A second successive defeat for Unai Emery as we went out of the Carabao Cup, losing 2-0 to Sp*rs at the Emirates whose fans cheered like they’d actually won something significant.

We missed a great chance to go ahead before goals from Son and Alli gave the homeless goblins the win.

Read the Arsenal 0-2 Sp*rs match report and see the goals here

Ratings

The ratings are now hidden by default until you vote, but if you just want to view the ratings and the comments, flick the switch at the top above Petr Cech. Also, give the ratings a few seconds to load.

107
Leave a Reply

avatar
newest oldest most voted
Red-Wing
Red-Wing

That’s the thing – if you’re gonna keep leaving Ozil out of the team, you simply HAVE to have results. Otherwise things can turn ugly really quick, and that’s the last thing we need right now.

Bertieme
Bertieme

Stupid not to have him on the bench.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

It’s stupid to call a decision stupid without having the needed knowledge. Everybody knows Emery expects a lot in training and during games. Özil obviously doesn’t seem to do what the coach is asking him to do and then it’s perfectly fine for me to leave him out. Isn’t that exactly what everybody was moaning about with Arsène? That he has created too many comfort zones? Özil has clearly lived in a comfort zone since he arrived. I’m glad that this is over now and if he doesn’t work as hard as the others he doesn’t deserve to play. Simple. Right behind Emery here. Apart from that our problem today wasn’t that we haven’t had chances. It was that we didn’t take them. And Özil isn’t exactly the clinical finisher that would have made a difference today.

A Different George
A Different George

You call people’s views “stupid” because they don’t have the needed knowledge. Then you say “Özil obviously doesn’t seem to do what the coach is asking him to do.” I just wish I knew as much as you do about what happens in training.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

It’s not rocket science when you consider how Emery has reacted to every single question regarding Özil. He either refused to talk about him at all or he said he don’t know what the injury is or that it was a tactical decision to leave him out. Can you tell me just one possible reason for that other than that he’s not convinced with what Özil offers in training and in games?
Or do you think he just didn’t like him and leaves him out for personal reasons although he knows he would deliver more than then players he’s actually playing? Sounds like a very clever thing to do for a manager. Put your ego over the teams success. His name is not Maureen.

GraeB
GraeB

On the bench at Southampton and did what when he came on? Confidence player who needs to start games.

Rich
Rich

Ozil isn’t in the team because his performances going back as far as last Febuary don’t warrant it.
I agree we lack creativity, but if Emery doesn’t fancy him? Then we need to back the manager.
I think things getting ugly for Emery would be ridiculous, he deserves “at least” a season before we start judging, and even then I don’t see him being given the type of investment that’ll give us that much of an upturn.

Leemillion
Leemillion

Rich, you can’t say Ozil doesn’t deserve to be in the team yet argue the case for Nkeitah or Mkhi, they’ve done far less.

Matt P
Matt P

‘They’ve done far less’ . No they haven’t. All three have been average.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

Nketiah is a Talent, hardly comparable to Özil and Miki works his arse off every week. Could score more without a doubt but the effort is right and that’s what it’s all about.

Clay
Clay

Effort has never won football matches! Miki can work his socks off his job is to create chances something we are struggling with right now. Whether all our forwards work hard and press we still concede in every game. Something is wrong and has nothing to do with who works the hardest. Nketiah hasnt done anything to be compated to anyone lets be honest. When he came on no one expected him to change the game.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

No effort doesn’t win football games either.

Kartik Iyer
Kartik Iyer

@rich we can question the boss’ decision making each game. What we shouldn’t do is call for a change for a few seasons, give him time to find his system. If we don’t even think about how we lost or what decisions were made how the hell are we supposed to improve? Blindly backing all decisions he makes will help no one… criticism is crucial to improve.

Gio
Gio

This is slowly turning into the Pogba/Mourinho situation at Utd, and it’s really not good to see. If it continues this way surely we need to move Ozil on..

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

I reckon he’s finished at Arsenal tbh

Deano

Notice some of the fan club have appeared.

