Arsenal gives me life (finally)

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Listen, I’m all for being a moaner, but the times have changed. Arsenal has put their name in the hat and now want to be taken seriously as a sporting entity. All the things we’ve campaigned for over the last 10 years are nearly happening.

  • The manager has been defanged
  • We have an elite head of recruitment
  • We have an elite DOF
  • We’re making quick decisions on players
  • We’re bringing in amazing talent
  • We’re selling the utter dross we’ve grown to love

The club is moving forward.

Yesterday was spectacular. Not because we beat Everton, but because from now on, Arsenal are trying to be serious.

Aubameyang didn’t need 6 weeks to adapt, he was straight in the starting 11. Mikki started. Ramsey started. Ozil started. All of them wanted to play. What a difference it made.

Arsenal were an absolute joy to watch. The rain didn’t make a difference, the boys were there to put on a show and what a show they put on. We beasted Fat Sam’s side so badly he called his team’s performance ‘pathetic.’ Music to my ears.

It’s difficult for me not to go totally overboard because I’m genuinely feeling better about Arsenal than I have done in 10 years.

Aaron Ramsey was clearly gifted Alexis Sanchez’s shooting boots when the Chilean bombed out of the club to make sweet piano music at Old Trafford. The Welshman was exceptional, capitalizing on a team that couldn’t deal with his runs, smashing home a hattrick in the process. Word on the street was he hated Alexis, I’m not sure how that ties into the Welshman scoring, but whatever, I’m sure gonna try and link yesterday to some sort of spurious emotional release.

Mikki – a player most United fans conceded was unlucky – with most Arsenal fans concluding he’s the second round of WELBZ, dropped a magnificent display. He gave 3 assists – the first time an Arsenal player has dropped more than 2 assists in a game since Santi Cazorla managed 4. Not just that, he made 9 tackles, winning the ball back 4 times. WORKER.

Arsenal fans who doubted this guy need to remember we’re bringing him in from a manager who sold Lukaku, KDB and Salah. An ‘elite’ coach who is currently destroying Paul Pogba. Mikki is going to be great. Couldn’t be happier about having a two-footed creative instigator back in the side.

Auba? Wow, just wow. I’m going too far with the praise, but fuck it, it’s not often Le Grove is happy. How can I not be when one of my favourite strikers is wearing the red and white of Arsenal? He was part of the move for Ramsey’s first, playing Iwobi’s pass into Mikki who assisted Rambo at the front post. He was nearly on the second, lurking at the back post before Kos nodded in from one yard. He finished exceptionally for the third, his first for the club, chipping over Pickford with sexy breeziness.

What we have here is a striker built for the league. Crazy pace, perfect height, with smart movement and aggressive instincts to be in the right place. He’s going to be fantastic for us.

Two other players deserving of praise are two super unfashionable shouts. Granit Xhaka had a busy game keeping play ticking over, he was efficient, he didn’t make any mistakes and he was committed. The unsung hero was Iwobi. You can slate him, saying he offers nothing, but if you watched that game and felt that way, you weren’t paying attention.

He started the move for the first goal. He started the move for the third goal and gave the assist. He also started the move for the 4th. I’m game for bashing players when they deserve it, but he was great yesterday. Did his bit at the back, offered a lot going forward, and stated moves for goals. He’s developing. Has a long way to go, but he was a problem for Everton today.

So what did we learn today?

Ramsey is a bag of talent when his roaming runs are punctuated with great balls. I’m still not quite on board with hipster love fest for him, he’s too often exposed as inconsistent, and his lack of discipline is frustrating. However, when he’s on it, like today, it’s a joy to watch. Rumours are he’s off this summer. I’d not be against it, because we could spend £60m better elsewhere. Great game, regardless.

Second learning, when the club does the right things… the fans will back them.

There was a protest before the game and about 13 people turned up. Why? Because when the fans can see the club is matching their effort, they’ll bring their A-support-game.

We just dropped a legendary transfer window. We sold the shite. We bought exceptionally well. Who wouldn’t get behind that?

The only thing left to do is move the manager on (and some of his terrible backroom team), but regardless of whether that happens this summer on next, we can taste that it’s coming. The club are building the talent pool in a smart way so when the new guy comes in, it’ll be a smooth transition.

What else did we learn?

We knew all along that one of our biggest issues was the lack of pace. Auba offered that in abundance, and we looked a different team. I don’t know what we’re going to do with Lacazette, but the brutal benching tells you all you need to know about Wenger’s thoughts on the Frenchman.

It was so f*cking obvious he wasn’t suited to the league.

‘Imagine Ozil feeding this guy’ was the uncultured view over the summer.

You can bitch on about service issues, but you’re lying to yourself if you think that’s been the issue. Ozil creates more chances than God himself. That wasn’t the problem. If it was, Sanchez wouldn’t have been the hottest striker in the world this month. The issue was the team couldn’t support chances for a player that was small, slow and weak.

I’d be VERY surprised if Wenger deviates too far from what he did today setup wise. Especially as he keeps on whining on about defensive stability.

It was also great to see Theo Walcott fail. I don’t care for the sentiment, I find it all a touch embarrassing. Theo, Coquelin and Giroud are all totally average and not worthy of Arsenal. Watching a player who’d been with us for 12 years break free on goal and botch his finish was next level perfection.

Don’t feel love for sub-standard players, it’s embarrassing. This is sport. Save you tears for people that deserve them. Then offer them £60 a week to support them. Don’t cry over a shite footballer that earns more in a week than you do in two years. That’s pathetic.

So in conclusion.

This team is exciting. It won’t make top 4, but it’ll make a glorious attempt at making that position from here. It might win the League Cup. It might win the Europa League. Whatever happens, just be thankful we’re finally watching a serious outfit, and if it goes badly enough, we might see an exciting manager hired.

Right, that’s me done, see you in the comments.

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  1. ArseneisaFraud

    Damn. Missed it.

    Great game yesterday. You could see that the players were galvanised by the arrival of Mhiki and PEA.

    Just makes you wonder what this team could do with real coaching.

