Unai Emery’s game plan pivot points the way forward

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Well, might as well get the depressing news out the way first… The Rams are going to the Super Bowl.

It’s like 95% of Arsenal fans must have been real shitty things to puppies in another life, because this is just utterly depressing.

Still, on the flipside, maybe Stan will be so enthralled by actual sporting success he’s rarely tasted, he’ll chuck a couple hundred mill our way.

Hopeful and naive. I get it.

Or is it? At some point, he has to wonder whether it’d make good business sense to have two world class teams on his books? Maybe Josh will want to show he’s dad he’s well clever? Who knows… I’d just reccomend your read my blog post on how they made the magic happen (HERE).

In more positive news, Emery went and done a good this weekend.

I think a lot of Arsenal fans are prematurely blowing their ‘SEE HE’S AMAZING’ load on the curtains, but I can’t take away from the absolute destruction he dropped on Sarri’s Chelsea.

Alex went over the game in great detail, so I won’t rehash it. What I will say is that Emery pivoted this weekend and it paid off handsomely.

He put his best players on the pitch, he played them in a system that worked to their advantage, and he absolutely sussed out Sarri.

Many were saying that he axed Mesut Ozil, I’m not quite sure about that. He had a player on the bench who is supposedly coming back from injury, and whether you like it or not, that’ll have an impact on the squad psychologically. Interestingly, Jose Mourinho echoed some of the points I’ve been raising about Mesut.

Emery has yet to find the balance between tough love and empathy, something Jose said Ozil needs both sides of. If you can’t be bothered to watch the video, he says if you’re too soft, he goes limp, but if you’re too hard, he retracts into himself because he needs to feel the love. I heard a similar thing on The Totally Football show about De Gea, apparently, he’s always looking for reassurance from his keeping coach on the sideline at games. Weird as he’s so good, but just doubles down on the fact that players are people and all have different motivations. Anyway, good to see the coach move to repair bridges there.

Additionally, it was great to see the manager start with Aaron Ramsey. No one in the league is going to harass Jorginho like he did. He sat at the top of that diamond and shut down the Brazilian, whilst also doing a good job of putting their centre-backs under pressure. We’re just better with Aaron in the side.

Having two strikers in a 4-4-2 worked wonders, especially as both did such an incredible job of defending. Lacazette in particular impressed. He does so much dirty work for the team. Not just that, look at the flair for that goal, unreal control, spatial awareness and outright audacity to strike the ball at one of the few places he had access to that Kepa didn’t.

The front three allowed Emery to live out his dream of 3 defensive midfielders who all did a very good job. I have to hand it to Xhaka, when he’s not making stupid mistakes, he’s been good this season. He had a very good game, racking up ball recoveries like a hero (11). I have a lot of love for LT and MG. The Uruguayan pitbull made 9 tackles, with MG making 5 but having a go at 10. Both have real tenacity and it was a pleasure to watch. Honestly, fuck people who thin MG is anything outside a top tier youth talent who could take the world… NO… universe by storm if he continues his upward trajectory.

Then there’s the defence. Chelsea had nothing. Sokratis did a sterling job, but no one stood out more than Laurent K. When he’s playing in a defence that playing behind a system that is not trying to play a highline, he’s in his element. His experience, positioning and outright hunger to win was a joy to watch. He was our most potent attacker with 2 shots on target and a goal. He had a very important game.

I also liked that Arsenal let Chelsea have the ball in wide positions knowing they had no one to attack the ball in the box. We clogged up the middle of the pitch with a sea of red shirts. We also allowed them to have the ball, giving them 300 more passes than us over the 90. It was almost a reversal of the roles of the past 10 years. Chelsea were… a bit… you know… Arsenal like.

You do have to be honest about Chelsea. They were a fucking car crash. Sarri is a fanatic. He has his way of playing and he doesn’t give a fuck who his players are. Willian on the left, Hazard through the middle with no runners, Kante in a more advanced position, with Jorginho sideways passing like peak Denilson… it was really difficult viewing.

Chelsea had some bad luck, no doubt, but you felt the explosion Sarri had after the game, when he questioned his players’ mentality, is going to bite him. The manager doesn’t have the bodies to do what he wants.

If you’re honest, nor does Emery, but the whole point of us hiring in the Spaniard is we had a manager who’d dropped a powerpoint presentation for the ages on how he’d use the players we had.

For me, Emery has shown the way forward.

All the fans saying 4th place isn’t possible without a billion in January expenditure are out of excuses. We’ve already outperformed Wenger-2018 with points against the top 6 this season. We smashed Chelsea, beat Spurs, held our own in all the big games bar maybe City and Liverpool away. I don’t think it’ll happen, but that’s not because I think the players aren’t good enough. Points dropped at West Ham, Brighton and Southampton in such a short space of time shouldn’t have been part of the equation.

Emery has to shake of his PSG delusions of grandeur and get back to extracting more out of his squad. He needs to be better tactically, he needs to utilize his star names even if that hurts him personally, and he needs to make sure no one heard him say Arsenal was a distinct club because winning wasn’t that important.

