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08 Aug 2019 13:39:31
Raul has flown out to Milan.
More reporting nonsense or is something unexpected going to happen?


1.) 08 Aug 2019 14:40:50
To stop inter from taking Lukaku.

2.) 08 Aug 2019 14:42:48
Holiday maybe.

3.) 08 Aug 2019 15:05:25
Maybe Raul is bringing Dybala up to speed on Spurs ‘history’?

4.) 08 Aug 2019 15:19:13
Xhaka to Inter.

5.) 08 Aug 2019 15:25:25
Hope so Wesley.

6.) 08 Aug 2019 15:34:12
That be nice.

7.) 08 Aug 2019 16:55:10
He's hiding from Stan :-)

8.) 08 Aug 2019 16:58:28
Lol! Probably!




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27 Nov 2019 03:16:50
I'm no expert but I do read a lot of crap. Players given 2 days off? Josh flying in? Something happening? Ed's have you heard any indication that Emery has said his last "good ebening? ".


{Ed002's Note - Nobody has sent me a teletype message to confirm that Tony Adams has agreed the deal until the end of the season just yet.}

1.) 27 Nov 2019 04:08:50
Fair enough. Thanks Ed!



02 Nov 2019 12:33:32
We need a good performance today. I'd love to see Ozil come in and make himself undroppable. I'd also love to see Torreira come in for Xhaka and show us what we've been missing. I'd REALLY love to see Holding get a start instead of Luiz, but I don't believe in miracles!


1.) 02 Nov 2019 14:01:53
That’s a lot of love to give Slaam ;)

I echo every part of your post mate.

2.) 02 Nov 2019 14:51:14
It is mate. Oh well, it didn’t all come true, but exciting looking line up! COYG!



26 Sep 2019 03:54:01
So Man U on Monday and then a run of beatable teams up until Citeh in December. A decent win Monday could square us up nicely for top 4. Let's face it, Spurs, Chelsea and Man U are doing everything they can to give us a chance of getting back into the champions league!

I really hope Holding gets his starting place back. I think he'll make a big difference.

So on to Xhaka. Will he still be a starter by Christmas? Surely the cheering when he was taken off has to be resonating with Emery? I get the impression Xhaka is a bit of a petulant character and will adopt a 'F you I'm off' mentality if the crowd keep hammering him. Or maybe that's just wishful thinking.
What's the thoughts? Will Emery bench him? Will the crowd push him over the edge?


1.) 26 Sep 2019 07:23:02
I think much like Arsene Emery is stubborn and the more he is questioned on Xhaka the more reluctant he will be to give in too fans pundits and media pressure, I don't get the impression he's one to bullied into doubting himself and his decisions but again like Arsene thinks he and Xhaka will prove everyone else wrong if he just keeps going with his plan long enough.
I don't want to see our fans boo any of our players as much as I don't want Xhaka in the team i don't want to see him publicly humiliated in an attempt to make the manager do what's right for the team.
Regardless of what we think of his playing abilty he's still a human being and that sort of thing could have a terrible effect on his mental health, he's a bad footballer not a bad person as far as I know.
All players at all clubs want to play every game but it's 100% down to the manager who takes to the field.

2.) 26 Sep 2019 09:13:13
Agree with you Gunner 62, humiliating a player is not the way.

3.) 26 Sep 2019 12:03:14
Oh totally. It’s just sad it’s got to this stage.

4.) 26 Sep 2019 12:55:02
It is sad Slaam mate, Xhaka is merely following orders and doing what he's asked to do to the best of his ability it's not for him to tell Emery he not he's not good enough to play and plenty of others are better than him, that's Emerys decision and job not Xhaka's.
The fans have a right to voice there opinions because without public passion no one in football would enjoy they're fame and fortune but there is a limit to how far the paying public have the right to go no matter how disappointed or angry they feel.
Banners and placards directed at the board and the manager who are the decision makers is in my opinion an acceptable peaceful and civilised way of expressing yourself and your feelings about the direction the club is going in but verbally abusing individuals isn't right no matter how you feel about their ability.

5.) 26 Sep 2019 18:05:52
I thought it was disgusting.

