Arsenal’s away day woes continued with a damaging, disappointing 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane this evening.

A first half goal from Lys Mousset was enough to give the Blades the win. Nicolas Pepe missed a great chance to put the Gunners ahead, after what was our best piece of football on the night, but after that it was the usual staid, uninspiring performance that is becoming the default for Unai Emery in the Premier League.

The player ratings don’t really reflect much, because it feels much more like a problem with the system and how we’re being sent out to play than the players themselves.

This one is 100% on the manager.

Read the Sheffield United 1-0 Arsenal report and see the goal here.

Here’s how the players rated this evening.

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HelderHughes
HelderHughes

10 / 10 Getting reminded of the glorious Eddie every time McGoldrick got the ball.

0 / 10 The clown pundit on my NBC stream who thought it was hilarious when that prick decided to bodycheck Pepe, leaving him needing treatment in a heap on the ground.

Damo Dinkum
Damo Dinkum

As terrible as our overall performance was, and as terrible as his miss was, I thought Pepe’s first half performance was one of the few positives on an awful day

Tim
Tim

He wasn’t bad but every time he got the ball in an attacking position our attack fizzled out into nothing.

PEA14
PEA14

I hate to admit it. But that seems to be increasing true

Matt
Matt

I have to agree with you – without Ceballos/Ozil and Willock a left wondering a bit, i thought he was our best and at times only creative outlet. I like that he brings it into the middle a bit more now that he realises hes got not alot of help out wide. You have to get a boot to that though *facepalm*

Reality check
Reality check

Pepe is doing his job pretty well, ghosting past players with ease but he is doing it to far off from the opposition box. If he does that around their box he’ll create chaos. But the problem is we lack control to pin opposition back in their half and he hardly has anyone to link with. Laca, with his hold up play droping in no10 might bring the best out of him.

George
George

Fuck Pepe, my nan’s nan’s nan would have put that away. He needs to grow a pair and just start playing. Pathetic.

Martinellis belly
Martinellis belly

Every player in the world misses those chances sometimes. Even your Messi or Ronaldos.
Overall he was certainly out most threatening player

Ricky
Ricky

He has 1 goal in 11 matches and that was a penalty that was gifted to him…Time to expect more from this guy.

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

Hi George, your nan’s nan’s nan sounds awesome, why isn’t she playing in the premiership?

David Goodwin
David Goodwin

Pepe was for me really disappointing. The one footedness meant that every time he actually went down the flank he had to check back onto his left foot to cross the ball. He continually cut towards goal – into the 3 man Sheff Utd defence – when the space was in the full back areas. I’m wondering if it might be better the play him on the left flank let him put in some low crosses and cutbacks to Auba and Laca. I really do believe he would be more effective there.

Awesomesauce25
Awesomesauce25

Think we have that tactic covered on ther left with Kola and Tierney.

Martinellis belly
Martinellis belly

Once a fit Bellerin comes back it changes the dynamic. The defender has to decide whether to let Pepe cut in and shoot/ pass or go with Bellerin overlapping on the outside. At the moment the defender knows there is no threat to worry about on the outside.

Mick Malthouse
Mick Malthouse

Take 3 off every rating.

JustDoneIt
JustDoneIt

Yes Sead the top four race is wide open, it’s just we’re not in it. Fucks sake!

Henkamp
Henkamp

Literally every time they come out to talk tough after a string of rivals have dropped points, they go on to pay absolute crap and miss the opportunity to capitalize on other results.

It was Xhaka last year before his brain fart against Brighton.

We should be six ahead of the spuds and about 8 ahead of united. But they both gained a point on us instead.

George
George

We’re not finishing top-4 as it stands. No chance. Book it.

I want Emery gone, the sooner the better. That’s not football out there, it’s just not. They are far less than the sum of their parts. Do we attack well? No. Do we defend well? No. Do we take set pieces well? No. Do we hold possession well? … you get the picture.

Put Freddy in as interim for all I care. Nothing to lose.

Henry Ubaka
Henry Ubaka

Spot on. As long as we have Guendouzi and Xhaka as our deep playing midfielders we ll struggle to create as simple as that.

Sean
Sean

I currently dislike the manager of my own team more than any other figure at any other premier league club (player or coach). This really isn’t good.

