I am sorely tempted to eschew any text here and just post the poo emoji 400 times.

After starting quite well, we went behind to Wolves, then conceded twice more before half-time, because we have TOO MANY CRUMBLERS – ©gunnerblog on the Arsecast Extra.

This is a tough team to watch because it all feels so inevitable, and tonight was another one of those away games in which all our shortcomings were exposed.

Read the Wolves 3-1 Arsenal match report and see the goals here

Here’s how the players rated this evening.

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crapaud
crapaud

Oh dear

alex alexsson
alex alexsson

oh dear oh dear

Danger Mouse
Danger Mouse

Oh dear oh dear oh dear.

petr cech' s helmet
petr cech' s helmet

Oh dearie me.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Surely from you it should be “Oh crumbs, oh carrots”?

crapaud
crapaud

Whilst I do like apple crumble, I dont like fooball crumblers

My Arse-nal
My Arse-nal

This Arsenal crumble tastes rancid. However the Utd crumble is most delicious.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Utter dross!!! Thanks to Man City we have a chance but shame we have the early kick-off on Sunday – would like to know the ManUre v Chav result before deciding whether we bother at Leicester, but we go first unfortunately!!!

BidOnLard
BidOnLard

Dude… We lost to each team around Leicester.

James
James

If we had the facility to predict a rating before kick-off we would have the most accurate like for like ratings in the league. It’s the predictability of this team that makes it so hard to care.

Włodarz Aleksander
Włodarz Aleksander

I had a funny feeling before that match as i played ping-pong earlier with a similiar result , damn it 🙁

Jarghs
Jarghs

You played ping pong with a wolf?

A Different George
A Different George

With a Wanderer.

Lilmantoldem
Lilmantoldem

I think it’s time for a squad rebuild

myrtle
myrtle

#unleashsuarez

Andy
Andy

Really?

Rectum Spectrum
Rectum Spectrum

Vardy, Mathew Upson, Demba Ba, Ryan Babel, Chris Smalling, Fellani IN

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Can I hit the Panic button now?

Oh wait …… Looks like I was pressing it all along

alex alexsson
alex alexsson

Only highlight was Nketiah putting that wolves fella on his arse

gooner
gooner

Everyone keeps talking about the defence but we must be the most backpassing team in the league when we reach the opposition box.

It was so fitting that their third goal was a backwards pass from Xhaka. And on 50 minutes, we get a good free-kick in a good position, Ozil decides not to put in the cross, plays it to Xhaka, we pass it a bit sideways and backward till we put it out for a throw.

You can’t put real value on it but how many points we’ve dropped because of the sideways and backward triangles around the box is unbelievable. If we had a Rosicky or Santi to turn and enter that box then we would be talking different positions in the table.

David C
David C

Missing Rambo quite a bit too.

David Hilliers Arm Cast
David Hilliers Arm Cast

I was text commentating for my brother and sent him that instance almost word for word when Ozil took that free kick. I was incensed at the lack of urgency or ideas. Shocking.

Tasmanian Jesus
Tasmanian Jesus

Watched the last 15 mins of both halves with Utd-City.
City plays almost the exact same way as us, just 3 times faster and with more intensity.
And still being 2-0 up, they were going at it like hungry…wolves. exacly what we should have been doing.

UGooner
UGooner

Exactly this. What’s the difference. With us, it will always breakdown. We don’t have players as technical as City’s. They are faster. overall have better touches. More intensity. Less mistakes all round. Why would we keep trying to play this football, without the players to suit it. I understand they get better the more they do it. And at home, they ve done okay. But come on this is crunch time. Last 4 games with CHampions League slipping away, away from home in a tough game. More direct maybe?! SIGH

Melvyn
Melvyn

Spot on my friend..We’ve lost that killer instinct..but nobody else has the title “Invincible’s” and I cannot see a return to those days until the powers at the top stop buying foreign players and nurture the British kids, they know how to fight.

