Best 3 man midfield?

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Let’s get right into it, the reason Emery played Mikhi is because he didn’t know the player was heading out to Roma on loan. The player found out AFTER the game.

I don’t really care either way, why would you bring on Mikhi regardless?

It seems more and more like young kids are being pushed onto Emery.

Telling that the manager had to be convinced by the stats guys at Arsenal that LT was a better choice than Nzonzi. Great to see that someone at the club was taming Emery’s inner Tony Pulis.

Ultimately, there’s no point in trying to flog a dead horse. I understand why Emery would rather bet his house on experience, but for me, when that experience consistently lets you down, why not try something a little more unpredictable… something that actually has something to prove.

There are now no excuses for Reiss. He is going to have rough games, but he has to deal with that. He has to build mental toughness quickly and he simply has to take his chances. A few goals under his belt or an elite assist should have him on his way.

He needs to be the best he can be and leave himself no excuses come the end of the season. I guess the folly of youth is you don’t realise that a little more focus can have a chain effect on your life. I’d imagine the worst thing for an elite athlete is think they blew a football career because they were chasing babes in Basildon.

Same goes for ESR, Gabriel and Saka. Take those opps and make it impossible for the manager to ignore you… just like Matteo and AMN did last season.

Granit Xhaka had a message for the haters (worst turn of phrase ever).

“Of course critics are always here. The North London derby, I think we had a good game. I made a mistake with the penalty but if you saw the game, we could have won.

“We had a lot of chances but this is football. Nobody speaks about the chances, nobody speaks about how many we missed. They always speak about the mistakes.

“This is part of football.”

Come on Granit, the only reason we talk about your mistakes is because they are so regular.

I think we all understand that we’re overweight, slow and shite at sport… but come on, if Fat Dave in your Sunday League team did that, he’d be getting a bus back home and you’d piss in his kit bag.

What, too far?

Another player who made a mistake was Bernd Leno. It looked like he was caught off guard by the lacklustre pace of the Lamela strike and couldn’t change his palm to a catch.

‘I think the first goal was a little bit unlucky. I couldn’t catch the ball completely and then I tried to get up but Eriksen scored, it was unlucky but that is the life of a goalkeeper. For me it was then like the team, I had to stand up. It is not a big problem just because we conceded a goal, I had to stay positive and I thought after that I did a very good job.’

He’s a great shotstopper and he did a good job the rest of the game, but he really needs to have a few quiet games. He was bullied by Burnley and my worry is that’s an opening for teams like Watford to target him. The toughest thing for a keeper in the Premier League is the highballs, namely because you get charged down by thugs. He’s clearly a confidence keeper, I just hope he doesn’t have a dip like he did at his last club.

I have faith…

What I am wondering is whether Emery is going to persist with the 3 man midfield that looks basically like three holding midfielders. The decision to do that doesn’t seem to be paying any dividends. We give up creativity moving forward and we’re viscous through back. Quite incredible how easy our three holding players were to play through in the first half.

There needs to be a solution. I think having a more attacking threat could help. Still not quite sure what the best midfield is, but it’s looking more and more like LT, Matteo and Ceballos… though I wouldn’t be shocked to see Willock given more regular game time. Emery likes powerful players and you’d be hard pushed not to feel that Willock is stronger than LT.

We’ll see though… right, that’s all I have.

Big love to Alex Cutter from the comments. A laser-focused beast to everyone, always on the edge of a ban, long may that continue. x

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  1. Cesc Appeal

    Samesong

    I want to see him getting more game time, what I saw in preseason he has something about him, it’s mild hot sauce at this stage but there’s potential to climb the Scoville scale for him.

  2. Nelson

    Spain plays 4 2 3 1 formation. Busquets and Saul are their two midfielders. Ceballos is one of the three attackers behind the striker.

  3. Marko

    Sven had sauce hence the Lichtsteiner, Mhiki and Sokratis signings.

    Genuine question but can a manager who never won a trophy in his entire career still have sauce? Or does one reevaluate the sauce at a later date

  4. Samesong

    Sale you nutter lol

    Actually let me take back my statement about Samsung v iPhone luteo pretty spot on. Very similar sauces.

