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11 Dec 2019 04:11:03
Now he is available, what are fellow gooners thoughts on Carlo Ancelotti?

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11 Dec 2019 06:39:00
I think whoever takes the job full time has a lot of work to do and it will take time to fix this mess.

I am not going to join the manager speculation mill untill said person is announced, can't be disappointed that way.

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11 Dec 2019 08:06:47
I think Ancelotti is an amazing manager and as a Chelsea fan I think we shouldn’t have let him go. Having said that he seems to be more of a manager that gets the best out of an underperforming team rather than overhauling a squad that arsenal requires.

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11 Dec 2019 08:47:11
Ancelotti is a very sensible obvious option that if he didn't work out few would question our choice of appointing him in the first place but if we chose Artetta ahead of Ancelotti and things went badly lots of heads would need to roll for making such a crazy choice in the first place.
Ancelotti is both champions league and premier league proven winner what more could a club in our current position possibly ask for?
If he is available to us then we absolutely need to make it happen.

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11 Dec 2019 08:50:39
I hope we get him but looks like he be at Everton.

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11 Dec 2019 09:35:16
I like Everton but not that much, they can have Explayer Artetta and we will have Carlo, can't say fairer than that :-) ,

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11 Dec 2019 12:14:14
You say that Gunner but look at the morale the team had after the West Ham game. The relationship between the players and Freddie is so infectious with him joining them on the pitch to console them in defeat and congratulate them when they win. Is Carlo that sort of manager? I think Arteta would also bring those similar qualities with the help of Freddie as assistant maybe? I appreciate managerial experience is what we need but we also need someone who knows the club and won't need to 'build' the relationship. For me, Arteta and Freddie would have that immediately whereas Carlo would need more time. I wouldn't be disappointed with Carlo that's for sure but I really hope we don't settle for Marcelino, Sousa etc. I would rather take the plunge on Arteta than do that.

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11 Dec 2019 14:12:12
See what your saying Glen and hopefully on Sunday the team will show us that the last half hour against West Ham is what we can expect to see from them under Fredie not the 2 and half hours before that v Brighton and West Ham.
The first hour v West was being described as the worst game in the premier league this season and Arsenal's performance being called the worst performance of the season by any team this season beating our own extremely low standard from Thursday evening and the worst performance anyone could remember by an Arsenal side.
I'd love Freddie and the team to have turned a corner but a last half hour v a West ham side somehow managed to be worse than us in the last half hour isn't grounds for putting Fredie anywhere near the full time job along side anyone in my opinion.
Let's hope what we see Sunday makes me completely change my thinking but it's going to take some shifting of just how poor we could be v Brighton and West ham from my memory, worst ever Arsenal performances ever is no mean feat considering some of the poor stuff we'd seem prior to last Thursday over recent years from Arsene and Emerys teams.

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11 Dec 2019 14:35:16
I agree mate, it was shocking! I think the team really needed that kick start though mate! Gabi with the first goal provided the hope, Pepe scoring gave us the lead and Auba gave us the win! That in all gave the team the much needed boost and confidence to go back to training with a positive mindset. I'm hoping that will be reflected in Sundays performance and that we can take advantage of City's leaky defence too! With Xhaka out of Sundays game, I would be tempted to slot Luiz in CDM with Lucas Torreira to allow Ozil to sit in front and not worry about defending too much. That will open us to the counter with Pepe, Auba and Gabi high up the field. We will see!

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11 Dec 2019 15:43:17
I agree Glen I'd go with that sane 10 plus Luis in for Xhaka mate and not only would I play that team v City I'd also play it in the Europa tomorrow night too.
I'm not fussed about the Europa either way if I'm honest but I do think the players would benefit from some continuity and a chance to get used to each other and a way of playing together rather than constantly changing starting 11 and formations.
I know there is a time and place for outwitting your opposite number as manager but not at the cost of outwitting your own players too as so often happen with Emery.

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11 Dec 2019 18:37:54
I think we will see a really young team tomorrow night gunner, i agree with Luiz in for Xhaka, or maybe push Chambers forward into DM. Although after every defeat City have had this season they have smashed rhe next side they play, soo can honestly say not hopefull of anything. but is that any different from the last 8 years or so?