Flavoured Rice

My sentiments exactly. This ship is sunk with him in charge and yet we are stuck with him until January at best. Depressing

Mo mo mo
Mo mo mo

You know there’s no transfer windows for managers, right? 😉

KongoKim
KongoKim

Nah fuck it. Kick him out now and let the new man figure out the/some/any needs till january.

Mpls
Mpls

Freddie could handle it until a new manager is brought in.
First things first though, Raul has got to have a talk with Emery. Pronto.

KongoKim
KongoKim

Huh?! Yeah…i get that u are angry and stuff but are u aware that john terry, fat frank and solskjaer coaching clubs while lingard, alli and marcos alonso are still alive?

Anders Limpar
Anders Limpar

0/10 Unai Emery. 18 months and still doesn’t have a tactical grasp of premier League football.

The Spanish David Moyes.

Emeryball.

Embarrassing.

N10
N10

I’ve given Emery every chance I can.
Now I see, fully and once for all, that certain aspects of his approach (conservative lineups, too much tinkering) are simply NOT going to change.
A penny for Edu’s thoughts.
Enrique is the plan for long-term replacement, if Raul has his way. Who knows though.
Freddie is more than capable and ready to take this thing over tomorrow.
Over to you, Josh!

Me2
Me2

Basil Brush could do a better job than Emery right now…
Get on to the BBC right now…

Me2
Me2

Sorry…
My Mistake.
Get on to ITV right now…

George
George

Haha, boom!

I needed a laugh after that. Cheers.

Eric Blair
Eric Blair

I gave up watching after 15 mins, it was so predictable. I never did that under Wenger, even in the final horrible months of his time.

There were far more enjoyable uses of my time, so instead I put on some beautiful new Look Keo Blade Carbon pedals on my super-fast Giant TCR Advanced racing bike which I will give a test some time later today.

Jalex
Jalex

Ooh whats the TCR like? I was debating whether to save for that or the Ribble r872…

goonshow
goonshow

May I respectfully point out that our football quality has descended to the point where the player ratings forum becomes a cycling blog!

Eric Blair
Eric Blair

Get the TCR; fast and rib-punchingly aggressive, compliant, comfortable, and cheaper than the alternatives.

Zadok
Zadok

Emery couldn’t survive in Fifa 16.

Karl
Karl

This felt hopelessly predictable. Sideways passing with players reluctant to take on an opponent. Unai just doesn’t have the ideas and right mentality to make the difference.

Henry XIV
Henry XIV

I’m glad that I’ve said what need to be said about Unai Emery when he was winning points. Now that he lost the points, its really much easier to say it again that clueless Emery is not meant to manage Arsenal.

GS14
GS14

When are my ratings going to load? 🙁

backsakacrack
backsakacrack

This web server isn’t going to last the season at this rate.
Get a new one blogs! #server out

Scigunner
Scigunner

Waiting since yesterday night 😕

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

I can’t scroll past the ratings on my iphone. I have to switch them on, read first 6 or 7, then turn them off and reload the page.

Tim
Tim

Did Xhaka get subbed off because he dared to take an actual shot at goal? I mean, a shot that doesn’t come from a fullback overlapping and chucking the ball in?

Lacabang
Lacabang

No to avoid the booking, unfortunately

goonshow
goonshow

Again!!

Flash
Flash

We had 2 shots on target from open play against Sheffield United, during the 90 minutes.

In the squad:

One of the best playmaker in the world.
2 out of the best 10 goalscorers in the world in the last 5 years.
+ The 19th most valuable forward in the world

Disastrous.

Lacabang
Lacabang

* 1 goalscorer

Woolwich Shepherd
Woolwich Shepherd

I am asking this in all seriousness. I never played football in my life but I’ve been an Arsenal supporter since 1996. What should Emery be doing differently? Give me three suggestions. No sarcasm please.

Billy
Billy

1 select a moderately less conservative lineup
1.5 play at least one creative player
2 train with a bit more conviction on an actual style of play or at least hammer down on what we actually want to do
3 maybe stop playing xhaka he is where fast counter attacks go to die
4 he said Tierney was ready?
5 maybe consider playing Ozil, it’s not working without him could it be worse with him?
6 why did ceballos not start?
7 motivate the team at half time some how
8 instead of taking Pepe off go with another striker, desperate times call for desperate measures.
9 steroids?

