Update on the transfer situation

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Well good morning to you, I wrote a post yesterday and it didn’t post, so you’re getting a double hit of the good stuff today. 💉

It’s Mikel press conference time, I’m still getting over the novelty of not spending 45 minutes trying to decipher the buried messaging of an Unai prezzer. I also like the fact that for the first time in 10 years, tuning into the pregame chat is actually interesting.

Let’s jump face-first into what hasn’t changed in forever… an Arsenal manager on transfers.

‘I’m happy we have the squad that I believe we can compete for what we want. I’m fine. I want to keep the players and get the maximum from the players that I want, but if this scenario changes and we need somebody, I’m expecting that we will go into the market and try to solve the issue.’

On whether he has a wishlist just in case.

‘I have, yes. You need to have one always, just in case!’

So the reality of our situation hasn’t changed, we blew our load last summer, and unless a very cheap deal or loan pops, we’ll be tasting the consequences of that until we can shift some of the deadwood in the summer… but at least Mikel has a list of players he likes, hopefully Ever Banega and Big Steve Nzonzi don’t feature. That’d be like finally landing a date with Sienna Miller and finding out she farts when she drinks, which to be honest is how I felt when he started Xhaka… I have grown to enjoy that fragrance though.

The most interesting theme that has run through the last week is that Arteta is very publicly calling Auba his most important player. I can’t deny that it’s true, but it seems to be a very purposeful narrative that he’s pushing.

‘Auba has been around, he was very sad after the game. He was disappointed that he left the team with 10 men. It’s an action that is completely accidental in my opinion. He’s been superb under me, he’s trained really well, he’s working so hard. He’s scoring goals and has probably been the most important player on the team. So to lose him, obviously, is really bad news for us.’

‘I don’t know. I haven’t experienced it. I hope not, I hope we can play better and even win the games and he will be pushing for that as well. Players have to step up. You know, when one of your big players is not there, they have to take responsibility. I’m sure when they’re not playing, they want a chance and they talk. It’s time to talk on the pitch, not outside. You come on there, you make the impact that he made and you sure me that you are as good as him or even better. You have the chance.’

Keeping your best sharpshooter motivated is obviously important, is the extra effort because he wants him to sign a new deal, or is it to keep him motivated despite playing him out of position? Or is Arteta just a really fucking massive fanboy of the man. He has a gold car, that is way cool imo.

My abiding memory of Sheffield United is from the Highbury days when we cheated and scored a goal and Steve Bruce threatened to take his players off the pitch like a giant pink snowflake, an incident that culminated in Arsenal offering a replay for the unfair result. I also remember the FA Cup semi-final when David Seaman made THAT save from Paul Peschisolido.

Things are different now. Chris Wilder, one of the sexy breed of new managers doing big things at small clubs, has made his team quite the spectacle this season. Mikel likes him.

‘The work he’s done is phenomenal and he’s done some special things as well with some movements and characteristics of how he moves his team around, and the demands that he puts on his players. What I like about a manager is when I see a team and they are a real team that fights for every single ball with their attitude and behaviour, as well as their intentions for what they want to do every time.  It’s very clear what he’s trying to do, so I have big admiration for him.’

The reality of our season is that this game is very important to our progress. Sheffield United are running away from us, we lose here, it’s a 7 point gap. Staggering considering their outlay compared to ours.

Things are still not looking positive on the injury and suspension front. Kola, Tierney and Bellerin likely won’t feature. LT ‘might’ be back in contention, but he has a hip problem. Our best striker sits out the first of three games. The only thing going for us tomorrow is that this has been the first full week the squad has had with the new training staff. We’ll be a little bit fitter, the plan should be a little more clear, and hopefully we come out all guns blazing for an expectant home crowd. Miracles don’t happen overnight, but a nice run of results against sides we should be beating would build belief in the squad and make us fighting fit for the big games in the cup and against the top 6 sides when they land.

One interesting thing to watch out for is the captaincy. Who does that go to in the new era? The way the team has been playing, I’d expect someone like David Luiz. I feel like he’s bought into the vision and his performances have been immense.

