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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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13 Feb 2019 14:34:04
Started thinking the other day about how we miss having fullbacks the quality of Dixon and Winterburn in our side. Their type would surely help our current defence. That got me thinking more though, and the way we play these days, and in fact the way football has gone, with the use of wingbacks, would they, as "traditional" style fullbacks putting defence first, even play for us now, and even if they did, with the massively increased work load shoved onto the "wingback", would their careers have lasted anything like as long as it did, or would they have been burnt out much sooner? I think all our expectations of the full back has changed. A mate of mine used to hate Sagna, purely because "he could never beat the full back" on attack! I used to have to remind him that Sagna was our right back and screaming past the oppo full back wasn't really his primary role, and if that's want he wants from a full back we might as well play Walcott in that position (which actually got me thinking maybe Walcott could have played as wing back!, like Ashley Young does for Man Utd? ) . However, i actually think that Dixon and Winterburn were also extremely effective in attack, perhaps even more so than the likes of the modern wing back like Bellerin. So they might not of scored as many goals as the modern wingbacks (still remember the Winterburn thunderbolt versus Chelsea though) but for me the difference is they were much better at supporting an existing winger, rather than being the winger themselves. In a less is more type role, and just as the likes of Frank Lampard was so successful in timing his run into the box, so were Dixon and Winterburn at choosing the right time to go forward and overlap the winger and create chances. Maybe we again need some players who put their primary defensive role first, with any other skills elsewhere on the pitch just an added bonus?


1.) 13 Feb 2019 15:17:20
I agree Epping fullbacks are primarily defenders who help our with attack not the other way round.
Personally my Ideal would be 5 at the back but fullbacks who supplement the attack and the central CB being very comfortable on the ball with decent pace enabling him to play both sweeper when opponents have the ball and DM when we attack freeing up our central midfielders to join the attack in a
5 2 1 2 formation.
You would need to bring in or develope the right personel but it's very effective system if done right.
Maybe Chambers could be our DM/ Sweeper because although I haven't really seen much of him at Fulham I'm reading good stuff about him, also I've always thought David Luis would be an ideal Sweeper/ DM mix in that system too.

2.) 14 Feb 2019 04:05:32
Sagna was incredibly underrated. Interesting stat, we played aerial goal kicks to Sagna more than any other player before Giroud arrived.

Worth mentioning here that Wenger often played with a rotating defence rather than an interlocking one. What I mean by this is that he often favoured one attacking FB and a defensive one. For example when Cole/ Clichy would move up the pitch, the left CB would move across to cover, the right CB would follow, and Sagna would stay back and tuck inside. He reversed this when Bellerin broke through and Monreal became our defensive fullback.

For a while we played a more interlocking style with both fullbacks Monreal and Bellerin playing more attacking, and then Coquelin would drop back almost to CB positions, allowing the CBs to cover the space vacated by Bellerin/ Monreal's attacks. We then became incredibly poor at defending when we kept attacking like usual and played Xhaka in Coquelin's position leading to constantly seeing Koscielny exposed alone at the back.

The reason Bellerin's been much more defensive the past couple seasons is because we've been playing Kolasinac who plays almost as a winger and Xhaka isn't able to drop back like a DM. Unfortunately defending isn't the biggest part of Bellerin's game, probably still has nightmares of getting skinned by Douglas Costa, but he's improving.



24 Jan 2019 18:34:02
I see we remained in the top 10 of the Deloitte Football Money League, coming in at 9th place based on our 2017 revenue. Interestingly, we were the only team in the top 10 to see revenue drop from 2016 to 2017, which has caused us to slip from 6th place in 2016. This shows how missing out on CL football starts to bite, and if we want to keep our place in the top 10, and if our owner wants to see the value of his investment increase, we need to up our ambition and get back into the CL sharpish. I know there is much debate about our owner and his spending, but for me, a good example of where we currently are is Juventus, who despite having less revenue than us (they came in 11th place) in my opinion, act like, and are, a much bigger club, having signed the likes of Ronaldo (cant be on peanuts) and now, probably Ramsey, and who have a much better first XI than us. This despite their lower revenue, meaning their overall player salary bill has to be lower than ours to comply with FFP? Perhaps we can't compete will some of the other clubs in the top 10, but for our owner to think we can maintain our place in European football by spending very little is surely at best naive, or worst suicidal?


