Can the existing Arsenal players cope with so much change?

There is certainly a revolution going on at Arsenal at the moment, with the new management structure put in place last season and the summer clearout of nearly the whole coaching team from the Academy right up to the senior squad.

That is a whole lot of change in a very short space of time, especially for the many players who have only ever known Wenger’s way of doing things. Certainly the Arsenal legend David O’Leary has concerns that it may not be an easy period at the club as the squad deals with all the upheaval. O’Leary told “I think you will see a new Arsenal, a new way and we’ve already seen that Arsène Wenger was the manager and Unai Emery is not the manager, he’s the coach.

“So there’s already a new change of ways and a new way of doing things. If a load of people have been at a place for 22 years, whoever comes in after 22 years, there is going to be a change because people get so used to a certain way of doing things for so long. So there will be new staff coming in and only time will tell.

“I hope that they will be successful and I’m sure he [Emery] will have a lot of new ideas and new ways of doing things. It’s whether the players that he inherits jump to that or they’ve got so used to another way of doing things.

“That will be a big thing as well to decide. I hope the players there will think ‘Great, new bunch of ideas. Yes, we like these ideas’ and the club goes forward from there.”

As fans, we are all excited by the changes and hope that this will propel us on to new heights, but maybe it won’t be quite that simple at the beginning?



  1. RSH says:

    Cristian Pavon hasn’t put in a good cross all tournament. France just bossing it. Finally starting to live up to their potential. Argentina is just such an unbalanced side, and a team that doesn’t know their best lineup. No WC for messi again

    1. gotanidea says:

      Pavon, Guedes and Martins are not as impressive as their YouTube highlights

      Messi and Salah, left-footed right wingers, did better job than those right-footed young wingers

      1. kev says:

        Pavon,Guedes,Martins and co are overrated just because of their dribbling.People can’t even remember that Gervinho’s dribbling was world class despite being an average player.Hes one of the best dribblers to ever play for us and I’d take him over any of these guys.I can’t think of what Robaldinho would’ve cost as a youngster in this current market.I just hope we don’t sign any average player just because of dribbling

        1. gotanidea says:


          Which right winger do you think Arsenal should chase?

          1. kev says:

            Unfortunately for some reason our camp is head over heels interested in Gelson Martins.We’ve been in contact with his camo.
            I really hope this doesn’t happen but with the way things are positively moving it’s looking likely Gelson Martins will be an Arsenal player.

            If I were to choose I’d rather we give our youngsters a chance.There’s even Mavididi if we are going for a young dribbler without end product.

          2. Admin says:

            keV I have no animosity to you at all but I don’t believe a word you say lol

          3. hardave says:

            Same here and I can’t believe others actually believe what kev says. Maybe some people just love the rumors and getting their hopes high. I only believe when it’s on

          4. hardave says:

            Also I’ve been on this site for almost 4 years now, kev has been wrong many many times before. Just saying. Even well known reporters get it wrong most of the time let alone kev. Cheers kev.

          5. Ozziegunner says:

            Lucas Vazquez if Arsenal can prise him away from Real Madrid with promise of more playing time and wages.

          6. kev says:

            I hope you remember me telling you Wilshere to Fenebarche is done before it really became news?

          7. hardave says:

            Sorry kev. Not gonna bother remembering anything. Especially for a player leaving Arsenal. You may be right but then again even a broken clock is right twice a day.

          8. kev says:

            Was referring to admin though.

          9. hardave says:

            Admin please remember what kev said. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if admin couldn’t be bothered as well. lol

          10. Shekar233 says:

            Same here…and look how he is panicking now when rumours about Torierra not done yet are coming out.
            On the other thread kev is desperately trying to save his face by trying to explain what a done deal is and why even if the mighty kev announces that the deals are 100% done yet players can go to other clubs. I think he should learn what 100% actually means.

            OT: I think there is a void in the world football. I mean we have always had atleast one superstar footballer in every generation. Ronaldo and messi, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo Nazario, Maradona, kaka, zidane, Beckham etc.
            But now that Messi amd Ronaldo are at the end of their careers, i dont think there is any one player who is going take thier place and become the next legend of the generation.
            I just wish arsenal buy all those young players who are the most happening right now so that we would have a footballikg legend on our books or atleast boast that this legend was developed by US(just like how manu supporters talk about Ronaldo)

          11. Freethinker says:

            Mbappe will be better than Kaka or Beckham.

