Arteta makes Mesut Özil the centerpiece

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via @Arsenal

HAPPY NEW YEAR! HOW ARE YOU FEELING? Ok, ok, I’ll stop the shouting, but I will maintain a quiet energy with the prose because I need you up for the BIG game today.

It’s a huge one, Arsenal takes on Manchester United at home for Arteta’s 3rd game.

I think it’s a stretch to think we’re going to take points from them today. A draw would be excellent work, 3 points would have us all buzzing, but when you look at how their squad is fitness-wise and look at ours, it makes for grim reading.

We are missing a lot of defenders, which is difficult to deal with because even when we’re fully fit, we’re not exactly 90s Milan at the back. There might be some good news with regards to Bellerin who is close to returning, but knowing how fragile he’s been, you’d be hard-pressed to imagine he’ll start.

The manager was keen to impress that the defensive failures at Chelsea; with a very weak backline, were not structural.

“It wasn’t a transition where we had a bad structure or a bad organisation, when we are defending big spaces on equal numbers or are outnumbered – it wasn’t the case at all,”

“We made one half-bad decision [to back off] and these teams, when in space, they punish you, for sure. But the other option is to defend all the time and be there [in defensive areas] and we don’t want that.”

So at the very least, we’ll be prepared to deal with United. They have extremely fast forwards, they’ll probe for counter-attacks and they’ll look to stretch us using width. Arteta only recently tasted a loss against them when he was at City, it was quite a lucky United performance, but OGS had his team of workhorses make last years Champions look very old.

Going forward is where we’ll have to provide something more interesting. Containing their threat won’t be enough, we need to create chances. The good news here is Gabriel might be back in contention, his aggression in the press and all-round threat could be highly valuable to us. I’d also imagine we’ll be seeing a start from Pepe, there has to be some rotation today and that seems like the most obvious place to start. It’s hard to work out what the issue is with the Ivorian because no one will say explicitly, but it reads a blend of work rate and general fitness levels. 3 managers in a row can’t be wrong.

Ceballos is also back in contention, people forget he’s a young player, under a coach that helps him, he might be U21 Championship Dani, so it’s a new start for him.

Xhaka is also fit. Again, not my favourite player, but he’d start in our midfield at the moment. If he doesn’t play, we’ll know he’s off to Berlin. Worry with him is he mails it in as a final fuck you to the fans that booed him.

I mused before the manager started that he’d look for a turnaround project, and it seems he has one, he’s going all out to make Mesut Ozil the star of the show again. Makes sense, he’s used to having lots of #10 like talents to work with at City and on his day, no one can touch Ozil. Additionally, we have no one that gets close to him on the creativity front. We are a more intelligent team with him at his best. The German looks happy on the pitch, he’s put in two dirty shifts, he’ll have another chance to find his level again today and hopefully offer something more decisive.

“Mesut is putting in everything he has and his numbers, physically, have improved so much,”

“On his own he can’t do it. He needs the collective structure, organisation and his teammates. He needs the team to play in a certain way to facilitate his strengths more and more in the game. That’s what we’re trying to do.

“I put him in the team if I see every day that his attitude, desire and understanding of what we’re trying to do is there. The moment that this changes, then he won’t play.”

At the end of the day, he loves living in London, he loves his contract, and he’s a human… he’ll want to be impressing the fans, no one wants to be hated. He might also have the afterlife on his mind, if he tanks another manager, no one will risk giving him the big bucks in 18 months. Wenger didn’t have a machine that worked for him towards the end, Emery couldn’t see past running him into the ground in a shit system… it seems like Arteta has a more thoughtful approach to extracting creativity from him, whilst pushing him to support the system. It’ll be very interesting to see what the physical output looks like today, because he has done a lot of work in a short space of time. Some will say we’ve seen this film before, but maybe with a more elevated thinker in the dugout, it could be a different ending this time.

The main worry I have about today is how another loss will affect morale. Bournemouth was just an unlucky day at the shooting range, the Chelsea game was bad luck with fitness and Mustafi… we really need a result to prove out the hard work and progress. The fans will be buzzing for the game this evening, a classic win would be a great way to start the year, let’s see where we land.

Right, that’s me done, see you in the comments x

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  1. Danny

    Happy New Year Pedro!
    Happy New Year to the rest of you lot!

    So it’s January 1st and the transfer window is open, Xhaka to finally fuck off today? Mustafi?
    I guess Ozil for now going nowhere, he really means to milk that contract to the bitter end.

  2. RockyRoe

    and on his day, no one can touch Ozil

    …yeah maybe 4 years ago and even then the ‘his days’ were to few and far between. But we will always have Leicester, i suppose.

  3. andy1886

    “A draw would be excellent work”

    Seriously??

    Against the most average United side in years, with our ‘genius’ pitting his wits against the totally out of his depth OGS?

    Talk about deliberately lowering expectations, if Emery didn’t win a home game against this lot he would have been savaged.

    Come on, let’s be honest here, Arteta is a novice manager who needs time but making excuse after excuse before every game is going to stretch your credibility.

  4. Nelson

    Manure is a fast countering team. Rashford and James are very fast runners. We need to keep those two covered even while we are attacking.

    If Xhaka is off, hopefully Ceballos is available. We need another player in the midfield who can pass the ball to the attackers. Currently, both Guen and Willock are not ready and Torr has to play the DM roll.

  5. Spanishdave

    We need a win no matter how we achieve it, to get the monkey off our back, then we will see some way forward.
    If certain players want to off it won’t help us as they will not commit in case of injury, so that isn’t good for us.
    Our midfield is not contributing goal so if we buy this window we do need somebody who can add a few goals.
    We need forwards who can retain the ball, Auba is very poor at doing this.

  6. Pierre

    This is how I see it.

    Firstly I’m not sure Arteta has said that he wants to make Ozil the centre piece, asked if he wanted to build the team around Ozil , he said no.

    Looking at the first 2 games under Arteta, our best spells in the games have coincided with Ozil being at his most influential.

    Bournemouth and Chelsea had to change their formation to counter Ozil’s influence on the game.

    This sets up a bit of a conundrum regarding Ozil for Arteta.In both games Arteta allowed the opposition to nullify Ozil’s game which also nullified Arsenal’s game ,without reaction from Arteta.

    The opposition closed down the passing between the lines to Ozil, meaning Arsenal had to play more down our left side , especially against Bournemouth and Ozil faded In both games due to lack of time on the ball.

