Old habits die hard, but Arsenal players respond brilliantly

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Mikel Arteta stayed true to his word and treated the FA Cup with more respect than you’d show your grandma at a Sunday lunch. He fielded a very strong team for Bielsa’s Leeds, though it was loaded with some oddities. He stuck with a back four that saw Sokratis as right back. His midfield had Xhaka and Matteo, which always scares me. He continued his run with Mesut and capped it with Pepe, Laca and Nelson.

We started off in appalling fashion. Our manager hilariously said after the game, “I’ve watched Leeds United a lot and they batter teams every 3 days,” and batter us they did. We were absolutely second best for the majority of the first half. Leeds pummeled us, they beat us to every ball and they didn’t give us time to turn out of our half. It was utterly embarrassing. We managed 3 attempts with 1 on target (they had 15 attempts at our goal, 5 on target).

Matteo Guendouzi looked frightened, he was awful on the ball, he did not know which way to turn or where to stand. He resorted to slipping into the back 4 like he’d been doing under Emery. He wasn’t helped, Rob Holding has gone from looking like peak Baresi, to Pascal Cygan after 5 beers, he was very rusty and struggled with his passing. Then up front, Lacazette looked sluggish and low on confidence. Our players were bunched up, we didn’t fight, and we forgot all the good things from the last 3 games. The only bright spark was some good keeping from Martinez.

There are always going to be lots of questions of the manager when things are going badly, the one we wanted to know last night was whether he could motivate ‘this’ group of players to come out fighting. Well, Lacazette said, ‘he shouted a lot.’ Which always moistens the loins of British fans who think a good hairdryer treatment can solve any motivation issue.

Were the Brits wrong to dampen? Absolutely not. Brexit means Brexit and shouting at players appears to mean they pull their finger out, the dirty slaaaags.

The players put Leeds on the back foot right away. We became the protagonists. The shape was much improved, the midfield moved quicker to close down danger/angles, and the team worked really hard to get Ozil and Pepe on the ball. The German, in particular, made the most of the ball, he created some great opportunities, every touch had intent and seemed to dent the confidence of a tiring Leeds side.

The breakthrough came from some dogged work from Pepe. He slinked away from a pile-up with Douglas just inside Leeds half. The Ivorian reminds me of a fast Kanu sometimes, I don’t quite know how he’s staying on his feet, but it works and he escapes. He powered through the middle, released Lacazette out wide, he quickly slipped the ball into the box, it deflected and Reiss Nelson was on hand to bundle home. Not the tidiest of goals, but a confidence jab for all three involved.

That goal really took the steam out of anything Leeds could offer. We continued the half with the same intensity. I thought the fans were in fine voice, they kept the boys going with their singing. Arteta was able to bring on Gabriel, who looks the absolute business. His intensity is going to be a game-changer for Arsenal next year.

The game finished 1-0. We somehow kept another clean sheet. The team passed another test, they can be motivated, they do want to play for the manager, and the FA Cup could be a real opportunity this season.

Leeds is a bruising team to play against, the squad underestimated them, and they nearly paid the price. It’s a lesson learned. Mikel is good, but he’s never going to shake old habits in under a month.

Fans have to accept that finding consistency is going to be very hard this season. There will some great moments, but there are also going to be some horrible ones that might leave you questioning whether we have the right man in charge. We have to work through it, this is a proper manager with ideas that will take a year to start delivering consistency… but when they land, it’s going to be beautiful.

For now, let’s hope the lessons of today were learned. At the highest level, even against Championship sides, you cannot afford to take your foot off the gas. Leeds has a tiny squad that’s been somewhat out of form and they dominated us so badly in the first half, we only managed 37.5% possession.

Arsenal are still weak when pressed hard, we’ve known that for years, we’ll have to get better there. Xhaka looked really poor in the first half, but he was a different beast in the second. Matteo looked ready for the scrap heap in the first 45, the second he looked like a man who was told his family were in the boot of a car with their lives dependent on him playing like a man possessed. Everyone looked better when they moved towards the Arteta instruction pack and that can only be a positive for his authority as a manager moving forward.

Next up is Sheffield United. A tough game against a coach that will have watched what Bielsa did with intrigue. Chris Wilder will have a plan, we’ll have to rise to the occasion again and hope the squad wants to continue to prove the doubters wrong.

What did you think? Let us know in the comments!

P.S. I don’t normally care much for press conferences, but man, I love listening to the clarity of his comms. He knows exactly what’s going on, very refreshing. Also great to know Auba is committed.

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  1. salparadisenyc

    Suspect CB will be a loan with Saliba coming in and Upamecano the other long termer target to potentially make move this summer. Boateng further than 6 month loan is ludicrious with whose on current roster.

  2. Gentlebris

    I love to see we now have a coach who could solve a crisis within 90 minutes.

    We must realize we were not really piss poor in the first half, just that Leeds were good, better than anyone could have expected. Had Leeds taken that game to Citey at home, Citey would have been shocked too.

    But the reaction we brought to the game in the second half……. it was a serious mixture of determination and organization. Leeds didn’t know what was hitting them. They were completely neutralized.

    Winning that game yesterday should be as confident boosting as beating United in that first half blockbuster. We needed a second half performance for a second half confidence…..and that game brought that opportunity in the finest fashion.

  3. DigitalBob

    I suspect we will make a couple of loans probably Boateng and if all the talk is correct Lemar with maybe an option to buy.

    As it looks like Xhaka is staying its likely we wont add to the middle till the summer and Lemar also gives us versatility in that position so to speak.

    In an ideal world the likes of Upamecano and Partey would be in this window but that type of business has so many variables we’ll have to revisit bigger deals in the summer.

  4. Brooklyn

    Ramford,
    When has Bernardo Silva ever shown he is much better in the middle??

    He can play there and has played some games in there, but better? He doesn’t have awareness and ability to dribble both ways to actually play in centre. Atleast at wide position him going outside is 50-50 in terms of dribbling past player or getting a throw-in or corner for his team, he would lose ball more frequently in centre of midfield.

    He is good tactical piece for overloads and to hold onto possession without him individually doing anything with it. Very overrated player for me.

    He can’t force himself into CM role ahead of Foden and Gundogan under Guardiola should tell you the story.

    Never crossed 15 G+A despite playing for dominant Man City in offensive role for two full seasons. As others are not scoring as frequently as they did in previous two seasons his glaring lack of end product, compared to his reputation, has come to fore and hence has been replaced by Mahrez.

    Of course losing out spot to Mahrez isn’t a shame in itself, but does highlights his weakness in terms of end product or dampens his star rating, deservedly so for me.

