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19 Dec 2018 23:24:18
Deeply dissapointed by our two recent losses. You can tell this team is devoid of quality in most areas of the pitch. It will be a miraculous achievement if Emery wins the europa or finishes in the top 4 with this lot.

The biggest worrying thing for me is that the team is in serious need of investment to get in the top four never mind challenging for the title.

The owner believes you can achieve both through our self sustaining policy but that can only work if we are winning trophies so that we generate more sponsorship but how can we win if we don't have a good squad? It is a vicious circle.

Unai Emery as much as he was not my first choice, is a decent coach but that team is so rubbish he can't do much. we have already fallen behind city and liverpool we risk falling behind the spuds and chelsea unless we invest heavily. United will get a new manager next season and they will spend heavily. I expect them to challenge for the title soon. I expect them to get poch or zidane and you can imagine how much they will spend then.

punani gooner

1.) 20 Dec 2018 02:45:17
Punani chill out. You forgotten all ready we destroyed spurs like a week ago as well as having an impressive unbeaten run. I agree the team is short of some world class talent but we’ve taken a massive step forward. Yes we’ve lost 2 games on the spin but do you remember what happened last time we lost 2 games on the spin?

We’ve not been great of late I admit, but in my opinion it’s no coincidence that form has dipped since the formation has changed and Lacazette hasn’t been starting.

2.) 20 Dec 2018 07:59:17
Emery has done a fine job so far, bringing in 5 players during the summer, which is about the maximum amount that could be safely integrated. We have been unfortunately to lose 2 players out for the season to injury. I would like to see us sign a couple of players in the window; a player to replace Welbeck, who can play up front and in a wide attacking role and a midfield player with an all-round game.
The following players are clearly on borrowed time:
Jenkinson! - utterly useless
Iwobi - still poor despite an upturn in form since Emery's arrival
Ramsey - contract running down
Cech - contract running down
Monreal - contract running down
Elneny - simply not good enough

For me the major weakness for me that needs most attention is that we have too many attacking midfield players that offer so little defensively.

3.) 20 Dec 2018 09:35:19
Dick has a similar job to what Jurgen walked into at Liverpool both inherited poor squads full of obvious weaknesses and defensive problems.
It didn't happen over night at Liverpool and it won't happen over night at Arsenal either, this time last season people were still asking huge questions about Liverpools defence.
Jurgen and Liverpool had some pretty poor results on the way to getting where they are now 3 years after Klopp took over, patience is going with the manager and the club is the only way we stand a chance of getting back to being competitive.
If in 3 years time we still have all the same problems with squad quality then I will be joining those who question the club but if it took Liverpool and Klopp 3 years why should we expect Arsenal and Emery to do pretty much exactly the same job in less than 1 year?
Be realistic and give both the club and management a sensible chance and time scale to show what they can do together.

4.) 20 Dec 2018 15:45:54
Agreed, I think we've just gotten used to winning again, so fans are overreacting to the two losses on the trot.

Ideally we would have rotated yesterday, but that was a man's game and a NLD so we couldn't play the kids.

Although we lost, we now match them physically (which wasn't the case the last two seasons) and we need more time for Emery to get the players he wants.

We're tired and beat up, but we need to push to January and get a couple players to reinforce and refresh the squad.

We're on the right track boys.


5.) 20 Dec 2018 18:58:04
Absolutely bang on the money g62. Results and seasons were poor, so most fans begged for a change. We've nkw got it. and while it has started better than we thought, it's not perfection. let's face it, things take time and I guarantee most fans of asked at the beginning of season if they'd be happy with where we are at this moment, majority would
Have said yes. New manager, new tactics, majority of inherited squad, but showing a fighting spirit that was lacking in past seasons. Rome wasn't built in a day, the excitement is surely in the curiosity of what lies ahead.

6.) 20 Dec 2018 19:20:09
So far the Dick Arsenal combo have brought in Torreira Guendouzi Leno Papa and Litch, Torreira and Guendouzi have both been brilliant signings so far and both look absolute bargains while Papa and Leno both look like good buys and Litch has proved a useful addition to the squad especially when covering injuries.
We can't sign Ronaldo Messi or Mbappe type names in order to fast track ourselves into the title race so we are going to need to be patient and buy well and if the 5 signings so far and the difference they have made are anything to go buy then we should be very excited about what we will look like if we add another 5 to them over the next two windows.



15 May 2018 23:56:39
I don't know why our fans think the arsenal job is a hot property. All the big coaches who have been linked with us, have either taken other job offers, extended their contracts or chosen to remain at their club.

We arsenal fans should be grateful to Arteta, as he is willing to take a job when everything is against him. It is a poisoned chalice, no coach wants to take it and the major reason being the board has no ambition. They are not willing to spend, hence why no top manager is interested.

It is not about history or stuff like that, it is purely down to money. You think man city got Guardiola because they have history? No. They got him because they showed him they have ambition. We could have gotten Allegri or any other top coach if we showed ambition.

I think we arsenal fans need to appreciate Arteta and cut him some slack. He took a pay cut to join us as a player and is willing to take up the job even though it is a poisoned chalice. I admire his courage. If i was in his shoes i wouldn't have taken that job because there is a bigger chance i would fail due to an unambitious owner. His career could end before it even gets started. He really has his back against the wall and i hope he succeeds for his sake and our sakes.

