The Unai Emery Mirage

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We won.

We’re 3rd, 1 point behind Manchester City.

This should be a joyous occasion, but it’s not.

The table is a liar, she did it to us last season and she’s doing it to us again. We’re not very good, but we’re falling up the stairs. The ‘on-paper’ monkeys can point to ‘the only reality that matters is points’, but as a casual reminder, this is what happened last season.

You cannot continue to ignore what your eyes see week to week.

Unai Emery cannot find a performance. He cannot find a balanced starting 11. His in-game decisions lead me to believe he doesn’t actually see what we’re all seeing.

Winning ugly is not a sustainable strategy for a club that can’t defend or create chances.

Bournemouth are a terrible side. Their position in the league is also very kind to their reality. They don’t press, they don’t create meaningful chances and they leak shots. Rounding up, they’ve conceded about 17 shots a game this season. They are relegation fodder unless Eddie finds some magic. Perfect opposition for us.

The first half saw exactly what we all expected. A bad team struggling to find confidence away at a big club. They didn’t press, they looked nervous and they offered us up oceans of space to enact whatever the Emery vision supposedly is.

We offered up very little. Arsenal were comfortable, some fans celebrated that as a positive, but if we’re honest, Forest would have given us more of a game. We managed 2 shots on target in the first half, one was from a setpiece. There was no magic in our attack, we played like there was no real plan, and there was a real lack of energy in the middle of the park.

At the half time mark, I kind of hoped the manager would remember the Villa game and react, but he didn’t. We stuck with the same players, we created very little, but we allowed Bournemouth to get a foot in the game. They were bad in the final third, but they certainly created dangerous moments.

So what did Emery do? He subbed off Nicolas Pepe on 60 minutes. I understand that his performance wasn’t up to much, but the lack of attempts on their goal wasn’t really in his responsibility domain. The decision was a stinging rebuke, and really, not smart management. He’s our most expensive signing, he was playing against duffers, he should have been given the minutes to play his way back into the match.

… that’s not to takeaway from Gabriel, the kid deserved to play, I just think the signal the sub sent wasn’t a confidence builder and I think it was a misdiagnosis of the problem.

Things didn’t improve anyway, even with the electric Brazilian on the pitch, because the problem wasn’t the front three, it was what sat behind them. The manager took off Ceballos for Willock, which added a little more energy, but not much purpose. Again, rotating like for like wasn’t going to shake the game.

It also didn’t stem the flow of Bournemouth, we ended up forming deep banks to protect against their growing confidence… then the icing on the cake, Emery took Saka off for Lucas Torriera. Hard to work out what he was doing there, was LT a DM, a #10 or an auxiliary winger? Either way, it didn’t do much for our structure. We only started getting chances again when Bournemouth threw everything at landing a point, that created counter-attack chances and we did manage to hit the post late on after the impressive Cal Chambers put Auba in.

So at home, against one of the leakiest teams in the league, we managed one shot on target in open play. That is as strong an indictment of Emery as I can muster. Edu, sitting in the stands, did not look happy. How could he be after sanctioning such a big spend this summer, we have not moved forward.

A lot of fans will point to the omittance of Mesut Ozil as a glaringly obvious fix. Again, I cannot repeat this often enough, he’s really not my cup of tea. However, it’s hard to argue that the German couldn’t have influenced a game like today. The players will know that, and this sort of treatment will build pressure on Emery.

The manager is making a martyr out of the German in the same way he did with Ramsey last season. The longer the player sits in metaphorical prison on hunger strike, the louder and more appealing his silent message becomes. None of this would matter if Emery had made this decision in preseason and not shown the player to us. None of this would matter if he hadn’t given him one of the five armbands. None of this would matter if the alternative was 20 chances a game and electric ‘I DON’T MISS OZIL’ football.

To make matters worse for the manager, the pregame Twitter banter has a magical moment from Ozil at training. It also has a damning video of Xhaka gifting Auba a goal after a mistake in training.

If Ozil is a political prisoner, then Granit Xhaka is a sham President after a stolen election. He doesn’t speak the language of the people and his football policies stink. He was mostly ok today, but that’s all he ever is. His best trait is arguing with the referee. He doesn’t drive the team forward, he doesn’t inspire and his presence flattens the energy. Today offered up perfect conditions for him to thrive and he still couldn’t muster a worldy.

Unai Emery is a bad artist. He has the water paints, the canvass, a perfect view on the Amalfi Coast, and he’s out there painting dick pics and wondering why his funders are pissed. The perfect conditions for his system to flourish appear to be Championship sides or Europa Cup ties. We’re 11 games into the season, there’s no style and the philosophy seems to be ‘hope to nick a goal then defend like we’re in the last minute of a Sunday League Cup Final.’

There is no excuse for drab football this season. There is no excuse to defend a 1-0 lead at home against Bournemouth with defensive subs in the last 10. What we are seeing on the pitch is bad… but as I said last week, Emery can point to the table, that’s his safety blanket until things get tasty in December.

Roll on another week.

Enjoy the win, savour being 3rd in the league a point behind City… but don’t count your chickens just yet, because until performances start to arrive, this is all a big lie that will correct just as you start to believe.

