Who Are You, Who Are You.?!?!



Good morning people.

You might note that I said “people”,  and I haven’t used the normal “good  morning positive people”.

I revisited the ABOUT US on the site and  immediately felt glum.

If you are a fan of the club who needs to vent their frustration by denouncing players who are “Notfittoweartheshirt”, or who delights disparaging the efforts of the club’s former or current coaches then the site is probably not for you. If you are an expert in the football transfer market, in sports medicine, in the mechanics of running a £1.5 billion sports business etcetera then it may be that PA is an insufficient platform for that abundance of your accumulated knowledge. There are many other blogs on which you will be much, much more at home.

To enjoy supporting Arsenal is a choice. Choose wisely.

I have to ask myself , is that still us?

Now here is the problem for me, I have been as responsible as anyone for the current mood. I certainly can’t be casting the first stone. I have somehow allowed myself to compartmentalise the club and take sides. I have sided with players I like against the other parts that I have imagined are against them.

The rule was that once we were in Positively Arsenal, we were free to say as we liked, to who we liked, as long as it wasn’t aggressive. So I am not telling anyone how to behave , think or act, I’m simply reminding everyone , not least myself, what the essence of the site is.

Miraculously we find ourselves in 4th place this morning, and it’s a reminder that there is still plenty to play for and look forward to. Again, I’m not trying to do anything other than remind myself, what the site is for.

I will try harder, I hope you will too, let’s not become that which we once detested.

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69 comments on “Who Are You, Who Are You.?!?!

  1. Spot on, George,

    A gentle little reminder hurts no one.

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  2. It is an incontestable fact that Arsene Wenger’s contribution to the club – its bricks and mortar, as well as its remarkable history – can be measured in the very foundations and pillars of the place.

    Muck about with the critical infrastructure of anything and you are bound to experience a wobble or two, as the new replaces the old.

    Adjust anything and you will find yourself asking fundamental questions – is it strong enough, big enough, is it fit enough for purpose.

    Unfortunately new omelettes require broken eggs; hopefully the finished article will be sufficiently agreeable to distract us from the detritus of its preparation.

    Some of us will take more time to get over the broken eggs than others; few will ever forget.

    But all of us have to move on.

    That’s life.

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  3. I think for most of us there has been a blurring of the lines between the ‘Arsenal way’ and the ‘Arsène’s way’.

    Do the new regime / board try do a job within the parameters of a modest budget they always had? I believe they are. Does coach Unai Emery has the same pedigree, pull, as his predecessor? Not at all. It has to be said Arsène adapted to the PL long before UE even knew what he wanted to do with his life.

    He has only been in England in bit of 6 months, had his ideas stipulated out what he wanted to but life in the PL has been a culture shock. And the cards he are dealt, losing so many players that are key to what he is trying to do hasn’t help either. So perhaps we need to acknowledge the difficulties of the job, stepping in the shoes of our greatest manager and all the challenges facing this team currently.

    Now is the time all of us need to pull together in what ever way we can to not make things more difficult than it already are.

    Could be have Ramsey more than he does? Yeaaah! But its such a balancing act. The suits pulled the plug on Ramsey extending. Leaving him trying to give a depleting defense more support infront of them whilst also developing the talents of youngsters Iwobi, Guendouzi and Torreira who will stay behind when others move on.

    Who wants the be the Arsenal manager.

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  4. Labo I think that I’ve read all of the above understanding of what UE has had to juggle in PA over the last period.

    In addition on PA many have dismissed the Ozil gibberish which is exactly the same as last season (with a different coach!) whilst understanding that there must be a concern after the worst year in his career for injury – after all it is a sport hehe!

    There is also a majority understanding here for the Arsenal handicap the new coach has to adapt to, as incontrovertibly and objectively shown by that well known conspiracy theorist 7am kick off’s latest focus, articles and tweets comparing the lack of hacking of midfielders for certain rival teams with AFC- it’s taken this statto a fair while to bring himself to this public acknowledgement of the variable officiating that everyone can see on the football pitch but better late then never! You can’t ignore such consistent numbers no matter how hard you try.

