NLD has extra spice this week

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Great result in the Ashes.

Incredible result in Spurs home game against the unstoppable machine that is Steve Bruce’s Newcastle.

The mighty Geordies stole the game 0-1 after a lovely finish from Joelinton, a striker not really known for goals.

Poch hasn’t won an away game since Jan, he’s only won 4 games in his last 15, and he is looking extremely arsey in his prezzers.

You could almost feel for him. Emery is out here praying that we sell Mustafi and Elneny, Poch might yet lose Jan Vertonghen, Toby Aldeweirald and Christian Eriksen.

If those three go, they are in desperate trouble this season. It’s like Spurs are finally paying the price for a criminally low wage bill. Those three leave and it’ll be a huge blow for morale, technical capability, experience levels and their chances of top 4.

Add to that the rumour that Spurs were 10k short for the Newcastle game and they had to literally give tickets away to pump their numbers (unverified).

Hate to see it, honestly.

In Arsenal news, poor old Unai is taking a hammering from all corners after his tactical disaster-class against Liverpool. Not really my bag to talk tactics, but I kind of feel he was fucked whichever route he took.

Why would he start Lacazette… who has a horrendous record away from home? Why would there be a consideration for Mesut Ozil? The guy is an absolute wimp. What was he supposed to do about the full-back situation?

My main critique would be how tepid we were. We’re not fierce in these games. Emery isn’t decisive when things go wrong. He’s also very uncreative when it comes to fixing problems as they happen.

I think he’s scared. He knows that this year he has to improve. He knows there are a whole bunch of underlying statistics he’s going to have to attack. I’d imagine that is going to impact his starting 11s this season.

Remember, he’s used to getting by with experienced journeymen. That’s why you’re more likely to see Xhaka start than someone younger. Kids make mistakes. It’s too risky. Even his big kids make mistakes. David Luiz has made 3 massive errors in 2 games. Not good enough.

… but it’s interesting, big mistakes seem to be a theme whoever plays.

How do you coach concentration into players? How do you make the team stronger defensively? How do you improve the attacking output?

There’s a lot to work on, but it’s hard to judge him after losing to one of the most brutal outfits in the game.

Let’s see what happens against Spurs.

Newcastle are a shower of shit, but they managed to roll the European cup finalists. Emery isn’t going to be able to hide behind excuses forever. We have a very, very good squad of players to pick from. If teams are better than us, surely the purpose of a coach is that he finds a way?

If Emery takes Spurs down by 3 goals this weekend, everyone will rejoice that he has more sauce than the Costco condiments aisle. I won’t, but you know, I see what’s coming with absolute clarity.

Might have a little bit of goss for you tomorrow, tune in or be damned to an eternity of fire and Sam Allardyce.

SEE YOU IN THE COMMENTS x

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  1. Pierre

    “Now, Emery gets Ceballos. Its evident Emery is searching for his dream MF. Suarez couldn’t be that. Neither could Rasey fit the bill. Now, Ceballos is being tried.”

    Emery appears more concerned with what a CAM does off the ball rather than on the ball , consequently the CAM rarely finds the space to do damage to the opposition .

    He may as well play without a CAM and go with the liverpool 4-3-3 formation with the 3 midfielders who are predominantly there as protection and to control the game, allowing the full backs to play so high.

    Emery becomes negative in his use of the CAM more so against stronger sides .

    He used Ceballos against liverpool to try and negate the influence of Fabinho which was pointless as the threat was always down the flanks.

    Against Chelsea, he used Ramsey and Ozil to negate the threat of jorginho, which worked in the home game.

    In the home games against the weaker sides Emery allows the CAM more freedom to express themselves as shown in Ceballos performance v Burnley.
    The CAM is freed from defensive responsibilities, though of course that is not saying he shouldn’t drop in to help defensively but he wouldn’t have specific duties against the weaker sides as he does v the stronger ones.

    So what I will say is , don’t be surprised if we see similar performances throughout the season as we saw from Ceballos v liverpool.
    In these games the CAM is in effect playing in a straight jacket, the manager has neither the confidence in the player or himself to allow him to play with freedom and expression.

  2. Receding Hairline

    “Belief is the key word here, football coaches are not super men, just regular guys who believed and went for it.”

    Guess Gentlebris is the moniker Arrigo Sacchi uses to post on Le Grove

  3. Marko

    Who told you, yes you bald head, that you couldn’t go into football coaching and make a huge meaning out of it if you felt you had the talent?

