Emery: We can be optimists but it’s not easy today

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Unai Emery says Manchester City’s 3-1 win against Arsenal underlined the superiority of the Premier League reigning champions on an afternoon that saw the Gunners drop to sixth in the table.

Sergio Aguero set the tone for the afternoon with a goal after 48 seconds and although Laurent Koscielny found a leveller ten minutes later, the Spaniard’s side never looked like securing a surprise victory as they tired in the second half.

Aguero completed his hat-trick with strikes either side of the break, the second seemingly off his arm, as the visitors were made to pay for their defensive lapses.

“They showed their superiority today over 90 minutes,” Emery reflected in his post-game press conference.

“Above all, the second half cost us. In two different times in the first half we struggled, but together we were defensively strong in some moments. We gave ourselves a chance so that we could hopefully take the chance in the attacking third against them.

“We also needed to work hard and not concede chances inside our box. In the first half, we can look at it with some optimism but in the second half we tried to do something different to go up against them by creating more chances, more opportunities, with more players and possibilities on the pitch.

“But the second half was different. We were more open than we were in the first half and they have very fast players in the transition. I think they showed today, with the possession against us when our defensive position was very deep, they can score like they did in the first half.

“When we needed to attack a little more against them, opening the space in the transition, they showed they were better than us at the moment. The result is the difference between Manchester City and Arsenal today.”

It’s now over four years since Arsenal beat a top-six side away from home; an appalling record that suggests the players have a mental problem away from the comfort of the Emirates. Asked for his assessment, the Spaniard tried to put an optimistic spin on things.

“The mentality is the same with superiority or not having superiority in a game,” he said.

“When you are on the pitch, playing one team and in general they are better, the players feel that and we need to also be stronger little-by-little and when we can feel stronger with the ball, without the ball and together that our confidence is coming.

“Also the mentality is coming. But I think our players have mentality. But also, when we are worse than the opposition, we feel that and it’s negative on the pitch.

“For example, I said to you, there are good things with some players. I think we have players with a good present and future, who need time, need to take experience and need to play matches like today and lose and struggle. I think we can be optimists, but with this result it’s not easy.”

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Elixir
Elixir

Seriously..what is he saying? Can anyone translate in plain English?

kafkush
kafkush

Ya, I came on to say I don’t understand what he is saying. But it’s hard to work in a new language, and all that crap Gazidis was saying about his english will get better and better was more of the crap that Gazidis just says.
I find Emery funny sometimes, and plain opaque at others.
I don’t know what people downvoted for.

IamaGoober

He’s basically saying in a polite way that we did the best we could with what we had. But ultimately it was a very difficult game because City are a much stronger side than us currently. Although at times in the match we did show that we could compete with them. But the more expansive we tried to be, that ultimately cost us because City have really good players in the transition i.e. when we lose the ball, they have players which capitalize on it, they transition from defense into attack really efficiently.

With the mentality thing I interrupted that to mean, that nobody goes into a game wanting to lose. So no matter whether you’re playing a better team than you, that mentality is still the same. But when they’re on the pitch playing, the players are obviously finding out first hand that the team they are playing, are in fact, much better than them, which in-turn can sometimes cause players heads to drop. But that doesn’t mean to say that they’re weak mentally.

The positive spin he tried to put on it at the end to me was, that some of the younger players in the team who are our future, needed to experience matches like that for their development. So he’s most likely talking about Torriera and Guendouzi there.

Just my two pence

Jai
Jai

We really did hire another Wenger didn’t we?

The one thing we were meant to get right, the most important managerial hire for decades, and we have fucked it. Getting the guy who’s Sevilla teams shipped 50 or more goals in every La Liga season under him, and we’re surprised that Arsenal still have no clue how to defend? In every match we have played under Emery so far, we’ve been weak defensively. EVERY match. Absolutely ridiculous.

Edzo
Edzo

I hope we hired another Wenger who will win the league multiple times, a gazillion fa cups and get us to a champs final.

we should be so lucky.

but that won’t happen unless we spend like city, Liverpool and United. first start, rebuild our defense

Arshavin's Shadow
Arshavin's Shadow

@Jai…You don’t know what you’re talking about buddy. Stupid and disrespectful to a legend like Arsene Wenger.

Goonerooni 48
Goonerooni 48

You cannot win if your attacking duo lack service Senor Emery. So quit all this tinkering and play the likes of Ozil and Ramsey as much as you can.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Can’t be arsed about attacking in we concede in minute one.
He could possibly ask that team to go forward in numbers to score or create danger, not when we’re incapable of going thru 5 minute with conceding a shot on target.

Attacking Man City in that state is suicide.

