Emery and Arsenal focusing everything on Man City opening game

Arsenal are now starting the serious preparations for Unai’s Emery’s first season at Arsenal, and the manager has announced that he is concentrating every ounce of his energy to getting the team prepared for his first official game against the Champions Man City on the opening day of the season.

In his first press conference in Singapore, he was asked about his first impressions on Arsenal, and he replied: “It’s great, it’s a big club. It’s got the history, the present and we want to create the future. Arsenal is a London club, an English club, but every day I am seeing Arsenal supporters around the world who identify with and enjoy watching this team. I am very excited, very happy, and we are very, very committed to you, to this club, the history and the present.

“Every day when I wake up, I have a big motivation to start the day with my work, with the fans, and the preparation for the start of the season. After our pre-season friendlies, we are going to play two big games and now we are getting closer to starting the first big match. Every player and member of staff is focused on starting the Premier League season against Manchester City.

“Everybody who is working at this club is working towards that game and we want to play a good game for everybody. It’s a great rivalry and to start at Emirates Stadium against Manchester City is the first important focus for us. With all the energy of the players and the supporters, we know we can start the season with a big performance against a big team.”

Arsenal will have the advantage of being at home and also the advantage of having most of our players fit after Emery’s intense training, so we can be hopeful of a good result, although I would hesitate to be confident.

It could be a fantastic start to Emery’s era at the Gunners and I simply can’t wait!



  1. Victoria Concordia Crescit says:

    ladies and gentlemen , let’s take a moment to laugh at KEV
    [1/3] “We have already accepted a loan + option to buy bid for Welbeck from Newcastle as well as Everton’s bid which is around £18m.
    It’s now up to Welbeck to choose which team he prefers.”
    [2/3] “We have rejected a £7.5m bid from AS Roma for Petr Cech.Whether that is right thing to do is another thing.”
    [3/3] MY CONCLUSION : KEV, you are a fraud . you know absolutely nothing about football .

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      Kev = Resources = Remember Resources

      Everyone knows they are frauds and copying from other reports

      1. McLovin says:

        John Ibrahim = Hafiz Rahmann = The House of Rahmann

        demands us to spend billions on players!!

      2. Sue says:

        Kev is only telling us news that some of us already know & others may not. You don’t have to be horrible to him about it…. at the end of the day we’re all gooners

        1. ks-gunner says:

          i am expecting Kev to label him as some kind of racist in the future to deflect his transfer prediction failures

    2. Focus says:

      DW is worth more than 20 mil in today’s market if Danny Ings is valued at 25mil by Liverpool.

    3. Billy says:

      VCC you are wrong that Kev knows nothing about football, he knows a hell of a lot more than you do. If you read his comments when they are not about transfers you would see.

      As for your “ let’s all laugh at Kev “ quote I find this very child like and even bullying, perhaps don’t read his transfer updates, many on here ask Kev direct questions, don’t see anyone asking you anything. Me personally I take them with a pinch of salt.

      My Mum always taught me, if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say nothing.

      1. Admin says:

        I personally don’t like the way kev posts his second-hand rumours as “facts” and then backtracks when he is wrong, but it is funny to watch and a lot of people like it.
        But I also do not like the way he hijacks every thread to spread his rumours, which is VERY similar to VCC hijacking a story about Emery and Man City to have a go at Kev, which is why i considered deleting it, over and above my rule about individual abuse.
        Transfer rumour comments should be on transfer rumour posts…..

        And be nice to each other please!

    4. HRM says:

      I know your type, always happy at the downfall of others because they are doing something different and far better than you. Kev has ALWAYS said that he is not ITK, rather he does his research and reports his predictions.

      If you are not interested, you can scroll to other comments that interest you, so you have to pull everyone to your level.

      I have never met kev before, I am a Nigerian, he’s probably from another continent, but I respect his input.

      1. Admin says:

        Kev is from Ghana….

  2. Victoria Concordia Crescit says:


    Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov explores sale of 30% stake – report

    Source: ESPN

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      its up to Usmanov if he wishes to sell….

      is the fans gonna protest and have empty stadium because hes selling?

  3. Xxnofx says:

    “Ladies and gentlemen let’s take a money to laugh at kev “
    Abit much mate don’t you think
    As much as I bark on at him to stop with the transfer rumours ,there’s no need for him to be ganged up on is there ? I’ve said it before I would prefer if he just said stuff like rumour as it ,rather than the way he comes out with it that he’s 100%right .
    But no need to attack him when he’s not even commented on this post

    1. snowden says:

      People with “Insider knowledge” either write what we know or what we cannot prove. I admit it does happen that a ‘guess’ comes true and when it does in their eyes it some how makes every guess of their ‘insider knowledge” true.

    2. Sue says:

      Exactly Xxnofx ?