We are down to arteta because there is no one else, plain and simple. Every top coach is out of the running. Nobody wants us and that is not Arteta's fault. It is the fault of the board and the owner. I think the fans should be mad at them instead.

punani gooner

1.) 16 May 2018 06:48:04
Punani - I have nothing against Arteta and will support him if given the role but I have reservations:

1. We have a big defensive and mentality rebuild project
2. Arteta has limited experience as a manager but talks a good game about management but a lot about attacking play rather than defence
3. Limited experience handling players like Ozil, PEA, Rambo etc
4. Limited success as a player at an international level or club level. Combined with Management experience is not a great mix
5. Limited pool of managers due to budget and set up - have we limited ourselves to Arteta by our ambition and fears of another monopoly of power situation. Well a full dilution doesn’t work either
6. Will Arteta stand up to the board and what back room staff will he bring to help him or does that need to bed in also.

{Ed025's Note - all good points SY, its a massive job for a rookie to take on and i can see it all ending in tears myself...but who knows mate..

2.) 16 May 2018 07:49:04
If Arteta gets the job and it all starts going horrible wrong, I’d expect a horrific atmosphere at the emerites and potentially a lot worse than the last few seasons have been. Fans were torn before 50/ 50, some over looking poor results, instead respecting Wengers legacy and the hardship he put into transforming this club. This time round it will all be united aimed a one person. Kronke.

3.) 16 May 2018 08:34:52
IF and it's Still a big if Artetta gets the job then my concern is he trys to get current Arsenal players to play Pep style football.
Lots of top footballers struggle as managers with lower league teams simply because they try to get them to do stuff like premier league players forgetting if they were capable of that they would actually be premier league players.
It's no good trying to paint fine lines needed for a masterpiece of art with a 3 inch paint brush you've got to adapt your picture according to the materials you have available.

4.) 16 May 2018 08:51:34
Another point that should be mentioned. Why would Arteta want to leave the best team in the league working under arguably the best manager in the world (because of money) ? If he does take the job then fair play to him! He's risking his limelight that Pep keeps giving him to go out on manage the club that he loved to play for! I must stress that it wasn't my first choice by a long shot but there must be something there. I hope!

5.) 16 May 2018 13:42:47
The only reason why arsenal are going for arteta is because the other managers have rejected them or are not available. It has nothing to do with the bullshit gazidis said about making a 'bold' choice. A bold choice is a nagelsmann or a tedesco not an arteta.

I feel sorry for arteta. The fans are against his appointment and the board won't back him. Regardless of who comes in, that arsenal team has a long list of players who are not good enough.
1.Cech-past it
2.Bellerin-technically deficient (can't cross can't defend a speed merchant)
3. Mustafi-shocking defender. How many times have you seen him fall on his arse?
4.Koscienly-literally his Achilles has become his Achilles heel
5.Xhaka-poor tackler, slow and lacks concentration
6.Ramsey-technically not good enough
7.Iwobi-They say okocha is his uncle. Seems he didn't inherit the good genes.
8.Welbeck-shocking player. How he makes into the first team i don't know.

That is 8 players who should be shipped out so we need like a whole new team. That lot we have won't even get us into the top four. Regardless of who comes in, arsenal's perennial issues will never be addressed. The biggest issue being an owner who has zero ambition.

I feel arteta can do a decent job if the fans get behind him but i am afraid regardless of who comes in, we will never win something big unless the owner spends, something i don't think will happen. We need to start a campaign to get kroenke out.

6.) 16 May 2018 14:36:23
BS! Manager at arsenal is probably the biggest job on the market. Stable finances. Solid structure. Good (under performing) team. Good backroom staff. Getting Allegri or Ancelotti is not guaranteed any success, and the board probably know it. It might be throwing money out the window and messing up a good system.

BTW, Guardiola took over Barcelona when he was 37 years after managing the Barcelona B team. Pochettino was 37 when he took over Espanyol, no experience. The fact is that we don't know much about Arteta and the type of manager he will be. The fact that Guardiola hand picked him as his assistant is a sign of quality, he is usually a picky guy.

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7.) 16 May 2018 15:47:37
Norgunner, the arsenal job is not as big as you think it is. Here is what we know so far. Look at all the managers we were linked with and what happened with them.
1.Allegri-opted to stay at juventus. They say he had issues with the transfer budget. out of the running as of now
2.Enrique (Don't rate him highly) -had issues with salary and transfer budget. out of the running as of now.
3.Tuchel-Went to PSG.
4.Nagelsmann-Arsenal were interested. He opted to stay in hoffenheim.
5.joachim lowe-extended his contract with the german national team

I may be missing a couple more but, when wenger stepped down, the candidates were suppossedly many but almost any top manager that we we linked with; has opted to either stay, take other job offers or not even take our job even though they were unemployed.

Forget about top tier coaches, second tier coaches like nagelsmann have rejected us, what does that say about the arsenal job? face it nobody wants it and it has everything to do with the board and the owner. They don't want to spend.



14 May 2018 20:39:09
How far have we fallen that no top manager is interested in us?
Allegri-not interested
Tuchel- was not interested and went to psg.
Nagelsmann-not interested
enrique-deemed our salary low

From the so called list we drew up, it seems most of the top coaches are not interested in us. we are down to arteta and viera.

punani gooner

1.) 14 May 2018 21:07:18
I wouldn't panic just yet punani. Only tuchel out of your list is definitely not interested. Most of the "info" about the others at the moment can't be trusted.

2.) 14 May 2018 21:16:37
Of that list I can understand allgeri wants to stay loyal to a club he has won multiple titles with. Tutchel i'm not sure what he had done to be classed a top manager. What do others thing. Nagelsmann not a top manager yet. Hope we get him but haven't seen him rule himself out. And Enrique like tutchel I don't see the fuss about him especially with the stupid salary he wants.

