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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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12 Nov 2018 07:51:33
Having salvaged a draw despite a poor peformance against Wolves, I am not too despondent. After 2 defeats at the start of the season, to have gone unbeaten in the league for the next 10 matches is pleasing and without a defeat in 15 matches.
The areas that are a cause for concern are:
Defence: A quality CB is still needed, as Mustafi still fails to convince. Holding has improved and perhaps a fit Koscielny may improve the situation. Left back is another cause for concern and reports have emerged that we are looking at LB's.
The Xhaka/ Torreira partnership has looked promising, but Xhaka has too many mistakes in him and although a fan, I am starting to think we need a better option. Guendouzi is a fine young prospect, but needs to mature. It would be interesting to try Maitland-Niles alongside Torreira or/ and look to sign a further DM. It really concerns me what happens if Torreira picks up an injury.
The major problem is that the 3 in Emery's preferred 4-2-3-1 tends to comprise of Aubameyang (a striker) , Ozil (who offers little defensively) and Iwobi or Mkhitaryan ( neither of which are known for their (defensive attributes) . Against Wolves at half time Emery stiffened up the 3 with Guendouzi coming on for Iwobi. Sad to lose Welbeck to serious season-ending injury. On the positive side I thought Leno was outstanding, it has been a long time since we had a keeper capable of making point-saving saves.


1.) 12 Nov 2018 08:55:26
Leno was outstanding, Brian Clough said Peter Shilton was worth 15 points a session to Forest and I reckon De Gea has been worth 40 points to United for the last 3 seasons.
It's not ideal for your keeper to be man of the match but when all said and done it's what he's there to do when called on.
An outstanding Keeper in his prime really can make such a difference and almost all successful teams have had an outstanding keeper to call on when necessary through out the years.

2.) 12 Nov 2018 14:04:03
The big big problem with arsenal is xhaka and the whole of the back four are poor at their jobs. Wether some or any are capable of better with recruitment is debatable. The same players make the same mistakes and look so vulnerable when asked to defend. Some of our players in the attacking area look capable of taking us higher, some behind them look cabable of taking us down. We are on a great unbeaten run but too many more performances like yesterday will soon start to undermine the potential for this season. The most annoying thing under wenger was his inability to sort out the problems. Dick needs to be seen to going someway to sorting his out in january. While i am happy to see the improvements we have made, i am really worried by the lack of improvement in defending. Our own mistakes leading to goals is a disgrace and top of that list is xhaka, he has made more mistakes leading to goals than any player in the prem, since his arrival, apparently. For me the fact he is so obviously not capable and being played is a worry. Our goalkeepers are the best two of any team in the league but that will only take you so far on its own.

3.) 12 Nov 2018 16:39:50
The back four xhaka Iwobi Ozil and miki are not good enough.

4.) 12 Nov 2018 16:44:53
It was inexplicably awful yesterday and only Lucas and Leno and possibly Holding should be asking for their wages! Front three were terrible as I say after Liverpool inexplicable- maybe thought we drew with Pool let’s just turn up! Hope emery has a hairdryer if that’s the case . One particular point had me screaming at the telly! Wolves were attackingdown their left and their winger had the ball and Hector just stood still giving a free cross in . That is so basic defending yet he did it! Surely someone Boulder preferably should be having a strong word about at least the basics! Yes crybaby Özil was terrible yesterday but to drop or sell him no thanks! Always wanted to know Steve are you Xhaka’s agent? Leno a great buy in my opinion COYG.

5.) 12 Nov 2018 18:04:16
Ha ha sussex, i love him really but only when he isn't in our team. As for bellerin, I've said for years he isn't a defender, he can't defend and as a right back, it helps a tad if you can.



28 Oct 2018 01:56:35
Pleased to learn some more sense in the new era, from Raul Sanllehi, who stated that players contracts will no longer be allowed to run down, contracts normally for 5 years, should be reviewed no later than as they enter the third year of the deal. Gazidis and/ or Wenger cost the club millions as they allowed deals to run down and we either disposed of players for cut price deals or they left on a free. Hopefully, Ramsey and Welbeck will be the last players to go for nothing, which will cost the club an absolute fortune, both in lost sale fees and replacement costs.
In addition there is now a 15 man executive committee in place to make major decisions.


