Koeman sacking or an Everton turnaround job. Which will it be?

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What a fun way to spend a Saturday. Manchester United’s first real test of the season and they flunked it even worse than their abysmal showing away at Liverpool. Huddersfield destroyed a shoddy United that clearly missed Paul Pogba. That’s the reality here. If the French maestro is missing, they’re never going to be able to beat teams that have a £10k a week wage cap. It’s pretty unfair to expect one of the most expensively assembled squads in the league to do anything up North, especially on a rainy day.

Oh and we chortled.

Chelsea nearly had a slip up against Watford, but class and the benefit of a great manager paid off when Conte changed things up and snatched an easy win from the jaws of an embarrassing draw. Chelsea still don’t look right this season, the team are going to be up there I’d imagine, but they haven’t found their bite. It’s early, but I just don’t think they’re as fierce as they were last season.

The real games are today, Liverpool take on Spurs right after the main course > Everton vs Arsenal.

Everton are in a real shit tip of a situation. They’re tanking in the league after dropping major money in the summer. Ronald Koeman, who I’ve said for a while is overrated and a dinosaur, is doing his very best to get fired. I’ve heard he’s more into his golf than he is into his team. Not just that, his players are pretty uninterested in the way he operates. A very arrogant man grinding out a living. To think he was hawking Barca interest in the summer.

Anyway, enough of the rumour mongering. The undeniable facts. He’s lost 4 games this season only winning 2. They’ve conceded 13 goals. They sit in 16th position in the EPL, and they are bottom of their Europa League group.

They lost to Lyon at Home on Thursday in a tame display, but interestingly, Koeman rested a large chunk of his first team. Wayne Rooney didn’t even make the bench. It’s all or nothing for him tomorrow. He has a fresh team to choose from, he likes playing against Arsene Wenger, and he’ll have thought about this game a lot.

Basically, you know the stage is set. It’s near enough 15 years ago that Wayne Rooney scored that outrageous goal from 30 yards against David Seaman. The writing is on the wall. Ozil has been Instagramming with more intent than we’ve seen from him on the pitch in 3 years.

‘My life, my rules’

‘Ignore the noise, stay focused’

I’m trusting my gut on this one and hoping that my 13-year-old cousin taking over his social media profiles has him with all eyes on the big prize. 3 tasty points. Can’t wait for the ‘Ignore the haters’ update post game.

However, you just can’t help but think in Arsenal colours and think that all this nonsense is setting the stage for Ozil losing the ball up the pitch leading to a dirty counter attack that sees Xhaka slip over Coquelin, ending in a calamitous clash of heads between Bellerin and Mertesacker and a sorry 1-0 loss.

Or, we could just pile the misery on Koeman and build out our hopes for City.

Who knows which Arsenal are going to show up.

Hopefully we’ll see a different pace to the team. Bringing Rambo back into the fold is exactly what we need. Dropping Ozil onto the bench for a tough away game, especially after all the noise around his transfer to United this week is surely a must. A front line of Sanchez, Iwobi and Lacazette should be more than enough to give the shaky Everton backline things to think about.

But as ever, what’s on paper rarely translates into any sort of logic on the pitch.

Let’s see what abomination / elite serving of football Wenger offers up today and go from there.

See you on the other side. x


788 Responses to “Koeman sacking or an Everton turnaround job. Which will it be?”

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  1. Rambo Ramsey

    WE, yeah, that’s fair criticism for Friends. Too much of a perfect world. Its a sitcom so I guess I never paid that any mind. But yeah, I applied your logic to some characters on GoT, Lol.

  2. Rambo Ramsey

    Have you seen the James Spader starrer ‘The Blacklist’? Another story I feel the writers tried to be too clever for their own good and are now struggling to churn out a coherent story.

  3. loyika

    @ Steve

    Funny enough the Corner was brilliant (in a way far more real than The Wire)

    As for shows with studio laughter, Roseanne was hell of funny even with the studio laughter. Still one of the best shows made.

  4. Bamford10

    Liverpool’s defending today was shambolic. Lovren’s error on the second goal was schoolboy stuff, and the headed “clearance” on the third was garbage as well.

    Sign some real fucking defenders, Jurgen.

    Oh, and there was nothing world class about Kane’s first goal. Some people here need to get a grip.

  5. Emiratesstroller

    Personally I would select Sanchez, Lacazette and Ozil as our first choice front
    line for the foreseeable future.

    If they hit form as a collective we should be scoring a lot of goals.

    My concern remains the same and it is our back division. We continue to make sloppy errors whether in central midfield or defence.

    We may have scored five today, but we are still conceding too many goals. Arsenal’s next major test will be against Spurs. That will be a major test.

  6. freddylekgunner

    Mesut Ozil assisted his 43rd Premier League goal. He has more assists than any other player in the competition since his debut in September 2013. BBC

  7. Jamie

    The Sopranos is the best ‘television drama’ ever made, closely followed by The Wire. Seinfeld is the best TV comedy ever made.

    For this there can be no discussion.

