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26 Sep 2019 23:14:24
Well, turns out he really can't make decisions. He can't even name a captain. I give up

Arsenal players held a secret vote to help Unai Emery decide on his new 'five captains'. with Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil, Rob Holding and David Luiz all in the running

Embarrassing like our defending and tactics.

Please do something noteworthy so I can post something positive Boss - like resign?


1.) 27 Sep 2019 17:14:09
Read Ormsteins version of events mate, sounds more like a plea for support of a player under pressure from the fans.
I doubt any kind of vote took place that's just social media or tabloid trouble making in my opinion now mate.

2.) 27 Sep 2019 19:02:55
On Twitter? That Emery consulted the players even though it’s taken this long and still can’t make a decision on Vice Captain. I still give up.

3.) 27 Sep 2019 20:05:16
On BBC mate.
As you know SY mate I would rather Emery wasn't our manager and Xhaka wasn't our player but I try to see thugs objectively and as unbiased as I possibly can.
True Emery Plays Xhaka regardless of his ability and performances and even made him captain before the season started all of which I totally I disagree with him on but I genuinely think today is about club and players rallying round and getting behind a colleague who is receiving difficult personal treatment from some fans.

4.) 27 Sep 2019 23:31:47
Per BBC : Emery told the squad of his decision on Friday, after consulting with players.

Per Holding:

Discussing Arsenal’s captaincy situation, Holding said: ‘We had a vote the other week so we’ll see what happens and see who gets named. ‘[We had to] write names down and then give them to the manager. He will go through them obviously with his input and then we’ll see what happens. ‘I don’t know [when the decision will be announced]. I think it will be in the next couple of days or weeks. I have no idea.

Sorry but the guy can’t make a simple decision.

5.) 27 Sep 2019 23:35:23
Why is Unai Emery asking his players to vote on who should be captain? It’s pathetic. Seriously. Make a decision!

When you start worrying about what your players think, you’re in trouble. And why does he need FIVE captains anyway?

Great points.

6.) 28 Sep 2019 08:27:47
Not much about what Emery does makes sense to me SY, the defensive side of our midfield and defence are worse now than before he arrived and that was the area that Arsene refused to address and ultimately it cost him his job.
Unfortunately we are with Emery righ back to exactly where we were with Arsene just waiting for someone somewhere to make the decision to let him go.



04 Jun 2019 15:16:06
If Nick Hornby is correct then it's another big mistake from Emery.

This summer, however, is critical. My sources inside the club tell me that the decision to release Aaron Ramsey was down to Emery and Emery alone, and that the player was ready to sign a new deal. Emery took one look at him and decided, clearly, that he wasn't worth the money being offered.

Even this seemed exciting at the time, reminiscent of Wenger deciding that Paul Merson wasn't good enough for Arsenal and shipping him out. "Paul Merson! We love Paul Merson! And he's not good enough? Bring it on! " And Wenger did. Unfortunately, Emery took a second look at Ramsey and apparently decided that he was, after all, an important part of his plans and indeed, the business-end of the collapse began with Ramsey's season-ending injury in Naples. Unless Ramsey's replacement is at least as good, fans will quickly resent the loss of someone who could be frustrating, but whose two Cup Final-winning goals, and a decade-long commitment to the club, have earned him Official Club Legend status.

Why did he jump to such a quick decision on Rambo. 😡😡.


1.) 04 Jun 2019 17:29:44
A player who is only ever available for Half a season SY? If you look at Aaron's league appearances each season over his Arsenal career it isn't good reading and certainly not someone you want to be paying way over the odds upsetting others fland putting pressure on the wage bill when he's only available for half the required period each and every season, for me this is a rare tick not a cross in Emery boxes.

2.) 04 Jun 2019 21:28:03
Your ‘sources’ tell you? Or every major news publication that has written anything about Ramsey’s contract withdrawal because Emery didn’t want to keep him? Do me a favour. Sources.

3.) 05 Jun 2019 03:54:40
SY you have to understand our scelticism, regardless of the content as soon as you start with "my sources inside the club" it just invites laughter. Give your opinion and leave it at that, don't dress it up as being some sort of prophecy.

