Is OGS having a more profound impact on the world than Jesus?

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Oh my, I don’t quite know what to do with myself… Thomas, we were, you know, a thing…

What the bloody hell did you do to me last night? In front of the whole bloody world.

I am HUMILIATED.

Now the Emery Ultras are saying mean things like…

‘Thomas Tuchel has very mild levels of sauce, like, ‘Doritos’ levels of spice’

‘Emery’s Champions League loss was BETTER than Tuchel’s, fucktard’

‘You backed a manager with a weak hairline. That weak hairline is your opinion’

Upsetting words, I’m sure you’ll agree.

PSG really tanked. It’s going to be hard to explain that one away to the bosses in Paris. United didn’t field a good side, they played like shite, and they still managed to turnover an unbelievably expensive PSG side. No excuses. It was shite. Tuchel’s boys went out far too relaxed. No fire. No aggression. No respect for the CV of a man backed by Fergie, Phelan and the class of 92.

You’ve shown me up, Thomas. Sure, Pep the FRAUD exited in the round of 16 in his first season at City with a 6-6 draw, but you sir do not boast the serial sauce of the master! This is a blight. I don’t quite know how to reconcile this?

YES I DO

In reality, it’s fair to say Ole G channelled a big fat dollop of luck last night after his teams nothing burger performance managed to extract an away win in Paris. It was never a penalty, VAR was a total shambles, but that’s beside the point. United weren’t that good, but they won’t care as they sail on through to the next round of the Champions League. They shithoused Paris. If that were an Italian club we’d all be celebrating a masterful execution that ‘only the Italian’s know how to pull off.’

My main worry isn’t the broken rep of Thomas T, no, it’s what we do on Sunday and how last night impacts the race for #Top4 supremacy.

The real prize of the game is a few fold.

Firstly, United will have exerted a lot of energy chasing after PSG all night. It doesn’t matter how smart your High-Performance backroom team is, it’s going to be tough to recover to peak levels by Sunday.

Secondly, United must continue their little adventure in Europe. That’s two tough legs against a no doubt very good team.

All these little advantages could add up for Arsenal. I’d be very surprised if Rennes make us work hard tomorrow night. They have some good players, but we should dominate them. We should beat them early. We should be able to do it with a fairly second string-ish team. I’m hoping their extended time off (last played Feb 27th) works against them (just like it worked against BATE, lolololol). But we’ll see…

Thirdly, it means United HAVE to sign up Ole G. It makes sense, he’s brought back a bit of buzz to Salford, the fans love him, he conducts himself well in the media and he’s brought the old team back together AND Fergie has been working some magic from a mentorship perspective behind the scenes. It’s the perfect storm.

People keep saying it’ll come unpicked at some point, but I think that’s more hope than anything else. The man knows the club, lives its values and he has enough respect from the world of football to work with top players. I’d prefer him in the role than Poch or Jardim… but I wouldn’t jump to conclusions that this is a flash in the pan. There’s far more to setting up a club than simply having a good manager. OGS understood that well and all I can do is applaud the output.

Finally, United rode their luck SO hard last night. That’s going to come crashing down at some point. So fingers crossed Emery is the man to deal that blow to their season. Bit of a shit point, but fuck it, why not?

SO, all in all… it’s been another good week.

Arsenal have to work their way through Rennes tomorrow, avoiding injuries and tight hamstrings… then we’re betting it all on a Sunday afternoon massacre. We have to be careful of the counter-attack, we have to play aggressively and make their tired legs an advantage, and we have to work our way around the CORRUPT FERGIE MAFIA THAT HAS NO DOUBT BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THE OFFICIALS.

Should be fun.

See you in the comments, I’m just going outside for a little walk… no… seriously, I’m ok. x

P.S. I looked up and saw Roma lost in the last 16. Face back down in the puddle.

884 Responses to “Is OGS having a more profound impact on the world than Jesus?”

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  1. Marko

    Funny how you don’t think it naysayers who’s in charge now
    You did a year ago
    You walk into it every time

    Almost a coherent sentence. What do I walk into?

  2. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    David

    Don’t think one will

    It was sucidal giving another person so much power in Raul.

    Should have been a team of thought thinkers…

    I’m no5 really sold on laca pea ozil Michi an they are aledgelly are top four….

    Club needs to take two steps back then four forwards …

    Selling o4 ridding the club of them will raise bout 70m…

    Take it I’d say.

  3. Marko

    Yep, Charlie, the man you gave so much romantic leeway to fucked us up so much it will probably be the next guy that brings us on to ‘next level is the next is the next level’.

    Fucking A

  4. James.wood

    Technically Socratis is the type of player that close marks you
    he has limited pace and tries to stop the player by any means from
    passing him.
    He looked quite good against Kane but a quick clever player
    will give him nightmares.
    We can do better than him he will prove to be a liability .?

  5. HighburyLegend

    Ozil
    Koscielny
    Monreal
    Mustafi
    Elneny
    Xhaka (aka Caca)
    Kolasinac…
    All of them OUT next sumner please.

    We’re still the laughing stock of football.

  6. Receding Hairline

    Charlie actually wanted Wenger relieved of transfer duties and allowed to coach the team while Sven bought players.

    He wants the team built around the lost 19 year old in midfield today who didn’t know his right from left

    He isn’t in any position to criticize anyone yet here we are

  7. Champagne charlie

    Paulinho

    It’s cute you think having some romanticism over a club legend is something to scoff at as defence of Emery. It isn’t, it’s just desperate defence of a guy you’ve hitched your wagon to.

    As someone that sticks his neck out early and then is unwavering no matter the reality, it’s not what I’d call unexpected.

  8. Guns of SF

    James

    I agree
    Stop the player not the ball…. that is Sokratis.. mostly
    Our backline is devoid of pace. Monreal is older, the entire back line is old.
    Bellerin would come back from major surgery- im sure he has lost some pace

    We need a new RB, CB that is under 25 with PACE

  9. Champagne charlie

    “Charlie actually wanted Wenger relieved of transfer duties and allowed to coach the team while Sven bought players.“

    Pretty sure I wanted a ‘better’ manager than Emery, but why bother with the truth.

