Emery welcomes returning first team stars as pre-season begins

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Members of Arsenal’s first team squad were welcomed back to London Colney by Unai Emery on Friday as the Gunners kicked off their pre-season preparations ahead of a first friendly of the summer against MLS franchise Colorado Rapids.

Big names including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alex Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Bernd Leno were pictured alongside new boy Gabriel Martinelli and Academy graduate Bukayo Saka as the Spaniard and his coaching staff, including Freddie Ljungberg, held a first squad meeting since the Europa League final defeat in May.

Interestingly, Martinelli is seen wearing number 96 which would suggest we’ve not yet made our mind up as to whether he’ll be counted as a first team member or not.

Our squad will fly to the United States on Thursday and will be based in Los Angeles, where it’s expected they will launch the new away kit, before travelling to Denver for our match with the Rapids the following Monday.

Stateside fixtures will also include tough tests against Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and Real Madrid.

This time last year, we fielded a strong side against Boreham Wood but with many players still on holiday due to international commitments, it’s been decided that our neighbours will face a team made up of under-23s and under-18s, coached by Steve Bould. That game takes place today at 3pm.

FULL LIST OF ARSENAL PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES 2019

July 15th – Colorado Rapids v Arsenal

July 17th – Arsenal v Bayern Munich (International Champions Cup)

July 20th – Fiorentina v Arsenal (International Champions Cup)

July 23rd – Arsenal v Real Madrid (International Champions Cup)

July 28th – Arsenal v Lyon (Emirates Cup)

July 31st – Angers v Arsenal

August 4th – Barcelona v Arsenal (Joan Gamper Trophy)

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Shtopthelights
Shtopthelights

Giroud picked number 12 as that was his goal aim for his first season. Maybe gabriel is really ambitous.

A Different George
A Different George

Or maybe that’s the number of minutes he’s hoping for.

Nico
Nico

Or the minute he’ll be able to get on to the pitch

Truj
Truj

Secounds…

Fergus
Fergus

Anyone know if I can watch the game online anywhere?

Naked Cygan
Naked Cygan

Here we go again, another season. We might win something, maybe ?

1. League cup? No, Man City has a better 2nd team than our first team.

2. FA Cup? Nope, fking Man City!!!

3. EUROPA League? We could go to the final, but our players might not show up, and Man Utd will beat us.

4. The Premier League? 😂😂😂😂😂

5. Can we finish in the top 4 then? Only if we can beat the likes of Palace and Brighton at home. 😕😕😕

6. Will we qualify for the Europa league if we finish 6th or 7th? 6th yes, 7th maybe. We need to out performed wolves and Watford. 😕😕😕

7. Well we maybe next season then……

8. Fck you Stan, you cheap bastard.

Leon
Leon

I take my hat off to Kroenke – robs the idiots of their money every summer and still they come back…

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

I’ve not seen Stan holding a gun to anyone’s head…mind you all those protests did put a stop to his hunting channel…so?

Heknockedoutjohnterry
Heknockedoutjohnterry

Mate can you at least wait until we lose the games before you whine about them? It will still be tedious but at least you’ll have some justification

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

To his defense, he may have done as you suggested for more than 10 years already.

Tungor_Adams
Tungor_Adams

Hopefully you are not a generic new gen football. Club fan, only concerned about bragging rights at school, club history and legacy considered irrelevant

I can fully understand a mental outburst caused by having Stan “Burns” Kroenke as our owner, but not so much comparing with A club with their club values drained in oil money

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

There’s nothing wrong with wanting a club that can compete, though.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

But perspective is everything and recently our fans don’t have any!

The only sp*rs i like is san antonio
The only sp*rs i like is san antonio

Perspective or not, i think we all can agree that we’ve been in the decline for the past 10 years at least. And it is fair to say that some (if not most) of the problems come from kroenke

Fabulous
Fabulous

I try to stay away from football news these days because it’s just absolutely depressing. Didn’t even realize we’ll well be in pre season already. Yet the dead woods are still around, no clear plan on our transfer activities, and per usual nothing is heard from Stan Kroenke himself.

