Unai Emery and his troubling microaggressions

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I was going to write you out a Monday morning banger, then I realized we have two weeks until the next game… bad times ahead.

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  1. Bojangles

    I posted this at the end of the last blog and then saw the “new post” comment.

    I’ve been browsing a few Un**ed and spuds blogs.At Un**Ed they seem evenly split between OGS and the players being to blame. Some blaming the Glazers.Spuds are all over the place but there seems to be a general consensus that can best be summarised with three words. Poch Knows Best.I did get a laugh from this though.“The question everyone wants an answer to is whether Pochettino is the man that can take Spurs back to their former glory. Or is it time the Argentinian capitulates like his team has in recent weeks?”

  2. Grant Elkin

    Do you think Emery will be sacked at the end of the season even if we make top 4. In a similar way to Bruce being replaced by Wenger way back when?

  3. Bamford10

    Kamp
    October 7, 2019 09:20:07

    The rhetoric surrounding winning ugly and keeping a clean sheet is disappointing, but not at all surprising.

    Try looking at it from a positive point of view. We are slowly rediscovering old characteristics: winning ugly, scrapping, standing up for each other, not being bullied. You can’t look at an ugly win and say ‘where’s the flair,’ nor can you look at us thumping relegation fodder and complaining we are flat track bullies.

    Like it or not, Emery won this week and his detractors have lost. The future looks good off the back of the Europa showings, and City are probably less good than we are really shit, so competing with them is not out of the question.

    The issue with our performance is valid but not solely on Emery. I think people forget how shit Wenger left the squad. There was simply nothing there; no courage, culture, creativity or self-belief.

    Emery tried with Ozil, but he is shot and practically useless in the modern game.

    Emery still needs a proper DM, an imposing CB, and someone to unlock the opposition.

    The first two are easier. Boly and Docoure are genuine options, and not impossible in January. The third, everyone is after. Even Hazard is struggling at Madrid. It isn’t easy to find these players. Can Ziyech be the guy?

    Third in the league, a point behind city? There isn’t a pundit around who would have given us that by this stage. Hats off to Emery for getting it done with squad still missing major components.

    He still has things to prove, but I bet he’s sleeping better than Poch or Ole.

  4. Kamp

    Cheers Bamford, and nice to have you back.
    @ Un.
    Of course nothing you said in response to me is untrue…maybe a little unfair to lag some of it at Emery’s door.

    He needs to do a better job with his team sections and in game decisions, but make no mistake, he is improving this club from where Wenger left it.

    All this talk about sacking him is juvenile and counter productive. Do you think United Chelsea or Spuds would be talking about asking their manager if he were a point behind city?
    There is an element of the anti-wenger sentiment still about the club. The faux anger typical of AFTV etc. We are still on a war footing as a fan base after literally a decade of fighting each other, the board and the manager.

    Wounds take time to heel clearly. There is progress and we should be supportive and help the team, with positivity online and offline!

  5. Bamford10

    Grouvillegooner
    October 7, 2019 09:14:13

    Some humble suggestions for Unai.

    Pick Chambers and Holding as the starting centre backs by the end of this month.

    Do not think that Ozil is the solution to creativity; he will create but there are so many things that he does not do and it has been like this from the day that he signed.

    Stop picking Xhaka.

    Stop defenders putting their hands behind their backs.

    Try to make your thoughts at press conferences more rational and less of a rambling confusion of thoughts. (This might lead to more coherent team selection.)

    Keep Pepe’s confidence up until the end of November and if he has not delivered by then squad player only for the rest of the season.

  6. Graham62

    We all see the problems.

    Xhaka is a major reason for the ponderous play. However, the general intensity( as seen against Bournmouth yesterday) is lacking, which I would have expected Emery to have sorted out by now.

    As someone pointed out yesterday, Arsenal are one of the worst teams at looking vulnerable when other teams attack. This was always the case under Wenger but why can’t Emery fix this?

    The space that we gift centrally is often embarrassing. Closing down and tracking runs is easy to implement as long as the players understand and buy into it. Why though does Emery persist in playing someone who is slow, ponderous and a massive liability?

    Nothing makes sense, which leads me to believe that Emery is totally clueless.

    Have a great day everyone.

  7. Edu me a favour

    If we look back to how emery got the job , we were told that he jumped in and stole away the position with his detailed file on each player , and how he would improve them – (we all read this story , how true it is I don’t know , but I can only go on what we were told) – now correct me if I’m wrong here , but do we think that he has improved the players like he said he would ? No.
    I mean , it seems that was his usp when he was being interviewed , no ?
    he had this dossier on each player and then it all played out like this :
    freeze out Aaron and Ozil
    Mustafi had a nightmare
    cech was exposed as not being able to pass a ball out the back properly and was subsequently dropped
    We still can’t play out of the back without looking like conceding
    chambers was loaned out and became player of the season for that club under another coach
    Xhaka is the worst he’s ever been
    Kola is still the same – he runs , but only forwards
    Mkhi stayed the same – crap – and came out and said he didn’t love football while at arsenal after he got loaned out
    All the kids bar Guendouzi (who was a happy accident) didn’t really get a sniff nelson was loaned out
    Esr played in the Europa last season then was loaned out
    Torriera is not the player we saw when he first came
    All the kids having great performances now are doing so after Freddie was installed as no2 a fact we have all witnessed and we have been told categorically that he’s the go between

    It’s like those detailed files were a bit of a blag – he didn’t do anything like improve the players – fair enough we can take into account the injuries to hector etc but in the grand scheme of things , he hasn’t really done anything that makes you think we’re so lucky we’ve got him. I think what it boils down to is that after wenger – the arsenal job was always going to be a bigger and longer project than what anybody thought , It’s not emery’s fault , but , his plan has failed and now he’s just seeing us through this season

    gazidis new this was a big job and jumped at the first opp ( not that we miss him of course , he was part of the prob) but I think Raul saw this a little while after they hired emery , and realised he needed to start doing a madness , so he started cleaning house , so he could really take hold and move us forward- he had a great window (Pepe will come good)
    Raul is looking at it like , ‘emery May or may not get CL this season but, I can get rid of him for free in May ‘ so that’s why he’s letting this play out – it makes more sense to do it that way than to sack him now.

    For all emery’s player files – ultimately he was just a transitional manager , and we all need to be at peace with that , because Arsenal is a long and exciting project and he’ll be gone in May anyway

  8. Bob N16

    Edu, echoing my feelings. May is probably when AFC will say adiós but maybe a slight chance of a Freddie boost in the final straight.

  9. Un na naai

    Third in the league, a point behind city? There isn’t a pundit around who would have given us that by this stage. Hats off to Emery for getting it done with squad still missing major components.

