Sick burn.

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There aren’t many things that make me LOL when I’m scouring the news for Arsenal related goodness… but today… I’m about to show how an Arsenal player threw enough shade to cool the world in line with the Paris Accord.

When I saw it, I was like…

Imagine… getting sub-Tweeted by Mustafi.

Messaging aside, it does show how dedicated to the ‘clean slate’ the manager is. In this case, he has little choice, but overall, he’s making it very clear that the past doesn’t influence the future, only your character and effort will.

Bernd Leno, a man who has not yet mastered the internet, also went into detail about the communications misses of the past.

“He has, in this short time made a big impact,”

“You can see the intensity we play, also the structure in the team and the mentality [away] from the pitch.

“Before I don’t want to say it was a mess it was a little bit confusing, everyone was doing different things.

“We were not a team! Not in the dressing room, not on the pitch and you could see this. I think with Mikel its changed completely.

“The first day he came he wasn’t talking too much about tactics, he was talking about how we behave in the dressing room, when we go to the games we have to be more professional and more like a team.

“I think it’s not only what he’s learned from Pep Guardiola. When you talk to people who have worked with him they said he’s a very clever guy with tactics and how to improve players.

People will keep saying that these comments are basically the players kissing the ring, which is totally acceptable, my question is, which parts read untrue?

The overall picture that’s being painted from where I’m sitting is one in which the squad is enjoying the new regime, they see where the club is going, and they look like they’re having a good time.

That has to translate onto the pitch, but generally, if players of their level are enjoying the process, the results will come.

Anyone see those pictures of the new and improved JACKED Manuel Almunia?

Looks like he reacted badly to the ribbings he took from the Daily Mail for that tiny Paris Hilton dog he had, spent the last 5 years getting ripped, now he’s in Dubai looking for the journo. Scary stuff.

Some interesting stories doing the rounds about PremFlix coming to a streaming platform at some point in the near future. The new EPL CEO says the league has been ready to sell streaming season tickets for 3 years. They’ll trial an all-access pass in some countries in the not too distant future. Surely, long-term, that has to be the model. In Singapore, they sell the rights for £75m and the TV channel makes £175m back through monthly subs. Quite staggering the amount of growth they could generate if they did it themselves.

Very little to go on tonight, I’ll see you all tomorrow!

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  1. Freddie Ljungberg

    Pierre

    The heatmap shows that Ozil can’t hack it in the middle anymore so drifts out to the wings to get more space, he’s always done that to some degree it’s just more pronounced now.

    Ozil is just declining as he gets older, stop trying to shift the blame. He was blamed for Germanys poor world cup, shite the last 6 months of Wenger, shite for 15 months under Emery and he’s been shite after he left under 2 different managers. Maybe just maybe he’s not the player that is on a constant highlight reel in your mind anymore?

    Shoehorning in Lacazette when he offers very little and playing Auba on the wing and having Pepe on the bench isn’t helping our case either. That’s the easiest fix in the team atm, so I hope we get to see it after the break.

  2. Freddie Ljungberg

    Mustafi can try to shift the blame as much as he wants, his mistakes are not the fruit of miscommunication or lack of coaching, he’s always had them and he probably always will. Doesn’t matter if you have an occasional worldie or good 85 minutes when your brain switches off on the regular and it costs points as often as Mustafis has over the years.

    “That has to translate onto the pitch, but generally, if players of their level are enjoying the process, the results will come.”

    That would be nice…

  3. Major_Jeneral

    Nice Post Pedro.
    At the moment everything seems fine at the camp. I hope that this translates on the field soonest.

  4. Pierre

    https://arseblog.news/2020/02/the-7amkickoff-index-mesut-ozils-stats-a-deep-dive/

    Fans can cherry pick certain aspects of the article to suit their agenda (as Fred has already done) but taking the analysis as a whole , I think it’s fair to say that Emery was a disaster for Arsenal football club and it will take more than a few weeks to turn this around.

    It’s also important to mention that this article is focusing more on the creative/attacking side of our game.

    If our defence/ defending had shown any improvement under Emery then one could understand why the creative side to our game had dropped so alarmingly….it didn’t.

    So , what we had under Emery was regression ALL over the pitch from EVERY player in the squad.

    The heat maps of Lacazette and Ozil are interesting and it maybe gives an indication as to why their/our creative output had regressed so alarmingly under Emery.

    Under Emery the players played with fear, fear of making a mistake , fear of being made the scapegoat by the manager and fear of taking risks with the ball in the final third ….this needs to.change .

    I posted a comment a couple of days ago about players like Trent Alexander Arnold, de bruyne and Salah lose possession of the ball more than any other players in the league.

    This is because they take risks with the ball and if you take risks with the ball you will create opportunities for your team mates.

    To take risks with ball a player needs a manager who totally trusts this player and is prepared to accept that at times losing possession is going to happen.

    Arsene wenger allowed Sanchez this freedom and he was rewarded.

    Arsene Wenger also trusted Ozil and was rewarded, he didn’t need to coach those 2 , it was a case of give them the ball and they would deliver.

    The one player we have at the moment who could be our Sanchez is Pepe.
    He scores and he assists and he creates , but he also loses the ball.

    He needs to be allowed to play his natural game , he needs to be trusted by the manager , he needs to be allowed to lose the ball without recrimination from the fans and manager the way Salah, Trent Alexander Arnold and Debruyne are allowed to lose the ball .
    We will never see the best of Pepe if he is always made the scapegoat.

    It’s time to look at what he brings to the team , not at what he doesn’t.

  5. Graham62

    Surely not Ozil again.

    Please please please can someone tell Willock/ Guendouzi/Ceballos to pull their fingers out and put this subject to rest.

  6. CazOnARola

    Completely agree about pepe and flair players in general.
    I think pepe was hooked out of the team when he was just starting to do well.

    Why willock and Nketiah were brought on when you had someone who could create something out of nothing on the bench baffled me in the last game.

    Its as if direct free kicks and other avenues of scoring are not all important. None of our roads setup midfielders at the edge of the box as well.. Xhaka hardly gets a setup shot these days.

    Even if we discount Pepe’s dribbling for a moment, he’s such a threat from set pieces.

  7. Graham62

    CazOnArola

    I’m with you on this.

    Can’t understand why Pepe has been excluded when he was starting to show positive signs.

    Don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes but we need his unpredictability on the pitch.

    Hope he gets a game against Newcastle.

  8. Danny S

    I can’t wait till Ozil is gone. I really can’t.

    Though I worry about who Pierre will swoop up into his bosom after Ozil goes.

    Or maybe he will just continue back on the Wenger love in.

  9. Danny S

    Would be good to see a midfield 3 of torr/xhaka/cebelos and front 3 of pepe/mart/auba against Newcastle.

    Let torr and xhaka sit deep and let the fullbacks go a bit more offensive.

    I personally think ceba could offer more if he was allowed a bit more creative freedom, but there must be something Arteta sees in training that we don’t.
    Though I can’t see how he’s any worse than Ozil.

