ARTETA SECOND DEBUT CAN’T WAIT

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A very quick post from me this morning as I am heading in for my first game of the MIKEL ARTETA ERA GET IN CAN’T WAIT WOOO #1 FAN OVER HERE WITH THE A4 BANNER SAYING #ARTETAIN!

I have no idea what to expect. The manager is dealing with something of an injury crisis, we could be missing a lot of players today. Tierney, Kola and Sokratis are certainly out. There are also doubts over Gabriel, Holding, Ceballos and Hector… there also might be questions over whether Xhaka plays if his mind is on the Hertha Berlin move.

The players he did have ready trained on the pitch yesterday. I like that. For no reason. If Emery had done it I’d have lodged a complaint with the local council, Arteta does it, I find it the sort of elite thinking a progressive young coach should be showcasing.

Chelsea are in a bit of a mess at the moment. They followed up a super defeat of Spurs with a shocking show against lowly Southampton. Some of their fans are predictably on his back, but I think the bleating will be ignored, Chelsea are building up with kids and shit performances are part of the deal there.

Arteta spoke about getting his players to think quicker and work harder off the ball. We saw a taste of that against Bournemouth, today, I hope that continues. I’m looking to see good structure, I’m hoping that against a really good counter-attacking team, we can concentrate, and I’m hoping the players put it in until the very end. Wouldn’t it be great to see us pressing for a second game in a row? I’m living for it.

I think we’re up against it today, it’s going to be hard to extract anything from the game, but at the moment, I’m just looking for progress as we build to a brighter future. A win would be exciting though, can’t say it hasn’t passed my mind.

It’s absolutely freezing out, so if you’re going, wrap up warm and hope the football on show gives us an added boost of warmth.

Right, that’s me out, see you at the game. xx

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  1. Rich

    Potential excuses in for Arteta ✅

    Which means additional praise for Arteta if he wins ✅

    Which means you can praise Arteta if he loses or draws ✅

    Get out early in case I run into Arteta, and I can give him a quick blowy ✅

    Successful morning again from a brilliant writer, who manages to pass his opinions off as facts, even though he hasn’t got a clue ✅

  2. NJ Gunner

    I am beginning to suspect that we could get a big offer for Leno from Bayern or Juve. The questions would be whether we take the cash to pay for new defenders and a DM, and who would replace him if he left?

  3. Pierre

    It’s got to the stage where I’d be happy just to see a few nice passing exchanges, link up play .

    The football has been so dire this season that for the first time in years, my interest has diminished to the point of choosing a round of golf over watching the Arsenal.

    Another couple of months of watching Arsenal under Emery and I would be offering to take the dog for a walk during the game….that’s how bad it was getting.

  4. Spanishdave

    We have to win today.
    Our win % is 26 percent we are the 5 worse team in the Prem for wins this season!!
    Until we win is going to be a struggle no matter what Arteta does as the mind set is poor amongst the players, some of them have given up .
    An uphill struggle

  5. Receding Hairline

    Arsenal football club are 6 points away from the drop zone at the halfway point of the season. Its match day, a home game against a team who got whopped on their home patch by Southampton( who are two points behind us by the way) and we have fans who will be satisfied to see just a few nice passing exchanges and link up play.

    God give me strength

    Last nights training session though shows the man we have in charge is in the business of winning games, he doesn’t need all this desperate bar lowering and continuous reference to emery.

  6. alexanderhenry

    Pedro

    ‘ it’s going to be hard to extract anything from the game, but at the moment, I’m just looking for progress as we build to a brighter future.’

    Not sure why you’re downplaying our chances today.

    We’re at home and Chelsea fc isn’t the juggernaut it once was.
    We need a win – get one today and I will breathe a sigh of relief . Arteta can build from that. A draw would be acceptable although we’d still be too close to the danger zone.

    A loss would actually be extremely worrying.

    We’re in a very bad position. Arteta needs a contingency plan to navigate us through the next group of games relatively unscathed.
    I’m all on board with Arteta’s long term , super sexy football future for arsenal but it may have to wait initially.

  7. Unai

    Receding, ever hear the phrase, expect the worst, hope for the best?

    Nothing Arteta can do if Soc for example has a brain fart and has a wrestling mach with Abraham in our box.

