Alexis: we lack the belief to be champions

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez has given a withering assessment of this Arsenal side in the wake of last night’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea.

While he believes Arsenal have the quality of player to win the title, he says they lack the mental fortitude to take English football’s top prize.

Having come back to win 2-1 against 10 man Leicester, Arsenal have dropped 6 points in the next two games, going down to Man Utd and relegation threatened Swansea, pretty much ensuring that whatever was left of a title challenge is down the pan.

And Alexis says it’s a mental issue, more than a quality one.

“If we go out on to the pitch with hunger to become champions, to win the Premier League or the Champions League, we can achieve it,” he told Directv Sports.

“There are great players here, I train with them daily and they have got the mentality and the desire to win but sometimes, we lack the hunger, the mentality that we are winning 1-0 when we go out on to the pitch.

“Sometimes, we lack this hunger to believe that we can be champions … to go out on to the pitch feeling that we are already winning 1-0.”

“I remember a game against Manchester United last year. The lads looked hungry for silverware as we took to the pitch. We crushed them in the first 20 minutes and went 2-0 up. We were hungry and brimming with confidence that day.”

Sadly that confidence has evaporated, and that performance looks more the exception rather than the rule. What will confidence and belief be like going into Saturday’s derby.

We shudder to think. Form goes out the window in a derby, so they say, let’s hope so.


  1. At least one of our players is honest enough to mention our short comings. If only the rest and the manager had the self awareness and responsibility. Alexis has struggled, but at least he puts in a shift. Certain players should be made aware that they are playing for their careers now *cough Theo / Ox / etc”

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    • The responsibility of mgmt is to win games. That is generally not helped by the manager going out and calling the squad mentally weak or similar honest statements There are a lot of reasons to criticise Wenger right now, but this isn’t one of them.

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      • So, rather than holding players to account publicly, you think his constant narrative of saying they are world class players, to have faith, and never call out a players work rate, aren’t related to this entire funk we are in? The fact that Flamini / Walcott / Ramsey can repeatedly cost us points and know they won’t be shamed or singled out means they don’t have to try so hard. There are no repurcussions for these players for their shitness. These players are safe, they are never exposed to the true vitriol of fans, and Wenger defends them ad infinitum. It is this lack of expecting more from them, that allows them to finish fourth and being happy. The odd FA cup placates no one! We pay the most money to watch a team who do not match the ambition of the fans. That is not acceptable.

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        • You get the stick out behind closed doors. The media and public mobb mentality forum is a shit way to do anything to help the players’ mentalities. 3 million twitheads screaming obscenities, insults, and threats of violence has 0% chance of doing anything good other than locating mentally unbalanced threats to society.

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        • I agree with Mpls, calling them out publically would be unprofessional, and if there’s one thing Wenger isn’t is unprofessional.

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          • nobody is dropped though, have you noticed? You can drop someone and give some kind of public “reason.” But no, Ramsey will play, Campbell will sit, Ox will play (my god his record at Arsenal is BAD!), Sanchez will finally be substituted once, Gibbs will never be sold or taught to make a difficult forward pass, formation will never change, elneny will not play.
            persisting with mediocrity, hoping your faith alone will make it come good.
            7AM made the point the other day that Riyad Mahrez was given time to come good, and that can not happen at a top club like Arsenal. He is only half wrong – players are given forever to make their future secure and never come good.
            Not. ruthless. enough.

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          • and please no one tell me Theo was dropped. That’s all he is good for. Keep him around for the period where his contract is expiring, get some good games, then talk him up while playing with 10 men or let him sit there and sell t-shirts.
            Useless player, has shown no improvement over time, and now does not even have the conviction to run with the ball. Walcott is actually more annoying than anyone because of his ability to always keep a straight face. Consistent. In patches. Lord.

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      • I disagree. It can help if the manager says: I challenge the team to prove they have the metal toughness to win the title. They are not doing that now. Can also help if he says: Anybody who doesn’t show mental toughness will sit on the bench. I remember Ferguson say after a game where his attack was wasteful: These guys cannot score goals, if Ruud was here, he would have scored three.

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    • Bit unfair on Ox that. Ramsey’s been playing like a cunt since THAT season, and Theo, he doesn’t want to play anything other than a CF who receives every pass perfectly weighted behind the centerback. I wouldn’t put Ox with them. Yeah he screws up in between spots of “where’s that been,” but there doesn’t appear to any pretense like with the other two.

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      • You’re deluded. Ox is one we would all like to like, but in the cold light of day, he is a player who has produced little in his time here. chance after chance. Nothing.

        And Wenger says he sees Ox in the middle. My word, has he seen the guy’s ball control? his passing ability? his ability to read the game and manage tempo?
        Sometimes I think Wenger treats the club AND the players as his playthings. “Boss, I really am not a central midfielder. I have pace and some tricks, and I can’t score, so I will be on the Wing.” “Nah, you’re silly, you’re a CM. I said so. Now you’re my project. I will turn all your instincts inside out and make you what I think you are. Or you can fail, no worries, I will play you some more.”
        Its like a bad cop poking a bear with a stick and making him confess he is a lion.
        This team has absolutely no sense of occasion. They are chokers.

