Matteo of the Match

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Two points dropped. Right?

The story was a familiar one. A Granit Xhaka mistake costing us a needless goal. Two if you’re being very harsh.

The first came when he and Sokratis made a total mess of a clearance inside 11 minutes. The whole team folded allowing Lamela to fizz a shot across Leno, he parried it into the path of Eriksen, and we went one down.

The second mistake was an inexplicable lunge in the penalty box. Careless, unprofessional, but oh so very Granit Xhaka. Kane buried the penalty like a robot was a two-step special.

I don’t even want to get into the needless fouling towards the end when we were trying to chase the game. He wasn’t even playing players and he was slowing down the play.

It’s all so avoidable. Just don’t pick him. Emery has watched him make mistake after mistake for an entire year… he knows that he can’t stand up to pressure… he knows that he does dim things very consistently… so what does he do? He picks him against Spurs and gives him the captains armband in some sort of weird masochistic show of authority.

The midfield he chose was quite odd. Basically 3 deep-lying midfielders. Very little creativity. It didn’t really give us much solidity, as we were all over the place in the first half, and it gave us real trouble transitioning the ball forward. Lacazette was constantly dropping deep to collect the ball, sometimes from our own penalty box.

Thankfully, the Frenchman came through to save our half. Pepe sliced a ball into his path, he took two very good touches and forced the ball past Lloris from close range. That goal gave us a much-needed boost heading into the second half.

We came out a much more forceful side. The halftime team talk must have focused on urgency, pressure and more adventure moving forward. The game suddenly clicked into a proper North London derby, there was next to no structure, the ball was travelling end to end at a ferocious pace, and defending went out the window for both sides (not like it was ever in the window for us).

The manager introduced Ceballos for LT, and that gave us a different sort of energy. It introduced a link between attack and midfield, and it gave us a bit more mobility in midfield. Still didn’t stop Harry Kane waltzing into the box and ripping a shot off the inside of Leno’s post.

Still, you’d be hard pushed to convince me Arsenal weren’t deserving of a goal, the winds blew heavily in our favour and we looked far more menacing than Spurs.

The goal that levelled it was a thing of beauty. Matteo G threaded an outrageous pass that levelled the whole Spurs team, Auba gliding it past with the lightest of touches. It was out of this world.

We still had time for a Harry Kane dive, he shifted his body inside Sokratis running path and threw himself to the ground. It wasn’t even clever. It was pure out and out cheating. It really, really, really needs to be dealt with. His cheating is out of control. If he weren’t English, he’d be getting lampooned by the media.

So what can we conclude?

The Xhaka thing

Emery has to stop relying on Xhaka. He’s slow, ponderous, bad under pressure and he makes massive errors more often than any Arsenal player I can remember. I can give a pass to him for last season, but now it’s starting to look like a real blindspot.

Bland Midfields

Additionally, the manager needs to start being more aggressive with his line-ups. That midfield was always going to be bland. We shouldn’t have to watch strikers drop deep to make up for a lack of creativity. It made little sense to have 3 similar midfielders sitting in a flat line yesterday, especially when Spurs were there for the taking. We gave them far too much defensive respect and it didn’t even pay off, we conceded 8 shots in the first half, with 7 of them on target. An abomination.

The Masterful

I think that Matteo G just announced himself on the world stage. That performance was nothing short of sensational. He was at the heart of everything. His passing was good, he ran with the ball well, he was ambitious and his attitude was absolutely exceptional all game long. That should be the standard for every game moving forward. Incredible that he’s only 20 years old. A megastar in waiting.

Pepe

I’ve seen some tasteless Arsenal fans comparing him to Gervinho. Utter drivel. The man hasn’t clicked yet, but you can see he’s going to be absolutely class. He has that air of unpredictability we need in that front line, he’s fast, he can pass, he reads the game well and I think he’s going to be capable of explosive moments of brilliance. He just needs a bit of luck, then he’s away.

Defence

Spurs had a lot of good chances yesterday. I think if I watched that game again, I’d be appalled at some of the defending. We are going to need to sharpen up, we are too easy to get at, and we gave key Spurs players far too much time to do their thing yesterday. Leno kept that scoreline acceptable yesterday, but he won’t save us like that all season. David Luiz also needs to be pulled to one side… that’s 4 errors in 3 games from him. Not good enough.

Top 4

I think we’re nailed on for the top 3 this season. Spurs don’t look the same, Chelsea will  struggle, and United are utterly average. It’s basically ours to lose, I just hope that isn’t an invitation to coast. Emery needs to tighten the ship and he needs to find a way of unlocking the magic more consistently.

