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08 Jan 2019 13:01:14
Weirdly widespread rumours appearing that we're in for Carrasco. Hope not, myself - way too inconsistent - but does seem the kind of thing that someone made up and the other papers just ran with. Personally don't see Pepe moving until the summer, so depends how desperate we are.


1.) 08 Jan 2019 13:35:45
There must be a reason no one wanted him and he ended up playing in china.

2.) 08 Jan 2019 18:36:28
I’d rather Walcott.

3.) 08 Jan 2019 20:26:47
Very good player, who made a money decision and not a footballing one going to China. Top player for athletico scoring some important goals in big games. A lot of big teams were sniffing before he went to China, which was a strange decision and only he new why he did.

4.) 09 Jan 2019 00:17:58
The two clubs are owned by the same organisation Steve. My guess is it was a convenient way to both move on a player Simeone didn't like and transfer some assets to Atleti.

5.) 09 Jan 2019 09:21:19
I’ve watching him play few times and he was full of energy, personally I like him, and I think he could be a good buy. What the eds think of him?

{Ed001's Note - every time I saw him he was abysmal, looked utterly disinterested, though he clearly has a lovely touch and skill, he just has not got the application or intelligence to know how to use it.}

6.) 09 Jan 2019 19:01:28
When he went to China I was disappointed that we were unable to sign him, he looked pretty useful to me.

7.) 09 Jan 2019 19:17:38
It’s a funny thing because every time I saw him play he looked decent. You can get that sometimes.

8.) 09 Jan 2019 22:24:30
Axel Witsel came back from China and is a great Aaser for Dortmund. Why not Carrasco? He is a regular in the Belgias National team. I say go!

9.) 10 Jan 2019 14:50:16
Bring Walcott back he’s faster 🙄.

10.) 10 Jan 2019 20:28:42
Bring back Perry Groves - sure he would come back on a loan 👊.



14 May 2018 01:58:32
A few of my mates were at the match today and there was talk among the away fans that there is real opposition among the players of appointing Arteta, and some will actively push for a move if he is appointed.

No idea where this has come from and not sure how legitimate it is, albeit somewhat believable.


1.) 14 May 2018 06:44:55
I wouldn't be surprised, it seems like a bit of a mental appointment to me. There must be something about him behind the scenes, that has got him such a good reputation with out any experience. But I think he would have real trouble commanding much respect and getting people to buy into his ideas if they didn't work quite quickly. But we're any of these fans close to any of the players to know their opinions?

2.) 14 May 2018 09:09:42
Arteta would be a big mistake in my opinion, he was part of the cosy club mentality we had here for too long and would be too pally and weak in my view with the existing players. He appeals to the board no doubt as he would be a cheap option and would not demand the transfer funds we need. If we were to go down the ex-player route I rather Vieria, at least he was a winner and woudl command more respect. We should really be after Allegri for me, a bit of Itaillian defensive disipline would do wonders. The board are still scared of spending though by the looks of it.

3.) 14 May 2018 11:58:17
BIG BIG BIG mistake on a loot of levels.

4.) 14 May 2018 13:30:09
None of my mates are connected with the players as far as I know eden. I agree with the general sentiment that he is a poor choice.



12 Jul 2017 05:17:02
Some news from down here in Australia that Wenger sees Martinez as next season's cup keeper, with Cech set to start in the league and CL. Martinez seems to be highly rated by the boss.


1.) 12 Jul 2017 06:15:29
Which team is cech going to play in the CL for 😂.

2.) 12 Jul 2017 06:44:58
It makes sense although Ospina is still at the club and unless someone stumps up the transfer fee Arsenal require then he may remain at the club. If Ospina departs then Martinez moving up to second choice keeper makes sense as I belive he qualifies as 'homegorwn', with numerical pressure coming on the squad.

3.) 12 Jul 2017 10:38:33
ospins deserves to go and be number one. Martinez is worth a shot. good call for both players.

4.) 12 Jul 2017 16:24:53
I'm very unconvinced my Martinez to be honest. Seems just average to me. But again it's not like I've seen him a lot of times.

5.) 12 Jul 2017 18:16:13
Sano, man citeh probably, we are their feeder. Lol.

6.) 12 Jul 2017 19:40:07
Your prob right.

7.) 13 Jul 2017 01:57:26
LOL I guess I'm still in automatic mode about thinking we're in CL. Wenger really has spoiled us.



18 Jun 2017 01:46:49
L'equipe is reporting Arsene has told Giroud he's "not in his plans" to use their words. Strikes me as drumming up a story on a slow day, but I do hope he stays regardless, especially if we can't retain Alexis and even if we sign another striker. Is there any concrete news on his departure? I'd sooner see the back of Walcott to be honest.


