Meh performance, but top of the group + Who we could face next

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Where I sit…

Freddie Ljungberg pulled off the ultimate power move last night, hiding a poor performance behind an election. Can’t knock that.

… and oh my, what an election. It was like watching Arsenal take a 7-2 spanking against United back in the day. Hide behind the couch type stuff. Aaron Ramsey crying into Alex Song’s nook on the team bus home. Just like Arsenal, the board were making decisions on the future of the head coach based on Twitter sentiment and an ‘Arsene knows’ tweet from Youthquake organizer, Stormzy. Labour kept the worst manager in their history on the books for another 2 seasons, the xG numbers were atrocious but the superfans on LFTV kept brushing them off as ‘hipster bullshit.’

The squad was packed full of antisemites, experts said it’d affect performance on the pitch, but no one had the balls to drop the perpetrators. The tactics were non-commital, the election needed a Gengenpress rebuttal of Brexit, but they ended up with Mesut Ozil leading the charge and it fell apart. Corbyn tried to save the terrible performance with an in-game adjustment, adopting a ‘run it into the corner’ approach with tactical voting led Hugh ‘Eboue’ Grant. It didn’t help, he was hooked on 88 after being brought on on 81. A total shambles. Some of the supporters are blaming the fans, some are blaming the media, but when all is said and done, you can’t look further than the disgrace in the dugout.

What a mess. Bourisinho just shithoused his way to Champions League glory without breaking a sweat. Owen Jones in pieces, but at least Corbyn will give him the foreword in his book.

I tried to make that as long as possible, because Arsenal really weren’t much to write home about. To be fair to Freddie, he made a lot of changes, but the same problems persisted. We’re just not much of a force over the course of 90minutes. Standard Liege operate to a very low standard of football, all of the various combinations in our squad should be putting them to the sword, but it didn’t happen.

The defending is still a bit of a mess. Maybe unfair to pin two deflected goals on the players, but the second one was a Willock error in the box. He’s really is struggling at the moment, but it’s to be expected with kids. So let’s not be too judgemental.

The comeback is really all that I care about, namely, because it was all about Saka, one of my favourite young players at the club right now. He delivered an absolute peach of a cross that found Lacazette for an easy finish. His second was a lovely one-two exchange with Martinelli and a low shot tucked into the bottom corner. The backlift was short, but the precision was deadly.

I love the idea of Saka and Martinelli flanking Aubamayang this weekend. I have my doubts Freddie will go with that much inexperience, but really, if you want to scare City, you have to get at their defenders with power and pace, those three certainly have the pace in abundance.

The game finished 2-2. Frankfurt blew their lines. We finished top of the group.

So here’s how the next round looks.

Seeded:

Ajax, Arsenal, Basel, Benfica, Braga, Celtic, Espanyol, Gent, Internazionale, İstanbul Başakşehir, LASK, Malmö, Manchester United, Porto, Salzburg, Sevilla

Unseeded:

APOEL, AZ Alkmaar, Bayer Leverkusen, CFR Cluj, Club Brugge, Copenhagen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Getafe, Ludogorets, Olympiacos, Rangers, Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting CP, Wolfsburg, Wolves

We’re seeded, but I’ve still highlighted the teams I’d like to avoid. Like last season, I think the biggest worries are the British sides. Inter are the hot foreign team I’d rather avoid, same with Shaktar just because they are a long plane ride, and Roma because I think Fonseca is a good coach.

Arsenal will have to work hard to win it this year, so let’s hope we hire in a great coach to guide us there.

Right, see you in the comments.

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  1. habesha gooner

    Marc I get what you are saying, you could criticize Ozils character generally but the issue he brought up or highlighted is real just like the Kurds in Turkey. You could criticize him being selective but not for the issue he brought up.

  2. Globalgunner

    If Ozils comments lead to the EPL being pulled from China. He will be sacked sharpish. I’m sure someone from the club will have been in his ear already.

  3. Un na naai

    Yeah it’s bad what the Chinese are doing to them. Sticking them in camps and brainwashing them.

    One thing is for sure- there won’t be any Islamic terror in China

  4. Un na naai

    Freddie

    I agree
    There has to be money to spend. So why is our budget so low all the time?

    Nothing last jan
    £45m in summer
    Nothing this
    Jan
    Spent most of next summer’s budget on Luiz and Pepe

    How can that be? How can Brighton and Watford and West Ham have more money than us?

  5. Rambo Ramsey

    Ex-Chelsea striker Demba Ba hits out at Arsenal over Mesut Ozil treatment

    Not surprised,’ Ba posted on Twitter. ‘Arsenal just keep distancing themselves from the best in general.’
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    Ba’s got some wit

  6. Vladdy P

    The chinese are absolutely based. They don’t give two shifts if people keep crying ‘das wayciss’.

    Could be a brutal game today.

    Would give Robbie Burton a debut alongside toreira then play guendouzi most advanced and tell him not to step inside our own half and just tell him to run at people and try and make stuff happen. He’s good at that.