Gun loaded, when will Raul pull the trigger?

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Edu and Raul scowling at the pitch was all Arsenal fans on a rainy day in the midlands. Unai Emery set up to nullify a rampant Leicester and in the main, he did pretty well for large parts of the game. However, when it came down to it, the difference-maker was Jamie Vardy and the rest is history.

Unai lost the day, Arsenal are now 9 points behind Leicester, sitting in 6th, behind Sheffield United and the usual suspects in November. It’s not a good look, especially considering the investment this summer. The players look uninterested. The fans are unanimous. It’s over for the manager.

Our starting 11 only had one of our summer signings in it. Our record signing benched, Kola preferred over Tierney, Ceballos not even in the squad…

I wasn’t overly impressed with the first half. I thought our midfield was run ragged at times and despite the front three playing a specific tactical role, I felt their effort was limited off the ball. I think our core issues stemmed from our inability to play the ball from out the back, a problem we’ve had since day one of Emery. The players don’t know how to move the ball past the third pass.

The second half was all about the midfield, or lack of one. If this season has been marked by any issue bigger than our terrible midfield, I don’t know about it. We struggle with shape because players are asked to play unfamiliar roles, LT playing in a more advanced role is poison. Watching them either drop too deep into the defence to affect what’s ahead of them, or push too far forward to make up for an immobile strike force, is absolutely painful to watch. None of them have a clue. It’s not a personnel issue, it’s a coaching problem.

We had three very good attacking players on the pitch today, but as usual, it was an absolute struggle to involve them in the game. There’s no structured idea of how we move the ball forward, that results in long dangerous balls or a total breakdown and a quick turnover.

No one likes xG, but just like last season, it’s always a precursor to a correction. We had a lot of luck at the start of the season and we were bailed out by individual brilliance. I think the game against Leicester was an example of individual talent not being on hand to rescue a bad system.

Leicester have great individuals, but they combined that with a sense of identity and a vision of how to play the game. Brendan Rodgers has them organised, energised and playing great football. As Matt said on the podcast in the week, football players just want to know what to do. I’m not sure Unai Emery has his players singing off his hymnsheet (horrible tune no doubt). We looked good in patches, but the game was same old, same old. Unai Emery went away to Leicester hoping to defend deeply and nick a win, depressing when you consider how shite Leicester were last season before Rodgers took over.

I can understand why Emery is hiding behind negative tactics against a good side, he’s had it rough the last few weeks, the problem I have is that’s generally the way he approaches every game. The vision he has for the team is more miserable than it needs to be. He’s treating our squad like he’s back in Sevilla, something the PSG players moaned about. I don’t think the players want to play that way. I think a coach with a bit more confidence would recognise that our front three are amongst the most lethal in the league, and the depth is pretty decent as well. We’re geared up to play an explosive brand of scary attacking football. We need a coach that can play that way.

That’s not coming under Emery and his negative football isn’t paying off. I can’t see him surviving much longer, but as I’ve written about extensively this week, there don’t seem to be many options open to the leadership team.

Freddie, Mourinho, Allegri and Wenger. I like Allegri, but as I wrote yesterday, we’d be matching an elite manager to a situation that is going to require time and a lot of patience. I am guessing he wants to win the Champions League with his next outfit, and I would imagine he’d want instant funding to get there, that’s not us. I’m not sure it’s a fit. Freddie is too junior, Mourinho is an arsonist, and Wenger is a no go.

But what do you do? You have to have a crack at reviving the season, and that’s clearly not going to happen under Emery who appears to have lost the confidence of the players.

This is where the Edu has to come armed with a solution. Trouble for him is that the up and coming managers doing great work at the moment are unlikely going to want to move to a dumpster fire midseason even if the club is tempting.

… making a decision under duress could lead us to a 4-year disaster that makes this look like a drop in the ocean. I don’t want to be the ‘careful what you wish for’ guy, but remember, Raul was captivated by Unai Emery, so I can’t imagine what his shortlist is looking like, but I’d imagine Luis Enrique and Jose Mourinho is the shade of manager we’re looking at. The ‘we need a winner’ solve. The United path.

We’re breaking for international week, I’d imagine we’ll find out in the next two days what the club is going to do. If nothing happens now, he’ll be here until January, and boy, that December to Jan fixture list is brutal. But at least it might give the club a little more time to source someone who can stabilize and build.