    If Ozil can only play for 30/40 minutes, which personally I dont think is true , then he is of no use to the team and shouldn’t start .

    If this is the case then why not use ozil for the last third of the game as this appears the time when we start to lose control of the game and having Ozil coming come on along with maybe Martinelli and/or Pepe, then we will retain control.

    However, if Ozil can play for the full game or thereabouts , then Arteta needs to react when the opposition change tactics/formation to nullify him.

    Drop Ozil deeper or subtlely change his position to bring him into the game because if Ozil is not involved in the game , he is of no use to the team.

    no one can dispute that both performances under Arteta have been influenced most by whether Ozil is on the ball or not.We have looked a much better team with Ozil on the ball, whether that is a good thing or not remains to be seen .

  7. Ishola70

    Ozil has blown out in his last two games under Arteta like he has done a thousand times before previously at Arsenal.

    Lasts for around half an hour.

    In the long term this is not feasible to have such a player in your side if you are aiming for the top.

    But it is what it is. Arsenal at this time don’t have the best team so a flawed player like Ozil still gets indulged.

  8. Kay

    Happy New Year Pedro.

    Not a great post I am afraid. Please for heaven sake stop the agenda driven stuff for Arteta. He is already in our dugout. Doesnt need any more marketing.

    We need to win this game at all cost. End of.

    How is that a draw enough for Arteta while It is not for Emery?

  9. andy1886

    If I recall correctly Ozil used to get substituted later on in games on a regular basis at Madrid so it’s not just an Arsenal thing, he has always struggled to last the full 90 minutes.

    Arteta has to work that into his system, have an option to replace MO from around 60 minutes as a matter of course. Is it worth it? Depends on if he can continue to regularly influence games, if not I expect he’d be dropped pretty quickly.

    And yes, GX can do one. No big loss there.

  10. Kay

    I would be happy to see Auba swapped with Jovic and see Laca sold for a LW like Bailey or a better player.

    Bailey — Jovic — Pepe
    Ceballos

    should be okay I guess for the rest of the season.

  11. Cesc Appeal

    Can’t help but feel the narrative would be somewhat different if it wasn’t Arteta in the dugout.

    ‘Yes we’ve been on a run of bad form, yes we have injuries…but look, this is a very average United side who can look like title contenders one week and relegation candidates the next. We are at home. This squad is top 4 quality and should be able to cope with some injuries. We should be thinking about taking all 3 points today’.

    If Arteta can set up right (rotate well), keep the team tight as he did against Chelsea and get them working but critically react far, far quicker to fatigue and loss of control in the game we should be thinking about the win.

  12. Cesc Appeal

    Club needs to get through this match and then explode onto the transfer market.

    As the weeks pass in January and losses accrue I can see price being ratcheted up.

  13. Gentlebris

    Football is not about great talk, great attitude with the press or great haircut, it’s about results. If Arteta fails to scrape out a win in his first three games, then even you will soon get tired of spinning the narratives in his favour.

  14. Cesc Appeal

    I’d go with MAP as a front line today unless the fitness staff are saying Martinelli should only be used as a sub.

    Gives you players like Lacazette and Nelson to bring off the bench and provide legs then.

    Need to place some expectation on Pepe today as well. He doesn’t get a pass. Not asking him to win the game for us but he has to work for the team in the way Nelson did against Chelsea. There’s no excuse for laziness.

  15. Pierre

    Ishola
    “Ozil has blown out in his last two games under Arteta like he has done a thousand times before previously at Arsenal.”

    It depends how you look at it..for Bournemouth and Chelsea to have to totally change their game plan shows the influence he was having in the match ..

    Teams do not alter their game plan and formation unless they are concerned about something.

    You say he has continually blown out , but I dont remember him struggling fitness wide under Wenger’s style of play , so he can obviously last the 90 minutes.
    A lot of Ozil’s best football was in the closing stages of games when the game opens up.

    I believe that if Arteta had rected to the opposition nullifyying Ozil’s play then there wouldn’t be a discussion about ozil being blown out.

    I find it a little confusing that Arteta allowed the opposition managers to change the course of the game without reaction from him..

  16. Nelson

    It needs talent to be able to spot your teammate fast in a dense midfield unless the team is fully gelled and players know their teammates positions inside out (a la MC). Our team is not ready yet. Currently, Ozil is the best we have to connect the midfield to the attackers when he is not tired. Let us see what a healthy Caballos can do.

  17. Marc

    “It will be a bonus if we have Martinelli and Ceballos on the bench.”

    The way injuries are mounting up if we can name 7 subs it will be a bonus. If they can be players who can be considered “first” teamers then that’s a huge bonus at the moment.

  18. Ishola70

    Pierre

    I think you will find with Ozil that the games he does last out are mainly those matches where the wind is in Arsenal’s sails and they have the game won before the later stages of the match. There may be a few examples where this hasn’t been the case but mainly it follows a familiar pattern.

    If the opposition are still in the game winning or drawing and are competitive going into the second half Ozil tends to wane.

  19. S Asoa

    Arteta needs to have an alternative plan with Ozil on the pitch. Maybe it involves 1-2 with him . Currently no additional protection is on for our playmaker. Hopefully Arteta works out something ,maybe involving some young player or Martineli

  20. Gentlebris

    Blog of adjusted expectations to allow for sauce?
    😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀

    Like someone already pointed out, Pedro’s credibility as an Arsenal blogger is gonna take some serious hammering if he doesn’t back down fast.

    Guy is already doing Untold for Arteta.

    The craze of desperately trying to be correct😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁

  21. Bamford10

    I think we’ll be fortunate to escape with a draw today, but I’m more interested in the opening of the transfer window, frankly. Much work required. Indeed, much work is required just to get us looking like a solid outfit much less a top six or top four team. Yes, we need a CB and a CM or two in this window, but it will take three or four windows to build a proper squad, IMO. It’s going to be a long road back to the top four, unfortunately.

  22. Pierre

    Pedro
    “Did anyone read this about the ref?”

    Sad story..his “friend” is a nasty piece of work , as is Mike Riley.

  23. CG

    Pogba not playing this evening.
    Blessed relief for Little Legs.

    Total disgrace Pogba’s agent ( Raoli??)
    is running amok with his antics at Manchester United.

    And to think we have our own tubby cocksucking cockroach of our own(Raul)-
    Running our internal affairs.

