Arteta gives ownership the result they deserve. Is it Europa or bust now?

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Arteta is getting harder and harder to defend.

Another loss. Some mitigating circumstances. A huge self-inflicted wound. The end.

Let’s talk about VAR, because it feels like it interferes with us quite regularly. 15 seconds after we won a penalty, the refs in the sky were called upon to pick apart whether Pepe was offside on the break. They use Microsoft Paint tools to ascertain this, I am sure that in years to come, we’ll find out that the tech is shite, then they make a bad decision. Pepe was level, the discussion should have been more about Ceballos making a meal of a kick to the shin.

In tennis, they have hawkeye, every decision is made from a consistent angle with the same process. This offside tool cannot possibly be accurate when they use random cameras in the stadium. It is absurd… but more to the point, when did an elbow become interfering with play? How did we let it get to this? Who was arguing we needed this level of faux-precision. As we’re talking about re-working football, PGMOL needs to be crushed and something more professional and accountable needs to rise from the ashes. This is not acceptable.

We miss out on that penalty, make 1 mistake, and a low margins game becomes another loss.

A draw and no one cares.

A loss and everyone that said the league is dead goes into Arteta Out mode, but at this point, I can’t blame them. He doesn’t help himself.

If we’re all about Europa, then there shouldn’t have been so many exceptionally important players in the starting 11.

If we’re all about seeing what works for next season, we shouldn’t be giving Eddie minutes because he ‘deserves’ them. You know who deserved minutes through the middle? Gabi Martinelli.

As for the football, it wasn’t as shocking as everyone made out. The build up play from the back was really solid, we moved the ball around nicely, we just had no bite in a box that lacked our two most expensive strikers.

At this point though, it’s hard to keep pointing to nice things that you see, because we lost again.

It’s hard to say, well, with another manager, it’d be worse… because it probably wouldn’t be. We have a better squad now than under Emery or Wenger, and it’s still shite.

The main thing you can point to is that moving towards something way more advance under Arteta. But look, if the thing Arteta is bringing our way is this fucking complicated, then it’s going to need about 10 players to make it functional. At some point, you need something that can deliver better than this for the money we’ve invested in the squad.

I am so deeply into the project that I need to see how it pans out this summer before I fly a plane over the stadium with ‘I WAS WRONG FORGIVE ME’, but it’s starting to look bleak.

I’ve said it before. In business, you need to be able to come up with ideas, sell them, and make them a reality… most people are good at two. Mikel seems to be good at the first two. He’s not producing it on the pitch, and if we’re honest, we’re not even close to seeing what the end goal is if you look across an entire season.

I don’t know how he bridges that gap between ideas and production. This interim mode we have between shite and top 4 is going to finish us 12th in the league.

On a positive note, the shade of shite we’re in at the moment is not pre-Christmas, but it’s still losing us games.

Our defensive structure is still strong, I thought we did a good job with a very physical team yesterday.

If that game had finished 0-0, you could probably excuse being toothless without Auba and Laca… but peel back that story, those two have offered very little in front of goal this season.

Bern Leno looks utterly wrecked.

Auba can’t score.

We still make cataclysmic errors.

There’s no luck that follows Arteta with anything.

Those are a lot of kinks to iron out of the system.

What could save it all?

A Europa League win.

If Arteta had kept our early 2021 form flying into the summer, he’d have an easier ride into next season. He hasn’t. Now, he has to win that trophy.

Not because he’ll be fired this summer, chances are he won’t be… but because he has to start planning for a life with fans in the stadium. They will not be forgiving if this shit happens next season, at any point.

Unai Emery should have been sacked after he lost the Europa League, it was clear where the project was going… but we knew even if he wasn’t there’d be no forgiveness in the system from the fans if things started to tank the next season.

Arteta will be the hero manager that won two trophies against the odds if we beat Villareal and Roma/United. You just won’t be able to argue against him. The first European trophy since 1994.

However, if he loses against Emery. He has actually betrayed me personally… and football.

