I'm fairly sure he can only be temporary for 3 months because he doesn't have the proper badgesI love Freddie, but I definitely don't want to see him in charge for any length of time. (Best-case scenario is that he might do well and become our Solskjaer...)
Well that doesn't make me feel confident about the people in charge. Missing out on the guy you wanted because of inaction, and wanting a shit show of a manager. It's like a double whammy.Report on Sky that Arsenal wanted Mourinho, but didn't pull the trigger quick enough on Emery.
For sure. Nice guy, put out a classy statement today. All the best to him but he's not up to Arsenal's standards.I have no idea where Emery will end up but he’s definitely lost nearly all credibility after failing at PSG and Arsenal. Maybe he’ll settle in at Getafe or Real Oviedo and have a nice career there. The dude is a dud on the biggest stages, though.
For me, happy footballers play the best football. That’s a part I learnt as a player, there is a time to work hard but at the same time we need to enjoy what we’re doing.
Often the players we have enjoy playing offensive football which makes them happy.
I hope I have the values of the club, I understand the club, I think from the inside.
Yeah... that's been my feeling as well. Emery has had them playing the ball around the back for no clear reason... seemingly sitting players for not coming back on D or hustling... playing certain players because they're known as defensive players (Xhaka, Luis) even though they've not performed well (I know their replacements have also been injured) etc.I like this quote from Ljungberg. It hints at what seemed obvious in recent times: Emery had the team playing very reactive and almost scared football, and Freddie knows that this set of players could use some freedom to play a more offensive brand of football. Unleash Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe, and Ozil.
They'll have the money fro Upamecano when they sell both Aubamayeng and Lacazette next summer, which is why they signed a 24 year old winger and 18 year old forward as replacements.This team is not going to have a chance at getting back to being a top 4 contender until they get some strong centre-backs. Maybe Saliba will be part of the answer next year. He's looked strong when he has played, but has also been injured twice already this year, which makes me nervous.
Perhaps they'll find a way to finally pry Upamecano from RB Leipzig, but he'll be expensive and has had his own injury issues. A Saliba and Upamecano partnership could completely change the make-up of this team. I'll save my day-dreaming of a new manager for day-dreaming about Upamecano now, I suppose.
With Pepe not even playing at this point (Ljungberg had a quote that implied he has not been performing well in training), it makes the splashy summer look to have been a bit foolish. The need for Pepe versus the need for strong centre-backs is not comparable. I was excited as anyone else about the signing and maybe there were no CBs available (RB Leipzig certainly had no real intention of giving away Upamecano), but the decision making up top is something to question.
Yesterday, they had moments on the attack, particularly in the first half, when they looked pretty good, but when Chambers got way up on the Norwich side and none of the mid-fielders seemed interesting in staying back, it made the counter against Mustafi and Luiz too easy. Those two are leaky defensively and mistake prone, but when they are getting no help from the midfield or full-backs, it is not fair to place the blame squarely on their shoulders.
Another disturbing this I noticed is how little Lacazette was running around the pitch. Lacazette is a great finisher, but when he is not involved in play like this (seems to be a trend on the road), it makes me wonder if we could put out a better lineup with Aubameyang in the middle (I don't love him out wide) and maybe one of the younger guys on the wing (Martinelli or Saka) or Pepe when he finally shows up.
At least Leno had a heck of a game. He's been pretty solid in net this year.
It does seem inevitable at this point, doesn't it? Aubameyang deserves to be playing Champions League football. I'm not ready for the post-Aubameyang years. For me, he's the most enjoyable part of this current squad. They are both getting older, so it will be a smart bit of business by Arsenal if they can get good fees, I suppose, but still it will hurt to see Aubameyang gone.They'll have the money fro Upamecano when they sell both Aubamayeng and Lacazette next summer, which is why they signed a 24 year old winger and 18 year old forward as replacements.