  10. Marko

    romanticism over a club legend

    Ah that’s cute. Explains a lot. But of course you’re objective and all that…

  11. Paulinho

    “As someone that sticks his neck out early and then is unwavering no matter the reality, it’s not what I’d call unexpected.”

    Fortunately reality bares out my opinion nine times out of ten, hence continually sticking my neck out. You do the same without any of the success rate.

  12. DaniAltos

    So we have already lost the United match according to some?Yes Emery was pants tactically today,yes he made bad decisions…but take it to the bank we will smash this team at the Emirates…they are nothing special as they are made out to be by some on here.Its peak arsenal though,totally in control of a game absolutely no threat from rennes and then we press self destruct.Up the Arsenal,on to Sunday’s big one

  13. James.wood

    Guns of SF 21 05 57.
    Yes Guns that’s why I alluded to the Dw40 earlier.
    Old old and I’m afraid Industrial type player’s
    Socratis- Mustafi. Not good enough for us.?

  14. Champagne charlie

    Marko
    You’re talking about a conversation you weren’t part of, so basically you haven’t a clue. I’d skip it.

    Paulinho
    Empty broad strokes, that’s your wheelhouse when your view is challenged. Seen it dozens of times with Ramsey, and now Emery is getting the full treatment. Dick measuring success rates? Have a word lol

  15. Leftsidesanch

    What kind of fan takes pleasure in us taking another embarrassing loss. You can tell whose into cuckold here, and this time im not joking.

  16. Guns of SF

    Rob holding is slow as molasses as well. He has made plenty of last gasp tackles that have worked for us, so Im happy about that, but he and Mavro despite being young are not quick at all

    Recovery pace like BEllerin used to have is what we need across the back line.
    Sokratis stays, Kos Nacho and Mustafi can go bye bye

  17. Champagne charlie

    Marko
    There’s no enjoyment in defeat. I’m amused at the levels some of you are going to in defence of Emery, especially after the circle jerk last night comparing Tuchel to Emery at PSG. You mock the cult/ultras jab but it’s exactly how it’s coming across.

  18. Dissenter

    Truth be told, Emery effed up tonight
    Shit happens to every manager
    I hope the Emery story doesn’t’ end in the next week if we lose to United and lose the tie to Rennes at home

  19. Guns of SF

    Over confidence on the road is suicidal
    The early goal was an illusion.
    If the players were thinking of united- then they better put out a performance on Sunday…

  20. Receding Hairline

    Yep wrong sub’s…his continued faith in a 19 year old with no defensive awareness was his undoing. That and pandering to Ozil…one man down Ozil is the obvious candidate to come off. Iwobi would have protected Monreal .

    He played himself tonight after sokratis dropped a hot one in his laps. These things happen

  21. Marko

    I’m amused at the levels some of you are going to in defence of Emery

    Really cause I’m amused by how far people are willing to go to blame the manager. Aubameyang misses a pen it’s Emery. Xhaka passes to an opponent it’s Emery. Sokratis gets sent off it’s Emery. He sends on two LB’s and not one of them gets back to defend on the Rennes 3rd goal of course it’s Emery. Made all the more ridiculous is the likes of you who rarely criticized the previous manager in the same way as you do the current one instead you made excuses. New manager is supposed to be improving the god awful defence inside a matter of months yet Wenger didn’t address the shit pile in fucking years.

  22. Marko

    Before any numpty says otherwise I’m not even remotely defending the manager for tonight but instead I’m not interested in blaming him for the god awful performances of certain individual players tonight. Some might I add continually god awful

  23. Guns of SF

    we need to get this out of the system fast. Wallow in it…. and get it out of the system completely, as we need to get the team back and focused

    Auba needs some service to get going…. he is not going to create shit. IF he can decoy and stretch manure united that would be great work off the ball

  24. Champagne charlie

    Marko

    Same broad stroke nonsense from you too, I criticised Wenger plenty of times. The difference was very clear, I didn’t lower myself to calling him all manner of names and blaming him for everything under the sun.

    Emery isn’t blamed for these instances and fine you know it. He cops flack for tactics, personnel, and all the things a manager is responsible for. Utter rubbish to attempt to twist it into something else, and I could be just as stupid and say where was your blame for players under Wenger when he got all the finger pointing? We’re dogshit at defending, we signed a winger in Jan on loan, and have won 2 of our last 10 away games. You’re having none of it being Emery’s fault though.

    Even fellow devotees are doing their own meek impression of a critical fan above, you keep absolving though.

  25. Guns of SF

    RH

    We need both against Manure
    Thats why I was thinking 442
    We do still need protection in the back and stability
    Mik and Iwobi on the wings

    or we can switch later in the game and add the second striker

  26. Paulinho

    Marko – Not to mention Rennes being the biggest cheating diving pieces of shit I’ve seen in a while.

    Charlie – There’s nothing broad stroke about pointing out your laughable history of being wrong when you accuse someone else of sticking to an opinion which is supposedly contradicted by ‘reality’, when reality proves it correct.

  27. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Look sundayis anothe4 day

    Only really bad ting tonight was 88m goal..

    A 2-0 win next week an wer3 bubbling like asward…

    If not it’s all Roy Orbison ….over …

  28. Champagne charlie

    Paulinho

    What’s my laughable history of being wrong include? I’m assuming there’s a notepad or something with various detailing by the sounds of it. Already cringeworthy that you pat yourself on the back as being right 9 times out of 10. Fire away oracle.

  29. Paulinho

    ” I’m assuming there’s a notepad or something with various detailing by the sounds of it.”

    Yeah, it’s called Le-Grove.

  30. Marko

    I criticised Wenger plenty of times. The difference was very clear, I didn’t lower myself to calling him all manner of names and blaming him for everything under the sun.

    No you just blame his replacement for everything under the sun.

    Even fellow devotees are doing their own meek impression of a critical fan above, you keep absolving though.

    What have I absolved him of exactly? The red card? Monreal having a shite game? Aubameyang being non-existent? Kolasinac not knowing how to defend? Xhaka being a bit of an idiot I suppose? I actually have absolved him of those things

  31. Upstate Gooner

    Marko
    “I’m not even remotely defending the manager for tonight but instead I’m not interested in blaming him for the god awful performances of certain individual players tonight. Some might I add continually god awful.”

