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The post-match reaction from Gooners seems to be pretty unified: A frustrating game we threw away.

Mike McDonald had the most incisive piece of analysis: The team that made the most mistakes lost.

The goals we conceded were all unforced errors.

  • Ben White with a shocking clearance
  • Nuno and ESR making a mess of a 10-yard pass
  • Odegaard sliding in on Fred in the penalty area

Mistakes kill momentum, they kill confidence, and they fu*k up your position in the table. Our players need to learn from them and they need to make sure they don’t become part of the package like they were last season.

The biggest issue we have this season outside the striker problem is how poor we’ve been once we’ve taken a lead. Our comfort blanket is to sit deep. Our players have very little confidence or know-how when it comes to going a goal up. That’s an experience thing and we’ll get better at it. It’ll click at some point, it takes a collective boldness to make it happen, but with good players, it comes.

The usual suspect think this is part of the game plan, but they’re wrong. The players say that Arteta wants us to push forward, the manager says he demands the team pushes forward, and you can see him waving his arms frantically on the touchline encouraging the players to get forward. Sitting deep and ceding possession is not part of our approach, it’s a bug in the system we need to code out.

So how do we start to manage games a bit better? Our experienced players need to step up for starters. We have the youngest team in the league, they have limited feel for each other, they need support. At the moment, would you say that Partey is stepping up? He’s been our least impressive midfielder this season. Lokonga has outshone him. Elneny outshone him. Let’s be honest here, who would you rather see as our starting midfield pairing when everyone is fit? Probably Xhaka and Sambi as things stand. Partey needs to find his best form and fast.

I will say, a lot of people were wondering why Sambi was dropped for United, I suspect there must have been something in his data pointing towards the potential of an injury. No way Mo is rolled out for his first game against United if Sambi is fit.

Back to it…

We need to see the players take a little bit more ownership of controlling games. We know they are all good enough to play a high line. The players are much more impressive when they are chasing a goal or level. They need to bottle that. This team is 10 games old, logic would suggest that they are going to improve as the season rolls on. The danger Arteta has to manage for? December is a tight month. There’s not a lot of time on the training pitch. If we don’t beat Everton, we’re in a bit of a mess when we need it the least.

The other issue the players will be watching for is the Auba problem. Is he above being dropped for poor performances? He shouldn’t be. Everyone at Arsenal knows the issue here isn’t the person, it’s the player. The system has outgrown his ability. If you want to succeed with a Juego De Posicion, you can’t have a striker in there that can receive the ball into feet or run the line. We talk about the lack of chances in the system without acknowledging the painful reality that Auba is part of that problem. If your striker can’t hold the ball up or turn with it with his back to goal, your attacking system is not going to create to its optimum levels. Just think back 5 years ago, Olivier Giroud had his speed limitations, but his ability to stitch play together allowed Ozil, Sanchez, Ramsey and Cazorla to thrive from an attacking perspective. He could play one-touch, he could hold the ball up, he would bully defenders. His weakness was pace, which made it easy to squeeze up on us, but there are strikers within our reach now that have everything he does PLUS pace.

The Times is reporting our interest in lowly Everton’s Dominic Calvert Lewin. He’s a rough diamond. He looked like peak-Inzaghi at times under Carlo. What does he have? Speed. Power. Elite air game. He’s a gooner. He bullies defenders. We’re clearly looking to the future. We’d have Tammy A in our line-up if we’d been able to move on one of our strikers this summer.

It’s also interesting that we’re looking at Dejan Kulusevski, the Swede with Macedonian heritage (parents) is powerful, he has great control in tight spaces, his range of passing is very good, and he has red hair. His stats point towards a player that keeps the ball moving forward. Apparently, he’s ranked #1 in the league for one-touch passing accuracy, and he’s good for key passes.


He’s only 21, so he fits our profile, and when you look at his defensive stats, you see again, we’re looking for players that can do it at both ends. He ranks in the highest percentiles for pressures and tackles… and get this, he’s also in the 67th percentile for aerial clearances. Small thing, but having 6ft 1 attackers that can help from setpieces at both ends gives us additional weaponry. Remember Giroud from corners?

