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  1. After two consecutive draws against top six teams, I wanted to give an update on our progress at Arsenal. The Gunners are currently sitting in 6th place after a little over half the season but I've made progress on rebuilding the squad from the roots up. After failed attempts to get Pirlo and De Jong from external teams, I decided to opt for more investment on youth as I did when I previously managed Chesterfield. With a focus on value in the transfer market, we managed to get Algerian striker Islam Slimani, Jack Cork and Jonathas (not world beaters but they will bolster on what we already have i.e. Adam Szalai and Brown Ideye) and young players with solid playing time including Didier N'Dong, Joris Van Overeem and Frederic Guilbert. Things are looking up at the Emirates.
  2. One season on: observations since manager Glory Days arrival at Arsenal Reflective: Arsenal manager Glory Days has had a positive effect on the Gunners Its been approximately one season since the arrival of Australian manager Glory Days to the North London club. Arsenal sits comfortably in eight place with 26 points and is in prime position to push to the top with only a four point gap separating the Gunners and league leader Preston North End. Some observations since the arrival of manager Glory Days: Financial stability forces frugal spending An interesting development is Arsenals spending compared to last season. Last season, the North London sanctioned lavish purchases such as Ukrainian central defender Yaroslav Rakitskiy for 15 million pounds and Togolese utility player Alaixys Romao for 7.5 million pounds however this season, the largest sum spent on a player was 6.5 million on Algerian striker Islam Slimani. While some may consider a lack of large transfer expenditure as a lack of ambition, others will look at it as a patient and careful approach and necessary in an era of financial responsibility. Arsenal has a solid squad with a plethora of talent however Glory Days will not spend unless the right player is made available as Rakitskiy and Romao have demonstrated. A change in policy may come if they return to the Premier League however for the time being a sensible and sustainable model is necessary. Youth is the way forward Since the appointment of manager Glory Days, he has had a clear ambit: give youth a chance. One of the major criticisms levelled at North London was their overreliance on older players with no youth products or young prospects given an opportunity to shine at the North London club however manager Glory Days changed that. First, the Australian manager bought youth to bolster the youth team with the hopes of developing into first team contributor then he proceeded to give promising youngsters Pedro Obiang and Jordan Ferri a chance to prosper in the first team however their selections were picked on good recent form rather than obligation. They have emerged as real talents and have contributed immediately with a combined nine goals and five assists, with only sixteen league matches gone; there isnt any reason why the talented duo cant add to that tally. Arsenal has considerable squad options The Arsenal squad has undergone a myriad of changes however a noticeable difference is the considerable depth of the squad. There are two players for every position and the depth has provided a crucial part in their extended run in both competitions while maintaining momentum in the league.
  3. The Gunners has had a stellar start to the season with 11 from a possible 18 points and leaves us in sixth place. The off-season additions of Nigerian striker Brown Ideye and Aron Johannsson helps bolster our squad and lower the age of my overall squad. The performances of Spanish midfielder Pedro Obiang and French midfielder Jordan Ferri have been a pleasant surprise but with the upcoming fixture congestion of the cups and league games, the depth of our squad will be truly tested and it will be an interesting time to be a Gunner!
  4. Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread Arsenal secure Division Two status With a 2-1 win against relegation threatened Wigan Athletic, Arsenal have all but assured our Division Two status with 14 points separating the Gunners from 17th placed Wigan Athletic. Senegalese striker Papiss Cisse has been in a rich vein of form with three goals and four assists in his last five appearances however it's our defense which needs to be commended with an excellent defensive record with the likes of Marcos Rojo, Alaixys Romao, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Tomas Huboscan, Marcel Schmelzer, Nacho Monreal, Sebastian Coricha and Jesus Gamez. A special mention is given to young Dutch keeper Zoet who has been a stellar signing this season, beating out Fabianski for the first team spot and being a large part of our success this season. With little to play for in terms of promotion or relegation, I will rotate some of the fringe players along with the more experienced players to see if they can make an impact next season.
