Petr Cech will still be Arsenal’s Number One next season

Although Arsenal have just spent a massive amount on bringing Bernd Leno over from Bayer Leverkusen this week, I can assure you that for the next 12 months he will be learning the ropes from Petr Cech and the new keeper coach Javi Garcia from PSG.

It has been widely reported that Leno was not picked for the German national team because he seems to have suffered a crisis of confidence in the last campaign, and although we all hope that he can benefit from the change of scenery we will only be seeing him in action in the Europa League and the League Cup while Cech plays out the final year of his contract, with the Gunners with the Number One jersey on his back for the first and last time..

I did think it strange that Jens Lehmann was let go considering we have just acquired our first German keeper since the Mad Jens was between the sticks, and Leno has admitted that the Invincible was one of his heroes as a youngster. Leno told “When I was a child, Iker Casillas was always my idol, but when I was at Stuttgart, there were many players, like Timo Hildebrand and Jens Lehmann. I watched many of Jens’ training sessions to learn from him. So yeah, they were my idols.

“I had some training sessions with him when I was very young, about 16 or 17 years old. Jens Lehmann was around 40 years old and for me it was very exciting. He was so concentrated, so professional and that’s the mentality that you need as a professional goalkeeper.”

So as some readers have been saying that they were worried about Leno coming in, they can breathe easier knowing that he will be learning and hopefully improving drastically in the coming year….



  1. Drew says:

    It’s fine. One mistake from Cech and the bench is his do the rest of the season. He needs to retire now or go to China.

  2. Sean Williams says:

    Cannot imagine how Cech will be numero uno. He’s no longer good enough. Cannot command his box anymore. I would rather keep Ospina and get rid of Cech.

    1. gooner4life says:

      I hope he does not learn any of Cech’s mistakes or how to save Penalty Kicks.

      1. Godswill says:

        Luckily the guy can stop penalties.
        There should be fair chance for all to stake their claims.

  3. Billy says:

    Can’t see us spending 20m on a keeper to be benched. Yes he can learn from Cech on the training ground.

    1. dragunov762mm says:

      That’s one reason. Second, Leno is not a junior goalie. He’s the main GK for Leverkusen who was also played in CL. He has enough experiences to be Arsenal’s no. 1.

  4. Pablo Picasso says:

    No player should have a guaranteed first 11 spot. Not Cech, Auba, Ozil or Ramsey, that kind of management should have been kicked out with Wenger.

    I say let them battle it out for first spot. City bought Ederson and through in right in. Goalkeepers acclimatize faster than outfield players. Key thing is for Leno to quickly get used to his teammates especially the defence. Good thing is with Unai most of our players including Leno will start leaning Unai’s style together.

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  5. GB says:

    Don’t be rediculous of course Leno will be our number one keeper. Cech may have No.1 on his back but that means naff all. Leno had no crisis it’s just he’s third best keeper in Germany but only two go to the WC. Lehmann was a coach at Arsenal but not goal keeping coach. Leno will start over Cech.

    1. Uchman says:

      Leno is not Germany’s 3rd choice and moreover it’s 3 goalkeepers daz being selected not 2

      1. McLovin says:

        Leno is better than Trapp, no questions about that.

        1. RSH says:

          Trapp hardly kicks a ball for PSG. Low just has his favorites. And Leno made some mistakes when Low gave him a chance so thats why Trapp is ahead. Still a strange move to call him up when he hardly plays for his club.

      2. Declan says:

        Sorry Uchman, my bad as the kids say. Yes three gone but I think Leno is far better than Trapp.

        1. Uchman says:

          Leno is not even better than ospina,yes he was a huge prospect when he was 19 or 20 but dude has SC failed to cover himself in glory in the last few seasons, dude can pull an acrobatic save and pull a howler in the next few minutes, he’s always few matches away from a blunder, I don’t think daz what a top club with ambitions should be maiming @,if u r spending about 20m pounds on a goalkeeper I think it should be a class one which Leno hardly represents,

  6. barryglik says:

    Cheque is still a top keeper.
    Jay Leno has to prove himself yet.
    It’s a 60 game season so
    both will be needed.
    Who will be number 3?

