Arteta: The board know my plan, it’s time to execute it

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Mikel Arteta says the Arsenal hierarchy know what he wants from the summer transfer window and that collectively they’ll do their best to reshape the squad using the means at their disposal.

After winning the FA Cup and securing a place in next season’s Europa League group stages, the Gunners are now in a stronger position to recruit new faces and sort contract extensions for existing squad members.

While Saturday’s win over Chelsea eases some of our financial worries, the fact that matchday, commercial and TV income will take a hit from the ongoing Covid-19 situation means money will still be very tight.

Having war-gamed various scenarios with the football executive committee, at least they can all pursue one course of action.

After the victory at Wembley, Arteta touched on what happens next.

“I need to enjoy this moment first,” he said. “It is a big relief and I am really happy. We had some very demanding months so I need to switch off a little bit.

“I have presented my vision and my plans to them and all together we will try our best to get the club in the best possible position.”

Having qualified for Europe, we’re going to need a squad that can cope with the rigours of playing four competitions in a condensed season. The key thing for the boss is that our 25-year-old run of playing on the continent continues.

“I didn’t want to add too much pressure to the players to be fair as I know how important it was as we needed to be in Europe.

“It is a must for our club and financially because it is a bigger step forward in order to allow us to do more things in the future and have a better structure financially.

“I am very pleased for both things – winning the trophy and having the option to play in Europe.”

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Tomislav

Does someone know is there a video where we can see Dani punching the ground when Auba scored the second goal?

sam
Bjorn
DaveTheBass
Adrian Drum

Not with good quality but here you can watch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oA-Bnd1gT9M

shokim

Pitchside camera @ 8:12 https://youtu.be/hrr8Ii89rjk

Tomislav

Thanks everyone!

Jack

Jesus H what a man. Sign him up immediately!

Dan

Love this from Arteta… My manager 🙂

Mutisya

I have so much confidence in him. Love love this man!

OdalGooner

Such a significant difference from Wenger’s later years. Obviously Arteta has seen what happened, and wants to avoid the same happening to him. Wenger was thrown out in front of the press to defend spending/transfers, and was always the perfect loyal professional, not putting pressure on anyone but himself. I love the old boss, but the new one seems to have taken a more active approach, and it’s glorious. “I’m here to deliver results. If you want me to deliver these results, here’s what I need”. He’s publicly putting the pressure on the owners, and noone can fault him for… Read more »

atom

One key difference from Wenger’s later years is Arteta doesn’t actually control transfers in our current set up which is why he needs to put pressure on those above him. Hopefully we can keep Dani and resign Auba – there’s a lot of work that needs to be done on this squad.

OdalGooner

I know, and I agree completely. Just to make it clear, this was in no way to speak badly of Wenger. I absolutely love him. But now we have a manager with a clear and defined role, and I love that he’s taking himself so seriously from the off. Clear and defined goals and deals with everyone around him. Hard not to love him to bits – trophy or no trophy, he’s got us moving in the right direction on so many fronts.

CorporateMan

Wenger may have controlled the transfers in terms of recruitment, but he worked with budgets dictated by someone else
But this is what he never told, thereby giving the impression that he deliberately didn’t want to spend on players.
I remember when Ozil was hired, Wenger came out publicly to thank Kroenker for sanctioning the deal

atom

I like Wenger but there’s this narrative that a lot of Arsenal fans like to tell about how small his resources were the last few years that quite frankly doesn’t hold up to any scrutiny. Even during the lean years Wenger had one of the highest wage bills in all of Europe let alone the PL. He chose to keep it more socialistic which meant the mediocre players were paid significantly higher than they would elsewhere – given he controlled contracts that was 100% his choice. Our net transfer spend from 2013-2018 was actually 3rd highest in the entire PL… Read more »

EZD

Completely agree with you Atom. We’ve spent plenty since the Ozil era – we’ve just not spent wisely. But it’s more 2004-2013, when we had the stadium costs, that Wenger was under a tight budget. And given the budget, he outperformed. Signing Ozil was the big loosening of the purse strings after the stadium debt had been brought down, when I naively thought the Emirates move was going to pay off and we were about to start challenging for titles… I love Arsene, but the last 5 years of his tenure has to be viewed as a failure to build… Read more »

atom

Agree 100%. There was a period where we were building the stadium that his resources were pretty limited in terms of transfer spend. But the Ozil deal also signaled an era of much larger net spending than many like to recognize.

kaius

To underline your point Atom, during Pochettino’s tenure at Sp*ds (2014 onwards) their wage bill was nearly a 100m+ lower than ours.