        I feel better. I need to, because on the weekend my nuts will feel kicked in and my libido will die for many many hours.

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  2. Looks like his belief has been shot to pieces and he’s not the only one.
    We are spineless and gutless. All of which stems from the manager and its hard to take. Enough is enough same problems season after season!!

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    • I agree in part but reading this re Swansea on 7amkickoff made me think:

      March 3, 2016 at 8:19 am
      I suddenly wondered did wenger make the ultimate selfish move in a time of personal crisis, and gamble that we could still get something from the game anyway – but took campbell then alexis off to be fresh for Spurs – in the hope of a win to get the fans back onside? did he look past last night and think – my god, if we lose this weekend its really over, it’s really bad.?

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  3. On the one hand, it’s nice to see a professional footballer offering something other than bullshit platitudes. On the other hand, it’s kind of like impaling yourself on a fence and someone walking by and saying “oh, that looks like it hurts.” Yeah, we know.

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  4. Alexis is right. But that sounds more like an excuse than anything else. They should get their shit together, especially Ramsey and the entire midfield. We are wasting too many opportunities and we lack of leadership.

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    • ALEXIS needs to step up as well and i’m sure he knows it. When was the last time he scored a goal? Yesterday was such a shit show with Ozil being the only world class player on the pitch. Watching that pathetic display by the Gunners gave me nightmares last night of Ozil in a Bayern jersey…. Hopefully Ozil can convince some Germans to come play for Arsenal this summer and not the other way around

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      • If Ozil, or any other player for that matter don’t want to play for arsenal they can f*ck off for all I care. I’m sick and tired of this attitude of clearing off to team x because you didn’t win anything at team y this year. I wouldn’t want him to leave but a bit of loyalty to the badge and the fans would go a long way.

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        • THIS. fucking this. I despise all you guys who are so up the ass of the cult of personality that you start worrying, “Oh, this guy will leave the club if we don’t match his ambition.”
          that’s one place where I say, fuck off if you don’t want to stay, not worrying about that before. Club over player, every time.

          Sanchez, you need to probably just forget about hunger and ask the boss if you can play center forward for a game so that there is a chance of some change coming from change. My word the guy has forgotten how to shoot pass score.

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      • Before we go too far down this rabbit hole, as far as I am aware there’s been nothing from Ozil or his camp that he’s suggested anything of the sort.

        It may be inevitable to fear it, but let’s try to keep in mind the source of the narrative.

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        • Oh I understand your angle absolutely. It just seems to be a common narrative among the fans. “Oh no, we lost a match we shouldn’t have, bye bye Alexis” yadda yadda yadda. It’s a crap frame of mind is my point really. No player is too good for our club.

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          • Two comments below confirm your point, and such comments are pure crap. We should always keep our heads up, even though our current form is shit, because we are the Arsenal. Fuck the rest.

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          • Even Henry got tired not winning and left for Barcelona. Nobody could question Henry’s dedication to the club, his love for the manager and respect for the badge. But I am with you against the constant rhetoric that Ozil or Alexis would leave. They share a nugget of the blame too.

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  5. When two teams are of equal technical quality, tactical quality, and synergy, belief and mental strength is what separates them. Right now we don’t have the pre-requisites so it’s kind of lazy to say it’s all a mental issue (although we have a lot of that). Surely these players believed they could beat Swansea at home, right? Start by playing better and get your tactics/subs right Wenger.

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    • You guys are quick to forget the same team beat us home and away last year, so why are we fooling ourselves?
      Beliveing Wenger has improved

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    • why would they stay? to win what exactly? Does Mesut deserve to be on this team, the way he’s played this year? He’s one of europes finest players.

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  6. Confidence got lost with the erratic managers behavior, replacing player game after game, son no one knows which is the very first team.

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  7. I know its more far-fetched than me marrying Emma Watson, but game against Spurs can be the game these lads need to gain confidence.

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  8. For me it’s the tactics we go out with. Ramsey can’t play that position, he isnt aware enough of the threats around him. He literally got bypassed all night and then when getting forward just got into ozils space. We need someone there who can just keep the game ticking over not lose the ball and more importantly put a tackle in when the other team get it.

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      • Because for better or worse he has the stones to show for it when many others don’t.

        But I do wonder if he’s cramping Ozil’s style and spaces when he’s in the middle. Ozil doesn’t float as much laterally with Ramsey pushing around up there all of the time and ends up spending much more time off the striker.

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        • Ramsey is a loose cannon and until he quits midfield the team won’t click. He gets in Ozil’s way plus he doesn’t have the spacial awareness nor the technical skills for CM…
          Move him Wenger. For me he IS the crux of the problem.

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          • Called it like it is sir. We have struggled ever since he went into the middle. He is way out of his depth. The myth is crumbling.

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  9. The only surprising aspect of this all is that people are surprised we are choking at this stage of the season…its been so for the last 12yrs!..

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  10. When are Santi and Jack back?? Lacking desire and mental fortitude is not something that could be said of those two.

    We have far too many players out of form at the same time. Theo, Alexis, Ramsey, Nacho all of them look shot. Ozil is frustrated but he isn’t grabbing games by the scruff of the neck like he should be.

    Gibbs should get a chance as he offers much more going forward than Nacho and we are lacking drive and penetration and he offers that.

