Forget the last England game – I’ll be watching Arsenal’s first game instead…

Okay so the World Cup is all over bar the shouting, but England’s chance to win the Bronze Medal on Saturday will be played at the same time that Arsenal play their their first ever game under Unai Emery at Boreham Wood. I know which game I will be watching…

But it is not just the Arsenal fans that will be excited, it is also set to be a big moment for the Boreham Wood manager Luke Garrard, who spent four years at Arsenal as a youth player. “I’m going to be immensely proud,” Garrard told “There is a great working relationship between the two clubs and that is something that the chairman has done over many years. That’s been because of hard work for 20 odd years.

“The luxury I have of being the manager now is I get to be the first manager to shake Unai Emery’s hand in an Arsenal fixture.

“I’m an Arsenal boy through and through, I love Arsenal. I hurt when everyone hurts and I’m joyous when everyone else is joyous. I follow the club, I support the club. It’s something that is dear to my heart.

“So to walk my team out and shake the hand of Unai Emery will be a proud moment. My wife and kids will be in the stand, my dad and my brother who both follow Arsenal immensely will be the stand, it just makes it all even more special.

“I’m a north London boy so you’re either a red or you support the other mob from the other side of town.

“But Saturday is not about me, it’s a moment for the club, for the community. Ticket sales are already through the roof. The community will come together at the weekend and it will be a massive moment for the club.”

“The players are excited, some of them also support Arsenal.”

And what a first game it could. Due to most of our players missing out on the World Cup we have had many of our stars training with Emery since the first day, and the Boreham Wood fans are likely to be treated to seeing players like Sokratis, Petr Cech, Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, Sead Kolasinac, Aaron Ramsey, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Lucas Perez and Alexandre Lacazette, as well as some promising youngsters coming through and I think I can see Guendouzi in the pic too!

Arsenal training session at London Colney on July 11

Stuff England! I’ll be watching the Arsenal game live on ArsenalTV.

Which game will you be watching?



  1. Chiza says:

    Emery for the premier league title… I dream it and i believe it… Do you believe in Emery because i believe in Emery…#believeinemery

    1. Sheet Head says:

      I believe with you!

  2. Pablo Picasso says:

    “I’m a north London boy so you’re either a red or you support the other mob from the other side of town”. Classic.

    Cant wait for Saturday either. I hope we get the first taste of our new set up and playing style. This result / players who will feature for this game will not be so important to me but rather our approach, shape, set up when defending and attacking set pieces, and organisation.

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      Cant wait for Saturday either

      The boys gonna bring home a bronze medal after 52 years!!

      Come on lads, lets support our boys in Russia for one last time in the World Cup

      Bronze Medal coming home!!!!!!

      3rd Best in the World!!

      1. You are still talking bro?!

      2. Eddie Hoyte says:

        Man go to sleep…you’ve hidden since last couldn’t even beat Belgium’s team B and you think you’ll beat team A?
        matter of fact you might have been the reason England lost, you might’ve been the one who jinxed em

      3. Pablo Picasso says:

        Haaha, good old John.

        I knew from the get go England where going to choke once they met a good team. Your midfield is just too weak and not technical enough to win major tournaments.

        From my side of the world all I can say is the best thing to come out of Britain is the English language and Arsenal.

        One positive to take though is that Kane, Ali and Dier must be having the same diet as Pochentino, chubby and slow fellas.

      4. Mobella says:

        haahaahaahaahaa!!!!! once again haahaahaaa!!!. I love your optimism.

      5. Sue says:

        John… what exactly is coming home?!

      6. RSH says:

        lol third best in the world. Purposely lost to Belgium to avoid hard teams, then gets knocked out by the first good team they face. And if James was fit for Colombia it would’ve been over far sooner.

        1. Sue says:

          Have to agree with you, RSH ?

      7. Amazingchris says:

        England will lose again to Belgium.Not good enough.4th place is what they are coming home with

      8. citrenoogeht says:

        England is going to get seriously spanked by Belgium. I predict 4 – 0.

      9. Sparkles says:

        Erm… is it bronze now???

