NEWCASTLE VS ARSENAL – THE GHOST OF SEASON’S PAST LOOMS

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The chatter before the game with Mikel Arteta was all focused on the dire performance against West Ham.

What about the standards?

Can the players recover?

Are you worried?

Journalists need soundbites and fans need drama. But I am not convinced there’s a major problem going out of the League Cup. You don’t care about the competition, the club doesn’t, nor do the players. So let’s not overdramatize a loss.

The focus is the Champions League and Premier League. Not feelings around a cup exit in a competition that would have seen us doing a double away session against Liverpool.

There’s only so much gas in the tank for this Arsenal team and we’ve already been sputtering more than usual and it’s only November. The League Cup doesn’t matter when you’re in the Champions League. If it does to you, great, you’re part of a very small collection of people, and I’m going to be really patronizing here: I feel for you. You might not want my sympathy, but I’m going to give it to you. In a world of Mike Dean, Richard Keys Arteta slander, and questionable loan deals between nation-state clubs… you choose this issue to anger you? Let it go.

The big game this week was always Newcastle. If we beat them, no one is talking about Wednesday. If we lose, everyone will double down and complain the weakened side against West Ham was the issue.

Don’t buy it. Arteta gave us the best possible chance against Newcastle by rotating heavily. There were some complaints he rolled on big names for 30 minutes. Again, don’t listen to those fans. Sure, it might have been a leg-breaker risk, but 30 minutes keeps the players fresh and stops them doing the warm down sessions after the game. Our boys got into bed nice and early so they should be in good shape.

So what of Newcastle? They’re a mixed bag if I’m honest.

Top of the xG league this season, but when you look at their results, there’s a clear pattern.

They’ve been losing to the top teams and they’ve beaten the teams they should have.

Their thumping of PSG threw me a little, but then they were beaten at home by Dortmund and they were hammered by Milan and got away with the draw.

Eddie Howe has a lot of injuries to deal with tomorrow.

The factors going against us? We have problems at Newcastle. They’re fearless, they have a lot of beasts in their team, and there’s definitely a bit of PTSD from a few seasons ago.

I don’t count the West Ham game as a problem. What I do think is a going concern is the on-going injury pile-up. Gabi Jesus likely won’t make it, Thomas Partey certainly won’t, and there are doubts on Martin Odegaard (though I think he’ll be good).

That means we’ll likely have a midfield of Rice, Jorginho, and Odegaard.

Defensively, it’s pretty clear that a midweek rested Tomi means he’s getting the nod over the impressive Zinchenko.

Up top, you’d guess it would be Eddie – but he had a stinker in midweek, doesn’t do well against brutal teams, and he hasn’t scored in 18 away games. Will the hat trick sway Mikel?

Kai has been going through it. I’d like to see him pick up that 8 role again. However, against Newcastle, he could be our best bet as a false 9.

The job is not to lose. Newcastle is one of the toughest away days in the league. It’s easy to get caught up by the spicy atmosphere and the electric emotions that course throughout the stadium. So a point or more will do me.

We’re a good away side, but we haven’t found 5th gear all season. 10 games in is when peak fitness starts. I want to see our players looking fresh from minute one – but the most important ingredient is bravery. This game is the biggest for David Raya yet. Bigger than City. Away at Newcastle, they will press, and they will try and bother him. If he’s not brave, our whole system breaks. If he’s not in command of his box, Newcastle will be. He could be a difference maker. We need him to show us that he has a level higher in the locker.

It’s a bit of an annoying weekend to be playing Newcastle because there aren’t any other big games. Not sure Chelsea / Spurs really cuts the shape of a going concern. Drop points here and we get pulled into the muck. We could end the weekend in 5th place. Win… and we pull away from Newcastle and keep up with the league challengers.

There’s a lot on the line – let’s see what Arteta brings to the party.

Ok, see you in the comments. Remember to join the On The Whistle right after the game.

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Habesha Gooner

I feel like Arteta is trying to harness a siege mentality with those comments. He will be fined no doubt. But if our players and fans turn and have us against them mentality, we will benefit from this poor result.

Chris

China I get that and I may have been making another point entirely but what I was trying to say is it is almost an empty comparison because this Arteta team is way, way ahead of any Emery Arsenal team at any point. Got lucky many, many times in the Emery unbeaten run wheras this Arteta team we have much more degree of control and more deserving of being unbeaten. And I repeat the refs do their job tonight we are probably still unbeaten.

