Lacazette apologises for red card as Emery says he must control his frustrations

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Lacazette apologises for red card as Emery says he must control his frustrations

Alexandre Lacazette has apologised for his red card in last night’s 1-0 defeat to BATE Borisov, as Unai Emery called the dismissal ‘bad news’ ahead of next week’s second leg in London.

The French international lashed out in the 85th minute, earning himself a straight red, and with the team in desperate need of a goal it didn’t help our cause any.

Afterwards, he apologised via his Twitter account, saying:

Letting the team down like that is the worst feeling.. I should have stayed calm but it’s not always easy.. Sorry đŸ˜« There are still 90 minutes to play and I believe that my teammates will make it to the next round.

Unai Emery was asked for his reaction in the post-game press conference, and said, “I didn’t see the action but we spoke and frustration needs controlling.

“It’s bad news with the red card. Next week we aren’t going to play with him but now we are going to think with the players that are okay for next week.”

The defeat leaves us with a bit of a hill, rather than a mountain, to climb next Thursday, and with no game this weekend Emery has plenty of time to consider his approach.

For more on the game, check out the brand new Arsecast recorded just after the final whistle last night

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Simon
Simon

Play Ozil in his place and see what happens! Hell he might be able to create a chance or two then nobody would be frustrated. Its worth a try isn’t it?

Rich
Rich

Mesut Ozil isn’t the answer to our problems…. People seem to have very short memories, the same people who berated Wenger for picking players based on reputation, are the same ones who are ripping Emery for dropping the extremely inconsistent and frustrating Ozil.

We gone done in Koln last season, drew with Red Star, got beaten by Ostersund, smashed 4-2 by Forest, and we’re generally shit away all season, taking a spanking at Anfield and well and truely outclassed by City.

At the start of the season it was excepted Emery would need at least 2 seasons to sort this out, but because nothing has really changed by February, Emery is shit and must be sacked according to our fans.

These types of performances have been a regular occurrence for a long time, struggling to break down sides parked on the edge of their own penalty box, conceding to the opponents first chance, and with us having little idea how to counter that.

Sacking Emery certainly won’t make us title contenders, it won’t even make us anymore likely for top4, which IMO was always unlikely anyway.

I really don’t think our squad is up to much in comparison to our rivals, Whoever our manager is? Is going to need time, may as well just get behind Emery and let the guy work, let’s at least give the guy until this time next season, but even then I think the best we can hope for is the beginning of starting to see his methods work.

Simon
Simon

I think its worth a try playing Ozil in the number 10 role. We need creativity and hes our best option at the moment. Not saying he will solve our defensive issues, but you cant let one of the best 10s in the world sit on your bench then moan the team as no creativity other than our left back. Try it, if it works…great if it dosent…then who cares!

Rich
Rich

Ozil has had enough chances, he had a good run of form leading up to the ink drying on his new deal, and before that his last run of consistent games was the first half of the 2015/16 season.

The club is clearly trying to freeze Ozil out, we made a huge mistake giving into his demands.
Ozil was given the captancy, the No10 shirt, he’s been given chances this season… but just like last season he’s simply been not good enough.
I certainly don’t buy into the idea Emery is cutting off his nose to spite his face, Ozil hasn’t looked hungry for a long time, He’s missed plenty of games through Illness long before Emery showed up.
He’s he definition of a player who’s just cruising and winding down his career.

Leon
Leon

This is premiership football – you don’t “get two seasons”
So much is at stake….
And you don’t deserve it.
You either hit the ground running or you fall flat on your face.
Emery has certainly fallen on his face.
He is not good enough – everything points to the fact that he is not up to the job.
I would hope that he is gone by the summer – preferably walking away.
I have seen no improvement at all – absolutely nothing to suggest he is capable of managing Arsenal.
Sooner he goes the better for everyone…
Jesus if we cannot beat a team like Bate Borisov what fucking point is there of qualifying for CL football?
What chance do we have?
Emery is a clown destined to fail…
He doesn’t even know what formation to use….

Frog
Frog

Well said Leon. The faster we see the back of this clown the better.

Phil
Phil

I’m quite glad decisions in football aren’t made on this basis…

Realistically, the main objective this season is to get back into the Champions League, and that is by no means a given all things considered. As it stands, we’re 1 point off 4th – hardly a disaster – meaning qualification through the league is within reach.

Yes we’ve suffered a loss we should never have suffered, but we have an opportunity to put it right. If results like this never happened, football would be rather boring.

Has this season been an unqualified success? Not at all.
Has it been an unqualified disaster? Not at all.

Given where we were as a club, and what he’s had at his disposal, has Emery done enough to merit more time? In my opinion, yes.

