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Here is a roundup of all the Arsenal news and gossip we haven’t had a chance to cover today. More updates on the site throughout the day.

Munich

Arsene Wenger believes that something changed in his side when they defeated Bayern Munich in Germany, a win which inspired a run which has seen Arsenal only lose one game in their last 17, winning most of them. Wenger told the official Arsenal site

“What happened that night is that we were in a position where we were expected to be hammered and everyone predicted a six or seven-nil.

“We had nothing to lose, we decided to go for it and realised after the game we were very close to knocking them out.

“Overall, I believe even last season we had a decent away record and from that moment you think, ‘If we can go to Munich and win, why not anywhere else?’”

Don’t bother

Inter Milan have reportedly warned Arsenal off a move for Danish 19 year old Parick Olsen who joined the Italian giants in 2012. Talksport claim that San Siro officials will reject any offers which come in for the player in January.

Out of contract striker

Former Schalke striker Ciprian Marica has allegedly caught the attentions of Fiorentina who are looking to get his signature ahead of Arsenal. There had been wide reports last week that Marica’s agent stated that a decision would be made on the forward’s future this week with Arsenal interested however these quotes were actually around two months old and you would have to think if Arsenal wanted to sign him they would have by now.

Ladies deducted points

Arsenal ladies were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player and now will be unable to qualify for the Champions League unless they win it. Sitting four points off second place there is only one game left. More on that story here.

Fitness

Arsenal are confident that Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud will be fit to face Marseille when their group games of the Champions League gets underway tomorrow night. Mertesacker was absent from Arsenal’s win over Sunderland due to illness while Olivier Giroud injured his knee during the game. The striker has, however, tweeted to say that his knee is fine.

Mesut Ozil is suffering from some ‘tight muscles’ but Wenger is confident that he will be fit to play.

Thomas Vermaelen is said to be ‘completely fit and available’

Other stories already covered on the site you might have missed:

Ryo with the miss of the year

17 September 2013

Ryo Miyaichi was playing for Arsenal’s under-21’s against West Brom and after a great run and an absolutely delectable through ball from Serge Gnabry, Ryo somehow contrived to miss in a way that would even have Gervinho scratching his forehead. Arsenal went on to win 1-0 despite this miss of epic proportions.

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Le Tissier – Ozil was a panic buy

17 September 2013

In what is a rather surprising statement, Sky Sports pundit and former Southampton man Matt Le Tissier, has claimed that Mesut Ozil [and Marouane Fellaini] was a panic buy. Ozil, who is widely regarded as one of the finest players in the world, would surely strengthen any team, so Le Tissier’s assertions that it was […]

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Arsenal still tracking Thauvin

17 September 2013

According to a number of media outlets, which are probably all reporting on one story which appeared somewhere random, Arsenal are still tracking French youth international Florian Thauvin. Arsenal have been heavily linked with the player for a while now with the playmaker choosing to join Lille in January over Arsenal [so reports go]. During […]

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Bale moves in to Ozil’s old house

16 September 2013

According to the German paper Bild Gareth Bale has moved in to the villa which Mesut Ozil used to live in while he was a Real Madrid player and the first thing he has done is throw out all the furniture. Well, he’s going to sell the furniture because obviously he is hard up only […]

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Khedira wants Arsenal, Arsenal want Rooney

16 September 2013

According to a report in the Daily Mirror, buried deep within a piece about Arsenal’s interest in signing Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney when the January transfer window opens, Mesut Ozil’s former Real Madrid teammate Sami Khedira wants to join Ozil at Arsenal. They say the story is according to their sources in Madrid. There is […]

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Giroud – I must have a chance to be the league’s top scorer

16 September 2013

With five goals in six games in all competitions and four in four in the Premier League, Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud is determined to keep up his fantastic form throughout the season and grab the top strikers award – the Golden Boot. Speaking to the Sun, the Frenchman said “This is the best run I have […]

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  • BillyTheYid

    :) COYS!

    • silky black

      fuck off mutt

  • Kevin Weaver

    You are too kind to Wenger. True the ref was awful, but to go into a season so under resourced despite having a budget to sort it, is negligent. Regrettably our once wonderful manager has become a stubborn, dithering, shadow of what he once was. I think Wenger should go, for the sake of the Club, and his own well being.

