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08 Jun 2019 17:30:01
Rumours growing in respect of signing Yannick Carrasco, which would be a decent signing, still only 25 years of age and will give us much needed width.
We are also being heavily linked with Sampdoria's Praet and Andersen, who at 25 and 23 years of age, along with Carrasco are confirming the clubs intention to sign younger players. Last summer 3 of the 4 long term signings were younger players. This bodes well for the future, especially if we can integrate some of our own talented youngsters into the first team squad, with FReddie having been promoted to a first team role, presumably to help in this respect. I would like to see us sign Fraser from Bournemouth and Meunier, but that sounds a tricky deal to pull off.

RobbieG

1.) 08 Jun 2019 19:04:40
I agree and disagree mate, I also think we need older leaders in the team, I might be wrong but I think these 3 players are awful, we need better, but don’t have the cash for better.


2.) 08 Jun 2019 20:23:00
The problem is that we have a limited budget and who what better options are realistically available for the 50 million euros the Sampdoria pair will cost? I am not sure what the price for Carrasco is, but it won’t be huge or we couldn’t buy him. As for the youngsters, I agree that it is extremely hard to integrate teenagers into the PL, but our finances leave us with no other option. The previous administration left a financial mess.


3.) 09 Jun 2019 10:24:53
Better to promote from within if possible or buy from the lower leagues in England or even stick with what we have rather than just buy anyone you can afford Just for the sake of it.
Look at Suarez? No disrespect but what was the point on paying his wages and loan fee if we weren't going to use him or he wasn't better than what we had.
Whoever is brought in needs to improve us or better we wait until we have someone in to replace Sven who has an eye for a bargain.


4.) 09 Jun 2019 17:47:59
Agreed Robbie,

I think the time to rebuild with youth is now.

Carrasco is a very talented player, but a risky signing due to his time spent in China and reported attitude problems. I still think we should take a punt on him, I still remember him causing us problems when he was at Athletico.

The Sampdoria duo could be a shrewd piece of business as well.


5.) 10 Jun 2019 11:11:37
@AA23 You must be thinking of someone else, Carrasco wasn't at Atletico when we played them.

It seems an odd move (but then so was Suarez) . As a winger he's never been particularly prolific, and as a wing back for Belgium I don't think he offers us much different from Kola (attacking threat but defensively suspect - and would think Carrasco is probably an even more extreme case) .

Esp if his wages are in the £150k per week bracket it looks suspiciously like we could be lumbered with an (admittedly) decent player being paid twice what they're worth and being impossible to get of the wage bill if we need any re-sale value. Not overly excited for this one.


6.) 10 Jun 2019 13:15:31
The four long term signings whist Mislintat was at the club have done well: Leno, Sokratis, Torreira and Guendouzi.
Whether Mislintat had any input into the loan signing of Suarez is debateable. In all honesty I didn't know Suarez, until we took him on loan. However, I watched any clips of him that I could find and I felt he wouldn't have the physicality necessary to play in the PL, which proved spot on.
I fail to understand the negative comments in respect of Carrasco, who us definitely a quality player and still, I belive only in his mid-20's. He will need to adapt his game, from playing in China, to playing in the PL.
Dennis Prate is definitely a decent player. I haven't seen much of Andersen, so I can't comment of his suitability.


 

 

07 Jun 2019 10:10:28
The loudest noise at present appears to be: Praet, Andersen and Meunier to Arsenal. Whether there is any truth in these rumours is yet to be seen.
What are fellow Gooners thoughts on these three players?
I saw a post that Xhaka may go to Inter for £55 million, which seems incredibly high, but if true that changes our summer budget considerably:
Xhaka £55m
Rumoured budget £40m
Ospina £2m
Jenkinson £2m
Chambers £15m
Elneny £8m
Mustafi £25m
Monreal £5m
Mkhitaryan £20m - assuming a club will pay his high wages.
Ozil £25m - assuming a club will match his absurd wages.
Koscileny is another that may be moved on.
That makes a huge total of £197m

I cannot envisage us purchasing more than 4 or 5 players, even with a possible budget of £197m, Hence Freddie's reported elevation to first team coach, presumably to bring through youngsters to make up the numbers in the first team squad.
The 4 or 5 players, will probably be: a couple of defenders, a couple of midfield players and a wide attacking player that could cover up front as well.
I have a feeling Emery knows his current squad's failings and will make big changes this summer.

RobbieG

1.) 07 Jun 2019 11:38:22
Don't think we will sign Meunier, looks like the draw of a champions league team would be his preferred option.

Personally I know it won't happen but I would love KT from celtic at left back!


