SHEFFIELD UNITED WALLOPPED

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There’s no other way to describe the game. Arsenal unleashed on Sheffield United in one of the most controlled performances of the season.

Controlled because we were patient.

Controlled because the manager heavily rotated his starting 11.

Controlled because we took off key players when we needed to.

Don’t talk to me about the opposition, they play in the Premier League, they are worth the same three points as Manchester City. Heading into easy games and making them look easy hasn’t been our strong suit over the past 4 years. Just think back to the unraveling of our title last season, those were easy games, we failed.

It didn’t look like it was going to be a hammering. We didn’t score our first goal until the 28th minute and it took an Eddie wonder-turn to make the breakthrough. The first 45 minutes gave us just 3 shots on target. Arsenal controlled the game, but it didn’t feel particularly swaggerish.

The second half was a touch better – 5 shots on target, 4 goals.

Eddie was the star if we’re honest. He scored a hattrick. He deserved one after the hammering he took after his cameo in the week. Each goal was different. One revolved around a Bergkamp-like turn, one was a poacher’s goal, and the final one was a rocket from outside the box. It showed his talents. He needs to do it more often, but as we look at the numbers right now, he’s earned 2 penalties, scored 7 goals in 13, and has 5 in the Premier League right now. Not bad for someone everyone says we need to sell to Hull next week,

There were other big performances.

Zinchenko reminded eveyrone of his qualities with a roaming full back performances. I thought Kiwior slipped into defence with no drama. Kai hasn’t had a blowout performance, but he functioned will in the side and was a credit to the team.

We didn’t really notice the lack of Odegaard, Declan Rice led the team really well, and Smith Rowe had a really promising game with a a lovely assist to cap it.

Tomi scored a great goal, cementing his iconic status amongst the base.

My overall takeway was: Wow, that was a mature game.

We put minutes into legs that needed them, gave rest to players that had to have it, and there was no noticeable difference in the way we played.

Having a rotation 11 deliver to those sorts of standards really does tell you how far Arteta has taken the culture at the club – and how well our recruitment team has done. When Fabio Vieira is coming on and getting an assist (looked like it) and scoring a penalty. You know the squad is in good shape.

Short one today, I am stacked with things to do, if you want more reaction, you know where the podcast is at! (below)

Have a great day! Let’s hope United do some damage tomorrrow!

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Positive pete

Agreed on Emery ,China. .Doesn’t get the credit he deserves for sure.A lot of that is due to the hangover of his “ Good ebening” press conferences.which for a novice learner of the language were woefully unfair on him.And he at least made an attempt to converse without an interpreter.A very likeable guy.Due far more respect than given.

englandsbest

Finally Eddie is ready, the floodgates open.

It seems the quality of most PL games has never been better nor the calibre of the managers. It’s not a one horse race. Man C may still be favourite but there are many serious contenders.

Sheffield U is not one of them. I can’t remember a more one-sided game. Most pleasing Arsenal – with Eddie and ESR – clicked. Near perfect football.

Madhu

Un, agreed hopefully he does get minutes and gets better. He is a joy to watch there is a certain innocence in his play that is so endearing. Just want him desperately to succeed for Arsenal

China1

Emery is unlikely to ever be mentioned in the same breath as the greats of the game which is fair enough, but aside from the absolutely elite guys of the last 20 years, wenger, fergie, klopp, guardiola, mourinho ancellotti and a small handful more, Emery should be regarded as the best of the rest (or very close) for the next rung down Fantastic career to date Loads of managers who have achieved vastly less have gotten far more credit. Wake me up when Poch wins as many big trophies as Emery. Ange as well. Poch trophies to date: 2 French… Read more »

jwl

China1 – I think problem for Emery at Arsenal was he was taking over for Wenger and many people, like Pedro, decided to turn into little englanders and mock the guy every chance they got even tho the Spaniard improved our position in league and took us further in Europe.

Gooners took out their frustrations with late Wenger years on Emery, blamed him for everything wrong with club, and now we pretending Arteta is great manager even tho he’s done significantly worse than Emery who we fired for being incompetent.

Karsa

`Remind me of our league position when Emery left?

Matt B

No one disputes that Emery is a very good manager, but he was terrible at Arsenal — we played the worst football I’ve witnessed at Arsenal since the 80s.