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  1. Valentin

    RH,

    Instead of just looking at the result look at the performance.
    Against Watford at the end we were hanging not to lose. Against Spurs and Aston Villa without a revolt by the players we would have lost the game. His tactics and personnel choices were an hindrance to Arsenal.
    Luck and Exceptional players can only save the club for so long. In the long run, bad performance and bad tactical decisions will always get their just reward: bad results.
    Last season we went into that overhyped unbeaten run , but then the truth settled: Incoherent tactic and mediocre results.

  2. Marko

    Arteta would have been a bold/innovative choice and I have no doubt we’d be watching great football under a club that was progressing. My opinion. Take it or leave it, it can’t be proven, even if he fails somewhere else.

    An opinion can’t be proven but uses words like would have and no doubt and progress(ing). Again flat earther as I am I’ll have to remain skeptical despite your enthusiasm.

  3. Un na naai

    RT

    He scored more in other seasons and Madrid scored less overall than they did with Jose at the helm

    Go and have a think (or try) and come back with something challenging.

  4. Marko

    United fans hounded out LVG who was building a good team. Serves them right the mess they are in now.

    Not sure about the building a good team but he was going forward with them for sure. Since then it’s been backwards

  5. Receding Hairline

    A revolt by the players? Valentin are you suggesting that whenever Arsenal play with heart and spirit they are going against the managers instructing hence the term revolt? If yes that’s a very sad and shameless assertion even by your standards.

    Arsenal don’t have exceptional players by the way, even the Aubameyang all of you claim keeps him in a job is as one dimensional as they come.

  6. Paulinho

    Pedro – Pepe might turn out to be flop, who knows, but I like the idea behind the signing, and going forward I think Raul and Edu will get more right than wrong.

    Woodward just doesn’t inspire the same confidence. At the start it was the big-profile signings from South America, and now it’s good old british grit. Wonder what page of the manual he will read from next.

  7. Valentin

    RedTruth,

    Making things up.
    I never said that with Mourinho in charge we would be as good as Liverpool.
    I said that the points lost again Spurs and Watford are on Emery and his tactical decisions, and not on the players. I doubt that Mourinho would have made the same tactical mistakes.
    The season is only 8 games in, so of course the table is currently skewed.

  8. Nat

    Nice piece, watching Arsenal has never been this boring and depressing.

    The midfield appears to be a bigger problem than our defence. No cohesive support for both the forward and defence. Just appalling to watch when you contrast with Arsenal-ball of yesteryear.

    Nice piece again.

  9. Pedro

    Marko, flat earthing is having an opinion about something that has a factual grounding.

    Example you’ll remember:

    > Unai Emery didn’t contribute to the injury Ramsey
    > Unai Emery admits he did
    > Marko disagrees that Emery did

    OR:

    > There is no evidence that Arteta would play attacking football
    > Here is Arteta explaining what his philosophy and style would be
    > This does not count as evidence

    That is flat earthing. Being so sure of your opinion, that even evidence won’t sway you.

    Having a strong opinion when there is no evidence to support a conclusion either way is just having a strong opinion. I can’t be proven right or wrong.

  10. Pedro

    Paulinho, agree on Edu and Raul. Also think people forget how many of our best signings took a while to bed in.

    Bergkamp, Freddie and Pires spring to mind.

  11. Graham62

    If Eddie Howe had been given a week with the players, prior to today’s game, Arsenal would have won comfortably and definitely with a damn sight more cohesion and flair.

    I’m fed up with him(Emery).

    Got to go.

    Hand the reins over to Freddie.

  12. Marko

    Plus Pedro you see how ridiculously stubborn (some might say flat earther like of you) to say “even if he fails somewhere else.”. So despite his failing elsewhere you’d still stick to your guns of guaranteed better football and progress and innovative elite ideas from him? Can’t say that I’d agree

  13. Receding Hairline

    Who misplaced a simple pass for Watford’s first goal? A player named Sokratis

    One ball lumped forward, two players go for one ball in the air and miss,weak hands from Leno, spurs take the lead. Sounds like the managers fault

    What exactly does he get credit for in his months here Valentin?

  14. Valentin

    RH,

    Buy a English dictionary, because you are trying to change what I said to fit your own narrative.
    Against Spurs and Aston Villa, players forgot about tactics and instructions. It was all about heart and will power.

  15. Receding Hairline

    Graham is here with his hot take on things. Eddie Howe couldn’t beat the idiot with his own team he built himself but a week with Arsenals squad and we would have witnessed champagne football. Nice hot take

  16. Receding Hairline

    Valentin football should be all about heart and will power, that’s how klopp built his winning machine. For you to think whenever we play with heart and will power a coach gets no credit is again sad and shameless.

    My English is fine thanks… You should follow your own advice though.

  17. Valentin

    RH,

    Let’s agree to disagree. We all know your take on the situation. it’s always the player’s fault.
    Emery is the best coach in the world, but he can’t prove it because he does not have the best players. If Emery were to not win the league with a squad of Messi, MBappe, Neymar, Kante, VVD, De Ligt, De Gea … It would still the player’s fault.

  18. Wasi

    First half today was better. Good control and good shape. But we are still struggling to create good chances. The obvious fixes would be Laca and Ozil. Ozil is ostracized or is he? okay maybe he is but he isnt. Idk we’ll have to ask Emery. He might reply something like this – we need balance and good moments and good commitment in training.
    Laca will help sure and so will Tierney and Bellerin but we dont have a creator in the middle of the park. We Ceballos who is a facilitator . He is good at playing the Pre-final ball , disorganizing opposition defences and making space for teammates but that also has its cons with it. Guen is a defensive box to box and Xhaka is well a liability. Until Pepe settles the chance creation is gonna be a problem.

