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. Emiratesstroller

    China 1

    You claim what I posted about AMN is OTT.

    Sorry it is not. I was at yesterday’s game and in indeed most of the home games in which AMN plays. I make a point of watching him play rather than follow the pictures shown by the cameras.

    Arsenal’s current squad is relatively young and inexperienced and it is important therefore to make allowances for their indiscretions. AMN does
    fall in that category at the age of 21, but he has been offered a lot of game time
    unlike others in the wing back positions.

    The reality is that unlike Saka and Martinelli who are younger and less experienced he does not improve.

    There are some on here who provide excuses that he is not a defender, but the
    reality is that wing back is the only position in team where he is likely to be
    selected.

    If you are provided with an opportunity to play in first team you learn from your mistakes. In the case of AMN that is not happening. The truth is that he
    is not just a limited footballer, but he is also limited in brain power as well.

    Some on here suggest that he would be better in other positions in the team
    whether in midfield or wing. Frankly I doubt that would be the case. Yes there
    are opportunities in those positions, but the reality is that the other young players like Martinelli, Saka, Willock and Guendouzi are better than him.

    Arsenal has still got a lot of dross and mediocrity on its books and we need to
    make a cull at the end of this season. AMN is one player who will generate some transfer revenue and I would be inclined to offload him for that reason.
    He is not going to improve on the evidence of last three seasons.

  2. Ishola70

    Don

    No-one is saying that Pepe doesn’t need to drive at that space.

    But by the same token do attackers always get penalties because they drive and run into opposing defenders.

    The Sheffield boy flicks out with his foot doesn’t make contact whether he intended to or not and then in the same movement Pepe runs into the Sheffield defenders knee.

    The video you put up the commentators on it don’t even say it is a stonewall pen and are massively amazed that it wasn’t given. Tony Gale clearly states why the pen was not given. Pepe running into the defender he says. He doesn’t say whether it is the wrong or right decision but states why it wasn’t given.

    Stonewall pens don’t get that sort of commentary Don. It’s that’s a definite pen and if it is not given the commentators go into one. Not on this occasion from the commentators.

  3. Ishola70

    Pierre

    When it was said that the Sheffield United defender didn’t touch him it was meant to mean that he didn’t initiate contact.

    Pepe run into him.

    Grow up man.

  4. Pierre

    Last 4 games , 2 unlucky deflected goals conceded.

    Say no more …

    A little bit of luck and some honest decisions from the officials and things will change.

  5. Emiratesstroller

    Following what I have just written AMN reminds me of Gibbs albeit that the latter was a better footballer.

    Gibbs was also a wing back converted from wing and both made the same mistakes and were brittle in defence and was also prone to poor decision making.

  6. Sid

    Nobody in their right mind will buy ozil mustafi xhaka mikki, Laca’s value is depreciating with each game, Auba shouldnt be sold if that leaves us with laca and no way we sell both,
    selling kolasinac to buy another backup is just Arsenalization, RB position is also week,

    With this in mind The sauce will spread thin

  7. Ishola70

    Pierre

    The level of football you played must have been at a very low level.

    I’m guessing you had a little kick about in infants school on a cabbage patch.

    I mean anyone who can state on here that fullbacks shouldn’t pass the halfway line could only have been the wonder footballer in infancy on grandads vegetable patch.

  8. Ishola70

    Hows Lichtsteiner getting on Pierre.

    Good player he is.

    And Torreira of course shouldn’t pass the halfway line either eh Pierre just like the fullbacks. Cos that’s what DMs do innit.

  9. Un na naai

    JamieJanuary 19, 2020 10:22:57
    Imagine an alleged 70 year old superfan making fun of Stevie Wonder’s blindness. Real classy.

    Jamie
    Untwist your panties mate. Standard joke. Standard snowflake response

  10. Freddie Ljungberg

    “Half of em here have never kicked a ball on their life …there understanding of the game is of a very low level”

    Says the guy that’s made it his life’s mission to go to bat every single day for a footballer that it was obvious to everyone else was done at the highest level 2 years ago. Irony.

  11. Un na naai

    When it was said that the Sheffield United defender didn’t touch him it was meant to mean that he didn’t initiate contact.