  5. Nelson

    Ceballos made a nice pass to open up the defense for the second goal. We need a good left back to pick up his pass, not Kola.

  6. Pierre

    Watching rumania v Spain and Ceballos is class….

    but apparently not good enough to start for Arsenal v Tottenham.

    Will he start v Watford. ?

  7. Guns of SF

    I hate owen

    Always looking to disparage us. His predictions almost always go against us.
    Fucking brown sauced bastard

  8. PhD2020

    Un na naaiSeptember 5, 2019 18:41:30
    Weagle loves a brown sauce sambo

    ———–
    Do you actually know what sambo means?
    Do you understand the nuance behind the word “Sambo”?

    If you don’t,then it just goes to highlight how painfully ignorant and dumb you are,especially for a grown man.

    If you do,understand the meaning of the word “Sambo”,and still went ahead and used it,then it just goes to show how much of a bigot and a neanderthal you are.No wonder you love Trump,you speak his language,as he appeals to his cerebral challenged, monosyllabic voter base…i.e. you!!

  9. Receding Hairline

    Lol funny post Pierre

    You get more ridiculous by the day

    Not starting a game doesn’t mean a player wasn’t good enough to do so,it means the coach decided on a different tactic, that is why substitutions exist in football, tactics and personnel can be changed mid game. Its not a crime.

  10. MidwestGun

    Sauce factor, these people seem to exude a combination of creativity, attention to detail, a sense of urgency, an ability to get people to follow a vision, a pragmatic approach, the ability to delegate, and achieve goals.
    ________

    That’s my definition.. it requires the skill of communication as a premium though.. If I put up that definition and you thought about Emery versus say Klopp… or Simeone you would see that on one side you would have a habanero sauce and the other some ketchup sauce. I would not include Poch as saucy one bit though…what has he achieved? And I would question his communication ability the same as I would Emery.

    Bottom line though it is very hard to define the “it’ factor you either have it or you don’t.. basically , but it is usually is a thing in successful people. Although it doesn’t have to be.. Warren Buffet for example.. is one boring azz successful old dude. Also, you can have sauce and be unsuccessful .. Jurgen Klinsmann comes to mind as a manager.

    Anyhow.. one thing is clear there are a ton of saucy bitches on here.. LOL

  11. jwl

    MidwestGun – Pedro use to post a photo of three lovely frauleins in a beer garden and now we get photos of some bloke’s hairy arse, the times are changing that for sure.

  12. Pierre

    RH
    “Lol funny post Pierre You get more ridiculous by the day Not starting a game doesn’t mean a player wasn’t good enough to do so,it means the coach decided on a different tactic, that is why substitutions exist in football”

    Is it ridiculous to assume that a player of Ceballos outstanding quality, as he proved tonight for Spain, should be a starter for Arsenal …I don’t think so .

    I would say 95% of Arsenal fans would love to see him starting instead of being left on the bench for “tactical reasons” .

    Yesterday fred said he didn’t start because he wasnt match fit as he didn’t have a pre season .
    Tonight you are saying it is down to the managers tactics .

    I prefer my version , he doesn’t trust players like ceballos/ ozil/ Mhkitaryan/ Ramsey and will normally play safe and go for the solid worker type player in midfield.

    I just hope the manager sees sense and realises what he can bring to the side with his skill , awareness on the ball, enthusiasm for the game and ability to bring others into play.

    Doesn’t sound so ridiculous does it.

  13. Dissenter

    Pierre
    “Is it ridiculous to assume that a player of Ceballos outstanding quality, as he proved tonight for Spain, should be a starter for Arsenal …I don’t think so .”

    You think Cabellos should start every game?
    You are the same one who will line up to say the manager broke him by over-playing him.

  14. Un na naai

    Anyone seen once upon a time in Hollywood?

    Not bad. Not Tarantino’s best work but brad Pitt was cool as fuck
    Carried the film for me. Best role since fight club for sure.

    Little bit shallow and thin on story.

  15. Moe

    Interesting how no owner or team has offered saucy-no-leaks Wenger an opportunity to manage again. Absolutely laughable. That has-been egomaniacal condescending know-it-all was brutally exposed in his last years with Arsenal.