    And where are all the “Chambers is not good enough” people. He has been outstanding this season and deserves to get a run-in before Holding at CB.

    Why does Leno and Sok keep punting long balls to Auba after knowing he aint gonna contest aerially?

    Kola was good today. ,

  19. Valentin

    RH,

    “football should be all about heart and will power”.
    It should, but that assumes that the coach is not sucking the joy of playing from a team. The football is so dire to watch, the atmosphere at the Emirates is even flatter than usual.

  20. Marko

    Example you’ll remember:> Unai Emery didn’t contribute to the injury Ramsey
    > Unai Emery admits he did
    > Marko disagrees that Emery did

    Again at the risk of a ban this is bullshit and you know it and frankly it’s beneath you to keep bringing it up like you won some great argument when you didn’t.

    You blamed an injury prone player getting injured on the manager you don’t like citing overplaying him or some bullshit about playing in pointless games. Despite me showing you evidence of him being used sparingly in and around the game in which he got injured and despite the ongoing criticism that you directed at the manager for freezing him out from September until February. With that in mind how had the audacity to blame the manager for his injury is beyond me.

    There is no evidence that Arteta would play attacking football
    > Here is Arteta explaining what his philosophy and style would be
    > This does not count as evidence

    Big huge lol on that one. You could swap out Arteta for Marko and I don’t think anyone in their right mind would believe that I could manage Arsenal football club simply by the words I say. Also you use that word evidence far too liberally Pedro I don’t think you know the meaning of the word.

  21. Wasi

    Valentin football should be all about heart and will power, that’s how klopp built his winning machine. For you to think whenever we play with heart and will power a coach gets no credit is again sad and shameless.

    Klopp’s players play with heart and passion for their manager. He’s bought them , tought them , improved them, put them in a system and built a winning machine.
    Emery’s players play with heart against their manager’s will.
    There’s a difference.

  22. Dissenter

    Valentin
    ‘revolt’ is not the right word to describe the fightback we showed against Villa
    Revolt against what, their lethargic performance win the first half, the manager or just. revolting AMN’s poor quality?

    I’ve declared where I stand regarding Emery but you guys are trying too hard to discredit him.

  23. Champagne charlie

    Lacazette is a massive miss on the entertainment front imo, links things and plays smarter than any attacker at the place.

    Bit of glue to the attack we dearly miss 🎺

  24. Graham62

    Receding Hairline

    Crazier things have happened and I guarantee 99% of the fanbase wouldn’t mind one jot.

    I’ll tell you this now, most of the players( bar Xhaka) would be happy as well.

  25. Wasi

    Lacazette is a massive miss on the entertainment front imo, links things and plays smarter than any attacker at the place. Bit of glue to the attack we dearly miss

    True. Can be crucial to bring out the best in Pepe.

  26. Receding Hairline

    Wasi don’t you think it’s foolish to suggest good games are against the managers wishes while bad ones are entirely his fault? What exactly do you have to back this up? Your dislike I guess.

    Unai Emery isn’t Arteta,he has a body of work to base judgement off and his teams have always played progressive football. So why suddenly will he come here and decide to suck the joy out of the game? Why?

  27. Bob N16

    I know Mourinho is not a realistic option but I can’t but laugh at people cherry picking his most successful seasons. Surely the last couple of slow motion car wrecks at Chelski and Manu would be more relevant to quote. I’m pretty sure ‘prime Mourinho’ will ever be seen again, he’s a busted flush.

  28. Marko

    Lacazette is a massive miss on the entertainment front imo, links things and plays smarter than any attacker at the place.

    Just had to check and yes Lacazette played 49 times last season and contributed to the entertainment.

  29. Redtruth

    Real Madrid: 2011-12: Season
    League Goals: 121
    Top Scorer: Ronaldo (46)
    Manager: Mourinho

    Real Madrid: 2014-15 Season
    League Goals: 118
    Top Scorer: Ronaldo (48)
    Manager: Ancelotti

    Like I said it was all down to Ronaldo lol lol

  30. Nelson

    I have posted this observation a few times already. The responsibility of the midfield in Emery’s team is high pressing and defending. The attack is through the wings. This style of football is boring. It is one dimensional. It is conservative but could win the team a top 4 spot. Once we have Tierney and Bellerin fit and Pepe starts to deliver, the football would be more attractive to watch.

    To challenge for the league, we need a good DM to replace Xhaka and a good CAM to replace Ozil and Ceballos. Our midfield should consist of one #4, one #6 and one #8/10. The attack should be either through the middle or through the wings. Emery’s man management is not up to the level for this task.

  31. Dissenter

    We really have a wealth of attacking options. I don’t think Wenger has the privilege of so many good attackers [partly due to his persistence with sameness and loyalty to his babies]
    Emery just needs to pick the right midfield to unlock them.
    I wont mention the defensesionce Emery prides himself ad as an attacking manager [whatever the iff that means]
    Unlock the attacking options by picking the right midfield [go for non-playing captain model].

  32. Valentin

    Some may think that winning is everything, a lot of people are disagreeing. People are voting with their feet.
    A non televised game on a non-raining Sunday at 14:00 with no transport issue (no no car day, no TFL strike, …) Should have a full house but nearly 10~15 k people’s chose not to attend the game.
    It’s cold, the football is dire and many people will rather stay at home.

