Emery plays the blame game.

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Unai Emery has come out swinging in the media and to be quite honest, it’s a sight to behold. I’ve always suspected he was a bit on the spectrum, his words really drive home that point for me. This proclamation was particularly delicious for me.

“In Paris, I missed the chance to become the best coach in the world,”

My word. For starters.

“My mastery of French was enough to explain and make me understood,”

Trying to become the greatest with basic French, in a city that’ll throw shade for speaking French with an accent they dislike, is not a good start if you’re a serious person.

He then upset the most expensively assembled squad in the world, had them playing negatively, and tanked a one-horse race to Monaco. He is the only coach to have had a full season with the Sheikhs and not win a league title.

He was such a cuck, that his assessment of his time in Paris was basically, ‘Neymar was the leader’, and ‘I was in the out-group.’

“A player, a president and a coach. Each time, a different leader profile. I know when I’m the main person in a group and when I’m not.

“It’s a process that every coach has to live and internalise, it’s something you learn with time and experience.

“In each club you must know what role you play and what role you assign to the rest of the group. My opinion is that at PSG the leader is called Neymar.

“Or more exactly, the leader will be called Neymar, because that is what he is becoming. Neymar came to PSG to be the leader, to live the necessary process to become the world’s number one.

He took over a defence that conceded 19 under Blanc and conceded 30% more goals. He took over an elite attack that had scored 102 and tanked it to 83. Things turned around the next season when Monaco was decimated and PSG went on a wild spending spree. He was a joke in the media, a laughing stock with the players, and the football was negative.

Fast-forward to yesterday.

“Arsenal was a club on a downward slope for two years before I arrived. We stopped this fall and even began to rebuild the club with the Europa League final and fifth place in the league, only one point off Tottenham despite the fact that we took just one point in our final five matches. We had Champions League qualification in our grasp and it went wrong in the end. But it was a good season and we had this notion of continuing to improve. But we lost our four captains: [Laurent] Koscielny, [Petr] Cech, [Aaron] Ramsey and [Nacho] Monreal. They were personalities that we missed this season to stay on the right track, and some stars did not have a good attitude and asked for more than what they were giving back. Taking all of that into account, we needed time to succeed with our transition to a new Arsenal, which is what I wanted.”

It’s clear he’s out here trying to land a new job, I hope it happens for him, but cherry-picking what happened is embarrassing.

He was a disaster start to finish. No club in our situation would have hired him if they’d done even 5 minutes worth of due diligence. He landed the job because Canales put him forward, which is an outrageous privilege to start with. He didn’t learn the language. He had no connection with the squad. He didn’t know what he was trying to do on the pitch. No one wanted to play for him. The fans couldn’t stand the football.

Was he helped by what Wenger and Ivan left him? No. But he knew what the situation was when he took over, he had a presentation of the ages to explain how he was going to return us to greatness. He had a good sense of what needed to be done as well, fix the defence, be the protagonists, play great football… but he was a classroom manager. He couldn’t take complex football theory and execute it in terms players could understand.

Now we are where we are, overseeing the worst Premier League season in our history.

The players seem in a better place. This is Mesut.

“As a team, we are much happier and everyone wants to give everything for this club”

“Especially tactically we have improved a lot and I hope in the future we will be more successful.”

This is Lacazette.

“We are more together now. The way we think as well on the pitch and outside the pitch. Tactically we are better and we’re going to see a big improvement in the next few weeks.”

The next two months is huge for us, we need to rack up points to clear relegation, we need to find the balance between attack and defence, and we need to take the good vibes behind the scenes and see some output. Great process is all well and good, but obviously, we’re still in the business of points.

Hopefully, we’ll see a decent cup run.

Right, see you in the comments. x

242 Responses to “Emery plays the blame game.”

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  1. Nelson

    Emery:”we needed time to succeed with our transition to a new Arsenal”

    His new Arsenal = Sevilla. He has ZERO Arsenal DNA.

  2. Wasi

    Deleted footage from Mesut’s interview said:

    What is the difference between Unai and Arteta

    “Under Arteta I’m playing (lil smirk)”

    Unai departed very honorably and I actually liked that. Even in the press he posed as a gentleman and now Comes out with words he probably wanted to say since very long.

    One thing is very constant in all aspects,phases , sports, etc in life.
    Someone who whines about external factors instead of realising and correcting his own mistakes never really makes progress in life.

    Unai is probably in the top 1 or 2% in the football world and what he’s done has shown just how average he is.
    Bad move by him.

    Has anyone seen Pape Gueye play? How is he?

  3. Receding Hairline

    “Arsenal was a club on a downward slope for two years before I arrived. We stopped this fall and even began to rebuild the club with the Europa League final and fifth place in the league, only one point off Tottenham despite the fact that we took just one point in our final five matches. We had Champions League qualification in our grasp and it went wrong in the end. But it was a good season and we had this notion of continuing to improve. But we lost our four captains: [Laurent] Koscielny, [Petr] Cech, [Aaron] Ramsey and [Nacho] Monreal. They were personalities that we missed this season to stay on the right track, and some stars did not have a good attitude and asked for more than what they were giving back”

    I don’t see any part of this statement that is wrong

    We lost characters in the dressing room

    We did well in the Europa league and in the league all things considered, we were not nailed on for a top four finish before a ball was kicked for a reason.