{Ed002's Note - That is not how the FFP works for wages.}

1.) 24 Jan 2019 19:47:17
Not being funny but are Juve the best example of how to do things?
Weren't they demoted once?
I'm not saying their current board are the same sort of people as the ones who got the club demoted but if their income is less than ours yet they can spent much more on wages and fees then, and it's only a question but are they doing everything by the book or have they possibly found a loophole or an alternative way around things?

{Ed002's Note - Of course not.}

2.) 24 Jan 2019 20:12:51
If something appears to good to be true then? It might possibly not be quite what it seems to be from the outside.
Maybe it is, Maybe it isn't all it appears to be but when it comes to following rules not all Clubs see themselves as equals.

3.) 24 Jan 2019 20:26:50
Juve signing Ronaldo is very short term thinking and a lot of their squad are older. If they achieve their goals in the next two years, it was a good decision but even if they do or dont, it will cost them dearly in other ways for the future. They have signed to win the CL and that's all. They were already winning the scilleto (excuse my spelling) every year and domestic cups.

{Ed002's Note - He may well be gone in Januray 2020.}

4.) 24 Jan 2019 20:53:08
Im guessing, that may have something to do with China, David Beckham or jail Ed02? Or maybe coming to Arsenal. Lol.

5.) 25 Jan 2019 11:36:37
Ignore the whole demotion over fraud/ game fixing thing, they are in Italy, where your almost fined for not getting involved in extra circular activities! However, my point stands, in that Juventus may only be number 11 on the list, but they act like they are a top 5 team. OK so they won't win the CL this year, but they should get through to the later stages, which currently puts them far ahead of the "bigger" team that came number 9 on the list. We on the other hand, seem to be preparing for life as a top 20 team, rather than having any ambition to get back to number 6 on the list or even better, which will happen if your successful. Hopefully with Kronke's NFL team getting through to the final of the Superbowl it will ignite some sort of realization in him that its much better for the the self esteem and wallet in owning successful sports teams rather than also rans.

6.) 25 Jan 2019 13:09:54
We will drop out of the top 10 soon with our ridiculous policy. Most of the teams in the top 10 have had serious investment.

Barca, real and bayern will always get bigger because they are fan-run clubs whose main objective is to win trophies which in turn attracts commercial partners which in turn drives commercial revenue.

One interesting fact, do you know Barcelona were not even in the top 10 in the year 2004?. Newcastle had more revenue than barca. So the obvious question is how did they jump up that high?

It is obvious trophies and loads of them. How do you win trophies then? Having good management and a good team. We don't have a good team and we need to sign good players and that means we need ownership investment. Will kroenke do that? I don't think so hence i expect us to fall farther behind.



21 Jan 2019 14:41:10
Not sure if already covered but i thought our formation really worked well at the weekend. Not always a big fan of the 4-4-2 "diamond" formation but i thought it best matched the players we have. It allows us to play 3 in central midfield with Torreira and Guendouzi adding the energy, and which i thought really helped protect the back 4, and helped snuff out Chelsea's midfield. Ramsey worked well in the hole, adding more energy and some defensive cover when required, but ultimately in the team to support the front 2. Also, going forward, you could easily see Ozil or Miti playing in that position instead of Ramsey, as having the extra protection of 3 midfielders may help Ozil, allowing him to concentrate more on supporting our attack, without the pressure to fully engage in our defense. Finally, this formation allows us to play both Lacca and Aubey, with both being able to play more central, where they do the most damage (oh and it also prevents us having to play Iwobi, who was again extremely poor when he came on) . A few issues with the formation, we were still very narrow, especially in defense, and teams with wingers will cause problems, but overall, i thought it was a case of a manager playing a style that suited the resources at hand, rather than trying to "shoe-horn" a favoured system onto players that don't fit. Finally, was really pleased with the great "home" reception for Giroud, (and he responded very well to the applause at the end of the game, doing a full lap of the ground! ) .


1.) 21 Jan 2019 15:08:09
I think, Dick changes team and formation to suit. I only think he will use three or four at back when he thinks it suits, or he thinks the players he has available suits. I thought we played far too narrow at the back but on saturday against a team with no focal point up front it worked a treat. The only scary thing for me on saturday was allowing their tricky players into the box before trying to tackle when a tackle outside the box was on, especially by the unfortunate Bellerin but again it may have been a tactic.

