Arsenal Chat • Worst final points total in 4 years…..

Swede wrote:
Newcastle – disaster
Villa – disaster
Man U – disaster
Chelsea – disaster

Arsenal – disappointing – and poor in terms of quality of football
Spurs – fairly good season for them as a small club
Man City – more than disappointing, disaster only averted by CL qualification – very poor

How can it be anything other than a disaster for Chelsea and United to not qualify for CL given the money they have spent and where they regard themselves in the world game?

I don`t really like using the term `disaster` with reference to football clubs. I would say people dying in an air crash or an incident like Hillsborough is a disaster


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Arsenal Chat • Worst final points total in 4 years…..

Newcastle – disaster
Villa – disaster
Man U – disaster
Chelsea – disaster

Arsenal – disappointing – and poor in terms of quality of football
Spurs – fairly good season for them as a small club
Man City – more than disappointing, disaster only averted by CL qualification – very poor

How can it be anything other than a disaster for Chelsea and United to not qualify for CL given the money they have spent and where they regard themselves in the world game?


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Arsenal Chat • Re: Summer Transfers

595 wrote:

Steve wrote:It looks very photoshopped! I know it’s a sneaky picture taken by one of the photo staff (looks like a dodgy iPhone!) but they could have got a better shot!

I tend to agree , looks photo shopped to me , wouldnt be surprised if there is no deal , you would have thought he club would have made some official noise by now.

Maybe they are waiting until the transfer window officially opens before announcing it.


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Arsenal Chat • Re: Summer Transfers

Steve wrote:
It looks very photoshopped! I know it’s a sneaky picture taken by one of the photo staff (looks like a dodgy iPhone!) but they could have got a better shot!

I tend to agree , looks photo shopped to me , wouldnt be surprised if there is no deal , you would have thought he club would have made some official noise by now.


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Re: New Layout

Had a little play around with the blog and changed the theme. Now has the forum posts down one site and the official pages posts on the right hand side.

Statistics: Posted by Steve — Sat May 21, 2016 9:10 pm


Source: AFC Forum

Season Review – Denten

I have read all the threads and I agree with most but not all,but no one has mentioned our injuries.

One thing that, IMO, was instrumental was the loss of players due to injuries.Jack was a big loss but I do believe that out of all the players that we had on the sidelines Santi was the biggest loss.

It is no coincidence that Leicester and them were very lucky with injuries this season just gone and if you look at the injuries that we ,Citeh, Man U and Liverpool had then it tends to partly tell how important injuries are.

The scum lost arguebly their best two midfield players in Alli and  Dembele for a few games and they collapsed. Just imagine if Alli was out all season and Dembele out since before Christmas then I think ST Totteringsham day would have been months ago.

Arsenal and Social Media

In response to this piece…

http://m.thedrum.com/news/2016/05/11/why-arsenal-fc-thinks-football-can-be-first-sector-monetise-social-media

On LinkedIn I placed the following reply.

Every Arsenal app that the club has released has been more of a slideshow with the obvious if you want more then you need to pay for it.

Arsenal closed down their official forum about 5 years ago now because they wanted to target overseas fans on Facebook who will pay the money that the club are asking for in relation to subscriptions, merchandise (at full AFC price rather than the discounted prices in sports shops).

Until Arsenal realise that without the fans who go to games week in week out and pay the highest season ticket prices in the Premier league that they need to keep happy then they’re on a very slippery slope.

Season Review – Bigpecks

Suprised that all the talk so far has concentrated on lack of signings.

For me, we had a team/squad that significantly under achieved and had too many poor performers.

However the most significant issue is the manager and his outdated tactics and style of play. The faliure to change or rotate the team to meet the type of opponent we are playing.

We scored 2 at old trafford, 2 at white hart lane, 2 at city, 3 at liverpool and west ham and didn’t win any. Shows how weak we are defensively still after all these years. It does not matter who the personnel are if you do not know how to defend as a team.

The other point is that we are just so boring to watch, so slow and predictable. The team seem to believe their own press – that they play amazing football. We don’t and we haven’t for years now.

So quite simply, we could get 3 world class players in the summer but I cannot see that making any difference until we have a change in style and mentality and wenger picks a team based on opposition, partnerships that work and form of players.

