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We’re going with a short post today, I’ve had time to think on what we’re seeing at Arsenal, and clearly, it’s not good enough.

If I’m going to be consistent, then I have to hold Arteta to the same standards I’ve held the previous two managers. My view is you need to see progress. Whatever the vision, at some point, you need to see it consistently. At 18 months, I want to see an identity, even if it fails. I want some 5-0 wins even if its at the expense of some bad losses.

Football is about performances.

Winning ugly only matters if you’ve shown the world you are capable of winning with beauty.

Arteta hasn’t found the formula. It’s mostly rigid and ugly. Good managers work with the tools they have, our guy is not doing that.

We rarely win with glory.

We often lose with pain.

At some point, bum mistakes need to be levelled at the person in charge.

Villareal, regardless of what the Spanish tell you, are not a good side. We had the players to do something interesting and we fucked it up.

Our squad didn’t show up. Good players, well rested, with only one thing on their agenda. There’s no excuse.

The tactics were poor. The team selection was average. The performance was absolutely awful.

We came away with hope because one of our stars won an extremely dubious penalty.

Arsenal are now at the stage where we might win the game in the second leg inspite of Arteta, not because of him.

The energy was low, the performance was bland, the team selection was bad galaxy brain in the worst of ways.

Arteta chose to play Xhaka at left back, despite giving Cedric a 4 year deal. He chose to play Chambers over Bellerin despite having zero pace in his back 4. He thought the best option was to leave Martinelli on the bench.

Those were awful decisions.

We’re at the point where his approach doesn’t even have a nuanced excuse. It’s just pure terribleness an amateur could fix.

Thomas Partey was awful, he’s been here 10 months, you can’t hide behind ‘adaptation’ away in Spain. He’s been there for 8 years, this was his moment.

Every Arsenal fan KNEW Ceballos was going to be sent off because he’s shite and lacks maturity. Earlier in the season, he was mean to the kids in training, which caused a fight between him and David Luiz, because the exChelsea man wouldn’t tolerate it. Arteta knew he was a dick, but he was given the game.

Chambers played right back again when Hector was fit. The Spaniard might be off, but he’s a pro and he can at least run. Chambers is a centre back. Why did he start, he was awful?

Xhaka has done a good job, but he’s not a left back. Cedric is a good full back, certainly capable of playing against Villareal. Why didn’t he start? We gave him a 4 year deal. We need Xhaka as a centre mid in big games, even his detractors can see that.

There’s no identity.

There’s limited effort.

We are shocking, even with good players starting.

It’s time to questions the process.

We’re now at the point where it’s fair to ask if this project is worth the juice, because rookie mistakes aren’t one offs now, they’re now part of the deal.

Does a Europa win change the mess? It wouldn’t have for Emery. Now I’m worried it won’t for Arteta.

Arsenal are woeful. There’s no peak. The best we can hope for is bumming our way to the final… then what?

Arteta picked the slowest defence in Europe. He chose to bench Martinelli. He tried a front 4 we had now clue about. Emery beat him tactically.

It was miserable.

There’s still 90 minutes to rectify this, my concern now is what happens if he does sort it? What does next season bring? Are we extending the inevitable?

I’m pissed. Arteta didn’t make a minor error, he dropped a major. Where do we go from here?

What do you think? Let us now in the comments.

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  1. Kesses gunner

    Whether miraculously tet wins europa the board still needs welds the axe,frankly he is out of his debt,you cannot justify not starting gabi over newbie false 9 in the club biggest game of the season,it is looking bleek cavani and co are sharpening their knives

  2. andy1886

    Has Pedro got one foot on the Arteta our bus? Tempting to think so but it will probably pass.

    Seriously though, a ‘false 9’.

    You have to wonder who else in the football world would that thought that was a good idea. And how many times have we said it’s ESR or Ode, not both?

    Rocket science it isn’t.

  3. Matt

    Must have been painful to type that out Pedro, but you are bang on with every point.

    Arteta seems to have gotten to the point where he won’t do the obvious because he wants to show that he can go against the grain and be a success. Much like
    Wenger in the latter years, but at least you could argue he has earned it and proved he was a winner. Arteta has proved nothing, apart from he is woefully out of his depth. I honestly believe he kept Cabellos on hoping that he would have a moment of brilliance so Arteta could prove that going against what everyone else sees as the obvious thing to do somehow makes him better.

  4. azed

    Some days back, I said won’t it be ironic if it was Emery that would make Pedro switch to the dark side.


    Arteta would win Europa. You heard it hear first.

    Let see what he and Edu can do with a champions league budget.

  5. Akinzo

    If we all agree,then it’s time to push Arteta out. We can’t continue to live with his miserable approach to the game anymore.Its so sad to the eyes what we’ve turned out to!

  6. Gavqatar

    Villarreal cut through our midfield numerous times in the first half by just running through with pace. Cellabos did not have the pace to keep up and chase down. How he was not subbed at half time is beyond me!! I couldn’t believe it when he waltzed back out for the 2nd half! Clear as day he was off the pace and Arteta did nothing. A pub team manager would have rectified that flaw in our set up!

  7. azed

    I also said some weeks back that Arteta is a manager that needs all players to be tactically sound. He’ll do well in a club like PSG that can afford the best in every position.

  8. shaun

    Pedro you are right in what you say and unfortunately there is no hiding this was on the coach in what should have been his moment he was piss poor the selection was awful the Arsenal coach beat Arsenal not Villareal would really like to know what on earth the guy was thinking , forcing ODE into the selection and playing ESR as a floater fucked both ESR and Saka at the same time ESR naturally wants to go in the 10 position where the static ODE was not doing a lot so he tries to find space that just happens to cut off the space for Saka just poor really really poor and why the fuck is he trying this
    false nine nonsense when he has Martinelli sitting there

  9. Leedsgunner


    From the very beginning I told you Arteta wasn’t anything special.

    You told me he was going to be Man City’s next manager…. remember that?

    First Gazidas, now Arteta. You’re not on a good streak are you?

    Remember that next time you’re tempted to jump headfirst into a bandwagon, young Peter.


  10. andy1886

    Back to the Ode/ESR issue.

    As Pierre was often pointing out we struggled without a #10 for a long while (Ozil not being fit for purpose any longer). Suddenly we have two options for the #10 role. The obvious thing to do would be to rotate them (and with so many subs available these days we’d always have the second available if the selected player didn’t perform or got injured).