If he loses in the final, no fan will bemoan United are better than us, it’ll be on Arteta for not finding a way in a huge moment.

Honestly, fuck the Everton game. It was a dead one. Most of you were saying you didn’t care about the league.

It’s all about Villareal.

Arteta needs his team to go into beast mode and pull Emery apart.

This squad is all about the cup.

Can they do it?

Do they want to do it?

This week is HUGE.

PROTEST

Never have I been more jealous not to be in London. Arsenal fans showed up like heroes to protest the owners. It was a magical scene that reverberated around the world.

I don’t know if KSE folk feel shame, they should, a global fanbase soiling your rep by calling you out of being terrible owners is embarrassing.

What do they have to stay for?

Fans hate them.

They’re absolutely skint and don’t want to invest.

The Super League is dead.

Football is reaching something like peak. Clubs are spending all the money they have and it doesn’t seem like TV wants to offer more. Even Amazon said not to Super League.

Daniel Ek, the founder of Spotify, threw his hat in the ring to buy Arsenal. He tweeted that he loved to club and he’d be interested if they sold. That’s an Elon Musk move. His own personal wealth is less than Stan’s, but at least he knows how to run a competitive business.

Let’s see where this goes. The hope is that KSE might take the chance to exit. If we were put up for sale, we’d have lots of buyers interested. At this point, it feels like the only way we can move forward because there’s no silver bullet outside investment.

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171 Responses to “Arteta gives ownership the result they deserve. Is it Europa or bust now?”

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  1. DivineSherlock

    Pierre

    I dont care what you label people who dont agree with you , Le Groaners or Moaners or Anti football . That doesnt really prove your point , if it was Lacazette yesterday I wouldve still criticized it . I thought we were moving past that style of play where the striker has to hold the ball. But I guess thats down to Arteta and not Eddie so my bad . Still not convinced with Eddie , shouldve taken a loan like Willock and proven himself.

  2. Ishola70

    Terraloon

    “Guendouzi. Ithink he will be coming back. Not because Arsenal will want him it’s because of his ever worsening reputation”

    What’s he done lately then to worsen this reputation?

    Arsenal are absolute fools to bin off a French U21 captain and not consider him for a squad place when he has shown some promise when they have such a shit overall central midfield.

    His contract is running out anyway.

    If he comes back and indicates that he wants to mend bridges then Arsenal should renew it.

  3. Dissenter

    Emirates stroller would rather have us be out of UEFA Europe completion against Dundalk but be competing midweek in the European super league.

    That flawed position has been debunked and rebutted repeatedly but he still keeps making it.
    Europa league is worth some money to the coffers.
    Europa league carries some prestige in itself, albeit it less that the CLs
    Europa league provided opportunities to keep a large squad happy and involved.

    How anyone can defend a position of Arsenal being out of Europe since 1996.

    We are approaching Thursday’s game without form. It will take a near miracle to get a result at Villarreal and away games have been our strength in the EL.

  4. Ishola70

    Dissenter

    “It will take a near miracle to get a result at Villarreal and away games have been our strength in the EL.”

    I wouldn’t go that far.

    Villarreal are not a top Spanish side and if Arsenal apply real direct pace against them then they can cause them problems.

    But as said before any result would not surprise me. Win, lose or draw. No idea what is going to happen.

  5. Dissenter

    Fewer games to play will mean that Arteta’s selection headaches will get worse because he won’t have the benefit of more games to tinker or experiment.

    Fewer games to play also means that Arteta will have more time to over-coach certain players and confuse them more.

    When Gabriel first came from Lille, his natural talent was superb. His performances have slowly dipped with the benefit of Arteta’s generational coaching.

  6. Dissenter

    Ishola
    Villarreal aren’t a top side it we are going there without a fit senior striker, a goalie that provides assists for innocuous crosses and uncertain central defense.
    We are taking a home loss to Everton and scrappy draw against Fulham to Thursday’s game.

