Emery’s future: The balancing act

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Oh come on people, I’m starting Monday morning on a HIGH.

Arsenal turned around a one goal deficit twice against Aston Villa with 10 men.

You can’t knock that, you really can’t. That’s finding a next level that feels very much born of last seasons 22 game unbeaten run.

Matteo G was an absolute monster. I’ve always been a fan of his, but I was unsure what his special sauce was. We’re starting to see that. He’s a leader. He drives games forward, he makes elite passes, he’s a beast when he wants to be, he’s a goal threat… he’s the player other players more senior than him look to for answers.

He is captain elect.

To slip back into misery for a second, we were predictably dross in the first half. Our midfield was there to be bypassed, there was no real leadership from our captain, and our defence was typically ponderous. We went a goal down to McGinn, he ghosted in after a ball bypassed about 6 players, his grazed touch easily sailed past Leno.

To make matters worse, AMN, who complained midweek about playing as a right-back made a stupid challenge for his second bookable offence and found himself taking an early shower. It was dim, but honestly, this right back experiment has been awful and it’s clear the player hates it so much he’s willing to break plates in a dishwashing disaster just to rid himself of the burden.

The second half saw Calum C introduced for Saka (who was good). With 10 men, we still looked a threat, but Villa were probing. We won a penalty, Matteo powering into the box, forcing Engel to shove him to the ground. Auba let Pepe take the penalty, the largely impressive Ivorian slotted it calmly down the middle for his first goal.

You’d have hoped Arsenal would hold their nerve, but we didn’t, we let Villa in, before attempting another embarrassing short goal-kick that saw a poor touch from Calum eventually lead to a Wesley goal. We’re such a mess on the pitch, that sort of carry-on is inexcusable.

Emery pushed the nuclear button and subbed his captain and Ceballos off on 72 for LT and Willock. It was an inspired decision. He invited athleticism and hunger onto the pitch and it created an entirely different vibe, even with one less man.

We clawed our way back on 81. Matteo fed a teasing ball to the back post, Chambers didn’t do well with his first attempt, but he poked a looping shot over the keeper at his second go and made it count. Superb work, and the perfect remedy for his earlier mistake.

The second goal came from an incisive Auba freekick. He really is worth his weight in gold, his experience in front of goal is absolutely invaluable to us at the minute. As someone said on the Twitter website, he’s a success key, when he’s in your side, you always have a chance.

The players celebrated the win like we’d just won the World Cup. I could be petty about the levels here, but to be honest, after the last few weeks, it’s nice to know they still care.

WHAT DID WE LEARN:

Granit Xhaka:

The team were booed off at halftime, Granit was booed off as a sub. Terrible. Awful. I hate to see it. But really, I don’t. He’s not our captain. He’s a joke. He is the single worst decision Emery makes each week without fail. I don’t care that it’s not nice, I don’t care that Arsenal class seems to generally be geared around beta males celebrating mediocre ideas and hearting cute Wenger allegories on Twitter, the reality is, Xhaka is a poor player and we need him to take gardening leave.

Bellerin would be a better captain… so would Matteo.

Athleticism:

Emery has a weird thing with hierarchy in his squad. Everyone could see that Saka was a better prospect than Reiss, but Reiss starts. We’re opting for Xhaka in our midfield despite three years of average. Let’s just call a rabona a rabona… our best midfield is Willock, LT and Matteo. It lacks experience, it’ll have bad days, but that’s the most explosive we can be. Emery needs to wake up to this. We need hunger, pace, power and output. Those three made a statement today in a short space of time, let them have a crack at United. Could it be a worse idea than 31 shots against Watford or getting shoved around by Villa for an hour?

Unai Emery:

I’ve been getting a mixed bag of messages on the manager from people that know. Some think he could be in danger. He’s clearly not connecting with the players, his ideas are average and though the table is telling a story… the story is a fucking lie. The table lies all the time, and if you think where we are now is a true reflection of what we can be, we’re OVER.

Others that I speak to say there is no chance of him leaving.

The rationale? He’s where he needs to be. The table is all that matters to Raul and Edu. The gut feel amongst a lot of people is this: We’re a better shade of shite when you look at the others. United are a mess, Chelsea are not a worry until next year, Spurs are having problems, and Leicester is a mirage.