Ragster
Ragster

Those notable British kids like Henry, Viera and Bergkamp.

edzo
edzo

In other words, if we had good players we’d be a better team. If only our owner cared.

atom
atom

The squad needs to be rebuilt still – hopefully we sneak our way into the CL to somehow aid in that. Bellerin, Leno, Holding, Torreira & Laca/Aba all should be mainstays next year (Holding maybe excepted). Every other position should be up for strengthening as too many players simply aren’t getting the job done on a consistent basis/ are starting to get old (Monreal/Kos).

Big fred
Big fred

Have really lost interest in this team. Another great game from captain Ozil I see lads

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

Time for this walking turd earning £350,000 per week to be ousted.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Use the money to fund our NHS instead 😉

Jarghs
Jarghs

We don’t even have a bus to park

Uba
Uba

Ozil is a pathetic weakling; will struggle physically in some women football league
Will be the first name on my summer cull.

George
George

Can always count on planks like you and the one above to cheer me up a bit and add some perspective even after such a horrible defeat. Fat chance I know, but don’t go changing.

Zuhair
Zuhair

Let’s all blame Özil now. I just don’t get it. Is he supposed to magically spout wings and carry the ball to their goal and score?

What the hell is he supposed to do if his midfield colleagues are incompetent?

Apparently, Laca didn’t “get service from his teammates,” and Ozil had “almost zero impact.”

If the others refuse to do their part, why put it on Ozil? Were there just Ozil and Laca on the pitch? Our midfield is not coherent at all. Ozil actually did not have an impact; but that’s because in a team of 11, you need at least 2 or 3 players to help you make an impact.

So if there’s no Mustafi, we’re going to put it all on Özil. Ungrateful, that’s what we Arsenal fans are. Once he’s gone, we’re going to miss his creativity. If all of you are so adamant on him leaving, can you name at least one replacement that we already have/can buy considering our budget?

Sickened.

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

Pile of petulant shit robbing us of £350000 per week. Sell him to china where he can double his oncome

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

People have moaned about the leech Kroenke taking 3m per year but this leech takes 18m a year

Richard
Richard

What game where you watching..’big’ players spur their teams on and lead the charge..Ozil? Just a chicken..and to cap it all..he slows our every attack by trying to ensure the defender moves first (and when they do he has no stamina to complete the dribble)..the guys earns 350k a week..dont think it’s too much we demand more from him

George
George

Hey, do you mind if I call you dick? Dick.

Santori
Santori

Sure blame Ozil since Mustafi didn’t play.

Jack4343
Jack4343

Surely you must be joking. Finding a midfielder that scores 6 goals and 3 assists in 35 games for less than £350k a week? All you gotta do is look across the pitch tonight and find one.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

ruben navas

George
George

They’re clueless nutsacks, the lot of them.

Gerry Proves
Gerry Proves

Laca is a forward, so is reliant on service. Ozil is a playmaker, who should provide that service. They have different roles, so are judged differently.

Alternatives? How about someone like: Diogo Jota who joined Wolves for around 12Mil and is outperforming Ozil week in week out (not just tonight), Ryan Fraser 7 goals 12 assists in an average Bournemouth side.

Miss his creativity? Bellerin has more assists than him this season and Mkhi has more goals. He’s contributing very little.

Our captain, best paid and arguably most talented player is supposed to make a difference when things aren’t going well, but too often he disappears. He’s great when things are going well, but isn’t able to lift a struggling team, and unfortunately, this is a struggling team.

Sadly, he’s a luxury we can’t afford to carry any more.

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles

We wouldn’t get jota for that price though as our owner isn’t a major share holder of medes’ agency. Wolves is a very murky story.

Bendtnerschridtmastree
Bendtnerschridtmastree

Let’s just give the kids the chance they deserve next year

George
George

I hope so too.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

I said this before, but I’m fully for Project Youth 2.0.
We don’t have the money for the heavy investment for a top squad, and may not even get the CL money required. Without that, I don’t really want to watch this squad struggling every season for 4th.

Project Youth at least gives me something to long forward to over 5-10 years. I can get attached to the likes of Eddie, Nelson, Smith-Rowe, Nketiah, Mavros, Saka, Beilik, Willock, etc. and enjoy their development, rather than watching also-rans struggling to make top 4.