    What exactly were you expecting? Him to come out and say “i was an idiot and a clown at Arsenal and all the players there are wonderful”

  4. Receding Hairline

    “No club in our situation would have hired him if they’d done even 5 minutes worth of due diligence. ”

    Same can be said for our present hire if due diligence is what you are peddling

    What did we need most of all after Wenger?

    Answer : A swift return to the Champions league for the money. So we hired someone who will mix and match to get points on board and who understood the Europa league ..result a point off third and a loss in the final.

    If some of these players some of you are so keen to fight in their corner had anything about them we would have qualified for the Champions league pretty easily last season.

    I know it’s a slow news day but it’s time to move on from Emery.

    Nothing he said in that interview was false nor have we massively improved enough after his sacking to keep acting like we were freed from a shackle.

    Gloat when we really have something to gloat about

  5. GunnerDNA

    Pedro,

    “It’s clear he’s out here trying to land a new job, I hope it happens for him, but cherry-picking what happened is embarrassing”

    Its OK for Arsenal fans and players to constantly abuse him on social media and he’s not supposed to defend himself, right? He was rightly sacked because he wasn’t getting the right results but most of what he’s saying is true. The notion that Arsenal have improved since he’s sacked is debatable. Look at Ozil’s behavior when he was substituted by Freddie? The Club knew they were taking a risk getting rid of all the experience players in the squad all at once and they still do it. Its very clear why he made Xhaka captain, even though he wasn’t the popular choice because the team lack leaders. Seeing PEA with the armband is laughable. To imply that he’s talking about his time at Arsenal to get employed is laughable. Arsenal have been known to be pony in Europe from 09. Bayern Munich use to troll Arsenal every time the CL draw is made and slapped us 5-0 on numerous occasions. He was asked a question in an interview and he gave an answer. It happens everyday to public figure who always faced difficult question from the media.

  6. GillespieRoadNoMore

    As a self-promotion tactic I think Unai’s bleating to the media is as uninspiring and damning as anything he did as a manager at either PSG or AFC.

    A big boy did it and then ran away is playground stuff Mr Emery.

    Shirking accountability and bigging up abject failure is not the thing any elite operation is going to be looking for in its figure head appointment.

    Still I guess he can always call up the magic PowerPoint, it must be something truly spectacular if it is what persuaded the Arsenal that he was what they were looking for.

  7. Stan_The_Asset_Stripper

    Top read Pedro.

    Those who still defend Emery should just consider the dignity Arsene has maintained since he was ousted.

  8. Redtruth

    Arsenal bottled it by sacking a winner.
    They knew demands on the board to improve the squad were on the horizon so they chopped Emery’s knees and opted for a stooge replacement…

  9. Receding Hairline

    “Arsenal was a club on a downward slope for two years before I arrived.”

    Is the above the problem? Is that the classless comment?

    If we were not on a downward spiral surely we would not have sacked our longest serving manager …Seems some of you can ditch out words like garbage, clown and clueless but act all hurt and ask for “class” when someone simply points out the truth

  10. Pierre

    RH
    ““Arsenal was a club on a downward slope for two years before I arrived.”

    Is the above the problem? Is that the classless comment?”

    I’m not sure there is one person who disagrees that we were on a downward slope .

    But then again , if you look at United , Tottenham, Chelsea and even City , all are on a downward slope.

    Arsenal’s downward slope was a slow regression which took over ten years( from the pinnacle) , it turned into a downward spiral under Emery.

    In 18 months Emery increased the regression from 6th position ( when he took over) to 12th position ( when he was fired).

    So he did not stabilise the position at all, in 18 months he doubled the regression.

  11. jwl

    People are acting like Emery kept our players locked in dark cellar for past eighteen months when in fact he got more points and went further in Europe than wenger did in his last season. I don’t understand psychology of it but people are way too angry about Emery reign, he did what he paid to do, steady the ship while clearing out senior players and introduce youth.

    Arteta not going to fix our squad adequately either over next year or two, it is long term project that is going to take awhile.

    I think we are missing a lot gossip/stories about what going on behind scene with players, I don’t like a lot of our surly players attitudes and they need to be replaced with happy, gung ho types who make dressing room a more pleasing place.

  12. Paulinho

    “He can’t make those luxurious runs he used to make at Arsenal – there are 5-6 players ahead of him tasked with those responsibilities.”

    “Luxurious runs”?

    You do realise most midfielders don’t have the bottle or engine to make those runs? You could give all our current midfielders the license to make those runs and they wouldn’t, because they prefer to sit deep and pass it square.

    The absolute state of our midfield this season and you’re still none the wiser.

  13. Receding Hairline

    “In 18 months Emery increased the regression from 6th position ( when he took over) to 12th position ( when he was fired).So he did not stabilise the position at all, in 18 months he doubled the regression.”

    I know you think you just made sense or played a clever game with words

    Emery was not sacked for his work in 18 months

    He was sacked for a bad run of results (mostly draws) starting this season

    Last season he won 21 league games, finished two points off third, had a better finish in the top is H2H table and played our first European final since 2006.

