Forget the 8 wins – Arsenal just need to beat Fulham whoever plays

No matter how badly Arsenal have been performing, the fact is that we now have 8 wins in a row under our belt, but all that is irrelevant this weekend when we just have to focus all our energy on beating Fulham and getting another three points under our belts. As Unai Emery said: “Usually I don’t look behind, every day I’m looking at the next matches – what’s in front,”

“For me, whether we win or lose, every match is giving me a lot of information about how to improve. Every coach wants to win, but it’s not easy to do that.

“For me the challenge is every day and every match – to look back to the last match is not good for us and not for me.

“My only focus is on Sunday against Fulham, to get three points to continue going up in the table.”

By now the coach should be having a much better idea of how to maximize his players to get them to fight for every point in every game. It looks like he has found out how to get a few clean sheets as well, which may have been helped by the introducing of Bernd Leno and Rob Holding into the starting line-ups. Now that we are having to rotate more hopefully he will make further changes that can improve the side as well.

I really like the idea that Emery doesn’t think that his top players need to be rested and believes that any professional should be able to play twice every week easily if called upon and should not want to be dropped. “Every team wants to do the best performance in the Premier League because it’s the first competition for us and also in the cups and Europe.

“The top players want to play a lot of matches. I have experience too because I’m playing in Europe for the 12th consecutive season, six in the Champions League and six in the Europa League so my habit is also this.

“We are going to balance each matches physically with the players but these players are prepared to play Thursday and Sunday and then we have players to make changes for some matches. But if I decide to play someone for three matches in a week, they are available to do that.”

I love that attitude, and hopefully it will rub off onto the players. It certainly seems to be working so far!



  1. gotanidea says:

    As long as Emery dares to bench the underperforming stars, I’m confident with Arsenal’s chance at Fulham

    Apart from Mitrovic and Seri, there are only Sessegnon, Vietto and Schurrle. Which are less dangerous than the speed demons like Richarlison, Salah, Sterling, Sane and Mane

    1. Break-on-through says:

      The mockers, Sessegnon, Vietto and Shurrle will prob all score.

    2. jon fox says:

      Stars ? What stars! Underperformers are never stars, as stars DO perform and regularly too. That is WHY they are called stars. The team ethic is always bigger than so called stars who don’t turn up week after week. Ozil for example! Lazy and coasting players should never be called stars by any fan. Ronaldo, Messi, Aguero, Henry and that ilk are true stars and THEY all work their socks off week after week. Ozil is therefore not a star; he is merely a player who once had great success but now is just going through the motions to”earn” his grotesquely undeserved wage.

      1. gotanidea says:

        The expensive players are the stars Jon

        They live lavishly and have millions of followers on social media, just like actors

        1. jon fox says:

          got an idea, No, they are not. They are just rich and conning the fans. I repea,t TRUE stars perform; that is why they are stars. SO CALLED STARS WHO DO NOT PERFORM ARE CHEATING THE CLUB, THE FANS AND THEMSELVES. Face the truth! You can call a Fiat Uno a Ferrari if it turns you on but it does not make it one! Th eplayers I listed earlir ARE true stars. And why? Because they performed regularly. Nothing whatever to do with money; that is just a by product of true stardom. Please get real!

          1. Angus says:

            always right never wrong… ever.

          2. jon fox says:

            Thanks a lot. Nice to have others see thr truth too.

    3. Angus says:

      fifa/fm player much?

      1. Angus says:

        tbf fm is pretty good but a lot of players still over value pace.

  2. Break-on-through says:

    About the tiredness part, its usually after Christmas and the Cl matches followed by weekend games, that’s when most managers realize the differences with physical levels compared to weaker leagues.

    That Almiron kid looks like he can play. The weighted passing looked phenomenal, good control etc he definitely looks S American. The league is weaker but when you can hit pin point through balls like that then I reckon you can do that at any level. He looks like competition for Ozil, in 60 odd games he has 40 odd assists and goals combined. He might play on left side also but I esp like the idea of him challenging Ozil for play-maker dominance.

    1. gotanidea says:

      Nice statistics, but I’m afraid he would just be another rumor like Pablo Fornals, Golovin, Ismaila Sarr and Nicolas Pepe

      Because Arsenal usually bring at least one famous player in each season and we have not got any big name footballer in this season yet

      I could be wrong though and they might bring an unknown player like Almiron to save Kroenke’s money

  3. ThirdManJW says:

    What pleases me the most about our long winning streak, is that there hasn’t really been one game where we have been amazing. The performances have been very mixed, and we have looked poor at the back at times, yet we’re winning all of these games. Just imagine how much better we’ll be when Emery figures out his best starting XI.