The leadership team just want top 4 and they’re going to gamble that those around us are so bad, Emery will come out where he needs to be.

Hard to argue the logic.

We have a lot of easy games coming up, if Emery can shake things up, we will no doubt be in a threatening position when December lands. If we’re within spitting distance, he’ll keep his job. I think he’ll comfortably be in the mixer by then, because we have a lot of very, very good players.

Today’s turnaround was in spite of him… not because of him. I know that sounds petulant, but I think most get what I mean. Emery spent most of the second half rooted to that bench, twitching out like someone had dropped 2Gs of MD in his WKD at a Carl Cox Space reunion. That is not a good look. He has fear in his eyes, but I think the players are good enough to work around him, just like they did at PSG in season two when he basically gave up.

That doesn’t mean the inevitable fail won’t happen

… but that will only last so long, sustaining it until May is a longshot. But the club is risk-averse, Raul was a big part of Emery’s hiring, and things aren’t bad enough on paper yet to make a move.

I can see the rationale, but for me, the sooner we move him on the better. Skanking your way to 4th is not progressive. Betting your future on an average manager with conservative ideas will not take you to the promised land. The longterm damage a top 4 Emery will do to Arsenal is unthinkable, but there’s every chance it’ll happen.

That said, don’t underestimate Spurs and their ability to bounce back. Chelsea has a lot of good players, I think you’ll see a strong finish from them. United are a disaster, but they have good players, so a clever caretaker could be a threat.

I will celebrate the win today. I am very excited by the players we have but I cannot abide by this manager. He’s rank average and the win cannot disguise the performance, the decisions, or the consistency of bland we’ve seen over a season and 7 games.

On reflection, if the brief to replace Arsene was a pragmatist that could improve the defence, we really should have hired Conte. If that’s still the brief, then we should look at Allegri who now has a good grasp of English. Rip the plaster now… because no amount of tinkering will save us in January.

We won’t though… and that worries me.

See you in the comments.

 

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  1. gazzap

    For me I think emery is giving a ‘fuck you’ message. He clearly isn’t in emery’s plans at all. TBF emery made that clear during the summer and Ozil chose to stick around on the fat salary.

  2. London gunner

    Mustafi has always been good on the ball and his passing is exceptional but he lets you down as a defender.

    Willock is top tier btw

  3. PieAFC

    Can we give a shout out to a professional performance from Chambers.

    So far this season when called upon he’s played well and gave his all. All you can ask for.

  4. Marko

    Two assists for Chambers. Bellerin might not be fit enough for United so surely Chambers should start. If he goes with AMN I swear

  5. LegendMax

    Xhaka and ozil definitely top my list of players i want us to sell asap.
    Ceballos just showed ozil how its done in the build up to that goal. Ozil has had his days but his time is up at arsenal now

  6. Receding Hairline

    I assure you a back four of Sokratis,AMN,Dead and Luiz would have struggled tonight.

    For a supposed flying winger AMN is useless going forward.

    Unai Emery has himself to Blame if he continues pandering to certain players. People should earn their places.

  7. Leedsgunner

    Brilliant impact. I’m so looking forward to seeing Holding, Tierney, Bellerin and Chambers back in our defence on a regular basis.

    Not spending my time thinking when disaster is going to strike next!

  8. gazzap

    Yes!! great last 15 minutes. Forest now shattered. I knew that would happen if we remained professional, which we did. Another superb goal from Martinelli.

    much more intelligent than the first team.

  9. Marko

    Torreira, Holding, Bellerin, Tierney, Martinelli and Nelson all for different reasons needed that game tonight. I hope Torreira and Chambers are playing themselves into contention for United. And simply put Tierney must start. Fantastic debut for him and for Martinelli too.

  10. Goonah

    Problem with Chambers is he´s simply to slow for top flight footy. Not good enough positonally and rather weak in the air. Great technique and versitile thou

    Bellerin Chambers Holding Tierney are my pref back 4. Sok and Luiz are that bad

  11. salpardisenyc

    In a much better place heading into Old T fixture than envisioned half way thru Sunday, if Emery doesn’t bottle the starting XI actually confident we could do damage.