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    • Ozil has created most of our clear cut chances, they just arent getting put away by the likes of Giroud, walcott sanchez and ramsey. Theres an article on sky sports app right now which is worth a read. Other than newcastle and swansea, we have missed the most clear cut in the league. Combine that with our other issues atm, and you have only one conclusion. Poor results. I dont see it changing anytime soon.

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  11. reason for lack of mental fortitude lies squarely with the manager & his mentality. Has never been able to instill combativeness into players who aren’t naturally inclined to be aggressive. Hence mourinho’s teams always shaft us

    respect all that wenger has done but seriously is time for him to go end of season, hopefully with Simeone in to give the club mentality a kick up the arse

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    • How can you turn pu55ies into combative players, Walcott/Bellrin/Cazola/Ozil even Ramsey/Gabriel can never be combative, it is the managers fault signing these midgets/jellies.

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  12. It’s one thing for this to be true (and it so very clearly is), but when the only Arsenal affiliated person to speak up on it (publicly) is Alexis, not the manager (who simply said he’s not in the mood to discuss the title), the stand in captain (who said we are over reacting) or any of the other players who have been at the club longer than 2 years (walcott the 10 year veteran for example), it says a lot. What a fucking sorry state of affairs that Alexis, the most dynamic, all action genuinely positive player I’ve seen in the Prem, is this disillusioned with the attitude at the club. He’s not saying anything we don’t know, it’s just sad that he’s the one who has to say it, but I’m glad he did. Someone needs to try and wake this mess of a club up from its slumber.

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    • Id be more inclined to call it hibernation than a slumber.who knows maybe now spring is here theyll wake and suprise us all.

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  13. Honestly the most frustrating thing is that we are still very much in contention for the title despite being awful for so long. One big result (praying for this weekend) could still turn things around.

    At least if we were miles behind we could just give up hope of a title and enjoy the ride..

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    • That’s the thing isn’t it. City are 4 points behind us in 4th place with a game in hand. Spurs are three points ahead but they have goal difference in their favour.

      The reason everyone is freaking out (Rrightly so) is because each game can change the scenario in the top 4. We beat Spurs, great, we’ll be equal with them but 3rd on GD. We lose to them and we are looking at 4th place once again, heck I’d say we are looking at 5th place with ManU getting close as well.

      Hammers did us a favor, and so did WBA to an extent. But this is kind of a repeat. Every season this time around we hope others do a job for us, most of the seasons it’s chasing 4th place. This season it’s chasing the title.

      It’s still not lost but lost as well. Just depends on what the Gunners decide do the next game. And the game after. And the game after.

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      • This season is done if we lose to Totts tomorrow. We can then focus on the FA Cup to salvage some respect. We are chocking big time. A lot of players seem to be running on empty. No confidence, no cohesion. The Ramsey-Coq partnership is putting huge pressure on the back line. And boy with no Cech for the NLD, I am not cnfident at all.

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  14. And whose job is it to instil said belief?

    It has to come from Arsene because we don’t have any players with that old school, no nonsense mentality. I don’t need to name them because we all remember the glory days (plus it’ll made me all sad in my nostalgia).

    Without confidence we lack so much conviction, it’s incredibly disheartening. The fans end up looking dejected like the players, the only difference is they’re paid much more handsomely than we are.

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  15. And to think things are probably about to get infinitely worse than where we’re at now…

    Stick a fucking fork in me.

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  16. “We need to step out onto the pitch as if we’re already 1-0 up”. Well seeing as we can’t seem to hild actual leads, Alexis…

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  17. “We need to step out onto the pitch as if we’re already 1-0 up”. Well seeing as we can’t seem to hold actual leads, Alexis…

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  18. It’s atrocious that there is over 100m in the bank.

    How about this: I would do this if I were the manager; and we would win the league without a smidgeon of a doubt doing so.

    December; Buy William Carvalho; a player that would sit in the first team instead of Flamini. He wouldn’t have conceded to Messi; and he could’ve played while Coq wasn’t back. He would definitely have contributed to less goals being scored, fresh legs in the middle of the field.

    I would’ve brought in a striker; how can Ronald Koeman find a player like Graziano Pelle; is there really no player that Wenger could have found to play striker?

    Last I would’ve tranquilized Walcott, shmashed him to a cross; and set him on fire; watching that horrible decision of picking him up instead of bale and suffering with him in the team for 10 years. 10 bloody years… Imagine having Mahrez instead of Walcott; why did we not buy him last season or this season? Bloody hell, I watched him on youtube before he was in the EPL and knew he was good – infinitely better than Walcott.

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  19. My issue with Wenger is he has no shame….I said it 5yrs ago when I gave up my seasons ticket that Wenger is a con man and a spin doctor…he used to be a football coach…who stumbled on a winning formula just like Ranieri but when the formula has gone stale he remains clueless..

    The only people who are desperate to win the league are the fans…Kroenke made a deal with Wenger make the club profitable (i.e CL money) and you have a job for life….you can keep your £8m every year…with the Board sell me your shares and I will leave you on as a kangaroo court…who has benefitted from the emirates it the fans?…I keep hearing the tripe about how much wenger loves the club

    Wenger has earned over £80m since the last time he won a major title…let that sink in…who says money can’t buy you love!.

