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28 Jul 2019 00:46:42
Gonna be a debbie downer here.

Ed001s review of the day says 4 clubs have met Lille's asking price, one presumably Napoli, who Ed002 says have offered them their preferred replacement in the deal.
So it's going to be who Pepe picks, presumably, which very well may not be us!

So my excitement is very much on ice until I see any announcements from the club.

But hey, now we know there's 70m available, how about we buy a goddamn CB?!


1.) 28 Jul 2019 14:57:59
I agree with you, until its announced on the official Arsenal website, it ain't a done deal.

2.) 28 Jul 2019 21:42:09
I'm sure they're working on a cb. Remember not just anyone will do. And if we don't end up with one that's a big blow. But remember we have holding coming back and Chambers at the club again. Obv rather get someone in but maybe they could really step up. Wishful thinking I know.



15 Jan 2019 01:46:57
Why does xhaka start every game while we're getting rid of both ramsey and ozil?


1.) 15 Jan 2019 04:08:11
Completely different player to Ramsey/ Ozil. Our best midfield is still Xhaka/ Torreira with Mkhi, Ramsey, and/ or Ozil ahead of them. Bigger issue for me is why we are trying to break down a team like West Ham without a single attacking midfielder. We passed it around at the back for over an hour before Ramsey came on. It was quite a shocking performance from the manager IMO.

2.) 15 Jan 2019 06:12:14
Rather worryingly, the manager must think he is the best player we have for that position. scary thought.

3.) 15 Jan 2019 12:19:20
Without being funny Wire mate what sort of player is Xhaka?
I'm still not sure what he's supposed to be, his passing is poor as often as not and he gives the ball away in awful positions, he can't tackle or head a ball and as far as midfielders go I'm struggling to see what sort of player he is apart from the odd long range shot or pass that comes off of course.

4.) 15 Jan 2019 12:40:02
Pellegrini outcoached Emery w/ o a doubt. He has also managed to turn what was a directionless team under Slaven into a solid outfit. Emery has us conceding more goals - go figure.

5.) 16 Jan 2019 02:03:32
G62 Xhaka is a distributor. He is very good in that role until he makes a sloppy mistake, which he does basically once a game when he is not partnered with Torreira. When he plays with Torreira he is a totally different player because he is freed from last man duties that Lucas picks up.



31 Jan 2018 12:18:58
'The 29-year-old playmaker becomes the highest-paid player in the club’s history - earning around £350,000 per week before tax - in a deal completed this morning. '

350k? My god.


1.) 31 Jan 2018 12:40:39
About time Stan coughed up some cash to keep hold of our best assets, now just need to sort the defence out, get a keeper and let Xhaka work for the ground staff and we can look forward to success.

{Ed002's Note - It doesn't work like that.}

2.) 31 Jan 2018 13:07:17
i think what the ed perhaps means is that the owner is not coughing up anything. he's running it like a business and the club have to use their own resources.

with giroud and the likes of debuchy likely making way to reduce the influx in other wages and mertesacker retiring at the end of the season.

lets hope that the defensive midfield, cb and gk do not cost us a fortune so we have to go back shopping in lidl.

was nice shopping in waitrose for a bit this transfer window.

3.) 31 Jan 2018 13:12:25
Yeah we had to pay it to keep him because Man Utd would have easily payed that to sign him on a free. Held to randsom abit but he is one of the few world classs players we have that should be the top earner really.

4.) 31 Jan 2018 13:56:05
I really don’t understand why wenger doesn’t use Holding more often, he’s impressed me in each game he’s played. Just need a proper defensive midfielder and use ospina for god sake! He’s better than cech in every department so use ospina for the rest of the season then get cech out and bring another keeper in, cilisen from Barcelona would be good.

5.) 31 Jan 2018 16:17:52
Holding may become good, but he is far from the finished article. Goalkeeper is more thorny. Neither are up to much. Ospina is a good stopper, but his positioning and distribution are suspect, whilst Cech is way past his best. This has been an unresolved issue for far too long.



