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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Habesha Gooner

United had their chances despite City’s dominance. It feels dirty to support United but we need City to lose as many games as possible for us to stand a chance of winning the title. Liverpool are also serious rivals. Spurs will fall of the next 5, 6 games.

Rich

WE He did… but then as per usual he was found to be lying, when I produced the whole context of that comment, rather than a paragraph. Regarding backing managers… It depends on perspective. I didn’t think 5th and a Europa league final was that bad in 2018/19… I expected us to finish 5th – 6th in 2018/19, and compete for 4th… And that’s what we did… I didn’t expect much in 2019/20 or 2020/21, I wasn’t surprised by our issues. I liked the way we pivoted our transfer strategy, and some of our young players in 2021/22… And that’s… Read more »

Nigel Tufnel

Haaland doing the treble celebration from a ref gifted pen…., he wasn’t so tough when he couldn’t touch a ball against us.

Now with a the help of a lead, they can do their flat track bully act. I hope United can turn it around but I would be stunned if they could get a draw from this.

MidwestGun

the bar for Arteta is set so low it is crazy.
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Say what? Basically it’s title or bust before his contract ends for a lot of people.

Dissenter

Michael Oliver must be really bored in that VAR room
That obstruction in the box happens every games and never gets called ….until now
Michael Oliver saw Kovacic make two high ankle/Achilles tendinitis tackle from behind and didn’t send him off but he can spot a soft pull on Rodri.

The inconsistencies of VAR is so annoying.

Leftside

I can’t bring myself to support United, it is in our interests that they get a result but I just love seeing their irritating fans sulky

MidwestGun

Diss.. yep because they are re-refereeing the games rather than trying to just get obviously bad calls correct.

Dissenter

Now those Michael Oliver trips to officiate games in the UAE have to be a conflict of interest.

He’s selectively benefitting United with some generous interpretation of the laws.

Dissenter

*** He’s selectively benefitting city with some generous interpretation of the laws

United used to be the referees delight club but not today since they are paying city

benkind

Also, Arteta did not “change” the culture. He sold the team. Emery was supposed to change the players, Arteta generational sold them off not change them.

Team is doing good and we hope Arteta delivers but when you hear Artesexuals talk you will think we won the treble last season.

Dissenter

Amrabat isn’t that good, for premier league football
Looks as average as they come.

MidwestGun

Culture isn’t just the players though. Little more complicated than that. Anyhow kind of a senseless debate to be honest. For me, there is not any scenario where Emery would have turned things around and that’s the bottom line for me.

Dissenter

I want United to win this one
It’s tactical, they can’t hurt us this season and anyone that takes points off city is my friend. . The enemy of my enemy is my friend for the day

Chris

Game over

Dissenter

United are poor though.
They got carved up so easily, far too easily.

MidwestGun

Damn… United are seriously garabage.. hahaha It is kind of a win win.. Hate them.

Leftside

Probably game over. This United side doesn’t have three goals in them today against this City side.

salparadisenyc

This has the makings of getting ugly with United going all in and getting picked off with space opening.

Next goal critical.

LoveSausage

benkind, The only way to change the culture at the club was to ship out the players. That said, it’s probably not something the owners realized back when Wenger left. Whatever anyone says now, most people thought we just needed a more modern manager back then. It was only when that same group were about to sink their third manager in a row that KSE changed strategy. Succeeding Wenger was always going to be a poisoned chalice. Had Arteta gotten the job, he probably wouldn’t have lasted longer than a season. There needed to be a transitional manager and I’m… Read more »

Dissenter

Last season, Rashford’s purple patch made Ten Haag look decent
Now he’s been found out.
He’s bought a lot of crap at e pensive prices.
Hojlund looks like the type of striker Burnley used to sign.

rollen

Stupid manure

MidwestGun

You know it’s bad when your counting on Mctominay to score goals.

rollen

Arteta did change the culture for the better but he was given time power and resources no Arsenal manager ever had. If ozil auba Guen Mustafi etc were still here Arteta would be fired long ago.

LoveSausage

It’s criminal to play Big Head and Evans when you have Varane in the squad. Galaxy brain move.

