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05 Oct 2018 08:00:40
I noticed that under Emery we seem to defend deeper now, often drawing the opposition onto us, which on the one hand clearly provides chances for our opponents, but on the other hand we are counter attacking more, with space available behind the opponents defence as they push up whilst attacking us. I recall under Wenger how often we held a high line and forced our opponents to defend deep, which made it hard for us to break down and in turn we often got caught on the counter-attack. Is this a tactic? Or just a consequence occurring as the team adjust to Emery's methods?


1.) 05 Oct 2018 11:55:05
Interesting points! It's easy to forget I think, how spoilt we were getting to watch the invincibles. That team could rinse the opposition on the break, could pass waiting for space to open, or press hard with strong players in and around the box. It was absolute magic, but it never seemed like a heavily coached formula. Wenger relied on enabling great players to express themselves, and thus on great defenders organising themselves. It'll take some getting used to a team being coached into a system again. It's totally necessary, as things had deteriorated into chaos under Arsenes last years, but it won't always be fluid or balanced as Emery learns and adjusts, and the players change their mindsets again. The high or deep line defence will become less of an issue hopefully, as slowly the team gets used to defending as a unit, not as separate entities.



21 Jul 2018 19:54:46
Intriguing reports that we are in negotiations to sign Yann Sommer, the Swiss national keeper, a player I quite like, despite him being another relatively small keeper at 6ft tall. I would imagine that Ospina is being sold as has been reported and perhaps rumours of Cech returning to Chelsea are true.
Neither Cech nor Ospina impressed me last season, perhaps the new goalkeeping coach and Emery are of the same opinion.


1.) 21 Jul 2018 20:38:31
Any Ed002 do you know anything about the Yann Sommer rumours?

{Ed002's Note - I would need to ask.}

2.) 21 Jul 2018 21:48:09
Thanks Ed.

3.) 25 Jul 2018 12:07:49
Based on the WC (particularly the game vs Sweden) I wouldn’t be overly excited about Sommer.



01 Jun 2018 12:42:40
Reliably informed that Lichtsteiner has signed. Officials are in Germany, possibly to sign Sokratis and negotiating a midfield player at Bayern.
Apparently the atmosphere has changed at the club for the better. Old backroom staff out. New training regime, as players trained from 10am-12pm, now additional 2 hour afternoon sessions.
Exciting times ahead.


1.) 01 Jun 2018 13:41:01
Would live it to be vidal or tolisso.

2.) 01 Jun 2018 14:30:17
would love for this to be true, but how would anyone know about training regimes when Emery has been away on holiday, hasn't appointed coaches or backroom staff and hasn't even held a training session yet.?

3.) 01 Jun 2018 15:01:19
As much as it would be amazing to sign Thiago or Tolisso, the chances are it will be Vidal. Another 31 year old to tide us over instead of going for the gold straight away.

4.) 01 Jun 2018 15:11:36
If they were to sign Tolisso or Thiago I have to think that would signal the end to the Granit Xhaka era. I don’t think he’ll be satisfied being a squad player and he is not fit to play the role of a #6. I really hope hope we don’t go into the upcoming season without addressing the squad’s obvious biggest need, which is a midfield destroyer eg Javi Martinez.

5.) 01 Jun 2018 17:13:43
This was reliable information from an Arsenal employee, that I have no reason to doubt. Interestingly as we were chatting in Cockfosters, Wenger drove past as we and he pointed him out to me. Wilshere is a friend of his and his Father-in-law owns a hairdressers also in Cockfosters. Apparently Wenger has still been going to the training ground! He was trying to find out from colleagues whether the Arsenal officials were in Germany trying to sign the Bayern midfield player, Tolisso. I would think it would be more likely to tie up things with Dortmundt in respect of Sokratis. In respect of Xhaka he is an excellent player, but played out of position by Wenger and in my opinion would be better used in a more advanced role on the left hand side of the 3 midfield players ahead of the 2 DM's.