    It’s not bar lowering, just people being realistic and recognising we are a bit shit at the moment.

  8. Pierre

    Receding
    Get a sense of humour, your endless spiel about winning games is predictable and boring .

    Do you actually think that you and the other know nothing Marko, are the only one’s who want Arsenal to win.

  9. Unai

    Pierre, agreed, don’t think you will find many, if any, gooners who don’t want to win.

    Strange argument to say that as some fans want to see performances improve they don’t care about results.

  10. Jeff

    Excuses, excuses, get your excuses here. Two for a pound, two for a pound. Excuses, all sizes, get’em here. Early bird excuses, buy’em now, use’em later. Excuses, excuses. All must go. Clearance sale. Two for a pound – excuses!

  11. Receding Hairline

    Unai we aren’t any shittier than Southampton with all due respect.

    Go watch their second goal at the bridge, wonderful team goal with assured one touch passing. If a team so perilous close to the drop can produce that at Stamford bridge, with a clean sheet to booth, I see no reason why Arsenal football club who play with one of the costliest playmakers on the planet and two 50+ million strikers can’t.

    They is no need for expecting the worst. They really isn’t any need for all this negativity towards today’s game with respect to results.

    Chelsea have been whopped by far worse teams than us.

  12. Receding Hairline

    Arteta: “The moment you jump into this football club, you feel the pressure attached to playing here. The demands is to win, win trophies, to win every three days, be better than your opponents. Those are the standards here, & it can’t be anything different”

    I really like this dude. We have a winner on our hands not some snake oil salesman looking to sell a philosophy.

    Arteta wants to win

  13. Pierre

    Unai
    “Strange argument to say that as some fans want to see performances improve they don’t care about results.”

    Receding and Marko are so transparent that I feel embarrassed for them.

    If we win , it will be regarded by them as nothing special .

    A lose or a draw and it will be , Southampton and Bournemouth beat Chelsea, why can’t we.

    Plus they’ll say, Ancelotti has come in and won 2 games, surely Arteta should be doing the same ….

  14. Unai

    Receding,

    “Chelsea have been whopped by far worse teams than us.”

    I’m not saying they haven’t but by the same token, they have thrashed better teams than us.

    The argument Southampton beat them so we should too is so simplistic.

    I agree with Pedro, it could be a tough game today, doesnt mean I won’t be delighted if we get a result.

  15. The backpass

    Lol, you would be forgiven to think we are playing against prime barca, with the way the bar is set regarding today’s game.

  16. habesha gooner

    We have to win. It’s not like we are away to the most inform team in the league. Pedro is just downplaying our chances so that if we lose he could say “we are in transition”. Chelsea have lost 5 out of 7. At minimum I expect a controlled performance.
    If it was Emery I don’t think pedro would give him the same leeway he is giving arteta. I am all for giving arteta time but we need a win somehow.

  17. Unai

    Diss, we have Saka and AMN playing, neither are FBs.

    Holding, Bel and Ceb are unlikely to be fit enough to play 90.

    Whatever you think of Xhaka, he’s one of our best CMs and is unlikely to feature.

    Potential for 4 or 5 positions to be occupied by a less than suitable options.

    Crisis might be a bit strong but hardly ideal.

  18. Cesc Appeal

    ‘The players he did have ready trained on the pitch yesterday. I like that. For no reason. If Emery had done it I’d have lodged a complaint with the local council, Arteta does it, I find it the sort of elite thinking a progressive young coach should be showcasing.’

    At least you own it!

  19. Cesc Appeal

    Yeah not sure why our chances are being downplayed so much (I mean I know why for certain people) but Chelsea really are not all that…it’s a case of whether we play into their hands tactically really in terms of allowing them to sit and counter into open space.

  20. China1

    I guess Pepe will start yeah after talking his ability up to the press. It was a backhanded compliment tho as he clearly implied pepe isn’t training well so we’ll see

    As for if we can win today. This season it’s all just a coin toss because there are so many bad, average and Frankenstein teams. Only city Leicester and Liverpool have shown any serious consistency and even then Leicester could well be in for a decline soon and I have a feeling pep will not end this season well

    We should be aiming to win this game but also be tolerant of worse results as long as there are more clear positives on display

  21. Receding Hairline

    At this stage results are what we need for confidence. Our players are suffering because they are not winning football matches.