  10. Champagne Charlie

    Fans still aboard the ‘Xhaka is useless’ train might venture into the article to gain an appreciation for what needs replacing if you swap him out the side.

    Has long been our most progressive and weighty passer, yet there’s been daft cries of any random guy being able to assumed his passing credentials for the side. Bogus, and exactly why replacing him requires serious thought to do so.

  11. Ernest Reed

    “It’s time to look at what he brings to the team , not at what he doesn’t.”

    And exactly what is it that Marty Ozil Feldman brings to the squad, Pierre?

    Firm f’n facepalm…this is beyond pathetic.

  12. Freddie Ljungberg

    CC

    “Has long been our most progressive and weighty passer, yet there’s been daft cries of any random guy being able to assumed his passing credentials for the side. Bogus, and exactly why replacing him requires serious thought to do so”

    And yet this season Guen has been our most progressive passer, a 20 year old that was bought from ligue 2 last year and many here label a headless chicken who slows down our play. Obviously not that hard to replace. Guen also drives forward with the ball more and trying to make things happen, something which Xhaka very rarely does. There’s other ways to contribute to the team than having the most passes, most of which are back and sideways btw.

    I’m not saying play Guen all the time but it’s not going to be hard to replace Xhaka and what small positives he brings.

  13. Ernest Reed

    What i really like about what Arteta is doing is that he is wiping the slate clean with everyone and implementing his game plan. He’s inherited a mess, no doubt about that, but in the end you and i and everyone are going to know who belongs and who doesn’t, they are going to have to earn their game time through hard work and footballing smarts.

    Many of us already know who fits and who doesn’t and so too will management have their confirmation of the same. This collective group have brought down two managers already, but i somehow suspect its all on them now as excuses mean nothing now and actions truly speak volumes. Im not in for the platitudes of the likes of Mustafi, Leno, Xhaka or others, just shut up and play.

    Its Arteta or bust now.

  14. Ernest Reed

    To your point Freddie, Xhaka is slow a foot which will always lead to a misplaced boot and the inevitable yellow or red card. For any good that he can do, there is always his weakness that undoes it, a lack of self-discipline that inevitably hurts his team.

  15. CazOnARola

    Ceballos is very poor in the final third. His only advice average attribute is avoiding the press with his dribble when pressed deep.
    In all the games he played, he struggles to execute passes once the opposition streets playing a showing game and he needs to that passes by predicting openings /angles.

    The only reason ozil came back into the side when emery was still here is because guendouzi /ceballos /willock/Torreira are much worse as nos 10s and being able to stitch 3 passes once they are in the final third then the current ozil.

    Evidence is in willock s contribution in the final third one ozil left the pitch in the last game.

  16. CazOnARola

    Ceballos has a decent shot on him as well, but Lacazette /Aubameyang only look for each other in the final third, no chance of them setting up an on rushing midfielder

  17. Pierre

    Ern
    ““It’s time to look at what he brings to the team , not at what he doesn’t.”
    And exactly what is it that Marty Ozil Feldman brings to the squad, Pierre?Firm f’n facepalm…this is beyond pathetic.”

    Ern are you being deliberately stupid.

    I said, and I quote.
    “We will never see the best of Pepe if he is always made the scapegoat.It’s time to look at what he brings to the team , not at what he doesn’t.”

    As you can see , I was talking about Pepe .

    I suggest you talk to Fred about Ozil as he seems to have a similar “pathetic” unhealthy obsession with him.
    You will find more than enough people on here who will want to talk about Ozil’s stats now.

    These are the same people who , strangely enough, always disregarded assists and chances created as being worthless when Ozil was top of the list.

  18. Freddie Ljungberg

    Pierre oh Pierre

    “I suggest you talk to Fred about Ozil as he seems to have a similar “pathetic” unhealthy obsession with him.”

    You do realise how utterly stupid you look when you write something like this right?

    Our Cam has 1 assist all season, has created 0 big chances all season, we’re struggling to score goals and even get shots on goal. You’re the only one who think those 2 things isn’t related.

  19. Graham62

    Remind me again, what does “obsession” mean?

    There is only one person on here with an Ozil obsession.

    Always “defending the indefensible”. This should be engraved on your tombstone Pierre, along with another classic of yours, always prepared to “think outside the box”.

  20. azed

    Under Emery the players played with fear, fear of making a mistake , fear of being made the scapegoat by the manager and fear of taking risks with the ball in the final third

    Iwobi, Kolasinac, Guendozi, Aubameyang and many others did not play with fear.

    If Ozil played with fear under Emery, it’s because he knew he was going to be held accountable for his actions.

    0 away assist in two years says Ozil is past it.

  21. Jamie

    That Mustafi post is hilarious. Thanks for the chuckle, Pete.

    Reminds me of the post Elneny threw up when Alexis moved to Man U about how we now have a squad of hungry players committed to the cause, and how essentially the bad egg had left.

    Yeah, because that’s all we need – a squad full of committed Mustafis and Elnenys.

    I agree with the mention that we need a ball-carrying midfielder. I’m still holding out for Willock. He’s nowhere near ready, but he could be a solid player in a few years under proper coaching.

    He already uses his body well to shield the ball when he’s running with it. He really needs minutes which I’d happily give to him over Xhaka if we’re treating the rest of this season like an extended pre-season. Xhaka is not the future, but there’s an outside chance Willock could be a part of it, so better to roll the dice with him, imo.

  22. Freddie Ljungberg

    Pierre

    “Fred
    You’re stuck on a loop.”

    Amazing that you don’t see the irony in this, you’re not only stuck in a loop you’re stuck in the past, possibly in an alternative dimension as well.

  23. Pierre

    This is what happens .

    Fred slags Ozil off .
    Ern slags Ozil off
    Graham slags Ozil off
    Azed slags Ozil off .
    Marko and cesc app and a few others would slag Ozil off if they were here.

    I talk about all things Arsenal .

    I get accused of defending Ozil .

  24. Pierre

    I always said the Wenger obsessives would become Ozil obsessives and of course ,I was spot on as usual.

    I suppose they have to have something to whinge about.

  25. Dissenter

    Pierre
    ‘ It’s time to look at what he brings to the team , not at what he doesn’t.’

    Ozil brings a grand total of ONE assist to the team all season
    We ought to ignore the 350k wages that is siphoned away his account every week.
    Your avid devotion to Ozil’s cause is sickening now, it’s gone beyond obsessiveness….now it’s delusional. Even when faced with the 7am analytical article, you demurred.

  26. CG

    Pierre

    “””””I always said the Wenger obsessives would become Ozil obsessives and of course ,I was spot on as usual.I suppose they have to have something to whinge about.”””””

    As usual- well stated.

    they whinge about Ozil, Xhaka, Mustafi only because Wenger bought them.

    If Wenger had blown £100 000 000 on the ineffectual Pepe and Tierney – they would be whinging a lot more about these 2 players too.