  16. Pierre

    Dissenter
    “You are the same one who will line up to say the manager broke him by over-playing him.”

    Sorry ,but there are no excuses for not playing him , our other midfield players like xhaka and torreira, Guendouzi and willock are nowhere near the quality of Ceballos.
    What is the manager doing by leaving him on the bench for such a crucial game…how anyone can defend that is beyond me.

    receding said its tactical
    Fred said it’s due to lack of match fitness.
    And now dissenter is insinuating that the manager may break him through over playing him.

    Do me a favour , it’s not like he’s playing 3 games a week is it.

  17. UTarse

    “That has-been egomaniacal condescending know-it-all was brutally exposed in his last years with Arsenal”

    Eloquently put young man.

  18. azed

    “I prefer my version , he doesn’t trust players like ceballos/ ozil/ Mhkitaryan/ Ramsey and will normally play safe and go for the solid worker type player in midfield.”

    The Manager doesn’t trust Ceballos but started him at Anfield?

  19. Mysticleaves

    “I prefer my version , he doesn’t trust players like ceballos/ ozil/ Mhkitaryan/ Ramsey and will normally play safe and go for the solid worker type player in midfield.”

    Pierre always wanted our managers to play it safe especially in the midfield area. To protect the back 4. Now playing it safe is the problem 🤣😄

  20. azed

    Pedro

    I know Spurs was after Liverpool. There’s no manager on earth that would start a player he doesn’t trust at Anfield especially when he has other options.

    The question is how does Emery start Ceballos at the home of the Champions of Europe if he doesn’t trust him?

  21. Mysticleaves

    Also that coach ranking is like a performance ranking. So they take weekly performances, tactics and sauceness (haha) into consideration till the following match day.

    This season so far, it’s crazy to think Unai shouldn’t be above Poch. Even last season, every measurable metric also showed Emery/Arsenal outperformed Poch/Spuds minus the league position.

    Ole is there too cos I also think they focused on the top 5 leagues alone

  22. MidwestGun

    Maybe I’m missing something but Pierre’s amazing insight a week after the match is over Is that we should have started Ceballos? Wow… That is insightful.. In other news water is wet.

    #Comments4Cutter

  23. Mysticleaves

    Word out to Rafa Nadal. 😁😁 Into the semis, has a clear run at the Us Open as both Nole (retired after injury) and Rocker are out! Common Rafa!!!!

  24. Pierre

    Mystic
    “Pierre always wanted our managers to play it safe especially in the midfield area. To protect the back 4. Now playing it safe is the problem ”

    It doesn’t take a tactical genius to understand that you can play 2 holding midfielders behind Ceballos, if need be, similar to the Burnley game.

    I actually believe that Cebellos has the intelligence and tactical awareness to play any of the central midfield roles .

    To say I am impressed with Ceballos since he arrives at the Arsenal is an understatement .
    His work rate and enthusiasm for the game is infectious and I hope Emery recognises this.

    What excuses will there be if Ceballos isn’t selected for the upcoming Watford game

    probably away on international duty is the favourite and that he will be fatigued after playing 2 games ( possibly) during this period.

  25. Pierre

    Bojangles
    “If the manager leaves a player out of a game, why should the reason be he doesn’t trust him?”

    Maybe Emery doesn’t trust him tactically.
    Maybe Emery doesn’t trust him because he thinks he’s not physically strong enough.
    .maybe Emery doesn’t trust him because he doesn’t think he’s fit enough.

    He obviously trusts Xhaka as he always plays him, if he didn’t trust him on the pitch , he wouldn’t start him .

    Why do you think the manager left him on the bench v Tottenham and do you think he will start v Watford…if not , why not.

  26. Receding Hairline

    He started at anfield …someone else starts at the Emirates. He should earn his starting place. That’s even before you consider tactical precedences. Nothing wrong with leaving something in reserve, he was subbed in quite early that could have been the plan all along. You are not saying anything insightful, insight on here these days is simply emery bashing, say something negative about Emery and Pedro declares you woke, doesn’t change the fact you are talking nonsense.