    The game is dead – if you allow the likes of Raoli and Raul to influence it.

    As Cutter excellent links states- the corruption in the game is now endemic.

    We have to cut them out of the game( and VAR- Another corruption vehicle)

    At least with Arteta- he is a man of integrity

    Like me.

    Solid Post PedRo- many thanks.

  24. Danny

    Should actually be an easier match tonight if Man U don’t play dirty like those Chelsea thugs. Their fouling stopped us from having any rhythm and completely ruined what could’ve been a great game of entertaining football.
    Just another reason to hate Chelsea and that Abramovich cunt even more.

  25. Pedro

    Gentle, I’ve spent 13 years listening to people tell me about the blogs credibility. Not going to start paying attention to warnings 3 games into a new managers tenure.

  26. Mikel's Immaculate Hair

    pogba is kicking up a storm at utd, they are there for the taking and we should honestly secure a result today.

  27. Sid

    1. Putting expectations on Ozil will end in tears, i hope for Artertas sake its not the case he has been misinterpreted.
    2. With ceballos on the pitch ozil will appear better because there will be 2 technical players when one is nullified the other will do his thing. Lets see if The Saucy one will play both.
    3. 2-1 to the arsenal

    Im telling you this for free!

  28. Marc

    Pogba’s been looking to get out of ManU for a while now – the only question is where he goes when he does move.

    Madrid? Can’t see them coughing up £100 million for Pogba and £60 million for Auba all in Jan.

  29. Cesc Appeal

    I have a good feeling that Arteta will get a lot more out of Ceballos.

    Just think he might look at him playing a David Silva type role.

    The more I think about it the more the rumored interest in Buendia makes sense as well adding hard work and technical ability to the wide area. Can see it playing out in a similar way to when Bernardo Silva plays that RM position at City. Industrious, dropping into CAM etc.

  30. Dream10

    Massive goal for Villa. As it stands, they’re three points behind us on 21, two above the bottom three. We’re on 24, five above West Ham in 18th. Awful campaign under Emery. Raul is responsible for this for not sacking him in November. Need points ASAP

  31. Sid

    PedroJanuary 1, 2020 12:42:39
    Gentle, I’ve spent 13 years listening to people tell me about the blogs credibility. Not going to start paying attention to warnings 3 games into a new managers tenure.

    Wenger must have been thinking along these lines in 2008, see how it ended.

    You heard it here 1st!

  32. Buzzy

    Hi everyone. Long time lurker. Thought I’ll say hi. Happy new years to everyone. Artetas appointment has got me fired up again and excited to be a gooner. Don’t care if he takes time. A short term solution like Ancelotti would have got me all nauseous and turned Arsenal into a superficial entitiy. Looking forward to tonight’s game. Cheers!

  33. Danny

    Can’t see them coughing up £100 million for Pogba and £60 million for Auba all in Jan.
    ——————-
    Can’t see us selling him this month. He’ll stay just in case we win the Europa Cup and then he’ll sign a new contract with us, if not then he’ll leave on July 1st.

  34. Pierre

    Gentlebris/Bamford

    It’s important to recognise how low in confidence the team was when Arteta arrived.

    If it was just a matter of bringing confidence to the team, then one would expect results and performances would be immediate.

    However, what we have is a group of players who have their 3rd manager in a month , who all have different ideas and tactics.
    We have a group of players that have been coached so poorly over the previous 18 months that they have to go back to basics in passing, positioning and general game management.

    So let’s hang back for a couple of months on the petty criticism.

    If Arteta had a pre season and had a nice chunk of money to spend on players then criticism could be deemed as justified.

    March I would say is the time to judge, results I expect to fluctuate but players performances and the team’s performance I would expect to see great improvement as we are already seeing this after 2 games.

  35. Pierre

    Marc
    “Can someone explain to me why someone would spend time commenting on a blog where they question the creditability of the author?”

    I’m not sure , but can someone explain to me why someone( you) would spend time commenting on someone on a blog where they question where they question the creditability of the author?

  36. Gentlebris

    ‘Maybe one thing that I’ve picked up straight away is that when nobody’s pressing you, you don’t need to pass the ball. What you can do is just get the ball, drive the ball forward a bit and wait for someone to come to you, commit a player, then pass it.’

    -Saka on the hype machine for Arteta.

    In all the years Saka spent in the Arsenal academy, what exactly was he taught if he wasn’t aware of the basic methods of passing the ball before the great Arteta arrived?

    These kids too have mastered the dark art of football back-rubbing.

    Per and Freddie must be proud of the way Saka threw them under the bus to gain relevance with Arteta.

  37. Ernest Reed

    “Did anyone read this about the ref?“

    Snowflake justice at its finest, Pedro. Makes one wonder how long before blogs like this one will be victimized because of some of the content, which for the most part is pure banter.

  38. bennydevito

    Afternoon Grovers,

    Feel sorry for that ref. In this day and age he probably would have been better off being guilty of rogering the dog. Equality for all and all that. You have people dressed up in gimp dog costumes at Gay pride events being walked around on leads, yeah, really appropriate for the watching public and attending children…… and with Trans species now becoming a thing where people genuinely identify as animals it won’t be long before beastiality is recognised as a sexual preference, such is the weird direction the left are taking us.

    Why should he lose his job? It was just a joke. Comedians say much worse and they don’t lose their jobs ffs! Even Rosie Jones who has cerebral palsy rips the piss out of herself.

    Ridiculous.

  39. Edu me a favour

    “” However, what we have is a group of players who have their 3rd manager in a month , who all have different ideas and tactics.
    We have a group of players that have been coached so poorly over the previous 18 months that they have to go back to basics in passing, positioning and general game management.””

    It’s so painfully fucking obvious right ?

    Yet so many on here are ignoring the facts

    The team is on the floor – we have seen some serious improvement – saka comes out and basically tells us he hasn’t had basic coaching for years until now , yet Arteta is still being criticised

    Emery didn’t get patience because he had all the tools to succeed and he fucking failed miserably

    Arteta has come in to a massive job in his first ever management role -with the team in its worst position in decades confidence in the floor – you would think as a smart fan base we could all see this , and back the man – have your reservations but ffs stop comparing things to emery

    Us getting a draw now is COMPLETELY different to emery getting a draw in the same fixture last season – if people don’t understand that or are completely ignoring that then they need help

  40. Marc

    Pierre

    Because most of us engage with others and reply or discuss what they’ve said. If we don’t it’s just a load of people just making statements.

