Ozil / Rambo reality distortion | Can Arsene counter joyless Jose?

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Apologies for a lack of a post yesterday, I had a presentation in Ohio. Did I see Le Bron? No. Did I have authentic BBQ. Yes. Did it immediately punish my pathetic European disposition? Absolutely. Before the meeting. During. After. If you are English, don’t mess around with local food before a work meeting. You can’t handle the hot sauce. You can’t handle rich slow cooked food. You can’t eat your weight in meat like American’s.

Know your place.

That’s the challenge we’re going to have to deal with today, breaking the Jose hoodoo when it matters. Manchester United are managed by a moment spoiler as potent as a fart in a job interview. Jose knows how to beat Wenger. The only two times in 427  years (17 meetings) Wenger has managed to out think the nasty man from Portugal was in a Community Shield non-event / at a point the United manager had decided the easiest way to land CL Q was winning the Europa League.

It doesn’t look good for tomorrow.

United are in 2nd, grinding out results in grim fashion. However, it has to be noted, they’ve scored 4 more than us and conceded 8 less.

Arsenal are on a run that has our forgetful fanbase dreaming above their station. 7 wins in 7 at home. We’re closing in on 2nd place in the PL (4 points). We sit in 4th which is our preferred coma zone. Aaron Ramsey has his hamstrings in one piece. Mesut Ozil is playing like a hero. The defence is solid. Petr Cech is stopping shots.

What could possibly go wrong?

The same wrongs that happen every season.

I don’t want to burst any bubble’s here, but the ridiculous commentary around Mesut this last week is so very Arsenal. It’s different planet levels of OTT. He’s not doing anything he doesn’t normally do. He’s creating chances, he’s had one impressive game against a Spurs team he wouldn’t normally perform against, he destroyed Huddersfield after taking 11 days off after a very iffy ‘illness’ that nearly cost us a Burnley result, outside that he’s par the course. Turning it on in the first half of the season is EXACTLY the format of his whole career. Second half, he disappears. Standard.

Let’s see how good Mesut is against a Mourinho who knows the German’s character. A match he’ll likely be a marked man. I’ll start thinking he’s the real deal when he drops a monster game against a team that targets his character. We’re always looking for the moment he turns into a player fit for the league. I’m not talking about chalking up quarterback stats, I’m talking about showing he can function across all the areas you need from an elite modern midfielder. I’d love to come out of this game apologising, but my unfashionable opinion on Mesut has been on the money for his whole career here.

It’s not because I’m uncultured, it’s because he doesn’t often deliver for Arsenal when it matters. It’s hard to excuse my view as a misunderstanding, because every man and their dog seemed pretty keen to point out Mesut delivered against Spurs, notably, because he did all the things you’re supposed to do in 2017.

Same for Aaron Ramsey, another player Arsenal fans are far too keen to give a pass. Let’s see how good his stats are against a nasty team. Let’s see how he dominates if we go 1-0 down against United. I’m very interested to see if his discipline can deal with a shock to the system. Can he keep his focus for 90minutes? He’s 27 in 3 weeks, we can’t keep holding out for xG potential. We need a big, dominant, nasty performance out there. He needs to go from good to great. He needs to control the game and make it all about his maturing game. I have more faith in him than Mesut, but the reality is, we need both delivering.

Can our defence handle a bully of a striker? Can they deal with the sublime talents of Paul Pogba? Can it stand up to the onslaught of a scuzzy Jose plan? I mean, I’m talking about the midfield as well, because there’s no doubt the meekness of Xhaka will be targetted.

As impressed as I’ve been with Arsenal over the last couple of months, we’re still in 4th, 12 points off City. We’ve done very little to show we’re a more potent side this year. This time last year, we were all calling Mustafi the new Baresi and the missing link. We were about to line up against Everton and City. We know how that turned out. This time, it’s United at home. Can we shape the narrative to be more positive? No CL. One problematic injury. No excuse.

That’s what we’ll find out today.

Mourinho is gunning for us. He’ll have a plan, and it’ll be grim. Can we counter it?

Over to you Wenger. Prove there’s something different about this season and bring home something more than a draw. Make us believe there’s one last hurrah…

See you on the other side.

682 Responses to “Ozil / Rambo reality distortion | Can Arsene counter joyless Jose?”

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  1. Paulinho

    Ha ha expected goals.