3.) 14 May 2018 21:22:26
It’s not like that punani. Someone has to fit the profile and want the job. It won’t be Vieira or Arteta I’m sure of it.

4.) 14 May 2018 23:35:31
Allegri said he was staying at juve. He did an interview after the roma game and said he was staying. so definitely not interested.

The reliable german journo, honigstein came out and said that tuchel was interested in the arsenal job last season. He was contacted this season too after he got into talks with PSG. rebuffed the arsenal offer (IMO the perfect coach for arsenal at this point in time)

About nagelsmann, i believe he is not interested because he already rejected bayern. Why would he reject bayern and choose arsenal? There is also an AST (arsenal supporters trust member) who is fairly reliable when it comes to Arsenal rumours who said that arsenal made an enquiry regarding nagelsmann and it was rebuffed. They were not even given a response. That is a bit insulting

DG, tuchel is a top top manager. Tactically very good. incredible coach. His only issue is how he relates to the board and stuff but on the pitch Thomas is a genius. off the pitch is where he has an issue. Nagelsmann is in the same mould too. What is interesting is it is tuchel who got nagelsmann into management. When tuchel was at augsburg i believe, it was nagelsmann who used to do opposition research for him. Tucehl and nagelsmann are similar. The tiny difference i have noted is that nagelsmann especially this season has his teams playing lot of long balls so i guess that makes him a bit unpredictable especially against the big teams. He is not shy to try the odd long ball.

Years ago guardiola and klopp were interested in us but we lost both chances. In my opinion i think arsenal made the wrong choice in not going all out for guardiola, a one in a generation kind of coach. Everywhere he has gone he may not have won every time but he has left a tactical footprint. Till now the guardiola effect is being felt in germany, easily the best coach of his generation. He was the coach to establish arsenal as a global force but he is gone now. He might have won the champions league or set us on the path to winning it but that is all gone now.

Shows how far we have fallen that second tier coaches like nagelsmann won't even respond to our inquiries.



14 May 2018 11:44:09
Deep down i had a feeling that allegri would not come to arsenal. I had that feeling because we have an owner with zero ambition. That has been our biggest problem. It just didn't come to light because wenger is not the kind of guy not to moan about lacking funds. He is a gentleman in that respect. He keeps things in-house.

Kroenke once did an interview i think was on the standard newspaper, it did seem incoherent to me but what i could get from that interview was that he thinks spending is not the way to go. He even went further and said he admires what.

punani gooner

1.) 14 May 2018 13:27:41
He is happy with managing the biggest club in Italian football, a team in the CL who have reached the final and semifinal fairly often in recent years. Probably worth noting that he's not going to Chelsea either, which has the definition of an invested owner.

2.) 14 May 2018 15:29:16
kroenke does not want to invest and the team needs serious investment. six to seven new players minimum that is the only way we can compete regardless of who the next manager is even though it would help if we hired someone who is ahead of his time.

i can only see us falling further and further behind. Wenger was just the symptom of a larger problem. We have addressed the symptom but not the disease;the disease being an unambitious owner and a totally incompetent board.

3.) 14 May 2018 19:16:20
This could be the most over the top reaction to someone not wanting to join us.

4.) 14 May 2018 20:49:55
I agree. If it’s true and Allegri is out of the running, it’s no coincidence big name managers with a reputation to withhold like Allergi and Enrique are No longer front runners; its because of the board upstairs and their lack of ambition and no doubt budget disagreements. Arteta and co maybe great coaches but even Pep spends 200 mil a season.

5.) 15 May 2018 02:42:27
Kroenke sanctioned a ton of spending on players in the past few seasons. We just spent 50m on a 29y/ o striker in January, not to mention picking up Xhaka and Mustafi for huge fees, Lacazette, etc.

I have a lot of issues with Kroenke's management but sanctioning spending is not one of them, not when you compare it to things like pushing contract renewals and how we actually conduct the business of transfers in and out.



23 Apr 2018 22:43:52
The daily telegraph reporting that the new Arsenal manager has been restricted to a 50 million pound transfer budget. If that is true, this is a joke. Can't see any big manager being interested in the Arsenal job.

Seems wenger has been taking a lot of bullets for this terrible board and stingy owner. This team an investment of at least 200-300 million pounds, if we don't spend how can we challenge city united and the likes?

punani gooner

1.) 24 Apr 2018 06:33:35
How about you don't believe everything you read in the media? Their job is to stir up rubbish and generate clicks. They are capitalising on our uncertainty and the typical myopic nature of a football fan. Take every football report not officially released by the club as a mixture of horse manure and guesswork.

2.) 24 Apr 2018 07:58:02
Didn't the papers say we had no money left to spend before we got aubameyang.

3.) 24 Apr 2018 10:59:53
Didn't the Telegraph also say we'd have snow last week?
I think Pete Waterman must be the head of a new press association money making task force, The Hit Factory.

4.) 24 Apr 2018 12:04:16
The telegraph is not the daily mail. They are a bit more reliable. They were the first paper to report wenger was leaving irregardless of our europa league performance so they have a bit of merit. They are not the BBC though. I find David ornstein to the most reliable journo when it comes to arsenal.