There’s also Ianis Stoica, the young Romanian, who is being linked with a move. Can do everything Lacazette can but with power and pace.

Basically, it’s clear that our attacking options are going to get a big reset over the next year.

But what can we do NOW?

Our options are slim. Eddie Nkeitiah is apparently training well. Say what you will about his output for Arsenal, he’d run the line better than Auba and Lacazette.

There’s also the potential of Gabriel Martinelli through the middle. I still feel that’s a bit of a lightweight option right now. He’s a top talent, but he needs that Wenger education out on the wing before we can think about him inside. We’d all love to see Balogun given another go, but I’m just not sure we’re at the stage where we need to be taking risks like that. We’re in the mix for top 4 this season whether we like to admit it or not. A 90 minutes like the Brentford offering and we’ll not come away with what we need. I think he needs a solid loan at a club where he’ll be guaranteed minutes.

A few were scoffing at Boro, but for me, that idea feels very interesting. Chris Wilder has been there for about a month, we know he’s a progressive coach that moved Sheff U a long way, they are mid-table. I have no idea what Ben Knapper’s model is for loan moves, but one would suspect he is painfully aware of what happens when you get them wrong. Eddie is a prime example here. Fortuna Dusseldorf nearly had a deal for him, Leeds came in with a fee, the player ended up going there and not getting any minutes. If he went to Germany, that wouldn’t have been the case, and he’d probably be further along in his career now.

The perfect loan is a bit of a Goldilocks formula.

If the club is chasing promotion, the stakes might be too high to let a young player flump around in the starting 11.

If the club is rock bottom, the stakes and emotion around the camp might be too high to let a kid slum it with the bigger boys.

You need a club that is in transition, safe enough to give young players time, and you probably want a coach that wants to make a statement about kicking up the technical level of a team.

I wouldn’t be against Boro’, it’s a tough place to be a pro, but if you do well, the fans love you. That or a move to a solid German club would be good for him. Emile cut his teeth at Huddersfield, Ben White at Leeds and Newport, Harry Kane went to Leyton Orient and Milwall… you don’t need a trendy loan move for it to be successful.

Finally, I’m writing this as West Ham put in ANOTHER huge performance against a top team. David Moyes really has been absolutely magnificent since he arrived. I’m not sure Chelsea are at the level of Liverpool or City this season. I’m looking forward to seeing how Tuchel deals with adversity. It also shows the importance of us grabbing those 3 points on offer on Monday. We need to keep pace with West Ham this month. They are top 4 contenders, no doubt. I don’t know why people keep using West Ham to pick holes at the club, a reminder, we win on Monday and we are 1 point behind them… also, West Ham are GOOD. One of the oldest squads in the league against the youngest. We’re in good shape. Loads to improve on, but we’ll get there.

I’m also watching Wolves put in a really good performance against Liverpool. They’ve been superb this season, their table position doesn’t reflect some of their performances, we are in for a TOUGH game on the 27th.

Right, jump on our podcast. People raving about the Matt Kandela performance, he started the game with a two-footed challenge on me and the crowd went wild.

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grooveydaddy

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grooveydaddy

Nice!

Graham62

Pedro

Could have predicted you’d jump on that one.

Just a pity he doesn’t have a better squad/ resources.

Imagine what he would do with our lot.

GAZZA

i keep hearing that Arteta has improved our defence however half of Prem teams have conceded less than us !!!

Graham62

Brighton down to 10 again and they get a 98th minute equaliser.

Amazing what a positive coach can do for a team.

Sid

EPL 5th to 10th, so tightSi

IQ

Kulusevskilooks more Ozil than Van Persie so I can’t see him replacing any of our strikers. If anything he would replace Odegaard. Think we need to take a break from getting another left (one) footed player tbh.

DivineSherlock

As I said before had we not lost the UTD match we would still be ahead of the 7th – 15th position mess , which we are in big time . Everton is a must win right now. Wolves is a 6pointer , West Ham as well .

