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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psuedo warrior

Arteta really needs to find a solution to our limp duck attacking

georgia boy

Oh geez havertz…yikes buddy

Dissenter

Opportunities seem to die when it gets to Havetz

He’s not very nimble in thought spaces

G8

Havertz is really a shit player

GD4

I miss Xhaka .
Thanks Kai

Guns of SF

What happened to NC Kai? Showed a lot more than today

FoxInTheBox

How the fuuuuuuuuuuu@&@ does Havertz play PL??????

Dissenter

* He’s not very nimble in tight spaces

Guns of SF

The need for a proper tall striker has been glaring for a while, today we pumping in crosses to whom?

goona

FFS havertz is a WIMP

Spanishdave

Drop him but gutless won’t do it, what is there to loose?
He’s had enough time and is constantly sleep walking games

GD4

Trossard I love you

georgia boy

Havertz needs to go do ayahuasca with Aaron Rodgers and Ron White and get his shit together

GD4

Hope he isn’t hurt bad … what a player

MidwestGun

Get IN!!! He paid for it though.

Dissenter

That was crucial
…and very brave from the small man
BOSSard

Aaron

Boss gave his body…

allezkev

If Martinelli could cross a ball he’d be unstoppable

G8

Ger in

LoveSausage

Fuck that looks bad.

goona

get in!

GD4

Damn we can’t afford to lose Tross.

Dissenter

Looks like he’s broken or dislocated something

Hope it’s just a whack.

Spanishdave

He’s a winner

Un

Another goal tross
Another assist Saka
Hope to fuck he’s not injured
That means useless Eddie again

MidwestGun

Come on Tross.. … Not looking good.. arm might be broken.

LoveSausage

Looks like the forearm rather than shoulder.

Guns of SF

Pop it back in,

Dissenter

Is Eddie on the bench?

Spanishdave

Man U struggling with Luton

Habesha Gooner

Will that stand? Damn we can’t afford injuries though.

GD4

Don’t like how he’s holding the arm

MidwestGun

They just gave him some pain killers. but don’t like the way he is holding it.

georgia boy

He will be fine

Gonsterous

Did they just give pain killers to trossard? I saw a few pills and then he asked for the bottle.

But get in !!! Hope he’s not too badly hurt!!

FoxInTheBox

Trossard has done something very unArsenal like, as the commentator just said

I can bet my car Havertz would not have done that in a hundred years

Guns of SF

Magic spray time

georgia boy

Bruises the size of dinner plates

goona

just needs the magic sponge & an orange at half time…

SUGA3

Mind the gap, Spuds

Chitrak

Send eddie on. He is good enough for this lot. Burnley hasn’t done much, has they? Havertz plays like this always. No wonder Germany doesn’t win anything

allezkev

Well done Leo

MidwestGun

Probably will be assessed at halftime… might see Eddie. Hope he ok.. though He is the Boss.

FoxInTheBox

Leandro = fighter

Guns of SF

Sure glad spurs lost again haha

Habesha Gooner

As long as it isn’t a shoulder injury, he will be fine. That was very brave though.

Chitrak

I never understand why we can’t play fabio Viera in such games. Burnley isn’t attacking much. Play him in place of hazard and go a real 4231

psuedo warrior

Un, maybe you could explain how the Arsenal attack still looks so off with useless Eddie nowhere near the 11

Vickingz

There’s no point playing kai into form, he’s never picking up, another player should be played in his position. A player from the academy wouldn’t be any worse

Thierry Martinelli

I really feel for Havertz 😂😂

salparadisenyc

What a battler Trossard is, gave it all for that goal 🔥

psuedo warrior

I think Vieira is finished at Arsenal. Or rather Arteta is done with him.

Matt

Kai Havertz – where attacking play goes to die!!

TheLegendaryDB10

What a shame to see Trossard injured after scoring for us.

This was a real warrior goal from him for us.

Let’s hope he is OK.

goona

@Vickingz…yep we are playing with ten when hes on the pitch, doesnt do anything of merit

Habesha Gooner

I will be really surprised if Havertz turns this around like Xhaka. He looks like a bus when he turns. And he is scared of the ball. We fucked up this summer. Even an Eze type of player instead of him and we would have been a really dangerous side.

Rusty Shackleford

Stick Havertz with Trossard in training and maybe he can learn how to head the fucking ball. That tall and completely useless with his head. Inexcusable.

allezkev

Hard going against a low-block team fighting for their lives but persistence pays off, I do wonder how many of our players are carrying injuries after midweek?

GD4

Guess no comment on the two against the run of play big saves by Raya. Those were the kind of goals that Ramsdale gave up much to everyone’s chagrin during the course of his time here

MidwestGun

Ya… I’m starting to feel bad for Kai.. but not 65 mill bad. We got absolutely savaged at that price.

Habesha Gooner

Raya has played well today. No fuckups from here on out please.

Gonsterous

Jorginho, havertz, Viera all below the level required at arsenal and we spent more than 100m to get them. How can we challenge for the title with midfielders like the.?

FoxInTheBox

Name one club in Europe who will take Havertz on loan for 6 months

Gonsterous

We should just move zinny to midfield and play a proper lb at lb. Then we can drop one of kai or jorginho…

Spanishdave

Eddy is good against championship sides it’s his level

FoxInTheBox

Gones..: pl don’t club Vieira and Jorginho with this unwilling horse.

