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31 Aug 2017 21:50:31
It looks like we haven't added to the squad on the final day, but the two signings we made early in the window are quality. It was disappointing to sell Gabriel and Oxlade, but were they first choices? Gabriel was a disappointment and Oxlade came to life when he was in the shop window and playimg as a wing back, a position he doesn't want to play.

We have managed to keep Ozil and Sanchez, which may only be for a season, but is a positive.

The most important thing is that Wenger sets the team out correctly. We have a couple of home matches next and wins would lift the spirit of the team.
Now the window is almost closed it's time to get behind Wenger and the team.

RG61

1.) 31 Aug 2017 22:21:54
If everyone stays fit with Sanchez Ozil Lacazette up top and revert to 4 at the back with Belerin Kos Mustafi Kol things aren't looking terrible but where do we find 2 let alone 3 CMF players that are capable as individuals let alone in a partnership?
Xhaka Elney Le coq Ramsey where do you even begin?


2.) 31 Aug 2017 22:34:45
Sorry, i don't see it as a positive when we finished 5th and haven't improved the defence, which was awful last year, and started same this year. Haven't sorted midfield issues. The promise of change by Gazidis, failed to materialise. We want the club to attempt to move forward. Making a profit in todays market is a glowing sign of the club and it's priorities. Where's the ambition? They should have made a statement to show everyone we mean business, instead we shown we are running as a business. screw the fans for as much money as possible and ignore what they want.


3.) 31 Aug 2017 22:43:05
Everyones gone mad, your all deluded. Alexis should be gone, ozil is not interested. We will be lucky to finish in a Europa place. Wenger is a disgrace. The ox had the right idea Arsenal is an absolute shambles and it won't change until Wenger has gone.


4.) 31 Aug 2017 22:44:27
G62 - I was thinking exactly the same about using a back four of Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny and Kolasinac, but Wenger will persevere with the current 3-2-4-1.
The back three should contain Mustafi and Koscielny. The third CB, could be either Holding or Metesacker. I would then use Chambers as a 5th CB option and cover at RWB. I would only use Monreal as a CB in absolute emergency.
The 2 DM's would be Xhaka and one of Elneny and Coquelin. Coquelin is better when we need to play more defensively.
The four can be selected from Bellerin, Kolasinac, Monreal. Ramsey, Ozil Sanchez, Walcott, Iwobi and Wilshere if he stays (I would keep him)
The striker, from Lacazette, Giroud and Welbeck

Youngsters available: Maitland-Niles, Nelson. Reine-Adelaide and Akpom.
With Europa and League Cup matches we should use the squad.
In January I would like to see us sign a DM and a quality CB.


5.) 01 Sep 2017 01:45:44
Guys. I am a Gooner. I come from Glasgow and I'm a Celtic fan. I have followed Arsenal since 1987. Honestly. Anyways, this is as low as I have ever felt. No direction, no cohesion. just. nothing. I do think Lacazette will be a CRACKING signing once he beds in. Sanchez staying? I honestly think we need a change of direction. BIG TIME! We, as a support ARE NOT SILLY! . Spend money and S Kronke. GTF! It's not rocket science.


6.) 01 Sep 2017 09:16:49
Sanchez should really play centre mid with Xhaka, imagine him there.


 

 

31 Aug 2017 13:35:12
Interesting news that Man C have put forward an increased offer of £55m, please £5m add ons, whilst we have gone back in for Lemar. Bearing in mind if we keep Sanchez, we lose a possible £60m and he wants to go, I wold love to see us complete this deal. Not that our negotiators fill me with confidence.

RG61

1.) 31 Aug 2017 13:46:17
I'm with you on this one RG, our negotiators make the seemingly probable impossible and often make us look like the fools!

I mentioned the possibility of Draxler earlier only as i thought Lemar was dead in the water but both would be good. Young full of promise French/ German nationals and would bring a lift to the changing room I'm sure!

Lets get this done please.


2.) 31 Aug 2017 14:08:23
We need them both as well as addressing the cazorla possition and a DM and a CB . This all needed to be done this window . Madness . There's a few hours left though 🤐.


3.) 31 Aug 2017 14:11:12
Hearing 90m bid for Lemar and not the singer.