    I agree that most of the time it’s individual errors that cost us games/points and it’s players that should be blamed first and foremost for disgraceful performances like tonight but it’s Emery who picks these “god awful” underperformers week in and week out. He doesn’t have to play Mustafi, and Xhaka every game, you know? And those subs with a man down – fucking mind boggling.

  32. Emiratesstroller

    Losing tonight highlights our usual away performance led by the usual “headless” chickens.

    Red Card followed by goal from free kick.

    Followed by own goal

    And then conceding third goal which should have been cut out long before
    it reached its destination.

    Above all a clueless performance from head coach who played Mkhitaryan
    in right back position rather than bringing on Maitland-Niles who has at
    least played position.

    Taking off Aubameyang and replacing him with Guendouzi who managed to
    lose the ball on almost every occasion that he passed.

    You could not have made it up how badly we played in this game.

    No excuses just a very poor performance. With both Sokratis and Lacazette
    red carded and not playing in home fixture our prospects of progressing next
    week are not good.

  33. Champagne charlie

    Paulinho
    What’s the list include? You must know given you’ve tipped your cap to it, or is what another empty offering because slander is the only defence of your pov when questioned?

    Marko
    No, I blame him for what i consider his shortcomings. Give it a go when you get through the 23 man squad, Wenger, Steve Bould, and Arsenal fan tv. Emery is probably responsible in some capacity for us being dogshit. Spitballing here though…

  34. Paulinho

    Charlie – Wenger, Xhaka, Ozil. Three big whoopers in a couple of years of you’ve been posting, and that’s you being guarded. Tell us what you really think and I would be here all night.

    What POV have you questioned?

  35. Marko

    I could be just as stupid and say where was your blame for players under Wenger when he got all the finger pointing?

    I never blamed Wenger for every specific idiotic thing our imbeciles done on a football field I blamed him for acquiring and maintaining said imbeciles and I didn’t trust him to address it and that’s where the blame for him comes in.

    We’re dogshit at defending, we signed a winger in Jan on loan, and have won 2 of our last 10 away games. You’re having none of it being Emery’s fault though.

    It’s not his fault we had no money and he doesn’t choose who we sign. Anything else? He’s improved our away form this season but you’re expecting what exactly from him with this pile of dogshite we call a squad. Ultimately it’s pointless talking about this sort of thing with the likes of you because you’re one of those idiots who thinks the squad isn’t that bad (it is) who thinks Xhaka is a good player (he isn’t) and who cites Mustafi playing for Germany when they won the world cup as an indication of his ability (it’s not). You’re one of those who thinks we’re 2 or three away like a certain Frenchman always maintained. Away from what exactly who knows

  36. Champagne charlie

    “Wenger, Xhaka, Ozil. Three big whoopers in a couple of years of you’ve been posting, and that’s you being guarded. Tell us what you really think and I would be here all night.“

    What’s my view on those according to you? Because I can all but guarantee its some jumble of nonsense that you masquerade as my pov.

    Marko
    You’re hilarious. Couldn’t avoid dropping yet more excuses into that rambling statement. We bought a winger instead of a defender in Jan, you say he doesn’t buy the players. We’ve won 2 in 10 on the road and you say ‘better than last year’. Keep doing your thing.

  37. Marko

    but it’s Emery who picks these “god awful” underperformers week in and week out

    We don’t have a squad with enough quality where we can drop these players right now. As much as I don’t rate Xhaka and Mustafi the idea of Lichtsteiner or AMN at RB or Elneny or Guendouzi in CM isn’t that much better

  38. Paulinho

    Receding – Yep, Charlie has that one in the pipeline. He’s only been posting a couple of years as well. Impressive amount of blooper reel comments in such a short space of time.

  39. Marko

    Couldn’t avoid dropping yet more excuses into that rambling statement. We bought a winger instead of a defender in Jan, you say he doesn’t buy the players. We’ve won 2 in 10 on the road and you say ‘better than last year’. Keep doing your thing.

    Charlie you’re a bit of a dumbass aren’t you.

  40. Marko

    Look at the Emery fans banding together, tears.

    Same. Love it when the xenophobe and the racist latch onto your every word. It’s adorable. Almost like you used to all be part of the same club

  41. Paulinho

    “What’s my view on those according to you? Because I can all but guarantee its some jumble of nonsense that you masquerade as my pov.”

    According to me? You gave him the big build up and he’s flopped. According to you, Xhaka had been dire under Wenger, and is performance level has remained the same. So despite his ‘characteristics’, he is not good enough. His characteristics are not as influential as you thought they would be. You also disagreed with me when I said he has flaws independant of the manager, which you’ve also been proven wrong over. He still no better against a press than he was when he first rolled up.

    Ozil – The hilarity of him being left of the shelf while the elite of Europe flashed their eyelashes at him. The relevance? Oh, you strongly disagreed with me when I said Ramsey was better and would be more in demand from Europe’s elite.

    Wenger – Obvious isn’t it? You’ve admitted you lied to yourself about his capabilities, and based your support of him on sentiment rather than actual managerial performance.

  42. Pierre

    Marko
    Tonight ‘s result is 90% on Emery .

    The other 10% was on Sokratis for the sending off.

    Tonight , Emery has shown Arsenal fans that when the pressure is on, he is found wanting .

    His management of today’s game after the sending off was so poor that It is difficult to imagine that a top flight manager could be so inept.

    If anyone thinks that tonight ‘s result wasn’t down to Emery then they are as clueless as he is.

    Wenger was often accused of being tactically inept, but the stupidity and ignorance of Emery’s decision making tonight shows that he is not fit to be the Arsenal manager.

    Marko, dissenter,azed, Receding Hairline…I wish you well trying to defend someone as clueless as Emery , his incompetence exceeded all my expectations tonight.

  43. Dissenter

    CC
    You just read the people you call “Emery fans” criticize him and blame him partly for the loss.
    Emery owns a big chunk of the loss, no one is denying this.

    Emery is a fan-less manager.
    We are just defending the principle of giving a new manager a decent amount or rope to either swing or hang himself. Changing him wont even change a damn thing unless is accompanied by major squad overhaul.

  44. Receding Hairline

    “Marko, dissenter,azed, Receding Hairline…I wish you well trying to defend someone as clueless as Emery , his incompetence exceeded all my expectations tonight.”