    Therefore I don’t believe the Arsenal have appointed a more conservative coach then Mourinho. I have seen evidence on the football pitch with his stronger elevens to suggest otherwise.
    But I don’t have any problem with people discussing the consideration.

    We laughed at the stupidity of the Utd post Ferguson handover.
    Their better football of late is most likely helped by the return of the coach who was there to bring them a title whilst Ferguson was minding his dodgy hip, their best football since this coach was last at the club. I don’t think there is any doubt of that, nor coincidence.

    Nothing comes from nothing.

    The brand new beginning brave new world ‘brand’ took a bit of a hit in the twentieth century.

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  5. It’s hard to go back to eating sausages after you’ve got used to caviar!

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  6. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss?
    Not quite, and maybe therein lies the problem. But UE will have to be judged on his own merits, not on who came before him.
    Still think that given the chance, he will do a very decent job, I will admit my view is partly formed by some Spanish friends who really rate him. But they also stressed from day 1 he is a not a quick fix merchant, more a long termer who will gradually shape his team, in his own way. He, like all managers will have his favourites (Wenger certainly did), which,sadly might not coincide with those some of us on here rate so highly, remains to be seen.
    I may be in the minority, but hoping he is a true visionary who can see for miles and build a new generation of players to make us all proud.

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  7. Good post, George.

    Andy’s comments the other day certainly stung me a little.

    Thing is, I’ve always had a bit of a struggle going on to live up to a positive ethos.

    I just- crap excuse time- want success so damn bad and-waaah- don’t handle defeats well.

    Also, I do really enjoy trying to analyse the current situation and discussing all things Arsenal, and, with any bad stuff, talking it over seems to help, or maybe purge me, eventually, of negative emotions.

    It’s a balance, I guess, and pretty easy to go too far with negative stuff.

    I’m happy to have reminders, like above, to try harder.

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  8. I think tha given the cluster**** power grab above the manager that people’s concerns are reasonable.

    It took six months for the new person in charge of he Club after Ivan’s Houdini impersonation to speak!

    Most fans have had no idea who has been in charge of the club and to be fair they do deserve to be told at least that much. Don’t they?

    Now of this has anything to do with AW. To make that implication is a misinference deliberate or accidental.

    The concern that the club have seemed to leave behind the wisdom of the ‘boot room’ in sporting institutions is another discussion entirely and probably hard to to do so in a comments section? But again it is not a discussion about AW! So…I can’t see any negativity in such a healthy discussion amongst people that love sport myself. People write books and make movies like the Damned Utd on such topics. After all.

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  9. I think I was about four when I got my first ARSENAL kit so that would of been about 69/70. So I had plenty of time pre Arsene to experience different managers and different teams some successful some not so this is no new experience just it’s happened after a miraculous stay as manager from ARSENAL and the longest consistent period of success in our history.
    There is a big difference between confidence and positivity, I am not confident about Sunday
    but I understand the difficulties we are facing in the first season of a new manager and the short term problems we are facing in defence. These circumstances allow me to be positive for the future also allowing for the unlevel playing field we are facing.
    After 22years we all knew what Arsene was capable of so even in dark times we could still dream of blue skys, Unai has yet to truly show us that but I believe it will come.

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  10. Much food for thought around Arsenal these days.

    Despite my less than positive take I resent the idea that I am becoming what I detested. The day I complain about matchday attendance figures simply because I need something to complain about, I will give up the ghost and accept I am a thicko. Still, you are completely right that we need to try harder.

    The club aren’t making it easy. I am only judging Emery by what they had told us. But if I’m honest, for me it came gradually after the Ramsey contract withdrawal. To me this was a complete betrayal of Arsenal’s values, and it has seemed even more true as time has gone on.

    Still, the tribute to Sala was a nice touch. Denis Suarez is a technical player who might bring some excitement to our attack. And I suppose now that Sven’s leaving, we need to give the ALL-NEW power structure some more time. Maybe by next summer we’ll have a better idea of how we want to play, bring in some exciting players, promote more youngsters, and play more exciting but solid football.