4.) 31 Aug 2017 14:12:53
I'd love both, but it's equally if not more possible we'll sell Alexis and get neither.


5.) 31 Aug 2017 13:49:12
By both i meant either. unless? Haha.


6.) 31 Aug 2017 13:51:43
Signing both would be fantastic, it would give us tactical flexibility and would also mean we're somewhat more prepared for any first team departures next summer. e. g. Ozil.


7.) 31 Aug 2017 14:04:51
Guillem balague saying we have asked city for a couple of hours because we are confident of getting lemar.


8.) 31 Aug 2017 14:32:00
Irrespective of who we sign. I don't think things will change. To be completely honest i think we have decent enough players and with an addition here and there we are capable of challenging, but that won't happen under Wenger.

And as much as i am pissed off about AOC moving. i just feel Kloop will get the best out of him, and we will all finally realise that the problem is not the players but the man leading this club.


 

 

31 Aug 2017 12:47:29
Interesting morning:
Defence:
Mustafi likely to stay
Chambers, bid of £20m from Leicester turned down. Sounds like we want to keep him, as £20m is a decent bid. However, £25m was mentioned previously as an acceptable fee. Having sold Gabriel I would imagine he is staying as he can cover RB as well. I would love to see us try and sign Van Dyke or even Evans, but I don't see either being signed.
Perez - It would be absurd to loan him out to Everton, as this would strengthen a competitor for a top four place. I think he is a decent player and we should keep him.
Sanchez - Seems like we are trying to force an exchange deal for Sterling or a massive fee for a player in the last year of his deal. It makes little sense to keep him, as he wants to go and we would lose a huge fee.
Possible loans: Debuchy, Akpom, Reine-Adelaide, Zelalem, Maitland-Niles, Wilshere and Campbell.
Mahrez looks more likely to go to Chelsea as they lost out on Oxlade
So the only signings I see are an exchange deal with City involving Sanchez. One surprise signing which I doubt very much.

RG61

1.) 31 Aug 2017 13:11:05
Agreed mate

Another window of disappointment it seems.


2.) 31 Aug 2017 14:27:03
Ed said Chambers stays given Gabriel's departure.


3.) 31 Aug 2017 14:39:59
Thomas lemar guys mark my words, me and his agent are friends, believe me or not.


 

 

24 Aug 2017 13:50:39
I just read a report that Arsenal have met with Van Dijk and feelings are that Southampton wold rather sell to us than to Liverpool. Things are starting to make sense:
Southampton have just laid out £17m on a CB from Lazio. We have sold Gabriel for £10m and reports of Mustafi departing as well. The sales would go a long way towards paying the high fee required for Van Dijk. Fingers crossed that we get him and keep Mustafi, Imagine Mustafi, Van Dijk and Koscielny.

RG61

1.) 24 Aug 2017 14:42:42
Steady on rg!


2.) 24 Aug 2017 20:04:25
60 mill for a defender? you think wenger will spend that? chelsea or liverpool. wenger is busy playing monopoly.

i get that we have a big team but its not our fault with all these exceptional players we have right?


3.) 24 Aug 2017 21:22:26
Liverpool won't pay it either.


4.) 24 Aug 2017 22:58:20
They might with all that courtinho money going spear, 138 million buys him twice over :-)


5.) 25 Aug 2017 06:31:49
Yes, I do think Wenger will pay £60m for Van Dijk. Firstly he has sold Gabriel for £10m and if the 'noise' surrounding Mustafi departing is true, then we could sell him for the £35m we paid. Therefore, we would only have to add £15m to sign Van Dijk. Also, at 26 years of age, we could easily get 8 years out of him and he could still have a large sell on fee whilst he is still in his 20's. The difficulty is whether Southampton will sell. This has become more possible after the signing of the Lazio defender for £17m, which clearly for a club such as Southampton, the fee for a first team player, not a reserve and holding Van Dijk will be difficult if he truly wants out. In addition selling to Arsenal is clearly preferable than selling to Liverpool in this instance. We will then have 5 CB's - Van Dijk, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Holding and Chambers, with Monreal and Kolasinac able to fill in. Fingers crossed.


6.) 25 Aug 2017 08:21:29
Coutinho isn't going to Barca.


