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On 02/07/2019 at 12:09, enigma said:

 

I've read he's quite lazy on the pitch but has immense talent. I've haven't seen much of him but here's to hoping he keeps that low motivation. 

On 09/07/2019 at 02:44, Soulo said:

https://www.espn.com/soccer/english-premier-league/23/blog/post/3889164/arsenal-are-in-a-rutbut-is-mediocrity-now-just-accepted-at-the-emirates

Halway decent article about whether Arsenal are heading out of elite company in England for good.

Read something the other that Kroenke told the fans not to get their hopes up for big signings and CL football. I think this is a make or break season for them. They could cement themselves as the 6th best in England for a while if they keep going like this. I have nothing but love for them to keep failing 

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2 hours ago, Nibs said:

Just seen the footage of the motor-bike attempted assault on Ozil & Kolasinac.

Fair play to Kolasinac - taking on a couple of blokes with knives. He is a bit of a beast and looks like he has more backbone than the rest of the Arsenal squad put together.

I've seen a few extravagant ways of trying to force a transfer from a club in my time following football but squaring up to carjackers to prove you have too much bottle to play for your club is a new one. 

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49125627

The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has ruled that La Liga games cannot be played on Fridays and Mondays without its approval.

The first three rounds of matches for the 2019-20 season had already been scheduled by La Liga, with Athletic Bilbao hosting champions Barcelona in the season opener on Friday, 16 August.

But the RFEF's competition judge has now rescheduled those fixtures.

"Spanish football fans do not want games on these days," the RFEF said.

"Especially on Mondays, it is very difficult for fans to enjoy games."

In February, Alaves supporters held a mock funeral during their La Liga win over Levante in protest at the match being switched to Monday night for live TV coverage.

La Liga said the ruling threatens their 2bn euro broadcast deals and a court hearing has been set for 7 August.

Changes made by the RFEF mean the season will now open with Athletic-Barcelona a day later than originally planned, on Saturday, 17 August, with all other fixtures scheduled for Saturdays or Sundays.

"With this illegal conduct RFEF officials are generating confusion in the national and international broadcast space, which accounts for 2bn euros in annual rights income for La Liga," said La Liga president Javier Tebas.

"These officials have no idea of the consequences of their irresponsible acts. This has no purpose, nothing will change, this only creates confusion, which is the only thing they know how to do."

This is the latest in a long-running row between the two organisations.

They clashed over La Liga's failed bid to play Girona's home league game against Barcelona in Miami in January, after the RFEF did not give approval for the game.

So who decides the fixtures?

At the moment, both organisations say they do.

La Liga called the RFEF's move "an attack" and said it is "the only competent organisation to set schedules and dates in the national professional football competition".

It claims the judge's ruling changes nothing and "the schedules already indicated by La Liga for the first days of the competition will be those in which the matches will be played".

The RFEF said the judge made the ruling "due to the incompatibilities detected between the approved calendar and the days and established schedules".

In a statement after Friday's ruling, the RFEF claimed responsibility for setting the days of the fixtures.

"Setting the schedules is a competency of the League, while the days are of the RFEF," it said.

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1 hour ago, dkw said:

It really isn't, an attacking midfielder/winger is pretty much the last thing their current squad needs. 

I’m not talking about there squad needs I’m talking about an individual player who’s far better than any wide player they have. He’s a class 

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19 minutes ago, Chelsbear said:

I’m not talking about there squad needs I’m talking about an individual player who’s far better than any wide player they have. He’s a class 

But he's not what they need, and will add nothing to a team desperately in need of at least 3 defenders and 2 midfielders. Plus if the rumours are true that they are selling aubameyang to finance it then it makes even less sense. 

It's basically buying new fluffy dice for your Ford capri when your engine has blew up. 

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35 minutes ago, Munkworth said:

@Boyne if only the FA could do the same, Saturday 3pm for everyone. 

Indeed. Sadly, can't see it though. 3pm on Saturday would make life so much easier. Meet up in the pub about noon for a few pints; then to the game and then back into the pub for a few more pints. 

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15 minutes ago, Boyne said:

Indeed. Sadly, can't see it though. 3pm on Saturday would make life so much easier. Meet up in the pub about noon for a few pints; then to the game and then back into the pub for a few more pints. 

I would settle for that with the occasional Sunday game (re Saturday workers) though cannot see it working with the big money in the TV side of the game.

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1 hour ago, Munkworth said:

@Boyne if only the FA could do the same, Saturday 3pm for everyone. 

I would much prefer Friday and Monday fixtures to be done away with, those two days are stupid days for football. Because the league games are so spread out now, I rarely bother with Saturday 3pm games anymore. It's got to the point now that I don't watch much football outside of Chelsea and the big games, I just can't be bothered to follow the messy schedule. 

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I would much prefer Friday and Monday fixtures to be done away with, those two days are stupid days for football. Because the league games are so spread out now, I rarely bother with Saturday 3pm games anymore. It's got to the point now that I don't watch much football outside of Chelsea and the big games, I just can't be bothered to follow the messy schedule. 

This, Friday and Monday is bloody pointless days to have games. PL should be restricted to weekend outside of Christmas schedule.
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I would much prefer Friday and Monday fixtures to be done away with, those two days are stupid days for football. Because the league games are so spread out now, I rarely bother with Saturday 3pm games anymore. It's got to the point now that I don't watch much football outside of Chelsea and the big games, I just can't be bothered to follow the messy schedule. 

This, Friday and Monday is bloody pointless days to have games. PL should be restricted to weekend outside of Christmas schedule.
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so far today hasn't been that great for our rivals lolpool & le arse. the gooners lost their own Emirates Cup to Lyon & currently at Murrayfield (where is this place?) lolpool are getting smacked up by Napoli.

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8 minutes ago, BordeauxBlue said:

Liverpool have taken the choice to play tough opposition in pre season.

A confident thought, but getting smacked in every game isn't exactly confidence building! 

yeah but their fans are becoming restless.

 

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11 hours ago, robdog said:

so far today hasn't been that great for our rivals lolpool & le arse. the gooners lost their own Emirates Cup to Lyon & currently at Murrayfield (where is this place?) lolpool are getting smacked up by Napoli.

Murrayfield is the home of the Scottish Rugby Union Team. It's in the West End of Edinburgh.

 

 

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Hard to say if it´s the fact they are playing good teams in pre-season or feeling a bit too good about themselves after a CL winning season. Apart from Milner and Shaqiri for most of their players this is a first major triumph in their career so it will be interesting to see how Klopp has managed to keep them hungry. 

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