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19 Dec 2018 23:24:18
Deeply dissapointed by our two recent losses. You can tell this team is devoid of quality in most areas of the pitch. It will be a miraculous achievement if Emery wins the europa or finishes in the top 4 with this lot.

The biggest worrying thing for me is that the team is in serious need of investment to get in the top four never mind challenging for the title.

The owner believes you can achieve both through our self sustaining policy but that can only work if we are winning trophies so that we generate more sponsorship but how can we win if we don't have a good squad? It is a vicious circle.

Unai Emery as much as he was not my first choice, is a decent coach but that team is so rubbish he can't do much. we have already fallen behind city and liverpool we risk falling behind the spuds and chelsea unless we invest heavily. United will get a new manager next season and they will spend heavily. I expect them to challenge for the title soon. I expect them to get poch or zidane and you can imagine how much they will spend then.

punani gooner

1.) 20 Dec 2018 02:45:17
Punani chill out. You forgotten all ready we destroyed spurs like a week ago as well as having an impressive unbeaten run. I agree the team is short of some world class talent but we’ve taken a massive step forward. Yes we’ve lost 2 games on the spin but do you remember what happened last time we lost 2 games on the spin?

We’ve not been great of late I admit, but in my opinion it’s no coincidence that form has dipped since the formation has changed and Lacazette hasn’t been starting.

2.) 20 Dec 2018 07:59:17
Emery has done a fine job so far, bringing in 5 players during the summer, which is about the maximum amount that could be safely integrated. We have been unfortunately to lose 2 players out for the season to injury. I would like to see us sign a couple of players in the window; a player to replace Welbeck, who can play up front and in a wide attacking role and a midfield player with an all-round game.
The following players are clearly on borrowed time:
Jenkinson! - utterly useless
Iwobi - still poor despite an upturn in form since Emery's arrival
Ramsey - contract running down
Cech - contract running down
Monreal - contract running down
Elneny - simply not good enough

For me the major weakness for me that needs most attention is that we have too many attacking midfield players that offer so little defensively.

3.) 20 Dec 2018 09:35:19
Dick has a similar job to what Jurgen walked into at Liverpool both inherited poor squads full of obvious weaknesses and defensive problems.
It didn't happen over night at Liverpool and it won't happen over night at Arsenal either, this time last season people were still asking huge questions about Liverpools defence.
Jurgen and Liverpool had some pretty poor results on the way to getting where they are now 3 years after Klopp took over, patience is going with the manager and the club is the only way we stand a chance of getting back to being competitive.
If in 3 years time we still have all the same problems with squad quality then I will be joining those who question the club but if it took Liverpool and Klopp 3 years why should we expect Arsenal and Emery to do pretty much exactly the same job in less than 1 year?
Be realistic and give both the club and management a sensible chance and time scale to show what they can do together.

4.) 20 Dec 2018 15:45:54
Agreed, I think we've just gotten used to winning again, so fans are overreacting to the two losses on the trot.

Ideally we would have rotated yesterday, but that was a man's game and a NLD so we couldn't play the kids.

Although we lost, we now match them physically (which wasn't the case the last two seasons) and we need more time for Emery to get the players he wants.

We're tired and beat up, but we need to push to January and get a couple players to reinforce and refresh the squad.

We're on the right track boys.


5.) 20 Dec 2018 18:58:04
Absolutely bang on the money g62. Results and seasons were poor, so most fans begged for a change. We've nkw got it. and while it has started better than we thought, it's not perfection. let's face it, things take time and I guarantee most fans of asked at the beginning of season if they'd be happy with where we are at this moment, majority would
Have said yes. New manager, new tactics, majority of inherited squad, but showing a fighting spirit that was lacking in past seasons. Rome wasn't built in a day, the excitement is surely in the curiosity of what lies ahead.

6.) 20 Dec 2018 19:20:09
So far the Dick Arsenal combo have brought in Torreira Guendouzi Leno Papa and Litch, Torreira and Guendouzi have both been brilliant signings so far and both look absolute bargains while Papa and Leno both look like good buys and Litch has proved a useful addition to the squad especially when covering injuries.
We can't sign Ronaldo Messi or Mbappe type names in order to fast track ourselves into the title race so we are going to need to be patient and buy well and if the 5 signings so far and the difference they have made are anything to go buy then we should be very excited about what we will look like if we add another 5 to them over the next two windows.



