Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored one but missed a great chance to double Arsenal’s lead against Brighton today. It was a costly miss as the home side equalised, and a dismal second half saw Arsenal have just one attempt on goal and two points we couldn’t really afford to drop went begging.

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Red-Sky
Red-Sky

0/10 for Emery.
What a disaster his management was. Regardless of who played or subed, we should’ve won easily.

Kabu
Kabu

There has to be some reason he took off ozil for iwobi. Something must’ve happened in the dressing room. It just doesn’t make sense otherwise.

truj
truj

Complete missmanagment!

IamaGoober

I tell you what did also show today is how we lack so much quality in our squad. Off the bench we don’t really have much at all. We’re in desperate need of a proper attacking wide player, and the obvious defensive reinforcements. Because if you start with both Lacazette and Aubameyang and they don’t click.. that’s pretty much us done.

I think it definitely makes sense to have either Lacazette or Aubameyang as that’s the only real way I see Emery getting the best out of Ozil.

Santi's Better Foot
Santi's Better Foot

I believe Emery hooked him as a consequence of the Brighton goal. Have a look at it again if you can. The goal scorer was Ozil’s man until Ozil stopped tracking his run at the halfway line leaving Guendozi to mark two men when the ball broke to the edge of the box.

A Different George
A Different George

Perhaps I learned my football wrong. I thought a forward was supposed to pass his man off to a midfielder. (And, anyway, insofar as Guendouzi OR Ozil bears some responsibility for their goal, it is maybe 15%– 10% is Leno and 75% is Lichsteiner. And that’s being generous to Lichsteiner.)

Pat Rice and Beans
Pat Rice and Beans

Unai got it wrong again.

Dunno why play 2-strikers formation when you have just 2 seasoned strikers available. I thought that I’d never say that, but I miss Welbeck.

Martin
Martin

He gets it right most of the time but admittedly he was wrong today.

A Fleeting Glimpse
A Fleeting Glimpse

Ramsey didn’t create a great chance for Maitland-Niles. He had to stretch that’s why he couldn’t control it. Jeez you try so hard to polish turds 💩😂

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Had to make it look like Ramsey done something significant when he was just as ineffective as Iwobi..But narrative etc..

Try watching the game
Try watching the game

You lads will see what you want to see when it comes to Ramsey, but if you don’t rate him as a footballer, you don’t really understand football. Or sport.

Ali Kamal
Ali Kamal

Red-Sky, Every try coaching!!, one game and you are out for blood. Remember we play again in two days

N10
N10

The guys need to take responsibility today. Lacazette, Ozil and Aubamayeng, shit! They should have pistol whipped ’em.

It’s a truism that a weak defense always has the offense looking over their shoulders. That’s my take. If we had Holding and Bellerin in the squad today would have been 180 different.

Mpls
Mpls

What I want to know is Why the fuck was Torreira playing higher up the pitch? Why was Xhaka sitting in behind? And Guendouzi, while all action, just seemed to make chaos out of the order the three should have.

Torreira and Xhaka as a pivot sitting in front of the defense is by far our best mid lineup. We were in no control of the midfield whatsoever today.

Against Brighton.

No offense to Chris Houghton, likeable fellow, but that simply should not be.

imaraccoon
imaraccoon

This, it is the most confusing thing about the performance. And leads to my main complaint about Emery in general, Guendouzi is untouchable.

Why not drop Torreira deeper at half time and take Guendouzi off for Ramsey or Iwobi? They can supply the same hard running, Torreira and Xhaka add more control to the midfield and the team would still have Ozil’s creativity.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Guendouzi. But he unbalances the team, and his inclusion in a midfield three means even less creativity in the team. It is like Emery is trying to shoe-horn him in at every possible chance.

La Defense
La Defense

Replace the word “Guendouzi” with “Ramsey”, and you’ll understand the Ramsey boo boys’ primary frustration with the player.

Red-Wing
Red-Wing

Forget individual performances, the team performance as a whole was pathetic, together with tactical decisions on the touchline.

