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. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Can’t be the mental strength.

    It the pay they ar3 paid.

    Too much money not enough care about the club.

    Pepe shit
    Pea shit
    Papa shit

    Not one good player in the squad that’s a team man

    11 individuals who love themselves not arsenal…
    3-2 or 4-2

    All over it

  2. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Can’t be the mental strength.

    It the pay they ar3 paid.

    Too much money not enough care about the club.

    Pepe shit
    Pea shit
    Papa shit

    Not one good player in the squad that’s a team man

    11 individuals who love themselves not arsenal…
    3-2 or 4-2

    Done
    All over it

  3. SammyNelsonsShorts

    Pepe,,,,L’Equipe trash at it’s very best…we’ve got to fork out instalments of £10M per year for the next 5 years from our budget. Nice one Emery you wotless cunt

  4. Champagne charlie

    Said it time after time, the merry go round of blame can only last so long until the real issue is addressed.

    We haven’t a clue how to setup as a defensive unit, that’s Emery. It’s all over the place time after time after time. Insert whoever the fuck you want as this weeks defensive villain.

    Absolute shambles. 51 last season, on track for more of the same. Go on lad you can get 60.

  5. izzo

    If you’re not Emery out there’s something wrong with you as a fan. I’ve had enough of this shit. We don’t owe Emery jack shit. He is failing and we need to cut the chord and move on.

  6. london gunner

    Enough is ENOUGH! I have had it with these motherfuckin’ defenders on this motherfuckin’ pitch! Everybody strap in! [extracts his gun] I’m about to open some fuckin’ windows.

  7. Dissenter

    With all the investments we’ve made on the squad, should we even be waiting till the end of the season?

    This team is undercoached and lacking in winner mentality

  8. luke

    A lot of Luiz hate – I agree to some extent but I think theres a player in there – IF WE DONT CONSTANTLY LEAVE HIM EXPOSED!

  9. Dissenter

    This Is a total breakdown, not just a few players shitting the bed..
    Players not talking to each other, no one remonstrating with the other

    This is the point you sack a manager

  10. Leftsidesanch

    Who do we have next? Sok and Luiz will still start so why does it matter?

    We’ll still play out from the back, so why does it matter.

    Emery needs to be shown the door for me.

  11. useroz

    AMN shouldn’t be a RB
    Xhara shouldn’t be near the squad
    Our players are physically fucking weak. Brushed off the ball all the time.

    We can’t even fight back and try to get the advantage back.

    So ficking poor.

  12. london gunner

    Yeah Emery has to go at the end of this season. He is really doesn’t have a clue.

    Keeps playing xhaka and has david luiz and sokratis aka captain calamities playing out from the back.

    We obviously have a good enough team to get three points against watford its just emery’s unflexible and unpragmatic approach to football has us forcing average error-prone players to highlight their averagness and error-prone ways even more by nonsensical playing out.

  13. Moray

    Luiz is shit. We should never have bought him. We have enough unreliable defenders and we don’t need to prioritise Long balls from defence.

  14. Rambo Ramsey

    We had one shit cunt loose cannon in Xhaka. Now we’ve increased the number to two with Luiz.

    And these fuckers have been unleashed in a boiling pressure madness environment of ‘pass out from the back’.

    Genius coach.

  15. Goona

    We are weak on the ball knocked off far to easily and a bunch of lazy fuckers when trying to win it back. If we defend any deeper we will be behind the goaline

  16. Leftsidesanch

    Why wait till the end of the season, he’s not fit for purpose and the season is young. Get Allegri on the blower.

  17. Champagne charlie

    Watford 28 attempts

    Arsenal 7 attempts

    ——

    Fuck right off with any defence of us under this manager. That isn’t the level

  18. Paulinho

    Looking forward to this new saucy manager turning this load of shite into something palatable.

    Lampard has a squad full of talented athletes that play can play on the half turn.

    Strikers will get goals but how useful were Shearer’s goals for Newcastle. Did he make their crap midfield any better?

  19. gazzap

    xhaka open goal. OK i’ll just smash it out. I’m getting angry about how bad we’ve been today. It has to be on emery ultimately.

  20. Alex James

    Wasted money on Pepe that could have been used on the defence. Utter nonsense. The management of this club is worse that under Wenger and his nitwits. And then add Granit to the mix.

  21. Olumide

    The problem with the way Arsenal is playing right now is that every team will now fancy themselves against Arsenal. And that’s all on Emery.

  22. DaleDaGooner

    Emery is bottom tank. He’s not good enough. But I’m sure we all know it. Their first goal was a gift from Emery.

  23. TheLegendaryDB10

    Diss

    This team is undercoached and lacking in winner mentality

    Makes you wonder what the fuck they are doing during training. We really have not improved whatsoever, particularly with anything to do with defending.

    UE is a mid-table coach who should not be at Arsenal. He BS his way into the job. Gazidis, another clueless git, signed him up cause he sounded good and fell hook, line and sinker. Goes to show how Gazidis had no long term plan for the Arsenal.

