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05 Oct 2018 08:00:40
I noticed that under Emery we seem to defend deeper now, often drawing the opposition onto us, which on the one hand clearly provides chances for our opponents, but on the other hand we are counter attacking more, with space available behind the opponents defence as they push up whilst attacking us. I recall under Wenger how often we held a high line and forced our opponents to defend deep, which made it hard for us to break down and in turn we often got caught on the counter-attack. Is this a tactic? Or just a consequence occurring as the team adjust to Emery's methods?

RG61

1.) 05 Oct 2018 11:55:05
Interesting points! It's easy to forget I think, how spoilt we were getting to watch the invincibles. That team could rinse the opposition on the break, could pass waiting for space to open, or press hard with strong players in and around the box. It was absolute magic, but it never seemed like a heavily coached formula. Wenger relied on enabling great players to express themselves, and thus on great defenders organising themselves. It'll take some getting used to a team being coached into a system again. It's totally necessary, as things had deteriorated into chaos under Arsenes last years, but it won't always be fluid or balanced as Emery learns and adjusts, and the players change their mindsets again. The high or deep line defence will become less of an issue hopefully, as slowly the team gets used to defending as a unit, not as separate entities.


 

 

21 Jul 2018 19:54:46
Intriguing reports that we are in negotiations to sign Yann Sommer, the Swiss national keeper, a player I quite like, despite him being another relatively small keeper at 6ft tall. I would imagine that Ospina is being sold as has been reported and perhaps rumours of Cech returning to Chelsea are true.
Neither Cech nor Ospina impressed me last season, perhaps the new goalkeeping coach and Emery are of the same opinion.

RG61

1.) 21 Jul 2018 20:38:31
Any Ed002 do you know anything about the Yann Sommer rumours?

{Ed002's Note - I would need to ask.}


2.) 21 Jul 2018 21:48:09
Thanks Ed.


3.) 25 Jul 2018 12:07:49
Based on the WC (particularly the game vs Sweden) I wouldn’t be overly excited about Sommer.


 

 

01 Jun 2018 12:42:40
Reliably informed that Lichtsteiner has signed. Officials are in Germany, possibly to sign Sokratis and negotiating a midfield player at Bayern.
Apparently the atmosphere has changed at the club for the better. Old backroom staff out. New training regime, as players trained from 10am-12pm, now additional 2 hour afternoon sessions.
Exciting times ahead.

RG61

1.) 01 Jun 2018 13:41:01
Would live it to be vidal or tolisso.


2.) 01 Jun 2018 14:30:17
would love for this to be true, but how would anyone know about training regimes when Emery has been away on holiday, hasn't appointed coaches or backroom staff and hasn't even held a training session yet.?


3.) 01 Jun 2018 15:01:19
As much as it would be amazing to sign Thiago or Tolisso, the chances are it will be Vidal. Another 31 year old to tide us over instead of going for the gold straight away.


4.) 01 Jun 2018 15:11:36
If they were to sign Tolisso or Thiago I have to think that would signal the end to the Granit Xhaka era. I don’t think he’ll be satisfied being a squad player and he is not fit to play the role of a #6. I really hope hope we don’t go into the upcoming season without addressing the squad’s obvious biggest need, which is a midfield destroyer eg Javi Martinez.


5.) 01 Jun 2018 17:13:43
This was reliable information from an Arsenal employee, that I have no reason to doubt. Interestingly as we were chatting in Cockfosters, Wenger drove past as we and he pointed him out to me. Wilshere is a friend of his and his Father-in-law owns a hairdressers also in Cockfosters. Apparently Wenger has still been going to the training ground! He was trying to find out from colleagues whether the Arsenal officials were in Germany trying to sign the Bayern midfield player, Tolisso. I would think it would be more likely to tie up things with Dortmundt in respect of Sokratis. In respect of Xhaka he is an excellent player, but played out of position by Wenger and in my opinion would be better used in a more advanced role on the left hand side of the 3 midfield players ahead of the 2 DM's.