    Good player 8/10 in limited role of technical wide player. Nothing more than 7/10(6/10 compared to hype 🙂 ) overall individually.

  5. Marko

    I dunno I think we could be in for a surprise this month. If it was just a case of a loan or two we’d probably have gotten one of Boatang or Lemar already done. Could be something in Soumare. Of all the clubs mentioned only really us possibly United need him. Spurs and Chelsea do not at all

  6. UTarse

    I saw why Leeds didn’t play Nketiah much, Bamford totally bossed and bullied our centre backs and he may not finish aswell but he definitely suits their type of game more.

    refreshing to see how Arteta took a no nonsense approach to the abject 1st half performance.

  7. TheLegendaryDB10

    RE Louis – he’s quite ill atm so don’t think you’ll be hearing from him for a while.

    All my best wishes to Louis Almeida. I hope you recover!

    I always enjoyed reading his posts when he would pop up. Always had something interesting to say.

  8. Brooklyn

    Quite a long comment, anyways comparison was with Lemar. Both Bernardo Silva and Lemar struggle with athleticism and lack that quality(the likes of Silva, Cazorla, Ozil have/had) to transcend said limitation.

    In terms of stature and dribbling ability they may be as good but they lack that extra technical ability(great passing ability, using/finding space in centre and first touch ability).

    Now they would be decent as No. 10 but definitely won’t work as CM/interiors in 3 man midfield.

  9. Romford Pele

    Brooklyn,

    Bernardo played more than Gundogan and Foden in the last two seasons and he’s played loads in the middle so what is it you’re saying really. He isn’t your typical wide forward like Sterling whose game is based on beating your marker 1 v 1. He’s played wide for tactical overloads but he’s also played centrally with KDB loads to give control and offer dribbling through the middle.

    He’s a sensational player. Sure he’s dropped off a bit this season but the same can be said a lot about most of them bar KDB and Sterling. When KDB was injured last season he played loads centrally and stepped up in crucial moments.

  10. DigitalBob

    Marko – I’d love a surprise but I dunno, it feels like they’re gearing up for a real summer overhaul with the heavy lifting, up to 12 out according to Orny, done in the summer when we know our European footballing fate for 20/21.

  11. Brooklyn

    Romford,
    Welcome back btw.

    Couldn’t find stats to see how much he played through middle last season.

    I know that he did play as CM when both De Bruyne and Gundogan were injured for majority of the season. And ofcourse Foden was a year younger.

    And for me Foden is one of the few over-rated player in this Man City team.

    If he was/is so good in CM why can’t he get game time ahead of Gundogan and Foden who have been injured/poor/average for last couple of season??

    Anyway how good was he actually as a CM other than recycling possession in already possession dominant Man City team??

    Do you think he has shown enough that he would be as good CM/CAM with his lack of end product and top level passing ability, in teams other than under Guardiola??

  12. Brooklyn

    Guns,
    Sure mate, just think like they don’t play under Guardiola and need to be good in other aspect specific to their positions than just passing around.

    Because we are not playing under Guardiola and some of City players weakness specific to their position would be exposed.

    Some are individually top quality like Aguero, Stirling, De Bruyne, David Silva, Mahrez, Walker, Fernandinho etc who will maintain similar or even better level in, let’s say today’s Crystal Palace team.

    Personal opinion ofcourse but I think the likes of Ederson, Bernardo Silva, Stones will look painfully average individually in today’s Crystal Palace team.

  13. Romford Pele

    Brooklyn, cheers mate.

    Bernardo Silva is a versatile player. he can pretty much play anywhere to the same level. I still hold the opinion that he is David Silva’s long term replacement. Can do the same thing but to greater intensity.

    B. Silva’s greatest ability is his dribbling under pressure and ability to get away in tight spaces. He’s much more than a passer.

    He’s walking into Arsenal’s team that’s for sure.

  14. Guns of SF

    City have athletes- great technical skills and more importantly, know how to play on and off the ball.

    They understand their system…

    Hopefully we can get there some day. Ive said it all along… its the off the ball movement that is so important.

    Look at Liverpool, they defend like their lives depend on it. Everyone tracks back when they lose the ball.

    They minimize any “gaps” that can give the opposition a chance to break.

    We are doing better with this…. it was our undoing many times this season…

  15. Jamie

    Anyone else worried about Bellerin? If he’s lost a yard of pace after his ACL injury, he’s basically a very average RB. I think he’s on a fair chunk of change too, like over £100k a week.

  16. Habesha Gooner

    B.silva is an absolute baller. He might not be debruyne levels good being an all rounder but he is amazing. Technically gifted with good engine and dribbling ability. I think he is one of the best attacking midfielders in the premier league. He was the reason that city sustained a title run in and won. They didn’t miss debruyne because of him. Before Guardiola signed People were amazed with Mbappe deservedly but Silva was the one orchestrating things. I was hoping we would sign him and before the window was open city signed him for 43 mil.

  17. HighburyLegend

    “Look at Liverpool, they defend like their lives depend on it.”

    Granité would fit perfectly in their starting XI.

  18. Guns of SF

    Bellerin stuck in the 90s time warp- I see him rocking that 90s garb quit a bit.
    perhaps he should stick to fashion and quit this team.
    We can def upgrade on his ass

  19. CG

    CG

    “””””Since he departed 58 league games ago and Quarter of a Billion has been spent on basically dud players- name me one aspect of the club we have improved in?

    Just the one.

    1.””””

    So No Takers?

    (Apart from Freds valiant attempt.)

    Arsene’s Country Club or Not – we still have not improved in one single aspect since he departed.

    Not one.

    We do pay more in agents fees though and get our pants pulled down by Championship sides with 2 debutants playing.

    And we are midtable.
    And there are tickets at every home game available.
    And we now post huge losses every season. (No Cash Reserves to hoard now.)
    And the soccer is so so scintillating.

    Fact is : 95% of the wonderful folk on here are in complete and total denial.

    We are getting progressively worse not better.
    And we have all the stats in the World to prove it.

    T.H

  20. CG

    Guns Of SF

    “”””CG what the hell are you talking about ? Stop living in the past! 😛”””””

    So you have nothing more to add?

    One Aspect we have improved ?
    N
    E
    ?

  21. Guns of SF

    We have improved our attack-
    We are improving our off the ball movements
    We are creating more
    Players are understanding their role more.
    We are sticking with a system- instead of constant tinkering

    Emery did us in pretty bad- we will climb out….
    Im still giving Arteta a chance to show what he can do with this team

    We get a new CB and CM- top tier and lets see what happens this season

    Wenger is in the past…. what would Wenger do with this team???/ Not much im afraid

  22. Brooklyn

    Romford,
    Now, sure he would walk into current Arsenal’s starting lineup.

