An Embarrassment of Riches?

Apparently an Arsenal X1 beat Crawley Town 9-0 yesterday in a behind closed doors game at Colney.

Bernd Leno made a first appearance between the sticks and plenty of other first teamers dusted off their boots to grab some playing time.

Lucas Perez and Laca bagged a brace each and Auba also got on the scoresheet.

                                                Courtesy AFC

Along with goals from Eddie, The Jeff, Reiss Nelson and Micki, it’s starting to look as though we have a very strong group of mobile attacking players to begin this season. 🙂


48 Responses to An Embarrassment of Riches?

  1. Hawkeyego says:

    Tags: Aaron Ramsey??
    Indeed we are blessed, apparently awash. All without new addition in this department.

  2. chas says:

    Are you objecting that he played or that he’s a mobile attacking player? 🙂

  3. chas says:

    Or that he’s off?

  4. VP of Oz says:

    so the Oxlade is injured for the whole next season.

  5. mickydidit89 says:

    Thanks Chas

    I’ll assume you inserted the word “mobile” to keep us purists from moaning 🙂

    Completely forgot about Perez. Given his playing last night, do we assume he’s at The Ems for this season?

  6. chas says:

    No idea, Micky, Perez could be playing for a loan or permanent move or hoping for a crack at left side front whip for The Gunners. 🙂

    Who knows what’s in Unai Emery’s mind?!!!!

  7. chas says:

    Though GoonerB would have him at right side front whip as he’s left footed.

  8. chas says:

    In answer to your previous question – yep, I’m back to being idle.

    Over 700 people have viewed this page-turning post – hope they haven’t been too disappointed. 🙂

  9. chas says:

    Right, I’m out on the lash with the marking crew.

  10. mickydidit89 says:

    The biggie for me is do you/can you play Auba and Laca at the same time.

    Both are best central and I cannot see us going either 4-4-2 or 3-5-2

    Bugger, those two lines were my post for tomorrow. Best think of two more beautifully constructed lines

  11. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning all, Thanks for yet another day starter Chas.

    I’m going to post a very long, but very interesting article from Planet Football on Unai Emery -it’s well worth a read.

  12. GunnerN5 says:

    13 quotes to explain the philosophy of Unai Emery: ‘Extraordinary motivator’

    Planet Football
    19th July 2018

    Arsenal fans are preparing for a season under the management of someone other than Arsene Wenger for the first time in over two decades.

    Wenger stepped down at the end of last season and was replaced by former PSG and Sevilla boss Unai Emery.

    We’ve taken a look at what those who have worked closely with Emery have said about the Spaniard to try explain his philosophy.

    Anonymous Almeria player

    Arsenal players will have to get used to Emery’s meticulous attention to detail in preparation for every game. Former Spain international Joaquin famously quipped: “Emery put on so many videos I ran out of popcorn.”

    But an anoymous Almeria player went to even greater lengths to describe Emery’s exhaustive methods in an interview with The Guardian.

    “Emery is a colossal pesado (pain in the arse),” he said. “The players hate him.

    “Training sessions are long and unbelievably boring. Team talks go on forever – he makes you watch videos for hours, with endless replays of corners and free kicks, even goal kicks. It’s so dull I’ve seen people fall asleep.

    “He tells you the same things every week, like you’re a little kid, ramming home his point – like the one about an open hand only delivering a slap but a fist, with everyone tightly packed together, being capable of doing real damage.

    “He goes on forever, you get bored stiff, you think it’s all bollocks … but it works. It’s so relentless that in the end every single player knows exactly what he wants.”

    Marco Andreolli

    Much has been said about Emery’s video sessions, which are largely presented as detailed tactical breakdowns of the opposition.

    However, Andreolli, who played under the manager at Sevilla, lifted the lid on how they are also used as motivational tools.

    “Emery has one great quality: he is an extraordinary motivator,” the Italian defender told The Observer. “His speciality is preparing for matches, speaking at great length to his players.

    “I remember when I was at Sevilla we had long squad meetings where he would first show various tactical videos and then motivational films.

    “He wanted to really get us going, to light a fire inside us. More than once we stayed literally for hours in a room watching motivational videos, so when we got to the game we were really hungry for success.”

    Unai Emery

    Arsenal often deployed a back three last season and there has been a lot of speculation about how the Gunners will line up under Emery.

    Speaking about his favoured formation, Emery said: “We are prepared to work with different systems. The 4-3-3 is the main system we use, it is a great for keeping possession and applying pressure. But after that we need to have another system for different matches.

    “Most importantly, it’s getting the balance and positioning on the pitch with and without the ball.”

    Thiago Silva

    PSG rocked up 8-0, 7-0, 7-1, 6-1 and 5-0 scorelines under Emery in the last two seasons, and captain Silva suggests that is down to the manager’s ruthlessness.

    “We are more aggressive on the pitch, we try to score more goals. Last season with Blanc we scored a lot of goals, but we did not really try to score the second, the third every game.

