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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?


1.) 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?}

2.) 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.}

3.) 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.

4.) 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.

5.) 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:-)

6.) 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.

7.) 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.!

8.) 22 Aug 2018 20:30:18
EG, i would be very wary of anyone with a name like Willie Wonker, especially around children.

9.) 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.

10.) 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.



10 Aug 2016 15:02:50
Ok, so i am no ITK, but i caught up with an old friend recently who knows someone who knows someone who supposedly works at Arsenal and regularly sits in on meetings with Ivan Gazidis. So the story is that Ivan and the board only have 1 actual target (forward, no mention of CB) and are expecting two things to happen that they believe will result in the target becoming available. The first is for Chelsea to re-sign Lukaku, who then will allow Costa to leave. He will go to Athletico Madrid who in turn will allow Griezman to leave, who is the true target. Personally I don't believe this is true, as even if he did become available we would only bid £12.50 and a kitkat versus Chelsea and Barcelona and Bayern all bidding £80 million, but that's what i heard anyway, and as the saying goes you pays your money and you takes your choice!


1.) 10 Aug 2016 16:07:32
Stop being ridiculous.

2.) 10 Aug 2016 16:58:41
A lot of people are making the Costa to Atleti, Griezmann to us link.

Only signed a new deal this year, release is probably into the Pogba regions and I can't see them selling him for anything less than it.

I can't even see them signing Costa either, they already have Griezmann, Torres and Gameiro.

Even if they were open to letting him go, I can't see us being the only club to move for him, as you say.

That being said, I personally expect this exact rumour to pop up in the media shortly, it's almost panic season!

3.) 10 Aug 2016 17:51:04
I know someone, who knew a man who lived next to a boy who watched Arsenal last season . Apparently we have money in the bank


4.) 10 Aug 2016 17:57:12
Ed i know its not going to happen but any interest from us for lewandowski?

{Ed001's Note - do you think Arsenal would be willing to break the transfer fee record? If not, why even ask?}

5.) 10 Aug 2016 18:09:17
I didn't know it will be that much, i thought it would be around 60 million.

{Ed001's Note - why would they let the best centre forward in the world go for less than Higuain when Bayern have no need or desire to sell?}

6.) 10 Aug 2016 18:28:03
Apex seriously come on now 😂.

7.) 10 Aug 2016 18:53:40
I've come to the conclusion our friend Apex is actually Arsene in disguise.

As soon as one of the Ed's confirms a player would be interested in Arsenal, in he'll swoop with the pound!

8.) 10 Aug 2016 19:56:32
I wish I lived in Apex's world.

9.) 10 Aug 2016 20:11:23
Who knows Wenger maybe mad enough to do it.

10.) 10 Aug 2016 23:48:21
Some info regarding griezmann on the european page if anyones interested.

11.) 11 Aug 2016 09:48:29
looks like the offer for mahrez if lequipe are to be taken seriously is 41 mill and 9 mill in bonus, they quote in euros, so not sure if true as most transfers within this country would be in pounds.

guess that would be a lot of money to make for leicester and a massive profit, but i guess with every team flush with cash no need to sell.

12.) 11 Aug 2016 11:44:47
Hello ed, sky sports germany are reporting that a deal between arsenal and valencia is close regarding mustafi, any truth in this at all?

13.) 11 Aug 2016 11:54:28
Just to add to my post, the agent also said that a deal is imminent which is why I'm asking.

{Ed001's Note - not that I am aware of. Though he is available, I am not aware of any change in the situation. Clearly the agent is trying to remind people he is for sale....}




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26 Aug 2018 14:28:40
What was clear yesterday is that Guendouzi has already become a fan favourite after just two games. Yes, at times yesterday he got exposed and perhaps looked a little out his depth, but he plays with his heart on his sleeve and the crowd lap it up. Personally I do think our current formation is putting a massive strain on him, and I would like to see us play a midfield 3 with Torreira coming in to back him and Xhaka.


