AFC BOURNEMOUTH PREVIEW

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I’m a bit late to the party on the Brentford game, but I have some hot takes.

1. That was a GOOD win.

Brentford doesn’t get beaten at their place often… we delivered a very clean win against a team packed with first-teamers. I thought we’d lose that game because of the amount of changes made. I was wrong. We’re finally getting to a stage where we’re a ‘next man up’ kind of club. Gone are the day where the player doing the domestic cups would mail it in. I loved the make-up of the squad, it was youth, a bit of experience, a random debut, and a spirited performance. For all the embarrassing histrionics we’ve seen this season, we’re now at 6 wins and 2 draws. Pretty decent, wouldn’t you say?

2. Aaron Ramsdale

He’s here for the fight. The performance was vintage Aaron. A few shaky moments, but mostly all good. He made a brilliant save that contributed to the win, his kicking was really bold (even though his completion rate was a smidge over 50%), he also commanded his box really well. Will he start against Bournemouth? Doubt it. I think he’s the domestic cups guy now.

3. Kai Slander

People are now fully in the mode of critiquing performances that don’t merit it. He played well. His game is simple at the moment. I thought he did well in possession, he connected play really well, and he gave the side solidity from a defensive perspective. There was no goal or assist – but those are coming. The biggest concern about him in Xhaka’s position was defensive diligence – he has that, and now people are worried he might not be able to attack. He’ll come good there, we’re gonna get Leverkusen Kai. We have to remember, he’s learning a new position, he’s under extreme pressure, and things aren’t falling his way. When they do – just remember the slanderers.

4. ESR

I thought he looked good. There were no real concerns over fitness. Some folk on the internet reckon his issues with Arteta come from a lack of pressing. The player himself said he sometimes doesn’t take instruction well. It’s simple for him – get it together and make a case to stay. Or mail it in and leave in January. I hope he stays, he’s a lovely player to watch, and he deserves to be playing at our level.

5. Kiwior

I might be imagining it, but the bulk we wanted Vieira to put on seems to have gone to the Polish defender. He is a BIG boy, has he been stealing from Fabio’s plate? I loved his game. He’s a menace. Very strong in the tackle. Good passing range. He’s also very aggressive. He’ll be knocking on the door soon I’d imagine. Remember, we picked him up because the club worried he’d become a £50m defender if we left him in Italy for another season.

We have West Ham in the next round, that should be a fun game, we can call it the Declan Derby.

There are some injury rumours doing the rounds at the moment. Reports suggesting Saliba might be carrying a knock are worrying. But I do think it’s worth noting that Arteta revels in the confusion around who is and is not available.

My guess would be this: The only players not in the squad tomorrow will be Partey and Martinelli. We could see some names rested, especially after good performances against Brentford. But by the time City comes around, we’ll have a full batch of players to choose from.

I think having Partey and Martinelli in the mixer for City would be HUGE for Arteta – I just hope he isn’t rolling the dice on fitness so early in the season.

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Dissenter

Eddi is the king of training , t’hats what Aretta uses to justify picking him ahead of other options.

Marko

A Walcott Martinelli debate…I guess people are that stupid

allezkev

Good game at Villa Park, Villa did well but they aren’t that good and Brighton aren’t that bad, just one of those days…

Belfast Gooner

“Saka does everything martinelli does and more. He builds play. He creates. He crosses. He pulls 2-3 defenders over to him”

Saka gets to work triangles with White and Ode. Martinelli doesn’t get half the support on the left that Saka gets. Plus he’s stuck with Havertz and his backpasses.

All that said, I cannot believe Arteta isn’t giving Saka a day off to recover some more. That kid is going to end up with a serious injury because he isn’t being properly looked after.

Wegotsupermik

Pedro on Twitter

“ 5 minutes into the 2nd half, Villa concede. No manager in the league better at facing down a
3-0 win and letting it get away from him.”

It’s hard to know what to say really – I can’t work out if he is just clueless or vindictive.

Habesha Gooner

Walcott was not a bad player. But he didn’t have what Martinelli has. People might be fooled bit Martinelli has a much better football brain. I have seen him pick out passes that weren’t even on. The crosses he delivers, the switches, the ball he sets up at the edge of the box frequently tell me he is much better than Walcott ever has been. Added to that he has the drive to get the ball back. That is why he will reach the top.

Josip Skoblar

Just heard Martin Keown say that Spurs’ changes under Ange are equivalent to the transformations Wenger brought to Arsenal in the late 1990s. Wow!