            Not gonna reach Messi or the thin Ronaldo, though.

          12. Sue says:

            The thin Ronaldo ?

    2. kev says:

      At times I laugh when people use trophies won to compare players because going by that logic some average players are far better than some legendary world class players based on trophies won.How do you see this?Player A is better in footballing ability than player B yet because of stats and trophies won people say player B is better.The same stats also tell me an average player is better than a world class player.

      1. Arsene Wenger. says:

        Are we signing Junior Firmo???Any news on the transfer pliz

        1. kev says:

          Will find out something concrete about this.I’m expecting two important news today and after my research I will tell when it has been released.
          I can’t stand our LB’s being torn apart and people continually hyping them because they either score goals while being average at defending or have strength while being average.

          1. Angus says:

            Our LBs have been pretty good in recent decades never mind years Dixon, Cole, Van Bronckhorst, Sylvinho, Clichy, Gibbs, Monreal and Kolasinac. I mean as a collective that is pretty damn impressive? Gibbs in that time frame is a pretty high low bar.

        2. kev says:

          Is he any good?Ive seem you ask several times.Will find out more on this.

          1. Arsene Wenger. says:

            I saw somewhere written we were after him but I checked him on youtube but I wasn’t impressed at all.He is an average player.

    3. Fab says:

      He should not be the other Sampioli

  2. Innit says:

    Me happy France 4-2 Argentina
    We have/had more French players than Argentinian players so I support France

    Also lots of goals too ?

    1. Innit says:

      Mbappe and Greizmann have been good
      Messi quiet
      Higuain, Dybala and Aguero didn’t start?

      1. Taiwo says:

        The Argentina coach is clueless from the first game, same as Low.

      2. kev says:

        Mercado,Rojo,Tagliafico,Di Maria,Enzo Perez and Pavon shouldn’t have started in their respective positions.Rojo should’ve started at LB and Di Maria would’ve done better at RW but the rest shouldn’t have started at all.The coach is really really bad at team selections.Its as if he’s not assessing his player’s performance very well.They have a good squad and with better team selection could’ve won the match.

      3. Angus says:

        Messi should be amc or even cm in that team they don’t have the midfielders and are spoilt for choice upfront! It’s crazy the way they have lined up in recent years.

    2. RSH says:

      im still counting Giroud as our player lol.

    3. Fab says:

      Playing with Suarez is a bit harder than Diego Costa

  3. RSH says:

    well finally Argentina cannot blame Higuain

  4. Ken1945 says:

    With regards to the article…of course it will need time for our new manager and regime to settle in and play the way Emery wants.
    Top four is a realistic target along with a cup win if possible..

    However, if we can get the players Emery wants, no club should take us lightly that’s for sure.

    1. Sue says:

      I love the sound of that Ken ?

    2. Angus says:

      I’m optimistic but a bit puzzled about the positive reaction to our transfer business. We haven’t stepped up, it’s just a buyers market for PL teams thanks to PSG last year and our previous TV deal (contracts running down and cheap release clauses.) Not a lot different would of happened under Wenger, we’re not cracking out the checkbook just buying cheap available players that other big teams don’t currently need. The “wenger favourites” are all getting new contracts. Just find it weird as positive as I am (mostly positive about the atmosphere media/fans being more positive tbh.)

      1. Angus says:

        My suspicion is that the board never planned on letting Wenger go this year (compensation) but this buyers market and the league failure was too good to pass up which makes total sense and a pretty sound decision imo Empty seat brigade don’t want to hear that but there impact was always minimal countless examples of fan protest being ignored by clubs far poorer and with far shorter waiting lists on season tickets.

