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19 Feb 2018 00:15:57
Chris Smalling! No thank you very much.


1.) 19 Feb 2018 09:34:38
Chris Smalling, Johnny Evans what's the difference? Age fee wages I guess but both were or are not seen as Utd standard.
If people have changed their mind on Evans and he's now suddenly good enough for City then why can't the same thing happen with Smalling?
I see Smallings ability and why we might be interested but I also see his inconsistencies and huge errors.
If your Chris Smalling and want to improve your game and realise all that early potential then would you think Arsene and Arsenal given our poor defensive discipline and organisation is the place to do it?
Most probably a bad move for both him and us at this time.

2.) 19 Feb 2018 11:43:39
I think before we spend any more money a another CB we need to look at why and how Mustafi Gabriel Chambers and Holding have all failed to become Kos regular partner and perform at a consistently high standard.
It's no good keep changing the personel without sorting out the underlying problem.
It's like keep changing a tyre on your car because they keep getting worn-out on one side but not getting your tracking sorted, Wether you buy a cheap tyre for £30 or the best you can get for £150 it's not going to sort the problem if you don't sort out the real problem.

3.) 19 Feb 2018 13:09:51
Very true 62. In truth tho we need to replace koscielny as well. Am I alone thinking That? He's 31 and I swear he's carrying a few injuries he just doesn't look as sharp. Then again it's hard to look sharp in our back 4.

4.) 19 Feb 2018 14:10:13
Hi 16 mate i totally agree age has suddenly caught up with Kos this season, as our main man and only really reliable CB for years he's had to work hard to try and compensate and cover for those around him so maybe that too has had an effect, but Kos brilliant as he has been is unfortunately coming to yhe the end of his career as a top quality premier league CB.

5.) 19 Feb 2018 15:28:02
Burnley have a Top 4 goals against record. We have a bottom 6 goals against record. Go get Mee and Tarkowski. Mind you we would need Dyche too or AW will likely ruin them.

6.) 19 Feb 2018 18:37:21
That's the thing SG mate, Arsene sees retaining procession as the best form of defence, it's how he sees things and is in his principles to play that way.
The problem is now that everyone and his cat has completely sussed us out everyone has a game plan that includes taking advantage of our defensive weaknesses rather than just trying to contain us and hang onto the point they started with they all fancy thier chances of getting 3pts against us now days.



14 Feb 2018 23:57:56
Ed 02 if you are available, please. Could you shed any light on ancelotti replacing wenger in the summer, if events don't go as hoped. Thanks. If there is any.


{Ed002's Note - As I said previously, I think that Wenger may well draw a line across in the summer but right now don't forget Wenger has another 18 months to run. I have also explained that there are potential options in Simeone and Ancelotti and different folks have different opinions of each - although Simeone would eb difficult to replace. Right now I am not aware of any decision, but certainly it is something the club are thinking about - and they will want options to consider.}

1.) 15 Feb 2018 13:20:19
Ed, would it be fair to say that Sanllehi and Mislintat will be heavily involved in choosing Arsense's replacement when the time comes?

{Ed002's Note - I don't know about Mislintat but certainly Sanllehi.}

2.) 15 Feb 2018 19:14:22
I'm guessing he's the one who wants Simeone at the club?

3.) 15 Feb 2018 20:15:37
Yes thanks for that ed 02.

4.) 18 Feb 2018 00:59:31
Steve do you think he’ll go this summer?

5.) 18 Feb 2018 03:08:16
There’s been several reports claiming mr. Wengers prefered replacement, that is if his opinion will mean anything is Germany’s Lowe who has also supposedly said he’s stepping down from the national team this summer after the World Cup. Miles away from any management change at Arsenal I know, but would managers like Simone, Ancelotti or Lowe want the Arsenal job or do you think they’d be looking at Chelsea or even PSG (offcourse they’d be all keeping their options open) ? I’m surprised Enrique isn’t the front runner.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of Joachim Löw saying he is l;eaving this summer, particularly given that less than 18 months ago he extended his contract from this summer by a further 2 years to cover the Euros in 2020. However, one side did make an approach to enquire recently about his availability, but it was not Arsenal. I have explained who the ideal options are seen to be and the difficulties. It is nothing to do with PSG or Chelsea.}

6.) 18 Feb 2018 13:42:19
Sorry Ed, are you saying these are the two only / main options

Simeone and Ancelott


{Ed002's Note - No, I haven't said that.}

7.) 19 Feb 2018 01:48:17
13, if we don't get CL football, what is the point of him staying for one more season and all the uncertainty that goes with that. It is a gut feeling reading and talking to people that ancelotti is on our radar if it all goes pete tong. If he gets CL football, i can see him staying but and it is a big but, i don't think certain people in the club think we will get it. Hence the ancelotti link. Wenger won't leave but that doesn't mean he is staying. The two year contract seems a strange one to me, it doesn't create stability if we fail to get our goals this season.

{Ed0333's Note - Your going through transition on and off the pitch, Arsene needs to appreciate this go at the end of the season. I think he’ll do the honorable thing and bow out gracefully regardless of Champions League qualification. If he does go at the end of the season I truly hope you guys give him the RESPECTFUL send off he deserves because if it wasn’t for that man Manchester United would have won everything in sight.

