Bielsa: Nketiah is a complete player

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After watching Eddie Nketiah bag a third goal in five appearances, Leeds United manager Marco Bielsa has labelled the Arsenal striker a ‘complete player’.

The 20-year-old made another telling contribution off the bench, this time crashing home a late close-range effort to break Barnsley’s stubborn resistance as the Elland Road outfit went top of the Championship with a 2-0 win.

After the match, Bielsa said of his loanee: “Nketiah is a striker who scores goals. Some players get involved a lot in finishing moves, more than creating them. He is a finisher.

“He has good characteristics to combine with his teammates, to play in this side and give more options. He is a complete player.”

Obviously, it’s great to see Eddie thriving. That said, he’s helping Leeds. And everyone hates them. They are very grubby.

Also, we’re starting to wonder whether letting him go for 12 months was a good idea given our heavy over-reliance on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the now-injured Alex Lacazette.

Especially when we’re going to need to score seven goals just to win a game because we’re absolute doughnuts in defence.

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Kolkata_Gooner
Kolkata_Gooner

Can we get Bielsa as manager?

Cowabunga
Cowabunga

Many big manager’s talk about Bielsa as their inspiration.

Kolkata_Gooner
Kolkata_Gooner

I know. It was not a sarcastic comment.

Cowabunga
Cowabunga

I didn’t think so either, just wanted to point it out for those who don’t know.

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

Yay.. friends!

Danger Mouse
Danger Mouse

Bielsa – “Nketia is a complete player”

Me – “ Luiz is a complete bellend “

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Arsenal is a complete shitshow?

Jai
Jai

Not an Emery related article, but after yesterday I feel fully justified in this..

Emery’s Sevilla did not ONCE finish in the top 4 under Emery. Not once. They shipped 50 goals on average every season in the league, so probably 60+ every season in all competitions. Every year they won the Europa (by a lot of luck too if you look closely), they always got knocked out in the group stages of the CL to end up back in the Europa. Damning, Emery is simply not an elite manager of any kind.

Emery had probably Valencia’s best squad ever from 2008-12 with Villa, Mata, Silva, Baraja, etc and not ONCE did he finish anywhere close to the top 2 or even win a trophy. It’s not a surprise most Valencia fans despise him if you look around

PSG let in their most goals in the league for many years in 16/17 in Emery’s first season there, embarrassingly lost the title to a bunch of kids at Monaco (who were coached by a superior manager in Jardim) and well, embarrassed himself in the CL as usual. He needed £360m on Neymar and Mbappe to win Ligue 1, which tells you a LOT about his coaching ability.

The fact that Arsenal appointed him after all this suggests that Gazidis, and whoever else played a role, did not actually do any research at all and simply appointed the man who sounded the best during the interview stage.

Sam
Sam

And also the fact that Emery was a free agent and a “safe” bet compared to the prodigious Arteta.

Byo
Byo

Arteta? With no pedigree as a head coach? To use arsenal as a lab? I’m sure there are better options out there. A few coaches in the bundesliga are doing bits, just like Farke and Hassenhutl here.

My Cousin Vinai
My Cousin Vinai

Lol at calling Arteta a “prodigy”.
The Arteta Myth is growing strong by each day, it seems.

Jai
Jai

Moreover, in Valencia’s 09/10 season when they had Silva, Villa and Mata as the front 3 for the last time, Valencia scored only 59 goals in the league. That is pathetic, and shows you all about Emery’s so called style of play. He is NOT an attacking manager, and he is NOT a defensive manager. He’s a mess.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Because sevillia where already poor and not top 4 material.
That’s a stupid argument and amounts to saying, Brendan Rodgers is a failure if he does not get top 4 with Leicester.

Jai
Jai

Nonsense. Sevilla had a very decent team in 2013-16, Poch was a coach of Espanyol and even then he managed to improve them defensively, for example. A manager’s past history is very important when you consider them for a job like Arsenal’s. NOTHING suggested that Emery was the right man lol, fucking ridiculous

Dave
Dave

I share the same sentiments, however there’s plenty of ‘Emery’ articles to publish comments such as this on.

Please keep this debate related to how well Nketiah is doing.

Jai
Jai

I love Nketiah and am happy he’s doing well this season. Hopefully when he returns, he’ll have a new manager to play under who can maximise his ability 😉

kaius
kaius

You love Eddie so much you’ll happily exploit his success for yet another rant.

