Emery ushers in a new era of fandom

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Nothing sweeter than logging onto Twitter at night and seeing a flood of incredible moments from a home game against Leicester. Nutmegs, flicks, playing out the back… the exciting part about it all is it’s not just Arsenal fans fawning, it’s people from all sorts of teams.

Wonderful.

You know the other great thing? All of that doom surrounding the broken fanbase proved incorrect. Arsenal isn’t Brexit Britian or Trumps America. We’re fans united by the same thing… a better Arsenal. Sure, it took certain folk way too long to accept Wenger was killing the club, but really, who gives a fuck about that now.

Arsenal fans are united behind progress. It doesn’t matter where the season ends, it cannot be denied that Emery was a great idea. We’ll never have to worry about any sort of regret in making the bold move to embrace the future. You can nitpick over line ups, you can bitch about certain players, that’s table stakes as a football fan. What you can’t do is complain that what you’re being served up now doesn’t thrill.

I’m not just talking about the wins. I’m talking about the joy of being a fan again. Not knowing what the starting line up will be, being surprised by the subs, knowing players are being held accountable, sleeping safely knowing that the things I see are the things the backroom team see x10. It’s no longer a chore to wake up for games, fans aren’t going to feel numb toes in December, there’s no conclusion about the season that can be made with 95% accuracy in August. It’s all up in the air, it’s all very new.

As someone on Twitter said the other day, all fans have always wanted the same thing… a competitive Arsenal. Now it feels like we might be on the verge of that, even if we’re not slugging it out for major honours in year one.

Do the careful what you wish for crowd deserve to be pilloried? No. Can we forgive the folks who enabled 10 years of averageness. Yes. Familiarity, stability and nostalgia are the enemy of sport and fandom. We had the perfect storm of those three. Not only that, we had one of the few managers in the world you could class as an intellect. A whole swath of the fanbase were captivated by a coach in ambition retreat, and they all went along with it because they couldn’t fathom that a man who could talk about philosophy and brexit might not have a fucking clue what he’s doing on the football pitch. That led to screams of ‘the latte class’, ‘fake fans’, ‘spoilt brats’ and a whole range of cataclysmically poor arguments.

‘He DOES do tactics’

‘Injuries aren’t his fault’

‘Do you really need a sporting director?’

‘The players really let him down, I think he knows that this summer’

But fuck it. We’re into the new era. No need for plane banners. No more A4 sheets of protest paper. No more AKB vs elite football thinkers. Just back to minor disagreements about how we set up.

Sure, there’s no doubt we’ll get pulled into a shitstorm when it inevitably goes wrong, but at least the argument won’t last ten years, and at least we’ll never have a manager long enough for fans to have those peculiar daddy issues they had with Arsene Wenger.

Some additional things I’m loving about the Emery era.

Strategic thinking:

I mentioned it briefly yesterday, but having a manager that understands players physical limitations as well as the mental ones is a dream. Watching the players stun the ball on 73 minutes to preserve their energy was a breath of fresh air. Seeing early subs to save legs is dream stuff. Seeing players on the periphery get game time to keep them mentally checked into the setup is masterful.

All basics, but we’re a fanbase not used to the basics being adhered to.

Player improvements:

You’re never going to have 11 world class players at the club, but the power of the team is often enough to move performances to another level. Spurs have been brilliant at this with Poch. He gets so much from that squad through motivation and his knack for improving players. We’re seeing signs of that with Emery, Iwobi has been excellent this year, his game is moving to the next level. We’re seeing kids coming through the rank earlier. We’re seeing new elements of players games emerge. Everyone has a plan in mind.

Ruthless decisions:

When Sanchez fucked us off, he should have been benched. He wasn’t. We allowed him to fester and bring the squad down. Ramsey is on the shit list, likely because he can’t survive with Mesut in the side. We pulled the contract, and we’ve benched him. We all have a soft spot for Aaron, but fuck me, what a brutal process. But… that’s sport. The old regime would have tried to accommodate. I remember being told by someone at Arsenal I was mean for saying Diaby didn’t deserve a new deal… that was the softness of yesteryear. We’d wasted £65k a week on a player who couldn’t play more than 10 games a year because we thought that was what class meant. Not anymore. We are a sporting entity, no one deserves a living, and if you’re not helping the cause, you’re out.

