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02 Sep 2019 07:25:38
Fans continue to criticise Emery, but don't forget he has only had one season to form the squad as he wishes. He has brought in a total of 8 permanent signings, which includes young Martinelli and Tierney who has yet to start. Next season Saliva arrives.
I am sure Emery wishes to sell and replace: Ozil, Mkhitaryan and Mustafi. Is he convinced by either option at RB and Kolasinac at LB?
My main concern is the defensive side, let's see if the 3 returning defenders improve our defence.

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1.) 03 Sep 2019 01:13:10
Our display against Spurs was very encouraging, we were all over them for large parts of the game. The goals we conceded were poor but ultimately hard to blame on the manager.
First goal: individual error from Sokratis + individual error from Leno
Second goal: Utterly stupid from Xhaka.

If the football we put together in the second half is what we can begin to expect from Emery's team then I'm very impressed. Ironically it reminded me a lot of Poch's early days with Saints, in terms of the pressing, energy and attacking threat, but without the defensive stability (yet) .


2.) 08 Sep 2019 12:13:15
Wenger won the title in his first full season.


3.) 09 Sep 2019 08:41:21
Fans do continue to criticise Emery, in my view because there remain baffling elements to his leadership; accepting that not all transfers in and out will be done at his sole bidding, there has been some crazy activity:
* Ramsey's allowed departure
* Pepe - who of course could turn out to be very good - ahead of a proven Premier League player in Zaha, who publicly wanted to come, who could have been bought for the same if not less.
* the persisnet caution over playing Lacazette and Aubameyang together when it is plain to see they are a beautiful and harmonious strike force who bring out the best in each other.
* Torreira - by far and away our most effective defensive midfielder last season, but used so sparingly and often being favoured by.
Emery's most baffling muse of all: Xhaka.
I could bang on and on about Xhaka, but simply ask: why? And Captain too? Unfathomable.

To give balance: Iwobi. Up to £35m in total! Genuis, sheer genius.


 

 

02 Sep 2019 07:00:27
Thoughts on reports from Italy that Mkhitaryan May join Roma on loan?

911C4

1.) 02 Sep 2019 10:21:35
Does he need the money for his plane ticket?


 

 

01 Sep 2019 06:57:19
With rumours of a £3m fee for Monreal, it seems odd that the reported fee was only £250,000. Thoughts?

911C4

1.) 01 Sep 2019 07:39:45
For some strange reason we wanted him gone, makes absolutely no sense to me but time will tell as always.


2.) 01 Sep 2019 10:48:54
Hi G62 - I have felt that both Monreal and Kolasinac had deficiencies in their game. Monreal lacked pace and Kolasinac lacks defensive ability. Hence why we signed Tierney and unless Kolasinac improves defensively I can see him being replaced in the not too distant future, maybe in one of the next two windows?

As far as selling Monreal, we bank the low sum paid, plus we get his wages off our books. I assume that Tierney will be back soon, so we have 2 options at LB.

As far as the cover Montreal provided at CB, we still have: Luiz, Sokratis, Mustafi, Holding, Mavrapanos, Chambers and at a push Medley, who clearly isn't ready to play PL level yet. Whether we play 2 or 3 CB's that is ample cover. Before people say we should have sold sold Mustafi rather than Monreal, perhaps yes, but we haven't been able to do so.


3.) 01 Sep 2019 19:16:35
Hi RG if everything goes according to plan your 6 numbers come up you live a life of luxury but! Just on the off chance your lottery numbers don't come up you need an alternative plan to pay your way until they do come up, Tierney has had injury problems for 18 months and was injured when we bought him and even when eventually he is fit he will moving up several levels from Scottish premier to English premier league and when you take all those things into account Tierney is very unknown risky basket to place all your eggs in unnecessarily.


4.) 01 Sep 2019 20:49:48
G62 - what a peculiar comment. The medical team will have checked Tierney and I am sure he will return fit and will be an upgrade on Monreal.


5.) 01 Sep 2019 21:42:56
Is it the same medical team that checked Kim Kalstrom :-) .
Hopefully Tierney will be available by October and be a sensation but personally I'd have hedged my bets until it happened rather than replying on hope alone.
Just doesn't make sense to me especially when you consider we only received 70% of one week of Mesuts weekky wage in return for Nacho.


6.) 01 Sep 2019 21:43:03
To be fair if you read his goodbye message doesn't he say about wanting to go back home. Guy just went about it in a more dignified way than someone else did.


