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24 Jun 2020 07:03:38
Depressed big time with football.
Just awoke to the news that Luiz is being extended and Martinelli will be out for months.
Couldn't get any worse, could it?

Our only hope is some players test positve, the league gets called off and Arsenal bleed so much money that Stan is forced to sell.
Long gone are the days when one could forget the other troubles in life by thinking about Arsenal. It is the opposite now.

I'm not apolgising for being a downer. It is Arsenal Football Club that should be apologising to its fans.


1.) 24 Jun 2020 11:15:45
lol mate I wouldn’t wish on anyone to get the virus.



02 Dec 2019 22:29:04
Anyone have a clue as to why we bought Pepe? Clearly Emery and Ljunberg don't rate him. Cannot get any minutes when we are desperate for a winning goal. Brings on Torreira, Saka and Martinelli.
This must be destroying his confidence and, in doing that, reducing him from a 72M player to a player worth a lot, lot less.
And then there is Tierney!


1.) 02 Dec 2019 23:27:01
Pressure for results I guess mate, but that doesn't explain Xhaka playing.
I think the plan was Auba Lacca Pepe with Ozil frozen completely out of the picture in an attempt to force him out of the club but results performances and pressure forced a change of plan instead and the struggling Pepe had to make way in an attempt to turn things around.
It's all a mess right now and a fresh start is needed in all departments.

2.) 03 Dec 2019 01:44:52
I actually think David Luiz should play as a DM, as he can pass and doesn’t mind getting stuck in. Emery played him there last game and it was after his rip injury And came off, we went back to awful. And all us fans want to see for a few weeks on the spin- Ozil feeding aubamayang laca and Pepe in front.

3.) 03 Dec 2019 07:52:37
I agree coldice. I think xhaka and Luiz looked solid as a dm partnership in emery's last game.

4.) 03 Dec 2019 08:14:07
We could try the novel idea of picking an 11 and formation and sticking with it for 5 games I guess rather than chop change tinker tweek from game to game.
I agree ice play Luis DM Just in front of Chambers and Papa or Holding.
Sooner or later you've got to say this is my best 11 and back your own judgement and work on all weaknesses and mistakes in traing with those 11.
Be proactive be positive rather than keep reacting to every negative moment.
Give it 5 games come rain or shine and then tweek if and where necessary.

5.) 03 Dec 2019 11:42:09
I just worry about how many players have come to Arsenal over the last many years and are regressing as players in their time with us. In the last 10 years I cannot think of many players who have really improved in their time with us.
This can't keep going like this and I am sure is a big factor in our decline over these years.

6.) 03 Dec 2019 18:15:00
I think 62 is right. Ozil wasn't in the plans and Pepe was second top scorer in France I think, and was one of very few available winger/ wide attackers that could run at people successfully. Overvalued no doubt, but let's give him a chance!

7.) 04 Dec 2019 03:44:36
Reports saying laca could be dropped for Pepe. I have no idea what’s going on at the training field, but I can’t be the only fan that thinks play 4 at the back, 2 holding (not box to box) and leave Ozil feeding Pepe Laca and Aubamayang up top. With bellerin (if fit) and tieny fullbacks, our flanks are rapid. let’s face it, we don’t have the players to defend with any real quality, so surely we have to be extra aggressive with our attacks. Score more than the opponents if you will.

8.) 06 Dec 2019 03:52:11
Don’t judge Pepe or other players until they play under a quality manager. The players are devoid of confidence. We must get an experienced manager in and quick.

9.) 06 Dec 2019 22:58:34
The line up lacks width and Laca is just not playing well enough to justify playing Aubameyang out of position. Lineup should be
Bellerin Chambers Luiz Tierney
Xhaka Ozil Torreira
Pepe Auba Saka/ Gabriel

That’s a line up that can get behind the defensive regularly with pace. Xhaka whether you like him or not gives us better Midfield control.



18 Feb 2019 15:11:31
I haven't posted for quite a while. But I have been thinking that perhaps one of Emery's problems is his English. I gave up looking at his press conferences some time back as I had too much trouble understanding him. Do people think his English has improved?

I recall there was some criticism of his French when he was at PSG.
Many of the players speak some Spanish but if he cannot communicate well wih all of the players it must cause some problems.


1.) 18 Feb 2019 18:28:39
It's a very multicultural league Melbourne mate and it would be virtually impossible for any coach to speak all the languages needed let alone deal with regional accents etc, in the UK we struggle to understand each other most of the time although we all speak our own version of English:-)
I'm sure there are translators who get the message across mate, I remember Poch wouldn't speak English on camera during his first season at Southampton but used a translator even for post match interviews.

2.) 25 Feb 2019 13:54:35
Personally, I love Emery's press conferences. Albeit difficult to understand at times, I can make out what he's trying to say, and have been impressed with both his work ethic and his message.

Has boat loads of passion and preaches unity between the executives, coaches, players, and fans.