    Somehow we’re in 4th, so perhaps the short termism of this season will be justified if we get back into the CL. It might help us feel better about our status as a club, and so reassert our identity.

    Until we find that identity though, it will be tough to be positive because I won’t know what I’m standing for. I will still try.

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  11. Mandy at 11:36am

    Agree with you fully. Think the least Unai deserve is the benefit of the doubt, he is by no means a silly man. Forming the team is his vision is gonna take skill, patience and of course trial-and-error.

    Fins highlighted that we only need to cast our eyes at the damned United, who got the advantage of such a greater budget.

    We always say how injuries stall / slow down the development of some players, injuries are also doing the same to Unai’s plans. Of course it’s gonna be frustrating for us as fans, because we all got spolit under Wenger, who for his last two seasons had struggles similar to Unai’s. Imagine how more difficult this building phase would be if he has to deal with a banner waving / flying fanbase too.

    As much as there is high expectations we have to calibrate our demands and view this season as one of development, next season with a year of PL experience under the belt for our Gunner-in-chief… we can readjust.

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  12. I’d have been excited if Carrasco or, especially, Perisic were coming in, but each always felt unlikely to me- clubs very rarely let big players go on terms that are halfway comfortable for you.

    Glad we’ve got Suarez to try something a little different in attacking third. Sucker for a transfer so will keep on hoping for another but doesn’t seem great chance of that at minute.

    Then it’s buckle up. Got who we got for rest of season. Hope for best and, particularly, for no more damn injuries.

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  13. Kind of brings up some interesting elements. Can we move on or move with? The mind in its basic duality is messing about between judgement and victim ( thats all of us, as we react to different moments). If thats where the mind is stuck what can we expect?
    If PA was a shelter in the AW years how does that leave things now, is it the same website site? There isnt anything that does change? How can anyone not have doubt, at east to some extent this season? It is a natural emotion, are we a bit lost in thinking that there can only real definitions of whats positive and negative? The lines seemed much more defined under AW? I have no answers, only questions.

    Everyone felt utterly humiliated after the ManUre game, knowing for the third time that lot had again had superiority when they didnt deserve it( such is football). Something about that game was really painful and really riled. Who do you turn to when you feel like that?

    Every day has a different atmosphere ( how is this possible?) and the feeling on Friday, Saturday and Sunday was like being in a dark tunnel and the only light at the end of it felt like a train coming. I was really glad of Labos write up to start afresh. But I also realted to Rcih’s post in that it seemed really to feel doubt and sadness and wanting to not feel like that.

    What if the way some people were expressing themselves was as positive as can be?

    The notion of what positivity can be will always be a large one, as everyone is living the dream of life in a slightly different way? Perhaps people were trying to reach out to each other to rid themselves of what was a dirty Arsenal hangover? Hasnt been that many in the last 22 yrs-some but not many, unless you were a Le Grover, in which case life is so awful that everything apart from a 5-0 win is wank. And even then it was wank.

    Yesterday I wrote some thoughts on unity in a team as a way to playing really well, easy to write very very difficult to achieve. But football is a game thats about humiliation, alienation and negativity as much as the opposites. Perhaps at the moment most are oscillating between doubt and hope, whilst wanting to be positive?

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  14. As long as I have this hesitation in writing any not-so-happy thoughts on Arsenal, I would count myself positive all the same. And I believe sometimes being on pause or even quietly leaving could also be positive solutions to all the doubts and confusions.

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  15. Emery is not going to be to everyone’s taste but he needs at least a couple of seasons and then we can see if he has a vision for the team. I can recall the misery of the mid 70’s so those who feel prone to an attack of dejection and frustration with the club need to find some perspective. Very few clubs can expect to be winning leagues every other year but things can change suddenly. Not many would have expected Liverpool to be where they are now five years ago. Of course the one thing we may not have in our favour is an owner who won’t offer any financial aid. That may hinder us for many years so we may have to find our own Ranieri, albeit one that isn’t a one season wonder.

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  16. If my feelings have faded, I will stop. At least I know that I would never hurt “Arsenal’s feelings” through abusive words or resentment, because of great memories.
    By the way, the discussion here definitely remains positive.