8.) 19 Feb 2018 10:27:18
I totally agree with both of you. The man is a legend which unfortunately has held on just a little too long.

9.) 19 Feb 2018 12:04:05
I'm with you a million % Ed033 mate, if Arsene should go at the end of the season we should all put our differences aside and Unite to give him the most fantastic celebtion party of all the good things he's done for our club and the premier league too.
At that point there would be absolutely no point in going on about his faults any longer and it should all be about his achievements.

{Ed0333's Note - bravo my friend well said



30 Jan 2018 16:22:35
I've just seen auba come from the private jet to the training ground in a van with seats, bet auba was well impressed with that, not exactly a chrome plated Porsche. But then i saw spuds new signing, they made him come on his own on the train carrying his own suitcase, i hope they paid his luggage. He was also holding a second class ticket.


1.) 30 Jan 2018 16:34:17
Would of been typically British if it was a Transit aye Steve 😂 credit to the spuds though they’ve got a great player there, he’s only 25 but it seems like he’s been around for ages!

2.) 30 Jan 2018 16:48:08
I would have took a chance with him.

3.) 30 Jan 2018 17:41:50
Yeah no chance all he does is run in a straight line 😂😂.

4.) 30 Jan 2018 21:51:24
Jelfy, well at least he runs.



21 Jan 2018 21:18:59
My mate who is an arsenal fan who watches dortmund five or six times a year. He says it is cheaper to have a day out watching them than it is arsenal. When you buy a ticket you get free transport as well around dortmund all for about £30. That and cheap airfare with a budget airline, cheap beer, makes it a cheap jolly. He says auba is a proper team player with a great attitude and he is as strong as an ox. He thinks he can play various roles and is really exited. That will do for me.


1.) 21 Jan 2018 22:49:21
That's what I like to hear. I never pay too much attention to pundits and media on a player. Always fans that watch them on a regular basis know their true value.

2.) 21 Jan 2018 23:46:04
D, we just need to get him now.

{Ed033's Note - Ah, but is he as strong as the Ox? 😋

3.) 22 Jan 2018 00:55:34
Sounds good.
We can keep him for 2 years, than sell him to Utd for when Sanchez retires.

4.) 22 Jan 2018 08:35:10
I’m going to save that post dags because that’s what will happen.

5.) 22 Jan 2018 09:09:28
Let's hope not Sanogo.



18 Jan 2018 18:23:38
Ed 02. With welbeck having only 18 months left on his contract, i think. Do you know wether he will be sold this January or offered a new contract. Rumour that he may be off loaded but surely another replacement for him isn't on the cards. Is it? Thanks for any info.


{Ed002's Note - You are right about the 18 months Steve and he is somewhere down the list of potential strikers for Besiktas (ironically Giroud was originally top of their list). However, I can't see Arsenal letting Welbeck leave if Giroud were to move. If Giroud stays then perhaps Welbeck will leave later in the window - but that won't suit Besiktas who have a pressing need for a solution.}

1.) 18 Jan 2018 20:04:25
Thanks for the info ed.

2.) 19 Jan 2018 01:26:02
it's strange ed, I don't understand why year after year, big british players are linked with teams abroad but they always end up staying here. Is it generally the players refusing to move or are British teams seen as more difficult to negotiate with etc?

3.) 19 Jan 2018 01:45:03
I like Danny a lot, but it looks like at 27 he'll never really add finishing to his repertoire. Much rather we kept Giroud (though I suspect it will be the other way around due to age and desire to start at the WC for France)

4.) 19 Jan 2018 01:26:02
it's strange ed, I don't understand why year after year, big british players are linked with teams abroad but they always end up staying here. Is it generally the players refusing to move or are British teams seen as more difficult to negotiate with etc?

{Ed001's Note - it is because they are not good enough and there is little genuine interest until the current crop of youth players.}

5.) 19 Jan 2018 13:40:10
I don’t rate Welbeck at all, him and Iwobi need to off loaded soon as possible.




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18 Feb 2018 20:08:20
Whats all this crap with VAR this weekend, just because it was man utd. It is being introduced to help get decisions right. It got that one right. The play was allowed to go on and after the move and goal, it went to the video and it was off side. The linesman couldn't have got it right and in this day and age vid technology did. It shouldn't have been a goal, by the letter of the law it was off side. It would have been a goal talked about as being offside, the linesman can't be expected to see that but technology did. Correct decisions its what we want to see not wrong ones. For once it really is black and white.


1.) 18 Feb 2018 21:49:26
For every tough call VAR gets wrong it will get 100 right with the occasional debatable technicality.
No human being could ever hope be so accurate in a split second with often an unclear view as VAR so how can it be anything but good news.

2.) 18 Feb 2018 23:53:13
Agree gunner, 1 inch offside is unacceptable with an human being and not consistent or achievable consistently but technology can do that for every situation.

3.) 19 Feb 2018 01:56:34
By the way for all, 1 inch was a figure of speech. Technology is accurate, humans can't be.