    He was rightly sacked on 29th November when we were 8th on the table not 12th.

    Nice try though

  14. Paulinho

    The reaction to Emery’s comments are not a surprise.

    Fans didn’t want to hear a lot of that stuff in the summer (departing captains), so no surprise it gets a short shrift now.

  15. Tom

    He then upset the most expensively assembled squad in the world, had them playing negatively, and tanked a one-horse race to Monaco.

    —————-
    PSG’s negative football aside, Monaco finished on 95 points, had a 20 game unbeaten run while winning 18, had two top scorers with 30 and 26 goals, topped their CL group against the sauciest manager in Poch, dismissed Pep’s City and BD in last 16 and quarters, and sold some 400m of talent the following season.
    Stop with the one horse race nonsense will you.
    It makes you look silly.

  16. Tom

    Pedro,
    It was definitely a two horse race.
    In fact, Monaco that year was such a thoroughbred that the two richest clubs in the world decided they needed best chunks of it.

  17. Champagne Charlie

    Emery’s champion unsurprisingly leading the ‘nothing wrong with that’ charge.

    Still besotted, still embarrassed by how stupid that allegiance has proven to be.

  18. Biggles

    Pedro consistently overlooks one thing that Emery did for us that was good: the unbeaten run when for the first time in years it wasn’t painful being an Arsenal fan. Emery simply being in charge was bliss, it was a rebound relationship after years of an abusive marriage. Did it with out in the long run? No. Was it better than what we had? Yes.

    Honestly the Emery hate is getting tiring. We all know he isn’t Pep or Klopp. It’s not like Arteta is either, although I have high hopes in the long term.

  19. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Pedro
    Question

    Why you giving air time to emery ?
    He had his chance and left the building.

    If an old Richard kept talking bout you after you spilt, your new beau would rightly get the petrol init?

  20. Receding Hairline

    Silly comment from a silly person

    Address the points being made rather than seek refuge in silly comments

    I see you are back in your elements, a full blown AKB where the coach can’t be questioned or God forbid critiqued. Everything about Arsenal now is rosy since the garbage clueless clown left. He dare not grant interviews either.

    Abeg shift.

  21. Dissenter

    Emery deserved his sack undoubtedly
    However he has every right to rebuff all the silly nonsense that the perma-misfits at Arsenal are saying about him.
    Ozil still can’t get an assist after Emery
    Mustafi is still costing us with individual errors after his exit
    Laca has deteriorated since Emery left, he needs to find his scoring boots before talking nonsense

    Why didn’t these players give Freddie a big bounce just to stick the finger at Emery?

  22. Dissenter

    *However he has every right to rebut all the silly nonsense that the perma-misfits at Arsenal are saying about him.

  23. Dissenter

    The only language I want from these perma-misfits at the club is PERFORMANCE.
    That’s how you help the new manager, not the smoke blowing exercise they are all doing.
    The club needs to tell them to cut it out, maybe Arteta needs to quietly tell them to stop taking cheap digs at the last guy.

  24. Pierre

    Dissenter

    “However he has every right to rebuff all the silly nonsense that the perma-misfits(ozil, mustafi, Lacazette)at Arsenal are saying about him(Emery)”

    Are you sure that anyone has said any “silly nonsense ” about Emery.

    I think you are making the usual mistake of believing everything you read in the media.

  25. Dissenter

    Pierre
    I’m sure the subtle and not so obvious digs at the last manager are lost on you.
    The same way you missed Emery dig about the decline in the preceding two seasons before he came on board.

  26. Pedro

    Dissenter, Emery didn’t really make a dig, he just stated fact. Managers don’t normally pick up jobs where the club is on the up and up. Seems an odd thing to use as an excuse crutch.

  27. Olumide

    Emery is classless.
    Emery is awful.
    Emery is the shittest thing since shit.
    Some people are just too emotional about this Emery stuff.
    Emery was sacked, rightfully, for our poor results this season. But the revisionism here that last season was awful is baffling.
    You people saying Emery was wrong to give those comments, put yourself in his position. Your subordinates trash talking you in public as they see fit.
    You want to talk about classless, why not mention Leno’s comments? All the players saying “things have improved since Emery left, it was a mess” and yet we’ve had 2 wins out of 10 (or more) Premier league games since.
    I wanted Emery sacked because I want Arsenal to win games. That hasn’t changed.
    The players need to start winning games before they start telling us it’s now better.
    I bet you Emery wouldn’t offer those comments if Arsenal have won 6 – 7 league games since he left. But we haven’t.
    Players started the blame game but it’s just hot air. When you start winning games, come and tell us it’s better.

  28. Receding Hairline

    So Pedro if he didn’t make a dig but state a fact what are we discussing?

    Do you think our stars have given all they can to this club?

    If he had won the champions league with PSG after three straight Europa leagues with Sevilla wouldn’t he have been mentioned in the conversation as one of the best in the world?

    Seems odd to pick on a man stating facts.

  29. Pierre

    Dissenter
    You said they were “saying nonsense” about Emery, now you’re saying it is subtle digs.

