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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?


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.


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.


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.


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.
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?


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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15 Oct 2018 11:51:53
Perhaps Arsenal withdrew Ramsey's contract offer in order to comply with Premier League wage rules, taking into account the wages of players signed, deals extended at higher wages and future signings wages?


{Ed002's Note - No, that was not the reason. I have already explained the reason.}



15 Oct 2018 06:57:21
With the squad back to full fitness, with the exception of Koscielny, towards the end of the month, how much playing time will Ramsey get now he appears to be going and if he rarely plays it might entice him to leave in January when we could get a fee or a player exchange for him.
Now fit again I would like to see Maitland-Niles play at times in the midfield 3, in Emery's 4-2-3-1 formation, as he could give better defensive balance to the team.
On a different note, the internationals are so utterly boring, I can't wait until next Monday when we play Leicester.


1.) 15 Oct 2018 08:41:00
I wouldn't have played him this season at all unless he committed his future to the club last summer.
He's tried to take advantage of his final year contract and hold the club to ransom as others have before and I'm really pleased the club has said no more to this strategy that's been used to great effect by Theo and Mesut in the past to get outrageous wages based on financial strategy rather than footballing achievements in an Arsenal shirt.
Ramsey should have been told last summer his choices were sign, leave or train a alone for 12 months with no chance of playing for us again.

Dick will play him though and that's fair enough because at the end of the day Dick will stand or fall by what decisions he makes not by the ones others think he should make.

Dick will be judged on results only and there will be no Dick split amongst the fans if he doesn't make us competitive again over the next 3 seasons so he has to do what he thinks is right rather than what's popular with fans.

2.) 15 Oct 2018 11:25:08
We really should have made an effort to have sold Ramsey earlier, but perhaps Emery needed him as players were returning after the World Cup finals and needed a break, whilst new players needed to be integrated into the squad.
Having seen him play, perhaps Emery isn't over-impressed and with Gazidis departing a decision was made with the new administration that he wasn't worth the high wages he was after, even of it means allowing him to run down his contract.

3.) 15 Oct 2018 11:52:48
To be fair he's a symbol of our past overpaid underachieving cosy club mentality and it's best for everyone including Aaron to part company and draw a line under what was and look to what can be.
Aaron will join a new club like Ox Theo Jack and Gibbs as player who needs to prove himself at a new club to new set of fans while we can continue to dismantle the cosy club as quickly as possible and get back to being competitive in every department in every game and once again seen as a side to worry about apposed to a soft touch who don't like the physical side of the game but are just happy to look pretty against sides who let us play.



14 Oct 2018 14:46:28
Read an article today where Wenger stated that Arsenal have let Ramsey have the upper hand in the contract negotiations, which was amusing coming from him, as during his time at the club many players were allowed to get into a similar position. I do not believe that we should hand Ramsey a 4 year deal at £250,000 per week, costing a total of £52m, for a player that has never convinced and doesn't appear to have the defensive side to his game that is required under Emery. We can easily replace him for £20m, plus wages of say £150,000 pw max. It would be great if we can either sell or part exchange him during the January window.


1.) 14 Oct 2018 15:50:04
Ive got to say, unless i'm missing something, we have decided not to fill his pockets, not the other way round. I don't see how ramsey has the upper hand on arsenal. I've thought these last few years wenger has spoken with fork toungue anyway, i don't think he talks sense anymore.

2.) 14 Oct 2018 16:18:38
I'm surprised someone gave Arsene the platform to embarras himself on when it comes to talking about players contracts, those who can do and those who didn't tend to have selective memory.
Ramsey will leave either in January or next summer, I'd prefer January but we may have to wait until next summer, as long as he ain't with us next season I'm happy.

3.) 14 Oct 2018 16:21:33
I wonder if united are up for doing any silly swaps again 😂.