MidwestGun

Peds- I agree with the gist of what your saying… But my bone of conetentin is you have to stop Pimping Xhaka as a solution to our problem.. You talk about eliminating individual errors. as our biggest problem and then you want to start Xhaka who is the lifetime leader of individual erros leading to goals in the entire PL? Thats not even mentioning he hasn’t played for 2 or 3 months and coming off a somwehat serious injury… SO no… I do not want to see a Xhaka.. Lokonga midifeld. Stick with the plan and keep developing the youth..,… Read more »

DivineSherlock

Not convinced on Kulusevski , Rather pinch someone from our league , Raphina / Bowen / DCL / Toney / Saint Maximin, lots of options.

Chris

Every West Ham game I have watched this season has been terrific entertainment. They are a strong second half team also. Bowen gets better every time I see him.

Inevitable injuries and suspensions may slow them down, looks like Zouma is out for a bit.

Not only the Wolves home game but the West Ham home game a couple of weeks before will be huge tests. When you assess it on paper, given home advantage, we are well placed to win all our next 6 league games, or at least collect 14 points.

Major_Jeneral

Good Post Pedro. I have the same thoughts on the Auba situation with holding up play to bring others into the game. But again we know Auba as difficulty doing that isnt it hightime we tweaked the system or try a different player there who might do the job.

Again I repeat this “Based on how many here are throwing so much adulation to Moyes overall performance at Westham since he returned there for his second stint can we say Manutd were impatient with the Chosen one?

Graham62

Brighton’s last two games, 1-0 down at West Ham and Southampton, due to injuries, reduced to 10 players and yet they still get something from the games.

Why is that?

No fear and positivity works wonders.

Major_Jeneral

“We played well against them last season, This season is quite different, they have this never give up attitude about them . The only games I was not too impressed was when they played wolves and then Mancity just after the Int’l break, apart from that they have been impressive. Lanzini , Benrahma and Bowen have done well too.

The duel for setpieces will be interesting to see when we play them soon.

Champagne Charlie

Burnley are 3rd from bottom and there’s unironic praise for Sean Dyche and what he’d achieve at a club like Arsenal.

Pedro really is spot on with there being such a rabid disconnect between online fans and actual game-going fans. The former are often utterly delusional, probably because they miss the details of live sport.

MidwestGun

Im really not jealous of any other team.. People tend to jump on the latest win.. For Example… How’s Villa doing and their amazingly proactive transfer window? How is the elite coaching of Brenda doing? Moyes is Moyes.. he is Wenger light always has been. Takes a meager budget in comparison and a midtable team and fights above his place. When he got his chance to be one of the big boys he failed. I wouldnt consider him for a coach at Arsenal regardless. Wolves are a shit house team. They will shithouse some people. But not impressed. Leeds was… Read more »

MD-Gunner

“We need to keep pace with West Ham this month. They are top 4 contenders,” Not only that but also Man Utd. most expect Rangnick to put in a Tuchel performance at Man Utd. He was brought in to make them a contender again. Therefore finishing outside the top 4 would make Rangnick a failure. If he beats or draws against the top 3, our chance of top 4 just have taken a hit. As mentioned already what would a competent manager do with the AFC squad, better then we we are at the moment. We will see what Monday… Read more »

MidwestGun

I’m with you on Neves. Peds… I just think Wolves don’t set up to win.. just not lose. They were more proactive under Nuno.

TR7

Major

United were impatient with both Moyes and Van Gaal.

Fergie’s United won the league due to individual brilliance of RVP and Rooney and that season was always going to be their last hurrah. When Moyes came in he had to basically build everything up again but the entitled Man U fans and ‘pundits’ believed it was their right to contest for the league every season and when it didn’t materialize they hounded him out.

Moyes did well at Everton and Socieaded and now doing a great job at West Ham. A poor manager doesn’t succeed at three different clubs.

Pedro

MD, for you, 4 points off top 4 in December with a game in hand is not competent? Youngest starting 11 in the league and for over 30 yrs when it comes to Arsenal?

How much better are we? I assume you see us a title challenger? Bold.

Mb

Hate to be the one calling out (again), but anything less than top 4 for Mikel is a ‘non-negotiable’. This is his second full season, 150m+ spent and a club as big as Arsenal don’t deserve to be out of Champions League.