15 May 2018 23:56:39
I don't know why our fans think the arsenal job is a hot property. All the big coaches who have been linked with us, have either taken other job offers, extended their contracts or chosen to remain at their club.

We arsenal fans should be grateful to Arteta, as he is willing to take a job when everything is against him. It is a poisoned chalice, no coach wants to take it and the major reason being the board has no ambition. They are not willing to spend, hence why no top manager is interested.

It is not about history or stuff like that, it is purely down to money. You think man city got Guardiola because they have history? No. They got him because they showed him they have ambition. We could have gotten Allegri or any other top coach if we showed ambition.

I think we arsenal fans need to appreciate Arteta and cut him some slack. He took a pay cut to join us as a player and is willing to take up the job even though it is a poisoned chalice. I admire his courage. If i was in his shoes i wouldn't have taken that job because there is a bigger chance i would fail due to an unambitious owner. His career could end before it even gets started. He really has his back against the wall and i hope he succeeds for his sake and our sakes.

We are down to arteta because there is no one else, plain and simple. Every top coach is out of the running. Nobody wants us and that is not Arteta's fault. It is the fault of the board and the owner. I think the fans should be mad at them instead.

punani gooner

1.) 16 May 2018 06:48:04
Punani - I have nothing against Arteta and will support him if given the role but I have reservations:

1. We have a big defensive and mentality rebuild project
2. Arteta has limited experience as a manager but talks a good game about management but a lot about attacking play rather than defence
3. Limited experience handling players like Ozil, PEA, Rambo etc
4. Limited success as a player at an international level or club level. Combined with Management experience is not a great mix
5. Limited pool of managers due to budget and set up - have we limited ourselves to Arteta by our ambition and fears of another monopoly of power situation. Well a full dilution doesn’t work either
6. Will Arteta stand up to the board and what back room staff will he bring to help him or does that need to bed in also.

{Ed025's Note - all good points SY, its a massive job for a rookie to take on and i can see it all ending in tears myself...but who knows mate..

2.) 16 May 2018 07:49:04
If Arteta gets the job and it all starts going horrible wrong, I’d expect a horrific atmosphere at the emerites and potentially a lot worse than the last few seasons have been. Fans were torn before 50/ 50, some over looking poor results, instead respecting Wengers legacy and the hardship he put into transforming this club. This time round it will all be united aimed a one person. Kronke.

3.) 16 May 2018 08:34:52
IF and it's Still a big if Artetta gets the job then my concern is he trys to get current Arsenal players to play Pep style football.
Lots of top footballers struggle as managers with lower league teams simply because they try to get them to do stuff like premier league players forgetting if they were capable of that they would actually be premier league players.
It's no good trying to paint fine lines needed for a masterpiece of art with a 3 inch paint brush you've got to adapt your picture according to the materials you have available.

4.) 16 May 2018 08:51:34
Another point that should be mentioned. Why would Arteta want to leave the best team in the league working under arguably the best manager in the world (because of money) ? If he does take the job then fair play to him! He's risking his limelight that Pep keeps giving him to go out on manage the club that he loved to play for! I must stress that it wasn't my first choice by a long shot but there must be something there. I hope!

5.) 16 May 2018 13:42:47
The only reason why arsenal are going for arteta is because the other managers have rejected them or are not available. It has nothing to do with the bullshit gazidis said about making a 'bold' choice. A bold choice is a nagelsmann or a tedesco not an arteta.

I feel sorry for arteta. The fans are against his appointment and the board won't back him. Regardless of who comes in, that arsenal team has a long list of players who are not good enough.
1.Cech-past it
2.Bellerin-technically deficient (can't cross can't defend a speed merchant)
3. Mustafi-shocking defender. How many times have you seen him fall on his arse?
4.Koscienly-literally his Achilles has become his Achilles heel
5.Xhaka-poor tackler, slow and lacks concentration
6.Ramsey-technically not good enough
7.Iwobi-They say okocha is his uncle. Seems he didn't inherit the good genes.
8.Welbeck-shocking player. How he makes into the first team i don't know.

That is 8 players who should be shipped out so we need like a whole new team. That lot we have won't even get us into the top four. Regardless of who comes in, arsenal's perennial issues will never be addressed. The biggest issue being an owner who has zero ambition.