    Is that you gentle you think you have the talent for it? In as far as suggesting that it’s as simple as saying just go out and play your game and you’ll be able to get a result at Anfield I don’t you do. I suggest stick to being a dispenser for the Mrs and leave football to the people who know what they’re doing

  4. Jamie

    “Go out there and believe in yourselves, lads!”

    “Don’t forget to express yourselves!”

    Gentle and Pierre’s hot take on coaching at the top level. Wenger must be even more clueless than I thought since the old fucker is still unemployed, and the winning formula is so simple.

    Poch forgot to tell his players to free themselves from defensive responsibilities at home to Newcastle but, thankfully, they didn’t need to be reminded.

  5. Gentlebris

    ‘Wonder when the penny will drop that a fellow who uses Receding Hairline as a moniker will not consider “bald head” an insult’

    I’m not a fool RH, I was just complimenting your bald dull head 😎😎😎😎😎

  6. Ishola70

    I think GentleBris is just upset that Arsenal didn’t sign Zaha.

    He was virtually doing back flips every day on here when we were linked with him.

    It was like Zaha was the missing piece of the jigsaw for EPL title winners.

    Korean Son >>>>>>> Zaha.

  7. Gentlebris

    “Go out there and believe in yourselves, lads!”“Don’t forget to express yourselves’

    Jamie!

    Now don’t be silly like Marko.

    Marko’s unexercised brains I can understand, he works at the post office.

    What I was trying to say is this
    Even without any sort of input from a professional coach, our boys could have bluffed their ways to victory or to a draw if we didn’t have a coach who thought it tactical to tie them to our goalpost.

  8. Uwot?

    Wtf?Now the Crystal Palace owner on Emery’s back with a classic bit of shit stirring concerning louisa.wtf has it got to do with him? Gets his own f** know house in order.with the negativity shown by some retards on here has spread to the wider audience.perfect agenda to unsettle us before the NLD .get a grip folks & try & see the wider picture with a touch realism…

  9. Chris

    Jamie

    As Pedro alluded to the other day, the hypocrisy is staggering from the likes of Pierre who wouldn’t have one word of criticism against Wenger, yet all of a sudden have their coaching badges and find fault with anything they don’t agree with about a man who has coached and won trophies all across Europe.

    I wonder what their thoughts were when Wenger was asked to change tactics by the players to try something different against Man City a few years back.

    3 games in and the guy is being criticised by all the keyboard coaches, even now Saturdays result and tactics still being dissected. We should be looking toward this weekends game against that lot down the road, not still lamenting a tactic that didn’t quite work against the European champions at their fortress.

  10. Receding Hairline

    “What I was trying to say is this
    Even without any sort of input from a professional coach, our boys could have bluffed their ways to victory or to a draw if we didn’t have a coach who thought it tactical to tie them to our goalpost.”

    So what you were trying to say is what Jamie wrote you were trying to say …”go out there and express yourselves, forget tactics, you are good enough to beat them”

  11. Gentlebris

    I think GentleBris is just upset that Arsenal didn’t sign Zaha.

    Ishola 70,

    We got Pépé and I made it very clear here I was delighted. And then what has that got to do with all of this?

  12. Pierre

    Jamie
    ““Go out there and believe in yourselves, lads!”“Don’t forget to express yourselves!”

    Strangely enough ,I would imagine that is exactly what pep and klopp tells his players before a big game.

  13. Marko

    What I was trying to say is this
    Even without any sort of input from a professional coach, our boys could have bluffed their ways to victory or to a draw

    Bluffed their way to a draw or victory. So it’s exactly as ludicrous as we’ve been stating. Gentle for your kid’s sake I hope they got the mother’s brains. Rather than walk back or ignore your stupid statement you instead go all in. Fair play

  14. Distant legrover

    I finally saw the Liv vs Arsenal game. I only have one thought :
    Xhaka’s long pass is so slow and stays in the air forever that you think gravity doesn’t apply to it. Get rid of this clown already. Only thing he has is composure, he’d be a good boy scout not a good gootballer.

    We couldn’t miss the top 4 no matter how bad a season we have until this clown began playing our midfield. Get him out!!!

  15. Chris

    Pierre

    I would suggest you read the book that followed Pep at Bayern Munich to get an insight about how he talks to the players.

    It’s a terrific read, very interesting.

  16. Marko

    Strangely enough ,I would imagine that is exactly what pep and klopp tells his players before a big game.