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

Infuriatingly, the kids press like a machine in the cups so there is some sort of instruction going on in training. Maybe Emery knows his youth team is better and so he uses the senior team to try and scrape 4th while keeping the kids fresh to win the cups.

SOMK
SOMK

The kids aren’t coached by Emery . . .

Niall
Niall

Not even steroids can fix that system

slim
slim

Billy!! I love you!! this is so Apt!!

Skettles
Skettles

Lol at people voting down somebody asking an honest question…!

I would answer that I don’t honestly know, but then it’s not my job to know. I don’t know what is being said behind closed doors or in training sessions, so I don’t know the specific changes required. All we can do is look at the evidence we have, which is that we are boring at the moment; the team is playing without any attacking spark despite having a wealth of talen. We also seem completely unable to deal with a team that has a plan, seemingly having no plan ourselves. There appears to strange player choices as well; most fans would like to see Torreira playing as a DM, a creative midfielder alongside him, and the introduction of Tierney / Bellerin as soon as possible. Not to mention that we all want to see the back of Xhaka who’s failings are clear to see.

There may be a multitude of other issues, and the ones I would identify might also not be so significant, but the 3 areas in which I would want a manager to be better are:

For the team to be characterised by attacking football
A tactical plan that gets the best out of the squad with consideration for the opposition
Team selection that facilitates points one and two

Alveuel
Alveuel

1. Use a fast creative flair player at the CAM position. This person needs to create chances, move without the ball, and most importantly use tempo to panic the defense.

2. Instruct all defensive players to move out if playing an offside trap. The corner resulted in a goal due to Xhaka staying back. Everyone else but him and Leno push forward once the kick is taken. If he had moved forward the goal wouldn’t of counted. Knowing full well that Xhaka is the DM, either he didn’t know the plan or didn’t execute. Benchable offense. Especially with Torrera in waiting.

3. Use long balls over the top occasionally to keep the defense honest. The reason that Arsenal are pressed so hard is because they almost always play short controlled slow passing. This means the defense doesn’t have to turn and get ready for an over the top ball to Aubameyang. These long passes can’t happen when you’re in the attacking 3rd, it has to happen in the middle 3rd when the opposition defense is pressed up playing a higher line.

This is general simple stuff.

db10s

Try for once to drop Xhaka.

Play a mobile midfield of Torriera, Guendouzi, Ceballos/Ozil/Wilock

Stop bloody playing out from the back with players who can’t dribble out of a tight press i.e- Kola, Chambers, PAPA. Because they have no confidence to try to dribble out, we end up just recycling back to Leno. Can someone name me ONE occasion we played out from the back and it had a positive outcome?

Try to get the ball to pepe when he only has 1 man to beat. He comes too deep now and is marked out.

Keep players like saka for sub roles. I feel like we’re doing more harm then good to his confidence in the long run.

The Kolkata Gooner
The Kolkata Gooner

Emery’s got a style of play. It’s called shit.

Henkamp
Henkamp

Shower of shit. Piles of it.

That’s all we have been served in the PL this season.

Dan
Dan

Pls do not insult sh*t, his style of play is worse than that. Clueless, coward, petty manager with no creativity or backbone, would have accepted a loss if we actually did attack the opposition

Henry XIV
Henry XIV

Please do not insult clueless, coward or petty. His style of play is worse than that. It’s a three-words philosophy “Kick me out”.

truj
truj

The word, you are searcing for is johnterry.

Sagebrush Farm
Sagebrush Farm

It is

Ex-Priest Tobin
Ex-Priest Tobin

Let’s go back to the old player ratings format from the Wenger days. This one takes too long to load.

PopeyePete
PopeyePete

Any chance we can add in a coach rating to this Blogs (seriously)?

I’d give a big fat 0/10 for this game and not much better for the rest of the season

A Different George
A Different George

People have been asking this as long as I can remember. I think maybe it’s not going to happen.

YoungFabregas
YoungFabregas

10/10 to arseblog servers probably getting absolutely hammered at the moment trying to load the pages. At least these servers are showing more heart then our team and Emery’s tactics

Tommmy
Tommmy

Just make the change now. Freddie until the of the season unless any big dogs fancy the job (which I doubt).

