Arsenal 2 – 0 Chelsea. Diamonds are forever

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Morning all, Alex here filling in for Pedro who’s had his laptop requisitioned as part of the US government shutdown. Thanks a lot Mitch McConnell.

Mr Emery temporarily quietened the haters and losers yesterday with an impressive performance against the Chelsea blues of south London west.

I say Mr Emery’s performance was impressive because, in my unrefined opinion, his tactics were the key ingredient in our victory.

Sitting high up in the north bank gives you a bird’s eye view of the pitch and yesterday it provided the perfect vantage point from which to ogle our lovely 442 diamond.

The formation not only allowed us to start both Aubameyang and Lacazette to good effect, but also meant Emery could realise his fever dream of playing three defensive midfielders in a home game.

This time however, it didn’t lead to insipid sideways passing but a solid defence and effective pressing from the front which created chance after chance for Arsenal.

Admittedly Emery did have a few other things in his favour – the return of Koscielny and Bellerin meant Mustafi and Lichsteiner could be given the really important job of guarding a bee on the bench.

Not having defenders who a) brainlessly dive into tackles like they’re prospecting for gold or b) have no hip joints, meant we did a pretty good job of marshalling Chelsea’s attack.

Emery was also helped by the fact that Chelsea were utter trash. Sarri might have blamed the players’ effort but the reality is playing Hazard as a false nine was about as appetising as a kale and goat hair baguette.

It reminded me of when Wenger hilariously played Arshavin up front for a few weeks in 2009 because he couldn’t be arsed to sign a striker.

Add to that the scintillating mediocrity of Jorginho and Kovacic, and the declining pace of Willian, Chelsea didn’t prove much of a threat. Given the early promise of Sarriball I have to admit I’m surprised the manager hasn’t gotten more out of that team.

In terms of the match, it was a fairly dominant display from Arsenal. We could have been 5 up by half time if not for some good saves by Kepa. We limited most of Chelsea’s attacking play to the flanks in the knowledge that any crosses into the box that were higher than a garden chair weren’t reaching Hazard.

Lacazette’s goal was extremely well taken and showcased what is best about him; close control and lethal finishing.

Why people booed his substitution was bizarre to me – the game was won, it made sense to shore things up and rest a key player.

The reality is also that Laca’s fitness is not great, and never will be. He pressed really well for 70 minutes, but he’s never shown he can keep it up for the full 90.

Koscielny’s goal was also well taken, and showed that its not just Arsenal’s defence that can get bamboozled by a ball over the top.

Right back oh right back
The other notable moment from the game was Bellerin’s injury. It’s obviously devastating for him just as he was coming back into the team. It’s also serious for our season given how much of our attacking play depends on the full backs.

Regardless of my above shade, I like Lichsteiner. I think he made sense as a signing given his experience and his price. He’s also one of the snidest bastards ever to pull on the famous red and white kit so he gets two thumbs up from me. However his age has been painfully exposed in England and he shouldn’t be anywhere near a Premier League starting XI.

Ainsley is a good player but no right back, Jenkinson’s travails are well documented. It may be that we use a combination of these two until the end of the season. But unless Bacary Sagna comes out of retirement and agrees to play for free, whatever solution we come up with will be a downgrade on Bellerin.

Injuries
On the injury point – this was a serious injury to a player coming back from injury; we now have three players under 30 with long term injuries; the team look fatigued after dominating in the early part of the season.

I really worry Emery has learnt nothing from Wenger’s shoddy approach to fitness. It’s disappointing because, despite his obvious flaws, at the very least he was understood to be au fait with the latest approaches in fitness and conditioning.

It may be that the intensity of the League’s winter schedule took him by surprise but it’s not exactly like he couldn’t see it coming with massive fucking bells on.

On Emery
This is a good result for him, his tactics helped us win the game. However it’s also vindication for those of us who could not understand why he left our two best players out of the team week after week.

Ramsey was great yesterday. He’s already demonstrated that him leaving will not impact the effort he puts in on the pitch. So, as we’re paying him, why not use him and then worry about replacing him in the Summer.

Bellerin’s injury meant Emery was able to avoid the Ozil question yesterday but it will rear its head again soon. My theory is Emery was so burnt by his experience of Neymar at PSG that he has over-corrected with Ozil – trying to demonstrate authority and cutting his nose off to spite his face, rather than accepting the world as it is and making use of an exceptional player that has clear limitations.

Given that we don’t have the resources of Man City or Barcelona, these are the kind of compromises an Arsenal manager is going to have to make. As Ozil is unlikely to leave, my worry now is that Emery has completely banjaxed his already fragile ego.

Clearly he and Ramsey can add something, and we cannot rely on Alex Iwobi alone to supply our strikers for the rest of the season so I hope this game marks a change in approach from Emery, rather than a one off.