  41. Valentin

    Pedro,

    This is exactly how PGMOL works. They react to media story looking on how to save themselves rather being honest, open and transparent.
    They will lie, bully, threaten, smear. Somebody posted a link on Twitter to a website that he has no affiliation to that review the games from a retired professional referee perapective. The website showed for every referees the mistakes they made. PGMOL threaten him with an injunction, unfortunately for them his girlfriend was a lawyer for a big cabinet who told them in non uncertain terms that it was a gross overreach and that if things went to a court she would recover her legal fees from them. They backed down, but still got their way by asking the premiership to assert their copyright right on the web site.

  42. Pierre

    I’m sure cesc appeal is having difficulty with all this praise of Mesut Ozil in the media .

    He’s posted 4 comments this morning without once mentioning Ozil .

    I’m sure he will back to normal once the negativity returns towards Ozil as he will be able to return to his favourite pastime of Ozil bashing.

  43. Nelson

    Who has scouted Pepe??? Don’t tell me we signed him through Raul’s contact book. Did Pepe help out the defense in Lilli? We can’t have someone who doesn’t play when we don’t have the ball.

  44. Vladdy P

    Ref sounds like a stone cold loser. Still actively virtue signalling about how woke he is when the very same groups actively worked to destroy his career. Definition of a cuck.

    As Trump and Bojo show, doubling down and refusing to apologise is the only way to win against these people.

  45. azed

    At the core of our problems is our beta manager. Unai Emery went to Old Trafford, a team West Ham bossed, and played with fear again. His midfield lacked ambition, he basically rolled with three holding midfielders, opting to push LT into a more advanced position he really can’t play. Xhaka is Xhaka, you know what you’re going to get and it’s always a different variant of beige. We all love Matteo, but he can’t do it all himself. I really felt for the attack, Auba was dropping into our own penalty box at times to create for the forward players. Petit summer up the side he picked.

    ‘It sends negative signals by picking 3 defensive midfielders against a team there for the taking’

    We went a goal down, there were 9 Arsenal players behind the ball when McTominay fizzed a shot that Xhaka ducked. It was quite startling to be down to a side that’s been so inept this season, but not surprising, we give wind to any club in any sort of crisis. Xhaka ducking a header? Not shocking.

    We clawed one back in VAR circumstances. Saka slipped Aub into the box with a lovely first-time pass, the finish was an arrogant little dink, but the linesman called it offside. VAR overturned the decision. De Gea looked like he’d broken the unwritten rule… play on regardless of what you see with you eyes and hear with your ears. The VAR ruled the goal legitimate.

    Saka was the one bright spot in a game of darkness. He’s electric, he moves the ball with purpose, he’s extremely bright and he delivers. If we’d spent £80m on him this summer, we’d all be purring right now. What a bright future this guy has.

    The rest of the game was pretty grim to watch. The manager tried to spice up our attack with the introduction of Ceballos. I’m not sure it heavily altered the dynamic, though it did give us a bit more purpose.

    We chased the win late on by bringing Reiss Nelson on for the dismal Nicolas Pepe. The Ivorian superstar looked utterly lost once again. He has some lovely flashes, but he has no clue what he’s doing in the Emery system. He’s a lost his sparkle, he needs a goal, I also think he needs a hug, the guy looks very, very miserable.

    1-1 was a fair result, but once again, it was a poor one given the context. What made it worse was the glee on Emery’s face, like he’d just taken Sevilla to Barca and nicked a point. It’s so meek.

  46. Jamie

    No sympathy for the ref.

    Don’t send stupid shit to people when you hold a public position in a multi-billion pound global sports organisation.

    And don’t cry foul when shit you send to people is leaked to the press.

    Basically, don’t send stupid shit to people and you’ll be fine.

  47. bennydevito

    “We have a group of players that have been coached so poorly over the previous 18 months that they have to go back to basics in passing, positioning and general game management.”

    Pierre, what about a group of players who were poorly coached for fucking YEARS under Wenger???

    The Arteta excuses are an absolute embarrassment. Jesus Christ.

    You’ve got Pedro going all out with not fit enough, injured players etc etc, none of which were allowed to excuse Emery.

    It’s becoming absolutely farcical it really is.

    Why don’t people just admit that actually despite Emery being woeful for us the squad is woefully unbalanced and not fit for purpose. We have the 6th or 7th best squad and until we replace the defence, Xhaka and Ozil, we’re going to really struggle to get top 4 next season.

  48. Graham

    Just a reminder that we got 9 points from the same three matches last year. But 2 would apparently show how good the new manager is.

    And Villa are now within three points of us.

    We are building a team to fight relegation around Özil.

  49. azed

    Match Stats
    Manchester United Arsenal
    54.8 Possession % 45.2
    4 Shots on target 5
    16 Shots 10
    631 Touches 563
    440 Passes 364
    15 Tackles 19
    7 Clearances 14
    8 Corners 7
    2 Offsides 4
    4 Yellow cards 2
    18 Fouls conceded 13

  50. Paulinho

    Some hilarious bollocks written this morning to absolve Arteta of responsibility for the next six months.

    Same tools as Emery but confidence or something, which is bizarre considering managers are continually ditched mid-season because that’s consistently the easiest thing to remedy.

  51. Danny

    Think Emery wanted Zaha. Club wanted Pépé
    —————–
    We didn’t fuckin’ need either of them, we needed bloody defenders!!

  52. Eduardo

    “on his day, no one can touch Ozil. ”

    Bizarre.

    This statement would only make sense if you a) hadn’t watched Arsenal since 2015, or b) meant to say no one else in the Arsenal squad can touch him, which would at least be arguable. City, for instance, have two players in the same position who are miles better, and one of them (Silva) is almost three years older than Ozil!

  53. azed

    The Arteta excuses are an absolute embarrassment. Jesus Christ.

    Benny

    The excuses are laughable and what you’ll expect from a 3 year old.
    After hyping Arteta and Ozil, it takes Bournemouth and Chelsea 30 mins to take neutralize Ozil.

    Funny how when Emery was in charge, the story was Emery was clueless and didn’t know how to manage big players now Pierre is suggesting Arteta play Ozil deeper (something that he would have screamed against if Emery is in charge.)