WengerEagle

Un

You are literally inventing stats now to back your daft Walcott claim.

His PL G/A in those seasons were 16 a piece, not well into the 20s. And G/A was literally Walcott’s entire bag, he couldn’t beat a traffic cone in a dribble.

MidwestGun

Maybe we can stop hearing about the amazing De Zerbi for a few weeks. It was getting tedious.

China1

I’m obviously very glad that saka rice and Saliba are all clear but I’m pretty disappointed that all 3 are starting We have a big squad and it strikes me as a very unnecessary risk to just rinse our best players just because they aren’t too broken How sure are we REALLY that none of those 3 would be better off skipping today? I’m not saying any of them are definitely going to break but this situation smells a bit of when everyone and their uncle said Partey at RB is going to end in tears very quickly because he’d… Read more »

Wicked Willy

People dissing the Kai / Bergkamp comparisons are forgetting that Bergkamp was a source of total derision in Italy, and in his first seven weeks at Arsenal. The comparison is totally valid. It’s dimly that Bergkamp proved all the doubters wrong. Indeed, I suspect most of the Kai doubters would have been bagging on Bergkamp in those Easley days too…

Dissenter

Un
You famously said Murdyk was better than Martinelli, didn’t you?

There’s something about Brazilians called Gabriel that puts you off, did a Brazilian exchange student called Gabrielle do you bad earlier on in life?

Left Testicle

Clueless AND vindictive.

Pierre

Marko
” refuse to get into another Eddie Nketiah debate especially given how abject he’s obviously been recently. He’s fucking shit”

So abject recently he was called up by England.
so abject recently he’s started nearly every game this season for the 2nd best team in the country، who unless I’m mistaken are undefeated.

Marko

I personally think that Martinelli and Saka is a bit like Vinicius and Rodrygo at Madrid. Both fantastic talents on either side of the pitch one’s slightly better than the other but equally as important. I mean I still think that Arteta should give minutes to Trossard and Nelson and Emile but in terms of bonafide starters it’s obviously Saka and Gabi

Josip Skoblar

Villa trashed Brighton 6-1, Oh,, oh De Zerbi!

Wegotsupermik

Graham62 my distinct memories of young Walcott is a player who lacked confidence (not helped I think by being picked for that World Cup at such a young age and with barely a game). Particularly when I watched games live I would see that he often made penetrating runs precisely when he knew he had not been spotted and so would not get the ball.

allezkev

Walcott scored over 100 goals playing in some pretty nondescript Arsenal teams, Martinelli is a much better technical player in a much better team, but as far as putting the ball in the net they seem to be on a par…

China1

Yeah I’m sorry but the Ange love in is so embarrassing

He’s literally had them play decent football for a handful of games and not shit the bed for any of the matches and suddenly he’s the second coming

This is ETH love in all over again

Left Testicle

Prediction:
One or two to aggravate injury a d be out for extended period.

Kpankulu

Can anyone check on X haka?

Our next manager [according to him] is not having a very good ebening.

Dissenter

Wegotsupermik
Yes, Pedro was and is the most biased blogger about Emery, at some point it degenerated into near hate.
Lots of the pelters directed at Arteta earlier on was long term posters trying to hold Pedro accountable for some of the positions he took when Emery was in charge.
I mean our current set-up is conceding so many goals in the first minute and can’t hold leads past one minute but but Emery.

WengerEagle

Ange gets a lot of rope because he’s very personable and charismatic.

If he were just another robot the love-in wouldn’t be the same.

Un

Eagle

No I’m not
All goals and assists for a season
Not just league games
Champions league and fa cup
Those were Theo’s stats

TheLegendaryDB10

Ouch, re Brighton.

And there I was thinking that they have been doing quite well so far and will be a threat in the EPL.

This 6-1 walloping by Villa is a bit of a wake up call for De Zerbi, methinks.

Aaron

Wicked,

You did see Dennis play for the national team, no? If not, the comparisons are valid.

Been following the Orange since the 70’s. No matter how Kai’s career turns out, he will never even be mentioned in the same breath. Not taking anything away from Kai, want him to do well, but expecting him to suddenly turn into a creating and scoring player are not where his strengths lie.

Mikel Coneteta

De Zerbi’s ass will be missing a few le grove tongues this week.

– Lost their opening game in Europe
– Knocked out the league cup
– Lost 6-1 in the league

Beautiful.