4.) 14 Oct 2018 16:27:50
Ramsey is in a strong position as he can benefit from any clubs coming in for him not having to pay a transfer fee. This should be reflected in a higher salary and/ or a signing on fee.
I am pleased that after agreeing to pay Ozil an absurd £350,000 a week, we have pulled out of paying Ramsey a reported £250,000 a week. Even in today's inflated market, neither player is worth these absurdly high wages. It also sends a message to other players at the club that there is a limit before we let them go. The new regime have already acted quickly and protected our assets signing deals with players such as; Xhaka, Elneny, Holding, etc.
Of course Ramsey looks gutted as he thought he had agreed a 4 year deal on wages of £250,000 per week. Presumably he and his family are settled in the area, so moving out of the area isn't ideal.

{Ed002's Note - That was not the figure that was agreed with Ramsey.}

5.) 14 Oct 2018 16:54:12
What figure was agreed Ed?

{Ed002's Note - It doesn't matter but it was a lot less than what is being quoted.}

6.) 14 Oct 2018 17:28:20
When the time comes for him to go I'd be surprised if his new club pay more than 150k a week in wages even though he's on a free.
His availability rate is 50% at best due to his injury record and he turns up in 1/ 5 games with a decent performance when he is available.
I don't think he's in as strong position as he and Arsene might think. Just look at Jack's options despite being available for free, there was a lot of paper talk about who wanted Jack but none of it was real and in the end he had to reinvent himself as a life long Hammers fan to get a club.

7.) 14 Oct 2018 18:09:55
Hi Ed002, that was a figure I read, what was the figure?

{Ed002's Note - You should ignore figures you read in the press as it is wrong.}

8.) 14 Oct 2018 21:32:39
The papers are so unreliable it makes little sense to take anything they say seriously this time last season Sanchez was a city player in waiting and United weren't even on the radar while not was Mesut who was United bound and Jack going Milan.

9.) 14 Oct 2018 23:02:08
For a bunch that wanted the man out, almost every post seems to drag him back in again. It's a shame to see you lot being so dismissive and flippant towards a man that gave over two decades to a club you claim to love. Shocking really.

10.) 14 Oct 2018 23:40:15
Few posts actually mention Arsene now days Sharpie mate which is in some ways a shame after so long at the club, but I try my best to respect and remember the brilliance of the first decade as well as accept the reality of the last decade of Arsenes time as our manager when he does get a mention.
Some bare a grudge against Arsene but not me personally I wanted him gone 5 years ago but still respect what he did in that first decade most and let the bad times go.
On the whole Arsene was the best thing that ever happened to us but phew I'm relieved it's over.

11.) 15 Oct 2018 00:19:23
In the interview Arsene actually says that was his job to arrange the contracts while he was manager, ironically that is one of the reasons we're in the state we are, his comfy club ruined the squad and took away the aggressive mentality we had.

12.) 15 Oct 2018 07:05:51
I supported Wenger whilst he was at the club, apart from the occasional gripe about him on this site. Now he has left, he was great during the first decade, the second decade was painful and all that saved him were the 3 FA Cup wins.
I actually prefer not to hear from him, and wish he would fade into obscurity, as I find him and his comments irritating.
The latest nonsense about Ramsey, that the player has all the power as his contract runs down. Well, that was all down to Wenger and Gazidis. I am pleased to see the back of the pair that oversaw the decline during the last decade. Emery and Co are a breath of fresh air. After a short period at the club, the players are now fitter, stronger, more motivated, happier and determined. The fans are back on board, enjoying the transition under Emery.

13.) 15 Oct 2018 08:57:48
RG61, I wholeheartedly stand behind fans that give the current regime their full support. In fact, I think it would be very fickle of fans if they didn't.

My point is, if all it took is someones opinion to irritate you and make you start slating them, I'd be doing it to you about 3 to 4 times a day.

Whatever you think of Arsene, the man shed blood, sweat and tears for our club and deserves more than the annoying digs you sling his way.

14.) 15 Oct 2018 09:05:47
It's always sad when an ex manager that struggled themselves trys to tell others where they went or are going wrong.
Arsene should stick to talking about players and international matches where he has no ghosts of his own that peole will automatically come back at him with and make him look silly.

15.) 15 Oct 2018 13:08:37
Agree gunner, the worst thing he can do is talk about arsenal things tha he himself failed miserably at. Ramsey is the last of the "british core" he paid a fortune to, when signing them to take the club forward. Not the best thing he has on his CV and not very constructive either.

