Top 3 opportunity goes to the last day (if we beat Brighton)

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Via @Arsenal Instagram

Hello top 4 my old friend.

I’ve come to try with you again.

Here we are AGAIN people. Spurs shit the bed against Bournemouth losing two players to red cards. Chelsea has a London derby against Watford tomorrow morning. We have to face off against the MIGHTY Brighton at home in a later kick-off.

This goes down to the last day if we can pull off a win. It’ll be a classic top 4 face off where any of 4 teams could sneak it on the last day. Who really needs a title race when you have a battle like this going on?

United are taking 6 points, no doubt.  FIXTURE FRAUD RIFE AS USUAL.

Last game for Spurs is Everton, which won’t be easy.

Last game for Chelsea is apparently one of the most underrated midtable teams in the world… Leicester.

We have to go away to Burnley, which is never easy… because 1) we are Arsenal 2) it is away from home.

All we can do is win both our games and pray for an upset. Incredible that we’ve lost 4 of our last 5 games. A travesty.

Still, worth remembering we have two chances at the promised land. Europa League is looking good for us. Mulling over whether I’d prefer Chelsea or Frankfurt… at least we know we’ll turn up if it’s Chelsea.

Alex Iwobi, had something to say on his record this season.

“I try to dwell on the positive and not dwell on the negative as much as I can. If I make a mistake I try to use it as a lesson and try to improve on it. We have a lot of good fans as well.”

“They are entitled to their own opinion and I am happy with the progress I have made this season. I have been able to get more goals than I had in the previous season and I have”

Not exactly a ringing endorsement of himself here. 4 assists and 5 goals across 48 games is a pitiful record in his third season. That’s the sort of return you’d expect from a decent full back. Not someone who in an attacking role for a team trying to be protaganists. If you’re brutally honest, it’s not good enough and it’s hard to see when it comes good. He lacks physicality, offers up little pace and the decision making hasn’t gotten any sharper.

As we rebuild this summer, the focus really has to be on players that aren’t happy with ‘a few assists’, we need to bring in electric pace, and a brutal winner takes all mentality. We’ve really struggled out wide this year and it’s the excuses are running out because he’s been given a huge amount of game time.

What would Saka have done with that many games? Maybe we should find out… or just pony up the money and bring in Pepe, Sarr, or Zaha?

Alex Lacazette took the player of the season. There’s been some fierce debates in my chat groups. No one really stood out majorly this season. There was a lot of ok or good form in spits and spats. Dare I say if Ramsey hadn’t have been benched for the first half of the year, he’d be taking that? Him or Leno for me. But hey, I love the Frenchman. He works hards, he makes so much out of nothing and he’s popped up with important goals all year. He and Auba have had a far beyond average impact on our conversion rate in front of goal and we are very lucky to have the both of them.

Emery was asked by a paid-up journo whether winning the remaining two games was important. Imagine that being the extent of your questioning when you’re handed the mic?

Good afternoon. We need to win the next match and if we win against Brighton we are going to the last match against Burnley with the possibility to be in the top four. It’s not in our hands, but we need to win our matches and the first is Sunday. It’s not easy to win each match – for us and for other teams – but the focus for us is to win against Brighton for different situations. We are going to play the last match at home. We are going the play the last match with Petr Cech, with Aaron Ramsey and also I think we want to finish at the Emirates with a victory. The first objective is to finish in the top four and it will give us the chance.

The ‘good afternoon’ is a lovely touch. Interesting that we might start Cech. He had a good game against Valenica, but this game isn’t a dead rubber.

The manager was asked if he thought we’d progressed.

Yes I am. Our progress I think – when we started the season we lost against Man City and Chelsea  and we worked for this process, little by little and at the end of the season now we are with this possibility. I think when we started we would have been happy to have today these two opportunities in the Premier League and Europa League to reach our target.

I think he’s trying to say that we are competing for top 4 this season, which hasn’t been the case. He’s right. If we make top 4, it’s hard to argue about his success. It’s like the FA Cup final in 2005, it was grubby, but we did it. However, if you are into reality, he’s not progressed the club like most of us would have hoped. But, he’ll get the next season to stamp his authority… I’m sure there will still be those that can’t tolerate any critique until he’s purged every last binman that was under Wenger’s control, but there we go.