1.) 26 Aug 2018 14:33:57
EG, his problem is, he is pressing, his mate isnt, that's why he gets exposed. His tackle and interseptions rate is so high because of that. That can't be said of others. It amazes me how people can't see the problems are players not playing to the team orders and tactics are causing defensive problems.

2.) 26 Aug 2018 15:53:44
It's easy to read something into people's words they didn't mean but on motd last night Aaron said in his post match interview " the high press is what he wants " not what the boss wants or the manager wants but what he wants.
I could be a million miles off target here but it did sound resentful to me like Ramsey wasn't on board with our new system at all.

3.) 26 Aug 2018 16:45:34
Gunner ramsey to me has looked like a player who is not on board with the tactics or just playing his own game. He hasn't looked good so far, only in small cameos.

4.) 26 Aug 2018 16:53:59
For me Xhaka wasn't the problem yesterday Steve he was as exposed as Guendozi. The problem was Ramsey, Iwobi and Miti who contributed absolutely nothing to the teams defense. Ramsey may have talked about pressing after the match but I think he needs to watch a video on pressing as what he tried was pathetic. For me the balance is wrong, with the 3 attacking midfielders just not contributing enough going forward to compensate for the lake of defensive abilities. I would rather see 3 up top, playing both Lacca and Auby with Miki or Ozil competing for the other place, and playing the 3rd central midfielder instead.

5.) 26 Aug 2018 17:13:34
EG, I've said my bit on xhaka, but i disagree with myki, i actually thought he pressed and worked his position well. Again, it goes unoticed because he isn't being supported. He probably plays it well because he played that type of game for klopp. My opinion is he had a decent game yesterday. He made mistakes like most but i thought his team play when we didn't have the ball was good.

6.) 26 Aug 2018 17:35:54
I agree with you there Steve, he had a very good game yesterday and was by far the best of the attacking midfield, both in work rate and attacking. For me though, for what Ramsey or Iwobi contributed towards the performance was poor, and I think one of those positions needs to be sacrificed for an extra midfielder, especially for the next 2 away games.

7.) 26 Aug 2018 17:48:41
EG iwobi has had his one good game a season all ready. Lol.

8.) 26 Aug 2018 18:50:28
Just had a look at mykis stats, he attempts about 3.5 tackles a game, which is one of the highest in our forward line. Lacca was highest, interesting.

9.) 26 Aug 2018 19:33:14
Change is happening for the first time in over 20 years at Arsena, some we will like immediately some we won't.
We've not had radical change for so long it's going to take us time to accept everything that comes with it.
Under Arsene we went from being supreme to being adequate to being inadequate and were unquestionably in steady decline, it's taken Liverpool and Klopp 2 and half years to get back to being potentially competive and in football terms that's warp speed as United fans will tell anyone.

10.) 26 Aug 2018 19:44:04
62 - if we are to write off 2 seasons which is what I expect and happy with, let’s do the long term changes now. How many of our starting 11 has actually changed and of the players signed - how many will be in the side in year 3 and 4. Not Socrates or the right back. Let’s get a youthful side and start building. If we come 6th - would rather do that with a team that can grow than a team that will be dismantled two years later.

Just think our current plan and expectations have again been poorly communicated by the club and board

Most businesses or teams wouldn’t survive like that as they need to keep their customer or investors up to date with what’s going on.

11.) 26 Aug 2018 20:17:49
It would be brilliant if Dick came out and gave us a game plan
Like this season is all about finding out what I've got
Next summer will be about letting go of who can't adapt and brining in the type of players we need.
Next season will be where the journey really gets started and this season is mainly about prep work.
But would people really be any happier if he did or would people prefer to hope for unrealistic quick fix champions league spot this time round.
Liverpool and City are extremely highly likely to take up 2 of the 4 spots available, Spurs and United are way further down and although Chelsea have a new manager too they were runaway champions 15 months ago.
Top isn't and never was a realistic option for this season it's next season we really need to be well back in the top 4 race.