Right, that’s me done, see you in the comments. x

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  1. China1

    I think we’ve entered into the twilight zone here

    We have arsenal fans who thought wenger was shit for winning fuck all with his soft babies even when he had some decent squads, getting frustrated and arguing to defend a SPURS manager who has never won a damned tin can in his life, whose players are soft Poch babies who bottle it in every key moment despite being the third best squad in England over the last few years

    I have news for some of you guys, if you feel defensive, annoyed or the need to argue to defend a spurs manager who can’t win shit with a decent team in 5 years, whilst gleefully insulting an arsenal manager who has, then you need to:

    1) take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror
    2) shower for a damned long time because defending spurs’ manager stinks
    3) get out your old JVC 98 gold away kit, put it on, kneel down and pray to your framed picture of bergkamp because you sir, have sinned

  2. Goonah

    Pedro

    Even if we get 3rd/4th I don´t think many here wants an Emery extension.

    Most are fed up with him already. He steadied the ship. Thank you and good riddance

  3. Rambo Ramsey

    Emery is like a coked Stripper casting aside all clothing while Receding Hairline frantically tries to cover him with cries of ‘He’s honorable’

  4. Receding Hairline

    “My point is in your relentless quest to aggrandize Emery, you mock the ones who are better than him and end up making a fool of yourself. ”

    You are the one making a mockery of Pochettino and a complete fool of yourself rating him on the same level as Klopp and Pep….

  5. azed

    If Poch lost 13 league games chasing UCL why did Liverpool lose only 1 winning it and coming just one point short of the league title?

    Right from the group stages, nothing showed Spuds planned their UCL final run

    Chickens would grow teeth before Pedro answers the question.

    Funny how its ok for Poch to tank in the league chasing a final but the same posters lambast Emery for tanking in the same league chasing a final.

    Where is the consistency?

  6. Pedro

    Goonah, agree. Not a lot of love for him.

    We should have been more ambitious, now I fear we’ll end up paying for him with a hire like Mourinho.

    ‘We need a winner!’

    Versus hiring someone with big ideas and a high ceiling.

  7. TR7

    People say Poch has not won a trophy despite having the third best team in the league without even realizing he made Spurs the third best team in the league and all by himself.

  8. China1

    Who here remembers when spurs were being lauded as title contenders and in a season when all the big teams were shocking including arsenal, they still managed to come third by blowing a massive points advantage to us near the end of the season

    #pochbabies

  9. Pedro

    Azed, ask questions worth answering.

    You could do a bit of googling to figure out why Liverpool were more prepared to fight on two fronts. Not a tough one to figure out.

  10. China1

    Sorry tr7 but we’re you saying the same things to defend wenger when we won fuck all but the top 4 trophy with a squad of cheap randomers and average journeymen he built himself?

    We used to criticize wenger for that but now it’s an achievement?

    So Poch can build a team of babies that can’t get over the line in any single competition in 5 years. Maybe it’s not as good a team as he gets credit for. Or maybe it is but he has let them become too soft…

  11. Pedro

    … maybe we should focus on Arsenal.

    Matteo G, what a player, maintains that level moving forward and we’ve got a player on our hands.

    Deeper worry about Emery:

    He’s a bit of a wimp when it comes to selection.

    He played three deeper lying midfielders in what looked to be a more cautious setup and we conceded 8 shots, 7 on target. That really is an appalling defensive structure.

    Also, it’s not at the expense of expansive attacking football either…

  12. N5

    “he made Spurs the third best team in the league and all by himself.”

    In that case Ranieri made Leicester the best team in the league all by himself so he must be a top manager too?

  13. China1

    If spurs squad is really good with all credit due to Poch, it appears he is only good at building squads but not a sufficiently good manager to have them actually fulfill their potential to deliver and win anything

  14. Pedro

    China, top 4 when there were only 4 notable teams didn’t feel like much of an achievement.

    Now, TV money is through the roof, the quality of the league has jumped massively, and there are 7 teams good enough for the top 4.

    Wenger didn’t build on the good squads, he hoarded money when he didn’t need to and he flunked our great position when he eventually did start spending.

  15. TR7

    Mystic

    ‘TR 7, How is Poch better than Emery? Can you really explain it? Maybe I will see it’

    1. Can build a team
    2. Young players have evolved and prospered under him
    3. Overachiever given the resources he has worked with
    4. A defined style of play
    5. Tactically flexible and competent

    People say it’s sacrilegious to put him in the same category as Klopp. Well ask yourselves if Klopp wasn’t backed with signings such as VVD, Allisson, Keita, Fabinho,Salah etc. would he have managed to compete with City ? Pep spent billions to build the current City team. Poch has not had the same backing. How can so many people not get this simple fact ?