    All I am saying is I would much prefer Mahrez, Zaha even Grealish ahead of him for similar or lesser outlay to Bernardo Silva as a winger.

    I think with clout Man City have they will replace David Silva with another top quality player. Maybe for a season give it a try between Foden and Bernardo, but long term definitely not.

    And that is not even factoring Guardiola’s tenure. If for some reason Guardiola leaves Man City at the end of this season, Bernardo Silva will definitely be a starting CM(New player) or CAM(De Bruyne) for Man City.

    Let’s agree do disagree for now.
    #COYG onwards and upwards…

  23. Danny S

    Guns

    The thing Wenger would do with this team is give them all new contracts! Double their wages and the ones that didn’t want to sign would all be allowed to leave on free transfers because that’s the way he once said transfers were going.

  24. Freddie Ljungberg

    Pedro

    “Freddie, no one made up double sessions… just let Unai go, he was shit, he tanked the squad, and no one ran for him because he couldn’t say evening properly. There is no injustice to be seen here. Good riddance.”

    You’re better than this Pedro, well at least you should be.

    No one cares about Emery, some people backed him initially and were willing to give him time like all decent fans should do with a new manager, it doesn’t mean everyone went and did a Pierre and built a shrine to the guy.

    Valentin spent weeks (and long after that too) peddling the double sessions myth a year ago off of an article that mentioned that Emery had to tone down the intensity of the training, nothing else. You backed him up on that too. Intense training was a crime against humanity then, not now, pointing out the hypocrisy in that isn’t holding on to the old manager, it’s just pointing out hypocrisy.

  25. Marc

    “We do pay more in agents fees though and get our pants pulled down by Championship sides with 2 debutants playing.”

    Didn’t the Spud’s get taken to a replay against the mighty Middlesbrough who had a guy in goal who hadn’t kicked a ball in years? All whilst being managed by the still Special One?

    The same Middlesbrough who are 19 points behind Leeds.

  26. Pedro

    CG, not sure what you’re driving at here, that we shouldn’t have moved on Arsene Wenger? A manager that tanked his rep so bad he had to take a desk job at a corrupt organization run by the worst spivs in biz?

  27. Marc

    Freddie

    That’s been my frustration with many commenters on here. Pull Emery up for things he genuinely fucked up but don’t make stuff up or look for things just to slag the guy off.

    He didn’t work out – we moved him on but we should judge managers on an equal footing.

  28. Un na naai

    Romford Pepe

    With you on Soumare
    Kid is a monster. Great in the tackle, powerful with the ball, passing needs some work but yeah, 100% for me

    The Jeff is now at Lyon
    Another that good old emery let walk for fuck all along with jack, cazorla and Ramsey then complained we had no ball carriers.

  29. TheLegendaryDB10

    Thanks in advance for passing on the message to Louis, Romford!

    ———-

    Re Xhaka and the ref Anthony Taylor.

    I also thought it strange that he was more lenient than usual in regards to not carding Xhaka. I was really expecting a yellow at some point

    I then wondered whether Anthony Taylor was actually waiting for a really dirty/rash tackle by Xhaka to straight red card him. You know, create a bit of drama (they do like being in the limelight don’t they?).

    But Xhaka never did.

    For me refs have always been dodgy regardless of whether it is or not Arsenal.

    I mean look at how they are fucking up using VAR. All that because they are afraid that they wont be able to be a bit biased towards one team like Spurs or Pool during a game.

  30. Pedro

    Intense training sessions are ALWAYS a good thing, but they have to be in the name of something and you have to see benefits on the pitch.

    I went to the Huddersfield game last December and I’ve never seen the players look so dead on their feet. Then we had all the injuries. Then the embarrassing dip in form.

    There’s clearly method to what Arteta is doing. He’s trying to raise the capacit of the players to do what he did at City, who won back to back titles.

    What was Emery trying to do? Make players run around for the sake of it? No purpose to his vision of fitness (or one that the players understood).

  31. Marko

    Do people not realize that they never proved double training sessions? Not once. It was intense training sessions then and it’s intense training sessions now. I wasn’t comfortable with people blaming it then for injuries and if someone goes down with something now I still wouldn’t be comfortable with blaming it on the manager especially if it’s a injury prone player.

  32. Marc

    Pedro

    But that’s the hypocrisy slagging off Emery for over training the players whilst praising Arteta for doing the same thing.

    Emery was a bad move but actually one in the long run that will prove beneficial. He’s gone – 99% are behind Arteta but you don’t need to stamp on a guy once he’s down for personal gratification.

  33. HighburyLegend

    “who won back to back titles.”

    Ah ah ah, a very important precision, indeed.
    (for those who weren’t aware…)

  34. Guns of SF

    Players were knackered under emery with his training and lack of defensive plan.
    Everyone just run run run…

    You can minimize the wear and tear with a good system.- I agree with Pedro on this.
    The training now seems to have more purpose based on the system, roles, and player fitness.

  35. Pedro

    Marc,

    Comparing the Arteta and Emery won’t rub. The same as when people were saying, ‘if you’ll give the job to Arteta, why not Freddie.’

    Different beasts doing different things.

    One is moving towards a clear vision that everyone understands inside 2 weeks. The other had people defending his ways even when our players were visibly crushed by December.

  36. RodneyKing

    Crystal Palace away and Sheffield Utd at home will be very tough tests for us. Play like we did vs Leeds in the first half and we’ll get punished.

    Sheffield Utd are hard to break down. They may not have a terrific frontline but they have players like McGoldrick and Mousset who are prepared to run all day. I’ve been particularly impressed with Mousset’s holdup play.

    On paper, Palace is the more difficult game especially if the Palace that love to play against us turn up. Win it though, and the players will go into the game against Sheffiled Utd with a lot more confidence.

    I’ll readily take 4 points at this stage – a draw against Palace and a win vs Sheffield Utd.

  37. James wood

    Mental fitness is as important as Physical
    fitness players will not perform unless they
    are in the right place.
    You can push players to hard physically a balance is vital.

  38. Pedro

    Guns, exactly. Arteta said very specifically that distance run isn’t that important. He also said he is convincing players where to position themselves so they have to run less.

    Emery got a raw deal because his methods didn’t produce. Hours of video analysis and player dumb as bricks. Over the top training that didn’t result in better pressing or more intensity on the pitch.

  39. Guns of SF

    A while back, like 10 plus years back I read that when Arsene was looking at new players, Arsenal had a test of how the player would fare in the last 10 minutes of a game when fatigue was kicking in… they had some metric that they were using to determine whether the player had the mental and physical capacity to see out games that was superior…

    Under Wenger, ironically I can recall players not really breaking down as much.
    Perhaps his sisssy training sessions were helpful?