We’ll see though, choppy waters ahead regardless. See you in the comments.

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  1. Bamford10

    Marc

    I get that you’re joking, but I have a question for you: how many times have I insulted you? Now, how many times has Charlie insulted you? Whatever the first number is — and it might actually be zero — it absolutely pales in comparison to the second number. Why, then, is it OK to depict the situation as though I am the jerk rather than Charlie, even in jest? The opposite is the case. This is one of the things that really needs to stop around here, in my opinion. Yes, I have views that sometimes cut across the grain, and yes, I tend to stick to them and argue them doggedly, but I am not a jerk and I am not a bully. These words better describe certain other people here.

  2. S Asoa

    Stats Courtesy Ginormous
    Arsenal made 54 failed passes in their own half vs 18 by Leicester
    Again, only counting the failed passes originating in the Arsenal half. Now let’s dig a little deeper into this.
    Arsenal made 77 unsuccessful passes in the game. If 54 of them were in their own half, that means 70% of their failed passes were in their own half.
    33 of those failed passes by Arsenal were in the first 45 minutes. Arsenal made 171 of 212 passes in the first 45 minutes, that means that Arsenal only had 7 failed passes in the Leicester half in the first half of the game.
    And if we count the passes that ended in our own half, Arsenal gave the ball up 18 times to Leicester, inside their own half in the first half. 10 more times than Leicester did in the whole match.
    Total exposure of a failure defence strategy. If so what Edu and Raul are smoking to get the impression Emery is salvaging himself !
    Edu should stop listening to the Lizard excrement salesman Don Raul

  3. Bamford10

    “That’s proper fence sitting, you cunt.”

    This guy adds a lot of quality to the discussion here. Pedro really needs to appoint a moderator.

  4. Marko

    Charles he also said we had no money left when we bid for Thomas Lemar and said we weren’t looking at Defenders when we bid for Upamecano and ended up with Luiz.

    As for Benitez again I can only say to you imo it won’t happen not least because he’s on 12 million a year in China but because managers like him don’t do interim gigs so that clubs can get who they really want to eventually. It’s insulting. A three year deal is something different but you’d have to pay off the Chinese and you’d likely have to pay him 10 million at least and I’m not sure I’d do that. If we’re willing to go that route I’d rather we paid off Roma or Gladbach for Fonseca or Rose.

  5. Champagne Charlie

    “Didn’t you just post that tweet here like an hour ago, Charlie? Yet you harass me for pasting in comments from previous days’ posts? Your hypocrisy is hilarious. Your dishonesty is less so.“

    Yea, Marko questioned the sentiment behind Ornstein being king of all.

    Not remotely close to you cut and pasting a dozen of your own comments from the previous day to get more attention, or pasting others comments again so you can re-address something and Male a spectacle, or circling back to topics to make your point again.

    Is pasting a link to an article, or a tweet again the same as that? Work it out.

  6. Champagne Charlie

    Marko

    Orny is a puppet as far as I see with the info he leaks. Plays down transfers before we land them etc. Would take anything he said with a bucket of salt.

    Benitez literally worked as interim manager for Chelsea so not sure how you work that out. Also, the offer I’m suggesting is a continuation of certain targets are met blah blah. So it’s not a babysitting role for half a season.

    His season finishes end of the month and it’s been said he’s got an exit clause for European clubs – which would come as no surprise when at Dimsum United.

    Don’t rate him, that’s your view, but he’d be gettable imo. And do better than the current manager if you ask me.

  7. Marko

    That’s another reason I can see them bipping him. He literally doesn’t trust the new signings. He’s wasting away 110 million worth of talent in Pepe, Torreira and Tierney.

    Also the internet crusade with the I stand with noise bollox is pathetic. It’s literally in response to an Ornstein article. No official public statement from the club it’s Ornstein. Relax I say.

  8. azed

    Looks like more and more people are coming to my way of thinking with regard to Emery AND Raul. Don Raul impersonation of somebody who knows what he is doing is fooling less and less people. The great pretender is facing an open fan revolt if Emery is not sacked pretty quickly.