1.) 18 Jun 2017 11:14:20
I'm pretty sure Theo will be seeing out his contract with Arsenal, who else is going to offer 140k a week?
As for Olly I hope he stays even though he's not the answer in a one man strike force he's still an asset in many ways.

2.) 18 Jun 2017 14:08:49
Sky saying that West Ham want him. Personally think its a good move. He would do alright for them and not sure he would be happy if we bought in Lacazette (mbappe just ain't happening) .
Definitely want to see the back of Theo but i know he's one of those players that will go somewhere else and start banging in the goals, especially against us.

3.) 19 Jun 2017 12:53:18
Who cares get rid of Theo.

4.) 21 Jun 2017 20:46:30
Who cares get rid of Theo (2)



06 Jun 2017 12:28:49
Hi eds, hope you're having a good summer for the moment because looks like this next couple months will be crazy.

Any news on Arsenal interest in Kovacic? Heard this morning that a club from London is discretely trying to make inquiries but could just as easily be Spurms or Chelsea.



{Ed002's Note - No.}

1.) 07 Jun 2017 08:50:44
Kovacic forgot about him. Would be a great signing.

2.) 07 Jun 2017 11:42:14
Arda Turan would be a great replacement for Cazorla.

Similar technical ability to ghost past players like Cazorla does.

Ramsey is a talent but can't beat the man directly in front of him.




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30 Jan 2019 05:02:40
Lacazette may well be our best player. Never hides, always working hard to hold up the ball and make space, never gives up. Guendouzi MOTM but Lacazette maybe my player of the season.

Poor from Ozil, Licht and Elneny. I like Mo but his time with us is surely up.


1.) 30 Jan 2019 07:30:41
Agree about Laca Wire! We are a threat going forward . However 2-0 up less than ten to go we break with Monreal and who is supporting him Kolasinac! Ten to go that’s the left cb and left back furthest forward! No wonder we conceded! Few in at the back ( few out ) but surely Steve Bould out! It’s not even the quality of players it’s doing the basics! Even the Four Horseshoes my old pub team knew when to commit players forward and when to defend! Are we worse than the four horseshoes? Are we the new Farmers Arms? 😂😂 COYG.

2.) 30 Jan 2019 07:54:03
I agree too wire Lacasette is having an excellent season.

3.) 30 Jan 2019 08:42:17
Lacca had a great game, but why ozil was poor? What did he do that wasn’t great, where was he at fault in any play? What did we expect from him he didn’t deliver? He did creat a scoring chances which what was required from him.

4.) 30 Jan 2019 10:47:12
Kolasinac, Lacazette and Guendouzi played well. The defence was suspect, but we have injuries to Bellerin, Holding, Sokratis and Koscielny. We played a left back at CB and a player that is clearly over the hill at RB. We also had Miatland-Niles out. Not many clubs would cope with that amount of injuries to the defence.

5.) 30 Jan 2019 11:06:59
Yes because our defence was so solid before the injures wasn't it :-)
I'm not being deliberately negative but let's not pretend all is well with our squad or team once everyone is fit for another decade when it so clearly isn't.
Pretending our defence is fine has done us no favours in the past and I very much doubt it will in the future either.
Defensive organisation is a much bigger problem than player quality and that's nothing new for us.

6.) 30 Jan 2019 12:21:52
Very flat last night. Ozil was man-marked throughout the game, but still kept the ball well when he had it. However, the energy increased massively when he was replaced by Ramsey, its like chalk and cheese. Agree on Lacca, was superb last night, and very underrated on how well he holds the ball up. However, would love to see us play a game with both our forwards performing as a unit. Unfortunately they seem to take it in turns as Aubang was absolute dross, so much so that i couldn't watch his penalty, I was so sure based on his performance up to that point that he was going to miss! don't get what Elneny did wrong, thought he did OK, with his usual high energy, but the diamond just wasn't working like it did against Chelsea, and the change to a more 4-3-3 worked better in the 2nd half (with Iwobi actually improving us! ) , so again, credit to our manager for the change.

7.) 30 Jan 2019 12:32:55
According to someone who has spoken with him Steve Bould says he is getting more time with the defence.

Clearly he is no defensive coach then.

8.) 30 Jan 2019 13:46:55
How I see it, it doesn’t matter who’s playing in thr back four its always the same worry, its the organisation of the back four. An experienced defensive coach very well required to improve us as well as new CBs.
As for Ozil Cardiff tried too hard to keep him quiet with man marking as you mentioned Epping mate. When he was taking off the player marking ozil didn’t do the same with ramsey which gave him the freedom.

