Will Arsenal v Frankfurt be Emery’s swansong? Pre-match …….

Tonight we are facing a very intriguing Frankfurt team. One that can beat Bayern Munich 5-1 but also lose to Liege or smaller teams in the German league. Frankfurt has some decent footballers in Hasebe, Sow, Rode, Kostic, Fernandes, Silva, Dost, Paciencia…They should end in the Top 8 in Germany but their inconsistency is a source of concern for them. They like to line up in a 3-4-1-2.

Rumour has it that this could be Emery’s last game in charge but let us see…If it is, I hope he ends his AFC tenure with a resounding win through a good team performance.

As this is the Europa League we should expect to see some players that otherwise don’t feature.  If a team plays          3-4-1-2 it is believed that if you want to counter their play (Emery tactics basically), you should play 4-2-3-1 with two very pacy wingers, so here is my predicted line-up for tonight:


AMN   Mustafi   Sokratis   Tierney

Willock   Torreira

Nelson   Ceballos (or Smithe-Rowe)  Pepe


In German, Frankfurters are not only the inhabitants of the city of Frankfurt but the term also refers to the sausage usually stuffed in a German baguette to make local hot-dogs. It is usually served with Mustard (sometimes ketchup too) and for the most daring, also with horseradish and a beer (usually a white beer). So I hope that our team will gobble this Frankfurter team up and that we can enjoy a nice beer while the action on the pitch gives us hope and pleasure.

Given that Frankfurt is on a poor run as well, I would expect us to win this game at home so I am hoping for a 3-1 win for us with Martinelli, Pepe and Ceballos on the score sheet while Frankfort will score from Kostic.

If it is Embers’ last game, I wish him well in his future endeavours and I hope that Ljunberg does well in the interim!





130 Responses to Will Arsenal v Frankfurt be Emery’s swansong? Pre-match …….

  1. Sue says:

    Spot on, RC… sausages, gobbles 😳😂

    A very low attendance is expected.. as the Germans are banned. Ticket restrictions for us, and with the way things are, some gooners will probably stay at home.
    Here’s hoping for a decent performance and a win! COYG!!

    Happy Thanksgiving to Mr Wichita… very impressed with your French, btw… thought you only knew gobbledygook 😂😂😉

  2. RockyLives says:

    Thanks RC

    It’s interesting that both frankfurter and hamburger get their names from German cities. Just shows the German immigrant influence in the US in the last century.

    Your team looks good, but I have a suspicion that UE – fighting for his Arsenal life – may add one or two more senior players to the mix. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mesut start, for example.

    What effect will tonight’s possible outcomes have on our head coach’s position?

    Arguably none at all, if rumours are to be believed that the powers that be are actively looking to find a successor. Or that they have decided to let him continue to the end of the year come what may.

    But if the outcome does prove significant, it may be in the following ways:

    Win with good performance
    It might buy UE more time and restore at least a little bit of confidence. If followed by a good result at Norwich on Sunday it might be enough to see him given until the New Year to try and steady the ship. And if the ship does indeed steady, he will probably keep his job until the end of the season (a lot of IFs in there).

    Win with indifferent/poor performance
    Probably won’t make much difference either way to the club’s position via a vis Emery. But will add to the pressure for a good result and performance against Norwich.

    Draw or Defeat
    Either of the above could lead to a club announcement tomorrow that we’re parting company with UE and that Freddie is stepping in as caretaker for the time being. If the players are walking off the pitch tonight without having bagged all three points, the mood among the crowd will be pretty ugly.

    No pressure then…

  3. RC78 says:

    I have a feeling Embers is given until 9th of December to save his job. He pbbly needs to win all the games with a sound performance during this period to keep his job until the end of the year. If Xmas period is a debacle, 2 January 2020 will start with a new coach and the Man Utd game on the first will be his last.

    I am hoping that the board goes for Heynckes now and give him a deal until end of the season and during this team he can groom Ljunberg and also bring in Lehmann and other great legends of our club.

    As for Ozil, could be a real option for Emery to play him today but then are we having another Suarez with Ceba? At least Suarez was injured…

  4. Judith Le'Strange says:

    We need to win for the club and s-d the manager. I just hope that the next manager whoever that may be, will be able to communicate with the team and not just gesture as our current one does. Come on you Gunners.