2.) 21 Jan 2019 18:23:13
Dick does seem more flexible and open to taking into consideration who we are playing before deciding his own plan of action, which I welcome.
I've always believed If your a dominant team like Barcelona and The invincibles were or City and Liverpool now then you should stick to what your brilliant at and let your opponents worry about tactics but if your playing a team at your own. level or higher then good tactics or best of all tactics that catch your opponents out can and do make all the difference to your chances of success.
It's no good us going to City in a couple of weeks time and playing the same way we line up with Cardiff at home a few days earlier.

3.) 21 Jan 2019 18:35:29
Never been a massive fan of the 3 at the back, which in my book means your playing 5 defenders, not something i want to pay and watch! I would like to see the stats on goals conceded with 3 CB's versus the flat back 4. I remember when Wenger first switched to 3 it worked well, but i would wager its made no real difference since. Therefore give me a choice between adding say Mustafi and having to remove either Guendouzi or Ramsey to compensate, or sticking to a back 4, I would take the later all day long. However, i do understand that we will change our tactics depending on the opponents, and i probably wouldn't expect us to play that way against say, Palace, as you would get exposed down the flanks. However, for me, you have to always play your strongest team with your best players in their preferred position. If that means playing 2 up front, with both playing central, and no-one having to play as a Left Forward instead to enable us to play the "correct" 3-4-3 formation, then so be it.

4.) 21 Jan 2019 20:37:38
The thing with all formations, they have their strengths and weaknesses, being able to change and adapt is massive. Dick is a coach who likes to study and coach, i think he is adaptable to different situations and expects his team to be as well. Some of our players look upto it, some don't and that's where we will see the changes in the coming windows.



31 Dec 2018 11:18:15
Have always been concerned that we are too similar under Dick versus Wenger and in particular the way we defend. We still hold far too high a line for too long, making us far too easy to be hit on the break, and don't attempt to stop teams crossing the ball, which just seems to help teams see us as a team that will always give them a golden chance, no matter how much of the ball we have. We also concede goals at bad times, such as just after scoring, or close to half time etc, which is a basic problem of concentration. What i am not so sure about though, is how much this is down to our individual defenders and recent injuries, or the way we play and set up to defend as a team. Although i suspect the former has hurt us more in recent games, i think its the latter that is causing us the same issues season upon season. I think it was Gabriel who made some comments about how we defended as a team didn't help him, and that no matter who plays in CD they would look poor due to the way we set up. A good example for me is our game against the Saints versus Man Citys yesterday. The saints always seemed up for it against us, knowing they would get chances, and played down the channels and put in crosses, which worked a treat, as we never tried to stop them. Yet yesterday, they were well beaten by Man City, who yes are a much better team then us, but who played a midfield 3 containing David and Bernado SIlva, and only 1 defensive player in Fernandiniho. This is not exactly a powerful and dominating trio you may want in a difficult away game, and yet they comfortably controlled the game whilst protecting their back 4 for most of the time. This for me shows its more important how you set up as a team to defend, and how your attacking players must be used as part of a pack to help protect your back 4. For me, unless we change our set up, i don't think we will see much of a change no matter who we sign as a CB.


1.) 31 Dec 2018 11:57:27
Playing with a high line depends on defending as a team. Aside from PEA, few of our forward players can do that effectively. This is the reason Ozil is conspicuous by his absence in tough games, the problem is what we have in his place is not much of an improvement. This does not absolve from blame a truly dreadful set of central defenders where surgery is most definitely needed in this window and the next, but it does indicate why Emery is looking at attacking forward players in the transfer window (if of course reports are to be believed) who can play that role.

I do think that this is a three year project to transform the style of play and who is playing it. It's worth noting that if we are not going to buy world class players, for reasons of parsimony or poverty, we might be better moulding the young talent into the team Emery wants, rather than buying second best; Toreirra style finds are likely to be less, rather than more, prevalent.

2.) 31 Dec 2018 12:00:50
I think it was pretty obvious before December and before all the defensive disruptions, that he was trying to change things. We had just gone three at the back and were playing bellerin and kol as wing backs. December has been a bit of a disaster in every way. I have a tendency to look back, to see where all these problems may stem from. One of the common themes is obvious but the other common denominator in all of this is Steve Bould. I may be barking up completely the wrong tree but does he (being an ex defender) have any input into the way we defend?
He is a coach, i doubt he is involved in the attacking side, he was involved before in our troubles at the back, is he part of the defensive coaching problem?

