5 hopes for the Arsenal – Everton game

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Just quick one today because work and tings.

5 things I want to see tonight.

Attack the backline

Everton are starting to look dull under Ronald Koeman, dull and shaky. Their defence isn’t that strong at the moment, conceding 19 so far and their form is shaky at best. I hope Arsene blitzes their ageing back four with power and pace this evening. I’d expect Chamberlain and Theo to be flanking Sanchez, but maybe we could see Lucas Perez given a run out on the left? Doesn’t seem to get too much game time, does he?

Either way, we should be testing Ashley Williams and Phil J, who look terrible so far this season. S. Coleman ain’t no spring chicken these days. Hopefully our exceptional form, combined with their 1 win in 10 should see us prevail, however, this is no time for complacency… we suffered a bout of that last season in December against Koeman’s Southampton. Also worth noting, this is our second game against a top half team away from home so far (United), so this is a massive test.

Defence

Wouldn’t it be lovely to keep a clean sheet? Everton moving forward have a number of players who can cause damage. Ross Barkley, a player who is as disappointing as Aaron Ramsey for talent / delivery ratios, is a beast. Lukaku, Meirelles and Aaron Lennon have also caused us problems in the past. We need a strong performance from Gabriel tonight, because I’m slightly worried about how he’ll do against the intensity of a Pep front line at the weekend. This is a good chance to boost the confidence.

Rest if destroying

In an ideal world, we’ll head up there, kill them by half time and then we can save our big names legs for the game at the weekend. The nightmare would be a hard slog and being run ragged by an Everton side with something to prove. Hopefully the slump continues and we can go into energy conservation mode in the second half. I’d take 3 points from the next 2 games. If we can rack up all three tonight, we’re in a very good place.

Tight Midfield

We’re winning at the moment and that can sometimes mean that as fans we ignore worrying things that happen as we’re dishing out spankings. We let a very poor Stoke team walk through our midfield a few times a the weekend and carve our some pretty good chances a better team might have taken. We might not get so lucky if we do that against Everton. We’ll certainly not get that lucky if we present an easy path to goal to Pep and his attacking talent at the weekend. It’d be nice if we could keep it tight in midfield tonight and gear up for the 2ominute onslaught city will give us, before we take them apart.

… in my dreams.

ENJOY THE GAME!

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  1. karim

    When I saw Clattenburgh, I was like ” No, not that clown ”
    Then I saw Mike Dean on the touch line…..

    We did stop playing after our goal although they were lucky to be back before halftime.

    We should have done better in the second half but still had a decent game overall, Ozil had a couple of good opportunities and I certainly thought Iwobi would score in the last minute, great defending by, was it Coleman ?

    Definitely a pen, whichever way you look at it.

    Very frustrating and disappointing result, City becomes a must-win now.

    Season’s not over yet ladies.

  2. karim

    By the way, the half-time start of a brawl is all Clattenburgh’s doing and Wenger was right to be furious.

    A couple of Everton fouls forgotten, every contact made by an Arsenal player was a foul on the contrary, men, just open your eyes and be honest from time to time !

    Even Koscielny wanted to punch the ref !

    Rant over.

  3. Dream10

    Last night wasn’t the best performance wise. With the amount of chances we have conceding over the past month, this was bound to happen. I was disappointed that we were not able to create enough high quality chances, bar Ozil’s miss. The trio of Ozil, Walcott and Chamberlain did not have the best of games. The lack of sufficient quality vertical passing from Coquelin (his counter pressing, ball winning and general use of the ball in the previous two matches was fantastic) forced Ozil to drop deeper. With the German dropping deep, Walcott/Chamberlain needed to drop between the lines, but it did not happen. It’s why Iwobi should have started. On nights like Tuesday where Walcott has no end product, he offers very little. Chamberlain’s lack of consistency is why he hasn’t established himself.

    Sanchez kept dropping deep as well. That’s difference between Sanchez and Costa at #9 and the difference between us and Chelsea so far. You could argue that Chelsea were average performance wise in two matches against Man City (A) and WBA (H) and picked up one point instead of six points. In one match, City created enough chances to obliterate them. But they missed them. Then. Costa took a 50 yard ball from Fabregas and did the business. Against WBA, Chelsea created nothing and the match was on course to finish 0-0. Costa then forced a turnover and finished in style.
    Fine margins.