  3. me too I will be watching arsenal

  4. Sheet Head says:

    Since Luke Gerrard is an Arsenal boy through and through yet also the coach of Boreham, which team will he be supporting ???
    I think he’s likely to jump and celebrate should Auba score a stunner, then remember he’s the coach of the Boreham and hide the excitement ????
    I look forward to that match!

  5. pires says:

    I am glad that this spud tram called England is finally out.This site can at last find his true purpose:Arsenal.

    1. Unai Emery says:


    2. Jeremy says:

      Yeah… it’s loaded w scums from the other side of the town.

      Hope Croatia finished the job. Anti football should not be the one winning.

  6. kizzyman says:

    I can’t wait to see arsenal play again

  7. Sue says:

    Arsenal of course! COYG

  8. chucky says:

    nice to see how united our fans can be head of a new season

  9. Innit says:

    France v Croatia should be a cracker. Def watching it.

    Not so keen on Eng v Belgium. I only care about 1st place not 3rd. Wonder if Kane will show up this time lol

    1. ThirdManJW says:

      England can still finish fourth, so being an Arsenal fan, you should care about that! Haha

    2. Sue says:

      No one remembers 3rd or 4th place!!

      1. ThirdManJW says:

        Wenger does!

        1. Sue says:

          I can’t help but laugh at that

          1. Ken1945 says:

            Yes and so should every Arsenal fan who witnessed CL football for twenty consecutive years.
            If you can’t remember and appreciate that, then I feel sorry for you.
            Let’s just hope that the new regime can equal that club record, or even beat it.
            Funny how finishing fourth now seems of so much importance, whereas before it was a stick to beat the club with.

          2. Shekar233 says:

            You are one hell of a wengerite…you dont miss a single oppurtunity to shpw ur lord as the best in the world. While the entire world sees him as one who once was good and now is shit.

            Pathetic is what comes ro mind while seeing blind wenger supporters like you. No wonder he decided to stay for so long as there was always a group of such rogues who sang ” only one Arsene wenger” just after a win after a string of losses and bad performaces.

            Oh my world… i cant still forget the misery he has caused for the past 8 years which is more recent and relevant than the years before that which is too long ago though were the best of Arsenal. But that cannot be used as a justification for 8+ years of misery caused.

            And dont get me wrong…this misery i am talking about is not coz of him/board not buying players…but because of the on field progress with whatever players he has got…or if that was impossible for him..atleast could have developed some extraordinary youngsters for his succesor to work with…some one like rashford, kane etc

          3. ken 1945 says:

            Durand, good to hear from you again.
            Can you do me a favour and check the positions that the club finished in before, as you put it, we became the runt of the top four?
            Then check where we finished since City became Arab owned?
            Also look at the position of the club since moving to the Emirates please?
            That includes the last two seasons when, as I have said so many times, Wenger should have gone.
            Finally,if you can find the revenue that has gone missing from the twenty years of CL football, that would be interesting as well!
            I didn’t say that finishing 4th this year was not progression did I?
            What Emery is facing is the same scenario as last season regarding other clubs isn’t it?
            I look forward to your breakdown, and your conclusions after taking your comments above as part of the scenario.

          4. OzzieGunner says:

            Durand, as Ken states above, it is the lost revenue (approx. £100 million over the last 2 years) that is important. If Kroenke releases that amount it sure makes a difference in player recruitment and the loss puts Arsenal at a disadvantage to the big clubs in England and Europe.

          5. ken 1945 says:

            Well here you go again Shekar 233, rewriting the world according to you.
            Point one. The entire world sees him as shite…. just like your previous insane claims you have no proof of that and have forgotten the 55,000 fans who gave him the send off he so richly earnt. But you carry on rewriting history to suit your argument.

            Point two. Now I’m a rogue who sang in a group…is that the ‘group’ that came from the entire world quote?
            Same old nonsensical rational.

            Point three. Eight years of misery…of course it was.
            Just three fa cup wins, six CL qualifications, six top four finishes…. just imagine how every other team and it’s supporters were wondering how this shite of a manager could achieve that, while their teams couldn’t.

