SEASONED PERFORMANCE IN SPAIN

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I have to own it… when I said we’d drawn a Europa League group in the Champions League, I was wrong. I’m am very silly.

RC Lens beat us and Sevilla, with an average squad age of 56, gave us a really good game.

Arsenal exited the evening victorious – but my word, was it a hard-fought battle.

When you’re slumming it in Europa, you tend to forget that the Champions League isn’t flowers and champagne. The 90 minutes was hard to watch, it was cagey, it felt like a chess game for large parts. The big learning is domestic positions mean nothing when the tune of the famous song hits… players up their game, fans bring out their best selves, and games become extremely equalized.

That’s why a 1-2 win feels extra special. We are not an experienced European team, we’re a group of extremely talented boys, trying to find our foothold in the biggest comp in world football. To go away to the best outfit in our group and execute a really good game plan was very impressive. We showed a lot of patience, we didn’t fall for the Sevilla traps, and we didn’t let the emotion of the night get to us.

The finishes were superb as well. Watching Jesus pluck the ball out of the sky, turn Sevilla midfielders inside out, before sliding a galloping Martinelli in for a simple-ish finish was really special. To see him kill the game was raw individual talent just showed where he could go as a striker. He created his own space, used his dazzling feet to perfection, and rifled a Thierry-esque like strike into the top corner. Can I see this Jesus a bit more regularly?

We did have time to make it spicy. We conceded a sloppy goal from a corner. David Raya also kept the Ramsdalians on his back with a duff punch from a cross late on. He didn’t keep his eyes on the ball, the cross skidded off his fists over the bar, versus 40 yards up the pitch. The important conclusion here is it didn’t go in.

3 points is all you can ask for, but we got a lot more out of the game than that.

Tomiyasu tried his hand at left-backing and did a tremendous job. He looks really fit and sharp. Technically, he was extremely sound defensively. He won his duels, he made his presence known with his strength, and he showed that there are other options beyond Timber in that position. If the weekend is a form-based decision, why wouldn’t you opt for him?

David Raya is coming under fire again. I understand why. The punch put everyone’s bowels on the floor. But we have to give some perspective here – he’s 8 games in. He’s at a new club, with new players, being asked to do very ambitious things. He was literally partaking in rondos after 10 minutes. There will be errors – but at every club with a ballplaying keeper, there are errors. The player needs support and the detractors need to back off – just remember, the same folk begging for Ramsdale to return were the same folk that were telling us signing a keeper with 3 relegations under his belt was a bad idea. Writing off a potential Spain number 1 feels like a futile exercise, but here we are, some fans do not learn.

Declan Rice put in another monster performance. He’s going toe-to-toe with Jude Bellingham this season for the best midfielder in England. I am not a huge fan of him in the more advanced position, but overall, it’s hard not to sit in awe of his defensive positioning, and some of that explosive turbocharged running he can do when he sniffs out a chance to close in on goal. What a player – how did we end up bagging a generational talent like that?

The only real flatline moment of the evening was seeing Jesus limp off. Another hamstring issue. That’s quite the number we’re totting up this season. The club should be doing a better job with these soft tissue problems. It’s too early in the season for a young team to be dropping like this so regularly. Hamstring issues are the result of wear and tear – that can be too many games, but it can be offset by being a little less intense in training. What is the root cause here? TELL ME?

No one will tell me.

But it needs deeper investigation because if we can’t survive 5 games a month, we’re going to be in deep, deep trouble come December.

So, a great start to the week. We’re in the hunting pack for the league. We’re top of our group in the Champions League. There are minimal things we need to complain about. So why not check out our latest podcast?

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MidwestGun

At this point you have to play Havertz as much as possible in games like this and hope something clicks, imo.

Dissenter

Un
In her lane?
Making little cup cakes in the kitchen for the post game tea
C’mon man

GD4

My lord Trossard so so good

Gonsterous

Tross the Boss. Great off the bench player…

Aaron

Holy crap, Saka off.

Now, get Saliba a bit of rest, he is our super machine at the back and we will need him for the last 10 games, bank on it!