2.) 07 Jun 2019 15:06:16
I've watched Meunier and like him but find it unlikely. Personally I've never come across Praet or Andersen but think our priority is shifting out players more than bringing any in - or it would be if I was in charge anyway. Free up the wage bill and make a big signing, a Lacazette-level signing, and supplement with youth.


 

 

15 May 2019 10:08:09
Interestingly Arsenal topped the charts for shot conversion in the PL season just ended, which leads me to believe that the most important part of the team to improve is the midfield area, which offers so little defensively. In the 4-2-3-1 formation the 3 would appear to be the major problem area, as the likes of Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, etc are simply not good enough. Reports suggest that we are looking to sign a wide attacking player and a box to box midfield player, which would improve this section of the team. Of course we all realise the defence needs improving. However, we should have Bellerin and Holding back from injury. A centre back is being sought, I would like to see us sign a more traditional player such as Dunk, who would be a decent player to have, particularly in tough away PL matches.

RobbieG

1.) 15 May 2019 12:19:57
Iwobi seems to help a lot on defence and leads the press well. Where he suffers is final third decision making. Good squad player who made progress this year.

The main issue is more a positional problem and awareness of where attackers are. Agree that the midfield has been terrible at covering but then we were dealing with Mustafi, so.


2.) 15 May 2019 13:10:12
RG, I have been saying this all season, that the midfield has to hold half the flack for our defensive frailties. IT so unbalanced with players like Xhaka, iwobi, element and micki. They give no cover to the defence, especially the fullbacks.

For me the midfield needs rebuilding.


3.) 16 May 2019 02:49:51
Im sorry RG but this is ridiculous. Where are you getting these so called reports. You list the problems over and over, you got no answers and the name that keeps popping up is Lewis Dunk. Clueless fans. Maybe stop talking to toby. Please tell me he's handing you all these dossiers of noncence but with a hilighted pen "Lewis Dunk".


4.) 16 May 2019 16:40:10
@Jack_Wolfskin. The reason for repetition is that I try to encourage intelligent responses to my comments. I have yet to have one response to my suggestion of signing Dunk. What is your opinion of Dunk? Is he top four quality? Does he have the necessary passing skills at the top level, etc?

So, instead of whinging, why not respond constructively to my comment? There is another person, who shall remain nameless, that makes similar comments such as yours, I suggest he too engages his grey matter and comments on the contents of my comment, or if it is not of interest then simply ignore it.


5.) 16 May 2019 20:13:42
Wow I'm intrigued RG, who is this nameless person who casts doubts about your sauces and repeated claims of self importance and repeated self endorsements?
How could anyone not take you or your comments seriously?
Some people just have no imagination do they mate :-)


6.) 17 May 2019 06:46:27
Agree with all comments about RG.

Nonsensical comments with nothing to back them up; this is not a great way of promoting debate, especially as your conversation is far from intelligent.


7.) 17 May 2019 10:41:07
G62 If the cap fits then wear it.
I could criticise your spelling, 'sauces' really? Try sources, unless of course you really mean ketchup?
For fear of repeating myself, I would far prefer to hear either of you give a sensible, intelligent appraisal of Dunk, opposed to unintelligent, ignorant personal attacks.
We have recently been linked with Walter Kannemann and I fully admit that I know precious little about the player, other than what I have read on the internet. What are your thoughts on signing a player who is in his 29th year and is another centre back who is barely 6ft tall?

Am I correct in my assumption that we should sign a taller "English-style" centre back, particularly for the domestic matches?
I am aware that the pair of you are intellectually and educationally limited, so prove me wrong, cease making inane, childish, personal comments. Surprise us all with a balanced, creative opinion on the contents of my posts. Yet again, I have nor seen one comment about Dunk, which comes as no surprise.


8.) 17 May 2019 10:42:26
Skywalker - It's interesting that the three of you appear challenged by my comments. Comments are intended to be thought provoking and are intended to create opinion and educated debate. Malaga-Gooner makes a sensible comment, agreeing with what I have said. If he disagreed and made a case against what I commented, I would have had no problem and may have learnt from the contents.
Let's see if any of you there can provide a comment on the potential signing of Lewis Dunk and whilst you are at it on the latest rumour regarding signing Walter Kannemann?

I would suggest in future that if you don't like my comments then simply ignore them, opposed to making inaccurate and rude, personal comments.
The most comical of which, was when I was accused of writing like a newspaper columnist, which I took as a compliment!