  8. graham62

    Ozil deserved his MOTM accolade. My god, Everton were so poor. Never seen such a passionless display from a Goodison Park team. RK will be gone soon.

    All these managers cocking it up and our mug continues on his merry way. Watched the whole game but felt absolutely nothing. How has it got to this? 5-2 away to Everton and nothing left in the tank.

    Well done Pierre, you deserve your moment of glory. However, don’t jump the gun as we all know when the going gets tough, our lot generally don’t get going.

  9. Elmo

    Imagine City letting De Bruyne and Jesus leave for nothing.

    Imagine Manure letting Pogba and Lukaku leave for nothing.

    Imagine Spuds letting Kane and Alli leave for nothing.

    Imagine the Chavs letting Hazard and Kante leave for nothing.

    Imagine Liverpool letting Coutinho and Mane leave for nothing.

    That’s exactly what Arsenal are about to do. The two best, highest profile players at the club, walking to ‘rivals’ for nothing in the era of inflated transfer fees.

  10. London gunner

    This blog absolutely loved klopp and asked for him to take over as Arsenal manager.

    I told you guys he was a seriously flawed managed with no plan B that would be shown up on this league..

    Cough cough…

  11. Buckhurst Gun

    not for one second would Arsenal get talked up on a spurs blog the way spurs have been talked up on here today – doesn’t matter how good Arsenal were , are , could be , it wouldn’t happen – so why is it happening so much on here ?

  12. Frankie Coffeecakes

    @Jamie – “Seinfeld is the best TV comedy ever made.For this there can be no discussion.”


    End of story.

  13. E54_

    Jamie October 22, 2017 22:43:07

    The Sopranos is the best ‘television drama’ ever made, closely followed by The Wire. Seinfeld is the best TV comedy ever made.For this there can be no discussion.
    You’ve opened up a can of worms there.
    But as i type, I’m struggling to come with two better TV Dramas. Was about to write mabey GOT but yeah i dont think it counts as a TV Drama.

    The only thing i didn’t like about the sopranos were the ‘dream state’ scenes. I’ve read that it was all written from tonys point of view so the last scene did make sence in the end.

  14. steve

    “The only thing i didn’t like about the sopranos were the ‘dream state’ scenes”


    Funny, I thought those were some of the best things about the show.

  15. Relieable Sauce

    Peep Show has to be the best of the modern British/Irish sit-coms imho.
    I loved Spaced as well, Frost and Pegg at their best.
    Father Ted as well is classic and has to be up there. Some of Dougals lines have me chuckling just thinking about them.

  16. Colin Decoteau

    Just imagine one decent yes and i mean decent defensive minded midfielder protecting the defence ,breaking up oppositions attack with granit feeding ozil ,Sanchez and lacazette its not hard to imagine ,i know it’s a beautiful dream ,but then i woke up and had to face the fact that Arsene wegner is still in charge,still we live in hope. Good victory ,but it’s one game closer to the real test that is man city and Tottenham.

  17. Relieable Sauce

    The Young Ones, Comic Strip Presents, Blackadder, Drop The Dead Donkey all very good as well, especially The Young Ones.

  18. Wallace

    “If you’re an Arsenal supporter how frustrating is it watching that? In seven days you’ve seen the two sides of Arsenal. In terms of playing football and creating chances it doesn’t get any better than this.”

    – Souness

  19. graham62


    Yes Mr Souness and it’s been like that for ten years.

    The common factor in all of this…………………………………….

  20. graham62

    If any of you want to have a good laugh, watch Jim Jefferies on you tube with his take on US Gun Control. Priceless!

  21. Wenker-wanger

    To reiterate…..it can be frustrating supporting arsenal when you get a taste of sublime skilfully executed forward play and then look how piss poor the defense and the defending is.
    What I really don’t get is bouldys role in the defensive set up. Is he over-ruled by the wanker sitting next to him in the dugout?
    True we haven’t the commanding fighters of Graham’s superbly drilled defense, but the ridiculous tippy tappy in front of Czech surely has to be thrown out. Row z if you’re in doubt.
    Or is this the result of the mental inconsistencies in the wankers thinking , (and therefore orders to play this way),producing this disastrous back play ?
    It’s hard to contemplate how a seemingly well educated apparently intelligent man like wankger can miss the fckin obvious.
    But on a positive note ozil Sanchez and lacazette left to roam and interplay could rip teams to pieces.

  22. Wenker-wanger

    When you put aside local rivalry and take a really open view of spurs, you cannot but fail to recognise what a good side they are. Yeah it’s a bit of a pain….but Kane?….freaking hell is he the best striker out there aside from the 3 that were in the voted FIFA world 11..?
    It’s strange to think that Kane don’t move with the same grace or high energy motion with super quick feet; however he is powerful, very mobile, incredibly accurate and has that predators knack in the box.
    Listen don’t be alarmed that some of us give the spuds credit…..perhaps we are just having a welcome rest of being underdog after lording it over them for 20 years!
    It won’t last.

  23. Sanmi

    Only one thing I learnt today is, Nketiah is a better talent than walcott ever was. The movement of ball at his feet says it all