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By AFC | Permalink | On 17 November 2012 - 23:04 PM
Sagna blanking Adebayor before the game


I love Sagna. He blanked van Persie last week as well.
By AFC | Permalink | On 18 November 2012 - 09:04 AM
Sagna blanking Adebayor before the game



Racially motivated for sure.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A7-zhS1CQAA6V8U.jpg

I'm not sure if he should come back again in January, but damn it was nice to see him there.

Oh and Arteta has Twitter: @m8arteta

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I'll see you
Well if he can contribute in some way then bring him back.

I've not really watched much MLS at all, not sure how he's getting on.
I don't think we need him back, really. We've got enough attacking options. Wouldn't complain if he did come though.
He could just come back and play a motivational/inspirational role. Doesn't really have to make more than a few substitute appearances, unless there's an injury crisis or a major loss of form in a few of your strikers.

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By Jaygull | Permalink | On 18 November 2012 - 19:08 PM
He could just come back and play a motivational/inspirational role. Doesn't really have to make more than a few substitute appearances, unless there's an injury crisis or a major loss of form in a few of your strikers.

True, but he fulfilled that purpose last year. His comeback was a huge success and I'd hate for that to be tarnished if he came back again and didn't perform. I'm happy either way, really, but would rather we focus on making a couple of permanent deals in January.
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Our squad is actually looking pretty strong with the returns of Gibbs and Gervinho. We've also got Diaby and Rosicky to come back. Once everyone's fit, I think our strongest side would look pretty solid and our bench is pretty healthy as well.

Szczesny
Sagna - Mertesacker - Koscielny - Gibbs
Arteta - Wilshere
Walcott - Cazorla - Podolski
Giroud


Mannone
Jenkinson
Vermaelen
Diaby
Rosicky
Oxlade-Chamberlain
Gervinho

That's without Coquelin and Arshavin as well, both of who can do decent jobs when called upon. If we can stay injury-free we might be able to pick up some momentum over Christmas and continue to make up ground on Chelsea.
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I was just about to post that.

It pleases me greatly that to earn tens of thousands of pounds a week they have to humiliate themselves routinely as part of club policy.
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Great to have him back.

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By Telegram Sam | Permalink | On 21 November 2012 - 11:56 AM
Our squad is actually looking pretty strong with the returns of Gibbs and Gervinho. We've also got Diaby and Rosicky to come back. Once everyone's fit, I think our strongest side would look pretty solid and our bench is pretty healthy as well.

That's without Coquelin and Arshavin as well, both of who can do decent jobs when called upon. If we can stay injury-free we might be able to pick up some momentum over Christmas and continue to make up ground on Chelsea.


I think the only problem is a lot of the players that Arsenal have can blow hot and cold at the same time. So when you're hot you'd trouble any team in world football, but then when cold everyone just seems to woefully underperform.
By K3V0 | Permalink | On 22 November 2012 - 00:18 AM
I think the only problem is a lot of the players that Arsenal have can blow hot and cold at the same time. So when you're hot you'd trouble any team in world football, but then when cold everyone just seems to woefully underperform.

Yeah, I'd probably agree with that. Just look at our performances against Milan last year for examples of that.

I think the win against Tottenham will be huge for us, and qualifying tonight. We seem to be a side low on confidence at times and obviously that transfers over to performances on the pitch. Now we've won a couple of important games and have our strongest eleven available (Gibbs has come back) we should hopefully be able to gather some consistency over the Christmas period.
We'll be announcing a new kit deal tomorrow with Adidas, going to be a base of £20m per season and some sort of profit-sharing bonus scheme that will take the total up to around £25m per season. As much as I prefer Nike, they are only paying us £8m a season so this will be great.

