ARTETA CALLS ‘FAKE NEWS’ ON SPANISH PAPERS

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It’s been 10 days since we last laid eyes upon the grass of an elite-level football pitch… doesn’t it feel like this season has had less football to you? International breaks every other week and massive gaps in football. Even December felt light.

Well, it won’t feel light this evening. Arsenal is on the charge towards the extremely consequential Liverpool game on Sunday. 3 points is the only answer. If we drop 2 today, we start to find ourselves adrift and we put unnecessary pressure on the game at the weekend.

The main point of weakness in this Forest side is its defence. Matt Turner has been on the struggle bus all season. His passing out of the back is reckless and doesn’t need much pressure to go off the rails in a massive way. I’m also not sure his rock-solid shot-stopping has been up to much this season. Arsenal know him well, I really hope we don’t take 35 minutes to let him know we have his number this evening.

Their centre backs haven’t been great either, they have a lot of injuries, and they have had massive representation at AFCON.

In short: We need to be direct and aggressive this evening.

Moving forward, they play some nice football. They’ve spent so much money they’re probably getting docked points, so it’s not a surprise. Away from home, the key is clearly not to concede something stupid early. This is the sort of game we should be eating up. They aren’t capable of a deep block and Nuno hasn’t had enough time to get his ideas into the players.

Arteta is playing games with the injury news as per. He seemed pretty emphatic that Thomas Partey wouldn’t be ready. Are we shocked? Arsenal going with the ‘like a new signing’ treatment on the main feed only to see him emphatically ruled out. The more worrying concern was the late fitness tests for Big Gabi and Declan Rice. The Evening Standard seemingly indicating that they have passed them.

It’s a big afternoon, these are evenings City don’t miss, and let’s be clear, City is who we need to be keeping pace with.

The big story of the press conference was more focused Arteta’s future. He was emphatic about a few things:

  1. He’s not going anywhere
  2. Arsenal is the best club for his career
  3. He hasn’t begun talking about a new deal
  4. He’s calm about his future

This Barca exercise might not have pleased him, but it sure did a lot for his reputation around Europe and maybe silenced a few of the weirdos online who think we should fire him.

Ok, short post today because I am werrrrrking.

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Obuche Achiel

1st as in 1st

Obuche Achiel

2nd

Obuche Achiel

3rd

Obuche Achiel

4th and to the post now

GillespieRoadNoMore

5th, read the post already. Arteta silencing the Spanish speculation

jwl

“Arsenal is the best club for his career …”

We are best club for Arteta’s career because there are zero expectations of actually winning trophies, we are club where novice manager gets to talk about being on a “beautiful journey” in year five of his managerial career of not winning anything.

TheLegendaryDB10

I think we should be doing light work of Notts Forrest today. The 3 points are a must.

So let’s be ruthless and make sure we score a couple of goals early and then intelligently control them while we score a few more in 2nd half.

Let’s worry about the ‘pool game when we get to it.

TheLegendaryDB10

As for the rumors re Arteta leaving to Barca, I suspect it was Barca putting the feelers out to see whether they can destabilise Arteta (the bastards).

Arteta is here to win us the top trophies. He really wants to us to be successful. There is no denying that about him. And I really think he can.

Berg10kamp

Jwl, crawl back into your hole you hole you troll. COYG!!!!

Sakablyat

ESR starting, pray to god he won’t injure himself tonight

R.S.P.C.Arsenal

He really has to learn how to rotate
Barca bound boy

Just Another Customer

ESR starts.

jwl

Arsenal XI: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Rice, Smith Rowe, Ødegaard; Saka, Martinelli, Jesus.

Arsenal subs: Ramsdale, Cedric, Walters, Kiwior, Jorginho, Havertz, Nelson, Trossard, Nketiah.

Luteo Guenreira

Smith-Rowe benches Havertz, Martinelli back in the starting lineup.

ESR starting makes the game a tiny bit more interesting for me, let’s see if he performs well and earns more minutes from the manager.

TheLegendaryDB10

So cool to see ESR starting!!!

I really hope to see him have a blistering game showing us what we have been missing for some time: driving runs into to oppositins box.

TheLegendaryDB10

Accidently pressed send.

… into the opponents box.

This is the perfect game for ESR to get him going and build his confidence and match fitness.

Jaffa

ESR starting is great news. Hope he gives a great performance and shows Arteta he has another option than Havertz

Pierre

I’ve no doubt that Smith Rowe will receive criticism on here if he is not seen to be running around like a headless chicken to try and create a good impression Personally I’d like to see him play with intelligence and composure on the ball, look to find holes in the forest defence with one and 1 touch play around the box and also interchange with Martinelli to allow him to make the out to in run which is an area that Martinelli is so potent if receiving the defence splitting pass which is so often ignored by Havertz and… Read more »

rollen

Good to see ESR starting!
Let’s hope it’s more of a Palace and not Hammer kind of a game.
3 0 to the good guys.
The Smith and Marti to score.

jwl

On this day ….