    Yes, it’s games we should be winning, but it’s a sign of a good team when you’re not at your best, yet you’re constantly winning.

  4. LENOhappy says:

    “It looks like he has found out how to get a few clean sheets as well, which may have been helped by the introducing of Bernd Leno and Rob Holding into the starting line-ups. “I don’t think that statements in fair especially in regards to petr cech,who before his injury has been our best player.i don’t know why some think Fulham even stand a chance against us,am sure if they are playing man city or Chelsea tomorrow,people will be like ooh they have no chance,but since they are playing arsenal they have a chance not only to earn a point but also to get all three points why because it’s arsenal,this is nonsense,I think my arsenal the arsenal that have been following so far this season is gonna beat Fulham either by 1:3 or 0:2

    1. Innit says:

      I agree with Holding. I think hes better than Mustafi
      But There is nothing to show that Leno is an improvement or has more clean sheets

      Cech had a clean sheet against Everton
      Both Cech and Leno played against Watford
      Leno had a clean sheet against Qarabag

      Its too early to judge his impact
      Cech has made some excellent and important saves
      Cean sheets are also determined by the defense as a whole
      Lets see how Leno does

  5. Break-on-through says:

    Its great having strikers who don’t keep passing up on chances. There’s no overplaying it they know when its peak time to take the shot. This makes the world of difference, and competition is good for strikers. I think Emery and Mislintat are trying to get good players but not so good that everybody is aware of them and the price is too high. Eventually I expect us to have two players for most positions. Bellerin – Lichsteiner and Torriera – Guendouzi are good examples, then there’s Leno – Cech. That’s why I believe the rumour about Almiron, Mislintat found one out that way before. And the kid looks ideal competition for Ozil, whereas Ramsey did not look up to scratch when given his moment to shine. I’d still love us to get Pavon, but I’d be happy just knowing that we’re looking into maybe picking up some players from out that way. If we want to get nearer M City quality, its imperative that we make the most out of the S American transfer market.

    1. Durand says:

      Almiron is a fantastic player. His technique, passing, vision, and versatility translate to any league.

      Question is, can he deal with the physicality of the premier league? Personally I think its well worth the bite at a rumored £12 million. I think its a sure bet he’s already off to premier league in January if new here in the States is true.

      I’ve watched him play at Atlanta Utd and he has quite the skill set and top speed as well. Can play on either wing, and great as a 10 also. His skill set fits right in, plus he works hard and never slacks off.

      Fingers crossed Sven bagged us another great talent

      1. ACE says:

        Spot as usual Durand, amazing how frequently great minds think alike.

        Almiron is a fantastic player that technically would slot right into this Arsenal side.
        Although he plays in a vastly inferior league, the Paraguayan consistently
        DOMINATES the MLS and possesses the necessary skill set and PASSION
        for the game to immediately have an impact at the Emirates.

        if $12M is the actual number for his signature Emery and Co. should get this deal
        over the line ASAFP.

        Adding Almiron and possibly Banega for around $30M in Janurary would be fantastic
        business by AFC and definitively(AND THANKFULLY) spell the end of Aaron Ramsey
        at the Emirates.

        1. Durand says:

          ACE you are a genius my friend! You obviously have an eye for talent as well.

          I’ve watched Almiron play many many games here in the States, and his skills are undeniable. His touch, pace, vision, and weighted passes have absolutely nothing to do with an inferior league.
          Either you have the timing and touch or you don’t, full stop. Touch and timing passes are universal regardless of league.

          Inferior league? One could argue all are inferior to the Premier League. Top 6 is a dogfight now and in the future.
          What other league has that?
          Real Madrid, Barca, Ath Madrid, then mid table clubs.
          Bundesliga? Bayern Munich and Dortmund, then who? Italian League beside Juventus?

          Almiron may have an adjustment phase due to physically of the premier league, odds are anyway. However with gametime and Laca and Aubamayang, we’ll see our best attack since the good ole days.

          I don’t hype players very often, but I’ve seen Almiron long enough to see the consistency and quality, and believe me when I say he’ll bench our current wingers, and either push Ozil to his best or show him to be expendable.

