Time for a performance

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It is a HUGE game today. All the usual suspects won their games… bar City, they lost in an embarrassing 2-3 thriller away at Norwich.

What a result for Premier League new boys. They were well worth it as well. Very organised. They ran their guts out. They took their opps when they were presented to them and they carved out one really awesome counter-attacking goal.

I loved reading the post-match commentary from the fans. Raheem Sterling is now average. Pep has finally been found out. Manchester City are certainly losing the league to Liverpool.

You couldn’t make it up.

In a post fan tv world, the only place to exist on the radical edge of everything.

For me, what is clear is this… Arsenal are winning the bloody league. Yes, fellas, Unai is bringing it home.

First up, we have to destroy Watford by 11 goals to climb second (from 7th). Be realistic, probably 12 or 13 because the chances of us keeping a clean sheet are pretty slim.

We’re in a post-Lacazette world for the next month. There’s a lot of fans getting their panties in a twist over the lack of an Eddie in the squad. I think people need to remind them of the troubles the young forward was having when he was getting game time with us.

I assume the thinking from Emery will likely be to have Auba as the lead striker, and if he needs a rest, we’ll slip Pepe in there. He’s very comfortable through the middle and offers all the same attributes as Auba… bar the unreal finishing (in England at least).

Also worth remembering Lacazette is not good away from home. His record is very poor, I think Tammy Abrahams has more goals this season than Laca had in the entirety of last year. He’s also not hugely prolific. He scored a Premier League goal every 192 last season. I know he does a lot for the team, he landed 10 assists, which is impressive for a striker.

Anyway…

I think where we’re going to see the innovation is out wide. The manager has quite a few players to choose from. We have a lot explosive pace this year, and starting your career out wide is a lot less stressful than through the middle. I think Reiss has a huge chance to lay claim to a first team spot. I think Saka has always looked very promising when offered a chance to stretch his legs, he also looks very ready from a mentality perspective, no fear in his eyes. Then we have wildcards like Gabriel, who IS the new Anelka… and potentially ESR who has a lot of versatility.

In short, I think Eddie is going to learn more out on loan this season with Leeds, versus playing a bit part role when his confidence was looking pretty touch and go.

We know what we’re going to get tomorrow. Bullied.

Watford are playing under Quique again, he’ll bring a lot of energy, he’ll make them work like dogs and I’ve no doubt we’re going to be penned into tight areas all game long much in the same way we were against Burnley.

I’ll keep on saying it, but I truly hope Emery has learned his lesson with three holding midfielders. We’re not built for deep blocks and I don’t think players care for the pragmatism. We’ve been porous all season. We shipped lots of shots against Spurs and Liverpool. The same happened against fu*king Burnley of all clubs.

The manager needs to take advantage of the technical superiority we have over Watford, that’s not going to come from attack-minded players shutting up shop.

Let’s stretch them, let’s play the beautiful game, let’s bring some excitement to the pitch… we need a performance. Chelsea looks great yesterday, there’s no reason we can’t offer up the same type of decisive output.

Right, just a short one today. I’ll see you in the comments where I shall eviscerate your challenges with word bullets.

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  1. Pierre

    Azed
    “With Ozil and Ceballos starting, does that mean Emery now trusts them?”

    The question you should be asking is , has the manager picked a balanced midfield that is correct for an away game v Watford.

  2. TheBayingMob

    How long does Pepe need? I’m not feeling it, not saying he’s shit just not sure he will adapt to the PL. Luiz is looking like a disaster signing.

  3. TheBayingMob

    “Let’s show Watford that we no longer fear them!!!”

    If we ever “feared” them then that’s just embarrassing.

  4. SammyNelsonsShorts

    Me neither, couldn’t complete a simple pass inside the full back, expect more for £72M ffs….shirt looks way too heavy for him

  5. TheLegendaryDB10

    TheBayingMob

    I was just mulling over the fact that I had to write this.

    Technically speaking this should be a team we should be beating with ease.