30 Jan 2018 23:19:37
Ive been travelling since june so have only seen a few games and the odd match highlights all season, but i'm always keeping tabs on our fortunes, and i can't say i'm sad about it. i'm young enough that wenger is the only manager I've ever known, but this is the worst arsenal team I've ever seen. Why is cech still being used? Ospina is woeful but cech is finished.

Maybe the defending is so bad that's he's a frightened rabbit and could carry on somewhere else, but i'd rather sczesny (spelling?) in goal right now. The two cbs are flapping at all times with no cover, bellerin looks like he's going to end up in the ranks of walcott/ wilshere/ ramsey/ ox after being destined for greatness not long avo. Why did we sell our only DM? Not long ago le coq was the first name on the pitch and now we sell him and play no DM because we have noone to play in the middle worthy to lace cazorlas boots.

Ozil can't carry a team and i don't see why he'd stay unless we throw ridiculous wages at him. Why buy lacazette if we're not going to play it fast and in behind? Why would aubameyang join this team? Why is iwobi even an arsenal player? Monreal is a poor mans left back but credit to him he looks like he's genuinely trying to be an arsenal player.

Our midfield is full of limplesa side passers, our play is dull and neither the style of the arsenal nor wenger football that i once knew. The teams of diabys, denilsons, artetas for all their flaws brought me entertainment. The days of losing but at least making a cracking game of it and just over-attacking were at least always a joy to watch even in the defeat and failure. Watching these days is neither entertaining nor a joyous result, i'm bored. If santi is finished why haven't we brought anyone in?
For the first time i have to say that i want wenger to leave at the end of the season.

So so bored.


1.) 30 Jan 2018 23:55:41
That you Raver?

Seriously, totally agree with everything you just posted.

{Ed033's Note - Probably not the Raver as there is no mention of Stringfellows or Subaru.

2.) 31 Jan 2018 00:38:24
And no spelling mistakes Ed 😉.

{Ed033's Note - I'm sure the raver is too busy powdering their nose to worry about spellings.

3.) 31 Jan 2018 09:18:07
I get the sentiment but I don't agree with everything you have written there. Wenger is still a big draw for players, and Aubameyang probably wants to a) play in a different league, b) try living in London and c) earn more money.

Iwobi and Bellerin will both be fine - we forget how young they both are and they will experience dips in form, and also plateau from time to time. We have to be patient to allow them that.

I am intrigued to see Auba and Laca in the same team to see how we work that - it is pretty easy to mark Lacazette out of the game due to how he plays, so having 2 quick strikers will give an opposition defence more to think about.

I do agree that AW needs to either walk or be shown the door though. There are abject performance all too regularly now, and these are players that are capable of smashing in 3 or 4 goals if they feel like it. The boss doesn't get them to 'feel it' enough. Ahem.

Overall, we support the team - “Play for the name on the front of the shirt, and they’ll remember the name on the back” - a bit more of that and we will all be in love again.




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02 Dec 2020 22:14:12
When was the last arsenal premier League game that you really enjoyed watching?


{Ed047's Note - 4th October 2015 when Ozil and Sanchez ripped United a new one.

1.) 02 Dec 2020 22:48:29
Agree Ed047, that was the last time I was really blown away impressed by the fantastic performance we gave and the result we got. I was totally consumed by what I was watching and came away with a buzz than ran into the next day and beyond.

{Ed047's Note - my only disappointment was we didn’t get a lot more than the 3 mate after what was it, 20 minutes

2.) 02 Dec 2020 23:20:02
Arsenal 3-0 Chelsea 2016

Wenger again.

3.) 02 Dec 2020 23:24:44
Or was it 30 May 2015 FA Cup Vs Villa. Great day and great score. Nice to win in style

Another great Ozil and Sanchez day.

4.) 02 Dec 2020 23:28:16
But what a 20 minutes mate, we'd seen nothing like it for years and ate yet to see anything close to it since.

5.) 03 Dec 2020 11:31:24
December 2018 Us 4 Them 2! More of the same please COYG.



