Video: Wolves 3-1 Arsenal ‘on the whistle’

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We lost 3-1 to Wolves. It was bad.

Here’s what James thought – and here are the player ratings.

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Terry
Terry

Called it on Papa scoring $$

Only positive I can take from that game

As soon as they scored, we never looked like we wanted to win it

Santori
Santori

Also played a whole bunch of Wolves players on side for the second and conceded free kicks in dangerous areas like Mustafi.

Leaking 3 goals in the first half would suggest we are no better or worse with or without global warming

Danger Mouse
Danger Mouse

Good analysis as always James but got distracted trying to work out what was on your jumper.

PeteyB
PeteyB

If memory is right we played exactly the line up you suggested on Arseblog. Nice to know Mr Emery is a listener.

Chickenshite

James mate what can I say, we were woeful

Lula
Lula

We were insipid from top to bottom. We have players in our starting lineup that would not make the Wolves one. Our attacker looked isolated. We needed Mkhitaryan to stand up and have a good game tonight. I’m not sure how such a capricious and easily ruffled player is useful to us in the long term. He’s a player who I wouldn’t back to stand up to a hedgehog. Has Iwobi, with the best will in the world, really improved from last year? We saw an energized and proactive Iwobi early on but has he actually improved his game? He’s like a beautifully crafted, elegant katana that can’t cut through butter. I’m not sure he would even make the Wolves starting eleven. So there’s a problem. Two wingers to support Lacazette and Ozil who based on form might even struggle to get into a Wolves side let alone the sides we’re supposed to be edging in performances at the moment.

The fact that we were desperate to see Xhaka return to the team, frankly, speaks to how far our club has sunk with Kroenke in the big seat. I get the guy’s qualities as a player but if we, as a top four club, see a player like Xhaka as our be-all-and-end-all for a good performance, we are not good enough. Our defense needs an overhaul (did I just say this or this an echo reverberating round the comment section of this website for the last six or so years?). We haven’t go the players on the pitch and the club is to blame. I hope we begin to see this clearly. It is fine to talk about Emery but we have seen this very same performance against Crystal Palace last year and against Manchester United the year before and so on. Aside from Klopp, and even then he is reliant on good players in key positions, I really can’t think of another manager who I’m sure could do better than Emery with the little that he’s been given.

Controversial opinion, not least since I have been pointing out the flaws in Ozil’s game for over a year now, but I think he’s shown improvements in his game and attitude. Not sure how long it will last, but an energized Ramsey wouldn’t have saved us here either. I try to think about it. It reminds me of England performances in the 2010 World Cup. Really. We think about why a team like England is so rubbish compared to a team like Costa Rica that went so far. It may have been they burned out in the tropical jungle weather when they played Italy. Another speculation is that they’re pampered and when push comes to shove, care more about themselves than the club or, in this case, team. Looking across the team, its hard not to think this about a few of the players, and its hard not to think that the others should don’t have the character or quality.

I think the player ratings article summed it up well. Its possible to accept a team trying hard but playing badly, but it is not possible to accept them when they are insipid. This was a crunch game and there weren’t enough players on there strong enough to change the narrative. The responsibility for that might be with the players but the responsibility for this crop of players is with the club, who, to be absolutely clear, show all evidence of being complete content with this mixbag of mediocrities. It is time to really start becoming active to get Kroenke out of the club and not just resign yourself to fatalism, which benefits the very people who are milking the club, severing its ties with its people and discoloring its identity.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Arsenal needs to sell Mikhi Mouse. He has only repeated his bad form with Man U. Never tried to prove Mou wrong. He has been out of form for three years. That is called a bad player. He lacks character to the bone.

Santori
Santori

To think Mahrez was available but Mslintat had to rub the back of his fellow Dortmund contacts

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Some fans here used to criticize Henry about what he was saying as a pundit. Henry wasn’t a people person but he set very high standard as a player. You give him bad passes and he gets mad at you. Lehman was doing same with defenders. That’s what we are missing now. By the way, what pundit Neville is saying about Man U players now? Compare with Henry.

Santori
Santori

Yeah but Henry spoke out of his arse without practical knowledge.

Easy to talk about tactics and motivating players but far harder when you actually have to do it.

At very least Neville and him have now put their money where their mouth was.

All the same, we lack leadership is always a refrain for any team when they hit a bad spot.

Who’s the leader today?

Sokratis? Torreria? Koscielny?

Cacho
Cacho

You and Andrew are right, it’s a team of crumblers. Everyone out there was a passenger today, content to let someone else try something instead of taking it on their shoulders. There was one moment in particular which said everything. Iwobi did well to get a cross in from the left and Laca was the only one inside the box with 4 wolves defenders towering over him. Mkhitaryan, Ozil and I think Xhaka were all standing flat footed on edge of the box ball watching. Where is the accountability where is the desire??

Santori
Santori

…errr looks like there is more global warming than just Mustafi.

Jack4343
Jack4343

Nailed it. We are like a former dynasty team that won several titles in a row, rewarded all our stars with huge wages to keep the dynasty together only to end up stuck with them as they declined over time due to their high wage packets. Unfortunately for us though, only part of that is true with Arsenal. We have the aging, declining, overpaid players but without the titles. We can’t sell these players to even get new stars unless we go very young and that is very risky. Of course, buying middle of the road players will get you just that….middle of the table.

Santori
Santori

Amazing gulf in class.

Some deluded individuals on (of course) AFTV think we need to change the whole team when we can’t even afford any more than a panic loan this Jan (thank you Raul and Mslintat)

City bring on Sane. We bring on Nkeitiah. Just saying.

The way (forget City) Wolves break, the efficiency, they are 2 or 3 touches with 4 players breaking against our 3. We take slightly longer to ‘build’ from the back.

Slow in transition. Not sharp or hungry enough for final application. Over complication.

…next thing you know we are under duress at the back. Never mind Mustafi, dream pairing of Sokratis and Koscielny still leaking 3 goals before the break.

Global warming? I think we’ve caught a cold…all 90 minutes.

karl
karl

It is hard to believe this disfunctional and ineffective collection of players earn ten times what the early 2000s side did.