9.) 30 Jan 2019 14:38:41
Wasn't intended to be a slight on Ozil, he was just successfully marked out of the game. He looks like a player with rock bottom confidence. Ditto Elneny, thought he did alright but was just the wrong player to have on the pitch as a CB.

I echo the Bould worries, but at the same time I don't know how much you can really say that he has an input on how we defend. That is ultimately down to the manager barring stuff like offside trap, defending 2v1s, etc.

10.) 30 Jan 2019 16:13:47
I think defending as a unit with everyone knowing thier own job and each team mates job too so when someone is out of position the rest put him right quickly, when you have confidence in knowing exactly what's expected of you and how your expected to achieve it and your team mates do too then you become a very good and difficult to beat outfit.
United exposed us yet again finding time and space for fun and it's impossible to ever challenge for titles playing like that.
If Dick can't do that side of the game fine then bring on an assistant that can, delegation of responsibility is a huge strength not a sign of weakness.

11.) 30 Jan 2019 16:17:55
Our strongest defence is probably Bellerin, Sokratis, Koscielny and Kolasinac. How many times this season has that defence played a complete match? I doubt any!
Last night, our two forst choice RB's, Bellerin and Maitland- Niles, were absent and we ended up playing Lichtsteiner who is clearly well past his best and Jenkinson who should have been moved on ages ago. We had to play Monreal, a left back at CB.
We were without: Bellerin, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Koscielny and Holding.
If all our defenders were fit, we really only need an additional RB.
RB: Bellerin and new player
LB: Kolasinac and Monreal
CB: Sokratis and Holding
CB: Koscielny and Mustafi
CB: Mavrapanos and Chambers (next season)
The defensive problems stem from injuries, never having a settled defence and too many players that add very little defensively.

12.) 30 Jan 2019 17:31:58
Agre RG, as soon as we get mustaffi in with either monreal, xhaka or players just coming back from injuries, we look dire. I thought when the defence you said, i belive they were together in one full game and one half game, were together visually it looked far more like a defence. Not even pep or simeone would have coped with the problems Dick has had, so i don't see how he could either. First and foremost you need a settled defence, then you can actually expect some togetherness.

13.) 30 Jan 2019 18:21:33
I can't help but wonder would the same arguments be made in defence of Arsene given exactly the same result and performances :-)
Dick very honestly admitted are the end of the 22 game unbeaten run that we could have been beaten at any point during that run and because of the chances we have and continue to concede in every single game we are and will continue to be very beatable.
The fact is our defence remains every bit as disorganised as it ever did under Arsene and no matter what reasons or excuses people make for Dick the fact is the exactly same rules should apply when assessing Dick as that applied when assessing Arsene and for me so far it's all very Darsene.

14.) 30 Jan 2019 18:50:48
Gunner, wenger had years to build and "sort" out the defence, the players brought in by wenger to defend were/ are not good enough, we are going through a transition and change of philosophy and our defence is and has suffered more injuries than any part of the team. Even if it hadn't, it was/ is only part of the way through dicks retransformation, it still in the main is still wengers defence. Wenger left us with no quality center backs, except koscelney, who was crocked and is just starting to look half decent again. No proper quality left back, kol is better as a wing back and no proper right back, the same applies to bellerin. Dick i'm sure is finding out for himself we are short at the back to say the least. Our strength is attack, maybe Dick thinks that's our best form of defence until he can actually get the defenders in that he wants. Or maybe he is stupid or blind and can't see how bad our defence are. I would give him the benefit and think he is working on our strengths until he can get the funds to properly sort our weaknesses because that is a much bigger job.

15.) 30 Jan 2019 19:27:23
Steve 30 plus weeks and close to 200 training sessions and what is better mate? I understand it's maimlnly Arsenes team still but Roy Hodgson took over a Palace side that had lost all its opening 7 games without scoring a goal last season but kept them up with the players he inherited, if Arsene was as bad as me and you both said he was and Dick is as good as you say he is then why haven't we seem any improvement yet? Surely we should be seeing some kind of clear and obvious signs by now if Arsene was that bad and Dick that good mate?
The fact is there is no real improvement and while I accept Dick needs 2 years minimum that's not 2 years free ride, he has to show he's on the right track by giving people something to think " I see what he's trying to do to improve us at the back " because going forwards hasn't ever really been a huge problem for us.