Josip Skoblar

How come didn’t Var check that the ball went out before the cross?! The TV replay showed that it was blatant!

Leftside

Mystic you try way too hard to be a contrarian at times.

MG42

Don’t think there will be a forward coming in during the Jan TW:
Ornstein:
There was no plan to sign a striker last summer and I suspect in an ideal world for Arsenal that would have been the stance for January, too, with the focus being on next summer. Let’s see if that changes, but I don’t know of it doing so yet.

Arteta and the Fanboys will be happy with 5th place as that is a CL place in next season.

Luteo Guenreira

“Tough look. I just watched it again and again without emotions. Lol”

Look how cool this tough guy.

Just kidding, you sound like a cunt actually.

Present the case that PGMOL will, that’s fine. But condescendingly dismissing the complaints of a foul when you very well fucking know it could have been waved off in the same situation another 8 out of 10 times is just you being a plain bitch trying to look cool and collected.

Chris

What kind of world are we living in where Spurs are the last unbeaten team in the league.

I’m looking out my window for the four horsemen

Paulie

Ramsdale is poor but my God that Raya is absolutely atrocious, him and Havertz will destroy this season, the Kroenkes will be seriously nervous over the money they’ve given our fraud do called manager

Vickingz

Arteta should be killing himself, heck if fans are truly fans of the club and not Arteta’s playthings, they should be killing him. What has changed in his game since he took over? Last year’s achievement is looking apparently a fluke as each day passes this season. I still stand by what I said all through last season that it was the players that stood up and decided to be counted, they had it going last season and when it was time for Arteta to get them over the line, he failed them, he’s a failure personified. Killing the ref… Read more »

G

‘’ bottler Havertz and an atrocious bottler keeper to a team already full of bottlers. I‘’

A team full of bottlers lol u prick

TR7
MG42

“he’s offside since he’s behind the keeper”
Not if he is behind the ball as that is what the decision was

“The ball was out”
For the umpteenth time there is no image available from above or in line NOT from an angle that shows that. If you have no image then you stick with the onfield decision, which could be wrong. That’s them apples.

By comparison does City complain that they were robbed? Banging in 6 negates the dependency on the refs to protect the one goal lead by making perfect calls and decisions. That will never happen.

Gazza

Subs 10-15 mins too late again

Johng

The boys on the podcast echoing our frustration, no Pedto to put some spun on it tonight

Habesha Gooner

He is fuming. Understandably so. But he also needs to fix how we attack. We have regressed a bit. I remember when we looked toothless under him. And it all looked great last season becasue he pushed Xhaka higher up the pitch. We need more invention and a bit of risk to our game. It is too mechanical. And you risk the poor officials to decide games you want to win. But I love the reaction. And he is right. There is too much at stake. That Brentford 1 point from last season might have made a difference. Good on… Read more »

karim

« You just need to see one image…c’est fini » 😆

Josip Skoblar

Is it you Karim on the pic?

Mikel Coneteta

Declan Rice was massive again. What a player he is.

Need someone like him down the middle, that impact at CF would be huge.

raptora

Looking at the game today and saying that our CF was the problem is so dumb my head hurts.

karim

Josip

I’m afraid so, mate

WengerEagle

Eddie ain’t good enough Rap, give it up.

Davedale

Gutted to lose to the Orcs but realistically we were abysmal in the final third and actually created nothing so 0 -0 was the best we could have hoped for……..and yes the was it wasn’t it for the 3 var checks for their goal will get all the headlines but before it even got to that point our defence was badly organised so one ball does us but then Gabriel kicks fresh air when he should have cleared it, tomi doesn’t track the runner so he gets the cross in and then all the defence stand still and don’t bother… Read more »

Johng

RAP We couldn’t SCORE where would you see the problem, Eddie bless him did Nothing.

raptora

Ye, WE cause of Eddie we had 1 shot on target.

raptora

Yeah, last season our CFs scored how many? Wasn’t the problem was it? But now it is. It’s just focusing on the easy target. No one in attack did much. Golden boy was not in the game. 100 mins of walking the shirt. Marti failed time and again. And our best offensive player was Rice. All Eddie’s fault.