Marko

Look kudos to Pedro for running a popular blog and allowing discussions to flow on a daily basis. But I’m not here for his views on football and a lot of what he says on people like Emery for example I take with a pinch of salt. His views on super agents vary depending on whether or not Mikel is behind the signing is another. Basically don’t take what he says as gospel

Rusty Shackleford

Seemed like a good game to rest Saka. Arteta’s lack of rotating his players is a real issue. Could bite us in the arse later in the season.

WengerEagle

Un

I was talking about the PL and the fact that you needed to bring in Wally’s all-round stats to better them proves my point.

He wasn’t even a better G/A player than Martinelli, never mind all-rounder of which he wouldn’t be fit to lace Marti’s boots.

Dissenter

It may be that Martin Keown has visited the spurs training ground and knows why he’s saying since he was around when Wenger arrived.

Why’s it bothersome when other manager’s get praise

We’ll see how good Spurs really are when they face Liverpool but drudgingly, they passed the Emirates test playing on their own terms.

Marko

Yeah I’m sorry but the Ange love in is so embarrassing…This is ETH love in all over again

You said it mate

Dissenter

*grudgingly

Graham62

Marko

👍👏👏👏

Basically what you’re saying is that first and foremost this is an Arsenal blog and not an Arteta blog.

A nice polite take on things.

Zacharse

at least ange has some sort of personality

just waking up here, what in the fuck happened at villa, no dunk again? thats a large scoreline

TheLegendaryDB10

Dissenter

I am hoping to see Liverpool crush Sp*ds today.

It would be nice to bring that lot down from their lofty little cloud they’re on at the moment.

WengerEagle

I’d argue that Ange has done more impressive work thus far than ETH did this time last season though.

Spurs are actually playing decent football, are sitting above us on GD and he didn’t actually spend much money in the summer. Only notable signing was that Dutch CB.

All the while losing Kane who if you were to believe Tom is the best ST who has ever played the game.

Dissenter

Amrabat playing as inverting LB for Yawnited

Graham62

Brighton we’re awful but credit Villa.
Emery has done a great job……..and he rotates well!

FB

JWL

“Sold ferguson for watkins last night and I’m feeling very clever indeed this morning.”

Fuck me, how old are you 🙄

Dissenter

ETH has made United worse than he met it
His signings have been pretty poor and he’s inconsistently inconsistent about whatever he’s trying to do

Wicked Willy

Aarón

I fell in love with Dutch (and Milan) largely because of Van Basten. They were my second team throughout my youth, but only ever so then live once, at France 98 when Dennis scored that wonder goal against the Argies. Frustratingly, was at the other end so didn’t see it up close, but was extraordinary nonetheless.

As was Veron. To this day the greatest performance I have ever seen anyone have. Soiled my pants when Man Utd bought him. Luckily for us, it didn’t work out.

Mulerise14

.com is so use to Ramsdale they are still insisting he is d one in goal…😎

Zacharse

huh, what a league this year. have a hunch it wont be city lifting the EL trophy, which isnt to say its us, just feels like a leicester year

Habesha Gooner

WengerEagle
You forgot £40 mil signings Maddison and Jhonson. He has spent money to offset the Kane departure. But it is still impressive what he has done in a very short time.

FB

To follow Northbank’s wise advice

Time to clear off. The Wetters will be here in a few minutes

Mikel Coneteta

I don’t know who needs to hear it, but ETH is a fraud of a manager. Had Ajax playing well and the dim football fan alike thought that meant he was someone who could overhaul Manchester United.

Put the football archives away, Ajax are fucking Blackburn Rovers compared to a top 4 job in the PL in 2022.

He’s way out his depth, and long may it continue. Needs another 500M, give him the keys.

Habesha Gooner

Come on Havertz do something today.

GD4

“ It’s hard to know what to say really – I can’t work out if he is just clueless or vindictive.”

Oh dear. Someone may be in trouble 😱🥱🥱🥱

Wicked Willy

Anyone have a a stream they can recommend for todays game?

GD4

“ Un
You famously said Murdyk was better than Martinelli, didn’t you?”

😂😂🥱🥱

Dissenter

This villa drench shirt debacle is so funny
The UK sports wear company Castore can’t even make a simple jersey work out right
Sweat wicking technology is at least 50 years old

Aaron

Wicked,

Nice to hear you followed them quasi early, they are my favorite team in international futbol by a mile, think Cruyff, total futbol, that is what I am talking about.

Maybe Kai have a great game, assist and score.

LoveSausage

Hoping for a sign of life from Kai today.