    3. Mobella says:

      Does this reveal that keV just copy and paste infos from his source to JA as that is the only way he will make this avoidable and unforgettable mistake.

  4. OzzieGunner says:

    It has apparently been quoted in the Financial Times that Usmanov is intending to sell his 30% stake in Arsenal. This would give Kroenke the opportunity to own virtually 97% of the Club. Usmanov appears to be frustrated because his own efforts to buy control have been rebuffed, he has no seat on the board and his ambition for the club is different from Kroenke.
    It will be a tragic day for the Arsenal if this happens, as the club will fall into non competetive mediocrity to be used by Kroenke as an asset to raise loans for his other projects.
    Kroenke may also join his good friend who controls Everton and pour his money into that club. Arsenal then will be fighting for 7th given its stingy owner.

    1. OzzieGunner says:

      Oops! Should be “Usmanov may also join….” not Kroenke.

    2. Durand says:

      With 97% i believe he can register club in United States and no longer obligated to hold shareholder meetings or the like.
      I’m not 100% certain on that, more like 83-85%, but something Kronke has wanted for a long long time.

      Lastly a correction; Kronke had to sell his ownership shares in the Denver Nuggets and another franchise (hockey club avalanche maybe?) to buy ownership in Arsenal. So he’s majority owner at Arsenal and LA Rams and just along for the ride in other clubs.

      Not sure where money will come from to buy the additional shares to go to 97%. Sad sad day tho

      1. OzzieGunner says:

        Durand, I only mentioned “his other projects” without going into details of ownerships?
        However, the thought of Kroenke registering the Club in the USA and running it behind doors with no requirement for public disclosure is depressing for all of us who are ambitious for the Arsenal.

    3. Sean Williams says:

      You are so right OzzieGunner.
      Everything that happens at Arsenal is related to ‘Greedy Stan’ Kroenke’s American Sports ventures. I wish other supporters had the motivation and time to study these. Kroenke will not spend Arsenal’s liquid assets, so we can never really compete at the top. That is just a fact. If we look at his history and the size of his LA financial ventures then we can see what a great asset to him Arsenal is. if Usmanov sells his shares to ‘Greedy Stan’ then Arsenal will be the biggest mediocre club in the world. Any supporter worth his name will protest at Arsenal being used to have value rather than competitiveness and joy. ‘Greedy Stan’ is pure selfish business rather than trying to make supporters to fulfil their dreams. Should be illegal to own so many sporting ventures. Means the owner can channel his interests rather than focus on one. The worst nightmare owner in the world. The mediocre man.

      1. OzzieGunner says:

        Sean, you are right. One of my other overseas sporting interests (from Oz) is the San Francisco 49’rs, so I have watched Kroenke’s machinations with the LA Rams with interest.
        As you know there is no relegation in American Football; however in the EPL missing out on the Champions League costs £50 million in lost revenue; relegation by comparison is catastrophic.
        One can foresee Kroenke allowing Arsenal sufficient funds to remain in mid table mediocrity.

    4. Taiwo says:

      I don’t think investment is managed like that and don’t be quick to forget that football is an emotional investment where the risk of success and expectations is very low and high respectively.
      Should Kroenke decide to penny pinch tomorrow, he will find himself in the Wenger scenario but in case you forgot it is ” go Wenger ” and that for me is not too good for any business not even sporting.
      Gooners all the way from Nigeria.

  5. gotanidea says:

    Looking forward to see how Emery would use his previous meetings with Guardiola in Champions League and in Spain, to prepare for a strategy. Hopefully we get a new winger before that match

    Barcelona and AS Roma are fighting over Malcom, a young inverted RW. He must be better or more consistent than Ousmane Dembele, because Barcelona plan to replace Dembele with him

    Come on Arsenal, hijack Malcom’s deal!

    1. Taiwo says:

      I laugh in Nigerian English (Pidgin)!
      Arsenal presently lacks the level of competitiveness to lure such players and no disrespect to the new guys handling transfer business for Arsenal (Raul an co).

      1. Phil says:

        Really?So Aubameyang is not quality?Torreira is not quality? FFS give them a chance they have been here months not years

      2. RSH says:

        if we went after Malcom sooner we couldve gotten him. We cant compete with Barca’s interest though. Arsenal must’ve not wanted him that badly since we completely ignored him this window

  6. ThirdManJW says:

    Nice to see we finally have a manger who knows when the season starts!

    1. Ken1945 says:

      Dear oh dear oh desr..some of the comments on here must have taken hours to prepare and think through in a logical and mature way.
      Here’s another outrageous piece of thoughtful wisdom… let’s hope he knows when the season ends.

      Whow, that’s made me feel better and quite the intellectual comedian.