There are lots of reasons for that — as Rich has outlined very well. I feel sorry for what happened to him at Arsenal, but we were absolute shite under his management

Matt B

JWL: You calling people Little Englanders because they didn’t rate Emery at Arsenal is a bit screechy — I’m guessing you’re under 25?

Siddeeq

The Nketiah haters like Mr Serge are in hiding. This is a safe space, we will Not hate on you.

jwl

Guess again, Matt B.

Here’s quiz for you guys, was it under Emery or Arteta that this happened –

“Arsenal missed out on qualifying for European competition for the first time in 25 years after finishing the Premier League season in eighth place following a 2-0 win over Brighton on Sunday.”

allezkev

I always felt a bit sorry for Unai Emery but I couldn’t listen to his press conferences as they were too painful.

Decent guy but the wrong man at a club in serious need of rebuilding at the wrong time..

Karsa

Emery is a highly successful manager, but we were on course for a bottom half finish if he hadn’t left.

Matt B

JWL: He’s a very good manager and I’m chuffed that things are going well for him at Villa. But don’t you remember how terrible we were? The number of times we conceded from playing it out from the back — the number of losses we chalked up against shite mid-table teams.

We were so bad — I think that was the height of the banger years. We were a joke of a club. Not all Emery’s fault, but they were dark days at AFC

Matt B

Banter years

Thorough

JWL
AND he bad a horrible team and didn’t get given the players he wanted eg Zaha and Nkunkun

FB

Matt B

The fact that JWL is over 25 and probably still reads the Guardian explains his childlike views

jwl

What I remember, Matt B, was that we had many overpaid mardy players inherited from Wenger and Emery improved our position in league, and took us further in Europe, than Wenger final season with a bunch of hopeless players. Arteta takes over and achieves our worst results in decades, even tho club had started buying players he wanted, and he got his contract renewed. Arteta is fortunate that arsenal didn’t hire him first after wenger, like we rumour to be, because he would be just another failure like Lampard or Gerrard. All emotions, no logic or thought, when it comes… Read more »

Pierre

Simplicity is what I would call Havertz game، there is nothing complicated about his game ، he has a good technique so his first touch (important) is very good ، he is a one and 2 touch player who keeps it simple. Yesterday’s game was perfect for him، he was involved، he didn’t have to do anything to make a difference، he has good awareness ، good positional play and knows his job on the pitch. The question is…..is that enough for the position he plays ، I personally think he would make a perfect no.6 as his game is… Read more »

jwl

Did UK change their clocks early this morning because I’m confused with kick off times today?

Karsa

jwl

You seem to be ignoring our league position in Emery’s final season.

Markymark

Emery seems a great guy but he’s got a ceiling and that appears to be at 2nd level but big provincial clubs. These clubs can occasionally cause shocks and grab silverware but won’t over the space of time dominate the game. As soon as Emery stepped up to PSG and Arsenal he was not big enough to put his stamp on the club. (Arteta has done this )Major issues with egos at PSG and with Ozil at Arsenal. The problem being that for every likely correct action he took it then blew up in his face. Some of the quirky… Read more »

Markymark

JWL – yes clocks are back 1 hour

Madhu

JWL remember last Sunday of Oct and Last Sunday ofar is time for clock change.

jwl

Thanks lads, very confused morning with time. I’m in Canada, Madhu, and we change our clocks sometime in Nov not Oct.

larry mccarthy

Kia a credit to the team? he was tidy and did nothing wrong. I hope he gets better in time but at the moment for what we payed for him he needs a lot of improvement. A fit ESR brings more to the team.

jwl

OptaJoe –

3 – Yesterday was the first day this century to see an Englishman score in at least three of Europe’s other big four leagues:

Jude Bellingham for Real Madrid (LaLiga)
Harry Kane for Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)
Josh Wilson-Esbrand for Reims (Ligue 1)

Tony2

Brilliant result yest. Onwards n upwards. Rich et al I’ll give you 4.. 1) we still kill then the old way 2014. Brilliant British movie. 2) old boy. South Korean movie with subs Brilliant. 3) the long good Friday. Classic. And 4) original far east film vanilla sky (fuck off the Tom Cruise copy original is a classic) enjoy guys and please feel free to lemme know)

Tony2

We still kill them the old way

Siddeeq

“”He’ll be excellent for Villa but I doubt Barca , Real or Bayern””

The above clubs will Not give Generational the amout of time Arsenal have

Im telling you for free!

englandsbest

Emery’s problem was communication – he didn’t speak the lingo. Also his teeth needed fixing. Arteta is far better-looking.