Left Testicle

Zac,
Won’t be Leicester, there in the Championship. 😉

jwl

And it’s Arsenal,
Arsenal FC,
We’re by far the greatest team,
The world has ever seen …

Nigel Tufnel

Coneteta and legendary,,

The DeZerbi love will continue until he fails at Chelsea or Man united. This is guaranteed to happen,, by the way.

The grovers were in love with him after a few games and 1 tough interview last year.

MidwestGun

I just want the 3 points.. don’t care how.. working on the goal differential would be a plus. Let’s GO!!!

Useroz

Here we go…

C’mon boys

Graham62

KH will score today.

GD4

I listened to the Keown comments on talksport and all he was referring to was in the style of play … he said that having played under safety first George Graham it was revolutionary under Wenger who encouraged and insisted that their team play without fear of failure and pushed the, to express themselves on the field.
That was all.
Don’t know why people always read extra meanings into things .

TheLegendaryDB10

LS

Me too. It would be nice if he scored a goal to help get his confidence back.

Zacharse

testicle you saying leicestsr cant win the EL this year!? lol
you know what i meant, its gonna be southhampton

TheLegendaryDB10

Come on The Arsenal!!!!

Zacharse

adios crazy lg
see you on the other side

Dissenter

Bournemouth excitedly taking us on in the first few minutes because they remember
…they remember the first minute

Un

Diss
No I did if we (Arteta) are spending £80m on him then he’s coming to play and it sit on the bench

Eagle
No. His season stats are his season stats
Roping off martinelli proves my point
Theo loved a goal in Europe
Anyway
Fuck that debate now
The game is on

Un

Must say I really like the camera being so low to the o pitch

Socrates

Peacock is a joke

Un

Eddie losing the ball with his first touch

Dissenter

‘’ KH will score today’

They’ve been saying that now for a while, first in the west and now in the north.

Useroz

Can Eddie receive the ball and drive forward with no one within 10 yards!why a 20 yard back pass?

Dissenter

O dear, the peacock stream has voice completely separate from the video

Aaron

Someone needs to sit Ben down and help him count, then give him a lesson on taking a quick throw, he basically turns it over everytime with his slow throws into crowds.

Space is tight so far, and Kai with some nice footwork!

Damn good sequence of getting hold of possession.

MidwestGun

Not sure what is up with Peacock but their coverage lately is jacked up. Sound balance is off, hi def fades in and out, camera angles are wrong. Annoying. The low camera angle is ok for a few minutes but half the pitch is cut off.

Dissenter

For the life of me, why can’t Arteta just play Jesus in the middle and play someone else like ESR/Nelson in the left?
Football used to be a very simple game

Un

Great football from raya zinchenko then saka

Un

Peacock? Lololol
Get a firestick ladies
You won’t look back

Dissenter

Midwest’
They paid £2 billion for this migraine inducing production

Un

Diss agree
Jesus has to be our 9

Useroz

Good. First shot away! Havertz

jabberwocky

anyone got any other streams? tried the one jw1 posted but not working for me.

Guns of SF

Our walking wounded have recovered!

Habesha Gooner

Eddie needs to be more involved. We need him to be an outlet.

Useroz

Overcomplicate our 1st corner… came to nothing

Guns of SF

Very bad stream on peacock today indeed

raptora

Jesus with a shit pass put Havertz in trouble and Bournemouth had a good chance. God bless Saliba.

MidwestGun

Well at least he shot it. Eventually one will go in.

And now my whole feed went down for a minute. ugh.

Habesha Gooner

Wonderful defending from Saliba.

Useroz

Wow. Saliba recovers fast.. laser sharp sliding tackle already

Dissenter

This keeper is taking so long to kick the freaking ball

Aaron

paraquat straight out sucks!

Stealing peoples money for a living.

That was close.

Saliba and his timing, ohh my…

TheLegendaryDB10

Saliba is just such a fantastic defender!

Habesha Gooner

Eddie genuinely makes our all attack play worse. It is just plain to see.

Useroz

Gabriel was dump handling….

TheLegendaryDB10

Gabriel don’t get yourself carded ffs.

GD4

I’ll say it again, how I would live Pedro Neto in an Arsenal Uni.
1-0 Wolves of a deflection.
The lad is world class.
Come to Arsenal please.

Un

Fantastic saliba

Wicked Willy

Yeah, I can’t wait for the Eddie experiment to be over. Love the guy. Really don’t love him in our starting XI