Sorry for being offline! Did you miss me? Of course you did. I spent the weekend in New York hanging with Matt from the podcast. A good time was had. But now, it’s time for focus. More daily content. More podcasts.
So how does that land lay?
It was a fairly decent weekend for Arsenal. United lost to Leicester. The game was exciting, the goals were outrageous, United look an absolute shambles. I cannot for the life of me understand why they went so hard for Ronaldo. An emotional decision that broke their hiring philosophy. Never re-sign your heroes. OGS’s side looks unbalanced and it’s quite staggering to see how £75m Jadon is totally bombing in the Premier League. He’ll come good, but again, shows how impressive Tomiyasu has been to just roll into a weaker squad and boss it against players like Son.
Here’s the narrative for the week.
Win our two games against two sides we SHOULD be winning against… and we’ll be in the top 4 for a hot second.
The narrative will then shift a degree in the favor of the project. Arteta will have shown he’s progressed the side. The early season blip will be fully wrapped in the context of: Covid outbreaks aren’t good for teams. Brentford is actually a proper team that Chelsea couldn’t manage more than one shot on target against (5 attempts in the whole game). European Champions are tough to beat when you are depleted.
Anything less than 6 points and questions linger.
This bullshit notion that we should breeze Palace and Villa is just that. People are living in 2004. The Premier League is so much stronger than it was 5 years ago. Palace and Villa are much better than they’ve ever been. We shouldn’t expect to breeze them… but, we should expect to win and we need to see a proper performance. Villa have lost two in a row against two struggling sides (Spurs and Wolves). Palace have been up and down, but they don’t have the defensive discipline they need to shut us down like Brighton did. Control Zaha and you are halfway there.
… here’s what will happen, both teams will spend at least the first 30 minutes pressing us the same way Brighton did. Last season, Leicester showed the way against us and we went into freefall because smaller teams worked out how to play against us.
Brighton dominated us because we bottled their press. We cannot afford to be weak when Palace abuse us tomorrow. If you break the press 2-3 times in the first 20minutes, the opposition will lose confidence, then the game opens up and they have to retreat. We didn’t do that against Brighton, we retreated, resorted to long balls, and invited wave after wave. Tomorrow, we need to show more confidence and we need to bring the energy of the Spurs game.
I’m interested to see what the changes are. I suspect Auba will start again, we have to start getting a turn out of him, no point in benching him for Lacazette. He’ll get more space tomorrow.
In midfield, I hope Sambi keeps his spot and I hope Partey brings confidence back into the mixer.
In the final third, we need to be decisive. ESR and Saka need to turn it on and Odegaard cannot get snuffed out like he did against Brighton.
The fans need to bring electricity to the Monday night occasion. The players need to give them something to be electrified about. The first 20mins are key. Get the fans onside, dominate Palace, make the chances count.
We need 6 points from these two games. Then we set the tone for our rivals this weekend.
Right, that’s me done, see you in the comments.