Siddeeq

Best movies
1. Shaka zulu
2. Ashanti
3. Mountains of the Moon
4. The gods must be crazy

salparadisenyc

Pierre your like a metronome back and forth now its a victory lap on Eddie, fucking hell we’re all thrilled he scored those goals yesterday. Was his best performance to date and he absolutely deserves the flowers, when your second choice striker puts in that kind of effort it speaks to many things. All good. But don’t tell me for a second if Ødegaard put in a blinder vs Sheffield yesterday you wouldn’t be on here stating unequivocally the quality of the opposition was weak, carving up any bit you could just to keep the idealogy alive. The match yesterday… Read more »

rollen

lol do you guys even watch games or just read stupid socials?
Emery took over and Arsenal looked great, play much better and scored more than anything Arteta did in first 2 years. Got to Euro final. Team was full of useless players a d bad apples.
He also killed it at Paris too getting like 7 trophies, if not for corrupted refs in this Barca game he would have won CL that year.
He didn’t have any support at Arsenal and shitty players drowned him.
Banter years was late Wenger.

Siddeeq

The usual suspects want Nketiah to fail

rollen

Good Ebening above Pep in table as we speak lol

rollen

No one wants Eddie to fail, it’s highly unlikely he will have more games like that, hopefully that was breaking point for him .

Un

Jwl is getting a right spanking today

China1

Emery failed at arsenal because

1) he’s not suited to clubs with high expectations and players with egos – same issues at psg

2) he was replacing wenger after 23 years which was always going to end in tears for anyone realistically considering the club was built in wengers image for such a long time

3) that squad was absolutely dreadful

Combination of the above doomed him (and us). He’s a fantastic manager tho and is going to end up eventually retiring as one of or the most successful manager of his generation outside the world class category

Pierre

The main difference between. Smith Rowe and Odegaard is that Smith Rowe looks to play the ball into the striker’s feet , similar to our 3rd goal yesterday, and what he does is roll the ball to the striker and carry on running, which creates space for the striker.. Playing the ball into the striker’s feet does constitute a risk as an interception will leave us open to the break. How I see it is that now we have Rice protecting the back 4 , we can afford to take more risks with ball higher up the pitch as Rice… Read more »

Un

Emery is a top 8 club kinda guy
Under dog playing on the counter
He’s not meant for an elite club
He’s never be hired by Madrid or Barca or United or City
Clubs that demand football is played
That we dominate the ball
He’s doing great at villa and all credit to him
Maybe we can shift Eddie to him for £60m after his hat trick

Pierre

China
“3) that squad was absolutely dreadful_”

Will just point out that dreadful squad won 4 trophies with 3 runners up medals .

Rich

Just to point out…. Trajectory isn’t stagnant, and that things tend to cyclical.

Past performances are no guarantee of future results, and that works at both ends of the spectrum.

China1

Pierre yeah that squad won some FA cups… a lovely trophy, but one which has been completely devalued. You know it and I know it.

If you are talking about runners up to Leicester – we got low 70s points total in a season when *everyone* else was trash. Even the Leicester points total was low and they beat us to the league by some margin. Don’t celebrate that, please. It was embarrassing that we didn’t win the league, not a special achievement…

China1

Man if results stay the same and Man U manage to beat city the table would be

Spurs 26
Arsenal 24
Liverpool 23
Villa 22
City 21
Brighton 19

Aside from the smarmy tiny totts who will crumble sooner or later, that’s a very fun and pleasantly congested top of the table

Greatly prefer to see a league campaign like this as opposed to one or two teams miles away from the pack. Hope the leagues lasts this way for as long as possible

WengerEagle

The Hungarian lad with the unspellable and unpronouncable name for Liverpool looks very good

