Arsenal set for quick start next season as few players going to World Cup

After the Euros a couple of years ago, Arsenal had a terrible start to the following season as Arsene Wenger gave all our players that had extensive runs in the competition were given extended holidays to recover from their exertions.

This summer looks to be more to our advantage as we surprisingly have very few players actually being picked for their national teams.

We already know that Danny Welbeck is the only Gunner in the England team, so Jack Wilshere (if he stays) will have a good rest. Aaron Ramsey’s Wales side failed to qualify. Shkrodan Mustafi didn’t make the cut for Germany so Mesut Ozil is our only player likely to get as far as the semi finals.

Alexandre Lacazette has been left out of the France squad, as has Hector Bellerin from Spain’s. PE Aubameyang’s Gabon side failed to qualify after being beaten soundly by Morocco but Elneny will be our only African player in Russia after helping Egypt to their first Finals in 22 years.

Alex Iwobi has been included in Nigeria’s squad and Granit Xhaka will be there with Switzerland but other than Ozil with Germany none of our other players are likely to get past the last 8 teams, except possibly David Ospina if Colombia do well, so they should all be well-rested by the time the new season comes along.

All in all, it is all looking good for a fast start for Unai Emery’ first season as Arsenal coach…



  1. Sue says:

    A half naked picture of a man on here…..????
    Nice muscles Ozil ?

    1. Declan says:

      And nice tats.

      1. Sue says:

        They’re not bad either ?

        1. Durand says:

          Way off topic, but maybe explains our transfer kitty situation. Read and consider;

          LA Rams new stadium costs are skyrocketing; now at $4 billion!
          Thats right, 4 billion; most expensive stadium currently operating is the NY Mets at $1.76 billion.

          Stan Kronke has coughed up $1.6 billion of his own money, leaving roughly $2.4 billion yet to be financed. City and county of Los Angeles financing some, but billions remain.

          This is how it could adversely affect Arsenal

          Kronke needs loan desperately for his $4 billion dollar stadium.

          He needs excellent financial statements from Arsenal with a bank account flush with cash to secure a loan for LA Rams. Believe it people, do your own research if you don’t believe me.

          Kronke loves his LA Rams, not Arsenal.

          BET KRONKE NEVER USE THE RAMS TO SUPPLEMENT ARSENAL! Josh Kronke’s trip to Englad makes more sense to me now.

          1. Rudy Garcia fan says:

            He better not dare that.

            If he does, empty stadium EVERY WEEK, please! This leech needs to hit the road and take his slow kid with him.

          2. Declan says:

            Durand, I believe as a publicly listed company any money taken out has to be declared and none has, apart from a small yearly dividend. It is a myth that the owner or anyone else has taken money out of the club. Also if used to obtain a loan this also needs to be declared to the London Stock Exchange, which hasn’t, so I think your speculation is wrong.

          3. Jaydawg says:

            Very true but there are other ways to get money of Arsenal holdings PLC. Another limited or plc company of any of the directors on this list could charge for services say over a 10 year period. They then can give a loan to the LA rams etc.

            So you are both correct. Please do not be falled this is business. If Stan wants to draw money out of Arsenal to finance another business venture he WILL find a way.

            It’s not like he is going to a cash point and drawing out cash at free will lol

          4. Durand says:

            Declan I think you maybe misunderstood my point. Of course he is not taking money out of Arsenal.
            I mentioned financial statement and bank balance meaning as in helping in securing a loan, not removing money from Arsenal FC.
            Hence transfer kitty much closer to £50 million rumor I’m sure than the £200 million rebuild rumor.
            Any “excess” funds will remain in coffers, proving how financially sound Arsenal FC is.

            It’s all my opinion however, and I’ve seen it before. I live in the States so all this Stan and Josh, Rams, others sports franchises is nothing new.
            “Didn’t get in for titles”, “looking to improve team…” “We’ll do it if it makes financial sense…” I’ve heard it all for years here.

            I was railing and complaining against this guy before Gunners knew his name. Think you dislike him? Talk to St. Louis, mention the Rams.

