Distraction Techniques & Signings On A Beer Income

Distraction techniques. They are a bit over-rated. I decided to take my mind off the football by watching a film or two and inevitably ended up finding aliens overran Earth. That’s still better than losing 3 – 1 at home to United.

But it got me thinking that there is always a nuclear family which survives only they always seem to have four kids – The Waltons has a lot to answer for – and split 3 of one sex with one of the opposite. So, how does that work in saving mankind? Twenty years down the line, it’s a case of familial ‘Snog, Marry, Avoid’ and if the incest doesn’t mess with their heads, being ‘Avoid’ certainly will on one level. Although, it’s less screwed up than being the other two.

Perhaps I’ll go back to the football because my idea for a novel is turning into a biography A bankrupt royal family that becomes the biggest drug cartel in the world is too close to reality judging by the scurrilous stories of cocaine races at the Palace.

That’s killed a quarter of today’s post. Drugs are one of the reasons I think a section of the fanbase is losing its’ mind over the loan deal for Ivan Perisic which the club wants to include a £35m at the end of the season. Maybe they need some or are on a bad acid trip because frankly, I can’t lose it over a fresh face being added to the squad.

Ornstein – who else? – confirmed we are interested. Or has he just read the back page of the red tops and thought, “Yeah, I’ll go with them”?

Flippin’ Hec

Fixate on the signings all you like but the most important words are the last sentence. “Sokratis not bad” provides some relief although if you take that to a circuitous end, the logic says his injury is not good. That flipping of the sentence changes the emphasis: ‘Sokratis injury is not good and won’t be fit for City’ rips the optimism of Ornstein’s tweet to pieces.

I’m not surprised our focus isn’t on defence. Emery seems to want to shore up the flanks with proper cover for the full-backs. Perisic does work hard and as such is an archetypal Emery player. There is, however, a long way to go from gossip to Gunner.

Feeding that, he’s been left out of the Inter side for today’s game so maybe it’s got legs.

Which doesn’t help us much for Tuesday. Cardiff’s visit to the Emirates is flying under the radar in the aftermath of the United defeat. The key question is how will Mustafi and Mavropanos play as a partnership?

Emery will view them in training tomorrow but honestly, it’s a better option than playing Monreal in the heart of the defence. I’d suggest he’s better positioned on the left alongside Dino to negate some of Mustafi’s free spirit defending.

In this instance, it won’t be a surprise to see a back three with that trio involved. It leaves Emery with the opportunity to bring to an end Mesut Ozil’s exile from the starting line-up. After we win 5 – 0, he’ll be hailed ‘King’ and an instant selection on Sunday. When we lose 5 – 0 at City, he’ll be hauled from his throne and beheaded; the king is dead, long live the king. Premier League football is brutal.

We Don’t Need Another Hero…Just A New XI

Quick pronouncements on Emery’s first season in charge are de rigueur. The sensible view is this being a transition year. A squad which needs extensive remodelling through age or ability – sometimes both – isn’t going to show a miraculous improvement in one season.

If we steady the ship and don’t sink any lower in the Premier League or finish fifth, that’s par. Anything more than that is better or worse. I don’t expect either.

Part of that process is re-aligning the wages. We know Ozil earns too much for a Europa League club and I don’t think Mkhitaryan helps either. Certainly not in terms of value for money, which I accept is an entirely subjective view.

However, we went from a flat ‘socialist’ structure to one more aligned with the rest of football. Then Ivan and Arsene panicked when it looked like we would lose both Alexis and Ozil. That gap between the top earner and the pack became too wide as the suits became fearful for their heads. Now we’re paying the price.

That’s our current reality and a need for sanity in contracts needs to manifest. ‘A champagne lifestyle on a beer income’ certainly sums us up at present. We aren’t quite drinking Tetley’s yet though; craft ale and lagers abound.

’til Tomorrow.