 

 

19 Aug 2017 02:28:42
Sorry to see Gabriel depart as I liked his attitude. However, not learning English during his 2 year stay clearly didn't help and he was. disappointing on the pitch. It appears that Wenger will be giving Chambers a chance to resurrect his career at the club, although I can't say I'm over-enthusiastic about his chances of making it at the club.

Presumably Chambers can provide cover at RB and may form a good partnership with his international colleague Holding. So we look like starting the season with 5 CB's of which two are young players coming through. I have a feeling that Wenger may opt to use Monreal as a CB, Kolasinac at LWB. We now have only 7 players to cover the 5 defensive positions, which is a tad worrying. Mind you Ox, if he stays can play at RWB.

RG61

1.) 19 Aug 2017 05:35:09
RWB: Bellerin, (Ox) , Maitland-Niles, Nelson
CB: Koscielny, Mustafi, Mertesacker, Chambers, Holding, Monreal, Bielik (Kolasinac)
LWB: Kolasinac, (Monreal) , Ox, Bramall

Assuming Jenkinson, Debuchy, Gibbs go and Ox stays, that's a reasonably strong starting trio of Kos, Mustafi, Mertesacker/ Holding at CB though we could arguably do with an upgrade, and Bellerin/ Kola at wingback has the potential to be best in the league. I think Ox will get less game time in defence (and overall) once the window shuts. Decent depth too as I rate Bielik.

I think letting Gabriel go was the right move, as Holding has shown a lot of promise despite his shaky game against Leicester. Not too worried about defence as it only looked exposed when we lacked our 3 starting CBs - much more worried about midfield. Seri/ Goretzka should be our top priority and Draxler if we can get him.


2.) 19 Aug 2017 06:40:20
Hi Wire - without doubling up player's position-wise and including youngsters that in almost all cases are nowhere near ready for the first team:
RWB: Bellerin and Ox
LWB: Kolasinac and Monreal
CB: Mertesacker, Mustafi, Chambers, Holding and Koscielny
Total of 9 players for 5 defensive positions, including Ox, who may depart despite what Wenger is stating. With Gabriel it would have been 10, so two players for each position.
As far as the youngsters go, of the ones you mentioned only Nelson looks at present to have the ability to play in the first team, the rest need to be loaned out to gain experience whilst they mature as players. In Nelson's case he looks to have the ability, but he looked a more offensive player and I'm nt sure about the defensive side of his game. I still feel we need another CB and a replacement for Ox if he departs.


3.) 19 Aug 2017 11:06:34
Surely nelson should be playing in one of the two spots behind the striker if he comes on?


4.) 19 Aug 2017 14:25:55
no. why would he?


 

 

 

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21 Sep 2017 06:42:58
Pleased that we won last night and a good draw for the next round. In respect of Sanago belittling the League Cup, one of the most successful managers of the modern era, Mourinho, I believe has won it 4 times and he clearly takes every competition his teams enter seriously, with a desire to win them all. Indeed, clearly before Sanogo's time, the hugely successful George Graham era at Arsenal, started off in 1986 with, guess what, winning the League Cup 2-0 against Liverpool. This was the catalyst for his success at the club.
Unfortunately I was unable to go to the match last night and haven't had an opportunity to watch the match yet, but Phil Neville brought up a very interesting word on Sky Sports last night when asked about Luke Shaw. The word was 'intensity', which he commented that Shaw lacked. This intrigued me, setting aside the team selected, positions, tactics, etc, this probably something often lacking in recent Wenger teams. In the pre-Emirates era we had players such as Keown, Adams, Vieira, etc, who always played with self-motivated intensity. Whereas nowadays the team often lack intensity. Yes, they can turn it on and last weekend's match was an example, as was the FA Cup Final. However, and I say this without having seen last night's match, the scoreline was disappointing, while the other PL top teams were putting 3 or 4 past lower league opponents, we only managed a solitary goal and in a match where squad players were given an ideal opportunity to show why they should be first choices. From reports Wilshere was one of the few players that showed intensity. Was this the case that many players didn't give their all and could this be the missing ingredient. You only have to look at the passion shown on the touchline by top managers, that seems lacking at our club.