WengerEagle

Nope Rap but you’re being disingenuous that Eddie isn’t a large part of the problem given he is the CF in another toothless performance.

He’s not Arsenal standard, end of.

G

Don’t know how anyone can say they are not sure the ball was out..every image shows the ball was out .. Bruno should have been sent off..
Worst officiating I’ve seen in a while.. unbelievable but let’s slag off the team

raptora

We’ve had bad xG and I’ve posted that for many days. If you think the BIG factor for our xG being similar to the teams in the relegation zone is Eddie at CF, then sure. He alone is the sole cause our xG is atrocious. Whatever suits you.

raptora

Ye WE. If you look at the performance of the team and say CF was the issue I’m sorry but that’s so idiotic my brain hurts.

TR7

I really hate it when referees decide the outcome of games.

I wasn’t expecting silky attacking play from us away at St James Park. Only Manchester City have the class to go there and put up a show. So Arsenal did very well as a team defending and fighting. They must be all seething with anger losing the game due to corrupt referees.

Johng

The defence looks comfortable when Eddie is up top away because yes hd probably does not get enough support but hut the best players can fo it on their own and that’s where we ard at. We need a striker

Johng

Sorry about thd typos

Josip Skoblar

Nice to see you. Karim! 🙂

Habesha Gooner

Rap
Eddie isnt enough. We didnt attack enough and he is also one of the reasons we arent attacking enough. He lost the ball too many times when a good enough striker would have held the ball up for us to attack. He cant create chances for himself either, We dont need a passenger that waits for the perfect chance to be created for him. We need a striker that creates for his team mates or actually takes the half chances he gets. He is neither.

for context he had a 6.08 whoscored rating today. We need better.

WengerEagle

”Yeah, last season our CFs scored how many? Wasn’t the problem was it? But now it is. It’s just focusing on the easy target.”

Jesus is a vastly superior player to Eddie and he brings the best out of Saka and Martinelli. The fact that you are blind to this Rap is your problem.

Johng

Drowning my sorrows, hate loosing, especially to a team of absolout cunts

raptora

You say our wingers have no support down the flanks and our full backs are as playing as defensive as it gets. Meaning our wingers are left down to dry. You think the CF will have fun in that setup? Pool won things with simple cut backs all day every day, we never do those.

TR7

Guimaers elbow on Jorginho is not even considered worth a review by VAR.

MidwestGun

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/24633954/piers-morgan-newcastle-var-arsenal/ Looks clear as hell to me.. can see at least 6 inches of grass maybe more. And they said they couldn’t make a determination on offside because they couldn’t see the ball.. on any angle.. which is not correct because they showed one on the broadcast. Basically the referees are blaming bad equipment. Maybe they should invest in a 4k tv set. Anyhow… undeserved loss.. but our midfield other than Rice is nowhere near good enough for a consistent title run if Partey and Ode can not stay fit. Not even gonna talk about ESR anymore.. so disappointed that… Read more »

Johng

Shocking

raptora

No CF will have fun in this setup but lie to yourselves that Eddie was the issue today. I can’t believe it really. We created zilch and in the couple of things we did, he helped a lot, fought a lot. It’s the system, it’s the lineup, it’s everything. Saka and Marti were hugging the touchline, Rice and Havertz were sitting back, our CF was alone vs 2-3 orcs. If you think he was the reason for the creative desert we’ve been witnessing since day 1 of the season, then sure.

karim

Josip

Thanks bro ! Are you still living in France ?

James wood

Eddie is clearly not good enough he does not have the physical assets nor the mentality to be clever enough to make chances for himself.
He will not score another hatrick as long as he has a whole in his arse.
Get rid .

karim

Oh no I remember now you live near the Emirates. My bad !

Mikel Coneteta

Top CF’s create their own chances, make space for others, occupy CB’s and impact games consistently no matter the ground they play at.

Eddie does none of that, nobody expected any of that from him today, and he duly delivered.

Saka and Martinelli continually struggle with him through the middle, his link up is god awful. Get a player in that can do all of the above and we’ll see the marginal gains in games like this. With Eddie at CF it is already certain what’s coming against all half decent opposition.

