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08 Aug 2019 08:37:02
Arsenal and Chelsea have agreed an 8 million fee for David Luiz and Tierney will complete his 25 million move today also.

Where's Wesley? Could be a very busy day for you Wes mate.




03 Jul 2019 19:57:15
126 million for a 19 year old who has made 26 first team appearances?
I think we forget about the Lacasette to Athloco rumours now:-)


1.) 04 Jul 2019 09:27:33
Who’s that mate.

2.) 04 Jul 2019 09:29:36
Sell him for 250 mil.

3.) 04 Jul 2019 19:39:16
Felix Welsh mate.



09 May 2019 21:17:34
I know this week has taught us it ain't over until it's over but Valencia now need 4 in the last 30 minutes plus stoppage time, even we can't throw this away, can we :-)




15 Sep 2018 23:50:16
Having seen the highlights I have to say it's the best game I've seen Xhaka have, had a huge say in both goals and no costly mistakes, very decent free kick but not a worldie as I thought the keeper should have done better in reality.
To me he still looks very awkward when he runs at more than a jog (which isn't often ) and his tackling is as crude as ever on the rare occasion it happens but still his best game in 2 years 5 games,
IS it enough to justify his inclusion? It's obviously a huge improvement on anything before but needs to happen more often than once every two seasons and 4 games for Arsenal to be top 4 contenders again.


1.) 16 Sep 2018 02:07:00
Xhaka looks far better alongside Torreira, as he provides the platform for Xhaka to play as a deep, false number 10, where he provides a vital link between defence and attack with his quality passing. Alongside Guendouzi he tends to end up playing deeper as a DM, which doesn't suit his style of play. Guendouzi is a fine young player, but he reminds me so much of Elneny both physically and in the 'headless chicken' style of play.

2.) 16 Sep 2018 09:34:58
Vital? Really!
Vital means someone you can't do without and while it's obviously not all down to him alone but we haven't made top 4 since Xhaka arrived after 20 years of consecutive qualification before he arrived.
Sanchez was vital to us being our best during his time as was Kos until recently but calling Xhaka vital is an extreme exaggeration to say the least.
If he continues to play like yesterday he will become an asset but he's long way to go to become an asset let alone vital.

3.) 16 Sep 2018 13:53:17
Vital! Really, once in a blue moon isn't vital. We played Newcastle, didn't still look solid defensively in midfield and it wasnt even a top half prem team. Vital my hairy arm. The sooner he is ejected with a couple more, the sooner we might actually improve.

4.) 16 Sep 2018 15:37:15
This range of passing makes me laugh. He has one nice pass that’s the one over the top to the left winger, everyone has their opinion but for me he isn’t up to scratc for challenging for silverware.

5.) 16 Sep 2018 15:40:22
It's so obvious that the 'vital' refers to that role in this system! Discuss if you think this system is correct, the midfield balance needs adjusting, no problem. If we need a player to move the ball though periods of possession, then he is clearly the best option in the squad, and thus gets picked. Not the best player in the team or whatever, as its boringly obvious you two hate him. Otherwise we fill our team up with box to box players who do a bit of everything, I'm not clever enough to know if that's better, but I'll trust Emery on this. Maybe Xhaka flourishes as the season grows, maybe we use the transfer market to improve on him, maybe we change the system. Keep discussing football RG, I enjoy it, even if I rarely contribute!

{Ed025's Note - you should a bit more ned..

6.) 16 Sep 2018 16:31:51
I don't hate Xhaka Ned in fact I don't hate anyone at all, not rating someone or seeing them as an asset to the team is a long long way from hating them mate.

7.) 16 Sep 2018 17:00:41
Wow! Calm down ned. I for sure don’t hate him and I can speak for myself in saying that I wasn’t one of the ones who jumped on the xhaka kaka train from game 2. I simply don’t think he’s of the Caliber to have us challenging mate.

8.) 16 Sep 2018 18:01:34
I don't hate xhaka, i don't like him as a arsenal footballer (not anywhere near good enough) i want the best for arsenal. IF i think a player is letting us down and i 100% are not on my own hear, ask wright, merson, shearer, rednap, souness, nicolas, etc, then i have my opinion why. Since the guy has joined us, he has not cemented his place and made it his own on performance. I think 2 plus years of putting up with nothing performances is long enough. It is nothing personal, its something arsenal. I repeat, i know no top six team supporter who rates him at all, in fact they think he is one of the worsed midfielders in the prem and laugh about him.

9.) 16 Sep 2018 18:17:27
He’s certainly not one of the worse midfielders and I know you did t say that steve. But he is most certainly not trophy class imo.