Right, that’s me done for today. See you on the other side my darlings. x

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  1. Joe

    Ozil doesn’t have to be in our 18 yard box every time but he better be marking the player running by him and doing his marking because of the players he let’s run by him scores , “ Emery doesn’t want me to
    Defend because hazard and Messi dont” won’t fly in the locker room.

  2. Dissenter

    AFC Nemesis
    Regarding Ozil: ” I don’t agree with this. The Wenger way was to isolate Ozil and expose us defensively without adequate cover. At times Ozil copped the flack for this.”

    Nop. Ozil caught flak because he wasn’t putting his body on the line and wasn’t tracking back.
    Wenger used to say all the time that Ozil was “perfect”
    No good manager should use superlatives for a player who still needs to work on the brawny parts of the game.
    Ozil needs to put his body on the line and win free kicks in dangerous areas.
    He is one the best dribblers in the modern game, so why doesn’t he draw more fouls to help the team.
    He needs to work more for the team defensively. He does this in patches, like in the FA cup final against Chelsea. He was doing the dirty business there and can do it more often. Even Messi does the dirty business.
    He needed a jolt from Emery to remind him that he wasn’t undroppable [unlike under Wenger].
    He is the better for it,

  3. DaleDaGooner

    Pedro you’re wrong regarding fans united…some cunts are still trolling about looking for a fight or just someone to moan at and call names.

  4. Bamford10

    Azed

    I’ve already explained that several times on here. In short, though: he’s not a great passer, he doesn’t have great vision, he doesn’t strike the ball well, his touch isn’t all that polished and, contrary to what some seem to think, he isn’t actually that good of a dribbler.

    He runs a lot, he runs at players with the ball at times, he works hard. That’s about it. Occasionally he has a nice dribble, though most of the time these moments are more down to luck and work-rate than anything else. All of his other supposed qualities are being WAY overstated by people.

    As for Drogba, Iwobi doesn’t have anything even remotely close to Drogba’s athleticism. Not even close.

  5. Jos

    So if Ozil is not back defending and laca aren’t back defending. Leaves us a bit short on numbers don’t it

    Pierre etc are first to mention defensive stability but want players not to have to come back and defend as a team

  6. Joe

    he isn’t actually that good of a dribbler

    he runs at players with the ball at times,

    Occasionally he has a nice dribble, though most of the time these moments are more down to luck and work-rate than anything else

    Wholly fuck. Contradicts himself 3 x in one post.

    Haha bam. Take a rest. Go
    Teach your kids

  7. Pierre

    Dissenter
    In the first few games ,ozil was asked to play out wide and spent most of the game tracking back to his own area and created next to nothing….

    On Monday he played in his correct position with 2 holding players behind ..under wenger he played the same role with no protection as Ramsey was often going glory hunting.

    Joe ..Sarri has told hazard he doesn’t want to see him tracking back and look at the difference in his play.

    Messi spends half the game walking ,conserving energy to cause maximum damage when he has the ball…

  8. Dissenter

    Joe,
    Pieere likes to bash Ramsey for not being defensive minded yet he’s willing to permit Ozil such latitude.
    We wont be a better team with 9.5 players on the field. It has to be a team defensive effort, no one should get a pass.

  9. DaleDaGooner

    “Joe ..Sarri has told hazard he doesn’t want to see him tracking back and look at the difference in his play.”

    I don’t think this is a fact. I saw Hazard tracking back last weekend many times, he even got a yellow card tracking an attacker and fouling him….

  10. Joe

    Agree dissenter.

    We can’t afford passengers. We don’t have the liberties of a Messi or hazard.

    Pierre

    If Messi or hazard let a player go by them and that player scores , trust me, it won’t be a good feeling for the other players no matter what the manager says

  11. Jos

    Pierre

    Hazard has won a league title under Jose and Conte. Two defensive minded managers and was a major part of why.

    Explains please

  12. Pierre

    Joe.
    The.defensive stability comes from having 2 holding midfielders.

    If ozil is playing as the no.10 then of course he is intelligent enough to be positionally sound when the opposition have the ball and not just stroll around doing nothing but with 2 holding midfielders there is no need for him to be tracking back to his own area..

