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.
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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