    So what did we do? Kept trying to shoehorn both into the starting XI to the point where one got injured and the other was completely knackered.

    Did MA learn anything from that? Nope, he went straight back to trying the same thing last night.

  11. Henley Gooner

    Not only doesn’t Arteta pick Martinelli, but he when does play him, he’s nothing like he was. Nothing like he was under Emery. What has Arteta done to Martinelli? As someone posted earlier, he just seems to run around like a headless chicken. Under Emery he was brilliant from his debut – I can’t even remember how he played/what position he played then, his current form is so poor. Or maybe it’s everyone else on the pitch not having a clue and just drags him down to their level?

  12. Rusty

    Good honest post Pete. I’ve said it before but Arteta’s backroom team needs to be examined. The lack of any track record of top level achievement put in behind a rookie manager is on Edu and the club. Arteta as an appointment was very risky, were seeing that now. It was a cheap appointment but with high payoff potential. The backroom appointments were also bland and cheap. Whats unforgivable from the club is to put a load of nobodies in with him, then then further to that let Arteta hire a load 30 year old kids last summer. When Steve Round is the main brains behind the throne, well, its all makes sense really. Just a thought. Arteta is finished anyway.

  13. andy1886

    Incidentally the plonker last night who kept insisting that MA had no choice other than pick his eleven best players and try and fit them into the team really should brush up a bit on his football basics. You put out the best TEAM not the best eleven players. Quite often there’s a big difference between the two.

  14. Sean M

    LOOOOL. Not slagging you off, It’s good you’re finally seeing the light Pedro. Where are the “underlying” metrics you were telling us about after we won three in a row?? I thought we were moving in the right direction? And next season would be better cause of a tiny sample size from December? Why don’t we hear about “the table since December anymore?” What happened to your “GeNeRaTiOnAl CoAcH” propaganda??

    It’s time to clean up the club. Let’s get rid of Vinai, Peter Silverstone, Edu & Arteta if this is a serious club it needs to be done at the end of the season. Changes need to happen at academy level as well. We’re missing out on talented london based youth players to the likes of West Ham, C. Palace, Chelsea and spurs. In a few years the next Balogun, ESR, Saka’s will all be at these clubs.

  15. Leedsgunner

    As I said the other day, even if by some freak of nature Arteta wins the Europa League and we regain entry into the Champions League he needs to go.

    He is nowhere as good as he thinks he is. Plus,his back room staff is sadly deficient to challenge him and to cover his blind spots.

    Needless to say if he bombs out of this competition he needs to go. No ifs ands or buts.

  16. Sean M

    Pete put some respect on Ole’s name!!

    The disrespect you give that guy is really unjustified. Mileeeeees better coach than Arteta!

  17. DM

    Last night was a shocker, for sure. I’m not sure Arteta has a way back from here. Like Pedro said, even if we somehow win the Europa I don’t think it’s necessarily enough to justify keeping him.

    Too many ROOKIE mistakes. I’m talking mistakes that even the likes of us could’ve prevented. No striker? Keeping Ceballos on when every Arsenal fan in the world could see he was going to get himself sent off?

    Actually the only thing I disagree with Pedro on is Chambers – I prefer him to Bellerin. But he was ineffective yesterday because his strong point is putting in crosses, and there was no one to cross to because we inexplicably decided to play a false 9 — not Chambers’ fault.

    Unfortunately we’re now at a point where we can’t trust our manager, we can’t trust our CEO and we certainly don’t trust our owners. It’s a little bleak atm.

    On the plus side, although Kroenke won’t sell, he will have to show how “sorry” he is and that will mean trying to prove that he “cares” about the club. So maybe we’ll see a new manager, a bit of money for him to spend… we’ll see 🤷‍♂️

  18. Ishola70

    Pedro has taken the defeat badly.

    “Arsenal are now at the stage where we might win the game in the second leg inspite of Arteta, not because of him.”

    tbf this has been the case for quite a while now.

    “What does next season bring? Are we extending the inevitable?”

    Yes we are I’m afraid. Time will always catch up with those that are not the real deal.

  19. Guns of Brixton

    I wouldn’t say its game over for Arteta yet.

    That would be around the October and November and pushing it xmas if we are outside the top 6.

    If he can manage to flip the script here and get us to the finals it ll do a lot for the goodwill.

  20. Davey

    In the words of Bricktop- “You are on very thin ice Arteta”, the decisions made last night were too baffling for words and I can’t be arsed. We are so luck to still be in this but the club is in an awful state.

  21. El Gooner

    Yep, so I thought Arteta was the long term solution any plan, long or short term has to have milestones to show you are on target. Can’t see any. Same way it’s the sign of a poor manager who does an annual sales budget and stacks all the growth in the last quarter. If you’re not on plan by October you’re not delivering in December.

    Many of the “WTF” that were in my head have been discussed above
    If Partey does not deliver away in Spain it’s not a question of adaptation, which to be fair for someone who has played under Simeone should not be a challenge anyway.
    ESR as false 9? Surely with him Martin and Saka in the side you need someone who will feed off their passing? Martinelli?
    Playing Granit at left back means the attacking options on that side are reduced by 50%
    Cedric? From zero to decent back up to zero again? Another example of a lack of consistency from the manager.

    Also the December run post Chelsea (who later sacked their manager) which apparently saved him and got the author of this blog singing the praises came against Brighton, WBA, Newcastle, Palace and Southampton. Papering over the cracks.

    even if we get through – we’re still doing just that – ignoring the obvious. The problem is – what is the solution?

  22. TheLegendThatIsDennisBergkamp

    It really was painful to watch. Maybe his level is just a good squad coach rather than a manager. Maybe his methods work with better players. I don’t know. But we can all see it’s not getting better after 18 months into the job, then it’s time for the board to replace and try something new.

  23. Captain Tierney

    ‘We came away with hope because one of our stars won an extremely dubious penalty.’
    And another of our stars made a world class save.
    Just completing the sentence.

    Dont agree with the Chambers slander. He is twice the player Hector is. And lets not go on about pace because Hector lost his pace the moment he did his ACL.


    Arteta ‘loves’ control and space does not equal to me saying – we played well. We were poor over the course of 90 mins and the first 45 was horrendous.

    Yesterday’s loss was all Arteta. He is trying to fit square pegs into round holes. Yes Smith Rowe is very good but for the striker position, Martinelli is much better. Even Nketiah does more in that position than ESR.

