OK, Zero Points and Goals, But Hope Remains.

Hi everyone,

In this podcast we discussed the Chelsea game, how and why we lost so easily, and what comes next in the short, medium and long term.

Pedantic George.

23 comments on “OK, Zero Points and Goals, But Hope Remains.

  1. Some years ago Crystal Palace started the league with 4, 5, 6 games without goals and points – and was saved by Roy Hodgeson. Go for Roy! He has managing qualities, Outeta don’t. With Outeta NO hope. He is just a dreaming fool. Outeta Out!!!


  2. Forgive me for copying this across from another site, but it’s something that has really been annoying me recently.

    Forgive me for sounding more than a little woke here, but I find it both interesting and distressing that a common theme in the football media is that Arsenal have been bullied – and that Lukaku is going to/has bullied them. Since when has opinion been for the bully rather than the victim? Does bullying not imply a going against the rules, of ganging up, of using unfair force?
    That the UK’s favourite pundits delight in this term signals all too clearly the corruption and bias endemic in the Premier League.

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  3. some good news, its been confirmed that Granit Xhaka has signed his new deal with AFC, and to make it better it has boiled the piss of many of the whinge bags in the fan base

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  4. reports that Corinthians have agreed the free transfer signing of Willian from Arsenal, the player has yet to agree the move as he hopes to join a European club


  5. transfer rumors round up

    Crystal Palace have bid £10M for Nketiah

    Crystal Palace interested in Nelson on loan

    German and Itialian clubs have bid for Torreira

    Turkish clubs have bid for Kolasinac and Elneny

    Bellerin still wants out

    Runarsson trying to find a new club

    Arsenal willing to sell Aubameyang and Lacazette if suitable offers made

    Arsenal still want a new right back, Trippier the most likely, a midfielder, Aouar possible, and a striker if any of our senior strikers leave

    Media reporting that Arteta has 5 or 6 games to turn the season around, WBA in CC, Man City, Norwich, Burnley, CC game if we beat WBA, Spurs


  6. Lucas Torreira is close to signing for Fiorentina, according to reports he is flying to Italy on Tuesday

    Arsenal hopeful Martin Odegaard will be available to play v WBA on Wednesday


  7. Would you take a punt on Liverpool’s Nat Phillips on loan for the season?
    With an option to buy in January?
    Seems he is available for £15.

    Not sure we need him but I like him. Tall, strong, daring, feisty, good with his feet and a rugged old fashioned English defender. Would not be bossed around by the big burly CFs (Lukaku, Ollie Watkins, Antonio, Calvert-Lewin, Benteke, Barnes, Wood, Ivan Toney, Deeney). Not aerially, not on the ground, and with enough psycho in his game.

    It would seem like overkill though..right?
    Like we don’t trust the CBS we have…right?
    What do you guys think?


  8. Oh and according to the player stats @who scored.com, he had the highest rating of 7.29 for all CBs in the league last year. Ranked 11th among all players. All based on 1429 minutes played.


  9. Sorry 1456 minutes played


  10. Karma is a bitch.
    You are completely right about the treatment of AW.

    We are only mid-table if MA isn’t up to the task though.
    If he is, we are Top 6….especially if we:

    Keep Laca, Auba, Cedric +/- AMN, Nelson
    Offload Kolasinac, Torreira, Eddie, Bellerin, Runarsson +/- Willian
    Bring in Bissouma, Aouar +/- a RB, N.Phillips

    A sh*tload of “ifs” but hey, it’s not like we have to sign Messi & Haaland.
    It’s all quite doable, methinks.


  11. Are we proposing to replace everyone?

    If so, why not go the whole hog and replace Arteta?

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  12. If this works, then Arteta is a genius.
    If it does not, then we may be the next Leeds.


  13. Trippier? Athleti would need a replacement. Trippier is class but is over 30 years old….not really part of the new blueprint. Athleti are skint so we’d need to buy Trippier which won’t happen….I so wish AMN would just take that position as his own, for the good of the team.

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  14. …my earlier post neglected to indicate that as Athleti would need to replace Trippier they’d need funds to buy a replacement – which is why we’d need to purchase him.


