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  1. Bonny jr aka hawaji from itsoweland (kenya)

    Why is Wenger reluctant on buying mahrez. Thats sounds awkward the EPL is gonna be tough. A slight joke means end of your run ? in the trend

  2. Andrew Crawshaw

    From last nights or me the stand out performance was from Toral. I had forgotten how good a midfielder he is – he played with confidence and for the most part was extremely tidy both in possession and with his passing. Some of his more ambitious attacking passes were cut out but he looked ready for first team action.

    The three forwards formed a potent attacking force. Nketiah, although not on the score sheet was responsible for two of the goals being upended in the penalty area in the 8th minute and rightly getting a penalty and then with a stinging shot which the keeper could only parry into the path of Toral for the third. Mavididi got the other two, the first of which was a thing of beauty lifting the ball over the keeper after a lobbed pass from Akpom. The second from a powerful run into the box following a pass from Jenkinson. Well into the second half Akpom nearly broke the crossbar with an absolute thunderbolt of a shot which somehow failed to cross the line as it deflected downwards before bouncing clear.

    Macey was assured in goal towering over everyone else on the pitch to grab everything that came his way. Debuchy and Plezuguelo solid at right and left CB and Bielik imperious in the centre until he was taken out of the game by a very poor challenge late on, I hope it wasn’t a bad injury (it was certainly a bad challenge).

    All in it was a very solid performance (albeit against a much inferior team in terms of quality) and shows that the younger members of the squad are getting ready to take their place in the senior team. Those who remain will all be hoping for gametime in the League Cup and Europa league against suitable opposition.

  3. Dammy

    I’m young enough to decide I’m too young for Facebook, and too young for Snapchat. My recent fellowship of a professional body begs to differ. However, I follow a lot Arsenal players as well as both official team photographers on ‘the gram’ (as us young ‘uns call it) and can see the official posts before it is muddied in the tabloids and blogs. Sanchez had one post with 2 words- Sick in Spanish and English. He and his dog in the pictures and he had a sad face. I can tell you it is not clear that it is he and not the dog who is sick. I can also tell you a lot of sick comments have been sent his way from Arsenal fans as a result. All will be clear in 5 weeks so why the aggro?

    The El Neny centre back experiment looks “pie in the sky” thinking to me as has never looked more shaky in Arsenal colours. Kolasinac looked more assured in that role (left CB, not centre) than El Neny did in preseason and he was guilty of an atrocious square pass in our penalty box which was intercepted. We currently have 6 CB’s on the books and 2 LB’s who can play CB if needed. I struggle to fathom the situation we find ourselves in when all 8 are on the pitch or injured and El Neny is required. Stop it now Mr Wenger.

  4. MickHazel

    According to the ITV site ‘it is understood’ Sanchez is suffering from flu, see the following quote.

    ‘It is understood that he is suffering from flu and that the club are not sure as of yet if the illness will impact on his return to the club following the summer break.’

    It doesn’t elaborate on how it is ‘understood’.

  5. Goonermikey

    @ Dammy, I recall playing Flamini as an eight choice left back……..sh*t happens. I think there would be a lot more people moaning at AW if he did have a “plan B”!!!

  6. para

    When i look at the pic Alexis posted, i am convinced he wants to go to City only.

    I say if City pays us £100mil he can go, that would appease fans(maybe) and we can buy who we want.

    Otherwise keep him and if he performs, like he must do(to make sure others want him when his contract is run down), all well and good, if he messes it up then dont pick him at all.

    Football again. Hope this season brings more joy than sadness for Arsenal and us.

  7. Godge


    Squad for Emirates Cup confirmed. Four of the 25 – Iwobi, Willock, Nelson and Maitland-Niles are under-21.

    Outside of the 25 are the injured Gabriel and Cazorla as well as Mustafi and Sanchez, who would fill up the four spaces in the 25 taken by the under-21s.

    That means no spaces for Wilshere, Perez, Gibbs, Jenkinson, Debuchy, Akpom, Toral, Macey or Iliev unless something changes (someone else leaves?) by September 1. They will have to leave on loan or permanently.

    If Lemar or Seri are signed, someone else will have to move on.

  8. Al

    Elneny is a bit like Song was for us; a utility player, just better than Song. I like the guy and don’t want to see him leave. Never sulks and always committed to the cause 100%.

  9. MickHazel

    There is nothing on Arsenal.com to suggest Sanchez is ill.
    You are all of course free to believe the Sun, Star, Metro etc etc rather than the official Arsenal website if you wish.

  10. Jammy J

    MickHazel – Sanchez, from his own Instagram account, literally said that he was ill (pulling a sad face). It’s got nothing to do with being fooled by those rags.

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