16.) 30 Jan 2019 20:16:49
Some of the players that Dick is having to work with are not up to the job. Forget palace or any other mid table team that get 11 players behind the ball and play a totally different style. Ask yourself this, how many full international defenders do we have in our team and then go and look at how many play for citeh, utd, liverpool, chelski and toots. If the standard isn't there to start with, there is only so much you can do. let's start, socratis greece, kos retired, mustaffi not full international, bellerin not full international, monreal not full international, holding, not full international, mavropanos, not full international, ok some where used at full but not any more, they aren't good enough. Like i said pep and simeone couldn't work miracles with some of that lot. It a big job and one transfer window isn't going to sort it.

17.) 30 Jan 2019 20:50:34
With due respect i don't think roy hodson and palace are a good example, they are on minus 8 goal difference and we are on plus 17.

18.) 30 Jan 2019 21:02:06
You can’t always blame the players, someone mentioned a while back on the site, Leicester city were about to get relegated and than one season latet they won the league, how much they changed in there defence.
The point that I’m agreeing with 62, Emery is trying something at arsenal but hasn’t really made any deference especially at the back. We are talking tactics and organisations. And Steve he still picks your favourite player Xhaka.
Let see how this season ends and what happen in the summer signing wise and we will discuss again. I truly hope I’m proven wrong.

19.) 30 Jan 2019 21:03:57
OK Steve if you don't buy the Palace and Roy comparison how about Ole and United who were 8 points behind us when Jose went? :-)
The point is as I'm pretty sure you know really is Roy made a huge difference with the same platers he inherited while so far Dick has made none.
It's not about how high or low we finish this season it's about where we improve on from where Arsene left us.

20.) 30 Jan 2019 21:57:05
Ole are you having a laugh gunner, that is 100 % the players. Eric the seagull could have gone in and had the same effect. Lol.



04 Jan 2019 04:12:34
I reckon we're really missing a trick with our lineups recently. To me, our strongest line-up involves a front 3 of Lacazette, Aubameyang, and Ozil (or Mkhi, or Iwobi) . Xhaka and Torreira must play together in midfield, and when fit our fullbacks pick themselves. If we want stability in exchange for some attacking, we put in a third CB (Mustafi I guess *shudders*) and if we want more midfield cohesion, we play Ramsey or Guendouzi.

I cannot fathom Emery's lineups sometimes and while I still support him, his halftime subs plus our abysmal first half displays sort of reflect that he can't get it right to begin with.

So basically either 3-4-3:
Mustafi/ Sokratis/ Kos
Ainsley/ Torreira/ Xhaka/ Kola
Laca/ Auba

or 4-3-3, subbing in Ramsey for Mustafi. I like Guendouzi but he's been something of a liability on his off days and between him and Xhaka we can't afford that level of slack passing.


1.) 04 Jan 2019 08:49:13
Dick needs time that's for sure but he does needs to start getting it right from the start of games and make us more solid in defence and midfield.
I and some other people have been using what Klopp has done at Liverpool as a bench mark of what we could do over the next few years simply because Liverpool and Arsenal are very similar clubs, both huge clubs with fantastic history but neither is mega rich enough to simply buy top level success.
I'm now beginning to think we have more in common with Liverpool post Benitez than Liverpool post Rogers.
Both Arsene and Benitez were huge figures who many fans still adored when they left and both had been at each club for a pretty significant period of time and both left with Squads that needed major rebuilds.
I'm not sure if Dick is our Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish (part two) Bredon Rogers or Jurgen Klopp right now, I always knew it might take us a few managers before we got it right but hopefully Dick will prove we hit the jackpot first time round but if the poor first halfs show no sign improvement and the defence continues to get exposed on a weekly basis by everyone even struggling Fulham at The Emirates then more and more questions will be asked by an increasing number of people.
Dick needs to show us he's both aware and capable of sorting out obvious weaknesses asap.

2.) 04 Jan 2019 10:26:38
Having watched the City vs Liverpool game its pretty clear how far behind we are to be honest.

Yes they both have minor weaknesses, like Kompany, how was he not sent off and Lovren who doesn’t look half as good as Joe Gomez.

That aside all their players and I mean all their work hard for each other, even the most talented, I couldn’t believe how much running Bernardo Silva did. That’s not necessarily down to how much money you spend either. They invariably don’t have players coasting through games and all seem capable of putting a foot in where needed. Which reminds me, I like Fernandinho but how did he manage to stay on the pitch too. Hopefully Ozil took note. 🙄

I guess it all makes for an exciting race and we can’t forget Spurs who are hanging in there.

But us, well we need a lot of work, Emery isn’t renowned as a defensive coach.

As Sharpie pointed out the other day, in the last 5 seasons under Wenger only once did we have fewer points at the midway point and twice we topped the table so despite being new to us what are we achieving?

