ARTETA MATURITY TEST AWAITS

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Arsenal vs Manchester City hasn’t seen a win go the way of the red & white in 12 straight games. Not even a draw. We are extremely bad when it comes to City.

There’s no way of getting around it. We’re damaged goods psychologically when we see that lighter shade of blue line up against us. Now we’re the second-best team in the league, that quirk has to change. Losing twice to City last season cost us the league. If we want to be in with a sniff this time around, losing to them like that again cannot be on the cards.

There are some advantages for this game. KDB is definitely out; he can’t haunt us with his magic tomorrow. Rodri is suspended, there can be no magical horse-placenta-induced return for him. John Stones is ‘unavailable’ but we all know that’s Pep playing games, he was on the bench for Leipzig and didn’t play a minute, but that means very little. My hope is he’s rusty at the very least.

Arsenal have some problems they are dealing with.

Bukyao Saka is the biggest story. He’s on his 3rd injury in two weeks, best case scenario is the pull-up against RC Lens was fatigue-induced, and if that’s the case, he’ll very much be in the redzone. Arsenal have let England know they are still monitoring things and there will be a late test. I’m not sure I believe that for a minute. We’re 8 games into the season, rolling out our best player and subjecting him to the risk of aggravating an injury we’ve all seen would be beyond the pale of dimness. Arteta cannot possibly flirt with his starboy exiting the squad for 3 months.

The only thing that panics me there is he was clearly pushing for Saliba to play at the end of the last season. This is slightly different, we were chasing immortality then, we’re not quite there right now. Context is key here. The only reason Saka plays tomorrow is sheer ego – because I can’t imagine any medical/performance pro is looking at the last two weeks of Saka recommending he start – especially knowing the consequence of that is either an injury or a trip away with Gareth Southgate on international duty. I just can’t buy that we’d be able to play him tomorrow and negotiate him away from England. That would set a terrible precedent for Southgate.

There’s also the PR… fans will lose their minds if Arteta breaks a player because of his Pep G daddy issues.

We also have some other players teetering on the cusp I’m not so worried about. Thomas Partey will most certainly be ready to start if Arteta wants to roll with a double pivot. The idea of having Partey AND Rice will be intoxicating for him and I’d imagine Thomas will want to show the world what he can do against top opposition.

I’m also expecting to see Martinelli available and Trossard ready to start.

The major question for me is: How do we want to play?

Most teams success against City comes from playing a deepblock and hitting them in transition.

Arsenal don’t have deepblock in their new DNA. But we have the personnel to play that way this season. Kai Havertz hasn’t had a hero game yet, but wouldn’t it be fitting if he did playing as a loan striker? He gives us the physical edge we’ve lacked in important games, he can hold the ball up, he’s good a linking play, and I’d imagine his big game nature might be suited to this one.

This is also a huge one for David Raya. His start has been decent, but not wild yet. He will be the busiest he’s been all season against City. He needs to be switched on, his passing needs to be electric, and we cannot see any gaffs. The Ramsdalians will be watching closely.

Home games aren’t our best. The players try and go for the game too early on. There’s no patience. We have been prone to rolling out the dumb.

The key to City is don’t lose… the key to don’t lose is patience.

We need to be on our game tomorrow in a way we haven’t really seen this so far this season. The passing needs to click, players need to step up, and we need to offer up some serious clinicality.

I’m not sure what to think about the game – I’m intrigued more than anything else. Arteta is the most interesting character of the day.

Can he contain his ego when going up against his sporting Daddy?

Can he offer up Pep a true surprise with his tactics?

Can he contain his emotions and keep the players feeling relaxed?

Can he motivate his players to believe that they can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the best?

We’ll learn a lot tomorrow – don’t lose is the key message. Don’t do anything dumb is the underlying one.

Let’s see where we land.

Also, check out our latest content below! We have an elite before the whistle – and Johnny spent some time with a City fan. Eat them up today! x

We also have a great free-to-air Manchester City fan interview.

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Marko

Galiba I like that

Dissenter

I won’t be surprised to learn later in that Haaland is carrying an injury
He’s looking a bit shit to be honest
Alvarez has been the one carrying city this season

allezkev

Tbh I thought we should have beat Lens, we were so in control then it just went tits up, I can see a less expansive style now, not as entertaining but it’s all about controlling the game and cutting out the stupid mistakes. We’re not there yet but it’s coming along nicely…

WengerEagle

Raya agreed was prime Flappyanksi first half, you do have to feel a little for Ramsdale because Raya’s been fairly meh since coming into the side and he looks to be our undisputed 1 so imagine if he comes into his stride and hits a vein of form? Ramsdale better get used to picking wood out of his arse so.