RG61

 

 

20 Sep 2017 16:50:19
An interesting question for raver and it is not meant as a wind up. Why did the toot only get 23,000 fans at last night's match against Championship Barnsley, whilst Arsenal will get more than double tonight against League 1 Doncaster.
This doesn't seem the case for league matches, where the toot attendances this season are high.

In last season's EL attendances were also in the twenty thousand bracket, whilst Arsenal will sell almost all the tickets for this year's matches. Yes, I know we have a reputation for quoting the tickets sold, not the actual attendance, as some fans unbelievably don't turn up despite having shelled out for tickets. The fans attitudes seem so different in respect of attending these matches and perhaps raver could shed some light on why they don't attend.

RG61

1.) 20 Sep 2017 17:24:15
Well you only have to look at the koln game as an example. A supposed 2900 away tickets but obviously fans didn't turn up and sold there's on as there were loads of koln fans around the ground. But also I was there that night and there was thousands of empty seats. Your also banging on about the bloody milk cup mate. Your at it again firsts charity sheilds then Coca Cola cups and attendances . Your a grade A sad case mate. Why on earth do resort to banging on about the pinkest stuff you can imagine when the real balls of our club trumps the spuds shocking history a million to one. Sad case.


2.) 20 Sep 2017 17:38:15
Sanago this was a sensible question asked to raver, which didn't require your usual juvenile semi-literate response. To educate you, if I understand your comment, the host of which is that competitions such as the EL, League Cup and the Community Shield are minor and therefore not worth attending, nor winning. This is absolute nonsense. Last season not only did Man U win the EL, but that qualified them for this season's CL. The League Cup is also worth winning and other than Swansea in recent seasons the trophy has been won by the big teams. As for the Community Shield, it is a match in front of a full house at Wembley played between the League Champions and the FA Cup winners, which gives it status. However, my comment was to ascertain why Arsenal fans attend LC and EL matches, whilst in general Toot fans don't and raver would be able to give the Toot perspective.


3.) 20 Sep 2017 18:03:58
Sanago - If you dislike my comments then simply bypass them, opposed to making absurd comments, which are embarrassing in the extreme. Incidentally, according to the official Arsenal site we have sold out for tonight's match. Presumably we are expecting 20,000 Doncaster fans to descend upon the Emirates in order to purchase these tickets for hundreds of pounds off the home fans?
This confirms my comment to perfection, as Arsenal sell out 60,000 tickets for a League 1 team, whereas the toot can't even sell 24,000 tickets for a Championship side.


4.) 20 Sep 2017 18:50:50
It's sad and a stupid way to look at things. We are a glorious club with a glorious history and you go on about having the best attendance in the carabotifulwhogivesafudder cup. And I believe the other day you said that this game would give us a good indication as to our depth? Your a bonafide nutjob mate. The fact that you have mentioned that you would spend £150k on a Porsche highlighted the fact that you don't have a clue.


5.) 20 Sep 2017 19:10:53
Alas Sanogo clearly I look at football in a different way to you and I probably played to a higher level than you. As for the car, yes I am fortunate to be able to spend £150,000 on a Porsche Turbo and why not, quite why that makes me clueless is beyond any logic. Go on the tell us all what car you drive? A Subaru by any chance?


6.) 20 Sep 2017 19:21:37
Get a bloody room you two 😁😁

"Carabotifulwhogivesafodder" lol cracking up 😁.


7.) 20 Sep 2017 19:25:03
R. G. I go to games but the league cup is not a seller, a Wednesday night against Barnsley is completely different from last Wednesday against Dortmund in a much bigger competition. It's like Friday nights down the dog and gun if there's a football quiz on it's poor attendance, but if dirty Debbie shows up swinging from poles the place is packed out.


8.) 20 Sep 2017 19:43:25
Thank you for the reply raver. However, I was comparing your early round EL attendances last season to ours so far this season and last night's LC attendance at Wembley of only 23,000 to ours tonight, which although it is allegedly sold out I would imagine a few won't turn up, but it willl be at least 55,000. Considering you played a Championship side, whilst we play a League 1 side, it doesn't make sense, ignoring Sanago's daft comments.
I suppose if Dirty Debbie moved her pole to Arsenal territory then we may see a fall in attendances too.
The attendances at Wembley so far have been interesting as you only had in the 20,000s for the friendly against Juve and the Barnsley match. Whereas you had a huge attendance against Chelsea in the 80,000's, which dropped to the 60,000 ish for Burnley and Swansea.


