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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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12 Dec 2018 08:31:10
Finishing top 4 is going to be really difficult but last night's champions league games really wet my appetite for champions league football again.
I had become totally bored of just making up the numbers after 8 consecutive last 16 exits I was quite relieved to drop into the europa league where at least we didn't know what was going to happen which made it interesting even if it meant not mixing with the elite.
Suddenly last night it hit me that if we do get back into Europe's premier competition again everything will be different and none of us know what's coming whether we draw Barcelona or Bayern it makes no difference because this is a completely different Arsenal where all slates are now wiped clean and everything is once again possible for us.
I think it's going to take me a while for the penny to fully drop and get my head round just how different things really are now.


1.) 12 Dec 2018 13:59:30
Gunner how are you, were you watching spurs again, now I hate to rain on your parade but if you get in you will only be there to make up the numbers😀.

2.) 12 Dec 2018 15:10:36
Hi 12 mate well as long as we make 1 of the final 2 I'll be happy and why not?
Surely it's the hope and excitement that keeps all fans interested in their clubs progress, which probably explains your appearance on the Arsenal page, you in search of some hope and excitement mate :-)
If so you've definitely come to the right place mate :-)
I can see how bus spotting can quite quickly loses it appeal :-)

3.) 12 Dec 2018 15:13:08
Talking of making up the numbers 12, hows life in mid table obscurity. Hows our good mate Maureen, the guys doing a sterling job. i'm sure in 5 years time when his contract is up, he will pass the club on to someone who is capable of getting you back into mid table. Lol. Loving it.

4.) 12 Dec 2018 15:54:25
Haha Leahy you legend, fresh from last weeks 4-1 battering of Barcelona, no sorry, Fulham, I meant Fulham, and here you are.

I love seeing you boys get your hopes up every few weeks to have them dashed again by another loss.

I read on your page after that fabulous result that you only need a couple of tweaks and you’ll be in the top for and you know I thought, yeah they do only need a couple tweaks.

1. A complete set of 10 new outfield players.
2. A new manager.

Sort those two tweaks and you’ll be there mate. 😂

Good to see your lads on the banter page discussing who they want to get battered by in the last 16 too. 😉

Oh heard about that fat lad who dresses in red and only puts a shift in once a year, wish Lukaku a merry Christmas from us mate.

5.) 12 Dec 2018 16:55:27
Stoner I wrote to santa when I was a bit younger, I said santa can you bring me a new baby brother, he wrote back no problem, send me your mother😀.

6.) 12 Dec 2018 22:01:11
Hey Leahy did you watch the Valencia vs Stoke City game? See you were saving Martial and Herrera for the big game Sunday.

You are so lucky to have such depth in your squad mate. 😂😂.

7.) 12 Dec 2018 22:49:17
It's laughable now at this stage, at least our second string players pogba and lukkaku got a run out.



08 Dec 2018 16:04:10
Yet another first half where aren't ahead! Just an observation and certainly not a criticism because it's the full time whistle that matters but how weird we can't win a first half this season when so much else is going brilliantly.


1.) 08 Dec 2018 17:12:56
Disjointed all round, but three points is the most significant outcome. I still think the beginning of next season is when we will see they shape of Emery's team - in the meantime, a top four finish will be a success for this year in the EPL, and the win helps.

2.) 08 Dec 2018 18:17:47
As things stand U C we are on target for 80 plus points this season which you've got to hope is enough for top 4 finish even this season where the standard at the top is unbelievably high regarding points per game.
Whether it's enough or not for us to break the 80pt barrier for the fist time in over a decade in Dicks first season would be incredibly, long way to go but a fantastic first 4 moths whatever.