    It’s our second loss in the PL. The result is not a big deal. Happy the team is fighting hard and showing competitive fire in the first half of the season but it does not make up for quality at the highest level.

  4. Wallace

    karim

    “A couple of Everton fouls forgotten, every contact made by an Arsenal player was a foul on the contrary, men, just open your eyes and be honest from time to time !”

    yeah, seemed like he was employing a real laissez-faire approach when it was Everton making the challenges, but was more your strict disciplinarian when it was Arsenal putting the foot in.

  5. Vince

    Wenger’s indecision will destroy this club:
    1. Not knowing that Walcott is shite after 10 years of watching. We keep hoping he has a good day. well, hope is not a plan.
    2. Is there somewhere in Ozil’s contract where Wenger is forbidden from subbing him. He’s too peripheral to our play to be our playmaker.
    3. I’m impressed with Xhaka steel and passes. But dawn it he’s so rigid he can pass for a statue. Even Coquelin tries to run at defenses once in a while. Xhaka is so inflexible it’s not funny.
    4. Gabriel for Van Dykj will be an .amazing piece of business. If Kos goes down that’s the end of our season.

  6. Dream10

    Wallace

    AW was right. Some terrible refereeing from Clattenburg last night. One of Xhaka or Coquelin should have taken a yellow on McCarthy

  7. Red&White4ever

    “The ref’s fault”, bla bla bla….
    But at the end of the day, we (still) don’t have the balls to win the title, period.

  8. Cesc Appeal

    Do not really go in for this, lets bash the officials stuff, unless they are truly terrible, they did not give Everton an unjust penalty, there was no denial of an obvious goal, no Arsenal player was unjustly sent off etc, it was a very physical game and Arsenal could not handle it.

    We played like crap, in recent weeks we’ve got away with that, Spurs, United, PSG, Bournemouth etc, yesterday we did not, simple as. If you played so poorly you’re relying on the referee to get everything spot on and to be outstanding, which we all know referees are not, I have little sympathy, you sent eleven players out onto the field who had it in their hands to win the game, and the f****d up, blaming referees is distraction.

    If Arsenal had played well, or even decently, I would agree the referee can potentially have an impact, but they played like s**t, none of our attackers aside from Sanchez turned up, the referee is a secondary concern to that, ditto with regards to 50% of our defence being poor last night.

    I’m more worried about that than Clattenburg, because this is not an anomaly.

  9. Jim Lahey

    “Then there are the so-called Arsenal fans who decided directing abuse at Alex Iwobi on his social media channels was a productive use of their time. If that’s where your head is at, castigating a 20 year old who is doing his best”

    1) – No one should be sending abuse to anyone via social media, can say with certainty that this sort of behaviour can be attributed to children and adults with the mentality of a child.

    2) “a 20 year old who is doing his best”. Some day Alex Iwobi might be a great player, but at the moment he isn’t.. he is a good footballer with little contribution. For now he isn’t good enough to help us win a title and rightly so is coming off the bench.

    (Note, this isn’t an attack on Iwobi, multiple names could go here)

    I hate when people try to argue that a player is “doing his best” like that is meant to make everything alright, “Well, he isn’t good enough to play for the team, but at least he is doing his best”. Its this sort of pandering to players that has kept us from achieving more in the past deacde. How long did the likes of Alumnia and Denilson stay around and “do their best”? Do you think the same would happen at clubs like Barcelona or Bayern?

    We have had a history of keeping mediocre players and paying them well above their worth making it near impossible to get rid of them. Why has Arsenal become an incubator for the mundane?

  10. Jim Lahey

    “AW was right. Some terrible refereeing from Clattenburg last night. One of Xhaka or Coquelin should have taken a yellow on McCarthy”

    Xhaka’s was a clear yellow.

  11. Dream10

    Jim Lahey

    I meant to say that I wanted one of Coquelin or Xhaka to go tackle McCarthy and take a yellow to send a message. Would have stopped the flow game in our favour

  12. Wallace

    Jim Lahey

    “I hate when people try to argue that a player is “doing his best” like that is meant to make everything alright, “Well, he isn’t good enough to play for the team, but at least he is doing his best”. Its this sort of pandering to players that has kept us from achieving more in the past deacde.

    everyone’s having a pop at Iwobi. I remember serial whinger, Paulinho, calling him ‘a genius’ after the Chelsea game. it would be fascinating if you could easily search a poster’s comments on a particular player during the good and bad times and see how much they change.