ArsenalCheras
ArsenalCheras

Agreed with you 100%, how can we expect to compete when we have 1 defensive midfielder, 1 horizontal midfielder and 2 wingers that don’t create anything…..

Cannot get to my head why Emery thinks he can create upset without penetration midfielder like Ozil and Ramsey….

We have another empty cabinet this season and next season…

Dobby
Dobby

You mean like Wenger did? Take off your rose tinted spectacles for a minute.

Hantal
Hantal

Pretty frank and honest

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

I agree. We’ve got to hang in there and support the guy. We all know Liverpool and Man City are out of our league. They’ve spent big and have 2 of the top 5 managers in the world right now. If we attack, we get caught. If we defend, we seem unadventurous. We did ok today but Man City are a much better side. They tend not to limit themselves to loan deals and their behind the scenes staff are absolute pros. Let’s move on, accept there’s a long road ahead and not throw toys out the pram when the inevitable happens.

Irrational Gunner

Absolute pros at cooking the books between the owner’s assets and the team’s, you mean.

Deano

Are West Ham and Southampton out of our league? They were pretty abysmal performances too.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

I’d say we are closer to them than Man City. We’ve got a really badly balanced squad and we’ve been playing a lot of games with a lot of injuries. If we don’t get any worse than last, I take this season as a positive. Remember Moyes first season at Old Trafford?

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

We’ll live as one family, in sweet harmony, someday …

James
James

What?

Gunnermite
Gunnermite

My reaction exactly.
It’s even more depressing reading that post match comment than watching the match itself.

GraeB
GraeB

So many worrying comments in just one press statement.

Players with inferiority complex, tactics changed for the worse, pessimism, players not yet good enough.

Goonerink

“I think we have players with a good present and future, who need time, need to take experience and need to play matches like today and lose and struggle.”

He must be talking about the new boys?
I mean he knows what happened here last season yeah? So must be the new boys who need to lose.
Guendouzi comes from L2, Lichsteiner is ancient and torreria got knocked out of the wc this summer.

Maybe I miss wenger but if your press answer to losing is “sometimes it’s good to lose” maybe just maybe you aren’t inspiring the team enough?

Segun Goonereris
Segun Goonereris

Sometimes, Emery says the craziest things; may be down to his limitations with the language but it’s happened once too often. It doesn’t give your players the greatest motivation when you talk up the manager and players of the opponent before a key game where the points are crucial. For goodness sake, City have lost and drawn games on their patch this season and to sides we will beat, so it isn’t about superior quality but down to motivation and spirit.

We’ve beaten great city sides 3-0, 2-0 and 1-0 in the recent past, so we need to go back to what we did right then. It’s painful watching how we’ve become a team that can’t string 4 to 5 passes together, while our forwards don’t trust one another enough to pass into space; rather trying to pass to feet with consistent failure. Emery has to wake up to the fact he’s come to a club that has a reputation for giving it a go, even if we lose in the process.

Big Dave
Big Dave

Peps tactic: Exploit the left hand side because Lictchsteiner’s shit.
Emery’s tactic: Play Lichtchsteiner cause everyone knows he’s shit so City exploit their left hand side so Kolasinac might get a break on our LHS.

Tbh, most of our defence isn’t worthy of a place in a top six premier league side. Cut the bull shit and buy some top defenders in the summer to win the fans over…… and some points away from home!

GraeB
GraeB

Again, I think the players have ability but it’s the system and coaching that’s at fault. Are we saying our defenders are worse than those Newcastle put out midweek?

Atom
Atom

Graeb- some of these defenders (umm Mustafi and kolosniac) weree horrible under Wenger as well so more likely they simply can’t defend. Bellerin and holding both we’re making huge strides which points to coaching being a positive factor rather than the problem. I love Kos but someone his age coming off that type of injury should not have to play every game like he does

Naijagooner
Naijagooner

Personally i felt he should hv left iwobi with kolasinac on the left instead of playing him on the right…anyways we move on #COYG

Dobby
Dobby

Who else is emery going to play there? Carl Jenkinson? People are deluded if they honestly think he’s good enough to play in that game, I guess the fact he’s “not lichsteiner” is enough for some

Pat Rice and Beans
Pat Rice and Beans

There is little in the way of continuity in terms of style and personnel across the games.

The 343 formation is abhorrent.

Vince
Vince

In the next one year or two (probably two) we are going to be up there challenging for the title. With Guendouzi, Torreira playing like that today we have a solid foundation to build on. With Lacazette hitting prime years, all we need to do is reshuffle the defence and get decent wingers. The future is bright. Guardiola finished fourth in his first season, Klopp finished way lower – look at where they are now! They have been gradually improving, I don’t see us getting any worse. Only way is up. COYG! I wouldn’t be surprised if we get top 4 this season. We only have Man Utd at home and Sp*rs away as “tough” games left. Chelsea and United are yet to play each other, and they both have to face Liverpool and City. So advantage to us

Charles Charlie Charles
Charles Charlie Charles

A nice dream but with Stan and Son of Stan in charge that is never going to happen.

