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Great 3 points, Mediocre Performance.

Hello all.

In our latest effort to fool people into thinking we have a clue what we are talking about, we analyse why we went from looking great,to being dominated for 60 minutes. In Shotta’s new feature, we look individual player ratings and performances are broken down.

Pedantic George

37 comments on “Great 3 points, Mediocre Performance.

  1. Well there was some really interesting points there and it’s nice to listen to a podcast that just doesn’t go over the same mundane subjects.
    While I agree first game away from home at a difficult place and getting three points is an excellent result there was still lessons to be learnt and old problems rearing their ugly head.
    We had as three new players on display and the system was the same so I think saying it’s to early to tell about old problems is using the old early season rose colored glasses.
    Now don’t get me wrong I think with the new signings, the team being together another year longer and the manager having an extra years experience in his pocket means we will be a better team this season but I think Chelsea and the spuds will be better also and manure will be a good side after the break.
    So yes I would take three points no matter what the performance first game of the season but when you see the same problems the manager is having in the first game that he was making in the last two and a half years it’s worrying.
    I was so excited with the start I thought we had turn the corner and everything was going to be fantastic but how wrong I was the last hour was a very difficult watch.
    Everyone could see we were struggling but not Mikel he just kept shouting from his technical area hoping his cries would change the game, he is still very naive.
    Ehab was right Partey kept it simple but that was mainly second half after he had been disspossed so many times early on and that was when we were playing well overall he was very poor and Elneney must be wondering why he is again sat on the bench.
    Jesus was fantastic first half but quite often took on one player too many and lost the ball and second half he disappeared.
    You are all correct MO was poor especially second half.
    Now this is my worry, three players there who weren’t there second half when we were struggling big time and what does Mikel do, nothing until the 83 minute
    Now everyone agrees the subs were correct and made a big difference but 83rd minute really that strikes me as a coach who is s struggling for ideas.
    Now for those player ratings, just because we won doesn’t mean everyone should get a good score because football just doesn’t work like that and as we’ve said there were some very average displays by some players.
    Motm should be someone who plays well in all aspects for the full 90 odd minutes so for my money Xhaka has to get it and Shots you scored him way to low. Good going forward, moving the ball quickly and turning up behind the CBs (you rated so highly) to clear dangerous situations meant our real Captain should of again got the highest score.
    I know everyone is enjoying getting excited about Jesus but in reality he only played one half so you over scored him and our pretend Captain you were very kind to having again had a bang average game.
    As I said before I still think had ESR been playing in that position for a whole season then he would be the better player.
    I also agree with Ehab on Eddie he is our best natural striker and his approach play is getting better and better. It is criminal to see him reduced to a hand full of minutes yet again.
    So overall a great result but there was definitely some same old Mikel moments we could regret at the end of the season.

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  2. Great podcast covered everything on and off the pitch coming from this match, including the refs as requested heh.

    there is no better content on The Arsenal out there.

    Yesteryear the club could not afford the losses a club like Chelsea just made on Werner but in Pepe and Partey we have two classic “modern” transfers straight out of the Redknapp, Risdale, Kia, John Jenson handbook of journeymen footballers sucked up for the suckers like Josh and his butler for inflated prices.
    It’s ok they can always blames their serfs and the slaveballers themselves for their own errors like the best any gaslighting idiots, fingers crossed the K’s are up for more churn (debt) on the spend spend spend (debt) model which the Experts demanded being the experts that they are.

    Good to see George back and I greatly appreciate Ehab’s time and insight after what must have been demanding times,
    wishing the three of you the best!

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  3. I loved JJ and was certainly better than the Pepe Partey

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  4. I loved JJ too.
    Loved the ironic shoot chants too.
    Most of all I loved that he gave me hope that I too could make it as a professional footballer for the Arsenal. Heh.

    Run around a little bit, puff out your chest, open up your account for *lawyers edit* and bingo you too could play for such a team!

    Having Kia and his dandy chums select the Arsenal squad so they could parade their branded mules like Partey ahead of better footballers like Elneny is the change the Experts demanded and dreamed of! Just kidding. Maybe Partey is a better player then Mo. But we haven’t seen it yet…two years and counting!
    Meanwhile the legend of Levy has been benched by a good coach coming in and buying good footballers for average prices.

    Wexit or bust eh?
    (The FA cup victory over Conte’s champions is the greatest cup victory in the club’s history)

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  5. Rumours of more transfers?
    If Bellerin has had a change, feels his fitness is good for the PL and is up for staying then the squad would look pretty neat imo. I too felt nervous watching White as he doesn’t seem at home as a RB, but a (fit-ish) two of Tommy and Bellerin would be great.

    As many could guess I’m happy with two quick options as strikers. Could add a taller option but Martinelli heading it in will do for me.

    Overall am positive about the squad.
    Concerns as Ian describes above. And as confirmed in the doc hopefully no overdrawn fall outs with a big player this year will allow this squad a shot at 4th Handicap & all. And that is where the hope with the City signings has been for me: they probably get on already so fingers crossed for a smoother ride.
    I don’t expect to Arteta to ever be as canny as Ancellotti or Wenger or Heynkes with the big egos but hopefully he improves.

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  6. I think that’s the thing I believe our squad is excellent and definitely getting better but just don’t have faith in Mikel.
    I know everyone is saying he’s a young coach who’s only going to get better but actually if he keeps making the same mistakes then he will reach his peak very quickly

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  7. With regard to tomorrow, it being an untelevised game in the UK, is anyone likely to have a reliable link?