    Pierre and expectations should never go in the same sentence

  45. Champagne charlie

    Paulinho

    I gave Xhaka the big build up? I said he has characteristics to be a good player for us and is being unfairly scapegoated. I still think that, because time and again his inputs are jumped on when darlings of the side get nothing said (Torreira). I also don’t particularly rate the manager so I’m still waiting to see him under a more competent coach. Early doors it looked positive, and I credited Emery with getting more out a number of players, but it seems that was more a reaction to change. Any change.

    He’s one of our better performers this season despite some dumb moments (which he’s cut down on). Also stated I’ve no issue selling him for the betterment of Arsenal, so let’s not pretend there’s any allegiance here to players above the team.

    Ozil? Ozil is a better footballer than Ramsey, they’re at two different places in their careers and you’re comparing at a trough. Ozil was revered at Madrid and Germany for the player he can be. When Ramsey delivers on that stage let me know, not when he’s offered a lucrative bosman contract and you think that’s him made it as a player.

    Wenger? You’re not being honest there are you. I said if I was in Stans position I’d have been questioning Wenger from about 2012. Before then it was a case of me hoping he was going to return to former glories and being unsure how much of what was taking it’s toll on the ability to deliver such (stadium move, selling players etc).

    Doozies though….

  46. Dissenter

    Pierre
    “Marko, dissenter,azed, Receding Hairline…I wish you well trying to defend someone as clueless as Emery , his incompetence exceeded all my expectations tonigh”

    I wouldn’t go as far as 90% but Emery deserves most of the blame. He didn’t make the right adjustments to the red card.
    Our senior players like Auba, Ozil and Sokrates sucked tonight.

  47. Marko

    I assume Pierre is upset by Ozil being subbed. Actually a lot of the subs tonight while I thought stupid were right out of the Arsene Wenger handbook. We had two left backs on we had a midfielder covering at RB and a midfielder playing as a striker. The obvious thing someone might have had an issue with was Mhiki at RB but he wasn’t the issue. It was down the left where the game was lost

  48. Pierre

    I will mention that in the first half Aubamayang was put through by Ozil on a one on one with the keeper but the linesman wrongly flagged offside …..The score was 0-1 to Arsenal at the time .

  49. Paulinho

    Charlie – So, wrong then. On all three.

    Funny how management was never an issue when Xhaka first turned up, then it was being partnered with Ramsey and Coquelin, then it was Wenger’s management and wanting him to see him under ‘different’ management, and now that’s made no diffference you want to see him under more ‘different’ management, all the while distancing yourself from him as every season passes. He is not ‘quality’, as you said, he’s plodding dispenser of un-remarkable passes while being seemingly impervious to injury.

    “Before then it was a case of me hoping he was going to return to former glories and being unsure how much of what was taking it’s toll on the ability to deliver such ”

    More disingenuous bullshit. I asked why wasn’t Wenger front and centre of your concerns in 2016, and you answered with that romantic leeway stuff. Hardly before 2012 eh?

  50. Leedsgunner

    Emery was supposed to be a specialist in understanding this competition and winning it.

    The truth is despite spending £70m in the summer and £2m in the winter window we are no better off in reaching the Champions League than we were under Wenger.

    Emery should have concentrated his effort in improving the defence and bringing decent fullbacks if this is how he wanted to play.

    Utterly demoralising. Spurs beat BvB, Ajax beat Real Madrid, and we cannot even beat Rennes… a mid table team.

    Wenger really left us in some mess.

  51. Paulinho

    Ozil is 30 by the way, not 35, and he’s same overrated liability I’ve always claimed he was. Revered or not (while he was shifting responsibility to the likes of Ronaldo and others under the guise of unselfish assister).

  52. Marko

    Emery should have concentrated his effort in improving the defence and bringing decent fullbacks if this is how he wanted to play.

    Can’t improve some of the shit we have accumulated and he wasn’t behind the signings blame Sven

  53. Dissenter

    Leeds
    Buying players is not within Emery’s ambit.
    It was obvious we were restricted in spending in the January window and really there weren’t good players available.

  54. Pierre

    Marko
    I would have subbed Ozil off as soon as Sokratis was red carded although he was playing well up to that point.

    Should have played 2 banks of 4 , brought on either AMN or Kolasinac or both and played AMN, Mustafi, Kosielny Monreal at the back and played Mhkitaryan,Torriera, xhaka , kolasinac across the middle .

    The fact is , the decision to not have mavropanos in the Europa league squad was always going to be a clueless decision by the manager
    If he was on he bench tonight we could have just brought him on to replace Sokratis .

  55. Valentin

    Unfortunately my predictions have come to realise. I think that we will still qualify but that will be much more difficult that it should have been.

    I have said it before PEA is not a striker who can hold the ball on his own. In situation like tonight he is a passenger, worse he can be a liability as he will try flicks that will never come up. He should have been substituted by AMN to play as right back. We should have switched to a 4-4-1-0 with Özil at the top to retain the ball and bring our midfield up. Instead we stayed in a 4-3-1-1 which left us exposed on the wings and with Mhikitarian as right back.

    Emery is just showing the limit of his tactical acumen. Like Wenger before, he has devised plan before the game and will stick to it despite evidence that it is failing. He is just not capable of adjusting to things occurring in real time. Playing from the back with 10 men via Guendouzi against a team that press high is a recipe for disaster.

    I understand the idea behind using Ramsey to bring more energy. But that was the wrong move and wrong player substituted. At that time we wanted somebody who could held the ball and somebody who could be more disciplined.

  56. Dissenter

    Emery lost the plot as soon as Sok got sent off.
    He shouldn’t have even waited till halftime to make a change [controversial, I know]
    Then how can you even let Ozil play on for one sec after that?

    He’s sucking up to his senior players who probably pushed top have Ozil re-integrated. That’s just bad stuff.
    Had he taken Elneny, he would have been a better fit that Guendouzi coming on. We are asking too much of a 19 year old who’s played too many games already this season.
    Auba should have been the one taken off and Iwobi should have finished the game just for the graft.

  57. Dissenter

    A forward line of Giroud and Walcott would have beaten Rennes
    That’s how much faith I have in Auba.
    I’ve never stopped expressing my doubts about Auba. Maybe it’s all the bling that doesn’t seat well with me.