55 thoughts on “Distraction Techniques & Signings On A Beer Income

  1. Randy Thomsett says:

    If true, Perisic would be a strong addition for us wouldn’t he?

    Why has resale value become more important than having a proven player in our team?

    Very strange fanbase.

  2. Alex Ice Cream says:

    I’ll bite.

    We are a mess on the pitch off the pitch however you want to look at it. Emery is looking more an more out of his depth. He got comprehensively out thought by Ole and much like Wenger before him did not seem to be able to do anything about it during the game.

    Yes we had injuries but why play a high line against 3 pacey forwards with a slow defence?

    Why were Xhaka and Torreira doing their best Alex Song impressions of constantly being on the wrong side of the play? The number of times we were 3v4 or 2v3 at the back was a joke. We are actually worse defensively under Emery than under Wenger and that is with money spent on Leno, Sokratis and Lucas. Its about organisation as well as personnel and all Emery has proved so far is that he is clueless when organising a defence.

    We have a similar or worse defensive record to clubs like Wolves and Newcastle who have far less money and apparently worse players. Leno is an upgrade on Cech, who makes a sloth look hyperactive, but is not in the same class as the great Arsenal keepers of the past. Kola can’t defend. Xhaka and Mustafi are error-prone clowns, Holding who was excellent is out for the season as is Hector. Kos is 33 with a dodgy achilles. We have Papa and Holding as defenders unless Kos is the new Lazarus.

    We have 2 strikers that can’t play together and Auba is not a winger. Laca gives more to the team and as much as I like Auba he scores or does nothing. That makes him another expensive 29 yr old sub on 180k a week. At least he can keep Mikhi and Ozil happy.

    Off the field we have lost Sven who was the best off-field signing that we made and we are now linked with yet more 29-30 yr olds who are in decline but on high wages. Haven’t we learnt our lessons with Mikhi and Ozil? Mikhi is utter dross. When you consider his wages I think he is worst player I have ever seen at Arsenal. Gus Caesar, all is forgiven.

    Ozil’s contract was a mistake as I said at the time. As Bill has pointed out, his stats point to a player in decline. We messed up the Sanchez situation and ended up with Mikhi Mouse and panicked and gave into to Ozil’s demands.

    We are told we have no money but even if we did would you want it spend on overpaid shite like Hamez or 30yr olds like Bangea and Perisic who will struggle physically in the Prem. Ramsey is leaving on a free – like Ozil he should have been sold when he had 2 years left. I am not even going to bother listing all the free players we have and will let go.

    There is no leadership from Satan $tan who doesn’t give a f*** about results as he has watched his share price nearly treble.

    Emery needs more time but so far I am not convinced. I see nothing to be optimistic about as an Arsenal fan. The last 10 years were largely a write off and the next 10 could be even worse. We could become the new Everton.

    Good enough Mike?

  3. MikeSA says:

    Alex Ice Cream,

    Cant say I disagree with anything you’ve said.

    However, my comment wasn’t intended as anything particularly meaningful, it was just an expression of surprise that none of the usual early birds had even bothered to submit post.

  4. APANGU says:

    Alex Ice Cream,

    God bless you for pointing the fact but who will inform Kronke about the sinking boat called ARSENAL when he is bussy enjoing his share in America and watching the boat sinking and fans droning ?

  5. Alex Ice Cream says:

    Kroenke knows! He just doesn’t care.