Dissenter

One of the worst “derbies” in world football, same as the Merseyside derby

Habesha Gooner

United are shit.

rollen

Will be interesting season.

Habesha Gooner

They are toying with them 😂😂😂.

Madhu

When I am in UK I am mostly in Birmingh.area. I can say they love Emery there and Villa was a sleeping giant and they are buzzing now. If Emery gets them any trophy he would be a legend there. I see a lot more people with villa.jersey than I was seeing before.

Dissenter

United have lost their shape
They have to get rid of Ten Haag but they re so dysfunctional they won’t do that till December 2024.

MidwestGun

I’ll hold my hand up and say I was one of the ones that preferred giving Ten Hag the chance over Arteta but I was dead wrong about that.. The Dutch League makes players and managers look much better than they are in general but I was taking into account CL performances as well. Anyhow.. I don’t see how Ten Hag can survive embarrassing Derby losses for very long.

Plus all the United pundits will be spitting blood.

LoveSausage

Incredibly flat atmosphere for a derby.

salparadisenyc

I expected so much more from the ETH era, safe to say that was a dodged bullet hire. Even though it benefits the Arsenal if City loose, doesn’t mean we can’t thoroughly enjoy the carnage. Mandatory viewing is having Goldbridge on standby for the big moments, absolute comedy.

Rich

Stylistically Rashford is similar to peak Aubameyang. He’s world class in transition, but lacking anything resembling consistent urgency or aggression off the ball… And doesn’t offer a great deal outside of top class movement in behind. Højulund is 20, who knows how he’ll develop… But that’s just the striker market, clubs are forced into punting big money on medium term punts, in the hope they can develop one. We did the same in different areas with Martinelli, Sambi, Tavares, Vieira, Saliba, Marquinhos… Sometimes these medium term punts pay big, sometimes they don’t. But those 6 cost a combined £90 million…… Read more »

Dissenter

Maybe we can sell Eddie to United for £100 million

LoveSausage

Oh ffs Rashford.

Dissenter

Last season, he would have scored that during his purple patch

MidwestGun

Ten Hag does have that blank thousand yard stare that managers get before the sack. Emery had it, Potter had it, Conte had it. Mourinho never gets it … but I think he enjoys getting sacked.

Oh FFS come on Rashford.

Habesha Gooner

These United players are useless 😂😂😂. If they had a top manager the salvageable players are very few.

Goona

Rashford is shite

MidwestGun

Expected Haaland to score that one. Head down merchant? hahaha

LoveSausage

Onana has been keeping the score respectable. They could have easily been 4 or 5 down.

Leftside

City never need to get out of second gear against United, that is what is so damning.

Habesha Gooner

Onana has played decent this game, I can’t lie. Should have been a lot more if not for him.

Habesha Gooner

Jinx LS.

R.S.P.C.Arsenal

Fuck United
Love to see them lose..

LoveSausage

Habesha,

Never thought I’d write those words considering how atrocious he’s been since he moved to the club. But credit where it’s due…

R.S.P.C.Arsenal

Best game I’ve seen jack ghoulish play

…. Is it cos it’s Halloween

MidwestGun

Rspc.. ya true words. It is kind if a win/win situation no matter results.

Habesha Gooner

LS
Yep he has been atrocious since signing. But he has done well today. 16 shots with 8 of them on target already. That is too many to deal with for a keeper.

Dissenter

There’s no know how in the United set-up from top-down
The entire organization is in free fall.

Goona

United have been battered….

Nigel Tufnel

The good news is that Man City don’t look so unbeatable. We know spurs will drop. We just need to concentrate on our opponents and we’ll be right there in the end.

MidwestGun

And the Azz kicking is in full flow now.

Habesha Gooner

City are a great team. But United have made them look great when they haven’t been for weeks. Just no identity in that United team. Smashed them today.

Chris

Eriksen was showing Rodri through there, go on sim have a go. This United team are actually pathetic.

Habesha Gooner

Foden with a deserved 3 too.

