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18 May 2018 16:42:27
So its the dream team of arteta no1 cazorla no2 and henry part time.


1.) 18 May 2018 17:16:32
dont forget mertesacker ducking in from time to time.

2.) 18 May 2018 21:01:02
Bloody pathetic.

3.) 19 May 2018 07:27:00
And diaby in charge of players conditioning and fitness.

4.) 19 May 2018 09:10:36
Banbury what's pathetic?, this could work out to be a fantastic appointment. Or the opposite who knows.

5.) 19 May 2018 11:41:24
Arsenal have always been leaders in innovation. From managerial appointments to ground development. There is a set of values within the club and an Arsenal way that other clubs would love to have within their DNA. The appointment of Arteta and the leadership and managerial structure put in place to take us forward could be brilliant, or it may stutter. However I am behind it, football moves forward as so do Arsenal - forward together I say.

6.) 19 May 2018 13:09:15
The whole thing is pathetic it’s a MASSIVE gamble, the stadium could well be half empty by October . MA has absolutely no experience of management. it just suits the board to have a novice they are less likely to ask for pocket money.

7.) 19 May 2018 13:32:24
Agree Banbury, its all very kronk sports.

8.) 19 May 2018 16:09:44
True it could well go either way. However you've just summed up the modern day arsenal fan. Stadium could be empty by October. Now the thought of our fans throwing the dummies out and not going to support us is pathetic. I understood the previous time we did that. But if we do that each time we don't get our way we'd look far more ridiculous as a club than taking a risk with arteta.

9.) 19 May 2018 19:42:35
D i can't agree with you, fans, no, all humans have every right to protest and let people know how they feel. If no one get hurt physically, i support them fully, if they have a grievance. Wenger would still be here if it wasnt for the paying public showing their dissatisfaction. No problem at all with that. If arteta or whoever is good, then i think there will be no problem at all.



16 May 2018 20:27:40
Just another bit of fake news to counter the arteta news. Ancelotti has a pre contract with Arsenal, according to one italian news site.


1.) 16 May 2018 20:58:22
It's not Sky italia by any chance is it?

2.) 16 May 2018 21:13:14
No it’s the Express.

3.) 17 May 2018 01:44:57
More like pizza express.



13 May 2018 21:36:08
Congratulations to our next manager for winning the italian league again. Now arsenal go get our man.


1.) 13 May 2018 22:41:29
Hopefully mate, just hoping Ed002 gives us some information!

2.) 14 May 2018 00:12:49
He said he is staying at juv.

3.) 14 May 2018 00:40:25
My problem is, i'm not sure what we can offer him to leave juve. We don't think like a big club anymore, so we would have to make him an offer he can't refuse. i'm not sure we will.

4.) 14 May 2018 07:45:36
Yeah not looking good he said he is staying.



04 May 2018 00:21:26
Simeone was always my first choice but for various reasons i don't think that was ever going to happen. Tonights result for me also knocks out a few more top managers (no champs league, fewer funds and less pulling power) out of the reckoning. I am a little worried about gazidis's words "we have to be brave in our appointment" especially now. We won't give a manager a big budget (did wenger waste our funds when he had them) and we are not giving a manager a big salary, supposedly less than wenger. I just wonder what and who we will attract on the terms we are offering. Interesting times ahead.


1.) 04 May 2018 07:07:26
Yes, Steve I too am a Simeone fan and the semi-finals showed how well drilled his team is and defensively superb. We have been missing in both these aspects for some time. Our defending is attrocious.
The options are:
1. A top manager such as Simeone, Ancelloti or Allegri.
2. An up and coming young manager such as Marco Silva, Dyche or Howe.
3. A coach or former Arsenal man such as Vieira, Henry or Buvac.

I believe we will go along the 3rd route, with a more European style of the manager being more of a coach, backed by a backroom staff that deals with contracts, player acquisitions, etc. Moving away from Wenger's post-Dein total domination of every aspect of the club.

Interesting times ahead for sure.

2.) 04 May 2018 07:46:32
Why would we give the new manager/ head coach any transfer budget at all given the appointment of SM and RS?

As for the candidates who see the lack of champions league football next season as a problem, i think it's better to overlook those coaches anyway. I'd rather like a coach who plans for long term instead of one season success.

As for the salary, i don't know of any details but would imagine it's just natural the new guy wouldn't earn quite as much as Wenger since he wouldn't have as many responsibilities as Wenger had (like transfers for example) . I'm sure we can still offer competitive wages.