  27. Dissenter

    . I agree with CC regarding Xhaka
    It’s easy to see why managers love Xhaka. He devotes himself to the cause of the team. He’s hardly out a foot wrong under Arteta.
    Many people here will be disappointed if Arteta makes keeping him a priority this summer. There will a lot of dental gnashing.
    We need midfielders though, so the club may decide to cash in on Xhaka.

  28. Champagne Charlie

    Freddie

    Now you’re appealing to Le Grove as being the conduit of sage football chat? Guendouzi is a headless chicken according to some on here but considered one of the most highly valuable young players in Europe, and someone that gets a place in the France national side. Not the brightest comment to make.

    Re: Xhaka, the fact you have to draft in ‘there’s other ways to help the side besides passing’ is about as good as you’ve got when the data shits on your biscuit to quite the degree it does.

    When you dress down a player you dislike it really makes you look foolish to give absolutely no credit where it’s due. Precisely where this player poverty bollocks originated, by understate the talent at hand to spite Wenger. All rather boring.

  29. Emiratesstroller

    Arsenal will need to make some serious decisions fairly soon about arrivals and departures in the summer.

    CENTRE BACK I would offload Mustafi, Sokratis and Mavropanos. Saliba will
    arrive and the club will need also to make decision on Mari. I would still go out
    and buy a top quality Centre Back like Upamecano.

    FULL BACKS The club will need to decide whether to keep Soares as understudy for Bellerin. A decision will need also to be taken about left back
    should Kolasinac leave.

    MIDFIELD Ceballos will be released on completion of loan and I think that
    Arsenal will attempt to offload Ozil. I suspect that Arsenal will hold onto others
    in squad. However, Arsenal need a reasonably experienced attacking midfielder who can create and score goals. I think that Smith-Rowe will be brought back, but only as an understudy in AMF position.

    FORWARD Arsenal need to offload either Aubameyang or Lacazette. My view
    is that Lacazette would be the better option as he has still got 2 years left on his
    contract. Aubameyang should be retained and moved to play in CF position
    and a decision then made whether to use Martinelli as an understudy as and
    when required. Both Martinelli and Saka will need regular game time next
    season.

    So to summarise my departures would be Mustafi, Solratis, Mavropanos, Kolasinac [maybe], Elneny, Ceballos, Ozil, Mkhitaryan and Lacazette.

    Recruits would be CB, LB, RB[if Soares released] and AMF.

  30. Dissenter

    Pedro
    They’ll trial an all-access pass in some countries in the not too distant future. Surely, long-term, that has to be the model. In Singapore, they sell the rights for £75m and the TV channel makes £175m back through monthly subs

    The premier league -roach smacks of greed.
    They won’t be allowed to directly sell subscriptions in several jurisdictions anyway.
    Why can’t the just use those numbers from Singapore to get more from them the next round of bidding?
    There’s no way they will get more from selling directly in the USA than NBC pays them….and they won’t do a better job than NBC in presenting the league to Americans.
    Ditto for Singaporeans

    Hope the premier league does that nonsense and it fails. The other European leagues are ready to profit from their greed. They aren’t far behind. I find myself watching Serie A more then the premier league already.

  31. Ernest Reed

    I would like to ask you a fair and honest question, Pierre. In your honest opinion, do you believe that Arsenal are receiving fair value from Ozil this season, value that matches his wages?

    If your response is yes then you and i have a very different view of return on investment value for Ozil. If your response is no, then why are you continuing on like this, unless of course it is deliberate to get a rise out of others? In which case, at least your true agenda is known.

  32. GunnerDNA

    Jamie,

    “Reminds me of the post Elneny threw up when Alexis moved to Man U about how we now have a squad of hungry players committed to the cause, and how essentially the bad egg had left.Yeah, because that’s all we need – a squad full of committed Mustafis and Elnenys”

    Exactly! Who in their right mind listen to Mustafi?

  33. Freddie Ljungberg

    CC

    “Freddie

    Now you’re appealing to Le Grove as being the conduit of sage football chat? Guendouzi is a headless chicken according to some on here but considered one of the most highly valuable young players in Europe, and someone that gets a place in the France national side. Not the brightest comment to make.”

    I have always defended Guen on here, but he is raw, no denying that, and he’s still our most progressive passer this season, and gives us things Xhaka is not capable of. What is so difficult to understand here?

    “Re: Xhaka, the fact you have to draft in ‘there’s other ways to help the side besides passing’ is about as good as you’ve got when the data shits on your biscuit to quite the degree it does.”

    Shit on my biscuit? No need to bring your culinary preferences into this.

    Thought it was obvious enough but maybe not:
    We don’t have to bring in a midfielder that replicates Xhakas passing volume to improve, he just have to be better defensively, cover ground quicker, not shit his pants when pressed and be able to carry the ball forward or release it quicker to our attacking players.

    What exactly does the stats show in your opinion about Xhakas worth to the team? Look at the results and tell me that it matters that he completes a lot of passes.

  34. Ernest Reed

    Dissenter as an example, Canada now receives its EPL matches via a streaming service DAZN, an abrupt departure from TV based programming. It appears inevitable that this is the direction of the future. The ball appears to have already begun its roll?

  35. Ernest Reed

    “I always said the Wenger obsessives would become Ozil obsessives and of course ,I was spot on as usual.”

    And when Ozil is sent to pasture, as was with Wenger, who will be your new champion Pierre, Pepe? Champion of the Underachievers you are, Pierre.

  36. Emiratesstroller

    Ernest Reid

    Ozil is an intelligent footballer with good positional sense and passing skills.

    However, he lacks the energy required to play regularly in EPL and is no longer able to provide assists and score goals that are needed in midfield.

    I am confident that Arsenal will try and offload him this summer and replace him with a more productive player.

    Personally I don’t think that the issue is his wages, but his performance level
    which will be the reason for his departure.

  37. Nelson

    Most of the fans are watching the game with a preference in mind. If you take time to watch the replay of Sheffield United games, AMN had to defend against two players at the 82 minutes when we gave up the tying goal. Pepe is no where to be seen. I mentioned at that time but no one wanted to listen to it.

    Three coaching are seeing the same play as me. Pepe has to improve his positioning.

  38. Champagne Charlie

    “We don’t have to bring in a midfielder that replicates Xhakas passing volume to improve, he just have to be better defensively, cover ground quicker, not shit his pants when pressed and be able to carry the ball forward or release it quicker to our attacking players.“

    That should do wonders for our ability to maintain possession and build attacks time after time. Just a tackle merchant away from peak City.

  39. Pierre

    Graham
    “Can’t understand why Pepe has been excluded when he was starting to show positive signs.Don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes but we need his unpredictability on the pitch.”

    My fear is that Arteta is putting too much importance on what happens in training as to what happens on the pitch on match days.

    History will tell you that some players are poor trainers but superb where it matters, on the pitch .