    Ishola
    If the man sticks his leg into the players running path, makes contact with the player and not the ball and the player goes down, it’s a foul. How the fuck could the defender not initiate contact? He out his leg right into the path of the running attacker impeding him completely.
    Do you have eyes? At this point it’s clearly agenda serving. Nobody who isn’t a moron can see the defender makes contact and initiates it.

  12. Un na naai

    Ishola70January 19, 2020 10:11:52
    DonNo-one is saying that Pepe doesn’t need to drive at that space.But by the same token do attackers always get penalties because they drive and run into opposing defenders.

    Ishola
    Not if the defender doesn’t bring the player down or make contact no. Of course not. Don’t move the goal posts. The appeal had nothing to with someone running and everything to do with the trailing knee catching the running players leg as he tries to get past. Had he made contact of any sort with the ball you have a case but he didn’t
    Only the man

  13. Daniel Altos

    Ishola I agree re Thuram..has a bit of welbeck/gervinho vibe about him… someone who can go past 5 players only to sky a shot…he is still young though, hopefully he will develop.

  14. Nelson

    The 1st half of yesterday’s game has shown up the weakness of Arteta’s formation. He player Saka higher up and moved Xhaka to LB. He also player Ozil as #10 high up the pitch. Our midfield became so under_manned that Sheffield controlled the game as an away team.
    As for Pepe, I prefer a normal right footed RW such as Adama Traore who is a team player. It makes players around him better. A left footed RW will try to cut in and shoot. It is easier to defend. Up to now, Pepe didn’t manage to score a single goal that way. I think Arteta needs to design some plays for Pepe to be more a team player.

  15. Un na naai

    Stonewall pens don’t get that sort of commentary Don. It’s that’s a definite pen and if it is not given the commentators go into one. Not on this occasion from the commentators.

    Ishola

    Ah so it’s the biased commentary who are now the authority on penalty appeals?
    Good to know. We should just send var up to them from now on.

  16. Ishola70

    Don

    Stop crying over it.

    The penalty wasn’t given because it was deemed that the Sheffield defender stood his ground and Pepe ran into him.

    The video you put up also has the commentator stating why it wasn’t given = Pepe ran into the defender.

    Whether you disagree with it or not it is not a great mystery why it wasn’t given.

    It is clear. It wasn’t given because it was thought that Pepe ran into the defender and it was Pepe that initiated contact.

    Disagree with that decision fine. But we are all clear in why it wasn’t given even if you disagree with it.

    No-one is in the dark about why it wasn’t given.

    You can argue all day about who initiated contact but it has been made clear why it wasn’t given.

  17. Un na naai

    Ishola70January 19, 2020 10:43:26
    DonStop crying over it.

    😂
    Since when did dragging a fool over the coals equate to crying
    What you really mean is “stop showing up my inferior footballing knowledge”

  18. Receding Hairline

    Was it like the penalty that was wrongly awarded at Spurs last season which Auba tamely missed and subsequently cost us top four.

    Going on and on like an awarded penalty was same as a goal.

  19. Emiratesstroller

    Ishola 70

    The Sheffield Utd player clearly fouled Pepe and it was a penalty. There is no
    other interpretation of what occurred even if referee and VAR saw it differently.

    Pepe did not initiate what happened as you suggest.

  20. Un na naai

    The penalty wasn’t given because it was deemed that the Sheffield defender stood his ground and Pepe ran into him.

    So officials never call it wrong? Espn ran a price on how poor decisions by refs have cost us 9 points this season already
    It’s only the half way point

  21. Unai

    Didn’t watch the game as I was working but watching the replays, that looks a nailed on pen.

    Pepe plays for it but reality is the defender has made a challenge, missed the ball and got the man.

    Amazed it wasn’t given.

  22. Un na naai

    Receding HairlineJanuary 19, 2020 10:46:36
    Was it like the penalty that was wrongly awarded at Spurs last season which Auba tamely missed and subsequently cost us top four. Going on and on like an awarded penalty was same as a goal.

    Rh
    Hahahaha
    Typical know nothing comment from the resident embarrassment.
    What the hell has us not being awarded a pen yesterday got to do with Aubameyang missing one last season?
    Penalty conversion rates are significantly higher than misses. Only an idiot would claim it’s not a phenomenal opportunity to put us 2-0 up.
    And only an idiot would claim that anyone pointing this out claims it’s 100% a goal

  23. Un na naai

    It is clear. It wasn’t given because it was thought that Pepe ran into the defender and it was Pepe that initiated contact.Disagree with that decision fine. But we are all clear in why it wasn’t given even if you disagree with it.