  6. theskywalker says:

    @Alex Ice Cream
    1 “Emery is looking more an more out of his depth. He got comprehensively out thought by Ole and much like Wenger before him did not seem to be able to do anything about it during the game.
    Yes we had injuries but why play a high line against 3 pacey forwards with a slow defence?”
    2. ” We are actually worse defensively under Emery than under Wenger and that is with money spent on Leno, Sokratis and Lucas. Its about organisation as well as personnel and all Emery has proved so far is that he is clueless when organising a defence”
    3. Off the field we have lost Sven who was the best off-field signing that we made and we are now linked with yet more 29-30 yr olds who are in decline but on high wages”
    4. “Emery needs more time but so far I am not convinced. I see nothing to be optimistic about as an Arsenal fan. The last 10 years were largely a write off and the next 10 could be even worse. We could become the new Everton”.
    Excellent points.
    I am not jumping into conclusion merely looking at one daft FA defeat. But Emery fell for the Ole, particularly Phelan the genius behind Ferguson in his days tactics that Arsenal playing in one way without Plan B can be suckered into defeat through counter attack . Now, we have 2 injuries, and may be defeated at home by Palace and away by City as the squad is very depleted and morale sinking very low, as I saw the other day looking at players in Emirates , after the defeat of a Game which was not important for our progress. This to me is NOT the team in transition, but appears the team in decline under a manager who should know better-that was what I thought when Wenger left. I cannot see 5th place now that Manure is competing for top4, and we will be lucky if we end up at 6th. With Raul and Emery Spanish combination, what next?

  7. Blue Yonder says:

    Hard to put any kind of positive spin on where things are with Arsenal. The negatives abound and even a transfusion from Count Stan would probably not solve what’s wrong with the club: over-paying for under-performance. The one positive is that I believe Emery will get it right if we just have patience – but that’s something that’s in short supply at present.

  8. Alex Ice Cream says:

    BLue Yonder

    On what basis do you think “Emery will get it right?” Sure we run around more than before but how has he improved anything? He was starting from a low base at the end of last season and still the bar has barely been raised.

    Giving time is only worth it if its the right man. I have seen nothing so far to suggest that Emery is that man.

    Damn right patience is in short-supply after a wasted decade.

  9. YW says:

    Hold on AIC.

    He inherited a squad which was in decline. To expect the man to turn it around inside a season is madness.

    He isn’t perfect and may not be able to resolve the situation but any team with Mustafi as its defensive heartbeat is up shit creek. Ozil is overpaid and underachieving while Xhaka is reverting to type after making positive steps.

    The squad is imbalanced. Koscielny wanted out last summer and wouldn’t be here now if he hadn’t got injured. Kolasinac isn’t defensively minded. Ramsey is leaving but had he signed a deal instead of stalling, he wouldn’t be leaving. Mind you, if Ivan hadn’t offered him a bloody stupid deal which we can’t afford…no wonder the club pulled the plug when we can’t add to our payroll.

    Mkhitaryan, Iwobi; not consistently delivering.

    Lacazette, Aubameyang; great players individually but not a pair. Of the two, the latter is the only candidate to play on the wing.

    In short, Bellerin improved on last year. Leno, Torreira and Sokratis are proving worthwhile signings.

    And you expect him to turn it around with that the squad?

    We are not catching City or Liverpool anytime soon unless Kroenke puts money into the club with a sponsorship deal. One that blows Emirates out of the water. The real culprit here is an owner who indulged Wenger from the outset and refuses to put any money into the club while spunking $1.6bn on the LA Rams.

    Point your anger and ire at the right person.

    I’d also be intrigued to know who the right manager is.

  10. Paulie Walnuts says:

    YW,

    Spot on.

    We could be managed by a combo of Pep, Fergie, Sir Alf & Cloughie & be no better off than we are. The EPL gives little room for error but the squad is probably 6th best on paper , which is where we’ll most likely finish.

    What I would say us that Emery needs to learn quickly. He’s not the first newcomer to the league to (I believe) underestimate how difficult & demanding it is. If we can spot where we’re struggling I’m certain he can , but sorting it will take more than defensive drilling. Mustafi & co simply aren’t good enough.

    The City back four plus keeper cost north of 200M (& they ain’t THAT great) so until Stan gets an offer he can’t refuse in more ways than one we just have to accept we’ll be also rans.

    What I would like to see is a little more game discipline but the fact is we are playing to our strengths ….& that sure isn’t defence.