Likewise, I also hope the 442 diamond is a formation we deploy with more frequency going forward as opposed to the sawdust we’ve seen from the manager in recent weeks.

However these are issues for another day. What’s important now is that top four may still be within reach. If Emery can achieve that, then he’ll have done what’s expected of him, for this season at least.

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Have a gr8 dayyyy x

229 Responses to “Arsenal 2 – 0 Chelsea. Diamonds are forever”

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  1. Marc

    Not sure any of the injuries to Welback, Holding or Bellerin can be put down to fatigue.

    Fucking bad luck maybe but we’ve been there before. How many other PL teams have lost a player let alone 3 to season ending injuries?

  2. Marc

    Leftside

    We do seem to pick up more of these than other teams or is it my imagination. We’ve changed manager, have new fitness people etc so what is it?

    I did read a conspiracy type theory a little while ago that it’s down to the pitch we use at the Emirates – problem there is Holding and Welbeck were injured in away matches.

  3. Charlie George

    Author

    “Regardless of my above shade, I like Lichsteiner. I think he made sense as a signing given his experience and his price”

    I am glad you are not in charge!

    Preposterous….

  4. Un na naai

    Marko

    Does your arse ever get jealous of the shit that comes out of your face?

    Or is that being fanciful? Like emery coaching defence?

  5. Un na naai

    Marc

    I read that it’s the training pitches at Colney
    That wenger had them too hard and that’s the reason for so many ligament starlings and tears to the players. The constant additional impact on the joints wears them down and then they over stretch on match day and BANG!!!

  6. Marko

    Mr Emery temporarily quietened the haters and losers yesterday with an impressive performance against the Chelsea blues of south London west.

    So much so that Pedro couldn’t be bothered to post. If you don’t have anything nice to say and all that.

  7. Marc

    Un na

    Same thing as my point – the training pitches are supposed to be identical to the playing pitch at the Emirates. Logical idea in principle but if it is a problem after several years you’d think someone would dig the fucking things up!

  8. Stuart Hill

    what’s expected of him?? I’d say he would have outperformed big time if we finish fourth given what he has to work with and lack of transfer funds/wage restrictions.Its a minimum 3 year job to sort Wenger’s mess and remember Klopp cam 8th in his first season, Poch, 7th.

  9. Charlie George

    Off course Emery can be questioned about Bellerins injury.
    He picked him
    (He has been out for a while )
    Especially after Holdings similar injury
    Was he fit for the full 90!???

    He subbed 2 players moments before .
    Who were match fit.
    Emery could have subbed Hector and nursed him through his fitness.

    I expected injury mismanagement under Wenger.
    Post Wenger- it’s actually worse..

  10. Upstate Gooner

    “Regardless of my above shade, I like Lichsteiner.” – immediately lost all credibility after that statement.

  11. Marko

    No I reckon Pedro’s laptop’s been confiscated after it was found to have porn images of Arteta and a Iberico ham!

    That’s hot

  12. Thomas

    R.S.P.C.ArsenalJanuary 20, 2019 17:05:18
    ThomasVan Dee sar
    Berbatov
    Louis Saha
    Demble
    Smelling…Want more All players that found their feet at Fulham…Why not chambers

    ___

    So you’re saying today’s relegation threatened Fulham is the same quality as when those guys played there? Lol OK then.

  13. Marko

    Off course Emery can be questioned about Bellerins injury.
    He picked him
    (He has been out for a while )
    Especially after Holdings similar injury
    Was he fit for the full 90!???

    Only a cunt would suggest such a thing. A tendon tear stretching for a ball and Holding planting his leg on the astro turf on the Fulham sidelines and you blame Emery.

  14. Un na naai

    Marc

    Keown mentioned it before as do ray parlour. And that Dutch coach from a few years back blamed RvP’s injuries on it too.

  15. Marc

    Un na

    I’m trying to remember the name of the company that makes it – it’s a mix of artificial and real grass. Looks fucking great – like a bowling green no matter what but we need to do something about it.

  16. bennydevito

    Good post Alex,

    Apart from the closing statement; it really wasn’t expected by anyone for us to finish in the top 4 above 2 of Chelsea, Man Utd or Tottenham. It was a hopeful Long shot target, but not an expectation.

    The only ones who are now turning it into an expectation certainly weren’t pre season and are only doing so now so that it can be used to serve their Emery out, young buck maverick in agenda should we fail to get top 4 at the end of the season.

    Un nai;

    Is it really necessary to carry on your previous post’s lovers’ tiff with Marko into this post, and so soon into the comments?

    Why don’t the pair of you carry it on in the previous post or get a room already?

  17. Dissenter

    Ryan Sessegnon. has been a disappointment of epic proportions.
    One made for the lower leagues I suppose.
    He has no drive and shows no hunger to compete, just looks like he’s on a vacation.

  18. Cesc Appeal

    Their luck is going to run out, they got a last minute winner a little while ago as well.