6.) 26 Sep 2019 19:56:02
Hopefully it’ll get sorted. I really don’t want us to get a reputation of bullying players from the stands. All a bit classless.

7.) 27 Sep 2019 13:01:39
Booing Granit is totally unacceptable in my opinion, agree woth most of the post, however, Xhaka obviously isn't a bad footballer or he wouldn’t of been signed by Arsenal, or be captain of club and country. However i feel the premier league just isn’t his game. Maybe 10 years ago he might of been a world class player when the games tempo wasn’t as quick.

Hearing news he has been made official captain toda, voted by the team and Emery, they must be something were missing if the players voted for him as wel.

8.) 27 Sep 2019 15:49:12
How could they vote any other way realistically? I'm totally shocked there was a vote at all, was it a show of hands or secret ballet :-) , to openly appose Xhaka and Emerys choice wouldn't bode well for any kind of unity in the camp.

9.) 27 Sep 2019 16:56:48
Just read the story from Ormstein, from the sounds of it there was no vote at all merely Emery making the decision himself and consulting players about his decision before making it public, that's hardly a vote more of a sounding of people's feelings about what Emery had already decided to do anyway before going public.
Obviously Emery is trying to give Xhaka a boost and official public backing in result to last week's booing.



25 Sep 2019 04:08:31
Well that Martinelli looks a bit good doesn't he?
All in all a great game for the youngsters. Tierney looks special and I'll be glad to see him replace Kolasinac in the near future. Holding looks everything that Soc and Luiz are not.
Now if only we could convince Emery to swap Xhaka out with Willock or Torriera then maybe we'd start to see a premiership improvement.
Bring on the Mancs. A win there would do wonders for team confidence. COYG!


1.) 25 Sep 2019 07:36:56
Just me who thinks willock is our best midfielder? The energy he has in brilliant which makes the other players around him try harder. Our midfield 3 should be torriera willock and guenduzi.

2.) 25 Sep 2019 10:06:27
But Olber mate at least 1 of those 3 players will sit on the bench and watch Xhaka next Monday night.
There is no one single thing Emery could do that would improve the team performance improve fans optimism leveld and improve fans opinion of Emery than simply dropping Xhaka out of the picture.
It's scandalous that we have to go out a man short each week with such an abundance of talented midfield players to chose from.
If Xhaka name was missing from the team sheet at old Trafford it would instantly raise everyone's spirits and expectations.

3.) 25 Sep 2019 17:03:19
Xhaka out!, xhaka out!, xhaka out! Its a massive blind spot by Emery, we have skillful energetic players that can play but he sticks to slow plain boring slow moving non tackling xhaka. What do these managers see in xhaka? Get them banners out for xhaka, it needs ramming home to the blind. Tierney, holding and chambers look like they should be pushing for defensive spots also. I can cope with one of soc and luiz but 100% not both considering the options now becoming available. Chambers has been very impressive since his return, when he has been used. I guess that with players returning, amn at right back is no more.

4.) 25 Sep 2019 17:37:02
That’s a bit extreme Steve! Absolutely disgusting if any one does that, I know he’s crap but you can’t do that.

5.) 25 Sep 2019 18:10:23
No one should need to force the manager to do the right thing he should do it because it's so obviously right and best for the team.
3 years and counting and still 99% of people still struggle to understand why Xhaka players at all let alone each and every week or how he can be our captain.
3 seasons at Arsenal and 3 years no top 4 finishes after 20 consecutive top 4 finishes before he arrived, why not at least try 10 consecutive games without him and see if things improve?

6.) 25 Sep 2019 19:15:00
You can go back years gunner, managers from lots of teams have stuck by players fans didn't like for reasons beyond fans. Its because of all sorts of reasons the manager wants but the fans dont. Also the opposite, players not getting their chance because he doesn't fit the managers ideal. Generally these decisions sort themselves out one way or another, i don't know if its stubbornness, favoritism or just blindness but the longer they leave it, usually ends in not favourable cicumstances for someone.

7.) 25 Sep 2019 19:21:21
Dropping Luiz would work also - he’s cost us over a goal a game so far! That’s what I call an impact signing 🤡.