I feel arteta can do a decent job if the fans get behind him but i am afraid regardless of who comes in, we will never win something big unless the owner spends, something i don't think will happen. We need to start a campaign to get kroenke out.

6.) 16 May 2018 14:36:23
BS! Manager at arsenal is probably the biggest job on the market. Stable finances. Solid structure. Good (under performing) team. Good backroom staff. Getting Allegri or Ancelotti is not guaranteed any success, and the board probably know it. It might be throwing money out the window and messing up a good system.

BTW, Guardiola took over Barcelona when he was 37 years after managing the Barcelona B team. Pochettino was 37 when he took over Espanyol, no experience. The fact is that we don't know much about Arteta and the type of manager he will be. The fact that Guardiola hand picked him as his assistant is a sign of quality, he is usually a picky guy.

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7.) 16 May 2018 15:47:37
Norgunner, the arsenal job is not as big as you think it is. Here is what we know so far. Look at all the managers we were linked with and what happened with them.
1.Allegri-opted to stay at juventus. They say he had issues with the transfer budget. out of the running as of now
2.Enrique (Don't rate him highly) -had issues with salary and transfer budget. out of the running as of now.
3.Tuchel-Went to PSG.
4.Nagelsmann-Arsenal were interested. He opted to stay in hoffenheim.
5.joachim lowe-extended his contract with the german national team

I may be missing a couple more but, when wenger stepped down, the candidates were suppossedly many but almost any top manager that we we linked with; has opted to either stay, take other job offers or not even take our job even though they were unemployed.

Forget about top tier coaches, second tier coaches like nagelsmann have rejected us, what does that say about the arsenal job? face it nobody wants it and it has everything to do with the board and the owner. They don't want to spend.



14 May 2018 20:39:09
How far have we fallen that no top manager is interested in us?
Allegri-not interested
Tuchel- was not interested and went to psg.
Nagelsmann-not interested
enrique-deemed our salary low

From the so called list we drew up, it seems most of the top coaches are not interested in us. we are down to arteta and viera.

punani gooner

1.) 14 May 2018 21:07:18
I wouldn't panic just yet punani. Only tuchel out of your list is definitely not interested. Most of the "info" about the others at the moment can't be trusted.

2.) 14 May 2018 21:16:37
Of that list I can understand allgeri wants to stay loyal to a club he has won multiple titles with. Tutchel i'm not sure what he had done to be classed a top manager. What do others thing. Nagelsmann not a top manager yet. Hope we get him but haven't seen him rule himself out. And Enrique like tutchel I don't see the fuss about him especially with the stupid salary he wants.

3.) 14 May 2018 21:22:26
It’s not like that punani. Someone has to fit the profile and want the job. It won’t be Vieira or Arteta I’m sure of it.

4.) 14 May 2018 23:35:31
Allegri said he was staying at juve. He did an interview after the roma game and said he was staying. so definitely not interested.

The reliable german journo, honigstein came out and said that tuchel was interested in the arsenal job last season. He was contacted this season too after he got into talks with PSG. rebuffed the arsenal offer (IMO the perfect coach for arsenal at this point in time)

About nagelsmann, i believe he is not interested because he already rejected bayern. Why would he reject bayern and choose arsenal? There is also an AST (arsenal supporters trust member) who is fairly reliable when it comes to Arsenal rumours who said that arsenal made an enquiry regarding nagelsmann and it was rebuffed. They were not even given a response. That is a bit insulting

DG, tuchel is a top top manager. Tactically very good. incredible coach. His only issue is how he relates to the board and stuff but on the pitch Thomas is a genius. off the pitch is where he has an issue. Nagelsmann is in the same mould too. What is interesting is it is tuchel who got nagelsmann into management. When tuchel was at augsburg i believe, it was nagelsmann who used to do opposition research for him. Tucehl and nagelsmann are similar. The tiny difference i have noted is that nagelsmann especially this season has his teams playing lot of long balls so i guess that makes him a bit unpredictable especially against the big teams. He is not shy to try the odd long ball.

Years ago guardiola and klopp were interested in us but we lost both chances. In my opinion i think arsenal made the wrong choice in not going all out for guardiola, a one in a generation kind of coach. Everywhere he has gone he may not have won every time but he has left a tactical footprint. Till now the guardiola effect is being felt in germany, easily the best coach of his generation. He was the coach to establish arsenal as a global force but he is gone now. He might have won the champions league or set us on the path to winning it but that is all gone now.