    Now they have lost Kane, Son and potentially Alli.

    Let’s see now.

    Fulham are trash as well.

  19. Upstate Gooner

    “Haters and Losers” are still here, Alex, and I am one of them. Yesterday’s result was not credit to Emery’s brilliance but rather how poor Chelsea were. Sarri might be even more stubborn than Wenger ever was, and Emery is. Anyone with half a brain can see that Hazard doesn’t work as false 9. Jorginho is a very average player and Kante is wasted/lost in his new position. On top of that we rode our luck once again. Should have been 1-1 at halftime. Instead we score ridiculous second, and put the game to bed. Another point I’d like to make is that a lot of people are saying how good of a game Xhaka had. He should have been yellow carded in the third minute. If the ref did his job, I don’t think Xhaka would be so “good”, as he would be more cautious and might have even gotten a second yellow.

  20. Dissenter

    That ball was hanging in the air for so long, waiting for the goalie to attack it.
    The Fulham goalie [I don’t want to know his name] looked like a deer stuck in the head lights.
    Shame

  21. Un na naai

    Benny

    He’s nipping at someone’s balls every single time I come on here, it’s insufferable. The levels of arrogance and personal awareness are astounding for someone so inept.

  22. Dissenter

    Upstate Gooner
    Don’t you think you just accepted the mantle of “Haters and Losers” and losers with that post?
    Pierre credited the victory to Emery plagiarizing Pochettino , then you come along and gave every reason why Emery shouldn’t get credit.

  23. Negation

    Great post Alex. Change Pedro’s password and stop picking up his calls. That way you can continue writing our daily posts.

    Pedro’s post would have been: one semi-joyous paragraph pretending to be happy, half a passive-aggressive paragraph praising Emery, 4 paragraphs rehashing criticisms of Emery and one random paragraph on Ozil.

  24. Charlie George

    Marko
    Holding got injured at OT after playing his third game in 6 days.
    His middle game was In the Ukraine

    Bellerin has been out for 8 games.
    He should have played for 60 mins max.

    Both are our for 8 months. Possibly more.

    The consequences of coaches not ‘nursing ‘ their young players careers can be devastating.

    Holding and Hector are out future.

    We have to do better. We have a duty of care to them.

    Currently we are failing them.

  25. Marc

    Upstate

    You can’t ask for the match to be re refereed and not mention that Luiz should have been red carded for the tackle on Ramsey.

    Taking a reasoned view on a performance is one thing, supporting the opposition is something else entirely.

  26. Upstate Gooner

    Lucky, lucky Spurs. Fulham’s keeper is to blame. First, he should have wasted time at the end, and then come out and do something about that header. Very poor. But Spurs are gonna get found out sooner rather than later. I don’t think they can cope with these injuries.

  27. Marc

    Upstate

    Small squad, no additions in the summer and a core that seems to stay fit. When it goes wrong for the Spud’s it will implode.

    I also read the other day that this is Kane’s 4th ankle ligament injury, he’s now mid 20’s it could start to catch up with him.

  28. Upstate Gooner

    We’ve got United and City coming up in the next couple of weeks. Let’s see how we do against them before we start chanting that our Arsenal is back. We’ve been there before.

  29. Marko

    If it was a muscular injury you might have had a point but an acl and snapped tendon? No fucking way can you blame management for that. That’s just some horrible shameless agenda driven shit

  30. Upstate Gooner

    Dissenter
    It just really irked me. Emery has done absolutely nothing to deserve praise nor should he get any credit for yesterday’s win. He finally benched Mustafi and Iwobi, and started Ramsey, something he should have done weeks ago. Hardly groundbreaking stuff. The rest was pretty straight forward too. We were better, yes, but it was more of a case Chelsea been very, very poor than us been brilliant.

  31. Upstate Gooner

    I blame Emery for a lot of things but I agree that to blame him for our recent injuries is a bit ludicrous.

  32. Receding Hairline

    This Emery divide some of you and Pedro are seeking to create here is making this place boring

    Wenger apologists and his haters sore the coach they wanted didn’t get the job uniting to bore everyone with agenda laced commentary

  33. Marko

    We’ve got United and City coming up in the next couple of weeks. Let’s see how we do against them before we start chanting that our Arsenal is back. We’ve been there before.

    Nobody’s getting ahead of themselves

  34. Upstate Gooner

    RH
    Just so it’s clear, yes, I don’t like Emery but I don’t want the “special sauce” Arteta to replace him. I’d rather give Emery another year or two than watching the guy I despised as a player to manage the club.

  35. Charlie George

    Why do Arsenal continually get chronic ligament injuries.

    Welbeck
    Holding
    Hector
    I am sure we are culpable for The Ox ‘s same Injury too whilst in Liverpool colors..

    Why us?
    Whose next?
    Gendusi??