  27. Receding Hairline

    He left him on the bench because he elected to do so, it was his call and whatever he does at Watford his call too. It was also his call to bring him to the club in the first place, you weren’t exactly jumping for joy when he was signed. This has nothing to do with Ceballos just a continuation of your “he hates skill” crusade.

  28. Mysticleaves

    Emery can also go 3 flat also depending on opposition and threats to counter. It doesn’t have to be about trust. Is it?

    You need to realise Emery is in charge and will change up the team and specific roles for specific players from game to game esp amongst the top 6.

    If you become Arsenal coach in 2 years time, do what you want. You will say you are doing your job as a supporter in criticising the coach but it’s not true. You are just going after the man for reasons we all know. It’s become really bitchy and uncalled for

  29. Tony

    “Maybe I’m missing something but Pierre’s amazing insight a week after the match is over Is that we should have started Ceballos? Wow… That is insightful.. In other news water is wet. #Comments4Cutter”

    Mid you should be doing stand up. Brilliant!

    Mid you got a northern yankee or southern drawl accent?

    Your laid back style has me thinking southern.

  30. Bojangles

    The thing is, the manager lives and dies by his decisions. We say he should have done this or that and move on. I don’t lay claims to being a tactical genius do I leave that talk to you guys who obviously think that you are. I just questioned why it has to be that the manager doesn’t trust a player because he leaves him out.

  31. Receding Hairline

    Bojangles 11 men started against Spurs, if we go with Pierre’s logic those 11 men are the trusted ones at the club. Of course some of the untrusted were trusted just week before so it all gets rather confusing.

    But its something against Emery so it’s great insight

  32. Northbanker

    Best midfield for tough away matches
    Torreira- Guendouzi- Ceballos

    Best for park the bus home games

    Guen (or LT by rotation) -Ceballos-Ozil

  33. Bojangles

    Yeah, I’m not saying I agree with all of Emery’s decisions, he gets a few things wrong, just not as much wrong as it is argued here. It cannot be argued that much of the criticism he receives on le Grove is not agenda driven. I am sure if we beat Watford 2-0 in our next game I’ll come here to read we should we would have won 5-0 if not for Emery’s inadequacies, we need a saucier manager.

  34. Northbanker

    Bo- get what you’re saying but any manager that insists on playing Xhaka when he has far better options and then brings on Mikhi as a sub loses all respect

    If he can’t see these players as liabilities then something is seriously wrong with him

    I would otherwise have accepted he has the cards he has been dealt for now

  35. Northbanker

    Of al the players on the hate list the one I’m still not sure about is Ozil as he still shows flashes of genius

    Given we are getting a reasonable array of midfield talent now perhaps he beat solution is not to try to shift him on but play in him the defence unpicking matches until his contract has run down and thereafter offer him a pay per play contract

  36. Pierre

    Tony
    ““Maybe I’m missing something but Pierre’s amazing insight a week after the match is over Is that we should have started Ceballos? Wow… That is insightful.. In other news water is wet. #Comments4Cutter”

    Mid you should be doing stand up. Brilliant!Mid”

    Yeah, saying water is wet will have them rolling in the aisles

  37. Bojangles

    Seems Emery may have got his penchant for having 5 captains from Barcelona, who also have 5 captains, those being Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto and Luis Suarez.

  38. Champagne charlie

    I love Pierre and Tony’s bickering, I just imagine them playing chess and fighting over incidents of the 70’s.

  39. Bojangles

    North

    You’ll get no argument from me re Xhaka in any Arsenal squad let alone team selection. As far as the Mkhi sub, I’m not sure there were too many options to be honest. What I’ve seen of Nelson this year would not warrant him coming on in such a high pressure game. Maybe in retrospect you could say he would not have done worse than Mkhki.

  40. N5

    Tony, Midwest’s accent is like Cleatus the slack jawed Yokels. Fact!!

