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Is The Tide Turning Against Emery?

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It’s no secret that I have have major doubts about whether Mr.Emery is the right man for Arsenal. I pointed out early in the 22 game unbeaten run that the football was poor and that the underlying statistics were very worrying. Now it seems more and more people are seeing the problems. Excuses that were rolled out are now looking less and less valid.

It needs a better vision, better understanding, liberty for the players, belief that even the most difficult team can be beaten, not fear and loathing and disharmony and limited liberties.

What we currently have are a head coach fearful of losing and players scared to follow their initiative because Emery has already showed he doesn’t tolerate defiance.

What I don’t understand is the obsession with “Emery need more time”. That ship has sailed with his contract up for review in a few months. So for all intents and purposes he is currently coaching the team to save his job. There are teams conceding far less shots at goal with players inferior to the players we have starting. The great hope is that Bellerin   , Holding and Tierney will fix our woes, but I have my doubts. They certainly won’t fix our midfield, which for me is the problem.

Last season even with Bellerín and Holding we were sloppy in defense. Just like now Auba’s goals spared our blushes. We also had world class Aaron Ramsey to call upon when the going got tough, or the experience of Mkhitaryan to solidify our midfield. Özil will continue to get crumbs. Holding will likely be part of of back 3 which could mean Ceballos being sacrificed because Guendouzi currently look to be first name on the matchday sheet.

Arsenal’s best run last season was when we conceded 1 goal in 8 matches…. we had Ramsey, Özil and Xhaka in midfield and yes even the much maligned Mustafi in defense. There was no Holding or Bellerín.

The players are not our problem , our lack of identity is. If every week your boss instructed you to go about your job in a different way, how could you ever perfect anything? How could you hone and sharpen your skills? How would your colleagues understand what they should do to compliment you? This mishmash of styles has never worked for any team good team in the history of football.

In my opinion we have comfortably the 3rd best squad in the league, but honestly, watching the team plod through games, you couldn’t tell.

We have a set up that is specifically designed to make the replacement of the head coach and easy process. I think we should use it, and the sooner the better.

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  1. Couldn’t agree more

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  2. Dead man walking

    our play is Needlessly Dull

    our head coach is far too concerned with the opposition, his prematch comments make lower half teams sound like they are Real, Barca, LFC, Man City.

    The media have seemingly turned on him, newsnow is full of negative stuff about him and how he has left the players confused, that he has abandoned a lot of what he was doing in training, that his flip flopping with formations and tactics has the player confused,
    Now regardless if any of this stuff is true or not, once the media and bloggers have started this, it will not end unless results are near perfect.

    I said last year that I felt things went tits up cos the players doubted him once he left ozil and ramsey out of the starting 11, they all knew how good these two are, and so leaving them out, especially once results went wrong, seen the players question the formations and selections, and from there doubted everything he was saying. He came in with a play out from the back at all costs(much like this season) and all of a sudden he dropped it, now its back, how many more watford type results till its binned again. I would add that if he does bin it then he does not have enough conviction in his own methods and would clearly not be strong willed enough for Arsenal

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  3. If I was Emery, I would be pretty scared of losing as well, he is in an increasingly vulnerable position.
    I fear he is in what AVB would call a spiral of negativity, the more pressure he is under, the more cautious he will become, and the more will go wrong.
    He may as well just throw caution to the wind and just go for it at this stage, the players may even respond to that, but it seems not to be his way
    Not our worst start to the season, not our worst result at the weekend, but with the tail end of last season, and some of the numbers we are seeing, and that performance at Watford, along with senior players alluding to various issues, I strongly suspect this is only going one way, unless he can turn it around very quickly.

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  4. If I was Emery, I would be pretty scared of losing as well, he is in an increasingly vulnerable position.
    I fear he is in what AVB would call a spiral of negativity, the more pressure he is under, the more cautious he will become, and the more will go wrong.
    He may as well just throw caution to the wind and just go for it at this stage, the players may even respond to that, but it seems not to be his way
    Not our worst start to the season, not our worst result at the weekend, but with the tail end of last season, and some of the numbers we are seeing, and that performance at Watford, along with senior players alluding to various issues, I strongly suspect this is only going one way, unless he can turn it around very quickly.