4.) 19 Feb 2018 03:59:25
I think the on-screen graphic with the squint, squiggly lines kind of made a mockery of the whole thing. Apparently they just broadcast the wrong image, and the squint squiggly line image had nothing to do with the decision, though where it arose from wasn't mentioned. Right decision, but the rest was a farce.

5.) 19 Feb 2018 08:20:34
The fact is Steve our brain makes assumptions based on what it thinks happened and all convince ourselves it's what we really did see or hear.
Captain Kirk never ever said beam me up Scotty but almost everyone remembers him saying it loads of times and during an American basketball game a man ran across the court in a gorilla suit on live TV but a third of those watching didn't notice him in real time and we're stunned when shown the replay how they could have possibly have not seen him at the time.
For years football was all about real time and what the ref saw or missed so did the majority of the public but now days with so many caramas at every professional game technology has given us all the luxury of a second chance of forming a correct opinion it seems crazy that the only person we would refuse that luxury to is the person making the decision.

6.) 19 Feb 2018 13:24:04
As someone who is also a big fan of Rugby and Cricket i am somewhat cautious over the use of VAR in football as at times I think its getting close to spoiling both games and i don't want to see the same happening to football. Of course getting major decisions right is important, which is why the goal-line technology in football is brilliant as it not only removes all doubt, but more importantly it makes the decision quickly. This is my fear, as in rugby and Cricket, the games can get horribly slowed as the crowd wait and wait for a VAR decision after its referred. It seems (probably correctly) that once a decision has been referred it becomes of the most utmost importance that it has to be the right decision, and you subsequently end up waiting 3,4 or even 5 minutes for the VAR to view the event in multiple angles in slow-mo, super slow-mo etc until a final decision is made. This might be OK in cricket (yes for a wicket, but not just to decide if the fielder stopped it being a 4 or not etc) , but its not in Rugby (IMO) and its certainly not in Football. I do like how in rugby the referee still dictates the play and can therefore dictate the VAR question (any reason why i can't award this as a try) and perhaps that's the way football needs to go, perhaps also with a time limit? IE Each time a decision is referred the VAR has 1 minute to clearly identify an incorrect decision and therefore a change is required otherwise the original onfield decision stays? Also, i fear we will also end up with players running up to the referee demanding VAR to every decision going forward, which I seem to recall happened recently in a FA cup tie, when it appeared that after Salah went down in the box and he and a few other Liverpool players complained the referee did in fact go back and refer to VAR. A penalty was subsequently awarded, which is fair enough, but because the other team perhaps felt the Liverpool players had persuaded the referee to refer from that moment onwards every tackle etc was met with players demanding the ref refer to VAR. Perhaps we should go down the MLS route where I think each manager gets 1 or 2 challenges during the game, and if successful the decision is both overturned and they keep their challenge, and if not they lose the challenge (which is how its done in cricket) ?

7.) 19 Feb 2018 14:01:04
Epping mate if I'm honest I was quite happy with the referee being fallible, I've always felt refs mistakes evened themselves up over a season both for and against each team. Players don't get every pass shot tackle right so why should they the manager or the fans expect the person in the middle to be perfect? But they do unfortunately.
So in this modern micro analytic world we live in VAR is the best of a bad job. Understanding accept fans players managers pundits would be ideal but unfortunately those days are gone for now at least.

8.) 19 Feb 2018 17:50:01
The point is, we need as many decisions to be correct as we can. If you win win fairly and if you lose, likewise. The bigger teams always get the decision so the more we can even it out the better for everyone.

9.) 19 Feb 2018 19:57:02
If fairness is what we are after Steve we could do worse than make diving as unacceptable as deliberate fouls.
Refs are only human but I think all do thier best to get it right but their life would be made much easier if the people who moan about them most didn't encourage and allow thier players to try and con them into making mistakes.
Pretty hypocritical to moan about the ref getting it wrong but to encourage trying make him do just that by allowing driving from your players.
If an obvious dive carried a mandatory 5 game ban plus 1 further match from their club to show support diving would soon be a thing of the past.



13 Feb 2018 14:46:50
Oh oh whos voing to be our EL striker now?
Can we rely on Welbeck?
Seems not only thin at the back but up front too now.


1.) 13 Feb 2018 14:51:26

2.) 13 Feb 2018 14:57:42
Out for six weeks and we know arsenal six weeks.

3.) 13 Feb 2018 15:12:43
We sold 3 players in the window, who could have covered and brought one in, who can't play in the cup. Good planning, not.

4.) 13 Feb 2018 15:22:16
It never rains it pours . Welbeck should do just fine and hopefully this is a by round . I’m not fussed about the pointless cup final. It would be nice for Wenger as it’s the only domestic trophy he hasn’t won but I’m not bothered about it . Just a fixture pile up competition.

5.) 13 Feb 2018 15:22:58
Oh ok, I guess that's just an unfortunate short term gamble you take when upgrading your striker strength in the January window mate.
Overall we couldn't pass on PEA and retain Olly just because of this season's Europa league, that would have been madness and unfortunately keeping Olly wasn't an option If we wanted Aubameyang so it's simply a case of bad luck Lacasette getting injured which can and does happen to any and every club.