  11. Alex Ice Cream says:

    Yogi

    Oh I am fully aware of who the biggest problem is here – Satan $tan but he isn’t going anywhere. He is a far bigger problem than Wenger, Gazidis and Emery combined. Dein ruined us by bringing that scumbag on board.

    The issue have is that I see hardly any difference to last season. Defensively we are worse with better personnel. Mustafi was not on the pitch when we started with a high line against 3 pacey forwards when we have no pace of our own. We had defensive midfielders out of position, ditto the fullbacks. We were suckered in my ManU who hit the spaces that we vacated- it was so predictable yet Emery was unable to see it or change it. Where are the so-called tactics?

    Why are we so badly organised? We have similar defensive records to Huddersfield, Wolves and Newcastle – relegation fodder. What do we do in training?

    How has passing out from the back helped us? Instead of wasting passes on the edge of our opponents box we do the same on our own.

    What is the vision? What are we trying to achieve on the pitch? Lots of running about, passes at the back that go nowhere and few cutbacks. Is that it?

    We got beaten by West Ham and Brighton and Southampton away were last season specials. We were very lucky to get a draw at home with Wolves.

    You are right we are not catching those clubs anytime soon but after half a season we have seen little to no progress and regression defensively. I don’t expect anyone to change us in 6 months but we need to see some progress. Wenger left a low bar yet Emery has barely raised it.

    I wish I knew who the right man is. I just doubt that its Emery on what I have seen so far.

  12. lari03 says:

    First I would suggest we scout young talented british defenders from the championship. If the talent is there and they can step up that is what we need.

    With regards to this team, lets not kid ourselves, Mustafi is poor, Xhaka is poor, Kolasinac is another poor defender thats 3 of our starting 11 in a position which can hurt the team severely. Iwobi is slightly improved but poor still, so we are adrift.

  13. Dalm says:

    On thé other hand – let’s all laugh at
    Totnum

  14. YW says:

    AIC

    > We have similar defensive records to Huddersfield, Wolves and Newcastle – relegation fodder

    Wolves 8th, against 31.
    Newcastle 17th, against 31.
    Huddersfield 20th, against 40.

    Compared to:
    Arsenal, 5th, against 32
    Man Utd, 6th, against 33
    Watford, 7th, against 32

    Goals against aren’t really much of a statistic in isolation. Goals scored, of which we have more, needs to be taken into account and when one goes up, the other in most cases follows. More goals scored = more gaps at the back to exploit hence more goals conceded.

    We don’t have better personnel than last year. We have one new defender. One. One playing better but that is it. That we’re not better organised is a good question. I’ll lay odds that it’s working well in training, that the players understand it. But like last season, there is an issue with concentration.

    There is a clear issue – because you’re not the first person to say it! – no-one knows what the vision/philosophy is and no new boss in any organisation is going to carry anyone with him if they do not know what that is. The players may well do and not be good enough to carry it out. That’s the one which has to be answered.

    No offence but if we don’t get it, that’s our problem, not his.

    You didn’t ask but I’ll tell you what I think Emery’s philosophy is.

    Flat back four, compress the midfield and break down the flanks with full-backs and wide attackers. I get the feeling his is an energetic side but adaptable, with players who think. Have we shown that? Sporadically for the most part, with Spurs and Chelsea the eye-catching games.

    So, why does he use a back-three? Injuries and our defenders who come in for Kos/Sokratis/Holding aren’t good enough. In short, we’ve got less chance of conceding with numbers. But ultimately, I think he’d quite happily only keep Leno, Bellerin, Sokratis, Torreira, Auba, Lacazette. Replace the rest through age – Monreal/Licht/Cech/Kos – ability – Mustafi/Kola/Iwobi/Elneny/Jenks – or attitude – Xhaka/Ozil. Some holes can be filled with youth but he’d need at least three defenders and another goalkeeper with experience. DM must have experience as well.