Just a word to the injuries. I was devastated to see that Hector dropped an injury that has been a career ender in the past. Hopefully, it’s not as bad as it looks. It’s very difficult to apportion blame in these incidences, but it’s hard not to have noticed that our players have looked leggy this past month, and the big injuries are coming in at a rate of knots. We’ve lost 3 players sub 30 to nasty 3 letter acronyms and had a lot of problems this season.

Emery brought in his own strength and conditioning coach, despite us having hired in Darren Burgess to huge fanfare and already having a World Cup winning S&C man in Shad Forsythe. I said at the time that was unbelievably weak from Ivan, as it essentially handed veto power to someone who had unlikely been vetted. Factor in that we know Emery was more than happy to let the press know that he was hitting his players with double sessions early in the season (and was horrified at the fitness of the squad), and the leaked story Mokbel had in the DM that said the club reduced the intensity of training to help the players. Whatever is going on, if we’re to have a good backend of the season, we need to have fresh players and we need to stop losing them to injury.

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  1. Un na naai

    Bamford

    No it doesn’t

    But if crystal palace outplay everyone but city in 5/7 agaisnt top six opponents then I’d start to question their league position.

    And let’s be clear, you can’t be comparing this team with crystal palace

    We are choc full of internationals, World Cup winners, title winners, european cup winners. Our players are clearly holding their own and more against our rivals
    To compare us to palace is disingenuous at best.

  2. Un na naai

    Kids jumping on the keyboard… original.
    Legend

    Thanks. I pride myself on my unique ability to find excuses for grammatical errors.

  3. Un na naai

    We were good enough to win the league that season is what it means, the table disagreed though

    Receding thought process

    So why did you main when we didn’t win the league that year?? If we were clearly second best?

  4. Receding Hairline

    Holding your own and being out rightly better isn’t the same thing

    How can a team with zero natural wingers, error prone or ageing defenders, the meekest number 10 in world football who cannot be trusted to perform at away grounds be considered on par with the rest of the top six simply because they held their own in home games against them

  5. Un na naai

    We were good enough to win the league that season is what it means, the table disagreed though

    Receding thought process

    So why did you moan when we didn’t win the league that year?? If we were clearly second best?
    I think you know the answer to that question hairline

  6. Receding Hairline

    So why did you moan when we didn’t win the league that year?? If we were clearly second best?

    Didn’t moan. we weren’t second best either, Tottenham choked and handed us second place behind Leicester

  7. Marko

    Our manager is too powerful, now our football director is too powerful

    I honestly don’t know what to make of this though. One Emery’s not and two shouldn’t the DOF be powerful? Especially in the new set up where he and Vinai took over the CEO duties. I suppose the perfect scenario for you would be Arteta manager Raul with less power and who exactly pulling the strings at the club? Surely not the manager they should have no power according to you and surely not the DOF. Maybe the head chef

  8. Un na naai

    Receding

    Er because we have a quality midfield quartet. Because we have the best strike duo in the league.

    Beacuse we have quality and experienced centre halves and two great attacking full backs

    Because we have a manager who knows how to tactically out manoeuvre his rivals, Klopp and 5-1 aside (he’s bested him every time he’s encountered him)

    Because spurs have lost both of their goal scorers

    Because Chelsea are shit under Sarri and directionless

    Because United are full of overrated brats and have an inexperienced manager on arteta levels who’s inferior to the class, style and tactical nous of emery.

    All more than enough reasons for us to climb to 4th/3rd

  9. Un na naai

    Didn’t moan. we weren’t second best either, Tottenham choked and handed us second place behind Leicester

    RH

    Not what the table said!!

    The table never lies after all does it??

  10. Un na naai

    Also

    Maybe emery is playing a blinder with Ozil. Revving him up, ready to unleash on the league for the next 4 months teeing up the league’s most lethal and clinical strike duo.

    With the stability of Guendouzi Torreira Xakaha behind them
    And the new found solid foundations of

    Koscielny and Sokratis begins them.

    He may have stumbled upon a gem of a right back in AMN

    Like wenger with Lauren and Cole and Kolo Toure at centre half.

  11. Marko

    Also James Rodriguez isn’t so so he was actually brilliant for them last season it’s just Kovac isn’t keen on him for some reason

  12. Un na naai

    The table clearly showed Spurs choked

    The table showed arsenal finished second.
    Spurs were always going to choke. That’s what they do.

  13. Dissenter

    I love all the spinning Un na is making
    ‘The ‘best strike duo ‘ in the league is not the same as ‘the best best attack the league’
    I think people are mistaking the camaraderie between Auba and Laca as something else.
    No other club is foolish enough to cram two £55 million strikers on the same team with no wingers or meaningful attacking midfielders.