9.) 17 May 2019 16:54:34
According to all suaces a wise philosopher once said " a man who needs to agree himself and his own posts multiple times a day is a needy man who should drop the need to impress in the pursuit of being well thought of by others and simply try being himself for a change where he might find all he hoped Just through turning up as himself for a change "

A little saucy but meant kindly believe it or not.


10.) 17 May 2019 16:54:37
Personally, I don't see Dunk or a taller CB as a solution to any pressing problems we have. Without looking it up, it felt like we were surprisingly decent at corners this season. Its positional awareness, getting caught in possession etc that was the main problem, and that's partly formation, tactics, midfield, and FB/ WBs.

For me, Sokratis is our guaranteed starter, with Holding an able understudy who should be trusted to step up at any time, perhaps from the start of the season, but more likely backup to Kos. It then depends on plans for Mavropanos, Monreal, Mustafi, Bielik, Chambers. I'd only buy a CB that would be better than Sok and if we plan on playing back 3, otherwise I'd rather the team spent the money on treats and nibbles to encourage the players for a summer of relentless positional and defensive training. :)


11.) 17 May 2019 19:33:01
I wouldn't take anything Gunner62 says seriously. He was the guy the other day saying if there was a spare premier league trophy at anfield on the last day of the season, they should give it to Liverpool for having a good season 😂😂.


12.) 17 May 2019 20:03:41
That was me Jaybo :-)
Glad you liked my idea so much :-)


 

 

09 May 2019 22:18:07
Well done to Emery and the team.
To those Emery doubters, in his first season he has reached the EL final and obtained more points than last season, with 3 players out injured for a large part of the season and two more for the run in.
Im looking forward to the final, it would amazing to win, with a trophy and CL at stake.

RobbieG

1.) 10 May 2019 06:39:46
He has done superb work in the EL, we have looked the best team consistently in the competition. Emery deserves huge credit for that.

However - I am not a 'doubter' per se - it's undeniable that we have fallen apart when top 4 was there for the taking. The club needs to have a hard discussion about its direction because our league performance this season when 3rd was in our grasp was, frankly, embarrassing. A win against Palace and Brighton and we could have sealed it.


2.) 10 May 2019 08:11:07
Every club has injuries Robbie. Only one of those were starting 11 players at the start of the season. That cannot be used as a safety net for the teams performance this season. Bottom line is we blew a great chance in the league. Better tactics and better defensive organisation and we'd be sitting 3rd in the league. We could be sitting here talking about adding 3 to 4 players to improve the squad but no, we need 4 to 5 players to improve the starting 11. Minimal improvement on last season. On top of that it is reported that the club is expected to announce losses of 70m on the year before.


3.) 10 May 2019 08:17:20
Well said RG

Some people should take a hard look at themselves and decide where their loyalties are.

In EMERY we trust!


4.) 10 May 2019 09:44:38
Hilarious 😂😂😂.


5.) 10 May 2019 12:03:32
Hahahahah pot kettle black comes to mind with our last manager Malaga this is brilliant.


6.) 10 May 2019 19:21:26
Funny that Mark, I actually suspected you were a spud during Arsenes Last 10 seasons :-)
Now with your all new Emery obsession I'm more convinced than ever mate :-) :-)


7.) 10 May 2019 19:30:02
Paddy. Of course the injuries had huge effect, being without Bellerin and Holding who were two on-form regulars, as well as Welbeck, who gave us options across the front line. Then to lose Ramsey was a massive blow. Suarez is a mystery to me, but was also injured, which meant our squad was missing 5 players to injury, plus recent suspensions for Maitland-Niles, Torreria and Sokratis, meant the remaining players in the squad playing when at times played when fatigued, carrying injuries or rushed back from injury.
During the first season with Emery in charge we brought in 6 players, which is as many as can be sensibly integrated into the squad and will need to do the same again next season, as the squad wil lose Cech, Ramsey and Welbeck for certain, plus other who will be moved on.


8.) 10 May 2019 19:42:55
Now, now John, call me what ever you like, but don't ever associate with that crap from the other end of the Seven Sisters.


9.) 10 May 2019 20:37:10
Fair enough Mark mate, it was a bit harsh :-)
But you've got to admit questioning others loyalty because they have the audacity to doubt the current manager ability is more than a tad rich.


 

 

14 Feb 2015 10:15:05
Had to laugh, saw a report yesterday that stated that Abou Diaby should be back from injury in 2 or 3 weeks. That must be the longest calf strain in history!

RobbieG

 

 

 

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21 Jun 2019 09:27:03
I would imagine players return to training at the beginning of July, with friendliest started in Mid-July and the window open until 8th August, so far the following players have departed:
Cech
Ospina
Lichtsteiner
Ramsey
Welbeck

It is of concern that to date we haven't made a single signing. Bearing in mind deals are often put in place well before the window opens it is worrying.