Bogdan
Bogdan

Not sure if the big circle on my screen is a giant zero or just ratings loading.

Santori
Santori

Two things to take away from this (yet again) insipid performance:

1) I like Unai but we need someone who is more demanding with the players. Blades newly promoted showed hunger and commitment we did not have.

2) Tactically, the build up was ponderous and lacked required urgency. Everything was TOO careful. Playing out from the back passing it around the edge of our box (we got a way with is several times). Gaffer needs to mix it up but we’ve been saying this for a while.

So partly the players need to be held accountable. BUT chiefly it is the gaffer who is at fault.

As for the players :

1) Leno – I don’t think his decision making is very good. He could have done better for the goal but also his distribution (compared to Martinez) is poor. Several times (not all his fault), he played some unnecessary balls short to GUendouzi and we were nearly caught out edge of our box. Why?

2) Chambers – targeted perhaps bc he is slightly slower and exposed several times first half. I thought in general he was OK but clearly we needed to work the angles instead of lining up 4 across second half and expecting Calum to find the strikers with crosses.

3) Sokratis- Penalty claim? Some dodgy moments. not much to write home about but again as I have mentioned so often, its not the individual players at fault all the time (Mustafi). the way we play lends us to creating poor moments exposing the weakness of these defenders regardless.

4) Luiz – Could have done better for the goal. We had 3 players up for the ball and none of them won it to be fair. Again not the convincing buy some people would like to believe on deadline day. More like Panic buy. A lot of talk about his release from deep but Mustafi had the same thing in his locker.

5) kolasinac – Should have been aware of their scorer. Poor there. Got up well enough but again cautious. I think the nerves got the better of us with the number of forays they generated with their width in midfield. BUT no changes from the bench till later for us. Also got lucky late on when he missed the player at the back post.

6) Granit – the Likely lightning rod for criticism. BUT when you use some grey matter, he was marking the number 12 for the goal. Did nothing wrong challenging for the ball when he received the yellow. BUT some pundits would have you he is a liability when others do the same (say Sokratis or Guendouzi) In the old days, it was called getting stuck in. BUT if he doesn;t do it, the same voices will criticise him for being insipid. One good shot at goal. Didn’t think we were any better 9or worse0 when he was taken off.

7) willock – Anonymous in this game. Again the danger is many people prefer to believe their own fantasy narrative that certain players are better than their pet peeves. Frankly I would not have started BOTH Willock and Guendouzi. It’s one or the other for me. Some difference when cebellos came on but of course lets remember Joe is still a young lad so the fault in playing him in our tactical set up exposed by Sheffield lies somewhere-else.

8) Guendouzi – Some mistakes, poor passes and dawdling on the ball but overall tried to go forward with the ball.

9) Pepe – Should have buried the chance. BUT lets not forget he started the move and did some useful things first half including a good effort on goal (or two) later. Still short of the promise he should start delivering now, again we need to be a bit more demanding with players overall. If he keeps doing what he attempted first half, he will get some improvements. As an outlet on the counter, we should be looking to play him every time we turn the ball over. But we don’t. Instead we build up to cautiously from the back and this is a tactical issue (deficiency) the gaffer has to come to terms with.

10) Auba – Also could have buried the cross from pepe if he were more alert. My problem with Auba (and maybe one of the reasons we are so reticent to go long) is he does not protect the ball from deep or compete for it well enough. Contrast Lacazette whom when he came on, instantly gave us more protection on the ball.

11) Saka – Again another young player lost in the maelstorm. Some good forays as per usual down the left which justified his selection (if we are also rather short of options since we sold Iwobi and Nelson has a knock). But again we were too static when we went 4 up top. There was not enough movement and use of angles or uns into the box. This is not just a midfield issue. The forward players need to do their part.

12) cebellos – another guilty of poor finishing (lacking conviction). BUT came on and affected the game better for us. where we failed to control midfield first half, we had for a short period at least at start of the second better control on them. BUT we are still lacking the Santi/Diaby/Viera type player who can fully control the ball for us in the middle and travel forward/engage with it.

13) Lacazette – As mentioned better protection of the ball (which is criticalas it won’t come back right at us otherwise) but lacking sharpness today which is understandable working back from injury.