That’s not a story I’m interested in.

Jack4343
Jack4343

Agree completely. I love The club but I can’t say I really love any of our players.

David Hilliers Arm Cast
David Hilliers Arm Cast

I love Kos, but he is getting zero help.

A Different George
A Different George

I love Kos, but he did not play well. I love Monreal too, but he was awful. I like Leno okay, but he was even worse than Monreal–two very bad goals conceded. The criticism of Ozil is mostly silly scapegoating.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

I feel this is the heart speaking over the head. The problem with “Project Youth” is that there probably won’t be enough quality from our academy alone to sustain a top 4 side. And while we linger in the Europa netherealm, our best youngsters will get picked off by the big beasts. At best we’ll effectively become a worse version of Ajax.

A better strategy imo will be to improve our scouting and try and nick the VVDs, the Kantes, the Tielmanns, the Manes before they come to the league. It’s more risky than the Liverpool/Chelsea model of letting them prove themselves in the league first, but could be a lot cheaper as well. Plus sprinkle in a couple of sure thing rising stars, players like Sane, and supplement with only the best from our academy.

Perhaps most importantly is we follow the City/Liverpool model of only picking players that follow our philosophy. If you look at those sides, not many of those players look out of place. And the ones that do are often gone quickly. This means no more bargain basement dashes, no more top club firesales, no more awkward swap deals or stopgap loans. It means thinking about whether players actually fit before handing them huge contracts.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

“Heart speaking over the head”

Not really. And even if, that’s not even a bad thing. Football is also a game of the heart as long as the head.

“That there won’t be enough youth to sustain a top 4 side”, look around mate, the current squad isn’t even a top 4 side. That’s why I said Project Youth IF it’s a choice of being also-rans with a sub-bar old squad not good enough for top 4 anyways. Basically if we’re going to be out of the top 4 for the next few years as it seems, then I can enjoy it with a project youth as it gives me a narrative to look towards.

“At best, we’ll become a worst version of Ajax”. Bit of a strawman there. There are other options, such as Spurs who have depended on youth to get to where they are right now. Also, we could become just as good as Ajax.

Also you’re assuming “Project Youth” is only the academy. I never said that. Our first Project Youth had mostly scouted youth prospects. Many of Ajax squad where scouted. At Spurs, you think Alli is from their academy? Project Youth actually implies what you just said, heck I even mentioned Guendouzi and Beilik in the list, both scouted early.

The rest of what you said doesn’t contradict anything I said.

Bertieme
Bertieme

I guess I disagree with the player rating. Those who played against Palace looked gassed. Others like Micki looked light weight. Lacazette doesn’t offer much as a lone striker against a team who are set up to counter-attack. Ozil was involved but there was little movement up front and it all became predictable. Now I see us having the same trouble against Leicester. The result is not surprising but what irks me more is the set-up against Palace at home and I blame the manager for that. Why oh why did he play Jenkinson and Elneny/ Guendouzi. We should have won at Palace but Wolves away even more than Leicester away and Burnley away was going to be difficult.

A Different George
A Different George

We missed Aubameyang and Ramsey.

Ben
Ben

It’s unbelievable how we can get run all over by a team like wolves.

I think one of the main lacks tonight was the strikers and midfielders not really working to create space for passes. More often than not they’d be stationary next to an opposition player. Really frustrating to watch, especially when they get to half way line and have to go backwards again.

I also think sometimes we’re a bit too keen to go backwards. A bit too much emphasis on retaining the ball in training perhaps?
Even when there was an obvious path forward, sometimes they were still playing backwards. A little bit over-drilled maybe.

I also don’t get the attitude…. They’re able to guarantee a place in the champions league just by trying hard every few days, and it seemed like there was a lack of trying. Whether that’s tiredness or something I don’t know – and I don’t live in the life of a professional footballer so I really can’t say – but Wolves seemed to have the energy, and we’re as flat as a pancake.