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  5. I’ve been on here too long. Think I can recognise most voices here fairly quickly now. This isn’t from George is it.

    Is this a Labo post I’ve missed from last blog?

    Anyway, I agree. it aint looking good. Think my position at start of year was ‘probably not, but I want to give it a bit more of a chance, and if there isn’t a decent improvement on last year it will take care of itself’.

    I’m questioning myself whether it’s right to have shifted so much on basis of one bleeding game, but I really do think it was nightmarish stuff at the weekend, something that should hardly be possible for a healthy club of our stature.

    So, even though I still don’t think it in any way constituted an outright sackable performance/offence, wow, it was damaging for a coach who did not have a good first year. It turned a not great but not wretched start, to this season, into…you need to get results and performances quickly, señor.

    I guess I’m still at probably not, only now I feel that much closer to changing to definitely. What I don’t know is what senior club figures thought at the beginning of the year, or now.

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  6. Emery must be feeling the heat, in a sense I feel for him because I want Arsenal to be successful. On the other hand, I can’t help but feel that the predicament that he finds himself in is mostly on him He clearly is a micro manager and i’ve yet to meet anyone happy to be led by one ( other than brown nosers! ). I can’t imagine that this goes over well with pro athletes. His handling of our 2 best midfielders last season also would have caused issue! This is also on him. Another major issue is our strategies, specifically defensively. I am not a tactician so I have no idea how to fix what appears to be a lack of defensive strategy. Wrong plan or lack of defensive players, specifically in the midfield??

    I can’t be the only one that rues not replacing Coquelin, our last défense first midfielder ( never-mind Cazorla…), how could they not address this 3 transfer periods running? We may yet have 1 or 2 players who can do this job, Chambers and AMN, does Emery see this? In the meantime Papa and Luiz are getting burnt, and while the return of Bellerin, Tierney and Baresi will help however they too will be exposed by a lack of help from our midfielders. I wish Holding and the other 2 well, it will not be easy for them.

    My last points concerns Emery and also Don Raul, winner of the greatest transfer window ever! We had 2 positions that I believe required recruitment, both defensive minded, a defender and a midfielder, neither were addressed. Luiz has been average at best defensively as has Papa. So big pressure on Holding. As for the DM none of the players who have started at midfield is defensive minded. I don’t think Torreira fits this position, will Chambers get a shot? Trying to get Xhaka Guen, Torreira, Willock to play a defensive minded role is not a recipe for success.

    We heard the PR tell us how we had to clear out the deadwood, free up salary. I can’t be the only one who noticed our bench last game. Half the U21 team was on the bench. Ok so there are injuries but there will always injured players out and our bench will likely have this look more often than we like. I can’t help but think that As subs last game one or 2 of Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, El nene, Iwobi would have handled the situation better than Willock or Nelson. I don’t blame the kids, I just don’t think that these are situations for them to shine. That is on management. Strange how we all were hopeful seeing Ozil on the team sheet only to be pissed off again 2 hrs later.

    I do hope that Emery somehow realizes that he needs to put forth a simple defensive plan identify what players can make it work and stick to it!

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  7. I believe that Emery must be feeling the heat, in a sense I feel for him because I want Arsenal to be successful. On the other hand, I can’t help but feel that the predicament that he finds himself in is mostly on him He clearly is a micro manager and i’ve yet to meet anyone happy to be led by one ( other than brown nosers! ). I can’t imagine that this goes over well with pro athletes. His handling of our 2 best midfielders last season also would have caused issue! This is also on him. Another major issue is our strategies, specifically defensively. I am not a tactician so I have no idea how to fix what appears to be a lack of defensive strategy. Wrong plan or lack of defensive players, specifically in the midfield??

    I can’t be the only one that rues not replacing Coquelin, our last défense first midfielder ( never-mind Cazorla…), how could they not address this 3 transfer periods running? We may yet have 1 or 2 players who can do this job, Chambers and AMN, does Emery see this? In the meantime Papa and Luiz are getting burnt, and while the return of Bellerin, Tierney and Baresi will help however they too will be exposed by a lack of help from our midfielders. I wish Holding and the other 2 well, it will not be easy for them.