  58. Pierre

    Mavropanos not in the Europa squad .

    All we need is an injury to kosielny or mustafi this weekend and that’s the defence knackered for the 2nd leg .

    A rank poor piece of management for failing to see the obvious …what was the manager thinking of to omit Mavropanos.

  59. Valentin

    Removing Mavrapanos for Suarez from the Europa League squad looks more and more like the stupid idea a lot of us thought it was at the time.

    With Sokratis banned, we will have to play Koscielny and Mustafi with Lichsteiner, and Zech Medley as backup. I can’t see us keeping a clean sheet, so we will have to score at least 4 goals to qualify.

  60. Pierre

    “Can’t improve some of the shit we have accumulated and he wasn’t behind the signings blame Sven”

    Marko still defending the indefensible.

  61. Pierre

    “Leeds
    Buying players is not within Emery’s ambit.
    It was obvious we were restricted in spending in the January window and really there weren’t good players available.”

    dissenter still defending the indefensible

  62. Dissenter

    Pierre/Upstate
    I really think this whining over Mavros is bone headed and mean spirited.
    Have you considered that he may not be ready for prime time? He may not be fully fit or not looking sharp enough in training.
    You’re basing all your Emery bashing prose on ONE competitive game at Old Trafford, the same game AMN played like a god in central midfield and Chambers was like Maldini.

  63. Dissenter

    Pierre
    You’re full of you know what.
    Sometimes I wonder if all you have to do is squat and cough to get the inspiration to write what you’re posting. I’ve been as critical of Emery as anyone else here. What else do you want?
    Arsenal tried more in this last January window than Wenger did the summer of 2015.
    It was clear we didn’t have money to spend. We made derisory offer after derisory offer for every player that was drawing breath. We even tried cheekily to sign Almiron on loan. They tried and it’s clear there were restrictions.

  64. Champagne charlie

    Paulinho
    You offering up “wrong” isn’t actually confirmation of anything being wrong, you realise that I hope?..

    Right, Ozil is overrated, and has been his whole career, because you say so. Glad that one can be etched into the history books.

    Dissenter
    You’re being naive if you’re taking the lip service offered up as any sort of acceptance of blame on Emerys part. You might well hold him responsible for certain aspects, but the aforementioned lot don’t share your view.

    Marko still harps on about our away form being better than last season despite us having 2 wins in 10. That’s not critique, that’s spin.

  65. Marko

    Charlie on anything Xhaka related is stomach turning. So it was simply change that brought about a slight improvement and you’d still like to see him under a proper manager. Never the player being shit

  66. Dissenter

    We need to sell off one of Laca or Auba
    I really don’t care which of them leaves to be honest.
    We don’t have a winger and we don’t have a Giroud like striker that can attack aerial balls or hold up the ball.

    I just fear we don’t have the cojones or know-how to make it happen.
    The extension of Monreal’s contract just says that we are prepared to keep on keeping on- doing the same crap and hope somehow change happens.

  67. David Smith

    A few reports saying Monchi leaving Roma in the next few hours. No such reports on Overmars!
    Think Emery needs a little direction at times

  68. Marko

    Marko still harps on about our away form being better than last season despite us having 2 wins in 10. That’s not critique, that’s spin.

    Some might call it a fact. But sure spin…

  69. Paulinho

    Charlie – You haven’t actually said anything to show that you weren’t wrong on those issues?

    You realise that I hope. Unless I missed something other Ozil being revered by some fans or something,and Xhaka suddenly unleashing this not seen before talent under Wafa…….

  70. Champagne charlie

    Marko

    Everyone’s shit to you, same dickhead who thinks nobody under 50 mil will improve us so let’s not.

    Yea it’s a fact is it? But not what’s being addressed. Is 2 wins in 10 good away form? No. But fuck holding Emery responsible as long as you can crack out quips like “better than last season”.

    It’s absolute shit, period. That’s on Emery, unless of course your flag flies for him. Ahh it does. Nvm.

  71. Dissenter

    There’s talk that Monchi has a public spat with Roma Ultras last night.

    Welcome to Arsenal
    Our fans wont go farther than carrying placards. They just stay away when shite hits the fan.

  72. Dissenter

    From Marca
    “”You have to go,” ultras shouted, according to reports in the Italian media, while waiting for the team at the airport after the match.
    “You’re wrecking the team.
    “Monchi did not hold back, though, and had his own comments to make.”You’re fine,” he said.”In six months I’ll come to look for you one by one.”

    Seems he’s a fierce man

    https://www.marca.com/en/football/international-football/2019/03/07/5c81297c268e3e894d8b45c1.html

  73. Champagne charlie

    Paulinho

    I don’t recall saying what’s right or wrong, or claiming I’m right 90% of the time. I have an opinion, you disagree, if you think I’m going to “prove” it to you because you claim I’m wrong that’s a bit awkward because I’m certainly not.

  74. Paulinho

    Charlie – I don’t need you to prove it. I already knew. You just failed to disprove.

    Nice to see you’ve finally accepted you were wrong on the issues I claimed you were wrong about.

  75. Marko

    But not what’s being addressed. Is 2 wins in 10 good away form?

    Oh we’re discussing something in particular? I thought you were just being an insufferable ass talking generic shite as per. Yes he along with the players are to blame for our recent poor form. They are also responsible for having a better away record than last season. Is that better?

  76. Marko

    You know people’s opinions can be wrong. It’s not some get out of saying some dumb shit card. Hey the Holocaust never happened. That’s wrong. But it’s my opinion man. Still wrong. For example.

  77. Champagne charlie

    Paulinho
    I have a view, you have a view, but the burden of proof is on me because you claim my opinion is wrong? Lol

    Marko
    Right back to the spin. Forget looking at Emery and the work he’s doing in isolation as per a standard expected. Let’s just defer to marginal gains over absolute garbage, that’s the spirit. How to be team Emery in a nutshell.

    I’m guessing these marginal gains are impressive because of the players he has to work with? Tell me if I’m warm…(I’ll ignore the standard of opposition and think players, players, players)

  78. Paulinho

    Charlie – The proof is already in view, already been laid out on Le-Grove. Your views were wrong.