  40. Ernest Reed

    It is those very same wages that puts up a serious roadblock in the transfer market, Emirates.

    Your other statement regarding Ozil’s energy levels are damning in their truth. It remains doubtful that Arsenal can escape this contract without incurring a financial penalty, both with likely no transfer fee returning and likely having to absorb a good portion of his wages in a loan scenario. Any way you look at it, this was a terrible contract as the signs at that time were already pointing to a concerning decline in performance.

  41. Graham62

    Pierre/ES

    I think I’ve said this before on here but one of the worst traits a person can have, is the very unappealing quality of self-adulation and having a high opinion of oneself and one’s importance.

    “I was spot on as usual” seems to be the norm with you, no matter what the subject. You don’t just think outside the box Pierre, you think outside the room/ house/ town/ country/planet/ universe.

    Oh that’s right, silly me, I almost forgot, it’s because you have such a high opinion of yourself and you’re always 100% correct.

    Take note of Mr Logic, ES. He sees everything as it is. “Lacks energy. No longer able to provide assists and score goals. Poor performance levels”

    States the obvious but never finishes a post off with a self-adulation quote.

    He can teach you a thing or two.

  42. Ernest Reed

    “My fear is that Arteta is putting too much importance on what happens in training as to what happens on the pitch on match days.”

    And what, pray tell, is wrong with that? Earn your playing time. What is Pepe, the next Allen Iverson? “Practice, were talking about practice”!

  43. Freddie Ljungberg

    CC

    “better defensively, cover ground quicker, not shit his pants when pressed and be able to carry the ball forward or release it quicker to our attacking players.“

    If this sounds like a tackling merchant to you maybe you should change sports.

    Replace Xhaka with someone like Soumare for example and his passing volume may be smaller but he would give us so much more than Xhaka in all other areas. Including progressing play.

    Having a Cam that can hold onto the ball for more than 2 seconds and actually do some actual meaningful passes would of course also help with building attacks.

  44. Dissenter

    Ernest
    US TV networks historically overpay for global sporting programs like the olympics and World Cup. That won’t be the case should the premier league go direct. The league can’t present the games to suit the individual markets, like a domestic TV network can.
    The Canadian experience exist because football is still a weak product, your TV networks don’t want to be burdened with the risk of bidding for something that’s hard to sell. Maybe if the league made the players pre-game formalities in hockey gear …your networks will bite.

    I hope the league goes the way of direct sales because they would create an opening for the other league trailing behind. I have watched more Serie A and Liga games this season that premier league games. The premier league isn’t that competitive or exciting anymore. It would be good riddance of you know what.

  45. Pierre

    Ern
    “And when Ozil is sent to pasture, as was with Wenger, who will be your new champion Pierre, Pepe? Champion of the Underachievers you are, Pierre.”

    Underachievers?

  46. Champagne Charlie

    Freddie

    Yea you’re doling out football tips yet utterly oblivious to our manager and his vision of football and what it entails. You do you mate

  47. Dissenter

    ES
    ‘ I am confident that Arsenal will try and offload him this summer and replace him with a more productive player.’

    In other words, you are confident if nothing.
    ‘That Arsenal will TRY to offload him’ is really fluffy. I mean I will TRY to win the Eurolottery next year even though the odds are stacked against me.

  48. Ernest Reed

    Dissenter, you nailed it. When push came to shove to re-up the networks balked, primarily because the audience numbers, in comparison to NHL and MLB, were minuscule and someone else came in with a ridiculous offer.

    To be honest, you pretty much have had to be born in a football loving country or you parents were and passed along the love of the game to you for you to have interest enough for the numbers required. Football (Soccer) in North America ranks far down the ladder behind other sports. For me, thats a bitter pill to swallow because it means paying a lot more to watch any leagues matches (DAZN for EPL , CL, EL and Serie A, and BEIN for La Ligue and French, and Sportsnet World for Bundesliga and FA Cup)

  49. RGG

    Arteta and his players need to stop blowing smoke up each other’s arses, stop blaming the previous manager, the grass, whatever, and start winning some fucking games!!! That’s what they’re paid to fucking do!

  50. Freddie Ljungberg

    CC

    If Artetas footballing vision involves Xhaka bumbling around the pitch padding his passing stats we need a new manager. Thankfully you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about as per usual.

  51. Ernest Reed

    Pierre you keep sticking with spent horses, first Wenger and now Ozil. Does not bode well for Pepe if he’s your next project to prop up.

  52. Bob N16

    Dissenter, the difference this summer is that Ozil will only have one year left of his over inflated-contract and so he will be much easier to move on to another club.

  53. Pierre

    Earn
    “And what, pray tell, is wrong with that? Earn your playing time. ”

    It’s the 90 minutes on match day which is important, players like Ray parlour and Tony Adam’s used to come into training hungover and half cut.

    Of course , I’m not advocating that we should repeat this but if a player is out performing others on the pitch ( and I’m not saying Pepe is) but not in training , then he should start ….its that simple..

    I’m probably talking from personal experience as I was a rubbish trainer but on match days I was irreplaceable. (That one’s for you Graham )

  54. Dissenter

    Bob N16
    ‘Dissenter, the difference this summer is that Ozil will only have one year left of his over inflated-contract and so he will be much easier to move on to another club.’

    I’m not so sure
    Ozil stands to make more money leaving on a free transfer in 2021, so why leave in the summer.
    The other side of the story is that a 31 year old Ozil may be more marketable than a 32 year old Ozil.

  55. Pedro

    Pierre, that article is incredibly damning of the ‘Emery was unfairly treated’ narrative.

    He was an absolute disaster for the football and the squad as a whole.

  56. Pierre

    Dissenter
    “Pierre
    ‘ It’s time to look at what he brings to the team , not at what he doesn’t.’Ozil brings a grand total of ONE assist to the team all season
    We ought to ignore the 350k wages that is siphoned away his account every week.”

    Have you been taking lessons from Ernie on how to be deliberately stupid

    I was talking about Pepe when I made that comment.

  57. Danny S

    Pierre

    Name me ONE person who complained about Ozils assists as you say?

    Once again you confuse arguments by adding misinformation.

    No one complained when Ozil was assisting. We all started complaining when those assists dried up and you started harping on about ‘chances created’. Then when those dried up, you moved to ball retention.

  58. Freddie Ljungberg

    CC

    So you’re claiming to have an inside track on Artetas footballing vision and what kind of players he prefers?

    We’ve been linked with Soumare and now Pape Gueye in that position, hardly Xhaka clones.

    If you think we’ll be fine going into next season with Xhaka in the team you’re a lost cause honestly, I already knew that though so not that shocking.

    I really don’t get why people get so obsessed with defending mediocre players on here, it’s like they don’t want us to improve at all aside from the incremental uptick coaching is going to give us with these players.

  59. Pierre

    I cant imagine Jimmy Greaves would have been busting a gut in training back in the day but I bet he was the first name on the team sheet ever week.