    Erm. No Bamford. Hats off to Aubameyang beacuse without him we’d be 13 points worse off already. And before you start it’s not emery who’s facilitating those goals it’s Aubameyang and his ability to sniff out goals whilst feeding off nothing but scraps

  10. Biggles

    With the squad we have, against that level of opposition and being at home, that should have been a massacre.

    However, we had Xhaka as DM and our decent DM on the bench until he came on to become… a winger? We had the chuckle brothers at CB and Kola at left back. So we ended up pretty turgid overall, but at least we won dirty and there have been plenty of times when we wouldn’t have in the past. Plus we managed to get 3 points the weekend that Spurs (HAHA), United (HAHA), Leicester and City (HAHAHAHA) all lost. We were a Chelsea defeat away from it being a clean sweep of our top 4 rivals losing.

    Some minor positives though. Chambers seemed pretty decent. Luiz didn’t give away a penalty. No treasonable acts of cowardice from Xhaka. Holding, Tierney and Bellerin DIDN’T play in a game that we should have bossed without them. Would rather manage their fitness and let them get back to speed properly. You just know that Wenger would have red-zoned the hell out of them and started them all.

  11. Un na naai

    Edu me a favour

    Fantastic post on last one mate. Perfect
    He’s not improved anyone. Only lacazette and Aubameyang have kept him even close to that tied 43 game record which equals wenger’s last 43

    The point you made that best sums it up is this

    Can we say we are lucky to have him? No. He’s the minimum we should expect. We are arsenal. We need to be hiring a coach that makes us all grateful he’s at our club.
    There will be no gratitude for emery come May. He’s two years and a great opportunity wasted and whoever comes in will have significantly less to spend. Let’s just hope that spurs and Man U continue their current form because if they turn it on it’s onky a matter of time before our luck runs out

  12. Un na naai

    He needs to do a better job with his team sections and in game decisions, but make no mistake, he is improving this club from where Wenger left it.

    Kamp

    How? Please tell me how Unai Emery is improving arsenal and providing anything better than the shit last two years under wenger.

  13. Un na naai

    Kamp

    Those wounds would heal if we had a manager who United the fans.
    We are making the exact same mistakes and Man U post fergie

  14. Ishola70

    Not Xhaka again. grrrrr.

    Xhaka is the classic case of technique over actual substance on the pitch.

    However much people moan about him he does have footballing technique. This would be appreciated by his coach and more than enough fellow players especially on the training pitch. It’s just that this technique doesn’t add up to a great deal on the pitch and added to this poor off the ball attributes and suspect character and temperament.

    Xhaka is a hangover of the Arsene Wenger times and which Emery is refusing to eradict.

    Those that were so happy with the departure of Wenger should and will be very disappointed with Emery that he refuses to cut a player that so represents all that was wrong with some Wenger players in his last seasons at the club. All about on the ball, shit off the ball . Luxury player minus the luxury moments.

    As you will have no doubt realised those that were less happy with Wenger’s departure have been less critical of Xhaka or came to the realisation that he should be scrapped late on and then there is a small lunatic fringe that still actually have time for Xhaka these being again real true Wenger afficiandos. There are a few notable exceptions to this but overall this is the line.

  15. Steve

    I can’t argue about being third on the league table and a point behind City who are second. . If I was told Arsenal will be third by week 8 at the beginning of the season, I would have taken it. I would rather win playing ‘ugly’ than lose or draw playing beautiful football like we use to do and found ourselves in Europa. Emery was appointed to win. He is doing just that. Just win. Winning is ‘beautiful ‘ football. See the joy when a goal is scored. Football is about goals and outscoring your opponent. The rest is semantics. No more no less.
    Emery’s football this season is not as aesthetically beautiful as we use to see. The reason is that he has told the attacking midfielders and strikers to press opponents upfield, make the opposition make mistakes near their goal and score ‘cheap goals’. That is what is leaving the wide spaces in the midfield that opponents have been

    attacking. He realized that and he has asked Guendouzi to stay around Xhaka to help hence the clean sheet on Sunday. That is responsible for the low score against Bournemouth. The secrets of clubs playing style is being exposed daily. New ways of winning is being devised and other clubs study ways of containing other teams, hence, the domination of big teams is waning all over the world.

  16. Batistuta

    Such a dishonest thing to say the victories are because of Auba because he’s feeding off scraps, plenty to criticize the manager with but don’t throw common sense out the door when you do that, makes you sound like a loony…….Oh, Van persie was feeding of scraps the season he won the golden boot because the quality behind him and the football we played that season was borderline atrocious

  17. Steveyg87

    Morning you miserable people, still have a good old moan about Emery? Well, good luck with that. The fans attending the games and the board clearly don’t read the shite posted on here, thank god for that

  18. Steveyg87

    “Those wounds would heal if we had a manager who United the fans.
    We are making the exact same mistakes and Man U post fergie”

    I’m sorry, but this is a load of krap. If anything, we have done the complete opposite. Do you actually watch the games or feed off the le grove trolls? There’s no shortage of them

  19. Dark Hei

    “If I was told Arsenal will be third by week 8 at the beginning of the season, I would have taken it.”

    If you were told United and Spurs are in a relegation battle you would have scratched out your ears.

    And if you are objective about it, we could very well join them given the football that’s on offer.

    If we win while being outplayed, it simply means we are lucky. Don’t confuse a Mourinho style defense with what we have here. A Mourinho play book concedes possession statistically without conceding space in a very coherent manner. You can see that shit play out. They are frustrating to play against.

    WE are not frustrating to play against. Instead teams are frustrated if they don’t beat us up given the quality of our football.

  20. Dissenter

    In fairness to Emery, he has shown that he is capable of quick learning this season. These are some positives from the first 8 games.
    -He’s shown loyalty to Chambers and dropped AMN from that RB position. Bellerin would have to work very hard to dislodge Chambers.
    -He figured Ozil out and is Standing his ground.
    -He has dealt with Saka and Martinelli quite well, showing that he values meritocracy.
    -He’s taken risks with Willock, he’s show he trust youth.
    -He’s been patient with Pepe and pulling him out yesterday sent a message, a tough but necessary one- form still matters.

    His only island of BS is Xhaka
    I’m aware that our choices in the midfield are limited but setting up the middle with Xhaka means that we will never be that counter offensive team he wants us to be. It also means that we will continue to have our defense line exposed more. Xhaka will still attenuate the benefits of Tierney and Bellerin.

  21. Un na naai

    Batistuta

    Maybe it is fair to say that without Rvp we would have been in a similar position but Walcott was electric on the right that season while the ox was offering some quality showings too along with rosicky.