  2. Wallace

    “It was so f*cking obvious he wasn’t suited to the league.
    ‘Imagine Ozil feeding this guy’ was the uncultured view over the summer.
    You can bitch on about service issues, but you’re lying to yourself if you think that’s been the issue.”

    really? you think he’d have struggled yesterday? Lacazette’s quality. loving the excitement around the new guys, and the lift it’s given everyone, but don’t agree at all with the idea Lacazette was a dumb buy. he’s been playing up top in a very average side.

  3. Wallace

    “Don’t feel love for sub-standard players, it’s embarrassing. ”

    harsh. before his ACL injury Walcott was a very useful player. if someone as technically perfect and Dutch as RVP loved playing with him he definitely wasn’t ‘sub-standard’.

  4. TallestTiz

    Didn’t Alexis say he didn’t like the outdoor life in London, and that he stayed indoors?? No wonder he has moved to a boring, old shithole at Manchester, while capping it off with boring football alongside a boring manager

  5. T

    Yesterday felt like jumping into a timemachine, go 12 years back and watch Hleb, siccy, cesc, and rvp toy with their neighbours kids 😀 first time in years i truly enjoyed watching the game and rmembered why i support this club. Not because of the trophies but the ridiculous ability to score beautifull goals.

  6. Emiratesstroller

    Pedro

    Yes the revolution at Arsenal has begun and our performance in first 45 minutes produced football which was diametrically opposite to what we have seen for several years, because Aubameyang delivers direct pace not seen since Henry’s departure and we have in Ozil and Mkhitaryan two craftsmen who produce meaningful passes.

    However, Arsenal’s central problems as I observed yesterday at Emirates are
    still not over. In second half when our offensive play started to dip and Everton
    came more into game we saw once again the usual frailties of our defence when being pressurised. There is still PANIC and LOSS OF COMPOSURE with
    balls being pumped high in the air in our penalty area and kicked out to the
    opposing side.

    Personally it makes only sense playing a flat back 3 or 4 if the club is operating with at least three proper defenders. As soon as Monreal was taken off we
    were down to two.

    Wenger made the case for Arsenal playing with balance something I raised last season when we started leaking goals. Frankly that situation has still been
    unresolved. The team is not balanced and that is clear for all to see when we
    are “pressed”.

    Let’s see how we perform next weekend against Spurs at Wembley, because they will for sure play a high tempo game and “press” us for 90 minutes+

  7. prince of nigeria

    the only thing I noticed is that I dont think wenger is in charge of the transfers again I think auba was mlintstant buy coz we havent bought a big player in September and buy another one in January for same position in wenger’s reign….. he was always like there are solutions in the club and that r better than ones on d transfer market

  8. Emiratesstroller

    TallestTiz

    Ozil in first half was the outstanding player on park and “unplayable”. However,
    unlike the rest of team his form did dip in second half.

    Nevertheless Ozil playing alongside Mkhitaryan is an excellent combination. We should not forget that Ozil has missed that sort of partnership since Cazorla got seriously injured.

  9. alexanderhenry

    There’s no doubt the attacking side of the arsenal team now looks excellent. It has pace, craft and goals from any of several players.
    It’s the other side I’m worried about.

    I hope arsenal don’t fall short this summer- they always have in the recent past- and get the cheque book out.

  10. alexanderhenry

    Pedro

    Have to say, your gloating over Walcott ‘failing’, is a bit weird.

    He had some good spells for us but rotten luck with injuries.

    I’m glad he’s gone but good luck to him

  11. Al

    Really excited about Mkhitaryan. Been a long time since we have a second baller/ creator on the team alongside Ozil.

    Hopefully Iwobi can learn a thing or two of those guys because I think he has got it to be something special.

  12. NorthernGoon

    Utarse

    I saw the embarrassing footage of the few morons that turned up to the ‘protest’.

    Let’s be fair you can’t even describe that as a protest. More like a mother’s meeting crying woe is me and attention seeking.

    Were you there Utarse? I feel sorry for you if you were.

    Take the recruitment drive from Le Grove didn’t go too well.

  13. james wood

    FOND MEMORIES OF WALCOTT.?
    All those wonderful headed goals.?
    Missed passes,lazy workrate when working back.?
    NEVER KNOWING WHEN TO MAKE THE RIGHT RUN.
    And missed chances like yesterday.
    A fashion conscious waste of money.

  14. David Smith

    Alexander, think I read somewhere, possibly on here that the great oracle of Ornstein has spoken in the subject, this summer will see a return to spectacular young prospects now we have a bed rock of experienced players like Auba, Ozil, Mikha, hopefully Jack ,maybe Ramsey., as well as our three experienced defenders. Would imagine any remainers who genuinely don’t want to be here will be sold on as well.
    But whatever they do, they are going to sort out the defence and GK depts, and changes the coaches in those areas, a ruthless cull of the backroom staff might have at least two positive benefits I can immediately think of

  15. NorthernGoon

    TonyD

    Have you stopped making ridiculously misguided predictions yet?

    Chelsea would smash us 5-0 in the cup final you said
    Mikki the United flop would be shit you said

    Stop watching football and focus your attention on something else cos as you said you certainly get the gold medal for stupidity.

    Well done.

  16. Dissenter

    Pedro
    Calm down with the Lacazette slating
    Je-sus WTF, the guy has not even finished his first season and he’s already being condemned for the trash heap.
    You’ve been an uber-reactive penman for a while now .
    Lacazette scored in the second minute of his first game with his first kick at goal. Let’s just wait and see, until then having two elite strikers is a good problem to have. Besides good players don’t go bad overnight and other people will want them of our hands at a very good price.

  17. David Smith

    He didn’t do much yesterday, but think theo might be a decent player up there if he can stay injury free, more game time, more hands on coaching
    We were very impressive at times yesterday., but we were against Palace as well, and look at what happened after that. Still clearly moving the right direction on and off the pitch and that counts for a lot at the moment

  18. Leftsidesanch

    Think Lacazette also has a place in this squad. Ive asked twice with no response from those who are keen to see him leave – when Auba is unavailable who will fill in if hes our 1st choice striker.

    We need to have good players who can come in and make a difference also. It also shouldn’t be ruled out that they can be tried in some games as a two up top.