MG42

For all the fucking posting about the VAR errors here is the write up from the Athletic: “VAR checked to see if the ball stayed in play before being controlled by Willock. The evidence appeared inconclusive. Then they looked to see if Joelinton, who nudged Gabriel in the back before heading it, had fouled the Arsenal defender. Finally, a possible offside offence against Gordon, given David Raya was ahead of the ball and Gabriel was the only defender in the six-yard box. After around a four-minute delay, the goal was finally awarded. The right conclusion was reached, but the process… Read more »

Goona

@mikel….totally agree! The team played well today apart from up front, Eddie isn’t and never will be good enough…saka shite again martinelli also

Samesong

“No CF will have fun in this setup ”

I for one do not believe this. Firstly better centre forwards are feared by defenders.
Better forwards can head the ball. Better forwards know where the goal is and don’t need to look up. Better forwards don’t need two or three touches in the box.

Johng

Here here

Mikel Coneteta

Samesong

Are you still on the Toney train mate?

Johng

So guys, who do we want in to go in up top, someone to push up the bar, let’s push Jesus wide to fight with Saka because let’s face it he has not exactly been pulling up trees

Samesong

Are you still on the Toney train mate?

Always have been.

Johng

We need a striker who can go it alone because Arteta is trying to copy City again and we don’t have a Haaland

Mikel Coneteta

https://x.com/skysportspl/status/1720902389111120118?s=46&t=kX5MOSw74fHSUeJjWqv6nA

Carragher asking if we have a CF or GK that can win a title.

He’s right in the sense that the games are decided in both boxes, which makes the dismissive chatter above from Raptora just that. We need a better player in the box time and again to make the difference.

Don’t talk to me about a toothless Arsenal and divert away from Eddie Nketiah. He’s a good lad, but 25M and move him on for someone ready to earn us a league title.

David Smith

If we get Toney, and I don’t think Arteta has much choice, going to take a while to get him up to speed
But who can we get in Jan to fill the Partey shaped hole?
Crazy we have gambled so much on his fitness, he’s always missing when most needed

Samesong

I know Eddie is a back up striker but the ball is like a grenade every time it comes to him. There is no ball retention with him. Now I am not blaming him for his lack of quality but an Arsenal forward needs to be able to keep the ball. Run into the channels. Be good in the air. Create spaces for others.

Josip Skoblar

Karim
No, I have been a Londoner all my life, but I follow French football (I have a soft spot for St-Etienne circa 1974-77 and RC Lens!)

Batistuta

VAR screwed us there to be fair but yet again, another absolutely drab offensive display. Our attack has been horrible all season or at least for the most part

raptora

Charlie: “Don’t talk to me about a toothless Arsenal and divert away from Eddie Nketiah. He’s a good lad, but 25M and move him on for someone ready to earn us a league title.”

Yeah I’ve been loud about Jesus being the issue not Eddie. Get Osimhen or someone top class then we’re talking. The talk was never if Nketiah is a good starting CF for Arsenal. We need world class there. Jesus ain’t it cause he’s always out.

Batistuta

And yea we will do nothing of note with Nketiah starting this many games for us.

We need better and probanly a more reliable.option than jesus because boy does he miss a fuck ton of games for us

Batistuta

Also you can see asides Rice and Timber our summer business was seriously meh, Raya looks absolutely ad bad as ramsdale and less said about havertz the better, such a waste of money.

We have added to the squad but just look absolutely short of ideas offensively

Aaron

VAR is blight on the league

Lost another 2 points because of it

Yes, ball was out, push in back, and offside, but whatever.

Put man pants back on and get on with life.

Need Ode and Partey back asap
Onwards and upwards.

MG42

The farcical VAR situation that followed saved Raja from immediate criticism, but upon review this will be another goal Raja should’ve done far better with. Come summer Arteta will be working on his 8th or 9th GK. Not very shabby 4 years and 8 GK later still not a reliable one. Embarrassing and Disgraceful.

Tom

“Looks clear as hell to me.. can see at least 6 inches of grass maybe more.”

Middy, hardly.
The lines on football pitch are no less than four and no more than five inches wide, while the ball diameter is nine inches.
It’s possible to see about 3-4 inches of grass between the ball and line at certain angles while the ball is still technically in, which seems to be the case here.

Tom

We can bitch and moan about refs but what was White doing while Willock chased down the loose ball?

