Poor old Unai, even Danny Murphy is jumping in with the two footed special.
“Alright, Arsenal had a tight four and it was hard [to break down] but you can’t play against a top team and let them get so high up the pitch so easily in wide areas, especially with the full-backs they’ve got.
“If you go to Liverpool every year and get done, why not try something different? It looked like a system that had been put on a board and they hadn’t worked on it.”
I think the above is a fair point, but honestly, have you watched Liverpool?
Push up against their pace and you’re fucked. Sit deep against their technical prowess and you’re fucked. There are very few ways Emery was going to get out of that game alive with two ghastly errors from his lead center-back.
It’s frustrating that we have to play second fiddle against teams, even after the manager has blown a huge amount of cash, but the reality is we’re still in a rebuilding process… the deeper worry is that even when this squad is settled, I’m not sure peak-Emery is taking it to the promised land. That said, we’re in great company, because United and Chelsea look frail.
For now though, I’m quite content that we executed a fairly ok game plan, against a world-class team.
Spurs on the other hand are not so world-class. Their squad is under attack from clubs around Europe, their two best defenders have had their heads turned and the coach looks utterly furious. I think most people must realise he’s coming to the end of his cycle, if the players feel that, they’re in big trouble this year.
We have to attack their weaknesses this weekend, there’s no better time to get at them.
Let’s see what Unai has to offer.
In other news, it seems like Monreal is going to be granted an exit to Real Soceidad. Interestingly, the club are apparently going to waive the fee so we can land first option on a number of prospects in their ranks. That’s very smart and again, a new type of transfer strategy we’ve not seen before.
Back to the player. I’d be very sad to see the Spaniard go. He’s been an underrated gladiator for Arsenal over the years. He’s reliable, productive and has always had a superb attitude. I think everyone is a little uneasy that Kola is going to be our left-sided option for at least the next 6 weeks.
Rumours are that Tierney doesn’t join full training for at least a month. That’ll mean 2-3 weeks until he rejoins the first team. Then he has to adapt to a faster league. We could be in need of him, so there’s the risk of a rush and return to injury that sets him back again.
It’d also be great if Nacho was mentoring Tierney.
… still, we’ve splurged an horrendous amount of cash this summer, moving people off the wage bill has to be a priority at some point.
GOOD NEWS THAT HOLDING SHOULD RETURN AFTER THE BREAK.
Right, see you in the comments. x