8 in row!

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The show DOES go on. Unai Emery racked up an impressive 8 wins on the bounce, the first time we’ve rocked that many since 2015. That year we finished 2nd to the mighty Leicester and won an FA Cup. I’d take that this season.

So what did we learn?

Well, we’re good at beating shit teams. The Europa League is our level currently, and we’re very good when we get to strut out stuff on trendy Thursday nights. Emery is still trying to work through style challenges, this competition gives the players on the fringe the chance to click with his system.

Guendouzi was impressive, scoring the third goal from a low dragged shot from the edge of the box. His range of passing is impressive and against weaker opposition, you could really see the sort of player he could become.

Smith Rowe took a while to settle into the game, but again, you can see where his career is heading if he keeps his focus. His power is immense for someone of 19 and he’s already scoring. His goal from a well-timed Iwobi pass was clinical.

Iwobi, player of the season so far (I jest, kind of), put in another great performance. He’s very much focused on an end product this year and he’s using his brain to open up space with clever runs into space.

I also thought Kolasinac as a left wing-back was impressive. He dropped some outrageous skills, always looking to be found out wide, making some incisive passes.

The win was fairly straightforward, but let’s be honest, simple games in Europe have been anything but under Arsene Wenger.

Overall, the team still needs a lot of work if it’s going to push for top 4, but as plenty have said in the comments, if the club can make CL through the back door, who wouldn’t take it? It’ll give us the money to hire in better talent.

All eyes on the next game that sees us heading for a Sunday matchup against Fulham.

Can Emery see in the big 9? We’ll see… onwards and upwards!

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  1. peter

    Daddy have been a resident here for some years now. I even did a first 11 here not long ago. Ask DM. Raptora… am not any of those names you’ve given me. Am somewhere in Africa. normally competitive when pedro posts when he’s in UK. US times don’t work well for me

  2. TallestTiz

    What is El Neny particularly good at?
    I cringed each time he:
    1. Had the ball
    2. Tried Tackling

    Did he win any tackles all game – against a pub team?

  3. HighburyLegend

    “Concerned we still look Arsène Wenger defensively”

    The fact is that IF we succeed to concede less than 3 goals against Liverpool, it will be a HUGE progress.
    My advice to Emery : our defenders for scoring, and our strikers + our midfielders for defending.

  4. Emiratesstroller

    What we have seen over the past three days is that apart from perhaps Man City the general standard of EPL Clubs is nothing to write home about.

    They have looked pretty ordinary when playing in Europe. What we see is that
    many of the so-called super stars costing £50-80 million and being paid mega
    wages are often little better than those costing a fraction of the money.

    Arsenal do have weaknesses, which are plain to see most notably our defence and our frailty against teams who play pressing game, but frankly I don’t see
    much difference between ourselves and let’s say Spurs,Man Utd or even Chelsea.

    Okay they have Kane,Pogba and Hazard who are both class players when on form, but the difference elsewhere is not a bridge too far.

    My view is that Arsenal need to sort our defence. If we can do that there is no
    reason why we cannot finish in top four.

  5. HighburyLegend

    “My view is that Arsenal need to sort our defence. If we can do that there is no
    reason why we cannot finish in top four.”

    Agreed. Let’s burn a candle for the next transfer window in january.
    Emery is not wenger (Pedro LIKE that quote), so we should see some new faces at the back.

  6. raptora

    I kind of like Emery’s approach towards the cups. He used the first couple of games to help several players feel better in the side like Leno, Torreira, Lichtsteiner. He keeps using almost our main defensive 5 because he sees that we are weak in there so he uses the official games to gel them better and navigate them to become better as a whole. He always says that the more games they play, the more chances for our squad to get more used to his methods in order to improve in the future. Very good idea and it seems to be working very well. When players repeat the procedures time and time again eventually we will improve as a whole and become better in all phases of the game. Whoever cannot do what the manager asks of him and fit in well within the game plan he will then make way for a new player. I’m pretty sure that we saved some bucks in the summer so that Emery would have a good, solid opinion on every player at his disposal before we go more decisively on the market. I predict that we’ll make a couple of transfer in the winter.

  7. Bamford10

    Emirates

    I agree that we have some chance of finishing fourth, but I think there remains some distance between us and all three of City, Liverpool and Chelsea. United, on the other hand, are a complete mess, and Tottenham are solid and our main competition for fourth, I think.

    I wouldn’t discount Liverpool’s quality simply because they lost 1-0 to Napoli or because of their loss and draw to Chelsea.

    They are better than us by some measure, as are Chelsea. Better players, better football.

    But fourth is a possibility. I agree. Especially if Emery improves / revises our formation.

  8. Bamford10

    Still not totally clear why Emery tried a 3-4-3 in the first half last night or why he switched to 4-3-3 at halftime, but his comments suggest he is experimenting a little and that he wanted an additional central midfielder in the second half.

    Given that we have two good central strikers, I continue to be perplexed that he isn’t playing around with a formation featuring two through the center. As I said last night, last night would’ve been a good opportunity to experiment with this.

    Regardless, below are Emery’s comments on his formation change at halftime last night. From an Arseblog article:

    “Somewhat surprisingly, Unai Emery changed his formation for last night’s 3-0 win over Qarabag in the Europa League, going with three at the back.

