GALAXY BRAIN FLUNK OUT – IS THAT FAIR OR LAZY?

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If you’ve been following the site and the podcast this summer, you’ll know I’ve spoken of the pain I think we’ll feel this season as Arteta transitions his team from a predictable 13 to a formationally fluid 18. The draw against Fulham is a sharp example of that pain.

Arteta rolled with a very odd starting 11. He dropped Eddie, who has been on fire, Gabriel stayed on the bench with White lining up with Saliba, and both our full backs were not full-backs.

The football was not champagne; we conceded in under a minute, and the whole plan that was built on newness was blown instantly. Everything felt 5% off. Not shocking, but far from characteristic.

That said, we dominated. Some fixes were implemented at halftime. The team clawed the game back to 2-1. Then we blew it when Zinchenko brainfarted in open play and let Fulham get into our 3rd. We fluffed the corner – no big man on the front post, a great shot, a disappointing draw.

It felt like the easiest place to lay blame was Arteta.

But…

19 shots.

11 shots on target.

4 big chances

xG of 3

71% possession

We lost to a team that…

Hit the target 3 times

Scored 2 goals

Recorded a 0.43 xG

Only made 26 passes in the final third

Could the starting 11 have been better? Of course. But you have to be able to hold a long-term thought in your mind when you have a pop about that.

Arteta vision: Having 18 players that can play any formation, against any team, to create unpredictability for the opposition.

To get there, you need to try new things. New things come with pain. But do you take some of that pain early so you can be ready for the business end of the season?

Arteta has gambled on a yes here.

There are some worries from the game. Kai Havertz looked very Chelsea out there. He did good work off the ball, found some good positions, kept control of the ball well. But we didn’t sign him to be good at running around and I don’t think fans are going to show much patience for him this season. He has to be better, fast. I’m sure he will. Dennis, Thierry,  Pires, and Freddie all started slow. Give the man more than 3 games.

Trossard – more like Drossard. Where did his game go? He was outstanding during preseason, great touch, impact every time he played, and output. He was WAY off the pace and deservedly took an early shower.

I don’t like playing Partey and Kiwior as full-backs. One, sure. Both? Seemed like a big risk. I know Kiwior has impressed in training and they wanted to give him minutes, but please, not when Partey is the other side.

Our finishing wasn’t up to speed. Saka, Martinelli, and Havertz need to better off 11 shots on target and some great openings. I’m not concerned though – we know this team has goals and they scored two today.

The subs were largely decent. Eddie was a difference maker. He occupied Fulham defenders, he was very direct, he forced a red card, and he was in the right position to finish. Same for Fabio Vieira. I got pelters for saying he’d be one to watch last year, fairly as well. But this year? Maybe we need to reassess. Let him seduce us into loving him. He was pivotal. He won the penalty, set up Eddie, and nearly scored a screamer late on. Let’s see where his game goes this season.

Unforced errors were the main concern of the day. It’s hard to shout “WE GOTTA STOP CONCEDING AFTER A MINUTE” because I’m sure the players know that. What might be a bigger catch-all is that individual errors have been costing us for the last month and our players are too good for that. Zinchenko had errors in him last season, Saka almost never does… correcting those is easier than correcting meek talent or a bad system.

Sadly, there are some times in football where you have to say… shit happens. Shit happened, we didn’t deserve a point, but we got one. We still have a chance to exit phase one of the season with 10 points which will be a good haul. United are a mess, they got VERY lucky against Forest, and Onana looks a total mess at the moment.

Arteta took a chance on Fulham. He thought rotating against them at home was a good bet. We can’t go too hard at him addressing an issue that blew up our season last year. Rotation is necessary, especially with Champions League. That said, I want to see a more serious 11 against United. That’s a blockbuster game and there’s no need to do anything mental.

So let’s see what we have. Big week ahead on the training pitch. Don’t get too down in the dumps over a point against Fulham. Plenty of time to catch up.

Right, see you in the comments. Check out the pod if you haven’t.

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Tom

Always a head scratcher for me how a player can have a game like Foden did last weekend and not make the starting Xl the next.