    Get them winning matches for confidence first then performances will improve with the right coaching and tactics.

    This idea performances have to improve first then results will follow is flawed.

    Winning breeds confidence then with it the arrogance and belief to impose our game.

    Unai that last part in your last post to me I hope you were joking, at no time did anyone say any Arsenal fan will not be delighted with a win.

  22. TR7

    Arteta: “There are some non-negotiables. The demands we put on the team, the commitment, the energy we put in, that dominance. We are the biggest football club in England, and we have to play a little bit with that arrogance, that belief. This stadium has to create fear. I used to hate coming here as an opponent. Opponent must be uncomfortable playing here. Its one of the most beautiful, exciting stadiums in the world. When the crowd gets going & feel them right behind the team, its an incredible place. This club deserves nothing else but excellence. It deserves the best every single day. Everyone who jumps through that door needs to realise that is what we’re going to be requiring.The moment you jump into this football club, you feel the pressure attached to playing here. The demands is to win, win trophies, to win every three days, be better than your opponents. Those are the standards here, & it can’t be anything different.Its going to be a long process, a lot of things have to be done right. The margin for error at the moment is very, very short because the gap is getting bigger & bigger. We need to make a lot of good decisions. You need a direction, you need a vision & you need action.

    On transfers: “We need players back from injuries, first of all, to be more solid, more compact. Then we might need to do one or two things if the right players become available. At the moment I’m more concerned with getting the maximum out of the players available to us”

  23. Paulinho

    “The players he did have ready trained on the pitch yesterday. I like that. For no reason. If Emery had done”

    Emery did do that early on last season.

  24. Cesc Appeal

    “We need players back from injuries, first of all, to be more solid, more compact. Then we might need to do one or two things if the right players become available. At the moment I’m more concerned with getting the maximum out of the players available to us”

    A bit Wengerish but at least slightly more pointed toward getting transfers done.

    Not quite the Emery levels of openness people enjoyed when it came to transfers and either wanting to get it done or being frank about not being able to (financially etc).

  25. Cesc Appeal

    On that note I imagine some on here will be happy with the rumour that Arsenal are interested in Guimaraes.

    Can’t say I know anything about him other than seeing his name on here from some.

  26. Guns of Brixton

    “We are the biggest football club in England, and we have to play a little bit with that arrogance, that belief.
    This stadium has to create fear.
    I used to hate coming here as an opponent. Opponent must be uncomfortable playing here”

    May these days come back and may these days come to us quickly

  27. TR7

    Auba on Arteta:

    “He’s only been in charge for a few days but we’ve seen a big difference already. We needed someone who would come in and shake the whole squad up. Someone with new ideas and someone who would take us in a new direction. Mikel has brought all of that.”

    ‘We needed a fresh start & something different & we can feel it already. He’s very rigorous & demanding on the training pitch. It’s all about details with him so he talks a lot, repositions us, explains a lot of little things. We saw against Bournemouth the game plan was clear.”

    So all the bunkum about Auba leaving Arsenal if Arteta took over was just that.

  28. Dissenter

    It’s certain that Chaka will depart in January, hopefully we get a good fee as close to the 2016 transfer.
    Then we need to use that money to buy 1-2 midfielders who aren’t on anyone’s radar. I don’t want big name signings at Arsenal, just young talent with athleticism and a desire to learn.

  29. Pierre

    TT
    The choice was either walk the dog or kick the dog in frustration whenever we conceded.

    Kicking the dog didn’t go down too well with the mrs though.

  30. Receding Hairline

    Robert Moreno getting the Monaco job sure was a surprise.

    Nice of him to go out on his own after Spanish job debacle and the drama with Enrique. But the Monaco job isn’t easy with the owner always looking to reappoint Jardim lol

  31. Paulinho

    Yep, in shocker of all shockers, turns out having Bernardo Silva, Mbappe, Fabinho, Lemar, Mendy, and co was the main reason Monaco were so good, not the magical sauce of Jardim himself.

