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Arsenal – You do know the way to San Jose ?

Ck6cKZIWsAA8l-m (1)Good Morning Positivistas,

I thought I would out pen to paper this Sunday morning as it is weeks since I have had anything to write about on the Arsenal theme, and the past few days have rather rocked the Positive++ in me to their foundations.

I had hoped some Arsenal news might emerge to hang a written contribution on, but so far nothing. The best I can come up with is that we start out season in the Avaya Stadium, San Jose on the 28th July, as you all well know. By then we may, or may not, sign a new player or two. By the day no doubt another dozen names will have been in and out of the sorting hat. Those revelations hardly fulfil my mission to inform and to explain though.

Nevertheless there is international football to look forward to today. The opening group round of the Euros were mostly good games, tight contests with a pleasing number of the under-dogs biting the noses of the bigger hounds, most notably group winners Wales and Hungary.

All our AFC lads did well, Aaron, Olivier and Granit, the three most decisive. Tomas departure was a shame, though not unexpected. At least he played his last game in a fighting 2-2 come back against the crazed Croatians, rather than his career being signed off on the treatment table. And Jack ? I suspect if England are to make any genuine impression in the tournament they ( we) desperately need Jack to start, and to be the creative focus of the team. Not one of the starting England midfield appear to have the nous to open a defence up, to play a decisive ball.

Yesterday’s first knock out round, or what I saw, was a bit of let down, and all a bit cruel. A great goal from Shaquiri worthy of wining a tournament was undone by a penalty contest, and the Ulstermen managed to go out to an own goal. The Portuguese and the Croatians both played cautiously I thought, within themselves, and that was a looooooong 120 minutes. Portugal the lucky winners, though the exit of pouting tart superstar is postponed for another night only as they lack quality.

I trust the French and the Irish will release any metaphorical handbrakes and get down to business early today. Mesut follows that and we shall see if the Germans can beat a way through the Slovak lines any more successfully than England ?

That is it – whimsical musing over. Enjoy your Sunday.

203 comments on “Arsenal – You do know the way to San Jose ?

  1. Osman ‏@OsmanZtheGooner 2h2 hours ago
    The same media who prematurely pushed Sterling to the heavens 1-2 years ago are now prematurely bringing him down to hell. Sad

    it will be Alli next, if he don’t fulfill the unrealistic heights set for him

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  2. edu

    Exactly.

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  3. Has Hoddle revised his ideas on Karma? Thats been swept under the rug?

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  4. Alexis Sánchez ‏@Alexis_Sanchez 36m36 minutes ago
    Cuarto día de mis vacaciones, encerrado en el hotel aburrido jajaja 😂… Pero ya estoy mucho mejor. 🏆✌🏆

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  5. Spanish Gooner ‏@ElSpanishGooner 32m32 minutes ago
    After signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic this is the combined Arsenal and Manchester United striker force:

    Martial – Giroud – Alexis

    In fact the combined team would be: Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Smalling, Monreal; Xhaka, Ramsey, Özil; Alexis, Martial, Giroud. And Wenger.

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  6. Are Portugal destined to be this year’s Italy? Play like crap until the latter stages of a tournament and squeak through to victory?

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  7. Ronaldo chokes again!

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  8. Sad for Fabianski, but he had a good tournament overall and played well today. Portugal’s luck has to run out soon, surely?

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  9. Portugal slither through yet again – as you say Pass will their luck run out ?

    They play average football, cheat at every opportunity and have yet to win a game in 90 minutes – and then there is Ronnie and that football Frankenstein Pepe

    What’s not to like ?

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  10. afcstuff ‏@afcstuff 2h2 hours ago
    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started his pre-season training today before the rest of the squad return next week. #afc

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  11. This must be the best rant ever

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  12. they are gone

    Arteta, Flamini and Rosicky have been removed from the players list on Arsenal.com

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  13. Reports from Japan that Arsenal have agreed a deal for 21 year old Japan striker Takuma Asano, and that he will be loaned out to a European club, most likely German or Dutch, until he can get a work permit.

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  14. Positively Arsenal ‏@Blackburngeorge 33m33 minutes ago Blackburn, England
    Falcao and Pato managed two goals between them at Chelsea?
    Two players many AFC fans insisted were Giroud upgrades.

    Falcao record for Man Utd and Chelsea

    MU: Games 29, Goals 4
    CFC: Games 12. Goals 1

    total Games 41 goals 5

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  15. Arsenal squad as things stand – 32 players

    GK
    Cech, Ospina, Szczesny, Martinez

    DF
    Bellerin, Debuchy, Jenkinson, Monreal, Gibbs, Chambers, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gabriel

    MF
    Xhaka, Coquelin, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla, Elneny, Oxlade-Chamberlian, Hayden, Toral, Ozil

    F
    Giroud, Alexis, Iwobi, Walcott, Welbeck, Gnabry, Campbell, Akpom. Sanogo

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  16. so Giggs is leaving MU after 29 years cos of the special one.

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  17. Hatem Ben Arfa has joined PSG

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  18. Are we all Welsh tonight ? Of course we are !