    In other words , they said nothing , just people twisting perfectly reasonable comments into ” subtle digs”

  30. Dissenter

    Pedro
    I agree.
    My point was dipped in sarcasm because Pierre was open-eyed enough to spot the swing Emery made at Wenger but he’s in denial as to the intention of the repeated comments the perma-misfits are making about former manager.

  31. Chris

    Wenger may not have said much this far regarding his time here, and that is obviously a degree of class involved, but thy e book he has stated he will write will be a fascinating read. And I am sure there will be some sweet stuff in there.

    Emery probably should have kept his counsel as he had been up until the last few weeks. He is a decent coach who would make a success out of a mid level La Liga side, but ultimately not good enough for us. I doubt he is doing this to put himself on the job market, he is probably just letting off steam, who wouldn’t be frustrated at having failed at such a high profile job? It is still in advisable though in my view to give these kind of interviews, his cv and interview would land him another job elsewhere.

    I’ve got nothing against him but he should have been dismissed after the Europa final in my opinion.

  32. Graham62

    Emery was totally wrong.

    If he knew anything about Arsenal FC, he would have known that we had been “on a downward slope” for at least eight years prior to his arrival.

    That was his first big mistake.

  33. Weenson

    Unai Emery’s opening spell of the first 22 games could not have been in sharper contrast to the rest of his tenure at Arsenal when at first the team faltered and then gradually deteriorated with each successive game.

    A measure of the success of a manager’s time with a club could be made by assessing what he left with respect to what he inherited. In almost every way Arsenal was left in its worst state for over three decades and to assume in his own words in respect of the closing segment of the previous season despite the results proving otherwise, that we were continuing to improve is nothing short of delusional and his comments over these past weeks bear indication of this.

    Thankfully with Mikel Arteta on board we can before long put this sad and sorry period of our history behind us.

  34. DivineSherlock

    I dont get it Senor Emery . He first refuses to play Ramsey , Koscielny I can understand he was a prick . Monreal as available whole season then Tierney was identified as replacement. Cech had alrwady announced his departure. Blaming lack of leadership is a bit dim coming from him. As a manager of Arsenal shouldnt he have shown a bit of leadership ? No instead he decides to choose five more captains & proceeds to throw one of them under the bus. That he made the team worse then he inherited it is a damning indictment of his reign.

  35. Receding Hairline

    We didn’t beat United and Chelsea at home in the first 22 games

    Nor Valencia and Napoli

    Infact the only people obsessed with the meaningless 22 game unbeaten fun are the ones acting like spurned lovers right now.

    Sad and sorry period of our history.. Lol…have you even been following Arsenal

  36. Dissenter

    Receeding
    Even if we accept the premise that we were only good for 22 games, how about people just stating that we were good for only 22 games [however false it may be]
    Now you have Pedro trying to shoe-horn his own interpretation of history as fact. There were games that we played at home that had the Emirates chanting “we have our Arsenal back”
    How can anyone say the fans never took to Emery when they were chanting “we have our Arsenal back”?
    Emery lost way ultimately and deserved his sack but it’s this falsification that’s laughable.

  37. Redtruth

    AT
    “If you compare Emery’s last 9 games to Arteta’s first 9, Arsenal have given up 6% possession and had 26% less shots on target. This has been traded for a reduction of 9 shots on target (1 per game) from the opposition.”

  38. Pedro

    Dissenter, that away game at Fulham was special, no doubt… but on reflection, you have to be real, it was the last remnants of Wengerball.

    We soon shook that off after January. To Pierre’s point, he took over a team that finished 6th and left us in 12th. Quite the decline.

  39. Marc

    Pedro

    Out of interest who is the 3rd best coach in the world?

    I thought we had hired the guy who would take over from the top 2 – Klopp and Pep!

  40. Dissenter

    Pedro
    The home fans went beserk when we beat United, Chelsea and Spuds. Emery had the fans with him for a while and many understood the obvious fact that is bedeviling Arteta too; we have too many average and ill-suited players. We had several games lost/drawn last season due to individual errors. You were in denial last season and very conflicted this season. Now you too are talking about a proper clear-out for Arteta to be able to mount a top-4 challenge.

    He got sacked for poor performance, end off. He undoubtedly deserved it.
    The problem is you’ve run with a false narrative, that no one took to him and that he was a loser when in fact he had his strengths/weaknesses like anyone else.

    Those of us who defended him on principle last season will defend Arteta on the same principle. We also know that there are many dead horses in the Arsenal stable, many of them are spewing garbage and you’re jumping all over it.

  41. Champagne Charlie

    Receding

    You’re as straw man as it gets yet tell people to address what’s being said? Shut up.

    Out you come in valiant defence of Emery as expected, the man that achieved nothing at Arsenal and missed every target going culminating in our worst season in 50 years.

    He left with grace, and now he’s soiled it with petty bollocks and excuse making for his own ineptitude. Of course you resonate with that type of character.

  42. Pedro

    Dissenter, it wasn’t a principled argument you had, you defended him because you thought he was great and that he’d come good.

