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Season starts before we know it. 

Liverpool vs. Arsenal in the Community Shield August 29th. Match week 1 is September 12th. Europa and Champions League matches in the next few weeks might really throw a wrench into things for those clubs at the beginning of the season. 

Leeds and Bielsa coming up, WBA and one of Brentford/Fulham; Norwich, Bournemouth, and Watford relegated. 
 

Any clubs outside of Chelsea and Man City going to be able to spend big this summer? 
 

We can make relegation and top 6 predictions once more of the transfer season has shaken out.

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Arteta certainly made the case for some financial backing from Stan and Co. If we unload Ozil and DL and Lacazette (as I think we should) we could have some cash to spend.

Pretty optimistic headed into the season.

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Arteta definitely turned the ship around quickly. Extending Saka and Martinelli was key along with the emergence of Martinez. Y’all need CB’s but so does Chelsea, Man City, Tottenham and United. 

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In. Also Howe and Bournemouth. A legend at that club.

Pool easy again. The rest I think will be well contested.

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Posted (edited)

Fulham pull ahead in extra time off a nice free kick. 

I guess the keeper thought it was going wide. 

Edited by mdmost

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Just now, Stringer said:

Creeping up to punch out a high cross, I guess?

Worst feeling in the world for a keeper. That dive was hilarious though.

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Brentford get one

Too little too late

Edited by WBT

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5 substitutions per match will be going back to 3 per match next season. 

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2 hours ago, mdmost said:

5 substitutions per match will be going back to 3 per match next season. 

Sucks for City's 100 million dollar bench...

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13 minutes ago, Cheeseweasel said:

Sucks for City's 100 million dollar bench...

Don't worry ... they'll still have once-per-half orange slice and juice box breaks.

... or will they?

Edited by RamjetFDO

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6 hours ago, texifornia said:

The Athletic had a couple articles that really painted Arsenal in a bad light. Apparently the players aren't happy about the redundancies after taking 12.5% pay cuts in the understanding that those pay cuts were for retention of staff.

Arsenal also laid off a bunch of their scouting and analytics department. They're supposedly going with a more "contacts driven" recruitment strategy.

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1 minute ago, Schulz2.0 said:

The Athletic had a couple articles that really painted Arsenal in a bad light. Apparently the players aren't happy about the redundancies after taking 12.5% pay cuts in the understanding that those pay cuts were for retention of staff.

Arsenal also laid off a bunch of their scouting and analytics department. They're supposedly going with a more "contacts driven" recruitment strategy.

The Guardian had a great article that basically said that Eduardo, Arsenal's Director of Football, wants a Wolves-type strategy where they just have a mega-agent (in this case Kia Joorabchian vs Jorge Mendes at Wolves) funnel them players, versus carrying the expense of a full scouting and analytics team. 

It seemed like a great way for a smaller club like Wolves to have access to Mendes' army of kickass Portuguese players, but I'm not sure it's a great fit for a club with real aspirations like Arsenal.

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13 minutes ago, texifornia said:

but I'm not sure it's a great fit for a club with real aspirations like Arsenal.

good one GIF

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52 minutes ago, texifornia said:

The Guardian had a great article that basically said that Eduardo, Arsenal's Director of Football, wants a Wolves-type strategy where they just have a mega-agent (in this case Kia Joorabchian vs Jorge Mendes at Wolves) funnel them players, versus carrying the expense of a full scouting and analytics team. 

It seemed like a great way for a smaller club like Wolves to have access to Mendes' army of kickass Portuguese players, but I'm not sure it's a great fit for a club with real aspirations like Arsenal.

Giving two 31 year olds (Auba and Willian) big money 3 year deals seems great for Arsenal and totally not in Joorabchian's best interest.

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