Guns of Hackney

Tom

Because Pep isn’t flexing. There will be a reason and it may be a little injury or a ‘know your place’ stay hungry drop. It won’t affect Foden because he’s at the best club in the world. He’ll suck it up and be better when he comes on or wins and plays next time.

Ferguson did the same. It’s how you control and keep a squad hungry. No one’s safe. Everyone’s watching their back, and no one takes the piss.

Arteta drops people in bizarre ways with no end product.

Tom

“Kane stayed way too long at spurs and he’s taken a risk but Bayern and Germany is a great place to wind down a career. He’ll win the league, score loads and be a hero. He’s had a great career.” Guns, at least now we know where you get your rubbish opinions, football and otherwise. A cat ffs?. Bayern win the league with or without Kane, he would have to score a winning goal in CL final to become the hero. Also, watch him come back into the PL in a couple of seasons to wind down his career and… Read more »

Tom

Maddison is easily top three attacking midfer and a shame he went to Spurs.
Funny bit though, they were crying out for one for years so Kane wouldn’t have to drop into mid to link up play.
Timing is everything in comedy, they say.

jwl

I keep in touch with gooner family who took me to Highbury for first time way back when and they’ve mentioned that atmosphere at emirates is awful this year. They’ve done something to ashburton army ticket allocation so they not leading chants anymore and no one else has picked up slack. My mate mentioned last year when crowd would get behind team and gee them up, not happening yet this season.

Samesong

Hate city

Ogbomor

I just want to ask one question and I will appreciate if Pedro can attend to this: WHY DO ARSENAL STOP PUSHING/PRESSING ONCE WE TAKE THE LEAD? WHY DID WE STOP PRESSING AGAINST FULHAM EVEN WHEN THEY WENT ONE MAN DOWN? Before FULHAM equalized yesterday, I was complaining very bitterly about this to my friend. Even the commentator yesterday just said something about it before Fulham equalized. I was so pissed off yesterday with the game management. Arteta messed up big time yesterday, He is solely responsible for the bad result. WHY ARE WE AFRAID TO SUSTAIN PLAY/ PRESS AT… Read more »

Samesong

Sheffield United have given City a good game. I hope they get a goal.

Laughingman

I would have put Trossard in for Martinelli.He put in a few tasty crosses that should have been converted. It ain’t rocket science…Put the big Gabriel back in next to Saliba & White back at RB since Timber is out for the season. Leave Partey in midfield & move Rice or ESR, etc in Havertz spot..

Samesong

Get SU

Guns of Hackney

Why hate city? They were in the fourth division. This is dreamland for them. Bought on a mistake, turned into the best club on the planet in 20 years.

It’s like Walker with Blackburn. Someone had a dream and did it.

Where are we? 130 years of history and nothing to show for the past 20. We’re owned by billionaires. Nothing different.

Just bitter and twisted support.

TheBayingMob

A few things. We went and prioritized a keeper when we should have been prioritizing goals; a winger, different type of striker, whatever. As good as our players are we have regressed somewhat to Wenger banter years where we have very few ‘different’ outlets. It’s all on Saka or some other moment of magic. Great when it works but we will always lag our xG until this is fixed. The Timber injury has really fucked us over. What is up with the defense!? I can’t keep having it that these teams come to the Emirates and fluke out three goals… Read more »

Samesong

Get in SU

raptora

Please 10 more fkin minutes plssssssssssssssssssssss

GoonerB

Get fucking in Sheffield!!

Samesong

Guns I can’t stand city I find them boring. I find some of their fans arrogant on the YouTube world. So what about their history?

Kpankulu

It is interesting reading, you know – the complete and utter meltdown from some people over a draw. If one bothers to check their predictions, at least a three-goal margin would have been standard based on the name of the opposing team. Arrogance. For those pining for the tactics of last season – does anyone remember that the wonderful tactic used was found out by teams, in addition to attrition from injuries to key players [could happen to any team]? I support what Arteta is doing. Do I agree with all his decisions? Absolutely not. However, there is no reason… Read more »

Guns of Hackney

£665m.