Shows how far we have fallen that second tier coaches like nagelsmann won't even respond to our inquiries.



14 May 2018 11:44:09
Deep down i had a feeling that allegri would not come to arsenal. I had that feeling because we have an owner with zero ambition. That has been our biggest problem. It just didn't come to light because wenger is not the kind of guy not to moan about lacking funds. He is a gentleman in that respect. He keeps things in-house.

Kroenke once did an interview i think was on the standard newspaper, it did seem incoherent to me but what i could get from that interview was that he thinks spending is not the way to go. He even went further and said he admires what.

punani gooner

1.) 14 May 2018 13:27:41
He is happy with managing the biggest club in Italian football, a team in the CL who have reached the final and semifinal fairly often in recent years. Probably worth noting that he's not going to Chelsea either, which has the definition of an invested owner.

2.) 14 May 2018 15:29:16
kroenke does not want to invest and the team needs serious investment. six to seven new players minimum that is the only way we can compete regardless of who the next manager is even though it would help if we hired someone who is ahead of his time.

i can only see us falling further and further behind. Wenger was just the symptom of a larger problem. We have addressed the symptom but not the disease;the disease being an unambitious owner and a totally incompetent board.

3.) 14 May 2018 19:16:20
This could be the most over the top reaction to someone not wanting to join us.

4.) 14 May 2018 20:49:55
I agree. If it’s true and Allegri is out of the running, it’s no coincidence big name managers with a reputation to withhold like Allergi and Enrique are No longer front runners; its because of the board upstairs and their lack of ambition and no doubt budget disagreements. Arteta and co maybe great coaches but even Pep spends 200 mil a season.

5.) 15 May 2018 02:42:27
Kroenke sanctioned a ton of spending on players in the past few seasons. We just spent 50m on a 29y/ o striker in January, not to mention picking up Xhaka and Mustafi for huge fees, Lacazette, etc.

I have a lot of issues with Kroenke's management but sanctioning spending is not one of them, not when you compare it to things like pushing contract renewals and how we actually conduct the business of transfers in and out.



23 Apr 2018 22:43:52
The daily telegraph reporting that the new Arsenal manager has been restricted to a 50 million pound transfer budget. If that is true, this is a joke. Can't see any big manager being interested in the Arsenal job.

Seems wenger has been taking a lot of bullets for this terrible board and stingy owner. This team an investment of at least 200-300 million pounds, if we don't spend how can we challenge city united and the likes?

punani gooner

1.) 24 Apr 2018 06:33:35
How about you don't believe everything you read in the media? Their job is to stir up rubbish and generate clicks. They are capitalising on our uncertainty and the typical myopic nature of a football fan. Take every football report not officially released by the club as a mixture of horse manure and guesswork.

2.) 24 Apr 2018 07:58:02
Didn't the papers say we had no money left to spend before we got aubameyang.

3.) 24 Apr 2018 10:59:53
Didn't the Telegraph also say we'd have snow last week?
I think Pete Waterman must be the head of a new press association money making task force, The Hit Factory.

4.) 24 Apr 2018 12:04:16
The telegraph is not the daily mail. They are a bit more reliable. They were the first paper to report wenger was leaving irregardless of our europa league performance so they have a bit of merit. They are not the BBC though. I find David ornstein to the most reliable journo when it comes to arsenal.

I wouldn’t be surprised if that report is true and that we only have 50 million to spend because frankly kroenke isn’t the kind of guy who invests in his team. I think the truth will come out now that wenger is gone. If the new manager is relatively unknown you can bet he will have little money to spend, if it is a big name then that means this report is not true. I don’t think coaches like Allegri or enrique will come to Arsenal without being given a big transfer budget but i have a gut feeling that this is true and that the failures of arsenal over the years had a lot to do with the owner not investing in the team than wenger being a bad manager and i think that painful truth will come out now that wenger is gone.

{Ed001's Note - every paper has been reporting Wenger would go for years now.}

5.) 24 Apr 2018 12:34:51
I find Ornstein very reliable too mate and the bbc (on football) like this page tend to stick only reporting on something when there is actually something to report on.

All papers invent stuff to get hits as there just isn't enough real news scoops to make a living out of 365 days a year.

You can google just about anything you like and someone somewhere will have already written something about it somewhere at some point.