    PS MWG before you come at me, you know I love you 🙂

  41. Mysticleaves

    If only Martinelli was a little bit more ready. He’d be in front of Nelson for me. He’s very exciting cos of his directness. Nelson will make it either here or elsewhere though. Just a different kind of player

  42. Northbanker

    I don’t follow why Martinelli was not used ( don’t think he was even a sub but again why not)

    He has shown enough previously to see that he’s a loose cannon with plenty of speed and skill and at that point in the match it could have really unsettled the already shaky Spurs defence

    If nothing else it would have been progress for the future as it was common knowledge that Mikhi would add nothing and keep us from progressing He was never going to be anything more for us than what we had already seen

    Guen’s progress has demonstrated yet again how you need to blood these really promising youngsters over a period of time inc tough games to get the payback Same was true back in the day for Vieira and then Anelka

  43. Receding Hairline

    Mkhi did have outstanding games last season in some of the big games, Spurs away, Liverpool home come to mind. The faith Emery had in him isn’t strange. He has moved on now so others get a shot.

  44. TR7

    Mystic

    ‘Word out to Rafa Nadal. 😁😁 Into the semis, has a clear run at the Us Open as both Nole (retired after injury) and Rocker are out! Common Rafa!!!!’

    Nole was 2 sets down before he conveniently retired. Very unsportsmanlike from Djoker. Roger Federer doesn’t bow out as retired on principle. I have seen Rafa play a few games carrying injuries and yet completing the game albeit on the losing side.

  45. Ustyno

    Emery knows he need to get a minimum of top 4 come season ending and am thinking he is trying everything he can to make it happen but if it will happen or not is a different story entirely.

    This whole Emery this Emery that is becoming boring,if he fails he will be shown the way out ASAP

    He is not the best for our team and certainly he is not the worst,let’s just enjoy the season and see where it lands him at the end of the season after all he is enjoying the pay not us

  46. Ustyno

    Mystic

    ‘Word out to Rafa Nadal. 😁😁 Into the semis, has a clear run at the Us Open as both Nole (retired after injury) and Rocker are out! Common Rafa!!!!’

    Nole was 2 sets down before he conveniently retired. Very unsportsmanlike from Djoker. Roger Federer doesn’t bow out as retired on principle. I have seen Rafa play a few games carrying injuries and yet completing the game albeit on the losing side

    I think that was why he was booed when he was leaving the court

  47. N5

    “This whole Emery this Emery that is becoming boring,if he fails he will be shown the way out ASAP”

    I hope so, I don’t know what Arsenal are like now. Pre-Wenger yes, but since Wenger we tolerated so so much that we shouldn’t of. Has this changed? I guess we’ll see.

  48. Mysticleaves

    Yea TR. I have seen Djokovic do that before too. Very unsporting. Nadal rarely retires unless he absolutely can’t continue. Like the 2018 US open semis

  49. Tony

    Charlie I enjoy a decent game of chess but I would imagine draughts and dominos stretching Pierre’s level.

    Bickering? What bickering? Pierre makes silly mutterings but I just skim past.

    Seems I just concur other posters’ views on him.

  50. TR7

    Ustyno

    Yeah, the crowd booed him off. He is not a crowd favorite despite winning more than a dozen slams. In fact even in Aus open the tournament he owns, the crowd support Rafa and Federer when they play against Djoker.

  51. HighburyLegend

    “I enjoy a decent game of chess”

    Just like Xhaka.
    Granit is a top world class chess player.

    In fact he’s world class in everything he does.

  52. Silverhawk

    On the kids vying for the left wing, or the fourth attacker in the squad, I rate them according.

    Martinelli
    Saka
    ESR(can play across)
    Nelson

  53. Silverhawk

    Not to bring down a young player. But I’ve seen nothing from Nelson to warrant the hype he gets from most arsenal fans. Maybe that’s just me tho. I’d rather see a winger attacking at pace than doing just the basics right.

  54. Nelson

    Ustyno

    I am all for discussing about Emery. This blog is known for fans to discuss about the managers, past and present.

  55. Alex Cutter

    “Not bad. Not Tarantino’s best work but brad Pitt was cool as fuck
    Carried the film for me. Best role since fight club for sure. Little bit shallow and thin on story.”

    I could have watched Pitt and Dicaprio’s characters interact by themselves for hours, By far both of their best roles. This is a character piece more like Jackie Brown than Pulp Fiction.

    I agree that it’s not his best, but probably is his most personal. The Spahn ranch scene was possibly his most impressive yet (reminds me of the opening scene of IB), with the tone shifting from Pitt’s easy-going apprehension of the “ranch. scene”, to how it quickly became threatening.