  5. Sue says:

    Is Ceballos still injured? Hector and Sead are doubts… ESR scored for the U23’s last.night…
    Will Xhaka return???

  6. RockyLives says:

    I expect UE to bring Xhaka back in the team – but not at the Emirates to start with. A more likely return would be at Norwich, where the pressure from fans will be less intense.

  7. LB says:

    Ozil doesn’t play in the Europa so as to avoid being cup tied, if he were to be cup tied, the small amount of clubs interested in signing him would be even smaller.

  8. LB says:


    Pepe, a left footed player, playing on the left? Very radical………..

  9. RC78 says:

    LB – I know but he can always go to the right as well during the game. The point is that he needs to start this game.

  10. LBG says:

    ….but I’d still like to watch the yoof and a win!

  11. LB says:

    Certainly agree RC that we need to see Pepe play where ever that may be.

  12. RA says:


    That was very kind of you to wish me a happy Thanksgiving. It is much appreciated. 😁 👍

  13. RockyLives says:

    Will you be having turkey and pecan pie Redders?

  14. RC78 says:

    Fudging hell… Xhaka back in the group

  15. RockyLives says:

    I’d be amazed if Xhaka starts, but you never know. Emery would obviously like to play him (we’ve seen that all season until the Xhaka strop-off) but I can’t see it…

  16. Sue says:

    In RC’s line up.. I’d swap Ceballos for Ozil. Sokratis for Holding. AMN for Chambers. That’s who I’m going with.
    You’ve talked me out of Xhaka, Rocky!!

  17. LB says:

    “Cup Tied”

    When a player plays in a cup competition for one club he is no longer able to play in the same competition for another.

  18. RA says:

    Good Afternoon, People, 😁

    So we are keen to give the Franken Farters a little sauce tonite, I guess.

    My prediction: Arsenal to win by 2 goals.
    [You can safely ignore that – as I do not do ‘predictions’ per se, they are nothing more than waving a stick around supposedly divining for water, and pointing it at a horse peeing.]

    [Rocky, I have to admit that I am not really into turkey — so today I was treated to a wonderfully sizeable stake cooked ‘blue’ – but with no connection to Chelsea fortunately!] 👍

  19. RA says:

    Not a ‘stake’ you idiot spell checker!!

    Well, that would be me, I don’t spell check to be candid – so that’s anothere typo, like the ‘e’ in anothere. 😳

  20. RA says:

    Hi, RC

    I liked the Post, thank you, and the sprinkling of cuisine notes in it cheered things up.

    Well, I hope that Mesut will stay with us, and therefore being cup-tied is not relevant, so I hope he plays tonight – not that I am too confident about that.

    Frankly, any other club in the Europa League who may want him, might not be bothered by the pissant EL, and if they have already been knocked out of the EL Cup, then the notion of him being cup-tied does not compute Monsieur RC. 🤪

  21. RA says:

    I see that the rumours about the demise of Embers are still continuing.

    It seems he gave the squad 2 days off to lick their wounds after our dismal run in the last few weeks.

    It is alleged the ‘bosses’ no like — and he has moved another step nearer to the fire — maybe he needs to turn over so he does not get too burned.

    Speaking of which, I was sorry to learn of the death of Clive James — his one-liners were very funny — but I loved him describing Arnold Schwarzenegar as ‘”ooking like a nicely browned condom, filled with walnuts”.

    Classic — and my friend told me he heard that on the BBC this morning — what?! 😳

  22. GoonerB says:

    Cheers RC, I hope for some youth to be featuring. Would love to see Smith-Rowe and AMN given some time as they are players that could benefit from some senior game time. I especially see a rare talent in Smith-Rowe if it could be cultured. I have always said it but he has something of the De-Bruynes about him, but could also be an Ozil replacement if he kicks on in the next year. He needs proper development and an injury free period.

    Ozil should have been the centre piece this year and has been horrendously handled. I really felt we had the players this year to set up with more pace and movement around him than he has ever had since he arrived at us. I hope the next chap can really harness him for the next season and a half.

    Truth be told, however, I have binned watching Arsenal tonight for a training class. Maybe something I wouldn’t have done at some point in the past. Not saying I won’t miss watching it and that I am not bothered at all, just less bothered these days if I have a choice to make.