18 Jul 2017 23:24:55
Guardian reporting that the there is no real interest in Sanchez from City. If you look at their squad that makes sense. They have enough attackers of Sanchez's ilk. They need defenders.
Looks to me like Sanchez will stay.
Let's hope his last season is as good as Suarez's last season at Liverpool (after he'd spent the summer trying to force a move, too) .


1.) 19 Jul 2017 07:46:06
I wouldn't be surprised if City really did want Sanchez, but were happy with unsettling him as a side bonus if they couldn't land him. Who knows, he might even sign a new contract.

2.) 20 Jul 2017 05:18:57
Wow, literally everything I post on here is thumbed down every time. Maybe I'll just stop.

3.) 20 Jul 2017 06:54:19
Wire don't stop mate it's really not worth getting cheesed off about, you regularly make good points.

It could even be a non Arsenal fan doing it for a laugh. 👍🏼.

4.) 20 Jul 2017 10:10:05
Wire, do an oracle post.

5.) 20 Jul 2017 10:10:48
Hi Wire don't stop posting mate the thumbs down thing is a current trend by people having a laugh nothing more mate, please don't take it personally.
This all came about by people being a bit over sensitive the thumbs thing and it's become a joke ever since mate, nothing more nasty or sinister that that geeza :-)
Look at Steve and what happened to his thumbs because he got to worked up about them :-)
Chill out wire and just carry on as you always have.

6.) 20 Jul 2017 11:21:30
Why does everyone get so hung up on the thumbs down thing?

I don't even notice if someone puts a thumbs down.

7.) 20 Jul 2017 17:03:39
Get them took off, only plonkers use thumbs. Don't they Dags. He he.

8.) 20 Jul 2017 17:27:15
If I had the time or the inclination, I'd thumb down the heck out of every one of steve's posts.

9.) 20 Jul 2017 18:18:09
Join the army of fans sharply.

10.) 20 Jul 2017 18:19:12
Ha ha sharpie, predictive tics.

11.) 21 Jul 2017 00:22:11
Ha, fair cop then. My activity goes in peaks and troughs so I often miss things like ed002's restraining order against wajid.



08 Jun 2017 07:38:29
Would there be any chance we'd go for Diego Costa?


1.) 08 Jun 2017 07:56:44
i hope so, might be hated but he is clinical!

2.) 08 Jun 2017 08:03:02
You think that would be sensible? Great player on his day but wouldn't want him in our changing room. He's nearly had a fight with half our team.

3.) 08 Jun 2017 09:36:00
I would much rather go for Douglas Costa from Bayern :)

4.) 08 Jun 2017 10:41:58
Highly unlikely.

He isn't a team player.

More importantly, Wenger feels let down by the likes of Ozil and Sanchez He bought 2 big names for big money and neither have proven to be reliable.

Buying a big name just isn't going to happen.

5.) 08 Jun 2017 12:15:51
Sanchez record is great. bargain he was.

6.) 08 Jun 2017 20:43:06
And we need to keep him, ( Sanchez ) if Wenger had bought a top class striker last summer i'm sure that Sanchez and Ozil would be staying and we'd be in the champions league and had a much better run in the league.
All season you could see the frustration on Sanchez's face when the other strikers didn't close down the defenders thus making his efforts useless, then, when he gets the ball, having to practically go it alone because the other strikers, while being good, are not at his level ( or the level that we all deserve ) .
Wenger has been too loyal to his players for too long, its time to cut the serial under achievers loose.

7.) 08 Jun 2017 20:47:32
And, if Sanchez does leave, we don't need one world class signing, because that will only put us in the same position as last year, if we want to have a better season, we will need two or three world class players.
Also, why do we always let players get to their last year of contract?
Are there no savvy businessmen at the club? what the f*** are they doing, ?
Every other club in Europe are getting 100m + for top class strikers, and we''ve let his contract run down and figures like 50m are being quoted ?
Get a grip guys, this happens far too often, tell him he signs a new contract, and we'll let him go ( at our valuation ) next summer if he's not happy, if he won't sign, he doesn't play for a year, !

8.) 09 Jun 2017 00:14:38
Bring back David Dein. We all know Dein and Wenger were untouchable. Only way we get Dein back is if Stan sells up. That ain't happening anytime soon.

9.) 09 Jun 2017 02:51:03
Colby, what you are complaining about is essentially what most gripes around Arsenal center on - the management. Wenger might have lots of control, but contracts are not solely his domain and the owner/ board are letting us down consistently.

10.) 09 Jun 2017 10:26:50
no point holding onto a player. looks a berihinho and wba. pointless it was.




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21 Dec 2019 12:40:09
Very early days in Arteta's managerial career but so far I am liking it.
Any appointment is a gamble and experience is very valuable but perhaps not as valuable as character. How old was Arsenal's best captain (in the 50 years I've been a supporter) , Tony Adams, when he was made captain? How old was Gerrard when he was made Liverpool's captain? Arteta seems to have the leadership gene, and seems intelligent.
I just hope the challenge of reviving Arsenal is not too great.




