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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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



22 Jul 2018 18:29:27
Just searched Arsenal rumours and we are either about to give Iwobi a new contract or Lazio are looking to sign him.
Difficult to either is true.
Poor old Danny Welbeck seems the only player who we aren't prepared to offer a new deal, Iwobi Xhaka Chambers have all struggled and performed below Danny's level for us yet get new deals while Danny who is hardly a world beater but has done much better than the other 3 seems no longer required.


1.) 22 Jul 2018 23:01:59
Chambers? I thought he did well the end of the season.

2.) 23 Jul 2018 07:01:01
I hope the lazio rumours are true. how he kept getting in the team was one of last season's great mysteries!

3.) 23 Jul 2018 09:38:34
Excited about the Iwobi deal, gives us a player that doesn't stink of Wenger too much but has the morals of the club, ticks a couple of boxes there! He's been on and off but can develop into a zaha kind of a player. If not the actual potential but the kind of things he does on the pitch, stay wide AND cut inside-Emery loves, can cross and press, I think that is what Emery would want/ can get out of him. Looking forward to watching the BIG17 grow under UE. What do you guys think?

4.) 23 Jul 2018 11:55:02
Total waste of space, needs to be shipped out, i'm sure we have a younger player with more talent waiting to come through.

5.) 23 Jul 2018 16:20:32
If Iwobi Stays then i am not happy with Emery one bit he is by far the worst Arsenal winger I’ve seen in a long time.

6.) 23 Jul 2018 23:26:26
Although it was against a beach ball and flip flop wearing Burnley playing deeper Iwobi actually looked better than awful, if he was to have any future at Arsenal it's not out on the wing where the linesman is more involved then Iwobi 99 games out of 98.

7.) 24 Jul 2018 00:04:30
To be fair iwobi looked a decent player at first but stagnated like many. I think we really should give the lad another season or maybe a loan. Always seemed like there's potential there for me. Funny tho a lot of other fans at my work think he looks a decent player.



28 May 2018 17:05:09
Papawhatever Greek lad is about to join us according to Ornstein and the bbc main page.
Not 100% certainty but as close as it gets to being one in the world of footie rumours.


1.) 29 May 2018 20:45:42

{Ed025's Note - i can but only if you reply to the original post SY..

2.) 29 May 2018 21:11:56

{Ed025's Note - it never showed on that thread so must have already been deleted mate..



19 May 2018 10:00:38
According to David Ornstein the feeling within Arsenal amongst the staff is that Artetta is going to be our next manager but Ornstein himself says Allgeri is still very much in the running and is still very doable.





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05 Nov 2018 08:03:26
Obviously many of the players have already bought into Dicks new ways and are seeing and enjoying both personal and collective improvement like never before under Dicks management.
But how much more enjoyable must going into training be this morning for the likes of Iwobi Xhaka Lacasette and co than in previous years without the weight of the whole football world questioning them as individuals and as a team.


1.) 05 Nov 2018 13:56:28
True gunner, the secret is for that to be the case after xmas, next may and the following season. Great start, we are all optimistic it will carry on. Signs are good for that at the moment.



04 Nov 2018 19:10:57
11 games gone and still 3 teams remain unbeaten the standard and pace has surely never been so fierce.


1.) 04 Nov 2018 19:23:45
The standard of coaches in the prem has never been so good gunner. Something will give soon enough though. I do think our guy is brilliant with his substitutions, i didn't understand yesterdays at all but he got us back in the game, so can't complain.

2.) 04 Nov 2018 19:49:11
Mate I wouldn't swap Emery for Pep or anyone else he is perfect for us right now but still I'm impressed by what others are doing too and the incredible pace they are setting.



03 Nov 2018 19:30:35
Fantastic results and performance against the second best team in England by some distance.
Incredible transformation in Arsenal after just a quater of a season under our new manager.
We might not be brilliant it every game but we turn up fight and compete in every game and for me that's more than enough to be happy about for now.
Arsenal football club are back in the business of being ambitious on the football field.


{Ed025's Note - i totally agree G62..

1.) 03 Nov 2018 19:39:29
I'm over the moon Ed025 mate, it's all I've ever asked for from the team passion effort commitment.
You can always be the best and you can't always be at your best but you can and should always give it all you've got to achieve those things.
Happy happy gunner62 again:-)

{Ed025's Note - glad to hear it mate..

2.) 03 Nov 2018 19:52:40
Looking like a team with a plan and ambition 🍾.

{Ed025's Note - very much so SY..

3.) 03 Nov 2018 20:25:28
I’m very pleased with the point, a vast improvement on last year and the previous 5 actually .

4.) 03 Nov 2018 21:31:01
I think we have to really appreciate how good this Liverpool team are to realise just how far we've come in such a short space of time.
Unbelievable really.

5.) 04 Nov 2018 10:01:28
Agreed 62, it was a good team performance my only negative was Leno really.



