ARSENAL BREEZE PAST SEVILLA + NEW MIDFIELDER APPEARANCE

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Arsenal cruuuuuuuuuuised to an exceedingly simple win against a totally outclassed Sevilla FC. How can these young Arsenal men be acting out in the Champions League like they’re seasoned veterans?

We are not talking enough about how this rebooted Arsenal group of players are strangling sides like Homer Simpson on Bart before it was deemed uncool to strangle kids in cartoons last week.

Sevilla had one shot on target all game and that was their entire catalogue of attempts at our goal.

ONE SHOT.

This is the Champions League, those sorts of numbers shouldn’t be possible against quality sides known for European football. But look, this is a pattern. We might have lost against Newcastle at the weekend, but we had the richest side on the planet patting the floor trying to find scraps – they didn’t get a corner for an entire game.

This is a different Arsenal side defensively. We have more control, we have more physicality, we have players that feel more attuned to the type of football Mikel Arteta wants them to play.

William Saliba continues to look like the best centre-back in the world. He is a control master – he reads the game like a 30-year-old, but he has the superpowers of a prime VVD. He has all the tools you’d want in that position and he’s still a baby by centre-back standards.

Declan Rice is so good it’s getting boring writing about him – he is every inch a £105m. How many players that go for mega fees have their fans feeling like the deal represented value? Not many. The problem with going up against Declan is he’s everywhere. He’s not human, he’s a horror movie bad guy, you look over your shoulder, he’s not there, you turn back 2 seconds later and he’s savaging you. The only weakness in his game is you still feel there are levels to go… what’s going to happen when he starts shooting?

It was great to see both Bukayo and Martinelli have positive impacts on the game after being clogged up by the black and white deep block boys at the weekend. Martinelli was terrorising Sevilla all night long, constantly beating his man, and constantly getting into dangerous positions. Could the final ball be a little bit better with the cutbacks? Yeah. But he probably needs a striker to make those work more consistently. He still managed a glorious assist for Bukayo Saka who scored a very Bukayo goal.

Our OG Starboy also had a great game, he looked far more comfortable playing up against weaker fullbacks who let him run the game. The goal was great, so was the assist for Luther Van Tross. The injury wasn’t serious, according to Arteta, so let’s hope he’s in the starting 11 for the game this weekend.

There were some other notable performances.

Zinchenko, who has been training as a midfielder for parts of this week, showed up in the Jorginho role and did really well. The guy is an outrageous technician but he’s being outdefended this season. Maybe midfield as an 8 or a 6 could be the future for him? I certainly prefer him in advanced positions over Fabio Vieira.

David Raya kept a cleansheet.

Kai Havertz had a very good game again. Is he starting to find his feet? I think so. We’re also starting to learn what his game is about. I’m watching Granit Xhaka with more power and pace… and better at the one touch connective passing. Kai offers us a lot of hard work off the ball and eventually… he’s going to give us an edge in the opposition box with final passes and goals. He’s getting better, those that wrote him off, get ready to bow down to those that kept the faith.

Ok, that’s me done. Have urself a lovely day. Listen to the pod. See you later! x

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FoxInTheBox

No Hinding

Apart from the scoring department – the CF department, its also the AMF department where Arteta and Edu has gone horribly wrong this season.

Arsenal’s attacking department have been toothless.

Havertz have been the biggest blunder. And, there’s no way Edu and Arteta can be forgiven for that. It was a suicidal bet they made. And, they lost it.

Chitrak

Lolllllooooool

GD4

Yes.
Let the Ange live in come to a quick end and they have the international break for the wound to fester amongst the Spurs losers lol … lousy club

FoxInTheBox

No hiding

Apart from the scoring department – the CF department, its also the AMF department where Arteta and Edu has gone horribly wrong this season.Arsenal’s attacking department have been toothless.

Signing Havertz has been the biggest blunder. And, there’s no way Edu and Arteta can be forgiven for that. It was a suicidal bet they made. And, they lost it. Season-defining mistake.

Bergkamp63

That was borderline sex levels !

Dissenter

Now Son will get his hammies strained when he goes to play for Korea

Nothing serious of course, don’t want to wish serious injury on any player

Chrispy

That scum result is a thing if beauty. Truly hilarious 😂

bacaryisgod

Fox in the Box

‘It’s only 10 games and Arsenal are already at 4th. Time is catching up with poor quality of play Arsenal are displaying this season’.