6.) 01 Jun 2018 19:14:55
Why is Emery sharing his business with a club employee?
A few years back someone who really does speak to one of our very famous explayers kept sharing information with me from this explayers who is still involved with the club today.
He told me about 2 players who had already agreed to join us that summer, my question was " why is Arsene telling this explayer all his business? " and "how come if he's sharing it with you the media don't know about it?
Needless to say neither player ever arrived :-)
Sorry RG but you might want to try Heimz as your next sauce because they've kept thier recipe a secret for years:-)


7.) 01 Jun 2018 22:14:53
RG - Wenger lives in Totteridge, the training base is in Colney. Unless AW has completely lost his marbles since leaving, or you don’t know North London (or Hertfordshire) Cockfosters is not on the route between those 2 places. Also, out of interest, who’s at the training ground right now that he’d be seeing? A solitary, emotional Arsene haunting the halls of the training ground is a bit far fetched. I get this is a rumours site, but this is BS mixed in with what the headlines are on google. Boring.


8.) 01 Jun 2018 22:18:03
Also, hate to hammer home that this is BS, but unless Cockfosters is in Turkey where AW is currently on holiday according to every news outlet going, with David Dein no less, then you most definitely did not see him anywhere. Mug.


9.) 03 Jun 2018 07:36:58
Wenger is not in Turkey, he was photographed with his daughter in Cambridge, presumably I must have seen his identical twin in Cockfosters! I do wish my comment was read correctly, I never said he was on his way from his home in Totteridge to the training facillities at London Conley. I simply saw him, when the Arsenal employee pointed him out. Time will tell if we have signed Lichtsteiner, as the employee told me. I do wish people would think before they post abusive comments. I have a former PL player living next door and am friendly with Toby Alderwierald who lives locally. I live in an exclusive area near Cockfosters where many Arsenal and Tottenham players have and still live. Toby wants out and Man U is his chosen destination, but he is concerned that Levy will make the deal extremely difficult. Pochettino who also lives locally and I have met and had a few chats at a local restaurants, apperently wants to manage Real Madrid one day, although I very much doubt it will be now. I have a sneaky suspicion that Wenger may be given the role, but I am may be wrong, as it's just a gut feeling as there are not many options at present.


10.) 03 Jun 2018 08:48:12
Yeah. Yesterday. And what I said wasn’t abusive, it was just calling you out on nonsense or stuff that can easily be found by doing a google search.

{Ed001's Note - is Cockfosters by Dartford?}


11.) 03 Jun 2018 12:27:28
Oh no not that ip adress give away again:-)
RG mate if your going to make such fantastic claims then people are going to question you and the more offended you get by thier questions the less believable your posts become mate.
You make fantastic claims about yourself and your life but seem to get maybe just a tad to upset and defensive for anyone to take you seriously mate
Either just be your real self or be prepared to be asked to back up your fantastic claims mate, either one would be good.


 

 

30 Apr 2018 11:51:45
Interesting development, Zeljko Buvac has left his position as Klopp's right-hand man at Liverpool for 'personal' reasons. He was at Dortmundt at the same time as Sven Mislintat. Could he be the 'bold' choice Gazidis mentioned and the continuation of the German influence at the club? To depart from Liverpool now until the end of the season, just as the club are on the verge of reaching the Champions League final makes little sense, unless he truly has some personal problem to deal with. Perhaps he has told Liverpool that he is taking up the management role at Arsenal and the club wanted him out. This is pure speculation on my part, but it adds up, as Arsenal are reportedly close to signing Dortmundt defender Papasthatopoulos and are after German keeper Leno.

RG61

1.) 01 May 2018 00:19:48
i sincerely doubt arsenal would go for buvac over viera and arteta because all of them are inexperienced but arsenal would rather take a chance on an ex player than someone else. My gut feeling is if arsenal go for a german manager it will be nagelsmann.