  33. Champagne charlie

    Marko

    Lacazette is worth watching, not sure what part you fail to understand with that. Does bits himself and can be a spark for others.

    Lamenting his absence in providing entertainment is one thing, it’s entirely another to claim we’re hamstrung by it. We aren’t, we’ve plenty to win, and win better than we are.

    Another blinder of a post from you there.

  34. Wasi

    Wasi don’t you think it’s foolish to suggest good games are against the managers wishes while bad ones are entirely his fault? What exactly do you have to back this up? Your dislike I guess. Unai Emery isn’t Arteta,he has a body of work to base judgement off and his teams have always played progressive football. So why suddenly will he come here and decide to suck the joy out of the game? Why?

    My dislike for Emery? I am not on the Emeryout bandwagon (yet).
    But his poor team selections are clear for everyone to see. His love for Xhaka. Obvious. When he has better players sitting on the bench he keeps picking drab. It took Chambers nearly 3 months to usurp Amn at the RB spot. His decision making is poor and cowardly. He showed a manure team respect that are in continuous downfall. His substitutions in the Watford game.
    And do you remember Chambers going against the manager’s will in the Forest game . Thats just one instance.

    He’s played progressive football? No . He has played and plays defensive football. Remember the PsG vs Barca 2nd leg . He decided to sit deep at home knowing full well the space Barca are gonna leave behind to make up the deficit . It nearly cost him his Psg career.

    And for the Arteta comment. Id rather Allegri, Nagelsmann , Ten Hag before Arteta in the current situation.

  35. Un na naai

    Dissenter

    Exactly. Agree. I don’t agree however that it’s just a case of picking the right blend.
    As champagne pointed out (and I have countless times over the last year) this attack doesn’t function without him.
    Even with him emery has an almost kamikaze approach to midfield and very rarely plays to the strengths of our attackers, rather relying on lacazette to come deep, fight, Harry hassle, hold the ball up and try to create. He really is the only protagonist in our team and its no coincidence without his efforts emery has nothing else up his sleeve

  36. Marko

    Juve inter should be fun.

    Val our fanbase are wank full stop. Forest and Liege games were empty too despite the price of a ticket likely being cheap and a chance to see exciting kids play

  37. Wasi

    Emery likes to attack down the wings.
    Well i half-agree with the statement. Lets see what happens when we get Tierney and Bellerin back. Tbf Bellerin was flying last season .And if we continue to play drab after getting these two back theres no reason we should wait until May to deliver the bolt to Emery.

  38. Redtruth

    Emery didn’t sign Kolasinac, Mustafi, Xhaka, Ozil, all terrible players.
    Emery has to rely on youngsters/novices because of the folly of the previous administration.

  39. Un na naai

    Rt

    The same amount of CL finals emery has made in his career
    Shit he’s never even made a a semi

    Even Wenger made the semis twice!!
    Loooool
    Keep trying you tit

  40. Pierre

    Dissenter
    “Unlock the attacking options by picking the right midfield”

    Ceballos played today ( and did pretty good) as did Guendouzi.

    Torreira played as the more advanced midfielder last week v United .

    So which midfielder is going to unlock the attacking options.

    Obviously you must be talking about a midfielder who isnt getting a look in at the moment or are you saying that by taking xhaka out of the equation , it will magically ” unlock the attacking options” which ,I have to say, is debatable.

  41. Marko

    Lamenting his absence in providing entertainment is one thing, it’s entirely another to claim we’re hamstrung by it. We aren’t, we’ve plenty to win, and win better than we are

    Huh. No I’m saying how can a person criticize the football witnessed in the last year and a bit and then pine for Lacazette cause he adds entertainment. He’s played over 50 times since Emery has come in are you entertained?

  42. Un na naai

    Rt

    Yeah. Poor old emery has no chance against wolves and palace with £200m worth if new talent plus £172m worth of strikers

    Poor fella

  43. Marko

    Good game this. Juve still a level above you sense.

    How Sarri still picks Khedira with Bentacur, Ramsey and Rabiot on the bench is beyond me

  44. Champagne charlie

    Marko

    Quite simple, the football is shite and Laca is the only one in the side that can produce a bit of magic himself or conjure a moment worth watching.

    You only see black and white don’t you?

    Laca is entertaining a lot of the time, doesn’t mean the team plays good football.

  45. Valentin

    Marko,

    The fact that you never attend any game should not give you the right to feel superior to people who usually do and could not make the Europa League game.
    The Europa games are at 18:00, so unless you can leave work early people can’t attend. During the weekday the congestion charge and extortionate parking fee add to the overall cost of travelling to games by car.
    For Games starting at 20:00 London transport is so bad that some people are not even guarantee to be back home before their last train.

  46. Redtruth

    Un na naai
    “Yeah. Poor old emery has no chance against wolves and palace with £200m worth if new talent plus £172m worth of strikers”

    Keeping digging ..lol Man City lol lol..

  47. Un na naai

    Val our fanbase are wank full stop. Forest and Liege games were empty too despite the price of a ticket likely being cheap and a chance to see exciting kids play

    Ha
    Bet he’s never been to Highbury.

  48. Champagne charlie

    “I thought only teenage girls use the word peng, like my 14 yr old daughter and her mates.“

    I thought most adults understood the applications of irony.