10.) 16 Sep 2018 18:43:06
Agree sanos alter ego, Lol. Most of my mates who support other teams just don't rate him at all, they really think he's shat. I just don't think he's that good really, i want better than him in our team for us to progress. I am baffled why he seems somewhat bullet proof for us. I honestly think he is a fraud midfielder.

11.) 16 Sep 2018 18:46:54
And Sano, he is one player i cannot put up an argument for when they are lambasting him. I get picked on when i do, Lol.

12.) 17 Sep 2018 16:44:21
Why would I assume, or care, if you hate him as a person? You state in abundance you hate him in the team, I don't understand all the defencivness and confusion. I basically replied that you'd totally mis-represented the use of vital in RG's post, and I think you don't comment sensibly on why Xhaka continues to get in the team. I never stated that Xhaka is our star player, I don't think it's in dispute he's been underwhelming. I definitely think he can be better, but may also need replacing. Also that if we change the balance of the midfield with the players we have available, then we'll need to adapt in other areas of the pitch to be creative or control possession. I suspect our wide forwards are not suited to the task.

13.) 17 Sep 2018 18:40:32
Ned, i think i understand what vital means. Xhaka isn't vital.

14.) 18 Sep 2018 06:21:05
Xhaka, one of Emery's 5 captains and selected for all 5 PL matches to date.
I believe Xhaka was one of many players in the latter Wenger era that went backwards as a player after arriving at the club. He was played as a DM, not his position and looked poorer for it. Emery is a successful, intelligent and adaptable manager who will get the best out of Xhaka. In all the matches where Torreira and Xhaka played togther, the partnership has looked promising and I can see this pairing forming part of the spine of the team. They compliment each other, with the excellent Torreira providing shape to the team and giving Xhaka more freedom to move forward, between the defence and the attack.

15.) 18 Sep 2018 13:07:50
Well said gunner ned.



31 Jul 2018 09:26:39
Only tabloid gossip so nothing to serious but should it by any chance be true Aaron to Chelsea for 30 million?
I'd take it big time.


1.) 31 Jul 2018 11:59:25
I wouldn't. He's an important goal contributor from midfield and competing with Xhaka for a place should bring out the best of both. For a player like Ramsey, who's been consistently one of the better midfielders in the league, and counts as homegrown, we should be demanding 50 minimum. It's bonkers, but so is everything else now.

2.) 31 Jul 2018 15:10:56
How can be one of the most consistent when he isn't consistently available wire mate
If he was that good why ain't we fighting the opposition off with a stick for his signature?

3.) 31 Jul 2018 19:15:05
Wire - with a year left on his contract we not going to get anywhere near 50Mill for Ramsey 30Mill tops and that might be pushing it tbh. Ramsey is a bit of a oddity in our side as he is actually one of the few offensively that are better without the ball than with the ball making some really good runs in the box he is kind of what Lampard used to be like in that sense. Yes he is a decent player but we have better in Ozil for his preferred position and he is replacable without doubt with equal or better with targets we could get. Maybe it is not down to money so much maybe he is not keen on the demands of Emery, and misses the protection of father figure Wenger and if that is the case good riddance we need all of them 100% on board and behind the coach. Out with the old cosy club and in with the new.

4.) 31 Jul 2018 22:41:04
G62 consistent in that he's averaged 6 goals and 6 assists a season in the league for the last 5 years. His return from deeper midfield is fairly steady. See what you mean on the contract situation though.

5.) 01 Aug 2018 12:28:08
Fair point Wire mate but with the lack of interest in Aaron from others so far 30 million might be ambitious.
Ox had both Liverpool and Chelsea chasing him last season but so far Aaron has no one very excited about signing him.
Just wondering what we see in Aaron Liverpool city Chelsea and Spurs don't see.




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20 Oct 2019 18:41:41
Yet again United and Liverpool show there is absolutely no such thing as a sure thing in a football match.


1.) 21 Oct 2019 03:29:39
Hah g62 I was thinking that game would be a draw all day long. As far as I'm concerned it was a sure thing!

2.) 21 Oct 2019 08:49:52
Fair comment wire mate, I thought Liverpool would stuff United out of sight :-)



19 Oct 2019 17:05:11
Silva lives to fight another day and Spurs and Poch look like a couple who are going through the motions each wanting the other to give in and accept divorce terms they'd rather not have to accept.
The longer Spurs delay the bigger Poch replacements job will to rescue their season while the longer he stays the more Poch options post Spurs deminish.