  54. Vladdy P

    I like that from what I’ve seen so far Arteta has a clear picture of how he wants to play and it’s exciting in the moments it’s worked.

    On the other hand, yeah, it is a bit ridiculous how far some people flip the script and say one minute this is a top 4 squad and then suddenly it isn’t.

    Emery did need to go though.

  55. azed

    Danny

    That was our match against Man UTD at the old toilet.
    See the report Pedro wrote after that game and now that we have UTD home, a draw that wasn’t good enough away is suddenly ok at home.

    Talk about agendas.

  56. Cesc Appeal

    Paulinho

    What an amazing top 4 quality squad, eh?

    Narrowly missed out on 4th (as everyone was continually reminded) made it to a European final. Big summer of spending. A bad 2-3 months with Emery and they are total write offs…what immense, immense quality these lads must be.

    A point would be a bonus is going to be the cry until May.

    I like how what are in essence complete concessions that this squad is not good enough are being dressed up as something else now.

  57. Cesc Appeal

    ‘Emery did need to go though’

    Without question.

    I don’t see why some people can’t just concede that Emery needing to go and the squad not being good enough can coexist.

  58. Gentlebris

    ‘If Arteta had a pre season and had a nice chunk of money to spend on players then criticism could be deemed as justified.’

    Exactly the reason I’m not expecting more than just one win in his first three games which include two home games, Pierre.

    Brendan came in at Leicester and won his first two league games, no preseason, no new players.
    OGS came him at United and won games for fun, no preseason, no new players.

    What is really annoying is someone trying to tell us that’s okay to lose another home game after just losing to Chelsea at home!

  59. azed

    Vladdy P

    I agree with you that Emery needed to go but like you say, the 180 turn around is so amusing.

    Emery came into a club with over paid prima donna’s, and his poor English didn’t help matters and some went all out against him

    Mourinho and Ancelotti didn’t have pre seasons with their squads and have won some games yet excuses are being made for Arteta.

  60. Bamford10

    Dream, Pierre

    I don’t really want to get bogged down in an argument over Emery again, but some of you continue to misrepresent what happened under Emery and what has happened since.

    One, Emery managed Arsenal for a total of 51 PL weeks and had Arsenal in 6th place or better in 50 of those 51 weeks. He was dismissed after a 2-2 draw to Southampton, a result that caused us to slip to 8th place. Since that time, we’ve won one of seven PL matches and have slipped to 12th place.

    Two, Arsenal players had plenty of confidence under Unai Emery. This notion that he destroyed their confidence is complete and utter hooey. This is nothing more than disingenuous revisionist history. Arsenal players did not begin to lose their confidence until after the 2-0 loss to Leicester on November 9th, a loss that revealed (to both them and to us) the serious deficiencies that exist within this team. It is true that player confidence plummeted after that, but it actually plummeted AFTER Emery was dismissed, not before. Why? Because once Emery was dismissed, there was no one to blame for the results they were getting (or not getting) besides the players themselves. There were no excuses anymore, and what was revealed to the world (and again, to the players themselves) is that this is simply not a very good group of players.

    You lot can continue to talk about the supposed “damage” Unai Emery — a three-time European title winner — did to this group of players, but it’s beginning to sound a little desperate and false. The more time that goes by, and the more poor results that this team accrues, the more desperate and false this line of argument will sound. Indeed, the more that time goes by, the more the actual truth about this Arsenal team will be revealed, namely, that this is simply not a very good group of players.

  61. TR7

    We conceded 2 goals against Chelsea -one due to a howler from Leno and another due to a mistake from Mustafi who has always been horrendous and was on the pitch only because Chambers got injured. I thought most of you would be happy with the performance but doesn’t look like to be the case.

  62. useroz

    don’t doubt team commitment

    worry about ref … arsenal has v hih fouls per card ratio eg < 2x leicester

    sceptical about Var

    lets flush the manure to celebrate a new year

  63. Paulinho

    Cesc – Yep, when the squad was “top four (third place to some) quality” there was no disclaimer about the type of squad it was or it being conditional to vision of a particular manager.

    Now Arteta walks in and all of a sudden these shiny, robust tools look a little rusty and in need of an urgent upgrade.

  64. Rambo

    “I thought most of you would be happy with the performance but doesn’t look like to be the case.”

    Were you drunk and asleep for the second half?

  65. azed

    TR7

    I was happy with the performance but football is a result business.

    Xhaka’s stupid foul against Brighton and Aubameyang’s penalty miss cost of top 4 last season but who got the blame?

    I could bring games this season and last that were lost due to players mistake but Pedro, Pierre, Valentin and co blamed Emery for them so players mistakes are not a valid excuse for some people.

  66. Cesc Appeal

    Paulinho

    I suppose at least now most fans are on board with the idea that a massive squad overhaul are needed…sorry, squad development.

    By the start of next season you really want to see a new RB, two new CBs, two new bodies in midfield and a new forward (maybe more if Aubameyang does leave). That would be core buys as well without even considering your Martinelli type scouts, or Fraser/Deulofeu type squad buys.

  67. Jamie

    Even the games we didn’t lose under Emery were questioned.

    Horrible xG, look at the trend, you don’t understand sexy new statistics, we can’t rely on our strikers finishing the only chance they get all game because it’s unsustainable in the long-term … Then a super slick pivot to “we don’t need to create a lot of chances under Arteta because our strikers are elite finishers.”

    I really love this blog, but I mean, come on..

  68. Rambo

    So many excuses for the Special Sauce one.

    Lose today and the next game is Palace away. I can already smell the excuses being cooked for that.

  69. Cesc Appeal

    ‘I believe Arteta would do well but he would need his own players so I won’t judge him till next season’

    I mean he has to be judged a bit. He can’t just be given the next 5 months off.

    I completely agree he needs players as this squad is so far from the intensity and technical levels necessary to play the kind of football he wants to.

    There are some positive signs. Intensity was better. I really liked to compactness, Emery had the team so spaced out it was incredibly frustrating. Torriera is playing much better and our CBs seem slightly more composed…most of the time.

    That said. We had games of unbelievable aggression under Emery. Spurs this year in the second half even. Last year Liverpool at home, United at home, Chelsea at home, Spurs at home, Chelsea away…they did happen.

    I’m cautiously optimistic but also slightly worried that what we’re seeing is our new manager bounce. A draw at Bournemouth and loss at home to Chelsea with slightly improved performances…that would be truly worrying.