 

 

19 Sep 2017 06:27:09
Tomorrow's match should illustrate the strength of our sqaud as we can play a totally different starting line up from the Chelsea match and still look strong. I hope Reiss Nelson gets to start and not as a WB! He looks the real deal.

RG61

1.) 19 Sep 2017 07:44:39
The game against Doncaster will really give us a good indication 😂.


2.) 19 Sep 2017 07:53:42
I think after Sunday no one will mind too much what side Arsene plays.
But your right it would be good to see Nelson get a start RG.


 

 

18 Sep 2017 06:46:51
Interestingly Wenger has mentioned the intensity of yesterday's performance. That is something that should be a given for a PL team, alongside a sound tactical plan and playing your best players in their correct positions. I have always been impressed by managers such as Sean Dyche at Burnley who despite not having the best players, almost always sets them out correctly, instils an intensity into his team, plays players in their correct positions and makes beating Burnley extremely difficult. I am not certain whether he would cut it at a higher level club, but these basic points are often overlooked by Wenger. Yesterday we had the intensity for sure, tactically apart from the opening section when we pushed too high and Pedro get through way too easily and was thwarted by a fine save by The WB's as I had repeatedly stated concentrated on sitting deep and defending. The DM's were okay, Ramsey occasionally found out of position on the counter attack. The team selected was almost to my liking, except I would have started with Ramsey instead of Iwobi in the more advanced role and Elneny next to Xhakka. I still believe we need a top quality DM to play alongside Xhaka. I also would have played Mertesacker in the centre of the back three flanked by Mustafi and Koscielny. Sitting deep Mertesacker doesn't get exposed pace-wise and Monreal tries so hard, but is not a CB and Kolasinac is far better than him at LB. I don't belive we missed Ozil and if we can get anything for him in January I would cash in. Likewise with Sanchez, if we can get £20m+, take it and replace the pair. Hopefully, we continue playing with yesterday's intensity and desire to win, which is essential.

RG61

1.) 18 Sep 2017 11:12:14
Isn't Ben Mee a left back? But correct me if I'm wrong but he didn't look like he was playing in the left back position against Liverpool, so Sean Dyche doesn't always play people in what was previously considered their best position.
Henry was a winger, Petitt a CB Toure a midfielder before Arsene change that and their careers for the better.

The more times you say something doesn't make it any more or any less correct RG mate, learn from Arsene my friend stubbornness in order to be seen as being correct is not a strength :-)


2.) 18 Sep 2017 12:18:37
Steady there 62 😂.


3.) 18 Sep 2017 12:43:20
G62, of course there are exceptions, often forced for various reasons. I was simply trying to explain the simple concept of setting out a team, tactics and playing players in their best positions tends to bring better and more consistent performances.
I am always impressed by managers that get the best out of the set of players they have at their disposal, which at times I don't believe Wenger does. Perhaps I harp on about these points because it is barely believable that a successful manager such as Wenger often misses these basic concepts.
Yes there are players that move position for the better, the law of averages makes that a given. However, many players that Wenger plays out of position have not been improved by the change, nor has the team benefitted. As prime examples, moving Cazorla and Wilshere into DM positions has resulted in both sustaining serious injuries and our DM position has looked so weak since the likes of Vieira, Gilberto and indeed Petit played. The difference with Petit is that he was a defender and the move was more logical as he already possessed the defensive side of his game. Take yesterday's team selection, did Ramsey and Xhaka truly look comfortable playing in the DM roles? Both clearly look better once they cross the halfway line. What is your opinion of the defensive side of Bellerin and Gibbs, who were both converted from more attacking roles. Would any of the top teams consider playing Monreal at CB? My point was simply confirming that yesterday, simply by playing the WB's deep and the defence deep after Pedro's missed looked so much better. Imagine we purchase a couple of proper DM's and continue to set the team out intelligently, I am sure the results would improve considerably.
As far as my comments are concerned, if they bother you simply ignore them, as do I with many inane comments, other than raver61's which amuse me. It appears that you repeat the same objections to my comments repeatedly, More importantly i'm looking forward to the next game and it will be interesting to see the team selected and how many youngsters get a game. I would like to see Nelson given an opportunity, as well as Wilshere.


