Arsenal fined £20,000 for Leicester protests

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Arsenal’s soon to be named new manager, Unai Emery, has suffered a crushing blow before his job even begins as his already limited transfer funds took a big hit after the club was fined a whopping £20,000 by the FA.

The charges came from the 3-1 defeat to Leicester in the penultimate game of the season as players protested a decision by referee Bob Cataracts awarded the home side a penalty.

“No!, said one player.

“Ah come on,” exclaimed another.

“You’re an embarrassment ref,” said Rob Holding.

“This is a travesty of justice the likes of which the sporting world has never seen before. I hope you forever have an itch upon your testicles,” an unnamed player called Shkodran blurted.

It’s believed that £20,000 was all we needed to get a deal over the line for ‘Excellent Player’, but now that it’s not there we’ll have to sign ‘Average Player’, or ‘No Player At All’.

Might as well write next season off before it’s even begun.

#conspiracy #outtogetus

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Hantal
Hantal

Scarily every word could be true

Tas Gunner
Tas Gunner

Nice,kick it where it hurts!we are penny pinching in the transfer market as it is :/

Gooooooonnnnnnnnaaaaaaa
Gooooooonnnnnnnnaaaaaaa

Fuck the FA, I’d pay them their 20k in 5p coins. They can count it up them selves and shove it ………….

Mpls
Mpls

Is it any wonder the FA is against Video Assistants? They’d lose a major revenue stream.

Bould's Eyeliner
Bould's Eyeliner

20,000 sounds like a lot; it’s barely half a week for most average EPL salaries.

This was just the FA doing what they do best, blowing trumpets over nickels and dimes.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Shame on us

The_Kolkata_Gooner
The_Kolkata_Gooner

Blogs. When are we going to address the elephant in the room? (Unless we’ve addressed it elsewhere and I missed it). When are we going to see a post which assures us that the like/dislike buttons are missing only for technical reasons (and they’ll be back as soon as you get it fixed) and not because you think we’re unworthy judges of what is right/wrong, funny/not-funny, Aubameyang-like/Bendtner-like, and so on?!

Those buttons are half the reason why I love this site so much. 🙁

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

I love this site not just because of an infantile tendency to punch a like or dislike button. The articles in themselves are enough to visit this awesome site Bro.

Dial Square Charity XI
Dial Square Charity XI

Boooooooooo 😛

Kolkata_Gooner
Kolkata_Gooner

Yo. I love this site too brooo. I said those buttons are only *half* the reason. The other half is all blogs and its awesome booty. 😉

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Yeah it sucks without the thumb buttons

I might have to jump ship

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

This is precisely why I love this website!

Emyrates Stadium
Emyrates Stadium

God i love this blog

Tasmanian Jesus
Tasmanian Jesus

Well, lets at least go for “average player” then.
He might turn out to be better than we expect!

Pakgooner
Pakgooner

Unnamed player called Shkodran.. hahahah

santori
santori

With all due respects, Mustafi isn’t our worse defender.

HOlding, Mavropanos, Chambers have all made silly mistakes as well. Their only excuse is youth.

Fair enough they have a learning curve but are we to rely on them if we should sell Mustafi and get another?

IMO Mustafi has made far more critical blocks and clearances than many care to remember (along with his faults)

But people imagine more faults than need be to hold any objective and sanguine views.

IF anything the defense needs sorting out –

1) Koscielny is tired legs and injury prone. We may find it hard to sell him this summer but he will be strictly ‘bonus’ next season if not we should sell hi in January.

2) One of Chambers or Holding or Mavropanos should be sold before we move on Mustafi. As much as they have promise, they also have weaknesses. Two with potential is enough. Keep Mustafi till next summer before moving him on and see if new gaffer can work out his issues because he is a good player.

3) If we are to bring in a Cback, someone like Koulabaly will cost although he is a great prospect for us with his height and speed. Clement Lenglet at Sevilla is also a good buy.

If anything the same goes for midfield.

I’d sell Elneny before Granit but again many hold intractable views not born out by recent reality.

