Crazy Premier League stat Arsenal fans should focus on (long read)

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Sorry, I missed a post yesterday because I’ve been sucked into the International Break Boretex.

Let’s start with Auba. Toni faaacking Kroos having a pop about his celebration masks? How dare he. What a joyless curmudgeon. I hope he apologises. Bagging on a fellow pro like that isn’t cool, especially as the celebration is for his kids.

Onto more pressing matters…

It’s been an absolute pleasure reading through all the comments telling me I’m a double melt on toast because of Arteta. I find the noise quite incredible if I’m honest. We’ve had rough start to the season… but, I have a stat for you… we are 6 points off first in November. You would think the season is over judging by some of the hit pieces out.

I’ve seen ‘ARTETA LOST THE PLOT ON X DATE’, I’ve seen people listing out new managers they like, and I’ve seen the reemergence of the Emeryrista crying about how badly he was treated.

People, form is temporary. Just because we’ve had a rough run of games, it doesn’t mean that is our season forever. Just because we’re not creating now, it doesn’t mean that is our lot this year. This is football my friends and everything can be fixed if you have good energy, elite thinking, and a bit of patience.

Who remembers 1997-98? We lost 4 games in 6 in November/December. We were out of the title race. Then the team had a legendary meeting where the senior players laid down the law. Then we went on a magical run and won the league. However, it wasn’t easy, we were 12 points off United in FEBRUARY. Can you imagine the bet-wetters on Twitter back then?

‘Arsene WHO? Should go back in for Bobby Robson’

‘F*CK OFF BACK TO GRAMPUS-SH*8’

‘THIS CRUYFF LITE STUFF WON’T EVER WORK HERE’

‘BRUCE RIOCH TOOK US TO 5TH I MISS HIM’

‘Can you beleive we sold John Hartson? Anelka is a wasteman’

Arteta has big problems, no doubt, but he’s had them all year. The crux of his issues for me centre on one fatal flaw of his early tenure: too much trust in senior players.

Willian looks like a bad investment. Arteta thought he was signing a 32-year-old who’d give him 3 years at the top. So far, it looks like we’ve made another fatal error and brought in someone on a Kia retirement deal. That can change though and I hope it will.

Lacazette was kept at Arsenal despite a sizeable offer from Roma in the summer. That, without doubt, has been the biggest mistake of Arteta’s Arsenal career so far. Someone was actually willing to pick up his huge salary and pay a fee, and we passed, presumably because we didn’t think reinvesting that in someone like Daka or Edouard was smart. BIG error. Even bigger that we put him through the middle. If you have Auba picking up his chances, we’re not 6 points from top, we’re maybe 3. That mistake needs to be rectified.

Also, Granit Xhaka. He was the go-to, but now, it seems like that error has probably been sorted long term.

Mikel needs to move things forward. He needs to position Auba where he’ll land chances. He needs to make sure his wide players are picking up the ball quickly and in areas where they can run at teams. He needs to explore what it is the play through the middle.

We need to be a provocative team. That requires confidence, the right players, and a new attitude going into the next three games.

Beat Wolves, Leeds and Spurs and we’re popping out the Birra Morretti’s and Paprika Pringles.

Arseblog nailed it yesterday in his piece about the moment and how fans deal with not knowing everything. I am game to speculate, always, but doubling down on every decision with things like NONSENSICAL or BAFFLING when you have most of the information is a bit dramatic and weird. Even if you don’t have all the information, trust that the decision was made in good faith, especially if there’s no evidence to suggest there’s something nefarious going on.

Mesut Ozil was his teammate, if he’s out the squad, it’s for the best. You don’t pick players based on Youtube videos. If we sold Emi, it was based on evidence in training and a small sample size. I didn’t like it, but the decision was made for the right reasons. If Pepe isn’t getting a run, there’s a thought behind it, have we learned nothing after we bullied Emery into showing us why managers should make decisions, not fans (that is me taking the blame here)?

Take Saliba as an example. Arsenal fans are spitting feathers that a 19-year-old isn’t in the squad. The manager in so many words has said his body isn’t ready, he’s not mentally available after the death of his mother (Kike Marin says he has now lost both parents), and he doesn’t speak English.

Arsenal fans won’t have it. @GiantGooner on Twitter laid out the reality with teenage centre backs. Before Fofana, only one teenage centre back had managed more than 300 minutes of Premier League football in 4 seasons. In Ligue One, 9 U20 centre backs managed over 600 minutes. Why? Because the league is less competitive. That’s why they grow more players, because it’s easier to land minutes younger. Is it fair to criticise that we didn’t find him a club? Yes. That seems like a pretty bad miss. Saliba started preseason early. It’s very odd that we didn’t do a deal and a bit sloppy.