    TBH, until he casts out those he thinks are deadwood, he isn’t going to deliver.

  15. YW says:

    lari03

    > we scout young talented british defenders from the championship

    Why?

  16. theskywalker says:

    Hi all
    First, overcoming the impact of the 2 injuries sustained at the FA cup game on the 2 PL games are ahead. Manure announced a full first team and dared us to match them; good ploy, it was!.
    The excuses of the squad inherited and the “Emery needs time”, ” it is transition” etc.. could work this season and , if we dropped to place 6th then, somehow it could be explained away.
    As a local, I have seen the small shops around the Holloway Road corridor in Highbury, including the 2 schools which open their gates for car parking-to finance their libraries, suffering when fans began to desert the Stadium during the last year of Wenger’s regime. For their sake, I hope those concerned will address the slide we see in performance, so that we do not see empty seats again in the Stadium.

  17. theskywalker says:

    and I should add not see fans leaving the Stadium 25 minutes looking at the score.
    We were told in his presentation for the job, Emery showed how he could improve each player. May be, according to him, they are not deadwood at all!

  18. Bill says:

    Great post Yogi

    Very interesting discussion today in the comment section. I think we have to be realistic about the squad Emery started with. We are what we are which is a squad that has 5th/6th place talent. Additionally, Arsene was obscessed with technical skill, ball possession and midfield creativity and he focused on building the squad to play Wengerball rather then focusing on results. The majority of his purchases were made with to maximize his favorite facet of the game without regard to who would defend or who would score enough goals. In recent years he spent big money on Xhaka, Mustafi, Ozil’s huge contract. He held on to Wilshere and Ramsey rather then selling when he had a chance and traded Sanchez for Mkhitaryan. Thankfully in the last season he bought Lacazette and pea or we would be in the bottom half of the table right now. The final result of the Wenger years left Emery with a squad built on a faulty premise which is unbalanced and has 6th place talent. The early season euphoria was clearly an over reaction because we were never that good. The idea that a manager can somehow magically make individual players better is with rare exception a myth. However the current doom and gloom is also an over reaction because we are sitting exactly where we should based on what Emery had to work with. Its going to take several windows to rebuild this squad.

    With that said, I agree with Alex about his concern regarding team defense. We brought in 4 new defensive players to the squad (Leno, Torriera, Sokratis Lichtsteiner) but for whatever reason Emery has not be able to organize the defense and we have definitely not improved. You would have thought improving team defensive nous would have been Emery’s #1 priority when he came to Arsenal and no matter how you rationalize the fact that so far he has been unsuccessful has to be a huge concern. I am still hopeful but if he does not find a way to get the defense right then the Emery era will be a bust.

  19. Alex Ice Cream says:

    YW

    I cannot disagree with the weakness of the squad or the list of players that you would get rid of. I would also keep Guendouzi who I think has real talent but would add Mikhi under “utter dross.”

    Maybe its just that the players don’t get what’s required, maybe Emery doesn’t get his points across. We are not there so we don’t know. I just thought that by now we would have a bit more identity, organisation and not be so tactically naive in certain games.

    I am not so sure that goals conceded cannot be viewed in isolation and it does not always follow that scoring more means that you have to be suspect at the back. Yes more spaces open up but we have often conceded due to individual errors. The usual suspects or Xhaka and Mustafi come to mind as well as a couple of mistakes from Leno.

    We constantly make errors at the back, especially positionally, we lack concentration, Papa aside no-one takes responsibility. We look like we could concede at any time.

    So we can add Watford to the list. Do they have better defenders that we do. Really?

    We do have some better defensive personnel – Leno over Cech, Papa over any other CB, Lucas as a DM. Even during the 22 match unbeaten run we rode our luck at the back and its this aspect that is the most worrying.

    The fact that our wage bill is north of 210m and yet we would still get rid of most of the players shows the mess that Wenger and Gazidis left. I do feel for Emery about this but at the same time I have doubts about him.