    • lomekian

      As I said. He’s got two weeks (and realsitically less if Fenerbace turn up) to save his job. Otherwise, this season will be his last

  • hamesh

    Now we’re heading to Istanbul with OX,Sagna definitely out and Ramsey and Gibbs doubtful.

    No words.

    • lomekian

      I’ve got three. Buy or bust…

  • james russell

    Well Well, ref was a disgrace, didn’t send the keeper off that I admit was a mistake, gonna win the league with the squad you already have hey Wenger. kronke will not spend money because it’s his money and his little baby, put up the season ticket prices then the fans will think I’m splashing the wonga, tell them what they want to hear keep the rabble happy, he’ll sell up and pocket all that dosh that you the fans have basically amassed, box off Wenger and adios. fenerbache will put another nail in the coffin over the next fortnight and you’ll spend the following week hoping Eufa kick out Fenerbache when it doesn’t matter you’ll win nothing with the owners reluctance to spend surely now you can see what’s happening?

  • John

    To Kroenke: you might own the shares, you don’t own the club. Arsenal belongs to us, the fans. You are just a temporary custodian and frankly, you’re not doing a very good job. Please go away.

    • lomekian

      Not convinced Stan is at fault here, much as I would rather he wasn’t our owner. They’ve finally made money available. Its either the manager or the negotiating team.

      • John

        Totally disagree, he is the owner, he is in charge, he is ultimately responsible for what is or is not happening. If I owned the majority of the shares and saw ‘my’ employees underperforming, I’d get rid of them/ demote them/whatever but I wouldn’t let the situation continue. It wasn’t on the 1st of July “oops what have we got here, a wad of cash”. Transfers should have been planned well in advance, he should employ competent negotiating team. I have no idea what he wants from Arsenal but, to me, it is obvious that it is not what I want from Arsenal.

        • lomekian

          I’ll give you that. I think if Wenger doesn’t buy and Kroenke still renews his contract that will prove your viewpoint.

          And I very much doubt whatever Stan wants from the club is what any of us on here want….

  • Noel Reynolds

    god knows who we’ll play in the back 4 against fulham. watching kolo toure playing for liverpool today and i’m thinking why the fuck weren’t we in for him on a free? i put a fiver on him being the first manager sacked in the premiership the other day at 50-1. i’m still laughing from the 8-1 i got on villa to win today. if you read his interview on arsenal.com it will make your blood boil. needless to say we are only interested in top quality signings because it’s only top quality signings that will enhance our already assembled top quality squad. all of this could have been avoided if there was just one person at the club with a pair of balls.

    • lomekian

      Lets hope its another case of saying what he thinks is helpful for his players rather than what he thinks. If he really believes it, then he’s lost it.

  • nakedgoon

    Methinks the £70m lurking in the vaults is not going to be enough to make a fist of this season. It might soon be time to allow the Uzbeki to get his wallet open.
    Very disappointing today. The whole team needs upgrading IMO.
    Ref was a numbskull for the most part.

    • @makks

      £70M is enough, but its how you spend it that matters. If we go for a £30M, a £25M, a £10M and a couple cheap players might be enough. IF 80% of it goes to Suarez, it wont be.

      • nakedgoon

        We’ll be lucky to have 11 fit players for the next game. We need a whole team. We need players as good as Bender and Falcao to join, but that will be your 70m done . 3 or 4 defenders required plus a keeper, and if its top quality we want, then thats another 30-40m. We need 4 top strikers. Should have bought Higuain AND Jovetic.
        Who will want to come here now?

  • Demetris

    I honestly don’t know what to say… Is that ref really worthy of the premier league? 2 goals and a red card! So he waited for weiman to miss before giving a penalty. Koscielny made a perfect tackle, no, yellow card and penalty. Wilshere handled himself well considering how many times he was fouled. There’s so much I want to say but I just don’t know how to say it..

    • lomekian

      Taylor was consistently awful last year too. But Since Mike Riley has been put in charge, refereeing at Premier League level has become more and more of a closed shop. And I think there is 1 ref from south of Birmingham

  • scooticus

    utter disgrace from everyone at AFC. Never have I seen a lethal combination for disaster at Arsenal. Owner, The management, Manager & players this season. It would not surprise me if we’re already in the relegation battle this season even after one game.

