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Arsenal ended preseason with yet another convincing win against a strong Sevilla side as they thumped sorry Sevilla for six on a warm late July afternoon at the Emirates. With less than a week to go until the big kick off at Selhurst Park on Friday night, Arteta fielded a very strong side, handing out Emirates debuts to former city duo, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko and at last, William Saliba was given a run out in front of the Arsenal faithful, just three years after signing for the club! The atmosphere was a lot better than I anticipated for a pre-season encounter, largely thanks to our exciting transfer business and the general feel-good factor Arteta has managed to bring back to the club over the last year or so. 

We began strongly and we won a penalty on 8 minutes, as our new Norwegian skipper clipped a lovely through ball over to Saka who was felled by a Sevilla defender and the referee pointed to the spot. Slightly contentious perhaps but it was only a friendly after all.  Saka got up, dusted himself down and sent the ‘keeper the wrong way. 1-0 to the Arsenal.

We then saw a minute’s applause in the ninth minute for the memory of former Arsenal and Sevilla forward, Jose Antonio Reyes who tragically died in a car crash in Spain in 2019. Wenger signed the Spaniard during the invincible season, and he scored some memorable goals, particularly after we had wrapped up the title and were focusing on preserving our unbeaten status. Without some of his goals, the unbeaten season would never have been achieved. He will always live on in Arsenal’s history. 

Arsenal continued their dominance. Ben White played a lovely cross field ball to Jesus who took it down on the chest, played in Xhaka, whose cross bounced around in the box and came out to Jesus who tapped home on his Emirates debut. 2-0 to The Arsenal. And just three minutes later, the Son of God had another! Martinelli found space on the left, and much like Pontius Pilate, the Brazilian put Jesus on the end of a cross. As it says in the Bible, “and on the sixth day God created goal, and the goal was good”. That’s not the word for word translation but you get the general idea. Hopefully this time, Jesus doesn’t have to sacrifice himself to save us from our sins when we lose 4-0 to Nottingham Forest in May after our squad gets struck down by a plague of locusts and we are forced to call David Seaman out of retirement to play in goal and a midfield pivot of a one legged Santi Cazorla and Charlie Patino, surrendering top 4 to Chelsea who have been playing Ashley Barnes up top all year after being rejected by every centre forward who has ever kicked a ball. I digress. Incredibly, on 19 minutes it was 4-0. A dodgy pass from the Sevilla GK found Saka who knocked it in with his ‘weaker’ right foot. 

Surprisingly, no changes were made at half time. The second half was a more low-key affair, with Arsenal taking their foot off the gas as you’d expect. Finally, on 77 minutes, Jesus completed his hat trick. The ball fell to him following a corner and the Brazilian stabbed home from close range. Just the seven goals in pre-season for our new number nine! Arteta then made a number of changes including Jesus who was replaced by Nketiah and it was our number 14 who completed the scoring. As Sevilla looked for a consolation, we won the ball back on the edge of our box, Xhaka sprung forward and played a defence splitting through ball to Martinelli who could have easily gone alone but unselfishly chose to tee up Nketiah for an easy tap in. 6-0 to The Arsenal. Not a bad way to finish pre-season. 

So, there we have it, the highly sought-after pre-season double of the Florida cup and the Emirates cup has been completed. All in all, it has been a very successful pre-season period for the Gunners but as we know the real work begins on Friday night in South London. I don’t think I am alone in saying this is the most excited I have felt about the new season in a long time. Hopefully we can channel the disappointment of last season into champions league qualification and at long last get our hands on that pesky Thursday night Ropey League. Success in sunny Budapest at the end of May are the doctors’ orders. Don’t forget your seatbelts, because this could be quite the rollercoaster…..

98 Drinks to “Six of The Best”

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    scruzgooner says:

    a delightful read on a notte bianca, 21stcg. i shudder to think we’ll need jesus to save us like that; if he stays hale and robust 4th will be in our rearview as we press the top two. our new-look defense might just be the best part of our year, regardless. IF we can translate preseason form into season performances.

