I mean, come on.
£15m a year.
Squad BUILT for him.
Premier League looking good.
He’s taking Spurs back to the top.
HE WILL NOT LOOK DOWN THE TABLE.
2-0 up after the home leg because Jose managed to switch the tie so Arsenal would have to play Spurs after an away leg in Europe. Cruuuuuuising 0-0 on 60 minutes. Then bang. Next thing you know, Mislav Oršić turns it on. 2 goals. Extra time. One more goal. BOOOOOOOOOM
Spurs drop out of the Europa League as Dinamo Zagreb drop a win for the ages.
That loss was for all the melts that maintained Jose Mourinho was an elite hire.
That loss was for all those who did a little wet patch when Spurs were top of the league.
Never, ever forget… Jose is a busted flush.
He’s not coaching a sustainable model of football. He has one trick, if it doesn’t work, he has nothing. They let Dinamo Zagreb have 21 shots at their goal. STAGGERING. A total battering. A beautiful one as well.
Anyway, Arsenal played, we were shite, but we did what we needed to do and made it through to the quarter finals.
But Spurs, come on, isn’t it funny? Poch takes them to the Champions League final, and Jose can’t get a turn out of them after 19 months. INJECT IT INTO MY VEINS.
Back to Arsenal.
The headline is we won. We learned some very important lessons about our midfield and defence. The team has a lot to learn from that game.
The biggest miss in midfield was control. Mo Elneny and Dani Ceballos aren’t going to give you what you need when it comes to control. When central midfield doesn’t work, the entire system fails. That said, we still went into half time giving them two attempts at goal.
The second half was really poor. The Greeks weren’t good, but we couldn’t click, we didn’t work hard enough, and there was a lack of concentration all over the park.
It was the sort of game that shows you why David Luiz needs to be moved on this summer. He was really poor. Switching off when it mattered, giving us a really low energy game. It’s part of who he is, not a good day for him. I also thought the difference between Hector and Cedric was clear… I didn’t trust the runs down the right would amount to much.
Auba had a really, really poor all game. I don’t say this lightly, but he was a disgrace. Was he hungover from being dropped? Was he angry at starting a Europa game? Whatever it was, it was bad. It looked like he was sulking. He fluffed some extremely good chances, his control was terrible, and he was half in it with his movement. Embarrassing stuff from him. I’m surprised he stayed on. Martinelli would have made us far more dangerous. Auba just didn’t fancy it and really, a man of his talents should be killing that game with chances like he had. Very, very sloppy… it was very immature from a man in his 30s.
Arteta had eventually seen enough. He subbed off Mo and Dani and brought on control in Partey and Odegaard. It made things instantly a lot better, but still, we were messy in possession. Thomas Partey was very iffy with some of his play and though he gave us comfort, it wasn’t exactly a reassuring performance.
Sure, we need to do better in the next round, but I’m not sure we’d have played like that if we’d needed to win. Something about the marching orders had the players thinking about Fortnite or whatver they do in the evenings. I’m not sure the squad is professional enough to take a 0-0 instruction set without fucking up. A bit like kids on non-uniform day, they just went straight to slacker mode.
Still, we had enough chances to do more damage than the score suggests. 12 shots, 5 on target… a few really big chances. ESR even popped up to tip a shot of their line. Very kind of him.
Overall, it was the worst performance of 2021 for me. I hope there are consequences for the weekend thinking. Gabriel M came on and offered us control and he created chances and noise that Auba wasn’t really doing. If we drop something like that against West Ham, make no mistake, they will smash us.
Still, we won. We did the bare minimum and limited a decent European side to 2 shots on target in a game they needed to come at us in.
The squad needs work this summer. The midfield is a couple of injuries away from absolute November form. That needs to be fixed. No new deals for players that needed to go last summer, no renewal of loans for players that haven’t found their footing in two seasons… Arteta needs to kick his addiction to players that have no future with us.
Anyway, enough analysis. Today, the floor is yours… let’s all laugh at Spurs ahahahhahahahaaahaha!