24 Jul 2020 03:27:34
Couple questions for Ed001:

Can you explain what it is that makes you rate Laca over Auba? I'm not an Auba fanboy at all, I don't rate him that highly and think the numbers make him look a lot better than he really is, but from what I've seen of Laca in an arsenal shirt I am not that impressed either in truth - am I blind? Or is it the tactics and players around him?

Also - in regards to Arteta and our abysmal offensive play - is it his tactics or do we simply not have the players (with ozil discarded) to play his tactics?


{Ed001's Note - Lacazette is a much better build up player, better vision, better touch, better passing, better movement. Aubameyang is a good goalscorer but offers no help to the team other than scoring, which is extremely important, don't get me wrong, but he could be so much more and chooses not to be. Lacazette, on the other hand, is involved in the game as more than just a goalscorer and he is capable of scoring goals too. The problem is that he is wasted in a system that does not give him the ball enough and allow him to use his strengths on the ball.

Is it the offence that is abysmal? From what I have seen it is defending that is the problem, you give up far too many chances, just like you did under Emery and Wenger. Offensively you just rely on countering, rather than patient build up of the play. If you have to build up slowly you lack any kind of playmakers, though you all seem to worship the extremely average Ceballos, he simply lacks the ability to thread the dangerous passes unlike an Ozil. It is much easier to play the passes on a quick break as there is more space to use, that's why those threaded passes are so difficult that Ozil does, they have to be exact. When you have Auba up front, he thrives on space to make use of his pace, when there is none he does not really have the movement to drag defenders around to create space for others.}

1.) 24 Jul 2020 09:16:00
The trouble with Ozil is that I don't think he really offers us much in the current system. His vision is unreal and his footballing brain is fantastic but he can't be a box to box midfielder. Due to the defensive frailties we are playing with a back 3 and using 2 in the centre and Ozil cannot play in that position. Ceballos has been an engine for us in recent games, winning tackles, travelling with the ball, switching the play and overall he just brings an uplift to the morale of the team.
Ozil has been and still is one of my favourite players in the sport and I was overjoyed when I finally saw the announcement that we had signed him. Maybe it's the system we've played over the years, maybe it's the fact the surrounding players haven't been good enough to really see him flourish but unfortunately right now, I don't think he can give us what we need.
It's a real shame but he needs to move on if he wants to reignite his career. The only way I can see him really performing is if we have players such as Partey and Torreira behind him to soak up the pressure and cover defensively, while Ozil stays higher up the pitch to do what he does best. He can't be relied on to do the donkey work deep in our own half.

2.) 24 Jul 2020 10:01:17
I think it's safe to say Mesut Ozil is pretty semi retired and will see out his contract enjoying life with his family unless called on to do otherwise.
Can't blame the bloke at all because when all said and done it was the club that gave him the crazy contract and then the club that changed its mind and decided it would like Mesut to leave in order to undo the clubs mistake. It's the clubs problem not Mesuts and I wish the bloke every happiness in his premature early retirement.

3.) 24 Jul 2020 20:24:58
Saw an amazing stat that ozil has somehow still created the most chances of all our players, despite barely playing, our other players seriously lack creativity.

4.) 24 Jul 2020 21:11:47
It's nuts Eden mate isn't it.
We give the bloke a contract to keep him at the club rather than let him leave for nothing then regret OUR decision so try to freeze him out.
He is the undisputed king of assists and has been for years not just at Arsenal but when measured in premier league terms and it was the same when he was in Spain and Germany before that.
I love the fact that Mesut is level headed enough to think " It's up to you, pay me to play for you or pay me to be spend time with my wife, your club your choice "

5.) 24 Jul 2020 23:59:26
Our defence and midfield is to weak to carry him.


Cedric Holding Saliba Tierney

Nelson Partey Granit Saka

Ozil PEA or Laca

Plenty quality to cover and he would improve the side.

6.) 25 Jul 2020 01:13:05
Personally think people need to give up on ozil. When arteta came in he gave a clean slate. Look how xhaka worked his way back in. So did mustafi and maybe ceballos. Yet ozil can't even make the bench anymore. Must be more too it surely.



