Massive 3 points up for grabs + Emery reimagines tenure

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Late post today, things are a touch quiet in the world of elite-level soccerball.

The theme we’re going to touch on is the chase for a higher league position.

The Premier League gods were kind to us today, after treating us very shabbily over the past month with injuries and some horrendous luck, they opened the gates of the Top 4 to us once more.

Manchester United drew against Wolves.

Chelsea drew against Leicester.

Spurs have to play a wounded City tomorrow with a side in such bad shape, they tried to loan Olivier Giroud.

This season for me is still very much a write-off, but I doubt it will be for Mikel who seems to be very aggressive with his timeline. He wants to win a cup this year and he wants us to challenge the top 4 this season.

The Burnley game presents itself as an opportunity to see what we’re made of when chances are presented to us. 3 points takes us to 9th. Assuming Spurs lose, that’d have us 1 point behind Jose Mourinho’s sinking ship. 2 behind OGS. 8 behind Chelsea.

Making top 4 is a massive stretch goal regardless of how inconsistent Chelsea have been. We’d be expecting Arsenal to turn a huge corner inside a month and have consistency of results, something this squad hasn’t managed since the 22 game unbeaten run in 2018.

Stranger things have happened though. We are defensively far better than we’ve been in years, there are sputtering signs that the team is responding to the attacking demands Arteta is placing on them, and we’ve added a bit more depth to the squad that could help reshape how we play by opening up other areas of the pitch.

Also worth noting that Chelsea plays United, Spurs, Everton and Bournemouth in their next 4 games. Only one banker there. United, amirite?

Unai Bummery has been reimagining his tenure at Arsenal.

“The process was good. When we played possession, we did it; when we had to press, we did it. And we were competitive, playing as the game required. With moments of possession game and moments of three quick touches.

“This second year, we have not played well; we have not defended well; We have not been competitive; We did not transmit. And I told the players myself. There were several problems: four captains; the Ozil-Kolasinac case; Pepe’s signing, which needs time to be that of France. We didn’t play well, that’s for sure.

“That brought us bad results, there was no improvement, the fans focused on me and they threw me out.”

The process wasn’t good. Let’s clear that up right away. Players found the video analysis dull, no one knew what they were doing, and no one could be bothered with pressing. Then let’s land on the last bit, there was no improvement in the first season, statistically we regressed everywhere on the pitch, then the fans turned in the second season when their continued to be no improvement. What a joker. We didn’t run him out of the club, his shocking tenure did that all by itself.

There’s another piece where he basically says Arteta is doing the same thing as him. True, similar setup, similar starting line-up… the difference is Arteta leads, communicates and implements strategies on a different level.

Mesut Ozil sums is up nicely.

“He’s doing a good job. He’s hungry for success. Everything about him is positive.

“Arteta’s story is a bit different because I don’t remember when he quit football, but it hasn’t been over that long. In this way, players can understand more easily.”

Connection. It’s so important. Emery didn’t have that with the players. That’s one of the ingredients in the special sauce. Still baffles me that there was an actual debate about that for so long, but here we are, half the internet still thinks Pep Guardiola is a fraud because he hasn’t won a Champions League with Preston.

Staying on Ozil, we apparently turned down a bid from Qatar for the player. Rumour has it the player and the coach were interested in the deal. I’m struggling to fathom that. We have very few players that can move that ball through the line, so the idea we’d stifle our attack at the last minute seems a bit absurd for me. Ozil is important to the manager, hopefully we see a return on that faith with some assists and goals over the next 3 months.

Read some sad news that Jack Wilshere is broken once again. He really has had the roughest of 10 years. I mean, not by normal human standards of disability, but I feel for the guy regardless. Could have been a generational talent if he’d stayed fit. That Barca game he dominated was one of the most special performances I’ve ever seen from a teenager.

Anyway, I hope everyone in the UK is having a banger of a Brexit party this evening, let’s hope the Tories make it easier for us to sign players from South America in this new era. Next Messi needs to be at The Arsenal.

Right, see you in the comments. x

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  1. MidwestGun

    Cesc-
    I don’t know about squad poverty.. but Midwest poverty is a real thing.. so cant contribute to your Go fund me page. Unless my Superbowl bets come in then Ill get back to you.

    Marc-
    Expect it to be lower scoring then expected. So taking the under. Plus getting good odds. 49ers will try to run and chew clock. Chiefs can score in one play though. Their offense is stupid good. That said either team can win it. 49ers have a good defense.

    Upstate_
    I understand.. I have no loyalty to either team really but prefer the Cheifs sty;e of play and of course they are In the Midwest.

  2. Upstate Gooner

    Marc
    Both teams are equally matched. KC have a superior offense but SF’s defense was one of the best this season. They are capable of putting points on the board as well. Bookies have KC as a 1.5 points favorite which basically tells the whole story. Hoping for a close, entertaining game.

  3. Champagne Charlie

    Emery’s winning streak came 3 games after he took over from Wenger. As his influence grew our performance level took a nosedive, which is why we were good at the start and bottom third come the end.

    Takes a peach to try and put distance between Emery and the tribulations of this season.

  4. Up 4 grabs now

    Considering Burnley played 442 why didn’t we switch it up and match them.
    We could have had martinelli and pepe on the wings and Eddie and auba in the middle.
    Torriera and willock as the central pairing.

    It would have been better than no creativity across the whole midfield.
    And would have given us more of a threat on both wings.