  19. Bob N16

    Pedro’s post today spot on. Lovely movement and quick passing.

    Behind the scenes preparations for departure of ‘he who should not be named’ getting exciting. Would love to be a fly on the wall in meetings to organise ‘ins and outs’ this summer.’He’ might find it corrosive to his psyche to be marginalised in decision making. Let’s hope he walks in May.

    No ‘rose-tinted’ glasses necessary for Walcott, regardless of any injuries he may have had. There was a moment yesterday when Bellerin won the ball and Mkhitaryan spun off and ran in space to give him an option…Walcott was never able to react as quickly. Nice guy but not of a ‘standard’.

    The moaners will come on and say ‘it’s only Everton’ but if you can’t find pleasure(and hope) in yesterday’s game because of ‘you know who’s continued presence’then you should forget Arsenal and find something to enjoy in your life – at least until he goes. You’re wasting your time insulting people who get joy from our club’s victories.

  20. Dissenter

    Had the lineman’s done his job will this overly exuberant Aubameyang praise be going on? ———————CERTAINLY NOT.

    Aubameyang is an elite striker no doubt but he wasn’t in the game for long periods yesterday. That’s probably because it’s his first game and he’s settling into a new city, new culture and new club.

    He did give the entire Arsenal fandom a massive shot of hope that things are changing, which is why people can’t stop talking. The last time I recall that happening was when Ozil fell into out laps, he too gave us hope.

    I just think it’s fickle to be slamming another good striker who’s making that adjustments and walked into the club in a time of turmoil and change in the back room managerial cadre.
    I mean the way power has been wrestled away from Wenger is reminiscent of a putsch, like taking candy off a baby at gun-point. We bought him because Atletico was banned from bidding and then the new management crew showed up and pursed what we should have had in the first place,
    Give the guy a break.

  21. Frankie Coffeecakes

    “Yesterday was spectacular. Not because we beat Everton, but because from now on, Arsenal are trying to be serious.”

    Key word in your statement, Pedro – “Trying”. Its all that anyone has ever asked of them. Why has it been such a few and far between action is the biggest question to ask? Thats down to an anemic manager, who simply must go.

  22. Buckhurst Gun

    Class finish from PEA yesterday , off side or not it was excellent , he was brilliant first half – for me his performance pretty much ended at half time , but he’s only at 60-70% with illness so imagine him at 100% , great win and I enjoyed it but when mustafi nearly got dispossessed in the first minute on the edge of our area that kept our defensive problems highlighted

    It’s great how we are starting to act as a club ,let’s do the same with our defensive buys – I fully believe this will be wengers last season , we’re rebuilding now with a view to kicking on next season as this one is clearly dead , I’d love us to win europa and get top 4 and set us up for the next manager but I don’t think we will and I think the club half thinks the same …..

  23. Dissenter

    I’m glad Walcott is gone and it was nice to see gooners give him a good welcome. He’s one of our own. It just didn’t work out. I hope he makes the WC. He should if he stays healthy.

    Welbeck, it seems just gave up on himself. Why is he still here? He’s definitely out of WC contention now unless someone smashes the knees of his rivals with sledge hammers.
    He’s no where near Walcott’s quality and Wenger will be facing another fan uprising if he tries pushing him into the team because of his “work-rate” and all the other nonsense that people use to justify having him around.

    Laca works just as hard and was good enough that Atletico were ready to splash 55 million on him last summer.

  24. Dissenter

    Lacazette is TOO GOOD and too EXPENSIVE to be a second striker coming off the bench. Certainly not for Arsenal with finite resources and glaring holes in the squad.
    I’m sure the new football management staff won’t stand for this. The days of dithering are hopefully over.
    They have to move him on while the iron is hot.

    We need to find an older striker like Llorientes or (cough) Giroud to back up Auba. The alternative is a super promising talent like Pavon from Boca, the way Gabriel Jesus is backing up Aguero.

    We don’t need a 52 million striker to back up a 55 million striker. It’s not the best use of our resources.

  25. UTarse

    Northern goon,
    No goon I wasn’t there, my protest is not turning up but I guess that escaped you.

    Take it you’re happy with wengunt as your leader at the helm then.

  26. Dissenter

    Pedro
    Another one I wasn’t going to let pass because you seem to be in the revisionism business now.
    “The issue was the team couldn’t support chances for a player that was small, slow and weak.”
    You mean like Sanchez when he led the line successfully?
    The difficulty we’ve been having is that while Ramsey was out on injury, all we did was pass the back laterally in front of two double decker buses parked in front of the opposition box. We weren’t helping Lacazette, it got so bad he had to start dropping back to fetch the ball.
    Having (a Sanchez-free) Ramsey drive forward and Myki provide another assist channel helped. These weren’t things that Laca has had recently.

  27. Dissenter

    Conte is no longe running up and down the line. Now he’s just whining like a little baby.
    I wonder why some his best players fled after the way he handled Costa. No one is going to show loyalty to a manger who threw them under the bus.
    Hazard will probably be Real Madrid’s next target, they haven’t joined the mega spending yet and ftehyneed to rebuild quickly to match Barca.
    It’s obvious that Roman has closed his wallet for now so let’s see how Chelsea finish the season.
    If we find some kind of wind to go on a run, we might still get that fourth place spot.
    Chelsea are truly in crisis.

  28. David Smith

    I don’t believe he will be here come the summer for the following reasons:
    1/ him staying would repeat the uncertainty of last years will he won’t he debacle, Wenger himself admitted that was damaging
    2/ he refused proper change last summer, in his methods and backroom staff, and it really has not worked, Wenger has to take responsibility, though Ivan has now taken duties away from him, to his undoubted humiliation
    3/ as Ornstein himself has confirmed, senior people at the club want him gone
    4/ lots of leaks now coming out
    5/ he will likely lose his backroom staff and his power if he stays, Ivan is in culling mode
    6/ France may call
    But
    Even though he wouldn’t have the ambition, stamina and bottle to make the recent signings, he might look at yesterday, and want some more
    And, there is the Stan factor, it seems for all that has gone wrong, nobody can, or will force him out this summer

  29. TonyD

    I posted when news of Sven’s arrival was imminent that I’d judge by what happened in the January window because of the history of past TW windows.