  5. Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread Arsenal continued their merry run with four from a possible six points with a dour draw against Bristol City and a win against Tranmere Rovers. The points mean even more as we are one point away from the hallowed 45 points mark which will assure us of Division Two safety and more importantly, there is a 11 point difference between 17th placed Wigan and us with five games to go. Barring an absolute horror show, Arsenal should be in Division Two next season. I have also been busy adding to my youth team with the signings of Chilean central defender Igor Lichnovsky, Spanish midfielder Mikel Vesga, Portuguese centre half Fabio Cardoso, Spanish fullback Inigo Lekue and French winger Romain Habran. While some of the players may not come off, it will bolster a side which has a strong first team but a sparse youth side. Next up is Ipswich and then the relegation six pointer against Wigan, it's gearing up to be an interesting final five games of the season!
  6. Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread Arsenal received a major boost in their fight for survival with a solid 3-2 win over Portsmouth with goals to Papiss Cisse, Mikel Arteta and Yoann Gourcuff. After our loss against Rotherham, I decided to change things up with Gamez, Schmelzer, Gourcuff and Cisse coming in to add something different and it produced the desired result with a win which takes us five points from the hallowed 45 point mark. We boosted our financial clout by selling Fred and Felipe Melo for a combined 17.7 million and signed Hungarian striker Adam Szalai for 6.3 million to help with the loss of Fred and the signing of promising centre back Lichnovsky from Liverpool help boost our squad depth. With safety from relegation in our hands, the Gunners will need to shape up and accumulate as many points as we can.
  7. Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread A few interesting developments have happened since I last posted. The Gunners managed to sign Rakitskiy from Preston North End for 15 million, a big thanks to Riece for the deal and despite his big transfer fee, he is well worth it if we can remain in Division Two. Since the Man City win, we have had two wins, one draw and one loss (Swindon Town) but more important we got 7 points from a possible 12 which given the Gunners' poor league form is an excellent return. The real marvel of my current season of Dutch goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet who since his transfer has conceded six goals in nine appearances which has been central to our success. A real steal for 220k plus Fernandez and safety is looking realistic with eight points from a possible next nine matches and five points away from 17th placed Wigan. Next up is Rotherham
  8. Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread I've been away on holiday through the Easter long weekend and I was given an early Easter present in the way of two excellent wins over promotion chasing Northampton Town and relegation threatened Manchester City. Despite the positioning of Man City, these were two major scalps and help us push our way out of the relegation zone. We are now one of the form teams in Division Two but we will need to maintain our good run if we are to be safe. Some major developments while I was on holiday. Transfers In Huge signing for the Gunners, eventhough Sigurdsson may not have the glamour of a 90+ rated signing, he plays as if he is a 90+ rated player on SM. He scored the winner against Northampton Town on his debut and against Manchester City taking his season total to 10 goals (including his time to Chesterfield). This completes a three way deal which sees us get Rojo and Sigurdsson for Khacheridi, Valero and Pozuelo. Although some may question why Valero departed for Sigurdsson but his contributions have already suggested the move may have been the right one for the Gunners. Dirar is a versatile right sided footballer capable of playing right back, right wing back and right wing, he will provide an excellent option in the midfield and defence. With the departure of Pedro Leon, Dirar will give us another option on the right hand side of the field and he will probably keep his 87 rating with his 1,000 plus minutes with Monaco. A handy pick up which gives us depth. With 13 matches to go, we will need to get 15 points which is possible to save us from relegation. Next up is Swindon Town.