Back to the player.

Arteta is protecting Saliba, not punishing him. Arsenal think there’s a future, which is why we didn’t sell him to Milan (another slow league). He’ll play in our first team. But butchering him during his formative years isn’t what he needs right now. A totally sensible decision flayed in the Twitter Townsquare.

Most decisions Arteta makes have a logical thought behind them. This isn’t Emery playing Torreira at #10 here. He plays his more experienced players because he assumes that experience equates to ‘better’ in decisive moments in a fine margins setup. Guess what, Jose does EXACTLY the same things and he’s won a lot of trophies doing it that way. Arteta plays Auba out wide because he isn’t great holding the ball up. He picks Rob Holding over Saliba because one is 24 and has won 2 FA Cups, the other has barely 17 appearances in a slow league. He doesn’t play Pepe because he’s been shite.

Everyone seems to have the answers. Even for replacement managers. Allegri is my absolute fave. Some Arsenal fans think a defensive-minded manager is going to come to this club and unlock elite attacking football with these same players. A coach that has been at Milan and Juve. Someone that would cost £15m a year . A manager deemed too arrogant. A guy who would want £150m to spend. A manager NO club has been near.

We do not have the money for any of those agenda items. We cannot afford Poch, we cannot afford Nagelsmann, and we don’t have the players for any of them.

A few weeks ago everyone was calling Frank Lampard a fraud because he has struggled to organise a defence, now he’s kept 5 clean sheets in 6 with 5 victories in a row and no one is calling him a wide boy amateur. Where has his £250m landed him in the league? 2 points ahead of Arsenal.

Keeping the faith is all we have.

Arteta is here for the longterm. He won an FA Cup in his first season. He has gone a long way to fixing our defence. He’s made some pretty decent signings. He broke our 6 year away record against top 6 sides. He has made us competitive against ALL top sides. He won the Community Shield. He is SIX points off top in November.

The season is long my friends. We’ll have moments that aren’t ideal. There will be bumps in the road, but we’ll make it back to the top.

David Ornstein says the summer planning process is underway. The dross we have accrued over the last 10 years will finally exit the club and we should have a BIG fucking party when it happens. We’ll sell players that have let us down because Arteta will learn his lesson this season. The market will also open up because fans will be back next season. Aouar. Dom Szoboszlai. Our young players will get better and better, we might even meet some new one’s (Möller, please be good). Gabriel will come back and give us a new flavour. Players out of form will find it. The process will power to the next phase: balance.

Form is temporary my friends, so now let’s see if we can find that Arsenal class we know is permanent.

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  1. Graham62

    Leeds A
    Wolves H
    Spuds A

    Will we pick up maximum points from these three games?

    Come on, based on what we’ve seen over the past two months, can anyone on here honestly see us winning these games?

    Remember this has nothing to do with having faith.

  2. Marc

    Calypso

    “Pedro
    “MD, again, the season isn’t decided in December. Never has been, never will be.”It was when Emery was manager, so what’s changed.”

    Pedro never waited till December with Emery – he started in July.

  3. Marc

    Graham

    Right now my guess is 4 points – I’m hoping that this nagging feeling I have that Arteta will respond by going even more defensive is wrong.

    If it’s not the BBC are going to demand Arsenal pay back some money as the highlights from one of our matches is about 35 seconds.

  4. Tom

    ‘Lucas Torreira on why he failed to adapt to life in England: “ [In Spain] I have two Uruguayan colleagues, a Uruguayan teacher,….” ‘

    Not to mention the whole country speaks Uruguayan too

  5. Buzzy

    Leeds away we’ll win because the 4 in midfield will suffocate Harrison and Costa …Wolves we will win too because they arent that good..the cycle will start again when we lose to Spurs..basically same as the Wenger era. Should have gone for Allegri. Simple as that. Arsenal hiring Arteta is the equivalent of a Fortune 50 company hiring a CEO without any track record. Never happens for a reason.

  6. Dan Ahern

    What changed? Well for a start, by this date last season Emery had managed 4 more PL games than Arteta has this season due to the late start. All losses/draws if you’re wondering.

  7. Ernest Reed

    “If it’s not the BBC are going to demand Arsenal pay back some money as the highlights from one of our matches is about 35 seconds.”

    Is not Marc, its 3:05 because they show that goal from 42 unique angles!