    Ishola

    It was thought wrong. They looked at it for 4 seconds
    Any other game or when against us they take over a minute or two and several
    Viewings.

    I repeat, arsenal are 9 points down this year due to incorrect officiating

  24. CG

    Our team that cost absolute fortunes to assemble and we are bleating about not a getting a penalty at home to promoted Sheff Utd.

    What a joke club we have become.

    Referee Dean has been Anti Arsenal for 10 years- so its hardly a surprise.

    We are level with Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce’s Newcastle after 23 games and we are arguing over a possible penalty kick.

    AFC- the only soccer club in the universe- that spent a 1/4 billion on players post Wenger and went BACKWARDS 5 places.

    As for Arteta. Talented he maybe.

    But for gawd sake man- put an Arsenal blazer on.
    Looking very unkempt these days.

  25. Spanishdave

    What’s more urgent to drill into theplayers is the way we turn our backs when shots are about to happen.The players should attempt to block the shot notturn and duck down.
    Xhaka is the worst for this followed by Mustafi and AMN.
    Defending is still very poor.

  26. RodneyKing

    China1

    “The other problem was the players forgot all the two touch advice they’ve been given and reverted to emery ball endless CB passing backwards and forwards

    Very negative”

    Really? So Emeryball = endless CB passing backwards and forwards. Artetaball = two touch.

    “Such is the OTT nature of football analysis…”.

    You seem to venture OTT every now and again yourself. Like every other “normal” football fan. 😂

  27. Spanishdave

    The last two goals conceded where a result of this action of turning away from the attacker.
    Keeping your eyes on the ball is basic football.

  28. Samesong

    You know when we are desperate for a win or result that we moan over these decisions that don’t go our way. What about the goals we don’t score? Why don’t we critique that instead of talking about refs and decisions.

    We probably will not get top 4. So winning games can’t act as a confidence boost?

    The teams we are drawing with have no fear of us. Any team can come to the Emirates and still have hope of a comeback even if we are in the lead.

  29. Spanishdave

    Goona
    That’s spot on.
    Having to carry Ozil is a huge drain on the clubs finances and we’re really a man short when he plays.

  30. Tom

    Yes, the defender stood his ground alright,
    with his leg out and off the ground to stop Pepe’s progress- a clear pen.

    Just a few days ago I said for Pepe to get a pen in this league he would have to have his legs broken.

    At least when a defender sticks out a leg but keeps it on the ground you can make an argument he was playing the ball.
    In this case though, the ball is played on the ground while his leg is out in the air.

    The “I can see why it wasn’t given” is one of the most meaningless sentences used to describe a blown penalty call in football.
    You can always find a reason why a pen wasn’t given if you look hard enough.

  31. Jamie

    We allowed 12 shots against us yesterday, they only allowed 11 against them, both sides had 4 shots on target.

    Any way you slice it, that isn’t good enough at home to a newly-promoted side, and that’s why we didn’t win. Nothing to do with officiating.

  32. Spanishdave

    Forget top 4 it’s impossible for us.
    We have 16 games left so max 48 points
    We have 28 points so we need about 40 + points to get top 4.
    We will be lucky to get 8th this year, that’s our level now.
    Thanks Stan good job.

  33. Tom

    “The teams we are drawing with have no fear of us. Any team can come to the Emirates and still have hope of a comeback even if we are in the lead.“

    ——————
    Welcome to the PL, you must be new.
    Man City2-2 Crystal Palace

    There’s only one club this season where you could make a safe bet they will win their home game and that’s Liverpool.

  34. CG

    UN

    “””I disagree
    We are limiting opponents to a rare sniff at goal.”””

    we are for now- granted.

    But thats because MA has improved on that side of things for now.
    he is keen- they are too ( for the moment)

    That wont last. It never does.

    Likewise these young players that are showing some snipets of exciting promise.

    Martinelli and Saku- that wont last too.

    eg, Genduzi was the next big thing a year ago.

    there is no way getting around it.
    we are an entrenched midtable team.

    And without City or Chelsea like investment – thats where we will remain.

    The worst thing we ever did was not sending Arsene Wenger upstairs to supervise his transition.

    We have left it instead to Spivs , Dopes and Lackeys and we will never never recover.

