21 responses

  1. Arthur
    17/10/2016

    Tony
    I find it hard to understand how you are so supportive of the ruling class in your politics but so against the ruling class in your football views. Don’t you think that both are totally corrupt or are the politicians innocent?

  2. Stan The Man
    17/10/2016

    So, basically, Arsenal ( or should I say Wenger) dodged a bullet? Good. We survive then, so we can win the league.

  3. Usama Zaka
    17/10/2016

    Arsene Wenger always stresses on the individual character of a player when discussing transfers. I remember him mentioning such when we signed El Nenny. He said things like… we also look out for… how the player behaves and lives around new people, among the community, with his friends & family, with his teammates and coaches, how well of is he spoken about as an individual by the people around him, etc…

    And nearly every player we have is very down to earth, top quality, family guy and well respected.

    As for Icardi, I remember when he scored 4 against Juventus when he was at Sampdoria and was very young, I thought he looks a like bright prospect and Arsenal might keep an eye on him, until the news came out that he cheated on his best friends wife. He is not liked in Argentina and Italy, this guy is an absolute no-no

  4. Leon
    17/10/2016

    I’m really looking forward to a progress update on all of the other 120 (I think) players that we didn’t purchase.

    • Tony Attwood
      17/10/2016

      Leon that would be good to do but I think it is beyond the capabilities of Untold’s dedicated but tiny team to do the lot.

      But I do like the idea. Maybe I will do a few at random just to see.

  5. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin
    17/10/2016

    Hmmun. Have some Gunners been negatively talking a bit much for my liking?

    The Ox was reported by the media to have said, he’ll weigh up his staying at Arsenal at the end of this season if he’s current state of not getting regular playing time in the team did not change for the better. But he didn’t say anything about his almost constant injury plague career at Arsenal since he has joined them in 2011 which has restricted the potential he was seen to have had at Southampton that made Arsenal to sign him.

    I advice the Ox to concentration more on his game recovery first after he has now comeback from the big injury he picked from Mascherano’s tackle last season at the Ems in a CL match that sidelined him for a long spell. I believe Le Prof is managing his injury crisis history well. So that he doesn’t pick up another injury again this season. And I am sure if all went well with him, Le Prof will give him a starting spot in our ELC match against Reading. Let the Ox wait for his PL starting chance again. And when it’s given to him, let him seize it and make good use of it.

    Walcott has also been reported in the media to have said Arsenal will hopefully win something this season as they continue to grind out results. But he didn’t say what that something he believes Arsenal will win. the League Cup, the title, the FA Cup or the Ucl? One of the above titles is something.

    I think a Gunner of Walcott caliber with senior years of experience at Arsenal should be ambitious and specific as to what he wants Arsenal to win this season when he talks and not be vague about it.

    As for me, I believe Arsenal will maintain their current state of winning run in all competitions from now to the end of Dec if all Gunners will forcus fully on their training regime and their on the field games seriously. And maintain unity and togetherness within their rank and file on and off the field play. And above all, they should continue at all times and games to be disciplined and play their games in discipline trend thoughout this season. Talking too much to the media unnecessarily can be diversionary and could make a Gunner or Gunners to lose his or their focus on his/their game.

    Arsenal will win the quadruple this season. This is my true ambitious for our beloved club and I believe it can happen.

  6. nicky
    17/10/2016

    Slightly worried about Granit and his fouling. He’s been caught a few time already this term.
    Don’t want him to get a reputation among the PGMO like Vieira & Co did when they first joined. 😉

  7. Chris
    17/10/2016

    As far as I am concerned, As the picture of the ‘moment’ shows, there were 4 blue shirts and 2 red ones.
    From all I have seen Xhaka play, I was impressed by his ‘spatial’ awareness, always knowing what is going on around him.
    I believe that there he just pulled the handbrake for the team. And took responsibility. As much as I hate fouls, this on I can understand.