    For the most part maybe but I’d imagine there’s more to it than that certainly not in the big games no. Though there’s probably a good reason why Pep continues to falter in the Champions League and Liverpool just cannot seem to find a way to win a league title

  17. Pierre

    Chris
    “As Pedro alluded to the other day, the hypocrisy is staggering from the likes of Pierre who wouldn’t have one word of criticism against Wenger.

    Nothing more needs to be said when someone has to bring up Wenger or hypocrisy to counter an argument.

    Let’s all pretend that giving the liverpool full backs the freedom of the pitch was a masterclass from the manager .

  18. Marko

    I finally saw the Liv vs Arsenal game.

    Wait you made comments yesterday having not seen the game? 😂 You’re going to do great around here

  19. Gentlebris

    ‘Bluffed their way to a draw or victory. So it’s exactly as ludicrous as we’ve been stating.’

    Marko that post was not for your consumption, it was for Jamie.
    I don’t believe in magic, how could i have expected you to comprehend what it means to bluff your way when the odds are against you.
    You are a parcel man and it would be inconsiderate of me to expect you to function at those heights.

  20. Distant legrover

    And Guendozi might be a future star in midfield, but we need a solid midfielder right now. Boy should be a 20 minutes substitute player at this stage not a starter. So that’s Xhaka not good enough and Guendozi not ready. Yet those are arguably our starting midfield.

  21. Ishola70

    Distant legrover

    “Get rid of this clown already. Only thing he has is composure, he’d be a good boy scout not a good gootballer.”

    Ball boy.

    He’s got the kiddie boys haircut for it.

  22. Chris

    Pierre

    The tactics employed by Emery received contrasting reviews wherever you look. And if he had tried to go toe to toe and got hammered he would have been hung out to dry. As I said before, he is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t by some, in a lot of cases those who backed Wenger unerringly. There is nothing wrong with highlighting that.

  23. Gentlebris

    ‘Strangely enough ,I would imagine that is exactly what pep and klopp tells his players before a big game.’

    After all the tactical preparations(the actual tactical preparations not the Emery’s one), all good coaches still motivate their players with words like ‘go out there and enjoy yourselves’ and other stuffs like that. But I chose not to argue along those lines because that’s not even my point.

    But trust Marko, once geniuses like RH started a crusade, Marko would jump into the centre of it all, of course without understanding the concepts involved. Poor lad.

  24. Ishola70

    It’s ridiculous that some posters on here are lingering on the Liverpool away defeat.

    The reality is that one is marked down as a defeat before kick-off considering the difference in levels between the teams atm coupled with how good Liverpool are at Anfield.

    Move on and hope the boys can give Liverpool a better game at The Emirates.

  25. Receding Hairline

    “After all the tactical preparations(the actual tactical preparations not the Emery’s one), all good coaches still motivate their players with words like ‘go out there and enjoy yourselves’ and other stuffs like that. But I chose not to argue along those lines because that’s not even my point.”

    Lots of assumptions here, lots and lots of it. You were not in on the team talk so you have no idea what was said before the game, go out there and enjoy yourselves are not motivational words by the way

  26. Receding Hairline

    Having said that the three actions below looked like actions of players “enjoying” themselves and not one of those desperately doing their jobs in fear

    – Sokratis chosing to grab onto VVD and completely ignore Matip who was right behind him, he didn’t even jump

    – Luiz grabbing hold of Salah when he and Sokratis had completely lost him in the box, probably thought it was play time, nothing more playful than a shirt grab

    – Luiz jumping in and getting skinned by Salah while Monreal was no where close enough to provide cover, really enjoying themselves there weren’t they

  27. Nelson

    Someone misunderstood what I meant about “Target” in my last post. For me, the team needs to develop a base formation where all the players are familiar with. It should include all our strongest players. We should beat all the lesser teams comfortably. Minor tinkering may be required against other top 6 teams to counter their strength.
    We should also rotate players for all the cup games.

  28. Receding Hairline

    Nelson i think we will be seeing a 4-3-3 once our full backs get back. He has to settle on a formation though that we will be playing for 80% of our matches. He has a lot to do to prove himself here does Unai Emery, the honey moon is over for many (it never begun for some).

  29. Gentlebris

    ‘go out there and enjoy yourselves are not motivational words by the way’

    I would have to pay for this pure science.

    And all my life I have thought people could be motivated if you work up the proper emotions in them.

    Silly me. Thanks bald head, I always knew you were a genius.