  13. karim

    Cesc

    You have every right to think we didn’t show enough and that’s true, we’re talking about a game where we were ahead, in total control and we should have gone for the second one, no doubt.

    Doesn’t mean the ref has no influence at all either.

    And a ( deserved ) last minute pen would have painted a slightly different picture imo.

    Sylvain

    Don’t interrupt grown ups !

  14. goonerboy

    Arsenal’s defensive weakness on crosses came back to haunt them here. Weak defence is a Wenger trademark and is the reason we will win fuck all again this season. Don’t like scousers but they were the better side.

  15. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Scary reports in paper today !
    Say we are signing cow an giround on long term contracts …

    Now the scary part why is Wenger allowed to do that when he leaves in 6 months …..

  16. Micheal

    Anothr poor performance when we needed to step up.

    Once again, a huge slice of the blame must lay with this crazy, fucking stupid Zonal Marking system. Look at Everton’s winner !

    Al our defenders are flat-footed and marking space – not the jumper. Even worse, no full-backs on the posts. A man on the post would have cleared the header. Schoolboy defending technique.

    Maybe someone can watch a re-run of the goal and explain the strengths of Zonal Marking.

  17. Red&White4ever

    “For those who seriously thinks that wenger will be gone in 6 months : we salute you.”
    (AC/DC tribute)

    @karima : it’s sylviane, not sylvain, FFS!!

  18. tunnygriffboy

    Wallace

    Things like that attacking Iwobi just confirm to me we have some of the worst fans in the league. It’s pretty disgraceful tbh.

    We are one point worse off than this time last year. If I remember we were top around Christmas time last season. We managed for a month or so without Santi, Alexis and Coquelin. It was after Christmas that the wheels came off

    Because of the lack of options we had we couldn’t rotate and the team got knackered. Along with this fatigue we really lacked quality so our performances fell off a cliff until we got things together towards the end of the season

    I don’t see this happening this season. We have a much deeper squad and atm the injury list is nowhere near where it was last season. I see no reason why we shouldn’t go on another run over Christmas and into the new year.

    Yesterday was a setback but bar the EFL cup it’s only our second defeat so far in PL and CL. We still have a lot to look forward to.

  19. Thank you and goodnight

    @Michael

    Agree that zonal marking is bollocks. Mark your man not the fucking space. Shit way of defending. We had best defense years ago under GG and they never marked the space they marked the man

  20. Paulinho

    Wallace AKA serial clueless muppet.

    I’ve been consistent in saying he’s got an awful technique and lacks pace, and how he is always going to struggle to deal with that(maybe you can check comments after PSG game away, seems your selective memory didn’t pick that one up) If he’s feeling confident he still be a great asset because of the positions he takes up, but as soon as confidence drops he doesn’t want the ball in areas where he can hurt the opposition and receives too deep and wide.

    Unless he is looking to receive the ball in those positions he is next to useless because the aforementioned technical problems and lack of pace.

  21. Jeff

    Everton lost to Burnley, Southampton, Watford and got walloped 5:0 by Chelsea. They’re a shit team and we should have beaten them – that’s why yesterday was such a disappointment because it’s a reminder of the old, old frailties, inadequacies – call it what you like. It’s another top four finish, guaranteed.

  22. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Runny
    It’s not iwobi fault to an extent

    He started off well then form gone bit like chambers couple season back ..

    Wenger gets to carried away with these players form an burn them out..

    Let’s hope the new man plays players on merit not on favouritism

  23. Ishola70

    Don’t tell me that another Italian manager with more tactical acumen is going to beat Wenger to the finishing post again like last season.

    I’m afraid it’s looking like so again.

    Look at Chelsea’s defenders Cahill and Luiz. They are not even good individual defenders but Conte has them set up to alleviate or at least minimise their individual failings as defenders.

  24. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Jeff Frank

    So we are doomed to gap again an again …

    I can’t fully support the club like I used to under that man manage ring …

  25. Jeff

    RSPC,

    When Wenger comes out of the tunnel, have a look at his facial expression and body language. Can you read anything other than a frightened, beaten, tormented man? Constantly ringing his hands, constantly appealing to the fourth official whom he knows can’t do a single thing to help him on the pitch. It’s all desperation and blind irrational hope. These are not the ingredients of a winning mentality and do not leave a positive impression on the players either.