31 Oct 2018 23:24:06
So it's Spurs next in the cowebunga cup, brilliant now all we need to do is draw then in the Europa league knock outs and fa cup too :-)


{Ed0333's Note - I think the quarter final will be a good scrap between you both gunner. An excellent opportunity for both clubs to win silverware. I think arsenal fans will be happy with the Caraboa Cup and a top 4 finish? Discuss...

1.) 31 Oct 2018 23:51:59
Top four would be progress, top four and a cup, euphoria!

2.) 01 Nov 2018 08:02:45
The fa and league cups are nice treats but the league is everyone's bread and butter whether it's survival top 4 or title chasing.
Top 4 in season one under Dick?
For me that would be fantastic and way beyond what I thought possible in August, long way to go but so far so very good.
Results against Liverpool City Chelsea are always a bonus but for us Utd and Spurs it will come down to who slips up least v the other 14 teams and so far we are extremely strong in that department but with 3/ 4 of the season still to come it's anyone's call who will be 4th place trophy winners this season.

3.) 01 Nov 2018 09:49:00
Top 5 and a cup would be good for season one.

I remember no one being happy with 4th and another FA Cup but got to leave the past behind us.

Long term we need to be top 3 and a trophy - not next season but after that. Emery is progressing well but defence is still a 💩 show

Would rather FA Cup or EL than League cup though - want a real cup.

4.) 01 Nov 2018 13:27:00
Personally I want to be challenging for the title by year 3 or 4 of Dicks tenure.
This season for me top 4 would be a real bonus while top 6 would be acceptable at a push for season ome.
Next season we have to be top 4 or within a whisker of it and then years 3 to 4 we simply have to challenge for the title for anything to be different.
We are a huge club who are currently not operating at our best, Dick walked into a club who were in pretty poor shape for our size and he or no one can put that right over night but he has make us title competitive within 4 seasons at the absolute outside or make way for someone else, we mustn't be silly by expecting too much too soon but equally we should never again accept to little for far too long as we did from Arsene.



28 Oct 2018 15:26:31
Good result poor game from us today, it had to come.
Palace well worth their point, well worth it.


1.) 28 Oct 2018 15:31:32
Yep, quite disappointing really, surprised Zaha wasn’t against Xhaka from the off.

2.) 28 Oct 2018 15:44:48
Embarrassing performance by palace with all the flailing and embellishing in the box. Ayew should’ve seen a second yellow for his blatant and obvious dive in the first half.




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13 Nov 2018 18:41:39
Great post mate, it's like electing a new government and expecting them to put right a decade of recession and turn us back into the super power we once was in 3 months.
We are finally moving forward again but some people seem to think Emery should have a magic wand and should have turned us into City's main rivals by now?
Surely some realisim is needed from some fans.




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19 Oct 2018 20:25:41
So far we haven't gone for obvious players instead looking to spot the less obvious and less expensive in fees and wages, I think that trend will continue in January and it will next summer before we bring in any house hold names if at all.




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12 Oct 2018 17:15:49
I was thinking exactly the same thing when reading kcider post Steve mate :-)
When subs change a game does it mean the manager is a genius for spotting the problem or an person for not starting the best 11 :-)
But do agree Kcider mate, it's a breath of fresh air to have a decisive manager who isn't afraid to see and admit his mistakes and rectify them asap.




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25 Sep 2018 14:02:18
Agree with that Steve someone somewhere will take thier chances and have a field day with our defence and when they do it be all be about how we respond to it.
A cpuple seasons back when Mustafi first joined us teams like Swansea Sunderland as well as PSG were coming to the emirates and making chance after chance but failing to take them, we were flying high in the league but only because of others awful finishing, them came our visit to Goodison where Everton tore us apart and we never ever recovered our defensive good fortune under Arsene.
When we meet a team who bring thier shooting boots with them Dick needs to manage the teams mentality better by not letting it get to the players as unfortunately Arsene did.




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24 Sep 2018 18:52:46
Chelsea were runaway champions 2 seasons ago so they only needed a slight change of direction to get them back on track while we haven't challenged for 14 years so obviously it's a major rebuilding job with us.
Anyone hoping for beautiful football and a title challenge to boot this season is only fooling themselves.
We've not been competive for years and our footballing attractiveness has been in dramatic decline for the last 3 or 4 years too.





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19 Nov 2018 10:24:42
Hi Stephen Malaga put in a brief appearance a little while back mate still no sign of the Dagala:- (.




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15 Nov 2018 07:46:57
Knees bend arms stretch yah yah yah Sharpie:-)




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14 Nov 2018 21:20:26
And that's what it's all about :-)




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14 Nov 2018 19:55:12
Everyone is allowed and entitled to an opinion and equally people are allowed to disagree with their opinions.
That's how it works for anyone and everyone who posts.




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14 Nov 2018 19:52:24
What about those who keep changing their minds:-)