21 Jul 2020 23:24:15
Let's be honest - offensively we are abysmal.

Liverpool game was luck. City game we made a couple chances and we took them.

Has anyone enjoyed watching us play since the restart other than the city game?

Coulda played another 90mins today and we wouldn't have got a shot on target.

Ozil is lazy, past his best, disinterested, has a sore back - whatever, at least if he was in the team we might manage a chance.

Happy the defence looks slightly less shambolic, but the squad, the style, the results seem to be on a constant decline.

I miss having a midfield and watching a team who, whatever the result, at least looked capable of scoring a goal. Would rather have Cazorla and Diaby in midfield than these clowns.


1.) 21 Jul 2020 23:53:21
We pass in a big semicircle around the other team's box because we don't have anyone to play forward passes in the final third, and no Giroud to bounce the ball off or nab crosses.

This is the main reason I was saying the other day that we desperately need a creative midfielder, someone like Ozil but who actually gives a toss. Say what you will about Guendouzi but he would have been perfect today. IMO we need someone like this more than we need Partey.

2.) 21 Jul 2020 23:57:45
The defence can’t defend and having no leaders at all doesn’t help. It means we leave people unmarked and have small people marking big people. Our experienced defensive leader should be doing that instead of spraying 50 yard balls. Without a Terry, Adams, Keown. we will be disorganised.
We need that on goal, defence and midfield.
Seaman, Adams, Paddy. Vs Leno, Luiz and Torriera.

3.) 22 Jul 2020 00:07:35
Like a Rambo?

4.) 22 Jul 2020 03:34:03
A rambo, a cazorla, a giroud, an ozil, like wire said anyone who can actually play a pass or hold the ball in the the oppositions box. No use having possession if nobody in the team can do anything with it. At least losing 4-3, knowing we could score at any moment was exciting.

5.) 22 Jul 2020 07:11:26
I guess when you don’t have a decent pair of centrebacks - you have to accommodate with 3 CBs and still make fullbacks defend and also still have 3 defensive midfielders which leaves you short on creativity but in our crazy world - still porous at the back to a school boy error at a corner. Surely someone saw him unmarked - Luiz looked like he was stood there looking at him.
Then throw in Pepe as our main inspiration to create - you have a misfiring problem.
We need to sort out the CDs and CDM properly so we can afford an Ozil - in my opinion.

6.) 22 Jul 2020 11:58:31
Defending isn't really our main issue, we are finally getting some clean sheets and stopping the flow of goals Emery was allowing. Our issue is controlling the game further up the pitch and preventing those errors in the first place. I don't buy that our lack of control is due to a back 5 either when we had all that possession in the final third.



04 Jul 2020 10:23:34
Congratulations G62, been rooting for you the whole way - nicest bloke on the site!


1.) 04 Jul 2020 10:58:26
Thank you SW mate really appreciate your support mate, I'm not sure about the nicest bloke bit but that's really nice of you to say that, thank you
I'm sure there are quite a few people on here who can quote some of my less than kind posts, I try not to remember them myself as I pull a very unflattering face when I cringe in regret ;-)



01 Dec 2019 13:10:37
Freddie starts xhaka and mustafi?
Is there something I'm missing about these guys? Is Xhaka scoring screamers for fun in training or something? Does mustafi have incriminating photos of freddie and arsene sniffing performance enhancers?

Slight damper on my enthusiasm, hope freddie sends them out flying!


1.) 01 Dec 2019 13:27:39
I saw that team too and thought what on earth is going on!

2.) 01 Dec 2019 14:45:23
2 players I've criticised loads in the past but new manager jewellery begging for everyone?

I certainly wouldn't have picked either but let's wait and see how they do in Fredies dreamers X1.

{Ed047's Note - not sure what you meant to say there mate

3.) 01 Dec 2019 15:20:45
Neither am I Ed047 mate :-) whatever was that about :-)
I've had a word with myself and as best I can understand it what I was trying to say was ' New manager New beginning for everyone "
It's far from easy living with me 24/ 7 and even after 57 years of it I still shock myself sometimes with just how bizarre I can be at times :-)

{Ed047's Note - haha no worries mate and yes I get it now. Not sure they’re are grabbing it with both hands as currently 2-2 and Leno keeping us in it.