I would also like to point out one reason why i think we will be an attractive option for any coach, and that is the way the club has handled Wenger. We are known as a club with patience and the board won't make any rash decisions based on short term results. I personally would like to see the new coach get at least two seasons time to improve our performances (unless the first season is a total disaster) .

3.) 04 May 2018 08:46:40
I agree Iceman I don't think the next manager/ coach should earn more than Arsene immediately.
I don't really want someone who joins us for the money but more for the opportunity.
Arsenal are a big club in the doldrums which means for the right man it's a great opportunity to rally achieve something.
We are like Liverpool when Klopp arrived a big club with a great history with one or two good players plus some ok players but an awful lot of not good enough players filling our squad.
We need the right man for where we are now and that isn't going to be someone who comes for the money or someone who comes because it's he needs a job it has to be someone who really wants it because they are excited about what they can achieve for and with Arsenal football club.
What's the point of getting someone who comes in gets us top 4 next season then gets a better offer from United Bayern Real or whoever and puts us back to square one.

The next manager not only needs to be capable of turning us around he also needs to be 100% committed to making us the best we can be again.

4.) 04 May 2018 10:01:22
Players seems to be attracted to a "project" they could believe in. Morinho got Zlatan, Bailly and Pagba without CL. Conte got Kante and Luiz without CL. Klopp and Poch seems to get great players or hold on to players without anything but a top 4 to show for. We need a manager that has something interesting going on and have some pulling power. Simeone, Sarri and Jardim would fit the bill IMO.

5.) 04 May 2018 13:06:20
Players buy into what the club is aiming for over the next 2 to 3 seasons Nor mate, it's not always about the season ahead but whether they can be convinced by the club they will achieve their ambitions by joining them.
Our next manager will have more credibility when it comes to attracting and convincing players to join us than Arsene would have had thi summer simply because he won't have so many seasons of not competing behind him putting players off coming.

6.) 04 May 2018 13:59:40
I wonder what the arsenal "project" will be?



27 Apr 2018 13:50:17
Does Unai Emery now become an option.


1.) 27 Apr 2018 17:34:59
Oh Steve, you are awful but I like you :-)

2.) 27 Apr 2018 19:33:40
Gunner 99% of the posters on here won't have a scooby what you are talking about. Lol.

3.) 27 Apr 2018 20:19:42
I know mate but I couldn't help it ;-)

4.) 27 Apr 2018 21:43:34
I got it

Dick would be proud.

5.) 28 Apr 2018 08:55:50
We are the true golden generation boys, we got Morecombe and Wise the two Ronnie's Tommy Cooper Ken Dodd Dave Allen and today's generation get Ant Dec David Walliams and Mirranda.

6.) 28 Apr 2018 15:08:33
Yes yes g62 me too. His son used to be a cab driver in the north east.




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22 May 2018 23:00:07
Unai Emery announced himself arsenal manager on his, own website. Welcome.


1.) 23 May 2018 00:57:47
He wants to build the team around Rambo and Auba.

2.) 23 May 2018 06:54:16
Seems the good vibes are coming back, this could be the lift the players need after a few years of same old same old.

3.) 23 May 2018 07:16:18
Top stuff, think we've done well.

4.) 23 May 2018 12:16:37
Ha ha very funny. best from the pool you were fishing from. But not the answer, I'll give it 2 seasons at most. then rebuild again.



21 May 2018 22:22:34
What are my hopes for next season now. To win the europa league and improve our league form. This guy can do that in spades, he's done it. The next season after that? let's get the next season out the way first and see if he can achieve with arsenal what he has achieved at previous clubs. that's all i'm asking.
He is a serial winner.


1.) 21 May 2018 22:40:32
We go into next season with no baggage from the past hanging over us.
Xhaka and Mustafi haven't failed under Emery so get a fresh start.
The new back roon boys aren't tarnished by Benzema Higuain failure and mockery
ALL is new, it's a fresh start and we should all be full of excitement for next season more than we have been for years.
Give the new manager the new back room team and the clubs new approach a chance by us all drawing a line under the past because we've been a club dived for years and now it's time to all unite behind a different way forward together.

{Ed025's Note - a fine dare i say churchillian speech there mate..

2.) 21 May 2018 22:50:28
Cheers mate :-) just think we've got a real chance to enjoy our football again if we all draw a line under the past and give the future and chance.

{Ed025's Note - could not agree more mate..

3.) 21 May 2018 23:40:01
Well said Gents.

Optimism at last.

4.) 22 May 2018 00:02:29
He likes a big strong holding midfielder. GREAT!