    I had no problem with the Tate character or Margot Robbie. I don’t feel that her character was deprived of “her voice” via the voice over. Her scene watching herself on the screen in the theater with an audience was great, physical acting. Also, in the context of the movie, her main purpose script-wise was to get the Mansons over to her house, so that they could interact with Dalton. And to also serve as a symbol of the hopeful “new Hollywood” that was displacing cynical old-timers like Pitt and DiCaprio.

    Other notes:

    • Margaret Qualley is an angel. She was incredible in The Leftovers, which is essential tv..

    • Like IB, there is a lot of subtext about film/cinema itself. I’ve seen it twice already, and even my elderly parents each went twice to see it.

    • The whole “Manson thing” is very sketchy, and raises more questions than it answers. For those who don’t mind going down the rabbit hole from time to time, this is an interesting read: https://centerforaninformedamerica.com/author/centerforinformedamerica/page/29/

    * Do they have Popeye’s franchises in the UK? Are you aware of the bedlam surrounding their new chicken sandwiches?

    • “The Terror” on AMC (season 1), is a great, historical “supernatural” mini-series that speculates what might have happened to two Brit ships that were sent in the 1860s to find the Northwest Passage, but disappeared. Stars Jared Harris (Chernobyl), who is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors.

  56. HighburyLegend

    “Best role since fight club for sure.”

    And he delivers a terrific performance in the next James Gray movie, Ad Astra!!

  57. Valentin

    Silverhawk,

    Reiss Nelson is predominantly a right winger. He played against the first two games of the season on the left to accommodate Aubameyang who can’t really play on the left. Aubameyang is not a winger, but can play on the right as an right inside forward.
    The strange thing is that as soon as Pepe was introduced he took the right side and Aubameyang was moved to the left.

  58. The backpass

    Valentin

    You do know that Aubameyang play mainly as a left winger last season? and during preseason Nelson played mostly on the left wing.

    For Hoffeheim, he wasn’t really good as a right winger despite the goals. IMO, he is just not that good.

  59. Nelson

    Our team is still a bit imbalance. Ideally, it would be better to have a star LW and RW than two strikers in the final third.

  60. Gentlebris

    ‘We had a lot of chances but this is football. Nobody speaks about the chances, nobody speaks about how many we missed. They always speak about the mistakes.’

    Xhaka was actually saying here that a striker who fails to bed a chance and a defender who recklessly brings a man down in the box to put his team behind should get the same amount of blame. If you wouldn’t blame Auba for not heading a ball in, don’t fucking blame me, says captain Xhaka.

    Yes I know Emery is an idiot for making Xhaka captain, but the bigger idiots are the fuckers who keep defending Emery here.

  61. bennydevito

    Good article on Nketiah and how Ian Wright is mentoring him. Also says how Enery didn’t want him to go to Leeds but Nketiah himself and the club decided it would be in his best interests to help him develop.

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/9873228/arsenal-eddie-nketiah-ian-wright-leeds/

    Nketiah revealed Unai Emery was keen to keep him at the Emirates after a blistering pre-season.

    But the youngster felt Leeds was the right switch for him, snubbing many offers including some from Germany to head to Elland Road.

    Nketiah said: “The manager wanted me to stay so it’s really confidence-boosting for me that he had me in his plans. But I felt like it was a good step for me to come to Leeds.”

    “I hope it’s a good year that can leave me in good stead going back to Arsenal to fight for a place.”

  62. Ustyno

    N5
    September 6, 2019 09:19:05

    “This whole Emery this Emery that is becoming boring,if he fails he will be shown the way out ASAP”

    I hope so, I don’t know what Arsenal are like now. Pre-Wenger yes, but since Wenger we tolerated so so much that we shouldn’t of. Has this changed? I guess we’ll see.

    With the way the new regime are pushing out deadwoods something we have been clamouring for years, even though they are still remaining at least there is an effort that gives me little hope that if Emery fail he will be thrown out,I might be wrong but very hopeful.