    And all these moaners should go back a few months and a few years when they were whinning about our midfield and defence who lacked steel.

    Then, we’ve seen a few of these fouls against us not end up with such a harsh consequence.

  8. Chris
    17/10/2016

    Oops forgot to post the picture.

    Here it is : https://twitter.com/arseblog/status/787586590650556416/photo/1

    I can just see the pass cross the field into the middle and from ther to the right winger, all in 5 seconds.

    Should he really have not ?!!

  9. Josif
    17/10/2016

    Tony

    For informations on Icardi one just had to read two my comments on him. I mentioned both Icardi’s good side (he had amazing conversion rate last season with three shots per goal comparing to Giroud’s five) and bad side (back-stabber who betrayed his friend Maxi Lopez).

    Now, as you might recall, certain Mr Robin van Persie had faced much worse allegations before he joined Arsenal. Emmanuel Adebayor had been problematic at Monaco and with much worse numbers to his name than Icardi has. Both played their best football at Arsenal and spent the most peaceful period of their careers at Arsenal. Their exit was a proof, however, that you can’t completely change someone’s personality for better. Mr Wenger’s attempts to sign Luis Suarez and Jamie Vardy suggest that he is still ready to bid for problematic players.

    What would have happened if we had signed Icardi? Nobody knows. He might have become a peaceful striker like Suarez has been at Barcelona. He might have caused a war in the locker-room.

  10. Zuruvi
    17/10/2016

    A few of the players rumoured by the media as coming to Arsenal during the transfer window are doing well and many are not impressive at all.

    It’s obviously so because most of these rumours are utter nonsense and we rightly don’t believe them.

    Of the 3 players that Arsenal did buy it is too early to make a full judgement of their performance but I like what I am seeing. Arsene bought quite wisely.
    Mustafi is a brilliant defender. The partnership with The Kosch is brilliant.
    Xhaka is average. He is doing OK but I expected more.
    The new Striker is not yet proven and his quality is an unknown. He is the unanimous striker – I’ve even forgotten his name as I type this posting. Wenger seems to be persisting with Sanchez (who isn’t yet a clinical striker but is still a very good footballer).

    I’ve just remembered the guy’s name – Perez.

  11. Zuruvi
    17/10/2016

    @Josif.

    Good observation. We did try to sign Suarez when he was at his worst behaviour.

    So whilst Wenger looks at the “behaviour” of players, he is also pragmatic and doesn’t completely ignore brilliant players if the price is right (and affordable) just because they have had major behaviour problems before.

  12. Usama Zaka
    17/10/2016

    Josif,

    The season before we signed Sanchez, he was having arguments and disputes with the Barca manager Tata Martino nearly every week. Showing dissent on pitch was a common sight. His behaviour from a fair football perspective was even worse, he used to dive to the ground at every possible challenge, and cry wolf to the ref. And I hated that Sanchez.

    When Arsenal signed him and still now, you look at relations with the team and manager and they are excellent. He fights for every ball and I have not seen him dive once in our shirt. I think the 2 major reasons we can deduce from this are the difference of mindsets of the manager and club.

    Arsene Wenger hates the diving and crying kind of football, and the only time our last player managed to do that and got away it with (Cazorla vs West Brom 2012), Wenger publicly apologized and didnt want to see it again.

    Whereas at Barca every player, every game and every season you will see crying, diving, faking injuries, surrounding the refs…