RobbieG

1.) 21 Jun 2019 10:14:08
Still very early yet Robbie. This time last year we only had one signing made. Players are on holidays now or on international duty which makes things difficult. I'd imagine from next week things will pick up.


2.) 21 Jun 2019 13:47:12
It's possible that some business has been done but the club are waiting for Adidas deal to start on July 1 so as to drive new kit sales.


 

 

02 Jun 2019 10:15:43
Fantastic result, but a dreadful excuse of a final. Neither team have ever won the Premier League and in the toot's case you have to go back 58 years since they won the old 1st Diviison and in Liverpool's case nearly 30 years since they last won the old 1st Division.

The current format is poor, and a return to a knock out European Cup, for the Champions of each European League, is clearly the way to go.
On a different note, it will be interesting to see if trophyless Pochettino will remain at the trophyless toot. I find his arrogance and general behaviour irritating for a manager that hasn't won a single trophy in 5 years as the toot manager and over a decade as a manager. Mourinho won the right to be arrogant and controversial as he has won many trophies.

RobbieG

1.) 02 Jun 2019 11:24:20
You really think it would be better every year just juve, bayern, psg, one of real or barca, an English team and then a load of teams from smaller leagues that will mostly get whipped? That would be incredibly boring until the semis and then it would be the same teams every year.


2.) 02 Jun 2019 11:52:27
RG I noticed you went missing all week after Arsenal embarrass themselves in another European final against the worst Chelsea side in the last few years, spurs lost to one of the best teams in the league who finished on 97 points and should have won the league, yes I agree spurs are crap but so are Arsenal as you are going further away from the big clubs than ever before and your 40 million budget in the summer isn't going to close the gap on city, Liverpool etc, I have been shouting pochetinho out for the last 2 years as he fails to win when it matters, I've been shouting jose mourinho name as he's a serial winner and would take spurs the next level he would also be ideal for you boys aswell.


3.) 02 Jun 2019 11:55:27
There is no going back Eden mate, imagine this premier league season where only the champions qualified for the champions league, only Liverpool City and relegation threatened sides would have had anything to play for post October.
Things will never be perfect but oozing up the champions league to top 4 much like the the play offs in the championship and other divisions has extended interest and meaningful football more often than not right up to the last kick of the season
3 points for a win rather than 2, the back pass rule and not interfering with play offside rule have all brought many many more benefits than disarray.
Personally I was against almost all of the new rules when they were first introduced but looking back i was wrong, the champions league premier league and football in general has never been more interesting or had such huge worldwide appeal.


4.) 02 Jun 2019 12:44:58
Robbie what has winning the PL got to do with the quality of last night, I’m struggling to understand why you’ve even mentioned it? Liverpool were a zillion times better than us this season, the final was bad for a number of reasons and one of them wasn’t because they haven’t won’t the PL .

As for the format as it is it gives teams a chance of playing European top level football, if it’s just winners of your respective leagues then Wenger would have been sacked years ago.


5.) 02 Jun 2019 13:55:54
The thing is Raver some United and Arsenal fans have gone full circle and swapped places with Spurs and City fans of old.
I remember it well how Spurs and City fans whole season depened on what Arsenal and United didn't win rather than worrying about their own club.
Spurs have Just fallen at the last hurdle of club footballs biggest competition, you've known worse times Raver mate!
This summer you will add to your squad and with no world cup hangover to worry about I'd say you had every reason to be excited about next season already mate, I think most Arsenal fans would be delighted for us to be in such a poor state as you boys right now.


6.) 02 Jun 2019 14:25:49
62, just to fly Arsenal colours, Spuds did their level best to finish below us and lost 20 times, as bad as we were they weren’t much better, they got to a Euro final as we did . I’m not saying our squad is better than theirs I’m just pointing out their season wasn't heads and shoulders above ours .


7.) 02 Jun 2019 15:29:43
I thought spurs were the better team just should started with lucas.


8.) 02 Jun 2019 15:42:51
I agree Banbury mate, Spurs did have a poor premier league season by their own new standards under Poch this this time round mate.
We had our average modern Arsenal season.
Spurs finished runners up in club footballs biggest competition while finished runners up in the competition that all big clubs hope to avoid being in each and every year, this is unfortunately the reality of the 2018/ 19 season.
It is what it is mate and all I'm saying is it's pretty silly to mock those who are doing better than you because you end up looking pretty foolish to everyone who lives in the real world.
I personally wouldn't want to go on live TV and try win a debate with a spud fan on which of Arsenal and Spurs had the better 2018/ 19 season :-) and anyone who did I'm sure would extremely quickly resort to historical events in order to save face rather than stick to debating the season that's Just ended.
Better to accept reality with dignified silence in my opinion.