4.) 18 Sep 2017 13:11:21
Hold me back Sanogo hold me back :-)
RG we could all list Arsenes mistakes and if we only listed his repeat ones it would take us pages and pages to list them.
Examples are easy to find to suit most arguments depending on which side you want to take but for now here in the present Arsene has just had a rae very successful result away to a top team and he got his tactics motivation and formation spot on.
Against Liverpool he and his ability were questioned to the hilt and quite rightly too but yesterday the man had a good day so let's enjoy it while we can mate.
I'm sure your football knowledge expands far wider than you allow yourself to express sometimes RG mate allow your self the creative freedom to expand your range of topics and you might find you start much longer threads that bring about interesting debates and opinions.
Yiu are an excellent poster and an asset to the page mate but you do tend to milk subjects beyond there value.
Strong and stable government and the most important election of my lifetime said repeatedly over and over again didn't inspire many people for Theresa Mays campaign.
You can only say the same thing so many times before people lose interest and change channels mate :-)


5.) 18 Sep 2017 14:03:31
Sorry RG but I disagree with both of your examples strongly. Cazorla being played in a holding role was genius from the manager as it allowed us to get the best out of him in his older years, do you really disagree that he was excellent in that role? And as for Wilshere, I'm not sure how long you have been following Arsenal but he was infamous for his injuries way before the suggestion of him playing at DM even cropped up so I'm not sure how you've linked it to that!


6.) 18 Sep 2017 15:47:47
All managers have to make big calls if they get the vast majority right their team will be successful and vice versa, Arsene has got enough right to carry as manager on but not enough to make us premier league competive.
In his first 8 years not every decision he made was right but he made so many good ones nobody took to much notice of the poor ones, in his last 8 seasons not every decision he's made has been wrong but they have been too many wrong ones for any good ones to count for much.
If a manager delivers his mistakes are over looked but as soon as he stops delivering the magnifying glass comes out from the public and pundits alike.


7.) 19 Sep 2017 11:45:15
The perfect goal. If you truly believe playing Cazorla in a DM role was genius then I have to disagree strongly, The success under Wenger came with tall, athletic midfield players who could defend, such as Vieira, Gilberto and Petit. When he changed to smaller, technical players in the DM roles, we stopped competing for the title. Of course quality footballers such as Cazorla and Wilshere can play in almost any position, but that doesn't mean it is the correct position to play them as DM's. As for your comment in respect of injuries, the last thing you do with an injury prone technical player is start to play him as a DM, where tackling clearly enhances the chances of serious injury.


8.) 19 Sep 2017 11:51:37
Hi G62 - Going back to the early Wenger period I believe he set the team out correctly, tactics were spot on and the trophies were won as a result. I understand that around the time the new stadium was built that we had severe financial constraints and in addition the competition grew with the emergence of Chelsea then Man City.
What I failed to understand was moving away from the successful formula he had and then persevering with a failed formula for so long. He changed from being predictable in terms of formation, team selection and more often than not it was possible, during the game, to predict his substitutions, to the latest nonsense of playing two LB's at CB!


 

 

17 Sep 2017 17:09:53
Excellent result and a fine performance. The team was set out so much better, with the wing backs clearly under instructions to defend first and foremost. Likewise Xhaka and Ramsey defended well, although at times Ramsey being a more forward orientated player was clearly in an incorrect position when defending. We started off playing too high a defensive line, which allowed Pedro to go one and one with Cech, fortunately Cech made a great save, but that was exactly why we can't play a high defensive line against quality opponents. Monreal looked like a spare part at CB, with Mustafi and Koscielny almost forming a 2 man central defence, with Monreal filling an dad role between CB and LB. I would have preferred to have seen Mertesacker in the centre of the back three with Kos and Mustafi either side. I think we looked more solid without Ozil in the desire, but I would have preferred us to start with Sanchez instead, which would have given Lacazette more support. He was so isolated and had a hard afternoon. Shocking tackle by Luiz and a three match ban is not nearly enough for a tackle that could easily have broken Kolasinac's leg. Such tackles should result in a minmum 5 match ban, which could be increased depending on the damage done. We must now press on and win the league matches coming up. Well done to Wenger and the team.