  43. Dissenter

    This Papa Gueye has Guendouzi’s attributes, another ligue 2 midfielder who needs 1-3 seasons to be well rounded.
    Bossing Ligue 2 is not the same as doing well in the premier league.

  44. Dissenter

    Marc
    “Out of interest who is the 3rd best coach in the world?”

    Where have you been all this while?

    You need to read the chronicles of TR7.
    The missing manager in the triumvirate of top-3 managers is vacationing in Argentina post-dismissal from Spuds.

  45. Dissenter

    Pedro
    Nah
    I defended Emery because he was taking over a mess left by Wenger and needed enough TIME to undo it.
    The same argument you are now making on behalf of Arteta.
    Unlike Emery where we never argued to decouple results from performance, you are willing to argue to suspend habeas corpus to defend Arteta.

    I always stated that Emery shouldn’t even get a footnote in Arsenal’s history if he doesn’t get a result. He’s not missed at all.
    Problem is that you are willing to use to silly utterances of perma-misfits to attack him. Laca still isn’t scoring, Ozil cannot get an assist and Mustafi is still making individual errors.

  46. Marc

    Dissenter

    I know there are those who say the Pooooooooooooooooch is the 3rd best manager in the world.

    He’s undoubtedly a good coach but if he moves to a big club in his next role he will have to win something. It’s hysterical that some (Pedro included) actually argue that winning stuff doesn’t matter. As the Poooooooooooooooooooch coverts the Madrid job he’d better not believe this bullshit because they sack managers even after winning major trophies!

  47. GunnerDNA

    Pedro,

    “Dissenter, it wasn’t a principled argument you had, you defended him because you thought he was great and that he’d come good”

    What’s wrong with doing this? Isn’t the same thing fans doing now with MA?

  48. G8

    Pedro , correction we were 8th and 8 points off 4th when Emery was sacked
    Now we are 10th and 10 points off 4th.
    Next game v Newcastle is a must win

  49. CG

    Dis

    “””I defended Emery because he was taking over a mess left by Wenger””””

    Mess???
    Do you know the meaning of the word ?

    Wenger whose last ever home match was a 5- 0 drubbing of resolute Burnley and his last away victory was a 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town.

    (Wengers last 2 games were clean sheets.)

    Let’s see if we can get 2 clean sheets consecutively untill the end of this season

    If folk think -Wenger left a mess with players like : Ramsey,Ozil,Kos, Mikki, Laca,PEA, Iwobi, Monreal, Welbeck, Cech ,Xhaka,Bellerin, Holding still on the staff -I shudder to think the word they would concoct for what The Clown left for MA.

    There have been some inept managers in the history of the English game.

    But Unai Emery will always be the worst by a country mile.

    Anyone who rates him.
    Dont know nowt about soccer.

  50. Freddie Ljungberg

    https://youtu.be/HNebYAPE01M

    First video on Pape Gueye just popped up.

    Looks pretty good tbh, hard to judge his level in a 10 minute clip of ligue 2 games though.

    As much as I’d like us to go out and buy someone like Soumare he’s probably going to go for 50m this summer and have more attractive clubs bidding for him.
    He’s pretty new to Ligue 1 himself so if we can find the next Soumare for 5m with just a year or so less experience I’m not complaining.

    Not sure about the comparisions to Guen, sure they’re both midfielders from Ligue 2 but Pape is a couple of years older than Guen was, will have more senior experience and is also faster and stronger than Guen, the 2 areas he struggles somewhat with.

    Who knows, he could be our Martinelli of the midfield next season.

    We’re always complaining when Leicester or someone else picks up a player like this on the cheap from France so why not take a punt and give him some time.

  51. Receding Hairline

    GunnerDNA difference is Arteta is great, David Luiz says so and Pedro agrees.

    No one actually called Emery great by the way, people just respected his antecedents and hoped his two years here will set us on the right part. Sadly for him it ended badly and he has every right to reminisce on why if interviewed by a major publication.

    No sacked coach ever said I was rubbish there especially one who wasn’t. Non story being dragged out by obsessives.

    Petty bollocks because he said were on a downward spiral and certain players didn’t pull their weight and I’m the one clutching at straws. Stick to defending Arteta against real and perceived criticism Charles… That’s your forte

  52. Habesha Gooner

    Pedro , Some of the stuff u said was true but Come on, Mbappe, B.Silva, Lemar, Falcao, Fabinho, Bakayoko, Mendy, Sidibe and more wasn’t a team of underdogs. It was elite, just didn’t cost the world for Monaco to assemble.

    On Emery, yeah he is throwing mud but so are our players. It was a chaotic reign and The football wasn’t great but the results were certainly better than now in his first season. I just wish our player have the brain capacity to not say a lot when we are in 10th. If we are marching to top 4 then they will be vindicated but for now they should keep their head down and work hard.

  53. Freddie Ljungberg

    Ramsey,

    Ozil, – semi retired, hasn’t been good for more than 2 years
    Kos, over the hill
    Mikki, never been good in the PL
    Laca, overrated and hasn’t scored away in a year
    PEA, our only great player from the Wenger era
    Iwobi, squad level
    Monreal, over the hill
    Welbeck, injury prone, squad level
    Cech , over the hill, now retired
    Xhaka, trash
    Bellerin, injury prone, has hardly played
    Holding injury prone, has hardly played.

    not to mention all the other crocks, mediocre players on inflated wages stopping us from upgrading.