    What a striker , pity he paid for Tottenham.

  60. CG

    PedRo

    “”””””He was an absolute disaster for the football and the squad as a whole.”””””””

    Anyone with a brain knows that.

    So why then did Raul want to extend Emerys contract in the summer?
    And why has not Josh sacked Raul because of his 2 years of carnage?

    No club in the world is as dysfunctional as Arsenal.I dont think we are even a club anymore.

    Just a vehicle for agents to plunder and fans to be fleeced and owners to invest their wealth in.

    And thats why regardless who is in charge- we are going absolutely nowhere until KSE depart.

    Absolutely nowhere.

  61. Ray in LA

    “Mustafi can try to shift the blame as much as he wants, his mistakes are not the fruit of miscommunication or lack of coaching, he’s always had them and he probably always will. Doesn’t matter if you have an occasional worldie or good 85 minutes when your brain switches off on the regular and it costs points as often as Mustafis has over the years.”

    I am more optimistic — many of the mistakes occurred when he was under-pressure and over-exposed…if there is a better defensive structure around him and effective coaching regarding when and why he makes errors, then they will become less frequent

  62. Pierre

    Pedro
    “Pierre, that article is incredibly damning of the ‘Emery was unfairly treated’ narrative.”

    The know nothings are ignoring that and are trying to make it into an Ozil debate.

    It’s just a diversionary tactic as it is clear to see from the article that ALL players regressed under Emery in every area of their game.

  63. Ernest Reed

    You two should get a room, the know-nothing and the know-everything! Your mutual admiration deserves nothing less.

  64. Ernest Reed

    “Have you been taking lessons from Ernie on how to be deliberately stupid”

    I’ve got hurt feelings! LOL

    You seriously need to get a life Pierre, your sanity needs it.

  65. Champagne Charlie

    Freddie

    I don’t need an inside track, Arteta has laid his intentions bare and it takes less than 5 seconds to reasonably establish a product of La Masia and Pep is going to be aligned to possession based passing dominance.

    “If you think we’ll be fine going into next season with Xhaka in the team you’re a lost cause honestly”

    Imagine being so wrapped up in a player to think he’s the obstacle to us achieving our goals. Unreal, and you’ve the nerve to claim obsession from others?

    Pretty much says it all that you’re making a claim that there’s people advocating coaching as the only means of improving the side. If in doubt argue a point nobody makes, a classic.

  66. Freddie Ljungberg

    CC

    Of course Xhaka is not the only player holding us back, I never claimed that either so I guess you made that up to.

    He’s one of them though, along with Ozil. Not really up for debate that our midfield outside Torreira is not good enough. Not good defensively and absolutely terrible offensively, something that we could maybe reasonably expect our CM and Cam to contribute with and they do fuck all.

    How about wait and see what it actually is before you proclaim what Artetas style is and not just base them on your assumptions.

    Doubt it’s going to be possession for possessions sake though which is all Xhaka and Ozil gives us.

  67. Redtruth

    Leno has hailed the progress Arsenal have made in just a few weeks after Unai Emery’s side produced their most complete performance of the season against Liverpool.

    The Arsenal goalkeeper said Saturday’s 1-1 draw was the result of the confidence that Emery has given the team during this 14-game unbeaten run.

    Leno also added that he is being motivated by his competition with Petr Cech, saying that “nobody is safe” as he looks to keep hold of the goalkeeping position.

    Asked if the performance against Liverpool was the team’s best showing of the campaign, Leno said: “Fulham [a 5-1 win] was very good but Liverpool is a big team. We controlled the game.

    “I think we had more and bigger chances than them and yes, maybe you can say it was the best [first] half, best game this season.

    “I think we saw that we can play our way against big teams. We played out of the back. We played the ball with passes from behind and that is the way we want to play.

    “The coach gives us much confidence to play like this and we train every day very hard with him, and in the videos as well. That’s the way we want to keep going.”

  68. Freddie Ljungberg

    Pedro

    When he was highly rated in Germany and wasn’t exposed as the slow, mistake prone player he is in the prem. If he feels the same way now he needs a trip to specsavers.

    Also pretty sure they don’t let the assistant manager sign any players at City.

  69. Pedro

    Freddie, when he’s played in a system that doesn’t expose him, he doesn’t make mistakes. If you are watching him right now and you don’t see the dramatic improvement, you need Specsavers.

  70. Dissenter

    Pedro
    I’m sure you can find tonnes of comments made by players last season after a few months of Emery-ball.
    ………………………..
    ‘Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos believes Unai Emery has done more for his development in a single season than former mentors Jurgen Klopp and Massimiliano Allegri’.; “He’s the best coach I [have] had in my career,” the 30-year-old told The Guardian. “That’s because I have improved a lot under him. I play faster than one, two or three years ago.
    ……………………………………………

    I’m very optimistic and pragmatic about Arteta but lets stop the needless daily marketing blitz to make him what he’s not.
    There aren’t that many great managers around besides Klopp, Pep and Diego Simeone. Arteta has all the makings of a damn good manager but is not in that Pep category yet, nor will be be anytime soon. We made the right call to appoint a rising star, that’s what he is.
    Stop using comments of these misfit players to justify your opinion.

  71. Pedro

    Dissenter,

    We’ve gone from ‘Arteta lol he’s a cone boy, assistants can’t manage, he’ll be a disaster’ to ‘you can’t use praise from actual players training with him.’

    This is a confusing time to be a writer.

  72. Dissenter

    Freddie
    Honestly, take the blinders off and stop all these Xhaka nonsense.
    Keep it up and you will win the Xhaka-sash from Ishola.
    It’s just Xhaka-Xhaka-Xhaka from you these days.

    Xhaka is who he is but he has stepped up, it you can’t see that then …..

  73. Dissenter

    Pedro
    Did you read the embarrassing comments I posted from PapSok where he said Emery was he best manager he’s has, better than Klopp and Allegri.
    I’m pretty sure Arteta is dismissive of the rectal smoke infusion because he knows he will have to make a decision in the summer.

  74. Freddie Ljungberg

    Pedro

    Yes, he hasn’t cost us any goals yet. He’s still at best average. That has nothing to do with Artetas coaching ability btw he’s just not suited to the league, so no need to be so defensive. You’re behaving like a troll on your on site.

    Playing Xhaka in a system that mitigates his mistakes also makes us less potent going forward. We need a CM that can do more than 1 thing at a time.

    I’m not sayying bench him permanently now, because our options aren’t great but he needs replacing in the summer.

  75. Freddie Ljungberg

    Pedro

    Yes, he hasn’t cost us any goals yet. He’s still at best average. That has nothing to do with Artetas coaching ability btw he’s just not suited to the league, so no need to be so defensive. You’re behaving like a troll on your own site.

    Playing Xhaka in a system that mitigates his mistakes also makes us less potent going forward. We need a CM that can do more than 1 thing at a time.

    I’m not sayying bench him permanently now, because our options aren’t great but he needs replacing in the summer.