    Who knows… hopefully we can get the players rested and fit enough to make a run this season

  40. Marc

    Pedro

    You’re so blinded by Arteta that you can’t see what people are saying. It’s not about Emery vs Arteta it’s about judging people on a fair and consistent basis.

  41. Marko

    Unai Emery didn’t break players, indeed.

    You heard it right folks Unai Emery broke Aaron Ramsey. By that same logic Mikel Arteta broke Calum Chambers. That’s the world we live in apparently where managers are solely responsible for players getting injured even injury prone ones. Remember intense training sessions and a player getting injured equals the managers doing. Let’s be consistent

  42. Un na naai

    Why is everyone still defending emery? He was toilet. His methods were toilet
    He took us through our worst period in 40 years after spending £200m in 18 months
    The players mugged him off publicly because they had no respect for him (not that I agree with that) but he brought it on himself.
    How the hell can any of you defend that?

  43. Freddie Ljungberg

    Pedro

    Wow, double trining sessions in pre season, what a concept. No one argued that that wasn’t a thing, it’s like that for every team in every preseason.

    Valentin argued for weeks that the double sessions went into November based on an article that said Emery had to tone down the intensity of the training. Lies.

    Kolasinac did the same thing as Ramsey against Man U, luckily isn’t made of styrofoam.

    Emery breaking Ramsey is another myth just for the sake of it. He’s had 1 full season of football in what, 8 years? Still breaking down in Seria A, no need to make stuff up. Most of us are backing the manager of your choice already.

  44. Marko

    So your saying Emery should have been more authoritarian with Ramsey

    That’s another thing Kolasinac just back from injury and was goosed the last game and what does Mikel do but start him in another game. Lad surely is in the red in need of a rest. Consistency

  45. Pedro

    Marc, don’t get in the way of my love.

    Guns, Wenger crashed players for years, was in total denial that his training methods were the problem… the club eventually caved and hired Shad and the issues reduced.

  46. Pedro

    Freddie, Ramsey should have been told he couldn’t play… because that’s what leadership is about.

    Anyway, no idea why we’re talking about Emery, can’t we just park him and talk about the positives that are happening?

  47. Freddie Ljungberg

    Pedro

    Like the article I posted about the poor little babies being too tired to go on a fortnite party after the INTENSE training sessions?

    Intense is not the same as double, unless my english lessons totally didn’t pay off at all.

  48. CG

    danny

    “”””What would be different if Wenger were still here?”””””

    Well, how about this little lot for starters:

    We would not be 10th thats for sure.
    We would be playing attractively.
    Our players would not be cheating as much on the field.
    We would not be posting horrendous financial losses.
    We would not be paying spivvy agents obscene amounts.
    We would have spent the money on players so so much better.

    and we would not being outplayed by a championship side…..
    so not too much.

    And another thing Danny

    Spending more – does not mean you are spending it better.

    Anyway- not too much left to spend by all accounts.

  49. Marko

    it wouldn’t have made the papers if his approach wasn’t more extreme than normal

    Isn’t Arteta and his intense training sessions doing the rounds in the papers too currently. So again by that same logic any and all injuries suffered he gets the blame for it. Not by me though I don’t have the audacity to blame a manager for an injury prone player going down. It’s why I don’t blame Mikel for Chambers getting injured. Just bad luck nothing to do with the intensity of training

  50. salparadisenyc

    Emery was a necessary cog in the post Wenger scheme. Looking back a brilliant moves from Gazidis, knowing he’d set the bar so fucking low after stinking the place out his young protege Arteta would eventually be able to swoop in and deliver with a more sympathetic fanbase in tow, realistic goals on a timeline to match.

  51. Freddie Ljungberg

    Pedro

    Kola was injured but said he could play against Man U. No outcry because he’s not made of paper mache, players do it all the time.

    It’s not an Emery issue, it’s about consistency.

  52. Habesha Gooner

    Double sessions seems to be the topic today. I actually don’t think it matters that much. Player conditions and demands on everyone’s body should be the job of the medical staff. Emery failed at playing any decent football. That’s all.

    In other news Ornstein says 12 players may be shifted. So let’s see
    Mustafi, Eddie , Smith-Rowe, Mavropanos all loan moves. Would love to get rid of Mustafi for good but a loan and him doing better might make somebody make a stupid decision and buy him.
    who are the other 8?
    Kolasinac may Go but Tierney is not coming back for another 2 months at least. Willock loan? I don’t know how 12 is feasible.

  53. Freddie Ljungberg

    Marko

    Holding went down the exact same way last year that Chambers did this, landed awkwardly.

    Who did you think got the blame for that? Yup. Fatigue it was, double sessions made him do it.

    Now, complete and utter silence, smh.

  54. Marc

    We would not be 10th thats for sure. – No we’d be lower.

    We would be playing attractively. – The football under Wenger was pretty dire in the last few years and was getting worse.

    Our players would not be cheating as much on the field. – I don’t even know what that’s supposed to mean.

    We would not be posting horrendous financial losses. – The losses are due to not getting CL football something that happened for two seasons under Wenger so yes we would.

    We would not be paying spivvy agents obscene amounts. – No we’d carry on missing out on young players with huge potential ie Hazard = Saliba.

    We would have spent the money on players so so much better. – Yeah just like Wenger did on Xhaka and Mustafi.

  55. Marko

    We would not be posting horrendous financial losses.

    He had us two seasons out of the Champions League

    We would have spent the money on players so so much better.

    He pissed away hundreds of millions on poor players.

    and we would not being outplayed by a championship side…..

    Short memory but off the top of my head defeats to Bradford, Blackburn and Forrest.

    You sir need to get off that Arsene juice

  56. PHILIP WATTS

    Hi All
    Interesting game last night, hope Leeds get promoted, so my prediction will be proved true.

    If they play Bamford as a lone striker they will crash and burn , firstly he is not premier standard ( already proved } and not a natural goal scorer. Premier defenses will gobble him up, and spit him out,.Despite on last nights showing being the best unit in the championship, they have failed to win on 11 occasions so maybe the first 45 last night was us being shit poor rather than them being so bloody wonderful.
    We shall see…. maybe??

  57. Un na naai

    Anyway, no idea why we’re talking about Emery, can’t we just park him and talk about the positives that are happening?

