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30 Jan 2019 17:38:26
Arsenal have signed "barca outcast" denis suarez, lol some of the media outlets on the web are gutter snipes. Very talented player, the only thing we need to find out is wether he copes with the prem. We have4 months to find out.


{Ed0333's Note - i agree Steve I think the guys a very good player. Really looking forward to seeing provide bullets to Aba and Lacazette. I don’t see anything wrong with this transfer at all.

1.) 30 Jan 2019 17:50:22
Emery knows him really well Ed0333, he knows what he is getting, so i'm hopeful he can blossom but at least we can try before we buy.

{Ed0333's Note - exactly it’s a win win situation for arsenal.

2.) 30 Jan 2019 19:36:46
Alexis wasn’t a first team regular in Barcelona before he came to us. So if Suarez can be anything close to that I would be thrilled. (Yeah yeah, I know Alexis was a better player, with more power to his game)

3.) 30 Jan 2019 20:42:05
The truth is Nor, Barcelona don't have many donkeys in their A or B teams, they can all play football and would get in a hell of a lot of first teams. He probably needs to play regularly to find his true potential. he's no mug that's for sure.

4.) 31 Jan 2019 01:51:15
Alexis was a regular, he was almost always in the team except for a handful of occasions off the bench or left out of the cups.
Personally I'm glad we've picked up Suarez but wondering who will make way in the side as a result.



14 Jan 2019 22:59:15
Ed 02 do you know if it is right we have been offered €10 by juve to let ramsey go. I know you don't like talking money but have you heard anything. Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - It is rather more than €10 but they do want him now and Benatia is another option.}

1.) 15 Jan 2019 13:10:21
I'd take benatia and let Ramsey go now.

2.) 15 Jan 2019 14:44:02
Just realised i missed the million out of first post. Doh!

3.) 15 Jan 2019 17:38:25
Yes, they have doubled their offer by adding a glass of Chianti to the bid Steve.

4.) 15 Jan 2019 14:42:52
Thanks for that Ed 02.

5.) 15 Jan 2019 17:52:49
One of the few fine things to come from Italy Epping . We should bite their hand off.



14 Jan 2019 22:56:02
Since the summer Ozil joined, Arsenal have spent on transfers £378 million. we have recouped £77 million. I think its plain to see why this club has been struggling.


1.) 14 Jan 2019 23:20:40
No question the buying and contract management of players has been woeful to put it mildly and that's why the Sven men have been brought in by the club. Who knows the club might just feel a little less nervous in future if they start seeing the assets they invest increase in value rather than simply vanish into thin air.

2.) 15 Jan 2019 00:14:09
The list of players we have lost money on or like sanchez lost out on when their market value was lost. Ok not now but his market value was £80 big ones, we got way below that in the deal. Gabriel, Lucas etc not big buys as such but bought and sold at a loss in a short time.

3.) 15 Jan 2019 04:10:27
Agree with both Steve and G62. I'd still take a loss on Mustafi if it meant getting rid tomorrow though. We desperately need a CB.

4.) 15 Jan 2019 06:22:31
We have been operating like that for years Steve, constantly letting players go to rivals for below market value and getting shafted when going into the transfer market too late as was the Wenger way.

5.) 15 Jan 2019 08:12:04
It seemed to all start with RVP moving to United a move that hurt Arsene personally, after that we seem to give any player who might just one day be a top player ridicules wages not to leave and of course the players quickly learned how to play the game with Arsene in order to get more than their true value in wages.



14 Jan 2019 20:21:51
This season is about transition and change, if people can't or won't give Dick or Tom or whoever enough time to get right or get wrong ( i don't know anyone who gets everything right and nothing wrong) then we can't expect anyone ever to come to this club and put it back. Dick is a very good manager, a very highly decorated manager, for goodness sake let him get on with it and let him get things wrong. Then maybe when it has been time to digest the level of problems that need to be addressed, then give him time to address it. The squad had ad still has problems of not his doing, he isn't Dynamo. Oh wait!