  63. Ustyno

    TR7
    September 6, 2019 09:30:09

    Ustyno

    Yeah, the crowd booed him off. He is not a crowd favorite despite winning more than a dozen slams. In fact even in Aus open the tournament he owns, the crowd support Rafa and Federer when they play against Djoker.

    TR7
    You are right the crowd loves Roger and Rafa than him but maybe it’s because the crowd felt he was trying to avoid an L in the tournament rather he preferred retired

  64. Ustyno

    Nelson
    September 6, 2019 10:35:03

    Ustyno

    I am all for discussing about Emery. This blog is known for fans to discuss about the managers, past and present.

    Ok then,enjoy yourself, everyone has their own style

  65. Marko

    As for Pierre’s obsession now with over analyzing everything the manager does and Pedro thinking he’s King Pierre because he finally found a critical voice post Wenger it’s basically again another example of someone taking everything way too personal. Pierre hates Emery for what’s happening with Ozil it’s that simple.

    His point on Ceballos being dropped against Spurs well hindsight is a beautiful thing but let’s be honest here he was so abject against Liverpool that it was no surprise that he started on the bench though it was the wrong decision (in hindsight). He’s new he’s got to earn that trust in the big matches

  66. Brooklyn

    Re: Sauce
    Klopp was fake it till make it type….finally he has it, not natural ala Wenger or Mourinho but still.

    Emery is glued to tactics or specially to crack opponents tactics each and every game. First time really he is competing informally against so called charismatic coaches. Hopefully he will improve eh, unlike Benetiz.

  67. Dream10

    bennydevito

    Younger players are taking control of their careers by betting on themselves. Nketiah hopefully will get plenty of game time at Leeds. If he comes back next season, he’ll be ready to kick on.

  68. Valentin

    Charisma is not enough by itself to be a good manager. There is a lot of deluded managers who believe they are the best in the world with bags of charisma but very few qualities to make them good managers. Sam Allardyce is one who come to mind immediately.

    The assumption is that the manager is a decent coach who knows what he wants to do it. Is able to communicate his plan clearly and consistently. You may ooze charisma, but if everybody knows you as the incompetent fool that is unlikely to be useful.
    Having charisma is just the cherry on top of the cake to help good managers drag their players to the victory line. Much easier to convince a player to do something he does not want to if he believe in you.

    At Real during his first stint Zidane was able to convince CR7 to accept less game time for the benefit of the team and his body against his incessant pursuit of goal statistics. Other coaches have tried before him but most failed. A combination of man management skills (cajoling and massaging ego) and charisma did the tricks.

  69. Pierre

    Marko
    “His point on Ceballos being dropped against Spurs well hindsight is a beautiful thing”

    It wasnt hindsight, as you know I predicted he would be left out of the side….that was very easy to predict as Emery will always revert to type after a defeat and play the workers rather than the skilful , technical players.

  70. Cesc Appeal

    Spurs about to feel the Juventus sting, they are looking at signing Alderwiereld and Eriksen on pre-contracts in January to move for free in June.

    What a shame.

    Hahahahahahahahaha.

  71. Valentin

    Benny,

    During the winter TW Emery cancelled Nkethia loan to Augburg at the 11th hour. He promised him game time and said that he needed him for the rest of the season. Before the last game of the season he played less than 20 minutes in the premiership.
    With the addition of Pepe and the return of Nelson there was even less likelihood of Nkethia playing on the wing to help out.
    So it make more sense for Nkethia’s development perspective to go on loan at Leeds. Bielsa likes to manage a small group, so his team tend to burn out before the end of the season. That’s why despite being recognised by many as an excellent coach, he is not viewed as a great manager. However he is exactly what Nkethia need. A coach that will speed off his development.

  72. Pierre

    I’m not so sure that Nketiah will get as much first team action at Leeds as he would have done at Arsenal..up until Christmas anyhow..

    At Arsenal, he would have been a starter in the Europa and the league cup , that’s a possible 8/9 games , with maybe a few substitute appearances in the league .

    At Leeds , they are out of the league cup and are not on Europe.
    So for Nketiah to get decent game time, he will either need an injury to occur to the striker or loss of form, or the manager to change to 2 up top , which is possible.

    Hopefully, he will get the chance to prove himself at Leeds and when he does start he makes himself undroppable.