    And not for the first time, the Arsenal boss decided to make a half-time change to try and change the course of the game, this time bringing on Lucas Torreira for Nacho Monreal and reverting to a back four.

    Initially it was suggested that the Spanish international was injured, but afterwards Emery explained his thinking and said the substitution was made because he wanted more control in the centre of the park.

    ‘No, first I changed Monreal because we wanted to play with a back four in the second half,’ he said.

    ‘Also, we needed to put one midfielder more on the pitch. I think we suffered in the match. But I want to suffer.

    ‘I want to not find easy matches, like today. Then, in our moments, to show you and show them our possibilities, our quality and our organised moments.’ ”

    https://arseblog.news/2018/10/emery-we-needed-an-extra-midfielder-in-the-second-half/?utm_campaign=autotwitter&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitter

  9. Ivan

    Bam, well sry but i cant see that power of Chelsea and Lpool.

    Both good teams, but Lpool playing CL and Chelsea not having 1st tier striker will be detrimental for them. Depth of their teams, and PL frenzy will left them out of steam sooner than later.

    Bet both will finish in top 4 but 4 me that is their limit.

    Pl clubs blessing is money galore, but at the same time it becomes a curse.

    Money influx makes players twice expensive 4 pl clubs than they are for continental clubs and that makes scouting mistakes cost double.

    When you take that into account and fact that there are no poverty clubs in pl any more (no walk in the park games), only ManC looks equipt for both Europe and Pl. Rest of ligue is 1-2 injury away from crisis.

  10. gonsterous

    hope emery keeps the squad grounded. No slip ups. We need to beat Fulham next.
    The real test will be liverpool but we can’t afford any slip ups till then. Just keep the pressure on. it’s only October so I get the pessimism, but we have to give the manager time.

  11. Emiratesstroller

    Liverpool have a charismatic manager and are a fit team playing high tempo football, but I don’t rate them an exceptional team.

    Some time ago I suggested that Arsenal do not need to spend mega bucks on
    average players as we have done in past. Most of the players in our squad should be buyable for less than £30 million.

    So if we are going to buy a player in a higher price range then he needs to be
    genuine “world class” or a “match winner”

    Spending £70 million on a goalkeeper as Chelsea did this summer was plum
    ridiculous. Frankly I doubt that he is better than Leno who cost us £20 million.

  12. Ivan

    I bet any Spanich club went for Kepa would get him twice cheaper.

    Chelsea benig in tight spot goal kepper wise buffed his price by good 30-40m if not more.

  13. Dream10

    Bamford

    My guess for the 3-4-3 would be to accommodate Lichtsteiner and Kolasinac. Because of age and lack of defensively awareness respectively, both can’t be trusted in a back four. Lichtsteiner was rubbish yesterday. They both got tired due to lack of minutes this season

  14. Emiratesstroller

    Bamford 10

    I don’t see a huge gulf between ourselves and Chelsea. Last season they didn’t
    beat us in both League games and frankly the defeat at Stamford Bridge this
    season was one goal scored at end of game.

    If you take out of equation Hazard I don’t see a huge difference between both teams. As you know Hazard can blow hot and cold.

  15. Ivan

    3-4-3 gives you posibility to use strikers instead of wingers in front three so its logical to try it being we have abundance of strikers playing as wingers and we are thin on wingers.

  16. Dream10

    Ivan

    Lol @ spinach. Believe Real Madrid wanted to sign Kepa in January. Was for a far lower price as well. Chelsea were linked with Alisson as well, but Liverpool beat them to the punch.

  17. Bamford10

    Yeah, Emirates, we’ll just have to agree to disagree for the moment. Both Liverpool and Chelsea have a lot more quality than we do.

  18. raptora

    If I was Alisson and I had the choice between bindippers and chavs I’d still go chavs. Dippers have been doing well lately but chavs have been a super solid team for almost 15 years now with a cabinet full of trophies. Can’t say the same for dippers.

  19. VicVic

    HillWood,

    ‘Concerned we still look Arsène Wenger defensively’

    Careful guy, there’s only one way to think here and that’s not it.

    Here, if you say 1+1=2, if the guys don’t accept; they will just abuse your equation and insist that 2+2=4.
    Then they will express you as a stupid person whose age must be 12.

    No, they have no reason to consider 1+1 as being = 2, since they think 2+2= 4 is the only correct equation.

    That’s why Arsenal being financially bigger than Juve and Arsenal being a global brand is never to them a yardstick with which you measure the size of a club whose operations are in a sport where finances are the major elements for PRESENT and FUTURE success.

    To them it’s only about the amount of trophies won in the PAST that shows the size of a football club and nothing else.

    And saying that makes them feel brillant, while in reality, saying that should make a brillant person try hard not to laugh.

  20. Emiratesstroller

    Ivan

    The only clubs in Spain likely to spend more than £10-15 million on a goalkeeper are Real Madrid and Barcelona and I doubt that these two clubs would have spent more than £30 million on Kepa.

    That was how much Real spent on Courtois who is a significantly better gk.

    Also I find it difficult to understand transfer fee for Alisson who cost Liverpool
    £60 million. Three years ago he played second fiddle to Sczesny at Roma. Sczesny cost Juventus £11 million.

    The one standout goalkeeper that I have seen in last two years is Oblak. Most
    of the others are good to average.