3.) 31 Dec 2018 12:24:56
Spot on Steve - Stevie was not accountable or given the authority to coach the defence (? ) and now we are still the same. why wasn’t he banging on the bosses door day 1 - Boss we need XYZ and make XYZ changes.

Get Keown in.

4.) 31 Dec 2018 13:00:33
Emery is the man and all and any coaches have to take thier direction from Dick if not there would be total confusion for the players, imagine Hector being told by Dick attack but Keowen defend?
Coaching meetings should be held by Emery where he and his assistants all speak freely and emerge with one clear plan that everyone sticks too.
Many voices is good in a private meeting but when presenting the plan of action all voice need to talk the same language and ultimately everyone has to pull thier Wight in Dicks direction.

5.) 31 Dec 2018 13:29:46
Very true but you have a defensive coach for a reason and his / her vision must tie into the managers overall strategy for the team. The goalie coach works with the goalies and the attackers with the attackers while working on specific areas but as you say they must all tie into Emery’s overall goal / direction.

6.) 31 Dec 2018 13:44:58
Yes correct, Emery is the boss and steve bould is one of his coaches. People are saying nothing has changed, a lot has changed but bould is still there. Emery will ultimately take the can for what goes on around him and quite right in the long run but he relies on things in his set up. Can he rely on bould?

7.) 31 Dec 2018 13:47:32
Gunner my question was, is he part of the defensive problem?
Or not.

8.) 31 Dec 2018 16:59:34
That's something only Dick can answer and sort out Steve mate.
All teams are only as strong as their weakest member.

9.) 31 Dec 2018 21:25:50
Hi Steve, I believe the problems stem from the Wenger era and still need addressing. In Emery's favoured 4-2-3-1 formation we simply have no players that can defend in the '3' of the formation. This leaves us vulnerable defensively . Hence why Ozil and Ramsey are playing less regularly even in an injury hit team. We clearly need to bring in players such as Ever Benega who can perform defensively as well as offensively. In addition, we need a RB that can defend and as I stated repeatedly last season, neither of our LB's are good enough and we reportedly tried to sign a LB late in the summer window.

The injury to Holding didn't help. The defence needs a rebuild. Koscielny is well past his best, Mustafi has been a disappointment. We need a couple of CB's. All 5 of the players signed by Emery were defensive, Leno has improved the goalkeeping situation, but Cech needs replacing in the summer, Lichtsteiner was clearly a stop gap and needs replacing. Torreira has been our best signing. Guendouzi is a fine young player. Sokratis is decent, but is now the best or our CB's. I expect a CB and a wide attacking player to arrive in January, p.



27 Dec 2018 15:21:49
Ok, so Father Christmas arrived and said Arsenals Christmas present is that they can have 3 players from other premiership teams, and you get to choose the 3. The only rule is that you can only pick a max of 1 player per team. Which 3 would you choose? For me, would probably go for Maguire, Kante and Salah, as all very good and address the areas we need. but hard not to look at the likes of Aguero or Sane but probably not areas that we are desperately in need of.


{Ed025's Note - alisson, D silva and kane..

1.) 27 Dec 2018 15:41:42
Mendy, Laporte and Van Dijk.

2.) 27 Dec 2018 15:51:11
Van Dijk, De Gea and Kante.

3.) 27 Dec 2018 16:16:46
Van dyk, auderweld and mendy.

4.) 27 Dec 2018 16:22:26
You took the 3 names right out of my mouth Stoner, those 3 for me too mate.

5.) 27 Dec 2018 16:52:52
I’d take your 3 Steve and throw in Kante as I’m a nice guy!

6.) 27 Dec 2018 16:59:42
van Dijk, de Bruyne, Hazard.

7.) 27 Dec 2018 17:30:15
SY4 . Mendy and Laporte? Father Christmas said only 1 per team! that's why i go for Maguire and not Van Dijk. can't believe there are no other takers for Salah?

8.) 27 Dec 2018 18:47:20
I think last season Sarah would have had more takers Epping mate but he set such a high standard last season it was extremely difficult for him to maintain it.
He's still excellent but just not as excellent.

9.) 27 Dec 2018 19:21:48
School boy error Epping!

Kante, Laporte and Van Dijk

That’s midfield and defence sorted.