  49. Dissenter

    Pierre
    Lol
    I was referring to not playing Xhaka so often, hence the non-playing captain model.
    I wasn’t referring to your grifter buddy

  50. Un na naai

    RedtruthOctober 6, 2019 20:02:24
    Wenger and Pochettino have both made a Champions League Final…lol ..whereas Emery knows how to win in Europe.

    Rt

    Then why does he always crash out of the only one worth winning?

    Even wenger made two semis

  51. Emiratesstroller

    Pedro

    Yes this was another indifferent performance.

    However, there is a fundamental difference between last season and this.

    1. We have been missing in the first two months of this season Holding, Bellerin and Tierney. Also Emery has at long last recognised that AMN was
    a weak link in defence and replaced him with Chambers who is most definitely upgrade in absence of Bellerin.

    2. There is more depth in our squad than last season with the introduction of youngsters.

    3. We played three games in six days and were able to rotate the squad. This
    was not happening last season.

    4. I think that we will improve once Bellerin, Tierney and Holding are fully
    match fit. We need also Lacazette to return after international break.

  52. Un na naai

    Receding HairlineOctober 6, 2019 20:05:32
    Wasi he sat deep hoping to counter Barca because he had already beaten barca 4-0 at home playing very attacking football. You seem to ignore that part of the story

    Yeah. And failed miserably. Good point well made hairline

  53. Wasi

    RH
    Barca had 57% possession that day. He played Counter football. Psg players were superior that day and Barca players were very bad.
    Okay just tell me on thing . What is his football philosophy? Its definitely not the protagonists and high press he promised. Is it playing a DM as a #10?

  54. Un na naai

    RedtruthOctober 6, 2019 20:09:45
    Remind me of Wenger’s record in Europe….crashing out at the last 16 stage 7 years in a row …lol

    Rt

    Even wenger made two CL semi finals. What’s emery done? Crashed out. QF is the best he’s offered with the richest team in the world and 4-0 up against Barca

    😂😂😂😂😂😂
    Even on cheat mode he fucks up

  55. bennydevito

    Good ebening Grovers, good post Pedro.

    I thought we played pretty well in the first half but awful in the 2nd. The introduction of Ryan Fraser made the difference pushing King back up next to Wilson.

    Yet again Emery got the subs all wrong. I thought Saka should have gone off for Martinelli not Pepe, and Xhaka should have gone off for Willock, not Ceballos.

    I’m sure Pepe will come good but the system needs to suit him. Our transition from midfield to attack is so slow and a lot of that is because of Xhaka and Guendouzi being paired together, they’re just so slow. Ceballos isn’t exactly fast either.

    I agree with Pedro about signing Pepe over Zaha in terms of ceiling and as much as I was excited at the signing of Pepe I really wanted Zaha. I think he would have hit the ground running and would have been inspired playing for us and would have lifted the team play much more. It’s a big shame really we didn’t get him instead in my opinion.

  56. Marko

    The fact that you never attend any game should not give you the right to feel superior to people who usually do and could not make the Europa League game.

    You know nothing of the games I attend or don’t attend fibber. Stick to what you know best… whatever it is presumably just lying on different blogs.

    I stand by what I said our fanbase is wank it has people like you in it hence it’s wank

  57. Un na naai

    Benny

    It can’t help that the ball is normally in our half as opposed to the danger areas where Pepe excels

  58. Wasi

    Benny
    How many goals does Zaha have this season in an overperforming Palace team?

    Un
    Today Mr. Emery tried a new thing.Sub in a DM . Form a midfield diamond (his fav) and vacate the right wing.

  59. Leedsgunner

    Man City & Liverpool are the two stand out teams at the moment of the EPL, and if we are honest, they have been like that for the past two seasons or so.

    We are third at the moment, because frankly, we are the best of a very bland best bunch… not because we are keeping up with Liverpool and Man City because we are matching them step by step. We are third more because we are surviving by the skin of our teeth rather than because we are matching the top two with quality.

  60. Marko

    Stroller again with the common sense appraisal. I think people tend to forget that it’s three games in 7 days and 7 points so calm perhaps is needed

  61. Un na naai

    MarkoOctober 6, 2019 20:13:30
    The fact that you never attend any game should not give you the right to feel superior to people who usually do and could not make the Europa League game.You know nothing of the games I attend or don’t attend fibber. Stick to what you know best… whatever it is presumably just lying on different blogs.I stand by what I said our fanbase is wank it has people like you in it hence it’s wank

    😂😂😂😂 Trigger warning ⚠️

    Bet he’s never been to Highbury. Ever

  62. Champagne charlie

    “Wasi he sat deep hoping to counter Barca because he had already beaten barca 4-0 at home playing very attacking football. “

    Same guy scolded others on here for saying Leicester performed well at Anfield, claimed it meant fuck all because they lost.

    Now he’s condoning tactics used from a game Emery’s side lost 18-0. Scenes

  63. Un na naai

    Rt

    Yes because he is considered a failure in Europe by mugs like you yet even he reached two semi finals.

    Emery hasn’t made 1
    Even in cheat mode
    Looooool

  64. Valentin

    Marko,

    “You know nothing of the games I attend or don’t attend fibber. Stick to what you know best… whatever it is presumably just lying on different blogs.I stand by what I said our fanbase is wank it has people like you in it hence it’s wank”

    So I am curious how many game have you attended from Ireland this season?
    How many time in your life have you been to the Emirates?
    How many games have you ever attended to Highbury?

    Because it takes the biscuit and some degree of lack of self awareness to criticise people who make the financial and time commitment to physically attend game when you yourself do not attend games.