  13. Pierre

    Joe
    You and dissenter (and probably a few more ) have your opinion ,I have mine ..

    I just prefer to see Arsenal’s most creative player in a position where he can do maximum damage instead of tracking back to his own box …..and you dont.

  14. Champagne charlie

    Harvard Special Ed summer camp, almost no doubt at this point. Good grief it’s cringeworthy.

    Starting to see how a change in coach gets more out of the players we have. I fancy the baseline for “good enough” will see one or two dip above/below as the season progresses.

    Iwobi a clear beneficiary thus far, Xhaka/Mustafi/Bellerin have made some gains too. Personally feel Mkhitaryan is a little lost at present though, Elneny is dead in the water, Welbeck it’s touch and go. Not a clue about Chambers if honest, and Mavropanos is going a bit cold.

  15. karim

    TH14 managing his first ever CL game at Bruges right now.
    We could even face him later on in the Europa league.

    Typical.

  16. Victorious

    Odd no one has mentioned the likely impending crisis of the leftback position,

    we’ve got just one quality player there(Monreal)and he’s getting on in age right now which will ultimatly ensure he drops in pace and the niggling injuries start creeping in(as its the situation this moment)

    Kolasinac is woefully out of his depth and doesn’t seem to be on the radar of Emery(rightly so)
    Licht obviously ain’t going to be the man also,I mean he really struggled there badly against Leicester,I mean it got so bad he had to be brought off for xhaka who surprisingly held his own albiet against a shitty Ghezzal
    Hope Emery isn’t thinking of chunking in AMN there,whilst he can do a job there at least until the next window,i feel his skill set is better serve for a midfielder
    Hope monreal gets up to speed and is fit against salah of bindippers,cos i fear a total shellacking is on the cards in an otherwise scenario

  17. azed

    “I’ve already explained that several times on here. In short, though: he’s not a great passer, he doesn’t have great vision, he doesn’t strike the ball well, his touch isn’t all that polished and, contrary to what some seem to think, he isn’t actually that good of a dribbler.”

    I’ll take the points one by one
    1) he’s not a great passer: Like everyone has said on here, Iwobi final ball is still lacking and that can be learnt and improved upon.

    2) he doesn’t have great vision: Iwobi doesn’t have Cesc or Ozil like vision but he has an above average vision and with more experience, vision will improve. Iwobi is not the finished product.

    3)his touch isn’t all that polished: You need to visit specsavers.

    4)he isn’t actually that good of a dribbler: He’s an above average dribbler.

    Now on you’ve told the world Ramsey is a top CM but Ramsey’s passing isn’t great, Ramsey’s vision isn’t great, Ramsey’s tackling isn’t great, Ramsey isn’t a great dribbler and most importantly, Ramsey is almost 28. So if Iwobi lacks what Iwobi lacks, how is Ramsey a great player?

  18. nepGunner

    Iwobi doesn’t have Ramsey’s looks too 😉 Poor chap is unnecessarily keeping Ramsey in the bench.

    With the personnel we have in our current squad and based on “current” form Iwobi is Arsenal level hence Emery is playing him in the starting XI. Is he world class? Nopes, not yet. Is there room for improvement? Absolutely yes. But there is raw talent which can be polished and Unai could be just the coach to lift Iwobi’s game to the next level.

    And the good part is if Iwobi doesn’t make the grade, he will be either sold or limited as squad player, which all teams have after few transfer windows. Not sure what’s all this fuss is about. I guess the epilogue to this whole saga was has Iwobi improved (visibly) under Unai? and that’s a fact visible to any person who has seen him play this season vs previous seasons.

    Every player has some qualities and Iwobi has his own. He is good with the ball but needs to improve on his final ball and scoring record. Age is on his side and he could make it under an astute coach like Unai. Nobody will associate tackling as Ozil’s strength nor positional discipline with Ramsey. Point? Everyone has some flaws. Even Messi or Ronaldo. That’s why it’s a team game where the collective effort wins a game. Even Messi or Ronaldo playing alone will account to nothing even though they impact highly on their team’s performance.

    Lisbon, bring it on!

  19. Jamie

    Looks like Monaco is dropping down to the EL, assuming they don’t blow 3rd in their group.

    Would be great to face them at some point in the competition.