  70. Paulinho

    “By the start of next season you really want to see a new RB, two new CBs, two new bodies in midfield ”

    Yep, just a little tweak here or there to build on this uber-talented squad. Project upgrade to suit the vision.

  71. bennydevito

    Regarding Ozil,

    Personally I would rather we move Ozil on due to his age and wage, but the last 2 games he’s been pretty good. To get the best out of him perhaps we need to plan to take him off around the 60 min mark every game or even alternate games where he comes off the bench around the 60 min mark where he’s fresh and can have a bigger influence against the opponent who are starting to get tired?

  72. Champagne charlie

    “Yes, we need a CB and a CM or two in this window, but it will take three or four windows to build a proper squad, IMO. It’s going to be a long road back to the top four, unfortunately.“

    2 years off having a top 4 squad now? 😂😂 new year same you.

    “A bad 2-3 months with Emery and they are total write offs…what immense, immense quality these lads must be.”

    They’re totally behind the 8-ball because after half the season we’re behind 8 teams for 4th place. I really don’t get what’s so difficult for folk like you to understand about this.

  73. Grease

    Arteta is only doing what he said he was doing, giving everyone a fair chance. Read between the lines, I am giving you a chance, play well to your obvious ability, and you will get games, if not, fuck off.
    We need everyone playing well to get out of this mess.

  74. Grouvillegooner

    Why is everybody suddenly pinning their hopes on Ozil ? He has had five years to show something different and his current enthusisam will not last. The pressing game/elite football has passed him by and he has not done what the great players done which is to reinvent themselves as their careers progress.

    The January transfer window should be used to sign one centre back only who can provide some immediate contribution and ensure that any interest for Auba is flatly turned down.

  75. Bamford10

    Everton have looked quite good in the four weeks since Marco Silva was fired. Re-born, one might even say. And this even under that interim manager, Duncan Ferguson. Why has that group of players looked so good (or at least so much better) since their manager’s firing and ours looked so … mediocre? Why are they getting results — like a 3-1 win over Chelsea — while we are not? Why is it that our players have all of this supposed psychological and tactical baggage to get over, while their players are already playing well and with smiles on their faces? I’d love to hear one of you try to explain this.

  76. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Peter

    May I congratulate the fella who wrote yesterday’s blog..

    Read it all and found interesting ,

    Bit like a kid in the sweet shop .

    Feel we should throw John jules, Eddie and Sam Greenwood

    One out of three could be very good…

  77. TheBayingMob

    “ Against the most average United side in years, with our ‘genius’ pitting his wits against the totally out of his depth OGS?

    Talk about deliberately lowering expectations, if Emery didn’t win a home game against this lot he would have been savaged.”

    Ye I think there’s something in this, I am not thinking of a draw as a tremendous result.

  78. TR7

    Rambo/Azed

    Even when Emery was our manager, my utmost focus was on performance than results. That’s why even when Emery was getting results, I was skeptical of his capability to take us forward. Even with Arteta my focus will be on performance alone. Results will follow once/if Arteta raises our game to a certain standard. 2 games is too early to judge but it is undeniable that we did not concede 20 plus shots and we played well in patches. Mind you we don’t have Bellerin, Holding, Tierney,Chambers, Ceballos, Martinneli etc. available. So may be in terms of results we may not see a quick upturn but if our game keeps improving we will see better results sooner than later. Against Chelsea our players looked knackered in 2nd half and hence the drop in performance level.

  79. Rich

    The good news with Arteta, is that he could deliver back to back relegations, and Pedro will still be spitting positives.

  80. Nelson

    The last TW hasn’t been helpful to the team yet. We lost Kos and Monreal, our two best defenders. We lost Iwobi and Mikki who are more useful than the current Pepe. We signed Tierney, Ceballos and that french CB who are all not in the squad. The only bright spot, Martinelli is also injured. With all the injuries to our defense and Xhaka wants out, our squad today is actually weaker than last year when we played the Manure.

  81. azed

    I’m not sure we had a shot on target against Chelsea in the second half but Pierre and Valentin were silent about that.

    If Emery was in charge, Pierre and Valentin would have written epistles about how Emery was clueless and didn’t know how to use the players.

  82. Champagne charlie

    Luteo had it spot on yesterday when he stated how some on here don’t quite equate what top 4 quality actually means, particularly how it’s not at all suggestive of the squad being near title winning quality.

    Being top 4 quality isn’t indicative of a super-super squad as some like to profess is being claimed, it’s being good enough to make the CL places in the league. That’s it.

    Arsenal have had players good enough for making top 4 the last two seasons. We failed last year because of a colossal fuckup in our last 6 games where we needed just 1 win. This year we continued that same form and at the halfway point are behind half the league.

    Emery was the impediment the last 18 months and he’s no longer here thank god. The player poverty bollocks is a remnant criticism of a guy many here simply cannot get over, Arsene Wenger. No surprise the ones that bleat on about the players to the nth degree are the ones who harbour an unhealthy obsession towards him.

    It’s a new era guys, you’re welcome to join the rest of the fans and leave your Wenger-angst in the past.

  83. Vladdy P

    Azed, agreed.

    Don’t think Pedro did himself any favours by constantly harping on how this was a top 4 squad when clearly it wasn’t. The butthurt when Arteta was passed over at the last minute was insane. Not that he needs to act neutral. It’s a blog, after all, but just admit you didn’t want Emery to succeed as having your opinion validated was more important.

  84. Gentlebris

    ‘Can someone explain to me why someone would spend time commenting on a blog where they question the creditability of the author?’

    Fuck off, you sliming cockroach.

    I had been reading this blog for quite a while before i started to comment here, and I wouldn’t if I didn’t think highly of the blogger.

    How many times have I said it here this is the best football blog I have ever seen?

    But Pedro is getting too drunk on Arteta and I felt a light poke in the ribs, warning him to treasure his credibility was in order.

    ‘Gentlebris wanted Arsenal to hire Mourinho, don’t expect him to give Arteta any breather ☺️’

    TR7,

    I would have loved Jose to come in here but also would have loved Allegri or Poch, leaving out great guys like that who were available and hiring a guy with a blank record was a little too much for me.
    However after Arteta was hired, I decided to back him, and I still do. What I’m trying to point out is we can’t just throw away decent expectations in order to make the man look good. That would be a bit sycophantic.

  85. azed

    TR7

    I really liked our performance against Chelsea and tucking AMN in midfield has helped make the defence look a little compact.