    • lomekian

      Slightly overstating the case? ;-)

  • Mukun21

    Gazidis quoted before transfer window…“We have a certain amount which we’ve held in reserve. We also have new revenue streams coming on board and all of these things mean we can do things which would excite you.
    “We can think about all kinds of things, but we don’t think about what’s going to excite our fans for the next couple of weeks, we think about what’s going to excite them when we start playing in August and hopefully when we’re in March and April and competing”
    R they having a laugh, even with all players fit we can’t reach the 25 players that we need to register with PL. what’s FAW smokin’? Cme Wednesday we r f*cked with 3 fit defenders. What top top top quality player will opt to cme to r dysfunctional unit & deluded mgr. Get reall Mr FAW!!!

  • indian gooner

    Wenger is the main culprit…he has the balls to say that he will sign only top class?by that he means almost anyone in the current transfer window since what we have is crass.unless the fans revolt, nothing will change with this club. The fans have been “ball”less for the last 8 years.Any other proper club would have sacked a manager performing so poorly. AW out and the board to eff off too.

    • lomekian

      I’ve got a feeling its coming…..

  • Disenchanted

    I am completely disillusioned with Arsenal – the team, the board and most especially the manager. There is no responsibility from Wenger. He has sat on his hands ALL summer and did nothing and this is the result. Complete INCOMPETENCE and yet here he still in taking his £125k a week for achieving nothing. And what makes it worse than ever is the fact that so many supporters still look to blame the referee, the FA and anyone else who could possibly detract the blame from the Frenchman. Wenger will leave Arsenal and the resounding legacy he will have is that he sat and did nothing when Arsenal were in decline. Just like he did with Monaco…

    • John

      I don’t think Wenger leaving with Gazidis & Kroenke staying at the club is going to resolve anything. Gazidis should have built an organisation able to cope with the present demands of football. Wenger has far to much on his plate, he shouldn’t be involved in negotiations or wages or transfer sums. He should just concentrate on football, decide where the team needs strengthening and hand over a list with names and that’s the end of his involvement. Maybe he wants to do it all himself because he is surrounded by a team of incompetent idiots?

      • lomekian

        Agree that his desire to be coach, director of football and chief negotiator are counter productive. The board gave him too much power and responsibility, and can’t take it off him without sacking him. It appears to be payback time….

    • lomekian

      Monaco comparison is harsh. He had 18 bad months there after only losing out in the league to the team that were bribing referees. 6 months before they sacked him, he turned down Bayern to stay. But he was only there for half the time he’s been at Arsenal, so its gone a bit staler here

  • stevears1

    I’ve just watched the 2nd pen in slow mo. Unfortunately I think was a pen. Agbonlahor got the last touch before being brought down. Well done villa you deserved the win! Wenger Out

  • The BearMan

    We crucify RvP for speaking the truth, when he said Arsenal management lacks ambition. They should write him a letter of apology.

    To Arse-ne and the board I say this: the current squad is the weakest Arsenal team I have seen in several seasons.

    • lomekian

      Forcing a move to Man U and screwing us out of money by refusing to go anywhere else after we stood by him through rape allegations and his continual injuries for holland that probably cost us 2 titles probably counts against him

      • Mark

        The rape comment is nonsense. Are you seriously trying to suggest that standing by a commodity worth millions of pounds is a grand gesture. Should Arsenal have sacked him?

        • lomekian

          No, but they could have done what many others have done in similar situations, and discreetly sold him. Remember, this was when he was 4th choice. of course the patience with all his season ending injuries on National team duty is the bigger issue. Its just the wider point that apologising to someone who has publicly slagged you off when you have done nothing but support them strikes me a little unlikely

      • Me

        RVP was completely correct and he won the title last season which is more than any current Arsenal player has ever done or will ever do – he was right and you are wrong in saying that. He owed Arsenal NOTHING and still owes them NOTHING – they are just a stepping stone for all players to better things…

        • lomekian

          He and Arsenal both owe each other nothing. They both got what from each other. He was supported and paid well while it suited the club to do so, and he did his best for the team until it suited him. I was responding to the suggestion that Arsenal should write him an apology for not agreeing with his criticism of the club.

          • Rambling Mind

            True, but how many seasons did he really perform? Contrast this with players like Henry, Vieira, even Anelka and you’ll see why some of us are bitter.

        • lomekian

          Also some of these Arsenal players have got 10 years left, so may well win things. Things change quickly in football. In 2003 Chelsea were going bust and 2 weeks later they were owned by Abramovic. Man City were the nice club that always cocked up until the oil money. Man U were the big club that never won the league until Fergie, and Arsenal played ugly football until Rioch and then Wenger came in….