That’s all.

raptora

That Rodri cunt again

Dissenter

No wonder people hate city.
They have the mentality of champions

Guns of Hackney

Same.

My point is. They were in the fourth division.

I mean come on. No one has done what they’ve done. I don’t like anyone else but you sometimes have to stand back and clap for the underdog.

Mad stuff.

raptora

How are they so fkin lucky

Gonsterous

I’m a big fan of ESR but the way he has allowed mikeal to disrespect him suggests he might not be tough at all and have no fight in him.

Too comfortable with his position as a wage eater.
if he had a backbone, he would be handing in a transfer request to save his career. When was the last time he played in the PL?

Gonsterous

Samesong

City have been making history. The treble last season will be hard to replicate anytime in the next 10 years. As much as I hate city, they have cemented themselves as the best team in the past decade.

Guns of Hackney

We chose Jesus over Harlaand. Could have bid, didn’t.

Talent spotting.

Samesong

Oh piss off guys I hate city.

Didn’t say I didn’t repsect what they’ve done. Don’t need to explain to me what they have achieved

WengerEagle

You make your own luck, Sheff have had less than 20% of the ball and 2 efforts on target all game to City’s 10. Was never a game they deserved anything from.

jwl

Stats from twitter but I thought this was interesting – “Conceded 43 goals last season and 15 came via us gifting the ball away” – with half assed passes like saka yesterday so that still looks like an issue for us.

Nigel Tufnel

You know Arteta was always planning to change the lineup for Man United don’t you?

How many clowns here will be making a big deal about it for about 14 days then have a tantrum when he reverts back to the hated lineup against Everton lol.

The interesting question is how he’ll view the Spuds matchup….. will he play the small opponent lineup or the serious one?

raptora

That was pure domination but it could have easily ended up with City losing 2 PTS. It’s not Haaland the RoboCop, it’s this fucktard Rodri who’s their Batman. Saving their ass time and time again the absolute twat.

Samesong

WE

That could of ended up 2-2 or maybe 1-1 if that guy didn’t clear his lines. But hey ho that what city do.

Samesong

Did*

Omozuafo Frank

Arteta has missed it. With his team selection the team has become ineffective compared to last season. Harvertz was meant to be an upgrade to Xhaka but his addition to the team has only weakened the team. The earlier Arteta corrects his mistake of the past games the better. We have a big match coming up against Man U. The earlier he gets his selection correct the better. It is a must-win match and we can’t afford to have less than that. He should restore the back four of last season and the mid field of last season with Rice… Read more »

Guns of Hackney

Nigel If you’re already thinking about spurs, you sum up the Arsenal supporter as a whole. This is our derby. It wasn’t. Me, I take 100 goal defeats to spurs twice a season if it meant winning the league. We’re like Everton now. Or old city. That’s a shame. Arsenal should be brushing aside palace, Fulham, forest, spurs and saving the powder for city, United and Liverpool. This should have been an easy 9/9 points. It was not a hard start to the season. And we’re already chasing. Dropped 2. United next. City win again that’s 5 clear and if… Read more »

jwl

Guns of Hackney – I think what Mpanzu and Luton have achieved in past decade is far more admirable than man city being successful cheaters if you looking for rags to riches stories.
————-

“Luton midfielder Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu is to continue his remarkable journey from non-league football to the Premier League after agreeing a new contract, the Hatters have announced.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/luton-premier-league-english-west-ham-premier-b2372470.html

Nigel Tufnel

China,
I like your earlier comment about the positives and also real concerns.
Probably the most balanced summary here in the past 24 hours.
I don’t expect China to be endlessly patient and that’s understandable. In my case I defend the team against the overwhelming hyperbole, panic, and cynicism here that’s obviously ridiculous.
People don’t need to be overly positive and chill like me. They should at least be more realistic and fair like China and Pedro..

Guns of Hackney

No wonder Gambon left Le Grove. And he was a fucking idiot. Maybe he had a reason. The fat bastard.

Too many apologies on here and not enough vitriol.

Here’s a good one. Describe yourself in one word.