    We have nobody supporting Aubameyang this season. He’s in his own. The XG tells its own story. We are creatively bankrupt this season like never before in the previous 24 years

    It’s disingenuous to claim that we’re it not for Aubameyang emery would be in big big trouble

  22. Dissenter

    Unai na
    You wrote like you still miss Wenger
    Even though I want Emery gone, I’m glad that we don’t have a manager who thinks the club owes him more than a job.
    You seem so nostalgic those glorious Wenger days.

  23. Un na naai

    I’ll say this on a positive note.

    It CAN get better this season. The fact that we haven’t clicked could mean that when we do we will already have gone though a shitty adjustment period and came out with a decent points total
    Tut when laca comes back and Pepe finds his feet with hector and Tierney adding another dimension going forward that we are set to find our groove still.

    I really don’t think it will olay our like that though
    Key reason for me is the fact he’s persisting with xakha and Torreira in the wrong positions
    Is persisting with this stupid diamond
    And is persisting with ideas in general that aren’t working.

  24. Bojangles

    We are not making the same mistakes Un**ed made.

    If Graham had his way and Howe had come in, I would have agreed with you. I am no fan of Emery’s but he was a better choice for us than the Chosen One at Un**ed.

  25. Bamford10

    Un Na

    “Let me ask you just one question. Simple yes or no answer. Was our squad good enough to beat Leicester or Wolves or Palace in the final run in?”

    A simple yes or no answer would oversimplify the matter, so I’m not going to be doing that. Oversimplifying things helps no one.

    Leicester are more or less even with us in the table at the moment and for good reason — they’re good — and they fielded a better XI than we did when they beat us at the end of last season. Our loss in that match was primarily down to the poverty of some of our players, not the manager. Some of you overrate our players and underrate other PL clubs’ players; this is why you failed to grasp that we lost that day on account of certain inadequate pieces, not the manager’s organization or tactics.

    Wolves beat City 2-0 at the Etihad yesterday. Enough said. They’re a good side. They can beat anyone on their day, and City have much, much better players than we fielded in late April.

    Palace are also more or less even with us in the table at moment, and they too are a better and trickier team than some of you allow. Emery needed to rotate in that match and due to injuries and other issues, he was forced to select players such as Jenkinson, Mavropanos, Mustafi and Elneny. Why didn’t we beat Palace that day? One need only look at those names to know why.

    In truth your question reveals that those of us who pinned those losses on inadequate squad options (and not on Emery) were correct. Those are/were good PL teams, and many of the players Emery was forced to deploy are/were simply not good enough.

  26. Leftsidesanch

    One could argue that Aubameyang is simply doing the job he is paid to do, put the ball in the net and win games for us. He’s not the first striker to bail his team out and won’t be the last.

    Emery is not without fault but let’s not be ridiculous, and repetitive.

  27. Un na naai

    Dissenter

    Of course I’m nostalgic for the glory days. What fan isn’t? I don’t miss wenger either. I do miss the occasional performance of astounding beauty and the constant champions league participation though.

    I’ll be glad when emery is gone as things stand and look forward to seeing what a proper coach can do with the quality squad we have. And make no mistake it is quality. It’s being misused

  28. Jamie

    It’s a pity there’s a subset of supporters who whinge after we’ve won a game and are just 1 point behind City after almost a quarter of the season played. Spurs and Utd both embarrassing themselves isn’t met with the glee it deserves.

    Emery is here until the summer barring a total capitulation in the league. Accept it, and pray we finish in the top 4 before he’s released so the next guy has cash to spend and the CL carrot to dangle in front of potential new recruits.

    Auba scoring too many goals: “Emery is totally reliant on Auba’s goals!”
    Auba not scoring enough goals: “Emery can’t get Auba to score goals!”

    Talk about our defensive calamities. That’s where the problem lies, not our striker banging in a goal almost every time he plays.

    Wenger without RVP and Alexis’ goals the last few years of his reign, and we would’ve finished in the bottom half of the table. But we didn’t. It’s a ridiculous line to draw. Hard to believe he’s still part of the discussion, but here we are.

  29. Bamford10

    Un Na

    “Is persisting with this stupid diamond.”

    He isn’t persisting with the diamond. He hasn’t gone with this formation for a number of games now. Let’s hope he has learned his lesson.

  30. Jim Lahey

    Can we all stop to just think about how far United have fallen over the past 5 years??! We can complain all we like but wow… I’m loving their demise!

  31. siddharth14

    Dark Hei, very well put. This is not a moan about Emery but some people in here really need to understand the term, ‘wining ugly’. I know this is a hypothetical scenario but if Bournemouth had taken one of their chances, it might have been a different outcome. Because the moment we concede, we are in a crisis mode at full throttle.

    Like i said earlier, i’d rather we finish top 4 and then get a new Manager in summer then see Arsenal implode under Emery with even more damage in the short term.

  32. Valentin

    When we replaced Wenger, the idea was to remove the power from the manager and split it into a DoF who would focus on the long term and a headcoach who would take care of the short term. The headcoach concentrates on making the team function better and improve both players and results.

    1 year later, we can assess the aituation. Objectively we don’t play better. The football is as bland and boring than during Wenger latter years.
    The results have been marginally better over 38 games, but with a better squad and better headcoach should have been much better. Over the last 45 games, results are slightly worse and performance definitely much worse. So on both criteria the headcoach experiment has failed.

    History shows that until he benefited from near unlimited funds at PSG Emery had been unable to organise a decent league run. At Valencia, Sevilla his away record was even worse than at Arsenal. So there is no objective reasons to believe that it will improve at Arsenal.

    Some are now arguing that with new players performance and results would
    dramatically improve then my answer is that it would also improve under a new manager.

    Defensively we are getting worse, we concede more chance, more shots than anybody else in the top 5 leagues. Our organisation is abysmal. Yesterday we needed last ditch clearances from Chambers and Guendouzi to hang onto a victory that should have been completed in the first half.

    Last season people were blinded by the unbeaten run when it was clear it was a mirage. This season our current lofty position is a mirage due to the current sheer incompetence of the other top 6 teams. Let’s not be blinded by another mirage again. May I remind people that last season we reached 3rd for a while. In fact With 6 games left we were 3rd and due to our easier run-ins a shoes in for that position and we all know how things turn out.

    I don’t believe that we need a big name coach. We just need somebody who knows how he wants to play. Is competent enough to be able to communicate and implement his vision.

    We need to act now, because next summer we could be in competition with lots of clubs such as Spurs and ManUtd for the same decent coaches. ManUtd may be in disarray, but money not being an problem they would look like a proposition with bigger potential than Arsenal.

  33. Wasi

    I hate to see it but the notion that Emery hasnt improved certain players is utterly wrong .