One step at a time… Emery HAS to put on a show tomorrow. Send the fans home with a smile and make sure they’re hanging back for that lap of honour!

Right, see you in the comments x

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  1. Drey

    I still can’t believe we lost THREE games and still in the running for the top four.. even a win vs Crystal Palace would have been enough at this point

  2. Marc

    If we start with Cech in goal tomorrow for any reason other than Leno is injured then for me then Emery should go. Sentimentality is nice but it has no place over the next handful of games.

    If you want to bring Cech on with 10 minutes left if we’re 4 nil up then OK although I’d still argue that’s a missed opportunity to give a rest to an outfield player.

    Hopefully the reference to Cech is the guard of honour that was mentioned on Arseblog.

  3. Bob N16

    Completely agree Marc, personally I would pick Leno in every remaining fixture as he is our best goalie and every game is vital. Sentimentality is for the walk around the pitch at the end of Sunday’s game ( goal difference could be significant and we need to rotate outfield players, so no last minute substitution either).

  4. Drey

    If we start with Cech in goal tomorrow for any reason other than Leno is injured then for me then Emery should go. Sentimentality is nice but it has no place over the next handful of games.

    Fully agree. need to go all guns blazing now

  5. Marko

    Nah if you’re trying to convince Cech to stay on as a coach here and not at Chelsea you make a gesture like playing him.

  6. TR7

    Ishola

    ‘I think what you mean is he doesn’t have the real poise and the cuteness of a real top class player.’

    Yeah, that’s my concern. Imagine a front 3 of Auba, Laca and Zaha – zero coordination and link up play. Liverpool play Firmino along with Salah and Mane for better coordination among the three forwards. City attack is on a different level altogether with Bernardo Silva in it – a player who can not only dribble but also has real footballing intelligence and poise.

  7. Drey

    Marko

    “Nah if you’re trying to convince Cech to stay on as a coach here and not at Chelsea you make a gesture like playing him.”

    Yes, because playing him in a must-win game at the end of the season after being (rightly) relegated to the bench for most of the season would somehow sway his head from going to the team where he made his name.
    Yeah good plan

  8. Henry Root

    I think we have a case of Chinese Whispers here.
    We have a guard of honour for Ramsey and Cech before the game
    Nowhere did Emery say Cech was playing .
    Calm down please. There is enough to be worried about without worrying about things that weren’t said.
    Imagine if Auba had converted the penalty against Spurs and that offside goal hadn’t been allowed for Chelsea against Cardiff. Where would we be now? Or even better if we’d played with any bottle over the past few weeks

  9. Ishola70

    How can you just let Salah run off you unmarked in the penalty area.

    So poor the defending from these guys who are highly paid pros.

  10. gambon

    Marko

    But but but…..Ozil just needs good strikers ahead of him.

    Wait, we now have Auba and Laca….erm, it’s racism.

  11. Batistuta

    Gambon

    He also needs a manager that understands him and doesn’t play headless chickens around him

  12. Receding Hairline

    Gambon Ozil needs love and attention to perform. He also needs all his other team mates literally keeping opponents away from him. Then he also needs a few away matches off and a few days off training sick with “back problems”. He is also underpaid.

    Get all this sorted and those chance creation stats go through the roof. Just ask Pierre.

  13. Dissenter

    Cech is not an Arsenal legend.
    We do not owe him a clap-off. He’s already set up for a job in the Chelsea set-up is you believe the tabloids.

    Ramsey however…I wish he got his standing ovation and special walk around with his family.

  14. Receding Hairline

    Ayoze Perez..hmmm

    You are a weird one TR7…you really are

    You say no to the unpredictability and skill of Zaha but you want Ayoze Perez who isn’t particularly good at anything besides scoring in spurts.

  15. bennydevito

    I’m sure when Liverpool win tonight Benitez will discover an unexpected payment from Liverpool for a bonus they forgot to pay him.

  16. TR7

    Receding

    Perez – a potential squad player available on cheap

    Zaha – a starting 11 player who will cost £50M

    Not that I have anything against Zaha either, I think we should look for an even better player for that sort of money.

  17. Champagne Charlie

    Receding continuing his obsession with Benitez, won’t be long before Arteta does the rounds again too

  18. Un na naai

    I’m it sure emery want some out and out wingers
    I’d say he’s looking at no10 types, creative wiseman to tuck inside and let the full backs overlap
    I very much doubt he will sign Zaha. Shame though

  19. Receding Hairline

    Who is Perez replacing in the squad? What does he bring that we lack? You guys keep on about next level, can players like Perez take us to the next level even as squad players?