  23. RC78 says:

    Getting closer to line up time…I am hoping Xhaka doesn’t play but with him in the squad, my hopes will pbbly be squashed.

    I think Willock and Martinelly can have great games tonight and I am hoping that Pepe also has a good game. It annoys me that he is struggling. In Lille, the guy played on the left, right and in the middle and was scoring and assisting for fun – he was second to Mbappe and Neymar to be honest in terms of his ability to create and score chances. He ll get back in the rhythm but the sooner the better 🙂

  24. RC78 says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to our American bloggers! That was my favourite holiday when I lived there

  25. Aaron says:

    This game is the Arsenal’s to lose, lose being the operative word.

    The last thing on stan the maN’s mind is emry.

    Per Si:
    It is a hot mess…

  26. RC78 says:

    Ceballos is out and Bellerin and Kola are being assessed ahead of the game so expect AMN and Tierney to start.

    If Ceba is out, I am hoping to see ESR.

  27. RC78 says:

    I have a feeling Xhaka will start and I hate it…

  28. Legend in my own tea-time says:

    Good body every evening!

  29. Sue says:

    Xhaka starts!!! Oh Rocky!!!

  30. Sue says:

    Legend in my own tea-time – 😂😂😂 love it!!

  31. RC78 says:

    Team is out:

    Martinez – Mustafi, Sok, Luiz – Chambers, Xhaka, Willock, Tierney – Martinelly, Auba, Saka

    Disappointing team for me…No AMN, no ESR, no Pepe and why are we playing Luiz and Xhaka…sole positive for me is the inclusion of Saka.

  32. RC78 says:

    AFC has lost its head…it s unthinkable that Xhaka is playing again with us before January. Emery doesn’t care…and I am sure he is only playing Auba to avoid a problem in terms of captaincy for tonight.

    I hope we win and I hope we have a good game BUT now more than ever, I hope that Emery leaves because he doesn’t care about the club. He is just worried about his contract

  33. RC78 says:

    Frankurt: Ronnow – Abraham, Hasebe, Hinteregger – Da Costa, Kamada, Fernandes, Sow , Kostic – Silva, Paciencia.

  34. John Mathews legend says:

    Five at the back again……Nom de dieu!
    Well, if Xhaka gets booed, it will only be by a few thousand..

  35. Sue says:

    Nice bench though 😉

  36. VP of Oz says:

    I expect Xhaka will have a cracker of a game. He has a point to prove.

  37. VP of Oz says:

    I didnt know that Gitane was a cigar. I have a Gitane mountain bike so what me know…

  38. John Mathews legend says:

    VP, Gitanes is a French brand of strong, smelly cigarettes that’s been around for yonks. ‘Gitane’ means ‘Gypsy’ in French.

  39. RC78 says:

    Gitanes is a brand of cigarette but its most popular form is tobacco that you use to roll your cigarette yourself…Was the cigarette of choice of the late Serge Gainsbourg and Jacques Dutronc…

  40. VP of Oz says:

    thanks for the explanation. I also have a Norco road bike. Any Norco products I should know about?

  41. John Mathews legend says:

    RC, I roll my ciggies…but can’t go anywhere that stuff!
    Message from my Bro, who’s on his way to the match.
    ‘Massive police operation escorting Krauts away from Holloway’.
    Could be a sh*te night ahead…

  42. John Mathews legend says:

    anywhere near

  43. RC78 says:

    “It’s a pretty bleak scene as I look out onto the Emirates pitch from the media box. There are empty seats everywhere and not just the away section!” From skysports commentator

  44. RockyLives says:

    See – no Xhaka. Told you so.


  45. VP of Oz says:

    Frankfurt Coaches name is a cracker

  46. RockyLives says:


    Is he called Ritz?

  47. Rasp says:

    Evening all, thanks for the pm RC .

    Why would any Austrian parent name their son adolf??

    At last Luiz playing as a DM. I like the energy of the front 4.

  48. RockyLives says:

    Excellent defending from Willock there to deny Auba a clear header on goal.

  49. RockyLives says:

    The players look very committed so far.

  50. Sue says:

    Gutted for Luiz….

  51. RA says:

    I know we don’t want to lose — but the game is …….. boring the ass off me!!

  52. Rasp says:

    Yes, shame about Luiz, we didn’t really get a chance to see how well it would have worked. Let’s hope it’s a bruised rib, not a cracked rib.