6.) 13 Feb 2018 15:59:34
Gunner, every one new how important the EL cup is to arsenal to sell 3 strikers able to play in that and bring no one in who can play in that, is now for me short sighted. On Lacazettes side, that's bad luck. let's hope it isn't a problem, welbecks injury record isn't great, who is his replacement.

7.) 13 Feb 2018 15:59:50
Shame Lacazette is injured, but we still have Aubameyang and Welbeck, who actually looks better through the middle than out wide. This typifies the problem with Wenger, who likes signing creative midfield players, but is hesitant where strikers, DM's and defenders are concerned. Even now the transfer speculation is heavy on Max Myer and the Turkish player we let go some time ago, both midfield players. `Lacazette is out for 6 weeks, during which we play 9 matches, possibly more in EL? We should be able to cope with the two striker we have. In addition we have Nketiah who could play. The odd sale was Giroud, as he gave us a different option and selling him to a rival for the top four was odd.

8.) 13 Feb 2018 16:09:28
Rg auba can't play EL.

9.) 13 Feb 2018 16:12:12
If fit, i'm happy for welbeck but who is his plan b if it isn't going to plan. Its amateurish in the extreme to leave us so bare in an important comp for us.

10.) 13 Feb 2018 16:41:56
Yes Steve, but Welbeck can play and Nketiah can be back up against the Swedes. Hence why we shouldn't have sold Giroud and not to our direct rivals.

11.) 13 Feb 2018 16:56:21
We had to let both Theo and Olly go Steve, Olly to get Pea and Theo because the offer for a player who after 12 years hadn't won a regular place but was on mega wages was far to good to refuse.
It's unfortunate Pea is ineligible and Lacasette injured but it can't always be all about the right now when an exceptional player becomes both available and in our case is willing to actually join us :-)

12.) 13 Feb 2018 17:04:16
Fantastic news cackazzette is out for a few weeks, mind you the French Darren bent has done nothing since joining just admiring harry Kane,

13.) 13 Feb 2018 18:24:42
That's not very sporting raver.



12 Feb 2018 22:23:03
I will be careful how i word this as not to upset anyone, but is Jamie Carragher correct in calling us cowards and saying we are going backwards? Not very respectful i think.


1.) 12 Feb 2018 23:57:29
The cowards bit is bit strong but going backwards? Hard to argue with that.

2.) 13 Feb 2018 00:06:29
Not sure about cowards. We certainly don’t want to compete financially with the big boys so will never truly compete. If we can’t afford Evans then we should give up now.
We are certainly standing still. The squad has weaknesses that need addressing. We either attack and leave our defence exposed or try to poorly defend with a blunt attack
Balance is all wrong.

3.) 13 Feb 2018 00:23:42
Gunner, while i accept we have regressed, to call fellow professionals cowards is lower than low. S##t but not cowards.

4.) 13 Feb 2018 06:28:44
Firstly Carragher should be removed from his position until he learns to speak. Even my scouse mates think his accent is absurd!
I do not think our players are cowards. I believe that Wenger post 2006 changed from a fluid 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 with tall CB's and DM's into a team with shorter CB's (except Mertesacker! ) and utilising technical players as DM's, which hasn't worked and offers little protection to the back four. I don't believe we have gone backwards as much as people think. At the start of Wenger's time at the club, the only competition was from Man U. Since then clubs have emerged wifi has are financially doped; such as Chellsea and Man City. Liverpool and the Toot haven't won anything for many seasons, whilst Leicseter was a one 0ff. Over the last 4 seasons, only 2 or 3 clubs have won more than us and even this season we have a cup final. The frustrating thing is that Wenger has chosen not to spend and improve the team, with two windows running with a net spend of zero. If we changed manager and brought in a couple of DM's and CB's, there is no reason whey we can't compete again.

5.) 13 Feb 2018 07:50:58
The thing is RG caras voice is his tv voice. I’ve seen people on tv that are from my way and they have somehow lost the accent. It’s a bit like a telephone voice.

6.) 13 Feb 2018 09:18:30
Not having heard what he said it's difficult to say but reading in between the lines it sounds like poor terminology more than anything else.
Cowards is to strong by far but if he means lack of fight effort determination and commitment then he's only repeating what many of us and most of the rest of football have been saying for years.
For many years under Arsene the first thing peole thought of when talking of Arsenal was beautiful exiting fantastic to watch football, but the last few years when people think of Arsenal they now think lack of ambition money grabbing by the club and a team that lacks commitment on a regular basis.
Our image as a club is one of 4th place champions league money ambition that we are now having real problems meeting.
Which leaves everyone at Arsenal with a choice between accept a lowering of our ambition levels yet again to Europe league qualification so that the current set up can still get over the bar or accept a change of management so the bar can be reset to where realistically a club the size of Arsenals should be, competing for titles most seasons.

7.) 13 Feb 2018 11:00:36
You haven't gone backwards from invincibles to not being even a top 4 club anymore classic R. G. statement. You are the third biggest spenders in the league and are falling further away from spurs, I'm in Amsterdam R. G. looking forward to watching the match against juventus in a seedy pub later.