    Ha
    You’d think they’d want to bury their head in the sand and avoid highlighting their stupidity after emery embarrassing them so badly in the last 18 months but no. Here they are, trying to skew reality and convince us that what we were seeing wasn’t really that bad. Even though it was
    It was worse than the final year and a half of wenger. It was worse than anything any of us have witnessed at the club since the late 70s

  58. CG

    Danny

    “””””CG The one aspect we have improved is the wage structure.
    And the transfer process.””””

    Like Raul signing off Ozils Contract?

    And David Luiz on a 2.5 year deal on £100 000 a week?
    Pepe for £70 million. ? Tierney ?

    That Leeds team cost £10 million

    Dont think that aspects improved then ?

  59. Danny S

    CG

    Wenger was in decline…….

    He finished 5th then 6th, who knows where that would have ended up as he was also, like you and most of the other AKB were in total denial that anything was wrong.

    That I think, is the link between whenever and the AKB’s….. senility or general mental illness.

  60. Marko

    Now, complete and utter silence, smh.

    I mean yeah but it was to be expected. Alot is to be expected though expect that good enough squad to get an eventual overhaul too. Expectations to be tempered a little that’s another one.

  61. Jamie

    Pedro is the OG A[rteta]KB. It is what it is. People have their favourites and tend to see them through a certain prism.

    In the end, we’ll all be super stoked if Arteta continues to do good work at the club for the next few years. He’s smart, no doubt about it. He needs some new blood in the squad for sure though.

  62. Un na naai

    At least hairline and ishola have the good grace to hide away and lick their wounds

    Not Marko and Freddie though. Proudly backed emery. Insulted torriera, wrote off Arteta
    Labelled him a cone man
    Claimed coaching wouldn’t impact the palyers.
    We had to sell half the team and replace the players we replaced the last player with, with new players.
    Marko even tried to deny it

    Not an ounce of shame. Either of you.

    Anyway, we have a REAL arsenal man running tings now. Proving your bullshit footballing philosophies to be nothing more than what your average fifa playing teenager might offer

  63. Marko

    Like Raul signing off Ozils Contract?

    You need help.

    And David Luiz on a 2.5 year deal

    Can somebody please help this stupid stupid man realize once and for all that players signed at the start of the season don’t get 2 and a half year contracts. He’s really struggling with this concept

  64. Danny S

    I’m pretty sure Gazidis signed off on the Ozil deal.

    Luis, could yet be the player we need under arteta.

    Tierney has looked like a class player when he’s played, and again under a proper manager we will have a WC LB in him.

    Pepe has yet to bed in, but is looking better with every game.

    If Wenger was here, iwobi would be on 100k now, welbeck would have got a new deal doubling his wages and so too would rambo and they would both be on the physio table right now.

  65. Marc

    Oh dear

    Sanllehi reported to Gazidis = Gazidis was his boss. Ozil’s contract was signed in the January and would have been on the negotiating table for weeks if not months. Sanllehi joined us in February.

    For Gazidis to ask Sanllehi’s permission on a contract before he joined would have completely undermined Gazidis.

  66. Freddie Ljungberg

    Marko

    Oh it was expected alright. Along with the squad is good enough. Now let’s sign 5 new starters though to “tweak” it a bit.
    That’s not a tweak fam, that’s a rebuild.

  67. Marko

    Not an ounce of shame

    Speaking of which hey Don. As has been explained before it’s okay if you don’t understand (or as you put it underrated) the things I’ve said in the past that’s okay

  68. salparadisenyc

    Raul had a hand in that Ozil extension, zero doubt.

    On another note imagine playing for a side and you’re #9 was named Bamford, i’d enter the market sharpish.

  69. CG

    Marko

    “””””Like Raul signing off Ozils Contract?You need help.”””””””

    Yes , Raul did fact.
    100000000000% Fact
    Nothing to do with Wenger whatsover.

  70. Habesha Gooner

    Un na naai
    Even if we are going to do better through Coaching, We are still not a top four team. Still Half the team( particularly our midfield and defense) needs to be sold.

  71. Marc

    CG

    What about Wenger refusing a £60 million bid for Sanchez when he was in the last year of his contract and refusing to sign a new one?

    Explain how that we good business?

  72. Marko

    If Wenger was here, iwobi would be on 100k now, welbeck would have got a new deal doubling his wages and so too would rambo and they would both be on the physio table right now.

    Oh at least. Cazorla would be still here new deal and not likely to be having the same season that he’s having at Villarreal. Mhikitaryan would be here. God knows what signings he would have made. Scary thought

  73. Marko

    Raul had a hand in that Ozil extension, zero doubt.

    Or as CG said 100000% fact. Yeah we’ve been over this before and you didn’t convince me then and you don’t convince me now that someone who hadn’t even taken the job yet was responsible for the contract and not Arsene Wenger or Ivan Gazidis. It’s just more Raul the Boogeyman stuff.

  74. Marc

    Jamie

    Gazidis didn’t rubber stamp Ozil’s contract – he typed the fucking thing up personally! Then signed it on behalf of Arsenal.

  75. RodneyKing

    After Holding got injured at Old Trafford, a certain poster said that it was down to Emery’s double training sessions!

    In Artreta, Arsenal have hired a manager that is a better “fit” for the club. Emery was a portfolio manager. The instruction was clear – come in and get CL football. Was there ever talk about a vision more grandiose than that? I don’t think so.

    But let’s not kid ourselves. If Arteta’s remit is to get this club back into the Champions League and he fails to do so, you can be sure that he wouldn’t be here after 3.5 years. In my opinion, he’ll have a better chance of succeeding long term, if there’s no immediate top-4 pressure so that he can fully focus on the playing style as well as player development.

    We’re not going to turn into Man City overnight even if we had their spending power and Arteta morphed into Pep.

  76. Freddie Ljungberg

    “Not Marko and Freddie though. Proudly backed emery. Insulted torriera, wrote off Arteta
    Labelled him a cone man
    Claimed coaching wouldn’t impact the palyers.
    We had to sell half the team and replace the players we replaced the last player with, with new players.
    Marko even tried to deny it”

    Are you not tired of being a clueless cunt Don?

    Yes, backing a new manager, what a novel concept for a fan of a football club. I’m backing the new manager now too even if he’s inexperienced.

    No one insulted Torreira dickhead. There was questions if he could last a full season at that tempo, last he didn’t , mostly because he had to cover for Xhaka. The calls to have him sold by some is because he was rumoured to want to leave.

    Coaching alone is not going to be enough, you can choose to believe that it will after 2 wins in 4 games but it’s not. Some of our players just aren’t good enough, they weren’t before and they won’t be now. A couple of decent performances doesn’t change that.

    Who has said we have to sell the players we bought and replace them? Maybe the stop gaps like Sok and Luiz, but that’s expected at their age. It’s still mostly the Wenger era signings that needs to go, same as before.