We started brightly, scored an early goal, but instead of adding another one we started passing the ball between our defenders with no pace and intention at all. We literally invited them to have a go at us.

Frustrating.

Red-Wing
Red-Wing

It was Brighton ffs! We played with Aubameyang, Lacazette, Ozil, Xhaka, Torreira, even in defence we had Koscielny and Sokratis. Yes we’re struggling with injuries right now but this team should’ve played Brighton off the park.

DGooner
DGooner

I am starting to think Ozil omission is actually tactical. I feel he doesn’t like a No10 type of a player, a player who looks for space, vacating his ‘allotted spot’. Something’s gotta give.. We need defensive(obv) and offensive enforcements that match Emery’s style. Hope that happens soon rather than later, or else its a pointless endeavor for all parties involved

GraeB
GraeB

I know it was Brighton but we didn’t need to go crabbing!

Naked cygan
Naked cygan

Agree, that game was an absolute load of boleX from arsenal. And why the fk take laca off?

A Different George
A Different George

I thought the most frustrating player in this respect was Guendouzi. In some earlier matches, he dwelt on the ball and was dispossessed too often. Yesterday, he kept moving with the ball whenever he got it, never played a pass forward on the first or second touch, slowed the attack every time he was involved.

chuffy
chuffy

Relying on a 73 year old right OAP says a lot about the plight we’re currently in. If our billionaire owner doesn’t open his wallet, then we’re getting left behind.

Jack
Jack

These Lich age references are actually getting me through a very difficult time caused by the team’s shite performance today

Rich
Rich

After 10 years of austerity during the early years of our stadium move, we’ve now likely been saddled with another £550,000,000 debt+interest to fund Kroenke’s outright purchase of the club, unlikely he’ll put any money in, hopefully though we’ve got enough put away for a centre half, and then we can wheel and deal our way to a right sided forward.

I see a lot of criticism of Emery’s subs today, but no side has won more points from losing positions, no side has scored more goals from subs and no side has scored more second half goals, surely we could/should cut him some slack?

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

The reasons you are stating are more or less because of the quanitity of the substitutions we are making at the half time than the quality of them. On the other side you could say he never gets his starting lineup right. Also most games are won in the 2nd half.

Irrational Gunner

No disrespect to the old guys, but have we finally concluded that Lich is not ready for prime time?

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

He’s been shit all season, apart from the Man City game, where he actually had an influence. Experience means nothing if your quality is finished. The best thing he’s done lately was some time wasting, towards the end of the Bournemouth match, I think.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

The man has us cying out for fucking Jenkinson.

Mootilated
Mootilated

Iwobi isn’t very good at football.

Matt P
Matt P

Sadly you are right. He seems a nice bloke , but he’s mid table material at best.
Fuck Maitland-Niles looked off the pace too.

Richard
Richard

he has a great set of skills and a pretty low IQ to help him use them…

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

This loss belong mostly to Emery but the players also have to take responsibility for the lazy and arrogant 30 minutes or so after scoring the first goal. Rrrrrgggggggg

Devlin
Devlin

If Ozil and Lacazette were ineffective, there must be a new word invented for what those who came on were, because we become so terrible in the second half that it was unbelievable.

Red Cannon
Red Cannon

Yup, & I would argue with the statement that Lacazette was ineffective too. He worked his hole off to create our goal. That goal doesn’t happen without the huge effort he put in.

Truuub
Truuub

Can you change the settings so one doesn’t have to vote to see ratings? I often don’t watch but would still like this info, and would prefer not to give uninformed ratings in order to do so. Cheers

Planet Ape
Planet Ape

I give you a 6.5 rating for your question. You see you could have read more detailed and found Blogs explanation but at leaat you asked nicely enough (cheers). You are the Sokratis of asking a question. Whereas blogs response is a 4.0 Lichtensteiner. Sounds like my old math teacher on a Thursday afternoon.

Goonergirl
Goonergirl

Amen! I had to go to basic cable so no longer get to watch the games-only when Telemundo airs them and the commentary is in Spanish! “GOOOOAAAALLL” ugh!