Pierre

China
Your comment reeks of entitlement

LoveSausage

Sheffield are shit but still, there were some very encouraging performances yesterday. Tomi has looked really good for a while now and it was great to see Kiwior step up. We have a top quality back line with plenty of rotational options now. Probably the best one in the league. Eddie did very well. Now he needs to show that he can score regularly. The hat trick will surely give him a ton of confidence. I don’t understand this need to rationalize Kai’s performances. He was dreadful yesterday again. Poor positioning, doesn’t link play, doesn’t carry the ball, and creates… Read more »

Un

Aaahh the new South Park episode is pure pure gold
The pander verse looooool 😂 😂

China1

Pierre your comment reeks of bullshit

Un

Anyone who can do anything is loaded while the office bids get replaced by AI 😂

jwl

Amy Lawrence on Nketiah in the athletic –

“After endless photographs with his specially signed match ball, autographed by all his team-mates in honour of a blistering hat-trick, Eddie Nketiah stuffed the precious souvenir into a see-through plastic bag, on top of the kit in which he did the business. “What are you going to do with the ball, Eddie?” someone asked. “Give it to my mum,” he replied. Good lad.”

https://archive.ph/li1Qx

China1

That’s sweet jwl

Good guy is Eddie. Hope he can give his mum another one or two before the end of the season!

Rich

What a team did previously is irrelevant. Liverpool came within a whisker of a quadruple in 2021/22… if Klopp had left in the summer of 2022… Then the new manager would have been blamed for Liverpool’s downturn… When in reality their team cycle had just burned out, and they’d been reactive rather than proactive to steadily churn their squad… Too many senior players coming to the end, and not enough mid-experienced players, ready to take over the mantle. If Arteta had left in the summer of 2022, and we had the same upturn last season with a new manager…. Then… Read more »

salparadisenyc

WE

Agree, kind of mental that Klopp went out and fully replaced his MF 3x this summer and they are playing at high level thus far.

Freddie Ljungberg

WE

“The Hungarian lad with the unspellable and unpronouncable name for Liverpool looks very good”

Been banging that drum since he was at Salzburg, he’s a top talent. Seems to have adapted really quickly to the PL and has been one of Liverpools best players from the start.

Such a shame we didn’t go for him for left 8.

Rich

Un

Yeah… South Park is the best thing on TV…. When they swing, they very rarely miss.

WengerEagle

Oooof, to be an Ajax fan this season.

They were 2-1 up away to PSV at HT and playing well, it’s now 5-2 to PSV.

MidwestGun

Emery lost the dressing room. That’s why he was sacked. To the point players were openly mocking him behind his back. Refusing to play his system and stopped defending at all. We were getting shellacked by shots game after game . Our League table position was sinking sharply to the point fans were worried about a relegation battle and Josh Kroenke was called in for the first time in like forever the Kroenke’s were actually concerned about Arsenal. Some of y’all must have slept through that nightmare I guess. Once a manager loses the support of his players, good as… Read more »

China1

Amazing Utd stat LOL

Garnacho, hojlund, martial, sancho, antony and rashford (their entire frontline) has a combined PL total of 1 goal and 1 assist this season across 9 games (around 2000 combined mins of play by that lot)

If Utd are gonna win today as I hope we’ll need lord maguire to bag the goals at this rate

Rich

MidWestGun The same players who downed Emery, almost downed Arteta just 13 months later. The idea the football improved under Arteta in the first 18 months is a myth… I don’t hold Arteta accountable for that, we simply didn’t have the players or level of specificity to play a more front footed and positionally aggressive style… As a result we understandably were left playing transitional based football to Aubameyang’s strengths. We were 8th when we sacked Emery, just 2 points off 5th, and we were still 8th 18 months later… Turning around that ship was always going to be a… Read more »

Rich

Kolasinac not Koscielny…

MidwestGun

Lol Rich that’s a lot of mumbo jumbo…. Arteta definitely improved our defensive problems immediately and therefore we were able to win the Fa Cup. And actually had us on a bit of a run.. the following season then Covid hit and we had a 3 month layoff and I believe even Arteta got Covid and couldn’t even be near the team.

Not sure what your trying to argue… Managers matter dude.