    It’s not about defending Emery, I know your tiny little brain can’t comprehend that everything isn’t black and white but if you pull crap out of your ass you can expect to get pulled up on it, that’s all this is about.

  77. Graham62

    Danny S

    Don’t mention what we were giving the likes of Diaby, Denilson, Bendtner, Almunia etc etc all those years back.

    One of the reasons Nasri left was because he was on £60000/week, the same as those mentioned above. I mean, how the fudge could we give Diaby £60000 in 2010 when he never played? This was always our problem. Giving those players who couldn’t cut the mustard, or were crocked, far too much.

    Those players mentioned above should have been on no more than £20-30k a week.

    Our wage structure was warped beyond belief.

    CG’s deluded perceptions on “regression” and “stagnation” highlight his incredibly naive mindset when it comes to the running of AFC over the past decade or so.

  78. Un na naai

    Habesha

    Leicester are in second with a team that is actually worse on paper

    How do you explain that? And if they can come from 10th to second then why can’t we

    Marko

    You’re actually hilarious.
    I understand alright. You’re clinging to the last, meaningless arguments you think vindicate all of the idiotic points you’ve made in the emery days in the futile hope of clawing back whatever credibility you think your footballing opinion carried.

    Yes yes, transfer market. Coaching is fanciful, Arteta is a cone man. Buy this one buy that one. Buy buy buy now now now.

    It’s all you know.

  79. TheLegendaryDB10

    Jamie

    I’ve a feeling that Arteta can be really special for us.

    He learnt his football at la Masia, so knows all about playing great football within a club who has a philosophy of being a tight knit family. He has worked for Man City, a club who wants to emulate Barca and has worked under one of the best managers out there, Pep (who incidentally has had his most successful period at Barca).

    Arteta is imbued with that entire philosophy. I truly believe that for our club this is our next natural step, a direct continuation of the fantastic football that was played at The Arsenal under Wenger.

  80. salparadisenyc

    Marko

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to grasp fact when new leadership comes in they are updated, asked opinion on current dealings, likely playing role as they will have to deal with said situations.

    Agree though its a tired argument. Nobody’s trying to make Raul out to be a boogeyman, he did a fine job of that himself backing Unai into this season. Round 2 is looking far more promising.

  81. Un na naai

    Are you not tired of being a clueless cunt Don?

    Freddie
    Clueless? Moi? Tell us again how torriera wasn’t physical enough for the league and how Ceballos would light up the league with his ball skills? How shit joe willock was.
    How Arteta was just a cone man?

    Shit I’ve forgot more about football than you’ll ever know
    Ya dirty little rimmer

  82. CG

    Marko

    “””””””that someone who hadn’t even taken the job yet was responsible for the contract and not Arsene Wenger or Ivan Gazidis. It’s just more Raul the Boogeyman stuff.”””””

    Well since he has taken his job- haven’t we done well.?

    He is a bloody marvel.

    Arrived when we were 5th
    £250 million on players and 3 managers later we are 10th!

    How good is that?

    No wonder why Barcelona could not wait to get shot of him.

    (he only came because he was Gazidas mate.)

  83. Graham62

    Just a hunch but I would say Wenger and Gazidis were definitely behind the Ozil contract fiasco, just as they were behind the Sanchez contract debacle.

    It was in their blood.

  84. Jamie

    LegendaryDB10 –

    That’s the dream! I like Arteta, he talks an absolute blinder. He’s composed, seems to have a certain presence only studs have. Hopefully he transmits confidence to the players and we kick on in the 2nd half of the season.

    I’d really like the board to back him this month. He needs the full support of the club if he’s to deliver success. It’s not an easy job. Took Klopp 4 years to deliver silverware. Poch still pissing into the wind without a pot in sight having been a PL gaffer for what, 7 years?

    Could be long road ahead, but as long as there’s more 2nd half performances like last night rather than more 1st half performances like last night going forward, I’ll fully strapped in.

  85. Frank

    “He was not happy because we knew they’d play like this and we didn’t respect what he had said,” said Lacazette on Arteta’s half-time dressing down.

    A slip of the tongue or an insight into the heart of the team?

    Yes, Emery had to go but clearly so does half the current squad. No heart, no pride and an utter lack of professionalism.

    That first half should never happen to a new manager.

    The squad needs to be cleaned out come the summer.

  86. Freddie Ljungberg

    Don

    Again with the rimming stuff? You need some new material.

    Ideally we need someone taller and more athletic in that role, I’m more than happy for that someone to play next to Torreira ( if he wants to stay) instead of Xhaka though.

    There’s also no denying that Torreira burned out second half of last season, probably because he had to do the defensive work of 2-3 players by himself.

    I always said if Ceballos adapts, he hasn’t, he’s also been injured, doesn’t mean you comparing him to Xhaka was right. He’s still a very talented player but I don’t think we should try to buy him.

    I haven’t said how shit Willock is, you’re confused again.

    Arteta was just an assistant, this is his first job as head coach, those are just facts. Not my first choice but I was going to back any new manager not named Jose Mourinho because that’s what a fan does, unless you’re a dickhead of course and turns on a new appointment before a ball is kicked in anger or after a couple of games…

  87. Un na naai

    Yes, backing a new manager, what a novel concept for a fan of a football club. I’m backing the new manager now too even if he’s inexperienced.

    Freddie

    You didn’t just back a new manager though did you? You tried to convince us all that what we were seeing wasn’t real. That he needed wingers
    That AMN and Torreira and chambers and many many more needed selling.

    Come on. Just admit it. You don’t know what you’re talking about
    Emery was shit
    Anyone with an ounce of footballing understanding told you that from the off and those that didn’t learned very quickly

    Not you though. You doubled down. It takes a special type of cuck to see your team tanking with a non entity of a coach and then beg for more of the same

    Like seeing your wife get double teamed and offering them a cuppa

    😂 😂 😂

  88. Un na naai

    Freddie

    Torriera was misused

    He didn’t burn out
    He was left out

    You openly mocked anyone who advocated trying Arteta. What did you think would happen when he came in and proved you wrong?

    Le grove never forgets.

  89. Freddie Ljungberg

    “You didn’t just back a new manager though did you? You tried to convince us all that what we were seeing wasn’t real. That he needed wingers
    That AMN and Torreira and chambers and many many more needed selling.”

    We had zero wingers, so yes, we needed wingers.

    AMN and Chambers isn’t good enough to start for us if we want to be serious about competing, don’t mind them staying as backups if we have the funds to get decent starters without selling them.