Jack
Jack

Auba is our top scorer, but good lord he misses some absolute sitters as well. Through on goal today and does a pass-back to their keeper

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

It was a great save from a keeper if we are honest. Every striker miss great chances (apart from Messi and Ronaldo). Watch Aguero or Kane or Cavani.They do the same. You just don’t see it because they are not our players. The truth is Aubameyang has the best conversion rate in the Premier League.

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

Doesn’t change the fact that he has missed some absolute sitters, this season, in games where we have dropped points.

I was asking myself last night, who the league’s best finisher is. I think it might be Vardy, his finishes and penalties are clinical and composed. I’m sure not many would agree.

A Different George
A Different George

I saw Messi miss a sitter. Would have given him four.

Billy Enfield
Billy Enfield

@ Olivije
Sorry mate. I had to thumb you down when you spoke of Great strikers and popped Kane’s name in it

Charlie Gilmour's Girls
Charlie Gilmour's Girls

Absolutely. How fucking far ahead would he be in the goal tally if he converted the easy ones!

Red-Wing
Red-Wing

What’s worrisome is the fact that only a few years ago the 3-3 draw at Anfield felt like a loss, and we played with Giroud, Campbell, Flamini and Walcott in the starting 11. Now we have Aubameyang, Lacazette, Torreira and Xhaka instead of them and 3-3 draw would feel like a miracle.

GraeB
GraeB

I’ll se your 3 and raise you one Arshavin!

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Giroud and Walcott were pretty handy tbf, and Liverpool have improved a lot since then. That’s what happens when you spend £140m on a CB and a keeper though, maybe our owner will take note…

Adams Jnr
Adams Jnr

Maybe if we didn’t keep losing our top talent for nothing, unlike Liverpool, we’d be able to spend some good money on top draw reinforcements

Martin
Martin

Which top talent have we lost for nothing?

Santa Clauzorla
Santa Clauzorla

RVP and Fabergas we let go for criminally low prices. I’d argue that Nasri was worth more than the 24mil we sold him for. Sagna was a cornerstone to our team who we let leave for free. I don’t remember what the fees were for Clichy, Kolo Toure, Adebyor, but I know the money was not reinvested into the team.

A Different George
A Different George

We didn’t “let” Sagna go for free. He chose not to re-sign, to play to the end of his contract, and then sign for City. He had every right to do this.

Santa Clauzorla
Santa Clauzorla

“Maybe if we didn’t keep losing our top talent for nothing, unlike Liverpool”
umm… Suarez Coutinho Sterling Alonso Mascherano off the top of my head.

sad
sad

Suarez coutinho and sterling went for more than 300 million combined, what are you on about

Mpls
Mpls

when all is said and done for Coutinho bonuses, Liverpool stand to make up to 200million on Suarez and Coutinho alone. That’s the point – their players moved on, but were sold for good usable transfer kitty.

JB_
JB_

They can spend £140m though as they sold Coutinho for practically that in January.
If we’d sold Sanchez and Ramsey before they ran down their contracts like we should’ve done then maybe we could actually afford to spend that.

Santa Clauzorla
Santa Clauzorla

thats a totally fair point. Liverpool also have owners who invest in the club themselves (though they do spend more on their beloved Boston Red Sox) while our owner does not see us as a club worth investing in. My only point is that liverpool have had to rebuild the same way we have to rebuild.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

That’s a very good point, though Liverpool have spent a fair bit besides them; approx £170m on Salah, Keita, Ox, Fabinho and Shaqiri. They haven’t all hit the ground running but they’ve got a strength in depth that we’re seriously lacking, and they were willing to push the boat out for Fekir as well. If we’re serious about challenging them and City, we’re gonna have to push the boat out too.

GraeB
GraeB

They pushed the boat out on Van Dyk and that’s got them the sound defence we dream of.

John Lavery

I still think that had we acted quickly when Virgil was at Celtic or even at Soton, we could have had the best centre-half in the UK playing for us. I mean, what the F..k was our scouting dept doing at this time? Also, we missed out on that boy Nathan Ake who is a lot better than what we have at the moment.