I bet if you type Pogba Ronaldo Messi Jose Pep to Arsenal I bet there is something fairly recent somewhere from someone on that subject.

6.) 24 Apr 2018 15:38:03
Towards the end of last year, i think david ornstein said that Arenal have no money for major signings. we might have bought aubameyang, but we also sold chambaerlain, walcott, coquelin. our net spend was negative i think. So i don't doubt this story of the telegraph. I am afraid there is some veracity to that story.

Every time we spent big, we always had to sell players. We might have bought lacazette and auabmeyang, but we sold useful squad players like the ox and giroud.

The important question is, will kroenke plough in 200-300m of his own money into the club to enable us to comepete with the manchester giants? i don't think so. which really means nothing will change at the club. The only good thing is that the anger will now be directed towards the board and stan koenke rather than Arsene wenger who was their punching bag.

{Ed001's Note - you have a large cash reserve in the bank, there is no need for Kroenke to put anything in.}

7.) 24 Apr 2018 19:44:56
Ed, are you ivan gazidis by any chance? :-)

{Ed002's Note - Kroenke cannot simply pour money in to the club.}

8.) 24 Apr 2018 22:04:58
Worst owner of any top six team in the premier league. Never invested a cent, doesn't attend matches, never talks to the media. Hope he gets out of the club soon. He is nothing but a leech and a parasite.




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26 Oct 2020 19:49:36
I don't who it was but one of the Ed's here was pretty adamant that Arteta was a bad choice for the arsenal job. I am afraid he/ she might have been right.

We are getting to a point where questions have to be asked of Arteta. So far, Arteta has done well by winning the FA cup, but we are at a point where we need to kick on and we are not doing that.

There are issues where Arteta has shown glaring weaknesses; the most paramount being his inability to construct attacking sequences. The team is devoid of any creativity and it is showing. We get outshot most of the times. We play horribly and that is not sustainable. Eventually we will regress to the mean and start losing games. I am afraid fans might turn on Arteta soon.

Another issue has been Arteta's inability to blood in young players. It is the history of this club to develop and grow young players. Arteta has failed in that aspect. He doesn't even play them in the carabao cup. That is a worrying sign for me. If the kids can't play even in the carabao cup, in which competition will they play?

punani gooner

1.) 26 Oct 2020 20:00:35
At least Ozil gets to play in the U23. It’s the opposite strategy 😂😂😂😂.

2.) 26 Oct 2020 21:17:33
Is Mesut actually being allowed to play in the under 23s or has he just been openly banned from doing so yet?

{Ed047's Note - well Steve Bould’s U’23 side is bottom of their league with 2 points after 6 games and a -8 goal difference, so he could definitely do with him!

3.) 26 Oct 2020 23:09:38
SY4 mate you had me rolling on the floor. Serious question, apart from Saka (who came through under emery) , which other youngster gets minutes under Arteta? I can't think of any. There is no single youngster whom Arteta has bloodied in.

the exclusion of Saliba from the Europa league squad was preety shocking to me. Of course Saliba is going to make mistakes but why not give him that chance to make mistakes and learn from them? How is he going to learn from his mistakes if he doesn't play at all? How comes his junior partner at saint Etienne is good enough for Leicester but Saliba is not good enough to be even on the arsenal bench? surely we can afford Saliba to make mistakes against the likes of molde and dundalk.

questions have to be asked of Arteta. Why is it that this journalists just ask the wrong questions? I want someone to ask meaningful questions.

4.) 26 Oct 2020 22:51:33
Very risky if they let him play for the under 23s Ed047 mate, what happens if with Mesut they have a complete turn around while the first team continue to struggle?

That would definitely evoke a peasants revolt for sure.

{Ed047's Note - 🤣🤣

5.) 27 Oct 2020 18:53:07
Punani - thanks for all your replies and thoughts. Appreciate it.

Funny thing, I was reading what Wenger was saying about Saliba and young defenders. He said the same thing. You need to be brave and play them, you know they will cost you points but that’s how they learn and develop. Longterm the rewards exceed the short term pain. However, you need to be brave to make that csll.

6.) 27 Oct 2020 21:15:43
You are wellcome SY4 mate. Appreciate your replies too. I do remember that bit wenger said. You have to risk with young players. That is how they come through. Unfortunately, Mikel is not willing to do that. Wenger's philosophy was, if you are good enough, you are old enough.