  14. Marko

    Don your analysis of our squad is laughable it’s like a kid is analysing our squad. Are you sure your kids are not only jumping on your keyboard causing the grammatical errors but are also causing you to write really poor opinions on the state of Arsenal’s squad? Makes sense mate send them to bed before they make you look even more silly

  15. HighburyLegend

    “We were good enough to win the league that season is what it means, the table disagreed though”

    lol I was ironic, but thanks anyway.

  16. Bamford10

    Un Na

    Everything you say reveals an intellectual simplicity and wrongheadedness.

    That Solskjaer has only previously managed a Norwegian team has nothing to do with whether he has a good tactical mind. Absolutely nothing. And everything he has done at United suggests he has quite a good tactical mind, that he sees certain things simply and clearly and that he explains things to his players in clear and simple terms.

    Indeed, from what I’ve seen, I’d say Solskjaer may have a better tactical mind than Emery, though this is ultimately impossible to say at the moment for a variety of reasons.

    Yes, United don’t have a star-studded defense, but it’s more solid than some think, and they have a good midfield and a great attack. All in all, they have a better squad than us. Ask any manager in the world which squad he’d prefer to have at his disposal and he’d say United’s.

    As for the inane point you continue to repeat, I have already answered it several times, and others have also answered it (and mocked it) above. Please stop filling up the comments with your simple-minded nonsense.

  17. Marko

    Hudson Odoi has apparently rejected 85,000 a week from Chelsea. Lad hasn’t done anything of note yet… football is crazy

  18. Bamford10

    Un Na

    “because we have a quality midfield quartet”

    One of these four is Granit Xhaka, a player who has made more errors leading to opposition goals than any other player in the PL.

    He’s also neither a 6, nor an 8, nor a 10, nor a “deep lying playmaker,” as some have claimed, as he isn’t a playmaker at all.

    As for the others, are you including Guendouzi or Ozil? If the former, you’re talking about a promising 19 year old who is prone to indecisiveness and errors. A good player for the future, but he has hardly already arrived.

    If you’re including Ozil, I don’t even need to say anything.

    That leaves you with Torreira and Ramsey. The former is a good little player, no doubt, but he too has shown poor decision making at times and legginess as well.

    As for Ramsey, well, I agree that’s he’s a solid, quality player, but he’s one player, not four, not to mention he’s inconsistent and off to Italy next year.

  19. Dissenter

    Marko
    I think Hudson-Odoi just wants to leave and will settle for a lower wage at Bayern.’
    He should be commended for declining a wage increase to stay as a reserve.

  20. Marko

    Indeed, from what I’ve seen, I’d say Solskjaer may have a better tactical mind than Emery, though this is ultimately impossible to say at the moment for a variety of reasons.

    Fuck off mate.

    All in all, they have a better squad than us. Ask any manager in the world which squad he’d prefer to have at his disposal and he’d say United’s.

    I think you probably answered one of the main reasons for the early success of Solskjaer. That and he played 3 teams in the bottom 4 and Bournemouth who are shit as well a bit. Good result against Spurs though

  21. Un na naai

    That Solskjaer has only previously managed a Norwegian team has nothing to do with whether he has a good tactical mind. Absolutely nothing. And everything he has done at United suggests he has quite a good tactical mind, that he sees certain things simply and clearly and that he explains things to his players in clear and simple terms.

    Bamford

    Devils advocate old chum. I completely agree with you there. So by that rationale so could ARTETA for arsenal right?

    ————————————————

    Yes, United don’t have a star-studded defense, but it’s more solid than some think, and they have a good midfield and a great attack. All in all, they have a better squad than us. Ask any manager in the world which squad he’d prefer to have at his disposal and he’d say United’s.

    Bamford

    No their attack is pony. Old has been a and players who’ve failed to kick on over the last 5 years.

    Defence? The only reason it’s looked any good at all is because they’ve had the defensive dark lord himself playing bore-ball

    No. Anyone would not rather united’s squad. They’d want United’s money. Their squad is littered with players who are either over the hill or players who’ve failed to live up to their promise and we overrated

    Lukaku, martial and pogba being the most obvious examples

  22. Un na naai

    quartet”One of these four is Granit Xhaka, a player who has made more errors leading to opposition goals than any other player in the PL. He’s also neither a 6, nor an 8, nor a 10, nor a “deep lying playmaker,” as some have claimed, as he isn’t a playmaker at all. As for the others, are you including Guendouzi or Ozil? If the former, you’re talking about a promising 19 year old who is prone to indecisiveness and errors. A good player for the future, but he has hardly already arrived. If you’re including Ozil, I don’t even need to say anything.That leaves you with Torreira and Ramsey. The former is a good little player, no doubt, but he too has shown poor decision making at times and legginess as well.As for Ramsey, well, I agree that’s he’s a solid, quality player, but he’s one player, not four, not to mention he’s inconsistent and off to Italy next year.

    Bamford
    Yes I’m talking about guendouzi who so far has played extremely well and has helped to dominte every other top 6 rival bar city

    Yet xakha looks so good with two athletic midfielders alongside him?? Wether you rate him or not, he’s receiving plaudits

  23. Un na naai

    Bam

    Oh now Torreira is a poor decision maker??