16.) 15 Oct 2018 18:50:58
Agree Steve, I like Arsene as a person very very much and as far as I'm concerned the past is the past, as long as Arsene let's it be of course.
If Boris Johnson questioned someone else's principles or Jose Mourinho questioned someone else publicly criticising their players then people would quite rightly jump on thier own records on those subjects.
There are loads of subjects Arsene could talk about and hold his own quite admirably but contracts defence and others he should stay well clear of or expect some flack from people who just won't play " let's all pretend "

17.) 15 Oct 2018 19:11:34
Agree gunner but like maureen and boris, he is always right and everyone else is wrong. Lol.

18.) 15 Oct 2018 21:30:33
I'm not making excuses for Arsene but I do think he's easy meat for journalists as although he's a highly intelligent man he does so often lack common sense and can quite easily be lead into to saying something that makes him look silly.
I've never met him but I genuinely believe he's a good man at heart from everything I've ever read or heard about him from those who have met him, Ed001 speaks very highly of him from when he's met him.



11 Oct 2018 07:16:49
Leno has been called up by Germany for International duty and I have been impressed by him so far, He is exactly what we needed, a tall experienced keeper that can play out from the back. Emery has handled him superbly, as starting initially would have undermined Cech and placed immense pressure on Leno.
Perhaps we should extend Cech's deal on a yearly basis, giving us two quality keepers. I have yet to be impressed by Martinez, who would probably benefit from regular first team football.




10 Oct 2018 08:03:14
It has been ages since I enjoyed the start to a season as much as this season under Emery. Seeing players improve as they get fitter, stronger and are free to express their talents. The PL is extremely difficult to win this season with Man C, Liverpool and Chelsea unbeaten after nearly a quarter of the season. Whilst Man U and the Toot are strong competitors for a top four spot. With the exception of the Toot, all the clubs have trophy-winning managers.
I can't wait for the Leicester match, after the personic International matches.
Question for fellow Gooners; name the three most improved players under Emery.


1.) 10 Oct 2018 09:16:48

2.) 10 Oct 2018 09:42:54

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4.) 10 Oct 2018 13:23:22
I agree with the others mentioned, but no so much Lacazette. Yes he’s in a fine run of form but he was on a fine run at the end of last season. He just needed a run of games in my opinion . He maybe has improved a little but is certainly not in the top 3 most improved in my opinion.

5.) 10 Oct 2018 15:33:20
Cech, iwobi and holding. But all three for me are behind their fellow team mates but have improved their game since last season.

6.) 10 Oct 2018 15:35:50
I think Lacasette is out top man now mate ahead of Pea and for me that's some improvement on where he was last season under Arsene.
It's really difficult to call which players have improved the most because it depends how you measure it, if you use percentages then it's obviously Xhaka who is the most improved from 0.5/ 100 last season to 20/ 100 this season which is what 4000% improvement? but if Lacasette has gone from 60/ 100 last season to 80/ 100 it's only a 25% increase compared to Xhaka 4000%.
For me Lacasette has gone from a good premier league striker to a very very good premier league striker while Xhaka has stopped being a liability and is starting to show some real potential of possibly becoming an asset if he continues to work much harder than he has in the past.
The most unrecognisable player from his Arsenal displays of the past is Iwobi, there is nothing from his Arsenal past that compares to what we are seeing now from him.

7.) 10 Oct 2018 19:48:22
Nah not for me g62! He started last season ok, got injured and took a while to get sharpe and had a good run at the end of last season, he’s also not the main man he is far more effective through the middle but PEA is also as effective through the middle, the difference is that PEA can also play wide to similar effect. They both scored two identical goals a piece . Pea got an assist . Holding is a great shout Steve.

8.) 10 Oct 2018 20:06:32
We all see things differently mate but for me Pea isn't anywhere near as good playing wide as down the middle, central he's top draw wide he's not that special for me.