    Like I said earlier, Arteta needs time and I’m not worried about the results because I know it would come later.

    I just cannot stand the excuses that were once an abomination under Emery been used.

  86. Paulinho

    “Against Chelsea our players looked knackered in 2nd half and hence the drop in performance level.”

    Which should put the first half into context. It was through perspiration more so than anything.

    Teams with genuine cohesion and quality are not reliant on playing at a 100 mph throughout the 90 mins to play at a high level. They can play quick, slow, quick, slow. As mentioned by others, it was the typical pattern of a lower league in the F.A Cup starting quickly then retreating once the bigger team wake up.

  87. Marc

    Mantel Lala nutjob

    “Fuck off, you sliming cockroach.”

    Sorry but we don’t accept that kind of language in civilised society. How’s your shit hole?

  88. Bamford10

    Cesc

    “That said, we had games of unbelievable aggression under Emery. Spurs this year … Chelsea at home, Spurs at home, Chelsea away…they did happen.”

    Correct. And not only did we have plenty of games of high-energy and aggression under Emery, we had games after which even Pedro had to praise Emery’s tactics, such as home to Chelsea (2-0) and home to United (2-0).

  89. Edu me a favour

    “” I’d love to hear one of you try to explain this.””

    Not sure if it can be explained entirely – but it’s clear the team stopped playing for emery at a very vital point last season , which carried on into this – what was the cause ?

    Then our interim coach took over and to be honest there was always a nagging feeling that he wasn’t going to be able to do any better – neither Freddie nor emery could galvanise the team – the players couldn’t even galvanise themselves to play with a bit of pride or passion.

    Something very strange happened to our team – I mean look at the effect Pearson has had since he took over at Watford

    Arteta has a big job on his hands that’s for sure , but I think he has the man management skills that emery never had and to a degree that wenger never had/lost in his later years – we’ve defo seen a glimpse of what’s to come

  90. Cesc Appeal

    Paulinho

    They’re still battling away. Desperately trying to dress up complete squad overhaul as something else…something that doesn’t contradict everything they’ve been saying incessantly since August.

    It’s no different to the ‘I wanted him gone as much as anyway’ rewriting of history that occurred last year.

    Emery needed to go, but this squad is not fit for the EPL and would need an overhaul regardless of who the manager is. The rest is just stupid noise and hypocrisy.

  91. Marc

    Edu

    Agree 100% – At some point the team just downed tools on Emery, he then went into tinker overdrive trying to fix things that just made them worse.

    Why we didn’t see a bounce under Ljungberg when other clubs do? No idea and whilst we’ve seen small improvements in areas under Arteta there’s still a lot of questions to be answered.

  92. Edu me a favour

    Bamford

    What’s your opinion on the stories that came out toward the end of emery’s time here , that suggested the players were growing more and more confused by his tactics ?

  93. TR7

    Paulinho

    ‘Teams with genuine cohesion and quality are not reliant on playing at a 100 mph throughout the 90 mins to play at a high level. They can play quick, slow, quick, slow’

    I know you won’t accept it but lack of cohesion in our team is mostly down to Emery. The guy literally experimented with our team every week -playing with a different formation and personnel every week. As for the lack of quality, once we get our injured players back and Arteta has 6-7 weeks under his belt as our manager, I am hopeful there will be a discernible improvement in our performance level. Besides, we saw some good attacking play in opposition half with good link up and interplay. There was a bit more fluidity in our passing too, so not all of it was due to perspiration.

  94. Paulinho

    Cesc – We’ve also got players that arguably have upside from adaptation. Ceballos should get stronger (something Emery was arguing, pointing to Fabinho as an example) Tierney will hopefully show his quality when fully fit, Pepe is someone we’ve gone all in on, and he might catch fire. All these are issues somewhat independent of manager and more about individual acclimatisation.

    This supposedly top four squad should be given time to marinate and become even better.

  95. HighburyLegend

    “HAPPY NEW YEAR! HOW ARE YOU ?”

    Well Pedro, I just can’t see how an Arsenal fans could be feeling anything but excited at the dawn of this new decade.
    A new decade which will see us become the “new Liverpool”.
    The scousers will be crowned Premier League Champs this season – their first title since 1990 ffs!! – and they will become the new Invincibles, erasing Arsenal from the football’s history book.

    Meanwhile, we will have no other choice than believing in the so called Sauce of Handsome Mikel, your favourite pal.
    Really, I personally can’t wait to be witness of all this!!

    Happy new Saucy Year everyone!!

  96. Marc

    Apparently the Independent is reporting that Berlin have agreed a loan deal for Xhaka with a view to it being made permanent.

    Don’t like that at all.

  97. Tee

    This is deep from a poster on BBC

    “As soon as Chelsea don’t win then he’s suddenly a rubbish manager again. Chelsea fans are starting to make the gooners look reasonable!”

    Jimmy, London

  98. Batistuta

    Charlie

    Don’t think it’s a Wenger thing for most, there was an almost general view here that Emery was failing at so many things which were rightly true by the way but the belief was that we had a group of players who had the capability of playing much better which in itself wasn’t always the case, a lot of us have maintained that the playing personnel have not been good enough and that no new manager or system would get these lot playing better than they can, a thing of talent rather than them downing tools…Now that a new manager is there, it’s become even more apparent that the squad is a poor one, has been for a while now which is why we are where we are.. The excuses for the new manager though while understandable are almost funny considering a lot of folks thought or were on here all season saying we had a good enough squad and only thing holding us back was a new manager

  99. Edu me a favour

    “” Why we didn’t see a bounce under Ljungberg when other clubs do? No idea and whilst we’ve seen small improvements in areas under Arteta there’s still a lot of questions to be answered.””

    So many questions mate , I’d really like to know how deep this goes , the mental aspect of our team is horrendous. Arsenal have had a strange culture for quite some time , it’s going to be hard to shift it but it can be done

  100. Gentlebris

    ‘Sorry but we don’t accept that kind of language in civilised society. How’s your shit hole?’

    That is rich coming from you after you displayed your high level ignorance about civility here the other day, not understanding what a business handshake meant.

    After that day, there is no way you would convince me you went an inch beyond high school, and that must have been some backstreet high school.

    Then how else would i address an obvious gutter case like you and actually make you feel the impact? You are used to getting such; so reprehension with civility would have come across as compliments to you, so don’t come here and pretend.