9.) 02 Jun 2019 16:08:20
Top man gunner always honest, cup football and league football are two different things. Look no further than Wigan winning the FA cup by beating man city in the final while getting relegated the same time. or when Arsenal had the invincible side and walked the league yet couldn't win nothing in European football.


10.) 02 Jun 2019 16:16:11
No I totally agree 62, just putting some perspective on the season just gone, you can’t help feeling Spuds missed an absolute golden chance to win the CL last night.


11.) 02 Jun 2019 16:25:17
For me I have to call it as it is Raver mate, there is nothing wrong with living in your own little make believe fantasy world as long as you don't try and share it with the rest of the world and hope to be taken seriously.
I remember when Nes used to come on here from the Spurs page and try and laugh at us failing in the champions league while you struggled in the Spursday night league :-) he made himself easy meat and it was good fun laughing at his silliness, well the rules haven't changed Just because North London dominance has and I personally am not about to take up being a Nes tribute act :-)


12.) 02 Jun 2019 16:59:23
They did Banbury mate and playing Kane from the start was poor management from Poch in my opinion, i'm pleased Liverpool won because they've had an amazing season and it would have been extremely harsh if they hadn't got something to show from a year where they reached successive champions league finals and lost just once in the premie league and got an incredible 97pts.
As for Spurs they will disappointed about last night and by last seasons league campaign but if I was a spud I'd be thinking how far they've come if a champions league final and top 4 finish is a disappointing, I'm 57 and I've never seen a better Spurs than since Poch arrived.
We should most definitely take inspiration from what both Spurs and Liverpool have achieved over the last 5 and 4 years respectively under Poch and Jurgen, because before their current managers arrived they were exactly where we are now, pretty much lost.


13.) 02 Jun 2019 19:10:22
Totally agree 62, you and I are close in age but you are older of course, this is the best Tottenham side I’ve seen, their biggest concern is keeping the manager and the key players, one more season without a trophy and you will see some sort of exodus IMO.


14.) 02 Jun 2019 20:04:11
Not the best side for me the 80s were better and winning trophies aswell, the 86 side was better than today's hoddle, waddle, ardiles in midfield with 47 goals from clive Allen.


15.) 02 Jun 2019 20:27:21
Raver61, after a defeat I tend to leave a a period of time before commenting, so as not to make a knee jerk reaction.
The simple fact this season is that we both reached European finals, which we both lost and we closed the gap in the league to a single point.
The toot will end up a billion in debt, the cost of the new stadium, whereas our stadium debt has been paid.

After 5 seasons under trophyless Pochettino the Toot have still to win a single trophy. Arsenal under Emery have turned the tide, obtaining more points than the previous season, finishing a place higher in the league and reached a European final. The four long term signings made during Emery's time at the club have been intelligently settled in and I am certain another 4 or so players will arrive this summer as Emery has had a season with the players, the vast majority of which were brought in by the previous manager and his backroom staff.

The toot ahve now gone 11 years without a trophy, nearly 30 years since an FA Cup win and fast approaching 60 years since winning the league. It's pitiful, and even in one of their most successful periods, they still haven't won a single trophy. Mourinho would be a good shout for either club, but they would have to be prepared to spend big. Hence, we have Emery who has won many trophies and the toot have trophyless Pochettino. The pain at the lane just goes on. 1961 and waiting.


16.) 02 Jun 2019 20:39:26
The only reason spurs got out of there group was because Inter Milan didn’t win at psv, it wasn’t even in spurs hands to get to the knockout stage, when they played Barcelona the second time Barcelona had already topped the group and rested all there tops players so spurs managed to get a point at the nou camp, Spurs didn’t play well in the competition.


17.) 02 Jun 2019 21:41:27
No didn't play well to beat man city over 2 legs and Ajax wodbod, as for the pain RG, arsenal are in a terrible state and you are the only arsenal fan I know who think they are going forwards without winning anything and not even finishing top 4 which means Thursday night's next season, ask any neutral fan who's better arsenal or spurs and I know what the answer is, Arsenal have been in 4 European finals in the last 25 and won none including teams like zaragoza, galatasary and the worst Chelsea side in the years.