  8. Marc

    Dan

    It went tits up and he was fired. Are you suggesting that if Arteta’s points haul is 17 or less points after our next 4 matches he should be fired?

    If that’s the case he’s going to need 3 wins and a draw out of

    Leeds A
    Wolves H
    Spud’s A
    Burnley H

    That return out of those matches would be pretty good.

  9. Champagne charlie

    Jamie

    That number went straight to answer machine for me, “please leave a name, number, and competent and reasonable message and I’ll get back after the next Twinkie, guy”

    Maybe I misdialled..

  10. Tom

    “If that’s the case he’s going to need 3 wins and a draw out of
    Leeds A
    Wolves H
    Spud’s A
    Burnley H
    That return out of those matches would be pretty good.”

    Pretty good?
    Fuck me , if Arteta gets 10 points out of these I will personally cover the cost of his divorce and his and Pedro’s civil union.

  11. Marc

    Dan

    Arteta has a better squad and is doing worse. He needs to shape up quickly – it’s strange that the ones who are asking for patience now were the ones shouting the loudest for Emery’s dismissal even in his first season.

  12. Thorough

    Raptora.
    It’s just so painful to watch. I think Wenger did a number on the fan base that’s why we are against changing managers. Chelsea keep doing that and they’ve definitely won more than us and look a lot more relevant competitively. If Ranieri had won the EPL in Arsenal he’ll still be here today. Common Leicester realize a coach can’t keep it together forever.

    Whatever madness he wants to come up with after the break I just wanna see Auba playing central and Saka left wing. That alone will go a long way at alleviating our impotent attack.

  13. Dan Ahern

    Calypso

    What about it? Emery has one, Arteta doesn’t. What are you comparing?

    Do you mean how Emery finished one spot better than his predecessor, so Arteta would have to finish… 7th?

  14. Marko

    I don’t think it’s fair to keep bringing up Emery when discussing Mikel both can be different kinds of failures all by themselves. This whole points total comparison at this stage of the season is pointless there’s different kinds of bad

  15. Marc

    Marko

    Emery’s being used as a “well just think how bad it would be if Emery is still here”.

    It’s a smoke screen being used as a distraction.

  16. Ernest Reed

    “Emery finished 5th so Arteta would have to better that to justify Emery’s sacking.”

    This only becomes relevant if Arteta loses the dressing room the way that Emery did. You cant use points comparison because no two seasons are alike. Emery got the boot because all hope was lost under his tenure.

  17. Herb'sArmy

    I have sympathy for Arteta, in that the BoD’s lack of football knowledge has thrust him into one of the biggest jobs in world football, but from a world perspective, most proper football folk will be looking at Arsenal and thinking that despite moving to a big new stadium, they have given up on being competitive.
    Of the three big clubs owned by Americans, only J.W.Henry at Liverpool really gets it.
    The Glazer’s were protected at first by Fergie, but their lack of football knowledge is being fully exposed, and the Kroenke’s have been the death knell for Arsenal.
    It is staggering what individuals are allowed to do with community driven football clubs loved by millions.

  18. Pierre

    Marc
    “Arteta has a better squad and is doing worse. He needs to shape up quickly – it’s strange that the ones who are asking for patience now were the ones shouting the loudest for Emery’s dismissal even in his first season.”

    Speak for yourself, Same rules apply for me.

    I didn’t rate Emery from day one.
    I rated Arteta very highly from day one and the way he addressed our weaknesses.

    Sadly , Arteta never learnt from Emery’s mistakes. Both leave a lot to be desired when it comes to man management.

    They both picked their battles when they thought they were in a position of power and both thought they were infallible, history will show that they could have taken a different path.

    Ultimately, it is results and performances that will determine if Arteta is the man for the job.
    The FA cup victory maybe fooled the fans and also fooled Arteta intò believing that he had all the answers..

    The club were also fooled and gave him greater powers by upgrading him from coach to manager.

    Let’s hope Arteta shows a degree of humbleness and honesty in the coming months as his arrogant demeanor at this present time is losing him a lot of support from the Arsenal fan base…

    I’m hoping he will turn things around, it won’t be pretty but i think he can do it.

  19. Pedro

    Lol, Marc, you spent 18 months smugly telling us Emery needed more time and now you do the opposite, just plotting out worst case scenarios all day 8 games in.

    Emeryista are like Cornynista. Backed a failure and try to right the wrong daily.

  20. Ernest Reed

    “They both picked their battles when they thought they were in a position of power and both thought they were infallible, history will show that they could have taken a different path.”

    Your still smarting that both managers called out your sweetie As a lazy pile of crap, Pierre. You can go there, its no secret whatsoever as to where your allegiances lie.