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11 Dec 2019 19:15:08
Hi JG93 mate, yeah city is a really tough game but it equally a fantastic opportunity for the team to make people think differently about them.

Fredie might go young but equally the Europa league is currently our best long shot of the two long shots we have at a champions league place so I don't think he dare risk too much resting players.

I personally would love us to give playing the same 11 for at least 3 games rather than chop change chop change tinker tweek panic react.

We all have our own opinion on our best 11 and 18 and I'd just love to see an 11 and 18 whether I 100% agree with or hardly agree with at all play 3 games and give cohesion a go which would be a very nice change.

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12 Dec 2019 02:51:10
Europe is no joke. The top 4 could be completely out of reach within 5 weeks. It could be our only hope of CL football, so who ever is in charge not only has a bigger kitty, but a bigger pull to top end players to rebuild the spine of the team.

Winning Europe also impacts the mindset of certain players signing contract extensions.

As for manager, young managers looking to restructure a team needs a summer. Poch fulls into that, winning nothing. Ancolotti has the experience to handle pressure. Arteta could lose the first 3 games working out his team and suddenly confidence is dead.

Ancolotti would also have or should have the instant respect from his players.

Conclusion. pay Ancolotti a ton of money for a short term (evaluated end of season) contract (If possible) .

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10 Dec 2019 19:20:31
Evening Eds,
Papertalk today is that Arsenal are considering Paulo Sousa as one of the candidates to replace Emery. Surely not?

{Ed002's Note - That wAs the one I mentioned who already has a job.}

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10 Dec 2019 19:43:07
Ahh right. I'd rather stick with the Freddie or bring in Arteta than go anywhere near someone who's flopped on multiple occasions. Cheers Ed.

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10 Dec 2019 23:20:46
Would be an extremely terrible appointment.

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07 Dec 2019 07:17:37
PEA has stopped talks with the club over his contract extension . that’s him gone soon then.

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07 Dec 2019 09:11:07
Madrid want to swap jovic for him be a shame but if he wants to go I take the young striker.

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07 Dec 2019 11:06:21
Let him go bring on Martinelli and bring back Eddie from Leeds.
Let the egos go and replace with the enthusiastic endless effort filled players who want to be here.
Can we do worse than we are now?

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07 Dec 2019 11:56:04
I would always keep quality players and PEA is undoubtedly quality! No point in getting rid as when / if we get the quality manager we want he won’t have the best tools to do the job. Before the season started most on here were confident of top four - still the same players just a manager not capable of getting the best from them . Thought we only needed attitude improvement but now we need attitude and tactics COYG.

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07 Dec 2019 13:01:08
He's definitely quality Sussex mate but there is something very very wrong at Arsenal that our players can be so bad, it's all guess work from me and everyone else who doesn't have any day to day involvement at the club but I personally feel attitude mentality ego are a huge problem. Pepe warm up apparently was so lethargic and uninterested it took all those who saw it by surprise.
Bad management has almost certainly fed all the problems we have with our players but Emery has gone now yet the problems remain or a possibly even worse than ever now.

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07 Dec 2019 13:29:24
What a load of rubbish 62, he joined probably being told CL football is on the agenda he’s now in a free falling mid table team, nothing to do with ego, I don’t blame him for stopping negotiating. Arsenal owe him rather than him owing Arsenal, take his goals away we are bottom 3 .

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07 Dec 2019 16:18:47
No one is denying his abilty or contribution simply his and all other players mentality and egos.

The troops situation with Pea says an awful lot, the club say they don't want Troops in and around the players while Pea says you can't tell me who to hang out with.

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07 Dec 2019 17:18:42
Again nonsense it seems the ego is yours and it mirrors the club, we aren’t The Arsenal anymore we are a mid table London club with not enough to offer, it shows players have ambition but we don’t.

