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04 Sep 2017 16:21:40
I still find Wenger a complete enigma and as you say his first decade at the club was tremendous. From then onwards, he had to cope with funding the new stadium in an extremely difficult financial era and he had lost the security of having David Dein and Danny Fiszman steering the club from above.

Once they left he took it upon himself to run the club and that is when the problems started. He is the same age as and had a similar education to my French Father-in-law and I can see many similarities in their mindset, which worries me as they are both intelligent, yet obstinate. They believe that they know the correct way and want complete control, eliminating anyone who disagrees.

Over the last 4 seasons, we have won 3 FA Cups, by defeating the League Champions we have lifted 3 Community Shields and have qualified for 3 out of four seasons of CL football. We have no divine right to win the league and the competition is ferocious with the likes of Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea benefiting from huge financial reserves. Most fans would be satisfied with having lifted those trophies. Look at Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton, what have they won in the same period?

This season has worried me as Wenger made two decent signings, but then oddly allowed an experienced CB to depart and replaced him with a young full back turned not particularly successfully into a CB that played in a team that was relegated last season. Then he fell out with Mustafi and clearly tried to move him out, with no obvious replacement. He only sold one of the contract rebels and we now have over £100 million's worth of talent in Ozil and Sanchez, able to walk for nothing at the end of the season.

His policy of buying foreign players who are unable to get a work permit and then loans them overseas has been a failure, as I can't recall any such player making the grade at the club or being sold on for a large amount. His 'socialist' wage policy has been disastrous. Many things are wrong, but would we compete any more successfully with a different manager?

My overall conclusion is that many younger fans know no other manager and have no idea of what it was like to support the club when we went through a difficult spell in the 70's, when we finished 17th and at times had gates as low as 23,000 at Highbury, which at the time held 60,000 spectators. even under Graham we finished 11th one season.

Perhaps we are slightly bored with Wenger and his methods? I just can't envisage success this season and without an FA Cup win to placate the fans can he continue for the next two seasons?


1.) 04 Sep 2017 17:11:19
U have won 3 trophies in 12 years.

2.) 04 Sep 2017 17:48:17
So basically, be happy for what we have won in the past and forget about our past 13 years and total lack of title challenges?

FA Cup's are great and I love winning them, but any player with ambition regards them as a 'Bonus' and not as a measure of success for a top football club.

3.) 04 Sep 2017 18:18:41
Maybe you could ask your Step-Dad to be our new manager ;)

4.) 04 Sep 2017 18:17:06
It's ok ctr, R.G. is so desperate he adds the community service shields as major trophies lol.

5.) 04 Sep 2017 20:34:56
I see him keep saying it and I laugh because Arsenal fans went to town on some utd players claiming it was.

Whereas most United fans knew it wasn't a trophy as such. RG has mentioned this in the opening of his last few long posts, u can say it as much u like it still won't be true lol.

6.) 04 Sep 2017 21:31:17
Oh dear raver61 embarrassing yourself again, I havenever stated that the Community Shield is a 'major' trophy, but it is a trophy and one that the toot haven't won outright since 1962 and we all know why, as they haven't won the league for over 56 years. Now raver61 don't be a coward and list all the major trophies the toot have won in your lifetime, I will allow you to include the Community Shiled, which incidentally we have won 3 out of the last 4 seasons by deafening the league champions. As you know raver61 the pain at the lane and Wembley just goes on. 1961, yes 1961!

7.) 04 Sep 2017 21:40:30
CTR, diificult as it was to comprehend your post, I will clear up the confusion, of course the Community Shield is a trophy I never called it a 'major trophy' as the halfwit from the toot, raver61, claimed. We still had a day out at Wembley and beat the current league champions and 3 FA Cups and 3 Charity Shields over the last 4 seasons beats zero trophies won by the toot over the same period.

8.) 04 Sep 2017 22:56:05
Don't forget the Emirates cup people?

9.) 04 Sep 2017 23:16:14
Why does this bloke raver never answer the question though? Come on, humour us. How many trophies have the spuds won in your lifetime?

10.) 05 Sep 2017 01:07:00
Raver you count the league cup as a major trophy lol.



04 Sep 2017 11:59:16
I believe that the next 2 matches will provide an idea of whether Wenger has come to his senses.
Defensively he must play 3 CB's and not a full back at CB. My choices for the Bournemouth match would be Mustafi, Mertesacker and Koscielny and the full backs Bellerin and Kolasinac.
I won't go through the rest of the team selection.
For the Cologne match I would utilise the squad and as an example I would play the following defence: Debuchy and Monreal as full backs, with Holding, Chambers and Mustafi. I would play Mustafi as he hasn't featured much, in respect of Mertesacker and Koscielny they could both benefit more from being rested mid-week.
With many players having played a couple of international matches and with European football starting, I would try and play the strongest team against Bournemouth and utilise as many of the players that don't start against Bournemouth in the Cologne match. With only Cazorla injured, we can play 2 different teams. This is essential to protect players and to allow squad players to play. Players that I wouldn't imagine starting against Bournemouth include the defenders already mentioned, plus: Ospina, Wilshere, Iwobi, Coquelin or Elneny, Nelson, Giroud or Lacazette, Sanchez or Welbeck. Where I have given to options it is assuming only one of the pair start against Bournemouth, so I would use the other against Cologne.
It would worry me immensely if Wenger continues playing Monreal at CB or ahead of Kolasinac at LWB.