8.) 13 Feb 2018 11:28:23
Spurs and Liverpool both over took us without the need to spend a fortune last season Raver mate and although Liverpool have spent more heavily this season they have balanced the books with the courtinho money and along with Spurs Chelsea City Utd have left us in their dust.
We used to be about fighting for titles then we became all about finishing top 4 (4th more often than not) now we are all about Europa league qualification and possibly winning of the competition in the hope of making the champions league by this route because the premier league top 4 is getting to hot for us to handle.
I'd say that's steady but sure decline in anyone's books.
We can spend all we want but little will change as the arrival of Sanchez and Ozil proved simply because the mentality at the club is and has been poor for years.
Getting to the top is very difficult and staying at the top for a prolonged period is extremely difficult but if your ambition never stretches beyond finishing top 4 in the first place you've little room to ride out a down turn in fortune's.
Shoot for the stars and you might land on the moon but If you only ever aim at the clouds gravity is going to take its corse sooner or later.

9.) 13 Feb 2018 13:51:59
Personally, i think the guy should be sacked. To allow him to get away on tv with phrases like that for me shows a lack of intelligence. If i was a fellow professional, i would refuse to work with the idiot.

10.) 13 Feb 2018 14:08:42
raver61 - The problem is that the toot haven't won any trophies and have only finished above Arsenal once in three decades. This is the toot at their best and Arsenal at their worst! The top clubs are clearly Man C, Man U and Chelsea who have won many trophies in recent seasons, then comes Arsenal, then Leicester and Blackburn, and then Liverpool and the toot. Both Liverpool and the toot have never won the Premier League! Last season we won the FA Cup and that will go down in the history books, whereas nobody remembers teams that fail to win a trophy. If by some miracle we win the League Cup, even if the toot finish above us, it means absolutely nothing unless the toot actually win a trophy. Don't forget the toot are also outside the top four this season!

11.) 13 Feb 2018 14:13:54
I fully agree Steve, Carragher is a halfwit and should be replaced. I like very few of the pundits. Gary Neville talks sense, but learnt first hand how difficult management is. I cannot stand Carragher and Michael Owen and I find Rooney an embarrassment, with his thatch died auburn and he is barely literate.

12.) 13 Feb 2018 14:31:28
It's funny RG that you find it perfectly acceptable for to make a very very personal attack on Wayne Rooney but not for a tv pundit to collectively attack our players about the way their represent our club on a football pitch?
Strange what some people find perfectly acceptable from themselves but totally unacceptable from others.

13.) 13 Feb 2018 14:48:03
R. G. not having a pop but what you pay ozil we are paying Kane, Ali and eriksen, yes we haven't won nothing but we are a very well run club giving what we spend on players, wages etc and are punching well above our weight. For us being in the mix with Arsenal, Chelsea, Utd, Liverpool etc is a achievement in itself, I think we are doing alright this season considering we are playing every game away from whl.

14.) 13 Feb 2018 15:09:14
Gunner, with respect, i agree but what carragher said was on worldwide tv and is a type of celebrity ( very loosely ) talking about his fellow professionals, which he was one. He would take criticism, i'm sure but he wouldn't take that, i also think he is a role model on tv. Calling someone a coward is not constructive in his way of anaysis. Sky should make him go into the arsenal dressing room with the door shut and let him say the same thing, in his analysis of their performance.

15.) 13 Feb 2018 15:14:27
G62 - I am of course permitted to voice my opinion and it is that Carragher was wrong to call our players cowards. In fact I cannot offhand think of any Premier League players that one could call a coward, which is an odd word to use in terms of top professional players. As for pundits they often critisce players, managers, etc and therefore cannot escape critiscism themselves.

16.) 13 Feb 2018 15:23:23
Raver61 - I didn't agree with paying Ozil £300,000+ a week, but also it's evident that the toot players are underpaid in PL terms, hence why Walker left and Rose kicked off. As I know Toby, I already told you that he is not happy with his salary at the club and that goes for many toot players.
Yes, the toot are punching above their weight, being more of an Everton or Newcastle, clubs that have the potential to compete with the top sides. However, an off season for Arsenal was an FA Cup and a Charity Shiled, whereas a good season for the toot is finishing top four and winning nothing. At the end of the day football is all about winning trophies. Nobody recalls who finished second to Leicester, but we all remenber the League Champiosn, the FA Cup winner, The Champions League winners etc. Yes, you are doing 'alright' this season, but that sums it up. delivering trophies is what it is all about and you have a manager that has won nothing and a team that have won nothing. How long can that go on before the team breaks up players move on. Redknapp had a fabulous team at the toot, but Modric, Bale etc left. Perhaps as an Arsenal fan our expectations are simply much higher than yours.

17.) 13 Feb 2018 15:37:21
R. G. we are a lot bigger Than Newcastle and Everton mate, I don't think Everton or Newcastle have a history of ours and would never pull crowds of 85000.

18.) 13 Feb 2018 15:49:29
League Titles:
Arsenal 13
Everton 9
Newcastle 4
Toot 2

Good luck tonigh raver61, I like English teams beating foreign teams so I hope you win and have a feeling you will do so over two legs. A draw away and a home win is my prediction, but don't put money on it!