    Mid-level Spanish clubs have dominated the EL because they have more know-how and guile than mid-level premier league clubs [like Arsenal under Arteta]

    We’ll be in trouble If we didn’t get a definitive result like a win on Thursday, I fancy Villarreal to win or draw at the Emirates, next week.

  7. Dissenter

    * Villarreal aren’t a top side but we are going there without a fit senior striker, a goalie that provides assists for innocuous crosses and uncertain central defense.
    We are taking a home loss to Everton and scrappy draw against Fulham to Thursday’s game.

  8. Ishola70

    I will say one thing about the Villarreal game though.

    If Arteta tries to be cute and out tactic them and play cagey he is likely to fail.

    Villarreal are a workman like side with plenty of experience in their side and have a bit of nous. More nous than Arsenal.

    What Arsenal have that Villarreal don’t is real genuine pace in the side uptop coupled with some youthful exuberance.

    Arteta has to let the players off the leash again like against Slavia Prague though of course Villarreal will be a tougher nut to crack than the Czechs.

  9. S Asoa

    Terraloon
    There is a promo video on Utube about the finishing and passing accuracy of Balogun. Do have a look. He does it all, cool as a cucumber.
    Think Arteta hates the guts of the yank

  10. Terraloon

    S Asoa.

    Have seen him playing games at junior level but to coin a phrase it’s a whole different ball game.

    He needs to be subjected to the rigours of men’s football.

  11. Terraloon

    Villarreal aren’t a top notch LaLiga side but at the moment are Arsenal enemies close to a top notch PL team?
    Villarreal are experienced and a solid they rarely let in more than they odd goal two and yes Arsenal have more pace then them please please don’t make the mistake that this is going to be anything else other than a very tricky tie

  12. Pierre

    Divinesherlock
    “. I thought we were moving past that style of play where the striker has to hold the ball. ”

    Yeah, having a striker who can retain possession is pointless, as is having a striker who passes to a team mate.

  13. Nelson

    I am not a friend of stats. But…
    Joe Willock stats 2020-21
    Appearances 28: Goals 7 (3 for Arsenal, 4 for Newcastle).

    Granit Xhaka stats 2020-21
    Appearances 41: Goals 1

    Mohamed Elneny stats 2020-21
    Appearances 36: Goals 2

    Dani Ceballos stats 2020-21
    Appearances 37: Goals 0

    Thomas Partey stats 2020-21
    Appearances 26: Goals 0: Shots spanked over the bar: 194

    Maybe the stats is telling us something.

  14. Ishola70

    Terraloon

    “Villarreal are experienced and a solid they rarely let in more than they odd goal two and yes Arsenal have more pace then them please please don’t make the mistake that this is going to be anything else other than a very tricky tie”

    I don’t think anybody is saying anything else other than it’s going to be tricky.

    What was pointed out was that an avenue for Arsenal to win the tie would be to unleash the forward line and that genuine pace can be a problem for Villarreal not that it is going to definitely win the tie.

    I would expect Villarreal to take the centre midfield. Take control of that area and that could be important for them.

    No idea what the result will be.

    Arsenal will be slight favourites with the bookies for the tie for no other reason than being an EPL club.

  15. Pierre

    Willock
    13 starts in the prem /europa

    10 goals/assists….

    Better to sell as we don’t want a midfielder who scores and assists , similar to not wanting a striker who holds the ball up and retains possession by passing to a team mate.

  16. Ishola70

    Pierre

    At this moment in time Willock could be played as an ACM. As others have said he has a good knack of making late runs into the box and has a sniff for goal.

    What he hasn’t shown is anything like the more overall game of being a CM starter.

    Rotating with Smith Rowe in the ACM position?

  17. China1

    Let’s be real arsenal should be way too much for Villarreal over two legs

    The reason we might not be is because we are underperforming horribly. Not because this is some elite style opposition we should be afraid of

    The only team I’m afraid of in this leg is arsenal because we all know how capable the club is of self sabotage.

    Villareal are not a bad team but losing to them over two legs would be a very clear failure and underachievement. No excuses I’m afraid