Like him or loathe him he is our most creative player and getting rid of him and by the looks of it Ramsey another creative and sometimes decisive player is a huge gamble and possible replacements would be very expensive indeed.

Matt P
Matt P

But at what cost? Yes he is very talented and creative but he seldom delivers. And he’s costing us a fortune. He’s shown his arrogance with Germany and he’s showing it with us.

N10
N10

Matt P: I think dynamic duo V and S want to get that money off the ledger, and Emery just doesn’t seem to suffer prima Donna head cases cough Neymar gladly. Ozil situ has truly gone south. Goddamn if I don’t revel in his moments of glory, Leicester and Bayern and Napoli 4 lyfe,
but he’s not stepping up for his talent and pay.

I and most of us I reckon just want this shit out in the open. Unai knows we all know. Let’s get on with it.

Deano

Matt P his arrogance with Germany come on be serious, there whole squad was woeful especially the defensive players but hey ho let’s all shift the blame on to one player because he had dinner with someone from another country.

I think he had every right to lambaste the German FA in return.

kas
kas

Move on where, no f……er wants him, especially since the idiots gave him a mega wage increase!

Matt P
Matt P

I’m fascintated by the pro-Ozil brigade. He’s been bang average and has an attitude. Sell him

Deano

We were bang average last night, don’t recall him being involved.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

They are a very strange crowd. And it takes a very peculiar reading of the game to suggest we lost because we missed him considering (a) we beat these guys the other week without him (b) we had great chances (Ramsey putting through Mhki etc) but just failed to finish them and (c) we had huge personnel issues at the back which ultimately cost us. IMO we missed Xhaka in the middle much more than we missed Ozil, who’s been in and out of the team all season.

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

Either we build a team to get the best out of Ozil, or we sell him. Not even including him in the squad today is a sign he and Unai are not on the same wavelength.

Anne Noyd
Anne Noyd

We were un4-2nate today

GoonerJust
GoonerJust

We just had the 2nd defeat in 22 games, and it’s all because of Ozil didn’t play??

Deano

Well the first one is because he did according to some on here.

Naked cygan
Naked cygan

We are crap defensively with or without Ozil. Until we don’t address our defensive issues we are going to have this debate very game. When Ozil plays we are weaker defensively, and when he is not playing we lack creativity. This is not an easy issue, and Emry should figure out the system that works best for the team. I think Ozil is a brilliant player, but if he does not fit in our system we should let him go.

Pedant
Pedant

They were all pretty poor, had some chances but didn’t put them away then faded in the second half and the substitutions were poor.

Hate losing to Sp*rs.

Goonerrific
Goonerrific

Am I the only one that thought the ref was utter, utter shit?

Nketibag
Nketibag

Week in, week out. Rolly-polly John Moss is consistently shit. (and out of breath)

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

I’ve watched John Moss in many games that don’t contain Arsenal & he is equally as shit in them too. Surely there have to be better ambassadors of the sport than this guy.

N10
N10

No argument from any of us lot the amount of non calls, the yellow on Xhaka the list goes on. To riff off Blogs he’s got a head like a meatball with all the sauce sucked off.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Iwobi Ramsey and mhki should NEVER play together again. Poor from AMN and Monreal too. Some really disappointing performances 2day .

Goonerink

I thought amn did well, but showed why he isn’t a fb, can’t cross for shit bless him.

GraeB
GraeB

Iwobi is confusing (certainly confused Alex “Markle” and Jamie Prince of the jungle at half time who thought he was great) – he has all the skills but lacks a brain to make the right final ball on time. He’s like a puppet – when he gets the ball his arms are pulled up and he wobbles away, only to miss his next kick.

Kos and Nacho are not the future. AMN is the future but not as wing back.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Iwobi is like a poor Hleb

John C
John C

And that’s poor because Hleb was useless

Arsenal is my life
Arsenal is my life

Poor all around , afew players didn’t look fit, Ramsey has left. Ozil……..? The RB was very bad as was LB Not sure where I’m going just pissed off with performance

Adam
Adam

How can you argue for anything else than an Ozil sale in January? £30 mil + saved wages = reinvestment capital for huge new creative focal point signing.

