Wolves gamble on Arsenal being cowards away from home. They win.

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Aaaaahhhghgghggggggghhhhhhhh…

The Emery HOME WIN train derailed predictably yesterday.

Come on, be honest, you knew we’d tank against Palace, and you knew we’d tank against Wolves.

Am I going to sit here and lambast the coach today?

No. What’s the point. Those players should be fucking ashamed of themselves. They can get themselves up for the sexy games, then utterly melt when it matters against shite teams they should be dealing with.

Last night, there was no belief a win was coming. You can tell me Emery prepped the players on what Wolves are like, but I’m struggling to believe anyone was paying attention. Is it a boredom issue? A translation problem? Or the reality that the cancer in the squad is the ghost of Wenger?

Regardless, we don’t have the bottle. Players turning away from well-struck freekicks? Are you joking? FACE UP LADS, FACE UP. Sunday League basics. I never call out Steve Bould, but come on Steve, where are you on that one? Those players in that wall should be locked in medieval stocks and have 1966 leather balls fired at their faces until they scream maniaclly that they are enjoying the learning process.

You should not have to be teaching people like Xhaka not to turn away when they are in their mid-twenties. What a disaster. In fact, I vividly remember being told by a friends dad at 10 that bravery can’t be taught, you’re either going to put your body on the line for your team, or you’ll be a coward. Maybe this isn’t a Bouldy thing? Maybe it’s a rancid attitude to BRITISH FOOTBALLING VALUES. Fucking hell, get me HARD BREXIT on the phone, I have some additional LEAVE thoughts.

Additionally: Where are the, ‘we really missed Xhaka’ crowd today? He’s simply not good enough to be an elite footballer. The fact anyone missed him says a lot about the state of play.

I love Lacazette, he has more swag than MJ (before we knew he was a pedo), but he’s scored 6 goals away from home this year. He’s not a strong player and he gets eaten alive in those physical games.

In fact, it’s fair to say that the whole squad lacks physicality. Not an issue when you’re playing powder puff teams like Napoli. A huge problem when you’re playing a team that has been built on a brief of caps-locked ‘POWER AND PACE.’

I tell you who we did miss. Aaron Ramsey. A PROPER athlete.

I think Emery has done a tremendous job this season on the face of it, but for me, it’s tough to say he’s not a little culpable for the debacle of the last two games. He made a drunk gamble at the weekend when he played a pathetically weak side against a solid Palace that was always going to take advantage of any signs of weakness. That decision wasn’t an acceptable mistake after we paid the same price against Everton. Our biggest opportunity was to bag the home win with a big starting 11, then roll the dice on Wolves with a team that had momentum with it.

He gambled wrong. Hey, we’ve all been there at 3 in the morning, 10 beers deep, in our pants, staking the mortgage on black after we’ve broken into a friend’s Paddy Power account. Just a shame Emery had precedent for the Palace game, he should have played a smarter risk.

However, he’ll get by this season because there are so many drossy players on the outskirts of the 12-14 players that are good enough.

We are still in with a chance on top four, we’ve just multiplied the difficulty.

On a positive note, I think Emery will fancy his chances on the Europa League. Valencia will be an easy tie, and he knows he can get his players up for the big games… so Chelsea in the final will look appetising for him.

I just find it hard to compute what a disappointment this squad is, because yesterday wasn’t about ability, it was about focus, motivation and fight. We didn’t have any of that.

… let’s hope we can stretch that £45m this summer. There is a huge rebuild needed, if we don’t get it right, Arsenal will be an irrelevance for many years to come.

Welcome to what 10 years of neglect brings you… the real ‘careful what you wish for’ was always ‘careful what you stick with.’

What did YOU think? Share in the comments if you agree with me… x

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  1. Un Na naai

    Nelson

    That doesn’t make any sense. What happens the following season when he’s in the champions league, bombs out of that, bombs the league and then we have no champions league football the following season?
    If his only route is the Europa then we can only qualify for the champions league every other season providing he wins the tournament every time he enters it

  2. Gbat

    Yeah he’s the manager, but all he and the coach’s can do is prepare them as well as they can. The players have to perform and carry out the instructions. He’s not controlling them from the dugout. These are professional, international footballers.

