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15 Sep 2018 23:50:16
Having seen the highlights I have to say it's the best game I've seen Xhaka have, had a huge say in both goals and no costly mistakes, very decent free kick but not a worldie as I thought the keeper should have done better in reality.
To me he still looks very awkward when he runs at more than a jog (which isn't often ) and his tackling is as crude as ever on the rare occasion it happens but still his best game in 2 years 5 games,
IS it enough to justify his inclusion? It's obviously a huge improvement on anything before but needs to happen more often than once every two seasons and 4 games for Arsenal to be top 4 contenders again.


1.) 16 Sep 2018 02:07:00
Xhaka looks far better alongside Torreira, as he provides the platform for Xhaka to play as a deep, false number 10, where he provides a vital link between defence and attack with his quality passing. Alongside Guendouzi he tends to end up playing deeper as a DM, which doesn't suit his style of play. Guendouzi is a fine young player, but he reminds me so much of Elneny both physically and in the 'headless chicken' style of play.

2.) 16 Sep 2018 09:34:58
Vital? Really!
Vital means someone you can't do without and while it's obviously not all down to him alone but we haven't made top 4 since Xhaka arrived after 20 years of consecutive qualification before he arrived.
Sanchez was vital to us being our best during his time as was Kos until recently but calling Xhaka vital is an extreme exaggeration to say the least.
If he continues to play like yesterday he will become an asset but he's long way to go to become an asset let alone vital.

3.) 16 Sep 2018 13:53:17
Vital! Really, once in a blue moon isn't vital. We played Newcastle, didn't still look solid defensively in midfield and it wasnt even a top half prem team. Vital my hairy arm. The sooner he is ejected with a couple more, the sooner we might actually improve.

4.) 16 Sep 2018 15:37:15
This range of passing makes me laugh. He has one nice pass that’s the one over the top to the left winger, everyone has their opinion but for me he isn’t up to scratc for challenging for silverware.

5.) 16 Sep 2018 15:40:22
It's so obvious that the 'vital' refers to that role in this system! Discuss if you think this system is correct, the midfield balance needs adjusting, no problem. If we need a player to move the ball though periods of possession, then he is clearly the best option in the squad, and thus gets picked. Not the best player in the team or whatever, as its boringly obvious you two hate him. Otherwise we fill our team up with box to box players who do a bit of everything, I'm not clever enough to know if that's better, but I'll trust Emery on this. Maybe Xhaka flourishes as the season grows, maybe we use the transfer market to improve on him, maybe we change the system. Keep discussing football RG, I enjoy it, even if I rarely contribute!

{Ed025's Note - you should a bit more ned..

6.) 16 Sep 2018 16:31:51
I don't hate Xhaka Ned in fact I don't hate anyone at all, not rating someone or seeing them as an asset to the team is a long long way from hating them mate.

7.) 16 Sep 2018 17:00:41
Wow! Calm down ned. I for sure don’t hate him and I can speak for myself in saying that I wasn’t one of the ones who jumped on the xhaka kaka train from game 2. I simply don’t think he’s of the Caliber to have us challenging mate.

8.) 16 Sep 2018 18:01:34
I don't hate xhaka, i don't like him as a arsenal footballer (not anywhere near good enough) i want the best for arsenal. IF i think a player is letting us down and i 100% are not on my own hear, ask wright, merson, shearer, rednap, souness, nicolas, etc, then i have my opinion why. Since the guy has joined us, he has not cemented his place and made it his own on performance. I think 2 plus years of putting up with nothing performances is long enough. It is nothing personal, its something arsenal. I repeat, i know no top six team supporter who rates him at all, in fact they think he is one of the worsed midfielders in the prem and laugh about him.

9.) 16 Sep 2018 18:17:27
He’s certainly not one of the worse midfielders and I know you did t say that steve. But he is most certainly not trophy class imo.

10.) 16 Sep 2018 18:43:06
Agree sanos alter ego, Lol. Most of my mates who support other teams just don't rate him at all, they really think he's shat. I just don't think he's that good really, i want better than him in our team for us to progress. I am baffled why he seems somewhat bullet proof for us. I honestly think he is a fraud midfielder.

11.) 16 Sep 2018 18:46:54
And Sano, he is one player i cannot put up an argument for when they are lambasting him. I get picked on when i do, Lol.