19.) 13 Feb 2018 15:56:28
RG you may be permitted a voice but I don't see why you dragged Wayne Rooney into this and needed to use your permitted voice to personally insult him? The only connection is can see between Pundits Carragher and Owner and Wayne Rooney is Liverpool it's self and why that's a problem only you know mate?
I think maybe a little like Jamie Carragher you too have got a bit carried away with your emotions on this occasion RG.

20.) 13 Feb 2018 16:26:39
G62 - I stand by my comments, which are truthful and honest. I have nothing against Liverpool and being similar in age to you I recall the great Liverpool teams of yesteryear. I do find English players such as Rooney, Beckham, Carragher, etc, embarrassing. Yes, they were great footballers, but the moment they open thier mouths I cringe. Indeed Rooney has been a disgrace, using a granny at a brothel, cheating on his wife, smoking, eating greasy kebabs, etc. As far as pundits go, I want to hear intelligent, well thought out comments. Gary Neville is good and I like Jermaine Jenas, Martin Keown and their like. Rooney greatest comment was during his wedding in Italy, he didn't want foreign food, so he ordered pizza! I stayed at a hotel in Germany, Brenners Park and to this day the staff recall the behaviour of the wags staying at the hotel. It's embarrassing. Oh yes, another Liverpool player, Rush, failed learn Italian whilst at Juventus and came back as quickly as he struggled with the foreign food!

21.) 13 Feb 2018 17:07:20
R. G. we have won more European, fa cups and league cups than Everton and Newcastle.

22.) 13 Feb 2018 17:25:50
RG we are all different and for me personally I find some of what you come out with repetitive and cringe worthy. The whole Walter Mitty thing you chose to share with us i find strange but if that's what makes you happy then Hey ho who you hurting so it's your choice, but some of the personal anger towards certain individuals you don't even know I do find a bit bizarre to say the least.

23.) 13 Feb 2018 17:26:31
Hold on, let me get this right:

RG61, you take umbrage at Cara's remarks BUT, you stand by calling him a halfwit and the disparaging things you said about Rooney?

Consider my mind blown!



12 Feb 2018 14:00:28
Wenger " aubamayang signing has affected Lacazettes confidence "
It would be comical, if it wasnt so serious, the fact he has made another ludicrous statement about a problem he caused.


1.) 12 Feb 2018 14:21:29
Solah has to be the best signing of the season While Lacasette has to in conteion for biggest disappointment signing of the season as Xhaka was last season.
What links these two players and their poor return on investment?
Just wondering did Arsene shed any light on this subject :-)

2.) 12 Feb 2018 14:59:26
I don't Lacazette has been that bad so far ok the goals have dried up a bit but he has suffered because the team have struggled as whole to create enough chances. He did very nearly nick a point for us on Saturday afterall. I think Wenger should try and get him in team to play a deeper role behind Auba. For god sake please drop Iowbi.

3.) 12 Feb 2018 15:12:44
My problem gunner as well, for me xhaka has never performed since day one, so for me he was a bad buy and has never improved. Laca was a great buy and showed what he could do and has been dismantled.

4.) 12 Feb 2018 15:55:16
Steve, Lacazettes confidence has taken a bigger hit by being subbed every game and then benched. Definitely a Wenger caused problem.

5.) 12 Feb 2018 16:26:36
These "opinions" are verging on the ridiculous now. And yes, they are just opinions, conveniently stated as fact.

I get that there are more than a few people who would like to see the back of Wenger, but blaming him for everything, including your car breaking down, your wife leaving you, your dog eating it's own poo, and Lacazette not scoring is preposterous.

Laca is an adult, earning at least a 100K per week. So he's subbed before 90 minutes, big deal. Isn't that an opportunity for him to work harder and make himself more indispensable? Or are you guys suggesting that he's so weak willed and fragile that he can't find a 100K per week reason to try harder?

6.) 12 Feb 2018 16:47:39
No sharpe, i think we are saying, he has been badly managed by a bloke who has lost his touch with reality and allows crap players with no ability to play every week and are, like wenger, not accountable for being crap. Auba was not the reason for lacas loss of form, what a rediculous thing to say in the circumstances. I did say earlier laca may not be mentally the strongest but again, that should have been managed better.

7.) 12 Feb 2018 17:31:03
What Wenger ACTUALLY said:

“For him, one against one with the keeper, he is a good goalscorer, ” Wenger said. “He has gone through difficult periods before. He works hard in training, works on his finishing. I don’t know what happened, did he not touch the ball well? It can happen, it is a fraction of a second. Maybe the confidence is not at its highest because he has seen a competitor coming in for him. ”

Wenger did point out that Lacazette’s other work was productive, as he asked people to give him a chance.

“He created two chances today. That is a quality as well. He will score goals. He is a goalscorer, he scored goals in his whole career. He will score again. ”

The above was copied from a newspaper where the headlines read:
"Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette short of confidence after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrival"

So a "maybe" becomes an admission according to that newspaper and apparently the rest of you too. All of you do enough moaning about click-bait so forgive me if I find your quote to be self serving and ludicrous.