    A smart manager would accept his mistake and bring on a striker at half time. But Arteta is very rigid and his game-management exceptionally poor. He needs to understand we are not City. Our players cannot control the game like they do. We dont have goals in our midfield.

    He fielded a team one could call a chance creation machine, but there was no player to get on the end of those chances. So we ended over playing in the final third, recycling the ball back and repeat.

  24. Danny

    How to sum up Arteta:
    With 10 seconds left he brings on Elneny and Willian to take a corner.
    One of the saddest moments in Arsenal’s long history.

  25. Ishola70

    Guns Of Brixton

    “That would be around the October and November and pushing it xmas if we are outside the top 6.”

    From what I have seen of Arteta the manager so far I would say he is unlikely to break into the top six of the EPL next season.

    Only if Arsenal have a very good summer transfer window would he be capable of getting into the top six. A very good one.

  26. Dolomite

    I will keep on repeating myself on this blog.

    Arteta continues to destroy natural player combinations i.e those that complement each other in order to seem like a progressive coach.

    The reason why Martinelli, Saka, Partey ESR and even Aubameyang suddenly seem to be out of form is because he gets them to play within patterns and combinations that go against their natural instincts, which any coach worth his salt would always try to enhance within his system, not subdue those talents to fit his poxy ideas.

    Hence the moment you introduce a sub par player like Ceballos, El Neny ,Chambers or Willian to that system every quality player we have immediately loses their natural ability to the system and tries to cover the deficiencies of the sub par players and as a result we look like a very poor team overall.

    Put these players in the hands of a competent coach and manager and I can easily guarantee you a top 4 position or at least a reasonable challenge for the major trophies.

  27. Maker


    As you mentioned the problem with Arteta is that he has brought no identity to Arsenal.
    I can take a loss with a team that shows me they have an identity but not a team that don’t have a clue on the pitch and that i believe comes down to Manager.

    I despise and hate the way he make us play because i believe we have the most exciting crop of youngsters in the league at the moment.

    Im just thinking what would Bielsa do with them if given the opportunity

  28. gunnerman

    I said this yesterday and I’ll say it again and again. We need to get a non-Spaniard for our next manager. Their obsession with tiki-taka passing around the field and around the back is killing us.

  29. shaun

    Arsenal fans are confident going into any game with Arteta in charge and I am afraid the damage is already done , only way he wins the Europa is if the Madrid boys are taken back now Tierney is fit
    Cedric, holding , Gabriel, tierny
    Saka , ESR pepe
    that works and let an interim manger step in for the game those players really step up and we have a chance , Arteta should be removed what ever the outcome , I for one am not confident about any of the remaining league games either

  30. Ishola70

    Arsenal could turn this particular tie around.

    But they will be very much underdogs for the final and as for next season don’t expect anything of great significance in the EPL.

    This highlights completely the “progress” that the team has undertaken since Arteta arrived.

    None. More minus.

  31. Davey

    April 30, 2021 09:44:30

    My only conclusion is Arteta is trying his hardest to get the sack…

    Spot on there is no other way to describe this. Suicidal decisions and btw if Tierney does not make the 2nd leg play Saka at LB to match the winger with pace my heart can not hold out another 90mins of Xhaka at LB again.. wE must have had the slowest back 4 in the history of football on show.

  32. Biggles

    The reality is that Arteta will likely never manage again at the top level after he leaves Arsenal. He’s had plenty time and although there were flashes of interesting ideas – some of which even planned out like AMN and Tierney overlapping – you can only use a gimmick once. You need the regular game management to work most of the time.

    Compare Arteta’s development with that of Gerrard at Rangers. Gerrard has ideas and structure that made the existing players better straight away. He systematically overhauled the squad to address deficiencies. Where Rangers were losing nearly every game to Celtic in the preceding years (the way Arsenal were awful against the top 6) he improved that record immediately. It took 3 years, but he took Rangers from a 3rd place finish to champions.

    I’m not saying we should go for Gerrard, don’t read it as that. I’m saying that there is a clear progression with coaches that will make it. And I don’t see that with Arteta.

  33. TheRoyalArsehole

    There are no words for anything that happened. That was for everything, I mean fucking everything on the line. AND THAT IS BEST WE HAVE TO OFFER.

    Let’s experiment with the line up today. Yes today would be a great day to play men out of position. You know it might motivate them and yet confuse the opposition.

    A ship at sea with zero direction or destination still. Lost at sea for decades now.

  34. shaun

    Mari did not cover himself in glory either Holding was much much better in my opinion and I am not his greatest fan It’s the first time I have seen Mari that poor just seemed to stand there watching the game most of the time

  35. Erik

    Nice one, even though I feel there is too much sauce in the criticism. You’re correct in much of it, but I can’t help comparing OGS in United with Arteta in Arsenal. Progress takes time. We knew that. Who’d thought OGS could take United to 2nd in the EPL? Not me. They signed Fernandes and it all changed drastically. He’s one of a kind, but United was shit before his arrival. Our team has 3-5 good players, the rest is not good enough or very young. We need key players to get the train going, before it’s even possible to judge Arteta. Then again, it’s impossible to build something sustainable before Kroenke is out. He’s the pebble in the shoe.

  36. MikeD

    Elite sport requires an element of ego to make it.
    Its not a surprise to see someone digging in and going against the grain. His ego/ self pride will be his undoing.

  37. RockyRoe

    Pedro, my dear man, is that you? Well better late than never i suppose. And kudos on finally using the same yardstick. If ANYONE still has ANY doubt on why arteta is the wrong man, here is a an arteta greatest hits list/

    -We are 10th in the table
    -Everton did the double on us.
    -We have won 13/33 matches.
    -Burnley beat Arsenal at home after 46 years
    -Leicester beat Arsenal at home after 47 years
    -Aston villa beat arsenal at home after 92 years
    – The brain dead moron keeps thinking having 2 keepers in the subs bench is some sort of genius move. No seriously, who the fuck selects 2 gks in the subs over and over again?
    – Arteta is totally incapable to influencing matches with subs, I can’t think of single match where his subs/tactics tweak won us a match.

  38. Ishola70

    As some have noted before there is the suspicion that the writer of this blog is different to the person on the podcast.

    Just a few minutes into the podcast and Pedro is singing quite a different tune to this blog entry.

    Pedro is playing us. He’s fishing for anti-Arteta’s on this blog entry.