Matt B

Ed: What is it with you and Unai fucking Emery? Who gives a shit what Villa do…

Benjamin

Nigel back to calling posters all sorts of things
again. Looking forward to your deserved ban!

GoonGoonerGone

Arteta is beginning to enjoy the smell of the smoke that some bloggers continuously blow up hi s arse continuously.

Mr Serge

Diaby has been good today

Guns Riddick Bowed was a sensation Shame he lost his shit
I would have loved to see him fight Lennox

Nigel Tufnel

Hackney,
Don’t waste your time writing towards me. I’ll never see it. When I see the name I just happily scroll.
I’ll debate anybody who’s interested about Arsenal here, but not if they’re just a troll like Hackney. He’s only here to get a rise out of gooners. That’s really a sad existence.

Guns of Hackney

JWL

Fair enough. It can be done. The only thing I remember about Luton is buying an RS 2000 1973 Mk1 ford Cosworth from a dude that worked for Vauxhall. He had a Lotus Carlton and was selling said car. I was 19 and an idiot. Paid £2000 for a car that is now worth £50,000 in concours condition. Drove it for about six months, lied about the insurance and then sold it to a Greek guy who ran a hairdressers based in Archway where I used to drink with IRA who ran a snooker club. Phew.

Dissenter

Nigel
‘ You know Arteta was always planning to change the lineup for Man United don’t you?’

You don’t know that, unless you have a penthouse in Arteta’s head

Guns of Hackney

Serge

He was the guy who could have dominated the division for a decade. I’m a huge fan of Lennox but Bowe would have wrecked Lewis and Tyson. He was 6,4 and 240lbs. Fast and hard as nails. Having said that, Andrew Golota was a crazy SOB and made Bowe look like a circus puncher.

Still. Bowe is a big loss.

Guns of Hackney

Nigel

Calm down son. You’re in my orbit.

I’m right and your posts are dry and boring.

I’m telling the truth. We are not doing as well as our outlay says we should be.

Vickingz

Our tactics last season was never found out, it was injury and Arteta’s stubbornness that cost us, had Arteta rotated better, we’d not have had those injuries when it mattered. It’s funny to me that defending a goal advantage at home against a 10 man Fulham is what is expected of a champion. I said what I said and I stand by it, we are not competing for Epl this season and we have reached our peak under the galaxy brain till he sorts himself. He’s a failure, he panicks under very little pressure, twice already this season he’s tried… Read more »

Nigel Tufnel

Diaby is a player a lot of us really liked. I remember Pedro also did, and he doesn’t throw out too many target names.
It’s his pace I like especially.

I agree with the people earlier who are almost feeling like Reiss and Emile seem to be hopless cases when it comes to getting chances from Arteta. I find it hard to believe they can’t contribute more than Martinelli has so far. In fact I’m sure they would.
Guaranteed they’d make better decisions around and in the box.

Graham62

Vickingz

I sort of agree.

S23

3 underwhelming performances so far, but the only team that looks like they have carried on from last season is City.
I am baffled by what Arteta is trying to do, but hopefully there will be things going on that we are not party to.
Unfortunately, I think the chance to win the Premiership was last season.
Either way, Arteta will have to deliver something this season, especially with the money spent.
Keep the faith, players,managers and owners come and go, we will always be Arsenal fans.

GoonGoonerGone

The problem with you lot is that you ACTUALLY BELIEVE that this small man Arteta will outfox the big man Pep. Arteta neither has the vision nor the skills and ability to overcome Pep.
Unlike you lot, I don not believe that Arteta will EVER win the EPL , and with his new style of constantly tinkering with his backline and his brain fart ideas , we will be lucky to get 4th this season.
Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you lot!!!

Foxy

ESR needs to play for a more free flowing attacking team like, Villa, Newcastle or Pool. His talent is totally wasted under Arteta.

jwl

Guns – I think it’s funny the Arabs decided to buy mancity because they ain’t glory hunting fans. If you from Manchester and support blue, not red, you not interested in easy success and now those same fans get all this success and i dont think they really enjoy it. Their fans still boo the champs league anthem!