This club is running itself into the ground and yet people still don’t understand this. Stan maintains just enough a profit margin with the kit deals, with season tickets always being sold off, and he’s milking the club’s stature globally; to generate enough profit while not giving two f**ks about winning things.

For the love of god stop buying season tickets, stop buying the kits. Simple as that. Yet you see these people on AFTV moaning every week yet they’re the first to renew season tickets. Does my bloody head in.

JamesGodwinson
JamesGodwinson

Agree.
Those people on AFTV looks like clowns to me.
They moan after every losses but they haven’t done anything to hammer Kroenke. Robbie is such as yes man.

But i heard that Arsenal are suffering lowest sales in decades. Sanllehi is going to meet Kroenke soon and i hope that f*cking m*ron will consider letting our club go. The new stadium of L.A Rams costs him too much. There is no point in keeping another tier 2 club which is going to slip more when being underinvestment.

Leon
Leon

Who has a spare £1.2 billion to spend on a franchise that makes no money and needs to be completely rebuilt under the financial fairplay restrictions?
We are stuck with Kroenke and Sanllehi.
And unfortunately we are stuck with Emery which is the most depressing of all.
Emery is the worst mistake of all…

Martin
Martin

With our restrictions on funds I really cannot think of a manager who could have achieved more than Emery did last season. We improved on the previous campaign so I think he must be given more time

Futsboller
Futsboller

I have to disagree with this, as I do think there are better managers out there that could have achieved more with our squad. Whether we would have been able to secure those managers is a different story. I think Emery struggled last season because he didn’t, despite his storied interview, know our club, squad, and league as well as he thought he did.

I can agree that we improved a bit over the previous campaign, but not much considering the new coach received 4 new players for the starting 11 and had Auba and Laca to bail us out of some otherwise awful performances. The team lacks a style and identity, and Emery completely botched the final two months of the season. The final stats put up by Arseblog’s Scott told the story pretty clearly — we didn’t really improve. People can laud our improved performances against the top 6, but there are 38 games to play in a season.

I can also agree that he needs more time, and deserves another crack at it this season. I do think, though, that both he and everyone at Arsenal need to feel the pressure to get the club back up in the top four this season — no excuses. People will try to suggest that he needs “his players” and “his signings”, and while I would agree with that in order to win the Premier League and beat back the likes of City and Liverpool, he needs to get back into the top four with what he’s got — that is his job, and he needs to do it better. If Emery is not excited about working with Ozil and Laca and Auba, and not excited about working with and developing Nelson and ESM and Bielik and Willock and Holding, then he’s not the right man for Arsenal.

kaius
kaius

“The team lacks a style and identity”

If you don’t like the way Arsenal play, just say that. But modern football fans love to parrot meaningless pundit-speak.

Arsenal does have a style or an identity – it’s “Champions League attack, Intertoto Cup defence”.

In other words, we’re a top-heavy attacking side that exploits wide spaces well but lacks imagination and power in the centre of midfield when we try to press and counter-attack. In top-6 games we set out to neutralise the opposition and our pressing game is worked pretty well. At home and during the run to the Europa League Final we also put together some very high-level counter-attacking performances.

The major flaw this year wasn’t having ‘no style or identity’, it was being *inconsistent*. And there were obvious reasons for that beyond just coaching.

We were over-reliant on key players. Losing Holding and Bellerin early on hurt, then losing Sokratis during the run-in for his 10-yellow card suspension, and losing Ramsey right when Emery we’d put together a run of 8 games without conceding exposed the lack of depth in our squad.

It’s just complete rubbish to say Arsenal didn’t improve, when the standard of play among the top-6 was miles ahead of last year. Two of the four teams that finished above us reached the CL Final, the other two are freakishly oil-rich clubs, but with a little more consistency we’d have finished 3rd. And we were part of the English sweep of the European Finals.

We have to be realistic about how high standards are when we talk about youth players, instead of deciding with no evidence that this one or that one is “ready”. AMN was part of a team that won an u20 World Cup and look at how he struggled this season. and Emery had no problem playing Guendouzi from the start so the issue here is not the coach.

Kinda reminds me of Wenger’s early years when fans would complain that guys like Emmanuel Petit were blocking the path of academy products like midfield-general Steve Sidwell.