  20. Jamie

    Spurs might be out too.

    If they don’t make top 4 this season, they’re really going to feel the stadium financial pinch, and they’ll really struggle to get back in to the CL.

  21. Pierre

    Dissenter l
    “Joe,
    Pieere likes to bash Ramsey for not being defensive minded yet he’s willing to permit Ozil such latitude.”

    simple explanation….

    Ozil is playing as a cam with 2 holding midfielders protecting. Ramsey was playing centre mid in a 2 man midfield .

  22. Jamie

    “I’ve already explained that several times on here. In short, though: he’s not a great passer, he doesn’t have great vision, he doesn’t strike the ball well, his touch isn’t all that polished and, contrary to what some seem to think, he isn’t actually that good of a dribbler.”

    That’s enough about Ramsey, what about Iwobi though?!

    Azed –

    It would be great. They’ve overexerted themselves with this build, I think. A huge outlay for a relatively small club on the world stage.

  23. un na naai

    The only reason Britain and states is divided is beacuse bitter lefties refuse to accept that they lost the votes and that their thought process is in the minority.

    Boofuckinghooooo

  24. Marko

    He runs a lot, he runs at players with the ball at times, he works hard. That’s about it. Occasionally he has a nice dribble, though most of the time these moments are more down to luck

    What a prick.

    Anyway Charlie fair enough but Mavropanos has been injured all season so going cold is a bit harsh.

  25. TR7

    Hugo Lloris has got to be one of the most overrated keepers in modern era. He has this poor habit of coming off his line too often to thwart opposition players and most of the time when he does this, he makes a complete fool of himself.

  26. Marko

    Don can I please ask you to kindly fuck off with the politics shite everyone’s getting along well with talking football and you haven’t been banned for a while why do it to yourself

  27. Pierre

    Daledagoner
    ““Joe ..Sarri has told hazard he doesn’t want to see him tracking back and look at the difference in his play.”
    I don’t think this is a fact. I saw Hazard tracking back last weekend many times, he even got a yellow card tracking an attacker and fouling him….”

    Here is the what was widely reported at the time to support what I was saying earlier.

    Copied from the daily mail

    Maurizio Sarri has a very different view. This week, Chelsea’s new head coach told Hazard to stop wasting time defending and concentrate on attack instead.
    “I said to to him that for me you can score 40 goals,’ Sarri revealed. ‘But you have to spend less energy far from goal. You have to play in the last 25 metres of the field “

  28. Marko

    Pierre it’s all well and good but even if Ozil was asked to conserve his energy for attack he’d get no where near the input of a hazard or whoever. Ultimately he’s not that special anymore. Besides let’s be honest here his performances the last year or two haven’t been suffering because of his effort or his defensive work because he hasn’t really been putting in a shift in that area. In fact if he played more like the other night on the reg there wouldn’t be any issue. It’s not a question of ability it’s more motivation. To a certain extent I understand that how can a player be motivated especially under someone like Wenger when he was so obviously flawed and we were so obviously never going to challenge for major honours under him. But maybe now with a new manager and in a 10 game winning streak he thinks maybe just maybe. Not necessarily this year but next or the year after

  29. Wenker-wanger

    @ Pedro. Agree entirely. The changes emery makes across the whole spectrum of man-management and technical tactics are not comparable to the sloppy, unintelligent management of Wenger.
    Emery is the real deal….I am a very happy Gooner once again.

  30. Marc

    “Odd no one has mentioned the likely impending crisis of the leftback position,”

    And then magically our new head scout, DOF and manager picked a target, signed him and he was a success.

    Sometimes it just seems as if people on here are looking for us to fail. Monreal is getting on but unless he suffers some sort of serious random injury he’s still capable of making 30 odd PL appearances this season.

    The senior management team will have a list of positions that need strengthening and players who are getting towards the end of their careers. Trying to write off a player who has been probably our most consistent defender for the last few years is just ridiculous.

  31. Dissenter

    Un na
    Your bi [Wilshere] seems to have swapped the Arsenal physio bed for the Westham physio bed.
    Do you still regret us selling Jack … knowing what you know now?