China1

Wolves first goal was phenomenal. Straight wow Second goal was coming all day as well. They’ve been riding a wave of everything going their way for ages. They were poor today and have now lost 2 in a row. Will the vomit inducing love fest of Ange and his 5 mins of miracles now finally end? Have my doubts but without Maddison they look very very unremarkable. If a team takes their chances they’re going to be dropping points often as I don’t think they’re anywhere near as good as people have loved to make out Onto the arsenal game.… Read more »

FoxInTheBox

“ Eddy is good against championship sides it’s his level”

Hahahahaha yesyeysyesyesyesyesyes

G8

Havertz is just hiding behind the Burnley defenders, not making any movement and looks scared to receive the ball in the box..

salparadisenyc

Havertz is finding the right areas he’s just not able to connect the dots when he gets there.
Always looks to play sideways or backwards opposed to up the field.

Kind of game he should be having impact in final third with our level of possession and number of crosses flying about.

Fire

GD4
Re Raya..
Everything he does wrong gets micro analysed but when he plays well not a word of praise

FoxInTheBox

but he’s mostly been good.????????

China1

Gonsterous the only proper LBs we have are Tomi and Timber. Tomi is RB and Timber is crocked.

goona

Wolves 1st goal was Bergkamp -esque

Guns of SF

We have such nice guys in the team, they are patient with Kai, encouraging etc.

I do think we need someone to kick him up the arse tho, I dont think he would have survived being in the invincibles side. He would be chopped liver.

Habesha Gooner

Midwest
Chelsea absolutely robbed us for Havertz. The fact that our scouting team and Arteta felt he is the best fit to replace Xhaka and at that price is astounding. We haven’t made too many fuckups in recent years and he is going to be one of them. Every Chelsea fan was laughing when we bought him. And it is clear to see why so far.

China1

Yeah sorry but aside from a couple of poor moments (finishing, and one touch in the box which went poorly) he’s linked up well.

I know it’s trendy to bag on him and I do as much as the next guy, but let’s actually be fair. He’s mostly been decent so far.

The script with him was written for some of you guys before a ball was kicked…

Vickingz

Rams keeps those attempts out as well though, just saying

FoxInTheBox

Havertz is just hiding behind the Burnley defenders, not making any movement and looks scared to receive the ball in the box..

G8, why take pains to establish a piece of shit stinks. It always does.

Danny

6th of the season for Trossard, all made by Saka.

China1

That’s a crazy stat Danny

Guns of SF

hope Kai had this triple shot espresso at HT

vieira

JWL, thank you very much for the link, I am following the match in UK !! Sofar the Match wolves vers spursy was much more entertaining and Havertz remains the most frustrating person who allegedly happens to be a footballer.

Freddie Ljungberg

China

He’s been decent today, some tiny sprouts of quality that hasn’t really been there before.
But if he was actually good we could have been up by 3 by now. He’s heading ability is atrocious when he has to direct the ball towards goal, and that pass behind Trossard when both him and Martinelli were in great positions on the right was terrible.

MidwestGun

Habesha ya.. It’s Pepe levels and I thought I would never say that. again.

Just need the guy to score a goal for his own sanity.. at this point.

Guns of SF

with oat milk 🙂

Habesha Gooner

China
He has done absolutely nothing offensively since he has been signed. I mean zero. The only quality thing I have seen him do is that Sevilla shot that went out narrowly. And he didn’t even score.

He is doing his bit by running and trying to win the ball back but, for an Arsenal player that is the minimum. Having no quality as an attacking midfielder is ridiculous.

Vickingz

Hmmmmmm

Vickingz

What was raya coming to do? Really???

Dissenter

It’s not helpful to constantly pick on Havertz, unless I’m the one doing it

Honestly, he’s not going to be starter when everyone is healthy, it’s that simple
He can still contribute from the bench

allezkev

MidWest,

yeah it’s a lot of dough indeed for Kai, which then actually saw off interest from Real Madrid, so I guess they wanted him from a technical perspective but weren’t prepared to pay what Arsenal offered as they had to find so much for Bellingham and Spanish football is skint.

Habesha Gooner

Midwest
There was the odd worldly from Pepe. I haven’t seen anything from Havertz so far. We needed an upgrade on Xhaka and I can’t believe he is the one we got.

Freddie Ljungberg

Mid

Pepe was miles better than Havertz, he actually had loads of quality, just wasn’t very good defensively.

Foxy

Adrian Clarke and team mentioning a few core issues in our play.

Fullbacks not supporting Saka and Martinelli
Rice and Jorgi being too cautious in Their passing
Too many pointless crosses from Saka and Martinelli.

China1

Freddie yeah agreed In the games early this season he was a combination of crap AND anonymous He’s involved and contributing. He’s linking up play in and around the edge of the box. Quite tidy on the ball and quick. The cons are obvious (very loose finishing and one or two other mistakes) and that’s clear. I just take issue with people whitewashing the good If xhaka was still here and put in exactly the same performance, people on here would be saying he was decent with some rough edges. But it’s Kai so instead the performance is labeled as… Read more »

MidwestGun

Well here’s praying he comes good.. all I got for now.. is hope, really. And as they say Hope is not a good strategy.

goona

good play

MidwestGun

Like to see a second goal.. so we can play some youngsters.. Also good to see the Boss back running around.

Guns of SF

Need more of an attack on the right side

Belfast Gooner

allezkev “yeah it’s a lot of dough indeed for Kai, which then actually saw off interest from Real Madrid,”

Allegedly.