  53. RA says:

    Is Auba thinking of Barça?

  54. RA says:


  55. RockyLives says:

    Well done Auba! Nice goal and great work by Martinelli to set it up.

  56. RA says:

    I really like Martinelli. What a cross.

  57. Sue says:

    Exactly, Rasp 👍
    Was just about to say the highlight of the half for me, was Unai being asked to change his jacket.. but Auba had other ideas 😝 Thank you, Pierre!!

  58. RockyLives says:

    To be fair, we could have had two or three by now.

  59. Sue says:

    So, Wolves let a 3-1 lead slip…. Nuno will defo be our next manager 😂

  60. RA says:

    Where has our Freddie gone?

    Hopefully the lads will relax in the 2nd half and strut their stuff.

    I agree with the Rasper – it is a pity Luiz got injured because playing him in front of the defence seemed to make a very promising tightening up of the midfield/defence link.

  61. RockyLives says:


    Freddie is trying out the big chair in the manager’s office for size.

    While everyone else is at the game he’s twirling round on the chair while stroking a tiny kitten and chuckling evilly…

  62. RA says:


    And yet, he blogs on here so often, and no mention of a cat chuckling evilly.

  63. RA says:

    Was it my eyes deceiving me, or did Xhaka twist away from Kamada’s goal shot?

    Surely not. 🙄

  64. RockyLives says:

    Well, I was wrong about Ozil starting but right that he would play.

    A good substitution at this point in the game, hopefully.

  65. RC78 says:

    Sokratis and Xhaka, their movement defensively is so slow…

    Why Martinelli is out?

  66. GoonerB says:

    I think Ozil’s interaction with Emery as he came on spoke volumes.

  67. RockyLives says:

    Oh dear, this is not good.

  68. RockyLives says:

    Gooner B
    I wasn’t paying attention- what was the interaction

  69. RC78 says:

    Xhaka assists to Kamada and Douzi caught sleeping

  70. Rasp says:

    Ozil took no notice of UE as he tried to give him instructions and didn’t look at him once

  71. Sue says:

    Wrighty and Roman in the jungle it is then 😳

  72. RC78 says:

    Auba needs to bring the team together now

    Emery needs to be bold now
    Take Mustafi out, bring AMN in
    Take Xhaka out and bring Lacazette or Pepe

  73. Aaron says:

    The Arsenal cough up a lead, not possible.

    And on and on and on and on and on and on and on….MSG reference.

  74. Rasp says:

    Haven’t we already made 2 subs RC?

  75. GoonerB says:

    Ozil didn’t even look at Emery and with Emery seemingly trying to give him animated instructions Ozil made a reaction that can only be described as “yeh whatever”. Hard to describe without seeing it.

  76. Sue says:

    Before today, Kamada had scored one goal in 27 appearances….. we’ve ended yet another goal drought……. smh…….

  77. GoonerB says:

    That 2nd goal, we seem to concede quite a few from that edge of the box area. We seem very slow to go to the player and afford way to much time. No bodies on the line blocking of the shots with us.

    I think Douzi could turn into a great player but I also think he is not yet a 1st 11 top team player. There is still something way too casual about his game and I kind of feel he has become too much of a nominated golden boy. Personally I think if we were to get our midfield combination up to EPL title challenging strength he would be a player coming off the bench now and probably for a while yet.

  78. fatgingergooner says:

    How much more of this do we have to put up with? Absolutely pointless carrying on with this.

    Actually enjoyed Xhaka’s return though.

  79. RC78 says:

    At least Xhaka is showing some spirit…
    This game is disheartening…

  80. Sue says:

    Bye bye, Unai 👋

  81. RockyLives says:

    I feel sorry for Emery on a human level, but this can’t go on.

  82. RockyLives says:

    Will he be sacked tonight or in the morning?

  83. Rasp says:

    I think this should be the final nail

  84. fatgingergooner says:


    No more disheartening than the last 2 months games. It’s the same every week. The effort is there but there is zero direction with or without the ball. The coaching is dreadful, simple as that.

  85. Rasp says:

    The management of the club will look as week as the team if they don’t act decisively after this embarrassment.

  86. RC78 says:

    Unai is out…I think he knows…Next week (even maybe next game), Ljungberg will be our coach.