12.) 17 Sep 2018 16:44:21
Why would I assume, or care, if you hate him as a person? You state in abundance you hate him in the team, I don't understand all the defencivness and confusion. I basically replied that you'd totally mis-represented the use of vital in RG's post, and I think you don't comment sensibly on why Xhaka continues to get in the team. I never stated that Xhaka is our star player, I don't think it's in dispute he's been underwhelming. I definitely think he can be better, but may also need replacing. Also that if we change the balance of the midfield with the players we have available, then we'll need to adapt in other areas of the pitch to be creative or control possession. I suspect our wide forwards are not suited to the task.

13.) 17 Sep 2018 18:40:32
Ned, i think i understand what vital means. Xhaka isn't vital.

14.) 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.

15.) 18 Sep 2018 13:07:50
Well said gunner ned.



31 Jul 2018 09:26:39
Only tabloid gossip so nothing to serious but should it by any chance be true Aaron to Chelsea for 30 million?
I'd take it big time.


1.) 31 Jul 2018 11:59:25
I wouldn't. He's an important goal contributor from midfield and competing with Xhaka for a place should bring out the best of both. For a player like Ramsey, who's been consistently one of the better midfielders in the league, and counts as homegrown, we should be demanding 50 minimum. It's bonkers, but so is everything else now.

2.) 31 Jul 2018 15:10:56
How can be one of the most consistent when he isn't consistently available wire mate
If he was that good why ain't we fighting the opposition off with a stick for his signature?

3.) 31 Jul 2018 19:15:05
Wire - with a year left on his contract we not going to get anywhere near 50Mill for Ramsey 30Mill tops and that might be pushing it tbh. Ramsey is a bit of a oddity in our side as he is actually one of the few offensively that are better without the ball than with the ball making some really good runs in the box he is kind of what Lampard used to be like in that sense. Yes he is a decent player but we have better in Ozil for his preferred position and he is replacable without doubt with equal or better with targets we could get. Maybe it is not down to money so much maybe he is not keen on the demands of Emery, and misses the protection of father figure Wenger and if that is the case good riddance we need all of them 100% on board and behind the coach. Out with the old cosy club and in with the new.

4.) 31 Jul 2018 22:41:04
G62 consistent in that he's averaged 6 goals and 6 assists a season in the league for the last 5 years. His return from deeper midfield is fairly steady. See what you mean on the contract situation though.

5.) 01 Aug 2018 12:28:08
Fair point Wire mate but with the lack of interest in Aaron from others so far 30 million might be ambitious.
Ox had both Liverpool and Chelsea chasing him last season but so far Aaron has no one very excited about signing him.
Just wondering what we see in Aaron Liverpool city Chelsea and Spurs don't see.



22 Jul 2018 18:29:27
Just searched Arsenal rumours and we are either about to give Iwobi a new contract or Lazio are looking to sign him.
Difficult to either is true.
Poor old Danny Welbeck seems the only player who we aren't prepared to offer a new deal, Iwobi Xhaka Chambers have all struggled and performed below Danny's level for us yet get new deals while Danny who is hardly a world beater but has done much better than the other 3 seems no longer required.


1.) 22 Jul 2018 23:01:59
Chambers? I thought he did well the end of the season.

2.) 23 Jul 2018 07:01:01
I hope the lazio rumours are true. how he kept getting in the team was one of last season's great mysteries!

3.) 23 Jul 2018 09:38:34
Excited about the Iwobi deal, gives us a player that doesn't stink of Wenger too much but has the morals of the club, ticks a couple of boxes there! He's been on and off but can develop into a zaha kind of a player. If not the actual potential but the kind of things he does on the pitch, stay wide AND cut inside-Emery loves, can cross and press, I think that is what Emery would want/ can get out of him. Looking forward to watching the BIG17 grow under UE. What do you guys think?

4.) 23 Jul 2018 11:55:02
Total waste of space, needs to be shipped out, i'm sure we have a younger player with more talent waiting to come through.

5.) 23 Jul 2018 16:20:32
If Iwobi Stays then i am not happy with Emery one bit he is by far the worst Arsenal winger I’ve seen in a long time.

6.) 23 Jul 2018 23:26:26
Although it was against a beach ball and flip flop wearing Burnley playing deeper Iwobi actually looked better than awful, if he was to have any future at Arsenal it's not out on the wing where the linesman is more involved then Iwobi 99 games out of 98.

