Arsenal’s newfound resilience delivers 3 points in brutal encounter

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The first half was back to the Arsenal of Arsene Wenger. Some great attacking play and some extremely dopey defending. Key point, the half was a lot fun.

We went a goal down inside a minute. A ball into the box came off the back of Luiz’s head, Calvert Lewin dropped an outrageous overhead kick and scored. A lot of finger-pointing going off, one of the big mistakes was wondering what the fuck Kola was doing wrestling Mina into the box breaking the offside trap. We were also slow, we weren’t alert, it was standard Arsenal.

Kola had a nasty clash about 14 minutes later, he went off with his arm in a makeshift sling with blood coming out of his mouth. Saka came on, probably how most wanted the game to start. The young left-back made an impact almost immediately. Xhaka slipped him in down the left, Saka moved the ball forward and whipped in a perfect cross for Eddie to guide a volley across Pickford’s goal. Brilliant to see him score after so many criticised Lacazette not starting (same people that have been complaining the Frenchman should have been dropped weeks ago).

We controlled possession in the main. Most of our problems came from Richarlison. He has so much power, he can shoot, cross, dribble, but Mustafi mostly did well with him on his own.

Iwobi had the best chance, blazing over in customary Iwobi fashion. He was subbed after 60, I do not miss him.

We took the lead when David Luiz slipped Auba in with a defence-splitting pass that was unbelievably sexy. The sharpshooter from Gabon should have cut the ball across the box to Eddie, but he wasn’t having any of that, he took the shot himself and it was inch-perfect.

The half meandered on for 5 minutes because of the Kola injury and we couldn’t keep it together. A ball cleared the area and was volleyed into the ground, spinning up, Mustafi lost out to Mina, the onward header wasn’t dealt with, everyone was asleep bar Richarlison, who prodded the ball under Leno.

The second half started off in spectacular fashion, Ozil slipped Pepe down the right, he cut back, found Auba with a precision cross, the striker heading down into the ground back across Pickford’s goal. Carlo’s face was a picture, barely had the chance to sit down.

The narrative of the second half was a messy one. Everton consistently found Richarlison out on the left, and his dangerous balls into the box were an absolute nightmare to deal with. Calvert Lewin was inches away on numerous occasions from equalising.  He found himself 6 yards out with only Leno to beat, the German spread himself and the ball bounced off him.

Mustafi was a bit of monster in the second half. He took control of a horrible 45 putting his head, legs and body on the line to keep Everton at bay. Especially important as Saka’s head dropped after a number of bad touches, some Theo like collapsing on the ball under zero pressure, and some car crash passes to imaginary friends.

The two best chances came when a looping long ball over the top saw Bellerin slide it into the Everton forward line, Leno was quick to it, 15 years from his line he slid into a tackle and made the chance. There was also a horrendous setpiece that ended with a Lewin header that grazed past Leno’s far post.

NERVE JANGLING.

The fans hung on for the last 5 minutes, sung loud and proud, and we took the 3 points.

Mikel’s first back-to-back wins in the Premier League. The fans vocal and onside. The players smiling at the end of the game.

The performance in the second half was a big mess at times. We made silly mistakes, we struggled with possession and we rode our luck. But that’s football, we needed a bit of good fortune after the nightmare run of horrible decisions and moments we had at the start of Arteta’s tenure.

I’m sure he’ll be working with the players to address some of the clear problems. We gave up possession too easily in midfield under pressure. We also didn’t deal with Richarlison. He’s a fantastic player, a bully, but time and time again, we allowed long balls out to the left to end in a cross or a very close chance. Mustafi was mostly on his game which was useful because Hector didn’t appear to be.

Another slight annoyance is some of the very cheap turnovers we allowed from throw-ins. We shouldn’t be losing possession there, but we did on numerous occasions. I also thought there were a few times when we weren’t even offering options.

Arteta was happy, mostly because Everton had a week to prepare and we had 3 days. A very important bit of information, particularly for a side that are a lot more physical than us (Arteta paraphrased).

‘The way we reacted and played for 65minutes after Europe was exactly what I wanted. They kept going and going.’

He also said Auba is the most important player and that he had questions over his ability to do the physical side of the job when he started, but now they are answered, and he wants to keep him at the club. It was a towering performance from the captain today. Two brilliant goals, but more importantly, his defensive duties were integral to keeping the outcome respectable. He loves mucking in and he’s playing like a proper captain. I was very impressed.

