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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

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2.) 29 May 2018 21:11:56

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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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20 Oct 2018 19:32:08
A quater of the season gone and still 3 teams unbeaten, that has to be a record surely?




14 Oct 2018 22:38:05
Can we have a poll asking will Arsenal be better off by keeping or letting Aaron Ramsey go or something along those lines please.


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Aaron Ramsey Poll

1.) 14 Oct 2018 22:56:04
I didn't see an option to fly him to Florida and feed him to the gators, so I just selected the "Let him feck off" option.

2.) 14 Oct 2018 23:00:23
Thank you Ed033 mate.

{Ed033's Note - ok

3.) 15 Oct 2018 00:05:46
I wouldn't have been able to say this just a few years ago but, Ramsey leaving isn't going to affect us either offensively or defensively, we have two better offensive players in Ozil and Miki at least one better defensively in Torreira plus Xhaka can fill in at a push, then we have Guendouzi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles coming through.
I read over the weekend that it was Sanheli that pulled the contract as one of his first orders of business once he took the new role after Ivan left, if true it would indicate to me that he's had a look at the squad and had a word with Dick and then just told Ramsey's team that they're overplayed their hand.
I'm happy with that.

4.) 15 Oct 2018 08:13:00
I think in some ways Aaron is the last of the 4th place trophy generation who actually believed they were among the elite simply because they played champions league football each season rather than be embarrassed by thier failure to get past the last 16 for 8 consecutive seasons.
When he leaves it will draw a line under those who were brought up on just taking part being successful.



13 Oct 2018 12:35:09
So United treble winners are voted the best team of all time!
Steve will not be happy about that, not happy at all


1.) 13 Oct 2018 16:56:17
I wouldn’t argue with that great achievement.

2.) 13 Oct 2018 17:12:45
Not saying they weren’t a great team but I’m a betting man and I would wager 99 times out of 100 three things wouldn’t happen again in succession . Bergy missing a pen Giggs worldie and two goals in two minutes of injury time! Mind you Pires penalty v Portsmouth was equally lucky! Makes up for Rooney’s dive to end 49 game run - not that I still hold it against him much! Invincibles for me and Steve should be unhappy ( but how would we know 😂😂) COYG.

3.) 13 Oct 2018 17:22:52
The original subject by the bbc was best prem team. It has been turned around by pundits, the treble had nothing to do with the prem. They weren't unbeaten in the prem and the other two comps shouldn't have come into the debate. Good luck to them, they were my second team, they didn't go unbeaten so, i don't get it.

4.) 13 Oct 2018 18:46:09
Some very good points there Sussex mate ;-)
Unfortunately Steve VAR isn't available in this poll mate ;-)
Maybe the phrase greatest premier league team meant to exclude Barcelona and Real rather than 100% premier league performances.
It's doesn't really matter it's just a poll of people's opinion and United have more fans than any other club so were always highly likely to come top which doesn't mean their achievement wasn't deserving just that people will always be biased, as was my vote for Arsenal:-) .

5.) 13 Oct 2018 19:49:56
I don't doubt the quality of that utd team, they were a very strong team, obviously very resilient and infinite quality but they got beat in the league, that shows signs of weakness to me. Lol.

6.) 13 Oct 2018 20:22:47
Boys I have a serious question for you. Those were great years in the premium. 2 top sides united and arsenal now my question is do arsenal miss Highbury. I was their a few times and there was a good atmosphere there. If you lot could vote would you have kept Highbury.
I know it's all about the money now but in a football sense was Highbury better?

7.) 13 Oct 2018 20:33:08
Just checking Steve do you think think the Invincibles were better because that United team lost in the Prem only you hadn’t mentioned it 😂😂😂😂COYG.

8.) 13 Oct 2018 20:42:01
Sussex, they got beat, didn't they. Lol.

9.) 13 Oct 2018 20:53:35
Highbury will always be a place where my memories of Arsenal were made. New ones need to be made at the Emirates. But at the end of the day it is only a sports stadium. A bloody good one, it just needs a few ghosts.