They finished a point behind us in 2016, 11 points ahead in 2017, and 14 points ahead in 2018, Wenger’s last season.

Flash

True. But what happened when Wenger started to be able to spend a little more? He won 3! FA Cups.
…and what happend with Pochettino and the Spuds?

kaius

They got to the Champions League Final.

Was that supposed to be a trick question?

Flash

No it wasn’t. While I agree a lot of things you, Atom and EZD wrote, I don’t think the last years of Wenger has to be viewed as a failure. 1st of all because when he did manage to spend more – he started to win. It is far from being obvious, and a CL final (while I rate it highly as a sport achievement) – is at the end of the day: is just another loss (I would be really suprised if most Spurs fans wouldn’t swap our 4 FA Cups for that). 2nd.: I think the “running down… Read more »

Futsboller

Yikes, using Sp*rs as a counter-example to Wenger?! What trophies did Pochettino win from 2014 onwards? Why does anyone care what our wage bill is? I don’t understand. Arsenal have always needed to have top four wages in order to attract top four talent, and in the final years of the old man’s reign we launched ourselves into territory we hadn’t really experienced before — paying very high wages and paying very high transfer fees. He wasn’t very good at it, and when he began to lose his bear-hug on power at the club, player transfers became very muddled. But… Read more »

John C

“Yikes, using Sp*rs as a counter-example to Wenger?! What trophies did Pochettino win from 2014 onwards?”

Considering there was a 9 year gap between Wenger’s trophies it’s probably a very good counter example. Pochettino didn’t get 9 years of failure and got similar results that Wenger got despite half the wage expenditure, maybe that’s why people care about our wage bill!

Futsboller

As I said, how many trophies did Pochettino win from 2014 onwards? I think Wenger won a few. Which of Pochettino’s transfers brought the club silverware? Exactly, John, exactly.

And while we’re at it, Arteta, in 28 games, has already outdone Pochettino and Totteringham.

John C

Pochettino didn’t have 9 years to build a squad, Wenger did so it’s a false equivalency.

In the 5 years he got he finished above us in the league more often than he didn’t and with a significantly smaller budget.

kaius

Futsboller, go debate with your mum about whether Poch is better than Arteta.

What’s actually being discussed is whether lack of spending was what held Arsene back in his last few seasons.

Poch beat us to the CL qualification twice and got to the CL Final with a wage bill 50% lower than teams like us, City and Manyoo.

Yes it’s painful that he did it with the Spu*ds, but he perfectly illustrated the fallacy that “more spending on wages equals more success”.

Thank you Daniel Levy, you beautiful man, for firing him and appointing Moaninho.

Futsboller

Pretty sure I acknowledged that Wenger spent a lot, unwisely, in his final few years, and it didn’t work — I attributed it to, ironically, inexperience. ManUnited have proven that wages mean nothing. I think I stated above, also, that I don’t see why people are so concerned with wages – who cares? We spend within our means. Pochettino drove his team to punch well above their weight, but it clearly was not enough — they won nothing, achieved little (we had top four for 20 years, and it meant little to our fanbase by the end), have a gigantic… Read more »

John C

Dearly me, Man Utd have unequivocally proven that wages result in trophies. In the last 25-30 years they have been by far the most successful team in England winning amongst other things 13 league titles and 2 European cups. With exception of Leicester the premier league has always been won by a team whose wage budget has been in the top 2 or 3, and that includes us! In the end 20 years of Champions league participation did mean nothing because we neither won it, used its rewards to properly compete or indeed pay off the stadium debt. Instead we… Read more »

A P

I bet Poch didn’t have John Cunts around him.