4.) 01 Dec 2019 15:34:37
Haven’t seen anything from xhaka today what deserves his place in the team.

5.) 01 Dec 2019 15:47:48
Have you ever, in any match, Wilfred?

6.) 01 Dec 2019 15:49:08
Ah well! In the end you can only ever give people a chance and it's always up to them if they take it or not, let's hope Fredie is wiser than both Arsene and Emery and isn't apposed to accepting reality on Xhaka and Mustafi and others.

7.) 01 Dec 2019 16:03:54
Hoping Torriera showed enough today to get into the midfield. Hoping Xhaka, Luiz and Mustafi showed enough to play themselves out of the team 🤞.

8.) 01 Dec 2019 16:22:30
Nope sir Wenger.

9.) 01 Dec 2019 16:59:23
Biggest worry is Fredie talking about us having a good 20 minutes, where have we heard that before:-)
Positive note he also said he wasn't happy with a draw and wants wins.
1 down 22 to go for Freddie and thus season, a surprise turn around and top 4 finish would be brilliant but it's not going to be either easy or likely to happen.

10.) 01 Dec 2019 17:26:36
I presumed that Freddie picked the shunned players to boost morale as they have been at the club a while and should on theory still have been able to do the job but so they can't feel completely cut out of the team, but says, okay, there's Norwich. Beat them convincingly. No? Didn't win. No problem. Let's try someone else next time to see which 11 works best. It's a team game and you'll get another chance.

I would hope the next game will see Bellerin, Tierney, holding and torreira start. If not, my assumption before that is nonsense. Lol.

11.) 01 Dec 2019 17:54:54
Hi Jim I can definitely see the thinking behind bringing in players who Emery had given up on ( rightly or wrongly) because you'd expect them to have the bit between their teeth and want to make a point.
Unfortunately it didn't pan out but Fredie has the luxury of having nothing to lose and is free to experiment and gamble as he sees fit and who knows it might just come good yet!
We didn't lose away today and for us that is improvement on what's gone before, obviously not everything we'd hoped for but improvement all the same.




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28 Oct 2020 12:29:15
Conley: (I believe that) German release clauses can only be activated by german clubs. for us it is essentially irrelevant.




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14 Oct 2020 10:09:55
Are you not amazed?!?!




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29 Jun 2020 22:14:40
He is frequently losing the ball cheaply in the wrong positions. perfect arsenal player in truth. There's some potential, sure, but I really don't see him making it.




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25 Dec 2019 00:35:32
Any interest in Lyon's Dembele, ed02?


{Ed002's Note - Those clubs which are interested in Dembele are aware that he is not available in January.}



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28 Jul 2019 00:48:25
Cahill is not the answer, please let's sign a quality CB not one who was average and is now well over the hill.





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22 Dec 2020 22:02:49
City goal kick. Arsenal players set ready to press the short pass. Pepe is watching a replay of himself taking a shot on the big screen. Is a second off the pace at the restart. Perfectly sums up why we're losing to me.




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22 Dec 2020 21:59:26
Do we have anyone else in case Leno gets a knock or the dreaded C.V.?




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22 Dec 2020 21:58:20
They genuinely looked confused as to what to do, frozen.




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22 Dec 2020 21:57:29
It's been very obvious to me since last season, a fluke against Liverpool and an FA cup somehow blinded the world to his utter inadequacy and the inevitable.
But the FA cup I believe also merited him a chance to improve, but he hasn't taken it and we're just awful - we truly deserve to be in this relegation battle. Arteta out. Edu out. Whoever put them there out.

Great to see martinelli back.
Merry Christmas gunners and Eds.




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14 Dec 2020 23:37:07
It's looking bad, boys. I'm taking g62's advice and rewatching blue planet 2 instead of our games. I still fall asleep, but with a smile on my face.