  16. China1

    Lol Pedro yeah let’s not linger on poch’s dusty trophy cabinet (with a solitary plastic world’s best dad trophy sitting proudly on display) and get back to attacking the arsenal manager

    Good form

    Again. We’re arsenal fans are Poch can’t win shit with his team. Let’s all laugh at Tottenham, no?

  17. Goonah

    Azed

    Last 12 games of the season:
    Chelsea 22
    Arsenal 20
    Man U 15
    Spudz 11

    Posh Posh Posh……

    Or was it world cup fatigue and no new signings

    For us it was season ending injuries to Holding and Bellerin and Torr+Guen falling of a cliff after Christmas in their first season. Emery seemed to misjudge the rigours o.f the league and overtrained players at the start.

  18. Words on a Blog

    Pedro,

    On Poch and Spurs, and the continuing love-in by you and other posters on here all I will say, is that is surprising coming from you.

    As an advertising man, you should really be aware that a Poch/Spurs perpetual big-up is highly destructive of your brand identity as an Arsenal blog…..it’s like pining for Puma when your account is with Adidas.

    Cut it out.

  19. China1

    Also I’m sorry but to say we shouldn’t be looking at trophies is ridiculous and a majorly wengeresque comment. Poch himself has been increasingly wengeresque in his comments over the last year or so

    So let’s even do Poch a favour and forget trophies. He made a CL final and how many others in the last 5 years with his squad? He doesn’t compete for the league, how many other trophies has he competed for in 5 years? Keep in mind he has the third best squad in the league and is in 4 competitions per year. So 20 trophies up for grabs. How many finals has he even made?

  20. Pedro

    Words, my mostly objective analysis of Arsenal in the face of massive criticism has always been my ‘brand.’

    If I started letting others tell me what to write, this place would be finished. Comments up, traffic up, puts your theory in its place.

  21. Marko

    The trophy piece is a problem, but arguably, what Spurs needed during this period of austerity is CL football every year.

    Austerity? They went a whole season without making a signing and that’s it.

  22. TR7

    N5

    ‘In that case Ranieri made Leicester the best team in the league all by himself so he must be a top manager too?’

    Poch has been able to maintain a certain standard season after season. It’s not a fluke.

  23. China1

    Even some of wengers shit seasons when you were flaming at the mouth about how shit he was, he still managed to win FA cups

  24. Receding Hairline

    It’s all a bit personal really when it comes to Emery for Pedro…uncomfortably so

    Emery once recommended Pochettino for a job he moved on from, since then he has been around different leagues picking up trophies,opening himself to new challenges…Pochettino has also done well, his work is grossly exaggerated by his boyfriend TR7 but he has done well all the same.

  25. N5

    “Marko, check back with their net spend over his tenure. Does it look close to Liverpool, City or Arsenal?”

    Any idea what kind of debt they are looking at for the new stadium?

  26. N5

    “by his boyfriend TR7 but he has done well all the same.”

    RH this last bit really weakens your comment. It was good until you threw that in and then wasn’t taken serious. We’re adults we need to just discuss things without the name calling.

  27. China1

    Also who really cares about his net spend?

    We’re talking about if he’s a good manager not if he’s good at signing good players on the cheap

    Wenger used to hide behind the net spend argument and you lambasted him for it every single time Pedro

    He knows how to build a good team with limited resources, but when he has that good team can he deliver with them? 5 years says no.

    Bottle jobs

  28. TR7

    And yes, no Spurs love in from me. I am talking about Poch, a football manager. He just happens to be the current Spurs’ manager. Just like some of you talking about Simeone in glowing terms doesn’t make you Atletico fanboys, I talking about Poch doesn’t make me a closet Spurs fan. Let’s not get childish.

  29. Receding Hairline

    N5 I maybe you missed the bit when I was called a fool by same poster… Boyfriend is tame compared with some of the names I have been called because I don’t think Emery is clueless or garbage

  30. Goonah

    I would have Freddie as caretaker if it meant Emery and Xhaka out for good tomorrow!

    A Freddie/Viera/Bergkamp combo sounds good to me.

    And I trust Edu to bring in a silky,pacey man mountain Brazilian in the mould of Casemiro/Gilbrto Silva to patrol our def midfield

  31. China1

    What was emery’s Net spend at Sevilla when he won 3 back to back Europa leagues that Poch never managed to win?

