Emery on a tough win, Dyche’s accusation and Ozil

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Unai Emery says his players had prepared for a physical afternoon against Burnley as Arsenal got back to winning ways with a 3-1 victory at the Emirates.

A clinical brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang set up the victory although it wasn’t until Alex Iwobi’s stoppage time third that the Gunners were able to relax.

Having lost their unbeaten run last weekend, the home side had a wobble after Ashley Barnes reduced the deficit but did just enough to secure the points.

“We expected that [a physical battle],” Emery told Sky Sports.

“We prepared the match for their moments with long balls, second action pushing, they have also players with quality but we wanted to win the first balls with the duels.

“They have attacking players who created problems for us in the match. Then we needed to impose our planned game, but we couldn’t do it for the 90 minutes, but we worked very well today.

“It was a tough match, like we were expecting. We’re really happy for the victory.

Physically, that’s football. You need to be strong and we can do that. All the big teams need to impose with quality, with physicality and also with the duels. Today, I think we can impose in our moment the planned game and the victory is a consequence of this.

Sean Dyche in his post-game comments accused Arsenal’s players of diving to win free-kicks at key moments of the game. Emery, naturally, jumped to the defence of his men.

“I am not agreeing with him [Dyche]. I am for the first time in the Premier League and we need  respect for the referee.”

The boss also reserved a word for Mesut Ozil, who played a vital role in both the first and last goals.

“Ozil played very well, we want a Mesut like today,” he said.

“Today we won, tomorrow we have off then we will prepare for the next game against Brighton.”

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Pedant
Pedant

Dyche is a tool, Ozil is a class player, glad to have him back.

City and Chelsea losing, hope that continues.

SB Still
SB Still

Brilliant, it has!

Pedant
Pedant

For the next few matches I mean. Liverpool and Sp*rs too

afan
afan

ozil had, NO effect on the game, he had a 4 out of 10 performance game, at home to 2nd from bottom burnley, I don’t think you can call that class

arsepedant
arsepedant

What on earth would you know about class?

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner

He’s a troll. Don’t feed him.

A P
A P

I actually think he is Jack in disguise, going by his rants from back when we still had Wilshere.

Martin
Martin

He was instrumental in 2 of the goals and played a true captain’s part. He worked hard and was very physical too. We know you don’t rate him so you will never see the good in him. To me a 7 out of 10 performance.

George
George

You’re a long way from Wembley…

RonnieRooke
RonnieRooke

A foul in Dyche’s mentality is a full blown kick in the head. What a fucking whinger.

Goonerink

Unless it’s John Terry’s face.

SB Still
SB Still

Emery & Ozil is no Mourinho vs Pogba situation. Both the gunners men have more sense for starters.

kaius
kaius

Absolutely. Emery giving him the armband and Özil delivering for 2 of the 3 goals.

Mourinho, the specialist in unemployment, could never.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Mourinho is a cunt.

Sr Mix-a-Lot
Sr Mix-a-Lot

A large lady flower he is Sr

Jason daniels
Jason daniels

Ozil is an issue. Why are u so blinded. The fact that his salary is mentioned is an issue. Im surprised guendouzi respects him

Martin
Martin

I’m always surprised by idiot comments by our so called supporters

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

What are your thoughts Martin on our ‘so called supporters’ who categorically state Leno is going to cost us loads of points cos ‘he’s just not good enough?

Martin
Martin

If he doesn’t improve on his handling of crosses he will cost us points. However I thought he was good today. I didn’t say one can’t criticise a player but not unfairly as Rich did

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

So to sum up…it’s ok to criticise players you don’t like but not ones you do ? Or only if they criticise within your whatever your definition of ‘unfair’ is ?

ATG
ATG

Leno made an a very important save and kept us level, our defense is the one that has issues in my eyes not the keeper!

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

“Why are u so blinded”

Isn’t that a song by Prince?

SFGiants
SFGiants

WTF does this even mean?

Don't boo Paul Davis
Don't boo Paul Davis

It must mean something

Mpls
Mpls

Maybe it’s one of those code breaker puzzles.

Tony Adams Nose
Tony Adams Nose

It is not the same as a Mourinho V Pogba situation true. But, what is interesting is the reasoning behind Emery’s selection of Ozil. He said the Spuds game was “too physical for Ozil”. If so then what the hell was he doing playing him against that fouling rabble? No for me it’s tactics. Is it that if Emery wants to play a certain way he feels it’s not going to suite Ozil, then he doesn’t play him? If so I think he got it wrong against the scum last week. We needed creativity which Ozil brings. I though he played well against Burnley and without his drive into the box for our third, it would have been a very uncomfortable five minutes of extra time. I not sure if we have another player on our roster that could have pulled that run off let alone managed to get the ball to Iwobi. That’s what Ozil brings you on the days he shows up.