Alex
Alex

The extremely inconsistent Özil is the best creative player of the PL since 2013. And proved his worth agin and again with every teams he played for including the German national team. Now we don’t need parrots repeating the pundits blablabla.

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

Lol. You are fucking deluded. The guy has had 1 good game this SEASON!!

He has NEVER played well in a game against top opposition in an ARSENAL shirt.

The people who state he is world class are the PARROTS because he had good games before putting on an ARSENAL shirt.

Caligunner
Caligunner

Ozil needs quality finishers around him. Besides Alexis he’s had no one.

Arsene biggest problem was not building the attack around his skill sets. Ozil isn’t Messi. He just likes to make key passes or create chances.

Futsboller
Futsboller

@Rich — It is one thing to drop a player for a game or two to send a message, it is another to freeze him out of the team, especially when that is your star player. Last season was considered an abysmal low for Arsenal, which is why Emery is being held to the same standards, and fans are especially frustrated because the football we are seeing is uninspiring and does not seem to hold much imagination or promise. The bailout clause that this squad is not good enough is itself not good enough; a coach has a job to get them to perform consistently at a high level, and he’s not getting that done. Emery talks about controlling the game, about protagonists, about attacking, but we don’t see much of that these days. That is what is scaring Arsenal fans the most — the game isn’t so beautiful anymore.

Rich
Rich

Under this ownership we’re simply not going to starting splashing the cash, and even the most ardent Ozil fans would struggle to suggest we’re getting anywhere near ÂŁ17,000,000 a season value out of him, he’s inconsistent and constantly goes missing, sometimes literally….

We also don’t know the true extent of these sickies and back injuries? If they’re legit? Then he’s certainly been given a fair crack of the whip by Emery.

I think trying to get shot of Ozil is the right choice both medium+long term.

Emery has got problems, Bellerin was one of our best attacking outlets, he doesn’t have any wingers, which kind of forces him to go with wingbacks, along with him probably not trusting his wingbacks to play as fullbacks.

Guendouzi+Torreira are very talented young players, but they’re still 19+23 and in their first season, letting Rambo leave looks like a decision of necessity, rather than choice, so blooding players who have a future might be worth the short term pain for longer term gain.

Our squad isn’t great, we’re the 6th best team in the league, and that’s likely where we’ll finish

A Different George
A Different George

At Huddersfield, we played like the 16th best team in the league. We have entered the realm of joyless football recently vacated by Man United.

Riku
Riku

The article is about alex . La suspended for next match , fuck thoughts of mid long term. For later. If ozil sets up pea, Ramsey , miki, iwobi, etc up with chances next Thursday they will score goals . Simple

Mpls
Mpls

You know, I don’t give a fuck about the money right now, and I also don’t give a fuck about the random opinions on illnesses and injuries. And finally I have zero fucks to give at all about the long term decision.

It matters not to me at all what his paycheck is. He’s here, says he wants to fight for his spot. He’s getting that paycheck no matter how anyone feels about it until the end of this season at bare minimum, and possibly a few more if he decides the club is treating him like shit, he doesn’t have an option he likes better, and he just digs in. He won’t do that obviously, but with the shit fashion the club is handling this I’d have a hard time begrudging it despite how much I’d hate the club being in that situation.

More important than anything else is the fact we have a season to play out. We’re sucking wind, especially in the creativity department. He’s here, we’re paying him, he’s creative and conjures up variety in our attack. A potential solution to a major problem right now that no other solution is even being offered for.

He’s here, he’s getting paid. Play him.

The ‘defensive liability‘ argument doesn’t hold water when we’re lining up with a two man midfield with a 23 and 19 year old and Kolasinac is rarely seen our side of the halfway line.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Well said Rich, well said.

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

I really cannot fathom this obsession with this player. Even in Madrid he was not world class. He was decent player once but that’s it. I’m looking at hiring Ozil’s PR Team they’re doing a hell of a job selling a dream.

martin
martin

Ozil was German player of the year on 5 separate occasions and a World Cup winner. For 5 years the most creative player in the Premier League and helped us win 3 FA Cups. Yes he was one of the best players in the world.

Alex
Alex

Tell this to Platini, Zidane, Mourinho, Wenger, Löw, Griezman, Ronaldo, Kaka… they’d surely agree with you.

Alex
Alex

Oh, you can ask also Torreira.

Mc1892
Mc1892

Is that three games in Europe like domestic does anyone know? I’m not too worried about BATE (no disrespect) but if we were to go through and draw Inter would be a shame to not have Laca.

Leon
Leon

It is precisely because of that lack of respect we lost last night.
Bate looked a better side than Arsenal.
All they need to do is score a goal and with the idiots we have in defence you would fancy their chances.
Emery is a clown of a manager – the laziest, cheapest and worst option this club could have made and now we are paying a heavy price for it…
He is indecisive and know little about his players….
A very average manager – exactly what we don’t need at Arsenal…

Mc1892
Mc1892

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with assuming a team with a ÂŁ110m strike partnership should be capable of beating the Belarusian champions. I’m sure they’d say the same, it’s not disrespectful it’s just common sense.