    1. McLovin says:

      Let’s call spade a spade: Cech is not a top keeper..

      I counted we have 7 homegrown players in the squad of 25 atm:
      – Ramsey, AMN, Bellerin, Chambers, Holding, Welbeck, Iwobi

      We need 1 more, unless it’s Matt Macey as 3rd choice GK.

      Leno, Cech, Macey (Ospina SOLD)

      Bellerin, Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Sokratis, Chambers, Holding, Monreal, Kolasinac (Mavropanos used as well, but he’s U21, doesn’t need to be counted in the 25-man list)

      Xhaka, Elneny, Torreira, Ramsey, AMN, Özil

      Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, PEA, Welbeck

      Not in the squad but hopefully sold: Perez, Jenkinson, Campbell

      So that’s a total of 22 players out of 25. Who else comes in? I hope:

      – Rabiot (CM)
      – Pavon (RW), Martial (LW) or Martins (RW)
      – Soyuncu or other promising CB

      1. McLovin says:

        So far that’s:

        Leno £19m
        Torreira £14m (installments)
        Sokratis £16m

        ~£50 millions spent THIS summer.

        Rabiot and Martial’s got 1 year left in their contracts. How much could they command from them? Rabiot probably 25-30 millions MAX and Martial no more than £40 millions. And Martins might be free and Pavon’s got a reported £22 million release clause.

        1. DDK3 says:

          United have a 1 year extension option for Martial.

          1. McLovin says:

            It’s solely club option or club and player both?

            Meaning if the club wants to use it but the player doesn’t, it won’t be triggered?

      2. Abs says:

        Isn’t Eddie Nketiah homegrown im sure he’s played in the England youth set up. He will be a beast in I’d rather have him in the squad than Iwobi or Welbeck. This guy looks like a real predator but only game time will help him develop!

    2. jon fox says:

      Haven’t you heard that “Cheques” are going out of fashion. So is Cech! Shame I had to spell out the truth for you. I would only keep Cech as second keeper.

  7. Dan says:

    Right Jon Fox I see on a previous article you labelled me a idiot think that shows your true mentality would you call me that to my face very much doubt it people are brave when hiding behind their phones!! This is a chat forum everyone is entitled to their opinions if we all agreed it would be very boring!! I was a season ticket holder for over 20 years so done the lot home and away and Europe as well so would like to think I have seen enough of arsenal to give my opinion on everything about them. I wish the new manager well and would love him to prove me wrong but looks like he is going to play a pressing game are these players adaptable to change their style after all these years I am not sure but if he makes it work I will be first to come out and congratulate him!!

    1. Sue says:

      Fair play Dan!

    2. Abu says:

      I have been observing you for some time and I have a question for you. What do you want ? For real.

      1. Nikhilesh says:

        According to dan, arsenal should have

        LW: Neymar
        CF: Ronaldo
        RW: Messi
        CM: Pogba
        CM: Coutinho
        CDM: Kante
        LB: Alaba
        CB: Pique
        CB: Ramos
        RB: Alves at his peak
        GK: Neuer

        1. Unai Emery says:

          @Nikhilesh who in their right mind would want Pogba

        2. Ken1945 says:

          Nkhilesh please direct me to that ACTUAL post please!!!
          If you can’t, stop making things up and give us something to debate!!

      2. Dan says:

        Originally it was for arsenal football club to be up there with the biggest clubs in the world challenging for tittle and champions league and financially compete with all of them that was the idea of moving to a new stadium but with promises broken that is no longer realistic so the next stage for me is to get back into top 4 but that is going to be extremely difficult we are way behind city and think Liverpool will keep improving under klopp then you have Chelsea man u and spuds it’s harder now then ever to finish in the top 4 and at moment can’t see us breaking into that group!!