Granit has improved his defensive game but Blogs can only amplify mythical imagines on his propensity for reds. He has only had one or two sending offs very early in career with us (not dissimilar to Koscielny who had a horrendous start for us and we saw how he panned out)

Again if we are to bring in another mid (assuming Jack extends), I would say sell Elneny.

He is an improved player and I hope he has a good world cup (much like Campbell and Asano) but the capability Granit potentially can provide is over and beyond the Egyptian.

I think the problem with most fans is they are wedded to their own imaginations on how bad a player really is, reinforced by each other in popularity but none of which is balance view point.

This is of course also the case with Arteta where you still see some fans bleating on about how it would have been a progressive step.

How?

The man has ZERO management experience.

It would have been a MASSIVE risk.

The only surprising thing about Arteta is that he was in the frame in the first place. Much of it likely was stoked by tabloid press only too eagerly sucked up by fans who put sentiment ahead of logical decision making.

Emery is a great signing (I would have also liked to see Blanc in frame)

If he can improve some of these players like Granit and Mustafi, add against them at same time to increase quality competition (as oppose to Elneny or the promise of 3 young defenders) we have a much stronger squad.

You have to learn to stay away from the ‘red herrings’.

Evang. Simon
Evang. Simon

How on earth will cataract be able to see well

Charles
Charles

I totally agree with you.

DulwichGooner
DulwichGooner

Bob Cataracts is so dishonest to his federation it’s untrue

New arsenal manager
New arsenal manager

Be careful of what u are saying..u might get touchline ban for that

Tas Gunner
Tas Gunner

xD

Tas Gunner
Tas Gunner

Aw mann…you made me miss arsene all over again 🙁

robstar
robstar

He has a bin for a heart

santori
santori

With all due respects, entertaining as it was as always, learnt nothing from your podcast.

Amy Lawrence Auclair I much respect but even they are prone to speculate and add invention to things they don’t know.

Much of the stuff is reactionary although have to say at least Amy Lawrence to her credit was suprious about the whole Arteta rumours from the get go where Auclair tried to invent some sort of fictitious US structure of management to go along with it.

Do we have better experts and people ITK we can tap in future?

OTOH well done for organising it. Good banter at very least.

420Goonerblayzeit
420Goonerblayzeit

Get your own blog dude, it’s getting to be a bit much.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

There goes Jack’s stay fit bonus. He’s off!

Mpls
Mpls

…to the Hookah lounge.

santori
santori

I think as far as transfer budget is concern, we need to sell players.

Campbell, Asano, maybe less the case Perez will have to be moved on.

But also Elneny IMO. We need better option in midfield and Granit should be minimal quality standard not the Egyptian.

I would even contemplate selling on Welbeck but his strength and power may be a useful plan B for at least the next season.

In defense, I’m not against a Mustafi sale but I think he is one of our more experience players there and none of the young pretenders have done much either to suggest they are better options.

All this lauding of Mavropanos (like Holding not too long ago) and he also made some critical errors the same people who criticise Mustafi choose to conveniently ignore.

Its a double standard. When Granit gets sent off, (which only happened a couple of times early on in career with us) he is a liability. If Mavropanos got sent off, it was the exuberance of youth. NO mention of Koscielny conveniently whose first season with us was littered with reds, own goals and penalties conceded.

I feel we should consider selling one of Holding or Chambers, with a new Cback coming in (if so)

I don’t see the point of both of them. Of the two Holding has a better frame and build. Chambers is quietly improved and slightly more experienced.

IF Emery feels he cannot coach out the errors in Mustafi’s game, then by all means sell the German.

But if Emery can improve him, we have a very strong player in Mustafi particularly if we bring in an experienced player that can pair with him who has younger legs than Koscielny (who should be let go if not now in January)

Of course someone like Koulabaly will be fantastic for us combining height, power and speed but we will have to see how much the price is considering he won;t be short of admirers.

I don’t know so much about the player mooted on our radar from Germany (another young player as if we don’t have enough) but if we want a young player, Clement Lenglet from Emery’s old club Seville looks a good buy and won’t cost as much as Koulabaly.