Sorry Pedro, but the short term goals like post Christmas table, phase 1,2,3,4 only matter if when combined fulfils your long term objective.

Our goal was to get in Champions League.

Champagne Charlie

Pedro Disagree on Partey, I think him and Xhaka are undoubtedly the best partnership we have. I’d argue the difference is made with Xhaka directing matters alongside him, and imo Partey is a much, much better player when he’s being ‘conducted’ by his midfield partner. As much ability as Partey has he’s very quiet and reserved. Xhaka gets mocked left and right on here for his finger pointing, but anyone that’s played the game understands the value of players that constantly organise and direct matters on the pitch. Some players need that from others as they play the game muted… Read more »

BacaryisGod

Graham

If Dyche came in we would probably end up only being able to keep One or two black players because that’s the max capacity at Burnley.

Dissenter

Pedro
“ MJ, United is just very badly run. Moyes was out of his depth there. He looked defeated before he started. Really happy he’s done his rep at solid at West H”

Lol
That’s not what you wrote then
You knocked the man at every chance you got. J recall you slamming him because he read a motivational book on the team bus.

Success does have many friends

Mb

From the last post…

I’m also one of those who loves reading Pierre’s analysis and his thinking of game. We have had differences (about Ozil mostly), but then no two are the same.

Pedro – I would suggest to have a fan opinion section, where you allow posters like Pierre to contribute an article or two. Gives a flavor to the blog and a free weekend for you maybe :))

Dissenter

Sean Dyche has kept Burnley up since 2014 on a relative pittance.
I’m not sure if that’s prepared him for life on a big club but he does not deserve the ridicule that he gets here.

Karsa

Top players wouldn’t take a blind bit of notice of Dyche.

Milo

Get a grip. Sean fucking Dyche.

Champagne Charlie

Taking faux offence on behalf of Sean Dyche. What a fanny

MidwestGun

Non negaotiable? Mb don’t think that’s true. If Arteta had taken over for Wenger then yep Top 4 is non negotaible… But Teta took over for Emery who failed and now we havent been in the CL for 5 seasons now. So whether you like it or not the standards have dropped.. The Goal is always 4th but it’s how we miss out on 4th if its a narrow miss then what? To have some black and white standard after we havent achieved that standard for a long time now isn’t really how it works. Id imagine Josh will look… Read more »

MidwestGun

Also.. LOLing at a Pierre guest post. It would be entertaining. Like a drinking game everytime he says Ozil or obssessive.

Milo

Glad Arteta is trying to urge the lads forward. The first thing I and many others assume is that he instructs us to take our foot off the gas when we take the lead, as we do it so frequently. Looking a little farther below the surface puts that hypothesis in the bin. Speaking of the bin, anyone who wants Sean Dyche as our manager is a fucking idiot and should be binned. Returning to subject, I will be so happy once we figure out how to expand upon any leads we do take in the future. That could be… Read more »

MidwestGun

Damn Pedro.. ever since you eliminated auto spellcheck from site … I cant be bothered to go back and correct my spelling.. 😀

Mb

Mid Don’t wanna go back to it but Emery missed it by a point. And he wasn’t given time to build things up, and a 150m+ a season. He was given Pepe when he asked for Zaha and he did it by playing a bum (Ozil) and a kid(Guen) who is called a waste here. I hate Emery more than you. I was cheering up for Arteta and still do, when we play well. But I’ll judge him on the same standard – a top 4 is a must or it’s a failure. We finished 8th twice in a row.… Read more »

MidwestGun

I think you have to judge on progress and what our prospects are for next season.. The jury is still out on both.

Mb

“”Speaking of the bin, anyone who wants Sean Dyche as our manager is a fucking idiot and should be binned.””

Not sure about the first part but he surely should be binned. We are that bad 🤣

englandsbest

Graham62

Your obsession with Arteta is so extreme that nobody takes you seriously.

It’s ironic. You said the same about me.