10.) 13 Oct 2018 20:59:32
Yes 12 mate i would go back to Highbury yesterday if possible mate.
To me the Emirates represents a time where Arsenal football club lost its footballing ambition and put financial success a long long way before football success.
Hopefully this might change going forward but for me we forgot to pack our football ambitions when we left Highbury.
The move to the Emirates has so far been horrible in terms of atmosphere and mentality.

11.) 13 Oct 2018 21:05:14
Steve If someone beat Bolts 100 metres world record time but only came 2nd in his next race would he still be a world record holder :-)

12.) 13 Oct 2018 21:20:35
Did they? I didn’t know! Leahy Highbury all day long and twice on Sunday which given Sky scheduling might just happen COYG.

13.) 13 Oct 2018 21:34:38
Gunner but he'd have been beaten.

14.) 13 Oct 2018 21:36:42
Talking about Sky scheduling Sussex our next 2 games are next Monday and the following Sunday and both on sky sports so worth a cheeky week pass at £13 apposed to two £8 day passes :-)
Every little helps :-) 4 bottles of Becks that is :-)

15.) 13 Oct 2018 21:56:29
62 in Florida at the moment beautiful 90 degrees and massive plus is they have Prem all over the place . If you can look past Robbie’s Earl and Mustoe coverage not too bad! Bit odd watching Fulham get thrashed at 7am though ( not (complaining though ) COYG.

16.) 13 Oct 2018 22:46:49
Sussex mate you don't know what your missing, it's been a lovely day in the UK today about 22 degrees with the warmest light winds you ever did feel plus aldi are doing a big daddy 16oz steak for a cheeky fiver right now :-)
I can only suggest you get yourself home whole stocks last :-)

17.) 14 Oct 2018 07:21:08
The United treble winning team was a superb team, with one of the best midfields I can recall. However, the achievement of going undefeated for a season, the only club to have done so in modern English top tier football, was an amazing feat. I marginally preferred the 1998 double winning team, who only lost one match all season. I would have to check which of these two great Arsenalsteams had a higher points tally. The Leicester title winning team also were a fabulous team, clearly not in the class of United or Arsenal, but what an achievement.

18.) 14 Oct 2018 09:15:30
I agree RG Leicester city are worth a mention simply because what they achieved in going from only escaping relegation in the last couple of weeks of the previous season to winning the title with 84 points the following season without spending a kings ransom is every bit as unlikely to be repeated as another team going a season unbeaten.
Plus some of the Liverpool teams of the 70s and 80s were pretty awesome too, money wasn't such a big factor back then but Liverpool under Shankley Paisley Fagan and Dalglish were a winning machine in an extremely competitive period both in the old first division and European cup, although typing this I've just remembered the question was about the premier league :- (
Wow I still shock myself sometimes with my stupidity levels and I've had 56 years to get used to it :-)

19.) 14 Oct 2018 16:21:17
I still find it ridiculous that they ask premier league specific questions instead of top flight as though everything before the PL was somehow lesser.

20.) 14 Oct 2018 21:46:19
Me too Eden mate, I still have trouble thinking of the football league clubs as anything other than 2nd 3rd and 4th division, mind you to me 50p will always be 10 Bob:-)

21.) 14 Oct 2018 22:56:15
G62 think you answered your own question there, no ones bettered our unbeaten run in terms of accumulating more points without been beaten.



07 Oct 2018 11:17:44
No Mesut in the squad? Plus Pea on the bench.
I sort of understand Pea not starting but Ozil not in the 18?
Is he injured?


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1.) 07 Oct 2018 11:24:35
Thanks Ed002.

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2.) 07 Oct 2018 11:38:59
I thought there might be something up when he wasn’t in the training pictures.

3.) 07 Oct 2018 12:08:22
Never thought I'd say this but I'm hoping for big things from Owobh today and from now on.
Think I need to lay down in a dark room for a while because I'm actually beginning to think Iwobi could be a real player.



05 Oct 2018 22:31:25
Chris Houghton, what a good job he's done at Brighton and everywhere he's been apart from Norwich.
Ok he's never going to land a big job at Arsenal United City or Liverpool but he's still very decent premier league/ championship manager who gets on with the job with minimal fuss and who is happy for his team and players grab the headlines rather than himself.


