Weird old world out there.
There’s a real divide in the camp. Those that think we deserved something. Those that think we took the L we deserved. I can see both sides of the story for once. I want to sit on the fence. I want to be balanced. I want to be revered for keeping everyone happy. Opinion is overrated.
I personally think that game was a special brand of nightmarish terrible luck. We slapped United all round the park and came out losers. The result is final, it looks good for Mourinho, and extremely typical for Arsene Wenger.
What can the club do? Fight on through December, rack up some impressive results, turn over Chelsea and Liverpool, then see what next year holds for us.
If we lose our next two big games, the club should really start thinking about a new manager this summer. Because it’ll be clear he hasn’t changed. If he puts on a good fight and pushes into the top 3, he’ll land his final year. It’ll probably be deserved if he achieves that in a climate as competitive as the one right now.
Ian Wright is in the ‘this is shite’ camp.
“Why am I seeing so much blame being attached to MOTD pundits about Arsenal not getting credit for 33 shots and 70 odd % possession! What are we supposed to say about 5 players rushing to close down Pogba, leaving Valencia free? Just asking. Maybe the refs fault.”
Pretty strong but fair opinion. It’s hard to be wrong however you chop the United game up. We’d normally score more from those chances… but we didn’t. We’d normally not make massive unforced errors, but we did. Still, Wrighty didn’t like the stick he took.
“I look at some of the comments and can’t believe they’re true Arsenal fans!! Why are they following me. No polite way to say it ‘F****ff'”
Never read the mean tweets. It’s just not worth it Wrighty. Always a legend for me, even when he’s slagging off fan geography. I’d deal with that sort of slagging if I were an internet troll. He’s given me enough joy in a lifetime to let him off the hook for that cheeky jibe. I do find fans that go at old pros a bit obnoxious, sure, have a pop at their opinions, but when it’s vitriolic, it really is scummy.
Alan Shearer went after the AFTV chaps, those guys seem to matter to the pundits. Fair play to them. They’ve produced some of the biggest celebrities in football. Quite amazing, and uniquely Arsenal. Other fans have a pop, but look, you know they’re all watching it without fail every week. It’s good TV.
Arseblog have a great transcript from Kicker about our new head of recruitment. The German is already bitching about too much pressure being piled on him.
‘When I check the press in England and Germany, people probably think I’ll find an (Ousmane) Dembele in every transfer window. I’ve been put on an inconceivably high pedestal.’
You take the major pound notes and come with the expectations. I am expecting Dembele like signings. Arsenal are a bigger club, we have larger resources, and we had a heritage for unearthing gems. There’s also a really low bar here… not sure what he’s so worried about. Less Park Chu Young’s, more Freddie Ljungberg’s!
This part was ominous.
‘Signing me isn’t a guarantee that you’ll make good transfers. That needs an outstanding team who are driven, hard-working and really really on top of the task to find the next Ousmane Dembele or Dan-Axel Zagadou.’
He’ll need a good team supporting him, and it appears Ivan is building that. But the talk later in the interview of him having to dig his heels into land Auba made me think about the legendary dithering of Wenger. How is that going to pan out? How is Wenger going to deal with a man who doesn’t owe his career to him? How’s he going to react when the club start signing players Wenger doesn’t agree to? What does a chief scout do when Wenger is commentating games on the last day of the transfer window?
Remember, this isn’t a junior. This is a man who turned a 10x profit on Dembele in a season. If he makes a push for an exciting name, business sense says you have to run with it. I am fascinated to see how all that pans out. It’s really exciting, I just hope that Stan and Ivan have spoken about what bringing in a name like this is going to do for the way the club do business.
There was a stat doing the rounds (via @oh_that_crab) that Sanchez loses the ball 22.6 times a game, 2 more times on average than KDB, Eriksen and Cesc Fabregas. I don’t think that justifies the 34 times against United. Also, we’re at the start of December, let’s see where we are at the end of next season. He lost the ball 656 times last season, the next on that shocking list was Benteke at 529. Not other player in the top 6 featured on the list.
You can look at that and say it’s the lack of quality around him, but I can’t agree. That number is disgusting. Alexis, for all the love with give him, led us to 5th. That never happened under Robin Van Persie. It never happened in a Cesc team. What does that tell you about that number? That it’s outrageous.
In podcast news, we’re moving over to Audioboom who look after the Totally Football podcast. Very exciting. For now, just crack into the below and enjoy it.