14) Martinelli – Came on and tried several take ons, looked lively but overall our play was too predictable. Crosses into a static front four. We need to work on pulling these sort of tight defenses out of shape and even so, felt we did not have enough of a go at some of their tiring legs.

Gaffer : Overall poor from Unai. BUT also tactical approach building from the back highly predictable and deeply flawed. gaffer has to take the blame. The other issue as mentioned at start of my ramble is he needs to have higher demands of these players, all of them. 5 minutes to go on the (very generous for Mike Dean injury time) clock and I felt little urgency from us.

He should have been up their arses with ten remaining with 4 attackers thrown in.

One step forward, one step back when we had opportunity to close the gap higher. Sadly also all too familiar.

lessthanthesumoftheirparts
lessthanthesumoftheirparts

I make that 16 things Santori

Tommmy
Tommmy

Thank you for counting the 16, I just scrolled past but nice to hear the summary

goonshow
goonshow

Santa – as ever, hidden within the mazey mumble of verbiage are some pithy observations. And then we get to your beloved Granit.
Do you actually watch the games? He was marking NO-ONE for the goal. He drifted aimless off the middle of the goal toward the near post (where there was no threat). That left a gaping hole in the most dangerous area for Mousset.
He then tracked the flight of the ball over his head, watched it drop for the header, saw Mousset take the space he’d just vacated… watched the header come back across goal to Mousset, but – and here’s the crucial bit…

HE DID NOT MOVE!!!!! Mousset is less than a metre away and he does not even try to close the space! First movement he makes is to raise his arms to berate the others.

He is an utter liability.

atom
atom

I don’t mind the style so much in the sense that the most important thing for us this year is simply to get into the CL again = if we have to play ugly to do that then so be it. BUT we don’t seemingly have any real plan at this point = we’re playing ugly and not performing well. We have some really solid attacking players & the team isn’t going to be able to defend tight leads the way Emery sets them up (his insistence on playing Xhaka as a DM which then requires Gendouzi to run around like a chicken with its head cut off to make up for it) means we’re going to keep giving up way too many shots.

It’s obvious at this point the issue is Emery – he simply appears to have the mentality of a small club manager. The rest of the league sans the top 2 is so weak that in a lot of ways the top 4 is similar to the Leceister year where you’re never really out of it simply b/c everyone else is so bad. I don’t see us being able to really challenge for the top 4 however without some real changes & unfortunately I don’t think Emery is capable of that. Time to see if one of the really bright young managers (ajax etc.) are willing to make the jump & if so we need to switch. I’m not crazy about Freddie only b/c look at how completely out of his depth Ole is at Man U or Henry was at Monaco. I expect however the reality is that Emery will be given the entire year regardless.

Nobody
Nobody

Here’s my dream scenario: the cup team (who’re playing really fun football) wins the Europa league and we get cl football, but we finish outside the top four so emery gets kicked out. We get cl football and we get rid of emery. Win-win

SantaClausola
SantaClausola

Mike Dean was against us most of the game. The formation clearly was not working but he persisted with it for so long. Auba had no service at all. When we play away, especially to places like Sheff United, Wolves etc, we perform poorly and never like it up north!

Someone needs to come in and shake the place up.

laudgunner
laudgunner

This happens when the manager seems too bossy and avoids to do the simplest things. Why was Tierney not playing? Why is Torreira always on the bench? Ozil was not in this squad!!! Really?
Emery is simply a not good enough. For once, Xhaka and Mustafi wont be blamed cos we have no style of football.EmeryOut

Goonergeoffers
Goonergeoffers

Is he not good enough? The choices he makes seem like he is insane????

Banjo
Banjo

Thanks for the Emery’s.
But it’s time to go.

Lacabang
Lacabang

0/10 for Emery. He just miraculously gets everything wrong I don’t know how! Oh Pepe is playing well let’s take him off! Willock is the only midfielder who can score goals let’s substitute him for the Spanish drinkwater. And the masterclass playing your second best left and right back who can’t drive forward or cross a ball and then pass every ball to them just like every other game waiting for the cut back that never happened. ACTUALLY the only time it happened the pre assist was from özil who is certainly worse than saka at 10?!!!!!!