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    Countryman100 says:

    More Biblical references than the Vicar’s sermon on a Sunday! Tremendous review 21CG and, watching on a stream you could feel the enjoyment at what looked like a packed Emirates. Has Jesus got a song yet?

    Can’t wait for my first game v Leicester. Now on we go to a tricky Friday night opener against old boy Paddy and his Palace team at Selhurst Park.

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    North Bank Ned says:

    Excellent report, 21CER. Your excitement is palpable.

    C100@2: Consult your hymnal.

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    Countryman100 says:

    Ned. I believe Jesus wants me for a sunbeam.

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    Pangloss says:

    A splendid read to cap a wonderful preseason. You are certainly not alone in getting excited, C21G.

    I particularly liked the Martinelli as Pilate reference.

    Roll on Friday.


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    bt8 says:

    Bravo, 21st. As you seem to suggest, something of importance, whether Biblical or otherwise, seems to be in the offing. If Palace come storming out at Selhurst as they did last time we faced them then it’s Jesus (and the rest of the players to give them their due) help us and see us onward to the promised land. Sure wish we could make one last key signing. Is Moses available?

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    Bathgooner says:

    A most enjoyable and humorous report of a fine performance by the Arsenal, 21CG.

    Jesus looks the business. Unquestionably he provides echoes of Ian Wright in his mobility, enthusiasm and finishing. Zinchenko looks another great addition: his vision and passing range will certainly add to our offensive strength. Saliba displays authority and confidence beyond his years – I see him as a nailed on starter if he maintains this form.

    Exciting times. I’m a disciple!

    I wonder if we can exhaust the biblical references in one season?

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    scruzgooner says:

    exhaust them? chapter and verse, baff, chapter and verse.

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    scruzgooner says:

    well done, england.

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    Bathgooner says:

    scruz @8, 1 Corinthians 15:57

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    Bathgooner says:

    And brilliant stuff, England Ladies. Well done!

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    Trev says:

    Nice one, 21CG !

    Jesus has indeed been performing miracles in pre-season – to which you bear testament.

    The fans are definitely on board with this genesis cod Arteta’s – and even for a friendly there was no exodus 10 minutes before half time. Quite the revelation.

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    Trev says:

    cod ? of (ffs)

    We’ll be into the two loaves and five fishes next ….

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    bt8 says:

    Jolly good show, England women. It makes me proud to be associated, sort of. Very sort of actually, but still.

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    bt8 says:

    RIP Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura of the original Star Trek cast and a real groundbreaker.


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    OsakaMatt says:

    Very amusing 21CG, Jesus is a godsend for those of us who like a pun. It’s looking like it will be a Good Friday against Palace.

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    OsakaMatt says:

    Balogun is heading to Reims on loan. Best of luck to him.

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    Bathgooner says:

    Very sad news, bt8 @16. An icon for a whole generation of peri-pubertal youth.

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    TTG says:

    Very enjoyable report 21CG leavened with your usual humour.
    I don’t know if Cit6 fans underwent sone sort of conversion after Jesus joined them but it is clear we may well have biblical references and puns all season although even Trev can’t work Nehemiah and Ecclesiastes into a report ( Surely?)
    I was driving to Norfolk on Saturday and had a hazy idea of when the game was on . As we proceeded towards lunch at Great Barton my wife noticed on Apple Car Play ( all mod cons me ) a plethora of messages from you lot on What’s App. Her comment was ‘ what on earth do you lot have to message each other about constantly? Is Scruz being rude again ? ( she didn’t say that last bit but I wanted to aim an insult at my Californian friend !)
    I guessed we were either scoring with gay abandon or conceding alarmingly . But I suspected the former .
    It’s been a fine pre-season and a very holy one so far . Let’s pray it continues

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    scruzgooner says:

    last time i scored with gay abandon she was wearing this lovely tracksuit…

    rude, ttg, just rude. pbbbbbt 🤣

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    Doctor Faustus says:

    A very enjoyable report of a rather joyous pre-season celebration. The club’s classy touch of bringing Reyes Sr. in to hand out the MoTM trophy named after his son was wonderful to see.