25 Oct 2020 21:32:31
What a frustrating match. The fact that we hardly create any meaningful chances is worrying. We are depressing to watch. Unless Arteta works on our creativity issues, we are definitely going nowhere

For someone who played under wenger and worked under guardiola, it baffles my mind as to why he can't have a team that can attack. passing is backwards and side ways. It is utterly depressing to watch.

I find it worrying also that arteta is not willing to give the youngsters chances. Seeing fofana playing for leicester, while his former partner in defence in saliba, is rotting in the reserves, made me question arteta's judgment when it came to developing players. I know some may say he is protecting the young players but how will the young players develop and grow if they are not allowed to make mistakes? How will they break into the first team if they are not playing even in the carabao cup? I remember fabregas saying wenger is the best coach for a young player because he allows him to make mistakes. Arteta seems to just field a strong team even for the cups and it is getting on my nerves.

Arteta needs to solve our creativity issues and the solution could be in young players like Emile smith Rowe. We don't know. We can only know if he plays him. Arteta needs to work on his attacking set up and plans. I am even surprised to say this;arteta's weakness seems to be breaking down teams that sit deep. Needs to work more on that. Playing such a defensive game is too risky as you do not create chances and the opposite can hurt you with one goal like today and it is so boring watching us play.

Cant we have attacking football back on the carpet again?

punani gooner



07 Oct 2020 21:13:21
Frankly i am really tired of mesut ozil at Arsenal. it is clear to me that offering to pay gunnersauras wages was nothing but a PR exercise. Why didn't he approach the club rather than going to the media? It was only meant to achieve one thing: To make himself look better in the public eye.

I know he has his supporters but mesut has pulling the club downwards since signing his big fat contract. Three managers have dropped him. They can't all be wrong. I cannot wait for his contract to end.

punani gooner

1.) 07 Oct 2020 21:53:14
The man can do nowt right. We all know that the club is against his stand regarding the muslim situation in China and not wanting to blindly take a wage cut. If by becoming a player of a team you are unable to express your views or decide what you want to spend your wages on then it really is a sad old world we live in. Cutting your nose to spite your face.

2.) 07 Oct 2020 23:05:14
He was one of our best players, I'm sure he wants to play. that he gives away so much of his salary always made me feel he wasn't so greedy. Perhaps it's hard for mesut to be dropped and it's his way of trying to show he isn't greedy and loves the club?
The club wouldn't get pad PR if it didn't create bad PR for itself.

3.) 08 Oct 2020 09:15:45
Trouble is he should have taken the pay cut to help the club, it’s clear Arteta has been told DO NOT PICK HIM.

4.) 08 Oct 2020 09:55:42
Banbury and the club is right

The club pay his wages and it’s up too them if they play him or not.

He should never got involved in political matters while he was being paid by the club.

He tried to embarrass the club over the club mascot

Good riddance to him come next season.

5.) 08 Oct 2020 10:17:17
There are positives and negatives whichever way you look at it but Ozil is NOT good enough to get in to the team, simple as that. I have always loved Ozil and he's been one of my favourite players for a very long time but he can't play aggressive football. Everyone in our team needs to press and press with intensity to the very last kick of the game and Ozil won't do it. I respect what he does for charity, I respect his decision to not take a pay cut, I respect his decision to pay the wages of Gunnersaurus until he leaves the club and I respect him as a man and I don't think anyone can't to be honest. However, he needs to play in a league where the team he's on has the upper hand for 88 mins every week with little or no pressure on the ball. He's past Premier League standard now.

6.) 08 Oct 2020 22:10:14
Agree with you malaga mate, Ozil is just trying to embarrass the club over the mascot. As much as some think it was a benevolent idea, it had an ulterior motive as he did not indicate whether he approached the club over the mascot issue. The fact that he chose to release statement on social media says a lot. It was nothing but a PR exercise.

separate and apart from the fact that ozil seems to keep going to PR wars with the club, ozil is no longer good enough on the pitch. He is a passenger and we cannot afford passengers. Clubs no longer play with the typical number 10s. They play with 8s that can press and ozil offers nothing in that regard. Playing with him is like having a man down when we lose the ball. Arteta, to his credit, tried to make it work but it didn't work.

