The transfer windows are closed, the first Interlull is out of the way, and the dust has settled – so it’s time for the Arseblog Player Profiles for 2019-20.

Every first team player is featured, with an in-depth look into what they’re all about, plus some stuff you never knew about them.

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Bernd Leno

Nickname: Jay

Pros: Great shot stopper, has become dominant in his area, one of the Premier League’s best keepers.

Cons: Does not have eight arms like Dr Octopus to fully offset the weakness in our defence.

Little known fact: His early ambition was to become a member of German hip-hop outfit Die Fantastischen Vier, but failed to convince them he was good enough to be fünf.

Emi Martinez

Nickname: Damo

Pros: Had a good loan spell at Reading where he got a good spell of first team football under his belt. Good with his feet.

Cons: At 26 years of age, he’s still relatively inexperienced, so that’s a bit of a worry if he’s called on for any prolonged period this season.

Little known fact: As the club’s longest serving player he gets to decide what pudding to have for the pre-match meals, and disappoints everyone with his love of a watery, custard flan known in Argentina as ‘Watery, custard flan’.

Matt Macey

Nickname: Matthew Reginald Artimus Constantinople Wayne Macey

Pros: Is enormously tall. Like an Ent. But with more supple limbs.

Cons: Does not have a lot of first team experience, but he’s third choice and unlikely to much action unless there’s an emergency.

Little known fact: His original family name was different, but when they became feared in the neighbourhood for dispensing chloride tear gas dissolved in hydrocarbon solvents via a small aerosol spray can they decided to become the Maceys.


Hector Bellerin

Nickname: Forty Coats

Pros: Quick, fast, rapid, speedy, lightning full back. Improved defensively last season until the injury struck. Also, a right on dude who cares about things we should all care about.

Cons: Only the potential impact of the cruciate, but he’s working hard so hopefully that won’t be a problem.

Little known fact: Will save the world and become its benevolent dictator ensuring a fair crack for everyone (except the twats).

Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Nickname: The Bird Catcher or Watcher or Something Like That To Do With Birds

Pros: A versatile player who can feasibly cover a number of positions. Filling in at right back now, but has played left back, in the front three and in midfield.

Cons: Perhaps in danger of Oxing himself by not nailing down one position.

Little known fact: Renowned for catching birds, he once tried to perch an emu on his shoulder but gave up due to deep lacerations in his neck.


Nickname: Bubble

Pros: Loves the physical side of the game and is comfortable playing as part of a two-man or three-man defence.

Cons: He’s the only man in the world that thinks you can get away with actual bodily harm by shrugging your shoulders.

Little known fact: He was so incensed by Laurent Koscielny’s decision to quit Arsenal that he launched a hostile takeover of the Frenchman’s accordion factory. It will now make tiny violins instead.

Calum Chambers

Nickname: Echo

Pros: Looks great in a vest, has a very solid hairline, can play both in defence or midfield and, like all Southampton Academy graduates, has been injected with the ‘nice boy’ DNA.

Cons: Probably hasn’t played as well for the Gunners since he schooled Demba Ba in 2014.

Little known fact: To mark his successful loan spell at Fulham, Chambers bought the Michael Jackson statue that once stood outside Craven Cottage from the National Football Museum. It’s now in his living room.

Rob Holding

Nickname: Jolene

Pros: Better than Cannavaro.

Cons: Banjaxed his ACL last season.

Little known fact: Introduced to country music by his American girlfriend, Holding now insists on wearing cowboy boots wherever he goes. Even in the gym. Addicted to waffles with bacon and syrup sprinkled with Hershey’s chocolate even though it tastes like sick.

David Luiz

Nickname: Sideshow

Pros: An experienced centre-back with titles to his name in three countries. He’s great on the ball, can take a decent free kick and ping it long.

Cons: His blooper reel is quite long, also he’s spent way too much time around Chelsea players, so who knows what bad habits he’s picked up.

Little known fact: It’s a wig.

Dinos Mavropanos

Nickname: Squeak

Pros: Is a defender.

Cons: Spends most of his days sitting in a bath of horse placentas.

Little known fact: An avid viewer of The Great British Bake Off, Dinos has a tattoo of Paul Hollywood’s face on his upper thigh.

Shkodran Mustafi

Nickname: The Tattoo

Pros: ?