Finally, Head of Medical Services, Gary O’Driscoll, has left the building to take up a new role at Liverpool. I had the pleasure of being toured around the Arsenal facilities by him a few years ago, it basically qualified me to have PHD after my work signature, and it’s part of the reason I’m so revered in the Sports Science community. The article is here, think that was back in the day when Wenger was blaming injuries on hair pills and bad luck. What a time to be alive.

What I think is important about this move is, whilst sad, it shows you how good our backroom team is. The amateur injury specialist scene on Twitter is quite something, generally always wrong about their assessments of what goes on at the club, always wrong when they point the finger out the medical team. This is a vindication of that reality. Anyway, if you fancy the job, you can apply here.

Right, find me in the comments where I’ll be giving a seminar on the latest WADA regulations, have a great Friday night x

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  1. Receding Hairline

    Charles offering a grand sum of nothing to the conversation. OGS won games and united didn’t kick on..so? Whats the guarantee our inability to win games is preparing us for a higher level?

    What’s the lover nonsense? If you have nothing to post don’t post. You were one of the xG apostles, what’s our xG over the past 5 games?

  2. Marc

    Cesc

    This is my concern with what people are saying on here. Arteta was brought in a the new “great” coach about to make the scene. All of a sudden we can’t expect too much of him with the current squad because of injuries or players are just poor.

    What’s the difference between what Emery had and now?

    I’m not for one second suggesting Emery didn’t have to go – it went pear shaped in a major way last season and the club waited too long in sacking him but now we’re being told write off this season and maybe some of next.

    I’d like to know when I can go to a home match and have a reasonable expectation of Arsenal winning it?

  3. Receding Hairline

    Samesong even Arteta will kill for a consecutive run of games.

    Don’t let the nonsense from TR7 and Charles fool anyone.

    Failure to win games isn’t some tried and trusted methodology for building a formidable outfit

  4. Champagne Charlie

    China

    Emery binning, and then recalling, both Ramsey and Ozil is your example of ruthless? Give me a break mate, that’s not ruthless it’s awful posturing in place of leadership.

    And forgive me but I don’t consider halftime substitutions ruthless, quite the opposite. Arteta hooked Laca for Nketiah who hasn’t kicked a ball for us this season, that not ruthless by your standard? He benched Pepe for Reiss Nelson out of nowhere, not ruthless?

    Such a weird thing to even compare. Let’s see what ruthless looks like come the start of next season.

  5. Champagne Charlie

    Receding

    Don’t begin to lecture me on whether I can post or not, you seem to assume that role with numerous views you don’t like. Some feat for a guy that talks unrivalled amounts of waffle about Emery. Bin yourself.

  6. Cesc Appeal

    Marc

    You knew that was going to happen though.

    The second Arteta arrived the conversation would shift away from Emery being the single biggest problem because that meant that we should have expected an instant turn around given the new manager bounce most every club sees.

    Suddenly Arsenal were unique and had unique problems.

    I like some of the stuff Arteta is doing but he is never going to get anywhere with this set of players. I’d personally have preferred Nuno to Arteta, but I’d be saying the same thing, same thing if it was Ancelotti, whoever. This set of players is not good enough.

    Even fully fit I’d see the midfield needs replacing, maybe Torreira stays, but 2/3 of it need replacing. The forward line needs addressing, lose a ST and find a wide playmaker, the defence needs addressing with a RB and CB. Those are all fair points and speaks to the issues in this team. Not squad players either, starters.

    No one can agree with that and then say this squad isn’t filth.

  7. RodneyKing

    Emery was hired simply to get top 4 either via the league or the EL because of his record in that competition.

    Arteta was hired because he’d been sitting next to Pep for 3 years. Surely, he can bring some of that magic with him would have been the thinking. Not sure he’d have landed the job if he’d been assisting at Celtic or Everton.

    Just like Emery before him, Arteta will have a better chance of succeeding if he had the calibre of players that he needs to execute his preferred style.

    Getting the “right” manager is one half of the equation.