MidwestGun

Tom.. seems to me if your job is to determine in or out.. on a line.. Inconclusive is not an acceptable answer. Just say it was in then… and show an angle that looks in. They have ability to stop and zoom, seems like they have ability to measure. I get that it was close.. center of ball has to be 4.5 inches past the line.

Not even gonna get into the rest of it.. which was a comedy as well.

Pierre

Arteta called it an embarrassment ….he was right , but what I fund embarrassing is that sky actually agreed with the decision to award the goal with no mention of all the other pathetically bad decisions from the officials and VAR , in what world is a footballer allowed to hit another footballer on the head off the ball with a forearm smash.. There is all this talk these days about head injuries and yet Bruno was allowed to get away with a blatant attack on another player. And finally the biggest embarrassment is so called Arsenal fans defending those… Read more »

Tom

If you take off your Arsenal tinted glasses two out of three( ball out of bounds and off side) were inconclusive, and the third – the possible foul- was a judgment call.
Which brings us back to the clear and obvious error bs.again.

The red card not given was a shocking decision, but the goal not really.

Tom

Midwest, stopping and zooming does nothing unless there’s a view directly from above which insanely enough there wasn’t for whatever reason.
But let’s see Ramsdale facial expressions from five different camera angles whenever Raya does/doesn’t make a save.

Positive pete

Sick of the PGMOL apologists on this blog.Couldn’t find a correct angle? Yet we all can see it’s clearly out of play from stills from the broadcaster.WTF?Then the clear two handed push in the back on Gabriel & then Gordon off side.Three incorrect decisions.Not one,not two but three ..Fucking unbelievable corruption.
What does take to convince some of you morons?
Arteta was 100% right to call it a disgrace.About time we as a club grew a pair.

R.S.P.C.Arsenal

Let’s see how Peter defends soppy bollocks Raya after this weeks fuck up.

Every fucking week he makes massive error.

R.S.P.C.Arsenal

Pierre,…
Sky are in cahoots with VAR… in the first half when rice was pulled to the ground,,
Never showed a replay showed rice running up to ref…

Maybe they have been told not to show to many contentious decisions…

Stinks, the game is dead.

raptora

Tom, there was a handball as well. Again inconclusive right?

Positive pete

Pierre spot on.The reason they’re PGMOL apologists is because they would much prefer to apportion blame on Arteta.Doesn’t suit their narrative.

Pierre

As for the game , we controlled it for long periods , newcastle never had a shot on target, we looked very solid but again offensively we created nothing. The days of one and 2 touch pass and move football have gone , and they are gone because of the fear of losing possession of the football and being caught on the break. So what we have is players having 3/4/5 touches of the ball , we have players reluctant to overlap , or reluctant to get ahead of the ball , so what we have is most of the… Read more »

Positive pete

Hope the prem or PGMOL kick up a fuss on Mikels comments.Lets have it out in the open.All the evidence( camera angles etc) not just those cunts at Bein tv & keys showing incorrect angles to justify the dodgy decisions.F***ers.
Oh & just for the record.Knew there was going to be huge issues today when I heard Stuart ATWELL & Madley( VAR) were going to get the gig.True to form.The corrupt c**ts.

Positive pete

If need be.Threaten to lawyer up.I’m sure we have a file thicker than war & peace on ‘ dodgy’ decisions that the PGMOL have dished out against us along with a number of apologies issued.Should make for squeaky bum time in webbos office.

Positive pete

If need be give Kloppy a bell to jump on board.He’s got a few gripes with the PGMOL too.

Ben D

It’s such dumb argument to say all those blatantly dodgy VAR decisions don’t matter because we didn’t look.like scoring, or Raya flapped at the cross, or Gabriel had a missed kick in the buildup. That game at worst ends in a draw of VAR makes the right decisions. So it directly cost us a point and gave Newcastle 2 undeserved points.

Whether we have the team to win the league or not is irrelevant to the conversation.

Naija+soccer

One shot on target is really poor.

Dissenter

VAR disallowed a goal that United scored where the ball didn’t even go that far outside the line

I mean, if one thing is contentious about a goal, maybe let it go in the balance of probabilities
But to have three effing things wrong and they still let it go is absurd

Gabriel was definitely pushed but to start weighting whether the push was enough is just silly season for VAR.

Naija+soccer

That’s what we get for not creating enough chances all season long. Even Saka for example is not operating on the same level.

Dissenter

Anyone still defending Raya here?