  65. G

    ” 90% of those calling for Emery’s termination are simply deluded closet AKB’s who have never come to terms with a change of manager.”

    is there no end to the shit you come out with..

  66. Un na naai

    So I am curious how many game have you attended from Ireland this season?
    How many time in your life have you been to the Emirates?
    How many games have you ever attended to Highbury?

    Valentin

    Come on. We all know the answer to that.
    A big fat ZERO.
    Maybe the fan base is wank on his Dublin estate.

  67. Un na naai

    Rt

    Look at you tying yourself in knots.
    You look like a spaghetti bolognese!!!
    All while trying to defend PSG!!
    Hahahaha. What a TIT!!!

  68. Nelson

    All CR7 did now is dancing with the ball in front of a defender. He can’t beat a defender now. He can still shoot and head the ball though.

  69. Wasi

    Redtruth
    Yeah thats true but you cant argue that Emery’s tactics that day were pretty bad. Some might they even deserved to lose that game.
    What is your opinion on Emery. Do you think he can bring back the glory days ? Is he a good tactician? Good man-manager? Good recruiter?
    or anything else?.

  70. Marko

    Because it takes the biscuit and some degree of lack of self awareness to criticise people who make the financial and time commitment to physically attend game when you yourself do not attend games.

    Val you’re kinda proving my point when you’re making a case for foreign living fans to pick up the slack for the ones living in London not showing up. But again point stands our fanbase is wank has been for years. The stadium the atmosphere the lethargic attitude to a cancerous manager in Wenger and of course people like yourself. Wank. You see clubs like Dortmund and their fans and it puts us to shame.

    Also you’re a piece of shit Val you were alluding to the stadium not being filled today because of the drab football under Emery and now I bring up practically the same thing but for a different reason and it’s affordability and time and blah blah blah. It was 2 o’clock on a Sunday afternoon what’s the excuse there

  71. Un na naai

    RT

    Convenient little number that.
    1) why don’t we extend that a little?
    2) pep has been winning titles and delivering the best football in the world in that time
    3) deflecting into others doesn’t change the fact that emery has reached a CL semi in his entire career while EVEN WENGER REACHED TWO

  72. Valentin

    I think that Pochettino will leave first. Likely to be replaced by a left field appointment.

    ManUtd can’t sack OGS without a replacement already confirmed. That replacement must unite the fan and be viewed as clear upgrade on OGS. However I can’t see any well established manager wanting the job without some serious guarantee. I bet Woodward regret sacking LvG, because he would be perfect with the younger squad.

  73. Wasi

    Red
    Even i defended and gave Emery the benefit of doubt up until the Watford game. I dont think he can deliver the silverware we want. He is a transition manager for us. The only thing he and his fanboys are holding onto is the return of the defensive trio. It will help but will it transform us into a totally different proposition like Kante has done to Lampard’s Chelsea. Idk man.

  74. Marko

    Another example of the Arsenal fanbase being wank is of course the obvious club who hasn’t challenged for a title in 15+ years currently sit in third with one defeat has some fans demanding a change in manager.

    Ronaldo magic here

  75. Un na naai

    Also you’re a piece of shit Val you were alluding to the stadium not being filled today because of the drab football under Emery and now I bring up practically the same thing but for a different reason and it’s affordability and time and blah blah blah. It was 2 o’clock on a Sunday afternoon what’s the excuse there

    Lol
    Triiiiigggeeeeered ⚠️

    Think you touched a nerve val.
    Marko don’t chat shit. You’ve never been to Highbury.

  76. Wasi

    Surely Guardiola’s record in Europe is more damning than Emery’s considering the teams he’s managed

    Man PSG was literally a cheat code for Emery to climb up the manager pyramid. They bought Neymar and Mbappe in the same window. What more do you want. Pep at the time was at Bayerm who were spending less than us. Your defence of Emery is insane man. Are you Carcedo or Xhaka in disguise?

  77. Wasi

    Un na naaiI suppose going with your logic Pochettino is a better manager than Emery because he’s reached a Champions league Final lol

    Isnt he? Taking a mid table team to Top 3 in the prem is surely a better job than taking a completely dominant French force and losing out to 22 yr olds in the league.

  78. Valentin

    Marko,

    Did I hit an nerve?

    Can’t spot the difference between a game at 18:00 on weekday and a game on Sunday at 14:00?
    If you had attended games, you would know that even Champion’s League group games have had a lot of empty seats.
    I live 40 minutes away via tube from Arsenal. On match day because of the disruption (station closure, bus diversion, …) it can take me up to 90 minutes to get home.
    For people who live 90 minutes away from the stadium, on match day it can take them up to 4 hours to get home. On weekday evening that means running to grab the last train home. Hence people leaving 10 minutes before the end of game to avoid the exit rush.

  79. Gentlebris

    Fuckers here peddling agenda, knock yourselves out hawking your stuff. You ain’t kidding nobody, you freaking Emery’s shoes minders. Arsenal played so poor today it made me dizzy. Our players are suffering from acute coaching malnutrition.

    And the joker of a coach dropped the only guy we have who could put two footballing sentences together. I would be happy to drop Ozil if we were half decent, but we weren’t. A team of village coffee growers could play better football than we did today. So bring on the frog-eyed computer gamer and let him make his soft-muscled absent-minded efforts….better than nothing.

    Third in the table my foot!