    Xhaka in the past seasons was a complete liability like he is now + mentally unstable. He would pick up yellows on a weekly basis and reds on a monthly. Sure he is still fouling a lot but those fouls are further away from our goal.But the bottom line with Xhaka is that his natural slowness will never allow him to be the player managers want him to in the PL. Athleticism is the first trait a midfielder needs to have if he is to thrive in the PL.

    He improved Bellerin. Clearly.

    Holding improved drastically .

    Amn improved too (and then he is back to his old self now.)

    Guendouzi improving weekly.

    Chambers has shown he is a better player now.

    Leno has improved.

    But he cannot seem to improve the team as a whole . Chance creation is as bad as it has ever been
    You could argue that Laca l’s return coupled with tierney’s and Bellerin’s full fitness + pepe playing with confidence can change that. Lets hope so.

  34. HighburyLegend

    “Xhaka in the past seasons was a complete liability like he is now + mentally unstable.”

    And ??
    (lol)

  35. Dream10

    Valentin

    Excellent post. Unfortunately, as long as we are in the top 4 race and in the EL, Emery will still be in charge. More likely that he gets a contract extension than being relieved of his duties.

  36. Leedsgunner

    For those of you with a subscription to The Athletic, James McNicholas has written an excellent article on how the Arsenal can get the best out of Pepe today. Well worth a read.

  37. Receding Hairline

    “We need to act now, because next summer we could be in competition with lots of clubs such as Spurs and ManUtd for the same decent coaches”

    Lest i be accused of lying and needing to learn English later, isn’t the above Valentin calling for the immediate (now means immediate) sacking of a manager who finished two points off third last season and has only lost one game this season?

  38. Receding Hairline

    ” Unfortunately, as long as we are in the top 4 race and in the EL, Emery will still be in charge. More likely that he gets a contract extension than being relieved of his duties.”

    Nothing unfortunate about being in the top four race and a good run in Europe for true fans of any football team…spare me the bigger picture nonsense.

  39. siddharth14

    Dream10, even i’m not a fan of Emery but being in Top 4 should be celebrated and enjoyed even though it might mean Emery gets to complete his tenure. However, i do agree with Valentin regarding the new manager coming in. But as things are difficult to keep secret in this mad digital media, it is a bit risky in terms of the effect it would have on the manager, the players and the team as a whole.

  40. Receding Hairline

    “Last season people were blinded by the unbeaten run when it was clear it was a mirage. This season our current lofty position is a mirage due to the current sheer incompetence of the other top 6 teams. Let’s not be blinded by another mirage again. May I remind people that last season we reached 3rd for a while. In fact With 6 games left we were 3rd and due to our easier run-ins a shoes in for that position and we all know how things turn out.”

    Unai Emery’s incompetence produces unbeaten runs and points…wonder what happens when he gets it all together then

  41. siddharth14

    Receding, i’m sure Valentin was advocating moving for a new manager and having some pre-contract agreement in place to take over next season.

  42. Receding Hairline

    “Receding, i’m sure Valentin was advocating moving for a new manager and having some pre-contract agreement in place to take over next season.”

    Then he should say that…English is a very simple language. Say what you want to say without ambiguity. And by the way the above will also be wrong,sack him if you must but don’t undermine him, we already have a certain number 10 sulking around waiting to outlast him.

  43. HighburyLegend

    “Anybody remember the good old days when Emery made half time substitutions?”

    Yep… but since, he has been wengerized.

  44. Batistuta

    Un na

    Auba’s job is to put the ball in the back of the net and Walcott was his usual injury ravaged self that season and Ox was just bursting on to the scene, nothing special about his numbers that season. Again, our football that season was hot piss, we were very bad but had a very in form striker… It looked good for a game or two but overall it stinked so no need rewriting history.

    I’d happily see the back of Emery to be honest but the reality is he’s here till at least May unless we go on a horrendous set of losses which with the quality of the squad may not be possible.

    Oh and like ive maintained, xg and all that is just what that is…Points on board and league position are all that matter for me….I’m sure spurs and their super xg must be loving life at the moment.

    It’s not all bad is my point, we’ve still for a few players to come in which gives the manager new headaches which is good i think. We’ll just have to wait and see as where we are in May and hopefully Raul and co do not renew his contract and get in someone who’d organize the team better in matches but im sure the dull performances arent what they’re looking at right this minute, they’d look at that league table and hope we can be in and around there by May, get that champions league money and take it on from there

  45. qna

    Dream10: Excellent post. Unfortunately, as long as we are in the top 4 race and in the EL, Emery will still be in charge. More likely that he gets a contract extension than being relieved of his duties.

    What makes you say this though? I mean it feels like we are heading in the right direction. We have only just got rid of Ivan and we are in our second season after suffocating under Wenger for more than a decade. We look to be making all of the right moves. Edu has brought in Martinelli – huge tick. Whether he has been a success or not, I think most Arsenal fans were over the moon at spending on Pepe. This young Saliba looks more than decent and he comes in next season. We have shuffled Bould out of the first team set up and brought in Freddie L who looks to have done a sensational job with the youth team. We are seeing some excellent young players finally come out of the youth team. We got in Tierney who looks to be about as good a left back as we could have got in my opinion. Not only that we had the balls to let Monreal go, so clearly we are confident in him.

    To me it looks like we have started to run this ship properly again (finally). And if that holds true, then Emery must be on thin ice. I dont think they are going to tolerate the way we are just limping in results against even the weakest teams. I dont think anyone is happy with the way we are playing. Even those supporting Emery seem to condition it on getting a full team to play with first. Its doubtful that Emery will have this team playing convincing football by the end of this season. So regardless of whether he sneaks us into the champions league or not, I fully expect him to go and someone else come in.

    I know we have become accustom to being let down by the club in making rational decisions, but everything seems to be clicking into place with the way the club is being run. I am inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt here and say that Emery wont be given another contract. This will be his last season and hopefully he leaves us with champions league football to attract the next guy.

    My biggest worry is that we might go for a big name manager that wants to spend his way out of the situation we are in. I’d rather someone that can keep building on these guys like Guendouzi, Tierney, Martinelli, Saka and so on. Give them a couple of big signings to replace Xhaka and Ozil, but also keep building a young team.

  46. Jim Lahey

    On Emery,

    I was all onbaord when he came in to replace Wenger, he has done a lot of good regarding clearing out much the crap that was left in the squad. But…. I can’t bare his style of football, it is beyond bland, no fluidity at all. I know its a bit much to complain about the aesthetics, but its not like we are some well drilled machine, we are still leaking goals. I was hoping Emery would address that, but I was wrong.

    As I say, he has done some good things, but I don’t think he is up to the task of taking Arsenal forward. Happy to see this season out and then replace him.

  47. Leedsgunner

    Here is a piece of good news. Xhaka had his baby girl today.

    I wish the new father all the very best.