    Mess.

  54. Freddie Ljungberg

    Pedro

    No. Been a lot of reports in the last 2 days that we’re close to a deal though so thought it was worth checking him out. A punt worth taking imo.

  55. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Truth not disagreeing, but time passes and we move on.
    I thought emery was going to be better, he weren’t.
    I have had ? On art but think why not he is keen, fresh ideas players should be encouraged by him..

    My conversion for hi gets stronger with little signs I see.

    Bu5bagain time will tell..

  56. Pedro

    Freddie, what a prospect. Power, pace, tight control and a great range of passing. Kid looks strong as well, exactly what we need.

  57. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Pedro

    It’s like watching a league one player tho…
    Could work but a big gamble.
    5m

    In the scheme never used to be big to us but is now.

  58. Freddie Ljungberg

    Pedro

    Has all the traits for sure, like I said, hard to judge his level but looks worth a 5m punt for sure. Those that have watched him have only high praise for him too from what I’ve read.

    rspca

    We don’t really have any DM/CM players coming up from the academy as far as I know that are really highly rated, Burton probably the closest to that but don’t think he’s nearly enough ready and probably isn’t on the same level.
    Only real talent we seem to have in the youths are in attacking positions.

  59. Pierre

    Ruth
    “Let’s not forget Emery’s last 9 games were terrible but still better than the Novice’s opening 9 games.”

    I’m not sure how you work that one out.

    Arteta first 9 games
    Played….9
    Won……..3
    Drawn…..5
    Lost………1

    Emery last 9 games
    Played ….9
    Won………1
    Drawn……5
    Lost…………3

  60. Freddie Ljungberg

    Got games for the France u20s too, with the sheer amount of talented midfielders they produce you have to show something special to get game time there as a ligue 2 player. Promising signs.

  61. Receding Hairline

    Emery doesn’t need to be remembered as a complete failure for Arteta to be a success

    The past 18 months must not be rewritten as a disaster before fans give Arteta the time he needs to work

    Move on from Emery, he did his best, it wasn’t good enough for a number of reasons, he was moved on.

    End of

  62. Freddie Ljungberg

    Habesha

    We probably can’t make a marquee signing in every position we have to strengthen though.
    CB/CM/Cam, maybe striker and LW depending on what happens with Laca and Auba.

    Lots of holes to fill still and the budget will only stretch so far.
    He’s only cheap because he’ll have a year left of his contract in the summer, smart move if we make it imo.

  63. Redtruth

    Pierre

    AT
    “If you compare Emery’s last 9 games to Arteta’s first 9, Arsenal have given up 6% possession and had 26% less shots on target. This has been traded for a reduction of 9 shots on target (1 per game) from the opposition.”

  64. Freddie Ljungberg

    Rspca

    Is that Greenwood and Balogun? Yeah seems to be the most likely along with Azeez. Forgot about him actually, he’s further back in midfield too.
    Probably not going to be ready for a while though.

  65. Freddie Ljungberg

    If we sign Pape it would be worth it keeping Papasok for another year just for the lulz.

    Papa Pape and Pepe in the same team? going to be gold hearing commentators trip up on that one

  66. GunnerDNA

    Pedro,

    After we smash spurs 4-2 at the Emirates I honestly thought Emery was going to be great for us. MA wasn’t my first choice to replace Emery but after 30 minutes against CFC at the Emirates, I knew he had something about him. So I’m holding hope that he the one to take us forward, something that most fans does. I think that’s normal.

  67. Marc

    Red

    It’s quite strange that accuse someone else of being a “plonker” when you spend so much time following a team that’s managed to give you 18 months worth of pleasure (Emery’s tenure) in over 23 years, from your general comments the 23 years have been pure torture.

    You are clearly either A) a really miserable bastard with masochistic tendencies or B) a troll.

  68. Words on a Blog

    Marc,

    RT is neither a) a really miserable bastard with masochistic tendencies nor b) a troll.

    He is simply applying a rigorous and revolutionary Trotskyite dialectical materialist analytical framework onto the goings on at Arsenal.

    Come the revolution and the inevitable collapse of capitalism, his analysis will be proven right.

  69. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Freddie
    Seems like azeez has an agent pushing him already..

    If he has got it … Give him a go.
    But two strikers possibly 18/24 months away.

  70. GunnerDNA

    Red,

    Gunner

    “Do you still feel the same way after the Burnley game…if so, then you are a plonker”

    Red you’re mad funny! Why are you so reckless with the ish you say on the internet dude. 😀😀 Sometimes I be thinking you’re Pedro in disguise. If we say half the ish you saying on here, joker hide us in the bin. Where is Marko and Bamgod? Free the homies Pedro!

  71. Zacharse

    After looking at the fixture list, i think we have a good chance of getting on a run and sustaining it. We don’t have too many tough games ahead. The next toughie is away to wolves and the only other tough away game in the league is spuds, both games we win if we’re on a run. The only one i’d be willing to concede ahead of time is liverpool at home near the end.