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Maybe you'll get another kit like this
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Used to have that one.
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Arsenal's new £150m deal with Emirates will give the club extra money to spend on new players next summer, says chief executive Ivan Gazidis.
Dubai-based airline Emirates will pay Arsenal £30m per season for shirt and stadium sponsorship.
"This will be one of the biggest deals ever struck in the game of football," said Gazidis.
"We'll have additional money this financial year, which will be available to invest in the summer."
Arsenal originally signed a £90m contract with Emirates in 2004, covering eight years of shirt sponsorship (£48m) and 15 years of stadium naming rights (£42m) from 2006.
The Gunners currently receive £5.5m per year for shirt sponsorship, which is bettered by eight other Premier League sides, but once the new deal kicks in, they will only be eclipsed in England by Manchester United.
Arsene Wenger, who has been criticised for a perceived lack of spending, will have £40m available for new signings in January and the first £30m instalment from Emirates will arrive in time for the following transfer window.
"The deal is all about football, it's all about giving us the resources to be able to invest in what we put on to the field for our fans," said Gazidis, whose club have not won a trophy since 2005.
"This is an important and exciting day for our club. It is good news for Arsenal and our fans.
"The strategy, which has been driven and supported by [majority shareholder] Stan Kroenke and our board, is to grow our commercial revenues so that we can have more money to be able to invest in the playing side.
"This is as dramatic as the move into the new stadium [in 2006] was in propelling the club forward. Our revenues will grow to put us into the top five revenue clubs in the world."
Boutros Boutros, head of corporate communications at Emirates, added: "We would love Arsenal to win [trophies] and we hope this amount of money we are paying now will help them to invest more into the club."
Arsenal's last published accounts show a revenue of £235m, of which £52.5m was from commercial activities - a rise of just £4.4m (9%) since 2009.
The Gunners can also look forward to an improved kit supplier deal when their current contract with Nike expires in 2014.
Arsenal receive £8m per year from Nike, whereas Manchester United earn £25.4m from the same manufacturer and Liverpool £25m from Warrior Sports.
The Gunners will not, however, follow United in having a separate sponsor for their training kit.
At present, Arsenal's matchday income is one of the highest in Europe but it accounts for more than 40% of their total revenue - an unusually high percentage for a leading club.
The Emirates deal will lower that figure but, when asked if it would result in lower ticket prices, Gazidis replied: "I didn't say they would come down.
"I think we've been very responsible on ticket pricing over time. Since we moved to the new stadium we've had two increases in season ticket prices and both of those have been inflationary.
"We've tried very hard to balance the demand that we spend more money in the market with also trying to take a long-term responsible attitude towards our fanbase.
"Despite the fact that we've got long waiting lists in the stadium, we haven't pushed ticket prices forward, we've tried to hold them to a responsible level.
"The expansion of our revenue base will help us in managing that relationship."
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will make a decision ‘shortly’ on whether to fast-track Thomas Eisfield into the senior squad.

Eisfield has scored seven goals in eleven starts for Arsenal Under-21′s and impressed in the recent Capital One Cup win at Reading – and Wenger believes the German is almost ready for the Premier League.
The 19-year-old is considered one of the Gunners’ brightest prospects alongside Serge Gnabry, with both players expected to be involved in upcoming matches against Olympiakos and Bradford City.
“We were concerned that he lacked some power but in the last six months he has improved tremendously and now he is absolutely a different player when you watch him play”, said Wenger.
“When the ball goes to him, you always feel that something positive will happen.”
Abou Diaby and Tomas Rosicky’s history of long-term injuries may also persuade Wenger to consider bringing the highly-rated Eisfield into the fold earlier than expected.
Signed from German giants Borussia Dortmund for £475,000 in January 2012, talented Eisfield initially struggled with injury before gaining the attention of Gooners across the globe during Arsenal’s pre-season tour in Asia.
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We might as well call him up. Rosicky has been "back in two weeks" for the past three months. I reckon he's dead.
Mikel Arteta believes everyone at Arsenal must accept responsibility for their team’s current travails – and everyone must work hard to put them right.

Arsène Wenger’s side lost 2-0 to Swansea on Saturday in deeply disappointing fashion. Two late goals from Miguel Michu sealed Arsenal’s fourth defeat of the season and pushed them down to 10th place in the Premier League.

Champions League qualification must be the initial aim. The fourth and final place is occupied by Tottenham, who are still only five points ahead of Arsenal. There is plenty of time to respond and, as Arteta outlined, his side have experience of playing catch-up.

“There was a big gap last year when we were 10 points behind Spurs and we did it,” said the vice-captain. “But we have to start right now.

“We had a great chance on Saturday because it was the start of two games at home and we have to be consistent if we want to be up there. But we did not do it.

“We know that results will bring everyone together. When they don’t come people will be criticised – the manager, players and staff. It is our fault if we haven’t done it [right] and they have every right [to react].

“They have been outstanding so far,” he went on. “We can’t ask them to be behind us if we don’t give them back what they deserve. It is up to us. We will get criticised [if we don’t win]. It is part of our jobs. The main thing is that everyone give 100 per cent now.”


Says everything when even the players accept 4th place as a success.

In other news.



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I know it's been posted before but this is a really beautiful feature/ interview with Ian Wright.