    You were in an impossible position to be fair, hands tied by your own words and subsequent events.

  79. Champagne charlie

    Paulinho

    What are you going on about…

    You’ve declared my views wrong, the reason being: because you say they’re wrong. Forgive me while I don’t exactly pay any mind to that.

  80. Paulinho

    Charlie – Reality(subsequent events) have proven you wrong. But you’ll probably pay no mind to that either……

  81. Champagne charlie

    Paulinho

    Your perception of subsequent events isn’t evidence of anything. You’re free to view Ramsey signing a bosman with Juve as him being better than Ozil, it’s not my view.

    See how that works? Perception. Your gaze isn’t the truth, it’s your truth.

  82. Paulinho

    Only perception? No not really. Your own words, unless you don’t value your own perception(which would be funny and unlikely), and actual tangible objective events, which support a perception or question it.

    You keep claiming you’re being proven right on Emery. Is that just your perception, thus worthless?

  83. Champagne charlie

    Paulinho

    I’ve no interest in being right about Emery, I have an interest in commenting on what I witness, and that’s Arsenal not being good enough to an alarming level. Not sure how you equate a persons perception to being worthless, that’s not what I said. I said it isn’t the truth, it’s your truth (in the case of your perception).

    It’s you that has this fixation with right/wrong underlined in your self declaration of being right 9 times out of 10. You wed yourself to certain views and augment the reality around them to come out with your view somehow in tact.

    Take Ramsey, he’s been at Arsenal 10 years and hasn’t even made a position his own. But you rate him and talk him up time after time, argue time after time, until he signs a bosman with a Juve and that’s vindication somehow. Of what? Couldn’t tell you, because him signing a contract with Juve doesn’t in any way change his performances for the past 10 years with Arsenal. So it’s self serving in pursuit of being right.

    Now Emery is getting the same treatment as you laid the groundwork earlier. If he doesn’t succeed in the traditional sense he still does because in your eyes he’s paving the way for the next manager to succeed. Guy literally cannot do wrong, and what do you know you “really like him”, and that would again make you….right.

    I’m out, up early tomorrow. Have a good one

  84. Paulinho

    Charlie – Well you’ve said the season so far as proving you right in regards to Emery so if you think so little of subjective perceptions then it begs the question why even state it? It’s merely your gaze after all…….

    It’s daft, and indicative of how desperate you are to avoid admitting you were wrong on certain issues.

    Xhaka is not as good as you thought he was. Ditto Ozil. Ditto Wenger. Simple.

  85. Leedsgunner

    Utterly pointless to play Mkhitaryan as a makeshift right back when we had AMN on the bench. As soon as we went a man down it was imperative that we battened down the hatches not give them a natural conduit to pour on their attacks…

    Naive in the extreme.

    Emery, in deciding to take the strong side he did, left himself no excuses. He needed to have won this game 20 minutes in with the chances Aubameyang had anyway… looks completely bereft of confidence.

  86. Leedsgunner

    Emery gambled his everything on the Europa League and he lost. Quite Wenger like really, leaving himself all to do in the second leg… except it’s not Bayern we’re facing but Rennes.

    I’m fearful for the team facing Man Utd. We needed a strong win to boost our confidence but we received the exact opposite…

  87. Pierre

    Why was Torriera in the opposition box prior to Rennes 3rd goal .

    Why were Kolasinac and Monreal both near the opposition corner flag prior to Rennes 3rd goal.

    Why were a total of 5 players so far upfield and taken out of the game with one pass when we had a throw in prior to rennes 3rd goal.

    The thing is , we see Emery barking out his orders and pointing to where he wants the players to be on the pitch , so one can only assume that the players were following the manager’s instructions otherwise what is the point of his touchline antics if the players do the opposite of what he wants..

    We were 2-1 down with a few minutes left , the sole objective should have been to not concede another goal which means not over committing going forward.

    So what happens, we have a throw in and 5 of our 9 outfield players are positioned down towards the opposition corner flag and the edge of the opposition box , leaving just 4 outfield players to defend a counter attack and the inevitable happens …..we concede .

    Schoolboy football .

  88. ddkingz

    missed the match….
    aubameyang is a worthless players… the guy can’t even create a chance from nothing to save his own life…

    arsenal is a shit club with a shit fanbase….
    people just keep repeating the same arguments for 365 days a year…. worthless

    most clubs, after 22yrs with a single manger and a decade of decline, would have started a new era with almost a total revamp of their squad…. but no not arsenal, we kept the same headless chickens roaming around the emirates….

    if missing out of top 4, and going trophyless for another 4-5 seasons, would force a power change at the emirates or finally get Silent Stan to invest in the club. .. I’ll be glad wait.

    until then… let me enjoy the ride.

  89. Tony

    Pedro
    What a difference a day makes where I’m sure you’re thinking vengeance is a dish best served cold.

    But you knew that would happen, I wasn’t buying into your narrative Rennes is a nothing team – you nicely set Emery up for the fall, right?

    I didn’t see the match or pregame post about it; just knew we would blow it in Europe and last night we did it in style.

    For all Papa’s past heroics I’ve said several times he will get sent off and l felt the same about Kola, too, so no doubt will happen before the season ends.

    Quick clever players will always get donkey’s sent off.

    From what I’m reading Emery is as much to blame as the players for the loss as Keown points out below.

    Can we do a United next week at home? Highly unlikely!

    Can we beat United Sunday? Highly unlikely!

    Should Emery be given a 2nd season? Highly questionable!

    Should we have Overmars or Monchi for our TD? Overmars!

    Should Ozil be sold no matter what the loss? Unequivocally YES!

    Will we attain CL football for next season? NO!

    What will Kroenke do with no CL football next season? NOTHING! Unless there are too many empty seats at the Emirates; ST sales drop and it begins to affect the club value and sponsorships.

    I’m hoping against hope but I feel Sunday against United will be another painful day in our season.

    For the record I’d love to see European teams win the EL and CL cups not a British team unless it’s The Arsenal.

    It seems the more we give Emery time, the poorer he looks.

    The jury is very much out on Raul as well for me.

    This season is really pissing me off. Time to knock 7 bales of shit out of the 100kg punch bag in my gym.

    Can’t wait to read your post on the game Pedro: I have a feeling you won’t be taking any prisoners, and rightly so.