    But you know our recent history with Watford. Our performance can sometimes be so shaky vs them.

    And I just realised that Deeney is not playing. So that should help.

  6. useroz

    What a sorry scene with Kolac and xhara both on the pitch.

    Why the fuck Kolac stands over the left wing position if he isn’t prepared carry the ball forward with acre of space in front. Every fucking time made a back pass.

    A$M lost the ball in trying is still better than doing nothing.

    Ceballos and Ozil not working out so far.

    Pepe and Auba hardly touch the ball so far.

  7. DaleDaGooner

    Mainland-Niles is another one that shouldn’t be in the starting line up. Sorry, I wanted the kid to do well, but he’s just not a RB and I doubt he can supplant even Xhaka in the CM position

  8. Leedsgunner

    Watford attacking at will and winning all the second balls. So much for Xhaka acting as a defensive shield for the back four…

  9. Dream10

    We have midfield issues. I’m not sure Ceballos is the tempo setter that people have been projecting on to him. Take him off at the half then bring on Nelson and put him on the left.

    Our pattern of play is more worrying than the results early on. We’ll be dropping points because of poor process.

  10. Dream10

    Or 4-4-2 2nd half. Ceballos/Özil off, Martinelli and Pépé down the sides, Nelson off Aubameyang.

    This shit ain’t working. Need to play higher up the pitch with ball

  11. DaleDaGooner

    We wont miss Laca much, provided Auba stays healthy.

    What’s the point of this?? Are you looking for an argument?
    Of course having Lacazette fit is always at our advantage, don’t get why this is needs to be chatted.

  12. Dream10

    Wenger Eagle

    Yep. Aubameyang minimal touches, great output. There was a debate on a podcast a couple of weeks ago about low touch forwards who score goals. Many want the Benzema type who can be a #9/#10 at the same time. But they’re hard to find.

  13. Dissenter

    Dale
    Not looking for an argument, unless you’re willing to start one with yourself.
    We won’t miss Laca provided Auba scores chances like that.
    How hard is that for you?

  14. Chris

    I feel Aubameyang doesn’t get another credit for his goal scoring record since arriving in England. He is a goal scoring machine and precisely what we needed for so long.

    Also hard to fathom how a few people were speaking of it being a good idea selling him!

  15. S Asoa

    So many crosses that SHOULD have been converted !
    Does our Spanish Waiter not play his final team players in their positions ? Subs is much better than missing those sitters.
    Probably he is told he is very weak defensively no practice down there. So he can’t anticipate what the wingers will do

  16. Dissenter

    TR7
    Looks like the lad is struggling [Pepe], most of the basic end product stuff isn’t looking good.
    Scoffed shots and all.

  17. DaleDaGooner

    Dissenter have a sir mate. Absolutely no need for comments like that.

    Last week Lacazette scores VS Tots, only he in our squad scores those types. Piggy backing on Dream10 comment, Lacazette gives you that 9/10 type of striker, far from an Agüero or Benzema, but the type of goals he scores in tight games, Auba isn’t that type….again have a seat mate

  18. Paulinho

    It’s a shame Ozil is a complete waster over a course of a season.

    We really need two technical players in deeper positions at all times.

  19. gazzap

    that’s exactly where Ozil does his best work. I dont think many people doubt that. It’s other parts of his game. But he has class no doubt.

  20. China1

    I’m yet to see one example of where the dumb ass bullshit passing around in front of our own 6 yard box whilst the opposition have the entire front line on us has provided us with any tactical advantages or benefits whatsoever

    It’s the dumbest most bullshit tactical fad ever

  21. Dissenter

    Dale
    I’m not saying Auba is better than Laca or anything. You’re projecting you own stuff into a very plain statement.
    I want Laca to recurperate fully from his injury without any pressure so he can be good for the team.
    We are lucky to have two elite strikers and have to hope Auba stays healthy so that Lacas isn’t missed.
    I suggest looking for a phone booth to start a fight a something.