  35. TR7

    Sheffield United might be a newly promoted team but they are on 7th position in the league. They have conceded the least no of goals in the league bar Liverpool. The game was always going to be a tough one.

  36. Un na naai

    Spanish

    Yeah I was disappointed with the goal and AMN’s defending. But overall it was very good

    Jamie

    having long shots and the odd tame header.

    Wasn’t it 33 shots vs Norwich?
    Fluke deflection yesterday. Same with palace. Fluke goal vs Chelsea.

    We aren’t being sliced open like we were before and that’s with Mustafi playing

  37. Un na naai

    Spanish

    Top 4 is over. I’d rather miss out on EL myself and focus our squad on domestic completions next season and launch a real assault on the top 4

    If Leicester can come from 10th to second in a season after losing their best player then why can’t we?
    Don’t forget we were a single point from top four last year with £130m invested this summer and hopefully a similar amount this summer coming to add to the exciting youth options coming up

  38. Un na naai

    Still talks of Guimaraes coming, Kurzawa, upamencano or loan move for Boeteng.

    One or two of those could really help us push up the table this season still and help implement Arteta’s vision
    I still feel midfield isn’t where it needs to be
    Need more moving the ball forward and players who can pick the locks of right defences

    That’s what we are low on right now

  39. Champagne Charlie

    Un/TR7

    It’s wasted breath to rationalise things following a month, those sat poised and waiting to poke holes have been exposing themselves more and more.

    When Arteta (or whoever was due to takeover) was getting primed for the job it was clear where our faults were, and that was space all over the pitch and porous defending. In a months time that’s been near eradicated.

    Now you hear weedy cries about our attack suffering because we’re compact, or blatant ignoring of our form for the season. Everything is expected right now, defensively solid AND super attacking, 2 wins in 12 should be 3 wins in 3 under Arteta. Just laughable stuff really.

  40. CG

    UN

    “”””How do you know it won’t last? This could be a key feature of his vision moving forward Have some faith. Why the doom all the time?””””

    Ill tell you why:

    There is not ONE person who makes decisions at the club that has actually achieved anything of note in soccer. Not ONE.

    They are all FAILURES

    Arteta- Nothing ( although he had a successful playing career and is a promising coach)
    Round-Nothing
    Edu- Nothing
    Raul- Nothing
    Vinny- Nothing
    Josh- Nothing

    They know nothing, have achieved nothing and will continue to accomplish NOTHING.

    We need PROVEN expertise. Not Failures.
    (People who have achieved success)

    Thats why I am not optimistic.

    And if you think – we are bad this year- just wait till next when the last throw of the dice ( Arteta) lustre fades.

  41. Samesong

    Tom

    Yeah I must be new

    Palace haven’t beaten City this season though have they? Sheffield United have taken 4 points of us.

  42. Lego Hair

    Unai Pierre

    ‘ Pepe ran with the ball through two defenders
    One sticks his leg out blocking path and knee makes contact
    He misses the ball entirely How is that not a foul?’

    Haha how you can that wasn’t a pen is beyond belief.

    Like Pierre said some of these muppets would have never kicked a ball or played to any level whatsoever. Counting on Tony gales opinion if it is or isn’t fucking hell.

    Ishola…no chance lol
    Freddie…more than likely a tennis player, football was always too physical.
    Jamie…mum didn’t let him play or go outside so was a chess boy.
    RH….read the bible.
    Marko….couldnt afford a ball.

    Give it up lads you haven’t a scooby.

  43. RodneyKing

    Sheffield Utd played us like a team slightly above us in the league table. At times we looked like the away side.

    Player for player, we are at best as good as the teams around us. Many fans think that just because we’re the Arsenal, such games should be a walk-over.

    In fact, a poster came on here to say that he had no idea Sheffield Utd were even in the Premier League when we lost 1 nil to them earlier in the season. Such is the level of delusion sometimes.

    The league table doesn’t lie, especially in the month of May.

  44. Tom

    Tom Yeah I must be newPalace haven’t beaten City this season ……

    ————-
    They did last season, besides, now you’ve just moved the goal posts from your original comment about any team being able to come back and get points against us.

  45. Marc

    “£130m invested this summer and hopefully a similar amount this summer coming to add to the exciting youth options coming up”

    No CL or EL and we aren’t spending anything like that unless we make significant sales. Even with EL I’d be surprised to see any sort of major net spend.