6.) 01 Jun 2018 19:14:55
Why is Emery sharing his business with a club employee?
A few years back someone who really does speak to one of our very famous explayers kept sharing information with me from this explayers who is still involved with the club today.
He told me about 2 players who had already agreed to join us that summer, my question was " why is Arsene telling this explayer all his business? " and "how come if he's sharing it with you the media don't know about it?
Needless to say neither player ever arrived :-)
Sorry RG but you might want to try Heimz as your next sauce because they've kept thier recipe a secret for years:-)

7.) 01 Jun 2018 22:14:53
RG - Wenger lives in Totteridge, the training base is in Colney. Unless AW has completely lost his marbles since leaving, or you don’t know North London (or Hertfordshire) Cockfosters is not on the route between those 2 places. Also, out of interest, who’s at the training ground right now that he’d be seeing? A solitary, emotional Arsene haunting the halls of the training ground is a bit far fetched. I get this is a rumours site, but this is BS mixed in with what the headlines are on google. Boring.

8.) 01 Jun 2018 22:18:03
Also, hate to hammer home that this is BS, but unless Cockfosters is in Turkey where AW is currently on holiday according to every news outlet going, with David Dein no less, then you most definitely did not see him anywhere. Mug.

9.) 03 Jun 2018 07:36:58
Wenger is not in Turkey, he was photographed with his daughter in Cambridge, presumably I must have seen his identical twin in Cockfosters! I do wish my comment was read correctly, I never said he was on his way from his home in Totteridge to the training facillities at London Conley. I simply saw him, when the Arsenal employee pointed him out. Time will tell if we have signed Lichtsteiner, as the employee told me. I do wish people would think before they post abusive comments. I have a former PL player living next door and am friendly with Toby Alderwierald who lives locally. I live in an exclusive area near Cockfosters where many Arsenal and Tottenham players have and still live. Toby wants out and Man U is his chosen destination, but he is concerned that Levy will make the deal extremely difficult. Pochettino who also lives locally and I have met and had a few chats at a local restaurants, apperently wants to manage Real Madrid one day, although I very much doubt it will be now. I have a sneaky suspicion that Wenger may be given the role, but I am may be wrong, as it's just a gut feeling as there are not many options at present.

10.) 03 Jun 2018 08:48:12
Yeah. Yesterday. And what I said wasn’t abusive, it was just calling you out on nonsense or stuff that can easily be found by doing a google search.

{Ed001's Note - is Cockfosters by Dartford?}

11.) 03 Jun 2018 12:27:28
Oh no not that ip adress give away again:-)
RG mate if your going to make such fantastic claims then people are going to question you and the more offended you get by thier questions the less believable your posts become mate.
You make fantastic claims about yourself and your life but seem to get maybe just a tad to upset and defensive for anyone to take you seriously mate
Either just be your real self or be prepared to be asked to back up your fantastic claims mate, either one would be good.



30 Apr 2018 11:51:45
Interesting development, Zeljko Buvac has left his position as Klopp's right-hand man at Liverpool for 'personal' reasons. He was at Dortmundt at the same time as Sven Mislintat. Could he be the 'bold' choice Gazidis mentioned and the continuation of the German influence at the club? To depart from Liverpool now until the end of the season, just as the club are on the verge of reaching the Champions League final makes little sense, unless he truly has some personal problem to deal with. Perhaps he has told Liverpool that he is taking up the management role at Arsenal and the club wanted him out. This is pure speculation on my part, but it adds up, as Arsenal are reportedly close to signing Dortmundt defender Papasthatopoulos and are after German keeper Leno.


1.) 01 May 2018 00:19:48
i sincerely doubt arsenal would go for buvac over viera and arteta because all of them are inexperienced but arsenal would rather take a chance on an ex player than someone else. My gut feeling is if arsenal go for a german manager it will be nagelsmann.

2.) 01 May 2018 09:03:44
The words 'Bold choice' from Gazidis made me feel that they had the manager tied up and that he would be a shock choice, which would rule out the obvious experienced managers.
Therefore, the new manager is possibly an ex-player with little or no experience, an inexperienced manager or coach, at the highest level.
Vieira, Henry or Arteta
Buvac or other coaches/ young or inexperienced managers.