    We know the sort of difference a new manager can make. Chelsea went from being virtually threatened with relegation to riding on top for no other reason than a new manager. Of course it’s a double edged sword. A new manager can also fuck things up spectacularly. But it’s a risk we have to take. We can’t go on with Wenger ad-infinitum. He should have gone at least 8 years ago.

  26. Wallace

    Paulinho

    “I’ve been consistent in saying he’s got an awful technique and lacks pace, and how he is always going to struggle to deal with that…”

    so why did you call him ‘a genius’ two months ago?

    was it because he’d had a run of good games and you were jumping on the bandwagon?

    I’d have far more respect for you if you had the courage to back a player when he’s going through a tough period if you do think he’s got something, rather than just seeing which way the wind’s blowing that day.

  27. Spanishdave

    As I said before the game having Chamberlin and Walcott on to start is crap management. They both have odd flashes but on the whole they are not up to standard for a title winning side.
    Wenger will not make subs when needed as ha doesn’t want to upset his little dears, that’s why winning the league isn’t going to happen with this mentality.

  28. Danny

    Those 70th minute subs by Wenger – I really don’t know how much more of them I can take. Last night demanded subs from 55th minute but no not with the senile one.
    Also he’s forced Xhaka to stop shooting, it’s obvious he’s suffering trying to adapt to the “Wenger way”.
    If Wenger stays on after this season I think I’ll start following Barnet until he disappears.

  29. Paulinho

    Wallace – He played like one in the Chelsea match.

    Try and be objective for once and flip it; why I did call his technique shit and say he lacked pace only a few days before Chelsea after his impressive performance against PSG away?

    So there is no inconsistency at all in my view of him. At his best he can be a genius at facilitating play through the lines, but twice now in two seasons he’s faded badly after a few class games and overall he’s had more bad games than good.

  30. Tippitappi

    It was the manner of defeat that hurts against a side who stared out expecting to be turned over yet it’s a familiar story like the marking of thin air if a side can play this system it’s not us, give it up but there’s the other constant his damaging obstinate ways

  31. Cesc Appeal

    Karim

    Maybe, but when Everton are sitting off you, looking afraid to do anything, you score and then decide to sit back and let them build up a head of steam, I know who I am blaming.

    The referee should have been inconsequential if we had actually had it together last night.

    I said something similar to my brother who is a Spurs fan, they went on a run of getting penalties and I said, it is all well and good relying on penalties, but sometimes you do not get the rub of the green, when you don’t your football has to do the talking.

    Tunny

    I always think the anger directed at players stems from deep rooted frustration with Wenger, I can understand someone calling Giroud a c**t in the middle of a game when he misses a sitter because that is passion, I don’t however agree with lambasting them continuously afterwards.

    Iwobi is a young guy, yet again the usual suspects on here spouted the ‘if he’s good enough he’s old enough’ routine like they did with Chambers, but he’s a young player, his form is going to sporadic, he’s going to make bad decisions etc, don’t blame the player, its not his fault his inexperienced, teething as a professional footballer and yet heavily relied upon. Blame the person whose fault it is, use to think the same with Giroud, not his fault he is a Category B ST operating as our undisputed, unchallenged A Plan ST.

    I disagree with you on the team, but everyone has their take, and the season will show us. Interesting you bring up last season, because I think this is feeling exactly like last year, scarily so, in fact.

    One great home performance against a top side, some good away performances, but a whole host of displays where we’ve stuttered along cobbling results together which leads to a false impression of the side being genuine title challengers.

    This is a good team, but it still does not have enough quality in certain areas, and obviously has Wenger. I would think 3rd place for us, maybe 2nd if City do not sort themselves out over January and beyond.

  32. karim

    Cesc

    Fair enough, the ref should never be the reason you don’t get a positive result.
    And it wasn’t yesterday.

    But it’s fair to say Spuds are well taken care of by the refs, as United used to.

    And we NEVER get anything from the refs, apart from that Koscielny dubious last minute goal at Burnley.

    There definitely is something rotten in the kingdom of Denmark if you want my opinion.

  33. Bamford10

    I don’t understand why anyone would send nasty messages to any player on social media — mental behavior — but I definitely don’t understand people picking out Iwobi. How was he the problem last night?

  34. Red&White4ever

    “I’m not surprised because it’s the third [home game] in a row I won against Arsenal and three times in a row it was about the referee.”
    “I’m sorry Arsenal, we won through the referee.”