10.) 27 Dec 2018 19:31:24
We have one of the leading goal scorers in Aubameyang Epping so despite his brilliance it seemed a waste whilst we could fill elsewhere.

Would Kante and Torreira be enough in midfield to get the best out of Ozil?

11.) 27 Dec 2018 20:02:48
Stoner - if those two aren’t enough then we should give up on Ozil. The two would generate energy and forward movement which we need plus some useful assists. A setter option than a lead weight rock in CM.

12.) 27 Dec 2018 21:05:22
Is there any real way left for Arsenal and Mesut to ever work out for a prolonged period?
Whether we love or don't love Mesut it's ridiculous for our highest paid player to be sat on the bench or worse still at home more often than not.
It's irrelevant who's to blame the result is its not good for us or Ozil how things are.

13.) 27 Dec 2018 23:41:36
Sanchez, giroud, chamberlain👍think Sanchez and Chamberlain would work well with high pressing Emery likes and giroud, always liked him,100% if not always a stellar player.

14.) 27 Dec 2018 23:47:30
Or, Giggs, Shearer and Vidic, as didn't say whether past or present players.

15.) 27 Dec 2018 23:56:12
If Lich can get a game for us at 57 why not those 3 Ramsgate :-)

16.) 28 Dec 2018 00:27:01

17.) 28 Dec 2018 09:21:40
Van Dijk, Kante and I hate to admit it, Kane.
These three signings added to the spine would be awesome.

18.) 28 Dec 2018 23:29:04
Stoner, I would rate my chances of being able to play successfully in front of Torreira and Kante, let alone Ozil!




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14 Feb 2019 13:21:15
Couldn't have put it any better myself Wire. This also goes to nearly always buying from abroad, and ignoring anyone already playing in the premiership. I don't get it, as Mustafi and Xhaka have proved, just because they looked good in another league doesn't make them a success in the premiership. No guarantee that a premiership signing will succeed either of course, but at least they can hit the ground running, and don't take a season to get used to the changes in style, pace etc.




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06 Feb 2019 18:17:03
From the slightly limited games of French football i have seen over the last few years, i like Rabiot. Also I think he would suit us and he has the right build to slot into our midfield. can't see it happening but i think he would be the sort of signing that shows some form of intent or ambition from the club.




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05 Feb 2019 14:04:35
Yes, i think our manager should have ignored the lack of cash available and taken a leaf out of our previous managers book by blowing "in excess" of £35 million on a center half and getting Mustafi. that worked out well.




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25 Jan 2019 11:38:28
Would still prefer we found some cash to at least try and get Rabiot in the summer on a free.




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15 Jan 2019 17:38:25
Yes, they have doubled their offer by adding a glass of Chianti to the bid Steve.





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04 Mar 2019 17:53:39
If the Karcher is the only sucking action going on in the Subaru Raver you must surely be bitterly dissapointed?




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04 Mar 2019 17:51:45
I don't see Chambers exactly slotting into the first team next season, but then again based on his current form he is a better back-up to Torriera or Xhaka in the DM role than Elneny currently is, and he ticks the home player box, so I can see us keeping him next season and cashing in on Elneny instead.




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04 Mar 2019 17:47:15
Always liked him, and to see him give 100% when he really should be protecting himself for his new contract sums him up. Does he have the occasional absolute stinker of a game, yes. Do you seem him having the stinker, double yes, which is weirdly why i like him, as unlike other players i can think of who just hide (Mr Walcott anybody) , Ramsey never hides whether going good or bad. Also, he must have a really good appearance to goal ratio at Wembley?




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01 Mar 2019 10:23:46
I don't think the whole deep lying playmaker is either needed or works in the premiership. Its no coincidence that of the main teams that use it, us and Chelsea, both players in the role appear to be struggling and are subsequently disliked by the fans. For me its a role that just slows down the play, as its all about keeping the ball rather than actually doing something constructive with it. Torriera is much better in the DM role for us as he is much more direct in how he moves the ball forward. With Xhaka its more 50 passes sideways, just to keep possession. Teams cotton on to this and start pressing, which is why the DLP is getting exposed and starts giving the ball away in poor places just like Xhaka and Jorginho are doing.




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27 Feb 2019 14:20:23
To be fair G62, i just don't see Emery as the type of manager who would be happy to sleep walk for 5 years either. He seems a fairly driven man who has had previous success. If things are not going well i could easily see him walk before he is pushed.