I wouldn’t be surprised if that report is true and that we only have 50 million to spend because frankly kroenke isn’t the kind of guy who invests in his team. I think the truth will come out now that wenger is gone. If the new manager is relatively unknown you can bet he will have little money to spend, if it is a big name then that means this report is not true. I don’t think coaches like Allegri or enrique will come to Arsenal without being given a big transfer budget but i have a gut feeling that this is true and that the failures of arsenal over the years had a lot to do with the owner not investing in the team than wenger being a bad manager and i think that painful truth will come out now that wenger is gone.

{Ed001's Note - every paper has been reporting Wenger would go for years now.}

5.) 24 Apr 2018 12:34:51
I find Ornstein very reliable too mate and the bbc (on football) like this page tend to stick only reporting on something when there is actually something to report on.

All papers invent stuff to get hits as there just isn't enough real news scoops to make a living out of 365 days a year.

You can google just about anything you like and someone somewhere will have already written something about it somewhere at some point.

I bet if you type Pogba Ronaldo Messi Jose Pep to Arsenal I bet there is something fairly recent somewhere from someone on that subject.

6.) 24 Apr 2018 15:38:03
Towards the end of last year, i think david ornstein said that Arenal have no money for major signings. we might have bought aubameyang, but we also sold chambaerlain, walcott, coquelin. our net spend was negative i think. So i don't doubt this story of the telegraph. I am afraid there is some veracity to that story.

Every time we spent big, we always had to sell players. We might have bought lacazette and auabmeyang, but we sold useful squad players like the ox and giroud.

The important question is, will kroenke plough in 200-300m of his own money into the club to enable us to comepete with the manchester giants? i don't think so. which really means nothing will change at the club. The only good thing is that the anger will now be directed towards the board and stan koenke rather than Arsene wenger who was their punching bag.

{Ed001's Note - you have a large cash reserve in the bank, there is no need for Kroenke to put anything in.}

7.) 24 Apr 2018 19:44:56
Ed, are you ivan gazidis by any chance? :-)

{Ed002's Note - Kroenke cannot simply pour money in to the club.}

8.) 24 Apr 2018 22:04:58
Worst owner of any top six team in the premier league. Never invested a cent, doesn't attend matches, never talks to the media. Hope he gets out of the club soon. He is nothing but a leech and a parasite.




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19 Jan 2019 21:23:44
Great team performance with special praises for koscienly who was outstanding.

Hope we kick on and kroenke backs the manager in the summer,

punani gooner

1.) 20 Jan 2019 07:23:39
Arguably our strongest team selection. The performance clearly epitomised what Emery is looking for. The poor recent performances came when we had to contend with injuries over a busy period, particularly to defenders. Koscileny was forced to play before he was match fit and yesterday he was back to his best. His partnership with Sokratis helped keep a clean sheet. Such a shame that Bellerin looks to have picked up a nasty injury. Leaving out the likes of Ozil and Mustafi, whilst the trio of Guendouzi, Torreira and Xhaka helped defensively and even the forwards played their part defensively. Perhaps we will signe Denis Suarez this month and if Belerin is out long term, a right back is essential, particularly as Lichtsteiner is well past his best and wil depart at the end of the season. Well done to Emery and the team.

2.) 20 Jan 2019 11:42:16
" Even the forwards played their part defensively "
That one sentence I think sums things up, it's a team game and all players should contribute in every department to some extent.
Keepers can start attacks and forwards can force midfielders into losing the ball in order to prevent an opposition attack even starting.
When absolutely every player contributes towards both attacking and defending with equal enthusiasm then you've got a team that is capable of most things.
Leicester 2015/ 16 showed exactly what can be achieved by a team that all work hard for each other for 90 minutes in every game.



15 Jan 2019 18:19:06
Various media outlets reporting that sven mislintat is leaving arsenal following disagreements with the other power brokers.

I have no reason to doubt the veracity of this rumors. Sven doesn't strike me as someone who would go after targets like dennis suarez and carrasco.

There is no doubt sven is the best scout in europe. This is a guy who has contacts everwhere. He is no ordinary scout. Would be stupid losing him in a time when we want to stick with our self sustaining model.

Truly a dark chapter in Arsenal if this turns out to be true which i am afraid could be.

punani gooner

1.) 15 Jan 2019 18:30:32
P G the site that reported it first, in the summer, stated first allegri was arsenals new coach, then arteta. It may or mey not be true but the site that started the rumour is as reliable as our defence.

2.) 15 Jan 2019 18:45:29
What site is it from?

3.) 15 Jan 2019 19:12:58
Le grove gunner, Reported it first.

4.) 15 Jan 2019 19:41:19
Cheers Steve mate, I've never used it so I've no idea either way on its reliability but in my experience the list of reliable information providers is extremely small.
The Eds on this site and Ormstiern are the only 2 I've found where delibetate misinformation isn't an every day event.

5.) 15 Jan 2019 19:48:18
Let me guess steve wengers fault 😂😂😂.

6.) 15 Jan 2019 20:54:14
Welsh did you answer the question from the other day. Why did you think when he was appointed he wasnt good enough for arsenal?
I do try and back my opinion up, wether you agree or not. Not just throw flippant remarks out. And you aren't annoying me at all, don't flatter yourself.

7.) 15 Jan 2019 21:27:24
Gunner, i don't use it either, it is more wrong than right and very speculative.

8.) 15 Jan 2019 23:00:43
Steve we all know the Headline
" Pea and Torreira both want to leave Arsenal next summer after becoming disillusioned by the clubs lack of progress "
Gets many many more hits than
" Pea and Torreira both interested in talks on extending their Arsenal contracts "
The media want our attention and aren't bothered in the slightest what it takes to get it, truth or spoof it's all the same to them and an attention grabbing spoof = lots of £s while the boring truth = pence if they are lucky more often than not.