  46. Dr Emil schauffhausen

    When arteta was appointed he made a lot of statements of what and how he was going to do things , the one thing that stood out for me was the word ‘ ruthless’ , now I’m wondering when that becomes a reality , he had the perfect opportunity to show some ‘ruthlessness’ when Xhaka was ready to move to hertha, he should have just said “ok, bye” , that would have shown the other players that he was serious, in stead he chose to openly beg Xhaka to stay whilst giving Ozil a naked oil massage in front of the rest of the squad .
    It’s very early days for arteta and I’m really hoping he’s a success but the only “ruthlessness “ I’ve witnessed at this club in the last 10 years is the fleecing of the fans , we are a club in constant transition thanks to the owners in my opinion, I hope Mikel arteta proves me wrong.

  47. TR7

    Charlie

    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. Arteta has got a team which used to concede 25 plus shots on an average look compact and disciplined within a few weeks which is no mean feat. I am hopeful with a few additions to our squad in the summer, we will create more chances and look threatening in attack too. Not that we haven’t seen glimpses of what Arteta could do to our attack. Against United and Chelsea we played quality attacking football too. Things will fall in to place with time.

  48. Rambo

    Artits record:

    6 played, 2 wins, 1 loss, 4 draws
    7 goals scored, 5 goals conceded

    The numbers speak for themselves.

  49. China1

    Yeah he seems like a good coach but ruthless is not a word id use at all.

    So far arteta has been less ruthless than emery.

  50. Tom

    And since when does “ruthless “ mean
    giving players away on the cheap?

    Would Arsenal be better off without Xhaka and Ozil in the squad right now

    FFS, we are bringing on a failed Championship loanee to influence the game in the last 15 minutes, that’s how thin this squad is right now..

  51. Rambo

    “Arteta has got a team which used to concede 25 plus shots on an average look compact and disciplined within a few weeks which is no mean feat”

    Yes, so resilient that the team has thrown away leads in 3 out of his 6 games.

    No mean feat indeed.

  52. China1

    ES nah I disagree on AMN

    Until arteta came in he was looking like a lost cause, but under arteta he’s gone from looking wank to looking like a modest PL rb. Hardly world class but also not a bad young backup option.

    Outside of the goal yesterday he had a perfectly decent game. And for the goal people are overly critical. How is he supposed to challenge for a header, land, see where the ball has landed, close down a few meters of space and ensure the shot is blocked in 1-2 seconds? He nearly got across. He didn’t look like he made himself big because he put his hands behind his back as he tried to make the block – so that he couldn’t give away a penalty – perfectly reasonable play

    There was a goal. It came from his side of the pitch. That doesn’t automatically mean he’s made a terrible mistake or played badly. It wasn’t like that

  53. TR7

    ‘6 played, 2 wins, 1 loss, 4 draws
    7 goals scored, 5 goals concededThe numbers speak for themselves.’

    Well, you must have believed Emery was the best thing since sliced bread while we were on an unbeaten streak of 23 games.

  54. China1

    Rambo there’s a long way to go but that’s largely because the opposition arteta have played have taken their chances better than under emery.

    Under emery teams were taking 25 shots and scoring 2 goals. Against arteta they take 6 and score one. In the previous game the goal came from a lucky deflection.

    Context tells you that there’s more at hand when we are conceding far fewer shots but the results don’t improve.

    Under emery we could’ve been conceding 3-4 goals in loads of those games save for dismal finishing from the opposition.

    It’s not fair to simply compare goals conceded and say case closed

  55. Un na naai

    Ishola…no chance lol
    Freddie…more than likely a tennis player, football was always too physical.
    Jamie…mum didn’t let him play or go outside so was a chess boy.
    RH….read the bible.
    Marko….couldnt afford a ball.

    Lego
    Hahahahaha
    You do make me chuckle

  56. China1

    Who remembers when we played absolutely horribly against Bayern Munich and won 1-0 thanks to a bendtner goal?

    In that game I think we only registered a single shot.

    In other games against Bayern we took several shots and scored the same number.

    You can’t just pick out one number, give a direct comparison and expect it to reasonably reflect what has happened in full

  57. Rambo

    What is with this blog’s fascination with ‘shots allowed’ all of a sudden?

    “Under emery we could’ve been conceding 3-4 goals in loads of those games save for dismal finishing from the opposition.”