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  17. Can’t do likes but enjoyed your post, Dave.

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  18. So Chelsea lost 4-0 to the mighty Bournemouth. Let’s see how the Wobs and the anti Arsenal media takes it.
    I am sure it will be duly covered up In contrast to our losses to the relegation bound Bayern & Liverpool.

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  20. The same Experts who told us Emery was a gegenpressing freak ( in their dreams ) also have been telling their listeners and readers that it’s all about Power & Pace in the modern game (someone should’ve told Klopp when he was using Coutinho so well!).

    Ah well. Hope they’re not too heartbroken with the Suarez signing. Hehe.

    Apart from the AM/CM preferences the new boss and his signings can be seen to be a lot like the old boss. At least that’s what I see (Fingers still crossed on the Ozil story – injuries…).
    Viva la revolution (the one that is still going on upstairs?)

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  21. Just watching the game back. Can just say I would never put s penny onto Smith’s pocket again. An absolute sky agenda monkey. A shame as I loved him as a player.

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  22. And how the fuck was that challenge by Arter on Giendouzi not s straight red, Unbelievable

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  23. The Ralls one was almost another Shawcross type challenge

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  24. Thank you, George. It was disconcerting to observe after Friday’s loss that the Arsecast Extra was more positive than the bulk of the comments on Positively Arsenal. I have hesitated to point this out due to the fear of coming across as a bit of a grind; your piece makes the same point without the self-righteousness I might have suffered.

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  25. @Rosicky@Arsenal, shouldn’t that be Woes, Wenger’s gone now or didn’t you see that? I think the claim that the media is anti-Arsenal is tiresome. Just about every supporter I’ve ever met makes the same claim about his club. Unless your team is tearing up the league every week criticism will be coming in from some quarter. If you look for it you’ll find it.

    On a positive note, let’s wish for a solid performance at City and three points. Let’s see the media criticise that.

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  26. Injuries not withstanding, Emery’s Arsenal are nicely placed to mount a serious Top 4 challenge alongside a proper tilt at the Europa League. Ramsey available and ready to play his heart out for the last few months of his contract, Ozil fit again and primed to show £350,000 worth of vision each and every week, Mikhi back,Guendouzi purring, Suarez eager to prove his worth. Not a bad collection of midfielders to add to the class and tenacity of Torreira and Xhaka and Iwobi. There’ll be a few twists and turns to be sure, but I reckon it could all be a bit of fun between now and the summer break.

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  27. But why did you not write an article, even a short one to rally everyone on Saturday morning?
    People are usually trying to do the best they can-especially on here. We can look for positives or negatives in anything, even the worst situation, if its felt that it was too negative then surely those who feel positive about Friday and other results should make their case, and come forward and articulate it?

    I think often people would like to be bucked up (maybe Im speaking for myself, but as I read the posts above, thats how it appears to me for others too, Im also happy to be wrong) and have a group of people that can provide a different perspective on things not just an ideological piece but something that can give support .

    Its easy to get lost in the illusion of football, (Ive known people who were dying who still got angry at times about football)but its no different than any thing else people invest their lives in, including how we see ourselves.

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  28. Unanthiam

    Can you show me some articles from the media criticizing Spurs & Liverpool for finishing below Arsenal for 20 years under Wenger or even taking a dig at United finishing behind us for the last couple of years after the Pigmob assisted Red nose left.

    Infact Arsenal were criticized throughout and Spurs and Liverpool remained the darlings in the English press for reasons beyond my imagination.

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  29. @Rosicky@Arsenal, I’m not going to trawl through twenty years of media criticism just to prove my, or your, point. I can hazard a guess at why teams like Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs, Manu and City may, in your view, gain favourable media attention. It’s because they strive to change direction as soon as they sense the club is stalling. I don’t want to criticise Wenger but we were locked into stasis for about a decade where it appeared that top four rather than top spot mattered most. Now I doubt that the owners of the aforementioned clubs would have accepted that. And I think the media lost interest in a club that was so enamoured with the status quo. Of course others may disagree and often believed we were credible challengers for the league during the period 2009-18. I know there are other circumstances dictating our fate in those years but as this decade progressed I think there was a growing complacency at our club. It’s only a viewpoint and I don’t pretend it as fact. i’m sure many will disagree and argue intelligently against my points.