I wonder why footballers are paid so much money to be professional athletes if they can’t even get motivated to play a game of football.

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

The red side of Manchester seems to have the same problem. Gutless overpaid undermotivated players and embarrassingly easy to beat.

Obama Young

We need a deeper, better squad. This is what happens when you don’t have one.

It’s frustrating, but fatigue is real. Arsenal played April 11, 15, 18, 21 and today. Wolves played April 13, 20, and today. We played like garbage but fatigue was a factor. We just don’t have the squad depth to sustain a top 4 challenge and also a deep run in the Europa when we lose Holding, Bellerin and Welbeck for many months.

The road woes are also real– too many rattlers and crumblers on the squad. Moving some of them on and replacing them with better players who don’t get rattled so easily and crumble so often will be a huge help.

Futsboller
Futsboller

Or better management of the squad at this time of the year — Emery should have take the Palace game in the first half with an attacking lineup of experienced players, and then eased in some subs to close it out and give some guys a rest. He could have played this one, then, quite conservatively — sit back and defend, frustrating a Wolves team who glory in the counterattack — and perhaps gotten a point. We should be sitting with 4 points of 6, not 0.

GraeB
GraeB

Since 30th March weekend Wolves have played 6 games to our 7. They lost at Burnley, Watford and Southampton and drew with Brighton. Their team cost tuppence compared to ours and we have a myriad of coaches, trainers and fitness experts.

Sorry. I can’t accept fatigue as the difference. Wolves fans probably annoyed that they can stuff us and Manure but lose to lesser teams. We are Wolves?

Pat Rice and Beans
Pat Rice and Beans

It’s like Arsenal is fighting to finish out of the top 4.

Monreal – I like the guay, one of our best players in the past years, but he can’t cope with the pace and intensity of the game anymore. Maybe in a 3 atb formation with proper cover and less demand in terms of physicality.

Mikhi – maybe the worst swap deal ever? So frustrating, 1 good game to 20 shit ones. And Alexis managed to be even worse in manure (haha).

Iwobi – please less tricks, pannas, ball rolls and more end product.

Ach
Ach

Too many build up players, not enough players that get the end of it. Take auba (and ramsey to an extent) out and laca is the only one that fit that profile. We used to have Alexis and theo that could scores a lot of goals from the wings, now we got zero players like them. All in all maybe our team is just shit and we are actually overachieving.

Jack4343
Jack4343

Instead of a rating, I’ve decided to call them descriptive cunts…

Lacazette: Lacascoring cunt
Ozil: Overpaid, gimmick shot cunt
Iwobi: Non-finishing cunt
Mkhitarayan: Useless cunt. I mean, next match play his stupid Mikhi doll instead. Same effort and will only cost is £24.95 to acquire.
Xhaka: Wall-ducking, slow as a dump truck cunt
Torreira: Short cunt
Monreal: Has-been cunt
Koscielny: Wore out cunt
Sokratis: Greek statue cunt
Maitland Niles: Care-free, cunt
Leno: Flappy handed cunt

Subs:
Kolasinac:  Poor crossing cunt
Guendouzi: Sideshow Bob imposter cunt
Nkeitah: MOTM I’m not calling him a cunt. He’s the only one that brought his cojones.

goonero
goonero

Sure it’s easy, and probably fairly accurate, to blame Leno for today, but what about the rest of the team? We sat and watched an Arsenal attack with all the penetrative might of a geriatric Eunuch get rebuffed with minimal effort by Wolves for 70+ minutes. Our greatest threat came from a 19 year old making his 6th PL appearance who decided he might try running past players instead of into or away from them.
It’s not a shocking result, it’s just such a dejecting performance that it saps one’s hopes.

We’ve been here before though and Emery managed to turn it round, let’s hope he’s still got it in his locker to eek one last decent run of form out of this team.

Goonas
Goonas

Oh, it’s not only Mustafi?

Dan
Dan

Underrated comment!
Vitriol towards him signifies so much of our forced positivity and subsequent blaming of one person to find a way to maintain that false positivity. This attitude of sliding things under the carpet eventually leads to a complete and sudden breakdown. There has to be a word in psychology for it I can’t remember!

viennagunner
viennagunner

wait, is this 3 losses in 4 pl games?

