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Art Vandelay

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  1. Dave and Ehren are hilarious in their own way. It's the same as people like Dimitry, Rick and Brandon for instance, they're no stars but just bring a different dynamic to the group. You also need someone to be the butt of the joke in fairness.
  2. New name same vibes. These guys are the best.
  3. Art Vandelay

    Arsenal

    He's a bit of a victim of the way we play I reckon, plus I wonder if we're seeing a physical drop off. When he's not scoring he's always been a passenger, but it's so pronounced at the moment it's quite sad to watch. We're sort of trying to play like Pep and striving for a day where we don't start with a 9, which is why Lacazette is mostly seen busily working away as a deep 10 as we spend 3 minutes working the ball to the flanks and eventually dinking it into no-one. There's so much wrong with that plan it's not worth going in to really, but the main problem is that it involves so many players in square peg positions we can't get it to work. Again, the rigidity is absolutely killing us. I sound like a right grump about it, but I agree. I think 8-12 is realistic. Top four is a complete fantasy.
  4. Art Vandelay

    Arsenal

    The thing with Willock though is I have no idea if he’ll become a guaranteed starter who’ll regularly score goals for us, I suspect he will but that’s speculation. What we all know for sure however is exactly what the players we have left will offer because they’ve underwhelmed for years. As a fan I’d rather we took the gamble. We’ve made such a mistake getting a manager who is so tactically inflexible that if you don’t fit the level of specificity required then you’re out the door. Whilst I’m banging that drum, this move shows what an amateur Edu is too. Willock is the victim because we’re incapable of moving on anyone difficult so we’ve had to sell the one player a club is publicly pleading to spend money on, and even then we’ve sold for a poor fee. Edu should have gone with Raul as he shown us nothing to suggest he’s up to it. I honestly can’t believe how much this club still pisses me off.
  5. Art Vandelay

    Arsenal

    I see Newcastle have put to bed any Willock debate. Seems cheap to me, especially as that’s only 2/3 of the price of the shit keeper we’re looking to buy. What a dispiriting summer. If Edu ever comes back from his jollies he’s got so much to do it’s unreal. I just don’t understand how we can talk about progression when it feels like we’ve got basically the same team we did from about five years ago, and they still play like they’ve only just met. Whatever anyone thinks of Neves, Maddison or anyone else we’re linked with at the moment, none of them are signals of intent of anything. They’re just easy obvious signings where you keep increasing your offer until you meet the price you were quoted a month before. When you think about the signings and contracts we’ve done in the last couple of years it could make a grown man weep.
  6. Art Vandelay

    Arsenal

    We’ve looked absolutely horrible in pre-season.
  7. Pep has always been an absolute windbag. I think all that praise he got for expertly handling Foden's development by never playing him was incredibly generous too and only works if there was a parallel dimension that allowed us to see what would have happened had he actually had a kick. With the players mentioned who didn't quite make it and sold for good money, I think that's just all big clubs now. Get a prospect in, play them a tiny bit, maybe get them a cap and then flog them for a profit. I don't think that's even players not getting a crack at the team, more that they were never really purchased as anything other than an asset to improve revenue. It's a murky business for sure.
  8. Not getting carried away, but I reckon Fizzer might be able to turn the ship around if he gets him in at Miami.
  9. I'm going to follow my heart and fulfil my dream of joining my boyhood club, a state owned outfit from Oman or somewhere who's name escapes me at the moment.
  10. Art Vandelay

    Arsenal

    I think Maitland-Niles maybe has a problem behind the scenes and Arteta has lost patience with him. So much so we basically destroyed our season forcing a parade of unsuitable players to start at left back and shipped him off into the care of Big Sam. Which is a shame as there's a position at a big club up for grabs and he's blowing his chance. He'll likely end up where you say, as a decent player somewhere near the bottom of the table. I guess all my point is that with him, Nketiah and Nelson they are players with potential, they're homegrown and I'd rather see them than the tosh they'll leave behind. Selling Willock is just a stupid idea in my opinion. For a team with almost literally zero goals across a whole season coming from midfield, we're going to sell a 20 year old midfielder who's already got nearly 25 in first team football? Put it this way, if we were buying him for £20m I'd think that was a clever bit of business. We have a squad rammed full of very predictable players, and he's definitely not that. But can he joylessly recycle the ball around the centre circle for 3 minutes? I suppose that's the question.
  11. Art Vandelay

    Arsenal

    Yeah I think that's spot on really, they're the only ones who have any value at all this summer so our hands are tied in that respect. I have a feeling we'll pay a few of the undesirables off towards the end of the window and make space for a big panic buy again though. We could easily be on three defeats by the time the window shuts so the pressure to fix some problems is likely to be huge.
  12. Art Vandelay