            Point four. Now that point I can agree with and that is why he had to go. The football for the last two years has been awful and players were not progressing under his management.
            But again, you forget the likes of AMN, Nelson, Chambers, Holding, Bellerin, all of whom have, to date, been part of the new manager’s set up and gratefully received by the new manager.
            But you don’t want to see this side of the discussion and just keep making ludicrous, unsubstantiated, hysterical claims against anyone who doesn’t see it your way.
            Let’s stop commenting about each others post as it is obvious we will never agree.
            You support the club in your way and I will support the club and its history in my way.

          6. Durand says:

            Ken my friend. I’ll hazard a guess as to why 4th seems to some as progression, where 4th previously was ridiculed; though I suspect you already know.

            Mostly in the previous years, there was both Manchester clubs, Chelsea, and Arsenal; everyone else was level below.

            So when finishing 4th out of the Premier League “big clubs”, were had become the runt of the litter yet again. Somewhat akin to being the “smallest giant.”

            Then it soon became more about CL qualifying that chasing PL titles. In essence fighting off club in 5th (tott super chickens), and secondary was title. Bold statement to make, which you may challenge.
            However, let me remind you I’m discussing several years ago, not stadium building period; post stadium finances. Like year only brought in Chec, for example.

            Other clubs have progressed and some far surpassed Arsenal; tv revenue deal, best managers in the world are coming here. We have fallen behind, pick a reason.

            Now, City and Pep with money, Utd with Jose and money, Chelsea same story, add Klopp and Liverpool with money and spending, damned spuds with actual talent, Arsenal clinging on, and now even the gap from 7-10 place is shrinking.

            So Actually yeah, considering all the above,
            Plus new coach, style, tactics
            Plus at least 6 or more new players
            Plus power structure has 3 now, rather than before with Wenger.

            For once, I will be excited to finish in 4th, and actually consider it an accomplishment. I’m sure we all can agree on that.

            I clicked reply to you Ken, but it actually was more a general post to everyone, sorry my friend.

          7. jon fox says:

            I find much to agree with in your post. What bugged me most was the fact that we , alone of all top clubs, were clearly regressing a number of years past. The FA Cup wins were only papering over obvious cracks. Not merely missing fourth place last two seasons but the huge gap last season compared to only goal difference gap, from fourth place, the year before. Attitude was a disgrace and the whole feel was of a club dying on it’s feet. Good to hear that Ken also wanted Wenger out for the last two seasons, as he wrote, but he seemed rather keener to keep him, even this last winter, from comments he made earlier last winter. I don’t believe you (that is Ken actually) should back both ends against the middle but say and stick to what precisely you want. I pride myself on being among the very first Gooners , way back in 2007-8, to see Wengers powers clearly wane and his sea change from powerful, strong players to a string of scrawny dwarfs instead. I never understood why he made this 180 degree change in philosophy , when he had so much glorious success with physically powerful players (as Chelsea also did under Mourinho, esp first time round) World class dwarfs like Xavi and Iniesta are exceedingly rare and such as Denilson were an absolute sick joke. I did not change my view of WENGER FOR NOTHING ; IT WAS BECAUSE HE COMPLETELY ABOUT TURNED HIS METHODS AND ALSO IGNORED ALL DEFENCE MATTERS. We all knew , as you point out, that the stadium cost us transfer money availability and made due allowances. But that ended a while ago. And I could easily see something more fundamental had vanished and WENGER WAS TO ALL EFECTS, A TOTALLY DIFFERENT MANAGER FROM HIS EARLY YEARS SUCCESS. Since I have always supported the club , WAY ABOVE ANY OF ITS EMPLOYEES, I WAS IN THE VANGUARD IN CALLING FOR HIS DISMISSAL. I ONLY WISH IT HAD HAPPENED YEARS EARLIER.