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    • Right on the money.
      For me i think he believed his own hype after the unbeaten season, he wanted to raise a team like Barca., in England, which cant work, the league is too pysical, if he goes back to his winning formular of at least 7-8 tall/quick/skillful and robust players in his first 11 he couls do it again, all the shrt azz Messi like midgets wont win anything. Etame Lauren/Adams/Sol/Vierra/Keown/Edu/Parlour/Bergkamp/Henry/Pirez/Kanu, were ALL at least 6+” so they could rumble when it gets physical, and height helped them at set pieces, now our deluded manager prefers majority short azzes!

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    • Horse shit. Why is it that when we see someone getting paid 8mill a year we automatically assume that they don’t give a shit anymore and they must just be in it for the money. Wenger wants nothing more than to win, but I think he is obsessed with the idea of “winning clean” – success without the financial doping.

      And if you think about it would make a lot of sense. He is pretty much free to spend as much as he wants, when he wants, on whatever player he wants – as long as the funds are there to do so. But he’s stuck between a rock and a hard place;

      Rock: If Wenger spends money and achieves instant success, everyone will say should’ve done it years ago, and his detractors will be proved right

      Hard Place: If Wenger spends money and nothing improves, the same detractors will be proved right, and there will be a whole army of new detractors to worry about

      The only way he can avoid either is to not spend the money in the first place. This way he will always have this as his failsafe excuse for the underachievement of his team.

      That, and his refusal to let go of this slither of fading hope that he might be able to have all the success of the rock, but without spending the money – therefore proving the detractors wrong, and Wenger will be vindicated of any accusations previously leveled at his team and his “philosophy”.

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      • What you’re saying is that his ego is so big he can’t use the resources available to him because he doesn’t want to be seen to be wrong or selling out.

        That’s pretty much saying he’s getting paid £8m a year and doesn’t give a shit any more whether he wins or not.

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  20. I don’t post here very often, and I’m as pissed off as everybody else, but there’s more than a quarter of the season left. If you want to pretend that it’s all over, that’s fine, but quite frankly 6 point swings happen over the course of 10 games all the time. As frustrating as the squad has been the last couple of months, it’s hard to deny that Wenger Arsenal squads usually clean-up from the January/February collapse to put together a pretty good run in and this is the best position we’ve been in in years. The attitude of forfeit (among the players and the fans) is what has me tied-up. While we’ve made it harder than it should have been, it’s not over.

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  21. Confidence got lost with the erratic managers behaviour, replacing players game after game, so no one knows which is the very first team.

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  22. I could see us really go for it on Saturday and end up losing like we did at Chelsea and Liverpool a few years ago.

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  23. I think we’ve become too predictable in our attack in the last 10-or-so matches. Arsenal has been famous for unpredictable movements and goals, but all I see these days is Bellerin and Monreal hopelessly crossing from both wings. Or our other attacking option is getting a long free kick and Ozil trying to loop it for our players. Both these attacks are easily kept out by taller defenders of the opposition.
    Through balls are getting fewer and fewer. Even if Ozil plays one Giroud is not making the runs to receive it.

    With the recent form of our players, Wenger has to give a serious thought about changing the lineup. Against United he played Welbeck and Walcott, while against Swansea he played Giroud and Campbell. I don’t understand why he doesn’t understand playing Welbeck and Campbell will be better than those two options in current scenarios. It’s so obvious. Giroud and Walcott may be better than Welbeck and Campbell on their best days, but NOT right now.

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  24. Am on a media blackout. I don’t even want to imagine what ia being written and said in the mainstream media. Atleast there is arseblog where we get to console ourselves with

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  25. Looking at things from positively, if we miraculously beat sp*rs this Saturday, the only remaining hard game is away at City in 2nd last matchday; remaining games are “winnable”. That will keep us within 6 points with Leicester who will play United, Everton and Chelsea in their last 3 games.

    I hate the way we play this year, but there is still hope

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    • Adrian, “winnable”? What like Man U reserves away and relegation threatened Swansea at home? So West Ham, Everton away are winnable? We couldn’t even beat hull city at home!

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    • Adrian is right. You’ve got to believe until there’s nothing left to believe in. And then then there’s always next season…

      Isn’t that what being a football fan is, right? Yeah, we like to moan a bit. Or a lot. But the bottom line is, Arsenal till I die. I still love ’em, even when they don’t deserve it.

      And then, there’s always Fatgooner, I guess…

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  26. At least it makes a change from the usual “We will learn from this/bounce back/focus on the next game” bullshit we have to tolerate each and every season.

    Downside is the media will beat us with this, once they’ve stopped pissing themselves over our predictable crumble in the latter stages of a season.

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  27. The frightening reality is that players like Sanchez and Ozil will probably start to look around soon. Neither would be short of suitors. I remember seeing quotes from Sanchez after the most recent FA cup win, demanding that we challenge properly for the title. There are still 10 games remaining but it’s tough to see us doing that, so where does that leave him? He’s entering the peak of his career, as is Ozil, and with uncertainty over the future of our management, as well as uncertainty over our ability to recruit, you could understand them wondering whether this club will ever be able to challenge for more than a domestic cup, especially if Arsenal can’t do it this year. Our opposition will be much stronger next season, and my biggest worry is that incoming managers will look at Sanchez especially and see a very good player who is already suited to the league that could easily strengthen either Manchester team.
    Easy to thumb down something like this but the reality is it has happened before and nothing has changed to stop it happening again.