    Would have been much better to take the 20-25 offered for Chambers before and adding that to the budget and get a long term starter for CB rather than Sok and Luiz though.

    Yes, many more needed and still need selling, are you blind or what?

    I see you’ve entered full cuntzilla mode, you just know this is going to end up with some more casual racism from your side Don, it’s in your nature. Go ahead then.

  90. TheLegendaryDB10

    Jamie

    I too hope that the BoD backs Arteta. It will be needed. Most importantly we need to be smart. It’s not always easy but, considering that we now have someone who has a system in mind, it will make it easier to go for the “right” kind of players that will fit the system as he’ll definitively know what is needed for the team.

    We’ll see, but I can’t see Arteta agreeing to join us if he did not have some sort of say in the kind of player he needs.

    The road will be bumpy, but it really does look promising so far!

  91. Freddie Ljungberg

    Don

    He was left out second half of last season? Nah, you’re just confused again.

    The clamouring for an unproven manager and the level of propaganda from some quarters were absurd. The lies and made up shit was mostly what was getting a response, no one cared about Emery enough to go to war for him no matter what you think.

    If the discourse was more honest and level headed it would have been fine to want a new manager and try something new with someone that’s never managed a game before.

    You’re as big as a I told you so merchant there is though so you’ll make up anything that fits that narrative, good luck with that.

  92. Marc

    Just out of interest what happens over the next 18 months or so if Arteta moves out Chambers and Torreira etc?

    Personally I like them both – Chambers has probably been our best defender this season although it’s a best of a bad lot case if we’re honest and Torreira is currently the best DM at the club.

  93. Un na naai

    Freddie
    Again you didn’t just say we needed wingers
    You justified shit, slow, lumbering low energy football by citing no wide players

    We let Jeff nelson and cazorla go
    3 players who can easily play wide
    We had Aubameyang Mkhitaryan iwobi and ozil who can all play wide
    He got his wingers and we actually got even worse
    You were just plain wrong so fess up

    Arteta came in and out together our best 3 performances since wenger left with 8 players out
    What does that tell you?

  94. Un na naai

    The clamouring for an unproven manager and the level of propaganda from some quarters were absurd. The lies and made up shit was mostly what was getting a response, no one cared about Emery enough to go to war for him no matter what you think.

    Freddie

    So absurd we hired him and he’s now proving how right we were!! What the fuck are you talking about? And I’m confused?

  95. Danny

    Nice:
    CRYSTAL PALACE boss Roy Hodgson has claimed he fears he will be unable to field a competitive starting XI against Arsenal on Saturday.

    The South London side could be without 11 first team players due to injury and suspension.

  96. Un na naai

    If I’m confused you must be questioning your own reality.

    Nearly every single call you’ve made in the past two years has blown up in your face Freddie. All of your footballing opinions are now officially wrong. The things you claimed were happening didn’t actually happen.
    You only fooled yourself.
    Oh when reality catches up with those with self delusions

  97. Freddie Ljungberg

    “We let Jeff nelson and cazorla go
    3 players who can easily play wide
    We had Aubameyang Mkhitaryan iwobi and ozil who can all play wide
    He got his wingers and we actually got even worse
    You were just plain wrong so fess up”

    There’s so much wrong there that I don’t even know where to start.

    Cazorla on the wing after being injured for 2 years and out of a contract? Nelson isn’t ready now, he definitely wasn’t 18 months ago.
    Maybe it was a mistake letting Jeff go in hindsight, he didn’t do much when he was here though.

    Mikhi and Ozil on the wings has always worked out great.

    Auba can and did play on the wing, doesn’t mean he should.

    I think Iwobi did a decent job for us laat season, but he was our only winger and he’s not exactly great, would have been foolish to turn down 35m for him.

    So yes, a squad left with zero quality wingers needed wingers, shocking.

    Wrong about what exactly? Backing a new manager and giving him time? Nah, I’m good thanks.

    At least I didn’t back him for 5 years after it was proven beyond all doubt he couldn’t move us forward and then shat on his replacement from day 1 out of spite. Sounds familiar…

  98. Tom

    Arteta came in and out together our best 3 performances since wenger left with 8 players out
    What does that tell you?

    —————
    Getting carried away much?
    Or did you not watch Tottenham, Leicester, Napoli, Fulham games from last season, all of which were much better and more complete Arsenal performances than the three under Arteta , although the United game comes close, and it’s obviously early days.

  99. Marko

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to grasp fact when new leadership comes in they are updated, asked opinion on current dealings, likely playing role as they will have to deal with said situations.

    He wasn’t even leadership though that was still Ivan the terrible who we know was capable of making a really dumb decision. I’d also argue given that it was Raul who pulled the Ramsey contract that had Raul been in play earlier we likely wouldn’t have seen the Özil contract. Also you have to factor in Arsene’s comments on giving Ozil the contract. Pretty disingenuous to blame Raul for it but again he is the Boogeyman around here.

  100. Un na naai

    You’re as big as a I told you so merchant there is though so you’ll make up anything that fits that narrative, good luck with that.

    Nur nur nur nur nur
    Told you so. I mean, what’s the point of comparing emery with Arteta? He doesn’t even compare favourably with the very worst of wenger!!!

    Out of curiosity, what have I made up?
    You’ve been living in a fantasy land Freddie.
    Where arsenal have unlimited funds for new players
    Where emery was doing a good job and just needed wingers
    Where Arteta was an inferior cone man.
    Where coaching alone could not improve the players we have.

    None of it was real Freddy though Freddie
    None of it.
    Reality came in hard and swift.
    Jan 2020. What a bitter pill to swallow

    Pedro must be loving it. Watching your like squirm. The mental and emotional gymnastics you’re going through to try and find reason in the world.

    Do yourself a favour
    Go get your self a cloth
    Run it under some warm water and wipe thy egg off your face

  101. Edu me a favour

    “”” We would not be 10th thats for sure.
    We would be playing attractively.
    Our players would not be cheating as much on the field.
    We would not be posting horrendous financial losses.
    We would not be paying spivvy agents obscene amounts.
    We would have spent the money on players so so much better.”””

    If anybody needed stone cold proof that CG is here on a wind up , then the above list is it ..

  102. Freddie Ljungberg

    “Where arsenal have unlimited funds for new players
    Where emery was doing a good job and just needed wingers
    Where Arteta was an inferior cone man.
    Where coaching alone could not improve the players we have.”

    Never said we had unlimited funds idiot.

    Always maintained that the rebuild after Wengers run down of the squad was going to take at least 3 years, maybe more.

    Good job or not we still needed wingers, smh. You think Arteta is sad that he doesn’t have another area of the pitch he desperately has to upgrade on?