    So we don’t have a quality midfield quartet?

    Only Ramsey is quality in that midfield?

    The wengeriest of them all……

  24. Un na naai

    As for the inane point you continue to repeat, I have already answered it several times, and others have also answered it (and mocked it) above. Please stop filling up the comments with your simple-minded nonsense.

    Bamford

    You and marko bith weaselled our of answering it yesterday

  25. Bamford10

    Marko

    Ummm, I’m not sure why I can’t think Solskjaer might be a better tactician than Emery.

    He has adopted a single formation since arriving, a single starting XI for the most part — an XI that has excluded Lukaku, btw — and they have been playing well-engineered, fluent football ever since.

    The same cannot be said of Emery. Anyone with eyes and a decent football brain could see that we should be playing both Auba and Laca together through the center, as we did on Saturday. I said this since last season, in fact.

    None of this is to say Emery is poor or is a poor tactician. It’s a difficult job. However, based on what I’ve seen from the two so far, I think Solskjaer might be the more perceptive of the two.

    And no, this is not simply a matter of his having the better players.

  26. Un na naai

    The same cannot be said of Emery. Anyone with eyes and a decent football brain could see that we should be playing both Auba and Laca together through the center, as we did on Saturday. I said this since last season, in fact. None of this is to say Emery is poor or is a poor tactician. It’s a difficult job. However, based on what I’ve seen from the two so far, I think Solskjaer might be the more perceptive of the two.And no, this is not simply a matter of his having the better players.

    Bamford

    I completely agree with you
    This squad was crying out for the tactics employed Saturday.

  27. Un na naai

    Marko

    1.5m wide this bath. Proper bath. Mrs loves it. Kids love it. Shit even I have the odd wash these days just to sit in it

  28. Un na naai

    Don your analysis of our squad is laughable it’s like a kid is analysing our squad. Are you sure your kids are not only jumping on your keyboard causing the grammatical errors but are also causing you to write really poor opinions on the state of Arsenal’s squad? Makes sense mate send them to bed before they make you look even more silly

    Marko

    So if we do rise up the table now and take 3rd/4th spot would you admit you were wrong?

    And would it be solely down to emery or the quality of our players or both? After all, if we finish 3rd/4th then our squad must surely be the 3rd or 4th best in the league right?

    Basic logic eh marko?

  29. Charlie George

    if Arsenal play the same team against Chelsea and Man Utd play all their forwards( as per recent weeks)
    Think Friday- we will all be in for an absolute humdinger!

    Emery must take the team selection seriously Friday.

  30. Bamford10

    Un Na

    Well, that might be “basic logic,” but it’s certainly not correct logic. If Emery manages to finish third or fourth, this won’t mean we had the third or fourth best squad in the PL; it will mean that he managed to finish third or fourth with the sixth best squad in the PL, i.e., that he/we overachieved.

    Just because you finish third doesn’t mean you have the third best squad in the league. This simplistic logic — your calling card — overlooks the contribution of the manager, of tactics, of motivation, of chemistry, of organization. All of these factors play a role as well.

  31. Globalgunner

    Solskjaer has a far better squad than ours. You really have to be a moron not to challenge with that team…..or be Mourinho.. He has Martial on the bench, a player 3 times better than Iwobi. a keeper who is worth 20 points each season by himself and 5 quality CBs. Its only in midfield that he is below the top 3 and slightly on par with what we have,

    Also i don’t know what the preoccupation of many with a winger is. Does a winger look any different to any other player?. Laca makes wonderful cross balls for Auba who misses every time. Would a winger lay them any more on a plate for him?

  32. Champagne charlie

    United don’t have a defender that makes our XI, their best striker is Rashford too. Let’s not pretend United have a squad for us to be envious of.

    They have unreal spending power and can change that squad in one summer, that’s the difference. The squads aren’t that dissimilar, with a few players living a charmed existence on reputation alone.

  33. Un na naai

    Just because you finish third doesn’t mean you have the third best squad in the league. This simplistic logic — your calling card — overlooks the contribution of the manager, of tactics, of motivation, of chemistry, of organization. All of these factors play a role as well.

    Bamford

    Again. Devils advocate. You’re echoing my sentiments exactly.
    Yesterday marko, receding and others claimed that if you finish 6th then your squad is the 6th best.

    So you agree with me that it’s not necessarily the case and that there are many other contributing factors?

  34. ddkingz

    irrelevant discussions as always….

    if someone was to gather information/knowledge about ARSENAL FC on le-grove… he will totally be misled by the comments on here….

    the problem with this great club is everyone thinks they know too much, when virtually they know nothing.

    mchewwwwwwww…

    I would swap any of our current midfielders ( bar LT) for d. Suarez, just for his flair/dribble and little creativity, no arsenal midfielder can even do a nutmeg on an opponent, not even ozil… all they do is pass and pass…

  35. Un na naai

    Global

    No he doesn’t. Their midfield is actually the best part of their team.
    Their attack is overrated and their defence, while extortionate, could not be moulded by Mourinho who continued to ask for more and more defenders as the ones he got turned out to be shite.