  39. WinOrDie

    Pedro’s inconsistency is now plainly seen for instance i am sure i have read one of his posts where this ‘Chambers played right back again when Hector was fit. The Spaniard might be off, but he’s a pro and he can at least run. Chambers is a centre back. Why did he start, he was awful?’
    was close to this ‘Hector played right back again when Chambers was fit. The English man might be a centre back, but he’s a pro, tall and he can at least deliver a good cross. Hector is off form. Why did he start, he was awful?’

  40. Danny

    Anybody got any suggestions to Partey about his shooting? He must have the worst shot in the world as a pro player. Having said that, Holding’s pretty fuckin’ shit at goal attempts too!

  41. Jim

    Think Arteta has just about run his course. Pains me to say because I was oh so hopeful. Pandemic or not he’s just not the mustard. Can see why he was so good at City, didn’t have to deal with all the extras that come along with being head honcho. Add to that the unnecessary promotion and think he was scuppered. At this point this all feels like common knowledge amongst us.

    He’ll still be with us next year. The pandemic gives him another run as far as I can see. The board is full of meek individuals, owners VV Edu are never going to pull the trigger. In an ideal world we butcher our way to UCL and start a fresh with a whole load of fresh $$$ to burn. Get rid of the aforementioned and bring in a Ragnick type or such. Would even keep Arteta at a push if we build a proper structure around him. However The Arsenal are no longer the elite we once were and such an overhaul will never happen – no forward thinking, no sense of progress, no *real* desire for anything other than the bare minimum. And that doesn’t even begin to touch on the squad of players, absolute crock of shit the lot of them. Ceballos basically admitted he wasn’t cut for the premier league in the week, still landed a game and stunk the place out from the get go.

    Untold amounts of work / overhaul required. Tried to cheat our way back for years, should have just committed to the re-up properly. Instead we’re now going to stick with this mess to ‘save face’ and long will the suffering continue !

    Up The Arsenal x

  42. Elmo


    Yep – Emery’s incompetence in sitting on the lead at HT by taking off Alcacer was our salvation. Down to 10 and with Villareal as dominant as the 1st half, it could have been a 5-1 type scoreline if they had gone for the kill.

  43. El Gooner

    “Anybody got any suggestions to Partey about his shooting? He must have the worst shot in the world as a pro player. Having said that, Holding’s pretty fuckin’ shit at goal attempts too!

    LOL – been thinking the same for a while – what comes first

    – Luiz scores from free kick
    – Partey gets a shot on target from outside the box
    – Hell freezes over

  44. Mr Serge

    We all saw it last night Dani should not have started the second half and he should have moved xhaka in cm and put Cedric on LB if all is amateurs could see this why did he not ?
    Is it arrogance ? Is it naivety ?
    I also agree with a lot of posters that we should be seeing progress.

    Like I said last night where is the pattern of play ? Where is the tactical change to a game that’s sliding beyond us ? We are arsenal those 3 things should be standard

  45. Cazorla

    What aren’t people not getting about the subs with 20 seconds left?

    We self destruct frequently enough, to need the manager and the players to be happy with the away goal and settle for the score as it was. Take the last corner hope for the best then the final whistle goes. Regroup and take them apart next week.

    Would you rather we gambled, got caught pushing for the equaliser and be 3-1 down and out? They were most dangerous when they went down to 10 if you actually watched the game.

  46. Swkmoon

    I want some 5-0 wins even if its at the expense of some bad losses.

    Isn’t that what you castigated Wenger for?

  47. Mr.J

    @ RockyRoe 10:06:06

    Your list isn’t ever concise… its nowhere near – some of the records Arteta has achieved under his tenure have been simply diabolical!! Your list (which is less than a summary if we’re being honest) should have seen Arteta sacked months ago.

    What Pedro wrote today was true of Arteta 6 – 8 months ago… probably more. ARTETA HAS BEEN WAY WORSE THEN EMERY EVERY WAS, FOR THE LONGEST WHILE NOW PEDERO – What are you on about??

    He doesn’t do in game management at all,
    he doesn’t do subs at all well,
    his team selections are consistently nonsensical
    His football is less than bland, even against the worst of teams, at the best of times…
    any success we have is inspite of Arteta if the above is true!!

    Was yesterday really a surprise? Didn’t Arteta try to use Willian as a false no.9 against City at one point?? He has literally made suicidal decisions all throughout his tenure and at critical times too – why was yesterday any different??

    Saka, Pepe & Emery saved Arteta his job yesterday

  48. Mr Serge

    We need to see progress my worry is we have to start again and we are in the viscous cycle of choosing the wrong manager and sacking them 18 months down the line

    I do not trust the board or the execs to make the right choice
    I mean Vinai looks gormless and useless most of the football execs that negotiate would pull his pants down
    Edu is a joke
    Josh kronke wtf
    The lawyer fella knows fuck all about the game
    Basically there is not one football person on the board
    Where are the ex players that can show these idiots the Arsenal way
    Don’t say edu he is crap

  49. Terraloon

    Gonsreous“We have a team full of international players who represent their teams every time a friendly or tournament is played.”Leno Palyed for Germany just 8 times. Isn’t close to first choice

    Really ?

    Cedric played once of Portugal since 2017
    Bellerin played once for Spain since 2016
    Holding never played for England
    Chambers hast played for England since 2014
    Gabriel never played for Brazil
    Luiz hasn’t played for Brazil since 2017
    ESR.Never played for England
    Willian hasn’t played for Brazil since 2019
    Lacazette hasn’t played for France since. 2017
    Mari never played for Spain
    Martinelli never played for Brazil
    Nketiah never played for EnglandTierney yes for Scotland
    Saka played for times for England not though since 2020
    PEA yes
    Xhaka Yes
    Elneey Yes
    Partey Yes

    So we have a current Scottish, Gabon, Swiss, Eygypt,& Ghanaian internationals

  50. Cazorla

    The 2nd yellow was harsh for ceballos but he should have had it right at the start of the 2nd half. So suppose it evens it out. Should never have reappeared after half time though.

  51. Cazorla

    The 2nd yellow was harsh for ceballos but he should have had it right at the start of the 2nd half. So suppose it evens it out. Should never have reappeared after half time though.

  52. Sid

    Some hoping and praying for things to get better
    But SID know it a go get worse, so much worse
    Signs of the times are getting clearer, lord, lord

  53. Words on a blog

    “Zaborra”: Basque for trash, garbage, rubbish.

    Applies to both Arteta and Emery.

    And definitely applies to Arsenal.