25 Aug 2018 23:23:47
Well I know a wins a win so to speak but I have to say, for about 60 minutes of the game we were utter, utter garbage. I have never heard an Emirates crowd begging the ref to blow the whistle like I did today, and sadly, that was only for half time. If we continue to play like that we will concede a ton of goals, and I can't see us winning any away games. The worse thing about the game today was that for large periods we looked just like a Wenger team. Too many players ahead of the ball player, all static, and narrow. This means no overlaps, and if we lose the ball, everyone is on the wrong side, so the opposition gets a free run at our defense. Whether we gave West Ham the ball outside their box, inside their box, or just about anywhere on the pitch, within about 2 passes they were in. One easy answer to the question how do we squeeze Miki, Ramsey, Ozil, in the same team, is we don't. Firstly Ramsey was shocking today, but more importantly the 4-2-3-1 doesn't work when none of the 3 either track back or try and tackle. Pressing is one thing, but not if you don't actually try and tackle as well, you are just going through the motion. I know there is the usual Xhaka bashing today, but he actually wasn't the problem today. For me if you want to play a 19 year old in midfield alongside Xhaka, then you need to play a 3rd midfielder to cover. We looked so much more balanced when Torra came on. On the positive side Lacca looked good, and I think we have to try and get both Lacca and Auby playing together. Overall slightly shocked at most of our play today, with sprinkles of optomism, assuming that our set up must surely improve going forward.


1.) 26 Aug 2018 00:42:52
It looks a mishmash right now mate I agree, I guess we have to take comfort in the fact that City in Peps first season looked chaotic at times and this time last season everyone was talking about how weak Liverpool were at the back.
I'm not saying it will work out for us like Liverpool and City only that it's still early days and Liverpool and City fans must have been worried in Pep and Jurgen first season in charge at some of their formations performance and obvious weaknesses.

2.) 26 Aug 2018 07:48:39
Great to get a win today and a much needed 3 points. It is still early days for Emery and I'm sure he knows the squad needs adjustments during the January window.
As I stated before the game, we cannot play Iwobi, Mkhitaryan and Ozil in the team, in fact only one of them should even be considered in the starting 11.
We are still suffering from having little or no cover for the full backs.
Against Cardiff, perhaps:
Lichtsteiner Mustafi Sokratis Monreal
Torreira Xhaka
Guendouzi Ramsey Aubameyang
Lichtsteiner Mustafi Sokratis Monreal
Torreira Guendouzi
Bellerin Ramsey Xhaka

In the PL it is extremely difficult to justify playing players in the midfield three that cannot track back and defend. If Iwobi is selected, we may as well play Aubameyang or Welbeck in his place on the left of the midfield three, as he offers no more defensively than either of these forwards, who both offer more offensively.
I cannot see a long term future at the club, under Emery, for Iwobi, Ozil and Mkhitaryan.

3.) 26 Aug 2018 09:10:22
I'm finding it difficult to guess what Dick will do as soon far he doesn't seem to address obvious problems but simply plough on with his ideas but isn't afraid to make an early substitution when he isn't happy.
With 2 man defence we are going to be involved in a lot of 50/ 50 shoot outs where we create and conceed lots and lots of chances each and every game like spinning a coin and callings heads or tails as to who will take the most chances.
Dick talks about controlling games but we look to be completely freewheeling at the moment and have about as much control as a child has over its ballance after being spun for an hour at full speed on a roundabout.

4.) 26 Aug 2018 10:07:35
I believe that, with the correct personnel, Emery's system can function, but at present with the likes of Ozil, Iwobi and Ramsey a strong press is nigh on impossible. I would be far happier too see our defensive line deeper, to stop opponents getting in behind the defence and I would like to see Lichtsteiner play at RB, possible in the short term with Bellerin played ahead of him. I am a huge fan of a fluid 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 formation, played so successfully in the first half of Wenger's time at the club.
With today's squad, we could play:
Lichtsteiner Mustafi Sokratis Monreal
Bellerin Torreira Xhaka Kolasinac
Lacazette Aubameyang

Using a creative midfield player or two at home or against weaker opponents, replacing the more defensive wide players.