{Ed001's Note - how has Welbeck cost the club a fortune? Who would pay anything for him? Even if you put aside the fact he is like bambi on ice, doesn't score very often and has the first touch of Usain Bolt on a trampoline, he is injury prone and overpaid. He should have been out of the door years ago for being crap.}

1.) 28 Oct 2018 06:45:09
Hi Ed, that's a bit harsh! Welbeck is a 27 year old current England International and if Arsenal hadn't let his contract run down in today's inflated market he must be worth an absolute minimum of £15m, probably closer to £20m and on a good day £25m.
I also stated that it would cost a fortune to buy a replacement and English players that can play in all 3 forward positions are at a premium, a minimum of say £25m, probably more likely to be £35-50m. A foreign replacement could possibly be bought cheaper £20-30m. So the fortune I speak of in lost sale fee and replacement fee could easily be calculated at a combined minimum of £35m.

{Ed001's Note - hardly harsh. Welbeck is a donkey and it is an utter joke that Arsenal paid anything for him. You clearly have no idea how this works if you think you can factor in costs for replacing a player that spends 90% of the time injured. If you are going to be silly about it, factor in how much will be saved on insurance and treatment.}

2.) 28 Oct 2018 08:01:48
The Club has been run very poorly on and off the pitch regarding players being allowed to milk the club financially and get away with giving performances that would embarrass a Sunday league team with a hangover repeatedly season after season.

The club have wasted no time in putting things back in something resembling a professional football club where the players work for the club rather than the other way round.
The club has said it's determined to bridge the gap with fans and listen more to the fans views opinions and ideas of how to make the Emirates a more exciting place to be on match days and create formidable atmosphere that makes it not only more enjoyable for our fans to be in but for our players to play in and of course more difficult for our opponents to come to.
So far the new regime have been much more open and honest than the last one so I actually think they are serious about getting a better relationship with the fans which will be brilliant.
No I don't suppose they will drop the prices but it they deliver a better product and experience then at least it will resemble decent value for money much more than it has done for quite some time.

3.) 28 Oct 2018 09:23:36
Ed - I...….

{Ed001's Note - I really can't be bothered with you. I think from now on it is best another editor deals with your nonsense and fantasies. I have no interest in even reading what you wrote so I will just delete it in case there is anything bad in there in response. I am sure you will be telling everyone you are right, and then later you will start a whole new thread to tell everyone how right you are etc. From now on somebody else will have to put up with your poorly researched five minute Google ramblings to tell everyone how 'intelligent' you are.}

4.) 28 Oct 2018 11:23:31



26 Oct 2018 09:33:43
Which Centre back pairing do fellow Gooners consider will be the best when Koscielny and Mavrapanos are fit?


1.) 26 Oct 2018 09:41:21
Socs and holding.

2.) 26 Oct 2018 11:51:25
Scary, all of them have at least one bad mistake in them per game and we don't really know if Kos is ever going to get back to his best. I would have to go sakratis and mustaffi but kos and holding could work if kos isn't over the hill. None of them are nailed on though.

3.) 26 Oct 2018 12:42:42
Chambers and Monreal:-)

4.) 26 Oct 2018 14:22:03
G62! Absolutely!
Squilacci, Cygan and Stepanovs - What was Wenger thinking!
Djourou and Senderos - What was Wenger thinking!
Pat Howard and Terry Mancini - Shows my age!
Jeff Blockley and Willie Young - Shows my age even more!
John Roberts and Ian Ure! - Put me in an old age home!
Interested to see how many of these players you remember G62!

5.) 26 Oct 2018 15:29:54
Geoff Blockley:-) I remember Geoff RG he was a Coventry player who both Arsenal and Leeds wanted and we won, or rather Leeds won because we signed poor old Geoff and they didn't :-)
Willie will always be famous for pulling a very young Paul Allen back in the cup final when he would have been one on one with the keeper something that I believe started the ball rolling for the professional foul red card being introduced.
I remember them all RG some more vaguely than others though I must admit.
How about John Devine Peter Marenello and Brian Hornsby?
Oh and Richie Powling too of course and not forgetting the legends Sammy Nelson Bob Mcnab Pat Rice George Armstrong and Eddie Kelly but to mention a few.