Vince
Vince

As much as they are sh*tty owners, if we play our cards right we could be challenging for the title in the next two years. Smart player sales and recouping the transfer fees on hidden gems. Plus I think we could really benefit from the Hale End crop of youngsters. In Smith Rowe, Reiss Nelson, Saka, Willock, Nketiah and Medley we have gems we could blood in and have a competitive team in 2 years

kaius
kaius

Love the positive outlook. Even with these painful defeats I’m enjoying this season much more than last season, where everything from January was one slow rolling nightmare. At our best this season, we’ve been sensational.

This summer we need to be ruthless with some senior players and put them on the market, and we need to recruit some seriously athletic defenders. We can’t keep having conservative transfer windows and the club knows it.

Buteo
Buteo

Didn’t expect us to challenge for the title in Emery’s first season, but was hoping for a little bit of improvement. After an ok start we are moving backwards. We are now as bad as we were… No improvements, and its hard to be optimistic.
Anyway, hope you’re right Vince
I really do!

Gunnermite
Gunnermite

It was even much more enjoyable when we had Cazorla and Coq playing in front of the defense. And last season we had to make do with Xhaka and Ramsey partnership. With what we are witnessing even with Torreira in this team, it’s frightening to imagine this team without him. Wenger with a quality DM like Torreira could have done a much better job than what we are seeing. At least he proved that with le Coq and Santi partnership until the injuries set in. Hate him all you want but the man did really understand football but his stubbornness actually got in the way. Talking of stubbornness; Emery are you there?

Richard
Richard

I’m quickly losing patience against a coach who’s unable and unwilling to include two of our best players in the team, and wants to sends them away at any cost.
Our defence is shit.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

because they won us top 4 spots last 2 season?

Rich
Rich

I really like Emery, he’s very honest in his assessment, even during our winning run he wasn’t getting carried away.
Top 4 is unlikely, I think at this point in time we have to accept we’re way behind the top 2, some of of our players aren’t up to scratch, and our owners are complete and utter cunts who are unlikely to do anything productive about it.

Arshavin's Shadow
Arshavin's Shadow

Honest in his assessment? Give me a break. Do you know what is most important to play well in this game and in life? Confidence. This man is telling his team that they are inferior. That isn’t the sign of a good motivator, a good tactician. He’s basically saying it’s ok because they are soooo much better than you lot! How is that supposed to rally the team ffs? What nonsense.

Dan
Dan

So he should lie?
Some honest self reflection never hurts in this world of over-inflated PR and endless hope to mediocrity.
Feeling good isn’t all that matters.
If you were to tell our current crop they’re just as good as city and if they were to believe you I would be much more worried than I am now. Mindless jingoism feels good but rarely improves obvious gaps in quality.
I would take a season of being honest but feeling bad rather than another season of endless talk that makes you feel good but ends up worse than before.

Arshavin's Shadow
Arshavin's Shadow

What I was talking about wasn’t necessarily post-game. I just wonder what his halftime talk looks like and whether the message is inherently insecure. Also, he doesn’t have to big up the other team, bec. we all know how good City is. It’s not helpful or interesting to spout in rehetoric.

Aleksander Włodarz
Aleksander Włodarz

He still doesn’t know what his team is …partly due to injuries

Alex
Alex

Nonono, the injury excuse doesn’t stand. We have injured defenders but never did the club try and get defenders during the winter mercato!

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

I keep saying Emery should have dipped in his pockets, and bought us 1 or 2 defenders. It’s all his fault ain’t it?

Vince
Vince

He said he wanted 3 players (probably a defender was on his agenda) but he’s not the one dealing with transfers. He’s just a head coach after all. Needs help from Stan, son of Stan, and the board clearly

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Dear Mr. Emery, please take a page out of Mourinho’s playbook and do like he did.
Next press conference, let it be heard loud and clear, say my team is not good enough for top 4 , or that pipe dream of Josh Kronke of Arsenal playing in the “European Superbowl” or any other unrealistic bullshit.
A reality check is required, and you need fans on your side putting pressure on the owners.

eddymc2
eddymc2

Maybe it’s conditioned defeatism, but I find it hard to get very upset about the result (specifically about the result, not the “symptoms”) – my expectations guide my disappointment, and I expected nil points. Of course some of those symptoms will be a factor in games to come (looking at you, Mr Lichtsteiner), but for now I’m neither despairing nor panicking.