    Ayoze Perez is the last player we should be looking at.

  20. Receding Hairline

    Un na nai Emery has already said many times we need wingers .

    Playing technical number 10’s out wide isn’t an Emery thing, our present situation with regards to wingers isn’t his making.

  21. Marc

    Completely forgot there was a match on tonight. 4 goals in what could be a PL decider and I’m loading the fucking dishwasher!

  22. Un na naai

    Completely forgot there was a match on tonight. 4 goals in what could be a PL decider and I’m loading the fucking dishwasher!

    Marc
    That’s no way to talk about a lady….

  23. Marc

    As a genuine question – I’m not looking to start a row or putting it as a loaded question but what formation does everyone think will be our preferred option next season?

    I appreciate there will always be matches where things will be tweaked or injuries might cause a change.

  24. Un na naai

    Un

    You don’t’ know what I was loading her with!

    Marc
    Rohypnol? The mother load? A gerbil?

  25. Un na naai

    MarkoMay 4, 2019 21:07:43
    Emery definitely wants wingers. Definitely.

    Yeah, beacuse marko sneaks into his bedroom every night and peeks at his diary. Who does he fancy marko? What’s his favourite spice girl?

  26. Receding Hairline

    Un na nai I guess the pursuit of Carrasco and Perisic never happened

    Besides what we were looking for was a loan option, a stop gap, if he really wanted Suarez here he would be here on an obligation to buy clause.

    But hey never let facts get in the way of a good moan.

  27. Dissenter

    Ozil needs 10,00 fans like Pierre sucking his you-know-what to perform.

    Unfortunately there aren’t enough fans like our Pierre.

  28. Un na naai

    Marc

    Depends entirely on personal

    Whatever happens I think he’s going to persevere with lacazette and Aubameyang as a front two.
    I’d like to see us go to a back four again for games we should be winning. But I’m not sure if we will have the quality required in certain positions. Especially if he’s only handed £45m

  29. Un na naai

    Rh

    Wouldn’t call them out and out wingers would you? Defo not peresic.
    Either way his quote was “ wingers like Suarez”
    Quite damning in retrospect

  30. Marc

    Dissenter

    “Ozil needs 10,00 fans like Pierre sucking his you-know-what to perform.”

    That’s not a problem – I’ve volunteered Pierre once and you 9,999 times.

    Everyone on here had a vote and were fine with it.

  31. Un na naai

    Marko

    The 30 something Mongo with the humour of a suicide bomber in a pork house.

    Lighten up you corpse.

  32. Receding Hairline

    Perisic and carrasco are out and out wingers, stop showing your ignorance.

    And yes Suarez can operate from the wings, what’s wrong in a manager saying when he had a player he played him from the wings, what’s so damning about that?

    You hold on to the silliest of things and run with it.

  33. Un na naai

    I would never mistreat an animal – if you make another accusation of that kind I’ll sue!

    Marc

    Is that the gerbil or the dishwasher?

  34. Un na naai

    Rh

    No. I don’t think they are. Out and out wingers stay wide and hug the line. They (yannick and Perisic) cut inside. When I think of wingers I think of Joaquin, SWP, Lennon, giggs.

    Hardly ignorant is it?? Now put your stinky minge away and quit with the bitchy antics.

  35. Marko

    Don first off you’re not funny if that was an attempt at humour from you. And secondly learn to read the room you imbecile people were having serious discussions

  36. Marc

    Un

    I did a great job a few years ago pissing off all of the female relatives on my Mum’s side – an aunt and her twin daughters specifically when I pointed out that if someone could invent a dishwasher that could give a blow job then there’d be no need for females at all.

  37. Receding Hairline

    Wingers stay wide and hug the line… SMH

    You really do have the simple mind of a child, and by child I mean under 9 years of age. A ten year old is far wiser than you.

    I’m to blame though for engaging you, now pollute the space with silly insults relating to nationality or wealth.

  38. Un na naai

    MarkoMay 4, 2019 21:22:26
    Don first off you’re not funny if that was an attempt at humour from you. And secondly learn to read the room you imbecile people were having serious discussions

    Mongo

    There is no room you bellend. Didn’t realise you were at a funeral. Fuck and they say the Irish are meant to have the craic? In Dublin it’s more like crack….

