Sh*thousing West Ham at home. What a time to be alive.

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Wooooooah, the less said about that performance, the better.

Arsenal took 3 very undeserved points at home against West Ham, the game was won with a VAR decision that overturned an incorrectly flagged offside, but the 1-0 victory didn’t disguise a ‘revert to type’ performance from a group of players that didn’t show up.

It’s easy to criticise every single line-up Arteta puts out because there’s not really an ideal starting 11. We’re a mess whatever we do and you can argue every player and their role. The one that seems to irk people the most is Auba out wide, especially when we have options on the left like Martinelli. I also think we debate the midfield over and over, but the reality is, we just don’t have a lot of good choices.

We were awful today, that was the most important thing to note. The midfield struggled to keep to West Ham at bay, the spacing between midfield and defence was off, and there were a lot of very poor lapses in defence. We are not a creative team, there’s no spark, no magic, no nothing. It’s painful to watch. It’s also interesting that the heavy pressing has gone, with the penny dropping for another manager that the squad aren’t fit enough to deliver on that without dramatically poor second-half performances (or injuries).

It is telling that we’re back to Bernd Leno being the MOTM again. He made some crucial saves, commanded his area well and took high-risk chances in tough situations. He was very quick off his line. It’s simply not good enough that we’re battered at home by West Ham.

More worrying is that moving forward, we just weren’t at the races. No one seemed to find their range when it mattered. We took too many touches, made the wrong choice, or just fucked up the momentum in attack.

Dani Ceballos had a great game from a numbers perspective. He made the most successful tackles, he had the most interceptions, his passing was fairly accurate, but to my earlier point, we didn’t make it count for anything. Our front three managed 2 shots on target. That’s miserable, especially when you look at the players we have at our disposal.

Still, when it comes down to it, the thing that matters most at the moment is the 3 points. We took them. Auba fired a speculative ball into legs, the ball looped up, Mesut Ozil was sharpest, he nodded a header to Lacazette who swept home a clinical shot. The players thought it was offside, the lino did too, but after 37.5 minutes of painfully nerdish deliberation, VAR called it a goal.

It was a bit embarrassing to win that game, but we kept up the pressure in the league and now we find ourselves right in the hunt for top 4. At the time of writing, there are 5 points between Arsenal in 9th and 4th (6 points if you go to 10th). Win our game in hand and there will be two points. It is staggering that this season has been so terrible to us, yet we’re a fluke win at City from being deeply in the top 4 hunt.

On the players, bar a bit of an iffy attempt at a clearance in the first half, Pablo Mari looked pretty solid. The worry in the league is always that you’ll be beasted by hulking thug forwards. He dealt with West Ham’s aerial threat pretty well today, he also won 3 out of his 5 aerial duels. He’s a good passer, he has a bit more pace than we thought, and he’s very composed. A solid Premier League start and his second clean sheet in 2 games. Let’s see how he copes on Wednesday.

Mesut Ozil was the decisive factor in the game, his quick thinking and cushioned header turned the game. He worked really hard, watching him lead the press in the final 20 was a sight to behold. He’s lost a lot of edge with his game-changing passing. He just hasn’t looked very confident of late… it seems odd that a player can lose the sparkle, with him, you do wonder if he’ll ever return to what he was.

Overall, our midfield was poor. We lack power and a tempo setter. Ceballos had good moments, but it didn’t feel synced to the wider team. We created next to nothing, Arteta has to find a way of addressing that in the coming games if we’re to stand a chance of making the most of this top 4 race.

Reality is that we’re still shit and I have little hope that we’ll surprise anyone on Wednesday, but it’s nice to hope, and it’s nice to know that everyone else around us is just as capable of failing as us. The mighty Nuno dropped points, United will have a tough game against City tomorrow and Spurs just went a goal down at Burnley.

Who knows what will happen… but it’d be very funny if we shithoused to top 5.

 

635 Responses to “Sh*thousing West Ham at home. What a time to be alive.”

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  1. Tom

    TomNketiah is through the middle for us currently, Richarlison would play left hand side and Auba central. But of course you’re going to spin and spin.

    ————
    Richarlison or our Auba regardless how you choose to reshape the line up to yours, or anyone else’s liking hence my original like for like comment.
    You really shouldn’t be talking about spin.
    You do quite a lot of it yourself.

  2. Champagne Charlie

    If City play like that against us we’ll do ok, but that’ll need a response from them.

    Wank results, but hopefully OGS gets a contract extension.

  3. raptora

    Pep’s style is such a bore to watch when the players are not entirely up for it.
    754 passes to 292 passes in City’s favor. And not that many situations to score from.
    It happened in the last year of his Bayern stay.

  4. raptora

    OGS’s Manure only looks well vs teams that open up spaces in the back. Strong teams allow you to counter-attack them. Not the same when playing vs the weaker teams.

  5. Sid

    Teams have learnt how to neutralize man c, without money to burn Pep is the new Mourinho

    You heard it here 1st!