    Koeman after the game, lol

  35. Bamford10

    Paulinho

    Good points re Iwobi. He can dribble and he makes good decisions with the ball, but he does lack pace and he doesn’t strike the ball all that well (on goal, long passes, etc.).

    I like his confidence and smarts, but you are right about his weaknesses.

  36. Paulinho

    Bamford – Thing is we need him playing well or a player like him to become a side that can at least look capable of challenging for the title or champions league. We have too many dumb players who can’t control a pass never mind have a picture in their head in terms of what to do with it afterwards. Walcott and Chamberlain prime examples. Said just before the match they would both be awful, and with their deficiencies they were never going to be anything but in match like that.

    Iwobi is the only player in the squad that actually possesses the qualities to keep possession in the middle third under pressure and still find a forward option. But he can’t keep it up for any meaningful length of time. Although I would try him as a ten and just shove Ozil wide once and for all.

  37. Bamford10

    “Why can’t AFC fans be honest re Ozil? A luxury player who is good when the team are purring. But in tough, away fixtures he vanishes.” – @GoonerTiliDie19

  38. Guns of Matlock

    People are missing the point of Ozil. Of course he’s a luxury player, and why not? Ozil wasn’t, isn’t and never will be a match winner. He isn’t a tackler. He’s not brave and he’s no leader. But he is a wonderful player who is a collaborator within the team as a whole, not its stand out element like a Messi or Fake Ronaldo.

    Ozil isn’t the problem, the structure of the team is. Apart from Sanchez, is there anyone else at Arsenal that would get into the top starting 11’s in the world? For this reason, Ozil and Sanchez have nowhere to hide and when things go wrong and their contribution isn’t total, we lay the blame on them for being ‘luxury’ or weak. Better players come with higher expectations. But better players also need better players to flourish. It takes the pressure of them. The bad days for them look really bad.

    Every successful team needs a mix of superstars, water carriers, journeymen and experience. Alas Arsenal are too weighted towards water carriers and the just ‘okay’…unbalanced.

  39. Guns of Hackney

    People are missing the point of Ozil. Of course he’s a luxury player, and why not? Ozil wasn’t, isn’t and never will be a match winner. He isn’t a tackler. He’s not brave and he’s no leader. But he is a wonderful player who is a collaborator within the team as a whole, not its stand out element like a Messi or Fake Ronaldo. Ozil isn’t the problem, the structure of the team is. Apart from Sanchez, is there anyone else at Arsenal that would get into the top starting 11’s in the world? For this reason, Ozil and Sanchez have nowhere to hide and when things go wrong and their contribution isn’t total, we lay the blame on them for being ‘luxury’ or weak. Better players come with higher expectations. But better players also need better players to flourish. It takes the pressure of them. The bad days for them look really bad. Every successful team needs a mix of superstars, water carriers, journeymen and experience. Alas Arsenal are too weighted towards water carriers and the just ‘okay’…unbalanced.

  40. WrightIsGod

    BTW I’ll say it loud and proud: can’t win the Prem built around a man who lacks passion, fight, blames everyone else,never thanks the fans and goes missing…

    HIS NAME IS OZIL.

  41. Bamford10

    Guns

    OK, but one, a Payet or DeBruyne have all of the technical ability Ozil has, but they also give battle and energy and show up in big games. So it is perfectly reasonable to expect more of a #10.

    Two, if that’s all we get from him, he shouldn’t be in midfield. He should be played as a wide forward, and someone else — someone who gives us more in the center of the park — should be in midfield.

  42. Red&White4ever

    “Payet or DeBruyne have all of the technical ability Ozil has, but they also give battle and energy and show up in big games”
    Spot on!!

  43. Bamford10

    Wallace

    Hazard is a loss, but as long as they get Costa the ball in dangerous spots, they’ll be fine. I saw that Willian will be starting for the first time in a while.

  44. gambon

    Ozil is most definitely a problem.

    I said it last night….whichever team wins the PL, wont have a single player that will shirk responsibility like Ozil did last night.

    He has also fallen off the map as a playmaker.

    He has scored few more goals than before, although likely a lot more luck than by design, as he isnt shooting very often still.

    However the “playmaking” has dried up completely. He has 5 assists in the calender year.

    Apart from a 4 month period at the start of last season, he has not been worth the £42m we spent on him.

    I said it when we signed him, that Eriksen was just as good for £10m, and last year from Aug-Dec people called me out on it.

    Well i was 100% right. Im not saying Eriksen is a world beater, merely that Ozil is a luxury player that is nothing special.