    Your hatred of Raul makes you say some really dumb shit.
    1) Raul doesn’t control the social media team
    2) Raul is not in charge of contracts
    3) Raul has a boss named Kroenke. If you think Raul can sack Emery without approval from Kroenke, then you are clueless.
    4) Look at the Kroenke’s other franchises and see how they react. It will give you a clue.

  9. Marko

    Lad’s come on he was literally sacked and jobless and of course he took the Chelsea gig probably thinking that he could land it permanently. But right now he’s on 12 million a year and not about to take a temporary gig.

    And Charles I might have preference over him but I’d back Rafa if he got the job. Just not sure it’d go so well.

    Only three I wouldn’t like are Jose Mikel and Freddie.

  10. salparaadisenyc

    Interesting approach from Raul if this suspect Orn tweet is true, and thats a big if. Something that has regret written all over it.

    Don’t think they seem to fully grasp potential of a unified supporter base not turning up at the stadium, with that he’s just jumped into the line of fire.

    On the face of it what a wasted opportunity to change the narrative with making a decisive decision now, controlling the situation. Once the train runs further off the rails many will point back to this moment and rightfully so.

  11. salparaadisenyc

    Interesting approach from Raul if this suspect Orn tweet is true, and thats a big if. Something that has regret written all over it. Don’t think they seem to fully grasp potential of a unified supporter base not turning up at the stadium, with that he’s just jumped into the line of fire. On the face of it what a wasted opportunity to change the narrative with making a decisive decision now, controlling the situation. Once the train runs further off the rails many will point back to this moment and rightfully so.

  12. salparadisenyc

    Interesting approach from Raul if this suspect Orn tweet is true, and thats a big if. Something that has regret written all over it.

    Don’t think they seem to fully grasp potential of a unified supporter base not turning up at the stadium, with that he’s just jumped into the line of fire.

    On the face of it what a wasted opportunity to change the narrative with making a decisive decision now, controlling the situation. Once the train runs further off the rails many will point back to this moment and rightfully so.

  13. Chika

    Wow the engagement must mean alot to you; doesn’t matter that you’re constantly bitch slapped. Well, not everyone on here cares about a prolonged back and forth.

    Have all the attention, you’re not the spit bowl for nothing.

  14. Marc

    Bamford

    I was joking and no you’ve never insulted me and to the best of my recollection I don’t think I’ve insulted you – other than in arsing about. Whilst I disagree with you on occasions I find you are for the most part polite.

    One of the problems on here is a complete lack of a sense of humour, an awful lot of football is about banter and so many either don’t get that or can’t take it.

  15. Dream10

    I wasn’t a fan of the Emery hire. He’s been underwhelming. He’ll go in the next couple of weeks or by the end of this yr. Josh, Raul, Edu and Vinai aren’t doing themselves any favours. A lot of waffle from them. Popping up when it suits them for adulation and hiding when shit hits the fan. Gazidis like from the new suits. A whole heap of shit.

  16. Bamford10

    TR7 & WengerEagle

    You will think this premature, but allow me to be the first to say: enjoy your three months off from Le Grove this summer.

  17. Marko

    Ah Bamford’s alright. He’s a total melt and wrong about some things and wants to be annoyingly right about everything but he’s alright. He’s not a thick cunt like Don or a liar like the other one

  18. Graham62

    B10

    I know that you’re from the other side of the pond, where attitudes and mindsets to life are slightly different to over here in the UK and yes, we may speak the same language( to a degree) and comprehend things in a similar fashion, BUT, for the life of me, why do you continue on this one man crusade to counter nearly every other posters clear communications that you are a fudging pain in the backside and that your perceptions are slightly loopy loo.

    Why do you act so surprised when people react aggressively to your posts?

    Maybe it’s just a game?

  19. Marko

    You will think this premature, but allow me to be the first to say: enjoy your three months off from Le Grove this summer.

    I mean he does stuff like that and he’s doing himself no favours. I assume United just scored. You’ll pretend you’re not delighted but you really are

  20. Marko

    United two in two minutes I was right. Leicester winning yesterday and United presumably winning today at least two Arsenal fans are happy this weekend. Dissenter and Bamford

  21. Bamford10

    Marko

    I think I’m allowed to be happy about being right. I’m pretty sure that’s permitted here. People like to take issue with me doing shit that is absolutely bog standard here. It’s fucking nonsense and I’m tired of it.