4.) 05 Jun 2019 08:18:11
Is SY not quoting Nick Hornsby when he says my sources?
I'm not sure myself but I guessed he must be because I've never heard SY make claims that seem exaggerated before and he's been posting for a few years now.
I know he's a Tory and drinks wine rather than beer but on the whole he's usually a pretty decent and honest bloke so I think something must have got confused in he's post somewhere, either that or he's had to much vino trying to console himself about Teresa May stepping down:-)

{Ed001's Note - I thought he was as well g62. It definitely seemed like he was just posting up what Hornsby had said, rather than suggesting he had sources himself.

Not being funny but it is exactly what Ed002 and myself had been telling you as well, that Emery didn't want him from the moment he stepped foot in the door.}

5.) 05 Jun 2019 10:03:01
Hi Ed001 mate I'm glad you read it like that too, sometimes you've got to look at the poster and their usual nature to see past any misunderstandings and SY isn't given to making wild claims about himself but he does like to use quotes from others quite often.
Mate as soon as you said Emery wanted Ramsey out that was good enough for me, I've never known yourself to quote something as fact when it wasn't true, you are always quite clear in the difference between when you are giving your own personal opinion or when passing on actual knowledge and never shy to say " I don't know " when that's the case too.
I have my opinions like everyone else but when it comes to inside information I know zilch so when you share what you know with us then that is 100% good enough for me evetytime without fail mate.
After 7 years of using this site the credibility level is still 100% when it comes to reporting facts over fabrication and in my opinion there is no other football outlet, be it TV papers radio or social media that can get anywhere close to this site for reliability and credibility. A huge well done to yourself and all the Eds mate, that's some reputation you've built up and all you have to do now is maintain it, no pressure:-)

6.) 05 Jun 2019 20:42:34
I think the words both Ed’s used 10 months ago was emery didn’t like his comportment.



11 Mar 2019 20:52:20
Hopefully the clubs new strategy :

"Arsenal club chiefs have reportedly confirmed players who have two years left on their contracts and refuse to sign a new deal will be sold by the club. "

Having lost big players for nothing and been held to ransom by others - this new strategy makes sense and a we, come change.

Fingers crossed it works.

I assume that means contracts should be 5 years and very very rarely 3 years in length.

Well done whoever suggested and approved this move.


1.) 11 Mar 2019 23:46:22
Where did you see that SY? Seems like the club publicising that policy would hurt their negotiations, both with the player and with other clubs. Other clubs know we're going to sell so they don't have to offer over the odds, the player doesn't have time to be won over if they are iffy on a new contract. As internal policy, great, but as a publicly visible one, hmmm.

2.) 13 Mar 2019 08:18:21
I think it's both very sensible and very workable.
All it means is you start negotiations on a contract extention with 3 years remaining and if with 2 years left you have no agreement you listen to offers.
It works for all other clubs so why not us? Which other club loses players on free or is held to ransom like Arsenal have been and have done?
It's incredible how many players like Theo Jack Mesut have won contracts well beyond thier football ability simply by playing the club well in the contract stakes and what other club loses so many players for nothing?
Would Aaron have accepted 2 seasons like this season where he is a bit part player? I think he and others would leave earlier for a fee rather than see out 2 years on the bench which would lessen thier options at the end of the two years.

3.) 13 Mar 2019 14:33:18
I wouldn’t say Chelsea are as bad as Arsenal in regards to contracts. But there’s Courtois, Hazard, Hudson-Odoi just in the last season or two. United had something like 11 or so players at the start of the season who were entering the final year of their contract.

I do think it’s a sign of the way things seem to be heading. The price of top end and even average players is sky rocketing and the majority of clubs can't afford to pay those sort of prices. As such players who want to leave are priced out of moves and so the only way for them to move on is to run their contracts down. With the added bonus of being paid double what their market rate is in regards to wages.