1.) 04 Sep 2017 12:31:55
Bournemouth have had a poor but I'm not sure how many current internationals they have in thier squad but will have had chance to regroup over the break.
On paper we've got to expect 3pts at home to Bournemouth but it won't be easy by any means getting those points.
Chelsea away? A draw would be a huge result for us there and a very unexpected one too.
4 pts from those two games would be a much needed boost for everyone fans players manager alike, 1pt and the pressure will continue to mount 0pts and I'm not sure even Arsene could keep going on.



20 Aug 2017 12:12:41
Wenger is confusing the number of players in our squad, with the number of quality players, played in their correct positions.
Bellerin at left wing back!
Oxc at RWB
Kolasinac and Monreal at CB.
It beggars belief.


1.) 20 Aug 2017 12:22:32
Trying to keep individuals happy plain and simple, it's Ramsey or Ozil for best results but both if your trying to keep a happy ship.

2.) 20 Aug 2017 21:07:24
Wenger has to be prepared to drop players for the benefit of the team balance overall. By squeezing in the OX yesterday to keep him happy it messed up the balance having to put Bellerin on the wrong side then playing Kola at CB in a back 3 with losing his obvious threat at LWB and in turn also weakening our defence.



09 Aug 2017 10:12:29
Are we the only team that never goes into the start of the season with a full-ish squad due to international commitments during the break? I can't see us playing any of the players who played this summer on Friday. Correct me if I'm wrong.


1.) 09 Aug 2017 16:10:05
Koscielny, Mustafi, Gabriel, Cazorla, Wilshere and Alexis are all out. and Ozil is unavailable too apparently. We always seem to have players out start of each season and it costs us the running start we need.

2.) 09 Aug 2017 16:31:28
took us an early defeat last year to realise we needed a cb. wonder if itl be the same this year.

3.) 09 Aug 2017 16:58:03
What's wrong with Kos Mustafi and Ozil then? Caz and Jack don't count because we knew they would be missing this season before last season finished and Sanchez is goneski so doesn't really count either, he is all but an ex Arsenal player now.
But I'm shocked at the first 3 not being available for Friday.

4.) 09 Aug 2017 17:31:50
Kos is suspended.

5.) 09 Aug 2017 17:35:22
Kos is suspended mate, and I think mustafi ain't match fit as for ozil somehow he's injured already.
And as you said Sanchez surprisingly is out for the first 3 matches.

6.) 09 Aug 2017 18:11:46
Cheers Sussex and Moe lads, Well Kos there is nothing we can do about but Mesut is a shick, he hasn't got Sanchezitus has he :-)



09 Aug 2017 10:11:09
It's interesting that Wenger has stated that Sanchez has an abdominal injury and will miss the matches against Leicester and Stoke. This sounds rather convenient, as I imagine he will be sold before the window closes and replaced. hence the interest in Lemar and Moura.





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12 Sep 2017 11:03:24
Hi Gunner62 - I agree to a certain extent, but I feel we need to play some of the squad players, without weakening the team too much.
Many of our players have already played a couple of International matches recently and with European commitments we will often be playing midweek.
We also need to keep squad players match fit, if they don't play they can lose confidence and have the belief that if they play well they can be selected as first choices.
Interestingly SAF had a policy of playing a set of 'undroppable' players, but rotating the others, which was clearly hugely successful.
Lets say we retain Saturday's team, but make the following changes:
Ospina for Cech - I believe this is a forgone conclusion.
Mertesacker for Monreal
Sanchez for Welbeck
Giroud for Lacazette

I would also consider the following:
Resting Ramsey who has had a tough couple of Internationals, we could bring in Elneny.
Iwobi for Ozil.
Walcott getting some playing time.

I don't envy Wenger, as he has a real selection quandary. Do you keep the same team with a couple of changes, say Ospina and Sanchez in for Cech &Welback or give a couple more players a match? It is important that we win in order to increase the teams confidence. We also havethe match against Doncaster coming up, where we can play all the squad players, whilst the first choice eleven have a rest.

I kept changing my thoughts on team selection as I wrote this comment as there are so many options.