  8. Dissenter

    TR7
    ‘ For me the process is more important than results. Emery was getting great results early on but it was obvious that his methods and tactics were wrong and eventually it led to his and Arsenal downfall. ’

    That statement is laughable, and that’s me trying to be cordial.
    Sheffield played like the home team yesterday and thoroughly deserved their one point.
    What bollocks ‘process’ are you referring to. Arteta shit the bed yesterday-his substitutions flat-lined the team. He showed he’s still learning his trade at our expense.
    I saw some better performances under Emery than the turd that was served up yesterday.

  9. Receding Hairline

    same way you shouldn’t lecture others on what they can term ruthless Charles

    When exactly would it be safe so start winning games? I see you had no issue celebrating the United and Leeds win by the way despite the long term damage it would apparently do to the team. You are so transparent it’s funny.

    Reading Paulinho play with you for hours was also funny. You are actually more stupid than you think you are.

  10. Champagne Charlie

    “same way you shouldn’t lecture others on what they can term ruthless Charles“

    I’m not lecturing anything you bellend, challenging a view isn’t the same as saying ‘don’t post’ is it?

    “I see you had no issue celebrating the United and Leeds win by the way despite the long term damage it would apparently do to the team. You are so transparent it’s funny.“

    Ahh yes, that’s what’s been said isn’t it? Winning is damage inducing…

    “Reading Paulinho play with you for hours was also funny. You are actually more stupid than you think you are.“

    Quick appeal to someone else because you’ve fuck all to say that’s got any substance, just the standard red herrings. Imagine being you and calling someone else stupid, impressive levels of ignorance.

  11. Dissenter

    I’m pragmatically supporting the choice of Arteta, frankly because I’m a gooner and I want any Arsenal manager to succeed . I gave Emery the same benefit of doubt.
    I expect the novice manager we signed to shit the bed every now and then as he learns his trade, yesterday was one of such days. It’s just the way of life that young managers have to learn by dipping their toe in.
    What I detest is this constant lowering of the bar for Arteta and constant spinning thatPedro and his merry band of hardcore Arteta -knows -all folks keep doing.
    Who gave the go ahead to keep Nkettiah? It was obvious why Bielsa didn’t play him. It seemed like a boy thrown in with gladiators. Why take off your senior striker who’s playing to regain form to throw in a guy that can’t get games for a championship side.
    The lad should have been sent to Bristol on loan

  12. CG

    Dis

    “””””Sheffield played like the home team yesterday and thoroughly deserved their one point.””””””””

    And so did Leeds United in the last home fixture.

    How can we make Leeds look so good and spectacular- when they then go and get beaten home and away in their next two games?

    There has been no Bounce under Arteta ( certainly not like Pearson Effect , anyway) just some more ‘concentrated’ and focused performances

    But that’s not Artetas fault- this club is actually unmanageable in the way its structured.

    We all must know that by now.

  13. Cesc Appeal

    ‘Getting the “right” manager is one half of the equation’

    100%

    Arteta might well be a great manager, but he needs players who can carry out his instructions which seem to be a high line, high press in territory defence fashion and quick football.

    This lot can’t do it.

    Interesting as well that against Palace and Sheffield the high line and pressing were gone.

    Emery had the same thing, he played a high line and press and then it stopped when he realised the players couldn’t do it and fell into the overly pragmatic opposition focused hole.

    Arteta has abandoned the high line and high press after 4 games. See if it comes back but against Palace and Sheffield we basically surrendered the initiative.

  14. Marc

    Dissenter

    “What I detest is this constant lowering of the bar for Arteta and constant spinning thatPedro and his merry band of hardcore Arteta -knows -all folks keep doing.”

    Agree 100% – it’s worse than the Wenger love in on Untold.

  15. TR7

    ‘Don’t let the nonsense from TR7 and Charles fool anyone.’

    Receding, I spent a lot of time trying to make you and your ilk understand Emery was useless. I am not going to expend the same energy convincing the same folks Arteta is the right guy for the job.

  16. Dissenter

    CG
    ‘ But that’s not Artetas fault- this club is actually unmanageable in the way its structured.’