        1. Mobella says:

          I have asked you before and I will ask you again. Does every idea become reality?.

    3. jon fox says:

      I would be delighted, even keen, to call you an idiot to your face, since I believe in always stating the clear truth. Unlike you! To expand on this matter, what you are doing is attacking innocent people in Emery, Sven and Raul for the “crimes” committed long term by their thankfully deposed predecessor. This is unfair and unhelpful to the new fresh set up. Even idiotic, which keen GOONERS – which you undoubtedly are, as am I too – should not be allowing to go unchallenged. We are here to SUPPORT and defend our new set up, surely? Not attack it, IDIOTICALLY! NOW YOU KNOW WHY I SAY YOU ARE AN IDIOT. I have never shrunk from the truth in my long life and I do not plan to start doing so now. In common with the overwhelming majority of Gooners as many fan polls showed, I was desperate to get Wenger sacked as he was consistently harming Arsenal. The new regime must b egiven a fair chance before premature judgement by you helps puts unnecessary pressure on them. Why harm the club you love? Unless you are an idiot. Only possible conclusion!

      1. Dan says:

        Fox you are a complete twat I would love opportunity for you to say that to my face trust me you wouldn’t be on your feet for very long!! Love dealing with bullies that’s all you are expect everyone to agree with everything you say well sorry old boy that’s not gona happen with me so go crawl back in your hole!!

        1. John0711 says:

          Calm down ladies this isn’t a penis measuring competition it’s a bit of fun where we are all allowed an opinion

        2. jon fox says:

          Threats of violence don’t frighten me sonny! But they are illegal, so you may have other worries should they be repeated!

          1. Dan says:

            Ha Ha hilarious bullies don’t like people standing up to them so if you can’t take it don’t dish it out!!

          2. Ken1945 says:

            Interesting to note that under the ex manager the club was monitoring Leno and the Russian defender.
            Not sure, but I bet someone will know, why this season the signings are happening so quickly.
            After all, the three musketeers were in control last season along with Gazidis.
            Are we know seeing Kronky actually starting to realize that he is in the firing line and won’t be protected by Wenger?

            Dan, such a shame to see a true gooner falling by the wayside. Twenty years of fantastic support home and away is total commitment!
            Hope that somehow you can see yourself back at the Emirates.

            What I find intriguing is that you are putting forward the case that Jon has actually championed before!!
            The fact that the stadium was built with the promise of being the catalyst to promote the club into the elite bracket with reference to top notch signings.
            It was argued that under Wenger, this didn’t happen as he was just interested in making money for Kronky.
            Always believed this was a ridiculous argument, but that’s my personal opinion.
            Your view that our new signings don’t show that the promise is being correct is understandable, but have you taken into account the complete picture?
            I believe we do have a world class attacking formation, along with the brilliant Ozil able to feed these players… the scenario is really mouthwatering in my opinion.
            I believe that what the new regime is doing is trying to bring in experience, leadership and aggression to get the steel required in the defence area of our team.
            If this is successful, it will see us back in the CL and THEN we can begin to bring in the world class defenders or, and this is even better, have given the likes of Chambers etc, the opportunity to learn the craft of defending.
            So I do understand what you are saying, but my personal view is that some of the signings are short term,but with as long term strategy.
            I, as a Wenger man, am delighted with what Emery has done so far and believe he might even emulate the early success of our ex manager.

            Jon, why are you so confrontational with anyone who disagrees with you!
            I have been on the receiving end of some of your posts.
            They are very divisive and while you believe that your views are always correct, why do you have to bring in the thousands of mythical fans who agree with you?
            Argue your case as an individual and let others actually tell you if they agree or not.
            Please don’t assume that your views are always those of the majority… just to remind you, this site registered just over1,000 votes regarding the ex manager poll.
            I believe that there are millions of Gooners out there in the big wide world!!!!
            I always read your posts because you have good points and they are passionate and from a older generation.
            Our values are sometimes very different to the younger generation, BUT not necessarily the correct ones I hasten to add.
            But your views can sometimes appeare pompous, self opinionated and arrogant in the extreme.
            Of course we are all entitled to say it as it is (in our opinion), but it’s how we do it that’s the key.