2.) 01 May 2018 09:03:44
The words 'Bold choice' from Gazidis made me feel that they had the manager tied up and that he would be a shock choice, which would rule out the obvious experienced managers.
Therefore, the new manager is possibly an ex-player with little or no experience, an inexperienced manager or coach, at the highest level.
So:
Vieira, Henry or Arteta
Buvac or other coaches/ young or inexperienced managers.


3.) 01 May 2018 12:51:30
Is a bit strange now the press are mentioning him as a contender. I swear Ed001 is a liverpool fan. Have you heard anything on this Ed?

{Ed001's Note - he had been bickering with Klopp for a while, he left because he was being marginalised with regards to selection and tactics. I do not know if Arsenal are now in for him, but he has had a number of offers presented to him through the years, they didn't stop when he moved to Liverpool and have increased this season. I couldn't say if Arsenal are one of the clubs that are making him an offer. However I am expecting him to leave Liverpool as he has normally kissed and made up with Klopp by now, as they do bicker like an old married couple at the best of times. They are always falling out and getting back together, which is why no one was really taking any notice initially this time.}


4.) 01 May 2018 13:53:14
It makes complete sense that Buvac is a contender, as he has the German connection, knows Mislintat and is an experienced defensive coach. He is without doubt a bold choice and its odd timing to leave Liverpool on the verge of a possible CL final, with only a couple of weeks to go until the end of the season. He may not be the one, but is there really a stand out option? For me the top two managers are Mourinho and Guardiola, after that there are reservations for almost all candidates that I can think of.


5.) 01 May 2018 14:08:36
Thank you Ed. Wasn't aware they argued a lot. I'm not sure what to make of him tho. I've seen people say how he is the brains behind his work and it seems the others are running the transfer side of things so maybe itll work.

{Ed001's Note - he is a part of things, but I am not convinced he is irreplaceable.}


6.) 01 May 2018 18:07:25
If he was a young guy it would make sense but i really don't get why arsenal would appoint an introverted 56 year assistant manager who doesn't speak english to fill the big shoes left behind by wenger. That rumor doesn't add up. I don't think he is coming to Arsenal as a head coach or even an assistant coach.


 

 

19 Apr 2018 07:06:35
Reports that if Wenger decides to go at the end of the season, Vieira is in the frame. Without an outstanding candidate perhaps it would be an idea to bring Vieira in, who lacks PL managerial experience, but will certainly get the fans excited and onboard. He would also be able to attract players to join the club. Thoughts fellow gooners?

RG61

1.) 19 Apr 2018 07:23:44
Love Vieira but not as Arsenal manager.


2.) 19 Apr 2018 20:25:18
He would be the perfect bridge between Arsene and the future who everyone would unite behind.
No manager guarantees success or failure come to that (few Leicester fans would have been elated with the Ranieri appointment) but Vieira or Henry both guarantee bring unity back amongst the fans, and that alone would be a great place to start.


3.) 20 Apr 2018 00:38:10
Viera wouldn't certainly be worse than some of the names being mentioned. i.e enrique and brendan rodgers. Luis enrique is a terrible coach. A much as he is a champions league winner, people seem to forget that he finished seventh with a roma team that was full of quality. Brendan rodgers will always be remembered for that title collapse in 2014.Successful managers have that X factor that brendan rodgers seems to lack.

Since tuchel is gone, i'd like us to go for Nagelsmann or tedesco whose work at schalke this season is impressive. They may be young coaches, but they are tactically very good and detailed in their match preparation. If we can't get any of them, i'll like us to for our ex players. Viera or Arteta, whose work at city this season has been impressive, wouldn't be bad. Apparently it is Arteta who did video analysis for city this season. He seems to have the talent to be a coach and he is an ex captain of ours. He wouldn't be a bad shout.