08 Dec 2018 11:21:16
We shouldn't and I very much doubt Dick will allow us to underestimate Huddersfield but I do think our CB injury issue is eased by us not needing to play 3 at the back today.
Papa and Mustafi should be able to cope well enough as a 2 as long as the midfield chip in and help out by not leaving them totally exposed on the break.
I'd play 4 3 3 today but with clear instructions that 1 of the middle 3 must always be on defensive duty at all times, if 2 go 1 has to stay.
Yes we could probably out score Huddersfield in a free flowing end to end game but that would do nothing to improve us in the long term, good habits take time to install and if we consistently do the right things defensively as well as in attack life will get easier at the back when we rally need it.


1.) 08 Dec 2018 14:10:14
Looks like it's a back three of Mustafi, Lichtsteiner, and Sokratis, with five in the middle and auba and Laca up front. No Mhiki or Ozil in the hole, so quite an odd line up for us.

Injuries and (others like Ozil) leave us looking a bit short. Still only a few weeks before January.

2.) 08 Dec 2018 15:15:07
Surprised Matteo is in the hole and not back up for 5he two CM.

Thought one of the creatives would be in the hole

Outside of that - like the set up again.

3.) 08 Dec 2018 19:26:43
Gouendouzi is really creative, his passing is fantastic, I've not seen a ball playing midfielder like him since ruud hulit.

{Ed025's Note - and they both need a bloody good haircut steve.. :)

4.) 08 Dec 2018 19:37:09
Are you like me Ed 025, jealous of the fact they have hair. Lol.

{Ed025's Note - no mate i have loads, i think my pillow is a grow bag..



05 Dec 2018 21:59:20
That will do, the unbeaten run continues and 4pts from Spurs and United games on the trot is very respectable, we've had worse days and half weeks :-)


1.) 05 Dec 2018 22:10:55
After the energy we put into the Spurs game I thought we had every chance of losing to United so happy with a point, let’s hope all the potential injuries are nothing to serious.

United sure love kicking people. 🙄.

2.) 06 Dec 2018 09:11:32
I think most of us would have taken 4pts before the weekend mate and all of us would have gladly accepted 2pts from these two games back in the summer when we first saw the fixture list.
Dick said the players were disappointed in the dressing room after the game with only getting 1pt last night, which just shows how everyone's mentality has improved in the last 4 months, in days gone by getting a draw at old Trafford would have been seen as a reason to get the open top bus out by the players and maybe ask for an improved pay deal too :-)
Long way to go still of course but so far so very very good.

3.) 06 Dec 2018 16:04:41
I agree 62, 4 points is a damn good return really . I just wanted a win at OT so much.

4.) 06 Dec 2018 20:41:05
I think we all did Banbury mate it would have been super fantastic, i think much like a genuine title bid, it will come we've just got to enjoy the journey getting there, we are now we are out of reverse and moving through the forward gears again it's a pleasure to be a gooner again:-)



05 Dec 2018 20:31:20
Yes:-) Now can we hold it until half time? Or even increase it :-)


1.) 05 Dec 2018 20:49:52
That would be a no then:- (.

2.) 05 Dec 2018 21:48:17
Our defending is bloody awful, this has to be addressed.

3.) 05 Dec 2018 21:56:23
20 unbeaten but I’m disappointed.

4.) 05 Dec 2018 21:59:07
Look on the bright side, Mourinho won’t be getting sacked! Phew. 😂😂.

5.) 05 Dec 2018 22:04:47
He will leave to go to Spain mate.

6.) 05 Dec 2018 22:08:21
Hopefully not for a few years yet Banbury, don’t want him spoiling everyone’s fun. 😉.




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10 Dec 2018 15:13:32
I remember the roaring 1920s like yesterday mate, mind you I had only just retired then :-)
It's really interesting to get the inside info on stuff and people most of us will never get to meet or really know away from the camara mate.
On a personal level I've always liked Arsene Wenger very very much but I've never met him so it was really good to hear your first hand account of actually meeting him.


{Ed001's Note - me mam has actually met him a lot more times than I have and I am sure Ed002 has probably met him a lot more times than both of us put together!}



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10 Dec 2018 12:43:54
Personally Ed001 I like all the antidotes, like when you met Arsene at the tailors and your uncle working in TV which lead to you revealing to us how the pundits are fed what to talk about before the show starts.
You ramble on all you like mate because the fact i can still remember your articles years after you wrote them means they've got to be interesting, funny or both.