Aubameyang is an elite goalscorer and the one member of the quartet [Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe, Ozil] whose place should be considered non-negotiable. Even when played in a slightly less than optimal wide role, he shits goals. However, the vast majority of his good work is executed in the final 20 yards of the pitch. When he plays without Lacazette, there is a risk of him becoming isolated.
Auba really needs two wide players and / or a number 10 to take care of the water carrying for him. Lacazette is much more of a 9.5 and he creates a link between midfield and attack. However, away from home, his end-product is verging on miserable.
Trying to spark a partnership between Pepe and Aubameyang strikes me as a potentially productive avenue. Getting them nice and close together and interchanging on and off the ball could be mutually beneficial. That may mean that Alex Lacazette has to take a seat in the dugout, but the reality is that significant heads are probably going to have to roll in this uncomfortable menagerie.
(Time to reunite Ozil with Iwobi and Walcott at Everton? Heh.)The options for the left are developing younglets like Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Reiss Nelson. Iwobi was not a world class left-winger, but he did act as a technical counter-balance for the attack. Arsenal’s last well-balanced attack saw Alex Iwobi as a technical counter-balance on the left-hand side to Theo Walcott on the right and Alexis Sanchez upfront, with Özil tucked in behind them pulling the strings.
If Freddie stays in the job for two months he'll age ten years. None of us want to see that. I was looking at him during the post match interview and I could see the strain beneath that beautiful face of his. I think the job has been foisted on him by people who should but don't know any better. He took the Calvin Klein dough to stand in his briefs, so he's got a bit of vanity, but he's a good bloke, loves the club etc and maybe got blnded in the headlights a bitI still love Freddie...but that might change if he continues as the interim manager and the results keep going the way they've started for him.
Absolutely.Stop playing Aubameyang and Lacazette together. Make Aubameyang the primary striker. Aubameyang out-wide making crosses is terrible use of his skills.
I also don't know why Auba has to defer to Lacazette.. if you have to play them together why isn't Auba in the middle? He's almost single-handedly kept Arsenal relevant by scoring goals out of nowhere.Absolutely.
It's obvious to anyone with eyes that the formation, personnel and tactics are not working at all. Try something new.
He's done. All the crowing by his cultists completely ignored this because there was a significant faction of Arsenal fans who hated him always and pretended he was never good.I'll be honest, I definitely expected at least one win out of the first two matches. Especially given who the competition was.
I've long been an Ozil supporter, but has he created an opportunity in the last twelve months? He's back getting fairly regular playing time, and what made him special before just seems to be missing. He's not seeing the passing lanes to lead a striker or winger. The pretty one touches to open up the box appear to be gone. I'm not sure he's up to the quality of being a premier league starter at least for a team with top 4 ambitions. He's 31, so he's certainly past his peak and unfortunately looks it.
Yeah. That was exactly what I had expected him to have done like a dozen times this year. Best looking game for Pepe since the first few weeks of the season.Pepe scored a really good goal in open play today.
i mean, AMN is not a full back and Emery played him at full back almost exclusively so I think that is the problem.Two years ago I would have sworn Maitland Niles was going to be at Arsenal for a long time, but it seems he hasn't developed at all over the last year and a half. Not sure if that's just his talent level or Emery.
-The GuardianArsenal executives were pictured leaving Mikel Arteta’s house early on Monday morning in a sign that their quest to fill the vacant head coach role is gathering speed.
The club’s chief executive, Vinai Venkatesham, and director of football operations, Huss Fahmy, were seen getting into a car outside Arteta’s Manchester home at around 1.20am on Monday, in a strong indication that Arsenal are stepping up their pursuit of the former Gunners captain.
-Arseblog News“I’ve said to them [the board] they need to make a decision,” Ljungberg told Sky Sports after the 3-0 home defeat to Manchester City.
“We are here to help and the staff are trying to chip in but a decision has to be made so we can have the same resources as other clubs. When I say that they that say I have to wait and see.”