    Without De Gea that team crashes. He’s the only thing keeping them near the pack.

  36. Un na naai

    Bamford

    So if you have a squad of players who have outplayed their top 6 opponents in 5/7 games would it be logical to assume that the side in question should theoretically be able to finish above some of those teams?

  37. Un na naai

    Benny

    Martial maybe. Not Pogba. Massively overrated, girly faced prima Donna. Looks like a an ugly gangly woman too

  38. Freddie Ljungberg

    Globalgunner

    Most people wants a winger like Sane, Salah, Mane, Pepe, etc etc, aka a goalscoring, dribbling winger, not someone that just goes to the corner flag and crosses.

    We need that to open up park the bus defences and also on the counter. We have 0 players in the team that can consistently beat his man and that is hurting us attacking wise, puts too much pressure on our fullbacks to create chances which in turn weakens our defensive stability.

  39. Dissenter

    With the exception of Auba and Laca, the United squad is better than ours.
    Even Auba and Mykhi won’t start for them together, only one will get that honor.

  40. Un na naai

    Lacazette’s goal was van Persie-esque in its execution. Truly beautiful goal. That first touch was a killer but then to turn and bury it high at such an an angle.

    Aubameyang would never score this goal

  41. Un na naai

    Dissenter

    Ramsey would start for United
    Our entire defence starts for United

    Lacazette starts for United
    Aubameyang starts for United

    Only De Gea pogba and maybe matic start for us

  42. Marko

    He has adopted a single formation since arriving, a single starting XI for the most part — an XI that has excluded Lukaku, btw — and they have been playing well-engineered, fluent football ever since.

    Who knew playing inform players in their best position would yield positive results. I mean letting Martial express himself and playing Pogba as a floating CAM instead of a holding CM who knew am I right. Sorry but Ole has had a good start but you’d swear he tore up the rule book since taking over United. It also helps that Lukaku, Sanchez and Fred have been so poor this season. The 11 basically picks itself mate

  43. Batistuta

    De gea

    Baily

    Lindelof

    Pogba

    Martial

    Rashford

    Would say they have a much better squad than we have

    Torreira

    Lacazzete

    Aubamayeng

    That’s all we’ve got I’m afraid

  44. Marko

    United don’t have a defender that makes our XI

    My ass they don’t. Bailly when fit is better than anything we have. Even Smalling and Lindelof would play for us. It’s almost like people forget about how bad Mustafi and Koscielny have been the past couple seasons. Full backs are a problem for them too though. But ours ain’t much better

  45. TR7

    Marko

    ‘Who knew playing inform players in their best position would yield positive results. I mean letting Martial express himself and playing Pogba as a floating CAM instead of a holding CM who knew am I right. Sorry but Ole has had a good start but you’d swear he tore up the rule book since taking over United. It also helps that Lukaku, Sanchez and Fred have been so poor this season. The 11 basically picks itself mate’

    Agreed, all he needed to do was to let United players play their natural game in their best suited positions. I still don’t think United are all that but yes Ole an improvement nevertheless over dianosour Borinho.

  46. Un na naai

    Gambon.

    So did Micheal ricketts, Tony yeboha, Marcus Stewart, Andy Johnson and Michael bridges.

    Lacazette, like Drogba scores important goals against the big teams when the pressure is on. Not just that but goals out of nothing.
    He scored the equaliser against Liverpool. Changed the game when he came on vs spurs and won us the game agaisnt Chelsea.

    Apart from 1 second tap ins from aubameyang, what else has he done of note??
    Miss sitters and miscontrolling.

    You give Giroud his pace and Giroud is 3 times the player he is

  47. Charlie George

    Auba is the better goal poacher ‘
    Laca is the better overall footballer.

    Persist and play them in tandem- they could be DYNAMITE!

  48. Un na naai

    Charlie George

    Because I’ll guarantee that emery reverts back to one up front soon enough.

    I’d be happy to play them both as it’s the best of both worlds if we can keep aubameyang working hard off the ball.

  49. Dissenter

    I would play either of Laca or Auba,in front of a proper attacking midfield and winger to stretch the play..
    Neither of them is big enough to barge through defenses and need movement to succeed. A winger creates those movements. .

  50. Un na naai

    He doesn’t core that goal on Saturday

    He doesn’t have the touch or wit to create a goal like that for himself. Lacazette is a clever little player.

  51. Marko

    You give Giroud his pace and Giroud is 3 times the player he is

    Another brilliant opinion from the resident idiot. My god

  52. Un na naai

    Marko

    Yes.