7.) 02 Sep 2019 07:18:36
G62 - surely even you are aware that we have changed the medical set up at the club since the Kalstrom episode.
It appears that Tierney will return after the International break, which would have influenced Emery’s decision to sell Monreal. We have two LB’s, which is normal, perhaps he has player in mind who can play in that position if necessary.
There will be a saving in wages which can go towards the cost of a signing in January. Perhaps we are looking for another left back as I recall Emery has been looking to sign a LB since he arrived as he didn’t seem convinced by either options. We may indeed replace Kolasinac, who lacks defensively.


 

 

27 Aug 2019 05:56:30
Rumours of an offer for Monreal, should we sell him, as we have two left backs: Kolasinac and Tierney.

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{Ed0666's Note - if Saturdays performance was anything to go by than yes


1.) 27 Aug 2019 17:53:57
Would this seasons squad be stronger if Monreal left? If Tierney doesn't get or stay fit can we play a back 4 without Monreal? Kol is a half decent wing back but a pretty poor full back.
I see it like a Gabriel situation absolutely nothing to gain by parting company at this stage and every chance of regretting it later.


2.) 27 Aug 2019 22:51:28
Monreal gets skinned badly by pace, but as the left sided CB, especially as a back 3, he's still a good option to have. Personally I would rather keep him than Mustafi.


3.) 28 Aug 2019 10:23:54
It’s not a question of Monreal or Mustafi.
Will Monreal play as we have Tierney and Kolasinac?
At CB we have: Luiz, Sokratis, Holding, Chambers, Mustafi, Mavrapanos and Medley.


4.) 28 Aug 2019 18:26:50
Thats the we don't have Tierney yet lose Monreal and it leaves Kol.
RG a few seasons back you criticised Arsene for letting Gabriel go and leaving us short of CBs yet now you want to do exactly same thing at LB?
You are pretending Tierney is both fit and premier league proven and Kol doesn't struggle at left back to support your original opinion when the obvious answer is " ok in hadn't looked at it like that " then simply drop it.


5.) 31 Aug 2019 12:36:49
I think it’s a huge silly gamble just like putting Chambers out on loan last season leaving us short at CB. Same mistake again 😉.


 

 

25 Aug 2019 07:19:38
Much as I thought, an extremely tough match against a quality Liverpool team. Clearly an improvement on last season's corresponding fixture.
Another tough match against toot next weekend. I would like to see Torreira start.
I am in two minds whether we should start with the trio of Pepe, Lacazette and Aubameyang, as it leaves us without an attacking option on the bench.
Against Liverpool I thought our midfield was overrun until Torreira came on. Against top 6 sides, I think playing two youngsters, Guendouzi and Willock isn't ideal. Perhaps in a 4-3-3: Leno - AMN Sokratis Luiz Kolasinac- Torreira Ceballos Xhaka - Pepe Lacazette Aubameyang.

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1.) 26 Aug 2019 07:23:07
Agreed 911. We need to overrun Spurs in the midfield to starve Kane of service, and I think Torreira/ Willock/ Ceballos (or Xhaka) is the perfect way to do that.

{Ed0666's Note - Ndombele, Winks Sissoko & Le Celso will be a tough midfield to overrun mate.


2.) 27 Aug 2019 22:57:21
Ndombele may not be fit, and Lo Celso hasn't yet completed a game for Spurs I think. Torreira will be key to this game I think.


 

 

 

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14 Sep 2019 19:16:21
City lose, a win tomorrow and we have the same points.
It's essential we win tomorrow as City were the only top side to drop points.

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1.) 14 Sep 2019 23:05:38
If we win 10-0 we go second :)


2.) 14 Sep 2019 23:06:19
We have to win because our rivals all won. City dropping points is basically irrelevant because there is no way we’re going to even come close to city’s points total come May.


3.) 15 Sep 2019 08:21:10
I think we'll need 3 goals to make sure of getting all the points, scoring 2 or less puts the game very much in the ballance because our midfield and defence will gift Watford plenty of opportunities throughout the game.
Tough one to call in my opinion.


 

 

06 Sep 2019 08:50:27
I was away for the toot match and watched the second half this morning, as I couldn't bring myself to watch the first half!
I was disappointed that we gave away 2 goals and was ready to condemn Xhaka and Luiz, but their second half performances were decent.