          8. Ken Lock says:

            Jon I am always honest in what I believe in and write, so please don’t insinuate otherwise.
            I have always defended Wenger against those that try to mock or belittle his achievements for the club.
            NEVER EVER have I said that Wenger should have stayed last winter and I resent your accusations that I don’t stick to precisely what I say.
            I have also been accused of wanting Emery to fail and if that is the level of disgraceful debating that is starting to appear, then count me out.
            That is why I get so much abuse on this site, but you and anyone else who think they can patronise me with different versions of what I actually stated are wrong.
            I state quite clearly my views and anyone who disagrees are quite within their right to question them. So don’t start coming the high and mighty with me, because I am to old in the tooth to fall for platitudes, misquotes and put downs.
            Great for you inasmuch you see yourself as the lynchpin of the Wenger out brigade, it was reading your posts that actually brought me to this site.
            I have also always supported the club and not it’s employees, but that’s not unusual is it? I don’t see it as a badge of honour, as I presume every supporter of the club would do likewise.
            As you stopped going to the games, I assume you also declined the chance to go to any of the three cup finals. What a pity, as you missed the euphoric way those of us that were there wiitnessed the way the fans united as supporters of the club.
            Maybe you are correct when you say it was papering over the cracks, but it was still achieved by our club and we should recognise and appreciate it. Especially as it was done with a manager who many see as rubbish. If you had your wish, three glorious fa cup wins might just have passed us by.
            If we are to debate properly, please don’t accuse me of something that is untrue, otherwise what is the point?
            Why have I taken your post so personally!
            Because I expected more from you as a long time gooner with intelligence!

          9. Sue says:

            Hi Ken….I must say, what I’d give to be back in the top 4! I think if we get back into the champions league next season, that will be some achievement!
            I think when you support a team, you want them to be the best & win everything… I’m not saying finishing in the top 4 consecutively for all those years was under achieving, but we never really moved on from there… I hope you understand what I mean!

          10. ken 1945 says:

            Sue,I do agree and the last two years were the reason, in my opinion, why Wenger had to go.
            He was tired and stressed and had run out of ideas and should have retired after the fa win over Chelsea, but hindsight is a wonderful thing.
            Of course I want them to win everything and that is why I have been supporting them for over 60 years. Pl I really want Emery to become THE undisputed leader of the club, but let’s not forget what those before him have done surely?

          11. Sue says:

            What has been done before Emery will never be forgotten! Some of it will never be matched or bettered I don’t think! We just have a bright future to look forward to… getting back into the top 4 is a must & I for one won’t take that for granted!! Look at all the other teams that’d give anything to be in our position, so I’m not mocking what we had & what we’ll have in the future
            So will you watch the friendly on Saturday? ?

          12. ken 1945 says:

            Absolutely Sue and if everyone else had the same views as you, then those that value the past need not have to keep on defending those that made it.
            No manager has ever been unreplacable and that is the case with our ex manager and will be the case with Emery.
            I know that you were not mocking the club’s achievements and history, it’s those that try and rewrite it that I was referring to.
            I will be watching the game with great interest, just hope nobody gets injured!

          13. Ken1945 says:

            Sue it seems my reply wasn’t recorded.
            Of course I knew you were not mocking the club and its history.
            I was referring to others and apologize if you thought I was referring to you.
            Yes, I will be watching both games actually, one because it’s Arsenal and two because I am a proud Englishman living in Scotland and seeing the hatred of a few Scots to our country… you wouldn’t believe it Sue, you really wouldn’t!!! I really hope we can get the win to shut them up.

          14. Phil says:

            Gentlemen and of course Sue-sometimes it’s worthwhile just to read such considered debates and well constructed argument and reasoning as you have all contributed.And sometimes it’s more poignant to just not respond as it is quite pointless and unnecessary.
            For the record ALL you gentleman cannot hold a light to Sue but you do need to make the numbers up so don’t be too upset.
            Due-we all really do love you and the earlier TONY ADAMS WAS RIGHT REALLY WAS GENUIS

          15. OzzieGunner says:

            ?Agree wholeheartedly with Phil below; great discussion.

          16. Shekar233 says:

            I will give you a context which you might understand better and understand why fans like me have gone from praising wenger to absolutely hating him.

            You have been working in a company as a level 2 employee for 5 years now. There are a total of 4 levels. Level 1 ,level2, 3 and 4.