    Let’s break this down for you otherwise you just won’t get your basic little dub head round it sham

    Ariel- Giroud
    Link up- Giroud
    Work rate- Giroud
    Skill- Giroud
    Passing- Giroud
    Finishing- tie
    Pace- aubameyang
    Technique- Giroud.
    Hold up/ back to goal- Giroud

  53. G8

    Mike Phelan is the real manure manager, not baby face solskjaer..
    He knows fuck all about tactics.
    He is just there for the media and PR shit

  54. Marko

    Don please stop you’re so dumb mate. If it was up to you we’d have a midfield of Santi and Jack with Cech in goal and Giroud up top and you’d be arguing with people that our team was the best in England. You’re unbelievable.

  55. Un na naai

    Talking of titles

    Giroud is a World Cup winner and won ligue un

    Also
    Lacazette has played 600 mins less than aubameyang this season.

  56. Globalgunner

    Un
    Ariel- Giroud
    Link up- Giroud
    Work rate- Giroud
    Skill- Giroud
    Passing- Giroud
    Finishing- tie
    Pace- aubameyang
    Technique- Giroud.
    Hold up/ back to goal- Giroud

    Is this the same Giroud who hasn’t scored 5 goals all season for Chelsea, so much that Hazard plays CF?

  57. Pierre

    Aubamayang and Lacazette are both strikers and that’s where the similarity ends between them.

    Aubamayang’s strong points are lacazette’s weak points and vice versa.

    It’s very rare to see Lacazette get a tap in as he doesn’t have the same strikers instinct as Aubamayang and it would be very rare to see Aubamayang score a goal similar to lacazette’s against Chelsea as he wouldn’t be looking to receive the ball to feet in the box , he is a striker who plays on the shoulder or the blind side of defenders.

  58. Redtruth

    Ariel- Giroud 5/10
    Link up- Giroud 3/10
    Work rate- Giroud 5/10
    Skill- Giroud 4/10
    Passing- Giroud 3/10
    Finishing- tie 4/10
    Pace- aubameyang
    Technique- Giroud.4/10
    Hold up/ back to goal- Giroud 5/10

  59. Un na naai

    Marko

    Calling me thick won’t change the fact that you’re a scummy dub and the butt of all our jokes.
    Watching on while the rest of Ireland travel the world
    Only the super value shelf stackers and doleys got left behind.

    How many big games has aubameyang won since his arrival?

    Zero. Not one. He misses sitter after sitter in the big games. Could have had two hat tricks agaisnt chelsea by now in two first halves.

    He’s the new ozil. Won’t take too long before you’re all on his back.

  60. Un na naai

    Global

    Yes that’s right. Dropped by the same guy who’s moved the best defensive midfielder in the world and OTHER key player in frances World Cup won, kante, to right midfield for…….Jorginho……looooolz

    What a genius.
    Same Giroud who was a pivotal figure in the France World Cup win

  61. Marko

    Talking of titles Giroud is a World Cup winner and won ligue un

    Not one single shot on target the whole tournament and all that’s missing is pace says you.

    Also
    Lacazette has played 600 mins less than aubameyang this season

    Lacazette has 27 goals in 67 games for Arsenal compared to 26 in 42 for Aubameyang.

  62. Un na naai

    How many of those 67 were starts though and how long was he on the field for marko??

    Either way tap ins against Burnley are great and all but without lacazette we don’t win any titles. Aubameyang has contributed next to nothing to our performances against the top 6

    The only game we’ve lost that lacazette has started was the West game game.

    Aubameyang has started every single loss for us. Like I said. We have our new ozil. You just don’t know it yet marko

  63. Marko

    How many of those 67 were starts though and how long was he on the field for marko??

    He’d start more if he scored more.

    Aubameyang has contributed next to nothing to our performances against the top 6

    Sure we’ll forget the two against Spurs. Anyway I’m going to stop now because you’re stupid and I feel bad for talking to you like you know what you’re talking about

  64. gambon

    Un na

    “So did Micheal ricketts, Tony yeboha, Marcus Stewart, Andy Johnson and Michael bridges.”

    Lol let’s compare their PL goal records:

    Aubameyang 1 in 1.5 games
    Marcus Stewart 1 in 3
    Andy Johnson 1 in 4
    Michel Bridges 1 in 5
    Michel Ricketts 1 in 6

    Fantastic comparison.

    Maybe we should compare Patrick Vieira and Wilfried Ndidi

  65. Un na naai

    Marko

    We were losing until we brought on lacazette ya gee bag. 🤪🤪🤪

    Save your pitty for someone who needs it marko. Like your mrs.

  66. Un na naai

    Gambon

    That’s not what you said though is it? You’ve moved the goal posts.

    You said lacazette will never compete for the golden boot. Well these lot have. Some actually have won it.

    Meaning any cunt can tap it in. Look at franny Jeffers.

    But if you want to play like that then Giroud’s goal to min ratio was 1 every 157 mins for arsenal and only 0.4 second less than Ian Wright. Second top scorer and club legend.

    Silly tap in stats can be so misleading can’t they?

  67. Sid

    Un na naaiJanuary 21, 2019 20:04:18

    Until Giroud went to chelsea he was in the top 25 for mins/goal ratio.