Futsboller
Futsboller

Kaius – You can call it inconsistent, but it looks like a lack of a style or identity to me. I mean those terms like we would use them to describe current iterations of Liverpool, City, Chelsea (under Sarri or Conte before him) and Wenger’s Arsenal prior to the last season he managed the club. You know how those teams are going to play: you know the way they like to move the football, they way they press, they way they move off the ball. Arsenal didn’t seem to figure out who they wanted to be under Emery. Injuries hurt, aghem, but if you have a style or identity to the way the team plays, a philosophy in practice, other players can slot in without too significant of a drop. We do not yet have that under Emery.

I’m not sure what you were watching last year, but aside from Liverpool and City, the top 6 were pretty crap last season, especially at the end. As I said, I think we improved a little, but not a lot — one place in the standings, and one step further in the Europa League. We still lost far too often, conceded far too many goals, and created fewer chances than we did the previous season (which was pretty dismal). We didn’t finish in the top four, again. Not good enough.

Young players need to be coached, and the expectations put on them need to be managed — that is an ongoing process. The players have to take the chances given to them, of course, but you’ve got to give them the chances. Emery should be excited by all of this, and hopefully not asking the club instead to sign him some overaged leftovers.

All I’m saying in my post is that these excuses people are making up left and right for Emery are weak — especially the ones that say he doesn’t have a deep enough squad (he got 4 new players for his starting 11 last year — he won’t get that again, at least not in transfers). He needs to do a better job. I only hope he feels the same way.

kaius
kaius

It’s amazing how some fans still think everything was fine at Arsenal until Wenger’s last season. In truth, we’ve been inconsistent since at least 2013.

But the thing is, we know Wenger was a great coach. But due to a tight owner who was more interested in the balance sheet than trophies, Wenger ended up coaching a group of players who weren’t good enough for Arsenal.

That’s not making excuses for Wenger – that’s describing context. There’s context to Emery’s first season too.

I think Arsenal should hire Erik ten Hag for 2020 – but I’ll always defend any Arsenal coach against useless context-free analysis like people comparing Emery’s first season to Klopp’s 4th or Pep’s 3rd.

Futsboller
Futsboller

Thought I provided some context to the criticism, and indicated that I nonetheless support Emery for the upcoming season (as everyone should), but that the excuses made to suggest he’s doing the best job he can do with what he has on hand are weak ones. I don’t think Ljungberg was promoted to the first team to pat Emery on the back for the great job he’s doing. I’m not comparing Emery’s first season to Klopp’s or Pep’s machines, merely using those iterations as examples to define the terms identity and style (also pointed to Wenger’s less successful teams near the end, and Sarri’s mediocre Chelsea, and I suppose I could have used Dyche’s Burnley as well, but that’s unpleasant). I don’t recall saying Wenger’s later years were all fine at Arsenal, either, so I can only assume that you are, ironically, taking my comments out of context. Finally, I think the players at Arsenal were good enough to win the league in 2015/16, we had a convincing style and identity that season, but we were, you are correct, too inconsistent (especially in front of the goal) to finish the job.

Truj
Truj

No, he was in position at the begining to realise the potential of this squad. He was talking in the interview about building the team around Ramsey. Where is AR now? But the opportunist lier as a limited manager is still here.

JamesGodwinson
JamesGodwinson

Guys, guys, we all know that Emery isn’t the best coach available.

But the fact that no one wants this job. There were rumours that Allegri, Luis Enrique wanted at least 200 mil for the rebuilding project. Simeone was the one i wanted most but he turned us down at the beginning.
Face it! Not many famous coaches want to work with a tied hand!

Even when we were looking for a technical director. Overmars rejected the offer. Monchi case was even more mysterious. I still find it difficult to understand why he rejected. Emery worked well with him. The man with the most power, Sanllehi is also a Spaniard. He could have moved to England to prove that Roma fans were wrong! But he didn’t.

Sad isn’t it?

I think they just don’t want to work for a owner who doesn’t care about his football club.

I really feel sorry for Emery and wish him the best. I think what he did in the first season was fine, not impressive but fine.

