KAI AT LEFT-BACK?!?!

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The beasting of Kai Havertz has been brutal. But for every amateur analyst demanding we know he’s terrible, another top pro manager pipes up and says they think he’s high qualidee.

This time, it’s Julian Nagelsmann – a manager a lot of Arsenal fans fawned over back in the day. He decided to go toe-to-toe with Mikel’s big galaxy brain and probably knocked him to the canvas by dropping him into the left-wing back position.

“Kai won’t always be in this position. I have a great idea, he’s an exceptionally good footballer. This is a very good option. He won’t always play as a classic left-back.”

Well, Kai opened the scoring for Germany and they went on to win.

Ok, they didn’t win. But that’s not the point. He scored a goal. THAT’S the point. Right?

Who knows where Kai’s Arsenal career is going to go, but hearing top footballing minds talking about how good he is does skew my view that he’ll probably come good. He’s a players player. A manager’s first pick. Clearly he has attributes that top coaches seem to love. We just need to see him bring a bit of bang-bang to proceedings.

My biggest takeaway from all of this is the thing that everyone said he’d be rubbish at (defending) seems to be the only thing he’s currently good at. I’m happy to put chips on his attacking game coming good when considering the managers that played him as a striker.

Arsenal are being linked with players this January — the list of players at the moment seems split between midfielders and strikers.

On the striker side, it’s Ivan Toney and now Dusan Vlahovic.

On the midfielder front it’s Douglas Luiz and Ruben Neves.

Let’s talk midfielders. Those two players, in a normal market, are £50m players. Both are versatile midfielders that can play as 6s or 8s… but the deeper role is where they thrive. For me, the only way you make that kind of deal happen is if Thomas Partey leaves the club. Neves is an outrageous technician who can’t go to Newcastle and Luiz is a free-scoring midfielder who is very unsexy but he’s never injured and he’s keeping an Unai Emery midfield going. He’s also exCity.

Midfield wasn’t where I saw Arsenal investing in January, but I think Arteta really wanted Thomas P involved this season, especially without Timber, so it would make sense.

The striker position is clearly a massive target for Arsenal, but £100m for Ivan Toney isn’t acceptable, and though Dusan Vlahvoci is a good player, what change out of £100m are we getting for him? 4 goals in 10 this season. 14 in 42 last season. Hard to say he’s banged.

If we can’t find a bonified goal-scoring freak this January, we should just pass. No point wasting good money on someone we’ll be lumbered with for 5 years. The player we sign needs to be pure glory. I’m not sure we’re getting that in 6 weeks time.

Arsenal have a new hype-child: Chido Obi-Martin

The Dane scored 10 goals against Liverpool U16s this weekend. He’s a U17, which is kind of cheating, but regardless, that is a big goal haul at a level in which you would not expect a scoreline like that.

Is he the next Jack Jebb?

The next Fran Merida?

Is he Arturo Lupoli?

Who knows… but it does seem like Arsenal’s production line continues to churn out the big names!

David Raya made his Spain debut against Cyprus… he conceded one goal off three shots on target.

Martinelli scored a lovely goal from a Vini Jr assist.

Saka did NOT get injured in very boring England win against Malta. 3 shots on target. How embarrassing.

Ok, a painfully slow week. The last international break is always the worst. So if you’re bored, check out the latest Patreon podcast below.

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GD4

Guess Gabby M gets the sub for being outjumped by Otta for the goal.

MidwestGun

Ya.. and like I said.. Brazilian players.. refusing to make that extra pass around the box. They always shoot first..

GD4

Douglas Luis coming in … thank God Jesus coming off … Messi getting subbed as well for a Tuesday night stroll

MidwestGun

Happy to see Marti off.. He looks good to go for us.

GD4

And now Martinelli hits the sub bench.
Thank God all the Arsenal lads are off and no one limping

allezkev

The way things are going for Fabio Vieira is if he remains a bit part player at Arsenal his value will just haemorrhage even more than at present, so I wonder if there’s any truth in the rumour that Marseille’s want him on loan this January?

A regular game for Marseille in a less frantic league might just see his value recover enough to make it worth selling him next summer?

GD4

The fact that Gabby Jesus started and played as long as he did in this game needs some explaining… pretty odd stuff at play

MidwestGun

I think Jesus is still in…

MidwestGun

Isn’t he number 9? and there is the red card. new this game woudlnt end 11 v11

GD4

And Joelington forgets he’s not playing for English refs at Newcastle. Promptly red carded.