  39. Marc

    Liverpool got to roll the dice now. No one will remember a team who had 90 something points and didn’t win the league.

  40. Dissenter

    Liverpool look clueless tbh
    They look like they are waiting for the Newcastle keeper to do them a favor like Pickford gave them in the derby

  41. Un na naai

    Wingers stay wide and hug the line… SMHYou really do have the simple mind of a child, and by child I mean under 9 years of age. A ten year old is far wiser than you. I’m to blame though for engaging you, now pollute the space with silly insults relating to nationality or wealth.

    Rh

    Ok half balding lady boy. You clearly don’t understand the differing descriptives for wide players. I bet you’re over weight too. I’m thinking Arnold from westworld but chubbier and balder.

    “In football, a winger is an attacking midfielder in a wide position. Wingers are usually players of great pace or dribbling ability so as to provide cut-backs or crosses from which strikers can score. Their main function is to provide width and support attack from the wings”

    Yeah this really sums up Suarez doesn’t it?

  42. Un na naai

    Don it’s not an actual room… know what forget about it. Words are wasted on you

    Mongo

    Yep. And humour is wasted on you. Now run off with your tail between your legs after another humiliation.

  43. Receding Hairline

    He talks nonsense and declares himself Victor. Another humiliation he says.

    You are lucky this is an anonymous space or you would be shaming whoever it was that raised you.

  44. Un na naai

    Dissenter

    Come on. There’s only one mongo in the “room”

    Hahaha that was priceless man. Read the fucking room. What a doughnut

  45. Nelson

    This EPL season turns out to be really exciting. Tomorrow, Manure and Chelsea will play before us. I am expecting even more dramas than today. I am praying. God bless!

  46. bennydevito

    Lots of wingers cut in though and score goals and provide assists, Giggs, Pires, Overmars CR7 at Man utd, Robben, plenty of others. They start on the wing and run the channels but they don’t just cross or pass or stay out wide do they.

  47. bennydevito

    I expect Man utd and Chelsea to win. Was hoping for Watford to pull off a shock but now that Wolves have won and secured the final EL place I can’t see it now.

  48. Receding Hairline

    Benny don’t bother….

    Wingers only hug the touch line, Aaron Lennon and SWP scored their many goals from the touch line, they never cut in field. Once they did they became midfielders.

    The guy thinks he is witty and amusing but he is none of those things

  49. Un na naai

    Benny

    I wouldn’t term robben an out and out winger though. His more of a wide forward or inside forward.

  50. CG

    Super, super post by Pedro…(.my- he is in cracking form at the moment.. long may it continue.. )
    And I thank him for it…

    I am glad he has touched upon the supine – frankly embarrassing journalistic angle and their line of questioning to managers/coaches and he also lays it on the line with the ridiculous Iwobi.

    Only at AFC – would this pathetic excuse of a footballer be allowed to be indulged.
    ( Wenger to blame not Emery with this one)

    His output stats are worse than that ridiculous haircut.
    This permanently glove wearing footballing imbecille- should be carted off to the Belgium league.
    Gent or Genk is his level..

    And to think – he was to be the replacement to the much maligned but very underrated and ultra professional Theo W- shows the club is currently not fit for purpose.

    If Pat V was in charge- there would be no Iwobis!!!

  51. Marko

    Now run off with your tail between your legs after another humiliation.

    Don the only person you humiliate is the poor blind deaf and dumb wife of yours. And if you got any kids those poor little things

  52. CG

    Hello,my dear old Bd.

    Yes.
    I think – I have chosen the most tedious match possible….

    Handkerchiefs and Hipflask at the ready.

    Win tomo- and we will finish Top4
    No way- The Potatoes are beating the inform Toffees next week. ( no Son or Kane)

  53. CG

    Nitpicking to castigate Liverpools exemplary title tilt.( fabinhios dive)

    They are deserved Champions of England.
    Come Monday evening.
    I think they will be in pole position.

    Man City 2 Leicester City 2???

  54. Redtruth

    Guardiola last reached a Champions league Final 8 years ago.!
    Emery has had more recent success in Europe with an unfashionable club.
    Guardiola treble with Bayern
    Emery treble with PSG

  55. bennydevito

    CG,

    I think now that Brighton are safe we will win comfortably. You’ll have a good game to watch and enjoy the end of season party.