Un

Rich
This one is so on point
Disney gets it along with anyone who can’t hang a shelf

Markymark

If you are talking about runners up to Leicester – we got low 70s points total in a season when *everyone* else was trash. Even the Leicester points total was low and they beat us to the league by some margin. Don’t celebrate that, please. It was embarrassing that we didn’t win the league, not a special achievement… Pierre this was when it was so obvious to even the most deluded of supporters that Wenger would always finish 3rd in a two horse race . A man with no new ideas , stale and refusing to accept an external input… Read more »

MidwestGun

It doesn’t matter if the Club backs a manager with shit tons of money and their verbal support if they don’t have a vision and the chops to make it happen. I think Chelsea has proven that as well as United time and time again.

salparadisenyc

The revision on Emery is pretty special. Reality is he was overwhelmed in the job which was likely on the cards for almost anyone replacing Wenger barring the extremely bold. The fact is Emery left a mess that needed cleaning in form of cutting shot of PEA, Guendouzi and a full Xhaka rehabilitation after the 5 armband debacle the triggered the fall. Certainly didn’t help that Emery was swimming with sharks who were all revolted against one another in form of Raul, Sven with Gazidis fleeing asap. Not a model in stability, good thing owners saw the ramifications and cleaned… Read more »

Rich

MidWestGun What are you on about?… I’m not criticising Arteta. Unlikely most of you clueless bedwetters, I was standing alone preaching stability + patience through the dark times. But managers are only as strong as the structure you put around them. If you make them strong, they then have authority…. If you make them weak, particularly in a weak dressing room with questionable characters… Then they’re basically sitting ducks…. Emery wasn’t backed, Arteta was backed. Emery in 2018/19 5th 73 goals conceded 51… Europa League final. When we sacked him he was 2 points off 5th. Arteta in 2019/20 Took… Read more »

R.S.P.C.Arsenal

Don’t sell ramsdale
..

That’s it.

MidwestGun

If you think Emery would have saved us if just a bit more love from Kroenke .. I think your wrong.

TR7

Emery not a top level manager. I have been a critic of Arteta but we have always had some sort of identity and coherence in our play under him. Whereas under Emery everything was disjointed and unpredictable. We used to have spells where we would score 2-3 goals out of nowhere but there were countless games in which opposition could score 4 or 5 goals against us. Still can’t forget that game against Watford in which we had conceded some 30 odd shots on our goal and that wasn’t even a one off. Conceding 20 plus odd shots on goal… Read more »

Rich

Sal

Arteta was the one who extended Aubameyang on a new mega contract… Something I wasn’t keen on, I said we should have dumped him after his FA Cup heroics at the top of the market.

Emery was getting a tune out of Guendouzi… Arteta also has a leadership group of 5 captains.

If you’re going to talk about revisionism… At least get your facts right.

R.S.P.C.Arsenal

Rich
Well said…
I’m a do called bed wetter. I lost faith in Emery over poor management of bully players…

Art has turned the corner however there are many more corners for him to navigate before we are a major team again.

R.S.P.C.Arsenal

Wenger don’t talk much now but I agree with him on ramsdale.

MidwestGun

And I don’t care if you criticize Arteta. I really don’t care who our manager is as a long as we are successful. But Areteta.. had a clear vision.. to play like City, Understood our culture as he had played for us and worked to correct that and he clearly has the cajónes to stand up to big money players and he will freeze them out if necessary.

Emery had none of that.

WengerEagle

”Unlikely most of you clueless bedwetters, I was standing alone preaching stability + patience through the dark times.”

You did want him to be sacked for Poch at a point in time though, right? Where was your preaching of stability then?

Rich

MidWestGun

When have I ever criticised Arteta?…

Pointing out that it took Arteta time to turn things around… Something I said he needed… isn’t a criticism of Arteta.

It’s simply to highlight that our issues went way beyond coaching.

Arteta had a clear vision to play like City… I agree, that’s why I backed him through some very tough times.

But you can’t criticise Emery for poor football… When Arteta needed time to turn things around, and assemble the tools to play that way.

psuedo warrior

Refs getting brown envelopes from the Oil state

Ridiculous penalty

Chris

Such a soft penalty for City.

Nigel Tufnel

That kind of contact, tug back is always ignored… but not against Man City money.
On the same play where Jesus was clattered against Chelsea, Tomiyasu was pulled harder than that, and we lost 2 points.
Man City now gifted 3. Rodri played it up like a little bitch too.

WengerEagle

Fuck me Utd are so shit.