  76. Pedro

    Freddie, he dropped a MOTM against Chelsea when we went down to 11 men, he’s played as a full back, he’s opened up our full backs to attack and his pass completion has gone off the charts.

    He’s not my favourite, I wanted him gone, but to keep telling everyone he’s terrible but pad it with ‘I admit, not currently’ seems an odd position to take.

    That Arseblog stats post makes it pretty clear why Arteta wants him in the side… the whole reason he’s been awful is no coach has given him a platform to nullify his weaknesses, it appears Mikel has.

  77. Freddie Ljungberg

    Dissenter

    Look back and see how this started and you’ll see it was predictably CC doing his usual Xhaka puff piece, I just responded.

    Don’t think I particularly go on and on about Xhaka, certainly not on Isholas level but he is still one of our weakest links, and since I want us to improve more than marginally I want him replaced. Not that difficult to grasp.

  78. Pedro

    Dissenter, I’m pretty sure that with almost all the comments I’ve posted I have specifically pointed out that I am aware players big up new managers. My point is the substance of the words. Pap Sok, a center-back, said he’d improved the most under Emery… we conceded 50 goals that season and hadn’t looked so fragile defensively in 10 years.

    Leno talking about better communications, organisation and team bonding seems more grounded in reality.

  79. jwl

    “This is a confusing time to be a writer.”

    Pedro – it’s just as confusing to be a reader.

    Emery, the coach with multiple domestic and European trophies, who got more league points and went further in Europe than Wenger did, was incompetent apparently.

    And now we have hired the sauciest of managers, we have shown no improvement over past couple of months with same players, but we have to wait a year or two because the players are inadequate and results got nothing to do with our novice coach.

  80. Champagne Charlie

    “How about wait and see what it actually is before you proclaim what Artetas style is and not just base them on your assumptions”

    Freddie you seem to be the only one without a clue about Arteta’s vision for the side, use your brain for a change instead of making daft remarks at others for doing so.

    He’s brought in a ball playing, left sided CB to open up the pitch and play more expansively. He’s talked numerous times about being a side that imposes their own style on the game at hand and not one that worries about the opposition as a tactic. He’s talked about having the ball time and again, keeping it, moving teams, and dictating play.

    He’s a Barcelona academy product, name one of them that plays a vertical game? Name me Pep’s approach that Arteta simply had to go and immerse himself in for years?

    All roads point to a possession based side dictating the ball and dominating the opponent tactically and technically. It doesn’t need to be evidenced after 9 games for that to be abundantly clear as being the plan.

  81. Freddie Ljungberg

    Pedro

    How many matches do we play backs against the wall defending in? Is that the way forward now? Because that’s the only scenario when Xhaka isn’t going to get done for pace.

    Just because he hasn’t been terrible doesn’t mean he’s been great, if you’re satisfied with our average midfield then that’s on you, I want more.

    I know there’s been improvements in organization etc and that’s great and all but some points would be nice too. We haven’t actually been that good either yet apart from short spells, a bit early to proclaim the second (or is it 10th) coming of Xhaka and Ozil and Mustafi when we’re still not getting the points on the table.

  82. Ernest Reed

    The difference between Arteta and Emery is that Arteta was a recent player and knows what a player goes through and feels. Emery may have been a player in earlier days, but he was severely disconnected from the players and could not communicate nor likely relate to them on any other level than authoritarian. The results speak volumes and Arteta is left to rebuild undoubtedly a very collective fragile psyche. Its not an excuse, but it likely is true – the players were battered and equally battered themselves.

  83. Freddie Ljungberg

    “All roads point to a possession based side dictating the ball and dominating the opponent tactically and technically.”

    And you think the only way we can do this is with a slow, ponderous CM that needs to slot into left back to avoid getting pressed so he can complete more passes? Ok then. I hope you’re wrong or next season will be a very familiar story.
    https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2020/02/10/report-arsenal-close-to-agreeing-5m-deal-for-exciting-summer-sig/

    This gives me some hope though. Not the level of name I’ve been hoping for maybe but I’m open to be pleasantly surprised.

  84. Ernest Reed

    Xhaka isn’t ideal, but equally that does not mean that you have to accept it either. In a team of now middling talent, Xhaka appears to be a perfect fit. Leave some of you to ponder what that level of mediocrity means.

  85. Pedro

    Ernest, I think Emery was on the spectrum… couldn’t feel out the environment around him. His methods will only work where players need him. Never going to cut it at the highest level.

    He’ll end up at a club like Real Sociedad.

  86. Ernest Reed

    Says a lot Freddie, when we have 5-10 million pound signings to look forward to. I can see how Kroenke got to be a billionaire, he never spends any of his own money!

  87. Freddie Ljungberg

    “And since you will ask, things have gotten worse in the last 7 games under Arteta and Arsenal are only averaging 326 passes per game. Those last 7 matches have been so bad from a possession standpoint that it’s dragging down Arsenal’s season average from 481 (which is what it was last season) to 438.”

  88. Ernest Reed

    Agreed Pedro, but i don’t see him anywhere for a while yet. The aftermath of his implosion at Arsenal will have many prospective teams thinking a lot longer and harder as to what Emery really does bring. One thing is for certain, he’s tainted goods right now – and by his own hand.

  89. CG

    Cha Cha

    “”””””He’s brought in a ball playing, left sided CB to open up the pitch and play more expansively.”””””

    Well if he has seriously done that. ( and I think you are accurate)

    I think it shows his naivety and latent inexperience.

    (you do all that stuff later on)

    so we have X 7 center backs on the payroll and no money to spend- and we have now recruited another one- just because he is left footed and can open up the play?

    What about if he cant defend? Or run fast?

    The murmurs are The Lump and Luiz will start against Newcastle United.

    They have some rapid firepower on the counter.
    How about employ defenders that just can defend? ( eg Bould and Adams)

    ‘Open up the play’ and’ inverted fullbacks’- more modern day cobblers.

    How about pass and move and keeping it simple?

  90. Globalgunner

    Jordan Henderson is twice the player Xhaka will ever be and Henderson is not what I would have called Arsenal quality 5 years ago. If Xhaka is still an Arsenal lynchpin next season then Arteta will be sacked within 12 months of his contract Im sure of it. With that dozy lump in our midfield we are going nowhere. I will not want to delude my brain into accepting that Xhaka is a good player.

  91. Pedro

    Freddie, context:

    > Arteta is fixing our structure. We’re starting from the back.
    > We’ve played Chelsea x 2, United, gone to 10 men twice
    > Our squad has been injury ravaged

  92. Champagne Charlie

    Freddie

    Whatever way you slice it lad, Xhaka apparently ducking out to left back so he can’t be pressed is it? So nothing to do with giving him full spread of the pitch to pick a pass? No, Arteta has him hiding AND being the guy with the most passes per 90 and nearly 20 more per match than Torreira who is apparently the only CM worth a note?