Frank
Frank

I just can’t blame the manager… there were things last season I felt were Wengers fault and some of those things have improved and some haven’t, but a lot of last season also felt like players letting the manager down. They’ve shown again that mentally they’re fragile and, frankly, some of these players just aren’t actually very good. Big summer needed, whatever happens. If emery gets champions league football he’s pulled off a minor miracle as far as I’m concerned. I’m so tired of seeing certain names on the team sheet.

Pkub
Pkub

👏 👏 👏

Anthony
Anthony

I mostly agree.

Though there are some decisions from Emery that, if it were Wenger, and I hate to compare the two, he would have been lynched. I do think overall he has done ok in his first season, not amazing, and certainly not as poor as some might have you believe. That said, there are some key things this season:

– defensive improvement. No, not really, statistically we are as bad defensively as expected based on goals conceded alone. Emery spoke in his first press conference about the press, stability and solid from the back. I don’t think we are there yet.

– attacking ability. I’d argue while we are still scoring goals, we are less potent than last season. Admittedly, much of that comes from the players we let go last January who genuinely offered a goal threat – Giroud, Walcott, Sanchez.

– system. I still don’t think we have a solid system, it seems to work well enough at home. Which leads on to:

– away form. Why can’t these players perform away from home? It does not make any sense.

– top 4. Remarkably, we are still within touching distance of the top 4. A lot of that is due to how poor Chelsea and United have become though.

– Europa league. I still think this is our best route back into he champions league.

– summer signings. Have mostly worked. Guendouzi looks a real prospect and has had a good first season albeit not spectacular. Torreira I like a lot, those has some iffy moments – he’s not alone in that though!. Sokratis looks good, but not exactly one for the future. Lichtensteiner, hasnt worked out – well not for competetive matches, but I’d imagine he is useful to have around due to his overall experience.

What’s concerning though, is the players we are likely to lose or are losing in the summer, some are difficult to replace and will leave us weaker overall. We all want champions league football, but looking at the squad, are we even equipped to compete in that competition!?!

Scwibble
Scwibble

Good points you’ve mentioned there. I do feel honestly that the system and away form and defence are linked, and that Emery should improve the system to have better defensive structure and thus away results.

Another point that’s quite important is that we have suffered injuries to key players, Holding, Welbeck, Bellerin. They were doing really well and without them the squad has struggled more for rotation. The squad is thin and it shows.

Matt P
Matt P

Agree. I have been a bit of a fence sitter on Xhaka, but I think overall he’s not regular first team material. Keep him as squad back up, but upgrade. Same applies to Iwobi.
Mhiki is another. Shows real quality at times, but far too inconsistent. Sell.
Ozil? Hmmmm I will be kind and give benefit of the doubt and hope he delivers more with better quality in the team.
And it goes without saying we need a high quality central defender.

So in summary we need a top flight CD, a top flight CM and a top flight winger. Please.

Matt P
Matt P

Total fucken garbage. Deeney has a point….

Matt P
Matt P

I guess some don’t agree with his point that we seriously lack balls.
I do. Even if he’s a cunt.

Stephen
Stephen

Sorry can’t agree there. Obvious reasons are obvious.

MDizzle
MDizzle

I didn’t watch the game so I cannot vote, but I’d like to see the ratings. I’d consider changing the way you do things here as just means in future I’ll click somewhere else if I want to see the ratings.

Hantal
Hantal

Far too generous. We were absolute shit

Matt P
Matt P

Gee, the mentality of our team has been so lacking for so long.
Mentality is the only thing that can explain us fucking up away from home against average teams.
It seems like our players are spoilt little cunts who can only perform (ok, apart form the odd home mishap) within the comfort of their home conditions and ground.