1.) 06 Oct 2018 15:26:31
Wrings the best out of what he has at his disposal.




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19 Oct 2018 20:25:41
So far we haven't gone for obvious players instead looking to spot the less obvious and less expensive in fees and wages, I think that trend will continue in January and it will next summer before we bring in any house hold names if at all.




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12 Oct 2018 17:15:49
I was thinking exactly the same thing when reading kcider post Steve mate :-)
When subs change a game does it mean the manager is a genius for spotting the problem or an person for not starting the best 11 :-)
But do agree Kcider mate, it's a breath of fresh air to have a decisive manager who isn't afraid to see and admit his mistakes and rectify them asap.




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25 Sep 2018 14:02:18
Agree with that Steve someone somewhere will take thier chances and have a field day with our defence and when they do it be all be about how we respond to it.
A cpuple seasons back when Mustafi first joined us teams like Swansea Sunderland as well as PSG were coming to the emirates and making chance after chance but failing to take them, we were flying high in the league but only because of others awful finishing, them came our visit to Goodison where Everton tore us apart and we never ever recovered our defensive good fortune under Arsene.
When we meet a team who bring thier shooting boots with them Dick needs to manage the teams mentality better by not letting it get to the players as unfortunately Arsene did.




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24 Sep 2018 18:52:46
Chelsea were runaway champions 2 seasons ago so they only needed a slight change of direction to get them back on track while we haven't challenged for 14 years so obviously it's a major rebuilding job with us.
Anyone hoping for beautiful football and a title challenge to boot this season is only fooling themselves.
We've not been competive for years and our footballing attractiveness has been in dramatic decline for the last 3 or 4 years too.




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24 Sep 2018 08:03:28
Brilliant post Moe mate.





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19 Oct 2018 09:23:05
His football philosophy isn't a million miles away from Peps and without being allowed to to run the club from top to bottom and not listen to anyone else about anything maybe they would gamble on him being able to do one job really well still instead of everything really poorly.

If he wasn't allowed to stop players tackling in training or any of the other strange stuff maybe they think he can revert back to the man who first joined Arsenal all those years ago.
When he inherited the George foundations he was able to build something pretty special on them.




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19 Oct 2018 09:24:44
It could well be ideal for Arsene and for Bayern short term.
Arsene needs protecting from his own jack of all trades master of none tendencies and be made to concentrate on what he does best, getting his teams to play beautiful entertaining football and be made to allow other people like defensive coaches to do their job.
A move to a huge club like Bayern could be just the thing for Arsene and if he can remember why he has two ears and only one mouth and once again start using them in the order they are meant to be used in, who knows there might yet be a happy ending in Arsenes long but less than successful love affair with the champions league.
I for one would absolutely love to see him lift that trophy and walk away from management on his own personal ultimate high, he may have lost his way over the years football wise but he's still a top man on a personal level.




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18 Oct 2018 23:40:43
If true, comon Bayern Munich for the champions league this season.
Bayern champions of Europe again under Arsene Wenger and Arsenal top 4 again under Dick.
What a fantastic season that would be and a brilliant fresh start for both Arsene and Arsenal at the first time of asking :-)
We can all dream of perfect endings :-)




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18 Oct 2018 20:40:58
What do West Ham charge as average entry fee per game, £25?
Over the 19 games it works out less than £3 per fan per game goes towards renting a state of the art stadium.
With no outlay needed West ham have been given an unfair advantage over every other club in the country who would have to go into serious debt to build a stadium that doubled their crowd capacity.
But having said all that I'm not sure what else could have been done with the stadium, other than knock it down and build much needed social housing in the area I'm struggling to come up with a sensible idea.




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18 Oct 2018 08:31:35
He is talking about January the 1st as his return to work date so to me that suggests he is looking to take up either a non management role upstairs somewhere or in a country where their season is in between seasons like Sweden or even the States as a coach.
In a less well known footballing league he could prehaps have the same effect as he did in England all those years ago.
But my guess is he will take up a director of football role somewhere which would be funny because it's only a year or so back when he claimed not to know what a director of football did when Arsenal we talking about introducing one :-)
Whatever he does i hope it goes well for him and he's really happy doing it.