Badaab
Badaab

Sean Dyche accusing other players of diving is rich, considering how reliant on soft free kicks and rotational fouling his cloggers are. Hoping they’re relegated this season.

FatArse
FatArse

Utter nob that guy. Their rabble are nasty, cunning fowler’s. That Barnes blockhead fouled a player with pretty much every touch. Get some perspective Dyche.

On another note altogether… Anyone else think Dyche looks like one of the cat-nappers out of the Church Mice books by Graham Oakley?! 😂

Santi’s Smile
Santi’s Smile

I hope they stay up. We always best them. Would rather see Southampton go down. They take too many points from us.

thw14
thw14

Has Emery figured out this Ozil thing? Surely he can’t have. If he has, damn, that is some impressive management on the edge.

Parisian Weetabix
Parisian Weetabix

Completely agree with this. He seems to be incredibly shrewd in his judgement of the situation, to the benefit of the team.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Don’t mean to burst your bubble but this was a really poor Burnley side at home. Ozil ain’t out of the woods yet, though his performance today will do him no harm. Let’s see this Ozil at Anfield in a week’s time.

thw14
thw14

Didn’t mean to suggest Ozil is in world-conquering form.

I just assumed that he was going to continue not playing, except in emergencies when we’re chasing a game or something, and that we are at the beginning of a saga.

It’s still quite possible that we are, but the fact that he’s started a game and found praise from the manager is atleast a step in the right direction.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Looks a step in the right direction for sure but who knows? All I’m saying is it will be interesting to see if he’s used at Anfield.

It could be that Ozil was central to Emery’s plans all along and leaving him out of the side to face Spurs was just an attempt to gee him up. But if you take Emery at his word, and leaving Ozil out was “tactical”, then that suggests he might only pick Ozil against very defensive sides looking to knick a point, rather than the big teams who’ll come after us. Hopefully we’ll have a clearer picture by new year.

Mpls
Mpls

? Ozil played quite well against Liverpool at the Emirates. We totally bossed the possession and gave them a hell of a match, could’ve won it. Ozil was instrumental and especially in the first half he had them soiling their shorts.

So yeah, the “doesn’t show up for the big matches” isn’t true.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

“Ozil was instrumental and especially in the first half he had them soiling their shorts.”

Ok that’s more than a little revisionist and disingenuous, isn’t it? From what I recall he played ok but wasn’t amazing. And Blogs even gave him a 6/10 in the player ratings, saying “Ozil-ish in a big game”.

https://arseblog.news/2018/11/arsenal-1-1-liverpool-player-ratings/

And even if he was exceptional in that game (and he wasn’t) that would only be the exception that proved the rule. He was as bad as anyone against City and Chelsea, and absent for Sp*rs and United. Now I’m not saying he’s never played well for us in big games, Sp*rs at home last season comes to mind and Chelsea the season before, but he’s nowhere near consistent enough with it. For your star player, on star player wages, you expect more.

Mpls
Mpls

Go back and watch that first half. Not disingenuous or revisionist at all. He should have had a couple of assists before halftime.

Pkub
Pkub

Well that’s a sucesful Saturday… 3 points at home, Chelsea lost, Man City lost, hopefully Cardiff will put Man U in their place now.

On another note, I’m fu*king disgusted with some of the fans in the comments sections (not specifically here) giving absolute rubbish to Emery, calling names etc etc. After 22 unbeaten & two unfortune losses in a row, instead of supporting him they gave him abuse. Grow up, can’t expect him to do miracles when we’ve been hit with such injuries in our back line. Rant over lol

Merry Xmas y’all. Have a good one.

Martin
Martin

Sadly we have some or the most toxic fans in the country. Knee jerk reactions without thought. I know they are in a minority but it’s sickening

hesgotyellowbootson
hesgotyellowbootson

you just can’t take them seriously, some of it is very embarrassing though. kremlin bots perhaps….?

Pkk
Pkk

Martin – agree its sickening & hoesntly makes my blood boil.
But could be worse, if you want to have a good laugh go on to Man City page and read the comments on their posts. Mahrez brought some quality fans with him. Nevertheless, it’s entertaining lol!