          5. Durand says:

            Also forgot to mention;
            One of many reasons he wanted to buy out our Russian was with 97% ownership he can list his “asset” back in the States, thus no longer having to disclose anything previously required.

          6. Break-on-through says:

            Has any other team been successful in removing him. Or did he ever just give up on a team and move on because it was too much hassle.

          7. Durand says:

            Nope, not that I am aware of. St Louis gave him the biggest headache though. They even tried legal action I believe, when he moved Rams from St Louis to LA.
            Guy is a bane and curse on sports franchises he owns. Apathy sets in with fanbase.

          8. stubill says:

            Arsenal Holdings PLC are a “Non Quoted Public Ltd Company”, in other words they do not trade through the LSE, so no declarations are required.

            Oh, shareholders don’t get dividends either.

  2. khaligraph says:

    While I agree that this is good in that our players will rest, I think this also shows how far we have retrogressed in recent years. I would have liked to witness more Arsenal players in the big stage (world cup) battling it out with the big boys. All in all, let us hope the boys who are representing us will do well.

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Do you know what the worst part is about our players that aren’t going, it will make no difference to energy levels compared to players who traveled ..except maybe Ramsey and Bellerin but Bellerin wouldn’t have played anyhow. Hopefully Unai can make it count, love that name Unai.

  3. khaligraph says:

    Lol Sue… You should see Kolasinac

    1. Sue says:

      Wouldn’t mind khaligraph ?

    2. Khaligraph? As in Khaligraph Jones? The OG?

  4. jon fox says:

    I will be almost alone, sadly, in not watching or following the World Cup at all. This corruptly awarded competition, and the one afterwards in Qatar, are awarded and run by crooks and any decent player, fan or administator with real principles would boycott the whole stinking farce and keep doing so until HONEST people are found to run world football. I HAVE NO MORE OF MY VALUABLE TIME TO WASTE TALKING ABOUT CROOKS AND WILL HAVE NOTHING MORE TO DO WITH THEM. End of!

    1. Nothing Changed says:

      Not entirely alone jon. I am losing my interest in football quickly. First of all, as you say, FIFA is corrupt and, although I have no evidence, I am convinced matches are fixed and refs instructed to favor certain teams. Second of all. between the league cup, the FA cup, the PL and the Europa League we are shown too many (meaningless?) games. Finally, years of the same old story at Arsenal have resulted in an apathy on my behalf.

      I hope the new manager will be able to rekindle my true interest because at the moment I can only go through the motions with my football interest.

      I can’t really care if we keep or sell any of our players, I can’t really care about who the new signings are or will be. I hope a few well organized, highly energized displays showing the stamp of the new manager early next season might get me interested again. But for now, too much talk and too little actions over the last 10 years or so has taken its toll on my excitement about all things football.

      (Didn’t even mention all the meaningless WC qualifier games between the Malta’s, Lichetenstains etc and the “big” football nations.)

      1. jon fox says:

        Sorry to hear this . My own worries concern only how International football is run at world and European level. I have never personally thought matches are fixed nor that refs are bent. I share your lack of motivation where our club has been concerned and the seeming non caring of those who make decisions. At least , until our fan action and empty seats forced them to make changes already a decade overdue. I propose to restart attending next season after not going to an Arsenal game since October 2016, as I WAS FED UP BEING CONNED. I will give the new manager every chance to show he is honest. But if he should prove to be dishonest, which I much doubt, then I will again stop going. Life’s principles are FAR more important than football. Always will be to decent folk.

        1. Break-on-through says:

          Where it’s being held has nothing to do with the football side of it, it’s like a top band going where the money pays best. People will travel it’s the sport that they care about. Also these nations that have bought it, some of them are in interesting places and it could broaden peoples mind a little bit. Everyone does Spain, France, USA, so it could be good for them to experience a place they’ve never been.

          1. Ozziegunner says:

            Break-on-through, Australia after a very successful Olympic games in Sydney 2000, spent a fortune on its bid for 2022 and lost out to Qatar! Rampantly corrupt selection process.
            So far 100’s of construction workers have been killed and injured due to abysmal OH&S in building the infrastructure and FIFA doesn’t have any concerns.