David.D

On a positive note I love Eddie’s attitude.
Did a recent interview where he says there’s no point moaning and just get on with it.
He has played a part in every game so far and despite being dropped yesterday came on and made a difference.
Not sure Jesus should Judy walk back into the team next week.
Eddie deserves to start.

Tom

Guns, Andrew Golota was a wife beater, or what Un calls a real man, but when hit with a proper upper cut he’d lose his mind and start punching below belt.

David.D

How refreshing would it be to see Viera or ESR start in the 8 role next week and havertz dropped to the bench.
Fat fucking chance of that happening.
Just totally bizarre we spanked 65 million when ESR and Viera could have had a healthy competition for the 8 role and shared minutes.
Brainless signing.

Chris

If an Arsenal player did what TAA did just then we all know he’d be sent off.

Ref has bottled it

Dissenter

Isn’t it illegal for players or managers to ask referees for yellow cards ?

izzo

Nigel calm down with the Martinelli nonsense. You talk about pace and he has that in abundance along with finishing plus stays fit. Something neither Emile nor Reiss have. Emile is not a winger either. STFU.
You want to critic someone how about start with Arteta. Still waiting for your post where you actually critic his decisions.

izzo

Also Saka needs to miss a few games. He’s not beyond riding the bench and allowing others to play.

Freddie Ljungberg

Diss

“You don’t know that, unless you have a penthouse in Arteta’s head”

Don’t be mean, you know it’s a shed in Artetas arsehole.

Nigel Tufnel

Dissenter,

Of course I can’t say 100%…but I’m pretty sure when he says Gabriel will get plenty of starts, it means he’ll be in against stronger attacking threat teams like United. Also maybe when he deems Zinchenko ready to start games he’ll come in with him.

I only mentioned it because there’s going to be a lot of needless chat about it when the lineup comes out next week.

Marko

That’s brilliant Fred

Freddie Ljungberg

I see Martinelli is back in the crosshair of certain posters. No fullback at all to draw players away from him or interchange with, Havertz not doing much to help him either, and Eddie up top. This is like that brief period last season when Jesus was injured all over again and certain people started hating without understanding what caused it. Leave him totally isolated and of course he’s not going to be very effective. Saka isn’t exactly pulling up trees atm either and he still has Ode on his side, but take away Ben White and leave him with… Read more »

Dissenter

I can think of so many players that could have played the Havertz role for less than the £65 million we paid Chelsea
It’s almost like we didn’t do any scouting at all, or we scouted based on the 2019-2020 Bundesliga season.
I remember saying someone at the club should get fired for the Havertz signing, still stand by that.

Nigel Tufnel

Izzo, I love Martinelli and I agree, he is our only pacey outlet/threat. I’ve always been worried that we don’t have more speedy options. I even just mentioned that’s the reason Diaby was one I was interested in. Gabby also continues to work his arse off tracking back and defending, thats why I’ll always support him.. A game of rest at some point might help him to focus more and scan better for options when he has the ball. Not saying that he should be permanently benched. I can be disappointed in a player’s performance and still see his value… Read more »

dSidstathopoulos

Riddick Bowe got beat by Hollyfield, he had the help of hepatitis when he managed to beat Hollyfield.

Tyson would have easily beat him

Marko

I’m pretty sure when he says Gabriel will get plenty of starts, it means he’ll be in against stronger attacking threat teams like United

While I’m pretty sure when he says Emile Smith Rowe is part of his plans that means he gives him some sort of game time. I live in his head too you see.

No but seriously his starting lineup so far this season has been shocking and his use of his squad is pretty bad at the moment but ah well

LoveSausage

Trent is a fucking disaster.

Chris

Trent been a liability pretty much the whole game.

Now a red card for Liverpool!

Samesong

Salah done a Saka

raptora

Martinelli is also off the ball threat, instead we buy another off the ball threat to combine with him, and Marti’s playmaking skills ain’t insane. So Havertz, who doesn’t have a special vision, has to combine with Martinelli who doesn’t have a special vision and they are both off-the-ball threats. Maybe I’m not getting it right but surely it made more sense to get a playmaker that can make that ball towards Marti, or get a playmaker winger to combine with Havertz. I hope I’m wrong but it doesn’t sound right that Marti and Kai will become a good fit… Read more »

Samesong

Was that a red though?