{Ed001's Note - Brian Hornsby I know well G62, his wife was me ma's best mate when I was very small and we moved to Shrewsbury. He had just signed for the Shrews and his missus worked at a place called 'Silhouettes' making clothes with me mam. I can't remember if I am recalling it correctly as I am only going off what I have been told, I was a toddler at the time, but I am pretty sure Graham Turner's wife worked there too. He had just been made player-manager in those days.}

6.) 26 Oct 2018 16:02:09
Names from the past G62!
Trevor Ross
John Matthews
Gus Ceasar
Vladimir Petrovich
Jim Furnell
Geoff Barnett
Lee Chapman
John Hawley
Jimmy Rimmer
Alex Cropley

Did you remember all these?

Any supporters under 30 won't have a clue about all these players and probably can't believe that we once finished 17th in the old Div 1, as all they really know is Arsenal under Wenger!

7.) 26 Oct 2018 16:24:16
Ed - I remember Graham Taylor well, he tried to sign me as a teenager when he was managing Watford, it would have been about 1978. I had trials the previous year when Watford were managed by Mike Keen, as I was spotted by a scout called Bill McCracken, who was ancient, but had a good eye for talented footballers. My parents wouldn't allow me to sign as they wanted me to complete my education. By the time I graduated from University I was too old for a pro career and played in the Isthmian League and the South Midlands MInerva League. Nostalgia!

8.) 26 Oct 2018 16:24:52
Who remembers when Sammy Nelson scored both goals in a 1-1 draw with Coventry and then pulled his shorts down in front of the North Bank.

9.) 26 Oct 2018 16:33:39
I was at the match, I had a season ticket in the East Stand Lower seat at Highbury.
I met Sammy Nelson who was one of the old players that would provide entertainment in Club Level at The Emirates. Still looks the same!

10.) 26 Oct 2018 17:47:17
Hi Ed001, The Hornby's live in Peterborough now mate and it's either Brian or his wife who works at Peterborough regional college where my wife works, she did tell me which one but I've forgotten now.
I know he still organises ex Arsenal players games or he did a couple of years back at least.
Yes RG I remember them all now you mentioned them exempt Jim Furnell who I can't remember at all, sorry Jim.
I remember Pat Jenninngs trying to punch Sammy Nelson in a cup semi for not being on his post while defending a corner, it was v Orient (I think) , I'm not sure how the cosy club members of our recent past would have handled playing with Pat and the players from that generation :-) I think they've have all put in transfer requests double quick :-)

{Ed001's Note - I remember they had a daughter about my age, but he moved to Sheffield Wednesday and we moved as well, so my parents lost touch with them. Brian's name popped up when I was doing the Jack Charlton article, about Jack signing him from Shrewsbury.}

11.) 26 Oct 2018 18:09:34
Really nice people apparently mate, I've never met either, oh I've just remembered it is Mrs Hornsby who works at the college because she was telling my missus about the ex Arsenal charity game Brian was organising a few years back.
Speaking of Turners, does anyone remember Chris Turner the ex CB and Peterborough manager?
He did something no other manager has ever done with any club and no other manager will ever do again either, he took peterborough from 4th division to 1st division in just 2 seasons, any remember how?

{Ed001's Note - me ma always says they were really nice and I vaguely remember them being nice to me when I was a kid.}

12.) 27 Oct 2018 11:25:02
Sammy is a lovely guy and a true Gent. Wasn’t he suspended for pulling his shorts down. He did that because he got a lot of stick for not scoring.

Pat is a super guy and probably one of our best keepers in our history - another great steal from Spurs but I feel he’s still a Spurs supporter at heart. He joined along with Willie Young. Great tackle in the FA Cup final.

13.) 27 Oct 2018 17:53:46
I think most players have a special elegance to thier original club or at least the one where they originally became well known SY mate.
Somewhere in Ashley Cole there will always be some Arsenal even though things turned sour between him and our fans and it's exactly the same for Sol Campbell with Spurs.

14.) 27 Oct 2018 21:45:34
True but Sol refers to Arsenal as us or we.



26 Oct 2018 07:13:01
Following on from my previous comment it must be remembered that we started last night's macth without the following players in the starting line up, that would be in our strongest starting 11: Bellerin, Mustafi, Monreal, Torreira, Ozil and Lacazette. On current form you could add Iwobi to the ljst and that means we started without 6 or 7 of our best starting line up and with Xhaka playing out of position. It also means that the team shoud be fresh to play our 3rd match in 6 days when we face Palace on Sunday.