    My last points concerns Emery and also Don Raul, winner of the greatest transfer window ever! We had 2 positions that I believe required recruitment, both defensive minded, a defender and a midfielder, neither were addressed. Luiz has been average at best defensively as has Papa. So big pressure on Holding. As for the DM none of the players who have started at midfield is defensive minded. I don’t think Torreira fits this position, will Chambers get a shot? Trying to get Xhaka Guen, Torreira, Willock to play a defensive minded role is not a recipe for success.

    We heard the PR tell us how we had to clear out the deadwood, free up salary. I can’t be the only one who noticed our bench last game. Half the U21 team was on the bench. Ok so there are injuries but there will always injured players out and our bench will likely have this look more often than we like. I can’t help but think that As subs last game one or 2 of Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, El nene, Iwobi would have handled the situation better than Willock or Nelson. I don’t blame the kids, I just don’t think that these are situations for them to shine. That is on management. Strange how we all were hopeful seeing Ozil on the team sheet only to be pissed off again 2 hrs later.

    I do hope that Emery somehow realizes that he needs to put forth a simple defensive plan identify what players can make it work and stick to it!

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  8. I don’t know if Emery is the guy to redress the situation.

    I believe that Emery must be feeling the heat, in a sense I feel for him because I want Arsenal to be successful. On the other hand, I can’t help but feel that the predicament that he finds himself in is mostly on him He clearly is a micro manager and i’ve yet to meet anyone happy to be led by one ( other than brown nosers! ). I can’t imagine that this goes over well with pro athletes. His handling of our 2 best midfielders last season also would have caused issue! This is also on him. Another major issue is our strategies, specifically defensively. I am not a tactician so I have no idea how to fix what appears to be a lack of defensive strategy. Wrong plan or lack of defensive players, specifically in the midfield??

    I can’t be the only one that rues not replacing Coquelin, our last défense first midfielder ( never-mind Cazorla…), how could they not address this 3 transfer periods running? We may yet have 1 or 2 players who can do this job, Chambers and AMN, does Emery see this? In the meantime Papa and Luiz are getting burnt, and while the return of Bellerin, Tierney and Baresi will help however they too will be exposed by a lack of help from our midfielders. I wish Holding and the other 2 well, it will not be easy for them.

    My last points concerns Emery and also Don Raul, winner of the greatest transfer window ever! We had 2 positions that I believe required recruitment, both defensive minded, a defender and a midfielder, neither were addressed. Luiz has been average at best defensively as has Papa. So big pressure on Holding. As for the DM none of the players who have started at midfield is defensive minded. I don’t think Torreira fits this position, will Chambers get a shot? Trying to get Xhaka Guen, Torreira, Willock to play a defensive minded role is not a recipe for success.

    We heard the PR tell us how we had to clear out the deadwood, free up salary. I can’t be the only one who noticed our bench last game. Half the U21 team was on the bench. Ok so there are injuries but there will always injured players out and our bench will likely have this look more often than we like. I can’t help but think that As subs last game one or 2 of Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, El nene, Iwobi would have handled the situation better than Willock or Nelson. I don’t blame the kids, I just don’t think that these are situations for them to shine. That is on management. Strange how we all were hopeful seeing Ozil on the team sheet only to be pissed off again 2 hrs later.

    I do hope that Emery somehow realizes that he needs to put forth a simple defensive plan identify what players can make it work and stick to it!

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  9. I just don’t see a discernible style, brand or signature. What I do see however, is very predictable, but not in a good way. Like this infuriating insistence to play out from the back! The knives are sharpening. Don Raul and Edu are not blind.

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  10. Its may be just be me but I can almost say with certainty Emery is gone stay beyond this season. “Don” Raul seems the type that love fawning over him from a certain section of the fanbase and no doubt he is aware of the current unhappiness. For as long as Emery stay within touching distance of top-four, no doubt he’ll get to see out the remainder of his two year contract. It’s going to be an interesting run of games between now and the inter-break next month.

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  11. Redshark: “Trying to get Xhaka Guen, Torreira, Willock to play a defensive minded role is not a recipe for success.”