Goonerink

A team with ÂŁ110m strike partnership coming into the crunch time in their season vs the Belarusian champs in their preseason.

Honestly it should have been 6-1

Vonnie
Vonnie

Not when that strike partnership was playing as the midfield because there were eight defensive players behind them and they were having to come back to get the ball. This manager described himself as shit-scared as a player and he’s shit-scared and arrogant as a manager. It took about two months to see that he’s a fraud and the only way I’d get behind him is to push him through the exit door.

Hantal
Hantal

He does need to control his frustration but he seems to fouled a lot with no free kicks being given

David C
David C

Not sure how the guy hugging him for 5 seconds before the elbow doesn’t at least get a yellow…

Mootilated
Mootilated

What was the point of sacking Wenger again?

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

Losing our identity probably.

Badaab
Badaab

My guess is that kse wanted Wenger out of the way so they had a less inluential man to deal with- the season’s results were just an excuse.
I’m not saying we didn’t need to change managers, but the way we went about it seemed a bit… political in nature. Emery is a much less forceful personality (his lack of fluency in english hurts him here as well) than Wenger is, and he will be easier to remove if results don’t improve as he is less entrenched at the club.

Caligunner
Caligunner

Maybe this was the plan. Bring in somebody who on the cheap who will bring defensive minded tactics. Opposite of wenger. It’s a lot less buying defensive minded players than attack minded players lol this is the new arsenal. Small budget for transfers and no investment

Does anyone know if the kse ownership bought the club on a loan payed through arsenal revenues? If so than does that mean we are going through another phase of lean years since we will basically have another stadium debt to pay off?

Limpaaaarrrr
Limpaaaarrrr

How did Arsenal lose to Bate Borisov?? They’ve not played for two months… This is getting embarrassing. Emery is a very frustrating manager, not being upfront with the Ozil situation.

Why pay Ramsey and Ozil half a million pounds a week to only play Iwobi. I’d get rid of Emery in the summer if things don’t turn around.

Get in Eddie Howe asap.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

You spoiled it with the last sentence.

A Different George
A Different George

Well, Dennis Bergkamp at home and Howe away.

Peter Story Teller
Peter Story Teller

You can understand his frustration but that’s not excusing him. Gallic blood I guess!
We have a couple ok good strikers here but they are not getting the service they need to do their job which is made more imperative by leaking goals at the other end.
How does a team score a training ground goal against us like that? There were 5 red shirts between the goal and the scorer so he should not have even been able to get his head on the ball never mind have the time to compose himself and pick the spot that Petr couldn’t reach.
I’m not one to point accusing fingers, and Steve Bould was a decent defender in his day, but his transition to coaching our defence is wobbly to say the least. The guys we have now, regardless of what you feel their quality is, are not playing alongside Tony Adams with Patrick Vierra and Gilberto protecting them. They need more cohesion and awareness bashed into their skulls to stop conceeding stupid goals to give our offensive guys a bit of a breather from trying to score one more than we let in each week.

Vince
Vince

Is it just me or does Emery have Mourinhoism in him with being pragmatic against weaker opposition? I bet if he had let out all his guns for an onslaught from the first whistle we would have whipped this BATE team. This is not a team to use a back three for heaven’s sake, despite our defensive shortcomings!

Caligunner
Caligunner

How would we do that without Ramsey or Ozil to connect the play? We really have no chance to look good consistency in attack without at least one of them on the pitch

Emery with what he’s said in the media has no choice but not to play Ozil. Imagine to the horror if they actually looked good with him on the pitch it would make him look even a bigger idiot.

It has to be with Raul and kse blessing with this strategy. Hopefully it completely backfired and gets them both fired

Cracked Lunar
Cracked Lunar

We need an extra striker for Europa League fixtures. Could Nketiah supply us with more shots ?

Red-Wing
Red-Wing

The strikers first need a chance to shoot, but you can already see where this is going…

Badaab
Badaab

Clearly we should also get a third wing back on the pitch…

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

They could play central wing-back, behind the striker.

Mpls
Mpls

If calling it that convinces Emery, I’m all for it.

Francis M Siyauya
Francis M Siyauya

I believe Arsenal will make us proud on the encounter at home. We need sharp shooter on attacking front not emotionallysoft strikers, that’s absolute poor, look at Man City attacking front, those guys are forever hungry to score unlike gunners front.

Caligunner
Caligunner

Yes those guys have Silva , sterling, same, kdb etc etc begins them feeding them passes

Jai
Jai

I think serious questions need to be asked on the managerial process we had after Wenger was told he’s sacked.