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  28. In a little early with this, but as against all the odds there’s still a (VERY) small chance of a big result at the lane that will improve our confidence, and the chance to kick on for a final push, thoughts on this line-up for Saturday?

    Bellerin, Mertesacker, Gabriel (would have most reservations over this inclusion tbh), Monreal
    Coq, Elneny
    Campbell, Ozil, Alexis

    Know we’ve not seen much of Elneny and I do have my doubts over him as a ball winner, but from the little we have seen, surely he can’t offer any worse than the complete lack of cohesion that’s become increasingly apparent in our midfield these past few weeks? Normally this would mean I’d put Ramsey on the right, but Joel’s just looked far more creative and more able to link up with our attackers whenever given a start. Failure to make changes to a system that’s clearly not working on Saturday will mean we deserve everything coming to us at the end of the season (even the spuds winning this thing).

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    • I would love us to start that line up.
      But I have absolutely no hope in hell that we will.
      I am 99% sure we will line up with Ramsey/coq(or Flam if wenger has his way. Walcott/Alexis on the flanks and Giroud up front.
      I am not going to hope for change only to be angry with the lineup again. Enough is enough.

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    • “the lane”


      Please choose from the following list of appropriate monickers for that decay-infested pus volcano in future:

      1. shite-hart lane
      2. that shithole
      3. the home of cockball


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  29. Will someone Pls tell all the players to shut the f… up…
    People easily run to put the blame on AW…but I say the players are at fault this time…they have been well paid by the club, well supported by fans and well protected by the manager…and yet when the club,the fans and the managers needed them the most they didn’t turn up….what a shame…

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  30. As Wenger said let’s not be emotional when reacting to this result, it’s a knockdown but we can get back up and win this league, were only a few points off the top and I can see Leicester dropping points during the run in so are only real competition of note is the scum and we’ve pipped them year in year. Cmon guys be real fans and support the team through thick AND thin. Sometimes you just you just have off days, we can make this right at the lane.

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  31. So our team with Copa America and World Cup Winners lack the belief needed to win the Premiership, but Leicester’s assortment of unheralded jorneymen who almost got relegated last year don’t? I like Alexis and his work ethic, but surely this has gotta be nonsense. And if it isn’t there’s something seriously wrong at the club.

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    • How is it nonsense? He’s probably talking about other players in the squad lacking belief and therefore he himself begins feeling it as well since this is a team sport.

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      • And maybe this is the kick up the backside which most fans blame Wenger doesn’t provide. Sometime the truth is what is needed to open the eyes of the blinded. Maybe now the players will see that their teammate doesn’t see them as players with top quality attitude.

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  32. If the players lack the belief to be champions, the fans lack the stomach to watch the North London Derby.

    After Barcelona: bitter disappointment
    After ManUtd: anger and frustration
    After Swansea: unabated sadness
    After Sp*rs: ?????

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  33. Maybe Alexis knows more than we do about the inner-feelings of the players in this team but he himself can not plead innocence either. It is becoming clearer now why Pep did not regard Alexis as a permanent starter for Barca, but rather used him sparingly as a sub. and therein may also be the answer as to why Barca let Alexis go so easily.

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  34. New direction needed asap. This has gone on for 12 years. Wenger hid behind Chelsea, United and later, City’s financial power to justify our annual failings. I bought into it until Pochetino and Ranieri came along.
    Arsene lost it long ago.
    Sir Alex fought Chelsea and City to a stand-still; Arsene just gave up. Talk about mentality. How can players like Alexis, Ozil, Welbeck and Cech – proven winners – suddenly develop weak mentality if they were not infected by the manager?
    Wenger out!

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  35. The manager should instill such belief in the players. That is what great manager do, instead of petting, fearing and allowing the players to make the decisions. Wenger is too lukewarm and relaxed for my liking. He finds it difficult to get up from the bench to shout to the players to do the right thing. If he needs to hair dry the players to get the message across, he should do that but he seem to not have the balls to do so.

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  36. It’s the lack of a midfield that is killing us. We can’t retain possession and build pressure up the pitch, and without the ball we’re all over the shop. It would make sense that the players lack belief when this non-system we’re playing at the moment is bypassed by every team we’ve played against. United’s third string, a seriously weakened relegation-battling Swansea, it’s all the same.

    A Coquelin / Ramsey midfield pairing is doomed to fail on Saturday as it has pretty much every single time they’ve played together. We will get picked off if they’re field together. And we all know they will be.

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    • If ram is listed as CM tomorrow, I shall scream and not watch the game. I cannot watch Ramsey’s impression of A HEADLESS COCK anymore. Why Wenger cannot see that the Ram is useless at CM, simply, he is without the required technique or crucial spatial and team awareness, never mind the finesse. I give up, I cannot bear it.. If it is soooo frustrating for me to watch I cringe to imagine how the skillful, proactive team members feel when they know what they have to contend with.
      I believe that playing Ramsey in CM is worse that playing with 10 men because he is a loose cannon, is usually in someone’s way and has no ideas as a TEAM player, even on the rare occasions when he doesn’t give the ball away.
      Enough…. way beyond already…

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  37. No,no,,no,no,no,no,no,,no,no,no,no,no,,no,no,no,no,no,,no,no,no,no

    We can’t keep having this debate, even Alexis is spouting this nonsense.