    Nailed it! What is that soundbite again? Ah! Square pegs in round holes. It seem Emery want players doing a job they’re not the best at. Guendouzi is a kid with potential but not there yet so Xhaka almost always end up having to mop up after him. Torreira get caught between breaking up opposition attacks as well doing what Ramsey did… be the extra man in attack – I know right. Gotta feel for Willock man, who’s basically just there to do as he’s told.

    Repeating what I said on the previous blog entry, the players bought in the summer were to make our attack more potent. Now we got this situation where we got a team build on attack having to do a job of parking the bus. I’m not familiar with American football at all, except the bits I saw in movies of course, nonetheless…. Emery is asking offense to play defense. As you say “recipe for disaster”.

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  12. To tighten the defence you need to restrict the forward movement of your ‘defensive’ players.

    This combined with a greater awareness from MF and attackers to defend as a team…….surely a project for the training ground instead of ‘the process’.

    Coaching defensive tactics is far easier than coaching how to break down opposition defenses,.

    To be honest, to solve this problem and get a balance between attack and defence is not rocket science.

    Win lose or draw, I dearly wish to watch the type of pass and move football that Arsene’s teams produced for more than 20 years (including the 9 with little money therefore inferior players).

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  13. Cheers George. Anyone remember the tools that were saying we should sell Auba in the summer? Imagine that? I dread under this system if that guy loses his confidence or hits a bad patch…
    Tomorrows a big deal for us. As is every game now.

    Great comments from everyone too.

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  14. Think there is too much and too many invested in this team to conspicuously fail
    Not saying he has lost the dressing room, that would require evidence, but there are signs players are concerned, and that alone does not bode well.
    Whatever emery is trying to do, he needs to do it at pace, better, or abandon it, or face the consequences.
    My guess, he will abandon it and try to get another run going
    On another note, Quite amusing to hear Klopp moaning about a dodgy pen against his team, he needs to take a closer look as Salahs antics, a few videos against us should help convince him

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  15. I agree with everything in this article.

    The headline is interesting. I was really surprised by how quickly the tide turned. It might go back (tides tend to do that) but in some ways the cat is now out of the bag. It is no longer unacceptable to focus on Emery and the job he is doing. It is a poor job, as this article shows. Comfortably the 3rd best squad in the league. I’d agree with that, despite the manner in which it was gutted by Mr Raul, both at the start and at the end selling Iwobi and Monreal.

    Speaking of Nacho, he said he wanted out last season, but Emery told him he won’t be let go. Koscielny went against what we’ve known his character to be, and revolted to get out now. Ramsey gave his all for the club, despite being betrayed. Ozil was being pushed out, but resisted. Mustafi was initially gushing about Emery, but now has been publicly humiliated.

    The lack of a clear direction, and frequent changes in tactics are enough to make it a bad working environment. It must only make it more difficult when his man management skills are as bad as they are.

    Lest we forget, he told us he’d be a protagonist, want to win 5-4 rather than 1-0 and play pressing football. That was clearly a lie. A blatant barefaced lie. But then he turned around and said he was brought in for ‘the competitive spirit that Wenger lacked’ , which insults aside, hasn’t been seen either. I don’t think the players trust him or his ability, and I wouldn’t blame them.

    I hope he’s gone soon. This football is no fun, and the damage to the club is only growing.

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  16. Life is very funny. Nine months ago in my first ever podcast with George, titled “Management Turmoil At Arsenal” (https://www.spreaker.com/user/10802980/management-turmoil-at-arsenal-arseblagge), we asserted that despite a 22 game unbeaten run the football was terrible and Arsenal was only being bailed out by Aubameyang scoring at an unsustainable rate. As usual we were the canaries in the coal mine whom almost all the big accounts on twittter, bloggers and podcasters choose to ignore. But who can remain in denial when lowly Watford is using Bernd Leno for target practice and newly promoted Norwich (with 8 injured 1st team players) is playing out of the back and attacking Man City in a bold, courageous manner which used to be the Arsenal Way.

