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  1. Arsenal, Pt. X: Boom-Xhaka-Laca!

    I get the sense there's a contingent on the board and Gazidis for sure that want him gone no matter what, but ultimately it's Kroenke's decision to make. If we do win the Europa League, I honestly think it's going to be a situation like Di Matteo at Chelsea in that Champions League run where the players took it upon themselves to carry the burden on all sides rather than the manager actually playing much of a role. But given how little he cares about the actual dynamics at the club, if he sees that we're in the Champions League next year he'll stay the course with Wenger another season. The only hope would be Wenger having the good sense to step down if we do win Europa giving himself a last chance to go out on a high.
  2. Ravens are releasing WR Jeremy Maclin

    I mean why make a run at Jordy when you can just throw 7 million a year at Ryan Grant instead
  3. The annoying thing is, I actually like the John Brown signing. Not in the sense that I think the dude is gonna be a Pro Bowler, but it's a good high-ceiling move for an affordable, or at least incentive-laden price. In isolation, that's a sensible move for a team squeezed against the cap. But Ryan Grant... for this much money? This is just so dumb. This is the kind of dumb move other teams make that we used to be the ones laughing at. If we were going to throw this much money at Brown+Grant, we should have just gone for Allen Robinson. If we needed any further proof that this entire franchise is just so ordinary now... well, say hello to Ryan Grant. Oh well, at least Ozzie is free to use our 1st round pick at whatever fat Alabama nose tackle is available this year now...
  4. Lol don't let the door hit you on the way out Ozzie...
  5. 2017/18 Europe Thread

    He was overhyped at Juve but still a genuinely great player for them not least because he had managers who knew how to use him. Having seen how players like De Bruyne and Salah have developed I'd like to see what he could do with a different manager before writing him off.
  6. 2017/18 Europe Thread

    Lmao and that after starting Fellani over Pogba. Incredible. Although I guess Mourinho can excuse that by pointing to the fact that he's also thoroughly destroyed Pogba's confidence enough to have him look just as bad when he came on. Genius mind games!
  7. Arsenal, Pt. X: Boom-Xhaka-Laca!

    Some pretty remarkable and revealing quotes being leaked from the players-only meeting that was convened after the Carabao Cup defeat last Sunday: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/mar/02/arsenal-players-arsene-wenger-meeting?CMP=share_btn_tw It's becoming a dereliction of duty at this point. Wenger and the coaching staff are failing to support and prepare these players. Many of them have played at big clubs, they play for big international teams and talk amongst themselves with their friends on other teams. Surely they know now that compared to the prep, intensity, and attention the Man City players are getting from Guardiola or the Spurs players are getting from Pochettino is lightyears ahead of the hands-off, 'express yourself' advice from Wenger they're getting, and it must be driving them mad. He just has to go. I'm fine with it coming at the end of the season but there's also an argument to be made that the best way to position ourselves for Europa may be to provide a shock to the system by sacking him before the Milan game. He's lost the dressing room.
  8. Arsenal, Pt. X: Boom-Xhaka-Laca!

    Getting sadder and sadder to watch. The end is near and everyone knows it except Wenger. Even Europa looks bleak now especially with the run Milan are currently on. Really think the best course of action is to announce now that Wenger is gone at the end of the season. Could maybe inspire a change in form for the players who look just completely checked out, but even if it doesn't, at least it would maybe encourage a less toxic atmosphere between the fans and manager. Wenger deserves a proper sendoff but the more he tries to hold on when it's clearly not working anymore the more we're all gonna suffer through the toxicity.
  9. 2017/18 EPL Thread

    We could have signed prime Maldini in January and in Wenger's setup he'd end up looking like Squillaci
  10. Arsenal, Pt. X: Boom-Xhaka-Laca!

    Can't even get the team motivated or prepared for a cup final it's incredible to think anyone still sees Wenger as the leader this club needs. Not that I expected a win today but that performance was so incredibly meek and pathetic.
  11. TARFT: New Forum, New Thread

    Weirdly enough i can only get on mobile now but I can't on desktop at all anymore. Its a JetBlue ad every time if that's helpful at all.
  12. TARFT: New Forum, New Thread

    Every time I use this site there's always like a 50/50 chance it's just unusable because in immediately redirected to some banner ad.
  13. Are the Ravens still a superior organisation in the NFL?

    I think we're a good organization that has gotten really, really complacent and has failed to react to the ways in which the league and game has changed. Someone can argue any time stamp in the world is arbitrary but 5 years worth of .500 football is a pretty damn big sample size. In a parity-driven leaugue, 1 playoff berth in 5 years is not the sign of a successful organization. All but 7 teams in the league have made the playoffs since we last made it to the dance. So okay, we're not the Browns. But for an organization that talks about themselves like they're the peers of the Pats or Steelers... we're not even close. And 5 years is not all that arbitrary considering the Super Bowl year was also the year that Ed Reed and Ray Lewis left. We've had a chance to prove that 'The Raven Way' is what drove our sustained success rather than being primarily the byproduct of stumbling upon two all-time great players and leaders. What do we still do that is that much better than the rest of the league? Outside of our special teams unit, a good but not great defense that crumbles in big moments is basically still the best thing this team has come up with in several years. But we still talk about 'playing like a Raven' or being some sort of gold standard team that everyone else is still afraid of even though we need to face 10 backup QB's a year just to squeak out a winning record.
  14. Other Leagues Thread- Ligue 1, Championship, Portugal, etc

    Would love to see Fulham back in the EPL.