  32. Pierre

    Joe
    “Pierre If Messi or hazard let a player go by them and that player scores , trust me, it won’t be a good feeling for the other players no matter what the manager says”

    So you think a player would take it literally do you … The player would let an opponent run past him saying ” well ,the manager told me not to defend so I am not going to close him down or tackle him”….seriously joe …..please don’t tell me that was a serious comment or There is no hope for you.

  33. Marko

    Marc I assume whoever said that was talking about the situation as is right now with the injuries. I personally though think whether in January or the summer a new LB is needed. Monreal is getting on and Kolasinac isn’t good enough.

  34. Joe

    Pierre

    You’ve just spent the whole morning telling us you don’t want Ozil to track back and to conserve energy to track

    So if he doesn’t track back and that player scores , how will that go over amongst the players.

    I think it’s you who doesn’t understand what Sarri is saying or what messi’s role is or what it means to be part of a team

  35. Marc

    Wenker-wanger

    And he’s only had a dozen matches so far. There will be up’s and downs but things are getting better and with time will continue to do so.

  36. Wenker-wanger

    There is a persistent comment attached to our winning run… ” we haven’t played any top clubs in this run”….
    Well there are no easy games in the premier league… Teams have strikers that can damage you… I think this comment used by pundits frequently is disrespectful to arsenal AND clubs like Everton, Watford and Leicester.
    Sure Liverpool are a harder prospect, but we should have no fear… We are more than capable of getting a result.

  37. Wenker-wanger

    @marc…
    I’m astonished at how quickly he has sorted these players out. To make ozil captain was a masterstroke. To think he benched him earlier as well….. Top man-management.

  38. Bamford10

    Marko

    “Ultimately [Ozil is] not that special anymore.”

    Listen, I’ve criticized Ozil as much as anyone, but if there was ever a time when the words above do not make sense, it would be now, two days after his performance against Leicester, a performance that was out of this planet.

    Again, I’ve criticized the guy more or less non-stop for a couple of years now, but I also know genius when I see it. And he was fucking genius on Monday night.

    There is simply no question about this.

    Can he play at that level again, repeatedly? Against the better teams? These are legitimate questions. However, two days after his performance against Leicester — which was a performance for the ages — is no the time to be saying, “he isn’t special anymore”.

  39. Marc

    Marko

    The current club position is both players have minor injuries. It’s a pain and to have both senior players in one position out is bloody inconvenient . To describe it as “a likely impending crisis” is just being a negative cock looking for something to beat the club with.

    Now if we don’t strengthen at LB either in Jan or next summer – the summer being far more likely then we’ll be asking for trouble but what indication do we have that we won’t?

  40. Pierre

    Joe
    I fully understand what Sarri was saying to hazard..

    Basically
    You are our most creative player and I want You to do maximum damage to opponents so play you’re football in the final third of the pitch …I want you to conserve your energy so do not waste energy chasing back to your own penalty area ……I do not want to see you in that area of the pitch ….

    Great management in my opinion as hazard is enjoying his football and now looks like one of the best players in the world .

  41. Marc

    It should be noted that Hazard is trying to win a move to Madrid. Hopefully we’ll see Ramsey realise he needs to impress when given any opportunity to get the mega money move he wants – doing it between now and Christmas so we can get a fee would be fantastic.

  42. Pierre

    Joe
    How often do you see these players track back to their own area….
    Neymar
    Messi
    Ronaldo
    Hazard

    You don’t…because the manager and their team mates know what they can bring to the side.
    I can’t remember seeing any of their team mates pointing a finger at them for not tracking back as they know what they can do at the other end and yes I know people will say we shouldn’t talk about ozil in the same breath as those players but I’m afraid we haven’t got 100 million to buy a player of that calibre and ozil is the closest we have to world class on his day.

  43. Leedsgunner

    As scores stand, notable teams like Monaco, PSG, Tottenham and Hoffenheim might join us in the Europa League. Surprising how weak PSG and toothless they look considering the stellar names they have in their team sheet. They should be dominating Napoli.

  44. Leedsgunner

    Say what, Ancelotti still has it doesn’t he? The guy is a tactical genius and he always gets the best out of his players.

  45. Radio Raheem

    Has any other RB had more goal assists than Bellerin in the league or in Europe’s top five divisions?