Let me fix this for you.

‘It’s only 10 games and Arsenal are 3 points off the top and comfortably leading our Champions League group despite not playing our best football and with a number of key players injured’

allezkev

Ange

bacaryisgod

FoxintheBox

You keep saying ‘no hiding’. How about no trolling?

MidwestGun

Somebody tell the troll his team just got smashed in 3 mins of work.

TheLegendaryDB10

Looool

I just saw the scoreline. Glad to see Wolves getting one over the Spuds.

Conceding before the final whistle is indeed proper Spursy.

As for our game, I think a win vs Burnley should not be too much of an ask.

It would he great if Havertz showed some more signs of improving.

Intrigued by the back line subs. Do we know why Benny had to be subbed with Zinchenko?

MidwestGun

Last minute fitness fail… for Benny B is all they said.

bacaryisgod

Nice to see Bradley Ibrahim on the bench. He looks promising

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fociICjo__A

(*flattering youtube highlight reel warning)

jwl

Something happened to benni because he was apparently seen at team hotel last night but today is missing, I wonder if food poisoning or 24 hr bug something like that.

TheLegendaryDB10

OK, thanks Mid.

Let’s hope it’s more precautionary than anything else that Benny has failed his fitness test.

Thierry Martinelli

Walked into a bar to catch our game and I hear Spurs just got fucked by Wolves. Good stuff

MidwestGun

Not sure was reading Cedric Soares was last minute.. too.. fullback position very light today. Might see some newbies late in the match.

MidwestGun

Last minute fitness fail that is..

Rich

That was utterly brilliant… What a start to the weekend 👍

bacaryisgod

Benny could do with a little rest so hope it’s a niggle. At least he doesn’t have to worry about the International break-we can thank Southgate’s foolishness for that.

Samesong

Bissouma lacks discipline he’s always playing the line of being sent off

Habesha Gooner

I just went out for a minute after that Wolves draw goal. Only to come back and find out spurs have lost it at the end 😂😂😂. Absolutely deserved from Wolves. Spursy is a disease that never leaves you I guess.

Mozi

Havertz will come good. Amen

jwl

Arteta on White and Cedric: “Ben White finished the game against Sevilla with some issues and hasn’t had enough time to recover. Cedric has been ill and hasn’t made the squad today.”

MidwestGun

Ok then… now we just need to take care of business… Let’s go!!!!

TheLegendaryDB10

Thanks jwl

So it is a precautionary move to allow Benny to recover.

Nice to see that Arteta is slowly learning.

Dissenter

Nothing better than watch expressions lose his mind when spurs do their usual dance

jwl

And it’s Arsenal,
Arsenal FC,
We’re by far the greatest team,
The world has ever seen …

MidwestGun

I even had a couple of Chelsea fans I know text me.. did you see the end of that Wolves match..? haha Seems nobody likes them being near the top. Everyone loves a good Spursy finish.

Vickingz

CCYGGGG

TheLegendaryDB10

Come on The Arsenal!!!!

goona

Lest we forget.

COYG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dissenter

Michael Oliver was suppose to blow for a drop ball there

Prick

Gonsterous

Jesus, our bench is mid table fodder.

GD4

And therein lies the problem of Jorginho in the side.
Our midfield parted like the Red Sea there … Yikes.
Good save by Raya.

Dissenter

First 10 mins hasn’t been great

Vickingz

Nothing from the midfield so far, this was what tomi covered against Saville, we had balls coming from the midfield well against sevilla

Habesha Gooner

A bit of urgency needed.

Un

Martinelli again giving it away with an easy pass on

Vickingz

We are better without ordegard though

Spanishdave

We are not scoring early these days tippy tappy is what the boss wants that’s how he played.

Habesha Gooner

I don’t know how wise it is to.play Rice and Jorginho together at home to a poor Burnley side.

Habesha Gooner

I know Viera is poor but he is at least an attacking midfielder. He should have played instead of Jorginho today.

GD4

It’s early guys … relax

Dissenter

We moved the ball too slowly, like some players don’t trust other players
It’s like we wait….wait and then, wait .