Luther

A very very good point!

db10s

Going back to wages here. It is important because it now leaves us in that position where we can’t move on average players with high wages and we now can’t offer high wages to players who deserves it (ramsey, auba) Wenger’s failure was not being able to get back into the CL with the money spent and lack of profit from sales. It has put us in a very sticky situation. This is followed up by our excessive spending on Pepe and gambling our season in hopes of CL qualification. I agree that it is muddled on how much say… Read more »

John C

That’s rubbish, here are Arsenals profits, from the official accounts between 2004-2013. Remember these are profits before tax and after the stadium repayments: 2004 – £10.6m 2005 – £19.3m 2006 – £15.9m 2007 – £5.6m 2008 – £36.7m 2009 – £45.5m 2010 – £56m 2011 – £14.8m 2012 – £36.6m Total £241m profit!! I really don’t know why people persist with the narrative that the club had no money when the figures show otherwise. That includes in a number of years of record profits not just for Arsenal but for the entire premier league. Whilst perhaps not in the beginning… Read more »

kaius

This is also why we missed David Dein’s influence.

There was no football person in the club hierarchy above Arsene to guide the squad-building, and also to protect his legacy.

John C

He had money, loads of it! He was just too busy with Project Youth, then British core and didn’t want to “kill” Denilson, Diaby, etc etc etc’s careers.

It worked to the extent that we qualified for the champions league but it was also cementing mediocrity in the squad.

And once you have that critical mass of players who aren’t at the require level, turning it around is very difficult and very expensive and lets be honest we’ve been trying to turn it around for the best part of a decade.

Luther

£10.6m in 2004? £5.6m in 2007? £14.8m in 2011? A total profit of £241m over nine years??? WOW!!!!!!!!!! How we didn’t manage to outbid Chelsea and Man City for players in that time, I will never know. With all that money, we should have signed Ronaldinho, Kaka, Messi, and Neymar.
Anyway, I just found a fiver in my jacket pocket – I’m off to buy a Ferrari with that.

John C

I know, especially when you consider that players were much, much cheaper then.

I mean what kind of moron keeps £180m in the bank when interest rates are at 0.5% and at player inflation is running at about 20%?!? Only a complete thinko i say!

Luther

Well it takes a “complete thinko” to misspell “thicko”. But to answer your question – the “kind of moron” who does not wish for his club to live on the edge; who wants to keep something in reserve for a rainy day, like when there’s a recession or a worldwide pandemic, or when we don’t qualify for the Champions’ League; when our rivals don’t get diarrhoea on the last day of the season.I really hope you’re not a financial advisor if you think low interest rates warrants not keeping your money in the bank.

John C

No, it takes autocorrect to “correct” it.

You wouldn’t need a rainy day fund to mitigate when your rivals, whom have far smaller resources, get diarrhoea if you adequately invested in the right quality players in the first place.

And the irony is that we spent years building up this rainy day fund only for the rainy day to arrive and it’s not there, only for us to go cap in hand to our players and ask them to take a pay cut!!

Stevorama

Can I just say Luther that you’re dealing with these comments in a very mature way. AP and Luther – you should be ashamed of yourselves. This forum is supposed to be for intelligent and essentially kind debate. You let yourselves down badly with your language

A P

Hey John Cuntoman, do you know the covenants to the bond issue?

A P

Hoho, wouldn’t we like to return to the Goldilocks zone now.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

It is all about market buddy, we signed Pepe (72M) and Chelsea got Pulisic (57M).
Wenger brought all our big players (Auba, Laca, Sanchez) at decent prices.

atom

Wenger had nothing to do with the Auba signing – it was pretty clear that was entirely Sven/Gazidas as Wenger had been stripped of any real power at that point (it was only 2 months or so before he was fired).

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Areyou joking? Wenger stripped of power and given a player he did not ask for? Wenger let go before they took control not when he was there.

atom

Go back and look at old blog posts even from here on that deal. Arsenal was floundering so badly that year both on the field and terms of contract /squad management that it was obvious Wenger would not survive another year as with absolute power. Sven was most definitely an Auba player – there were a lot of stories about how Wenger turned him down that summer to sign Laca instead. Either way your comment doesn’t really do anything to change the fact that Wenger spent a ton of money with increasingly worse results.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Whatever Raul said before, Auba run down his contract and Raul is going to pay really big otherwise Auba will be gone. Your preferred administration is so much better than Wenger hahaha.

Luther

Ok do me a favour – buy yourself a dictionary, and look up the word “inflation” please. Then I’m sure you will understand why £32m for Sanchez in 2014, about £35m each for Mustafi and Xhaka in 2016, and £46m for Lacazette in 2017, do not count as “a ton of money”. If those signings had been made ten years earlier, then you’d be spot on.

John C

Mustafi was the third most expensive central defender in the WORLD when we bought him.