  12. Danny

    Tottenham will have a new book coming soon “How they almost won the league cup but were beaten by the mighty Colchester”.

  13. bennydevito

    What a great striker Martinelli’s going to be, like Bergkamp and Anelka rolled into one. No wonder the club decided to let Nketiah go on loan, they knew Martinelli needs games too. Brilliant.

  14. London gunner

    Goonah

    Lack of pace isn’t the be all and end all for a defender but yeah its silly to play him as a fullback…

    As for positioning that improves with good coaching. He has earned a spell in the team at CB to prove his worth.

  15. Jaffa

    Enjoyed that ! Some great goals and individual performances. I see why the league cup gets slated but a great chance to see what the academy are producing. Good work Per!

  16. Cesc Appeal

    Balanced, high intensity performance.

    That is the blueprint.

    No Xhaka.

    No AMN.

    No Kolasinac.

    Players in their actual position with energy, tenacity and mobility.

    Emery can ruin the whole feeling with a shite selection on Monday.

    How can he have watched that midfield and possibly be thinking that putting Xhaka back in is best?

    Say what you want about the opposition, but from allowing a ridiculous amount of chances at our goal in every game this season to allowing the opposition 1 shot on target which was speculative and when we were already 2-0 up should tell Emery everything.

    A midfield 3 from Torreira, Guendouzi, Willock, Ceballos with a front line of 2 wingers and an ST.

    Holding, Bellerin and Tierney are going to be massive.

    Chambers has also earned a start now.

  17. gazzap

    Emery’s stubbornness with certain players makes even less sense when you see this lot play. Fantastic to see Holding, Tierney and Bellerin back as well. Torr has to play as the DM or as a pair in front of the defence, not further forward in a diamond.

  18. PieAFC

    Good performance all round.

    Wilock again is proving how good of a player he is. Positioning and aggression. Wish him all the best!

    Nelson needed that game. Kudos to chambers again.

    And how many English and British players did we have that squad – ain’t seen that in years.

    Shout out to the academy for that.

  19. izzo

    Martinelli is mustard. Great to see we have a striker in reserve. Tierney wow wow Auba should be licking his lips. Haven’t seen an Arsenal fullback that can cross perfectly since the invincibles era. We have enough talent at the club its mind boggling how Emery doesn’t utilize them in the first team properly. I don’t ever want to see Niles and Xhaka play again.

  20. PieAFC

    How Tiernay was able to check a run, then beat a man Stanley Mathews esque was unreal.

    When fitter and against better teams both flanks are going to prove so effective.

  21. Biggles

    I had to try convince some of you that Tierney was good.

    Not naming names, but tick tock!

    I thought that Sok was good overall last year and wanted to see Holding and him as first choice. Given that Sok has in fact been woeful so far, as has Luiz, I think chambers and holding need to be first choice pairing. I like Luiz, but I’d rather him as DM just now than CB.

  22. Marko

    Tierney had an excellent debut. Great engine was an outlet all night and perhaps most importantly he kept getting back into position. Very promising. Didn’t even look tired going off just Emery wanted to show the world the bromance between Bellerin and Tierney is legit

  23. Cesc Appeal

    It’s been said by many on here, with the buys and the youth players this squad is actually a real prospect now.

    We just have to forget the past. Forget the duds like Xhaka, AMN, Kolasinac etc and give the positions over to the better, younger, hungrier players.

    Emery loses any sympathy if he continues to play the type of players who have no mobility, no work rate and are totally dumb.

  24. azed

    From the BBC site

    Richard: Spurs haven’t even waited until the end of the season to go full Spurs. Surely they’ve learned…you never go full Spurs.

    Darren Fordham: Poch got what he deserved. Going with 3 defensive midfielders? What did he think would happen he is not thinking straight at the moment that’s for sure.

  25. Pierre

    All said in jest..

    Great performance from the whole team.
    Well balanced throughout the side , Torreira and willock solid and controlled the game, Tierney looks quality.