          £12 million is daylight robbery during rush hour. Kronke has a MLS club, and Almiron has worn them out game after game.

          Read what the aged former European stars have said about him. Almiron is for real and a MUST get for us.

    2. Angus says:

      ? Were Anelka, Kanu, Henry, Wiltord, RVP, Adebayor (with us), Eduardo, Reyes (with us) etc. bad strikers? World of difference? How many have they scored? Are either on track to beat even Adebayor’s best season? This glossing over of our most successful period ever under Wenger doesn’t half piss me off. They are not close to shining the shoes of Wenger’s mid-level performers to a man anyone Sven signed (Emery ok’s things.) I’m hopeful and desperate for top 4 this year but we’ve got lucky with Man Utd’s troubles nothing else.

      1. Angus says:

        To add all the Wenger haters about favs, Emery plays the same players almost like Wenger was right……… Still think Emery is better suited to the club long term in it’s current unlikely to change state of no spending but the obvious Wenger hate annoys especially as last year was nowhere near a reflection of our quality even ignoring the contracts sagas we lost 8 points to bad decision and gave up the league in jan. We would of come 4th or 5th more times than 6th if you replayed that year 100 times without the contracts 4th guaranteed but hey ho fans are dumb

        1. Angus says:

          Giroud sums it up. After Wengers insane level of striker nous everyone thought he lost he plot with Giroud. A cheap buy as well. He came to sum up fans hatred of Wenger. Yet he left and won the WC playing regularly and Hazard has been awesome on the back of him at Chelsea this year. Whilst the media is stepping up in that regard (you can’t ignore WC wins) no one has connected two dots. Sanchez’s best period ever came at Arsenal playing with Giroud, guess what Hazard has never had the kind of goal scoring start hes enjoyed this year playing with Giroud, Sanchez is terrible for United now. There we go dumb fans everywhere. Laca didn’t make the squad ffs. You guarantee none of the Wenger hater will accept this not to mention Giroud is on the decline now too, he was better for us……..

          1. Phil says:

            No your right.I won’t accept what you say about Giroud under any circumstance.Very poor scoring record for a CF.Never even had a shot on target during the World Cup.And Hazard is that good he could have the Tea Lady up front with him and still score goals.

          2. Durand says:

            Don’t bother Phil, some people only see what they want to see. Notice he forgot to mention Giroud’s 17 game goal drought.
            Actually it was OZIL and Sanchez, not Giroud and Sanchez. Guess he erased years of fans and commentators purring over that combo as well.
            I’ll also mention Giroud NEVER scored 20 premier league goals even with no competition and starting how many games each year?

            I loved having Giroud as a super sub off the bench, he was dangerous. But as a starter he was unreliable, slowed the tempo, and his touch and shots were more like coin flips than deadly.

            Don’t miss him with Laca, and won’t miss Ramsey when he goes.
            Giroud had great WC no doubt, but no goals as CF. Kante was the man on the French squad, but hey it’s only my opinion.

          3. jon fox says:

            And it’s my opinion too. Well said. That Angus AND Wenger lover is from another planet, so out of touch with reality is he.

  6. Sue says:

    OT I’m so glad I didn’t pick De Gea for my dream team ?

  7. Declan says:

    Ha ha 2 down in 12 minutes

    1. Sue says:

      A substitution after 18 minutes!!! Desperation!! ?

    2. Kenny Rolfe says:

      Be careful Declan, they’ve got their usual Manchester official, Anthony Taylor, to bring them back into the game. Swears blind he’s an Altrincham supporter, which is the biggest joke in the referee world.

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        Got to admit, apart from the handball by Young, which incidentally was a blatant penalty and also one for United, Taylor’s not had a bad game. However, it is only half time.

        1. Kenny Rolfe says:

          How does the song go? “Jose Mourinho we want you to stay”

          1. jon fox says:

            You bet we do. Wish he could manage all our rivals at once.

  8. mobella says:

    Is man u that bad or the players are trying to get Jose sacked. Jose may have won so many trophies but i think the tittle “specialist in failure” fit him more than it does Wenger because he hasn’t being able to take his success beyond second season in all the clubs he had coached after spending shit-load of money.

    1. Sue says:

      Valencia liked a tweet saying Maureen should be sacked…. he’s not in the squad ????

  9. Innit says:

    Alexis saved Maureen’s blushes
    Alexis loves Aunty Maureen for the big pay package

    1. Sue says:

      They deserve each other

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