        2. Neil says:

          How Will you be able to get a season ticket.. ? I thought there was a huge waiting list

    2. Rudy Garcia fan says:

      Why don’t you just say you dislike Russians and Arabs, huh? (even if most ‘Russians’ you hate are non-Russians with a Russian passport).

      Sure, a couple of obviously corrupt decisions (and the second one hopeless climatically), but if you think these 2 cups are the only ones awarded corruptly, you’ve been living in dreamland dude. It’s bloody FIFA, it won’t change until not only Blatter, but all those he put in power are gone for good.

      1. jon fox says:

        Your last sentence perfectly makes my point., so thanks. I do not dislike Russians and Arabs and have not a racist or prejudicial bone in my body. I DO HOWEVER HATE CORRUPTION , FROM WHEREVER IT COMES. I also find people who blame me for making their own point, as you have done, a little odd!

    3. Ingleby says:

      Cannot disagree. It’s just a money-grabbing circus run a by a bunch of shysters and crooks.

      UK should boycott both this WC and particularly the next one which is nothing more than an immoral scam.

      1. RSH says:

        all countries should. It’s a total sham. But money rules the world

    4. KickAssFan_Saviour of Arsenal says:

      i don’t think it’s as bad as you make it seem. As Asrenal fans, we’ve seen the worst form of corruption and survived. Everything will be fine, things can and will get better. Who knew Wenger would leave Arsenal? The fact that Arsene stayed as long as he did is the worst form of corruption.

      1. Neil says:

        Oh dear

      2. Ingleby says:

        Did you not follow the Blatter/Platini/Warner etc events of recent years?

        Please indicate what similarities they bear to Arsenal and AW – then get hold of the FBI.

  5. Andrew Tiene says:

    Nacho Monreal is with the Spanish side that could get into the last 8

  6. Nayr says:

    Apparently Unai emery will build his team around ramsey and aubameyang.

    I already like him.

    i have been saying ramsey and auba are our two best players.

    likes 4231 so


    bellerin soyuncu mustafi kolasinac

    xhaka new physical DM like nzonzi

    mkhitaryan ramsey(c) ozil/lacazette


    one of either lacazette or ozil will be benched.

    1. gotanidea says:

      Yes, he liked to use 4-2-3-1 before he moved to PSG

      If he uses 4-3-3 like what he set for PSG, it could be:

      Bellerin . Chambers . Mustafi . Monreal
      …………..Ramsey …….. Xhaka
      Ozil …………………………………Mkhitaryan

      1. Nayr says:

        I like your team.

        will be sad for laca though.benched.

        1. Kenny Rolfe says:

          Nayr, you written some sensible, interesting posts in the past, how can you say you like his team , it’s the same team that failed us miserably last season.

          1. kola says:

            ….on same page, bro

      2. Naija Jollof says:

        Emery will never play with both Mikki and Ozil in his team. He loves pace on the flanks which neither of them possess. I think Arsenal will sign a new winger.

        1. Kenny Rolfe says:

          Yes, possible Naija.

          1. Ozziegunner says:

            Wilfred Saha?

      3. John0711 says:

        Ozil cannot play wide Belerin will have no cover

        Xhaka is useless mustafi is worse, Czec is average

        You exam will need to be resubmitted

        1. Kenny Rolfe says:

          100% correct John.

      4. Kenny Rolfe says:

        Gotanidea, I hope you’re wrong with your selection and we have some new players in the side, all you’ve really done is pick the same team as last year. what you looking for, a nice 6th place finish. I notice you’ve got Ozil on the right wing, our most gifted player, so your beloved Ramsey can have a central midfield role, big mistake, Mkhi on the left, Old Cech still in the side, Bellerin, Mustafi, Xhaka, did you watch any of our games last year, because if you did you obviously never learnt anything. Sorry Gotnoidea, you’ve got to go with Wenger. I really don’t know why I bother to reply to your stupid posts, I bet you’ve never kicked a ball in your life, all you do is read about football, probably glued to the Internet 24 hours a day.