    Unfortunately while most fans have lost faith in Emery, they are still in a state of denial. Hardly anyone will admit that the direction taken by Arsenal post-Wenger was absolutely the wrong path. Rather than build on the foundations left by their greatest manager, we are embarked on a different course. Josh Kroenke and Don Raul have almost destroyed the the squad built by Wenger and hired a coach who, despite his 100 page Power Point presentation, is cautious, reactive and defensive-minded. Not surprisingly Arteta was by-passed and they and the media pretend he is no longer an option. Josh and The Don are so committed to getting back in the champions league, at all cost, I would not be surprised if they dump Emery and appoint Mourinho so as not have to admit they made a strategic error.

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  17. Is The Tide Turning Against Emery? – Yes, The Mindless and unearned (in my view) accolades that he was getting for doing very little now appear to be disappearing fast replaced with question i believe should have been happening after 6 months into his reign.

    His management skills – Everyone assumed based on the dodgy dossier that he had a detailed plan to improve every player in the squad esp the youngsters (remember that?)
    well he managed Ramsey out the club and i am sure was trying to the same with Ozil. Managed Elneny,Iwobi and Mustafi out the team. Washing Laundry in public along the way.

    Tactics – He is scared of the Huddersfields, Crystal palaces and Brightons of this world- the tactics reflect that. That crappy joke about never wanting to play Liverpool was reflected in his tactics that day also.

    Youth development – Who has emery given a debut to from the Youth team? apart from Saka nearly all the youths had their debuts 2 yrs ago and were criminally under used last yr.

    game management – see tactics

    philosophy – What is it? Protagonist? Chameleon? Mourhinio lite?

    Vision – Cant say that he has a grand vision for the club other than trying to save his Arse over the next few months, can anyone see a grand vision?

    Serious questions need to be asked now

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  18. Still hoping Jose is set on Real, but we shall see. Think Allegri or Simeone might be more realistic if they go for a defensive manager.
    But wouldnt totally rule out Arteta, a recent article suggest it was him who decided he was not ready for the job, not Arsenal rejecting him, but you never know the truth in such matters
    https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/11/mikel-arteta-explains-rejected-arsenal-newcastle-united-stay-pep-guardiola-manchester-city-10721975/
    know he can come across as a bit of a David Brent, but wonder if Rogers may not have been the worst choice?

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  19. Anyone know how Mavropanos looked on Sat last?

    If we turn up a dud against Villa, the ManUre game could well be the breaking point?

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  20. @Mandy Dodd – He is a bit David Brent.

    imo sometimes a managers football philosophy and results they get based on that philosophy dictates the amount of time they get to implement said philosophy

    Defensive \ negative philosophies get less time to be implemented by coaches as if results are not good there is little patience or appetite for the dull and negative football esp at big clubs hence Mouriniho example. early success football tolerated as soon as it turns sour on yer bike

    Offensive \ positive philosophies get more time to be implemented as it is more interesting seeing something get built that is pleasing on the eye even if it is flawed. – Arsene’s time here after 2004 – first FA cup win to break the drought.
    Probably look back at this period as the best attacking footballing side in the country for a long while. This period is when team coaches would set up to break our legs we so good at by passing them.

    Compared to Jose nearly winning the league with Man Utd or Brendan nearly winning with Liverpool, I can remember Brendan’s liverpool team more than Jose team basically because of the football that they played.

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  21. Emery was one of the worst possible choices imaginable.

    I’d enjoy watching a Steve Bruce team more.

    So how can any Arsenal supporter trust this mob led by David Brent’s idol Finchy I mean Daddy Raul Montana to get the next call right?

    This is why we discussed the value of the boot room in football and is also how we could identify the Blaggers as being PR consultants and not football followers when they ignored this debacle and horrendous call last season.

    This Khmer Rouge inspired concept of slash & burn in order to build a not so brace chameleon New World works as well in real life as it does in football. Ideal if you are a sociopath like daddy Raul, not so great for the rest of us.

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  22. Really great posts today. Click like from me.

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  23. The great value of the Watford game for me was that it finally made my mind up not to risk domestic calm by heading to the Emirates this coming Sunday. The damage however was in the sense that the season already lacks hope. I was crosser than I’d been for a long time on Sunday, at first with the players, then with the manager. I thought they were feckless and lacked sporting intelligence. I think that he has drained thier confidence and confused them. I also think he has put his trust in younger players or players new to the club as he has feels they will be more accepting of his ideas, partly due to their youth, and partly as they are not (in his and his paymasters’ minds) tainted with Wengerspeak.