  54. Savage

    Arteta’s biggest issue is his use of subs. I get he has a limited squad to choose from, but when you can see the players are tired and you do nothing…

  55. Sid

    Diet Pep is a charlatan, tries to imitate Guardiola to prove he is thoughtful tactically,

    Willian/ESR as false 9, Ode is best for that role.
    Thinks Partey is Yaya Toure, he’s a pure DM.
    Lets not go into the Xhakalson left sided CB nonsense.

  56. Nelson

    I see a major problem with Arteta. He somehow believes that he is generational. He had to do something extraordinary to justify the honor. There was a game he suddenly started Auba on the right. It didn’t worked and he corrected it after 20 mins. He tried Willian as false 9. Yesterday, when the whole season is on the line, he played ESR as a false 9. He didn’t even make any change after the 1st half when it was so obvious that his generational idea was shit.

  57. Emiratesstroller

    Whilst I have advocated that Arteta should be given the chance to prove himself until end of year I think that should Arsenal fail to win the Europa Cup his position at the club could be
    terminal at end of season.

    Our defence is a complete mess with no stability. A successful team/manager changes its backline only when it is absolutely necessary either on account of injury or perhaps periodic
    resting of players.

    We are changing our backline every 5 minutes and frankly no-one knows anymore which
    should be the preferred selections.

    The only player who is an automatic first choice when fit is Tierney. Bellerin our most valuable right back seems to be third choice behind Chambers and Soares neither of whom
    are frankly first choice material.

    Our Centre Backs are not remotely first team players at a major club. Only Gabriel might conceivably be in demand by any senior European Club. The rest would be hard pressed to
    get a place in a top ten EPL club. Frankly we would be lucky to get £10 million transfer fee
    for Holding and Saliba and Luiz, Mari and Mavropanos are worth a lot less than that.

    Both Elneny and Ceballos would not make the bench let alone starting lineup at any of our
    major competitors. Ceballos is in my view a liability, because he is defensively weak and
    offensively a “nothing player”.

    Arsenal do have some decent forwards and attacking midfielders, but again it is unclear now what would be our starters.

    Longterm [perhaps in a couple of years] Arsenal may have players in our youth programme
    who might challenge for places in first team midfield or forward line.

    However, I don’t see any real potential in our backline. If the club is to progress we need to
    “invest” in our defence. We are not going to build a reliable defence with the material currently at our disposal.

  58. Ernest Reed

    The only reason that Arsenal actually has a chance to win this is down to Unai Emery being Unai Emery. It will have absolutely nothing to do with Mikel Arteta, who once again has proven without a shadow of a doubt that he is not anything other than an assistant coach or caretaker manager at best.

    It was like watching Arsenal take on Arsenal yesterday.

  59. DUIFG

    Coupled to get a steam yesterday kind of glad really but I kind of know already how the game went.

    I thought it was Pepe up front I was kind of ok with that even though I thought the shape was mad.

    But no it’s esr, false 9 can only be pulled off by very very good technical teams.

    Fuck me spain with silva xavi iniesta took an entire euros to make it work before sparking Italy in the end.

    You can’t expect a cobbled together team to pull it off. Arteta is stinking this joint out

  60. Time up

    Good post Pedro 👍

    Arteta reminds me of another Spanish Con Artist. Roberto Martinez, he talks a good vision, motivation, well presented, looks honest, hard working and both won the FA cup against the odds.

    Martinez managed to land the Belgium national team Golden generation with KDP and Hazard among other world class players and messed them up.

  61. Emiratesstroller

    The crucial question, which needs to be asked of both Edu and Arteta is which players currently on our books would be considered good enough to make starting X1 at a top 4
    EPL Club.

    My guess is that only 2 players on our books would be considered at that level specifically Saka and Tierney. Most of the other players would also struggle to get on the bench.

  62. Jim+furnell

    Calamity, chaos, catastrophe, all down to Arteta, unbelievable team selection and tactics. Just plain unbelivable. Taxi for Arteta please.

  63. zaco

    Do any of you see Viera toying with the chance of taking the team to EL final with that kind of approach Arteta exhibited yesterday?.
    Well Fick or flick is leaving Bayern Munich, Arsenal should go for him, we all saw what he did with Gnabry and some of the young players at Bayern, if we want to turn our young players to superstars and have the teams playing good football, then there is no need to keep wasting time with Arteta.

  64. Rich

    Wenger trusted his players too much, and the lack of accountability hurt him

    Arteta doesn’t trust his players, and he’s probably right not to trust them, but it’s not healthy

    Imagine a highly qualified professional, having their boss micromanaging their every move, and screaming over their shoulder all day

    It would get tiering really quickly

    So many people have gone so much further than they ever thought they could, just because somebody else believed in them

    But so many people have been let down, because they naively placed trust in people who didn’t deserve that trust

    I’m not sure what the right balance is? But we seem to have gone from one extreme to the other

    Our issues run much deeper than Arteta, there’s clear structural and hierarchical problems that run deep into our decline, but what we’re seeing on the pitch, does look like end of days type of performances

    I said when we sacked Emery I didn’t think it would change much, and we might go backwards before we went forwards again

    It’ll be the same if we sack Arteta without addressing the way we operate behind the scenes

    If KSE aren’t going anywhere, then they need to pull a visionary from somewhere, and then empower them to make tough decisions, and arm them with the resources to turn this ship around

  65. DUIFG

    Saliba martinelli, these guys are our talent and frozen out.

    It’s gross negligence, destroying the balance sheet has no excuse of results and performances are this average

  66. Gonsterous

    Read somewhere that we have not won a single knockout tie at home in the EL this season. Will that change?

  67. Time up

    Ernest Read,

    I agree, Emery sub at the start of the second half handed the game to us.

    However, at 2/1 with 10 v 10, they were there for the taking, Arteta decided to take off Saka for Auba, he let them off the hook. It should have been Chambers for Auba, moving Saka right back with Martinelli ahead of him to attack their 35 year old defender with pace from the right on the last 10.

  68. Davey

    MA is arsehole lucky there are no fans at the Emirates. We all rightly want Stan out but this guy needs to go we have/are getting worse. I know we couldn’t afford his demands but I would love to see Allegri as Manager, him or Rodgers that’s it for me.

  69. Gooner Steve

    Blimey Pete, how many times are you gonna flip-flop about Arteta this season?

    This is you just 14 days ago:

    “If you came here expecting TRUST THE PROCESS propaganda, you’d be absolutely correct.”