    The first eleven looks ready. Love the verticality both through the middle and down the flanks, and the relentless bit intelligently coordinated pressing.

    Jesus, Zinchenko and Saliba all have been excellent additions who have raised the collective technical quality of the team significantly, and in the first two have two players who have been serial winners and can transmit that attitude and know-how.

    Martinelli’s rapidly growing maturity to complement his skills and positivity is also a big plus from the pre-season outings.

    Can’t wait for the season to start …

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    Trev says:

    TTG @20 – screenshotted (if that’s a word) and saved – I’ll work on them – might be a stretch by the Villa preview though. How long ?!

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    bt8 says:

    Re: PLC. We made it to August so at the very least we made it to the right month. COYG

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    bt8 says:

    Good news from the Championship where Stoke City lie 24th among the 24 clubs after the first round of games. 👍🏼

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    Countryman100 says:

    bt8 @26. Long may that happy situation continue.

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    TTG says:

    I was genuinely surprised at how much approval was shown on here for Edu’s ‘investment’ in ridding the club of deadwood by effectively giving players away.Now it transpires clubs dealing with Arsenal are playing a waiting game knowing that we will fold and that the prices we get for Bellerin, Torreira, Mari and Leno are a fraction of what they are worth.
    When negotiating on players in and worrying over £2 million extra it seems odd that you’ve written off many more millions in written down assets .
    Edu – buying 9/10 , selling 1/10

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    Pangloss says:

    Bloody Edu.

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    Countryman100 says:

    So TTG would you keep all these players in the squad, continue paying their high wages and maybe spreading discontent? I’m with Edu.

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    bathgooner says:

    I’m with Edu too.

    I’ve always believed that sometimes you just have to grit your teeth and cut your losses. It makes it easier when those losses are a result of your predecessors’ incompetence.

    I accept TTG’s argument that we have squandered our resources for many years but this added cost of getting rid of players below their ‘book price’ is part of the cure not part of the illness.

    I also accept that our recent record in failing to get full value for outgoing players gives potential purchasers the impression that we are pushovers but that will surely stop when the dead wood is cut. We are paying for many years of poor decision making on purchases and contracts. Hopefully not for much longer.

    Meanwhile we have a team full of players whom we don’t want to sell but who are the envy of many others. Contract management for those players is now our most important task if we are to get the best out of them.

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    North Bank Ned says:

    Trev@23: If anyone can do it, you can.

    TTG@28: You need to draw a distinction between recalcitrant people and redundant players. Change management invariably involves getting rid of those who not only can’t get with the new programme but obstruct others in doing so. Those need to be ‘invested in’ regardless of the cost. The others you get what you can for, but you have written them off as assets, so it is overstock prices.

    Leno is probably fairly priced at £8 million; he is 30 and entering the final year of his contract. Mari and Torreira probably by now have market values worth less than their annual salary (around £4 million each). Pepe is the real test of Edu’s selling skills.

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    OsakaMatt says:

    Talking of value for money the free-to-play HolicsRopeyLeague is still open for anyone who would like to join us this season…..
    Just send in a comment requesting the entry code and we will e-mail it to you directly

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    Ollie says:

    Three days before it all starts again. Having seen not a single minute of pre-season live (but I saw most of the goals), I’m still looking forward to it, more than any of the recent ones.
    Bring it on!

