 4-4-2, although I believe there is an argument in playing it against the likes of City and Chelsea in order to play with two banks of 4 to provide protection.
Assuming Emery continues with a 4-3-3 formation, which seems likely, I would expect a team along the following lines:
Bellerin Mustafi Sokratis Lichtsteiner (Monreal on the bench)
Ramsey Torreira Xhaka
Ozil Aubameyang Mkhitaryan

Although I wouldn't be at all surprised if he plays Guendouzi and drops either Mkhitaryan or Ozil.
So the midfield three and attacking three as follows:
Guendouzi Torreira Xhaka
Ramsey Aubameyang Ozil.

21 Aug 2018 14:25:47
I agree with this RG61, and I expect more changes to be made in the coming transfer windows. It appears to me as though the entire team is under evaluation at the moment, with no favorites being given special treatment.

I think we will keep with 4-3-3 and have the flexibility to switch to a 4-1-4-1 for greater protection.

My only question is Ramsey. We can't afford another Alexis saga and if a good offer comes in I would be tempted to sell, depending on what type of replacement is available. Bitter sweet for me, as AR8 has had great moments here but no one is bigger than the team.


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