Pkub
Pkub

* Blogs, minor issue, name changes when I write a new comment & when I reply to a comment? From Pkub to Pkk, I guess just a minor glitch?

Rochester
Rochester

Totally agree and Merry Christmas to you as well!

Thesoulofpdavis
Thesoulofpdavis

Very true. Emery has come in to an Arsenal team that can’t defend and if it wasn’t for Sokratis the situation would be worse. Emery needs time and patience to address this defence. This won’t be fixed overnight.

daniel
daniel

in Rob Holding Emery seemed to find the kind of defender that fits his style, his injury has given us problems, thats rubbish luck, nothing Emery can do about it

Rich
Rich

Emery is a class act and he’s exceeding expectations, he needs to be given time, if he gets us into the top4? He will have performed a minor miracle.
Really hope the club back him with a couple of shrewd signings in January.

Eric Blair
Eric Blair

About 10 years ago I had the misfortune of having to work with an utter moron of a man utd fan who confided in me that he and others were flooding Arsenal boards in order to turn Arsenal fans on each other.

Now, he was a giant sad twat so although I thought him capable of it I never really believed him, but I’ve always wondered.

Mekus
Mekus

That thought has crossed my mind too +though not centered on Man U).

Sank
Sank

I have really started liking this man. He looks well planned and always says the right words.

Hope he gets the team he wants to create. With Chelsea and Man City home loss, it feels no team is invincible today.

COYG!!!!!

momozemio
momozemio

In the meantime, Citey and Chelski had fun at home….😀
Monreal apart, this looks si far like a good wknd at the office!
Emery Xmas All!!

Francesc
Francesc

Ozil should definitely play in all our home games. Away games, can live without him.

Bob
Bob

There is a touch of the bastard to emery that seems to be permeating through the squad as well. I like it haha.

ScotchEggsRule
ScotchEggsRule

I suppose Guendouzi “dived” while having his chest stepped on, eh Sean?

Dyche needs to stfu and worry about his own team. Nothing but a cheap Stoke rip off.

Parisian Weetabix
Parisian Weetabix

I’m fascinated by the Ozil situation. Because no-one’s said anything explicitly to make sense of it all anyone can do is speculate, and it makes sense to speculate there’s a rift between Ozil and Emery… only there’s absolutely no sign that that’s the case. Look how happy Ozil was when Iwobi scored. That’s not a man who’s unhappy with his situation – on the contrary, Ozil’s body language when he’s played this season has been as relaxed and joyful as I’ve ever really seen him. Nor has he at any point spoken out against the manager, nor the manager against him. It’s almost as though they’re both perfectly content that he was left out of the Sp*rs game for tactical reasons, in which case… good management, I guess.

I think what’s most fascinating is that everyone’s been assuming for the past week that this is the first managerial faux pas Emery’s made. Yet judging by this performance, it was actually a brilliant piece of management all along. I’m still not sure Ozil’s wages can be justified if he’s only going to play the odd home match, but if only playing him for the odd home match is what’s best for the team, then you can’t really fault Emery for taking that view. It’s not a perfect situation by any stretch, it’s actually a very complex one, but as far as I can see Emery is managing it just about as well as he possibly could, for the benefit of the team.

I don’t want to jinx it, and I haven’t a clue how it’ll turn out with Ozil, but I’m starting to really get the impression that we’ve got a seriously canny manager.

A Different George
A Different George

I have been wondering if Ozil has been having serious emotional issues. We know football players are not immune to this, and Ozil has had a horrendous time in the past six months relating to his whole identity–a hero in his country who then had much of the country turn on him in the most abusive and psychologically destructive manner possible.

I don’t have any special knowledge about this, but it would help explain both the mysterious illnesses and absences, and the joy he displays when he does play. Some of Emery’s decisions that seem absolutely bizarre make sense as an attempt to protect Ozil.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Dont kno why this hasn’t been discussed by any punditry team. They seem to love the pantomine and gossip.

Mpls
Mpls

Depth isn’t exactly something pundits are renowned for.

MeSoHornsey
MeSoHornsey

Dyche’s team were quite obviously told to rough us up in the 2nd half.

There was one particular nasty incident where one of their oafs kneed Guendouzi in the spine ‘accidentally on purpose’ during an aerial challenge.

If anything our players didn’t complain enough, Matteo gets fouled constantly in our games, it’s pretty clear he’s targeted, I’m slightly worried for him actually as it reminds me of exactly how a young Jack Wilshire used to be totally unprotected by refs.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

He’s a big strong lump though. And he also seems capable of handling it back. For his young age he is surprisingly fearless and mature.