  21. Bamford10

    Ivan

    Maybe. Except that that would mean that Aubameyang and someone else (Ozil? Welbeck?) would be playing as tucked-in strikers, the way Smith-Rowe and Iwobi were last night. I don’t see that as the optimal way to deploy Aubameyang, I don’t see Ozil being good in that role, and I don’t know that I see Welbeck thriving in that role either.

    Playing with two CFs is the far more logical approach.

  22. Receding Hairline

    Yeah, Emirates, we’ll just have to agree to disagree for the moment. Both Liverpool and Chelsea have a lot more quality than we do

    Didn’t think that was even an argument.

    We need a few transfer windows and some good transfers to bridge the gap. We have better strikers than Chelsea but that’s about it, Hope those who keep pining after Giroud realize the man just doesn’t score goals anymore, doing little layoffs for Harzard is not a strikers job . Liverpool have better players in most positions who are also hard workers.

  23. Cesc Appeal

    A couple of rumours this morning are that Arsenal have offered Marotta £3 Million a year and have a January deal in place for Almiron, a CAM playing for Atlanta in the MLS for £11 Million. But that is the club president saying that, so who knows.

    As for last night, I think adding another body to the midfield will sure us up a bit, a midfield three of Guendouzi, Torreria, Xhaka will help us a lot in keeping the ball and also protecting the defence.

    It does seem like Holding along with Iwobi have responded well to Emery.

    While Kolasinac did attack well he was not good at all defensively and unless Emery is planning on playing wing backs he is one to add to the sell list along with Mustafi and Elneny.

  24. Bamford10

    Alisson has been the starting Brazil goalkeeper (over the excellent Ederson) for some time now. Some of you may simply need to accept that he’s a very good keeper. And Szczesny only started over him while he adjusted to the Italian language, his new life at Roma, etc.

  25. Dream10

    Cesc Appeal

    Holding will be starting another 25 matches for us. Good for him. Becuase of his new contract, the club may persevere with him as a starter next season. He’s one where the club are overestimating his ceiling. Still a prospect now. However, in future, he shouldn’t be more than a squad player.

  26. Emiratesstroller

    CA

    There are always a lot of newspaper rumours. Frankly I doubt that Arsenal are
    going to recruit a new CEO now that they have appointed a Managing Director and Football Director from within the club.

    Arsenal do need to bring in a “quality” CMF to replace Ramsey now they have
    announced that they will not offer him a new contract. That should be done in
    January even if he stays until end of season.

  27. Emiratesstroller

    Bamford 10

    Both Brazilian players you mention are decent goalkeepers, but they are not
    exceptional and can be mistake prone.

    No club outside England would spend £60 million on either of them. They are
    in £30-40 million price range, which is what Man City paid for Emery.

  28. Cesc Appeal

    Dream10

    What is becoming obvious is that Emery is having a similar problem to that which Guardiola encountered at City, his CBs are not good enough in possession, they are too slow and want too many touches. That is something we have to improve and it may be something that has to be bought in.

    A massive problem for us though is midfield, I think that really is a cause of a lot of our issues. Xhaka is just too slow to work in a 2 man midfield whatever his attributes possession wise might be. You either need to add another player to the midfield or replace Xhaka.

    Right now we cannot hold onto possession, we are not pressing well enough in there and we are not protecting the defence enough. The first problem is also down to the fact that when Ramsey plays CAM he is too far forward and so there is no one to receive a pass to transition into attack so we play it back and invite the press and when Ozil plays CAM he is hiding behind the other team because he doesn’t want the ball unless we are in attack and he has several outlets.

    For me a CAM/CM hybrid player is what we need now in midfield because all of our CAM actually want to be forwards.

    ES

    Marotta would be great if it happened though. The turnaround at the club inside a year would be almost unbelievable.

    I still think Banega is most likely on a cheap deal, would allow Emery to play a midfield 3 of Torreira, Xhaka, Banega which I think looks sturdier than our current line up. Banega is also a player that Emery likes in terms of personality and his non football related qualities.

    Slowly over January and the summer we need to get rid of players like Mustafi, Elneny etc and start to add quality.

  29. UTarse

    “To them it’s only about the amount of trophies won in the PAST that shows the size of a football club and nothing else.”

    You are definitely trolling now.

  30. raptora

    I rate Ederson higher than Alisson. Fuck Tite. He picked the wrong goalkeeper, Firmino had to play ahead of Gabi Jesus, Douglas Costa had to play ahead of Willian and Marquinhos was frozen on the bench. Worst of all is that he didn’t look at the form of the players but kept playing the same team even though half of them were underperforming for game after game – namely Jesus, Willian, Fernandinho. So telling me how Alisson was picked ahead of Ederson means nothing because the coach certainly fked his nation’s chances of winning the WC by picking the wrong players game after game. Tite massively fked up.

  31. raptora

    CA: “For me a CAM/CM hybrid player is what we need now in midfield because all of our CAM actually want to be forwards.”

    We have that player in Ramsey but sadly he hasn’t shown much this season. Maybe Emery should ask of him to play closer to the midfield and possibly his game will improve. As you said Ozil would do nothing in the CAM because he would not be that extra man in midfield when defending because he can’t be that person. So we will basically be playing a 2-man midfield which would get eaten up alive by a more energetic midfield or a midfield consisting of 3 players.