  15. Philmar, what makes you think that Arteta wants AMN in his team?

    He clearly does not, otherwise he would not be looking at buying a 34-year-old right-back for a position that AMN can adequately fill.

    It is clear that except for Saka and ESR, Arteta is not really interested in the academy recruits.


  16. philmar we could swap Bellerin for Trippier

    as for AMN, he done ok at wingback not at fullback


  17. Team news update

    Here’s our latest team news ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup match at West Bromwich Albion.

    Hector Bellerin
    Right thigh. Hector was unavailable for Sunday’s match with a tight thigh. Hector is back in training and being assessed ahead of Wednesday’s match.

    Alex Lacazette
    Alex is now back in full training after testing positive for Covid-19 and has returned to full training ahead of Wednesday’s match.

    Gabriel Magalhaes
    Right knee. Gabriel sustained an injury to his right knee with the Brazilian Olympic Squad. Gabriel is progressing well and is now back in training with the squad.

    Gabriel Martinelli
    Gabriel has returned to full training after suffering from lower leg cramps on Sunday.

    Eddie Nketiah
    Right ankle. Eddie sustained bruising to his right ankle during the friendly match against Chelsea on 1 August. Eddie is working hard with the medical team and is aiming to be back in training in early September.

    Martin Odegaard
    Martin has now received full clearance to play and is available for selection.

    Thomas Partey
    Right ankle. Thomas sustained an injury to ligaments in his right ankle during the friendly match against Chelsea on 1 August. Thomas is working hard with the medical team and is aiming to be back in training by the end of August.

    Alex Runarsson
    Alex is now back in full training following testing positive for Covid-19.

    Kieran Tierney
    Kieran has returned to full training after suffering from cramps in his thigh on Sunday.

    Ben White
    Ben tested positive for Covid-19 last week ahead of the Chelsea match and will not be available for Wednesday’s match. Ben’s health and fitness will be continually monitored ahead of the weekend.

    Willian tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the Brentford match. Willian’s health and fitness will be continually monitored ahead of Wednesday’s match.

    As part of Premier League protocol, all members of our first team squad and support staff continue to be regularly tested for COVID-19.

    Copyright 2021 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.


  18. Lucas Torreira flew to Italy today ahead of signing for Fiorentina on loan


  19. …after seeing the Hudds/Everton game last night its obvious VAR needs to be present in all games!


  20. I’m going to disagree with George:
    Chambers Holding Tierney
    Niles Albert Xhaka Saka
    Pepe Martinelli/Auba ESR
    not far off Arteta’s cup winning line up

    Niles hasn’t been seen since the cup final!?
    It’s calls like this the fan base do not even want to waste the time to understand because it is bonkers. Lots of blaggers’ gibberish over the year but it took ONE home game with fans for it to be clear for all:

    Arteta is toast.
    the insane call to drop Ozil from the squad did for him and this was the only blog that allowed this understanding. Instantly he lost the dressing room. The drop off in performance levels was clear. And thereafter he has been lost. I can have no sympathy with such self defeating stupidity.

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  21. I always think football has fine margins so I didn’t think we played that badly against chelski. Arsene used to teach his side’s to correct problems on the pitch before he needed to but as we all know Mikel tries to man manage every situation. The problem was while the world and his wife could see the chelski overload early on Mikel just didn’t react until it was way to late.
    George said in the podcasts what could he do but a good manager would of rejigged and made sure we weren’t getting moved about so much, it’s not about putting subs on sometimes it’s just about a slightly different shape or watching where you are vunrable.
    Going forward we haven’t been good since Mikel arrived and none of the players looked joined up. Even Keiran doesn’t look up before crossing and that’s they rarely hit a target.
    It does make me laugh about the players we need and how they would make a difference football is a team game and the coaching staff can make a technically poor squad look. Good or a good squad look poor, I’m sure everyone has heard of the expression lions led by donkeys.
    Tonight we should be looking forward to talented youngsters supported by gifted squad players but again I think Mikel will play a boring first choice side most of which have been in poor form for eighteen months.
    Obviously I hope the Albion are a poor side and they don’t stretch us to much as I want to enjoy the game and see flowing football with plenty of goals so COYG.


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