I’m not sure we’ve entirely deserved a top 4 spot so far this season (too inconsistent) but it’s still there for the taking. Both of the teams we’re directly competing with have one more game against each of Liverpool and City (and we now have those out of the way), while our only 2 remaining top 6 fixtures are winnable or at least “resultable”.

Shank

It’s hard to believe Big Dave has 2 thumbs down already………
At one point in the second half…….lichto comes a lumbering after sterling……..who has enuf time to run and stop a ball going dead, turn and go back to the ball, and continue, with Stephan barely coming into view!

Irrational Gunner

Heard Jenko referred to as a Championship level player years ago. Where does that leave Lichtsteiner?

Xin
Xin

How about a 7 times serie A winner

Alex
Alex

It’s funny…since the loss at Liverpool, much has been said by media anf fans about UE needing time. UE now takes also this blabla to justify his s***. But Klopp has been in Liverpool for 4 years and MAYBE this year he’ll win the PL. Plus, Jurgen has all the loney he neds to win the title! Signor Emery seems also to forget that he’s got a 2 years contract… and that the club’s motto since the start of the season is to gain the CL places again THIS YEAR. Not in a more or less near future.

atom
atom

Ok so apart from Ozil not playing which is your primary issue with Emery:

He inherited a horribly unbalanced squad who collapsed whenever the pressure was on. This team has shown a lot of fightback this year – think about how many games we’ve come back in vs. the past where we went something like 4 years without winning a game we were losing at halftime. That’s progress.

Gendouzi & Toreira look like they both are going to be mainstays of our midfield for years to come. Bellerin & Holding both were making very promising strides before their injuries and Leno has looked better as the year has gone on. The younger players in particular look like they are benefiting from his coaching. That’s progress.

Nelson is having a terrific season in Germany and Smith-Rowe looks like he possibly could contribute next year as well. Those aren’t down to Emery necessarily but they are reasons to be optimistic.

The injuries in defense in particular are causing a lot of issues as that already was the weakest part of our squad. His tactics sometimes are too conservative against the teams we are supposed to beat – but also think about how many of those types of games we went out the last 2 years and lost as well.

Making the top 4 was always going to be a very difficult ask this year – particularly with so little money to spend on a squad that needed a massive overhaul. BUT the mentality of the team looks a lot stronger than it’s been in years & there are signs of real progress IMO. This was never going to be easy or a quick turnaround – the other top 6 teams are too strong and have too much money to spend. But there are reasons to be optimistic.

Vince
Vince

Thank you Atom. Finally someone seeing positives!

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

a dose of positive and sensible facts. cheers.

Gunnermite
Gunnermite

What is factual about that? Bellerin played his finest football in an Arsenal jersey under Wenger, Iwobi was inconsistent which I think he still do. Holding was simply not ready for regular first team play and he was being eased into the first team along with Chambers. And saying Emery inherited a horribly unbalanced squad is an exaggeration. Yes we need some additions (depth) but to say horribly unbalanced is purely exaggerated. We put in a great run even in the absence of Laca and Auba when Santi and Coq anchored our midfield. We lost those two and we brought in Torreira and Guen this season not to talk of upgrading our striking options to Auba-Laca. We need few additions that’s for sure but if Wenger who doesn’t do tactics (whatever that means) could tweak that team with no proper dm like Torreira and an attack spearheaded by Giroud to get results I don’t see why master tactician like Emery can’t do even better with Torreira and Auba-Laca thus calling the squad horribly unbalanced. We get it, he needs time but that doesn’t mean you should come and bombard us with anything in an attempt to defend him.

N10
N10

@atom, we are are right on the same page bro, and I think any Gooner tearing their shirt off about now should be reading this.

Emery inherited a paper-thin squad, and we’ve had three season ending injuries to absolutely key players. I used to tease “Bellend” on his iffy days, not really understanding the hype. This season I saw him bloom under Emery into a top class wing back. He was the key to our win v Spurs IMO. His injury before the ACL was hurting us badly. Holding as well was sprouting up wonderfully and it goes without saying that his absence has killed us at the back. Welbs is a solid squad player for us who was crucial to keeping Auba and Laca rested but also is delightful to watch because he’s so hard to defend when he’s on.

Imagine a team of back 3 Holding Kos Sokratis, Kola and Bellerin wingbacks. That is a CL back 5 people. Plus Torreira, Guendouzi or Xhaka midfield (rotate, I don’t like them playing together), Mikhi, INSERT NEW STAR LEFT FORWARD HERE and then Auba/Laca alternating and you have a CL lineup. We could switch out Mihki for Laca, put Auba in the middle. Welbeck off the bench.