  20. YW says:

    Alex

    > We constantly make errors at the back, especially positionally, we lack concentration,

    That is down to the players. They can be trained all they want but without concentration? That is them useless to us.

  21. Bill says:

    I agree with Yogi and I suspect most of us believe the real reason for doom and gloom with regard our long term prospects is the Kronke regime. It felt like real progress was being made last year when we hired the new front office brain trust and sacked Arsene. However, Mislintat leaving puts a bit of a damper on the optimism with regard to whether or not everyone is on the same page and how effectively our front office will function

  22. Arsetralian says:

    bob,

    Thanks for the link
    Interesting and also illuminates the folly of us getting too worked up about any of this nonsense
    Once money goes to work on something it usually reaches a sour conclusion
    As AFC supporters I think we were all fooling ourselves we could take some moral high ground from marble halls, class and self-sustaining model from our new stadium
    It was quaint for awhile with Wenger austerity
    No oil money from nation states and dictators
    No oil money from kronyism
    No money from ridiculous debts
    But we are now just the same
    Business business business
    We know deep down we should leave it to the mad mad AFTV brigade who also just monetize but we can’t…
    Wish I was brave enough to let it go
    I mean who will I be happy for if we win these days?
    Steve Bould?

  23. Arsetralian says:

    Give Emery some time. Be patient I say.
    Otherwise you will not enjoy us winning the Europa cup as much…

  24. Jonnygunner says:

    MikeSA:
    Alex Ice Cream,

    Cant say I disagree with anything you’ve said.

    However, my comment wasn’t intended as anything particularly meaningful, it was just an expression of surprise that none of the usual early birds had even bothered to submitpost.

    Maybe some of us early birds had something very important to sort out……

  25. theskywalker says:

    @Bill
    “The idea that a manager can somehow magically make individual players better is with rare exception a myth”
    Interesting! During his job interview, my inside information was,which was reported later that Emery presented each player in the squad, and explained how he would improve them. That in my information swung the job for him. The appointment committee seemed to have believed him.

  26. Alex Ice Cream says:

    We all wanted rid of Wenger as he was underperforming.

    We have better squad now – Auba, Laca (playing better), Leno, Papa, Gwen, Lucas yet the reason we are where we are is the squad – not the manager.

    Then why get rid of Wenger? He was doing about the same with a weaker squad. Surely that means that Wenger is better than Emery?!

    We all know that we will never challenge for major honours with this squad. I reckon Europa is also beyond us. I just feel that like Wenger before him Emery can do better with what he has. We know we wont get the investment so we have to have a manager that can maximise what he has and progress us. We are light years away from winning the league but some progress after over half a season with some investment is not too much to ask.

    I just don’t see any progress and in defence regression even with some better defensive players.

    How much the fault is one of resource (the squad) and one of use of resource (the manager) is not yet known. We can only offer opinions based on what we have seen so far. We know the squad is weak, the question is how strong is the manager?

  27. lari03 says:

    YW,

    Young, quick to adapt and with the determination to prove a point being the recruitment strategy pitch on which their signings are made.

    I think we should have a strategy where we get the best youth talents available in England already playing consistently at the top of their level in the championship, and they could potentially step up in a bigger and better environment.

    I saw a list on Sky last week of 20 young talents coming through in the championship and quite a number of them are fullbacks.

    Like Luke Shaw of Man-United, Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham, Madison of Leicester, there are outstanding players who can make the step up in the right environment when they blend into a team of talented individuals and they are young, so they can be moulded to fit.

    Here’s a link to the article.

    https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/11615286/jack-clarke-jayden-bogle-and-max-aarons-among-20-young-stars-of-the-sky-bet-efl

  28. Wailesy says:

    Lively today here lads. Good to see.