    I said a while back that Europa and league cup could be games to look forward to this season …really enjoyed the performance

    Nketiah would have had a field day out there today but Martinelli did ok , a bit of a head down merchant, but scored a couple of flukey goals , one off his shoulder
    ..(I think), the other deflected that was going wide(i think) , but good luck to him ..he should enjoy his moment

    If they wasnt flukey then apologies.

  26. Jaffa

    Bellerin chambers holding tierney with torr in front. For me when
    all fit would be the defensive choice with what we have
    .

  27. Danialtos

    Good ebening fellas,it’s been a minute…Its good to be an Arsenal fan today…Great win!!…What a way to start my one month leave

  28. Pierre

    Benny
    “What a great striker Martinelli’s going to be, like Bergkamp and Anelka rolled into one. No wonder the club decided to let Nketiah go on loan, they knew Martinelli needs games too. Brilliant.”

    Hopefully said in jest ….

  29. Valentin

    Even Mustafi looked assured when he had a dynamic midfield duo of Willock and Torreira to protect him and Holding.
    Talking about Holding, it is telling that when Özil left, he was the one taking over as Captain and not Mustafi.

  30. Gommit

    Let’s not forget Emi in the goal.. He’s been suberb in the two games he has played.. There has been more calm with him there.. That being said I like Leno but there were so many positives today.. Let’s hope UE does not ruin everything with his selection against MU

  31. Pierre

    Leftie
    “Support the whole team Pierre as opposed to trying to wind up and be a smart arse.”

    I am, but let’s try not go over the top about Martinelli ….I’ve just read he is Henry, Bergkamp and Anelka rolled into one..

    Let’s hope so .

  32. Paulinho

    Not only is Chambers more switched on defensively than AMN, he’s also a much better footballer going forward.

    If Bellerin/Tierney are not fit, we must play three at the back and play Chambers right midfield. His willingness to constantly threaten the opposition with his off the ball movement, and underrated link-play will be a nightmare for the opposition.

  33. Pierre

    The game is so easy with 2 holding midfielders playing with discipline, composure and assurance …it spreads throughout the team.

  34. Leftsidesanch

    If he does become that Pierre (although) that wasn’t what was said then that is a good thing for this club as you just agreed to.

    There will be plenty of times to cause a stir but tonight isn’t one of them.

  35. Jay

    Seemed to be really good shape to the team, no gaping holes in front of the back 4.
    No rash decisions, tierney and martinelli had good games. Very happy.
    Will say this though, absolutely zero pressing from forrest. No intensity and had the feeling of a pre season friendly to be honest.
    It does look like we have some exciting youngsters coming through.
    Be interesting to see the team for manure on monday after some of the performance’s tonight.

  36. Luteo Guenreira

    I feel like our second team could beat our first team if Ozil was in the first team. Maybe 6 out of 10 at least. What a refreshing display from the team.

  37. Emiratesstroller

    The lessons from the last two mid week games where we conceded no goals is that we do have th resources at the club for a solid defence.

    I have argued all along that neither Maitland-Niles and Kolasinac know how to
    defend and we have better players at club as has been proven.

    Regarding midfield and attack the club is most certainly not short of resources. Emery needs to find best formula in midfield and stick with it.
    My preference at moment would be Torreira [DMF], Guedouzi or Willock[CMF] and Ceballos [AMF].

  38. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Let’s all see how tiernay is next couple of days
    2 games in 5 days.. after so long out.
    Let’s see how he reacts

  39. HighburyLegend

    Well done young guns. Welcome Tierney.
    A huge part of this team at old toilet please…. lol

    Xhaka out.
    Good night.

  40. Receding Hairline

    No deflection on Martinelli second goal and the first goal was not flukey in the least

    You are a village gossip Pierre and should have been born as a woman in a west African village… You would have fitted right in.

    You have held onto this Nketiah loan deal since the season started and now you are doing all you can to diminish the performance of a 18 year old forward. I guess Ozil being Ozil spoilt it for you tonight, you expected him to run the game.

  41. Marko

    Lads don’t worry all that dumb shit Pierre was saying earlier was in jest. Even he knows Martinelli is already better than Nketiah as a striker

  42. Danny S

    Pierre

    I read that Emery asked Eddy to stay this season and fight for a place and it was Eddys choice to go on loan so……

  43. Valentin

    When you think that some were questioning the academy.
    Willock, Saka clearly demonstrated that they have what is needed to make it at Arsenal.