    It would not be the first regime change that has done that, both in and beyond football. The problem of course is that you have no real evidence that your new players and your young players can actually do it when it gets difficult and when it matters. It would seem they can’t.

    So as I see it there is now a huge problem. The players we have are not good enough to play the way he wants them to, and he is not good enough to get them to play in a way that would actually work. Many quite reasonably mock the notion of Mourinho, but I can see why he would be a better option right now, becausxe that would be a quicker fix than clearing out the new and callow wood.

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  24. For me Arsenal represent a team that is not afraid to meet the challenges presented before them not a team that is scared of limited opposition.

    Spirit of Anfield 89 when no one gave us a hope in hell of being champions – we were more than underdogs that day we were dead dogs.

    Spirit of Copenhagen 94 – again no one gave us hope.

    Spirit of 98 – 12 point behind Fergie’s Man Utd by the end of Feb (when they were the best in the country)

    Spirit of 2004 – when we were mocked and laughed at for our manager daring to suggest that his team could go a whole season unbeaten the season before.

    Spirit 0f 2017 – FA cup semi against Man City – written off before a ball was kicked.

    It’s this spirit and self-belief that i cannot see in this emery squad. Even in flawed teams who thought they were better than they were, there seems a clear idea what we were trying to do in the matches to achieve our goals. @ Watford on Saturday and against Liverpool i just seen a team that looked totally lost for large periods.

    I don’t think in any of those matches we played with such fear and looking so clueless as we have under emeries reign.

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  25. My hot take on Mourinho.

    Somewhere on the web I am on record as saying I don’t care if Mourinho guarantees us the next 5 titles and a UCL, I don’t want him at my club.

    I still don’t want him at Arsenal. I prefer Freddie, Arteta, Vieira, Marcelino, Setien or most anyone else.

    BUT….

    We are no longer the same club we were. Arsenal is dead until the upholders of the faith like Per, Freddie, Bould, and hopefully, Edu, push back and reclaim it. We’re already a Mourinho type club. Because we have a DoF who fits exactly that model. Emery is Mourinho, without being good at it. Mourinho would at least make us better than where we are. So I can see why people will want him.

    I don’t. I just won’t oppose him as passionately as I did before. But that’s true of everything to do with Arsenal right now.

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  26. Interesting angle. – https://www.coachesvoice.com/tactical-analysis-watford-2-arsenal-2/

    2 things i took from this

    1. Flores out thought emery in the tactical department even though emery had by far the better resources and its only luck and poor finishing that it’s not looking worse for emery now.

    2. We seemed to be more effective on the counter with the formation and tactics we employed but then why were we so determined to build from the back, passing the ball with zero pace and creating no angles if we are set up to counter?

    I remember sometimes looking at stats after some defeats Arsenal having like double figures in chances but losing to a team like by 3 goals with them having 2 shots on target or something stupid.
    Now it seems to have reversed

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  27. “your actions are the actions of the environment, and what the environments doing is what you are doing”.
    Wobs wanted an Emery type, Emery starts doing what they want? Except what an Emery type cant do, is be a Wenger type. And they wanted their Arsenal back, but it couldnt come back as they had created a toxic atmosphere..? Toxic atmos makes toxic football?
    Flux laughed to see such fun and the mind ran away with the mediocre neither attacking or defending football.

    Weng/the Guns: (left most of the qf’s out there are 13 kept a few in to show even when it looked bad we were still in touch– that fill out the years). And pundits said that Weng would lose his legacy. Even in the final kacki year one final, and a semi and won the Charity shield. Might have missed some bits and pieces. Including in the anti cash year making a profit on transfers, important to keep it all floating, and the sale of Anelka meant new training ground to keep pushing further..
    If we are kack, wtf are the Spuds? I still dont get the thinking of the Wob..
    This is why we are moaning about UE!!