    Be hilarious in the coming years watching these stat mugs be made to look a fool of time and time again.

    Wenger being the biggest one.

    United’s mentality meant they pounced on those mistakes. Something those silly stats can never quantify.

  2. Wenker-wanger

    Wenger should be thoroughly ashamed of the manner in which we lost yesterday.
    Over priced and hyped up defenders, clearly having no instruction to defend resolutely. Wenger is a joke of a manager, the archetypal fancy-dan performer without the grit and determination and character to correctly drill a defense into a formidable outfit.
    Apparently his motivational style is to give his players freedom to express themselves! Convenient way for him to shirk a necessary tough approach to issue strong instructions and unexciting tactics to the players.
    Why the whole footballing world hasn’t seen him for the joke he is remains a mystery to me.

  3. Wenker-wanger

    @ frankie,
    Correct, when you’re that arrogant there is no self-criticizm or shame.
    He probably believes he is underpaid as well!

  4. E54_

    Some of you are talking as if you believed we were going to beat UTD. Wow, those emotions of hope and optimism, the commercial team have figured out how to monetize those emotions of yours. It’s like the last 5 years never happened. Heck! It’s like LAST season never happened. We still got fans saying mabey we should sell sanchez! No no lets wait even longer, you know, when his contract runs out and he’s a free agent.. mabey then we should sell him??

    smh

    Lets say we dominated the game, the best team lost, the ref had a mare. Lets put it all on the table. Well, why have we never beaten Jose in a competitive game? Not every game was like yesterday. Not every ref had a mare when we’ve played. How is it statically possible Wenger has never beaten Jose yet its never his fault?

    Can a Wenger supporter tell me one game where ‘This time, yes it was Wengers fault’ I’m just wondering?
    Does that game exist?

    (Side note. I have tons of UTD fans (you know how london is) and guess what. They don’t give two f**ks about the stats. They won, they’re chasing city, they give two f**ks about little ol’ Arsenal.)

  5. Frankie Coffeecakes

    The schedule going into the new year is favourable to Arsenal. Not unrealistic that they should have little trouble until meeting Liverpool. From the fight we saw in them yesterday it would be plausible for them to take maximum points.

    Saying that, this is a Wenger team and basically you never really can count on anything other than knowing they can flat out play, despite rarely if ever having a game plan. Expect the unexpected.

  6. Frankie Coffeecakes

    Despite the loss you have to take pleasure in watching Spurs fall all over themselves yet again. Pretenders to the end.

  7. Frankie Coffeecakes

    Would not surprise if Pogba has the Red Card overturned. Afterall, it would not serve the EPL to have a marquee player missing from a big derby match.

  8. Wenker-wanger

    Frankie,
    Yes, but the money reflects his own sense of his massive worth and power.
    True, the man embodies some horrible personality traits. Control-freak, selfish, arrogant autocratic stubborn egotist.

  9. Dissenter

    The Pogba incident was definitely a red card and he did himself a disservice by sarcastically applauding the referee.

    That said, can someone teach Hector Bellerin how to defend.
    Why is he defending on his knees. He put Pogba in a very difficult situation, defending kneeling down with a flexed knee.

  10. Frankie Coffeecakes

    E54 – Wenger is indeed owned by Mourinho and always will be. It could all change however if he simply shows up with a tactical game plan, something he truly rarely ever does.

  11. TR7

    It is not about tactics really. Mourinho’s tactics are as predictable as that of Wenger. It is the lack of ‘mental strength’ that is our real problem. When we lose two matches on the trot and Wenger is desperate for a win , he gets it no matter who the opposition is. It’s when we are supposedly on a ‘good run’ that we are most vulnerable to losing the ploy altogether against a half decent team.

  12. Redtruth

    “It is not about tactics really. Mourinho’s tactics are as predictable as that of Wenger. It is the lack of ‘mental strength’ that is our real problem. When we lose two matches on the trot and Wenger is desperate for a win , he gets it no matter who the opposition is. It’s when we are supposedly on a ‘good run’ that we are most vulnerable to losing the ploy altogether against a half decent team.”

    I don’t agree with any of the above

  13. Frankie Coffeecakes

    S Asia – Wenger don’t do tactics. Hence why there can never be any surprise when they fall flat on their faces from the same dumb mistakes, over and over.