This is how this site became a toxic mess with the whole WengerOut nonsense. Let’s not repeat that please

Jai
Jai

“Since Unai Emery took charge, Arsenal have faced 115 shots on target away from home in the Premier League.

Burnley are the only team to have faced more (117).”

We live in the West fella, freedom of speech and all. It’s my right to comment what I want to, and it’s your choice to not like it 🙂

kaius
kaius

There’s no finer symbol of Western civilisation than invoking freedom of speech on a footie blog about an Arsenal loanee scoring goals for Leeds Utd

khan
khan

@JAI Burned!!

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

I’m doffing my invisible hat to you Kaius!

ScotchEggsRule
ScotchEggsRule

“There’s no finer symbol of Western civilisation than invoking freedom of speech…”

Could have just left it there…

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Here is a comment related to Nketiah : He deserves a better coach at Arsenal to become a top-class striker. Plus, the guy might sell him like he did to Bielik.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

lol, Emery never once finished on top 2 with valencia ?
Competing with RM’s mourinho And Barca Pep?
That’s brainless and lazy.
we get it you’re mad. We all are. posting some sense?

Jai
Jai

I said he didn’t even come CLOSE to finishing top 2. 20 points difference. Learn to read before arguing back.

kaius
kaius

Such a poor argument.

The problem with Emery is what he’s doing now at Arsenal, not what he did at Sevilla or Valencia. In reality Emery was part of a really successful decade for Spanish football clubs in Europe. You’re ignoring so much context, it’s like critising Arsenal for not winning the league during the banter years when we clearly had different priorities.

Kolkata_Gooner
Kolkata_Gooner

I was unsure about posting an Emery related comment now, a day late, and after everything that could be said has already been said, but I think I’ll just take this opportunity to add to your comment.
What worries me most about yesterday’s performance, and our current state which is a continuation from last season, is that we don’t have a form – even when we win, like we did against Newcastle or Burnley, it is not by virtue of something we achieved as a team and therefore something that can be credited to Emery, but because of the brilliance of a few individuals who we are lucky to have, or because of unforced errors from the opposition. Even if we managed to pull together some kind of a positive run in the next few weeks in terms of results, I’d still be worried if we are playing like the formless team we currently are.
The only time since Emery joined that we looked like a side that had some kind of form was when we went on that unbeaten run at the beginning of last season. We were getting to terms with playing out from the back, and we were trying to press from the front, and in some games, our performances in the second half were raised to another level for reason. You’d think if we stuck to that, after a season, the players could only get better at those things right? But no, I don’t know what he has been saying to them, and what drills they practice, these players do not seem to have any clue at all – we don’t press anymore, and we can’t pass a ball out of the back against a pub side. We could not get out of our half against a bottom side for a WHOLE HALF. It still hasn’t sunk in yet. Even if we manage to get top 4 somehow at the end of the season, it will be because we have world class strikers, and because the rest of the sides are as bad as us. EVEN if we managed to get top 4, I WOULD NOT have much faith in Emery. This performance was that bad. Add to that the last 12 games in the PL, plus the Europa League final, and it shows just how mediocre we are, and that is with a front three that any team would die for.
Having said that, I do hope that Emery will prove us all wrong, and this team will perform to its full potential starting from the next game.

bill
bill

and lets not forget that he didn’t want RAMSEY in the team…He came to our club, flapped around for 2 seasons, let our magic front 4 (that was a gift left from Wenger, let’s be honest) fall apart, and destroyed our identity…I love the guy, he’s classy, he works hard, but he’s just ruining our club to be honest.

Homer
Homer

Total BS.

Ramsey left of his own volition. He said he wanted a new challenge. And he left on a Bosman, so will never have to worry about money ever again. And Arsenal were not gonna break the wage structure again after the Ozil mistake.

Another foolish post. Get a grip people. A long season to go. Too much pearl-clutching already. You know, Citeh could use a few more plastic fans; perhaps you’d like supporting them better.

Goonerink

we pulled the offer we had on the table.
ramsey may have said he left for a new challenge, but that was probably after asking (and justifying last season) for wages closer to ozil.

there are many valid points already been made by our fellow fans.
what makes your/andrews/james’ opinions more valid? fans are more informed than ever, and we can all see something is up with the team.