  • silky black

    with martinez at evertone and the liverpool i watched today…spuds(disguists me to say)keep closing on the top 4 and with our injured litter from todays fixture am thinking champions league isnt a guarantee anymore

    • lomekian

      Indeed. And hasn’t been all summer

  • THE GUNNERS

    Absolute shambles….

  • dean jones

    I’m a scouser ;-) Who is very happy with your DAY ;-)

    • THE GUNNERS

      We know your a scouser mate, you have practicality moved in.

      • lomekian

        To be fair, I know Liverpool well enough to understand why he might prefer it here….;-)

  • Hertford Gooner

    The entire board and the manager should be thrown out, but who is there that can actually do that? No one. They can all sit there and talk crap with no accountability to anyone. What sort of a set up is that? Absolute joke. All incompetent. If any one of them had any dignity, they would resign.

  • dean jones

    Looking forward to Match Of The Day ;-)

  • Me

    “You got what you wanted. You should be happy” No we didn’t Wenger because you are still HERE. Do everyone a favour and crawl away before you do more damage – 13 recognised first team players. Wenger should be FIRED tonight !!!!

  • Me

    Can we write off our season now ? It will just save time…

  • Mark

    The booing sums up Arsenal fans since the move. A bunch of Johnny Come Latelys who think their team has a divine right to win. Utterly pathetic. If you are going to moan all game and boo at the end – don’t come

    • lomekian

      In principle I agree, and I’ve seen enough shitter teams at Arsenal. But if you’re paying 50 quid a game to go and the team are still turning a transfer profit, and the manager, players and especially the old board (sell out bastards) are getting filthy rich in the meantime, its hard not to feel frustrated. I will never boo the team or moan during the game, but the current set up has overseen a real decline over the last 5 years

  • Davi

    Worst refereeing performance since the “miraculous” newcastle comeback. The squad is weakened currently by injury and needs a couple of additions but that’s not why we lost the game, it was handed to them. As was said in the article, Koscielny gave away a penalty and was given 2 yellows despite committing no fouls!

    We got a bit lucky with decisions overall last season, I thought, probably for the first time in 10 years, so I suppose it was a bit much not to expect to be screwed over again this season.
    I’m not being blinkered by saying I don’t disagree with anything Wenger said after the game. He didn’t hide or make any excuses that weren’t totally valid. It was there for all to see and even in commentary they were saying we were getting hard done by, even before the penalty and Kos sending off. We do need to make a couple of signings before the transfer window ends but that’s not why we lost today!

    • Leon Kingsford

      Worst management since last season…..

  • @makks

    If we dont make the signings we need to in the next 2 weeks I don’t think Arsene should be fired, I think he should resign on september 3rd. It is starting to become obvious that the people running and owning Arsenal are the real culprits here. Wenger loves making subtle comments, and today’s “it’s not my money, its the clubs money” goes a long way to show that he has no problem spending it. Lets not forget Sol Campbell was the first £100K a week player in England, thanks to Wenger. His first season he spent over £20M in transfers, the equivalent of at least £60M in todays football money. If this is Wengers last season (and I truly hope it isn’t) then I expect Ivan’s resignation along with it. He’s a great CEO and has done a lot of good for the club, but he has let down the fans, and tarnished the reputation the greatest manager in the clubs history.

    • lomekian

      To be fair, if we don’t sign anyone in the next two weeks, that will pretty much be Arsene’s resignation letter….

      • Leon Kingsford

        Then lets hope that he signs no one then !!!!

  • Me

    Instructions – sign nobody during the summer period. Start the season badly taking several month to recover from the bad start. Blame the officials. Blame the FA. Blame inflated player prices/wages. Make critical statements to the press regarding any club who dares spend some money and who are not following a tedious self sufficiency business model. Ensure that incompetent players come out and make statements to the media stating “we must do better and take responsibility” even though they are incapable of it and lack the motivation to do so. Infuriate the supporters by bragging to the press of “the wonderful self sufficient business model” and take them for idiots by blatantly lying about a desire to invest and ambition to win trophies. Offer incompetent manager who has achieved nothing for the last eight years a bumper £7.5 million new contract. Repeat as required…

  • maboko likoloe

    I am back despite deciding to go on strike for one year. Its hard to say i told you so, as a gooner, but this was predictable. Our club is run by incompetent muppets. We are the laughing stock of football. I am going to make another prediction, we will finish this season on position 12. Lady Arse i will speak to you in may 2014, thank God I am preparing for the dark days ahead. The rest are delusional or refusing to see the facts that everyone around as are looking strong in quality and quantity. R.I.P for my club Arsenal. Damn it was good just a week ago.