Marko

Only his second season playing for us and in the premier league and I swear he’s as good a CB as there is in the league

salparadisenyc

Haaland looked similar mid week in Europe. Was a step off everything he hit last season, think we can chalk it up to form building.

Dissenter

We were nervy the first 10-20 minutes though, lucky that the game wasn’t over by then.

Matt B

Great performance, great atmos in the North Bank, felt like it had been coming for a while

Raya was getting a lot of abuse from those around me, his kicking was shite first half, felt like Leno under Unai Emery at times, but he improved a lot 2nd half.

Great to see Partey and Gabi back

China1

tr7 let’s not cover up the absolutely shambles that was Raya in the first half. he was fucking dire

he got basically everything, everywhere wrong and nearly killed us. he also made the whole team nervous.

second half was much calmer but I’m afraid for a keeper, having a dreadful first half and a solid second half = a poor performance. he was lucky he wasn’t subbed at half time if arteta was true to his word about being willing to sub keepers. that first half from him was awful

second half was fine tho at least

WengerEagle

He’s majestic Marko.

As close as there is to a Van Dijk regen. Not quite as fast but just as elegant and classy a player.

Dissenter

I hope Partey isn’t going for the international break

Madhu

Pep is getting pelters from Cesc for not playing Kalvin Phillips and changing everything in the midfield. He basically said that city spends so much money and yet can’t find someone to replace Rodri

Marko

Look let’s be honest city with their second coming of tiki taki or whatever it’s called doesn’t play to Haalands strengths. DeBruyne does or wingers either side of him do. Maybe he should come to arsenal. Saka and Martinelli up top with him

MG42

Looks like another trophy celebration here, the win over City trophy. It is 30 more games to go and if NoRoteta comes good he will leave for another club, excellent. If he bottles it like the last two times, the Havertz thing will move him on, excellent. A win win situation.

Samesong

Raya was nervous first half. Yes he was slow with distribution. However he will go down as the keeper that didn’t concede against City at home in our first win since 2015.

bacaryisgod

looks like Bukayo was the problem all along🤣😂🤣

local

Wow, didn’t see that one coming.

I was expecting a thrashing(hadn’t checked Shitty lineup before posting), even at half-time I thought shitty might nick one in second half.

Jorginho and Zinch despite some iffy moments early on were actually good.

I was surprised to see Rico Lewis in midfield, was expecting either Stones or Kalvin-Phillips there.

Shitty definitely missed Rodri the thug(amazing player).

Awesome 3 points.

Pierre

I’m surprised pep didn’t put haaland against Gabriel 2nd half as Saliba had him in his pocket .
What the performance of haaland showed is how difficult it is for a striker to impress when there is literally no service and the game is negative…

China1

I don’t usually single saliva out for praise because it’s a given. he’s odds on to be the best CB in the world by the end of this season. I expect no less from him Gabriel tho, I really enjoyed his part. we all know Saliba is generational in the truest sense of the word, but I find Gabriel more interesting to critique. historically he’s brilliant but has a mistake in him. not really seen any mistakes in I’m this season so far tho. most or all the goals we concede have been in spite of him rather than because… Read more »

TR7

Will it be an exaggeration to suggest that Saliba (capability wise) is in the league of Thiago Silva, Rio Ferdinand etc. ?

bacaryisgod

The moment Raya found Gabriel Jesus with a long, raking pass in the 2nd half, his confidence shot up for the rest of the game. Good to see it.

WengerEagle

Haaland is a freak and a goalscoring phenom but his all-round game is actually very limited. When he doesn’t score he’s a bit of a passenger and you just know that deep down that must grate Pep.

I’d say he much prefers Alvarez as a player.

Matt B

Samesong: You’re be very kind to Raya, he had a mate first 45-minutes and we were lucky not to concede.

China1

Pierre reaching really really far into his back pocket to make indirect excuses for Eddie’s lack of goals LOL.

subtle, Pierre, but nowhere near subtle enough.

Matt B

mare

bacaryisgod

TR7

No exaggeration on Saliba.

Dissenter

Speaking about how Saliba doesn’t get credit because he’s made excellence a staple

Ben White was immense as well.

Pep is looking tired
He should have stayed away longer to recover from his back surgery

China1

TR7 Saliba is going to be the best CB in the world imminently. there’s nothing whatsoever he can’t do.

China1

yeah ben white was glorious today

TR7

Said it last season when Haaland was breaking every record that he was not a special player. He is a very limited player. Typical of media these days using the word “generational” “world class” very loosely.

bacaryisgod

Ode absolutely starved of possession but when you have Partey, Zinchenko and Rice all behind him, it takes a lot of pressure off.