  72. Emiratesstroller

    The only point made by Emery which has some validity is that we lost at end of last season 4 “experienced” players albeit that they were all in decline.

    However, Arsenal’s decline started already last season with a defence, which
    leaked like a sieve and a midfield which was completely unbalanced.

    The so-called progression this season was in a downward direction with a
    “disunited and underperforming” squad.

    Yet RT thinks that the club was playing better under Emery than Arteta!!

    No-one would argue that our performance under Arteta has not improved dramatically, but there is at least a light at end of a dark tunnel.

    There is for a start more stability and less confusion and above all a coaching
    team who can communicate with not only the players but the supporters as
    well.

    Most sensible posters on here are reasonably realistic. Arteta has inherited
    an inexperienced and below par squad. Our expectations should therefore
    not be particularly high this season.

    If RT and others want to judge Arteta and make a comparison with Emery then
    at least do so after 16 months and not the five or six weeks he is in charge.

  73. Aussie Gooner

    “Arsenal was a club on a downward slope for two years before I arrived.”

    Very true but Emery’s claim to have arrested this ‘downward spiral’ is a bit far fetched. His impeded communication skills, appalling team selections, poor in game management, abject player management etc just increased the angle of the decline and left the club in an inferior position on his departure! It’s a long way back from there.

    If you are flying a jumbo jet and put it into a steep dive it takes an awful long time pulling back on the stick to level it off, let alone to get it climbing again! This is the position the juggernaut Arsenal is currently in, years of neglect takes its toll.

  74. Habesha Gooner

    If we sign this pape gueye guy and Pablo Mari works out, We really need to go big at CAM come summer. Even if we sell both subs and Laca (which I don’t think will happen) we will have enough to replace them with the money they bring in. Grealish, Isco, Havertz, Van de beek, Odegard, Couthino are all on the market for the right price. We could transform our attack with one of these players. Buendia, Fekir and Luis Alberto also might be cheaper and reasonable options too.

  75. Habesha Gooner

    If we sign this pape gueye guy and Pablo Mari works out, We really need to go big at CAM come summer. Even if we sell both auba and Laca (which I don’t think will happen) we will have enough to replace them with the money they bring in. Grealish, Isco, Havertz, Van de beek, Odegard, Couthino are all on the market for the right price. We could transform our attack with one of these players. Buendia, Fekir and Luis Alberto also might be cheaper and reasonable options too.

  76. Graham62

    RT

    Irrespective of all the negativity you spout out on here, has it occurred to you exactly where we stood the day Emery left the building, bearing in mind we were already in a shite state prior to his arrival?

    I get it, you don’t rate Arteta, although it is clear to most of us on here that he has improved a few things already.

    Is it perfection you seek?

  77. Aussie Gooner

    Tits

    Did you not read the title of the post? “Emery plays the blame game”.
    There is a clue in there somewhere!

  78. Daniel Altos

    .
    PedroFebruary 11, 2020 20:00:36
    Dissenter, it wasn’t a principled argument you had, you defended him because you thought he was great and that he’d come good.

    You mean the same way people are defending arteta?It’s like when you say that we need to get wins on the board and select the correct team on Legrove it is interpreted as being an emery defender and an arteta hater.We sacked emery because of drawing too many games(we lost two league matches before he was sacked) and we are still drawing games.The point here is simple,if we don’t start getting wins then all the goodwill will go out of the window because next month’s run is brutal.

  79. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Es

    RT has criticised you on many occasions, now he is talking about a situation that has passed.
    It is over it was nearly but not quite enough.

    Now new man (phone shop) at helm yet your still engaging with RT on the man who is no more ?

    Why
    Nothing to be learned or gained from it.

  80. Emiratesstroller

    R.S.P.C Arsenal

    RT annoys me intensely, because he pretends that he is a world authority on
    football and Arsenal and chooses to criticise and rubbish other people who post on here.

    This is someone who by his own admission does not go to games and seldom
    even watches games on screen.

    He has chosen to criticise Arteta after just three or four games for no particular reason other than that he finds it amusing to do so and wind up others who either rate Arteta or like myself willing to give him the chance to prove himself.

    It is exceedingly rare for me to criticise other posters for their views on Le Grove, but in the case of RT I make an exception. Personally I think that he
    has a “loose screw”.

    Arsenal have made the decision post Wenger to appoint a “Head Coach” rather than a “Manager” and on the evidence of many others in the Professional game Arteta is eminently qualified for that role. These include
    Guardiola and Pochettino.

    Guardiola for the record had no credentials as a manager of a football club
    before his appointment with Barcelona. His pedigree was as a footballer and
    coaching the second team.

    When Emery was appointed Head Coach I had serious misgivings about the
    man not least because of his poor communication skills. However, I was willing to give him a chance to prove himself as I posted on many occasions.
    However, that viewpoint changed this season when I watched the garbage we
    were playing.

    As I posted earlier today Arteta needs to be given a chance to prove himself
    just like Lampard should be at Chelsea.