    Well Giroud scored a goal every 157 minutes during that period.

    PEA sits at 131 minutes per goal this season and an even better 102 minutes per goal in 17/18.

    So by your own yardstick PEA is head and shoulders above Giroud

    And you want to overlook the primary attribute to Auba to make a point in favour of Giroud? If Giroud had the pace of Auba….?

    That’s like saying Santi could have been a great GK if he was a feet taller…well he isn’t just like Giroud isint.

    I can make the same argument that Auba would be even further ahead of Giroud if her has the upper body strength of Giroud. Guess what he doesn’t.

  68. Un na naai

    Sid

    No it isn’t
    Giroud is a better player in nearly every other department
    I’m not saying aubameyang is shit and maybe I’ve gone overboard on him because of his price tag but I think he’s been a let down and his goal stats aren’t a true reflection of his value to the collective

    Aubameyang scores and yes it’s valuable of course but for me lacazette improves the team. Not just the team but he improves aubameyang himself

    He’s our only match winner in big games

    He should be first on the team sheet

  69. gambon

    Since coming to the PL

    Lacazette – 1 assist every 408 mins

    Aubameyang – 1 assist every 412 mins

    So it’s a myth that Lacazette is the new Bergkamp.

    You get a tiny bit more creativity and a far worse goalscorer.

  70. Charlie George

    how good would they be if we had all 3 and played them in a 4 3 3?

    Giroud out of contract at Chelsea , this season.

    There will not be a better free transfer ( except Ramseys) for next season.

    We should attempt to bring him back in the fold.

  71. Un na naai

    Gambon he’s not far worse

    14 goals 3 assists in 1827 aubameyang

    8 goals 5 assists in 1448 lacazette

    So 4 and a half extra games aubameyang has had in minutes to produce 4 extra goals/assists.

    You play lacazette and drop aubameyang for 4 and a half games he will equal that output

  72. Nelson

    @Globalgunner “Also i don’t know what the preoccupation of many with a winger is. Does a winger look any different to any other player?. Laca makes wonderful cross balls for Auba who misses every time. Would a winger lay them any more on a plate for him?”

    Almost all the top teams in Europe play a formation 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3. The weaker teams play 4-5-1. The reason why our team is stronger with 4-4-2 is because our two best players are our two strikers. 4-4-2 was popular in England many years ago because the style of English football was mainly long ball attack to the two strikers. For every long ball, you have less than 50% chance of keeping it. Nowadays, teams play ball control and attack through FAST wingers who station close to the sideline. They are usually free to receive the ball. It is a balanced attack. It opens up the pitch on both wings. Our 4-4-2 formation will have difficulty against teams parking the bus. We may need our FB’s to bomb forwards. For that, we’ll leave holes for counter attack. In the future (after next Summer), I hope we’ll go back to 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formation.

  73. Un na naai

    Nelson

    United and arsenal played 442 and a possession based game that dominated Europe

    Nothing wrong with 442
    France won the World Cup with a 442 as did Italy

  74. Marko

    If aubameyang had the footballing brain and technique of Giroud he’d be Henry

    Christ it’s like you’re getting dumber by the second

  75. Nelson

    @Un na

    You don’t mean the current United. They have Marcus and Martial as Winger and Lukaku as striker. Of course the attackers may exchange position to confuse the defenders.

  76. azed

    “Kevin Prince Boateng signs for Barca on loan with an option to buy in the summer”

    Is that the trigger for Dennis Suarez to Arsenal?

  77. Nelson

    France didn’t play 4-4-2. They have Giroud as the focal point to link up play. Maybe your view of 4-4-2 is not the same as mine.

  78. Marko

    When I saw Boateng I thought oh it’s that young highly rated lad from Levante Emmanuel Boateng but no it’s Kevin Prince… ridiculous

  79. DaleDaGooner

    KEVIN -PRINCE BOATENG to Barca…..looks like money laundering to me, the way Barca signs up some players….like Paulinho, Alex Song etc

  80. Pierre

    Of course ,we all know why giroud has such an excellent goals per game ratio at Arsenal

    GIroud(and Sanchez) are obviously missing the input of such an exceptional creative talent .

  81. Marc

    You’ve got to say Pierre’s actually been right all along, after all Ozil’s mere presence on the bench was all it took for us to beat Chelsea. Apparently several leper’s who happened to be in the vicinity of the stadium were miraculously cured as well.

    If only Emery had played him in all of our matches we would have won the PL, League Cup plus the FA Cup already and been promoted to the CL in recognition of the living God wearing the number 10 shirt for us.

    Why didn’t we listen to Pierre?

  82. Pedro

    Bamford, that’s really not what Un is saying. He’s saying if Arsenal, who are 5th in the league, 3 points off 4th… can compete with the top 6 teams in 5 out of 7 games, then we are good enough to be in the top 4 this season if the manager uses his players properly.

    He’s absolutely correct.