  44. Paulinho

    Kolasinac can play at a very high level for little spurts in games before he resorts to idiocy. With Tierney it’s just effortless. His default setting is class in every department for every minute.

  45. Paulinho

    Every player is different.Not every single one of our youngsters are going to be playing for us in three years time. It will one or two at most.

    They weren’t created equally in some laboratory. As time goes on it will be obvious some are league one, some are championship, and some our EPL. Same as it was with our youth team in 2009.

  46. Pierre

    Stroller
    “Emery needs to find best formula in midfield and stick with it”

    And there lies the problem, he never sticks with any successful formula.

    Today was difficult to gauge the level of performances because forest offensively were powderpuff.

    However, everything about the performance was positive ,we played like a proper football team, which has been rare this season.

    4-2-3-1 system is the way forward as it gives the team a bit of everything

    2 midfielders protecting the defence , the 2 wide players offering protection to the full backs , a playmaker and allows the full backs to support the attack .

  47. Marko

    Oh yeah Ozil was playing at some point tonight. Ah not to worry I’m sure he did enough to start against United on Monday….😆

  48. Pierre

    Danny s
    “I read that Emery asked Eddy to stay this season and fight for a place and it was Eddys choice to go on loan so……”

    I know, it wasn’t a dig at Emery , I was in support of Emery in wanting Nketiah to stay …he would have enjoyed it out there tonight .but let’s not go there.

  49. Batistuta

    Anyone who says the first goal was flukey shouldn’t be taken seriously at all and it should be made obvious that it’s just someone with an agenda they won’t let go off that would say stuff like that.

  50. Batistuta

    Absolutely love Tierney though, straight up thought we were wasting time chasing him in the summer but i raise my hand up,almost like i was watching a pool LB or a City LB, let’s hope he keeps it up.

    If Xhaka or Sokratis are anywhere near the starting 11 on Monday then I’d sack Emery right before kick off

  51. Jay

    Good vibes about martinelli, think the kid has something about him.
    Saka, Holding, Tierney, Martinelli, Willock all looking very promising.

  52. izzo

    I’m scratching my head like is Tierney at the right club?? I havent seen an Arsenal full back cross and find his man time and time again and also constantly fall back into position while defending. Like it’s freaking me out!!! LOOOOOOL… what is this player we bought??? 😀

  53. Cesc Appeal

    Spurs fans talking about Pochettino saying ‘I think his time is up’.

    Stupid little fuckers forget themselves, as if he’s responsible for holding them back as opposed to elevating them to the position where they feel as if they are being held back.

    They really are utterly delusional.

  54. Pierre

    CA
    “Stupid little fuckers forget themselves, as if he’s responsible for holding them back as opposed to elevating them to the position where they feel as if they are being held back.”

    Who do those “stupid little fuckers” remind you of……

  55. Receding Hairline

    Cesc this decline actually started last season but was written off here as Spurs focusing on the UCL. It was nonsense then.

    Imagine someone writing on here we were rubbish in 2006 in the league because Wenger prioritized the champions league, he would have been lynched.

    The project has stalled for Pochettino at Spurs and how he gets them back on track will be the true test of his supposed “greatness”. Still feels weird calling a coach with zero career trophies a great coach.

  56. Normski

    Bennyd

    ‘What a great striker Martinelli’s going to be, like Bergkamp and Anelka rolled into one. No wonder the club decided to let Nketiah go on loan, they knew Martinelli needs games too. Brilliant.’

    Please tell me you’re a child. If not I’d advise putting your crack pipe down.

    Interestingly Holding played on the right of the two meaning he’ll slot in with Luiz playing in his usual right sided cb. Sokratis the fall guy. Will be a very capable back 4 once the 2 full backs and holding are ready to start regularly.

    Very dynamic team tonight, lot of running off the ball and playing in to space rather than the slow build up into feet hardly getting anywhere.

  57. Goonah

    —————–Leno——————–
    Bell Chambers Holding Tierney
    —Ceballos Torreira Guendouzi—
    –Pepe——–Auba—–Martinelli–

    Looks like the best we can muster

    This or similar (if you prefer Saka or Willock somewhere) should be posted all over for the next 6 days to put some pressure on UE

    Manure are wank and wounded atm and we should take the game to them.