  21. Pierre

    Dissenter
    “Whatever happened to Joe from Canada?I wonder what he thinks of these Arteta blunders.”

    He’s probably beating himself up for being so clueless for all those years when he was attacking Wenger on a daily basis….. i tried to educate him but of course, it is impossible to educate a WOB.

    Pretty embarrassing really when you look at the turgid football that we have to endure at this present time.

  22. Calypso

    Emery’s first 28 games stats

    Wins : 17
    Draws : 5
    Losses : 6
    Win% : 60.7%
    Goals Scored : 60
    Goals Conceded : 38
    Shots : 345

    Arteta’s first 28 games stats

    Wins : 13
    Draws : 6
    Losses : 9
    Win% : 46.4%
    Goals Scored : 41
    Goals Conceded : 31
    Shots : 267

  23. Pierre

    Collapse so
    The Arsenal team still had Wenger’s DNA during the 20 game unbeaten run under Emery, as soon as Emery’s philosophy took hold , results suffered.

  24. Marc

    Pedro

    And you’ve just made my point for me. Either someone should be given time or they shouldn’t.

    Your comment can just as easily be flipped on its head.

    You dismissed a winning run and yet I’m supposed to ignore glaring issues that have been going on for more than 8 matches.

    Emery’s gone I have no issue with that I just want to know when and why the rules changed?

  25. Champagne charlie

    “Arteta has a better squad and is doing worse. He needs to shape up quickly – it’s strange that the ones who are asking for patience now were the ones shouting the loudest for Emery’s dismissal even in his first season.“

    Seriously?

    The same way you don’t treat a teenage player as you do 30 year old veteran; you don’t have the same expectations of a manager in his first job versus a manager with 10 years experience at multiple clubs.

    Really odd we’re 8 league games into Arteta’s first full season in charge and there’s equations being done about what needs to occur for him to be sacked.

  26. Dissenter

    Pedro
    Arteta will be judged on results, no different from any other manager.
    At the moment, he’s making more mistakes father than he’s coming upon with solutions.
    The criticisms are justified and only he can make the necessary changes.

    Emery got 1.5 years because his first season was not the utter disaster you make it out to be, eventually he was fired because the results were interminably appalling.
    That last game against Villa was a total collapse, Villa players where lining up like planes queuing too land at Heathrow.
    If Arteta doesn’t reverse course, he won’t last 1.5 years.

  27. Marc

    Cc

    But Arteta wasn’t sold to us as a rookie manager who was going to make a repeated mistakes. He was a “generational coach” who’s sauce was going to cover us in glory. His achievements in improving players was amazing and a major part in City’s success.

    Quite simply Arteta is not living up to the hype right now. Hopefully the couple of weeks he’s going to have to think about things will make the difference and we’ll see an improvement in both results and performances.

  28. Ernest Reed

    You might want to take a gander at “Floom” at November 13, 2020, 10:10:33, Pedro.

    Surprised its still there to be honest – but then again you cant be everywhere at all times

  29. Calypso

    What were Arsenal thinking hiring an unknown quantity with no managerial experience.

    What was the criteria for Arteta getting the biggest job in the league

  30. Marc

    Dissenter

    I’ve said for a while now that the Kroenke’s track record has been to give a manager 2 attempts to make or get back into the CL.

    Arteta will not be sacked this season unless he looked like he was really going to get us relegated, however if we’re still seeing the same problems this time next year he’ll be in trouble.

  31. Champagne charlie

    Dissenter

    When you’re 3rd with 6 games to go and finish 5th (getting battered by Wolves, Leicester, Palace, and losing to Brighton), then get embarrassed in the EL final, it’s a managerial disaster.

  32. Pedro

    Diss, Arteta won an FA cup, fixed our defence, and stopper is getting relegated in his first 7 months.

    8 games in. 6 points off top. Hardly worth rolling out the #artetaout convo

  33. Champagne charlie

    Marc

    I’ll have to disagree there, I think you’re spinning it. Having sauce or being a generational coach doesn’t mean you’re immune to teething, mistakes, setbacks etc. It implies you can handle all that, come back, and improve.

    Arteta was a longer term appointment vs Emery, their contracts suggest as much. I think the club is of the belief that Arteta will guide us to CL again, but also improve the standards across the entire football business from culture, to vision.

    It’s taken the Yanks an era too long to realise imo, but I get the impression they’ve finally wised up to needing the whole lot addressed/modernised. The nature of which is never microwave style success, and inevitably a slower burn. That’s not to say there aren’t short term expectations that need met/addressed, but the idea that Arteta was going to arrive and set a vertical improvement curve is utterly wrong to me.