    The window was much better but by no means the success some people and Pedro have propertied. Had we added a quality DM and CB with the new additions, that would have represented a huge step in the right direction.

    However, the manner of the way we acquired Mikhi and Auba shows definite promise for the future as well as Wenger having his total control weakened.

    The game was live at 12:30am here, so instead of recording the game I watched it and had the rugby to fall back on if it wasn’t worth it as with most of this season.

    We played better but it was all too chaotic and frantic, there was little fluidity but that was to be expected with a new system and the new players.

    I got a sense that the players know now that they have to deliver.

    Then we were playing Everton at their worst. Fat Sam completely laid out the wrong game plan and the Everton players looked lost with no idea what they were supposed to be doing.

    For us it was the perfect team to play to get some semblance of understanding with the new system, Mikhi and Ozil together and of course Auba. Also we were playing at home where we have done well this season.

    Had we played the Spuds or City yesterday it could have and most probably would have been a completely different game, which would have added to the frail mentality well already have.

    Instead the game gave us the chance to have belief and see the promise of the future.

    I said I’d give judgment on Mikhi and Auba at the end of the season, which I’ll keep to. Next week is a far tougher test, so we’ll see how things go against the Spuds.

    From my prospectus we have moved a step in the right direction.

    Sven & Raul should prove to be the right blend of senior management to move the club forward in the right way.

    So that just leaves Wenger to leave and a quality manager brought in whether that be Carlo to begin with or a new manager with the right credentials to turn our football on the filed to match our being the 6th richest club in the world.

    I’m not a person to have blind enthusiasm, especially after the heart ache, lies and broken promises of the last 13 years.

    Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can be kicking every ball and leaping off our sofas when we score, as we did when the Invincibles and teams before them gave us the reason to have unadulterated love for the club and team again and to look forward all week to the games.

  30. kc

    What a shite post. Pedro picking and choosing his favorite narratives to follow. What happened to you? What happened to le Grove? I’m just as happy as anyone that the new boys looked good yesterday, but why be such a cunt about it? And to say something as idiotic as Xhaka was good yesterday, makes me question whether Pedro actually watched that game at all.

  31. NorthernGoon

    Tonyd

    ‘We played better but it was all too chaotic and frantic, there was little fluidity but that was to be expected with a new system and the new players’

    What the fuck were you watching? They were blown away in the 1st half by the fluidity of our game and the players being focussed and driven by the new arrivals.

    And it was hardly a new system was it? Do you even watch these games?

    ‘Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can be kicking every ball and leaping off our sofas when we score, as we did when the Invincibles and teams before them gave us the reason to have unadulterated love for the club and team again and to look forward all week to the games.’

    So what you’re saying is you’re only interested when we’re winning essentially?

  32. NorthernGoon

    Kc

    ‘And to say something as idiotic as Xhaka was good yesterday, makes me question whether Pedro actually watched that game at all.’

    Or maybe you have no understanding of the game?
    The difference in Xhaka from Tuesday to Saturday was night and day. Same with bellerin. There must have been some home truths shared on Tuesday night/weds morning for players to step up and deliver what they’re capable of.

    Xhaka was always looking to pass forward and take a few more risks with his passing through he lines, the reason he was bought, not to make our midfield impotent by passing sideways and backwards every opportunity like on Tuesday and for a lot of the season.

  33. NorthernGoon

    Utarse

    I don’t know you but weren’t you very vocal about boycotting the club and trying to organise protests?

    Was it the rain that made you stay at home?

    What it seems like is the people making all the noise on social media, is all it it noise. All talk and no action.

  34. Guns of Hackney

    Knee. Jerk. Reaction.

    Good result. Totally meaningless in the whole scheme of things.

    We have had good moments before…many of them, but they are always curtailed very quickly after a defeat or draw. Let’s see how this team responds to an actual threat, then we can start setting ourselves.

    But as with everything, Wenger is still there not really doing anything.

    We have a couple of new toys, so everyone is buzzing. Once these new players are wengerised, I predict we will fall back into our default setting.

    Wenger out.

  35. TheBlaster

    It all makes me thoughtful about Sanchez. Like he was a really really great player, but unlike, say Suarez, he never had the effect of lifting everyone else and making them look better by making the team better. The effect on Ramsey of us playing like a team was quite remarkable. She has always made Lampard/Ljungberg/Scholes late runs. Just needs team mates to know he’s there as a passing option.

  36. Bob

    All the crap about xhaka is, just so wilshere can get in the team. When Ramsay is fit he starts before wilshere.
    England’s best midfielder on the bench don’t look good.

  37. Buckhurst Gun

    ‘Had we played the Spuds or City yesterday it could have and most probably would have been a completely different game, which would have added to the frail mentality well already have‘

    Whilst I’ll agree on the frail mentality – we’ve already beaten spurs at home so they can’t be included as some bench mark to measure our mentality against

  38. Guns of Hackney

    The Blaster

    When Sanchez led from the front, his teammates didn’t like it and complained to the boss. “The nasty man made us look bad”.

    Suarez won nothing at Liverpool.

    It isn’t a single player’s job to raise his teammates. If they are professional, they should be able to sort themselves out.

  39. Bob

    The sun:
    Liverpool ready to pounce on Jack Wilshere if he rejects new Arsenal deal

    English media doing the best to find him a new club.

  40. Buckhurst Gun

    ‘All the crap about xhaka is, just so wilshere can get in the team. When Ramsay is fit he starts before wilshere.
    England’s best midfielder on the bench don’t look good.’

    ‘Ozil makes more in a week the wilshere makes in a month.lol’

    So You’re saying xhaka isn’t crap ? And Wilshere wasn’t ill the last weak or so ? Please give up your obsession it’s silly now we have all seen how influential jack has been since he’s come back into the side – you don’t know what’s happening with the contract negotiations so calm yourself – and yes ozil does make more than Jack but he also makes more than the rest of the team aswel , pointless comment

  41. alexanderhenry

    David smith

    As I’m sure you know, as long as Stan is in charge Arsenal will continue to function in the black.
    Can a PL team win a title or a Champions league being run like this? Well, it hasn’t worked so far.
    If we secure the services of a really superb coach it could be possible. We’ll find out I suppose.