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    TTG says:

    Of course I wouldn’t keep them in the squad but Arsenal are squandering a fortune because they can’t negotiate . Bergwijn went for £26.5m for goodness sake . Neco Williams fetched £16m. Liverpool sold Rhiannon Brewster during the pandemic to Sheffield United for £20 million . Michael Edwards was immeasurably better at unloading players than Edu and Garlick and it’s a massive advantage in trading .We’ve sold Mavropanos for £4m- a player who may be sold on for £20m. Selling Danny Ballard for £2m isn’t a very bright deal either .I can’t believe anyone who has run a business can condone this waste. I’m amazed Stan Kroenke can be content that we need to thin out the squad and that we can do this whatever the amount we waste .
    Just because we have a feel good factor it doesn’t excuse this level of profligacy .
    So yes Bloody Edu !

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    TTG says:

    I take your point and agree Pepe’s situation will be interesting . If I were negotiating with Arsenal I’d put in a derisory bid because we know what Edu wants to do . There is no way they will generate an auction and if Pepe behaves like Bellerin who has decided he wants to go to Betis and is owed a free transfer we will get bugger all for him.
    But Edu’s apologists will then say Pepe is a valuable player and we can utilise him during the season – and he will take precedence over a better incoming player who could take his place .
    I’d be interested in the balance sheet values Arsenal hold for some of these ‘assets’ like Torreira and Bellerin . Probably a work of fiction

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    bt8 says:

    ***Awaits wit bated breath the return of the famed ‘holic pound.***

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    bt8 says:

    Or was that the holics’ pound?

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    Pangloss says:

    You’re absolutely right, TTG.

    For the record, I wouldn’t start form here either.

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    Countryman100 says:

    Chill TTG. Don’t worry. Be happy.

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    Gunnersaurus Stunt Double says:

    Players are worth what people will pay. Sure, there is an element of salesmanship involved, but the idea that Edu is some kind of incompetent who gives players away when another chappy would have made millions from them doesn’t ring true to me.

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    Trev says:

    Our problem for a number of years has been overpaying for mediocre players and paying them too high wages. It’s not only down to Edu who moves where and when – players have to agree and will often be faced with steep potential drops in earnings when departing the Arsenal in mid contract.

    We have payed poor players too much, and too much to young players too before they have achieved anything, and have then not lived up to expectations. We have also given “statement” contracts to players like Walcott and Ozil, chiefly to convince others that we were still a big club despite our worsening fortunes.

    We then had the dual disaster of Gazidis and Sanllehi overpaying for Willian, Luiz, Pepe et al.

    Finally, the club (the owners) appear to have bitten the bullet and entrusted Arteta, with Edu, to clear out, restructure and rejuvenate the squad. Some of our young players do appear to have been sold cheaply but do we really know those players contract situations and behavioural reputations ?

    Edu and Arteta have generally done a great job in the transfer market with no Champions League carrot to dangle. There may be a lot more than Edu to blame for the sales side of the account.

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    Cynic says:

    £3m for Leno “potentially rising to £8m with add-ons”?

    If only they’d sell their old kit off with such disregard for value, we’d be able to pick up last year’s shirt for about 8p

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    Cynic says:

    Jesus, Zinchenko and Saliba all have been excellent additions

    Well we signed his old man, so if the lad does half as well good for him. And us.

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    bt8 says:

    Re: Cynic @44. Leno’s sale terms are described thusly by Sky: “The Cottagers will pay £3m up front, £1m depending on appearances, £2m if they avoid relegation and a further £2m if they survive the following year.”

    I would be generous and expect to get £4m from the deal. Expecting Fulham to stay up is what some might call optimistic.

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    Cynic says:

    I haven’t heard the terms, just saw the ticker with some alarm (and I don’t mean TTG’s!) but I think the most we can hope for is £6m. Bob and None type of hopes those.

    Meanwhile, this is twisted but rather good.

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    TTG says:

    Leno might be the German World Cup keeper .
    It’s a pathetic deal. Arsenal will be recognised all over the world as a team you can railroad .
    I hope It’s not a case of chilling out. I expect the club I support ( and pay money to) to be run properly financially. And it’s not.
    Cynic makes a good point re the kit 😀😀
    If Harry Winks goes for £15 m I shall be very unhappy !