Season Review – I Believe Overall

I’ve never been so disappointed to finish 2nd. But I’ve never been more ecstatic to finish 2nd the way we did.

Last summer I was waiting patiently for a signing or two – Cech was the start of what I thought would be a breakthrough summer. We hadn’t lost anyone good for a few years and we’d added exciting top draw players like Alexis and Ozil in the previous seasons. Giroud had improved a lot but there was always the nagging feeling that he was 2nd rate – not disastrous – just not the player that would lead us to a title. Maybe Welbeck could be the one. We had some talent available in all positions and if people were being honest, they couldn’t pick the first 11 this year. Bellerin was the breakthrough we’d wanted for a while, Monreal was Mr Solid, Gabriel looked like a proper defender – Coquelin had a bluebird patch of form that looked like continuing on all season. Cazorla was brilliant in the centre with the comfort of Coquelin protecting. A couple of the kids came through in the Summer and Iwobi took his chance where Jeff is yet to grab his chance.

So why the negativity about lack of signings? Well for me its because Winners have top goalscorers. I can’t remember a team who have won the league who didn’t have a top striker or two on their books banging them in regularly. Rush and Dalgliesh, Shearer and Sutton, Smith and Merson, Henry and Bergkamp, Rooney and Ronaldo, Costa (god love him) and Hazard – and now Vardy and Mahrez.

This year Costa went mental and Hazard’s head had gone.
Rooney is long gone as a major force and Martial had no real support
Sturridge was a crock
Kane ploughed a lone furrow
Welbeck was injured and Giroud ran out of form

20/20 hindsight is really easy with football fans. We have no real decisions to make. We can like a player or slate him – it makes no odds to anyone. Managers have to balance a lot before pulling the trigger on signings – but all things considered if Arsenal had bought a semi-reasonable Striker would we have gone on after Xmas to dominate the league?

Actually I don’t think so – and its nothing to do with AW. I just think that we needed more than a semi-reasonable player up front to replace a semi-reasonable Giroud. We needed top class – we needed the likes of Suarez, Aguero, Costa (with a brain transplant) or dare I say it RVP.

So where is this famous striker who will win us the league next year? Is it a Vardy? I don’t think he’ll replicate his amazing form for another full season. Does this perfect player play for a rival and would they sell to us anyway? What about abroad, who is pulling up trees in Germany or Spain, maybe even Italy? Whoever it is, we’ll need big bucks to persuade the club to sell and then a big package to persuade the player to sign…and probably a season of acclimatisation before trees are in any danger of being pulled up. I’m told we’ve got a few quid now and we should be able to recoup some money from selling Walcott £20mill and/or OX £20mill neither of whom have really worked out at Arsenal. I’d expect Campbell to go for no less than £10mill and Gibbs could get us £5mill. Alexis is an option to move on as well – he has one trick to go with his ridiculous energy levels, its excellent but I think many have worked him out. Could we get £50 mill for him somewhere?

So what do you do with that and whatever else we have. We need to replace Rosicky, Arteta and Flamini – so probably 2 midfielders needed.
We also need to replace Welbeck – so a squad forward is definitely needed. Could one of the Academy kids step up to cover him – maybe Willock? What about Sterling? Perhaps we could pull off a complete doozy with a player swap for Walcott? Its clear Sterling isn’t happy and will need a cuddle or a kick to get going again… not sure I could bear watching him flappy hand around the Emirates every week – but he has talent.

I’d like to go for Aguero and Sterling – lets offer £60mill for them with Walcott and Ox in reply and test Pep’s resolve?
I’d also go for James Rodriguez – I think Real would take £40 mill cash and he’d improve us across the front line – we could fund this with Alexis moving to Juve or somewhere like that.
I’d also get Kante – £30mill would probably steal him

So 4 players in and the best part of £100 mill overall cost – all of them would improve us – but I think I’m starting to run out of money. Can anyone realistically imagine a summer where AW spends £100mill?

And we are back in this endless loop again. We get close needing top quality to improve but go and buy a Giroud. We need a Defender and go and buy Welbeck.