  6. CG

    Three Manchester derbies.
    Three times in a row OGS beats Progressive Pep.

    Home and Away- it dont matter to Ollie.
    He has Pep in his pocket.

    Manchester United are without a shadow of doubt serious contenders for the league title next season.

    And OGS deserves huge credit in getting Fernandez up to speed immediately mid season.

    Meanwhile we are still waiting for Pepe Tierney ,Mary and Cedric to adjust to the speed of the Prem.

    Let’s hope MA can copy OGS and conjure up a plan to beat Manchester City.

    Because they are definitely beatable.

  7. CG

    Raptora

    “””Not the same when playing( Man Utd) vs the weaker teams.”””””

    I thought they smashed Tranmere Rovers for 5 before half time in the FA Cup fixture.

    Cant get weaker than Tranny.

  8. London gunner

    I really cant see us getting top 5 now.

    Man Uniteds run in is so easy compared to ours.

    They only have lecister and Tottenham as a big teams left.

    We have man city, liverpool, Leicester, Tottenham and then even wolves.

    Man united would have to implode against the all the lower table teams they have and we would have to go on an unbeaten run against basically the best teams in the league.

  9. Pedro

    OGS in season two, a whopping 5 points ahead of us having played a game more, deserves serious credit and he’s building a title winning side… but Arsenal are a problem?

    CG, looks like you’re on an anti arsenal wind-up again?

  10. Ishola70

    Man United can fail against lower ranked sides.

    The real doubt is Arsenal’s capabilites of winning enough games before the seasons end.

    Draws are no good at this stage.

    May have to be satisfied with finishing above Spurs.

  11. Champagne Charlie

    “Manchester United are without a shadow of doubt serious contenders for the league title next season.“

    Err, pardon? Lol

  12. Guns of SF

    what the hell are city playing for now in the league.. they have CL that’s it.
    They will finish top 4 certainly.
    I can see Pep experimenting even more with his line ups…. playing youth etc… get them bled in…

    I hope on Wed, we come out guns blazing. The first game we were buried in no time.

    Lets see Arteta

  13. Jamie

    Utd currently 37 points behind league leaders Liverpool with 10 games to go, but sure, they look like serious contenders for the title next season. 87% chance of that happening, right?

  14. Habesha Gooner

    OGS has done well against top sides before too. The real improvement has been B.Fernandez. If he turns up they will break down low block teams now. And that makes top 4 theirs to lose. Just hope we turn up against a demoralized city.

  15. CG

    PedRo

    “”””CG, looks like you’re on an anti arsenal wind-up again?”””

    No. I never do that.

    I just state The Truth in my inimitable way.( and I know that grates some on here)…but then again The Truth always Hurts.

    Man Utds squad is full of physical, powerful athletic players. Adding Fernandes has increased their technical ability too.

    (Compare to our plodders anyway )

    OGS wins at Chelsea, wins at Manchester City. They are hugely improved team.

    Where we cant beat Olympiakos.
    OGS and Man Utd annihilate Bruges on the same evening.( 5-0)

    They played Thursday, thrashed and inform Derby County and looked very energised today.

    He is doing a very competent job as ManUtd manager- despite what the naysayers say.

    And I repeat- I think next seasons title will between Manchester United and Liverpool.

    We certainly wont be featuring at the summit for some time, that we can all agree on.

  16. Un na naai

    Alex cunter more like

    Hats off to untied and Ollie
    As much as I wanted them to lose they are really coming to life since Fernandes arrived. Maybe Ollie is better than we thought? He’s doing a better job than any of his predecessors post fergie.

    Not saying he’s the be and end all but credit where it’s due
    Now give Arteta £250m to spend in one season to add to the £600m plus squad and then we can compare the two fairly
    Ollie has done well but it’s apples to oranges where we are concerned.

    Don’t forget we beat them in arteta’s their game I. Charge of a team in absolute disarray and free fall

  17. CG

    Cha Cha

    “”“Manchester United are without a shadow of doubt serious contenders for the league title next season.“””

    100 % Yes.

    Rashford to come back.
    Get De Gea concentrated
    Money to spend.

    They look pretty good to me.

    (Beating Manchester City 3 times in a row- will increase the self belief to.)

  18. Ishola70

    TR7
    “133 people died today in Italy due to Corona.”

    It’s killing off the old uns and weak isn’t it.

    They need to get this vaccine against it up and running.

    Heard it could take a year to get it ready for purchase by the public and that’s working quickly on it.

    How many deaths in a year before the vaccine is available.

  19. London gunner

    Corona virus isnt more serious than the flu inless you are over 70.

    The media are hyping this up to get clicks.

  20. RodneyKing

    Ederson’s gaffes came a few days too soon. He should have saved at least one of those for us.

    Three errors, with two of them leading to goals, is a lot in one game for a keeper of his stature. If that had been Leno…