    In the meantime, I’m just happy to se a bit of change around Arsenal.

  42. Frankie Coffeecakes

    @Alexander – you are correct, next week will go a long way to determine just where this team really is, in terms of will and desire. Another away match and against a hated rival. You know that the Spuds want payback from their loss so lets see which Arsenal turns up Saturday. Its down to the players because we all know that Wenger likely will be absent with a tactical plan, as uaual.

  43. arsene's used sock

    the win and the manner of it is nice, along with the signings.
    but let’s not lose focus, wenger needs to go asap, now more so then ever seeing as we’re gonna take the transfer market seriously from now on

  44. alexanderhenry

    frankie

    A spurs win would kill off any chance of top four for us. It would be so like them to fold.

    Regarding wenger’s tactics, he actually got it spot on against them in November.

  45. Barking Arsene

    “As I’m sure you know, as long as Stan is in charge Arsenal will continue to function in the black.”

    This cannot be proven nor predicted with certainty. It’s a common theme with you however Arsenal as a club could operate in the red as they are only a part of the larger holding that Kroenke has.

    As long as the overall operations are in the black there would be no issue.

  46. Pierre

    I am going to do a marko now and moan.

    Our defence… What is going on at the back.

    Mustafi and kosielny are supposed to be experienced internationals but they play like schoolboys at times.

    What happened to defenders staying on their feet, not diving in and communicating at the back.

    Mustafi and kosielny were both booked for rash challenges when they actually didn’t need to make .. These 2 seriously need to sort their game out for the rest of the season.
    I wouldn’t even blame the coaching in this instance as they both should be experienced enough to manage their own game.

  47. Emmanuel Nwaneri

    Good win against Everton but let’s not go overboard with the praise yet. It was only Everton and we were playing at home for Pete’s sake. Beating the likes of Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea on their home turf is the real test of a team with serious intent. Not blitzing Everton and Crystal Palace.
    The arrival of the likes of Aubameyang and Miki surely lifted the team – like all new, big signings always do every where. However, there are still fundamental issues that needs to be addressed. To start with, we need a new manager. Wenger has only delivered consistent failure and that pattern won’t be changed by just adding Auba and Miki to the mix. The turnover of personnel needs to extend to the manager and his clueless backroom staff.
    I guess they won’t wanna humiliate him by firing him in midseason. It would likely happen in the summer, in order to allow the new man to start on a fresh, clean slate.
    This season only hinges on an improbable Carabao Cup upset over Man City…forget the Europa League.
    In the meantime, let’s humour Wenger for the next three months hoping they will be his last with us.

  48. Cesc Appeal

    I think that Lacazette is too valuable in terms of possible transfer fee to leave on the bench and he is too similar to the style of Aubameyang, he is just a worse, slower, shorter version of him.

    Was calling for Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan for a long time, was not sure how the latter would arrive after his United time but really happy for him. Great player and it seems, obviously early, that no lasting damage was done. Always liked that he has technical ability but also work rate.

    We need a GK in the summer, and seems as if that is where we’re going to splash out, I have no problem with names like Diallo being linked to us at CB, young exciting talents that Mislintat has spotted, we must get a CDM though.

    I do feel however if we are going to go for young top rate prospects we need a new manager, otherwise it is a total waste. Fingers crossed Sanllehi, Gazidis and Mislintat are aware of that.

  49. Bamford10

    Pierre

    It’s Mustafi. He is really poor in his positioning and decision making. We must sign a better CB this summer.

  50. Bamford10

    Northern

    Sorry, but are you here to troll people who want Wenger to go? Because that is pretty much everyone here.

    Why are you mocking those who tried to organize a “Wenger out” protest yesterday? Do you want Wenger to stay on beyond this summer? If so, why? Do tell.

  51. Bamford10

    I don’t get some of the anger on here this morning. Arsenal are a living thing again, are worth watching again. Be happy.

    I am one of the most miserable sorts you’ll ever find here and I thoroughly enjoyed myself yesterday.

    Arsenal are alive again. Be happy.

  52. Nw9 gooner

    Graham62 were you there yesterday at the ground, it was a fantastic atmosphere, even when Walcott was substituted. A few always leave early because getting into the tube station takes almost the same time as the match when you are the back of q

  53. Nw9 gooner

    Bamford, agreed. Let’s enjoy the change and hope it continues and we don’t fall back into the tipi- tapa passing again

  54. Bamford10

    Pedro

    Great post. With you on pretty much everything. To compete with the top teams, we still need a new CB and CDM — and manager, of course — but yesterday was the best Arsenal performance in many years.

    There is reason for optimism, and Arsenal are worth watching again. Feels nice.

  55. Pierre

    There seems to be a feeling on here that we have no chance in the Europa cup.. Why.

    Basically, the top teams that are in the Europa are teams we take care of in the group stages of the champions league..

    We normally get knocked out of Europe by the elite teams so personally I think we have an excellent chance in Europe and I feel the competition will come alive after this round.

    Our defence is most vulnerable at the moment when we play teams who are physical against us but that is not the norm in Europe.

  56. Wallace

    Dissenter

    “Having (a Sanchez-free) Ramsey drive forward and Myki provide another assist channel helped. These weren’t things that Laca has had recently.”

    exactly. maybe fortune will smile on Auba in a way it hasn’t done for Lacazette thus far, but baffled people seem to be writing the latter off.

  57. Marko

    First off Auba’s dynamism is going to be a plus. His pace alone means particularly in the big games we can exploit a high line. First striker we’ve had with legitimate pace since Thierry (how long has it taken us to replace) and you can see the benefits. Secondly Mhiki’s three assists are perhaps more important getting him going and confident again is going to be vital. All positives but for me Ramsey scoring a hat trick is another indignation of our midfield. Gung ho kamikaze football is all well and good at home against poor opposition but away from home and against decent sides him and Xhaka cannot be trusted in midfield. And Ramsey back and scoring means those cameo appearances from Elneny and Jack recently will be just that cause Ramsey is child number one at the club and he’s not going to drop the front three no way. Also Lacazette is finished and I feel for the lad. In a world cup season and I honestly don’t think the manager done him any favours this season or was even that keen to begin with.