    “Now with Emery we want to score more goals and respect our opponent. I think we are better now.”


    While PSG were eager to score as many goals as possible, Marquinhos suggests there was no recklessness from Emery, who instead helped instill an air of caution in their play.

    “Emery has had a big hand in this title. He made us very careful and gave us a good philosophy. It’s always beautiful to be champions, it’s part of the story.”

    Marco Andreolli

    Reinforcing this point, Emery is said to be particularly focussed on the defensive side of the game, which will be music to the ears of many Arsenal fans.

    “From a tactical perspective, he is perhaps better suited to Italian football than the Spanish game,” Andreolli told The Observer.

    “On the training pitch he works hard on defensive phases and how to counter particular opponents.

    “Obviously, he doesn’t have exactly the same tactical priorities that we have in Italy, but he works particularly hard on this aspect of the game, more than many other Spanish coaches.

    Carlos Bacca

    Bacca thrived at Sevilla under Emery, scoring 49 goals in two seasons, but was still not allowed to ignore his role when his team were out of possession.

    “There are qualities I’ve now added to my game, like defending more and helping the team. At previous clubs my role was more about scoring, but at Sevilla I also have defensive duties.

    “Sometimes other teams can get on top of you, but by defending you can get better opportunities in attack, and Emery has showed us that.

    “I’m more involved in the game now. I play further back, find space better and get more chances in front of goal.”

    Unai Emery

    Arsenal have been criticised for celebrating fourth place in the past, but Emery – who won three Europa League titles in a row at Sevilla – understands that fans remember trophies most fondly, even if they generate less of an income than Champions League football.

    “Fans want their emotions to come to the surface and the only to way to make that happen is to give them a team that transmits emotion: intensity, attacking, scoring goals, competing, fighting. That awakens them. The fans want emotions.

    “The Champions League generates more money and allows you to buy better players but what fans really want is to enjoy their team, to win things. If you have money but you don’t generate feeling and emotion, it’s worthless.

    “You can be in the Champions League and generate money but if you get knocked out in the group it means nothing to the fans. Sure, you’ve made £20million, but what does that mean to them?”

    Adrien Rabiot

    Despite demanding a lot of his squad on and off the pitch, Emery is not one to give his players the cold shoulder and is happy to take on board their opinions of his methods.

    “Blanc had certain things going for him, but I think Emery is a little closer to the players,” Rabiot said. “This is a coach who really communicates with everyone.

    “He is asking us our opinion after the sessions, what we liked, what we didn’t like. He asks if you are not too tired after training.

    “This is really important for the staff to know as they can then adapt [the training sessions]. They need to know if we can withstand the workload being asked of us.

    “Communication is essential, not only in football but in all sports. This is what I find really good about Emery.”

    Julien Laurens

    French football writer Julien Laurens, however, suggests Emery took too much credence from what his PSG players told him.

    Laurens told the BBC: “His first game at PSG was the 2016 Trophee des Champions – the French Community Shield – against Lyon and they won 4-1. PSG played with an intensity like they never had before. It looked like his philosophy – pressing high, running a lot, attacking a lot, defending a lot, full backs bombing forward.

    “But then the players said they should go back to what they know because they were used to tiki-taka football where they took their time.

    “Emery had to evolve a bit to accommodate his players, when it shouldn’t have been like that – it should’ve been the players accommodating his philosophy.”

    Fernando Llorente

    That personable side to Emery helped convince Llorente to sign a new contract at Sevilla.

    “The important thing is that I’m at Sevilla, that both the club and the fans, and especially Unai Emery, have loved me so much, and there is no doubt this was the best option for me.”

    Ever Banega

    Even if you aren’t in his team, Emery has high standards for those outside his starting XI.

    Speaking after winning the Europa League in 2015, Benega said: “We have a great coach and he is getting the very best out of us – we don’t relax whether we are on the pitch or on the bench. We have really healthy competition for places here.

    “[Emery] supported me, pushed me and helped me develop. Winning this final and going straight into the Champions League – what more can you ask for?”

    Unai Emery

    The man himself has spoken about how he hopes to evolve Arsenal’s philosophy from the foundations left by Arsene Wenger.

    “Arsenal play ­possession football and throughout my career, I’ve ­always been a coach who wants ­possession.

    “There is ­something I would like to add to my ­philosophy, that I like to win the ball back as quickly ­as possible.

    “So it’s about two things: possession and ­pressing. What I want is for Arsenal to ­transmit energy and emotion to the fans.”

  13. mickydidit89 says:

    Thanks for that GN5.

    He sounds a bit tedious, but, we have the players in the attacking areas to light up any game, so hopefully that combination will prove productive AND exciting

  14. Eddie says:

    allegedly, ALLEGEDLY, please do not bite my head off if this isn’t true Emery is trying to sell Perez (who?), Ospina and Welbeck! That would be terrific if everton pay £15m for the worst striker we ever employed.

    micky – sorry I left you all on your own, but due to the weather my bees have gone nuts! I have soooooo much flipping honey I have to throw it away

  15. GunnerN5 says:

    Be nice Eddie and give your excess honey to your Spurs neighbours – all over their cars windscreens……………Oh and you could always sacrifice a few bees to put in their cars.