Cons: ?

Little known fact: If you say his name three times into a mirror at the stroke of midnight on halloween night, he’ll appear behind you, attempt to slide tackle you, miss, and somehow give away a penalty against Arsenal in their next game.

Sead Kolasinac

Nickname: Pepsi

Pros: Great at defending expensive vehicles and teammates from armed attackers.

Cons: Defending the left side of a football pitch.

Little known fact: Was recently approached by Eddie Hearn who wants the Bosnian to wrestle a brown bear in Madison Square Garden next summer.

Kieran Tierney

Nickname: The Choirboy

Pros: A quick, solid defender who can actually defend. He can get forward and contribute to the attack, but also get back and do his main job.

Cons: A bit injured at the moment.

Little known fact: Ex-Gunner Graham Dougan is the second husband of his mum’s sister Claire.


Granit Xhaka

Nickname: Khan’t

Pros: Can kick a football very hard. Has very precise hair.

Cons: Quite often wafts passes to opponents who then score. Clumsier than an elephant in a china shop but still insists on charging into china shops at full pelt rather than just waiting outside for someone else to go in and buy the requisite pottery.

Little known fact: When he was a kid, his parents gave him the key to the house ahead of his older brother Flint as a sign of their trust in him. He held a three day Nintendo Wii party in which the entire place was trashed. Granit said, “These things happen”.

Lucas Torreira

Nickname: Pepperami

Pros: Great reader of the game, wins tackles, intercepts, can use the ball well, and pop up with goals at key moments.

Cons: From Unai Emery’s point of view, he’s not 7’6, which leaves the Spaniard a bit twitchy.

Little known fact: Despite being the smallest member of the squad, he actually has the biggest feet; a whopping size 15.

Matteo Guendouzi

Nickname: Sideshow Jr

Pros: 20 year old midfielder with massive potential and self-confidence. Has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water.

Cons: Still thinks he can win free kicks by just falling over, but referees have almost always used up their quota of those by awarding them to Harry Kane.

Little known fact: Is deathly afraid of otters. This is known as Ohnotanottaphobia.

Joe Willock

Nickname: Big Willy

Pros: Stylish, confident, home grown midfielder who looks like he’s been at it for years instead of just making his first team breakthrough.

Cons: All we can think of at this point is relative inexperience.

Little known fact: Before driving to training each morning he sends a message to older brother Chris reminding him that he should never have left Arsenal. Chris doesn’t like it.

Dani Ceballos

Nickname: Bonsai

Pros: Nimble-footed,  he brings another layer of zip and creativity to midfield. Likes a shot, makes things happen.

Cons: He’s only on loan and therefore we can’t bring ourselves to fall in love with him because the pain of his inevitable departure will hurt us too much.

Little known fact: An anagram of his named is ‘Called Bonsai’

Mesut Ozil

Nickname: The Ghost

Pros: A wonderfully creative playmaker with supreme vision and the ability to pick a pass through the eye of a needle, and also a defence.

Cons: Has made more appearances for his Fortnite team than Arsenal of late. Struggles above the 52nd parallel north.

Little known fact: There are no unknown facts about Mesut Ozil, and if you suggest there might even be one his army of Twitter Stans will make sure you regret it.

Emile Smith Rowe

Nickname: Emi. Or Smithy. Or Rowey.

Pros: Deceptively effective attacking midfielder with an eye for goal. Could be an 8 or a wide player in the current set-up.

Cons: Injury worries just hampering his development a bit at the moment.

Little known fact: Just for shits and giggles he occasionally edits his Wikipedia page to add a hyphen to his name.


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Nickname: Mr Laca

Pros: World class goalscorer. Has the most infectious laugh in the world.

Cons: Does miss a few but he tends to make up for it.

Little known fact: He always colour matches his trainers with his cars. Silver kicks, silver car. Blue runners, blue car.

Alexandre Lacazette

Nickname: Mr Auba

Pros: Quality striker, won player of the season last year, scores goals, makes goals, has a great line in an understated celebration.

Cons: Could he score 5-6 more goals per season?

Little known fact: Almost signed for Atletico Madrid, but when boss Diego Simeone insisted that in order to finalise the deal Laca would have to get a haircut like his son, he changed his mind and ended up joining Arsenal instead.