I don’t fancy the old Greek from (AGAIN) one of Mslintat’s old contact. He’s on the wane.

UP top :

Another player I think we should sell is Akpom to generate some income. He may well come back to haunt us and become the next Harry Kane but he is at juncture of career we either promote him into first team with maximum faith or let him go for his own sake.

If we decide he has utility, then he should replace Welbeck and we make some money off of Danny.

BUT as mentioned, my issue with Danny is he has some good strength and power on him. I’m not sure if Akpom measures up as much.

Certainly Lacazette is POOR holding the ball up for us. It isn’t particularly Aubameyang’s game either. We may need on occasion Welbeck’s power to help us so I’d be inclined to keep him for one more season until a new solution appears in market or when Nelson improves (Again he isn’t a target man type either that could be useful)

In the middle of the pitch, I think if there is a buyer for Elneny (this will be the critical issue), we should move him on.

He’s a tidy player and an improved one who is diligent to say the least but he can be lightweight in the tackle and he doesn’t give you anymore than what Granit brings, the Swiss having the edge in terms of distribution (although I give Elneny credit he has improved in terms of passing and dynamics)

If we bring someone in, I thgink he needs to combine two qualities for us.

We need someone strong and no nonsense whom we could either pair with Granit or set in front of the Cbacks to act as a discipined (key workd) shield.

But we should also get someone who can dribble up the line to replicate what Jack gives because whilst Wilshire is superb at that (almost a Santi) his durability will be the main issue over a hard season through 3 key competitions.

Seri has been mentioned on our radar (rumours of course). He has some of the attributes but I wonder if his stature (or lackthereof) could be a concern particularly as Jack isn’t particularly tall either.

Against scenarios like a Fellaini, the couple of inches extra iun true height or hair may make a critical diff.

Tanguy Ndombele at Lyon may be an interesting proposition for us. He is on loan at high flying Lyon this season from Amiens and has impressed in both his physicality but is discipline knowing when to push forward and when to hold. He won’t cost too much considering parent club is humble Amiens and Lyon stand to gain from a sale too.

What is clear is we should strengthen from market but we should not be hasty and simplistic in our judgement on certain players that by popular (myth) consensus we feel are the weak link.

With Emery in, we will have a manager with more weight to push decisions his way than Arteta and act as an opposite balance to Mslintat/Sanheli.

Already, if true, the act that Arteta (and Enrique) were demanding more say in transfer matters (or money) shows them off as inexperienced both politically and operationally when it comes to the current system in place.

Emery has plenty of experience both working under Monchi at Sevilla and navigating the complex corridors of ego and power at PSG.

BUT he also carries a better track record of trophies (than Spurs and Ponchenttino even if some media pundits in their little head would prefer to fantasise otherwise)

This will greatly assist us in attracting a better calibre of players from market particular as we remember that we are outside of CL.

There is a critical difference to our otherwise similar situation with United when Fergie stepped down.

Fergie left Moyes United on the high of champions but with a team on its last legs.

Arsene has left us languishing outside the top 4 for a second season but the rudiments of a potentially very good team.

Now its up to Emery to push Mslintat/Sanheli to make better buys beyond their ex-contacts to add to the squad balance. Interesting and hopeful times.

Mpls
Mpls

TL;DR
Was having too much fun with the fun stuff.

Gudang Pelor
Gudang Pelor

This is why we need the thumbs button.

A P
A P

Why do I think all these analyses are going to lead to Mahrez (again)?

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Fucking hell Santori, even by your standards.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Boo to the fine but yay to the players for standing up for themselves and calling the ref a joke!!!

Easy tiger
Easy tiger

It was well worth it.

Mpls
Mpls

The club should add a bonus structure to Rob’s terms so he can afford to cover these fines.

SB Still
SB Still

Maybe the £20k is for cream for the lifelong itch the ref has to live with due to the curse of the nameless Shkodran!

Nachos in Montreal
Nachos in Montreal

Well there goes our transfer Budget