Dani Ceballos also had a very positive game. He was a little all over the place in the first half, he played some searching balls and kept the ball moving well, but he also made some silly mistakes, playing passes that didn’t need to be played or losing the ball in possession. The second half he was much better. He was an enforcer, making some brutal tackles and refusing to hide.

Bernd Leno was back to his best. He made some incredible saves, controlled his box well and made some very high-risk decisions that paid off. People might critique that he’s overused statistically, but the best keepers in the world keep teams in games. We haven’t had on that does that in years. God bless the German.

Also, worth noting that Mesut was also a beast. Ran himself ragged, made some great passes and tried to slow the game late on. Granit Xhaka was also brilliant, his probing balls and some ambitious Hollywood passes really opened the field. You really can’t know those two for effort and application.

There was some criticism of the subs. Arteta moves late in the game, a very Wengerish trait, and sometimes it’s not entirely clear what he’s up to. Taking off a flagging Ceballos for LT to strengthen a midfield being overrun made sense though, and you could see what the intention of Mesut for Matteo, more energy, aggressive pressing higher up the pitch. It didn’t really help, but I think that was just the nature of the game. I think a lot of people thought Papa or Nelson could have helped down the right where we were being absolutely savaged. Fair comment really, but the outcome was a win, so sheath your swords.

Overall, it was a great win. Not an ideal performance by a stretch, but some good attacking play, three very well worked goals, and a good response from going a goal down. That’s three wins in 7 days. Also notable that the fans are feeling it. They sang loud, they supported the team and helped us see it through. I think people can see Arteta is slowly moving the club forward, this is a team that was dead a few months ago and now they’re fighting like dogs until the end. Arteta was never going to fix everything right away, his main job has been to make us harder to beat, which we are. Now we’re starting to rack up points. Loads to address, but I’m feeling good about where we’re heading. The plan is clear.

A massive home game against the Greeks in the week. Let’s keep the positivity rolling and move to the next round and the chance of winning a cup.

See you in the comments. x

327 Responses to “Arsenal’s newfound resilience delivers 3 points in brutal encounter”

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  1. Un na naai

    ZacharseFebruary 24, 2020 08:02:43
    The one thing that NEVER gets mentioned re: arteta vs emery lately
    And i just can’t understand why this doesnt just END THE ARGUMENT EVERYTIME
    is that with the end of the “marathon” that is the premier league, his tactics stopped working. And then we lost the final. He got found out AND he lost the dressing room. Its fine to be in the lead for 3/4 of a marathon, but nobody really cares about the guy who was winning for 3/4 of a marathon and no one wants to use those methods for the next one. He simply wasnt good enough. Spin it however you want but that is what happened

    Zacharse

    The players carried him there until the final hurdle. Which was when he decided to start fucking around. Ramsey got injured. Torriera was left out. And he played our strongest team for EL games fielding a weaker side for league games

    What this tells me is he was a selfish, self absorbed man who was going for EL glory rather than doing what was best for the club
    All we needed was 1 more point in our final 6 games against mid table sides. Should have been a given, is head he focuses on EL through his own vanity

    He dropped torriera to prove a point and in doing so made our midfield weak when it was strong from sept-December. Again proving his ego comes before the club

    He’s a rotten toothed arse hole as far as I’m concerned and I’m delighted he’s gone
    His stupid face while scratching his chin and his awful greasy hair made me want to smash the tv. Don’t even get me started about his gobbledygook interviews and pressers 🤬🤬🤬🤬

    He’s showed since his sacking his little class he had/has by insulting Arteta, a total novice, who’s showing him up completely.

    Anyway
    We have our guy now.

  2. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Stroller
    I like reading your posts as much as I enjoy reds short statements.. don’t agree with him , he don’t reply to questions ..

    However calling for a fellow poster to be banned is wrong in my opinion. Unless he has personally attacked you, then that is wrong.
    Yes he is nuisance at times

    He is entitled to his views however random they are.

  3. Pierre

    Habesha
    “And On auba playing on the wing, I know he doesn’t offer much as a striker apart from goals but if we got a really good winger and if auba is still playing on the shoulders of the last defender it will add much more balance to our attack”

    We have a really good winger in Saka

  4. Freddie Ljungberg

    What happened with Guen in Dubai:

    “The training incident,” Ornstein reveals, “was a mid-session altercation with one of his team-mates, which led to both men being pulled up by Arteta, although the 20-year-old was deemed the guiltier party and given a more stern dressing-down.