MateKiddleton
MateKiddleton

If you can’t fit in Ozil as your creative focal point, then you’re not going to fit in anyone else of that quality especially with the way emery wants to play.

Adam
Adam

In theory your right. But the past six months (minus the Leicester game) shows another picture. But I see plenty of other clubs with similar disciplined playing style that fits in highly creative players. So it can be done with the right fit.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

You don’t, you just play a different style of football. Neither City, nor Liverpool nor even those coonts Sp*rs play with a dedicated 10.

I’m not advocating whether he should be sold or not, just saying that the idea we have to replace him with like for like isn’t the case.

Adam
Adam

I’m not either. A creative focal point does not automatically require a traditional number 10 position. Look at Hazard, Eriksen, Salah, Neymar, Silva, coutinho etc.

Don’t Forget
Don’t Forget

Agree with your point in general but Salah is not a creative focal point. He is a more technical Jamie Vardy.

Ben
Ben

I think it’s because we had Dennis Bergkamp. Everyone still wants another one.

Goonero
Goonero

Mesut Ozil isn’t half the man Dennis Bergkamp was. Dennis had big brass balls to go with his skill. Mesuts probably got a perm and glitter job down there.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

My response was to Mate Kiddleton’s premise that we must replace with an Ozil-like player.

goonero
goonero

Eh? Since when is Ozil some irreplaceable unicorn? In case people haven’t been watching anything other than Arsenal these last few years, contrary to popular belief, there ARE actually players other than Ozil who can create, and some of them don’t mind running back the other way too! Even better still almost none of them are payed £350,000 a week to play more fortnite than they do football!

Mekus
Mekus

Exactly my worry in his style of play. He’s too soft for the style of football Emery wants to play & he doesn’t want to put in the works nor care to.. The bottom line is that his pay load demands better than he’s currently giving the club when given the nod by the manager to come on. He’s not been in form for a while now and at best average. He can head back to the Spanish league if he only wants to be all technical without putting in the works, that’s if they can afford his huge wage.

Adam
Adam

Totally agree Merkus. So many seems take offense if you criticize Ozil. I will always have a soft romantic spot for him and all the legendary moments his given us. But being a club with limited funds we have to be pragmatic. And having the by far highest earner contributing so little/mis-fitting so obviously I think should require action.

Almunia4Pires
Almunia4Pires

30 million? We’d be lucky to get 15. Who wants a moody primadonna that performs once every other month?

BigArse
BigArse

Sorry, no one is giving us 30 million for Mesut Ozil.

Gio
Gio

How did Mkhitaryan get 23 goals and 32 assists in the 15/16 season at Dortmund? I don’t understand. Where is that player?

kas
kas

He’s Past it mate, best bit if biz Man.u did oh I forgot Sanchez!

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Both sets of fans should just pretend the whole saga never happened

Anne Noyd
Anne Noyd

He doesn’t like islands

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Might not be a popular opinion but whenever I see Mkhitaryan play I wonder, “Is THIS why we sold Walcott and Chamberlain??”.

N10
N10

Hanging out with Rambo ‘13 or Ozil ‘15 I’m guessing.

Zenithreptile
Zenithreptile

What kind of accuracy is that though, to hit someone with a bottle from probably at least 20 yards away in the back of the head. It’s fucking lunacy and I hope the dickhead gets banned from the stadium, but you have to admit a hundred times out of a hundred and point zero one, that bottle just ends up bouncing off someone’s fat bum and no one cares that much.

Gio
Gio

“100 times out of 100.01”, never heard it put that way before.. interesting!

myrtle
myrtle

Is big Phil Taylor and Arsenal fan? That was a triple twenty in my book.

Devlin
Devlin

Nice to see that Xhaka’s role in a midfield is finally being appreciated. For so long, he has come in for so mich unfair criticism about what he brings to the team. Now people can see what the midfield misses without him. All it took was his absence, and I fear the same is happening for Mesut. We will soon be appreciating chances created and his ability to connect our midfield with our attack, along with Xhaka.