Ozil’s was the second most expensive purchase in the history of English football when we bought him too!!

John C

He cost £5m more than Bayern paid Dortmund for Hummels the same summer, let that sink!

Luther

Why do you have to compare Mustafi to only defenders and Ozil to only players in English football? Compare them to ALL footballers all over the WORLD. We paid £42m for Ozil at a time when the world transfer record stood at over £80m. We paid £35m for Mustafi at a time when the world transfer record stood at £90m. You also fail to consider that the £30m Manchester United paid for Ferdinand in 2002 was worth much more than the £35m for Mustafi in 2016’s money, and the £1m Nottingham Forest paid for Trevor Francis in the 70s was… Read more »

John C

All you’re doing Luther is proving my point that Arsenal’s holding of cash instead of investing in the team was a mistake of historic proportions.

By any measure Ferdinand at £30m in 2002 or van Dyjk at £75m in 2017 were better pieces of business than Mustafi at £35m in 2016 even adjusting for inflation.

As demonstrated, we had the money but chose not to spend it and found out that what would buy you Thiago Silva in 2012 (£33m) won’t even get you Mustafi in 2016

Luther

Mustafi was in the top three defenders in europe when we bought him and cheaper than Rio. Please buy a dictonary and look up the word ‘inflation’.

Luther

I have been slandered many times, but I’m not going to be accused of proving any point that you make.
We did invest in the team, but we didn’t entirely empty our bank account in doing so – that would have been a really stupid thing to do. Always keep something in reserve for a rainy day; in football and in life.

atom

Luther – using net transfer spend over a period allows us to take a look at how Arsenal spent RELATIVE to it’s peers/other clubs. It’s the same reason financial analysts use comps – it sets aside judgements on what something should or shouldn’t cost. Over the last 5 years of Wenger’s tenure his net transfer spend was among the highest in Europe – i.e. he spent more money on net than almost any other club in football. Inflation goes to what that spend would buy you over different periods of time. Net spending 300m in the 1970s for instance would… Read more »

Luther

I brought up inflation because it was mentioned that Mustafi was the third most expensive defender in the world and Ozil was the second most expensive purchase by an English club. If you take inflation into account, then neither statement would be true. Also, you said that Wenger spent “a ton of money”, but in this day and age, that isn’t a ton of money. Even if I believe your claim about our net spend – and I am sceptical – that doesn’t tell the full story. For example, I assume Chelsea are below us in that net spend leaderboard… Read more »

atom

Luther – facts are facts whether or not you choose to accept them. Wenger chose to allow players to run their contracts down & paid high salaries to squad players for “harmony” which meant that in the few instances he chose to sell players in his later years, he almost always got far below market value for them. Take Wojo who we sold to Juventus for 10m gbp. His backup at Roma (Allison) went to Liverpool for over 60m. If Wenger had handled contract management better it would have meant that it wasn’t as important that he hit on the… Read more »

atom

I would also add that when people compare economic/ monetary stats of different periods they do that in real terms to adjust for inflation. Wenger’s net transfer spend from 13-18 was among the highest in the PL & the world over that period. So during that period that was a lot of money on a net basis he spent. If you want to talk about it in today’s terms, that is likely the equivalent of spending 500-700m on a squad over a 5 year period which is enormous.

Public Elneny

You condescending arse, that’s a huge outlay even now. Let alone before the Neymar, Mbappe, Coutinho, Dembele transfers shifted things into the stratosphere Mustafi was literally the 3rd most expensive defender at the time!! Xhaka and Laca have been decent players, but it’s still clear we overspent on them. The Sanchez signing itself was good, but losing him in exchange for an overpaid squad player with no resale value is just another example of extreme wastefulness Add in frivolous nonsense signings like Lucas Perez (£18m), Elneny (£11m) etc. As well as huge sums turned down in order to hold players… Read more »

Luther

I agree that I’m being condescending (and I do so with some of you lot deliberately), but it’s you who is the arse!
If you think that that’s “a huge outlay”, then you better not bitch if that ends up being Arteta’s entire budget over the same amount of time.
And please try to understand the difference between your opinions and facts. Just because YOU think we overspent on Xhaka and Lacazette doesn’t mean the “it’s still clear we overspent on them”. You’re just some run of the mill Joe; you’re not some expert.

