‘I FEEL SICK! THIS IS AN EMBARRASSMENT!’

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Arsenal lost to Newcastle in a tremendous battle at St. James Park. We lost in the margins. Those margins once again being VAR in combination with the on-pitch referee.

Arteta finally realised that playing it nice in the media doesn’t work.

“How the hell did this goal stand up?,”

“It’s embarrassing what happened. How this goal stands, in the Premier League – this league that we say is the best in the world.

“I’ve been 20 years in this country and now I feel ashamed. It’s a disgrace. It’s not good enough. I feel embarrassed to be part of this.”

He’ll get a hefty fine for saying that, but he can sleep easy tonight knowing every manager and professional in the game was nodding their head with his rant.

PGMOL is not fit for purpose. That was before we knew big names refs were taking midweek trips to oil-rich nations to top up their salaries. I’ve been over it many times, but I’ll say it again:

There’s no consequence for failure

No one ever truly loses their job

There’s no diversity in the group they hire

There isn’t a single referee represented from London

The majority of them come from the North

They only just appointed their first black ref in 15 years this season

They are on record saying they make decisions based on friendship

The goal was shocking. VAR canceled a United goal for a minor infraction. A few hours later, the same organization managed to look at three separate incidents in one sequence of play and decide that they were all ok. The ball going out looked bad, but you never really know without Hawkeye (so why don’t we have it), the offside was clear if the McGuire one was, and the cherry on the cake was the two-handed shove by Joelinton.

We also need to talk about the Bruno arm to the face. VAR said it was ok because it wasn’t an elbow. Do you think the police would let you off assault if you did that to someone in a bar? It might be passable if it was a one-off accident, but the build-up was his temper getting worse and worse. He should have been sent off. It’s criminal he wasn’t. This was a game the ref had zero feel for and he ruined it.

Going away to Newcastle is tough, those games are tight, if you’re going to lose, it can’t be for shocking goals like that. It was an absolute disgrace.

That said, we do have to be honest about some of the challenges we had during the game, even on that goal.

1. Arsenal players switched off when they thought the ball went out of play. We have to assume, at all times, we’re going to be fucked by decisions. Argue it went out after you’ve cleared it.

2. David Raya needs to do better from that cross – it’s hard to hammer him for being small, but that ball should be intercepted by him. This is a guy that has been training with longball merchants for 8 years misjudging a cross again. I want to keep defending him. But at the moment, it feels like we’re racking up a clanger a game.

Are we looking at needing two new keepers next summer? At this rate. I think it’s almost certain. I thought his abilities on the ball were on full show yesterday, but once again, there was a black mark against his name and it’s painful viewing.

It’s really easy to get massively downbeat after a fine margins game like that. If you win it, everyone is a hero. When you lose, everything with our current setup is wrong and we need to spend more money.

Kai Havertz had an impressive game for me. We aren’t getting game-changing moments, but he was a long way off ‘terrible’ like I’m seeing from some parts of the internet. Newcastle fans might have thought he deserved a red for an aggressive early tackle that set the wheels in motion for some bad Bruno behavior – but it was a yellow for me. I liked that tackle, have to admit.

Declan Rice was absolutely outrageous. I can’t believe we have him in the side. I underestimated his incredible power and pace – and also the delicate feet he shows off when given the chance. He is absolutely world-class and I won’t have anyone tell me otherwise. The extra physical presence he gives us is so valuable. When Kai put that tackle in, l loved that Declan led the defence. Arsenal hasn’t always been that team, we are now.

The main problem with our midfield is it isn’t picking locks at the moment. We had one shot on target. You can blame the front three, but for me, it was more an issue of service. Without Martin, we looked a touch bland. Not many teams are going to have great options when they’re missing Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard, we’re not different. Though I was expecting Kai to be more of a creator than he’s proved to be so far.

I’m not sure that extricates Eddie from the conversation here. I don’t think he should have started – and he didn’t really show enough out there today to suggest I was wrong. You can’t take away the good from his season, 7 goals, 3 penalties, and some decent performances. You also can’t hide from him not offering much on days like today.

That said – Newcastle is a top team. Moments like today shine an unfair light on players and force people into drastic opinions. Not having loads of chances against one of the best defences in the league at their place isn’t really the place to be making sharp judgments. I just wonder if Ivan Toney would have melted into the background to the same level… but then I also wonder what he’d do without the service? Maybe someone more physical does more with less? Maybe he doesn’t.

Overall though, I’m not going to draw too many conclusions. When you play top teams in the Premier League away from him, limit their chances, and get done by a horrible decision. How hard can you critique? We were missing Partey, Jesus, Odegaard, and probably Timber. Different players, maybe a better chance at a different outcome. But Newcastle will be tough whoever we add. Not sure there was a silver bullet solve for today.

Let’s move on – see what happens regarding the refs – and hope the boys get on a better footing for next week.

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salparadisenyc

Dissenter

Thats different, very different, Sol Campbell different.

Chris

I think Arteta would play Martinelli up top in the right circumstances. He has done it before (and Martinelli has scored when he has played up top). I’d like to see it. Martinelli is a composed and natural finisher. Perhaps it will happen later on in his career.

Samesong

This Jackson takes up good positions. Very raw.

MidwestGun

So what do we need here? Some Chelsea goals.. and about 2 or 3 more suspensions?

Gommit

Arteta never does this.. Take off a player on a yellow to reduce the risk of a red.. Like Kai against NU

Mikel Coneteta

Samesong

He went 2 in 2 and some on here had him as the next Drogba. As you say, he’s very raw.

Reckon Mudryk comes on here and scores

Chris

Midwest

We need the game abandoned and both teams deducted points after a mass brawl and both teams simaltaneously reduced to 7 players each.