8.) 12 Feb 2018 18:23:07
Sharpe, its not what wenger says, its what he has done or not done with laca. I initially made a post back in October about wengers treatment of laca and what i thought. I don't think he has handled him well and for him to blame a player coming in is typical wenger. He is doing the same with kolasinac but we are yet to see his excuse for his loss of form.

9.) 12 Feb 2018 18:29:53
Sharpe i have said enough times, i don't like wenger or what he say because he is never responsible for anything. I personally hold him responsible for Lacazettes form and i am far from alone on that one. If you think he has done a good job with him, then i respect that.

10.) 12 Feb 2018 19:45:50
Steve, most things need to have some basis in fact. And I don't mean facts according to Steve.

"It's not what Wenger says"? Really? So why quote something out of context entirely? You did it with the express intention of letting us all know, yet again, that you don't like Wenger. Regardless (or oblivious) to the fact that you were using the quote out of context.

"And for him to blame the player" - I didn't read ANY WHERE that he "blamed" the player. The only person responsible for Laca's form is Laca. Top players perform regardless of what their manager says, allegedly says, does, or allegedly does. They perform because they respect their craft and because they respect the fans who make it possible for them to earn millions a year. They perform because they have a sense of self worth and above all else, pride.

I don't have any issues with you disliking Wenger, but I take offence when you decide that anyone who doesn't think like you, "has their head in the sand".

You guys go entire transfer windows talking about click-bait, and here you are quoting a headline from one such click-bait article.

On the one hand you insinuate that Wenger never holds himself accountable for anything, and on the other, you want everyone, who will listen, to know that Wenger runs the club from top to bottom. Read that again and let it sink in how ridiculous that sounds.

If you're going to say that he's always blaming the ref, or divers or off-side decisions, then every manager in the league does this - even the ones that have a commanding 16 point lead. This isn't a trait exclusive to Wenger.

11.) 12 Feb 2018 20:17:35
While wenger mever mentioned his name, it was obvious that it was auba and for meche is making smoke screens.

12.) 12 Feb 2018 20:32:59
I respect what you are saying, i don't agree but that's what it is all about. I don't care about other managers, some actually do take some of the blame themselves as well. Its the smokescreens wenger puts up all of the time which is tiresome. Probably one of the reasons he is so stubborn and has got himself into the position he is now. He used to have a lot of backers outside arsenal but they are slowly diminishing, they probably have a more neutral view than us. I can't help it i'm afraid if i'm at the point where i despise him for srltill being our manager. I don't apologies for that.



10 Feb 2018 18:31:01
Ive got to say, wenger has really done a job on laca. Maybe he is not mentally as tough as he should be or maybe he has had his confidence taken from him but we have ruined a very good striker. And we needed him for the EL, which is looking more and more a long shot. Probably not deserved in some peoples eyes but the two chances he got, he would have taken at the start of the season. Probably him and kolasinac, some of the worse managing of players, i have seen, as far as not using a players attributes and killing them.


1.) 10 Feb 2018 18:54:01
It begs the question did Arsene ever want Lacasette or was he a club signing?
The way he has hadled him reminds of Mourinho with Shevchenko who arrived a super signing by the club but left looking a shadow of the player he really was.

2.) 10 Feb 2018 19:47:49
He should be our main striker, with Auba left and Mhiki right.

Oh sorry, I forgot, Iwobi is an automatic first choice starter.

3.) 10 Feb 2018 20:06:52
Precisely chaps and on the flip side, xhaka, cech and iwobi get away with robbery.

4.) 10 Feb 2018 20:29:29
I think everyone is totally confused by Xhaka and Iwobi situation lads even Arsenes biggest supporters seem lost as to why he picks them.
I'm yet to read one post in support of either players inclusion yet this year, there were a few who still found some kind of justification for their playing at the tail end of 2017 but since then it seems Arsene makes up a fan club of 1 for both players.

5.) 10 Feb 2018 21:03:22
I see in the Sky ratings bellerin got one of the best marks for our boys. He was absolutely woefull out of possition time and again.

6.) 10 Feb 2018 21:09:37
I can put up with Xhaka, because at least he offers something.
He's not the DM we need, but he does have other things in his locker.

Iwobi, I just don't get.
Even if he's been out partying the night before a game (Forest) , he still gets picked.
He's useless.

7.) 10 Feb 2018 22:12:13
Belerin needs a new manager to turn his once seemingly fantastic future around, if he plays under Arsene next season he will continue to decline rather than kick on and build on what once looked certain a couple of seasons back.
He's not in the same bracket as Theo Jack Ramsey Ox as he has actually completed to full seasons of consistently high performances where he had Barcelona desperate for his services.
If Arsene is out manager next season Belerin needs to leave for his career to stand a chance.

8.) 10 Feb 2018 22:55:08
Whats all the iwobi slagging about, you know he didn't start the game? Last game he didn't put a foot wrong noone mentions that though, aubamayang on the left?!?! What you smoking pal? With the dynamism of nacho and his work rate? You lot are jokers, about as much tactical sense as wenger when he chucks on all the strikers at the end of a game were chasing.