As a team striving for success, we can’t be a team that just works hard. Creativity is an important part of any top side’s play, and we are not giving it enough attention. I hope Emery gets the players he needs soon, because if anyone thinks Mesut won’t have any suitors if he were to be available is severely underestimating the role statistics play in many sides recruitment policies. They will see the most prolific chance creator in Premier League history being on sale at a bargain price.

Mesut is not a super hero type of player, but his stats say he is worth every cent of his wage. The manager just has to find a setup or system to get the most out of him.

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

Exactly, Xhaka was always getting the job done at Arsenal. Without him in the midfield we don’t function properly. The same is with Ozil. They will realize that when he is gone.

Leemillion
Leemillion

I would completely disagree with the Ozil bit considering how decent we’ve been without him this season

Parisian Weetabix
Parisian Weetabix

I disagree on the grounds that we wouldn’t be getting rid of Özil, we’d be replacing him with someone else who’d do that job as we’ll as the other stuff Emery wants doing (pressing). There’s no denying there’s a lack of creativity in the team without him – I just think the best way forward is to buy a different player(s) who can perform both functions. Torreira’s shown us what a real CDM can do having not seen one for years – it’s about time we got a player who showed us a playmaker can be both creative and hardworking. No-one’s denying Özil’s the most creative player in our squad, but in the wider football world? We can do a lot, lot better.

Devlin
Devlin

He is the most creative player the premier league has ever seen, not just in our squad. The drop off in creativity without him is clearly noticeable and will remain as such.

Selling him will not destroy Arsenal, we have sold Thierry too who is a better player. If we can take his sale and develop in a way to get the best out of the rest of the players, akin to the 07/08, we will be fine.

But let’s not act like getting in a creative player will get us what Ozil has given. What he has done isn’t just lying around all over Europe. Real Madrid were similarly convinced that the side would be the same after selling a vital cog in the side, and now they have to live with the effects of the actions. Ozil’s departure will be far worse because he is the reason people say “well Arsenal’s problems are defensively, going forward they will always create chances.”
Now we are giving up chances and not creating enough chances ourselves. You don’t need to be a tactically astute observer of football, to know what will come from that.

I hope Emery gets his type of players soon and shows people what he us really trying to do with this team, because if this continues, the noise will only get louder.

Mekus
Mekus

Thank you.

clins
clins

just like to say a few things about three players that are really growing into their roles. one being xhaka. emery at the beginning stressed the importance of having leaders on pitch. the one consistent theme during latter years of wenger was that we lacked players with characters and even the captain of the team was mostly not on the pitch. but under emery xhaka is starting to become the real leader of our team. we know that he has become a real asset in midfield leading the team from there. but today by using xhaka in defence emery is following up what he claimed on having leaders on the pitch. xhaka may not be a good a defender as he is a midfielder but by playing in unfamiliar position of CB and nearly pull it off and through that and many other ways helping the team as much as he can his character is shining through every match. if he stays he will be the captain of our team for years to come.

and i know many people are starting to turn back on iwobi and mkhithriyan, but i saw a lot of positives from them and they are two other unlikelyy players that are growing with each game. i know iwobi is increadibly incosistent. but thats to be expected from a 22 year old(yes 22, i had to double check that) player that is expected to be our main creator ahead of ozil and ramsey through circumstances. at times i feel all the imagination to create a chance is there in him and he is trying again and again but its just that he lacks composure to pull off the perfect pass. sometimes the pass is a bit short or bit heavy, and not everything he tries comes off. he just lack the cutting edge, but thats to be expected from a player this young . but this will be ironed out as he plays more and more. today was one of the promising games i’ve every seen from him in a long time. just go back and watch the outside of the boot pass to aubamayang. his understanding of the space and game is really good , but again the pass was a bit short. but he never stopped trying, and through his sheer persistance he really made some good chances. I can see him becoming a really good player in near future.