  83. DaleDaGooner

    Same ol same ol at Arsenal, Bellerin is out for the season, and we’re not going to bring in a proper RB…

  84. Un na naai

    That’s exactly what I’m saying Pedro
    I’m also saying that these guys are deliberately down playing the quality of our squad to buffer emery if he fails to reach top 4

  85. Marc

    Well the interesting questions going to be the response to Sarri’s outburst on Thursday. With several players missing the Spud’s should be there for the taking – will the Chelsea players be up for it?

  86. DaleDaGooner

    MarkoJanuary 21, 2019 22:04:33
    Dale you’re making jokes about someone who’s not been on all day very impressive

    Yeah, I know…why I am asking you…you can tell him when he gets back.

  87. Pierre

    Marc
    I was talking about Ramsey.

    Surely that was obvious as Ramsey had such a superb on field relationship with sanchez and giroud , how they must miss Ramsey’s creative influence.

  88. DaleDaGooner

    Marc,

    I don’t know but Liverpool have managed to build their team, without spending huge amounts on the fullbacks….surely there’s a very good kid in our stable of youths or some lower league RB that’s very serviceable…i don’t know, but AMN, Jenkinson and Lichtsteiner are car crash in waiting as our options for the rest of the season, with AMN due another injury at this rate.

  89. Marc

    Pierre

    I was talking about your incessant ranting’s about Ozil for the last several weeks. I haven’t been on here today or looked back through the comments.

    I do understand that it’s natural to go on the defensive when you’re so wrong so often though.

  90. DaleDaGooner

    We never addressed the RB position since we installed Bellerin after Sagna left. We got 3 LB at one point or at every season, but we manage to either convert someone into a RB when Bell is not available. Lichsteiner is a stop gap, we should have planned for longer termed option.

  91. azed

    “Bamford, that’s really not what Un is saying. He’s saying if Arsenal, who are 5th in the league, 3 points off 4th… can compete with the top 6 teams in 5 out of 7 games, then we are good enough to be in the top 4 this season if the manager uses his players properly.

    He’s absolutely correct.”

    Pedro
    This is not true because that statement doesn’t take into account injuries and suspension unless of course you and Un expect Lich/AMN to give the same output as Bellerin.

  92. Marc

    Dale

    They did spend best part of £18 million on Clyne. The problem is how much to you spend now on a player who will end up being back up?

  93. Champagne charlie

    Azed

    Injuries and suspensions aren’t special to Arsenal, the rest of the top 6 have and get them too.

    We’ve competed in all but 2 games against the top sides this season, so it stands to reason we have the tools available to compete for a spot among the top 4. Certainly isn’t cut and dried like this dismissive nonsense we see from some people desperate to give Emery all the slack in the world.

    The principle reason for our “failures” this season so far are at the feet of Emery in the form of his tactical approach, selection of personnel, and inability to utlilise what he currently has at his disposal to the fullest potential.

  94. Receding Hairline

    But Pedro I seem to remember you saying top four will be difficult this season and should be seen as a great achievement

    Why is it all of sudden a given and not getting it an outright failure? What changed?

  95. DaleDaGooner

    My point exactly…when Sagna left, I was so sure would add Aurier, we never addressed it during Wenger’s time and we still aren’t addressing it post Wenger….How is Liverpool correcting it’s squad with good money, also owned by an American group, yet we are just ran poorly by KSE and his hired help?

  96. Un na naai

    Rh

    Of course it’s not a given. What we are saying that the tools are there to succeed in achieving that goal this season.

  97. DaleDaGooner

    I’m sure there’s a very good right back on the cheap, oh wait….Sven has checked out….Raul will pull out the Rolodex, we might just find one at Barca for 20 million…

  98. azed

    “Injuries and suspensions aren’t special to Arsenal, the rest of the top 6 have and get them too.”

    CC

    There’s a big difference bewteen going from Kylie Walker to Danilo and going from Bellerin to Lich/AMN.

    Against Southampton, we had only Monreal and Koscienly as our fit centre backs and they had just come back from injury. Can you suggest what Emery could have done then?

    We’ve had to play Xhaka at LB and LCB this season because they were no other options.

  99. Receding Hairline

    Un nai naai

    Yes the tools are there but it would be one hell of an achievement cos no one gave us a chance before a ball was kicked. I actually fancy us sneaking in through Europa than top four, we have blown a lot of chances to get ahead and yes the manager has to take some of the blame, some not all the blame you are desperate to hang on him

  100. Champagne charlie

    Un na

    You’re being daft mate, can’t expect anything of Emery until everyone in the 23-man squad was bought by him obviously.

  101. DaleDaGooner

    azed…so we have no Trent Alexander Arnold in our world class academy?? Shame that we can’t even pull out options in our reserves.

  102. Champagne charlie

    “We’ve had to play Xhaka at LB and LCB this season because they were no other options.“

    Maybe make better decisions pre-season then instead of loaning a fit Chambers out. Or turnover the squad better in the summer?

    How many points did we drop in the period we were forced to play Xhaka in defence out of curiosity?