Leftside

As I said, so easy. They never need high intensity against United,. Levels above.

salparadisenyc

Sir Bobby deserves a better old T send off than this, could be 6 nil.

Nigel Tufnel

This was a game until City received their gift. Once they have a lead they are a different animal.

MidwestGun

United are just determined to fuck up our goal differential advantage.

Habesha Gooner

Oh well let us enjoy United tears if City aren’t losing points 😂😂😂.

Dissenter

Just read that no United forward has scored a premier league goal this season

Leftside

Ten Haag should get up and leave with the fans

LoveSausage

Can’t wait to hear what Goldbridge has to say after the game. Poor bastard will have an aneurysm.

Habesha Gooner

I don’t think that is true Diss, Rashford has 1. The rest have none 😂😂😂😂.

Chris

United bringing on Martial who should have been sold years ago. Talk about deadwood

Dissenter

Chelsea committed highway robbery with Mason Mount and Havertz last summer.
Both of them are perennially absent

Dissenter

Habesha

Yea, I forget that Rashford did that stupid celebration at the Emirates

LoveSausage

Diss,

We should bring in Marina G to replace Vinai. Get some of that Chav IP when it comes to selling players. We’d be getting 50M+ for Tierney.

Dissenter

Anthony thinks Doku is his girlfriend
He raised his hands so fast, like we was about to pummel him.

Kpankulu

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

And? Were they playing at their current level then? Arteta has improved them – and each of them signed a new contract in large part because of their faith in the gaffer. Short and simple.

Pv4

I love watching utd get battered. They are fucking hopeless and ten hag is shit

Goona

Training game for City….

Kpankulu

@benkind:
Also, Arteta did not “change” the culture.

Keep howling at the wind, since you clearly don’t know what “changing the culture” means.

salparadisenyc

ETH has lost the team… ugly ending. Special shout out to Bruno Fernandez for being the ultimate cunt in premier league. Enjoyable just for that.

Leftside

City need unscathed, not a mark on them.

TR7

Seeing United getting bettered always makes me happy irrespective of who they are playing against.

MidwestGun

Yep Sal it’s hard to be a stand out Cunt in a team of Cunts.. but somehow he manages it.

WengerEagle

City win was inevitable, at least they once again humiliated the cunt Mancs.

ETH looks out of ideas.

Rich

We’re 9 points ahead of United… If Big Gabby doesn’t drop back in, and Garnacho’s goal stands… Then United would be 3 points behind us now, and not 9… Those are the margins. Questions can rightly be asked on Ten Hag’s transfer policy, he’s spent plenty, and been backed heavily. But overall if you’d offered United fans 3rd and a League Cup at the beginning of last season, they’d have snapped your arm off. United need to learn to spend money, and plan their squad much smarter. Maybe focus on improving their transfer policy, squad planning, and contract management, instead… Read more »

Nigel Tufnel

Kpankulu, I always take into account how our players have improved under Arteta. Saka was playing LB before Arteta came. Martinelli was talented but weak off the ball, and soft mentally. Arteta made him twice as tough and relentless in tracking back and handling physical challenges. There’s now a huge amount of players between Man City and Arsenal that have sung his praises for making them better. He’s a teacher as much as a tactician. The only player it’s fair to say he didn’t have a big hand in developing or improving is Saliba… But when it comes to Saliba…… Read more »

MidwestGun

Emery should go to United and turn it around, I hear he is the business. 😀

Rich

MidWest

Emery’s record speaks for itself.

My argument isn’t to kick Arteta… it’s very simply that we had much bigger problems than Emery in 2019… And that Arsenal failed Emery, more than Emery failed Arsenal.

Thankfully we landed with Arteta who’s done a magnificent job getting us to this juncture… So all’s well… That ends well.

Pierre

Rich (or is it Dick)
“We’re 9 points ahead of United… If Big Gabby doesn’t drop back in, and Garnacho’s goal stands… Then United would be 3 points behind us now, and not 9…Those are the margins.”