Ahhh ok nothing there … that’s a horrible red card

Sensei

That’s pathetic. De Paul is such a twat

GD4

Midwest you’re right he’s in.
The feed I was watching flashed him across that he was subbed but I just saw him in the scrum.
Screw Brazil.
This is BS

GD4

I doubt Jesus will start on Saturday … so annoyed right now

MidwestGun

Ya have to agree with you there.. I thought 70 mins tops..

GD4

Brazilians losing their heads.
With every rash tackle, the Argentinians burn more precious seconds off the clock. Just poor

allezkev

Jesus probably wouldn’t have started at Brentford anyway, too much travelling and too little recovery time, might be touch and go for Martinelli and Big Gabby as well?

MidwestGun

Jesus didn’t really go all in for that last header chance.. think he is playing it safe for him at least.

GD4

Romero looked like he was about to deck or head butt Jesus there. That dude would have been a gang banger if he went a footballer lol

MidwestGun

Yep Argentine’s’ putting on a master class of time wasting.

GD4

Never seen the hype in Douglas Luis

GD4

Jesus has been the best player for Brazil .
The only one with any heart or desire or effectiveness

GD4

Brazil really missed Vinicius Jr.

MidwestGun

Gabby J is basically walk jogging now. think he has packed it in.

GD4

96 mins after being out for a month.
Wow Martinez nearly with a big mistake.
Covered up in time

MidwestGun

And Emi Martinez lays on the ball for like 2 mins.. haha

GD4

Damn Brazil in sixth place in the South American standings?
WTF

GD4

Game over …
Emi is a first class troll LMAO.
There will be a war in the streets cuz of this lol

MidwestGun

Brazil has coaching issues is my hot take.. doesn’;t have then playing as a team.. at all

Anyhow.. I think our 3 Gabby’s made it out unscathed.

Sensei

Ouch. Hope our boys aren’t too affected. Gabby J and Marti both played pretty well although Marti needed to show more for those far post runs, could have had a goal

Siddeeq

Brazil football went to the dogs when their coaches and players started playing tactical european football.

Siddeeq

Richarlison representing Brazil is defilement and pollution of samba football.

Siddeeq

Joelinton and douglas luiz in Brazils midfield should be the end of Brazil pretending to have a football team.

China1

Coaching issues aside I just don’t think the Brazil squad is that good They’re are overrated and living off their reputation The Brazil teams in the late 90s and early-mid 2000s could absolutely destroy this team Aside from Neymar, they have very few players who you would put in the world class category, just lots and lots of good and very good players. But the Brazil teams of old were way better than good and very good. Ronaldo Ronaldinho rivaldo kaka Cafu Carlos Adriano coming at you in waves was the stuff nightmares were made of. I love Martinelli and… Read more »

China1

Allez I can’t agree about letting vieira go in Jan We’ve really got to move past looking to slim down a squad that is already thin ESR is a crock. Havertz’s form is mixed. Ode can’t play every match and has also been having some injuries lately. Vieira is going to be needed Not all players are equal and some will play much more than others, but we haven’t won a title in 20 years and in a season where we are thus far in the title race, the last thing we should be doing is worrying about whether or… Read more »

China1

Case in point is Nelson last season He barely played but in the second half of the season made a decisive contribution a couple of times to win us points. If he’d been on loan or sold in Jan to appease him who would’ve been playing on his place? People make the case for selling partey in Jan (usually the same suspects). Great so if Rice has a bad injury in the second half of the season we’d be depending purely on Jorginho and el Neny (unless partey is replaced). But second half of the season of rice is injured… Read more »

GD4

And like I mentioned before, so it begins.
The Good ‘old boy Establishment network is circling the wagons
and using their media sycophants to teach those arrogant foreigners (Arsenal)
a lesson for having the audacity to call out their incompetence.

Take a read at this article.
How bent and openly biased can some of my fellow Brits really be?
Disgusting hit job on Arteta.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-12777351/Bosses-like-Mikel-Arteta-throw-Sunday-league-refs-bus.html

GD4

All of course cloaked under the guise of protecting the refs.
The smart ones know what’s really at play here ….

China1

Yeah and GD4 it was no accident that the authorities didn’t punish arteta at all at the time for his outburst. They let the dust settle and attention go elsewhere First so that people would forget how justified he was when they throw the book at him.

Transparent as hell

China1

Also lol that PGMOL are going to set up an independent commission to review how their VAR review communication can be streamlined Fuck right off PGMOL are the ones who know first hand what the current communication looks like and what the risks and pain points are. They do not need to waste time waiting for an independent authority to advise them. This is nothing short of an excuse to bide more time before they deliver any actual improvements so that the next time they fuck up and there is outrage they can say ‘yeah we’re waiting for the independent… Read more »

TallestTiz

Watched Raphina of Barcelona for Brazil this morning.
Guy is so basic and clumsy.
Arsenal really hit gold with Saka, to be honest.