1.) 26 Oct 2018 08:25:54
3 games in 6 days is tough but when and if things go well (as ling as Sunday goes well of course ) It's a great way to build back up the momentum after the international break.
When your struggling the international break can be a welcome chance to stop and start again but if your buzzing as we are right now it can be really disruptive, so far so good and I think in this case the players will be pleased to be playing again so soon.



26 Oct 2018 07:01:34
11 wins in a row says it all. Especially pleasing was a clean sheet and the performance of Guendouzi.
The defending is improving, as teams no longer seem able to get in behind the back four and we defend set pieces well.
What I keep noticing is our ability to draw teams onto us and creating space to hit them on the counter attack. This happens frequently so it must be a tactic. Far better than Wenger's high press that denied us space when we attacked.
Emery is an inspiration, great to see him on his feet coaching from the touchline and the players appear to like and respect him.





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25 Oct 2018 10:12:39
If reports are to be believed Emery isn't impressed by the options at LB and apparently looked into signing a LB during last summer's window.
Monreal is out of contract in June and turns 33 in February. Whilst Kolasinac started well at the club, then was mysteriously dropped by Wenger, has suffered injuries, looks way too bulky and doesn't convince defensively.
I have a feeling that unless a good opportunity arises we won't sign a LB until the summer. With £70m spent during the last window and reports that £40m is the budget for the next window, we will again look to make clever cheap signings. Hence, the reports that we may try to sign Moreno on a free from Liverpool in the summer window. I am aware that Arsenal fans seem to be unimpressed by Moreno, but perhaps he is the best we can expect, with a restricted budget and other positions also needing filling. I don't believe that right footed fill in options are Emery's choice. The likes of Maitland-Niles, Lichtsteiner and Xhaka playing at LB, are an emergency measure, not a solution. I wonder tonight if Lichtsteiner will replace Bellerin at LB and Jenkinson switch to LB, despite being a right footed RB.




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17 Oct 2018 11:09:36
It's so refreshing following on from Wenger, who tended to leave substitutions until late, often too late to affect the game and generally only took those players off that wouldn't complain.




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24 Sep 2018 06:04:07
Spot on Moe G, I noticed that we are winning despite not playing particularly well, which is a positive sign. I can't recall the last time we won 5 matches in a row and 2 consecutive away matches. I do wish the supporters who have tickets turned up. I have had season tickets for many years and my seats are never empty. On the odd occasions when I am unable to attend I give the seats to family or friends. If we can keep beating the teams outside the top 6, then a top four finish is possible, With Koscileny, Maitland-Niles and Kolasinac returning over the next couple of months the squad is looking strong and with a couple of signings and departure during the next window, this could be an interesting season. We cearly need a wide player that can attack and defend. In addition a midfield player that could play in the attacking 3, who can defend as well as attack. Playing as we did yesterday with Ozil, Ramsey and Aubameyang left us exposed at the back and the only the combination of excellent performances from Cech and Torreira and Everton's poor attack ensured a clean sheet and a win. Against better teams we won't get away with it, as was seen against Man C and Chelsea.




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18 Sep 2018 06:21:05
Xhaka, one of Emery's 5 captains and selected for all 5 PL matches to date.
I believe Xhaka was one of many players in the latter Wenger era that went backwards as a player after arriving at the club. He was played as a DM, not his position and looked poorer for it. Emery is a successful, intelligent and adaptable manager who will get the best out of Xhaka. In all the matches where Torreira and Xhaka played togther, the partnership has looked promising and I can see this pairing forming part of the spine of the team. They compliment each other, with the excellent Torreira providing shape to the team and giving Xhaka more freedom to move forward, between the defence and the attack.




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18 Sep 2018 06:11:26
I was never convinced by Gazidis, as Wenger totally dominated the club in the post-Dein/ Fiszman era.
I like the set up we now have, which appears due to Gazidis. I am not anti-Kroenke per se, but it concerns me if his son replaces Gazidis. Is he up to the job? On the positive side, the more involved he gets, the more he may influence his Father in terms of investing financially in the club.