    6/7 3rd
    7/8 1st FAC w Lg C semi
    8/9 2nd FAC semi CS w Lg C semi
    9/0 2nd CS w UEFA C ru
    0/1 2nd FAC ru
    1/2 1st FAC w
    2/3 2nd FAC w CS w
    3/4 1st FAC semi CS ru LgC semi fckin Invincible (ManUre/Pgmob =cheats/corruption/ etc)
    4/5 2nd FAC w CS w
    5/6 4th CS ru CL ru First London club to reach final
    6/7 4th Lg C ru move to Emirates= anti cash
    7/8 3rd LgC semi
    8/9 4th FAC semi CL semi
    9/10 3rd LgCqf
    10/11 4th LgC ru
    11/12 3rd LgC qf
    12/13 4th Lg Cqf
    13/14 4th FAC w
    14/15 3rd FAC w CS w
    15/16 2nd CS w
    16/17 5th FAC w 5th by 1point. Weng wants to leave but clubs not ready says stay one more…
    17/18 6th Lg C ru CS w EL semi

    The stats dont show the Wob shouting and the press giving the club a booting and we all saw the reffing.

    But the stats will never be able show Wengerball and its sheer beauty and art that took Arsenal from being lucky or boring, to be something that we may never see again. Sheer magic.

    Successful and done in real style…

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  28. plus
    Between 1998–99 and 2016–17, Arsenal qualified in nineteen successive UEFA Champions League seasons, an English football record, and is only surpassed in Europe by Real Madrid.

    Arsenal hold the European club competition record for the most consecutive clean sheets with ten, set between September 2005 and May 2006.

    (wiki nicked)

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  29. oops and soz, dates are a bit haywire dont know what happened—trying to do three things at same time.

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  30. duh! nothing wrong with dates, only with my reading and the trickery of the mind. Duh! Off for a lie down…

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  31. “Arsenal hold the European club competition record for the most consecutive clean sheets with ten, set between September 2005 and May 2006.”

    That was a make shift defense if I ever seen one. Flamini Senderous can’t remember the rest

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  32. Emery may be set in his ways, probably for tinkering , but I am sure he is not a stupid man. And winning 3 Europa leagues, he must know something about coaching.
    He must be able to spot how vulnerable we are out wide, when full backs are caught up the pitch leaving defenders, and Xhaka exposed, that and other flaws. He must see the difficulty they are having keeping the ball, and getting it to the forwards. He must see the diamond is not working, along with certain aspects of playing from the back. He will know this team is not really suited for pressing,perhaps why they don’t bother.
    He will surely try and paper things over for a while, this team is quite capable of putting a run together, he might even make consessions to the players. After all, his career at this club, and his longer term reputation will depend on it.
    But , if things go wrong, heaven forbid a repeat of that performance against Villa or/and Frankfurt, not really sure where that would leave him, the likes of Edu would presumably have to act in some way, if they are not doing so already

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  33. at various points: Eboué,Senderos, Tourè, Flamini +Campbell (2nd leg)
    (for both Villareal games)
    Same for Juve, no Campbell for either
    Same for Madrid ,no Campbell for either
    Barca: Cole, Campbell,Touré, Eboué

    Perhaps the make- shift defence on that run to the final should have played?
    Amazing to see the line-ups the Arsenal took on and beat…

    All that just way and effort. Worse than the 79/80 season, in disappointment and that was a marathon that was equally as hard in its own way.

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  34. Ozil and Sokratis “Rested” for tomorrow’s game

    squad
    Leno
    Martinez
    Maitland-Niles
    Kolasinac
    Chambers
    Holding
    Mustafi
    David Luiz
    Xhaka
    Guendouzi
    Willock
    Ceballos
    Torreira
    Smith-Rowe
    Martinelli
    Aubameyang
    Saka
    Pepe
    Nelson

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EEwqJqDWkAEujT9?format=jpg&name=medium

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  35. 19 in the travelling squad, looks over stocked with CB’s so likely one of them misses out, thought Mustafi could play right back so it might be one of the youth forwards who miss out on the 18 man squad

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  36. ha ha ha, Emery has postponed the naming of his 5 captains till after next weeks CC game