5.) 26 Aug 2018 10:37:54
It's no good trying to make pancakes if you don't have eggs and flour
If all you have is a loaf of bread and a tin of beans your options are limited until you go shopping for new ingredients.
For any system to work it needs the right personel to work within it and what is possible at City and Liverpool after 2 to 3 seasons of finding and blending the right ingredients isn't going to be possible with an unbalanced poor Arsenal squad instantly.
If we carry on as we are with who we currently have available then we will definitely finish 6th to 10th this season which wouldn't worry me that much IF it means we let go of those who don't fit and bring in players who do fit into Dicks system for next season starting.

6.) 26 Aug 2018 12:09:42
I certainly wouldn’t call it a great win, it’s 3 points that’s all that matters. WH had their chances, we are still the same defensively IMO

Let’s see how we fair away to Cardiff next who as yet haven’t scored a goal. I will wager that changes next week.

But in saying the above Dick needs time.

7.) 26 Aug 2018 14:16:44
Agree BG a great three points, not a great win.

8.) 26 Aug 2018 17:53:42
I think everyone knows in reality it was a very welcome win rather than a great win.
We are going to have fasten our seat belts and hold on tight for a while as this season isn't going to be an easy ride to enjoy at times.
Dicks ways might be proved right or wrong long term but whicheverway it goes over the next couple of seasons it's whst we've got and we simply have to see it through.
Dicks got an awful lot of work to do to make his ideas work at Arsenal and only time will tell us if he's capable of making us a success again and we won't know that until at least next season, this season is a cup season at best much like last season but the only difference is what is being tried now is new apposed to last seasons and the season before that and decade of groundhog.



08 Jun 2018 16:10:59
So i see Leicester have announced the signing of Jonny Evans for the much publicised bargain basement fee of £3.5 million. This is the same player and fee constantly linked by the press with hard up Arsenal, and yet he signs for someone else with no mention he was stolen from under our nose! Another reminder to not believe anything you read in the press in regards to our supposed transfer targets or our so called limited transfer budget. If we genuinely have little or no money to spend then why didn't we go in for him!


1.) 08 Jun 2018 17:12:33
Wenger was apparently interested in him, Emery obviously isnt.

2.) 08 Jun 2018 17:42:55
Hopefully this means we are not looking for cheap solutions but the right solutions at the best price available.
So far we have shown real (non media hype) interest in only 3 players one we've signed, one we look almost certain to sign Papawhatever and the young lad from psg who works at Aldi.
If we are only interested in bringing in certain players who fit the jigsaw Emery is putting together well then that's fine by me whether they are freebies or what ever, huge fees never excited me much I'd rather sign the player regardless of fee than try to impress people by spending for the sake of it.
Next May only points will matter and £s will be totally irrelevant as to whether the new management team has done well or not.
75 plus points will have us all :-)

3.) 08 Jun 2018 18:02:16
I would think we have papawasarollingstone all tied up and he is one of two maybe in defence.

4.) 08 Jun 2018 18:53:58
Papawasarollingstone:-) love it Steve :-)

5.) 08 Jun 2018 20:25:44
Papawasarollingstone 😂😂😂.



21 May 2018 13:59:09
So not sure if this has been done already, but is DagenhamGooner (or Dags MkII) the legitimate/ illegitimate child of Dags (or Dags Mk I) . Dags, can you clear this up?


1.) 21 May 2018 17:47:48
Seeing as I'm much better looking, more hunkier, sexier, suaver, smmother, more sophisticated, more dapper, more cooler, funnier and just more damn smarter than MK11, I would just like to state that MK11 did not come from the loins of MK1.

Hope this clears things up mate 😁.

2.) 21 May 2018 18:03:50
Twins, just like in the movie. One of them is Danny Devito.