4.) 20 Apr 2018 08:44:12
I posted a few months ago about Nagelsmann. He would be a better appointment than Vieira 100%.


5.) 20 Apr 2018 10:00:44
I fully support your sentiment glenn. Negelsmann is really good. His training is far much advanced than wenger'He has cameras fitted everywhere in training and uses video footage to analyse his own players and how they can improve something wenger doesn't do. nagelsmann with his tactical acumen backed by a bigger transfer budget than hoffenheim would do wonders. My pick is either him or tedesco.


6.) 20 Apr 2018 10:39:43
We can all bleat all we like, Ancelotti is going to be the man given the task (at least short term) to straighten this club out.


 

 

 

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09 Dec 2018 07:28:43
It's a thoroughly enjoyable season under Emery. I can't recall a season where the top 5 teams rarely drop points against teams below the top 6. This week only Man City dropped any points, with all the other 4, plus Man U winning. It will be interesting to see the effect playing CL football will have on Liverpool and Toot, as they have extremely difficult matches to contend with.
We can rest players on Thursday, before playing Southampton away on Sunday, followed by the League Cup quarter final against the Toot midweek.
With season ending injuries to Welbeck and Holding, we need to reinforce the squad in January. Particularly as we may, if able to, cash in on Ramsey and possibly move Ozil on. In the new year I believe the defence can cope without Holding, as we have Mustafi, Sokratis, Koscielny and hopefully fit again Mavropanos. I like our DM options, but we clearly need to sign a wide attacking player to fill the gap left by Welbeck, possibly a player that can fill in the main strikers role too. I would also like a midfield player that can attack and defend. We have too many that are decent going forward, but offer little defensively.

RG61

1.) 09 Dec 2018 11:01:40
It's never been tougher at the top than it is right now, both Liverpool and City with their records so far this season would normally expect to be romping away with the title and ourselves Chelsea and spares all having lost just twice all season would normally expect to be sitting top 4 pretty rather than swapping places like musical chairs on a weekly basis.
So far it's been a brilliant season in the premier league and the fact that we are right in the mix of a top 4 battle this season of all seasons tells it's own story of how far we've come in such a short period of time under our new manager.


 

 

06 Dec 2018 03:13:06
A win against the Toot and a draw away to United are quality results. On the downside Holding looks to have picked up a serious injury and we are down to our last 2 fit centre backs. Koscielny and Mavropanos appear some way off match fitness. With matches coming up thick and fast, the centre back situation is worrying and we may have to make a signing in January, meanwhile we have 7 matches in 23 days to contend with. Hopefully Monreal will soon be for again, giving us an option as he can fill in at CB. We can also rest Mustafi and Sokratis when we play our final EL match.
Congrats to Emery and the team for continuing the unbeaten run of 20 matches.

RG61

1.) 06 Dec 2018 06:16:23
Kos could well be back this weekend.


2.) 06 Dec 2018 07:46:54
Kos came off again in the under 21 game.


3.) 06 Dec 2018 08:00:46
Yes Welsh he did, but after 85 minutes with no complications having played 45 minutes in his first game back a few days earlier.

Monreal is also back in training with the team and Mavropanos not far off.


 

 

05 Dec 2018 07:05:08
Looking forward to tonight's match, which I have a feeling will be extremely tough to win, even though United are in disarray I am certain they will turn up against us.
Hopefully Mustafi will be fit as we look more resilient with 3 at the back. Guendouzi in for suspended Xhaka. The front three? Ramsey, Lacazette and Aubameyang?
In respect of Ramsey, I wonder if we have a signing lined up to replace him, as it was strange to withdraw the contract offer and even after his display against the Toot, Emery said the situation is closed. Perhaps Mata or Rabiot?