ScotchEggsRule
ScotchEggsRule

Criticising a manager who is making a complete hash of things is “pearl clutching”?

Homer
Homer

Oh, FFS.

Emery inhierited a disorganized, topheavy side from Wenger. He’s just started his 2nd season. After an international break.

You are talking about what drills Arsenal does on the practice pitch — as if you have a freaking clue what those are. Get a grip. Your arguments are foolish.

You start off your post saying you were “unsure” about making an Emery post. Well, your gut instinct was right. You should not make a silly Emery criticism post based on absolute ignorance.

Kolkata_Gooner
Kolkata_Gooner

I don’t need to know the drills they are doing to tell that they are not working. Your argument is analogous to saying something like “Since you don’t know how to make a movie, you should not criticize it!”
On your other point, lets just say Lampard, whose only previous managerial experience is managing a Championship side for a season, who inherited a pretty out of shape team that have lost their star player and with a transfer ban, has still managed to instill a style and direction in his team in less than a few months. In reality we should be way ahead of them right now simply because we have a much better, more experienced squad. Yet we are a team that has conceded the MOST number of shots (90+) in 5 games among all the major leagues in Europe and we can’t string two passes together. Does that make you happy?

khan
khan

how were they getting into UCL if not finishing top 4??

Jai
Jai

By winning the Europa League..

A Different George
A Different George

No, that is a new rule; I think the first time was when Man United won two years ago. Check your story.

ScotchEggsRule
ScotchEggsRule

Winning the Europa League….

Homer
Homer

Absolute rubbish post.
Try again.

para
para

It seems that Emery is a placeholder for the one they did not get while waiting for him. I think Emery lost full control of the team about 3/4 way through last season and those above are doing some of that. Emery is not so animated anymore and he does look jaded, the same look in AW eyes just before he announced his departure. Look at his eyes closely.
Maybe i’m seeing things, but…

Red Arrow
Red Arrow

Wow! Great research Jai. How did Arsenal employ a guy with such awful stats?

Richie

Mkhitarian also scored for Roma yesterday.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Unpopular opinion:
Scoring goals from the bench is not a big sign of progress.
We noticed this with mediocre Nelson.
I’d say a more telling sign would be to make yourself an integral part of the squad, starting every game, stay on for 90 minutes, contributing consistently.
That should be the standard for playing at Arsenal, nothing less.
Take heed of the likes of Abraham & Mount.

Kran Stoenke
Kran Stoenke

Abraham and Mount wouldn’t be starting if it weren’t for the transfer ban. Not because Chelsea was willing to bet on young players or anything. Same with rashford and united. Emery played xhaka as lb/rb and cb and iwobi/mkhi as lb as needed instead of using the u19s so I doubt nketiah would ever start for arsenal unless emery leaves

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Abraham netted some 26 goals in the last season,
and Mount contributed 11 goals & 6 assists from midfield.
The point is, Chelsea has many loanees but called back those who proved them selves consistently. And gave them the chance over more experienced players.
both played 40+ games for their respective clubs.

Dave
Dave

Give the guy a chance to establish him as first choice for Leeds perhaps, before criticising his progress.

He’s 20 years old and only just joined the club.

Some people’s expectations are ridiculous – especially when you consider that managers often don’t like starting loanees – see Serge Gnabry.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

I was talking about the general standards the club should follow in choosing who is good enough for the team.
It’s not late for Eddie, he can pull through. Again I’m talking about a general rule.
But still, my example of Nelson has merit. He’s nowhere near good enough for the starting XI, and so his loan was not very useful based on that. We need to raise the standard high.
That applies to everyone.
Chav’s loanees would not be starting every game without prior proof of being able to handle a starting role in another place.

kaius
kaius

I tend to agree with you on this. Eddie is not ready yet.

We should consider that Eddie could be a massive success at Leeds and still not make it at Arsenal. I hope he does though – he has that Inzaghi goal-poacher instinct about him which is rare these days.

02ba
02ba

Truly scary performance yesterday. It’s not a loaner back that we need it’s a new manager.

Neil
Neil

Once again, Arsenal loans out players that should have stayed with the club. Given that the injury curse will never go away, one would have thought the the manager/management would have learned.