    This is such a bunch of malarkey. Why go for probabilities and predictions when you have an actual dataset?

    How many times did Emery’s team concede more than 2 goals in 18 months?

  58. Champagne Charlie

    “Yeah he seems like a good coach but ruthless is not a word id use at all. So far arteta has been less ruthless than emery.”

    What sort of comment is this? What’s the ruthless metric being used exactly?

    TR7
    Totally agree, said that before a ball was kicked from a new manager so my tune hasn’t changed suddenly either. Arsenal wasn’t in need of a good run of results to act as patchwork for the season, we need someone to build something and Arteta is doing just that. Wins would help without question, but this is big picture. The only results of interest are the EL.

  59. UTarse

    Fuck me some of you are so fickle !!

    Give the man some slack, he’s been at the club 2 minutes, this season is a write off so you won’t start seeing the effects of his style and ethos till next season. He needs to be backed to buy the players he wants, that ain’t gonna happen in January.

    Kroneke is facing up to the fruits of his neglect , so either pony up or fuckoff. As I have said previously, dangote is waiting in the wings and it’s been part of his plan to purchase the club since 2008.

    Get us 8th and I’ll be happy, anything above that with the way we have performed this season would be a bonus. We are that bad….. this rot started a loooong time ago.

  60. Cesc Appeal

    Kind of amazing looking at some of the popular Twitter poster who’ve defended players like Ozil, Xhaka etc endlessly suddenly turning on them and talking about around half the starting eleven needing replacing. Maybe its the 4th manager that did it. 1, stick with the players, 2 and same failings, stick with the players, 3 after an apparently shithouse manager and now bounce or improvement at all, stick with the players, 4 who is supposedly a savant and only minimal improvements…now I see!

    Interesting to see if they flip flop if we have 1 or 2 good games. Arsenal fan classic.

    Even Lacazette is being bashed around now, previously the untouchable ‘Laca’. Some of the stats being thrown around about him do show what an average ST he is.

    Agree with Marc though, whilst we need massive Kroenke investment this summer to address this poverty squad, it won’t happen.

  61. Rambo

    The only improvement that Arteta has made is his team keeps possession of the ball. You would expect that seeing he’s a student of Wenger and Pep.

    All the other stuff like ‘defensive solidity’ that are being attributed are things that his fanboys are seeing and exaggerating. This will become obvious over a larger game sample.

    The less said about his in-game management, the better.

  62. Marc

    Cesc

    We had posters on here talking about how much we could spend in Jan because we bid £60 or £80 million for Upamecano in the summer.

    We don’t have money to spend in Jan which makes the decision not to sell Xhaka almost criminal.

    Where I’m most disappointed is that we can’t even find a player or two to bring in on loan. Who was the CM Leicester brought in on loan last Jan? There’s always a player out there who can do a job.

  63. Un na naai

    All the other stuff like ‘defensive solidity’ that are being attributed are things that his fanboys are seeing and exaggerating. This will become obvious over a larger game sample.

    Rambo
    Balls
    There’s data to prove we are remaining and shape and limiting opponents to less than half the shots we were seeing under emery.
    It’s been done and posted by Pedro already as well as arseblog as well as being able to watch the game and clearly see we are tighter as a unit
    Ozil has ran more than he did in the two previous years. Torreira is playing well. Luiz looks a leader
    AMN is much improved

    All this happened in just 2-3 games under Arteta and 10 days (if that) of him training the team.

  64. Un na naai

    Where I’m most disappointed is that we can’t even find a player or two to bring in on loan. Who was the CM Leicester brought in on loan last Jan? There’s always a player out there who can do a job.

    Marc
    Tielemans
    The window is far from closed and there are pokers in the fire. Even if we don’t sign anyone we have enough now to regroup and move forward with. I’d like to see another cmf player myself to help Torreira as he’s almost on his own half the time and an alternative playmaker to create for ALP

  65. Cesc Appeal

    Marc

    It really is worrying going forward.

    If this lot think 1 or 2 additions in the summer and the City IPing means we will be a great side again…they’ve got a slap in the face coming.

    Kroenke needs to put his hand in his pocket even if it’s a case of giving us money in May that we might be able to pay back in August after sales or over a year or 2.

    If the club is going to sell to buy again, slap in the face. A starter that Wenger, Emery, Ljungberg and Arteta have all said is central to our side can only get interest from lowly Hertha Berlin. We cannot give Mustafi away. Mkhitaryan attracted a £10 Million bid after good displays in Serie A. Ozil we can’t give away.