  34. Ernest Reed

    “I’ve said for a while now that the Kroenke’s track record has been to give a manager 2 attempts to make or get back into the CL.”

    Not sure thats the M.O. for KSE, Marc? Wenger was unique and set the benchmarks for success from a storied tenure. Emery was a victim of himself, plain and simple. If there is one consistent point of interest with those two managers is that they both lost the dressing room in the end.

    I am of the belief that Arteta will be given a very fair opportunity to implement his plan. If he somehow manages to lose the room as well, then you can pretty much expect the same.

    If Arteta does lose the room though, this much will be true – they will blow up the core of this team and start from new. I will say it, there is something toxic about the current core of players and it’s starting to show itself yet again.

    Again, this is only my opinion based on observation.

  35. Marc

    Pedro

    Emery was sacked because it’d gone to pot – taking the squad we had an “saving us” from relegation is not an achievement.

    It’s the equivalent of a restaurant not killing all it’s customers with food poisoning.

  36. Dissenter

    Pedro
    I want Arteta to get enough time to get it right but if we keep playing like we did at home to Villa, it won’t matter what you, Marc, Tom, Ernest, Charlie or Calypso think.

    It will come down to results.
    Arteta stepped up to take the blame against Villa, all eyes are on him now. The ball is truly in his court.

  37. Marc

    Ernest

    “I will say it, there is something toxic about the current core of players and it’s starting to show itself yet again.”

    I’m not sure I’d go as far as toxic but something doesn’t look right – a coupe of times lately I’ve thought Laca and Auba look ill there’s definitely something not right.

  38. Ernest Reed

    “– taking the squad we had an “saving us” from relegation is not an achievement.”

    Respectfully disagree Marc, this was and remains a significant achievement. If Emery remained there was a very real possibility that relegation was an outcome. I cannot recall a time when an Arsenal squad of players went tools down quite like this. This was deliberate and intentional, period.

    Freddie had little to no success and you can say that Arteta turned this group around, no real small feat. Again, there is something unnerving about this group of players.

  39. Marc

    Ernest

    Emery had to be sacked but but any manager coming in to replace him is expected to be of the basic caliber to not get the team relegated. He had 20 matches in charge, it’s not as if he needed to pick up 30 points in 11 games to escape relegation.

  40. Marc

    So is Arteta over training them? Pushing them too hard?

    Most of the senior players aren’t playing in the EL and PL matches so it shouldn’t be fixture congestion.

  41. Pedro

    Marc, you say it every day. Then when it’s good. You speculate about how it could be bad.

    When you abs CA were chirping on about Emery, it wasn’t the case.

    Agendas are fine. Just admit you have one.

  42. Marko

    Emery’s being used as a “well just think how bad it would be if Emery is still here”.

    To be fair it’d be pretty bad if he was still here. Though it’s a different kind of bad now and let’s be honest bad is still bad

  43. Marc

    Pedro

    I always have:

    It’s – I want Arsenal to do well and win matches. I couldn’t give a shit who the manager is if they’re doing a good job. Arteta could cross dress and perform oral sex on a shetland pony on the sidelines – I wouldn’t give a toss if we were winning matches, playing well and scoring goals.

    You don’t get that because your agenda is based as much about the man as the team.

  44. Graham62

    Their is nothing toxic about this group of players.

    Wenger, Emery, Freddie and now Arteta, all in a short period. Is it not surprising they look tired.

    Shite, even I feel tired.

  45. Marc

    Graham

    I think that harsh on Freddie – he only managed 4 matches and only agreed to do that on the condition we didn’t make him the permanent manager.

  46. Pedro

    Marc, saying that my agenda is about the man not the team because I want us to win while you whinge on about all the worst possibilities is like the time you told me I didn’t love arsenal because Raul was fired for his blatant antics.

  47. Marc

    Pedro

    I’ve never said you don’t love Arsenal – I wouldn’t make that accusation.

    And how is me whinging about us playing badly and losing games not wanting us to win. If I was reveling in it like CG used to you’d have a case. I’m pissed off and it’s mostly your fault.

    Don’t you think I’d rather be talking about the fantastic results against Villa and Leicester and us being top of the table with an amazing goal difference?

  48. Marc

    Pedro

    I’d like to see that post. I don’t question other fans love for the club, it’s like telling other fans how they should support the club.

  49. Marc

    “Lol that Gambon has anointed Tets as Sam Paelladyce!2

    I missed that one but it is funny.