7.) 24 Jul 2018 00:04:30
To be fair iwobi looked a decent player at first but stagnated like many. I think we really should give the lad another season or maybe a loan. Always seemed like there's potential there for me. Funny tho a lot of other fans at my work think he looks a decent player.



28 May 2018 17:05:09
Papawhatever Greek lad is about to join us according to Ornstein and the bbc main page.
Not 100% certainty but as close as it gets to being one in the world of footie rumours.


1.) 29 May 2018 20:45:42

{Ed025's Note - i can but only if you reply to the original post SY..

2.) 29 May 2018 21:11:56

{Ed025's Note - it never showed on that thread so must have already been deleted mate..



19 May 2018 10:00:38
According to David Ornstein the feeling within Arsenal amongst the staff is that Artetta is going to be our next manager but Ornstein himself says Allgeri is still very much in the running and is still very doable.





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10 Feb 2019 18:55:58
Anybody noticed how we seem to keep climbing up the league on the days we don't play?
Maybe there is a lesson there :-)


1.) 10 Feb 2019 20:00:40
We are obviously so more relaxed on our days off and we can cover the injuries better. I predict with complete confidence next weekend we are still in 5th. We won't get overtaken.

2.) 10 Feb 2019 21:12:01
You never know Steve if we just do nothing United might just be deducted points for some strange rule they broke over shirt numbering or undisclosed sugar content in their halftime bovril.

{Ed025's Note - "salt content" would have been a lot more appropriate G62.. :)

3.) 10 Feb 2019 21:26:04
I always confuse those two Ed025 mate, I think it's down to my colour blindness Dyslexia and all round strangeness:-)

{Ed025's Note - i wont be calling around for a cup of tea anytime soon then mate.. :)

4.) 10 Feb 2019 21:41:35
That's another thing I get confused about mate, tea and coffee! It usually ends up as a sort of toffee :-)

{Ed025's Note - love it mate..



05 Feb 2019 08:28:45
Have we slipped into a parallel universe?
Steve is complaining about other posters being negative and doing nothing but moan about the manager :-)
Steve when it comes to moaning about the Arsenal manager I think you are still well in credit mate :-)
That is funny :-)


1.) 05 Feb 2019 15:38:05
Gunner, i try and post one positive post a year.

2.) 05 Feb 2019 18:32:54
Steve I had to laugh when I read it mate, it was like me complaining about how often people post, the length of thier posts or their spelling and grammar :-) .
The irony wasn't ĺost on me mate :-)

3.) 05 Feb 2019 19:05:11
I like a good moan gunner but to moan on everything arsenal is boring. At least i can say, i have moved on and i am in the process of looking forward to a newly powered outcome, Come what may. And by the way, i'm sure people found me boring, once i had done with wenger and wanted him gone. I still think he stayed two years too long at least. I can actually look at us now without any frustration against the manager, for now. That doesn't mean he is doing everything right but he is doing it his way. I will assess in may and again next may. The guy hasn't failed yet. Maybe we can have another lucky 22 game unbeaten run. Solskear has turned utd around when he came in, dick was lucky in his 22 game unbeaten run. Its all in the way you look at it. But what matters ultimately, what you have or haven't achieved at the end.

4.) 05 Feb 2019 20:04:39
It's all about respect Steve and we don't have to agree with each other to respect each others entitlement to feel see and think differently.

You were Arsene out and now your a huge fan of Dick in :-) I respect your life choices my friend :-)

5.) 05 Feb 2019 20:19:37
Well on that note gunner, i'm all for that.

6.) 05 Feb 2019 22:23:45
Steve - I agree and I don’t mean to moan on my posts or pick on you. But remembe you were tough on my Wenger position.

7.) 05 Feb 2019 22:36:43
Sy, i think its ironic that you are berating me for being so positive, when you used to disagree with my negativity. I accept my part in the turn around too, i couldn't get over your faith in wenger and now you negativity. Ironic but funny all the same. You have turned into a bigger moaner than me, wear the crown well. Lol.

8.) 05 Feb 2019 22:40:48
And Sy both you and me are opionated, we will always get flack and learn to give it back. I get now i must have been a right boring sod where wenger was concerned and i pi55ed people off. But we are what we are. We both ultimately want the same thing.

9.) 06 Feb 2019 02:05:32
Very true and you along with others have impacted / changed / challenged my opinions and that’s great. I never take anything too personal on the site and know w just want a great team to support. I had high hopes of the change, read about his tactics etc, saw post loads of propaganda in preseason which got my hopes up. Unfortunately I am very disappointed but happy to give him time.