Dave cee

35M for Mustafi not a ton of money? Are you serious? 3M for Mustafi average level of performance in the last 4 years seems steep. Massively, massively overpaid for him because as usual we left our business to the last fuking minute and had nowhere else to turn apparently

Dave cee

True, do you remember the photo of Ivan in Germany, and no Arsene?

Luther

Yeah I wonder why Arsene didn’t also go over to Germany when we had a busy schedule of fixtures.
You can also say that Vieira wasn’t a Wenger signing either, because he wasn’t officially our manager when he signed.

Tanned arse

That’s a very convenient cut off point since the last 12 months included roughly £100m on laca and auba (who actually only played for the last 5 months)

Atom

NET transfer spend so laca/Auba don’t materially change the picture as we got: 40m for the Ox, 20m for Walcott & 10m for Giroud just off the top of my head that year. You can disagree with the conclusion but it’s undeniable Wenger had one of the highest net transfer spends and wage bills in all of Europe the last 5 years of his tenure.

Luther

It is deniable, and deny it!

Luther

I assume you meant to type ‘It is deniable, and i deny it!’
Please check your grammar in future.

Dave cee

Totally this. Everything got way too comfortable at Arsenal under Wenger. Fat contacts, no danger of being shipped out so long as you were nice and polite. Performance was secondary. And this includes the boss himself who was very happy to take the criticism in exchange for 8M pounds a year

kaius

I don’t agree with your characterization of Arsene.

A journalist once asked him what he’d do if he was given a 100m to spend on players. He said he’d give it back.

Ozenal

Wenger saved money for years being forced to develop young potential and selling them for profit.

The players close to 30yo or above at the club were splurged by Gazidis and Raul after Wenger signed his fateful two year contract.

The fact Wenger walked out on the club and broke his promise of always honouring contracts speaks volumes for me.

kaius

Wenger did not walk out. He was told we were letting him go and allowed to see out his final season.

Luther

I didn’t know you were privy to the conversation. Tell me – what colour tie was Kroenke wearing that day, and how many sugars did Gazidis take in his tea in that meeting?

Futsboller

Don’t bother, Luther — some folks on here simply hate the old man for life and others buy and sell narratives according to their needs, and their motives are suspect. In Arteta and Blogs we trust — that’s good enough for me.

atom

Most adults can have a nuanced conversation regarding Wenger. He did a lot for the club but at the same time you have to have blinders on to pretend he also didn’t cause some real issues his last few years here as well. On net he is our most important manager and most fans appreciate that, but that doesn’t mean everything he did was perfect either.

Luther

I bother because I remember the days when we had the most knowledgeable and the most classy supporters in the Premier League, if not in the whole of English football. Now in the TalkSport/AFTV era, we’re just like any other set of supporters. This is my hopeless attempt to bring standards back up again, but you may be right to insinuate that I’m wasting my time.

Bettie

Tripe.
Get on your bike.

kaius

Jack Wilshere, April 2018: “I was in the last year of my contract, and I spoke with the manager at the time, Arsene Wenger, and he said that they won’t be offering me a new deal and that I could leave,” Wilshere told BBC Sport. But at the time I was injured, and it was difficult, because I wasn’t fit and I wasn’t playing, and not many teams wanted me injured. So, I decided to stay and I got back into the team and they finally offered me a deal in January which was ready to sign, AND THEN ARSENE… Read more »

Luther

Ok then ask Jack Wilshere about the colour of Kroenke’s tie and the sugars in Gazidis’ tea – I didn’t know he was privy to the conversation either. Or maybe the interviewer should have confirmed with Jack that he did mean “sacked”, as opposed to “leaving”, before releasing that headline. Or better still, why don’t you seek quotes, if any are available, from the people actually involved – Kroenke, Gazidis, Wenger.
I’m not saying he definitely wasn’t sacked; I just don’t know for sure, and clearly, neither do you.

Atom

Wenger’s himself said the timing of leaving was not his decision. Add in that we had to pay off his contract which we would not have had to done if he resigned. You have to just willfully ignorant to believe it was Wenger’s choice to leave.

Luther

That’s funny, because I saw a video in which he said it was a joint decision.
It is not always necessary that you pay off the manager only if you sacked him. For example, look at all those players who clearly want to leave clubs, but because they don’t actually hand in transfer requests, they still get paid loyalty bonuses.
Look I’m not saying that I know for sure, but neither do you. Maybe the great man will reveal in his book one day.

atom

Just looking at the entirety of this thread and other ones with you, I find it just astounding the mental gymnastics you perform in an attempt to deny basic facts (transfer spend for instance).