3.) 01 May 2018 12:51:30
Is a bit strange now the press are mentioning him as a contender. I swear Ed001 is a liverpool fan. Have you heard anything on this Ed?

{Ed001's Note - he had been bickering with Klopp for a while, he left because he was being marginalised with regards to selection and tactics. I do not know if Arsenal are now in for him, but he has had a number of offers presented to him through the years, they didn't stop when he moved to Liverpool and have increased this season. I couldn't say if Arsenal are one of the clubs that are making him an offer. However I am expecting him to leave Liverpool as he has normally kissed and made up with Klopp by now, as they do bicker like an old married couple at the best of times. They are always falling out and getting back together, which is why no one was really taking any notice initially this time.}

4.) 01 May 2018 13:53:14
It makes complete sense that Buvac is a contender, as he has the German connection, knows Mislintat and is an experienced defensive coach. He is without doubt a bold choice and its odd timing to leave Liverpool on the verge of a possible CL final, with only a couple of weeks to go until the end of the season. He may not be the one, but is there really a stand out option? For me the top two managers are Mourinho and Guardiola, after that there are reservations for almost all candidates that I can think of.

5.) 01 May 2018 14:08:36
Thank you Ed. Wasn't aware they argued a lot. I'm not sure what to make of him tho. I've seen people say how he is the brains behind his work and it seems the others are running the transfer side of things so maybe itll work.

{Ed001's Note - he is a part of things, but I am not convinced he is irreplaceable.}

6.) 01 May 2018 18:07:25
If he was a young guy it would make sense but i really don't get why arsenal would appoint an introverted 56 year assistant manager who doesn't speak english to fill the big shoes left behind by wenger. That rumor doesn't add up. I don't think he is coming to Arsenal as a head coach or even an assistant coach.



19 Apr 2018 07:06:35
Reports that if Wenger decides to go at the end of the season, Vieira is in the frame. Without an outstanding candidate perhaps it would be an idea to bring Vieira in, who lacks PL managerial experience, but will certainly get the fans excited and onboard. He would also be able to attract players to join the club. Thoughts fellow gooners?


1.) 19 Apr 2018 07:23:44
Love Vieira but not as Arsenal manager.

2.) 19 Apr 2018 20:25:18
He would be the perfect bridge between Arsene and the future who everyone would unite behind.
No manager guarantees success or failure come to that (few Leicester fans would have been elated with the Ranieri appointment) but Vieira or Henry both guarantee bring unity back amongst the fans, and that alone would be a great place to start.

3.) 20 Apr 2018 00:38:10
Viera wouldn't certainly be worse than some of the names being mentioned. i.e enrique and brendan rodgers. Luis enrique is a terrible coach. A much as he is a champions league winner, people seem to forget that he finished seventh with a roma team that was full of quality. Brendan rodgers will always be remembered for that title collapse in 2014.Successful managers have that X factor that brendan rodgers seems to lack.

Since tuchel is gone, i'd like us to go for Nagelsmann or tedesco whose work at schalke this season is impressive. They may be young coaches, but they are tactically very good and detailed in their match preparation. If we can't get any of them, i'll like us to for our ex players. Viera or Arteta, whose work at city this season has been impressive, wouldn't be bad. Apparently it is Arteta who did video analysis for city this season. He seems to have the talent to be a coach and he is an ex captain of ours. He wouldn't be a bad shout.

4.) 20 Apr 2018 08:44:12
I posted a few months ago about Nagelsmann. He would be a better appointment than Vieira 100%.

5.) 20 Apr 2018 10:00:44
I fully support your sentiment glenn. Negelsmann is really good. His training is far much advanced than wenger'He has cameras fitted everywhere in training and uses video footage to analyse his own players and how they can improve something wenger doesn't do. nagelsmann with his tactical acumen backed by a bigger transfer budget than hoffenheim would do wonders. My pick is either him or tedesco.

6.) 20 Apr 2018 10:39:43
We can all bleat all we like, Ancelotti is going to be the man given the task (at least short term) to straighten this club out.