Btw, can we just marvel at Tomiyasu storming through the middle on the goal for a moment? Not on the Bould-Adams combo level but it was definitely in the same universe.

bacaryisgod

TR7-usually agree with you but when a striker breaks the Premier League record scoring on average a goal per game, then by definition he’s a special player because no-one else had been able to do that within an incredible City team before he arrived there.

Dissenter

I hope Arteta’ has been convinced now
Just play Partey at 6 and Rice as 8

So much of “Rich was right”

Samesong

Halaand will be back to scoring once his boyfriend back.

Marko

Mikel Arteta confirms to Sky that Leandro Trossard picked up an injury which forced HT substitution for Gabriel Martinelli

Oh so he lucked out

Marko

Typical of media these days using the word “generational” “world class” very loosely.

You literally do the same thing with ESR. It happens

WengerEagle

Nobody that knows football would even put Haaland in the same sentence as Messi or Ronaldo.

Un

I don’t care about anything any of your cunts have to say
We beat city
Fuck off

TR7

Bacary

He broke the record alright but special players do special things on big occasions against big teams. Haaland even at his peak which was last season was pretty much invisible in big games. CL final, both legs of CL SF, FA Cup Final, most games against top teams in the league.

He is a great poacher when he is not facing quality defenders but special he is not.

Karsa

Jog on Marko

Arteta put Martinelli on against physio advice because Gabi is a warrior, noy because he lucked out.

On Martinelli: “Another player with big ones too. The physios weren’t having it and he said ‘I am ready to go’. Leo got injured and I looked to him and he was already ready to go.”

David.D

FUCKING YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS

TR7

Marko

I don’t remember having used words like world class for ESR, let alone generational. He is a different type of player from most and that’s why I have high hopes from him but I don’t think I have used those words for him.

Raulishuss

TR7October 8, 2023 19:15:58 BacaryHe broke the record alright but special players do special things on big occasions against big teams. Haaland even at his peak which was last season was pretty much invisible in big games. CL final, both legs of CL SF, FA Cup Final, most games against top teams in the league.He is a great poacher when he is not facing quality defenders but special he is not. How many finals did Henry score in? You just have a shit take on the game in general. Technic comes in different ways, aim is to be effective and… Read more »

Marko

Guys come on Haaland is generational he’s literally a freak. Comparing him to Messi or Ronaldo…look the fact that you would even think to do that suggests that he’s special.

Unfortunately for Goliath he came up against David today and he had his weetabix this morning

Drake

That result would have given a few on here the right hump! COYG!

Un

rkoOctober 8, 2023 19:13:28
Mikel Arteta confirms to Sky that Leandro Trossard picked up an injury which forced HT substitution for Gabriel MartinelliOh so he lucked out

Loooooool
Smell the devastation
Tell us again how superior emery and Caicedo is you Mong

Un

KarsaOctober 8, 2023 19:17:46
Jog on Marko

Yes
Jog on marko
Nobody wants your chinless bull shit here
Fuck off back to the slums of Dublin

Nigel Tufnel

“Diss and that clown mystic also swore caicedo was better value for money lol”…
..(along with Marko.)

The 3 wise men when it comes to talent judgement and decision making.

The loudest are usually the dumbest.

Un

Marko

😂 😂 😂
Prat

Marko

I never said Caicedo was better value for money. Are you okay? You guys do know people are happy that we won right?

Marko

Don you were able to reach up to the sugar jar I see. Very giddy lad good for you

Nigel Tufnel

Un,

that’s perfect because I was thinking that that was early to bring Martinelli on.
I was thinking at 60 minutes I’d do it. Similar with Partey, mostly worried about the Jorginho yellow.

The knock for Trossard should mean he doesn’t go to Belgium.

China1

Haaland is special, this is beyond dispute By scoring that many goals, even if most are against the average and weak teams, you put your team in contention by default How many players in the world can do that? Everyone else plays against those average and weak teams too, and everyone else drops more points over the 38 games in no small part because they don’t have a player who is probably going to score an average of a goal a game If arsenal had had Haaland last season, yes our overall link up would’ve been worse, but we’d have… Read more »

Nigel Tufnel

Apologies Marko. I went by someone else’s word.

Nigel Tufnel

2 losses in a row for Man Cheaty to chew on for a couple weeks. No worry about the table at all with the lucky scum up top temporarily.

Just the confidence we have now that we can hold our own with the best team in the world. Even a draw the way we played would have been great for us… the win is gravy.

Perfect tactics throughout. The mature performance that I was asking for.
What did they have- 1 or 2 shots?