18.) 02 Jun 2019 21:43:50
I think only Saga is older than me on this page Banbury mate :-) or should it be :- (, I agree keeping their side together will be very very tough but if they are smart they will cash in on Kane or Ericsson before they are forced to as Liverpool did with Coutiniho, and Poch Has a decent buying record so they stand a chance but if they play it wrong they could Just as easily find themselves in the Europa league with us for company.


19.) 03 Jun 2019 09:10:37
If we think we are in some way in a better state than Spurs we are deluding ourselves. If they can keep their key players, or at least replace them with similar quality and make additions, they will continue the upward trajectory they are on. We have one of the worst Arsenal sides I have seen for 30 years, and seemingly no ambition to improve it. If we insist on a self sustaining business model we will gradually fall behind not just the existing top four, but also sides like Everton who are willing to spend to succeed. Our problems begin and end with a board that thinks a budget of £40m is likely to make more than a tiny dent in a side that requires at least five times that amount to make us competitive. Whatever the mistakes in the past with regard to managing contracts, we are where we are, and I cannot see any anything approaching a way forward.

There is one possible strategy that may be worth a punt, albeit fraught with the danger of one or two fallow seasons, and that is promote the bulk of the starting eleven from the youth setup and let them develop. Use the money from first team sales to develop a spine and see where we go. It can't be any worse than replacing Mustafi and Xhaka with more of the same - which is what we are likely to get for our £40m.

Just to say, I like this site. Whatever opinions we have (even from non Arsenal fans) there is rarely any serious rancour, and we all want the best for the club we love.


20.) 03 Jun 2019 09:42:20
The stats speak for themselves and Arsenal clearly performed better this season in a transition year after Wenger departed. The Toot are having a better period than usual and are still failing to win a trophy. How long Pochettino and the better players stay will be interesting. Kyle Walker left for higher wages and trophies. This summer Eriksen looks likely to depart and reports that Trippier, Alderweireld, Rose, Lorentz and others may move on. So the first wave of Pochettino’s time at the club has occurred and nothing has been won. Nobody remembers teams that lose in finals and the simple fact is that the Toot are serial trophy bottlers. Arsenal are going through a transition which will take at least 3 seasons. Whether Emery will emerge as a trophy winning manager is to be seen. I freely admit that we need a manager that will push Kroenke to open the purse strings. Let’s see if Emery is the man.


21.) 03 Jun 2019 11:05:46
Serial bottlers like I said above you have been in 4 European finals in the last 25years and won nowt, we even lost 19 league games this season and Arsenal still could not get in the top 4 and Chelsea in dissary also, we have spent nothing for 2 years and have had to move around grounds all season, RG we will be even stronger next season Mark my words yes we might win nothing but will definitely finish top 4 again and challenging on all fronts for trophies, if Arsenal have only 40 million budget with the loss of Ramsey they will be fighting for the top 6 imo.


22.) 03 Jun 2019 13:42:39
I hear you Robbie, the stats do tell one story, but performances belie the statistics. We can't reduce everything to fractional differences in the numbers, there are just too many things to control for. The bottom line was outcomes, which were no different to last year: poor performances, abysmal defending, no sense of who our best team is and critically not a sniff at any success. If being a point off the top four and reaching a final herald progress then fine. But for me, one or two outstanding performances is not progress enough. My only hope is that the transfer budget is a bluff and we can bring in 4 top class players, because if we don't, I suspect we are going to slip further down the table.

I'm afraid to say, the Raver's analysis is right in my view.


23.) 03 Jun 2019 17:12:43
List the trophies won by Pochettino as a manager and those won by the Toot during your lifetime. The pain at the lane just goes on.
Next season waits to be seen. In a single season under Emery we closed the gap on the Toot from 14 points to a single point. 1961 and waiting.


24.) 03 Jun 2019 18:39:38
Funny enough this time last year people were asking " what's Klopp won at Liverpool "?
Stats are almost always used by politicians to convince people that what they see with own two eyes and experience for themselves isn't really true.
There is a place for stats of course but please make sure you use the appropriate bin so as they don't simply get recycled continously.


25.) 03 Jun 2019 19:41:17
RG you talk utter rubbish and even your own fans are embarrassed by your deluded comments, this is one of the worst Arsenal sides in many years and they are falling further away from winning the league every season, even Martin known said in Baku Arsenal are finished and going backwards yet you think they are going forwards 😂🤣😂.


 

 

25 May 2019 07:11:18
Reports emerging that Arsenal may sell Koscielny during the current window, and Mkhitaryan as well.
In respect of Koscielny, he will be 34 in September, so it makes sense to move him on. That leaves us with 4 centre backs: Holding, Mavropanos, Mustafi and Sokratis, so a fifth is clearly needed and hopefully Medley can also fill in, as he matures.
I would like to think we can move Mkhitaryan on, but have my doubts as he is on extremely high wages and has turned 30.