  32. Receding Hairline

    Dissenter TR7 is a funny fellow. Guess he expected Aubameyang to reply “I agree with my brother, we needed an experienced coach and I for one am out of here”

    No one cares about what this players have to say about the coach, they should start mending their relationship with the fans with good committed performances.

  33. TR7

    Dissenter

    Auba making positive comments on Arteta is slightly different from normal platitudes we get to hear from players about their manager in the sense that there were rumors going around he wasn’t happy with Arteta’s appointment and with these quotes he basically put paid to all such rumors. Besides what he is talking about is more specific than a clichéd praise.

  34. Paulinho

    This comment by Mark Noble aged well:

    Noble rounded off by insisting that as a result of his personality and preferred playing style, he expects Pellegrini to have a long future at the club.

    “I think he’s going to be here for many years, I really do. I think his personality and the way the fans have taken to him and the way we play football – I really do think he’ll be here for years.”

  35. Pierre

    Receding
    “No one cares about what this players have to say about the coach, ”

    I think it is a positive when the experienced and youth players praise Arteta’s work after being at the club for such a short period of time

    I would imagine that it is a relief to have a coach that they can relate to , who obviously puts a lot of substance on team spirit , something which we have been sadly lacking over the past year or so.

  36. Champagne charlie

    “You want us to dredge up all the positive things the players said about Emery when he first came on board?“

    Clear signifier that there’s a sect of Emery scorned fanboys. Obvious to all at this point.

    Love how Arteta is wedded to making a connection again with the fans and developing a level of arrogance within the players talking about “biggest club in England” and the like.

    We’ve been timid and reactive far, far too long. Hope to see us show some personality and desire to dictate the game today.

  37. Receding Hairline

    The only positive is when performances improve and we start picking up points.

    Pedro wrote just before this season started how the spirits were high in training and everyone was excited. We all know how that ended

    Words from footballers mean fuck all

  38. Valentin

    TR7,

    Only genius or idiot never changed opinion. Aubameyang may have just realised after a few training sessions that his fear about Arteta was unjustified. Arteta may be an inexperienced manager, but by all accounts he is a great coach. Those sessions may have been enough to convince Aubameyang that he is the right man.

    I still think that If Real Madrid were to make him an offer Aubameyang will still jump ship at the first time of asking.

  39. Bob N16

    RSPCA, not positive about today particularly. Positive about the medium term future though. Chelsea’s form is inconsistent so I suppose a score draw is most likely. Hope Pepe gets to play from the start with a Martinelli cameo to finish!

    Starting line up will be interesting. If no Xhaka, midfield hard to predict.

  40. Receding Hairline

    Yes TR7, it riles me up so much I posted a positive comment from him on here just minutes ago.

    The penny will drop for you someday my issue is with some characters who put on the Arsenal jersey and nothing to do with Arteta. Meanwhile keep talking about Emery and who loves him or not. A very irrelevant subject if ever they was one.

    I guess until pochettino gets a job you have to keep busy somehow

  41. Champagne charlie

    “Arsenal football club are 6 points away from the drop zone at the halfway point of the season. Its match day, a home game against a team who got whopped on their home patch by Southampton( who are two points behind us by the way) and we have fans who will be satisfied to see just a few nice passing exchanges and link up play.“

    This was your maiden comment today, let’s not kid yourself who is lowering anything around here. I’m positive about the game, as I said in the following:

    “Love how Arteta is wedded to making a connection again with the fans and developing a level of arrogance within the players talking about “biggest club in England” and the like. We’ve been timid and reactive far, far too long. Hope to see us show some personality and desire to dictate the game today.“

    Why don’t you just let the Arsenal fans have their bit today, nobody cares about your negative, catty bollocks aimed at anyone excited by Arteta. Bin yourself.

  42. Receding Hairline

    Bob I have no idea what that means.

    This guys had third best home record in the league under emery and got to a European cup final, the idea they were abused and need therapy is absurd. If truly their only issue was hatred for emery we will be at least six points better off already since his sacking.

    Frankly all this emery talk bores me. That quote from Aubameyang will mean fuck all if we don’t start picking up wins and soon.

  43. Guns of Brixton

    Surely its Willian we have to stop isn’t?

    Not the only guy, but he defo tops the list of guys who ‘ll cause us the most pain if we don’t stop him.