    Martinez – 5, nothing good or bad

    Chambers – 4, nothing going forward
    Mustafi – 5, was our best defender
    Luiz – N/A
    Sokratis – 4, sloppy
    Tierney – 4, nothing

    Xhaka – 4, showed spirit but was out of rhythm and at fault on first and second goal
    Willock – 4, tried but faded away

    Saka – 5, tried but nothing exciting
    Martinelli – 4, not his usual self and not given time either
    Auba – 4, scored a goal but looked lost on the left and also did not act like a captain

    Douzi – 5, just because of his passion but is dubious on the second goal
    Torreira – 4, didn’t do anything

    Emery – 2
    -> Outsmarted by his opponent. Had no answer to the opposition’s half time substitution
    -> No apparent game plan and did not manage to bring the best out of the team
    -> Laca and Pepe stayed on the bench when any of them could have injected some pace or guile up front
    -> Brings Xhaka in the squad…thinking he would help us

    This was a sad outing from our team. A sad evening for our club. We have hit more than relegation form. We have hit a wall and Emery cannot get us passed it. I am hoping that the club will go and fetch Heynckes now. I am not sure Allegri can help right away. We need a quick fix and Heynckes can do it. Our players’ quality is there, especially up front with Ozil, Laca, Auba, Pepe as well as the freshness of Saka, Martinelli, Neilsson….We should not be playing like we are and we should not be struggling like we are either…

    So the Frankfurters had us for dinner in the end and I did not enjoy the game nor a beer 😦

  87. RC78 says:

    Well – I think management has no choice but to make an announcement by COB tomorrow…if they don’t, I think the team will be in shock and I also think that it will give some key players the wrong signal and they will be happy to listen to offers…

  88. fatgingergooner says:


    Worst thing about this situation is that I’d actually be shocked if he gets the chop any time soon. The management don’t seem to have a clue what to do with him. They must be praying form improves to take the pressure off them having to make a decision, whilst at the same time the players look as though they want the opposite and are just waiting for a new manager. It will be interesting to see how quickly the side improves once UE has been shown the door. It wouldn’t surprise me if a few of them celebrate quietly when Emery goes.

  89. way past my tea-time says:

    Jayzuz that was awful….
    Headless chickens lead by el Pollo sin cabeza himself…
    Vamos Unai

  90. Rasp says:

    Hi FGG, I don’t think UE has a clear enough plan in the first place … add that to his poor skills of communication and lack of rapport with his players and it’s not hard to figure out why it’s not working. Emery should no longer be the focus of the displeasure … the onus is on the management and the board to be decisive. Our players are taking 3 or 4 touches when it should be one or two … so it seems are the board.

  91. Sue says:

    Maybe we should have all strummed with you instead, JML 😂

  92. John Mathews legend says:

    How the hell did you recognise me, Sue?
    Playing a slow blues now:
    You’ll be go-o-o-ne in da mornin’
    take your paêlla, with you too

  93. fatgingergooner says:


    Agreed. It’s wrong for the board to sit on this any longer. They are not doing Emery any favours and are certainly not acting in the best interests of the club by prolonging this. Even if they don’t have a clear plan in place for the future, it’s 100% clear that Emery isn’t the one for the present so get rid and stick Ljunberg and/or Mertersacker in charge until you find a suitable replacement.

  94. Sue says:

    ‘Way past my tea-time’ might have had something to do with it 😂👍
    Be such a relief once that announcement is made…. you won’t be playing slow blues then!!

  95. fatgingergooner says:

    I wouldn’t put it past the board to stuff this up and miss out on the elite managers that are knocking about. We’ll probably end up with Eddie Howe…🙄

  96. Sue says:

    Or David Moyes 😬

  97. RC78 says:

    FGG, Rasp…and all…Management messed up by not replacing him during the break.

    Maybe after this game the pressure is too much for them not to do anything especially after what happened with Mourinho at Tottenham…I do expect them to do smt but I would not be surprised if they don’t.