Maybe laying it all out there you can see how fucked Emery has been with these injuries, and how Ozil doesn’t fit in. Top all this off with the managerial bullshit behind the scenes with Sven and Raul bickering and Scrooge McDuck/Walton pool boy/fuckface Stan “Super Bowl Loser” Kroenke.

A top 4 finish is still possible despite all of this because of our manageable fixture list. As is an EL victory, given Emery’s experience in that tournament.

Given all this, I hope the “Emery out” nonsense subsides. Joke about his tragic teeth or poor English, his resemblance to Dracula. Or more seriously his questionable lineup experiments. His hatred of Ozil. Ok he’s not perfect. But given the state of the squad upon arrival and the injuries, and the lack of $ support this January for a top class winger, the guy deserves our SUPPORT. We are supporters, right?

Jht
Jht

Image is big, history is somewhat successful, but seriously this team, especially wuth the way its been coached is FAR from big or successful. Weird changes in tactics, weird selections, one of the worsest transfer windows and team that seems to be just as unaware what to do than the fans. Emery has had good months to put things right from the back, but team looks like they are going to get mauled from the minute 1 in almost every game away from home.

Cracked Lunar
Cracked Lunar

Blank and simple ;

Playing Kolasinac in a flat 442 was detrimental for us holding the ball and threatening City on transitions. It was so-so defensively as well ; i think it costed us more than having Lichsteiner on the right.

They just had to switch from flank to flank to get an opportunity to score.

Goonerink

if kola was in a flat back formation then it was flat back 5, because lich wasnt a right wing back….
SK-NM-LK-SM-SL

thats 5 defenders mate, and where i was watching it looked more like kola played as part of a front 3!

Bertieme
Bertieme

Wish he’d take responsibility for the team. Lichtsteiner is horrible but he keeps playing him. Yes, there are choices. Iwobi was playing on his weaker and ineffective side (this hasn’t changed for years). Kolasinac is better when he can make overlapping runs from deep so he was isolated and fairly ineffective as a winger. So without width Auba and Laca need some kind of service from somewhere else. Suarez gets a look in as a sub over Ozil, even though he hasn’t played much this season has trained much with the team and is rusty. The Ozil situation is a ridiculous waste. Yes, it was City and they were better than us, but I am really don’t know what the manager is trying to do and I wonder if the players know.

Robstar
Robstar

This Ozil thing reminds me of the Walcott situatiion, the more he doesn’t play the better he gets….

N10
N10

I’ve been a huge critic of Ozil’s attitude but I’ll never question his genius level skills, and we can all agree Theo is not in the same league as Ozil in that regard.

Vince
Vince

What happened to us fans being “fans”? Support your team, whether we win or lose. Be optimistic, be positive. Now everyone’s turning against Emery! Stop whining and start supporting! This is NOT his squad, let’s give him time to stamp his mark on the team. Sheesh! Look at the XI Liverpool and City are playing, do you think those players were there when their managers first came? So let’s give him time to figure who he needs, and hopefully the board deliver for him transfer-wise

Vonnie
Vonnie

His stamp is boring mid-table football, I don’t want to see that.

Xin
Xin

Then don’t no one is forcing you too, we watch because we support Arsenal threw thick and thin.

Tribe
Tribe

Vince, you are probably half-right. It’s true that Emery works with what he got, but there are some indicators of him doing below basic mistakes. Playing Lichsteiner is one hell of a blunt. I know Jenkinson may not be a top, top, top player but he is miles ahead of Lichtsteiner and that’s a blatant fact. Plus the guy gives his heart on the field. Not to mention the Ozil-Emery saga that bothers everyone. You can’t just shut your highest paid player, at least you can give him 20-30 minutes per game. Other, why the hell he doesn’t use Ramsey as much as he can? Who is a better option than Ramsey and Ozil at the moment? Iwobi? And it’s not only that…
We should be fans and should be supporting our team but we can’t be blind followers, we have the right to express ourselves. Damn, we are all furious because we love the team, not the other way around.

Badaab
Badaab

“How dare people have an opinion! Support your country right or wrong or go away!”
Fans are entitled to their own opinions, and can voice them how they see fit. This sort of ‘fall in line’ criticism is ridiculous.

kaius
kaius

It’s a bit unfair to place the blame for big-game losses at the feet of players who aren’t quite good enough and call that “a mental problem”. The psychological aspect is part of it, sure, but these defeats don’t just reflect on individual players – they reflect on the owner, board, and former and present coaches as well. If there truly is a mental problem, then it’s an institutional one.