    Seems to be in fine form and spirits these days.

  44. Cesc Appeal

    Looking forward to seeing what Arteta does with the team today.

    Particularly the midfield.

    The players can talk about the positives Arteta has brought, but they have to play for their manager now.

  45. Unai

    “Why don’t you just let the Arsenal fans have their bit today, nobody cares about your negative, catty bollocks aimed at anyone excited by Arteta. Bin yourself.”

    🤣🤣🤣

  46. Cesc Appeal

    RH

    Exactly.

    Arsenal players are the kings of social media and talk.

    Now we need to see them running that bit faster, pressing that much more, going for longer, being that much more direct etc.

    If you like Arteta and you think he’s done a good job, play for him.

  47. Nelson

    Arsenal XI confirmed: Leno; Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Luiz, Saka; Torreira, Guendouzi; Nelson, Ozil, Aubameyang; Lacazette

  48. Unai

    Another squad of necessity rather than choice.

    Hope Nelson n Saka have been working on crossing!

    Strange to say, it’s good to see Chambers back.

  49. gonnerram

    Think we will struggle with this team. Weak link is Guendo, he slows down the attacks (which can be OK) but takes far too many touches which invites pressure and also closes down the passing lanes. This key aspect invites the whole team to go backwards and then there is no other way other than hoofing the ball up….

  50. Zfree

    Reiss look knackered and has no final product, but is getting game after game (now only a few days apart) ahead of our record signing. What in the world

  51. Victorious

    Surely this means Xhaka is off?

    Unless there is someone coming in straight away to replace him I reckon it’s a massive mistake

    Pepe clearly isn’t cut for the EPL,what a shocking signing he’s turning out to be, having a complete rubbish player in Nelson starting instead of u must be damning

    Looks like Arteta prefers the quartet attacking force of Ozil,Auba,Nelson and Laca

    Nelson is the biggest weakness in there and shouldn’t be nowhere the starting 11..Laca also has been wank for sometime now.

  52. Cesc Appeal

    Not sure about Nelson being selected.

    Lacazette as ST again meaning our Aubameyang has to go wide. Lacazette plays better at home but he really needs to step it up today.

  53. Chitom

    I never thought Id be agreeing with Pierre but posters expecting a win because Chelsea lost to Saints at the Bridge need to have a talk with themselves a bit.
    Saints put in best performance of the season and Chelsea missed a few key players that day.

    The real indication what Chelsea can do was the Tottenham game where their midfield bossed the game and starved Spurs of the ball.
    Chelsea are not a counterattacking side , I don’t even know what Chelsea team some posters are watching.
    Kovacic, Kante, Willian, are better than anyone we have in midfield.

    And yes, we do have injury crisis.

  54. Bamford10

    “The problem with his confidence is that confidence is only good if he plays. If he trains well enough to convince me, then I will have confidence in him. There has to be a mix between the two.”

    – Arteta on Pepe

    Clearly Arteta is not impressed with what he is seeing from Pepe in training.

  55. Receding Hairline

    Xhaka misses the game due to illness is the official line

    Chelsea going with the back three that didn’t do too well last time out for them.

    We do have injuries though, no doubt about that. Don’t understand why Nelson starts though

  56. Unai

    Cesc, can only imagine Nelson is being selected as he offers more protection than Pepe.

    I think once we are more sold Pepe will get more game time.

  57. Spanishdave

    Xhaka off by the looks of it.
    We need to replace with a baller with two feet.
    Nelson is still favored then, Maybe Pepe for last half hour.
    We need to score first today.
    A win to get us going again.

  58. Ishola70

    Let’s hope they can rouse themselves for Arteta’s first home match.

    The team doesn’t look too inspiring but we just have to hope they all put a shift in.

    As for Chelsea my doubts on here that they would play Jorginho proved correct. He is dropped again just like he was against Spurs Also the thought that Mount would return to the side proved correct. Chelsea have the same side as against Spurs minus Emerson for Marcus Alonso who is injured.

    Just have to dig in for this one.

  59. G8

    With the exception of Pepe I guess Arteta has no other choice !
    Nelson though has done fuck all in all his appearances..
    I just don’t get it!