Bobbo
Bobbo

Blogs’ running joke about Lichtsteiners age was the only good part about this game.

Tony Adams Nose
Tony Adams Nose

Great start but bad defensive mistake to let them back in. AMN way better than Litch IMHO who should be used to close out games only, he’s too slow and too prone to mistakes to start.
Auba took his goal well but should’ve doubled our lead shortly after. Taking off Lacca was an error by Dick as Iwobi never offered anything after he came on.
I think we are having a bit of a reality check, he hasn’t had the time to really put his stamp on this team yet and a few injuries have exposed the weaknesses we all knew were there from last season especially defensively. Losing Rob, Bellerin and Nacho revealed the cracks under the paper and I’m afraid it’s going to be a bumpy ride all the way to end of May.

Nick Campbell
Nick Campbell

AMN has the first 0/10 performance I’ve seen – he looked like he couldn’t control a ball when he came on and I worry there’s valid reasons a past-it 34 year old RB still makes it into the team ahead.

His attitude looks completely off and would be very surprised if he has any future at the top level.

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

Lichsteiner propably played today because Niles was rested for the Liverpool game. Surely he can’t play 360 minutes in 11 days.

Martin
Martin

Nonsense. He tried today but needs more game time

Tim Miller
Tim Miller

AMN looked like he didn’t know what to do with the ball… no clue whatsoever. Same as Iwobi. Licht is a squad player who came one a one-year contract to fill a gap, don’t worry about him. Worry about our “future” players instead…

Wengerballz
Wengerballz

I loled at Lichsteiners age comment and then I remembered I’m 35

rugrat
rugrat

i lol’d but i didnt remember that i’m 35 until i read your comment. thanks :/

Richard
Richard

I’m 39 but I look ten years younger than Lichtsteiner 😀

Wengerballz
Wengerballz

Actually I’m closer to 36
But in the meantime I’m still 35
Well at least I was for sure on the day I turned 35

Far East Stand
Far East Stand

Get your boots on! You’ve passed the entry requirements for this defence!

MeSoHornsey
MeSoHornsey

There’s nothing more Arsenal like (in the past 5 years) as watching your team play a team that is shit (and I mean they demonstrated numerous times how shit they were; Brighton really are a very limited side) but still dread the fact that your team is gonna tank from a simple long ball.

BUT. Patience is required. Emery needs the WHOLE season to gauge this side and this league. He’s got a B minus so far from me in his half term report.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Agree with the Ramsey rating, should have had a midfield of him, Torreira and Xhaka in the second half. Our reliance on Guendouzi is a little strange, talented as he is. We’re really struggling against direct teams atm and some of our defenders don’t look up to it physically.

A Different George
A Different George

Guedouzi will be a very good player in the future. Yesterday, he was awful–he kept dribbling the ball, then passing it back. Never made a quick pass, never advanced the attack. He seemed to have a lot of touches–and I think he was in part responsible for Ozil’s and then Ramsey’s lack of involvement.

Edzo
Edzo

Look at the new boss. Same as the old boss.

Time to stop subbing like a crazy person. Put the best 11 on the pitch and let them win or lose.

Mattman
Mattman

0/10 for Ozil not even attempting to cover the run of Locadia in the lead-up to the goal. He could see it happening and just didn’t even try. If that had anything to do with why Emery took him off, then I commend him.

Matt P
Matt P

Yes that was really lazy and poor

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

I thought the lineup was a bit too narrow but it was working until Ozil went off. Everybody who are saying he was bad should look again and watch him. I don’t say he was great but he was doing his job. He was one of the reasons we had chances in the first half. The second mistake was subbing Lacazette. He is our only player who can hold up a ball in the last third. It is also pointless to bring Ramsey on against a team who sits deep. He is usefull when he has space. The third weird decision was to move Xhaka back when we needed him in the midfield.