Down with the spuds
Down with the spuds

Maybe we should play the youth team in place of the 1st give them a chance to show them up then if we do lose then we have a good enough excuse for being so dreadful

George
George

Depressing.

indiegooner
indiegooner

Few weeks back, after our matches against top 4 teams were done I made a comment here that we have a very good chance of finishing third as our run in is much benign compared to others around us.

I have to say now that I feel like a very silly person.

SID
SID

I remember seeing that comment and thinking–“this is Arsenal, nothing is straight forward”

Here we are.

Santori
Santori

3 goals leaked first half with a pairing of the much vaunted Koscielny and Sokratis in a back 4.

Rich
Rich

Criticise the manager for overplaying Koscielny, criticise the manager if he rests his best players during a busy period……

Niles isn’t a right back, but it’s either try and educate him there? Or play Lichtstiner or Jenkinson?
I think playing Nile’s there is the right call.

This squad of players is weak, Ozil is finished as a player and has been for a longtime, and Mkhitaryan is frustrating at best.

I’m not sure why anyone is surprised or angry by our last two results, it’s been coming for a while, we’re really not very good.

A Different George
A Different George

“Ozil is finished as a player and has been for a longtime.” Good God.

DefaultGray
DefaultGray

I was at this game and found myself laughing aloud at our defence, utterly woeful inability to exert any pressure on Wolves’ attackers, while our front line played like strangers. Bit harsh on Iwobi, he was the only one of ours trying to make something happen.

JoolzyBergkamp
JoolzyBergkamp

Iwobi and Mikky are Walcott and Ox in disguise… they are all flash until the defenders push them to the endlines.
So wasteful.

Poor Laca … no service.

Not Leno’s best day … but the defending has been woeful on most of these away matches.

kleinmeister

Absolute shite / 10. That was us tonight. I did my quads venting the anger in the gym tonight. Thanks Arsenal, as always

trugun
trugun

I can’t bear to watch anymore, they are like lambs to the slaughter, no fight, no backbone, no interest!

Suhail
Suhail

I’ve been one of the biggest Ozil fan. In fact I almost stopped watching the games earlier this season when he was being frozen out by Emery.

Since his come back to the side, I’ve been watching him every single second on the pitch to highlight good things he does but unfortunately I find more bad things than I want to acknowledge.

He has no strength left in his feet or he doesn’t bother using it anymore. Will not cross, will not play a cross-field pass, will not hit it hard enough to go halfway across the field. Plays the closest pass in the softest manner. Every corner or free kick he’s left to take responsibility invariably ends up a short pass to someone close to him. No wonder Xhaka has taken over.

Weakness in similar vein when it comes to dribbling. But he’s played at the highest fcking level for a long fcking time. He’s 30. He’s done. Can’t be delusional to say Ozil’s a shit player because he was absolute beast for Madrid, Germany and initial Arsenal years. But also can’t be delusional to say he’s still the main man as he’s really past it and for good reason.

Acknowledge and celebrate the fact that one of the games greatest No. 10 made Arsenal his home of a number of years. He’s arrival co-incided with his finally getting back into trophies after a decade drought. Respect the guy and his contribution but absolutely find a new play maker to build around.

Merteslacker
Merteslacker

This is one garbage long post only Ozil haters disguised as his ‘biggest fan’ could dream up.

No one was blameless in today’s shamble defeat but to throw Ozil under a bus in a game like today is just pure deceit.

Santori
Santori

no Mustafi to blame so blame Ozil.

Some people will refuse to see our issues and keep finding scapegoats.

when all else fails its Kroenke’s fault for being silent.

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

Seriously.

Ozil is consistently shit & was again today.

I’d rather allow a raw player some game time in order to improve rather than allow this arrogant, petulant person to waltz around the field.

I don’t get this “he wasn’t the only one attitude”, he is “the only one” earning such high wages, he is playing like a £35k a week player rather than a £350k a week superstar.

hustle6
hustle6

This.

to compliment your post I would like to post a selection of hipster ozil quotes I’ve literally heard in a London gastro pub last night.