            Suddenly a new managements comes in and rewards all its long serving employees with a pay rise and promotion to next level..

            So now you as a level 3 employee were working hard with hope that you would be promoted to level 4.which is the best within your company and also on par with the best among other companies.

            Now it has been 5 years you have been working as level 3 and yet no promotion or recognition…rather when you ask about you promotion you are given false hope that you will be the first one to get it if you can wait for 1 more year with patience. So wait you did, for not just 1 year but for another 5 years. But no progress what so ever in you pay package and your level.

            you wanted something to change in the it management team or finance team or the owner itself….but nothing..
            After 5 more years of waiting suddenly for whatever reasons the company has gone into losses and fired many of its employees but retained some loyal ones though by demoting them by 1 level.
            Now after 15 years at level 3 you are demoted to level 2. You are back at where you started first in the company….after 20 years in the company which you joined as a level 2 are still in level 2.

            Now since you are too old and are not up to date with the latest advamcements in market wrt your field you cant quit but adjust to whatever is offered…

            So you did adjust for 2 more years with utmost dissapointment and had to change your life style so that you can still provide quality food and education for your family….but seeing the lack of progress finally the owner has decided tk change the management and hired the one who has done good at other companies and atleast tried to work hard to make those companies best in the market.

            So you are excited again hoping that your fortunes would change..and relieved that the previous managements is gone…at this point Ken1945…with soo much frustration and disappointment endured in your life for more that 10 years would you even remember that the old management gave you a promotion from. Level 2 to level 3 the next day they took over?

            Or would you remember the trauma caused by them for keeping you wait for that one last promotion to the top level ? But later demoted instead to a lower level… Would you still celebrate that you have worked as a level 3 employee for 15 years or will be devastated that you are now level 2 for the past 2 years after the 15 level 3 years…

            And what would be your first expectation from the new management it promotion to level 3 from level 2 or direct level 4?
            Most sensible employees will hope for level 3 and there would be some who will hope for a miracle to be promoted to level 4.

            The key word here is hope…you are atleast back to those days where you can again hope for a change…though the new management can still fail. The last time you could really have hope was. 15 years ago…that you can be a level 4…but considering the situation now getting back to level 3 is more important in the immediate future…

            And while you have gone through such a tragic phase in life and are finally out of it …some of your colleauges shout that the old management was the best..some still boast that the old management gave them an instant promotion and let them work at level 3 for 15 years…some even go to a saddistic level by asking the owner to bring back the old management as the current will fail even before giving them a chance…

            Though this might sound a made up story… This does happen in many parts of the world…one of my uncle works as an accountent in a company and he has been an accountant for 15 years now…and he witnesses first hand how youngsters coming out of college directly get a designation of accountants instead of asst acount manager…

            So though the story js metaphorical…one thing you got to understand is in life people want progress… Just because you have seen a company share Price rise rapidly 10 years ago and you have made a fortune out of cannot keep buying the shares of the same company that has fallen to below mediocre level.

            I know i cannot make you agree with me ken1945…but i just want you to understand that those who dont appreciate or hate wenger do it coz of lack of progress(instead degressing) though we did love him for the first 12 years.

          17. jon fox says:

            Analagies work better when they are not written as virtual books. Articles, and too the point, are more likely to be read. You DO have , generally speaking, many things to say. But to labour them as you have done here, just means folk will get bored and ignore them. Brevity and TO THE POINT, please!

  10. GB says:

    I was born in Borehamwood and go to all the BW v ARSE pre season games and we (Arsenal) usually win but the team is mainly kids. But Auba and Mikhi are confirmed as playing, can’t wait. Will be there with my kids and grand kids, we are all Gooner’s.

    1. Sue says:

      Seems like ages since we last saw Arsenal! I can’t wait… enjoy the match GB COYG

      1. Phil says:

        Sue apologies for the earlier typo-Due should have read SUE

        1. Sue says:

          Thanks for your comment Phil ? and to Ken also! You guys are true gents ?

  11. Rodney says:

    Very funny thirdmanJW

  12. Jeremy says:

    The title reads: Forget WC…

    I think we should all stop talking about WC and focus on the team.

