Arsenal bolster under financial constraints

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Mikel Arteta seemed relatively pleased in his press conference when talking about the two new additions to the side. With Cedric Soares, he’s hired in some needed experience and a player he hopes is desperate to take his chance at an elite club. With Pablo Mari, a player he specifically said the club have looked at for months, he has a ball playing center-back with a left foot he hopes can open up the pitch and give him more options.

Soares dropped his first press conference and to be honest, he just seems really fucking energised to be at a big club.

That’s massive for me to come here. Like I said, I came to the Premier League four-and-a-half years ago and now to achieve this move to Arsenal is massive. It’s all I wanted and it’s really important in my career as well.

He explained his game, and it reads fairly Mikel Arteta.

It’s a tough one! One hundred per cent that I will give all my best every day and every game. That’s for sure. I try to be a guy with energy, a player that goes up and down. I like to consider myself a team player and yes, what can I say? It’s difficult when you need to talk about yourself! But again, I will give my 100 per cent for the team and for the fans.

If he comes in, works hard, puts in a shift for his team and lands 9 assists, I will be happy. At this point, we have to ignore the super-agent fingerprints (Correction: Kia for Suarez) and hope that the club offered Arteta the options he needed, and they actually work for him.

Defensively, Matt Scott had some numbers on the players. A bit of a bruiser with some untapped attacking flair.

The great thing about new players is regardless of what you think about quality, they refresh the squad from an energy perspective. Players are like fans, they get excited about new transfers and fresh blood in the office. After Sunday, the squad, coronavirus issues pending, fly out to Dubai for some training. Arteta made a point that the players haven’t had more than 2 days off since he started. He wants to use the trip to develop his concepts and to ‘live’ with the players a bit.

I thought Mikel’s point about being happy about the window, more so because of the lack of exits, was pertinent. Before Emery was booted, we were looking at Auba, Torreira and Xhaka exiting. A month later, all three look revitalised on the pitch. Additionally, the big hype conversation amongst the fans is around how good AMN could be in the midfield (reminder of what he can do below).

The overriding thought seems to be that he’ll be pushed into the midfield, with right-back duties handed back to the specialists. AMN brings power, pace and a lot of mobility to a midfield that has lacked it. The player has always drawn heavy critique, unfair in my opinion, but I think it’s absolutely apparent now that if you’re not coached properly or told what to do on the pitch, you’ll probably not develop.

I watched an HBO doc about Nick Saban and Bill Belichek last night. One dominates the NFL, the other, College Football. It was quite interesting listening to them talk about sport. One of their big slogans is ‘do your job’, they both talked about that goes beyond just a nice soundbite… the gist, if you don’t tell athletes exactly what they should be doing, they won’t know. Communication and attention to detail is absolutely essential.

We’re seeing that sort of mindset being brought to The Arsenal. Everyone knows their role on the pitch. Is it perfect yet? No. But we’re on the right track. The length of passing lanes has shortened, players off the ball movement is strategic, we press in packs, and we have players operating in intelligent ways that highlight their positive attributes, and minimise their not-so-great attributes.

It’s been hard to judge talent under the latter years of Wenger and entire tenure Unai Emery because it was unclear what the job was. Now the players are being held accountable to a specific role, it’s going to be far easier to see who can live up to the new standards, and who can’t.

The impressive thing is this: Everyone is back on the table. That’s what makes the backend of the season so interesting. We’re seeing a reinvigorated set of players and now we’ll be able to make honest assessments of talent. It’s amusing that some fans think this is an about-face by me, it’s absolutely not, when the information changes, you reassess. Only dim people lock themselves into a forever view I’m afraid. If I am proved totally wrong by David Luiz and Granit Xhaka, I will eat that humble pie and wash it down with some of that MustafiCouldBeBaresi Hot Sauce. Sometimes in life, you have to accept you were wrong and hit the town dancing with the L.

A huge game this Sunday. We need to go to Burnley with energy and purpose and we need to bring home the 3 points. David Luiz returns to the side, so does Auba. It’ll be interesting to see who keeps their place. I’m hoping we see Gabriel in the starting 11. Will we see Saka? What will the defence look like? So much to look forward to.

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

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  1. Versus

    Many of you are praising arteta for incremental progress. I’m sorry. We are The Arsenal. 3rd most successful club in english history. Until he shows real change and real progress he’ll get no praise. Why should i clap and applaud this current regime for doing the basics. The minimum. Are we not THE Arsenal? We should demand more. Utd are shit, worse than shit, and we’re still behind them??????