  60. Bamford10

    Chitom

    Receding, Cesc and others are not saying they expect a win; they’re saying they expect a performance and a result, and they are pushing back against all of the this-season-is-a-write-off, improvements-in-this-or-that-aspect-of-our-play-is-good-enough talk.

  61. Jeff

    So, we couldn’t beat Bournemouth but we can beat Chelsea. And why the confidence? Oh it’s Arteta’s second game and he will have had at least a week now to sharpen his wand and sprinkle trophy dust on the club. You lot are shameless. Where’s your rationality gone? Where’s your critical thinking and logic? Or do you really think that by repeating the mantra “we have to get behind him” is all that’s needed? What excuses are you going to come up with when we drop points again today. Or let me put it another way, what’s the largest amount you would bet for an Arsenal win today?

    It would take a prophet and a large miracle to beat Chelsea – especially as we’ll be led out by someone who’s still wet behind the ears. LOL.

  62. Victorious

    Home advantage could see us edge it but my God that line up just about have too many poor players,literally half of them shouldn’t be doning the shirt and absolutely need flushing out ASAP.

  63. Receding Hairline

    Chitom why can’t we put in our best performance of the season today? Aren’t we due a performance? Are you suggesting we go into a game with Chelsea in a defeatist mindset that we aren’t getting anything out of the game?

    Strange what qualifies as supporting the team on here the past few days

  64. Tom

    Bamford10
    This season is a write off and anyone expecting Arteta to turn this club around within a week is being unrealistic.
    Any talk of top four – something I have seen from posters on here – is just crazy talk.

  65. S Asoa

    This season could be a write off BECAUSE THE BOARD DIDN’T ACT ON THE OBVIOUS AND SACK EMERY Le Fraud 6-8 games back.
    And blame also the KROENKE for owning a step child Football Club .

  66. Tom

    Receding Hairline
    We probably could put in best performance of the season , mainly because we’ve been so shit that it shouldn’t take much to accomplish that, but if the Chelsea team play anything close to what they did in the Spurs game, then it won’t be enough.
    That’s all.

  67. bennydevito

    Great post Pedro,

    I’m buzzing. I’ll see if I can find a stream and I’ll post it. My usual source has been taken down.

    We really should be winning today. We have a top 4 squad with one of the best coaches around. Couple this with how we’ve all been told Chelsea are all over the place and have a worse squad than ours then there is no excuse not to win.

    3 points today and 3 points against utd really should be easy, especially how utd have a worse squad than us and Ole G is a terrible manager.

    3 nil to us today.

  68. alexanderhenry

    Jeff

    ‘It would take a prophet and a large miracle to beat Chelsea.’

    I disagree. In case you haven’t noticed, Chelsea are no where near what they were.
    We’re at home, so a win is very possible.

    It’s early days for Arteta but the situation is what it is. He’s had a bit of time with the players now, so we must not lose this.

  69. bennydevito

    Emery should have been sacked after Baku.

    Top 4 this season is an unrealistic target.

    Arteta should have a few months at least until being fairly judged. Some were judging Emery as early as August so 3 months is a fair amount of time to see where Arteta is taking us.

  70. Bamford10

    Tom

    I agree there is no chance for top four — we don’t have good enough players for that — but I think we should still expect results (against teams 7-20) to begin coming at a certain point in the near future, and I think we should be aiming for and expecting a top 8 finish.

    As for what Receding and Cesc are saying, again, they’re simply saying they want to see high-energy, high-effort, a performance and possibly a result. Arsenal players should be playing for their shirt, and given we’ve been told this is a top four caliber squad, we should be able to go out and get a result at home against a Chelsea.

  71. Rambo

    70 million for the problem child Pepe and 30 million for the broken child Tierney.

    That’s a 100 million for those who struggle with math.

    The transfers have become even worse post Wenger.

  72. S Asoa

    Ozil is sparkling.
    Unfortunately Guendouzi can’t gel with him. Guen is bit laborious.
    Arteta mojo will be defined on what timely decision he takes.
    David Luis has a point to prove and Lampard knows it

  73. Bamford10

    Really clumsy foul from Guendouzi. The boy lacks athleticism, pace, power, something that dooms you in today’s PL.