1.) 14 Jan 2019 21:32:05
Next up Chelsea United Cardiff and City Steve given its Dicks first season what would be acceptable mate, 3pts v Cardiff and free to concentrate on the europa league 100% :-)

2.) 14 Jan 2019 21:54:58
Amen to that Steve 🙏🏻.

3.) 14 Jan 2019 22:23:32
Gunner, our home record is pretty good, if we beat chelski next week, happy days, if we dont, i think pretty much cups all the way and a bit more experimenting with the team for me.

4.) 14 Jan 2019 22:36:55
Glen, I've never thought about being a preacher man. Lol Are they opinionated like me.

5.) 14 Jan 2019 22:53:53
What about United in the cup Steve? Do you think Dick can out smart Ole given he's been in the job slightly longer :-)

6.) 14 Jan 2019 23:55:00
Gunner, why not, we will find out soon enough.

7.) 15 Jan 2019 10:13:20
I guess so Steve mate. All hail Pope Emery.



31 Dec 2018 19:36:20
Anyway, Happy new year to all, eds and arsenal fc.


1.) 01 Jan 2019 11:18:37
Happy new year Steve mate.

2.) 02 Jan 2019 17:23:56
Happy new year, Steve to you and your family.




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19 Apr 2019 01:17:00
Our manager has more wins in his first 50 games than any manager in arsenal history. Wow!


1.) 19 Apr 2019 02:39:27
yeh i saw that and was just about to post and say it would make you happy to hear! anyone who didn't see, the list looked like this

32 - Unai Emery

28 - George Allison

27 - George Graham

27 - Herbert Chapman

25 - Jack Crayston

24- Tom Whittaker

24 - George Swindin

23 - Arsene Wenger

23 - Don Howe.

2.) 19 Apr 2019 06:02:59
Thanks eden, i hadn't seen the list, just that he had. Not to be sniffed at though.

3.) 19 Apr 2019 06:22:15
Considering the squad Emery inherited, plus a spend of only £70m, he has done a first class job. In a difficult transition season, having lost. 3 players to injury for much of the season, to think that we could be in 3rd place after Sunday's match and are in the Semi-Final of the EL is an amazing achievement.

4.) 19 Apr 2019 08:39:01
If we make top 4 or win the europa then no one can argue
Dick has done an amazing job in his first 12 months at Arsenal.
Last night was a fantastic results and performance but personally I'm still not convinced by the teams overall performances or Dicks tactics and team selections.
What ever happens next season and beyond it won't change the fact that in season one qualifying for CL football in either or both top 4 and or europa league would be an outstanding achievement.

5.) 19 Apr 2019 22:56:01
Impressive but I’d take Wenger’s first season over anyone’s first regardless of number of wins.

How many goals has Emery conceded in his first 50 games Vs the rest?

6.) 20 Apr 2019 00:15:27
Sy, i can appreciate you can't move on yet but that's your problem and that's something only you can say when you get over wenger. For me i can't think of any manager who in his first season could have done much better. Would klopp, would poch, would solschar, would sari, would Ancelotti or would arteta? who knows but to be in a better position than we are now would have required a minor miracle. i'm lucky, i moved on straight away and i'm loving it. Hope you can love it too soon. I've got my Arsenal back, i'm not a mardy sod anymore and i'm grateful.

{Ed001's Note - you live in a major dream world if you think none of those would have done better.}

7.) 20 Apr 2019 09:38:40
Steve, I have moved on. I said it was impressive. Wenger’s first season - he changed a failing team around and addressed its weak spots. Who cares about the number of wins in the first 50 - we had trophies in the first season as issues were addressed. That’s not caught in the past but a yardstick for your expectations to be measured against as I think your using a 5 inch ruler to judge Emery because he’s not Wenger. We don’t have our Arsenal back we just have change plus new hope and May be it’s that hope that’s skewing judgement more than reality. Either way - I WANT Arsenal to succeed and if Emery doesn’t improved next season and address the obvious then I hope we change again. I hope it’s not necessary as that delays success but that’s life.