    I don’t even like emery and will happily see him gone but this Poch love in at emery’s Expense is ludicrous.

    Maybe when Poch wins a trophy PSG will offer him a role too

  32. Jamie

    Spurs have spent over £100m net this summer (Sessegnon, NDombele, Lo Celso, and Clarke in, Trippier out). And they might lose 3 players on frees too.

    They won’t maintain past spending levels when Chelsea’s ban expires and Utd throw £200m at Allegri if they want to keep winning the tr4phy.

    It’s no wonder Poch is feeling the pressure. And he’s soft as shit at the business end of a trophy chase. They finish outside the top 4 and without a deep run in the CL, my guess is he’s off in the summer.

    At least we know Spurs won’t land PV4 as Poch’s replacement.

  33. MGooner

    I think Ozil will play well with the 3 forwards we have. It would really be a lethal attack.

    We just need to define the role of the midfielders well. A bit like with Denilson – receive ball, pass to Cesc. If Cesc not around, pass to any forward. If not, lateral. He was a pass master.

    Gwen did well. He just needs to be coached into his role. He has the attitude to be a great player.

  34. China1

    Yeah I am.

    Because you’re only judging half of poch’s Input

    He built a good team on the cheap. Congrats. But he’s not been good enough to deliver anything with said good squad. Wenger did the same thing and you wanted him fired since forever for exactly that.

    Who is all over the place?

  35. Un na naai

    Emery once recommended Pochettino for a job he moved on from, since then he has been around different leagues picking up trophies,opening himself to new challenges

    😂
    Yeah and falling short at any club with any semblance of ambition.
    Being open to new experiences is the best you can offer

    Sound like a lonely hearts ad

  36. TR7

    ‘Tr7 so did wenger… were you a AKB?

    Too simplistic China. It’s not just net spend. You can’t pinpoint any glaring tactical weakness in Poch’s game, he works well with young players and he is competitive. His teams have a good balance between defense and attack. Wenger in the last 6 -7 years of his tenure had slipped in to a.comfort zone, stopped being competitive and repeated his mistakes. So.it is not just net spend I am basing my assessment of Poch on.

  37. Mysticleaves

    “1. Can build a team
    2. Young players have evolved and prospered under him
    3. Overachiever given the resources he has worked with
    4. A defined style of play
    5. Tactically flexible and competent”

    I could swear you are talking about Emery here. You missed “has won 10 trophies”

  38. Pedro

    Gotta get some standards into these responses lads.

    ‘Laughable’ and shit posting is weak sauce. Tesco’s own brand debating.

  39. Un na naai

    Poch’s next job will be at one of Europe’s major clubs
    Emery’s will be a big step down from arsenal
    A top 10 Spanish club no doubt

  40. Marko

    Young players have evolved and prospered under him…People say it’s sacrilegious to put him in the same category as Klopp. Well ask yourselves if Klopp wasn’t backed with signings…Pep spent billions to build the current City team. Poch has not had the same backing. How can so many people not get this simple fact ?

    You’re absolutely obsessed TR7 it’s frightening. Also he’s spent 292 million since taking over at Spurs which is roughly 100 million less than Klopp so he’s been backed enough. He took over a side that contested 4th/5th and took them 3rd/4th. He’s improved them but not markedly. It’s got to be the first time someone’s been put in the top 3 of managers for not winning anything and for generally getting 3/4th.

    Also young players have evolved and prospered?

  41. Receding Hairline

    Getting picked as coach by a major club is now seen as success… Nice

    Emery has been at two major clubs… PSG (7/10 won) now Arsenal.

    I bet this place explodes the day Pochettino goes to a big club and heaven knows what happens the day he actually wins something.

  42. Danny M.O

    @Pedro

    Have you thought about creating a forum section?Where we can go off and discuss other subjects like spurs’ collapse next season.

    Sometimes it just feels like a bukakae of comments.

  43. salparadisenyc

    Think Tottenham peaked, this is the do or die season for them. I can see them make top four without having the champions league run. They then look to loose Eriksen on a free this summer having to replace a CB partnership that also looks to be cashing in on themselves not to mention Poch w/ a foot out the door.

    Safe to say Poch isn’t making a lateral move it will be upward, Barca/Mardid/United wherever the merry go round points him towards. Leaving a side for next manager that needs spine work.

  44. Mysticleaves

    UNN you realise Real Madrid, Man utd and juventus changed managers very recently? Under Poch’s nose? Emery has also managed PSG. He has managed bigger clubs than Poch has ever managed all the time Poch could have been hired for same jobs. Keep waiting for Poch to get the Madrid or man utd job

  45. Freddie Ljungberg

    So what is Daniel Levy doing at Spurs if Poch is now getting the credit for signing and keeping the players? I thought he was the great negotiator?