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    TTG says:

    Charlie Patino is going on loan to Blackpool.
    A season there should toughen him up

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    bt8 says:

    From the West Australian:

    “Former Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson has joined Newcastle Jets for the next two A-League Men seasons. The 30-year-old spent the second half of last season with Melbourne City on loan from Nottingham Forest.”

    Arsenal will receive no signing on fee, as Peter might’ve pointed out.

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    OsakaMatt says:

    Best of luck to Jenks, and to Bernd Leno too. Both did their best for us I think and so i wish them well. Good luck to Charlie P too at Blackpool, I wonder if he’ll be playing to stick it to Stoke this weekend.

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    North Bank Ned says:

    We should have negotiated a sell-on fee for Leno. I can’t imagine he won’t have suitors if they go down at the end of the season.

    My 2-cents is that Bournemouth and Forest will go straight back down, but Fulham, Leeds, Southampton or Brentford will be duking it out for who accompanies them. Everton could be in the mix, too, unless they replace Fat Frank.

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    OsakaMatt says:

    I think Fulham may stay up this time too, they must have learnt something from the last two visits. We’ve probably jinxed them now 🙂
    Though I see Brighton as possible surprise relegation candidates, your list looks to have the main contenders covered.

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    ClockEndRider says:

    I tend to agree with TTG. We really need to get the remaining players out for decent money. The problem of course is that they share a mindset with some of the other sick, lame and lazy we have had to pay off to get out io the club. We have thus made a rod for our own backs by creating an expectation that players will be paid to leave. Personally now, if we don’t get decent bids for these players, I think we need to help that mindset on its way out of the club by keeping the players until their contracts expire but excluding them from the league and Ropey league squads and simply playing them in the Carabao with the remaining u21 players at the club.

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    Gunnersaurus Stunt Double says:


    That’s definitely an option. However, if we just get rid of all the players with a dodgy attitude or who don’t want to be at the club then the squad energy/togetherness could be much better, which could help get CL football. Which would not only lead to better finances, but also mean the actual team is doing better.

    I know we are all obsessed by money these days, but is there anyone who thinks that the decisions being made won’t help the team perform better?

    Personally, I think they will. And I think when we’ve gone through this ‘reset’ we will be back in top four, and able to sell players to the handful of elite clubs above us, whose money we can’t compete with, for the sorts of fees we want, ready to reinvest the dosh and keep improving our own team.

    It’s also nice to see a management team focusing on the success of the team as the metric by which they assess themselves. Edu aint daft – he knows he will take some stick if we sell Torreira for £3m and Bellerin walks from his contract.

    But in the big picture, none of that stuff matters if we get top four this year and have a tilt at the title next year. I think that is very much how Edu and Arteta are thinking

    And, of course, the more we win, the better our finances will be!

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    Gunnersaurus Stunt Double says:

    Also, for the record, I’d obviously much rather we got better fees when selling players. And hope we improve in this area.

    I’m just glad we aren’t cutting our nose off to spite our face, as I think the way we are going will be a big help in having a better football team.

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    Depressedgooner says:

    @33 OsakaMatt.

    Yes please, I think my long vivid recovery is as good as its ever going to get now, so getting back into more pleasurable pursuits like the HolicsRopeyLeague seems like a great idea especially with such a season awaiting us with real anticipation for once.

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    Countryman100 says:

    Arseblog on the topic that seems to be dominating the bar at the moment.

    Bernd Leno leaves, Fulham get a very good deal

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    Depressedgooner says:

    Damn autocorrect long vivid = long covid.

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    ClockEndRider says:

    Hope you continue to recover fully, DG

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    Pangloss says:

    Thanks for the link C100.

    Blogs is rightly regarded as the grandfather of Arsenal bloggers. His record over the past many years is exemplary. I’m sure that he has absolutely no agenda.