{Ed001's Note - I am going to guess dags 1 is de Vito.}

3.) 21 May 2018 18:21:56
No way Funnier Dags 1, Dags 2 told a joke last week and people belly laughed rather than groaned.
The rest of your claims are debatable and a matter of opinion but Dags 2 is the unrivalled King of comedy on this page:-)

4.) 21 May 2018 20:04:42



04 May 2018 15:15:47
So we were all hoping that last nights performance was going to be a fitting finale for Arsene's career at Arsenal, which was going to lead to a fairytail ending. Ok, so we didn't get the fairytail ending, but sadly, on hindsight, i think that performance was more than a fitting performance in representing the 2nd half of Arsene's spell. We showed no real desire to force a result, had plenty of ball but failed to make the opposition keeper sweat, switched off a few minutes before half time (worse than an under 9's team) , and had players who seemed to take no responsibility for what they could have achieved. I have genuinely believe we have the players to achieve more than we are (which is starting to wane) , but i really hope that whoever comes in as our new manager, puts a major squib up everyone of their rich pampered derriere's, and makes them play for their shirt.


1.) 04 May 2018 15:37:10
There isn't a single player at the club who if they asked to leave would bother me, PEA yes we have high hopes for and he is quality but I wouldn't be devastated if he left.
I know Sanogo has a thing for Jack and lots of us still want Mesut to be what he was before he arrived but I've never known the fans to feels such little connection to an Arsenal squad.
Fans favourite?
And as for player of the season surely they wouldn't have the cheek to try and pass any of them off as such and even if they did I think trading standards might have something to say about it and make use more accurate words like least worst player of the season.

2.) 04 May 2018 16:25:22
Yes G62, certainly a small pool for player of the year that's for sure! Probably for me, i would have to go for Cech. I am always bias towards keepers anyway, but despite him being a long way from his best now days, i don't see him responsible for the frequent debacles he witnesses in front of him, and he still seems to carry an authority and calmness.

3.) 04 May 2018 19:46:27
Have to disagree. Although he has Laurel and Hardy and the Chuckle brothers playing in front of him, Cech has made quite a few costly errors all on his own. He is not the keeper he was, and although in my opinion, he shouldn't be the first out the door, he isn't too far down that long list. A new keeper is a must for me.




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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.




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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.!




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08 Aug 2018 12:16:17
I would imagine that if Mr kipling and Betty Crocker ever "got together" they would make exceedingly good kids?


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07 Aug 2018 10:24:06
She makes good cakes ed. Oh hang on, that's Betty Crocker isn't it.!




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08 May 2018 17:22:57
I am a bit more mixed on these players as in my heart I would love to see them all do well in our shirt, but you know deep down that there is nothing different between them and all the other nearly players we have had in the team over the years, if they weren't playing for us, they would probably be a nothing special player plying their trade at a smaller club in another league, just like a Vela, Gnabry, or Reyes etc. I mean that they all go on to be OK players for their standard, but they certainly don't set the world alight wherever they end up, and as Steve says, we need more than that if we are to compete at our level. In Economics you have a wonderful thing called opportunity cost, in that its not what taking option A gives you, its more by taking A, what is the cost of not taking option B or C etc. IMO, this is exactly the principal every club should take with their transfers, and their existing personnel. So sadly, I just see the likes of Iwobi as our current option A, and the longer they stay, I fear it stops us getting to option B or C. In real terms this means no squad space (or financial resources) to go sign players who may really make a difference, or no real opportunity for other promising players currently further down the pecking order, such as a Maitland-Niles or Rene-Adelaide.





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25 Oct 2018 14:23:40
For me the main issue with Xhaka is as long as he plays he stops the development of others already at the club who can play the same position, such as Maitland-Niles, or even worse, stops us going out and getting better. I would take 15m for him and hand it over to Rabiot as a signing on fee in a heartbeat.