  14. Samesong

    TR7

    A half decent team that does tactics.
    I think your hatred for Maureen has blinkered you a bit fella. Please tell me you expected Jesé Lingard to score and Man U to counter in those devastating plays? Valencia to afford so much space in the final third.

    Man U are not so fragile like us that is more an indictment on our team ‘come up against a half decent team’

    That’s your words. What is the makeup a half decent team?

    One that does tactics, one that practices set pieces and scenarios.

    That’s why we lost we carried on with the same mentality over the past 3 games as it was successful but against half decent teams you have to adapt.

  15. graham62

    Sorry couldn’t resist.

    Here you all are accepting the status quo, YET AGAIN!!

    “Proud of the lads” etc is a load of crap. Should and could have won but when you can’t defend, the outcome becomes predictable

    Even from 5000 miles away, MU looked like they could score every time they attacked.

    Irrespective of Arsenal’s numerous opportunities and De Gea’s heroics, Arsenal always fall short ahen it really matters.

    Lacazette was brilliant and deserved to be on the winning side.

  16. loyika

    @ Graham62

    How are you doing mate. You need to post more often.

    My take on your comments

    Obviously we won’t win all the games in a season (only Citeh seem to be on that run) and we defiantely aren’t challenging for the league.

    So by your assertion if we lose a game (under whatever corcumstances) and the Lads put up an effort even if they end up on the losing side, they should not be commended whatsoever? At least you daw fit to commend Laca innit (He also missed some good chances during the game)

    The Defenders (Kos and Mustafi) were shocking and the attackers could have done better with their placement and shooting, but all in all we lost to a far more clinical United.

    In reality we are not in the race for the league, doubt anyone is to be honest (although Jose would want to have a say in that) if Citeh do over United at OT then we can confidently state its done and dusted. So having said that, what exactly are Arsenal pushing for? UCL qualification? Cup victories?

    Even with any disappointment you always try and find some positives in there (that’s how life goes Bro) We will win some games and lose some. When we lose (with out even bothering to make an effort) then its fair to go “Open season” on them but if we lose and still put in a shift then its only fair to at least give them a nod for the effort (like you did Laca) while still being disappointed and calling them out for thier mistakes/fcuk ups in the game. Anyways thats how I see it.

  17. Dissenter

    Graham
    Give top the faux abstention routine.
    I thought you were done with Arsenal until Wenger’s departure.
    Life is too short to deny yourself something you truly love, Wenger or nit Wenger.

    Hope you are enjoying your work release?

  18. TitsMcGee

    Results like this are what Arsenal fans deserve. Weak-minded and naive.

    Unbeaten in blah blah blah.

    Happens every season when our schedule eases up. 6th biggest club in the world should be beating the Bournemouths and Brightons.

    Until we beat the top teams consistently we’re done and anyone that is honest with themselves would realize that this is the same movie on repeat for the last 13 years.

    But hey….

    We’re ahead of Spurs right? And that’s all that matters huh? Lol

    Jesus

  19. HillWood

    With Steve Bould on the coaching staff how can we be so shit at corners?
    He was the master of the near post back header
    What does he actually do now other than look totally disinterested

  20. TitsMcGee

    Irrespective of Arsenal’s numerous opportunities and De Gea’s heroics, Arsenal always fall short ahen it really matters.”

    Ifs,ands and buts, are the mating cry of the modern Arsenal fan.

    They take their lead from Le Croissant himself. If it was up to him and them we would have been champions every season the last 12 seasons if the universe and those pesky refs(who for some reason get together and hold secret meetings in an attempt to screw us) didn’t collude to “keep us down”.

    It’s all very fanatical of the religious type.

  21. TitsMcGee

    With Steve Bould on the coaching staff how can we be so shit at corners?
    He was the master of the near post back header
    What does he actually do now other than look totally disinterested”

    He shuts up. Toes the line. Gets paid. Just like 3/4th of the players (at least).

  22. Sky

    The number of goals Arsenal give away on the counter shows a coach without an off the ball defensive strategy. The manner Wenger played into Mourinho’s already known counter attack tactics was particularly shameful.

    Also, the Ramsey-Granik Xhaka partnership would always be found out, as both players are not naturally defensive. This regularly exposes the back 3, and against top class attackers, there is little much a back 3 can do without protection.