    Now we’re supposed to believe Arteta has turned into Emery?! I thought we were trusting the process? Everybody – including you – needs to calm the f**k down.

    What we saw last night was a rookie manager making rookie mistakes. Your points about team selection and tactics were absolutely right and Arteta got everything wrong last night. Only a bit of luck (which we’ve absolutely been due of late) has kept us in the tie. He was dealt a shitty hand without Tierney, Luiz, Auba & Laca and he didn’t play it well, but that’s part of the process surely? He won’t make that mistake again, let him learn as he goes along.

    It was only six weeks ago we battered Spurs with a “saucy performance” (your words). Yet you’ve just claimed: “Winning ugly only matters if you’ve shown the world you are capable of winning with beauty.” Why do people forget the glimpses of brilliance Arteta has shown us which, when consistency is added to the mix, will take us to a better place. Once he has better players (which this summer will hopefully bring) we will get that consistency.

    So judge him next season when most of the squad will be his players. In the meantime, take your own advice and trust the process.

  70. Time up


    What’s this players poverty got to do with yesterday’s game? We weren’t playing top class team. None of the VR team would get in the top four.

    We’re talking about losing in the last few weeks to Olympiacos, drawing with Fulham losing to an average Everton team with a has been manger and shot performance at home.

    We’re not mentioning the humiliation of City and Liverpool at home to start with your players poverty excuses and Arteta the next Fergie.

  71. Nelson

    Time up

    A good manager should use all his five subs when it was 10/10. He used only two subs. Only at the end of the game, he suddenly realized that he had more subs available.

  72. Davey

    We have no athleticism in the team also- pay Brighton 40m for Bisouma and put him next to Partey, the guy has been disappointing of late but seems so overworked in the middle it is ridiculous. Apart from Sak and Pepe last night there was no pace in the entire side.

  73. Ishola70

    “Whilst I have advocated that Arteta should be given the chance to prove himself until end of year I think that should Arsenal fail to win the Europa Cup his position at the club could be terminal at end of season.”

    See it didn’t take you that long for a 100% swing in opinion.

    Just a few days in fact.

  74. Rich

    Nelson should have been out on loan for the last two seasons

    He’s completely wasted two years of his development

    And we’ve completely wasted the opportunity to either develop a big young talent for our first team, or to pump his value, and put him in the shop window

  75. Emiratesstroller


    I have not changed what I have posted previously one jot.

    1. I said that he should be given two years to prove himself.

    2. I said also that if Arsenal failed to qualify for Europe the club might decide otherwise.

  76. The Bard

    Fantasy outstripping reality. We’re a midtable side, with mostly young or bang average players. What do expect ? Barca style. Last night is what you get with a mediocre side. Playing Gabi or Bellerin or Cedrix will make little difference. The rebuild will take a few seasons. If Arteta isn’t the man then who else ? Howe, Benefiz, Pullis, Roy Hodgson. The idea that there are a queue of top managers waiting in the wings is ludicrous.

  77. Thank you and goodnight

    Far to many red flags. Guendozi mocks an opponent and has words with Arteta, he’s banished from the club.
    Cabellos bullies youth players and squares up to luiz, yet he’s given game time when his ability doesn’t warrant it. He’s so called non negotiables, the signing of Runnarson, I mean the list is endless. End this experiment now

  78. Ishola70


    Should you would be seriously questioning the club if they pull the trigger on Arteta?

    In fact plain opposing it. I look forward to seeing that.

    As it is they are likely to stand by him going into next season come what may and whatever happens this season. We do have Vinai as CEO you know. The nobody.

    They will be wasting their standing by him.

    As they mention on the podcast what has Vinai done since he took the seat of CEO for us to have any confidence at all in his decisions? The answer is fuck all.

  79. Dissenter

    It famously took six games too long to fire Emery and another 6 games of eternity to replace him with a permanent manager
    ‘It’s going to take the morons at Arsenal another 6 months to come to the realization that we all know; Arteta is not good enough. He’s a slow learner who’s; ruining players.
    When Gabriel came to us from Lille, he was a bright light, Arteta has dimmed his potential with all his nonsense.
    Same as Martinelli, Arteta has messed him up.

    I’m reluctant to have Arteta decide who,goes and who stays in the summer, because he is that bad, Sack him and bring someone else in.

  80. Emiratesstroller

    What is abundantly clear is that our squad/team is woefully inadequate.

    The problem is not just about the manager, although he is responsible for team selections and tactics.

    Whether Arteta keeps his job or not the real issue is how are Arsenal going to improve and rebuild team. Frankly I don’t think that even the most successful managers will build a
    competitive team with the squad we have got.

    The team needs urgently competent recruiters and scouts and the owner to provide the funds to invest properly in new players. There is no short term solution to problem.

  81. Ishola70

    Yeah The Cochrane also says on the podcast that he doesn’t want Arteta shaping the upcoming summer transfer window because he has no faith in Arteta going forward on from that.

    I would tend to think many agree with him.

  82. Dissenter

    Dont take any risk
    Get a Graham Potter or Eddie Howe is you want a manager that can bring an identity. Make that manager a head coach.

    Fire Edu and bring in an established director of football with a mandate to develop a team with exciting young players with high potential.

    I would leave Vinai just for continuity. Someone has to stay to manage the entire mess.

  83. Foxy

    EDU is going to have a busy summer moving on all the players Arteta has apparently discarded or just seems not to trust.

    Willian (at last)
    Saliba ?
    Mav ?

    But will no doubt keep Laca, Luiz and Xhaka.

    It also looks like we are losing Dani and I doubt Oordegard will stay if we are out of Europe

  84. Dissenter

    That was a nice post but this bit was wrong
    ‘ -Aston villa beat arsenal at home after 92 years’

    Wasn’t Villa the first side to beat us at the Emirates?

  85. Leedsgunner

    According to the podcast Pedro is confident Arteta will be a good manager… he’s sure of it, it’s our structure that’s the problem. Arteta is not doing well because our structure doesn’t suit him.

    Pedro stop making excuses for Arteta. I know it might have to involve wiping eggs off your face but it’s time to face the truth.

    Arteta is not very good. He is the problem. End of.

    We have a squad of very good exciting young players… and the longer we stick with Arteta, we risk losing them.

    Saka is an exceptional player, and an intelligent one too. He is going to see straight through Arteta.

    Arteta might dress and look at Pep on the sidelines but that is where the comparison stops. He is all fluff — no substance.