We’re not as good as we should be technically and tactically. And that’s because the club hasn’t managed our enormous wage bill properly. Or used the last 6-8 transfer windows (going back to the summer of Cech and the Leicester title) to recruit players who can compete head to head against the best players in the league.

Maybe we were too attached to the annual Champions League pot of gold? We couldn’t risk not qualifying so we refused to sell our big players and reinvest the windfall so we missed out on a generation of talented players, many of who play for our rivals now. Gonna take more than optimism and a good shrink to fix this mess.

CarlosLA
CarlosLA

We are seeing both (1) regression to xG from early season outperformance, *and* (2) underlying trend of worsening xG (defense remains as bad as outset of season, offense has collapsed from mediocre to awful).

That is poor coaching, nothing more or less. Emery has progressed from uninspired hire to an existing problem. If ownership doesn’t see it, we are in for a long, dire spell. 4 of the big clubs are flat out better run than ours, and while Man U continues to be a mess of an organization, the squad is loaded with superior, younger talent than we have.

kaius
kaius

But why should we expect a nice steadily-improving trendline in xG numbers?

We have a new coach working with a newish squad that’s learning new tactical systems, further complicated by the 2nd most long-term injuries of any team (7, West Ham have had 11). We’ve also had some great tactical displays against big sides, we have an outstanding record at home, and as a team our distance run stats are amongst the best in the league, so there’s evidence of excellent coaching too.

N10
N10

This kind of stats-jockey horseshit is exactly the problem with so many “supporters”. Klopp and Guardiola would be faring the same way with this squad and organization.

Lion
Lion

I don’t care city and Liverpool maximizing their points but I am angry seen tots and man United a head of us .

Anthony
Anthony

I think the saddest thing about this is that the team have no belief. I genuinely believe that they did not expect anything out of the game. I also believe the manager didn’t expect anything out of the game.

When you compare that to the great Arsenal sides of the past, they believed they would win. Opposition teams feared us. Wenger was even labelled arrogant for stating (a year before they did it) that the team could go unbeaten in the league.

I don’t think anyone fears playing us these days – home or away, we have even seen this in European games (Ostersunds). The team does not turn up and believe that they are going to win.

While this goes back further than Emery. He needs to find a way to get them believing. To record no shots against the opposition in the second half is awful, I don’t care if it’s Man City. That coupled with the slow starts, it’s not encouraging.

Can he do it? I genuinely hope so.

Vonnie
Vonnie

Emery was so scared of Pellegrini that he set out a team of defenders, and he’s never beaten Pep, so he set up with a small team mentality and then expects big performances from the players. The team can’t believe they can win when the coach doesn’t believe they can win.

MateKiddleton
MateKiddleton

“Also the mentality is coming”

Been waiting for the last how many years for this ‘mentality’?

Ilari
Ilari

That is the manager’s jargon, whatever the team and the manager, and nothing more. They have to say something

Banjo string
Banjo string

Mentality…
Young n wild n free.
Every time emery says mentialty i start humming Billy Bragg.

Tribe
Tribe

Look, fellas, I think we as fans should be real and accept (unfortunately) a couple of facts:

1. Having in mind Kroenke and his rotten corporation(s), we should be very happy (again unfortunately) if we become a top 4 club in the next 3 years.
2. The most Emery can do (and I think that’s his top achievement) is to rebalance the team in the next 3 years. He will sell at least 10 players of the current squad, buy 4-5 new and promote 4-5 youngsters. Nothing more, nothing less.
3. I think that (my guess) the board is on that, hire Emery, restructure the team, bring them back to Champions league, make Arsenal top 4 team again and maybe a cup or two.

There’s nothing more to expect. Our owner doesn’t give a fuck about the club and that’s why (I guess) they wanted Emery as a top target, the man can work with money or without it (it’s his most valuated characteristic). So, unless something colossal happen (new owner? somehow?) I think we should be realistic and wait for the next 2-3 seasons to come back where we were a couple of seasons ago, top 4 material, “top 4” trophy.

I don’t know if anyone has illusions that Emery can give us more of that. And when I say that, I am backing my argument with – Emery and the owners and the board behind. Maybe (in an illusion) if the club give Emery 100-200 mil. every season, then we can all say, okay man, that’s the money needed for top competition, let’s do it. Until then, lower your expectation.

The best thing we should hope for is sales (and outs) in the summer: Mustafi, Lichsteiner, Kolasinac, Monreal, Xhaka, Cech, Ozil, Ramsey, Elneny, Mkhitarian. Grab some money, buy 3-4 good players with potential, promote some youngsters (Smith-Rowe, Nelson, Mavropanos, Saka) and hit the next season. The one after that, also, buy 3-4 new players and there you have it, Emery restructured the team. Then we can have a picture what the future holds. As for now, we are carrying too much dead wood.