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Jack Wilshere is a cunt, Olson should've decked him
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So my biggest issue as an Arsenal fan is that we actually now have a markedly lower calibre of player than Chelsea, United and City. In seasons past I've always thought we were just a couple of players short, but now it's not just the balance of the team, but the players themselves. The question I've got is are we using the players we have to the best of their abilities and I don't think we're doing that either. I could cope with a season of mediocrity if there was a sign the tactics were in place.

All of the sides I've mentioned have noticeable shortcomings so all isn't lost, but the 2 strengths that they all have is a flexibility of systems, either due to the flexibility of the players themselves (Chelsea, Man City) or just due to squad options (Man United). The second strength is all have a solid spine to the team, the one exception to the rule being the United GK position.

So, what's the point of all this? For me it's a chance to look at how Arsenal stack up as a team and where the consistent thread is. I'll start with the formation, like all of the above Arsenal tend to favour the 4-5-1 formation, but unlike the earlier Wenger reign this system just isn't fluid anymore, it's rigid and predictable. Where the others all have the options to either change the formation or the approach, Arsenal lack the players or willingness to do this. The front 3 consist of a main striker and 2 winger forwards, Gervinho and Podolski tend to fill the wider roles and whilst both have their upside, the main downsides are unlike all of the above, neither player has the composure to play the final ball.
Giroud has potential and offers Arsenal a man they can hit, something they've lacked since Adebayor, but with no Mata, No Silva and no Young you have nobody to hit him. Gervinho has the pace and the raw skill to cause problems, but he suffers from a complete lack of a footballing brain, Podolski on the other hand is adept at playing as a wide forward as is the criminally underused Theo Walcott, but what bugs me is that both men (Podolski and Walcott) lack the winger mentality of driving for the line and going for the cross or the attacking midfield mentality of floating inside and looking for the through ball. Both to me look more comfortable centrally, Podolski has the ability to be the 2nd striker and float out into the channels as does Walcott, but in my mind playing one of them off of Giroud would be far more dangerous than the 3 man wide attack.

Most of Arsenals critics look at the defence and how shaky it gets and that's true, but when I look back on that individual basis, I don't get concerned. Mertesacker and Vermaelen are good defenders and one offers power and height whilst the other offers the pace and footballing quality, they're not perfect, but I don't see this area as a massive issue and despite struggling a bit for form Szczesny is a good goalkeeper with a great career in front of him. Sagna is a very good right back, though at left-back Arsenal look weak. Typically an area where Wenger moulds an attacking pacy winger into a full-back, he's getting progressively worse at it, from the world-class Ashley Cole to perennial France understudy Clichy to Keiran Gibbs. To me he's just not first-team material, but when faced with the prospect of André Santos what can you do?

Finally what I consider to be Arsenal's biggest downfall, midfield. This is not an area Arsenal lack quality and indeed it's probably the strongest area individually that Arsenal have, but as a unit this is where it all goes wrong. First it was Nasri and Cesc, although I don't see this as a concern at the moment as I think Cazorla is more than a match for Nasri and a fit again Jack Wilshere whilst not of the same quality as Cesc, is still a potentially world class midfielder and between them, that is where the creativity of the Arsenal team lies, but who's the third man in the middle? With Chelsea and Man City there's balance, both teams play with 2 more rounded midfielders usually, something Arsenal just don't have. Arteta is a capable and determined player, but despite his awful positional sense, Alex Song was simply better for the job of providing a physical, energetic presence and he added a range of passing to his play that had been missing since Cesc, to me he's the biggest loss we've suffered. Aaron Ramsay is not the player he promised to be, a quality player on his day, but that's been too few and far between since his injury and it's time to cut the cord and Rosicky as much as I love him is just not a worker, if anything he can back-up Cazorla, but suicidal if partnered with him.

My conclusion, I think Wenger should go 4-3-1-2 and try out Podolski or Walcott off of Giroud. The best delivery in the team comes from Sagna from wide, but both Wilshere and Cazorla can thread passes, there's just no pace with Giroud to break the line, something Podolski or Walcott can add. As far as priority buys, it has to be a midfielder or 2. Suggestions would be Moussa Sissoko, Mohamed Diamé, Marouane Fellaini and Yann M'Villa.

My suggestions aren't revolutionary, but surely Wenger has to see it soon. I'm sorry, but as much as I believe in Diaby's potential, it will never be fulfilled and Gervinho is an impact sub at best, never, never a striker.
When Diaby comes back - and he will - we'll win the league. Just sit back and relax, and have a little patience.
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