1.) 19 Oct 2019 17:54:03
Big problems at the Toot.
I have a hunch Mourinho will replace Pochettino, who will take over at Man U.
It may be a test of nerves as Pochettino has a reported £35m ‘transfer’ clause in his contract, which will make Levy reluctant to sack him. In addition if Pochettino doesn’t pick up a job paying the same or higher wages the Toot could be liable to continue paying his wages or some of his wages.

2.) 19 Oct 2019 18:43:51
Obviously someone doesn't want to miss out on something financially be it Poch or Levy but it's actually difficult to see how whatever has gone wrong there is going to suddenly go right again, Poch is sounding quite bizarre in his interviews and press conferences too, going on about players still inviting him out for players meals together? Sounds weird to me anyway.

3.) 19 Oct 2019 20:43:31
Agree gunner and RG, it's time to part ways as we are bang average at best and will struggle to finish top 8, poch has peaked and teams have now found out to play against spurs they have no plan b. I think spurs losing the champions league final has finished them off and agree with RG that pochetino will be utd manager before Christmas and I pray for the special one jose mourinho who won't win league titles at spurs but will definitely lift league cups, FA cups and possibly europa leagues.

4.) 19 Oct 2019 21:20:07
Mourinho will be fun for a couple years raver61 and is your best chance of trophies. It will, of course, end in tears.

5.) 19 Oct 2019 21:28:11
By there standards City are having a tough time, it happens to all sides of course but it's how long it goes on for that is the biggest indicator of its a blip or a genuine problem.
Form comes and goes Rather but if you can handle string 2 consecutive wins together over a prolonged period something is definitely not right with what the manager is doing.

6.) 19 Oct 2019 21:51:59
G62 think he's trying to say he's still got the backing of the players.

7.) 19 Oct 2019 22:25:36
Yeah he is MgM mate but not only does that not show on the pitch he also doesn't sound like he's truly convinced of that himself when he says it, he sounds more hopeful than convinced to me.
We've seem and heard it before, with of course Arsene and many others like Mourinho LVG Brendan Rogers at Liverpool Conte at Chelsea but once things keep going wrong over an extended period it's difficult to remember it ever turning round properly again for a manager who's previously done well at that club but suddenly can't get response from his players over a long period.
I personally think once you've lost the players there is no way of pulling so many individuals back together again and it's time for a fresh start for both club and manager.



17 Oct 2019 08:02:40
Just read an article on Leno being our worst premier league keeper ever because he only keeps 1 clean sheet in every 5 games, what a load of Toshiba.
By that token De Gea must be Uniteds worst premier league keeper ever having been between the sticks during the last 5 seasons which has seen them finish outside the top 4 on 3 out of 5 occasions after being the premier leagues most dominant force previously.


1.) 17 Oct 2019 10:27:09
We finally agree on something G62!
Statistics can make utter nonsense of a keepers performance.
I believe we have two quality keepers at present.
Interestingly we have kept 4 clean sheets in the last 6 matches. I have a feeling that a back four of Bellerin, Holding, Luiz and Tierney could reduce the amount of goals conceded. Whilst playing a couple of more defence minded defensive midfielders could also help to reduce goals conceded, this would come at a cost to the attacking side of our game. So Torreira and Chambers (yes G62!) could protect the back four, but Xhaka and Guendouzi would be more creative.

2.) 17 Oct 2019 11:31:51
Unfortunately for your stats RG this was a premier league article and didn't include league cup or Europa league games. so obviously 4 clean Sheets suddenly becomes 1 in 4 and much closer to our average mentioned in the article since Leno became our keeper, the point is Leno faces more shots per game than any other keeper in Europe's top 5 Leagues so he would have to be the world's best keeper ever by some distance if he also kept most clean sheets too.
The article is Toshiba because it paints a very false picture about Leno as a keeper.

3.) 17 Oct 2019 12:20:58
Now this is a better post than the usual drivel that is posted.

Interesting stats and points of views put forward.

Am I on the right page? No emery or Granit bashing.

4.) 17 Oct 2019 12:33:54
Hi Mark always good to hear from only person on earth who realised in May 2004 that Arsene Wenger was a fraud ;-)
You must be laughing your head off at Liverpool and City fans being stuck with Klopp and Gardiola, hope you've warned them all :-)

5.) 17 Oct 2019 14:32:24
Bloody great shop stopper - hopefully his decision making at crosses improves with age. If so, that’s an amazing bargain

Back four - Bellerin, Holding, Chambers and Tierney - sorry but I can’t have that Luiz in my back 4. He’s terrible and lacks a defensive mindset. Not fit to clean Keown‘S boots.

If he must play - CDM rather than Granit.