Sorry for the “essay”.

kas
kas

Most of the players you mention we couldn’t get a bean for. So where’s the money to invest coming from. I think he’ll have till next xmas & if no improvement ie. Champions league, he’s gone. Maybe last until end of next season if we so broke we can’t pay him off.

Tribe
Tribe

I am not arguing but I strongly believe that selling Mustafi, Xhaka, Monreal, Elneny, Kolasinac and Mkhitarian below price can get us at least 2 young cheaper defenders (a la Holding or Mavropanos) and 1 midfielder-winger (a la Guendouzi). As for Emery, we’ll see what the future will bring…

kaius
kaius

Yeah, a potential reduction in our wage bill might also enable us to spend a bit more on new recruits. The only player I’d keep out of the ones you listed is Kolasinac for when we go 3 at the back. Otherwise I fully agree with your post.

And anyone thinking Arsenal can afford to hire and fire managers every other year is dreaming. It cost 17m to pay off Wenger and his staff. Emery’s not going anywhere.

Sue
Sue

I expected to lose today, City are the champions after all! When you look at our team/bench compared to theirs….. a different class!
I was glad we scored – thank you Kos the boss! Only 4 shots with 2 on target is terrible! And our CB was the scorer 😮
I’d rather Jenko had played instead of Lichtsteiner (who really is pants) I’m still amazed at why Ozil continues to be benched (maybe UE is happy with just 4 shots)
We all knew things weren’t going to happen overnight, we’re miles away from being title contenders so don’t be too disheartened people..We need a few more transfer windows!
I’m not sure if we’ll make the top 4… not only do we have to win, we have to rely on others losing… and the spuds & mancs just keep on winning 😡

Albert48
Albert48

I remember Wenger explaining once that his heart rate would always go down when Ozil received the ball. He thinks ahead and nearly always plays the right pass at the right time. Today, 2-1 down at half time – ,we had 0 attempts I the second half with our most creative asset on the bench! We have to face it that at the moment we are nothing like a Champions League team and if you think selling our best player gets us closer good luck! I have said it before I really feel Emery is going to end out a disaster – a nasty vindictive manager who will gradually bring us down to a mid table bore!

Arshavin's Shadow
Arshavin's Shadow

When you leave all your creative midfielders on the bench, you better win the damn game. This is not working. Seriously what is the point of this coach when he can’t get the best out of his best players? Meanwhile, Ozil is streaming Fortnite instead of playing football bec. he doesn’t fit into Emery’s system. What system? The one where we have no creative spark and bench our best players? This is all without mentioning our pathetic defense. Never have I felt less excitement in watching Arsenal play. Whatever this is, it isn’t working.

Fuhgedaboudit
Fuhgedaboudit

Why is no one mentioning the selection of Lichsteiner to play RCB was a disastrous mistake. He was horrible on the pitch. He is way too slow to stay with anybody, and Iwobi on the same side was supposed to help him, which he certain didn’t, but was just as bad. Watching Lichsteiner look like he was running in mud was pathetic. I just don’t know why Emery didn’t at least bring Jenkenson in at the half even though he should have started Jenkenson ahead of Lichsteiner.

Monkey knees
Monkey knees

Gooners really aren’t a patient bunch, eh?

Gunnermite
Gunnermite

Mate! You don’t call someone who had stucked with one person for 22 yrs impatient. Gooners are only airing their displeasure at the pathetic performance of the team they love so much and whoever is responsible for it whether he was in charge today or a century ago. Are they wrong to do that?

Pajanee
Pajanee

His english is as bad as our defense

6gunner
6gunner

Mentality had nothing to do with this result. They are better than us in every position. When you are playing them at home, and are outclassed by as much as we are from a talent perspective, how they play is going to have far more influence on the game than our “mentality.”

Santori
Santori

Bold choice by Emery to play Kola/Monreal in tandem but felt (of course hindsight) we may have been better with a back 3.

Particularly as we were harshly outdone by the short movement of the excellent Aguero within the box (in fact within the 6 yard area)

It seemed no one had a handle on keeping an eye on his movement. Playing 3 at the back may have afforded a bit more attention on the Argentine.

Also felt we did ourselves in by playing Iwobi on the right. Ostensibly the idea was to afford the aging Lichsteiner more protection (its no fault of the Swiss) but then Iwobi was too immature in attempting to dribble out from a dangerous spot.

In any case all their goals worked in (predictably) from the right.

BUT felt Iwobi with Kolasinac has been our best threat and we sort of curtailed ourselves with the deployment of Iwobi right. 3 at the back would have allowed Iwobi to continue to maraud with Kola on the right with the support and security of Monreal behind.