How did Emery jump the line? Out of all managers how did we think he was the one?

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

Got ridiculed on here when I stated my disappointment with the fact that we seemed to think Arteta would be the best choice but then backed down under the protest of fans and media and appointed an experienced manager instead.
When I see how much Pep speaks to Mikel during games you can’t help but think there’s some tactical masterclass in there. Of course it would have been a risk but it was one worth taking for the sake of our identity on and off the field. Not in the Emery out team yet but I don’t think it would have been any worse with Mikel. Rather the opposite. And with him you’d have the hope that he develops further. Emery seems pretty unable to change.

Jai
Jai

Emery is known to be bland. If you don’t want to believe me, someone who’s followed his career for years due to being half Spanish and having roots in Andalusia (and being quite fond of Sevilla), just look at where Sevilla finished in the league whilst he was there. Forget the Europa wins, a LOT of luck was involved in them, but look at the tables. In 2 of the 3 full seasons he had there, Sevilla shipped 50 or more goals in the league alone. They went a whole season without winning away from home. He had extremely gifted players there but never once did he manage to come close to finishing in the top 4 (which seems to be a barometer of success apparently).

He also tanked at PSG, there’s zero doubts about that.

Very frustrating that we thought he was suited to Arsenal.

Jai
Jai

His best season at Sevilla was probably 14/15, but even then he couldn’t get into the top 4 but was saved by winning the Europa and thus getting into the 15/16 CL.

Even then, he couldn’t get out of the group stage, and as we know, ended up winning the Europa again that season. The point is, he’s not an elite manager and he’s not at the age where you can say he’s ever going to be an elite manager.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

I stopped reading at ” Forget the Europa wins, a LOT of luck was involved in them”

What a load of nonesense.

Jai
Jai

That’s fine. I think the penalty shootouts I watched during those wins proves my point right, but sure

Jai
Jai

Arteta would have been a risk for sure, but why was Emery not considered a risk? At least we’d have had Pep-like football perhaps with Arteta, did nobody do any research on Emery and his style? Shambolic decision making by Gazidis and the board

Peter Story Teller
Peter Story Teller

Arteta would have hit the ground running. He knew the players and set up well as he had been a part of it until recently. He is unproven but everyone has to start somewhere and we may have unearthed the next great …….. You can fill in your own preferred name here!
Like our transfer business we have given away to a rival what may have been a worthy asset in Arteta. At least he may have got the midfield organised so that they get the ball to our strikers once in a while even if he could not sort our defensive disasters!

Caligunner
Caligunner

This is arsenal

Assistant manager wants to become more than that or caretaker he needs to get out of his comfort zone and go to championship or league 1 or 2 and show what he has.

If he wants to go to another league mid table club and prove it.

Jardim, nagglesman(sp), tedesco(sp), even Eddie Howe has shown potential

How many assistants get the top job at a big club without any experience?

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

Zidane, Klinsmann, Guardiola, Klopp etc. there are loads of examples of young coaches who got a chance at a club straight after their playing career.

Vonnie
Vonnie

I wanted Arteta, he understands the club and the playing style, he is also extremely well thought of as a person and coach. We missed out on a potential world-beater for a second rate fraud who’s trying to “teach” our players how to play like Southampton or Burnley.

Caligunner
Caligunner

Do you think pep could do what he’s doing at a club who doesn’t spend like city? Pyramid like Bayern? Brand like Barcelona?

I wouldn’t think so. He needs Combination of high IQ, technical and athletically good players and. Those are expensive

We would have gotten pep lite with no experience and nothing close to the budget he needs for that type of success

Before Sven left, having Sven here was the key to the new arsenal model. It would have been good to get a manager who has already gotten his feet wet.

Arteta you just never know what you would get. Not worth the rust imo

Caligunner
Caligunner

Arteta and emery shouldn’t been the cihoice from the beginning or end.

There are soo many managers that are young and proving themselves as managers that should have been ahead of a assistant manager as number one choice.

There are better big club failures out there to choose from other than emery. They could have just picked his predecessor at least he won almost everything domestically.

Santori
Santori

I mean he was as per usual trying very hard.

I can’t fault him for that.

But others have enjoyed unfair criticism for similar issues.

Depends who happens to be favorite scapegoat

Rayk 47

He can elbow who he likes. I still fucking laca-love Lacazette

Santori
Santori

This makes it complicated second leg.

Lacazette generally is the more robust of options between him and Auba.

But Auba gets into great positions just much less competitive one on one or holding up the ball.

We will probably have to throw a bit of caution to the wind though and go four at the back,have one more asset from midfield higher up ‘assisting’ Auba by ghosting into the box.

Either of Ozil or Ramsey will be useful.