  5. MidwestGun

    Marc-
    Also, if you want to see a fast player.. Watch Tyreek Hill… fastest dude I’ve ever seen. As well as quick over a short amount of space.

  6. Dissenter

    Cesc
    I’ll be happy to contribute money so long as I’m appointed the treasurer.
    Let me know so I can forward my Swiss bank account.

  7. Pierre

    The know nothing’s are creeping out of the woodwork, just as I predicted.

    Unbeaten this year and will remain unbeaten up until the end of March so I dont expect to hear from them for a few months after the break.

  8. Emiratesstroller

    Today’s game is a repeat of what has been going on all season.

    We are drawing too many games which is only marginally better than a defeat.

    Our goalscoring record is dreadful considering the amount of money spent
    on our three key forwards Aubameyang, Lacazette and Pepe.

    Our midfield is weak and ineffective. They create very little and score even less. There is no dynamism in these players.

    We can of course blame the head coach, but I don’t think that there would be any material improvement with anyone else. Realistically we have a bog standard squad which is grossly overrated and very poor value for money.

  9. Dissenter

    “Unbeaten this year and will remain unbeaten up until the end of March so I dont expect to hear from them for a few months after the break.”

    I really you ridiculing Emery’s unbeaten run last season.
    Nothing sensational about hanging unto goal-less draws.

  10. MidwestGun

    Ahhhh someday I just want to grow up and be as smart as Pierre. 😀 Oh well.. 2 weeks off going to be a long 2 weeks.

  11. Cesc Appeal

    The bottom line really is that midfield stinks.

    It has to be ripped out.

    True under Emery, true under Arteta, it would be true under anyone.

    No one can make this side work with that midfield.

    It is a bigger problem than the defence.

    As much as I thought Arteta’s selections were poor today and his in game manager needs work, can’t really rag on the guy…not a whole lot he can do with this lot. Made us a it more sturdy but we’re a nothing going forward now.

  12. Cesc Appeal

    MidWest

    What have you gone for tonight?

    Surely it’s the Mahomes show?

    His performance against the Titans was amazing.

  13. Upstate Gooner

    ES
    I don’t think anyone disagrees that our squad is overrated and overpaid. However, I would still argue that our squad is better than the likes of Crystal Palace, Sheffield United, or Burnley. That’s where the manager comes in. Team selection, formation, substitutions, training, motivation, so on and so forth. Something is clearly not working.

  14. Up 4 grabs now

    I’m no Emery apologist, and I’m not digging out Arteta, but this is crap Wenger used to say.

    Arteta said: “The conditions were difficult – the grass was this long and they didn’t put any water on it, and that’s not a very helpful thing to play football.

    “I didn’t water the pitch yesterday at the training ground because I expected it, but that doesn’t make it any easier to play.

    I thought we had moved on from this!

  15. MidwestGun

    I got Chiefs by 3. Taking the under on the score. Mahomes is amazing.. but he is better when he moves around in the pocket..or creates yards by running. Will see what the 49ers do to limit that.

  16. Champagne Charlie

    “Yea 21 league games all won due to Wengers influence last season….solid argument“

    Of course that was your takeaway. So no comment from you on the very clear and obvious nature of our performance level during Emery’s 18 month tenure?

    Started well, went shit, got embarrassing.

    Arteta has taken over a mess, is restoring some order, grounding the side before building by having us harder to beat (everything I was personally calling for). If you want to scream fraud after 6 weeks take the floor. My guess is you’ll be seen as just as big a mug as you were post-Emery.

  17. MidwestGun

    New post.
    It’s about NFL because I don’t like football.
    ________
    Hahaha Pedro… its going to be ok.. you can always claim the Americans made you do it. 😀

  18. Cesc Appeal

    MidWest

    I might actually be a twat and stay up for it. Then immediately regret that decision when my alarm goes off.

    Really is thoughtless of Americans to put it on a Sunday.

    I remember as a kid wrestling was always on a Sunday as well…what do you guys have against Saturday night things where people can sleep it off the next day?

  19. Thank you and goodnight.

    I want Arteta to succeed, but today was all on him. Lacazette hasn’t done enough this season to justify a starting berth, ditto Ozil. Guendozi isn’t good enough to be starting, far too inconsistent. Martinelli has looked really effective on the left, yet switched him to the right. A draw isn’t good enough, far too many of them. Truth is I really don’t expect anything different next season either. We’re fucked as long as Kroenke remains the owner.

  20. MidwestGun

    CA-
    Now you know how I feel when I have to get up at 6am to watch the Arsenal.. its all part of the deal. No good comes from not suffering miserably first.

  21. Danny S

    Marc

    Just saw your reply to me on another thread re: Man U and Haaland.

    Last I read, is that Man U did not want a release fee in his new contract which he has in his Dortmund one.

    It’s basically the agent, knows that he can get a super pay day if he went Dortmund first and then to a club like Man U or Barca etc.

    Can’t let one of them pick him up for 17m.

  22. RodneyKing

    Pedro

    “Today was disappointing, a poor performance no doubt… but that’s going to happen as the manager gets to work on the mess he picked up from Emery.”

    Poor Arteta. It becomes even messier when you add the mess that Wenger left behind for Emery. Not many coaches with his level of experience have had the misfortune of walking into a big a mess as this one, especially at a club the size of Arsenal.

    Anyone who’s written this season off should be prepared to write off 20/21 as well. It’s going to take a couple of seasons and perhaps managers to get Arsenal back to the top.

    If Man Utd’s recent history is anything to go by, then we’re in for a bumpy (and hopefully fun) ride.