  30. Receding Hairline

    “And all my life I have thought people could be motivated if you work up the proper emotions in them.”

    yes they can but go out there and enjoy yourselves does not really work up a lot of emotions. Take Marko’s advise and stop digging, you have made a fool of yourself enough on this one loss against Liverpool who have lost only one league game since the start of last season.

  31. Danialtos

    RH MarkoGazidis is great…oh no he’s a c**t.Sanllehi is a journeyman…oh no he’s ‘sauce’.Emery will get Sanllehi to buy 30 year old journeymen players…oh no that didn’t work out.Sanllehi and Emery will consolidate their position and look to hire yes men and bring in bring acquisition…oh no.Emery is the enemy of the youth…oh dear.I mean just this system in an effort to avoid giving Emery any type of praise it was Sanllehi and Edu who were ‘sauce’ and super impressive for building a vision of the future, buying young players, promoting Ljungberg, insisting on acadmey progression…that tune has now changes as it suits the current argument.Tactics, tactics, tactics…the old ‘sauce’ when Wenger was around…suddenly unimportant and actually a pain.Like I said, lots of noise, little substance or consistency.

    You are wasting your time cesc,Pedro is on the know and ‘speaks’ to people close to the club.l,so you won’t win this one.Special mention to the time we were linked with Banega for 2 weeks and Legrove went into meltdown because Emery was only interested in bringing his ‘guys’ lol 😂

  32. Words on a Blog

    Highbury,

    CG is over Watford busy giving Javi Gracia a pep talk to whip him into shape.

    The man need to protect the millions he’s out in Watford FC to win the league.

  33. Gentlebris

    ‘It’s ridiculous that some posters on here are lingering on the Liverpool away defeat.The reality is that one is marked down as a defeat before kick-off considering the difference in levels between the teams atm coupled with how good Liverpool are at Anfield.’

    Ishola 70,

    IT’S NOT ABOUT THE DEFEAT!

    That was not the first time Liverpool would do us in recent history.

    It’s not even because Emery tried to defend. You could defend properly without throwing your self respect to the Liverpool fans.

    Emery sat deep, no problem, though I would have preferred we went toe to toe with them.

    But then Emery high-level expertise was brought under the limelight when we were being boxed in like that and had leaked two and he refused to change things.

    You could decide to travel down a road, no problem. But when you see dangerous heavy storms coming your way and you still keep going in same direction, nothing anyone says can convince me you are not acutely daft.

  34. Valentin

    A few years ago an idiot deliberately walked into the lions zoo enclosure. For 15 minutes, the lions looked at the fool puzzled. Clearly thinking it’s a trap. That can’t be real. Non human being would be stupid enough to come here unprotected. Once they realised that there was no trap, the man was mauled.

    Liverpool’s fullback were the lions and Arsenal the fool. For a half they were afraid of going forward, just putting aimless crosses into Arsenal penalty box. At half time, Klopp told them, there is no trap, just a fool with bad tactic. You don’t need to cross the ball, just venture further forward and make a short pass to our attacking trio. And the mauling started in earnest.

    Unless Emery was relying on Jedi mind trick to convince Liverpool fullbacks to never just make a short pass, that tactic of letting them completely free was never going to work on the long run.
    In fact that tactic was so unreal, it did confuse them. Most teams try their best to stop them, not to let them play. The fact that during the first half the fullback never attempted short passes is due to their habit of being confronted by team that blocked them.

  35. Bojangles

    This Gentle fellah is something else. Definitely a FM supremo though. My son plays it and I often look over his shoulder to see how he’s doing. Gentle’s and FM’s motivational speech are practically identical. They work for him in FM so they’ll work for him the real world.

  36. Receding Hairline

    “Liverpool’s fullback were the lions and Arsenal the fool. For a half they were afraid of going forward, just putting aimless crosses into Arsenal penalty box. At half time, Klopp told them, there is no trap, just a fool with bad tactic. ”

    Pepijn Linders, one of Liverpool’s assistant managers posts on Le grove as Valentin, of course he also posts as an Arsenal board member, chief scout generally anything he wants to claim inside Knowledge on

  37. Ishola70

    GentleBris

    This season is not about going toe to toe with Liverpool at Anfield or Man City at The Etihad or efen giving them good matches. They are levels above atm. Accept it and stop crying.

    This season is about improving the away form against all teams in EPL apart from Liverpool and Man City and getting results against Spurs and Chelsea.

    Arsenal can give better games to Liverpool and Man City at The Emirates.

    Now stop sobbing and move on.

  38. Gentlebris

    ‘yes they can but go out there and enjoy yourselves does not really work up a lot of emotions.’