10.) 06 Feb 2019 03:54:49
Well this is nice.

11.) 06 Feb 2019 06:55:45
Tpg, gives us couple of days, it will soon change again. Big game Saturday.



03 Feb 2019 18:34:46
I think City were quite lethargic today and certainly didn't seem to share Peps pre match battle cry to send out a message to thier rivals in the title race, they seemed happy to go through the motions and Just come away with the points.
For us we obviously have a long long way to go, pretty much as far away as ever.




01 Feb 2019 20:11:08
Will watching Sundays game from behind the couch be wise or will we be able to produce a gritty away performance against a top 4 club?


1.) 02 Feb 2019 08:39:43
I will watching it between my fingers lol. I think city will throw everything at us as they can’t slip further behind liverpool. Tough game it’s going to be and I hope our players will be on top form and produce a worldie and help liverpool to the title.

2.) 02 Feb 2019 09:39:42
For me it's a real marmite game to predict Moe where we will either as you say produce a worldie and come out of it full of real optimism or be taking the dog for a nice long walk before 60 minutes are up.
City aren't what they were last season and if we can find a performance like the Liverpool Spurs Chelsea home games then it could be a very enjoyable game to watch i Just hope it's nothing resembling the Liverpool away game this season or any of the other the big away games of our recent past where City absolutely rip us apart for fun.

3.) 02 Feb 2019 10:18:16
I don’t see us dominating the game for sure but if we are clinical enough we could hurt them on the brake and I’m hoping that will be the case as ling as we don’t concede early. Because once the tape opened its going to be a ling pour which what I’m afraid of.
I just hope it won’t be a hammering and kill the players confidence.

4.) 02 Feb 2019 12:14:33
The result is obviously important Moe but I think the performance can be something to build on, if it's a good one of course :-)
A few seasons back when the Caz Le Coq partnership was born at City we suddenly looked more and more solid in every game that followed that season, unfortunately Caz injury and Xhaka joining us didn't allow for that partnership to ever really fully flourish.
I just hope we don't allow ourselves to get fully thrashed once again in a big away game.

5.) 02 Feb 2019 15:03:58
Not sure if the Spurs result today helps or hurts our chances tomorrow but it certainly increases the pressure on City to beat us.



26 Jan 2019 20:21:46
Really pleased with Maitland Niles progress and if I'm honest at little surprised too as he was looking a little familiar to many others we've come and quickly disappear but the more I see the more I rate him.


1.) 27 Jan 2019 07:07:40
Totally agree but if he keeps filling in at RB he’ll leave. Certainly in danger of another quality player leaving us imo. He needs to regular playing time in midfield.

2.) 27 Jan 2019 07:50:54
Agree 62. I just can’t wait to see the guy play CM 😂.

3.) 27 Jan 2019 09:44:14
He may well get his turn at CB 93 mate but might Cech at this rate:-) ideally I'd like to see Maitland Torreira Guendouzi as our midfielder 3 from what we currently have available.

4.) 27 Jan 2019 11:04:55
Maybe he'll be a better midfielder but I've been wondering what everyone sees in him as a RB - other than the fact that we don't really have any other options since Bellerin got injured. I don't think he's awful but he's certainly bang average and nothing special.

Watching games, myself and others can't get over his lack of defensive nous and he's so lackadaisical on the ball he could get caught out in a dangerous area one day. Wenger and Emery have given him pitch time so there must be something somebody sees.

5.) 27 Jan 2019 16:25:24
I think his time at the back covering Belerin will stand him in good stead when he returns to midfield in the future, hopefully that will be for us and not another club but I think he has a premier league future.

6.) 27 Jan 2019 20:33:26
Personally i think Cech might be out best cb if tried 🤦🏻‍♂️ I know that nobody rates him, but the stats on when Xhaka is and isn’t it the squad show why Emery is playing him, I personally think he is a liability but we need some muscle in the middle and for now he provides it. He was possibly our best player against United, had Sanchez in his pocket all game. He slipt off to the left to score.

AMN has a lot of promise, i'd like to see abit more of willock if Ramsey goes this month.




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18 Feb 2019 20:17:45
Our business in both buying and selling ends of the market has been atrocious sparky mate, it looks like the club are trying to redress it now but the affects of the past will take time to put behind us mate.
A lot less giving out contracts on a job for the boys basis and negotiating and either settling on new deals or selling at a premium much earlier would make a huge difference in my opinion mate.
If in 2 years time Torreira won't extend cash in no matter how you we don't want to lose him at the time, it has to be better watching him join United Liverpool or even worse still Spurs on a free 2 years later mate.