  • Noel Reynolds

    Fully blown crisis now,

  • Villa fan in Scotland

    Excuses excuses. Loose at the back, weak in midfield and poor up front. Keeper should have gone.

    • lomekian

      Look where Agbonglahor kicked the ball. To score from that angle with two men back on the line would have taken a huge amount of skill.

      That said, the criticism is valid to a point. A lack of any physical presence in midfield meant that we had no answer for your quick breaks, and once Ox & Gibbs went off, out left side was entirely toothless. Arsenal weren’t great today, Villa were pretty good, and the ref was awful.

      For the record I like Villa, Lambert and hope you guys do well this year.

  • Mick mac

    Wiltshire is a disgrace… Moaning,diving? If he was to grow up and get his large lard arse off the floor he might help the goooners.

    • lomekian

      Did you even watch the game? He was the single most fouled player on the pitch, and 2 players were booked for fouling him, not to mention the series of late tackles on him in the second half.

  • bjh

    A shambolic refereeing performance? Seriously, get a bit of class and realise that you were out fought

    • lomekian

      That is probably also true….the two are not mutually exclusive

  • Ola_Gunner

    The team was gutless and confused, and the manager’s arrogance was laid bare by a Villa team that had more desire to kick off their season well.
    If Arsene believes this squad is good enough to win something, then we may as well not bother travel to the Emirates this season, because they’ll win the season after 5 games. Someone needs to get in touch with reality.

    Somehow Arsene can’t find players in such a long window? If he didn’t want to pay over the odds for players, then guess what will happen now that clubs know that we will struggle to put together a fit 11. This is cloud cuckoo land stuff.

    Give us back our Arsenal.

    • Noel Reynolds

      the stuffing has been knocked out of the team by our pathetic showing in window wed there would where they all expected there would top top quality signings. 37 more games and a long hard slog for 4th is all we can expect. nobody at board level willing to grow a pair and say to the dictator “we don’t care how much you think he’s worth the market rate is x”. how can we expect to close the 3-4 quality signings in the last 18 days

      • Ola_Gunner

        At this rate I expect 6 to 8 signings. I don’t think 2 players in each full back position will be enough as we’ve now seen. We need 2 more quality centre forwards, 2 more centre backs because players get injured and suspended and for goodness sake get a F***ing defensive midfielder (the same reason we have won nothing for several seasons). Look at the squads of city, united and chelsea: 4 centre forwards and 3 defensive minded midfielders/utility players. Let’s see what happens in Turkey. We may bring in players from our under 21 squad who have been mauled by league 2 oppositions in the last few weeks, so confidence is low.
        It may be all over before the season kicks into gear.

    • Mark

      ‘We may as well not bother to travel to the Emirates this season’. Sounds like you are a typical gooner then.

      • Ola_Gunner

        An hour plus commute since moving out of London and what have we got to show for it? A manager who talks big game but can’t motivate players to leave everything on the pitch.

  • The AwkwardTruth

    As a Spurs fan I am praying that the Arsenal board, like you, believe that the loss of this match was mainly due to bad officiating. Chelsea, City, Spurs and Liverpool all spent money and strengthened. United not so much but still gonna be a handful. Arsenal paid out nice dividends to shareholders. Wenger always does enough to survive but never to satisfy and at no other ground in Europe do the supporters regularly vent anger as much as they do at Emirates. I pity you goon fans. You have what 95% of UK football fans dream of but are eternally unhappy/disappointed/angry, like a beautiful woman that wants plastic surgery for the perfect nose. Lots to play for, 37 games to go. Chin up lads, please don’t spend money on anything other that shareholder wallets ;)

    • lomekian

      Ha! This loss was largely down to the ref, but as I pointed out, the Arsenal squad is alarmingly short. Even more worrying, your lot have bought and might be buying another of the players we tried to get in January….

      If there are no signings they should send a letter handing over 4th to WHL asap….

  • Shaved Head

    Why do you need to point out he’s bald?