    Hell no
    He’s the manager. He knew what he was getting into when he gleefully took the job and certainly isn’t afraid to talk tough to the media.
    When Emery got the jig he was endlessly berated for using a power point presentation to talk up player improvement.
    Do you think Arteta told the club the players are shit t at his interview.? He too would have convinced them that he can improve individual players.
    Arteta is learning his trade at our expense. When it clicks for him, we won’t be big enough for him- he will move up the ladder.

  17. Dissenter

    Yesterday was not even about squad quality
    The in-game management from the manager wasn’t great
    Once Laca was pulled off, the Sheffield back line had a free reign. Nkettiah can’t occupy his own space talk less if bothering premier league defenders.

  18. Marc

    Cesc

    If your assessment is correct then that’s just another example of Arteta being out of his depth. If the squad is that unfit for purpose then you start ripping out the worst performers straight away.

    You set the bar as the new manager – Xhaka gone, told not to even train with the kids as we don’t want his piss poor attitude tainting them. Any bollocks about you can’t replace yada yada is just that bollocks. Ozil’s managed a handful of matches where he’s applied more effort and now looks fucked whilst not contributing anything of note. Why we haven’t brought in a CD on loan which should have been a priority the moment Chambers got injured is beyond me – now if the club are working on something “amazing” and can only get it done late in Jan fair enough but I can’t see anything on real note happening.

    Players who have stepped up like Luiz, Auba etc you back and support.

  19. Champagne Charlie

    “Receding, I spent a lot of time trying to make you and your ilk understand Emery was useless. I am not going to expend the same energy convincing the same folks Arteta is the right guy for the job.“

    In a nutshell.

  20. Dissenter

    How on earth did Ozil finish yesterday’s game when Cabellos was in the bench begging for playing time?
    What’s better than a home game leading 1-0 to replace an ineffective player.
    Ozil doesn’t do assists anymore, what’s the point persisting with him. He still likes to drift to the periphery of the game. We need an attacking midfielder who wants to drive to the middle.

  21. CG

    Dis

    “”””He’s the manager. He knew what he was getting into when he gleefully took the job and certainly isn’t afraid to talk tough to the media.”””””

    Arteta is not as naive as he sounds. ( no more guff about inverted fullbacks spoken yesterday- thank gawd)

    He spoke to Pep.
    Pep knows he is leaving City and Arteta aint getting the City job or dont fancy it.

    Arteta thinks 3.5 year deal at £7 million per annum on offer at AFC.

    I get the sack at AFC at some stage and snare the compensation money ( set up for life: think Clown compensation)

    Arteta rejoins Pep somewhere or gets another job ( they all get another job on the soccer gravy train)

    All at our expense.
    Until we get KSE out- this chicanery and skulduggery will be an all familiar pattern.

    Thats my slant on it, anyway

  22. Marc

    Un

    We have not seen an improvement from Torreira – he’s just being started in his position.

    Something he should have been doing all season.

  23. Cesc Appeal

    Marc

    Exactly.

    Ozil ran around a bit more against Chelsea and United and people were wanking themselves silly. Against Palace and Sheffield he was anonymous again. The fans are slowly starting to relaise he breaks the press, doesn’t score, doesn’t assist, basically wants to play basketball in terms of shying away from contact and doesn’t want to be the possession hub of the team.

    What does he do then?

    Xhaka is just totally unsuited to the EPL.

    Those 2 make up 2/3 of our midfield. And people wonder why we look so shite. You don’t even need to look at anything else. Yeah there are defensive issues, but you could add Van Dijk as long as you’ve got a 5ft 4 Uruguayan as the total make up of your midfield you’re fucked.

    Keep seeing stories about £50 Million summer bids for Upamecano and going all out for Maddison (like cost £60 Million or more) and I just don’t buy it.

    The stories are the club see Upamecano and Saliba as the long term solution to our issues…but if that midfield is still in front of them they are never going to look as good as they might do.

    Give Liverpool our midfield and see how good their defence looks.

    Give Arsenal Liverpool’s midfield and watch the improvement.