Wenger achieved that with no real defensive midfielder and now we have Torreira, what different defenders did Wenger have.

Yes I understand he needs time but how is Sarri, whose yet to win a trophy, doing at Chelsea.

I’m not saying we should be instant title winners but what in truth has improved if points wise we are no better.

Do we constantly look shakey, have we had yet another beating from a big side, have we failed to beat United at their worst, we can turn around and say, but we’ve had injuries. Jesus how many did we have under Wenger then.

So I accept he needs time but so far we look like the same snow flakes we did last year and the year before with a North London derby and a draw against Liverpool the only things to shout about.

Like wire says, a settled side would be nice, Mavropanos is back training with the team. Is he likely to be worse than Mustafi.

3.) 04 Jan 2019 14:14:05
At the moment I agree There is little to suggest improvement there only thing that's different is the new management and the hope that new brings with it.
We were going nowhere with Arsene and Dick is a step towards getting somewhere whether his the first of many steps or a giant leap remains to be seen.
In reality we are certainly no worse but we do have reason to hope that had vanished under Arsene.

4.) 04 Jan 2019 17:25:35
The defence is a problem but to say we have gone back or stayed the same isn't exactly correct. This time last year we were 23 points behind fist, today 13. We were 5 points behind 4th, today 3. We were 6th in the league, today 5th. We have scored more goals than this time last year. Last year against top 6 we got 6 points, this year we have 5 already with 3 games still to play. I think there has been minimal improvement and to be fair that is all we are going to get for now. Our improvement will be slow, it now depends how we continue the business end of the season.

5.) 04 Jan 2019 18:36:06
I thought kompanys challenge was brilliant, he had to make it or it was a certain goal, he was off the ground, but that was how much he had to stretch to make the challenge, he wasn't out of control, he got the ball, if he missed, red card, but if you can't make great last ditch challenges, then defenders can't do anything, kompany let's him waltz through and get lambasted.

6.) 04 Jan 2019 19:15:45
Time will tell as always Steve, I back Dick a 100,000% because he hasn't failed yet and it's the end of next season that we will get a more accurate and fair opinion of Emerys Arsenal.
I'm pleased with the higher work rate but disappointed in the lack of improvement defensively so far.
Back in August I thought 5th or 6th simply because of our starting position in comparison to Chelsea City Liverpool United Spurs who were all miles ahead of us pre Emery, I did get a bit over excited for a while and think 4th was possible but now reality has come back into play and I'm back with my initial pre season thinking .
We've had a decade of decline where we've neglected to address our problems one by one until they all crashed in and left us on the outside looking in.
This season was always a getting to know each other season but next season we need to be top 4 battle ready or Dick will be really start to feel hhe the pressure, he won't get a 3rd season without making progress in his first two seasons.

7.) 04 Jan 2019 19:34:12
Oh on the comparison between Dicks first half season and our last 5 seasons, it's a little unfair to judge Dicks fews weeks and 1 window to prepare for his first 20 games when his predecessor had 17 years and untold windows to plan for his final 190 league games in those 5 seasons.

8.) 04 Jan 2019 20:43:23
62, I’m not certain it is unfair mate, it’s not like he’s a novice who hasn’t won titles or managed a big team as he’s done both.

How for example is Bielsa doing at Leeds or as I said, Sarri at Chelsea or many a manager at different clubs who have improved the teams in a short space of time.

Why is in excess of 20 weeks not enough to stop us looking as inept defensively as we always have.

Surely that should have been the 1st thing that looked so much better.

When I initially saw the tackle Eden it looked fine but slow mo looked well dangerous but I only saw it that once.

9.) 04 Jan 2019 20:48:22
Gunner, 4th is still in the equation as is the europa. I think our little jump up to 4th got everyone thinking the improvement was easily and quickly attainable. The truth is while it wouldn't be acceptable to some, 5th and runners up in the europa would be an improvement.

We all hope for more and that still is possible. We are stuck with the likes of xhaka, mustaffi and kos, this season and while they are there the old arsenal is but i don't expect any of them there next season and i expect a more solid Dicks team. We can still improve this season though, even though we may still look vulnerable for a while. don't get me wrong im frustrated but that's because it is going to take time and we've been waiting years already.

10.) 04 Jan 2019 21:13:16
I totally agree on the lack of defensive improvement Stoner, it's a huge concern mate.
Sari at Chelsea inherited a side that have been champions in 2 of the last 3 seasons while Dick inherited a club that's been in decline for over a decade.
I always thought this season wouldn't show much of an improvement final place wise simlpy because the squad was in such a state of disrepair after years of poor buys and awful man management but improving us defensively shouldn't have been difficult that's for sure.
Arsene certainly wasn't the man to make us competive again and for Dick only time will tell but the clock is running now.