    No agenda there mate, none at all.

    Xhaka is slow off the mark, and he’s certainly made some daft errors before, but you’re watching with your eyes wide shut if you’re dismissing his ability to pass, and the physical presence he offers the side both aerially and even his much maligned fouling.

    At what point do you sit a ponder that Wenger, Emery, and now Arteta relying on him time and again is testament to his character and his ability to do the undervalued aspects of a side? I’ve not once said don’t replace him, I’ve only ever maintained he’d require a thoughtful replacement – can totally get why Arteta didn’t want that in Jan.

    Bet he’d rather not be tasked with doing the same this summer either, much more pressing issues for him to tackle.

  93. CG

    Xhaka has a left foot and can open the play up,
    The Lump has a left foot and can open the play up,

    fat lot of good it does you- if neither can run fast.

    Xhaka , The Lump, Luiz , Genduzi are we trying to create the slowest team in the Prem?

  94. Freddie Ljungberg

    “being the guy with the most passes per 90 and nearly 20 more per match than Torreira who is apparently the only CM worth a note?”

    Again, passing and at what volume you do it is not the only metric to judge a player.
    Pretty clear and obvious that Torreira is a far superior player than Xhaka for us.

    “Bet he’d rather not be tasked with doing the same this summer either, much more pressing issues for him to tackle.”

    More pressing than fixing our midfield? Don’t think so.

    We already have a CB coming in so the only other big problem we have is replacing Auba if he leaves.

  95. Champagne Charlie

    “Again, passing and at what volume you do it is not the only metric to judge a player.“

    Hasn’t been stated as the only metric to judge a player, what’s been said is the value that metric has to a possession based side. Especially when you’re the top performer in this regard and constantly labelled useless.

    “Pretty clear and obvious that Torreira is a far superior player than Xhaka for us.“

    Want to illustrate the vast divide in quality?

  96. jwl

    I grew up in Canada and watched North American sports which all had a bunch of statistics.

    When I first arrived in London in summer of 1995 and went to Highbury for first time, I asked the guy who brought me what Seaman’s save percentage was and he looked at me like I had three eyes in my head. Wins, losses, and how many goals a player scored were only stats that mattered.

    Now we are bombarded by dozens of intangible statistics and we not focused on wins and losses anymore, supporters say sure we’re not winning matches but look at our xG or passes completed in final third numbers!

    Winning or losing is all that matters in sport, everything else is bullshit, and Arteta has done sweet fa to improve our results and Arsenal spent quite a lot of £££ to change coaches for no improvement.

  97. Dan Ahern

    Improved or not it’s still pretty wild that Xhaka blew up at the fans and didn’t really face any consequences. Hard to believe that was this season, it feels so distant already.

  98. Freddie Ljungberg

    CC

    “being the guy with the most passes per 90 and nearly 20 more per match than Torreira who is apparently the only CM worth a note?No agenda there mate, none at all.”

    “Hasn’t been stated as the only metric to judge a player, ”

    You’re arguing with yourself at this point Charles, are you ok?

    You have eyes I presume, use them when we play and you’ll quite clearly see that Torreira is a much better player and more important to us than Xhaka, if not, might I suggest knitting or maybe bridge.

    Possession based eh?

    “And since you will ask, things have gotten worse in the last 7 games under Arteta and Arsenal are only averaging 326 passes per game. Those last 7 matches have been so bad from a possession standpoint that it’s dragging down Arsenal’s season average from 481 (which is what it was last season) to 438.”

    Clearly.

  99. Ernest Reed

    Thats because Arteta cleared the slate Dan, giving Xhaka and others a fresh reset.

    If it means getting better performances out of the players than all good. If not, then past impressions remain true and management know that it wasn’t circumstantial and should do what should have been done earlier. Im not fussed by it as i have already written the season off and it gives Arteta opportunity to suss out what he really has in terms of talent.

  100. GunnerDNA

    Emery,

    “Arsenal was a club on the downward slope for two years when I arrived. We stopped this fall and even started to straighten the club with a Europa League final and a fifth place in the championship, only one place behind Tottenham while we only took a point in the last five days.

    “We had the qualification for the Champions League in hand and it went wrong in the final. But it was a good season and we had the idea to continue this progression. But we lost our four captains: (Laurent) Koscielny, (Petr) Cech, (Aaron) Ramsey and (Nacho) Monreal.

    We have missed personalities this season to stay on track. And some stars did not have the right attitude and asked for more than they gave. Given all that, it would have taken more time to successfully transition to the new Arsenal that I wanted.”

  101. Champagne Charlie

    Freddie

    You’d think there’d be a wealth of data to backup your claims of superiority for Torreira over Xhaka. Must just be yet another hot take being channeled as a fact.

    Ahh there it is, Arteta hasn’t delivered peak Arteta-ball after 9 games so his intention and philosophy is therefore NOT possession based football.

    You nailed it Freddie, absolutely nailed it. Arteta is Pulis in disguise.

  102. Dan Ahern

    Pedro, Ernest — He nearly moved but didn’t, he just took a quick breather and then Arteta decided to keep him around. It’s a strange situation. Credit Mikel for making sure he’s not exposed so we can all rebuild trust and all that, but I think it’s fair to say it’s weird.

  103. CG

    jwl

    “””””Winning or losing is all that matters in sport, everything else is bullshit, and Arteta has done sweet fa to improve our results,”””””

    Harsh but fair.

    But he will win the next game- I am sure.

  104. Freddie Ljungberg

    CC

    “Ahh there it is, Arteta hasn’t delivered peak Arteta-ball after 9 games so his intention and philosophy is therefore NOT possession based football”

    Never claimed that, doesn’t exactly support your claims about his football vision, or that our midfielders, who should be pretty involved with this possession are massively improved.

    Again, I’m not judging Arteta after a couple of games, that would just be silly, any new manager coming into this club is going to need time. What I am doing is judging players who has been with us for years and are failing us. Think that’s pretty fair.

    Can’t really be bothered to look up stats on something so obvious, you’re free to do it though if that’s what’s floats your boat. Or shits on your sandwich or whatever metaphor you’d use in that scenario.

  105. Champagne Charlie

    “doesn’t exactly support your claims about his football vision, or that our midfielders, who should be pretty involved with this possession are massively improved.“

    Then..

    “Again, I’m not judging Arteta after a couple of games, that would just be silly, any new manager coming into this club is going to need time“

    So you’re telling me our 9 games under Arteta don’t support the fact his philosophy is possession based football…..but you’re not judging Arteta?

    Well that’s that totally cleared up.

  106. Freddie Ljungberg

    CC

    No I’m not judging him or making claims about his footballing vision.

    You on the other hand claims it’s possession based with the evidence so far pointing in the other direction.

    Do you have some kind of learning disability or something? It’s ok if you do, just makes it easier in the future to know.