TheLegendaryDB10

So close from Saka!!!

Lovely shot!

TheLegendaryDB10

That cross less so.

georgia boy

A forgotten Jonas brother in goal for burnley.

GD4

What a save.
That was going in.

goona

our crossing is poor

TheLegendaryDB10

That’s a pen on Saka!!!

Come on!!!

LoveSausage

Saka needs to show better awareness in that situation. It’s not a time for slow step overs.

goona

piss poor from saka

Vickingz

Havertz is such a waste of space

LoveSausage

What a move from Zinchenko! Would have been some goal.

TheLegendaryDB10

We are knocking on the door!!

Come on we can do it!!!

Un

Saka and zinchenko running the game
And people wanted him sold
🤦🏻‍♂️

goona

great move unlucky!

Dissenter

Two hands on the back

Ending PGMOL

TheLegendaryDB10

Well we are getting closer to the goal line!

goona

lol how the fuck is that a foul?

GunnerWomble

Good to see that 2 hands on the back of a defender is ALWAYS a foul – f*ck PGMOL

Habesha Gooner

Looks like we are going to have to be patient for that first goal.

Gonsterous

Havertz needs to be braver when competing in the air. A bit like how Giroud was, knew his strength was in the air and looked to win every header.
Main reason why I don’t think havertz will ever work out. Even in the air, he’s so passive and scared!

When partey is fit, he should take over the jorginho role, then we have both rice and partey on the pitch!

Guns of SF

COYG

LoveSausage

Havertz is such a waste of space.

Gonsterous

Fk me. Great, great save by Raya !!

Vickingz

Zinchenko is such a paper weight

allezkev

Knocking on the door….

GunnerWomble

Aaargh – on a plate for Havertz

georgia boy

Oof havertz gotta put that in, no other way

MidwestGun

Nice save by Raya.. wow.. bailed Saliba out.

TheLegendaryDB10

Why is Havertz more advanced than the goal post?

No wonder he can’t score.

He can’t position himself correctly.

TR7

Zinchenko doing more in midfield in 25 mins that what Harvertz has done in 25 weeks. The guy doesn’t play with any conviction. He had 2 clear goal scoring opportunities, spurned both of them.

Guns of SF

Havertz is playing myteriously

Un

That’s more like it from raya
Good save and smart catch

goona

Havertz for his side is weak to say the least!

goona

size, not side

Matt

Mysteriously, that’s a new one! 😄

Inventive way of saying complete waste of space

allezkev

Trossard having a quiet game…

Belfast Gooner

My mate calls Havertz “Scud”.

For you youngsters, a Scud was an old Russian missile used by the Iraqis during the first Gulf War that had awful accuracy. Once fired no one knew where it was going to hit.

The nickname seems apt.

Samesong

I’ve been telling people Havertz isn’t that good with his head.

Matt

Jesus is Havertz even a footballer

goona

ffs our crossing…..

MidwestGun

Damn… great tackle there by Rice. Need to do something with one of these corners. Getting a boatload.

allezkev

Better by Trossard

Guns of SF

Belfast
I remember Scuds

Habesha Gooner

A frustrating half so far. Final ball lacking or the finish not good enough. Jorginho and Rice in these games together isn’t enough

Aaron

Hav needs 2 believe and go 2 goal.

Guns of SF

Kai the mysterious scud missile lol

TR7

It’s almost like Harvertz doesn’t want anyone to pass the ball to him.

Un

Great pass from raya with his left
Best game for us so far definitely

goona

i wish we were more direct now and then…

Guns of SF

The ball is like kryptonite to Kai, he just doesnt want it near him, gives it up asap.
Fella needs to dribble, take on defenders

Dissenter

This gamers resembles the Southampton game at home last season
The only difference is that we didn’t concede first
Burnley are getting good opportunities

Spanishdave

Typical game from us we will wake up when they score

Habesha Gooner

I can’t see Havertz becoming a good player for us. Genuinely can’t. A player that scared of the ball or that loses it that much isn’t going to work out. He may have had some ability and had something about him but it has been completely destroyed now. Genuinely looks like a Sunday league player now.

Vickingz

Even against Burnley?? Kai is uselesssssssssss

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