11.) 04 Jan 2019 21:19:44
Agree gunner, i don't necessarily think sari has done that great a job compared to us. He is 3 points above with basically a league winning squad. Chelski should be in the top two at least.

12.) 04 Jan 2019 21:32:52
Steve hopefully your right about 4th this season being possible but I seriously doubt it simply because with a calm head it's difficult to see how we can go from rank outsiders last season and jump above 2 of United Chelsea Spurs Liverpool and City so quickly when the foundations of the club Dick took on were so poor to start with.
Personally I think Xhaka is much less awful under Emery same for Mustafi and Iwobi although still none are good enough for a top 4 finish.
Torreira Papa and Guendouzi for me make us stronger while Leno is no better or worse than Cech in my opinion and Litch simply makes up the numbers while not being any better than Jenks that I can see.
3 of the 5 signings improve us but we need more and until they get here we need a much better plan and tactics defensively to stop us looking as poor as ever without the ball.

13.) 04 Jan 2019 21:51:53
Im not sure we are top four yet but today we are in the equation gunner.

14.) 04 Jan 2019 22:39:29
I think the top 4 will be the same 4 that currently occupy those places in what order I'm not sure.
I personally think our battle is with United for 5th but next season it has to definitely be genuine top 4 contenders, the only trouble is the same goes for the all the other top clubs.

15.) 04 Jan 2019 23:10:04
Realistically 3 teams for 1 place in the top four but the points are such that anything could happen. It is all up in the air.

16.) 05 Jan 2019 08:24:34
Beat Chelsea in 2 weeks and it will be interesting Steve but lose to either Chelsea or West ham and it's all eyes on the europa league for this season mate.
The big question is should United over take us what does that do for Dicks Street cred?

17.) 05 Jan 2019 11:42:34
Those are some great stats Steve, cheers.



30 Sep 2018 06:00:44
Ramsey didn't do himself any favours if he wants that big contract. Can't say I'd miss him too much if he leaves, at least we'd see a bit more of Ainsley M-N if so.

Eds, are the press rumours about Ramsey (that he wants Ozil-level money and will leave to get it) true? Apparently we're offering him parity with Aubameyang but I doubt he'd hit that kind of payday elsewhere much less Ozil's 350k/ week.


{Ed001's Note - he does want a huge pay rise, not sure of the actual amount but it is likely to be the same as Ozil as he has often made remarks which are seen as bitter with regards to Ozil. A number of people who have played and worked with him believe him to be jealous of the German and how much he earns.}

1.) 30 Sep 2018 08:13:53
When a player rates himself higher than anyone else on earth rates him and thinks he's worth superstar wages despite never actually performing like a Superstar there can only be one sensible conclusion, ta ta Aaron.
He only ever plays half a season anyway and the fact absolutely no one came in for him last summer all speaks for itself.
Personally I put him in the Nicolas Bendtner catogary because didn't he also claim to be the world's best striker but also have trouble finding anyone to take him once we got fed up with him and let his contract run out.

2.) 30 Sep 2018 12:22:36
I've always thought the huge disparity between what players earn couldn't be good for a working environment, is there often much resentment towards higher earners? And does it create much friction? I know you have to pay the highest wages to get the best players otherwise someone else will and they are paid on ability over hard work. But if you're on 1/ 3 or 1/ 4 of someone's wages and give your all every week while those earning more don't seem to try it must get frustrating and wonder why you bother. It wouldn't happen in a normal job, in a kitchen if the head chef was doing the least work on the highest wages he would never get away with it.

{Ed001's Note - not usually as the top earners tend to be the better players. It used to happen a lot in the lower leagues when someone was after a late payday and drifted down the divisions. These days it is not so bad.}

3.) 30 Sep 2018 14:14:46
Ramsey is 27 years old and still hasn't nailed down his position for arsenal. What is his position? For any other team he is a massive risk. He has never burnt it up at arsenal.

4.) 30 Sep 2018 15:26:08
We made a massive mistake with that Ozil contract but you can understand why the club aren't keen to repeat it. Bizarre from Ramsey if that's true. Cheers Ed001.

{Ed001's Note - Ramsey thinks he is a key man for Arsenal, you saw how he responded to Sanchez - refusing to pass the ball to him - Ramsey is immature.}

5.) 30 Sep 2018 15:32:21
must be increadibly frustrating at teams that get relagated like sunderland, with players on massive wages who just give up because they don't want to be there, but don't quite give grounds for dissmisal any players actually trying must be fuming.