MateKiddleton
MateKiddleton

Wenger used to say we played “with a little bit handbrake”. Currently our whole team is playing with a lead ball and chain attached to both their ankles and asked to do a lot of pointless running without much end result.

So I wouldn’t really put too much into the player ratings, they’re only as good as the system they’re forced into.

Henry XIV
Henry XIV

Remember at the end of last season, there was a report that Ozil shouted to Emery “you’re not a coach”. It makes sense now.

btw
btw

I agree about the player rating system… 30 minutes and still loading!

Karl
Karl

Mike Dean put in a solid 8/10 for Sheffield Utd, although they didn’t need it against a toothless Arsenal. Bizarre bookings for simulation.

Blackadder
Blackadder

Mike Dean is a massive cee u next Tuesday but Sheffield needed no help tonight. We were predictably toothless, clueless and spineless.

utkarsh
utkarsh

The ratings server seems to be very very slow just like our football under Emery… We’re so dull and insipid. Worst of all Unai is so stubborn he still thinks he can make it work when it’s blindingly obvious this shite hasn’t worked week in week out

Flavoured Rice

Emery looks like he has lost the players. No identity, no passion and fuck all tactics. He can take his hand waving, first pumping, false teeth wearing arse back to Spain. I’m sick of watching the same boring rubbish every week.

Wenger got stick for never dropping Ozil, but Emery has his own undroppables – Luiz, Sokratis, Guendouzi, Xhaka – none of whom deserve to play week in week out but do. This is the unhappiest period of my life as an Arsenal fan.

I’m jealous (cannot believe I’m admitting this) when I look over at Chelsea and see the identity and plan Chelsea have under Lamapard. And what do we have ? We’ve been stuck in 2nd gear for about 15 months now. Can we upgrade please?

mrugunner
mrugunner

From the lineup knew the game was gonna be shit. Glad i went to bed.
Consistent from emery

Goonarf
Goonarf

When midfield is the issue can we really justify not having Ozil at least on the bench? Not sure Ceballos is much better than Ozil. All he seems to add, that Ozil doesn’t, is visible passion.

Alex
Alex

Visible passion does not mean passion for the badge. Check Sanchez.

Teboho
Teboho

Emery Out

Two points to sum up Unai’s ineptitude as a manager

1. He is a defensive minded manager yet his teams are defensively poor.
2. 13 minutes to go in the match. Pepe comes off (our most dangerous attacking player in the match). Martinelli comes on, Saka plays as a ten, Auba on the right. 13 fucking minutes left!!!!! Instead of Martinelli for Saka on the left, Pepe on the right, Auba and Lacazette as a pair up top. It’s basic. Like Liverpool did in the dying minutes at Old Trafford. Un-fucking-believable.

Bertieme
Bertieme

You are right blogs, its the manager, the “system” he wants and the players he picks. Unai out, the sooner the better. Could get Rafa in for the season or give it to Freddy; lots of choices really. The football at the moment is dull, slow, tedious and unwatchable. Monday football is bad enough but this is dire and since it is the same week in week out there is really no point waiting for something to get better.

Edzo
Edzo

The problem with Emery is that he thinks success in the Europa league group stage equals success in the prem.

The good news is that Emery’s refusal to play our best players will cost him his job at the end of the season.

No torreria. No ozil. No ceballos in the first half. We could have played another hour and we wouldn’t have scored.

Emery took a team that scored on a regular basis and turned them into a team that can’t string passes together.

My favorite part of this match was 87th minute and we were playing backwards passes out of the back.

I can’t wait until this season is over.

Cacho
Cacho

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*Godfather music begins playing*

Magic City Gooner
Magic City Gooner

So does Don Raul have him taken out to the middle of the lake before January or after?

Ace Boogie
Ace Boogie

Serious question… what’s Emery trying to do with this team? I hear a lot of “we’re in transition, he needs time, etc.” it’s been over a year and I have no idea what the instructions are to the players when they take the field. 2+ weeks to prepare for Sheffield and that’s the performance we get? Granted we should have had a pk for the pull on Sok (Luiz pull on Salah comes to mind) but what is the actual game-plan? Same performance as all season, only difference is no moment of magic from Auba.