    Arteta was an assistant, it’s only crazy to want someone with experience of being a head coach because of Pedros indoctrination campaign.

    Like I said, if you think coaching alone is going to be enough to take us to where we want to be then you’re as loony as CG.

  103. Freddie Ljungberg

    Don

    “You sound like a televangelist.Televangelist? Yeah we don’t get those here. Must be a Swedish thing”

    Yeah, we’re really famous for our religious fanaticism. Plonker, you know what it is, no need to make yourself look stupider than you are.

  104. Tom

    If anybody needed stone cold proof that CG is here on a wind up , then the above list is it ..
    ——————-
    I don’t think it’s a wind up,
    I think CG is like that homeless guy at an intersection with a “ Jesus is coming , Repent” cardboard sign ,flagging every passerby and offering tips for salvation.

    The only difference he’s still selling Wenger instead of Jesus.

  105. Habesha Gooner

    Un na naai
    Leicester are not worse. Their Entire back four are starters ahead of ours and their midfield is also equal of not better. Any team that has a good goal scorer and a reliable spine is worth mentioning. Our squad maybuave depth but their starting players are Very good and reliable

  106. Lego Hair

    Marko has evidently never being involved in a hand over of any description in a role of any importance or responsibility.

    Apart from the happy meals he dishes out at the drive through.

  107. Lego Hair

    Un nai

    ‘ Like seeing your wife get double teamed and offering them a cuppa’

    Get it right fella Freddie loves his early teens and lady boys. Wife lol

  108. Freddie Ljungberg

    “Get it right fella Freddie loves his early teens and lady boys. Wife lol”

    Just when you think Don is the depth of human scum here comes Aubergine to the rescue.

    Hankering for ban number 9? Guess some people never learn.

  109. Un na naai

    Yeah, we’re really famous for our religious fanaticism. Plonker, you know what it is, no need to make yourself look stupider than you are.

    Freddy
    Haven’t you seen midsommar?

  110. Pierre

    The thing is Emery got too big for his boots.

    He would still be in a job now if he had stuck with the Torreira/xhaka midfield

    He had Aubameyang , Lacazette, Ozil and Mhkitaryan and he only ever started them once , in the home game v liverpool.

    That midfield and attack should have picked itself .

    He had Leno in goal , Monreal and Bellerin as capable full backs , so his main job should have been to select a centre back partnership and then build a solid disciplined back 4, but that never happened did it.

    All that Arteta has done so far is use his brain and put Torreira and Xhaka back together , played with 4 offensive players and told the full backs to never both attack at the same time and tweaked a few things tactically.

    This is only the tip of the iceberg for Arteta.
    All he is doing at the moment is picking a team to win games and restore confidence.

    The team and players are good enough to reach top 4 but that’s about it , Arteta will know this so of course he will do some wheeling and dealing in the summer.

    He will bring in the players he needs to play the style of football he wants to play because he will not be happy with top 4 , he will want to compete with the best.

    I said previously that being a successful manager is sometimes being in the right place at the right time and Arteta may be taking over at exactly the right time to challenge for the title.

    I’m not talking about challenging for the title next season, I’m talking about the 21/22 season.

    Think about it , Pep and Klopp will be ready for a break away from the premier league so liverpool and city will need new managers, Pochettino has gone, jose is finished , so the door will be open for a new manager to succeed , and that man is Arteta.

    Also 2022 will be 18 years after our previous title success.

    We won the league in 1971 , 18 years after our previous title success.

    We won the league in 1989, 18 years after the previous title success .

    So it stands to reason that 2022 will be our year.

  111. Pedro

    Pierre, I agree, think the timing is excellent… if the people give Arteta a future-facing squad, we should be competing for the title in 2 seasons time.

  112. Unai

    Anyone who thinks our squad doesn’t require upgrades didn’t see Sok at RB last night.

    Also, when players revert back to type as easily as quite a few did first half, you have to wonder if this only a short term upturn in form.

    End if the day, the players have shown, they downed tools, can’t absolve them all of responsibility. That’s twice in seasons too.

    Arteta looked, after the game, like a man who felt his authority had been questioned , he will certainly considered if all these players are fully behind him.

  113. Freddie Ljungberg

    Pedro

    Think we’ll have to agree to disagree about the indoctrination.

    “Pierre, I agree, think the timing is excellent… if the people give Arteta a future-facing squad, we should be competing for the title in 2 seasons time.”

    Agree about this though, him coming in with the squad we had 18 months ago and all the work needed to cut the wage bill would have frustrated the fans, much better to take over now with lowered expectations and more upside in the squad. I’m sure the extra 18 months of coaching experience helped too.

    Plenty of players that can be improved with the bunch we have, Tierney still haven’t had much chance to show his worth, Pepe just starting to adapt a bit, Saliba coming in the summer, Saka progressing, Martinelli looking like a wee beast.

    Still need to improve that defence and midfield with signings though

  114. Pedro

    Unai, literally no one has ever said we don’t need upgrades. It’s a new narrative people who said the players were uncoachable are pushing to refocus a dead argument that was pushed to support Unai Emery.

  115. Pedro

    Passionate persuasion.

    I do agree though… fan love for the players is at an all time low, he can do what he likes with the squad… and nothing could be more miserable than what we’ve watched for the last 5 years.

  116. Marko

    Positive news for Arsenal fans regarding Upamecano. Player has told the club he wants to join Arsenal, so no problem there. Fee isn’t a problem. Still the same issue as the other day and that’s the fact Leipzig don’t want to sell until the summer and Arsenal want him now. Close

    Dunno how reliable it is but sounds logical.

  117. Dissenter

    Unai nai
    Stop being so smug, it’s not like you don’t make mistakes too.
    Aren’t you the one who still wants Wilshere in the club?…even with the benefit of hindsight you still want him around to decorate the physio room.

  118. Marc

    Pedro

    ” people who said the players were uncoachable are pushing to refocus a dead argument ”

    So out of interest how much would you offer Mustafi and Xhaka in their new huge extended contracts?

  119. Chris

    I am loving the optimism people are having here concerning our future. I agree that glory could be in the offing within a couple of years.

    Interesting to see who might be managing Liverpool and City in a few years. Didn’t Klopp say he intends to stay at Liverpool until 2024?After that it will surely be the home coming of Gerrard.

    I have a sneaky suspicion City will get through a couple of managers post Pep, before they find someone who can fill his shoes. Hopefully not his ex assistant!

  120. Un na naai

    Pierre

    Great post
    And you’re spot on in that he should have stuck with Torreira sitting BEHIND Xakha

    It all went south as soon as he abandoned this midfield