6.) 30 Sep 2018 14:34:17
A risk on a free?

7.) 30 Sep 2018 18:05:52
What's it matter to Ramsey what Mesut or any other player earns, it's none of his business.
He needs to take a good look at all the people struggling to put food on the table and a roof over their family's heads and then take a good long look at himself and think " wow how fortunate am I? "
Even a premier league footballer who earns 20k a week, 1 million a year for just 5 years (a low wage in premier league terms) is set for life and can retire in their early 30s and live a very comfortable life never needing to do another days work ever again, and good for them too no one should feel the need to apologise for being fortunate and privileged but when they start complaining about it there is something very wrong with them.
Aaron Ramsey is in the top 1% of earners in the entire world on his urgent wages and when your in the very top 1% of 8 billion people and still jealous of someone who is higher up that top 1% then you then you need to take a serious look at yourself.
Aaron Ramsey needs to count his blessings rather than other people's wages, he'd be a much happier and more likable person if he did.

8.) 30 Sep 2018 18:42:40
A risk on huge wages! .

9.) 30 Sep 2018 18:47:09
Kcider, we can sign him on a free but the money he wants is a risk and not worth it. Why should it be different for anyone else?

10.) 01 Oct 2018 07:05:37
I believe that decisions in respect of contracts have to made at least 2 years before the expiry of the existing contract. This can be problematic as a club has to commit itself for the long term to players that may go off form, suffer serious injury, become troublesome, etc. The problem in the modern game is that top players can hold the clubs to ransom, as all the cards are in their hands.
In Ramsey's case, he has nothing to lose by running his deal down. Arsenal can cave in and pay him similar wages to Ozil, try to sell him in January - which he can block by refusing to go or simply allow the contract to run down. The cost of keeping him on Ozil's wages is a staggering £91m over 5 years and at the end a 32 year old Ramsey will have little value. The best thing is to try and sell him in January, if possible. A revitalised Iwobi is an ideal replacement for Ramsey, as he gives as much to the team. In the final decade of Wenger's reign we simply had too many number 10's and this is being addressed by Emery, with some departing and we have signed or will sign players that have a different aspect to their game.



22 Jan 2018 06:08:27
Hi eds, with the Mkhi deal seemingly on the verge of completion and Aubameyang close, do you get the feeling that Mkhi is an Ozil replacement and Auba a Sanchez replacement, with a yet unpursued Walcott replacement on the cards? Or that these two incoming are more a Walcott and Sanchez replacement, with Ozil to stay? I know we missed out on Malcom (given the news) so I suppose it all hinges on whether Ozil signs da ting.

Keep up the great work, despite losing Sanchez I'm more optimistic about this season than I was in the summer.


{Ed002's Note - No, I would not be so sure that Oezil will be replaced by HM. The club remain keen on Malcom to replace Walcott but price is an issue. You are right to stay optimistic, the cleansing will continue.}

1.) 22 Jan 2018 20:41:29
Hasn't poyet said he’s going nowhere.

2.) 23 Jan 2018 03:49:39
Appreciate the response Ed002.



11 Jan 2018 01:22:54
Ed002 I feel like a crack fiend waiting for the next Sharkopod. Ace music choices in the last one btw.


{Ed002's Note - I have literall just flown back in to Farnborough at lunchtime - I will do it as soon as I can.}

1.) 11 Jan 2018 19:58:02
Can't wait I've been on pins lol.

2.) 12 Jan 2018 13:39:10
Sorry to hear your such a skag head jelfy 😂.




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17 Feb 2019 12:11:35
I actually think our best midfield is Torreira/ Xhaka/ Ozil - probably in the minority on this one though. Xhaka plays well when he doesn't have to sit deep.




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16 Feb 2019 12:45:19
To be fair g62 none of us 'know' anything except that Ozil isn't playing and there's a different excuse every other day. I'm willing to bet Ozil would be playing if he wasn't on 350k a week, which to me seems like the club want him gone so he can free up the wage bill.

Maybe someone ITK can elaborate further. I'm not making excuses for Emery, the whole situation irritates me as we are clearly a lot better off playing Ozil than this situation as it drags on, whatever you think of the player himself.




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16 Feb 2019 03:41:48
I'm with you there JG but I don't know how much of the Ozil situation is down to Emery and how much is due to the guys upstairs. Do they want him out to free up the wage bill? Are they trying to embarrass him deliberately after the mistake they made giving him that contract? Baffling and frustrating.