            Just my personal take on the argument between Jon and Dan and I apologize in advance to all those who I have offended in the same way as I have criticised those above!!

          3. jon fox says:

            Ken I wouild respectfully suggest you keep out of the silly quarrel between Dan and me. I was defending our club from someone who was unfairly attacking it. I don’t know whether or not you have read the start of our quarrel on previous threads. If you have, you will recall that you personally have often defended our club from those you perceived to have attacked it, unfairly. To spout nonsense about people who have had their feet in the door a metaphorical five minutes and be nonsensically negative about all medium term prospects AND to blame the present set up for the long term faults of the recent past is to open yourself to derision. He attacked Arsenal , I defended us and the battle went downhill from there. It is all the more puzzling coming from a devoted Gooner as he certainly is. I would have expected those comments from a troll. He ended by threatening violence and you may wish to draw your own conclusions about the mentality of anyone who does that. He and I will not converse again. At least I will not; no need as there are many people with intelligent thoughts to add, not least yourself.

          4. jon fox says:

            Ken, On this separate post I will try to answer some of your other (non Dan related) points you raised. You ask is Koenke now aware that he is in the firing line when not protected by Wenger and ask why the three Musketeers(good name BTW) were also in control last season , so why not the same dynamic action back then. Phew! This could be a deep one but I’ll simplfy. The Third Musketeer is the most important and he was not there last season. Wenger did of course provide a somewhat dented shield for the worst abuse Kroenke received. That shield is now gone. Kroenkes more important shield is the fact that he owns the club and is thus legally unsackable. He can only be removed by buying him out and he clearly won’t agree, so short of an all out fan war taken to extreme lengths, which our fans EN BLOC, which means 90+%, will never do, he is there til he dies or hands over to Josh. Josh is our best and most realistic hope. And Wengers sacking is IMO directly down to Josh and his fact find last winter, so there is distinct hope of the younger generation being more emotionally Arsenal concerned than the older one. It could scarcely be less involved, emotionally. So, yes, Kroenke IS aware but cares little.Your assertion that the leadership is trying to bring in” experience, leadership and aggression ” is clearly spot on. Undoubtedly so. But as important is quality coaching , in particular of defence. This lack of such was my long term beef with Wenger and the main reason I felt him unfit to manage further. Past evidence with Emery shows a devoted and assiduous coach and I share your optimism about this coming seasson and onwards. At last I feel the club has direction , planning and dynamism. This explains my hot reaction to the unfair attack by Dan. Time for a drink. And I do NOT mean tea!

      2. Uchman says:

        I think the bigger idiot here is John fox who use every opportunity here to insult and abuse the most successful manager in our history, it amazes me how he thinks he’s the only one with ample knowledge of afc, how he even thinks there was no coaching going under wenger’s era is even the most idiotic statement ever, wenger came saw and conquered and left as a legend, could we have bn this bigger without wenger? Definitely no way, the major reason wenger is being celebrated and will still be celebrated today is his ingenuity , in the course of wenger’s 22 years stay as our coach, leeds united who use to be our big rival has suffered multiple relegations and there is no hope of coming back, Aston Villa who used to be our other big rival has suffered relegation and in a big financial mess, Newcastle who was a very strong force before the arrival of wenger has suffered 2 relegations yet with zero trophies, Tottenham who was almost @ our level has only finished ahead of us twice in 22 years with just a paltry capital one cup trophy, everton despite spending almost same amount of money as wenger has won zero trophies since he came and has only qualified for the champions league once, the last time I checked Liverpool who used to be kings in England has only one trophy in the last 10 years, the only 2 clubs apart from man u who has done better than us in recent times man city and Chelsea has bn bank rolled by their multi billionaire owners, the two clubs has had a net spend of over 900m pounds in that period while wenger for over 22 years has a net spend of slightly over 200m pounds, it’s no longer news that wenger is the architect of our position today as one of the richest clubs in the world, despite building the emirate stadium and our state of the art training centre he kept us in champions league places for over 20 years, and made arsenal FC one of the most popular clubs in the world today, if the fool thinks the distractions of last year will make us forget a legend who sacrificed his most productive years to make afc a better club, then he must be joking, the new management team can be said to be doing well in the summer, but u can only know how good the guys r when the season starts, I will surely give them support but nothing can make me disrespect wenger bcoz afc was privileged to have him, and he will remain our hero!!