the same with mkhithriyan. after first few months it really felt like ozil and ramsey had become first choice ahead of mkhi. but in last few months mkhi has really improved. the role he plays being slightly reserved amoung the attacking midfielders require increadible hardwork as well as skill. he might not be the creative machine that he was with dortmund, but he is proving to be dependable in his new role. he was running everywhere today trying to press and win the ball(thats exatly why by the way ozil lost his first team position). as well, when when he got the chance he was in promising positions to threaten the opposition and carried the ball well. its very easy to say that they were shit and should be sold but considering our financial situation and the promising performance of those players its wise to stick with them

A Different George
A Different George

It would certainly be nice to try a real run of matches with Torreira and Xhaka behind Ozil.

gooner1981
gooner1981

Hate losing, especially to that lot, should have had at least a goal. We created a few chances we need to get the efficiency back. Need a win this weekend, time to arrest this blip and restart with the Ws once more. The only consolation is that sp*rs will only end up with their bullshit magic cups by the end of this season.

Sad Gooner
Sad Gooner

I think Arsenal should sell Iwobi before his price tag comes down , hopefully with Monreal , Cech and Welbeck gone at the end of the season we can use their money to buy some new players , AMN should play at midfield and if he doesn’t impress there he should be sold , Koscienly needs to be sold too , i think one of the U 23 defenders will do much better than him AND Ozil needs to play , i don’t know what Emery is thinking , but i hope he is not alienating Ozil because that would be his first major mistake.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Completely agree with the bonus rating, that’s not what this club is about!

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

My biggest complaint is that Emery didn’t play the youth. At best, they would’ve provided a level of energy the current team is lacking due to fatigue, would’ve brought balance (CBs at CB) and at worst a loss would be brushed off as “you beat our kids”.

Now all we’ve got is the worst of the lot.
– Fatigued first teamers even more likely to get injured, let alone running on empty.
– A mentally damaging loss to the first team.

Richie

Our kids would have lost that game 0-4 and Emery would have been absolutely slaughtered on here for playing kids against the biggest rivals. Emery’s tactics were wrong but at least he took the game seriously with the strength of the starting 11.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Slaughtered only by fans who refuse to see the bigger picture and wanted us to be at full strength 3 days after a chastening defeat caused by fatigue, and 3 days before another absolute home win (which the first team will now be even more fatigued and more likely to not win), all for what? I meaningless cup, that’s what.

Fans would moan but fans are bloody moany. And guess what? Fans are still here moaning at Emery anyways, so was it worth it?

Alexander Alessio Alexisson
Alexander Alessio Alexisson

couldn’t agree more

N10
N10

Sums up nicely my own pregame thoughts and postgame told ya so thoughts as well.

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

Its interesting how much Xhaka cops for his midfield efforts, but clearly we are a better team with him in the middle.

goonero
goonero

I think it’s fairer to say we’re a better team with Xhaka not playing CB.

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

It is not the best decision for Emery to make Ozil an enemy. In the last few seasons Arsenal fanbase were divided into the two groups: the one who supported Wenger and WOB. This year it will be the same with Ozil. Emery hasn’t done enough yet that he can do such a radical move. He is digging his own grave. After NLD many said we can play without him. How many games we have won since then? Together with Xhaka Ozil is an integral part of the team. They need to solve this problem. I really don’t believe that Ozil is a type of a person that would behave bad in the training or in the dressing room. I also don’t believe an excuse that Emery can’t fit him into system because we weren’t really balanced when he didn’t play either, were we?

About the game. I still don’t understand why Xhaka didn’t move forward when Guendouzi went off.

Richie

We lost because our star player wasn’t in the match day squad, allegedly due to tactical reasons. But in my opinion, Jenkinson would have played better than Maitland Niles at right back.

Bendtnerschristmastree
Bendtnerschristmastree

Yeah, he had a chance to stake his claim on his preferred side, and didn’t take it.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Hes not a Rb

Thierry Walcott
Thierry Walcott

I see the Ozil exclusion and all, which in all honesty does not make any sense… but who the hell plays Xhaka at centre back?