    The last two games were supposed to be easy games…We re supposed to be in our easy run and we re struggling…When we ll go to City mid-December, I am afraid we will be destroyed 8-1 if things don’t change anytime soon…

    I am really hoping for a quick fix until the end of the year. We need to steady the ship fast, we need inspiration and motivation. I think Heynckes is the man for this type of mission. I highly doubt that Poch would join us. The second option would be Allegri but I think it d take too much time for him to put his footprint on the squad. We could try Jorge Jesus as well or give a chance to Laurent Blanc…

  98. RC78 says:

    Emery says the team played better and he was happy about the first half performance. He said we lost the game in the first 15 minutes of second half and because of injuries, they couldn’t get back into the game. He focuses on the next match and is happy for Granit…

    Well done Emery 🙂

  99. LB says:

    I’ve only got something positive to say so it is probably best if I keep my thoughts to myself.

  100. GoonerB says:

    RC, you are right that this decision should have been made in the international break. With near on 80 games under his belt, a team that looked insipid with no apparent progression towards any decent style of football, with damning stats evidence on net shots on goal, making relegation favourite teams look better than us despite other traditionally smaller clubs thumping them, with senior players obviously looking like they have lost faith…….my question is what the hell are this board and senior management doing?

    Like others I like Emery as an individual and feel genuinely sorry for him but how much evidence is needed for the board and senior management to recognise a change is required. These guys are paid a lot of money to make the right decisions at the right time, they are not us average plebians.

    The Kroenke era has seen a real decline at our club. We all got excited about the summer transfer window and the seemingly positive managerial changes behind the scenes, but this is just a small glimmer of hope amidst a terminal decline under Kroenke.

    If they are serious about making this club successful again then show us in a proper longer term sustained way, not just with a brief showing of ambition, which is starting to feel more like temporary fan appeasement. Way more than the decent guy, Emery, who is just out of his depth, the big focus should be on the Kroenke family and showing a sustained, not temporary, determination to take this club back to the top.

  101. GoonerB says:

    No way LB, sharing is caring. Bring it on

  102. 1979Gunner says:

    Worst run since 1992. I’m not a fan of knee-jerk reactions but Emery has had 18 months so his time is up. Pathetic.

    We missed the boat with Rodgers (because of snobbiness) and all effort should me made to get Pochettino in.

  103. RC78 says:

    Senior figures at Arsenal to meet today…
    Let us see if a decision is made

    I would also like the club to consult AW, Lehmann, Seaman, Campbell, Keown, Adams, Gilberto, Bergkamp, Wright, Anelka to discuss the way forward for this season

  104. Morning all

    Well that was pretty crushing wasn’t it ☹️

    LB – if you have something positive to say please don’t hold back ….. (is it about Joe Willock?)

  105. RockyLives says:

    Two comments stood out to me from the post match chatter:

    Sue saying that it will be such a feeling of relief when the axe finally falls.

    And LB saying he had something positive to say.

    I completely understand Sue’s point: it feels like there is a horrible build up of pressure around the club that’s not good for the fans, the players and certainly not for poor old Emery. It’s like there’s a dentist’s drill whirring away in the back of our collective mind and we’re all willing it to stop.

    LB’s comment really made me think. And after I’d thunk, I decided “he’s right.” There were aspects of our performance last night that I was enjoying: Willock’s box-to-box energy, Saka’s single-minded determination to attack, some of the link-up play (down our right flank especially), fan targets Mustafi and Xhaka both putting in solid shifts, the way Luiz was playing as a DM until injured. Also the fact that UE was prepared to change his tactics and play Luiz as a DM in the first place. This was so for the first half and some of the second half, but once EF scored we seemed to dissolve into the blob of uncertainty and fearfulness that has blighted our performances this season.

    It’s why I have sometimes talked of being baffled by UE’s Arsenal: we have players I really like, we put out teams that look good on paper and even in formations that look good in theory: but it is hard to discern our tactics and we seem to have turned punching below our weight into an unbreakable habit.

  106. RockyLives says:

    There’s a sort-of report and ratings in Drafts…

  107. Rasp says:

    He’s gone!

  108. RA says:

    You are correct, Rocky, there were some positives last night, as Rasp said at the time — the ‘experiment of playing the maligned Luiz in front of the back four helped Arsenal get a grip on the game and shit out the Frankenfarters in the 1st half.

    Unfortunately, the injury that forced him to be substituted unbalanced the team and in the 2nd half we were all over the shop.

    But an inkling of how we could play in the future set ups.

    All the youngsters should be given credit, especially in such a poor team performance, as they will be good assets in the future.

    We all see positives and negatives differently, but the negatives still outweighed the positives.