“1983 January 30

Tony Adams signed his first professional contract.

With Arsenal, he won 4 top flight division titles uniquely captaining a title-winning team in 3 different decades, 3 FA Cups, 2 League Cups, a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup & 2 Community Shields.”

Rich

Love that team.. Big opportunity for ESR.

Lost our last 3 at the City Ground, they’ve also had some decent scalps at home since their return to the PL.

Need to silence the crowd, not give them any encouragement…

Guns of SF

we need to give them a good beat down today. another 5 nil pls

Guns of SF

If ESR can grab a goal, would keep kai bench warming

Leftside

One game at a time, 3 points is a must this evening. They have absentees and now is the time to break this peculiar record we have as of late at the City Ground.

COYG!

Jamie

ESR let’s go! Hope he can find some rhythm going into the business end of the season.

Bilbo

Happy to see ESR get a run out. One of our own. I’d love to see him make it at Arsenal and maybe there’s hope given the surgery last season that was meant to solve the structural problems he had. I’m not hopeful, though, and realistically he has to get binned this summer if he can’t rustle up a decent half season of playing time.

TheLegendaryDB10

Oh!! Pires is there to great the players getting back into the dressing room after warming up.

Really nice to see a club legend at today’s game.

I hope this galvanises them for today!!!

Hermes

ESR starting, what a miracle.

jwl

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

goona

Coyg!

raptora

Just saw there’s a new post. Whoopsie daisy! LETS GO GUNNERS

TheLegendaryDB10

Come on The Arsenal!!!

allezkev

Great seeing Emile starting again

TheLegendaryDB10

Oh no! Ha ha.. shame that didn’t get in!

TheLegendaryDB10

Nor sure if Jesus was meaning that back heel.

LoveSausage

Promising first 15 from ESR. He plays it a bit safe with some of the backward passes. But still, he’s a different quality on the ball from Havertz. If he can string a couple of games together, we’ll have a proper player.

rollen

Still getting the ball on the break and play it back. So dumb. Looking for controll instead of goals.

R.S.P.C.Arsenal

Predictable and boring with no cutting edge

Dissenter

Nuno has replayed the Westham and Fulham games dozens of times.

goona

Walking pace predictable dross so far with no penetrating positive passing…

Hermes

We need to score, very fast

Goobergooner

Rating the line up! Great to see the Smith start. And already seen Marti and Jesus swap it up. Not been up to too much so far but warming into it. Forest looking a bit of a danger on the break. We have done well to cover so far.

Come on you gunners!!!

TT

We have been poor so far. To slow with the passing.

raptora

We’re trying to walk in goal with the ball.

TheBayingMob

Taking a shot?

After you sir, no, after you … no no … after you .. I insist

At least at the end of the season we will win the ‘most touches in the oppo box without scoring medal’

LoveSausage

Jesus is dreadful. He just lacks a striker’s instinct and composure. It shouldn’t be possible to make the wrong choice in the box at such frequency.

allezkev

Nice turn and shot by Smudge

Matt

If there was a 30 minute snapshot that summed up our performances so far this season, this is it.

TheBayingMob

Most competent teams can easily negate this style of play. It looks pretty, and it placates all the wankers who would spurt over their Wengerball posters of an evening but it’s so frustrating. You can see the superior skill and technique but with zero output. Utter c0ck tease.

Davedale

Nothings changed its just possession over chances…..created one half chance in 33 minutes and not looked like scoring…..how have we become so boring and predictable…..amd wtf was that from zincenko…..

Dissenter

Jesus is very annoying as a center forward
He should be a supporting wideman in the squad
I can’t imagine he scares any central defensive pairing right now

G8

We still toothless in front of the goal and couldn’t even finish our dinner at the moment

goona

Pires…get your boots on…

Chitrak

Jesus is bad. Can’t believe some people liked him over lautaro Martinez. This guy can’t score in a brothel

Hermes

“Taking a shot?After you sir, no, after you … no no … after you .. I insist”

Lol I will die of laughter, Ode should have shot

raptora

Samesong’s fella Brereton Diaz enters the PL with a bang!

goona

Ffs how play in the last third is shite

rollen

Zinchenko is such a fraud, defensively total liability and not so great in attack.

LeMassiveCoq

This is so boring. Can’t these wanky teams at least try and play football. They are playing 9-1 formation
No doubt Chris Clogger Wood will score from their one chance.
As observers above said,,we need to shoot more, don’t shoot, don’t score…. We’ve gone back to Wenger tippy tappy

TheLegendThatIsDennisBergkamp

10 days to come up with a different playbook against these guys. Same old currently…

Chitrak

Odegaard with a horrible pass. Has missed a lot of sitters recently as well

rollen

Some good ex players on the stands

raptora

Jesus’ biggest contribution this first 40 mins – a yellow card for dissent.