23 Jun 2019 12:01:31
Not Arsenal related but I wanted to vent somewhere. Having watched the Australia Norway game in the Women's World Cup (and based on some other games too) I think VAR is going to be a disaster. It really disrupts the game with multiple delays of multiple minutes in every game and judging by what I've witnessed, they don't get the results correct anymore than the referees do on their own. In fact, VAR caused the ref to change her mind about what looked like a cast iron penalty in the 1st half and then missed about 3 other penalty shouts in the game.


1.) 23 Jun 2019 13:31:57
100% agree with this.



05 Jun 2019 12:39:03
Great news about Cazorla being called up by Spain.
For me he was the player who was the most enjoyable to watch since the days of Henry and Bergkamp.

We have missed him big time these past 4 years.

The two-footed genius!


1.) 05 Jun 2019 14:36:50
Pires once said Cazorla was the only player since that legendary season that was good enough to play for the Invincibles. Must agree. One thing I will always admire Wenger for was his vision in reimagining Cazorla in a deep central role.

My defining image of Santi is receiving the ball with 3 players surrounding him and using a twist and a shimmy to leave them all kicking air, sprinting into space with half the pitch open to him. For a glorious season or two he was our beating heart.

{Ed001's Note - I miss Cazorla in the Prem. I absolutely loved watching him play.}

2.) 05 Jun 2019 16:42:39
Fabulous player. Another two-footed gopher who was awesome was Overmars.

3.) 05 Jun 2019 20:56:27
He was my favourite player before he left the club still much better than players we have in midfield now.



15 Mar 2018 02:00:48
What eould happen if Usmanov's UK assets were frozen? Or Abramovich's? Very interesting. I am sure Kroenke would be smiling.


{Ed001's Note - Bournemouth would be another in real trouble. More so than Chelsea. They are heavily reliant on their Russian owner.}



21 Jul 2017 09:12:20
Cannot understand why players who say they are ambitious or who think they are really world class would join clubs like Bayern, Juventus or PSG. Sure they have a fair chance of going far in the UCL but they really only have to turn up to win their leagues. (I know PSG didn't do so last time out I but can't see Monaco repeating last year after all the vultures have finished picking their squad clean) .
So these ambitious players really just want easy trophies. What do trophies like that prove? A career with 5 or 6 league titles at Bayern? Or one title with Leicester? Most people will say the former is better but history will say the Leicester team were the real stars.
This is really a note for one Alexis Sanchez.


1.) 21 Jul 2017 10:14:27
UCL League? is that the United Counties League that covers Northamptonshire Melbourne? . 😂😂😂.

2.) 21 Jul 2017 10:25:23
UEFA Champions League or UCL. 🙄.

3.) 21 Jul 2017 16:34:39
Stoner it needs to be backwards for him to understand it's the league champions AFEU silly. God if only you were a doctor stoner you would understand 🙀.

4.) 21 Jul 2017 18:16:18
Sanogo, no idea why you're trying to explain things to Renots, I told you he is a weirdo.




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17 May 2020 12:44:54
Arsenal want a left back? Are we planning to field a team of 11 left backs?
That is crazy stuff.




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03 Dec 2019 11:42:09
I just worry about how many players have come to Arsenal over the last many years and are regressing as players in their time with us. In the last 10 years I cannot think of many players who have really improved in their time with us.
This can't keep going like this and I am sure is a big factor in our decline over these years.




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20 Aug 2017 03:33:42
I agree with you kcrider but the strange thing was Monreal was our best cb on yesterday, imo. Mustafi was awful and very lucky not to cost us a goal.
Bellerin? Ox is a much better rwb and as a lwb I think anyone else you could name would be better.

And why are we offering big money for Ozil? I remember about 2 years ago the guy would produce chances - loads of them. Not anymore.

Finally, I had very high hopes for Xhala this year but he has been at fault for all 4 goals we conceded this year. He was, after all outjumped by Okazaki!


{Ed001's Note - Monreal was at fault for the goal.}



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24 Oct 2015 03:24:46
Messi could be in jail after a tax fraud conviction by next year.




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30 Aug 2015 09:26:52
Have not posted before but I had to reply to this. For me Monreal has been our best player the past 4 games. In fact he was great last year too. He must not be allowed to leave.





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25 Jun 2020 08:39:57
Only 58 Gunner? I guess the job must be to play CB at Arsenal.




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22 Mar 2019 10:59:57
I like Pochettino's joke of a few weeks back. Spurs are title contenders.




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26 Jul 2017 23:37:54
Just cannot see us signing Benzema under any circumstances now that we've signed Lacazette.
In fact if Sanchez stays I'd wager we won't make any more signings.




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08 Jul 2017 09:30:45
I have no special knowledge about Jack but I feel it is much more his injuries that have destroyed his career, not his personality.


{Ed025's Note - bit of both i think melbourne..



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05 Jun 2017 10:30:25
Probably true, ed025. All the more reason we would not want both in the team. So who, in your opinion, represents the lesser evil?


{Ed025's Note - i would say ozil mate, he goes missing and can be a bit sulky at times but mahrez is a disrupter of dressing rooms, he was one of the main instigators who forced ranieri out and is bad news imo..