18 Apr 2019 22:06:58
Great great performance from the team and the manager. I've always said we are a different animal with soc and kos in defence and we are. Grest goal from lacca and well deserved. Napoli are not used to getting beat at home and they were unbeaten this year in the CL, very unlucky not to progress in that comp. Two away wins and two clean sheets at tricky places. Well done Dick, you are doing a great job, with what you have at your disposal.


1.) 18 Apr 2019 23:08:32
Well played boys and great team selection Boss.

2.) 18 Apr 2019 23:29:23
You wait all season for an away clean sheet and two come along in 4 days ;-)
Excellent excellent results and performances against the competitions favourites both home and away.
Impressive stuff.

3.) 18 Apr 2019 23:43:27
Sy, very underwhelming from you. When we get beat we get a whole book. Lol.

4.) 19 Apr 2019 00:02:37
Gunner the key is having good central defenders, soc and kos have been amazing when played together, they are quick as well.

5.) 19 Apr 2019 00:09:58
I also think Ancelotti could have ended up at arsenal (would have suited me) but we went for the younger man and a project. It was great to see Dick out manoeuvre him and show that we probably did the right thing. At least with Ancelotti.

6.) 19 Apr 2019 06:18:44
Great result and an excellent performance. Koscielny was immense. Emery continues to impress in his first season a the club, already surpassing last season's points total and now reaching the EL Semi-Finals.
Disappointing injury to Ramsey, hopefully it won't be as bad as it appears.
I am looking forward to Sunday's match at home to Palace, which could see us move into 3rd place.

7.) 19 Apr 2019 10:57:51
Solid performance. relatively comfortable and great team selection. Made my night when Monreal popped off mid game for a pony in the Napoli toilets. hope he didn't flush it!
Cmon the gunners!



17 Apr 2019 22:32:12
Right we've had the starter, now the main course. COYG.


1.) 18 Apr 2019 12:47:37
Its going to be tough there steve mate considering our away form but I can see the lads will be up for it tonight.
I just hope the boss doesn’t go into the game in a defensive mind. Playing laca and auba will give them a lot to think about imo. However I see us going through.

2.) 18 Apr 2019 13:52:07
I'm my opinion we will need to score as keeping the opponents out isn't something we that comes naturally to our players especially away from the Emirates.
Score 1 and they need 4 which I'd be extremely disappointed to see us concede.

3.) 18 Apr 2019 23:37:23
Yesterday, somehow I had a funny feeling before the game that if spuds progress we would also progress tonight :d



15 Apr 2019 22:44:38
I have got to say Dick is doing some job, we had mustaffi in (need not say no more) mavropanos first game for light years, auba and myki with their boots on the wrong feet, iwobi with sawdust for brains and xhaka passing every ball to the opposition and he still managed to get these 11 clowns to win somehow tonight. Well done Dick you are my hero. Lol.


1.) 15 Apr 2019 23:51:45
that was all luck! and soul destroying to watch! we in no way deserved to win that, I don't blame emery, the players out there should of performed way better! an extra man for 80 minutes yet by far the worse side for the whole game and only won it because of an apsolute howler by their keeper, that was dire!

2.) 16 Apr 2019 00:12:15
Totally disagree on the goal, it was brilliant by auba and only auba could have done that, no howler, just lightning speed.

3.) 16 Apr 2019 00:46:45
Regardless, we were massively out played, despite being far more expensively assembled and having a numerical advantage, it was a truly shocking performance and if we play anywhere near that on Thursday our 2 nil lead won't be anywhere near enough, how can we be so different home and away? Home form exceptional away form diabolical!

{Ed0333's Note - does it matter if you win the UEFA cup/and or finish 4th? You’re a work in progress mate Emery has been there only 1 season and he’s had financial constraints. Judge him next season when he’s had time to wheel and deal and really implement his blueprint. In my opinion you’re above expectation. Rome wasn’t built in a day but Everton Man United’s defence was.

4.) 16 Apr 2019 01:16:01
Easy Eden mate, it hasn’t been easy playing away this season mate, the goal was excellent from Auba the way he pressed with speed which shocked their keeper. We defended well, yes they are playing with ten men but they had nothing to lose and they only played on the counter, you can see Watford they were angry about the red and their reaction was great, in the second half we controlled the game way better. Lucky with the red, some may say yes but other say it was pure stupidity from Deeney. They had chances we did too so it was a great scape with the 3 points.
So give some credit to the boss and enjoy the ugly win rather than being sour, beside we are resting players for Thursday. So hurray for the 3 points.