    BTW, loved you humour in this post. I see shades of Nick Hornby in your writing at times. Was he an author you liked?

    Keown write in the DM.

    ‘There were several decisions for the manager and he got them all wrong’: Martin Keown lays into Unai Emery as Arsenal stumble to Europa League first-leg defeat… as he labels Man United a ‘season-defining’ fixture
    Martin Keown slammed Unai Emery for poor decision-making against Rennes
    Arsenal slumped to a shock Europa League first-leg defeat in France on Thursday

    Keown believes Emery got his decisions ‘all wrong’ after Sokratis was sent off
    He said: ‘The manager had several decisions to make but they just didn’t work’

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-6783969/Martin-Keown-lays-Unai-Emery-Arsenal-stumble-Europa-League-leg-defeat.html

  90. Nelson

    Here are some of my thoughts:
    – When Emery sets up a team defense first, like the game vs SPUDs away and Chelsea at home, the team looked solid. Every player knew what to do.
    – When we are playing an attacking formation and we falls behind, the players would get confused and Emery would lose control of the situation. Example is the second half of today’s game and the one against BATE away.
    – Today’s second goal was not Emery’s fault. It was down to Monreal and Guen. Monreal should react first instead of Guen. Guen is not a defender. He stopped so far from the opponent and didn’t move the leg and try to block the ball.
    – Today’s third goal is half Emery’s fault. You can’t ask the team to attack with 10 men at the end of the game. The opponent ran 30 yards unchallenged then passed the ball to our right. Our “RB” Mikki is nowhere to be seen. They had all the time to center the ball. The whole defense gave Saar a free header.
    – Against fast countering team our offensive formation (4 2 3 1) can get into trouble especially when Torr is doing the high pressing. Our defense is not good enough to support this Emery ball. The defense needs Torr to stay back to shield the CB’s. Manure is a fast countering team. Hopefully, Emery won’t play to their strength.

  91. MidwestGun

    Wow, Pierre… It’s embarrassing how gleeful you are to be ripping into Emery now that you don’t have to bite your tongue or the Wenger colored specs are off.. You could literally substitute Wenger’s name in for Emery’s in every criticism you have laid on thick the last half a day.. Wenger was doing the exact same things for almost a decade.. Schoolboy football indeed.

    Your happy as a pig in sh.it.. well guess what your boy Wenger and his enabler Gazidis are the ones who set us up to be circling the drain for years. I think many were hoping Emery could be the one to stop the holes in the dike. Doesn’t seem that way… but my God you don’t have to be so happy about it.. now you know how we all felt for years… not a great feeling is it?

  92. MidwestGun

    Marko
    Tonight ‘s result is 90% on Emery .
    The other 10% was on Sokratis for the sending off.
    Tonight , Emery has shown Arsenal fans that when the pressure is on, he is found wanting .
    ___________________

    Wenger description to a T… found wanting all the time … flat track bully.
    His management of today’s game after the sending off was so poor that It is difficult to imagine that a top flight manager could be so inept.
    _________________________________-
    Same thing I thought with Wenger .. all the time.. how could anyone think he was a top flight manager anymore.
    If anyone thinks that tonight ‘s result wasn’t down to Emery then they are as clueless as he is.
    _______________________________________
    Same thing I though about AKB’s all the time when Wenger was messing up tactically or just not even bothering to care about it.

    Wenger was often accused of being tactically inept, but the stupidity and ignorance of Emery’s decision making tonight shows that he is not fit to be the Arsenal manager.
    He was accused of being tactically inept because he was.
    Marko, dissenter,azed, Receding Hairline…I wish you well trying to defend someone as clueless as Emery , his incompetence exceeded all my expectations tonight.
    _________
    Nice… glad you were expecting some awesome failure. So happy the club you support could fail so miserably. Ill be looking for you outside the Emirates with your protest banner.

  93. Emiratesstroller

    Tony is absolutely right.

    The way that Arsenal played in this game was shocking. The fact is that we scored a goal in first three minutes and no doubt our players thought that this
    game was a “walk in the park”.

    Instead of taking control we allowed Rennes back in the game through poor decision making, loose passing, but above all else the usual reckless and unintelligent defending, which is and has been the hallmark of our game in
    recent seasons.

    In reality Arsenal’s defence is one of the poorest and most brittle that I have
    watched in the sixty years that I have supported Arsenal.

    The situation has not been helped by some very poor decisions made by Emery. The idea that Mkhitaryan was a better defensive option than Maitland-Niles was ridiculous.

    Taking off BOTH Aubameyang and Iwobi meant that we were completely toothless and allowed Rennes the luxury of attacking us.

    Of greater concern is the fact that Arsenal have secured THREE red cards in
    recent games, which adds even more pressure on our very limited resources.

    If Arsenal lose on Sunday to Man Utd our season could well be over next Thursday with absolutely nothing to play for.

  94. Moray

    “If Arsenal lose on Sunday to Man Utd our season could well be over next Thursday with absolutely nothing to play for.”

    On the plus side this is when we play best…:)

  95. Pierre

    Not gleeful, I can guarantee you that ..The opposite in fact..

    Major disappointment for me was last night..The first 40 odd minutes I thought we was managing the game really well , solid in midfield and offensively looking good.

    I did think that we were making unnecessary fouls throughout the first half and the ref was taken in by the theatricals from the French .

    But there is no excuse for the poor decision making by the manager, I’m not sure what he was trying to achieve( maybe the sack).

    We all know wenger’s failings but we now have a manager that is beginning to make wenger look tactically astute( who would have thought it).

    Sorry, but you can defend Emery as much as you like and I have given him credit for his tactics last weekend but that was not Emery’s finest hour , that’s for sure.

    He has now put himself under enormous pressure for the next few weeks when it could have been so easy to shut up shop last night and accept a 1-1 draw or a 2-1 defeat and bring them back to the Emirates.

  96. Moray

    “UEFA want Wenger for their Technical Development role.”

    This is ironic as Wenger hasn’t developed anything much for years. Having said that, this kind of role would be perfect for him as he wouldn’t really need to deliver much. Just attend a few dinners, bullshit a bit, show his face around town and talk about the past.

    He’s not going to get anything substantial on the club side of things. Even PSG aren’t that stupid.