  9. Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread The Gunners continue on their merry way with a crucial 1-0 win over relegation contenders Blackburn Rovers. Our defence is coming together with one goal in our last three league matches. New boy defender Marcos Rojo couldn't have played better in defence, grabbing the MOTM honours in his Gunner's debut but it's early days for the young defender. Arsenal have added another interesting piece of the puzzle with the addition of Lukasz Fabianski who has done really well in real life and may be in line for a rise. He will add competition to fellow newboy Zoet and the best man will get the starting job however Zoet hasn't hurt his chances with two clean sheets, one goal conceded in his last three matches. Next up is promotion hunting Northampton Town
  10. Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread I have been a busy beaver in the last week, looking to improve/build my Arsenal squad to a respectable level. The outgoing transfers are as notable as the incoming transfers. I was looking for value in the market, sometimes picking up a gem or two from externals, defender Lindsay Rose, midfielder Shkelzen Gashi and goalkeeper Zoet were such additions. Particularly happy with the pickups of Gashi (who in real life has 18 goals in 22 appearances) and young keeper Zoet who has performed well since his introduction to the first team. In terms of departures,we say goodbye to Benat (7 million to Charlton Athletic) and Pozuelo (4.3 million to Chesterfield) to help bolster our finances. In terms of internal deals, I was pleased to secure one of my old players Marcos Rojo from Chesterfield. While to pay with Valero was a high price, I believe Rojo fits well into my side and also has decent upside in potential rise in rating. A new transfer of sorts or more like a return for Obiang who was loaned to Birmingham City, he did pretty well while on loan and may be in line for a starting position if he impresses. All we need now is a consistent run of results but Leeds couldn't oblige with a 1-0 loss in the 86th minute! I was gutted, a match which looked to be a draw, turned out to be a loss but we played well enough to suggest, we may have a chance at relegation survival.
  11. Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread After a long delay, I finally put up a few articles about my time at Chesterfield and my time at Arsenal and transfer coming into the club. If your interested it's on the article's part of the forum
  12. Re: English Championship 7046 Match Report/Tranfer Gossip Thread Highly coveted Marcos Rojo and Ryo Miyaichi join Glory Days’ revolution Argentine defender Marcos Rojo has emerged as a top class defender under Glory Days Arsenal pulled off a transfer coup signing promising young players Marcos Rojo and Ryo Miyachi. Manager Glory Days has taken little time to impose his philosophy on the Gunners with a flurry of transfers within the first two weeks of his tenure. While the Miyachi transfer is in a similar vein to recruiting for the youth team, the move for Rojo is expected to have an immediate impact on the first team squad. Manager Glory Days reunites with the talented Argentine defender who he nurtured during his time at Chesterfield. Under the tutelage of Glory Days, Rojo established himself as the undisputed first choice at central defence alongside Spanish defender Mikel San Jose, playing a crucial part in Division Three’s best defence last season. The Argentine defender bids farewell to Chesterfield where he became a fan favourite, spending nine seasons with 211 appearances becoming one of the most coveted young defenders in Chesterfield history. His importance was exemplified when he won the fan’s favourite for his improved defensive play and marked maturity, Rojo will need to make a step up in order to earn a regular first team spot but he has a believer in the manager. With the addition of Rojo, the Gunners have a player who has experience playing in multiple systems implemented by manager Glory Days and remarkably versatile being able to play centre half and left fullback, the defensive unit has been enhanced with a player determined to play at the highest level. In exchange, Arsenal bid farewell to Spanish midfielder Borja Valero who was tasked with the creative outlet for the Gunners however a lack of production in the last two season with 3 goals and 3 assists in 24 appearances spelled the end for the 31 year old at the London side. With the departure of Valero, many expect the likes of Yoann Gourcuff and Extebarria Benat to fill the void however there are reports emanating that Benat is due to complete a 7.2 million pound move to Premier League side, Charlton Athletic. Questions remain over what Glory Days intentions are for the Arsenal squad but the Rojo transfer is a step in the right direction.