    Curious to know but can’t be asked to search 🙂

  46. Marko

    but if there was ever a time when the words above do not make sense, it would be now

    You’re one to talk. Literally the only time Iwobi is playing well and you’re acting like such a prick about it. You go through great pains to say nothing more positive than he’s hard working. With regards to me and Ozil I gave him great credit for the Leicester performance I thought it was vintage Özil but in saying that it was probably his best performance in about a year plus and that says alot. Enjoy it while it lasts but until we see it on the regular I’d hold back a bit

  47. Dissenter

    “Joe
    How often do you see these players track back to their own area….
    Neymar
    Messi
    Ronaldo
    Hazard”

    Pierre
    Ozil does not have the same game changing/dominating mojo as the aforementioned.
    Ozil at his best makes other players better
    The above mentioned make other players better and can single handedly win some games. They win free kicks and penalties that help their teams win. Ozil doesn’t possess those types of skills.

  48. Marko

    And Jadon Sancho is playing ridiculous stuff at the moment. I just hope that he resists Man City because first chance they get they’ll be adding him just for the sake of it and for the sake of his development he should stir clear of them.

  49. Sancho Monzorla

    Holy shit Bamford your teammates must have hated you.

    As for left back, I hope to see more of Xhaka there. 😛

  50. China1

    Bamford how does one manage to have a ‘lucky good dribble’?

    Is this where your opponent trips over his own feet chasing you to set you free down the wing?

    I don’t like always going in on you like some posters here because you are probably a pleasant guy irl – but you do say some dubious football stuff mate lol

    Regarding ozil. Playing brilliantly once is awesome, but it means nothing if he vanished like usual in the coming games. Let’s hope emery will persist with him at AM and tell him look you need to put in consistent performances if you want to play. Do that and I will totally indulge you as a star player, but drop your performances and face the same fate as your ol’ buddy Aaron

  51. gonsterous

    pierre

    why are you looking at the neymars and the messis of the world ? look at rakitic and de bruyne or even David silva and see how they track back and help the team. They work hard defensively on the front foot. ozil is more in their league than in messis or hazards or neymars.

  52. gonsterous

    Anyway not much to moan about these days, arsenal are on the up. All the players are playing well. I’m just enjoying watching the game every chance I get.

  53. Pierre

    Gonsterous
    I have not said he is in their league ……because he isn’t.

    My point is ,if You want to get the best out of ozil for the benefit of the team then use him in the same way Chelsea are using hazard this season and look how it is benefiting them by telling hazard that they want him in areas where he will do the most damage…good management.

    Having ozil tracking back to his own area as he was earlier in the season is a waste of his creative talent as was proven by his average/poor performances earlier in the season where he created basically nothing and is no benefit to the team whatsoever.

    As I said before ,Ozil is an intelligent enough footballer positionally to put himself in areas of the pitch which will benefit the team defensively higher up the pitch, similar to David Silva (who very rarely tracks back to his own area) .

    The choice is with ozil is in my opinion……play him as a number ten or don’t play him at all …it’s that simple.
    He gives you next to nothing out wide ,is poor/weak defensively and is no benefit to the team whereas as a no.10 he can make the difference in a game plus having 2 holding midfielders behind allows him to play with more freedom and expression.

  54. James wood

    Can’t believe the praise for Ozil after he’s game against Leicester-shire.
    On the money —— Ozil is on these performances should be in every game
    not one offs against inferior sides.
    Doing it regularly against the best is not in his makeup.

    CONSISTENCY by all players wins titles.
    Perhaps this is he’s turn around game but I doubt it.

  55. ddkingz

    PIERRE…..

    How old are are you?????
    Please give an answer, so we all can understand the level of your thinking….

    You so contradicted yourself to the extent I just hope you are a kid, so you can be able to grow some brains when you grow older……

    But if you are as old as fuck, like bamford….. Hell no, another waste of space to the arsenal community and society at large…

  56. ddkingz

    I just hope man city can agree on ozil plus cash for de bruyne….

    Consistent performer
    Great baller
    An assist king 2 successive seasons
    Can strike the ball well with his weak foot
    Can also deliver a defence splitting pass
    Can bring others into play
    Also tracks back when it gets tough….

    The only reason, I would pick ozil over de bruyne is if he delivers a performance or a close performance to that against Leicester in 26 over 40 matches he plays a season….