MidwestGun

Haha Ok Chris. I would say that sounds crazy… but it really doesn’t.

Chris

It’s like a five a side game

Leftside

Udogie has to be booked there

raptora

Another red card. Spuds with 9 LOL

Samesong

Lovely

Bye bye

Leftside

Idiotic tackles all game, couldn’t happen to a dumber team

Goona

Lol come on Chelsea…fuck em up now

LoveSausage

This is the sort of comedy you only get from the spuds.

raptora

Charlie, could be the next Adeba.

Guns of SF

Spurs better lose this one now fuckers

Samesong

Happened to two players that probably should of been sent off intially anyway

MidwestGun

haha oh man.. if Chelsea can’t score now.. they never will.

Mikel Coneteta

This is great.

Goona

How on earth did he miss that

Wardo

Hahahaha

Great game. I’m loving this

Only 54mins. They might have to play their reserves for the next three game the way this is going

Guns of SF

Get down spurs

Leftside

Jackson, you have to finish there

raptora

Adeba was tragically bad in front of goal at the beginning for us.

Jim Furnell

Hilarious!!!

Guns of SF

lucky fucker

Samesong

It was harder to miss

Matt B

Hysterical game of football this is

salparadisenyc

Enzo is so poor how did they get taken to the cleaners for that fee.

MidwestGun

Jackson … looks like a striker.. but not sure you could prove that he is one in a court of law.

Guns of SF

Come on Mudryk, lets see how much a gooner you are now

Chris

Jackson couldn’t score in a brothel

Leftside

Jackson may come good one day but right now he is soo unpolished it is insane.

raptora

If Jackson figures out how to score, he’ll be a huge force. One of the hardest skills to learn though.

Mikel Coneteta

Enzo Fernandez being a fraud doesn’t get enough coverage.

raptora

This Vicario fella is having a better season than both of our GKs.

Mikel Coneteta

Jackson is Salomon Kalou II

Goona

Ffs Chelsea get one more, half hour left…could be double figures

Rich

Have Spurs used their 3 sub windows?..

Guns of SF

Enzo cannot help his price tag sadly, but he aint it I agree

MidwestGun

Oh my God.. if Chelsea miss like a hundred chances and let Spuds off the hook.. I swear.

Guns of SF

Son needs a red now

Mee

Vicario should get the wages of both Romero and U-Dog

Goona

The final ball by Chelsea is so shite…

Wardo

Chelsea are fucking toilet!!!!

Their shape is terrible given the space they have. And spurs are playing a high line and they still can’t breat them down with a simple pass

Leftside

Chelsea really aren’t up to much are they?

Guns of SF

Mudryk does not look the sharpest tool in the shed

Mee

Chelsea have been dire so far…

MidwestGun

Spuds are still playing a high line with 9 men.. That’s how much they respect Chelsea goal scorers. About 0%.

salparadisenyc

Spurs going to win this with 9 men… unreal how lacking in sauce Poch’s blues are.

Samesong

Rap

Decent keeper so far.

Wardo

Please please football gods! Grant me a spurs own goal to celebrate this master class of an occasion

Mr Serge

Chelsea are shocking lol

Mr Serge

Oh wardo yes please

Left Testicle

Mudryk’s tattoos are very feminine.

Samesong

Palmer the only one that can score here.

Guns of SF

Jackson sucks

MidwestGun

Cucurella.. hahaha wow. unreal.

Goona

@wardo…that would be perfect

Chris

Jackson is masquerading as a premier league striker. There are players in the national league better than him

Left Testicle

Sterling is playing like Sterling.

Dissenter

When Spurs fall apart… they crumble into pieces

Chitrak

How did we get stuffed 2 with this fuxking Chelsea. They can’t bloody hit a door. And such big luck regarding missing Murdyk

Mee

Poch giving his boys the team talk…Its against 9 men it should be intuitive FFS!

Jim Furnell

So glad we didn’t get Mudryk, Chavs are terrible!

Goona

Wtf are Chelsea doing, 2 spare players and they can’t score?….fucking useless

Mr Serge

Fuck me muddyk is shit

Mikel Coneteta

Christ Mudryk is dogshit

Goona

The refs a cunt too

Chitrak

God, Mudryk is shit

Dissenter

Murdeyk js so effing useless
One dodged billet
Arteta may be good but he’s no miracle worker

Guns of SF

Mudryk a dummy boy

Goona

YES NOW GET 10

Leftside

Finally

Christ! Just how shit is Michailo Mudryk?

Mikel Coneteta

Thank fuck for that. Wankers

Get in you scum !!!

Dissenter

This Jackson is useless, isn’t he?

raptora

He fkin scored! News of the day!

salparadisenyc

Remember when a large swathe of this space went postal when Edu and Tets didn’t go all in for Mudryk?

Samesong

I thought Jackson was going to miss.

Leftside

Go and get a few more

Chris

I mean he really couldn’t miss there

MidwestGun

Most teams would be tearing this high line a new one… finally.. my God.

zaco

long overdue

Samesong

Murdeyk js so effing useless

Diss we will probably buy him cut price in 5 years time.

Dissenter

Ha. …

Curse of leg rove

Always works

Goona

Wtf fuck were var looking at there?

Samesong

Sterling played well tonight. Pace still looks frightening.

Dissenter

Now Vicario needs to pull his groin

Left Testicle

Nicolas Jackson?
Plays more like Janet Jackson.

Samesong

Lol

Chris

Hahahahaha brilliant

Goona

Lol off 🤣

Goona

I wish I recorded this 😆

Chitrak

Jackson is bad too. And tottenham nearly scored. Lol

LoveSausage

Ffs, this game will be the end of me. Eric fucking Dier almost pulling one back…

Guns of SF

damn