    I don’t agree that there is a problem if Arsenal are regarded as a “selling club”. Sure, it means that other clubs will come calling with ludicrous offers, but that only causes difficulties if we accept those ludicrous offers. Thus far, we have sold only those players who, by general consensus, we have been glad, often eager to see the back of. It strikes me that the people who actually see a problem with being regarded as a “selling club” are those who themselves see us as a “selling club”.

    COYG. Roll on Friday and the end of the silly season.

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    TTG says:

    Thanks for the link from Arseblog. As you’d guess I’m very much in sympathy with him .
    Let’s follow the goalie story back a bit . Maupay the little shit, crocks Leno and gives Martinez a chance to elevate his career . Emi wants first- team football and we deem that Leno is the better keeper ( wrongly in my view ) so he is sold for about £20 m . We then recruit the catastrophic Runarrson . This leads to us bringing in Mat Ryan as we couldn’t trust the Icelandic custodian ( Ryan was a good back-up in my view ) We then decide to go for Ramsdale last close season and he deposes Leno who continued with a very professional attitude . Couldn’t we have sold Leno when his price was greater and kept Ryan to compete with Ramsdale? At this rate we will have to pay someone to take Runarsson away! Or shouldn’t we have kept Martinez in the first place?
    Two other points. Guendouzi is competing with Tchouameni for a place in the French team . Tchouameni was sold to Madrid for £72m . Guendouzi was sold to Marseille for £9m which includes the loan fee for last year when his team qualified for the Champions League . I think we may have picked up some of his wages as well .
    We have paid off – Sokratis , Mustafi, Willian, Ozil, Aubameyang, Kolasinac, let Ramsey walk for free , swapped Sanchez for Mkhitaryan who we let go for effectively nothing .
    My solution ? A root and branch review by a top consultant who understands business and football . May I introduce my good friend CER as perfect for the job . He would rEDUcate our Director of football on EDUnomics

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    bt8 says:


    In the “Best and worst away trips” section of the fan survey, the most interesting part of the article, Fulham and Villa were the most popular and West Ham the nearly unanimous choice as the worst away trip. The Emirates did get two votes in the latter category though, even if one of them was by a Spud.

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    bt8 says:

    Forest got a few votes as the best away trip, I nearly forgot.

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    North Bank Ned says:

    DG@58: What CER said @61. Feel your best again soon.

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    Countryman100 says:

    Man United are starting a fan share scheme. Fair play to them. I was very disappointed when Arsenal closed ours.

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    North Bank Ned says:

    On Leno’s sale, I don’t think it is such a bad deal in the circumstances as some portray it. Leno’s market value was probably north of £3 million but south of £6 million and heading towards zero million pounds, which it would have reached next summer. So we are getting the minimum, likely a bit above with the appearance money, but potentially more than the maximum albeit with some downside risk (ie, Fulham stays up for two seasons; OK a lot of downside risk). In addition, we have saved £5.2 million in wages over the final year of Leno’s contract.

    Transfers are not a zero-sum game. Leno’s sale is undoubtedly a wonderful deal for Fulham. For a modest fee, they get a German international keeper in his peak years, which could make the difference between staying up and going straight back down. But that does not necessarily mean we were screwed over. The chart I posted a link to @45 shows how a player’s selling value starts to plateau 18 months before his contract ends and collapses rapidly with a year to go.

    What we seem bad at is getting ourselves into a position where we are selling too late and realisable prices have already collapsed. That is what needs to be fixed. Once it was clear that Ramsdale was going to be the first-choice keeper, we should have sold Leno in the next available window, when his market price was around £15 million. What happened to his proposed Newcastle move then, btw? Was that where we screwed up? Or did Leno not want to leave London?

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    bathgooner says:

    Life is about choices…

    …and living with the consequences.

    Some choices prove to be poor choices.

    Just a thought.