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  38. We know that already mate. What is he going to do about it? There are all these comments on the Arsrnal website saying they have to win and then they come out with a complete shambles of a performance. You can start by getting a hat-trick this Saturday!

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    • Damn straight. I know they are asked questions and all, but we’re/I’m sick of it. Get out there, bust your butts, believe, whatever, just get it done. For now, zip it. Media blackout

      Far too much arm waving and groaning on display vs Swansea, which was very worrying to see.

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  39. Hei…Wenger, The Liar, yes, it is YOU.I am calling you!

    I wrote this to you to express how my frustration was. The result on Swansea once again proved you are hypocrite & a true lair. You never learnt from the past & keep fooling the Fans. You just responsible to the Board, your tenure, the money, not the feeling & expectation of the Fans who are YOUR actual boss, without us, you, Wenger is a NUTS! If you cannot motive the team to flight, you QUIT!

    You gave your trust on Giroud as CF, this statement either naïve or you are Fooling us. he NEVER ever hold the ball once on the pitch, slipping, fouling is his expertise. It had been 9 matches without score a goal! How terrible form he was but you still picked him up in front of Wellbeck who score twice in three matches after recovery! The consequence was no one wanted to pass the ball to Giroud as knowing he was the terminator of our attack. He is lacking of pace, no movement, a really substandard player. I suppose Ozil & Sanchez wonder why the boss will use this player on pitch & obviously sensed that there will be no Trophy with such teammate to play with. In Chinese, we said “we do not afraid how strong our rival as Lion, but we afraid of how incompetence of our teammate as a Pig.” You knew that is the reason why Fabargas, VPS, Nasri….left & those big Name Players do not join us. The consequence is then the team has no toughness, no desire, where is our leader on the pitch yesterday when we are trailing 2-1 down. How come you took Compell out? What the FxxKing Ramsey doing for the past few matches? How many times he lost the ball to others? Your tolerance is huge of him! Do you see it? Are you blind? The lost on yesterday just repeated what had happened during the past years, there is not any tiny improvement at all. Because we had incapable manager leading a bunch of mediocre players, like, Walcott, Gibbs, Ox, Ramsey, M4, Flamini, Arteta, Giround……You have no tactics for different matches, only one, pass the ball from right to left & then to right again until give back to M4 to pass the ball to rivals! Nobody is running into the box or have guts/dare to dribble the tackles! Even the blind knows the reason why we lost & how the story would repeatedly ended. Every season “judge you in May”, we make the judgment but you never accept only, do you feel ashamed of it? Where is your dignity! so please shut your mouth! I know what your comment would be at the post match interview, I can recap it hundred times, the worst thing of your presence at the club is you don’t know you are the worst origin & more worst is you don’t know your language skill doesn’t work anymore. Fans are not idiots! Nobody believes in you anyway! I muted the TV when you appeared every time, you make me sucked! When someone lost his integrity, nothing can do anymore, we don’t trust you anymore!

    Look at the transfer action in this summer & Winter! You are very un-professional. When we have no money to buy players, you said we will have a good squad as we had good young talent players, when we have money, you said there was no good player in the market! Are you sucked! Ayew, in Swansea, Payet in WH, Danda, Marheaz in Leicester…all are better than we had….it is YOU, an idiot has no knowledge & understanding of the global football market NOW. You said we had a good Squad already! You really mean that! Look at what you bought this January! Just one cheap Eleny, you said you won’t buy as long as better than current, then why you put him on bench now, he is no good or you just don’t know what he could be, then why, why you bought him! I think he is at least far ahead of Ramsey performance, why don’t you pick him

    You love the club? If so, please leave, it shows you are. We love our club not less than you & can you feel our desperation to see you quit! You are not bigger than the club. Thanks for the past but you are outdated & incapable now.

    A Hong Kong Arsenal Fan

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  40. Its start from the top. Are the gazidis and the wenger strong enough mentally? For me Wenger is way pass it… Need to go, for himself and for the club sake

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  41. Here’s the problem with AW, Mourinho insults him before a landmark game at the bridge and he can’t motivate his players to win for him? They get spanked 6-0. That’s a mental weakness. Same happened after Eduardo had his leg cut in half, AW and Arsenal draw winnable home games against Middlesbrough and Aston Villa. Can’t motivate his team to win for Eduardo. Go to Newcastle,lead 4-0 at half time, can’t motivate his team to finish the job. These are examples of mental weakness shown by this team since Arsenal last won the league. There are many more. The common denominator in this is AW. Players need there Manager to be there for them when things are going wrong. It doesn’t seem AW is. He gets crushed by setbacks and that reaction filters to the players. It’s really sad to see for someone who has achieved so much in his career.

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  42. You might have been off the boil after your injury but we salute you glorious beast and your summer move away from our blinkered manager with no ideas and a greedy board.