9.) 11 Feb 2018 00:39:27
Do that's doubled the Iwobi fan club to 2 members Jack and Arsene, any more Iwobi fans out there?

10.) 11 Feb 2018 00:51:30
Jack, iwobi is an attacker, tell me how many goals does he get, no, how many shots does he have, how many chances does he make in a season. He runs down blind alleys, playing the game on his own. Where is the other side of his game, the covering and tackling. i'm sorry, we are talking arsenal here and arsenals failings, iwobi should be nowhere near this team he is not up to it, he should be on loan. He is now our plan b and plan b's are supposed to give you something extra, he gives us nothing. We are not saying this because its all hunky dory, we are saying this because of the lack of quality and the position we find ourselves in. I don't see another argument for him, he is not up to it. Along with a few more, below standard regulars. The points made by most on here about iwobi are correct, we all wish they weren't.

11.) 11 Feb 2018 00:00:56
I've said it before, Arsene's history with ruining good players is terrible, and in the last few years has any player really progressed under him?

12.) 11 Feb 2018 04:53:25
mate, i'm not saying he's an accomplished player by any means, but credit wheres credit due, and you slag him off then say put abaumeyang wide left. thank jebus you ain't our manager.

13.) 11 Feb 2018 00:00:56
I've said it before, Arsene's history with ruining good players is terrible, and in the last few years has any player really progressed under him?

14.) 11 Feb 2018 10:28:28
JPSAGOONER, Sanchez has progressed under Wenger, he was a sub at Barcelona and now the highest paid player in the league history at the biggest club in league history!

15.) 11 Feb 2018 11:42:26
Steve, Iwobi does give something, he gives the ball away far too much.
And jack he had one good match this season. And yes he didn’t start the match but he made it damn worst when he came in.
We are not football managers but even tho a lot of poeple on here make more sense than bloody Wenger and his tactics.

16.) 11 Feb 2018 17:57:20
Moe 😁.

17.) 11 Feb 2018 19:25:17
The players pick up a hefty pay check - if Laca is ruined already just because of a few substitutions then he has the wrong mentality for the league.
Why does Giroud start in front of him for France with anyone else?
Give Laca time but blaming Wenger seems premature.




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19 Feb 2018 01:48:17
13, if we don't get CL football, what is the point of him staying for one more season and all the uncertainty that goes with that. It is a gut feeling reading and talking to people that ancelotti is on our radar if it all goes pete tong. If he gets CL football, i can see him staying but and it is a big but, i don't think certain people in the club think we will get it. Hence the ancelotti link. Wenger won't leave but that doesn't mean he is staying. The two year contract seems a strange one to me, it doesn't create stability if we fail to get our goals this season.


{Ed0333's Note - Your going through transition on and off the pitch, Arsene needs to appreciate this go at the end of the season. I think he’ll do the honorable thing and bow out gracefully regardless of Champions League qualification. If he does go at the end of the season I truly hope you guys give him the RESPECTFUL send off he deserves because if it wasn’t for that man Manchester United would have won everything in sight.



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16 Feb 2018 01:08:35
I can't agree with your last coment. Juventus you say are poor this year and are being outplayed. Well they are second in the league and are in the minimum going to finish second and probably win it. They are obviously winning games even when they are struggling. that's a good coach that can do that. The other teams you have mentioned, outplaying them are struggling to put results together. I struggle with your logic a bit but you do watch a lot of Italian football.




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15 Feb 2018 20:15:37
Yes thanks for that ed 02.




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15 Feb 2018 04:06:59
Punani, we can all have opinion on who arsenal want but for me we want someone who has actually steered a team to major trophy over a season. That is what we are lacking. It doesn't matter in big games if you get outplayed, it matters on days when you do get outplayed, you don't lose, that's what top coaches do and that's what makes you competative all season. I've watched juve, real, citeh, barca, etc play poorly and win. Why because of their make up. We don't t need someone to come and practice being a top manager, we need a winner. It has gone too far for that now. Fergies teams played great attacking football but he could also win ugly and when they didn't deserve it. The prem now has some clever managers and we need one.




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15 Feb 2018 03:09:12
13 shall we judge tuchel in his next champions league game, for a comparison, oh no we cant, he got sacked. So it was a bit of a pointless post to say what he said. i'm sorry if it looked like a pop but it to me was pointless comparing managers like that anyway. It wasn't meant to be a pop, i just didn't see the reasoning.





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19 Feb 2018 17:50:01
The point is, we need as many decisions to be correct as we can. If you win win fairly and if you lose, likewise. The bigger teams always get the decision so the more we can even it out the better for everyone.




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19 Feb 2018 01:56:34
By the way for all, 1 inch was a figure of speech. Technology is accurate, humans can't be.




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18 Feb 2018 23:53:13
Agree gunner, 1 inch offside is unacceptable with an human being and not consistent or achievable consistently but technology can do that for every situation.




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18 Feb 2018 20:26:28
Ha ha gunner, i know what you mean.




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18 Feb 2018 19:58:23
100 % penalty this week no question.