    We would have the odd win against top teams but mostly come out from the loosing end with Wenger’s setup.

  23. Wallace

    just stick to the football eh, tits? it’s a football blog. not a site for bashing other Arsenal fans, which seems to be all you’re interested in.

  24. Wallace

    HillWood

    “Have you been struggling getting your Christmas tree lights working this afternoon.”

    yeah, but understandable. I’m one of those ‘whole house’ guys, Santa on the roof…(it’s actually Wenger beneath the big beard).

  25. E54_

    Where was Walcott. I saw UTDs version of Walcott Milly Rocking on the pitch, Scoring assisting. Where was our lad Theo?

  26. TitsMcGee

    just stick to the football eh, tits? it’s a football blog. not a site for bashing other Arsenal fans, which seems to be all you’re interested in.”

    Touched a nerve thete huh Lacky? 🙂 Says the guy that predicted Wenger would soon topple the top clubs a few seasons ago?

    That same guy? 😉

    If the shoe fits.

  27. TitsMcGee

    Where was Walcott. I saw UTDs version of Walcott Milly Rocking on the pitch, Scoring assisting. Where was our lad Theo?”

    No need to show up.

    We looked good v Huddersfield so job was done.

    Kinda like doing an exam and knowing you are already over 50% so no need to worry about technically “failing ” the exam.

  28. TitsMcGee

    We would have the odd win against top teams but mostly come out from the loosing end with Wenger’s setup.”

    Yep and it’s amazing it goes un-noticed, unchecked by most that wear red.

    A few seasons ago we beat Barcelona (UCL winning Barcelona ) in the UCL at the Emirates and everyone(AKBs) thought it was a sign of things to come. It wasn’t.

    We beat Bayern in Munich(UCL winning Bayern ) in the UCL and everyone (AKBs) thought it was a sign of things to come. This was also the season we spent many weeks in 1st . Amounted to nothing.

    Same for beating City a few seasons ago at the Etihad, UTD in the FA Cup at OT, Chelsea last season twice, LCFC twice the season they won the EPL, and on and on and on.

    A broken clock is right twice a day. The AKBS worship Wenger based on these anomalies and excuse the “regular” occurrences.

  29. graham62

    Dissenter

    No fake abstention, just got nothing better to do in my cramped quaters.

    Jokes aside., when your daily source of sporting conversation centres around the NFL, you need a release just to keep your sanity.

    In my mind, Wenger has long gone.

    Ah well, as it’s just passed 11am here, the wardens are getting us ready for our pre-lunch exercise around the complex.

    May drop in again next week, if I’m allowed.

  30. graham62

    Loyika

    All your points are duly noted, but the reality is “mate”, this is considered abject failure by many of us.

    There is only one person I blame when Arsenal lose a game, which has been the case now for a decade.

    Cheers!

  31. Wenker-wanger

    Let’s never forget Wenger said the Emirates stadium was built so that we could compete with Bayern Munich real Madrid and Barcelona.
    Well the cnut has failed by his own ambition. Miserably failed. Yesterday was yet another example of the gulf in professional management expertise between Wenger and the unpleasant but efficient mourinho.
    The simple things on the field such as safe defensive play are a given for mourinho, but Wenger hasn’t even managed to eradicate gifts to the opposition.
    It is incredibly shoddy defending that put us 2-0 down. Any Sunday league manager with half a brain would eradicate that type of defending by the following match. Our senile manager seemingly just forgets about it. Alzheimer’s?

  32. loyika

    I doubt it is about eradication.

    Managers like Arsene, Pep and Klopp can’t coach defence.

    You see the same sloppiness from Citeh (even when he was at Barca) and Pool (even when Klopp was at Dortmund).

    Thing is, Citeh like Barca have the best attacking play and like Barca are very clinical in the final third. Same way Pool are and how Dortmund were before it went “Tits up”

    Where Arsene fails is in buying good defenders that can actually defend (or letting folks like Keown and Big Tone come in to help where he knows he has a clear weakness in.

    Its like the shyte he does with getting a proper Keeper.