    “But also during the five-day camp, Arsenal’s technical director Edu had to tell off the Frenchman for his behaviour at an external event,” Ornstein adds. “The group were enjoying some local music when Guendouzi briefly removed his shirt and waived it around in support of the act.”

    Doesn’t sound that serious and the knee jerk reactions to sell him from some on here looks even more silly now. If we sell everyone that’s not world class by the age of 20 or has a dust up with a team mate we’d have to start playing 5 a side

  5. Bob N16

    I get no enjoyment from reading Redtruth’s comments. I wouldn’t ban him though as I suspect the interactions he gets from this blog are an important part of his social interaction. Without this ‘contact’ I would fear for his mental health.

  6. Luteo Guenreira

    Eh anyone that asks for another poster to get banned is a twat. Grow some skin and move on. Snitches get stitches.

  7. Emiratesstroller

    There needs to be some perspective about yesterday’s result and not the constant unintelligent commentary expressed by the usual party poopers.

    1. Arsenal played two difficult games in less than 3 days plus travel to and from
    Greece.

    2.Everton are a better team than has been suggested with good results since 7th December. They lost by a single goal to Liverpool.

    3.We conceded an early goal in first minute of the game and a second in the
    last minute of the first half. Both situations would have been critical outcomes
    in games earlier in the season.

    4. We did not concede a goal in the second half despite coming under considerable pressure in last 20 minutes. That pressure was not unexpected
    considering that Everton played with 4 forwards at end of game.

    5. Whereas in the past Arsenal would have probably drawn or lost such a game that was not the case yesterday. They played to the whistle.

    6. No-one argues that there are weaknesses in our team/squad, but also that
    several players have raised their game since Arteta has arrived most notably
    Mustafi, Xhaka and Ozil.

    7. Some of the so-called analysis is ridiculous. Arsenal have got the same squad of players as they did before Christmas apart from Mari and Soares who
    have yet to play. So it is plain to see that the team has improved with more or
    less the same resources.

  8. Eddie

    Oh fuck. Bamford and his twin GunnerDNA are still banging on the same fucking drum. This is non-stop spam Pedro.

    You may want to check on the IP address mate.

    Bamford and his bogus analysis. He just flits from one position to another after he gets his trousers pulled down exposing his tiny, dysfunctional wiener. He just lies about what he said and what he meant.

    It’s beyond boring.

    Time to switch on the spam filter mate. I don’t care if he’s on the spectrum and I don’t care if he’s transitioning. I don’t want to read his rubbish.

    Retire him for good. Send him to his bedsit to spam another place. I hear Walter Mitty.com are looking for contributors. Or maybe a BDSM site for subs. He just loves his public spanking.

  9. Luteo Guenreira

    Hamford is a lost cause, just mug him off and be done with it. A guy with his ego with an imaginary bet against a couple internet specters, if it gets close toward the end of the season you know he’s going to root for United over Arsenal if he hasn’t been already. And he claims to be an Arsenal fan, can’t wrap my head around it.

    He’ll never stop because he’s unable to see himself frankly for what he is, so why even bother.

    On another note, I bought his mom a new collar that fights fleas and she seems to really like it.

  10. Un na naai

    Luteo GuenreiraFebruary 24, 2020 08:53:02
    Eh anyone that asks for another poster to get banned is a twat. Grow some skin and move on. Snitches get stitches.

    😂
    Luteo is smashing it lately.
    You’re right. Calling for bannings is incredibly effeminate.

  11. Un na naai

    Gunner DNA’s mum comes to my stand up too. Not the only thing she Cums to.

    GunnerDNAs mum is so unfortunate looking, her portraits hang themselves.