Mb

We are *not

Rich

Watched the new training video, Xhaka + Leno both in training

There’s also weird Cedric 1 v 1 drills at the end

Major_Jeneral

I’m with you on Neves. Peds… I just think Wolves don’t set up to win.. just not lose. They were more proactive under Nuno. TR7 December 4, 2021 17:40:59 Major United were impatient with both Moyes and Van Gaal. Fergie’s United won the league due to individual brilliance of RVP and Rooney and that season was always going to be their last hurrah. When Moyes came in he had to basically build everything up again but the entitled Man U fans and ‘pundits’ believed it was their right to contest for the league every season and when it didn’t materialize… Read more »

MidwestGun

Rich is Soares training in front of a mirror like a dancer? 1 v1 versus himself. That would be weird.

I could see Bellerin doing that, though.

Major_Jeneral

Mb

Your suggestion might just work well . By the way we have seen a guest post from McDonald in a long while. I hope he is good though @Pedro.

MD-Gunner

@Pedro Close only counts when playing horseshoes, not in football. You yourself posted that starting with the November 7th game from the next 10 games we need 20 points, well that now leaves from the next 6 games 14 points to reach that 20 points goal. Only possible if the next 6 games is 4 wins and 2 draws. Can’t see that against the opposition of West Ham plus it will be a battle against Everton, Wolves and Southampton. 4 Wins and 2 draws is mathematically possible but not realistic as long as Arteta is choosing the starting XI and… Read more »

englandsbest

The way things are shaping (Eddie leaving, Auba a passenger, Martinelli inconsistent, Balogan too raw) I expect Arteta to try his utmost to sign a high-calibre striker in Jan. Finding one available mid-season is tough, but waiting until summer is a risk he won’t want to take.

If, as we are told, there is a £65 mill sale clause in Haaland’s contract, then I expect Arsenal to trigger it. I honestly believe Josh & Co will back the transfer even if the final figure is much higher.

Rich

Midwestgun

He puts one away really well in fairness, just thought it was a bit weird that there was a montage on 1 v 1 clips of our reserve right back, up against one of our coaches, they usually show different players doing the drills

Today was Cedric’s day in the sun…..

Tom

The first thing Dyche would do as the Arsenal’s manager would be to grow the Em’s grass to its proper god given height.

Karsa

Here’s a novel idea. Let’s wait and see how we do.

All this predicting failure is so depressing to read.

We’ve met all points expectations since the first 3 games of the season. If we miss one, is that the end of the season? Of course it isn’t. We could well exceed subsequent expectations.

‘We won’t’ seems to be a much chanted matra hereabouts from some.

MidwestGun

Ohhhh ok.. it was against an actual human. Yep imagine Ceds won’t get a look in until a Cup match maybe. I just had this mental image of him shadow guarding himself or something like a boxer.

Rich

MD-GunnerOctober 15, 2021 04:48:24 “What Arsenal needs from the next 4 games is 10 points from 12” NEVER, AFC will loose against Villa and Leicester, which means Watford 3 points and a draw at Palace. We do not have to put up with this Arteta infatuation for much longer because this season is a write off and next season there will be a new manager. MD-GunnerSeptember 10, 2021 01:06:18 @Rich Thank you for having mercy on the MOBs by not dropping anymore BS comments or delusional predictions of Arsenal finishing 5th within spitting distance of 4th.Dare you to show up… Read more »

Tom

Midwest, Arteta succeeding Emery was the best thing that could’ve happened for his career.

Silva with another beauty for City.

Champagne Charlie

Rich

That’s why he resonated so strongly with an ESPN article from a Spurs fan preempting our downfall this season.

As you say, if you continually moan and predict failure then eventually you’ll land your ‘told you so’ moment.

MidwestGun

MD is a purveyor of doom.. revels in it. reminds me of my ex-wife #2 She never met a sunny day that couldnt be turned gloomy. . I think he was the leader of the Villa is gonna be great because of their transfer window and ours being so bad … crew. I think as a fan at some point you have to take a step back if the team you support is just giving you misery. And believe me Im for a good soul cleansing rant now and again. Tom yep.. sort of my point, expectations are relative to… Read more »

Tom

Yep Bernardo is on fire.. weren’t we linked to him at one point?

Midwest, I think he turned us down, at least via a rumor.
CL participation was his base requirement for any future move.
Still, some Grovers were against him…….same as Sterling lol.