  58. Pierre

    RH
    “No deflection on Martinelli second goal ”

    It was going in row Z but hit the back of a forest defender and looped in .

  59. Jay

    Ca
    Delusions of grandeur, Poch will leave Tottenham and they’ll slip back into obscurity.
    Levy is as bad a ceo as Ed Woodward, he lucked out with Poch, before that it was one bad hire after the next.

  60. TheLegendaryDB10

    CA

    They really are utterly delusional.

    Like a posters name here, aptly named:

    Forever in our shadow.

    Bunch of cunts.

    In other news. Really pleased with the youth tonight.

    Yes we played Notts. County but the youth have done exceptionally well! What i really liked is that they kept the pressure on to make sure we scored an additional 2 goals instead if sitting back basking in our 3 goal lead.

    I’ll admit I shouted myself hoarse to push the kids to do this and they did!.

    Whether UE understands that we need to be playing at a higher tempo in the PL remains to be seen.

    If he even realised this, this is what pushed us to score so much.

  61. uk bubbler

    Really inspiring win tonight.

    But as they say in America, pump the brakes a little. We have been here before with Carling cup performances. This one hopefully is different. I liked the energy and mobility. Would much prefer seeing youths making mistakes whilst growing, than seeing the usual smelly suspects.

  62. RodneyKing

    I know it was Forest but that was a damn good performance. Better players, better results. Emery just has to figure out his best team and substitute/rotate as needed.

    Chambers isn’t a right-back but the fact that he’s quite good on the ball makes up for any shortcomings he may have playing in that position. He’s clearly a much better footballer than Maitland-Niles.

    With Tierney, we finally have a left-back that can cross. Bellerin will no doubt benefit from him being in the team. Hoping that both of them and Holding stay fit for the remainder of the season.

    Willock and Saka continue to impress. Martinelli looks a gem. Nelson appeared far more confident today. The future looks bright.

  63. Emiratesstroller

    Pierre

    I have argued for a very long time that DEFENCE is key to success. A solid combination at the back allows the midfield and strike force to concentrate
    on their offensive strengths.

    Arsenal have potentially one of the best front line combinations in EPL with
    Aubameyang, Lacazette and Pepe. There is also plenty of young talent at the
    club coming through system with next generation in Martinelli, Nketiah, Saka
    and Nelson.

    The midfield is not outstanding, but it is better than many posters suggest. The main issue is finding correct balance between defence and attack. Players
    like Ceballos and Ozil are never going to make a contribution to the defensive
    side of our game. If you want to get best out of these two players then you need
    two hard working and mobile DMF/CMF playing behind them.

    Our defence has been shit since last December, because we played two wing backs who do not know how to defend and they leave exposed the CBs in
    team. Most of our opponents concentrate on playing the ball to our flanks.

    The introduction of Bellerin and Tierney should improve that situation. Chambers is also a better option to play RB than Maitland-Niles.

    I will be interested to see whether Sokratis and Luiz keep their places in
    starting lineup as CBs. It would not surprise me that they will be replaced in
    the future by Mustafi and Holding. Mustafi is not great, but I think that he
    may prove a better option than Sokratis.

  64. Jamie

    Cesc –

    For sure. I think he really, really wanted the CL win so he could leave with legendary status.

    He’s spent £140m this summer and might lose £100m in free transfers (Eriksen, Alderweireld and Vertonghen) next summer. Massive hit for them to take with their stadium debt. I guess he realises it’s going to be tough to sustain their level without more summer spending like last one (which is unlikely). Dropping out of the CL next season would be a disaster for them.

    He’ll probably still get a move to Madrid or Utd sooner rather than later. Spurs are in a bit of a mess though, xG or no xG. They’ve lost 15 games in 2019. Not good by any measure.

    Great night for football. Loved every minute. Sexy youths, super injury layoff comebacks, Tierney with a strong performance on the left, Chambers ending AMN’s Arsenal career hopefully. Spurs dumped out by a 10th placed League 2 side. Tremendous evening.