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  19. Most definitely Welsh tonight. Will be pulling for my friends in and from Conwy big time tonight Anicoll. To this day one of the finest little towns I’ve ever visited in my 33 years. Just absolutely brilliant. Come on Rambo come on Wales

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  20. Cos we are.. Our Boy Ramsey ll the way

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  21. It’s a shame I won’t be able to see the game tonight, but as I’m meeting up with a Welsh friend tomorrow and our boy Aaron is playing tonight, I will definitely be sporting a daffodil in my lapel!

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  22. image: http://www.arsenal.com/assets/_files/scaled/696×392/may_16/gun__1462804932_Crowley.jpg
    Crowley v Aston Villa Under-21s
    CROWLEY TO JOIN OXFORD UNITED ON LOAN

    Dan Crowley will join League One side Oxford United on loan for the 2016/17 season.
    The 18-year-old midfielder gained experience in the division last term with Barnsley, where he made 13 appearances during a three-month loan spell.
    A regular with Arsenal’s under-21 side over the past two seasons, he has also represented the club in Europe in the UEFA Youth League, and captained the Gunners’ FA Youth Cup side.
    Last year, Dan went on the pre-season tour to Singapore with the first team and appeared in the win over Singapore Select XI.
    Everyone at Arsenal wishes Dan the best of luck as he looks to gain further first-team experience.
    Copyright 2016 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to http://www.arsenal.com as the source

    Read more at http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/20160701/crowley-joins-oxford-united-on-loan#qH4A0AhRC7Ch9mYd.99

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  23. BBC SportVerified account
    ‏@BBCSport BBC Sport Retweeted Match of the Day
    Take a bow Aaron Ramsey…

    The midfielder has scored or assisted four of Wales’ last six goals. 🔥

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  24. that was a great ball in for his second assist, and not a shabby goal either by HRK

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  25. Magical goal. The current Arsenal star played in by Bale and the Royal Arsenal graduate to finish it off in style.

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  26. Ramsey with a silly booking, means he misses the semi final if wales win this game

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  27. go on Wales, what a story.

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  28. Ramsey taken off with a minute of normal time left to play, he has been out on his feet for the last ten minutes, but man of the match if their is any justice

    3 minutes of stoppage time to be played

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  29. when did belgium bring on loic remy

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  30. FT: Wales 3-1 Belgium

    what a pity Ramsey misses the next game, he will be a massive loss to Wales, he has been their player of the tournament so far

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  31. Anyone got any statistics on the number of UEFA coaching licences in Wales compared to Belgium ?

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  32. did bale play?

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  33. are the williams in the wales tram related? 3 of them? wow

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  34. Bloody brilliant from Wales. What a match. Ramsey’s energy knows no bounds. Lot of Arsenal supporters being served some crow tonight eh? All those overhyped Belgium tossers and still no answer for Rambo

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  35. Think we will see Ramsey again in this tournament, perhaps up against his German colleague.
    Congratulations Wales, but this whole tournament…..what a damning indictment on England , and those who run England. Don’t see them putting things right soon, I am sure there is another yes man with lots of coaching badges on the horizon.

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  36. Wales have two top talents who play for the team and it helps that their coach utilises that by picking players who can pass and other such crazy stuff.

    Both Taylor and Davies are better footballers then the likes of Rose. Then Tottenham start Rose against AFC ahead of Davies it’s hard not to appreciate the benefit to the Arsenal.

    Ramsey the outstanding attacking midfielder of the tournament? Fair comment. Huge loss for Wales but if they sneak through he’ll be fresh. Just as big a loss as the players at the back were for Belgium. Think we’ve all seen enough to think that pre-big injury Vermaelan was the pick of the crop from the Belgium CBs?

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  37. Strictly between us, and keep it under your hats, but have you noticed what happens when managers rely on Fellaini ?

    That great big fucking excuse for a professional footballer, with his razor sharp elbows and total lack of skill ?

    They get the sack

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  38. Mandy we are very likely to see Ramsey again in the tournament, the question is will it be in the final or the 3rd/4th play off

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  39. So sorry I missed what sounds like an exciting game- well done to the boyos

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  40. Beautiful game. Ramsey exposed the hype which surrounds De Bruyne and Hazard.

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  41. I could be accused of bias but it’s fair to say that Ramsey has become part of (Welsh) football folklore for his performances in this tournament. Let’s hope that the Welsh can beat Portugal and we all get to see this great player grace an international tournament final.

    Two of the stars from the Copa and the Euros play for the Arsenal.

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  42. Eduardo, hopefully the final, Portugal really are nothing special.
    Ramsey vs ozil in the final would be fantastic, but Italy might also have something to say about that.
    Wonder if Wales in the final might shake our own useless FA out of their complacency? Sadly I doubt it.

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  43. Amidst the revealing and continuous meltdown by those upstanding ‘fans’ of the Arsenal the outstanding quality of this goal was under appreciated:

    Poor Dixon was bemused by the overall quality and and the zen-assassin calm exhibited by Welbeck, Bellerin and Ramsey: Bellerin hit a (hopeful) pass and not a shot.