WellArsed
WellArsed

I realize this won’t be popular but that was another pretty uninspired performance. If we are serious about top-ten + we need to invest in a defensive spine but also someone with the creativity to open up attacking opportunities. The obvious candidate for this role is Özil, if Emery can’t find a role for him to perform in the current team (which honestly, I think he should), then we have to find someone to perform that role. Cazorla has gone & Mikyi doesn’t seem to be up to it, as it stands we are very predictable and I think the bump is over.

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

After another 3-2 away defeat coupled with a 0-2 home loss (Chelsea & City) I’ll gladly take another 22 game unbeaten run.

Richie

I see what you did there!

Nketibag
Nketibag

Now that’s a sandwich I can get behind!

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner

John Moss is an utter twat.

Now that I got that out, we can’t miss such big chances in a match such as this. Tough to stomach even if it is the (insert trendy energy drink here) Cup.

Pires4life
Pires4life

In my years as a football fan, I have had an awareness of those players that put the fear of God in defenders– Ronaldo, Hazard, Erikson, Ozil, Pires, Henry, Suarez, Aguero, Drogba, Raul, Fabregas, Van P., Sneijder etc. Today, we had none those players on the pitch (maybe Auba). Sp*rs had 3– Kane, Son and Erikson. We needed Mesut today.

Hustle6
Hustle6

If you were the woman in higher tier h block who was genuinely insightful with her comments during the match but devolved to just shouting “duuh I’m haway kayne” in what some would refer to as “spaz voice” -You made my whole evening. That shit was hilarious. I hope nobody gets you banned.

Ayleym
Ayleym

I for one like Phil Collins songs

myrtle
myrtle

Get out. Just get out.

Ayleym
Ayleym

4-2

NoFalseGunners
NoFalseGunners

Enough talk about Ozil. This and the Southampton defeats are clearly on Emery. How many more times is he going to play Xhaka in the backline and the Wobes-Mkhi duo together?

pajanee
pajanee

Ozil is the new pogba😆hope emery dont turn out to be mourinho

Nameless_Gooner
Nameless_Gooner

Comparing Emery-Ozil situation with Mou-Pogba isn’t logical.. Emery isn’t confrontational, he didn’t call Ozil a virus nor is Ozil a public rebel..

Arse
Arse

Hopefully we can get some good business done in the next 2 transfer windows. I see it getting slightly worse before we improve on this level, but we need to keep faith in the management. They inherited this squad and it’s not going to be a quick fix. Saying that, if we find someone of Torreira’s calibre that is a centre back, that we help us dramatically. COYG, lets keep together as we build!

Santori
Santori

I don’t think we played particularly badly. BUt we were wasteful up front and disjointed after the second goal when our effort dissipated :

1) Cech – Can’t say he is at fault for any of the goals although of course the Leno strokers will deem it so. Thought he had a decent outing.

2) AMN – As expected he was played on his natural right side. No room for the limited Jenkinson. Thought he was in general better when we switched to a back 3 as a wingback and he was the one offering us the most width from that point. Several good control but its a learning experience for him against seasoned fullback in Danny Rose. He defended decently enough with usual good recovery pace to make up for any positional errors. Its a significant lesson for him and will put him and us in good stead for the future.

3) Sokratis – Slipped for the first goal. Generally OK but tried to influence forward play toward the end, his passing in that end of things not quite Mustafi. On the whole a tough assignment paired first with a make shift Cback in Granit and then a returning veteran who is a bit off pace and understandably so.

4) Granit – I thought he did well today in again an unfamiliar role. His inclusion in the backline could point more to decimated status of our assets there, Lichsteiner prob still feeling effects of knock and age plus Mustafi recovering from hamstring understandably protected for weekend. Couple of great balls to out left from deep but you feel he is best next to Torreira as a stable pair and this measure currently of course mere expediency to circumstance at present.

Have to love his ‘passion’ giving the finger wag to Dele Alli. Certainly no lack of fight from the Swiss to our cause.

5) Monreal – A bit suspect positionally for the first goal. I thought overall he was a bit too deep first half and left too much space out wide on the right.