Nigel Tufnel

All 4 subs involved in the goal. I’ll never get tired of watching that. Tomiyasu is a great burst of energy off the bench, always. That header was huge.

One

Kai Havertz did his job. Odegaard was splendid, our best centre back today was Gabriel, Completely dominated today. Nketiah wasn’t great but he did his best to not let the defense of Man city rest. Jesus is crazy dangerous asf, Trossad had a bad game, it happens. Declan Rice is Arsenal’s future in DM, Anybody complaining about his ball carrying ability has no knowledge of the value of the ability especially for a physically superb player like Declan to have that ability in bundles. Those undermining Zinchenko’s defensive skill, He’s not the best in that regard but he did well… Read more »

China1

Literally do the math Let’s say you average a goal a game over 38 league games Let’s say you never score even a single goal against a big 6 opponents (not true for Haaland but for the sake of argument) That means you score 38 goals in 28 matches, averaging 1.4 goals a game against those teams By scoring that many against those teams, provided the rest of your team is good (they are) it leaves you with a high probability of victory going into every single non-big 6 match. If those goals helped you win 90% of those matches,… Read more »

China1

But yeah who cares about Haaland when our CBS just dominated him

salparadisenyc

Haaland is beyond elite pull it together people he’s building form off a treble winning premier league debut season.

China1

‘ Manchester City had four shots in this match – it’s the fewest shots a Pep Guardiola side has had in a top-flight game since April 2010 with Barcelona against Espanyol (4).’

Stat.

izzo

GET THE FUCK IN!!!! FUCK OFF MAN CITY!!!

China1

Pretty sure 2 of those came in the first 5 mins as well

Pierre

Nigel
“The loudest are usually the dumbest.”

and there are none louder than you.

Spanishdave

Rice must have great vibes today being in such a match.
Money can buy success as Real Madrid know with Bellingham.
We need a good CF now

One

China No shot in the second half… A damn good job by Arsenal to stop the best team in the world.

Dissenter

I was never a big fan of Caicedo, didn’t even tot him in the winter, talk-less of the summer.
I wouldn’t have spent £105 million on any midfielder or for any footballer. If that’s a sin, then count me a sinner. I don’t believe in mega signings.
Nigel get your act together and stop acting like a ponce. It’s not like you didn’t spend the last two years telling us Bissouma was shit.

WengerEagle

No doubt he’s elite Sal, I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a better pure finisher in the game.

Just saying that prime Suarez/Henry he ain’t i.e a one-man wrecking ball.

raptora

Rice was by far my MotM. Our defenders also did a superb job. Jesus and Ode ran a lot but were so wasteful, my TV is full of spit from the times I yelled after they’ve fucked an attack up. Partey, Tomi, Kai and Marti- 4 subs combined for the goal. Having such quality on the bench plus Saka and Timber, who didn’t play, is such a joy and such a weapon. Happy to finally get the big W vs City. It wasn’t pretty but the result is all that matters. We played smart, limited their chances – Haaland with… Read more »

One

SpanishdaveOctober 8, 2023 19:53:25
Rice must have great vibes today being in such a match.
Money can buy success as Real Madrid know with Bellingham.
We need a good CF now

Osimhen is looking a good piece of target.

One

Raptora, I’m waiting to see the Arteta haters talk about Kai’s contribution. I want to see them talk it down.

Goona

Agreed, a top class forward and we are the real deal..

WengerEagle

I thought Jesus played quite well actually, how exactly was he wasteful? What clear-cut chances did he have really.

Certainly was better than Eddie and Trossard.

Leftside

Stadium was buzzing today! COYG

LeMassiveCoq

I usually love just staring at the table after a win like this….

Pierre

Raya ‘s kicking towards the end was phenomenal, it completely stopped city from dominating us and we saw out the game with ease. He did look shaky with the ball at his feet for the first half hour but even during that period his handling was good… It will be interesting to see if we concede fewer shots at goal with Raya in goal , he does tend to want to dominate his area more than Ramsdale which can sometimes be counted productive but ultimately if we concede less with fewer shots on goal then maybe he makes us more… Read more »

Pierre

Jesus had a good game

One

Jesus did play well Raptora, he did superbly facing Gvardiol, He didn’t allow Gvardiol sit still in defence.

Aaron

Gabriel w a header off a cross which naaland have placed in corner.

Big save and energy killer….

AFC moving forward…..

One

Raya did well even when he started slow (passing and control), His domination of the air forced Man city’s aerial threat to be lower than ever.

WengerEagle

Raya’s distribution in the 2nd half was outstanding. It really is a weapon for us to counter teams quickly and to alleviate the press, hopefully the 1st half was just nerves because of the stage and it was his first time in such a match with so much at stake.