    Please feel free to take the rest of the season off! 😂😂😂

  48. Leedsgunner

    Why does Emery need to go?

    We had 2 shots yesterday. We gave Aubameyang, one of the best players in the world in current form, next to no service.

    Emery blamed the lethargic performance on the lack of experience… but then replaced Pépé with Martinelli.

  49. S Asoa

    Edumifavor
    Good analysis. Now to explain the player dossiers, it is said he got the details from Arteta ( whom he fortunately backstabbed). But like the kid who passed copying during examinations, Emery too proved a dud he is. Mediocre, not bad , thank God for small mercies.

  50. S Asoa

    About Emery going through his contract, considering the turmoil among the other top 4 Contenders, Arsenal might or might not get the TRO4PHY . Keeping him on we save about 3.6 million payout, but are gambling on the CL bonanza. There is Allegri available, or we could prise Nagelsmann or Nuno Espírito Santo any of which would definitely ensure we get into Champions League and the pot of money.
    Bad management to persist with the lucky failure in the hope luck holds.

  51. Valentin

    Why do you think Özil and Mustafi decided to stay around despite being told to leave? It’s simple they think that they can outlast him.

    Nobody seriously think that Emery’s extension will be taken. So the argument that he would be undermined by either removing him now or actively searching for his successor is a fallacy.

    Every body is just In a holding pattern waiting for him to be replaced next summer. In the meantime the club is suffering. The same way the club was suffering when Wenger was in the last year. Even before his sacking Players knew that if he would not been renewed.

  52. Bob N16

    Leeds, I’m happy for Xhaka to have a newborn. That being said, his partner surely could have waited until after the international break. Now his paternity leave starts which will mean he will miss games for Switzerland rather than for us. Hasn’t made my day, but best wishes all the same.

  53. Marc

    The way the team is performing at the moment it’s unlikely that Emery will get an extension at the end of the season even if we do qualify for CL next season.

    It would take something quite extraordinary for him to be sacked mid season but as it stands I can’t see him being in the dugout for the first match of next season.

  54. Jim Lahey

    “Why do you think Özil and Mustafi decided to stay around despite being told to leave? It’s simple they think that they can outlast him.”

    …. Its because they are both on more money at Arsenal than they will ever be paid again. No club will ever match their current wages.

  55. Leedsgunner

    BobN16

    I think Xhaka plans to have an extended paternity leave… hopefully that means he will not play for a long long time.

  56. Dissenter

    Marc
    I agree that Raul and Edu will keep it simple. If we get too 4, Emery’s contract will be extended.
    The upper management may think I they have bigger issues than just manager. We need 2 more transfer windows like the last one .
    Do they want to win the league or just get too 4? , that’s what determines the next choice of manager

  57. Graham62

    Tottenham in free fall , Man Utd playing shite, Man City looking vulnerable, Chelski in transition and Arsenal doing brilliantly.

    If only.

    The issues are clear to us all and as long as Emery persists with his confusing methods and illogical player favouritism, we will never be in a good place.

  58. Bob N16

    I hope he does Leeds but if he has any sense he will realise that if the midfield clicks without him, at a time when our back line will be improved, he could lose his place in the starting line up.

  59. Valentin

    Jim,

    The other clubs do not have to pay their full salary. Arsenal could organise a deal that would be financially neutral to him.
    Özil is on 350k a week for the next two years, most club would still be willing to take him on a free for 100kpw~150kpw. By subsidising the rest Arsenal would still save 200kpw for 2 years or the equivalent of 21 millions.

    The same with Mustafi. The reasons why such thing did not happen is because either Arsenal refused to subsidised such a deal or because the players refused to move. Sanchez is on more money than Özil, yet ManUtd found a way to move him.
    Arsenal is the party that wants them out, so it will have to take a financial hit. Both players have no international career prospect that could motivate them to play.

  60. China1

    Congratulations (really) to xhaka on the new baby.

    But yeah please don’t feel rushed to come back. They do say you need to spend the early months connecting with your kid and that. Don’t they? Guys?….guys….?

  61. Words on a Blog

    Last year

    – As a reactive coach, Emery was relatively inexperienced in terms of his detailed knowledge of the style and traits of of PL opponents, and the rigours of no Christmas break etc.

    – Notwithstanding his detailed “dossier” that he presented at his job interview he wasn’t fully up to speed on what his own players were and weren’t capable of.

    – he had a pretty shitty and unbalanced squad, definitely (no matter what Pedro said at the time) not “top4”

    – partly because of the above, and his consequent lack of trust of “squad” players, and partly because of injuries he overplayed senior players in the early rounds of secondary competitions.

    Result: we faded badly in the last couple of months and missed out on top4.

    This year:

    – He knows his opponents’ strengths and weaknesses better

    – He knows his players’ capabilities and deficiencies better (mysteriously, except for Xhaka)

    – with the new signings and the “Ljungberg youth” coming in, he’s got a far better, more balanced squad, with more competition between the players

    – he’s not overplaying the seniors in the secondary competitions.

    As a bonus, Spurs and Man U are imploding, Lampard and his Chelsea squad are talented but inexperienced, and the Leicester squad lacks depth beyond the impressive first 11.

    Prediction: we are unlikely to fade as we did last year, and will finish 3rd.

  62. Graham62

    For the life of me, I can’t fathom out why I’ve gone from sitting on the fence in respects to Emery, to suddenly seeing him as an imposter.

    Is this post- Brexit syndrome?

    God knows.

  63. Moe

    Emery’s contract will absolutely not be renewed. This isn’t the clueless Gazidis show any longer. How could anyone have watch Arsenal this season and not ha e serious doubts about Emery. Fluky third place notwithstanding. Go rewatch the Pool, Watford, Villa, United and B’mouth games. He has to go, thank God we have footballing people running the club now. Loyalty to the club only, not to Wenger, or Gazidis or Emery or Xhaka or Ozil.

  64. raptora

    We’re equally bad as Manure but we’ve won our points on the back of Auba. If Manure had Auba in the place of Rashford, our tally would have been reversed – they’d have 15 pts and we’d have 9. In the long run he’ll probably win us around 30 pts and Rashford will hardly earn them 10. Auba is feeding off scraps same way as not many strikers can. Emery should not get praise for the point total we’ve accumulated on the back of not controlling games or being the better team in a big percentage of the games.

    We’ve got games coming vs Sheffield United (A), Palace (H), Wolverhampton (H), Leicester (A), Southampton (H), Norwich (A), Brighton (H), West Ham (A) before the winter spree of hell where in the space of 17 days we’re playing Man City (H), Everton (A), Bournemouth (A), Chelsea (H) and on the 1st of January 2020 – Man U (H).

    If out of the next 8 EPL games we collect 17 or 18 pts it would be a decent form. We got 15 pts in the first 8 games so far mind you, although playing 3 of the top 6 teams.