8.) 25 Sep 2019 23:44:08
Agree Steve things will sort themselves out eventually it's just frustrating not going into games giving ourselves the best chance possible, people are split on Ozil but when he's hot he's breathtaking, Luis hasn't got off to exactly a brilliant start but even with all the errors there have been good tackles excellent blocks and headed clearances, Iwobi Theo Gibbs Mertesacker Plodolski all frustrated but at times did all come up with the goods but Xhaka has never once stole the show or had a game where you think " wow if only he could do that more often ". His absolute best so far in 3 years into his virtually unbroken run of Arsenal appearances is half decent very very occasionally and " didn't do too much wrong today "very occasionally.



24 Sep 2019 03:30:21
I pretty much agree with the overall sentiment that Emery, try as he might, is not the right man for us.
There is a shed load of talent in this team and he's almost, but not quite exploiting it. With the defensive players we have, we should be doing far better. Even donkeys can keep a clean sheet when they are drilled and organized.
All that said, I've seen odds of 33/ 1 of him being sacked.
Personally I can't see Josh and his dad putting up with a poor return after the summer transfer market we've had. It's a bit like letting a one armed man drive a stick shift sports car.
For me Emery does some things well like give the youth a chance, but our defence is painfully overlooked despite needing attention.
I just want us to do well, if Emery can suddenly square it all up, great. If not then it's time for a re-think. But 33/ 1 suggests he's not going anywhere just yet.


1.) 24 Sep 2019 08:01:15
People keep blaming the players we have in defence and saying when so and so is back it will be ok but who can honestly argue that the defenders we have are worse than the Leicester defenders who won the league.
That Leicester defence were organised and disciplined plus had Kante in front of them while our defence is totally disorganised untrained and have Xhaka in front of them constantly regardless of his performances.
Only one man's decisions and methods make our defenders look so poor.

2.) 24 Sep 2019 08:55:10
G62, when our defence has AMN, Luiz, Kolasinac and Xhaka infont, then obviously yes, the players are worse! You constantly refer to the ease with which Raneiri coached that league winning defence, and never talk about the ones he's failed to coach well, especially Fulham who he helped get relegated! So why couldn't he very simply make Fulham hard to beat if its so easy, and he'd done it a few seasons before? Most teams, outside of Liverpool and Man City recently, make practical sacrifices in game style to keep a strong defensive structure, and might, for example, rely heavily on counter attacks or set pieces to score goals. Whether you want Arsenal to start playing that way or not, the main problem for me right now would be we have players that suit an attacking, ball playing style, and definitely not a tight, disciplined style. Why sacrifice our one strength, to concentrate on a weakness that might end up still broken?

3.) 24 Sep 2019 09:11:37
I just don't understand it when statements like 'totally untrained' slip into these discussions. So you actually believe there is zero defensive coaching happening?

4.) 24 Sep 2019 09:47:49
Hi Ned if I remember correctly that Leicester side had Simpson Morgan Hugh ( can't remember the LB, sorry )
Do you genuinely not rate
Maitland Niles better than Danny Simpson? Pape Wes Morgan? Luis Robert Hugh?
That Leicester side had Kante Mahrez Vardy but we have Auba Lacca Pepe Ozil Cellabos and of course Xhaka who is Emerys choice of captain and ever present.
How defensive trained do this Arsenal side look to you Ned mate? Stories are rife about how little defensive work we put in on the training field and it shows week in week out with our shots conceded being the worst of any top 6 side since 2012 last season and the worst in the entire league this season.
What top sportsman or works on their strengths and ignores they're weaknesses? None because you simply have to sort out the bits where you are weak if you ever hope to make the most of your strengths, you can't just simply keep do the bits you enjoy but not the bits you don't and be successful at top level.
No body fears coming to the Emirates anymore as every team feel they can get something out of the game and on the road teams love Arsenal visiting because we are a softer touch than most on our travels.
I don't understand why you are happy with all this Ned but I totally respect your right to be happy with whatever you chose to accept as enjoyable mate no matter how much I struggle to understand how or why.

