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  1. hauk

    Arsenal

    Trying not to be too negative as we there have been some good performances this year (Liverpool at home, Spuds win, Fulham win), but asking a new manager to come in and then giving him no money to spend on rebuilding is bad planning. Emery is not helping himself by not playing our highest earner, but I really have no idea what is going on behind the scenes with Ozil. We obviously need to get a lot of the under-performing high earners off the wage bill, until that happens is it too optimistic to see this as a chance to promote some of the youth team?
  2. hauk

    Arsenal

    What the hell is going on with Ozil? This is exactly the kind of game where he would have made a difference!
  3. hauk

    Arsenal

    So Denis Suarez eh? Apparently we can't afford him.
  4. hauk

    Arsenal

    I really can't see who would buy Ozil given the wages we are paying him. Would also be a shame to see him go as he's an incredible player at times, but I can see how his wage money could be better spent. Interesting that Emery doesn't want either Ramsey or Ozil. If he has his way Mkhitaryan will be the only No 10 at the club. That's a real change from when we regulatory had 5-6 No 10 type players on the books.
  5. hauk

    Arsenal

    Ozil playing tonight; was he genuinely injured or is there something else going on?
  6. hauk

    Arsenal

    What a game! Also why the fuck are we letting Ramsey go but keeping Mkhitaryan?
  7. hauk

    Arsenal

    Agreed that despite the results the team are still playing in fits and starts. Guessing Emery needs a couple of transfer windows to get the players in he really wants.
  8. hauk

    Arsenal

    I Kind of torn on the Ramsey thing. Like him as a player and wish he would stay, but it was just ridiculous us having so many No. 10 type players under Wenger, so I would be happy if we just sign/keep players for the system rather than playing people out of position constantly. Having said that it's probably all money related and he'll end up going to whoever can pay him the most.
  9. hauk

    Arsenal

    Honestly gutted to see Jack Wilshere leave. He's a fantastic footballer and one of the only local Youth team products who was anywhere near good enough for a place in the first team under Wenger. I understand it's his decision to leave after meeting with Emery, don't really blame him as he obviously wants to play. Still I feel like the club could have done more to keep him TBH.
  10. hauk

    Arsenal

    Lichtsteiner seems like a sensible signing, can't really read anything into it. Seems similar to the Kolasinac signing. I know he's much younger but he was on a free as well. I guess a two for one deal for Evans and Gibbs from WBA is out of the question now!
  11. hauk

    Football Thread 2017/18

    2 in a row for Zidane. He's the new Vicente Del Bosque!
  12. hauk

    Arsenal

    Arteta really would have been a gamble, it could of gone either way so I can see why they decided against him. It's a tough league right now, we're up against 3 clubs with significantly more resources, all who currently have winning coaches. After that, Liverpool are probably on a similar financial level to us but have snagged one of the best coaches in the world and while Spurs have less money they have a fantastic manager who's punching way above his weight. Anyone is going to have a tough time coming in so I hope Emery is given enough time to succeed.
  13. hauk

    Arsenal

    Emery seems a better choice than Arteta, Enrique or Vieira, but is maybe not the big name or inspirational coach many were hoping for. I think most people would have preferred Allegri, Tuchel or Nagelsmann. Seems a risk that he can't speak English, but at least he has a few months to practice. I'm sure we'll hear a lot about what he can or can't bring to the team over the next few days. The whole only having £50m to spend on the squad being a problem thing I really can't understand TBH. I honestly think we have a great squad. Attacking wise we're as good as its been in years. Getting rid of Sanchez, Walcott and Giroud and bringing in Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan was fantastic business. I don't even think the defense is that bad, we maybe need a couple of new players and better (or any) defensive coaching.
  14. hauk

    Arsenal

    Easier than having to prize a manager away from his current job, negotiate with his existing club etc. is what I meant. I actually like the idea of getting a young dynamic coach in, but we are what one of the top 10 richest clubs in the world so getting someone in with no first team management experience seems risky. Wouldn't Allegri earn significantly more money at Arsenal? I mean assuming they paid him what they paid Wenger.
  15. hauk

    Arsenal

    Looks like Arteta is going to happen. Not sure what to think TBH. Wonder how much influence Kroenke and his son had over the proceedings, as hiring Assistant coaches into Head Coach positions is much more of a thing in American Sports. Looking at where it’s happened in football recently it’s hard to say if he will be successful. Paul Clement, David Wagner and Pep Guardiola are three I can think of, all with differing levels of success. I guess it could be seem as a progressive move, more so it just seems like the club are being cheap not shelling out for someone like Jardim or Allegri and going for the easy option.
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