    I agree with Alex on most points however I think if we were told we’d be sitting in 5th after Xmas in our 1st year post Wenger we’d take it all day long. I would anyway. We’re doing alright considering the injuries we’ve got and the contract issues the previous regime left us with. Emery may not have what it takes but we need to give him a proper chance. Along with Bouldy of course.

  29. YW says:

    Sorry guys and gals

    Beaten by other events and time. Back in the morning with a Cardiff preview.

  30. buckagh says:

    Interesting debate yesterday as to our current situation.
    Agree with AIC in the main our defensive frailty even during the unbeaten run is worrying, and it begs the question does Bould have any input at all. I certainly wanted change if Emery is the manager to deliver given a decent run at it, only time will tell, I don’t believe he is,
    On Bob’s link to article regarding the Rams move to Los Angeles there is an article in the Washington Post which takes the complete opposite view, I suppose it depends on what angle your coming from.
    I would like to see the 1.6 billion of Kronke personal money invested in Arsenal and then we might have an owner who actually gives a fuck

  31. Bill says:

    theskywalker:
    @Bill
    “The idea that a manager can somehow magically make individual players better is with rare exception a myth”
    Interesting!During his job interview, my inside informationwas,which was reported later that Emery presented each player in the squad, and explained how he would improve them.That in my information swung the job for him.The appointment committee seemed to have believed him.

    I think Bellerin has been better then the last couple of seasons but I would argue that his 1/2 season improvement could be related to him hitting a good patch of form. All players have some ups and downs. A few players seemed to be playing better during our 22 game unbeaten string but those 1/2 season runs of good form (false dawns) happened each and every year during the Wenger era. Other then Hector have any of the individual players really improved?

  32. Bill says:

    The manager is has so many responsiblilities for the whole team and I doubt he has the time for significant one on one work on a training ground with individual players. ManU’s players have suddenly improved and ours did during the 22 game unbeaten streak but in our case that was clearly more of a rising tide raises all ships phenomenon rather then real and lasting player improvement and I suspect the same is true at ManU. Pep had a very strong squad when he arrived but it had gone stale and needed different a new dirertion. His players did not instantly get better and it took him about 1 year and a lot of money and squad rebuilding before his team really improved. Klopp took several years and a complete squad rebuild to improve his team and its players.

  33. Pete the Thirst says:

    Well that was a disappointing Friday night!

    All went noticeably wrong with Sok’s injury. The rest of the defence seems to follow his lead. When he went off the offside trap went tits up. Throw in a Cech howler for the 3rd.

    I wonder why Emery changed the formation from the Chelsea game. Iwobi instead of Guendouzi left Kolasinac open to counter attack.

  34. Pete the Thirst says:

    For all the “we can only afford loan deals” coming from the press did anybody notice the figures released by Arsenal over the weekend showing cash reserves of £231 million.

    £231 million!!

    Something not adding up here.

  35. theskywalker says:

    @Bill
    The job pitch by Emery unlike other managers who came for the interview who wanted money for additional players if they took over , was that he would improve the exiting squad- clearly showing each player and how he will improve them. That seems to be a myth as you suggested perhaps, which Ivan, Raul and Sven swallowed? Agree, about Bellerin.
    Comparing Man U with us is ludicrous. Their squad has been excellent and it was Jose who was constraining them from expressing themselves.
    What posters here who do not live in Highbury might not grasp is that the planning permission for the new stadium ( now Emirates) claimed that with the new stadium, there will be more money because of expanded seat numbers, sponsorship etc.. and this will strengthen the squad , enable them to compete with other top teams and thus bring in more successes in winning trophies. Thus the Highbury residents who rejected the stadium relocation through first round votes were won back again , when the AFC convinced them about the new stadium bringing new successes, which will in turn improving the local economy. If like Wenger last years, the team does not perform , with vast swathe of seats vacant, the local shops and businesses not getting enough business from absentee fans, the above claim becomes ludicrous. Until now, we could blame Wenger for this, but how long could we be doing this? Emery has to address the squad malaise, and should be seen doing this. What is Bould doing? Is he given enough responsibility to fix a few flaws at least with the defensive aspect of the players concerned?