5.) 16 Apr 2019 04:25:45
Much needed 3 points and our first away clean sheet.
With an exhausting schedule Emery managed to start without Sokratis (suspended) , Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac. Ozil and Lacazette, giving half the outfield players a rest.
How we cope with the current fixture congestion will, of course, define our season.
Looking forward to Thursday's match v Napoli. It will be interesting to see how our rivals for a top four spot emerge from this week's matches. Particularly as the Toot have two tough matches away to Man City, Man U have to travel to Everton after playing Barcelona away and Chelsea entertain Burnley at home, after a midweek EL match.

6.) 16 Apr 2019 05:38:12
Agree whole heartedly Ed0333, i think the same as you. Why should we apologise for an ugly performance and 3 points. Other teams have uglier performances and don't bst an eyelid, why should we. Great 3 points.

7.) 16 Apr 2019 05:39:40
Agree RG onwards and upwards.

8.) 16 Apr 2019 12:17:43
Disagree with you on xhaka we have missed him and torrira in midfield, you just have it in for him no matter how good he plays.

9.) 16 Apr 2019 13:22:31
I was maybe overly critical after I've slept on it 😂 and like I said I don't blame emery, I think he's doing well with the hand he's dealt, we were clearly the 6th best team last year and he wasn't given enough resources to change that, so if he gets 4th or the europa league, he will of exceeded my expectations and done a fantastic job. But yesterday the players were a disappointment that after 80 minutes of being a man down it was Watford who had more energy and fight than us. Anyway I was riled, I'm no longer riled 😊.

10.) 16 Apr 2019 18:13:09
Ha ha eden, we are all critical and we are all passionate. don't get angry with 3 vital points. At the end of the day the table doesn't paint pictures or tells a story, it tells you how many points you get and don't get. We have had some brilliant performances this year and got nothing. Workmanlike performances are something we aren't used to but we need to have more of them to progress.

11.) 16 Apr 2019 19:22:56
Say that Steve but I thought Leno had another great game. Made two decent saves.

12.) 16 Apr 2019 20:06:58
D we have found a great keeper at a great price.

13.) 16 Apr 2019 20:58:21
Welsh, i haven't got it in for xhaka at all. He is an awful player and players like him and mustaffi are the main reasons people like you write about how poor we are when we lose. You say, even when he has a good game, well he definitely didn't last night, he was one of the main culprits and he doesn't do "good" games. If a player for us has talent i acknowledge that, if he hasn't, i acknowledge that too. He is just plain awful and up his own backside. Apparently he is using arsenal as a stepping stone, REALLY!
I wait on Real, Barca, Citeh and Juve giving us £150 mil this summer.
He needs replacing for us to progress and that is what i want. Do you really think he is going to take us higher?
I know he isn't.

14.) 17 Apr 2019 09:36:13
I personally agree with you on Xhaka Steve but I don't think Dick agrees with either of us and actually rates him.

15.) 17 Apr 2019 11:15:17
The thing with Xhaka is he does distribute the ball better than our other midfielders, and apart from the occasional blip, you know when he has the ball it will proceed to another Arsenal player. However for me, he just slows the play down too much. Recently, with Guendozi and Ramsey playing the midfield role, for example against Newcastle, it was a revelation. Their workrate more than made up for the lack of a "ball winner", and the speed at which the ball moved down the pitch was fantastic. Once Xhaka comes back in, everything has to go through him, and the sideways play returns, as against Watford.

16.) 17 Apr 2019 13:31:55
Gunner, i'm not sure he has a lot of choice this season. He inherited a lot of wenger jewels that he has had to rely on. Rate or rely, i think he would not hesitate to trade, if he could.



15 Apr 2019 22:14:53
Such an important 3 points tonight, watford away out of the way. 9 points needed and some big games coming up for toots, utd and chelski (they play each other) we can sit back and watch the action in the prem for a few days and see what occurs. COYG.