4.) 13 Mar 2019 20:41:26
Clubs have to change the way players see running their contract down, if a player doesn't play regularly for 2 seasons he will struggle to find a club to match his current salary let alone double it.
Summer 2017 Man city were ready to pay 60 million and improve Sanchez wages but now in winter 2019 and Alexis would struggle to get Leicester City interested enough to pay 16 million and Match his Arsenal wages.
Football moves quickly and players who are hot prospects now can quickly get forgotten once out of the limelight.

5.) 14 Mar 2019 11:49:40
The clubs contract policy was woeful during the Gazidis era. It simply can't be any worse.

6.) 14 Mar 2019 16:54:33
I agree with the sentiment, but it has the potential for a lot of disruption. Not that I'm agin it, just noting that it's not the win-win it looks.



31 Jan 2019 23:08:28
Is Wenger in charge of this window for us? No defenders, no CDM but a light weight winger from Spain. 😐

That should sort out the second half of the season. #address our problems.


1.) 31 Jan 2019 23:25:20
We have too many defenders on the books and can't sign someone without shipping someone else out. We also don't need a CDM. Also Suarez can play across the midfield and on the wing, like Isco.

2.) 01 Feb 2019 08:39:03
Time will tell SY mate, my worry is in Dick we have found another Arsene who thinks if he ignores our defensive problems they will simply disappear by magic or he shares Arsenes mythical ideology of we can simply outscore our way to a title so defence isn't that big a deal.
My hope is he will come to realise like most fans that the biggest reason we haven't and don't take part in title races or champions league quater finals anymore is because the once legendary Arsenal defence is the missing ingredient.
Gary Nevile said at the start of the season that Dick was picking Xhaka every game in order for Xhaka to either come good and prove his worth or be totally exposed as an incapable weak link, personally I think this season and next especially we are going to find out exactly what we need to know about Dick and whether he's capable or incapable of doing what needs to be done to solve our biggest weakness that has held us back for more than a decade.
None of us know what Dick will or won't do in the future I just really hope he is seen to be aware of and trying to address what simply has to be dealt with by someone somewhere if we are ever to be truly competitive beyond 4th place trophy dreams.

3.) 02 Feb 2019 10:35:04
I think we are waiting for the summer transfer window to sort out our defence where more players become available and at better prices. I’m sure the club is aware of our defensive issues but the next transfer will tell a lot about the club and Emery.
I believe our strategy this window get some players on loan with option to buy as if they can settle and look to handle the PL than ok if not return the player and look for other option rather than a panic buy.
Liech was brought if for more experience and maybe teach Belerin a thing or two about defending, which hopefully in training is way better than what he is showing us on the field.

4.) 04 Feb 2019 16:10:32
A lot of our defensive problems start higher I the pitch. By strengthening our midfield with technical player who can both win the ball and hold on to it without loosing it, we will relieve the defense of to many tasks. You could see the problem yesterday when we were pushed to far in to our own box. And we couldn’t put enough pressure on city’s defense.

5.) 05 Feb 2019 14:04:35
Yes, i think our manager should have ignored the lack of cash available and taken a leaf out of our previous managers book by blowing "in excess" of £35 million on a center half and getting Mustafi. that worked out well.



16 Jan 2019 21:21:22
Ed, will Arsenal bid for Conor Coady? Thanks.


{Ed001's Note - not that I am aware of.}

1.) 17 Jan 2019 07:18:07
Thank you.




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24 Oct 2019 19:19:27
No Ozil in the squad - forget the team. The bloody squad. Are we resting him for the final or a big 4th place run in for the league.

Why was Bellerin and Tierney rested at the weekend now fit for EL -

Why isn't Pepe starting these games rather than Sheffield Utd away. He should have played in the home EL game.

Clueless regardless of the score

I'm done with the idiot - see you next season when we have a manager playing a team how we the Arsenal should play.

See you in May when hopefully Emery, Papa, Granit and Luiz are gone. I need to enjoy myself not watch this idiot make my beloved team weaker in defence, attack and midfield despite 100ms spent.