        1. GunnerJack says:

          Nice post. Thought it was just me that had gotnoidea sussed out. It’s even worse when he learns a new word or phrase on his surfing travels. At the moment we’re getting ‘inverted winger’ rammed down our throats at every opportunity.

    2. Maks says:

      Nja nja nja nja njaaaa
      Moving Ozil out of the time just that adorable ramsey fits into it is sooo delusional and retarded no matter how old are you.
      Wenger s boys at the end of their times, change is coming!

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        Also 100% correct Maks, take note gotanidea, you might learn something.

  7. TT says:

    I think Arsenal fans will need to grant an amnesty to all the players under the new manager. We will see different players shine and different players struggle perhaps. We are no longer under the Wenger paradigm. It should be a truly fresh start for everyone.

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      I agree*

      *except for Iwobi who is rubbish

      1. Godswill says:

        Watch him in Nigeria shirt and if you still hate Iwobi it’s a deep rooted personal hatred.
        You’ll see our players turning to different players with Emery.

        1. Nayr says:


          some of these players such as ramsey and chambers that we love to hate may perform exceptionally well under unai.

          alot of players regressed under wenger.

          that is why i think unai has the easiest job ever.
          he can’t do worse than wenger.

          just needs to put alot of detail into our defending.
          the other side of the field aubameyang will do the rest.

          aubameyang will score home and away.
          he doesn’t care.
          he scores for fun.

        2. Robin Vanpayslip says:

          My hatred for Iwobi is never ending.

  8. Dan says:

    Can’t see ozil taking home videos and studying them like the new manager demands think there is gona be trouble ahead!!

    1. Nayr says:

      Dan ozil can leave if his ego is top big.

      i don’t think many of us gooners care.

      with a salary of 350,000 per week..heck we can even tempt sergio ramos.

      1. Nayr says:

        *too big

    2. Maks says:

      I bet Ozil s IQ is much higher then ramseys and things that Ozil already won are that big that you can not compare those two at all.
      Only boy s like you, who sometimes replaces Star Wars for football, can not except that.

      1. Maks says:

        Ignore me then, but I have to tell that you are ignoring much more then me.

  9. AndersS says:

    I agree with the point, that in a way it helps us, that we don’t have many players in the teams expected to go a long way at The World Cup, although it is also a sign of weakness.
    But I don’t think we should expect a fast start.
    I hope and believe Emery will set new systems, new training methods and make new requirements of players. And if we are lucky there will also be some additions/changes to the team.
    This can take time to implement, and we should have a bit of patience.

  10. CorporateMan says:

    “…Elneny will be our only African player…” So Iwobi playing for Nigeria is from Antartica?

    1. Phil says:

      I wish Iwobi played his football in Antarctica and not North London.Think about it-He has the pace of a Penguin He flaps his arms around like a Penguin ( that ones for you Sue?) He looks just like a Penguin from his side view?And looks like a Penguin dressed as a Snowman ⛄️
      So there it is Iwobi-You are a Penquin

      1. Sue says:

        ????? nice one Phil ??

      2. Naija Jollof says:

        And you Phil, you’re talking trash about someone not on your level. Think you’re funny? What did you accomplish at 22 years? You are a frog

        1. John0711 says:

          Sorry Naija iwobi has been very poor all season his save by grace has been Xhaka and Mustafi have been far worse

          Hopefully they will be sold I would take 40 go Xhaka and Mustafi together and iwobi can be loaned out

        2. Phil says:

          I accomplished quite a bit by the time I was 22 as it so happens.And YOU.Still building the mud hut you live in I suppose.And FROG?Really?Still it could have been worse and was called a Penguin.Now that really would be insulting to be compared to someone like Iwobi.The most talentless player we have had at Arsenal for many a long year I can tell you.Lets see how often he plays next season that’s of course IF he ever does.He hasn’t got his fairy god mother Wenger to pppppppppick him now.Ha ha ha

          1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

            Phil, that is the most factual post I have ever read. Thank you.

            Iwobi is ****. Anyone that says otherwise is a liar and anyone that thinks otherwise is stupid.