Dissenter

Mid
…or we can just keep giving him the odd penalty kicks

MidwestGun

Yep Tross has stupid good close ball control.

GD4

Play him centrally Mikel and move the smith out wide.
Wonder if reconsidering how hard he pushed for Havertz

Marko

Shame there’s no Nwaneri to get a run out.

Paddy Gooner

Oooh, pity

MidwestGun

True Diss… haha he has to be on the pitch though.. just sayin.

TR7

Trosaard is a baller, a joy to watch. Martinelli has more power and pace but in terms of technical skills Trosaard is the boss.

Gonsterous

Not a fan of Nketiah because I’m not a fan of his skill set. Nevertheless, the Hattrick was well taken. 3 points on the board because of him and I’m sure he’ll sleep well tonight having shut up some of the haters.

MidwestGun

1 more goal… and I’ll be a happy happy camper.

GD4

Was hoping Rice would pull the trigger there on a great surging run .
Need at least two more goals

Gonsterous

That looked like a pen.. cmon!!

Gonsterous

I have seen those given before. That looked like a pen.

Dissenter

Honestly Eddie should be off to preserve him

Samesong

How that isn’t a penalty is beyond me

Mikel Coneteta

Trossards cameos are usually the sort of stuff you expect to see from ESR.

The latter just doesn’t seem to have the same hunger to him for whatever reason. Needs to fix up.

Habesha Gooner

We are just going along this season without having to be our best. I hope we peak at the right time because if we do, we might have enough gas to go all the way this time.

Un

Looked like a penalty all day long

goona

unlucky great ball from the BOSS

Un

DissenterOctober 28, 2023 16:34:37
Un
In her lane?
Making little cup cakes in the kitchen for the post game tea
C’mon man

Diss
I don’t care
Just not on the men’s game
Women’s football, kitchen, bedroom, I don’t care where she goes
She’s shit
Her voice is annoying
Her insight is 10 year old level and I’m sick of these talentless shrill women being diversity hired into our game to tick boxes and virtue signal
Fucking joke

Tony2

The proverbial afternoon stroll in the autumnal sunshine

Vickingz

Bellinghammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Thierry Martinelli

Bellingham doing his thing

GD4

That’s. A PK surely

MidwestGun

Now that looked like a pk….. wtf?

Thierry Martinelli

Screamer

Dissenter

That’s a red card
Stamp on the archilles
Penalty

Aaron

Another achilles rake, ref’s blatantly ignorant or purely corrupt- that is the question.

Un

How is that not a penalty
All day long

Habesha Gooner

That is a pen surely?

goona

loll thats a pen

raptora

Wonder who’ll take the pen.

Dissenter

What there ti review
It was a penalty and a second yellow

Eff off

Gonsterous

Havertz pity pen again??

MidwestGun

You might have called it Diss.. pk for Havertz?

goona

fuck me, you wont see a more obvious pen all season!!

GD4

Clear PK.
What’s taking so long.

Aaron

Forget the penalty, how about a RED damn card for this crap…

Matt

How does that possibly need an on field review.

Habesha Gooner

Trossard to take it for me.

GD4

PK!
That’ was so clear.
Who’s tKing it.

Thierry Martinelli

no pity pen for Kai 😂😂😂

goona

ref are passing the buck on decisions….

MidwestGun

Hmmm Fabio V.. instead.. Eddie with the handoff.

Aaron

Eddie being smart with that team building move!

GD4

Viera.
4-0.

Matt

Why the fuck give it to Vieira.

TheLegendaryDB10

Well done Fabio!!

TR7

“Trossards cameos are usually the sort of stuff you expect to see from ESR.”

ESR was doing stuff that Trosaard is doing right now when he was a regular. I still think we will see much more from him as he plays more and more.

GD4

Make it five now …

MidwestGun

Nice… now I’m happy same amount of goals as Spuds now..

raptora

Happy for Fabio!

Aaron

What a good day so far eh?

Samesong

Veira a good penalty taker

goona

get in……the refereeing is atrocious though!