I think AW is on another planet as a coach of players – its ridiculous though to assume that he will change so much to fit what is our perfect model of a Manager and go and spend £100 mill on top players in one window. I think most still want him to stay and see out his ‘final’ year – but its got to be with a plan – its got to have some progression this year. It can’t be Top 4 again, it can’t be FA Cup again. Arsenal is bigger than that and we need a top Quality Striker to join our nearly men. Arsene has acknowledged that we didn’t score enough goals or in his words, finish the good work and opportunities that were made by our good play. There will be 20 decent strikers on show this summer, some may have a break-through tournament so maybe we should wait and see – maybe we don’t have a choice anyway.

Season Review – Nick F

The season was set during the transfer window when Wenger decided that there was not a single outfield player better than we already had. The decision not to bring in a striker was disasterous as we’ve seen chance after chance after chance going begging with no one able (or willing?) to put the ball in the net.

If you look at the campaign we were beaten 3-0 away by lower league opponents in the league cup, beaten by Watford 2-1 at home in the FA Cup, out of league by March (again) and out of the Champs League at the round of 16 (again). 13 defeats (7 in the league), year on year less points and goals. The style we are now playing is predictable and quite frankly boring to watch. Thrashed by Bayern, thrashed by Barca even trashed by Southampton.

Yet people will still turn around and say this is a good season because we finished 2nd. What has happen to Arsenal that the majority of fans are happy to accept mediocrity and unquestioning loyalty to Wenger no matter what?

Wenger is definitely going to be here next year so I am not going into next season with an enthusiasm.

Season Review – 8 Years of FA

Wasted opportunity, again! Getting second but being 10 points behind Leicester! Not good enough again!

We all now if Wenker had got decent players in, we could have had a really good go. Problem with second is yet another false dawn. Best finish in 11 years, will do nothing for our predicament.

Out dated manager, a lot of very mediocre players. Owner and board who don’t give a shit, those books have balanced out nicely again, and that second place trophy will be viewed as a great success. So what can we expect now? Not a lot. Same old bollocks excuses re transfers, same ideology and mind games by Wenger.

Extended Wenger contract. 1 or 2 meaningless signings if we are “lucky”. Players extending contracts and holding out their money grabbing mitts, because ” they are worth it” More in fighting! AKBs saying what they usually say. Anti Wengerites being that voice blowing in the wind.

More thuggish tactics by our own stasi stewards. Some Press pointing fingers saying maybe Wenger does know best, others saying he doesn’t. Wengers arrogance and ego will be enhanced by that second place trophy.

Fans getting screwed again, with prices going up. Finally to top it all that useless wig wearing twat doing what he does best, fuck all! and milking us for what he can get. I could go on, but what’s the point you get the message.

Oh and happy St Totts Day.

Someone’s getting sacked in the morning…

Whilst everyone was commending the club and its security staff for the swift way in which they dealt with the potential bomb threat, it now seems that they may have been inadvertently responsible.

The Daily Mail’s Mike Keegan reports that the ‘incredibly realistic’ hoax bomb was so realistic because it was designed to look that way – as it was a prop for a terrorism training exercise.

According to the Mail exclusive, the ‘suspicious package’ that caused the whole drama was a fake bomb used in an safety exercise by an external company that was accidentally left in one of the stadium toilets.

It was discovered on Sunday just before the game and of course, all the normal precautions were implemented. As the Mail explain:

“It is understood that in what appears to be a staggering blunder, the ‘bomb’ was left by an external training company at the stadium in error in the days leading up to the game on the final weekend of the Premier League season.”

The story is incredibly embarrassing for United and is somewhat typical of their blundering ways this season.

Source: http://www.joe.co.uk/sport/man-united-bomb-was-a-prop-from-a-training-exercise-that-was-accidentally-left-in-the-toilets/59664

A Little Team Down The Road

Once upon a time there was a team that needed one point to secure the their best position in the league in most people’s living memory.

Added was the bonus of finishing above their closest neighbours a team of which they harboured a strong feeling of jealousy. All they had to was get a point against a team that were already relegated. A team that had 10 men for the last half hour but they blew it not by one goal but a total implosion of 5 -1. It happened again just like the previous 21 years.

The moral when the shit hits the fan the enemy of our enemy became our friends and the crowd were united again.

Potter – 15/05/2016