            People keep on saying Emery will get the best out of him. Well firstly I doubt he’s bringing a cloth to polish that **** and secondly I doubt he wants to waste his career trying to prove that he can turn talentless players into footballers when he could get on with the job in hand.

      3. jon fox says:

        More like the Joker than Penquin. Where is Batman when you need him! I think he always looks bewildered with his ever open mouth.

      4. Evans says:

        Oh boy

  11. Maiko jm says:

    We need a goalkeeper two defenders and prolific striker

    1. Trudeau says:

      Walk me through the prolific striker bit please.

      1. Ozziegunner says:

        Aubameyang and Lacazette aren’t prolific enough for you?

  12. nonny says:

    At last arteta is out of the picture can’t believe we even looked at him shithead player, as captain he did nothing to write about purely a panic buy From wenger to becoming our manager truly almost everything is possible this days…arsenal always takes the tough way…

    Emery’s Emirates all the way so excited

    1. KickAssFan_Saviour of Arsenal says:

      my fear about Arteta was that he may not command enough respect from the players and things could easily go wrong. plus the board may not respect his decisions as much

      1. Cosrules says:

        You don’t become captain without respect of your peers, learn football matee

  13. Grandad says:

    If Arsenal are to improve the likes of Mustafi,xhaka Czech,Ospina,Kolasinac and Wilsh ere should be sold/,released Anyone who thinks Mustafi can come good is deluding tnemselves..He is one of the poorest centre backs in the league.

    1. jon fox says:

      He is clearly NOT ONE of the poorest CB’s in the league. He IS the VERY worst CB in the league. Your post implies there are worse than him in the PREM. I have never seen a worse one. He and BELLERIN SHOULD BE THE VERY FIRST OF MANY OTHERS TOO WHO SHOULD BE OUT THE DOOR ASAP. We should get rid of virtually the whole defence and both first choice keepers too. Though to call it “a defence” is a contradiction in terms.

      1. RSH says:

        haha. Mustafi is on WhoScored’s best XI of the season. World class talent, lol.

        But seriously, I hope Mustafi is one of the first to go this summer. Not much can be done to make this guy any good.

  14. Broccoli says:

    Proffessional mourners….keep calm

  15. RSH says:

    Ozil won’t last long under new managers if what we hear about Emery is true. He likes all his players working hard, gives them homework, and is demanding. Can’t see Ozil being okay with any of this. He’ll be out the XI by next summer. Bellerin another player that will have to quickly get used to having pressure put on him. Hope we get a player that can challenge his position. My main question is going to be how he fits auba and Laca in the same team. Apparently he’s a fan of one striker only and I doubt he’s dumb enough to use Aubameyang as a winger.

    1. KickAssFan_Saviour of Arsenal says:

      Now that a new manager is coming, I have a strong feeling our old players will play like quality new signings cuz they will love to impress and nail down a place in the first team. No more ice cream.

  16. KickAssFan_Saviour of Arsenal says:


  17. John Ibrahim says:

    apart from those signed this season such as Laca, Auba, Mikhi and etc…and players from the Academy

    The rest should all be released or sold…..

    Emery should be building his own team….

  18. wenger says:

    Anyone watching CL finals? rooting for who?

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      very obvious liverfool will win….juz like in 2005

      1. Abel says:

        Reading through all the posts above, it strikes me that a lot of them were written in ignorance or by grossly ignorant people.
        “Ozil won’t play under Emery if he doesn’t work hard”
        Do tell, how hard was Neymar working in PSG?
        “Iwobi won’t play under Emery” “Iwobi is so talentless”
        Wow, some of you must have crystal balls then don’t you? Fifa nominated Iwobi a ‘talentless’ African player on the shortlist of golden boys a few seasons ago. He is also very highly rated by the Arsenal coaching staff and will represent Nigeria in the world cup in Russia on merit!
        Phil said he is the worst player to play for Arsenal. Really? Jermain penant, Henri Lansbury, Nicklaus Bendtner, the list of Arsenal youth flops are inexustible and Yet Iwobi is no flop.

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