RG61

1.) 17 Sep 2017 17:33:10
" never knowingly under sold :-)
If I had to some your posts about your own opinions and determination to be heard in a single sentence or catch phrase RG ' never knowingly under sold " would be it.
It certainly wouldn't be " at the risk of repeating myself " :-)


2.) 17 Sep 2017 17:46:22
Ha Gunner62, I just can't help myself, when it's so bleedin obvious. For once Wenger listened to me and the wing backs played deep, Xhaka and Ramsey tried their best to protect the back three or rather back two, quite where Monreal was playing was beyond me, somewhere between the two CB's and Kolasinac at LWB.
Good result though and pleasing to see us set out better.


3.) 17 Sep 2017 18:10:38
I think Monreal did well today RG, he certainly didn't put a foot wrong.


4.) 17 Sep 2017 20:49:28
He even did a sudoku at half time . Legend.


 

 

 

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13 Sep 2017 10:50:05
Hi Gunner62 - I'm not sure signing Debuchy was a mistake as Jenkinson has never looked sufficiently talented to become a squad player at the club and has been jetisoned long ago. Unfortunately Debuchy suffered serious injury and Bellerin came through. However, I'm sure that a fit Debuchy would provide decent cover for Bellerin, who must be rested at some stage. The same goes for Wilshere who can provide cover for Cazorla and is as similar a player as you will get to deputise for the Spaniard.

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13 Sep 2017 07:52:35
Thanks Ed001 - If Debuchy plays no further matches for us and remains on the payroll until the end of his contract, that equates to approx £1.3m per match!
What concerns me is when we bought him as a replacement for Sanga, he was keeping Sanga out of the French national team and I was thrilled to see him coming in as a replacement for the excellent Sagna, who I was sad to see leave, yet Wenger managed to play a part in his decline from being a top international RB, to the position where we can't even loan him out.
One of Wenger's problems is that he tends to select the same team, which means quality back ups rarely get a game. As a result they go off form, lose match fitness and become disgruntled. Even after relatively few matches this season, we haven't seen much of certain quality players, such as: Giroud, Walcott, Debuchy, Wilshere, Iwobi, Elneny and the superbly talented Nelson. We could select an experienced team tomorrow, without the likely starting 11 who will play against Chelsea. As many of the first 11 have recently played 2 international matches, perhaps this is an ideal opportunity to rest them anad allow other players to play. With League Cup and EL matches coming up thick and fast, this seems an ideal opportunity to give players much needed match time.

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13 Sep 2017 06:48:02
Tomorrow night will clearly illustrate the future plans for both Debuchy and Wilshere. If either player isn't at least included in the matchday squad then they are clearly surplus to requirements. In respect of Debuchy his departure is a forgone conclusion and I would imagine it is only his £80,000 a week pay packet that is the reason we haven't moved him on. It questions Wenger's handling of his player who cost us £12m, plus £20m in wages over this 5 year deal and without checking I doubt he has played 50 matches. I would take the opportunity to play Wilshere in the EL and League Cup matches, as he will be extremely motivated and it gives one last chance to see f he had what it takes to remain at the club and remain fit. With Coquelin injured and Xhaka due a rest after international duty, it makes sense to play Wilshere alongside Elneny.

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{Ed001's Note - I had to look it up because I was wondering how many appearances Debuchy has made. 23! Not even half the 50 matches you thought was a low figure. That is shocking.}


 

 

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11 Sep 2017 08:03:08
Totally baffled by the decision to leave the pair out, then again his team selections against Stoke and Liverpool were odd. Against Bournemouth the team was well balanced. However, I still don't like Monreal playing at CB and Ramsey alongside Xhaka. You will get away with these selections against weaker teams, but not against the likes of Chelsea when the 3 CB's should be Mustafi, Mertesacker and Koscielny, with Xhaka and Coquelin in DM, if fit. If not it might have to be Ramsey as Elneny doesn't full me with confidence defensively. WB's Bellerin and Kolasinac.