Dave cee

I trust Wilshere when he says Wenger was sacked. And rightly so imo

Dave cee

You can be damn sure Stan is not thanking Arsene for Ozil

Jack

This is a beautiful take. Not faulting the greatest manager who ever lived for his selfless approach, but recognising the requirements of the era. Spot on.

BigArse

Guys…Guys…Guys!!! Arsene has been gone for more than 2 years. Can we please, PLEASE, stop fighting about him? It’s time to move on. Or at least save the next argument for what his statue should look like? Or fight about someone else? I’ll start. Unai Emery and Bruce Rioch were fucking brilliant. Discuss.

Luther

I know, but it pisses me off when supposed Gooners take swipes at the great man, unwittingly or otherwise. Seeing such comments reminds of all those stupid banners and the deliberate destabilization of our players’ confidence by some “supporters” in the pursuit of being proving right. What we could have achieved if we all got behind the team, and gave Wenger a fair opportunity to prove some of us wrong (yet again)! I don’t think he should have a statue. Henry, Bergkamp, Adams, and Herbert Chapman have statues already, so a Wenger statue would merely put him on par with… Read more »

Joseph Kawooya

Wenger got distracted by strong negativity within the fan base, but before that, the departures of Fabregas, Nasri n Robin Van Persie meant two things, that there was no structure for a new manager and secondly half a decade had gone to waste. Basically these professionalized football critics think they can judge Arsene as he was a very realistic man, a Saint; but in actual sense, they are merely driving their blinded agenda. Take a step and look at an owned perspective that Arsene faced then build an opinion. With the five signing Arsene Wenger 4.0 was borne and he… Read more »

Tab

What is Mikel’s plan? Does any insider know? So far Mateo out Coutinho in. Congrats on his 1st trophy as our boss.

Mike

Arteta is our Head Coach.

His plan is to revamp our mentality, define our playing style, once again instill confidence in our squad, restore the relationship with our fans and ultimately win trophies.

Singings are secondary to all of that, so his plan is never really to freeze a player out or invite another in if that makes sense.

Adrian

I hope board will try to fulfill Arteta’s request as much as possible. First priority should be Auba. We can’t let him go. Next shud be cleanup, players who don’t fit in Arteta’s plan must let go. Then sign new players which he needs. Many questioned our last year’s business but I think overall it was really good. Tierney: he is going to be one of best. He has talent, he is hardworking and most importantly, down to earth. Ceballos: first loan signing who impressed in long time. I hope we get him on loan for one more year. Pepe:… Read more »

Kendall Jefferson

Well said mate, but some fans still think that Arteta is clueless for shutting out Ozil and Guendouzi. It’s almost like they’re blind to all the progress he’s made without them. I mean look and Auba, Xhaka and Mustafi. Auba was painted by the German media to be a bit of a diva when he doesn’t get what he wants, but look who’s captain and playing out of position to accommodate his teammates in his preferred position. HIM. Xhaka and Mustafi were dubbed clowns and greatly resented by everyone, infact we couldn’t wait to see them leave but then again… Read more »

CorporateMan

Spot on about Tierney.
Can’t wait for our left-sided CBs back so he can be played regularly at wing-back where he’ll be most useful for the team

Warthog

Nice analysis Adrian. Add the Saka extension and it was a decent year of business.

We have several players to clear off the books who have been good soldiers for us, but were additions who didn’t work out or don’t fit the new system. It will be interesting to see how the selling portion of the business goes.

Kendall Jefferson

Does anyone know what happened to the Pain in the arsenal site?

It like all its team went to sleep after that FA cup victory, there’s been no update for three straight days.

Alex

They are still celebrating

AussieGooner

Something looks to have gone very wrong there, I assume related to their parent “fansided” saw a tweet that said there will not be new content until further notice and they will not discuss why.

Probably a good thing, pretty ropey articles, Andrew Dowdeswell was okay but Josh Sippie? Lol, all over the place.

Better sticking with Arseblog anyway.

Craig Velociraptor

Who knows, if he gets what he wants, we might be able to relive that awful ‘drudgery’ of a top four finish every season.

Hail Gus!