  86. Mb

    The primary reason i left my last job was because of the micro management everywhere. You like it initially because you have a set of instructions to follow, but it grows on you.

    The best anyone can IMO is show the goalpost, brief thw strategy and let 11 men on the pitch improvise.

    Wonder if that’s what causing Auba, Pepe, Leno, Partey underperform?! They are not shit.

  87. Emiratesstroller


    My guess is that the Board may well accelerate Arteta’s departure if we fail to qualify for Europe.

    However, the sad fact is that the club has a poor and unbalanced squad and that is not just
    down to Arteta. That is and has been a long term problem.

    You can blame him for the performance of Gabriel, Partey and Willian, because these players
    were recruited when he was appointed Head Coach/Manager. Most of the others were recruited before he arrived.

  88. Foxy

    I forgot to put Guen on the out list and Arteta will do doubt want to keep Elneny as he is an international player!

  89. Dissenter

    Xhaka may not be world class but he’s good enough in the midfield against Villareal

    How in the world would anyone put him up against Chukwueze on the left.
    When it’s all said and done, Xhaka had a reasonable game on the left.

  90. Thank you and goodnight

    When I said a couple of days ago I hope kroenke didn’t give Arteta money to invest I was laughed at by Pedro and a few others. But can you see now why I don’t want him anywhere near our transfer dealings. The guy is a fraud, a Mickey Mouse manager who has no clue.
    Emirates Roller saying squad is unbalanced etc etc. Arteta has had 3 transfer windows and hasn’t addressed anything. Why give him more of our money to waste?

  91. Leedsgunner

    Pedro is not ArtetaOut, he said as much on the podcast. He wants to blame the structure (whatever that means) before he blames Arteta because to Pedro he’s still and I quote, “a world class coach”.

    I’m puzzled.

    What’s world class about making the same mistakes over and over again?
    I, and others said, earlier in the season that Arteta basically bumbled into including ESR and Saka into the squad out of pure desperation… no plan, no vision, and we were told to trust in the process…

    Where’s that process got us?

    Arteta is done at Arsenal. He was given an opportunity not given to many and he’s wasting it soothing his ego and thinking more about his reputation than the good of the club. He was a mediocre captain, and he is a mediocre manager.

  92. Foxy

    on a positive note I was impressed by Pepe’s contribution last night always on the move and even came back and helped at LB at times. I think with matches he could be a better LW than RW he just needs to get used to his first move being to get to the goal line with pace rather than cutting back inside.

  93. Dissenter

    Arteta’s input precedes his formal appointment as head coach
    He had a role in the signing of Cedric who he doesn’t trust over a converted slow central defender.
    He convinced Bellerin not to leave and blocked his exit last summer, only not to trust him at all now.

    He declined the exit of players who could have increased out transfer purse. He exiled useful players that are better than the ones he kept.

    Whatever long term mess existed, Arteta has made worse.

    I just want him out. He may very well become a useful manager in 2028 somewhere but Arsenal is too big to be used as a manager’s simulation booth.

  94. Ishola70


    As the podcast goes on Pedro basically implies he has no real faith in the “process” now.

    But a win against an average Villerreal side and we can of course see the flip-flop.

  95. Dissenter

    There’s no manager who review videos and uses processed data for games who will allow Partey to continue taking shots
    Wenger would never allow Partey to shoot because the likely of him scoring is close to a probably of zero.

    That Arteta has had Partey all this while and still lets him keep shooting, tells me that he’s a rubbish manger.

  96. Danny

    April 30, 2021 10:32:01
    Fair point but that Willian cameo cost Arsenal at least 10-20 grand. For practically nothing Eddie could’ve come on!
    Anyway it ain’t my money or Arteta’s for that matter!

  97. Dissenter

    ‘ I think that it was WestHam who first beat us at the Emirates. I don’t think that AW lost a league home game to Aston Villa.’

    Thanks for the correction
    To think I was correcting someone else.

  98. Valentin


    Yes we can all see Pedro back into the “Trust the process, my sources at the club tell me that Arteta is a generational genius ” if he fluke his team way to the final.
    The only reason the tie is not over is because Saka dived (maybe his session with Pires paid off in the end, ,😁), Leno made a save and Emery got scared and removed a striker instead of going for the jugular.

    Bonaparte sais that he would take a lucky general over a good general, but Arteta is pushing his luck to the limit.

  99. Leedsgunner

    Arteta has bought into his own hype.

    Arteta is nowhere as good as he thinks he is.

    He thinks he knows it all. Once you delude yourself into thinking you’ve arrived and you don’t have to improve, you’re done.

    Get rid.

  100. Spanishdave

    Good post Pedro it must have been hard to write it.
    Arteta is hard to stomach now, he’s getting noticeably panic stuck and he never puts the same team out twice, he’s shot for ideas.
    We have had some good games but it doesn’t last long as he fiddles with line ups and I think the players are totally confused.
    He has to go , but who is going to appoint the next manager as last night we saw our last two managers in action and both teams were abysmal.
    I don’t think we have anyone at out club capable of sorting this out

  101. Elmo

    With first the ‘modern structure’ failing (Sanllehi/Mislintat/coach) due to Gazidis blending the wrong personnel, then the Arteta ‘Pep moonshot’ falling flat after being exposed as the long odds gamble that it was, is it time to give the keys to the club to Ralf Rangnick and tell him he has a full mandate to progressively rebuild the club: he appoints the head coach, he appoints the head scout, he decides the style of play for all age groups?

    As it stands we’re not going to miraculously find a Klopp to turn us into contenders in 3 years, and we’re genuine mid-table (10th, 8th, out of CL for half a decade) without the saleable assets to completely reshape the squad.

    I was of the opinion that Tets might as well be given the start of next year as there were some positive signs and I couldn’t be bothered entering yet another transition, but after watching last night, it’s glaringly obvious that we are just a mid-table talent club, and that someone has to be setting higher standards of the type of player that is earning the big money at Arsenal, and exercising better judgment in appointing head coaches.

  102. 5am

    I wonder with Ljundberg leaving in the summer, Arteta then lacked any constructive advice being given and has just become more isolated with yes men staff around him not to pull out the finger against poor decision making, tactics and game management. Last night was woeful for sure. Maybe it’s time soon for the likes of Bielsa, or alternatively someone who can just get the basics right to start with….. 💁🏽‍♂️

  103. Sid

    Its not been more than a month since a few posters pointed out Parteys weaknesses and how the manager was misusing him,
    Diet Pep fanboys took it upon themselves to dismiss the concerns

  104. Leedsgunner

    “Chukwueze made mince meat of Ceballos on his side.”