  36. Upstate Gooner

    Marko
    Some people are. Not necessarily here but I hear rumblings. As I said before, very pleased with the win but I’d like to see a bit more consistency going forward. Gutted for Bellerin too. It probably means AMN or Lichsteiner on the right again.

  37. Pedro

    RH, if you don’t like it here, find a comments section that suits you more perhaps?

    Also, stop commentating on other posters. That is boring.

  38. Un na naai

    Upstate

    Fuck me do you like anything to do with arsenal?
    We just beat the chavs with a really good performance. Why so negative?? I’m no emery lick arse but he did well yesterday as did the team. He picked the right formation and used the right tactics

    Yes if he loses the next two he will get stick but can’t you at least enjoy a big win for a few days?

  39. Pedro

    Emery had a great day yesterday, could be a really good month if he wins against United and puts up a decent fight against City.

  40. Upstate Gooner

    Un
    I am enjoying it. I just don’t think Emery should be getting as much credit for it as he does. It was more of a case of Sarri effin up than Emery getting it right for a change.

  41. Pedro

    Upstate, it’s certainly not the turning point so many think it is… but a win is a win against a top 6 side. You have to take that.

    Sarri really entrenched in his way of playing, not sure how that dummy spit will go down with the players. Worked for Conte, but he changed his system to compensate

  42. Marko

    I think the only people who are getting ahead of themselves are the ones setting him up for the next fall and that’s it. The squad isn’t good enough now contrary to what some might say and there’s still not much expectations away to City. Still very much a work in progress

  43. Charlie George

    Beat Man Utd in the FA Cup next week in a rocking Emirates Stadium
    Take the FA Cup seriously over that ridiculous Europa Cup

    And persist Playing Rambo/laca/ PEA together every week
    Even I might start to love our
    Emery!

  44. Pedro

    Over half into the season and in the mix for top4, it’s good enough when the manager executes the right plan with the right players.

  45. Charlie George

    PedRo
    Since when has creeping in the back door been the right thing?
    Don’t forfeit your principles( FA Cup heritage) for a short term buck.

    It’s this short termism that kills us.
    Put another FA Cup ON board.
    Get another Rambo winning cup final goal.

    We want 14 FA cups
    Not 1 Europa league…

  46. Receding Hairline

    Its no turning point, same way a loss to West Ham was not a turning point to demand immediate change

    It’s a 38 game league season, lots of ups and downs for teams let alone a team with a new manager in a new league.

    I personally believe Emery will see out his two year contract before the decision makers decide on the next move.

  47. Cesc Appeal

    Come on, Rams. Maybe if they make it to the Super Bowl then Kroenke will be riding a wave of happiness and Emery will get a phone call in the early hours from an intoxicated American telling him ‘he’s alright for an ugly Spanish bastard’ and ‘he’s wired him £200 Million’.

  48. Un na naai

    Marko

    But the players clearly are good enough

    The only top 6 side we haven’t outplayed is city

    Chelsea 3-2 we should have won
    Liverpool 1-1 we should have won as we were the better said that day
    Spurs 4-2 we owned them once lacazette came on
    Man U 2-2 de gea mastarclass saved their bacon again
    Liverpool 5-1 stomach churningly awful
    Chelsea 2-0 we dominated them again

    So we have actually proved that we have the players to match and outcompete our rivals.

    All while emery searched for the formula and formation he prefers. He’s chopped and changed all season sonits hardly like he’s imprinted and ideology, stuck to it and drilled it into the players

    He’s chopped and change for the last 5 months continuously.
    The players have clearly demonstsreted that they are a match for anyone in the league when used correctly by emery

  49. Charlie George

    Champions league/ Europa league are both dreadful.

    I go to my local sandton/ Joburg club nobody watches European football

    Everybody watches English football

    Think euro football is a busted flush.
    Unwatchable codswallop

    We should be proud of our English honours..

    13 league titles
    13 FA cups

    That’s where our goals should always lie..

  50. Batistuta

    Someone says the win yesterday was because of Sarri and not Emery, swear some of you aren’t really Arsenal fans….probably best to come out like steve the chav, we won’t begrudge you or chase you away

  51. Catalyst

    Emery was spot on yesterday irregardless of Chelshit’s performance. How he deals with injuries of key players will give a more insight of what he’s really made of.

  52. Batistuta

    And clearly Charlie George is trolling surely he has to be. He’s better at it and more fun than Pierre so have to give him that at least

  53. Thomas

    Also the FA-cup? I think you mean the Emirates FA-cup.

    What’s next? McDonald’s FA-cup?

    Not even lower league sides take that cup seriously anymore.
    It used to be the highlight of their season. Now they’re using it to rotate players. Lol what a joke.