    Good old fashioned british mum banter

  12. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Monday morning gag

    A Dublin man sees a sign outside a Kerry farmhouse:
    ‘Talking Dog For Sale’….He rings the bell, the owner appears and tells him the dog can be viewed in the back garden.
    The man sees a very nice looking Black Labrador Retriever sitting there.
    “Do you really talk?” He asks the dog.
    “Yes!” The Labrador replies.
    After recovering from the shock of hearing the dog talk, the man asks, “So, tell me your story!”
    The Labrador looks up and says, “Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so I joined the Garda.
    “In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world drug lords, because no one imagined that a dog would be eavesdropping.
    I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years, But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn’t getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at Dublin airport to do some undercover security work, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded several medals. I got married, had a few puppies, and now I’ve just retired!”
    The man is amazed. He goes back into the house and asks the Kerryman how much he wants for the dog.
    “Ten quid!” The owner says.
    “£10? But this dog is absolutely amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheaply?”
    “Because he’s a lying cunt. He’s never been out of the garden!”

  13. Un na naai

    DivineSherlockFebruary 24, 2020 09:01:18
    Bamford wanted Benteke over Giroud and he doesnt think Neymar is world class player.

    And said psg were a bigger and more prestigious club than Manchester United

    And threatened to go and support Real Madrid if arsenal didn’t sack Wenger

    And blamed wenger for a cup loss in 1993 before someone pointed it out and instead of admitting he knew nothing of our history (which he doesn’t) he claimed he just reads too fast so didnt take in all of the details.

  14. Un na naai

    RSPCA

    Good but this one is the better version

    Englishman: “That your dog?” Welshman: “Yep.”

    Englishman: “Mind if I speak to him?”

    Welshman: “Dog dont talk But.”

    Englishman: “Hey dog, how’s it going?”

    Dog: “Doin’ all right.”

    Welshman: (Look of shock!)

    Englishman: “Is this Welshman your owner?” (Pointing at the Welshman)

    Dog: “Yep.”

    Englishman: “How’s he treating you?”

    Dog: “Real good. He walks me twice a day, feeds me great food and takes me to the lake once a week to play.”

    Welshman: (Look of total disbelief)

    Englishman: “Mind if I talk to your horse?”

    Welshman: “Horse dont talk but.”

    Englishman: “Hey horse, how’s it going?”

    Horse: “Cool.”

    Welshman: (Extreme look of shock!)

    Englishman: “Is this your owner?” (Pointing to the welshman)

    Horse: “Yep.”

    Englishman: “How’s he treating you?”

    Horse: “Pretty good, thanks for asking, he rides me, brushes me down often and keeps me in a lean-to to protect me from the weather.”
    Welshman: (Look of total amazement)

    Englishman: “Mind if I talk to your sheep?”

    Welshman: “THAT SHEEP IS A FUCKING LIAR!!!

  15. Raymondo

    I was at home yesterday listning on radio I am now 70 and have seen a lot of good and bad at Arsenal. Wonderful to hear The library come to life yesterday get rid of the whingers. We have not been lucky of late once our luck turns we can move on to many many victories. Last word had to turn radio off it was too tense.

  16. Luteo Guenreira

    And threatened to go and support Real Madrid if arsenal didn’t sack Wenger

    The delusional cunt talks as if his fandom is something so sacred like some virgin spinster that’s kept her hymen intact for her whole life. Or twenty years in his case, I suppose. .

    News flash for Bam-bam: No one cares about your hymen.

  17. DivineSherlock

    Un na naai

    Ah the list is so painful and long . Even Pedro is tired of his shit. .
    .
    Also Joke Friday came soon , hilarious 😂

  18. Wasi

    Lucky win yesterday but I cannot doubt the application showed by our players.

    Individual caused the first goal. Kola strolling 4 yard behind the offside line then Luiz making a mess of what should have been a simple headed clearance.
    Second goal was clearly on Leno but the way he responded in the second half was exemplary. He gave away a simple goal sure but saved 2 or 3 Very big chances and more than made up for his mistake imo.

    Auba putting in a captain’s performance. You wont find a better goalscorer in the league rn and his defensive contribution in recent matches has been off the charts. Replacing him is gonna be tough because there arent many players who provide a similar skill set to Auba out there. Fortunately we have one already in the team in the form of Gabi.
    His predatory insticts are similar to Auba’s. But imo he has a ceiling way higher than Auba’s. Along with goals he’s got pace, skills, Heading ability, and elite mentality. Summer’s gonna be interesting.

    The cross that Saka put in for that first goal was
    ELITE-ELITE level. The curl, accuracy, pace , whip. Everything about it was perfect. Whota Playa.
    KT’s not getting that position back easily.
    Looked tired in the second half and his concentration along with his confidence seemed to go down after a couple of misplaced passes and a comedy fumble. Edu needs to sort that contract out fast. If he enters the last 12 months Im sure every big team will try to poach him.