9.) 15 Jan 2019 22:14:29
Like you say gunner ornstein or cross would be more genuine.

10.) 16 Jan 2019 06:58:06
Like I said I’ll leave that post be as it’s bugging you you’d not good enough 🤪.

11.) 16 Jan 2019 07:18:21
And if you want to know, one of the Ed’s put up a few reasons that I agree with Steven about him try the search bar and you will see my answers.

12.) 16 Jan 2019 07:50:02
Emery's comment that we cannot purchase during the current window is becoming clearer as there appears to be a problem with Mislintat. He may be a top scout, but it appears that he wants to influence much more than simply identifying talent for the manager and the board to consider signing. I belive we will see Mislintat move on before the summer window, when replacements have to brought in for Cech, Ramsey and Welbeck. In addition I can see Jenkinson, Elneny, Ozil, Lichtsteiner, Chambers (why did we extend his deal and then send him out on loan - he simply isn't good enough) , and one or two others.
It looks like we may bring in Denis Suarez and possibly another player on loan.
With most of the injured players back fit, bar the two players out for the season and Mkhitaryan who should be back next month, then the squad is pretty full, even though it lacks quality. I can see another 5 signings this summer.

13.) 16 Jan 2019 08:53:25
On sky sports also.

14.) 16 Jan 2019 11:43:16
Isnt Mislintat the guy who fell out with Klopp/ Dortmund supposedly over his smoking at the training ground?

15.) 16 Jan 2019 12:52:49
Epping gooner he fell out with tuchel not klopp. He is the best scout in the world, why lose him when you can't spend money like a real madrid or barcelona?

Edu is suppossed to replace him so Edu better find us the next ronaldinho or am going to be pissed off.

16.) 16 Jan 2019 13:17:11
Has he gone? Has it been confirmed he is definitely going?
If so, oh well it's a shame but onwards and upwards and if it's still just rumours why not just wait and see what happens I'm sure something will be confirmed one way or the other soon.

17.) 16 Jan 2019 13:31:38
Thats right, thanks for correcting me PG. Like others i hope this news item is not true, as we seem to have some decent people in high places at the club at the moment (owner excluded of course! ) and a spell of consistency at the board level would be good, but if it does turn out to be true, I guess when you take someone on who left a previous employer under a massive cloud, you shouldn't be too shocked when they start acting up at the new employer. Sadly, as they say, a leopard doesn't change its spots.

18.) 16 Jan 2019 17:59:44
Ive read countless reasons why he may or may not want to go to Bayern. He wants to go back to Germany, Bayern he sees as a bigger job, he and Sanlheri have different ideas on scouting, he wants a promotion, he is unsettled in London, he is very private and insular and like to work alone. All sorts of rumours, take your pick and add some more. He might even not want to go, who really knows?

19.) 16 Jan 2019 20:28:27
That's the thing Steve no one knows anything either way so basically this is a non story just a lot of possibilities much like is Jurgen Klopp really considering the German national Job? Who knows not me and I'm the one who started the story he might be, it's ever so easy to start a story and watch others build of for you and should it come off the bloke who starts it is seen as a reliable source and if it doesn't come off no one remembers who stated it because everyone else has chipped in so much.



29 Dec 2018 21:42:45
Terrible performance. we were shambles especially at the back.

Can't fault Emery much. He has a rubbishty squad. How many of our players will get into that Liverpool team? Maybe only torreira and aubameyang. How do you expect emery to compete with such a team?

Where is this club heading to? What vision does the owner have? So many unanswered questions.

I have always said that Arsenal's biggest problem wasn't wenger, it was the owner and it still is.

So long as kroenke is around, we will be going around in circles. The club needs serious investment in personnel. There is no going about it. The so called self sustaining policy is just an excuse not to spend.

punani gooner

1.) 29 Dec 2018 22:03:13
Punani, wenger was our problem, that's why we are where we are today but i obviously agree, kronk needs to nail his colours to the mast and let Dick get what he needs.

2.) 29 Dec 2018 22:03:23
Been banging that drum for years - they don’t want to invest enough to compete but just enough for top 4. Wenger wasn’t held accounable as he maintained top 4. Board has no ambition. Sad but true. Does Emery have the desire to demand funds that compete - who knows. Hope so as I want m Arsenal back.

3.) 29 Dec 2018 22:05:04
Soon the spotlight will be on Kroenke if he is responsible for what the club has become. We will find out in the coming window and that in the summer. Hope we bounce back.

4.) 29 Dec 2018 22:13:37
January will give us more idea of what The club Sven and Dick are going to do about the obvious problems we have.
No new defenders and improvement is virtually impossible to see happening as Dick looks to have Exhausted all current possibilities without any sign of improvement.

5.) 29 Dec 2018 22:18:58
Willy - I hope so.

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Nigel Spackman thinks Arsenal have gone backwards under Unai Emery this season and need to focus on qualifying for the Champions League by winning the Europa League.

Keown slamming the lack of work and quality in defence

Feeding on scraps since we moved to the new ground.

6.) 29 Dec 2018 22:22:18
I'm still struggling to understand why the club made poor old Arsene buy Mustafi Xhaka for 70 million and a host of other poor buys with their money.

7.) 29 Dec 2018 22:37:06
Kroenke doesn't communicate, he is almost Machiavellian. The fact that he rarely communicates shows the level of disdain he has for the fans.