Habesha Gooner

Get the fuck in. Martinelli magic. Havertz had a great cameo. And that is why you fucking pay the money for Rice. Fantastic all game. That was a statement.

bacaryisgod

Enough about Haaland and debunking TR7. This should all be about Arsenal. For the first time we got a glimpse of how effective in big games a Partey-Rice combo can be with Partey dictating tempo and Rice being an end-to-end force both in and out of possession. It’s clear that Arteta wants them to play together but with Zinchenko injured to start the season and then Partey being out, we never got the chance to see it. The beauty of the Rice-Partey partnership is that it also takes heat away from Havertz starting in key games. I like having Havertz… Read more »

Mr Serge

Just getting back from the game what an atmosphere

Does anybody know the score ?
1 nil to the Arsenal

Raulishuss

Gone under the radar but zinchenko had a quietly superb game especially defensively,.was a little less adventurous which was exactly what we needed. Jesus and ødegaard huff and puffed alot but they put it so much effort and desire to make the team more effective. It’s a TEAM but people just prefer to shit on individuals without really looking at the bigger picture. You can see why Eddie started today, without Saka we needed someone who could keep the city defense honest especially with trossard who isn’t the sharpest defensively starting. Having Jesus and Eddie up top make it harder… Read more »

Mr Serge

Partey coming on gave us the control cant wait to see that rice Partey axis amazing day

raptora

William Saliba won 100% of his duels and completed 97% of his passes against Man City.

He did not commit a single foul or get dribbled past once.

raptora

Jesus was excellent, everywhere, asked them question left and right, arrived to their box and not a single good decision all game. Rice could have scored a brace if Jesus had picked him on alone in the box a couple of times.

Left Testicle

Gabriel was also good next to Saliba.

Larsson

Shaky game we are lucky not to conceed in first 20, but why are Arteta making Raya playing the ball around even when unde pressure? Backline to, why pass it around in the back instead of getting it quick up, it has cost us points before and almost did today again! Raya was awesome to pick out those long crosspasses in brighton wnd he has done a few here but it must be that Arteta want his keepers to alway dribble around to play it from the back, and i dont get why.. It gets me nervous when both Raya… Read more »

Nigel Tufnel

Dissenter, You’ve been hiding from so many transfer opinions you’ve got wrong over the years…. usually hating on our own guys. In my case… Bissouma is absolutely shit compared to the quality we’ve been adding in the past 3 or 4 years. Never Arenal level, not even under Emery or Wenger… certainly not Arteta. I stand by every word. We’ll also see where spurs end up this season with him. Watch any Tottenham game and see how many times he gives away the ball, then when he wins a ball the spurs fans say ooh, aah …, as if they… Read more »

GunnerWomble

If we could just get Partey and Rice on the pitch at the same time for at least 20 more games we will win this thing…

Habesha Gooner

Yep, Rice, Saliba and Jesus all were our top performers. Martinelli also had a good half. Havertz and Tomiyasu had great cameos.

Eddie though showed me why we need an upgrade on him. Good player but not at the elite level where we are heading. Need better than him.

Josip Skoblar

Martinelli confirmed that he is a genius. 👍
Saliba is sooooo impressive, and he is our most consistent performer.👌
Rice is money well spent. He is excellent. 👏
The Emirates were rocking today!!!! ✊
The future looks bright: we’ll be champions this year.l!

G8

Gabriel long range passing is awesome too !
Solid defensive pair him and Saliba !

Nigel Tufnel

“Manchester City had four shots in this match – it’s the fewest shots a Pep Guardiola side has had in a top-flight game since April 2010 with Barcelona against Espanyol (4)…” Thanks for a great stat. Even when Manchester City lose to far inferior squads, they never look as frustrated as today. The reason: they know they were matched at their own level. It wasn’t a bad call (that never happens to them) and it wasn’t luck. They barely gave us a scratch, and should’ve had Kovacic sent off… We played them even in the first half, some parts they… Read more »

Nigel Tufnel

From X:
William Saliba won 100% of his duels and completed 97% of his passes against Man City.

He did not commit a single foul or get dribbled past once.

Wallet, keys, phone, Erling Haaland. 📱

raptora

We thought Doku will terrorize us but he got roasted by Zinna, Tomi he then went to the other flank and got shat on by Benny and Jesus. Pep will have a word with him because he lost the ball a tad too many times and helped us gain some tempo.

Left Testicle

Spectacles, testicle, wallet and watch.
Yeah baby! 🤓

Nigel Tufnel

Sorry Raptora, I must have taken that from your Twitter LOL