    Extremely interesting if Emery would start Ramsey vs Fulham. And if yes – how will the player respond to the pressure he is facing.

  32. raptora

    Wonder if Ramsey and his agent lower salary demands and if the club would think about the deal again. It all goes through the player showing some signs of adapting well to Emery though. If it keeps going bad I reckon we won’t renew his deal no matter salary numbers. That’s why the pressure is so much on Ramsey. They thought that their big pay day is just around the corner but Gazidis left and Emery, Sanllehi (and please guys make the effort to write his name properly, not Sanellhi) and co decided otherwise.

  33. HillWood

    Arsenal need to be drilled defensively like George Graham did hour after hour in training.
    That’s what I was hoping a new manager would bring as it was an obvious weakness under Wenger

  34. mysticleaves

    “I bet any Spanich club went for Kepa would get him twice cheaper.”

    You got this wrong Ivan. Athletic don’t sell lower than the release clause of their players. They’d rather they left on a free. Spanish clubs hardly buy players from them because of that.

  35. gonsterous

    watched the napoli liverpool highlights, are strikers in Italy always so selfish ? They carved open liverpool time and time again but were taking weird shots when a pass would have been the better option. At least we don’t have that problem of not passing in the opponents D *cough* ozil *cough*

  36. steve

    The show DOES go on. Unai Emery racked up an impressive 8 wins on the bounce, the first time we’ve rocked that many since 2015. That year we finished 2nd to the mighty Leicester and won an FA Cup. I’d take that this season.

    ___

    Erm I’m pretty sure Chelsea won the title that season and Arsenal finished third.

  37. Pierre

    Bamford
    “This Skysports piece suggests the halftime formation change was down to how vulnerable we were defensively in the first half with Kolasinac as a wingback. I think this is probably right.”

    That doesn’t make sense so why would you think it is right.

    The last thing a manager would do is move a wing back who is looking vulnerable defensively and play him at full back where he would be even more vulnerable .

  38. Cesc Appeal

    Raptora

    We’re basically playing a 4-2-4 very often because neither Ramsey or Ozil are interested in doing CAM/CM work, they both appear in games for brief moments and then disappear again.

    We need someone who lets their presence be felt in that CAM role, helps us maintain possession, transitions into attack and also presses. Or you have to replace Xhaka with someone far more mobile and good in possession. Xhaka and Ramsey and/or Ozil in a midfield just does not work too many weaknesses.

  39. Victorious

    Emery says he wants the team to suffer on the pitch, no wonder the likes of Verrati expressed discontent of players losing their ‘smiles’ under him.
    The performance remains an eyesore to behold,plenty work and less artistry is what the new era is about
    No style
    No ethos
    No philosophy
    Nothing matters really except the points. Exciting stuff

  40. Marko

    have a January deal in place for Almiron, a CAM playing for Atlanta in the MLS for £11 Million

    Were linked with him about two seasons back. Would prefer Barco though he looks decent

  41. Marko

    The performance remains an eyesore to behold,plenty work and less artistry is what the new era is about
    No style
    No ethos
    No philosophy
    Nothing matters really except the points. Exciting stuff

    Compared to what we were getting used to yes it is exciting stuff. Glad you’re on board Victorious

  42. gonsterous

    Vic

    funny how when we play beautiful footie, the points matter but when we start grinding out results, the art matters. Make up your mind mate.
    Also im guessing you didn’t watch any arsenal games last season. Where was the ethos, philosophy and style that you are talking about ? song to RVP was that a style ? give it to sanchez and hope for the best, was that a style ? I don’t know what other styles we were playing after sanchez left.

  43. Marko

    Receding he’s probably still being bounced around from club to club somewhere as we speak. Next Kaka my ass Wikipedia says he’s 30 and he’s only made 207 appearences in his career and he’s at Atlas. Might as well be an Atlas he’s that useless. No disrespect to Atlas’s in the world they’re actually useful

  44. KAY Boss

    Good to win without conceding.
    Fulham next and hope we come out victorious irrespective of the scoreline.

    Players with average performances are going for premium prices and so shall it remain with the EPL clubs.

  45. Victorious

    Marko Hope you had enough of those times we completely outclassed and outplayed teams i mean when we utterly dorminated teams playing football as it should be played without losing priority still to compete for honours
    Looks as if those days are anything but distant memories right now,its a new path of scrapping wins with disjointed football, hope you hold on to those fond memories as you not going to see anything close to that with Emery

  46. gonsterous

    Vic

    yah miss those days when we totally bored the opposition with our millionth crab pass in the middle of the park. Pure domination.

  47. Pierre

    CA
    Whether you like ozil or not , it’s obvious that he has much better positional sense than Ramsey .
    Even coming on last night you could see that he was playing deeper than Ramsey would ever play .

    He was criticised on le grove for passing the ball back a few times and yes ,he should have had a shot on one occasion but the reason he doesn’t try and play the Hollywood ball is because he was playing for the team and keeping possession , keeping it simple ,seeing the game out whilst at the same time picking up the ball in space in midfield to create attacking situations as with the 3rd goal .