{Ed0333's Note - how much does Roman communicate with the fans? He’s been pretty successful at winning titles.

8.) 29 Dec 2018 22:39:25
gunner mate apparently wenger was against ozil's new contract and he did not approve of mustafi signing. apparently mustafi's signing had to do with statdna.

9.) 29 Dec 2018 22:41:12
Issue still exists and we need some change at the top in the board:

Liverpool are reportedly on the verge of bringing Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic to the club in January after they bid £45m for a player Arsenal wanted to pay £35m for.

{Ed0333's Note - who said Liverpool are buying Pulisic in January?

10.) 29 Dec 2018 22:43:13
62 - I don’t disagree. BUT any club with the right control would ensure there is the right sign off before it parts with 30m. The board allowed it to happen and accepted the performances. I am not excusing Wenger by the way but I am concentrating on the future.

11.) 29 Dec 2018 23:10:10
The clubs gone backwards since Arsene left? Nigel Spackman your memory isn't your strong point is it!
Today was horrible but hardly unusual at Anfield, not to mention St Mary's Stamford Bridge Old Trafford or most other grounds in recent seasons.
Today wasn't good enough but hardly anything we haven't experienced frequently in recent years, we've a long way to sink yet before we are worse than before Dick arrived Nigel me old boy.
Today was horrible awful and simply unacceptable but we've know a lot lot worse under Arsene and let's not pretend otherwise and paint over the our true past.

12.) 29 Dec 2018 23:18:26
Punani, wenger was rightly against ozils new contract but only because it put him on more money than him. He was right but for the wrong reasons.

13.) 29 Dec 2018 23:27:22
True point 62 - as always :)

14.) 30 Dec 2018 01:37:00
Steve you really need to get a grip of the fantasy you have going on. Wenger isn't our manager, Emery is. No manager is world football comes into a new club and magically gets the 11 new players he wants or needs. They all make do with what was there before and then add. Most do very well with the payers they have. You can't reasonably expect any sane person to buy into this whole "It's still Wenger's fault" routine you have cooking.

And this "Wenger didn't want Ozil to earn more than he did" story, let me guess, you read it online at one time. If it's on the internet, it must be true.

The bottom line is that our latest capitulation is no more Wenger's fault than it is Emery's. These players just aren't putting in the performance. They don't play for club, the don't play for manager, they don't play for fans, and even worse, they don't play for self pride. They're a bunch of spineless numpties.

15.) 30 Dec 2018 04:33:50
Steve steve Steve, I’ve never heard so much garbage out of one persons mouth, that Ozil Wenger comment, I can’t take you serious after that,

{Ed001's Note - I can tell you exactly why Wenger was against Ozil's contract and it was nothing to do with Wenger's money, though he did think managers should be on more money than players, he had accepted it couldn't happen. The reason Wenger was against it was simple, it meant he was earning too much more than the other players. Wenger tried to keep all the wages within a small spread in an attempt to stop jealousy amongst the squad. He didn't want one player on so much more than the rest of the team as he knew it just meant that every other player would demand much bigger contracts as a result. With good reason as Ramsey did exactly that.}

16.) 30 Dec 2018 04:56:28
Thanks for clearing that up Ed001; another myth busted!

{Ed001's Note - very welcome. It is something Wenger has spoken about at length publicly on a number of occasions. He did believe the man at the top should be paid the most, as they are in most businesses, ie the CEO. And then the manager. Then the staff. But he had long since realised that was not possible and broke that rule when he signed Sanchez and Ozil had a 'match highest paid player' clause which put him ahead of Wenger. So he was already on more than Wenger (by a small amount but still). I can see his point, when you hand one player an increase, every other player starts looking at their own pay packet and complaining. On the other hand, it can be a good motivational tool - if you play well then you can also get a pay rise. I think the key to it all is whether or not it adversely affected the wage budget, which was already groaning under the weight of new signings on substantially larger salaries than the players who were there previously.}

17.) 30 Dec 2018 05:14:21
Thanks for clearing that up ed, rather than hear say from silly posters lol.

{Ed001's Note - to be fair, as I pointed out steve's post did have a sound foundation, as Wenger has often talked about not wanting players being the highest paid in the club. So it is easy to see where he got the idea from.}



03 Dec 2018 08:56:24
What an incredible performance from team. I was pretty sure we would beat them because i knew they would be knackered from playing inter milan and chelsea last weekend.

The so called power shift has been halted. i can only see us getting better and better.

The only negative seems to be ozil who is constantly injured. I suspect he might be faking them. i am tired of this cry baby, who never turns up in games and who is constantly injured. You can't be getting 350 grand a week and you don't want to turn up because of a flu. I remember fabregas playing with a broken leg once. what is up with ozil?

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1.) 03 Dec 2018 10:04:32
This will be music to Crybaby’s ears, he’ll love you forever.

There is little doubt Ozil is a talented footballer but he needs consistency, even if in some games he’s only 7/ 8 out of 10 rather than a 9.

What we cannot see from him are 4’s and 5’s. Emery clearly isn’t going to accept that and we shouldn’t either.

He has a lot to prove to Emery as there is no longer a Cosy Club to fall back on. He shouldn’t be wasting his talent.

2.) 03 Dec 2018 11:34:23
Agree Stoner I’ve constantly said Ozil is a fantastic player but he may not fit in with Emery’s style of play . He has to adapt as that’s how he wants us to play . I’m hoping he does! On a another note it was the final straw for Southampton as they couldn’t beat United so they sacked Hughes! COYG Also was impressed with Ramsey yesterday both on the pitch and arguing with Dele Alli when off the pitch as a sub 😀.