    We are third because ManU and Spuds are on a free fall. We are third because Auba has been scoring out of near-nothing. We are third because the season is only 8 games inside!

    Sad to see Arsenal like this…..sad for all true gooners.

  80. Receding Hairline

    It was 6-5 on aggregate and no that particular game Emery’s side won 4-0. Don’t get what it has to do with Leicester nor the 18-0 bit but then again it’s you. Nothing you say these days makes any sense.

    Emery’s side performed well in a game they beat Barca 4-0, quick bring up Leicester and a fictitious score line

  81. Marko

    Can’t spot the difference between a game at 18:00 on weekday and a game on Sunday at 14:00?

    Again both had empty seats hence the wank fanbase. Technically speaking it was 8 during the weekday

  82. bennydevito

    PedroOctober 6, 2019    18:35:55

    Jamie, not for me either.

    Allegri has been learning English, but ruled himself out.

    Wouldn’t be right to put Freddie in the mix.

    Not sure where the club would go… but CL is an absolute priority because we’ve spent all the money… so if the correction comes and it’s bad, I can’t see how they could avoid a big decision.

    Currently 3 points seperates 3rd and 8th. Not sure I’m buying into the league position hype… totally gutted we failed to turnover Spurs and United considering.

    >>>>>

    Agreed. Just think if we beat Spurs and Utd like we should have done we’d be 2nd 3pts above City and only 6pts behind Liverpool.

    2nd half showing was so frustrating today.

  83. Redtruth

    Wasi

    Are you for real, Bayern were reigning Champions League winners and won the domestic treble when Guardiola was appointed, he was a massive flop….

  84. Marko

    I live 40 minutes away…it can take me up to 90 minutes to get home.
    For people who live 90 minutes away from the stadium, on match day it can take them up to 4 hours to get home.

    🙃

  85. Champagne charlie

    “Emery’s side performed well in a game they beat Barca 4-0, quick bring up Leicester and a fictitious score line“

    No it’s just very you to talks Emery tactics and approach and omit the 6-1 scoreline when only yesterday you were dismissing Leicester’s approach at Anfield…..why?…..because they lost by a goal, nvm it was a last minute pen.

    Old Receding hot airline doing the usual picking and choosing between what’s kosher.

  86. Nelson

    They just interviewed a number of ex_inter players. They all said that Conte demands perfection from every one of his players. He always aims high.

    When will Emery demands perfection from Xhaka?

  87. bennydevito

    PierreOctober 6, 2019    18:46:13

    Anyone else nearly dropping off to sleep in that 2nd half .

    I know I’m getting on a bit and I had just finished a round of golf in 25mph winds and rain,
    but for me to nearly drop off watching an Arsenal match is a new experience for me .

    >>>>>>

    You can’t have watched much of Arsenal during Wenger’s last few years then. Too much golf probably.

  88. Receding Hairline

    Wasi if Emery is a bad manager because you believe he can’t win us silverware and have come to that conclusion after a season and 11 games then Pochettino isn’t any better because he hasn’t won any team silverware in his career

  89. bennydevito

    “We hired a guy that before PSG, never fathomed winning a domestic league. That’s who we have trying to navigate this bunch up the table. It’s like throwing a Rubik’s cube on the sunshine bus and wondering why the well natured effort didn’t yield the desired result.”

    Makes you wonder why Spurs hired Pochettino doesn’t it? He’s never fathomed winning a domestic league either.

  90. Receding Hairline

    Again Charles no one buried or forgot the 6-1. Someone mentioned the barca game and I reminded him they setup to play defensive football because they had a four goal lead. No correlation with Leicester yesterday at all so again make sense or stay away from a discussion.

  91. Champagne charlie

    Benny

    Spurs have two titles in their entire history and haven’t won the league in 50 years, if you think they scouted Poch with a title in mind you’re dafter than I think.

  92. Redtruth

    You try winning a domestic league with Real Madrid and Barcelons in the same league….lemons.

    Emery has won a league title with PSG he actually did the quadruple.

  93. Marko

    We hired a coach with champions league qualification in mind. A lack of titles at Sevilla and Valencia being cited over and over again is cute but no one’s expecting that at Arsenal

  94. Valentin

    Marko,

    Selectively cut my comment to make you feel about yourself does not work when others can read the original comment a few post above.
    🤫🤭🤥

    For those who has not read my original post and believe the lies, obfuscations of our favourite Irish postman.

    “I live 40 minutes away via tube from Arsenal. On match day because of the disruption (station closure, bus diversion, …) it can take me up to 90 minutes to get home.
    For people who live 90 minutes away from the stadium, on match day it can take them up to 4 hours to get home. On weekday evening that means running to grab the last train home. Hence people leaving 10 minutes before the end of game to avoid the exit rush.”

  95. Champagne charlie

    Receding

    I just explained the correlation. I see you’re taking it upon yourself more and more to dictate to others how and what they ought to talk about.

    Maybe stay more in your lane there sports scientist and refrain from trying quell talk just because it makes you appear daft as a brush.

  96. Pierre

    The intensity thing that Enery is so fond of intrigues me.

    Today I thought that for about 35 mins we showed pretty good intensity .
    The 3 front players put in a tremendous amount of effort and energy in closing down the keeper and full backs.

    Then they ran out of steam and for the 2nd half…nothing…..no intensity, no pressing , no closing down. .were they knackered…who knows.

    Personally, I would like to see some of that energy that they used up in first half to be used for doing what offensive players are supposed to do .