    It’s really getting boring.

    Can’t wait to see how the team is lining up.

  13. Ray says:

    All I can say is..

    If Southgate thinks we “Over-performed”, then we certainly are is the s**t as a footballing nation!

    It was a case of the usual really. Long balls, slack passing and switching off at the worst time possible. The only thing coming home is a plane with half of the Spuds on-board! Any one else see resemblance here? The spuds also bottle it towards the end of the season..

    I for one don’t feel proud of England’s performances in the WC. I didn’t see much to convince me it will be much better any time soon. We played against average teams and still got booted!

    1. Sue says:

      Tony Adams was right ?

      1. Jeremy says:

        Absolutely…. Maybe we should build Scums a huge bottle outside the stadium.

  14. Kenny Rolfe says:

    The Prime Minister is now talking about hosting a reception for our losers. What next? An open top bus through Central London. You couldn’t make it up.

    1. Ken1945 says:

      Kenny, it could be worse though.
      Dear old Boris might just be driving the coach with the team on board and our ex player Harry Kane holding up the Golden Boot award.
      Next thing you know, the Spuds will be driving through the capital celebrating two years of consecutive CL football.

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        Ken while you’re here, did you find a youngster for the shirt. just back from holiday and a bit in the dark.

        1. ken 1945 says:

          Yes I did Kenny, but waiting for the shirt to arrive here before arranging the meeting.
          It’s all been approved with admin, so will ensure that you all know what happened.
          Hope you had a good holiday by the way!

          1. Kenny Rolfe says:

            Thanks a lot Ken, that’s great news and yes thank you, had a great time.

  15. Paul kalu says:

    I can’t wait for arsenal season to get started

  16. Shinoda says:

    England was never going to be in the WC finals. They had a good run & that was it. They met 3 technically better teams & lost to 2 & only won one on penalties. Finishing 3rd, even 4th will be an achievement.

    Anyway…. I’m now looking forward to our Arsenal under a new management. Hopefully we can have the full squad before pre-season ends. We need all hands on deck as the season begins.

  17. Innit says:

    To be fair, England had a good draw and they didn’t have to worry about Brazil, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Argentina. Also Italy and Netherlands weren’t even in the tournament.

    So this was a Golden opportunity for England. Too bad Kane didn’t show up

    I seriously doubt all the above teams will miss the quarterfinals in 4 years time.

  18. Phil says:

    I only hope AMN was watching the game last night.The performance of England’s midfield pretty much summed up the dismal showing of an over-hyped team who just did not have the ability to go toe to toe with a fairly decent Croatia.If Henderson is the best we have in there then young AMN will be nailed on for the Euro’s in two years time. The lad needs to focus and learn.I believe he has amazing potential and we need Emery to get him disciplined and let his ability to come through.The Manager is important but eventually it comes down to the player.

    1. Sue says:

      So Phil did you gloat as you picked up your winnings?!

      1. Phil says:

        Oh yes Sue-like you would guess I would.To their credit the money was waiting for me but they argued that losing in the final to Citeh should not count as they finished above us.But they were TWO places from winning a trophy and we were only one.They also had to coff up another few quid between them as I whipped there arses in the round.
        So the bet for next year is £20 per point difference in the league.I trust Emery to get the job done for me and for those CHOKERS to perform as usual.
        I would also add I put the WHOLE £120 in the charity box on the bar.It was worth seeing their faces just to do that trust me.

        1. Sue says:

          A great day all round for you then Phil!! Bet that was brilliant the look on their faces!! Well let’s hope you’re in for a mammoth pay out next season….. and the spuds will be back where they belong! ?

        2. Kenny Rolfe says:

          In the charity box. Class Phil.

  19. qoni says:

    i want o watch my team of my heart and soul – hope to see the first game of emery – its good if england finishes third, but first that why i am a gooner for ever to watch my team – gooner = forever

  20. waal2waal says:

    far as the world cup goes i did think england would make the final but im not about to put cotton round my neck and jump off a stool at the failure.