    Anyway best thing the club can do now is make sure that a new manager is coming in and finally we can look forward to the future

  58. HighburyLegend

    “the times have changed”…

    Not quite yet. Is kim jong weng’s reign is close to be over ?? I don’t think so.
    Lifting the carambar cup would guarantee him another 2 years contract for sure.
    Everton yesterday’s performance was so poor, it was at home, and it was just ONE game ffs, you should have wait a little bit more before getting so… “excited”.

    Otherwise there are many right and positive points in your post Pedro, just like there was many positive things in yesterday’s first half, but nothing will ever really change unless we get rid of le fraude.

  59. Rob The Goon

    I think it’s about time that I come out of hiding.

    How refreshing was it to see pace in our side again.

    We just need to sort out the back line add a GK and DM and we’ll be ready to challenge again.

    Oh yea, and we need a new manager.

    The real test will be next weekend.

    Enjoy the win people!

  60. HighburyLegend

    “There seems to be a feeling on here that we have no chance in the Europa cup.. Why.”

    Playing with lacazette instead of Auba ??
    Dortmund, Atletico, Napoli and all the others ??

  61. Rambo Ramsey

    ‘All positives but for me Ramsey scoring a hat trick is another indignation of our midfield.’

    You are comedy gold, Marko.

  62. Micheal

    Slataing Lacazette is a bit unfair. We have been a a poor, inconsistent team most of the season. Our tippy-tappy, sideways passing and static movement does not get the best otu of Laca.
    But play quicker, more positive style and the goals flow. Ramsey’s first and third goals were exactly the sort of goals we signed Laca to score.

  63. Dissenter

    Highbury legend,
    “Playing with lacazette instead of Auba ??
    Dortmund, Atletico, Napoli and all the others ??”

    ….erm..cough
    Actually we do have a VERY GOOD chance
    Napoli are going to have to prioritize the series A title ahead of the Europa league. I won’t be surprised if they get knocked out pretty soon, They are in a dog-fight with Juventus so they better take it serious.
    Atletico ditto for the top-4 places in La liga.
    Dortmund are weaker without Auba, that’s a fact.

    At some point, Wenger will have to prioritize the Europa league the way Mourhino did for united last season.
    We have Myki providing another goal and assist threat. Laca will have a much better chance of scoring now that Myki is here. Ramsey seems to be back in his groove as well.
    At some point

  64. Marko

    I am going to do a marko now and moan.

    How is this a thing now. No way I’m the worst. Agree about the defenders though. People keep saying it’s the tactics and we actually have good defenders are lost its like they never notice Koscielny and Mustafi being caught up high and missing tackles and making basic errors tracking attackers. And yeah it doesn’t help having ZERO defensive protection from your midfield but at the end of the day Koscielny is injury prone and error prone these days and Mustafi is a back up CB or better suited to a three man defence with two other defenders who are better than him

  65. Bamford10

    Pierre

    If we had Aubameyang for the Europa, I would be far more optimistic about what we might be able to do there.

    However, there’s a chance that Lacazette will be more effective in the new set-up, so we should at least wait to see what he looks like with Mkhi in the XI.

    Aubameyang is much, much better than Laczette, though, and opens space/s up in ways that Lacazette cannot. We are much, much better with the former than we’ll ever be with the latter.

  66. Marko

    ‘All positives but for me Ramsey scoring a hat trick is another indignation of our midfield.’You are comedy gold, Marko.

    Did it come across as dumb? I’m sorry but in a two man midfield when one of them is up taking a CF position like on the first goal that absolutely scares me and especially when the other midfielder is Xhaka who for weeks now as been banging forward. It’s like when he scored the winner against Chelsea it scared me because in other games against better opposition it’ll cost us. We have probably over 100 million in forward talent on the pitch we don’t need our only two midfielders bombing forward all the time.

  67. Marko

    There seems to be a feeling on here that we have no chance in the Europa cup.. Why.

    Because when the going gets tough. Because in Europe over two legs we have shown ourselves to be bottlers. Because there are teams in Atletico and Napoli who are having better seasons than us. We also don’t travel well in Europe. History more than anything

  68. Elmo

    Leftside

    I don’t think it will be the club instigating the sale of Lacazette; as you say, competition up top is what you need. It will be the player, who won’t be willing to sit on the bench during his peak years from 27-30, and who agreed to join the club on the basis of being the record transfer star striker. I think he will go in the summer for £30m odd.

    Buckhurst

    We’ve got Spuds and City (twice) in the next month, so we’ll get a better picture as to whether there’s any real improvement or whether the midfield and defensive frailties are too severe to allow us to be competitive in any way. Yesterday was exciting, but those advocating caution are correct.

    Pierre

    A big question is whether the manager realises that top 4 is almost certainly already beyond reach and focuses fully on the EL. If it’s accepted that 76 points + GD is needed for 4th, we need to win every game but one and that’s not going to happen.

    If we fail to win against Spuds next week, I think we should already be deciding to play a strong side in the EL R32 first leg, and the LC final, and then use the City PL match to rotate and rest.

  69. Wallace

    Bamford

    “Aubameyang is much, much better than Laczette, though, and opens space/s up in ways that Lacazette cannot. We are much, much better with the former than we’ll ever be with the latter.”

    he’s faster, and he’s already got a good understanding with Mkhitaryan. these are the areas he’s ahead. Lacazette will contribute far more to the overall team play, and once he has his confidence back will also be scoring freely if we carry on playing like we did yesterday. he’ll have been sat on that bench yesterday thinking, ‘f*ckin’ hell, slightly better service than Tuesday night…’.

  70. Pierre

    Our options up top before this season were basically giroud and Welbeck.

    Now it’s Aubameyang and lacazette Say no more.

    I just hope that Wenger doesn’t put lacazette further down the ladder behind Welbeck.