    We shall see how ambitious Spurs are as they seem to be embarking on a similar pattern and they like us do not have unlimited resources. Will Pochettino get 9 years without a trophy. Will CL qualification be enough to satisfy supporters and owner indefinitely?

    I’ll just add that Pochettino’s attitude to trophies seems a little flippant. I was ecstatic when we won the FA Cup especially the recent trio as it relaxed at least some of the pressure Wenger was constantly under. I think I’m old fashioned in that I’d rather win the FA Cup than finish fourth. I grew up when winning it appeared to mean more. If you didn’t win the league the cup was the next best thing, as it should be in my view.

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  30. So no there is no evidence of this equivalence you say is there but can’t provide any examples of.

    There are numerous examples of the opposite:

    “Get in”…Fins…”Get in my son!”

    You’re very welcome.

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  31. < "get in" being a well known and famous citation (not a made up quote to support my opinion then) of a plundit commentating upon an Arsenal game.

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  32. Such lily livered attitudes to plundits that attack the club that I support would have left me listening to Stewart Robson instead of Adrian Clarke alongside the broadcast to the Cardiff game.

    Fortunately not all Arsenal fans are incapable of pointing out palpable undeniable bias, and the bitter Robson got the sack, which left him even more bitter. I’m not complaining!

    That was a very positive outcome for those people who love Arsenal, who love football, and who like good plundits.

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  33. Even my Wife who hates football notices the obvious bias of the Pundits and commentators this bloke must be dim to not notice it

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  34. Un, others clubs wouldn’t put up with top four and not spot well up till now I haven’t seen Liverpool or Spurs win the league and we all know how those other three teams have been financially doped.
    If you check those 22 years were the most consistent in our history, obviously the thirties produced more titles as a decade but other than that it’ been the most successful time in our history on ltd resources against an unlevel playing field. I find it difficult for anyone to seriously critisize this.
    On money spent it is easier to make cases for the three billionaire clubs to have unachieved.
    To include the spuds in any sort of comparison is madness ….madness I tells ya

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  35. As I said well argued cases with proof would be appropriate. Someone’s wife may have a fabulously informed opinion but I’m not sure why that would hold water in an objective argument without facts.I appreciate I made a point without facts but I clearly stated that. I’m not trying to win an argument I would just like people to consider alternative views. Consider, that is the point.

    @ianspace 2014 But the point i’m making is that Liverpool and Spurs have had numerous changes of manager in the last fifteen years in the pursuit of bettering themselves.perhaps these clubs made rash decisions in doing so, certainly they didn’t win any titles but they have finally both improved. I’m not saying they weren’t the most consistent years we’ve had I’m only wondering if any big club would be happy with not winning the league for 14 years and keeping the same manager. We certainly never did in the past. This is not a slight at Wenger but a questioning of the ambition of those running the club. Or you could perceive it as a club that believes in the principle of loyalty to a manager that has enriched the club immeasurably in over two decades.

    I agree it’s not a level playing field financially but we have spent serious money in the last decade, dwarfed by three clubs and only rivalled recently by Liverpool. Leicester managed to win the league with a fraction of the money we spent. A fluke but then that how it felt in 71 when we did the double when really Leeds were expected to win the league.

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  36. If it takes clubs 15 years + to make an improvement by changing managers isn’t that an argument not to especially when we were there with the same manager achieving something they couldn’t.
    Remember Liverpool have not won the league since 1990 and spurs since 1961 in fact they haven’t won anything in ages. Top four finishes for twenty years seems glorious when compared to their failures.
    The point from the start is why have the media not harressed theses clubs when they have us. Many believe it’s because Arsene and ARSENAL took away the holy grail of an unbeaten season and the hacks couldn’t handle it.

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  37. Flukes dont exist( only as a fish). Physics, skill, unity and potentially help from refs ( deliberately or not). The rest is fantasy.