The ozil situation has been beaten to death, BUT after opening up more so than ever about how he has been in training the past few weeks he’s left out of 18? Ozil the only #10 in the team. Willock is a runner with/without ball from deeper as is Ceballos in a different manner, but neither are 10s floating looking for space in between opposition back line and mf.

Frustrating and lifeless watching us play and I don’t see an end in sight. I was all for giving Emery time but there have been no noticeable improvements since his time here. Can’t imagine the board allows this to go on for too much longer.

Magic City Gooner
Magic City Gooner

Transition connotes some sort of change and gradual movement towards another identity. We’ve morphed into something with no identity and it feels sudden.

It should also imply some understanding of what the design is. One year plus into this and no one knows what we’re trying to be and the coach can’t give a good explanation. This is why our patience is running out.

KongoKim
KongoKim

The most obvious Arsenal thing, when other top six teams fail, also fail. And Emerys lack of everything is so blatant obvious. But also, we really overperformed under wenger.
I guess thats what fathers feel like when they tell their kids not to fuck their cousins. At one point u feel kinda satisfied because u were right all along but on the other hand u are the grandad of a disabled child. I’ll get my vasectomie asap.

Ridwan Ahmed
Ridwan Ahmed

what?!

Goonerink
Goonerink

See arsenal used to be therapy for some fans.

As the arsenal are adding to your stresses instead might I suggest actual therapy?

Boywonder
Boywonder

Only thing worse then emery is the arseblog server as big as arseblog is why is he still using a server from the 90’s

JFPIV
JFPIV

Enough of this mess! Grab Allegri before United do!

Blackadder
Blackadder

Gave up waiting for the egg timer of doom to allow me to enter my player ratings for tonight’s shit show, only player worthy of any mention, Chambers, he’s not a rightback, but at least he’s busting a gut, which is more than can be said for the rest… I could have been watching a Wenger production with an almost entirely different team, but the same result 😂

Henrypiresberg
Henrypiresberg

I want the people “give emery more time and 39 transfer windows to get it right people” here. Where are they?

Henrypiresberg
Henrypiresberg

I understood his class when he selected Xhaka as our captain and benched M10.

sajit
sajit

Ok please stop this new way of showing the ratings. I just doesnt load on browsers..even if it does its just too darned slow .. more sketchy than Arsenal at the moment. I just want to see the ratings and comments – not sure whats there to hide!

Please listen arseblog. 🙁

Monkey knees
Monkey knees

Hasn’t loaded since 11pm!

Jacob
Jacob

you should ask for your money back

Monkey knees
Monkey knees

Your name’s Jacob.

Gunnerer
Gunnerer

Didn’t watch the game as it was telecast post midnight here in India. We lost to Sheffield United! We all saw this coming i think. No Ozil on the bench! Emery treating him as if he’s a witch who’s mere presence will be a bad omen which will players to play creativity.

AP86
AP86

The only positive I can think of here is the game being on a Monday so my weekend doesn’t get f**ked.

Monkey knees
Monkey knees

Ratings still not loading (haven’t done all night..) But, it matters not. This lies squareky on Eberys shoulders. He is out of his depth at Arsenal, and in The Premier League. No plan, no tactics, leaves our most creative player out every game… Goodbye! Not my manager!

Xhaka kaka
Xhaka kaka

We play with cohesiveness of a rusty national team…

Arsenalnut
Arsenalnut

This is the third time I tried to load the ratings. Like our offense today its a whiff.

Qutub
Qutub

Another shambolic away performance. Emery got his team selection wrong again.
To be honest I don’t know what xhaka brings to the team that justifies his selection.
Tierney should have started over kolasinac and most alarming of all is the lack of an identity. He wanted to play out from the back and scrapped it.
We have a fantastic squad and two absolutely world class strikers. It’s a shame another season of their prime is being wasted by a manager who’s clearly out of his depth.

Martin Elliott
Martin Elliott

The player rater has failed, but to be honest I really give a damn. Does anybody else think the players are trying to get rid of Emery?

OhRockyRocky
OhRockyRocky

What will happen first? Arsenal changing a manager that hasn’t worked consistently over time work or arseblog changing a player rating system that hasn’t worked consistently over time? Or both just happy that it works for no pressure cup games?

Nico
Nico

The legend says Emery is still loading the ratings