  54. Marko

    Who’s moving the goalposts the argument is the squad is good enough and 5th and 6th place finishes suggest no. 6 points from 30 against top 6 sides last season suggests no and while we’ve improved against the top 6 this season already with 9 points to still play for there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

  55. Charlie George

    I know Europa League gets us into European league
    Which gives us more money
    Which we can buy more players
    And these new players will spend their CL salaries on more cars,etc

    But for us fans. The name of The Game is to win.
    Win trophies.

    Wining that FA Cup might not make us a penny.
    I don’t care.
    I ain’t an accountant
    I am an ARSENAL fan. And I want to win trophies..
    And I want us to win our 14th FA Cup!

  56. Un na naai

    Marko

    Chelsea finished 10th and won the title the next year with pretty much the same squad
    Man united won the title and finished 7th the next year with the same squad

    It wasn’t the players but the manager that held them back.
    Just like it is now. Just like it was over the last 8 years

  57. Un na naai

    Marko

    Let me ask you again

    Simple yes or no answer

    Did we outplay our opponents in the first Ureshi I laid out to you?

    Yes…….or………no??

  58. Bamford10

    Emery got the approach right — i.e, high press, man-mark Jorginho
    — the formation right, and the selection right.

    Emery absolutely deserves credit for yesterday.

    This Upstate character clearly has a very superficial understanding of the game, not to mention he’s an Ozil fan-boy, so he’s probably miffed that his favorite player sat on the bench throughout and was not missed in the least bit.

  59. Un na naai

    Why bother with a manager at all marko

    Just buy the best players and let kroenke out them out there. There’s nothing else to it
    I mean, coaching? pfffff fanciful at best

  60. Spudnik

    Big write up for Lacazette from Barnay Ronay in the Guardian, but apparently his agent sent out a tweet 30 mins after the game with had #ByeBye at the end. I’ll cut and paste here.

    “As half-time approached Lacazette could be seen sprinting back 40 yards from the halfway line, legs whirring, gloved hands paddling close to the ground, winning the ball in the left-back position before surging off another 70 yards at full speed in order to close down Kepa Arrizabalaga in the Chelsea area.

    “The Arsenal fans cheered and whooped at the sheer unstinting effort from the man who is, technically, their No 9. Lacazette crouched on the turf, thighs burning, chest heaving. But then he perhaps feels there’s not much point in going into power-saving mode at all while he’s actually on the pitch.

    “Lacazette has completed 90 minutes for Arsenal once since 11 November, although he has now scored eight Premier League goals and assisted five this season having made only 14 starts. He was substituted here too, trudging off on 68 minutes to a standing ovation.

    “And within half an hour of the game ending a Twitter account that appears to emanate from his agent Score Agencies had posted a tweet reading: “Est ce que c’est le remplacement de trop? Next stage …..”, with the hashtags #Lacazette #Gunners #ByeBye”

  61. Un na naai

    In the fixtures I laid out to you?

    Did they or not marko?

    We all know the answer which is why you’re avoiding giving it. But it doesn’t matter. These players are capable of beating any team in this league if utilised correctly. Emery had only been in the job 2 months and we dominated Liverpool. So we know they are capable.

  62. Bamford10

    Un Na

    “The players have clearly demonstsreted that they are a match for anyone in the league when used correctly by Emery”

    No, they haven’t. What they’ve demonstrated is that when our best XI are played in the right formation, they can compete with and get a result against teams 3, 4 and 5, i.e., Tottenham, Chelsea and United.

    Liverpool and City are both way, way better than we are.

    And even if Emery gets everything right, Spurs, United and Chelsea all have better squads, so if their managers get things right, we will still likely finish 5th or 6th.

    We could finish 4th, but this will require Emery to get everything right and at least one other team/club to get things wrong.

  63. Upstate Gooner

    RH
    You’re right, West Ham was not the turning point to demand change. It was Soton, then Brighton, then Pool, and then West Ham.

    Catalyst
    Really hate to point out grammar mistakes as I’m a foreigner myself but irregardless is not a word. It’s regardless. Sorry, mate, that one just really irks me.

  64. Un na naai

    No, they haven’t. What they’ve demonstrated is that when our best XI are played in the right formation, they can compete with and get a result against teams 3, 4 and 5, i.e., Tottenham, Chelsea and United.

    Bamford

    Yes they have. We drew 1-1 with Liverpool and outplayed them that day
    Had Leno not gifted them a goal we would have taken all three points

    And you pretty much just repeated my comment Bamford

    I said that the players are a match for anyone when emery uses them correctly. Everyone except city.

  65. Chris

    Fantastic win yesterday. Pressing in the first half was great.

    Just my opinion the Europa/FA Cups. Let’s win both! But if just one then I take the EL. It is easy to see why it is derided but we need more European titles as a club and like it or not it is one. That’s a fact.

    And obviously it is a route back into Champions League.