Call me a fair weather fan - I really don't care. I care about my club. They held onto Wenger too long ( I'm a huge fan of his ) and now repeating same error. Get Freddie in

The starting XI

Martinez, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Tierney, Torreira, Willock, Maitland-Niles, Smith-Rowe, Martinelli, Lacazette.

Subs: Leno, Chambers, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Pepe, Saka.


{Ed047's Note - hopefully you won’t be away long SY as I can’t see the board excepting this for to long this season.

1.) 24 Oct 2019 20:17:10
Totally understand your reasons mate but hope you find a way to put your feelings on chill and carry on posting but if not hope to see you really soon:-)

2.) 24 Oct 2019 22:11:07
SY I disengaged a bit in the last season Wenger was here and towards the end of last season but we're only 2 months in. Stop overreacting.

3.) 25 Oct 2019 13:35:50
You never disappeared when Wenger was around




21 Oct 2019 22:01:48
On a positive note - I didn't travel all the way to Sheffield to watch that.

On a negative note -I watched that crap

Emery - please leave so we can improve., We have the squad to compete - let us compete. Happy if Freddie takes charge till end of season.

I don't think he could do any worse and at least is a winner and shows passion while the youngsters speak highly of him.


1.) 21 Oct 2019 22:20:18
We are absolutely pathetic, the prostitute of the Premier league, turn up, look pretty and roll over, open our legs and gift 3 points. That wasn’t a top tier team, that was Sheffield friggin United, and we created how many chances, frig all. We have another idiot manager who thinks that having meaningless, dull possession wins you games! Somebody needs to tell him you don’t score goals passing the ball backwards and forwards across the middle of the pitch. Can anyone explain how we are better than under Wenger, or at least how we are trying to play a different style, despite having spent a fortune? I hate the thought of disliking our manager, and I really want him to succeed, but I think I agree with SY, I wouldn’t be upset if Freddie took over. Also what does Tierney need to do to get a game, if ever there was a night for someone to stay wide rather than just cut into the very congested middle, that was it. We have to finish top 4 this season, no excuse, and if we can’t beat SU, then how are we going to beat better teams, like Leicester, who we have soon?

2.) 21 Oct 2019 22:35:06
We are Just 2 pts behind Leicester and summer super spenders Chelsea, stop moaning and get behind the manager:-)
Think Forest reserves and all those Europa league teams we've blown away :-)

3.) 21 Oct 2019 22:54:10
At least I enjoyed the Forest game G62! The phrase can we play you every week is about right, and about our level, sadly.

4.) 22 Oct 2019 13:35:24
Knowing Forest they'd do the dirty and play their first team mate :-)



12 Oct 2019 00:00:41
"The Emperor's New Clothes"

The tale of Unai who was preoccupied with pressing and changing formations. Some swindlers took advantage of this by pretending to be able to weave the finest defence, which couldn't be seen by people who were either unfit for office or were particularly stupid. Unai decided to have a Defence made. As he didn't want to appear stupid or unfit for office himself, he pretended to be able to see the improvements, as did all of his courtiers. He paraded the 'new defence' throughout the land and the onlookers, also not wishing to appear stupid, all admired the improvements.

A small child, who didn't understand the apparent necessity for pretence, piped up 'But he has no tactics or defence! '. The bubble of pretence burst and soon all the onlookers were repeating what the child had said, whilst Unai continued the procession, attempting to maintain his dignity by pretending that nothing had happened.
Night night - the end 🤞.


1.) 12 Oct 2019 01:43:45
Sy you really need to get out more 😂.

2.) 12 Oct 2019 03:06:07
Grow up mate.

3.) 12 Oct 2019 08:13:27
Goonerlocks and the 3 managers
Once upon a time the was a football club who had a manager who became toooo old and set in his ways
So Goonerlocks got a new manager but he was just toooo bizarre
So Gonnerlocks got another new manager who was jusssssttt right for them and the talented players they had and they aaalllll lived happily ever after:-)

4.) 12 Oct 2019 08:13:41
Sounds like James o brien on LBC.