3.) 03 Dec 2018 12:11:48
Loving the Hughes bit Sussex! 😂 Kolasinac wasn’t taking any prisoners either in the melee.

I said yesterday about our bench being up and out of their seats when we score or even nearly score, mostly led by Guendouzi who loves getting stuck in too.

If Koscileny gets back in the side he’s going to have to start handing out a few kickings. 😂😂.

4.) 03 Dec 2018 12:29:05
I am afraid he might refuse to move and instead choose to just earn his big bucks while sitting on the bench which will be a big strain on our resources.

5.) 03 Dec 2018 12:52:28
Mesut needs to get with the programme or get out of Arsenal it's as simple as that.
There is no player at the club more important than Dick now and that's a situation that won't change in the foreseeable future, 90% of fans are now firmly behind the new manager and win Wednesday night at Old Trafford and that figure will be 99% of Arsenal fans being happy with our manager.
Mesut like Ramsey has two choices give there all and total commitment to Arsenal football club and the new manager or close the door on the way out.
The cosy club ended the day Emery took over and Guendouzi who must be the most passionate committed sub I've ever seen in 40 years of football typifies the new Arsenal mentality.

6.) 03 Dec 2018 21:50:40
Ozil is a lazy sod with loads of talent, he has to decide if he wants in with the work ethic or obscurity.



29 Oct 2018 15:38:32
Haven't posted for ages here hope everyone has been well.

i am loving our progress under emery so far. You can tell he has been working with them tactically a lot. The positioning of the player during build up, defence and even in the final third is better under emery than under wenger. ou can also tell players are fitter under him.

My only worry is our defense. with mustafi in our defence you can expect us to always leak goals. He is one of the most stupid defenders i have ever seen wear the Arsenal shirt.

Hope we buy a couple of defenders in January. Kroenke needs to back emery.

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1.) 29 Oct 2018 15:57:59
Agree Punani, the defence is a massive worry, we need new players.

2.) 29 Oct 2018 18:04:01
Hope you have been good Steve. Our back line is shocking. The only player that i will retain from that back line is monreal, i will get rid of the rest.

Sokratis was decent in the few games he was played in, i am surprised why he was dropped to the bench he is a far much better defender than mustafi to me.

3.) 29 Oct 2018 18:46:33
Monreal is coming to the end, we need a replacement. Holding doing ok but like most he has a mistake or two each game. Mustaffi is rash, sokratis is ok and Bellerin isn't a defender, like a defender should be, a failed winger turned right back. We are really weak in defence. A priority over the next two windows. Panic seems to go through them the nearer the box the opposition get.

4.) 29 Oct 2018 19:18:54
Hi Punani mate good to hear from you. I don't understand how Arsenals don't rate Belerin, all the pundits and fans of other clubs are raving about him under Emery, it's so strange.

5.) 29 Oct 2018 20:51:01
Gunner for a right back going forward he is fine but all these pundits used to say wenger was a great manager, then slag his team off or being poor. Our defending is poor and Bellerin is just as much to blame in that as anyone else. i've heard these pundits say this is great and that is great about bellerin then highlight our poor defending which he was part of.

He isn't a very good defender, monreal isn't a very good defender, neither play for their respective nations. Mustaffi, does not play for Germany, he has been dropped and none of the others are playing for high ranked nations and rated has high as they should be. That all adds up to a poor defensive record. They are all ok defenders in the prem but debatable whether any are top 6 material.

In fact if you look at our defensive record, we are relegation material. Bellerin and monreal have been part of that leaky defence for a good 5 years. Mustaffi and the others have joined and it hasn't improved. Because they are not the best at defending putting it mildly.

6.) 29 Oct 2018 21:21:16
All I'm saying is it's only 50% of Arsenal fans who don't rate Hector Steve, Barcelona City and other big clubs seem to, fans of other clubs seem to, fellow professionals do and the pundits do to, just not half of our own fans, I find that strange.
Xhaka seems to draw a wide consensus across the board as do Mustafi Welbeck Ramsey but Hector seems to get written off only by Arsenal fans which even you have to admit is odd Steve surely.

7.) 29 Oct 2018 21:34:07
Not as bad as xhaka gunner but a lot of rival fans i know think he's overated. He started out brightly but hasn't progressed. The truth is gunner "when" Barcelona wanted him, they wanted him for peanuts and when we intimated a figure, they ran. Tjey don't want him now.

8.) 29 Oct 2018 23:11:39
It must be geographical Steve because he's very highly rated by Liverpool and United fans where I live and to be fair most Gooners here are puzzled by the stick he gets too, when we talk Hector it's always " why do other Arsenal fans not like him "?
It must be a ( spit in the street ) thing in your area Steve :-)

9.) 30 Oct 2018 14:22:59
Ha ha gunner, however big or small, there is no argument, he has a role in our poor defending. We let silly goals in and he is an ever present.

10.) 30 Oct 2018 17:59:52
It's all a matter of prerspective Steve mate, it depends on how we chose to view any situation as to what we see.
if those of us who aren't Xhaka fans spent 90 minutes only looking for his good bits apposed to consenting on his weaknesses and those who think Xhaka is brilliant did the opposite whey they took more notice of the times he gives the ball away rather than just the times he hits a long crossfiled pass that comes off we might all come away with a more balanced opinion mate.
Sometimes we all allow our preconceived opinions blind us from seeing anything differently, I'm always intriguide as to why people see things differently to me and when it's the vast majority of people then I'm always ready to consider maybe just maybe I'm missing something.