  24. Champagne charlie

    Paulinho

    That’s it mate, run interference for Emery because you spent a year blowing smoke up his arse.

    It’s the players, we don’t have players good enough to better Watford on goal attempts 4/1. Amazing

  25. Chris

    Watford slicing through us like.a got knife through butter.

    We are embarrassing defensively and it is difficult to imagine that improving under Emery.

  26. TR7

    ‘Welcome Dissenter to the dark side.’

    Valentin,.looks like except Receding and Paulinho everyone has moved to the dark side. That didn’t take long.

  27. Paulinho

    Charlie – You’re in no position to speak about anything about quality of football after all the defence of Xhaka.

    What was it? He’s still getting up to speed at first?

    Then it was seeing him under ‘different management’

    You haven’t got a clue.

  28. Jacko

    There are no words for that performance.

    The most crucial thing Josh K needs to learn from Watford this week is that changing your manager after 4 games isn’t the worst idea in the world.

  29. Elmo

    Go on then, Pedro. Give us what we deserve. Unleash CG.

    Absolute shambles. Emery out. There’s no plan. There’s no control.

  30. useroz

    City played a poor CB and lost.

    Well we have two sub standard CBs and got a point.

    Should we not be fucking happy?.

    NO. Emery. Your fucking idiotic playing from the fucking back.

  31. Rambo Ramsey

    Paulino is correct.

    We don’t have the players to beat bottom of the table Watford.

    We don’t have the players to even give them a contest.

    Comprehensively outplayed because we have shit players compared to Watford.

  32. Ishola70

    Lol and to think so many on here were predicting Arsenal would run away with third place in EPL this season.

    Not a chance in hell.

    Make no mistake Watford are the poorest team in the EPL at this time.

    Awful result.

  33. izzo

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. How the fuck do you give up a 2-0 lead??? You leave Xhaka on the pitch thats how and then you bring on a novice winger and take off our most creative player Ceballos. Fuck this shit. Emery does not have my support. Need to to be sacked by January.

  34. raptora

    Haven’t seen Arsenal look so scared and with no clue what to do vs a team like Watford in a very, very long time. At times it looked like we are playing vs Bayern or the current Liverpool. Shocking performance by first and foremost Emery. Nightmare game for us. Absolutely shocking. We need a change for sure. Emery is certainly clueless.

  35. TR7

    Paulinho, how many games in 1 and a quarter of a season have we looked in control ? Wenger used to see off most of the bottom 12 teams with complete ease, sometimes with second string teams. It’s not the players, it’s the manager. We have signed what 10 new players in 2 seasons ?

  36. Paulinho

    Rambo – Nothing different that I said at the start of the season.

    Our midfield is fucking shit, and it’s the most important area of the pitch.

    Dacoure is getting pitched around for £50 million, are any of our clowns being linked to clubs for those sums?

  37. WengerEagle

    We were battered from start to finish, the draw really flattered us.

    Emery’s insistence on playing out from the back and his obsession with Xhaka are two sackable offences in themselves.

  38. Kay

    Given up. Emery should be out asap.

    Watford by far the better team. We don’t look like a big team at all nowadays. The fear factor is gone.

  39. Danish Gooner

    I still believe in Emery but this shit wont do on a consistent basis,it is bull crap Luiz and Sokratis have more then 25 yers of fottballing experience and they still look a deer in the headlights.WTF is wrong ????? And this play the ball out from the back will have to go when they cant do it better then that ,we look like a comedy of errors .

  40. Dissenter

    There was no defensive shape
    There was no shape in the midfield
    There was no shape offensively
    There was NO communication on the field. They look under-coached.

    We are the amoeba club of North London

    Why did he remove Ceballos?

    Sorry, this season is still salvageable unless we with till the inevitable outcome.

  41. Champagne charlie

    Paulinho

    Yea that “defence” because I don’t follow the lead of others in claiming him useless. Good one that, he’d be better under competent management that goes without saying. He’s not the only one either.

    About the level of you to make a discussion of Emery about Xhaka. Peak Paulinho out with the extinguisher because one of his views is coming royally undone. Quick mate, mention Ramsey at Juve or something so we all forget how dead Emery is as a manager.

  42. Paulinho

    It’s not about results. It’s performance.

    Said earlier today it’s guaranteed to be a slog in organised play.

    TR7 – He had much better players at his disposal, even near the end.

    Cazorla, Ramsey are a completely different planet to Nelson, Xhaka, Willock.

  43. TheLegendaryDB10

    Unbelievable. And I could smell that draw coming miles.

    UE is so out of his depth it is shocking to see.

    He really doesn’t get how the PL works. One has to wonder what he us watching with his video analysis.

    Just as bad as AW who watched shit loads of football, UE is the same watches sitloads yet sees nothing on how we could improve.

    Shocking stat. Watford had 23 shots on goal. What. The. Fuck.