  13. austinpaul
    17/10/2016

    I also have dis inner inkling like u. Tony,dat Ozil nd Alexis will stay; money is d main issue; who plays to win trophies?they d players of course; I don’t see dis as a major consideration its just a platform to get d club to persuade dem bcos they are d ones to nurture d ambition, spread it among their teammates nd make it become a mantra.both of dem shuld take responsibility for dis ambition dis season nd inffect other players wit d virus afterall wat is d dressing room for? They have to affect d mentality of their teamers making dem realise dat they all CAN do it together dis season; d players shuld motivate themselves wit persistent talk on nd off d pitch a winning mentality will subsist in d team. D coach gives instructions he does nt play on d pitch; its up to d players to play to instruction;I believe if d team continues to progress like its doing presently , supporting eachother, playing for eachother, carrying everybody along, no opposition will b difficult to dismantle; Burnley nd Swans have proved dat. As for d Ox, he shuld consentrate on improving his game nd avoid injuries whilst seizing every opportunity given him to impress.how many players who left Arsenal are doing well in their new clubs? If Ox leaves he certainly will be a flop wit his arrogant style of play. He shuld strive to improve himself wit evry chance he gets rather dan craving a starting berth! Shallom!!!

  14. OlegYch
    17/10/2016

    what’s up with your hate for Icardi? is it the fact that ultras don’t like him? aaa hate half of arsenal squad, and while aaa are just stupid kids, ultras are often severely brain-damaged fascist adults
    is it his affair? need i remind you Giroud cheated on his wife?

  15. Menace
    17/10/2016

    Following up on Walters tackle from behind by Xhaka, – in the Liverpool v United match I’ve just seen Bailly get a yellow for a double kick on the achilles of Sturridge. The commentators including one G Neville used the term left one on him. Now let us see some written complaints from Walter to the FA about refereeing consistency. Arsenal get a dross red while a geographically select team get a mellow yellow (quite right too).

  16. Menace
    17/10/2016

    As regards diving: it was the fans at Arsenal that initially booed our players if they dived. The fans initiated the non cheating attitude in the team before the Invincibles. It has now become part of Arsenals playing culture. Sometimes it may create an issue where injury might be exacerbated by staying on your feet. However the Arsenal fans can be proud of their team & the sporting way in which they play the game.

  17. Josif
    18/10/2016

    @Usama

    Thanks for your comment.

    I guess Alexis is a good example what happens when a manager with good personality and true values gets a player under his leap.

    It’s great that you mentioned this part of hysterical football that Barcelona and Real Madrid apply whenever they play. I always wanted to be a ref at one of their games – that would be the first El Clasico that would be suspended due to number of second yellow cards issued for dissent. Every single player that would surround me would see a yellow card in front of his crying face. And again, before seeing red.

    Tonight we could see very little of football, mostly because of Mourinho’s negative football. However, I don’t have problem with that. Everything that is within the Rules of football game is legitimate. Arsenal played the ugliest football at El Madrigal in the Champions League semifinal and I didn’t feel ashamed because we didn’t break the rules while doing so. It didn’t feel nice to see Henry with the ball and literally nobody in front of him in those burgundy shirts of ours but it was part of the strategy. Maybe if our whole season was consisted of that sort of performances I would start moaning from the aesthetic point of view. But, as I say, as long it stays withing the rules – fine.

    What I do have a problem with, however, is number of dissents Manchester United players were making tonight and got away with them. I can’t recall them doing so when Van Gaal was at United save for that Di Maria’s stupid red card against us. It’s fascinating how Mourinho makes his teams look like him in such a short period of time.

  18. Usama Zaka
    18/10/2016

    Josif,

    As for refereeing the clasico, count me in too, as the 4th official, handing out suspensions to the managers and staff:p

  19. para
    18/10/2016

    Usama Zaka October 17, 2016 at 9:04 am
    Spot on.

    I suspect some other teams managers may look for very different qualities in a player (besides the obvious footballing ones) than AW and Arsenal does.

    Menace October 17, 2016 at 9:03 pm
    Also spot on.

  20. Brickfields Gunners
    18/10/2016

    @ Menace -October 17, 2016 at 9:03 pm – I agree wholeheartedly with you comments.
    I would hate it if we resorted to cheating and bulling . While I truly hate losing , ‘winning’ games by resorting to fraudulent means would be a hollow victory indeed .

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