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  8. It’s roasting hot here in London and the South East of England, with tomorrow forecast even warmer. I’m guessing it will be one of the (if not the) hottest temps N5 has seen on a match day. Fascinating to think how that will affect things and what sort of a game we might see. Wouldn’t be surprised to see them setting out with 10 behind the ball, and us moving it very slowly from side to side hoping for a lapse in concentration somewhere along the line.

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  9. I would imagine the ref will allow drinks breaks wherever possible.
    An early goal will also prove vital so you would think we would start like a train again.

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  10. I find it rather odd that the wise and wonderful on twitter and on blogs are now blaming the fall out and exit of Aubameyang for us missing out on top 4, for me that is utter shit, it was obvious to idiots like me that Aubameyang was way off form, the reason for this is debatable, was it cos of the paint by numbers football or was PEA just a bad egg who had downed tools, anyway after he was dropped and then sold, the same wide and wonderful on twitter and on blogs, told us having Lacazette lead the line had improved us immensely and was going to fire us to top 4, then when he couldn’t hit a barn the size of his arse, with a banjo, Nketiah was according to these people the savior of our top 4 season, finally a striker who suited our paint by numbers football.
    For me what scuppered our top 4 chances was Arteta’s lack of guts to drop under performing strikers, nay captains, Aubameyang and Lacazette, (Odegaard must sleep easy at night thinking about that), Arteta’s handling of both Aubameyang and Lacazette was all Fur Coat and no Knickers decisions, I really do laugh when I see the wise and wonderful tell us Arteta is a real hard nosed manager, I’ve seen Bertie Mee, George Graham and Arsene Wenger, now that was 3 genuine Hard Nosed managers

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  11. Ed exactly, Mikel didn’t play ESR until he was forced too. He played Auba even though he was shit all season and was keeping a file on him which is ludicrous. He also then played Laca endlessly and even though knowing after that Eddie was his only option he never give him minutes to get him integrated if the inevitable happened and Laca got injured.
    The whole striker issue last season was a fuck up and a series of mistakes even knowing that the striker most suited to the high press, high energy game and actually he was our best onion bag striker.
    He has always seemed a very lucky manager rather than a man with a plan or for a phrase everyone loves project.

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  12. I think now sports has it on but the stream won’t open until three

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  13. Unchanged from palace, ESR on the bench
    Now sports 4

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  14. Ramsdale, White, Gabriel, Saliba, Zinchenko, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Jesus.

    Subs: Turner, Tierney, Smith Rowe, Nketiah, Holding, Tomiyasu, Pepe, Lokonga, Elneny

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  15. Ward, Fofana, Evans, Amartey, Justin, Ndidi, Tielemans, Castagne, Dewsbury-Hall, Maddison, Vardy.

    Subs: Iversen, Soyuncu, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Perez, Daka, Mendy, Praet, Thomas.

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  16. 1-0 to the Arsenal, Jayusssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss with a fantastic finish, nothing looked on

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  17. xhaka having a great game, showing everyone what we on here have always known, he is way better than Tielemans

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  18. 2-0 to the Arsenal, Jesussssssssssssssssssssssssssss with a backpost header from a corner

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  19. var checking for a LCFC penalty, ramsdale on vardy, looked like little to no contact, but vardy dives as he normally does

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  20. VAR get ref to look at it again, no penalty, vardy dived as he usually does

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  21. HT: Arsenal 2-0 LCFC

    Jesus x2, we could easily have been 4-0 up, and we almost had a LCFC penalty, but VAR mike dean got ref to looked again, and it was a vardy dive, but no booking for the dive.

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  22. 2-1, a Saliba own goal, he tried to intercept a high ball in and he headed it, but Ramsdale was in no mans land and the ball sneeks in at the near post, unlucky

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  23. xhakaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa 3-1

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  24. the goalie dropped an easy high ball, jesus takes it away from him and xhaka slots home from 8 yards out, 3-1

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  25. 3-2, maddison, making this hard for ourselves, really should be 4 or 5 ahead by now

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  26. 4-2, Martinelli with a fine finish,

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  27. Tomiyasu and Tierney brought on for White and Zichenko

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  28. ESR on for Saka who was not at his best today

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  29. Eddie on for Jesus, who scored 2 and had 2 assists, and had 2 if not 3 great other chances to grab more goals

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  30. FT: Arsenal 4-2 Leicester City

    Jesus x2, Xhaka, Martinelli with our goals, a game we really could and should have won by 5, 6 maybe even 7, great to finally see some attacking football for long spells of a game. Saka and Odegaard were very quiet today, so hopefully we will see lots and lots of goals this season if we can get all players clicking, today Jesus is probably our man of the match, but xhaka was not far behind him

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  31. Listened to the game on the Arsenal website and the.two commentators seemed to think that at times we.played very well.

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  32. At times we did play excellent but strangely loose at the back and yes we could have easily scored more so could of Leicester.
    The main thing is it was in the end a comfortable win with Leicester conceding straight after every goal.

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  33. So manure are where we were last year Although our sugar daddies have been pumping money into the team for four seasons.
    I think that whatever the glazers do the it’d progression will happen. Oli had them playing well as did Jose so Ten Haag will enjoy some success it just depends on the level.

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  34. Spuds lucky on both goals with VAR negligent and making dodgy decisions on both.
    First offside, second a sending off just before the corner.

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  35. The Spuds are usually lucky when it comes to refs, I also think the PGMOL have a clear policy – dont do anything to negatively impact Harry Kane, eg disallowing his goal over blatant hair pulling from Romero , they did the same with Shearer

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