{Ed001's Note - wow, I am impressed that you can remember as I can't! I have sent Ed033 a test article to post up, once he has checked it over for errors it should be up soon. I thought it would appeal to you as it is (sort of) about the good old days, and you are usually one of the first people that come to mind when the word old is used.....

And thank you mate, I truly appreciate that. Amazed but really pleased they have made a positive impression!

Oh, by the way, have you seen the footage of Joe Cole and Rio Ferdinand talking off camera? They proved my point for me, as they were making completely different points off camera, when they were actually speaking their mind. Well, in the case of Cole, I think mind is overstating it. I have known goldfish with more intelligence and better conversation.}



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05 Dec 2018 18:50:13
I think both sets of fans would take a draw right now and I think Jose might too but Dick always wants 3pts but grudgingly accepts 1pt is better than nothing.
I thought against Liverpool he'd have been as pleased as we all were at getting a point but right to the final whisle he was urging the players forward looking for those 2 missing points he wanted badly, hard not to love his mentality passion and commitment that seems to have spread to every corner of the club already.
Things are certainly looking the best they've been for years from where I'm sitting.




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01 Dec 2018 17:39:04
Yes every time for me, Cesc turned down a return to groundhog Arsenal something lots of top players did also because they didn't want to simply go through the motions and pick up an easy pay packet.
The past is the past and an eye for an eye attitude leaves the whole world blind.


{Ed002's Note - Fabregas will be moving but not to Arsenal. He will have plenty of offers and an intriguing one is that Chelsea were approached by one side to see if they would let him go in January and they would step back from being interested in the player Chelsea are chasing as his replacement. But a move to Arsenal is not on the cards.}



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01 Dec 2018 17:34:28
I don't get why we don't just enjoy having Mesut Ozil, when he's hot he's worth watching any game he graces and when he's not so hot he's never alone.
If Dick doesn't want him that's his choice and I back him in it because he has his own plans of course.
But if Mesut Ozil is ever the worst player on our books we will have some team that's for sure.
Only 3 Arsenal player make the combined Spurs/ Arsenal 11 from voting fans of all clubs and Mesut is 1 of our 3 players, makes you think, doesn't it?





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12 Dec 2018 15:10:36
Hi 12 mate well as long as we make 1 of the final 2 I'll be happy and why not?
Surely it's the hope and excitement that keeps all fans interested in their clubs progress, which probably explains your appearance on the Arsenal page, you in search of some hope and excitement mate :-)
If so you've definitely come to the right place mate :-)
I can see how bus spotting can quite quickly loses it appeal :-)




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11 Dec 2018 18:33:26
In the 70s like most people we had a black and white telly with a round click dial for changing chanels much like today's washing machines have, there were only 3 chaneld bbc1 bbc2 and itv, our dial broke leaving us stuck on BBC 2 per permanently,
Wow we really looked forward to Monday nights at 9pm and watching Alias Smith and Jones, it made such a change from the open university :-)




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11 Dec 2018 13:34:41
Totally agree with all that Steve.




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11 Dec 2018 10:16:50
It's weird mate i know, times change quickly, I was watching fools and horses a little while back and some of the dialogue just wouldn't be allowed now on mainstream TV today and Friends too would have to be censored, and some of those episodes were only in the 2000s!
Mind you to me a snickers bar will always be a marathon and don't even get me started on Starbursts, opral fruits if you please! :-)




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11 Dec 2018 09:03:47
And Match of the day with only two games per show Stoner? And one of them was quite often a second division game :-)
I'm not sure if it was better or worse for it, it seemed brilliant at time but memory can often be better than reality, I was flicking through the TV chanels a couple of weeks back and found the Invaders on some strange free view channel and thought brilliant, but some things are most definitely better left to memory :-)