  65. Pierre

    Goonah
    Don’t let the goals fool you, he looks a bit too kick and rush but has bags of enthusiasm and is direct so who knows.

  66. Pierre

    Stroller
    “If you want to get best out of these two players then you need
    two hard working and mobile DMF/CMF playing behind them.”

    Exactly…its all about balance and tonight we had it.

    Its over to you Emery.

  67. Jamie

    Hopefully Emery realises that Ozil is finished. Couldn’t even muster up an assist in a goal glut at home against a Championship side. Chambers showing him how it’s done.

    Off home to console himself with a late night Fornite sesh. Good lad.

  68. Cesc Appeal

    Jay LDB10

    They will appoint Howe I think if Pochettino wisely fucks off.

    Where they are now is because of Pochettino and the style he implemented there, he has extracted more from that side than it’s worth on the field and they are totally deluded if they think they are being held back.

  69. Cesc Appeal

    Jamie

    It could be great, they lose Eriksen, Alderwiereld and Vertonghen for free, they miss out on the UCL, they have to pay Lo Celso’s fee next summer which takes away their budget, they have that massive stadium debt as well and then Pochettino fucks off.

  70. salparadisenyc

    Wow I like that picture Cesc, a tail of rising but never winning or fulfilling anything then a sharp decline and all the loss that entails.

    Has to be an Ilma Gore, she’s the lady who painted Trump with the tiny penis. Perfect for Spurs.

  71. Bamford10

    Cesc Appeal

    “Stupid little fuckers forget themselves, as if [Pochettino is] responsible for holding them back as opposed to elevating them to the position where they feel as if they are being held back.”

    Pierre

    “Who do those ‘stupid little fuckers’ remind you of …… ?”

    For those who don’t understand all of the dynamics here, this is Pierre suggesting that Spurs fans’ calling for Pochettino’s head is akin to Wenger critics here and elsewhere calling for Wenger’s head back in the bad old days. Seriously. Pierre thinks these two things are analogous. That is, Pierre thinks Wenger’s many critics here were “stupid little fuckers” for criticizing Wenger and for calling for his head. Stupid, little, ungrateful fuckers, he thinks.

    Further, so people understand, Pierre’s intense dislike of Wenger’s critics here is the principal reason he is here at all and the principal reason he says most of what he says here. His aim is to troll and to nettle. His aim is to get a kind of revenge on Wenger critics for how they treated Wenger during the second ten years of his tenure.

    I say this just so that certain people better understand some of the dynamics here.

    Pierre – If I’ve misrepresented your POV, feel free to correct me, and my apologies in advance.

  72. Words on a Blog

    Back from the Emirates. A few observations:

    1) Yes it was only Forest, but it was nice to feel as relaxed and carefree as a City supporter when it came to our defence and being able to savour the variety and range of our attack. Good goals too.

    2) Fantastic to have Holding and Bellerin back.The best thing about Holding is his calmness and assuredness (I know, only Forest).

    3) Great to have proper fullbacks. Tierney looks the real deal, with great positional play, accurate crosses, and a good eye for a pass.

    4) It may take a few years for him to fully develop (plays abit too much with his head down and misses passing opportunities) but Martinelli is force in attack with an eye for goal.

    5) The team looks more dynamic AND more fluid when Xhaka doesn’t play.

    6) There’s not a lot of love for Reiss Nelson on here, and he is just a little passive sometimes, but he is technically excellent (ahead of Saka) and made life very uncomfortable for the forest defence.

    7) Chambers is underrated; slower but better than AMN, more comfortable on the ball than Sokratis. He should play more.

    8) Freddie’s promotion and the club’s refocusing towards integrating youth is paying dividends.

  73. Jay

    Stroller, agreed.
    Every title winning side over the last 20 years has been built on a solid defense. At least one world class defender.
    Adams
    Ferdinand
    Stam
    Terry
    Campell
    Vidic
    Company
    And probably van dijk this year.
    If we are going to challenge for the title in the next 5 years, we need to identify and recruit a world class defender.