  22. Un na naai

    MarkoNovember 10, 2019 14:19:54
    Ah Bamford’s alright. He’s a total melt and wrong about some things and wants to be annoyingly right about everything but he’s alright. He’s not a thick cunt like Don or a liar like the other one

    Marko.
    Watch it or I’ll have you on the toilet with cup of coffee again. As you do.

    Not so thick that I’m stuck in Dublin working for the post office. Yeah. Set the world on fire with that intellect of yours didn’t you marko?

  23. Receding Hairline

    Give it to Freddie now because united just scored two goals under a former player and Lampard is doing well at Chelsea?

    I ask again why is Freddie not getting even a minute portion of the blame for the poor results and performance? Some dishonestly praised him for the cup games but since the two three bad performances there it has been all Emery again.

    I say capital NO to Freddie, he is part of the coaching staff presently doing a bad job, if his views are being ignored he should do the honourable thing .

  24. Chika

    Bumford

    I’m certain you accuse your students of bullying you sometimes. I can see you dragging your fat arse to the Principal’s office and weeping into your palms.

  25. Dream10

    Receding

    They don’t trust Freddie. If they did, they would have given him the job in the summer or by now. Much cheaper for the Kroenkes too as he doesn’t have a track record as the head man

  26. Valentin

    Azed,

    1) Raul doesn’t control the social media team
    I said upper management Vinay and Raul are upper management. I also said media/crisis control team, not just social media. I am not referring to whoever is in charge of the Instagram account. I am talking about who decide is the message they want to output. Do you believe that the media team release sensitive stuff without being vetted by Raul or Vinay before. The leaks are not leaks. They are orchestrated off the record statement.

    2) Raul is not in charge of contracts.
    Raul is in charge of contract. That is basically is job as Head of football operations to supervise football contracts. He explicitly made the point in the 2 parts interview that was made at the begining of the season.

    3) Raul has a boss named Kroenke. If you think Raul can sack Emery without approval from Kroenke, then you are clueless.
    The new structure is supposed to be a more streamline approach. What is the point of Director of Football operations if he can’t take any decision without deferring to Kroenke.

    4) Look at the Kroenke’s other franchises and see how they react. It will give you a clue.
    If you look at Kroenke franchises, you would have realise that they don’t behave the same for every franchises. Some have more freedom than others. Some general manager have a lot more control than others.

  27. Graham62

    November 10th.

    9 points adrift of 4th place.

    No positive outlook under Emery.

    More losses on the way.

    Dysfunctional team.

    Dysfunctional. Players.

    Crap manager.

    “We’re doomed Captain Mainwaring. Doomed!!”

  28. Champagne Charlie

    Marko

    Banford bet TR7 and Weagle that United would finish above us this season.

    Loser takes 3 months off the blog.

    Somehow Banford is right after 12 games, with United below us in the table.

  29. Bamford10

    Marko

    That United are better than some here thought, that Solskjaer is better than nearly the whole world thought, and that United will finish above us.

  30. Batistuta

    If we were playing well and losing, then there’d be a case but there hasn’t even been one solitary performance especially league wise where you’d look and say “oh there’s the blueprint going foward”….

    Oh and the player poverty line is just another excuse too, teams with far inferior players have been harder to beat and at least put in a performance, we’re worse to watch than even late Wenger and that was diabolic to say the least.

  31. China1

    Bamford utd are below us when it is resoundingly agreed that we are painfully dog shit

    If you do manage to win this bet it will be a case of this cat shit is less watery than that dog shit. We’re still comparing feces

  32. Globalgunner

    Emery just has to go. I honestly don’t see where the next win will come from

    Guendouzi also needs to be dropped. The boy is a total lightweight

  33. Emiratesstroller

    The only conceivable reasons for the club to hold onto Emery until end of season if Ornstein is correct are:

    1. Recognition that Arsenal not going to qualify for Champions League this season.

    2. They have a manager lined up but he is only likely to be available for next
    season.

    3. The club is not able to spend additional funds in the current season and
    they would rather clear the decks next season.

    The problem with that scenario is that the club under Emery is only heading in one direction and that is in a downward spiral. The Head Coach has clearly lost the ability to change direction.