I could have sworn we won that game 3-1، meaning the “offside ” goal would have made it 3-2 ….meaning United would still be 9 points behind whichever way you look at it…

Kpankulu

@Nigel: There’s now a huge amount of players between Man City and Arsenal that have sung his praises for making them better. He’s a teacher as much as a tactician. 100%. The above always seems to be downplayed by those who continuously harp on the two 8th place finishes. It takes time to implement a vision, and growing pains come with that. The tactics and teaching and improvements are a huge reason why most of the time Arteta gets the players he wants – they want to play for him, and he has a role for them. Players don’t gel… Read more »

WengerEagle

Anyone else see this goal from Wirtz today? Kid is just a cheat code.

https://streamin.me/v/20a50c39

Pierre

Rich(or is it Dick)
“Thankfully we landed with Arteta who’s done a magnificent job getting us to this juncture… So all’s well… That ends well.”

Thankfully the Arsenal hierachy didn’t follow your advice and employ pochettino as manager when things were not going too well….so all’s well that ends well.

Mikel Coneteta

Ten Fraud at it again.

Onana, Maguire, Bruno, Rashford as you spine is hilariously bad.

Sprinkle players like Varane, Casemiro, Antony, Sancho for huge money with no real idea of what you’re building and shock horror the team is terrible.

Rich

Pierre

Not impossible we turn it around at 1-2… But I suspect that the United disallowed goal sucked the life out of them, and injected life back into us.

Particularly after the way they celebrated.

The only thing that takes a harder pounding than your Ozil blowup doll… Is your dartboard with Ødegaard’s face on it.

Pv4

Ten hag the Dutch villas boas

Pierre

Nigel
“Saka was playing LB before Arteta came.”

I’m all for giving credit where it’s due but Saka was always a winger and was always top quality ، he was just doing a job at left back due to circumstances.

Kpankulu

@MG42:

I guess you are not aware that a few weeks ago can apply to two months. That’s okay.

Results don’t lie. That is all.

TR7

There’s not one redeeming quality in Ten Hag.

Poor talent ID, poor tactically, dour personality, misplaced arrogance and poor man management.

Freddie Ljungberg

Nigel “Martinelli was talented but weak off the ball, and soft mentally” What nonsense is this? He was a terrier then too, and far from weak mentally, just wasn’t as strong as he is now which is to be expected from an 18-19 year old that jumped several levels up from the Brazilian 4th tier. Saka was always a winger, we just had a shite squad back then so he had to move around a bit. Also he was 18 too so of course he’s better now. Has Arteta had a part in making them better? Sure, but with their… Read more »

Spanishdave

Ten Hag will be gone before long . Potter in.
The team are a shambles for the money spent .
Man City strolled it but they are cheats

Un

Some goal that weagle
But we’ve seen players like this rise In that league and fail in ours
Werner sancho Havertz
Stacker didn’t come to the prem but boiled off. So did Gotze.

Un

Has Arteta had a part in making them better? Sure, but with their talent it was always only going to go one way. You can’t teach what isn’t there.

Silly statement Freddie
Far more talented then them have failed over the years
Their attitude sets them apart and willingness to learn
Neither are as blessed naturally as Odegaard or Jesus or trossard let alone the likes of Henry or bergkamp. Or Owen or Rooney.
They aren’t that level in terms of pure natural ability. But both are world class youngsters in their own right because they are now so consistentl.

Freddie Ljungberg

Don

Of course I mean that their mentality is a part of their “talent”. Unless you’re saying that they got that too from Arteta?

You expect 18 year olds to get better, no matter how talented they are so to attribute all their development from that age to Arteta is a bit disingenuous imo.

“Neither are as blessed naturally as Odegaard or Jesus or trossard”

Don’t agree with that at all. They just have different qualities.

Rich

Pierre You’re so full of shit… But everyone is aware of this by now. You’ve already tried this Pochettinho trick once…. You went back and picked up part of a comment, hoping I wouldn’t remember the full context. But I called your bluff… And went back and got the whole comment… And surprise surprise… You were being extremely economical with the truth. Who searches through comments going back years, then takes part of a comment to prove a point… Knowing that it was a lie?… Do you ever tell the truth?… Or since you went through all that effort to… Read more »