Dissenter

Congrats Vierra

….for other goal you’ve scored
The one that will need a change of diapers soon

TheLegendaryDB10

Everyone gets a turn for a goal! 😁

Habesha Gooner

A really good day today. Chelsea losing, 4 – 0 ahead of Westham. And we rotated heavily. Good day out for us.

MidwestGun

Rice balled out again… great game

Un

Big of Eddie to give him the ball
Very nice touch

GD4

El Neny for Rice.
Should’ve been done ten minutes earlier.
Can’t afford to lose him.

Dissenter

Arteta got the selection spot on
Used the game to make his squad happy and match fit

Good job for the manager

TheLegendaryDB10

I say Elneny for the 5th goal.

Mikel Coneteta

TR7

Talking up ESR cameos from 2021 isn’t the look you think it is.

Paddy Gooner

Big mo is on. Time for a mo special?

raptora

10 mins additional time. Ref is high.

GD4

Ten minutes of extra time?
Crazy

goona

Rice is a bargain…

Thierry Martinelli

ESR was doing stuff that Trosaard is doing right now when he was a regular

Lies 😂😂😂

Marko

Elneny coming on in the 88th min to earn a weeks wage finally is still funny to me

Un

Trossard is a fucking G
He should be playing every game in some capacity
First name on the team sheet for me in the more advanced positions
He’s changed so many games for us since he joined
Criminal now little he’s used

Habesha Gooner

Rice has been nearly faultless since he has joined. We barely look like conceding when he is playing 6. Just a game changer of a signing interms of minimizing the cheap goals we gave away last season.

Un

Thierry MartinelliOctober 28, 2023 16:49:49
ESR was doing stuff that Trosaard is doing right now when he was a regularLies 😂😂😂

How is that lies you Mong

GD4

Hate to be negative but Viera is a pu$$y.
Simple challenge before the foul and we don’t give up this free kick.
Want this clean sheet

Un

My starting front 5 would be
Saka Odegaard ESR trossard
Jesus

goona

@Un yep, he ups the tempo the minute he gets on….the whole dynamic of the team changes, look far more dangerous

Dissenter

When Elneny came on…I just thought, now Marko will have a word in

…and he couldn’t resist

There are so many personal pet peeves here, I swear. I’m speaking from experience

GD4

Raya 👏👏👏👏👏

He’s like Velcro’ on crosses.
Amazing!

Dissenter

Someone needs to put up a lost-and-still-missing poster on Havertz

Still waiting for him to have that breakout game

That’s my pet peeve, by the way

Little Mozart

Tomiyasu

Vickingz

Tomiiiiiii

GD4

Trossard is Carzola like.
He’s being wasted on the wing.
I’d love to see him as an 8 or 10.
He’d be unplayable and would create more chances than Ode

Tomi makes it FIVE

MidwestGun

That’s everyone’s pet peeve Diss.

GET IN TT.!!! NIce

raptora

Tomi boy! 5-0 The perfect game for us.

Thierry Martinelli

Who doesn’t love a Tomiyasu smile

Marko

Disappointed we didn’t see more from Havertz today. Missed opportunity to build up some form of momentum or confidence. A shot or something I beg

Dissenter

Yea, 5-0 is what i expected.
Anything else would have been a let down

TheLegendaryDB10

Ha ha ha.

So cool for Tomi

Well done all around for the Arsenal!!

GD4

“ Someone needs to put up a lost-and-still-missing poster on Havertz”

Don’t let Raptora see that

goona

good days work!

Gonsterous

Get Innn !! Tomi !!!

MidwestGun

Samurai Warrior.. would not be denied.

Habesha Gooner

First goal for Tomi. Great day.

Rap
Still think Tomi is a useless player?

Graham62

I’m sorry but VAR is farcical and the reason it’s farcical is because of those overseeing it.
Bournemouth and Burnley…….what a joke!
Too many people involved.
Just get one person, with a coffee and he’d sort it out straight away.

Marko

Tomi smiling… love to see it

Dissenter

Havertz still has 7 minutes left
He won’t have a better chance