  97. Leftsidesanch

    Arsenal could lose on Sunday and still make Europe. Teams will drop points of course but beating United is good for confidence and to halt their momentum.

    How many times have we turned up at home only to play like trash away from home? The United game isn’t the be all end all we have some tricky away fixtures.

    There’s also a club in London who wear Blue who are very much in the thick of things.

    Not to worry Arsenal haters, theres plenty more for you to cheer over. We can’t help but be a dim error prone team.

  98. Dark Hei

    Well, we all said that this season is a write-off right?

    Anyway, we might just beat Rennes away, Ben Arfa gets sent off maybe?

    We are clutching at straws.

    Lets just lay it on Wenger

  99. Guns of Hackney

    Poor team and squad.
    Poor recruitment.
    Limited manager.

    This is the result.

    I wouldn’t give emery any money this summer, that’s for sure. Either sack him or restrict him.

  100. Tony

    “We can’t help but be a dim error prone team.”

    Summed up perfectly.

    Yet most here blindly support the team, but no so much the club these days.

    Most will be hoping, praying and finger crossing for a win or just a draw Sunday knowing the likelihood is we’ll be let down again by certain players and an ever increasingly manager who seemingly is losing the plot.

    The worst of it is the owner only sees our club as an asset and the people Kroenke hires are only in it for their avarice and power egos.

    Until the head of the club is being run by people fit for modern football purpose who care about the club, its fans and its history the future looks bleak.

    The rot could be stopped in the summered small inroads could be made to repair the damage caused by Wenger & Gazidis, but ………………..

    Is Monchi really the guy to turn the club’s fortunes around?

    I look at what Overmars has brought to Ajax with young players and I think I’d rather trust him than Monchi and make sure the Latin clique doesn’t cement itself for the next 3 years.

    If Overmars found us the new De Ligt, De Jong, Neres, & Tadic I’d be very happy.

    What does Monchi have to offer in comparison?

    Emery is a problem for sure, but what is going on in management with their personal agendas above him is far more worrying.

  101. Receding Hairline

    “I think the biggest disappointment is the third goal because at 2-1, you go home and you know that there’s a result where you’ve scored away at home and you can overcome it.,” Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Czech said. “We can still overcome a two-goal deficit because in the end the goal we scored might play a big part, but we made it a little bit harder for ourselves.”

    I think same too Petr

    I personally believe that third goal will be our undoing. Just like Monaco’s third goal at the Emirates

  102. MidwestGun

    Pierre-
    Don’t think you get it.. probably never will.. Nowhere was I defending Emery .. he gets what he deserves. You have every right to criticize him…. but you have no right to mock people who point out your hypocrisy given that you ignored the same exact things about the previous manager. Be as critical about him as you want… but the smugness and excitement about it …. no… not having it. Because bottom line.. we would already be more advanced if it wasn’t for the failure of the previous one.

  103. Samesong

    RH

    He just keeps getting work…that Leicester triumph has paid off big time

    Isn’t this like the 19th club he’s managed lol

    Anyway…. people need to forget the game and now let’s focus on the United game.

    Happy Friday all from me. Have a great day all.

  104. Leftsidesanch

    Rennes are garbage, we should feel embarrassed for last night. Emery made some poor choices once we were down to 10 men. I’ve seen more blame go to him that to Sokratis for his stupidity that you knew would take the game away from us.

    This isn’t like the AC Milan and Monaco situations (was at both games). We’ll probably do enough to see us through.

  105. Davey

    Totally agree Receding,take the 1-2 defeat and get out of there, what you don’t want to see is your left back taking a throw on by their corner flag with 2 mins left and down to 10 men, apart from lacking effort tracking back etc naivety is our downfall yet again.

  106. Receding Hairline

    A win on Sunday will go a long way to remedy what has been a mixed week, disappointing result against Spurs and an implosion from player and managers against a team as average as they come. But this is Arsenal, we hand out freebies to the downtrodden.

    If United win on Sunday even Spurs should be worried, they will begin to feel invincible

  107. HighburyLegend

    “they will begin to feel invincible”

    And against Arsenal, it would be a huge performance!!
    (lolz)

  108. Emiratesstroller

    Frankly I don’t see Arsenal beating Rennes for one very good reason. I think that
    we will concede as usual a goal.

    That means that Arsenal need to score at least three to make penalties!! Can
    you see us scoring our penalties?

    We will be without Torreira against Man Utd and both Lacazette and Sokratis
    against Rennes.

  109. HighburyLegend

    @Emirates : I would add the absence of Laca.

    Mr Emery (aka Arsène Jr), any solution ?? Mesut as a striker ?? lol

  110. Gbat

    The substitutions were poor last night but I believe managers on the whole take way to much of the blame. A manager can only do so much. The greatest tactics in the world still need to be carried out by the players.

    We have good players, not great ones. They are equally capable of putting in excellent performances as they are poor ones. And this has been going on for years. I don’t believe any manager could just come in and instantly transform this squad. A lot of the squad just aren’t good enough.

  111. Valentin

    The initial tactical and personnel setup was wrong.
    Rennes plays a very basic 4-4-2 on the counter attack with two speedy wingers and HBA with a free electron behind the striker.
    Torreira should have been tasked to follow HBA and block all his passes.
    A flat back four devoid of any pace was asking them to have a go. We should have either play 3 at the back or have a midfield 3 to protect the defense.

    The substitutions were ridiculously bad. Iwobi was our best player while Aubameyang was as usual useless as a lone striker tasked to held the ball. Mhikitarian should never have been tasked to play right back.

    Those are Emery’s failing. We have a poor team, but it was not helped by Emery’s inept, clueless decisions.
    I have said before that Emery is a mediocre coach and he keep proving me right. Decision to replace Mavrapanos by Suarez on the Europa League squad condemn us to rely on an injury prone Koscielny, a wrestler Sokratis and brain fart in waiting Mustafi. Anything happen to any of them and we have to play Zech Medley.

    I suspect that the management team is already trying to see who they could get instead of Emery. He has taken this team as far as he can.

    BTW, Hatem Ben Arfa is enjoying his revenge to Emery. French newspapers keep recycling the quote about Emery making a lot of animation on the touch line for very concrete result on the pitch.