    Sue was right — the Board, if the rumoured meeting happens, should make a clear decision, but they still have options,

    1. Make it clear that Embers will stay until the end of the season, as he is not alone in being responsible for the current situation./

    2. They can instead let him go immediately and appoint Freddie as an interim until the end of the season.

    3. They could make a permanent appointment – altho the word permanent in football is a bit of a misnomer.

    Whatever they decide would be better than the current unacceptable guessing game that plagues the fans of tis great club.

  109. RockyLives says:

    Well I timed that match report badly!

  110. RockyLives says:

    How about putting up a really quick Post:

    “Emery’s gone: what should Freddie do for Sunday?”

    Could just be a few lines asking commenters for their ideas on what Freddie might be able to do in the immediate term to change things in time for the trip to Norwich.

    I’d write it but am just heading out…

  111. RockyLives says:

    Feel sad for Emery, but he’ll get a new job on the Continent and he’ll have a few million to console him.

    Now we need to see if this Arsenal squad really is punching below its weight or if a new approach can galvanize them…

  112. RC78 says:

    Rockylives – I can only talk about Emery’s PSG…He tried to make PSG team in “his way”. The team tried and gave it a good shot but then we lost the title once to Monaco and we suffered humiliating defeats in the Champions League. His second season in charge, the players said they wanted to get back to where they were comfortable (433) and play possession football but agreed he would set them up for Champions League games…we won everything at home but were equally poor in CL. Like many said, the guy seems like a nice guy, a dedicated professional but maybe he is getting too much into trying to frustrate the opposition and not enough into building a brand of football. At Sevilla, he was hugely successful because the pressure was a lot less and the expectations as well. Maybe the likes of Arsenal and PSG are too big for him? Maybe he would do wonderful at Everton or West Ham or Bilbao and Torino…The point is that clearly he is out of his depth and although he did want to try smt new (at last trying Luiz at DM), it seems like it is a little too late. the cracks were to see since February last year and despite a good transfer window and 18 months in charge, the team does not seem to progress. The team was more exciting to watch last year at this stage…clearly smt is wrong

    To me, the squad on paper is the best we had in a while at least in terms of depth and options:

    Leno, Martinez
    Bellerin, AMN
    Tierney, Kola
    Holding, Luiz, Chambers, Sok, Mustafi, Mavro
    Torreira, Xhaka
    Douzi, Willock
    Ozil, Ceba, ESR
    Pepe, Saka, RN
    Auba, Laca, Martinelli

    We still have a gap at CB and DM but is the team on paper worse than Leicester, Chelsea, Burnley, Wolves and Sheffield or even Man Utd?

    On paper, I can only see Liverpool, Man City and Tottenham ahead of us. Tottenham will turn their form around and Liverpool and City are already in the Top 4 so now the issue is really about getting someone who could get the most out of our squad and to do it quickly…that was the only reason why I wasn’t against Mourinho coming on board because he would have been good for a quick fix but that said, I think we should try Heynckes and maybe Poch or Ancelotti and if that fails, there is also Blanc. The others like Allegri, Rodgers…would need more time to get their stamp on the squad.

    So let us see what the board decides but today we will pbbly hear that Emery is gone or will be gone as of Monday and that Ljunberg will be in the interim until they find a replacement

  113. RC78 says:

    Oh wow! He is out…just two weeks late…who will be the new coach? The search is on

  114. RA says:


    We announce today that the decision has been taken to part company with our head coach Unai Emery and his coaching team.

    Speaking on behalf of the Arsenal board and our owners Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, Josh Kroenke said: “Our most sincere thanks go to Unai and his colleagues who were unrelenting in their efforts to get the club back to competing at the level we all expect and demand. We wish Unai and his team nothing but future success.”

    The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required.

    We have asked Freddie Ljungberg to take responsibility for the first team as interim head coach. We have full confidence in Freddie to take us forward.

    The search for a new head coach is underway and we will make a further announcement when that process is complete.

    Copyright 2019 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to http://www.arsenal.com as the source.

  115. RC78 says:

    AFC Website:

    “We announce today that the decision has been taken to part company with our head coach Unai Emery and his coaching team.

    Speaking on behalf of the Arsenal board and our owners Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, Josh Kroenke said: “Our most sincere thanks go to Unai and his colleagues who were unrelenting in their efforts to get the club back to competing at the level we all expect and demand. We wish Unai and his team nothing but future success.”