CHIBS
CHIBS

What is ‘we all’ ?
Who are ‘we all’ ?
Who would solve all ‘your ‘ problems?

Futsboller
Futsboller

Oh my, I don’t feel sorry for Emery or the players or the suits at all — they all need to work harder and to do their jobs better. Fine is never good enough in sports.

kaius
kaius

When Monchi left Roma, the owner James Pallotta released an angry statement on the official club site basically accusing Monchi of being full of it and incompetent. No wonder he wasn’t ready to jump from the guy to Kroenke.

Sad to see Monchi go back to Spain, and Mislintat back to Germany, but as Tim Stillman pointed out, very few of the famous DoF’s have been able to translate their success over to a different league/country. One too many variables maybe.

Truj
Truj

I think you are right on Emery but eating my hat would be a dream.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Frankly, you can’t run a fan’s TV if you don’t buy season tickets.

N10
N10

>Yet you see these people on AFTV moaning every week yet they’re the first to >renew season tickets. Does my bloody head in.

Yeah this absolute fucking idiot on there Heavy D was ranting and raving at Kroenke, in a new jersey. Interviewed by Don Robbie, also with a new jersey. Then that bellend Turkish “leading” a Kroenke Out protest talking about how he’s a “mug” because he’s bought season tickets. YEP.

Good little consumers. But most people are conformist sheep who have no interest in confrontation. Tyrants feed off of it.

Billionaires aren’t the most moral people in the world. But I’ve been saying it over and over again, Abramovich and Henry are no angels but they like WINNING. Kroenke simply doesn’t care. Not all billionaires are created equally it seems.

Leon
Leon

Stan Kroenke is brilliant.
Gives that little bit of hope to the supporters and delivers nothing.
All the revenue from season ticket renewals, matchday revenue and merchandise. All that additional revenue in the bank, linked with every player under the sun, get Sanllehi to talk about ambition and winning big trophies – just enough for everyone to be fooled into parting with their money. Its so easy…
We have just over a month left of the transfer market.
It would not surprise me if nothing happened in that time..
Not that I’m too concerned. I never wanted Emery at Arsenal so to see him fail would be a much easier pill to swallow…

GoonerMcGoonFace
GoonerMcGoonFace

Root against Kroenke, sure. That’s deserved. Everyone knows that.

But rooting against Emery? You’re taking being a shyte fan to a new level.

Leon
Leon

Oh come on – did you watch Arsenal play last season?
He could’nt decide on any tactical approach, defending was WORSE than under Wenger.
He couldn’t motivate them to beat teams like Palace at home when we had Champions League football in our hands.
He couldn’t even motivate them to play well in the EL final.
Terrible manager.
He should have done the decent thing and left straight after the EL final shambles but no – he had to stay for another season just to prove he is incapable of delivering anything of worth to the club.
Sooner he is gone the better.
But by all means support him, just be prepared for disappointment..

K-man
K-man

Who wouod you have signed instesd of Emery?

Hoping he fails instead of hoping he leaves the club in good standing fir the next manager is why you’re considered a shyt fan

Martin
Martin

Allegri turned us down and he was the ideal person but your negativity towards Emery is embarrassing.

Rich
Rich

Agreeing with Martin, and having to give him a thumbs up, is like a dagger digging straight into my soul…. but when your right your right.

Emery did a good job last season, the squad just ran out of legs, and unfortunately we didn’t have the quality in depth, or the right squad balance to get us over the line.

Losing our two best balling playing defenders for the season hurt us, losing Welbeck was also a big blow, then losing Rambo again at the end, was the final nail in the coffin.

Emery has publicly asked for wingers and investment in our defence, I’d imagine he’s also made it clear which players he’d like shot of, if the board don’t back him? Then the blame should be placed at the door of the owner.

We lacked width last season, other than Kolasinac, and Bellerin before his injury, the squad lacked width and dribblers.