  81. Bob N16

    ES,

    RT he doesn’t pretend to be an authority on Arsenal, he has his agenda that is nothing to de with reality and should only be responded to if bored and/or your feeling charitable, as by responding his ego receives a modicum of empowerment by getting a rise from a complete stranger.

  82. Emiratesstroller

    Bob N16

    You are 100% right and last season I chose to do just as you suggest.

    However, when I keep reading the same repetitive views of RT and more importantly he abuses others I take exception.

    Is it necessary for example to call another poster a “plonker” as he did at 21.22
    last night?

  83. Bob N16

    Sure ES, his posts are deliberately inflammatory. To answer your question, it is ‘necessary’ for him to call someone a plonker as it might get a rise from the person his comments are directed to or as a happy bonus, get a rise from somebody else, in this case yourself.

    Enough about him already.

    With a touch of irony, I’ll be missing the first home game in what seems like ages when I head off to Dubai this weekend for my own winter break. If we start well I think we’ll comfortably beet the barcodes. It won’t be a linear improvement but as the weeks progress I’m confident our results will be much improved. Mari settling in fast would help.

    I know it’s asking a lot but anybody else see Saka as having the potential to play attacking mid once we have a fit left back?

  84. Emiratesstroller

    Bob NI6

    Hope you enjoy Dubai. I used to travel frequently 3-4x a year on business to UAE. However, yet to go there on holiday.

    I am optimistic that Arteta will be able to turn things around, but perhaps it is
    too early for that to happen this season.

    The starting point has to be to “stabilise” our team and for Arteta to know who
    is his preferred First X1. Clearly that will take time. I am not going to make any
    judgment on Mari. He is an unknown quantity, but as we know defenders can
    be discovered from lower leagues.

    Liverpool in the 1970s and 1980s used to specialise in recruiting players from
    lower leagues.

  85. kristoman

    With arteta coaching the blinded and mentality ridden and hands and legs shopped off top 4 squad. Expect the usuals to say arteta couldnt make top 4 next season cause the ravaged top 4 squad could not be healed or repaired by the SPECIAL SAUCE.

  86. Jamie

    Bob –

    Have fun in Dubai. If you’re flying Emirates, they’ll show the game live in the air. If you’ve landed, every sports bar in Dubai will be showing the game live on BeIn Sports.

    If you need some ideas on where to go or what to do, happy to provide you with a few. Also, I can get you into some exclusive clubs/restaurants if you want something a little special while you’re there.

    Best thing about Dubai is being able to use my BeIn Connect package here in the UK. Every game of football you can imagine, live online in HD.

  87. Nelson

    Emiratesstroller

    Why do you waste your time to read every posts here? There are a few here who are obviously trying to annoy other posters. Just skip over them because they consistently write only rubbishes. You won’t find me arguing with them because I never read their posts.

  88. Uwot?

    Yes & the scousers I remember use to also purchase 1 or 2 superstar players every year to also prop up their “ cheap finds” from lower leagues.Dalglish,Barnes,Beardsley just a few to mention.were doing this trick long before Madrid took a leaf out of their book with the Galactico annual policy.

  89. Freddie Ljungberg

    Nottingham Forest fans wants to give us back Jenkinson, how nice of them. They predictably thinks he’s trash.

    Can’t believe he stayed with us for 8 years and played 70 games for us.

    That right there is the reason this regime is so much better. Imagine if instead of signing Suarez on a short term loan he would get 2 4 year contracts on 100k+ instead?
    That’s the equivalent to what we did with Jenks.

    So many examples of bad squad decisions over the years it’s unbelievable. It was never going to be a quick fix.

  90. Sid

    kristomanFebruary 12, 2020 11:42:53
    With the rate we are going.top 4 possibly the title is ours next season. Am telling you this for free Sid

    Xhakalson has made an error, ozil is playing for the team, mustafinovs is back from the cold everyone hugging and singing kumbaaya, top 4 surely has to be underachieving its got to be top 3

    You heard it here 1st!

  91. Bob N16

    Very kind offer Jamie,

    I imagine that my wife and teenage sons will probably stay in resort the whole time! If I’d been travelling in my 30s rather than my 50s I would have loved to get some insider information. Been a couple of times before and it’s all about exercising, relaxing and eating, enjoying the warm weather.

  92. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Es

    Hear hear.

    RT is like the squeakist wheel gets a the attention..

    I’m happy to go with art flow . Think it will be good journey.

  93. Valentin

    Freddie,

    “That right there is the reason this regime is so much better. Imagine if instead of signing Suarez on a short term loan he would get 2 4 year contracts on 100k+ instead?”

    Imagine if instead of selling Elneny like it was planned, the new regime had given him a pay rise and an extension. Or worse imagine if Xhaka with still 4 more years of contract left was given a pay rise. Even worse imagine if our star striker Aubameyang had one year left on his contract after Arsenal decided to implement the policy that players would either be renewed or sold when they have two years left on their contract.

    Oh shoot, I don’t have to imagine. That did happen under the current regime.

  94. Dissenter

    You Brits and your obsession with warm weather.
    I’m down here in the mid-Atlantic states hoping everyday for a wintry winter. We need a few days with some fluffy snow.
    I need the winter, you need the sun.