    • lomekian

      I can see how that came across. Its about the only feature I could remember about him bar his poor officiating

  • Leon Kingsford

    Arsenal lose and Fat Jack is concerned that he has missed too many England games – nice to see his fat fuck head is focused on Arsenal. What a joke. Arsenal are a JOKE and WENGER is the biggest JOKE of all…

  • Ahmad Karmi

    To be honest, I think last nights game is not going to be the norm of the season (surprisingly.)

    We have a great squad (who did not perform to their normal standard), but yesterday’s match was enough to put any team down and hats off to villa who played sensational football. Our defensive line is thick and any Arsenal supporter who is pressuring for new strikers may be a little off. We had one of the best strike forces last season. It’s the D line that is the issue for me.

    With the injuries, it just shows you how thin our defensive line is. The third goal was the result of chasing the game with 10 men and the officiating really really really needs to be looked at by the premier league officials. The ref is not the whole reason we lost but I do believe he had a substantial influence on how the game went.

    At this point, Arsene needs to look at his Defensive line up because there’s no way we’re going to play that Champions League qualifier with Ramsey as a CB. Podolski on in the 93rd minute? You have one of the most experienced strikers in Germany and you keep him on bench? That to me was a huge mistake but considering the whole situation I think any manager would have also been baffled.

    We got beat in the first game of the season and I don’t think the scoreline tells the whole story. Even with 10 men we pushed and were unlucky. I think Rosicky proved why he’s such an important asset to the club.

    Arsene, you do need to make signings but I think you need to make some signings at the back end of the field. I was excited by the prospect for Gustavo because he’s a DM who can attack and really control the centre of the field. That went away fast… Time to buck up and get to work. Not much time left to the transfer window and lots of angry Arsenal fans around.

    As for me I have faith in Arsene. I think he’s in a sticky situation and I think he’s not adapting well to the “new world order” of football but I think he’s still the right man to carry forward, he just needs to stop being so “careful” and take some big risks in the transfer market. His brain is in the right place, but his “balls” so to speak have been hiding.

    I have said it before (when we bought him) and will say it again. I think Giroud is top class. He’s not at the level of RVP right now but I think he’s going to inch closer to it this season and given more time will become one of the EPL’s most feared strikers/forwards. The answer is not up front for the transfer market, it’s at the back end of the field.

    Just my 2 cents.

    • Noel Reynolds

      you are just as deluded as he is.

      • Ahmad Karmi

        You are entitled to your opinion. However, I don’t see myself as deluded.

        • Noel Reynolds

          giroud is top class? we were unlucky on saturday? arsene wenger the right man? fans shouldn’t be pressuring for new strikers? don’t make me laugh. don’t even understand what you mean by thick defenders. although most of our defending looked pretty thick on saturday afternoon. as i said, you are as deluded as he is.

          • Ahmad Karmi

            Again you are entitled to your opinion. I don’t think Giroud is quite there yet but he will become by the looks of it a top class striker by the end of the season. That is only my prediction. Then again, I received a similar comment 3-4 seasons ago when I told people that Cavani would be big.

            By thin defensive line, I mean we don’t have the numbers to keep up. We had ramsey dropping back. I believe our signings should be more focused towards defensive signings. Sure, buy another striker when last season our front 3 were considered one of the best strike forces in the premier league.

            Anyways this conversation will go on and on. My point being is that I think we’re all jumping to an extremely harsh conclusion from just one game where a lot went wrong for us (including our team/staff, not just the ref) and again, hats off to villa who played some good football.

          • Noel Reynolds

            you need to look at the bigger picture mate. i’m not jumping to a conclusion formulated on the 90 minutes on saturday but on last summer, the summer before and the previous 5 summers before that one. who last season considered our strike force one of the best in the league? i can’t recall any of them turning up in a big game and winning it. well done for scouting cavani though. perhaps the club should employ you as a scout.

          • Ahmad Karmi

            Maybe they should employ me as a scout. And if you look at the numbers, last year we scored 72 goals. Only two teams that score more than us were Chelsea (2nd: 75 goals) and United (1st: 86 goals). That my friend tells me that we are not far off from being top goal scorers. I’m not saying that there is no problem at Arsenal and nor has their been over the years. However, I think the same problem has not been solved. The defence. Crying for new strikers may and well help the club but it’s not going to stop us from getting score on. We have a below average defensive line. It got better towards the end of the season but what I’m trying to say is we need more depth in Defense and that should be our focus. In my opinions strikers should be the last thing we look at. We need to fix our Defensive lineup first and a proper DM would be great as well. Oh and the goals scored mentioned above did not include champions league, these are purely for the EPL.