{Ed001's Note - how the Fuchs can you forget the Leicester left-back? There were no Fuchs given by him after all....}

5.) 24 Sep 2019 10:39:55
OK, I'll bite one more time. One of AMN, Luiz, or Kolasinac in a well drilled defence looks fine to me, as they aren't terrible players generally, but none of them are disciplined, or defensively strong, so together no, I think they are much worse. Simpson was an experienced right back, and made few mistakes. AMN is a midfielder in training who makes loads of mistakes. Doesn't matter which one is a 'better' player.

Leicester had a system that worked, and they stuck with it an entire season. For some reason nobody took it seriously until they were about to win the league. The same system was a disaster the next year without Kante and better plans to counter it. Sitting deep in defence and screening with 5 midfielders worked great with Huth and Morgan, perfect for them. Played to their strengths and made them into good defenders. My point in argument with you isn't that I think our defending is OK, but that you are making it out as easy to remedy, but offering no actual tactics or sensible points to back that up. I don't care if we play Xhaka, but I don't assume the reason he plays so much is because Emery is a stupid coach, and I know loads more.

How do we make our defence better? How do we do that, and not negatively affect our attack, or starve our strikers? Do we need different players again? Is it as simple as getting better defenders back from injury? Will it take more time and training to get the midfield covering better, or is that a lost cause?

If we keep getting good results till December using this system, will you change your mind again, or is this season pointless already? It's just too easy and rewarding to be a negative supporter, as you always about to be proven right in football. I'm too busy to watch the games, so I follow us by watching highlights and getting opinion on this site to fill in the gaps. It's been doing my head in reading on here the last few weeks, otherwise honestly, I don't care to win any arguments.

6.) 24 Sep 2019 11:16:50
Maitland Niles isn't a full back and niether are Kol so? Do you play them as full backs or play them where they are most capable.
Luis gets totally exposed in a flat back 4 with no protection so? Don't play a flat back 4 with Luis in it.

Play 3 at the back with Luis playing sweeper and Maitland Niles and Kol wing backs, play Torreira in the holding role and then when we are attacking let Luis move into the midfieild so Torreira can join the attack and when we are defending revert back to Torreira holding Luis Sweeping?
You asked what I'd do Ned and there you have it, it's called horse's for courses and making the best of what you have rather than sticking to your preferred plan even though that so obviously hasn't and isn't working
Papa Luis Chambers
Maitland Niles Torreira Ceballos Kol
Pepe Auba
Tough on some players being left out but that's what squad strength does for you.
Do I get the job Ned :-)
There is absolutely no need to bite at all Ned mate its simply a conversation, debate, swapping opinions or whatever it's certainly not an argument in my opinion mate, you asked the questions and I've given my own personal opinions, what could be more friendly :-)

7.) 24 Sep 2019 10:00:56
Cheers Ed001 mate, it's me age mate :-)
It's not always what or who you've got but much much more importantly how you use them as plenty of sides show us each and every season with players who individually are not as good as our defenders but collectively are far superior, why is that if not that our team is badly organised trained and set up?

{Ed001's Note - very welcome.}

8.) 24 Sep 2019 16:48:12
For Fuch's sake Ed001!

{Ed001's Note - language Timothy! Though I have just realised that will probably mean nothing to you that saying.}

9.) 24 Sep 2019 19:03:39
Ah Ronnie Barker at his best.

10.) 24 Sep 2019 21:53:42

{Ed001's Note - old TV show called Sorry. Ronnie Corbett played a single man in his 40s still living at home with his mother. For some reason I am often reminded of the show when on this site, as someone on here reminds me of Timothy, I just can't think who it could be...…}




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08 Aug 2019 16:58:28
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08 Aug 2019 15:25:25
Hope so Wesley.




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08 Aug 2019 15:05:25
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27 Nov 2019 04:08:50
Fair enough. Thanks Ed!




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09 Nov 2019 23:41:39
I see the odds have been cut and he’s now joint favorite for the sack. It’s sad that we’re ‘that’ kind of club, but sadder that we appointed him in the first place. I’m sure he’s a nice fella but his time at PSG showed what he was about.




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02 Nov 2019 14:51:14
It is mate. Oh well, it didn’t all come true, but exciting looking line up! COYG!




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27 Oct 2019 19:03:59
Ha ha. Love it.




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27 Oct 2019 18:57:28
And a big fine at that. Dick threw him to the wolves though. Hopefully this is the turning point and the board step in.