Dissenter

Freddie It’s like Arteta sat down and said how can I self sabotage myself this reason He’s negated the strengths of pretty much all the key players with his tactics Saliba to the left Partey to RB BW to constantly shift around from RCB to RB, got caught out yesterday for the first goal Ramsdale- hate him or love him but goalies thrive off a settled back four Saka- no overlapping runs from BW is restricting him Martinelli – what is he to do with Tomiyasu or Kiwior at LB. They are waste men attacking wise Odegaard – He;’s been… Read more »

Sly

Liverpool struggling with the high press

LoveSausage

Diss,

The Havertz signing is on Arteta. He said it himself that it was an “opportunistic signing” which implies he wasn’t on any particular list of targets. After all, why would he be after the three seasons he had with the chavs. You’d have to read tea leaves to see something there.

Dissenter

VAR is a joke though
I bet the VAR didn’t want to give his buddy grief
Looks like he nicked the ball or at least he got enough of the ball

Benjamin

Red all day long…

Chris

Definite red for VVD imo.

One angle looks like he won the ball clean, the other angles when slowed down show he kicked through Isak.

Habesha Gooner

Wow VAR is a joke. That was never a red card. But Trent should have been sent off first. The refereeing is shambles. It has been 3 weeks of PL football and there have been countless wrong decisions.

Samesong

I think that Klopp will walk this season

LoveSausage

That was a clear red. Isak was through on goal and got fouled. Text book.

Sly

Arteta plays partey at RB because he needs a FB to invert
If zinchenko is fit or timber wasn’t injured that wouldn’t happen
We struggled against the low block last season and the opposition hasn’t changed their tactic
Arteta is exploring solutions
Our games against CP and Fulham weren’t bad
Individual mistakes and some poor performances cost us against Fulham but for the most part I thought we played well

Nigel Tufnel

Alisson lets a goal go straight through his legs (which happens to keepers all the time)..
But when it happened to Ramsdale last season grovers called him a shambles…

LoveSausage

Fucking hell, Almiron deserved a goal there. What a strike.

Nigel Tufnel

I like that red call with the attacker being clear through…. I just know that we’d never get that in our favour.

local

Pool messed up the DM position and will suffer until they get a proper one.

Also TAA is a defensive liability like Zinchenko, he should be playing as a wide midfielder with a proper RB behind him.

Tom

So two for red and two against, can we hear from China1 how refereeing in the PL is easy?

Marko

Alisson lets a goal go straight through his legs (which happens to keepers all the time)..
But when it happened to Ramsdale last season grovers called him a shambles…

You can’t be this dense. If you can’t see the reason why I there’s no help. Actually I’ll help you out cause you’re struggling. Are you ready… it’s cause alisson isn’t the Arsenal keeper and Ramsdale is and that’s why arsenal fans gave him stick. Shocking I know

Sly

Vvd tackle was never a red card

Belfast Gooner

At this rate Howard Webb will need his own 30 min show every week to go through contentious decisions and try to explain them or, more likely apologise for them.

Leftside

So called best league in the world

Leftside

Not with all these nonsensical reffing errors, I think not

Gunnernet

Szoboslai looks much better buy than Harvertz. Very promising.

WengerEagle

Liverpool just don’t look the same anymore.

Klopp really did capture lightning in a bottle with that team from 2018-2022 but I think this rebuild is beyond him and they won’t be challenging City again anytime soon.

Thierry Martinelli

Vvd red card all day

Thierry Martinelli

I hope the barcodes bang in a couple of more goals in the 2nd half

Tom

“I remember saying someone at the club should get fired for the Havertz signing, still stand by that.”

Dissenter, and who might that be?
Dont be shy, say the name.

WengerEagle

It was a red card for me too, he took Isak’s legs before he took the ball. Denying a clear goalscoring opportunity too.

Tom

Weagle, yup.