Our transfer list should read
1. Left sided forward
2. Right sided forward
3. Left back
4. Right back

As much as I’d love a quality centre half and an attacking midfielder, giving this team some width would transform us, Aubameyang+Lacazette were brilliant last season, imagine the levels they’d get too with the right level of service

Leon
Leon

My negativity is based on what I see.
Had Emery actually delivered anything that could be construed as progression or improvement I would happily sing his praises but to me he looked directionless and his team reflected that.
And with such importance placed on this transfer window his inactivity has been shocking.
Tierney, Zaha, Saliba are not players that will get us into the CL.
I don’t blame Kroenke.
Kroenke doesn’t have any influence on tactics…

PodB
PodB

Good ebening.
Emery is on notice after a feeble, crap-Arse end to last season and now faces the toughest pre-season in the history of the universe.
At least Stan’s Rapids are relatively shite after losing their first 11 games of MLS before stabilising.
The fans are getting stiffed at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park too.

Rob67
Rob67

15 minutes gone at Boreham Wood and Arsenal are 0 – 2 down.

Chants of – ‘We want Kronke Out’ audible 😳

Rob67
Rob67

All hail the second half comeback. Final score 3 – 3

Monkey Joe
Monkey Joe

He is not made redundant yet?! #EmeryOut

pitzkale
pitzkale

Halftime:
Arsenal 1 – 3 Boreham Wood
🙄

Jack4343
Jack4343

Just saw Vic Akers on the Boreham Wood bench. I didn’t realize he joined them.

Kosplays
Kosplays

I realize this is speculative but, if AMN is actually a midfielder, if he has both played well AND done all that was asked by playing out of position at RB for the teams interests. Doesn’t he at least deserve to be given a chance in his natural position?

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

More concerned about new signings.ike this Tierney feller for example. Any movement there? What about other areas that need improving? Any suitors for Mustafi yet?

NZGooner
NZGooner

What a disappointing effort in the transfer market, particularly shipping out those players who are superfluous.

Santori
Santori

https://www.sportskeeda.com/football/arsenal-s-bizarre-luis-suarez-bid-explained

https://www.squawka.com/en/news/arsenal-ozil-transfer-man-utd-spurs

Two insightful snippets into the workings of the transfer market beyond the know it all punditry and the sheep that follow.

First one about our infamous 40m and 1 quid bid. As Law explains, it was merely to open negotiations. Did not matter if it was one quid, 2 quid or 50m more (well maybe)…but in the end Suarez himself did not want to move.

The second as I have mentioned always was a real coup for us. We had to employ a lot of ground work and real subtefuge to blind side Levy at Spurs as the Ozil deal was predicated by the Bale transfer saga and he would not sell the Welshman if we had designs on a RM player (let alone Ozil)

Funny how Law mentions jetting back and forth to keep up appearances and how the game was nearly up when they bumped into (everyone’s favorite player) Podolski who apparently likes a tattle now and then.

Panic buy? Arsene? At 42.3m and 1 quid? You’re having a laugh.

Fast forward to the present, where common (simplistic) sentiment is Ozil (much like Mustafi) ‘must’ leave.

BUT who will buy the players on such high salaries particularly if they are ones we don’t much highly rate?

Again as I mentioned, if we can’t sell, we must be realistic.

We need to generate income to add to the 40m so we aren’t short changing ourselves (adding high risk) with ligue 2 picks or Brazilian wonder kids from the fourth division.

Therefore if Ozil is not moveable, we need to then get the best out of him in whatever limited form (or put him out on loan if a better solution emerges in squad). In which case an alternative to put to market to raise around say 10m could be Mhkitaryan who performs similar function (plus we have Smith-Rowe incubating)

The same can be said with Mustafi. If he doesn’t get a bite in market, he isn’;t the most useless player in the squad (think Elneny or Jenkinson)

In which case we need to weigh where Chamber’s sentiment lies for next season and if he may also fetch 15-20m in market with less impediment in wages.

Ozil frustrates because he clearly has great attributes going forward but he is easily disheartened (Its his nature) and when his defensive output falls because he lets the frustration get the better of him), that small drop in one player translates to a big effect for the entire team.

He has to his credit improved second half of season with off ball effort but clearly he is not the sort of character (unlike say Sagna or Rosciky) that would haul the team out of a rut by the scruff of their necks)

How we sell this season is as much important as how we buy.

Hopefully we adopt a textured/nuanced approach.