  24. Gentlebris

    Talk about a denied penalty is pathetic as a reason we couldn’t beat at home a team playing in the championship 7 months ago.

    You would deny this to the blue sky, but the guys running this team now are lesser than Wenger.

    Ramsey’s deal should have been renewed, we had no business signing Tierney, the £72m should have been spent on one DM and one CB, we had no business hiring Emery. Too many wrong decisions.

    We may try to excite ourselves all we like but all we have is a poor team and a rookie coach who seems not to know how to hold on to a lead.

    By the way, Pierre, poor of you making fun of S.W’s situation.

  25. CG

    Gentle Bris

    “”””””Talk about a denied penalty is pathetic as a reason we couldn’t beat at home a team playing in the championship 7 months ago.

    You would deny this to the blue sky, but the guys running this team now are lesser than Wenger.

    Ramsey’s deal should have been renewed, we had no business signing Tierney, the £72m should have been spent on one DM and one CB, we had no business hiring Emery.

    Too many wrong decisions.We may try to excite ourselves all we like but all we have is a poor team and a rookie coach who seems not to know how to hold on to a lead.”””””

    The post of 2020

    Totally and 100% Accurate

    Well said GB

  26. Nelson

    China1

    Just watched the highlight of that goal again. The ball bounded against AMN and an opponent. It then landed halfway between AMN and the goal scorer. My only complain on AMN is that when he tried to block the short, he turned his head away and looking at Leno instead of the ball and the opponent. The ball actually deflected slightly against AMN’s foot.

    We all forgot one player who was really at fault. On the left side, I saw Martinelli and Saka. On the right side, where the fuck is Pepe???? That goal scorer should never have been all alone there while we were defending a one goal lead.

  27. Receding Hairline

    TR7 you can’t convince me today is Sunday. That’s a measure of how much I value your opinions. Just a load of hot air.

    You give opinions based on who you like and dislike. Not based on actual facts. So keep telling us how we don’t need to win games but just keep looking for marginal improvements. Charles and Don will back you up.

    The issue here isn’t about who is right or wrong for the job by the way, its the shameless moving of goal posts and blatant lowering of the bar on what can truly be termed improvements. The constant reference to calling out Emery as wrong for the club hence everything you say is gold is just nonsense

  28. TR7

    ‘The constant reference to calling out Emery as wrong for the club hence everything you say is gold is just nonsense’

    Well we will see, won’t we ? My hunch is I will be right once again 🙂

  29. Dissenter

    “Asking for friend “?
    Did you mean to write a stylist friend? 😁

    Really it’s impossible to decouple results from performances .They are Pari passu
    We didn’t pay well and deserved the result we got.

  30. Receding Hairline

    TR7 you were the poster on here at Halftime praising the Europa league final tactics, we all know how that ended

    You are also on record saying you will rather keep Emery than bring in Allegri

    Not to Mention Pochettino being one of the top three coaches in the world, a man who has won nothing. You seem to have a love for not winning. Hearing Arteta is the right man from you actually worries me, you have no interest in winning

  31. bennydevito

    So, 2 games in a row where we’ve thrown away 2 points.

    If Emery was still here it would be all on him….

    Sooner or later the penny’s going to drop that the problem wasn’t just Emery, it was the players too, and no amount of turd polishing with Harrod’s finest 5 star Michelin sauce is going to make much of a difference.

  32. Dissenter

    Receding
    Hope TR7 can explain how dropping points at home helps further Arteta’s goals
    The league position determines how much we make domestically. The more we wallow in the mid table the less money for summer transfers

    It’s laughable really. Some clown actually wrote that Nigel Pearson had an easier job than Arteta at the time they were hired.

  33. bennydevito

    To be fair I thought we were unlucky yesterday, no doubt our XG abcdefg was a lot better, but we still have a lit if dross that needs replacing.

  34. Jamie

    “We didn’t pay well and deserved the result we got.”

    Did we play with more style against Palace a week ago? Half as many shots taken from both sides, similar number of shots on target from both sides, both ended 1-1.