“In any case I delight in watching Ozil’s niche, nuanced and stylistic play. you don’t like him I mean you don’t like football. 87% pass completion in a team which is not defensively minded”

“oh did you see him control it with 1 touch on the half way line though? Worldy”

“I don’t really rate him but I just don’t think we should stand for Xenophobia in 2019”

“Play Ozil AWAY VS LEICESTER because he played so well vs them early in the season” <- that one really got me

Funny that work shy trust fund overpaid hipsters identify with ozil so much.

Everyone was shit though.

A Different George
A Different George

Why do you go to London gastro pubs to watch the match with “work shy trust fund overpaid hipsters”? Do they at least pay for your beers? The least they can do while you transcribe things they have “literally” said.

Santori
Santori

As mentioned, we have issues beyond Mustafi that conveniently get ignored as some prefer to blame the scapegoat for everything.

Wake Up.

This team has limits because in part it has been poorly added on to by Mslintat (and Raul)

Many issues have been ignored, low hanging fruit brought in to all but limit the wage bill and usher in the PANIC LOAN age.

1) Leno – Could have been more proactive coming out for the second goal.

2) AMN – Mixed. Some decent work but not focused. Missed simple traps a number of time. Seems symptomatic of the team at the moment.

3) Sokratis – Got the goal. BUT not sure how much more secure we are without Mustafi. Same as Mustafi last match, played 4 Wolves players on side for the second.

4) Koscielny – Again I don’t think we helped ourselves setting up with a back 4. As mentioned feel we cannot get away from a back 3 at the moment. When we held back 3 last game, Mustafi was OK first half. The moment we switched to back 4, his game went. Similarly today back 4 left plenty to be desired as they enjoyed overloads in wide areas and we looked confused at times.

5) Monreal – BOTH fullbacks had their hands full. Lots of positional issues as they easily got in on our flanks. Monreal unable to assert much presence further forward. Passing was poor.

6) Granit – We transition too slowly. Granit can hit them quicker for us but the movement up top perhaps lacking particularly without Auba as the extra man. Often times we took the ball out from the back so slowly they got into position and we had no where to pass to. Players up top were to static. We have issues in midfield we need to resolve but we are also not using the strengths in midfield to the best possible effect.

7) Torreira – Too many people build him up to near mythical proportions. He’s only 5’5. And that showed as yet again inexplicably he is the weak link through no fault of him but bc of his physical limitations. Why he was left to attack the first ball from the corner against Palace is a question nobody bothers to ask as they focus blame on Mustafi.

As I mention we had systemic issues at Palace.

Same today with Torreira placed in the wall gifting Neves a nice little window to goal.

Nor is Torreira the “Santi Carzola’ many would prefer to imagine him bc of his height. We have lack true authority in midfield and do NOT have the player able to hold ball to feet or carry forward on the move as we did with Viera, Diaby (for limited time) and Santi (Great purchase and switch by Wenger)

Torreira is an OK player. BUT as I mentioned before he has had poor patches costing us goals. An inconvenient truth for some.

8) Ozil – Held the ball far too long today. BUT perhaps a lack of movement in front with only Laca to aim for and our narrow back 4 not providing sufficient support to the wide players also coming in to play. Lacked the ability to lift the team further but he isn’t the only one. Realistically we had no one to throw on to make a difference or spark the team to life.

9) Iwobi – Poor today. Nominally the only player who can engage and pull defenses apart. BUT not supported by Kolasinac and the 3 at the back being one issue. When Kolasinac came on, the overall effort had descended into a moldy tepidness.

10) Mhkitaryan – He was on the pitch? As I’ve mentioned, we have a player that is pass his prime. Nothing from the right side. We know what we needed from right since Alexis was at the club. Nothing done when there was opportunity.

11) Laca – Usual hustle but felt he may have needed Auba to feed off or someone closer. Seemed isolated. Again our team needs to pass and play. When lines are constricted we go sideways or backwards. Even so, several opportunities I felt he needed to be hungrier to the ball.

12) Kolasinac – Came on but was poor with passing, not able to get going and did not have his usual chemistry with Iwobi.

