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Disappointing 2018-19 Season
“Well, it was a very disappointing end to a very disappointing season. There’s a lot of enthusiasm when we went on a 22-game unbeaten run. At the time I predicted and I said and you agreed with me, but it wasn’t a true reflection of how we were playing. In other words, it was a lucky run. I mean we could have lost five six seven of those games and should have lost five six seven of those games. But we didn’t and people were fooled by it. But the underlying metrics told us what would eventually happen because everything has to return to the mean. You know this. We couldn’t expect Aubamayeng to score every time he shot at goal which he did. It was something like eight shots, eight goals.”
Standard of play was poor
“The general standard of play was poor. I can’t say any better than that. I didn’t see anything that enthused me.”
Kroenke hasn’t changed
“He is not doing anything more or anything less than is said on the “tin”. Its self-sufficiency and he’s not going to subsidize us. Now all of a sudden there is going to be a big huge swathe of protest against Kroenke for doing exactly the same thing that he’s always done and always said he was going to do. He has not changed his position. He is not all of a sudden saying I’m going to take money out.”
Clowns in management
“The two absolute clowns who have been brought in to run the club, by default, basically. One of them is now the CEO. He wasn’t brought in to be CEO but made CEO when Ivan left. And the other one is a glorified bean counter.”
Spin by the PR department
“They even try to make us believe that Aaron Ramsey wanted to leave. That the club had done most it could and it was Ramsey who messed us about. But it was PR spin. It turned out to be a lot of bollocks.”
Emery is awful
“From what I’ve seen of him, it’s awful. He hasn’t got a system. He hasn’t got a philosophy. We haven’t got a brand. If I was the owner of Arsenal Football Club I would be absolutely ripping my hair out.”
Style of play
“Emery is a chameleon, the very concept makes my teeth grind. You don’t have a fixed style of play. I can’t think, I have wracked my brains, I can’t think of one good team in the history of football that you couldn’t identify the style of play.”
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