  74. Valentin

    WOAB,

    Quite often Fans who attend games and fans who watch on TV have slightly different opinion of players.
    For example Nelson is timid in attack, but is diligent on defense. However that aspect is lost on TV. I also thought that he grew in the game.
    Also Saka may be electric going forward, but you can also see in some exchanges where his inexperienced and naivety shows. Özil disguised free-kick was made to be hit first time. He tried to control and the opportunity was gone.

  75. Words on a Blog

    Cesc,

    It feels like the mini-trophyless-revival engineered by Levy and Poch over the last few years is coming to an end. Poch looks disenchanted. “World class” players like Eriksen who we were told was gonna be sold for £100m is going for a free and the burden of the stadium debt is gonna weigh on them.

    As CG would say, tick tock.

  76. Pierre

    Bamford
    I haven’t called anyone anything.

    I do think it is a little ironic for a WOB to call Tottenham fans ” stupid little fuckers” for criticising Pochettino ,and I quote.

    ” as if [Pochettino is] responsible for holding them back as opposed to elevating them to the position where they feel as if they are being held back.”

    This is EXACTLY what happened at Arsenal EXACTLY..

    Arsene Wenger elevated Arsenal football club to a higher level than at any time in their history and the fans (WOBS) held him responsible for holding the club back .

    This is EXACTLY what the WOB is accusing Tottenham fans of doing and calling them “stupid little fuckers” for doing EXACTLY what he and the other WOBS did for all those years .

    I’m not wrong.

  77. Words on a Blog

    Valentin,

    You’re right about the difference between watching matches live and in TV.
    I agree that Nelson is positionally/defensively more aware than Saka and that he grew into the match Hopefully his timidity is a confidence thing and a few matches like today could help him become a little more assertive in attack

  78. TheLegendaryDB10

    Bamford

    As much as I may have my differences with you, I 100% agree with you re Pierre.

    I can’t respect a supposed Gooner who put a manager before his club, The Arsenal.

    He will never understand that we did this for the club that we love. We hated seeing the club being dragged in the mud and laughed at.

    We all respect Wenger…. for his first 10 years. Unbelievable football was produced thanks to him. But power got to his head and lead us to where we are now.

    All I want now is for the club to act like a supposed top tier club.

    This summer showed us a glimmer of what we can be. And we now have Edu.

    I can’t for the life of me believe why an ex-Invincibles player would want us to play shit football.

  79. TheLegendaryDB10

    I really hope that tonight game showed UE to trust the kids.

    I am not saying that we have to play them all the time.

    What I am saying is that they have displayed more commitment than some of those so called seasoned pros that still ghost around the club stealing a living.

    I want to see more of that commitment to win!!!

  80. Pierre

    Leg db10
    You are missing the point , mine or your opinion of Wenger are irrelevant .

    My point was , how can a WOB call Tottenham fans stupid little fuckers for disrespecting Pochettino when this WOB did exactly the same to Wenger .

    Now ,if it was me calling Tottenham fans “stupid little fuckers ” then I would be well within my right as I agree , they are stupid , ignorant and clueless for disrespecting the man who has done so much for Tottenham Hotspur football club…

    That is my point ….the rest is irrelevant.

  81. Marko

    My point was , how can a WOB call Tottenham fans stupid little fuckers for disrespecting Pochettino when this WOB did exactly the same to Wenger .

    I think when CA did it he meant in the sense that they (Spud fans) don’t know how good they got it under Poch and they’re lucky to have him. Wenger at the end there was such a pile of shite so the scenarios weren’t the same he clearly had to go after so many years and warning signs. Not really the same scenario

  82. Luteo Guenreira

    The ways in which Pierre thinks he’s better than other people are just so fucking imaginative though, I have to give him that much 😂

  83. Marko

    The weird thing with Pierre is you get the feeling now that he’s going to be on a mission to downplay and ridicule everything the lad Martinelli does to try and appear right about the whole Nketiah thing.

    FYI Pierre Martinelli in one game scored more than Nketiah did in all of the 8 senior appearences he made last season. One more goal and he’ll equal his total for the last 3 seasons.

  84. salparadisenyc

    Pierre

    For the record, its well within all of our rights to call Tottenham fans “stupid little fuckers ” in fact its our birthright. My old man did the same and my lil heathen children will follow suit.

    As you were.