        1. Ken1945 says:

          Well said Uchman, I agree with you 100%.
          The history of our club will always show the trophies and advancement made under the greatest manager this club has ever had.
          But my fellow gooner it really is time to move on.
          Let’s not dwell in the past as those that keep going back at any little excuse to try and keep the decisive issue going.
          We are bigger than that surely?
          The new regime is looking forward and have made an excellent start rebuilding our club as they want it to go forward.
          I see good times ahead and I am really looking forward to the coming season.
          I will just have a smile on my face as I read all the trophies being paraded around the stadium in honour of the teams that won them and who was in charge.
          Onwards and upwards!!!

    4. RSH says:

      It’s going to take more than one season for Emery to make the team he wants and have them play the way he wants. We probably will see periods where we struggle. It took Klopp about 2 seasons before we saw Liverpool improve at all, it took Pep one season before City started to perform (and insane amount of spending). Anyone who is expecting immediate results will probably be disappointed. That’s usually not how it goes. I just hope people give Emery some solid time and we don’t automatically turn against him if things dont get off to an amazing start. As long as it’s not David Moyes bad and we are seeing the club going in the right direction and start to look like a team with a real future, I will be very happy. Getting back in UCL should be our goal and I think it can be done.

      1. jon fox says:

        YES, progress , signs of forward planning and fight will do for me. We all hope to win every game, obviously but I live in realty land and will be happy with just steady progress.

        1. Ken1945 says:

          So Auba, can you please explain to me how Wenger softened the hardness in him?
          You completely contradict yourself by then saying look at him at Switzerland…. or have I misunderstood that second comment?
          By the way,we have had video analyst at the club for many years, certainly since the Emirates was built.

          1. Ken1945 says:

            Jon, thanks for the reply, and doesn’t it make you wonder why the club didn’t follow up on the interest shown!
            I also have great difficulty in understanding why, if our ex manager was in total control, Gazidis and co didn’t sign them last year!
            That also goes for Griezmann by the way.
            If you read his autobiography he states that he was wanted by Arsene, but was let down by the club.
            That subtle difference has been missed by most of our supporters and I believe this is an example of Gazidis starting to backstab Wenger.

            By the way, I have of course followed the argument between yourself and Dan and, as this is a debating forum, feel perfectly at ease to join in the debate.
            I seem to remember you doing the same thing when John0711 and I were at loggerheads.
            Dan, I would like your views on my views regarding the signings etc.
            Always good to get an experienced Gooners thoughts and ideas, but understand if you haven’t got the time.

          2. jon fox says:

            Ken, I only asked “May I respectfully suggest” about my row with Dan. Of course you are free, if, as you do, you wish to give an opinion. Perish the thought I should ever try to prevent anyone having their rightful say, even those who I think post nonsense. And you are right in that I have got involved in your arguments at times. As to GAZIDIS, I SHARE YOUR DOUBTS, PUTTING IT VERY MILDLY, ABOUT HIS TRUE INTENTIONS. I can not so easily forget his cosy years, many of them when he sucked up to WENGER, BEFORE CHANGING TACTICS ONLY WHEN HE COULD SEE THE INCREASING FAN UNREST. And only doing it then. I see him as a power lover more than a true Arsenal lover and I think him not fit to lick the boots of the great and hugely missed DAVID DEIN. In short , I have never trusted Gazidis and still don’t, even now when he is getting a deal of praise from some Gooners with short memories (or short supporting tenure, who are therefore unaware of the medium term past). Gazidis would do well in PARLIAMENT WHERE HIS BACK STABBING WOULD BE MORE AT HOME AND EASILY UNDERSTOOD.