RG61

1.) 05 Dec 2018 10:28:52
Sounds like the club have taken back the initiative regarding the players contracts, no more will they won't they sagas it now seems like more of an either they want to stay and play for Arsenal football club or they don't while the club simply moves forward with or without them.
I think the days of underachieving players holding the club to ransom are like many other things at the club, a thing of the past.
It's brilliant to see and I personally think the sooner Aaron joins Theo and Jack as ex Arsenal players the better because they all a part of our overpaid underachieving cosy club mentality of the past that has no future under Dick Sven and this new exciting Arsenal mentality.


2.) 05 Dec 2018 11:08:30
To be fair on Ramsey’s situation he’s been very professional about it and been giving his best whenever he’s called to play. His attitude been top form in my opinion. And you have to respect him for that, we could say he must deliver and respect his contract but we know in this time of age player were behaving awfully when things not going there way.


3.) 05 Dec 2018 12:18:04
True Moe, I guess he's trying to showcase himself and knows Dick will leave him out completely if he doesn't conform and deliver giving Aaron fewer and less lucrative offers will be available to him either in January or the summer.
I wish him well where ever he goes i just think there is no room for (its all about me players) at Arsenal anymore.


 

 

03 Dec 2018 03:07:27
Fabulous performance. Going into the matches against the Toot and United I was hoping to avoid defeat and collect 2 points. A defeat against the Toot would have left us 6 points behind them, possibly 9 points if things went badly midweek. Emery is an amazing manager, which showed yesterday when he courageously made 2 substitutions at half time, which arguably changed the game. He isn't afraid to drop or take off star players. The team look so different these days, playing without fear, with a spirit that has been absent for too long. Torreira of course was brilliant, but a special mention for Kolasinac who looks slimmer and revitalised under Emery, and Xhaka whi has his critics was sublime. Tricky match on Wednesday, as I have no doubt United will turn up against us. Well done to Emery and the team.

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12 Nov 2018 07:51:33
Having salvaged a draw despite a poor peformance against Wolves, I am not too despondent. After 2 defeats at the start of the season, to have gone unbeaten in the league for the next 10 matches is pleasing and without a defeat in 15 matches.
The areas that are a cause for concern are:
Defence: A quality CB is still needed, as Mustafi still fails to convince. Holding has improved and perhaps a fit Koscielny may improve the situation. Left back is another cause for concern and reports have emerged that we are looking at LB's.
The Xhaka/ Torreira partnership has looked promising, but Xhaka has too many mistakes in him and although a fan, I am starting to think we need a better option. Guendouzi is a fine young prospect, but needs to mature. It would be interesting to try Maitland-Niles alongside Torreira or/ and look to sign a further DM. It really concerns me what happens if Torreira picks up an injury.
The major problem is that the 3 in Emery's preferred 4-2-3-1 tends to comprise of Aubameyang (a striker) , Ozil (who offers little defensively) and Iwobi or Mkhitaryan ( neither of which are known for their (defensive attributes) . Against Wolves at half time Emery stiffened up the 3 with Guendouzi coming on for Iwobi. Sad to lose Welbeck to serious season-ending injury. On the positive side I thought Leno was outstanding, it has been a long time since we had a keeper capable of making point-saving saves.

RG61

1.) 12 Nov 2018 08:55:26
Leno was outstanding, Brian Clough said Peter Shilton was worth 15 points a session to Forest and I reckon De Gea has been worth 40 points to United for the last 3 seasons.
It's not ideal for your keeper to be man of the match but when all said and done it's what he's there to do when called on.
An outstanding Keeper in his prime really can make such a difference and almost all successful teams have had an outstanding keeper to call on when necessary through out the years.