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28 Oct 2018 09:23:36
Ed - I...….


{Ed001's Note - I really can't be bothered with you. I think from now on it is best another editor deals with your nonsense and fantasies. I have no interest in even reading what you wrote so I will just delete it in case there is anything bad in there in response. I am sure you will be telling everyone you are right, and then later you will start a whole new thread to tell everyone how right you are etc. From now on somebody else will have to put up with your poorly researched five minute Google ramblings to tell everyone how 'intelligent' you are.}



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28 Oct 2018 07:20:30
In the most up to date FIFA World rankings that I could find Switzerland ranked at number 6,
Switzerland has a population of approx 8+ million, Wales 3+ million, NI 1.8 m and Eire 4.7m, so it's a bit unfair to compare playing for any of these minor nations to Switzerland which is 6th in World football and has a population much larger than any of the 3 nations you mentioned. Switzerland won the U17 World Cup finals when Xhaka was playing for the team, I can't recall any of the other International teams you mentioned winning a World Cup at any level. Indeed the Swiss have a sophisticated League system that has provided the basis for the footballing success of the nation. The Swiss national team has qualified for the last 4 World Cup Finals. None of the teams you mentioned qualified for the last World Cup Finals, never mind the last 4 finals consecutively.
Xhaka is of Albanian heritage and his brother plays for Albania, both were actually born in Switzerland. Of course Granit Xhaka could have played for Albania, he chose to play for Switzerland, opposed to Albania.
It will be interesting to see if you publish this article and I don't mean to be rude, but belittling Swiss football and Xhaka's success as a football is simply unfair. I accept he isn't everyone's cup, but he has been a successful footballer, with trophies and international caps to his name.


{Ed001's Note - you really do talk some crap. No one cares what their populations are, it is irrelevant. Otherwise we would have China winning everything. Switzerland's nonsense FIFA ranking is just a joke, those rankings are moronic and are cheated by teams on the regular, just ask Poland how they got so high up to ensure a favourable draw at the World Cup despite being cack.

It does not matter what their league system is like, it does not matter what youth trophies they won, as a large proportion of players at those levels not only fail to make it but regularly are not representing the nations they will at adult level, it only matters how many top quality players they have available to choose for their international side. Switzerland simply doesn't have many, no matter how much crap you borrow from Google.

You never bother to read anyone else's posts properly that is why every single one of your replies just ends up being ridiculous. Your ignorance shows through every time as you just post up poorly researched crap you find on Google. Have you even heard of Kosovo or Kosovan-Albanians? Oh wait, I am sure you billion-pound financial empire probably takes you out there every day....}



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28 Oct 2018 06:45:09
Hi Ed, that's a bit harsh! Welbeck is a 27 year old current England International and if Arsenal hadn't let his contract run down in today's inflated market he must be worth an absolute minimum of £15m, probably closer to £20m and on a good day £25m.
I also stated that it would cost a fortune to buy a replacement and English players that can play in all 3 forward positions are at a premium, a minimum of say £25m, probably more likely to be £35-50m. A foreign replacement could possibly be bought cheaper £20-30m. So the fortune I speak of in lost sale fee and replacement fee could easily be calculated at a combined minimum of £35m.


{Ed001's Note - hardly harsh. Welbeck is a donkey and it is an utter joke that Arsenal paid anything for him. You clearly have no idea how this works if you think you can factor in costs for replacing a player that spends 90% of the time injured. If you are going to be silly about it, factor in how much will be saved on insurance and treatment.}



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28 Oct 2018 06:35:18
Line one should read 'In 9 PL matches this season Palace have only scored 5 goals' . In the home matches they haven't scored a single goal.




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28 Oct 2018 01:38:26
At only 19 years of age Emery seems to be handling Guendouzi really well. Young players can suffer physically if played too often at the top level at a young age. You only have to look at Wilshere, who was destroyed physically by being overplayed at a young age when player are still growing and developing physically.
The Xhaka issue is no doubt contentious, but both Energy and Wenger always started him and Emery made him one of his 5 captains and extended his contract. I too would like to see if Guendouzi would be a success playing in the 3 ahead of the 2 in Emery's favoured 4-2-3-1 formation. Of course there are aspects of Xhaka's game that need work and I'm certain Emery and his excellent staff are working with the player in this respect.