    I’m guessing any reference to Paella will soon be a banning offense.

  50. Marko

    Marko, reread it.

    No no the sentence is correct it just doesn’t make sense that anyone would say that. It seems far fetched honestly especially marc who has never wedded to Raul

  51. Marko

    Sucker for the truth as I am on the day of Raul go and the previous two days up to it absolutely no mention of what Marc is supposed to have said. He did get a ban the day of though so it’s possible he said something got banned and the comment was deleted. But of course there’s no evidence of the claim either way so

  52. Marko

    When the agreement was announced in September last year, the club quoted Ganzberg’s brewmaster as saying: “This is a great partnership because of our shared values.”

    Club is going to the dogs under Mikel 😉

  53. Pedro

    Marko, so firstly, it made sense, you just chose to tell us that you didn’t understand.

    Secondly, I binned the comment and sin-binned Marc because of the comment for a week. Way to waste 20 minutes.

    He was deeply wedded to Raul, as were a lot of you. You included.

    ‘Baffling’
    ‘Head spinning stuff’
    ‘You just don’t like him’

    Then he gets fired.

    One of the most satisfying moments on here.

  54. Dissenter

    This. brouhaha dog meat linked beer company sponsorship is predictable

    Dog meat is a delicacy in many parts of the world, especially in China.
    I’m waiting to see if other football clubs stop seeking and signing sponsorship from China and other Asian countries where dog meat is on many restaurant menus.

  55. Tom

    “BTW, maybe i missed things lately, where has UnNaiNai gone to? Banished to the Badlands?“

    Un, Rich and London G are stateside busy looking for the 5million illegal Biden ballots.

  56. Marko

    Secondly, I binned the comment and sin-binned Marc because of the comment for a week. Way to waste 20 minutes.

    So he said she said basically. We’ll never know if Marc actually said something as ridiculous as you don’t love Arsenal because of your views on Raul. We’ll just never know

    He was deeply wedded to Raul, as were a lot of you. You included.

    Eh sure. I disagreed with a lot of things that you were saying around that time and that makes me wedded to Raul.

  57. Marko

    ‘Baffling’
    ‘Head spinning stuff’
    ‘You just don’t like him’
    Then he gets fired.
    One of the most satisfying moments on here.

    I’m just gonna copy paste this if Mikel ever gets the chop. Seems almost perfect honestly

  58. Pedro

    Marko, always remembers, you use google for your info, I use real people, which is why you always wrong when you go against me.

    I’m closer to the truth, Which is what I told you and Marc on Raul… low and behold.

  59. Marko

    Marko, always remembers, you use google for your info, I use real people, which is why you always wrong when you go against me.

    Sure. You’re a fountain of truth and knowledge. Only you rarely prove it.

    I’m closer to the truth, Which is what I told you and Marc on Raul… low and behold.

    What exactly were you right about? That he got sacked because of cost cutting measures or something vague about him or friends of his pocketing millions from the Pepe deal. Keep in mind multiple sources and the club itself said there was nothing wrong nothing shady about that transfer.

  60. China1

    ————-——Leno
    —-Holding-Luiz-Gabriel
    Bellerin—Mo—Partey—Tierney
    ——Pepe——Auba—-Saka

    This would be my starting 11 vs Leeds if said players are fit

  61. Pedro

    China, I am a very, very green gamer… I played Switch because we pitched Nintendo… now I have an Xbox One thing. I picked it up a few weeks ago, so all the people that are having an PS5 moment now, I’m having that with an Xbox. I’m GTA for the first time!

    Got that pass thing, so I’ll download FIFA tomorrow and we can play!

  62. China1

    Pedro I’m not aware of it being possible to play fifa cross platform between Xbox and ps. Have you seen that confirmed somewhere? If so that’s awesome

    Bless you and your green gaming! I was raised on consoles as much as by my parents. I haven’t bought gtaV yet but I rinsed every GTA prior. If you like that you should also get red dead redemption if it’s on Xbox… not sure if it’s ps exclusive

    I used to be semi pro in the street fighter community back in my uni days! Traveling up and down the country for tournaments, beer, jokes and games with people from around the world. Great memories

  63. Pedro

    China, semi pro Street Fighter is awesome!

    Imagine if you’d grown up with Fortnite, you’d probably be able to make a semi good living.

    I’m weirdly obsessed with games of late. Zelda on the Switch is just a work of art. BOTW2 is what I’m waiting on.

    I’ve been playing a lot of Red Dead. I like GTA, but for a rookie, it’s quite a lot to digest. Currently trying Batman, that’s pretty decent as well!