      1. ThirdManJW says:

        Not every comment has to be a well thought out, scaled down essay. In fact, some of the best comments are the ones that get straight to the point, or in this case, the punchline!

        My comment was only based on historical fact, not my opinion. It’s just great that to see that Emery won’t be picking the reserves against City, unlike what Wenger would always do. Win, lose, or draw, for once, we’ll FINALLY be prepared! Cannot wait for the new season!

    2. Sue says:

      Although I read that Torreira won’t make his debut until Chelsea. I hope that’s wrong as that used to really annoy me…. letting all our best players have a longer break and then bring them back 2nd or 3rd game in! The first game is just as important as any other!!!

      1. Alatari Douglas says:

        Torreira would play against Chelsea in a friendly match before the premier league season starts.

    3. Taiwo says:

      I’m struggling not to laugh in Pidgin English, you easily remind me of one Arsene that managed Arsenal for over two decade. Oh ! what a time to be a Gooner.

  7. Gifted says:

    Now if Usmanov sold his 30% shares, that be quite a disaster…Kroenke does not have enough ambition for the club and unless his son Josh takes over, we might never be able to catch the elite clubs…At this stage, I would even take the Nigerian tycoon Aliko Dangote over Silent stan

  8. JW Holmes says:

    I’m optimistic at this point for a positive start to the season. I think we have to take advantage of the fact that City will not have their ream at full strength yet due to so many players at the world cup. I think the key issue for us is can we defend better as a team than we did last year. Unfortunately, we probably will not have our new CM at full strength yet so that is a bit of a concern. But I am less concerned about our attacking ability.

  9. ks-gunner says:

    I too try to be more optimistic but to do so is kinda hard. We are still not ready and i still think that we need to do more to have a chance for a cl place. Thats the goal and not reaching it would be an failure.

    And to go out of the topic a bit, i wish Thierry all the best in the near future.

  10. richard555 says:

    i will prefer Alico Dangote to take over Alisier Usmanov 30% shares at the club

    1. Admin says:

      If he doesn’t than we will know that Dangote is just full of hot air…

      1. Taiwo says:

        All Billionaires are the same everywhere, greed led them to amassed so much wealth and greed for me never loose sight to them.

  11. Victoria Concordia Crescit says:

    This is great to hear! This is how i had hoped we were going to be play this season. how many times in the last five years did you see players trotting around the pitch when the opposition had possession of the ball? Too damn many!! Theo was one of the worst culprits for being passive when we didnt have the ball ,bless him , but maybe he was only operating to instruction. This feels like a fresh start for the club, players and fans. genuinely excited for the new season. if we can finish in the top four then i would call that a great season , regardless of cups or Europe. up the Arse!

  12. gotanidea says:

    BREAKING NEWS: Malcom from Bordeaux FC is a Barcelona’s player now

    Another talented young left-footed inverted winger snapped by the giant football club

    The ones that remain in the market: Gareth Bale, Douglas Costa, Leon Bailey, David Neres, Adnan Janujaz

  13. Taiwo says:

    Nigeria is in deep mess and i don’t fancy this is the time for Aliko to invest in football when the economy of our dear nation needs serious recovery procedures but who says Dangote is to be trusted? All Billionaires are the same, greed led them to amassed that much and greed is not losing sight.

  14. jon fox says:

    I can scarcely remember when Arsenal was last properly prepared and MOTIVATED to start the new season at full throttle. That is a serious question(though misphrased as a statement, admittedly) , as I can’t remember when, so anyone on here who knows, please post the answer. You may well have to be over 25 to remember when it last occurred.

  15. jon fox says:

    Many comments on here about billionaires and which of them would be best to own Arsenal. One salient point NOT to overlook, is that any person who has spent their energy and committment to making that sort of huge money, is UNLIKELY to also be a true fan of any team at time of buying. I pose the question : Was Abramovitch a true fan of Chelseas when he bought tht club? I suggest not. Same with Sheik Mansoor and City, and even Usmanov, though he was seen around the ground long before he bought shares. BUT David Dein , who is a”relative pauper,” worth only many millions and well short of being a billionaire IS A TRUE LIFELONG FAN. DD would be far and away the best person to own our club ,in an ideal world. It is not just your own personal wealth as an owner but your contacts, your committment, energy, talents, vision and above all your personal DEDICATION to your club that is by far the most important. As I have often posted, the day, back in 2007,when the other self centred directors forced DD out, – Fitzman being the main villain – was the MOST CATASTROPHIC BLACK DAY IN ARSENALS POST WAR HISTORY!

    1. OzzieGunner says:


  16. maicon says:

    Anxious of this season to start

  17. Kenya 001 Arsenal says:

    Hey what do u xpect him to focus on if not the city game n way i hope 4 a gud start to the season come on boys

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