  2. Victorious

    Utd are absolute dog shyte right now. Theres no excuse for us being behind them. No excuses. pool came from 20+ points behind in previous seasons to now being 30 points ahead. When are we going to make leaps above utd. Why can’t we put them in there place”

    Couldn’t agree more with this honestly,watching them against Wolves just now and I can’t just fathom how we’re 5points behind

    Emery did a number on us,no doubt but I’v got to question Arteta’s ability if he doesn’t have finish above this horrible united side

    We have no business languishing behind them really

  3. Batistuta

    Imperative we win tomorrow, maybe a must win if you will… The gaps in front of him do not seem at all uncatchable… 2/3 wins in a row and we’re right up there, important the lads know there is still a lot to play for and hope it’s not all the season is over for them too… Some absolute shite teams in front of us no excuses really why we shouldn’t shoot up the table but we need to start with a win tomorrow

  4. Marc


    Agree 100% – a win tomorrow and we’re within 2 points of Manu and Wolves and presumably / hopefully a point off the Spud’s. 8 points would a big gap to Chelsea but things aren’t right there and as I said earlier we need to be within touching distance in case the chance comes up.

    Beyond that the squad under Arteta needs to start developing a winning mentality for next season.

  5. Marc

    The City match has also been moved (no idea to when can’t find it anywhere) which means we now have a run of fixtures that are “winnable”, 5 wins would make a huge statement and then we go to Southampton but with some confidence from picking up 15 points anything is possible.

  6. Versus

    Leicester are on 49 points
    Arsenal 30

    We keep drawing, but show plenty of pashuun. Some if you will have us believe these draws are good results. This is a terrible season for Arsenal. Arteta has no idea what he’s walked in on. It’s going to take years to clean up this mess of wengers.

    Leicester fuking city are 19 points ahead of us. Leicester.

  7. Major_Jeneral

    To Fail to prepare is to prepare to fail.
    Arsenal is behind Leicester because there was no proper plan for the season. Leicester is ahead because they had a plan for the season.

    Whatever Arteta is doing now is damage control. The earlier some of you understand this reality the better.

    End of story.

  8. Danny S

    Thanks Ahmed

    I’m surprised Man U baulked at that.

    You’d surely take the gamble, hoping you did well enough to convince him to sign a new contract before then.

  9. Marc


    ManU didn’t baulk at anything, that buyout clause is to buy him from Dortmund whom he joined this window for £18 odd million.

    A whole host of clubs were all over him and he seems to have made a sound decision with a long term outlook.

  10. Guvnor

    peanuts&monkeysFebruary 1, 2020 01:30:10
    “Guvnor January 31, 2020 22:58:45AMN is a brainless…”That’s brutal! BTW, what’s your take on Calum Chambers?

    I actually see Chambers as being better suited to a defensive midfield role similar to his season on loan at Fulham. Although he has been one of our most consistent defenders recently, I still feel that he has not hit the levels needed at an elite level.

  11. Pierre

    “This is a terrible season for Arsenal. Arteta has no idea what he’s walked in on. It’s going to take years to clean up this mess of wengers.”

    If Arteta had walked in after Wenger with 200 million to spend , I can guarantee you we wouldn’t be in 12th spot, more like 3rd and fighting for 2nd place..

    He wouldn’t have marginalised Ramsey and Ozil from the squad .

    he wouldnt have moved Torreira from DM.

    He wouldn’t have destroyed the team’s confidence.

    He wouldn’t have sanctioned the signing of Pepe , in the knowledge that it would leave us unable to add quality in positions that need addressing.

    He would have addressed the defence as a priority.

    He would have addressed the DM as a priority.

    He would have recruited players in areas that needed addressing.

    He would of allowed our offensive play to flourish.

    He would probably have kept cazorla, Ramsey, Monreal and Mhkitaryan, who have proved better than the players we have brought in to replace them , and used the 100 + million saved on buying real quality.

    He would have improved the kids knowledge of the game and they would be 18 months further ahead in their development.

    Arteta has had to start from rock bottom after the disastrous appointment of Emery and he will be given time by the more knowledgeable supporters of the club who also questioned the management style of Emery.

    So yes, the club were in a slow decline under Wenger and needed surgery, but not major surgery, it just needed an intelligent, astute manager to come in and get us back on the right track.

    Over 200+ million spent in 18 months is a massive amount of money for a club like Arsenal, and to see us languishing in mid table with a group of players who had forgotten the basics of how to play the game was a sad indictment of Emery’s coaching skills and man management.

  12. Champagne Charlie

    “This is a terrible season for Arsenal. Arteta has no idea what he’s walked in on. It’s going to take years to clean up this mess of wengers.“

    Personally I blame George Graham

  13. Champagne Charlie

    “To Fail to prepare is to prepare to fail.
    Arsenal is behind Leicester because there was no proper plan for the season. Leicester is ahead because they had a plan for the season.Whatever Arteta is doing now is damage control. The earlier some of you understand this reality the better .End of story.”

    100% on the head.

  14. Thorough

    Just watched that AMN clip.
    He showed more dynamism in 1 game than Xhaka did in 3 years. I’ve always maintained that AMNs problem wasn’t talent, it’s always been attitude. If he wants it bad enough he can be a meaningful footballer.