  5. gotanidea says:

    I think Arsenal would offload three more players

    Wanna see Emery’s formation and squad. I hope it’s not the old 4-2-3-1 again

    1. Admin says:

      Emery has given his opinion about tactics. He prefers 4-1-4-1. Things could get interesting. I will send the link asap…

        1. gotanidea says:

          Thanks Admin

          It will be interesting indeed, because Emery have to fit Ozil, Ramsey, Xhaka, Elneny, Mkhitaryan and Torreira into that formation

  6. Taiwo says:

    The change is here but we’ve to be patient with the new ideas.
    Talking about world cup… Messi was not shown merci by the French team, sorry maybe next time. In the mean time I’m waiting for CR7.

    1. Goonerboy says:

      Am glad people are willing to be patient, i know we have been so patient, but its gonna worth it now!

  7. Chiza says:

    Emery’s 4-1-4-1
    Bellerin. Sokratis Soyuncu. Kolasinac
    Malcolm. Mikhitaryan Ramsey Isco
    We would destroy teams on the counter with this team

  8. Victor says:

    Yeah, patients is key. This is the Emery era, guys 😉 How sweet to see Torreira — Xhaka combination! I really wish we get Banega, but I doubt it. How crowded our midfield would be if we signed him.

  9. RSH says:

    Torreira starts. Please dont get injured. Please dont let anything bad happen lmao.

    1. De-Ra says:

      Really impressed me today?

  10. Victor says:






    1. JJPawn says:

      How many of these are world class players?

      1. ACE says:

        AFC dont have the pull of CL futbol nor the
        willingness(thankfully) to pay ridiculous wages
        to attract WC players this summer. If Emery has
        the Gunners playing a beautiful brand of soccer
        and competing for the EPL title and CL
        qualification in year one AFC will again be an
        attractive destination for the worlds best

        And yes PEA was the exception to the rule last

  11. Oswald Carbonaro ( bonaroca ) says:

    Bonaroca:- Arsenal used to be a household name with its English, Scottish & Welsh players today one can’t sat this at the time of writing with only a couple of Uk players in a team with mostly foreigners forming the team this coming season. Obviously, the Board supported Mr Wenger who with due respect introduced a kind of football which caught the public eye with the kind of play introduced, which at a stroke of a pen upgraded the level of the game with new techniques which Mr Wenger introduced but unfortunately was not able to complete his mission after up dating the academy and producing few local players which I consider unrewarding .
    Of course the Board left Mr Wenger as the ruler of the club and this could be seen by the new Stadium. But, Mr Wenger’s mistake was that he stuck to a playing system as Manager which in my humble opinion was stagnated and for long periods the team looked slow, with there
    passing game.
    It appears the Mr Emery, who is now more of a coach then manager, will make use of the players he has on the books and those he has been given the authority to sign, but more then that, I would like to see more quality local players from other clubs joining Arsenal.
    Arsenal, apart from the Premier League and in at least three other tournaments, gives Mr Emery the opportunity to make use of players from the academy,

  12. plz mr emery do not let jack wilshare go give him one year contract before your signings cope up with england style of play

  13. John0711 says:

    Watching Torriera what a player

    1. Diana says:

      ?????? We better be waiting for ONLY a medical for Torreira. I will be heartbroken if he doesnt end up a Gunner…. i would even have him without a medical,lol

      1. Ozziegunner says:


  14. Ingleby says:

    Will the Arsenal players buy into ‘New Arsenal’ setup? Which players are we talking about here? Not the ones bought post-Wenger and surely not the newbies who have been with the club barely a season (Lacazette, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang) so who is left? Kolasinac (no love for Wenger I imagine) Cech (over the hill), Bellerin, Monreal, Mustafi (change will probably help if he isn’t sold), Koscielny (probably only a bit part if he comes back at all), Xhaka, Ramsey, Welbeck (if he isn’t sold), and the kids (young and very adaptable). Not exactly a scary ‘ooh we can’t change’ scenario in my opinion. For once O’Leary is talking nonsense.

  15. Sue says:

    How many times does Suarez roll around on the floor like he’s been shot?! And if he’s not doing that, he’s sinking his teeth into someone!
    I do like Cavani… apparently he was close to joining us in 2016

  16. Trudeau says:

    I like Torreira but if I’m honest Carvalho has been more impressive in this game.