    Im glad we begin our first steps to recovery competitively and the fact wenger has no input these days is yoke taken from the clubs neck. lest we forget things became so dire that opposing teams fans were wanting him to remain so as they could have a laugh at our fans expense.

    In real terms I rather be watching a pre-season afc match than bel v eng vie for third place bragging rights. must say well done admin for what is a refreshing write up – #coyg

  21. nonny says:

    Emery does not expect more signings
    Arsenal manager Unai Emery says his summer recruitment is done – unless a “big opportunity” arises.
    Emery, into his second week with the Arsenal squad at their London Colney training ground, is yet to discuss his squad with predecessor Arsene Wenger and insists any advice the club’s boss of 22 years will be secondary to his relationship with the players.
    “I have my own personality,” he said.
    The former Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla manager has already stamped his authority on the squad he inherited, with five new signings for fees that could collectively exceed £70m.
    Arsenal’s latest new signing Matteo Guendouzi trained with his team-mates on Wednesday
    Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno, Sokratis, Matteo Guendouzi and Stephan Lichtsteiner have all arrived, while stalwarts Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Per Mertesacker have left the club.
    “We signed the players who we need, only if one player is a big opportunity for us to sign we can do it,” Emery said ahead of Arsenal’s first pre-season game of the summer against Boreham Wood on Saturday.
    “Normally we are thinking about the young player, the possibility to stay with us or go on loan to another team.
    “In this moment I think the squad is complete, only the possibility for one player or two players to leave.
    “To sign [a player] in the next month? Only if he is a big opportunity.”
    Steven N’Zonzi is part of France’s World Cup squad
    Arsenal are in talks to sign Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi , according to Sky sources, but Emery indicated no offer has been made.
    “I know him,” said Emery, who worked with N’Zonzi at Sevilla. “But we didn’t do movement for him.”
    Securing the future of key midfielder Aaron Ramsey is set to be more of a concern for Emery. The Welshman has one year remaining on his current contract.
    I want to work with him.
    Emery on Aaron Ramsey
    “I’m very happy with him,” said Emery. “Every day every training session he is with the ambition I want. He is working with quality. I want to work with him.”
    Asked why Ramsey is yet to sign a new deal, Emery added: “This is one question for the player, the club, but my opinion – I said to them – I think he is one important player for me.”
    The first-choice goalkeeper for next season is yet to be decided, said Emery. He plans to make his decision over the coming weeks.
    “I want to work with Petr Cech, Bernd Leno, Emilio Martinez, Matt Macey, David Ospina,” said Emery.
    “It is clear we have many goalkeepers but we want to work in the future with three in the first team but now I want to look, work every day with all the goalkeepers and then I am going to decide the first.”

    1. Ken Lock says:

      So all the talk about Nzonzi was media c##p yet again.
      Also glad that he was absolutely adamant about who is the boss and who was the boss.
      His comments still leave the door open for a tantalising big name signing doesn’t it though?

      1. OzzieGunner says:

        Unai Emery’s interview with the media at London Colney was excellent. Despite needing assistance from the interpreter for some questions, he answered all questions posed in English. There is no doubt he is working hard on improving his English; I wish I could be as competent in Spanish.
        I have been impressed also with the clips I have seen of the training, which shows all the players doing skills and ball training at high intensity. From a management petspective so far Emery’s team building appears on a good track, with the integration of squad and youth players in training and at meals. Everyone appears happy.
        I will be pleased if Emery weans the players from their mobile phones. First banning their use during meals and hopefully getting the players concentrating on the game, rather than selfies.
        Anyway time will tell, but the outlook is positive.

  22. ruelando says:

    I hope that I get to see all the youngsters involved in training with the senior group getting some playing time, looking forward to the preseason matches.

    Emery seems to be exhausting the players in training and to me, that is a great sign, let us hope in the field of play an intensive pressing game is encouraged by the players’ fitness

  23. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Tough choice – do I watch arsenal or do I watch Harry Kane not win another trophy but add it to his ‘development’ even though he’s a fully grown man that should have achieved something more than winning an appeal for a team mates goals by lying that it went in off his shoulder.

    Too many choices. This is worse than Netflix!!!!

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