    Players win football matches. It’s the reason the top managers, Pep, Klopp, Mourinho etc spend such big money on improving their squads.

  3. Un Na naai

    Gbat

    So it wasn’t wenger’s fault that we were only finishing 2nd 3rd and 4th when our rivals were completely outspending us?
    Ok.

    But to counter your point. Why can he set them up to best top 6 opponents and Napoli but not mid to lower table teams?
    That would indicate the players are good enough but he’s just not able to figure out standard premier league, pace and power tactics

  4. Biggles

    So here’s the squad, summer their contract expires and what they are on a week as best as I can tell from a few different sources.

    Licht 2019 90k
    Cech 2019 100k
    Monreal 2019 65k
    Ramsey 2019 110k
    Welbeck 2019 70k
    Jenks 2019 45k
    Suarez 2019 52k
    Koscielny 2020 90k
    Sokratis 2021 90k
    Ozil 2021 350k
    Mikky 2021 200k
    Auba 2021 180k
    Mustafi 2021 90k
    Lacazette 2022 140k
    Kola 2022 120k
    Elneny 2022 55k
    Iwobi 2022 30k
    Guendouzi 2022 40k
    Chambers 2022 70k
    Leno 2023 90k
    Xhaka 2023 100k
    Bellerin 2023 100k
    Holding 2023 40k
    AMN 2023 35k
    Torreira 2023 75k
    Mavro 2023 25k

    I might have missed it, but I don’t remember seeing an official comment on Monreal staying. If he does, it’s probably at the same money. That’s still £467k a week off the books. Kozzer is worth peanuts I suspect and he’s probably worth having around still, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see him leave on a free transfer back to France, especially if Chambers returns.

    The summer 2021 players are the ones who are under threat. If we’re serious about the wage bill being controlled it means we’re either looking to sell them, or have extensions lined up. There’s no way anybody sane would extend Ozil or Mkhitaryan on that kind of money given they’re both 30 now. If we can sell them, we probably will, but I doubt either would be willing to go elsewhere – I think they’d rather just take the money and occasional appearances. Auba probably stays – he’s scoring goals and we probably couldn’t recoup well enough… and who would we replace him with anyway? Mustafi is on the bubble – I think if we can get decent money for him he’ll be away, failing that, I think we’ll extend his contract because he’s not (relatively) expensive. I think Sokratis would have a fairly low transfer value in another two years time, so I suspect we keep him and are prepared for him to walk away then.

    For the guys who have contracts running to 2022 or beyond, most of them are on reasonable money. Xhaka and Kola are the standout ones for being overpaid, but Kola at least isn’t the worst player in the squad. I suspect Chambers will be back with us next season to replace Lichtsteiner and Jenks and possibly Kozzer.

    What we see is a reduction in wages overall. Chambers is of more value to the squad than Lichtsteiner is, but costs £20k a week less. Squad players who are expected to be making few appearances are on noticeably less. We’ll still be able to afford big guns. You know that Wenger would have given Iwobi a 5 year extension on £80k by now.

    Unfortunately, we also have a timeline. It’s going to be two years before the shackles are off, because that’s how long it will take to get shot of two players taking up around 23% of our wage bill and contribute fairly little to the team.

    So, brace yourselves. This summer will be a case of replacing a few expensive pieces of deadwood, probably with cheaper deadwood. The only big loss that we’ll probably look to outright replace will be Ramsey. We might luck out and buy somebody that makes it into the first team and makes Xhaka the new deadwood.

    The corollary to this is that there’s no point in replacing Emery with someone better like Allegri. Maybe he’d get a little bit more out of the same players than Emery, but probably not much more. If we make top 4 and/or win the Europa League then Emery has definitely improved us and if we do improve further with some new faces then great. But guys, it’s summer 2021 before the ghost of Wenger is really gone.

  5. Nelson

    Un

    You are projecting the future assuming that there will be no change to the squad and the management. We are talking about only this transition year. There will be so many factors coming into play in the future.

  6. Pierre

    Gbat
    The manager is the most important person at a football club..

    He picks the players
    He decides the tactics
    He chooses the style of football a club wants to play.
    He decides who joins the club.
    He decides who leaves the club .

    and if he gets it wrong he should be sacked.