  35. CG

    Dis

    “””””It’s laughable really. Some clown actually wrote that Nigel Pearson had an easier job than Arteta at the time they were hired.””””””

    Pearson has been absolutely sensational at Watford.

    Calm, composed, experience personified.
    A proper manager and a natural leader.
    A man with presence.

    Arteta can put on a scintillating training session and prattle on about Inverted fullbacks and body shapes until the cows come home – he will always unfortunately lack most of the above.

    And thats why you always need a manger and not a Head Coach

  36. Nelson

    For those who criticize Arteta of playing Ozil, Xhaka and Mustafi, they should direct their anger towards the owner and Raul. Since there is no players coming in, Arteta is doing his best with what is available.

  37. TR7

    Receding

    Yes, I detest managers who play dull, dour and defensive football. I don’t see what’s wrong with that. Football is a game made for entertainment, it’s a beautiful game and should be played beautifully. No time for the likes of Allegri, Simeone etc.

    As for the Europa league final, we were doing well in the first half. In the 2nd half, Hazard and Co. stepped up and we fell apart. It happens all the time in football – top players making a mockery of opposition’s tactics by their brilliant play. I never gave Emery any stick for losing the EL final.

    As for Poch, he is indeed a top top manager. Right up there with the likes of Pep, Klopp and Conte.

  38. Paulinho

    Arteta will find himself in the same quick sand that Emery found himself in, alternating between playing experienced trash, and inexperienced youth, that will most likely turn out to be not good enough either.

  39. Dissenter

    Honestly when Nigel Pearson was appointed at Watford, I thought they were setting up for a quick promotion back from the championship next season
    I though Norwich and Watford going down were givens

  40. China1

    Ozil has been finished at this level for years. Even poor players will put in good performances here and there. Ozil is incapable of sustaining any kind of decent form or motivation. He just doesn’t care about football

    He will have a game here or there where he bothers to present his mercurial talents but at least 60% of his performances are going to be average, irrelevant, anonymous or some combination of all 3.

    A leopard doesn’t change its spots. Ozil is finished the same way Jose Mourinho is going to end up leaving spurs in an angry mess. Some things are just facts of life

  41. Receding Hairline

    TR7 claiming you have been entertained against Palace and Sheffield really lowers the bar on what qualifies as entertaining football.

    Just leave the bar on the floor,it can’t go low enough.

    Allegri and Simeone have won league titles, I don’t think they care for your rating.
    Pochettino is not in the same league as Pep, Klopp and Conte, quit embarrassing yourself.

  42. Joe

    Said it when it happened. Arteta is the wrong hire at the wrong time.

    No better than emery.

    The excuses being thrown out are pathetic.

    Admit it. Terrible hire.

  43. RodneyKing

    I long for the day when one of our midfielders will run at the defence and score like Barnes just did moments ago.

    Unfortunately, we probably won’t be seeing movements and goals like that any time soon as our players are currently focused on learning keep-ball and two-touch.

  44. Joe

    TR7 claiming you have been entertained against Palace and Sheffield really lowers the bar on what qualifies as entertaining football.

    Wasn’t that what Pedro and the other Arteta lovers were saying during the 23 or whatever it was match Unbeaten streak. “Oh we’re playing shit” etc etc

    That doesn’t apply to Arteta I guess because he has special sauce

  45. TR7

    ‘TR7 claiming you have been entertained against Palace and Sheffield really lowers the bar on what qualifies as entertaining football.’

    Rome wasn’t built in a day. If you were a Liverpool fan, you would have been calling for Klopp’s head in his very first season. Arteta has clearly laid out his philosophy. The guy has not had a chance to bring his own players and here you are sniping at him for not playing entertaining football.

  46. Receding Hairline

    TR7 you mentioned entertaining football not me. I mentioned winning games which grows confidence in your methods especially if you are a new coach with no previous to draw from. If we keep dropping points from games we are winning what builds the players confidence he is like you say the right man for the job. Last I checked the job still remains winning football matches.

  47. CG

    UN

    “””””We let Ramsey and Cazorla leave for nothing without replacements
    Why?”””””