    Spurs lucked out with getting some homegrown players coming through at the same time, like we could be doing soon. They also, for once managed to not buy too much dross and picked up a couple of gems in Eriksen and Son.

    Their net spend has nothing to do with Poch btw, and it only looks good because they have had players they could get good fees for while Wenger was busy picking up wasters like Ozil and Mustafi that we can’t give away, and Elneny and Mikhi that we can only ship on loan.

    Let’s see how it looks when Eriksen and the rest leaves on frees next summer

    Their squad was much more balanced, settled and better than what we had last season and yet the excuses are out for them while our manager gets shit, amazing. Same with Chelsea, better squad than us last season and only reason they only finished 2 points ahead of us was Sarri and his tinkering especially first half of the season.

    .

  46. Marko

    And yes, no Spurs love in from me. I am talking about Poch, a football manager. He just happens to be the current Spurs’ manager. Just like some of you talking about Simeone in glowing terms doesn’t make you Atletico fanboys

    First things first Simeone isn’t talked about as glowingly around here as Poch which is hilarious considering he’s the manager of a rival. And secondly and perhaps more importantly Simeone has won things. 7 trophies and just two years older than Poch.

  47. Danny M.O

    Does anyone feel like we missed a trick with Spurs?

    I mean we could have fucked them up financially if we beat them to top four. If we beat them last year to top four there would be no way they would have bought lo celso, Ndombele and kept the 3 players on their final year.

    They are now hedging to get top four with those players and re invest the funds to replace them.

    Its a shame Arsene didnt through the gaunlet at them when thdy bought the stadium. We should be bullying them and buying their good players at 25 mil like the nasri, adebayor days.

  48. Pedro

    Marko, people can be adults when talking about football. Poch is a great manager, Kane is world class. It’s not a big deal to say so.

  49. TR7

    Marko

    ‘He’s improved them but not markedly. ‘

    Spurs without Bale, Vaan Der Vart and Modric was barely top 8 material. None of us could foresee Spurs making top 4 post their departure. So yeah remarkable improvement that Poch managed what 5 consecutive top 4 position ?

  50. Rambo Ramsey

    This is as good as it gets for Potless Pocchettini. And he knows it. Being a pretender at Spudz, cashing in on the high ceiling talk which will never be reached.

  51. Danny M.O

    Isit cheeky to approach Pochettino if it doesnt work out with Emery.

    I mean comon we have more financial muscle than spurs. We have an upcoming team with young stars all over the park.

    I for one would go for him, Pep and as a last resort Arteta to make Pedros wet dream come tru 🙂 lol joking

  52. Marko

    Young players evolving under Poch is now under scrutiny?

    It was said I feel like the onus is on the person who said it to prove it. I’m looking through the players he’s used and without young player being defined I can only see Winks Alli and Dier as young players used alot under Poch who’ve improved and that’s to a point. I think Dier has regressed a bit and I think Winks is nothing more than solid.

  53. Freddie Ljungberg

    Pedro

    And Levy buys and sells players for them right?

    How is Poch getting credit for that while Emery gets hammered here in the comments for spending 200m bla bla when 1) he doesn’t buy the players and 2) the club was left with very few sellable assets (that we actually want to sell) by the former manager.

    Of course that’s going to affect the net spend, we’ve been shit at buying and selling for ages, it’s first now it’s starting to look good again, which is good considering all the weak, aging players that needed replacing/upgrading.

  54. TR7

    Mystic

    Tell me one noticeable great thing Emery has done since he has taken over from Arsene. Just one thing which made you stand up and take notice. Please don’t give me Emery has won X number of trophies with club Y thing, everyone knows it.

  55. Dissenter

    I wonder why no one is giving Emery any credit for Guendouzi’s call-up to the French national team.
    His bosses mat Arsenal will definitely mark that for him as a plus.

  56. Jamie

    Danny –

    I’d take Arteta over Poch. Genuinely.

    We know for sure Poch isn’t displacing Klopp or Pep at the top of the table. Arteta might have a 1% chance if he’s acquired some of Pep’s sauce through osmosis or something.

  57. Mysticleaves

    If the choice was Poch or Emery now, on a reset, looking at what they gave achieved so far and the factors they have faced, including times at Arsenal and Spuds. I will still choose Emery. That doesn’t mean Poch is shit, it just means Emery is better.