  66. Upstate Gooner

    Bamford
    I’m an Ozil fan, yes, but I’ll take the win with or without him any day. All I’m saying is that people are giving Emery way too much credit for yesterday. Let’s see how he sets the team up against United and City, and whether he can motivate the players to get the results.

  67. Pierre

    Bamford
    “Emery got the approach right — i.e, high press, man-mark Jorginho
    — the formation right, and the selection right.”

    Correct…. He learnt very well from pochettino when Tottenham used exactly those tactics when they ended Chelsea’s unbeaten run in the league .

    Of course, there is nothing wrong with that at all , some of le grovellers seem to take offence when I correctly pointed that out earlier..

  68. Bamford10

    Upstate

    United and City are both very different propositions from Chelsea, so I’m not sure what you mean by, “let’s see how Emery does against” them. Are you suggesting that if we lose to either of those teams, it’s on Emery? Umm, no, it doesn’t quite work like that.

    Further, and more to the point, given that Emery got everything right yesterday — including leaving your boy Ozil out — why don’t you simply give him credit where credit is due and move on?

    I think it’s because you have an agenda, and I think it’s because you don’t see things in all that much depth, nor do you try to.

    Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s what I’ve seen in your commentary here so far.

  69. Pierre

    I am aware of that Marko and the team selection and tactics were near perfect for this game and if the team continue to play at that level then Ozil will find it difficult to get back into the side ……which is how it should be .

    If however , the team revert back to the previous months form , he should consider Ozil for selection.

  70. Marko

    I’m asking you why. If you can’t answer it it’s probably because a team that struggles probably needs more than someone who contributes more than one or two assists all season. The answer to a team that’s struggling isn’t to bring in a player who’s struggling

  71. Carts

    Lol fuck Sarri – those ciggy butts he nibbles on seem to be playing with his head

    Chelsea, at this rate, will do well to hold onto 4th. I’m not sure we have enough to get 4th, as it is.

  72. Valentin

    Before everybody falls over the great tactical job that Emery did on Chelsea, I think that we can say that Sarri is the new Wenger. So enthralled by his football philosophy, that he refuses to adjust to the reality. He persisted with Hazard as a false 9, Kante as an attacking midfielder and Jorginho as a quarterback, beyond what any reasonable not so stubborn coach should have. Against us, Tottenham, Newcastle those tactics did not work. With Jose explaining in details on TV how to effectively corner Chelsea, expect a lot of team to copy that setup.
    Man mark Jorginho, ask your striker and one of midfielder or your second striker to block all the long passes from David Luiz and Marcos Alonso.
    Technically it is a 4-4-1-1, but in reality it a lopsided toward the right side a 4-3-2-1 with one of the two neutralising Jorginho and the other one blocking their left side bas Kantevis unlikely to deliver long key passes. The three can swarm from two directions any players who tries to go through the middle. Chelsea will not cross, so you don’t have to worry about that aspect and the threat from wide.

    Winning coaches adapt to what they have and then during the summer change personnel to impose their vision.
    Chelsea was a shamble and from an Arsenal’s perspective, Sarri having a go at his players when the world and his wife can see his tactics and his misuse of players are the problem is pure gold. Expect Chelsea to implode like they did under previous managers. That could open the door for a bid to the promise land of 4th place.

  73. Upstate Gooner

    Bamford
    “Are you suggesting that if we lose to either of those teams, it’s on Emery? Umm, no, it doesn’t quite work like that.”

    So you’re saying that Emery should get credit for yesterday but if we lose to either United and/or City, it should not be on him. Where’s logic in that?

  74. Charlie George

    carts

    “Mind you, Sarri’s Napoli have been a joy to watch over the past few years.But his Chelsea show is something else”

    Chelsea play in England
    Napoli play in Italy,

    could that have anything to do with it?

  75. Upstate Gooner

    Valentin
    Completely agree with you on your assessment of Sarri and his tactics, or lack thereof. Again, it wasn’t as much of the case of Arsenal winning the game but rather Chelsea losing it. Playing at home helped too as the crowd was into it right from the start.

  76. Valentin

    In a previous post, I said that Emery will make changes for the sake of changes. During the game some of the decisions were baffling.
    Straight from the half time, we switched to a more passive plan. We had them right where wanted we should have continue to disrupt them at least until the hour marks. That could have cost us.
    The substitution of Lacazette was rightly booed. He and Koscielny were our best players. Lacazette was a constant thorn in their side and the only striker who looks like scoring without needing three chances.
    Keeping Aubameyang on his own just made sure that we could not retain possession. Aubameyang is a speed merchant and a tapping specialist. He can’t hold the ball on his own. He can’t play with his back towards goal. He needs somebody to do all the heavy lifting for him, so he can concentrate on sticking the ball at the back of the net. And even so he needs three chances to score.

    Also despite the so called great tactical master plan, we scored from two set pieces. Our great attacking moments come from individual brilliance or luck rather than a coherent pattern of play.