2.) 12 Nov 2018 14:04:03
The big big problem with arsenal is xhaka and the whole of the back four are poor at their jobs. Wether some or any are capable of better with recruitment is debatable. The same players make the same mistakes and look so vulnerable when asked to defend. Some of our players in the attacking area look capable of taking us higher, some behind them look cabable of taking us down. We are on a great unbeaten run but too many more performances like yesterday will soon start to undermine the potential for this season. The most annoying thing under wenger was his inability to sort out the problems. Dick needs to be seen to going someway to sorting his out in january. While i am happy to see the improvements we have made, i am really worried by the lack of improvement in defending. Our own mistakes leading to goals is a disgrace and top of that list is xhaka, he has made more mistakes leading to goals than any player in the prem, since his arrival, apparently. For me the fact he is so obviously not capable and being played is a worry. Our goalkeepers are the best two of any team in the league but that will only take you so far on its own.


3.) 12 Nov 2018 16:39:50
The back four xhaka Iwobi Ozil and miki are not good enough.


4.) 12 Nov 2018 16:44:53
It was inexplicably awful yesterday and only Lucas and Leno and possibly Holding should be asking for their wages! Front three were terrible as I say after Liverpool inexplicable- maybe thought we drew with Pool let’s just turn up! Hope emery has a hairdryer if that’s the case . One particular point had me screaming at the telly! Wolves were attackingdown their left and their winger had the ball and Hector just stood still giving a free cross in . That is so basic defending yet he did it! Surely someone Boulder preferably should be having a strong word about at least the basics! Yes crybaby Özil was terrible yesterday but to drop or sell him no thanks! Always wanted to know Steve are you Xhaka’s agent? Leno a great buy in my opinion COYG.


5.) 12 Nov 2018 18:04:16
Ha ha sussex, i love him really but only when he isn't in our team. As for bellerin, I've said for years he isn't a defender, he can't defend and as a right back, it helps a tad if you can.


 

 

 

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01 Dec 2018 13:42:24
Judging from team selctions and instinct I have a feeling certain players will ultimately be moved on by Emery. I like Emery's decisiveness.
It will be interesting to see what happens with the following players:
Ramsey: Out of contract this summer. Moving on.
Welbeck: Out of contract in the summer and recuperating from a serious ankle injury.
Monreal: Out of contract this summer.
Cech: Out of contract this summer.
Lichtsteiner: Out of contract this summer.

The following players may also be moved on this summer:
Jenkinson
Koscielny
Elneny

I believe that Ozil and Mkhitaryan may also be surplus to requirements, but as Ed002 stated, it will be difficult to find clubs able and willing to match their extraordinarily inflated wage packets. Unless there is demand from China and the players are willing to go there. Interesting and enjoyable times at the club.

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18 Nov 2018 08:14:26
For whatever reason Ramsey's deal was pulled, I am not too disappointed. Offensively he is a quality player, if only he tracked back as quickly and effectively as he does when we atttack.
One of the problems under Wenger in the latter years was way too many players, such as Ramsey who were not all-round players and all seemed suited to the number 10 role.
It is becoming clear that we are looking at defensive reinforcements, if not during the January window, in the summer.
I believe the 3 in Emery's 4-2-3-1 needs attention, as none of the current players used in the 3 have any true defensive ability and having 3 players, plus a striker, nit able to help defensively leads to the amount of goals we concede.

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25 Oct 2018 10:12:39
If reports are to be believed Emery isn't impressed by the options at LB and apparently looked into signing a LB during last summer's window.
Monreal is out of contract in June and turns 33 in February. Whilst Kolasinac started well at the club, then was mysteriously dropped by Wenger, has suffered injuries, looks way too bulky and doesn't convince defensively.
I have a feeling that unless a good opportunity arises we won't sign a LB until the summer. With £70m spent during the last window and reports that £40m is the budget for the next window, we will again look to make clever cheap signings. Hence, the reports that we may try to sign Moreno on a free from Liverpool in the summer window. I am aware that Arsenal fans seem to be unimpressed by Moreno, but perhaps he is the best we can expect, with a restricted budget and other positions also needing filling. I don't believe that right footed fill in options are Emery's choice. The likes of Maitland-Niles, Lichtsteiner and Xhaka playing at LB, are an emergency measure, not a solution. I wonder tonight if Lichtsteiner will replace Bellerin at LB and Jenkinson switch to LB, despite being a right footed RB.