Rich

WE

No that’s not right… Pierre is full of shit…

In Dec 2020 posters were talking about who would replace Arteta if he was sacked, and I said if we sacked him (Something I wasn’t in favour of)…

I’d choose Poch, because he was available… I’ve never once called for Arteta to be sacked.

In fact China was accusing me of wanting to see Arsenal relegated, simply for preaching for stability,

Chris

City cheat the rules off the pitch and get dodgy calls on it.

TR7

This guy Hoijland (Man United striker) has looked good everytime I have seen him play.

MidwestGun

Oh, I can definitely criticize Emery for poor football at Arsenal. Still remember the game where he had Mkhitaryan play right back.. hahaha and people get upset about Partey playing there.

Anyhow.. far as I’m concerned you could bring in Emery right now to take over for Arteta and I bet we wouldn’t play as well and I doubt we would be considered a title contender anymore. Would be an interesting Le Grove social experiment but I think I will skip it for what we have now

Gazza

It’s ok for those that don’t rate Emery to voice their opinion but most of these are also at the same time singing the praises of De Zerbi

jwl

Arteta is a chequebook manager and they ain’t good managers, or at least not in the way I understand the word. Emery improved our record for one season he in charge, Arteta took us out of Europe entirely, was rewarded for his failure, and we’ve now had two end of season collapses but at least we ain’t finishing eighth anymore I guess.

Chris

Emery vastly experienced but still relatively young for a manager, perhaps he’s getting better in age also. Has found his sweet spot at Villa, the stats over last 12 months don’t lie and they look great. Lightning in a bottle maybe, but they are a huge contender for top five and shouldn’t have much trouble winning the Europa Conference League. Villa haven’t had it this good in decades.

WengerEagle

Rich

Pierre indeed talks plenty of shit but I thought I remember him recently quoting you as wanting a change of manager for Poch? Care to re-confirm Pierre?

Did you want Wenger replaced? Or Emery? What were your stances on those? Because just always calling for stability and the rallying behind a manager, yeah you are bound to get one right eventually.

Rich

MidWest I’m not criticism Arteta… He’s done a magnificent job, and built with solid foundations. I’m just arguing that Emery wasn’t our problem in 2019… And the proof of that is it took Arteta 2,5 seasons to get us back on track. In general I don’t think managers get enough time to work, and as a result end up getting bounced into poor short term decision making, rather than having the luxury to do what Arteta did, and built from the ground up with solid foundations…. Football fans are great at declaring… “New manager needs time, 4+5 transfer windows to… Read more »

Chris

United haven’t got anything going on in midfield that can trouble this City team. City are coasting.

Nigel Tufnel

“Arteta takes over and achieves our worst results in decades, even tho club had started buying players he wanted, and he got his contract renewed. ” You’d have to have a child’s mentality to think you can do a major rebuild without significant pain. To go from a team in decline to one of the most enviable squads in the world. This performance is no fluke. We are really strong. This is not a case of just buying a squad, as is usually the way its done. These players have been coached to this performance level…. and it’s the reason… Read more »

MidwestGun

Rich for sure Arteta wasn’t the only manager who could turn things around in 2019. . Although, most of the ones people were touting have failed elsewhere by now. But I would say.. Emery was at least 51% of the problem if not more.

Siddeeq

Our main plsyers Saliba, Sska, Martinelli were signed before Generational arrived.

Leftside

This, aside from the first 10 mins or so has been so easy for City.

MidwestGun

Ugh… I feel dirty rooting for United.. but I am. Even though they are complete garbage,

Nigel Tufnel

I wonder if the VAR ref has had a little trip to the middle east recently. I hear there’s lots of delights there aside from cash payments.

Siddeeq

Rice, jesus, zinch, Partey any managee can buy.

MidwestGun

Oh my God… How the hell did Haaland miss that? sheesh.

MidwestGun

Oh sure Sid any manager with enough money can buy any player. . But all those players you mentioned have said they came to Arsenal because of Arteta.

benkind

The way many talk about Arteta you will think we didn’t come 8th twice under him. We failed to qualify for Europe under Arteta. We lead the league for the highest number of time and not win. Villa are doing great because of Emery. Emery is still PSG most successful since he joined them. He won everything asides the UCL. If you think Arteta can go to Villa and take them from relegation to European football then I have a parcel of land on the moon to sell you. The bar for Arteta is set so low it is crazy.… Read more »