    Arsenal

    I think it would be a massive shame to move Willock, Nelson and Maitland-Niles on when the players likely to stay in their place have stunk the place out for years on end now. The market for young English talent is ridiculous and we're seemingly willing to get shot of pretty much the lot for rubbish money. The scenario is that we'll lose the only goal scoring midfielder we have, a good right back and a talented winger and keep Elneny, Bellerin and Willian who are people that should be absolutely nowhere near Arsenal's team at this stage. Arteta simply isn't the custodian we need for the talent at the club. He was forced to play the young players we have through desperation and they showed him and our senior players up badly. Players like Nelson and Nketiah are a struggle to shift now because we gave their minutes to old carthorses instead as we always revert to a safe pair of hands. Another season of drab treacleball though and it won't be Willock who we'll be watching leave but Saka and Martinelli. The stakes are through the roof and as it stands this squad is finishing no higher than 8th I reckon, with probably a stronger second half of the season when we make a change in January.
  13. Absolutely! The palette he picks is always so sophisticated and the female backing vocal is a lovely surprise too. It's like Italian dream house before that was a thing really. He did this tune too which is perfection in my mind. Like all good Italo it's a tiny bit cheesy, but the badly translated English is sung with such sincerity it hits the spot every time. Maybe more Rimini than Ibiza but there's crossover.
  14. I don't know about anyone else, but the build up to this season fells a little lacklustre so far. Finances are obviously a mess so no-one can move any players on and even simple deals seem to take weeks to stagger over the line. The effect of that is that when you look at everyone's starting line-ups coming up to the first weekend there's not been much major surgery done which is a bit of a drag. Coming off of what felt like a five year slog of continuous football it'd be nice to freshen it up a bit – I mean from an Arsenal perspective we've got a weaker team than we finished with and are really only scrambling for an emergency keeper loan signing before kick-off. Obviously quite a cosseted position to be in compared to the rest of the football league, but it's a bit boring innit.
  15. Forget Rocky, this was the realest Sylvester of the 80s.
  16. Football isn't based on perception fortunately.
  17. I am quite conflicted about it. As someone who has been raised to hope Spurs are denied even the smallest crumb of happiness it would obviously be great news if he left, but then the league would be a grim procession for everyone for a few years as City rip everyone apart by even bigger margins. You can see the dilemma.
  18. Levy is in an impossible position as if he sells he'll need to buy big and the last thing he wants to do is instantly shuffle all that money out of the club. Either on a similar quality striker of which there's like three and none of which would even contemplate joining Spurs, or spread it around the squad on a lot of tosh like when they got the Bale money. And you'll be trying to do that on deadline day most likely. For Kane it's basically now or never too. Next year Mbappe and Haaland are on the move for far less money and he'll be left on the shelf. Basically I think it's in both of their interests to get the move done now but I can't see it getting over the line.
  19. It was a toss up really between 17 Days and Erotic City for me as I tend to oscillate between the pair as my favourite Prince tracks. Saying that, Horny Toad or Irresistible Bitch are somehow B-sides from about the same 2/3 year period and are ridiculous. It's not a fair fight really.
  20. I think Jumbo is the one for me. It ticks all the boxes of a great Underworld track. Super simple but layers and layers of complexity. Saying that, I've grown to really love Twist too which didn't grab me at all at that time. That feels like it was way ahead of its time on reflection.
  21. Art Vandelay

    Arsenal

    The whole idea of these friendlies was completely daft from the get go so this was inevitable really. Any sort of injury to Partey coupled with the AFCON will mean that's two seasons of minimal club football for him which would be less than optimal. I'm really struggling to gather any enthusiasm for the new season at this point as we've got problems right through the squad that we've run out of time to sort out. Imagine another year of Elneny and Xhaka as your midfield.
  22. Surely the only acceptable time to eat a Burger King is when you stagger out of Luton airport customs at 3am and haven't eaten since you left Faro about 17 hours before. Imagine choosing it. On the subject of those ridiculous mega-burgers you get, we ordered Patty & Bun to work once and they had a special on that involved the usual accoutrements such as onion rings and bacon and whatnot. Only this also had a block of deep fried cheddar in that was literally the size of one of those Cathedral City jobbers your mum would buy to make your dad's sarnies with. All up it must have had enough calories to stop the heart of rhinoceros and was pretty gross in all honesty. I just felt really basic for being weak minded enough to even order it.
  23. I'm sure everyone has seen it, but the episode of The Movies That Made Us about the original is great fun. The effects are so ramshackle and one-take due to time constraints that it seemed like whatever they shot just went into the film. Things like the filing cards being blown out of the draw would almost certainly be post production now and I could never work out how they did it. Think it was just a bloke with a leaf blower.
  24. Really enjoyed the return of those swirling slight orb things. That effect still looks amazing in the original so glad they've kind of just throwing their hands up and admitting it can't be bettered. Can't see much not to like in general from that in truth.
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