    Because we have Village Idiots running amok, perhaps

    And also we have an absentee owner and his Village Idiot son over in the US

    Put those two things together and throw in financial problems, falling revenues and inexperienced head coach.

    You can see why – we are going absolutely nowhere( for some time)

    That team put out – yesterday- was the worst Arsenal team for 40 years.

    Absolute Excrement!

  48. Marc

    Un

    You’re looking at the wrong side of the of the equation when you ask why we aren’t spending more. Yes we’re getting more domestic TV revenue and new sponsorship deals but we’re also losing money because we have a CL wage bill and EL money coming in – basically we’re £60 odd million down on what we should be.

  49. Sid

    TR7January 19, 2020 14:43:38
    RecedingYes, I detest managers who play dull, dour and defensive football.

    Xhakalson as a 3rd CB instead of being in midfield is the definitionof dull, dour.
    Why not play 3 CBs 3 midfielders Torr, willock, Dozi/ceballos with wingbacks and 2 attackers 352

    Im telling you this for free!

  50. Joe

    Arteta has shown nothing. There was no “new manager bounce”.

    We are the same.

    Arteta has brought no special sauce. Weird you’d think you’d get some special sauce from laying out cones for pep

  51. Joe

    Receding HairlineJanuary 19, 2020 15:02:36
    Klopp had league wins and champions league finals to back up his methods. Quit belittling great coaches with baseless comparison

    Spot on.

  52. Marc

    The argument on here seems mostly to be centring on expectations from Arteta.

    For those who think he’s doing all that can be expected how many wins should he achieve from his first ten PL matches in charge?

  53. Pedro

    Marc, it’s clear what’s going on here. People that spent 18 months telling us about how incredible Emery was and that nothing was his fault are trying to rescue their reps by hammering Arteta after 6 games.

    Very predictable. Liverpool had a #KloppOut crowd as well.

    New post.

  54. azed

    Can we just stop all this bickering?
    Arteta has made us more compact but that has come at a cost.
    We are more compact because we are more cautious in defense.

    Emery said he would rather win 5-4 than 1-0 hence deploying Torriera higher up front to try and win the ball back early.
    Emery made his choice and was rightly fired.

    Nobody should expect anything from Arteta this season as a large majority of the players are living on reputation rather than actual performance.

  55. RodneyKing

    Are fans looking at Liverpool/Man City and thinking we deserve a super-star manager of our own, hence the need to create one?

    The constant portrayal of Arteta as an extra special manager needs to be toned down, I feel. He needs time to show us what he’s really made of so I’m in no hurry to judge him.

    I equally don’t think people should scream “improvement” every time our players, who are supposed to be professionals, succeed in doing the basics.

    It’s a plus that he can communicate his ideas clearly but I don’t see that “nasty” edginess – think Klopp at Mainz or Pep at Barcelona or prime Mourinho at Porto/Chelsea – that gets players playing out of their skins week in, week out.

    Let’s see if that will come with experience.

  56. Joe

    If this was all they was expected of Arteta why not just keep Freddie until the end of the season. He couldn’t have done any worse

  57. Joe

    Un

    At least I can admit I
    Was wrong about emery.

    Will you about Arteta??

    At least emery made people emery in in the early stages

    What’s Arteta done??

  58. RodneyKing

    What’s Arteta’s philosophy exactly? Is it his or something we’re hoping he brought with him from Man City?

    Klopp, one would reckon, seems to have a philosophy that’s his.

  59. Micheal

    If people want an insight into the mismanagement and irresponsible ownership of our club, take a quick look at Arsenal women’s team. They are very successful and yet a perfect example of how to damage success by refusing to offer decent investment and support from Kroenke.

    Arsenal Ladies are reigning champions of the WSL and currently top of the league, in the quarters of the UEFA European tournamount and still in the FA Cup.

    The first team squad is just 17 players who are totally knackered and carrying a string of injuries. They lost 4-1 at home to Chelski today – backed by that Russian who has built a squad of 23, which now includes one of the most expensive players on the planet.

    Guess who owns Arsenal Ladies team ? And see the parallel with our team.