The goal was a result of many mistakes. Firstly the set up of the players was too risky. Only Guendouzi stayed behind. Lichtsteiner was just outside the box (the same was in the 2nd half). Traditionally two full backs stay at the back. Then it was a missed header from the Swiss but he had to go for it. The last mistake was from Leno who went out, stopped and then again went for the ball. He should have stayed on the line because Guendouzi was just quick enough. I don’t say that would prevent the goal but it would be a lot tougher to score.

I am getting fed up with Emery’s negativity. The expectations were always top 4 for this season but the biggest one was to keep playing free-flowing attacking football. We should be the one who are narrating the game. After all we are Arsenal. Don’t say it is a “process” because that is not an excuse for playing 5 at the back against Huddersfield and playing 3 rigid midfielders against Brighton. Why people think that will change when he gets his “own” players. He always played the same way why he would change now? Also why people think he is the one who could lead Arsenal forward. His past record don’t say that. He may have a good record in Europa League but long term he has never built a team which was successful in the league. I am starting to think he is not a right man for the job. Being a nice guy is sometimes not enough.

kas
kas

if your a Valencia or Seville, then Emery is fine. But if you aspire to higher things then we needed a boss on his way up the ladder like Klopp & Poch were. We’ve got a boss who’s been at a mega rich club & was dumped. What surprised me was that it seemed days after getting the boot he was our new boss. Most coaches take awhile off.

Martin
Martin

He wasn’t dumped after winning a double and a treble. Half a season where we have shown a massive improvement and already writing off the manager

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

If we lose against Liverpool than that improvement will be 1 point, worse football and 70 millions spent.

Milo
Milo

I think if you look at expected goals scored and conceded, we haven’t been much better than last season, although it would be interesting to have this confirmed. The positive changes in my eyes have been largely driven by transfers that have little to do with Emery.

HamiltonGunner
HamiltonGunner

What is this massive improvement you speak of? I think k a few wins and a winless run have blinded you to the reality that we don’t play much better under Emry. We have the same fundamental mistakes we had under Wenger, we still are naive defensively. What is Emry’s philosophy aside from working harder and playing from the back. I am not saying Emry out, but I am unconvinced. The only game we looked a different team was against Tottenham and we did not use that performance as a springboard to bigger and better things.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

The irony is we are still terrible defensively when were trying to be defensive.

Reality check
Reality check

Not convinced with Guendouzi yet. The boy can pick a pass if given a bit of time but other than that he can’t dictate the play, keeps running around leaving gaps in defensive lines and is extremely slow almost runs in slow motion and once you knock the ball past him he’s not recovering.

Runzac
Runzac

I agree 100%. Nowhere ready and Ramsey on the bench. I get that he’s leaving but he should play more.

jon

His fantastic pass to Pierre-Emerick.. should have been 2-0.

Reality check
Reality check

I did say he can pick a pass. I was just pointing out other weaker aspects in his game, some can be improved on over time like defense but not his pace.

Tony Adams Nose
Tony Adams Nose

He’s 19 FFS

Billy Enfield
Billy Enfield

Lol @ Reality. He cannot run any faster cuz it messes up his hair and he fails to look like Pam Tits on Baywatch

SB Still
SB Still

Apart from the defensive frailties, the lack of winning mentality also seems to have carried over from Wenger’s last couple of years!

It was a big opportunity to get into the top 4 spots and even a sniff of the title race today but we didn’t take it.

Paul Smith
Paul Smith

Guendouzi takes far too long on the ball. He’s got to move it quicker than he is at the moment. Too many touches….Liverpool will be all over him like a rash. If Laca and Auba are going to play then we need a lot more movement from them….A LOT

Dave Ingram
Dave Ingram

Yes and no. the times I saw him slow in the ball, he was surrounded by Brighton players and no Arsenal players made themselves available!.. after 15 minutes I thought we should win the game… then poof.. we started passing sideways and backwards.. Why was PEA collecting the ball to give to the wide players? We often seemed to trip over our own players, and allow Brighton to run with the ball at will. Why always pass back to the keeper even from a free kick in the opposition half, draw Brighton forward then Leno has to kick out for a Brighton throw or long so Brighton can attack.

