Taking stock
Posted by: djarse (IP Logged)
Date: 11 October, 2019 17:41

Just under a quarter of the season gone – time to take stock.

Eleven games played in all competitions – 7 wins, 3 draws, and 1 defeat (to Liverpool who are unbeaten in the Premiership), 25 goals scored with 11 goals against.

In the Premiership, 8 games played (including one each against Liverpool Spurs and Man U; with half the games against teams in top half of the table), 4 wins, 3 draws, 1 defeat, 13 goals for and 11 against – 15 points – 3rd in the table, one point behind Man City who are 2nd – 1 point ahead of Leicester and Chelsea, 4 ahead of Spurs and 6 ahead of Man U.

Europa League – top of group after two games, two wins, 7 goals for, 0 against. Almost certain to be winner of the group.

Carabao Cup: 1 win, 4 goals to 0 against: next game away to Liverpool!

Top goalscorers – 8 Aubameyang, 4 Martinelli, 3 Willock, 2 Lacazette (who would have forceast Martinelli and Willock being 2nd and 3rd top scorers at this point ?!)

Throughout almost all this time, three of our “first choice” back four (Bellerin, Holding & Tierney) have been injured, and our “first choice” centre forward (Lacazette) only played 3 of the 11 games.

I think that most of us before the season started would have been happy with this position after 11 games.

Has it been frustrating ? Yes.

Has it been pretty ? No – except in Europe and the Carabao Cup.

Has our defence improved ? Not really. But with so many long-term injuries there, this is hardly surprising. Since some of the 3 (Bellerin, Holding & Tierney) have started to come back though, we have only conceded 3 goals in our last 6 games. I think it is not unreasonable to expect the defence to improve when it settles into a stable back four of Bellerin, Holding, Luiz & Tierney.

What about the midfield? Frustrating – no settled pattern and a real lack of creative spark. Whatever Xhaka’s other leadership qualities (see thread on him as captain), having him as a starter in midfield immediately makes it unbalanced. Guendouzi and Willock continue to impress & improve. Torreira and Ceballos are not consistent. And Ozil, well the sooner he is off the better.

Up front, we look full of potential (though lacking sufficient creative service from midfield). We have missed Lacazette. Aubameyang will always get us a hatful of goals but how unexpected that Martinelli and Saka have seen exciting breakthroughs. Nelson has been good too. Pepe – it remains to be seen whether this is a short-term lack of confidence/acclimatising to the Premiership issue or a long-term lack of quality. Overall though I suspect that every team we play against will fear our attacking capabilities.

Outlook this season: given how poorly Man U & Spurs are playing, we must have a good chance of making the top 4 Champions League spots (with Chelsea) at the end of the season. And a good run in the Europa and FA Cups is a real possibility.

Longer-term: what is perhaps more worrying though is whether Emery really has a clear vision for how he wants the team to play consistently, and in particular how to solve the lack of midfield creativity and to ensure we have a strong defence. We remain miles behind Liverpool and Man City (who, I think, are currently going through a “blip”). I don’t feel there are any signs yet that Emery can take us up to that next level.

Re: Taking stock
Posted by: CazOnARola (IP Logged)
Date: 11 October, 2019 19:05

Fair assessment.
A statement has come from Raul on ozil as well so we can stop considering ozil at all in future discussions. For all practical purposes he is no longer part of the team. Its a stand from the arsenal leadership that we need ppl working hard on training first. If doesn't matter if you can produce in the matched or not (xhaka, AMN), the work ethic and following the process is important.
So even the above approach has its pitfalls, its still I believe the right approach at this time considering what has gone on for the past 3 years.

This means we will lack some creativity for large parts and we should be prepared for it until we can find someone who fits the arsenal 's leadership s idea of a playmaker. But that is ok as long as we get the results. 1-0 to the arsenal it is.

Im happy that at least Raul has made a statement and cleared the air on ozil.

Emery may/may not be able to take us to the next level, but he's probably the manager we need for now as long as he can continue to instill some discipline.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/10/2019 19:06 by CazOnARola.

Re: Taking stock
Posted by: SuperRob (IP Logged)
Date: 12 October, 2019 15:21

Good summary. Think our improved strength in depth will help us towards the end of the season this time round

Re: Taking stock
Posted by: Merlion96 (IP Logged)
Date: 13 October, 2019 04:19

#1 - We have a dumbfcuk of a manager who has a massive chip on his shoulder against world-class marquee players like Neymar and Ozil.

#2 - A proven failure who is clueless on how to manage a team of world-class players like he had at Valencia and PSG.

#3 - A proven fraud who can only managed mediocre and 2nd-tier European team to win 2nd-rated European cup competition in UEL Cup but never successful against marquee teams in CL Cup.

#4 - A choker, with an inferior complex against Top-6 teams like Man City, Liverpool, Chelski, Tiny Totts and ManU, never able to instil belief and confidence in the team he fielded against them. That is, teams he fielded against them with a fear of being beaten by them instead of a belief that his teams can beat them.

#5 - Playing with one-gear in his limited and traditional 4-gear plus reverse in his gear-box; over-using reverse and first gear with worn-out clutch after 70th minutes clueless to engage higher gear whereas opponents from Watford to Liverpool had already slipped 5th or 6th gear after the break.

#6 - Like Chelski who has no choice but to field youngsters (banned for 2 transfer windows and Hazard left), it is over-blown to say he is a Mastermind to bring on youngsters like Willock, Nelson, Saka and Martinelli into 1st team. What choice does he had when the locker is as empty as Mother Hubbard's Cupboard of experienced players and only youngsters are available to step-up?

#7 - The failure to motivate and utilise Ozil by putting him into mothball. It is like you bought a company with one expensive Falcon corporate jet in the garage. Are you going to sell it away at a loss to reduce expenditures or instruct your Marketing and Leasing Department or Facility Management Department to be creative and devise a use for it … or else?

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