    Completely forseseeable, if Arteta is such a world class coach why didn’t do anything to counter it?

    What’s world class about heading straight into a car crash with reckless abandon?


  105. shaun

    the dinosaur grew of moyes and ancelotti would have us in forth or fifth with the exact same squad sorry but the squad we have is not 10th place material the team selection and the way they were instructed to play last night proves that

  106. The Bard

    Its a moot point whether the board will stick with Arteta and give him some money to spend. Given the pressure they are under they could deflect the fan angst by sacking him if they could find anyone stupid enough to take it on. I see Spurs cant even get Ten Hag from Ajax to leave. Desperate times.

  107. Giorgos

    Dear all
    How can we critisize our players since every game every single player who is used has a diffentnr role to play on the pitch than his previous game? Every worker and every employee is used in a factory or a company in a possition where he performs better in order to achive the highest standards. Players are not robots. I beleive we have a very good mixture of player and with a n experient coach we can achive more things than the 10th place in the league and avoid defeates like last evening.
    Arteta in 18 months has managed ro push away as many players as Wenger did in his sole career in Arsenal. Ozil, Martinez, Socratis, Saliba, Niles, Mavropanos, Guentuzi, Torreira, Willock…, Were all these players useless? Of course not. As far as I am reading most of them permorm well at their teams. Who is the problem then? Mr Arteta you only care about yourself. You dont’t care about our team. You are not Pep yet…please GO AWAY FROM OUR TEAM!!!

  108. englandsbest

    Should we be depressed about a woeful first half or do we get exhilarated by a ten-man comeback? Neither. We stay calm and collected and wait to see what happens at the Emirates.

    Management has been a learning process for Arteta. But he is bold enough to experiment. Had Tierney and Laca been available, there would have been no need. And evidently, for whatever reason, he thought neither Nketiah and/or Martinelli was the answer.

    Okay, his experiment failed. But fall marks to him for trying.

  109. shaun

    Bard that is the obvious move for the owners especially after the fool came out and backed the owners Arteta is just not very smart . New manager in give him some funds spotlight moves however slightly away from the owners . get a proven expensive manger and the spot light moves away even more as a proven manager will get 50 % more out of the current squad and with a few additions Arsenal will look a million miles away from the shite we are seeing now . the intermilan RB the norwich number 10 and the brighton DM would transform the team , get Gabriel and Saliba firing and we are right back in the mix if the owners had any sense that is what they should do to get the fans onside

  110. Rich


    Completely agree, nobody at the club seems to know how to sort this out

    I’m assuming it was Vinai Venkatesham who promoted Arteta to manager, in some crazy type of responsibility sharing position with Edu

    Absolute train wreck organisation

  111. Champagne Charlie

    “Dani Ceballos is expected to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, the decision has been made weeks ago. The midfielder will come back to Real Madrid after spending the season on loan to Arsenal, then he’ll decide his future“ – Fabrizio Romano


  112. into the red

    I feel your pain, Pedro. You invested faith in Arteta which has soured as he keeps repeating the same mistakes time after time. He has had this season to implant his vision of the game, get the players to believe in it, and evolve a settled team which knows what he wants and what they are doing.

    He has failed to do any of that and last night was the perfect illustration. From the beginning of the season he has chopped and changed the team, along with players positions and his tactics. Hardly a week has gone by without a new formation and some new tactical variant. A semi final which might lead to CL next year is hardly the place to experiment with yet another tactical switch, but of course he thought different. And what has he learned from his experiments? Xhaka is a poor left back – check, so continue to put him there, arguably responsible to some degree for two goals against us. Chambers at right back. Luiz or not? Can’t decide. The defence has been all over the place all season, nothing has changed, except Leno has got worse.

    The attack has seen more changes than a fashion catwalk. Again, positions are rotated, nobody is settled, and when he finds a good combination it is binned the following week. Last night was the epitome of that kind of constant tinkering and meddling. No wonder the players look and play confused and disheartened. If it wasn’t for the energy and creativity of Saka, who seems to be able to cope with confusion, and just play his game, Arteta would be in far deeper doo doo.

    In his brain, you get the impression, that Arteta thinks he is. a master technical tactician, changing shapes and formations at the drop of a hat. It is likely he gets it from Pep, except that Pep has decades of experience and a squad of players who understand his instructions.

    This is feeble, playstation football, and reminds me of….Emery actually. Your headline is dead right. What is the bet we squeak through to the final, and then get humped by ManYoo? That would complete the abject trajectory of Emery, embarrassed by Chelsea, yet kept on for the next season. History is repeating itself.

  113. Saladin

    The away goal doesn’t change a lot because knowing the way we defend, specially at home, I bet we give up that away goal within the first 30 minutes at the Emirates.

  114. Ola

    It sort of feels like Arteta has lost a big part of the dressing room. No one turns up for games. Players seems lost in terms of what they are supposed to do on the pitch. Or they don’t believe in it. Arteta may have good ideas and coaching abilities but totally lacks the pedigree needed to get everyone onboard I think. He can’t show any track record of success etc. I think it is difficult for a new coach to take a role at a big club with big names regardless of ability and vision.

  115. Foxy

    this seems to sum up Artetas delusion

    Asked whether he got his personnel selection wrong, Arteta replied: “Obviously when you lose you always get it wrong.” But he defended the selection of Granit Xhaka at left-back, where he was exposed for Villarreal’s first goal. “When we won 4-0 away from home at Slavia Prague, who hadn’t been beaten in a home game for three years, Granit played incredibly well.

    basically in that match he had nothing to do because our quickfire 3 goals totally deflated Slavia who then hardly attacked and they are don’t forget not premiership level

  116. DigitalBob

    The tie isn’t over, I can see us progressing, but as a collective most of us can see that what’s happening at this club is just not right.

    Focusing on the pitch performances, would a manager like Bielsa get more out of this lot and make the right in-game decisions, yes I think so. Arteta may prove to be a great coach or manager, whatever you want to call it, but I’m very unsure it will be during his time with us.

    Dani Ceballos playing a single minute after that Benfica game is criminal.

    As Keown and Freddie alluded to yesterday, Arteta has favourites and clearly has an issue playing young Martinelli. Balogun signs a new deal and doesn’t get any time on the pitch, its all very strange.
    Both of them would have been better options than a jaded Emile as a false 9.