The issue with that drudgery as you term it was that finishing 4th became the only aim because it got CL £, and winning silverware eg PL titles which should be the aim of a great club like ours was allowed to drift so long as we secured top four and CL revenue each season. 4th place should never have been good enough for Arsenal. Never.

Vithal

Arsenal does not need too many. Assuming everyone stays , they need 2 midfielders , 1 X box to Box and another creative/goal scoring. if Guendouzi leaves then a replacement. But in all this Ozil can be a spoiler. If media reports are true then he is pocketing £350k a week without adding a value of a player worth £100k /week. Ozil needs to reflect on his situation. He is not a middle class employee hanging on to a job to feed his family no matter what. he has earned enough to keep 2-3 generations happy/rich. So if club does… Read more »

Qwaliteee

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Naked Cygan

Our biggest and most important signing for the club is to keep Abu.

Jarghs

Diaby?

Kendall Jefferson

Nice one Jarghs, I saw what you did there. Lol

Qwaliteee

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Qwaliteee

All roads – even brilliant new managerial ones – lead back to this fucking largely indifferent board of ours. There truly is no place for them to hide now. No Arsene to take the blows from the media and the fans. Either they step up to the plate and back this guy, or in the long run he will join a club with a board that does back him. Hopefully this cup win will have opened a few eyes and loosened a few more purse strings; Covid not withstanding. The money is there; our owner/majority shareholder (I prefer to call… Read more »

carl

Arteta has proven the doubters wrong. I mean loads of Arsenal supporters didnt want him and thought he wasn’t experienced enough. But good on him forcing them to put a sock in their mouths !! Silenced the moaners !! well done. The FA cup win was not on the cards by every pundit and many Arsenal supporters, but Arteta did it but it wasn’t only him it was the team/squad that followed him and did the business when needed. Xhaka is a new player totally controlled midfield with Ceballos. A great Partnership in the making right there.Luiz has again transformed… Read more »

Kendall Jefferson

Christ!!! Did you just mention Stones???? I was vibing with your points until you mentioned Stones. Seriously? Stones went from prodigy to apology in less than three seasons in a squad that seriously needs defensive help. Hell, Guardiola even preferred Fernandinho in his defense after several defensive howlers to a fit Stones. Shows how much of a great defender Stones is, jury is already out on Mari who many claim was a City reject we picked up and now you want us to sign Stones. Even if Stones wasn’t so bad, he’s so injury prone that you can never be… Read more »

Vonnie

Fuck off with your Stones, the last thing we need.

carl

Just to add somethings that i over looked !! Guendouzi and Torriera both need to go as they simply are not the parts of the Arteta Jigsaw. both would command and sell on fee worth a lot to us !! koslasinac £15 million Sokratis £1 million Guendouzi£25 million Ozil £9 million Torriera £25 million Lacazette £25 million a sell on fee of round 100 million….

Lucas

This is real life, not fifa

Luther

Lol! Beautiful reply – I wish I had used it on some of these wally brains.

Ourchildrensworld

Did anyone else see Laca’s face when he came off? I think if we keep Auba, we’ll cash on on him. A Willian, Pele, Auba front line is decent… Especially with our youngsters pushing for places. That will give us *some* money to invest in midfield and Guendouzi and maybe even Torreira will boost that too. A lot rests on whether Ceballos chooses us over Betis and whether we move on Sokratis. I’m excited about this window. I think good players will want to join us…

Ourchildrensworld

Pepe*. Pele would be less than ideal at this point.

Teryima Adi

Arteta is a legend.

Tekkers

In Arteta we trust.

Dave cee

With Wenger in charge I always hoped for a great transfer window but never really expected much after his 1st few seasons. This window I am expectant. Mikel clearly means business. Going to a very interesting and short summer for Arsenal

Biggles

Money is very tight at The Emirates (and that was before Covid is factored in) so we shouldn’t expect the expenditure that the likes of Liverpool, City, Utd and Chelsea have already made, or are likely to make in this window. Arteta needs to re-shape the squad both to reduce the inflated wage bill and improve the overall quality sufficient to make a consistent challenge for a top four finish next season. This is going to be tricky to put it mildly.

Drileonzi Isaac

We the fans, we are behind glories, the glory and better results can not come without having good players and good players can not come without a certain amount of money given to the coach to sign his choice players to turn around results on positives and am happy of our couch based on his plans and perception needs a concrete support from the board.