6) Torreira – Not much shielding for the second goal. Tried to go forward to influence the game a bit more but this could also work to our detriment with them on the counter and that being their game plan. Surprise we included him being that ultimately this is a throw away tournament. Thought if anything he would be the asset we most wanted to protect and keep fresh for the league game coming up.

7) Guendouzi – He was certainly in the battle all over the pitch. Not sure if taking him off was a good thing as our effort droped thereafter.

8) Ramsey – No Ozil probably saved for the weekend. If we don’t see him then then there is something more to than meets the eye. BUT Ramsey provided quite a bit of drive going forward and had one superb shot (from an Iwobi pass) hit the post. Another shot from Laca he should have in hindsight diverted again hit the post and went wide.

9) Mhki – Another industrious performance and turned over the ball a number of times for us plus moved us along well first half. Should have put his chance away…almost criminal…but coming into a bit more fluency even if I still feel we would have done better with Mahrez last January instead of this rubbish deal with Raiola and United.

10) Iwobi – If you read the BBC, you’ll lose significant amounts of grey matter. Iwobi came up with 3 key chances one for Ramsey and one for Aubameyang. Plus in the 50th minute another great opportunity. Its not difficult to see why Emery persist with his selection. He generally keeps the ball well and protects it with his strength. Some erratic moments of course but he is there to erngage players being one of our only assets able to take on opponents (nutmeg I believe Trippier). So of course you expect some not to come off (and unlike Alexis, he is more careful with the ball). That said, he needed to be more calm first half as he attempted to play the early ball twice but miscued with a heavy touch.

But we don’t have another like him in the squad (with Nelson on loan). Whether we address this in January remains to be seen. One potential though is to also role AMN into an attacking wide player on the right side on occasion.

11) Auba – Wasteful. Sure he scored 10 goals but world class players should not miss these sort of easy opportunities. We need to in general be less forgiving particularly bearing in mind our fragility at the back. Some good movement wide in last period when we switched to a 3 up front.

12) Laca – Not much for him this game. A couple of good lay offs and tracking back defensively but we really did not find him enough nor he the ball.

13) Koscielny – I suppose in the long run, the experience will further help his recovery bc he clearly is still off pace. Significantly guilty of not being aware or close enough to Alli for the second goal. Also let Erickson in with a shot later. Had he been Mustafi, some people would be moaning to no end and not in a good way.

14) Nketiah – Good tracking back twice but otherwise up front showed his naivity as he was kept in Danny Rose’s pocket. Again underlines the fact that watching these players against second rate opponents does not give clear indication of their true potential with more seasoned operators. But a good run out none the less. Still as mentioned before, I felt our effort dropped significantly following second goal and when we switched to the 3 up top.

Gaffer tried to influence the game with tactical changes and you can understand the reasoning. BUT in the end, they were sharper with their chances and we conspired to put in tame efforts.

We need to shoot with more belief.

Thierry Walcott
Thierry Walcott

I see the Ozil exclusion and all, which in all honesty does not make any sense… but who the hell plays Xhaka at centre back?

N10
N10

Puppy who barks Phil Collins songs, class

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

We need a back up right back because we are poor everytime bellerin is injured, a number 10 and a tricky, pacy winger. We have to make signings in January because I don’t think we will survive the whole season with this squad.

Ale
Ale

The way I see it, Xhaka should never be playing at CB yet we have Kos on the bench.

canon fodder
canon fodder

Blogs, I was at the match yesterday. The word on the street is that Emery had put Ozil on the subs bench for the Wolves game but that he refused. Ozil wanted to play from the start or not at all so the back spasm story was created as Ozil pulled out. There is a power struggle going on and Emery is stating his claim as the ‘boss’ and is prepared to let Ozil go in January. The source of my story? The guy who sits next to me at the stadium is a friend of a certain Mr Bould apparently!

A Different George
A Different George

I know a guy who used to be a friend of another guy who worked in the pub where Koscielny’s brother-in-law sometimes has a pint. He told me your story is not true.

Mother
Mother

A messy team selection & shape are what have cost us the last couple of games, and I’m alarmed by the amount of injuries that are starting to pile up…