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21 Jan 2019 13:14:31
You have to feel for Emery, having lost Holding and Welbeck to season ending injuries, now Bellerin looks likely to add a third player to the list.
The interesting thing is that the 5 players brought in by Emery have been relatively injury free.
I hope we manage to sign a couple of players during what's left of the current window. Defensively, we have lost Holding and probably Bellerin, but we have Koscielny back fit and Mavropanos back in training. We also Have Maitland-Niles, Lichtsteiner and Jenkinson for the RB slot. Welbeck is more of a problem as he could fill in across the front three,


1.) 21 Jan 2019 14:16:49
I think Denis Suarez will be it I'm afraid. He can play either wing. Hopefully he will be useful.



19 Jan 2019 19:31:04
Great team performance, excellent team selection, spot on tactically and with the substitutions.
Man of the match was, of course Koscielny. The defence was superb and kept a clean sheet. I was very impressed with Guendouzi, who was far more disciplined than he normally is.
Hope Bellerin's injury is less serious than it looks. We must do our best to bring in a couple of players. 3 points off top four.


{Ed0333's Note - will be interesting to see who you recruit this month. I’d like to see D.Suarez as I think he’s a player.

1.) 19 Jan 2019 19:37:21
Well played boys and great game Boss.

2.) 19 Jan 2019 19:38:36
I don't know much about Denis Suarez. I would like to see a RB signed, if Bellerin is out long term, I like the Palace RB and Cedric Soares of Southampton.

3.) 19 Jan 2019 21:39:50
Im happy that maitland niles might play there and get experience in one position, if Bellerin is unfortunate.



19 Jan 2019 01:51:41
Arsenal fans must be patient. A win today would take us 3 points behind 4th place Chelsea. We have had a tricky period, but we had injuries to contend with over a very busy period. With all bar 3 players fit, we are in a position to get going again, particularly as the teams above us have a heavier schedule than us, as some return to very demanding CL fixtures and Man C, Chelsea and the Toot have League Cup semi final and possible final matches to contend with.


1.) 19 Jan 2019 09:04:45
Or we could be realistic and say we finished last season way behind the rest and we have found our level again after the early enthusiasm of a new manager settled down and we are pretty much where we were.
Let's face it we had a huge gap to close so not making top 4 is not catastrophic but if we finish the season no further forward that we ended last season then this season and Dick will have been pretty disappointing to say the least.
Get our defence organised Dick or bring someone into to help you if you can't manage it on your own.

2.) 19 Jan 2019 11:39:26
62 - I think we tried to make short term fixes to get top 4 and failed. Rather than wholesale changes and come 8th. I would have taken 8th with huge changes and then 5th then season 3 competing for top frustrated because we don’t have a plan. Cheap old players with 2 or 3 seasons in the tank for defence.

3.) 19 Jan 2019 13:58:42
I tend to agree for once with jamie carragher, Dick inherited a shambles.

4.) 19 Jan 2019 14:13:09
Sy, if we did that and finished 8th, you would turn your support to the spuds. Lol.



10 Jan 2019 16:27:34
Unless the club are playing a very cagey game, it is extremely concerning that we only appear able to make loan signings during this window. Particularly with Holding and Welbeck out for the season. At the end of the season we lose Ramsey and possibly, Cech, Welbeck and others. With reports that we will only have the same to spend as last summer, making up the gap between us and the top clubs is daunting.
Perhaps we can do a deal with Barcelona for Denis Suarez taking him on loan intitailly and making the deal permanent in the summer. Not that I am convinced by him. Banega and Carrasco would be good signings.


1.) 10 Jan 2019 16:46:52
It will be what it will be mate, I'm sure Dick and Co are doing all they can, ultimately Dick and his backroom boys will be judged on results and I'm sure none of them joined Arsenal to see they're reputations spiral downward.
If they don't recruit and things go badly they are going to cop it off the fans and pundits and if things do go well who cares what they do.