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18 Feb 2019 18:28:39
It's a very multicultural league Melbourne mate and it would be virtually impossible for any coach to speak all the languages needed let alone deal with regional accents etc, in the UK we struggle to understand each other most of the time although we all speak our own version of English:-)
I'm sure there are translators who get the message across mate, I remember Poch wouldn't speak English on camera during his first season at Southampton but used a translator even for post match interviews.




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18 Feb 2019 18:20:08
I can't imagine it either Jim as financially it would make even Mesuts wages look reasonable.
But in a parallel universe where he wanted to come back on his old wages then yes I'd grab with both hands as he was our best performer of the past decade and more up until his last half season when he'd already decided to leave for City but we made him stay another 5 months which cost us a 60 million transfer fee when he ended up at United and we got Miki in stead of 60 million, not the clubs smartest bit of business ever that.




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16 Feb 2019 17:24:20
Thanks Ed0001 mate, that's some crazy set up where someone else picks some of your team for you or worse still players have it on their contracts they must play.
Now I would have total sympathy for any coach who was forced to include certain individuals and question why other than money they would work under such restrictions, seems like a hiding to nothing job to take in the first place.


{Ed001's Note - hiding to nothing but it makes you wealthy and you still get big jobs afterwards as everyone knows you were on a hiding to nothing. It is win win really.}



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16 Feb 2019 17:11:35
3 4 1 2 Torreira Guendouzi in the Middle of the 4 Ozil behind Lacasette and Pea, pretty obvious selection from the players we currently have i'd have thought and not a bad 5 players to have in yiur starting line up either.





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18 Feb 2019 20:33:51
Sorry Mark mate I thought we were in Emery mode not RG mode :-)
On Dick I think both him and Sari should be treated equally and if Sari has to prove himself at Chelsea by showing he knows what he's doing why we shouldn't make Dick an acception to the rules by which other top clubs assess.
As for RG, he'd be far better off being himself mate
I've seen people pretend to be something their not to make themselves popular but RG is the first person I've seen make himself unpopular by pretending to be something he's not :-)
If ever some one needed to Just go with the flow it's RG.




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18 Feb 2019 19:53:31
Has Sari improved Chelsea from what Conti delivered before him?
Most Chelsea fans would say no
Has Olie improved United? Most United fans would say yes.
Has Hodgson improved Palace? Most Palace fans would say yes
Why couldn't Arsene then and why can't Dick now but treated just like every other manager where by people call it really is right now rather than them be treated like a protected species that can't possibly be assessed by what on what is but instead can be only assessed on what might one day be?
You weren't happy with what Arsene achieved Mark so why are you happy with Dick for identical achievements mate?




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18 Feb 2019 17:10:02
I'm yet to hear one person come up with anything tangible Dick has done that we can all say " yes that is better than the past " Moe, it's all blaming the past for our current failings in formation tactics and 2018/ 19 performances.
I hear people say when Dick gets his own players we will see him at his best but how do they know that? How can anyone know that? It's all just wishful thinking rather than based on anything we've witnessed so far.
I'm not saying new players definitely won't improve us but if Dick really is a better manager than Arsene was in his last 5 seasons why aren't we seeing better performances and real tangible improvement on what Arsene could manage to get from this squad minus Torreira Guendouzi Papa of course?
The reality is so far Dick is proving to be no better no worse than Arsene and the only reason we are one point adrift of 4th place is because of Jose falling out with his players who finished runners up last season, since Olie took on United they have gone from 8 points behind to 1 point ahead of us and are looking like a different team with their new manager, if only we could say the same of Dick and Arsenal.




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18 Feb 2019 14:49:56
I must admit I have on the very odd occasion agreed with one of RG posts just to confuse him and make him wonder " where did that one come from? I've only agreed with myself 8 times how come I have 9 thumbs ups " :-)
I know I know small things please small minds but hey ho it amuses me :-)




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18 Feb 2019 14:15:38
Love you RG :-) you are funny.

Welsh gives names to the people who agree with him, like Jelfy and Crybaby, I was just wondering do you have special names for all the people who agree with your posts RG mate :-)

You've got to admit it is funny:-)


{Ed001's Note - Walter Mitty for instance?}