We’ve entered the deadzone part of the season.
There’s nothing to play for. The football has gone back to being shit again. Arteta is playing the November hits because he’s more concerned over proving out his fantasies that his big summer misses will click for him.
A lot of fans didn’t like what I penned yesterday. Many people preferred to focus on the woodwork and missed chances. I can’t have it.
That was a shit performance from a starting line-up we all had a bad feeling about. Not just that, it was another example of Arteta having different vibes for different players. Senior players are allowed to be shit for 80 minutes… young players get yanked early if there’s a sniff of a bad day at the office.
… we didn’t lose though. This is a results business you might say. Well, for me, that’s not actually what we’re judging Arteta on this season… this year was supposed to be about performances and it was a chance to monitor patterns in his approach to the game.
We can all tolerate mistakes. Every coach makes them. What you can’t abide by is the same mistakes being made over and over again.
Gabriel Martinelli should be starting. There’s no data out there underpinning a reason why we’d start a low energy Willian ahead of him. It’s blind favouritism.
The Premier League is dead. There’s no reason for Arteta to put out a senior team tomorrow. This squad isn’t capable of maturity. If Arteta puts senior players in tomorrow, they’ll see it as a punishment, and we’ll get a nothing performance again (just like we did against Villa last season).
Tomorrow, against the worst team in the league, we should be putting out players we need to learn things about. Azeez? Why not. Joel Lopez? What do we have to lose? Martinelli? Yes please. New deal Flo Balogun through the middle? Why the fuck not. Cal Chambers as a centre back? He can play ball, start him. Mat Ryan? Should be. Rumours are Leno wants out, could anyone care less right now?
I don’t gives a shit about going 11th to 9th. I don’t care about Willian, Lacazette, and Auba right now. I care about moving on fromt his dreadful pattern of mistakes that Arteta is presiding over.
The fans will forgive kids, they’ll forgive players trying… they won’t forgive a manager picking the same players that let him down over and over again. They won’t forgive the man who promised to be protagonists stepping into tomorrow with a negative approach.
Willian does not give you control.
Mo Elneney does not give you control.
Power, pace and hunger gives you control.
Time is earned as a coach. It is a reward for good performances. We tracked well for about 12 weeks. Now the wheels look like they’ve fallen off. If we’re heading out of the back end of this season bumming results, then it’s hard to say there’s been progress.
Winning the Europa League cannot be a plaster for a flailing manager. Performances need to be there, with these players, otherwise we’re heading for more misery. We’re not simply looking at the old guard of players dropping howlers now. Thomas Partey has gone from Rolls Royce to Ford Cortina. Cedric, an Arteta signing, cost us the other day. Bernd Leno has dropped his level. Gabriel has gone from world beater to embarrassment. These are on Arteta’s watch. It’s not good enough.
A good way to get performances is by reading the room and picking a squad that wants to be at the game tomorrow.
Lose to Sheffield United and we are in the Unai Emery death-spiral.
Let’s see what the coaching staff have got, I have very, very low hopes we’ll see something unpredictable. That’s a shame. Arteta has been the architecht of his own hill and he’s determined to walk up it slowly ready to end it with the Sword of Senior Deference.
See you in the comments. x