Tony Adams Nose
Tony Adams Nose

This Liverpool side has taken 3 or 4 years and a shed load of money to build. City has given them a massive incentive to go on and win the premiership since before it was the premiership. This is a game no team in the league would fancy. Not being able to get past Brighton does not bode well for whats to come. If Emery doesn’t get his starting 11 and tactics right for this one, we will be on the wrong end of a drubbing. Biggest test for our new manger since the opening two games.

The lawyer
The lawyer

Ramsey 6?!?!

A Fleeting Glimpse
A Fleeting Glimpse

😂😂

Stephen
Stephen

Iwobi really doesn’t cut it. I don’t think he’ll get to a level we need our forwards to play at.

John Lavery

It is time to cut Iwobi loose, he has had a lot of chances and really shows very little improvement. We need Perisic out on that left wing or someone who is a specialist winger. Time to loosen the purse strings.

atom
atom

Tough day but on the whole season is going pretty well – the team looks much tougher mentally as we don’t crumble anymore when things go wrong. This is the type of game we would have lost last season. That said we desperately need a new LB and CB in the January transfer window. That would let us go back to a back 4 & add an extra midfielder which could free up Ozil or Ramsey to focus on being a number 10. We also need a winger as Iwobi just has so little end product & Mikh really hasn’t delivered much this season either. I like Ozil – when he’s on the top of his game he’s amazing. BUT there are just too many games like this where you really wouldn’t miss him if he weren’t there. I can’t help but think the more I watch him that if there were a genuine way to swap him for an Isco or someone it might really benefit the team. We would miss the truly magical moments he occasionally creates, but a much more consistent creative force might be better for the team.

Tim Miller
Tim Miller

Seriously, you’re going to single out Licht for the goal? Sure, he mistimed a difficult header, and that’s a mistake. But I’d rather worry about why the team regularly offers the opposition lethal counter opportunities when they’re one goal up. I’d say that’s on the manager.

Irrational Gunner

My son’s u-11 team would have snuffed that out. How much experience do you fucking want?

A Different George
A Different George

He didn’t just mistime a difficult header. He played it brilliantly into the most dangerous place possible.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Honestly I feel a lot of the issues people are highlighting with the team is due to fatigue. We look every bit the team that has simply played way too many games. Guendouzi has played way more than he should (and is still too young), Torreira and Xhaka look spent after 30mins. Auba the same. Ozil was okay, but if Emery’s sub was because of his lack of tracking for the Brighton goal, then I can imagine how annoying that can be. Ozil clearly smelt the danger and was tracking him, but as soon as the player ventured into our final third, he just hung back expecting someone else to deal with it so he can be ready to receive the ball, rather than tracking the player all the way (something we say even Auba, our striker do).

If I do have a small criticism of Emery, is that I wish he rotated just a bit more, earlier into the season and also used just some of our youth. Frankly, would rather see Jenkinson at RB than Litch at this point.

Leftie

I’m content with the outcome, but only because of Lichsteiner’s age joke. You have to remember, though, that until January 16th he is 83 and not 84, because that’s how it works.

N10
N10

After Auba’s first goal I was sure we’d popped the cork. I had visions of a 4 or 5 goal tour de force. Instead we just did fuck all for oh, the rest of the game.

I gave Emery a year the second he signed that 3-year contract. He’s working with a lot of variables. He put on Iwobi because he felt we need more physicality upfront. AMN shit the bed. Laca should have stayed on. Lichsteiner and Kos were surprise starts for me.

Jenko deserves some playing time soon. Stick with a back three and try AMN at RWB.

We’ve got to do better at Anfield. It could get ugly.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

I like Guendouzi but he gets in the way, literally of Xhaxa and Torreira. Add Ramsey and Iwobi who also drift inside and you get the clusterfuck of no creativity we saw in the 2nd half. Why can no one beat the first fucking man . The Rbs got into good positions and refused to find a decent cross. All to slow and tepid and you could tell the players didn’t want to be there. First game under Emery where i have seen a lack of effort or the willingness to do Something.