Xhaka played with passion, worked hard to track back and sprayed passes about like a quarter back. Whilst Luiz defended well and his passing range is superb.
My thoughts went to the next match, with the keeper, defence and front three being the same as the starting line up v toot. My quandary was for the midfield three. Guendouzi was the first definite starter, he was superb in the last match.

The other two places became a selection of two from Ceballos, Torreira and Xhaka. My gut feeling is to select Xhaka and Cellabos, as Watford tend to elect a tall, physical midfield and Torreira for all his tenacity can be vulnerable against such players. In addition, without reference to the fixtures, he may have the most travel playing for Uruguay. I would appreciate fellow Gooners thoughts on the midfield 3 v Watford.

911C4

1.) 06 Sep 2019 20:29:45
I am struggling to take our side seriously with a 🤡 in the middle of a back four and. 🤡 in Centre midfield - you can’t have that with a headless Matteo charging all over the pitch. It gives us no foundation or shape.

Let’s assume a back 4 is Unai’s preferred set up - Holding or Chambers and Papa in the middle. Get some discipline in there.

In the middle of midfield - get some height and bite. Drop Xhaka and play Luiz ( don’t need a CD playing Hollywood balls) with Torriera ( let him run out of a juice and replace with Matteo )

Put Ceballos in the hole behind the obvious front 3

Or play 3 at the back and to be fair I would happily play Holding, Chambers and Papa rather than let Lu🤡z play there.


2.) 07 Sep 2019 11:16:57
I would rather Xhaka fall behind and not track back if he’s going to make stupid tackles in the box. This guy is a total joke and one brilliant pass during the match will not satisfy his awfulness all around. I just can’t believe there are fans still defending him.


3.) 07 Sep 2019 14:14:27
Jetting around the world on your private plane again RG😂🤣😂.


4.) 07 Sep 2019 14:49:43
Raver, you don't expect him to use your golf cart, do you?


5.) 07 Sep 2019 19:04:16
The golf cart is for the king of the roads the famous raver, when Japanese tourists are taking photos of Trafalgar square and they see me coming up the road they all start chasing the famous car and asking for selfies with the raver,


 

 

05 Sep 2019 08:54:14
So many players have left since last season, with far fewer coming in, yet the squad looks so much better.
I can't say I miss or regret letting go any players.
The international breaks are utterly boring. Looking forward to the Watford match.

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01 Sep 2019 20:46:30
We clearly not only need a defensive improvement, but we need to score more of our chances.
I am always very forgiving of Xhaka, but he is trying my legendary patience. As I always say it is interesting that he has been selected by all his managers and often as Captain.
I want to our defence when Bellerin, Tierney and Holding are available. Also a midfield three of Torreira, Guendouzi and Ceballos.

911C4

1.) 01 Sep 2019 21:22:30
As Eden points out below he's given away the most penalties in the league since he arrived and he was also the most sent off player in Germany before he arrived at Arsenal, everyone on sky commentary team went from moaning about him to laughing about him in the end and the pundits also seemed to find his inability to tackle quite funny too.
It is a crazy situation that his inclusion is guaranteed and he is named captain.


 

 

01 Sep 2019 11:14:02
Today's team selection will be interesting. For me the keeper, defence and attack select themselves:
Leno
AM-N Sokratis Luiz Kolasinac

Pepe Lacazette Aubameyang

My selection in midfield, after much thought, is Torreira, Guendouzi and Xhaka.

I believe we need physicality today and although in principle I would prefer to try Ceballos ahead of Xhaka, I am not sure he is yet up to the intensity of a PL derby. I like the fact that all 3 selected can play the necessary through balls o our awesome forward line, but can defend as well.
Thoughts fellow Gooners?

911C4

1.) 01 Sep 2019 12:09:36
I would certainly have Ceballos in the side, he is exactly the player that will make the difference in a slightly advanced role of a midfield three. I think we ought to assume that Dick will select Xhaka, so I would drop Guendouzi from your selection, and play Dani just in front of the two terriers.

I think Spurs are there for the taking today; it will be a measure of Dicks tactical nous and the players desire if we can step up to the plate.

It was no shame losing against a well drilled and talented Liverpool side last week, but most of us are going to be less sympathetic if there is a negative result, and a performance to match, today. COYG.


2.) 01 Sep 2019 14:17:49
Had you down as a Daily Star reader and a Brexit voter :-)

Off to enjoy a rose wine while I watch my boys spank the team with a Coq on their shirt - looks like they’ve lost their balls this season 😉

COYG.