7.) 09 Oct 2020 03:09:20
Suggestion ozil is not on the teamsl simply on footballing ability or even our 'pressing game' seems a nonsense considering our complete lack of creative midfielders. I'm not saying he should start every game in the PL, but I'm sure he'd put in a shift in Europa and cups. Elneny is in our team .



03 Oct 2020 15:19:21
What a sad state of affairs we are in. I cannot believe that we haven't signed a couple of decent midfielders. I know there is still time left in the transfer window but lyon just released a press statement categorically stating that both aouar and depay won't be leaving.

What a mess this transfer window has been. I know there is a C.V. going on and the club has lost money but FFP has been suspended and it is a buyer's market. Most clubs are desperate to sell. If there was anytime to show ambition, it is now. If stan won't invest now, that obliterates any hopes of him doing so in the future.

Out transfer business has been an utter and complete disaster barring the wise acquisition of Gabriel. We did not strengthen in the middle of the park and infact we have lost torreira without an adequate replacement. Partey is not coming neither is aouar. we haven't shifted any deadwood.

Kolasinac, mustafi, sokratis and ozil are still here. We still want to loan out saliba, no idea why. I know kroenke must take the blame but edu is culpable too. This is poor squad management. We have a bloated squad full of deadwood, have given out torreira on loan with buy option. Haven't shifted any deadwood and want to loan out saliba. That is on Edu.

Back to scarping for top 8 place.

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1.) 03 Oct 2020 16:20:51
10th of we're lucky mate lol I hope ozil can get back on the field only creator we have.

2.) 03 Oct 2020 16:51:13
I thought the window closed this coming Monday?

3.) 03 Oct 2020 18:39:22
Stephen, I am afraid so. We have no quality in our midfield it is shocking. I wouldn't be surprised if we finished 10th. We somehow need to integrate ozil and guendouzi now. we have no choice now.

i would prefer a midfield of guendouzi, ceballos and ozil to the one we have now with guen and ceballos as holding midfielders and ozil in the hole especially against small sides.

4.) 03 Oct 2020 19:38:55
Get a grip guys.

5.) 03 Oct 2020 22:43:43
How can anyone blame Kronke for not spending when the club has blown millions in recent years including over 70m on a winger we never needed and who is incredibly average, at best?

The blame sits 100% with the footballing experts ( read bunch of clowns) at our club, not the owner. These same so called footballing experts who saw Pepe as our saviour also saw nothing worthwhile in Gnabry, and let him go for a song?

Who is the 70m player now I wonder? There are many things we can be angry at Kronke for, but not signing a central midfielder in this window is definitely not his fault.



30 Sep 2020 23:44:43
Klopp and guardiola are just on another level coaching wise. The intensity Liverpool pressed us with was just incredible. It was faultless. We are lucky it was only 2-1 in the first half.

Arteta seemed to have no plan to counter the Liverpool press, which is worrying. The liverpool press was just aggressive man-marking, it was just incredible. Guardiola's Barcelona were the best pressing team i have ever seen but this Liverpool team is close. We couldn't cope with their intensity, something we have to rectify soon. The intensity of the press is something that can be coached. The reason leeds went toe to toe with Liverpool is that bielsa's teams just play aggressive counter-pressing. We need to work on our pressing and how to counter teams that press aggressively.

Most importantly we need a couple of midfielders, No partey, no aour, no top four. Absolutely no chance. I have a sick feeling we won't sign anyone and we will let mikel take a knife to a gunfight. I can't see a top four quality midfielder in our ranks. Our midfield is horrendous. That area of the pitch needs urgent attention. I am not being hyperbolic. But the last technically good midfielder we had was cazorla.

punani gooner

1.) 30 Sep 2020 23:51:37
They also showed us how to play and not play from the back.

Agree on midfield - longterm they all go inc Granit and Dani.

2.) 01 Oct 2020 21:56:43
As much as i like Dani, he is a bit slow for the premier league.

3.) 02 Oct 2020 10:36:39
punning mate, I say quick, direct and 100% accurate passes will unlock their pressing and gives a chance to get forward quick and put them on the back foot.




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03 Aug 2020 20:28:10
D16.i have noticed that too, it is so worrying to have our deals being driven by agents. if Edu and raul can only do recruitment only through agents, they should both be fired.

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16 Jan 2019 12:56:30
It is not a rumuor gunner. The very reliable honigstein and ornstein are reporting it. It is happening, sven is leaving.

The implications are horifying. How will Arsenal get back to the top when we let go off the best scout in the world and have no money to spend?