    Theres a reason Madrid kicked him out.

  45. Jeff

    I think I said it before and I’ll say it again. Neither Ozil or Sanchez was brought in to win the league. They were brought in to maintain our status quo. The reason Ozil gets a lot of flak is because of his style. He won’t run unnecessarily and will never chase lost causes. He also doesn’t want to risk injury which is why he puts minimum or no effort into any kind of defensive action.

    Notwithstanding that, he is still one of our best players and is capable of glorious passes and through balls. But he comes as a package. So the question has to be: even if Ozil performed to the peak of his powers in every game and did what people expect of him, would we win the league given the rest of the personnel around him? That’s the question you have to ask. If you’re answer is no, then criticism of him or any other player for that matter is redundant.

    Or put another way, do you truly believe that if we added Messi to this team that we would win the league? I don’t think we would. Unless a player is palpably terrible (examples of the sort of level I’m talking about Sanogo, Jeffers, Silvestre, Cygan etc.) criticism is really in the eye of the beholder.

  46. WrightIsGod

    Bamford

    I agree, again we bang our head against a wall hoping for a different outcome. Ozil has his pros but his cons have a deeper detriment to the team imo. Every now and then he’ll do something and the fan boys act as if it’s the second coming.

    I would prefer a player in his position to drive at defences and take the game by the scruff of the neck.

    Everton did a number on him and played a blinder. As soon as we started letting them into the game they ramped up the physicality…. and guess who was the easy target? Ozil.

    We suddenly couldn’t string more than 2 passes together in the opposition half. That pre halftime bit of handbags against Ozil was so well orchestrated and put him in his box, with as usual, no real backup from other players. The problem is with Ozil is he has no fight to get out the box so then you see a sulk.

    That second half chance he had should have at least hit the target and yet hear are people having a go at Iwobi. We sing that Ozil song even if he is pants which, for me, in terms of direct impact, I would say he is 60% of the time.

  47. Guns of Hackney

    Wright

    100%. Average players can accomplish great things if the system is right: Leicester, anyone? It won’t last which is why one needs to keep adapting and changing. This isn’t happening while Wenger rules Arsenal.

    Bamford

    Agree with de Brune (sic). Great player to watch. I think Payet is good but not up there with the best. Both players however can be totally ineffectual…like all players at some point. Here’s the thing though, a good player with a reputation can still do a job on the pitch even if he is having a stinker…it ties up other players. TH had bad days but defences had to commit players to him just in case he exploded into life, thus allowing Pires et all more time and space to take advantage of.

    Ozil is a midfielder but he’s a 10 and a 10 only. He needs protection around him all match to perform. Two ball playing DMs and Ozil at the top. Two wing backs. 3 5 1 1 works for me.

  48. Wallace

    gambon

    “However the “playmaking” has dried up completely. He has 5 assists in the calender year..”

    you know he’s playing a lot higher up the pitch this season, yeah?

    I know you said last year that you don’t watch the games anymore, and if you don’t watch them you might not be aware of that.

  49. gambon

    Wallace

    Hes not playing higher up at all. He’s been playing as a second striker for 3 years, its just Alexis is dropping deeper than Giroud ever did, which makes it look like Ozil is playing higher.

    And what good is it really doing?

    Ozil is taking 0.4 extra shots per game, at a cost of 2.5 less chances created per game.

    Once again, Wenger is completely indulging one player at the cost of the team.

    Did you see what Ozil did for the winning goal last night?

    Any views on that?

  50. Wallace

    gambon

    “its just Alexis is dropping deeper than Giroud ever did, which makes it look like Ozil is playing higher.”

    🙂 you still waiting on arseblog getting back to you about that tactics column?

  51. Wallace

    gambon

    “Ozil is taking 0.4 extra shots per game, at a cost of 2.5 less chances created per game.
    Once again, Wenger is completely indulging one player at the cost of the team.”

    we’ve scored near enough 70 goals already this season, gambon. you’re going to have to do better than that.

  52. gambon

    Wallace

    Liverpool have scored just as many as us…..so that means James Milner is world class.

    Great logic.

    Again….your views on Ozil during the winning goal?

  53. Spanishdave

    Ozil would be more effective if he had players other than our two terrible twins of Walcott and Chamberlin.
    We need a player like Costa to make aggressive runs and create space.
    Willy Walcott and co are not footballers, they run head down and hope for the best.
    Wenger is done for

  54. Wallace

    gambon

    “Liverpool have scored just as many as us…..so that means James Milner is world class.