    The correct manager can transform a club and that is why it is important Arsenal employ the right man .
    Some seem to think that Emery is receiving criticism due to loyalty to Wenger….they are wrong.

    They are wrong because , if a new manager came in who had the quality , vision and class that Emery is obviously lacking , then he would supported.

    It sometimes feels that the wenger obsessives were so desperate to see the end of him that that they are blind to Emery’s faults .

    We were stagnating under Wenger and we are stagnating now.
    I am hoping that we win the Europa cup and our owner thanks him and sacks him to bring in the right man, whoever he is.

  7. gonsterous

    Our squad is bad because we let our best players go
    Wilshere
    Cazorla
    Ramsey
    Giroud
    Walcott
    Sanchez

    I don’t think so, all those players are playing where they are supposed to, wally is everton level striker, and jack is a west ham level midfielder. Ramsey is playing like a juve signing but time will tell if he is consistent. Sanchez cant play in a team with specific instructions.

    The people recommending we bring back giroud and sanchez should not be taken seriously. As usual with le grove all players in other teams are WC apart from ours.

  8. Words on a Blog

    Biggles
    Substantially agree with the main theme of your post. Given the squad composition and salary structure, it will take at least until 2021 for the squad to be “de-Wengerised”.

    Regardless of how well or poorly we think he’s doing, Emery is likely to be in place until then.

    The concern is, given the vacuum at Chief Scout / Technical Director level at present, whether we’ll be able to unearth decent players to replace some of the departing dead wood.

    Otherwise, regardless of who is manager, it’ll be a case of dead wood out, dead wood in.

  9. azed

    “It’s no coincidence that Ozil’s stats have deteriorated alarmingly since January last year ( when Sanchez left).
    He has gone from being one of the most creative players in Europe in the first half of last season to just another player.It’s obvious that Emery doesn’t know how to use him ( unlike wenger ) and it’s obvious that he doesn’t trust him on the field ( unlike wenger) and the situation has become detrimental to The Arsenal football team.”

    More Ozil bullshit from the resident Oziltologist..

    Ozil has had just one double digit assist season(EPL) since he joined us (9, 5, 19, 9, 8, 2) which brings his average to 8 a season(so the 19 was the exception, not the rule).

    Ozil is the only supposedly world class player who cannot play away from home, cannot adapt and cannot influence a game if his team mates are not playing well.

    Anyone remember a time when we had an away a game and we didn’t want any of the following to start (Cesc, RVP, Rosicky, Bergkamp )?

    By the way, Cesc partnered Gilberto, Flamini, Denilson, Song, Ramsey, Abou, Jack in midfield and still performed.
    In attack, Cesc had Henry, Adebayor, Bendtner, RVP, Chamakh and was still delivering because he was truly a world class player

  10. Un Na naai

    Nelson

    Yeah i can see that line of logic bearing fruit with only £45m being handed to emery this summer
    We fixed the day we let kroenke in the door
    We haven’t been Arsenal FC since he got his claws into the club and it’s only going to get worse
    Mark my words. We will win nothing major with him running our club. Definitely not with emery as head coach too. At least we were entertained before. Now we are just bored and miserable.

  11. Un Na naai

    The new twilight zone is grade A dog turd. Jordan Peele is nothing more than a gimmick. Get out as full as it was at least got its message right.

  12. Jamie

    “Ozil has had just one double digit assist season(EPL) since he joined us (9, 5, 19, 9, 8, 2) which brings his average to 8 a season(so the 19 was the exception, not the rule).”

    Quoted for truth. Pierre is a masochist who loves being repeatedly humiliated.

  13. Pierre

    Un
    “But to counter your point. Why can he set them up to best top 6 opponents and Napoli but not mid to lower table teams?
    That would indicate the players are good enough but he’s just not able to figure out standard premier league, pace and power tactics”

    you are right, It does indicate that the players are more than good enough.
    His failure to understand the strength of the premier league will get is downfall.

    I will go as far as to predict that next season the league will be won by as much as ten to twenty points fewer than this season due to the strength of teams like Leicester , palace, burnley, Watford, wolves and Everton who are improving year on year with stronger and deeper squads.