  48. Receding Hairline

    Marko to think i was gutted when we lost out to Inter Milan back all those years, actually cursed Wenger for not completing the deal based on some you tube vids…Ricky Alvarez turned out to be a con

  49. Marko

    Marko Hope you had enough of those times we completely outclassed and outplayed teams i mean when we utterly dorminated teams playing football as it should be played without losing priority still to compete for honours

    What days were those they were long gone Vic replaced with the complete opposite in recent years. Now there is excitement again a new manager with a new direction and new possibilities.

  50. Marko

    Receding he probably would have been decent for us but he chose wrong. Italy can work out for some but for a lot of others you end up being loaned here and there and co-owned until your contract expires and they give up. It happens

  51. Emiratesstroller

    Mystic leaves

    The only reason that Athletic don’t sell their best players cheap is because they
    know that there is some daft English Club who will pay an inflated transfer fee.

    Take a look at Transfermarkt and the fees paid on the continent for goalkeepers and compare it with English Clubs.

    Courts who is currently valued as the second most valuable gk behind Oblak
    cost Real Madrid £31 million.

    Most top goalkeepers on continent cost between £7 and and £15 million. That
    is well below what we spend in England for comparable players.

  52. Marko

    Vic is seriously upset that we’re on an 8 game winning run. Don’t worry we’ll probably lose at Liverpool Vic and then you can tell us all about how shit Emery and Arsenal are. Until the next streak starts though

  53. Victorious

    gonsterous
    cool your jets
    Last season was a debacle but we 18 wins on home soil not playing like stoke but completely dorminates teams it feels nice to be in control of matches,dictating matches and putting in that fear factor in the opposition before a ball is kicked
    Areu really comparing the 2011-13 seasons, Rvp and song combo season or sanchez’s 2 years with the club to what we’re seeing right now,are u fvck.
    We’ve never being appalling with the ball I’m even in our drought years,literally dont enjoy watching us much these days and if you’re honest to yourself youd admit as much.

  54. N5

    To TonyD from previous post.

    Thanks man, I used to be called the Sheriff on here for that reason! I don’t mean to do it but I just think sometimes the name calling weakens a good debate.PS, you’re right I do work for the Government, I’d like to say I was like James Bomd but sadly it’s just in I.T. for the department of Transport.

  55. raptora

    Weird that no sight of Pierre slating Guen for being so deep in opposition half away from home when we are leading and we have to make sure we are solid in the back. But when it’s Ramsey, he wastes whole paragraph explaining how wrong to the core of it that is. It’s attention seeking hollywood play that is absolutely against our own team etc etc etc etc etc etc etc…

  56. N5

    “the first time we’ve rocked that many since 2015. That year we finished 2nd to the mighty Leicester and won an FA Cup. I’d take that this season.”

    Pedro, I thought it was the first time since 2007? bloody hell I’ve been saying that to people too 🙁

  57. N5

    raptora, I wouldn’t waste your time mate. Pierre said that Ozil played so well yesterday that us mere footballing casuals just didn’t notice it. Other than his positioning leading up to the shot he bottled and passed off he spent the rest of his game time, losing the ball or passing backwards, but apparently that’s what the manager would have requested and that’s why Ozil is great!!

    Pierre is a footballing hipster that goes against the crowd to make himself feel smart.

    8 wins in a row, not good enough. 3 clean sheets not good enough, Ozil not good enough good enough.

    It’s unreal. Whether you’re into Emery or not. How anyone can still be protesting about this season at this point baffles me. At least wait until he starts racking up the loses for god sake.

  58. Globalgunner

    Raptora: Couldnt agree more with you viz a vis Tite and Brazil, the guy singlke handedly fked up his own country by fielding players he liked rathewr than the best players. When they put fernadinho in to replace the Marid DM. The team went to pieces. Fernanadinho looked like a grandpa put in to replace his 16 year old grandson, messes up with every touch. That should be it for him and Brazil but with Tite, you never know. Dont start me on Jesus missing every single opportunity yet starting every match. I thought it was Guardiola all over again.

  59. Victorious

    Vic is seriously upset that we’re on an 8 game winning run

    Upset? Could this be classic marko having comprehensive struggles and thereby correlating shit by putting 2+2 to get 5
    How can I be upset when my team is on a mini-winning run
    Makes no sense,best leave that to some section of fans last season who wanted us to lose all matches and get relegated
    Happy that we’re winning but know fully well most of the times a profligacy in opposition attacks and some combination of luck is getting us through
    Won’t last long playing like this though, that’s for sure.

  60. N5

    “Won’t last long playing like this though, that’s for sure.”

    It’s is true. If we were playing teams that were clinical in front of goal we’d really struggle, we saw that against Chelsea and Man City. Our defense is a real worry.

  61. Batistuta

    Surely we can convince someone like Weigl to join his other German comrades from Leverkusen, tidy player.

    Not so fussed on the south American wingers though Inter seem to be finding them in droves these days

  62. gonsterous

    marko

    don’t take Vic to seriously. Guy loves to shift the goal posts. Just wait for Wenger to get a new gig so Vic can go support another club.

  63. Batistuta

    Have to do away with Mustafi though and find a way to get Torreira and Xhaka playing closer to the defence than they currently are.. still too much space in the middle for my liking

  64. Michael24

    victorious

    Not “lose all matches”, but definitely enough to get the ball rolling.