    Emery has done all Poch did with same profile of clubs and added trophies to it. One at the expensive of King Klopp

  58. Ishola70

    Poch has shown though that he can improve defence something Arsenal badly need.

    The season Spurs only conceded 26 goals in the whole campaign Spurs fans hadn’t seen anything like that before.

  59. Dissenter

    Anyone that cannot see that Poch has plateaued at Spuds needs to get help.

    The way people carry Poch’s water here is rather shameful.
    Spuds have been living off luck and VAR for too long. Someone even said he was one of the top-3 managers on the planet.

  60. Marko

    Spurs without Bale, Vaan Der Vart and Modric was barely top 8 material. None of us could foresee Spurs making top 4 post their departure. So yeah remarkable improvement that Poch managed what 5 consecutive top 4 position ?

    5 seasons prior to Poch they finished 4-6 with two top 4 finishes. Also it’s 4 top 4 finishes he got. They were always there or thereabouts you’re making it sound like he took them to new heights.

  61. azed

    “Azed, what sort of a response is that? Why don’t you take the points on and explain why they are incorrect?”

    Young Players —— The title of this post talks about a young player playing under Emery
    Isco, Mata, Jordi Alba, David Silva, Eva Banega all some of the young players to have played under Emery.

    Overachiever given the resources he has worked with
    Valencia 3 straight seasons finishing 3rd( not been achieved since Emery left)
    3 Europa league trophies with Sevilla.

    Defined Style Play
    Sam Alladyce and Tony Pullis have a style… doesn’t make them great managers

  62. Ishola70

    Dissenter
    “Anyone that cannot see that Poch has plateaued at Spuds needs to get help.”

    A couple of weeks ago you were telling us Spurs are “up there” with Man City and Liverpool.

    Klopp and Guardiola told you so you said.

  63. Mysticleaves

    Jamie, I honestly mirror your thoughts on Arteta over Poch. Not because Arteta is better but because we have seen what Poch can do.

    TR
    Even you know it’s early doors to start asking for great things Emery has done at Arsenal. But we can see the great things he plans to do and understand why it will take time to materialize. And I am sure he would win a trophy or two if he stays 5 years here

  64. Dissenter

    Ishola
    He told me in my sleep, if you must know
    Spuds have this ability to get jammy results when they’ve been batterred and bettered. That’s one virtue Poch has given them- he has changed that part of their character
    Unlike your royal highness, I have the capacity to amend an opinion.

  65. PieAFC

    A spurs mate of mine said yesterday after the game – that the general feeling at there’s is, Poch does need to win a trophy. To finally take “that next step” be it League cup or FA cup. Growing signs of pressure from some fans on how much further he can take them.

    I’ll give him that he’s not tinted spec type fan.

    Anyway, what a performance from Matty G. Any news on Lacazettes knock?

    Least he will have a good break to recover.

  66. Un na naai

    Mystic

    Yes but zidane is on thin ice. There’s Barca who May be looking to freshen things up soon
    PSG not doing fantastic
    Always Bayern
    And OGS not pulling up trees at untied either
    Also if frank falls flat at Chelsea then there is another London club waiting and poch will have no shortage after what he’s done with spurs and Southampton.

    He’s worked miracles at both.

    I just don’t get why the likes of Rh and marko don’t admit that they’ve probably called it wrong on emery. It’s childish to double down like that. Even the most ardent wenger supporters admit he was dragging us down and needed to go by the end

  67. Dissenter

    PieAFC
    Poch himself has admitted that he needs to win a trophy.
    It’s just that time has passed him by, the squad that he depended on is being dismantled right under his nose.
    Spuds aren’t going to win nada this season.
    Poch’s first ever trophy will be at a different club.

  68. Un na naai

    Even you know it’s early doors to start asking for great things Emery has done at Arsenal. But we can see the great things he plans to do and understand why it will take time to materialize. And I am sure he would win a trophy or two if he stays 5 years here

    Mystic

    You can’t really believe this can you?

  69. Mysticleaves

    And only a revisionist really believes Emery doesn’t have a style of play. Since he came to Arsenal it has been evident. When he was at PSG it was evident. We also saw it at Sevilla. Didn’t really know him at Valencia. It hasn’t come to fruition yet here in part to the cluesness and imbalanced nature of our players

  70. Pedro

    ‘We have seen what Poch can do’

    Made a Champions League final and has delivered top four on limited expenditure.

    He’s out of your running because that’s what you’ve seen and it didn’t impress you?

  71. Receding Hairline

    Called what wrong Un na nai? That the former coach of Valencia, Sevilla and PSG is competent? That he should be allowed to do his job without abuse like garbage and clueless? That he should be judged on results because football is a results business?