    Are they not doing a cross platform play stuff on this generation? Seems so stupid not to.

  64. China1

    Pedro man you really missed out not having consoles as a kid

    Many of the all time classic games were from the 90s and early 2000s.

    Resident evil (1-3)
    GTA San Andreas
    Final fantasy 7
    Gran turismo 2
    Metal gear solid 1-3
    Civilization 2 (pc game)
    Rune (pc game)
    Street fighter 2, alpha and 3

    Shit was GOLDEN when we were kids/teenagers. Next level golden

  65. Marko

    Marko, ‘keep in mind what I googled’ is exactly my point about you.

    Huh? Oh sure and you don’t get more or less all of your hot scoops behind that paywall at the atlantic.

  66. China1

    Ah man even talking about street fighter brings back so many memories I just wanna go back in time.

    I used to attend events all throughout the country, big and small. For street fighter 3 third strike I was dominant outside of London. In London I would usually place in the top few but always ended up somehow failing to come first. It was proper 2010 arsenal stuff.

    Was nice to be the only player to take a match of a Japanese former world champion in a tournament in Birmingham tho. Great memories…

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aRTF3wO61d4

  67. China1

    Yeah kinda sucks that cross play isn’t a standard thing in 2020

    Pedro red dead is amazing but you’re right it’s probably not the easiest game for someone who hasn’t been gaming long

  68. China1

    If you’re liking Zelda then when you’re all good with current gen games you might wanna get some emulators and try some older classics too Pedro

    For example Zelda Links Awakening on Gameboy was a classic. Zelda a Link to The Past as well

  69. Just Another Customer

    also Nelson I don’t think the spreadsheet nature of Football Manager translates well on consoles haha

    for me currently I’m playing modded Pro Evo on PC mostly

    China1 I grew up on Tekken 3 just can’t get into Street Fighter series at all

  70. Guns of SF

    Resident evil (1-3)
    GTA San Andreas
    Final fantasy 7
    Gran turismo 2
    Metal gear solid 1-3
    Civilization 2 (pc game)
    Rune (pc game)
    Street fighter 2, alpha and 3

    Millenial!

  71. Pedro

    China, there’s a CBS Doco called console wars I want to see. You’d probably like it.

    The Switch has emulators for its earlier consoles… or at least all the old game!

    Marko, whether it’s my contacts, or The Athletic, both have a habit of making you look a bit of a tit when it comes to football opinions.

  72. Moray

    My parents had a binatone, I think it was, which was a whole console to play a game with two movable sticks left and right side and a ball bouncing between them in the middle.

    My uncle had an Atari, which I doubt he ever played, but I did every time I went round. He bought me for Christmas a Texas Instruments TI-99 which worked off cartridges. Going out to buy a new game was the same thrill as buying a new musical album. Great times. I also owned a first gen playstation and remember playing doom with a friend on link. Two consoles and two TVs, in the same room. That blew my mind.

    There was an excitement in those days in the novelty, the suspense, the limit and the expectation. Saving up for a new game or buying the Radio Times at Christmas to plan out what you wanted to watch. Now my kids tell me what they want to watch and when.

    Growing up in those early tech days of the 70s, 80s, and even 90s. I don’t think those will ever be replicated. It was constant innovation, something new. I think VR and AR are the way forward now, but it’s no leap at all compared with the first time I tuned my tv and found a game screen appear…or discovering the amount of pornography I could access in my early twenties.

  73. Tony

    “Marko, always remembers, you use google for your info, I use real people, which is why you always wrong when you go against me.I’m closer to the truth, Which is what I told you and Marc on Raul… low and behold.”

    Same as you were with Gazidis then Pedro?

    No one from ITK trusted sources would ever BS you Pedro, would they?

    Many here were ahead of the Raul curve including me where from the day Gazidis announced the Raul hire, my gut told me it would end badly.

    The next 4 games will tell us if Arteta does indeed have sauce of substance or just some cheap carcinogenic frying oil.

    Right now I’m leaning towards the latter, but hoping for the 1st. Not because I feel Arteta is a worldy or generational as you’d have us believe, but just the upheaval of finding a manager we can afford who would actually want to take the job.

    A manager merry-go-round is not what we need now.

    Would be better to fire Edu and get Overmars or better. Give that person uncompromised oversight over Arteta and let the DoF fire Arteta if needs be.