  71. Dissenter

    Pierre
    “I just hope that Wenger doesn’t put lacazette further down the ladder behind Welbeck.”

    It’s a madness that Wenger is capable of.
    Laca is going to leave at some point, possibly next summer. He still has to get enough exposure to keep that market value up. Hopefully, Atletico returns back for him when they sell Greizmann to Barca or Real Madrid.

  72. Bamford10

    Wallace

    “Lacazette will contribute far more to the overall team play.”

    No, he won’t, and this is a misunderstanding of what you want/need out of a good #9.

    Because Lacazette cannot make effective runs in behind and because defenses don’t have to worry about his pace, teams will play a higher line and we’ll have less space to play in. That he’ll show to the ball and receive it at his feet —- then pass backwards — won’t help our play in the slightest.

    Lacazette will look better, I’m sure, in the new set-up, but there isn’t enough to his game and he wasn’t a great signing. To be effective with his frame and lack of pace, he’d have to have the dribbling and guile of an Aguero. He doesn’t.

    He’s not good enough. With time, this will become more and more obvious.

  73. Rambo Ramsey

    ‘he’s faster, and he’s already got a good understanding with Mkhitaryan. these are the areas he’s ahead. Lacazette will contribute far more to the overall team play’

    Faster, stronger, Assertive and probably a better finisher as well.

    Wallace, you have this annoying habit of disrespecting players that don’t play pretty football. Time and again, this has left you with egg on face.

    Still waiting for Xhaka to ‘show his class’ over Kante/Wanyama as you predicted.

  74. Bamford10

    While we still have serious weaknesses — midfield + central defense — I think 4th place is actually in play. Chelsea are in a strange place, and while Liverpool are capable of absolute brilliance in their day, they’re also capable of disappointing results.

    Wenger said that he wants to qualify for CL via the league. Perhaps this isn’t just what he wants but what the new brain trust (Gazidis, Kroenke, Sanllehi, Mislintat) wants.

    With a revitalized spirit in the squad and with improved play and results, I do think this is possible.

  75. Bamford10

    Rambo

    I think this tendency of Wallace’s is less a preference for pretty football and more a reluctance to criticize or write-off Arsenal players, especially new signings.

    Problem is this: sometimes Arsenal players deserve to be criticized or written off. We’ve seen this a million times, but the Wallaces of the world always take the side of the criticizes player — whether it’s a Gervinho, a Coquelin, a Giroud, a Xhaka, or a Lacazette.

  76. Buckhurst Gun

    Will be interesting to see what lacazette does with the service of Mkhitaryan and ozil , he’s a class finisher aswel we’ve seen that so I hope he takes his chances ….

  77. Wallace

    Rambo

    “Wallace, you have this annoying habit of disrespecting players that don’t play pretty football. Time and again, this has left you with egg on face. Still waiting for Xhaka to ‘show his class’ over Kante/Wanyama as you predicted.”

    who am I disrespecting here? I’m just baffled at people writing off Lacazette, a player who was banging in 30 a season in France, and has looked very good in patches here, while playing in possibly Wenger’s worst attacking side.

    also, Kante & Wanyama are DMs, Xhaka is not a DM.

  78. Buckhurst Gun

    ‘While we still have serious weaknesses — midfield + central defense — I think 4th place is actually in play. Chelsea are in a strange place, and while Liverpool are capable of absolute brilliance in their day, they’re also capable of disappointing results.’

    Have to agree , pool are as inconsistent as us and spurs are spurs – out of the 3 it’s Arsenal that know how to make the run for the top 4

    Can’t see us winning europa , think that’s a step too far tbh

    Exciting times ahead tho , squad rebuild backroom shake up , and new manager coming ….

  79. Rambo Ramsey

    Lacazette could be the next Xhaka or the next Debuchy– in respect to how he gets treated by Wenger. That’s the only thing the old fool is unpredictable at these days.

  80. 1886not1996

    Lose to Liverpool beat Bmouth 3-0
    Lost to watford beat Everton 5-2
    Beat Huddersfield 5-0 lose to Man U 3-1
    Lose to Bmouth beat CP 4-1
    Lose to Swansea beat Everton 5-1

    Big wins are nothing new. Neither are losses

    Why does Pedro and some of you all of a sudden think this is a “new arsenal”?

    Nothing changes while Wenger is here

    This is why he will be here for another contract because fans like Pedro etc lose their minds over one fucking win

  81. Bamford10

    Wallace

    If Xhaka can’t be counted as a DM, then we’re playing without a DM, which is very silly.

    If Ozil is your CAM and Ramsey is your CM, then the other CM is a CDM, whether he is well-suited for this role or not.

    Xhaka isn’t well-suited for this role and it’s rather obvious that if we’re choosing b/t those three midfielders, it’s Xhaka who has to go. Both Ozil and Ramsey are better and more valuable to what we do.

  82. Buckhurst Gun

    1886

    Wenger is going

    This summer or next , so why stress ?

    Changes are happening you can see it with your own eyes – relax mate , no ones losing their minds , it’s just good to see new signings playing well and integrating so quickly

    Wenger will be gone it’s just a matter of when not if … there’s no way he will be kept on as manager

  83. Cesc Appeal

    It is an absolute must to get a CDM in the summer, Wenger has been absolutely useless on that front, but maybe with Sanllehi and Mislintat we might see something there.

    Who would ever have thought we would see a window like this one just gone and that was with Mislintat only in for a little while and Sanllehi not even having officially started.

    If they cannot move Wenger, they can completely change his environment and force him out.

  84. Redtruth

    Dullards like Buckhurst Gun don’t care how Arsenal do as is evident by his over excitement at beating a shit team who some claim were made to look shit by Arsenal’s very impressive display….lol delusion lol

  85. Bamford10

    Pedro

    You have to change the way the software handles posts with banned words. I just typed up a long reply to Jo.e but because I spelled his name without modification, the entire post was lost. This is a little silly. Can’t it highlight the offending word and say “revise and re-submit”?

  86. Wallace

    Bamford

    “If Xhaka can’t be counted as a DM, then we’re playing without a DM, which is very silly.”