    Lacazette is proving if you sell Aubameyang you are going to need to buy a replacement as I read he’s gone 6 games without scoring for the second season in a row (I think that was the stat, something like that) and almost a year without scoring away?

    So the whole sell Aubameyang to buy elsewhere thing needs looking at.

  66. Marc

    Jamie

    He wouldn’t sell for $2 billion – that’s just wishful thinking. Forbes values us at $2.2 billion it would take a bid that blew that valuation out of the water for him to sell. You’d then want a new owner to pump in at least £500 million.

    As it stands you’re looking for someone ready to throw about $3.5 billion at a football club with no promise of any sort of return.

  67. Cesc Appeal

    I’d agree with Jaime, I think it will take £2 Billion to make Kroenke think about moving on.

    Not sure if that happens.

    Usmanov is already trying to pump £30 Million into Everton for the ‘option’ of naming rights. Which is basically as thinly veiled a cash injection as you can get.

    He was our guy for a time and offered on numerous occasions to pump money in. But Wenger, Gazidis and Kroenke were against it. Ain’t nobody fucking with my clique.

  68. Marc

    Cesc

    Kroenke won’t sell for $2 billion – it’s not how he operates and would actually be seen as him selling below market value.. For him to sell the bid needs to be too good to turn down hence my view that it would take $3 billion or so.

  69. Receding Hairline

    Watford have reduced the number of shots faced too and are now winning games.

    Sheffield had 11 shots yesterday, how many really threatened our goal? You face 50 shots or 1, if you concede a goal you lose or draw the game.

    Football is about winning

    Again I am not reading xG stats here anymore.. Why? It was a hot thing on here last season and early this season, now it’s barely mentioned

  70. Cesc Appeal

    Marc

    They are.

    If they won’t sign I’d sell both.

    But I can see ‘Laca’ signing as no one will want him and Arsenal can frame it as a win. Aubameyang though, short of us winning the Europa League, I think he’s gone.

    Big worry, because we basically are reliant on Aubameyang. After him fans are going to look to 18 year old Martinelli as the saviour. That in itself is sad.

  71. Cesc Appeal

    Marc

    Not sure on that.

    If this summer sees minimal investment and 90% the same squad next season which will produce the exact same quality and struggles then things will get apathetic very quickly.

    An enormous profit for him to take back to the US might look appealing then. They were already said to be pissed with the whole ‘We Care Do You’ thing. That will be nothing next to no fan engagement at all and reduced income.

    What would things have been like if Usmanov had managed to take over?

  72. Marc

    Cesc

    Sanllehi’s really going to have to pull a giant fucking rabbit out of nowhere this summer unless something really unexpected happens.

  73. Cesc Appeal

    ‘Again I am not reading xG stats here anymore.. Why? It was a hot thing on here last season and early this season, now it’s barely mentioned’

    Because we have a clinical ST who doesn’t need many chances to score 😉

  74. Freddie Ljungberg

    Laca still has 2 years left on his contract in the summer, it’s only Auba that’s down to his last year. And Ozil of course but he’s “very happy with his contract” so we probably have to launch him into space to get rid.

  75. Marc

    Cesc

    Kroenke accumulates assets that increase in value. Arsenal is doing that for him so to sell it would take a huge bid.

    Personally I don’t want Usmanov anywhere near the club.

  76. Paulinho

    CG – Top players in key positions can cover up a multitude of sins.

    We most likely are screwed for a long time, but if we can identify two or three top players with talent and ability to lead on the pitch, things can change quickly, and some of the players in the supporting cast category don’t have as much pressure to deliver as they do when star quality is lacking all-round.

  77. China1

    Charlie come on. I like arteta and I back him just like you do. But I don’t get why people have to pick a side on issues and not just be objective about what they’re seeing

    Emery demonstrated major willingness to bin off players he didn’t rate. Ozil and Ramsey were both left out sharpish. When players played poorly they were off by half time (this is season 1 emery in talking about btw)

    Ozil would’ve been subbed at half time based on a performance that quiet in the first half yesterday if this was emery last year

    Are you honestly disagreeing on this?

    Laca has been dire and always plays too

  78. Cesc Appeal

    Marc

    Agreed.