R.S.P.C.Arsenal

Jesus is saving his best form for Easter.

Dissenter

Martinelli and Saka are still hugging the line. Problem is that teams are happy to triple up on them and don’t pay a price because we are so poor down the middle. It doesn’t make a difference whether it’s Eddie or Jesus.

R.S.P.C.Arsenal

White is well off the pace tonight

Chitrak

With wenger tippy tappy we could score. Now

Sakablyat

We seriously need an upgrade to Zinchenko this summer, he’s absolutely shit

Matt

Odegaard has an unwelcome knack of always hitting the defender on the very rare occasion he does decide to shoot.

Also Ben White ability to pick someone out in the box with the final ball is woeful.

raptora

This was something different. We almost scored.

Hermes

We should start shooting, when you start to shoot a lot of things happens.
Their formation might even break, when they know you are looking for the perfect chance, they will just need to be compact enough to stop you.

raptora

Unlucky.

TT

Funking hell it’s like we get a bonus for every Funking useless pass.

rollen

Sambi Lokonga with assist.

goona

When there is a loose ball in the box they’re all half asleep! Bored themselves to death

Just Another Customer

ESR and Saka linked up

Luteo Guenreira

What is that orange thing on the pitch, it’s been driving me crazy.

TheBayingMob

It’s just so slow and predictable, we still might win but it’s sooooo disheartening to watch this pedestrian walking pace football.

So much for all the JdP bullshit, what does that stand for again?

“I know ‘J’ust how you ‘d’ipshits are going to ‘P’lay’

DaveB666

Too slow, too many passes, no plan B. Twas ever thus.

TheLegendaryDB10

We are getting closer..

Come on we can do it!!!

Matt

This team plays like they are going to be fined a weeks wages if they give the ball away. Possession is important but our balance of possession to taking risks is way out of balance!

London gunner

Nothing forest our dire completely parking the bus we will score eventually though

Chitrak

Jesus and white are pure chumps.

goona

Will someone, anyone have a fucking shot? I don’t give a fuck where from just shoot

TheBayingMob

I think this also plays into how we struggle in these games if we do score; we work so hard and are so dominant in possession that if we nick one the team relaxes in a false sense of security and then we get undone.

TT

This is a depleted Forrest team and we have our best 11.

TheBayingMob

Utter frustration. We couldn’t score in a brothel a g-note.

Chris

Only just tuned in and not been able to check up on the game. How have we been?

Thierry Martinelli

So many useless passes.

Dissenter

Our possession is very sterile, kinda like azoospermia
Lots of duds in the picture.
Our goal threat isn’t great. When people say ..”we’ll score, it’s a matter of time”. It’s said in hope than expectation.
Our best chance of scoring is the odd corner kick or of they score an own goal.

Matt

ESR not getting much of a look in. Arteta will probably sub him at half time!

goona

@chris usual inept 80% possession 400+ passes, all going knowhere

Davedale

Just so boring and no team has ever won the league by not shooting surely after 48 minutes of not shooting the players will realise and take some shots on…..like most commenters I still think we will win but its so fucking hard to watch and definitely not enjoyable…..all we do is keep the opposition in it and hopeful…..

LoveSausage

There’s sterile and then there’s this. We won’t fix our chance creation as long as Zinchenko, Martinelli, and Ode are taking 5+ touches and we persist with a striker who doesn’t get the basics of the role.

Arteta should replace Jesus with either Havertz or Tross for second half. Anything would be an improvement tbh.

bendabrah

It’s funny to read Le Grove comments section during a game. You would think other teams Arsenal play don’t have professional players and it’s our birthright to turn up and start scoring at will.

TT

Unacceptable 1st half. A depleted Forrest team and struggle to create clear chances. Jesus not good enough as a striker to be honest. I would consider bringing in Havertz for ESR who has not really done much or maybe Trossard.

S23

Nothing changed in the 10 days that we have been away.At least with Granit,he would have a shot-boys need to be fired up for the 2nd half.

Vickingz

Generational has done enough to show that he’s ready to take the league by the storm once pep and klopp goes away. What a DNA he’s injected into us, we are such a fine team playing fine football. We pray the Lord soccer to quickly move pep and klopp away from epl cos it’s time for the generational to shine

DaveB666

Jesus couldnt hit a fucking barn door with a banjo. For how long now have we needed an actual striker.

LeMassiveCoq

@Luteo, re the orange thing.

Haha, me too,,except it’s red isn’t it?

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