    Oh, mighty RH, your hair must have run away when they couldn’t stand the heat of your top top brains no more.

    See, players of any kind of game are always nervous before a game, it’s normal. That’s how human chemistry works, adrenaline and all.
    That’s a given emotion, but one that can hinder confidence and talent.

    Then when the leaders of the team say soothing and reassuring words, nerves are calmed to decent degrees, a positive kind of chill is released and things are cool in the brains. That reaction echoes the availability of talent and confidence gets boosted.
    That’s another given emotion, one that helps.

    I’m not even sure I have not lost you because the more you type here the more you appear to be at Marko’s level.

  39. Receding Hairline

    Liverpool’s fullbacks had one assist this weekend, the corner from Arnold, reading this place since Saturday one will be forgiven to believe we were torn apart by Liverpool’s fullbacks.

    @ Gentlebris

    All what you wrote above is written on the premise you have an audio recording or written account of the team talk before the game or at half time, you have none of these things so i can safely assume you are talking nonsense as usual. I would concentrate on the joys of fatherhood rather than most of the silliness you have come out with since Saturday.

  40. Ishola70

    And results against Man United.

    By all means come on here and moan your arse off if Arsenal put on a display away from home against Chelsea, Spurs, Man United. Even more so teams like Wolves, Leicester.

    Don’t start whinging regarding games against Liverpool and Man City away. These are only two games in the whole calendar for gods sake.

  41. Receding Hairline

    Ishola if we play 3-4-3 like we did last season against Spurs don’t you think we will be overrun in midfield considering the physicality they possess in that department??? What formation do you think is better suited for that game bearing in mind Emery will persist with Xhaka.

    As an aside i thought it was pretty dumb of him to play Xhaka after Klopp publicly said he expected Xhaka to start, there really was nothing Xhaka will bring at Anfield we could not do without

  42. Gentlebris

    ‘This season is about improving the away form against all teams in EPL apart from Liverpool and Man City and getting results against Spurs and Chelsea.’

    So Ishola when the management team was handing down targets to Emery, it must have sounded like this:

    ‘Mr Emery, our collective aim is to improve our results when we play teams away from home, but nevertheless, we must emphasize at this point that we are not expecting to achieve those targets against Liverpool and Manchester City since they are much better sides and we must surrender to their majestic abilities’

    Ishola it pains me to discover that you are just another Marko.

  43. Gentlebris

    ‘As an aside i thought it was pretty dumb of him to play Xhaka after Klopp publicly said he expected Xhaka to start, there really was nothing Xhaka will bring at Anfield we could not do without’

    Your hero was dumb?

    I knew we would get the truth sneaking out at some point.

  44. Ishola70

    Receding

    I’ve already said it is not wise against Spurs to linger in the central midfield too much because despite their obvious problems they are still strong in there compared to Arsenal and could win out in that area.

    I’d be looking to transition the ball quickly from midfield to attack but unfortunately this looks like it is not going to happen because as you say we have Xhaka who slows play down plus this playing out from the back stuff. Where Xhaka can come in handy in this game though is for balls over the top for Auba and Pepe to run onto and targeting Sanchez who hopefully plays.

    Some worries about the midfield but hopes that Spurs can be got at with quick transition to attack. In fact expectation of causing them plenty of problems with quick transition to attack.

  45. HighburyLegend

    Gentlebrebis, Rambo V and all their pals, no need to search for them if we beat the spuds this weekend, they won’t be around.

  46. Ishola70

    Gentlebris

    If you don’t want to grasp reality that is up to you.

    Others are more grounded and see Liverpool at Anfield and Man City at Etihad as throw away fixtures.

    We can hope we see a “performance” at Man City but the odds are stacked against.

    Not at all interested in going down heroically at Man City if it means shipping 4,5, 6 goals.

  47. Marko

    Gentle you continue to show your stupidity. Literally there are two absolute gimmes in English football and that’s away at Anfield and the Etihad teams are going to lose. Your go out and express yourself opinion doesn’t matter one iota.

  48. Ishola70

    And before somebody brings up Spurs draw at Man City they absolutely lucked out with that draw.

    They were murdered in that match.

    So there is hope if we can “luck out” at Man City.

  49. Distant legrover

    Marko

    I saw the game, caught it from the 55th mark. I went back and watch the full game.

    Then again nowadays you don’t need to watch the game to know what happened. Btw social media, Youtube, your fellas, Gannon or Pedro or maybe Geoff, you will know what happened.