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    bathgooner says:

    The appointments of Gazidis, Sanllehi and, it now seems, Mislintat were three poor choices and were imho the root cause of our current fiscal angst.

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    OsakaMatt says:

    You will be very welcome and the entry code will be winging its way to you very shortly!

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    Pangloss says:

    I generally choose to challenge loud expressions of opinion presented as undeniable facts. I suspect that I shall continue to do so.

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    Gunnersaurus Stunt Double says:

    I dunno what is or is not going on with Tielemans, but I’d still be very happy if we signed him. (Or some other similar player, but I do really like Tielemans)

    And another wide forward would be good (unless Marquinhos is a lot more ready than we thought possible)

    Apart from those potential options, I don’t remember being so happy with our squad before a new season in AGES.

    Obviously we need to unload a few more that we don’t need, but it’s nice to be in that position, rather than staring at the glaring holes in a squad, or the positions where we obviously don’t have the quality we need.

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    TTG says:

    Bath @70
    I entirely agree with you . Pangloss made the point that he wouldn’t start from
    here and he is right but in football you are usually clearing up somebody else’s mess . In Gazidis’ case a mess of Augean stable proportions. Almost every big strategic decision he took was wrong . He wasn’t helped by Arsene entering a phase where his judgment became much less clear and reliable

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    TTG says:

    Anyone I know with any knowledge of the club tells me Tielemans is only a mater of time . But why wait? It can’t be until we’ve amassed a load of cash from outgoing sales😤
    The lack of interest in a very talented player suggests other clubs feel it is a done deal but he’d be very useful to integrate into training .
    I increasingly feel we need another goal scorer given the nature of this season too.
    I do hope you pick up soon and start to feel well. My warm thoughts are with you

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    TTG says:

    Hands up who is fed up with Torreira? He’s hanging around like a bad smell. It’s hard to realise assets even at a reduced price if players won’t engage with the process . I’m amazed a Turkish club have actually stumped up cash ( I’d be very interested to see what the deal actually is ) but it appears Galatasaray have. Let’s be rid of him

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    bathgooner says:

    I do hope that we can get Tielemans or perhaps a more defensively focused midfielder in but I agree we may need more cover in the striker/winger position and the need for that may be one reason for the apparent delay over Tielemans. Who knows which is seen as a priority given the Partey question but Balogun joining Reims leaves us light at CF. An interesting suggestion I saw was signing Cavani on a free for a season as a third coice backup, for the occasional short run out and to teach Eddiie his amazing movement in the box. Not the daftest idea if he doesn’t demand a silly wage and it gives us time to assess Balogun’s (and Eddie’s) future prospects.

    It appears that Lesta are up against the wall in terms of FFP and need to sell before they can buy – as a result they haven’t brought anyone in this summer so far. If they sell Maddison to the ‘codes and /or Fofana to the Chavs then their pressure to sell Tielemans this summer may lessen despite him entering the final year of his contract. Manure were sniffing around a week or so ago as well but who would willingly join that shitshow?

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    bathgooner says:

    TTG @76, 🙌

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    bt8 says:

    DG, It’s good to see you’re up for the Ropey rigours so see you in the heat of competition!

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    Pangloss says:

    From Phil McNulty’s article on the BBC website in which he predicts Arsenal will finish 5th:

    “He (Arteta) needs a top-four finish and to be challenging for trophies and I fancy Arsenal might just do that. I do not see them as title contenders, though.”

    I continue to despair over the standards of journalism at Auntie Beeb.

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    North Bank Ned says:

    Pangloss@81: I think those departed some time ago, sadly, and the new plans to build coverage around live streams will do nothing to encourage their return.

    For what it is worth, the bookies have us finishing sixth in the league, behind Citeh, ‘Pool, the neighbours, the Chavs and the Mancs.