  8. ThirdManJW says:

    Haha, no chance! You do not spend that kind of money on a keeper, and then barely use him! How’s he supposed to learn if he isn’t playing? You cannot replicate a competitive game in training sessions.

    Secondly, why on earth should Cech still be our number one? He’s cost us how many points? He’s been poor for us, and needs replacing badly, every fan knows this.

  9. Nikhilesh says:

    Where’s Kev, missing his updates

    1. Sue says:

      He’s had enough!

      1. Mwsupporter says:

        I think a lot of us have.

  10. Nikhilesh says:

    Is banega coming? @Kev

    1. McLovin says:

      From the bottom of my heart: PLEASE NO.


      1. Nikhilesh says:

        Emery trusts him, he will be a great injury cover, we can sign him if we can get him for <15 million

      2. Enagic says:

        If it’s no to Banega I don’t think at all you understand football game – he is the most complete footballer ever even if take Ramsey and Wilshere combine they are no where near Banega

        1. McLovin says:

          Well if we are comparing players to Ramsey and Wilshere, mind as well bring in Jonjo Shelvey!

        2. RSH says:

          I’ve mostly seen him play for Argentina and I think he’s just fine. Was never blown away by him. Everyone besides messi seems to poop their pants when they play for Argentina though so maybe is he much better than that. Still think if we have more important positions to fill. Spending 20mill on him would be a bit of a waste when we need a winger way more.

  11. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Arsenal don’t spend that kind of dough for bench warmers

  12. hemperor says:

    Are u saying cause we don’t spend that kind of money for bench warmers….that’s why free transfer like kolasinac was on bench most times even when Montreal don’t play

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Yes that’s what I meant regarding the goalkeepers.

      No idea what was going through Wenger’s head regarding Kolasinac. I think he came in when there was a back 3 but then got sacrificed when it went to a back 4

      1. Declan says:

        I don’t think Kalasinac had a good season and is obviously behind Monreal and Niles.

        1. RSH says:

          Had a good start, but AW kept taking him in and out of team. He got solid game time when Arsenal were at their worst. Didn’t feel like he got a fair chance to show what he was capable of.

          1. Ozziegunner says:


  13. Innit says:

    If de Gea or Courtois was our keeper last season, you people would be slagging him off because he would look bad because of the lack of quality around him.

    Cech had no support. No top CBs and No defensive midfielder. Also Bellerin was average last season.

    Let’s see how he does this season with better support

    It’s so easy to blame a GK
    A GK needs support. He cant stop goals by himself

    1. McLovin says:

      Except he was directly at fault for at least half a dozen goals:

      – vs. Swansea away
      – vs. Everton away
      – vs. Leicester home (Okazaki’s goal)
      – vs. Liverpool home (Firmino’s goal)

      1. Sue says:

        Best thing he did was save Deeney’s penalty ?

    2. RSH says:

      Courtois did get slagged off last season though and he had way better defenders than Arsenal last season haha. Cech is error prone, doesn’t make saves he should be making. Of course Arsenal defense is bad, but Cech is part of the reason it’s bad, not a victim of it.

  14. Jim says:

    Rubbish..Cech will be number 2 (in more ways than one).if he stays.