    Oh look, it worked!! Hallelujah!!!¡

    Could have been worse. May have won more matches and Wenger would still be at the helm.

    Imagine that nightmare scenario.

    Now that would be upsetting.

  65. UTarse

    So now the 12 year old thinks Emery’s Arsenal is like watching Stoke ? Genius.

    Also, it’s “dominates” not “dorminates” you thick twat.

  66. N5

    @Victorious. The wins are reminding me of Maureen in his first season at United where we’re winning but the games aren’t very enjoyable.

    There have been enjoyable moments, but I feel Arsenal are more like the pre-89 Arsenal at the moment where we were the underdogs each big game winning ugly. I hope that sentence makes sense?

    It might be why Emery gets compared to George Graham a lot. The football isn’t pretty but he will scrap a win? We’ll see if that changes in the future though after a few windows.

  67. Victorious

    don’t take Vic to seriously. Guy loves to shift the goal posts. Just wait for Wenger to get a new gig so Vic can go support another club.

    Lame retort ,I mean very weak and idiotic

    I have a gripe with the football played at the moment
    What has wenger got to do with anything of it?
    How about you seek a therapist to get you rid of an obsession with a man in his late 60s?

  68. gonsterous

    Vic

    I just have one simple question, please don’t dodge it.
    If we were so dominant, why did we come 5th and then 6th ? who is to blame there ?
    the manager ? the fans ? The players ?
    it’s a simple question.

  69. Victorious

    utASS
    You wouldn’t know an auto corrected word even if it cracked your skull open
    ALSO you seem to have my age on a lock how abt you share yours also? Only fair right

  70. Michael24

    Shite, what a horrible thought. Arsenal winning more matches last season and Wenger still at the club.

    Fudge me and to think some folks would have accepted that.

  71. raptora

    N5,
    Like someone useroz said yesterday when Guen scored Ozil looked like the most bored person in the world but according to Pierre he is unselfish, team player. Nice team spirit demonstrated right there. It was the boy’s first ever goal in club football. Ozil is a complete twat and him doing the easier pass and not shooting when in perfect position is actually the perfect evidence of it. Lack of balls and leadership. No big player is shy in big games. Guy is a twat in every game.

  72. N5

    @raptora, I’d even give Ozil the benefit of the doubt if it was a one off, but it isn’t it’s every single game.

    He’s a senior player and if he’d gone and celebrated with the new lad when he scored imagine how he would have felt!

    Instead he looked like CR7 when ever Benzema scored!

  73. UTarse

    To do it once = auto correct or typo

    To do it twice = Thick twat.

    I’m 47 btw, only fair as you say.

    P.s autocorrect to a word that doesn’t exist? very clever arent you 12 year old?

    P.s.s funny how you didn’t address the foremost part of my comment on you comparing Emery’s Arsenal to Stoke ?!

  74. Michael24

    If you had Ozil in your work place and you were his boss, how would you deal with him?

    Let me get you started-

    “Mesut, can you come to my office, we need to have a wee chat”……………………….

    What would you say to him?

    No expletives please.

  75. Redtruth

    N5
    “There have been enjoyable moments, but I feel Arsenal are more like the pre-89 Arsenal at the moment where we were the underdogs each big game winning ugly. I hope that sentence makes sense?”

    It doesn’t make sense at all, …when have Arsenal been.underdogs in our 8 game winning run..

  76. N5

    Red I didn’t say they have. I said each game has that feel to it, that you’re scrapping a win rather than it being easy.

  77. Victorious

    I’m typing from a cell you mug
    Actually find it a bit tiresome as opposed to the tab

    47? Uh,looks like your behaviour on here actually betrays your age

    Didn’t think the saying that a fool at 40 is a fool forever had any credence to it

    Now I’m having a rethink.

  78. Victorious

    Might have exaggerated a bit with the stoke comparison but you should get the drift, more like the stoke of the top 6 currently
    didn’t you admit you were pissed all through the match against watford? Wonder why is that

  79. N5

    Red. I won’t get into a back and forth with you because I know you deliberately misread things.

    Did you think we dominated the game yesterday? do you think that 3-0 tells a full story? if they’d been a more clinical team in front of goal would that have been the final score?

    Anyway, I’m an Emery fan, I was defending him saying that it’s wins first beautiful football 2nd, surely you agree with that and if you don’t, then nevermind

  80. Leftsidesanch

    Also, it’s “dominates” not “dorminates” you thick twat.

    haha, he’s such a bellend its unreal

  81. Receding Hairline

    Did you think we dominated the game yesterday? do you think that 3-0 tells a full story? if they’d been a more clinical team in front of goal would that have been the final score?

    Very few games unfold were the opposition does not have a sniff on goal, i think a lot is made of the opportunities the opposition get where we play them. It’s like many expect that once we change managers we will play games were the opposition get zero chances and the keeper is a spectator.