9.) 10 Oct 2018 20:40:13
I think modern strikers have to be more flexible, play wide, play central, drop off and be more intelligent than just playing down the middle. Salah, henry, messi, suarez, mbappe, ronaldo, neymar and i include our two and many more have to be more flexible. The "central" striker is becoming less common.

10.) 10 Oct 2018 20:43:39
Hmm sort of what I said then g62 😂.

11.) 10 Oct 2018 20:56:09
Cech - think he’s done this himself by getting fit over the summer rather than Emery impact

Iwobi a Close 4th.

12.) 10 Oct 2018 21:24:25
Sort of mate apart from Pea being similarly effect out wide where I think he's only ok rather than anything special :-) .

13.) 10 Oct 2018 21:29:09
Hows Cech improved?

14.) 10 Oct 2018 21:47:07
Jack, cech last season was a liability in goal. This season (passing apart) he kept us in games and allowed us to win games we did not deserve. He looked fitter and brighter than he did last term.

15.) 10 Oct 2018 21:50:57
Is he "out wide" the goal he scored similar to laacas at the weekend was collected outside the right hand post and inside the six yard box, on the right side when he scored. Wasnt his other goal scored on the right hand side as well?




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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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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.




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18 Sep 2018 06:11:26
I was never convinced by Gazidis, as Wenger totally dominated the club in the post-Dein/ Fiszman era.
I like the set up we now have, which appears due to Gazidis. I am not anti-Kroenke per se, but it concerns me if his son replaces Gazidis. Is he up to the job? On the positive side, the more involved he gets, the more he may influence his Father in terms of investing financially in the club.




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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.





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17 Oct 2018 15:18:05
A quality player such as Ozil is best used to create openings and make life difficult in general for the opposition, not to chase around like a headless chicken kicking anything that moves.
In the 1998 team, the midfield comprised; Parlour, Vieira, Petit and Overmars. The workrate and defensive cover provided by the other three allowed Overmars to play further forward and hence he usually scored 15 or so goals a season whilst at the club.
In the invincibles team, we had Ljungberg, Vieira, Gilberto and Pires. Again three players could provide the defensive base to enable Pires to express himself further forward, where he also scored regularly.
It would be interesting at times, possibly against top opponents or for tricky away matches, to play Torreira and Xhaka as the two deep midfield players and then Mailand-Niles, Ozil and Giendouzi in the three.




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17 Oct 2018 11:06:52
Hi Ed, the difficulty with Ozil is that under Wenger, so few players worked hard defensively and tackled back. The club had too many playmakers and attacking midfield players: Wilshere, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, etc In order for Ozil to flourish he needs a free-ish role, with others doing the defensive work. Hence Arsenal have withdrawn the offer made to Ramsey and signings such as Torreira and Guendouzi work hard and can tackle, providing a platform for Ozil to shine.


{Ed001's Note - but Ozil did get back and cover, just never received any credit when he did so, only abuse when he didn't.}



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15 Oct 2018 11:25:08
We really should have made an effort to have sold Ramsey earlier, but perhaps Emery needed him as players were returning after the World Cup finals and needed a break, whilst new players needed to be integrated into the squad.
Having seen him play, perhaps Emery isn't over-impressed and with Gazidis departing a decision was made with the new administration that he wasn't worth the high wages he was after, even of it means allowing him to run down his contract.




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15 Oct 2018 07:05:51
I supported Wenger whilst he was at the club, apart from the occasional gripe about him on this site. Now he has left, he was great during the first decade, the second decade was painful and all that saved him were the 3 FA Cup wins.
I actually prefer not to hear from him, and wish he would fade into obscurity, as I find him and his comments irritating.
The latest nonsense about Ramsey, that the player has all the power as his contract runs down. Well, that was all down to Wenger and Gazidis. I am pleased to see the back of the pair that oversaw the decline during the last decade. Emery and Co are a breath of fresh air. After a short period at the club, the players are now fitter, stronger, more motivated, happier and determined. The fans are back on board, enjoying the transition under Emery.




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14 Oct 2018 18:09:55
Hi Ed002, that was a figure I read, what was the figure?


{Ed002's Note - You should ignore figures you read in the press as it is wrong.}