  77. Charlie George

    valentin

    concur

    Credit to Emery for the win

    But- the chelsea boys were asking us to spank them.

    (too timid with the subs,)

    Harsh analysis- but fair,- i think

  78. Batistuta

    So Arsenal didn’t win and Emery didn’t have anything to do with it because Chelsea lost the game, great! Embarrassing really to support the same team as some of y’all

  79. Charlie George

    valentin

    “In a previous post, I said that Emery will make changes for the sake of changes.”

    And were 100% right

    The consequence of this will be Laca Leaving.

  80. Dissenter

    Batistuta
    Yes, it’s embarrassing, isn’t it.
    The difference is that now these gooner-loons have the same objective as Pedro which is to get the manager out.

  81. Upstate Gooner

    Valentin
    “Also despite the so called great tactical master plan, we scored from two set pieces. Our great attacking moments come from individual brilliance or luck rather than a coherent pattern of play.”

    Spot on. Great analysis of the rest too.

  82. TR7

    Call it agenda or whatever I don’t really care but yesterday’s game was more about Sarri’s tactical blunders than our tactical brilliance. Sarri handed the game over on a platter for us.

    Playing Hazard as a false 9 is akin to Chelsea playing with a man down and that man happens to be their best player. Besides, it takes away from Wilian his most potent quality which is making runs through open spaces while Hazard keeps occupied opponent team’s two players – the RB and one of the two central defenders. So we were basically playing against a team with no striker , a great winger (Hazard) totally wasted and an impact player (Willian) somewhat stifled.

    Kante is a quintessential defensive midfielder killing off opposition attack. Sarri made him play in wide areas letting our attackers have a go at soft players such as Jorginho and Kovacic.

    Credit to our players for working hard off the ball and capitalize on Sarri’s tactical blunders. As for Emery, for a change he picked a strong team and kept Iwobi on the bench rather than being a tad too smart for his own good.

  83. Nelson

    – Rams is trailing 13 – 10.
    – Winning the Europe Cup is more than getting back into playing the Champions League. It allows the club to attack players and sponsors.
    – We all agree that our two strikers are our two best players. Emery has been trying various ways to use them. Yesterday, not only he has deployed a winning formation, but has also motivated the team to play his style of football. Every player knew his work on the pitch (stark contrast to the West Ham game where players were lost on the pitch). Whether our team achieves a top 4 finish or not, I feel that we can compete with every team in the EPL. For that, I want to congratulate Emery for believing in his own process.

  84. Bamford10

    Upstate

    Jesus, mate. That question is a bit simple. Emery is getting credit for yesterday not simply because we won but because he got a number of things right — the approach, the formation, the selection — that were key to our victory.

    In order for him to deserve blame for losses against City or United, he will need to have made decisions that hinder our performance or competitiveness in those matches. If he makes no such decisions and we lose, then we will have lost simply because the other team was better. This happens sometimes.

    In the case of City, they have a much better team than we do, so we will be fortunate to get a draw, no matter what Emery does. In the case of United, they have a better XI than we do and they are playing excellent football at the moment, so it will take a great deal for us to get a result against them.

    If we lose one or both of those matches, this will not automatically be “on Emery,” because in order for it to be “on Emery,” you will need to be able to point to specific things he did or did not do that were key to the loss or losses.

  85. Charlie George

    i think the reason Arsenal won was more of Sarri ineptitude rather than the efficiency of Emery.
    But credit to our manager.He certainly had our team motivated,

    for that- he deserves 10/10!

  86. Batistuta

    Dissenter

    I mean you’d be fooled into thinking it’s a Chelsea blog with how these 3 are quick to say Arsenal won because Chelsea let them or because Chelsea didn’t turn up. I’m sure they can’t wait for the next Arsenal loss

  87. Upstate Gooner

    Dissenter
    “gooner-loons” – Ha ha ha. That’s what I thought of you lot for 5 or so years I’ve been reading this blog prior to starting postings a few weeks ago.

  88. Dissenter

    Batistuta
    Earlier on today, Pierre credited the victory to Pochettino because Emery just plagiarized the tactics that Spuds used to beat Chelsea earlier in the season.

    You know we are in an agenda hour when gooners start giving our derided rivals credit for a good victory.

  89. Batistuta

    Credit to our players for working hard off the ball and capitalize on Sarri’s tactical blunders. As for Emery, for a change he picked a strong team and kept Iwobi on the bench rather than being a tad too smart for his own good.

    Credit to the players but none for the manager because Hazard was played as a false 9 and Kante not in his best position, a tactics they used to beat Manchester city earlier this season

    Yup, not an agenda at all

  90. Leedsgunner

    We’re linked with Gelson Martins. The winger that we could have had for free just a little while ago when Sporting Lisbon were up the creek when their main stars cancelled their contracts…and we could’ve picked up William Carvalho at the same time.