  107. Champagne Charlie

    “You on the other hand claims it’s possession based with the evidence so far pointing in the other direction.“

    Arteta coming into a floundering club and looking to haemorrhage the shit inside 6 weeks doesn’t alter his philosophy. A philosophy is an ideal, it’s the vision you have for the game.

    You’re making some tenuous link to his first 6 weeks in charge in a puerile attempt to undermine what has been known, for some time, about how Arteta sees football.

    His philosophy isn’t going to change, the conditions surrounding the club/squad will to the point it comes to life.

    And yet here you are making intellectual swipes……the irony.

  108. Emiratesstroller

    For once let’s leave aside a debate about recruitment or replacements in defence, but focus on what is required to upgrade our offensive areas.

    Our midfield has clearly underperformed when you analyse the lack of creativity, assists and goals in that department.

    Ozil is cleary no longer the influential player he was and Ceballos who was presumably brought in as a replacement for Ramsey is underwhelming as
    well.

    Players like Willock and Smith-Rowe have potential, but lack experience and
    consistency to play against top sides at this point of their careers.

    So the imperative is that we recruit this summer a top class “midfield general” who can provide us with the dynamism that someone like De Bruyne is able to offer at Man City.

    The departure of Lacazette this summer, which should generate a decent transfer fee of let’s say £40-50 million will go some way to cover part of the cost of a top class midfielder.

    Frankly I don’t think that we need a new striker if Aubameyang stays. He is
    a 25 goal a season player if he is playing regularly and I think that Martinelli will be a good understudy when required plus also able to provide fire power on left wing.

    Pepe and Saka will have had one season of first team experience and will hopefully improve next season. I would expect both to be playing regularly
    in 2020-1 and scoring goals.

    So dependent on how Arteta sets up the team I do think that we do not need
    to make huge changes in our midfield and forward line.

    What is needed is to find the right balance.

  109. Freddie Ljungberg

    “My philosophy will be clear,” he said. “I want the football to be expressive, entertaining. I cannot have a concept of football where everything is based on the opposition.

    “We have to dictate the game, we have to be the ones taking the initiative, and we have to entertain the people coming to watch us. I’m 100 per cent convinced of those things, and I think I could do it.”

    Arteta added: “You can have an idea of a system, but you need to be able to transform it depending on the players you have – how much pace you have up front, how technical your team is, what types of risk you can take and whether your players are ready to take those risks.

    It’s important to analyse your players because you can’t always play the same way. There have to be different details and changes in how you approach things, and you have to look at how you can hurt whoever you are playing against. Is there something they don’t like to do? If so, we’re going to make them do plenty of it.”

    This is What he has said about his philosophy, there are other ways to play entertain than playing possession for the sake of it football with players not suited to it you know.

    Everything else about his vision is just your assumptions. I prefer to wait and see what our playing style will be when he has competent midfielders to pick. If it’s however based on having mediocre players in the team like we have had for the last couple of years then it’s going to fail, it really is that simple.

  110. Champagne Charlie

    Unai Emery to France Football: “Arsenal was a club on a downward slope for two years before I arrived. We stopped that.”

    Man needs a new job, or to just avoid Arsenal chat for a good 6 months.

  111. KAY Boss

    Arteta hasn’t improved our standings in the league. That’s what matters to the fan. This he’s improved this player or that is irrelevant if our league position isn’t improving. For crying out loud we changed coaches to see improvement on the pitch and league standings. We’re drawing more that visual art students.
    We need to be winning games and the excuses being made are getting boring and rhetoric.
    I’m care about the club not about coach X,Y or Z. Cheerio!!

  112. Guns of SF

    Arteta seems to be building team spirit. that is important especially in tough times… to weather the criticism etc.

    There are still glaring problems tho, some leave you puzzled- why keep leaving pepe out?

    How to get Laca firing?

    How to get Laca and Auba playing well together

    etc.

    Not to mention a midfield overhaul….

    At this point, Art should really put all the eggs into the EL basket. I can see us finishing 7/8 in the league…. top 4 way out of the picture now

  113. KAY Boss

    I think Emery is right. This club was on a downward slope more than the years he mentioned. It was just a matter of time.

    Come to think of it, Arteta is doing OK but those saying he needs more time, why is Ancelloti, who many here were against his hire is doing a good job on Merseyside? Is Everton having players than us?

  114. Dissenter

    Lets wait and see what the FA does to Dele Ali for his stupidity

    Don’t wait with bated breaths though. I’m tired of seeing these Puds players get away with stuff. China is also watching what he league does because they can apply the same squeeze hey used on the NBA.

  115. Ernest Reed

    To be honest Kay, Arsenal are not a very good club and have not been all season. They show flashes but those are rare. I really do think that Arteta is going to need some time to sort out what he truly has to work with. On paper these guys should be theoretically better than they are, but when you actually watch them, they really are as poor as what you are witnessing. In my opinion they are not a cohesive group and they may never be. Its going to take Arteta time to figure out who fits his plans and who does not.

    I am in agreement with his approach to wipe the slate blank with the entire team. You either belong or you do not and all things being equal today, as is Arteta’s approach, we will all find out by seasons end where things are.

    My opinion, they really are a middle pack team today and i honestly dont see them moving up or downthat much come season end. This is who they are.

  116. Marc

    “Lets wait and see what the FA does to Dele Ali for his stupidity”

    The FA will do fuck all, if a white player had made the same comments they’d be demands for the player to be banned and questions asked in Parliament.

    It appears we want to kick out racism – but only if it comes from white people.

  117. Ernest Reed

    Im going to say it, give Arteta a fair chance.

    Many of you put up with 10+ years of mind numbingly frustrating football from One Arsene Wenger as he condescendingly spoke down on everyone as his brand of insanity held flight until the wings finally dropped off and he was only fooling himself in the end. Then we were treated to a season and a half of some of the most confusingly incoherent football witnessed in these parts in a long time. Arteta represents a breath of fresh air and brings a real optimism with him. I am more than prepared to give him time because well, time is what he can be offered.

    Arteta does not represent a step backwards nor a stasis, he offers fresh ideas and with the right players, in all honesty, i don’t think he could be any worse than anyone we’ve had in recent memory. Thats me and thats that.

  118. Ernest Reed

    To be fair, Dele Ali will never be the brightest bulb in any chandelier. He is, on this occasion, deserving of all the ridicule and punishment coming his way. Im not defending him, but he isn’t overly intelligent to begin with and this, this was inevitable.

  119. Ernest Reed

    And for the record his apology reeks of insincerity as he rarely if ever looks directly at anyone or his phone camera. Simply put, he got caught out for being stupid and that is what bothers him most.

  120. Marc

    Ernest

    ” but he isn’t overly intelligent to begin ”

    That applies to 99% of British footballers out there. As a black player who’s spoken about racism issues faced by black players when playing for England he should at least have the self awareness to not do this.

  121. Marc

    Ernest

    What are the odds someone from the club saw his comments and was on the phone 4 seconds later screaming blue murder. Strangely an apology followed shortly after.