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  43. Glad Sanchez is being up front about it all and confirms what we all know – Wenger Arsenal teams all have the same issue a distinct lack of mental strength!!!

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  44. I have a cunning plan… Wenger to pull a sickie for the rest of the season and let someone else sort the mess… yes, I would be up for it!!!

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  45. How can you be a professional sportsman and not have the belief you can be the best? How can a team of professional sportsmen not have the belief that they can be the best in the country when they are so close? The question needs to be asked who at the club gives the players the belief? The manager? The players themselves? If you don’t believe then why are you here? I see more belief in lower league football.

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  46. Everyone goes on about a DM, the 10 role, wingers and strikers. The last few months have shown us what we really are missing, cover for Santi. His pivot/distributor role is not really suitable for Ramsey or anyone else in the squad.

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  47. Is he talking about himself?considering how out of form he is and the number of chances he missed. Ozil should have broken the assists record around two months back if people like Alexis giroud Ramsey and Walcott had taken their chances

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  48. Knowing Arsenal..WE will beat the spuds and Barca (losing valiantly on away goals) restoring some hype and belief only to fuck it all up all over again..
    Al the players need to shut the fuck up and deliver on the pitch,,,Big talk Sanchez, been one of the worst last few games…He has biggeer balls than the rest though.

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  49. We are 6 points off the top with ten games to go. Arguably one of our best positions of recent times at this stage. Don’t let our fucking annoyingly shit patch and missed opportunities turn into a downward spiral that self-fulfills our demise. We will beat the scum as I don’t live in a world where they can finish above us no matter what. I can’t accept it. We are doing a good job of fucking up prime opportunities but lets get some perspective – currently arsene Wenger is getting worse press than Adam fucking johnson. The man should have left Campbell on but he didn’t fiddle any kids. I felt dead inside with the last few performances and we might not win the league but how our attitude and the teams emerges will determine whether it’s more likely that we catch up 6 points or fall another 6 behind. City lost and for me that is a massive bonus for us. If we lose against the scum at the weekend tho, no matter how many times we hit the woodwork, I fear I’ll be joining the Wenger out brigade

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  50. Alexis is spot on. Where is the urgency? Although, we need to be stepping on the pitch thinking that we are 1-0 DOWN. That will put a fire under your ass if you are afraid to lose.

    That’s the other thing – are we afraid to lose? I felt like throwing up at the full time whistle yesterday and the only guy on the pitch who looked like he may have had the same feeling was Nacho Monreal.

    The ridiculous thing is that we could still win the title. We don’t deserve it. But it could still happen. Leicester have the pride, the fear of losing, but in reality they just are average footballers. They will drop points again. And still, here we are, losing to Swansea because despite all our technical ability, we just don’t seem to give a shit.

    That is hard to take as a supporter.

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  51. As I have been saying.

    1) Do we lack quality players? No. Leicester nor Spurs are no more if not less populated by players that are not considered “world class”

    2) Do we lack spending? No. Again the two teams ahead of us have spent way less in the summer. And we just lost to one of the poorest United sides on paper fielding their youth/reserves not to mention a relegation struggler in Swansea.

    3) Is Flamini the problem. Blatantly not. Coquelin has come back in for last two games and we are porous in front of defense shipping goals.

    4) Is Rammini the problem? No. They carried us through two high pressure games against City and Olympiakos and kept clean sheets against Soton, Bournemouth and Stoke. Coqsey could be an issue.

    5) Are we having a confidence issue up front. Yes. But we should also have sufficient firepower with Giroud, Alexis, Welbeck and Coquelin all fit.

    6) Can we blame it on injuries. Well we could very well do with the other less celebrated half of the Coqzorla partnership which I have mentioned was an important reason why Coquelin worked for us. Instead many preferred to trumpet Le Coq in isolation. BUT we should still have the players to see off United and Swansea

    7) Can we blame a lack of pace and Per. No. Gabriel was horrendous against United despite the extra pace. Better positioning is key. Its easy to blame Per for lacking pace but Koscielny and Gabriel tend to cancel each other out. The reason why Meterscielny works is one stays deeper because he lacks pace and does the work of a stopper leaving the other to sweep up. When you add Gabriel in, it will take time for both Koscielny and him to understand what the other is doing. Understanding between players is key.

    8) Finger pointing =Soft centre? Again, Flamini gets the blame for what? Against United, there was no one tracking a direct run from midfield by Herrera. Again when Ozil lost the ball against Swans, no one tracked Routledge straight down the middle. People blame Flamini for sitting deep but at least the basic defending is covered. Last I check, we were a goal up at Swans but foolishly conceded because we wanted to press high. Flamini points but for the most part its because he can’t get to the danger and he is delegating lest he loses the man he marks. Certainly on evidence of last two game, we need more communication.

    9) Elneny. Don’t even get me started. There is truth to argument that Wenger could have bought a more complete player ready to impact our game last summer. However as mentioned, this should not be an excuse as we should have enough to win against United and Swansea given current resource/injury list. Many simpler minds call for Elneny over Flamini. Why? Granted the Frenchman has many limits but he found equilibrium with Ramsey even if it wasn’t Coqzorla. Elneny is a player that may become MOnreal or Koscielny but it will take time. Meanwhile he is not robust enough in the challenge and prone to giving away soft yellows. The idea that he is suddenly the solution merely sets him up for a big fall.