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  44. The Robson-Kanu story is the true reflection of someone beating the odds this summer, not that of a club owned by Thai billionaires. I could be biased there too, nothing to do with the players’ many links to the Arsenal haha!

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  45. Fins, had that flick goal been scored by Messi or Ronaldo we would never stop hearing about it. That boy has got some skills that are seriously overlooked by the mindless morons giving out on Twitter and blogs!

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  46. I don’t know if the BBC panel are correct, but last night when talking about and comparing England team and Wales team performance, they pointed out that basically both squads came through the same academy system, and that the big difference in performance was down to team system/formation/tactics, they claimed that Wales have played the same way right through the qualifying and now in the tournament, they basically have a plan A and if things go wrong they have a plan B, so players do not get confused by things(yet without knowing it they admitted what we all have known or some time, basically players are as thick as pigs shit), and they don’t get worried too much when things go wrong, unlike England, who played a very successful system during qualifying, but did not play that system even once during the tournament, and so when things went awry panic set in, and all was lost.

    Now I think for once the BBC lads are on to something, but I very much doubt they know exactly the whats and wherefores of it.

    A simple analysis of England of the qualifying group and England of the Euros, will reveal that of the two men who accounted for all but one of the “Man of the Match” awards in the qualifying, one missed the tournament through injury (Welbeck), and one was vastly underused and undervalued (Wilshere). Yes there were other changes too, but I will get to that in a minute. I said above that despite the BBC panel pinpointing one of the main differences between England in qualifying and in the tournament itself, I’m sure they either don’t know the ins and outs of it, or they will ignore the ins and outs of it, cos they themselves are part of the reason for it, they like the rest of the football media in England are part of the reason for it. In my experience the English media have far too much influence in the selection of the England team. That is the core problem the next England manager has to deal with, he will have to be strong enough to ignore them, and not only that he will have to be persuade the English FA bosses, to ignore them too.

    As the last BPL season unfolded, it became clear that the England team of the qualifying would be changed for the Finals, the media so insisted, they had been granted everything they wished for and needed to influence, nay demand, the England manager change the team.
    Arsenal men Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Welbeck out injured, Gibbs and Walcott out of form and out of the team.
    Tottenham having their big season with 5 English men in the team most weeks.
    Not only that but one of them was the new Messiah, the next Golden Child, Dele Alli. There was even a second future best player ever to arrive on the scene (Rashford)
    What more could they ask for.
    Well the rise and rise of LCFC, and with it the rise and rise of Jamie Vardy, and to a lesser extent Danny Drinkwater.

    And so it came to pass (don’t mention passing when Henderson is in the squad)

    It was all there for the media, they all picked their squads, and by and large they were almost exactly the same, and not only that, they were almost exactly the same as the squad Hodgson allowed himself to be brow beaten into picking. Give credit to Roy where its due, he did stick to his guns on Wilshere, but when its Jack over Drinkwater or Noble, its not a very hard decision, now is it.

    But there we had it, the squad announced, and the media influence was all over it. Not only was it full of Tottenham players, but they had been deemed the stars of the team and automatic starters, only Hart and Rooney stood on the same pedestal as the spurs lads. Guys who were bit part players in the qualifying were now the heartbeat of the team, Walker and Rose the fullbacks, Dier the defensive midfield rock, Alli the team creator and Kane the world class striker. What could go wrong with that. It was not like this lot had been part of the team that finished third in a two horse title race.
    So what of the captain, and the teams biggest name, Wayne Rooney, the all time record scorer, Kane had his spot in the team, aw well move him into a withdrawn role, the creator if you like, no no no, the youtube wonder Dele Alli, had that role, so a spot had to found for Rooney, midfield it is then, what could go wrong, it would not be like Wayne though all being a midfielder meant was simple sideways passes or long diagonal passes out to the fullbacks.
    Not only had we the squad(bar Wilshere) they media wanted, but we had the very team they deemed to be our best, and probably the best since the last best England team, they had crowned prior to a tournament.
    Team, tactics, all to shoehorn the media’s boys into the team, what could go wrong.

    Well we know what went wrong, Arsenal fans knew it was too spursy,
    Roy Hodgson had to go, he had allowed himself to be persuaded(bullied) by the journos into picking their squad and their team, it was clear he wanted Jack in the team, but he had not the guts to do it, he knew how the media would react, it was made clear by their reaction to his sub appearance v Russia, somehow it was his fault England let the lead slip. The media made no secret of how they felt about Wilshere being in the team v Slovakia too. So no chance he was starting v Iceland. Roy also deserves the sack for decisions such as Dier and Kane on freekicks/corners.

    As I stated earlier the next England manager will only succeed if he has the balls to ignore the meida, if not in fact confront them, at the very least he needs his FA bosses to back him in ignoring the media.
    But what chance of the men at the FA getting it right, after all one of the guys who is on the panel to pick the next manager, was at a press call earlier in the week, and his stock response was “I’m not a football expert”. And when you see that they are talking to the likes of Scotty Parker, for his views on who is needed, then you know they don’t have a scooby, and the media influence will continue ad infinitum. The circle will continue.

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