2.) 10 Jan 2019 16:52:07
Our real business will be done in the summer. Salnheri seems to be a planner and doesn't like the January window. Most clubs don't view January as a great window to do business. I think our finances, our transfers and the planning will evolve around the summer. The bigger clubs normally do all their business then and most contracts run out then as well.

3.) 10 Jan 2019 17:50:21
If we have the same amount, we are a joke.

4.) 10 Jan 2019 20:24:35
By the time this season is done Dick and Co will have had plenty of time to know what they have and what they need and there be absolutely no excuse for sending us into next season short in any department.
None of the " there was no one available " or " there was no one who could improve us "
We've heard them all countless times before.
Between now and May our defence and poor first half performances need to improve dramatically regardless of new signings or not, top 4 was always a huge ask this season but improving a defence that's been awful for years shouldn't have been difficult, we all complained about how naive Arsenes tactics were so it shouldn't be difficult for Dick to use tactics to improve us defensively, if he can't that's a real worry.



08 Jan 2019 18:03:38
The Wenger/ Gazidis era has left us desperately in need of reinforcements to catch up with the other top four contenders. Emery and his team made decent summer signings for a relatively low outlay of approx £70m. The problem is that we really need 2 or 3 players this window, just to replace the long term injured Holding, Welbeck and Mkhitaryan. Never mind the likes of Cech, Monreal and Ramsey who are out of contract this summer. I can't envisage us making these signings, we wil be lucky to one or two at best. I have never criticised Kroenke, as I believed Wenger was the main instigator of the club's financial policy. However, now is th time when Kroenke needs to inject a large sum, such as £200m into the club, as I believe this is the way round the FFP rules that we may be in danger of breaching.
On a separate topic, lots of noise about Denis Suarez. Is he actually any good? We clearly need more terriers like Torreira and Suarez looks soft.


1.) 08 Jan 2019 18:38:41
We won’t catch up! Because the same is going to happen to emery that happened to Wenger, not a penny to spend, 50 million for his first window, come on that’s shocking (I know it was well spent ) how are we suppose to catch them I’d we spend that and they are spending triple! kronke out.

2.) 08 Jan 2019 19:17:58
Welsh, you have to understand finance and success to make an argument like that. Its not our spending but the way it has been spent. In the last 5 years we have spent more than chelski (50 mil give or take, spuds and pool ( 100 mil give or take) . Being starved of champs league success and poor buying by the previous regime has impacted on the team, not the net spend. We have spent but badly compared to others. Only utd and citeh have spent more than us and only citeh have gained from that. Poor buying impacts you going forward and so does poor decisions like giving Ozil 350 big ones a week.

3.) 08 Jan 2019 19:22:46
I suppose RG, suarez is on Dicks head because he has prior knowledge of his abilities. I doubt we will be after him if he doesn't think he is an upgrade or someone who can't do a job better than we have. I look at it like this, iwobi would never be a Barcelona player, he ain't good enough, suarez was/ is. He won't be useless, i can guarantee that, it looks like a manager decision.

4.) 08 Jan 2019 20:19:12
Arsene spent a bit more than peanuts but didn't improve us and none of his signings over the last 7 or 8 years did or will leave us at a profit, many left on a free or for less than we paid and so will Xhaka and Mustafi.
Arsene left us with loads of players either out of contract or in their last year plus not one single player we could cash in on at a very healthy profit to fund new signings as Liverpool did with Coutinho.
I think the less said about Arsenes spending and financial management of players contracts the better because it's done us no favours and left the pot pretty near empty.

5.) 08 Jan 2019 21:04:03
Couldn't have put it better myself gunner wenger in lots of ways moulded our finances for the better but the football transfer side slowly buckled under the poor transfer management of buying and selling astutely.

6.) 08 Jan 2019 21:10:03
I read somewhere that aubamayang, is now valued at 85 mil and torreira at 67 mil. that's how you run a club, buyong assets that increase in value not go down like, ozil, mustaffi, xhaka and to lesser lucas. Or let your assets Sanchez, ramsey welbeck etc depart for nothing in return. that's poor management on a grand scale.