3.) 01 Sep 2019 15:37:19
911 got the team correct, excited to see the front 3 start together.


4.) 01 Sep 2019 15:39:11
Well Emery has gone with my team. He must subscribe to this site!
Daily Telegraph and Brexit for me!


5.) 01 Sep 2019 16:31:55
Xhaka and Brexit? I didn't vote either, I think both are a super huge mistakes but I'm resigned to the fact both are happening and going to carry on happening regardless of whether I like it or not!
Britain no longer a EU country since Brexit and Arsenal no longer CL team since Xhaka! Coincidence? I don't think so :-)


 

 

 

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02 Sep 2019 07:18:36
G62 - surely even you are aware that we have changed the medical set up at the club since the Kalstrom episode.
It appears that Tierney will return after the International break, which would have influenced Emery’s decision to sell Monreal. We have two LB’s, which is normal, perhaps he has player in mind who can play in that position if necessary.
There will be a saving in wages which can go towards the cost of a signing in January. Perhaps we are looking for another left back as I recall Emery has been looking to sign a LB since he arrived as he didn’t seem convinced by either options. We may indeed replace Kolasinac, who lacks defensively.

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01 Sep 2019 20:49:48
G62 - what a peculiar comment. The medical team will have checked Tierney and I am sure he will return fit and will be an upgrade on Monreal.

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01 Sep 2019 10:48:54
Hi G62 - I have felt that both Monreal and Kolasinac had deficiencies in their game. Monreal lacked pace and Kolasinac lacks defensive ability. Hence why we signed Tierney and unless Kolasinac improves defensively I can see him being replaced in the not too distant future, maybe in one of the next two windows?

As far as selling Monreal, we bank the low sum paid, plus we get his wages off our books. I assume that Tierney will be back soon, so we have 2 options at LB.

As far as the cover Montreal provided at CB, we still have: Luiz, Sokratis, Mustafi, Holding, Mavrapanos, Chambers and at a push Medley, who clearly isn't ready to play PL level yet. Whether we play 2 or 3 CB's that is ample cover. Before people say we should have sold sold Mustafi rather than Monreal, perhaps yes, but we haven't been able to do so.

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28 Aug 2019 10:23:54
It’s not a question of Monreal or Mustafi.
Will Monreal play as we have Tierney and Kolasinac?
At CB we have: Luiz, Sokratis, Holding, Chambers, Mustafi, Mavrapanos and Medley.

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22 Aug 2019 07:33:08
I hope we can find clubs willing to take:
Mustafi, Chambers, Elneny and Mkhitaryan.
I would keep Ozil, to see if he can provide more in the current team, with the new players. Although I think he may have a problem getting into the starting line up.

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19 Sep 2019 10:39:41
I believe it was misunderstood. He simply wants a fresh Ozil for the Villa match. Whilst Sokratis has played every match and Holding is back.

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18 Sep 2019 13:37:20
A dose of Mourinho is just what we need. He won trophies with Chelsea, Man United, Inter Milan, Porto and Real Madrid.
I recall that Emery only signed fr 2 years, so the position could be vacated at the end iof the season, unless things improve.

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18 Sep 2019 04:37:45
There is a reason Wenger still hasn’t been appointed manager since he departed from Arsenal. I would or want him back under any circumstances.
My first choice to replace him would have been serial trophy winner Mourinho and still is my choice as Arsenal manager. The most disappointing thing about Emery is that we are no better defensively. The good thing is the rebuilding of a dire squad. How much of that is down to him, I am not sure. However, I am still behind Emery as arguably he hasn’t been able to field his strongest defence if Bellerin, Holding, Luiz and Tierney. With Holding in the team we didn’t lose a single league match last season.

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15 Sep 2019 20:38:31
Interestingly raver61, toot have the same points as Arsenal!

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15 Sep 2019 05:35:42
I love this time of year raver61, Toot fans believe they are going to win a trophy, when we all know that come May the trophy cabinet is bare.
Arsenal are one season into a rebuild and finished a single point behind Toot. Perhaps this is the season we restore normality and finish top 4, above Toot.
Never thought I see the day when you were celebrating being 3rd in September. Then again I know that is success for a club that haven’t won a trophy in over a decade and last won the league in 1961, fast approaching 69 years ago. There is barely a single fan at the home of failure that remembers winning the title!

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