The two are worlds apart

Markymark

I took a look at that article it’s Oliver Holt who’s a pompous prat for most of the time used as a writer for the Daily Mail campaign.
Interesting that most of the comments were having none of it.
Attacks on refs in lower leagues is an issue and Pgmol is an issue. Conflating the two I’m not sure holds water

Un

Brazil lost the samba beat when Ronaldinho and Ronaldo went and they’ve never recovered
They are full of workhorses now
All about energy and pace rather then technique and flair
Sad to see

Bob N16

Slightly conflicted- great that Jesus could get through 96 minutes but concerned that it was too much in his first game for four weeks. Would it be a sensible move to start him from the bench on Saturday?

China1

Jesus should be rested without question and not play until next weekend at the earliest

China1

Even then he could start on the bench and just come on for the second half

Siddeeq

Players like Haaland, Kalajzic, Havertz Maguire should be doing javelin and short put,
Auba, Adama Traore, Solanke should be 4 × 200 relay
Vieira , Mudryk figure skating,
Not polluting my great sport of football

Positive pete

Yeah Markymark.That Northern Monkey Holt is indeed a hell of a pompous prat.So bloody obvious what he’s up to.C **t.

Positive pete

Oh yeah.He hails from Manchester & conveniently supports Stockport county( cover name for one of either Manure or Oilers) .Part of the larger Cartel of NW PGMOL sychophants.

Rich

There’s a strong argument for resting Jesus + Martinelli, last time Martinelli came back off the internationals he did his hamstring on the Sunday in the NLD.

Trossard has played well in the last 2 games, should probably keep his spot in some capacity.

Un

Sid

Haaland??? Get a grip son

Un

China
That means the tross has to start up front cos Eddie Cock blocks our attack

allezkev

China: Good and fair points re:Vieira, I don’t have any strong feelings one way or the other tbh I was just commenting on the rumour and what may or may not be behind it, but your view on keeping a strong squad at this time is very sound. I guess it might all depend on what business, if any, that we do in January? Getting sent off for a dumb challenge won’t have FV in the Arteta good books that’s for certain and you piss him off at your peril. I did hear that the club are very happy at… Read more »

Chris

Agree about the Brazil NT.

I grew up watching my dads VHS of the 1970s team and was a kid when Romario, Bebeto, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Denilson (not our one!) etc and then along came Ronaldinho.

It may be symptomatic of the way the majority of football appears to be in this era, overly tactical and restrictive of individual talent. This may have started years ago but is starting ti show in youth level as they have been taught this way since earliest proper coaching. Of course always one execptions but they seem to be few and far between.

Positive pete

The Brazil of today & yesterday are like chalk & cheese.They’ve been Europeanised in their style of play & skillset.What flair they traditionally had had been ground out of them overtime & they now largely live off their flamboyant football rep.The reality is that players of the calibre of Richarlison & joelinton become internationals,who in any other era would be laughed out the training ground.

Rich

Mavericks are going out like the dinosaurs. Unless clubs can secure one of the rare freaks… Building teams seem much more about clubs deciding how they want to play, and then targeting specific profiles to operate within that system. At Arsenal we’ve got some exceptional players now, but the system is designed to be the superstar, so even if the level of quality drops, the functionality of the team stays intact. In one system a player could look like a world beater, in a system that doesn’t maximise that player’s strengths, and also hide their weaknesses, that same player could… Read more »

Markymark

Positive Pete – of course well spotted another one of these Northern chaps who mysteriously supports the smallest club in the area. So holding some sort of Ethical Purity for us to behold whilst hiding their true allegiance to a northern big boy team.
They should be more honest and just support West Ham as the majority of southern hacks do

jwl

Ode was in training photos yesterday, presume he will be fit for weekend.

I think arsenal are used as bait by media, we are online middle class fans and we clicking on the headlines that annoy us or phone in talksport when they taking piss. Arsenal are number one London football club, London is number one media market, so we obvious target. I always thought it was odd how gazidis and others would present online numbers like they mean something, the number one fan base on twitter or whatever it was.

Guns of Hackney

What’s cooking today you little dicked virgins?

China1

Allez agreed – if we do get in one or even two good players in Jan then that reframes our situation certainly and outgoing a in the same position could be justified

Just really hope we don’t see any charity outgoings ie those which are designed to appease a player who wants more game time or a club which wants a good deal. Gotta put the club first and get that first title in 20 years. Nothing else matters to me!

Useroz


Gotta put the club first and get that first title in 20 years. Nothing else matters to me!