    Arsenal always had ambition, thats why we moved to the new stadium-Wengers name had to be on the contract or it was anti cash. We needed a manager that wasnt a mercenary, who could see a player who was being ignored in their current environment buy and make them into a great player, and sometimes sell them so the club could keep going with payments, and he got us in the CL every year for such a long time, and three out of four FAC wins at the end.And if the Wobs had got off his back then what?

    When the big money turned up it turned into a four and later a five horse race. Without that it would have still been the Guns and ManUre. As a club we might not have the ambition of shooting tigers in a cage, I have no problem with that.
    The club were happy to keep AW as he had won two doubles and unbeaten season and a CL final plus other silverware, and being finalists, runners up, and semi finalists–it isnt like Poch or Klopp being kept on after winning zero.
    Big clubs wouldn’t have stood for it? Thats because they can spend and dont nurture, its supermarket sweep with karte blanche de credito cardy , and turbo ruthless capitalism. Turbo capitalism needs ethics, as lest we forget it we are actually humans.
    Winning at all cost? Theres some weird psychology behind that.
    Wenger did the Arsenal proud.

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  38. ianspace@2014 that is a good point. But I suspect each time those clubs changed managers they expected improvement. Liverpool did win the CL so I guess that’s some success.

    If you say the media harass us so be it. Proof or is it just a feeling? I admit I don’t spend hours perusing every media outlet and I’d be fascinated to see whether there’s any foundation to this alleged harassment.

    An interesting question is would you swap those many years of top four finishes for one league title or one CL title? Would Liverpool fans prefer a CL trophy to fifteen years in the top four and no league title? We can’t ask Spurs fans the same question, ha, ha.

    @Dave but then if you claim the club has ambition then that’s why they terminated Wenger’s contract. He failed to make the top four two years consecutively.

    And neither Klopp or Poch have been at their respective clubs for nine years without a trophy. Let’s see how patient the owners are if neither win anything for another five years. And the fans for that matter. ( I’ve heard one or two Spurs fans questioning the ability of Poch as manager, ungrateful ingrates ).

    Anyway here’s to the future, may we go ever higher.

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  39. Yes I do claim the club has ambition.
    It did and it does. And AW won the FAC in one of those last two years and nearly made it to the EL final, and went the League cup final so he wasnt a complete loser as his critics make out(In fact the end period of Wengers time totally overshadows the Spuds.) If not making the CL for two seasons was the reason, then Im not aware of it.

    But I have no real knowledge of what was said or done, behind the closed doors between AW and the club. Whether he was sacked or went by mutual agreement I have no idea. I mean who would want to manage a club where tools are paying for a plane to fly a banner saying get out. Anti Wengerites say he was sacked, odd sacking in that he stayed on to the end of the season and was given a massive send off, the likes of which Ive never seen before( I only started with the club in 1978).

    The new stadium years are immensely complex, not just the statistics, but the relativity of all things to do with the club, including the pressure of social media( people like us), I havent time to list everything.

    I just cant think of any other manager that would have got us to here, for that long, on those budgets, under that pressure.

    Tbh I have little else to say as Ive been defending his corner for seven or eight years now, hes gone.

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  40. Unathanthium.

    With the move from Highbury to the Emirates the club took on huge debts and knew they wouldn’t be in any position to compete for anything, let alone top-four – something now see as almost the same to winning the PL title.

    Wenger was tasked to guide the club through as very difficult period, one Spurs are in the cusps of. With the global recession the austerity period took a bit longer than expected. When the financial shackles got relaxed in 2013/14 season can’t you at least it acknowledge that is was only fair let Wenger continue given the personal sacrifice he made – he did turn down lucrative offers from very wealthy clubs to see through the project afterall.

    Immediately when he had a bit of money to spend we bought Özil, the season thereafter we spent close to 100m. This was a time when the “big 3” collectively spend close to 1.5bn… yet Arsenal weren’t exactly unsuccessful as we won the 3 FA Cups in 4 seasons. One can argue that Wenger should have stepped down after the 3rd FA Cup. And its now known he wanted to but unfortunately the club was nowhere near ready for transition – something they rightfully refused to do on a whim – and Wenger unselfishly again took ‘one for the team’ by staying a year on.