    Have a good one, I’ll look out for you and your white hanky on the TV.

  56. Nelson

    @benny “now that Wolves have won and secured the final EL place”

    Not yet. If Leicester city wins the last two games and Wolves loses his last game, Leicester city will take the 7th spot.

  57. bennydevito

    CG,

    They’re not champions yet and I hope City crush Leicester although I’ve got a horrible feeling Leicester might pull off a shock.

    Hope I’m wrong though!

    And it’s not nitpicking – I can’t stand cheaters!

  58. bennydevito

    Everton’s last 4 home games has seen them beat Chelsea, Arsenal, Man utd and Burnley without conceding a goal.

    Makes our defeat not that bad in context when you consider we only lost 1 nil and had to make changes due to inury, illness and suspension.

    Losing to Palace at home also not as bad as being made out although not great, when you consider they beat Man city by the same score at home who have a much better squad, and we were also forced to change the lineup again due to injury, illness and suspension.

    I think it’s clear that next season we need to make sure we have much better players who can step in when we’re playing games every 3 days and get blighted by injuries, illness and suspensions towards the business end of the season.

    Ramsey, Elneny, Mustafi, Lichsteiner, Monreal, Welbeck and Koscielny need to be replaced.

    Iwobi and Xhaka need upgrading.

    That’s 9 fucking players!

    Emery also needs to give more games to the younger players earlier on in the season especially in the cup games and at home in the league now and again.

    How many of the 9 players we need can be covered by our youngsters? 5?

    So we still need to buy 4 players and that should be 2 CBs, LB and RB.

    We’re going to need more than the rumoured £45m.

    9 players to replace is a major rebuild.

  59. Marko

    It would be so brilliant if we’re like 3 or 4 up tomorrow and the camera cuts to an individual wearing an Arsenal jersey foaming at the mouth and waving a hanky furiously

  60. Pedro

    Benny, not sure anyone is going to go along with you saying losing to Palace at home… or the other defeats… were fine.

  61. CG

    Talking of the mighty Palace.

    3 scoring Roy’s Crystals Palace:

    3@City
    3 @Anfield
    3@ Turf Moor
    3@Cardiff
    3@ Arsenal

    lets for gawd sake recruit players with:

    Pace
    Power
    Penetration
    competitive spirit
    technical ability

    you do not need tactics – if you recruit the above.
    No one can stop a runaway train!

  62. Emiratesstroller

    I know that there is massive concern about our away form particularly in the
    last two games against Wolves and Leicester.

    However, there is one positive about our game against Burnley which may give us some degree of optimism for finishing in top 4 at end of season.

    Burnley have not beaten Arsenal in the last 12 games since they have played in
    EPL in all competitions.

    Our record against them is
    EPL P9 W8 D1 L0 F20 A4
    FAC P3 W3 D0 L0 F7 A1

    So if we can get through tomorrow’s game and win against Brighton we will
    have a realistic chance of finishing in top 4.

    Spurs defeat yesterday has made them vulnerable, because they will be playing against Everton without both Kane and Son.

    The end of season could be very tight for all 4 teams challenging for 3-4th
    places.

  63. Bamford10

    Benny

    Exactly. Palace also beat City, but Emery losing to Palace with a collection of largely inadequate players is an outrage and totally on Emery.

    Makes sense.

  64. Bamford10

    Pedro

    No one has said those losses were “fine”. What we’ve said is that those losses were the result of an inadequate squad, not the manager, and that those teams are better than some of you are allowing.

  65. Pedro

    Largely inadequate players that if they win tomorrow, will be in the mix for top 3 on the final weekend of the season.

    Not buying the absolving of Emery here.

    This is all a bit Wengerish with the defence… it’s the manager when we win, the players when we lose.

    Squad is top 4… always has been, bad decisions over the last 5 games have us where we are.

  66. Bamford10

    Pedro

    One, that we might finish top four could just as easily be an argument for the quality of what the manager has done with the players he has as I t could be an argument for the quality of those players.

    Why do you always assume being top four tells us something about the quality of the players and not something about the quality of what the manager has done with those players? I’ll tell you why: because you have an agenda. Every pundit worth his salt has said something along the lines of: “Emery deserves massive plaudits for getting this group even near fourth”.