6.) 17 Oct 2019 14:34:34
62 - what’s wrong with Toshiba? They used to make great cassettes although TDK was probably better. Remember winding the tape up with your pencil. just as easy as winding Malaga up.

7.) 17 Oct 2019 14:56:26
SY, you do post some bollox 😀🇮🇪

Good job I like you.

8.) 17 Oct 2019 15:10:15
Toshiba came up on predictive text wheh i wrote tosh SY mate and because I thought the article was so totally misleading in its use of stats in order to make Leno look poor I decided to leave Toshiba in as for some very strange reason I felt it highlighted my contempt for the article at the time :-) as for winding up the Spains answer to Mary Whitehouse? As if :-)

9.) 17 Oct 2019 15:12:32
Which post : I meant shot stopper.

Do you want Luiz in our back for? I really would rather see him in the stands but he’d probably do less harm than Granit while also playing his Hollywood passes

We need spell check on this site.

10.) 17 Oct 2019 15:42:19
I wouldn't play Luis in a flat back 4 SY mate, in a back 3 or holding midfield but not as a CB in a 4.
I know a lot of people are looking forward to Holding returning but he too has struggled in a flat back 4 with all his best performances being in a back 3, so if both Luis and Holding thrive in a 3 but struggle in a 4 would it not make sense to actually play a back! Never mind that would never work, playing a system that suits the players you actually have rather than keep playing your ideal system without the right personel to carry it out effectively.

11.) 17 Oct 2019 16:57:50
as MG said earlier, finally!

i follow this site religiously but don't post much. but i like talking tactics so couldn't resist.

in my opinion sokratis should be dropped. a pairing of chambers or holding should be tried with luiz in a flat back 4 and if that doesn't work then let holding and chambers have a go. with a back 5 so many of our players can't play to their strengths. a flat back 4 is the only way forward.

also i would really like y'all to let me know what you think about this. if ozil was moved into a deeper role, much like pirlo played for juve and ac milan. i'm not saying he's as good as pirlo but when it comes to passing and vision he is still one of the best in the world. pair ozil with a DM like lucas and play a box to box MF like ceballos or willock.

pirlo was also paired with DM players like marchisio or gattuso to offer protection, because he was never an amazing tackler and chose to only cover his zones much like how ozil operates.


bell cham/ holdin Luiz tierney

Torriera (DM)

will/ ceb Ozil

Laca (CF)
Pepe Auba

what do you guys think? would that bring more stability and creativity that we desperately need? am i a dreamer? COYG!

12.) 17 Oct 2019 17:35:18
For me h2z Holding and Luis is the worst combination we have in a CB pairing based on everything we've seen from them individually in a paring while playing a flat back 4.

Pappa Luis Chambers/ Holding
Belerin Torreira Guendouzi Tierney
Lacasette and Auba

For me mate
With a bench of
Chambers/ Holding
Maitland Niles

13.) 17 Oct 2019 19:22:02
I am always concerned about our fullbacks and a Luiz in a back four as they bomb forward and I don’t see Emery addressing that so a back 3. It is for me.

Chambers Papa Holding
Belerin Torreira Luiz Tierney
Lacasette and Auba

Replace Papa with the new signing next season as well as Mavropanos. Still don’t like the back 3 with Paoa there but needs must as the other two need an experienced head to help them. Torriera and Matteo would concern me on their own in the middle do add a bit of height, bite, experience and distribution with Luiz.

Ideally replace Papa and Luiz and Granit.



12 Oct 2019 22:24:28
Our next 4 premier league games all look tough to me.
Wolves Leicester and Palace all embarrassed us big style last season and Sheffield United look tough to me
Sheffield United away, definitely no Mugs
Wolves at home who have already beaten City away.
Palace at home and we all remember what they did to us at the Emirates last season.
Leicester away is never easy and they have designs on another champions league adventure next season.
12 points would be incredible and vamp up spirits, especially if we start playing well.
10 outstanding and certainly top 4 calibre
Anything less than 8 would definitely be Europa league calibre.


1.) 13 Oct 2019 08:09:50
Having gone 8 matches unbeaten and only having lost 1 match so far this season, I have every confidence going into the next few league matches. We should have Lacazette back, both first choice full backs and Holding available.

2.) 13 Oct 2019 19:58:43
We had 20 games unbeaten last season and did us nothing by the end of the season, just saying. So us being 3rd and beaten just by the pools means nothing if we are done again by Wolves, Leicester And Palace like last season.
I sincerely hope you’re right RG and your confidence in the team pays off, otherwise you’re going to need to find some other reasons to back emery 😆.