    I am more concerned with the fact the players are finding it rather difficult to implement the style the manager wants rather than this “oh they would have scored if they were more clinical” thing or the “a better team would have punished us thing” well if we indeed play a better team i am certain we will be more wary of their threat

  82. raptora

    Look at the extraordinary Liverpool. You think they’ve dominated teams?! Well look at their results:

    W 4:0 West Ham
    W 0:2 Crystal Palace
    W 1:0 Brighton
    W 1:2 Leicester
    W 1:2 Spuds
    W 3:2 PSG
    W 3:0 Southampton
    L 1:2 Chelsea
    D 1:1 Chelsea
    L 1:0 Napoli

    All of them close games, like ours:

    L 0:2 Man City
    L 3:2 Chelsea
    W 3:1 West Ham
    W 2:3 Cardiff
    W 1:2 Newcastle
    W 4:2 Vorskla
    W 2:0 Everton
    W 3:1 Brentford
    W 2:0 Watford
    W 0:3 Qarabag

    The excellent bindippers with their extraordinary front three and magnificent manager have scored 19 and conceded 8 goals.
    The ugly playing with no style hardly scrapping wins Arsenal have scored 24 and conceded 12.

    It’s the same story if I take the results of Man City.

    There are hardly easy wins any more, a win is a win.

  83. gonsterous

    Vic

    I just have one simple question, please don’t dodge it.
    If we were so dominant, why did we come 5th and then 6th ? who is to blame there ?
    the manager ? the fans ? The players ?
    it’s a simple question.

  84. raptora

    “Last season was a debacle but we 18 wins on home soil not playing like stoke but completely dorminates teams it feels nice to be in control of matches,dictating matches and putting in that fear factor in the opposition before a ball is kicked”

    That shiet cracked me up. LOOOOOOOOL

    You really talking about last season? “Fear factor in the opposition before a ball was kicked”?! Really?! We had 15 W, 2 D, 2 L at home but geez the fear factor though. 4 wins out of 19 games away from home. Literally 1 win every 5 away games. Teams must have been terrified…

  85. Leftsidesanch

    Victorious, lol your real brave from your pc over there in Nige land aint ya. When your not typing with a dictionary/thesaurus to hand your there berating Arsenal at every turn yet you call yourself a fan.

    Your a little pussy

  86. Leftsidesanch

    we were dominant last season? Lmaoooo what an absolute idiot. Why are guys of your ilk so indebted to Wenger? Knowing how you roll, you was probably wearing a Leicester shirt a few years ago when they won the title too.

  87. N5

    Fair enough guys! Good points especially receeding regarding implementing the managers instructions!

    I’m not niave enough to think no team would get chances if playing well . But I can’t serioysly be the only one concerned with our defending?

  88. N5

    @gonsterous, which highlights just how bad it was last season!
    I’m really happy Arsenal are winning. I’ll take winning ugly, I’ll take winning unfairly, cheaply, beautifully, against the gameplay or dominant play. A win is a win is a win.

    My response which has got way bigger than I anticipated was just in reply to Victorious who asked if I was enjoying the games? I said I’m enjoying elements of the games but some have been untidy. That’s really all I was trying to say.

  89. un na naai

    We should have kept Cazorla and Wilshere
    Let Elneny and Ramsey go instead. Santi could still dominate prem matches

  90. un na naai

    Raptora

    You make a solid point about our record vs liverpool

    Chelsea are hardly blowing me away too. We could have beaten them. Should have actually. We could make top 2-3 if we sort our defence out which, since the inclusion of Torreira and Holding is starting to look like a distinct possibility.

  91. Cesc Appeal

    Not to mention of the three teams, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal the former 2 are far and away more balanced than Arsenal.

    Emery was left with a mess where Sarri inherited a side that is well balanced and won the EPL the year before last, Klopp has spent a large amount of money building the exact side he wanted.

    If you were to ask Emery privately whether this side was close to what he wanted I would imagine he would laugh at you. Not a surprise having only been able to spend £70 Million and only having had one transfer window to cure years and years of neglect, clueless buying and a total lack of coaching.

  92. Mr Man

    A man boarded an airplane and took his seat. As he settled in, he glanced up and saw the most beautiful woman boarding the plane. He soon realized she was heading straight towards his seat. As fate would have it, she took the seat right beside his. Eager to strike up a conversation he blurted out, “Business trip or pleasure?”
    She turned, smiled and said, “Business. I’m going to the annual Nymphomaniacs of America Convention in Boston.”
    He swallowed hard. Here was the most gorgeous woman he had ever seen sitting next to him, and she was going to a meeting of nymphomaniacs!
    Struggling to maintain his composure, he calmly asked, “What’s your business at this convention?”
    “Lecturer,” she responded. “I use information that I have learned from my personal experiences to debunk some of the popular myths about sexuality.”
    “Really?” he said. “And what kind of myths are there?”
    “Well,” she explained, “one popular myth is that African-American men are the most well-endowed of all men, when in fact it is the Native American Indian who is most likely to possess that trait. Another popular myth is that Frenchmen are the best lovers, when actually it is men of Mexican descent who are the best. I have also discovered that the lover with absolutely the best stamina is the Southern Redneck.”

    Suddenly the woman became a little uncomfortable and blushed.. “I’m Sorry,” she said, “I shouldn’t really be discussing all of this with you. I don’t even know your name.”
    “Tonto,” the man said, “Tonto Gonzales, but my friends call me Bubba”.

  93. Cesc Appeal

    People made fun of our buying as well, but considering we only had £70 Million to spend it looks like Leno, Sokratis, Torreira and Guendouzi are going to prove to be at least good and potentially great buys.

  94. Joe

    Dominated teams Hahahaha

    We were boring as fuck last years and have been for years.