    “Squad is top 4”

    No, it’s not. It’s sixth best at best. And aside from you and two or three other agenda-driven posters here, the whole football world sees it this way.

    Further, why is it that you lot never defend the actual players whose overall footballing quality is being questioned? Why don’t you lot ever make a strong defense of Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Ozil, etc.? I’ll tell you why: because you know they’re inadequate.

    Enjoy your night.

  67. Champagne Charlie

    “No, it’s not. It’s sixth best at best. And aside from you and two or three other agenda-driven posters here, the whole football world sees it this way.“

    – “sixth best at best” means what at worst?
    – anyone that’s doesn’t agree with him has an agenda
    – has the football world in a WhatsApp group
    – still oblivious as to why he has “haters”

  68. rollen

    With crap manager this team would be around 6th 8th, and out of Europe. Late Wenger would not beat Napoli over 2 legs

  69. Bamford10

    Arsenal Truth after Leicester City—

    “Arsenal have played double the games of Leicester this April and 12 more matches than them this season overall. Anyone who thinks that statistic is not factored into performance levels needs a word with themselves. Any complaints about lack of effort or ‘bottling it’ only displays an ignorance of the physical demands placed on a shallow squad, lacking confidence and physical attributes.

    Whatever way you want to wash it, the plain fact is, too many of these players are not good enough to play for Arsenal. You can’t trade on Arsenal’s history and use that to justify why we should be beating teams like Leicester. As miserable as it is to concede, the likes of Leicester, Wolves, Watford and Everton have a lot of players that are better than ours. That has to be accepted as FACT. Why would you expect Arsenal to turn up and beat teams away from home when those teams have superior players in a plethora of positions?

    The collapse is painful, and it would be easy to make knee-jerk criticisms of Emery whilst floundering for answers, but as far as I’m concerned he’s not equipped with the tools to fulfill Arsenal’s top four objectives.

    He tried to rotate against Palace, but the squad was too weak and got turned over. He tried to attack his way to victory against Wolves and was 3-0 down at half-time. He tried to defend his way to three points against Leicester; the end result was just the same. I suspect no matter what he tries, he‘s doomed to fail with this group, and it’s questionable whether any other manager would do any better due to the obvious inherent lack of quality: physically, mentally and technically.”

    Interesting. I guess he agrees with us and not the fairly small anti-Emery minority here.

  70. Bamford10

    Arsenal Truth after Valencia—

    “Let’s be honest, what is Emery supposed to do? Guendouzi and Xhaka is no partnership, Ozil floats around in a world of his own and the wing backs offer absolutely nothing. AMN’s inexperience has really shone through recently, but I’m not going to criticise him for that. Kolasinac, meanwhile, is absolutely moronic. The Bosnian built some currency earlier in this season, but last night he was unspeakably bad.”

    Interesting. Sounds like he thinks our issues are largely down to the inadequate personnel options Emery has, not down to Emery. Sensible guy.

  71. Nelson

    Sunday 12th May will be High Noon.

    Brighton and Hove Albion 15:00 Manchester City
    Burnley 15:00 Arsenal
    Crystal Palace 15:00 Bournemouth
    Fulham 15:00 Newcastle United
    Leicester City 15:00 Chelsea
    Liverpool 15:00 Wolverhampton Wanderers
    Manchester United 15:00 Cardiff City
    Southampton 15:00 Huddersfield Town
    Tottenham Hotspur 15:00 Everton
    Watford 15:00 West Ham United

  72. Moray

    Pedro, since when was Watford a London derby? About the same time as Luton became a London airport I suppose, or Easyjet flew in to “Barcelona”?

  73. Moray

    One thing that has tested Emery is the weakness in our squad players. At the squeaky end of the season, this is when you need players like Elneny to come in and perform solidly. Unfortunately, the manager did not understand the physical demands of the Premiership and failed to keep the squad players involved through the the season. Therefore when we did need them they weren’t ready, weren’t good enough.

    I think the big learning curve for Emery this year must be around the squad. How to manipulate your team around the rigours of three games a week and managing multiple cups consecutively. The number Of games they play, the lack of a Christmas break and the lack of breathing space before big European games…these are all phenomena particular to the game in the UK. It will be interesting to see how Emery manages this next year – our last few results show how poorly he prepared this season.