MidwestGun

Oh ok.. Yep not having European football is defintely a recruiting buzzkiller.

MidwestGun

Raheem isnt playing like he is going anywhere anytime soon.

Major_Jeneral

Yep Bernando has been in form for City lately. I wanted to bring him into my FPl team but I missed the deadline by 2 min.

MidwestGun

Yep thats the hard part apart Fantasy Footie. You have to stay on top of injuries and lineps and deadlines and in form players for all the teams if you want to be competitive. and Im just too lazy these days. hahaha

MidwestGun

*hard part about.

MidwestGun

Ok then .. time to be a Norwich fan for a day tomorrow. My boy Josh Sargent to score a goal.

Major_Jeneral

MidwestGun
MidwestGun

Yep thats the hard part apart Fantasy Footie. You have to stay on top of injuries and lineps and deadlines and in form players for all the teams if you want to be competitive. and Im just too lazy these days. hahaha

Usually if I am busy, I miss the deadline. I was presenting a pitch at the time. I just hope my team’s league wont fall from first place into 2nd place or 5th place like AFC(hahaha) in my Mini-League.

Nelson

I really like Bernardo Silva. He can do so many things, including scoring goals. He is a very intelligent player.

LoveSausage

Wolves are a solid team and they were unlucky not to get something from the game. Imagine if we had an oiled Traore leading the line. We’d be a different team.

You could see Liverpool players backing off as soon as he got the ball. With our players, they only need to take a step forward and we’ll release the ball sideways or backwards. We need those of our players who can make something out of a 1:1 situation to step to step up and be braver.

Dissenter

Lots of people have a sentimental reaction to the loss at United.
If we get 14 points from the next six games, no one will care about what happened at OT.
We can start by beating Everton away on Monday.

Dissenter

Love sausage
“ Imagine if we had an oiled Traore leading the line. We’d be a different team.”

I’m sure that the pun was intended
Traore is one slippery muscleman.

Vickingz

Moyes over arteta

LoveSausage

Diss,

For me, it’s only partly sentimental. The other part is that these are the teams against which we need to start getting performances. I’d love not to get smashed by City and Liverpool but those games are losses even on a good day. United is who we should be benchmarking ourselves against right now. And the manner of the loss was as painful as the loss itself. Poor team selection, individual mistakes, immature performances, the absence of in-game management…

Rich

Pedro It’s going to be tight, I’d be surprised if there was more than 7 points separating 4th-8th, and we should be in that pack. We can’t afford another fine margins failure, we’ve got no European distraction, if we don’t get minimum Europa League qualification, do you think we should make a change? Our squad is evolving in the right way now, but it’ll be difficult keeping the likes of Saliba, Martinelli, Sambi, Tavares all happy, without mid-week games, and more difficult to get Saka + Saliba to extend, which should be our top priorities Arteta surely has to edge… Read more »

@Dissenter

I’ll still be pissed off about United game even if we beat Everton. As Pedro rightly says, it’s about time these brain farts are eradicated, it’s not good for the team especially as we were looking in good health going into that game

LoveSausage

Diss,

I’d love us to be a team of slippery musclemen. I’m sure Ben White in particular would love him some baby oil but he needs a team mate to show him it’s ok.

Matt B

CC: Bang on about Xhaka and his management of the midfield. Yes, he’s slow and he’s made a mistakes etc. but he brings out the best of Partey — no coincidence that Partey has been average in Xhaka’s absence

rollen

All is on useless manager.
Nothing is changing. just simple garbage rookie pretender.
We will get beaten by all decent teams just like late Wenger. Its obvious.

Dissenter

LoveSausage
The three points on offer at United are no more special that the three points on offer at Goodson park.
I said the same thing when we won at OT last year by the way and got pushback from some good posters here. Last year, we beat United and then went on a losing run that should have led to a change of manager.
So long as we respond to the loss and get good results against Westham, Everton, Wolves …I’m really unbothered by us losing to individual mistakes.

Dissenter

Charles trying to explain Partey’s poor form with Xhaka’s a sense is exactly what Fanny-ness is about.
Xhaka has been at the club for five years and we haven’t done anything special, now he’s the key to getting world class Party playing better.