  72. TR7

    Diss

    ‘“Anyone that cannot see that Poch has plateaued at Spuds needs to get help.”

    He has not plateaued. He has realized the fans will now demand more and more from him and without proper backing from the club, there is only so much he can achieve.

  73. azed

    “I just don’t get why the likes of Rh and marko don’t admit that they’ve probably called it wrong on emery. It’s childish to double down like that. ”

    UN

    Nobody here called for Emery to be appointed, the difference is someone chose to support the manager while some are throwing tantrums for personal reasons. Emery would be gone after this season and nobody would bat an eye lid.

    When the new Manager comes, so of us will support him and give him a year to settle while some would throw tantrums because the new manager has no chili.

  74. Marko

    Poch worked miracles at Southampton now. Took them from 14th to 8th big whoop right there. Koeman after him finished 6th and 7th.

    Look no one’s saying that he’s not a very good manager he is clearly he’s done a great job at Spurs of that there is no doubt. But in saying that he is grossly overrated for some reason around here an Arsenal blog.

  75. Mysticleaves

    Yup Pedro. He fluked the UCL final. From the group stages there was nothing to show he knew what he was doing. Let’s also not pretend Spuds came into limelight (making top 4) when two of the permanent fixtures were suffering very bad times–Man utd post Ferguson and Arsenal under the last legs of Wenger. Chelsea also had their bad times along the way.

  76. Dissenter

    I think it’s easy to make a case that Emery is not in the highest select group of top managers.
    It is however a bit dim and agenda driven to suggest that he’s garbage or subpar.
    He’s a safe pair of hands who took over a sinking ship- that’s what we were under the last guys. The worst players in the squad were players he inherited. Our best paid player he only three league assists last season.
    He’s righted the ship to a point, There’s no neutral I know who doesn’t think Arsenal are better now.

  77. Ishola70

    If Emery keeps fucking around and not making any significant inroads into the awful goals against record Arsenal have had now for too long then considering Poch has shown that he can make a team good defensively then really Poch would be seen as a better bet to manage Arsenal than Emery.

    Emery should be ashamed really that he couldn’t improve this team defensively considering how poor they were in this department for Wenger’s last few seasons.

  78. N5

    “without proper backing from the club, there is only so much he can achieve.”

    TR7, we’re starting to see this happening now. Poch said just yesterday that the stadium debt is preventing him purchasing players he would like and Levy saying 100% the opposite.

    Poch is already not receiving the back up and it’ll get worse without trophies or if they failed to reach the ECL.

  79. Un na naai

    I mean it would have made sense if those telling is Pochettino is the third best manager in the world weren’t the same ones telling us Emery is clueless and garbage. Just doesn’t add up

    Emery has never been to a champions league final
    He’s never finished top 3 in a league that wasn’t a one horse race

    Poch done all this on a budget

  80. Mysticleaves

    “Mystic, what’s the style of play?”

    Pedro, ask questions worth answering.You could do a bit of googling to figure out what Emery’s style of play is

  81. Jamie

    “Did we get rid of some deadweights?”

    Oh yes, absolutely. We were stacked with valuable assets we managed to sell (and rent out while the asset depreciates to zero) for millions and millions. At least 8 million!!

    1.5 million of which we’ve already handed to Ozil this season, who is yet to put his playstation controller down for long enough to kick a ball.

    Thanks, Arsene/Ivan. Great job.

  82. N5

    Un na, he’s not top 3 in the world though. Possibly in the PREM but not the world. Simeone is a better manager. In fact though there is quite a few I’d put in front of Poch. Even Benítez is better IMO.

  83. N5

    “Pedro, ask questions worth answering.You could do a bit of googling to figure out what Emery’s style of play is”

    Ha ha, ahhhhh snap!!!

  84. Receding Hairline

    Un na nai this is what I mean when I say you are currying favour.. That ill informed last post. Three consecutive top three finishes with Valencia straight from being manager of Almeria. Is LA liga a one horse race and were Valencia the one horse?

  85. Dissenter

    Pedro
    You jammed this Raul is dated contact-based guy….Sven was the rejected genius whiz kid agenda on us for one year.
    Time has proven you wrong….very wrong
    It’s obvious that you are often just as fallible as the random gooner in Kalamazoo or Ulaanbaatar.

    I place this underhand anti-Emery agenda in the same light. You are in the process of being proven wrong again.

  86. Mysticleaves

    Emery has never been to a champions league final
    He’s never finished top 3 in a league that wasn’t a one horse race

    Valencia? Madrid Barca? Or he didn’t come within 21 points of them I forgot.