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17 Oct 2018 11:09:36
It's so refreshing following on from Wenger, who tended to leave substitutions until late, often too late to affect the game and generally only took those players off that wouldn't complain.

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24 Sep 2018 06:04:07
Spot on Moe G, I noticed that we are winning despite not playing particularly well, which is a positive sign. I can't recall the last time we won 5 matches in a row and 2 consecutive away matches. I do wish the supporters who have tickets turned up. I have had season tickets for many years and my seats are never empty. On the odd occasions when I am unable to attend I give the seats to family or friends. If we can keep beating the teams outside the top 6, then a top four finish is possible, With Koscileny, Maitland-Niles and Kolasinac returning over the next couple of months the squad is looking strong and with a couple of signings and departure during the next window, this could be an interesting season. We cearly need a wide player that can attack and defend. In addition a midfield player that could play in the attacking 3, who can defend as well as attack. Playing as we did yesterday with Ozil, Ramsey and Aubameyang left us exposed at the back and the only the combination of excellent performances from Cech and Torreira and Everton's poor attack ensured a clean sheet and a win. Against better teams we won't get away with it, as was seen against Man C and Chelsea.

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09 Dec 2018 07:43:11
I feel that Emery isn't happy with his options when we play his favoured 4-2-3-1, as none of the players in the '3' offer much defensively and hence why he has changed his formation recently to stiffen up the midfield area. Emery has agreed to let Ramsey go and it appears that Ozil will also depart, assuming we can find a taker. I expect a couple of signings, a wide player and midfield player that can attack and defend. So 2 signings in January and possibly 2 or 3 more in the summer window.
I expect the following players to move on over the next couple of windows:
Cech (summer)
Lichtsteiner (summer)
Chambers
Elneny
Welbeck (Injured and no deal offered)
Ramsey (deal withdrawn)
Ozil (Not consistent enough, etc)
Jenkinson

I see youngsters coming through strongly next season such as Nelson, Mavropanos. Smith-Rowe and possibly 2 or 3 others.
I like Emery's decisiveness. It's refreshing after hanging onto failing players under the previous regime.

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08 Dec 2018 18:33:57
Perhaps our fitness tells in the second half? It is a bit baffling as we appear to have relegation form in the first half, whilst we have Champions form in the second half!

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08 Dec 2018 18:32:10
Sokratis will also get a suspension enforced rest against Southampton!
Interesting to see whi we play at CB in that match. Is Koscielny fit enough to play 90 mins PL football? If he is, then perhaps a trio at CB of Koscielny, Lichtsteiner and Monreal?

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08 Dec 2018 18:06:25
Torreira is awesome. I believe we were all worried after we lost the 2 opening matches, albeit to Man City and Chelsea. Who would have believed that we would then go unbeaten for 21 matches and counting?
Shame we lost Mustafi with what appears to be an injury that will possibly keep him out for a few weeks. We started the season with Koscielny and Mavrapanos injured, hence the 3 centre backs have had very little rest and clearly fatigue and injury has caught up with them. The positive thing is that Koscileny was back in the squad today, whilst Lichtsteiner and fit again Monreal can also play at CB. Mavropanos should be back in training this month. This week we can rest Sokratis on Thursday.
Well done to Emery and the team today.

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03 Dec 2018 16:30:56
I hope Mustafi is fit for Wednesday as three at the back gives us a more solid look. Yes, Guendouzi in for suspended Xhaka. Assuming we play 3-4-3, which three should we start with up front? Ramsey, Lacazette and Aubameyang?
I am not keen on Mkhitaryan, but perhaps Iwobi will start again in place of Ramsey?
I believe United will turn up against up, which is irritating as they have been noticeably absent recently.
It's interesting, I only thought of Ozil as an afterthought.

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