5.) 12 Oct 2019 09:32:02
Nice one, I feel properly put in my place at last. I just didn't understand all your serious and well considered opinions, until you put them in the form of a child's tale! I guess I'll just have to carry on being a mug, and enjoy supporting the team when they play. It's certainly more entertaining than reading the constant garbage some of you are obsessed with getting validation from on here.

Looking forward to getting to watch a whole game Monday week, get this horrendous International window done with!

6.) 12 Oct 2019 09:42:13
I've got loads more if you'd like to hear them Ned :-)
Little Redgoonerhood or The title gooner who cried improvement and not forgetting Emery and Xhaka went up the hill to fetch they're Europa league medal :-)

7.) 12 Oct 2019 09:48:21

8.) 12 Oct 2019 10:01:47
Says the man who of a million silly rumours :-) chill out Mark live and let live :-)

9.) 12 Oct 2019 10:59:23
You are right 337 - I’m off out tonight for some nice Rosé and a steak. Tonight with a few friends.

Thanks for the nudge 😉.

10.) 12 Oct 2019 11:47:43
Get some beer in you SY mate, whatevers the matter with you man, no one wonder people don't want to go out with you in public very often mate, " 5 pints of bitter, 4 pints of Lager and a glass of house white please landlord "
GET a grip SY :-)

11.) 12 Oct 2019 12:41:10
You’re right - it should be red with steak. what was I thinking 😂

I will toast a beer to you - have a great weekend.

12.) 12 Oct 2019 15:30:50
You too SY mate:-)



08 Oct 2019 23:51:23
Lighten the mood - who was the most skilful player you've seen wear our shirt and what piece of skill stood out the most ( can YouTube It then )

Liam Brady? DB10? Pires? Rocky?

# DB10 - Newcastle goal

If you could have one arsenal playing going clean through on goal from the halfway line with just goalie to beat - who would you want

Henry, anelka, Cole, Stapleton, MacDonald, Marc?

## overmars

We all love our club and I love all posters 🤗.


{Ed047's Note - loved Ozil’s goal in the CL and had to be Henry for me but really so many to chose from.

1.) 09 Oct 2019 04:46:02
Kanu is up there.

2.) 09 Oct 2019 06:27:18
Liam Brady absolute class his goal v Tottenham, his performance in the ‘79 cup final, genius . Then performed well in Italy.

3.) 09 Oct 2019 10:13:49
Extremely difficult question, the answer has to be Bergkamp, with ‘the’ goal away to Newcastle outstanding.
As a youngster growing up the following players were my heroes:
Charlie George, Liam Brady and Malcolm MacDonald,

4.) 09 Oct 2019 13:51:55
I agree Bergy at Newcastle, the phrase class on grass was born that very moment, the competition is very tough, Kanu v Chelsea Brady v Spurs so many individual moments of brilliance without getting started on the team goals scored in Arsenes first 10 years when we were at our ultimate very sexy footballing best, literally breathe taking football back then.

5.) 09 Oct 2019 22:18:52
Slightly different answer but the most beautiful passage of play we've ever put together was that Wilshere/ Giroud goal against Norwich. It was a one in a million chance, could have gone wrong with even the slightest mistake.

Obviously you can't beat Bergkamp's pirouette in Newcastle but for sheer cheek I thought his goal against Leverkusen was better. My jaw hit the floor when I saw that.

6.) 09 Oct 2019 22:31:42
Although it's got to be Bergkamp, my favourite skilful player who never gets mentioned was Hleb. Ramsey's team goal against Fulham last season was one of my favourite team goals with a flair finish.

As for clean through on Goal? A fast, tricky dribbler? or a clinical finisher? I'll go for Tony Adams. Assisted by Steve Bould. Only if it's against Everton, 1988. Hahahahahahha.

7.) 10 Oct 2019 00:04:13
Pires lob against Villa = take a bow son!

8.) 10 Oct 2019 02:21:31
Bergkamp - Leicester Hat-trick - owned the field that day.

{Ed047's Note - that hat-trick goal he described as his best ever Arsenal goal.

9.) 10 Oct 2019 22:48:19
That was a special goal - just watched the hat trick on YouTube. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

{Ed047's Note - a very special player too SY.