            Our Defensive lineup did not concede much either, but if you look at the score of the games, we lost and drew quite a bit because of defensive blunders.

            But then again, what do I know? I’ll skip the awful sarcastic comment. I’m not too good with that. Maybe I should practice with “the club should employ you as a scout” or something a long those lines.

          • Noel Reynolds

            look you can hide behind stats all you like. i can throw some at you if you like with regard to our defence last season but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t reinforce that. we have needed a spine of players for the last 5 years now and il duce has just refused to acknowledge it. we managed 2 points home and away against the 3 teams that finished above us. it’s all well and good our top class strikers scoring against the likes of reading and newcastle but they never turn up in a 6 point game. van persie still has not been replaced and it was the manager who decided to sell him and the manager who has the nerve to bleat on in the press about how liverpool don’t want to sell suarez to a direct rival. thankfully, the wenger apologists are dwindling by the hour and we will only have to put up with him for at most another season. however, i’m still hopeful that he will acknowledge his failure and fall on his sword given that i’ve got £5 at 50-1 on him being the first premiership manager to leave their respective club this season. acknowledge the fact that he has failed this summer as he has for the last 16 transfer windows, and your healing process will begin.

  • Maboko likoloe

    I will say this again, it is suicide to go to the season without a defensive minded midfielder. A lot of my friends say the manager knows what he is doing but i now tend to disagree. When we were 1-0 up i told my friend we going to lose this game. He was surprised and ask me why? My answer was clear, the way Jack wilshere and Ramsey are playing. They both bomb forward without thinking of their defensive duties. Everyone want to be the hero that scores or gives the assist but none want to do the ugly defensive work. We are playing a team that counter attacks with pace in every game and could not maintain discipline. If it was Gervinho who did that you could have been calling out his name and cursing. This 2 kids lost the tactical battle and Wilshere response was to act like a spoiled kid. the more we play this two in the middle of the pack, please be prepared for more pain. We didn’t need new signing to win this match, we needed tactical discipline and maturity.
    My problem with the british core players at Arsenal is they have been given too much too soon.
    1. too much praise before delivering anything.
    2. too much responsibility too soon for a big club like arsenal.
    3.too much money soon without understanding the the value of hard work, and pride of a hard day work.
    This factors can lead to a player not fulfilling their true potential.

    • lomekian

      More importantly a youth production line and player recruitment policy that apart from numbers seems exclusively focused on small ball-playing midfielders….no balance.

  • Mark

    Arsenal are owned by an American. The only reason they have bought Arsenal is to make money. While Arsenal qualify for the Champions League and make £35m plus from it they will not invest. Wenger knows exactly what is going on. What does he get out of it? A job for life on MASSIVE money; total autonomy; a brilliant excuse when the club doesn’t deliver. He just needs to deliver whatever line the Board want. ‘The money is available, but there is no one of the right quality’. Or pretend to get really close to top players, but just fail – the old Tottenham trick. The Americans will not invest while 60,000 people pour money into the club; while the ground is full of corporates with no interest in football other being able to say ‘yes Jeremy, I am a die hard gooner. Been going for almost 4 years now. Lovely view from my box away from all the riff raff. Arsenal needed a top centre half. Vertonghen? They needed a top goalkeeper? Lloris? They needed a top striker. Soldado? They needed a holding midfield player. Capoue? Paulinho? All of these players would improve Arsenal. In fact Arsenal may be able to win the league with those players. They cost under £70m. That demonstrates they have no interest in buying players as ALL of them would have come to a bigger club in the Champions League. The 30,000 genuine fans are being destroyed by the 30,000 Johnny Come Latelys paying thousands to turn up every now and again and give their ticket to some businessman who fancies watching a game of football. The club is being ripped apart. The 60,000 stadium was to compete with ‘the top teams in Europe’. No it wasn’t. It was to make lots of money fleecing businessmen who know no better and pricing out the real fan. The demise of a once great football club.

    • Noel Reynolds

      previous right quality = chamakh, park, gervinho, squillaci, bischoff, silvestre, cygan, stepanovs, senderos, bendtner etc etc

    • lomekian

      It has to be said that the previous board definitely have a massive culpability in this. its all well and good Lady Nina tweeting her regrets, but unless she wants to do something with the 100m she pocketed, her opinion isn’t worth tuppence. Stan surely must realise the damage his silence is doing?

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