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    bt8 says:

    Sky “Portuguese football expert” speaking about the potential impact on the Arsenal team of Fabio Vieira, when he does get fit and integrated: https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/12665048/arsenal-fans-should-be-excited-by-vieira

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    bt8 says:

    Sorry, TTG. I think I read your post, watched the video, and then thought it was so interesting that I decided to post it for community benefit having forgotten that I found out about it because of your original post. It must be time to have another 🍺

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    bt8 says:

    The England women won the Euro championships by the way, in case anybody hasn’t been following it.

    Quite the possibility actually, considering that we have a worldwide audience. 🛳⛴🚢 ✈️✈️✈️✈️🛬🚀🚀

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    Depressedgooner says:

    @61 ClockEndRider
    @66 North Bank Ned

    Thanks indeed, even when I could not post I still read and this blog always kept spirits a little higher.

    @71 OsakaMatt

    Cheers dude, please ignore my last email, I finally worked it out lol.

    @75 TTG

    Much appreciated thank you.

    @80 bt8

    Really looking forward to it to be honest.

    Not sure if I ever posted this before or the relevance even but in case anybody was interested.

    Long covid since 2020, heart attack Nov 2020, loss of some hearing and vision, used to walk all day everyday and long walks, now can barely do five minutes, mobility issues and permanent heart issues, POTS, tinnitus, insomnia, memory and cognition issues, if I reply late or not at all it will generally be because I forgot or think I’ve already done it.

    I lost my job but with everything else that happened and despite the scummy way they did it I no longer care, life has more important things now.

    Just been dismissed from the LC clinic as there is nothing else they can do now, it is all about coping with the long term issues as best as I can.

    They say what does not kill you makes you stronger, I say liar LOL.

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    scruzgooner says:

    dg, my hat’s off to you. that’s a long, hard row to hoe. glad you are here still, and thank you for sharing. a drink of your choice on the bar for you!

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    scruzgooner says:

    i’ve just watched the first episode of the “all or nothing” documentary. i am surprised at how not cringeworthy it is. it starts with the preseason and ends with ramsdale keeping a clean sheet v norwich.

    ramsdale is a character, as are his family. clearly he got strength and humbleness from them. saka, as you might expect, comes across well, recovering from his euro penalty. we learn why ma8 said the week after the city game was the best week of his footballing life (among other things i did not know about him).

    josh kroenke even comes across well, and consistent. though his tonsorial choices are a bit, well, hairy.

    i’m about to spin up episode 2, centered around the nld at home.

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    OsakaMatt says:

    Man that’s tough, respect from me too for just getting on with things.
    Good to hear you are with us in the league!

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    Pangloss says:

    Jeez dg, that’s rough. Best of luck.


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    TTG says:

    Our thoughts are with you. May this bar be a place where you find solace and can escape from your problems. Stay strong

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    bathgoner says:

    Depressedgooner, I want to add my hopes and best wishes for improvement in your health issues for the near future. Hang on in there, mate and best of luck in the Europey League – you’ll need it as there are a few sharp practitioners in there! 😉😉

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    Countryman100 says:

    DG my very best wishes to you. Sounds like you’ve had it rough. I do hope this place can be a refuge. A drink from me is on the bar for you.

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    Cynic says:

    i’ve just watched the first episode of the “all or nothing” documentary.

    Not being wealthy, I’ve had to snag them from a dubious free site like YouTube (with Arabic subtitles) to watch later. I’m praying Arteta doesn’t turn out looking like football’s Alan Partridge, as the reporting would have you believe…

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    North Bank Ned says:

    DG: All the very best. You’ve had it tough, and then some. Stay strong. There is always support and a receptive ear for you here if you need it.

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    bathgooner says:

    I’m watching the first episode now – I wasn’t going to watch it as I thought it was insane of the club to put the coach and players in this position – but Blogs’ review made it sound more interesting than I expected and I respect his judgement. It is indeed very interesting. I think the club are using this series to project the project. I can recommend it.

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    Bathgooner says: