AFC : Arsenal Fans Conundrum

So, my 14 year old daughter follows Tom Holland, Zac Efron and Romeo Beckham on her Instagram. She also loves The Black Panther’s Letitia Wright and her favourite rapper is J Cole. And she tells me they are all Arsenal supporters.

So who else out there calls the great Arsenal their team? Well there is Daltry, Daisy, Dido and Diddy plus Hornby, Lydon, Jagger, Jay Z, Spike Lee and Fred (Fred Perry that is)

Then there are other football players who call themselves fans of Arsenal like Paul Pogba, Hulk, Puskas and the great Diego “hand of god” Maradona. Yes the fanbase is immense, from Brad Wiggins and Mo Farah to Fidel Castro and the late Bin Laden.

Some fans I hate like …………………

Piers Morgan @piersmorgan

Well done, Arsene Wenger. Thank goodness I stood by you when so many fickle fans were demanding your head on a plate. #Afc #TopOfTheLeague  

4:27 AM – Sep 29, 2013

And others I believe are just in it for themselves and the love of clickbait money

But it is Arsenal fan Nick Hornby that I respect greatly as he continues his love affair with Arsenal, from books to movies to ongoing articles on the great Arsenal FC………..

Nick Hornby. “For alarmingly large chunks of an average day, I am a moron.” “I fell in love with football as I was later to fall in love with women: suddenly, inexplicably, uncritically, giving no thought to the pain or disruption it would bring with it.”

For me, his article for ESPN summed up the 1st Emery season and how the many Arsenal fans rollercoasted their way through the season right through to the final cup game –

Wenger’s teams were flat-track bullies that tended to curl up and die against better, stronger opponents, and the crowd responded appropriately, with purring appreciation or despairing silence. But in those opening months of the Emery era, Arsenal, often inspired by the warrior-like Lucas Torreira, got stuck in. We came from behind to beat Tottenham and to draw with Liverpool, and the sleepy, stupefied Emirates roared its appreciation.

If you had asked any Arsenal fan on the night of April 1, after a 2-0 home win against Newcastle that lifted us to third in the league, whether Emery’s first season had been a success, they would all have answered in the affirmative. “We’re competitive again,” we said that night. “We have a very good chance of finishing in the top four and there may be a Cup to come, too. That’s all we wanted. To be in the running in April.”

As it turned out, we wanted more than that and we’d been kidding ourselves. What we specifically didn’t want was to collapse, in a wearyingly familiar fashion, when it mattered. Emery lost 10 games this year, three fewer defeats than in the season before, but four of the 10 came in April. If just one of them — and I’m looking at you, Arsenal 2, Crystal Palace 3 — had been converted into a win, we would have finished third. If the woeful 1-1 draw at home to Brighton had finished 2-1, we’d have come fourth. Fine margins, yes, but a Champions League place was presented to Emery on a plate and his team turned up its collective nose. Manchester United and Chelsea might not be so obliging next year, although both teams look to have at least as many problems as Arsenal as things stand.

In the end, it felt like the club suffers from some kind of hereditary disease, passed on from generation to generation. We used to blame Wenger and the kinds of players he liked, the technically gifted, physically unimposing attacking midfielders who seemed to occupy every position on the pitch. Torreira, Granit Xhaka and Sokratis Papastathopoulos are of a different build and complexion entirely, but it doesn’t make any difference, apparently. The post-Invincibles Arsenal team will always flake out on you when it matters, no matter who’s playing or coaching.

There is more to this article but thats where I like to stop and ask, do you agree with the Hornsbee statement – The post-Invincibles Arsenal team will always flake out on you when it matters, no matter who’s playing or coaching.

Can this conundrum be fixed in time for next season?

Written by VP from OZ

76 Responses to AFC : Arsenal Fans Conundrum

  1. RA says:

    Wow, my cup runneth over. Hi Peaches it’s wonderful to see you back in action – I have no worries about AA now!! 😁

    Thank you for putting up the new Post. Hope you are keeping well?

  2. RA says:

    I posted a comment earlier, which probably missed the cut, so here is a copy / paste.

    Morning Sue, LBG, BR

    I am amused at your comment about the Argies and Xhaka, Sue, and it’s also good to see BR has not abandoned us, thank goodness. 😁

    On a different matter, and as I know you were chatting about the Gypsy King (his claim – not mine) and his brother, Tommy Whatnot, I happened to listen to an interview with Mr Fury, who is really amusing and intelligent, and playing up to his pre-fight malarkey, telling us he was not confident of winning.

    Needless to say he slaughtered his opponent in next to no time,

    I really like the bloke – no airs or graces – and with a sense of humour.

    BR was one of the late lamented AA Breakfast Crew, all of whom seem to have disappeared – maybe you two early risers can be his new gang! 🤪

  3. RA says:

    VP

    Cannot disagree with anything Mr Hornsby wrote — except that I do not think it is a ‘hereditary disease’ that causes our ailments, and the ability to clutch defeat from the jaws of victory.

    In addition — because all upstanding sensible fans do not want to admit that the world, and football in particular, the new era of ‘money making the world go round’ – Hornsby has not mentioned that Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool have all been given a new life at the top because of the assistance of money.

    Of course that is not everything that is needed to make a successful team, tho in this day and age it is mighty useful in getting better quality players, and then you need a top manager — committed owners — and to stop chasing skilful attacking midfielders, full backs, and ball playing CBs — let’s get back to buying good defenders — the attacking spiel has caused most of our demise in the last 15 years.

    And as for all those famous media Gooners — I do not believe a word of it — until they pass the test of commenting on AA, they are pseudos. 🥺

  4. Sue says:

    Bradley Wiggins is a Liverpool fan!!
    What about Tinie Tempah (😛), Wretch 32, Dizzee Rascal, Greg James, Reggie Yates, Dermot O’Leary, Idris Elba, Anthony Joshua, Lewis Hamilton.. just to name a few celebs that I like like!!

    The usual capitulation we have become accustomed to.. right now, i don’t know why we expect any different!!

    Good morning to you, RA.. yes Fury won in no time! He is amusing, yes, in a weird kind of way.. he has the personality, but his brother surely has the looks 😉 ooh la la!!

  5. Pete says:

    Interesting article VP. It is indeed a conundrum. Like NH, I was full of enthusiasm for the new Emery way. I don’t doubt he is trying to change the culture, but that late season lapse was worryingly familiar. The new players Emery has brought in generally do have good attitude…. so what went wrong?

    Sadly I think the elephant in the room is Mesut Ozil. He should not be scapegoated in the same way the German national side took against him. He has never represented himself as anything other than the player and the man he is.

    Love him or loathe him, he is a supremely gifted player, but one who does not lower himself to the dirtier side of football and I think that must have an effect on the team. To play the Emery way, every man on the pitch must be committed to the style. I wish Mesut the best for his footballing future, but for the greater good, hopefully that future will be back in Turkey where he is adored by all.

  6. RA says:

    Pete,

    I am torn by Mesut in that he is a fabulous player when he is on song, but we are all different and he needs to be encouraged and given support by the manager, and not criticised, otherwise he seems to look ‘unloved’ and plays accordingly.

    I do not believe he deliberately plays poorly, but if the style of play demands that he must become a tough tackling, lung busting midfielder …….. that is not using his skills, and is doomed to disappointment for both him, the manager and the fans.

  7. RA says:

    Sue,

    You are amazingly knowledgeable about such things, and I accept you certainly know more than me about these stars — then again I do not know half of the names you mention. 🤪

  8. Pete says:

    Fair point RA. The fact is we do not have the players surrounding Mesut to compliment his undoubted skills, and with the owner we have and a very small budget, that is unlikely to change. So we have to try to be the best team we can by bringing in players we can improve, and by virtue of hard work, belief, team spirit and nurturing young emerging talent to produce players of Mesut’s quality. I think it is a long term project.

  9. LBG says:

    Thanks for post Peaches.
    Dont think it is anything to do with post Invincibles, or even really to do with AW other than he made the selection primarily of most of current squad.
    For me the malaise is about ridiculously overpriced/overpaid, no more than average players, like for example Mustafi, Xhaka, Mikytarian, Kola who both predominate in football generally and in The Arsenal currently, and who believe their own agent publicity, and infect all around them, unfortunately even the youth.

    That group of seven British players, so lauded by AW, were always too cosy with their existence, never really “troubled” in the way we who love our Club wanted them to be. “Captain” Walcott, ” our attitude was not right”. Well why the f*** not. Ox, Ramsey, Walcott took their money and didn’t show the desire I wanted when things weren’t right. Didn’t show the spirit, the urgency the current Liverpool or for that matter Spurs, squads have shown this season.
    Wobbly, A M-N, Mesut even to a lesser extent, Ouzi, Terrier and heaven forbid Kos have all shown signs of it this season.

    What is the solution? Uncorrupted youth, with drive, desire and love only for winning football games for Arsenal.

  10. Els says:

    Hi, I read the post the other day about not being able to continue the site and your description of this blog seemed exactly what I’ve been looking for.

    I’d love to contribute to the conversation and could probably help out with graphics if needed. I’m not much of a writer though.

    Anyway after reading this blog for the last few days I’ve got to say it is excellent and something that should be clung onto. You don’t get much rationale conversation anymore. Well done. Hopefully things are in place to keep this going for years to come. There should be a thread of conversation on the running of it to make sure no contributors are under stress. If they can talk about their schedule perhaps others would know when to step up?

    Also any links to the Nick Hornby article please?

  11. Els says:

    Urgh. I just posted my firdt comment and it dissapeared.

    The jist was, “Nice blog”.

  12. Sue says:

    I’ll freely admit, wherever I go, that I’m a big Ozil fan.. and have received a lot of grief for doing so (not on here) I am told if he’s world class, he doesn’t need great players around him, he should be able to do it all by himself, look at Hazard, Eriksen blah blah blah.. yes I admit he hasn’t had the greatest of seasons (that I’d hoped he’d have) & i don’t know if he’ll even be with us next season.. all I do know, is that Gazidis screwed us over big time, by giving him that contract.. not only us, but Ozil too.. obviously I didn’t want to lose him, but it’s way too much money, no one is worth that much a week imo, no one else will pay those obscene wages, every time we lose whether he plays or not, it’s his fault, the abuse he receives (from his own fans) is disgusting.. I’ve even heard things shouted out to him at the Ems 😳 and I get leapt on as soon as I say I’m a fan – and this is from fellow gooners!!! Even resulted in one guy being banned from what he said to me!! I didn’t want things to end like this with Mesut, as I astonished the day we signed him 😊
    So thanks Ivan.. now I’ll watch from afar as you do exactly the same to AC Milan & screw them over too 🐍

  13. Hi there Els

    Thank you for your offer of help, I hope you can see that your comment is up there now.

    I’ll try and find a link to the Nick Hornby article

  14. RA says:

    Gazidis was a disaster for Arsenal, Sue. Did not sell Sanchez to Man City for £60m – let him run down his contract and go for ‘nothing’ but got Mihki and his huge salary in exchange — and ……

    Oh, well, we need to move on/.

    As Pete said – it would be probably the best for all concerned if Mesut is let go – and reinvest money we got for him in another replacement.

    With his salary we will get sod all for him, or he will stay to the end of his contract.

  15. RA says:

    Peaches is back – Peaches is back !!! 😀

  16. fred1266 says:

    Happy fathers day to all

  17. fred1266 says:

    I was listening to a guy yesterday and he said we should just cut our loses with the player we have just tell who have to go they are not wanted anymore and sell them for what ever offer we get not minded the lose we make on them and in essence saving money on wage bill

    What u all think about that does it make sense

    If it does then what about selling mesut and paying half his salary we still would be saving some if am not mistaken

  18. Sue says:

    Hi Fred.. there are quite a number in the team that need to be moved on, as you know. I just don’t want us to turn into a selling club (bit like Ajax) I don’t want us selling our best players.. like I keep seeing we may sell Torreira, Auba etc..the way things are, we’d sell them, albeit for a profit (omg I never thought I’d see the day 😂) but then probably end up buying 2 or 3 donkeys, so we’d be going nowhere! Fast!
    As regards to Ozil (& as much as I don’t want him to go & i think we’re better with him in the team) I support AFC, not just Ozil.. so if the powers that be decide to move him on.. then so be it.. life does go on.. I know we’ll be better off as far as cash goes, I just hope the team doesn’t suffer because of it. But then look at the players we’ve lost in the past & we’ve done alright (well 🤔) without them… right I’ll shut up now 😄

  19. fred1266 says:

    No not our best players I mean player like mustafi we should cut our loses with him

    Also regards too mesut, what would get me really vex is if mesut is moved on and emery doesn’t have a good season and his fired making us lose one of our best players

  20. Sue says:

    Trouble is Fred… who in their right mind would buy Mustafi, Elneny & Xhaka (& any other donkey I’d forgotten!) We defo wouldn’t recoup what we wasted (oops sorry, spent) on them!!
    Your concerns also worry me too…

    Uruguay play tonight

  21. jjgsol says:

    Ozil is human, like the rest of us and being very talented as well, is, no doubt, subject to mood swings and the environment around him.

    We need him to join up the play in the attacking half, not just to get assists.

    If he is under attack, as he clearly was for a good part of the season, it is not surprising that that will have affected his skill levels.

    How many employees work normally when they are being constantly told that they are not performing in a way their employers demand?

    Looking at statistics on 7amkick-off it seems that our shots are substantially down and there was a larger percentage of long-distance shots and goals last season.

    Might it be that UE’s insistence on attackers pressing the whole time means that there are not the right numbers of attacking players in the right position for Ozil to work effectively with?

    Will getting rid of him release substantial sums for transfers?

    Of course not.

    A salary of £350k a week, if that is the correct sum and no one has proved that it is, comes to £17.5m/ann.

    Surely, most of that will be paid out of income and not capital, as it is paid on a weekly or monthly basis.

    To buy expensive players, we would need a large amount of capital, which will not be released from his salary if he is sold.

    Yes, it will release income to pay the higher salaries of new players, but who says that they will bring about a better return than Ozil.

    What AW said that we should only buy players better than the ones we have, applies now as well as then.

    We all know that the really top players won’t come to us, so are we not cutting off our noses to spite our face?

    Surely, the issue is not Ozil and his salary, but what UE expects from him and whether what he expects from him is in the interest of the club or not.

  22. fred1266 says:

    I sure some Sunday league side would want them right lol

    Yea they do

    You guys getting to watch any of the copa America games

  23. fred1266 says:

    The thing is ozil isn’t offering nothing in the attack, just read he only had 2 assists whole season iwobi had mire than that

  24. Sue says:

    The Copa games are on bloody Premier Sport (more expense!!) So, in a word – no! I’ll watch the highlights on YouTube 😁

  25. fred1266 says:

    What’s premier sport exactly sue

  26. Sue says:

    A channel on Sky, Fred 😁

  27. jjgsol says:

    Fred, assists is a new category of achievement, introduced from America, where in their sports and fan-world, minutiae like that matter.

    They do not indicate the role a player has had in a goal, merely the fact that the final pass came from him.

    It is really meaningless in the context of assessing a player’s full contribution to a game.

    Is Ozil in the thick of things when we attack and is he heavily involved in attacks that result in a goal, with meaningful passes? I would suggest yes. That is his job.

    The complaint that he does not take over the midfield is meaningless because generally a single player does not and cannot do that.

    In the Europa final, Chel$ki had 2 at the back, with Hazard, Kante, Kosacic and Jorginho. We had 3 at the back and 3 in midfield

    We were overwhelmed in midfield throughout the game.

    Was that Ozil’s fault?

  28. Hello Redders

    I’m not really back, just answered a call to arms ……. it’s very difficult for me to find the time to blog sadly. I often catch up late in the day and everyone has gone. Hope you are keeping well …… catch up when I can.

  29. fred1266 says:

    That just one game jig what about other sides were we should be the better team remember when mesut and he was racking up assist for fun with the likes of giroud as the st then down to 2 for any entire season with lacazette and aubameyang as strikers w

  30. fred1266 says:

    Torriera on the bench for Uruguay

  31. Don McMahon says:

    A rather ridiculous generalization to make after only one season Mr.Hornsby! We’ll have a better idea at this time next season once we see what Emery does with his lineup and new players, the upcoming youth and academy talent in the coming season. I, for one, am optimistic that he’ll sort out the poor away form we displayed this season and once he’s stabilized the team, we’ll see his tactical and strategic skills as a manager.

  32. Aaron says:

    Don,

    You might want to read this!
    Straight from “Arseblog Website:
    https://arseblog.news/2018/05/unai-emery-by-the-numbers/

    This guy is a level 2 coach, his away record blows, even at PSG and the biggest budget on earth.

    He develops no one, does tactics and strategy, but not a true risk taker, and if Europa is the level everyone wants here, that is what we have.

    Put him under the nowhere land management, dirtbag owner, and the Arsenal will be a mid-tier time until he sells, or dies, may the latter come first.

  33. Sue says:

    I hadn’t seen that article before, so thanks Aaron.. I’m amazed at the players he sold when managing Sevilla.. the players he bought were dirt cheap too (that seems to be a theme wherever he goes, apart from PSG) so maybe that is why we hired him?
    The away form is worrying though.. can’t fathom why!! I guess we have more of that to look forward to next season 😟

    LBG.. Did you watch Soccer Aid? I enjoyed it… thought Yankey played well. Couple of proper donkeys on the pitch – Lee Mack & Marvin Humes!! Pires has still got it 😉
    I thinks it’s safe to say, after the boos that rang out for Piers Morgan – you’re not alone! He’s definitely Mr Marmite!

    Bielik scored for the Pole under 21’s yesterday – his fine form continues!

  34. RA says:

    Hi Peaches,

    Sorry I missed your comment @ 8:42 last evening.

    Of course I understand that family and work commitments have to take precedent – and that applies to Rasper, Chas and BR too, and as you know there have been other great contributors over the years who have moved on.

    It was a surprise and very welcome too when you popped up to update yesterday’s Post, and as I have not seen you for quite some time I had hoped we would see you more often. 😁

    Anyway, it was lovely to hear from you as it would be a real blow to lose AA.

  35. RA says:

    Morning Sue. 😁

  36. Sue says:

    Hello RA.. how are you? So I have a question.. and no it’s not about your arse – you chose to ignore that one 🤣 the other week we were discussing your singing 😳😂 and to cut a long story short, you said you weren’t working fully as what had happened to you.. so if you don’t mind me asking, what is wrong with you? Besides being absolutely mental – I already know that!
    I’ve just heard Tyson Fury serenading his wife after the fight – of all the times you wish you’d lost your hearing for a few minutes – that is up there!! Oh and I caught Love Island last night… 😍😍

  37. RA says:

    Hi Sue,

    1. When I was thinking of a name for Arsenal blogs (avatar) I thought maybe ‘Red and White’ or something with ‘Arsenal’ and decided to shorten both — so the Red and white — plus — Arse nal — and hey presto “Red Arse”.

    I never gave a thought to the vulgar British version of ‘ass’ but once it was pointed out, I changed to RA and never respond to the original. My friends, some of whom I have known for years, and knew of the above, call me Red, or Redders or just go with RA. The others just call me #*@^% which I find worryingly endearing. 😇

    This was all way before your time – so that ‘orrible, little Pastie Man must have told you — and with his connection with Cornwall, I will make sure to kick his ass all the way back there when I see him! 😩😩

    2. My singing is a soulful, melodic delight – to me – but I have been told it is a discordant, deep, knee trembling vibration to all within 20 feet of me. No class, any of them.

    3. In brief – I have increasingly suffered, over some years, from a sometimes overwhelming tinnitus, and it was eventually found to be caused by a small brain tumour. I had that operated on last Fall — and altho there has been some grave doubts raised by those who know me, I have been assured it was the tumour and not my brain that was removed. —– Don’t you dare!! 😳

    4. I have never watched Love Island — so I still have some sense. 😛

  38. LB says:

    We love him now Sue 🙂

  39. LB says:

    If you thought that the var decision was bad in the Italy game have a look at the penalty decision in the US v Chile game — absolutely ridiculous.

  40. GunnerN5 says:

    After some careful consideration and remembering some of my previous encounters with members of the AA admin I have decided that it would not be prudent for me to pursue my efforts to assist in the site admin.

    I’ve been blogging for the best part of 9 years on AA and have written hundred of articles and made thousands of comments – but this will be my last. It’s been great blogging along with you.

  41. jjgsol says:

    Fred, you are correct, but did we not play 3 at the back for most of the season, which meant that our midfield was frequently outnumbered.

    I believe that the change in our style of play and EU’s attitude towards Ozil and Ramsey hampered Ozil’s ability to influence matches.

    You might say that, as UE is now the manager his wishes are paramount and if that means that Ozil is on his bike then, so be it.

    The question is, whether that is in the best interest of the club or not?

    I am convinced that the board took on UE because they regarded him as the cheapest option.

    He will need to be exceptional if he is able to improve our position.

    I hope that he succeeds, but feel that he won’t.

  42. fred1266 says:

    Jig if this was the first Season we were playing 3 at the back then I could say he had a it took time for him to adapt but the formation is not new to him

  43. fred1266 says:

    I agree emery attitude towards him was pondering which is something arsene never really did to players

    Since u believe 3 at the back isn’t for mesut what formation u think can bring out the best in him

  44. LB says:

    No idea what brought that on all of a sudden but all the best GN5

    You will be missed.

  45. fred1266 says:

    Only saw two highlights from the soccer aid, Carlos marvelous pass to pires and usain marvelous strike

  46. LB says:

    Jig

    Do you think that the club is paying Emery less than they intended to pay Arteta?

  47. fred1266 says:

    VAR on the whole just seems ridiculous, taking 5 minutes to make a damn decision

  48. fred1266 says:

    What G5 u kidding right

  49. fred1266 says:

    To be fair jig all the other candidates for the job didn’t fill me with enthusiasm

  50. fred1266 says:

    He just kidding am sure

  51. Sue says:

    Well RA.. you’ve shocked me & even made me a lil speechless 😔 (which doesn’t happen very often, I can assure you!) that was the last thing I was expecting you to say! So… I’m hoping your recovery is going well.. and you’re feeling pretty much back to normal (normal/RA in the same sentence – it’s unheard of!!!)
    As they say (whoever they are 😃) laughter is the best medicine – but then the amount of times I’ve sat here & cried with laughter at your comments – I think you already know that 😉
    I have to say, I have really liked talking to you on here, so keep getting better & if that includes however many Mcd’s, then so be it!!
    Just one last thing – you said “last fall”…another thing i like about you Yankees, besides the accent 😍 the different words you use!! 😂😂

  52. Sue says:

    Hello LB.. how are you doing? I didn’t see that Chile game.. saw VAR was used in the Uruguay match last night, which appeared to be all good (not that the poor sod who saw red would agree with me 😂)
    I wonder how it’ll go next season.. I’ve been wanting it for ages, but the closer it gets.. I’m beginning to have a few niggly doubts!

  53. Sue says:

    Hi GN5.. surely not your last post?? ☹

  54. LBG says:

    GN5
    In my brief time following the blog many of the best “starting” posts have come from you, and certainly, despite feeling I have a reasonable knowledge of our Club, I have definitely learnt a lot. Thank you and best wishes from a Vines.

  55. fred1266 says:

    I know Chile playing tonight so not sure if he mixed up games

  56. fred1266 says:

    Using VAR for things like cards is crazy, no way that was a straight red p, I for one not looking forward to it

    I done see I will be destroying my tv when Mike Dean takes a whole 5 minutes to use VAR to f us

  57. RA says:

    Well that’s a bit of a gobsmacked, GN5, buddy!!!

    What happened between the enthusiastic picking up of the cudgels of Admin on behalf of all of us and your comment @12:28.

    Of course if you are determined to go, then there is no point telling you that you have been the mainstay of the blog for the last couple of seasons, at least, at least and that you have been like an elder statesman to the rest of us — and also any suspicion that I have shed a tear in my beer is strongly refuted.

    Can I try and get my brain working here? Ignore the following if you do not feel it necessary to do so.

    Look GN5, I am sure you know that not only do the bloggers on AA love your work, as well as the countless readers of the blog who do not comment. That is also true of Chas (who has provided wonder pics etc to your Posts) and BR, who has put up the Posts when Chas has not been around.

    Peaches has always been a sweetheart, and has been in the background ready to help, like she did with the last Post, and she would never upset anyone.

    Everyone of the other old-timers on AA seem to have retired, or moved on — so I am not sure which administrator(s) has upset you and made you think of giving up on the blog with which you have been an intrinsic part — and which you love.

    Can I make a guess based on your mentioning ‘past encounters’?

    Being given the keys to the Admin, you may have wandered around familiarising yourself with what is needed to be done, and come across messages written in the heat of the moment, years ago, and intended to be private at the time.

    I am probably deserving of the title Inspector Clueless, but that is the only thing that makes any sense to me.

    But — I, in my persona as Insp. Clueless, may be wrong. 😜

    You know me pretty well, and as a friend, I would simply say;

    — Don’t let the forgotten past dictate your future – it is gone — and your blog friends need you, in a difficult time.

    Of course if I am wrong in my RA persona, then I will just have to blame Sue!!

    [I have never been interested in blog admin — lazy bar steward that I am — but if it would help you to reconsider — I would be prepared, in this instance, to help you with your new role, mi amigo.]

  58. Sue says:

    Not only Mike Dean, Fred… Jon Moss, Michael Oliver & Anthony Taylor too!! To name but a few….

  59. RA says:

    Fred,

    Many a wise word — “Using VAR for things like cards is crazy”

    I totally agree with you — when playing poker, and just as I am reaching for the pot – I would toot the flute if someone said “hold it, my man – I’m calling on VAR and Mike Dean, to see if you wuz cheating!

    Oh, boy — I would hate to be caught cheating by Mike Dean and his mate VAR — don’t they have better things to do?

  60. RA says:

    Sue,

    That is treachery — treachery, I say;

    — “Not only Mike Dean, but Fred, Jon Moss, Michael Oliver & Anthony Taylor too!”

    What, you want the whole shemozzle to gang up on me when I am cheating playing an innocent game of cards!!
    Yah, boo, sucks as you Limeys say.

  61. fred1266 says:

    Jus imagine one of the actual refereeing the game and the other s at the command center

    I feel sick just thinking about it

  62. RA says:

    GN5,

    I have my fingers crossed that you will be here when I get back.

    You don’t need a pillock like me to tell you that you drive your life not others. 👨🏼‍🌾

    My own recipe to dispel irritation is to say some rude words — mine are, bumfartsugardamnfukc — works every time. 🤪

  63. LB says:

    Fred

    I was talking about women’s football last night.

    USA 3 Chile 0

    And for anyone who wants to see a good goal watch England’s goal against Argentina – available on BBC sport website. Classy.

  64. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    GN5, you cant leave man, you keep the Ghosts of the Thirties alive and without you I would have no idea of life in Victorian London,

    On a more personal note, I think about you whilst wearing my pyjamas.

    Cheers VP. I don’t like celebrity fans because I am not one of them. What gives them the right to attention when the only attention I got what was when I was unfairly suspected of a toiletry incident?

    Hornby is a fabulous writer but that could have been me. The only things that stopped me was firstly I have no talent and secondly when at Junior school I was the only kid not invited to Carol Wrights party so ended up staring at events from the outside window.

    On a side note, whilst Wright was having happy birthday sang unbeknown to me Fatty Johnson had sneaked out of the party and accosted me form my behind by squeezing my face against the window, The result was a nasal deformity that to this day affects my future chances of finding true love.

    The Ghosts of the Thirties are Stirring.

  65. jjgsol says:

    Fred, yes we have played 3 at the back before, and a couple of seasons ago for quite a while, but that was under AW, with his attacking philosophy, so the midfield could cope better. Under UE, with the negative “stop the other side playing” attitude, the midfield found itself swamped.

    I only watch games on TV, so do not get the whole picture, but the 2 philosophies clash, so that there is little point in having an attacking genius in your team when your players are under pressure to press anything that stands.

    AS far as wages are concerned, I really do not think that a manager/coach’s wages, which would normally come out of income, would matter as much as transfers which do not and come out of capital.

    I daresay the other candidates, Arteta included, told their interviewers that the squad needed substantial refreshing, and that would have taken capital.

    Along comes UE and says that he as a dossier on every player (when did he have time to do that when he was managing PSG?) and, no doubt, that he knows how to get the best of them.

    The board most probably could not believe their ears. Here was someone who could cope with what they had, so they grabbed him with both hands.

    I suspect that this dossier nonsense will haunt UE for a long time.

  66. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    jigsol, we have to give Emery a chance. I have blagged my way to every job I’ve had and made a total mess of it. I was chief director of NASA a few years back so that why we haven’t gone back to the moon and now ask were Saturn is on google maps. That’s why Emery needs time to make a complete mess and then be tested on Plutos orbit.

    The truth is we are a bit crap and no man, women, or child can help us. Only Father Time can sort this out so lets see were it takes us.

  67. VP says:

    I am shocked GN5. Please return as your contributions have been immense. What previous encounters raised their ugly heads and made you depart?
    Terry, your the only sane person on here. Whats going on?

  68. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    How you doing VP?

    My view is based on the acceptance of expecting nothing and embracing the ecstatic joy of the desolate

    I also regard 3 at the back as a crap system employed by the likes of Glen Hoddle

  69. VP says:

    Im off to work Terry
    Thank you for your reply, I will use it to console myself at work where I will take it out on my staff.
    Keep Ozil I say and attack attack attack

  70. Aaron says:

    GN5,
    No way sir, without your tasteful jokes where would we all be? A sadder place in the day.
    The knowledge you share is a bridge that many here cannot cross, and your stories of teams, situations, and years are irreplaceable.

    Whatever you read, I am sure it was something behind the scenes, please just let it go.

    Hope to see you here this next season, even if it is just commenting.
    As a long time follower of the Arsenal, I can only speak for myself, I have received an education everytime I read one of your posts!

  71. allezkev says:

    I’m really sorry to hear that you’ve come to such a drastic decision GN5, my recent visits here have been a pleasure, not least because of the reading your informative posts.

  72. Good morning all

    We have a New Post ……………

  73. RA says:

    Good Morning, People

    How I miss the Breakfast Crew – the flipper, and trick cyclist Man – the cat vid Man, the Guide Innocent Tourists in Circles Man, the Polska Lady with the man’s name — where the bugger are these lovely bloggers?

    Our good friend, GN5, is still in the land of slumber — when he arises I am still hopeful his usual calm persona will reassert itself, and he will ignore the past grievance, and stick with those who value his contributions to a great blog – Posts-Comments-Jokes. 😁

  74. fred1266 says:

    Wolves seem to be using it effectively

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