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07 Dec 2019 19:13:15
Love you Banbury :-)

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08 Dec 2019 20:07:46
We have one of the best players going forward, and I don't think we have a bad or mid table squad, the club damaged and crushed their confidence with keeping such a manager for that long. You can't really believe on paper and in their day our team is not better than Leicester or chelsea team, but here we look miles off.
And you seriously can't blame pea for the team failing or if decided to leave a club that is showing no ambition.
We rvp left we all hated him and some still do but look at the players left since 2010 for clubs with ambitions they all won thing.
62 mate, I pretty much agree with you with almost everything on here but not this one, you always talk about if the manager not delivering for his company they will sack him, now if you are an ambitious employer with some great talent but your company not ambitious enough and using your intelligence or talent and other company offered you a deal where you can achieve you dream, than what will you do?

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09 Dec 2019 03:16:27
A quality manager will get the best out of our players, who are clearly underperforming.
We have some quality players.
PEA and Lacazette are quality forwards. Martinelli is a superb young talent, as are Saka, Nelson and others. Torreira and Xhaka would be snapped up if placed on the market.
Bullerin and Tierney, a couple of quality full backs.
Leno is a decent keeper
Of course we need to move out and replace: Chambers, Mustafi, Sokratis and Ozil.
If we signed Smalling, a CB pairing of Smalling and Saliba next season would be a vast improvement.

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09 Dec 2019 17:08:01
Don't think many would want xhaka.

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09 Dec 2019 21:05:03
I would take being a mid table team at the moment Banbury, currently we’re stuck on 19 points, so I think relegation is starting to rear it's ugly head!

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11 Dec 2019 08:10:15
Sorry Moe but apart from PEA/ Lacazette, no one from Arsenal would start for Chelsea and I’m not sure if any would make the bench.

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02 Dec 2019 22:29:04
Anyone have a clue as to why we bought Pepe? Clearly Emery and Ljunberg don't rate him. Cannot get any minutes when we are desperate for a winning goal. Brings on Torreira, Saka and Martinelli.
This must be destroying his confidence and, in doing that, reducing him from a 72M player to a player worth a lot, lot less.
And then there is Tierney!

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02 Dec 2019 23:27:01
Pressure for results I guess mate, but that doesn't explain Xhaka playing.
I think the plan was Auba Lacca Pepe with Ozil frozen completely out of the picture in an attempt to force him out of the club but results performances and pressure forced a change of plan instead and the struggling Pepe had to make way in an attempt to turn things around.
It's all a mess right now and a fresh start is needed in all departments.

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03 Dec 2019 01:44:52
I actually think David Luiz should play as a DM, as he can pass and doesn’t mind getting stuck in. Emery played him there last game and it was after his rip injury And came off, we went back to awful. And all us fans want to see for a few weeks on the spin- Ozil feeding aubamayang laca and Pepe in front.

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03 Dec 2019 07:52:37
I agree coldice. I think xhaka and Luiz looked solid as a dm partnership in emery's last game.

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03 Dec 2019 08:14:07
We could try the novel idea of picking an 11 and formation and sticking with it for 5 games I guess rather than chop change tinker tweek from game to game.
I agree ice play Luis DM Just in front of Chambers and Papa or Holding.
Sooner or later you've got to say this is my best 11 and back your own judgement and work on all weaknesses and mistakes in traing with those 11.
Be proactive be positive rather than keep reacting to every negative moment.
Give it 5 games come rain or shine and then tweek if and where necessary.

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03 Dec 2019 11:42:09
I just worry about how many players have come to Arsenal over the last many years and are regressing as players in their time with us. In the last 10 years I cannot think of many players who have really improved in their time with us.
This can't keep going like this and I am sure is a big factor in our decline over these years.

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03 Dec 2019 18:15:00
I think 62 is right. Ozil wasn't in the plans and Pepe was second top scorer in France I think, and was one of very few available winger/ wide attackers that could run at people successfully. Overvalued no doubt, but let's give him a chance!

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04 Dec 2019 03:44:36
Reports saying laca could be dropped for Pepe. I have no idea what’s going on at the training field, but I can’t be the only fan that thinks play 4 at the back, 2 holding (not box to box) and leave Ozil feeding Pepe Laca and Aubamayang up top. With bellerin (if fit) and tieny fullbacks, our flanks are rapid. let’s face it, we don’t have the players to defend with any real quality, so surely we have to be extra aggressive with our attacks. Score more than the opponents if you will.