    I was against the Arteta hire the first time we looked at him, and then said I’d support Arteta if he wasn’t learning on the job. Well it’s clear he’s (Arteta) not learning on there job because he doesn’t learn from his mistakes, so even worse and his management in-game and of the players is extremely poor – just look at Torreira, Guen, Emi and Martinelli et al who weren’t teacher’s pets.

    The next few games will be interesting but sadly I feel not in a good way.

    The fact that Arteta is still interested in Auour – a player who wanted to keep his options open and with a greedy Anelka-type brother by all reports – is just another mistake to add to the long list already made for Arteta to make. Dom Szo is the cheaper answer and a player who I think would jump at the chance top players for The Arsenal.

    Keep your flak jacket and tin helmet close by Pedro. I feel you’re going to need it in the coming weeks.

  74. Burgkamp

    Hilarious to see this level of obsession from everyone over who the man at the top is.

    We have 3 forwards on £700k a week currently stinking out the room. There’s so much crud and winnets loitering around and will be for up to 3 years. Some situations just have to be waited out.

    In the meantime we may as well have a young, affordable, fast learning manager with delicious disciple and coaching skills than an Allegri or José or Ancelotti, who would just be burning through borrowed cash alongside a decrepit squad.

    Stop obsessing over who the manager is and focus on what matters now. Raul is gone. Kia is gone. Our new signings are PHENOMENAL. Imagine what our squad will look like in 2 years?

  75. raptora

    “Sports psychotherapist Steve Pope has revealed the number of footballers seeking treatment for gaming addiction has significantly increased since the first lockdown in March by 3 times.”

    “It disturbs sleep cycles, eating cycles, [some are] not drinking properly because they’re on the game, not having the right amount of refreshments, not preparing, blue light. People aren’t performing.”

    Rings a bell to a certain player in our team.

  76. Graham62

    Pedro

    Your blog
    Your investment
    Your considerable efforts, for which we are greatly appreciative.

    However, preaching the Arteta gospel based on dealing with “real people” is not the way many other people lead their lives.

    I am questioning Arteta based on what I see and feel, not on what someone else has said. If, as you constantly promote , Arteta is the real deal, then let him show it. So far, this season, he is failing miserably.

    Yes our defensive structure and intensity without the ball has improved but, at what expense. The players do look tired and demotivated and that’s down to Arteta. Where’s the flexibility and inclination to change things?

    Time will tell if he has the ability to fix things but based on some of his decisions over these past couple of months, both on and off the pitch, I’m not feeling too confident that he can do that. Not disputing his desire to make things work but sometimes desire is not the only trait needed to succeed.

    Leeds is a massive game, in more ways than one. If he persists with the same systems, I will question him even more. If Arteta is this great coach that you say he is, then let him show it and quickly.

    I’m not convinced.

  77. prvhc

    As an Arsenal fan, I obviously want Arteta to succeed. Because I don’t know where we go if he doesn’t.
    But the one silver lining when he inevitably gets sacked will be his induction into the ‘Hall of Sauce’

  78. Graham62

    Talking smart and looking smart doesn’t necessarily make you “sauce”

    Many of us saw this with Gazidis from day one.

  79. Captain Tierney

    raptora

    About 95% of current football players play video games. Because they are elite footballer they are restricted to very few recreational activities.

    Ozil just gets stick because of our fanbase’s history of finding scapegoats and unearthing conspiracies.

    Auba has a designated game room. KT has said in many interviews that his lifestyle is training, playstation and sleep.
    These are just a few examples.

  80. SpanishDave

    I agree about Arteta’s limitations he isn’t going to make it.
    The midfield and attack is lifeless , crossing balls to MR Nobody, no support in attacks, players often isolated up front.
    Constant side line coaching not only pisses players off it tells the opponent what you are doing, particularly with no crowds.
    He hasn’t learnt enough yet to be manager of a big club with high expectations, that’s why I think he will fail.

  81. Graham62

    Has anyone been watching Glasgow Rangers this season? Gerrard has got them play great brand of football.

    Someone who played on the front foot, is showing that he can coach on the front foot.

    None of this backwards and sideways, send you to sleep, stuff.

    Those of you that know your football should be delighted that Rangers on the up.

  82. Tom

    “About 95% of current football players play video games. Because they are elite footballer they are restricted to very few recreational activities.Ozil just gets stick because of our fanbase’s history of finding scapegoats and unearthing conspiracies”

    Does that mean the other 5% who don’t play video games aren’t somehow restricted?

    Or maybe the 95% who do play them do so because video games are fun and highly addicting, and professional footballers on the whole live a live of fantasy.

    I mean, why read books or learn a language when you can just tell your agent to get you a transfer to another league where they speak Uruguayan for example.