Nelson

I would like Kieran Tierney in the away game against Everton. Tavares is not the same player in an away game. The 2nd goal was on him. He lost the ball and didn’t run back to defend.

Rich

Beating United would be more important than beating Everton, if for example Everton are mid-table, and we’re 5th and United 4th Leicester finished 5 points ahead of us in 5th last season, if we’d beaten them at home, they’d have finished 7th, Spurs 8th, and we’d have edged into 6th The games against the teams around us really are 6 pointers, providing we do the business against the rest It’s better that we beat West Ham and draw to Leeds, than doing it the other way around It’s better that United + Arsenal both take 3 points off each other,… Read more »

MD-Gunner

@Pedro What does this fact about being the youngest team have to with the points total and table position? Are you admitting because of the age of the squad this season is a write off? Arteta builds the squad he chooses the match day squad, he was hired to get results, NOT for putting together a squad made of of youth. I was on board with your assessment Nov 1st from the next 10 games to get 20 points. This would give us total of 37 at the end of 2021. To reach that we would need 14 from 18… Read more »

Tom

“The three points on offer at United are no more special that the three points on offer at Goodson park.“

Dissenter, if you want to ignore the statement value of an OT win then fine, but you couldn’t possibly overlook the value of three points United could’ve been denied.

LoveSausage

Our fans’ Stockholm Syndrome is on full display here today. Partey needs Xhaka to be at his best. Please.

He’s supposed to boss our midfield and make others better. At least that should be the expectation from someone with that sort of experience.

Ishola70

Rich

“We can’t afford another fine margins failure, we’ve got no European distraction, if we don’t get minimum Europa League qualification, do you think we should make a change?”

This is the question some don’t want to answer.

A bit unfortunate that we talk about fine margins just for europa league qualification but that’s the situation.

Champagne Charlie

Dissenter

Stick to defending Sean Dyche from the perils of internet mean words you clown..

Xhaka helps Partey play better because they’re a good mix of styles and personalities. Nothing controversial about that statement whatsoever if you’ve ever played a game of football.

But we haven’t done anything special since Xhaka was signed therefore there’s no way he can be a good foil for Partey? Thats your latest hot take? Spectacularly stupid as ever.

Ishola70

Xhaka is synonymous with failure at this club.

Difficult to get excited about his return.

Arsenal’s midfield has been sub par for a good few years now.

If Xhaka was as good and essential for this side as a few on here make out then this sub par aspect of the team wouldn’t have been so noticeable over this long period.

salparadisenyc

Vinicius Jr what a player this kid is.

Ishola70

The vast majority have been calling for good central midfield signings for years.

And those signings would have seen Xhaka on his way out.

That’s how essential Xhaka is.

Nelson

It is a fact that both Xhaka and Partey play better together. .Xhaka stayed back ( he is slow anyway), allowing Partey to try to break through the press knowing Xhaka is backing him up. .

LoveSausage

Pedro,

Seems like a jump considering that Lokonga has been clearly the best partner to Partey.

Wherever people stand on Xhaka, it’s a deflection to blame Partey’s form on the guy next to him. He’s been all over the place this season and nowhere near what’s expected from someone of his pedigree.

Tom

“The goals we conceded were all unforced errors. Ben White with a shocking clearance Nuno and ESR making a mess of a 10-yard pass Odegaard sliding in on Fred in the penalty area“ Pedro , only Odegaard pen was a critical error, while the other two were just simple turnovers most teams commit every game that don’t normally lead to goals. Would you be calling White’s attempted clearance “ shocking” if Arsenal won the game? Exactly. The entire Arsenal team was in a good defensive shape after the White turnover. Tomiyasu does poorly defending Sancho by backing up into the… Read more »

HerbsArmy

Were you as excited about Arteta when Wenger signed him as a player, days after losing 8-2, and after losing Fabregas, or is it just because he sat next to Pep, Pedro?
Most Arsenal fans hated him as a player, is he really that much better as a manager?
He doesn’t have Arsenal DNA, so I’m struggling to understand all the Arteta adulation.

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