    I wouldn’t mind Emery finishing the season if we’re winning lucky. Winning is all that matters. I’m only hopeful that Raul and co have already seen that Emery isn’t the answer if we want to become a serious team again.

    The way that we played in our 2nd half yesterday is going to lose us points more often than not. You cannot drop deep at home winning by only a goal vs a relegation fodder and expect to defend your tiny lead week in week out. More often than not you’re gonna get punished.

    First half was alright because we pressed them deeper, our defence was much closer to the center of the pitch. We had some form of control and although not much was created, we had a decent plan and we were following it.

    Then in the 2nd half Emery’s safe approach and his coaching-small-club mentality came to play. Every line in our team – attack, midfield, defence – was sitting 15-20 meters closer to our goal compared to the first 45 mins. The positions that our players were taking, when their GK was about to send a long ball forward, were so different compared to the first half. It is If you tell your CBs to contest for the first ball 10 meters in front of your penalty area, compared to 10 meters behind the center of the pitch, is so big and it’s the difference between playing on the front foot and inviting pressure on yourself.

    We got lucky this time and I can’t say we thoroughly outplayed the opposition to a point where we deserved to win. It didn’t matter today but we will surely bite the dust in the long run.

  65. Moe

    Graham
    He may not be an impostor but he surely ain’t the future. Am equally off the fence now. Loyal only to the Arsenal, Sol, DB10 and Henry.

  66. Words on a Blog

    Graham62/Moe,

    Why is it necessary to be “on” or “off” the fence with respect to Emery at this point in time?

    We are 3rd, having played pretty poorly, we’re unlikely to fade badly, and unless we do so, he’s likely to remain in place.

  67. Nelson

    @Ishola70

    “It’s just that this technique doesn’t add up to a great deal on the pitch”
    ” All about on the ball, shit off the ball . ”

    I salute you, Sir. This is the best analysis of Xhaka. So many times, an opponent can pass him with ease. Either he’ll chase shadow or he’ll use his hand to help out. He has good technique and can strike a long pass. But that doesn’t help his defense. He is the single reason why our midfield is so open and why our play through the midfield is slow. He also lacks defensive awareness. With him we’ll never be able to challenge the league.

  68. KAY Boss

    So Emery stays in job because Auba scores goals. Look some of are pathetic in analysing situations.
    We won and that all fans want. We played beautiful football under the God of Arsene and we won zilch for almost 12yrs.
    I’ll like us replace Emery end of season if he doesn’t perform well. But if we keep scrapping results by win like this am all for it.
    How Utd’s and Spurs fans will wish to be where we’re now.

    Auba is doing his job. If u don’t get it, tell Messi to stop keeping average managers in job.

  69. Graham62

    Words

    Actually, It was uncomfortable sitting up there for so long.

    You’re right though, “he’s likely to remain in place”

  70. Words on a Blog

    Graham62,

    One thing to keep a lookout for, is if the “next 11/Europa-Carabao team” continue to outperform the “first 11” in terms of style and results, then more and more of them will start playing in the premier league. Already two of them (Tierney and Holding) are likely to be shoe-ins after the inter lull. Belle ring and Willock are not too far behind….

    Despite the admittedly poor quality of our play in the EPL I’m looking forward to the next round of matches after the interllil.

  71. Moe

    Emery will remain in place only to the end of the season. No way, he coaches this team next year.
    Words
    I gave him the benefit of the doubt, I didn’t fall for any of that saucy nonsense talk. At this point, I’ve seen enough to know our future rests elsewhere. That’s all.

  72. Valentin

    Raptora,

    During MOTD2, Martin Keown shown that Eddie Howe adjusted his formations to suddenly attack by the wings. Suddenly we could not press higher without being exposed on the outside.
    The normal reaction should have been either to change our approach to defending or change our offensive play to exploit the space left by them.
    Emery did neither. He changed personnel but the overall formation remained. That put Arsenal on the back foot. If Bournemouth have had any luck, they could have easily equalised.

    Panics would have set-in. Xhaka would have committed one foul too many and get a yellow card. The circus act that is Xhaka, Sokratis, and Luiz would have combined to give away a penalty or a free-kick in a dangerous position.

    That is the kind of scenario that should not be remotely possible if Arsenal were properly coached.

  73. grooveydaddy

    Just seen on Twitter that Emery has the highest win % of any Arsenal manager (AW 2nd). And a higher goals/game average than any other Arsenal manager post-WW2.

  74. Nelson

    Up to now, Pepe didn’t get much help from his teammates. Emery either selects a midfield with Xhaka as DM and Guen and Torr as CM or like last game, Xhaka and Guen as DM and Ceballos as CM. When Torr is playing as CM, he is more interested in advancing inside the penalty area. He is not exchanging any passes with Pepe. When Ceballos is playing as CM, he operates on the left side. Pepe is left fighting alone. Since there is no help, he’ll have to fight through more than one defender.
    We’ll see whether Bellerin can release some pressure on him. At least, he’ll have an outlet when he’ll overlap with Bellerin.

  75. Leedsgunner

    Pépé should watch how Ousmane Dembele dovetailed with Aubameyang. They were a frightening partnership in the Bundesliga. No reason with his speed and finishing they couldn’t resurrect something like that synergy at Arsenal.

  76. Carts

    Haven’t seen any of this game, but the inference I’ve drawn is that this performance was the antithesis of the Liege game

  77. azed

    “Panics would have set-in. Xhaka would have committed one foul too many and get a yellow card. The circus act that is Xhaka, Sokratis, and Luiz would have combined to give away a penalty or a free-kick in a dangerous position.That is the kind of scenario that should not be remotely possible if Arsenal were properly coached.”

    Valentin

    Please tell us how Man City that are obviously properly coached lost to Norwich and Wolves because if we lost to Norwich and Wolves, you, Un and others would spend the rest of the week telling us how its Emery’s fault.

  78. Sid

    Congratulations to Xhaka for the newborn.
    Liverpool wouldnt be top of the table without mane.
    Having said that, Haka out!

  79. Alexanderhenry

    Emery isn’t going anywhere and if we finish top four I’ll bet the powers that be hand him a new contract.

    So far, you’ve got to say he’s done OK.
    The football isn’t great to watch and the obsession with playing out from the back via defenders who aren’t really skillful enough to do it and his mystifying loyalty to Xhaka, are aspects of his management that I find difficult to fathom.

    However, we are pretty impregnable at home, have a lot of exciting young players and considering the changes post wenger, the team is doing better than expected.

    Add to that the concertina effect of the deterioration of man u, spurs and Chelsea (in a way), with the improvement of teams like Leicester and West ham, and this season is very unpredictable–up to 2nd anyway.