03 Oct 2019 20:21:30
What a cross and finish 🍾

Lively composure for 2nd also

Worth the entry fee alone 👌.


1.) 03 Oct 2019 21:02:49
Freddie does it again. Lol.

2.) 03 Oct 2019 22:55:51
Good job Emery doesn’t see him as a striker. Perhaps he wants him in defence for those great short goal kicks that he loves. 😜.




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27 Sep 2019 23:35:23
Why is Unai Emery asking his players to vote on who should be captain? It’s pathetic. Seriously. Make a decision!

When you start worrying about what your players think, you’re in trouble. And why does he need FIVE captains anyway?

Great points.




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27 Sep 2019 23:31:47
Per BBC : Emery told the squad of his decision on Friday, after consulting with players.

Per Holding:

Discussing Arsenal’s captaincy situation, Holding said: ‘We had a vote the other week so we’ll see what happens and see who gets named. ‘[We had to] write names down and then give them to the manager. He will go through them obviously with his input and then we’ll see what happens. ‘I don’t know [when the decision will be announced]. I think it will be in the next couple of days or weeks. I have no idea.

Sorry but the guy can’t make a simple decision.




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27 Sep 2019 19:02:55
On Twitter? That Emery consulted the players even though it’s taken this long and still can’t make a decision on Vice Captain. I still give up.




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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 😉.




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07 Aug 2019 20:44:57
That would be terrible - another ill disciplined CB to give us less shape and protection. Sign quality attackers and Poundland defenders.





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24 Oct 2019 19:08:20
Ozil - do you think Emery is second tier and knows what he’s doing. Or is it personal?

I’ve trained at the same level my whole career but because I’ve not had minutes recently, I’m doing extra work with the fitness coach and in the gym to get even fitter than normal, ” Ozil told The Athletic.

“I know what is needed and believe in myself. ”

He added: “I’ve worked under some of the biggest coaches in the world — Arsene, Jose Mourinho, Joachim Low — and always I show respect. It’s the same for Unai.

“We might not see eye-to-eye on everything but that’s normal, it’s life and it’s the same with my family and friends. You have to accept it and go forward. ”

Read into it what you like plus the laughing picture. given the chose : Ozil or Emery.

Neither as the club is the biggest thing I care about but I would rather have a team with Ozil in rather than a team coached by Emery. Pretty simple. Talent wins every day.

🚨 ⏰ for the board - Emery is out of his depth by a country mile.


{Ed047's Note - he’s not even made the Europa league match day squad!



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24 Oct 2019 16:20:14
So Ozil spotted the Emperors new clothes were fake! Ha ha. Looks like most people are now seeing the truth.

Now he’s been banished and harms our great club = well done coach. Great job.


{Ed047's Note - I thought ed01’s picture on his daily round up was quite apt, Ozil in training laughing at Emery’s methods.



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23 Oct 2019 22:54:20
I still think top 4 is on. Our squad and how pitiful the rest of the bunch are means Pool will walk the league and we will come 4th. Our squad should be top 3 and I can’t see us competing under Emery. Our champ league chances aren’t in Emery’s hands but rather down to how crap Spurs and Utd are. Sheffield actually outplayed us. We have issues at both ends of the pitch despite close to 200m of talent. we can’t attack and we can’t defend. Please just make a change and put Freddie in charge for now I want to enjoy my football not moan.




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22 Oct 2019 20:10:04
Jim, the only changes I would opt for is Chambers to replace Paoa. Laca and PEA as a front two with Ozil in the hole. Don’t like PEA out wide. Perhaps then replace Pepe with Ceballos or Matteo. I would also like a back 3 as an option.

I’d give up on Emery.




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21 Oct 2019 22:06:19
I would say any of the changes not all - but may be I’m a little tough on him.

If he was running a business and not addressing the obvious issues after this length of time - would the shareholders be asking for change? Let’s get real - they wouldn’t and he’d be under a lot of pressure.

Where’s the defensive coach, where’s the defence training - help yourself dude.