    So saying “14 years” is somewhat unfair considering we were in no position to compete for about 7 of those years. That is why Wenger himself said qualifying for CL those years when the club had practically south of zero to spent were his most successful time at the club.

    This is not new information.

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  41. The proof really is reading the different hacks affiliated to the different clubs and the way they report on them. They are in the main positive towards the club’s they are supposed to support. It would be difficult for anyone to say that about John Cross. In fact the most positive journalist towards us is Patrick Barclay and he is a Utd supporter although he is a journalist and not a hack.
    Has any other club got a daily section on a radio show solely devoted to slagging it down No!
    Ex players are obviously the other problem where as other teams whos ex’s are openly biased towards their former clubs we seem to have an array of explayers wiring up to put the boot in, I can only assume they are encouraged by their employers to do so.
    Remember this is at a time with the most consistent finishes in the league.
    Only last week poutch said top four was better than a trophy totally without mainstream criticism but there’s no agenda come on.

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  42. Spot on, Ian.

    I have oft times lamented that there is an industry dedicated to manufacturing ex-Liverpuddle players to become ultra boring TV commentators, with a withering checklist of put-downs about Arsenal as a club, and any Arsenal players that are doing too well for their liking.

    Not clever, not funny, just pathetic.

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  43. Yes I know all these points as I’ve seen them numerous times and that’s not to dismiss any of them. We all look at things from different perspectives and it’s enlightening to see what other people believe.

    You may not agree with it but a lot of media abuse was stoked because we kept a manager who couldn’t win the league for fourteen years and repeatedly failed to make any impression in Europe for several years at the end of his management That’s what I read when I did bother to read the papers or listen to pundits. But I also heard and read of support for Arsene too. Most, if not all, of friends of mine found that an ample excuse for piss-taking. But strangely that was usually from fans of the big three.

    That doesn’t mean I subscribe to the former view, it’s just what I repeatedly heard or read. I appreciate that the club has had a difficult route towards hopefully a very bright future and it may take a while before we’re at the very top again.

    Thanks for engaging.

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  44. What a lame troll!

    None of these other clubs had to turn a profit over nine years on their transfers!

    “Get in”…the bin!
    As Andy Townsend would say.

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  45. “You may not agree with it but my opinion that cannot support is a fact”


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  46. @finsburyp so anyone who has a different opinion from you is a troll and a twat? That’s the sad thing about social media, it allows people to be rude and insufferable just because someone dares to start a debate and is actually fascinated by other opinions not frightened or dismissive of them.

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  47. Emery’s press conference: every single word
    Chris Harris 01 Feb 2019
    Unai Emery

    The signing of Denis Suarez was the focal point of Unai Emery’s press conference on Friday.

    Our head coach discussed his new midfielder, the prognosis for his injured players and Sunday’s trip to Manchester City.

    Here’s every single word of Unai’s media briefing:

    on Denis’ first sessions and initial impression…
    Good afternoon. I know the player and he started to train individually yesterday. Today he was with the group. It’s good, his adaption has been quick. He’s a player with quality and I think he can help us with his quality, and also his ambition to do something important here. It’s a good challenge for him to help us.

    on Suarez and how long he’ll take to adapt here…
    Firstly he knows the language – he can speak English, which is important for us. Secondly, he played at Manchester City with the youth teams. He has a big experience in Spain, at Sevilla, at Villarreal, where he played in a semi-final against Liverpool in the Europa League. After, he played with Barcelona, not in the first XI a lot of times, but he helped them there and played in the Champions League, in an important team with important players. I think for him it’s easy to adapt with us.

    on Manchester City…
    It will be a tough match. Our challenge is [big] against every team, but on Sunday we are playing against the best – Sunday is against the best. I think with Liverpool, they are having a very big Premier League season. They are very hard [to beat]. They have lost some matches but I think that was an accident. In another moment, in another match, they could have won against Newcastle. They are playing at home and for us it will be very difficult. But we are looking forward to playing, to showing that we can [win] and want [to win]. I think in Sunday’s match every player will be with a very big ambition to show their best performance and quality against them.