RobbieG

 

 

21 May 2019 12:57:47
I was intrigued by the new regime's decision to announce that in future, players will not be allowed to simply run their deals down and will either extend their deals or be moved on. Although this may be the correct policy, should they have made this public, giving away vital information to players, their agents and other clubs? Thoughts.

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1.) 22 May 2019 19:09:19
While possible, I suspect it won't be an issue as this is what all the other "big" clubs do, we were pretty much the only exception.

FFS even Sp*ds extend their players' contracts every couple seasons.


 

 

19 May 2019 23:40:37
It doesn’t take a genius to fathom out that money buys success, with the occasional exception. Perhaps the FFP and the wage rules will have an effect, only if the rules are enforced and punishments stringent.
Our transfer dealings this summer will be interesting to say the least, particularly as we recover from the damage done in the Gazidis/ Wenger era.
It is also intriguing to see how the excellent crop of young players at the club come through and bridge the gap between being a talented teenager to a first team regular. Defensively Holding and Mavrapanos if they stay injury free look extremely promising. Nelson, Smith-Rowe, Willock, Nketiah and others can all make a stake next season.
During the summer window we need to spend wisely on a CB, a box to box midfielder and a wide attacking player. In addition a RB might be needed if Bellerin isn’t fit to start the season.
A question, should we have extended Welbeck’s deal? As he is home grown and covers centrally and wide.

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1.) 20 May 2019 09:22:18
I liked Welbeck not the best player in the world but worked his socks off and is better than Iwobinho.


2.) 20 May 2019 13:49:23
It's sad to read such derision of our own players. We'll all have our favourite players, we should enjoy cheering and lauding them. I don't get the opposite mentality at all. In this particular example as well, I just can't agree with the petty singling out of Iwobi, and the needless nickname. He's improved massively this season from what I've seen. He looks strong, fast, energetic and positive. It's right to point out he needs to improve his decision making around the box, but he's giving himself a chance to become a good player. He's worked hard in training obviously, and is committed to team. What are we complaining about exactly?! If he continues to develop we'll have a great option or solid starter, and if he's reached his peak he'll be a squad player and then move on. If anything some faith and support on the fans behalf could help. The blame and name calling is pathetic.


3.) 20 May 2019 19:50:49
Somone is upset 😂😂.


4.) 20 May 2019 20:05:53
Such a strange reply. I don't know you and never will no doubt, so why the goading? You have absolutely no argument in reply, and clearly no real opinions so I'm happy leaving it at that Welsh. It was a more general point towards people's attitudes to our players, it's not personal. If anyone disagrees then please feel free to educate me!


5.) 20 May 2019 21:50:35
I don’t want to argue never said I did, your the one that put a silly reply up.


6.) 20 May 2019 21:54:15
the thing is Ned, I gave my opinion I think Welbeck is better, but you went off on one, i think if you don’t like a comment just scroll past fella, or most of the posts will offend you, you clearly have issues about name calling of players that’s fine, but Iwobinho it crap.


7.) 21 May 2019 00:49:07
Yeah, yeah, my post is a "silly reply" and your post is "opinion". I'm interested in why "iwobihino it crap", please tell me more about this football incite, sounds thoroughly fair and considered!


8.) 22 May 2019 10:17:54
Gives the ball away to often, doesn’t do anything in the final 3rd, is to predictable 99/ 100 times just runs straight to the corner flag, wouldn’t get in any of the teams above us and maybe a few below us, so in that case how is he good enough for arsenal, Iam not asking you to take you Iwobinho posters off the wall, just stop crying when people don’t like a player.


9.) 22 May 2019 20:08:37
Thanks for the reply Welsh, all I hope for when I post anything is a football discussion, you nearly managed it. Perhaps you've been busy looking through my window at my posters, and laughing at me crying as I think about how under appreciated my beloved Alex is? Can't be a lucky guess. I don't agree with your exaggerations, but I can't disagree that he's not a very efficient player yet. The point I was trying to make is that he's got some good potential, more importantly has improved a lot, and seems to be working hard. If we could support his potential rather than jeer him, I think we could all be happier.


 

 

 

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14 Jun 2019 18:59:18
With limited funds we have to pick up frees where possible and this young keeper appears to have great potential. What is bit concerning is whether we are able to replace Mislinstat with a chief scout who can unearth quality, reasonably priced or free talent. The Suárez business worries me, as we signed a player on loan with a hefty loan fee who apparently wasn’t fit and never looked suitable for the physicality of the PL.