    Moral of the story…? You need to make most of opportunities when they come…

  91. Batistuta

    Dissenter
    “gooner-loons” – Ha ha ha. That’s what I thought of you lot for 5 or so years I’ve been reading this blog prior to starting postings a few weeks ago.

    And there it is, for them, it’s a revenge mission for all the times Wenger wasn’t given credit only this time, they’ve managed to get Pedro in their corner

  92. Charlie George

    i think we all can agree – Sarri wont be around for too much longer

    i have not the foggiest idea what his version of football is?

    maybe – he just wants to bore the pants of the chelsea punters!

  93. Batistuta

    Leeds

    Gelson Martins has been a disaster for Athletico hence they want rid, wouldn’t touch him, Carvalho is the one we could and should have gotten but i remember certain posters sneering at him calling him slow. The same ones championed Nzonzi by the way

  94. Upstate Gooner

    TR7
    Exactly what I and a few others have been saying. The rest were quick to get back on the Emery bandwagon because we beat the top 4 side, never mind the shittiest and the most clueless including their manager.

  95. Cesc Appeal

    Emery’s tactics helped win the game. We knew Hazard was going to be ST and we knew if you stop Jorginho you stop Chelsea.

    In years gone by it would have been ‘express yourself’.

    Yesterday Emery used Bellerin, Torreria, Kolasinac and Guendouzi to move Chelsea wide and he was happy for Willian, Alonso, Pedro and Azpilcueta to have it there. Notice they were not pressured out wide. Because we knew when it was crossed in there was no one, we would come away with the ball and break.

    He also then sat Ramsey on Jorginho and totally stifled him.

    It’s all well and good saying Sarri made mistakes, he did, but you have to guess them and jump on them. Emery did.

    We wouldn’t have in years gone by. We’d have played Ozil and Jorginho would have had free roam our full backs would not have been disciplined and no way would we have had anyone playing the Torreira and Guendouzi roles.

  96. Upstate Gooner

    Batistuta
    No revenge mission whatsoever. Personally, I thought Wenger should have retired after winning FA Cup against Hull City. I just want a capable manager, and I want to see some progress. At the moment I do not.

  97. rollen

    Ramsey was not great. Looks like Ozil is done with football. If we don’t buy RB and winger in Jan this club is not serious even about getting back to top 4 or getting random small cup.

  98. Dissenter

    Pierre would have had Emery play Ozil all day.
    That way, Jorghino would have been weaponized and we would certainly have lost.

  99. Upstate Gooner

    Ozil could have easily played yesterday as we had three defensive mids in the game. I’d even argue that he would have been more influential than Ramsey.

  100. TR7

    Apart from his brilliant goal, Lacazzete also showed his versatility against Chelsea. The guy can play center forward, right wing, left wing and just behind striker. If Auba is played through the middle, I can see Laca nicely slotting in right wing position. He was brilliant yesterday. It’s a shame Emery is mishandling him and kind of forcing him to consider leaving Arsenal. I hope somebody instills some sense in to Emery.

  101. Bamford10

    Upstate

    “back on the Emery bandwagon”

    What a dumb fucking comment. Just because someone thinks Emery got a number of things right yesterday and deserves credit for that, this doesn’t make him part of any “bandwagon”. Jesus, that’s fucking dumb.

    “Chelsea’s clueless manager”

    Sarri might have gotten this or that wrong yesterday, but the notion that he is “clueless” is fucking laughable. He is an excellent manager and Napoli played brilliant football and over-performed under him. The “clueless” people here at the moment are those who are calling this excellent manager “clueless” because he might not have gotten this or that right in one particular match. FFS.

    “I thought Wenger should have retired after winning FA Cup against Hull City.”

    Why, exactly, did you want him to retire? Because he was no longer a top manager? Because he was the reason we hadn’t contended for a title in many, many years? Or was it something else? Do tell.

  102. Dissenter

    Upstate
    “Ozil could have easily played yesterday as we had three defensive mids in the game. I’d even argue that he would have been more influential than Ramsey.”

    Yea…Ozil would have done all the dirty business Ramsey did, not holding back on 50-50 challenges.
    Right…just right.

  103. Un na naai

    In order for him to deserve blame for losses against City or United, he will need to have made decisions that hinder our performance or competitiveness in those matches. If he makes no such decisions and we lose, then we will have lost simply because the other team was better. This happens sometimes.

    Bamford

    Like against Liverpool and Southampton?

  104. Dissenter

    TR7
    Yes. Laca can play as goal keeper too.
    He’s the best player that’s ever played for Arsenal and we should give him a contract for life.

  105. Bamford10

    TR7

    Why is taking Lacazette off after 70 minutes “mishandling” him? Did we need more goals? Might Emery not simply have been resting Lacazette’s legs for this Friday? If he was doing that, why would this be a problem? Please explain.