5.) 22 May 2018 14:44:52
Get into top four at least.



21 May 2018 20:10:25
So unai emery is going to be our new boss then. Not first choice but it could have been far worse.


1.) 21 May 2018 20:26:11
Steve, I think it's the best option available to us in the current situation. I did not want Arteta as he did not had experience of managing a club. Unai Emery has experience of working on tight budget as we have at Arsenal and will try to bring best out of player that are available.

2.) 21 May 2018 20:34:17
Good choice considering what was about.

3.) 21 May 2018 20:49:57
BH we can at least expect that the guy can come in and make improvements from his past experiences. i'm happyish.



19 May 2018 13:40:49
So Henry wants a fight with arteta for the job. He doesn't want to be second to anyone.


1.) 19 May 2018 14:36:03
I don't think Henry will get the job and even if he did I don't think he would last long with the Sven men doing his shopping for him, if he doesn't fancy being anyone's assiant how would he cope with having next to no say about which players come in, I think he's a non starter
I think Artetta would be more compliant and much less vocal about any frustrations he feels.

2.) 19 May 2018 14:59:48
Where you hear that from.

3.) 19 May 2018 15:42:16
Coming around to the idea of MA then 62?

4.) 19 May 2018 15:42:16
Coming around to the idea of MA then 62?

5.) 19 May 2018 16:29:14
Your making stuff up g62. Who’s saying that the coach will have no say in transfers? From my understanding Sven is there as the primary scout, and sanalhi as the negotiator. I’m sure that coach will have some say. This is a shake up of integrating new ideas and infrastructure not a dictatorship mate.

6.) 19 May 2018 17:48:51
Coming round to the possibility Banbury mate but still a very long way from accepting it as being a fact mate, apparently 1 in 4 Sky claims about Arsenal ever materialise so although there is 3 times more chance of them being wrong than right it's still a possibility.
Is it not a dictatorship Sanogo? I thought they were now ruling the roost and even having a very big say in chosing Arsene successor, not many scouts get to pick their boss mate :-)

7.) 19 May 2018 18:25:16
Agree with that 62.

8.) 19 May 2018 20:57:24
It’s a very naive and backwards way at looking at it. Were you not all whining that Wenger had too much control. I swear you can’t remember what you say from one week to the next. The scout in question is one of the most highly rated in the world and considering the dire situation before he came (Sanchez ala) I’d say that things were better after he came and your all trying to come to terms with the idea of Arteta but joking about a radical change in thinking, that you have all been asking for. Get a grip. Got a very good crew on board and the club have made huge leaps into changing them (eventually I know) and from what the Ed’s have said Arsenal appear to be making solid ground, I think Arteta would be a poor choice but from the sound of it we have the best behind the scenes.

9.) 19 May 2018 23:04:16
I remember very much saying Arsene had way too much control and I've not slagged off the Sven men appointment but simply pointed out that if your scout is going to have a big say in who your next manager is going to he's a lot lot more than a scout who simply recomends and advises the manager on players he's calling the shots, which limits your choice of manager considerably and only someone who is looking for a break into management or head coach would really be up for it.
Sven most certainly hasn't come to Arsenal simply to offer advice on players that's for sure.



17 May 2018 21:40:29
Now reports saying usminov wants to sell his arenal shares and go and join his mate at everton and bankroll them. It just gets better.


1.) 17 May 2018 23:01:28
That is a nightmare scenario. We can kiss the top four goodbye. usmanov strikes me as a guy who wants to spend. He accussed kroenke in the past for not investing.

{Ed0333's Note - or was it a case of he knew Kroenke wouldn’t spend so he was fueling his own agenda

2.) 17 May 2018 23:24:24
Years of mediocrity if true.

3.) 17 May 2018 23:28:29
could be Ed. If i was usmanov and i was serious about investing into the club, i would have given an ultimatum to kroenke to give the manager a big transfer budget, failure to which i would make a bid to buy the club. I am sure if he tried that strategy, more fans would be on his side and either kroenke would have invest into the club or he would be forced to sell his shares to usmanov. Not sure why he never tried that strategy. As you say he might have an agenda.

{Ed0333's Note - I would assume that to be the case mate.

4.) 18 May 2018 00:36:11
Usmanov made an offer last year.