Nicolas Pepe

Nickname: Steal Denims

Pros: Lightning fast wide forward with great dribbling skills who can score and create.

Cons: Might take him a little while to settle into English football.

Little known fact: Once, when playing for Lille, he murdered a seagull with a wayward show. The seagull dropped onto the head of a man in the crowd who had a heart attack, but thankfully survived and afterwards found himself with the ability to play the piano like a concert pianist. The talent lasted just three weeks before he was reduced to picking out ‘chopsticks’ with his index fingers.

Reiss Nelson

Nickname: Pieces.

Pros: Skillful wide player with bags of potential and an ability to score cracking goals.

Cons: Consistency and decision making are things he needs to work on.

Little known fact: Julian Nagelsmann dropped Reiss from the Hoffenheim squad for two games last season after learning the winger repeatedly spent evenings gorging on pastries at Hoffenheim’s famous Seppl’s Backstube bakery.

Gabriel Martinelli

Nickname: The Bratalian

Pros: Is a Brazilian forward, the potential based on that alone is exciting. Think Ronaldo. Ronaldinho. Romario. Rivaldo. Jo.

Cons: What if he Freds a Kleberson right up his Anderson?

Little known fact: Received passport advice from both Edu and Silvinho. The authorities never suspected a thing.

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Mustafi ???


I laughed quite loudly in my office. People think I find reports really funny.


I was laughing at the nick names until I reached to Ghost. Burst of more laugh, and now I can’t wait for the weekend to see them in action. Damn Interlullllll!!


It’s fucking excellent!


I laughed so hard lol. Mustafi’s was just brutal.
Martinelli will come good!!!


Wow. This interlull really has an effect on you, doesn’t it Blogs? 😀


I doubt The Ghost will get a look in this weekend, as away days are just too physical for him.
He’ll be ill for Frankfurt away as standard, maybe we’ll see him for Villa or Forest at home? But barring an injury crises, I seriously doubt it.
I don’t blame him for digging his heels in, he’s reportedly earning a mint.
Hopefully The Ghost will go and haunt some other fans in January on a permanent basis, and we can use his wages towards signing Ceballos on a permanent basis.

A Different George

Please, please, give it a rest.


Please, please, give it a rest when it comes to telling me to give it a rest.

You’re excuses for The Ghost, and the way you try to spin people away from criticising The Ghost, have become exhausting.


You say its too physical for him, and might be right sometimes, but frankly I’d love if he would actually get picked – you do know he doesn’t pick himself right? If he starts, gets bullied and has an ineffective attacking performance then hook him off at half time. If he plays well, then we will likely win. For a player in his position, and one who we will pay regardless of us playing him, it is criminally negligent that he isn’t managed better so we can get something on our investment. I’d argue that, at the very least, we… Read more »


“If he starts, gets bullied and has an ineffective attacking performance then hook him off at half time.”

Lol. That’s not how it works. You field in an XI you’re pretty sure are up for the job. The PL in an unforgiving competition such silly notions aren’t applicable.

Red Cannon

Look up the meaning of sunk cost.


Classic as ever blogs. I remember reading the 2013 post on the bus on the way to college and just being in tears of laughter. Got some very funny looks.


Exact same situation right now I’m in a tram and have strong stomach ache from wheezing like a decommissioned drilling machine


Link to that one please.


Had me in bits laughing here in flint Michigan, I’m from Dublin by the way. Good stuff!

Flavoured Rice

Another American who claims Irish ancestry ?



A Different George

I had my doubts about Tierney before I read this, but no in-law of Graham Dougan could possibly disappoint.

Reality check

I am still not sure if it was meant as a joke.. nicely done


Khant? Not quite how I’d spell it…but close enough I suppose



Think you went in a bit two-footed on Xhaka there. I know his stock is low at the moment given the PK and his having the turning radius of a tractor trailer, but he offers better distribution from deep than any other player in the squad.

Definitely not an automatic first choice against every team, but he has his qualities.

The first player to show up on scene when dickheads like Ashley Barnes are trying to curb-stomp our players in full view of the referee and manage to escape without a card.

Reality check

Yeh blogs has his favourites.. I hear he still cries every morning as soon as it hits him that Ramsey is not with Arsenal anymore.


Do you know, I completely forgot about the Ox. What on earth happened to him?


This made me chuckle, love it.


These things happen.