    The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required.
    We have asked Freddie Ljungberg to take responsibility for the first team as interim head coach. We have full confidence in Freddie to take us forward.

    The search for a new head coach is underway and we will make a further announcement when that process is complete”

  116. RA says:

    Sam Wallace, chief football writer
    29 NOVEMBER 2019 • 10:08AM

    Three-time Champions League winner, and former Chelsea manager, Carlo Ancelotti is among the candidates being considered by Arsenal as a possible long-term successor to Unai Emery, with his time at the club coming to an end.

    The steep decline in form under the Spanish coach, whose Arsenal side lost at home to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday, has prompted an assessment of options for an Emery replacement with Ancelotti among them. The decision will be made by a small group of executives at the club, technical director and former player Edu Gaspar and Raul Sanllehi the head of football, whose recommendation would then have to be endorsed by the Kroenke family.

    The club have the option of installing Freddie Ljungberg, the current assistant first-team coach, ahead of Sunday’s trip to Norwich City which will give them time to make a longer-term appointment. Other long-term options, including Ancelotti and Wolverhampton Wanderers coach Nuno Espirito Santo, are under contract and much more difficult to appoint mid-season. The Manchester City manager assistant Mikel Arteta is another candidate.

    Ancelotti, 60, currently Napoli manager, is contracted to the Serie A club until the end of the season and is currently on a downturn of results comparable to Emery. His team have also not won in their last seven games in all competitions, although they have lost just one of them, and drew at Anfield in their Champions League group game against Liverpool on Wednesday.

    Appointing managers under contract has been extremely difficult in the past, although there are ways in which the coach himself can smooth the transition. Taking a lower salary in his initial year, to subsidise the compensation payment to his former club, is one such alternative. As one of the game’s most successful coaches, Ancelotti would command an annual salary of between £12 million and £15m.

    Ancelotti’s second season at Napoli has been characterised by criticism of the players by club president Aurelio de Laurentiis, who has sought to punish the squad for poor results. The club are currently seventh in Serie A, 15 points behind leaders Juventus.

  117. RC78 says:

    RA – so funny…great minds think alike 😛

  118. Rasp says:

    Hi Rocky, I’ve just seen your earlier comment about the post regarding Freddie taking over, unfortunately I’m out for a couple of hours, I will see if peaches is around to do anything

  119. RA says:

    Clearly we are brilliant, RC, or we both were reading the notice on the Arsenal website when it came out!! 😁

  120. Sue says:

    I’m sorry but….. hurrah hurrah!!! Just heard the news…..

  121. RC78 says:

    sent a post to Rasp and Peaches

  122. RC78 says:

    If we can somehow get Ancelotti for X-Mas, I would be delighted and even more delighted if he came with Koulibaly, Allan or Ruiz.

  123. RA says:


    I have been swamped with phone calls about Embers sacking.

    There is a slight regret from some fans, but there is a sense of relief the club have taken the decision.

    Of course some guys who support rival teams are really disappointed — they wanted Embers to stay.

    I understand that ……….. the bar stewards!! 😁

  124. RC78 says:


    Interesting article. Key points:
    – Mugged playing style and confusion
    – Handling of Xhaka and Ozil
    – Handling of the youth
    – Handling of Torreira

  125. RC78 says:

    Apparently, the board is keen on:
    1. Allegri
    2. Rodgers
    3. Nuno
    4. Ancelotti
    5. Arteta

    My top 5 would be:
    1. Heynckes
    2. Ancelotti
    3. Arteta
    4. Allegri
    5. Blanc

  126. Just sorting RC’s post …… back in a few minutes

  127. Sue says:

    Hello RA… nice one 😂
    I must admit, I’m relieved…. I feel like dancing, celebrating and even twerking 😳
    Sorry if this offends anyone (no, not the twerking 🤣) but I’ve been soooo fed up….this is the first step, in the right direction 🙏

  128. RC78 says:

    I like Rodgers too but he won’t leave Leicester now so we need to be realistic…

    Oh and I forgot to add Jorge Jesus

    Imagine we end up with Moyes or Silva?

  129. RC78 says:

    Peaches is the best 🙂

    Sue – we are all relieved I believe.

  130. We have a New Post …………..

    We love you Freddie

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