BUT the right side was an issue. I would have preferred either of Ramsey or Lacazette (with a defensive brief) on the right.

Ramsey would be the safer choice initially with Lacazette up top (Auba does not protect the ball enough).

As is we put our new chap on but to be VERY fair to Dennis, he was a bit overwhelmed and understandably. It will take a bit of time for him to bed in and impose his own personality.

Felt Guendouzi and Torreira had a good game today. The Frenchman was energetic but also mature to take fouls when need be and he carried the ball well for us. The latter was back to his snappy best in a more confined role.

But we missed Granit’s distribution to switch focus of attack or simply transition us quicker.

Its a bit of a trade of of course for security without Granit but we tend to be a little too intricate with our build up play particularly with the clock winding down and us behind by 2. You may have been forgiven into thinking we were ahead and winding down the clock if you weren’t aware of the score.

Still some ways to go but we are coming into business end.

We are going in for a scrap for 4th now.

Reliant on the europa would be a foolish tact. We need to find a way to get some semblance of fluidity again and start to muster points. I believe we only have 2 big games against top 6 opponents left (both opportunities for us to do damage to a top 4 rival and the Spurts) but we should also worry about those games we should have come away with full points (BHA, Soton West Ham)

DB10**
DB10**

what are they smoking at the emirates. seriously.

illusions of grandeur from the owner thinking we can appear in a champ league final.

and just who was responsible for buying that lichsteiner.
why is our most expensive player on the bench. I would really like to know.

Adam
Adam

It’s really hard to be optimistic about the future of Arsenal when the issues in the squad are so glaringly bad and the backroom is so dysfunctional. By April we’ll be hearing about Emery’s summer transfer “war chest” of 200m pounds and we’ll go out and get an 18 year- old Slovenian in the Lithuanian A Lyga out of contract who “shows quality” before ejecting Mustafi into the sun.

This team’s transfer policies show no ambition in competing for the league let alone the champions league. Rest assured, the whole “self-sustaining” model is just club-speak for low transfer fees and a lack of world-class talent being brought in. We have one of the highest revenues of any football club in the world but our fans have been turned into accountants with our constant need to penny pinch.

You think the defense is bad now? 3 of 4 of our starters when the squad is healthy are over 30 with our best cb at 33 years of age in a league built on pace and physicality. We have promising players in the wings but come on, they aren’t top 4 caliber defenders this year or next and we’re going to rush their development along until they’re crocked for half a season at a time.

How many years in a row will the supporters tolerate a cash-strapped Spurs side finishing ahead of us in the table while the club offers the most expensive ticket prices in the league?

I feel bad mostly for the supporters. There is little to be optimistic about. The fans understood that the move to the Emirates would be costly but the payoff would eventually be worth it. Ask yourself right now, has it been worth it? Do you see it being worth it any time soon?

Dobby
Dobby

There’s definitely positives. Torreira is excellent, Guendouzi is coming on leaps and bounds and, frankly, turned up more against Man City away than I’ve ever seen Ozil do in his time at arsenal. It’s encouraging to me that the players we’ve bought under emery performed well yesterday. He definitely isn’t blameless for some of the decisions yesterday but but there was that period before half time where I felt we could get something from the game. When that second goal went in it was like we reverted to the arsenal of Wenger’s latter years, the same as happened at Liverpool. I think there’s a lot of rose tinted specs right now because we played shit attacking football last year too and were atrocious defensively but at least there are glimpses of where we could be rather than where we are now

Badaab
Badaab

I do love these say nothing excuses from emery after a comprehensive defeat. His grasp of English might be minimal, but he really needs to show some frustration at the level of performance. The hard work the club was touting early in the season is nowhere to be found (not even in the public relations videos).
Simply put: we are not good enough to merit a top four place this term, and we won’t be next season either without invesment. Kse will not invest in the side. We are the new everton.

Homer
Homer

This piece contains the following: “…an appalling record that suggests the players have a mental problem away from the comfort of the Emirates.”

That’s utter crap. Just frustrated football fan twaddle. When is Blogs back?

Tribe
Tribe

This story appears in Daily Mail and Mirror also. If this is true then there we have it. Another argument of who is to blame, the manager or the owner.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-6667421/Arsenal-boss-Unai-Emery-transfer-budget-just-45m-summer.html

Let'sGoArsenal
Let'sGoArsenal

I still think we need to try another defensive coach because our defense looks unorganised even when we add relatively new defensive player like Mustafi, Sokratis, Holding, Dinos, but for me the defensive organization is just not there, and we often crumbling against top opposition. It had happened over the years and i think it’s time to try another coach.