  80. Nelson

    “The circus act that is Xhaka, Sokratis, and Luiz ”

    I think it is more down to the quality of the players than the coach. During yesterday’s game, Bournemouth had three good scoring chances inside the box. Chambers saved two chances and Guen saved one chance. For all three incidences, Xhaka, Sokratis, and Luiz were ball watching. Bournemouth could have easily tied the game up.

  81. KAY Boss

    Mane scores for Liverpool, its because of good coaching. Aguero scores for city, it’s bcoz of good coaching. Kane score for Tottenham, bcoz of good coaching. Even Teemu Puki scores bcoz of good coaching.
    Yet, Auba scores bcoz he’s talented and feeding off scraps and keeping Arsenal in 3rd and Emery in job.
    Now, who will ever be in job without better results?
    Just as I said before, some of you have allowed the media erase any sense of reasonable judgement and see everything Arsenal bad. Like they did to Utd fans to make Lukaku look bad in their sight, yet see nothing wrong with Rashford.
    Some love everything from other clubs yet see Arsenal in all ways worse off exceotbfor Xhaka.

  82. Dissenter

    Azed
    Why do you keep bringing up City every time? … even when a legitimate criticism is made of Emery
    Guardiola has little to prove having won the last two league titles. He’s as proven as they come. Emery, not so much?

  83. Micheal

    “Congratulations to Xhaka for the newborn.”

    I hope he doesn’t pick her up – he’ll drop the little creature.

  84. Pedro

    Kay, Arsenal had the best shots to goals ratio in the league.

    Auba feeds of scraps statistically. He’s an elite talent, he’s always been an elite talent, if he wasn’t that good, we’d be in deep shit.

    You could argue that Emery has coached a system to create less chances, but he focuses more energy on making Auba’s finishing better… but that’d be absurd.

  85. Valentin

    Azed,

    Accidents like coincidences happen once or twice, if it keeps repeating itself it is the symptoms of systemic failure or lack of alternatives.

    ManCity had a system, Aymeric Laporte was an essential part of that system. Without him, Pep is trying to find a system that compensate for his loss and Ottomendi rashness.

    Keeping attempting to push a square peg in a round hole and hoping for a different result is literally the definition of insanity. Yet Emery kept pushing AMN who is not a right back into that position. It took AMN literally getting kicked out of that position before the obvious better solution was tried. And no that is not revisionism hindsight, Everybody knew that AMN was not a right-back beforehand and Chambers or Mustafi was a better option.

  86. Wasi

    Xhaka in the past seasons was a complete liability like he is now + mentally unstable. He would pick up yellows on a weekly basis and reds on a monthly. Sure he is still fouling a lot but those fouls are further away from our goal.But the bottom line with Xhaka is that his natural slowness will never allow him to be the player managers want him to in the PL. Athleticism is the first trait a midfielder needs to have if he is to thrive in the PL.

    Lastly I wanted to add that his game has improved . Got carried away LoL😂

  87. Chris

    I think performances like yesterday would be glossed over if they weren’t the norm. The trouble is they are more than not the norm. Yes a win and a clean sheet sounds great but it isn’t over reactionary to suggest trouble may be ahead unless performances start to improve.

    We have yet to see a Premier League performance where we have dominated and put a team to the sword. Someone made the point above that the thing to look out for is the continued excellence of the Europa/League Cup side and how many of them become integrated into the first 11. I hope to see that morphing into the Premier League selections at some point soon.

  88. Valentin

    Kay,

    The difference is that most teams goals come from a pattern of play. Something that can obviously be coached. Aubameyang goals are mostly the result of off the cuff individual brilliance. Even Lacazette goals against both Liverpool and Watford were made bybhis own work rather the result of planned team play.

    Mane and Salah will still score brilliant individual goals, but most of their goals come from brilliant interplay. Either with Firmino or with one of the fullback.
    Aubameyang goals: direct free-kick, volley, Solo run after an interception… None of them could have been prepared and worked on before the game as part of team coaching.

  89. Graham62

    Isn’t it strange that so many us are repeating ourselves daily on here.

    “Everybody knew that AMN was not a right-back”
    “Everybody knew that Xhaka was not fit for purpose”.
    “Everybody knew that Torreira was not a box to box player”
    “Everybody knew that……………………..(add your own).

    Get the gist?

  90. azed

    Yet Emery kept pushing AMN who is not a right back into that position. It took AMN literally getting kicked out of that position before the obvious better solution was tried

    Bellerin is injured and before Emery, AMN had played lots of games at Left back.

    Even Pep played Delph at left back when he had injuries there.

    You still didn’t answer my question… We beat Bournemouth but you question our players coaching, City lost its because players are injured….

    See the difference?

  91. Jamie

    Jesus fucking Christ. Too many of Auba’s goals come from moments of individual brilliance? Clearly Emery should stop him scoring so many solo goals, and coach him to look for a pass for some extra cute interplay before walking the ball into the net (not Auba, obviously, but another player so we aren’t so dependent on our striker’s finishing).

    Why did we drop over £100m on 2 strikers if it wasn’t for their moments of individual brilliance?

    Auba the golden boot winner last season, and it’s being used as a stick with which to beat Emery. Incredible. Emery has so many faults, absolutely bizarre carry-on that our striker scoring too many individual goals is being discussed as a negative. It’s literally the only good thing going right now.

    But sure, playing Mustafi at RB will help with scoring more team goals.

  92. azed

    “Aubameyang goals are mostly the result of off the cuff individual brilliance. Even Lacazette goals against both Liverpool and Watford were made bybhis own work rather the result of planned team play.”

    Against Spurs, pass by Guendozi
    Against UTD, pass by Saka who got the ball because of the press.
    Against Watford it was interplay (2nd goal)
    Against Newcastle, pass by AMN

    All Aubemeryang’s goals have been assisted but why let facts get in the way of an agenda?

  93. azed

    “Why do you keep bringing up City every time? … even when a legitimate criticism is made of Emery”

    Legitimate criticism? We won against Bournemouth but people are going on ifs and buts?

    If Pepe and Aubameyang scored against Liverpool, we would have been two up, I didn’t see Valentin talk about ifs and buts in that game.. We lost and that was the end..

    We won with a clean sheet and the theme is if Bournemouth had scored? They didn’t fucking score, the rest is irrelevant.

  94. Graham62

    Some people are highly skilled in man-management ,people skills and the art of reading body language.

    I get the distinct impression that Mr Emery is not so hot in respect to these major aspects of team building.

    Just a hunch.

  95. Up 4 grabs now

    Take out VVD, Robertson, alexander Arnold and firmino. From the bindippers
    Take out walker, stones, laporte and sterling from city.