He’s Brentford level and will never win anyone a cup or a title
Mikel needs to sack his goalie coach, the amount of drama that the dude has generated is endless

raptora

What Ben D said.

And even then, it’s not like Newcastle had many chances. They ended the game with 1.12 xG or something and that’s with the goal being counted as 0.8 xG. They had 0.32 xG by the 65th min.

It was anyone’s game. Might have won, might have lost. But let’s not forget the 100% red card that wasn’t given to Bruno. Two very tough decisions to swallow.

Naija+soccer

What Pierre said

Naija+soccer

It will get us wins for sure. But miss those attacking patterns for sure. We ll definitely improve as the season goes strength to strength.

Crimson

Everything is fine… except Guns of.. being an ultra Racist.
We lost.
Toney in January

Naija+soccer

Saka was at his best when Tomiyasu was playing behind him and overlapping. Maybe we should try that again to spice Saka’s game up.

kofi

let’s ignore the obvious foul and the possible handball what baffles me most is the fact that there is technology around to make sure offside and ball in play can be checked instantly. why the hell not help refs all over the world by simply chipping the ball or use AI for offside. alternatively just adapt the rules to make it easier. in nfl a player is out of bounds by stepping outside the field – why not change the rule and rule the ball out if touching the field outside the line – makes it way easier to judge… Read more »

englandsbest

Arteta is probably right, the goal should have been disallowed. And so it goes… Fact is VAR is unreliable, just another source of controversy. The linesman – if he is any good – could have given a straight answer , yes or no, as to whether the ball was over the line. There appeared to be a push on Gabriel. The doubt about offside is just another example of the stupidity of the offside rules. But I believe Arteta’s frustration goes far deeper than the Newcastle goal. Arsenal no longer play the beautiful game. Last season they were a joy… Read more »

Matt

Out striker budget went on signing Havertz!

David Smith

England’s best, Xhaka ran virtually everything last season , we have not replaced him or come close

kofi

there is another problem wirh VAR which is rarely discussed but has a big influence. refs and linesmen are asked to proceed if ‘not sure’ whether there is a foul, ball out of play, offside etc due to this a linesman can never ever rule a ball out which is 80 meters away from him at the other side of the pitch. and even talking about the obvious foul on gabriel – you are basically asked to not give fouls etc which directly lead to goals because you have VAR helping you. but they don’t and that’s something that must… Read more »

Jollof Rice

“Arsenal no longer play the beautiful game…last season they were a joy to watch.”

Wow…who would have guessed that Granit was so intrinsic to the beautiful game we played last year? 😉

S23

Another pathetic performance, another woeful display from our attack, I think opposing teams are aware of Raya’s lack of height and targeting this. I was surprised Havertz wasn’t given a red card for a dangerous tackle, the same as Guimares thuggery. At the end of the day, for all of our possession and corners, one shot on goal is the most damning indictment of where we are at. Nowhere near good enough to be mounting a title challenge-Arteta has to come up with a way to play with what he has available-quite a few games down and only 2 decent… Read more »

Jollof Rice

More seriously, I think that Arteta has swung too far towards the “control” aspect of the game.

Too many players whose principal strengths are off the ball, too much focus on control, and fewer risks taken.

Back to what Wenger used to call “sterile possession.”

One bad VAR call is all it takes for us to lose, when we don’t create enough of our own chances and goals.

rollen

Our system and play is shit, we don’t create enough, players are nit motivated in most games. Solid decline from last year. Arteta play is easy countered by most managers. We have good team so probably will get top 4 and progres from CL grupe. That’s it. Back to purgatory!
Guess other 15 clubs would take it in the heart beat.
Just stop this generational or Galaxy brain garbage.

Tom

Kofi, great point

kofi

playing worse than last year last year was a joy to watch … that’s all bull** we win games against smaller teams most of the times comfortable the difference in the setup compared to last year is the fact we play small margins football – we don’ concede many due to a very intelligent and hard to break backline. that leaves us a little less fluent up front but think about city last year – they basically played a 5-1-4 and those front 4 plus gundo basically created everything. you could and probably should trust a front four of saka,… Read more »

Jollof Rice

Is it just me, or does it feel like the players are really inhibited going forward this season. The style of play reminds of the peak (trough?) Arteta/Willian days when watching us “attack” was like watching paint dry.