Bob
Bob

The oaf you are referencing was the same prick that tried to stick Papa in a headlock…how that cunt was still on the pitch to score is a fucking mystery.

Mpls
Mpls

That was Ashley Barnes again. No way he should have been on the field long enough to get to a substitution. Should’ve seen second yellow on at least 2 other occasions. And the same one who later put his cleats on Guendouzi’s chest.

The other I thought beyond the pale was Dyche complaining about a foul called when some cunt came running full tilt at Xhaka and put his arm straight into the back of his head.

Jack4343
Jack4343

Dyche is a gravel mouthed twat. That is all.

Swiss Arsenal Fan
Swiss Arsenal Fan

What I realized again was our awful defence. Always struggling to defend properly😑 Our buildup play was almost nonexistent –> hard times for the midfield to shine. So all in all I think we lack defensive qualities. Other than that we should buy a quality winger.

Jason daniels
Jason daniels

I dont want ozil. He was wanting the whole game. Lazy and half arsed. Liverpool got players ready to die for klopp. We need rabiott and douglas costs

RichT
RichT

Douglas does indeed cost. None of Liverpool’s players would die for Klopp. They’re just three seasons in to his methods. It didn’t click straight away up there.

Martin
Martin

So the fact he was involved in two of the goals means nothing. He has never been lazy and worked as hard as any other player as he usually does. On this form he srmtill has An important part to play this season

N10
N10

I’ve been harsh on Ozil myself. And I will continue to be as long as he has a strop while taking in more money weekly than most people do in a decade.

But he was great today. Feed to Kola, then forcing a 3 on 1 with an advance and a shot. He put in a damn good shift.

A Different George
A Different George

Because no one creates more harmony in the changing room than Rabiot.

Mpls
Mpls

Try again. Ozil made both of Auba’s goals.

Jason daniels
Jason daniels

None of u farts mention the men of the hour. Socratis aubameyang and sead

btw
btw

Why talk about their good performances when we can talk about Ozil, Ozil, Ozil

N10
N10

If #11 can get with the program and just put his beefs aside to enjoy the lifelong dream of millions, getting rich playing soccer, we’d all be better off.

Dyche is a wanker, next.

N10
N10

#10 now

Jason daniels
Jason daniels

If we plauly ozil againsy pool we will loose. We need mhki and torreira to start

Another Paul
Another Paul

Please go away !

Espen
Espen

Maybe we would loose against Ozil Againsy Pool. But why worry about a team that doesn’t excist?

DEN10
DEN10

You’re an idiot! and Are you Paul Daniels senile uglier evil twin?

Mpls
Mpls

I think it’s Ashley Barnes.

Chamakhyungpark
Chamakhyungpark

Ozil is more efficient than Mhki. No argument

Buteo
Buteo

I just don’t get it….
Still a lot of negative comments on a day like this. We will loose next time Ozil play against a big team etc. bla bla….
Why not enjoy the victory and chill.
Cheers and have Emery Christmas

SFGiants
SFGiants

I listened to Dyche’s post-game interview, and he is either massively deluded or one of the biggest liars in the game. He is, in either case, one enormous dick. His name shall henceforth be Sam Douche.

Galtee gunner
Galtee gunner

I really like how our players stand up for each other now. Kolasinac is a tank and when he runs into defend his mates the opposition soon look for the exits. I also love Socratis. There’s a devilment in his play that makes me smile. Re the diving, I’ve not watched the game back but there are occasions when Guendouzi gets his body between the ball and an opponent and falls down. It is quite annoying as he will nit always win the free and will simply concede possession or get booked for diving ir grabbing the ball.
There’s a grit in this team. When we conceded under Arsene we too often crumbled. I’m thinking of 4 all vs Newcastle. Game v Spurs, Monaco at home. So far this season we concede and then fight back to score ourselves

Santori
Santori

Sean Dyche is a pillock.

How the Ref did not send Barnes off is beyond me.

Guendouzi did not make a meal of being stepped on or Barnes would have been off. Too honest our young Frenchman.

Burnley offerd not much beyond hurly burly.

BUT we had to be tough to hang in this game so kudos to our players for showing the fight including (YES) Ozil.

Good and vital 3 points, Auba back to being “world Class” and top of the pops.

If Burnley are relegated, they won’t be missed.

Santori
Santori

Ozil :

Well well… as I mentioned, we should wait to this weekend to see if there is any fire to the ‘smoke’ being blown by the spurious press and some people who want to believe those stories.