    1. kev says:

      Not saying Carvalho is better than Torreira at all but if Arsenal had Carvalho last season our midfield wouldn’t have been so weak.

    2. RSH says:

      Decent today but i’ve never been impressed by any of his portugese performances. He’s a big guy but thats about it.

      1. kev says:

        So would you take Carvalho over Xhaka?I would.

    3. ACE says:

      Both would WALK into Arsenals starting
      midfield but unfortunately for Big Will and
      the majority of Gunner fans Xhakas extension
      will ensure the Swiss internationals place in
      Emerys first 11.

      IMO Carvalho is a bigger, more technically
      gifted version of Xhaka

      1. ACE says:

        Carvalho may not possess the long passing
        prowess of Xhaka but in EVERY other possible
        category he is MILES better than our Swiss

  17. Diana says:

    I disagree. Torreira has been the better lad. And more involved. Carlvaho has avtually been such a Ramsey- too advanced sometimes, but generally yes, been impressive, just not as much as Torreira. And for his size, he sure wins his tackles and interceptions a lot…..

    1. Ozziegunner says:

      Diana, I really hope Arsenal get both Torreira and Cavalho, then we have two competent DM’s instead of being one injury away from disaster.

  18. Sue says:

    The matches today didn’t disappoint! Hope the rest will be this good!
    Cavani & Mbappe…. superb ??
    Torreira had a great game once again….. he has to be ours ???

  19. RSH says:

    Great matches today. Shocked Cavani scored on his first attempt haha. Uruguay a very defensive side but full of warriors, Torreira included despite his height. Hope we can get the signing done. Portugal not starting Quaresma… why? Anyways, France/Uruguay will be a very intriguing game.

    1. Sue says:

      Cavani is so strong…. his goals were great…

    2. ACE says:

      I’ve always rated Quaresma, not sure why he
      hasnt been included in Portugals starting 11.
      Perhaps his age, or defensive liabilities
      precludes him from being a 90 minute option.

      How on Gods Green Earth any manager
      can voluntarily decide to sit 2 of the Worlds
      best goal poachers in an elimination game is
      way beyond my understanding of the game of futbol.

      But at least Sampoli yelled at the officials,
      paced the managers area like a caged tiger
      and sported some pretty cool tatoos. ??

    3. David Rusa says:

      Lest some people don’t realise it, Cavani was remoulded by Unai Emery at PSG. Does anyone still remember how Cavani used to miss sitters even with an empty goal? Emery reshaped him into the player he is today. Does anyone dispute that? Perhaps this is a pointer to what we should expect from Emery.

  20. auba arsenal of lagos says:

    Don’t care what orny says,torreira Is ours .
    1.Club President said he gambled & he won by buying @€3m & selling @ €30m i.e torreira has been sold & all the media reported arsenal will pay up to € 30 m to secure the players signature
    2. Sporting director said torreira is a great guy but he’s left & will be replaced
    3.lobotka’s agent said he’s player isn’t going to arsenal cos they’ve just got torreira
    & no one’s mentioned Napoli cept at the earlier stages
    So for onrny to say we haven’t reached an agreement with sampdoria over him well. …..he needs to check is source again coz d guy could’ve become jealous of all the praises he get without getting in on the action & feed him crap for d first never know

  21. Jim says:

    Argentina doubt it was Ozils fault..again.

    1. Sue says:

      ? nice one Jim!

      1. Ken1945 says:

        Could even have been Wenger’s fault!!

  22. Ozziegunner says:

    As far as the original question as to how the existing Arsenal players will adapt to Unai Emery’s new coaching regime; hopefully its shape up and perform or ship out.

  23. David Rusa says:

    Coaches give players direction, not the other way round. What then is the fuss about? Any player who fails to adapt to the new coach’s methods should obviously be offloaded. This is the natural way of doing things. A student who fails to adapt to his teacher’s methods fails exams. There is, therefore, no need to waste our time discussing whether or not some players will adapt to Emery’s ways. Emery is the coach and all players are expected to abide by his ways or else quit the Club.

    1. Ozziegunner says:

      ?Exactly as I said “shape up and perform or ship out.”

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