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25 Feb 2019 23:45:48
I would be very surprised if Gouendouzi was sold, he is an arsenal fan, playing for his club st 19. As a club the midfield duo of him and torreira are the future for the next three or gour seasons. The club should be building round players like him. I for one would be devastated if he is sold on for profit over progress. I don't see it.




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26 Feb 2019 00:11:52
We should be building a team round Gouendouzi if we are looking to break back into the top four. It is obvious that big teams will be sniffing, he is pure class but he is an arsenal fan and i think we will keep him for a few more years. Him and torreira should be the future of a great potential midfield.




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11 Feb 2019 20:21:07
I think we will get at least 3 new defenders next summer, a left back, a center back and a right back.




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04 Feb 2019 21:47:37
Am i right, monchi worked with Dick in the past. There may be legs, it may be people putting two and two together. Overmars is in the frame as well, i think.




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30 Jan 2019 22:18:04
Great move for him and arsenal.





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20 Apr 2019 20:48:44
Ithink his knowledge of the Europa league and playing Thursday sunday is the key. We have done better than chelski on our games after playing on a Thursday. They have struggled.




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20 Apr 2019 20:46:50
Gunner, maybe we aren't as bad defensively as some keep alluding. 8 goals conceded in last 14 games since citeh. 1 goal conceded in the last 6 games. Some people only see the negatives when it suits. Given the right players, i don't see a problem with Emery at all. We have improvement to come that's for sure but at the moment he is working his socks of to get it right. If people can't see that, they never will. We are a work that is in progress.




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20 Apr 2019 20:31:06
Rocky, obviously we have improved but some people will are finding it hard to move on and see what really is happening. Its been a long time since we have gone unbeaten against utd and toots. To use the old, other teams aren't as good as they were is ridiculous. Its a league and it is about getting points and the more you get the better you are and the less you get, you aren't as good. To slag Emery off after what he has done in his first season in the prem is cringeworthy. My team was regressing at an alarming rate and the job to turn that round, was not only Dicks but the guys behind the scenes as well, albeit one has left. I was hating watching us because we were so unprepared, that is now getting better and better. Our football is more exciting as well. Loooking forward with excitement to next season. i'm loving it again and I've got my hope back again. I feel sorry for those that haven't because i was there this last few seasons. Still that's not my problem. COYG.




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20 Apr 2019 00:34:21
I suppose the proof in the pudding will come at the end of the season. And even then there will be some, even if we qualify by fourth or a cup, for the CL we won't have improved because of our poor defence, which for me was poor when we had major injuries and midfielders and novices playing at center back. The defence like every team is worse when you have to rely on lesser players and better when you can rely on better player. We were slipping alarmingly down the league and that needed stopping. I think it has been stopped and now its about how much we can improve under our present manager. Toots are getting loads of plaudits and rightly so but they are years into their project, we are one point behind in the league and gave them two footballing lessons in the league. Utd are throwing money and managers at the job like nobodies business and failing. Chelski are no better than us and that's something that we couldn't say in previous seasons. We are way behind citeh and liverpool and maybe will next season but both of them are well into their projects. If we were 7th and if we were out of the EL then i think there would be an argument but i find it strange that people aren't getting that we are in there fighting for stuff that was looking further and further away. COYG.


{Ed001's Note - Liverpool had one centre back fit for most of the season and no right backs, having to play midfielders for a crucial part of the season there, but I don't remember there being a need for nonsense excuses from their quarter?}



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20 Apr 2019 00:15:27
Sy, i can appreciate you can't move on yet but that's your problem and that's something only you can say when you get over wenger. For me i can't think of any manager who in his first season could have done much better. Would klopp, would poch, would solschar, would sari, would Ancelotti or would arteta? who knows but to be in a better position than we are now would have required a minor miracle. i'm lucky, i moved on straight away and i'm loving it. Hope you can love it too soon. I've got my Arsenal back, i'm not a mardy sod anymore and i'm grateful.


{Ed001's Note - you live in a major dream world if you think none of those would have done better.}