  36. Bill says:

    theskywalker.

    I agree that comparing our squad to ManU is not realistic, however, the concept that a rising tide raises all ships is valid. We see it all of the time. Best example is Leicester in 2016 or our almost title team in 07/08 when Adebayor, Clichy, Hleb, Flamini all looked like top players.

    I am sure there are a few exceptions but the idea that any manager can flip a switch and improve a players basic ability level when dozens of coaches and years and years of training has failed to do that seems hard to accept.

  37. Pete the Thirst says:

    I think the economy around the Emirates has definitely improved since the move and is unlikely to go back to what it was before.

    I recall a run down Islington council tip was operating on the site. The area was literally a dump.

    theskywalker:

    AFC convinced them about thenew stadium bringing new successes, which will in turnimproving the local economy.If like Wenger last years, the team does not perform , with vast swathe of seats vacant, the local shops and businesses not getting enough business from absentee fans, the above claim becomes ludicrous.

  38. lari03 says:

    Pete the Thirst,

    It’s a strategy in my opinion Pete, there’s a wage bill to cut down and top 4 as the target for the new suits. I reckon instead of splashing the cash, they want to do loans for now (figures touted for the Perisic loan deal are higher than the weekly wages if he signs on a permanent contract.) So if it doesn’t work out they can cut their losses at the end of the season, instead of being saddled with a. An expensive player in the Europa league, b. An overbloated wagebill in the Europa league, c. A misfit incurring the wrath of the fans.

    So if top 4 is achieved, then the high profile bargains can be done in the summer.

  39. bob says:

    buckagh,

    Hi Buckagh,
    Would you have that Wash Post link handy? I’d love to read that defense of the realm.
    many thanks!

  40. Michael says:

    Pete
    Not sure if it’s possible, but some of the cash reserves may have a lien on them, against US loans.

  41. buckagh says:

    bob,

    Can’t get link
    Just Google Washington Post Kronke. it’s two days old

  42. SV says:

    Perisic?

    Someone at Arsenal is resolute to do a “Leeds”. Or an “Aston Villa”.

    Is there anyone to stop the pointless waste of money? Or are the transfer incentives too strong? If Emery is part of the scheme, as he surely must be, his honeymoon has to be over.

    Worrying times.

  43. bt8 says:

    Propose to offload Ozil in exchange for the lady in picture + 2 snogs.

    Snogs to involve me and said lady. Ozil not to be involved in any way.

  44. theskywalker says:

    @Pete
    “I think the economy around the Emirates has definitely improved since the move and is unlikely to go back to what it was before”
    The daftest observation hat I have come across in any blog. That dump was earmarked for Flat complex and leisure centre development, against which AFC argued that they will create more vibrant economy, and as a result of the Stadium , plenty of shops and small businesses emerged. If the Club nosedives because of poor performance, these shops are affected, and if they do, as it did during Wenger’s last years, I WILL TELL THEM TO CONTACT ECONOMICS GURU LIKE YOU.

  45. Damon says:

    bt8:
    Propose to offload Ozil in exchange for the lady in picture + 2 snogs.

    Snogs to involve me and said lady.Ozil not to be involved in any way.

    Splendid fun, well done 😀

  46. Wailesy says:

    BBC reporting Suarez deal is off thanks to Raul upsetting his former employer

  47. lari03 says:

    Wailesy:
    BBC reporting Suarez deal is off thanks to Raul upsetting his former employer

    I think we should be a bit positive that Raul is thinking with his head. If the player doesn’t impress in 4 months, why sign him on a long term deal?

  48. Wailesy says:

    lari03,

    I don’t mind the loan deal strategy but 4 months is not a long time to get settled in this league.

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