    If we are not careful we could quite easily be passed by theses ambitious clubs who are prepared to put their money where there mouth is, unlike Arsenal who have had to rely on our previous manager to keep us competitive( 3 trophies in 4 years is confirmation of this).

  14. Pierre

    There are many more…..I would think that as supposed Arsenal supporters, you would be proud to have such a creative player in your team .

  15. Paulinho

    “you are right, It does indicate that the players are more than good enough.
    His failure to understand the strength of the premier league will get is downfall.”

    Jurgen Klopp beat a load of top teams in Europe to reach the final last season, but finished 4th with 75 points. I suppose that suggests he didn’t understand the league(still) after two years in charge.

  16. azed

    “There are many more…..I would think that as supposed Arsenal supporters, you would be proud to have such a creative player in your team .”

    Ozil is so creative he has just one double digit assist season lol…

  17. bennydevito

    Pierre,

    I’m still pissed off from the Wolves match and pissed off at how bad we are from told to bottom as s club. A lot of us have been saying for a good few years now that once Wenger finally gets the boot it’s going to take whoever’s the next manager a good few years and a good few hundred million to remedy the serious Wenger neglect and decay of our squad. This hasn’t happened this season it’s been happening slowly since we started selling/giving away our best players to Barcelona, Man City and Man utd. It wasn’t Emery who did any of this, it wasn’t Emery who neglected our squad, signed overpriced shite and put us in Europa – it was Wenger, yet the like of you, CG, Unai et el are absolving Wenger and blaming Emery, so yes after reading all of your bullshit all season I’m sorry that my patience has ran out and my frustration levels are through the roof.

    When you look up the correct terminology of made for that is something created by design for a particular use or purpose so I stand by what I said about your statement regarding Napoli and Emery.

  18. Words on a Blog

    I used to be frustrated but still quite like Ozil as a player until Pierre started defending his world class status on here at every conceivable opportunity.

    Now I just want him gone. Watching him play in matches is still ok, particularly at home, but I’m not sure I can bear hearing any more narratives and “statistics” from The Great Oziltologist

  19. bennydevito

    Un nai,

    Is it International irony day today?

    For you of all people to be harping on about abuse is absolutely priceless.

    See my above response to Pierre; I’ve ran out of patience and I’m seriously agitated about Arsenal, and considering I very rarely get abusive, or rather use strong language compared to how common a lot of other posters do anyway, I didn’t really think it would be a problem.

    Sorry.

  20. bennydevito

    Pierre,

    “I will go as far as to predict that next season the league will be won by as much as ten to twenty points fewer than this season due to the strength of teams like Leicester , palace, burnley, Watford, wolves and Everton who are improving year on year with stronger and deeper squads.”

    I see.

    So us losing to Everton, Crystal Palace and Wolves wasn’t such the terrible results you and the Wengertite Emery outers are trying to portray. Thanks for clearing that up.

    Snd considering Man City with Jesus Guardiola also lost 3 – 2 at home to Palace, Man utd lost 4 nil away to Everton and Wolves have the best record against the top 6 from outside of the top 6, Emery in his first season in English football isn’t doing such a bad job after all.

    Thanks for clearing that up too.

  21. Alexanderhenry

    Gonsterous

    Regarding :

    Wilshere
    Cazorla
    Ramsey
    Giroud
    Walcott
    Sanchez

    I think we will miss Ramsey and miss the physical option giroud gave us- he’s far from the best but he was a valuable player nonetheless.
    Regarding walcott, I don’t think we miss him specifically but we definitely need some genuine pace out wide and he could provide that.
    Cazorla we wouldn’t miss if Xhaka and Özil could find better form

    The one player I think we miss enormously is sanchez. I have no idea what’s happened to him at man u, but for arsenal, he was the player who could do the unexpected and provide a bit of magic.

    Let’s be honest, overall, the current squad is pretty weak for a so called top European club.

    6th best in the PL, maybe top 15 in Europe.

  22. kristoman

    emery has performed wonders in my book period. at least he competing with the best coaches around in the world for its first season. someting that cannot be said about a our previous manager.
    Wenger used to achieve top 4 regularly and his the god of arsenal, the moment the top coaches appears in the picture, he was found out. so yes ’emery has done quite well in his first season.