Vaibhav

Doughnuts hahaha 😀

DatguyPepe
DatguyPepe

It sucks that most players who leave us permanently or semi permanently do well in other colors. Are failing them? Are we finding it hard to coach and utilise them?

khan
khan

Eddie would have been a great backup to Laca and Pierre, he had a great preseason with us before going on loan to leeds.

Ketan
Ketan

Their doughnuts make me go nuts

Naija Gunner
Naija Gunner

“Especially when we’re going to need to score seven goals just to win a game because we’re absolute doughnuts in defence.”
🤣😀😂😁😁😂😀🤣🤣

SantaClausola
SantaClausola

Jesus some people are clueless. Because he has done well from the bench in the championship no way means he should of stayed with us because he would of been a ‘great backup’. Eddie has a bright future in the game but it was obvious that he needed games to mature at a good competitive level. His finishing when playing fornthe Arsenal first team in competitive games needed work and this loan move is what he needs to play, get better and gain confidence. All that most likely would of happened if we kept him, is he plays minimal minutes and when he doesn’t rescue us by scoring in the 8 minutes he is given when losing to a prem team, the comments of “he needs a loan” will appear. Do people not learn from calling Guendouzi the next best thing after 1 assist, to being part of our worst performance in a long time.

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

All 11 players plus subs bar our 1st half atrack were part of our worst performance in a long time. Guendouzi is class hence being called up to the france team

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

have

0232333
0232333

Nketiah banging goals for fun for leeds, can he do it for arseanl on a very very hot sunday afternoon at vicarage road?

My Cousin Vinai
My Cousin Vinai

I saw over 50 comments and got excited that fans were paying more attention to our loanees unlike in the past.

But instead all I see is EmeryOut or people claiming Eddie must be shit because he’s not starting even though he’s currently on like better run of 1 goals every 2 games.

Tungor_Adams
Tungor_Adams

It was right to loan him out, banging in goals and building confidence and harder skin will only help us in the long run. Great work Eddie

Santori
Santori

Fortunately he is only on strong loan which will be great for us if he develops.

Currently we have to fix our transfer team. we’ve let too many good players leave. after Gnabry, Maalen and Bennacer

One senior player I felt was a mistake to let go is Iwobi.

We’ve seen it before with young talents (Ramsey, Walcott, Jack) they don’t get consistent until 23yrs. And even so.

Guendouzi yesterday reminded us he is still very young. Some prefer to lay into Granit even if he did not concede 2 penalties in 3 matches or make a stupid short pass inside his box.

BUT Guendouzi had a poor match by all accounts yet the focus is always invariably on Granit or Mustafi.

Iwobi I felt was useful to balance out the promise of Pepe.

Again the same voices critical of Granit or ozil or Kolasinac were wanking off to Pepe at 72m. But what did he do yesterday. I know early days and all but was he industrious enough off the ball? He certainly was not as effective as Ozil even and that’s saying a lot.

We let iwobi go because the price was good but we also put ourselves in the position to have to sell bc we IMO over spent on Pepe and Saliba, added Tierney unnecessarily too early.

Instead of having the Nigerian to call upon and some experience, we had to throw Nelson into the deep end.

In fact if we get any sort of knock up top, we will be dependent on Nelson or Martinelli (or Saka), the latter two extremely untested at senior level.

This is not good squad management IMO particularly when you consider we needed to improve at Cback but our plan was to keep an over the hill Kosceilny and an existentially available Saliba (proven over a narrow band width of just 19 matches at senior level)

Again too many fans easily wowed by heavy spending on Pepe (not saying he won’t come good) but we saw a much more frugally priced Deulofeo out perform him yesterday.

Could we have not got say Ziyech or Fekir and had equal or close to equal effect with change left over to put into a proper Cback other than a band aid panic buy from Chelsea?

Had we not spend (eventually) 72m + 27m commitment to Pepe and Saliba, funneled 25m for Tierney into a proper solution at Cback, we could have got one of the more complete young Liepzig lads instead.

As I mentioned before, we are not doing business that much better. We are being creative throwing money at the problem but that does not mean we have covered all the holes or got more effective solutions for price.

Had we wanted to show more ambition, I would have found a way to get Luis Campos over from LOSC. Just think, the Ligue 1 club has more ambition than us.

Instead, we got Edu.

para
para

Eddie is probably earmarked to replace Auba when his time is up. As long as Eddie continues to grow he will return to Arsenal and play with Auba til Auba has to go.