    on Bellerin’s surgery and realistic return date…
    It’s a big injury and a long time, this season is impossible.

    on if a date is set…
    When it’s an injury like that, the timing is first to be calm, the player [can be] with family and then have the operation. When they start to train and recover, or work here with the physios, that’s the moment you look at their progress. Usually with an injury like that, it’s six to eight months out.

    on Koscielny…
    He trained today and we are positive with him.

    on Maitland-Niles…
    Today he didn’t train but we will look tomorrow.

    on Mkhitaryan…
    He started to train with us today and he’s training normally. He is with us now.

    on Denis and if he’s likely to play against City…
    We need every player to be OK and with the mentality to play on Sunday. We have maybe some injuries but we have other players who can play and help the team with their qualities, with the performances, with their condition. On Sunday, I am positive about the possibility of playing different players.

    on whether he’s prepared to start Denis at City…
    I am thinking of all the players, and I will make my decision tomorrow, but if he starts I have confidence in him.

    on where he fits in his team structure…
    He can play right, play left, inside like a 10 player, and I am going to use him in all the positions in the attacking third.

    on where his best position is…
    It depends. He played with us at Sevilla as a left winger, at Villarreal as more of a right winger and at Barcelona, he plays inside and outside. The possibility and capacity is all different.

    on how his relationship with Suarez can help him settle…
    He has character, big character, and he has the quality to play here. My relationship with him is… I usually did my relationship with the player first like a professional relationship, and second like a person. It is different when he is working. Now for me, the relationship with him is professional and sometimes can be personal.

    on where this leaves Mesut Ozil…
    It’s no change for him. [Suarez] is coming here because we have a lot of problems on the wing, we haven’t got players to play right or left – that is the reason.

    on whether Ozil will still be captain if he starts…
    I think it is very clear, you mention it every week. We have four captains, I don’t know if you have come to my press conferences but I am going to repeat it but I think the others know it all. The first captain is Laurent Koscielny , he had injuries and couldn’t play. The second is Petr Cech, third is Aaron Ramsey, after this Mesut Ozil. When he is playing [with] Cech, Cech is captain; when he is playing Laurent, Laurent is captain; when he is playing with Aaron, Aaron is captain and when he is playing, and another is not captain, then he is captain. In our last match, Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey didn’t play, so Mesut Ozil is captain. After that, they are Granit Xhaka and Nacho Monreal.

    on his assessment of the transfer window…
    The club was working all we can. We were speaking about the possibility of maybe taking three players, but only if they can come here with our conditions, and also if we think they can help us with good performances, better than the players we have here. Only Denis Suarez joined and we’re happy. The club worked very well.

    on how far away he is from having the squad he wants…
    I use a lot of information about the previous years in the Premier League table of other teams and also our team, and we are doing our way. Now with the 47 points we have in the table, in the last four years there’s only one other time Arsenal have had the same points in this moment. Three years ago Leicester were first in the table with 50 points, and sometimes the table gives us more chances with 47 points, and sometimes it’s giving us less. This year Manchester City and Liverpool are very hard and strong, and after that it’s Tottenham. Chelsea and Manchester United are together with Arsenal, but our points are good. We need to improve defensively, but we need to continue with our way in doing that.

    In the balance we are scoring very well with our players in attacking moments. Our statistics with goals are very big and we want to continue like that, and also finding the balance in not conceding a lot of chances. Our way is with timing, passion and progressing every time. This transfer window is not easy and it isn’t possible to change a lot of things to help us with a very big performance, and I am very happy with the players we have here. We have some players who are recovering after injuries and I think they can help us with the final three months of the season. We have a very big motivation in our competition in the Premier League and the Europa League, and I think for example that Sunday is a very big and tough match, but it’s a great match for us to show everybody how we are now against Manchester. It’s very difficult but I trust in my players.

    Copyright 2019 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.

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  48. Emmi Martinez says that Arsenal want him to step up to understudy of Leno next season when Cech retires.

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