Lichsteiner's Bus Pass
Lichsteiner's Bus Pass

It does seem like a poor perfromance today and was frustrating to watch. Also worth remembering we lost 1-2 last time we played Brighton away in March.

Gary Baldy
Gary Baldy

Personally, I blame the kit.

What a fucking awful hotch-potch of a design. I’m not convinced it would inspire me, wearing that, playing for Arsenal.
Maybe if I was a Sunday League team and it was the only one left in the shop . . . but even then.

Sorry, was I supposed to mention the players or the manager in some sort of critique of the decisions made or performance given ?

Okay, if you insist. I thought we looked tired after the first 10 minutes and after Auba missed his second big chance. I suspect he missed becaused he looked at the kit and realised the colours we were wearing looked shit, I think the rest of the team had a similar epihany.

Okay, I’m done.

A Different George
A Different George

It is indeed annoying to wear a kit like that when the red and white home kit would have made a perfect contrast with Brighton. (The referees’ shirts were Arsenal red.)

Mpls
Mpls

Ha! Commented to my brother on the kit right at the start – Thought we looked like a bowl of mixed berries. Played like one too.

Freddie
Freddie

Iwobi!! why does Emery play him at all? He doesnt doesnt create any attacking and does NOT run and fight… Let someone else play, cannot get worse..
Iwobi wont get us til top 4…

John Lavery

Yes, why not play one of those kids, like Eddie or Sako, they would have to be better than Iwobi, surely.

Anthony Hylton
Anthony Hylton

We need to sign someone like adama traore. We lack speed in the team. Someone that scares the opposing team. Aubaymeyang is a poacher. We haven’t had wide players who score consistently since walcott and sanchez have left.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Last season Brighton beat us, but this time we got a draw – disappointing definitely, but hardly a hanging offence.
When the substitutions work Emery is hailed as a genius and when they don’t everyone wants his blood, but it’s only the result that lets us decide whether they worked or not…right?

Seb
Seb

Blogs, I think xg could come in handy when you’re assessing Aubameyang. His xg in the league this season is 9.32, and he’s scored 13 goals, so he doesn’t actually miss too many chances. It would appear he scores more than one would expect. Every striker misses chances, accept it’s going to happen. It’s just that we remember the costly ones and magnify them.

shmish

The problems start at the back. Every time Xhaka moves to the back 4, things go downhill. Monreal, Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding… seriously.

Dholio
Dholio

Ozil off at HT? Admittedly he wasn’t imposing himself in the 1st half, but this guy just needs a touch or two to turn water into wine. No shots on target in the 2nd half was the result.
Lichtsteiner wasn’t great but we have to stop playing to him as if he was Bellerin.
Hope these Ramsey to PSG rumours are true. Any money for Ramsey to reinvest in the squad is a bonus.
I love Kos, but he ain’t match ready yet.
Am I the only one that thinks Cech should start at Anfield?

Ravi
Ravi

We were so bad at set pieces too. Sometimes when you are not playing well you rely on set pieces to score goals but our corners were pathetic today

A Different George
A Different George

I thought almost all our corners were excellent: hard, low and into the area. Maybe I am remembering wrong.

RockemsockemJockem
RockemsockemJockem

Two points:
(1) can our stats man keep track of how many corners Xhaka fails to kick over the first man? Maybe 1 or 2 of those is a set piece, but it’s a total waste, and you have to take that into consideration for enabling counter attacks and wasting opportunities.

(2) Iwobi can receive the ball under pressure and link it to an overlapping run at full pace. That is not mid-table stuff. That is top table stuff if he had a winger who was capable of then delivering on that through pass. He works much harder defensively than Ozil, and he looks to create. Don’t blame him for that.

goonshow
goonshow

Check Iwobi’s tackle stats over the past 3 seasons… it’s averages LESS than one per game!!!! He is the worst in the entire PL when it comes to any form of defending.

Billy Enfield
Billy Enfield

This post is hilarious. Iwobi’s lovers find (for our goal we conceded) Xhaka at fault even when he is delivering corners … It’s better than Only Fools And Horses!!!
Who are these people? Trigger?