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11 Sep 2018 13:40:27
Perhaps another option is to get away from the whole limited club option if you want to play for England. Players seem to feel the need to play at the big clubs where, as we can see, they won't get a regular game. Perhaps if young english players saw more of their type being picked for England, despite the fact they they play for clubs such as Burnley, Southampton and even Norwich, maybe they would be encouraged to stay and grow within their own club rather than jumping straight to a big club too early.
Also though, i think another main issue that needs addressing is the whole way we go about coaching in schools and at youth level in this country. I pick on coaching as I see absolutely no reason why english youngsters, on average, should be any better or worse than their European counterparts, and yet what we continue to see is that they are worse, if based on looking at their representation in Premier League clubs first XI's. This is already different to other sports, where England either matches other countries (cricket, Rugby etc) , or punches well above its weight (athletics) . Therefore are they being coached correctly from an early age? I ask this as a friend told me a story about a friend of his, who has his coaching badges, and who trains/ coaches youth football in England. Evidently he got invited to go over to Holland to see/ participate coaching at a similar level and age. As the game got underway he started running up and down the touchline barking orders and advising technique to individuals. At the end of the match the Dutch coaches were evidently horrified at his attempt at coaching. They were completely baffled why a coach would still be micro managing children of this age how to control, pass and play, something the coaches said they had learned to do many, many years previous, and even if not, its a bit late now. They saw their coaching role so differently, more as supplying overall advice, for example, if the winger struggled to beat the full back, they would talk and work with that winger with techniques and suggestions on how he could change that situation, from a physical positional awareness and from a psychology perspective. This seems to be at a completely different level to us, and therefore I wonder if this needs to be addressed in this country?




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06 Sep 2018 17:38:48
I think a 6/ 10 is a fair initial score. Plus points are seeing a manager actually standing on the touchline barking orders, making positive and early substitutions, and trying to play attractive attacking football. Minus points include sticking with 'failure' players such as Xhaka and Iwobi when you identified and signed players to address these very same deficiencies, and some comical defending. The good news is the positive aspects are permanent, and the negatives are temporary, so hopefully that score will continue to climb.




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03 Sep 2018 13:19:56
We all seem to have this obsession with Xhaka not being a good DM or a decent shield for the defence, which is correct. However i would also say I don't think he has ever been a proper DM and perhaps to judge him purely on this is slightly incorrect. This is partly based on his role at previous clubs before Arsenal and for Switzerland, where for the latter he plays as the deep lying midfielder rather than DM. Also, despite our obsession, no one seems to moan about some of our other midfielders lack of defensive qualities, such as Ramsey, who is arguably even more useless in protecting the back 4 than Xhaka. Also Chelsea signed Jorghinio in the summer, who i can't help noticing is successfully playing the deep lying midfield role (as Xhaka should be) , but yet I not aware of any Chelsea fans or pundits moaning about his lake of bite or protection for their defence. Is it because he is putting in big tackles that i missed, or is it perhaps because he is just playing alongside the best midfielder in the premiership in Kante, who can do the serious defensive work, and allow Jorghinio to get on with his role of being the ball carrier and distributor (Chelsea fans feel free to contribute here) ? Therefore perhaps we should at least partner Xhaka with Torreira for a while so he can get on with being the deep lying midfielder whilst Torreira acts as the DM sweeping up behind? I think I would at least prefer to judge Xhaka on his performance in this role rather than as a DM (and TBH, he probably still isn't good enough but at least we gave it a go! ) .




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28 Aug 2018 13:06:10
I am generally not a fan of the so called 3-5-2 as it really is a 5-3-2 unless you play two attacking players as the wingbacks rather than fullbacks. However, watching the game on Saturday I think it makes sense currently, as we probably should sacrifice an attacking player to make space for a defender, which i think will give us a better balance. let's be honest, you could easily remove Iwobi from the team and replace with Holding, and it wouldn't really make much difference to us as an attacking threat, but probably would contribute more to our defense. I would also like to see Lacca and Auby up front together but you then have the issue of having lots of (expensive) players competing for the 1 attacking midfielder spot (Ramsay, Miki and Ozil) ? In fact currently, with us being so fragile i could argue that we should sacrifice all 3, especially in the next 2 away games, and play a slightly more solid (on paper) midfield 3 of Torreira, Xhaka and Ghouzi.