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31 Aug 2017 22:44:27
G62 - I was thinking exactly the same about using a back four of Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny and Kolasinac, but Wenger will persevere with the current 3-2-4-1.
The back three should contain Mustafi and Koscielny. The third CB, could be either Holding or Metesacker. I would then use Chambers as a 5th CB option and cover at RWB. I would only use Monreal as a CB in absolute emergency.
The 2 DM's would be Xhaka and one of Elneny and Coquelin. Coquelin is better when we need to play more defensively.
The four can be selected from Bellerin, Kolasinac, Monreal. Ramsey, Ozil Sanchez, Walcott, Iwobi and Wilshere if he stays (I would keep him)
The striker, from Lacazette, Giroud and Welbeck

Youngsters available: Maitland-Niles, Nelson. Reine-Adelaide and Akpom.
With Europa and League Cup matches we should use the squad.
In January I would like to see us sign a DM and a quality CB.

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21 Sep 2017 06:51:30
I was not aware of what the actual problems were with Samson in the past, but isn't it often the case that some of the best managers such as Clough and Mourinho were/ are hardly saints and both were touted to manage the England team. The FA often chose to employ weak yes men, such as Hodgson and now Southgate, who we wouldn't want to manage our team and haven't been huge successes, apart from the early Hodgson era. The one time the FA pushed the boat out and employed a more risky choice as manager in Allardyce, they allowed/ encouraged him to depart, when they could have backed him up and kept him at the helm. I was actually looking forward to seeing how he would get on in the role, whereas the moment Southgate was installed as manager I lost all interest, as we don't stand a chance with him in charge at the major tournaments. It will be the usual easy qualification from a weak group, leading to over-expectations at a major tournament and failing to get through the group stage or getting knocked out in the first match after the group stage.

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{Ed001's Note - so you think that it is ok to appoint someone that is a bigot to the job? Why not go the whole hog and appoint Alf Garnett, as that is who Sampson clearly models himself on.... Mind the FA did appoint Stuart Pearce, a man who had been found guilty and punished for racially abusing other players in the past, but who still had the barefaced cheek to pontificate about Luis Suarez during his spat with Evra! No shame at the FA.}


 

 

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20 Sep 2017 19:43:25
Thank you for the reply raver. However, I was comparing your early round EL attendances last season to ours so far this season and last night's LC attendance at Wembley of only 23,000 to ours tonight, which although it is allegedly sold out I would imagine a few won't turn up, but it willl be at least 55,000. Considering you played a Championship side, whilst we play a League 1 side, it doesn't make sense, ignoring Sanago's daft comments.
I suppose if Dirty Debbie moved her pole to Arsenal territory then we may see a fall in attendances too.
The attendances at Wembley so far have been interesting as you only had in the 20,000s for the friendly against Juve and the Barnsley match. Whereas you had a huge attendance against Chelsea in the 80,000's, which dropped to the 60,000 ish for Burnley and Swansea.

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20 Sep 2017 19:10:53
Alas Sanogo clearly I look at football in a different way to you and I probably played to a higher level than you. As for the car, yes I am fortunate to be able to spend £150,000 on a Porsche Turbo and why not, quite why that makes me clueless is beyond any logic. Go on the tell us all what car you drive? A Subaru by any chance?

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20 Sep 2017 18:03:58
Sanago - If you dislike my comments then simply bypass them, opposed to making absurd comments, which are embarrassing in the extreme. Incidentally, according to the official Arsenal site we have sold out for tonight's match. Presumably we are expecting 20,000 Doncaster fans to descend upon the Emirates in order to purchase these tickets for hundreds of pounds off the home fans?
This confirms my comment to perfection, as Arsenal sell out 60,000 tickets for a League 1 team, whereas the toot can't even sell 24,000 tickets for a Championship side.

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20 Sep 2017 17:38:15
Sanago this was a sensible question asked to raver, which didn't require your usual juvenile semi-literate response. To educate you, if I understand your comment, the host of which is that competitions such as the EL, League Cup and the Community Shield are minor and therefore not worth attending, nor winning. This is absolute nonsense. Last season not only did Man U win the EL, but that qualified them for this season's CL. The League Cup is also worth winning and other than Swansea in recent seasons the trophy has been won by the big teams. As for the Community Shield, it is a match in front of a full house at Wembley played between the League Champions and the FA Cup winners, which gives it status. However, my comment was to ascertain why Arsenal fans attend LC and EL matches, whilst in general Toot fans don't and raver would be able to give the Toot perspective.

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