  16. GunnerN5 says:

    If that article is correct Micky then I think some players will be looking at their watches and not his videos. But repetition will drill his system into them. I’m looking forward to seeing how his style and systems will evolve.

  17. Eddie says:

    thanks GN5, great advice 🙂 better than someone telling me to drive around hospitals and churches and give it for free. Begging so they would take it.

    Throwing it awasy really is the only option – I already binned 3 full buckets, tomorrow 2 more

  18. GunnerN5 says:

    That’s a terrible shame Eddie – what an awful waste after all the hard work of your bees and yourself.

    Can it be frozen?

  19. Eddie says:

    no GN5, honey absorbs moisture and ferments. otherwise, in dry conditions it NEVER goes of

    There is so much of it I have nowhere to store it, it has to go.

    A year like that happens once in 20 normal years, next year should be better

  20. GunnerN5 says:

    How sad……………

  21. chas says:

  22. Eddie says:

    ha ha ha, clever dog

  23. Eddie says:

    “Arsenal have another seven players ready to leave the Emirates Stadium. Those players are Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi, Danny Welbeck, Petr Cech, David Ospina, Carl Jenkinson and Lucas Perez”

    Nacho? Mustafi? Can’t be right

  24. chas says:

  25. mickydidit89 says:


    Brilliant vid. Take out the paddle boarder “on porpoise” ROLF 🙂

    At about 10pm one night last week, my son was out mackeral fishing with a mate on a sea kayak and was surrounded by the slippery fellows. Me? Very jealous

  26. chas says:

    Fresh mackerel on the barbie today? Yum

  27. mickydidit89 says:

    Nest Thurs Atletico in Singapore, followed by PSG on Sat

    No Ems Cup. Not bothered, but any reason?

    Then big bugger, I’ll miss opener v City

  28. Eddie says:

    miss opener v city sounds like a deliberate duvet diving, weak.

  29. Eddie says:

    GN5 – one good thing about honey extracting is my pittbull Bambi. He LOVES honey and his help is invaluable. As soon as I take the extractor out from the garage the dog comes alive, runs circles around it, sniffing in preparation for licking.

    Every drop of honey on the floor ends up in Bambi’s belly. one night I was in a hurry and spilled a lot, dog licked it clean and then he was lying on his side looking very sick 🙂 he overdosed on honey

  30. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning all.

    Dolphin’s in sync – Nature really is amazing, Poor surfer ended up out of sync – he must have ended up with a sizable bruise.

    Not much time left if we are going to sell 7 players, but I doubt Nacho will be sold and Mustafi sounds iffy?

    Lovely story Eddie, Bambi must have a real sweet tooth.

  31. mickydidit89 says:

    Best go sniff around newsnow for a rumour that I can turn it into a fact for posting. Back in a mo .

  32. chas says:

  33. mickydidit89 says:

    You know you’ve hit bottom when the best you can find on arsenal newsnow begins “former Arsenal striker John Hartson believes…..”

  34. Eddie says:

    wbat are you on about Didit? Search your google search words

    Arsenal transfer news: Barcelona target Yann Sommer ‘in advanced talks’ to join Gunners

  35. mickydidit89 says:

    Steady Eddie, I saw that but you probably didn’t realise he’s a goal keeper 🙄

  36. Eddie says:

    look !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    Unai Emery to re-sign Olivier Giroud? Fans in FRENZY over Frenchman: ‘He’s coming home’

    how brill is that??

  37. Eddie says:

    i KNOW he is a goalkeeper. We might not want one, but current rules of the game require presence of one

  38. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha ha, bloody rules eh 🙂

  39. Eddie says:

    yeah, rules. Ruined my otherwise perfect career.

  40. Eddie says:

    there is a clip of Emery talking about criteria for sigining another player. He is struggling with English and i was struggling listening to him. in a nutshell – he is looking.

  41. mickydidit89 says:

    Eh..why have you posted a picture of two gentlemen?

  42. mickydidit89 says:

    What were the criteria? Fast I hope as I think we lack a bit of speed on the counter should Auba get an injury

  43. Eddie says:

    my @8:21 promises ‘He’s coming home, he’s coming, Ollie’s coming home’. Repeat several times to believe it, like a mantra.

  44. Eddie says:

    we don’t really know what we need until they start playing together. Perhaps Hector will be promoted further up the pitch? He is fast.

    perhaps we won’t need speed, we park a bus and wait for a counter. oh yeah, in this case we need speed. Could resign Theo

  45. Eddie says:

    I have no idea, but I politely asked to be taken to a couple of home games in August/Sept. They were only 5 until November

  46. mickydidit89 says:


    Sort of question of the day style sent

  47. chas says:


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