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06 Dec 2019 03:52:11
Don’t judge Pepe or other players until they play under a quality manager. The players are devoid of confidence. We must get an experienced manager in and quick.

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06 Dec 2019 22:58:34
The line up lacks width and Laca is just not playing well enough to justify playing Aubameyang out of position. Lineup should be
Leno
Bellerin Chambers Luiz Tierney
Xhaka Ozil Torreira
Pepe Auba Saka/ Gabriel

That’s a line up that can get behind the defensive regularly with pace. Xhaka whether you like him or not gives us better Midfield control.

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02 Dec 2019 07:45:29
Any chance we can end Saliba's loan early and get him in January?

{Ed002's Note - No, that is not possible.}

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02 Dec 2019 10:34:03
And is Holding's absence from the recent squad due to lack of match fitness?

{Ed047's Note - he’s not listed as injured and is always in the training photos so they’re not liking what they see I guess.

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02 Dec 2019 12:49:45
Can you imagine how bad he must look to not get ahead of Luiz or mustafi, let alone not make the bench!

{Ed047's Note - no Eden I can’t mate because he isn’t that bad

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02 Dec 2019 12:49:45
Can you imagine how bad he must look to not get ahead of Luiz or mustafi, let alone not make the bench!

{Ed047's Note - no Eden I can’t mate because he isn’t that bad

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02 Dec 2019 13:05:05
Ed any truth in the rumours linking aubamayang to Madrid? Reports saying 70mil + Rodriguez.

{Ed002's Note - There is zero chance of an offer like that. Arsenal will sell if Aubameyangadingdong fails to sign a new contract. There will be takers but right now they need to sort out the medium term and persuade him to sign.}

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02 Dec 2019 18:13:56
Holding looks good in a back 3 but struggles Just like the rest in flat back 4.
Overall it doesn't seem to make any difference flat back 4 or 3 at the back, Xhaka in or out nothing seems to change no matter who or what formation we play.
Something is somewhere is amiss and we need to firstly find out what it is then do whatever it takes to sort it out.

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03 Dec 2019 00:46:49
From what I've seen this season g62 it's three things. First, we get caught upfield too often and our defenders/ midfielders are terrible at tracking back or following their man. Of our midfielders, I have only seen Torreira do this consistently. Second, when we do manage to mark an attacker, our defenders curiously stand off him and allow the shot. See Pukki's goal for a prime example. This is a common habit of Mustafi and Luiz and to a lesser extent Chambers. Third, when we are defending and pressing, we don't cover for each other in the press so as soon as the opposing team breaks it, they have a huge chasm to stride into unimpeded before they reach the back 4. This is the main reason we concede so many shots. Watch Guendouzi and Xhaka for this and you will see how quickly our midfield gets bypassed.

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03 Dec 2019 08:21:57
Excellent post wire mate and for me it's these things we should be concentrating on rather than play musical chairs with playing staff constantly. Work work work on what's wrong then in the summer evaluate who is and isn't capable of change and improvement.

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29 Nov 2019 12:55:49
Ed you said before that arsenal have no replacements in place cause emery was the manager but now that they've sacked him can we have the list of names please?

{Ed002's Note - The club will take their time.}

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30 Nov 2019 02:04:26
Be interested to see if the club waits til January. Unlikely to be any money to spend mind you.

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29 Nov 2019 18:26:04
I'm hearing Bruno Genesio might be the new Arsenal manager? A friend has passed this to me, so if its bull don't shoot me! 😀.

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29 Nov 2019 22:11:00
Lyon Scored 2.2 goals per game under him and conceded 1.2 goals what's that over a season 80 for 45 against which suggest very good going forward but pretty dodgy on defending, ummm not exactly the change we were hoping for :-) but appreciate the info all the same mate cheers.

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29 Nov 2019 16:36:13
Ed001 you predicted emery so well and I think you have the golden touch, so who do you predict will end up as arsenal manager? Or if you don't know why don't you name a few you think could come mate?

{Ed001's Note - I honestly have no idea who is coming. Arsenal have been so keen to avoid this situation mid-season that I do not think they are prepared for it at all. I expect a caretaker from among the coaching staff to be appointed while they try and find someone.}

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