I took things to new levels of terrible last night when I decided to experiment with the ‘one drink / no hangover’ theory. I drank office champagne, which isn’t really champagne, it’s like clear Tizer. I can confirm that the hangover is deathly. I benefited in no way from this new approach.
Arsenal felt like a hangover yesterday.
I’m going to get the bad things out of the way early.
Emery made a huge strategic error yesterday. The League Cup is a pointless trophy. Winning it would not feel like a new era. Going for it was not beneficial when lined up against our targets, the players we have and the depth of our squad.
The manager should have let the game slide away and lived to fight at the weekend with a fresh squad and renewed focus.
Instead, he went with a 90% first team. He ghosted Ozil again, for ‘tactical’ reasons. He started Xhaka in the back 3 again. We played all the key players who needed to be rested.
We were bad. Beaten easily.
We’re now fatigued, low on morale and we have no excuse out of this.
There were some shocking performances as well.
I was correct when I said Iwobi was regressing a few weeks ago. His end ball is poor and he makes bad decisions.
Granit Xhaka should never, ever play in the back 3, but that appears to be Emery’s thing. He was poor again. it doesn’t matter how good he is at quarterbacking, he just doesn’t have the core attributes you need to boss the Premier league. He’s slow, lacks mobility and he makes BIG mistakes in almost every game. That’s the case in midfield or defence. It’s been the same for his entire Arsenal career.
As for the game, it wasn’t our best performance. It was a touch half-hearted. I think we were tired.
We had chances that we fluffed. We hit the woodwork. But ultimately, Spurs took advantage of our high line and you just felt they had the extra gear we didn’t.
I also have to say that the Arsenal fan who threw a bottle at Alli is an absolute disgrace. There’s no place for that in football. We are now at Spurs fans level. The whole world just saw that Arsenal fans can stoop to that level and it’s a real shame we all get tarred with that scumbag brush. I hope the club find the fan and ban them.
As for conclusive thought. Emery is fallible. Simple as that. We’re not going to ride out the season undefeated, if you thought that, I’m really sorry to burst your hope bubble. We don’t have a deep squad and there’s no muscle memory for the things Emery wants to do.
He made a huge mistake in his approach to that game. Now we’re going to be chasing our tail through December. We really need to hope there’s a victory waiting against Burnley at the weekend, because if there isn’t, we’ve gone from 22 games unbeaten to a crisis in a week.
Right, I’m tapping out. I’ll be in London tomorrow. See you on the other side.