3.) 13 Oct 2019 21:28:17
I think our next 4 games would test Spurs Chelsea and United top credentials Moe so obviously they will do the same to ours, unbeaten runs can be exaggerated by including the non premier league opposition in cups and then of course should we lose to Liverpool in the league cup but avoid defeat against Sheffield United Wolves Palace and Leicester then suddenly only count the league games so as to find a way of keeping the run alive :-) , positive spin I think they call it :-)



07 Oct 2019 21:07:19
Silva, Ole, Poch
Do you think all 3 will be let go before 2020? if so in what order?
I think Silva will go first probably before the international break ends
Closely followed by Ole who I can't see getting much beyond November
Then Poch who will probably be allowed to replace Ole at a price.


1.) 07 Oct 2019 21:50:25
That's probably the right order. Poch likely to stay on until end of season I think.

2.) 08 Oct 2019 09:06:01
I can’t see Silva or OGS surviving into the New Year. Pochettino is different as sacking him will cost the toot as he has a long contact, and reportedly he has a ‘transfer’ fee of £35m If he goes to another club.
The job he wants is Real Madrid, but they are top of the league at present. Perhaps a move to Man U is an option. Good to see two of our competitors for a top 4 spot mid-table, unsettled and not playing well!

3.) 08 Oct 2019 20:01:13
Emery? 😉.

4.) 08 Oct 2019 22:05:55
Sy your hatred knows no bounds.

5.) 08 Oct 2019 22:44:17
I just asked a question on a banter site with a wink - seriously?

6.) 08 Oct 2019 23:21:54
It's getting a little bit like the KGB on here SY mate, some things and and some people are not permissible for public scrutiny or discussion, I think it's still ok to talk about Mustafi but always worth checking first:-) .
Lighten up lads because if you succeed in making this a strictly Emery and Xhaka criticism free zone it's going to be very lonely place for the handful of remaining posters.

7.) 09 Oct 2019 15:00:38
If you ever think we are bad, head on over to the utd page and read a few posts, you will come back realising we are extremely tolerant of each other! 😂 Their melt downs are always good for a laugh and to brighten your day 😊.

8.) 09 Oct 2019 17:49:55
Eden, they are in a proper meltdown, then again it has been bad for a few years now at the theatre of dreams.




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17 Oct 2019 13:23:18
According to Ormsteins new employer Ozil is happy to see out his contract with Arsenal.




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15 Oct 2019 23:01:18
Remember how we used to all pull the girl we liked the best pigtails in primary school Eden mate :-) .
Obviously RG is well aware Calum is completely out of his league and over compensates to hide his true feelings, over being the operative word as in OVER and OVER and OVER and OVER again, and again and again AND AGAIN, basically yet another bog standard RG post :-)




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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.




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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.




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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.





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22 Oct 2019 10:47:23
I know mate I've no patience at all, I'm like it with landlords too, everytime they serve me a pint with no head on it and tastes like vinegar I refuse to simply drink it and see if i start to enjoy it after the 15th pint.
I've always been funny like that!




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22 Oct 2019 09:59:04
No shame in getting it wrong Welsh mate but not accepting you've got it wrong is obviously a weakness.
The board finally acted on Arsene and they're first attempt hasn't paid off, no big deal lots of Clubs need lots of attempts to find the right man for them.
We've absolutely nothing to lose by making a change in the next week, absolutely nothing.




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22 Oct 2019 09:34:10
Why after 15 months of disorganised strangeness will Emerys methods suddenly come good and start making sense to players and fans alike?
What is going to suddenly click and suddenly start paying off that has failed to work since Emery arrived?
Don't tell me, Belerin Tierney and Holding coming back will change everything and suddenly 5 captains, players voting and freezing out the world's king of assists will all suddenly make sense to everyone and everyone will feel silly for questioning Emerys methods.
Wow if Belerin Tierney and Holding are that good we better brace ourselves for huge bids coming in from Real Barcelona and PSG for them next summer :-) .
I'm not knocking those 3 players but are they really that brilliant that without them we are so awful but with them absolutely brilliant?
Players aren't the issue in my opinion because thus squad is far far better than its being made to look under a manager who is simply out of his depth in the premier league.
Act now while United and Spurs let the grass grow under their feet so we can get ahead of the game and not play catch up next year.




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21 Oct 2019 22:58:10
Little point in doing much more than waiting for the board to take action now Moe mate, everyone knows it's game over for Emery and in truth has been for a while it's just a case of laughing our way through until the board does what has to be done. On a brighter note Arsene must be thinking " so no one could do a worse job than me, hey? :-)




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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 :-)