  15. auba arsenal of lagos says:

    I dont see chech as numero uno na! Leno is number 1 gk.I’m super excited for next season hey I have a piece for those crying for wilshere stay.seems you forgot unai said a “hard pressing team” off you see wilshere making those fast rushing tackles? Many of us don’t seem to have a grasp of what we’ll be like under emery.we need players that can go many games somewhere xhaka played almost all our league games& u wonder why emery instructed he be given a new contract. Xhaka might not have blossomed under Wenger but many of us seem to have forgotten the potentials of the lad b4 coming to us Wenger softened the hardness in him and damn look at him even at Switzerland.
    We all can recollect how we complained about players regression under Wenger e.g bellerin, iwobi,kolasinac, mustafi xhaka I for one have a strong feeling many arsenal players will surprise us. And the British media and prem teams better be ready to witness a sharp jolt from the over pampered,tactless and spineless Wenger team to a hard working efficient, & result oriented emery army! Funk me we’ve got a video analyst on the team now!pls tell me how bellerin will not be slapped over for piss poor defending &ozil not shown how poor he was in not getting the ball back and not just “covering ground” like his grandpa always say to pamper & defend him.come see ice cold lacazette finish off teams with his budy auba. I’m so fired up just because I know emery feels the great Arsenal is where he must get it right

    1. jon fox says:

      What a superb and positive post. Shame a very few idiots on post do the polar opposite. Personally, I doubt even Emery can make certain players you list into Prem teak tough players but here’s hoping anyway. But you beautifully point out the vast difference between modern methods under a modern managerial team and the age old past it failures of the recent past.

      1. Dan says:

        Is idiot the word in your vocabulary fox sounds like it!!

    2. Ken1945 says:

      So Auba, can you please explain to me how Wenger softened the hardness in him?
      You completely contradict yourself by then saying look at him at Switzerland…. or have I misunderstood that second comment?
      By the way,we have had video analyst at the club for many years, certainly since the Emirates was built.

      1. Ozziegunner says:

        Ken, one thing Arsene Wenger apparently did do to Xhaka (and also Elneny) was to discourage him from shooting from outsde the box. Arsenal therefore lost one of his strengths in his reasonably accurate (he tends not to spray too wide) and powerful shot at goal.
        In my opinion Arsenal’s attack would be bettet with more shooting due to the chances of deflections and poor clearances/blocks falling to players like Lacazette, Aubameyang and Ramsey following up. Also Ozil needs to be more selfish and rather than passing, be more direct, run on goal and shoot. This puts more doubt in defenders’ minds.

  16. Ingleby says:

    ‘I can assure you’ ???

    Fact – or personal opinion?

  17. Declan says:

    Anyway, back to the World Cup, I’m liking the look of this Peru team and their support is amazing.

    1. GB says:

      Nice shirts too.

  18. John0711 says:

    Admin why so few topics ?

  19. Simon Williams says:

    Hope rumours of Ever Benega coming are true. Be exceptional addition to our midfield.

    Still not convinced Ozil makes first 11 with Emery style of play

  20. Tom says:

    “Time will tell with how well arsenal become in this New Arsenal era. We are lovers of all things beautiful. We can’t fault our start this Off season.”

    The purpose and speed at which AFC have moved since the fairwell Mr. Wenger end has been promising.

    Lets not be too critical about the old manager. We demand one thing from him and he demands many things from himself. To say what has happened to our club in his time is incredible. In that time Leeds have been relegated, once a competitor. I remember a cold midweek night in Bolton. It finished 1-1 and Vieria was sent off. My mates said what a poor result, I said we will go on and win the league. And we did.
    The old manager had an army behind him of top players. We have had greats here. Many say invincible, I say incredible.
    Incredibly invincible even.

    So in football now, today football, stock is being brought before full value So potential is costly. We know that. In football terms, talent is expensive. And in general terms, football is big because it’s got big interest. Internationally.

    The world cup is hot right now. Back home arsenal are hot.
    New regrime first assembled last year. Ex Dortmund scout, Ex Barcelona Chief (& nike), Ex Sky negotiator and now Ex PSG manager.

    What interests me other then his management skills (which are important) is that he knows how big money at work at big clubs works. Knowledge arsenal didn’t have.
    With that the knowledge of Barca at above boardroom level and boardroom level. Arsenal look set.
    Mislintat is not the saviour deep down. It’s a joint effort of all extremes.