    They are going to need to rely on very well scouted buys and them taking to the EPL quickly like Martinelli. We haven’t traditionally been good at that in recent times.

    You’re going to need players like Bruno Guimaraes who comes in for under £30 Million to be everything you hoped he would be.

    Same for Saliba, he needs to arrive and make an instant impact.

    This squad is honestly such filth is unbelievable. Not only in terms of playing and attitude, but what a shite environment for young players and signings. Who can a brand new player come in and rely on to help them? Probably Luiz mostly who’s been an Arsenal player for five months. Shocking.

  79. Receding Hairline

    Check the states when we played Sheffield away earlier this season and lost 1-0. A game most of you lost your shit on.

    We had 1 big chance on goal each, just like yesterday

    They had one more shot on goal, just like yesterday

    We had a penalty not given just like yesterday

    We had 69% possession, more than yesterday

    The only difference was we couldn’t score and we had a coach most of you hated. Win that game we could have gone third by the way.

    I will start acknowledging meaningful improvements when I see some and on a consistent basis and when we start winning games on a regular. This idea it will all come together like the big bang, I don’t buy it. We are already seeing drops in performance from certain players, its not a given they will keep improving especially if results don’t reflect that improvement

  80. Daniel Altos

    Am watching Milan and tell you what…theo Hernandez has just scored an absolute scorcher if a goal ffs…absolutely stunning…5th goal of the season

  81. 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?

  82. 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?

  83. 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

  84. 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.

  85. 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.

  86. 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.

  87. 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.

  88. 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.

  89. 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.

  90. 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.

  91. 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

  92. 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.

  93. 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.

  94. 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.

  95. 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.

  96. 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.

  97. Un na naai

    “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.“

    Hands down. Dumbest comment of 2020 so far. That will take some beating. No context required
    Receding hairline is a card carrying verified spastic

  98. 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.

  99. 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.

  100. 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.

  101. 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.

  102. Un na naai

    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.

    Dissenter

    He has!! Are you telling me you haven’t seen an improvement from Torreira, Luiz, sokratis, AMN, kolasinac, Pepe and ozil?

    Only 6 games in but the improvement was there from game 2 when we played chelsea off the park for first half then contained them very well until Leno fucked up

  103. 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

  104. 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.

  105. Un na naai

    That’s not a slight on martinelli before anyone starts
    He’s 18. It was however an open goal at his mercy from a delicious Pepe cross. All he had to do was guide it in.

  106. 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.

  107. Un na naai

    UnWe have not seen an improvement from Torreira – he’s just being started in his position.Something he should have been doing all season.

    Marc
    Mate you’ve just contradicted yourself
    He’s improved BECAUSE Arteta is playing him in his proper position
    But not just that, he’s improved the structure around him to elevate the performance levels of the team mates around him.

  108. 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.

  109. Un na naai

    Give Liverpool our midfield and see how good their defence looks.Give Arsenal Liverpool’s midfield and watch the improvement.

    Cesc

    Henderson and Milner were part of a Liverpool midfield finishing 8th
    Winaldjum was part of a Newcastle midfield that went down

    Don’t tell me you had them earmarked for the high performance levels they are producing now

    My point is that more can be done with our current players with the right set up and players around them

    That’s what Arteta is trying to do now.
    The club are singing we got no money from the roof tops so I’d quell my desire to spend spend spend for a bit and hope to fuck that either kroenke dies/sells or Arteta can produce the goods on a budget and improve what we have on the training field

  110. 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

  111. Un na naai

    Dissenter

    You know I don’t.
    You know I think it was poor in game management
    You know I wanted laca left on with a third actual cmf player brought on for ozil

    Why are you asking when you know the answer?
    Clearly I’m not going to blindly claim everything Arteta does is positive if I see something ti the contrary but why this shows as that I’m being honest about what i see occurring and so far 90% of it is good

    The bad for me was the poor subs and the stunted attack.
    Both will improve
    I’ve total faith
    If I’m wrong then I’ll admit it

  112. 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.

  113. 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

  114. Un na naai

    Yeah
    Maybe signing Pepe above a cmf player was bad planning. I’ve no disagreement there but Arteta wasn’t a the club then.
    He’s inherited what was left: a squad choc full of capable and talented players (even if many have flaws, who doesn’t?) who we’re confused and demoralised by an inept manager who has no clue how to run a top of the table, front footed attacking team.