11.) 30 Oct 2018 19:01:22
Agree gunner, until you look at our defensive record. If we weren't letting in so many goals from so many mistakes from all our defenders and our record was better, we could all look at it differently.

12.) 30 Oct 2018 19:50:18
It's true Steve that we have conceded double the amount of goals of the clubs around us but it's also true that we are learning a completely different style of play and the players are being asked to do things that they haven't been asked to do before so would it not be weird if we were as defensively tight as City Chelsea Liverpool and and Spurs who are either under manages for the 3rd season or have been recen champions?
It's possible that by the end of Dicks first season players who are struggling now might be much more comfortable confident and capable with what is new to them now?
Maybe even you might be a fan of Hector by next May Steve:-)

13.) 30 Oct 2018 20:08:27
Unless he becomes braver gunner, i doubt it. But who knows, he's a bit flakey for me, i like strong players and characters. He seems more concerned about his stupid hair and daytime pyjamas. But i'm sure his mums very proud, so what i think is not important. Lol.

14.) 30 Oct 2018 20:27:40
I'm sure his parents are extremely proud of him mate, didn't he donate a £100 to charity for every minute he played in the under 21s world cup finals?
I have high hopes for Arsenal Hector and you too this season Steve I'm optimisticly predicting a positive season from all :-) .

15.) 30 Oct 2018 20:36:51
Good on him, he's got a heart of gold, let's hope he can become an arsenal great as well.

16.) 01 Nov 2018 10:28:09
Could not agree more. A left back and one quality centre back in January will leave us very strong. Add a world class winger and possibly Dembele (Ousmane) in the summer and life looks better than good.




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16 Jan 2019 12:56:30
It is not a rumuor gunner. The very reliable honigstein and ornstein are reporting it. It is happening, sven is leaving.

The implications are horifying. How will Arsenal get back to the top when we let go off the best scout in the world and have no money to spend?

I am afraid we will go downhill from here unless we find an equally capable replacement.

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15 Jan 2019 23:36:24
Gunner ornstein is reporting it too and i am afraid it is happening.

Of all the guys who gazidis employed before he left, it is sven i have been most impressed with. Apparently there is is power struggle between raul and sven. If i was Arsenal, i would pick sven. This man has contacts even as far as japan, has strong connections in the german and french markets which produce many talents, why lose him when we don't have much cash and we don't want to migrate from our self sustaining policy? Why?

It is chaotic at arsenal and i am really unhappy with the direction sanllehi is taking arsenal.

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23 May 2018 00:03:00
Sanogo am still getting over guardiola to city 😩.

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23 May 2018 00:00:53
SinGooner will get behind the team. I am a fan first of all. I hope Emery proves me wrong. I'll be over the moon if we won the league or the champions league in the next 2-3 years. It is just that i have my doubts is all but for sure i'll get behind the team and support the boys.

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22 May 2018 15:06:54
Will give him a chance mate but his work at PSG was a massive under-achievement and he couldn't exert his authority. Players were dictating to him when it should have been the other way round. I have my doubts but will get behind the team. I'll be sincere it is an appointment that doesn't excite me. He is a B-list manager at best.

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16 Jan 2019 12:52:49
Epping gooner he fell out with tuchel not klopp. He is the best scout in the world, why lose him when you can't spend money like a real madrid or barcelona?

Edu is suppossed to replace him so Edu better find us the next ronaldinho or am going to be pissed off.

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13 Jan 2019 22:08:41
I am not sure if you read my posts malaga mate but i haven't been slagging emery all the time. Infact i have been praising him more than bashing him since he took over but i'll admit he wasn't my first choice.

My coach of choice was tuchel. Everyone had his choice. Majority wanted allegri i remember. I don't even remember anyone mentioning unai but when he was selected i said i will get behind the team and i wasn't even posting on this forum much i was busy so i don't know what slagging you are talking about.

Since Emery took over, i have constantly been saying that our problem, our biggest problem is to do with ownership and the so called self sustaining model rather than the coach. My opinions, whether you agree with them or not, have been consistent. You have every right to disagree with them but i also have every right to form them in the first place.

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13 Jan 2019 21:58:41
winning the europa league would be an excellent achievement steve.

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13 Jan 2019 10:46:53
Nagelsmann is still a very young coach but what he has done at hoffenheim is exceptional. He is one of the few coaches who actually improves players. He took a relegation team into the top four in bundesliga in his first full season. In his second season, he finished above teams like borrusia and leverkusen that had far better players. THe only reason they were above leverkusen and dortumund was due to the quality of the coach. His training sessions are revolutionary.

Since it was clear that Arsenal is not a team that is willing to spend, it was my opinion that coaches that are tactically astute and known to punch above their weight like tuchel, pochettino or nagelsmann and ones who have a history of improving players where we get to perhaps buy them, improve them and then sell them for profit, are more suited to Arsenal than a luis enrique or a unai Emery.

The ideal scenario is where we get an A list manager, very proven like an allegri and give him money to spend but there is no way that is happening under kroenke. Best we can hope for is coach who can punch above his weight or kroenke sells the club and we get an owner who is willing to invest.

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12 Jan 2019 22:26:57
Nevertheless it was a shocking decison by the Arsenal board not to talk to nagelsmann. He is a miracle worker. The same can't be said of Emery. He couldn't achieve anything with that PSG in Europe with all their money, what will he achieve with Arsenal that is stripped of cash? I never saw the logic in hiring him.

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