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04 Sep 2017 12:37:50
Since Wenger first arrived Arsenal and used his knowledge of the French market to sign unknown players, other clubs have woken up and the competition for young talent is ferocious and the prices paid astonishing. Also, the competition for the PL has also increased, when he first arrived, it was us and Man U, since then Man City and Chelsea have joined the race for the PL. Even Liverpool have shelled out many millions to join the fray and smaller clubs such as Leicester and the toot have to be considered. This in turn means that it is very difficult to select young players for the first team. The most recent league winners Chelsea and Leicester have very few young players actually playing in the first team. At Arsenal we have still managed to being through and play the likes of Bellerin, Iwobi, Oxlade, Wilshere, Gibbs, etc. However, what chance has a superbly talented youngster such as Nelson, actually have of playing first team matches, when Arsenal will have immense problems playing internationals in the squad, some of which won't even make the bench in our next match.




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08 Aug 2017 16:37:47
I would love to see us sign him, imagine Mustafi, Koscielny and Van Dijk.




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08 Aug 2017 10:03:50
D16, I'm sure all of us would have liked Lemar tied up, but it takes time to put together these deals, particularly if a club is reluctant to sell. Fingers crossed that we get the deal done and allow Sanchez to move on.




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29 Jun 2017 11:12:16
Top players are extremely difficult to sign, as their clubs rarely want to sell them, the selling clubs have to secure replacements, there is competition from other clubs to sign them, the players have high demands through savvy agents, etc.
The sole signing so far is Kolasinac who we signed on a free, which is slightly simpler, as it cuts out his club and he was able to start negotiating last January. Don't forget the window doesn't officially open until July 1st, so we may not hear until then if any signings have been made.





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15 Nov 2017 11:46:57
Gunner62 - Bit depressing! We have won 3 FA Cups and 3 Community Shields over the last 4 seasons. Since the heady days of the Invincibles, the likes of Chelsea and Man City have arrived on the scene due to financial doping, making it far more difficult to win trophies.
We are both old enough to recall the truly depressing times back in the 70's when we even finished 17th! Some of the football we played was dire, even in the latter stages of George Graham's era.
I try to watch every match live or at least live on tv.
We must consider ourself fortunate to have witnessed so many great moments. It could be far worse supporting a team that hasn't won a thing for years!




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26 Oct 2017 12:02:57
Hi raver61, I have no problem having sensible discussions with you. I was very surprised with last night's result as you were coasting at 2-0 and it is very unlike a Pochettino side to give up a two goal lead. In fact I can't think of it ever happening under him at Tottenham.
I have to disagree that Conte or Guardiola would win trophies with the current squad. I think Pochettino is doing a great job. However, in the cold light of day, the squad although good, lacks the 'super' players that any of the top European teams, such as Barca, Real and Bayern have. In the PL, Man C and Man U have some top notch players. At Tottenham, the players that could fit into the starting eleven of top teams are possibly Kane, Alli and at a push Eriksen. Even these would be hard pushed to get into Real's first eleven or Man City's. Pochettino also needs to win a trophy desperately in order to move up to the next level.
In respect of commenting after a defeat I tend to wait a day or two opposed to making a rash statement in the heat of the moment.




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26 Oct 2017 11:51:08
With the CL and PL being extremely difficult to win, it makes the domestic cups more significant. In theory we should play our best team, but we have 8 matches in December, plus the League Cup match. The QF takes place on the week starting the 18th Dec, in between, PL matches against Newcastle on Sat 16th Dec and Liverpool on Fri 22nd Dec, only 2 or 3 days after the QF and as Liverpool are not in the LC, their players will be rested.
I would play as strong a side as possible from our squad, with players such as Mustafi, Chambers, Ospina and Welbeck returning from injury, we could put out a very strong second eleven assuming no injuries and suspensions:
Chambers, Mertesacker and Holding
Debuchy Wilshere Coquelin and Maitland-Niles
Iwobi and Welbeck

Walcott and Elneny could also be considered.
However, I believe Wenger will select a team similar to last Tuesday's.




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26 Oct 2017 11:25:24
A) However unlikely, I will call him raver18
B) I am so confident it won't happen, that I will change my name to RGtoot
C) The standard is as follows, in my own order of importance: CL, PL, FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield. All are considered trophies, including the community won by teams. I have never mentioned the Emirates Cup as a trophy. I amused by your ignorance in respect of the Community Shield, which is played by the League Champions and FA Cup winners in front of a full house at Wembley and televised live. I always go to Wembley when we are playing in this match and have enjoyed beating the league champions on the most recent three occasions.
I have never said that the Community Shield is a 'more valued' trophy compared to the PL title. This is a figment of your distorted imagination. It appears that your best mate is Sanogo, raver61's Arsenal supporting identical twin, which says it all.




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24 Oct 2017 10:30:39
I thought that was the weakest Everton performance against us I have seen and Koeman had clearly lost the team, so the sacking came as no surprise. Silva or Dyche would be a good fit, whilst Moyes would be a mistake in my opinion. Fat Sam could do a decent job for them, even though their fans might not want him.