  13. Re: English Championship 7046 Match Report/Tranfer Gossip Thread Arsenal manager Glory Days stamps authority with a flurry of transfers Youth is the way forward: Arsenal recruited promising defender Lindsay Rose In less than two weeks, manager Glory Days has wanted to put his stamp on the Gunner's squad. A clear focus on youth has been evident with five of his six incoming transfers being for players under the age of 24. A clear vision on building the Gunner's back from the grass roots,focusing on the youth team, allowing youngsters to come through the ranks, something Glory Days was known for at Chesterfield. While Chesterfield would need immediate results from their youth signings, Arsenal can afford to wait with big names like Spanish defensive midfielder Xabi Alonso and Mikel Artet and German striker Stefan Kiessling, the signings will look to the future without the pressure of immediacy. With a lack of attacking flair, the Gunners recruited promising youngsters Rachid Ghezzal, Amin Younes and Modou Barrow. Younes, 19 has been touted as the next big thing considered a diamond in the rough however his talent is undoubted with excellent dribbling skill and a more refined passing game. Under manager Glory Days he could potentially be refined into an impressive youngster through the ranks. The recruitment of Ghezzal and Barrow demonstrate Arsenal’s determination to polish young players. The Gunners further bolstered their youth team with the recruitment of French defender Lindsay Rose and French front man Benjamin Jeannot. Rose, 23 emerged as a breakout star at Valenciennes as a central defender, Arsenal were quick to lure the French defender from Lyon’s grasp while Jeannot, 23 has impressed during his time at Lorient, playing as a fox in the box and will add depth to the forward line since the departure of Spanish striker David Villa. Complementing the rebuilding of the youth team, Glory Days added experience with the signing of Alaixys Romao. The 31 year old will add leadership, direction and versatility. The Togolese international has six seasons of experience in Division Two with 166 appearances with Notts County and Exeter City. His capability of playing central midfield, defensive midfielder and central defence will enhance his importance to the club but Romao exemplifies what it means to be a Glory Days’ player: committed, versatile and professional. A clear commitment to relying on youth to step up when required and growing from within, Glory Days has been given a wide ambit to his instil his philosophy and he is determined to do it from the ground up.
  14. Re: English Championship 7046 Match Report/Tranfer Gossip Thread Arsenal FC appoint manager Glory Days Signed: manager Glory Days is delighted to have taken over the reins at Arsenal Arsenal F.C. signed manager Glory Days. The experienced Australian left Division Three side Chesterfield after six seasons and 288 matches and will look to make an immediate impact on the London side. With a large following, the Gunners are mired in the relegation but the hiring of manager Glory Days will give the London side, something they have lacked in seasons: stability. After the horror reign of English manager Harry Hammer, the Gunners have slowly slipped into relegation zone with little hope of escaping however the Arsenal Board finally acted and relieved Hammer of his duties. While many consider the appointment of Glory Days was the correct choice, the Australian manager will have a big assignment at Arsenal but Glory Days isn't without credentials, leading Chesterfield to an unprecedented success, creating a side that was tough to beat and financially sound with limited resources. What was even more impressive is his ability to instil belief into a squad and consistently overachieving while maintaining their Division Three status for four consecutive seasons but the Australian manager will need to find a way to resolves issues on both sides of the pitch; fixing a leaking back line with the Division’s fourth leakiest defense and trying to find a solution in the third with the third worst scoring record behind the likes of fellow relegation dwellers Blackburn Rovers and Crystal Palace. Something that is certain with Glory Days is that he will not be overawed with managing one of the largest supported clubs in England and will be eager to eager to instill his philosophy. Some have argued the Gunner’s squad is superior to the one he had at Chesterfield but the Australian manager will need to use all his skills to have everyone pulling in the same directions.
  15. Re: English Championship 7046 Match Report/Tranfer Gossip Thread Manager Glory Days bids farewell to the Spireites Clearly emotional Glory Days thanks the fans for all their support throughout his tenure After 288 games over 6 seasons at Chesterfield, manager Glory Days has departed. The announcement was made prior to kick off that Glory Days would move to London giants Arsenal on a five seasons deal. The Spireites faithful will only have good things to say for the Australian manager who turned a side mired in Division Four into a competitive Division Three side with two strong pushes for Championship football. The Australian manager has had unprecedented success with the Spireites, marshalling the troops four consecutive seasons in Division Three after gaining promotion in season 7 with a sudden day playoff against Rotherham United. Most notably achievements were to a surprise promotion push in season 8, Chesterfield’s first season back in Division Three and last season’s strong push for promotion. However his achievements were not just on the pitch but off as well. He built the youth academy from the ground up with luminaries as Argentine defender Marcos Rojo, Denys Garmash and Alberto Paloschi, he provided financial stability to a club that was bogged in debt and he has built the strongest every Chesterfield squad with the likes of captain Claudio Bravo, Icelandic midfielder Gyfli Sigurdsson and Spanish striker Fernando Llorente. While the Spireites lost 1-0 to Colchester United, the game will be seen as a morale victory as the Spireites fans gave the Australian manager the standing ovation he deserved and a noticeably emotionally Glory Days thanked the crowd for all their support with a simple clapping to fans of all four corners of Proact Stadium.
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