    City are playing with two #10s and a CM in their midfield three.

  87. Bamford10

    1886

    You’re being a little silly. Change is clearly occurring, and our play yesterday was qualitatively different from anything we have seen in some time. If a person can’t see that, I’m not sure what can be done for them.

    Six months ago Wenger said, idiotically, that he didn’t know what a DOF was. We now have a DOF.

    Six months ago Walcott and Giroud were “world class” and good enough; today they’ve been moved on and replaced by Aubameyang. Shit, even a £52m Lacazette isn’t good enough under the new regime.

    Change is occurring, and we are playing good football again. Enjoy it.

  88. 1886not1996

    City are playing with two #10s and a CM in their midfield three.

    They have a manager who knows what he’s doing

  89. 1886not1996

    Bam

    Change is occurring, and we are playing good football again. Enjoy it.

    Haha. It was one game. One fucking game

    3 days prior we lost to Swansea. The worst team in the league.

    Next week we could get smashed by Tottenham.

    What will you say then Bam.

  90. Pierre

    It seems to have gone unnoticed that Iwobi had a really good game yesterday attacking and defensively…

    Mkhitarayan could be the one that gets everyone playing to their potential.. Similar to özil in that he plays for the team but is much more dynamic in the final third.. His movement and passing ability will add another dimension to our attacking play and will also give özil more time and space to work his magic.

  91. Bamford10

    I’m getting the feeling that some here think “CDM” means “midfield tackler who isn’t particularly good on the ball”. This is complete nonsense. The best teams have CDMs who are good on the ball. They simply occupy deeper positions and have more defensive responsibilities.

    Fernandinho is a CDM; he happens also to be a good footballer. The same goes for a Fabinho. This is precisely the kind of CDM we need.

  92. Buckhurst Gun

    Lol red you’re right I’m not overly fussed about Arsenal results at the minute , just good to see Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang hit the ground running – the apathy will go when wenger goes

    £500 – you’re on

  93. Wallace

    Bamford

    “Fernandinho is a CDM; he happens also to be a good footballer. The same goes for a Fabinho. This is precisely the kind of CDM we need.”

    i’ll agree with you there. also, interesting point about what everyone means by a DM. usually you can tell by the kind of player they suggest for the position.

  94. Bamford10

    Wallace

    You are mis-classifying him then. He is a defensive central midfielder. Again, he’s a good footballer, so he can pass and get forward from time to time, but he is most definitely their central defensive midfielder.

    And by the way, regardless of what you call him, Silva and DeBruyne are Ozil and Ramsey’s counterparts at City, making Fernandinho Xhaka’s counterpart. Can Xhaka do what Fernandinho does? No, because he’s slow, unathletic and covers little to no ground.

    He isn’t good enough. It’s pretty simple.

  95. Rambo Ramsey

    Wallace, did you always rate Auba or were you making him out to be the Bundesliga version of Walcott? Did you not sneer at posters’ suggestions of signing a Kante/Wanyama over a Xhaka?

    These type of physical, specialist players have better chances of flourishing in the PL.

  96. Bamford10

    1886

    “Three days prior we lost to Swansea. The worst team in the league.”

    Sure, but three days prior, we also didn’t have Auba and Mkhi in the starting XI and were playing in a different arrangement.

    So that’s kind of a non-point.

    Do we still have issues? Sure, I’ve slresdy noted them several times.

    But to act like there wasn’t something different in yesterday’s performance or like there isn’t something different going on upstairs and with our transfer business is just silly.

  97. Pierre

    Jo. ey
    What’s your take on the protest..

    Have to say that the 20 numpties that decided to show up should be commended for their efforts.

    It’s not their fault that they are such a tiny minority, they foolishly believed all they read on social media and hear on radio stations like talksport

    20 “fans” the turned up, now let that sink in… Yes 2…

    That’s nearly as many people as points we are behind city in the league isn’t it Jo. ey

  98. steve

    @Bamford10

    NorthernGoon is one of those mugs who will be campaigning a Wenger extension if Arsenal “have a strong finish to the season”.

  99. Bamford10

    Red

    Spurs are one of the better teams in the PL, so whether we can beat them is an open question.

    We certainly have a better chance with the current XI, though, than we did with the XI of three weeks ago.

  100. N'gambo

    All our players are rejects fro other clubs, or players no-one else wants – coached by a madman who doesn’t know what he’s he’s doing.

    All that money, and we can’t even beat Swansea.

    Where is Swansea anyway?

    Wankers.

  101. Marko

    Fernandinho is a CDM. Now you’re just being silly.

    He’s played CB too so yes in City’s set up he is absolutely a DM. You certainly wouldn’t see him banging forward like Xhaka or scoring hattricks like Ramsey he’s disciplined and knows his role.

    Out of interest Wallace what type of midfielder do you think Xhaka is? Shite while being right isn’t the right answer

  102. 1886not1996

    Pierre

    I know you’re happy the protest flopped because your hero Wenger will
    Sign a new extension and guess what, we will be 20 points behind next season again.

    And you’ll proudly sing “one
    Arsene Wenger” as we sit in 6th place again.

    What will your take be on that Pierre?

  103. 1886not1996

    Pierre

    You said on Tuesday you don’t care about the PL and have no interest in those games

    Why are you even discussing the Everton match.

    Just sit quietly until the league cup final

  104. steve

    Pierre is also one of those mugs who would happily see Wenger extend his stay if Arsenal were to finish the season “on a positive note”.

  105. Wallace

    Rambo

    “Wallace, did you always rate Auba or were you making him out to be the Bundesliga version of Walcott? Did you not sneer at posters’ suggestions of signing a Kante/Wanyama over a Xhaka?”

    re Auba – his main asset is his pace, along with his cool head. I just felt some of those who were agitating for us to buy him were overselling his all round game. he’s not an Henry, he will require good service.

    if I was sneering it was at those who classed Xhaka as a similar kind of player to Kante & Wanyama.

  106. N'gambo

    All your Television money will be found out as absurd propaganda – and no-one will care anymore.

    Chinese football will start watching Chinese football – not Arsenal, or Everton, or Swansea, or Little Dick and Holme.