    He just believes keeping the ball will eventually end up winning you games, however our attack line while good are no where as clinical as both Pool and Citeh, hence our mistakes are punished far more often unlike both those teams

  33. kristoman

    when we win you are always here waxing lyrics Pierre but couldn’t find you yesterday here.
    see kettle calling pot black

  34. kristoman

    sometime I wonder whether this fans do not understand the kind of person mourihno is. for Christ sake the man came with a plan concede the ball to them and defend in numbers when they make error from their side way passes hit them on the counter very fast cause the wing back always leave the centre defenders exposed. and it walk a treat all the time, even when he was at chelshit. do for wenger not to see this coming is baffling. u think mourihno cares for 75 possession or 33 shot on target. for the love of God he deliberately let us have those possession cause we will do zilch with it.

  35. E54_

    “Kinda like doing an exam and knowing you are already over 50% so no need to worry about technically “failing ” the exam.”
    /
    Geizus!

  36. kristoman

    forget Tottenham man
    aim higher
    we will always be above those lot.
    Tottenham is not the target citeh and Chelsea are

  37. graham62

    @Pierre

    Nice to see the same old boring rhetoric.

    I would still have passed comment if Arsenal had won.

    @ Wenker-wanger.

    Where’s that “half a brain” you speak of?

  38. Pierre

    Kristoman
    I was here.. I’d rather wait until it goes quiet as it gets rather busy on here when we lose.

    ” . u think mourihno cares for 75 possession or 33 shot on target.”

    Actually yes I do think that jose cares that arsenal had 33 shots at goal. He was in a state of panic when arsenal were going through their defence like a knife through butter… Good job he inherited a good keeper eh..

  39. alexanderhenry

    R.S.P.C

    Depends how you look at it.
    Clubs run perfectly well with enormous debts. Have a look at Real Madrid and Man utd.

    Yes, spurs will have a vast debt, but their match day revenue will at least double. Along side that, I’m sure other revenue streams such as sponsorship deals and advertising will increase for them. What interests me is whether they embark on austerity for ten years like arsenal.

    Will they hoard the money or spend it?

  40. kristoman

    Actually yes I do think that jose cares that arsenal had 33 shots at goal. He was in a state of panic when arsenal were going through their defence like a knife through butter… Good job he inherited a good keeper eh..

    did you start supporting arsenal yesterday. this is how mourihno always play against wenger. concede possession and punish him on counter. even if I know this how come wenger didn’t know this, do tell Pierre

  41. Pierre

    How come Wenger didn’t know…..because “he doesn’t do tactics” remember…
    To be honest, it doesn’t matter what tactics you use if your 2 central defenders gift the opposition 2 goals in the first 10 minutes.

    Those goals were nothing to do with counter attacking, they were schoolboy errors by experienced international defenders.
    After that we were chasing the game and were then open to the counter attack.

    The game would have probably panned out differently if we hadn’t gifted them 2 goals.

    As I said yesterday, we didn’t learn from the mistakes we were making against Huddersfield, we was sloppy in possession in that game so yes Wenger should have warned the team to concentrate and be near perfect in possession or we will be punished as united obviously are a class above up front.

  42. TitsMcGee

    He was in a state of panic when arsenal were going through their defence like a knife through butter…”

    Arsenal 1
    UTD 3

    Another “heroic ” loss huh?

  43. TitsMcGee

    The game would have probably panned out differently if we hadn’t gifted them 2 goals.”

    Just like if we didn’t get a player sent off we would have beat Bayern instead of getting crushed 10-2 on aggregate?

    Ifs, ands and buts.

    At some point the other penny will drop with you lot.

  44. Pierre

    Tit
    What I meant was the game tactically would have panned out differently as we were talking about tactics..

    Arsenal would have played a more controlled game as we wouldn’t have been chasing the game.

    I’m sure, tit,with your expansive knowledge of football you can understand that..

  45. Elmo

    Tits

    Note that just a couple of days ago there was almost universal consensus among Untold types that Arsenal’s ‘true’ position was second place, 4 points behind City, and it was only due to the years long centralised refereeing agenda against Arsenal that we were in fact 12 points back and in a seedy race for 4th.

    They won’t be changing their tune any time soon. After all, they still maintain, and try to manufacture data to support the claim, that without the joint collusion of the refs Arsenal would have comfortably won the title ahead of Leicester.