    Lol. How enraged are you when Chelsea fans tell you they are better than Arsenal because we haven’t won the UCL?

    Poch has never win a trophy, Emery has 10. So he can stuff his UCL final medal same place Wenger stuck his

  87. Marko

    FYI Poch for his supposed style as only outscored Arsenal twice during his Spurs tenure and one was by 4 goals. Both under Wenger btw

  88. TR7

    RH, yeah I know Spurs did not eliminate Madrid but what was the overall score over two group games ? And as for City, how many teams can play end to end footy with City and compete well ?

  89. Receding Hairline

    And maybe you should check Valencia’s spending then to understand what budget means. The only club he has had money at was PSG, he won 7/8 domestic trophies available to him, ask Tuchel if that is as easy as it sounds

  90. Mysticleaves

    They played Barca in the group stage and hot a draw at Nou camp. I think last season they played Madrid in the group stage

  91. Receding Hairline

    They were in a group with Barcelona, lost at home and drew away to an already qualified Barcelona. Spurs only made it out if the group because Inter drew at home to PSV. Nothing to do with Spurs, same way they made top four because we failed to beat Brighton…. A man needing so much to fall into place hailed as genius is really amusing

  92. Mysticleaves

    TR, what Spuds did Vs City in the UCL and Vs Ajax over two legs…if that’s Poch’s master plan in tactics then I would pass.

  93. Marko

    Gone from austerity to a limited budget. He’s had two 100 million spent seasons a 75 million and a 65 million one with one single season where they didn’t buy anyone. Puts into perspective the woe is me angle for Poch

  94. azed

    “Tried googling Emery’s style, it shows ‘result not found’”

    Emery with no style

    Goals 73
    Goals per match 1.92
    Shots 467
    Shots on target 170
    Shooting accuracy % 36%
    Penalties scored 4

    Poch with vision and Sauce
    Goals 67
    Goals per match 1.76
    Shots 537
    Shots on target 189
    Shooting accuracy % 35%
    Penalties scored 4
    Big chances created 64
    Hit woodwork 13

    Big chances created 72
    Hit woodwork 9

  95. Marko

    Tried googling Emery’s style, it shows ‘result not found’

    I see what you’re doing TR7. You keep bringing up Emery when explaining away your admiration for Poch. If you could just make your case without bringing up Unai it’d be great. Questions on Poch’s style despite us generally outscoring his teams shouldn’t be met with “but Emery’s style”

  96. azed

    The only thing Poch is better than Emery at are things that are immeasurable like sauciness and style of play…

    I’ll rather get 3 points than have a defined style of play.

    If Style of play mattered in world football, Wenger would have a job right now.

  97. Champagne charlie

    Geez, some of the comments over the last couple of hours haha

    Why are some so bent out of shape saying Poch is a top coach? It’s known the football world over.

    Don’t get the ‘we’ve seen what he can do’ bit either. He’s delivered results on a Poundland budget relatively speaking.

    He was comically whiny the other day when discussing his project and our project pre-NLD but he had a point. He said we have bought the best goal scorer in Germany, the best striker in France, then Pepe, and they…..haven’t.

    That’s the point in many ways, if he had Emery’s wallet I can fully see him delivering more. Quite telling that we’ve spent 200 mil in two seasons and we’re still hearing excuses from 3 years ago about Xhaka being a fuckwit.

    Put any of Pep, Klopp, or Poch in charge of our squad and we achieve more than we’re currently getting. Think it’s reached the point where any denial of that is done from a padded room.

  98. Goonah

    TR7
    September 2, 2019 19:57:02

    Tried googling Emery’s style, it shows ‘result not found’

    —————————————————————-

    Cool. Then his chameleon style works!

  99. Champagne charlie

    “I’ll rather get 3 points than have a defined style of play.“

    We’ve seen neither in the last two games mate so have yourself a seat with another belter of a comment there, you must be lightheaded.

  100. MGooner

    @ Goonah

    Posh took a small irrelevant club to the CL final.That is some feat!

    Big Sam did well in Europe too with them. And with a lesser squad playing attractive attacking football.

  101. Pedro

    Azed, if style didn’t matter, Juve wouldn’t have fired Allegri for Sarri.

    Style absolutely matters. Clubs are competing for eyeballs in the most competitive football market in history. They sell content, it needs to be good.

  102. TR7

    Azed

    That goal tally was purely down to us having two potent goal scorers in Auba and Laca. Don’t conflate their effectiveness with Emery’s non existent style.