Nameless_Gooner
Nameless_Gooner

I thought the reason he brought in Iwobi for Ozil was because Iwobi tends to combine well with Kolasinac in releasing the man to cross.. who admittedly has been one of our main chance creators..

What went wrong was though he played LB instead of LWB and Brighton in general filled up lots of holes and worked really hard..

In the first half Lich got to cross the ball half a dozen times and was very very wasteful..

If you think abt it, the main source of our goals have been through crosses and pressing high up the pitch..

Also our game play in general seems to be better when we are chasing the game.. when we lead, we always tend to slow it down and invite pressure instead of killing the game.. some kind of mental thing? Man we’re missing Holding though badly..

A Different George
A Different George

Because, we know, Ozil never combines well with Kolasinac. Ozil’s problem is that he never sees those runs that Kolasinac makes or, even if he see them, he doesn’t have the talent to thread them through every defender and put it onto Kolasinac’s foot. That’s the reason Kolasinac doesn’t even make those runs when Ozil has the ball.

shotthesheriff

I don’t know that Lichsteiner is that old. Thanks for the information.

santori
santori

Rare instance Emery got his tactics and subs wrong today.

Thought we should have started 3 at the back considering combined age of Lichsteiner- Sokratis- Koscielny would have been 96yrs.

Would have been better to have had AMN to provide cover for Lichsteiner and it would have released Koalsinac better for forward forays.

Whole team was disjointed and lacklustre.

Never felt Lichsteiner was the best choice last summer considering age.

Also although Auba is leading striker in league, he still needs to be sharper with chances (two squandered after his goal)

Ozil I thought was creating chances for us and directing our attack reasonably well. Also Laca was competitive and his ability to hold the ball or challenge for possession led to our goal.

All round a bit of a confused performance.

We need to shake this off quickly with Liverpool coming up.

santori
santori

Need a wide player right side (particularly with no Mhkitaryan even)

Also need a central mid. As good as Guendouzi has been, still need a player who can travel with the ball better up the pitch.

Granit isn’t the best option in defense but he is getting the hang of it in a back 3 on left side. At very least with Mustafi returning we have it to work something out. Mavropanos another potential albeit again untried too most extent even if some people tend to be a bit over enthusiastic about him without much prove to fact.

Its in central midfield where IMO we need to worry a bit and make sure we keep the engine going.

santori
santori

And why people tend to focus on certain players like Iwobi?

Torreira wasn’t effective today either.

No Mustafi and we are still same as ever.

The issues are deeper than these people tend to like to imagine.

George
George

Mentally weak performance and some shocking subs.

I really can’t stand Lichtsteiner.

And I have just been sleeping, or has Alan Smith always been such a bitter prick?

karl
karl

As soon as we scored the team went into negative “arc” football, constantly trying to retain possession with sideway and backwards passing. The opportunity to keep the momentum up was lost.

Merlin’s Panini
Merlin’s Panini

I’m really getting tired of seeing Xhaka moved to centre back in every game. It really takes a lot of quality out of the midfield. He and Torreira should remain alongside each other. It was working well until this. I know there is a lack of personnel at the back but I’d rather we even put Elneny or Jenkinson at centre back and keep Xhaka in midfield.
I think Emery is a smart man and he must realise his decisions were poor today. It’s a big two points dropped but this kind of result happens in December/January. There are always some weird ones for all teams around this time.

Jack gunner
Jack gunner

Our little terrier was easily swiped aside. There is no doubt about the ferocity of a
terrier but in a fight with a mastiff it would lose.
That’s why Emery shd sign guys at least 180 cm tall.The invincibles were rarely
bulldozed and went to blaze a trail of glory.

TheMerse1985
TheMerse1985

Ghendouzi-Xhaka-Torreira all on at the same time just doesn’t work for me. Torreira then moves forward, and whilst he does a job there, we miss him as the real holding player. We lack width and anyone willing to run beyond.

Hopefully something that might be remedied by a couple of players returning from injury and an acquisition or two.