    10) Are we hungry enough? I said after Olympiakos first leg that it was not a question of quality or spending rather application. I have no doubt most of the squad puts in effort but we lack the gumption to take these games by the scruff of the neck. When Campbell scored the goal, we celebrated like the job was done and naively neglected the defensive side of things because we were impatient to make an impression. Walcott has been poor as has Alexis. Regardless of the gaffer hauling Campbell off (and he has legitimate reasons if the player was tiring), we should still have the desire and creativity to see it to the end but we became lazy which led to their goal.

    This team can produce the big wins against top teams so its as much a question of attitude at the moment as it is with the confidence now seeping away.

    We need to have a bit more composure and guile finishing and our off ball movement must be maintained through the 90 minutes.

    If the team decides that we are out of the title race like most fans do now, we have zero chance of winning against Spurs. Expect humiliation, final nail in the coffin for the title and self fulfilling prophecy of pundits to be realised.

    If not, we have to get a result next game. Its do or die.

    Over to the squad.

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    • We will never win games with a striker who is struggling. I know Walcott is to “blame” for all our losses this season, the question I would like to ask when was the last time Giroud scored a goal? since our slump he has started every game and never gets subbed.

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  52. I think we need to try Elneny in midfield next to Coq.
    Up front I would start Alexis, Welbeck and Campbell at the moment.
    Also, Per should probably learn portuguese in order to command Gabriel around.

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    • Gabriel is not good enough for Arsenal Football Club. We should have a minimum expectation for the quality of our players, if want to consider ourselves to be a top club.

      Also, if after living here for over a year he can’t speak English then he is probably as thick as pig shit.

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    • We could of signed the lad from West ham who had played in the premier league and spoke the language but we saved a bag of jelly beans so all is right with the world

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  53. Barcelona does not sell a good player. They only get rid of average players. Sanchez is average. The team (with the exception of Ozil & Cech) are all average. This is why we can’t win the league.

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  54. As we left the ground yesterday people were angrier than they have been for several years. I think Arsene has been wonderful, a legend etc but the time has come. There was one guy who said “Why do I put myself through this shit again and again and again….”

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  55. I think the problem with Arsenal is too much loyalty. The board is too loyal to Wenger who brought it glory over a decade ago and they would never put any kind of pressure on him. The manager is too loyal to players who have been underperforming for a long time and keeps thinking they will get better. Remember Nicklas Bendtner? He was at Arsenal for 9 years when everyone could see that he was not a very good footballer until he became the butt of everyone’s joke. Then there is Theo who’s been at the club for 10 years. There is also Abou Diaby who was very unlucky with injury (not particularly his fault and he’s got my sympathy) but I wouldn’t keep him at the club for 9 years. Arsenal is a big club and these players are professionals and millionaires. So the mentality ought to be either you perform and earn your salary or we’ll get someone who would.

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  56. I’m sure Leicester lacked belief they could reach the top ten, never mind be top of the table having played 28 games or whatever, what we lack is a top quality striker, another world class CB, and a hungry manager, one that is not stubborn, im not giving up hope on the title yet, at least not until after the spurs game, if we beat them, everyone will be back on board, believing and hoping again. After the spurs game, we have the easier fixtures out of the top 3, no games are easy i know, but im not giving up all hope yet, even after seeing pure rubbish performances of late.

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  57. You know what i used to think Alexis was a star but hes not hes not a star hes not a star at all….. this is talk of a loser people hes been one of the worst performers in the squad and hes pointing the finger at everyone else. why doesnt he show us how its done? Personally i want Alexis sanchez gone end of the season hes contributed hardly anything to our title race this season…. Ozil is our star player not this loser…

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  58. Also dont think its fair to blame Gabriel, he never had a consistent run in the team to be judged yet. Theo on the other hand is playing AW on his own game. Making sure he sucks at the wing positions so AW either plays him as a striker or sell him.
    Not a bad startegy but if so shows the club’s fortune is nit his priority.

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  59. I only have basic skills in Spanish, and even less understanding of it’s different dialects in Latin America. But I have a strong doubt that the translation to English as “we lack the hunger” is what Alexis meant. Because as such it doesn’t make sense.

    But this is the “fact” we now have to live with today, because of the internet and confirmation bias etc. 🙂

    (From experience of similar misinterpretations, my own guess would be that “we lack the bite” is the figure of speech Alexis was expressing.)

    Source criticism, people.

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  60. You don’t break ranks when you’re part of a collective in the midst of a title challenge. If you don’t believe your fellow team-mate have the heart for the fight, then you tell them that; and only them.

    What he has done, not said, but done in coming out and declaring to our competitors that we’re not up for the fight is nothing short of mutinous. Vent your spline. Have a fist fight with whomever if you believe it’ll help the cause, but do so within the sanctity of the ‘changing-room’. And then, when you next resume for battle, you do so as a united front!

    Ten games to and this fucking turn-coat already appears to want out – wouldn’t be so bad if he wasn’t playing like shite . He’s seriously gone down in my estimation. As some of the previous comments have alluded to, sounds like he’s already making manoeuvres for his ’emiratexit’ this summer – cunt!

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