7.) 09 Jan 2019 00:31:26
We've never been the same since Dein left. Club's been in a bit of limbo since then but hopefully between Mislintat and Sanllehi we can regain a bit of structure. The signs are good so far.

8.) 09 Jan 2019 08:02:21
We have to high hopes for the new management team wire mate, who knows if they invest the clubs money more wisely where our assets increase in value rather than decrease or disappear completely maybe the club will be encouraged to invest more rather than put off by watching the money they gave the previous manager simply walk out the door for nothing after being given extortionate wages way beyond what they gave in the clubs shirt.




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18 Jan 2019 07:20:48
The sqaud will be very short this summer when the following leave or are likely to leave:

In addition Holding will not fit to start the season.

That means that excluding young players we will down from the 25 players named on Arsenal's official site to only 18 players. Hence at least 4 or 5 signings must happen .




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16 Jan 2019 07:54:50
Cech was clearly leaving as Arsenal made no moves to extend his deal. In respect of Denis Suarez, presumably the club want to see how he gets on during his loan deal before committing to buying him in the summer. We are clearly becoming tougher in negotiations under the new regime. In addition, I am sure we need to clear out the likes off Ozil and Elneny to get the wages off our books and some income to offset against summer signings.


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14 Jan 2019 08:03:45
Xhaka is an enigma. On the one hand, his mangers have all played him regularly, as an integral part of their sides and yet he has a mistake in him and at times seems to lack intensity. I felt he would improve under Emery, with the shackles removed after Wenger departed and with better coaching and intensity. This doesn't seem to have happened and we clearly need a further DM to play alongside Torreira. Lamina from Southampton would be a decent shout. I also like Southampton's RB Cedric Soares.
Carrasco and Denis Suarez could provide greater width.
This window we will be fortunate to get one or two loan deals at best.




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13 Jan 2019 08:25:24
I belive that Emery realises that if Ozil is played, more often than not he is a total waste of space who need to be moved on. Wenger/ Gazidis should be shot for giving him a £350,000 a week long term deal.




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09 Jan 2019 19:01:28
When he went to China I was disappointed that we were unable to sign him, he looked pretty useful to me.





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21 Jan 2019 13:09:25
Superb finish by Lacazette.
Xhaka continues to confuse, He played well v Chelsea, as did the entire team. Throughout his career he has been a regular first team selection from a young age. I gave him the benefit of the doubt when Emery became our manager, as I thought he might improve with better coaching, yet I am still not convinced.




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20 Jan 2019 07:26:26
I too had to laugh at the comment that Emery was the only manager, along with Wenger to have beaten Chelsea since Graham 26 years ago. WEnger was there for 22 years and Emery the best part of a year! The BT commentators are dreadful, McMannamam=n and Owen in particular are useless.




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20 Jan 2019 07:23:39
Arguably our strongest team selection. The performance clearly epitomised what Emery is looking for. The poor recent performances came when we had to contend with injuries over a busy period, particularly to defenders. Koscileny was forced to play before he was match fit and yesterday he was back to his best. His partnership with Sokratis helped keep a clean sheet. Such a shame that Bellerin looks to have picked up a nasty injury. Leaving out the likes of Ozil and Mustafi, whilst the trio of Guendouzi, Torreira and Xhaka helped defensively and even the forwards played their part defensively. Perhaps we will signe Denis Suarez this month and if Belerin is out long term, a right back is essential, particularly as Lichtsteiner is well past his best and wil depart at the end of the season. Well done to Emery and the team.




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19 Jan 2019 19:38:36
I don't know much about Denis Suarez. I would like to see a RB signed, if Bellerin is out long term, I like the Palace RB and Cedric Soares of Southampton.




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18 Jan 2019 07:15:07
Bellerin was a right winger when signed from Barcelona and was converted into a right/ wing back by Wenger. The problem is he cannot tackle and has no defensive awareness or positional sense. As a right winger his delivery needs massive improvement. In the summer when Lichtsteiner's contract ends we should sign a RB, Cedric Soares of Southampton is a decent player. WE couldretain Bellerin, as he useful against certain teams when we dominate.