    Ceballos positive again but needs to release the ball faster. Got caught on the ball quite some times and misplaced fairly easy passes but his willingness to pass forward all the time and try to make something happen is reminiscent of a little magician we know and love. And tbf it would be unfair to conpare Ceballos to Cazorla because-.(I know ive said this a lot of times but for ME) Cazorla was one of the best players in the league in his peak and also the most underrated player imo. Ceballos does come close to Cazorla But finding a Like for Like Cazorla replacement is very very difficult. He had a very unique Skill set. Even after a horrible injury layoff he has been a standout player in LaLiga. Ceballos definitely be coached to perform a Cazorla like role but he definitely needs to improve his strength if he is to ever become a regular in the Prem.

    Mustafi’s turnaround under Arteta has been nothing short of miraculous.Had it not been Mustafi to cover for a very poor Bellerin performance (again) we might have conceded one or two more surely. Isnt afraid to put his body on the line and Finally I saw a full 90 in which he did not make a silly error. From being hated to by nearly the entire fanbase he’s gone on to become our 1st choice CB. And I can finally say he is 🔙🔛🔝

    I would also like to mention Ozil, Xhaka, Eddie Nketiah for putting in very good performances.

    Especially Ozil whos good performances go under the radar if he doesn’t get a goal or an assist.
    Even his short passing is something which is unique and extremely effective. For instance take his normal 6 yard pass to Pepe on the line for the 3rd goal. If the pass had been slight overhit Pepe would have had to stop it with his Right and would he would of probably slowed the game before playing it back to Ozil. Had the pass been slightly underhit or directly onto Pepe’s feet he would have had to take a touch towards our own goal or maybe play it back to Ozil first time as the defender was closing him. But Ozil played a pass which was Inch perfect. Just in behind the defence and perfectly in Pepe’s stride. It automatically put distance between him and the full back allowing him space to cross the ball for Auba. And Ozil makes such passes constantly throughout the game with near perfect weight on it . Theres no stat to define such brilliance and many wouldn’t even get it unless you really UNDERSTAND football.

    Pepe’s crossing is a also a very good weapon.

    Bellerin has never looked slower.

    Luiz responded well to his early setback.

    The spirit showed by the team was exemplary.

  19. Francis Martinos

    I believe the substitutions were spot on. Where the problem lies was that the subs didn’t carry out the simply instruction that shouldn’t have taken a coach to order had the players themselves were technically superior.

    All throughout the latter parts of the 2nd half, Andre Gomez was allowed to nick passes to the Richarlison on the right. Now, I believe in solving a problem from its source/root.

    Applying this, if only the earlier midfield paring of Ozil and Ceballos or the substitutes of Matteo and Torreira had stepped up to prevent the Everton midfielders particularly Gomez from making those passes, I believe we would have been better off.

    Don’t forget that Richarlison is a trouble for any defender. From Virgil to Maguire to Fernandinho he’s bound to cause problems and if he’s allowed to have one on ones with a defender as much as he had it against Mustafa, be sure he’ll be certain to score.

    Bellerin was not contributing neither in attack nor defence but still managed to ignore a responsibility to make himself useful by coming into midfield or instructing any available player to stop those passes or better yet, assist Mustafi.

    My opinion is that we have a lot of players in our team who seems to be spoon fed and don’t have the high cognition and intelligence skill set to play top football.

    They definitely see where their colleagues are suffering, i was expecting a senior player on the team to even raise this issue with others but they simply were not bothered. It was like, “if Arteta doesn’t instruct us I would not do it.” They ignore responsibility a lot. And that not how team work is.

    That for me is a shame and I hope those players are shown the door so that we can allow better players wear the Red and White.

    If you think I’m in error, just imagine what Kolasinac did for Everton’s opening goal. That is simply dumb. .

  20. Rich

    I thought the play for the first goal was kind of brilliant, you know Kola is not going to go down if you push him, most players would have collapsed but Kola was going to resist, and then ruin the whole offside trap.

    That being said, the comeback was brilliant, Mustafi was immense again. I can’t imagine there is room for all the centerbacks we now have at the club. Especially with Saliba coming in next season.