    I wonder if the bindippers and city would be where they are now.
    Since we’re in third place and not had bellerin, holding Tierney three of our first choice back four and lacazette, I think we’re doing quite well.

    We’ve learnt how to win ugly again and shut up shop to secure the points.

    Yes it’s not pretty, but if it gets the points to put us into the champions league I can live with that.

    Xhaka continues to be the dead weight in midfield with slowing the ball down and side ways passes.
    And that’s before you add the misplaced passes and piss poor tackles.
    Get rid of him, and with the extra pace and crossing ability from Tierney and bellerin.
    Pepe May also perform better with bellerin behind him instead of AMN.

    You don’t get champions league by being in the top four in October. But I’d rather be where we are now compared to 5th placed Chelsea, 9th placed spuds or 12th placed utd, both who are in freefall.

    Let’s see where we are in December once we’ve had our full first eleven actually playing together for a few games.

  96. azed

    “ManCity had a system, Aymeric Laporte was an essential part of that system. Without him, Pep is trying to find a system that compensate for his loss and Ottomendi rashness.”

    Valentin

    Funny how you disagree when people say Emery doesn’t have the players to play his preferred system.

    Kolasinac had lots of space down the left yesterday but his cross couldn’t beat the first man.

    How come Pep hasn’t rubbed his magic sauce on Otamendi?

  97. Guns of Hackney

    Been busy with the tyke all day. What’s happening?

    Looks like an Auba day.
    Or a “if city/Liverpool/Barca lost x player…

    1. Auba is a decent player who is now 30. Low hanging fruit and we picked it. He will cease to be useful at the end of this season. Fact. Should have sold in the summer. He’s a flat tracker.

    2. Shoulda woulda coulda. And if mother had balls she would be your dad.

  98. jwl

    Valentin – Fergie said Arsenal were hardest team to play against during TH14 years because we didn’t have system and you never knew when or how Henry would go one of his runs.

  99. HighburyLegend

    “How come Pep hasn’t rubbed his magic sauce on Otamendi?”

    Otamendi is just like Granité, a lost cause.

  100. Up 4 grabs now

    “How come Pep hasn’t rubbed his magic sauce on Otamendi?”

    I think pep just doesn’t want the sexual harassment charge.

    Too early for joke Friday?

  101. Guns of Hackney

    Jwl

    As a fan of Henry. And imo the second best player for arsenal ever…that’s bs. Henry was pretty predictable, you just couldn’t stop it.

    Everyone knew what he could do and how he would do it but that’s the trick.

    He wasn’t a Maradona. He was Henry.

    Predictable in its unpredictability if you like.

  102. Valentin

    Azed,

    You are the king of whatabout ManCity. I am an Arsenal fan, not ManCity.
    Instead of trying to use them to deflect from mistake at Arsenal, answer simple questions.

    Since the beginning of the season AMN has been playing right back. So there was ample possibility to play Chambers or Mustafi there.

    Would you not have played Chambers or Mustafi there instead of continuing with the failed experiment of AMN as right back?

    Did I mention Kolasinac in any of my criticism? No. why? because with Monreal gone we have no realistic alternative at left back. None of the current U21 could do a job in the EPL. I shudder at the idea of Xhaka playing there like he was forced to last season. Until Kierney is fit, we are saddled with Kolasinac. There is nothing that Emery can do about that. I am not blaming him for a situation on which he has no control.

    However at Right back Emery had options. He made the deliberate decision to stick with AMN.

    Same way he is making the deliberate decision to stick with Xhaka in central midfield despite a system that will just highlight his shortcomings.

  103. Graham62

    Adama Traore.

    Starting to look pretty good under the proactive leadership of Nuno Espírito Santo.

    Has to be the fastest player in the EPL.

    Built like a street fighter.

    Play to his strengths and you’ve got a gem of a player.

  104. Valentin

    Jwl,

    Like Guns of Hackney said, the problem was not predicting when Henry was going into one of his runs, it was stopping him getting into one.

    Same way Robben is predictable run at left back, come in on his left foot and shoot on opposite top corner. Every defenders knew the scenario, but few were able to stop him in his pomp.

    Most players are one trick pony. Great players have one trick so good it may be near impossible stopping them. Exceptional players have multiple tricks.

  105. Luteo Guenreira

    Xhaka gone on paternity leave then? Couldn’t the kid have waited till after international break to be born? Thought he was supposed to go on leave for a month or whatever, that’s 2 weeks of games we could have not included him in the lineup.

  106. Jamie

    Wenger is such an asshole.

    Eriksen running down his contract means he’s been sidelined at Spurs, but players under Wenger’s watch running down theirs was ‘the ideal situation’.

    He also forgets that he wasn’t sacked for consistently making the top 4, he was sacked because he couldn’t even manage that in the end and was slipping down the table year on year.

    How’s the job hunt going, Arsene? Phone still ringing off the hook like it did in the good old days? Donkey.

  107. Guns of Hackney

    Up 4

    Bergkamp. Why? Two players became Arsenal legends while he was supplying the bullets. Wright and Henry. 100 goals plus. Not to mention the men himself scoring over a hundred and setting up around 300.

    DB was a genius. A pleasure.

  108. Up 4 grabs now

    The quality of the goals that bergkamp scored as well was different class.
    Henry and Wright both did well off bergkamp.
    Could you imagine those three in a front line in their prime!

  109. jwl

    Guns of Hackney/Valentin

    Henry would be much easier to stop if Arsenal had predictable style of play, Henry was genius who did what he wanted. My fav Henry goal was against Spuds when our left sided striker got the ball deep in our own half on right side and did mazy run to score. There is no preparing for that because it was unpredictable.

  110. Marko

    Jaime ignorance is bliss when it comes to the fucker. Guarantee you that to this day he doesn’t have a clue why he was sacked

  111. Un na naai

    KAY BossOctober 7, 2019 14:24:44
    So Emery stays in job because Auba scores goals. Look some of are pathetic in analysing situations.
    We won and that all fans want. We played beautiful football under the God of Arsene and we won zilch for almost 12yrs.
    I’ll like us replace Emery end of season if he doesn’t perform well. But if we keep scrapping results by win like this am all for it.
    How Utd’s and Spurs fans will wish to be where we’re now.

    Kay
    Loooooooooooool
    We won cups in that time
    Emery has won nothing for us
    Nothing

  112. Un na naai

    Wengers right

    Emery does have it easier
    Wenger has to run a whole club. Emery can’t even coach the players bought for him . That’s all he has to do.

    Couldn’t lace wengers boots
    Couldn’t zip up his jacket
    Could t put the lid on his bottle

  113. Freddie Ljungberg

    “We won cups in that time
    Emery has won nothing for us
    Nothing”

    Compares 1 season to 23, smh.

    you’re an idiot Don, nothing new there then.