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  37. Youre right Mandy, he isnt stupid and he does have a legacy and like you I hope he turns it around, for the clubs sake. I dont want to see anyone fail at Arsenal. But watching us not take key games seems to go way back to the depths of last season? Personally Ive lost all hope and feel a bit pessimistic going into anymore games.I just dont expect to win.And that doesnt feel good! I feel sad that many players have left, and others not being played properly. Did Pepé have a bad day at the office as some have suggested or was it something else? He’s much better than that.
    Our two experienced central defenders made such mistakes that gifted Watford their goals. That seems a shock to me, they are much better than that. Half the team seem to have lost their confidence.
    But I feel unsure if UE will make any adjustments that cover the problems you mentioned. Of course we have no idea whats going on behind the scenes, for the players or for UE, and how his life is.
    But for a man with such achievements its not too flattering at whats been going on for a long time.
    I kind of wish this wasnt all happening. Evolution isnt linear but it is built on what went on before, but this seems to not be handing on the genes properly?
    I dont feel angry anymore just resigned that it isnt working. If I gave up hope I wouldnt support the Arsenal anymore, but even so last Sunday was like one step in the bullshit too far.
    Certainly Villa will be licking their lips and Eintracht played well again Chelsea and will want another bit at anyone from the Insel.

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  38. Shouldn’t Lacca be one of the 5 captains?
    Just seeing him on the pitch lifts my spirit , at least

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  39. How come Ozil needs to rest?

    He has played in none game this season and came off after 60/70 minutes.

    Either he has some row with UE and is being punished again, or there is really something wrong with him.

    Usually, when he is substituted he shows displeasure, but not on Sunday.

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  40. “Usually, when he is substituted he shows displeasure, but not on Sunday.”

    Maybe he’s disillusioned too?

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  41. Maitland Niles on the Watford match: “Words can’t describe how I feel about it. I think we tried to play the way we played, we should have changed it instead of being so persistent and trying to play out from the back.”

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  42. So far I have saved around £300 from cancelling my Sky and BT Sports subscriptions…..

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  43. A few articles suggesting staff at Colney not convinced by Emery playing no out from the back, and lack of compactness. Maybe just news stories of course, but if I was at Colney, I would be worried by that, as AMN and other players seem to be

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  44. the club captain downed tools and walked out,

    Followed by everyone’s nominal vice captain the much appreciated Nacho Man.

    All that on the back of that awful second half in the euro final.

    To imagine all was well in the dressing room would not have been optimistic or positive but unrealistic. And that was before the orchestrated leaks by players and staff against Emery started, during an interlull no less.

    I don’t think Daddy Raul is going to be able to hold onto his appointee as long as he’d have liked (a little longer before easing in Maureen?).

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  45. It’s the leaks, not hacks but leaks, that have changed the tone for the Blagger as they can’t ignore mainstream plundits calling it Emery when they’ve been backing him to Daddy Raul’s tunes.

    these Blaggers have to think of their credibility eh? Hehehe.

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  46. The CL results on Tuesday underline Rich’s comment on the bias of the pgMOB officials against certain clubs specifically when Away.

    Utd still need top four!

    I’d like to have given Emery some space to adapt and cope with this cheating bias but by choosing to not play the best midfielder in the league last season, by destroying his midfield, by conceding record numbers of chances and shots to the lowest quality opponents in the league, by every other action he’s not helping himself with his fight against the pgmo is he?

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  47. FFS, just seen Kane’s pen on the news. How many has he taken already this season?
    Even away from the pitch, I would imagine if his wife, kids if he has any, or pet accidentally administers the lightest brush against some part of his leg, he must have some highly attuned automated reflex action to throw himself to the ground in the most dramatic fashion

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  48. I understand giving Papa a break, about Özil, like Jjgsol mentions after 60-70 minutes so far this season. My hope is that Emery is meaning recuperating from a niggle or other and not game playing with our most creative midfielder

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  49. I actually don’t mind Özil not travelling to Germany. He just came back and is not up to speed yet, match fitness like, and playing part in a make shift matchday XI would only increase pressure on him to make everyone else tick.

    I’m looking forward to see him rather play in our, or should that be Emery’s, best XI against Villa.

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