    For me the manager has the relationships and develops what we love – football.

    Unai Emery is to me unknown. I know of him but not closely. Some fans will say they know someone like pep because he’s in the premier league and on tv alot. Some might like him better and wish. Maybe like how many other fans wished for our ex manager in the past. But we are marching on so there’s no time.

    A new right back, pushing our young Spanish no.1 and teaching him a thing or two whilst gearing up the team. A winner. Let him do his thing and he will deliver.

    A new goalkeeper. Shot stopper, quick off his line, athletic. Basics for a keeper is strong. Passing, focus and crosses am yet to see. I look forward to it.

    The best right now in rumours.
    Papastathopoulos seems a very strong rumour, especially if his dad is saying he turned down United for Arsenal.
    United defence is boring. Smalling Jones can’t get into England team and Baily’s team isn’t even at the world cup.
    In truth we have young talent pool of Holding, Chambers and M.panos. all shown good potential in my eyes.
    Mustafi, Koscienly and then Papastathopoulos will finish off that set. This season it’s about mixing old and new. I wouldn’t be surprised if we end with M.panos and mixing with Papastathopoulos and Kociency. But let’s see. Its more important that we have a perfect balance. And if Soyunca joins we are in a strong position.

    As much as i loved Jack and Jacks potential and that goal i think its best for him and arsenal. He will have a fabulous career wherever he goes. Its not a ‘ we shouldn’t of sold him’ thing with whatever happens, it’s a timing thing. At arsenal he wouldn’t achieve his goals nor arsenal.

    We move on, we seem to be moving to Torreira. 22yr old sort of central midfield signing we made once with Vieria, early in the managers reign.

    He good and confirmed it with his quote
    “Arsenal are a good team, one of the most important in the world, but at this moment I am focused on playing for my country.”

    Going forward right now we are good and with baggage. Perez, Campbell.
    Ozil is still talent. Mhkit is ready after a short intro to arsenal. Auba scored the same amount as Morata (10) but in only 13 games.
    Laca scored 18 (total with4assist) in 32 games.

    So that means Auba should get 30-40 games and Laca push on to and get 20-25.

    Hopefully Ozil, Mhikt and Ramsay can add 20-25. So we have an ave of 79 goals.

    If Xhaka, M.Niles, Eleny and Torreira can add 15 goals and our defence 15 we have 109 goals. That’s 3 more then city last year and that’s also Emery working them at 100%. So let’s be kind.

    So I’m okay with what we currently work with. If we have Campbell Perez then that’s stock to buy and sell or Spanish speaking players trying to proof to our new Spanish speaking manager.

    Right now who’s hot to buy? Ronaldo, Bale, Martial, Hazard, Savic, Fekir, Martins…some unknown world cup star?

    All I know is we alright. Let the fun times begin. Not fully arsenal, but we are new arsenal. Ready to mature.

    I say that as an old wise man! Lol

    1. Ingleby says:

      I enjoyed reading your comments Tom. Very nicely put and carefully thought through.

      1. Ozziegunner says:

        Tom, I think you meant “goals” not “games” for your expectations for Aubameyang and Lacazette.
        Great to be positive! Arsenal’s attack is sorted apart from possibly a left winger and an additional CAM and deep lying playmaker to replace Santi Cazorla.
        The addition of the new DM, CB’s, Lichtsteiner and Leno, plus concentration on managing/coaching defence should hopefully win Arsenal more games, particularly away from home.

  21. Christian says:

    This how we could line up Leno,bellerin, sokratis, benatia, Monreal, torreira, benagar, mihki, ozil, Martin’s, aubameyang

  22. ger burke says:

    boys oh boys !. i would love it if a neutral would step in and end this feud , i thought all that was behind us .i would respectfully ask that our extremely neutral mr.admin step in and use his undoubted skills of negotiation to bring a peaceful resolution to this very tense arguement. i am on the edge of me seat here boys.

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