13) Guendouzi – Unai wanted more movement forward with the ball, more engagement which Torreira was not delivering. Don’t think Guendouzi was able to do much more. Partially our play from the back is too slow and measured. We fail to capitalise when they have four players up in our box and out of position.

One of the positives I constantly highlight with Mustafi is that he is always used to pump the ball forward quickly. He isn’t Granit in terms of accuracy but it moves the ball from back to front faster for us.

14) Nketiah – It shows how dire the performance is when he is prob MOTM for us even though he was largely ineffective. It was a roll of the dice for Unai without Auba to throw on and with no one (like say a Sagna) grabbing the team by the scruff of the neck and hauling us back into contention.

At times we look like we were just playing out time, resigned to fate.

Nketiah at very least did not seem afraid and tried to take on players, make something happen. But when he got the ball into the box, Laca was not sharp enough. he was let down by the seniors.

Gaffer – I felt he got it wrong with the back 4 and we were overloaded by them on the flanks. Plus we have not addressed systemic issues defending set pieces. We took too long to change system.

BUT he has also limitations in the composition of the squad (plus injuries to some players that may have made a difference)

We need to keep pushing but clearly on evidence, Unai was correct that it wasn’t just a ‘Mustafi issue’. We have FAR bigger problems as yet unresolved (in no part thanks to how we have gone about in transfers recently)

Inconvenient truth.

A Different George
A Different George

Well, awfully kind to Leno. Terrible goal keeping. By the way, it looked to me like the first goal went over Koscielny, not Torreira and that no one could have done much to stop it–a brilliant free kick. Of course, don’t commit fouls there.

Rochester
Rochester

Just impressed you bother to do player ratings after this shit. Just paid extra to get nbc sports gold (US) to be able to watch the last two games. Jesus fuck that was stupid. Rivals being equally shit is the only chance

Stephen
Stephen

The thing I noticed about Nketiah (and Guendouzi to some extent) is that sluggish is so much our new norm that Eddie’s energy kind of took me by surprise. Why do Palace and Wolves tear us apart? Energy! Ozil’s not the only one – James pointed to this in his On The Whistle. All the older players are players who USED to be great – and still can be in flashes – but only to dangle some hope in front of you as they continue their inevitable and natural decline.

nullvinho
nullvinho

Emery was supposed to have done a presentation about making us more solid defensively, which hasn’t happened. He needs to get his act straight.

zadok
zadok

thanks to arsenal, i can make through any shit in my life. life-insurance to stress!

woTan
woTan

Sorry! ‘all shits’* now i feel awkward, because, there’s no need to edit a mere comment that probably nobody gives a shit LOL

Rostock Gooner
Rostock Gooner

Shame on you, Mustafi

UGooner
UGooner

I will just caveat this so you don’t get me wrong by saying I think Emery has done a decent job so far. Especially considering what he inherited and the much needed investment this squad needs.

That said, he got this one terribly wrong. Starting with a back 4 away from home did not seem like the answer. Especially with the players dominating the ball or being the protagonists as he says. At the very least they should not have played so high up, when it is obvious they will be caught out of position time and time again!

As for the players, the less said the better. We need quite a few upgrades. The squad needs to be deeper as well. And sadly, there is still lots of news linking our transfer spending to Champions League qualification. The owners are stupid if this comes to pass. Because no investment and it will be the same next year. Poo-L and Shitty are already miles ahead of us. Fucking United, Chelshit will definitely upgrade with all their money, and already have better squads. I won’t even talk about the Spuds ’cause fuck them.

Oh well, we have a chance…. coyg (Can’t even shout it no more)

Melvyn
Melvyn

Oh it’s only football but the Arsenal squad think they are all invincible, paid too much with little or nothing to show for it.

shaka
shaka

Guendouzi is the most crap player ever that I have seen play in Arsenal midfield….totally crap in talent, attitude and character.

Rectum Spectrum
Rectum Spectrum

struggling to see what emery has brought to the club. all the failings today are inherited from arsenal, a mentally weak team. weaklings. but can’t see any real difference from emery. I cannot imagine how they play, the team selection, would be any different if Wenger stayed.