  74. Receding Hairline

    Yes Pedro, interesting point there

    Why is the fact we are in the mix for a top four finish testament to the quality of the squad and not the quality of the manager? Why is every defeat proof of his lack of quality?

    You have decided to swerve that question, please do answer it.

  75. Receding Hairline

    Guardiola has lost at home to palace and away to Leicester.. These are suppose to be sure signs of the blandness of a manager and his lack of quality.

    You have made absolutely no allowance for the fact that this man is in his first season in England working with a squad he did not assemble yet competing till the end for a top four place and a European cup. Apparently it is down to our world class players yet the other day Leno was the only one you would keep.

  76. Un na naai

    The author at arsenaltruth strikes me as a but if an imbecile but let’s put that to one side for the moment. His view is just that, a view. The MAJORITY of London gooners are of the opinion that losing 3 games on the bounce toninferior opposition is unacceptable. Especially when you factor in that they again put “fatigue” aside to raise their game against Valencia. That fact alone rubbishes Bamford Marko’s insipid suggestions that “fatigue” has reared its ugly head. What utter tosh.

  77. Un na naai

    Why is the fact we are in the mix for a top four finish testament to the quality of the squad and not the quality of the manager? Why is every defeat proof of his lack of quality?

    RH

    Could it not be that both the manager and the squad are more than capable of attaining a top four finish? Nobody is expecting this squad to win the title but we are expecting top four. Especially when our rivals are falling over themselves to let us back in.

  78. Emiratesstroller

    Arsenal supporters are entitled to complain about all manner of reasons for our recent poor form.

    Let’s start off with scheduling. We are playing on average two games a week and in some cases up to four games in ten days.

    Second we have been playing without FOUR players since February i.e. Welbeck, Holding, Bellerin and Suarez. You can add since Napoli game Ramsey.

    Third we have got THREE other players in squad who are so useless that the
    Manager is unwilling to play them except in absolute emergency namely Elneny, Lichsteiner and Jenkinson.

    So we are effectively playing with a squad of just SEVENTEEN players and that
    includes players who are often slightly injured and of course does not make
    allowance for recent suspensions to Torreira, Sokratis and now Maitland-Niles.

    Then you need to factor in that players like Koscielny and Ozil are clearly not
    able to play two games a week.

    This places huge demands on the other players in squad.

    Perhaps one criticism of Emery might be that he has chosen not to experiment with some of the U23 players. Players like Willock and Nkietah might have offered him more flexibility

    It will be interesting to see how the end of season pans out, but what is for sure
    the club needs to be active in the Summer Transfer window. Going into next
    season with the same squad minus Cech, Ramsey, Lichsteiner and Suarez means that we are already 4 players short before you start looking at other
    serious weaknesses in squad. None of the players listed here will earn you a
    dime in transfer market.

  79. China1

    I don’t really care if cech goes to coach at Chelsea. Is there any evidence that the guy will make a good coach?

    He’s a footballer who didn’t even begin to learn how to pass a football with his feet before the age of about 34 or whatever he is now

    He was a wonderful shot stopper back in his prime but his goalkeeping style is a bit of a relic and I’m not sure I trust him to coach our keepers when times have moved on around him so much

  80. Pierre

    Bamford
    “Interesting. Sounds like he thinks our issues are largely down to the inadequate personnel options Emery has, not down to Emery. Sensible guy.”

    Leicester 3-0
    Wolves 3-1
    West ham 1-0
    Bate 1-0
    Rennes 3-1
    Southampton 3-2
    Everton 1-0
    Palace 3-2

    8 games …8 defeats

    Goals for 6
    Goals against 18

    ——————————————
    Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham
    Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea
    Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United
    Arsenal 2-0 Napoli
    Napoli 0-1 Arsenal
    Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal
    Manchester United 2-2
    Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool

    9 games …6 victories ..3 draws.

    Goals for 15..Goals against 6

    Bamford…these results are a pointer that it isn’t the inadequate personnel .

    If it was the inadequate personnel the team would be struggling against the stronger teams …it all points to the team being set up incorrectly without motivation against inferior teams.

    It is the managers job to motivate the players and to play the correct tactics, systems and personnel …Emery should receive the credit For very good performances against the top sides but these results against inferior sides show the naivety in his management skills .

    For us to have such positive results and performances against teams like Tottenham, liverpool, United, Chelsea and Napoli is enough proof that the squad can compete with the best.