Yeah 💪💪💪

Siddeeq

Likeable will win you nothing, the destructive traits are the difference between 2nd and winning titles

jwl

Orbinho stats –

– Arsenal (21.5) are ranked 7th for Expected Goals this season, just behind Brentford in 6th (22.9).

– Arsenal haven’t lost back to back Premier League away games since May 2022.

– Christian Norgaard has scored in two of his three Premier League appearances against Arsenal

– Leandro Trossard has scored in three of his four Premier League appearances against Brentford.

Un

Positive Pete
It’s got nothing to do with European
Like there’s no flair in Europe
Italy 98-02
Dutch teams from 70s-00s
Spain
England
France 98-06
All were loaded with skill and flair

jwl

“Likeable will win you nothing …”

Sid – I don’t remember which player it was but I read interview during TH14 era and player said he hated losing so much he cheated while playing board games with three yr olds. And ever since, I’ve thought we always need two or three players who are so maladjusted about winning they cheat while playing games with their children.

Bilbo

A lot of fair points here regarding Brazil and mavericks. There’s just so much money in football, most clubs have fairly well developed academies & deep scouting networks that draw youngsters in, coach out the unpredictable side and gear them towards being adaptable within systems. There will always be players who slip through the net and make mid-career leaps like Wrighty or Vardy but they will increasingly become the exception rather than the norm.

Unfortunately, Brazil is moving the same way: producing talent for sale to Europe is the commercial model for most clubs.

Kenyangunner

Just thinking,will Raya play against his parent club?

Samesong

Just thinking,will Raya play against his parent club

No

TheLegendaryDB10

That DM article that GD4 posted earlier was really vile.

The attacks he was making against Arteta were pretty staggering.

I practically wonder whether he was paid off by PGMOL to write such a load of BS.

It’s borderline defamation to the point where I wouldn’t mind seeing Arteta/ Arsenal sue DM and the author for writing such tripe!

Chrispy

Ramsdale definitely starting Saturday

TheLegendaryDB10

Ha ha Rich, now that would be hilarious to see Sp*rs docked 10 points!!

If it was me, I would dock them 20 points just because they’re Sp*rs!!!

I am glad to see that the author is questioning why it is taking so long for Man Cheatty to get punished. But we all know that with their army of lawyers and briefcases full of printed paper, they will drag this one out as much as they can.

Markymark
TheLegendaryDB10

Got a bit bored and while reading Arseblog stumbled upon this excellent, excellent article by Tim Stillman of Arseblog re the lack of diversity in the Women’s game.

https://arseblog.news/2023/11/an-in-depth-look-at-arsenal-womens-lack-of-ethnic-diversity-why-it-matters-how-it-happened-and-how-it-is-being-tackled/

I know someone mentioned this here a while back re the lack of diversity on The Arsenal’s women team in their last photoshoot.

This long read article by Tim really delves into why this is the case and what needs to be done about it.

Really interesting read for those who wish to read it.

MidwestGun

. Haha Ya right… Marky Mark… if you think those countries are safer… go ahead and head off to a nice vacation … in Haiti.. or El Salvador, enjoy!

Before you go though… might want to take some clean water, food, and pray to God you don’t need medical attention or get in legal trouble. I hear the Haitian police force and legal system is especially nice…… as it does not exist.

MidwestGun

I’d imagine the 3 Brazilians are going to be on the bench for Saturday and not starting.. That was a pretty brutal game as far as physicality, and humidity. Both teams looked gassed at the end.

So might be something like … Trossard, Eddie, Saka
…………………………………………………………Rice….Jorginho….. Ode
…………………………………………………………Zinchenko…TT…. Saliba…. BW
……………………………………………………………..Ramsdale.

Just guessing based on recent… lineup decisions.

TheLegendaryDB10

Mid

That line-up looks weird on my phone until I turn the screen in panoramic view. Haha.

But I think you have that line-up nearly nailed on.

The only change I would make to your line-up is to have Tomi as RB and have Benny as CB to keep a tight partnership in the middle of our defence.

I somehow think that Tets will squeeze in Kai but that line-up makes perfect sense to me.

TheLegendaryDB10

I have to say this interlull was fucking excruciating.

Thankfully, football resumes on Saturday.

Brentford are going to be tough to deal with, but I see us getting the job done with a 1-2 win away.

Nigel Tufnel

Tim Stillman is an intelligent analyst of football and Arsenal, but he’s a bit of a di*k because he inserts his political views into blogs and pods.

Always whining about Elon Musk while he uses his platform to increase his own exposure for his brand.

For me, skin colour, religion and ethnicity don’t exist when it comes to Arsenal. I love all our players regardless. I only judge them on effort, attitude, performance.

Siddeeq

Its unfair to dominate both athletics and football. Its only fair to let them dominate female football

TheLegendaryDB10

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