  101. Marc

    Tee

    Chelsea have also announced a loss of £96 million for the year ending 30th June 2019. Now that doesn’t include the sale of Hazard but it’s still a lot of money, It’d be interesting to know how much money they would have had to spend in the summer if they hadn’t had the ban.

  102. Paulinho

    TR7 – I said the other day about different routes same destination. So a manager can have a style that leads to better football on the eye, but ultimately leads to the same points total or even less. I always said Emery’s teams were stretched out which hurt the aesthetic but had strengths as well, such as having players high up the pitch to get goals seemingly out of nowhere. Torreira had a chance from six yards out at Old Trafford, if he scores that it’s big, big goal. Ozil would never be in that position, although he would make us look more aesthetically pleasing. See how that works?

    We didn’t die out at home to Chelsea last season like we did on Sunday, yet it’s been presented as some Emery embedded trait.

  103. Dissenter

    Regarding Ozil
    ‘ Emery couldn’t see past running him into the ground in a shit system… it seems like Arteta has a more thoughtful approach to extracting creativity from him, whilst pushing him to support the system’

    There’s no difference between what Emery asked of Ozil and what Arteta is saying.
    Arteta will learn his lesson the hard way. I hope he’s a quick learner and doesn’t get us relegated with Ozil in the team.
    Pedro is so far down the road of bias that he can’t see the obvious.

  104. Marc

    “not understanding what a business handshake meant. ”

    What a complete and utter clown.

    Tell me when you ask “clients” if they want fries with that do you shake hands to close the deal?

  105. Champagne charlie

    Bati

    Disagree, I’m saying the continually harping back to player poverty was a perpetual dig at Wenger. The facts bore an entirely different fruit though as last season demonstrated. Then it was a chorus of ‘when Emery gets this or that player we’ll see the Emeryball vision’. He started the season worse than we’ve seen for 40 years.

    I’m sorry, but player poverty is a terrible, terrible excuse for that we’ve seen. This is a football club that’s been starved of competent management for half a decade, so a lot of fans are completely numb to its power and think the only way to move the needle is mass player turnover.

    What too many equate being ‘top 4 quality’ to is having the quality comparable to ALL the sides of the eventual top 4. That clearly isn’t the case, City and Liverpool embarrass the rest here. But beyond that the quality is comparable hence the competition for the remaining places.

    Arsenal were a last min Auba penalty vs Spurs last season from top 4, or a win at home against 17th place Brighton. Either of those and we were suddenly a top 4 quality squad? No, I dont think so. Your point about being “good enough” is the crux, and its where there’s deliberate false advertising from some people as I mentioned above.

  106. Dissenter

    TR7
    ‘ We conceded 2 goals against Chelsea -one due to a howler from Leno and another due to a mistake from Mustafi who has always been horrendous and was on the pitch only because Chambers got injured’

    You don’t get to use individual errors to excuse Arteta.
    When Mustafi and Xhaka were stinking out the place under Emery, you wrapped the blame around that manager’s neck.

  107. Marc

    Cc

    Got to agree to a degree. Arsenal have problems but Chelsea, ManU and the Spud’s have all been poor over a recent period as well.

    I’m still of the opinion that we need to give it a couple of months before we really make any serious judgements on what Arteta’s doing.

  108. Marc

    Dissenter

    There is a small difference – Arteta was forced to play Mustafi due to the sheer number of injured CB’s we had and it look’s as if he’s happy to let Xhaka go in his first transfer window. Emery stuck with Mustafi for two long and only dropped Xhaka when he was forced to.

  109. Thomas

    TR7January 1, 2020 14:41:29
    Squad overhaul ? Nah1 CB and 2 CM and we are sorted.

    ___

    Lol yeah I’m sure that would be enough.

  110. Nelson

    Guen seems to me to be shying away from heading the ball. Last game, he lost a header which started Chelsea’s counter resulting in the second goal. The coaching staff may suggest to him to have a shot hair cut. After that, he may be more willing to practice heading the ball.

  111. Dissenter

    Today, Graham Potter switched the game on Arteta by ceding the midfield to him and bring in a hardworking winger. Brighten went on to draw the game, should have won too.

    Let’s see how Arteta in-game management improves because he certainly na wasn’t thinking on his feet on Sunday.

  112. TR7

    Paulinho

    “. Torreira had a chance from six yards out at Old Trafford, if he scores that it’s big, big goal. Ozil would never be in that position, although he would make us look more aesthetically pleasing. See how that works?”

    A stretched out playing style with forward players camped in opposition half and a wide gap between attack and defense led to opposition teams attacking our defense relentlessly. Sure we got odd chances to score but the odds were always against us. As a team you are banking on stopping 15 plus attacks and converting at least one to two chances from say 4-5 chances. Under Arteta if we switch to a possession style game, we will give opposition fewer opportunities to attack. With more possession with someone like Torr siiting back, we may hopefully create more chances using angles and geometry at the expense of chances created by a Torr run under Emery. Odds in possession style football are more favorable than in Emery style.

  113. Bamford10

    Marc, Edu

    Could you two look at the results of the last 5-6 matches under Emery and tell us which of those matches reflect or support your claim that Arsenal players “downed tools” under Emery?

    To help you with this, I’ll paste in those results/scores below.

    Before I do that, though, allow me to point out that in Emery’s final match — a match in which Arsenal players had presumably most “downed tools” — we drew 2-2 with Southampton. Now, you and others may initially regard this as a clear example of a match in which Arsenal players had downed tools — “a draw to lowly Southampton! Outrageous!” — but note that Southampton have won or drawn five of their seven PL matches since, including a 2-0 win over Chelsea. Let me say that again: that Southampton team beat Chelsea 2-0 a week ago, and they have won or drawn five of their seven PL matches since playing us.

    From this, some people might conclude that that 2-2 Southampton draw wasn’t as bad as some people thought at the time, no? You tell me.

    Regardless, below are the results in Emery final six matches. If you have a moment, maybe you could speak to us about which of these matches reflect your assertion that Arsenal players had downed tools under Emery.

    Cheers.
    __

    Arsenal 1 – 0 Bournemouth
    Sheffield 1 – 0 Arsenal
    Arsenal 2 – 2 Palace
    Arsenal 1 – 1 Wolves
    Leicester 2 – 0 Arsenal
    Arsenal 2 – 2 Southampton