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15 Feb 2019 11:11:13
Fair points ed. The defensive issues have been bugging me for a while but we have been conceding silly goals for years and I'm used to it. Our defenders are without a doubt the worst out of the top 6, maybe of the top 8-10, and with players like Mustafi I don't know how much you can actually coach.

Personally I don't think we could have done much better than Emery and with his EL pedigree I think he deserves at least 2 seasons to show us what he can do. Sacking him now solves nothing for me.


{Ed001's Note - I would not disagree that the defenders are not the best, but were Leicester's Wes Morgan and Robert Huth the best? You can have a good defence without the best defenders. And yes I know they had Kante protecting them, but you have Torreira to protect them and a (on paper) better attack and midfield other than that to take the game to the opposition and protect the defence.

Too much blame is put on the quality of individual players when you only have to look at what Hodgson has done with Palace to see there is more to it than the players.}



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15 Feb 2019 10:28:34
So then would you agree that Arsenal last season under Wenger had many of the issues that Rodgers had in his "relegation battle"? Arsenal's second half of the season form put them something like 18th.


{Ed001's Note - no, nothing like. This was a team that knew the manager was leaving, so they had nothing to play for. Liverpool, on the other hand, were just terrible. You cannot compare the two situations. The better comparison would be how Man Utd, after Fergie's first retirement announcement, just lost all impetus as they knew he was leaving. Liverpool and Man City were in totally incomparable situations to Arsenal, to continue to try and make comparisons makes no sense whatsoever.

The key to judging a manager is how his team responds to adversity, anyone can manage when things are going well, but when things go wrong how does he cope? As soon as things went bad at Arsenal, they have just fallen apart, that is not the sign of a manager in control of the situation. That is the sign of a manager who has ridden his luck and now has no idea what to do. The least you would expect is some kind of organisation and discipline from the team. The summer signings have improved the balance in the team and brought in some midfield doggedness that was missing. However the team looks even more defensively open than it was without that midfield protection. That has to be a worry, surely? I mean the first step when things are going wrong is to just improve organisation defensively, get the team doing the basics right. What sign has there been that Emery has done any of that?

It is not like Arsenal have not been warned that this is a problem for Emery. The same thing has occurred everywhere he has gone, that he has struggled to create organised defensive solidity and also that he is unable to cope with star players and would fall out with them and exclude them if possible. I know you are thinking he needs time, but you have his time in previous jobs to look at and it does not bode well.}




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14 Feb 2019 04:05:32
Sagna was incredibly underrated. Interesting stat, we played aerial goal kicks to Sagna more than any other player before Giroud arrived.

Worth mentioning here that Wenger often played with a rotating defence rather than an interlocking one. What I mean by this is that he often favoured one attacking FB and a defensive one. For example when Cole/ Clichy would move up the pitch, the left CB would move across to cover, the right CB would follow, and Sagna would stay back and tuck inside. He reversed this when Bellerin broke through and Monreal became our defensive fullback.

For a while we played a more interlocking style with both fullbacks Monreal and Bellerin playing more attacking, and then Coquelin would drop back almost to CB positions, allowing the CBs to cover the space vacated by Bellerin/ Monreal's attacks. We then became incredibly poor at defending when we kept attacking like usual and played Xhaka in Coquelin's position leading to constantly seeing Koscielny exposed alone at the back.

The reason Bellerin's been much more defensive the past couple seasons is because we've been playing Kolasinac who plays almost as a winger and Xhaka isn't able to drop back like a DM. Unfortunately defending isn't the biggest part of Bellerin's game, probably still has nightmares of getting skinned by Douglas Costa, but he's improving.




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30 Jan 2019 14:38:41
Wasn't intended to be a slight on Ozil, he was just successfully marked out of the game. He looks like a player with rock bottom confidence. Ditto Elneny, thought he did alright but was just the wrong player to have on the pitch as a CB.

I echo the Bould worries, but at the same time I don't know how much you can really say that he has an input on how we defend. That is ultimately down to the manager barring stuff like offside trap, defending 2v1s, etc.




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29 Jan 2019 02:10:28
Front 2 picks itself, Laca and Auba must play every game together. Backed up by Ramsey or Ozil where appropriate, bring Mkhi back in when he's fit. That part at least is a no brainer.




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29 Jan 2019 02:07:52
RG Ainsley is much more of a box-to-box than a DM. I think he would partner brilliantly with Torreira and could actually be the Ramsey replacement we need.




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23 Jan 2019 06:13:26
It's not clear to me. To me, our defence is far weaker with a backup geriatric RB and Mustafi still on the books. Sokratis/ Kos will get us through to the end of the season I hope but we need to address the defence and badly.