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14 Jun 2019 18:53:13
Oh dear Jack. I thought it was obvious why Emery had to change formations, etc. When you have 3 players out for the season, as well as Ramsey towards the end of the season, as well as other injuries, suspensions, fatigue, and players in the squad that were simply not good enough, he was forced to shuffle the remnants of the squad, which also meant changing formations to accommodate the players at your disposal. I can imagine the mess you would make, probably get the team relegated! Emery has won many trophies, I suggest you leave it to him.

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14 Jun 2019 10:43:29
As we know Emery took over a club on the decline and arguably the weakest squad in decades. He only had £70m to spend on 4 players on long term deals, plus 2 loan deals. This meant the vast majority of the squad were remnants of the previous administration, and all the ingrained faults. In addition he lost 3 first team players early on to season ending injuries. Despite this he finished with more points, a place higher, closed the gap on the PL Champions, closed the gap on the Toot by 13 points to a single point and reached the EL final.
This summer is vital as players depart and replacements brought in. This will be no easy task as reportedly he will have limited funds. How he brings through the promising crop of youngsters will be interesting and by promoting Freddie to a first team coach is an intelligent move.
To conclude, he needs to be given the time to form the squad in his own ideology, with the limited funds available to him. Would any other manager have done better in the circumstances he finds himself?

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10 Jun 2019 13:15:31
The four long term signings whist Mislintat was at the club have done well: Leno, Sokratis, Torreira and Guendouzi.
Whether Mislintat had any input into the loan signing of Suarez is debateable. In all honesty I didn't know Suarez, until we took him on loan. However, I watched any clips of him that I could find and I felt he wouldn't have the physicality necessary to play in the PL, which proved spot on.
I fail to understand the negative comments in respect of Carrasco, who us definitely a quality player and still, I belive only in his mid-20's. He will need to adapt his game, from playing in China, to playing in the PL.
Dennis Prate is definitely a decent player. I haven't seen much of Andersen, so I can't comment of his suitability.

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08 Jun 2019 20:23:00
The problem is that we have a limited budget and who what better options are realistically available for the 50 million euros the Sampdoria pair will cost? I am not sure what the price for Carrasco is, but it won’t be huge or we couldn’t buy him. As for the youngsters, I agree that it is extremely hard to integrate teenagers into the PL, but our finances leave us with no other option. The previous administration left a financial mess.

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25 Jun 2019 08:24:06
We are currently being linked with many quality players, the problem is that we have to move on players that are difficult to sell and persuade Kroenke to open the purse strings.

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25 Jun 2019 08:22:31
Clearly the defence requires surgery. In addition the 3 in Emery's favoured 4-2-3-1 was equally weak and needs rebuilding, as it offered as little defensively as it did offensively. Mkhitaryan and Ozil neeed to be moved on, if possible with their absurdly high wages, and replaced with better options.

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19 Jun 2019 16:46:17
I am sure Emery and/ or his team are monitoring him. First team football at Arsenal is very different from playing well two divisions below.

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13 Jun 2019 13:12:20
All premier league players are niot bad players, but Jenkinson in my humble opinion is not a PL quality player and it was wrong to have placed him a long term deal at a reported £40,000 per week. Due to his high wages and lack of Premiership ability it has been impossible to move him on. We therefore have to once agiain try and sell him, loan him out or face keeping him until his deal ends next season. He is one of the reasons we have a problem complying with the PL wage rules. Unfortunately, for many years Wenger believed in what he called a socialist wage policy, overpaying lower grade players. I believe he may have changed this in his latter years at the club, when huge contracts were given to players such as Ozil, Mkhitaryan, etc.

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13 Jun 2019 13:11:15
South American players have tended to struggle when they move to the PL and have integrated far easier into the Italian and Spanish Leagues, coping far better with the culture in those countries which is closer to their own. The weather in England plays a part, as does the language.

Torreira came to us on the back of a successful and demanding World Cup Finals last summer. He was gently introduced into the first team, but he often, despite being a brave player and due to his small structure would end up grounded by extremely physical challenges from larger, muscular opponents.

It often takes a season for players coming from other leagues to acclimatise themselves into the hurly burly of the PL, but what is worrying with Torreira is that he hasn't learnt the language and he doesn't like living in England. Having an Italian wife and a home in Milan, I can understand his plight. The food in Italy is amazing, the weather often better than in England, the culture very different.
If he is truly unhappy then perhaps the best thing is to move him on and we should be able to obtain a sizeable fee, that may stretch to buying a couple of much needed players. I would be sad to see him depart, as he is a player you can't help but like and admire.

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