I am afraid we will go downhill from here unless we find an equally capable replacement.

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15 Jan 2019 23:36:24
Gunner ornstein is reporting it too and i am afraid it is happening.

Of all the guys who gazidis employed before he left, it is sven i have been most impressed with. Apparently there is is power struggle between raul and sven. If i was Arsenal, i would pick sven. This man has contacts even as far as japan, has strong connections in the german and french markets which produce many talents, why lose him when we don't have much cash and we don't want to migrate from our self sustaining policy? Why?

It is chaotic at arsenal and i am really unhappy with the direction sanllehi is taking arsenal.

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23 May 2018 00:03:00
Sanogo am still getting over guardiola to city 😩.

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23 May 2018 00:00:53
SinGooner will get behind the team. I am a fan first of all. I hope Emery proves me wrong. I'll be over the moon if we won the league or the champions league in the next 2-3 years. It is just that i have my doubts is all but for sure i'll get behind the team and support the boys.

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27 Oct 2020 21:15:43
You are wellcome SY4 mate. Appreciate your replies too. I do remember that bit wenger said. You have to risk with young players. That is how they come through. Unfortunately, Mikel is not willing to do that. Wenger's philosophy was, if you are good enough, you are old enough.

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27 Oct 2020 21:11:19
excellent post SY4.very fine points that are worthy of discussion especially about the press bit. I do feel like they do not ask the relevant questions, there are more concerned about generating clicks. I, for example, would like to see a journalist ask tough questions to Mikel. So far he is having an easy ride but he can talk well, I'll give him that.

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27 Oct 2020 21:02:05
Agree on Nketiah too. Don't think he is god enough for arsenal. balogun looks promising though. From the little I have seen of him, he looks promising.

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26 Oct 2020 23:37:39
Ed047, I left out partey purely because I feel like that is one of the worst negotiations I have ever seen. He is a good player but remember Arsenal eventually paid the full clause after refusing to pay it the whole summer.

There were hoping Atletico would budge but Atletico stood firm. In the end, we got desperate and paid the full release clause on the final day. If that is not poor strategy and negotiation tell me what it is. Atletico played us by turning Torreira's head and we gave them torrreira with a buy option. There is even no obligation to buy at the end. Atletico were the better negotiators here. We paid the full release clause for partey but they got torreira on loan with a buy option at 18m euros, way below the price we paid for him.

SY4 mate, i am talking about the Edu regime, not the mislintat/ raul regime. Mislintat did make some good signings especially leno, guendouzi etc. I am talking of Edu specifically. I don't feel like he is up to the job.

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{Ed047's Note - ahh ok, personally I’m worried how we signed him, Atletico knew he had a release clause, we paid it. 🤷‍♂️



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27 Oct 2020 00:05:21
SY4 sorry mate I did not reply fully to your question in my initial reply.

I believe our signings have been poor of late because they are either overpriced (pepe) , not good enough (cedric) or that we did not address priority areas. Let's start from January. We signed cedric, a 29 year old, injury riddled Southampton reject, on a 4 year contract because his agent is Kia. I think the Eds can shed more light on kia joorachian.

we signed pablo mari, on a deal that eventually adds up to 12 million when he is a slow center back and already failed in Europe and we did not really need him. Eventually we bought gabriel to play the same role (a far much better upgrade. What an excellent signing he looks to be) .

Come to the summer, we signed willian on hefty 3 year contract. He is clearly past it because his pace is gone and he plays at a position where pace is critical. I do not understand the wisdom of that signing. Apart from the fulham game is there any other game where he played well?

Now the signing of the summer that everyone seems to be raving about is the partey signing but we paid the full release clause after refusing to do so the whole summer so it should not be hailed as a smart signing when we did what atletico asked us to do:i. e pay the full release clause. partey is a good player but not a great signing in my opinion.

Finally, we did not address priority areas. We have no number 10 and no number 8.We didn't sign any. I was of the opinion that aouar was a more necessary signing than partey while being 5 years younger. Last year we did not have problems against big teams because we could defend deep and hit them on the counter. it was against the small teams that defend in a low block that we struggled to break down. partey was a necessary signing but aouar was more necessary one in my opinion.

to sum it up, this are just my opinions. It doesn't mean i know better. I am just a fan just like you. I hope I have answered your question to the best of my ability.

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