Didn’t see anything wrong with Mesut.

In fact it is a BONUS to have some one of his capability.

I’ve said it before, I’d much rather keep Ozil AND Ramsey and sell Mhkitaryan.

Involved for two goals today, showed some fight and spirit leading the team, not sure why some want to be rid of him so easily unless their minds are numb from listening to usual pundits.

We lined up today tactically back 4 with Ozil supporting two strikers.

I think we switched to back 3 partially bc of Monreal (As mentioned many times he is not getting younger) and also because of their set up with two pressuring our Cbacks (particularly the nuisance Barnes)

But thereafter we switched to two supporting Aubameyang with Ozil right and Iwobi left.

In these kind of contest against teams willing to cede territory and congest space around their box, Ozil is the key to unlocking defenses.

Particularly with the first goal, it was his short exchange with AMN and trhen the gorgeously weighted ball to Kolasinac that made the diff.

Good job today. It was a tough assignment you’d expect him to cower or shrivel from but he kept in it and drove us forward to the very end with the third.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Remember them touting Dyche for the Arsenal job this time last year. The guy is worse than Pulis and that other fat fucker. At least they know they play orc shite football, Dyche thinks he is revolutionary, the cunt.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

‘Remember them touting Dyche for the Arsenal job this time last year’

That is simply a massive lie. Come on man; I know in this Trump led world most things goes in terms of truth but please. Have some dignity.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

You have some dignity and fact check before questioning mine..A simple “Dyche Arsenal Merson” into google…It was his suggestion but ALOT of the media latched onto it.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

I have to agree with Kwame here. I have no memory of the Ginger Sideline Strangler ever being suggested for any job at Arsenal.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

You guys seriously dont remember the english media pushing for Dyche because we were really bad defensively and he had Burnley at the time barely conceding. Around the time when they were saying english managers dont get top 6 club opportunites. I was disgusted that one of them was Merson.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

I don’t but it wouldn’t surprise me. I mean the English media is the English media. Best ignored.

As long as no or at least not too many fans were suggesting him.

Santori
Santori

The other thing that continuously baffles me is the short corner routine.

What discernable advantage did we derive from playing the short corner that eventually went all the way back to Leno. Any advantage was lost with the opponents already telegraphed to our intentions.

At one point instead of conspiring to play side to side in days gone by, we were playing front to back.

Any high pressing game will present opportunities to get behind the press in the open spaces.

We switched to a supporting brace behind the main striker in Iwobi and Ozil precisely to counter their forward pressure.

I feel we have yet to garner maximum benefit and it is still work in progress.

But the short corner routine needs a bit ore nuance. Otherwise we are better off having Ozil or Granit deliver a dangerous ball into the box.

Granit’s corners against Spurts previous game were very HIGH quality and gave them problems.

Perhaps the absence of Mustafi shied us away from putting it into the box? I find no reason why we were not launching balls in and prepared to pick off the second ball.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Think they realized just putting the ball into the box wouldnt work against the orcs. Last couple of games have been poor but prior to that our corner routines have been decent even a few well choreographed straight off the training ground. That one that went all the way back to Leno was incredibly bad.

scott rice
scott rice

I agree. Too many short corners. I’ve noticed in earlier games that some of our corners end up being passed back to Leno within a few passes. Frustrating for us as fans. Also must be rather frustrating for the centre backs who have wasted a trip into the opposition penalty area.

Tungor_Adams
Tungor_Adams

To what extern özil had a great game, he is clearly not material to provide our team with the spine a player of his stature requires. Pls let him go in January, to allow our team to grow without the insufficiently met expectation of Mesut to lead the way

MrT
MrT

Keep playing the 4-3-1-2 system Mr Emery. The players won’t disappoint you. #Ozil #Captain

Yankee Gooner
Yankee Gooner

I’m starting to suspect that Silent Stan has a fleet of (obviously unpaid) interns whose job is to poison social media about Özil to force his departure.

Dave Cee
Dave Cee

Decent game today. Was happy with how the tram stood up to Burnley.s *cough* physical tactics. Lost some respect for Dyche post match..what a fucking delusional interview talking about diving..claiming his players were nowhere near ours as they fell down. The dirty bastards kicked lumps out of Guendouzi and Maitland Niles in particular. And Xhaka did get get nudged and bumped when he fell down in OUR area
Impressed at how well Guendouzi maintained his composure given the kicking he took. Also nice to see Torreira and Sokratis give a little back in return. Xhaka has improved out of sight this seaon..actually looks a decent player these days