5.) 18 May 2018 03:03:55

6.) 18 May 2018 07:06:12
Usmanov has never indicated that he would dip into his own pockets. A few seasons ago he suggested raising £100m through a bond sold to fans, with no interest accruing. So in effect the fans would have been funding the transfer budget with no interest paid, only receiving their capital back when the bond matured.
Very few owners of PL clubs actually fund transfers themselves. Abramovic has stopped ploughing funds into Chelsea and expects the club to be self-funding. Guardiola stated recently that they won't be spending £300m a year any more.
Kroenke backed Wenger, who was very successful at the club. He is clearly backing the changes at the club, with the new backroom appointments. In terms of spending, of course Arsenal are not going to say the new manager will have £200m to spend as the transfer fees and wages would soar. So the £50m figure that is banded about is either complete fantasy or leaked by the club for tactical purposes.
I would also expect any fees received to be added to the 'fund'. Perhaps Ramsey and Welbeck will be sold if deals cannot be agreed, as they are soon to enter the final year of their contracts. Maybe Bellerin will be moved on, if. An offer in excess of £40m is made? The sale of the three players mentioned could bring in around £100m. If I recall the figures correctly, we are after Leno (£17m) , Sokratis (£15m) , Evans (£3m) and Sery (£40m) . That is three players for £75m, which in addition to the sales mentioned still leaves a further £75m to spend, assuming the £50m budget is correct and doesn't allow for further possible sales, such as: Mustafi, Perez, Ospina, Chambers, Campbell, etc.

7.) 18 May 2018 08:30:50
If it happens then we will know how serious Usmamov was all along and what we did or didn't miss out on.
Personally I think we have to be more positive about our own future now that change has finally arrived.
Let's see what the next manager and the Sven men can do before we completely write ourselves out of the picture.
Let's see who comes in as manager, then let's see what players we sign and then let's see what tactics and formation he uses then let's see if the players show a different mentality to the cosy one we've come to expect from them.
If you want to see it there really is a lot to be excited about Arsenal right now but of course if people are determined to look for all and any possible negatives they can find then they will never be in short supply.

I thought this fresh start would galvanise us but since Arsene left when the season finish people seem more despondent than ever but I haven't got a clue why, nothing has actually happened or gone wrong yet absolutely everything people are getting upset about is purely media story driven and there is a lot more chance of it being a load of Benzema than PEA.
The post Arsene days haven't even began yet and all because of some silly media stories our world is about to end and Arsenal football club are heading for oblivion, it's Irrational.

8.) 18 May 2018 08:40:43
Who would buy usmanov shares? He's not aloud sit on the board. Kroenke will never sell and doesn't need to buy, he has complete control already. Kroenke also is funding the huge be LA Rams stadium, so would he bothered in spending money he doesn't need to. Would someone out there spend 500million+ on 30% of a business and have no say nor control over.

9.) 18 May 2018 23:49:02
If usmanov was willing to sell to Stan Stan would buy them In a heart beat.




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23 May 2018 22:05:00
Never going to get a game.




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21 May 2018 21:43:38
Ed025 he is in the minority.


{Ed025's Note - lets hope so steve, arsenal fans seem to be getting a bit of a reputation where managers are concerned mate, lets just give the guy a chance before he gets slaughtered..



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21 May 2018 21:27:47
Akie every coach can be pulled to bits on individual games. His record for winning things is great.




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21 May 2018 20:14:58
We can all be hopeful that we have a current coach, that has great knowledge and experience. Not on my list because he wasn't definitely available but when he was he had to be given at least consideration. Safe appointment for me, initially.




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19 May 2018 19:42:35
D i can't agree with you, fans, no, all humans have every right to protest and let people know how they feel. If no one get hurt physically, i support them fully, if they have a grievance. Wenger would still be here if it wasnt for the paying public showing their dissatisfaction. No problem at all with that. If arteta or whoever is good, then i think there will be no problem at all.





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24 May 2018 00:52:22
Gunner, i always thought scotland wasa county, you have just confirmed it.




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24 May 2018 00:49:05
Hi 12, i will tell you a few things about your manager. Shall we call him dick because that's what he is. Oh and at least most of our fans want our manager. Good luck trying to catch your better neighbours, who are better and guess what, most of their fans want their manager too.




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23 May 2018 20:17:43
67, I've heard he give the players a rub down before a game and his half time team talks can be quite abrasive.




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23 May 2018 20:10:20
67, they don't count because the other teams in that league are semi professional.




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23 May 2018 19:38:28
Raver, we have only got to sort out the travel sickness and we will be flying. Onwards and upward, we actually have something to be excited about. Out with the old in with the new. Our guy is the same age as yours but ours wins trophies. Lots of them! i'm actually excited about next season, for the first time in years.