    At home and away

    Slow crab sideways backwards football

    Dominating hahaha

  95. Cesc Appeal

    With the Banega and Almiron rumours it could be Arsenal are going to bolster their midfield for a relatively low spend possibly allowing us then to spend a larger amount on Pepe who will likely cost more than both of those combined.

  96. un na naai

    If ozil worked for me he wouldn’t last 3 days

    He’s only producing at 50-60% capacity. It’s not acceptable in any other line of work apart from some form of state funded job of course

  97. raptora

    CA,
    I want us to get a winger as well and I believe that it’s absolutely mandatory we do it, but 3 decisions in January made the arrival of a winger very hard.
    1. The Sanchez – Mikki swap;
    2. Ozil’s renewal;
    3. Auba’s arrival.

    All 3 of the players are occupying the position of a winger. All 3 of them are high profile. None of them has the ability to consistently beat an opponent 1v1 and to deliver or score afterwards. Because of it we lack width and threat.

    If we don’t change formation, we are going to put yet another high profile player on the bench. It doesn’t make sense. But yet we need a real winger. The team upstairs + Wenger really managed to fuck this one up for us. Ozil’s obscene renewal is the worst thing that has happened to our team in a lot of years and in reality it should be treated as Wenger’s legacy. A last big fuck you to all of the fans of the club he supposedly love/d. The effect of the renewal won’t go away for years.

  98. Cesc Appeal

    Raptora

    This was my worry all the way through the summer, would renewals etc stop us from actually building a side?

    Ozil should be a player we try to get rid of soon as really. We don’t have a future as a team with him at CAM.

  99. Pierre

    Raptora
    “Weird that no sight of Pierre slating Guen for being so deep in opposition half away from home when we are leading and we have to make sure we are solid in the back. But when it’s Ramsey, he wastes whole paragraph explaining how wrong to the core of it that is. ”

    Is this a serious comment?….if it is then there is no helping you I’m afraid….I will try to explain the differenc e from what Guendouzi did last night compared to Ramsey.

    At the start of the move Guendouzi was on the edge of our own area (in the correct position for a central midfielder) ozil received the ball 10 yards outside our own area( in the correct position for a cam) …ozil broke with the ball and passed to Lacazette,Guendouzi broke with the play and at all times remained behind,I repeat behind the ball …
    By staying behind the ball ,Guendouzi was in a position to either support the attack or if the attack broke down he would have been in a position to defend any counter attack ,as he was behind the ball …..at no time during the play was Guendouzi ahead of the ball and that is the difference as Ramsey is forever ahead of the ball which would mean that he would not be able to retain his position in midfield .

    I hope this helps you …..

  100. Victorious

    gons
    If we were so dominant, why did we come 5th and then 6th ? who is to blame there ?
    the manager ? the fans ? The players ?
    it’s a simple question.”

    Apologies for the late response, actually at work also dont fancy writing from the cell either but as you’re reasonable, I’ll indulge

    I never said we were overall a dominant side( if you cared to ready properly )last season but that in patches at home we were,at least better than what’s been served up thus far, you don’t just win 18 matches at home a season by being appalling or playing shit football, we were good but not good enough, played some decent footie but didn’t get the results needed

    Wenger is ultimately to blame for being the manager and having responsibility for the results, although some players are unsavable and but he did fully payed the price for it,

    but some section of our fan base are as well complict as they became fuel for the media with the negative stereotypes to stick in the knife, it was disgraceful from the lot, absolute no class and we became unfortunately a magnet for ridicule and negativity in the footballing world
    you’d discover is same lot who are taking moral high grounds now and suddenly pretending to be super fans,hypocrisy is festered in their blood is the only explanation i can gather.

  101. raptora

    Pierre,
    Thank you it helped me tremendously. You are fantastic. Your football knowledge is transcending!

    And thank you again for yet another long paragraph.

  102. Jamie

    After my exchange with CC yesterday, I get the allure of a rogue signing like Arteta.

    The Arsenal hierarchy would essentially be swinging for the fence. No guts no glory. That said, there’s a fine line between bravery and recklessness, so I think they chose the 3rd, ‘safer’ option.

    Happy for Arteta to spend more time learning from Pep, and I would be even happier if he cut his teeth with Huddersfield and got them a 10th place finish.

    My line of work makes me decidedly risk-averse, so I’m completely on-board with ‘safe-hands’ Emery. He’s probably got the best credentials of all the available managers who would’ve taken the Arsenal gig if offered (with whatever constraints are in place). He’s racking up wins, getting rid of some of the dross. If he finishes outside the top 4 with a signing or two in Jan, I’ll start to buckle.

    The big thing for me is dismantling the weak squad and replacing with hungry, talented players ready to fight for a place.

    Players like Wilshere who want guaranteed playing time without earning it can be the big fish at West Ham. Players like Ramsey who want 250k a week can speak to their wives about moving to China (no disrespect, China. The slight is aimed at the standard of the league, not the country.).

  103. EdTheRed

    Victorious

    If it didn’t get ugly, Wenger would still be in charge. He’s outstayed his welcome by at least eight seasons.

    Time of taking piss out of Arsenal is behind us.

    One thing I don’t understand, how can any genuine Arsenal fan not be happy after eight wins in a row?