    Great logic.”

    you said we were indulging Ozil at the expense of the team. I pointed out we’re a far more potent attacking force this year, and you come back with something about James Milner?

    have you had a lobotomy recently?

  55. Wallace

    gambon

    “Again….your views on Ozil during the winning goal?”

    yeah, it’s true, I thought he’d be better at defending set pieces.

    42m gets you f*ck all these days.

  56. Ozy

    “I said it when we signed him, that Eriksen was just as good for £10m, and last year from Aug-Dec people called me out on it.”

    Just like clockwork, the Eriksen vs. Ozil debate is back on.

  57. gambon

    Of course the Ozil vs Eriksen debate is should be brought up.

    Why did we go and spend £42m on such an average player, when we couldve just picked up Eriksen, DeBruyne or Payet for £10-15m.

    Eriksen s just as good, and the other 2 are better, but were much cheaper.

    What happened last night, with the winning goal, shows you exactly why we wont be winning the PL.

    Ozil couldnt be bothered to do his job. No-one seems to care, Wenger doesnt care, half of the fans dont care. There are no standards and theres no way you win the PL if you arent even bothering to put the effort in.

    We have been lucky this season so far. That doesnt last for ever.

  58. vicky

    Away fixtures against Everton, Spurs ,United and Southampton have been the toughest 4 games of our season for some time now. I had little hope of a victory yesterday, I think we have more of a chance against City.

    In Chelsea team, you can trust Hazard, Costa and Willian to raise their game in big games and win points for their team. It’s scary how we become a lone man team (Sanchez) from attacking point of view against tough oppositions playing away.

  59. Guns of Hackney

    Vicky

    On the contrary. I think city might give us a hiding. We will be on our usual feeling sorry for ourselves vibe and city will be smarting after the beating Leicester gave them.

    This match has become the season for both sides.

  60. Batistuta

    Wonder where idiots who go to a players social media account and abuse them get this entitlement that we are meant to win every game comes from, truly we really are as self entitled as they come, another abusing Ramsey who wasn’t even the squad yesterday just cus he posted a picture of his lil kid on instagram.

    We’d be foolhardy to think such abuse at least psychologically won’t mess with the players head especially one as young as Iwobi, its a shame really as you almost don’t see fans of other clubs display this level of abuse when their teams lose games so where do we get this high horse of ours from especially as we’ve won fuck all in almost a decade, a shame really.

    On yesterday we lost end of, no need running a post-mortem over and over again, like the folks who analysed the game on sky sports said this morning, its just our second defeat in the league, same as all the other teams in the top four so the media shouldn’t go overboard with it, it was just a defeat.

  61. Kelvin

    I would love to watch Ozil play for any other big club, and thats because i like the bloke. But am tired of watching him play for us, sometimes he wows us but must times i just wishes he fucks off.

    But lets be honest on nights like yesterday when Ozil had an offnight like he mostly has and we have Theo and Ox starting, you would need a miracle to get a result.

  62. Vince

    Let’s tell ourselves the truth – Ozil is too big to be benched and too lackadaisical to be made the focal point of our team. What do you do to such player? sell him. If you get upward of 30 million then you’re in business. If you get an offer from China to recoup his transfer fee then we’re cooking on gas.
    If I were the coach I’ll just tweak the team a little. We have Perez, Giroud and possibly Welbeck as strikers. Make Alexis the playmaker/support striker (number 10/8). Buy a Draxler and put him on the right. Let Iwobi and Ox fight it out for the left wing.
    Cech
    Bellerin Kos Mustafi Montreal
    Coquelin/Kondogbia Xhaka/Cazorla
    Draxler Alexis Ox/Iwobi
    Perez/Welbeck.

    This team is possible in January as both Draxler and Kondogbia are having it rough at their clubs. And our team actually has nobody that can do Coquelin’s work and no winger with a little bit of magic. I know it’s all hypothetical buy I think this is a lot better than what we have now.

    And btw, start grooming Adelaide for that playmakers role. Every time I’ve watched him he looked like a number 10 not a winger.

  63. Danish Gooner

    Can i please revert peoples attention to the 17 year old sensation playing for Monaco Kylian Lottin,he plays like Henry and he loks like Him too.He scored a sensational hattrick against Rennes at the tender age of 17.Wenger make sure you dont miss this one.