    Take players on.
    Run the channels to spread the play.
    Get into goal scoring positions. M and the rest.

    Could it possibly be that the excess energy used up in the opening period of the game was detrimental to them being creative in the final 3rd as it us very difficult for a striker or winger to be at their sharpest when they have little or no energy .

  97. Champagne charlie

    The receding and Marko defensive double act is quite something.

    Both reverting to arguing points that haven’t been made in an attempt to gain a leg up.

    Go on boys, round of soggy biscuit to close.

  98. Spanishdave

    Strange how we can play good football v Liège then creep into our shell with Bournemouth how are no better.
    Emery is scared of Premiership teams as it’s a one off game not a situation we’re you can loose a game and still qualify with a second chance.
    He is a mid table low expectation manager, not capable of managing our club.
    He is deluded by our league position which is complimented by poor form of Man Utd and Spurs.

  99. Bamford10

    Gentlebris

    “And the joker of a coach dropped the only guy [Ozil] we have who could put two footballing sentences together.”

    What complete and utter nonsense. Ozil has played great football about once a year for several years now and usually in games that weren’t all that closely contested. Ceballos is the far better creative midfield option at the moment and he was good today. No offense, but anyone who thinks Ozil is a solution to our problems or that Ozil should be a regular in our XI has no credibility whatsoever.

  100. Redtruth

    Pierre
    “Then they ran out of steam and for the 2nd half…nothing…..no intensity, no pressing , no closing down. .were they knackered…who knows.”

    You said you was sleeping so how the heck would you know…pudding chops.

  101. Danialtos

    The same people who are busy saying stuff like ” Stop it Wenger is long gone don’t talk about him talk about what is happening now” are the same people who keep on comparing how Wenger used to play good football against the likes of Bournemouth,so which is which?Are we only going to compare Wenger from the positives only ?.

    That said,on to today game. It was a clean sheet but very ordinary,I agree.Unai has to stop this xhaka obsession it’s getting ridiculous..I also dont buy this Pepe isn’t getting the ball stuff.FFs he is getting alot of balls he is just wasting them with his constant dribbling/cutting inside shit…why don’t we try playing him on the left wing

  102. Redtruth

    Spanishdave
    “Emery is scared of Premiership teams as it’s a one off game not a situation we’re you can loose a game and still qualify with a second chance.”

    He won a title with PSG or is their league format different to ours…Plonker…

  103. Valentin

    There is a reason why Klopp decided to drop his full gegen-pressing approach in the EPL. In the long run it does not work. Your team run out of steam in February/March just when the final sprint starts.

    Team that have not trained specifically for that approach tend to usually drop after 35 of the first half. Recover during the interval before collapsing around 75 minutes.

    That is exactly what happen to us today. We started forward, blocking Bournemouth into their own half. Despite Pepe, Aubameyang not really chasing, the Bournemouth approach of building from the back played in our hand. But once our intensity dropped, the game just drifted. During the second half Ceballos stopped tracking back as much as he did during the first half. After 60 minutes Saka was running on fume.

  104. Un na naai

    Receding HairlineOctober 6, 2019 20:49:26
    Again Charles no one buried or forgot the 6-1. Someone mentioned the barca game and I reminded him they setup to play defensive football because they had a four goal lead. No correlation with Leicester yesterday at all so again make sense or stay away from a discussion.

    RH

    Yeeees. He set his team up to limit the oppositions attack and conceded 6!!! And you present this as some sort of defence of him? This Game? His most infamous drubbing?

    Makes about as much sense as playing Torreira at no10

  105. Bamford10

    Spanish

    “Strange how we can play good football v Liège then creep into our shell with Bournemouth.”

    Except that we didn’t creep into our shell. We played on the front foot in the first half, and we were pushed onto our back foot in the second half not because of tactics but because of a lack of athleticism in our midfield and a lack of pace in our back four.

    As for the other night, we had a better midfield than we did today, we had better fullbacks than we did today, and in some ways, we had a better attack. Further, Bournemouth are probably more athletic and a more difficult team to play than Standard Liege.

    So, no.

  106. Un na naai

    No offense, but anyone who thinks Ozil is a solution to our problems or that Ozil should be a regular in our XI has no credibility whatsoever.

    Yeah!!
    Cos Bamford says so
    Didn’t take long to resort after getting canned did it Blandford?

  107. bennydevito

    WasiOctober 6, 2019    20:16:09

    Benny
    How many goals does Zaha have this season in an overperforming Palace team?

    >>>>>

    Wasi,

    His heart’s obviously not in it. He did put in a transfer request after all and his brother came out in the press saying Arsenal were his dream move and lifelong boyhood club.

    Maybe he’s not putting in the effort so his transfer valuation drops and Palace might let him move if we go back in for him.

    Unfortunately though with Saka, Martinelli and Nelson, Zaha’s ship has sailed.

  108. Receding Hairline

    No correlation between a game PSG won 4-0 and a game Leicester lost. Discussing a game not a tie and it was brought up because someone said he can only play drab defensive football. A wrong assertion as he has proved over the course of his career his teams compete and try to attack. That it hasn’t come together here as fast as he would have liked notwithstanding. I wonder what the mood will be if we were playing well and losing.

  109. Redtruth

    Aubameyang needs to be on his game and work harder for the team .
    No coincidence Arsenal were more of an attacking force without Aubameyang last Thursday.