  46. Elmo

    Pierre

    Re the manager “not doing tactics,” is it not a fair criticism that we often get caught by the high press precisely because the manager doesn’t fully comprehend how to achieve the playing out from the back that he desires? He chooses to play Xhaka, who we know is poor when required to re-distribute under immediate pressure. Compare how City and Barca play the ball out from the back and the number of options available to the imminently pressed man on the ball, to the situations our CBs are left in. Of course there is always the option to hoof it, so it’s an individual failure of the player if they simply hesitate and get caught, but the system of playing out from the back works efficiently by having the correct personnel in place and a clear communication of where players are supposed to be in order to open up numerous options.

    As with many other areas, Wenger just isn’t as rigourous as other managers, leaving more emphasis on the player expressing themself, so when a less technical player is put under pressure there isn’t the comfort of a well designed system to fall back on. We’ve seen City fail last season with the system in place, but not quite the right players. Arsenal try to do the same without the system being adequately indoctrinated, and without the right players.

  47. Pierre

    Elmo..
    Good analysis.. Would agree with you on most points.
    He definitely does not appear to be as rigorous as other top managers that’s why I was gutted when we didn’t get pep 3/4 years ago.
    He probably hasn’t got the right personnel or system in place to play the style he wants.
    We always seem short in centre mid. We can easily play 3 in the middle with the wing back system but Wenger chooses to play with 2 central midfielders which leaves us open if we concede possession.
    That system is ok against weaker sides but against the top sides we get found out and without a doubt, Wenger doesn’t set the team up correct in certain games.

  48. Wenker-wanger

    The bottom line should always be that to get caught in possession in your own half is a crime. That simple motto put into practice would serve arsenal very well indeed and perhaps arguably gain us an extra 5 points over a season.
    I find it ironic that the stats about possession and shots on goal really only emphasises the complete and utter frustration and disappointment of these avoidable and dopey errors.

  49. S Asoa

    From Metro Sports quoting Don Quixote
    ” However, despite being five points further behind now than when Pochettino faced questions over Tottenham’s title ambitions, Wenger defiantly claimed that Arsenal are still in the hunt until it’s mathematically impossible for them to secure the title.

    When asked if he’d written off lifting the Premier League trophy, like the Spurs boss had, he snapped: ‘I am not Pochettino, I am Arsene Wenger.

    ‘I am here to fight as long as I can, as long as mathematically it’s possible you have to fight, you cannot give any other message out.’

    Yeah HE IS ARSEHOLE WENGER and his 4th place pigeonhole is almost secure.

    Avant Sancho Panzas

  50. Leedsgunner

    Arsenal disappoints but Wenger always tries to come out of it blameless. With the number of set pieces we had we should have been a famous win for us. The lack of actual coaching is there for everyone to see but the manager still plays the victim.

    Reality bites, but saying we were good when we weren’t just makes the club look silly and tolerant of mediocrity.

  51. Pierre

    Looking again at the pogba sending off, it looked like a deliberate attempt to get a red card and Christmas off.
    When they showed pogba in slow motion, at no time was he looking at the ball, his eyes were fixed on Bellerin the whole time. The tackle was a potential career ending tackle.
    How people can even dispute that it’s a red card is beyond me.
    They should extend his ban for laughing and applauding as he was shown the card.

  52. Leedsgunner

    You win plaudits with a good attack. You win titles with a good defence. Wenger has been interested in plaudits than titles for 13 years.

  53. Leedsgunner

    It was a red all day long. It was cynical, calculated and and deliberate. If the FA had any cojones it would double the ban not overturn it.

  54. Leedsgunner

    The scoreline says Man Utd defeated us. The truth is our mistakes and lack of mental strength did.

    Very infuriating. We should have won this.

  55. Bamford10

    Pedro

    “We were robbed and there’s no way of packaging that result any other way.”

    Robbed? No. They scored three good goals from our mistakes and defended in numbers. No one was robbed; we were simply beaten by a better-drilled team.

    “Sure, we could talk about Arsene Wenger tanking in the big games, but for me, that result was far beyond his control.”

    Beyond his control? Who is in control of the instruction of his defenders? He is. Who is in control of the instruction of his team in defending the counter? He is. We lost because of what Wenger does not do on the training ground or the classroom, all of which is under his control.

    “He set the team up perfectly, even playing the first selection mind games I can remember. The introduction of the ‘injured’ Lacazette was a masterstroke. It put the players in a good state of mind and worked wonders for the home fans.”

    We lost 3-1. Nothing Wenger did deserves anything even approaching the adjectives above.